Oct 25, 2013, 1:10 pm EST
The Pentagon has just lost a lot of money trying to build an airship that was supposed to hover over war zones for up to three weeks.
MSN reports that the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle was a project that was meant to help the U.S. out during the war in Afghanistan but it ended up being a waste of money. The airship cost $297 million to make and after being eight months behind schedule and 12,000 pounds overweight, the Pentagon scrapped the project and sold the vehicle to the company that made it for $301,000.
The Army believes that it wasn’t a complete waste of money for the Pentagon as the technology learned from the project will help them save money in the long run. Read
Oct 25, 2013, 12:52 pm EST
It’s been a little over three weeks since Americans have started shopping for health insurance under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act. When Healthcare.gov launched on Oct.1, it was supposed to be an efficient marketplace for uninsured and self-employed Americans to shop for the insurance they are required to have under the new law.
To say it’s been a little rocky would be an understatement.
In a major blow to the Obama administration, Healthcare.gov has been an unmitigated disaster. The site has been basically inoperable for most who have tried to use it. Read
Oct 25, 2013, 12:02 pm EST
A possible change to Marine uniforms has caused an outcry from displeased Marines.
According to Fox News, the Obama administration is looking to change the hats, called “covers” by Marines, that is worn by Marines to make a more unisex look. This would result in all Marines wearing the same hat that is currently worn by female Marines, who make up about 5% of the group. The change to the marine uniform will be the first major one made in over 90 years. The female caps cost $82 as compared to $32 for the male cap. This change would cause the Marines to spend an additional $8,221,958 on hats. If the Marines switched everyone to the male cap is would save them $284,045. The unisex cap is also being blasted for making male Marines look more feminine.
“We don’t even have enough funding to buy bullets, and the DoD is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women’s hats!” a senior Marine source told The New York Post. “The Marines deserve better. It makes them look ridiculous.” Read
Oct 25, 2013, 11:29 am EST
The White House was turned pink on Thursday.
According to a blog post on Whitehouse.gov, the White House was lit up with pink lights to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the millions of families that are affected by the disease. The entrance to the Naval Observatory was also lit up pink on Thursday. The blog went on to talk about how breast cancer is relevant to everyone and that anyone can help fight the disease. It also mentioned that under the Affordable Care Act, preventive care such as well-women visits and mammograms are free to woman. Obamacare has also made it so that insurance companies can longer charge more for insurance because someone is a woman or has a pre-existing conditions, which includes breast cancer.
Jay Carney, a White House spokesman, said that more than 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and that thousands will die from the disease, reports The Washington Post. Read
Oct 25, 2013, 11:04 am EST
New York City’s horse-drawn carriages may be replaced with old-timey electric cars.
The horse-drawn carriages have come under fire from animal activist groups that believe horses have no place in the city of New York. The groups believe that the animals shouldn’t be in the city because of how heavy the traffic is. Both of the leading candidates for mayor are supporting ending the horse-drawn carriage industry. Democrat Bill de Blasio would like to replace the horse-drawn carriages with old-timey electric cars. New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets, a nonprofit animal protection group, is paying $450,000 for a prototype of a 1909 Pierce-Arrow that would replace the horse-drawn carriages. Both of the candidates have different reason for wanting the horses gone. Bill de Blasio believes that the carriages are a form of animal cruelty and Republican Joe Lhota wants to eliminate the bad smell around Central Park. Lhota also agrees that a motorized vehicle would be a good replacement for the carriages. Ending the horse-drawn carriage industry can’t be done by just the mayor. It would also require the vote of the New York City Council, reports the Associated Press.
Activist believe that the electric old-timey cars would still have the “romantic, classic, nostalgic feel” that is associated with the horse-drawn carriages. Read
Oct 25, 2013, 11:01 am EST
After a protest from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), the Air Force Academy is considering the removal of a religious reference from an honor pledge.
For years, cadets at the school have concluded their pledge to refrain from lying, cheating, stealing and tolerating any of those infractions in other cadets, by saying “so help me God.” The MRFF says that last phrase constitutes a litmus test for religious belief which is incompatible with basic constitutional protections, the Associated Press notes.
Now, the Air Force school indicates that it could make the phrase optional for cadets, or simply scrap the oath altogether. “We need to be respectful of all people of faith and all people of no faith,” an academy spokesperson said. Read