Posts Tagged ‘government waste’
I love Star Trek and have since I was a kid. I’ve watched every episode of every series repeatedly. I’ve seen every movie and regularly pull out quotes from them during social situations. I play Star Trek Online. I created my own ship back when TNG came out. I’m a Trek nerd and I am not ashamed to say so.
I’ve been watching Star Trek: The New Voyages and while I was not at all pleased with the episode Blood and Fire which had a gay love scene, I just fast forward through that and keep going – just because it’s Trek, done reasonably well.
I watch all the fan made stuff too – even the stupidest stuff, done low budget, with some of the worst acting imaginable.
So when I heard on Friday that the IRS had this 2010 training video set in the Final Frontier, I figured I would have a look.
It’s utter crap….and it cost $60,000!
I’ve seen low budget fan films that went for less money but were better made. And as it was designed to be one of those corny training videos, but turned out to be a waste of taxpayer dollars, I will not be sparing or merciful in my criticism of it. I already hate the IRS to begin with, so now, out comes my Cudgel of Unfair Browbeating.
- Better Fitting Uniforms - Every one of these people look like cosplay rookies at a convention. All are in TNG uniforms except the old crone at communications who was wearing a TOS frock – which was the wrong color for that uniform. TOS operations officers wore red.Perhaps that was a good move, since female TNG uniforms were one piece form fitting and – well, no one wants to see that.
- The Comm Officer – This lady used the name “Uhura”. Frankly, I found it pretty wrong, since Uhura is a Swahili word, specifically chosen for the character, because she was of African descent. Anyone who knows anything about Trek understands that Uhura’s character was specifically chosen to be a black woman – because she represented, in one character, Roddenberry’s equality vision for Star Trek.But I guess we should, instead, we should call her Ujinga – which is Swahili for “ridiculous/foolish”.
- Overweight Spock – This guy looks like he mind-melded with a cheeseburger, which I wonder if he tried to claim as a deduction. Maybe with the budget, someone could have sprung for a couple bucks of liquid latex to at least blend the ears in. Or maybe they could do something better with the hair, since that looks like someone made a beanie out of a plastic trash bag and put it on his head.
- Backwards Bridge – The forward consoles for Ops and Conn are in this half circle pointing away. But of course, we’re dealing with the IRS, so a badly designed, inefficient bridge works – since the tax code is pretty much the same.
- The Captain’s Chair – The thing looks like someone took an office chair and taped boxes to the side arms and a TV remote on top. I’ve seen some pretty cheesy mockups, but that is pretty much as bad as it comes.
- The IRS Building as the Ship - Really, people? At least when Mel Brooks did Jews in Space, the Star-of-David ships were funny and made sense. This just looks stupid. They called it the Enterprise-Y. I just say, why?
So there it is – another IRS mistake, dripping in lamesauce, and deserving of as much public mockery as can be wrought by the blogosphere. But we should be relieved that we now have Federation policy that goes after dangerous enemies – not the Romulans, the Borg, or the Klingons, but rather the dangerous tax evaders who threaten freedom.
Okay, I’m done. *crashing sound*
The schlock of a video – if you want to sacrifice six minutes of your life.
Wasted Money for Wasted Effort
Today, I gotta just go off on the new Capitol Visitor’s Center (CVC). It’s an utter disgrace, but not at all suprising. Essentially, it’s acutely indicative of all that is wrong in Washington, today.
Right out of the barrel, the project management team should all be fired and sent to jail for gross negligent mismanagement. When the CVC was pitched in the ’90′s, it had an original project cost of $71 million. After cost overruns, gross waste, and boondoggling ballooning, the final project cost was $621 million – yes, nearly TEN TIMES the cost! The project also came in three years behind schedule. So, from a Project Management point of view, the project was over-budget, behind schedule, and, as we’ll see here, not within good quality standard. In short, it’s another governmental project failure.
They hid one mistake. James DeMint (R-SC) came through on a preview tour only to find that some dunderhead identified, “E Pluribus Unum” as the national motto, rather than “In God We Trust”. You would think with all the money spent, they could have hired a 7th grade US History teacher to correct them on their “oversight”. The reference that it was the motto was subsequently plastered over temporarily, even though the column would cost $170,000 to replace.
Additionally, many references to the religious and faith heritage that our Founders UNQUESTIONABLY held were omitted from the displays. As visitors enter, they see the words, “We have built no temple but the Capitol. We consult no common oracle but the Constitution”. Of course, this may be true now, since the left-leaning Congress and anti-faith hack groups like the ACLU have made it a point to help Americans to forget that George Washington said these and other words, which acknowledge that the Founders did their work as God-fearing, reverent men:
‘…[I]t would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States, a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes: and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success, the functions allotted to his charge.’
And yet, historians want us to forget that this nation was founded under a fundamental principle of freedom to worship our Lord.
You did know that the words, “LAOS DEO” are inscribed at the very top of the Washington Monument and emblazoned over most every single monument in Washington. Bible verses on the Liberty Bell, the Ten Commandments on the Supreme Court doors. Did you know the very first thing that 1st Congress did was go across the street – to church…for TWO HOURS, to worship the Almighty Creator and celebrate their new country.
We used to consult God as our Oracle. I guess Congress feels that the Constitution (which they don’t consult, really) is more authoritative than God Almighty. But with the high-and-mighty pogues in office now, I wouldn’t be suprised if Nancy Pelosi wants God’s job. After all, she’s doing so well running the House with her big 18% job approval rating.
Finally, Hopeless and Hapless Dingy Harry Reid made the point that the Visitor’s Center would be a good thing because, “In the summer because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol. It may be descriptive but it’s true.”. Harry is put off by all the stinky tourists coming in, so he’s walled them off so their stench won’t reach his sanctimonious, self-righteous nose.
So, to sum up, let’s see, Congress made an extravagant doormat, absent of references America’s Faith Heritage, woven with wasted taxpayer dollars, just so Harry Reid won’t have to smell you if you start sweating in the summer heat and drop by the Capitol for a visit.
Hope you enjoy it!
(and we really want these clowns running health-care, the housing and auto industries, and telling talk radio stations to balance it out because it’s not fair?) Puuuleeeeze….