Posts Tagged ‘Department of Defense’

Exxon Gettyburg Leaving Our Doomed Ghost Fleet – A Clean-Up in S.F. and then Death

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

If the Gettysburg (nee Exxon Gettysburg, nee Esso Gettysburg) were a little more historical then maybe she’d be getting better treatment, maybe she’d be getting turned into a floating museum ‘n stuff. But as it stands, she’s marked for death and destined for Hell.  

Seems the U.S. Department of Defense and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) just had her plucked from the Suisun Bay National Defense Reserve Fleet (aka the Ghost Fleet) and sent to San Francisco for a makeover. It’s an ongoing thing - you can see this former supertanker sitting in drydock down at Pier 70 these days while she gets a thorough cleaning from BAE Systems.

See? Hello San Francisco, good-bye marine growth and loose exterior paint!

And then she’ll get towed under our famous bridges and down through the Panama Canal and then to Texas. It’ll be her last trip ever.  

Can you see the Dos Equis on the side of the ship? Those X’es stand for Exxon, right? Yes, as in Exxon Gettysburg

Oh well. She was a BFD back in the day, back in 1957 anyway.

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Don’t Work – RAND Corporation Study Suports Gays in Uniform

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

You know how to read, right? So have at it – I just found a nice link for you that I couldn’t find last month. Hai, doozo:

Attitudes of Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans toward Gay and Lesbian Service Members

So, the “unit-cohesion” rationale, the concern about risking ”the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability” and all the underlying foundation of Bill Clinton’s antediluvian, pre-Lewinsky Policy Concerning Homosexuality in the Armed Forces is out the window due to changing attitudes over the past couple of decades.

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Or if all that .pdf is too much, here’s the elevator pitch.

(President Barack Obama will end the policy, someday, maybe.)

All the deets, after the jump.

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