March 6, 2007

full This full moon must be starting to get to me. Maybe it’s just me, but do any of these items make any sense?

* A Voice of Reason is spot-on: why would the media be all aflutter over Ann Coulter’s recent stupid remarks, but the arrest of the former head of the Virginia ACLU on child porn charges goes virtually unnoticed:

An Arlington County youth sports coach and former ACLU chapter president was arrested on child pornography charges by federal agents who accused him of viewing Web sites filled with explicit images of pre-pubescent girls.

Charles Rust-Tierney, 51, of Arlington was charged with receipt and possession of child pornography. He was ordered detained pending a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Prosecutors said Rust-Tierney coaches various youth sports teams in and around Arlington. A 2002 Virginia ACLU newsletter identified him as the group’s president.

Believe me, I had to work hard to find anything about this in the AP or Yahoo! news. Considering the close ties the ACLU has to the Democratic party and its progressive agenda, one would think there’d be more about this in the mainstream dino-media. Not. Is there any doubt that if, say, the former president of the Heritage Foundation or some other conservative think tank had been arrested for the same thing it’d be plastered all over the place?

* This is both funny and pathetic. Is Hillary that stupid or that arrogant to think people can’t see through this phony facade? Glenn is right – you’d think someone who had spent a significant time in Arkansas could have come up with a better Southern twang.

* So, US Airways tries to go live with an integrated reservation system (they finally combined theirs with America West’s, with whom they merged back in 2005), to disastrous effect (my boldings):

US Airways said Monday morning that it’s unclear when it will resolve problems with long lines and delayed flights that began with a planned weekend computer switch-over that went awry.

“Like everything else, we were hoping for (a resolution) 20 minutes ago,” says Andrea Rader, a US Airways spokeswoman on Monday at about 10 ET.

The problems began Sunday and by Monday morning, the lines had shortened but she says the problem has not been completely solved. Airports that have been hardest hit: Las Vegas, Boston, Charlotte and Reagan Washington National.

According to tracker FlightStats, just 14% of US Airways Sunday flights scheduled to leave by early evening departed on time.

To alleviate passenger waits Monday morning, about five senior US Airways officials were helping check in passengers and direct line traffic at the Charlotte hub, Rader says.

14% on-time departures, huh? Sounds like a splendid time was had by all. Now, as someone with more than a little experience in these kinds of things (having been in Information Technology for the better part of 25 years), here’s a quote that’s actually pretty funny (my boldings):

Rader says the computer switchover had been a year in the works. The airline had staffed for the event, and carried out dress rehearsals.

“You plan and plan and plan, and you really don’t know until you flip a switch”, Rader says.

Methinks Ms. Rader is just trying to put the brave face on here. The fact is, I’m certain US Airways probably pays good money to (and puts a lot of trust in) those who are supposed to know what happens when you “flip a switch”. Can someone say, “contingency planning”? Is there any doubt some people at US Airways are gonna find themselves, ahem, “employment-challenged” once the dust settles?

* A moose brings down a helicopter. Seriously. (Hat tip: Free Republic)

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 01:29 | Comments (2)
2 Comments »
  1. As a former IT Director, let me tell you GWS, large-scale system conversions are brutal. I went through several in my last job in a rapidly growing and 24/7 operating environment(logistics company). It may sound arrogant, but most people I know would be snapped in half by the magnitude, internal politics, and general crap and stress.

    I survived, but not by much, and if I have the choice, I won’t ever do that as part of earning a living again.

    Comment by Dave E. — March 7, 2007 @ 7:12 pm


  2. I’m with you on that, Dave – I did my share of those business continuity tests where real people – and, in my case – real aircraft flying to know that it isn’t always simple. But that doesn’t mean the penalties for getting it wrong are any less. Glad I’m out of that arena as well!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — March 7, 2007 @ 10:10 pm


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