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Army buys helicopter drip pans for $17,000 apiece

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Party Rooster, May 21, 2012.

  1. Party Rooster

    Party Rooster Unleash The Beast

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    http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/...#storylink=omni_popular#wgt=pop#storylink=cpy
     
  2. steve500

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    The $600,000 in lobbying tells me that they aren't selling these things on the merit of the product.
     
  3. Lord Zero

    Lord Zero Viciously Silly

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    The military is embarrassingly inefficient when it comes to anything and everything except killing and logistics.
     
  4. MayrMeninoCrash

    MayrMeninoCrash Liberal Psycopath

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    I bet you can repair the leaks with a quarter turn of a $5 wrench.
     
  5. Yesterdays Hero

    Yesterdays Hero She's better than you, Smirkalicious.

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    This makes me happy.
     
  6. whiskeyguy

    whiskeyguy PR representative for Drunk Whiskeyguy.

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    Yet raising taxes is the answer to solving our government's financial issues.

    All areas of the government should be subject to audit by private companies. Simply pay them 10% of any costs they can cut while still maintaining the same level of service.
     
  7. bb1mobile

    bb1mobile wackbag's special mod
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    Nice. Raise my taxes some more to cover this shit.

    Our fuckin gubbernment suck a cock.
     
  8. MayrMeninoCrash

    MayrMeninoCrash Liberal Psycopath

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    Aren't leak pans purchased by the Army justified tax dollar usage per the Constitution :trollol:
     
  9. Arch Stanton

    Arch Stanton It's all about the funny!

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    Is this drip pan the size of the state of Rhode Island?
     
  10. OilyJillFart

    OilyJillFart Well-Lubed Member

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    They could just change the seal on the one that leaked...
     
  11. Arch Stanton

    Arch Stanton It's all about the funny!

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    Well, they oughta listen to your advice with a user name like that! If anyone would know, it's OilyJillFart. Woohoo!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. Norm Stansfield

    Norm Stansfield 私は亀が好きだ。

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    Yes, the government is highly inefficient, because of a few reasons
    1. It's an over-sized bureaucracy with too many areas of involvement
    2. Its leadership is appointed based on political not management skills
    3. They tend to dole out favors for votes rather than act in the best interests of taxpayers.

    If we limited it to only its most basic functions (national defense and law enforcement), it would become smaller and much easier to audit. If we also eliminated forced taxation and replaced it with voluntary contributions in exchange for citizenship, the right to vote and the right to run for office, that would be an incentive for politicians to act in the interests of the contributing citizens, rather than the general population. In other words, it would be an incentive to be more careful with money.

    Was that your point when posting this, PartyCock, or were you just pointlessly bitching about a problem you have no solution for?
     
  13. OilyJillFart

    OilyJillFart Well-Lubed Member

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    I doubt the military comes to Wackbag for operational assistance.. That'd be a hell of a news story.
     
  14. Don the Radio Guy

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    Can't wait until the military starts buying them somewhere else and the same people whining now blame Republicans for killing the jobs at the expensive factory.
     
  15. Party Rooster

    Party Rooster Unleash The Beast

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  16. Josh_R

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    Lol, you have obviously never worked on helicopters! Here is a picture of the drip pans:
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    I was a helicopter hydraulicsman in the Marine Corps. This is such an enraging waste of money; helicopters leak everywhere. No one is dying because the drip pan is leaking.
     
  17. gleet

    gleet What's black and white and red all over?

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    I worked at a machine shop that did quite a bit of guvmint work. We had to make them a 1/2" deep well socket and it started with an off the shelf socket, then we followed their guidelines to centerless grind the body slightly, knurl the end, turn a groove, and put on an exotic finish. When done, that $3 socket cost, well, it cost a bunch. I'm betting a little bit of comparative shopping would have turned up a socket that would work off the shelf.
     
  18. Ballbuster1

    Ballbuster1 In The Danger Zone...
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    They should. There's a hell of a lot more
    common sense used here.
     
  19. whiskeyguy

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    Are they there for safety reasons or environmental ones?
     
  20. Josh_R

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    Probably a little of both, but to be honest, half of our planes didn't even have drip pans. You don't really want hyd fluid and transmission oil dripping on the floor and making it slippery, or dripping on cargo, but it is more of an annoyance than anything else. It's definitely not for environmental reasons, because the drip pans that were actually installed had a tube that just drained to the outside of the helicopter and onto the ground.
     
  21. Myhairygrundle

    Myhairygrundle Screw you guys, I'm going home.

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    The problem can clearly be solved with a set of 30 weight ball bearings and some gauze pads. A few quarts of anti-freeze would also help. Prestone...no, make that Quaker State.

    Looks like somebody needs a refresher course.
     
  22. Hate & Discontent

    Hate & Discontent Yo, homie. Is that my briefcase?

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    It's only this bad because politicians can't keep their fucking snouts out.

    Believe me, those fuckers have more seals than you'll ever keep up with. You should actually worry more on most military helicopters when they are NOT leaking somewhere, as it means the fluid is gone completely.
     
  23. Lord Zero

    Lord Zero Viciously Silly

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    For once, it's not the greater government's fault (for the most part). The military has it's own internal politics. Shit would be even worse if they weren't being heavily overseen by Congress.
     
  24. Josh_R

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    A lot of the blame has to go to the idiots that scream "you can't cut the military's budget! We're at war! You're unAmerican!!!!!!"
     
  25. Arch Stanton

    Arch Stanton It's all about the funny!

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    It's all ball bearings these days!!!!!
     

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