You think Healthcare Dot Gov is a national disaster? Well let's not forget this:
In June, 2001, the F.B.I. awarded the contractor Science Applications International Corp. (S.A.I.C.) a fourteen-million-dollar contract to upgrade the F.B.I.’s computer systems. The project was called Virtual Case File, or V.C.F., and it would ultimately cost over six hundred million dollars before finally being abandoned, in early 2005, unfinished and never deployed. V.C.F. was then replaced with a project called Sentinel, expected to launch in 2009, which was “designed to be everything V.C.F. was not, with specific requirements, regular milestones and aggressive oversight,” according to F.B.I. officials who spoke to the Washington Post in 2006. [...]
From the Times comes John Boehner's PowerPoint presentation on the "debt ceiling deal," which deserves so many scare quotes than that. Despite it being a complex arrangement described in bulletpoints—which, plenty of room to obscure things there!—it's also a useful and frightening document. It's also really the only thing to read today. The newspapers are otherwise only carrying process and "perception" stories about politics—apart from this smart move by the Times, there's very few ways to actually figure out what the alleged "deal" is. But spoiler: the "debt ceiling crisis" is actually just the first of a series of crises. We can now look forward to the "balanced budget [...]
The socialist takeover of the airline industry has begun (again): "The Transportation Department is ordering airlines to let passengers stuck in stranded airplanes to deplane after three hours." The new guidelines begin in 120 days, so you know, enjoy Christmas in the cabin.