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USS Monitor preservation threatened due to lack of Federal funds.
The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 1/10/13 | Teresa Annas

Posted on 01/09/2014 11:15:01 PM PST by Merrittk

"Lacking federal funding to preserve artifacts from the USS Monitor, The Mariners' Museum is closing part of its conservation lab."

(Excerpt) Read more at hamptonroads.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ussmonitor
I cannot believe this could be allowed to happen.
1 posted on 01/09/2014 11:15:02 PM PST by Merrittk
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To: Merrittk

Maybe we should be preserving Arab dhows or slaveships instead.


2 posted on 01/09/2014 11:17:15 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: Merrittk

http://www.dailypress.com/news/photos/dp-pictures-funding-for-the-monitor-project-halted-20140109,0,1262158.photogallery


3 posted on 01/09/2014 11:18:37 PM PST by Merrittk
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To: Merrittk

Odungoville


4 posted on 01/09/2014 11:19:18 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Merrittk

B-but the Federal government went back into business and the debt ceiling was raised, and everything is dunky hory./s


5 posted on 01/09/2014 11:35:19 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Merrittk

Hey Obama, you disgusting self-indulgent vanity -— how about contributing the cost of just ONE of your junket vacations? Or, even, how about having your wide-bodied wife fly back WITH you for a change, and put the cost of her separate flights to good use?


6 posted on 01/09/2014 11:55:23 PM PST by Ancient Wonderboy
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To: Merrittk

Gee. There was $4M ear marked for this but it got spent in Hawai’i recently on some sort of special mission or something....


7 posted on 01/10/2014 12:13:39 AM PST by llevrok (Obama 2008 : "If you vote for me, you can keep your country")
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To: Merrittk

I think with the debt we have, this should be cut, along with about 500 billion of other stuff too.

Plus, it will be more efficiently run with private money.


8 posted on 01/10/2014 1:29:28 AM PST by staytrue
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe we should be preserving Arab dhows or slaveships instead.

NASA probably has a line item in their budget for that....


9 posted on 01/10/2014 1:34:30 AM PST by GraceG
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To: Merrittk

Bet none of the big wheels are going to take any cuts in the their pay, benefits, retirement packages or perks.


10 posted on 01/10/2014 1:48:15 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: Merrittk

It’s not the governments job in my book. This should be a privately funded endeavor.


11 posted on 01/10/2014 2:22:28 AM PST by maddog55
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To: Merrittk

It’s interesting that because of lack of funding they are putting the artifacts “to sleep”, covering them up, turning out the lights and not letting anyone see them.

I would think it would be more effective to put them to sleep but still allow visitors to view them.

Of course - with signs up all around saying preservation has halted do to lack of funding.


12 posted on 01/10/2014 2:50:45 AM PST by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: Merrittk

Another government blackmail item stomp feet attitude.

If we dont get our money to control you, fck your national security.


13 posted on 01/10/2014 2:59:46 AM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: Merrittk

Time to sell it to a private investor. The job will actually get done then, and he or she will still probably exhibit the final product.


14 posted on 01/10/2014 3:14:46 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people's than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

Exactly.

The Navy raised the Monitor as a sort of enhanced training exercise. It’s time for a group to form, raise money & eventually exhibit the Monitor relics. Otherwise, they never should have raised it in the first place. (that’s my frustration showing).


15 posted on 01/10/2014 3:43:20 AM PST by Tallguy (between taglines...)
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To: PeteB570

Here in NJ the battleship New Jersey is facing similar financial issues (it didn’t help that they dodcked it in Camden, which is half jungle/half abandoned wasteland). The fact is that an increasing number of “Americans” don’t even have roots going back 30 years in this country, and relics from WASP America don’t mean anything at all to them.


16 posted on 01/10/2014 4:08:12 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Merrittk

Because it was involved in a War about Slavery. zero & just us boy are upset


17 posted on 01/10/2014 4:25:44 AM PST by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: Merrittk

How comes Obama’s vacations are never threatened because of lack of federal funds?


18 posted on 01/10/2014 4:43:54 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Merrittk

I am not sure this is the federal government’s job. I think it is the job of worthy citizens to step forward and fundraise.


19 posted on 01/10/2014 5:03:44 AM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Merrittk

I believe the Hundley was restored using mostly donations.


20 posted on 01/10/2014 5:07:17 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Merrittk

This is just the Fed-size version of the temper tantrum pulled by any local town where suddenly there is not enough money in the budget for school books, chalk, toilet paper for the school. You name it. Whatever gets the public’s attention. Meanwhile the same town will have hired another dozen or so assistant vice principals for LGBT studies.


21 posted on 01/10/2014 5:09:01 AM PST by Flick Lives (Got a problem with the government? Have a complaint. Get a free IRS audit!)
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To: Merrittk

Just claim that the entire crew was gay and that the Monitor was the original love boat. All the money they need would come flowing like manna from heaven.


22 posted on 01/10/2014 5:13:23 AM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Audentis Fortuna Iuvat)
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To: staytrue

That’s really the point, isn’t it?

What right - under the Constitution - does the Federal government have to take by force what a man has earned and use it for charity?

If it is OK for the Monitor museum than why wouldn’t it be even better to ‘help’ poor people in the same manner?


23 posted on 01/10/2014 6:32:39 AM PST by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Tallguy
It’s time for a group to form, raise money & eventually exhibit the Monitor relics

They already are exhibited. I went and saw the relics last week. Those The Prop and drive shaft are in display and there is a viewing gallery were you can look in on the cannons and turret itself. The Mariner's Museum is well worth a visit if you are ever in the Hampton Roads area.

http://www.marinersmuseum.org/
24 posted on 01/10/2014 6:47:24 AM PST by TalonDJ
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To: Merrittk

“I cannot believe this could be allowed to happen.”

Two big reasons and why this is happening to our once very prosperous country. It is only the beginning. It is also why we are in such debt.

1- Crooked leaders and politicians failed to defend our borders for decades. They gave mostly unskilled uneducated invaders amnesty and access to our social services and safety net in the 80s, and as they wish to do now. They failed to enforce our laws.

2- The same gang failed to defend our our national security, national sovereignty, our market, our economy, and our tax base while making the globalists who own them very rich and when they screwed up requiring taxpayers to bail them out. There are tons of waste, fraud and corruption too but the core reason is that those entrusted to defend America, gave it away.

Now Obama is giving away more with his secret Hollywood inspired Trans Pacific Partnership that will weaken our sovereign rights to run our own country. Americans can argue about politics but while we are doing it our nation is being stolen.


25 posted on 01/10/2014 7:54:28 AM PST by apoliticalone
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To: maddog55
And there are a lot of capable people out there that would probably be delighted to do it.
26 posted on 01/10/2014 8:05:00 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: goodwithagun

The U.S.S. Monitor is still a NAVY ship owned by the US Government. Due to its historic importance, by law they may not sell it. It is rightly the property of the American people.

I have worked on many, many public and private historic preservation projects over the years. I’d be willing to bet far more than anybody here. The Federal government does a far better job than most state governmenst. Private organizations tend to do the worst.

Just telling it like it is.


27 posted on 01/10/2014 8:11:31 AM PST by XRdsRev (New Jersey - Crossroads of the American Revolution)
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To: maddog55
It’s not the governments job in my book. This should be a privately funded endeavor.

Agree ... and if it were, I'm sure that many people on this forum would voluntarily kick in a few bucks for it.

28 posted on 01/10/2014 8:13:51 AM PST by NorthMountain
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To: Merrittk
USS Monitor preservation threatened due to lack of Federal funds.

Let the USS Monitor vote in Nov 2014. There will be plenty of .gov money for it then.

29 posted on 01/10/2014 8:19:38 AM PST by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: Merrittk

It’s part of American history, Americana.

Obama hates that.


30 posted on 01/10/2014 9:02:04 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Merrittk

What can they do there’s only so much money?

I mean do you want the study of the sex habbits of gay furries ended? Or funds cut for such wonderful artworks as a cross floating in a vat of urine? Maybe cut out the towel boys at the Congressional gym? What are we savages?


31 posted on 01/10/2014 12:54:54 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

lol


32 posted on 01/10/2014 12:57:02 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: saganite

The Hunley’s preservation was largely funded by National Geographic.


33 posted on 01/10/2014 1:17:35 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: Merrittk

The preservation funds were spent on Golf and Pina Coladas. There you go. Foooooore!


34 posted on 01/10/2014 1:25:03 PM PST by neighbordog
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To: Merrittk

Somewhere upstream, by two or three days, in the postings here on FR was an article about the waste perpetrated by what we still, though laughingly now, and with great disdain, call government. Any one of those sewer pits could have provided the funding for this project.


35 posted on 01/10/2014 6:17:25 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: Tallguy
‘The Navy raised the Monitor as a sort of enhanced training exercise. It’s time for a group to form, raise money & eventually exhibit the Monitor relics. Otherwise, they never should have raised it in the first place. (that’s my frustration showing).’

Something like the campaign to raise and preserve the CSS Hunley would seem to be the best approach. The mariners Museum might begin by making an appeal to the heritage preservation community as an emergency measure.

36 posted on 01/11/2014 9:49:21 AM PST by robowombat
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To: XRdsRev

“To: goodwithagun
The U.S.S. Monitor is still a NAVY ship owned by the US Government. Due to its historic importance, by law they may not sell it. It is rightly the property of the American people.”

The Navy can strike the “USS Monitor” and sell it for scrap or as a museum ship — or “reef” it if they so chose. The “museum ship” route would allow a private organization to preserve it as a national monument. It’s literally done all the time.


37 posted on 01/11/2014 6:35:57 PM PST by Tallguy (between taglines...)
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