chadorireborn -- glad to see that it is working for you. I'm curious to see if it works for others.
Regarding the splash screen, that is definitely not the source of this problem. All Ashley is doing, regarding the splash screen, is turning it off with the splash screen hide() function, so that any attempt to delaying it using the additions.xml directive is defeated. This is a secondary problem that has nothing to do with the white bar. I only mentioned it because our experiment with delaying the Cordova splash screen failed. I'll work with Ashley regarding the splash screen, but this is a minor issue and not the source of "pain" that so many have been experiencing with the white bar.