Shades of Gray

Checked Bag Fees. Why Does the Govt Care?

Posted in Airlines, D.C., Economy, Fairness, Free Choice, General, Government, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) by Wayland Abernathy III on December 12, 2017
Below is a link to a Facebook thread that I commented on last night and continue to banter back and forth on today. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) does not think airlines publish their checked bag fees prominently enough. Perhaps sending a personal text to every person that purchases a ticket would work, Mr. Nelson? Lots of folks are butthurt by my belief that the Federal govt should remove itself from our personal lives. Many people actually think that the world as they know it would cease to exist should such craziness come to pass. Seriously.
Thankfully, there are other’s who did not find it as alarming when I pointed out that the govt cannot run anything. The govt has not been able to do so in the history of ever. The knowledge that there are indeed other like-minded souls on this beautiful planet content to make their own choices makes me happy. It gives me the courage to face the day knowing I’m not the only one who can figure stuff out all by myself.
Take a few minutes to see what people really think. It won’t hurt. Physically, I mean. You might get a headache. No promises.
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SOTU – The “post-rally” review

Posted in Barack Obama, Budget, D.C., Economy, SOTU, United States of America, White House by Wayland Abernathy III on January 29, 2010

I consider myself an educated man. I like to read. I can speak and write fairly well. I can usually tell within 2-3 minutes of meeting a person if there will be a need for a second meeting. I keep telling the folks that I manage that knowledge is a good thing. I seek out new knowledge every day. I recently learned that I need to look for employment elsewhere, since my current employer is not a good fit. That is good knowledge to have, right?

I only have about 45 hours of coursework (I think, I haven’t checked my transcripts in at least 5 years) towards an AA degree in Business Administration, however, I believe that a diploma is only worth the paper it is written on.  We all know college graduates that can’t think their way through the $1 menu at Wendy’s. Anyway, in my mind knowledge is king. The more knowledge you have, the better. If you are not receiving the knowledge you want, then it is up to you to make a change, not someone else. A caveat that I must include here is that how you use the knowledge you have gained speaks to your moral character, and to a large degree, the way that knowledge was presented to you. Now that I have said my piece about knowledge and the inherent good and bad that comes with it, I will continue on to the subject of this post.

To be honest, I missed the first 15 minutes of the SOTU Rally because my 3-year-old daughter decided to find out just how loud (and long) she could scream “nobody will help me get to bed” before my wife or I gave in and went back into her room and “helped” her (after she was already tucked in, along with her horse, elephant, giraffe, frog and dog.) I lost after 45 minutes, but only by default. My wife had a headache and said she couldn’t handle it at the moment. I am still positive that I am smarter than a 3-year-old, even though she did break her record by 10 minutes.

I was actually anticipating this speech. Can you believe that? I don’t know why I keep thinking, “This guy (and the people who pump him his information) can’t be THAT bad. He must sincerely be trying to do what he thinks is right for the country.” After listening and watching the jack-in-the-box show by Nancy Pelosi (even VP Biden was giving her sideways looks) and the right (ironic, isn’t it?) side of the chamber, I can comfortably say that President Obama (and by association, his staff) is pissed off at the people of the United States. Either that, or he is so ensconced in his cocoon of non-stop campaigning and speeches and photo ops (160+ flights on Air Force 1 in a single year? Really?) that he cannot remotely understand what the hub-bub is about. You know what I think? I think he is stunned that his popularity has fallen – even a little. At the beginning of his Presidency, he was confident in his speeches, with no idea how to lead this Country. Now? He still is confident in his speeches, with no idea how to lead this Country.

Did he really say he would not “give up” onUniversal Health Care? Even after the majority of polls ( I cannot read them all) tell him that the folks he is trying to help would rather he give up on Universal Health Care?

Did he really ask anyone with a better plan to “let him know” when the GOP has a website ( with just what he is looking for? 

Did he really, in all honesty, tell the SCOTUS that they f’ed up on Campaign Finance Reform? And not know that he was so badly mistaken in his understanding and subsequent representation of the decision? He is a constitutional lawyer, right? I wonder who vetted that part of the teleprompter…

Did he really say he was proposing a spending freeze (on a small portion of the budget) and then go on to say he was pushing forward with Cap & Trade (more spending), Universal Health Care (lots more spending) and taking $33 billion of “recovered money from the banks” and spending it on other stuff? Seriously?

As I typed earlier, I consider myself an educated man. It does not take a college degree to ponder what President Obama said and not wonder what in the hell he was thinking. Do you think he even bothered to scan the speech before it was loaded into the teleprompter? I see contempt for the workings of our government (even as politically damaged as they are), contempt for the people of the United States (even as economically damaged as they are) and a serious case of weknowitis. Simply put, he thinks the system sucks, he thinks the people denouncing his policies suck and he wants everyone to get out of the way and let him and his people handle it, because they know what is best for us.

I have never met this man and I know I do not want a first meeting let alone a second. He scares me.

National Service Force – Volunteer or Not?

Posted in D.C. by Wayland Abernathy III on March 22, 2009

Take a moment to check out this brief synopsis of H.R. 1388 also known as the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act or GIVE Act.

Scary stuff. The link to the full bill is here.

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Congress Trying To Eliminate Income Tax For Themselves?

Posted in D.C., General, House of Representatives, IRS by Wayland Abernathy III on March 22, 2009

Get a load of this little tidbit of information:


‘(a) General Rule- In the case of an individual who is a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia during the entire taxable year, gross income shall not include–

‘(1) income derived from sources within the District of Columbia, and

‘(2) income effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business by such individual within the District of Columbia.

Check here for the full text of the bill. Thanks a lot Mr. Gohmert.

AIG Outrage: The D.C. Magic Trick

Posted in Bailout, D.C., Washington by Wayland Abernathy III on March 18, 2009

Are you still wondering if Washington is lying to you about this bailout ‘crisis’ regarding AIG? You’ll get it eventually. I’m simply here to help you along on your ‘quest for the truth.’

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