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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Should “Gay Rights” be a thing? Maybe…..

Posted in Fairness, Gay Rights, General by Wayland Abernathy III on September 18, 2015

Ok, let me commence to putting my foot directly into my mouth for just a moment.

This story is ridiculous. It is depressing. It is heartbreaking. It is distressing. It is ludicrous. It is bizarre. It is unreasonable. It is senseless. And, dare I say, it is daft. Most of all, it is sad.

Gay rights is a thing in our country. While I see the beauty of believing such a thing, I cannot fathom why there is such a strong will to discriminate and commit oneself to being a different class of person based on the lifestyle you live or the person you marry or the color of your skin or your belief (or lack thereof) in God or any of the other innumerable reasons existing in our wonderful world today. It is sad that folks cannot get through their day without being offended or uncomfortable or otherwise out-of-sorts with the world around them. This is an everyday occurrence for me. Note that I am speaking of the ‘out-of-sorts with the world’ around me portion of that previous sentence. I do not remember being offended or uncomfortable with any statement or action made by another person. Even if they were speaking directly to me. Perhaps I am alone in such a distinction. Although I doubt it.

It is sad that a guy would lose his job for suggesting a movie to a co-worker. I have no idea if he made the remark off-handedly. I have no idea which movie he suggested. I have no idea if he cornered his co-worker in the unisex bathroom and said she should see the movie to get the evil demons out of her body. Based on recent box-office releases, I can make a wild guess, though. (Edit: After further research, he suggested the movie “Audacity”.) Is this a situation that will be filed under the politically correct banner? Should it be? I just think there are better ways to coexist with our friends and co-workers. Being uncomfortable because someone suggested seeing a movie makes no sense to me. Should I be uncomfortable because people suggested I listen to more rap music in high school? Should I be offended if that happens now? Should I be offended if someone suggests I read the Koran? Or the Talmud? Or a book on the beauty of same-sex marriage? Should I be uncomfortable if a co-worker suggests I see a lesbian movie? Where does this “Help me, I can’t handle my feelings” type of bs end?

I know I should be angry about this. I am not. My first response was, “What?! Seriously?” Then, I just shook my head in dismay and moved the line out a little further away from my reality and towards something that I fear I will never understand. Our world (not just our country) is changing. It is not for the good, either. If people must continue to separate themselves from others based on their life choices, then we will eventually become a world of villages that cater to distinct lifestyles and people that differ – at all – will be shunned and sent packing to the village they belong to and would feel more comfortable. That makes me sad.

It makes me sad that people are not left to live their lives and be free from the egregious effects of another’s uncomfortable feeling. Is it really necessary to simply keep your head down and limit your talking to work-related topics for fear of being fired if you suggest someone visit the local museum and check out the display of original superhero comic books? Far-fetched example, yes, but no more far-fetched to me than a lesbian feeling uncomfortable about the suggestion of a Christian movie. Again, perhaps I am alone in such a comparison. I doubt that, too.

As I slowly remove my foot, allow me to stress that I do not care how another person chooses to live their life. It is not my business. It is also not going against the grain if I simply desire to live my life free from the worry of offending another person based on a movie suggestion I make. Do I _really_ have to concern myself with such asinine thinking? The end-game, to me, is removing ourselves from the company of others and simply living and working through technology. Work from home. Have meals delivered. Have groceries delivered. And pick whatever movie you want and have that delivered, too.

That sounds crazy fun, doesn’t it? Obviously, it is not. It is crazy sad.

Historic Vote by the Supreme Court

Posted in Fairness, General by Wayland Abernathy III on June 26, 2015

I agree with almost every word of this essay. I don’t think the government should be involved in marriage (or many other aspects of our personal lives) in any way. Marry whomever you wish. I could not care less. But do not decry the right of others to think differently than you. I do not agree with the LGBT lifestyle, but who cares what I think? No one should, that is a fact. Your personal life has zero bearing on mine. That is the way it should be. The government should also not give a hoot who you choose to spend your life with.

In a court of law, marriage is a contract between people. Nothing more and nothing less. I say people and not two people because if straight or gay marriage is cool with the government, then why isn’t polygamy cool, also? If you are looking for freedom for yourself, you must be willing to offer it to everyone else. Pretty simple to me – “All men are created equal.”

It will be interesting to see the fallout from the increased governmental intrusion (see the IRS) into the world of gay marriage.

Isn’t It Ironic?

Posted in Dept. of Justice, Fairness, Washington, what did you say? by Wayland Abernathy III on March 23, 2009

With all apologies to Alanis Morrisette, an upcoming government conference on openness and transparency is CLOSED to members of the public and the press. The ‘itinerary’ below comes from this URL.

Upcoming Conference Providing Guidance on President Obama’s and Attorney General Holder’s Memoranda on the Freedom of Information Act

On March 26, 2009, the Office of Information Policy (OIP), Department of Justice, will host a government wide training conference to discuss President Obama’s and Attorney General Holder’s Memoranda which establish a new era of open government.

The details for this event are listed below:

When:     March 26, 2009
Where:     Department of Commerce’s Auditorium
14th and Constitution Avenue NW (main entrance on 14th Street)
Time:     10:00 – 12:00 noon
Who should attend:     Agency Chief FOIA Officers, Agency Principal FOIA Contacts and FOIA Public Liaisons

No pre-registration is required. However, you must present your Government ID to attend the training. Questions regarding the conference may be directed to OIP’s Training Officer, Bertina Adams Cleveland, at (202) 514-1010. (posted 3/20/2009)

Hat tip to Stephen Gordon at The Liberty Papers blog.