Shades of Gray

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.

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Posse Comitatus Act of 1878

Posted in General, Homeland Security, Revolution, United States of America by Wayland Abernathy III on March 22, 2009

How does this 130 year old piece of legislation have bearing on our current political situation? I’m glad you asked.

I found a great posting about the subject here, by one Tom King, at his blog – Just One Man’s Opinion. This Act supposedly prevents the U.S. Military from being involved in homeland law enforcement.

Read more and you will learn more…

Protestors Bussed to AIG Exec’s Homes

Posted in AIG, Barney Frank by Wayland Abernathy III on March 22, 2009

It is just this kind of dumb move that shows that many Americans have no idea what is going on. Obama must laugh every time he reads these kinds of idiotic things. Class war? You betcha. Why can’t these people going out of their way to harass AIG executives stop telling others how to live their lives? It seems to me that they don’t need the help – it is the other way around. I love my home, too. I still don’t believe that someone who has more money than I do should help me pay for it. That is the easy way out – which is exactly what our current Administration wants people to strive for. What a waste of good American people. Why doesn’t Obama have faith in us?

And why is it OK for Barney Franks not to be reprimanded for the highly insulting treatment he (and many uninformed Americans – to include most of Congress) has shown to these business people. If they decide to return some of their bonus, good for them. It is their money. After they pay taxes (another story for another time) they can do whatever they wish with their money. I won’t even get into the list of people that knew these payments were due by March 15th. You probably already know who they are.

The fact seems to have escaped the warped minds of those folks in Congress that they brought this upon themselves. Why not scapegoat the folks receiving the bonuses? Better them than us, is what Congress is saying. And they wonder why people in fly-over country have questions about the way things are being done in D.C.

Crazy, isn’t it?

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:

SEC. 938. INCOME FROM SOURCES WITHIN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

‘(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.