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Entries from April 2008

Giving Me Gas

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

Ok, I am no economist, but let me spin an equation. Current High Gas Price – Federal Gas Tax = Greater Consumption = Greater Budget Deficit = Weak U.S. Dollar = Higher Gas Price = Windfall Profits for Big Oil. If this isn’t clear to the Congress, the President, or the assorted presidential candidates, they […]

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Tags: Agencies · Rants

Midweek Wrap UP

April 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off

A potpourri of document new’s tidbits: NARA will not keep documents of the Executive Office: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) issued a memorandum to agency records officers on March 27, 2008, stating that NARA would not conduct an end of administration web snapshot or harvest of Executive Branch websites nor require agencies to do so. […]

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Tags: Agencies · Government documents · Government Printing Office · Online · President/Executive · Press releases

Politics and Oil Don’t Mix

April 20th, 2008 · Comments Off

At Friday’s press briefing at the White House two topics for the Oval Office to consider: Al Gore in ’08 and Gas at $4.00 Q How does the White House react to the growing number of predictions that the terrible deadlock will be ended in Denver by nominating Al Gore on the second ballot? MR. […]

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Tags: President/Executive · Press releases

That’s Mister Pope to You, Dubya

April 16th, 2008 · Comments Off

Sad coincidence — the day the Pope visits the Supremes validate death by lethal injection.

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Tags: Foreign news · President/Executive · Supreme Court

What Your Definition of IS IS

April 16th, 2008 · Comments Off

Ask the Whitehouse is a bit perplexing with this nugget of wisdom in response to a citizen: Rob, from Nashville writes: Why isn’t their a higher emphasis on conservation in our energy policy? Andy Karsner, Assistant Energy Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy This is a good question and is among the first I […]

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Tags: Agencies · Government documents · President/Executive

Library of Congress 2.0

April 14th, 2008 · Comments Off

MyLOC.gov The Library of Congress has introduced a new “portal” into the collection. Now anyone can take a virtual tour and more at the august institution. Simply aim your mouse and you can browse through Thomas Jefferson’s library, the core of the original collection.

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Tags: Agencies · Congress · Government documents · Online · Press releases

Out of Kilter

April 8th, 2008 · Comments Off

The press secretary is busy over at the White House “setting the record straight” as the NYT and other “Apologist(s) For Democrat-Led Congress’ Inaction” continue to distort the President’s steadfast decider-in-chief pronouncements.

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Tags: President/Executive · Press releases

Virual Mac Attack

April 4th, 2008 · Comments Off

Following the theft of government portable computers there is now a prohibition on Macs in the NIH offices — seems like 114,000 PC computer viruses are OK, but the data must be encrypted. Hey, why not just keep an eye on your laptop while taking that Latte break. Here is the somewhat vague story and […]

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Tags: Agencies · Government documents · Press releases

Watch Your (search) Language

April 4th, 2008 · Comments Off

Seems there are certain things you should NOT search for in some government databases…or so the claim is made by “Wired”…

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Tags: Agencies · Government documents · Online

GPO Printer Smeared

April 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off

The Midwest was host to the FDLPs Spring meeting and the Public Printer, Robert C. Tapella, felt compelled to respond to the Washington Time’s recent series of articles on the agency. I didn’t take word-by-word notes, but the official response is on the GPO website. Looks to me like a cheap-shot. One would think the […]

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Tags: Government documents · Government Printing Office