Thursday, October 23


The Washington Post has not only endorsed a Republican toady of the business lobby, Patrick Mara, for the at large city council seat, it also took an exceptionally snotty swipe at DC's efforts to gain full participation in the American political system: "We offer no endorsements for the shadow Senate or Representative seats, offices that carry no real responsibilities and that hurt the city's efforts to be taken seriously on the Hill." The reason the shadow seats - of the sort used by Alaska and Hawaii to gain statehood - are not taken seriously is because not one public official or major media lifts a finger on behalf of statehood. The Post once endorsed statehood but you'd never know it today. The city council, mayor and colonial wimps at DC Vote are happy to have a token vote in the House. Only the DC Statehood Green Party puts any effort into the cause. Keep that in mind at the polls and remember not to take the Post seriously.

Richard Layman, DC Watch -
The Attorney General position in DC government is a position that spans the boundaries between the Executive Branch of the government and the people-citizens of the city, who are sovereign. The people and our interests should be represented first, before those interests of the government which serve us. Both the mayor and the city council have legal counsel offices separate from the Office of Attorney General. It makes sense to convert the AG position to one that is elected, which is common across the country at both the state and county level. This should be thought of as an evolutionary step in post-Home Rule DC government.

John Vidal, Guardian, UK - Growing inequality in US cities could lead to widespread social unrest and increased mortality, says a new United Nations report on the urban environment. In a survey of 120 major cities New York was found to be the ninth most unequal in the world and Atlanta, New Orleans, Washington, and Miami had similar inequality levels to those of Nairobi, Kenya and Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Many were above an internationally recognized acceptable "alert" line used to warn governments. According to the annual State of the World's cities report from UN-Habitat, race is one of the most important factors determining levels of inequality in the US and Canada. "In western New York state nearly 40% of the black, Hispanic and mixed-race households earned less than $15,000 compared with 15% of white households. The life expectancy of African-Americans in the US is about the same as that of people living in China and some states of India, despite the fact that the US is far richer than the other two countries," it

In fact, both this journal and the DC Statehood Party advocated an elected attorney general and comptroller back in the 1970s.

Eavesdrop DC -
On Sunday, I overheard three guys walking out of Whole Foods as one of them says: "I make a policy of not changing my facebook status in the first three months of dating someone."

Washington Post -
Residents of the District's Chevy Chase area have voted overwhelmingly to reject historic district designation for their neighborhood. . .

Washington Post - Several D.C. Council members criticized an agreement to pay the Washington Nationals $4 million to resolve a dispute over the team's refusal to pay stadium rent, saying the District gave up more than it got in return. Under the terms of the settlement, reached late Friday by Acting D.C. Attorney General Peter J. Nickles and Nationals Vice Chairman Edward Cohen, the team will pay $3.5 million in rent that was due to the city last spring. . . The settlement calls for the District to pay $4.25 million to reimburse the Nationals for expenses the team incurred after the ownership group led by Theodore N. Lerner ordered changes to the ballpark design. Some of the money also will allow the "punch list" of unfinished work to be completed by the end of the year. Although Nickles portrayed the deal as a compromise aimed at ending months of acrimonious negotiations, council members said the District capitulated. "On its face, I've got some questions about it," said Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D). "The way I read it, we got the $3.5 million we would have gotten anyway, and we gave up $4 million in additional concessions."

DCist - True to its name, the newly opened Founding Farmers restaurant is owned by the North Dakota Farmers Union. The two-story Farragut space is the second restaurant from NDFU, which also owns Agraria in Georgetown. Like its sister restaurant, Founding Farmers sources most of its food from regional family farms in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. A few products, like honey, are from farther flung destinations (Maine, Wisconsin). All of Founding Farmers partner farms follow sustainable farming guidelines.

Eavesdrop DC - Tourist 1: Do you wanna go to Ford's Theatre?. . . Tourist 2: Whats that?. . . Tourist 1: Its that place Lincoln shot that one guy. . . Booth I think?. . . Tourist 2: Oh.



At 11:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually only 1/3 of the affected residents in Chevy Chase voted against the Historic District. The rest either voiced no opinion, supported it or didn't vote.

There have been reports of residents who didn't receive the ballot, which makes the whole process suspect.

It is too bad the sponsoring entity withdrew the nomination so prematurely.


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