Archive for December, 2004

Oh Baby It’s Cold Outside.

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Dude. It is butt-ass cold out there.

Sean, are there any openings at blogging.la? Please? It’s just too cold for this Californian to take.

The Metroblogging DC Carol Singers Present….

A little something we’ve been working on to entertain you, our beloved readers.

The Twelve Days of Christmas in DC

On the twelfth day of Christmas that I spent in DC….

Twelve metbloggers blogging*
Eleven drunk Hill interns
Ten streets a-closing
Nine trains a-crashing,
Eight snipers sniping,
Seven protesters protesting,
Six monuments jutting,
Five traffic tickets!
Four AOL nerds
Three squabbling bus drivers
Two raging bums
and they lit the National Christmas tree!

*Actually, there are 13 of us, but we ran out of verses.

Also, be sure to see the 12 Threads of DC’s Craigslist.

DC Convention Center to be Imploded Tomorrow

Explosion junkie? Looking for a good loud time?

Tomorrow at 7:30, they’re imploding the old convention center.

I for one welcome the destruction of this eyesore.

Drop Cropp! (And Avoid Stadium Taxes!)

There’s now an Official Campaign to Recall Linda Cropp.

Now, the path to a recall is no cakewalk, they’d have to get 10% of the DC electorate, plus another 10% of people in 5 of the 8 wards, to oust her. But, really, I expect we could find that many baseball fans in our number.

DROP CROPP!

In interest to equal shares of time, there is also a website (with a sincerely great name) against publicly funded stadiums that is covering this very same issue, Field of Schemes.

NO BASEBALL!

(Really, we’re doing our best to represent both sides, and yes, it’s deeply killing me to write the above phrase.)

An Open Letter

Dear Anti-Bush protester type people:

I realize that you are especially discontented with the outcome of this election, and feel that as a result, you must protest at the inauguration. Democracy thrives on the presence of many voices, so good for you. Dress warmly, and wear layers. But I have one simple request.

Don’t be assholes.

Oh yes, I realize that you have a Constitutionally-protected right to be assholes, but just because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD. On Inauguration Day, thousands upon thousands of people will be trying to get to work or otherwise go about their lives. Most of these people didn’t vote for George W. Bush anyway. We will be picking our way through the congestion caused by tighter security, there will likely be bomb-sniffing dogs on the Metro and extra snipers situated around the festivities. Streets will be cordoned off for the parade and accompanying protests. We will experience higher-than-normal levels of commute frustration as traffic, security measures, and tourons will be at their highest level in 4 years. So don’t feel that you have to add to the confusion by trying to block streets that haven’t already been cordoned off for your safety, obstruct people from passing on sidewalks, screaming at passers-by, or otherwise making a nuisance of yourself.

You see, the seat of US national government is also our home. So don’t crap on our couch, okay?

Love,
Tiff

(Originally posted to Quibbling.net)

Protests O’Rama

January 20th is inauguration day and the Associated Press is reporting that various groups are planning protests for during the event:

Getting ready for Jan. 20, 2005, various groups are using Web sites, e-mails, fliers and word of mouth to urge thousands of demonstrators to gather in the nation’s capital.

Among planned events are an anti-war rally and three-mile march to the White House, a massive bike ride similar to those that disrupted traffic in New York City before the Republican National Convention, and a “die-in” to remind the nation of more than 1,200 U.S. dead in Iraq.

Through the Web site www.turnyourbackonbush.org, organizers are urging demonstrators to leave political buttons and placards at home, join other parade-goers on the afternoon of the inauguration and then, as Bush’s motorcade passes, show the president their backs.

The DC Anti-War Network is organizing a rally and march to the White House on the morning of the inauguration, getting the word out through the Web site www.counter-inaugural.org/, which says, “Bush isn’t going away, and neither are we.”

Yay democracy!

Jenna Bush, teacher?

A First Lady spokesperson said yesterday that Bush twin Jenna “will live in Washington and will go to work at a public school.” Yeah, well you can be sure they’ll keep her out of Ballou. And indeed, the rumor mill has it that she will be teaching at a public charter elementary school in Mt Pleasant/Columbia Heights.

The same rumor mill also mentions the twins are thinking of leasing a house in Georgetown. Try to do that on a normal teacher’s salary…

Cropp Stuns Mayor With Baseball Package

Council Chairman Linda Cropp stunned Mayor Williams with a late amendment to change the requirements for funding to include a requirement for 50% private funding for the new baseball stadium.

This does, however, jeopardize MLB’s return to the District. The deal that MLB had with the Mayor was for a new stadium, built with public funds, in the District. Now, it appears, that deal is off. What this means for the Nationals, I don’t know. But it does mean I’ll be snapping up a couple extra hats for when the team is moved away from DC shortly hereafter thanks to the assholatry of the DC Council

DC’s Bastard Child of an Airport

Washington Dulles, a bizarre concoction of an airport, provides this town with the majority of its international travel, and according to a columnist from the Financial Times, “an airport in chaos – think Calcutta, Nairobi or any other erstwhile Third World hell hole, where to get on or off a flight was often an achievement in itself, and you have Dulles. ”

I could not agree more!

Rancid Bastard!

If this gloomy weather has got you down, head out to the Black Cat tonight and pogo away your problems to the Punk Rock power of Lars Frederikson and the Bastards.

That’s right Lars, from the only 90’s Punk Rock band that matters – Rancid. The Bastards are his excellent side project band who are touring in support of their second rocking album. These guys cancelled last time they were going to play DC, so their return should make for a glorious night of rawkus fun!

$12, doors 9:30, @ The Black Cat w/ Roger Miret(Agnostic Front)

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