Briefly noted, another Monday;

It was a busy weekend in DC, as things return to "full-time" again. Saturday our fair city played host to another teabagger protest, this time dubbed the 9/12 demonstration. I don't understand exactly how "9/12" and "Healthcare Reform is the Devil" are connected, but hey, who said logic and reason had a place in such discussions of national public policy. I forgot that after the World Trade Center collapsed and the Pentagon burned, Americans rallied together to screw the uninsured. I guess I should cut the protesters some slack, they've been consistently protesting massive government spending for over 9 years now... right?

Redskins lose to the Giants in season opener. Not quite the "suckiest bunch of sucks that ever did suck" but Jason Campbell wasn't exactly inspiring. Can someone buy the man a watch, please? Or explain the concept of the play clock? I have to admit, the fake field goal was pretty good. Giants to Jim Zorn: "You Lie!"

Mayor Fenty participated in the Nation's Triathalon on Sunday. WTOP wins the award for fluffiest inside baseball fluff piece. A good three paragraphs of their story was dedicated to some sort of "feud" between WTOP's Mark Plotkin and the Mayor. NBC4 has Fenty's bare chest plastered all over an article and calls him "pretty hot." Ah, the increasing casual nature of the news.

Two more homicides this weekend. MPD Chief Lanier said bring it on, and it is now being brought. Two men are dead after shootings in Northeast, including a 16-year-old. That goal of less than 100 homicides is slipping away, sadly.

Never doubt the power of the blogs. I forgot to mention this, but I was down on U Street yesterday and saw the newly re-named "U-Scream Ice Cream." For those who missed it, the Prince of Petworth readership came up with the new name. I still standby my suggestion, "A Dreamsicle Deferred"

Former DPR chief launches Council campaign, to run on "dog park" platform. Clark Ray, former Clinton administration official and head of DPR, kicked off his run for an At-Large Council seat this weekend. Ray will be challenging Phil Mendelson in the Democratic primary next year. Ray has been touted for expanding DC's parks and dog parks before getting axed by Fenty. While I'm sure Ray is running on more than just dog parks, you might not be sure after reading the Post's article. I loved the closing paragraphs:
Judy Leon, who lives in the 1500 block of 16th Street, attended Ray's announcement with her dog Beta.

"This is a dog whose life was changed by Mr. Ray," Leon said, explaining how the 4-year-old yellow Labrador was rescued from a puppy mill. "She's now able to come out of her shell [at the dog park] and play with other dogs."
Finally, some of the ghost bikes still remain. This morning I walked past Connecticut and R and many of the ghost bikes were still in place. DPW and the Mayor's Office need to figure this out, because at this point it's a bit ridiculous.


  1. Dave,

    Glenn Beck started the 9/12 project, which intends to bring American back to its pre-9/11 days, whatever the hell that means. As with most Beck endeavaors, adherence to logic is not particularly important.

  2. Oh my God you said "Teabagger!" You the clever blogger! It must have taken you hours to come up with that dandy.

    they've been consistently protesting massive government spending for over 9 years now... right?

    Actually, yes, most of the people at the protest were the very people that were ticked at Bush's massive over-spending.

    I know original thinking is hard, but you can get outside of your box for a second and try it.

  3. Just as people dismissed anti-war protests as fringe and crazy (despite huge numbers of people), so should the "tea party" protests be dismissed. No?

    While a small percentage of people at the protest have always been against large government spending... a good deal of those present are simply looking for reasons to take on Obama, no matter what the real issues at hand may be.

  4. 9/12 refers to the 9 "principles" and 12 "values"

    The Nine Principles

    1. America is good.

    2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.

    3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.

    4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.

    5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

    6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

    7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

    8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.

    9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

    12 Values
    Hard Work
    Personal Responsibility

  5. For anyone interested, Clark Ray outlined his platform in his announcement speech on Saturday.


  6. Michael,

    Who wins in the deathmatch between principles 5 and 9? Inquiring minds want to know.

  7. Those are the 9 "principles" and 12 "values?" Does that mean as an unmarried atheist I can't be a teabagger?

  8. That overeating gaggle had so much health care that they were trading it for pretzel-dogs.

  9. How many people protested on the mall on Saturday? Has anyone seen a final number?