So yes, there was some other news besides John Catoe's resignation. Was I paying attention to any of it? Not really. Catoe's departure has ended one chapter, the Catoe Watch, however the real challenge is only beginning. I'll be writing more about this, including speculation over who might serve as an interim general manager in the next few days. However, for this morning, I want to present you with the non-Catoe Friday round-up.
DC might get some terror trial action. As part of President Obama's plan to move away from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, DC may play host to some criminal trials for accused terrorists. One such suspected terrorist, Riduan Isamuddin, was the alleged mastermind of the 2002 bombing of a nightclub in Bali. What does this mean for us? Well, conservatives will likely pitch another fit about it, and we'll need enhanced security. This also means you should pay attention to any summons for federal jury service. You might just end up on a high profile case. We might not have representation in Congress, but we sure as hell have to serve on juries.
Gilbert Arenas expected to plead guilty to felony gun possession this afternoon. The Wizards guard has been charged with carrying a pistol without a license, but is expected not to serve any jail time. A felony conviction would allow the Wizards to get out of his ridiculous contract, which is the only good thing to come out of this whole mess. So what does this plea agreement mean? Does it mean the US Attorney feels they could not get a conviction? Seems pretty open and shut to me, dude even admitted he brought the guns, which is breaking the law. I find it hard to believe that even a DC jury could sympathize with Arenas. Same goes for the other guy, Javaris Crittenton, who allegedly loaded a gun at the Verizon Center. These people are all jackasses. Yeah yeah, blah blah celebrity yadda yadda yadda. Let's talk real talk again: how many of you could bring a gun to work in DC, show it off to people, possibly load it and point it at people? Zero. First off, you'd have been arrested on the spot, or the police would shoot you. And you'd deserve it.
Round-up of local efforts to help Haiti. Yes, I know, "white liberal guilt" and "where were you when thousands were dying before the earthquake." However, in the world of real life, its always better to help someone if you can now, then to not help them. And from the obvious category, it doesn't matter why you help, just as long as you do. Borderstan has a good list of ways to help out locally, check it out.
Peace out Virginia, see you in four years (maybe!) Tomorrow Robert McDonnell will be sworn in as Governor of Virginia, in a "small" ceremony. Due to the commonwealth's budget gap, McDonnell has taken a paycut, and trimmed back the inauguration. This is all well and good, except for the whole dude being extremely conservative thing. If you recall, McDonnell beat the poorly prepared Creigh Deeds, even after McDonnell's sexist and über conservative thesis on government was leaked to the media. Pat Robertson, fresh off of kicking the shit out of Haiti, will attend the ceremony. Women, who only belong in the kitchen, did not receive invitations to watch the inauguration.
It's a long weekend, beware of the Red Line in Maryland. As we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. this weekend (see above, U2), remember that the Red Line will be undergoing extensive work. The Grosvenor-Strathmore station will be closed, and the Red Line will operate in two segments--from Shady Grove to White Flint and Medical Center to Glenmont. Shuttle service will be available around the closure.
Posted by Dave Stroup at 9:00 PM