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It was a traffic nightmare for many in Washington, DC this morning as a result of  protesters on horses and mule wagons.  No really this is NOT The Onion.  It really happened without a scintilla of awareness of the irony of it all on the part of the "authentic cowboys" who journeyed from California across the US to DC to bellyache about the Bureau of Land Management having the audacity to limit their subsidized grazing on drought stressed land.

Ride on, cowboy! Men on horses caused rolling street closures

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It begins with a headline in the running for "Understatement of the Year"

Under new ownership, WJLA-TV takes a slight turn to the right

Longtime DC residents have grown up watching the power local news team of Gordon Peterson and Maureen Bunyan.  First on WUSA the duo was reunited at WJLA over ten years ago, when owner Joe Allbitron decided that the way to win the local news war was to give the public old school straight up news from seasoned broadcast veterans.  Allbitron's decision paid off big time for him, when WJLA's newscasts went from last place to first place.  Allbitron expanded his news empire with a 24 hour local newschannel, Newschannel8, and then his son Robert provided the seed money to start the political gossip rag Politico.

For whatever reason after Joe passed away Robert decided that the TV stations would not be profitable in the future, WJLA was no longer the #1 newscast as fewer folks were watching ABC primetime (but being #2 isn't so bad is it?), so he put the station group and Newschannel8 up for sale.  Unfortunately the winning buyer was the Sinclair Broadcast group with the deal being finalized in July 2014 after obtaining FCC approval.

Follow me past the orange doo-hicky for the sad tale of what is now happening, thanks to brave employees and fired employees dishing to The Washington Post's Paul Farhi


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I don't know who is worse, professor Ryan D. Enos of Harvard for claiming that demographic changes will drive liberal whites to the GOP out of racism or the editor of The Washington Post's Outlook section for publishing this piece.  Then again they have faculty at Harvard like this???  Really?

How the demographic shift could hurt Democrats, too

It’s assumed that, as the United States becomes increasingly non-white, white Democrats will continue to support the party. But a substantial amount of social-science evidence suggests a different conclusion: As the United States becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, liberal whites might start leaning Republican.
Okay then, once I wiped away the coffee I snorted onto my keyboard from laughing so hard, I read on, I mean this one's gotta be good. NOT.
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I live in Northern Virginia, you know the sensible blue state portion of VA, but that didn't stop me from having an ARGH moment as I sipped my coffee and read The Washington Post Thursday morning:

Fairfax County parent wants ‘Beloved’ banned from school system

The Beloved in this case is Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize novel, and yes Toni Morrison as in the Nobel Prize in Literature winner in 1993.

The mom clutching her pearls is Laura Murphy of Fairfax Station, VA.

Toni Morrison’s “Beloved,” Murphy said, depicts scenes of bestiality, gang rape and an infant’s gruesome murder, content she believes could be too intense for teenage readers.

“It’s not about the author or the awards,” said Murphy, a mother of four whose eldest son had nightmares after reading “Beloved” for his senior-year Advanced Placement English class. “It’s about the content.”


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AP is reporting that Arlen Spector his passed away according to his son Shanin:
Longtime GOP Senate moderate Arlen Specter dies

I respect Senator Spector for the lines he would not cross but at the same time disappointed in a number of episodes in his long career of public service, most prominently his handling of the Clarence Thomas hearing including his grilling of Anita Hill.  Honestly I do think he was mostly of that old school that did what he felt was best for his state.  In hindsight would rather have more Arlen Spectors as the loyal opposition than the treasonous crew in the GOP side of congress today.


Okay I'll be the first to say this issue is not of earth shattering importance, there's far greater issues we are dealing with, I sure hope all the Keystone State voters can vote and all the folks struggling in poverty find a helping hand.  But still I find myself thinking that because we've let business get away with the small stuff, they have been emboldened to far worse behavior.  In short consumers need to be yelling fowl when corporations pull nasty tricks on us.

Our tale begins with my decades long habit of consuming a container of yogurt at lunch on weekdays.  I've long been a finicky demanding yogurt consumer, I'm not a fan of the taste of High Fructose Corn Syrup or the gelatinous masses that pretend to be "Greek", so I like to eat a mix of fat free and full fat products (in moderation, I swear ;-).  One of my favorite brands recently has been Liberté Méditerranée.

Follow me for over the jump to read about what goaded me to write my first diary in over 2 years.


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My heart stopped, my jaw dropped to the floor when I heard on WTOP an hour ago that Gerry Connelly, Democratic (or so I thought!) congressman for Virginia's 11th District was "undecided" on the healthcare vote.  I've been trying ever since to call but of course all you get are busy signals. I need to get a message to Gerry.

Pass the damm bill Gerry or you'll be another one term wonder like Leslie Byrnes!

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Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 08:48 AM PST

I'm overtaxed! Now plow my street ASAP.

by akeitz

As the saying goes, elections have consequences.  

As I write this diary, I sit safely in my house in Northern Virginia under a blizzard warning. VDOT has pulled the plows off the roads temporarily in the worst of this. Meanwhile my neighbors in my "red" precinct are complaining on our community e-mail list about not being plowed out from the weekend snow, many making specific whines about being overtaxed, so why can't VDOT plow out my side street.


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I'm livid, angry, frustrated.  I cannot watch the inauguration concert as it is exclusive to HBO.  My cable company Cox will not make HBO available to non-digital subscribers, so unless you have ponied up for expensive digital cable, you CANNOT watch the concert on TV.  I actually called and confirmed that getting a song and dance about the issue being out of Cox's hands. Yeah right.

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I'm still doing a slow burn as I read the monthly civic assoc newsletter and noticed that the January Monthly meeting's guest will be a guy who owns a firm called Lantern Wealth Management. The quotes from the news show exactly what side of the fence the guy is on and what side of the fence the head of the association is on. Grrrrrrrr.


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Sun Mar 30, 2008 at 05:22 PM PDT

Three Cheers For My Fellow Nats Fans

by akeitz

I know, I know never blog after finishing off a nice bottle of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc but man, oh man I flipped to catch the Nationals home opener and wow.  The boo birds were out and no ESPN didn't even bother to filter out the crowd noise. They must have known ahead of time that it would be boos right? Wow again 'cause you blink and you would have missed it too -- President Bush ran out onto the field, threw out that first pitch and ran like a coward back to the bullpen to a rather loud chorus of those boo-birds.

Of course though the announcers did not note the elephant in the room -- they ignored the booing and began to um actually talk about BASEBALL.


By now many of you may have seen the bridge collapse in Minneapolis.  I'm heartsick over it and scared about the bridges I drive over daily.  No cause can be determined yet of course but this should be a wakeup call to us all -- much of our transportation infrastructure dates back to the 1950s and 1960s, a fair bit from WPA projects from the 1930s -- heck some like the Brooklyn Bridge dates back to the 19th Century.

We are all at risk due to our aging infrastructure.  We have not put major dollars into repairing our roads, bridges, tunnels, trains and mass transit since the Interstate Highway System was mostly complete in the 1970s. Just today it came out that the Feds are rejecting the Virginia Metrorail expansion to Dulles Airport as "too expensive".

We need fewer tax breaks for Grover Norquist and his crowd and of course less money spent on crazy wars without end.  We need to come home and rebuild our crumbling country.  I swear to god I do not want to see any more bodies sacrificed to the altar of low taxes because we're too cheap to keep our bridges safe.


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