I have lived on and off Capitol Hill now for more than 20 years.
I lived on the Hill in the early 1990s during the bad old days, when the crack
wars threatened the lives of many young staffers, and claimed the lives of a
couple of kids who were senselessly murdered in botched robbery attempts.
When the Marion Barry regime got too corrupt, I moved off the Hill into the
relative safety of Virginia, only to return shortly after the 9/1l attacks. I
was tired of traffic and I wanted to be closer to my job, which was three
glorious blocks away.
“Lonely are the brave.”
— Dalton Trumbo
Visiting No. 1 Son in the hills last week, I overheard on his radio a young
voice saying the Stewart/Colbert event in Washington was going to be “like
Woodstock” for his generation. Was surprised that anyone 23 would want an event
“like Woodstock.” Note on Woodstock: It was a “shadow” event for the phenomenal
Summer of Love which happened just before in San Francisco. It was like if you
designed a hippie church and invited a bunch of lawyers, toked them up and
asked them to make it “like the Summer of Love” but with Bob Dylan as the New
Jesus, and you would get Woodstock. And more on that: At Woodstock, a very
legitimate and wise guru appeared between the acts and talked to the crowd. Ask
anyone you know who was there, what was the name of the guru? They don’t know?
They didn’t notice? Ask them why not.
I’m sorry, but the killing of James Lee, the Discovery Channel gunman who yesterday took several employees hostage, was the only option for that sick individual.
Special thanks go out to the Montgomery County officers and SWAT members who thought it better to shoot first and ask questions later about what kind of device Lee had strapped to his person during those intense hours.
The politico in me, however, can’t help but think of this gunman’s social views of the world. Apparently, Lee was no stranger to the Discovery Channel, and a vocal critic of its programming. He condemned human reproduction, and argued instead that we all should be “sterilized” to control the population.
Curious to see what it was all about, I attended Glenn Beck’s big rally Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial. And I’m glad I did.
First, because it gave me a good, close-up look at Tea Partiers: old, white and angry. From their T-shirts and their flags, it’s clear they all hate government. From their white hair, it’s also clear they’re all on Medicare and Social Security.
Second, because it gave me a good, close-up look at Glenn Beck. No doubt why he scheduled this rally on the Washington Mall: It’s the only place big enough to contain his ego. Barely.
Soda tax? YES!
The D.C. Council’s decision
on May 20 to take a proposed “soda tax” off the table for pending legislation
was an unfortunate mistake — one made during an election year when council
members may be more tuned in to campaign contributions from soda companies than
effecting positive change in public health.
"Sorry.” By now we're sorry we ever heard the word. From Tiger to Toyota to even D.C. City Councilman, former Mayor and nonstop delinquent Marion Barry, they're all "sorry."