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Washington Metro News

The Post and the Gnats

Those of us who live in Washington can sometimes over-inflate the importance of what goes on here, foisting local stories on a national audience.

Sometimes, though, those stories can help make a useful point. So today I write about the Washington Nationals and The Washington Post and what they share in common with so many of our failing institutions.

I’ll give it away: They are now being run by people who seem to have too little regard for their companies’ unique ways of doing business. They seem to consider unimportant the sometimes-tedious ethics and practices that made the properties they’ve taken over prosper in the first place. Economy-wide, whatever the enterprise, it’s only about making as much money as possible. Corner-cutting — of all types — is the way to do it.

The End of Rumination

I grumbled for many years when I commuted to work. What a waste of time and energy. But in my car or on the Metro, I often used that quiet time to ponder personal and professional questions that a busy schedule and lifestyle pushed to the background. I’d compose letters, devise strategies, consider options, balance competing demands while alone in my private zone. I now use that same time of reflection as I walk to and from my new office, solving the issues of our times and the mundane ones of my life. Or at least considering them.

Pinning Extremism

The left wing started it.

They tried to blame Bill O’Reilly for the actions of the idiot who killed Joseph Tiller.

Then they tried to pin the crazy man who shot and killed a security guard at the Holocaust Museum on conservative talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh.

Rush fired back, pointing out that many forms of virulent anti-Semitism come from the left.

The Holocaust Shooting

In loving memory of Officer Stephen Johns, I write this blog today honoring his heroism in the line of duty.

I’m sure every reader joins me in honoring each and every security guard at the National Holocaust Museum who knowingly placed his or her life on the line to protect visitors and, more importantly, to take this murderer out. It’s difficult to fathom what goes through a law enforcement officer’s mind when they stare down a dangerous threat, but they do it instinctually and unselfishly, and for that, this city and the nation are grateful.

Aligning for Justice Issues

Yesterday, the Alliance for Justice celebrated its 30th anniversary before a packed hall in Washington. A film showed some of its three-decades-long highlights. Speakers congratulated the now-venerable organization’s successes, and the audience warmed to the oncoming battle over Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Q-and-A with Tiger Woods

Last week Tiger Woods came to the Congressional Country Club (CCC) to promote the third annual AT&T National, a tournament that he founded to honor his father, Earl Woods, as well as our country's troops and veterans.

Tiger announced that he will play on the historic blue course on June 30. He told me that our capital city "is a great golfing town. This is a great sport town in general. We want to come back and play here as long as Congressional wants us. I mean, this is such a great golf course and such a special area, that of course you want to come back. It is a very historic golf course and one that players love to play."

No Respect

There's an old Rodney Dangerfield joke that goes something like this: "I went to see my psychiatrist the other day and he told me I was crazy. I asked for a second opinion and he said, 'OK, you're ugly, too!' "

The joke is similar to the request made by Attorney General Eric Holder, who, after being told by the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel that legislation before Congress granting voting rights to the District of Columbia was unconstitutional, "ordered a second opinion from other lawyers and determined that the legislation would pass muster."

Zerlanga’s Revenge

I’ve been away from Old Town Alexandria since November, so my attention was caught by reports in The Washington Post and The New York Times about the recent “scandal” in the historic district. A property owner on the main commercial street, King Street, frustrated by city bureaucrats who prevented him from expanding his hunting-and-fishing store, signed a long-term lease with La Tache, a shop selling sexy clothes, paraphernalia and X-rated DVDs. Shocking!

Don't D.C. Children Deserve an Equal Opportunity Education?

It took me a minute to get off of the floor Sunday morning after reading The Washington Times, from which I learned that the government’s newest great idea has been released: cutting out the Opportunity Scholarship Program.

Would someone please show me the logic behind crippling a program that is so widely supported and that is doing so well? Why is the government going to hinder a program that secures private funds to allow people with low incomes to go to private schools? Even the argument that it’s using government money is only partially true if the donations are tax-deductible. The argument that we should not abandon public schools is hypocritical, since we all know that President Obama’s daughters are going to private school. One could only hope that one’s president would practice what he preaches.

U.S. News Truculent Over D.C. Voting Rights Arguments

Arguing in support of legislation before Congress to grant voting rights for District of Columbia residents, Robert Schlesinger, author and deputy editor of the U.S. News and World Report (and a former reporter for The Hill) challenges his readers, “If you think the plan on the table is unconstitutional, then you need to come up with a better solution.”

It reminds me at once of both Andy Kaufman and President Obama. Kaufman for tauntingly searching for suitable female wrestling opponents in his audiences, and President Obama’s asking Republican members of Congress to bring ideas to the table, then impugning those ideas that were not already his.