Posts tagged ‘Washington D.C.’

August 29, 2011

Quote of the Day II: God Punished America with Hurricane Irene

by Vince Giordano

“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.” –Michele Bachmann on how she interpreted Hurricane Irene this past weekend.

Doug Mataconis adds some insight:

Of course, I’m not sure how this computes given the fact that the storm largely spared Washington, D.C. and New York, while hammering a red states like North Carolina and a heavily Republican area like Virginia’s Tidewater region.

Bachmann’s press secretary adds some extremely deep insight:

”Obviously she was saying it in jest.”

March 23, 2011

House GOP Takes Up P90X

by Vince Giordano

Paul Ryan and other House of Representatives are bringing it:

To achieve that second set of goals, a group gathers most days around two televisions in the House gym to follow a series of DVD workout routines known to late-night infomercial fans as P90X, the “most extreme home fitness training program.”

As have thousands of insomniac former couch potatoes, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and a crew of young Republicans have taken to the P90X workout routines with an ideological intensity. For the lawmakers, it’s a get-tough fitness dogma that mirrors their promises to pump up job growth and chisel away flabby federal programs.

They may think like Gingrich and Reagan, but “we want to look like Tony,” says P90X devotee Rep. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.).

As for House Speaker John Boehner:

Mr. Boehner, a smoker and neat freak, vacuums, takes early-morning walks and rides his bicycle around monuments.

January 4, 2011

Political Cartoon of the Day

by Vince Giordano

H/T: Tony Auth

November 3, 2010

Electronic Citation

by Vince Giordano

MJ and I were just about to part ways. She was about to take a walk with the little ones and I was about to go off on a jog. We checked the mailbox and we received some interesting mail and some junk (duh). One envelope was addressed to her from Chevy Chase Village.

I instantly recognized it. When we recently visited a friend of mine from college in D.C., we drove down Connecticut Avenue and through Chevy Chase Village. I, of course, thought of the actor who played the huge goof ball in the Griswold vacation flicks. We slashed open the envelope, as most people do in a rush to see who wrote to them, to then find a sheet with pictures of her car and an self-addressed envelope. Yeah, my first ticket.

I had seen signs for these kind of “devices” before. “Your speed is tracked by motion devices” or “Your speed is monitored by aircraft”. I thought both of them were bizarre and I, in 20-20 hindsight, foolishly dismissed them. I don’t recall seeing any signs for one on our way to or from D.C. but one device must of seen us.

It wasn’t a major speeding infraction, and even if it was, they couldn’t prove who was driving the car, so no points and we were slapped with a rather fair ticket,  in my opinion. I am just left amazed that these things actually exist. It is gives off a somewhat creepy feeling knowing that a secret bureaucracy (that is a somewhat demonized word these days) is watching and subsequently making boatloads of money every day.

I know one thing: these hidden cameras can be anywhere and it is making me think twice about speeding down the local country road or anywhere for that matter. I hope it lasts long enough to send me thinking about my driving and subsequently serve others on the road and the device itself its intended purpose: to have a lawful driver on the road.

October 13, 2010

Bumblebee Collides with Cop

by Vince Giordano
October 7, 2010

The “One Nation” Rally

by Vince Giordano
September 16, 2010

“I am a Change Agent”

by Vince Giordano

Circa 2007

Hat Tip: Ezra Klein

August 30, 2010

The Only Thing White People Have to Fear…Ctd.

by Vince Giordano

Michael R. Drane wrote about Glenn Beck’s Saturday gathering. He focused on the fear mongering of some of the attendees which can be followed back to its source: Glenn Beck. Because the Honor Rally was headed up by right-wing demagogues (Beck and Sarah Palin), it is easy to equate this with their usually diatribes that are at times harsh and often times polarizing.

Here is some of what I gathered. A flickr grouping of pictures here. A clip of Alveda King speaking at the rally here. Next, a contradictory blip from Sarah Palin here: how can you say in one breath that you wan to limit government and its spending but continue to let our military and its spending balloon and go unchecked?

In the end, I am trying to look at this event as unbiased as I can. I haven’t read anything that reported any incitement of racism at the rally. Some believe that some groups tried to go in and take pictures to fish for any type of racism. I will leave you with the below picture.