courtesy of ‘BrianMKA’
There is a movement afoot to bring a demonstration to DC that will actually be awesome. A movement determined to bring Stephen Colbert to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to call America back to it’s core values, namely truthiness. This movement is gaining traction but is still in its infancy. But I’m spreading the word. I want this vision to become a reality. Join your voices with the literally dozens of other patriots calling for Stephen Colbert to call us back to our roots. Maybe if you tweet something awesome, it will end up on the Report.
PS: Colbert Nation, if this rally actually happens, pick up your trash.
‘does he look angry to you?’
For our second Glenn Beck rally related post of the day (forgive me) the GW Hatchet reports that a pair of rally goers didn’t take kindly to DC’s tyrannical bag tax:
“Though the rally was a mostly peaceful gathering, two rally attendees got into a heated argument with an employee at the GW Deli over the D.C. bag tax, which ultimately resulted in the tea party member throwing a sandwich in the deli employee’s face.”
The deli employee, obviously being the author of said bag tax, was a perfectly reasonable target for anti-tax rage. The rally goes, being voting members of the District of Columbia, had every right to be angry. All in all, an entirely measured and well reasoned outcome.
I nominate Eric Johnson and Meegs Benavidez
‘On the hill’
courtesy of ‘theqspeaks’
Glenn Beck says that 500,000 plus attended his rally. NBC says 300,000 people were there. Michelle Bachman swears she saw no fewer than 1 million. CBS estimates 87,000. My appraisal: neither I, nor anyone else has a clue. It seems that we go through some form of this debate every time a sharply political rally rolls through town. Supporters always estimate astronomical numbers while detractors offer significantly more modest figures. The issue came to a head in 1995 when the National Park Service, who up until that point used an imprecise but fairly logical aerial imagery method for estimating crowd density (basically taking square areas of space, counting the number of individuals in that area and then extrapolating that out to include the entire square footage of the event space), was threatened with suit by Louis Farrakhan for estimating that his “Million Man March” was more like a “500,000 Man March.” Since that time, the Park Service has refrained from calculating crowd sizes, thereby leaving the job to people who may have ulterior motives affecting their conclusions. The trouble, of course, is that the average human so rarely sees crowds in excess of a few hundred that it’s really impossible for anyone to estimate the sizes of huge crowds. So, let’s just be honest with ourselves: there were a lot of people at the Restoring Honor rally. No one knows how many and it doesn’t really matter.
courtesy of ‘MissChatter’
Last week I reported that it was looking like Steve Strasburg’s MLB debut would be June 4. Well, it seems that I was wrong. The Nationals website reports that Strasburg will be starting between June 8 and June 10 in the Nats’ series against the Pirates. They haven’t said which game, exactly, but they plan on making that announcement a week before the actual day itself. If it makes you feel better, I bought pricey tickets to the June 4 game. Oh well. I guess I’ll just have nice seats when they take on the Reds.
‘Real Estate For Sale Signs’
courtesy of ‘Mr. T in DC’
Do you ever feel like your pad is just a bit too large? Maybe you’re the type that doesn’t really like a space of their own. Well, you’re in luck because DC’s smallest (unofficially) house is currently on the market. For just over $1000/mo, you can enjoy all that this Capitol Hill home’s 252 square feet has to offer. The house is comes complete with a kitchenette, bathroom and backyard that’s actually larger than the interior. Frankly, though, it looks a little silly in between the neighboring normal sized houses, but I suppose that’s part of the charm. So, if you’re the type of person searching for a unique little (emphasis on little) home, DC has the answer. Isn’t there a tiny house in Georgetown, too? I wonder which is smaller.
‘9-12 March in DC-24’
If you happen to see a group of armed Tea Baggers in Virginia tomorrow, don’t be alarmed! It’s merely a group of patriots(tm) attempting to make some sort of statement against big government by carrying firearms, which symbolizes something. A coalition of militias and gun rights groups that are ticked about, amongst other things, health care reform and bailouts, are strapping on and gathering tomorrow at Gravelly Point on the Virginia side of the Potomac, the closest place to DC that they can openly carry. They aim to make history by holding the first armed protest in a national park, and are in no way attempting intimidate political opponents by brandishing weapons as they protest the “erosion of the Constitution.” In fact, they see bearing arms as a form of mainstream political dialogue, a right granted to them by the Constitution, along with the right to peaceably assemble. Why you’d need weapons at a peaceful protest hasn’t quite been hashed out, but supposedly the group has a rationale. But really, I’m not here to tell you about it. I just don’t want you to freak out if you see guys with guns shouting angrily in the direction of the Capitol. They’re just fighting for our rights.
‘they’ve had enough’
courtesy of ‘philliefan99’
Tax hating, tea-party protesters are angry at Metro. You’d think it would be for being a publicly funded transit system that wastes tax-payer dollars as it ferries the excessively large federal workforce in and out of the city. It turns out, however, that the tea baggers are upset because WMATA’s service wasn’t up to snuff during their Saturday protest. Texas Representative Kevin Brady is calling for an investigation into whether or not Metro adequately prepared for the number of protesters that were in the city on 9/12. The irony, of course, is that these people were in DC to protest government spending on services, in general.
See the WSJ article on the subject, here.