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Washington City Paper‘s 10 New Year’s Resolutions: Nos. 5 and 6

new_year_20105. Attend couples' counseling with Peter Nickles. The attorney general, quite simply, does not like us very much. The District's top lawyer—the man who called Councilmember Mary Cheh an "angry woman"—seems kind of angry himself, if you ask us. He won't speak to certain members of our staff (i.e., Jason Cherkis), whom he recently dubbed, during a personal visit to his office, "not a reporter." And that hurts our feelings. But let the record show: We are committed to trying to work it out.

6. Following the lead of the Washington Post, link less. The effectiveness of this strategy came through for the daily during the Great Snowball (Gun)Fight of 2009, at which an off-duty D.C. cop got out of his Hummer and drew his weapon for no reason other than his vehicle had been hit with snowballs. Rather than link to existing video and photos that clearly showed what happened, the Post ran an inaccurate and incomplete story quoting a load of bullshit from police. Because, you see, to link is to lose. If only we here at City Paper could be so Web savvy.

Stay tuned to City Desk for the rest.

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  • Karen Bune

    The off-duty cop had good reason to pull out his gun after exiting his vehicle. First, the snowballers had no business throwing them at his vehicle and when he did exit, they pelted him with snowballs. Once he was identified as a cop, there were certain members of the group, that was also comprised of anarchists with stones and other potential weapons, who began calling him names and showing no respect for his authority. He demonstrated the utmost restraint until he pulled out his weapon. With a mob that he faced, there was potential danger he likely felt knowing that certain group members had potential weapons and were taunting him with insubordination. Let's not appease the public merely for political "correctness." There were a number of those individuals in the crowd who could have been--and should have been--locked up for assault and other charges.

  • Kevin

    Karen Bune, now, like many members of the deranged right wing, you are just making things up. I am a 46 year-old neighborhood resident of 8 years and saw the entire thing from not 50 feet away.

    "The off-duty cop had good reason to pull out his gun after exiting his vehicle. First, the snowballers had no business throwing them at his vehicle and when he did exit, they pelted him with snowballs."

    That's your first "good reason"??? LOL!

    "Once he was identified as a cop, there were certain members of the group, that was also comprised of anarchists with stones and other potential weapons, who began calling him names and showing no respect for his authority."

    There were NO stones and NO weapons of any sort, you freakin' lunatic.

    "He demonstrated the utmost restraint until he pulled out his weapon. With a mob that he faced, there was potential danger he likely felt knowing that certain group members had potential weapons and were taunting him with insubordination."

    In the words of one of your fellow wingnuts, "You lie!" He stepped out of his Hummer and drew his weapon BEFORE he was hit with a snowball -- video-documented fact. And NEVER SHOWED A BADGE. I was there! Insubordination? This implies that we citizens are supposed to be SUBORDINATE. This is not s dictatorship.

    "Let's not appease the public merely for political "correctness." There were a number of those individuals in the crowd who could have been--and should have been--locked up for assault and other charges."

    Thank God our police chief is much more level-headed than you and understand what is clear to everyone who isn't nuts: the detective was clearly in the wrong! The fact that some of those kids were rude to doesn't matter a whit. Being disrespectful is not illegal.

    Now crawl back under your rock. And tell Glenn Beck I said hi.

  • Typical DC BS

    Waah, my Hummer got hit with snowballs. Waaah. Let me get out and show these punks who the boss is.

    Jeez, it's just a vehicle. The cop should get over his identification with the Hummer. Best thing he could have done was toss some snowballs back at the crowd.

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