City Desk

Morning Roundup: Palin’s Fox Debut, the Circulator’s Circulation, and African-American Progress

Good morning, City Desk.

Using insightful analytical phrases like "bunch of BS" and "that kind of crap," Sarah Palin made her debut on Fox News as a commentator last night! Sorry to say: missed it. But Bill O'Reilly, on whose show Palin appeared, said later the whole thing was really "no different from interviewing Chuck Schumer." Hmm.

On the home front, D.C. has been picked as a possible host city for soccer's World Cup in 2018 or 2022. (That sounds exciting, if you care about soccer, but so have Baltimore and Philadelphia and Boston and Los Angeles and Seattle and 12 other cities. Even Tampa Bay.)

A D.C. Council committee has voted to run the city-funded Circulator bus across one river—the Potomac—but not another—the Anacostia. At-large Councilmember Kwame Brown says he'll fight the fight to get a new route that runs down Pennsylvania Avenue SE to Southern Avenue SE. In a news release, he explained he could not "in good conscious" vote to extend the bus into Virginia while D.C. residents are still waiting.

Metro is holding its third and final day of a "right-of-way" safety workshop today. “Last year we had two employees die as a result of accidents on the tracks and last month we had a train miss a safety inspector because the train operator violated safety procedures,” says Michael Taborn, Metro’s acting chief safety officer. “It is imperative that we strengthen our safety procedures for the thousands of Metro employees who have access to our tracks. Their lives are on the line each and every day.” Is three days enough?

Amen to this sentiment in today's Washington Post: "Let's stop praising Mark McGwire to the skies for finally revealing the world's worst-kept secret—that he used steroids during his storied major league career." No Hall for you!

The Pew Research Center released some interesting survey results yesterday showing that African-Americans are upbeat about African-American progress. Thirty-nine percent of blacks say the "situation of black people in this country" is better than it was five years earlier—compared to 20 percent who said the same in 2007. Fifty-four percent of blacks also said that Barack Obama's election has improved race relations (note: among whites, about a third thought his election had improved race relations, while 45 percent said it has made no difference).

I wonder: What would the survey have shown in the District?

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  1. Comrade Al Gonzales
    #1

    I don't understand why black people don't riot & burn this city down. White racists run this town, always have & always will unless a communist revolution occurs.

    Here's the way white racists powers think:

    "The red circulator buses are for white people only. We let black people on, because the law requires it, but we'll send a red bus across the Potomac before we send one across the Anacostia."

    Speaking of white racists, we have the City Paper: no black employees, no black writers, & guess what - these white people are so out of touch with Washington that "Anacostia" is not in their spell check here!

    That's right - type "Anacostia" - see, it's not in the spell check. Let's try some foreign river - Saar - see? It is in CP's spell check. These white people have a fucking German river in their spell check, but not a river that's four miles from their offices.

    White racism is everywhere. White racists run everything. The only way to change this is a communist revolution.

  2. Comrade Al Gonzales
    #2

    Clarification: The Communist Party & I endorse peaceful non-violent protest, like shutting down the bridges to/from Virginia every day until we have justice. We do not condone or support violent protest of any sort.

  3. #3

    Gonzalez, you spoke your mind in the first comment. You want to riot and burn the city down. Don't try and "Clarify" your statement after realizing how violent you sound.

  4. #4

    @ Ba Ba Booey: Al's hitting his medical marijuana at the moment. He'll get back to you soon with patented "you're a white racist devil" rant.

  5. #5

    Al- If you have spell check on this site it is a feature of your web browser, not the Washington City Paper.
    Also, not that it really matters to a communist like yourself, but web browser developers in order to be successful and realize a profit must tailor their product, including any spell-check module, to an international market. That is most likely why the Capitalist pig developers of whatever web browser your commie-self is using decided to include the proper spelling of a region in Germany that is home to over 1 million people.
    Honestly, you should just be happy that your web browser recognizes "Washington", or "Stalingrad" for that matter.

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  7. #7

    Al, the spellchecker doesn't recognize "Tenleytown" or "Burleith" or "Foxhall" either. And I went to a left-wing US blog with no DC ties and tried out their spellchecker, and it recognizes "Potomac" and "Saar" but not "Anacostia" (or "Tenleytown" or "Burleith" or "Foxhall"). So I'd bet that the website spellcheckers are off-the-shelf products that include major place names included but not ones significant within a local area.

  8. #8

    ...or else, as downtown rez says, it's a matter of my browser. In any case, I don't see any reason for the revolutionary mob to storm the City Paper offices here. But you can storm Georgetown Park Mall if you want; that place has always had it coming.

  9. #9

    HEY COMMIE YOU CANT START WITH THE HIGH GRADE SHIT 1ST THANG IN THE AM. IT FUCKS YOUR BALANCE UP! PULL ON SOME LOW LEVEL SHIT 1ST TO UP YOUR TOLERANCE THEN YOU STEP UP. GRADUALLY.

    LOOK IM ALL FOR SOME JUSTICE BUT WE TOOK A LONG TIME TO RE-UP FROM THE '68 FIRES. 14TH AND U IS LOOKING PRETTY GOOD RIGHT NOW, H ST IS ON THE WAY AND ANACOSTIA IS IN THE HOPPER. WHAT WE NEED TO WORK ON IS THE FOLK WHO ARE RUNNIN UP IN DC EVERYDAY (FROM VA AND MD) WITHOUT RENDERING UNTO CAESAR. PAY UP MO-FO'S!

    I WOULD HATE TO STOP GAYTRIFICATION IN ITS INFANCY. THE NEW PLAN IS TO LET IT GO FOR A LIL WHILE LONGER. WHILE THEY ARE SO BUSY PLAYING WITH EACH OTHERS PICKLES AND SHIT SHOOTERS WE ARE SLOW WALKIN THEIR RECESSIVE GENE ASS INTO EXTINCTION!

    SO DONT FRET COMRADE. THIS WILL PLAY ITSELF OUT. IT ALWAYS DO.

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    THATS RIGHT KWAME STAND YO GROUND HOMIE!

    HOW THE FUCK ROSSLYN GET A SERVICE THAT IS EXCLUSIVE FOR WASHINGTON DC. GET VA TO RUN A BUS INTO DC FOR THEIR SORRY ASSES.

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