City Desk

Weekend in Review

Excuse me for mislabeling the title of this blog post: How can you have a weekend-in-review post for a three-day weekend that hasn't concluded just yet?

Impossible.

This is the King. Jr. holiday weekend. To commemorate the occasion, the Washington Post has written an editorial.

As the piece says, this is a day that defaults to rest and recreation, rather than to reflection. So there'll be a lot of resting and recreating happening out there today. City Desk will be tracking these events in real time, right as they do not occur. We'll keep you updated on the lack of news.

In other news, see this sweet post by Rend Smith on Trooper, the dog that was duct-taped and left for dead last summer. The pooch is up for adoption after getting some excellent post-trauma therapy.

What the hell is FoBoGro?

More typos in the Washington Post than ever before. Who would believe it? Ombo Andy Alexander blames a creature of the aughts–SEO.

Peter Nickles shines again, this time in a Post Metro story about $875 million in Fenty administration contracts. The scoop here is that D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray wants to give the administration more time to submit them for council review and avoid a legislative measure to stop payment on them.

This hubbub is all about power: The administration had been funneling contracts to construction firms without getting council approval, as required by law. And that's where Nickles comes in, via this excerpt of the Post piece:

Nickles acknowledged that such contracts should be sent to the council, although he said the construction contracts are legal and binding.

So even though the administration went around the instrumentality that's supposed to approve the contracts, they're still "legal and binding." That's been Nickles' position for some time, and there's some justification for it. Imagine if the government stops payment—you'd have tons of suits from the contractors, all of them complaining that the paper they signed was binding.

So I'm OK with binding. Calling them "legal," however, confers a propriety that this process has never had. "Legal" means properly done, respectful of approval channels, and compliant with all relevant regulations. And here, Nickles' characterization breaks down. The contracts, though binding, are outlaws.

Ward 8 Councilmember Marion S. Barry Jr. gets it right: "I'm shocked that Peter Nickles, as a lawyer, would want to break the law. I'm willing to make them obey the law. If the government shuts down, it's at the feet of Peter Nickles and Mayor Adrian Fenty. I'm tired of it."

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  • Comrade Comadante Al Gonzales

    The contracts are neither binding nor legal. A contract cannot be binding if it is not legal.

    The best the contractors could do would be to sue under quasi-contract theory, quantum meruit or a similar theory. The contractors would get paid for the work they have done to date, but that's it.

    This is simple first year law school:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quasi-contract

    Never believe anything Petey Nickels says. He's a professional liar.

  • Comrade Comadante Al Gonzales

    If MLK were alive today, he'd lead a march on Washington against this punkass president who's enthrall to Wall Street Banksters & the oligarchs who run the American economy.

    "Modern"DemocRATs are as beholden to corporate thugs as the RepubliCONs. Big money runs this country, & anyone who has ever read CP or this blog is just a serf.

    Good luck, suckers. You're going to need it.

  • President Obama

    Any rich people I can help? Any Wall Streeters I can help? Sir, would you like more money? Sure, I'll step 'n' fetch it, yassir, I will step 'n' fetch it for you.

  • noodlez

    WOW THIS CANT BE HAPPENIN!

    COWGIRLS GOT GROPED BY VIKINGS!

    MLK DAY PROVIDED MUCH NEEDED REST FROM TOO MANY DOGFISH I.P.A.'S.

    LEONSIS TO BUY THE WIZ(PLEASE CHANGE NAME AND UNI'S BACK)

    NO ONE DIED LAST NIGHT.

    Comrade Comadante Al Gonzales PROVIDED ME WITH SOME CHUCKLES AND A GREAT VISUAL OF HIS SEXCAPADES AND DEBAUCHERY THIS AM (hey baby roll over. huh? SHIT!)

    GOTTA GO! TRYIN TO PERSUADE AND EDUCATE WIFEY ON THE ART OF CROTCH GROPING.

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  • Comrade Comadante Al Gonzales

    Excellent! noodlez's "Weekend in Review" beats Wemple's like the Purple D beat Tony Romeo! If you don't hire noodlez as a blogger, you're missing out on an authentic, intelligent, unique voice.

    or you can just keep your silly lily white whiny writers & their navel-gazing observations. Let's hope no one ever clones aMANda Hess - that'd be the only way to find an equally insipid, jejune writer.

    or should it be "I Need" A Man da Hess?

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