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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Good afternoon sweet readers! What was up with the wackjob at the Ward 6 mayoral forum last night who kept yelling, "Long live the Second Amendment!" Wrong forum, pal. LL had the misfortune to be standing next to the guy, who after professing his love of the right to bear arms, started to rifle through his backpack looking for something. LL was 90 percent sure he was looking for a gun, but instead he pulled out a pocket Constitution or Bill of Rights to wave around. Crisis averted—on with the news:

The Day the Music Died: Ye olde LL, Mike DeBonis, was up early this morning making a correction to his story about the news weapon in Mayor Adrian Fenty's campaign:  One of the worst songs in the history of the world. The song, "Five for Fenty" by Stinky Dink, includes the following lyrics: "A lot more sweat, less blood and tears / got the lowest murder rate in 'bout 40 years / 22,000 jobs for the young'uns / so they can do somethin' constructive for the summer." LL is no music expert, but he can say with 100 percent certainty that this song blows. Campaign talking points do not a good song make. And Dink is obviously not carefully reading LL Daily; otherwise he would know that the current number of summer jobs is about 18,000, not 22,000.  Tisk, Tisk, Mr. Dink. DeBonis originally thought the song was called, "Fire for Fenty," but turns out the song is inspired by the the 1995 paean to buying marijuana called, "I got Five On It." LL fav Ronald Moten is the man behind the track, and tells DeBonis the Fenty campaign paid for this song, and has commissioned two other tracks. Moten also predicts that this song will become widely popular around the city. How much Fenty is paying for these songs isn't yet known. Whatever it is, LL's pretty sure he's getting ripped off.

AFTER THE JUMP: Straw poll results; DYRS report; Metro crash post-mortem...

Straw This!: D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray won last night's straw poll in Ward 6, 56.2 percent to Fenty's 40.7 percent, reports Tim Craig over at the Post. "With Ward 6 shaping up to be a key battleground in the Sept 14 Democratic primary, few expected either Gray or Fenty to win an outright endorsement. But both candidates appeared to pull out all the stops in a bid to win over the hundreds of voters who showed up for the event at Eastern Market. ... Fenty appeared to have a small advantage among voters who walked to the straw poll from homes near the market. But Gray surprised Fenty's "green team" by chartering at least three buses to transport seniors from other parts of Ward 6 to event."  The acoustics at the forum stunk, so LL didn't hear everything that was said, though Fenty appeared to find his rhythm when beating Gray over the head for not saying one way or the other what he would do as mayor with DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee. The Georgetown Dish's Molly Redden has deets on the shenanigans involved in counting the ballots. "The final tally became official around 11 p.m.—nearly two hours after the Ward 6 Democrats had projected that they would have a final count to announce. At about 9:30 p.m., the ballot counting process stalled abruptly when the Fenty campaign challenged a stack of ten ballots that volunteers for Gray had collected from seniors who could not walk into the polling station."

Rhee on TV: Speaking Rhee, the lady chancellor was on Newstalk with Bruce DePuyt yesterday defending the IMPACT system she used to decide which teachers to fire. DCist has the breakdown.

Metro is Bad for Your Health: LL says a little prayer everytime he rides Metro, asking the good lord to keep him alive for just one more ride. "Federal investigators slammed Metro on Tuesday for a 'systemic breakdown of safety management at all levels'  that led to the deadly Red Line crash last summer, pointing to the continued use of uncrashworthy rail cars, safety testing rules that were not followed and alarms that were ignored, reports The Examiner's Kytja Weir. The Post's Ann Scott Tyson's take is here. LL's question: Why did it take the train conductor three seconds from the time she saw the train ahead of her until she pushed the emergency brake?

Could Have Been Prevented?: The Examiner's Freeman Klopott also got his hands on Attorney General Peter Nickles' report on DYRS. "The District's Department of Youth and Rehabilitation Services could have prevented Sanquan Carter from being released from jail in March. It didn't, and just days later the 19-year-old allegedly committed the first murder that started a chain of violence that ended in one of the District's deadliest rampages, according to an internal attorney general's report obtained by The Washington Examiner."

Medical pot months away [Post]

Jonetta mad at council over Gandhi—no, not that Gandhi [Examiner]

D.C. in race to the top [Post]

Rhee critic Robert Brannum goes to great lengths to let WaPo's editorial board know it is "intellectually dishonest" [DCist]

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Comments

  1. #1

    This is a new low in musical stylings. But maybe I'm biased because I think Fenty blows.

  2. #2

    Why is DC bringing more and more DYRS facilities into the District? They set these places up for people like that Sanquan Carter with 10 year records at 18 to come and go and kill folks. WTF

  3. #3

    The gun rights guy was NEXT to you? Thank God. I thought that WAS you, LL.

  4. Isn't It Obvious
    #4

    Metro (WMATA) is DC's version of BP Oil. Metro has received as many recommendations and warnings from the NTSB regarding its train and rail line problems as BP received from OSHA in fines (760 fines out of a total 761 fines issued to all Oil Companies; Exxon received 1 fine). Metro seems to consider its riders as collateral damage, the same way BP considered its works and the folks in the Gulf as collateral damage in the event of an oil spill. Result: Metro wreck; and oil spill. Until the NTSB has more power to issue fines and to do more than just make recommendations that the companies are not required to follow, nothing will change. Corporations are not interested in consumer safety; they are interested in making a profit.

  5. Isn't It Obvious
    #5
  6. #6

    WMATA is hiding behind Sovereign Immunity in the cases brought by the victims families.

    In short:

    They don't believe any of the victims lives are worth one red cent. I am not making this up.

    WMATA is NOT being held accountable. What is the incentive for the to take safety seriously if they are allowed to avoid legal penalties? DC/MD/VA need to remove their extension of this governmental protection. WMATA is abusing the privilege.

  7. Isn't It Obvious
    #7

    Correction:

    Metro (WMATA) is DC's version of BP Oil. Metro has received as many recommendations and warnings from the NTSB regarding its train and rail line problems as BP received from OSHA in fines (760 fines out of a total 761 fines issued to all Oil Companies; Exxon received 1 fine). Metro seems to consider its riders as collateral damage, the same way BP considered its workers and the folks in the Gulf as collateral damage in the event of an oil spill. Result: Metro wreck; and oil spill. Until the NTSB has more power to issue fines and to do more than just make recommendations that the companies are not required to follow, nothing will change. Corporations are not interested in consumer safety; they are interested in making a profit. Just as the question is asked with BP - How are they still in business with such an aweful track record for safety, the same should be asked for Metro (WMATA).

    Here is the website for BP: http://www.businessinsider.com/bp-has-been-fined-by-osha-760-times-has-an-awful-track-record-for-safety-2010-6

  8. #8

    Gray must have a bottomless pit of money from his felon buds. Way to go, Vince, bussing in seniors. Making Bereano, Barry, Jamal, Khanu and Emmanuel proud.

  9. #9

    You make a very valid point. I hadn't looked at it that way before. Terrific point!

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