Author Archive for Mike Riggs

In Petworth, Snow Plows You

The above snow plow met its end at the intersection of 5th and Kennedy Streets NW, where the snow doesn't take kindly to being pushed around by ANYONE. From the looks of it, the poor thing caught on fire and its drivers fled, possibly on foot. The neighbors love this stuff–someone said that salt gets [...]

Merry Christmas and Farewell

Christmas eve is tomorrow (again), and thanks to my family's spectacular celestial fragmentation, the phone calls have started (again). My sister wants me to know that she wishes I could come to Arkansas to see her, as well as my niece and nephew–5 and 3 years old respectively–whose pictures hold a sacred space in my [...]

City Paper Tweetup: Thursday Dec. 10 at The Big Hunt in Dupont

What happens when you get 140 characters from the D.C. area in a room together? Help us find out!
Our @wcp twitter account is about to hit 2,500 followers. To celebrate this little milestone, we're organizing a D.C. tweetup next week on Thursday, Dec. 10th, 2009. Come out and hang with us and your fellow D.C. [...]

Our Morning Roundup: ‘Hasan Was an Avid Redskins Fan’

Somber morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to what will probably be my last Freedom Friday. Henceforth, I'll be doing the morning roundups on the Arts Desk. In genuinely somber news, Major Nidal M. Hasan, prime suspect in yesterday's shootings at Ft. Hood, was home-grown. WaPo's reporting reveals a rather mundane yet devout religious man [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Chuck Lane Strikes Back

Good morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to Freedom Friday! Today's topic: Chuck Lane, former editor of the The New Republic and promoter of the conventional wisdom on the editorial pages of the Washington Post. For those of you who missed last week's FF, I said some not nice things to Chuck. Why did I [...]

Note to The Week and Others: Check Links Before you Retweet

This morning, The Week's twitter account retweeted an item from twitter user  Brandee C., who had retweeted a link from Random House, promoting a list by Tracy Kidder of his favorite books. Only problem? The link The Week retweeted wasn't actually for Kidder's piece (which you should read). Instead, the link that The Week sent [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Marijuana Is so Going to Be Legal One of These Days Despite Hacks Like Charles Lane Edition

Good morning City Desk readers, and welcome to the dawn of a new era of freedom (Friday!). This week, the Justice Department announced that medical marijuana–and the people who sell it through dispensaries and the people who smoke it with a scrip–is no longer one of its concerns.
Do I want to be elated? You betcha. [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Rush Just Needs Somebody to Love

Good morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to a cold, wet Freedom Friday. If I didn't know better, I'd say god has blackened the cursed sun! OMG, y'all, I totally called that whole thing with Balloon Boy. Darrow can tell you. That flying popcorn bag landed on the television, and the cops cut it open [...]

Dressing Like Che Will Cost You Your Paycheck

It's not Freedom Friday yet, dear City Desk readers–YET!–but I couldn't resist sharing this ridiculous bit of fashion goodness (and no, FTC, J. Crew is not paying me to blog about this).
Introducing: The Belstaff® Che Guevara replica jacket:

Our Morning Roundup: Prez Obama Further Alters the Nature of Reality

What the hell, City Desk readers? President Barack Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize! Even though he's done nothing for peace! Brief thoughts on this: Norwegians are much, much more sentimental, European, and borderline-retarded than anyone realizes. Also, Obama won, basically, for not being George W. Bush. How else to explain the fact that he [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Yvette Alexander Knows Almost Nothing About Gas Station Profit Margins Edition

Good morning, dear City Desk readers, and welcome to an especially incensed edition of Freedom Friday!
You know what's got my goat this morning? Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander's horrendous crusade against single cigar sales. The kids use them to smoke the marijuana, sure. But the kids will smoke out of anything! The cigarette foil, the [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Taxi Cab Confessions

Good morning City Desk readers, and welcome to the first Fall Freedom Friday! Or something! So: Ted Loza. Smart cat. Why? Well, because if his boss' claims are true, Loza got money for nothing. Per the excellent reporting of one Mike DeBonis, Mr. Jim Graham has claimed Loza had nothing to do with cab regulations [...]

Our Morning Roundup: This Dude Abides

Good morning, y'all! I'd say, "welcome to a blah blah Freedom Friday," but I'm not really feeling it today. You see, our annual Fall Arts Guide hit the streets yesterday, and that's got me happier than a pig in shit, what with all the blood, sweat, and open weeping I put into it. That also [...]

Tonight: Teza at Avalon

Fans of independent film and foreign affairs should see tonight's screening of Haile Gerima's Teza, hosted by WPFW and the European Commission.
Gerima's film follows Anberber, a displaced Ethopian who studied medicine in Germany with hopes of bringing his skills back home, only return to a country  ravaged by the Marxist dictator Haile Mariam Mengistu.
An [...]

Our Morning Roundup: RIP, AHOD; You Won’t Be Missed

Good morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to a slightly soggy Freedom Friday!
"All Hands on Deck," Chief Cathy L. Lanier's unconstitutional excuse for setting up roadblocks and checkpoints, is done–but not because it violated the Fourth Amendment. No, AHOD is dead because "police union officials have long decried the AHODs as essentially a publicity stunt [...]