Posts Tagged ‘Tea Party’

“The Plan,” Tea Party Style

The Atlantic Cities has a fascinating piece on the Tea Party's objection to urbanism. Across the country, members are showing up at municipal planning meetings to fight the pro-sustainability "Agenda 21" plan proposed by the United Nations 20 years ago. While Agenda 21 is voluntary, Tea Partiers insist its existence is a way of "herding [...]

The Needle: Happy Veterans’ Day Edition

Don't Fall into the Turkey Brine: Nurses at Washington Hospital Center, angry about what they say is chronic understaffing and busily haggling with management over a new contract, say they'll go on strike on Thanksgiving eve if their demands aren't met. We hereby predict that at least one breathless media story on the negotiations that [...]

Photo: Tea Party Pacifier

West Lawn of the Capitol, Sept. 12. © 2010 Matt Dunn

The Needle: Like a Hurricane Edition

Getting Blown Away: This year has already brought the D.C. region blizzards, near-record heat waves, and an earthquake. So it probably shouldn't come as any surprise that Virginia officials are now warning that Hurricane Earl could wind up rolling through the area. For now, southern Virginia looks to be at more risk than the District, [...]

Observing Local-Outsider Disconnect on the Fringe of Glenn Beck’s Rally

From the fringes of Saturday’s “Restore the Dream” rally, life went on generally as is in the nation’s capital. As "hundreds of thousands" of Tea Party folks and other Glenn Beck rally-goers gathered at in West Potomac Park between the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument—likely adding weight to the already sinking Reflecting Pool—the Batala all-women’s [...]

A Glenn Beck Fan’s Guide to Washington, D.C.

The District is bracing for yet another gathering of Tea Party activists, seemingly furious about the very existence of the federal government and complaining about "taxation without representation." (Though, honestly, we in D.C. know from taxation without representation, and none of these grouches from states with two senators and voting House members really impress City [...]

Washington Post: David Weigel’s Comments Aren’t Cool—But Praying For A Source Is OK

By now, we all know the Washington Post pushed out David Weigel late last week. Weigel had worked at the paper as a blogger covering conservatives. He took the job seriously. He never took cheap shots at the Tea Party, the Birthers, or John McCain's latest lapse into un-mavericky GOP dogma. He worked damn hard explaining [...]

Photo: God Hates Taxes

Tax Day Rally, Freedom Plaza, April 15. © 2010 Matt Dunn

Photos: Tax Day Rally

Morning Roundup: Emancipation Day Edition

Welcome to the end of the week. If the fact that it's Friday isn't reason enough, excuses abound to get plastered today: It's Emancipation Day! And Day-After-Tax-Day!
Wait, you ask: What's Emancipation Day? Today in 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, a precursor to the Emancipation Proclamation that freed roughly 3,100 slaves in D.C. [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Time For a Tea Party?

Good morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to another addition of Freedom Friday. In case y'all missed it, please check out Average Day D.C., and, if you have time, my review of Arthur Delaney's Nanonman: The Post-Human Prometheus. And now, some news: