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Loose Lips Daily: The Day Before The Day of Reckoning Arrives

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Good morning sweet readers! Would that federal agents would raid the Cowboys' coach's house. Who ices his own kicker? News time:

The Day Before the Day of Reckoning Arrives: Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. must have had a hard time staying positive, pumped, and focused on Friday as federal agents rifled through his things for more than eight hours. By the end of the day, we learned that both the FBI and the IRS are keenly interested in Thomas' affairs, that the feds have enough evidence against Thomas to get a judge to sign off on search and seizure warrants, that Thomas likely traded in his $69,000 Audi SUV for a $39,000 Chevy Tahoe, that said Tahoe and Thomas' $24,000 motorcycle are now in the procession of federal authorities, and that the rest of the council is still trying to wrap its head around how to move forward. We learned that Thomas' aide Neil Rodgers has lawyered up with A. Scott Bolden and has already been interviewed by the feds. We learned that Thomas recently lamented that too many people focus on buying luxury cars instead of the things that matter (really?!!?!?). We also learned that Karl Racine, a lawyer who worked as "key player" on Mayor Gray's transition team and works for a firm competes for city contracts, is now part of the HTJ legal defense team. If U.S. Attorney Ron Machen was trying to send a message to Thomas that he's in a world of trouble, Racine appeared to respond by asking Machen if he's so sure he can get a jury to convict. "At the conclusion of the matter, we sincerely believe that there will be no finding of any criminal violation," Racine told reporters Friday. Over the weekend, the Post added some details: HTJ found out the feds were in his house via an early morning phone call and then went to his mom's house for support after the feds left. The Post also notes that race is likely to play a big factor in things as this case moves forward, as plenty of Thomas' supporters believe that a black U.S. Attorney is picking on a black councilmember. "People know it’s political. It’s racial. We know what the Thomas family has done in the District of Columbia."

AFTER THE JUMP: Pundit Pundit; Speak Ill of the Dead; Gray Dances...

Pundits Pundit: Jonetta Rose Barras writes that it's well past time for the council to summon some backbone and call for Thomas to resign. Colby King eviscerates Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser's ethics proposal: "Muriel Bowser, chairman of the D.C. Council’s Government Operations Committee, says this about the committee’s ethics bill and the Wednesday hearings on the bill: She feels 'pretty good about where we landed.' And well she should. The ethics bill, which the full council will consider this month, is likely to please her colleagues to no end. It is a toothless wonder."

Speak Ill of the Dead: John Hill, head of the Federal City Council, unloads on the dearly departed William Lockridge and the mayor's sneaky play to name a library after him. According to Hill, Lockridge is responsible for much of Ward 8's sad shape, was racist, and hung out at least on one occasion in the kiddie section of a public library until the police were called. Therefore, says Hill, Lockridge's name doesn't belong on a new library.

In Other News:

  • The HTJ raid can't stop the mayor from dancing. Hizonner, his squeeze Linda Greene, Jack Evans, and former Mayor Anthony Williams boogied down Friday night at the Citizens Association of Georgetown gala held at the Russian Embassy.
  • Gray orders travel freeze, hiring freeze.
  • Brightwood Neighborhood Preservation Association sues over Wal-Mart location.
  • Contracting shenanigans at the Park Service?
  • Park police can't abide barns being built on public parks.

Gray sked: 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Redskins Nation Taping; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Wilson Building Holiday Tree-Lighting Ceremony; 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Cabinet Meeting; 6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.: D.C. Education Consortium on Research and Evaluation Dinner.

Council sked: Ethics markup at 10:30 a.m.

  • SaveWard7

    As citizens of Washington, DC, we should demand that every member of the council be removed. Regardless of how "successful" they are in their particular wards. This corruption is across the board in various degrees. Some steal within the confines of the legal system and some just steal. A thief is a thief regardless of how they do it. The side deals to better one ward against another, and protecting council members because they protect "us" and keep "us" from "those people" (whoever they may be) is not conducive to DC. WE DESERVE BETTER AND SHOULD NOT JUST ACCEPT THE CURRENT CRAP SITTING IN THOSE SEATS.

  • NE John

    I fully agree SaveWard7!

  • NE John

    Now they are voting to close the meeting. Let's get rid of all these crooks! ALL OF THEM

  • BiteMe

    Sorry Ward7 its not as simple as you think..

  • Honest Abe

    It's funny now that A. Scott Bolden has been retained by Rodgers. If memory serves me correct, Bolden represented Skinner, Karim, and Lomax. HTJ at the time launched an investigation into Fenty and his goons for questionable steering of tax dollars in an unfair manner. Hmmm... 1+1=2. The math says A. Scott Bolden & probably Rodgers has an ax to grind. Oh well, grind away! Skinner, Karim, Fenty, and others should be in jail as well.

  • Wanda Lockridge

    My first reaction to the Sunday, December 4th article entitled “William Lockridge’s name does not belong on a DC Library, by John W. Hill, was “Why are you so dishonest?”
    First, in July, the D.C. Library Board of Trustees voted to name the newly modernized library in Ward 8 for Bellevue pending the support of the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC). The ANC voted to table the issue until the Council of District of Columbia acted on the proposed legislation. I have the minutes to prove it.
    Secondly, let’s talk about William’s support for the library. Had John Hill bothered to do his homework, he would have known that as president of NPC20 (Neighborhood Planning Council), William was instrumental in ensuring that at least 3 educational programs were housed at the library. As president of the Ward Eight Democrats, William held all of the monthly meetings at the library. I will not get into a hearsay match about William becoming “belligerent” as John Hill described, because I was not there, and I am doubtful that Mr. Hill was there. But let me say this, William Lockridge was an elected official who represented kids. I am sure that the branch manager would not have asked the Mayor or a Council member to leave. Why ask the Board of Education representative to leave?
    Thirdly, when speaking about Ballou, tell the whole story. You, as president of the Federal City Council, wanted to privatize and control Ballou. That was not in the best interest of the school or students. Ballou is a public school for a reason. This is what William did. He built a partnership with Toyota Motor Corporation to provide 33,000 books (1,000 new books for each school in Ward 8) and over $1.5 M for the Ballou Automotive Program. I cannot begin to list all of William’s accomplishments. Your interest and comments have nothing to do with renaming the library. It’s personal – it’s because you did not get your way at Ballou that you see this as an opportunity to discredit William’s work in the community. John, you have gone too far.
    William Lockridge was not the reason Toyota did not build the $5 million training center in Ward Eight. He was supportive of the project and you know it. You also know the group that was responsible for stopping the project. Does having your way mean so much that you would stoop to lying on the deceased?
    Finally, just because you did not have your way at Ballou does not give you the right to mislead the public into believing that William did not support Library. He did!
    I guess I have my answer as to “Why you are so dishonest?”

  • NE John

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ... no, it was a library!

  • NE John

    Half the people in this city are crazy, I swear to god

  • trulee_pist

    I don't know William or Wanda Lockridge, but I do know this. If the neighborhood does not want its library named after you, and would prefer it be named after the neighborhood, I'd show the grace to step aside and let the neighbors have what they want. Otherwise, every time the neighbors discuss going to the library, they'll say, "I'll meet you at the library named after that ^$#(*#)%b Lockridge." Don't ram this down people's throats. Find something else to put his name on (at no cost to the Lockridge family).

  • lioneagle

    Greetings -

    @NE John

    I don't know who you are but I know that I love reading what you express. Even when I disagree with you, I love reading what you express.

    Your statements are compelling, snappy, witty, and often on point with flavor that sometimes makes me laugh out loud!

    Another one on here that captures and captivates me is SE, I think it's Ken...

  • noodlez