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Friday, July 16, 2010

Quake rocks DC!

Vital news services to lobbyists and government contractors have been disrupted. The populace is in a frenzy.

Citizens in Haiti and Chile are sending their condolences; meanwhile, the District is airlifting in Bono, Wyclef Jean and grief counselors for support.

To donate to the relief effort, text "OVERREACT" to 10101.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Commuter book review: Wolf Hall

Just when you think the dead Tudor horse can be beaten no more, a fresh take breathes new life into its plague-ridden, headless tale. Wolf Hall, rightly named one of 2009 s best books.

Here court advisor Thomas Cromwell takes center stage, a man so artfully conniving he makes the guest politicos on Morning Joe look like rank amateurs. Trained by Medicis, educated by dock workers, this is no man who would be caught be-diapered with 90 grand in the freezer. He survives beatings, plagues, curses, treachery...(for a few hundred pages at least)

This is the gritty, non-airbrushed version of history - warts, chamberpots, boils, flagellation straps and all. The bit players come to life and give some context to all that palace intrigue.

There are feasts, festivals, friendships, plucky orphans, rival apprentices, fox hunts, clever schemes, poisonings, noble quests, ignoble pursuits.

And, surprisingly, it s laugh-out-loud funny in many parts.

No schoolchild would find history boring when told in such a fashion. But no child really should be exposed to it. Harry Potter Wolf Hall is not.

Corrupt cardinals? There is no other kind in this book. Tortured Lutherans? Garrison Keilor would fall over in shock. Gossip of graphic incestuous sodomy?

So that s how the Boleyns are managing these days, our protagonist blithely responds.

You do realize Thomas Cromwell was an asshole, my Irish-Catholic reading companion reminds me.

Yes, but an entertaining and very human one in this telling.

Two thumbs and a freaky Anne Boleyn sixth finger up for Wolf Hall.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"The bigger the hoop, the bigger the ho"

You can stifle their fashion but you will not stifle their snark…

Female lawyers get the Project Burka treatment:

“Do not wear your engagement ring if it is large because it may anger your women interviewers and cause jealousy (and perhaps rage)”

“Do not wear dark nail polish (avoid burgundy, cautioned Professor Collins)”

“Do not reveal your form in court because male judges will be distracted and female judges will be resentful.”

“Wear a shirt under your suit that is not too tight, not low-cut, not bright colored, not patterned, not ruffle-y, and not too feminine.”

“In sum, if you are a male lawyer, invest in a well-fitting suit (and be grateful). If you are a female lawyer, invest in a well-fitting male suit and a male who will wear said suit and speak for you, Cyrano style.”

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Why cutting Fairfax Connector service is a bad idea (reason 5 of 6)

Reason 5: Because the wealthiest county in the U.S. should be able to fund its own "mini-beltway."

Now I have nothing against Loudoun County (indeed, it contains the Leesburg Outlets and Hunters Head Tavern). But I'd rather see the funds for their Route 606 and Route 50 expansions come from somewhere else than Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority when MWAA funding shortfalls are the reason behind our proposed service cuts.

This article explains it better than I could hope to.

Short-Sighted Transit Proposal in a Nutshell

To close the gap created by a loss in outside revenue from Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority for Fairfax Connector operations in the Dulles Corridor, the budget proposal includes the following increase in fares and reductions in service:

◦A fare increase from $1.25 to $1.50 on the base fare.

◦Elimination of seven routes.

◦Creation of one route to replace a small portion of eliminated routes 552, 553, 554 and 557.

◦Reduction in the number of late-night trips, generally operating after 8:30 or 9 p.m., depending on the route.

◦Elimination of Sunday service in the Dulles Corridor.

•The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will adopt a final FY 2011 budget on Apr. 27

You can do something!

Read about the proposed cuts.

Submit your comments online.

Sign up to speak at a public hearing April 4, 5 or 6.

Call the budget hotline: 703-324-9400.

Call your district supervisor (if you live in Fairfax County)