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The Destruction of America

Do conservatives realize their vision is slowly destroying America? I’m not talking about debatable issues like gay marriage – but decisions literally affecting American’s lives. For instance Bush has said “no gas tax increase“, because that would “Slow economic growth.” In 2000, gas was about $1.50/gallon, now it’s $2.50 upwards. I suppose it’s decimal increases that harm the economy.

Of course the conservative solution to not raise the gas tax, would be too say ‘Do it privately.” Which brings up an interesting story. I live in liberal Fairfax County, across the border is conservative Loudon County. There’s a toll road that runs between both counties. The section in Fairfax is a publicly run toll road. It costs 75 cents to use it. The other section in Loudon County is a private toll road, and guess what? The private company wants to raise the toll to 4 dollars. And the conservative residents want to see the government issue a price cap. So much for that whole private business/small government theory.

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Filed under: American Politics, Essays, Local Politics, Politics

Go Home: Global Warming Naysayers

A quick note, there will be no beaches to party on if global warming occurs, because they’ll be flooded, or a massive sea wall will be protecting the chain hotels and restaurants, from the very thing big business said would never happen. And what should those from Minnesota care about global warming, it’s to far inland to be affected, so why don’t you go back home?

Despite the Republicans attempt to shut down Live Earth in DC, it still went on, and we had something the other events lacked, Al Gore spoke. Unfortunately the venue only held 200 people, so the other 6000 of us, had stand on our tip toes, and try to block out people chanting “turn it up” over the low volume speakers.

Photo by Joshua Davis (articnomad)

Filed under: American Politics, Economy and Business, Environment, Local Politics

At Last Minute, Live Earth to Visit DC

In a series events, from the National Mall being booked, to global warming nay sayers in Congress, Gore decided to move his Live Earth concert, from Washington, DC, to New York. But just in time the Native Americans came to the rescue, and are allowing the concert to be performed on the front plaza of the American Indian Musuem.

We won’t have any big names unless country music is your cup of tea, but Al Gore will be giving the opening speech, which is good enough for me to show up. So for all you readers in the Baltimore/DC area, you can come out to hear Al Gore, watch some global warming videos, and get some live music. And it’s free. The event is at 7/7/7 at 10:30-9:30 at the welcome plaza of the American Indian Museum.

Filed under: Environment, Local Politics

Teen Treated as Adult who Hated Evil Step Parent

So a teen frustrated with his step father wanted to kill him. Well not really, he wanted to hire someone else to do it. Yet this sixteen year old is being charged as an adult, and being sent to regular jail, where he is likely to be further corrupted by real criminals.

As a sixteen year old with a step parent, I’ve experianced similar feelings of murder. Plotting how to kill both the step parent, and the “sperm” (and money) donor. I’d definatly say that young mans case is one of mental illness, not true murder. If John Hinkley (a man who shot a president) can attend Nationals baseball games, then why is a mentally ill minor put in jail and treated like an adult?

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Filed under: Life, Local Politics, News

Gun Control or Crime Control?

Mayor Micheal Bloomberg of NYC, is conducting legal (formerly legal) sting operations in Virginia gun shops, to check for stores that sell weapons illegally. Apparently the Virginia General Assembly feels that illegal gun purchases shouldn’t be prosecuted and made a law making it illegal for New York based investigators to conduct these operations without the presence of a Virginia state trooper.

The right wing gun control freaks say they’re fine if guns are kept from criminals, but then we have them protesting the government who is making sure guns aren’t sold to the “bad guys.” Northern Virginia, where most of these stings are conducted, is often times lumped with the Northeast megapolitian area, and as such criminals come to VA to buy guns, and then return home. This is also a problem in Maryland and DC, where they have stricter gun laws. Oh, and guess what? VA-MD-DC all have similar murder rates, so I guess that old argument about using guns to protect yourself doesn’t affect those from Maryland and the District</sarcasm>.

Oh, maybe one day Northern Virginia will be it’s own state, and the old Virginia can be a pure red sanctuary.

Filed under: American Politics, Local Politics

No Guns For The Mentaly Ill

The Congress is considering banning weapons from the mentally ill.  This goes back to the fact that rich white people, want to keep guns from the poor and minorities. This is to keep us from rising up, and creating a governement that favors the masses. All that will come from this is a spat of Latinos, blacks, Asians and poor whites being diagnosed as mentally ill.

Illnesses that tend to be rich white problems, such as Alzheimers are called diseases while ones more prevalent to other races, such as Bi-Polar disorder (and formerly Thyroid diseases) tend to be diagnosed as mental in nature.

And then families of these ill wouldn’t be allowed to own guns. That means practically no American family would be able to defend themselfs against a mentally ill family member. Having a parent who has Bi-Polar, I understand that the mentally are not always sick. That parent is most of the time fine, but a few weeks every year they are ill. Sometimes that parent will become violent, but it is not bad enough for that person to be locked into an insane asylum.

I just hope the gun lobby won’t get their way another time.

Filed under: American Politics, Black Matters, Local Politics

Why Going Underground Doesn’t Sense in Tysons Corner

This is my reply to Washington Post commentary entitled, Why Going Underground Makes Sense in Tysons Corner.

I have seen the full set of design documents — a whopping 786 sheets of drawings, a dozen technical reports, cost estimates. They are comprehensive and compelling.

So you really read 786 sheets? Or just glanced through them. If you did thumbed through them how can you claim they prove a underground option would be cheaper?

Entailing almost totally underground construction, the tunnel option would be cleaner and much less disruptive of life above ground. Building an elevated line would require major road reconfiguration and bring years of severe traffic congestion exacerbated by construction trucks continually rolling through the heart of Tysons, along with construction noise and increased air pollution.

Fairfax County approved a transit orineted design propasal, which will certaintly mean more development along the rail line. During the same peroid of rail construction disruption, new buildings will also disrupt traffic.

But immediate and long-term aesthetic benefits still constitute one of the best arguments in favor of the tunnel and against an elevated line. Visualize a parade of tall, structural supports soaring over and slicing through the heart of Tysons. Leesburg Pike would never become a walkable boulevard.

Alexandria has elevated portions of Metro rail, still intact and used. Those stations also have little parking (30 metered spots)… which means most people come by walking or bus. The bus is a valid form of mass transit, so to support an argument for aesthics by claiming hostility to mass transit is stupid. About the only point I can agrea about is above ground rail will be more ugly.

Why build something that we will want to tear down a few decades from now?

Because right now the goal is to get Metro out to Dulles. Later on additions and changes can be made, including a tunnel option.

Filed under: Local Politics

Why The Government Should Pay For Rail

Critics have always decried how the Washington DC region wants the goverment to pay for metrorail. They claim other cities paid for their own systems. True, those cities raised the money from taxing the employeers. As it turns out the goverment (and it’s contractors) are the largest employyer in the region. And of course the government is untaxable. So they want the residents of the region to be the underwriters.

Filed under: Local Politics

More Density Please

The urban core. Critics of increasing density are afraid of a Manhattan forming.In my town there is a debate between the county and residents on weather to allow more high-density residences. Many residents are against this, because of feared traffic increases. They say the town was designed for 80,000 people, yet 99,000 use the roads on a normal weekday. But the reason for citing traffic is probably because they don’t want the town to become Little Manhattan.

Will traffic really increase that much? Yes. But there are two areas selected for new development. The future stop of a metro station, and a shopping center in need of revitalization. This, the world famous Lake Anne, lost many customers due to competition from the Town Center, which includes high density housing, along with mixed use shops offices.

I’m personally for density, and the founder, Robert E. Simon is for it too. In fact medium density buildings where in Simon’s original plan, with an high density “urban core.” He felt by building up, he could preserve open space. So long as development replaces old low density, and parking lots, I feel it’s fine. But when developers start wanting parks and open spaces, I feel then development should be frozen.

Filed under: Local Politics, Photography

Bush: I Was Against Voting Rights, Then For, Then Against

He didn’t exactly say that, but he says any bill to give DC voting rights would be unconstitutional. In 2004 he said “I might vote for a bill to give DC full voting rights.” The argument, the constitution is only for citizens of states. Funny because, recently DC’s anti gun laws where found unconstitutional, and they where removed.

It’s also odd, that the Freedom Man, opposes bringing democracy to DC, and infact to America. Remember America is a republic, and by letting the supreme court decided his first election he made it into more of a repuplic. Bush, let’s bring Democracy to America before we give it to the world.

Filed under: American Politics, Local Politics