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Hurricane Irene moves thru Washington DC….

From The Washington Post…. The leading edge of Hurricane Irene moved into the Washington region Saturday morning, several hours after the storm made landfall on the Outer Banks of North Carolina just after dawn. Beginning with gusting winds and light showers, the brunt of the storm was expected to pass through the area overnight and into Sunday morning. It reached land as a Category 1 hurricane, downgraded a notch from the greater force it gathered over the open Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center reported at 2 p.m. that Irene’s maximum sustained winds were 85 mph. It is expected to grind north over the coastal states on a course that will take it through Maine and eastern Canada before the arctic chill forces its warm moisture to make a right turn into the Atlantic. After days of warning, it took no one by surprise. From North Carolina through Nova Scotia, people had raided markets and liquor stores for provisions, hammered plywood into place, stockpiled ice, flashlights and candles in case power is lost, and tied down everything that might blow away in tropical-force winds. By Saturday morning, Ocean City officials said the unprecedented evacuation of more than 200,000 residents and visitors from the barrier island had been completed with near total compliance. More than 2,000 of the area’s foreign student workers had been bused to Baltimore. The last holdout — a 7-Eleven near 120th Street — closed its temporary plywood doors at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Light traffic continued to flow across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge early Saturday afternoon, but wind speeds were approaching 30 mph, the point when authorities said they would ban house trailers, motorcycles and other vehicles affected by strong winds. They said the bridge will be closed to all traffic if sustained winds reach 60 mph. In Virginia, nearly 200,000 people were subject to forced evacuations, and 65,000 residents have lost power, with Hampton, Norfolk and Virginia Beach bearing most of the hurricane’s impact….. More….

From Politicaldog101.Com….

August 27, 2011 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Travel, Updates, Weather, Women | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Top Chief D C…..Season 7…….

Top Chief does Washington DC……..

Top Chef has announced its contestants, judges and some details on the seventh season of the series, set in DC, and airing beginning June 16. The most interesting news: Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin in New York joining the longstanding judging panel of Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons.

As always, the winning chef will “receive $125,000, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and will earn the title of “Top Chef.”

See who that might be — More……..

Note from Bravo:…..

The 17 new cheftestants come face to face in the nation’s capitol for the ultimate power play that will determine just who has the chops to become Top Chef.
This season captures the varied tastes of Washington D.C. and features appearances by some of the town’s top names including Apollo Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, White House chef Sam Kass, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, CIA Director Leon Panetta and NBC White House Correspondent Savannah Guthrie. The challenges featured will be some of the most creative and inventive yet……..

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Food, Media, Men, Other Things, Updates, Women | , , , | 1 Comment

Immigration?…..does it have any chance in Democratic Senate without 60 votes?

In a conference call with reporters this week, representatives of a range of religious groups were joined by two members of Congress to unveil a month-long campaign that will begin by delivering thousands of postcards to Capitol Hill offices, continue with some 100 events across the country during the President’s Day recess and into early March, and culminate with a large immigration reform rally in Washington on Sunday, March 21.

The goal is to use both moral suasion and practical arguments — that immigrants bring value to the American economy and are not competition for scarce jobs — to change a legislative dynamic that seems even more daunting than in 2007, when a promising bill co-sponsored by John McCain and Ted Kennedy and supported by President Bush died in the Senate in the face of Republican opposition. 

Now Kennedy is dead, McCain is tacking right to save his political life, and the economy has tanked while Tea Party rage is on the rise. So what makes faith leaders think they can move the mountain now? They are taking a two-pronged approach: to change hearts and minds by framing the debate as a “moral imperative,” and to deploy some old-fashioned political organizing and lobbying. 

“What’s different about this campaign is that we are really reaching out to voters and to non-immigrant communities and forming coalitions on the ground with people who are not our traditional allies,” said Father Jon Pedigo, pastor of a Catholic parish in San Jose, California. “We feel that through very targeted local work we will be able to go about this” — campaigning for immigration reform — “in a much more determined way.” 

“We should not be wasting time with friends who don’t need to be converted,” echoed Rep. Mike Honda, a Democrat who represents California’s Silicon Valley. 

The interfaith coalition, which represents mainline and evangelical Protestants, Jewish groups, and the Catholic hierarchy, knows it has an uphill battle. For religious leaders, the Judeo-Christian ethic, as based in scripture, is clear: welcome the stranger, strengthen families, care for the needy, do justice to one’s neighbor. And in legislative terms, that means supporting immigration reform that allows both legal and undocumented people a path to citizenship, that focuses on keeping immigrant families united, and that brings security and consistency to border enforcement. 

But polls consistently show immigration reform is a relatively low priority for most Americans, and according to a survey from the Pew Hispanic Center last year, just 31 percent of Latinos said it was an “extremely important” issue for President Obama to resolve.

Jobs, education and, yes, health care reform, are higher priorities, and immigrants — especially the 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be living in the United States — are increasingly seen as threats to the economic well-being of native-born Americans, even while the number of illegal immigrants has fallen significantly in the last year.

More……..……

The Dog is not sure that Immigration is going to get to the table this spring…..With the pipeline clogged as is with Healthcare, Jobs and the Economy…ther isn’t much room for Immigration…also the fact that the Republicans will surely put up a fight on the issue means that President Obama will not have the stomach to push the issue…..Like Healthcare…this issue needs to be addressed…but will in all likelihood be put on the shelf……..Like it or not the GOP now is a factor…..

February 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 11 Comments

Washington D.C. voting rights held hostage by NRA stance on local Gun law……

The people of the nations capital have been trying to get right to vote (The Districts House member, Eleanor Holmes Norton, does not actually have the right to cast a vote in Congress) for a long time……they thought they might get there  with a tack on to the current Defense Spending bill being reconciled by the House and the Senate right now…..But that’s not gonna happen….Why?

It seems that nobody up on the Hill is gonna have the NRA mad at them…..The folks in DC had in place a restrictive gun law for its citizen since 1976…some one sued against it and the issue ended up going to the Supreme Court last year, which ruled that people have right to own arms….but ……”…the justices in the majority “are aware of the problem of handgun violence in this country” and believe the Constitution “leaves the District of Columbia a variety of tools for combating that problem, including some measures regulating handguns.”

So the District still has the ability to regulate gun ownership……something the NRA is against..

The whole issue is toxic…national democrats won’t touch it remembering how the NRA was able to muster votes against Al Gore in key state in his run for president……

So….The District’s right to vote remains held hostage to the NRA……..

October 28, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

More Real Houswives coming next year……..

Bravo has added another show to start next year, based in Washington DC……….

October 9, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment | , , | Leave a comment

The new Healthcare provider….Your local Fire Department…….

The New York Times’ Ian Urbina spotlights a growing phenomena in America……The  increased use of the nations Firefighters as healthcare providers……spot lighting Washington D.C.’s Engine 10 (which is assigned to respond to all Emergency Medical calls in its area)…….the piece shows how the four person engine company responds to medical calls 80% of the time verses real fires, and false alarms….it points to the fact that the firefighters have become the last line of response for the Nations capital’s poor, who cannot afford hospital care……

The fire fighter’s gripe that they joined the fire service to fight fires but, they actually spend almost every hour of their twelve hour tour of duty assisting the sick, and the ill ( along with the districts EMS units).  Almost no one recognizes this aspect of the healthcare issue, and I’m glad someone reported on this………..

September 4, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment