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(The Business Journals)   Marion Barry says DC's City Council is the "laughingstock of the nation." The correct response is: a) that's the joke, b) takes one to know one, c) well, he's on it, isn't he? or d) all of the above   (bizjournals.com) divider line 48
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2012-06-14 01:06:49 AM
Thank you for all of the above.
 
2012-06-14 01:18:59 AM
Is he on drugs?
 
2012-06-14 02:42:40 AM
Yup, it's D.

I live out in the DC 'burbs and I cannot tell you how many times I wonder how the hell this man has gotten himself re-elected.

/biatch set him up.
 
2012-06-14 06:10:32 AM
On one hand it seems patently unfair that District residents do not have Congressional representation.

On the other hand odds are good they'd send Marion to the House Floor, so...
 
2012-06-14 06:31:11 AM
How could the people of DC elect this man? I mean, seriously, how could he even get on the ballot? Must be bad when the majority of people who might be able to beat him would be more crooked than he is.
 
2012-06-14 06:45:24 AM

Bigdogdaddy: How could the people of DC elect this man? I mean, seriously, how could he even get on the ballot? Must be bad when the majority of people who might be able to beat him would be more crooked than he is.


Being a civil rights leader and hero in a hostage crisis buys you a lot of good will. I guess they're willing to overlook the last 30 years in light of his early career.
 
2012-06-14 06:48:17 AM
Orange, Barry said, has a "higher moral, ethical standard."

Yeah, Orange has got 3 scandals of his own lurking in the shadows, so the council went with the white guy.

Read this Washington Post article on how the "civilized" meeting went to choose a new Chairman.

His (Vincent Orange's) behavior took bizarre turn after bizarre turn. Orange led off with a demand to be allowed to show a "one-minute clip" on video screens during the debate (which, he later revealed, was a news clip of him and Mendelson working together). Then he moved on to thinly veiled slams on his colleague, where Michael Brown's name was not mentioned but his tax issues, his 1997 conviction on a campaign finance charge and even his pending divorce seemed to be referenced. Failing that, Orange appealed to party loyalty and tried to guilt his Democratic colleagues into voting for him over Brown, a nominal independent (and the son of a former Democratic national chairman and a Barack Obama surrogate). And when at long last it was clear he was going down, he said he was having a "Pacquiao moment" - comparing himself to boxer Manny Pacquiao, robbed by split decision this weekend.

The performance, egged on and in some cases trumped by the supportive comments of Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), prompted a full-frontal display of legislative id with various members questioning each other's histories and motives. The rancor escalated to the point that Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) choked up while admonishing her colleagues to knock off the "backbiting and foolishness."


The DC City Council is a joke. Oh, Mayor Crackhead's guy lost the vote 11-1.
 
2012-06-14 07:28:48 AM
oblig
 
2012-06-14 07:32:10 AM

duffman13: oblig


that was supposed to be the dc stereotype map, but apparently the flie is too big.

Go here:
http://socialstudiesdc.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/DCStereoTypeMap . png

and notice the southeast (read:shiatty) section
 
2012-06-14 08:21:20 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: On one hand it seems patently unfair that District residents do not have Congressional representation.


No it's not. They've been around and around on this. DC statehood is possible, but nobody wants to do the right thing about it. Much like the gay rights issues, it's something the Democrats chose to do nothing about when they controlled both houses of Congress and the Presidency, so they can roll it out every few years.

Mr. Coffee Nerves: On the other hand odds are good they'd send Marion to the House Floor, so...


Fifteen years ago, you'd have been right. These days, Anacostia is about the only place where he has any support. He'll represent Ward 8 until he resigns, dies, or goes back to prison. Whichever comes first.

The rest of DC is full fo white hipsters. Find a Barry supporter in Adams Morgan? GLWT.

/May be moving to DC this fall
//Not black, but also not (fully) white, or a hipster, so....
 
2012-06-14 08:25:24 AM
Marion Barry, Obama Delegate
 
2012-06-14 08:35:40 AM
Marion Barry has absolutely no right to talk about laughingstocks.
 
2012-06-14 08:36:08 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: On one hand it seems patently unfair that District residents do not have Congressional representation.

On the other hand odds are good they'd send Marion to the House Floor, so...


I did not think it was possible for a felon to serve in the house but looked it up and it is possible (they can vote to expel him but that would be a long-shot considering how far back the crime was committed)
 
2012-06-14 08:41:39 AM
monoski


Mr. Coffee Nerves: On one hand it seems patently unfair that District residents do not have Congressional representation.

On the other hand odds are good they'd send Marion to the House Floor, so...

I did not think it was possible for a felon to serve in the house but looked it up and it is possible (they can vote to expel him but that would be a long-shot considering how far back the crime was committed)



And it would be labeled racist to boot!
 
2012-06-14 08:43:11 AM
www.washingtoncitypaper.com
 
2012-06-14 08:46:17 AM
Marion Barry talking about higher ethical standards, that's comedy gold.
 
2012-06-14 08:54:20 AM
I don't know, I think much like the Washington Redskins, the DC council might be sitting on its laurels of glories past. Like the Lions becoming the better team, the Detroit city council would appear to have emerged as the better laughing stock.
 
2012-06-14 08:55:20 AM

NobleHam: Bigdogdaddy: How could the people of DC elect this man? I mean, seriously, how could he even get on the ballot? Must be bad when the majority of people who might be able to beat him would be more crooked than he is.

Being a civil rights leader and hero in a hostage crisis buys you a lot of good will. I guess they're willing to overlook the last 30 years in light of his early career.


Winston Churchill saved the world and didn't get this kind of treatment.
 
2012-06-14 08:56:09 AM
Hola?
Fernando, it's M.B.
Ah, Marion Barry. Is it time for another shipment already?
 
2012-06-14 09:00:25 AM

topcon: Hola?
Fernando, it's M.B.
Ah, Marion Barry. Is it time for another shipment already?


That conversation took place in Northwest, a few blocks from Howard University.
 
2012-06-14 09:02:06 AM

hurdboy: Mr. Coffee Nerves: On one hand it seems patently unfair that District residents do not have Congressional representation.

No it's not. They've been around and around on this. DC statehood is possible, but nobody wants to do the right thing about it. Much like the gay rights issues, it's something the Democrats chose to do nothing about when they controlled both houses of Congress and the Presidency, so they can roll it out every few years.


False. I seem to recall (under a deadline at work, so no time to google) them pushing a DC representation bill in 2006 or so. The GOP said they'd only go for it if Utah (the reddest part of the country) got another Rep, too.

Apparently, the ability to be represented in Congress hinges on whether your ideological opposites get extra help.
 
2012-06-14 09:07:35 AM
When my Republican congressman turned out to be a drunken piece of shiat, I voted for the Democrat.
When my state GOP nominated a loon to run for governor, I voted for the Democrat.
When the state GOP filled their slot to run in a congressional special election with an Albany hack, I voted Democrat.

Even your dim-witted underlings in the Bible Belt stayed home when the Mark Foley scandal hit, rather than vote Republican.

So how badly does a DC Democratic council member have to fark up before DC voters consider a Republican or a Libertarian or whatever, or are they just going to be biatches for the likes of Marion Barry forever? Does it take a hurricane and a politician stashing 90 grand in the freezer or what?
 
2012-06-14 09:08:30 AM

Dr Dreidel: False. I seem to recall (under a deadline at work, so no time to google) them pushing a DC representation bill in 2006 or so. The GOP said they'd only go for it if Utah (the reddest part of the country) got another Rep, too.

Apparently, the ability to be represented in Congress hinges on whether your ideological opposites get extra help.


They've brought it up since then. The last two Congresses didn't do anything, because someone pointed out SCOTUS ruled on in 30+ years ago, laying out what they'd have to do.

Now, what they could do to fix the ideological balance (and the Electoral College at the same time) is to make the House truly proportional again. Take a state's population, divide by Wyoming, round to the nearest whole number. Nothing in the Constitution sets the House at 435.
 
2012-06-14 09:10:00 AM

Dr Dreidel: Apparently, the ability to be represented in Congress hinges on whether your ideological opposites get extra help.


Welcome to the sausage-making process.
 
2012-06-14 09:10:48 AM
City Council is a terrible name for a comic book.
 
2012-06-14 09:16:08 AM
Monkeyfark Ridiculous


City Council is a terrible name for a comic book.



But a great name for a Sitcom.....Like Spin City but with crack and whores....well, and crack whores.
 
2012-06-14 09:16:24 AM

oryx: Marion Barry talking about higher ethical standards, that's comedy gold.


Maybe he can get John Edwards to give a speech on how to be a good husband as an encore.
 
2012-06-14 09:17:47 AM

hurdboy: Dr Dreidel: False. I seem to recall (under a deadline at work, so no time to google) them pushing a DC representation bill in 2006 or so. The GOP said they'd only go for it if Utah (the reddest part of the country) got another Rep, too.

Apparently, the ability to be represented in Congress hinges on whether your ideological opposites get extra help.

They've brought it up since then. The last two Congresses didn't do anything, because someone pointed out SCOTUS ruled on in 30+ years ago, laying out what they'd have to do.

Now, what they could do to fix the ideological balance (and the Electoral College at the same time) is to make the House truly proportional again. Take a state's population, divide by Wyoming, round to the nearest whole number. Nothing in the Constitution sets the House at 435.


I like it, but I think it should be 2 x {$Wyoming}. A state should always have no fewer Representatives than Senators. Just feels right.

Of course, the reason they capped the House at 435 was to stop the inequality in population from effectively neutering Wyoming's 2 votes with California's 132, but I feel like "The Market" has dictated that California should have that much more power. Wyoming can still counter California's power in the Senate.

// Wyoming: 568,158
// California: 37,691,912

Gulper Eel: Dr Dreidel: Apparently, the ability to be represented in Congress hinges on whether your ideological opposites get extra help.

Welcome to the sausage-making process.


Dude, I live so close to DC I smell the factory.

// smells like beer farts and stale Jesus
 
2012-06-14 09:19:58 AM
Still ran better than any other governing body in that town.
 
2012-06-14 09:20:50 AM

hurdboy: Now, what they could do to fix the ideological balance (and the Electoral College at the same time) is to make the House truly proportional again. Take a state's population, divide by Wyoming, round to the nearest whole number. Nothing in the Constitution sets the House at 435.


Ironically, this would result in DC having a representation of 1.1
 
2012-06-14 09:21:27 AM

Gulper Eel: When my Republican congressman turned out to be a drunken piece of shiat, I voted for the Democrat.
When my state GOP nominated a loon to run for governor, I voted for the Democrat.
When the state GOP filled their slot to run in a congressional special election with an Albany hack, I voted Democrat.

Even your dim-witted underlings in the Bible Belt stayed home when the Mark Foley scandal hit, rather than vote Republican.

So how badly does a DC Democratic council member have to fark up before DC voters consider a Republican or a Libertarian or whatever, or are they just going to be biatches for the likes of Marion Barry forever? Does it take a hurricane and a politician stashing 90 grand in the freezer or what?


The fights happen in the democratic primaries, and Barry is only elected in one Ward. It would be like you voting Democrat in your city because the GOP in the neighboring city looks like they might be electing an idiot.

One major problem is that Barry is pretty much insane and would do anything to maintain his council seat. I don't think he would see anything wrong with breaking the law to keep himself in office. Anyone who wold look to actually challenge him had better be prepared for an onslaught of the dirtiest of tricks, lies, and straight-up fraud. I think anyone in DC politics who would have the ability to possibly beat him instead looks at the shiat they'd have to put up with, says "fark that" and sets about running for another Ward or for mayor.
 
2012-06-14 09:25:05 AM

Dr Dreidel: I like it, but I think it should be 2 x {$Wyoming}. A state should always have no fewer Representatives than Senators. Just feels right.

Of course, the reason they capped the House at 435 was to stop the inequality in population from effectively neutering Wyoming's 2 votes with California's 132, but I feel like "The Market" has dictated that California should have that much more power. Wyoming can still counter California's power in the Senate.


Sadly, they did it because they didn't have enough places for people to sit. And it's stuck for nearly a century.

But, I too, would be okay with each state having at least two representatives (several states now only have one. Alternatively, I'd support the repeal of the 17th Amendment. The States, largely, do not have representation in Congress nowadays.).
 
2012-06-14 09:25:59 AM

RsquaredW: hurdboy: Now, what they could do to fix the ideological balance (and the Electoral College at the same time) is to make the House truly proportional again. Take a state's population, divide by Wyoming, round to the nearest whole number. Nothing in the Constitution sets the House at 435.

Ironically, this would result in DC having a representation of 1.1


If DC became a state, yes.
 
MFL
2012-06-14 09:34:26 AM
RRRRRRRRRRACISTS!!!!
 
2012-06-14 09:47:45 AM
It's amazing (and sad) to realize this man once earned a master's degree in organic chemstry, and was even enrolled in a doctoral program.
 
2012-06-14 09:50:16 AM

Bigdogdaddy: How could the people of DC elect this man? I mean, seriously, how could he even get on the ballot? Must be bad when the majority of people who might be able to beat him would be more crooked than he is.


It's Ward 8.

And, the sad fact is, they elect him because they agree with him.
 
2012-06-14 09:52:03 AM
Marion Barry, Vincent Orange, Jim Graham, Mary Cheh (maricha)? You people are hungry, aren't you?
 
2012-06-14 09:55:33 AM

Bigdogdaddy: How could the people of DC elect this man? I mean, seriously, how could he even get on the ballot? Must be bad when the majority of people who might be able to beat him would be more crooked than he is.


That's easy really, they're morons. Just like the idiots who sent Scott Walker back in Wisconsin.
 
2012-06-14 10:03:47 AM
I'm a DC resident that agrees, the Council is a joke. Ever since Gray won over Fenty, I knew it meant at least 4 years of complete fraud, waste, and uselessness from the Council and mayor's office. It took all of about one Lincoln SUV to prove my distrust correct.
 
2012-06-14 11:09:57 AM

pisceandreamer: Yup, it's D.

I live out in the DC 'burbs and I cannot tell you how many times I wonder how the hell this man has gotten himself re-elected.

/biatch set him up.


No, you don't live in the DC burbs. You live in Virginia. I understand though, I wouldn't want to admit that either.
 
2012-06-14 11:14:11 AM

hurdboy: RsquaredW: hurdboy: Now, what they could do to fix the ideological balance (and the Electoral College at the same time) is to make the House truly proportional again. Take a state's population, divide by Wyoming, round to the nearest whole number. Nothing in the Constitution sets the House at 435.

Ironically, this would result in DC having a representation of 1.1

If DC became a state, yes.


Better to just make the Capitol, Supreme Court, the White House, and part of the Mall Washington, DC and give the rest back to Maryland.

Yes, it can be done w/enough bribery and strong arming of the MD legislature. How do you think Arlington came into being?
 
2012-06-14 11:17:24 AM

pisceandreamer: Yup, it's D.

I live out in the DC 'burbs and I cannot tell you how many times I wonder how the hell this man has gotten himself re-elected.

/biatch set him up.


As someone who grew up and lived most of his life to date in and around the District, my working theory is that Barry was our post-colonial dictator. He was the first home-elected mayor of DC in something like 150 years, and for all that time white people from elsewhere had been coming in, setting the laws, taking taxes and benefiting from mandated projects, but not paying anything back. DC really did have a bit of a colonial mindset, and there's a tendency for populations to throw themselves whole-heartedly behind some sort of dictatorial figure when colonies get home rule.

Mr. Barry was was already a hero for having taken a bullet while fighting off a terrorist takeover of government buildings in '77, so all he had to do was say "I'm one of you, and now it's time for us to get our slice of the pie!". People rallied to that, it's what they wanted to hear. But the voters in the district are having to build a democratic culture from scratch, and lots of them don't really know how to critically examine a candidate beyond his platitudes. Basically, as long as he keeps saying that loudly enough, he can line his own pockets, sell the city's snowplows in order to gold-plate his jacuzzi, and drown himself in hookers and blow.

DC voters are wising up slowly, but the 50% high-school graduation rate certainly isn't helping produce a population that knows how to think critically.
 
2012-06-14 11:32:32 AM

beta_plus: Better to just make the Capitol, Supreme Court, the White House, and part of the Mall Washington, DC and give the rest back to Maryland.


Do you really dislike the people of DC that much?
 
2012-06-14 11:41:37 AM

hurdboy: beta_plus: Better to just make the Capitol, Supreme Court, the White House, and part of the Mall Washington, DC and give the rest back to Maryland.

Do you really dislike the people of DC that much?


We could make them part of PG County.
 
2012-06-14 11:44:40 AM

Spade: We could make them part of PG County.


That's probably where they'd go.

//You sound like Eagles' fans
 
2012-06-14 07:51:16 PM
Just the latest stupidity from Marion CrackHead
 
2012-06-14 11:16:16 PM

hurdboy: beta_plus: Better to just make the Capitol, Supreme Court, the White House, and part of the Mall Washington, DC and give the rest back to Maryland.

Do you really dislike the people of DC that much?


I'm a DC native whose parents still live there. Believe me, it's the better choice.

/though the battle on where to draw the line between MoCo and PG Co would provide EPIC lulz
//better to just make it it's own county/jurisdiction
///Madison, MD anyone?
////OK, fine, Obama, MD anyone?
 
2012-06-16 02:52:10 AM

beta_plus: hurdboy: beta_plus: Better to just make the Capitol, Supreme Court, the White House, and part of the Mall Washington, DC and give the rest back to Maryland.

Do you really dislike the people of DC that much?

I'm a DC native whose parents still live there. Believe me, it's the better choice.

/though the battle on where to draw the line between MoCo and PG Co would provide EPIC lulz
//better to just make it it's own county/jurisdiction
///Madison, MD anyone?
////OK, fine, Obama, MD anyone?


I prefer House, MD.
 
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