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  • Judge Rules that D.C. Can Ban “Religious” Christmas Ads on City Buses

    12/14/2017 2:30:20 PM PST · by detective · 27 replies
    The New American ^ | 13 December 2017 | Warren Mass
    A federal appeals court judge on December 8 denied the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington’s request for an injunction against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), challenging the agency’s refusal to allow the Archdiocese to purchase advertising on D.C. buses that featured a Christmas message. The complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on November 28, stated that, “the Archdiocese wishes to access a widely available advertising platform on the exterior of public 2 buses as they traverse public thoroughfares to convey a simple message of hope in connection with the Christmas season.”
  • Census Bureau: 5 Richest Counties Are D.C. Suburbs

    12/07/2017 10:31:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 7, 2017 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The five richest counties in the United States when measured by median household income are all suburbs of Washington, D.C., according to the American Community Survey data released today by the Census Bureau. According to the American Community Survey's new five-year estimates (2012-2016), the five richest counties in the country are: Loudoun County, Va., where the median household income was $125,672; Falls Church City, Va., where it was $115,244; Fairfax County, Va., where it was $114,329; Howard County, Md., where it was $113,800; and Arlington County, Va., where it was $108,706.
  • Spread the swamp? Trump administration wants to move government offices out of Washington

    12/07/2017 12:17:03 PM PST · by x1stcav · 131 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/7/17 | Evan Halper
    Amid the talk of draining swamps, restoring political might to blue-collar America and turning off the spigot of taxpayer cash that showers Washington, a familiar battle cry is ricocheting through this city: Move the bureaucrats out. It has the ring of a Trumpian fantasy. Dislodge arms of the federal government from Washington and reattach them in faraway places, spreading the wealth generated by these well-paid agency workforces and forcing senior bureaucrats to face the people they affect.
  • Multi-agency law enforcement activity reported in DC area

    12/06/2017 7:27:14 AM PST · by tgdunbar · 35 replies
    Fox 5 (DC) ^ | DEC 06 2017 09:37AM EST | staff
    WASHINGTON - FOX 5 has confirmed that multi-agency law enforcement activity is taking place in the D.C. region this morning. Federal law enforcement agencies, along with state and local authorities, are working in the Washington D.C. area. At this time, exact locations of activity have not been released nor have the nature of the operations.
  • DC has highest percentage of heavy drinkers

    12/05/2017 11:08:11 AM PST · by DFG · 24 replies
    WTOP ^ | 12/05/2017 | Jeff Clabaugh
    Compared to states, the District ranks No. 2 for the percentage of adults who consume alcohol and No. 1 for the percentage of heavy drinkers, according to, an online resource for alcohol abuse treatment programs. According to the study, 65.9 percent of adults in D.C. have had at least one drink in the past month, second only to Wisconsin’s 67.3 percent. The study was based on data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which collects health-related data from phone interviews. The study also says 11.1 percent of D.C. adults are what it...
  • Sexual Harassment Standard Different For Congress, SC’s Representative Clyburn Suggests

    11/30/2017 9:59:38 AM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    The State ^ | 11-30-2017 | Noah Feit
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn could find himself in hot water. A flippant response the Columbia Democrat made to reporters while walking in the Capitol is drawing the ire of many. When asked about sexual harassment allegations against colleague Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Clyburn seemed to suggest elected officials should be held to a different standard than other public figures. In a video posted on Twitter, the 77-year-old Clyburn is walking to an elevator with Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.), when asked “Other men in other industries have faced similar accusations … and gotten out of the...
  • Jesus banned from buses in DC, but gay hookup ads allowed

    11/29/2017 6:24:19 AM PST · by Morgana · 31 replies
    Fox ^ | Nov. 29, 2017 | Todd Starnes
    The Archdiocese of Washington wanted to extend an invitation to commuters to find the perfect Christmas gift by advertising on city buses, but the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) threw up a roadblock. The advertisement depicted silhouettes of three shepherds walking at night with tall canes and sheep beneath a shining North Star. Emblazoned across the ad is the phrase: “FIND THE PERFECT GIFT.” But the transit authority rejected the ad because it “depicts a religious scene and thus seeks to promote religion,” according to a federal lawsuit filed by the Archdiocese of Washington against the WMATA.
  • What Really Happened At Ballou, The D.C. High School Where Every Senior Got Into College

    11/28/2017 5:31:43 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 50 replies ^ | 11/28/2017 | Kate McGee
    Brian Butcher, a history teacher at Ballou High School, sat in the bleachers of the school’s brand new football field last June watching 164 seniors receive diplomas. It was a clear, warm night, and he was surrounded by screaming family and friends snapping photos and cheering. It was a triumphant moment for the students. For the first time, every Ballou graduate applied and was accepted to college. The school is located in one of D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods; it has struggled academically for years and has had a chronically low graduation rate. In 2016, the school graduated only 57 percent of...
  • DC Metro bans religion from Christmas ads, Catholics sue

    11/28/2017 10:49:01 AM PST · by detective · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 11/28/2017 | Paul Bedard
    Washington’s Metro has rejected a Catholic ad campaign that promotes “spiritual giving” instead of presents, arguing that the image of stars, shepherds and sheep promotes religion, a violation of the transit system’s rules. The Archdiocese of Washington told Secrets that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority turned down a request to promote its “Find the Perfect Gift” initiative because the image “depicts a religious scene and thus seeks to promote religion,” although it does not include a manger scene, Christ figure or even a cross.
  • Gorka's Every Day Carry..! Photo...

    11/27/2017 5:25:37 PM PST · by gaijin · 36 replies
  • CNN’s Jake Tapper Moves Up Town Into Plush $4 Million Suburban D.C. Mansion

    11/26/2017 1:47:56 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 31 replies ^ | Nov 15, 2017 | Admin
    Just how does a television reporter making approximately $300K a year afford a $4 million plush suburban Washington D.C. estate? The mortgage and taxes alone come out to approximately $204,000 annually, per Zillow. That would equate to ALL of Tapper’s after-tax CNN income. We tried to find out from Jake Tapper but he didn’t return our call. And finding Tapper’s digs was no easy feat. He pays an expensive lawyer to act as the trustee for the house so nothing is listed in public records in Tapper’s or his wife’s name. An old slick trick among aristocrats used to hide...
  • Conyers Fired Staffer for Refusing His Sexual Advances

    11/20/2017 7:04:54 PM PST · by gaijin · 142 replies ^ | Nov 20th, 2017 | Paul McLeod
    Michigan Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat and the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was fired because she would not “succumb to [his] sexual advances.” Documents from the complaint obtained by BuzzFeed News include four signed affidavits, three of which are notarized, from former staff members who allege that Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the powerful House Judiciary Committee, repeatedly made sexual advances to female staff that included requests for sexual favors, contacting and transporting other women with whom they believed Conyers was having affairs,...
  • ‘Justice League’ Encounters Kryptonite At The B.O. With $93M+ Opening: Why The DC Movie Weakened

    11/18/2017 7:08:57 AM PST · by Simon Green · 22 replies ^ | 11/17/17 | Anthony D'Alessandro
    Justice League‘s Friday, coming off a solid $13 million Thursday, is landing at the high end of its midday estimate with $38.4M, however, Warner Bros./DC’s superhero ensemble is falling well short of $100M with an industry estimate of $93.5M over three-days, quite far from tracking’s $110M-$120M projection. How dismal is this? This event movie at a reported estimated production cost of $300M was ten years in the making, and was intended to be the pinnacle for the Warner Bros./DC universe introducing new characters such as The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman who could hold their own franchise weight with their own...
  • 'Justice League’ Review: Time for DC to Throw in the Towel

    11/17/2017 10:50:41 AM PST · by drewh · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Nov 2017 | John Nolte
    Thanks only to its lean 120 minute runtime, Justice League is not as bad as Batman v. Superman, which had a runtime of interminable. Nevertheless, the Justice League screenplay still plays out like the first draft of Marvel’s much-much-much superior Avengers. We are five titles into DC’s extended universe, and Warner Bros., a studio that has been producing movies for around 100 years, is still being serially-humiliated by Marvel Studios, which is only 24 years old and did not really start producing its own films until around 2006. And while the sycophantic Hollywood trades pretend that Justice League’s $130 million...
  • Justice League’s Rotten Tomatoes Score Officially Revealed (It’s Not Good)

    11/16/2017 6:42:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    CBR ^ | November 16, 2017 | Kevin Melrose
    The decision by Rotten Tomatoes to delay the announcement of Justice League‘s Tomatometer score — presumably to hype its See It/Skip It show, but also, we’re told, “to add context and conversation” — was undercut on Wednesday by a leak from a movie social app. Without a doubt, 48 percent wasn’t the figure Warner Bros. executives were hoping for. However, with the official reveal overnight, we learned the official score is actually a little lower.
  • Review: Not even Wonder Woman can save ‘Justice League'

    11/15/2017 5:19:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    AP ^ | November 15, 2017 | Lindsey Bahr
    It’s hard not to feel a little bad for the DC Comics films at this point. They have the unenviable task having to form an identity in the shadows of the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which are usually good and rarely unwatchable, and the continued glow of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, which are seeming more and more like transcendent anomalies as we get deeper into this never-ending cycle of super humans crowding our multiplexes. DC got off to a rocky start and then Patty Jenkins went and made a very good “Wonder Woman.”
  • 'Nothing about it felt right': More than 50 people describe sexual harassment on Capitol Hill

    11/14/2017 8:48:29 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | November 14 2017 | MJ Lee, Sunlen Serfaty, Sara Ganim and Juana Summers
    Be extra careful of the male lawmakers who sleep in their offices -- they can be trouble. Avoid finding yourself alone with a congressman or senator in elevators, late-night meetings or events where alcohol is flowing. And think twice before speaking out about sexual harassment from a boss -- it could cost you your career. These are a few of the unwritten rules that some female lawmakers, staff and interns say they follow on Capitol Hill, where they say harassment and coercion is pervasive on both sides of the rotunda. There is also the "creep list" -- an informal roster...
  • Gal Gadot doesn't want to work with Ratner on another 'Wonder Woman'

    11/12/2017 2:02:34 PM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 67 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/`2/17 | Molly McGonigle?
    Wonder Woman is using her super powers to stand up for women in Hollywood. A month after canceling to appear at a dinner to honor Brett Ratner, Gal Gadot still has a lot to say about the famed director and the accusations mounting against him. Now, Gal says she won't reprise her role for future "Wonder Woman" movies unless Brett Ratner is not involved, reports Page Six. Brett Ratner's production company produced the film in conjunction with Warner Brothers. "Wonder Woman" has already brought in over $400 million. But if Gal Gadot has anything to say about it, the producer...
  • DC Council Expected to Approve Statue of Former Mayor Marion Barry

    10/30/2017 5:55:20 PM PDT · by PROCON · 37 replies ^ | Oct. 27, 2017 | Amanda Enge
    WASHINGTON (WMAL) — Plans to erect a statue of former DC Mayor Marion Barry outside the Wilson Building are moving forward. This week, the City Council was briefed by Arthur Espinoza, the executive director of the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities at a public hearing about the statue. While the DC Council has yet to approve the statue, the eight foot clay model has already been sent to the foundry where a mold will be created. Vince Gray, the councilmember for Ward 7 and former Mayor of DC, said he expects the council vote to be unanimous...
  • Virginians don’t want this award

    10/27/2017 11:12:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 27, 2017 | Heidi Pittman
    All I could do was sigh when I saw a recent article discussing a new study that named the Interstate 95 corridor between Exit 133 and the Fairfax County Parkway as the worst traffic “hot spot” in the nation. The article was circulated around the Prince William County school where I teach. Every minute added onto my 34-mile round trip to work creates huge consequences for me. The trip used to take an ideal 45 minutes, but it has grown to a jaw-dropping 2½ hours — creating significant consequences for me and my children. I am not prone to “road...