Man Shot at 14 and Fairmont St NW Fri. Night

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From MPD at 8:50pm Friday evening:

“An adult male was shot at 14 and Fairmont St NW and was transported to an area hospital in stable condition.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Metropolitan Police Department on 2027279099 or 888919CRIME or text at 50411.”

Thanks to all the readers who sent in a heads up as well.

Sadly, the vicious cycle continues.

I hate to Ed. Note this but Ed. Note: This is a tragedy that I hope doesn’t simply devolve into neighborhood bashing, it is just that, a tragedy. It sucks. It is my hope that this conversation doesn’t turn into a vicious cycle of our own, ie “Columbia Heights sucks, no it doesn’t” repeat ad nauseum. Folks who live in H St, NE, Petworth, Trinidad, Bloomingdale, Eckington, Edgewood, Hill East, Adams Morgan, Shaw, Logan, Brightwood, Ft. Totten, River East and elsewhere are all mixed up in this situation. This situation sucks and is horrible and horrifying. Period.

If we have outrage it should be directed to the drug dealers (who plague many DC neighborhoods), politicians and/or the criminal justice system who are too cowardly to actually tackle the severity of this problem. Rather they (and myself included) only seem to react for half a second after an incident. Residents of our city are scared (levels vary but the fear is real for many.) I think we may need our own Mandela or a Giuliani. Or more likely a hybrid leader. We need to keep our social programs fully funded. I’m not saying we need a revolution – I’m saying we need a politician who won’t pander but will actually make tough decisions and lead our city out of this vicious cycle which seems to repeat itself year after year after year after year after year… Period.

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  • Don’t you mean week after week after week. What, over 1/2 of the armed robberies are perpetrated by children with records that make most adult criminals look like pansies? Social programs are one thing, ongoing tolerance of guns and ammo in the hands of kids is another. How about some laws and prosecution that actually make a difference (so the cops aren’t wasting their time arresting them over and over again)?

  • well said, the violence in this town is terrible no matter where it happens and it does happen in all quadrants of the city and surrounding burbs. none of us wants to be caught in the crossfire of mindless individuals who could care less about the value of a human life including their own. i agree we need more community, business, police, and local government involvement to reinforce the positives of this city. But there will always be disturbed, violent, and sometimes armed individuals or gangs wreaking havoc. i’ve lived here 20 years and it’s the one constant.

  • Excellent Ed. note! but it’s early, and when I first read it I thougth it said “I think we may need our own Madea or a Giuliani.” 🙂

    • Seriously, some of these kids would be in a much better place if they had a Madea in their lives.
      And by Madea, I mean an adult providing supervision and dispensing tough love, not a guy in drag . . . not that there’s anything wrong with being a guy in drag.

  • After the shooting at Ashlyn McRae’s funeral on U St, I remember they arrested a guy who drove the shooters to the crime: at his residence (1200 block of Girard) they found “handguns, an assault rifle, a Tech machine gun and a shotgun.” And none of them was used in the shooting!

    It made me realize to what extent this is a gun culture. Here’s a guy who lives a couple of blocks from me in some completely anonymous building, and has enough firepower to qualify as a police substation. How many other people are the same way?

  • I was in a cab half a block away on my way out when we saw this happening. Scary to see a busy street like 14th break into panic, everyone running or ducking for cover.

  • Sadly, I don’t think we will see such politicians take office here in DC for a long time. Those in office are self serving and are interested in keeping the system in a maintenance mode. A full third of funding goes to keeping the poor poor, with only optional training and educational programs. People learn to hustle on the street because it doesn’t matter if they get arrested, or even do time.
    With things the way they are, the only hope is a continued influx of newcomers to change the demographic enough to get the career council members voted out.

  • crazy, I just rode my bike up 14th street just an hour before that. I agree with Pop — I’ve stopped reading comments because of the obsession to go on and on about “dc sucks, no it doesn’t–move out if you can’t take it” conversations.

  • let’s organize some kind of march, not just on POP but frozen topics, and now anacostia, all the transitional neighborhood blogs. could this be done? i am so apolitical and i would go.

  • I saw police tape last night at 14th and Euclid by the gas station – does anyone know if that was part of the same incident or maybe the street was reported incorrectly by MPD?

    • I heard gun fire at about 8:30, and was half a block away from 14th and Euclid. I thought it was fireworks (stupidly). I don’t think that was the same incident, but another man was shot next to the gas station and taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The voilence- shootings and muggings, in the area has really been scaring me lately.

  • Yes…lets be outraged. But let’s direct that outrage in the right places. Crime in DC WILL NOT DECREASE until poverty, joblessness, and gross income disparities are dramatically decreased. And we can’t even begin to tackle these issues without closing the revenue gap in DC. Let’s be outraged that DC cannot collect taxes from thousands of Maryland and VA residents to earn their living in DC and then go home at night like economic raiders. And worse, we don’t even have complete control of our own revenue generated by DC resident tax payers. Where’s the outrage there? Let’s demand that the House members who sit on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (the people who really make the rules in DC) actually live in the neighborhoods that get shot up every night, rather than their comfortable digs on the Hill. And let’s be outraged that even if we did control our own destiny, we have elected clowns in the Wilson building who are more interested in obtaining a pimped out ride and other trivial matters, than in actually doing anything productive for city residents. Outraged citizens in Cairo, Tripoli and Bahrain went beyond mere blogging and took to the streets!

    • throwing money at the problem is not the answer

      • “Throwing money” is not the same thing as “spending money.”

        Crime is a symptom is economic conditions, and merely being “tougher” on criminals treats the symptoms of crime, and ignores the cause.

        Spending more on education, expanding economic opportunities to the underserved, and actually focusing on rehabilitation in prison instead of punitive punishment (which merely hardens criminals) will improve life, and reduce crime.

        Taking offenders off the street for a couple years, caging them up with other violent people, and then releasing them back onto the streets with no ability to make an honest living, will not.

        • you expand economic opportunity by making doing business easier, not taxing more heavily.

          • The American trend, started in the 1980s, of lowering taxes for the rich, while also lowering social benefits, has done nothing but make America less and less like the other Western democracies (you know, the ones that manage to have good medical care and education for all citizens), and made America look more and more like the nations of the Third World (where the few rich live very well, and the many poor struggle for the basics with no safety net).

            There is no First World country which treats its poor worse than America. There is no First World country with LESS generational mobility out of poverty than America. And yet we continue the myth that the way to improve our society is to go even further in the opposite direction from the rest of the First World, by taxing the rich even less, and by further reducing social services.

          • which social benefits for the people of DC have been cut since the 80s? i’m serious, would love to know specifically.

            Seems to me like a combination of “urban renewal” displacing people from poor but stable communities, the riots, disinvestment by businesses, and social programs like public housing that breed dependency have been poisonous to the urban poor in dc.

            dc spends an enormous amount of money on public education, but schools can’t fix everything.

            this is not to say that the school system or anything else in dc is perfect – just that I think you are pointing your finger at something that is only a small piece of the problem. spending another $1,000 per student or building hospitals and libraries is not going to solve these problems. solutions will take fearless leadership willing to speak the truth, and I don’t see a whole lot of that amongst the avaricious scum on our city council (who are spending the dollars you want directed towards social services on pimped-out Lincoln Navigators and so on).

        • Hate to burst your big ol’ Sociology 101 bubble, but putting criminals behind bars actually does make a huge difference. Crime rates have dropped significantly in most major U.S. cities over the last decade. The reason? More police on the streets, tougher sentencing, and politicians who don’t think like you. The people who are being put away are not victims of an unjust society. To the contrary, they are violent, dangerous people who need to be locked away from the rest of us.

    • No, let’s be outraged at a) the people who commit violent crimes, and b) the weak, misguided people in authority who refuse to punish them forcefully. If we sentenced predators who used weapons to commit crimes on innocent people to 100 years without parole, the rate of violent crime would surely decrease. Surely, many would recalculate cost-benefit equations, and if they didn’t, well, eventually all the predators would be locked up for life. Which is really where they belong anyway.

    • Is this a joke? I work in DC and cross the line into Maryland (2 blocks from Eastern Ave) at night because the neighborhoods in DC are violent. How do we overcome the disparities? I think the mayor is trying to do that by handing out 100k jobs to unqualified people. DC crime will decrease when we change the demographics of the neighborhoods and DC, it is just a matter of time.

    • Whether it would solve this issue or not, money doesn’t hurt and it is is shameful that DC doesn’t reap some benefit from all of the people that commute in from VA and MD to work here. And to preempt any arguments of “the workers eat here and spend money here etc”, yes they do but back of the napkin math would tell you that isn’t a fraction of what a commuter tax or partial income tax would do for DC. Plus, many of those workers are federal and thus captive to work here. In my federal govt office 5 out of 130 some odd people live in DC.

      • A commuter tax makes absolutely no sense. Most employees arent captive here. Government or otherwise. GSA can move a ton of leases in 5 years if they want to. All of the other entities downtown can just move to surrounding jurisdictions that would love to have them. A commuter tax would return DC to the 80s.

        Besides that, there is something inherently wrong about discriminating against a group of people because they live on the other side of an arbitrary, man-made line.

        • It’s far more arbitrary for a PG county, MD resident to pay for roads in Frostburg, MD, than it is for them to pay for roads they use in DC. The only non-arbitrary way to tax people for road upkeep would be to turn every road into a toll road.

          To keep attrition from occurring, the simple answer is to tax up until the point that attrition occurs. It’s not as if the tax can’t be calibrated.

          • You do realize that they DO pay for roads in DC, right? Sales tax, federal funds, the property taxes that are paid by their employer…

          • Ah, that pittance. There’s a big difference between their contribution to road maintenance in DC, and a District residents’. We’re talking a new tax that targets people who aren’t contributing an their share based on usage. The tax would equalize what is an unfair burden of taxation levied upon a people because as you put it, “they live on the other side of an arbitrary, man-made line” — that is, DC residents whose roads suffer because of the large commuting populations from MD and VA.

          • Do we also tax DC residents that commute to VA and MD?

            What about Marylanders that go to Virginia?

            The reason DC residents pay more is because they actually live here.

          • DC is unique. Only 28% of the workforce in DC is from DC. Of that 28%, a lot less than 28% are driving. Even among the DC residents who do drive, the average commute length (as a measure of road usage) is much smaller than the average MD or VA commute length, measured from the point they enter the District.

            Being that outsiders are the primary users of roads in DC, they should pay as much as us or more — not a fraction of what we pay. It’s backwards.

            Also, keep in mind the biggest employer in DC doesn’t contribute anything in the form of property taxes. Each commuting Marylander is going to have to visit that lobster truck several thousand times per week to make this right.

          • The Federal Government provides a good deal of funding every year to DC. Should the Feds pay more? Yes, especially property taxes. Its the cost of operating the federal government and should be paid just like they pay to put a new roof on a building or resurface a parking lot.

            However, making workers and commuters pay more just to work here is cutting off our nose to spite our face and would have a crippling effect on our city’s economy.

          • Parking tax. The city council is terrified of long-dead parking magnat and his heir and refuses to enact a tax on parking garages. If most of the parking garages are filled with suburban commuters cars, we can tax parking garages.

          • Taxes are not all or nothing. You can institute a tax which would have little affect on the composition of the workforce in DC. You’re argument has a ring of the sky is falling.

            It’s like parking meters. You price meters so as to shape parker behavior (and generate revenue). You have more choices than to set the meters to either $1/minute or free. You find the optimal balance, which encourages turnover, but doesn’t deter consumers from shopping.

            Parking garage tax would be ideal. Cost applies only to drivers. Charge half a percent, consumers eat the cost but don’t feel it, and add 10’s of millions to DC coffers. The people rejoice. The mayor (future robotic mayor, that is), takes his staff out for a couple rounds of WD40 in celebration.

        • so you agree that dc residents should have representation in congress? and have you told your rep as much?

          • huh? Yes, let me call Eleanor Holmes Norton up right now and tell her that. I’m sure she’s never thought of this before.

        • It’s amazing to me how ignorant most people are of the dynamics of a commuter tax. If you work in State A and live in State B, you pay income tax to State A, not State B. That’s fully deductible from your taxes. So you don’t pay taxes in your state of residence, you pay it in your state of employ. There are literally dozens and dozens of states which have this sort of arrangement.

          The reason it seems unfair is that you don’t understand it.

    • Personal income is taxed based on the state in which one lives. It’s like this in every state; DC is not unique. The firms emplying those individuals in DC need to pay taxes to DC, however.

    • Yes…lets be outraged. But let’s direct that outrage in the right places. Crime in DC WILL NOT DECREASE until poverty, joblessness, and gross income disparities are dramatically decreased.

      I could not agree more with this. That’s why we need to eliminate subsidies for welfare housing, cut the DHS budget, and encourage more middle class families to move into the city, and more poor folks to move out of the city.

      The suburbs are much better equipped to handle these problems, and besides, that’s where the jobs are.

      • Yeah. PG county is doing AWESOME at that so far.

        • Certainly better than DC did during the late 80s and 90s. No question about that whatsoever. And Maryland certainly has a larger wealthy tax-base than DC. And the Congressional pull to actually affect national social policy.

          Keeping the poor penned up in DC with zero national representation is about the worst possible scenario. As poverty continues to move out of the cities and into the suburbs, we’ll actually begin to start addressing this shit on a national level–as opposed to wishing fervently that somehow the city government of DC is going to singlehandedly save the fucking world.

          The suburbanization of poverty is the greatest single development for those interested in social justice in the last century.

          • Sorry, but it reads more like you want to ship the brown people out of their homes in the city “for their own good.”

          • Sorry to offend your aesthetic sense, but sometimes doing what makes you feel heart-happy isn’t working, and you have to change course. Meanwhile, if you come across an argument, feel free to make it.

          • A murder a day for a large portion of January is another good arguement. Having spent a lot of time in PG County (aka, one of the only counties left near DC where there is affordable housing that is actually affordable), I don’t think that “the suburbs are equipped to deal with [it]”. They certainly haven’t shown that they ARE equipped to deal with it.

            PG is also where a large portion of the urban poor went after they were priced out of city neighborhoods (that would be, encouraged to leave – the first time). A large portion of it hasn’t improved, and is politically corrupted to boot.

            If you think the urban poor is moving to Fairfax and Montgomery County and become magically employed, I would venture that you’re mistaken.

          • Hey Trixie – you have no idea what you’re talking about when you talk about PG County. A very small portion of it has a very high crime rate. There are even portions of the county that are very affluent, but nearly all of the county outside of the beltway is just as safe as any other jurisdiction in the area. The majority is very safe and middle class. It lacks amenities, but its because of the same prejudices you showed and a lack of leadership from the county government.

            As for the urban poor going to Fairfax and Moco,well… if you mean black people, no, not a lot of black people moving there – but a lot of fairfax and a good portion of south eastern montgomery are getting poorer.

            I guess you’re an expert on PG since you’ve spent some time there – but you clearly are completely uninformed about it.

          • Are you, like Dr. Pangloss, going to agree that we should ship the urban poor into the suburbs instead of addressing the issues of crime and poverty in the district proper?

            Because that’s what he was suggesting – that we “encourage” (by eliminating welfare) poor folks to move somewhere “better equipped to handle these problems.”

            And that’s what I was responding to. Where exactly does he think is better equipped to “handle these problems?”

            I picked PG because of the housing prices – as someone who has land here, I have found that it’s significantly more affordable than other neighboring suburbs.

          • Are you, like Dr. Pangloss, going to agree that we should ship the urban poor into the suburbs instead of addressing the issues of crime and poverty in the district proper?

            The whole point is you can’t “address the issues of crime and poverty in the District proper. Can’t be done without bankrupting DC, driving out the middle-class, and having DC revert to a uniformly poor ghetto. DC is in a unique position in that it is *not* strongly connected to the suburban municipalities in the region. The suburbs have an incredibly strong interest in ensuring that the area’s poor are overwhelmingly concentrated inside the District line.

            As far as PG county being better equipped to handle the problem of entrenched multi-generational poverty, this is threefold:

            a) First, the tax base is much greater in Maryland than it is in DC.

            b) Secondly, the poverty load currently is much lower in MD (and VA) than it is in DC.

            c) Finally, MD and VA have Congressional representation, which means that they can more effectively lobby for Federal money and resources to combat poverty.

            The bottom line is, this shit needs to be addressed at the national level, not by DC’s government. The only way that will happen is if poor people live where the political power resides. That means the suburbs.

            And finally, it’s a matter of fundamental fairness: the suburbs have thrived over the last half-century by imposing de facto and de jure segregation–by forcing minorities to live in bad conditions in DC. All of the negative externalities that come from concentrated poverty have been kept isolated in the city allowing suburbs to benefit from this. At the same time, suburban politicians have largely voted to cut federal programs to remedy these problems. This has been a conscious, deliberative policy going on many years.

            As DC’s demographics continue to change, there’s no question in my mind that the city will continue to trend more and more middle-class, it will be considerably more diverse than the country at large (and the neighboring states), and the suburbs will need to begin to figure out innovative ways to deal with issues they’ve ducked for nearly three-quarters of a century.

            Best of luck!

          • A murder a day for a large portion of January is another good arguement.

            Hey, look: of course things are getting worse in PG County. The poorest of the poor are being priced out of DC, and while the poor aren’t all criminals, the vast majority of criminals are poor.

            The comparison isn’t with PG County before this exodus, though. The comparison is with DC in the worst years of the 80s and 90s. PG County is nowhere near that level. As it gets worse–and as population rises–state officials are going to have to start getting serious about addressing the issue.

  • yes there is senselesd violence in this city and yes its terrible but does anyone realize how far we’ve come since the 80s & 90s when this city was practically a war zone in some areas? it will get better and it has.

  • vote Bryan Weaver for At Large Council Member if you want a politician up to the challenge of dealing with this violence in a practical way.

  • The blame is on US. All of us. Until we collectively, as a society, want to solve this problem and not just outsource it to politicians, cops and teachers, it will continue.

  • The last thing this city needs is our own Giuliani. The solution isn’t to ship homeless people to California & throw all the poor people in jail, while cutting the social service programs that might help them get out of poverty. The problem, as a previous comment noted, is the revenue gap.

    It also seems a little disingenuous to blame DC politicians, their hands are tied to a large extent. Blame Congress for not allowing us to self-govern.

    • Or blame the kid who discharged his firearm in another man’s direction, attempting to murder him. And blame his parents.

      Blaming the Congress for attempted murders on Girard Street is not quite promixate enough for my likes. And even if you’re right, the sorts of changes you’re looking for aren’t politically feasable. We just got hope and change, but technocrats in the federal government aren’t making policy based on Girard Street.

      This problem in the immediate term is cultural. We don’t need a Giuliani, or any politician. The black community needs a Martin Luther King, and a societal revolution. Better policy and more money are good things, but they’re very long-term solutions. I don’t want to wait 50 years for results from federal policy.

      • Why can’t we do both – blame, and punish, the criminal, while still working to improve the circumstances that may increase the number of future criminals?

      • MLK would die all over again If he saw what happened to his legacy. Shouldn’t have burned the city down in ’68. Another revolution would be about as useful. . .
        That part of the black community needs to realize they are no diffent than the poor, uneducated people that came here as immigrants and dig themselves out if their situation. No one like Shanty Irish either, but we don’t make any excuses for ‘ol Seamus.

      • HEAR HEAR!


    • Is that really what Giuliani did? Crap, I didn’t even know that was politically possible. Would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see that approach here.

    • “Their hands are tied”? Yet the chairman of the council just had his staff invest dozens of hours buying him two customized $100,000 SUVs.

    • Anonymous at 11:58 just convinced me that we do need a Giuliani. Please let us get a decent mayoral candidate next time…

    • Yes, blame Congress. What exactly has Congress done that has any impact on crime and justice here?

  • PoP for Mayor!

  • Seems like this is the weekend post every week.

  • “We need to keep our social programs fully funded.”

    “(Don’t cut) the social service programs that might help them get out of poverty.”

    “Blame Congress for not allowing us to self-govern.”

    -Sounds like just the same old, same old to me I’ve been hearing here for 40 years.

    Perhaps when you’re old enough to see three generations living next door or down the street where mothers choose easy steady hand outs over the father of the children, where fathers are absent and do not take responsibility, and you’re actually seeing this repeat itself time and again, generation after generation, you might conclude as I have that it is these very programs that while well intentioned are the very enablers that destroy personal initiative, really do destroy families, and any hope for a better future.

    Pay people not to work, pay people indefinitely not to provide for themselves and their own and you create crippling dependency that fosters a false sense of entitlement, producing a populace of sloth, no visible good examples, mediocrity at best, and far too much free time to engage in activity that results in what we all sadly tolerate today.

    On the other hand, if you have to go bed early tonight to wake up early to report for work tomorrow so that you can provide for yourself and your own, then you build a sustaining population of exemplary and repeated worth, character, productivity and self reliance, not the sloth and deceit we’ve created for ourselves since Home Rule was created here in the District of Columbia.

    Face reality. Get real. Hang it up.

    I’ve lived it and survived to write about it here.

    Here in our nation’s capital, the District of Columbia has for the last 40 years been a laboratory proof positive that the bleeding hearts, the left cannot govern, is incapable, and will never establish law and order.

    • The left’s political correctness and social programs for some trump public safety and civil urbane life for all.

    • HEAR HEAR!!!


    • You could not say it any better. It’s time that people take responsibility for their lives instead of standing with their hands out…teach a man to fish…don’t just give him the damn thing.

  • Right, the tolerance range of the liberals is part of the problem. That is why the Washington Times is finally taking the lead to cover the ineptitude of DC’s handling of extreme youth violence.

    What was with the huge teen gathering in the alley off Columbia and 11th St today? Almost like a convention of the local crews spilling out of a rowhouse.

  • I battled with Ward 4 and city leadership for years over crime. At one point Bowser said maybe I shouldn’t have moved to the area I did. So last year I left DC and it was the right decision. I will never understand why people allow such self destruction but I also recognize my power to change the system is limited. Now I rent my house to Section-8’ers (nice people BTW) and profit off the system nicely. Ethically I hate it though, I feel like a slave owner. But when in Rome I guess…

  • Consider the question

    “What are YOU going to do about the youth in D.C.?”

    • i will continue being polite and respectful, so they have momentary interactions with civility. i will continue picking up trash on my street so they have a cleaner environment to walk through and play. i will continue to pay taxes contributing to the services they utilize.

      • and then they’ll hit you in the back of the head with a brick

        • thanks for the love.

          • Nice!

            FWIW, I don’t think there’s a right answer.

            But, I did meet a guy who hated DC youth gangs.

            In his free time, he started some program — sorry don’t know name.

            1) He created some board with retail owners. The shops created internships or at least gave some of these kids tasks/exposure to business.

            2) He also created basketball games between various gang members.

            Short of throwing bricks back at them, I’m afraid this is the kind of investment it takes. (I know I know… you’re not gonna, you shouldn’t have ta… blog on, blog on)

      • I think this is actually a really lovely comment and fairly realistic. A lot of comments in all this blogs range from being messianic to being classist … this is being a realist, and a person. Thanks for it.

    • Work to drive up the price of housing?

  • time to shut down the projects in columbia heights

  • “That part of the black community needs to realize they are no diffent than the poor, uneducated people that came here as immigrants and dig themselves out if their situation. No one like Shanty Irish either, but we don’t make any excuses for ‘ol Seamus.”

    Last I checked, the Irish were not enslaved and bought to this country and treated as subhuman and then subjected to laws and social conditioning that reinforced that subhuman status. Get your facts right

  • We’re already throwing people into prison at appalling rates. It doesn’t fix the problem.

  • Looks like teabagging/Stormfront has come to POP.

  • From Reason:

    In addition to the federal cash that flows into public schools around the country as a matter of course, Congress appropriated an extra $190 million into the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) between 2004 and 2009. Yet no one in the D.C. school system seems to be able to provide a credible accounting of what happened to all that money.

    A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that records of how federal money was spent are incomplete or nonexistent in the years leading up to 2009. According to the report, DCPS received $37.4 million for “literacy improvement” between 2004 and 2007 but “was unable to provide information to describe the program’s goals, objectives or outcomes.” A congressional grant of $85 million to expand public charter schools between 2004 and 2009 went similarly unmonitored. Further complicating the investigation, “the contracting office could not locate 3 of the 17 files we requested for our review.” D.C. schools have had six superintendents in the last 10 years, and a new one recently took the helm after the departure of the controversial reformer Michelle Rhee.

  • Just wondering: how does the picture of the American flag relate to the story?

    I guess it does remind us of the outdated (yes, guns) provisions in the Constitution.

    • This blog and our D.C. neighborhoods could use a little more flag waving.

      The left’s political correctness and social programs for some does indeed trump public safety and civil urbane life for all.

      Sometimes the smoke and fog created by the tired old excuses for those that commit crime doesn’t allow for the clear sight of just where we are, much less clear thought.

      Reminds of just how thick the smog can get at a daytime ANC meeting where the room becomes so dark you can’t see the light of day from the smoke, fog and flatulence created by the political correctness in the room preventing any decisive local law and order enforcement outside.

      The scofflaws are emboldened by the lawlessness and mayhem that persists -all created by the tired old excuses of this flatulent oratory of the left.

    • me

      Yes, DC COULD use just a bit more flag-waving. On an unrelated note, this past 4th of July, my HOA (a line of rowhouses) fined me for putting up an American flag because it could offend other residents. Ummm….. wha..???

      That is political correctness going WAY too far.

      • You’d think speaking truth to power might persuade some supposedly open minded people to think differently.

        -Not here in D.C. living with a vast majority of dems both in office and in the electorate.

        Say something different or that God forbid sounds conservative and you’re summarily dismissed as an ignorant tea party republican.

        Yet they claim to be so tolerant of others.

        They won’t let you fly old glory, our own flag, and even fine you in fear of offending others.

        They are citizens of the world before they are American citizens or even Washingtonians.

        How sadly far we’ve come.

        Yes, perhaps after 40 years we could use some local repub’s around here for a change -some real change.

      • Am I confabulating this: isn’t it unlawful to penalize someone for flying an American flag?

  • I agree with you PoP about continuing to fund social programs, but like these social programs are as ineffective as MPD’s response.

    The only thing that seems to work is eliminate affordable housing. Yep – you heard right! While not all of the poor are violent criminals, all the violent criminals are poor. If MPD and City government can’t reduce the violence, why do we pay taxes to keep their community here? Will a lot of poor peope who are not criminal have to move – yes, but they have less right to be here than others who pay market rate to live here.

    Why should those who pay 100% of their rent/mortgage be victimized and susidize people that have a higher porportion of violent crimnals among them?

  • Seems your racked are a little off there, Colonel. The Irish were brought just the same way. The difference was that the slaves were fed, housed and clothed. The Irish were left to die on the street.
    It’s time to bury the whole “Help, I’m being opressed” thing.

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