From an email:

“May 14th, 2016, will be the tenth anniversary of the last episode of The West Wing.

It will also be the date that Claire Handscombe will self-publish an anthology of quotes and essays titled “Walk With Me: How The West Wing Changed Our Lives”. In its 106 pages, fans from six countries, ranging in age from 20 to 70, write or speak about the impact of their love for The West Wing on their personal, professional, relational, spiritual, and creative lives.

Digital copies of Walk With Us may be requested for review, and are available on pre-order. ($2.99)

Product Description: The West Wing premiered in 1999. That’s a long time ago. Back then, we were worrying about the Millennium Bug, paying $700 for DVD players, and using pagers. 1999: a century ago.

And yet, the show continues to have an impact that is arguably unique. If you live or work in DC, references to it are inescapable. People have walked down the aisle to the theme music. Or they’ve named children, pets, GPS systems, and even an iPhone app after the characters. Or they’ve started Twitter accounts as the characters to continue the storyline and comment on current political events. Or they credit it for closer relationships with their family members or a way out of depression.

In this anthology of quotes and essays, contributors from six countries, ranging in age from twenty to seventy years old, tell their West Wing stories.

trump wine

“Dear PoPville,

I just launched a small crowdfunding project to buy a case of Trump Wine in dump it in my sink. I’ve asked for double the cost to make an equal donation to Voto Latino. Here’s the project:

As Donald Trump continues his campaign based on fear and hate and in honor of the national campaign to #DumpTrump, I would like to buy a case of of the 2014 Meritage at the Trump Winery and dump it down my kitchen sink. Here are the tasting notes:

“With a brilliant, intense ruby red color, this wine has a nose lightly toasted with dominant aromas of black cherry, current, cocoa, and fresh herbs. This fresh, medium body wine is fruit forward, soft and approachable. The palate offers some spicy notes with soft supple tannins.”

Sounds like it would pair well with my drain. (more…)

If I’ve been lax in my support of DC Voting/Statehood in the past – I never will be again. Thanks to all who sent emails and tweets about this political nonsense. That folks in Congress (like this guy, Andy Harris etc.) have a say over our District is beyond maddening. Quote in the title of this post is from a book about Petey Greene who, I can only imagine, would’ve schooled these fools.

Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

Update from the White House:


The Washington Post reported:

“Garland, 63, is a longtime Washington lawyer and jurist who is chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Considered a moderate, Garland is widely respected in the D.C. legal community and was also a finalist for the first two Supreme Court vacancies Obama filled.”

The New York Times reported:

“President Obama on Wednesday will nominate Merrick B. Garland as the nation’s 113th justice, according to White House officials, choosing a centrist appeals court judge widely respected even by Republicans in hopes his choice will be considered by the Senate.”

Updates when the official White Release comes at 11am.

Trump Flier

“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday morning when I picked up my copy of the Express in Old Town, I found this Trump flier (photo attached) inside it. Is Trump advertising in the Express now? I didn’t think they sold political ads. Anyway, it was weird to find a partisan (and borderline racist) advertisement a general-interest newspaper.

Thought you might find this interesting. There’s just something a little disturbing about it.”

friday question
Photo by PoPville flickr user Pablo Raw

I know we have some vocal GOP supporters, please let us know who you support in the comments, but for today I’m interested in registered Democrat voters for the poll. I’m super curious about this because my friends are all over the place on this one and I’m dying to know where you guys stand – Hillary or Bernie?

Hop in a 1963 baby blue Corvette with Jerry Seinfeld & President Obama as we take you behind the scenes in the latest episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Posted by The White House on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

and the episode:

Brand new season! We open with President Obama. I ask the tough questions: underwear, nachos, and thermostats.

Posted by Jerry Seinfeld on Wednesday, December 30, 2015