Posts Tagged ‘Washington D.C.’

Man In Custody After Landing Gyrocopter On Capitol Grounds

Is there any possibility that we could learn about Doug Hughes, the Florida postal worker who today flew his gyrocopter into restricted airspace in Washington D.C., landing on the Capital lawn, and NOT respond with the headline of “Raising serious issues of national security”? Which by the way, is an exact quote from tonight’s “Action News” broadcast in the Philadelphia market. How about this instead: Nothing major happened. He posed no security threat. He was engaged in a non-violent act of civil disobedience to raise awareness of campaign finance, money in politics, and the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” ruling. There is…
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Libertarianism Informed By Cynicism

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Because of Washington gridlock and events like the recent government shutdown, it seems sentiments like the one below are making the rounds increasingly on Facebook and other social media: I don’t know how anyone can look at what’s been going on in Washington this week and think, “Sure! Let’s give those people more control over our lives!” – Radley Balko And more and more of your friends and family are likely displaying greater depths of cynicism when it comes to politicians in Washington D.C. and even our system of government. And there’s definitely no shortage of reasons for this cynicism….
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Liberal Fantasy Or Not, Washington Could Use A Dose Of Aaron Sorkin’s West Wing Idealism

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The West Wing is one of the finest shows to ever appear on television, and I’m only sorry I didn’t watch it during its original run, which began 14 years ago. It’s funny, people refer to The West Wing as a 90s show, but only 10 of the 154 episodes aired in that decade. But it was obvious the show, particularly in the early seasons, was heavily influenced by Clinton-era topics like Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, free-trade agreements, and even gun control. When Aaron Sorkin’s White House drama appeared on Netflix in the summer of 2012, I binge-watched the entire…
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The Beltway Media: Watchdogs? More Like Lapdogs

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Are “beltway media” types a guardian of democracy, or are they simply interested in maintaining privilege? Are they watchdogs or lapdogs? watch·dog — n. — One who serves as a guardian or protector against waste, loss, or illegal practices. lap dog — n. — One eager to do another’s bidding, especially in order to maintain a position of privilege or favor. The Washington D.C. establishment media is less about journalism, more about access. If a “journalist” fears losing access to power because of his or her reporting, that is a journalist doing his or her job. If the top priority of a reporter is to…
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House of Cards Review: Frank Underwood’s Insatiable Hunger For Power

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In one of Frank Underwood’s many asides, delivered with great aplomb by Kevin Spacey, he breaks the fourth wall to say, “Money is the McMansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after ten years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries.” Those two sentences capture the essence of the main character and great antihero of a dark, almost sinister political drama. “House of Cards” is a bold entrance into original scripted television for online streaming service, Netflix, which paid $100 million for two seasons of the political drama. The show, a remake of an original BBC series,…
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