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Burgers and Bedfellows

May 19, 2009

Burgers and Bedfellows

“Oh man, if I had run a campaign saying I’d be working closely with Marion Barry, I don’t know that I would have been elected,” Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R, UT-03) told Marc Fisher of the Washington Post. But Mr. Chaffetz is on the House subcommittee that oversees Washington DC, and Marion Barry, former three-term DC Mayor, represents Ward 8 in the District of Columbia Council.

The Council passed a law mandating DC recognition of gay marriages performed in other states and countries, with Mr. Barry casting the lone dissenting vote. Mr. Chaffetz also disapproves of that new DC law and, thanks to historical accident, he gets a chance to overrule the duly-elected local government.

Mr. Chaffetz also says DC doesn’t need a vote in Congress since he will represent Washington’s citizens. Why does the Congressman feel no qualms about making laws for a place where he doesn’t live?  Probably because he doesn’t live in the Utah district he represents, either. Under Utah state law it is perfectly legal for Jason Chaffetz to live in Alpine, in Utah’s 2nd Congressional District (served by Democrat Jim Matheson) while representing the 3rd Congressional District.

For the record, Marion Barry actually lives in Ward 8.

Mr. Chaffetz loves to amuse the media by sleeping on top of a flagpole on a cot in his DC office and eating cheap fast food. A canny professional political operative, the Congressman favors Five Guys Burgers and Fries — it’s a DC-area chain but has locations in his Utah district (Bountiful, Midvale, Orem, Sandy, West Valley). What a coincidence!


A Hint of Spice to Come — Ben’s Next Door

December 3, 2008

A Hint of Spice to Come -- Ben's Next Door

Those lucky chilidawgs at Capital Spice got a preview of the new restaurant the Ali family is opening next to their venerable Ben’s Chili Bowl. Nizam Ali had hoped to open earlier this year, and we can guess at the cause of the delay. In this town, builders yell “DCRA!” when they hit their thumbs with a hammer.

NotionsCapital hopes the search for the perfect jellroll was not a contributing factor. The Alis want to carry that confection to commemorate the fact that Ferdinand “Jellyroll” Morton played jazz upstairs in the building that houses their plush new place. 

Ben’s Next Door is slated to open this month. That leaves plenty of time for a shakedown cruise before the all-night Inaugural Marathons.


Image by Mike Licht.


Radio — Lost In Space!

November 14, 2008

Radio -- Lost In Space!

Death rays are blasting satellite radio! Whole channels have been vaporized!

Beyond Jazz  (fusion and acid jazz): Zapped! Fine Tuning (free-form eclectic): Space dust! Vox (choral works, vocal classics): Silent! Come in Robert Aubrey Davis! Do you copy? Davis, do you copy?

A report by Marc Fisher of groundstation WaPo seems to indicate that Outer Space broadcasting makes science fiction into radio reality.  The recent XM-Sirius merger pledged the two systems to maintain separate progamming for another 15 years, but the act of merging the systems in the vacuum of Space must have triggered unforseen, pulp-fiction consequences in the fourth dimension, Time.

To listeners on Earth, it seems that only a few months have elapsed since Sirius and XM Radio merged, but 15 years have passed in Outer Space!  What else could explain this strange, channel-eating phenomenon?


Washington Nationals: Fare Catch

February 25, 2008

Washington Nationals -- Fare Catch

Today in Sports, the big story is Eats. The Washington Nationals have sent their old food service to the showers and filled the dining dugout with a mix of seasoned pros and promising rookies, all hometown favorites. Good play, guys.

 The complete roster is at Dan Steinberg’s D.C. Sports Bog, with further commentary on the gustatory line-up (with hyperlinks for the hungry)  by Marc Fisher.


Great DC Democratic T-Shirt Race – Day 2

October 25, 2007

Um, candidates . . . we got a primary here. Hello? Hello? 

My neighbor, a registered Democrat, decided to test the Democratic presidential candidates. In the upcoming DC Democratic Presidential Primary election, he will vote for the first candidate to send him a T-shirt, size XL.

I was shocked by this since collared shirts look much better, but freedom of sartorial choice makes this country great so I hurled his challenge into the blogosphere.

Shock number two: despite the influential readership of this weblog and coverage of the Great T-Shirt Race in Politico and Wonkette, the P.O. Box is not stuffed with cotton or even cotton-polyester fabric. Not one single T-shirt after two days.

Marc Fisher’s column and blog discuss how the DC region is ignored by presidential candidates.  Here’s more proof.  

Candidates: if you actually have DC campaigns, they don’t believe in you enough to risk a T-shirt.

Again, the rules:

My neighbor’s D.C. Primary Election vote will go to the first official, currently declared Democratic Party Presidential Candidate (no write-ins) whose T-shirt (size XL) is received at:
P.O. Box 15346
Washington, DC 20003

Late T-shirts go in the rag bag and will not be returned; wrong sizes don’t count.

DC campaigns: win the T-shirt race; get a vote in the primary race. Unless you really don’t care.


Image by Mike Licht. Tumble dry.

Paper Radio

September 2, 2007

Washington Post turns off the radio 

The “shotgun marriage of two distinct journalistic culturesdissolved, to the relief of both parties, as Washington Post Radio came to a mumbling halt. This didn’t disturb the neighbors. No one was listening.

To the suits in the Post’s suites, the venture looked like a continuation of their Web presence by other means, but is still a text-with-pictures medium, like the paper, and radio is not.

Bonneville must have thought there would be all kinds of juicy insights and inside information – frankly, gossip and speculation – not understanding that actual working reporters do not indulge in this type of thing, at least not within earshot of others. The result was a flat “talking newspaper” which left neither partner satisfied. The bad radio voices and conversational skills of some reporters didn’t help, nor did the bad FM reception in most of the DC area. (more…)

Government by Slogan

August 31, 2007

Whip Inflation Now. Flagellate those faulty financials.

This morning’s Raw Fisher blog about state tourism slogans raised some personal issues for me. In 1990 the quasi-governmental DC Committee to Promote Washington hired expensive “branding” experts, who inflicted a new motto on the District of Columbia based on the 1991-1992 Columbian Quincentenary Celebration (District of Columbia, get it?). The expensive result: “Celebrate and Discover” and a logo of federal monuments surmounted by fireworks and what looks like confetti. (more…)

Clubbing Boys and Girls

August 30, 2007

Stay tuned, boys and girls . . . .

This morning, Marc Fisher’s Washington Post blog discusses a proposed $3 million District government grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington to reopen DC clubs it recently closed.

A Capitol Hill residents’ group, Neighbors United (NU), seeks to purchase the Eastern Branch Boys and Girls Club, 261 17th Street SE, and convert it into “a community-owned and community-operated facility.” The primary club mission would remain skill and character development of boys and girls, but NU Chair Will Cobb and Vice Chair Ellen Opper-Weiner hope to improve club sustainability by keeping the facility open 15 hours a day, seven days a week to serve infants, toddlers, young adults, adults and seniors , Programs would include athletics, fitness, education and personal enrichment.

NU says it wants to unite the neighborhood “across divides that now exist with respect to income, race, and length of residence.”