Posts Tagged ‘US Capitol’

Gyrocopter Jockey Gets Jail Time for Buzzing the Capitol

April 26, 2016

Gyrocopter Jockey Gets Jail Time for Buzzing the Capitol

Last fall Florida mailman Douglas Hughes flew his gyrocopter into DC restricted airspace and landed on the Capitol lawn. Dressed in his mail carrier uniform, had letters addressed to each member of Congress protesting campaign finance laws. Immediately arrested, he soon pleaded guilty to flying his gyrocopter without a license into DC’s restricted airspace.

Mr. Hughes was dismissed from the US Postal Service for his unauthorized airmail delivery. Last Thursday he was sentenced to 120 days in federal prison. That’s a pretty light sentence for threatening Congress with a … a…. Wait.  What the heck is a gyrocopter?

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4th of July Concert at the US Capitol: Barry Manilow

July 3, 2015

4th of July Concert at the US Capitol: Barry Manilow

In 1776 American colonists defied the British Crown so that the legislators of our great nation could host a concert by Barry Manilow on the Capitol grounds on the 4th of July. The gifted composer of the patriotic classics “You Deserve A Break Today (McDonald’s)” and “Like A Good Neighbor (State Farm is There)” will be joined by the country group Alabama, who featured the Confederate battle flag on the cover of their 1982 album Mountain Music.

God Bless America.

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The Onion Gets Flack for Getting it Right

September 29, 2011

The Onion Gets Flack for Getting it Right

“WASHINGTON—Brandishing shotguns and semiautomatic pistols, members of the 112th U.S. Congress took a class of visiting schoolchildren hostage today, barricading themselves inside the Capitol rotunda and demanding $12 trillion dollars in cash.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who has emerged as spokesman for the bipartisan group, informed FBI negotiators this morning that the ransom was to be placed in stainless-steel suitcases and left on the Capitol steps by 4 p.m. sharp. If their demands are not met in full, the 11-term representative announced, ‘all the kids will die.'”

“Congress Takes Group Of Schoolchildren Hostage,” The Onion

Twitter: #CongressHostage

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Guns in the Capitol

January 14, 2011

Guns in the Capitol

To commemorate the shooting death of a 9-year-old girl, a Congressional Aide and a Federal judge, and the gunshot injury of his colleague Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D, AZ-8), Congressman Louie Gohmert (R, TX-1 ) wants to pack heat in the U.S. Capitol.

Gawker sums it up succinctly: “Dumbest Congress Member Wants Guns on the House Floor.”

 

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Capitol Visitor Center Floods

June 5, 2009

Capitol Visitor Center Floods

Above: Flooded dance floor, Al Gore Ballroom, U.S. Capital Visitors Center

The brand-new United States Capitol Visitor Center (CVC), 50 feet underneath the plaza and East Front of the Capitol building, flooded yesterday. As blogger FamousDC observes, “bailout actually needed this time.”  The carpeting of the Tom DeLay Pitch n’ Putt Golf Course is thought to be badly mildewed, though the Larry Craig Public Baths fared better.

The 580,000 square foot underground CVC, which includes the Sonny Bono Memorial Dinner Theatre, Wilbur Mills Exotic Dance Academy, and Interns Gone Wild Lounge, also has some provisions for tourists.

Congressmen were scandalized by the $621 million cost of the facility, $300 million over budget, and may hold hearings on the matter as soon as the CVC’s duplex Sauna and Hearing Room is back in operation.

 

Tourists interested in the full CVC Simulated Capitol Theme Park Xtreme Experience should consult this website; for plain visitor information, look here. 

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