Tuesday, 31 January 2012

My Neighborhood

The DC government (the city council and Mayor) are supposed to be meeting with the attorney general from Virginia and some Maryland officials.....all over rats.  Months ago, DC passed some ordnance that said if you called up an extermination guy, and he could catch the rat/mouse alive....he was supposed to deliver it alive to a wooded area.  Naturally, DC has no wooded areas, so it meant driving across the river and dumping it into Maryland or Virginia.  Folks in both states got hostile about this.  So this is now referred to, in the local press....as the "rat-summit".  It's comical in a way.  Twenty years ago....you would have put out rat poison, had a dead rat, and tossed it into the garbage can to be picked up.  Now, you have some idiot driving twenty miles in a truck to dump some rat in the swamps of Maryland or the rurals of Virginia.  Then a bunch of idiots get upset over it being a DC rat, instead of a local state rat.

Cops got a phone call a few days ago over our missing Alexandria activist (Lenny Harris).  He disappeared a couple of months ago, but they eventually found his cellphone and car.  Well....the phone call said to venture out to some abandoned house, find a well next to it, and the body was at the bottom.  It was Lenny.  Normally, when folks disappear in the DC region....you never find the body.  In this case....someone felt bad about the whole circumstance, and finally gave enough info to find him.  The cops would like to know more, but whoever commented on this event and the location....probably doesn't want anymore attention on the matter.

The Occupy guys were directed not to camp out anymore on federal property.  So the Park Service deemed the definition to mean....no sleeping bags, but tents were ok.  I paused over this explanation.  If I asked a thousand camping experts....they'd all say that once you lay out a tent, you are camping.  Only the National Park Service would stand up and say you have to have sleeping bags to camp out.  So virtually every single Occupy guy is in position and haven't moved an inch.  They have guys posted around the camps now....watching for cops to move forward and then stage an alarm for everyone.  It's become like some episode of "Dallas", and developed into a 2-star soap opera.