Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Hump Day News 'N Notes

How many of Chip Py's rights can the DTSS staff possibly violate? Next thing you know, they will attempt to quarter soldiers in his home.

Py was again harassed by The Man last week, this time for handing out Barack Obama literature. Hmmmm, I wonder which candidates the Peterson Companies supports...

Not surprisingly, there are over a hundred grand in donations from Milt Peterson to Republican candidates and organizations. Wait, what's this? He's also donated over $10,000 over the years to our favorite soon-to-be-ex-congressman Albert Wynn? Wonder what he got out of that deal.

Whenever I think of Al Wynn, the Clay Davis corrupt politician character from The Wire comes to mind. "Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit."

Seriously, I must have gotten five pieces of mail a day from the Donna Edwards campaign and nothing from Al Wynn. Guess he didn't even bother with my neighborhood, which falls within the absurdly gerrymandered 4th district.

Other miscellaneous stuff...

- The Post has a brief writeup on the venerable Parkway Deli.

- Silver Spring is still in the running for NPR.

- I don't know why, but this photo of a room housing equipment for the free downtown Silver Spring wireless service creeps me out.


Tom Collins said...

If you'd like a tour of that room, drop me a line sometime. I'd love to show you around.

Anonymous said...

I live on on Colesville by Spring, and I got at least 3-4 (maybe more, I can't remember) flyers from Wynn. Interestingly enough, they were all the *same* flyer, which had something like the National REALTORS Association as the return address. They were all about Wynn's (oddly vague) plans to fight foreclosures.

Funnily enough, I got one of these flyers in the mail just yesterday, a day after the election.

I also got a few flyers from Edwards' campaign in the weeks leading up to the election.

silver spring penguin said...

I live in the eighth district and didn't get jack squat in the mail from Chris Van Hollen.

I guess he figured he had this primary election in the bag.

Re: downtown's wi-fi nerve center. It reminds me of an "X Files" episode in which a killer piece of artificial intelligence lives in a run-down trailer in the middle of a field.

Sligo said...

Anyone remember the X-Files episode that takes place in "Silver Springs", MD?

Thayer Ave., too said...

We got a flyer for Al Wynn in the mail on Wednesday, too. Guess it's too late to fire THAT campaign staffer, huh?

And I finally stopped even looking at the caller ID on Monday and even Tuesday evenings, because it was a pretty safe bet that it was a Donna Edwards robo-call that I had no intention of answering. (Although we did get at least one anti-Edwards voice mail.) They got so annoying over the last week that I toyed with not even voting for her!

How effective are those robo-calls, anyway? I'm sure there have been studies, or they wouldn't be doing them, but in the age of caller ID, who the heck answers the phone when "800 Service" calls?

(Although my husband sometimes answers telemarketing calls, just for his own entertainment. I'll hear him in the other room, "Five. Four. Five. Three. Agree. Strongly Agree. Disagree," and I know somebody's marketing statistics are screwed for the week!)

silver spring penguin said...

Sligo wrote:

"Anyone remember the X-Files episode that takes place in 'Silver Springs', MD?"

I think I do. Agent Spender was sent with Krycek to whack some guy in his Silver SpringS mansion. When Spender tries to cap him, nothing happens. That's when Krycek pulls out the ice pick, and bye-bye resident alien of Silver SpringS.

Thayer Avenue said...

thayer ave, too said:

Although my husband sometimes answers telemarketing calls, just for his own entertainment.

Whenever some name that contains "Market Research" comes up on caller ID, I always answer. It's just a small way I can leave an indelible mark on society. Recent subject matter has included: ophthalmologists, banking, and PEPCO. That last one was a great opportunity to rail against The Man.

WashingtonGardener said...

SS Penguin- that is why I did not vote for VanHollen this go round :-(

Sligo - I remember that Xfiles - a bit too close to home for me