Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bethesda is Boring

After Chevy Chase upped the ante with their redeveloped row of luxury stores, it looks like Bethesda has entered into a bit of an upscale arms race. With the addition of "Bethesda Lane", they've added to the already pricey array of shops and restaurants in Bethesda Row. (How exactly is it a "row" - can someone explain this to me?) Look at the new Redwood Restaurant - I can't even imagine what the design and construction costs were for this joint. Oh, and the "Upstairs at Bethesda" apartments above Bethesda Lane? $2,000-$2,500 for a one bedroom.

I think the biggest mistake DTSS ever made (besides maybe the Red Lobster) was to not integrate apartments and condos into the development. This is something they did in similar projects in Rockville and Bethesda. Having people living there 24/7 would add a little more life to the area. For a while they were advertising those "The Ellsworth" condos at the end of the Promenade, but seeing as their website no longer works, it would appear that the plan has been put off indefinitely. Yeah, I've mocked their marketing, but I still think that location would be a more interesting place to live than some of the other areas around town where they are presently building condos. Maybe they could just give up on City Place, gut it, and convert it into housing.

Anyhoo, back to my original point. Nice as it is, here's the problem with Bethesda Lane: it's boring as Hell. All the shops on the street were closed by the time I got down there at 8PM, which was annoying because I have to admit I actually wanted to go into Le Creuset. All the outdoor restaurant seating on Bethesda Lane sat unused and chained up. There was some sort of music event at the nearby Metro Plaza, but from what I could tell it mostly consisted of slow dancing senior citizens. Sure they have great restaurants in Bethesda, but there isn't much reason to hang out after your meal.

In stark contrast to this was the scene on the Silver Spring Promenade Saturday night. I originally went there to kill some time at Borders, but there was so much to see out on the street that it was quite entertaining to just stand there and soak it up:

- Hare Krishnas banging their drums and chanting in front of the Noodles & Co. and the usual outside-the-Majestic crowd getting down to the Krishna beat.

- A free concert by an nearly all-white Reggae band.

- Some sort of event on The Turf attended by a large number of traditionally-dressed Sengalese. Apparently reports of the Turf's demise were greatly exaggerated, since it's still open for business. At least for now.

- Mormon missionaries with their short-sleeve shirts and ties proselytizing to the cute women on Ellsworth. (SURRENDER DOROTHY)

- A larger contingent of missionaries from a sect with which I am not familiar wearing white and red uniforms with large Stars of David on them. They looked like they should be wielding swords.



If anyone knows what their deal is, please satisfy my curiosity.

- The aforementioned Elders conversing with their missionary competition.

- Multiple chess matches in the outdoor seating areas of Ellsworth Street restaurants.

- Skaters performing tricks on the Lower Promenade.
I would never contend that Silver Spring competes with Bethesda in quality of shopping or food (although at least we're improving on the latter), but as far as people-watching entertainment value, we've got them beat hands down.

Also...

- MoCo Planning Board Chairman Royce Hanson called BS on the proposed bill that would basically allow the Lee Group to essentially remain a slumlord on Skid Row for the next fifteen years, should they choose to do so.
"We have learned from past experience that the things Lee Development Group wants are unreasonable and can have negative consequences for other viable projects" in downtown Silver Spring, said Hanson at a hearing on the measure.
Seriously, they've been sitting on that land for twenty years - how long are they planning on waiting? Surprisingly, the outspoken residents in attendance at the public hearing were actually FOR the Fillmore. "Finish the Fillmore"... "No Train on Wayne"... everyone's got their clever slogans these days.

- Silver Spring's new Vietnamese restaurant, Lotus Café, got a writeup on DCist. Amazingly, no one has yet disrespected Silver Spring in the comments, which is usually par for the course on that site. Usually when they post anything about Silver Spring, commenters are sure to remind us that Silver Spring is a chain restaurant infested hellhole, but when there's a positive review of a non-chain restaurant there is only crickets.

- Riders request expanded service from the VanGo buses, threaten to cut off left ears if demands are not met.

- That body found in Sligo Creek Park last week was apparently not a result of foul play.

Photo of Redwood Restaurant and Bar by Flickr user cpdulis.



43 comments:

Anonymous said...

SILVER SPRING is a chain restaurant infested hellhole? Have these people *been* to DC, the city where the recent opening of a Five Guys in Columbia Heights was greeted with fireworks and ticker-tape parades? I mean, I *like* Five Guys, but seriously...

And DC has Lauriol Plaza. A city that treasures a dump like that has no right whatsoever to talk about, well, ANYTHING. Ever.

Give me Mandalay, or Oriental East, any day of the week.

Anonymous said...

Viva la TURF! It will never die.

The Dad Report said...

The diversity is exactly what's cool about SS. However, Bethesda has a bookstore where you can actually sit down :-)

So what was the deal with Creek Man? Link doesn't say how he came to be there?

Sligo said...

The guy had some existing health problems, which they suspect was the cause of death. What he was doing down there, who knows.

Springvale Roader said...

Yes, Bethesda is boring and Silver Spring is lively.

On the other hand Bethesda has really good restaurants and nice shops, and Silver Spring has the crime and crud we all complain about.

What both areas need is some of what the others have. Unfortunately for Bethesda, though, they're pretty well developed, whereas Silver Spring has room to grow. The upshot is that Silver Spring can be the Greenwich Village to Bethesda's Upper East Side IF we are smart about it: more and better restaurants, bars, music venues, art venues, good stores (hip new stores, coming soon!), and we chase away the ghetto element. No, not African Americans, but the low class/no class/criminal class of any race who are a drag on Silver Spring's revitalization.

And Sligo you are absolutely correct in that we need more housing, both rental and condo. You know what we really need: more gay people in that new housing.

Springvale Roader said...

Oh, and regarding those black dudes with the head scarves: I think they are some sort of sect of African Jews, but what I really wish is for them to don some eyepatches and fake swords and go hang out at Piratz Tavern.

Anonymous said...

Viva our Silver Spring gumbo!!!

Vagrarian said...

New housing would be great...and if this gay person could afford it, he'd be there....

adelphi_sky said...

Springvale Reader,
I think the Arts District in Hyattsville may have the head start on being Greenwich Village. :-) My wife and I go there occasionally to eat at Franklins (a must visit). The area is coming along nicely, albeit slow. With art galleries, artists, and shops like Busboys and Poets, Cafe Azule, some interesting yarn boutique, and tenant-owned businesses, not to mention East Campus in 4 years, I believe Route 1 will become the hippiest of the hippies. Only time will tell.

dan reed said...

Bethesda Lane photoset! I visited BL in May, when it first opened, and I was overwhelmed by the gigantic scale of everything. I also thought it was pretty boring, though the leasing office for those apartments had some lovely cookies. (I do not remember if they were homemade.)

Don't expect those apartments in Bethesda to rent fast, though. Everyone's having trouble with the economy and all . . . Silver Spring just took a little too long to get started on the apartments but, until it recovers, I'd rather have an empty lot than an empty building prone to Nazi vandalism by workers or ne'er-do-wells alike.

And for God's sake why doesn't anyone call it "Ellsworth Drive" anymore? That's what it is! Nevermind that you can't drive through it on a Saturday night without killing a bunch of evangelists and whiteboy reggae artists.

Sligo said...

Because Ellsworth Drive goes well beyond downtown, so it's better to have a way to describe those two blocks... hence "The Promenade". There's even a small disembodied portion of Ellsworth near where I live that is in no way connected to the part of the road that goes through DTSS.

Anonymous said...

Springvale Roader said...

Oh, and regarding those black dudes with the head scarves: I think they are some sort of sect of African Jews, but what I really wish is for them to don some eyepatches and fake swords and go hang out at Piratz Tavern.
7/30/2008 11:45 AM

RE: Do I suspect some racist overtones from a Potential Gay Man................

Anonymous said...

Redwood looks like the kind of place that would give you two Corfu-harvested Olives on a sprig of parsley and call it a $40 entree. I'll take (independent) Silver Spring grub any day of the week! Except for the Blue Pearl, that place looks vile.

Sligo said...

Anonymous 11:45 AM,

Uh, what's racist about speculating that a group of black guys wearing Stars of Davids may be a Sect of African Jews? There are African Jews, you know.

Springvale Roader said...

Anonymous 11:45, not to make too fine a point of it, but you are an idiot. If I was gay I would say so. What I have noticed, along with plenty of other people, is that neighborhoods with a good gay presence tend to be pretty damn vital and interesting.

As for being racist for pointing out that those African American guys seem to be, from what I've observed, representing themselves as Jews, or Hebrews: again, not to make too fine a point of it: you are an idiot.

Anonymous said...

It's about time P.G. co started competing with the surrounding areas I am glad to also see its reinventment; route 1, national harbor, university town center, largo and the future Landover office/retail complex.
But SS is lost in its identity, it needs more murals and places like BB&P. A mega mural should be painted to compete with the discovery mural on that monstrosity that is the twin towers brick facade facing colesville.

Anonymous said...

Black Hebrew Israelites (also Black Hebrews, African Hebrew Israelites, and Hebrew Israelites) are groups of people of African ancestry situated mostly in the United States who believe they are descendants of the ancient Israelites. Black Hebrews adhere in varying degrees to the religious beliefs and practices of mainstream Judaism. They are generally not accepted as Jews by the greater Jewish community, and many Black Hebrews consider themselves — and not mainstream Jews — to be the only authentic Jews. Many choose to self-identify as Hebrew Israelites or Black Hebrews rather than as Jews.[1][2][3][4]

Dozens of Black Hebrew groups were founded during the late 1800s and the early 1900s.[5] In the mid-1980s, the number of Black Hebrews in the United States was between 25,000 and 40,000.[6] In the 1990s, the Alliance of Black Jews estimated that there were 200,000 African-American Jews, including Black Hebrews and those recognized as Jews by mainstream Jewish organizations.[7]
While Black Christians traditionally have identified themselves with the Children of Israel, they never claimed to be descendants of the Israelites.[8] In the late 19th century among some African-Americans, an identification with the ancient Hebrews developed into an identification as ancient Hebrews.[5] One of the first groups of Black Hebrews, the Church of God and Saints of Christ, was founded in 1896.[5] During the following decades, many more Black Hebrew congregations were established. These groups claimed descent from the ancient Israelites. They selected elements of Judaism and adapted them within a structure similar to that of the Black church.[5]

The beliefs and practices of Black Hebrew groups vary considerably. The differences are so great that historian James Tinney has suggested the classification of the organizations into three groups: Black Jews, who maintain a Christological perspective and adopt Jewish rituals; Black Hebrews, who are more traditional in their practice of Judaism; and Black Israelites, who are most nationalistic and farthest from traditional Judaism.[9]

Nevertheless, Black Hebrew organizations have certain common characteristics. Anthropologist James E. Landing, author of Black Judaism, distinguishes the Black Hebrew movement, which he refers to as Black Judaism, from normative Judaism practiced by people who are Black (black Judaism):

Black Judaism is ... a form of institutionalized (congregational) religious expression in which black persons identify themselves as Jews, Israelites, or Hebrews...in a manner that seems unacceptable to the the "whites" of the world's Jewish community, primarily because Jews take issue with the various justifications set forth by Black Jews in establishing this identity. Thus "Black Judaism," as defined here, stands distinctly apart from "black Judaism," or that Judaic expression found among black persons that would be acceptable to the world's Jewish community, such as conversion or birth to a recognized Jewish mother. "Black Judaism" has been a social movement; "black Judaism" has been an isolated social phenomenon.[10]

Landing's definition, and its underlying assumptions about race and normative Judaism, have been criticized,[11] but it provides a helpful framework for understanding some of the common traits that various Black Hebrew organizations share.

Anonymous said...

Groups
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, dozens of Black Hebrew organizations were established.[5] In Harlem alone, at least eight such groups were founded between 1919 and 1931.[12] The Church of the Living God, the Pillar Ground of Truth for All Nations is the oldest known Black Hebrew group[13] and the Church of God and Saints of Christ is one of the largest Black Hebrew organizations.[14] The Commandment Keepers are noted for their adherence to traditional Judaism[15] and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem are widely known for having moved from the United States to Israel.[16][17][18]


[edit] Church of the Living God, the Pillar Ground of Truth for All Nations
The oldest known Black Hebrew organization is the Church of the Living God, the Pillar Ground of Truth for All Nations.[13][19] The group was founded by F. S. Cherry in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1886, and later moved to Philadelphia.[20] Theologically, the Church of the Living God mixed elements of Judaism and Christianity, counting the Bible — including the New Testament — and the Talmud as essential scriptures.[21] The rituals of Cherry’s flock incorporated many Jewish practices and prohibitions alongside some Christian traditions.[22] For example, during prayer the men wore skullcaps and congregants faced east. In addition, members of the Church were not permitted to eat pork.[22] Prayers were accompanied by musical instruments and gospel singing.[23] After Cherry's death, members of the church believed he had left temporarily and would reappear soon in spirit to lead the church through his son.[14]


[edit] Church of God and Saints of Christ
Main article: Church of God and Saints of Christ
The Church of God and Saints of Christ was established in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1896 by William Saunders Crowdy.[24] The group established its headquarters in Philadelphia in 1899, and Crowdy later relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1903. After Crowdy's death in 1908, the church continued to grow under the leadership of William Henry Plummer, who moved the organization's headquarters to its permanent location in Belleville, Virginia, in 1921.[25] In 1936, the Church of God and Saints of Christ had more than 200 "tabernacles" (congregations) and 37,000 members.[14][26] Howard Zebulun Plummer succeeded his father and became head of the organization in 1931.[27] His son, Levi Solomon Plummer, became the church's leader in 1975.[28] Since 2001, the Church of God and Saints of Christ has been led by Rabbi Jehu A. Crowdy, Jr., a great-grandson of William Saunders Crowdy.[29] As of 2005, it had fifty tabernacles in the United States and dozens in Africa.[24]

The Church of God and Saints of Christ describes itself as "the oldest African-American congregation in the United States that adheres to the tenets of Judaism".[30][19] It teaches that all Jews had been black originally, and that African-Americans are descendants of the lost tribes of Israel.[31][32] Members believe that Jesus was neither God nor the son of God, but rather an adherent to Judaism and a prophet. They also consider William Saunders Crowdy to be a prophet.[33]

The Church of God and Saints of Christ synthesizes rituals from both Judaism and Christianity. They have adopted rites drawn from both the Old Testament and New Testament. Its Jewish observances include circumcision of newborn boys, use of the Hebrew calendar, wearing of yarmulkes, observance of Saturday as the Sabbath, and celebration of Passover. Its New Testament rites include baptism (immersion) and footwashing, both of which have Old Testament origins.[31][32]

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[edit] Commandment Keepers
Main article: Commandment Keepers
Wentworth Arthur Matthew founded the Commandment Keepers Congregation in Harlem in 1919.[2] Matthew was influenced by the white Jews he met and by Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association. One of the accomplishments of Garvey's movement was to strengthen the connection between black Americans and Africa, Ethiopia in particular, and when Matthew learned about the Beta Israel — Ethiopian Jews — he identified with them.[34]

The Commandment Keepers follow traditional Jewish practice and observe Jewish holidays.[15] Members observe Jewish dietary laws, circumcise newborn boys and celebrate bar mitzvah, and their synagogue has a partition to separate men and woman during worship.[35]


Wentworth Arthur Matthew holding a Torah scroll.The Commandment Keepers believe they are descendants of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.[36] Matthew taught that "the Black man is a Jew" and "all genuine Jews are Black men",[37] but he valued white Jews as those who had preserved Judaism over the centuries.[2] Matthew maintained cordial ties with white Jewish leaders in New York and frequently invited them to worship at his synagogue.[38]

Matthew established the Ethiopian Hebrew Rabbinical College (later renamed the Israelite Rabbinical Academy). He ordained more than 20 rabbis, who went on to lead congregations throughout the United States and the Caribbean.[38][37] He remained the leader of the Commandment Keepers in Harlem, and in 1962 the congregation moved to a landmark building on 123rd Street.[39]

Matthew died in 1973, sparking an internal conflict over who would succeed him as head of the Harlem congregation. Shortly before his death Matthew named his grandson, David Matthew Doré, the new spiritual leader. Doré was 16 years old at the time. In 1975, the synagogue's board elected Rabbi Willie White to be its leader. Rabbi Doré occasionally conducted services at the synagogue until the early 1980s, when White had Doré and some other members locked out of the building. Membership declined throughout the 1990s and by 2004 only a few dozen people belonged to the synagogue. In 2007 the Commandment Keepers sold the building that housed their synagogue while various factions among former members sued one another.[35][40]

Beside the Harlem group, there are eight or ten Commandment Keeper congregations in the New York area and others throughout North America and in Israel.[41] Since 2000, seven rabbis have graduated from the Israelite Rabbinical Academy founded by Matthew.[42]


[edit] African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem

African Hebrew Israelites speak to visitors in Dimona.Main article: African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem
Ben Ammi Ben Israel established the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem in Chicago, Illinois, in 1966. In 1969, after a sojourn in Liberia, Ben Ammi and about 30 Hebrew Israelites moved to Israel.[17] Over the next 20 years nearly 600 more members left the United States for Israel. As of 2006, about 2,500 Hebrew Israelites live in Dimona and two other towns in the Negev region of Israel, where they are widely referred to as Black Hebrews.[43] In addition, there are Hebrew Israelite communities in several major American cities, including Chicago, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.[44]

The Black Hebrews believe they are descended from members of the Tribe of Judah who were exiled from the Land of Israel after the Romans destroyed the Second Temple in 70 CE.[43][45] The group incorporates elements of African American culture into their interpretation of the Bible,[44] and they do not recognize rabbinical Jewish interpretations such as the Talmud.[43] The Black Hebrews observe Shabbat and biblically-ordained Jewish holidays such as Yom Kippur and Passover.[46] Men wear tzitzit on their African print shirts, women follow the biblical laws concerning menstruation,[44] and newborn boys are circumcised.[17] In accordance with their interpretation of the Bible, the Black Hebrews follow a strictly vegan diet and wear only natural fabrics.[45][17] Most men have more than one wife, and birth control is not permitted.[43]

When the first Black Hebrews arrived in Israel in 1969, they claimed citizenship under the Law of Return, which gives eligible Jews immediate citizenship.[47] The Israeli government ruled in 1973 that the group did not qualify for automatic citizenship, and the Black Hebrews were denied work permits and state benefits. The group responded by accusing the Israeli government of racist discrimination.[48] In 1981, a group of American civil rights activist led by Bayard Rustin investigated and concluded that racism was not the cause of Black Hebrews' situation.[16] No official action was taken to return the Black Hebrews to the United States, but some individual members were deported for working illegally. Some Black Hebrews renounced their American citizenship to try to prevent more deportations. In 1990, Illinois legislators helped negotiate an agreement that resolved the Black Hebrews' legal status in Israel. Members of the group are permitted to work and have access to housing and social services. The Black Hebrews reclaimed their American citizenship and have received aid from the U.S. government that helped them build a school and additional housing.[48] In 2003 the agreement was revised, and the Black Hebrews were granted permanent resident status.[18][49]

The Black Hebrews have become well-known for their gospel choir, which tours throughout Israel and the United States. The group owns restaurants in several Israeli cities.[48] In 2003 the Black Hebrews garnered much public attention when singer Whitney Houston visited them in Dimona.[50][51][52] In 2006, Eddie Butler, a Black Hebrew, was chosen by the Israeli public to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest.[

Anonymous said...

Springvale Roader said...
Anonymous 11:45, not to make too fine a point of it, but you are an idiot. If I was gay I would say so. What I have noticed, along with plenty of other people, is that neighborhoods with a good gay presence tend to be pretty damn vital and interesting.

As for being racist for pointing out that those African American guys seem to be, from what I've observed, representing themselves as Jews, or Hebrews: again, not to make too fine a point of it: you are an idiot.

7/30/2008 4:38 PM

RE: And you are a Maryland Hating Troll

Dan Reed said...

Oh, I agree with "The Promenade." I tried to get into it at JUTP, but for whatever reason it never quite caught on. It just bothers me when I hear "Ellsworth Avenue" or "Ellsworth Street" instead of Ellsworth Drive. Sort of like the "Wheaton Plaza" thing, you know, it's like our special "I was here when . . ." kind of thing.

Or not, and I'm just BSing you. Either way, it's a winner!

Thayer Avenue said...

Springvale Roader:

I think Anonymous 11:45 simply said you were a Potentially Gay Man. Just like he's a Potentially Idiot. And for all intents and purposes, he's a Potentially Gay Man, just like anyone with the XY chromosome would be a Potentially Gay Man.

Perhaps if his grammar was a little better he wouldn't be so much of a Potentially Idiot. Or just a Potentially Simple-Minded Fellow.

Springvale Roader said...

Thayer,

You're right, and I was a little hotheaded, but it wasn't just the potentially gay man comment (heck, I'm potentially Spiderman too, depending on what freaky accident might happen to me) but the overall tone of the message, which -- not to belabor a point -- was idiotic.

I mean, how do you get from "Those black guys in the pirate-like outfits might be from a group that considers itself Jewish" to "racist"?

Not surprisingly, that Anon was the same Anon who calls everyone a "Maryland Hating Troll."

chaz said...

I think dude is fulfilling his potential.

Anonymous said...

those guys in Aladin outfits ARE RACIST.
just go talk to them if you are a blue eyed devil...

Anonymous said...

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/printerpage.php?id=34768
Here is the city paper on the guys in the white and red outfits.

Uh, PG county won't compete with us until MC police starting killing Labrador Retrievers who run away from them.

Andrea- a long time Silver Springer

Anonymous said...

I like the Silver Spring Wayne Ave. shops and restaurants, however, the parking garage is a NIGHTMARE. It's really going to turn me away from going there. Too bad, in this day and age of huge gas prices and being nickel and dimed to death by parking fees and tickets, you would think they would encourage you to go there instead of the geographic and beurocratic nightmare they have made it. I'll be going somewhere easier to access.

Thayer Ave., too said...

Also on Ellsworth last Saturday night: a bunch of kids with droopy pants dancing to the Latin music from the open windows above at Ceviche. Saturday night was a pretty lively evening downtown-- pretty cool. You know, for a bunch of Maryland Hating Trolls. Actually, I think I'm going to start signing all my posts "MHT."

Mortis Olaf said...

Tonight was rather lively too. I even danced for once.

MarylandHatingTroll said...

You all are stupid and dumm and don't desserve to life in MARYLAND. I think the guy from Howerd County calls them EMO kidz. With the droppy pants.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
those guys in Aladin outfits ARE RACIST.
just go talk to them if you are a blue eyed devil...

7/31/2008 12:35 PM

RE: Something tells me that this person is not from Montgomery County, Maryland instead he/she is more than likely from Montgomery County, Alabama...........

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
those guys in Aladin outfits ARE RACIST.
just go talk to them if you are a blue eyed devil...

7/31/2008 12:35 PM

RE: Something tells me that this person is not from Montgomery County, Maryland instead he/she is more than likely from Montgomery County, Alabama...........

Anonymous said...

Thayer Ave., too said...
Also on Ellsworth last Saturday night: a bunch of kids with droopy pants dancing to the Latin music from the open windows above at Ceviche. Saturday night was a pretty lively evening downtown-- pretty cool. You know, for a bunch of Maryland Hating Trolls. Actually, I think I'm going to start signing all my posts "MHT."

7/31/2008 8:11 PM


RE: It looks like some smartass fool has been dipping in the Happy Feelgood White Powder, LOL!!!

But then again thats considered normal for the anti-social misfits from Gool Ol' Communist Republic of Takoma Park, LOL!!!!!

Salonista said...

"RE: It looks like some smartass fool has been dipping in the Happy Feelgood White Powder, LOL!!!

But then again thats considered normal for the anti-social misfits from Gool Ol' Communist Republic of Takoma Park, LOL!!!!!"


Is that you, Thrasher?

Anonymous said...

Salonista said...

Is that you, Thrasher?

8/01/2008 7:41 AM

RE: Oh Hell No

rickyr1983 said...

If those are indeed black Israelites, those people are racist and crazy. At least the ones I've seen in New York are.

As for Bethesda, I agree wholeheartedly: Great restaurants, not much else to do.

I love the liveliness of Silver Spring.

I only wish their shops were a little more diversified. Whose bright idea was it to put a "high-end" dog store, Living Ruff, in DTSS?

And American Apparel is in a terrible location. It should be where NY & Co. is. Why isn't H&M in DTSS? Gap? And can we get an Apple Store or something? DTSS needs better shops. Oh yeah, and I think we could do without the Red Lobster and Eggspectation.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever noticed that every religious zealot out there considers that only they have God's blessing? Is God really so narrow minded that his true followers know what God's fashion preferences are? My God is not facist, racist, sexist, is not afraid of gay people, white people, black people, purple people, protozoa or Ron Paul. Lastly, my God does not believe that faith must be expressed by a fashion statement other than our Birthday Suits!

Deal with it people, and get a furkin' grip!

Anonymous said...

Totally racists. And the tribes from Puerto Rico and Cuba? Do the Aladin boys realize that Puerto Ricans as most latin carribeans, are of mixed race? Don't think you can say that about Alabama. Don't be afraid to talk to your fellow man, and saddle up to those guys and ask them honestly.

Anonymous said...

rickyr1983 said...
If those are indeed black Israelites, those people are racist and crazy. At least the ones I've seen in New York are.

As for Bethesda, I agree wholeheartedly: Great restaurants, not much else to do.

I love the liveliness of Silver Spring.

I only wish their shops were a little more diversified. Whose bright idea was it to put a "high-end" dog store, Living Ruff, in DTSS?

And American Apparel is in a terrible location. It should be where NY & Co. is. Why isn't H&M in DTSS? Gap? And can we get an Apple Store or something? DTSS needs better shops. Oh yeah, and I think we could do without the Red Lobster and Eggspectation.

8/03/2008 3:03 AM

RE: I'm not suprised that a Caucassian Southern person would refer to Black Muslims as Racist. I guess you view the KKK as Human Rights Activist that only wants to exercise their Freedom of Speach...

rickyr1983 said...

RE: I'm not suprised that a Caucassian Southern person would refer to Black Muslims as Racist. I guess you view the KKK as Human Rights Activist that only wants to exercise their Freedom of Speach...

Anonymous,

The Israelites are not black Muslims, they consider themselves Jews or some sects consider themselves Christians.

And who the hell told you I was white?

Wabash said...

rickyr1983,

Bear in mind that if anyone says anything that Anonymous Troll doesn't like, he immediately labels you as a white supremacist KKK member who hates Maryland.

He's really rather entertaining, to a certain degree. He's very reactionary, engages in a lot of false dichotomies, and overall has very little logic to his arguments. He's simultaneously left-wing (with his pro-black-business sentiments and morbid overeagerness to accuse people of racism) and right-wing (with his condemnation of Takoma Park "commies" and his rabid pro-development stance, seemingly feeling that a neighborhood just isn't complete without six or seven Tyson's-Corner-style shopping malls). His posts are riddled with spelling errors like "speach" and he capitalizes waaaay too much. He usually comes across as being more interested in ranting and flinging wild accusations than he is in actually engaging anyone in discussion. Ultimately he's impossible to take seriously because he has no credibility and no manners. He feels that he is right in all things and anyone who disagrees with him, even in the slightest, is evil and beyond the pale.

Pay no attention to him; he's not worth the effort.

Scenic Wheaton said...

Come on up to Silver Spring's baby sister, Wheaton. It is refreshingly not Bethesda or D.C.

love your blog.

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bila kita melihat lebih jauh dan meneliti beberapa kasus yang ada Obat keluar nanah di kelamin yang paling manjur adalah pencegahan sejak dini, silahkan baca selengkapnya . Dan ternyata ada Obat herbal wasir yang secara alami masih bisa dikonsumsi, silahkan silahkan baca selengkapnya . Penyakit kanker payudara bisa isembuhkan jika ditangani sejak dini dengan Obat herbal kanker payudara . Anda harus mengetahui gejala-gejala kanker payudara agar anda dapat mengobatinya sebelum terlambat silahkan baca selengkapnya . Tapi jika anda sudah terlanjur terkena penyakit ini, maka pengobatan yang harus dilakukan dengan Obat kutil di alat vital , lebih lengkapnya silahkan baca selengkapnya . Sebelum membicarakan tentang Obat kutil di daerah alat vital , sebenarnya ada hal lain yang lebih penting dari hal itu, yakni tindakan pencegahan silahkan baca selengkapnya . proses pencegahan sebagai Obat alat vital sakit ini juga perlu dibantu dari orang-orang yang ahli di dalamnya sehingga pencegahan tersebut efektif dan bisa sesuai dengan sasaran, silahkan baca selengkapnya .