Blinded by Brown?

Michael Graham, local talk radio host, defends Senator Scott Brown in yesterday’s Boston Herald from some of the crazies around the country calling him a traitor for voting for the $15 billion Senate jobs bill.

Don’t get me wrong- I don’t support the jobs bill. I’m inherently skeptical of the government’s ability to create private sector jobs out of thin air no matter how many billions of dollars Uncle Sam throws around.

But, Scott Brown wasn’t elected as a Tea Party candidate. He was elected as a “Scott Brown Republican” who told Republican leaders on day one that he would not be a guaranteed vote on any issue. Instead, he would vote with his conscience on what’s best for Massachusetts.

No one with half a brain was swindled by Scott Brown and his vote for the jobs bill. Those whining should count their blessings that they have Brown roaming about the pot-holed streets of D.C. in his green truck instead of the elitist,
deserving Martha Chokely (cringe).


Hallowed Hair¢ut$

Sometimes I think the Wall Street Journal reads my mind.

After spending the past week arguing with roommates and friends how stupid it is to pay big bucks for a haircut, the
WSJ publishes this gem: “Does a Pricey Haircut Pay Off?”.

The cheapest haircut I’ve been able to find down here is $22. Yes, $22.

I would rather eat the cost of a flight home to Boston and get my haircut at Pat’s in Cohasset for $13 than pay over twenty bucks for a seven minute clip. Just on principle.

Better yet, you could trek down to Marine Corps Base Quantico and pay $8, though you might end up with a not-so-fashionable (at least around here) high and tight.

As the author notes, “How can anybody assert that a fancy haircut, something that begins depreciating almost as soon as you spring out of the barber’s chair, is a good investment?”

Well said Mr. Templin, well said.


CPAC No-Show

I was indeed a Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) no-show today.

Sort of a bummer, given the relatively favorable environment for conservatives looking ahead to the 2010 midterm elections. I’m sure there was even more energy than usual at the annual conference, which was held in an even bigger hotel this year to hold another thousand attendees.

I’ve had a great time at the show each year down here at Georgetown. You get to see great conservative speakers and travel around to different political action booths, all while rubbing shoulders with politicans and other active conservatives. Additionally, they make it really cheap for students to attend ($25 for a weekend pass, compared to hundreds for an adult).

Throughout the day today I checked in on the speeches and anecdotes from the event through
Politico. As usual, Mitt Romney’s speech seemed to be well-said and well-received. And I loved current House Minority Leader Jim Boehner’s plans to make Congress more transparent in the case that he becomes House Majority Leader later this year, which would be awesome.

But, I can’t help but shake my head when I see some of these GOP dinosaurs- including Boehner himself- speak about the brewing conservative revolution. Maybe I’m a cynic (actually, there’s no maybe about it) but these are the
same exact fools who sat silent while President Bush spent like crazy, while politicians put offensive earmarks in every piece of legislation, and while the Democrats swooped into power in 2006 and 2008.

I don’t think we can see a real change in bringing conservative ideas to the Republican Party, which has yet to prove its loyal conservatism, or to the government until these career politicans step aside and let new blood like Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown enter the ranks. We need officials like Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and former Governor Mitt Romney, who aren’t afraid to speak their minds and won’t sit quietly while the government runs counter to their values- no matter what the MSNBC and CNN pundits say about them. We need new, young leaders who don’t hold their seats for life like Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, Dan Inouye of Hawaii and everyone’s favorite liberal crook, Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.

When some of today’s career politicans who spoke at CPAC take a step back and let the dozens of exciting conservative up-and-comers take the stage, a true revolution will have indeed begun.

Snow Week

Forget the snow day. Bring on the snow week.

It’s official. We just received word that class is cancelled yet again tomorrow. And since no one really has classes on Friday, it’s a snow week! The Provost claims that they will now hold classes on Monday, President’s Day, but I’m not sure how they can get away with that. I know a bunch of kids who will be away for the long weekend anyways.

Long live the Blizzard of 2010.

(Thanks to Caroline for the picture of snowed out M Street)


I survived the storm of the century for D.C.- Snowpocalypse 2010. After getting over two feet of snow during the past few days, they’re now calling for another 10-20 inches for Tuesday through Wednesday. School was cancelled today. Rumor has it that it’s probably going to be cancelled again tomorrow and maybe for the whole upcoming week! Any road that isn’t a main roadway is still a disaster. My street still hasn’t been plowed once. The highways are full of huge clumps of ice and snowbanks that randomly jut into a lane, causing traffic to swerve into another lane. Trees are down everywhere, too.

Everyone likes to give the Mid-Atlantic region a hard time for being wimps about the snow, but even I have to admit that if these storms hit New England there would be almost as much chaos.

The first picture is my poor car, which took hours to dig out of its spot and then a few more hours to get it back
into its spot after it became clear that there was no way that it was going to survive the journey down the street.

The second is the scene from the local Safeway the night before the storm. Good luck finding any food. The place was picked clean and check out took almost forty-five minutes.

I just took these with my phone over the past few days. More to come eventually.