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Friday, March 6, 2015

Snow as a revenue source

Director Howland,

Please send me my $25 fine for not removing the snow in front of my house today. 

Unfortunately, I'm sick today and just don't have the energy to do it. However, I have done it regularly for the past 14 years, usually, not just in front of my home, but at least from my house to the corner of the block — since we don't have many residential property owners living on my block. I've fallen on snow and ice often enough, having lived in NH, not to wish the same hazard upon others.

Even after Councilmember Cheh's new enforcement law goes into place next October [ Bill 20-715, the "Winter Sidewalk Safety Amendment Act of 2014 ], I can't imagine the District government will ever have the capacity to properly survey, investigate, manage enforcement, "sue"(!?!) property owner offenders, issue fines and collect payment — since it never once enforced the 1922 law on the books. 

So, I volunteer to self report and abide by current law and take the $25 hit to help support our incompetent government bureaucrats who spend a lot of time — and waste a lot of tax payer dollars — doing things that make zero meaningful difference in the lives of citizens. We should simply just make government smaller and save all that money on salaries of those in charge of bogus operations.

We still have many 2014 campaigns signs up in Shaw* and elsewhere** I'm told, which are supposed to be fined at least $35 each*** after the first 30 days. Those clearly aren't being addressed properly by the DPW, because a candidate would have to be an idiot not to remove signs after so long if s/he were actually being fined. Indeed, it seems that DPW program is just another political scheme to punish some individuals while letting political cronies off scot free. My friend, REPUBLICAN candidate Kris Hammond was fined a whopping $150.00 for A SINGLE sign last December****, so clearly, there's some political motivation behind all this and not fair and responsible governance.

Much like the distribution of Visitor Park Passes (VPP), this seems like another example of government making promises it can't keep or properly manage. (I still haven't received my VPP requested more than a month ago.).

Perhaps, someone should review more of these programs seriously during this season's performance/budget review hearings.

1922 Snow removal law:

District law 1. requires residents and businesses to shovel public sidewalks abutting their properties within eight daylight hours of the termination of a snow or sleet event. The current enforcen1ent n1echanisn1 requires the Mayor to abate the situation and allows the District to sue an owner or occupant recovering expenses and assessing a fine in an amount not exceeding twenty-five dollars.

The Office or the Attorney General has not pursued any cases under these regulations.


Martin Moulton

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Civil disobedience today at the Capitol

Photo via ‘Lift the sled ban on Capitol Hill’
Since the petition and EHN’s efforts failed:
“Despite efforts, the sled ban has not been waived for this weekend. But if you are up for a little civil disobedience, a sled-in is planned for today at 1pm. West lawn of the Capitol. Come armed with sleds!
#sleddingisnotacrime #SledFreeOrDie”
Photo via ‘Lift the sled ban on Capitol Hill’
“The forecast calls for a sled-worthy snowstorm to hit Washington, D.C. in the next 24 hours, likely the last opportunity for the children of D.C. to partake in a favorite childhood pastime, sledding, this winter. In recent weeks, those attempting to sled on the Capitol grounds have been brusquely asked to leave the premise.
The Regulations currently read:
AOC Sledding Regulation
No person shall coast or slide a sled within Capitol Grounds. Skiing With the exception of the use of cross-country skis or snowshoes as a means for transportation, no person shall ski on any area within Capitol Grounds.
Please lift the sled ban and allow the children of D.C. (including those who are children at heart) to take advantage of the last bit of snow this winter.”
Sign the petition here.
“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today wrote U.S. Capitol Police Board Chair Frank Larkin requesting a waiver of the sledding ban on Capitol Grounds effective from March 5-8 in anticipation of a snowstorm expected to drop a significant amount of snow in the District of Columbia. Members of Congress and the public can request a waiver of any of the Capitol Police Board Regulations. Last month, Norton wrote Larkin urging the U.S. Capitol Police Board to overturn of the prohibition on sledding on the Capitol Grounds. The Board has until March 26, 2015, to provide Norton with a formal response to her letter.
“This could be the last snowstorm the D.C. area gets this winter, and may be one of the best for sledding in years,” Norton said. “Children and their parents should able to enjoy sledding on one of the best hills in the city. This is a one-time waiver that will allow D.C. kids to sled while we await a more formal review of the ban, which will likely come after the last snow has fallen in our region. Have a heart, Mr. Larkin, a kid’s heart that is.”
Below is a copy of Norton’s letter: (more…)

Virginia Republicans fail again

 Bruce, several Republicans just let you down.
It was because of your hard work that a bill to create education savings accounts passed the Virginia State House. And it was because of your activism that the bill made it out of committee.
The bill would have allowed parents to establish education savings accounts so they could set aside money to send their children to good schools.
Unfortunately, a handful of Republicans let the Democrats defeat this bill. These lawmakers need to hear from you. They need to know that you’re disappointed they didn't vote "YES," and Virginians deserve real school choice.
Call the Republicans who didn't support education savings accounts now. Tell them you’re disappointed in their vote.
Our children deserve better.
Make freedom work,
Noah Wall
Grassroots Director, FreedomWorks
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Monday, February 23, 2015

DC/Virginia Libertarian calendar

February 22-28
Alexandria, VA

Andy Bakker for Delegate petition drive

February 22-28
Powhatan, VA

Carl Loser for Delegate petition drive
February 23

Jay Price, Libertarian for Delegate, blogtalkradio
7:00 pm

Join Joe Enroughty, Jeff Kleb, Alex Butler, and Jeffry Sanford as they welcome Libertarian Jay Price to the program for Monday, February 23rd, 2014. It all begins at 7pm Eastern. Jay is running for Louisiana State Representative in District 10. We'll talk with Jay about his platform, his goals for the state of Louisiana, and much more. We'll also discuss some of the recent headlines in the news and talk about a new national news network that is unbiased in its reporting - One America News. Be sure and join us for this very important edition of the show.
Call in with your thoughts or questions: (347)-994-2949
You can listen "LIVE" online at the link below.

February 23
Washington DC

Liberty Toastmasters
6:25 pm

Join us for our fourth meeting of 2015 at the The Loft in Chinatown to improve your communication skills and network with likeminded liberty lovers. Please take note that this is not the same location as last meeting.

TOASTMASTER: Roger Pattison
SPEECHES: Diana Castillo, Steve RoseCasey Given

Liberty Toastmasters is a liberty-oriented, mutually supportive learning community to build effective communication and leadership skills in the liberty movement. Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month.

Liberty Toastmasters is chartered by Toastmasters International and follows the Toastmasters' educational curriculum:

Visit our website to learn more:

February 25

Nominate Virginia Libertarian of the Year

Event: Call for Nominees - LPVA Volunteer Recognition

Description: At its January meeting in 2004, the State Central Committee,
the governing body of the LPVA, unanimously adopted a resolution declaring
the third Monday of February to be "Libertarian Leadership Day".  The
state committee chooses one outstanding Libertarian activist, declared to
be our "Libertarian Leader", as part of its celebration of Libertarian
Leadership Day.

In 2014, we decided to establish two recognitions:

1) Libertarian Leader Lifetime Service Award - For those rare activists
who have steadily volunteered for LPVA over a period of many years.

2) Libertarian Leader of the Year - Recognizing those who have made
extensive contributions to the LPVA in any given year.

The State Central Committee typically selects the nominee at the first
meeting of each year.

All members of the Libertarian Party who reside in Virginia are invited to
suggest nominees for each recognition.  The nominee must be a Virginia
resident, and must be an LP member.  If you would like to nominate an
outstanding activist for either title, please email the  Secretary via  or
send a letter (to M Montoni, PO Box 864, Dayton VA  22821-0864), and ask
to have the person's name added to the Agenda.

Please include a brief, one or two-paragraph "activist resume" for your
nominee, and perhaps a statement telling us why you think the person
deserves to be officially recognized.

Your nominations will be provided to all state committee members and will
be included on the March meeting agenda.

The inaugural "Libertarian Leader" was Ron Crickenberger, who at the time
in 2004 was suffering from terminal cancer.

The following individuals have been formally recognized as "Libertarian
Leaders" by the state committee in past years:

2004: Ron Crickenberger
2005: Bill Redpath
2006: Marc Montoni
2007: Jim Lark
2008: (no selection made)
2009: (no selection made)
2010: Dave Overstreet
2011: Matt Cholko
2012: R. Douglas Wright
2013: Anne Panella & Justin Malkin

The State Committee recognized the following in 2014:

2014 Libertarian Leader Lifetime Service Award - Stew Engel
2014 Libertarian Leader of the Year - Robert and Astrid Sarvis

February 24
Washington DC

The DC-area Libertarian Foreign Policy / National Security Group

Trio's Restaurant
1537 17th Street NW
7-9 pm
Join us for a friendly, agree-to-disagree discussion of events across the nation and around the globe, and of how to apply libertarian ideas in a dangerous world
Oxon Hill, MD
February 26-28

 Conservative Political Action Conference

Rand Paul speaks Friday at 10 am; Gary Johnson Thursday at 4 pm
Discount tickets through Young Americans for Liberty

The under 30 crowd tends to be dominated by Rand/Ron Paul supporters.

Volunteers needed for YAL and Our America Initiative (Gary Johnson) booths.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

"Public services" in DC

You probably think of DC as a place where ambulances don't always pick people up who are dying, subways catch on fire, and everyone who can exits the government schools for charter schools, independent schools or home schooling.  But that basically services work.  Here are reports from this weekend's neighborhood list postings:



Thank you for communicating with the residents. It has now been 24 hours since DC Water turned off our water. This is completely unacceptable. I just spoke with Gloria on the customer service line and she informed me that as of 9:11AM no crew had yet been sent to recharge the water main. She said they expected to have a crew out within 2 hours. They said the same thing when we called at 8AM. The complete lack of information surrounding this incident is extremely frustrating. 

V on Taylor Street


Please ensure that the snow plows do not skip the 5000 block of Fulton and the 5000 block of Eskridge for this snowstorm. The plows come up Dana and up University, but do not plow the short distances to the cul de sacs of Fulton and Eskridge where these streets intersect with Dana and University. And the plows never come back to our blocks after plowing the more heavily travelled streets, like Dana and University. We are DC residents who pay taxes and need plowing to get up and down the hills to our houses. Thank you for your help. 

E on Eskridge 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Andy Bakker petition drive for Virginia delegate race

Mr. Bakker is collecting signatures from Alexandria residents.  Volunteers and donors needed.  We will be covering his campaign here through November.

  • Libertarian Candidate for Virginia House of Delegates, 46th District

  • University of South Carolina - Columbia, 2011

  • (703) 596-3713

    • @andybakker(Twitter)
    • @andybakker(Instagram)

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