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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com — June 15, 2012 at 9:30 am 3,340 117 Comments

County Tax Deadline Today — The deadline for paying your Arlington real estate taxes is today, Friday, June 15. Payments not postmarked by that date will be considered late.

More on the Overlee Ghost — The Washington Post’s Dan Zak takes an in-depth look at ghost stories at the Overlee Community Association pool. ARLnow.com first reported in March that construction workers at the property had spotted what was thought to be the ghost of Margaret Febrey, a girl who lived on the property and died in 1913. [Washington Post]

George Allen Gets Endorsement in Arlington — Republican U.S. Senate candidate George Allen was endorsed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a rising GOP star, at Company Flowers (2107 N. Pollard Street) in Cherrydale yesterday morning. After a press conference, Allen and Rubio both purchased flowers at the store. [Patch]

Woman Killed on Trail Had Fled Nazis — The 80-year-old woman who died after being struck by a cyclist on the Four Mile Run Trail was out for a morning walk at the time of the incident. The woman, Ita Lapina, emigrated to the United States from Russia 15 years ago, family members said. As a child, her family had fled to Siberia to escape the Nazis during World War II. [Washington Post]

Lawnmower Racing Film To Be Shown at Artomatic — An 82-minute documentary on the sport of lawn mower racing will be shown at Artomatic this weekend. The film – On Your Mark, Get Set, MOW! – will be screened at Artomatic’s “Carl Cordell Film Theater” from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 17. The documentary also examines how lawn mower racing benefits the battle against Huntington’s Disease. Artomatic is taking place at 1851 S. Bell Street in Crystal City through June 23. [Artomatic]

  • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

    I’m guessing Rubio bought a pansy.

    • Not your bro

      Are you implying that Charlie Crist is for sale?

  • yo yo ma

    matte black lambo? man, f*ck that guy!

    • Brian

      Yes, why did ARLnow just encourage this guy and inflate his ego by making it a big deal? And yes, I’m pretty sure it’s a guy driving…

  • Bluemontsince1961

    Wow! Great car!

    • Clarendon

      I saw a Saleen S7 Twin Turbo parked on 10th Street the other day and I don’t see how people drive those cars around here being as low to the ground as this one was.

      • R. Griffon

        I saw that one too! Nearly crapped myself when I realized it. Only one I’ve ever seen IRL.

  • CW

    This stupid dbag idles around clarendon/courthouse 24 hours a day in first gear riding the clutch like a fool at about 3-4k RPM.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      CW, sad that such a dbag drives such a great car.

      • CW

        Yeah, I know its harsh words but I used to live on Garfield and he would go by 10-15 times a day on most weekend days. He needs to get out in the mountains and open it up a little; I’m assure he can afford the gas and the speeding tickets.

        • Bluemontsince1961

          Hmmm, sounds like he’s some type of showoff trying to compensate for some kind of insecurity or issue (hey, hey, look at meeeee, I am somebody (big whoopee). Lambos, Ferraris, Maseratis are super machines, but don’t exactly fit into the type of traffic in Clarendon/Courthouse. Sheeze, I can’t imagine what the insurance on that machine costs, probably more than my bi-weekly paycheck.

        • C. Heston

          Didn’t Colin Powell ask him to Call Me Maybe so they could drag race on the GW Pkwy?

          • nom de guerre

            That’s a clown question, bro.

        • Not a fan

          Your figures are in no way an exaggeration – I heard him too. We ALL did. And with every lap he doubtless thought he was some sort of stud…

          …completely unaware that each time he revved that engine every woman within earshot was laughing knowingly, and picturing exactly what “short-cummings” prompted overcompensation to such a degree. Once I watched an entire tableful of female diners at Burapa Thai burst into giggles after he manfully motored by. If he only knew!

          The same goes for all those loud motorcycles. We’re not laughing WITH you, we’re laughing AT you.

    • JamesE

      I usually try to maintain 35 mph in 1st at 4k rpm

      • http://purple.com/purple.html Captain Pup McPuppo

        it’s just how some of us drive.

        • JamesE

          6k rpm 50 mph optimal

        • Hattie McDaniel

          You can drive?

      • BangBrahs

        My 03 Grand Cherokee used to redline at like 8500RPM. Used to get so many looks when I’d sit in front of Rusty Rudder in my OHS Lacrosse tank bro

    • CrystalMikey

      Yeah, saw him driving around Clarendon/Rosslyn and back and forth yesterday….

    • Hmmm

      Could be wrong, but I believe these cars idle at a high RPM. And have a tall first gear–so you would be revving pretty high at a low speed.

      • CW

        62 mph in first for murcielago so you could indeed be doing 30 at 3500 rpm, but this guy tends to rev and punch the clutch an excessive amount.

    • Tre

      It’s the mating call of certain humans I believe.

      • Washingtony

        I bet he gets a lot more a$$ than you do, Tre.

        • Tre

          Probably, I’m married.

        • drax

          Cars like that are to impress guys like you who think cars get them a$$.

          • nom de guerre

            Like N Steve?

  • pedi

    He stopped for pedestrians to cross! Arrest that guy!

    • WeiQiang

      Strangely, I DON’T see brake lights.

      • South Awwlington

        Clearly this is not an automatic.

        • WeiQiang

          +1

    • Ben

      Well technically he just stopped for the car in front of him.

    • SteamboatWillie

      He stopped (because the SUV in front of him stopped) for pedestrians to cross!

      FIFY.

    • BangBrahs

      I saw him when I was checking in with my pre-trial officer bro.

    • BangBrahs

      He totally stopped for me and then I shot him deuces to say “thanks for bein a brah, brah”

  • C. Heston

    Gotta be one of Ovie’s posse, no?

    • Quoth the Raven

      How big of a posse does he have, anyway? I’ve seen a couple of really nice cars with “GRT 8″ plates or some variety thereof, but he wasn’t driving either one of them.

      • Brendan

        I’m pretty sure it’s AO GR8

        • Mike Hunt

          Only because ZERO STANLEY CUPS doesn’t fit. . .

  • Pablo

    Hey Marco–

    We’ve already had Allen in the Senate. And look what happened to our economy, defenses, FEMA…

    No thanks.

    • ArlForester

      Can you site the legislation he endorsed that would back up your claim? You can’t of course but I thought I’d keep you busy for a while.

      • Pablo

        The word is “cite” and here’s a REPUBLICAN on the Allen record:
        http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/virginia-politics/2012/may/12/tdmain01-radtke-comes-out-swinging-at-gop-us-senat-ar-1909384/

        Oh, and George has problems with people of dark skin too. Just in case you’ve forgotten:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r90z0PMnKwI

        • drax

          Scored a knockout, Pablo!

        • SomeGuy

          Can you clarify what are his “problems with people of dark skin?”

          • Quoth the Raven

            He’s talking about how Allen got set up to call someone an allegedly racist name when it’s pretty obvious to non-partisans that he wasn’t intending to be racist at all. Yet it’s been blown out of proportion and might even have cost him the race.

            For the record, I’m no Allen fan. Far from it. But I think he got a raw deal with this situation. There are plenty of reasons not to vote for the guy. This wasn’t one of them.

          • SomeGuy

            QTR, that’s what I thought. And yours was the fair non-partisan explanation I was looking for. Well done.

          • Not your bro

            I don’t recall that Allen got set up . . . I wasn’t living here then, what’s the whloe story?

          • SomeGuy

            The whole story is that virtually no English speaker had ever heard this word used in a racial context, but it suddenly became a racist word when that storyline became useful to the media and the opposition. Better treatment here: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_good_word/2011/04/wikipedias_macaca_problem.html

          • StuPendus

            He was totally set up. Too bad you weren’t living here then or had the internet to know about it. You had to be there.

          • Not your bro

            Sounds like a partisan defense to me . . . where’s the evidence he was set up?

          • WeiQiang

            Knowing there are cameras around. Voluntarily using an epithet in front of the cameras. Perfect set-up, brah.

          • Quoth the Raven

            It was my understanding that he was told that the epithet was the guy’s nickname, and that he didn’t even know it was an epithet. The guy was a Webb staffer, of Indian descent. The epithet, according to Wikipedia:
            “Macaca is a pejorative epithet used by francophone colonialists in Central Africa’s Belgian Congo for the native population. It is derived from the name of the genus comprising macaque monkeys whose name has also itself been used as a racial slur. The macaque’s genus name, Macaca, is a latinization of the Bantu (Kongo) ma-kako, meaning “monkey”.

            How many people do you think know that’s an epithet? I sure didn’t. So I don’t buy that he knew it was even an epithet. If he did, I’m hard pressed to believe that he would have said it, out loud, on camera. He’s been a politician for a long time and you would think he’d at least be savvy enough to avoid something like that.

            That said, guy has a bit of a spotty history on race, so maybe he did it on purpose. But it seems unlikely, that’s all.

          • WeiQiang

            The reporting also suggested that it was term he used in his childhood. Someone who cares to research it can determine whether he knew it to be pejorative.

            It doesn’t matter how many of US know it was an epithet, Allen’s mother was born and raised in Tunisia, a former French colony. You want to convince me that she didn’t know … or is that a clown question?

            If you also recall the location of the epithet-delivery was in rural VA in what was believed to be a very friendly jurisdiction.

            If you want to re-write history and the number of times Allen’s story changed [I think his last version was that he had been chillaxing with Trevor Frye the night before and was a little foggy], I think the voters figured it what they believed and voted accordingly.

            In any case, the man wasn’t set up by some brown provocateur from the Webb campaign and it wasn’t blown out of proportion by the media. The issue languished for sometime before folks figured out what Allen likely meant.

          • Not your bro

            Wow, THAT’s the explanation? Really? REALLY?????

            Totally unbelievable. I can’t believe anyone would swallow that.

            Seriously, “someone told him that was the guy’s nickname”?????

            Do you only watch Sean Hannity??

            This has to be one of the lamest excuses for name-calling EVER.

            wow.

            stunned. is all I can say. that anyone would even BELIEVE such nonsense.

            I actually thought for a moment that there might be a credible explanation for Allen’s bad behavior, but man . . . if this is all he has.

          • PaulB

            @notyourbro, you don’t know all the facts so you should stop speculating.

          • Not your bro

            @PaulB, read WeiQuiang’s post for some facts, think about it, and then re-post having learned.

          • PaulB

            All circumstantial facts, bro. Anyway, for somebody who claimed to not know much about it, you seem to have jumped on the first bandwagon that rolled through. Good for you boss.

          • Not your bro

            ok, first of all, I’m NOT your bro. Hello, please read the name.

            The first bandwagon was the utterly preposterous contention that someone told Allen that Macaca was the dude’s nickname.

            Are you on that bandwagon? I can only laugh in disbelief at anyone who is.

            Given his background, the other bandwagon (he knew what he was saying) seems much more likely.

          • PaulB

            As I said bro, you don’t know all the facts. You can’t speculate. You can be wrong though.

          • Not your bro

            and what evidence do you have, pray tell?

          • PaulB

            Not the one speculating bro.

          • Not your bro

            Right, you have no argument, so you present none. Thanks for playing. Your consolation prize is at the exit.

          • PaulB

            wasn’t here to argue bro. just for the lulz. thanks for being the rube.

          • John Fontain

            “how Allen got set up to call someone an allegedly racist name ”

            How exactly does one get “set up” to call someone of color a filthy monkey? Since you seem to be in the know, I’d love to know how they “tricked” Allen into saying it.

          • Quoth the Raven

            Did you even know it was an epithet? I doubt it. And I doubt he knew it too. He was told it was the guy’s nickname, and had no clue what it meant. My longer explanation is awaiting moderation — stand by…

            Frankly, I don’t like the guy at all, but not because of this. Here, I thought he got a raw deal.

          • SomeGuy

            It’s not that anyone “tricked” him into saying the word (as far as I know). It’s that the word he used didn’t become a “racial epithet” until the opposing campaign and the media managed to characterize it as such. There’s a good article on Slate, written by a liberal journalist and linked in my comment above, that discusses how that word got characterized the way it did.

          • WeiQiang

            It was characterized as an epithet because it had been an epithet for at least decades and Allen knew it was. Would he have intended to use it if he thought about it? I doubt it.

            I love the Slate article because it reminded me of the other part of the statement he made: “welcome to the America and the real world of Virginia” … where those pansy-arsed libruls in Northern VA subsidize the rest of the state.

            Notwithstanding that “liberal journalist’s” perspective (his own and, by reading the article, still a bunch of supposition), Allen hoisted himself by his own petards.

          • Not your bro

            I don’t know why people bash liberals for being elitist and uppity – as the Slate article shows, we can feel sorry for anyone.

            When do you see Republicans act as apologists for the other side? This is why we lose elections.

          • SomeGuy

            “It was characterized as an epithet because it had been an epithet for at least decades and Allen knew it was.”

            That’s the part I don’t see any support for. Where was it ever used as an epithet before that?

            And I’m not sure how you can portray him as both a rural clueless bumpkin above (speaking about “pansy-arsed libruls”), while also assuming he has some kind of innate fluency in French colloquialisms used in Central Africa’s Belgian Congo.

            I’m not too opinionated about the man, but I think he got railroaded with the “macaca” reference. And if it turns out he’s a bro as you suggest, he’ll probably get my vote.

          • Not your bro

            Your first post indicates you were already supporting him. Calling QTR’s partisan defense non-partisan is the first clue.

          • SomeGuy

            Not your bro, my willingness to consider both sides of a story is not what I consider partisan. Your definition may be different.

          • Not your bro

            You asked a question and by your response to QTR’s unsubstantiated explanation, clearly wanted the answer s/he presented. And that answer is just risible. Also, you contradicted that answer and story in a subsequent post, after validating it. I think you’re a little confused.

            There are not always two sides to the story . . . sometimes one side is just wrong, like a candidate knowingly using a racial epithet.

          • SomeGuy

            Not your bro, please direct me too where I contradicted myself.

            And while you’re at it, please direct me to some etymology research that would suggest “macaca” was a pejorative in the English language prior to Allen’s use of the word. Even better if you can help me understand how/why Allen would have known that it was racially insensitive. I’m genuinely willing to read it and agree with you if you can.

            In contrast, your writing doesn’t suggest a willingness to consider that Allen didn’t use it as a racial epithet despite my directing you to research supporting that side of the discussion.

          • Not your bro

            I said, “you contradicted that answer and story in a subsequent post, after validating it.”

            As I read the exchange, you asked “Can you clarify what are his ‘problems with people of dark skin?’ ”

            QTR responded, “He’s talking about how Allen got set up to call someone an allegedly racist name when it’s pretty obvious to non-partisans that he wasn’t intending to be racist at all.”

            To my eyes, this offers no evidence, only the rather questionable supposition that Allen got “set up.”

            You responded, “QTR, that’s what I thought. And yours was the fair non-partisan explanation I was looking for. Well done.” This led me to suspect that you were, in fact, looking for the unsubstantiated answer QTR gave. How you imagine that unsubstantiated answer was non partisan is beyond me.

            And you also write, “It’s not that anyone “tricked” him into saying the word (as far as I know).” To me, this seems to be a contradiction of QTR’s story that Allen was set up.

            Obviously, I’m a total dunce for thinking that.

            As for “macaca” being a pejorative in English, you evade the point. Macaque is a kind of monkey. English-speakers know this. The person referred to as a “macaca” (read macaque) was dark-skinned. In our nation’s troubled past, referring to dark-skinned persons as apes or monkeys is not uncommon. Further, Allen’s mother really is Tunisian. Tunisia was ruled for many years by the French. French is the European language his mother is most likely to have learned. That “macaque” was a pejorative is something a French-speaker would know.

            It’s not a stretch to surmise he knew what he was saying.

          • PaulB

            Not your bro is the master of the Internet Play-by-play. Already had an agenda when he feigned inquisitiveness.

          • SomeGuy

            “How you imagine that unsubstantiated answer was non partisan is beyond me.”

            Well, I imagined that in the absence of any etymology in the English language that suggests that George Allen would recognize “macaca” is a racial pejorative, a non-partisan treatment would not jump to the conclusion that George Allen must be a racist based on his use of it. And specifically, I asked what Allen’s “problems with people of dark skin” was. QTR answered that by describing the perception problem that was created from that speech.

            As for QTR’s use of the phrase “set up,” I assumed the “set up” was the Webb and media allegations that Allen made a racist comment despite any etymological substantiation of it.

            And since you seem consumed with “unsubstantiated” statements, you might consider substantiating your statements that (emphasis mine), “French is the European language his mother is MOST LIKELY to have learned. That “macaque” was a pejorative is something a French-speaker WOULD KNOW.” And that somehow because his mother “most likely” speaks French, Allen himself must know all the colloquialisms his mother allegedly learned while growing up.

            But I’m wasting my keystrokes here, because you’re not willing to even consider that there was no racist intent.

            My point, the corollary of which you made, is that just as “it’s not a stretch to surmise he knew what he was saying,” it’s also not a stretch to surmise that he didn’t.

          • SomeGuy

            “How you imagine that unsubstantiated answer was non partisan is beyond me.”

            Well, I imagined that in the absence of any etymology in the English language that suggests that George Allen would recognize “macaca” is a racial pejorative, a non-partisan treatment would not jump to the conclusion that George Allen must be a racist based on his use of it. And specifically, I asked what Allen’s “problems with people of dark skin” was. QTR answered that by describing the perception problem that was created from that speech.

            As for QTR’s use of the phrase “set up,” I assumed the “set up” was the Webb and media allegations that Allen made a racist comment despite any etymological substantiation of it.

            And since you seem consumed with “unsubstantiated” statements, you might consider substantiating your own statements that (emphasis mine), “French is the European language his mother is MOST LIKELY to have learned. That ‘macaque’ was a pejorative is something a French-speaker WOULD KNOW.” And that somehow because his mother “most likely” speaks French, Allen himself must know all the colloquialisms his mother allegedly learned while growing up.

            But I’m wasting my keystrokes here, because you’re not willing to even consider that there was no racist intent.

            My overarching point, the inverse of which you made, is that just as “it’s not a stretch to surmise he knew what he was saying,” it’s also not a stretch to surmise that he didn’t.

      • Justin Russo

        George Allen was Senator from 2000 – 2006 and voted with W 96% of the time. That reason alone is enough that he should never be allowed to set foot in DC again.

  • jigga

    pimp my whip

    • WeiQiang

      *scribbles in Arl Blue Book* p-i-m-p m-y …

  • South Awwlington

    So hawt!

  • NrNy2ArlVa

    Lambo out there playing I dare you…….riding around courthouse with no property tax sticker.

    • JamesE

      It has VA plates so I am sure he pays it, probably just refuses to put the sticker on. Also probably has no front plate which is justifiable as front plates are pure evil.

  • Lauren

    That is such a heartbreaking story about the bike accident victim. It sounds like she had a very full life and many dear friends.

    It is also pretty disgusting that people on this blog were claiming she had mental problems. Get a life losers.

    • lorenzo

      Lauren,
      I am offended,
      signed,
      Lerenzo from the 1st grade

      • KalashniKEV

        Swift, harsh justice is needed for her killer.

        …and more bollards. Even mid-trail bollards (MTBs).

    • South Awwlington

      It really is very sad. Hopefully we will see more educational programs from the County for all trail users as well as bike/ped education for sidewalks and roadways.

      • KalashniKEV

        I’m sure there would be just as much understanding and forgiveness on ARLnow if I had a negligent discharge and killed someone…

        • Josh S

          Perhaps because bullets are commonly understood to be designed for the purpose of killing people while bicycles are not?

          Isn’t respect for the gun the first thing you learn in gun safety class?

          On the other hand, we let 5 year olds ride bicycles unattended.

          Just a few wee differences I thought I’d point out.

    • yo yo ma

      zip id Lauren. We’re busy making snide comments about the d-bag in the lambo

      • lorenzo

        Lauren, 10 minute time out for using naughty language, go sit in corner in sam’s corner

        • Tabs

          Where the special is a saffron-infused mushroom risotto with parmesan chips and pea foam.

          • Josh S

            We gotta get nom de guerre back up in here. His specials sounded way more appetizing than that….

          • nom de guerre

            As a tribute to the financial bailout of Spain, Sam’s Corner will be featuring a sandwich made with aged Serrano and Iberico hams with thinly sliced Manchego cheese on a crusty baguette with organic micro greens and your choice of a shallot aioli or a vinaigrette of artisanal extra virgin olive oil and aged sherry vinegar. Trevor Fryes are $1.00 extra. Only while supplies last.

          • DeShawn Stephenson

            I assume you meant pee foam, which I got a lot of in da urinal next to the ATM in my kitchen, mo faux.

          • R. Kelly

            Mmmm, that sounds good, I’ll have that.

    • PaulB

      Yes, that was “Joan Fountain”, with the correctly-deleted comment.

      • John Fontain

        I’ve had enough, I’m divorcing her!

  • alex1138

    Hey ARLNOW,

    The post is jackin your work yo!!!

    • http://www.arlnow.com ARLnow.com

      Right, it would have been nice had the Post given us credit for first reporting the story.

      • alex1138

        Here’s an idea for the sunday post crossword puzzle: 10 letters, the clue is: “wrongful appropriation of printed media”

      • C. Heston

        Where does that Weymouth woman live? Torches and Pitchforks!

  • South Awwlington

    Regarding the Ghost of Overlee…

    As a once upon a time History major…

    And someone who laughs (at times) at what is considered historic by the County Board (as a political ploy to preserve run down apartment buildings and garner votes…)

    I hope the Ghost of Overlee has mercy on all who “tread” there…

    • South Awwlington

      Allow my qualify my statement further.

      19th Century Overlee Victorian Mansion = Historic

      20th Century Barcroft Apts = Not so much

      • KalashniKEV

        21st Century Clarendon Housing Project = VIBRANT

  • Ogre

    It’s a Council Board member making good use of our property tax hike.

  • Jason B

    In his SNL days, Danny Aykroyd used to drive his Indian or Harley up and down Fifth Ave on Saturday morning’s, making as loud a noise as possibe, just to scare the tourists.

    • Billy

      You must be pretty close. Hey, tell ‘em I said hello. And see if he can convince Johnny’s ghost to quit buggin me about a Caddyshack sequel – it ain’t happening.

  • alex1138

    it’s an awesome car. I always enjoy seeing it.

  • Mary-Austin

    Hope Melissa Bondi gets the message!

  • HenryBennetXIII

    Car envy is bad.
    taking pictures while operating a vehicle is worse.
    Arlnow using this picture: part of the ArlNow picture quality slide.

  • Joe

    Nicer than Zimmerman’s Bentley over there in his brownstone in Clarendon?

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