Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com May 31, 2011 at 5:30 am 3,383 56 Comments

Heat Advisory Today — The heat and high humidity is not relenting after a scorching Memorial Day. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the D.C region from noon to 8:00 p.m. today. Temperatures are expected to reach the low-to-mid 90s, while the heat index soars to as high as 105. [Weather Channel]

Palin Does Rolling Thunder — Sarah Palin invited herself to attended the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle gathering at the Pentagon over the weekend, causing a media feeding frenzy and a few hard feelings. Some organizers and attendees grumbled that the one-time Republican vice presidential candidate’s appearance created a political distraction from Rolling Thunder’s mission to raise awareness of American prisoners of war and missing service members. Palin was accompanied by husband Todd and daughters Bristol and Piper. [CBS News, Washington Post]

Missing D.C. Man Found Safe — Matthew Hill, a youth minister at George Washington University who went missing last Tuesday, has been found safe near his family’s home in North Carolina. D.C. police told a newspaper that he had traveled there — without contacting family or friends — for “personal reasons.” An extensive volunteer-led search and social media outreach campaign was launched by Hill’s friends following his disappearance. (His last known location was an Arlington gas station.) The concern for Hill’s well-being even extended into the sports world. Boston Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard, a close friend of Hill, was said to be continuously checking his cell phone for updates in the team’s clubhouse. [Charlotte Observer, Boston Globe]

County Lawyer Gets NYT Wedding Write-Up — Congratulations to Arlington County Attorney’s Office lawyer Brian Charville and congressional staffer Bridget Fallon. Not only did the couple get married on Saturday, but their wedding received a coveted New York Times write-up. [New York Times]

Local Opera Company to Shut Down — After 50 years in existence, the Arlington-based Aurora Opera Theatre will be ceasing operations on July 1 due to financial difficulties. Aurora is currently the oldest operating opera company in Virgina. [Sun Gazette]

Flickr pool photo by Philliefan99

  • Wayne Kubicki

    Former Gov. Palin was actually invited by an Alaskan Veterans’ group, wasn’t she?

  • Also, in case you’re interested, there was an important event at GMU’s Arlington campus this weekend, a forum/rally against the egregious “Citizens United” decision. Speakers included Rep. Jim Moran, Coffee Party USA co-founder Eric Byler, and several others. The following link is to video of Rep. Moran blasting Koch Industries and out-of-control corporate power over our Democracy.


    • Dem

      I’m a committed Democrat who agrees 100% with Citizens United. The First Amendment says speech is free, it doesn’t say anything about who or what is paying for that speech.

      If corporations have “control” over our democracy, it’s because we let them. The voters have all the power. All we have to do is vote for who we want instead of who they tell us to.

      And no, Citizens United has nothing to do with political contributions.

  • Lou

    She was invited and Rolling Thunder was awesome.

  • Tens of thousands of Americans “invited” themselves to participate in Rolling Thunder this weekend. Really poor choice of wording.

  • MC 703

    Rolling Thunder’s National Legislative Director said:

    “We didn’t invite her,” Ted Shpak of Rolling Thunder told MSNBC. “We don’t endorse nobody. She’s not invited to speak [on the stage after the rally]. We’re not endorsing her.”
    How did the group find out that she was coming? “She came out with a press release that she was coming to Rolling Thunder.”

    “I’m very not appreciative of the way she came in here,” Ted Shpak, Rolling Thunder’s national legislative director, said of Palin’s arrival. The former governor came in the front of the Pentagon’s north parking lot, where event staff and press were assembled. “If she wanted to come on the ride, she should have come in the back.”

    I say if you think this wasn’t “political” on her part, you’ve been living under a rock for the last 2 years.

    • AllenB

      Sure sounds like she wasn’t invited.

      • Stu Pendus
        • Inviter

          I think she really needs to produce the original, long-form invitation. What is she hiding ?

        • grammar nazi

          Someone please tell Ben that “invite” is a verb. “Invitation” is a noun.

      • TGEoA

        Neither was the policeman, construction worker, Indian, sailor or the cowboy.

        • AllenB

          Please, we’re talking about Rolling Thunder, not your latest birthday party.

  • DC123

    The link to the Charlotte Observer leads to a “Christian Post” article. The actual link is http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/05/30/2337594/missing-man-turns-up-in-nc.html.

  • Steve

    I left arlington to Montgomery County for the weekend to avoid the harley noises which damages my hearing and those punks were up there as well. As far as shady grove road you could hear them roaring at 8AM on Sunday.. Unbelievable. Southpark was right about those guys.

    • Arlington, Northside

      You kidding me? You considered going across the river to Montgomery County as leaving the area? Folks were coming in Sunday from all directions, any major road within 40 miles had groups riding in on it. If the few hours of it realy bugged you, I just don’t know what to say…..

      • Steve

        It’s not a few hours, it’s a FEW days. You people whine about a few hours of smoke in bars and you got it banned. Why not something that actually is harmful to others, loud noises? Why should I have to wear earplugs for 3 entire days a year by people who are only seeking attention under the guise of a cause?

        • Evil

          Steve – you saying that second hand smoke isn’t harmful to others!! Uh… ever heard of a little thing called cancer?
          Smoking is a disgusting habit/addiction – which others who choose not to partake in shouldn’t have to be subjected to.
          Only problem with banning smoking indoors now is that I can’t go outside for “Fresh” air…

          You complain about a weekend of motorcycles yet you see no problem with second hand smoke which is a constant, every day occurrence…. I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that you don’t ride a motorcycle but you do smoke

          • doodly

            Steve’s got some random doctor who has worked for tobacco companies who has some lame study that he thinks wipes out decades of solid research showing that second-hand smoke kills. He’s hanging his hat on that.

      • Michelle Palin

        “Few hours”? Try 48.

    • ArlTeacher

      WOW – Seriously??? I have lived in Arlington my whole life and fully support Rolling Thunder and their cause. It really amazes me all of the people that complain about having them in town for one weekend – ONE WEEKEND that honors those that have and are serving in our military! Believe me, there are tons of other thing in Arlington to complain about – Rolling Thunder is NOT one of them!

      • Juanita de Talmas

        Their “cause” is ridiculous. MIAs? POWs? Please. Those people are long dead or they don’t want to be found.

        • ArlTeacher

          So with that comment it shows me that you don’t support our military – am I correct???

          • troborg

            You are not correct.

            It is quite possible to fully support the military and believe that there are no more POWs.

            Just like it’s possible to fully support the military and believe a particular war is a bad idea.

          • Evil

            And your comments here, and below, are laughable. Rolling Thunder aside… how about you go join a military group, get yourself captured and let us know whether or not you want to be found.
            These young men and women are just doing their jobs – which is whatever the government tells them to do. If you have issue with their actions – take it up with the government – but not by dismissing them or being disrespectful to the sacrifices they’ve made.
            It’s very easy to point fingers and make accusations from your comfy air conditioned office.
            I personally choose to appreciate what these men and women do so that I may remain free – and I’ll celebrate that appreciation in anyway I see fit!

          • doodly

            Don’t you people read?

            Nobody said we shouldn’t bring POWs home, that’s silly. They said they believe there are no POWs left to bring home.

            It’s not disrespectful to say that. Nor is it disrespectful to complain about the way they choose to honor veterans. Their cause does not give them carte blanche to do whatever they want. If they decided to honor veterans or protest by dumping thousands of pounds of garbage all over the streets, I’ll bet you’d complain.

          • doodly

            And no, you will not celebrate any way you see fit. For instance, if you violate the law, you’ll be arrested. Your cause doesn’t justify doing whatever you want.

          • Evil

            so riding in a parade of motorcycles is illegal huh!

            Guess I need a copy of your law book!

          • doodly

            Do I have to explain everything to you?

            I didn’t say motorcycles are illegal, I said IF you chose to do something illegal, you’d be arrested. In other words, you can’t just do whatever you want, even when you’re doing it to remember veterans. Get it now?

          • Evil

            How about you stay on topic … the discussion started about Rolling Thunder… my comments related to ROLLING THUNDER…. Which last I checked, their presence here is NOT ILLEGAL…
            Do you get it now

          • doodly

            Yep, looks like I do have to explain every little thing to you.

            I never said their presence was illegal. I said you can’t do whatever the hell you want.

            Do you get it now?

          • Idi Amin Dada

            Noise pollution is illegal.

          • Evil

            assuming you can prove that the Rolling Thunder goes against the county code for noise pollution (ie above the noise levels, don’t carry an exemption/permit for special events), then feel free to get a warrant against them next year.. but you better be sure you are also not honking your horn or allowing your mutt to bark either, cuz then you too will get busted 🙂


          • doodly

            So Evil, does this mean you are on record for supporting the idea that Rolling Thunder doesn’t have the right to unlimited noise? That was the whole point all along you know.

          • Evil

            I bet you were a real jem on the debate team huh… personal attacks on individuals is a great way to get your message across.

            As far as my take on Rolling Thunder… I think the noise and presence of their being here for one weekend is not overly excessive. It’s ONE weekend, for a cause they believe in.
            They are here peacefully,they are not breaking any laws nor do I think they are causing a huge disturbance.
            There are many little nuiances to living in a city or urban area… if you don’t like it, no one is forcing you to live here.

            And if you feel they are violating a law – as a citizen you have the right to bring your evidence to a magistrate and get a warrant against them. (This would be comical!) Let’s see what a magistrate would tell you 🙂

            There are more important things to complain/fight about… Rolling Thunder I do not think is one of them. Put that in your record book (since you seem to be keeping one)

          • doodly

            Um, first of all, I didn’t make any personal attacks.

            I’m glad you don’t think the noise is excessive. But I do, and so do other people.

            There’s nothing forcing you to live here either. If you don’t like my complaints, you can move. Same principle. I will complain about whatever I want. Don’t tell me what to complain about.

            Since you’ve already admitted that you also believe there should be a limit to the noise (the noise ordinance, which already exists) I think we’re done here.

          • Evil

            yep – that’s what I admitted. You seem to be great at reading between the lines. Just as your passive aggressive comments regarding my intelligence with your “Do you get it’s” are personal attacks.

            As far as your complaining – it doesn’t hinder my want to live here at all – so I’ll stay put, thanks for giving me permission though.

            And, I NEVER said you didn’t have a right to your opinion… I merely saying there are ways to get things done rather than just passive aggressively griping about it on a website.

            There are likely just as many of us not bother by Rolling Thunder as there are those of you who are… again… if you don’t like it, feel free to go about it in a constructive manner.
            If you manage to get them fined, banned or whatever… it won’t bother me in the least.

            But thanks for entertaining my otherwise slow day… I’ll move on to something more valuable now… 🙂

          • LaShawn Hannity

            Go dance at the Jefferson Memorial, commie!

          • doodly


      • doodly

        They could honor those who served a little more quietly.

        • Evil

          Just curious, should ban/complain about fireworks too then?

          They’re loud – and we use them on many patriotic holidays.

        • Evil

          Just curious, should we ban/complain about fireworks too then?

          They’re loud – and we use them on many patriotic holidays.

    • dillweed

      Hey Steve, now you know what if feels like to be forced to breathe disgusting smoke! It sucks, and you resent it the intrusion, and even when you try to get away from it, it lingers.

  • Mike

    Where was that picture taken?

  • SoCo Resident

    Matt Hill – found near his family home in NC. So, this guy travels from his home in DC, buys gas in Arlington and heads to his family’s home in NC. And, an all points missing person’s report is made? Flyers are pasted all over. The Boston Red Sox are looking for him! The only explanation is: D.C. police told a newspaper that he had traveled there — without contacting family or friends — for “personal reasons.” This really undermines the goal of searching for truly missing persons.

  • Idi Amin Dada

    Effects of Rolling Thunder:

    Release of stress hormones: Noise pollution releases stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones increase our stress level and suppress the immune system
    High blood pressure: People who are exposed to constant noise have higher blood pressure than those who do not. This is mainly because of the affect of stress hormones on the body
    Hearing problems: Noise pollution can result in hearing problems such as tinnitus
    Heart problems: Noise pollution can also lead to heart problems such as ischemic heart disease, due to the increased blood pressure
    Sleeplessness: People who are exposed to noise during the night have a disturbed sleep and suffer from sleeplessness
    Increased stress and irritability: Constant exposure to noise can make you fatigued, stressful and irritable.
    Lack of concentration, decreased reading ability: Children who lived in noisy areas were found to have less concentration and decreased reading ability. Also, adults who worked in noisy environments found it difficult to solve problems and had shorter attention spans

    • ArlTeacher

      Poor excuses or finding something else to complain about – typical Arlington resident…

  • cj

    Time out for a grammar check — “the heat and high humidity is”? Or has “heat-and-high-humidity” become a compound noun so early this year?

  • Bender

    We could really do without the partisan snark and political hackery. Just report the damn news — accurately.

    • doodly

      You should send the same comment to Fox News.

  • doodly

    P.S. It’s “gem” not “jem.” And I was.

    • Evil

      Thanks for again proving my point about your attacks.

      I’ll aim to some day be as perfect as you!

  • TEMY

    I was not invited but I was there,,Any problem with that?


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