Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com September 26, 2012 at 9:00 am 3,922 55 Comments

Yom Kippur in Arlington — Today is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. Considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur is traditionally observed with 25 hours of fasting and prayer. Arlington’s only synagogue, Etz Hayim Congregation on Arlington Boulevard, has sold out of its Yom Kippur service tickets.

Illegal Dog Mural Whitewashed — Wag More Dogs, the doggy daycare in Shirlington, has surrendered in its legal battle to keep a colorful dog-themed mural on its outside wall. Yesterday, workers removed the tarp covering the large mural — in place since 2010 — and painted over it. The painters — the same pair who painted an eyebrow-raising mural outside the Smokey Shope III store in Crystal City — are now planning to replace the mural with an “urban landscape” mural that, since it won’t feature dogs or anything connected to the business, shouldn’t constitute an illegal sign in the eyes of Arlington County. [Washington Post, WTOP]

Arlington Seeks Human Rights Award Nominations — Arlington County is seeking nominations for the 14th annual James B. Hunter Human Rights Awards. The nominations are due by Nov. 14. [Arlington County]

Flickr pool photo by BrianMKA

  • Clarendon

    RIP, doggie mural. Looking forward to the replacement.

    • YTK

      “Illegal” Dog Mural – stupid laws like that should be placed in dog p**p bags and discarded in the trash.

      • NorthArlingTim


      • Feline

        More like a stupid owner who chose to go to court rather than make some minor modifications to the “art.”

  • JamesE

    Can the mural have wolves on it? Non-domesticated canines should be allowed.

  • jackson

    Draw the members of the Arlington County Board lighting cigars with hundred dollar bills 😉

    • Regis


    • JamesE

      While riding the trolley

    • John Fontain

      With the caption “Your money is our money.”

    • UA

      Love it.

      I would donate for that mural.

    • drax

      Because our taxes are high, right?

      • darsasx

        Yes, “our taxes are high” – more than double what they were 10 years ago. Or did you foolishly mean “tax rate”?

        • drax

          Mitt Romney’s taxes are REALLY high then. You probably think he deserves a tax cut, huh?

          • SomeGuy

            Why are you bringing him into this?

          • drax

            My comment was self-explanatory.

          • SomeGuy

            Can you have your comment phrase it’s self-explanation differently. It remains unclear why you brought up Mitt Romney in this discussion.

          • drax

            Here’s my comment, rewritten for belaboring clarity for anyone who couldn’t grasp the first one:

            Tax burdens and tax rates are different things. A tax burden varies with the income or wealth being taxed. A poor person will have lower taxes than a rich person. A tax rate, on the other hand, is the proportion of income or wealth being taxed. It is unreasonable, and downright insulting, for a person to conflate tax burden with tax rate and claim that they’re “taxes” are high when their tax burden is simply a product of their relatively high wealth rather than a relatively high proportion of income being taxed.

            Arlington County has among the lowest property tax rates in Northern Virginia, and therefore likely a low overall effective tax rate, when counting all taxes, including the personal property (“car”) tax. Therefore, the tax burden is mostly a function of wealth. Complaining about that is akin to whining about being wealthy.

            A wealthy person who has been in the news lately, who has discussed tax burden issues and his own tax burden and therefore may serve as a handy example to understand this principle is Mitt Romney. Being very wealthy, Romney’s tax bill is very high, yet his effective tax rate is relatively low, as reported just this week. This demonstrates the difference between the two concepts.

          • SomeGuy

            Yes, I think most of us know the difference between a tax burden and a tax rate. However, I’m not sure all of us agree that every dollar of increase in tax revenue (ya know, like if real estate tax assessments jump 20% in two years) should result in a dollar of tax expenditure. The increase in costs to run county government should be marginal in those circumstances.

            So maybe those who think their taxes are high (rate or burden) believe that the county should maintain or only marginally increase expenses in those circumstances (which could be achieved even with lower rates) when revenues jump rather than keeping rates and burdens elevated and just finding projects to use up the windfalls.

            No need to dismiss those people as complainers and whiners.

          • DynaFlash 8

            Oh … I’m impressed!

            Please, may I touch the hem of your garment?

            My leprosy is so unsightly 🙁

          • drax

            That’s a great point, SomeGuy. But nobody was making it when I responded. They were busy confusing tax burden and tax rate, like I said.

          • Taxalot
      • South of 50

        Why do you bring up taxes?

        • John Fontain

          Because he hasn’t met a tax he didn’t like.

          • drax

            Me? That’s a lie.

          • John Fontain

            I’m just kidding around.

          • drax

            Okay, never mind.

      • JamesE

        My car tax is pretty damn high

        • Jim Gilmore

          I eliminated the car tax. Didn’t you hear my campaign ads?

          • Mitt

            Jim: Thank you for leading the republican party to ELIMINATE the car tax. Only a taker would complain when the republican party once again failed to fulfill its promises.


  • DarkHeart

    Those “traveling band of artists” seemed to have settled down (for a month or so it seems). Given the building’s proximity, maybe a memorial to that fallen first responder would be nice.

  • Arlington Cat

    How about a still life of a bowl of fruit next to a bottle of olive oil?

    Oh, wait……

  • bacon

    Or, given its proximity to Fairlington, a painting of a python in a tree?

  • K22206

    I run past the cigar mural in Crystal City in the mornings and it never fails to make me laugh when I see the whale that they painted over the cigar. A man smoking a whale is just funny. Or at least it is at 6:30am.

  • DarkHeart

    Nice pic, BrianMKA. Top of the Town?

  • ARLing

    Pride hath got in the way .. she should have just taken the county’s compromise. Now she’s just a whiner.

  • NorthArlingTim

    Great photo!

    Thanks for the Morning Comment photos – I always enjoy them!

  • South of 50

    How does Rocklands get away with their giant mural on the side of their building? Different zoning area where big painted signs are OK?

    • drax

      No barbecue in their sign. It’s not considered an ad. This isn’t about murals, but billboards pretending to be murals (not that I think the doggie one qualified).

      • South of 50

        But it has the word “Barbeque” right on the wall. It is clearly a sign advertising their business. Are you saying if she would have added the name of her company to the sign it would have been OK?

        • drax

          I’m just stating the county’s law, not agreeing with it.

          • DarkHeart

            I think you get an exemption if you offer free peanuts.

      • John Fontain

        The mural that has huge letters that read “Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company”. If that isn’t a sign, I don’t know what is.


        • drax

          Maybe it is grandfathered. The mural was there before Rocklands.

          • John Fontain

            The words “Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company” were there before it was Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company? Wow!

          • CW

            LOL…makes perfect sense!

          • drax

            My mistake, there was a previous mural there.

          • kj

            Backpedal much?

  • PikeMan

    The Post article noted that in the federal court papers, the owner acknowledged that the mural “incorporates some of the cartoon dogs in Wag More Dogs’ logo”, and was intended “to create good will with the people who frequented the dog park, many of whom were potential Wag More Dogs customers.”

    Further, Arlington attempted a compromise solution in which they asked her to add lettering to the mural that says “Welcome to Shirlington Park’s Community Canine Area.” She refused, and decided to sue in federal court instead. Honestly, I’m not sure why she didn’t go that route – since it would have kept the mural with the dogs that were clearly associated with their branding.

    She knew the law, chose to break it, and rather than seeking a way to work with the county chose to gamble on a disingenuous law suit.

    • YTK

      “She refused, and decided to sue in federal court instead”.

  • Ballston

    Power outage in Ballston on Fairfax Dr.

    • Ballston

      Power came back on around 8 pm.


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