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by ARLnow.com November 30, 2012 at 9:10 am 4,548 30 Comments

More on the Arlington Goat Prank — The Navy has confirmed that Bill the Goat, the U.S. Naval Academy mascot, was the goat that was found tied up in a median at the intersection of Army Navy Drive and S. Eads Street, near the Pentagon, this past weekend. The goat was “recovered Saturday morning in good condition.” The Army-Navy football game is Dec. 8 and a Navy spokeswoman noted: “Bill the Goat has been a part of our 10-game winning streak against Army, so we are glad to have him back before the big game next week.” [Navy Times]

Arlington GOP Counts Accomplishments — Even though Republican candidates did not win a single race in Arlington, members of the Arlington County Republican Committee are tallying some small victories. “We kept Arlington moving toward more common-sense policies,” said Matt Wavro, this year’s GOP County Board candidate. [Sun Gazette]

‘Shark Tank’ Charity Pitch Event — Twenty entrepreneurs from around Virginia will have a chance to pitch their business startup ideas to panel of business leaders and investors in Arlington this morning. The Shark Tank-like pitch competition will help raise money for charity. The event is taking place at the Ballston offices of Arlington Economic Development, but tickets are no longer available. [Eventbrite]

  • WeiQiang

    If ever a photo could make Costco more appealing and bucolic, this one did. Good job and thanks for the contribution, Katie.

    • CW

      Shortly thereafter, a rusted-out dodge minivan with Maryland plates ran over these plants as the family of 10 hopped out and started loading 10,000 bottles of water and 400 rolls of paper towels into the back.

      • Josh S

        Don’t forget the part where it took them 10 times longer to back out of their parking space than it should have.

      • WD

        Hopefully the new Costco in DC will cut down on the MD plates there.

  • sunflower

    re arl gop accomplishments: as vince lombardi purportedly said “winning isn’t everything”

  • DLC

    The Naval Academy and West Point should give a big donation to AWLA. Not only did they waste resources when poor Bill had to be rescued, but the whole thing is a shameful mistreatment of an innocent animal. I would love it if arlnow asked the schools whether they intend to do anything for AWLA.

    • Quoth the Raven

      A bit of an overreaction, isn’t it? Wow. Lighten up, Francis!

    • B22201

      I thought the West Point code of honor was: “A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do”

      Is there supposed to be more to that? *Unless it’s from Navy

    • John Fontain

      I suspect Goat-gate was nothing more than a well-planned publicity event coordinated between the schools.

      • Josh S

        I guess that’s one way to describing your typical college-team-mascot-prank.

      • WeiQiang

        everyone does realize that the mascot prank is a tradition, right? though i personally don’t advocate for stealing animals and leaving them in a location where they are put at risk, a prank where no person or animal or property is damaged is OK with me. hope the goat wasn’t terrified. in addition, there is cost in having ‘first responders’ and other infrastructure involved. next challenge is to see how good a prank they can pull without incurring cost to the public.

        • For their next trick, Army should show up to the actual game and reverse their 10-year losing streak to Navy

  • Wilbur

    I punched what the ArlGOP said into Google Translate, and this is what I got: “Really! REALLY! WE ARE NOT IRRELEVANT! ReAlLy! Why Wont Someone Listen to Me?!?!?!” I’m talkin’ here!”

  • SteamboatWillie

    Matt Wavro has a tough job, so I cut him some slack, but his statement is detached from reality.

  • Magdalenamuffin

    What infantile, thoughtless act to tie a Goat up in a very busy intersection. Cruel and meaningless! Why do humans think they can treat animals like that! Tie those bastard up in an intersection with heavy traffic and exhaust for a day! They need to be disciplined! Animal abuse!!!

    • Quoth the Raven

      Oh stop it. The goat wasn’t there “for a day”, was it? Abuse? Come on. For all you know, the goat-nappers were very kind to the animal, and gave him treats and a massage en route to the intersection. We’re a far cry away from Michael Vick with his dogs.

    • Captain_Obvious

      Now that’s some sarcasm !

  • Curly

    The wavin’ wheat, it sure smells sweet…

  • Glebe Roader

    I’m not blaming ARLnow.com for my lack of knowledge regarding the “Shark Tank” event, but why post about an event happening in 2 hours that readers cannot attend?

    • Jaws

      Wish I had know about the Shark Tank event. I would have liked to have gone. Maybe ArlNow can do a follow-up story on what transpired.

      By the way, the AED office has the most spectacular views of the Ballston area. They are in one of the tall buildings near I-66/Fairfax Drive, near Booeymonger and CACI.

      • Corey

        “spectacular views of the Ballston area”

    • We first heard about it yesterday.

  • Tabs

    Really? No reference to the Raquel incident on the Brady Bunch?

  • Bill the Goat


  • JimPB

    ARLCo moving toward more “common sense” policies. Doesn’t tell me much.

    Common sense (dict definition): “sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.”

    What policies are common sense (and why) and which are not (and why)?

    • drax

      In politics, “common sense” means “any policy that I agree with.”

    • Glebe Roader

      I’ll get right on it, Jim.

  • Mary-Austin

    The Republican share of the vote was up slightly this time at least at the presidential level.
    Obama was down to 69% this time. Rich people voting for Romney maybe?

  • I think it’s terrible that goat was tied up and abandoned. That’s cruel. There ought to be some consequences for the individuals who did this. If these people are old enough to be in college, serve their country in war, and vote, they ought to be held accountable. At the very least, do some community service for the AWLA so they understand the plight of homeless animals.

    • Quoth the Raven

      You have got to be kidding me. “so they understand the plight of homeless animals”. I sincerely hope you’re being sarcastic and I’m just not getting it. If so, well done. If not, get a grip. It was a prank. The goat is fine.


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