Politics & Pop Culture from a homocon.
Morning Shot: May 5, 2010
- Birthday Shots
Today’s shots go out to Tina Yothers (Family Ties), country legand Miss Tammy Wynette, NBC News Anchor Brian Williams, and Ann B. Davis (Alice, from The Brady Bunch). Also, local shots go out to Dean Barnes, John Tobias, and Mark O’Leary (@MarkDC)
- This Day in History
In 1961, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space. The suborbital flight, which lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a major triumph for NASA.
- Beam Him Up, Mr. Speaker
You’ll never guess who’s trying to make a comeback. James A. Traficant Jr., our favorite nutty congressman, who served nearly two decades in Congress and seven years in prison for corruption, filed petitions Monday to run as an independent in his northeast Ohio home area. Traficant is well known (and loved by Hill staffers of all stripes) for his rants one the House floor during One Minutes. My favorite was when he likened Congress to a brothel of prostitutes, and then apologized to prostitutes for the correlation. I can’t wait!
- A Streetcar No One Desires?
Multiple outlets report this morning that the District Department of Transportation is unveiling one of its three streetcars on temporary tracks at the City Center lot. People will be able to learn how the streetcars will operate in the District. The streetcars will begin operating in 2012. It’s been 50 years since the streetcar was in use. The public can access the showcase at 9th and H streets Northwest. The exhibition runs today through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and ends on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Do we really need streetcars in DC?
- Marry Me in Argentina?
Last night, Argentina’s House of Deputies passed a marriage equality bill by a vote of 129-105. Blabbeando.com reports that “the vote followed more than 11 hours of debate on the House floor and counted with the support of members of the Socialist Party as well as supporters of the Cristina Férnandez de Kirchner government. To become law, the Argentinean Senate would first have to debate and approve the bill. Getting a bill approved by the Senate is expected to be a much tougher challenge for marriage equality advocates although the House vote pushes the issue to the front and it is now expected that a Senate vote might come within weeks.