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According to WaPo, the DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration has granted 42 bars and restaurants permission to remain open round-the-clock on Monday, Columbus Day, and serve alcohol until 4 a.m., the first test of a new city policy permitting extended alcohol sales before holidays.
Among that list are 8 gay and lesbian bars throughout the District, including JRs, Cobalt, and Dupont Italian Kitchen along the gayborhood.
The full list of restaurants and establishments granted permission for the extended hours is below.
(3)Boundary Stone Public House
(4)Old Ebbitt Grill
(5)U Street Music Hall
(6)18th Street Lounge
(8)Eye Bar/Garden of Eden
(14)Phase I of Dupont
(15)Rock N Roll Hotel
(20)Dangerously Delicious DC
(22)Jr’s Bar and Brill
(23)Dupont Italian Kitchen
(24)Cobalt/30 Degrees/Level One
(25) Bachelor’s Mill/Back Door Pub
(26)Dirty Martini Inn Bar/Dirty Bar
(27)Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar
(28)Jackie Lee’s Lounge
(29)Phase I in SE
(34)Opera Ultra Lounge
(35)Lima Restaurant and Lounge
(42)Music and Arts Club
It’s finally here! Or coming soon (pun intended).
This week, after years of debate, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) gave what WaPo is calling, “the green light to the virtual red-light district.” The approval grants ICM Registry’s .XXX web suffix with the same rights as .com, .net, .co.uk and other top level domains (TLDs).
While registrars will set their own end user pricing, .XXX domains will wholesale for around $60 per domain. They will likely be available for purchase within the next three months.
But before you rush out to get whitehouse.xxx, know that registry operators are obligated to set aside a number of names designated by ICANN. In addition, they will set aside certain geographic, culturally significant and other names.
But not everyone is smelling the roses for dedicated porn URLs. The Obama Administration and some foreign nations will claim that the domain’s offensive material will only encourage oppressive regimes to block .xxx entirely. And then, of course, there are the morality cops.
So far, the only official Obama Administration response is,
“We are disappointed that ICANN ignored the clear advice of governments worldwide, including the US. This decision goes against the global public interest, and it will open the door to more Internet blocking by governments and undermine the stability and security of the Internet.”
— Assistant Commerce Secretary Lawrence Strickling
For everything you would want to know about the new TLDs, you can visit the ICM Registry.
That’s the only way I can describe the op-ed that was in the WaPo Sunday edition, titled “One and done: To be a great president, Obama should not seek reelection in 2012”. This is by Douglas E. Schoen and Patrick H. Caddell, two well respected Democratic strategists.
They say, in part, “… If the president goes down the reelection road, we are guaranteed two years of political gridlock at a time when we can ill afford it. But by explicitly saying he will be a one-term president, Obama can deliver on his central campaign promise of 2008, draining the poison from our culture of polarization and ending the resentment and division that have eroded our national identity and common purpose.”
Read the full piece here. http://wapo.st/b7GvcL
Wow! So much happened yesterday that I want to talk about. I’m not sure where to begin.
First let’s start with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. We all read yesterday with a happy heart that DADT was ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips, of Riverside, California. In her decision, she said that the 17 year old law.
What will President Obama do? His Justice Department now has 60 days to appeal the decision. That, ironically, is after the self-mandated December 1st deadline set forth by Defense Secretary Robert Gates on the review of the DADT policy.
Kerry Eleveld of The Advocate tells us that “Justice Department attorneys may seek to appeal Phillips’s injunction to the U.S. court of appeals for the ninth circuit. They have argued that the district judge does not have the authority to block DADT.”
E.J. Dionne, of WaPo has a great op-ed in today issue. He writes, “You can be gay and serve – as long as nobody knows you are gay. Or as long as nobody who knows tells anyone else you are gay. Or as long as nobody finds out you are gay. It just doesn’t make much sense, and what can be a greater violation of individual rights than the demand that someone keep an important part of his or her identity secret? Not to mention that the policy invited dishonesty — and, potentially, intimidation and blackmail.”
And as many within the LGBT community cheer this decision, they need to stop and be reminded who brought this case. It was the Log Cabin Republicans. It makes me proud to say that I am apart of their leadership.