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Washington DC, not poor, just cheap

My United flight leaves at 6:00 AM today, so if you read this post in the morning, I’m already on my way.

Thank to everyone who is suggesting great things to do in DC. I can’t wait to get there and see for myself!

Now, my conundrum:

My base of operations will likely be Alexandria, Virginia. The conference in Quantico, Virginia, starts at 8:00 AM this Friday. The next day, my plain to the midwest leaves at 8:45 AM. So that gives me a couple of options

  • Thursday night: Alexandria; Friday night: Alexandria
  • Thursday night: Alexandria; Friday night: Quantico
  • Thursday night: Quantico; Friday night: Alexandria
  • Thursday night: Quantico; Friday night: Quantico

Complicating this is that the VRE doesn’t do early morning or evening commutes, apparently.

Are taxis an option? Just renting a car and returning it at the airport?

My desire to minimize costs have a lot more to do with my cheapness than any actually dire issues, but still: every dollar saved on miscellaneous expenses can be used for food and drink instead!

Any suggestions?

Things to see in DC

I will be in Quantico, Virginia, for the Boyd conference Thursday and Friday nights, but starting on Tuesday I will be in Washington, DC itself. The following sites have already been suggested to me:

International Spy Museum
8 and F Streets NW
Right by Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Stop (Yellow line right from
airport, also Red and Green)

US Botanic Gardens
245 1st St SW (just off the southwest corner of the US Capitol grounds)
Either Federal Center Southwest or Capitol South Metro Stop (Blue Lines)

US Holocaust Memorial
Right along Independence Ave and 14th Street
Smithsonian Metro Stop (Blue/Orange Lines)

Biggest Church in America
Brookland-CUA Metro Stop (Red Line)
Take the CUA exit out

Arlington Cemetery
Arlington Cemetery Blue Line Stop

What else is worth seeing in our nation’s capital?

The Individual Right to Bear Arms

Lively, T. & Taylor, D. (2007). Court strikes down D.C. ban on guns. Washington Times, 10 March 2007, http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20070309-102401-2730r.htm.

Order matters.

The Articles of the Constitution are in a logical order, with the center of government (the Congress) coming in Article I, the servant of the government (the Presidency) described in Article II, and the interpretor of the government (the Supreme Court) outlined in Article III. The remaining four original articles, IV, VI, VI, and VII, are essentially housekeeping, outlining how the union should function given the three branches previously described.

The Bill of Rights are outlined the same way. The critical rights of expression — starting with the preemption of a Church of the United States, prohibiting prohibitions on worship, and making its way to freedom of speech, press, assembly and petition — come at the beginning, while rules of how to read the Constitution (Amendments IX and X) come at the end.

The second-most important amendment of the Bill of Rights, which protects the right of the people to possess guns, reads as follows:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

And means that there is an individual-right to possess weapons. As the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled:

A federal appeals court yesterday struck down the District’s 30-year-old gun ban, ruling that the right to bear arms as guaranteed in the Second Amendment applies to individuals and not only to militias.

The Second Amendment would be an inexplicable aberration if it were not read to protect individual rights as well,” the 58-page ruling said.

Alan Gura, an attorney for the plaintiffs, called the ruling a “tremendous victory for the civil rights of all Americans.”

One of the upsides of this freedom – taken from Columbians by the local government and restored by the federal — is that crime will drop. The expected force difference between a 300 pound man and a 100 pound woman, say, is now negligible. Both can pull a trigger.

Thank you, D.C. Court of Appeals.

Foreign Prostitution in the Nation’s Capital?

“Sauna, body shampoo, table shower, body scrape, massage, private room” on top, followed by “New Management, “Spa 14K: We have really different choices,” “We take credit card.”

In a recent series of threads over at The Korea Liberator

James Na, Senior Foreign Policy Fellow at Discovery Institute, and I have been discussing emerging global workplace policing trends, from FBI raids on a DC brothel to minuteman raiding of construction sites to the vagaries of educational visa travel enforcement. Eddie especially, who agreed with me on the legalization of prostitution and drugs, may be interested.