Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Make Way for Ducklings, DC-Style


Make Way for Ducklings, DC-Style


In my continuing quest to keep my AP Lang cherubs apprised of current events, I've come across these gems, of late:

10. The Washington Capitals, deigned to be the "best" in the National Hockey League, are playing for their professional lives tonite in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Caps might be characterized soon as highly paid losers.

9. The largest sex-discrimination lawsuit ever filed has been brought against Walmart. Plaintiffs claim that the mega-giant discriminated for decades against women in both the compensation & promotion arenas. Walmart execs reportedly determined that management was "men's work."

8. Arizona's new "I'm gonna ask, you're gonna tell" immigration bill was signed into law this week, effectively permitting racial profiling. If a cop doesn't like the looks of you, he can ask to see proof of citizenship.

7. Wall Street behemoth Goldman Sachs apparently has been cheating the American taxpayer for years. Go figure...

6. And speaking of Arizona, the once-proud, uncompromising "Maverick," Senator John McCain, has introduced a bill in the US Senate to legalize semi-automatic weapons in DC. Just in case some bureaucrat wants to go postal, Mr. McCain wants to make it easier for him to obtain a weapon.

5. The tornado that ravaged Yazoo City, MS, last Saturday was on the ground for a record 149 miles, killing 10 people. In other news, the National Weather Service informs us that this Spring has been a "quiet one" for twisters.

4. A homeless man who tried to come to the aid of a woman who was being attacked in Queens was stabbed and left to die on a sidewalk. Video surveillance footage shows at least 7 people walked by the injured Good Samaritan without rendering aid.

3. Closer to home, a homeless man in Fredericksburg, VA, was set on fire as he lay sleeping under a downtown bridge. He's currently residing in a local ICU facility.

2. A new report informs us that close to half of the DC region's 17,000 AIDS patients live in the suburbs.

1. And this just in, from the front page of yesterday's Washington Post: A Smithsonian Institution security officer helped escort a mama duck & her 13 ducklings across busy Independence Avenue near the Capitol. Officer Christopher Camper scooped the babies up into a construction bucket and safely deposited them in their home, a museum pond on the National Mall. The mommy duck apparently raised a ruckus, but all members of La Familia Quack were reported in good condition after the ordeal. And, no, this is decidedly not my Superior Snap. Gerald Martineau of The Post captured this & several other awfully cute images.

22 comments:

Jenny said...

That picture is classic! I'll have to share that with my third grade darlings!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Good luck to the Caps, and those poor folks down in Arizona..."Show me your papers?" The nazis are coming, the nazis are coming!

Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
www.mawhats4dinner.com

sheila said...

love that photo! 4 and 3 continue to disturb me. So sad.

Cheryl said...

Who was filming and why didn't s/he try to help? is the question I've been pondering since the news from Queens broke.

Ash said...

Oh the ducks! Love me some sweet ducklings.

Good luck to the Capitals. We have the Battle of 35 going on around here with the Mavs vs. the Spurs. Mavs managed to pull it out of their fannies last night. Game 6 tomorrow.

And that tonado, so horrible. Being in Dallas though, I have to agree with NWS - we've yet to have a large storm with hail or tornadoes - extremely unusual. My heart breaks for the families who lost victims in that massive one. Like all the season's twisters rolled into one.

Off to look into #6 = wth?

Michele R said...

That was one huge tornado. Usually there are a bunch this time of year on GA but has been more quiet.
Those ducks are cute but have you been to the National Mall and seen the mess? I know this is a different rant, but I am not understanding why nothing is done about the National Mall. It is extremely under-kempt. Duck mess is everywhere, the grass is hideous, hardly any grounds keepers (and this was in 2006).

Queenie Jeannie said...

Well I guess mankind isn't COMPLETELY messed up then. There's still hope...

Super cute duckies!!!

Lucy said...

That picture is great, love the arms up in the air. Oh, those stories about us humans, we are messed up, very messed up and sometimes you just wonder how we get through the day (lol)

Susie said...

I heard about number 4 and thought that sometimes I am just embarassed to be a human being!

angie said...

I love headlines that warm the heart, like this duckling one. There are way too many spelling doom and gloom.

Sarah said...

at least one good news among so many depressing ones...

yonca said...

Love the pic!Ducks are so cute and your hands up in the air...Great pic!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm still stuck on the picture of the ducks.

Stephanie Faris said...

Did the entire corporation of Wal-Mart decide that or just select stores? I'm wondering how they'll prove that the entire corporation forced that view on its workers...

Nance said...

re: #6. Oh, that John McCain. Remember now, he's also disavowing that he ever even said he was a maverick! He has changed position more than a weathervane in a windstorm.

quilly said...

You are more succinct and informative than the nightly news. Maybe I will just subscribe to your blog .... oh wait. I already do.

paige said...

That post made me feel sad times 9 and then HAPPY times 20. The ducks made my day. ;)

carma said...

of all those #4 is the sickest :-(

Jenn@ You know... that blog? said...

Great picture! Amazing, head shaking news flashes. Yoiks.

McCain is a knob. Even we Canadians know that!

Missed you today, but it's A-OK to abstain when you just don't feel it. ;) See you next week for "steam"...

Melissa @ Cellulite Investigation said...

I always find it interesting to see what we choose to think of as "news." So many stories to pick from...

JamericanSpice said...

I read the list and this photo is way cool! lol They got escort!

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Show me your papers? Awful!
Cute ducklings!
xx

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