Saturday, May 20, 2017


Pejuta is a word from the Lakota meaning "medicine". Notice the word printed on the drumhead in the lower right hand side of the photo.

Friday, May 19, 2017


I never quite figured out what the purpose of this circle of people. Periodically they would stop and sit before getting up and advancing still farther.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


"The Keystone Pipeline System is an oil pipeline system in Canada and the United States, commissioned in 2010 and now owned solely by TransCanada Corporation. It runs from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin in Alberta to refineries in Illinois and Texas, and also to oil tank farms and an oil pipeline distribution center in Cushing, Oklahoma. The pipeline came to a greater prominence of attention when a planned fourth phase, Keystone XL, attracting growing environmental protest, became a symbol of the battle over climate change and fossil fuels, and in 2015 was rejected by then President Barack Obama. On January 24, 2017, President Donald Trump took action intended to permit the pipeline's completion."

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mother Earth?

Once again, work dictates I take a short break from blogging. So I've queued up some more images of Climate March 2017 for the days I'm away. I'll see you again here and online soon. 

Monday, May 15, 2017


Evidently some people joining the march first rallied here on the steps of the Canadian embassy. Were they Canadians?

Sunday, May 14, 2017


Crowds at the Climate March in D.C. swelled beyond expectations. I saw estimates of between 150,000 to 200,000 people. Trump yesterday called us "a small group of failed voices." I assume he is including the T-Rexes in that comment. They will not be happy. :-)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Snake Oil

Spotted this guy selling "snake oil" next to the George Gordon Meade Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Friday, May 12, 2017


The T-Rexes were quite naturally misbehaving and going the wrong way to boot. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


After lunch, I headed back towards Pennsylvania Avenue
and the thick of the Climate March action. . .

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


After a rally next the the U. S. Supreme Court, but before the Climate March got underway, I went to get a bite to eat, passing through the Upper Senate Garden on my way.

"The main fountain is fabricated of Minnesota Pink granite, with a basin of Minnesota Green granite. The piers and other granite elements facing the Russell Senate Office Building terrace are made of Mount Airy granite, which blends visually with its surroundings. ("

Monday, May 8, 2017


Protest signs stacked and ready for distribution to Climate March participants in front of the U. S. Department of Labor on Constitution Ave.

Marquee next door to the United States Supreme Court

Sunday, May 7, 2017


A sampling of some of the protest merchandise being sold on D.C. streets these days. I think I most like the "We the People" and Statue of Liberty buttons. How about you?

Saturday, May 6, 2017


Quadrangle Development Corp., owner of this 12-story building near the National Theatre, is razing and replacing the 25-year-old tower with a brand-spanking new 283,000-square-foot, 13-story building

Friday, May 5, 2017


Awesome Climate March this past weekend! Pics to follow. For now, though, just a couple of the National Metropolitan Bank I passed (built between 1905 and 1907) on my way from Foggy Bottom Metro Station to a staging area near the United States Supreme Court.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Monument View

As I was leaving the rally on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, I happened to see this young man looking rather wistfully, I thought, across the National Mall toward the Washington Monument. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Congressman Jamie Raskin (D) of Maryland recalled the events of the original Tea Party and called Trump's most recent tax proposals taxation without representation, because, if I understood Raskin correctly, the majority of Americans oppose them.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


"The United States Capitol dome is the dome situated above the United States Capitol which reaches upwards to 288 feet (88 m) in height and 96 feet (29 m) in diameter. The dome was designed by Thomas U. Walter, the fourth Architect of the Capitol, and constructed between 1855 and 1866 at a cost of $1,047,291 (equivalent to $232 million in 2015).

The dome is not stone, but cast iron carefully painted to appear to be made of the same stone as the main capitol building. It is actually two domes, one inside the other, and the total weight is 14.1 million pounds (6,400 t). The iron for the dome was cast by the foundry of Janes, Fowler, Kirtland & Company, owned by Adrian Janes in the Bronx, New York. (Wikipedia)"

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ron Wyden

Sen. Ron Wyden (D) of Oregon, telling Trump to "knock it off" when it comes to proposing tax proposals that favor only corporations and the rich.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Shoot Out

Wasn't exactly the O.K. Corral. More like the West Lawn. And, yeah, there wasn't any contest. It was like his howitzer against my pea shooter. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Media Rules

I know that title can be taken at least a couple of different ways. But when it comes to covering news events on Capitol grounds--well, if you've got the time, check out the rules.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tax March

So I returned to D.C. for the Tax March on April 15 held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Here's a an explanation from the movement's web site:

"Tax March is a growing national movement that extends far beyond one day of marching. Led by everyday Americans who are tired of paying into a system that is rigged in favor of the super-rich, the Tax March movement maintains that any reform to the tax code should be about closing loopholes for the wealthy and big corporations and building an economy that invests in working families. ("

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ugliest Building in America

So what do you think? Was Mark Twain right?

"The Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) — formerly known as the Old Executive Office Building (OEOB) and even earlier as the State, War, and Navy Building — is a U.S. government building situated just west of the White House in the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. Maintained by the General Services Administration, it is occupied by the Executive Office of the President, including the Office of the Vice President of the United States. . . .

It was designed by Alfred B. Mullett, Supervising Architect. Patterned after French Second Empire architecture that clashed sharply with the neoclassical style of the other Federal buildings in the city, it was generally regarded with scorn and disdain, and Mullett, the exterior architect, ended his life by suicide, while in litigation. The OEOB was referred to by Mark Twain as 'the ugliest building in America.' President Harry S. Truman called it 'the greatest monstrosity in America.' Historian Henry Adams called it Mullett's 'architectural infant asylum.' (Wikipedia)"

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

11th Street

Sure was nice of the D.C. police to close off this end of 11th Street so I could snap this picture (Emancipation Day Parade). Under any other circumstances, you'd have a screw loose to try this. Maybe even more than one. :-)

Monday, April 24, 2017


No, they were not part of the Cherry Blossom Festival. I think they were members of a precision drumming team that was practicing for the upcoming Emancipation Day Parade across the street from the Trump International Hotel. Yep, we really do have a lot of parades and demonstrations. :-)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Two Tulips

After the parade, I stopped at one of my favorite luncheonettes near the U.S. Capitol. Hey! What did you expect? This ain't exactly Amsterdam, you know. :-)

Friday, April 21, 2017


"The first sousaphone was built by James Welsh Pepper in 1893 at the request of John Philip Sousa who was dissatisfied with the hélicons in use by the United States Marine Band. Some sources credit C.G. Conn with its construction, because of the first sousaphone he built later in 1898. Sousa wanted a tuba-like instrument that would send sound upward and over the band, much like a concert (upright) tuba. The new instrument had an oversized bell pointing straight up, rather than the directional bell of a normal hélicon. . . .Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States, was a sousaphone player (Wikipedia)."

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


The MGM Lion presented by MGM National Harbor (a local casino) is 40-feet long and requires 32 people to escort it through the parade.

Monday, April 17, 2017


Ready for a little fun?

Check out this clip of the Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps in concert.