It portends to be a fierce demonstration, as in days of yore: The Tea Party Patriots will assemble at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday for an “Audit the IRS” rally in support of conservative groups that were subject to some uncomfortable scrutiny by the federal agency in recent years. The tea partyers will have some high profile company. Independent media maven Glenn Beck plans to be there, despite his own misgivings about visiting the veritable heart of big government.
“There are many things I don’t believe in anymore, and Washington is one of them. And I despise that city now. Because it has just become a symbol of corruption to me, a symbol of grotesque growth, where the rest of us are suffering in the rest of the country,” Mr. Beck told his radio audience, upon announcing that he was going anyway, and would speak at high noon.
“I will go and stand,” Mr. Beck declared.
The aforementioned Patriots — which represent some 3,400 local groups — say participants will be primed upon arrival. The many buses en route to the event in the next 24 hours will screen “Hating Breitbart” as they roll; the documentary recounts the spirited life of the late provocateur Andrew Breitbart.
“Andrew would have been outraged, as we all are, in light of recent scandals at the IRS, Justice Department and other government agencies — but he wouldn’t have been surprised,” observes Andrew Marcus, the film’s director.
“Hillary 2016: it’s George Bush’s fault!”
— Bumper sticker spotted in Arlington by Inside the Beltway reader Jonathan Deutsch.
“It should have read ‘Hillary 2016: what difference does it make?’ ” Mr. Deutsch observes.
BLOOMBERG’S COMPOST HEAP
Wilted lettuce, egg shells, potato parings: New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg hopes local city folk will compost their kitchen scraps in the name of green-minded citizenship, or, uh, incur a fine.
“This is a rotten idea for the Big Apple,” says Jeff Stier, the New York City-based director of risk analysis for the National Center for Public Policy Research. He’s quick to point out that his group supports voluntary composting. “In fact, we already have voluntary composting where residents can send kitchen scraps to gardens around the five boroughs,” Mr. Stier notes.
“But we live in a big city, not on a farm, and while composting is a great idea in certain circumstances, it doesn’t make sense to mandate that all New York residents save their rotting food,” he says. “Consider the increased risks from disease-carrying vermin, a problem the city still hasn’t conquered, from all of the pre-compost material sitting around our dense living spaces.”
And what about greenhouse gas emissions from extra “compost trucks”? “Perhaps they’ll be carrot-peel powered,” Mr. Stier says.
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