That includes New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, whom Chafee says put her presidential ambitions above standing up to Mr. Bush and the rush to war in Iraq.
"I find it surprising now, in 2008, how many Democrats are running for president after shirking their constitutional duty to check and balance this president," writes Chafee...
"They argue that the president duped them into war, but getting duped does not exactly recommend their leadership. Helping a rogue president start an unnecessary war should be a career-ending lapse of judgment."
I haven't been even remotely involved in the project for nine years, so none of this really has anything to do with me (and hosting their party would have only cost me money) but I still think it's pretty sad that the anniversary is going to go completely un-celebrated.
I kind of expected their response to be, "But we have a perfectly good cafeteria", or "Oh, we're just going to get a booth at the Tied House instead", but this is even lamer. Saying "We're not having an anniversary party because we're celebrating all year" is like saying "You don't get a birthday party because every day is equally special!"
Remember that time when you entered the science fair, and then they decided to give everybody first prize, even the kid who ate paste? It's like that.
I really shouldn't care about this. But, geez.
Update 2: Scratch that, they changed their minds again. No party for you.
To the surprise of absolutely no one, this same person is the only neighbor on record as opposing our application to convert our liquor license so that we can do under-21 shows.
One of Slim's neighbors tipped me off last month that the hall -- which has consistently passed all sound tests conducted by the city's Entertainment Commission -- was being besieged weekly by a lone complainer living in Juniper Alley. All of this came to a head in December 2007 when the accuser ordered citizen's arrests of two of Slim's night managers on three occasions -- after, Entertainment Commission industry representative Terrance Alan says, police refused to issue noise-violation citations of their own because they couldn't hear any violating sound issuing from Slim's. The arrests have led the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control to bring an enforcement action against Slim's liquor license, which may close the club for 15 to 25 days after an April hearing.
"She has been threatening to do this for a while," Slim's co-owner Dawn Holliday told me. The complaining neighbor and her partner have been registering noise complaints for the past two years, Holliday added, though no other neighbors have complained, and in 2000 all of the area's condo and live-work residents signed a deed restriction making it clear that the district is a mixed-use neighborhood subject to noise, odors, and other industrial activities 24-7. Nonetheless, Holliday continued, "she calls the police on average four nights a week. The Entertainment Commission has gone into their house and done readings in the house, done readings out in front of house, and we do readings in front of their house every night with a decibel meter on the most sensitive reading you can get, and we are always compliant. It didn't satisfy them."