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John Kelly's Commons: February 15, 2009 - February 21, 2009

A Modest Proposal: The Right to Bear Poison

The other day, as I heard about yet another fight over Americans' right to keep and bear arms, I mused about how odd our fascination with guns is. We're a nation obsessed with a tool whose express purpose is to...

By John Kelly  |  February 20, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Photoshop Till You Drop

I've already received a handful of quite good entries in my wacky D.C. Photoshop contest. That's where I want you to take some D.C.-area signage -- graffiti, street sign, historical marker, whatever -- and alter it in some way. I'll...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 19, 2009; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Water World: Fixing the WSSC Stalemate

How long can a human live without water? According to the Internet (which never lies) anywhere from two days to a week or more. How long can the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission live without a general manager? At least...

By John Kelly  |  February 19, 2009; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Photoshop Till You Drop: A Contest

What do you see when you look at the photo above? Yes, it's artfully composed, the work of a modern Steichen or Adams (me). What I see is what's visible between the two poles of the Metro station sign....

By John Kelly  |  February 18, 2009; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Obama Discounts, Specials and Sales

I walk past a restaurant/bar on my way to and from Farragut North and yesterday was no exception. As it was President's Day I took special notice of a sign that's been hanging in this establishment's window for the last...

By John Kelly  |  February 17, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Where in Washington?

Here's this week's stumper, from the collection of Jerry McCoy: Send the name of this building--what it would have been called then, not now--to kellyj@washpost.com. If yours is the first correct entry I receive, you'll get a postcard signed by...

By John Kelly  |  February 16, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Vanity, Thy Name Is License Plate

Who doesn't like vanity license plates? We may not like them as much as Bruce Powers of Falls Church, whose obsessive interest in them I write about in my column today. But they usually bring a smile to our faces....

By John Kelly  |  February 16, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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