Marion Barry doesn’t like presidential motorcades jamming up D.C. traffic


D.C. City Council member Marion Barry, seen here next to a mural of President Barack Obama at Ben’s Chili Bowl, has a problem with Obama’s ride. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

Council member Marion Barry has had it with presidential motorcades in D.C. So, obviously, he tweeted about it. (That’s usually the best way to solve problems.) Plus, find out which celeb celebrated National Pancake Day in the best way possible in this daily edition of Blog Log, your source for click-worthy content on the Web.

“WHY are these presidential motorcades blocking traffic for 50 mins?! (At 20th & E NOW) This is excessive!!” — @marionbarryjr tweets Tuesday about a very D.C. pet peeve — traffic jams caused by presidential motorcades. Mayor Vincent Gray took the Secret Service to task for snarls downtown this week caused by motorcades and security tied to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee meeting.

“Hell, I thought every day was National Pancake Day… #Dominator #UncleJemima” — The Rock at instagram.com celebrates National Pancake Day on Tuesday with a tall stack of a dozen hotcakes, some of which appear to be of the blueberry variety. Mysteriously, there is no syrup to be seen.

“Ford, to his credit, was a good sport. A creepy, shifty eyed, hemorrhoid-red good sport who sometimes talked like a CD being fast-forwarded, but a good sport all the same.” — Rich Juzwiak at gawker.com describes Toronto Mayor and living meme Rob Ford’s appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Monday night. Kimmel teased Ford nonstop for three full segments in the late-night program. Like always, Ford took the negative attention like a champ.

“Each state has its unique boo-boos.” — Olga Khazan at theatlantic.com maps out the most common reasons people visit the emergency room by region. In the West, including Alaska and Hawaii, the most common ER ailment is abdominal pain. In the Midwest, it’s respiratory infections. In the Northeast, it’s superficial injuries (c’mon, suck it up, New England!). And in the South, including D.C., it’s sprains and strains. Be careful out there on the ice, everyone.

“According to some historians, the oldest trick in the books is more like the oldest trick on the wall.” — Matt Soniak at mentalfloss.com discusses what some believe to be the earliest rendering of people performing a magic trick. Depicted on the interior walls of an ancient Egyptian burial chamber, two men are shown handling cups in what appears to be a trick involving a vanishing, then reappearing ball. Other historians disagree with that assessment. Instead, they think the painting shows two bakers making bread.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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