HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Upholding the Rules

Posted June 12, 2009 at 11:32am

A leading Member of Congress took to the House floor on Friday to complain in a passionate oratory that an unknown Congressional colleague had left a “partially eaten fish sandwich in the middle of the House floor.—

[IMGCAP(1)]In the two-and-a-half minute speech, Rep. Gordon McCullough argues that the sandwich “looks and smells terrible— and “must be thrown away immediately.—

“I am a reasonable man. I do not address you today to crack down on the eating of sandwiches,— the Massachusetts Democrat adds. “Some of my most treasured memories involve the eating of a sandwich.—

McCullough notes that House rules allowing Members to bring their lunch to the House floor only work if everybody makes sure to clean up after themselves.

“Someone among us has decided to ruin everything,— he says.

“How hard is it to throw a sandwich away? I ask, how much time would that process take? My estimate is no more than six seconds,— he later adds.

(And yes, we know that the video is a spoof. )

You Have the Right to Remain Hungry. The longtime friendly rivalry between the District’s police departments is about to be settled — via a burger eating contest.

Capitol Police officers will square off against their colleagues in blue in the Metropolitan Police Department and United States Park Police at the Hard Rock Cafe in the first-ever “Hard Rock Top Guns Legendary Burger Eating Contest— on Sunday morning.

House Sergeant at Arms Bill Livingood is scheduled to serve as master of ceremonies for the event, which is being held to celebrate the Hard Rock’s 38th anniversary. The Washington, D.C., Regional Police Pipe Band also will perform.

While we’re sure the burger eating competition will be hearty, the chow-down is all for charity — $1 from every full-price burger sold on Sunday will go to benefit the Law Enforcement Run Torch Run for the Special Olympics, in the name of the winning department.

Police officers not taking part in the contest, along with firefighters, paramedics and other civil servants, can show their badge or other proper identification to get a burger for only 71 cents, commemorating 1971, the year the first Hard Rock opened.

The Saga Continues. Apparently Rep. Laura Richardson’s neighbors don’t find her very neighborly.

Several of them complain in a Los Angeles Times article published Friday that the California Democrat has let her two-story home in Sacramento’s tony Curtis Park neighborhood fall into major disrepair.

“The congresswoman has gained a degree of infamy in the Sacramento neighborhood,— the story reads. “The two-story house, gray with red trim, is badly in need of paint. The front lawn is a patchwork of grass and weeds with brown splotches of dirt. Much of the once lush ivy covering the chain-link fence has died.—

At one point, rats began breeding in the home’s backyard, the story notes.

Richardson refused to comment for the piece, according to the Times. Neighbors continue to complain to officials — even contacting Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who responded in a letter that she could not comment.

Richardson, who represents a district in Southern California, has been in foreclosure trouble over the years.

According to the Times, Richardson bought the Sacramento house in early 2007 for $535,000 after already owning two houses that she defaulted on six times.

The Sacramento house went into foreclosure last year and was sold to real estate investor James York. But Washington Mutual took back the house and returned it to Richardson. York sued, and the case was settled privately, the Times reports.

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