Archive for the ‘Washington’ Category

So far, all Republican candidates for 2012 have tumbled within weeks. Except for Mitt Romney, only Dr. Ron Paul has kept a two-digit share in the surveys. Recently, his supporters launched another impressive money bomb campaign, called Tea Party 11:

The closest we have to a Founding Father.


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When President Obama talks about “creating one million new jobs“, he certainly thinks about one million and one jobs. Besides the fact, that policy options are more than limited and have never worked out, the only job Obama really cares about is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. But with an unemployment rate constant at 9.1 percent and a job approval rate below 40 percent, next year’s election will be a stiff task.

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A few months ago, I talked about Ron Paul’s record of predicting America’s economic problems. Now, some of his supporters have come up with yet another great commercial:

Liberty is the only humanitarian system.

Observing one Republican hopeful resigning after the other, and media paying more attention to Paul’s campaign, we might see him much more often in 2012. Already, his ideas have become the message of most other Republican candidates, including front-runner Rick Perry.

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If there was any need for final evidence that US media is biased, here you are:

The Daily Show with John Steward – Ron Paul & the Top Tier

How did libertarian Ron Paul become the 13th floor in a hotel?

At least TIME Magazine presented a 4-page article on Paul’s growing influence on GOP politics:

The Prophet – by Alex Altman  (full text)

Ron Paul is that rare commodity in modern politics: a man of ideas, however unconventional they may be.

Though he represents a rural coastal district, Paul regularly votes against farm subsidies and flood insurance. He has never voted for a tax increase or an unbalanced budget. He opposed congressional medals for Rosa Parks, Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa as well as aid for Hurricane Katrina victims, all on the grounds that Congress has no business meddling in such matters.

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Definitely one of the most impressive places I’ve ever seen.

On the one hand, Arlington National Cemetery is a beautiful place with nice paths, trees, and a fantastic lawn. But on the other hand…well, it is a cemetery. One that is reminiscent of more than 300,000 dead US veterans. How can you like that?


Incredible number of tombstones

Small US flag with yet another row of tombstones


Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier

Some bird sitting on a tombstone

Patriotism and Obelisk

Grassroot view

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Brief and to the point, Washington seems to be quite the opposite of New York City. Whether you like this or not depends on your individual urban preferences. If you prefer skyscrapers, noise, an infinite number of restaurants and shops, etc., then you ought to go for NYC. If a rather relaxed, green, clean, and historic city is what you are looking for, check out the capital.

A bunch of pictures basically tells the story. Except for the hideously hot and humid weather.

White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave

White House backside

Capitol Hill

Green city of Washington with its tallest "building"

Washington Monument on closer examination

Federal Reserve Bank - Eccles Building

Federal Reserve Board

F.B.I. - Edgar Hoover Building

Lincoln Memorial

World Bank

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If possible you should take your time traveling from New York City to Washington. Using local roads instead of highways saves toll fees, doesn’t take that much longer, and offers you some insights into smaller towns and villages.

You will cross five states: New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. And remember, this is the United States. So, expect to see many weird signs, people, buildings, cars.


Interstate 95

Speed limit 65 mph - okay for shaking hands

Switching to more local roads

Get rid of bed bugs

Beautiful country road

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Most likely, I will not find time to select and upload digicam pictures before I’ll return to Switzerland. Thus, I’m glad to show you some further iPhone-based images of DC: Arlington National Cemetery, Capitol, and Lincoln Memorial.




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Since I’m still terribly busy, this is just a short update with some preview shots of washington. The city is such a contrast to NYC. Everything over here is smaller, greener and more composed. However, with some muggy 96 degrees Fahrenheit (36 C), it’s way too hot. More impressions will follow asap.




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In one week, I will be on my way back to the US of A.

Pictures and stories will follow. Stay tuned.

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