Several years ago, during a staff meeting, I stood up Obama-like [OK—Kerry-like] and declared that we needed to call for an end to business as usual in Washington. The paper needed to let me write a gazillion-word rant—or at least a 100-word item—against flip-flops.

Flip-flops should not be worn when walking city streets. They are ugly. Sandals are OK. But flip-flops are stupid. I just think those shoes are not meant for cities. If we aspire to a certain gritty good time, flip-flops shouldn’t be part of the landscape. You can wear them in college. You can wear them at the beach. You can wear them in your gym’s locker room. But that’s about it.

Maybe you all can see why I wasn’t allowed to write my rant. In fact, I was pretty much laughed out of the room. The response to my rant idea was brutal.

But now comes DCist with a report on the Black Cat banning the offensive shoes. Finally, there are people out there who agree with me.