WASHINGTON

And Phil Goff wants light rail?

The Economist reports on a light rail project that has failed miserably.

?LATE and over budget, streetcars are finally rumbling to life in Washington, DC. The long-awaited service, which has cost at least $135m to build, spans 2.4 miles along H Street in the city?s north-east. But it is not taking passengers yet.?

This newspaper?printed those words?in August 2014, but it really could have done so at just about any point this decade. The streetcar was originally supposed to launch?in 2009, in an impoverished part of the capital?s south-east quadrant. Those plans fizzled, and were replaced by a?promise?to bring the trolley to H Street in 2012. Then 2013 passed. So did 2014. As late as December 30th of that year, Mayor Vincent Gray?s administration?wouldn?t say for sure?whether the streetcar would be operational by the year?s end (it wasn?t). Mr Gray was ousted in an election in which he wasn?t helped by the project?s continued embarrassments. His successor, Muriel Bowser, failed to learn from his mistakes and?promised?a streetcar service by the end of 2015. That deadline came and went, too.

Now it is 2016, and at long last the streetcar will begin carrying passengers.

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Dan Sickles's leg, along with a cannonball similar to the one that shattered it, on display at the National Museum of Health and Medicine.

Dan Sickles’s leg, along with a cannonball similar to the one that shattered it, on display at the National Museum of Health and Medicine.

Dan Sickles Temporary Insanity

Dan Sickles, Congressman from New York, was married to the most beautiful woman in Washington but his other interests, including his mistresses, often kept him away from home. His lonely young wife, Teresa, found comfort in the arms of Philip Barton Key, D.C. District Attorney and son of poet Francis Scott Key. When Sickles learned of their affair he?armed himself and?confronted Key on the street. Blinded by rage he shot and killed his wife?s lover. Was it premeditated murder or temporary insanity?

You might think the temporary insanity defense was a relatively new thing.? I mean, maybe it began in the 1940s or possibly the ?30s.? What with all the psychobabble around in those times.? But, no. It was actually much earlier.

It all started with a guy named Daniel Sickles.

Sickles (1819-1914) was a U.S. Senator and later a Congressman, as well as a Union General in the Civil War and a U.S. Minister to Spain.? He was known as a major ladies? man and was censured by the New York State Assembly for escorting famed prostitute Fanny White into the Assembly?s chambers.? He also brought Fanny White, owner of a well-known New York brothel with him to England while Secretary of the U.S. delegation in London, leaving his pregnant wife at home.? And, of course, he murdered the district attorney of the District of Columbia, Phillip Barton Key II, son of Francis Scott Key, the author of ?The Star Spangled Banner?.

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A photograph of eggs from the Northwestern Salamander.

A photograph of eggs from the Northwestern Salamander.

It?s Raining Blobs

Firstly, the story is true, but the picture of a ‘giant blob’ that often circulates with this story is something else, and not related to the incident. It is in fact a photograph of eggs from the?Northwestern Salamander.?The 1994 newspaper accounts of the incident describe the globs/ blobs as ?half the size of rice grains? which is far different than the image associated with the story.

The townspeople of Oakville, Washington, were in for a surprise on August 7, 1994. Instead of their usual downpour of rain, the inhabitants of the small town witnessed countless gelatinous blobs falling from the sky. Once the globs fell, almost everyone in Oakville started to develop severe, flu-like symptoms that lasted anywhere from 7 weeks to 3 months.

No-one could successfully identify the blob, and how they were connected to the mysterious sickness that plagued the town.

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 Chip Somodevilla?Getty Images Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is greeted by members of Congress as he arrives to speak during a joint meeting of the United States Congress in the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Chip Somodevilla?Getty Images Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is greeted by members of Congress as he arrives to speak during a joint meeting of the United States Congress in the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – ?????? ?????? said it well:

?Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam. One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the entire world. They just disagree among themselves who will be the ruler of that empire. In this deadly game of thrones, there’s no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don’t share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone?The difference is that ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons and YouTube, whereas Iran could soon be armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs.?

Mr. President, wake up to the very real threat of Islam.

-Franklin Graham (facebook)

 

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Photo: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Photo: Federal Bureau of Investigation

?The FBI’s Fingerprint Files

A Place For Every Print, And Every Print In Its Place

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Cheap weed in Washington State after legalisation causes glut in supply

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Washington State legalised cannabis?and in the first year growers rushed to market hoping to make a killing…predictably there was an over supply and prices dropped through the floor.

Have you ever been tempted to buy your dog a truckload of steaks just to see if there was a limit to how many of them they could eat at just one sitting? Well when marijuana became legal in the state of Washington, we were similarly?curious about whether there was?a theoretical maximum amount of pot that its residents could smoke? and now our questions have been answered.

The Associated Press, via ABC News, reports that marijuana sellers in Washington are actually suffering from large unsold?surpluses of pot, as supply is now vastly greater than demand for the demon weed inside the Evergreen State. ? Read more »

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Photo: Skagit River Journal

Photo: Skagit River Journal

KKK Wedding

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1985 Marvin Gaye SINGER portrait posing Press Photo 15

1985 Marvin Gaye SINGER portrait posing Press Photo 15

Marvin Gaye commemorated on his 75th birthday

?(Born: April 2, 1939???Died: April 1, 1984, aged?44)

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How are the Germans getting on with green energy? …Not so well it turns out

The German economy is almost on its knees as a result of green energy policies that are failing to deliver.

Germany is in the middle of one of the most audacious and ambitious experiments a major industrial economy has ever attempted: To swear off nuclear power and run Europe’s largest economy essentially on wind and solar power.

There’s just one problem — it’s not really working.

The energy transformation, known as “Energiewende,” was meant to give Germany an energy sector that would be cleaner and more competitive, fueling an export-driven economy and helping to slash greenhouse-gas emissions. On that count, the policy has floundered: German emissions are?rising, not falling, because the country is burning increasing amounts of dirty coal. And electricity costs, already high, have kept?rising, making life difficult for small and medium-sized businesses that compete against rivals with cheaper energy.? Read more »

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Photo: (Jim Pickerell/NARA)

Photo: (Jim Pickerell/NARA)

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