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Negative Press Spurs DC To Give 107 Year Old Woman Photo ID

Get enough people demanding answers and once in a while the politicians will respond…

ID problem resolved for 107-year-old woman who danced with Obamas

“Thank the lord!” 107-year-old Virginia McLaurin exclaimed Tuesday morning as Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser handed her a copy of a new government-issued photo ID.

Just days earlier, McLaurin revealed in an interview with The Washington Postthat after meeting and dancing with President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama in February, she had been invited to New York and Los Angeles for media interviews.

There was only one problem: McLaurin didn’t have the ID she’d need to travel by plane or train, and she didn’t have the appropriate documents to get one.

The Department of Motor Vehicles in D.C. said she would need documentation that proves her identity, such as a U.S. birth certificate, an unexpired passport or an unexpired military ID card, among other things. Now at the age of 107, McLaurin didn’t have any of the required documentation to get a D.C. photo ID. She once had one, but it was stolen awhile back, she told the Post. In order to obtain her birth certificate from South Carolina where where she was born, she discovered she would also need a government-issued photo ID.

Bowser heard about McLaurin’s ordeal and as a result, Washington, D.C. passed a new regulation on Monday that allows the city to make exceptions for elderly residents applying for a driver’s license or photo ID. Under the new regulation, D.C. officials will now have the discretion to make exceptions for federal requirements for any D.C. resident over the age of 70, whereby they can come up with other acceptable documents.

“Thank you. Thank the lord!” McLaurin said after they handed her the temporary version of the ID. She will receive the official version in the mail.

Asked how she was feeling, she said, “Great! I feel great!…I don’t feel like 107. I feel like I’m about 16.”

 

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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DC Metro May Shut Down Major Lines for 6 Months

The nation’s second busiest subway system may have to shut down service for 6 months in what could be a catastrophic outage for a system which carries 800,000 passengers a day. Once the nation’s crown jewel system, the problems that have brought Metro’ Subway System low are an accumulation of problems over years. About half of the blame rests with how the system is funded, the other half is based on gross incompetence at the middle and senior management level of the Authority.

Metro or the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority is an odd duck in terms of organization due to the fact that a significant portion of it’s budget comes from the Government. Which means Congressional oversight and piddling in the affairs of the company. The Company’s ownership is spread across the 7 jurisdictions it serves in the Washington Metropolitan area, including the Federal Government. The Federal Government is a player here because 53% of the passengers on the system are Federal Employees. As everything from fares to which communities are served is regulated, the company is designed never to make a profit (or even break even), and each served municipality pays a proportional part of the actual operating budget each year.

In function, the Transit Agency works like a Federal Government entity – meaning there is no motivation of the employees to either improve service, to make systems operate more efficiently, or to cut costs…Ergo the old $10,000 Toilet Seat issue. Massive cost overruns are the norm. Massive project failures are the norm. The recent Silver Line expansion ballooned from $1 billion to $3 billion, in large part due to project being managed by the corrupt Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority – a situation created because of lack of faith that Metro could manage such a large project. I mean when the Federal Government is going o take over your local transit authority – not only are things truly f’d up… But they are going to get a lot worse.

While, like any big dollar enterprise, there are incidents of corruption – even to the highest levels of the management structure, there is no evidence of any major corruption issue, or that corruption is the reason behind the Authority’s failure. It really boils down to incompetence within almost the entire senior management structure at the company’s headquarters. As such, confusion, lack of vision, lack of will, turf fights, nepotism, and duplicate organizational functions are the order of the day. And to clarify a point, very little of “the problem” has to do with the rank and file customer facing employees who in general believe in the mission of serving the community and often will go above board to make things right.

Accepting Federal money means the involvement of Congress. It also means Federal Agency Oversight, which in typical form tries to solve problems at the weed level instead of systemic. It means getting whipsawed by political trade winds in Congress, being victim to corruption at the Congressional Level, and dealing with Congressional fingers in the pie at any time. Ergo the Republicans want the system to operate without tax dollars or a fare hike (It’s the same magic which destroyed some of their own states), and the Democrats want the system to operate as a social good vehicle.

A major shutdown of the system could entail putting 500,000 cars onto the Washington area’s already gridlocked streets. It will cost the Federal Government and private businesses Billions of dollars in lost work and revenue. As a Management Consultant who has done rescues, turnarounds and restructurings of companies, and a former employee of Metro, I have a pretty good idea about what needs to be done…And it isn’t initially going to be pretty.

Lengthy Shutdowns in Washington, D.C., Metro System Are Possible

Repairs to Washington’s aging subway could require the closure of entire rail lines for months at a time, the system’s chairman, Jack Evans, said Wednesday. At the very least, Mr. Evans said, riders should expect the closure of segments of individual lines for extended periods.

His remarks were the latest indication that the system, known as Metro, will be facing significant service disruptions as its management confronts financial and safety problems.

“If we are going to fix the infrastructure, we can’t do it three hours at night,” Mr. Evans, who is also a member of the D.C. Council, said at a symposium marking Metro’s 40th anniversary.

“There may be decisions where we have to close down whole lines and repair them, which are going to be very unpopular,” Mr. Evans added. “But the only way that we are going to get this system fixed is to make unpopular decisions.”

Metro officials already closed the system for a day earlier this month for an emergency safety inspection.

Mr. Evans called the system “maybe safe, somewhat unreliable, and being complained about by everybody,” and said that its health long-term requires increased — and a permanent — source of financing, like a regional sales tax and annual federal contributions.

Paul J. Wiedefeld, Metro’s general manager, will announce a systemwide maintenance plan in four to six weeks, a Metro spokesman, Dan Stessel, said Wednesday.

Mr. Wiedefeld, in his own remarks at the Wednesday meeting, said the scale of the transit agency’s woes required drastic measures.

“What we have been doing has not been working,” he said. “We cannot Band-Aid, we cannot paper over some of these issues.”

Both men’s remarks were first reported by The Washington Post.

 

 
 

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DC Metro System Shut Down

How bad is DC’s Metro?

They are shutting down for 24 hrs, over a workday…to “inspect the system”.

That leaves approximately 800,000 daily workday passengers SOL.

I don’t even want to think about what the impact of putting 500,000 more cars on the road tomorrow (3/16/16) will be. The impact to traffic will be worse than the blizzard dumping 3 ft of snow on the area just two short months ago. Since 53% of the riders on Metro are government workers, it may well wind up that there is a Federal Government shutdown as well.

Photo taken inside a DC Metro car during the incident at L’Enfant Station when an electrical feed to the train shorted out

The system has been plagued with numerous problems, both self inflicted, and by the fact that much of the infrastructure is 30-40 years old. Due to the self-inflicted problems the company is not able to keep pace with the repair work necessary to renovate the system. In particular, the electrical system is ancient on the older lines is beyond it’s projected lifecycle causing about a half dozen major incidents in the last year, with a passenger fatality on a stuck train due to smoke inhalation. Just Monday this week, another electrical failure stopped traffic on the system’s busiest tunnel system, shared by 3 lines. One of the lines is still not fully operational.

BTx3 is working from home tomorrow.

This is the section of tunnel which arced and caught fire last year resulting in a passenger fatality, just outside the L’Enfant Metro Station.

Sources: Metrorail Will Shut Down All Day Wednesday for Emergency Investigation of Equipment

The entire D.C. Metro system will shut down for 24 hours starting at midnight and lasting for the entire day Wednesday for an emergency investigation, two sources tell News4.

Metro officials are expected to announce at 4 p.m. Tuesday that they need to inspect as many as 1,200 pieces of equipment, as News4’s Tom Sherwood was first to report.

A cable fire early Monday caused delays on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines throughout the day.

This is an abandoned trolley tunnel under DC, built back in the 1949

This is a current Metro tunnel on the Red Line – the oldest operating line.

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2016 in You Know It's Bad When...

 

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Streetcars Return to DC

Re-purposed “antique” DC Capital Transit Fare Tokens,, which are actually a bit smaller than a dime.

As a youngster, I remember Streetcars running on the streets of Washington, DC. Indeed, somewhere in my collection of trivial things I’ve never thrown out is a DC Capital Transit Fare Token. As a youngster, my Mom and I rode the Subway Car through Georgetown on the last day in 1962, before they shut the system down. The Washington, DC METRO Subway System was built with little regards as to where the people who were actually going to use the system actually lived – or where developers were building huge communities outside the Capital Beltway. As such, an area like Tyson’s Corner, a non-incorporated area near the City – which employs more people than the City of Washington, DC only got access with the addition of the new Silver Line last year. In a number of other fast growing un-served communities in the area, the Streetcar has become a rallying cry – and plans to build at least 6 lines have been underway with varying success over the last few years.

The first of the proposed systems is scheduled to open 2/28/2016, covering he rapidly developing (re gentrifying) H Street corridor in Northeast DC.

While a romantic idea from a bygone era, there are valid questions as to whether such systems are even viable.

The new system?

Yeah they are pretty…But they are going to make a hell of a mess of traffic on H Street

 

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2016 in General

 

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Why is BLM Responsible?

One of the favorite attacks on black folks by conservative racists is the false equivalency argument. In this case, 3 black teens beat up and robbed a Marine – so it must be the fault of the BLM Movement.

Ever notice that when the KKK murders some poor black person… Not a single conservative stands up to demand the KKK apologize?

In any case this one just doesn’t smell right. This ex-Marine got his ass kicked for a reason. And his oh-so quick claim that somehow BLM was involved…

May explain why. This altercation supposedly started when the three black teens challenged the Marine about BLM. Kind of hard to believe that that was what started the “conversation”. Especially in that particular part of the city which is majority white. Why would they pick this guy out of the crowd?

As for the robbery aspect, most muggers tend to figure out early on that jumping MMA fighters, football players, and Marines will cause your health plan deductibles to go up – so they tend to go after the defenseless little old ladies, or the stupid lost in their cell phones texting all their “friends” the fact they’ve actually crossed the street successfully with the light.

So there is much more to this.

In the meantime, the DC Police have the teens pictures – so it won’t be long until they are residing in the local hoosegow for the robbery.

Here is the Right-wing racist response –

Marine attacked calls on leaders of Black Lives Matter movement to condemn violence

On Thursday D.C. Police released video of a brutal attack against a decorated Iraq war veteran outside a Northwest McDonald’s.

Thirty-year-old Chris Marquez was attacked by three suspects last Friday night as he left the McDonald’s, which is at 911 E Street NW.

The video shows one of the suspects punch Marquez from behind as he’s walking out of the restaurant. Another suspect is seen kicking him while he’s on the ground, and another is seen robbing him while he’s down.

“I was very angry, I was kind of stunned,” Marquez told ABC7 from his room at the V.A. Medical Center. “It’s kind of weird watching yourself get attacked in such a manner.”

Marquez is being treated for a concussion he suffered in the attack.

Marquez called the attack cowardly since it began while he had his back turned.

The Marine veteran says that while he was at the McDonald’s Friday night, the suspects began taunting him. He says they called him a racist and asked him if “black lives mattered.”

Marquez says he sensed trouble and did not respond to their taunts.

The ensuing attack has received international attention.

“I understand many people — especially seeing that video — are going to be very angry,” Marquez said. “I don’t want anyone to use this as an excuse for more hate or violence or anything of that type.”

Although it’s unclear if the attackers were politically motivated, Marquez called on leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement to condemn violence.

“They need to really speak to the nation, tell people these types of acts of violence will not stand,” Marquez said.

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Things Not Looking Good for DC!

Last night less than an inch of snow paralyzed the Washington DC Metro area…

Now DC not really being a Northern City, my rule is to stay home (if possible) through the early parts of the first 2 snows, while Darwin eliminates a) the folks who have never driven on snow, and b) the morons in mega SUVs who haven’t learned yet that 4 wheel drive won’t stop you on ice – by allowing such folks to either crash into each other, innocent victims, or inanimate immovable objects. With such self-eliminated from those trying to get from place a to b – the roads become much safer. Don’t even think about going to the grocery store as ever ounce of milk and bread will be bought as folks stock up for 6 months even for a 3″ snowfall.

Inch of Snow Grinds D.C. to a Halt

After just an inch of snow Wednesday night, Washington, D.C., traffic was plunged into traffic chaos by a small storm system. Wednesday’s untreated roads led to icy conditions, with more than 100 area accidents and drivers at a standstill for nine hours. Even President Obama’s motorcade slid on the roads, making his evening commute stretch to nearly 90 minutes. A second, far larger storm may drop up to two feet of snow in the coming days, forecasters say.

Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted Thursday: “Last night the District failed to deploy the necessary resources in response to the snow – for that I am sorry.”

Seeing as how Meteorologists are forecasting a full-on Blizzard this weekend, ranging from 24″-36″ of snow…

This is not encouraging. Parts of the Bus System was even out this AM – and the Subway will be out for a day or two as they clean the ice off the above ground track should the snow be as bad as expected.

After “Snowpocalypse” of 2010 when 2 separate storms each dumped 15-18 inches a day apart, and I was without electricity, heat, or water for 5 days – BTx3 bought a “Snow Emergency” kit, including Generator, gas camping stove, water storage, Indoor propane heater, and propane camping lights. Being an outdoor sportsman, I also have the sort of clothing suitable to subzero temps and camping equipment. The Generator is only short term use, as it is a portable and is loud as heck. It can run the microwave and toaster oven – but not the refrigerator.  I also have a Computer UPS system – although when the power goes out – usually the Internet dies as well.

Bunker Up!

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2016 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Things That Make You go Hmmmmmm…

Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLAsays one of its news cars was broken into while the crew was at a press conference where DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and police chief Cathy Lanier were talking about a Task Force designed to fight robberies.

According to ABC7 News reporter Stephen Tschida, thieves tore through the news vehicle Wednesday morning and a culprit smashed a window out of the car and stole a cache of equipment.

Tschida said the crime happened within view of where the mayor and chief were speaking, approximately 100 feet away.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2016 in Nawwwwww!

 

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