Murder on the High-Speed Rail

All of the California Leaders Who Claim to Be Saving the Bullet Train Are Prime Suspects in Its Demise

“Stop where you are,” declared the short, mustachioed, dandily dressed detective, in a European accent, as he entered the Assembly chamber.

“I am informed there has been a murder, right here in the Capitol!”

Legislators looked puzzled. This was like something out of an Agatha Christie novel.

A progressive Democrat rose and said: “We are unaware of any murders, other than the usual killing of moderates’ political careers. Who’s your victim?”

The detective held up a handkerchief bearing the monogram, “HSR.”

“These are the victim’s initials.”

“That can’t be!” shouted the governor, who had rushed to …