Spotted on Exeter Street Saturday: one Mercedes Benz CLS55. It took me by surprise, because I had no idea MB was making a car like that. It was gorgeous. Stunning. Four doors where you expect two. Looked like a million bucks. Probably cost about 100K.
For a guy who thinks of cars as "a way to get from place to place", John Daley sure is spending a lot of pixels on them. I knew there was a car guy in there somewhere. C'mon, John admit it: some of them get your blood flowing.
I have never been a fan of Mitt Romney, and have watched his time-marking stint as governor mostly with detachment, but his latest extra-territorial jaunt really cemented something for me: Mitt Romney is a horrible governor.
He travels away from Massachusetts, participates in a conference at which they make Massachusetts the butt of jokes, and attacks Massachusetts' same-sex marriage as a threat to America. Does he forget that he lives here? (I wouldn't mind if he forgot; he could then forget to come home and we'd be done with him.) Does he forget that some of those families he attacked are his constituents?
He is disloyal to our Commonwealth. He insults his own constituents. And he travels the country speaking hate.
Unsurprisingly, many among his audience want him in Washington: ''People will speculate about 2008, of course they will, because he's such an extraordinary leader," [Utah governor] Huntsman said."
Extraordinary leader? Name one thing he's done for Massachusetts. One big project. One helpful initiative. One instance of leadership. There aren't any. He's not an extraordinary leader.
In Texas, several dead. I know this can happen anywhere, and I support lawful gun ownership, but we have to be honest about the costs.
UPDATE: Some video of the gunman's demise was released this afternoon by the police. Some interesting points: the Tyler, Texas PD just installed an automatic digital video recording system in cruisers, which seems to have been working just fine. Find the video from the "police dash cam," here (scroll down for the list of videos), and notice how quickly the the nearest officer gets away when the truck stops and the officer realizes the gunman is coming out of the truck at him. Smart tactical choice, and it may have saved him from serious injury.
Following a Slashdot pointer, I learned that Apple is no longer shipping a FireWire cable with new iPods, which is seen as the first step in the company's backing away from the FireWire standard it helped establish. This makes me unhappy. On my G5, the FireWire port is the fastest data transfer method I have; it's where I plug my backup HD. I mean, it seems fastest. Isn't it? Is Apple telling me I should be using the USB 2 port instead?
On Dowbrigade, Michael Feldman notes that a university student was sentenced to 90 days in jail for possession of unauthorized copies of protected IP material. He did not mention that the sentence was handed down in Maricopa County, where "America's Toughest Sheriff" runs the jails. Those ninety days may be served in a tent in the desert, in pink underwear, eating green bologna. (For more on the sheriff, the Snopes entry is pretty comprehensive.)
Also in the Herald, a short article about a Boston cop who may have committed a crime involving paid details. It seems he's being criminally charged with forging a signature on a detail card(s) he submitted for payment. If it's true, I put it in the column headed "Reasons to End Paid Details."