The Herald reports that Boston Police may have been unwittingly supplying spare parts to taxi companies for some time. They've arrested the mechanic who was selling city parts on the side, but don't expect to reclaim the property implies the Herald, somewhat tautologically:
Efforts to find additional stolen parts could
be difficult because the cab companies and police both drive Ford Crown
Um, yeah, that's why the cabbies bought the parts.
Jay Fitzgerald, who asks a surprising number of car questions for a guy who doesn't own one, inadvertently wishes ill upon the rest of us with his praise for the city's newest robocop. Actually, I am surprised that people are just now getting upset. The thing -or one like it- has been prowling city streets for at least a year, mounted atop a BTD truck. It cruises the Back Bay, spitting auto-printed tickets at an alarming rate. Last week, it got me twice for the same violation in the same spot (add in the hand-written violation I also got, and I earned three within 24 hours for a single mis-park; assholes).
I wonder if thesethings would help. Jay, what do you think, ethical or not?
Like the Ferrari Boxer from the 70's? Always wanted one, but couldn't find one at a good price? Keep looking. Mike Sheehan is brokering what must be America's most expensive 512BB. Sure, it's a great one (carburetor; european styling; legal papers in place; excellent shape; perfect mechanicals), but $95,000 for a 512BB? Yikes. See more here.
She started fourth; she finished fourth. In between, she stalled, she spun, she fought back from 16th, and she nearly ran out of fuel. In driving, she proved herself worthy of a spot on any IRL grid. In speaking, she proved herself smart, thoughtful, and properly reflective. She is an amazing competitor, and I look forward to rooting for her in many races to come.
I loved the sight of hundreds of thousands of Americans on their feet in Indianapolis cheering on this young woman as she took the lead in the waning laps. This branch of racing, at least, seems to breaking free of sex discrimination and judging drivers on their ability. Danica Patrick has it. If I were a fan club kind of guy, I'd join.
Whatever the merits of Mark Danner's point in The New York Review of Books that the Bush Adminstration manipulated its way to war (I think the merits are many), his invocation of Joseph Goebbels as the most appropriate 20th century analog is invidious and vile:
I thought the call to ban kitchen knives was a spoof, but it isn't, and I fear for our rocks. From a post by David Kopel on VC, I learned of an editorial in the British Medical Journal (here) calling for a ban on the sale of certain (long, pointed) kitchen knives because they cause so many injuries.
It's almost unbelievable. I guess in Britain, people usually don't have guns, so they kill each other with long, pointed knives. The BMJ people think other, blunt-tipped, knives would be just as good in the kitchen and would be less dangerous. Maybe. How about this one? Or this one? Or this one? On second thought, maybe all knives are too dangerous.
Of course, if they take the knives away, people will kill each other with rocks. It'll be tough to ban the rocks in Britain, I think.
I don't watch Law & Order, but I'd like to support and praise its producer, Dick Wolf, for standing up to Tom DeLay yesterday. Apparently the show made a joke at DeLay's expense. DeLay didn't think it was funny, and he sent a letter of complaint to NBC.
DeLay: "This manipulation of my name and trivialization of the sensitive issue
of judicial security represents a reckless disregard for the suffering
initiated by recent tragedies and a great disservice to public discourse."
Wolf: "Up until today, it was my impression that all of our viewers
understood that these shows are works of fiction as is stated in each
episode...[b]ut I do congratulate Congressman DeLay for switching the spotlight from his own problems to an episode of a TV show."
I'm pleased to see Wolf standing up to him. DeLay, recall, is a top man in the same Congress that has already censored broadcast TV and is now aiming for cable and satellite. He is the same unethical, lying, demagogue who wants to oust judges who don't vote the way he wants, and who set himself up for the pissing contest with Law & Order by saying this at the time of the Schiavo embarrassment.