... I wonder if Bostonians regularly find themselves feeling midget-like in other cities. Would they be daunted by Chicago's skyscrapers? Unnerved at the way that, on a scorching summer day, on any given downtown street, the blue sky stretches in only two directions - Lakewise and straight Up a tunnel of towers. ...
... More liberal in that I am around more people now who actually realize that George W. Bush is one of the worst Presidents we've had in my lifetime, but also more conservative because I cannot stand the panhandle that goes on outside my apartment. Can't we just enforce the law and make them stop? I don't feel bad for them. Sorry, there I said it. It's really annoying. ...
... Does Dennis have the "juice" to make a phone call and get Russillo kicked off the WBCN Patriots programming? He denies it to the Inside Track, but c'mon. He does have that juice. He's been jokingly referred to as another one of the Kraft sons, and his relationship with the family goes back to the time when Robert Kraft partially owned Channel 7 when Dennis was the sports anchor/director for the station prior to Kraft buying the Patriots. ...
Wow. What was that again about Massachusetts being a liberal beacon in the conservative night? Mark reports:
Now on view at the Baptist church in Medford, there's a charming sign that blames all those nasty sinners in New Orleans for calling down God's Judgment on their heads. Now, this might play in Peoria, but surely it can't happen here? Oy.
This demands photos. Anybody up Medford way with a digital camera?
Update: I asked Mark where exactly the church is. He replies:
It's on Route 60 in Medford Center. 30 Salem Street. The signage is something like: "Hurricane Katrina: Natural Disaster or God's Judgment?"
Ron e-mails me with this link, which shows parishioners didn't much cotton to John Kerry, either (scroll down past the traffic photo).
... In the Bronx, there's "Dewey" whose wife won't let him dress his baby in the cutest little Red Sox "one-sie"; the East Side is home to 14 year old "Rico" whose sadistic uncle refers to him only as "Derek" ...
Fifth Column Effort Ahead of Schedule: * Chowderhead elected NYC Mayor * Boston Sports Bar Opened in Midtown * Manhattanites Get Home Delivery of Globe _ Triboro Bridge Tolls Applied To Big Dig Overruns
The exclamation site is loving Mitt's handling of the Katrina flood evacuees. Ben thoughtfully links to a 2004 article about Mitt vetoing an appropriation to help Peabody recover from some flooding:
... Oddly, Willard Mitt's latest cheering section appears to come out of Kentucky. Setting to rest once and for all the argument whether or not eating squirrel meat is bad for one's reasoning skills. ...
Fun with technology: I saw a link from the pro-Mitt site in my referrer log, so I went there to see where it had linked to me. Turns out it's using a public referrer log, which also showed a recent hit from Romney Is a Fraud. Which shows why, dear readers, you should never make your referrer logs public - unless you like sending traffic to your evil arch-enemies (and spammers).
... The city should do all that it can to can to 'encourage' the company to open the observatory deck. And unless Beacon Capital can explain any real security risk, public and media pressure should be mocking and relentless.
And now I can't get John Cleese standing in a tower taunting English pigdogs out of my mind.
... Toward the end, I saw a dreadlocked Jamaican Rastafarian driving a big van who needed to get past a road block into the pedestrian area. A crew-cut Boston cop approached the van, and I was bracing myself for racial profiling and intense scrutiny. I was pleasantly surprised when the cop just waved the guy on after he indicated where he was headed.
This is what I like so much about Jamaica Plain â€” it's as progressive as any of the more lefty areas of the country (Ann Arbor, Madison, Berkeley), but quite racially and socioeconomically diverse.