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Archive for November, 2009

Welcome to Massachusetts: Where drivers can’t drive and pedestrians can’t walk

Posted by Bill Nance on November 24, 2009

LOWELL — Police do not expect to file charges against the 84-year-old Lawrence man who struck a pedestrian on Merrimack Street on Monday.

Lt. Timothy Crowley said an accident reconstruction team was continuing its investigation at the corner of Merrimack and Central streets, where Philip Laverriere was driving his Cadillac DeVille when Angel Pena, 18, of Lowell, walked out in front of his car.

Pena, who was listed in critical but stable condition at Lahey Clinic in Burlington with a serious head injury Tuesday morning, was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and listening to an iPod when he walked in front of Laverriere, who had the green light, according to Crowley.

For those of you who don’t have the misfortune to travel or live in the commonwealth, this is par for the course. The drivers are downright terrifying. 3 feet off your bumper at 70 MPH in the rain, blasting thru an intersection turning left in front of traffic with the right-of-way, you name it. If it’s dangerous and stupid, it’s normal driving here.

But the pedestrians are, in a word, suicidal. As bad as the drivers are here anyone who’s not paranoid about crossing the street or walking their dog off a sidewalk has to be nuts. I regularly have people driving down my residential street at 40-50 MPH because people use it as a cutoff for a nasty intersection nearby. I can’t count the number of times I’ve nearly been rear-ended pulling into my driveway.

Prosecuting dangerous driving is fine by me but walking while stupid gets little sympathy for the “victim.” Maybe the genius with the walkman will watch where he’s going next time.

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Good Luck With That

Posted by Bill Nance on November 24, 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas – An Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people during an attack on his Texas post will likely plead not guilty to the charges against him and may use an insanity defense at his military trial, his attorney said Monday.

I realize a good advocate has to be aggressive on behalf of his client so I’m certainly not surprised. And normally I’d have a lot more willingness to buy that defense. I mean who the Heck but a crazy person after having spent all those years in the army suddenly goes postal like this?  Some things you just have to be crazy to do. But given the history of his ravings on Islam and his anger at Muslim soldiers deploying to the sand-box, I’m not buying it and I’m reasonably sure a court-martial won’t either.

Sorry counselor, your client is gonna fry. -This is my sad face :

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