Here's what to talk about tonight if you feel the need to make factual statements:
- Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (at right) was legally forced to release a video apologizing for using a Talking Heads song, "Road to Nowhere," during his failed campaign for the US Senate without songwriter David Bryne's permission. Crist may have passively-agressively gotten back at Bryne by erroneously referring to the band as The Talking Heads, but given his machine-gun-pointed-at-head-just-outside-of-camera-range expression, it was probably an innocent mistake. Bryne should still make him do the video all over again.
- Jonathan Bernstein takes apart a fellow pundit who downgraded Mitt Romney's presidential prospects by noting that only five people in more than 200 years have reached the White House on their second try. Bernstein makes good points, but he could also note that almost all of these "only x times" statements are ridiculous. The current presidential election process has really only been around since 1976, when Jimmy Carter was the first to win a major-party nomination solely through primary wins. Before then, the process was so radically different ("smoke-filled rooms" and all that) that pre-76 nomination battles can't be used to develop any rules of thumb.
- Old Urbanist joins the haters of Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway, writing that "the mantra that the Central Artery had severed the city, and that its burial underground somehow would "knit the city back together" seemed oblivious to the fact that it was not the Artery which had severed the city, really, but the demolition of over 1,000 buildings for the Artery's right of way which had done so." Market Urbanist concurs, quoting Jane Jacobs herself to the effect that city dwellers really prefer pocket parks to sweeping or serpentine expanses of green.
- The Boston Globe reports that food deemed too old to give to public schoolchildren was shipped off to prisoners instead, though most of it was thrown away all over again. If Slate's Justin Elliott is correct, Massachusetts prisoners may be at a disadvantage, since we don't have a lot of conservatives like Duke Cunningham who get sent to the slammer and then start to agitate for improved incarceration conditions.