Friday, May 1, 2009

Chutzpah for Hard Times

In spite of the fact that this is local news, I could not help but draw upon a San Francisco Chronicle item by Henry K. Lee this morning as a source for the Chutzpah of the Week award:

A scofflaw made off with the two passenger side tires from state Attorney General Jerry Brown's state-owned Toyota Camry hybrid as it was parked outside his Oakland hills home, his office said Thursday.

Brown, Oakland's former mayor, was attending the state Democratic convention in Sacramento when the theft occurred April 24, said Brown's spokesman Scott Gerber.

It was not known whether the culprits knew that the black car was used by Brown, police said. No arrests have been made, said Oakland police Sgt. Rich Vierra, chief of staff to acting Police Chief Howard Jordan.

This struck me as an act of chutzpah consistent with the economic climate, which is why I decided to single it out for this week's award. Since we do not yet know who pulled off this stunt, the award with have to be given intensionally, rather than extensionally (as the knowledge representation community likes to say)! Someone was quick enough to get a photograph of Brown's car supported by a cinder block, so a visit to the Web page for this story is definitely in order!

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