Friday, January 12, 2007

Staff Sgt.'s Nude Photos May Help Troop Surge

An Air Force staff sergeant who posed nude for Playboy magazine has been relieved of her duties while the military investigates. In February's issue, hitting newsstands this week, Michelle Manhart is photographed in uniform yelling and holding weapons under the headline "Tough Love." The following pages show her partially clothed, wearing her dog tags while working out, as well as completely nude.

Meanwhile, in a quiet ceremony today, President Bush recognized the efforts of Air Force Staff Sergeant Michelle Manhart with a Medal of Freedom. A tearful Bush apologized for the heavy-handed response of Manhart's superiors and promised to make sure she was reinstated as the behavior of the commanding officer in question was investigated. The President ordered the Pentagon to purchase the pictures from Playboy and use them for recruitment purposes. "Sgt. Manhart can help us find the manpower needed for my Iraqi surge", the President remarked. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was seen at a number of bookstores in Washington trying to locate a copy of the latest Playboy issue.

Canadian Authorities to Deport U.S. Skunk

Canadian custom officials acted quickly to apprehend an American skunk that had been smuggled into Canada. The undocumented alien is currently in custody at an undisclosed wildlife centre as officials arrange for deportation. I understand no appeal process is available for skunks and refuge status has already been denied.

The skunk was a stowaway in the back of a truck that originated in California and made the 3,500-kilometre (2,200 mile) trip without food or water. Releasing her into the wild in Canada is out of the question, a Canadian official said. "It's totally and utterly illegal from a provincial and federal standpoint to release a California skunk in Ontario."

Arranging transportation has been a challenge for some reason. Those with an idea on how to get the animal home can contact the officials at 1-416-631-0662.

I'm Having a Slow Day...

...but here is a 106 year old lightbulb. Wouldn't use it for reading, though it might make for a good nightlight.

Installed: First installed at the fire department hose cart house on L Street in 1901. Then moved to fire station at second and Elm. Shortly after it was moved to the new Station 1 on First and McLeod. In 1976 it was moved with a full fire truck escort to its present site in 1976 at the fire station 6, 4550 East Ave., Livermore, California.
Proof of Longevity: From local newspaper records; also GE engineers researched it. Was donated to the Fire Department in 1901 by Dennis Bernal who owned the Livermore Power and Light Co.
Vital Statistics: Approximate wattage-4 watts. Left burning continuously in firehouse as a nightlight over the fire trucks.
Recognition: Declared the oldest known working lightbulb by Guinness Book of World Records.

What's That Smell Coming From South Carolina?

It's been 18 days now and the body of soul singer James Brown has not been buried as attorneys and his children work to settle issues surrounding his estate, including where he will be laid to rest.

His body continues to lie in a sealed casket in his home in South Carolina. Starting to become a freak show.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

2007 Hooters Calendar

You have to check out Miss December!

Is there a discount?

TV Review - Little Mosque on the Prairie

So I got around to seeing the CBC's new show Little Mosque on the Prairie - the most over hyped show in recent Canadian TV history. The verdict is that it is pretty lame and not edgy at all. If you think that CBC took a lot of risks and will be tackling some controversial issues - think again. This is not Norman Lear's All In The Family. The CBC has gone out of its way to ensure that the Muslim community is not offended.

The show is set in rural Saskatchewan and almost everyone is an idiot, in particular the non-Muslim characters. While the non-Muslims tend to be monotone (with the exception of a kindhearted Anglican minister), the Muslims come off looking a little better. Their practical leader, Yasir, played by Carlo Rota, has a liberal daughter and a white wife, played by Sheila McCarthy. Rota is the calm centre a sitcom needs -- he's an experienced actor and is also on the cast of 24.

The fictional town of Mercy and its inhabitants are nothing like actual towns or actual Canadians. They're sweet and harmless, painfully naive, and throw out real groaners about rednecks, fundamentalists and Toronto. For example, in one scene, a young man of Middle Eastern origins with a Canadian accent is heard in an airport check-in line telling his mother via cell phone that his father shouldn't think his choosing to stop being a Toronto lawyer to become an imam in Saskatchewan amounts to career "suicide." He is then picked up for questioning as a potential security threat. But the whole thing is too soft and mushy.

The show has been getting international buzz for weeks, with everyone from the BBC to CNN interviewing the creator. CBC's gamble has paid off and the premiere had 2 million viewers which is a huge audience for Canadian TV. I guess we have to wait and see how much of the audience they can hold going forward after the international media moves on.

U.S. Warns About Canadian Spy Coins

In a U.S. government has cautioned its American contractors over what it described as a new espionage threat: Canadian coins with tiny radio frequency transmitters hidden inside. The transmitters could be used to surreptitiously track the movements of American defense contractors carrying the spy coins. The transmitters are similar to the security tags used by clothing stores to prevent theft - known as RFIDs.

Fortunately Canadians are not behind this threat. China, Russia or even France — all said to actively run espionage operations inside Canada with enough sophistication to produce such technology. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (similar to the FBI) said it knew nothing about the coins.

Canada's largest coins include its $2 "Toonie" (see picture) which is more than 1-inch across and thick enough to hide a tiny transmitter. The CIA has acknowledged its own spies have used hollow, U.S. silver-dollar coins to hide messages and film.

I bet they will be on Ebay in the not too near future. But if you are in the market for a good spy camera check out this site.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Canadians prefer Democrat in 2008 Presidential Race

Canadians prefer a Democrat over another Republican in the 2008 U.S. presidential election by a four-to-one margin, a new poll suggests. The Decima Research survey was provided to The Canadian Press on Wednesday as U.S. President George Bush was releasing his new plan for the war in Iraq. The failed war effort has hurt the Republican president's popularity on both sides of the border.

Decima surveyed 1,028 Canadians from Jan. 4-8 and found that 47 per cent wanted a Democrat to replace Bush in the White House in 2008, compared with just 12 per cent who wanted a Republican. Forty-two per cent didn't offer an opinion.

The Democratic option found favour, relative to Republicans, in every region of the country - including Alberta (the most conservative province) - and among self-identified Conservative voters. People who voted Conservative in the last election chose the Democratic option over a Republican by a 41-24 split.

Pluto Supporters Getting Organized

Mark McGwire and the Hall of Fame

I don't get the righteous indignation and hypocracy regarding Mark McGwire, the former baseball now denied entry to the Hall of Fame. It is symptomatic of a certain kind of schizophrenia that we demand our heroes. If baseball fans hadn't salivated over the McGwire-Sosa home run derby, and appreciated Ichiro's style of baseball more, steroids wouldn't have taken over the big leagues. That's where the big salaries are going.

The 1998 McGwire / Sosa home run chase is credited with saving baseball. I don't know if I'll go that far but it did serve as a huge turnaround for the game.McGwire never testing positive for banned substances or admitting to using them. The only substance he admitted to using was andro which was not banned at the time. McGwire ruined a reputation he took a lifetime to build by not admitting he ever used steroids and refusing to deny that he used them. There is no proof whatsoever that Mark McGwire broke the rules that existed during the years he played Major League Baseball. There remains only the terrible advice he received in regard to his testimony at the March 18, 2005 Congressional Steroid Hearings.

Blackwell's Worst Dressed List for 2006

10. Meryl Streep
9. Sandra Oh
8. Tori Spelling
7. Sharon Stone
6. Paula Abdul
5. Mariah Carey
4. Christina Aguilera
3. Lindsay Lohan
2. Camilla Parker-Bowles
1. Britney and Paris (what a surprise - a tie)

I noticed the unholy trinity (Britney, Paris and Lindsay) are right at the bottom of the list. What a shocker huh.


Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The Apprentice 6: Goes Hollywood

Watched the latest installment of The Apprentice which has a few new twists and changes to the format. The reality show has moved from New York to Los Angeles. Donald Trump has ditched his two boardroom sidekicks Caroline Kepcher and George Ross. Instead he is using his daughter Ivanka and the team leader of the winning team as his "firing" advisors. Another change is the team leader remains in place until the project team loses a task. Finally, the winning team stays in a fabulous mansion on the hill and the losers get the tent out back with port-a-potties. I found this aspect to be a little lame. The losers look over a hedge to watch the losers floating in the pool with drinks. This appears to be something imported by Mark Burnett from Survivor.

Ratings have been declining which is why so many changes were introduced this season. Despite the changes and the publicity surrounding Trumps feud with Rosie O'Donnell and the Miss USA controversy, ratings were still poor.

This season's bold and beautiful candidates look as if they just stepped off the Hollywood back lot including the usual millionaires, attorneys, Harvard alumni and even an Olympic gold medalist. Deemed to be a pompous intellectual who just wouldn't fit into The Trump Organization's "nitty-gritty" world, Martin Clarke, a 37-year-old attorney and professor from Atlanta, GA, was the first candidate fired during the first episode. The alternative was the losing team's project manager, Frank Lombardi. He's an impulsive loudmouth with great enthusiasm but will never be The Apprentice. However, Trump will keep him around for rating purposes.

Finally, Trump's hair never looked worse. What is with that?

Monday, January 08, 2007

10 Top Earning Dead Celebrities in 2006

1. Kurt Cobain - $50 million
2. Elvis Presley - $42 million
3. Charles Schultz - $35 million
4. John Lennon - $24 million
5. Albert Einstain - $20 million
6. Andy Warhol - $19 million
7. Dr. Seuss - $10 million
8. Ray Charles - $10 million
9. Marilyn Monroe - $8 million
10. Johnny Cash - $8 million

Keira Knightley Makes Me Feel So Fat

We Have to Do it Again, Someone Blinked

Thanks C4U!

MacDonalds Violates New York's Trans Fat Ban

Ronald MacDonald was taken into custody earlier today in New York City for violating the city's trans fat ban. The chemically modified ingredients considered by doctors and nutritionists to increase the risk of heart disease. Later in the day he was released and MacDonalds restaurants across the city were reported to be selling fruit salad and yogurt with their burgers by day end.

Bush Twins Exclusive!

Bush Twins Arrested After Wild Melee Celebrating Saddam's Execution

Washington -- (URN) -- President Bush's twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, were arrested and charged with indecent public exposure, drunkenness, malicious property damage, and disorderly conduct this past week at a popular Washington disco club, a Capital police spokesperson said.

Capital police arrested the twin daughters of the President at 1:30 am outside the Kitty Katz Disco on Lincoln Avenue. Both were reportedly nearly naked when Jenna, according to eyewitnesses, threw a newspaper vendor machine through the club's front window, breaking it. "I heard Jenna scream, 'Thank God Saddam's f--king dead because he tried to kill grandpa!', and then all hell broke loose,"

Todd Yuoung, a Kitty Katz bouncer said. "She picked up the vendor machine and hurled it through the window, and then Barbara kicked out the rest of the window glass. "Patrons said the twins had gotten "very drunk" and began to challenge each other to strip off their clothing. Witnesses said both women, aged 25, used obscene language in describing the execution of Saddam as they stripped. "They were cursing like crazy, topless, and down to their panties when they ran out into the street," Yuoung said. "They wrestled and punched each other and screamed a lot just before police showed up. Both were singing the National Anthem when they were handcuffed. "Police had trouble subduing the intoxicated twins, forcing one officer to use a taser stun gun on them, a police spokesperson said. Secret Service agents protecting the twins said they were unsuccessful in calming them down, but patrons reported the agents stood by and did nothing to stop them. "The Secret Service agents just laughed and said things like, 'We're happy Saddam's dead and you deserve to celebrate,' " one patron, a young woman, told Reuters. Witnesses said police had to finally stop the disturbance. "They were fighting us hard and we decided to put them down with a taser to prevent any serious injuries," the police spokesperson said.

Capital police refused to comment on reports that Secret Service agents encouraged the women. The White House Press Secretary's office said they had no immediate comment. "No one was seriously injured during the hour-long disturbance, but some patrons said Jenna had a "black eye" and Barbara was bleeding from her nose.

Western Pennsylvania Stay Indoors!

Oh Oh! Vice President Dick Cheney was scheduled to be in western Pennsylvania Monday for a hunting trip.

So How Does a Captive-Bred Panda do in the Wild - Not Too Good

I have this thing for pandas. They are such beautiful creatures but their numbers are so small now and they don't seem to propagate well in captivity. The Chinese are experimenting with returning captive-bred pandas to the wild. Which leads me to the story of poor Xiang Xiang. Pampered from birth, his every need anticipated by a loyal band of caregivers at Sichuan's Wolong Giant Panda Breeding Center, the baffled bear received the shock of his young life soon after his fourth birthday. Without warning, he was driven into the middle of thick bamboo forest and abandoned. There he lost a fight to another panda. Following another encounter he tried to escape by climbing a tree but fell and likely broke a leg. It seems no one taught him self defense or tree climbing.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Obviously a Blonde

Umm Not Everything Is

Congratulations to All My Friends in Philly

Eagles 23 Giants 20

I Really Enjoyed This Piece

Thanks to Kathy for this.

my scientific inquiry on the holocaust

by kathy

this is, like, my paper on the holocaust and i hope that my brothers and sisters in iran, like president ahmadinejad and doctor duke will consider it.

i don’t like jews for a lot of reasons, like, because they lie a lot. so if a jew says something, it’s a lie! so if they said that there was a holocaust, then that means there wasn’t a holocaust. so, that’s the proof!

but I need to write more because this is an academic paper and it counts towards my phd. and i don’t want to be cheap with words. that’s what the cheap jews do!

so, what is the holocaust? the holocaust happened a long time ago. i mean, if it happened at all. you know, it didn’t really happen, but i’m writing about how it would have happened if it did happen! you know, like oj’s book. he was so framed by white people! but he went on to write about what how he did what he didn’t do – and I’m writing about how the holocaust happened, though it didn’t happen.

so, it was a long long time ago, like maybe 1970 or something – when the jews were being, like REAL pains in the ass of europe, and until I wrote that last sentence, i didn’t even know that europe HAD an ass. but Europe HAS TO have an ass because the jews were such pains in it. they were like european hemorrhoids. eurohoids!

and the holocaust was like preparation-h to get rid of the eurohoids. (not that i would know about preparation-h. that’s the kind of shit my dumb-ass grandparents use!)

so the europeans said to the jews: “look jews, please stop being mean to us and saying hurtful things to us and eating animal meat, ok?” and that’s it! that’s the whole holocaust, if it happened.

and after that so-called “holocaust”, the jews then started murdering palestinian babies to drink their blood for their holiday rituals. and then they would sit in their zionist jewish centers tearing the raw flesh of palestinian babies with their devil-claws while plotting to destroy the whole world with their network of world slavery and global capitalism. like, redundant? slavery and capitalism? jew and imperialist murderer?

so science once again proves that the holocaust didn’t happen and that the jews are a bunch of trouble-fucks.

this was the best fucking paper! awesome!

Distrubing But Certainly Not Surprising

An article in Haaretz.

Israel denies plan to hit Iran enrichment plant with tactical nukes

The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem denied Sunday a report in the British media that Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran's uranium enrichment facilities with conventional and tactical nuclear weapons. Citing what it said were several Israel Defense Forces sources, the British newspaper The Sunday Times said two Israel Air Force squadrons had been training to blow up an enrichment plant in Natanz using low-yield nuclear "bunker busters." Two other sites, a heavy water plant at Arak and a uranium conversion plant at Isfahan, would be targeted with conventional bombs, the Sunday Times said.

IAF pilots have flown to Gibraltar in recent weeks to train for the 2,000 mile round-trip to the Iranian targets, the Sunday Times said, and three possible routes to Iran have been mapped out including one over Turkey.

I had always said this was going to happen in 2007. I just worry about the aftermath/

I Think I Look Better Than Britney

...and I am more than double her age. See kids what hard living does to you.

Global Warming Wrecks Havoc in my Garden

My bulbs are in bloom in January! John Baird please do something!

It Pays to Hate Bush


Impact of Global Warming

In Toronto, on Friday the high hit a record 11C (51.8F), smashing the previous Jan. 5 high of 10.1C (50.2) set in 1997. I realized that we are almost half way through winter and I have pulled out my snowblower or even a shovel. There hasn't been a drop of snow here. But as I drove through a ski belt yesterday and saw nothing but green and brown I started thinking about the impact of global warming.

One of Ontario's largest ski resorts, Blue Mountain, has just laid off 1300 workers in the middle of the winter season for the first time in the resort's 65-year history. The resort has had spells of unseasonably warm weather in past winters, but until this year has always had enough snow to stay open. This could also be the first year that Toronto doesn't open its ski hills. In Toronto, two city-run ski hills that were to have opened on Dec. 18 remain closed costing the city some $300,000 in revenue. The same goes for communities dependent on snowmobile trails and ice fishing huts to bring tourists in the winter.

Then there is the melting ice cap (see my earlier post). The Ayles Ice Shelf that recently broke clear 16 months ago from the coast of Ellesmere Island is frozen for the winter. The risk is that next summer, as that sea ice melts, this large ice island can then move itself around off the coast and one potential path for it is to make its way westward toward the Beaufort Sea, and the Beaufort Sea is where there is lots of oil and gas exploration, oil rigs and shipping.

Climatic change is endangering animal and plant life. The Bush administration took action last week to help the world's shrinking polar bear population, announcing that the animals may soon be protected under the Endangered Species Act. Warmer than normal temperatures, however, have caused the sea ice there to melt which polar bears live on. Habitat loss has resulted in polar bears' losing weight, drowning, and starving to death. Fewer cubs have been able to survive the changing conditions. For example, the polar bear population in western Hudson Bay in Canada experienced a 22-percent decrease from 1987 to 1994. And biologists have been saying for years that warmer temperatures are contributing to declining fish stocks.

Rising seas attributed to global warming have submerged Lohachara island, once the home to 10,000 people. Uninhabited Suparibhanga has also vanished, while the inhabited island of Ghoramara has lost two thirds of its area to the rising seas in the Bay of Bengal. As a result, global warming has created 70,000 climate refugees. Rising sea levels have already caused the people of the Carteret Islands near New Guinea to start evacuating their homes. They were thought to be the first climate refugees caused by rising sea level. Other island nations such as the Maldives, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, and Kiribati are imminently threatened.