Saturday, March 24, 2007
Remember when a vote for conservative politicians meant lower taxes, smaller government, more free markets and less government intrusion?
Obviously, the leaders of two of the biggest spending governments in history can not. They simple pick their winners and spend like drunken sailors.
Actress Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia on “The Brady Bunch” came out in this month’s issue of People magazine, admitting that she once suffered from bulimia and cocaine use.
But what surprised me was the discovery that she is 50. And she still looks cute.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Mom, Dad and Molester Son Accused of Sex Attack, Murder of 6-year-old [AP]
Woman Impaled in Face with Pipe Survives [Fox]
College Students Face Rising Costs for Contraceptives [Fox]
Houdini May Have Been Murdered [Reuters]
Texas Women Lied about Kidnapping Because They Broke Curfew [Fox]
Off-duty Chicago Cop Beats Up Female Bartender [NBC]
American Idol Fan on Hunger Strike Until Sanjaya Gets the Ax [Access Hollywood]
PA Man Convicted of 971 Sex Crimes for Abusing Girl for a Decade [AP]
White Couple has Black Child, Sues Fertility Clinic [NBC]
Teacher Accused of Affair with Student Who was Shot to Death Attempts Suicide [Fox]
And I thought I had problems
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Vietnam veteran Dean Blevins figures he's had countless brushes with death.
A 58-year-old auto mechanic, Blevins has spent plenty of time underneath cars, too.
Early Tuesday morning, he could have died beneath the Jeep that crashed through his wall and pinned him in his bed until firefighters could get him out.
"If I'd a had my gun," Blevins said, "I'd a probably shot him."
The driver, whom police identified as 34-year-old Wesley Dewayne Smith of Roanoke, was charged with driving under the influence.
Fire officials did not have an estimate on the damage to the building. Blevins' apartment was condemned until repairs can be made; none of the tenants in the other four units were displaced.
Britney Spears is back home from rehab "after successfully completing their program," her spokesman said yesterday.
And now - after a very public head shaving and an umbrella attack on the paparazzi - she is begging for privacy. Not likely.
DeForest, one of several quirky regulars used to comic effect by Letterman, debuted as Larry "Bud" Melman in 1982 during the premiere episode of NBC's "Late Night with David Letterman," which the network introduced following "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." DeForest was 60 at the time.
With his thick glasses, pasty complexion and spacey demeanor, he went on to make dozens of appearances as Larry Bud on Letterman's NBC program, assigned such oddball chores as handing out hot towels to arriving passengers at New York's main bus terminal and pamphlets urging defection to passersby outside the Soviet Consulate.
He continued to show up on the "Late Show with David Letterman" after the host jumped to rival network CBS in 1993, but DeForest dropped the Larry "Bud" Melman moniker, which NBC claimed as its own intellectual property. His last appearance on the "Late Show" was in 2002, celebrating his 81st birthday.He was my favourite Letterman character. Below is a classic clip greeting passengers at the bus terminal and approaching people in a bear suit.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
So the Conservative government creates a spending flurry like no one has ever seen before in Canada but nothing comes my way.
Lot of smoke but no fire.
Scheduled to open to the public next week, the Grand Canyon Skywalk juts improbably from the Canyon’s lip, reaching 70 feet out into the void. (Well, it’s not exactly a void, but being that it would take 15 seconds to fall from the Skywalk to the Canyon floor 4,000 feet below, it may as well be.) Commissioned by the Hualapai Indian tribe, Skywalk is that rare Indian attraction that’s not gambling-related — unless you consider braving the 90-mph winds that whip upward from the Canyon gambling with your life. No other bridge in the world withstands that kind of force, though this transparent feat of engineering is designed to safely sustain the weight 700 hefty men at a time. If peering over a 400-story drop isn’t pants-peeingly scary enough for you, the tribe has plans to ferry visitors along the bottom of the walk in a modified maintenance car.
I'm going to Grand Canyon this fall but I'll pass on the Skywalk!
|Catapulted into Politics by||Leadership in the Sierra Club||Dad|
|Best Known for||Running the Sierra Club||Dating Belinda Stronach|
|Most Hated by||Jack Layton and the Smoggies||David Orchard and Dogs|
|Most Recent Goof-Up||Tried to recruit Senators and zombies||Covered up the Pearson Peace Prize Medal at a news conference|
|Most Recent Success||Failing to recruit Garth Turner||Getting photo taken with Condi Rice|
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Dr. Juan Ernesto Tejeda Rosario, 68, known as Dr. Tejeda has resigned his membership in the college and will never be allowed to reapply in Ontario or any other jurisdiction.
College documents allege Tejeda forced one patient to perform oral and oral-anal sex.
The same documents accuse Tejeda of raping a second young man, also a patient, while his head was in a toilet and sodomizing him with a toilet brush. He's also accused of piercing the patient's scrotum and penis with a needle so it would bleed. It's also alleged that the second patient was forced to perform oral sex with a plastic bag over his head.
This guy should be interrogating "enemy combatants" at Camp Gitmo.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Google Inc. is developing its own mobile phone, according to industry insiders and analysts. Google isn't commenting directly on leaks which describe a low-cost, Internet-connected phone with a color, wide-screen design.
Gadget enthusiasts who only two months ago were obsessed with the potential revolutionary impact on the phone industry of Apple Inc.'s iPhone device -- due out in June and at prices starting at $500 -- have shifted their attention to whether Google is developing an even lower-cost phone.
Mr. Kent spent four decades in broadcast journalism in Canada and abroad before deciding to take a chance on politics in 2005 by running for the Conservatives. Kent lost the 2006 election to Liberal Cabinet minister Carolyn Bennett by more than 20,000 votes in the affluent downtown riding of St. Paul's.
But he believes his fortunes will be different in the 905 area.Mr. Kent will have to unseat Liberal incumbent MP Susan Kadis, a former community news publisher and Thornhill city councillor, who won her second term last year. Ms. Kadis trounced her Conservative opponent by 10,000 votes in 2004 and 2006.
The National Citizen Coalition issued a press release that concluded:
..."it’s wrong to dole out billions of tax dollars to the provinces to address the so-called “fiscal imbalance.”
“The real fiscal imbalance is the one taxpayers see in their wallets thanks to high taxes.”
The whole Blogging Tory community is in a deep funk.
Paul Trinder, 54, said cabin crew moved the body of the elderly woman from the economy section where she had died after take-off, the Mirror and Sun said. "The corpse was strapped into the seat but because of turbulence it kept slipping down on to the floor," Trinder, a businessman, was quoted as saying. "It was horrific. The body had to be wedged in place with lots of pillows." The woman's daughter was also upgraded and spent the rest of the nine-hour flight from Delhi to London grieving next to her dead mother, the Sun reported.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
After 23 years Jeopardy had its first 3-way tie this week. The show contacted a mathematician who calculated the odds of such a three-way tie happening — one in 25 million.
The three contestants were all declared champions and walked away with $16,000. They taped a rematch that will air Monday.
The general is played by Forest Whitaker, an actor whose sweet and jovial features counteract his imposing physique and vice versa, creating a curious tension that he fully exploits here. Dr. Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), however, is fictional who became one of Amin's closest advisors and was known in the British press as "Amin's white rat." His vanity, idealism and lust for adventure make him especially vulnerable to Amin's insidious charm. And Nicholas willfully ignores early signs of trouble, the better to bask in his new role as the dictator's best friend and confidant, choosing to believe he is helping usher Uganda into its new iteration as a free black African nation.
Whitaker plunges deep into the psychology of the role, portraying Amin as an erratic personality whose charisma and sociability — first-rate survival mechanisms — mask a deep-seated insecurity, searing resentment of foreigners and a galloping paranoia. Nicholas is just as interesting of a character with blinding narcissism that makes him as dangerous as Amin.