Saturday, April 07, 2007

Not the Best Diet for Kids

Would make be crazy

Being famous really does suck. Hoards of paparazzi capturing every moment of your mundane life. Here is Lindsay Lohan going for a hair appointment. However, they are also quick to use the media for some publicity when it benefits them. Like I always say, you can't have it both ways.

In Texas Even the Blind Hunt

A bill passed by the state house Thursday will allow legally blind hunters to use laser sight devices when hunting with a sighted companion.

Some of them are life-long hunters whose eyesight deteriorated as they got older but can still see shapes and movements. Others are completely blind but rely on their other senses to help them track deer, turkey and other prey.

Once they have the prey lined up a friend will lean over their shoulder, look through a custom scope and help them refine their aim.

By using the laser sight, the sighted hunter doesn't have to lean over your shoulder. With the laser, the sighted companion can see where the gun is aimed and quietly advise the blind hunter to move it in the correct direction.

Republican Guard Hotel in Tehran


Dear Guest

We would like to welcome you to the newly opened Republican Guard Hotel here in sunny down town Tehran.

Below are a few of the many varied benefits that await your stay with us...

  • Guaranteed no room sharing...
    • Actually means your own Solitary Confinement Cell.
  • No unpleasant views...
    • Actually you'll be blind-folded at all times when not in your room.
  • Free laundry services...
    • Actually, we'll be happy to take your uniforms, clean and press them, then replace them with our hotel logo branded pyjamas and our unique 1960's style suits, specially designed to make you look fresh and happy whilst in our pleasant country.
  • Free shuttle services...
    • Actually, we'd be happy to pick you up from your cruise liner in International waters.
  • Sightseeing tours...
    • Actually, it would be a our pleasure to guide you round our nice Ministry of Propaganda building, where you can see all kinds of wonderful television programs being made.

All of the above benefits are included in the low low cost of one simple forced apology for something that we'll come up with during your stay with us.

NB. We also have a "Frequent Guest" club available, although the take up of this seems to be quite limited. Source

How many illegals can you squeeze into one van?

28 illegal immigrants pile out of a van somewhere around Phoenix Arizona.

Another Actress is Critical of Hollywood's Image for Women

Kate Beckinsale says what's considered the ideal look in Hollywood is completely different than anywhere else in the world.

"Everybody is retouched, stretched, lengthened, slimmed and trimmed. I could look at a picture of myself from the past and think, `Why don't I look like that now?' It's because I never have!"

The interview is in Glamour.

What? The Iranians weren't gracious hosts?

The British Navy hostages captured by Iran were blindfolded and threatened with jail, they revealed at a press conference today.

They also said they were held in isolation and that Faye Turney – the only woman – was immediately separated and told the rest of the group had returned to Britain.

During their time in captivity, they revealed they were randomly interrogated and faced constant psychological pressure.

They spent nights in stone cells sleeping on blankets and were also lined up against a wall while the Iranians "cocked their weapons" in a threatening manner.

Obviously the Iranian Tourism Bureau has some work to do still.

Sacha Baron Cohen (as Bruno) interviewing skinheads

Dumb blonde reporter crashes vehicle while on air

Friday, April 06, 2007

Woman's house emptied after fake Craigslist ad

What started off as a prank-post on the popular classified ad site, Craigslist, has turned into a nightmare for one Tacoma WA woman. The ad stated that folks could come "help themselves" to whatever they wanted from the home - the problem? It was posted by someone else looking to be funny. Unfortunately, folks took it seriously and snagged everything but the kitchen sink. KomoTV out of Seattle has the story:

The ad on Craigslist invited people to help themselves to anything at a woman's house in Tacoma. But the woman who owns the house wasn't the one who posted the ad.

Now she's trying to recover thousands of dollars that she lost.

Someone clearly thought the prank would be funny, but Laurie Raye says she hasn't stopped crying since she showed up to her mother's ransacked and emptied house.

The ad placed on the popular web site invited people to take "items outside this home and in the garage on the 1200 block of East 64th Street," saying that it was all was free for the taking.

Halle Berry Gets a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Big deal, right?

She was selected to receive the 2,333rd star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

The actress will be added to the Hollywood Boulevard landmark, right in front of the home of the Academy Awards, the Kodak Theatre.

The actress said: "I cannot tell you how good it feels inside me right now. I wish you all could be inside me right now to know how it feels."

A little dramatic I must say.

Separation of Church and State

N.H. Baseball Team Asks Fans To Shovel Stadium

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats had to cancel Thursday night's home opener because of all of the snow, but they have put out the call for fans with shovels to try to get the turf cleared so they can play today.

The team is offering free tickets for any Monday-to-Thursday game to anyone who shows up with a shovel Thursday afternoon and helps clear snow for a few hours.

So, just to make sure I understand this correctly ... if you spend all day outside freezing your ass off and shoveling snow (bring your own shovel, too), in return you get a free pass to sit outside for three more hours and freeze your ass of a little more. Excellent.

Shockingly, only one person showed up. Hmm, that's weird. Because after it snows, and I shovel out my driveway, you know what I like to do? Sit in my driveway for a while. See, the problem with having fans shovel the snow out of your stadium is that no one wants to sit in a stadium that just had to have the snow shoveled out of it. And hey, if anyone wants to come over and help me clip my toenails (please bring your own nail clippers), I'll let you keep the big toe clipping. Pretty good deal, huh?

If Sanjaya wins American Idol I will....

Simon Cowell says he'll quit the show.

What will you do...If Sanjaya wins?

Denise from Brooklyn, New York:
If Sanjaya wins, I will go on a date with Michael Richards to a 50 Cent concert.

Michael from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil:
If Sanjaya wins, I will pack up my children's bag and send them to Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch for Blanket's surprise b-day Slumber party.

Ray from Alexandria, Virginia:
If Sanjaya wins, I will start buying Ashlee Simpson CDs and professing my allegiance to her vocal virtuosity, since by comparison, she must truly be the greatest singer that ever lived on this planet or any other.

Flu Ridden Tony Bennett from The Hospital:
If Sanjaya wins, I will never sing in public again... if I ever get out of this hospital.

Terena from Boston:
If Sanjaya wins, I will finally be convinced the show is not the producers.

MaryLauren from Georgia:
If Sanjaya wins, I will personally screw every employee of the record company that is obliged to give him a record deal. Wait. Looks like they will have already been screwed.

Amy from Cairo, Georgia:
If Sanjaya wins, I will never watch idol again.

Read more and submit your own at

Disney Drops Keith Richards

It sounds like Keith Richards will not promote the new 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie - after saying he snorted his dead dad's ashes. It appears that executives at Disney think he is ummm - too unpredictable.

Keith has a cameo as Teague Sparrow, the father of pirate Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp.

This is a typical Disney over-reaction. I think that for the adults who are interested in At World's End, his involvement in its publicity would be favorable. In fact, I think Richards could help attract older folks more than he would turn off offended parents.

Thank Goodness

Harper's Health Care Promise

In another demonstration of how much he doesn’t want an election, yesterday Stephen Harper re-announced a $612 million commitment in the March budget to help provinces improve hospital wait times. This new funding is now being sold to the public as fulfillment of one of the five priority promises of the Conservatives in the 2006 election. In fact however, it’s not even approximately close.

To refresh your memory, during the election Harper promised he would guarantee that no patient would wait an unacceptable time for health care under a Conservative government and that all patients must be able to receive treatment in “medically acceptable maximum time for publicly insured services.” Best of all, Harper’s plan involved no new money to provinces to achieve this.

After more than a year of inaction on this file, the Conservatives have now determined that more than half a billion dollars is required to deliver a dramatically reduced version of their promise; a care guarantee in one treatment area rather than all five priority areas initially outlined – cancer, heart, diagnostic imaging, joint replacements and sight restoration. To get its share of the $612 million, a province can promise to provide a guarantee in the area of its choice, and do so in the manner of its choosing.

Oh yes, rather than guarantees being implemented right away as promised by Harper in 2005, they won’t take effect until 2010.

Wajid Khan to Run for Re-Election

The conventional wisdom seemed to be floor-crossing turncoat Wajid Khan would not be running for re-election as a Conservative in Mississauga-Streetsville. But it seems the conventional wisdom was wrong. Khan was acclaimed this week to run for the Conservatives. On the same day, Bonnie Crombie, a business consultant, won the Liberal candidacy nomination for the Mississauga-Streetsville riding. Should be interesting.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

McCain Visits Brooklyn

How did he get in there?

Toronto Police vs. Crazy Guy With a Knife

I think I may become a Dallas Stars fan

The Stars are using different qualifications for selecting people to scrape the ice during commercial breaks.

Not sure whether they quality of the ice has improved.
In contrast, the Leaf crew just doesn't cut it.

The Iranian Propaganda Machine

The propaganda coming out of Iran reminds me so much of Nazi Germany. Since the seizure of the British sailors and marines on March 23 in the northern Persian Gulf, the Iranian propaganda machine had been working overtime.

For example, yesterday a smirking Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced the release of 15 British sailors and marines, as a "gift" to the British people.

There was plenty of video propaganda, as well. Iran's state television networks broadcast showing British sailors acknowledging that they had been captured in Iranian water and apologizing for the transgression. Of course no coercion was involved.

Let's not forget the steady stream of Holocaust denial topped off the the conference for Holocaust Deniers in December.

But what the Iranians have set up the West for is a real propaganda coup to show that Iran treats its prisoners more humanely than the U.S. And you know who set them up to score this huge victory in the propaganda war? Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld, who authorized all the abuse at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere throughout the war. Tehran never had a better friend than George W. Bush. He has given Islamist thugs the moral highground.

Coyotes Get No Respect

A coyote walked into a Quiznos in downtown Chicago and laid down in the drink cooler on Tuesday. He didn't order a sandwich, drink a Gatorade or bother any patrons. But still they led him out of there by his neck.

He was released Wednesday on 9 acres of private property, where rabbits and mice -- not submarine sandwiches and chips -- will be his daily fare.

The 50 Best Tech Products of All Time

PC World has ranked the breakthroughs in hardware and software. An interesting list though as always the case with these times of list, you can argue on the ranking. For example, Tetris (#10) is a great game but how does it rank so much higher than the digital camera (#44) which revolutionized photography. I strongly agree with the first three though I bet many people who question TiVo (#3). If you are a digital recorder you will know how much that technology has changed TV watching. All the CrackBerry addict will be disappointed to see their addiction at only #15.

1. Netscape Navigator (1994)
Apple II (1977)
TiVo HDR110 (1999)
Napster (1999)
Lotus 1-2-3 for DOS (1983)
Apple iPod (2001)
7. Hayes Smartmodem (1981)
Motorola StarTAC (1996)
WordPerfect 5.1 (1989)
Tetris (1985)
Adobe Photoshop 3.0 (1994)
IBM ThinkPad 700C (1992)
Atari VCS/2600 (1977)
Apple Macintosh Plus (1986)
RIM BlackBerry 857 (2000)
3dfx Voodoo3 (1999)
Canon Digital Elph S100 (2000)
Palm Pilot 1000 (1996)
id Software Doom (1993)
Microsoft Windows 95 (1995)
Apple iTunes 4 (2003)
Nintendo Game Boy (1989)
Iomega Zip Drive (1994)
Spybot Search & Destroy (2000)
Compaq Deskpro 386 (1986)
CompuServe (1982)
Blizzard World of Warcraft (2004)
Aldus PageMaker (1985)
HP LaserJet 4L (1993)
Apple Mac OS X (2001)
31. Nintendo Entertainment System (1985)
Eudora (1988)
Sony Handycam DCR-VX1000 (1995)
Apple Airport Base Station (1999)
Brøderbund The Print Shop (1984)
McAfee VirusScan (1990)
Commodore Amiga 1000 (1985)
ChipSoft TurboTax (1985)
Mirabilis ICQ (1996)
Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16 (1992)
Apple HyperCard (1987)
Epson MX-80 (1980)
Central Point Software PC Tools (1985)
Canon EOS Digital Rebel (2003)
Red Hat Linux (1994)
Adaptec Easy CD Creator (1996)
PC-Talk (1982)
Sony Mavica MVC-FD5 (1997)
Microsoft Excel (1985)
Northgate OmniKey Ultra (1987)

Saved by a pile of...

A Chinese woman survived a plunge from a sixth-floor balcony thanks to a convenient pile of excrement which broke her fall.

The accident happened when the woman was hanging out laundry on Monday in Nanjing, capital of the eastern province of Jiangsu. Workers happened to be emptying the building's septic tank, which had not been tended for a long time and had regularly blocked sewage pipes, She probably stretched out too far and fell ... right on to a 20 cm-thick heap of excrement.

The woman suffered only slight injuries, said the Kuaibao newspaper. Talk about a crappy experience.

Bad Weather Here - DVP Northbound Closed

It's a mess out there today.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Another John McCain Photo Op

McCain back from his stroll through Baghdad is strolling through Maine but is wearing protection in case he is attacked by a lobster.

Maybe the Worst Ceremonial Pitch Ever

Helena Guergis Entertains the Troops

Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day made a surprise visit to Kandahar Monday and Helena Guergis threw on a flak jacket to join him. It was a wonderful day in Kandahar for some pre-election photo ops. But as you can see poor Helena was stuck in the background.

For crying out load - More snow!

Cold and more snow tonight and through the Easter weekend. Christmas was much nicer!
The highest temperature for the Easter weekend is predicted to be 2C (36F) on Sunday. Southern Ontario will face wind-chill values of -10 (14F) to -15C (5F) with winds that could gust up to 60 km/h (40 miles/hr).

Tie Domi Just Won't Go Away

I hate Tie Domi. I know I'm in the minority in Toronto but pulling on a Maple Leaf jersey doesn't qualify you for sainthood. Now that he is retired I wish he would just disappear. But that's not going to happen.

As a player he was a cheapshot artist who would show phony remorse when threatened with suspensions. He acted like he was a key component of the team although he sometimes only saw 4 minutes of ice time in games. He verbally abused reporters who wrote things he didn't like and always threatened to sue for libel.

Outside of hockey, not much is different. His ex-wife claims he abused her. He may lied on the stand during the MFP inquiry to clear his brother of potential bribery charges (obviously I can't prove it). Now it comes out that his son's hockey coach accuses him of verbal abuse and Domi is again threatening to sue.

I hope he doesn't sue me.

Di Biase Argues for New Vaughan Election

The hearing involving last fall's Vaughan mayoralty election continued yesterday. Ex-mayor Michael Di Biase nothing short of a new election can correct the problems created by "irregularities" in last November's election. Di Biase lost the election to rival Linda Jackson by only 94 votes.

His lawyer argued with Justice Peter Howden that 1,600 disputed ballots were rejected by electronic voting machines because of how they were programmed by the city. The machines, widely used in other jurisdictions, were set to reject as spoiled any ballot in which markings appeared.

Another question extensively discussed yesterday was whether a handful of Orthodox Jewish voters in Vaughan had been disenfranchised because one polling booth was inside a church.
Duelling affidavits by each camp, involving a Toronto and a Vaughan rabbi, provided conflicting testimony in court.

Rabbi Shmuel Zirkind of Vaughan said in an affidavit for Di Biase that he and others from his congregation – 50 to 400 families – would not feel comfortable voting at a polling station inside a church. But Toronto Rabbi Reuven Tradburks, in his affidavit for the City of Vaughan, said it wasn't against Orthodox belief to enter a church building, so long as the poll was not in the sanctuary itself.d on less than 10 per cent of one circle or more than 20 per cent of two circles.

The case is expected to wrap up today.

Conservative Party Election "War Room" Unveiled

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Keith Richards is turning into Yoda


"Canada, eh?" reaches 5,000 hits!
-- Pseudonym

Update on the Endless U.S. Presidential Race

Although they are no where near the primaries, the Presidential race is in full gear. But without the primaries it's difficult to know who is doing well. One sign of success is fund raising since money is the lifeblood of election campaigns.

Hillary's 'inevitability' strategy is on track as she rakes in the cash at a record breaking pace in the first quarter of 2007. Hillary at $26 million, Obama at $22 million and Edwards at $14 million, the 'big three' are followed by Bill Richardson at $6 million, Chris Dodd at $5 million, and Joe Biden at $4 million.

Mitt Romney posted a big first quarter fund raising total of $23 million which caught everyone by surprise. Rudy Giuliani came in second with a respectable $15 million, and now the attention and focus falls squarely on John McCain, who raised only $12.5 million and clearly not met his campaign's goals. Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, a conservative darling but longshot GOP candidate, lagged far behind, reporting receipts of less than $2 million, including a $575,000 transfer from his Senate campaign account.

Meanwhile, John McCain recently strolled through a Baghdad market in a bulletproof vest, guarded by a 100 soldiers, 3 Blackhawks, and 2 Apache gunships in attempt to show things are so bad in Iraq. McCain is starting to sound an awful lot like Dick Cheney, and that's bad news for his campaign.


Monday, April 02, 2007

Knut on the Cover of German Vanity Fair

So who is the guy standing next to Knut?

Early Daylight Savings Time is a bust

The early onset of Daylight Savings Time in the United States this year may have been for naught.

The move to turn the clocks forward by an hour on March 11 rather than the usual early April date was mandated by the U.S. government as an energy-saving effort.

But other than forcing millions of drowsy American workers and school children into the dark, wintry weather three weeks early, the move appears to have had little impact on power usage.

The Energy Department, last year predicted only modest energy savings because the benefits of the later daylight hour would be offset.

For example, households may draw less electricity for lights at night, but will use more power in the early in the day as they wake to darker and chillier mornings.

Hag Pesah Sameach - Happy Passover

Not Smarter Than a Fencepost

NDP Recruit Star Candidate

Anticipating an election where the major issue is the environment, the NDP reached out to a non-traditional candidate. The NDP announced that Chuang Chuang, a Chinese panda bear will be running in the next federal election in the riding of Pickering-Scarborough East. The riding is currently held by Dan McTeague of the Liberals.

In the past 2 elections, Gare Dale has been the NDP candidate and both times ran a distant 3rd. Party leader, Jack Layton noted that "the riding has a large number of Asian residents who would be attracted to an ethnic environmental candidate". Chuang Chuang was not available for comment. Another issue that could stall the candidate is the willingness of the Chinese government to allow Chuang Chuang to leave the country.

Blue Jays Beat World Series Champs in Season Opener

It was a bit of a pitching duel for six innings. Both starting pitchers — Toronto’s Roy Halladay and Detroit’s Jeremy Bonderman — gave up three runs over six innings. Finally, Troy Glaus hit a bases-loaded single in the 10th and the Jays beat Detroit 5-3, spoiling the Tigers’ season-opening celebration.
I expect big things from the Jays this year.

Note: Yes I was a little out of it when I wrote this post. I meant to say American League Champs not World Series Champs.

New Sponsorship Charges

It's things like this item that could make me cynical. Fortunately I'm already a cynic.

It seems Jean Lafleur, a key figure in the federal sponsorship scandal, has been charged with 35 counts of fraud totalling nearly $1.6 million. However, it appears he isn't even living in the country anymore; he is said to be in Costa Rica.

Lafleur and his company were awarded contracts by Ottawa worth about $65 million between 1995 and 2003, including $36.5 million in commissions, fees and expenses. Lafleur is the fifth person to face charges relating to the sponsorship scandal.

Now the Conservative government is on the verge of calling an election and they won the last election largely because of voter anger over the sponsorship scandal. Now a cynic would say that today's announcement was timed to remind voters how corrupt Liberal are. Oh yeah I said I was a cynic.

Ex-Mayor Di Biase Can Challenge Vaughan Election Results

Former Vaughan mayor Michael Di Biase will be allowed to proceed with his court challenge of the results of November's municipal election in which he was narrowly defeated by bitter rival Linda Jackson.

Official results showed Jackson had won the race by just 94 votes.

If Di Biase were to win his court challenge, the election could be ruled invalid and a judge could either order a hand recount or a new election.

The decision came just days after Jackson publicly acknowledged, at a city council meeting, that she didn't have sufficient grounds to call for a judicial inquiry into problems at city hall – despite the fact that eradicating corruption and "cleaning house" became a central plank in her election platform. With her crusader image tarnished, a new election would not be a good thing for Jackson right now.

Nelly Furtado Wins Top Juno Awards

Nelly Furtado swept all her categories Sunday at the annual Juno Awards for the best in Canadian music. Her latest album Loose, is good but I can't help but think when it comes to the Junos there is always a shortage of strong competition.

Juno Fan Choice Award: Nelly Furtado
Single of the Year: "Promiscuous," Nelly Furtado
Album of the Year: Loose, Nelly Furtado
Artist of the Year: Nelly Furtado
Pop Album of the Year: Loose, Nelly Furtado

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Nothing like getting out for some fresh air and exercise

Sanjaya for President

I don't suffer the indignation of watching American Idol but I understand that young Sanjaya is not very well liked. The 17-year-old “American Idol” contestant is the country’s new laughingstock. Late-night comics ridicule him. Critics have exhausted the synonyms for awful in their quest to describe him. A young woman from New York is so upset by his presence on the show she claims to be on a hunger strike until he’s voted off—and she’s chronicling her protest, of course, on the Web.

Which means he could be President. Or if you really hate him then vote to keep him on American Idol.

April Fool, Part 2

April Fool

That's so gross

The Donald has an ugly fake tan to go with his fake hair.
An American astronaut will run this year's Boston Marathon on board the International Space Station. Sunita Williams, 41, a US Navy commander, will be tied to a treadmill to combat the effect of weightlessness. She qualified for a place by finishing last year's Houston Marathon in three hours 29 minutes and 57 seconds.

Williams, who is an accomplished marathoner, has served aboard the space station since December 2006 as a member of the Expedition 14 crew. She will run the race on a station treadmill, circling Earth at least twice in the process, running as fast as eight miles per hour but flying more than five miles each second.

And she will not be alone in her adventure. Her sister Dina Pandya and a fellow NASA astronaut, Karen Nyberg, will run the race in Boston. Williams and Nyberg qualified for the Boston race by finishing among the top 100 females in the Houston Marathon in January 2006.

Championship Weekend for North York Storm Midget B Team

North York Storm Midget B girls hockey team (coached by Pseudonym himself) wins bronze at the North Metro Girls Hockey League Championships this weekend.