Saturday, June 09, 2007
Senator Charles Bishop (R-Jasper) punched fellow Senator Lowell Barron (D-Fyffe) on the Alabama State Senate floor.
Charles Bishop later said he should not have hit him on the Senate floor, but that the Democratic Senator deserved to be punched, and that Bishop would do it again under the same circumstances.
Spectators reported that Bishop punched Barron, and that it took six people to pull him off the other senator. Bishop said that the incident occurred after Barron called him a “son of a bitch” while they were still on the Senate Floor.
Released by West Hollywood's mayor.
I have received an enormous number of calls and e-mails today about the helicopters hovering over the City. As you may know, Paris Hilton lives in Los Angeles, just off the Sunset Strip and immediately adjacent to West Hollywood. Given the publicity and controversy surrounding her recent incarceration and re-assignment to house arrest, the media has converged on our community, including a flock of helicopters.
Like many of you, I too was woken this morning about 5:30 AM by helicopters. However, I want to let you know that the City of West Hollywood and the Sheriff’s Department, as well as the City of Los Angeles and their Police Department, have no authority or jurisdiction over airspace and helicopters hovering overhead. Aircraft remain under the exclusive control of the federal government and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
West Hollywood and hundreds of other cities have protested the serious impacts of hovering helicopters, particularly news and paparazzi helicopters, for many years to no avail.
While we shall again register our objections to our federal representatives and ask for more local regulatory authority, I also want to offer some suggestions for you. If you feel strongly that helicopters hovering over densely populated residential neighborhoods is a problem that needs fixing, please contact West Hollywood’s federal representatives and the FAA:
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
U. S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
U. S Representative Henry Waxman
You can also call the “Assignment Desk” at local television stations and register your complaints about their news helicopters and their negative impact on the community.
I regret that I cannot do more as a member of the City Council to help relieve our neighborhoods of this problem, but I am certain that our representatives and the news stations would be pleased to know your views on the subject.
Mayor Pro Tempore
Mayor Pro Tempore Jeffrey Prang
7985 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 109-590
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Friday, June 08, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
It's hard not to believe that Jim Balsillie didn't have just a little to do with the fact this is now being investigated, and you wonder if this business is making the Maple Leafs brass squirm. He would love to move the Nashville Predators to Hamilton and has already had some discussions regarding arena leases.
I would love to see this happen. The Toronto Maple Leaf organization treats its very loyal fans poorly - that is a fact. They charge the highest ticket prices in the league and provide a very poor product. Their commitment is to making money (and they make lots of it) and not to winning. It is a country club atmosphere built around a culture of losing.
Let's face it the GTA is a huge market that can be shared by two hockey teams. A second team will introduce competition and force the Leafs to examine their product and price for the first time. The other owners have no love for the Leaf organization because of their weak support of the lockout and the amount of money they make. Wouldn't it be nice if the other owners ganged up on Toronto and forced them to accept another team in their territory? Or better yet,what if Balsillie copied the Baltimore Colts and just packed up their hockey bags and moved to Hamilton? What would the league do?
– Paris Hilton
And to make sure she behaves, prison officials have provided her with a monitoring device. Of course its in the form of a designer necklace. We're talking about Paris Hilton afterall.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
A Harlem man has filed suit against the makers of the nutritional drink Boost, charging that the protein shake gave him the wrong kind of lift.
Christopher Woods said that drinking cans of Boost Plus Nutritional Energy Drink left him with an erection that wouldn't go away. It lasted 3 whole days but wasn't so much fun. Read the story here.
The Ducks had three strong forward lines that could all score, Norris Trophy finalists Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger to man the blue-lines and a consistently good goaltender in Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
The Senators were impressive through three rounds but could not cope with the rough-and-tumble Ducks in the final, and it didn’t help that goaltender Ray Emery had his worst performance of the post-season in the final game.
It took the Ducks 14 years to win the Cup. While the Leafs completed the 40th year since winning their last Cup without even making the playoffs. Comparing the Leaf and Duck rosters underscores how far the Leafs need to go to compete. The Ducks have a line made up of 2nd year players (Getzlf, Perry and Penner) that will all be stars while the Leafs best young players (Wellwood, Steen, Stajan) struggled this past season.
So the culture of losing will continue in Toronto. Losers always have an excuse for not winning. When asked by Canadian Press to provide a post-mortem on the Leaf's most-recent season, Ferguson said "We were number one in the league to man games lost to injury in what turned out to be the toughest division in the East and probably in the league to qualify." When asked about the impact Sean Hill's delayed suspension had on the Leafs and Islanders, Ferguson said, "For sure I think we would have made the playoffs."
Several wars later and there is still no peace in the Middle East. Some would argue that things are worse. Israel is still surrounded by hostile neighbours who have continued to fight a war of attrition. In response Israel has built a separation wall to thwart suicide bombers when terrorist were no longer able to cross the border and launch attacks. As Israel effectively cut off access to suicide bombers, missiles and rockets have now become the tool of terrorists.
Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza but it did nothing to improve security, No one can come up with a plan on how to end Israeli occupation of the West Bank and now the Palestinians are on the verge of civil war.
Iran is working on closing the nuclear gap with Israel and has been threatening Israel with annihilation on a regular basis (which is was lead to Israel's preemptive strike 40 years ago). The prospects of another war in the near future is as high as its ever been. One thing you can count on, the next war will not bring peace to the region.
Well he now will have new material.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Next they had a woman who walks with a cane, take test subway riders. She did even better, going four for four - and sometimes several people stood up at once. "I was actually quite surprised, pleasantly surprised," she relates. "It was very nice today to have someone offer their seat so readily, and it was interesting to see also that it was always women."
The river Citarum in the West Java province is full of rotting rubbish and pollution spewed out from 500 industries and the homes of five million people.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Canadian entertainment columnist Rebecca Eckler is suing Universal Studios for copyright infringment.
Eckler’s book Knocked Up, which details her unexpected pregnancy, was released in 2004. Last weekend, the Judd Apatow movie Knocked Up, about an up-and-coming entertainment journalist who gets a promotion, parties too hard that night and wakes up pregnant by a less-than-desirable father, opened to the tune of nearly $30 million (U.S.).
Sounds a little too much of a coincidence.
Citing family and financial reasons for his departure, Barney is looking to the private sector for a more financially rewarding career.
While Bush was unavailable for comment, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino read a statement from the President. "Laura and I are very sad to see Barney go; he's been a tremendous asset to this administration. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."
Perino added: "Barney had been planning on spending more time with his family for some time."