Friday, July 06, 2007

Daniel Sylvester gets 16 Years with No Parole

Alicia's Ross's killer must serve at least 16 years behind bars. Daniel Sylvester, 33, won't be eligible to seek parole until Sept. 20, 2021 for what Justice Edwin Minden today described as a "brutal, vicious and sustained" killing of a "defenceless and vulnerable young woman."

Minden said he had no doubt Sylvester only turned himself in five weeks later when he realized it was only a matter of time that his bloody and semen-stained clothing would be eventually found where he dumped it in a forested area northeast of Toronto.

He said it was his belief that Sylvester "fabricated" his version of events and that he had no doubt the "violent" crime that "devastated" her family "forever" was "sexually motivated."

Minden said the "heinous" nature of the crime and the "elaborate" steps Sylvester took to cover up the killing warranted an increase in the years of parole ineligibility beyond the mandatory minimum 10 years.

The sentence and comments from the Judge is a clear message that very little in the taped confession that Sylvester provided the police was accepted. That includes, the reasons for the attack, the description of the attack, whether the attack was sexual, and the reason why Sylvester turned himself in. There are few remaining unanswered questions in this sad case.

Clever name and slogan, Bob


Is anyone missing some silverwear?


I wouldn't advise wearing this outfit while going through airport security.

By the Numbers

Sports Illustrated has compiled a list of top athletes by jersey number. Not that everyone on the list is not deserving but I think if you chose an unusual jersey number, you might have a better shot at making the list. The toughest number to choose was 32 but with 68 the choice was slim. Perhaps if I had played wearing 911 I too could be in Sport Illustrated. Here are some of the numbers:

00 - Jim Otto (NFL)
1 - Warren Moon (CFL, NFL)
2 - Secretariat (horse racing)
3 - Babe Ruth (MLB)
4 - Bobby Orr (NHL)
9 - Ted Williams (MLB) tough to choose between Williams and Gordie Howe
10 - Pele (soccer)
33 - Kareen Abdul Jabbar (NBA)
44 - Hank Aaron (MLB)
55 - Orel Hershiser (MLB)
66 - Mario Lemiuex (NHL)
77 - Red Grange (NFL)
88 - Alan Page (NFL)
99 - Wayne Gretzky (NHL)

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Would you say he's hit rock bottom yet?


Fire Gary Bettman

There is a website dedicated to bringing together people who agree that Gary Bettman should resign or be fired from his position as NHL Commissioner - http://www.firebettman.com/.

I have to admit there is some merit to this cause. Honestly, it always felt like most hockey fans took a dislike to Bettman on sight when he took office in 1993 and never had a real reason to dislike him. I think that has changed. You always had this sense that he was anti-Canadian although his denials were never convincing (sounded too much like Dick Cheney). But clearly his true colours have come out.

Forcing Predators’ owner Craig Leipold to walk away from earlier negotiations with Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie (who was planning on relocating the team to Hamilton, OT) is outrageous. Now Leipold is in negotiation with William "Boots" DelBiaggio but the offer is close to $50 million less than Balsillie’s, and it is said that he plans on relocating the team to Kansas City once the Predators’ lease in Nashville. The NHL already tried Kansas City in the 1970s and it was a disaster. No reason to believe a second shot will be any more successful than the second round in Atlanta."

Let's get this straight -- Balsillie anted up $220-$238 million U.S. for the Predators, plus possible indemnity payments to the Leafs and Buffalo Sabres and the costs of a new arena to replace Copps Coliseum a few years down the road. DelBiaggio puts up $190 million and he's apparently going to get the team, in a city where the NBA and NHL have each failed.

Why? To fulfill Bettman's vision to "Americanize" the NHL.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Barry B*nds' long trek to tainted glory


If Barry B*nds has retired after the 1998 season, he might have been happier than he seems in long trek to tainted glory. He would have been spared the disturbing spectacle of his vilified approach to Aaron's 755 career home run record.

Prior to the 1999 season, B*nds would have been guaranteed a first-ballot election to the Hall of Fame. He had 411 home runs, 445 stolen bases, 8 All-Star selections, 8 Golden Gloves and 3 MVP awards.

Since then his incredible stats have earned him 4 more MVP awards and provided him with a chance to break Aaron's record. From 1986 to 1998 B*nds averaged a home run every 16.1 at-bats. Since 1999 (when he turned 35 an age where the power should be falling back) he has averaged a home run every 8.9 at-bats.

San Francisco reporters who follow the BALCO steroid scandal report that the Giant equipment manager testified that since becoming a Giant in 1993, B*nds uniform jersey went from a size 42 to 52, his cap size went from 7 1/8 to 7 1/4 (even though he started shaving his head), and his shoe size went from 10 1/2 to 13.

Baseball unlike other sports has a statistical measure of a player's strength - the home run. For 34 years, 60 homers was the season record. Then for 37 years the record was 61. Then in 4 seasons, from 1998 to 2001, that total was surpassed 6 times.

So in the next week when the record is finally broken, there will be some muted celebrations but B*nds and the game of baseball both lose something in the process.
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The Streak Ends!


In a gut-busting showdown that combined drama, daring and indigestion, Joey Chestnut emerged Wednesday as the world’s hot dog eating champion, knocking off six-time winner Takeru Kobayashi in a rousing yet repulsive triumph.

Chestnut, the great red, white and blue hope in the annual Fourth of July competition, broke his own world record by inhaling 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes — a staggering one every 10.9 seconds before a screaming crowd in Coney Island.

Kobayashi, the Japanese eating machine, recently had a wisdom tooth extracted and received chiropractic treatment due to a sore jaw. But the winner of every Nathan’s hot dog competition from 2001 to 2006 showed no ill effects as he stayed with Chestnut frank-for-frank until the very end of the 12-minute competition.

Kobayashi finished with 63 HDBs — hot dogs and buns eaten — in his best performance ever. His previous high in the annual competition was 53½. The all-time record before Wednesday’s remarkable contest was Chestnut’s 59½, set just last month.



An Example of Life Copying Art


Gina Lollobrigida is 80 Today




Give Your iPod a Retro Look

Not sure why anyone would do this. Isn't one of the reasons for owning an iPod is that they are slim and compact? Anyway here are the instructions for converting your iPod into a clunky old radio.

World's Most Expensive Home


The world's most expensive home is up for sale - for £67.5 million ($135 million).

The Hala Ranch mansion, set on a 95-acre estate in Aspen, Colorado, is bigger than the White House.

It boasts 15 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, a children's wing, beauty salon, swimming pool, tennis courts, and its own cross-country ski trails.

The mansion is owned by Saudi prince Bandar bin Sultan, the man at the heart of the £1bn corruption inquiry into BAE Systems, who until last year was Saudi ambassador to the US.
Joshua Saslove, the estate agent handling the sale, told The New York Times that after review by the prince's lawyers, only 11 viewings of the 1,000 requests to see Hala Ranch have been granted.

At least two have been to journalists who have written glowing accounts of the mountain retreat.
Prince Bandar and his wife, Princess Haifa, built the ranch in 1991, as Aspen was transformed from a place of hippie chic into the destination of choice for billionaires and their hangers on.
According a New York Times reporter, most rooms have banks of windows overlooking the Rocky Mountains

Al Gore's Son Busted for Drugs

Al Gore III, the 24-year-old son of Al Gore (the man who invented the Internet) was arrested on suspicion of drug possession today. The former second-in-command's son was pulled over after allegedly driving his Prius 100 miles an hour down an Orange County freeway. (At least he was driving a Prius!) When deputies searched the car they found pot, along with Valium, Xanax, Vicodin and Adderall. He is currently being held at the Santa Ana Inmate Reception Center on $20,000 bail.

Al III was also pulled over and arrested for pot possession in December 2003, in Bethesda, Md., while he was a student at Harvard University. He completed substance abuse counseling as part of a pretrial diversion program to settle those charges. Obviously the counseling didn't take.

6 Canadian Soldiers Killed Today


Six Canadian soldiers and their interpreter were killed today by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's volatile Kandahar province.


Twenty-two soldiers have now been killed on this rotation alone; by this time last year, only eight had died. Altogether, 66 Canadian soldiers have now lost their lives in Afghanistan since 2002, along with one diplomat.

What happened to Phoebe Cates?

I have to admit I was in love with Phoebe Cates (real name is Phoebe Belle Katz) who became a poster girl as a result of the most memorable scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. In 1984 Harper's Bazaar even named her as one of America's 10 Most Beautiful Women. She met her husband Kevin Kline while auditioning for the Meg Tilly role in The Big Chill.

She retired from acting at an early age to raise a family and is now 44 years old. Though she hasn't entirely retired from the spotlight. She and Kevin Kline are basically royalty on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, and in 2005 Phoebe took on the new role of entrepreneur, opening up Blue Tree on Madison Avenue, where you can find gift items ranging from practical to extravagant.

And then there is Paris Hilton...


...returning from a busy day doing humanitarian work.

Money Can't Buy Sanity

This further confirms how nuts Britney Spears is.

Gang Members Paid $2,000 for Delays

A judge has awarded alleged gang associates from last month's sweep $2000 each as compensation for extensive delays in bail hearings. Nine alleged Driftwood Crips gang members received $2,000 for undue delays in bail hearings following last month's massive raids in the Jane and Finch Streets neighbourhood.

Are out court systems are so bogged and disorganized that we can't even process arrested individuals without having to pay them? This action seems to be unravelling. My guess is that when its all over all the people arrested will be back in the community by the fall.

Honesty


Porno Pizza delivers porn inserted under pizzas

Remember when porn came wrapped in plain paper to hide the fact you bought the stuff. Well we all know things have changed. Porno Pizza in Winnipeg delivers pornography and pizza. Paul says: "What I love about this is that if you order from them, all your neighbours will know, as they have illuminated car top boxes." Link

Mexican telecom industrialist beats Gates as world's richest?

If the calculations of this Mexican newspaper are correct, Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim has now beaten both Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to the coveted spot of "world's richest businessman." Link to article in Mexico's Sentido ComĂșn (in Spanish), and here's a related story in the UK Guardian (in English).

Happy Birthday America


From your friends in Canada who have to work today.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Photo Radar May Return

Incidents of street racing that are continuing to plague our roadways have some people pondering the return of photo radar.

The move comes in the wake of several fatal crashes in the Greater Toronto Area blamed on street racing and as police struggle to slow down speeding drivers responsible for a growing death toll on area highways.

When photo radar made its debut in 1994 under Bob Rae's NDP government, it was met with fierce criticism and opposition. The Mike Harris government wasted no time in axing the controversial program 11 months after Rae introduced it. Among those applauding photo radar's end were many police officers. Now they have a different perspective.

I remember photo radar did slow down traffic speed on the highways. But it was in place for such a short period of time that there is no way to know whether people would have eventually reverted back to their "regular" speed. Although that happened the day they disappeared from the highways.

I doubt photo radar will have any impact on street racing. What are the odds that the police will set them up in the right locations. If they knew where racing was going to take place they would be there waiting for them. Anyway, a speeding ticket in the mail several days later will have no deterrent effect on these people.

Now using nude girls to control speed has been proved to work. Check them out here.

The Ultimate Revenge on a Telemarketer

Chocolate lowers blood pressure, study finds

Here's some good and bad news for chocoholics: Dark chocolate seems to lower blood pressure, but it requires an amount less than two Hershey's Kisses to do it, a small study suggests.

The new research from Germany adds to mounting evidence linking dark chocolate with health benefits, but it's the first to suggest that just a tiny amount may suffice.

I'm ditching my beta blockers for Hershey bars!

All President hand them out


Clinton passed out 140.

Provides or Protects?



Lindsay has an alcohol-free 21st birthday

After talk about a mega-party in Vegas, Lindsay's recent brush with the law made her consider. She has a small gathering in Malibu. Doesn't appear she was in her birthday suit though a lot of freckles were exposed.

18 year old offers her virginity for £10,000

There is a story out about an 18 year old British soon-to-be college student who has offered to sell her virginity for £10,000 ( $24,000). She claims she needs the money for college tuition. Carys Copestake advertised herself on a website to sell her “first time rights” on a website popular with prostitutes.
What intrigues me about this is the comment Copestake made to a reporter, “I get lots of guys wanting to help me out with my ‘problem’ - some replies are really creepy. But I got so frustrated with the empty offers that I turned them down.” She also got angry when the reporter asked if she was a prostitute and lying about losing her innocence.

Uh…duh -did you expect offers from respectable, upstanding people? And, what else could come from such an advertisement than an “empty offer”? Was this girl actually expecting a normal response from normal people –especially when she’s prostituting her body for scarcely more than some have paid for Nintendo Wii during the first Christmas they were available.

It's really sad from the moral and emotion aspect. But this has been going on since before the pyramids were built.

Hillary Special at KFC.


Monday, July 02, 2007

Bush spares Libby from 2 1/2-year prison term

Come on you knew it was coming. Though Bush had to act quickly after a federal appeals panel ruled that Libby could not delay his prison term.

Why are these two guys smirking?

So what does a vampire look like?

A peacock that roamed into a fast-food restaurant parking lot was attacked by man who vilified the bird as a vampire, animal-control authorities said.
Beaten so fiercely that most of his tail feathers fell out, the bird was euthanized.

Burger King employees had been feeding him bread when the man appeared.
He seized the bird by the neck, hurled it to the ground and started kicking and stomping the creature. Asked what he was doing, she said, the attacker explained, “’I’m killing a vampire!”’

This guy isn't just stupid. He has some mental health issues. Vampires do not hang out a Burger Kings.

More Croc Insanity

I hate crocs. The idea of wearing them at a wedding makes me gag.

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Maple Leafs kicks off Free Agent Frenzy


Huge acquisition breaking this past weekend...Ontario Teachers Pension Plan wins bidding for BCE telecom.

BCE Inc., Canada's largest telecommunications company, said Saturday it has reached an agreement to be bought by a group led by the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan for C$51.7 billion (US$48.5 billion), making it the largest takeover in Canadian history.

The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board in co-operation with U.S.-based Providence Equity Partners and Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC won out over several other bidders, BCE said in a statement.

The Teachers Pension Plan was already BCE's largest shareholder with a 6.8 percent stake.

The Ontario teachers pension group — with assets of C$106 billion (US$99 billion) in 2006 — invests and administers the retirement funds for Ontario's 167,000 teachers and 104,000 retired teachers.

THIS IS THE YEAR!! Or does this mean Bell will have higher prices and inferior products?

Tracy Morgan Models his Ankle Bracelet


Tracy Morgan has been spotted with his new SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring) device -- an ankle bracelet worn to test for alcohol vapors that exit the skin. The device tests every 30 minutes for 90 days. If Morgan tests positive for alcohol use, he will have to start his 90 days over, and if he fails a second time he'll be forced to spend 30 days in a county jail.

Meanwhile a story about an Israeli criminal slipped away from house arrest by putting his electronic ankle monitor on his dog. It wasn't until police came to take Nabil Farumi, convicted of attempted murder, to a sentencing hearing, that he was gone without a trace. After police searched the house they saw that he somehow managed to take the monitor off his leg and place it around he neck of his dog, who continued to walk around the house.

A-Rod's wife is also a class act

First it was Alex Rodriguez parading around Toronto in May with his mistress. I remember how his sweet wife was so understanding. That very classy couple.
Well Cynthia Rodriguez showed her true colours yesterday when she went to a game in The Bronx wearing a tight-fitting, white tank top bearing a foul message on the back: "Fuck you."

The obscene phrase was plainly visible to thousands of fans - including plenty of kids - as she, her 2-year-old daughter, Natasha, and an older woman took their seats in the players' family section of Yankee Stadium.

The tank top was contrary to Yankee policy which prohibits obscene signs and messages in the stadium. Several people alerted security who didn't do anything. I guess they didn't want to throw out A-Rod's wife.

Tough Luck Salman Rushdie

Poor guy, first he gets moved to the top of the "Infidel insults Islam" list after getting knighted, then somehow his wife Padma Lakshmi gets a functioning pair of eyeglasses. No burqa on Padma please.

Larry David Turns 60 Today


You getting old my man.

French Chick with Great Dance Moves


groovy girl - Daft Punk - Harder Better Faster Stronger
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Don't ask me what the music is? Lover her hat.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Electoral Reforms Set Up to Fail in Ontario

Electoral reform would be voted down by Ontarians, if the referendum was held today. That’s the message from a recent Environics poll. But it would be voted down not because of a lack of support, but rather because the vast majority of Ontarians have no idea about the alternative.

It’s been a month since the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform submitted its report to the Ontario government, recommending moving to a one ballot - two vote system (where you vote for party and local candidate separately, instead of together, as is the case now). And yet, we have not seen anything remotely resembling a public education campaign to inform Ontarians of the choices they will face in 15 weeks (Oct 10). Even the non-profit YES campaign has barely made a peep.

Yes, with just 15 weeks before the referendum, the Ontario government and YES campaign have done nothing. It’s taken them this long just to write the question, which could have been done months ago:

Which electoral system should Ontario use to elect members to the provincial legislature?

The existing electoral system (First-Past-the-Post)


The alternative electoral system proposed by the Citizens’ Assembly (Mixed Member Proportional)

And so, not surprisingly, with just 15 weeks to go, according to Environics, a whopping 72% of Ontarians have no familiarity with the alternative whatsoever.

As well, Ontario Democratic Reform Minister Marie Bountrogianni will not seek re-election this fall in part because of how Dalton McGuinty’s officials are handling the fall referendum on electoral reform.

This is looking like it's being set up to fail.

Fishin' Accomplished


Pamela turns 40 and Canada turns 140


No wonder they're endangered...


If I were faced with extinction, I might think of taking a pass on the extreme tree climbing.

Romney Roadtrip


No excetions?


Mayor Chester needs to work on his spelling.

Hamas children's show kills off militant mouse

A Mickey Mouse look-alike who preached Islamic domination on a Hamas-affiliated children's television program was beaten to death in the show's final episode on Friday.In the final skit, Farfour was killed by an actor posing as an Israeli official trying to buy Farfour's land. At one point, the mouse called the Israeli a "terrorist".




"Farfour was martyred while defending his land," said Sara, the teen presenter. He was killed "by the killers of children", she added.



The weekly show, featuring a giant black-and-white rodent with a high-pitched voice, had attracted worldwide attention because the character urged Palestinian children to fight Israel.

Paris in Hawaii


...no doubt recovering from her traumatic experience in prison and checking out some charities to support.

Happy Canada Day!