Saturday, August 11, 2007

Heart Burn Medication May Cause Heart Attacks

FDA has launched a safety review of the heartburn drugs Prilosec and Nexium after two studies linked the medicines to an increased risk of: "heart attacks, heart failure, and heart-related sudden death." The FDA warned that the studies are only preliminary, and that doctors and patients should keep using the drugs.

This is not good. Mrs. Pseudonym takes Nexium.

Something for a Saturday

Friday, August 10, 2007

Who is the most hated athlete of the day?

Poll Results

Michael Vick - 57.9%
Barry Bonds - 26.3%
Kobe Bryant - 10.5%
Todd Bertuzzi - 5.3%
Terrell Owens - 0.0%

Vick is going to have a hard time getting his football career back on track. I left out O.J. Simpson who would still get a fair number of votes. For some people, killing and maiming dogs is not in the same league as hacking your ex-wife to death.

We could stand for more courtesy on our roads

You may not want to be driving in Ohio with green Ontario plates

While Environment Minister Laurel Broten plans to offer green licence plates for energy-efficient cars next year – with perks like free parking or access to carpool lanes – at least three U.S. states are considering green plates for convicted sex offenders and pedophiles back on the streets.
State legislators proposing the special plates in Ohio, Wisconsin and Alabama tout them as a public safety tool.

Can you imagine a tree-hugging Prius owner from Ontario driving through Ohio being cursed and spat on.

Subway Shutdown Again Today

Morning TTC commuters were halted and angered by a major shutdown of the Bloor-Danforth subway line west of the core. The TTC has declared that a personal injury at St.George station was the cause but so far have said nothing more. It was likely another jumper.

St. George is a vital transfer point for east-west and north-south lines and was reopened around 8 a.m.
At least I wasn't impacted this time around.

Headline Worth Noting

The sports teams at Northern Arizona University are called the Lumberjacks. The ladies' teams are called the Lady Lumberjacks, sometimes shortened to Lady Jacks. But maybe this is one time they should have stuck with Lady Lumberjacks.

Man avoids breathalyzer test by eating his socks

Police in Walkerton, Ontario, had a surprising encounter with a suspected drunk driver on the holiday weekend when he refused to take a breathalyzer test – but chose to eat parts of his clothing instead.

The suspect was sitting in his car with the lights off on a country road in the early hours of Monday morning. A South Bruce OPP officer who approached the vehicle determined that the man was intoxicated and arrested him on suspicion of impairment. While the officer was preparing to administer a breathalyzer analysis, the suspect managed to get hold of a contact lens case he had in his clothing, drink the lens fluid and eat one of his contact lenses. He then attempted to eat portions of his shirt and socks. When officers tried to remove his clothing so that he couldn't eat any more – a scuffle broke out. The suspect was subdued with pepper spray.

After his shirt-and-sock snack and the pepper-spray melee, he was placed in a holding cell, where he put his head in the toilet and refused to provide a breathalyzer sample.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 9 and has been charged with failure to provide a breath sample, which carries the same potential penalties as an impaired-driving charge.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Texas Redneck Games

Competitors in the Redneck Games enter events like the "Mattress Chuck" _ in which two-man teams heave a mattress from the back of a pickup truck as far as they can. And if you aren't planning on heading to Beijing for the next Olympic Games, there's always the ugly "butt-crack contest."

By the time the latest Redneck Games ended Sunday, more than 54 arrests and citations had been issued on charges ranging from public intoxication to speeding, according to the Henderson County Sheriff's Department. Officials are considering charges against the organizer and landowners where the event was held.

Obama: Not Ready for Primetime?

Remember Rick Mercer's "interview" with George Bush, in his Talking To Americans series?
Mercer made Bush look like an ignorant fool, with his reference to Prime Minister Jean Poutine.

In the spirit of non-partisan fairness, Barrack Obama's gaffe is every bit the equal:
U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama, already under fire from fellow Democratic candidates for his supposed inexperience and unguarded comments on American foreign policy issues, is raising eyebrows again after vowing to telephone the "president of Canada" if elected to the White House to begin renegotiating terms of the NAFTA trade deal. The miscue came Tuesday night during a discussion of trade and labour issues at a Democratic debate in the Illinois senator's home base of Chicago.

It is a bit hard to take Obama seriously on free trade, when he doesn't even have a basic understanding of the players. A minor error in the grand scheme, but the miscue clearly plays into the perception that Obama is a lightweight, when it comes to foreign policy experience.

Obama is already under attack from his rivals, who are trying to frame him as too inexperienced to assume the world's most important office. The Canada reference reinforces that notion, and I confess some disappointment that he lacks the most basic of knowledge of America's biggest trading partner. The "not ready for prime time" moniker just found another point of reference.

Careful Barack, You Know What Happened to Vince Foster

Liberal's Green Plan is Underwhelming

If the Ontario’s Liberal government is re-elected in October, Ontario residents who buy environmentally friendly, low-emission cars and trucks will get a green-coloured licence plate that entitles them to such possible perks as free parking and access to high-capacity commuter lanes.

In the dying days of their 4-year mandate the Liberals want dearly to be viewed as pro-environment. But they are grasping at little things and avoiding big impact changes. Premier Dalton McGuinty has rejected introducing tough car emission standards to Ontario similar to the ones in California. Instead, several thousand drivers will be given green plates in attempt to nudge several hundred more to purchase more fuel efficient vehicles.

Is this the best you can come up with?

Hey now!

No wonder Muskoka property has gotten so expensive.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Today's Tip For Adulterers: Don't Use 1-800-Flowers

A Texas man is suing 1-800-Flowers for $1 million after a thank you note from the web florist outed him as an adulterer. Leroy Greer specifically asked 1-800-Flowers not to send him a receipt for the cuddly stuffed animal and dozen long stemmed roses he ordered for his mistress. Despite his request, 1-800-Flowers sent a thank you note to his house several months later, prompting his wife to ask who the hell got flowers. She called 1-800-Flowers, which gladly faxed her a copy of Leroy's order form that included the following message meant for his mistress: "Just wanted to say I love you and you mean the world to me! -Leroy."

National Underwear Day 2007

Should have been at Times Square yesterday


I Want This Car

thanks to Mzchief for locating it

Anti-Semitic Rant on Big Brother

Reality shows are now giving license to these expressions of anti-Semitism. Now, all of a sudden the world is privy to their bigotry and its on national television... then enhanced on YouTube. CBS is facilitating anti-semitism.

Police probe irregularities at public guardian’s office

Attorney General Michael Bryant announced today that he has asked police to probe allegations of theft at the Ontario Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, the agency that tends to the financial affairs of some of the province's most vulnerable citizens.

As well, he said a female employee has been fired.

The woman has not been identified, but Bryant said she was a client representative who had been with agency since 1995.

I bet this is making people at Queens Park nervous right before an election just after Mike Colle had to booted from Cabinet for improper grants to community groups.

Now it's a Blind Man Arrested for Driving a Car

First the armless guys (here and here) and now a blind guy. Police in the Baltic state of Estonia stopped a man who was driving erratically at the weekend, only to find he was blind.

The 20-year-old was driving in the southern city of Tartu early Sunday -- helped by instructions from his 16-year-old passenger."

At first they thought he was just drunk, but the man kept missing the tube for the breath test, then they realized he was blind" and arrested him, Tartu Police spokeswoman Marge Kohtla said Monday.

Train Wreck has a Car Wreck

What I love about this video clip was the guy asking Britney over and over if she was alright. She was going about 2 mph when she hit the other car. I guess you have to always worry about the gravy train coming to end.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Israeli Woman Impersonates Army Officer

A 24-year-old woman from Jerusalem was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of impersonating an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) captain.

According to the allegations, the woman used to sleep at IDF hostels across the country and even joined an artillery company during the Second Lebanon War after representing herself as a Givati deputy company commander.

The investigation began when a soldier from northern Israel filed a police report saying the woman had stolen his notebook. In his report, the soldier said he suspected that she was an imposter.

During a search of the suspect's apartment, police found IDF uniforms, two fake M-16s, a map of firing ranges and bomb fuses. The 24-year-old admitted to buying her uniform and badges at a store, and paying NIS 4,000 for one of the fake rifles.

While the woman did not appear to be suffering from a mental disorder, she had reportedly been discharged from the IDF for being "unsuitable" for army service. She explained to police that she wore an IDF uniform and traveled to bases because it "made her feel good."

She was released on parole and forbidden from going near IDF bases and hostels.

I love this story - Hello Kitty Used to Punish Police

Thai police said Monday they have recruited Hello Kitty, the moon-faced global icon of cuteness, as a new disciplinary tool for officers found engaging in "inappropriate" behaviour.

Officers who speak too aggressively to civilians, who fail to turn off their engines when they park their cars, or commit other minor violations of proper conduct will be forced to wear bright pink Hello Kitty armbands as punishment, police Colonel Pongpat Chayaphan told AFP.

Previously such offences were punished by a written reprimand, but Pongpat said that seemed to do little to deter future breaches of conduct.

He said he hoped the Hello Kitty armbands would shame officers into shaping up.

Interesting Name for a Building

It's located in Portland, Oregon.

The Ten Best Bands That Never Existed

This list makes no attempt to resolve any argument over the best musicians who ever lived. Rather, it resolves the question of ranking the best bands that never really existed.

Some of the bands on this list never produced one note of audible music, others needed real musicians to give them voice, a couple served as alter egos and one band is made up of puppets.
You will never guess who is #1.

BuskerFest 2007

From August 23rd to 26th, some of the most talented street performers in the world will gather near the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto as part of BuskerFest 2007.

These people are incredible.

Worst bid on the 'Price is Right' ever

I love those dumb contestants.

Happy Bithday Charlize Theron

30 Ballparks in 28 Days

Brothers Brigham and Todd Shearon of Windsor, Ontario, begin a cross-continent baseball odyssey tonight at the Rogers Centre: 30 games in 28 days. Their journey to 30 ballparks in 28 days is meant to raise awareness of social anxiety and panic disorders. God I hope they find a cure.

The details:

Aug. 7 – New York Yankees at Toronto
Aug. 8 – Tampa Bay at Detroit
Aug. 9 – Atlanta at New York Mets (12:10 p.m.); Florida at Philadelphia (7:35 p.m.)
Aug. 10 – New York Yankees at Cleveland
Aug. 11 – Washington at Arizona
Aug. 12 – Pittsburgh at San Francisco
Aug. 13 – Minnesota at Seattle
Aug. 14 – Chicago White Sox at Oakland
Aug. 15 – Houston at L.A. Dodgers
Aug 16 – Arizona at Florida
Aug. 17 – Cleveland at Tampa Bay
Aug. 18 – Arizona at Atlanta
Aug. 19 – NY Mets at Washington
Aug. 20 – St. Louis at Chicago Cubs (1:20 p.m.); Kansas City at Chicago White Sox (8:11 p.m)
Aug 21 – Atlanta at Cincinnati
Aug. 22 – Florida at St. Louis
Aug. 23 – Seattle at Texax
Aug. 24 – Cleveland at Kansas City
Aug. 25 – Washington at Colorado
Aug. 26 – Toronto at Los Angeles Angels
Aug. 27 – Arizona at San Diego
Aug. 28 – St. Louis at Houston
Aug. 29 – Cincinnati at Pittsburgh
Aug. 30 – Tampa Bay at Baltimore
Aug. 31 – Baltimore at Boston
Sept. 1 – Pittsburgh at Milwaukee
Sept. 2 – Kansas City at Minnesota
Sept. 3 – Seattle at New York Yankees

FREQUENT FLYER MILES per person: 12,620

Value of NHL Teams as Calculated by Forbes Magazine

1. Toronto Maple Leafs $332 (in millions)
2. New York Rangers $306
3. Detroit Red Wings $258
4. Dallas Stars $248
5. Philadelphia Flyers $246
6. Boston Bruins $235
7. Montreal Canadiens $230
8. Colorado Avalanche $219
9. Los Angeles Kings $205
10. Vancouver Canucks $192
11. Tampa Bay Lightning $172
12. Chicago Blackhawks $168
13. Minnesota Wild $163
14. Ottawa Senators $159
15. Anaheim Ducks $157
16. St Louis Blues $150
17. Buffalo Sabres $149
18. New Jersey Devils $148
19. Edmonton Oilers $146
20. San Jose Sharks $145
21. Carolina Hurricanes $144
22. Phoenix Coyotes $143
23. Florida Panthers $142
24. New York Islanders $140
25. Columbus Blue Jackets $139
26. Calgary Flames $135
27. Nashville Predators $134
28. Pittsburgh Penguins $133
29. Atlanta Thrashers $128
30. Washington Capitals $127

Interestingly, the spread between the bottom 15 team ($23 million) is less than the spread between the top 2 valued teams ($26 million).

It was announced today that Tampa Bay has been sold subject to league approval. No sale price has been made public but it will be interesting to see if it sold for the Forbes valuation figure. The franchise price was $115 million and the owner has lost a total of $60 million so the Forbes value would allow the seller to walk away at about the break even point.

Jim Basillie's bid for the Predators was higher than the value of all but 5 or 6 teams and almost double the franchise's actual value. Still the current bid is $193 million which is more than the value of 20 other franchises and about $60 million above the Forbes value.

Are You Worried?

The Official "Vick"Dog Chew Toy

You can buy it here.

I Think My Daughter Would Vote for Me

There’s one vote that Rudy Giuliani definitely can’t count on in his 2008 presidential bid: his own daughter’s. According to the 17-year-old Caroline Giuliani’s Facebook profile, she’s supporting Barack Obama.

On her profile, she designates her political views as “liberal” and—until this morning—proclaimed her membership in the Facebook group “Barack Obama (One Million Strong for Barack).” According to her profile, she withdrew from the Obama group at 6 a.m. Monday, after Slate sent her an inquiry about it.

Train Wreck Update

Hey she is showing some colourful undies today. Works will with the see-through white dress.

Another Shooting: Toronto's 50th Homicide of the Year

Toronto saw its 50th homicide victim of the year on the weekend when a teenager died after being shot in the chest in the stairwell of a residential building in north Regent Park.

Police identified the victim as Kevon Hall, 19, who was unconscious when officers arrived at the scene on Saturday and succumbed to his injuries later in hospital. Mr. Hall, who was known to police, was visiting a friend on the third floor of a Gerrard Street East building, said Detective Sergeant Bill Vieira of the Toronto homicide squad. A firearm was retrieved at the scene.

Police have not arrested any suspects, and aren't sure if the victim was an intended target or if the shooting was random.

Recent gang sweeps have not really put a dent into the number of shootings in Toronto this summer. Although crime rates are down, there is a segment of the community that are emersed in the gun culture and is endangering others in the community.

Monday, August 06, 2007

I see the Toronto Argos are checking out some new quarterbacks

Armless Driver Gets 5 Years In Prison On Latest Traffic Charges

A man with no arms and one leg who wouldn’t stop driving despite a long list of traffic violations was sentenced to five years in prison Friday on the latest charges.

Michael Francis Wiley, 40, also was sentenced to 15 years of drug offender probation. He pleaded no contest in June to a variety of felony driving and drug charges.

Wiley taught himself to drive after losing both arms and a leg in an electrical accident when he was 13. He has already spent more than three years in prison for habitually driving without a license, kicking a state trooper and other charges.

He once had a valid license, but it has now been suspended several times since 1985, according to his attorney. He starts the car with his toes, shifts with his knee and steers with the stump of his left arm. He turns on the lights with his teeth.

In his most recent brush with the law last May, Wiley sped off in a Ford Explorer when police approached him at a convenience store, officials said. Officers pursued, but called off the chase after eight minutes because they did not want to put others in danger, police said.

Thanks Matthew!

...I feel better about myself afer seeing this picture.

This is My Wife's Kind of Guy I'm runner up!

Collapsed Bridge Photos

Man Jumps White House Fence

A 22-year-old man who was "not fully clothed" jumped the north fence into the White House grounds on Sunday and was immediately apprehended, the U.S. Secret Service said.

Justin Manuel Arrieta, of Cocoa Beach, Florida, was arrested for unlawful entry and taken for processing to the District of Columbia police department, Secret Service spokeswoman Kim Bruce said.

She said Arrieta was only on the grounds of the White House for a matter of seconds and there were no reports of injury. She declined to say what he was wearing.

Scumbag Sells Drugs out of Ice Cream Truck

A Mister Softee driver who dished up pot and cocaine along with the ice cream was busted in his truck outside a Queens school yesterday, police said.

For certain customers, Jermaine Jordan, 26, of St. Albans, would double-cup his cold concoctions - tucking the drugs neatly between the two containers and giving new meaning to the term coke float, authorities said.

"People would approach and place their order," a police source said. "The bottom of their cup would contain their purchase, either cocaine or marijuana."

Jordan was arrested as he made his usual stop in front of Intermediate School 8 in South Jamaica - just as kids were being dismissed from summer camp, police said.

Parents outside IS 8 said they were disgusted by the alleged drug-dealing - especially since the suspect is a man they had come to know from his three years of driving the ice-cream truck.

Armed with a search warrant, four squad cars descended on the ice-cream truck about 5p.m., and cops grabbed Jordan, who has served time on a weapons charge, police said.
The officers recovered unspecified quantities of cocaine and marijuana as well as a loaded .380 semiautomatic pistol from the truck.

Narcotics cops had been investigating Jordan for six weeks after getting a tip, Coan said. Jordan allegedly sold drugs throughout his Jamaica route.

Police don't believe that he was selling to schoolchildren. Basically, he would serve people he either knew or felt comfortable serving. There was no specific code word, per se. He had to size you up, and if he felt comfortable, he would serve you.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

What a Surprise: Bad Bosses Get the Promotions

How do people get ahead in the workplace? One way seems to be by making their subordinates miserable, according to a study released Friday.

In the study to be presented at a conference on management this weekend, almost two-thirds of the 240 participants in an online survey said the local workplace tyrant was either never censured or was promoted for domineering ways.

"The fact that 64.2 percent of the respondents indicated that either nothing at all or something positive happened to the bad leader is rather remarkable -- remarkably disturbing," wrote the study's authors, Anthony Don Erickson, Ben Shaw and Zha Agabe of Bond University in Australia.

Despite their success in the office, spiteful supervisors can cause serious malaise for their subordinates, the study suggested, citing nightmares, insomnia, depression and exhaustion as symptoms of serving a brutal boss.

The authors advocated immediate intervention by industry chiefs to stop fledgling office authoritarians from rising up the ranks.

"As with any sort of cancer, the best alternative to prevention is early detection," they wrote.
They faulted senior managers for not recognizing the signs of workplace strife wrought by bad bosses. "The leaders above them who did nothing, who rewarded and promoted bad leaders ... represent an additional problem."

The study will be presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, a research and teaching organization with nearly 17,000 members, from Sunday to Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Minor League Baseball Promotions

The Long Beach Armada of Los Angeles of California of the United States of North America Including Barrow, Alaska reacted to the recent NFL dogfighting scandal by hosting Michael Vick Animal Awareness Day. Fans were encouraged to bring their dogs to the game and anyone who brought a Vick jersey or shirt was given free admission. The in-game promotions were changed to make the dogs more welcome, including a doggie first pitch, a wiener dog race and dog washes. And don’t worry about the dogs leaving a mess on the field.
The Lowell Spinners put on Political Correctness Night. The names of the positions were changed, leaving the Spinners playing “first base-person” or “vertically challenged stop.” In a classy touch, errors weren’t announced to the crowd so the players didn’t get embarrassed.

Mullet Night is the kind of promotion only Jeff Foxworthy could love. Fans seeing the Portland Beavers are urged to dress up like rednecks and participate in toilet seat horseshoes and the unofficial hub-cap tossing world championship.

Drag in Drag Night has been in the works for a long time. Brave volunteers from the Winston-Salem Warthogs front office volunteered to dress up in drag for this game, but only four will get the, um, honor. Throughout the month of July, fans could donate money to one man’s jar; the four lucky winners will get to drag the infield in dresses. And no, it’s not all for kicks; all the money raised is going to the Special Olympics.

Finally flocculent fans can show of their unintentional sweaters at the Hairiest Back in Louisville Contest at this Louisville Bats game. The winner of the contest gets free hair removal courtesy of Avanti Skin Centers.

Mena Suvari Used to be the "It Girl"

...but not any more. What happened to her?

The Guergis Dynasty

If you are up in cottage country this weekend you might come across into a copy of of Simcoe Life magazine which has a cover story on the Guergis family. Not quite at the same level as the Kennedy or Bush families but they have certain dominated Simcoe politics for some time.

Karam Guergis was born in Turkey and moved his Assyrian family to Canada and eventually settled in Angus in 1949. His son George was first to jump into politics and was Essa Township reeve and Simcoe County councillor from 1971-74. George's son Edward served as Essa Township councillor, Simcoe County councillor and Essa deputy reeve from 1978-85.
Two brothers, Tony and David, nephews of George, entered politics during the last decade. Currently David is Essa Township mayor and a Simcoe County councillor. Tony is Simcoe County warden. Their cousins, Helena Geurgis and Christine Brayford (they are sisters) are the most recent additions. Christine is New Tecumseth councillor and Helena is MP for Simcoe-Grey.

I have had no interactions with the family other than Helena. Her love for politics is certainly there. But I have never been impressed with her intellectual or decision-making skills. She is certainly a political animal but I expect more from elected representative - especially those that grace Parliament.

Something for a Long Weekend

A-Rod to Challenge Bonds

It seems only appropriate that Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest player (and the 22nd player) to hit 500 homeruns, on the same day that Barry Bonds hits homerun #755 to tie Hank Aaron. Because it becomes the wish of all baseball fans that Rodriguez will someday surpass Bonds and remove his tainted record from the books. There is no question Bonds is a great players but his relentless pursuit of the Aaron record has hurt not only his reputation but that off the game of baseball.