Saturday, November 24, 2007
A 19-year-old was shot dead in a volley of gunfire in the parking lot of a small east-end plaza over the lunch hour on Friday just steps away from a high school, a townhouse complex and apartment building with a daycare centre. The schools were locked down for about 90 minutes. Homicide number 75.
Police found a gunshot victim in a parkade in the northeast end of the city. Homicide number 76.
Man was stabbed to death at an east-side apartment complex on Friday night, Homicide number 77.
Police are looking for bizarre perverted couple who gave a woman a lift. The male tried to sexually assault her while his female companion tried to perform a sex act with him.
Can't wait to get back home.
She received a proposal on the show in 2004 from professional bass fisherman Byron Velvick. Delgado was taken into custody just after midnight Wednesday on a battery charge and was under the influence of alcohol when she was arrested, according to a police affidavit. Story is here.
I can see a new reality TV show coming out of this. OK, maybe it needs some work.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
The Times reported that some women oblige, generating a more energetic response than the team does during the game. Others risk getting groped, being spat on, or having beverages hurled at them. The article also quoted a Meadowlands official as saying that the management is aware of the bawdy behavior but can’t figure out what to do about it. After all, there are hundreds of fans, and guards can hardly catch all of them. So, instead of trying, they threaten to arrest a reporter at the scene.
This behaviour is pretty disgusting and degrading in public facility where parents bring their children. Unless the Meadowlands intends on competing with Scores. Women who oblige the crowd are approached by security staff while the instigators continue on their merry way.
Conservatives: 36% (last week 33%)
Liberals: 28% (29%)
New Democrats: 17% (17%)
Greens: 11% (12%)
Bloc Quebecois: 8% (8%)
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
No one's civil rights are being violated here. Schools are expected to set rules and community standards for youths (which some parents fail to do) and apply sanctions when they aren't followed. That's how the world works outside of school.
The LA Times has a comprehensive grid detailing the current status of basically every show on television. They also suggest that many shows normally go into reruns in December because viewership is low, and the networks will save new episodes until January, in case the strike continues. So no one can say when a show is going to run out of new episodes.
Monday, November 19, 2007
It has been suggested that the biggest battle for most part was at the start of the event, attempting to obtain one of the 1,600 blacklight-reactive, meter-long cardboard tubes that NewMindSpace -- the organizers of this endeavour -- created for the event.
Reports from the scene say six large, black-light cannons were situated in the middle of the crowd, aimed at lighting up the hand-painted tubes. After a few sword fights, a light sabre mosh pit emerged and people went a bit nuts. Arm kids with hand-painted pieces of cardboard and tell them they're acting out Star Wars and they'll have a tendency to go a little ballistic.
Santa makes an appearance at a Texas mall over the weekend.
No chimney so he rappels down an 80-foot sign.
Beard gets stuck in rope about 30 feet off the ground.
Children watched tearfully from below as emergency crews rescue stuck Santa.
Once rescued, shoppers continue with their shopping.
Full story and video here.
But as a colleague of mine often says, "even a blind squirrel will come up with the occasional nut." Bad teams can have great games and great teams can play some awful games. And the NHL season is made up of 82 games.
When looking at the Leafs over the first 21 games, they have been the model of inconsistency much as they have been for the last two seasons. They swing between good and bad games without any predictability. They did everything right on Saturday night but against the Bruins on Thursday, they did everything wrong. Without an extended winning or losing streak, the Leafs will likely repeat the scenario played out in the past two season which is fighting for the last playoff spot right to the last weekend of the season.
Leaf management is reluctant to change the core of this team because on paper it looks good and frequently during the season also looks good on the ice. As well, with the salary cap and structure of teams today, changing your core is not easy. But this team will never succeed because the team chemistry isn't there. Five years ago the Leafs were a tough team to play against. Ask the Senators. Back then they has Roberts, Corson, Domi, Green, Belak and chippier versions of McCabe and Tucker. Today they are playing soft and the only tough guy Belak sits because he can't play a shift without taking a penalty.
During the 1st quarter of the season, some Leafs have had strong starts. Sundin is having his best start in 5 years and has been close to the NHL scoring leader all season. Antropov is having a break out season and has not yet missed a game with an injury. And he is doing it without been on a line with Sundin. Steen and Stajan have begun to develop the makings of a shutdown line that can score on occasion. Wellwood has only played a few games but has shown how important he is to a team that lack much creative play. Kubina has bounced back from a terrible season until he got hurt.
But that's about it. Blake has been unable to find the back of the net. This could be blamed on his health problems but for the fact that he leads the team in shots on net. Toskala has been unable to win the starting job that was his for the taking. McCabe leads the team with a -6 and has made rookie mistakes that get him on the sports news' highlights.
Specialty teams have been awful. Third periods for the most part have been a disaster. They might as well concede games that go into a shootout. If teams carry a designated fighter (who rarely wins games for you) then why don't they carry a designated shootout specialist? Certainly the Leafs need one and a few more shootout wins are all that the Leafs needed the past 2 seasons to get into the playoffs.
New Democrats: 17%
Bloc Quebecois: 9%
This poll is different than some of the others because it shows the Greens at traditional strength. Other polls having them higher reflect a "parked" vote which may have gone back to the Liberals at least when it comes to this sample of voters. The latest Harris-Decima poll also shows no clear winner:
New Democrats: 17%
Bloc Quebecois: 8%
Strategic Counsel polling numbers have the Conservatives and Liberals even.
New Democrats: 12%
Bloc Quebecois: 10% (an estimate since not provided)
The numbers are a sudden shift in popularity since the Conservatives received quite a nice bump following the release of their mini-budget which was loaded with tax cuts. The only explanation is that the allegations against former prime minister Brian Mulroney are influencing voters.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
When you look at the number of goals scored by top line players and their salaries you can begin to understand how difficult it is to be a general manager in the NHL. With the salary cap there is little room for error but much to gain by finding a inexpensive gem.
For example, on the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jason Blake has scored only 2 goals in 21 games which works out to $500K per goal. Ouch! Nik Antropov has scored 9 goals but since his salary is one-half of Blake's, it works out to $51K per goal. Any GM could live with that.
The NHL goal scoring leader with 16 goals is Ilya Kovalchuk and he is earning $92K per goal. The biggest busts in the NHL are Sergei Sampsonov and Doug Weight. Both are earning $3.5 million but have yet to score. Other busts are:
Michael Handzus $930K/goal
Chris Drury $569K/goal
Jarmor Jagr $512K/goal
Scott Gomez $445K/goal
Patrick Elias $365K/goal
Sergei Federov $359K/goal
Glen Murray $300K/goal
Marc Savard $263K/goal
Patrick Marleau $262K/goal
And the best bargains in the NHL are:
Cory Perry $14K/goal
Patrick Sharp $18K/goal
Mike Richards $19K/goal
Paul Stastny $22K/goal