Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
The bright orange woman quickly ducked into a nearby restaurant and tried to wash the bills off and changed clothes, hoping to leave the scene. But she didn't grab a car. And she didn't even hail a cab. Instead, this genius decided to take the bus.
And you know what bus service is like. Police found "carrot top" waiting at a stop for the vehicle, quickly placing her under arrest.
According to police, 911 received a number of calls from a pay phone about swastikas on buildings and cars in Sheepshead Bay neighbourhood of Brooklyn; the culprit was described as a bald man. On December 21, the police received another call about vandalism and when police responded to where the pay phone, they found Pavel Andreenko. He denied being involved and was released.
However, a few days later, Andreenko punched a man while wearing paint-covered clothing. The outfit matched that of a man filmed by a surveillance camera spray-painting a swastika at a high school on Dec. 19."
And the bald man? That described his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend.
"He overcame a subversively good defence by Matt Hennessey that had some Canadians on the jury feeling sorry for the defendant and forced them to do the right thing."
Anyone ever heard of this term before?
Thursday, January 24, 2008
As reported in the Chicago Tribune, ESPN reporter Dana Jacobson was suspended for getting drunk and acting like a total ass at the Mike & Mike Roast in Atlantic City two weeks. I mention it only because it shows that women can now go out, get stinking drunk and be obnoxious just like us guys.
Jacobson made an absolute fool of herself, drinking straight vodka from a Belvedere bottle, mumbling along and cursing like a sailor as Mike & Mike rested their heads in their hands in embarrassment. She got booed off stage.
During her drunken rant, Jacobson, reportedly tried to make fun of Notre Dame by saying "Fuck Notre Dame, Fuck Touchdown Jesus, Fuck Jesus." I'm waiting for a video to be posted on YouTube.
Scarlett Johansson will release her debut album, Anywhere I Lay My Head, on May 20 which will feature 10 Tom Waits covers, as well as one original track, according to a statement released by her label Atco Records.
I'm a little leary but will keep an open mind.Below is Scarlett singing Summertime from Lost in Translation.
Did MSLE write Fletcher's remarks? Is Peddie still pulling the strings? It makes you wonder. Until Peddie is completely out of the picture I wonder how much will change for the better.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Canada 24: Jason Arnott, Brian Campbell, Ryan Getzlaf, Dany Heatley, Shawn Horcoff, Jarome Iginla, Ed Jovanovski, Duncan Keith, Vincent LeCavalier, Manny Legace, Roberto Luongo, Rick Nash, Chris Osgood, Dion Phaneuf, Chris Pronger, Mike Richards, Martin St Louis, Marc Savard, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal, Joe Thornton, Scott Niedermayer, Corey Perry, Mike Ribeiro
Russia 7: Pavel Datsyuk, Sergei Gonchar, Ilya Kovalchuk, Andrei Markov, Evgeni Nabokov, Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin
Sweden 3: Daniel Alfredsson, Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Sedin
Slovakia 3: Zdeno Chara, Marian Gaborik, Marian Hossa
USA 3: Rick DiPietro, Scott Gomez, Tim Thomas
Czech Republic 2: Tomas Kaberle, Tomas Vokoun
Finland 1: Kimmo Timonen
Slovenia 1: Anze Kopitar
Well over half the players in the game will be Canadian. Which makes me think that an interesting format might be Canada vs. The World. The number of Russians in the NHL has dropped off considerably as many are choosing to stay at home and play in the Russian Super League. There will be only 7 Russians in the All Star Game but considering there are only 31 Russians in the NHL this year, that means almost 25% are All Stars. Slovenia has only produced one NHL player ever in Anze Kopitar and he is in the All Star Game.
August 29 - Leafs named John Ferguson general manager.
September 27 - Signed free agent Ken Klee for 1 year.
October 28 - Signed free agent Clarke Wilm for 1 year.
January 10 - Claimed Craig Johnson off waivers from Anaheim.
February 11 - Traded Ric Jackman to Pittsburgh for Drake Berehowsky.
March 3 - Acquired Brian Leetch from the Rangers for Max Kondratiev, Jarkko Immonen and a 2004 draft pick.
March 9 - Acquired Ron Francis from Carolina for a 4th round 2005 draft pick.
March 9 - Signed a retired Calle Johansson.
March 9 - Claimed Chad Kilger off waivers from Montreal.
Season lost to lockout.
July 31 - Acquired Jeff O'Neill from Carolina for a conditional 2006 draft pick.
August 6 - Signed free agent Tie Domi for 2 years.
August 6 - Signed free agent Jason Allison for 1 year.
August 11 - Signed free agent Alexander Khavanov for 1 year.
Augusst 12 - Signed free agent Eric Lindros for 1 year.
August 18 - Signed free agent Jean-Sebastien Aubin for 1 year.
September 10 - Signed free agent Mariusz Czerkawsk for 1 year.
November 6 - Traded Nathan Perrott to Dallas Stars for a conditional 2006 draft pick.
February 11 - Resigned Thomas Kaberle for 5 years.
March 8 - Acquired Luke Richardson from Columbus for either a 2006 5th round draft pick.
March 8 - Traded Ken Klee to New Jersey for Aleksander Suglobov.
June 24 - Acquired Andrew Raycroft from Boston in exchange for Tuukka Rask.
June 29 - Re-sign Bryan McCabe for 5 years.
June 30 - Bought out Tie Domi and Ed Belfour.
July 1 - Signed free agent Pavel Kubina for 4 years.
July 1 - Signed free agent Hal Gill for 3 years.
July 18 - Signed free agent Mike Peca for 1 year.
July 18 - Signed free agent Bates Battaglia for 1 year.
October 7 - Signed free agent Signed Boyd Devereaux for 1 year.
January 10 - Claimed Travis Green off waivers from Anaheim.
February 27 - Acquired Yanic Perreault and a 2008 5th round draft pick from Phoenix for Brendan Bell and a 2008 2nd round draft pick.
February 27 - Sign Darcy Tucker to 4 year contract extension.
June 23 - Acquired Vesa Toskala and Mark Bell from San Jose for 2007 1st and 2nd round draft picks and a 2009 4th round pick.
June 26 - Signed free agent Simon Gamache for 2 years.
July 2 - Signed free agent Jason Blake for 5 years.
July 10 - Signed free agent Scott Clemmensen for 1 year.
January 11 - Claimed Dominic Moore off waivers from Minnesota.
January 22- John Ferguson is fired.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
City health officials insist the regulation will result in 150,000 fewer New Yorkers becoming obese over the next five years and at least 30,000 less diabetes cases. Other cities are looking at similar regulations.
1. Think "outside the box"
Avoid the establishment's preferred candidates because that is voting for the status quo. I think everyone knows who these candidates are. The establishment candidate are low risk politicians who aren't likely to shake things up. Going "outside the box" has its risks and once in a while you are going to get burned (eg., Jimmy Carter). That also means giving incumbents a good hard look rather than automatically voting for the most familiar name.
2. Focus on leadership and vision
Most voters focus on candidate's position on specific issues and fail to see the big picture. Often there isn't even a big difference in the candidate's positions on issues outside of the more contentious wedge issues. Leadership isn't just a buzz word, it's paramount. It's about how decisions are made, how they inspire people, what motivates them, how do they deal with crises, and whether they have integrity. How candidates handle themselves while under the spotlight of a campaign will tell you a lot about what kind of leader they will make.
3. Avoid candidates that go negative
Don't get sucked in by negative political ads. Politicians use them because they work. And don't believe their campaigns aren't behind the ads (Bush's swift boat ads) despite their claim of innocence. A politician that uses negative advertisement will likely carry on this type of activity in office. Character assassination is not a very good mechanism to communicate to people. You want to a candidate that focuses on their own merits without tearing apart their opponents. A good candidate can conduct themselves in a civil manner while debating issues.
4. Check where the money comes from
Candidates raise a lot of money and you should be concerned where it comes from. Are they going to be beholding to those that donate heavily. Do you want to maintain big business and interest groups' stranglehold on government. Also candidates that raise and spend big money are more likely to be the establishment candidates (ie., the status quo). Check out this website.
5. Don't focus so much on party
Many voters have voted for only one party their entire life. This type of thinking perpetuates the partisan nature of government. You need to focus on the candidate and not on whether they are red or blue. There are candidates with crossover appeal if you have an open mind.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Worst Picture of the Year
Daddy Day Camp
I Know Who Killed Me
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Worst Actor of the Year
Nicolas Cage, Ghost Rider & National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Jim Carrey, The Number 23
Cuba Gooding Jr., Daddy Day Camp
Eddie Murphy (as Norbit), Norbit
Adam Sandler, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Worst Actress of the Year
Jessica Alba, Awake, Fantastic Four & Good Luck Chuck
Logan Browning, Janel Parrish, Nathalia Ramos & Skyler Shaye, Bratz
Elisha Cuthbert, Captivity
Diane Keaton, Because I Said So
Lindsay Lohan (as Aubrey), I Know Who Killed Me
Lindsay Lohan (as Dakota), I Know Who Killed Me
This is in addition to casting their primary absentee ballots in the state where they last voted or physically showing up at voting centres in various locations around the world.
The Democrats Abroad will only have 22 delegates, with 11 votes. That's less than Wyoming (18) but more than American Samoa (9).
Then there is Rudy Giuliani. He has concentrated his efforts on Florida which he hopes to capture and then move on to other delegate rich states - New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. But is it too late to get back in the game? On This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Giuliani had to answer some tough questions about his strategy:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Mayor, you weren't even in the game yesterday -- sixth in Nevada, sixth in South Carolina. Ron Paul beat you twice. How do you spin that?
GIULIANI: We're concentrating on Florida. We've been here for two weeks. We've been campaigning here not quite full-time, but just about full-time for two weeks. We decided some time back that this is the place where we should put our most emphasis, that it worked out strength and weaknesses the best, and now we're ready for it.
We're ready for everybody to come down here, join us, start talking about who can lower taxes the most, who has the best record of a tax cutter, who's had the best record of stimulating an economy, which is so important, to people of Florida, the people of America.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But Mr. Mayor, when we spoke to you before Christmas, you said you were going to play in Iowa. You spent more than $2 million in New Hampshire, had more than 100 events there. There have now been six contests, and you've come in sixth or last five times. What do you say to Florida Republicans who are looking for a candidate who has proven they have broad-based support across the party, across the country?
GIULIANI: I say Florida can prove that. Florida is a microcosm of the country. It's a large state. It has virtually every, you know, diverse group that you can think of in different parts of the state, different economies in different parts of the state, different industries. This is a state that reflects America to a large extent, and we know this is the state that determined our president in the year 2000, so it's a state that's also very politically aware.
And the big issues here are the big issues in the country: Who can stimulate the economy, who can lower taxes. I have the biggest tax cut plan of anyone running. I have the most experience in cutting taxes of anyone running. And I've shown that it can work, that you can actually cut taxes and raise revenues, which is what really you have to do now if you want to deal with the deficit by also reducing spending.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Democrats (2,025 needed to win)
(the rest have 0)
Republicans (1,191 needed to win)