Saturday, February 23, 2008
The birthday party was asserted as evidence that the Mitchell Report's was sloppy and inaccurate and McNamee was either lying, confused, or simply mistaken. Clemens' lawyer brought forward several pieces of evidence that supposedly supported his client's absence at the birthday party.
According to a news story in The Houston Chronicle, the father of a young man now playing college baseball was disturbed by McNamee's treatment the during the Congressional Committee, because his son had a photo taken of himself and Clemens at Canseco's 1998 birthday party stuck on his wall for a decade. The photo hasn't been produced yet, because the player is worried about what impact the whole mess could have on his prospects as a professional ball player.
Clemens vehemently denied multiple times that he was at Canseco's party that day and testified the same before the House Committee. When news that there might be a picture of Clemens at the birthday party in question, lawyer Rusty Hardin issued a statement backtracking from the certainty that Clemens was not at the party, saying that he may have stopped off there between playing golf and going to play a baseball game.
I always say, there are many versions to a lie but the truth never changes.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Hasbro is developing a global Monopoly board game to be called Monopoly Here and Now: The World Edition. Fun, right? Not quite.
Well you can vote for your favourite city online and the eventual winners will be featured on the final version. Hasbro recently removed the country name "Israel" after "Jerusalem" when it received complaints from pro-Palestinian groups. And then, you guessed it, Hasbro received even more heat from people online who noticed the only city without a country was Jerusalem.
This issue has been a minefield for seasoned politicians and diplomats. Hasbro has now issued an apology for removing Israel from Jerusalem on its list of cities. The company also pulled all country names from other cities on the site when even more people complained because Jerusalem was listed as the only city without a country. What a mess.
Anyway there are still 6 days to vote for your favourite cities. Below is a list of the current top 10 list. A very strange list I might add.
#2 Quebec, Canada
#3 Taipei, Taiwan
#4 Lvyv, Ukraine
#5 Szczecin, Poland
#6 Winnipeg, Canada
#7 İzmir, Turkey
#8 Novi Sad, Serbia
#9 Chennai, India
#10 Johannesburg, South Africa
His campaign reported to the Federal Election Commission this evening that he loaned his campaign another $6.95 million during January to reach that total.
The former Massachusetts governor's total self-financing puts him past Steve Forbes, the wealthy publisher who spent $38 million on his run for the GOP nomination in 1996, but shy of the $63.5 million that H. Ross Perot spent on his 1992 third-party campaign.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain Tom Hanks and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home. Steven Spielberg and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski paint a harrowing picture of the price of war and heroism -- one that netted them Oscars for Best Director and Best Cinematography, respectively.
When attorney Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) reveals his HIV-positive status -- and his homosexuality -- to his co-workers, he soon finds himself unemployed. Seeking to sue for wrongful termination, Hanks works with the only lawyer who'll take the case: ambulance-chasing, homophobic Joe Miller (Denzel Washington). Hanks received an Oscar for his work in this Jonathan Demme-directed film -- the first major-studio picture to tackle the topic of AIDS.
The first movie since It Happened One Night to win all five major Academy Awards (picture, director, actor, actress, screenplay), Cuckoo's Nest still has the ability to entertain and inspire. Implacable rabble-rouser Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is committed to an asylum and inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse Mildred Ratched (Louise Fletcher).
This multiple Oscar winner follows a determined young athlete who, through her sheer determination, awakens a long-lost fire within two aging boxers. Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) to enter his life. Maggie's determined to go pro, and she eventually convinces Dunn and his cohort (Morgan Freeman) to help her get to the top.
This Emmy-winning movie of the week focuses on Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) and his friendship with fullback Brian Piccolo (James Caan). Coach George Halas (Jack Warden) encourages Piccolo to be Sayers's roommate during the season -- the first white-black pairing of its kind in professional sports. When Piccolo develops cancer, Sayers stands by his pal.
Since fake pharmaceutical ads for a drug called "Obay" starting appearing across Toronto and elsewhere last week, everyone has been speculating who is behind the campaign. I've heard rumours it was a street artist and the Scientologists.
It is beginning to come out that an advocacy group Colleges Ontario has told the Torontoist that it is behind the ads, and the organization just sent out a press release with information about a media launch event next Monday that promises to reveal the news behind Obay and its side effects on Ontario’s Post-secondary Education. The organization represents 24 colleges across Ontario.
The Israeli government has installed an early warning system to alert citizens but the the system only provides about 15 seconds advance notice of an attack.
Most will point out that the inhabitants on the other side of the border are much worse off. There is no arguing that. But the Israeli government has until now been successful in protecting civilians from attacks. Suicide bomb attacks have been pretty much shut down. However, Israel has failed to stop the daily barage of rockets.
The Biton family have lived in Sderot for almost 25 years. Both Debby and her husband were born in Sderot and have three children, Mor, Ziv, and Noa. The family has experienced two kassam rocket attacks on their home in the past seven years of rocket fire from Gaza. The door to the entrance of their house still has holes from the shrapnel of a rocket which exploded one year ago in their yard.
"Our home is no longer the center of our family life," says Debby. "My children cannot live with this rocket terror, so two have moved away to maintain a sense of normalcy." Morr, 22, is the oldest of the three children. She moved away a year ago to Ashkelon and studies at a college there. Her younger sister, Ziv, 18, has moved to Jerusalem to complete her high school studies and matriculation exams. For Ziv, life in Sderot was especially difficult, due to the fact that she is partially blind.
It became clear to Ziv that she must move out of Sderot when a rocket hit the school yard of her high school in eleventh grade. Because of her vision impairment, Ziv had difficultly locating the bomb shelter as her fellow students ran to safety when the red alert sounded. The fifteen seconds one has to escape to shelter once a rocket is launched from Gaza, is insufficient for those physically handicapped or visually impaired.
Sderot - Israel's Town Under Fire
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
On the Republican side, John McCain won a commanding victory over Mike Huckabee in the Wisconsin contest and Washington State. All but assured of his party’s nomination, McCain immediately went after Obama during a rally in Ohio, deriding “eloquent but empty” calls for change.
I had picked McCain to win the Republican nomination long ago though I had doubts when he slipped in the polls last summer. Obama is completely unexpected for me. I had expected Al Gore jumping into the race in the Fall of 2007 and taking the nomination. It should be an interesting contest between an older and experienced politician and someone more youthful and liberal candidate.
Democrats (2,025 needed to win)
Republicans (1,191 needed to win)
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Pettitte's close friends Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee testified in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last week, a hearing that Pettitte was excused from and did not watch. During the press conference, Pettitte said that he had not spoken to Clemens for about a month and that he considered retiring due to the situation, but it "wouldn't be the thing to do as a man."
The founder of the rock band Boston is enraged that Mike Huckabee is using his band's hit "More Than a Feeling" on the campaign trail. He's written a letter to Huckabee demanding the GOP candidate stop using it. "Boston has never endorsed a political candidate, and with all due respect, would not start by endorsing a candidate who is the polar opposite of most everything Boston stands for," wrote Tom Scholz. "In fact, although I'm impressed you learned my bass guitar part on 'More Than a Feeling,' I am an Obama supporter."
Sunday, February 17, 2008
City of Toronto
9:20 AM EST Sunday 17 February 2008
Freezing rain warning forCity of Toronto continued ..Several hours of freezing rain today..This is a warning that an extended period of freezing rain is imminent or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.
A large scale winter storm - currently over Missouri this morning - will track northeast towards the Great Lakes reaching northern Lake Huron early Monday morning. Associated with the storm is a band of freezing rain that will March across southern Ontario today reaching eastern Ontario this afternoon.
2 to 3 hours and about 2 to 3 millimetres of freezing rain has already been reported over most of southwestern Ontario early this morning. Sarnia..London and Kitchener provincial police are reporting very icy roads and dangerous driving conditions in these areas.
Meanwhile the freezing rain has just moved into the Golden Horseshoe area including the GTA and will move into regions along the 400 corridor during the next hour. Again...Freezing rain will likely persist for 2 to 3 hours producing an icy coating of 2 to 3 millimetres before the mercury rises above the freezing point and the precipitation turns to rain.