Saturday, March 08, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
When it's all over we might set a record for most snow in one winter. I would rather we set records like the most sunny days.
Here is what is expected this weekend:
Friday, 4pm-10pm: 3-5cm
Saturday, 4am-1pm: 3-7cm
Saturday, 1pm-11pm: 5-10cm
Also, the biggest snow fall for March 8 was 17.8 in 1980 according to Environment Canada.
On a light side, may be approprite to rewatch Rick Mercer's Special Report - Snow in Toronto.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Japanese bikini model-turned-actress has been acquitted on trespass charges because a recreation of the alleged crime showed she couldn't possibly have fit through a hole because of her ample bust.
The model, who goes by her professional name of Serena Kozakura, had been sentenced to 14 months in prison for willful destruction of property after a Nov. 6 incident in which she allegedly kicked a hole the door and re-entered her boyfriend's apartment following an argument with another woman she had discovered there. The 38-year-old model had appealed the sentence to the Tokyo High Court.
But it appears that sometime, size DOES matter.
During the appeal hearing, the man and another witness both testified that Kozakura had kicked a hole in the door and then squeezed through to re-enter the apartment. But the hole in the door measured 28.3 inches by 8.7 inches - and that was way too small for Kozakura to fit her famous 40 inch bust through.
Below is a video of Serena demonstrating that there's no way her boobies could get through that hole (at about 3:30 into video).
Well it turns out that mini-celebrity Obama Girl (Amber Lee Ettinger) never got around to vote for Barack Obama in the New Jersy primary. He could have used her help since he didn't win Jersey but it seems she wasn't feeling well enough to vote.
Likely she had no idea that there was a primary in New Jersey. Well maybe she can get her dancing ass into the voting booth this November.
Weiner has said that , “Roger Clemens has been shamed. I think the public record is replete with examples of how he did not likely tell the truth. What is the public benefit of continuing with an FBI investigation?”
1. You refine heroin for a living, but you have a moral objection to beer.
2. You own a $3,000 machine gun and $5,000 rocket launcher, but you can't afford shoes.
3. You have more wives than teeth.
4. You wipe your butt with your bare left hand, but consider bacon "unclean."
5. You think vests come in two styles: bullet-proof and suicide.
6. You consider television dangerous, but routinely carry explosives in your clothing.
7. You were amazed to discover that cell phones have uses other than setting off roadside bombs.
8. You bathe at least monthly whether necessary or not.
9. You've ever had a crush on your neighbor's goat.
The streets around Times Square were shut down (now traffic can pass through) and subway service passed through the Times Square station without stopping (it's back to normal now), as authorities investigated the scene. WNBC reports police were searching for a "suspect seen on a bicycle fleeing the scene after the blast" - a witness saw a man wearing a grey jacket with a hood "pulled tight with a drawstring" heading south.
According to WABC, police say the device was an improvised explosive, a "green ammunition can" with a low level of explosive. A hotel guest at the Marriott Marquis nearby said, "I was up on the 44th floor and I could feel it. It was a big bang," while another said, "It shook the building. I thought it could have been thunder, but I looked down and there was a massive plume of smoke so I knew it was an explosion."
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
The water was set loose from Glen Canyon Dam on the Arizona-Utah state line today and is expected to flow for three days. Officials say the canyon's ecosystem was permanently changed after the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam in 1963.
Jim Gilmour (VA) - 38% said the former governor had been a candidate and they were correct
Ted Stevens (AK) - 46% said the senator had been a candidate and they were wrong
Lindsey Graham (SC) - 46% also the senator was a candidate and they were also wrong
Tom Tandcredo (CO) - 46% said the congressman had been a candidate and they were correct in this case
Mike Gravel (AK) - 61% selected the former senator as a candidate and they were right
Bob Ney (OH) - only 23% chose the former congressman but that would be impossible because he is serving a 30-month prison term for his part of the Abramoff lobbying scandal
and Cold-fX group 54.6%.
Here are the delegate counts according the the Associated Press. They indicated that 170 delegates from Tuesday’s contests have yet to be assigned, many from the Texas caucuses.
Democrats (2,025 needed to win)
Republicans (1,191 needed to win)
UPDATE - The caucus numbers are in and the Democrat delegate count now stands at:
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
If I'm wrong - sue me!
Rudy Guiliani –Rudy’s site seems to have been stripped of all content – much like his failed candidacy. The front page has lots of blank spaces and so do much of the category pages. You can still give money though.
Chris Dodd – Currently asking for donations to help pay his campaign debts.
Joe Biden – You can see a video thank you speech from Joe and then scroll through his other campaign ideas.
John Edwards – A thank you note.
Bill Richardson – A thank you note.
Dennis Kucinich – There’s an article on his concession speech. But no real note of thanks from him. But Kucinich is in a tough fight for his Congressional seat so that site is up and kicking.
In case you missed it, while campaigning in Ohio, Obama had harshly criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement, which many Ohioans blame for an exodus of jobs. He agreed last week at a debate with Hillary Clinton that the United States should consider leaving the pact if it could not be renegotiated.
On Monday, a memo surfaced indicating that one of Obama’s senior economic policy adviser, met officials last month at the Canadian consulate in Chicago. According to the writer of the memo, Joseph De Mora, a political and economic affairs consular officer, Canadian officials were assured that Obama’s protectionist stand was “more reflective of political maneuvering than policy.”
In other words he didn't mean it. Or some people might describe it as lying. Of course Obama's campaign staff say the memo is inaccurate. Good New York Times article on it.
Family Day in Ontario
I think "Family Day" is a poor choice when naming our new holiday in Ontario. As I understand it, a new holiday was called for primarily because people need a break at this time of year, a period with the longest gap between holidays and a high rate of depression.
Although it first appears to be an inclusive name, "Family Day" invokes social conservatism and the diminishing nuclear family, and alienates many who have no close or living family. I think calling the new holiday "Happy Day" would promote individual fulfillment, as well as a sense of community.
Mike Evans, Toronto
Well I'm not too sure how much more inclusive "Happy Day" would be. As Mr. Evans points out there are a lot of people in society who suffer from depression and they may also feel alienated if they don't ever experience any happiness in their life. How about "Third Monday in February Day"? Who would be offended by that? Come to think of it people who don't follow the Julian calendar.
OK, we are accepting suggestions for the new holiday that would offend or alienate anyone in our community. Anyone got one?
Monday, March 03, 2008
Still two Brooklyn community leaders, Asher Friedman and Rabbi Avraham Shor, mobilized opposition to the concert late last month, warning that the concert would promote “ribaldry and lightheadedness… strip the youth of every shred of fear of heaven.”
It sucks to be Hassidic.
The concept is actually turning an idea used by teens to outsmart their teachers on its ear. Ringtones at high frequencies tend to be inaudible to adults and are used by students to evade attention when their cell phones rang. Now that disparity is being used to annoy younger people away from places where they normally congregate socially, like building lobbies and vestibules.
The Post quoted a doctor who said that extended exposure to any frequency at 85 decibels could cause hearing damage.
It seems the show has become a mandatory stop for candidates and it was Hillary's turn. I'm guessing Obama may be on again real soon.
Most recently, the NYPD used the turned-over records of nearly 200 club goers to identify Eric Lee, a Yonkers native arrested for a shooting death.
ID scanners outside of NYC clubs don't just check one's age for admittance. The devices record the names, addresses, and other identification information belonging to patrons. This information is stored and becomes available to police as needed or wanted.
I'm wondering if Canadian privacy laws would allow for a similar tactic?
The latest round had Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty sending Prime Minister Stephen Harper and strongly worded letter accusing the finance minister of purposely sabotaging Ontario by saying the province's tax level makes it the "last place" new businesses would want to invest.
There are no winners in this type of dispute although it certainly can't be in Harper's best interests to be continuing this feud. He would dearly love to go to the polls soon and return with a majority. Frankly the only thing that stands in his way is Ontario and more specifically Toronto. The Conservatives have struggled in Canada's largest city and taking on a popular provincial government is going to help their cause - at least not here. Lets' face it the recent provincial election has indicated that Ontarians are satisfied with the provincial government so I can't see how knocking it will be a vote winner. This is just another example how Harper does something good and then shoots himself in the foot.