Saturday, May 03, 2008

Canada's Olympic Apparel are...UGLY

Roots has done a wonderful job with Olympic Team Apparel (1998 - 2004) but they didn't get the contract for 2008. The contract went to the Hudson Bay Company. Too bad because this year's duds look like a pile of crap. Not only that, but the clothes were made in China and not domestically. Roots also lost the U.S. team contact which went to Polo Ralph Lauren.

HBC spokesperson Hillary Marshall said Asia, and particularly China, is the only readily-available source for the specialty fabrics featured in the eco-friendly designs. Meant to help athletes cope with Beijing's heat and humidity, the fabrics include bamboo, cocona and organic cotton.

Great that the clothes are eco-friendly but why do they have to be so ugly.

Bush is not getting much love

A new CNN poll finds President George W. Bush's disapproval rating at 71%. To put that in perspective: President Nixon's disapproval rating was 67% just before he resigned in 1974; Harry S. Truman's was 66% in January, 1952, after he started a new war.

But hey the surge is working.


Spring Colours

I just can't help staring at your floral merkin

The Australian Fashion Week's most memorable moments … a floral merkin. You can look up merkin right here.

Mark David Chapman is Obssessed with Lindsay Lohan

File this under very creepy:

Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon has reportedly become obsessed with Lindsay Lohan--he's even turned his jail cell into a Lohan shrine. Chapman has plastered pictures of Lindsay all over the walls of his cell and has begged authorities to let him write to her so she can visit him in prison.

Chapman is classified as a dangerous psychotic and must remain solitary confinement. Chapman has been in prison for 27 years and incarcerated in Attica State Prison in New York. He became obsessed with Lohan when she took on the role of his girlfriend for the movie 'Chapter 27.' See movie trailer below.

Nothing to suggest that Darcy Tucker will be bought out

The Toronto Star had a story yesterday that appears to be pretty definitive regarding the status of Darcy Tucker. The Star states:

A question mark continues to float over winger Darcy Tucker's future in Toronto, with indications persisting that he will be the first Leaf to be bought out of his contract once the period for buyouts opens June 15.

And where did this information come from? Well Leafs interim general manager Cliff Fletcher wouldn't confirm or deny a Tucker buyout. So since Fletcher won't deny the story, the Star concludes it must be true.

Just one flaw in this line of thinking. When Cliff Fletcher came onboard he informed the media that he would not be confirming or denying rumours regarding trades and other player personnel changes. So his refusal to comment on Darcy Tucker's situation is consistent with what he has been doing since January. To read anything into his refusal to deny a buyout is pure folly.

But it makes for a good story in a week where nothing much is happening in the GM recruitment process.

Mug Shot of the Week

Friday, May 02, 2008

Princess Leia Admits to Banging Han Solo

It took 30 years to come out but it can hardly be surprising that Carrie Fisher had an affair with Harrison Ford while they were working on Star Wars. I think Carrie had an affair with everyone in Hollywood back then. Come to think of it, it's amazing she remembers anything from 30 years ago.

Kim Kardashian Backs Barack Obama

It seems that E! reality star Kim Kardashian is backing Barack Obama in his bid for the White House. Like that should completely shift the momentum toward Obama. Please tell me there wasn’t someone out there waiting to see who Kim Kardashian endorsed before they made up their mind.

Someone Finally Hit for the Blue Jays

A.J. Burnett scattered three hits pitching into the eighth inning and Alex Rios homered for the Toronto Blue Jays, who wrapped up a miserable road trip with a 3-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night. Rios was 3 for 5 at the plate and is the only consistent hitter on the team (batting average at .320).

Shannon Stewart who made Reed Johnson expendable is now just a part time fielder and DH with a .203 batting average.

You remember Frank Thomas. His spot as clean up hitter has been filled by Matt Stairs who is hitting .096 with men in scoring position. Yup. Riccardi has been putting together one scary lineup.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Roger Clemens Had Other "Family Friends"

If we're to believe the New York Daily News sources one of the other women who may or may not been good friends with the Rocket inside them is John Daly's ex-wife, Paulette. The Daily News says that from "several sources," Clemens and Paulette Dean Daly carried on an affair and he also provided her with financial support when needed. Daly, of course, had no comment about the alleged affair and merely stated that her and Roger were just friends.

Then there is Angela Moyer, a 30-year-old Realtor who lives in Harrisburg, Pa., and worked as a bartender from 2000 to 2004 at Sutton Place, in the New York East Side. That's roughly the same time Clemens pitched for the Yankees. Moyer acknowledged she knew Clemens, but has declined to discuss the relationship. Stay tuned because there are probably more babes that the Rocket banged.

Annie Liebowtiz Did Not Take This Picture

Hamas Adds 'Sinister Twist' to Holocaust Denial

Although Holocaust denial has long been a common theme among Palestinians, Hamas has added a 'sinister twist,' claiming that the Jews themselves devised the Holocaust to exterminate the disabled and handicapped among them so they wouldn't be a burden to the future State of Israel.

The documentary, which aired on Hamas Al-Aksa television on April 18 - two weeks before Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday -- was translated by the Palestinian Media Watch and can be found on YouTube.


Scarlett's new album is...not so good

So, Scarlett. I just heard your single, "Falling Down," from your upcoming album Anywhere I Lay My Head. And I want you to know that I still love you. We all make kind of lame mistakes. But that somg and video (below) is just so boring! But also you're doing Tom Waits covers and he didn't do pop music. So turning them into overproduced pop numbers just doesn't work. But I still love you!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Blue Jays Lose in 9th Again

So tonight they got 5 hits which is 3 more than last night. Two runs in the 9th was all they needed as the Boston Red Sox earned their second straight win in their last at-bat, 2-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays. Yeah who needs Frank Thomas anyway.

Supply and Demand


Dad Gives 7-Year-Old Hard Lemonade

A seven-year-old Michigan boy was taken into foster care - after his dad mistakenly bought him a hard lemonade at a baseball game.

Police and child protection workers said Christopher Ratte should have known that Mike's Hard Lemonade contained alcohol.

But Mr Ratte, 47, a professor of classical archaeology at the University of Michigan, insists he had no idea. "I'd never drunk it, never purchased it, never heard of it," Ratte insisted. "And it's certainly not what I expected when I ordered a lemonade for my seven-year-old." A security guard at Detroit Tigers' Comerica Park stadium noticed the bottle in young Leo's hand, confiscated it and contacted the police.

But it was another two days before Mr Ratte's wife, architecture professor Claire Zimmerman, was allowed to take their son home, and nearly a week before Mr Ratte was allowed to move back into his own house. Mr Ratte has filed a formal complaint with the CPS ombudsman's office.

Barbie has a rival in the Middle East

Some Egyptian parents who would not want to buy Barbies for their daughters are choosing to give them Fullas instead. Fulla, dressed in a traditional Islamic headscarf and overdress, comes with her own pink felt prayer rug.

Fulla is still single and there are no plans for an Islamic equivalent to Ken, Barbie's former boyfriend. However, a Doctor Fulla and Fulla as a teacher are planned - both respected careers for women.

Her extensive wardrobe has been modernised for the Egyptian market to include jeans and the type of colourful headscarves worn by many young women.

Meanwhile Barbie is in hot water elsewhere in the Middle East:
(AP) A top Iranian judiciary official is warning against the "destructive" cultural and social consequences of importing Barbie dolls and other Western toys.
In the latest salvo in a more than decade-old government campaign against Barbie, Prosecutor General Ghorban Ali Dori Najafabadi said in an official letter to Vice President Parviz Davoudi that the doll and other Western toys are a "danger" that nee
Publish Postd to be stopped.

"The irregular importation of such toys, which unfortunately arrive through unofficial sources and smuggling, is destructive culturally and a social danger," said the letter, a copy of which was made available to The Associated Press.

I'm confused


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Jays Lose in the 9th

Things continue to go bad for the Jays as they lose tonight 1-0 to the Red Sox in the 9th. The hard-luck Halladay (2-4) pitched his fourth straight complete game, but he's lost the last three as Toronto fell to 3-10 in its last 13 games.

One Hit Wonder

Melanie - Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) - 1969


Brad Penny crossed up Russell Martin and ended up nearly killing the umpire. Martin was expecting a curveball, Penny threw a fastball and it went right past Martin and into Kerwin Danley's face. Danley was knocked out, but he's going to be ok.

Mug Shot of the Week

For the third time in just over a month Stephanie Ragusa has found herself behind bars, charged with having sex with a minor. Ragusa had been out on bail when she was caught by police at the home of one of the boys she had a relationship with. Ragusa had been a teacher at Davidsen Middle School in Tampa when she began a relationship with a 14-year-old student in January 2007. Ragusa began a second relationship with another student, this one 15-years-old, in February of 2007.

Police arrested Ragusa March 13, 2008 and charged her with having sex with a minor. After she posted bail she was re-arrested on April 15 when police learned of her second relationship. She now remains behind bars following Monday’s arrest and she is scheduled to make an appearance in court Tuesday.

Convict Wants Meals Supersized

An overweight U.S. prisoner is suing the authorities for not feeding him enough after he lost about 98 pounds in jail. Broderick Lloyd Laswell, who is awaiting trial for murder, dropped to 308 pounds after eight months inside the Arkansas prison.

The prison says the meals average 3,000 calories a day - more than the US recommended daily intake for adults.

Laswell has filed a federal law suit complaining Benton County jail does not provide inmates with enough food.

"On several occasions I have started to do some exercising and my vision went blurry and I felt like I was going to pass out," he wrote in his complaint. "About an hour after each meal my stomach starts to hurt and growl. I feel hungry again."

Disney is a Slut Factory

You would think that with families as their target market, Disney would be careful about the the off screen image of their stars. Like whatever happened to the old-fashion morality clause?

The recent picture of 15-year-old Miley Cyrus in the new Vanity Fair was shot by Annie Leibovitz who has a history of provocative and unusual photos. I really like some of her work. And maybe you could over look the poor judgment by the Cyrus family if it was an isolated occurence. But it isn't. She is only 15 and has already had a steady steam of inappropriate pictures pop up on the Internet (some are below). So where are the parents to step in and set some boundaries. Too busy couting the money rolling in. And how about Disney which has always coveted a squeaky clean image. I guess also counting the cash. This is exploitation at its worse. But then Disney also gave us Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Vanessa Hudgens. They are a regular slut factory.

Newlyweds Brawl and Spending Wedding Night in Jail

Most newlyweds spend their wedding night having passionate sex. Not 25-year-old Christa Wielechowski and her new husband, 32-year-old Dr. David Wielechowski. The spent their wedding night locked up in jail.

It all started after the wedding. The Post Gazette reports that the Wielechowskis checked into the Holiday Inn in Ross, PA and began arguing before they even got into their room. The police complaint reads that Dr. David "then used a karate-style kick with his leg to kick Christa, knocking her to the floor." Yeah this marriage is going to really last.

Two guests heard the commotion outside and decided to help. They tried to calm Dr. David, but he started beating them. Instead of helping her rescuers, Christa joined her husband in beating them too. The fight continued into the elevator and then into the lobby. Yeah right of Borat only with clothes.

When they got to the lobby, Dr. David grabbed a metal planter and threw it at the two rescuers. After the fight finally ended, the rescuers were left with cuts, a knocked out tooth and a possible broken thumb. It's a good thing Dr. David is a dentist. Around $1,000 worth of damage was caused to the hotel.

Dr. David and Christa were both charged with simple assault, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. She was also charged with public drunkenness. They were arrested on Saturday night and both were released yesterday. Christa left jail in her wedding dress.

Michelle Pfeiffer is 50

...she obviously has good genes or a great surgeon.

How did he get away with it for 24 years?

It's impossible to imagine how a man could keep his family imprisoned in an underground apartment or actually a dungeon. But to keep it hidden from other families members for 24 years! Josef Fritzl is certainly a diabolical and twisted person who had to have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep his daughter Elizabeth and her children alive yet concealed for so long. We can only assume it was for some form of twisted pleasure - and control. Perhaps that's the primary driving force here. The need to control others must be so strong here that it seemed to over-ride every other human quality. We can't even fathom what went on in that cellar. You can only feel bad for this family.

Monday, April 28, 2008

TTC as an Essential Service

After Friday's surprise walkout by TTC workers, the public is clamoring for the government to declare the TTC an essential service. Premier Dalton McGuinty has indicated that the provincial government would be prepared to pass legislation to the effect, but only if the City of Toronto makes a request.

Essential service workers generally get paid more which is part of the compromise when taking away the right to strike. Some Toronto councillors who only see more money flowing to the union don't like the idea. But riders and those hit hard by Friday's unannounced walkout are all in favour of the idea. And so are a few TTC workers. Afterall since they are always legislated back to work then what is the point of having the right to strike.

I would like to know how much fares will have to go up before throwing my support to the move. I likely won't oppose irrespective of the cost but it would be nice to know.

Hey Clemens! How's that law suit coming along?

Wow, we did not see this coming on a rainy Monday morning. The Daily News drops a bombshell about Roger Clemens and his "SECRET AFFAIR." Their exclusive reports that for a decade, the Rocket had been carrying on with country singer Mindy McCready. I have no idea who McCready but she had a No. 1 single in 1996 with Guys Do It All the Time.

Things don't seem to be going the Rocket's way. Immediately after Brian McNamee came out with his drug use accusations, Clemens launched a lawsuit for defamation. Beyond the "I said, He said", Clemens planned to paint McNamee as a sleeze and himself as a clean cut family guy. This information benefits McNamee obviously because if it's proved that Clemens is a philanderer, anything is fair game, including his claim of sanctimonious purity.

For the record, Clemens denies a sexual relationship with McCready, whom he first met in a karaoke bar in Florida when she was 15 and he was 28,, married with 2 kids, and still pitching for the Red Sox. Clemens, lawyer, Rusty Hardin, issued this statement to the Daily News on behalf of Clemens:
"He flatly denies having had any kind of an inappropriate relationship with her…He's considered her a close family friend…He has never had a sexual relationship with her."

UDPATE: McCready has now confirmed that they did have a long term affair and that it did become intimate. I guess Roger will be calling her a liar too.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Argos Sign Another Troubled Athlete

The newest Toronto Argonaut has a lot in common with several of the club's marquee signings in recent years. But after all, Toronto is the place to go if you are looking for a second, third or fourth chance. The Argos are a forgiving bunch.

Wide receiver David Boston is a former NFL star with a ton of talent, a glorious football past and some colourful history off the field. That history includes positive tests for steroids, marijuana and cocaine, and a no-contest plea to a reckless driving charge settled this month. He's also awaiting trial on charges related to an argument with his wife last October.

It's not hard to see what the Argos like about him as a football player. The Arizona Cardinals picked him eighth overall in the 1999 NFL draft. He twice surpassed 1,000 yards receiving for the Cardinals and was chosen to the NFC Pro Bowl team after the 2001 season.

So is Boston going to do any better than Ricky Williams? Somehow it seems unlikely.

McCain Trolling for a Running Mate?

In hockey the players fight- In baseball it's the fans

When the Yankees and Red Sox met last week, someone captured the a fight in the stands.

Starbucks Continues to Lose Customers

According to The Independent of London, customers are continuing to desert Starbucks and the ubiquitous coffee house chain issued another profit warning last week, sending its shares plunging more than 10 per cent in after-hours trading. Its average outlet in the US is taking in around 5 per cent less in revenues than a year ago, it admitted.

Howard Shultz, the founder, who came back to run the day-to-day operations of the business when it ran into trouble four months ago, blamed an economic environment that is "the weakest in our company's history". Analysts, though, blame more effective competition from McDonald's and other rivals, and the effect of having too many Starbucks outlets in close proximity to each other (there are 5 outlets within a 5 minute drive from my house). Mr Shultz said Starbucks would not report the 10 per cent earnings jump previously expected for this year. More likely, earnings will be down, he said.

TTC Strike is Over

Earlier today, the provincial government—with Liberal, PC, and NDP support—passed legislation forcing TTC employees back to work in time for service to resume on Sunday night. Subways, busses, and streetcars are now running city-wide, and Monday morning will see the TTC running as normal, with full service.

The strike lasted 42 hours and fortunately ended before a weekday rush hour began. Lletting the strike go on would have crippled Toronto's economy and done further needless damage to the environment.

Under the back-to-work legislation, the TTC and its unions will have five days to agree to an arbitrator or mediator to finalize a contract. If they can't agree, the Minister of Labour will appoint one. The arbitrator or mediator must begin work within 30 days and complete a deal within 90 days, bearing in mind the city's ability to pay any increased costs.

There is a lot of resentment and anger over how the strike was sprung on the unsuspecting public. There was literally one hour notice on Friday evening when the union had previously promised to provide the public with 48 hours notice. I think the last minute strike call was strategic by the union executive to deliver the more militant members with a walkout while providing minimal pain to the public since it took place on the weekend. Had the public been given notice then the Legislature would have ordered them back before they would have had a chance to walk off the job. As well, a last minute strike on a weekday would have been crippling. So from the union executive's perspective it might have been a win-win scenario.

5-year-old girl handcuffed and arrested at school

St. Petersburg (Fla.) police officers handcuffed an unruly 5-year-old girl after she acted up in her kindergarten class.

A video camera, which was rolling March 14 as part of a teacher's classroom self-improvement exercise, captured images of the girl tearing papers off a bulletin board, climbing on a table and punching an assistant principal before police were called to Fairmount Park Elementary School.

Then it shows the child appearing to calm down before three officers approach, pin her arms behind her back and put on handcuffs as she screamed, "No!"\

Time for a new job?


Dancing Kittens

Leaf Nation! Brian Burke is not the Messiah!

The level of angst across Leaf Nation was incredible over the past week after Brian Burke announced that he would be completing the term of his current contract and staying in Anaheim for another season. Then to top it off, the ever vigilant media did 48 hours of nonstop analysis.

If Brian Burke really wanted to come to the Toronto Maple Leafs he could get out of his contract. If he expressed a strong enough desire to leave Anaheim, his employer would let him go. Afterall, who would allow someone to be in charge of their organization who didn't want to be there. Burke may want to move out east to be closer to his family but in his mind it doesn't have to be the Leafs. Then again, he does like his situation in Anaheim so he may even be persuaded to sign a contract extension. So forget the nonsense about waiting out the year for Burke. He's not that interested in Toronto.

But don't despair Leaf Nation. Burke is not a hockey Messiah. He has a good track record but he is not at the top of the heap. As GM of the Canucks, Burke’s teams missed the playoffs two of six years, went out in the first round three times and were eliminated in 7 games by the Wild in their lone second round appearance in 2003. He had some awful draft picks with the Canucks and traded R.J. Umberger for Martin Rucinsky - a move that just reeks of JFJ/ MLSE level incompetence: a first round prospect exchanged for an oft-injured mid-pack vet who played all of 13 games for the Canucks. Burke traded away a Canucks’ first round pick to bring Trevor Linden back to Vancouver. And what became of that first round pick? The Caps used it to select a guy by the name of Alexander Semin. The ridiculous Bertuzzi signing. I could go on and on to point out terrible draft picks, signings and trades made by Burke but why bother. He's not coming to Toronto anyway.

Though the top executives are just not available and likely not interested in moving here. However, there are some good executives who just as good as Burke who might be interested in the Leaf job. Don't ask me who they are. However, the media just can stop speculating who might get the job andqauite a few swear to have inside information. Somehow I doubt Gord Kirke knows himself. With 8 teams still in the playoffs, he may still need to wait to get permission to talk to some candidates.

But if I was asked to come up with a name of a guy who would do a great job and would also be available, it would be Doug Armstrong. He apprenticed under Bob Gainey and was an Assistant GM when the Stars one the Stanley Cup. He built the current Stars team that just knocked off the Ducks and could do the same to the Sharks. You could do a lot worse.

Megan Fox Voted Not So Bad Looking

So Megan Fox has been voted the No1 hottie in men's magazine FHM. For the unitiated, she's a star of Transformers who has the men drooling.

So here's a quick catch-up guide to Megan Fox...the world's number one internet star!
  • She'll be 22 next month.
  • She's engaged to Brian Austin Green of Beverley Hills 90210 fame.
  • She has nine tattoos and one on her back saying: "We will all laugh at gilded butterflies?", a line from King Lear (Shakespeare).