Saturday, November 22, 2008

Could Sarah Palin be an Obama Girl?

By now, no one's surprised at what slips out of Sarah Palin's mouth. On Wednesday, Palin offered her services to Barack Obama. Really.

Palin told CNN's Wolf Blitzer: "It would be my honor to assist and support our new president and the new administration."

On energy matters, one of her area of expertise, she and Obama are far apart. Palin is the original "drill, baby, drill" lady, while Obama is far more cautious about looking for oil in America. She told Blitzer, for instance, she was concerned about Obama's possible ties to William Ayers, the former Weather Underground member.

It's also not exactly clear how sincere Palin is about helping Obama.

Wendel Clark was a good player but not a great one

It was quite a contrast tonight. In Montreal the Canadiens were raising Patrick Roy's number 33 to the rafter while in Toronto, they were raising Wendel Clark's number 17. Roy was one of the game's great goalies. The winner of 3 Conn Smythe trophies, 3 Vezina trophies, 5 Jennings trophies, 3 Stanley Cups and inducted in the Hall of Fame. Clark never an all star, no trophies, no Stanley Cups, no Hall of Fame, no Team Canada, no NHL records. He was just a tough guy who could score.

There are few heros that have worn Leaf uniforms over the past 40 years and Wendel Clark's night at the ACC reflects how poorly the franchise has done. It was more a night to be sad than to celebrate.


Jessica Simpson got her lips done again. They look like Italian sausages. She is one of those talentless celebrities that don't disappear. Let's face it she can't act, her music sucks and I'm not sure how good of a football fan she is.

Stephen Baldwin is not moving to Canada

About a month ago Stephen Baldwin was accusing Barack Obama of being cultural terrorist and threatened to move to Canada if Obama won on November 4th. I know those who heard chuckled. If Baldwin can't live in America under Obama then how would he survive in a liberal country like Canada? Well it seems he was just joking.

Thank goodness!

Amsterdam to close some cannabis shops

Of the 228 coffee shops in Amsterdam, 43 must close by the end of 2011 because they are within 250 meters of a school. Keeping caffeine away from students isn't the issue - it's cannabis.

The policy on soft drugs in the Netherlands, one of the most liberal in Europe, allows for the sale of marijuana at coffee shops, which the Dutch have allowed to operate for decades, and possession of less than 5 grams (0.18 oz).

The coffee shops are a big draw with tourists and only 60% of customers are Dutch.

So Bill 118 needs to ban cereal bowls too?

Ontario Provincial Police responed to a single vehicle crash near Woodstock yesterday and found a woman covered in milk and cereal. Yes, it seems the woman was grabbing breakfast behind the wheel and hit some black ice.

Which goes to show why Bill 118, which when passed will ban cellphones and other electronic devices while driving, will not eliminated careless driving. You can not outlaw stupidity.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ashley Dupré wants you to think she is just a nice kid from the suburbs

Ashley Dupré’s perspective of the Eliot Spitzer sex scandal is interesting. Here is a middle class New Jersey girl whose stepfather is a prominent oral surgeon. An honour student in high school. She decides to earn some extra cash to cover a lifestyle that she really couldn’t afford. She treats her job as a call girl no different than working behind the counter at Macy’s. No consideration that her occupation was illegal and that others might be victimized by her actions. No moral compass here. Talk about someone who has lost her way.

Not surprising that someone like Dupré wouldn’t recognize a high profile politician like Eliot Spitzer. She suggests if it wasn’t her then it would have been some other girl. Isn’t that the same as a drug pusher suggesting that if he didn’t sell your kid drugs then someone else would have anyway?

Some media people are giving her the “Pretty Woman” treatment. Prostitution is alright if you are young, pretty and from a good home. She has supposedly turned down Hustler magazine but there haven’t been any job offers that require her to actually wear clothes. She is likely doing the Diane Sawyer interview because she has been unable to cash in on her fame.

Maybe she can hook up with Joe the Plumber and record an album.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Auto executives will eventually get their handouts

Memo to U.S. companies seeking a bailout: When visiting Congress to ask for money, leave the private jets at home.

During the House hearing today, Rep. Brad Sherman asked the three auto chiefs seated at the witness table before him to raise their hands if they had come to Washington on commercial airliners. No hands went up. Then he asked if any planned to sell their corporate jets. Again, no hands went up.

Rep. Gary Ackerman said there was "a delicious irony in seeing private luxury jets flying into Washington, D.C., and people coming off them with tin cups in their hands. ... It's almost like seeing a guy show up at the soup kitchen in high hat and tuxedo."

Congress is putting up a good show but I find it hard to believe that the Big Three won't eventually get money. Sure Congress will make them squirm for a while. But would the U.S. government actually allow GM to go bankrupt? They should but it just won't happen.

It's ludicrous to think that the automakers' problems are tied to the current financial crisis. GM has already failed. The government should do nothing that will delay bankrupt companies from filing for bankruptcy protection. But politicians worried about jobs will eventually fold on this one.

One Hit Wonder

Joan Osbourne - One of Us (1995)

Allison Margolin: 21st century dope attorney

She bills herself as the LA's Dopest Attorney.

As you can see Allison Margolin is pretty cool. She puts her hair up, wears a tank top and takes calls from LA rooftops. She's a 30 year old Columbia and Harvard University grad, writer, legal expert and activist trying to make a niche for herself on defending pot smokers.

Allison has her own website, personal blog, 888 number 888-DOPE-LAW, and youtube page.

I'm sure she would toke up with you too.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hey now!

This is Mary Delgado, former Buccaneers cheerleader, “winner” of TV’s “The Bachelor” in 2004, and five feet nine inches of trouble.

Yes, as if her long tousled hair and big rack weren’t hot enough, she also got arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a Texas border town.

This isn't Delgado's first run-in with the boys in blue. In November 2007, she was taken into custody on a battery charge after punching her Bachelor fiancé Byron Velvick in the mouth. Those charges were later dropped, and TMZ reported that Velvick posted Delgado's bond for her most recent arrest.

Mary is a bad bad girl.

YouTube is offering $100,000 to the first user to upload an original video

Now this is hilarious. The video claims YouTube will pay someone $100,000 if they upload a video that is original and has artistic merit.

Karolina Kurkova is not perfect

Recent photos of model Karolina Kurkova at a Victoria's Secret show look very unusual. She has no belly button.

Funny thing is that imperfections are usually photoshopped out of ads. In Kurkova's case, published pictures using her in ads have a proper navel photoshopped in (see below).

Happy 80th Birthday Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse debuted on November 18, 1928 under the name of Steamboat Willie. It was also the first cartoon with sound.

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter

Tim Burton is doing Alice in Wonderland and it sounds like a great cast with not only Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter but also Helen Bonham Carter (Red Queen), Anne Hathaway (White Queen), Alan Rickman (Caterpillar). Not coming out though until 2010.

Red Sox fan suing the Yankees

A Boston Red Sox fan sued the New York Yankees and two of its fans Tuesday, alleging he was attacked at Yankee Stadium last summer. In a suit filed in Manhattan federal court, Charles Hillios said he was harassed by two Yankees fans who objected to him cheering for the Red Sox last Aug. 29. The Massachusetts resident said in the suit that security warned the Yankees fans to leave him alone. But he said the fans "viciously attacked and physically assaulted" him when he went to a concession stand. According to the lawsuit, Hillios suffered serious injuries.

So what is the Yankees' response to the law suit? Well he asked for it and should have known to keep his mouth shut. It seems the Yankees can not be held accountable for fans who kindly helped then to the ground, where they could better kick them.

That’s right, the Yankees can’t be expected to control their fans. Not unless “God Bless America” is playing. In which case they will be tossed.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Homicide Squad has their own website

The Toronto police Homicide Squad launched a new website which is a multi-page repository of information about wanted suspects, unsolved cases dating back to the 1950s and a guide for those who have lost loved ones to tragic circumstances.

The site includes homicide comparison data. I took a look and it confirms that murders in Toronto don't fluctuate that much from year to year.

The year to date figures are:

2006 60

2007 72

2008 61

Dullest blog in the world

It's right here.

Dumbest woman of the year century

Janella Spears doesn’t think she’s a sucker or an easy mark.

Besides her work as a registered nurse, Spears – no relation to the well-known pop star – also teaches CPR and is a reverend who has married many couples. She also communicates with lightning-fast sign language with her hearing-impaired husband.

So how did this otherwise lucid, intelligent woman end up sending nearly half a million dollars to a bunch of con artists running what has to be one of the best-known Internet scams in the world?

Spears fell victim to the "Nigerian scam," which is familiar to almost anyone who has ever had an e-mail account.

For Spears, it started, as it almost always does, with an e-mail. It promised $20 million and in this case, the money was supposedly left behind by her grandfather (J.B. Spears), with whom the family had lost contact over the years. She started by sending $100, and eventually sent them her entire life savings of $400,000.

Canada, eh" is 2 years old

With my dad's passing I missed our 2nd birthday. Over 4100 posts and 300,000 hits later and still going strong.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Oy vey, woman suffers from foreign accent syndrome

CindyLou Romberg suffers from what doctors call Foreign Accent Syndrome, or FAS, an extremely rare brain disorder that, as the name implies, causes its sufferers to speak as if they are from a foreign country.

The syndrome is likely related to an accident in 1981 when CindyLou suffered a depressed skull fracture after falling out of a moving truck, scientists say. She recovered from a severe brain injury, and spoke normally until just two years ago when she lost her voice for a couple of days after a visit with a chiropractor.

When her voice came back, it was not the one she had grown up with.

Along with the foreign accents, Romberg has also dealt with an inability to say the names of her loved ones, including her daughter, Sadrianna.

Inmate mails himself out of jail

A manhunt is under way in western Germany for a convicted drug dealer who escaped by mailing himself out of jail.

The 42-year-old Turkish citizen - who was serving a seven-year sentence - had been making stationery with other prisoners destined for the shops.

At the end of his shift, the inmate climbed into a cardboard box and was taken out of prison by express courier.

When the weekly courier servicearrived to pick up several boxes of merchandise, the one containing the prisoner was also loaded into the back of the truck.

Shortly after it had passed through the prison gates, the inmate made his dash for freedom by cutting a big hole in the tarp of the truck and jumping off. His whereabouts are still unknown.