Thursday, February 05, 2009

Man arrested for public sex with blowup dolls

A 51-year-old man was arrested after he was found making out with blowup sex dolls in a grocery store parking lot.

Families say they witnessed a very private act in a Publix parking lot along Santa Barbara Boulevard.

The blowup dolls (pictured above) had female body parts and witnesses say 51-year-old George Bartusek was touching them very inappropriately.

"As I walk by I saw this guy with two blowup dolls - kissing them and bouncing them and trying to get people's attention," said a witness who wanted to remain anonymous.

Golfer sues after blinded by own ball

Paul Sanchez, a 67-year-old "occasional" golfer, sued Candia Woods Golf Links this week over an accident that left him blind in one eye.

Sanchez, of Manchester New Hampshire, was golfing with two or three friends in September 2006 when a ball he hit bounced off a yardage-marker and "whacked him" in the right eye, according to his attorney, Barry M. Scotch (yup that's his name).

In the lawsuit, Sanchez faults the course's owners for failing to warn him about the markers, which are used by golfers to decide what type of club to use and how much effort to put into a swing. The suit contends the course didn't warn Sanchez about the risk in the pro shop, on the scorecard or on any tee boxes.

Yeah, and they say America is too litigious.

Don Cherry is 75 - Happy Birthday Grapes!

Love him or hate him, Cherry is a Canadian icon. He is one of the most influential figures in hockey today. Now I don't agree with much of his message or the way he delivers it. But he is highly successful in reaching out to the common man - so thankfully he is not involved in politics. He has incredible energy and I wish him well.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Guide to the Israeli election

Forgotten in the Gaza War is that Israel is in the middle of an election campaign. The election is on February 10 but as always the outcome is unsure and voter trends keep shifting. There is a lot of strategic voting because no party has ever won a majority so voters also consider what the coalition government might look like.

Well there certainly is enough choice 34 parties registered up from 31 parties in 2006. New parties include: Koah Lehashpia (The power to influence), Israel's first party for the physically disabled; Tzabar, a young people's party; and Israelim, a party running on a platform of changing the electoral system. In 2006 only 12 parties won seats and this time around it will be a similar number.


Current # of Seats

Recent Polls










Israel Beiteinu









United Torah Judaism



National Union



National Religious Party



Arab Parties



Likud - Right, Zionist - leader Benjamin Netanyahu running for Prime Minister
Kadima - Centre-Right, Zionist - leader Tzipi Livni running for Prime Minister
Labour - Centre-Left, Zionist - leader Ehud Barak running for Prime Minister
Beiteinu - Extreme Right, Zionist
Shas - Ultra-Religious, Centre-Right, non-Zionist
Meretz - Left, Secular Zionist
United Torah Judaism - Ultra-Religious, Right, non-Zionist
National Union - Extreme Right, Zionist
National Religious Party - Extreme Right, Religious Zionist
Arab Parties - anti-Zionist

Wow Alice Cooper is 61 today

Seniors all look alike anyway


For those who never observed a hockey mom lose it

Which is why Hockey Canada released public service announcements like this...

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Sir, what's that chirping in your pants?

An Australian traveler was caught with two live pigeons stuffed in his pants following a trip to the Middle East, customs officials said Tuesday. The 23-year-old man was searched after authorities discovered two eggs in a vitamin container in his luggage, said Richard Janeczko, national investigations manager for the Customs Service

They found the pigeons wrapped in padded envelopes and held to each of the man's legs with a pair of tights, according to a statement released by the agency. Officials also seized seeds in his money belt and an undeclared eggplant.

The alleged bird smuggler, who arrived in Melbourne on Sunday on a flight from Dubai, was being questioned.

Israel is shifting to the right again

If the polls are right, the outcome of next Tuesday's Israeli election is a foregone conclusion. Not only does Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud seem bound to emerge as the largest single party, but the bloc of right-wing and religious parties that it leads seems certain to garner a winning majority in the 120-member Knesset.

All the latest polls put Likud ahead of Tzipi Livni's ruling Kadima Party, some by as many as 12 seats (34-22), others by as few as three (28-25), which theoretically is a small enough margin to be overcome via a coalition deal. But all the surveys without exception give the religious and right-wing parties a virtually unassailable lead, ranging from at least 10 seats (65-55) to as many as 18 (69-51).

That means Netanyahu is almost certain to be invited to form the next government.

The only question seems to be the nature of the coalition he forms. Will he go for a narrow right-religious government that includes the hard-line Yisrael Beiteinu party led by Avigdor Lieberman; two fervently Orthodox parties, Shas and Torah Judaism; and two national-religious parties, Jewish Home and National Union, associated with supporters of the settlements? Lieberman, who was born in present-day Moldova and once worked as a nightclub bouncer, wants Arab citizens to leave Israel, while at the same time encouraging greater Jewish emigration to the Jewish state.

Or will Netanyahu opt for a national unity government that also includes Kadima and/or Ehud Barak's Labor Party? Netanyahu claims his biggest mistake as prime minister from 1996 to 1999 was in not forming a national unity coalition with then-Labor leader Shimon Peres.

It is a mistake he does not intend to repeat.

This time, Netanyahu says, he wants to establish the widest possible national unity government with the parties on the right balanced by Kadima and Labor on the left. Likud insiders, however, suggest that he would actually prefer to leave Kadima in opposition, where he believes it will disintegrate as a political force. The thinking is that Kadima in opposition might split, with the hawks rejoining the Likud in return for government portfolios.

Buddy Holly died 50 years ago today

Monday, February 02, 2009

One Hit Wonder

Tom Cochrane - Life is a Highway (1991)

Shakira is 32 today

Imposter poses as Bob Hayes's sister

If you caught any of the Pro Football Hall of Fame election coverage over the weekend, you couldn't have missed Lucille Hester, who accepted the induction of her brother, the late Dallas Cowboys wideout "Bullet" Bob Hayes. Nothing wrong with that. If anything, Hayes, known as "The World's Fastest Man" and died in 2002, was probably overdue for induction. In fact, back in 2004 Dr. Z from Sports Illustrated resigned from his spot the Selection Committe in protest when Hayes was left out of Canton. So there was nothing unusual about Hayes getting in or his sister accepting on his accepting on his behalf.

Except for one thing. Lucille Hester isn't Bob Hayes sister. Hayes' business manager and best friend Ted McIntosh is telling the Dallas Observer she's a fraud.

Yikes! Six More Weeks Of Winter

Wiarton Willie in Ontario, Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania, and Shubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia all saw their shadows.

Right now I got a real hate for those critters.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Longest documentary film title, EVER!


Nah, its just another MLSE board meeting

...see I told you!

Fashion Disaster

Sarah looks ready for Sunday School.

Most Poverty-Stricken Place In The U.S.

Guess what the poorest area of the country is. It's Kiryas Joel.

This village has always had the distinction of being a cultural and religious enclave, but now it can add another: Kiryas Joel is the poorest place in the country.

According to the latest round of U.S. Census figures, released late last year, the village has the highest poverty rate in the nation, and the largest percentage of residents who receive food stamps. Only one other place in the 50 states has a lower median income. The median household income in Kiryas Joel is $15,848.

I've never heard of Kirya Joel, so I had to look it up.

Kiryas Joel is a village within the town of Monroe in Orange County, New York, United States. The great majority of its residents are Hasidic Jews who strictly observe the Torah and its commandments, and belong to the worldwide Satmar Hasidic dynasty.

Residents of Kiryas Joel, like those of other ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities, typically have large families...

Because of the sheer size of the families (the average household here has six people, but it is not uncommon for couples to have 8 or 10 children), and because a vast majority of households subsist on only one salary, 62 percent of the local families live below poverty level and rely heavily on public assistance, which is another sore point among those who live in neighboring communities.


When House Republicans planned their annual winter retreat, they extended an invitation to Alaska Gov. Sara Palin, hoping the party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee would give a morale-building speech to the more than 130 Republican members of Congress gathered this weekend in Hot Springs, Va.

Retreat organizers tell ABC News that Palin politely declined, giving a perfectly understandable reason. According to the Congressional Institute, which hosted the conference, Palin said she simply could not make it to the retreat because pressing state business made it impossible for her to leave Alaska this weekend.

So where was Palin this weekend?

Toronto replacing street signs with new design

City of Toronto is replacing street signs with a new design (below). It's not too bad and easy to read with the white letters on a blue background.

The old design kind of left me cold. Looks like something out of the 1950s.

I understand the special neighbourhood signs (below) will be incorporated into the new design.


Sherilyn Fenn is 44

...for those that remember her as Audrey Horne in the 1990 TV cult series Twin Peaks by David Lynch.

Springsteen still rocks

Hey it had to have been the best half time show ever. This was Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the top of their game, totally owning your ears, eyes, and soul.

The band played a high-energy set featuring abbreviated versions of "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" (a song which, as anyone who knows anything, can take a good 20 minutes in a concert), "Born to Run," new single "Working on a Dream" (replete with gospel choir), and "Glory Days." Clarence Clemons, totally pimped up, wearing a bedazzled caftan robe. My favourite moment was Springsteen demanding you to put your chicken fingers down! It was only 12 minutes but it was amazing.

Hey I almost forgot. That was quite a game. One of the best 4th quarters I've ever seen at the Super Bowl. I think this one finally lived up to the hype.

Phelps pot scandal reveals America's hypocrisy

By now everyone has heard about the British tabloid newspaper that published this picture in its Sunday editions, accompanied by the headline, “What a Dope,” and followed by the dire prediction the “astonishing” news threatened to “destroy the career of the greatest competitor in Olympic history.”

Poor Michael Phelps almost immediately issued a statement to The Associated Press .

“I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. I'm 23 years old and despite the successes I've had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.”

Sponsors of the Olympian are probably scrambling to pull out the contracts to review the morality clauses. Yeah the news will likely cost him some money. But the entire coverage is seeped in hypocrisy. You would think that Michael was the only 23-year old smoking pot once in a while. What does he have to apologize for?

A study released [in April, 2008] reported that between 1998 and 2007, the police arrested 374,900 people whose most serious crime was the lowest-level misdemeanor marijuana offense. Most are young males.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg admitted in 2001 to smoking pot and enjoying it. Now he is enforcing laws that he likely doesn't believe in. And so do many other elected officials. If taht isn't hypocrisy that what is?