Saturday, February 28, 2009
A woman faces child endangering charges after police said she admitted to breastfeeding her child and talking on a cell phone while driving.
A male motorist called the police department's non-emergency number to report that he had seen the woman breastfeeding and talking on a cell phone while driving, Burke said. The man reported that he also witnessed the woman driving a Honda minivan into the parking lot of a local school and saw some children get out of the van. The man then got the van's license plate number and called police.
When a police officer caught up with the woman, she admitted she breastfed her child and also told police that she does not deprive her child when the child is hungry.
Genine Compton, 39, was charged with a first-degree misdemeanor of child endangering and minor misdemeanor for unlawfully restraining her child, which Burke believes was under 2.
Some aspects of the American economy are in free fall, but these are great times for those who make SPAM. Not computer spam, the unwanted, repetitious mass mailings that clog people's computer in-boxes.
I'm talking about SPAM, a gelatinous hunk of spiced ham and pork - not the prime cuts, either - squished tightly into a can. Some people eat it cold. Others slice and fry it like bacon or mix chunks of it into their scrambled eggs.
When SPAM was introduced 72 years ago, in 1937, it was touted as the miracle meat in a can - always fresh and never needing refrigeration. (Others who were less fond of SPAM called it Mystery Meat.)
These days, the SPAM meat product is selling briskly. And according to the New York Times, workers at the Hormel Foods Corporation plant in Austin, Minnesota, where the luncheon meat in a can is produced, can't make it fast enough. Not only are their jobs secure at a time when thousands of corporations are announcing layoffs, but they can earn all the overtime they want and get the extra pay that comes with it.
Is there something wrong with this picture? A man has been arrested after police said he used counterfeit money to purchase fake OxyContin pills from an undercover officer.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested 21-year-old Kyle Kochelek and charged him with criminal conspiracy with schedule II drugs, forgery and criminal simulation. What the hell is criminal simulation?
Investigator Frank Rogers said the officer met with several people at a mobile home park and arranged for Kochelek and another man to come to Unicoi to buy 76 OxyContin pills for $4,875. The drug deal was done in a trailer park - talk about a scene out of a bad movie.
Officers say it was “obviously bad money” with some bills printed on just one side. Authorities also tracked down the device believed used to make the counterfeit money.
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Friday, February 27, 2009
Can this guy possibly be this stupid? The mayor of a small Southern California city says he will resign after being criticized for sharing an e-mail picture depicting the White House lawn planted with watermelons under the title "No Easter egg hunt this year."
Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose issued a statement Thursday saying he is sorry and will step down as mayor at Monday's City Council meeting. He says he accepts that the e-mail was in poor taste and has affected his ability to lead the city. Grose said he didn't mean to offend anyone and claimed he was unaware of the racial stereotype linking black people with eating watermelons. I can't believe that. Why else would he think it was funny but for the fact that it was a racial stereotype.
Alex Rodriguez has been told by the New York Yankees to keep his cousin away from ballparks.
It seems after the pre-season opener against the Toronto Blue Jays, Rodriguez was seen getting into a SUV driven by Yuri Sucart. Sucart has been identified as the cousin who provided Rodriguez with performance-enhancing drugs obtained in the Dominican Republic.
It was an extremely questionable decision for Rodriguez, given that he is only a week removed from explaining his steroids story and implicating an unnamed cousin, later identified to be Sucart.
Even more incredible is that it happened on the same day that Rodriguez makes an emotional apology for shooting up steroids.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The Colorado State Patrol issued the citation. Trooper Ryan Sullivan said that despite his intentions, jaywalking contributed to the accident.
Wal-Mart Canada Corp. is closing all six Sam's Club stores it operates in Ontario and is in discussions to sell five of the stores to a major U.S. retailer.
The Ontario stores are closing on March 1. I've checked with the Customer Service Dept and they will provide full refunds to members if they go into the store before March 1.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
A University of Colorado student has been arrested on suspicion that she assaulted her ex-boyfriend’s genitals when she found another woman in his bedroom.
Simon, a sophomore who lives off campus, went to her former love interest’s apartment in the early morning hours and began throwing rocks at his window. When the man opened the door for her and offered to let her come in from the cold, she allegedly became irate and tried to make her way into the man’s bedroom. After several attempts to remove her from the apartment, the woman allegedly grabbed the man’s genitals and “squeezed hard.” OUCH! This girl should do some hard time!
So I did some research to determine which insurer would be responsible to compensate the home owner who had a car crash into his house twice in one month. Would he be reimbursed under his home policy or by the auto insurer of the two vehicles that hit his home? And how would you apportion the costs between the two auto insurers if they are liable?
It's quite simple. The home insurer is responsible to repair the home and replace the contents destroyed. The home insurer can then subrogate the claim by suing the two drivers' insurers. The big winners will be the structural engineers brought in by each party to try to apportion the damages. Not to worry, it will all be settled in 5 to 8 years - unless another car crashes into the house next week.
Gov. Sarah Palin has agreed to reimburse the state an estimated $6,800 to cover assorted costs related to nine trips taken by her children in 2007 and 2008, but she's not admitting that she did anything wrong.
State officials announced Monday that Palin had turned in her state Chevy Suburban after learning she would owe income taxes on any personal use of it, and last week they said she also would have to pay taxes on expense money she received while living in her Wasilla home.
State officials haven't itemized the amounts that Palin will repay in the next four months for the children's travel, but estimated the total at about $6,800. Now that the agreement is finalized, they'll review the nine trips in detail.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Last month, Starbucks introduced a $1 bottomless cup of coffee to boost sales. Yesterday, a former motel turned java hut topped that offer in a bid to stimulate the local Maine economy.
The Grand View Topless Coffee Shop, in tiny Vassalboro, held its grand opening. Obey the signs:
“Over 18 only.”
“No cameras, no touching, cash only.”
No word on how the coffee is.
UPDATE: The Kennebec Journal reports that the shop's owner Donald Crabtree said that he interviewed 150 people for the positions, "and narrowed the field to 10." This is out of a town of 4500. You think the job market is tight?
Monday, February 23, 2009
Who said lightning doesn't strike twice?
For the second time in February, a car has crashed into the same Etobicoke home, this time jumping right through the master bedroom window and landing on the bed. Area residents say that a nearby stop sign is often missed, but it appears that other factors may have played a role in these incidents - age (driver in his/her late 80s) and booze (alcohol involved).
The house on 42 Kingslea Dr. S., close to Bloor St. W. and Royal York Rd., has been empty since Feb. 2, when another car hit a snow bank and crashed into the living room of the home, causing massive structural damage. It likely will now need to be demolished.
Ironically everything recovered from the first crash was being stored in the bedroom which, of course, was totalled in the most recent incident.
Is it just me or does the Academy Award show get more and more boring each year? For the most part the scripts and jokes are lame. The show struggles to find an emcee that can carry the burden of high expectations and a stifling format. Poor Hugh Jackman is expected to dance, sing and be funny all at once. Unfortunately he comes off as a cheesy lounge act. Tina Fey and Steve Martin were funny. Ben Stiller doing a Joaquin Phoenix parody made me laugh. But everything else was dull and unfunny. I have to thank the man who invented the mute feature on TVs.
No one is allowed to be controversial anymore which just adds to the blandness of the evening. You can't be political or off colour and don't you dare ad lib. A deep-pocketed sponsor might get upset.
The award winners are essentially predictable too. I picked 5 out of 6 correct for the major awards. You just knew that Slumdog Millionaire was going to win best picture unless you've been incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay for the last few months. Kate Winslet was destined to win even though The Reader was far from her best performance of her career let alone her best picture for 2008 (go see Revolutionary Road). You knew Penelope Cruz would win because she didn't win for Volver. Heath Ledger was guaranteed an Academy Award the day he passed away even without knowing who the competition would be. The only suspense was whether Sean Penn or Mickey Rourke would win for Best Actor. The predictability of the winners only added to the blandness. So we are left with critiquing the outfits worn by the stars.
The show's worst problem never gets addressed. You don't see the major award winners until after 11:30 pm which is just too late. The show drags early on and then seems to rush through the awards that everyone is interested in. Sure there was an attempt to clump similar categories together to speed things up ( like the long and short docs) but the show still ends up dragging on until midnight. It really is time to blow the whole format up and start from scratch. But my guess is that big audience brings big advertisement revenue and no one wants to mess with that.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Tonight is the women's Super Bowl but it's called the Academy Awards. I would guess that most women across North America will be glued to the tube. Lots of men watch too because they intentionally drag hot women onto the stage wearing hot dresses. Who could forget Jennifer Lopez wearing the number below.
So here are my predictions for tonight (not to be confused with who I think should actually win).
Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet - The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger - Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz - Vicky Christina Barcelona
The disappearance and murder of Chandra Levy, who at age 24 went missing on April 30, 2001, is back in the headlines once again with an arrest imminent, according to sources in both Washington D.C. and California.
The Federal Bureau of Prison’s intern met Rep. Gary Condit, D-Cal. through his congressional intern and the two reportedly engaged in a romantic relationship. Her seven month internship was coming to an end and she was about to return to California when she would be graduating from the University of Southern California. That all ended when she mysteriously vanished.
In July 2008 The Washington Post published a comprehensive expose after doing their own year long investigation. In Chapter 10, they revealed that a Salvadoran named Ingmar Guandique allegedly told a jailhouse informant that he had been walking the Adams Morgan neighborhood when a car pulled to the curb. Condit offered him $25,000 to kill a woman. The congressman provided him with her picture and a location where he could find her. According to the allegation, Guandique told the informant that he had killed Chandra Levy.
Guandique, an illegal immigrant, pleaded guilty to attacking two women in Rock Creek Park in 2001. Those attacks, in which both women ultimately escaped, occurred not far from where Levy's skeletal remains were found in May 2002.
CNN affiliate KGO-TV is reporting that police have secured warrants and are ready to make an arrest in the case. Police told Levy’s parents, Robert and Susan Levy of Modesto, that an arrest was imminent, according to the San Francisco television station.
Worst Picture: The Love Guru
Worst Actor: Mike Myers - The Love Guru
Worst Actress: Wonky - The Hottie and the Nottie
Worst Supporting Actress: Wonky - Repo: The Genetic Opera
Worst Supporting Actor: Pierce Brosnan - Mamma Mia!
Worst Screen Couple: Paris Hilton and either Christine Lakin or Joel David Moore - The Hottie and the Nottie
Worst Prequel,Remake, Rip-off or Sequel: (Combined Category for 2008): Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull
Worst Director: Uwe Boll - 1968: Tunnel Rats, In The Name of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, and Postal
Worst Screenplay: The Love Guru - Written by Mike Myers & Graham Gordy
Worst Career Achievement: Uwe Boll