Saturday, March 21, 2009

Jewelry robbers robbed by other confusing

Two men who recently robbed a south side Milwaukee jewelry store didn't get far after swiping money and jewelry from the business.

As they left the store, the two robbers - at least one of whom had a handgun - were met by a group of at least four men who robbed them.

A fight broke out on the street before both groups got into their vehicles, sparking a chase.

Milwaukee police officers pulled over both vehicles, arresting four people - the two original robbers, ages 31 and 40, and two men from the second group, ages 22 and 27.

My pick for greatest goalie...Dominik Hasek

The spotlight has certainly been on Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy over the past two weeks as they both sit on top of the NHL statistical heap. My recent poll gave a slight edge to Brodeur. The debate rages on over which is better but are either one deserving of the title - Greatest Goalie Ever? Some people including me think that Dominik Hasek may have the edge.

Hasek did not win any Stanley Cups and only finished 10th in career wins. He happened to luck out by playing for the Red Wings between Stanley Cup wins. Part of the reason is that Hasek was not the dominating goalie late in his career which is when he landed in Detroit. There is no arguing that Brodeur and Roy were outstanding goalies for longer stretches.

Now it is always tough to compare players from different eras. How can you possibly match up Terry Sawchuck with Roy, Brodeur and Hasek? But there is probably little argument that Hasek was the best goalie in the NHL from 1993-94 to 2000-2002. He dominated other goalies including Roy and Brodeur who were both in the NHL during that period. During that 9 year span he won two Hart Trophy’s as the league MVP and six Vezina trophies as the NHL’s best goalie. He led the league in save percentage for 6 straight years from 1993-94 to 1998-99 and in many of those seasons the runner up wasn’t even close.

Hasek is the all time career leader in save percentage at .9223. Brodeur (6th) and Roy (13th) are at .9136 and .9102 respectively. As the debate rages on about the significance of wins for goalies, you have to remember that Hasek played for the mediocre Buffalo Sabres for years. So wins would be much harder to come by. Which is why his career save percentage is incredible. Facing 40 shots in a game was not an unusual occurence for Hasek. How often has Brodeur faced 40 shots in a game which is one reason he can play over 70 games in a season.

Another consideration is that Hasek started his NHL career later than Roy and Brodeur. He was 26 when he arrived in the NHL and as a result sits in 18th place for career games played by a goalie (Roy and Brodeur and 1st and 2nd). So considering his 10th place finish in games won playing for the Sabres, he did great. Hasek is just one of many great players who did not play for a Stanley Cup winner. That shouldn't be a knock on these players.

So who is the best? There is no way to determine. But I have never seen a goalie play net like Hasek during his prime. He was simply out of this world.

Friday, March 20, 2009

It's the first day of spring

...except it's still cold in Canada

Kevin Youkilis is one ugly athlete according to Men's Journal

According to Men's Journal you will never find Kevin Youkilis adorning a box of breakfast cereal or selling shaving gel. The man is butt ugly.

Youkilis has only three body parts, all hideously oversized: an enormous set of gnomish, bushy forearms; a massive, casaba melon–size white head; and a cauldronlike belly. He has a truly awesome bristle of thick red chin hair that makes his face look like a cross between a vagina and something out of The Hobbit. At the plate he disgustingly gushes sweat by some means previously unknown to science in which the moisture travels upward along his body, racing in a cascade from his balls and armpits up his neck, over his head, and back down over the bill of his helmet to shower the plate. Whereas a guy like Teixeira was born with a swing so gorgeous you want to paint it, Youkilis fighting a middle reliever to a nine-pitch walk looks like a rhinoceros trying to fuck a washing machine.

Well he's still a nice Jewish boy.

"You guys are fucking crazy" is not the phrase that pays

Those annoying hosts on Citytv's Breakfast Television don't know that you don't call people early in the morning during March Break.

How is that right wing Israeli theocracy coming along?

The process for forming a new government in Israel drags on and on. It has been 6 months since Prime Minister Ehud Olmert resigned as a result of corruption allegations. Following Olmert’s resignation on September 21 of last year, Kadima picked a new leader, Tzipi Livni who was unable to form a new coalition. The right wing parties were eager for early election and refused to support her. That election took place on February 10 and resulted in significant gains to right wing parties. President Shimon Peres asked Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of Likud to form a new government since the majority of seats were parties on the right.

Netanyahu was more interested in moving to the centre and asked Kadima and Labour to join him in forming a unity government. Both parties rejected his numerous approaches which has forced him to look to the numerous parties on the far right. So he has had to settle on a coalition of 6 parties which hold 65 out of the 120 seats in the Knesset. Even that process has not gone smoothly since he has been forced to offer a disproportionately high number of Cabinet portfolios to the smaller parties. In fact in some cases his allies have insisted on the same portfolios.

Shas will apparently receive ministerial responsibility for ultra-Orthodox education under an emerging coalition agreement with Likud. The tentative agreement allows the party to appoint a minister within the Education Ministry who will enjoy broad financial and pedagogic powers over these schools, which have some 220,000 students. Some have termed the reputed deal "a fire sale of Israel's state education." The emerging agreement, also promises a NIS 1.5 billion increase in child allowances over the next three years. But United Torah Judaism also wanted the Education post so it sounds as if two posts may be created.

The religious parties - United Torah Judaism (UTJ), Shas and Habayit Hayehudi also demanded significant hikes to stipends paid to yeshiva students. The three parties are also demanding that the budget for special financial support for families with many children be raised to NIS 1.5 billion. Senior officials from these parties said they estimate that Likud needs their parties to form a narrow rightist government, and will therefore agree to their demands.

Other demands by the religious parties pertain to the allotment of ministerial portfolios. Shas is demanding the interior, housing and religion ministries, and a ministerial position within the treasury. Another Shas demand is to lower value added tax by one percent, to 14.5 percent. Habayit Hayehudi is demanding the education ministry and a deputy ministerial position. The party's central demand pertains to the allotment of damages to Israelis evicted from the Gaza Strip in 2004. UTJ's personnel demands are to head the Knesset Finance Committee, and a deputy ministerial appointment to the housing or religion ministries.

So what you have is a country that is essentially secular being extorted by a religious minority that is interested in turning the country into a theocracy much like some of its sworn enemies. No wonder Netanyahu continues to hold out for Kadima and Labour.

Netanyahu has run out of time to form a new government and has had to ask for a 2 week extension to provide time to at least persuade Labour to join. Labour leader Ehud Barak who is the current Defense Minister has been offered the portfolio in the new government and he is keen to keep the post. However, his party wants no part of a right wing coalition and has threatened to toss him from the party. Netanyahu has already offered the Foreign Minister post to Israel Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman. Netanyahu has also decided to keep the Finance Minister portfolio for himself. As a result, his own party is in arms because there are no key Cabinet posts left for his key supporters.

Nothing like Israeli politics, that’s for sure.

It's Tim Hudak v. Christine Elliott

The race to lead the Ontario Conservatives will be interesting not so much because of the candidates but rather the heavy hitters being lined up in support of candidates. So far no one is declared but potential candidates are busy trying to win endorsement from influential Conservatives. So far MPP Tim Hudak, MPP Christine Elliott, MPP Frank Klees, federal Human Resource Minister Diane Finley, federal Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan, and OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino are all said to be checking out the landscape in terms of important endorsements and money. Stephen Harper is concerned enough about the impact of the Ontario leadership race on his caucus that he warned MPs and his staff not to let the race creates rifts.

Family ties are almost as important in the potential race. Diane Finley is the daughter wife of Doug Finley who is Stephen Harper’s campaign manager. Obviously his involvement in a leadership campaign would be significant. Chistine Elliott is married to federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. With the kind of power Flaherty wields right now, one has to be wary of endorsing a rival candidate. Tim Hudak is a former Mike Harris cabinet minister and married to Harris’ former chief of staff Deb Hutton. Harris is remains the darling of the party’s right wing and eager to push Hudak’s candidacy.

I’m not sure if any of the contenders are centrist candidates in the vein of a John Tory. The party seems intent to swing back to the right in order to duplicate Harris’ success and to provide a true alternative to Premier Dalton McGuinty. As well, I expect the party would also be wary of picking someone who doesn’t already have a seat in the Ontario Legislature after the disastrous attempts by Tory to win a seat. So I don’t expect Finley, Van Loan, and Fantino to seriously challenge even if the decide to actually enter the race. That leaves Hudak, Elliott and Klees. Klees is a PC caucus chair and a former leadership candidate. However, I don’t see Klees being able attract the heavy hitters with Harris and Flaherty actively soliciting support for their candidates.

So this will most likely come down to Hudak and Elliott and I preliminary view is that Hudak wins this one.

Top All-Time Toronto Maple Leafs by Jersey Numbers

#31 - Curtis Joseph
(Grant Fuhr, Jiri Chra, Allan Bester, Al Smith)

#32 - Steve Thomas
(Mikael Tellqvist, Daniel Marois, Mike Eastwood)

#33 - Al Iafrate
(Don Beaupre, Doug Favell, Wayne Thomas)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

You know the same thing goes on in my office

Obama and Congress knew about AIG bonuses for months

The AIG furor continues as it turns out Obama and Congress knew about the AIG bonuses for months but previously, on the advice of lawyers, felt powerless to stop them. Question for the audience: is figuring out what happened with the AIG bonuses fundamentally important to get the economy back on track, or is it just another media circus sideshow?

Charles Manson today

Charles Manson is serving a life sentence for the murders of actress Sharon Tate and her house guests. The mass execution at her Los Angeles residence took place on March 23, 1969, some forty years ago.

Manson has been serving his sentence at the Corcoran State Prison in California. He is now 74 years old. Below are pictures of Manson spanning the past 40 years.





Nigerian man jailed for Internet scam

It may be hard to believe but they actually convicted someone in Nigeria for scamming someone.

A Nigerian student has been jailed 19 years for swindling an Australian woman out of 47,000 dollars (36,000 euros) through an Internet scam, the country's anti-graft agency said yesterday.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said Lawal Adekunle Nurudeen, 29, was found guilty by a Lagos high court on 19-count charges of obtaining money by false pretence and forgery.

The EFCC said that Nurudeen, a University of Lagos student, met the woman in 2007 over the Internet and introduced himself as Benson Lawson, a British engineer working with a multi-national company in Nigeria.

The woman, 56, told her "penpal" she wanted a husband and Nurudeen, who is married with three children, applied claiming to be a 57-year-old widower. A few weeks later, Nurudeen called the woman, introducing himself as a doctor and informing her that her "fiance" Benson Lawson had had an accident and needed money for his treatment.

The love-struck woman sent some money. Two weeks later Nurudeen called her, thanked her for her kindness and said he would like to visit her in Australia so that they could consummate their relationship. He asked for cash for the trip.

In all he had swindled the woman of 47,000 dollars before his arrest. EFCC said Nurudeen was also ordered to reimburse the money he swindled.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Photos of the Recession

Shoppers walk through a nearly empty aisle at a Circuit City store in Las Vegas, Friday, Feb. 27, 2009. Circuit City filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November as it faced pressure from vendors, heightened competition and waning consumer spending. Later it announced it would liquidate its 567 U.S. stores, cutting more than 34,000 jobs.

Dodge SUVs sit parked in the Atlantic Marine Terminal at the port of Baltimore February 18, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. As the worldwide economic downturn persists and automobile sales continue to slow, more than 57,000 new automobiles sit idle in the port of Maryland. The state of Maryland recently paid $5.26 million for almost 15 acres of additional car storage space near the port, freeing space for more cargo.

Brittney Nance and her children Henry, 5, and Izabella, 7, walk through the parking lot of their hotel on the way to the grocery store March 5, 2009 in West Sacramento, California. All five family members live in a small studio sized room with most of their belonging.

A RE/MAX Central bus advertises tours of foreclosed homes March 7, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The real estate group began giving tours for prospective buyers three times a week in February 2008, in an effort to clear inventory of foreclosed properties. They have seen a steady decrease in foreclosure listings since the summer of 2008 in the Las Vegas area.

A sign informing readers that Fremont Pontiac GMC is permanently closed is seen on a door at the Newark, Calif. dealership, Tuesday, March 3, 2009. The dealership closed due to economic conditions earlier this year.

Cops Find Beagle Porn On Computer

Meet Michelle Owen. Concerned that an ex-boyfriend had used her laptop to search for child pornography, the Indiana woman asked police to search the computer for illegal images, but had her plan backfire when cops discovered two videos of her engaged in illicit acts with a dog. Owen, 24, was charged last week with two felony bestiality counts in connection with the video files, which a detective found in the laptop's "recycle bin." At the time Owen asked cops to search the computer, she was locked up in the Johnson County Jail on a public intoxication charge (which violated the terms of her release in a prior drunk driving case). A cop told Owen that he had found videos of her on the laptop and asked if she "knew what those files might be." Owen, pictured in the below mug shot, replied, "The one with the dog." Cops believe that the dog in question, Toby, is a beagle. After asking if she was "going to be charged with this," Owen said that the videos "were just something she did when she was drunk and barely remembers it," adding that she tried to "delete them the next day when she was sober."


Young John Travolta in a commercial


It might be unhealthy

French Fry-Encased Hot Dog On A Stick

Too may problems


USA sitcom map

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Top All-Time Toronto Maple Leafs by Jersey Numbers

#28 - Tie Domi
(Bob Rouse, Randy Carlisle, Bill McCreary)

#29 - Mike Palmateer
(Karel Pilar, Felix Potvin, Brad Smith)

#30 - Terry Sawchuk
(Bernie Parent, Bruce Gamble, Ron Low, Wayne Thomas)

Hump Day Hottie

Alicia Witt

Could be in need of some economic stimulus?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

How Wayne Gretzky ruined the NHL

I'm being facetious of course when I suggest Gretzky ruined the NHL. But there was a time when everyone in the NHL did their own fighting. Even small players like Dave Keon and Yvan Cournoyer fought their own battles. Sure there were tough guys in every era like Reggie Fleming, Tiger Williams, John Ferguson, Keith Magnuson, Terry O'Reilly, and Brian Sutter but they all could play hockey.

Today things have changed. Teams carry players who cannot play the game and in fact are a liability on the ice so they only see 4 to 6 minutes of ice time per game. Their job is to fight and only fight. I'm talking about guys like Daniel Carcillo, Colton Orr, Riley Cote and Eric Godard. These 4 players have only scored 6 goals this season but accumulated about 675 minutes in penalties and been in 73 fights.

So when did the designated fighter first appear or better yet when did star players stop fighting their own battles? Many people think it started with the Broad Street Bullies. But on the old Flyer teams even stars like Bobby Clarke and Bill Barber would fight. The Flyers were built to intimidate opponents and they had no soft players. It was when Wayne Gretzky entered the league that the enforcers first appeared to protect The Great One. Dave Semenko and Marty McSorley would often warn opposition benches to stay clear of Gretzky or they would have to deal with them.

Bill McCreary a minor leaguer called up by the Maple Leafs is most remembered for his open ice hit on Gretzky on January 14, 1981. The hit was remarkable because it was the first time that Gretzky had been hit hard in his young career and it left Gretzky on the ice for several minutes. The incident received considerable press and it was widely publicized the next day in the newspapers. After the hit McCreary was shuffled off back to the minors. Some say it was to protect him from being seriously injured. Others believe he was somewhat "black listed" and never did find another team that he could play for.

So if you hate goons in hockey well blame Wayne Gretzky.

What's wrong with this picture?

Here we have a celibate man in drag who is handing out advice on condoms. If it were me I would think I was outside by comfort zone. I'm just sayin'.

Obama fried chicken

...those Germans have such a sense of humour.

Mug Shot of the Year maybe!!!

This guy's mugshot is quite ironic considering he was arrested for strangling his wife.

Monday, March 16, 2009

King of Corned Beef

Today at Gallagher’s Steakhouse New York City, some of the top Major League Eaters gathered around an obscene amount of corned beef sandwiches to see who could eat the most. Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti (sporting the mohawk) took the $10,000 prize home after a ingesting an impressive 8 lbs of meat (16 3/4 sandwiches), beating out Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, the reigning Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Champ, who "only" ate 15 1/2 sandwiches.

According to my calculations the winning glutton consumed 10,400 calories and 377 grams of fat. Hope the $10,000 covers his medical bills.

What the hell is she doing at Spring Break?

How Congress can get the AIG bonuses back

The President and Congress are making a lot of noise these days about the AIG "performance bonuses" owed to AIG executives. Now it is probably true that the bonuses are legal contractual agreements that must be paid by the company. But the President and Congress have all the power in this situation. If there is actually a will to stop the payments then all it take is a simple law. A bill could be passed which would tax at a 100% any bonus paid to an executive that works for a company that receives federal bailout money. End of story. My mom could have figured this one out.

Who was the greatest Patrick Roy or Martin Brodeur?

Below are comparison stats for Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur (from James Mirtle). It is so difficult to make comparisons when players have played in different eras though there was some overlap between the Roy era and the Brodeur era. Still when you look at wins, Roy never played when shootout existed. Meanwhile Brodeur has 27 wins as a result of shootouts.

So what are the most important stats when comparing star goalies? Are wins an important stat? Probably not so much because you need offense in front of you to win games. Scott Clemmensen looked pretty good in front of the Devil's defense. But he looked like a minor leaguer in the Leafs' net. And maybe goals against average also reflects the quality of a team. I think shutouts are an individual stat less dependent on team performance. And save percentage even more so.

Roy Brodeur

Stats All-time Stats All-time
GP 1,029 1 986 2
W 551 T1 551* T1
L 315 10 293 14
T/OL 131 T7 127 T9
Pt% 0.618 10 0.633 6
SO 66 14 100 2
GAA 2.54 30 2.20 7
Saves 25,807 1 22,585 3
Sv/60 25.7
Sv% 0.910 T13 0.919 6


GP 247 1 169 2
W 151 1 95 2
L 94 1 74 2
Pt% 0.616 6 0.562 20
SO 23 1 22 2
GAA 2.30 24 1.96 9
SV 6565 1 3920 3
Sv/60 25.9
Sv% 0.918 11 0.919 9

People still like Don Cherry

It doesn't seem to matter very much what Don Cherry says because he seems to be as popular as ever. A poll I conducted recently indicates that 77% of respondents either liked that he spoke his mind, felt he was one of the most knowledgeable people in hockey or didn't necessarily agree with him but found him entertaining. Only 15% of people thought the CBC should fire him.

I guess I must be in the minority. I think if an NBC basketball analyst trashed European NBA players he would be history. Can you imagine a Fox analyst making negative comments about Puerto Rican baseball players? Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder got fired in 1988 for saying that blacks were "bred to be the better athlete because ... the slave owner would breed his big woman so that he would have a big black kid."

But Don Cherry keeps getting away with it year after year. He cleverly wraps his xenophobic views around our national sport and the flag. But it's still wrong and the CBC tolerates it because he makes them so much money.

Jerry Lewis is 83 today

U.S. Pole Dance Championship 2009

Why didn't someone tell me about this? The U.S. Pole Dance Federation held its U.S. Pole Dance Championship in New York City this weekend. Here is the entry from the talented Alethea Austin:

Mug Shot of the Week

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Fashion Disaster

Could be in need of some economic stimulus?

Anyone notice the Ontario NDP have a new leader?

Last week the Ontario NDP replaced Howard Hampton with MPP Andrea Horwath from Hamilton Centre. She was a Hamilton Cilty Couincillor for 7 years and an MPPsince 2004. She is 45 and recieved a B.A. in Labour Studies from McMaster University. After earning her degree Andrea worked closely with the Hamilton Labour movement for several year.

While the new NDP leader brings many positive qualities to the job, returning her party to political relevance in Ontario promises to be a challenge.

Horwath and her caucus remain too dependent on the province's labour unions and to outdated economic thinking. That became clear in her first week as leader when she condemned the Ontario Lottery Corporation for purchasing foreign-made Mercedes-Benz autos for prizes only to find out later that the steel in those cars was made in Hamilton at ArcelorMittal Dofasco.

She received strong support from CUPE's Sid Ryan which will not help her win over mainstream Ontarians. Unless she can break free from the big Ontario unions, she will continue to cede the political left-centre to Dalton McGuinty. Too bad because I hear she was a strong municipal councillor

Top All-Time Toronto Maple Leafs by Jersey Numbers

#25 - Peter Zezel
(Joe Nieuwendyk, Orland Kurtenback, Tom Kurvers, Ed Litzenberger, Wayne Carleton)

#26 - Allan Stanley
(Mike Krushylneski, Gerry Meehan, Barry Melrose)

#27 - Darryl Sittler
(Frank Mahovlich, Shane Corson, John Kordic)

Pope admits mistake over Holocaust-denying Bishop

Pope Benedict had created a mini-crisis in his handling of the case of Holocaust-denying Bishop Richard Williamson, whose excommunication from the Catholic Church was lifted last December along with that of three other priests who, together with Williamson, had refused to accept the reforms of Vatican II and ordained other priests without permission.

In a letter to the German Episcopate, released Thursday, Benedict admitted his error in the case, stating that a "mishap" had taken place due to the insufficient study of information taken from the Internet.

Benedict said Williamson's views had made his efforts of "mercy" toward the excommunicated bishops seem like a repudiation of reconciliation between Christians and Jews.

Also Thursday, the pope met the Shear-Yashuv Cohen, the Grand Rabbi of Haifa, who thanked Benedict for "clearly" condemning Holocaust denial after the Williamson affair erupted.

The pope has said previously that he was not aware of Williamson's comments in an interview broadcast on Swedish television in January, that "200,000 to 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps, but none of them by gas chambers." Williamson had also stated in the interview that he did not believe that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler deliberately set out to murder Jews or that there were gas chambers at the Auschwitz death camp.

What the Oval Office would have looked like under President Sarah Palin

interactive photo can be found here

Stephen Harper continues to be insincere with the public

You can't really believe what Prime Minister Stephen Harper says. He will tell you what you want to hear but frankly it never is sincere. He doesn't even agree with some of his policy positions but has little maneuverability with a minority government with a left of centre opposition. So it's interesting to hear some his more candid comments to party insiders.

This week he spoke at a conference organized by the Manning Institute for Democracy, a think-tank headed by Preston Manning, the Reform Party founder and one of Harper's first political bosses. This group was brought together by Manning and included conservatives who have criticized the Harper government for an economic stimulus plan that, to their eyes, is too liberal. This is what Harper had to say:

With respect to the bureaucracy and courts if the Liberals were in power

"Imagine how many Liberal insiders and ideologues would now be in the Senate, the courts and countless other federal institutions and agencies — I should say, how many more"

His diagnosis of the world's economic problems

"We are in a global recession principally — and we have to face this — because a lot of people on Wall Street, because of a lot of people in the private sector more generally — homeowners or consumers — pushed or bought into a very unconservative idea: That they could live beyond their means"

On Obama's stimulus plan which includes tax increases

"(The opposition) didn't tell you the taxes they would raise — and we're seeing that in the States now"

On Libertarians

"The libertarian says, `Let individuals exercise full freedom and take full responsibility for their actions.' The problem with this notion is that people who act irresponsibly in the name of freedom are almost never willing to take responsibility for their actions"

Sly Stone is 66