Saturday, May 16, 2009

Blind man that asked too many question is dragged off plane

As 61-year-old Belgian interpreter Nicola Cantisani, who is blind, sat for two hours waiting in the Brussels-bound U.S. Airways jet on the tarmac at Philadephia airport in early April, he wondered why no one was telling passengers about the reasons for the take-off delay. When he requested a glass of water he was shooed away by the crew. When he tried to ask the captain exactly why there was a delay, Cantisani was asked to disembark.

When he refused to do so, he was dragged off the plane by three police officers, pinned into a wheelchair, held by the throat, lost the cane he uses to navigate, held at the airport for five hours without food, water, or access to any phone, moved to a 6' x 7' police cell at 3 a.m., questioned by a psychiatrist, and detained for 16 hours. And it was only at the end of this ordeal that the police finally believed he wasn't faking his blindness.

Friday, May 15, 2009

National Bike to Work Day

A lot of people don't like to wear spandex because of poor body image. And it feels funny too. But there are alternatives.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Media starting to believe in the Blue Jays

It's now 6 weeks into the season and slowly the media is starting to believe that the Blue Jays may not be playing over their heads. I have to admit I was a skeptic for quite a while. The most recent power rankings by various sports website clearly shows how the media is coming around.

CBS Sportsline - 1 (+1)
Sporting News - 1 (+1)
TSN - 1 (0)
Sportsnet - 1 (+3)
Sports Illustrated - 2 (+1)
Fox Sports - 2 (-1)
USA Today - 2 (+2)
AOL Fanhouse - 2 (+4)
Bleacher Report - 3 (+1)
ESPN - 4 (-1)

Sports Illustrated names MLSE the worst NHL owner

Can you imagine beating out Charles Wang or Jerry Moyes as the worst owner in the NHL. But Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment managed to do it according to Sport Illustrated.

Hump Day Hottie

Malin Ackerman who also turns 31.

Ruby Dhalla vs the Nannies - Who do you believe?

Margaret Wente points out in the Globe that, "nothing can sink a woman's political career faster than suspicion she's abused the live-in help. It's as bad as a man who gets caught having sex with boys or hookers." And with so many of these incidents were are caught between two totally conflicting stories. Either Ruby Dhalla was a tough taskmaster who allegedly hired nanny caregivers for low wages, forced them to endure long days of slavish cleaning, demanded their passports and ultimately berated them when they quit. Or she was a compassionate, victim-advocate who rarely encountered the nannies, welcoming them into a warm, loving household where they lived free in a lavish basement suite featuring a big flat-screen television, where they were often fed home-cooked meals.They both can't be right.

If there are inconsistencies in the nannies' stories then they should come to light under the intense scrutiny of a legislative committee. Although this issue is a total waste of time for a committee of the legislature. But one problem will not go away. The Dhalla family did not use proper channels to hire these nannies. For a MP to ignore immigration rules cannot be tolerated. For this reason her political career should be in jeopardy.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Steve Winwood is 61

12 year old running for President of Iran

The registration for the Iranian presidency race was recently completed, and among the candidates, that included were a man dressed as a cowboy and a Saddam Hussein lookalike, was a 12-year-old boy who according to local media reports was the only one to submit a written work plan as to his policies should he be elected.

According to the boy, Koresh Mouzuni of Tehran, his top priority would be to "prevent the killing of children in the world, like what is happening in Gaza." According to Mouzuni, "I will buy Hawaii, Obama's birthplace, from the United States and lease it to Israelis who will go live there – so that they don’t kill the children in Gaza."

And what about the Iranian nuclear plan? The reporters asked the boy if he knew the meaning of "yellow cake" – one of the stages in the uranium enrichment process. He replied that "a president doesn’t have to know everything about nuclear energy and know how to enrich uranium himself. He must know how to manage things."

Some 250 candidates have filed the required forms for the presidential race – a drop compared to the last elections, which saw more than 1,000 potential candidates.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Fashion Disaster

Hey grandma what were you thinking?

Will Toronto get a 2nd hockey team?

Former Maple Leafs tough guy Kevin Maguire met recently with NHL VP Bill Daley and is fronting a group that is interested in a NHL franchise in Vaughan. Jim Balsillie is trying to buy the Phoenix Coyotes for $212.5 million and move them to Hamilton. Another group headed by Vancouver developer Tom Gaglardi would like to move the Atlanta Thrashers to Hamilton as well.

However, Jim Balsillie's bid and the league's response has created an incredible amount of negative PR for the NHL among Canadians (especially in Southern Ontario). There's always been a large anti-Bettman faction in this country, but in recent days, it seems to have grown considerably. There's growing bitterness in Toronto over the fact that the league has become all but inaccessible for everyone but the wealthy elite and the business community, and that could have long-term effects on the fan base in this part of North America.

It seems everyone would like to own a hockey franchise in hockey mad Toronto. Let's face it, at least 20 NHL teams would make more money if they could relocate to Toronto. But don't expect the NHL to approve a move to Toronto. If Toronto is such a lucrative market, then why would the NHL allow someone to move into the region without the league getting something out of it.

After the dust settles in Phoenix, Tampa Bay, Atlanta and other troubled franchises, the league will have to eventually turn its attention to Southern Ontario. There is big money to made here by selling an expansion franchise to the highest bidder. That could be anywhere between $250 million and $400 million.

Nan sues Burger King for not holding the pickles, onions and tomatoes

A little over two years ago, a Virginia man ordered a a drink and two sandwiches from Burger King. He then proceeded to take a bite and swallow— before he realized that his "specific request for the omission of onions, pickles and tomatoes had not been complied with." The result? A lawsuit for $100,000 filed in the Virginia Beach Circuit Court.

The Burger King customer says that the inclusion of said condiments was "tantamount to negligence," and that he suffered a severe allergic reaction to the food that caused him to miss work while the medical bills piled up.

He's asking for $100,000 plus court and attorney fees.

Apparently, this isn't the first time a fast food joint has been sued for including unwanted toppings. A West Virginia man attempted to sue McDonald's for $10 million after they put cheese on his Quarter Pounder. The case was dismissed.

Saudi judge says it's okay to slap wives

Husbands are allowed to slap their wives if they spend lavishly, a Saudi judge said recently during a seminar on domestic violence, Saudi media reported Sunday.

Judge Hamad Al-Razine said that "if a person gives SR 1,200 [$320] to his wife and she spends 900 riyals [$240] to purchase an abaya [the black cover that women in Saudi Arabia must wear] from a brand shop and if her husband slaps her on the face as a reaction to her action, she deserves that punishment."

Al-Razine "also pointed out that women's indecent behavior and use of offensive words against their husbands were some of the reasons for domestic violence in the country," it added.