Saturday, September 19, 2009

One Hit Wonder

The Freshman - The Verve Pipe (1997)

Man impersonating governor can't spell

Bad grammar and spelling tripped up a man who was trying to steal Social Security numbers and other information from job-seekers by impersonating West Virginia's governor, police said.

Matthew Don Reed of Hinton is being held on $10,000 bond on charges of impersonating a public official, impersonating a state Division of Natural Resources officer and forgery of a public document. A call to the 32-year-old's attorney was not immediately returned.

Reed told people he met online that he was a Division of Natural Resources officer and persuaded them to submit job applications with copies of their birth certificates and other information, State Police Sgt. T.L. Bragg told The Register-Herald.

Then he hired a Chicago man to send letters to people interested in jobs. That man got suspicious and called state officials after Reed gave him a letter purportedly from Gov. Joe Manchin to send to an applicant.

It lacked the governor's seal and was riddled with spelling and grammar errors.

"It's nice to have you as an employee of West Virginia," the letter said. "Your super (boss) Matt talk a lot of thangs about you. I hope you stay with us a long time. If you got ? please ask Matt."

Investigators are also looking into whether Reed solicited applications for fake state police jobs. Police are still investigating whether he used any personal information from applicants.

You run in to buskers everywhere

Communications 101

Johnny what do you do over the summer holidays? - turned into girl

A boy aged 12 turned up at school at the start of the year as a girl - after changing sex during the summer holidays. Teachers called an emergency assembly to order fellow pupils to treat him as female.

The boy, whose parents have changed his name to a girl's arrived in a dress with long hair in ribboned pigtails. He is preparing for sex-swap surgery.

Angry parents told yesterday how their kids were left tearful and confused after school staff announced the boy pupil was now a girl.

They said the head teacher should have informed them in advance of the "sex change" so they could prepare their sons and daughters and inform them about gender issues.

They added that the school's failure to do so had left the boy to suffer cruel taunts and bullying.

The 1,000-pupil school, in southern England, has given the lad a separate toilet and changing room in the sports hall.

It is understood he hoped his transformation would go unnoticed as he was starting secondary education and children stepping up from other primary schools would not recognise him. But his former classmates at primary level did spot the difference - and quickly spread the word.

The boy, who for years has told pals he yearns to be a girl, had to endure spiteful jibes and was asked by some kids: "Are you gay?"

Teachers stepped in with the emergency assembly, at which pupils were threatened with tough disciplinary action if they failed to treat him as a girl or use his new name. Some bewildered youngsters burst into tears.

Happy 81st birthday Adam West!

Mug Shot of the Week

Friday, September 18, 2009

Battle of the Blades

My guess is that everyone will be watching Battle of the Blades beginning in a couple of weeks. Can you imagine Bob Probert figure skating? Will they make the hockey players wear sequin outfits? And when did Tie Domi learn to skate? Some of the hockey players actually tried to skate with figure skates but went back to hockey skates after taking some bad falls (no pads between you and the ice). The reality TV show was filmed at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Participants: Hockey Players: Tie Domi, Bob Probert, Glenn Anderson, Craig Simpson, Stephane Richer, Claude Lemieux, Ken Daneyko, Ron Duguay
Figure Skaters: Jamie Sale, Barb Underhill, Shae-Lynn Bourne, Isabelle Brasseur, Marie-France Dubreuil, Christine Hough-Sweeney, Jodeyne Higgins, Kristina Lenk0

Maple Leafs finally land Phil Kessel

The media is reporting that the trade between the Leafs and the Bruins for Phil Kessel has been consummated. The Leafs are shipping the 2010 first round pick, the 2011 first round pick and the 2010 2nd round pick. It's a deal Peter Chiarelli absolutely did not want to make. There is no way he wanted to see Kessel playing for a divisional rival but none of the other bidders were offering as much as Brian Burke. In addition, by the end of the weekend Burke was going to give Kessel an offer sheet that would likely have been front end loaded and therefore difficult for Boston to match.

Kessel is still recovering from shoulder surgery so we won't be seeing him in a Leaf jersey until November. The debate will now begin as to whether the Leafs paid to much to land Kessel. Certainly the price was very high. I know some people will be comparing this deal with all those other deals involving Leaf draft picks. I still remember when the Leafs picked up Tom Kurvers from the Devils for a first round pick. The Leafs collapsed the following season and that pick turned out to be Scott Niedermayer. But this trade is different. Instead of dealing picks for a veteran on the downside of his career, the Leafs have picked up a 21 year old who is still a few years from his prime.

The college free agent signings this summer allowed this trade to happen and I expect more signings this coming summer. The Leafs now have prospects that didn't come out of the draft and created some flexibility. Nashville was the other leading contender but they were offering a mix of prospects along with the NHL rights to Alexander Radulov. No one knows when Radulov will return to the NHL if at all.

The other consideration is that Kessel was a 5th pick and during his draft year was at one point considered for the first pick overall. The jury is still out whether he will be a franchise player but if the 2010 and 2011 picks are in the middle of the round, they won't be players as good as Kessel. However, if the Leafs crash and burn then the will be much angst in Hogtown.

At 21, Kessel finished 12th in the NHL last season in goals scored, ahead of Malkin, Iginla, Datsyuk and Crosby while playing 10 fewer games than most of these players. He is the leading goal scorer from his draft year (2006) which include Jordan Staal, Jonathan Toews and Nicklas Backstrom. There are some concerns about his attitude but both Burke and Ron Wilson are very familiar with Kessel through Team USA and do not seem to have any concerns.

Let's keep our fingers crossed that this one finally works out

Thursday, September 17, 2009

What ever happened to that souvenir ball?

Hate the song but love Shakira

Did he say plucking or fucking?

Now who’s in bed with the socialists and separatists?

Politics takes some interesting twists and turns. Less than a year ago the Liberals under Stephane Dion were accused of being in bed with socialists and separatists when they attempted to wrestle control from the Conservatives by forming a coalition with the NDP and Bloc Quebecois. I recalled it being described as a deal with the devil. Voters across the country were enraged. The plan was to defeat the government in a non-confidence vote (just weeks after the 2009 election) and then offer the coalition to the Governor-General as an alternative government. If you recall, Prime Minister Harper did an end-around by having the Governor-General prorogue Parliament in order to work on an economic stimulus package that would be acceptable to Canadians.

In the interim, the Liberals dumped Dion and replaced him with Michael Ignatieff in anticipation of a possible snap election which never occurred. But Ignatieff learned from the errors of his predecessor and vowed to avoid getting too cozy with the other opposition parties. This brings us to this fall. The Liberals are itching for an election showdown with the Conservatives despite the fact that Canadians don’t want an election and there are no critical issues that require input from the electorate. Not only that, some popular economic relief proposed by the government would be delayed by an election. Why should that matter when a power grab is in sight?

So what is a minority government to do in such a crisis? Well how about making a deal with one of the opposition parties. Afterall, the Conservatives can only be defeated if all three opposition parties vote against the government. So the Prime Minister makes some concessions regarding EI benefits and just as quickly the NDP are prepared to support the government. Next the Bloc announces that they too will support the government. Although this is no coalition and the support may be short lived, the optics have to be painful. The Conservatives are sharing the same bed with socialists and separatist although I understand the TV remote remains in the hands of the Prime Minister.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mary Travers: November 9, 1936 – September 16, 2009

Mary Travers joined forces with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey in 1961 to form one of the most successful folk singing bands, Peter, Paul and Mary.

The group collected five Grammy Awards for their three-part harmony on enduring songs like "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" and "Blowin' in the Wind."

Former MP Jaffer faces impaired driving, cocaine charges

Former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer has been charged with impaired driving and possession of cocaine, Ontario Provincial Police said Wednesday. Jaffer, 37, is the husband of Helena Guergis, the current Conservative MP for the riding of Simcoe-Grey, and the minister of state for the status of women.

Police said they stopped a Ford Escape that had been travelling at high speed through the village of Palgrave, northwest of Toronto. The officer who made the stop noticed the odour of alcohol on the driver's breath, police said in a news release.

A resident of Angus, Ont., about 100 kilometres north of Toronto, Jaffer is due to appear in criminal court in Orangeville on Oct. 19. His driver's licence has been suspended for 90 days.

Ms. Guergis addressed the charges in a short e-mail Wednesday night. “I take this very seriously. I love my husband. I will wait for further information before I make any comment,” she wrote.

In the run-up to the 2008 election, Mr. Jaffer’s campaign took out an advertisement on and Edmonton’s 630 CHED radio that made reference to remarks NDP leader Jack Layton made in 2003 about his appreciation of marijuana.

“Edmontonians understand how difficult it is to make sure our children make the right choices, especially on serious issues like drug use,” the advertisement said.

“The Conservative party supports drug-free schools and getting tough on drug dealers who sell illegal drugs to children. Don’t let our schools go up in smoke.”

It's reassuring to know that young conservatives are still using coke and that the world hasn't gone to pot afterall.

B.B. King is 84 and no the thrill is not gone

Is civility dead?

The outburst by Congressman Joe Wilson during a recent speech by Barack Obama on healthcare is a great example of how rude and obnoxious we have become in North America. Whether or not Obama was lying does not warrant such disrespect and bad behaviour. Maybe I’m showing my age but it’s everywhere. In our own Parliament, members shout out insults while others have the floor and the Speaker of the House is hard pressed to maintain some control. Just this past weekend Kayne West interrupts Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Awards to air his displeasure with her selection. What about all those people at the town hall meetings on health care? Fans at sporting events scream out disgusting comments with their own children present. That same behaviour carries over to their kids’ arenas or playing fields. Everywhere I see people treating sales staff and restaurant servers as if they are sub-human. Often they are berating kids about the age of their children. We are excellent role models because young people are picking up the same behaviour. Everyone demands respect but no one is willing to show any themselves.

I recently read a tribute to Ted Kennedy by Bob Dole. He points out that some people think that partisanship did not exist in the Senate year ago. He suggests that this impression exists because Southerners used to run the Senate and they were generally mild-mannered and gentlemanly. That civility has been lost.

I coach a hockey team and each season I bring together players and parents to discuss my coaching philosophy and some basic rules. Well there is only one rule that counts – players are expected to respect each other, the coaches, opponents and game officials. No exceptions. Then I turn to the parents and tell them the same rule applies to them. No yelling at referees and players on the ice. I then inform everyone that I have kicked players off the team that have failed to follow these rules and asked parents to stop coming to games. Usually there is shock and total silence in the room. I think no one has ever told them what should be obvious. But we don’t have problems because when people are explained the ground rules and the penalties for not following them it has an impact.

I’m a pretty outspoken person but there is a right time and a wrong time to speak and a right way and wrong way to communicate with people. It took me a while but I figured it out. Like I said, I must be getting old.

Father of the Year Candidate: Man gets high loses stepson

According to police, Dino Vicente, 31, drove from Coopersburg, Pa., to Kensington to buy drugs on Saturday. He had a companion: His 6-year-old stepson.

The trip went according to plan. "He left the kid in the car, went to an unknown location and got high," an investigator said.

Then everything went to pot. About 4:30 a.m., Vicente called the boy's mother to report that he couldn't remember where he had parked his car, the investigator said.

With no other choice, he flagged down cops on the 3400 block of Collins Street to report the lost boy and car, police said. After a two-hour search, police found Vicente's stepson, apparently unharmed, sitting inside the car on the 2000 block of Clearfield Street.

Vicente, of Main Street in Coopersburg, was charged with recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of a child.

Hey Dino, you might have a drug problem!

Blue Jays finally show up

Last night in New York, for the first time in months, the Toronto Blue Jays played like they actually gave a shit about something. The vacationing ballplayers actually did something that made it seem like their pride mattered to them. Maybe it had to do with repeatedly getting hit in the face with baseballs. What we do know is that, after two Jays players were hit by pitches earlier in the game and let's not forget Randy Ruiz being hit in the face by Josh Towers. Jesse Carlson threw behind the back of Yankee catcher Jorge Posada.

Other game highlights:
- Halladay was ordinary but the offense gave him some runs
- the great White Hope, Travis Snider has 2 monster home runs
- Adam Lind gets home run #30 after reaching 100 RBIs the night before
- even the pathetic Encarnacion and Bautista had homers

Hump Day Hottie

Jayde Nicole

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

One Hit Wonder

Maria Muldaur - Midnight At The Oasis (1974)

Too hot to work in a prison

A prison officer branded too sexy to work won her case for unfair dismissal and sex discrimination against prison bosses.

Amit Kajla, 22, brought the case against the prison system after she says she was forced to resign from Prison in Brinsford, England.

The officer said she was mocked by staff at the Young Offenders' Institution for adapting her uniform to fit her petite frame.

Miss Kajla, from Wolverhampton, told the tribunal colleagues complained about her appearance and told her she wore too much make up.

Man leaves woman unconscious in car for 9 hours

A New Zealand woman was left unconscious in an upturned car for nine hours after her friend crashed it, left to go drinking at a pub and allegedly returned to steal her handbag.

Police said the pair, who were friends, were driving when the man lost control on a gravel corner and crashed, with the car coming to rest in a ditch.

Police said the man left the scene, leaving the injured and unconscious woman in the passenger seat before returning to the scene later in a taxi, stealing the woman’s bag and the $500 it contained and going back to the pub.

He did not offer any assistance to the still-unconscious woman. The woman, who had cuts to her head and moderate neck injuries regained consciousness in the morning and alerted police.

Police said the man, who was on bail, was found at a bar in the morning heavily intoxicated.

This photo got these ladies arrested

Several members of "The Vampire Diaries" TV series landed behind bars after a photo shoot on a bridge in Georgia prompted motorists to call police.

The drivers last month reported women dangling off the side of the bridge and flashing them in Forsyth, about 60 miles south of Atlanta.

Nina Dobrev, Sara Canning, Kayla Ewell and Candice Accola were charged with disorderly conduct on Aug. 22 and were released on bond.

Authorities say a man named Tyler Shields told them he was a photographer shooting pictures for the show, which premiered Thursday on the CW Network. He was also charged.

A deputy checked the cameras and found numerous photographs of the women hanging from, sitting on and straddling the bridge. I guess this is pretty racy stuff in Georgia.

It's Rosh Hashanah this weekend

So I decided to post this video that has gone viral of a Rabbi blowing a Shofar and puppy collaborating. By the way it will be year 5770 on the Hebrew calendar.

Tommy Lee Jones turned 63 today

Monday, September 14, 2009

Kayne West interrupts Obama's speech

Lady GaGa at the 2009 MTV awards

I just don't get. I must be getting old.

So you think riding the TTC is bad?

Every time I get grumpy about the crowded Toronto subways I like to pull out this video of a Japanese subway. Can you imagine being crammed into a car like the Nazis stacked Jews into cattle cars on route the concentration camps. At least these nice Japanese subway attendants wear white gloves. How civilized.

Stop the election talk, I’ve had enough!

I know I am not alone on this one. This week we may be enduring our 4th election in just over 5 years. That is a ridiculous waste of time and money. In the first 137 years of Confederation we had 37 elections and went on average 3 years and 8 months between elections. If an election is held next month, the average since the 2004 election will work out to only 1 year and 4 months between elections.

The most infuriating election call had to have been the 2008 election because technically it was illegal. That is because Prime Minister had amended the Election Act to eliminating political opportunism by prohibiting snap elections for the sole purpose of catching the opposition parties by surprise. We are supposed to have fixed elections dates with the exception where a minority government has lost the confidence of Parliament and has been defeated in a vote.

In each case over the last few elections, there have been no major issues that necessitated calling an election. These campaigns were called by politicians who merely wanted to grab hold of power and not because they required a new mandate to govern. Election issues were manufactured in order to hide their true intentions.

We all hate what’s going on. But we have no ability to change it. It’s destroying our Parliamentary system and making our government dysfunctional.

Amy Winehouse made her 26th birthday

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Husband hearing chart

stolen from here

Gina Incandela, 7 year old anthem singer

7-year-old Gina Incandela is wowing crowds, performing the American National Anthem in stadiums across the country. What makes the story so fascinating is that Gina’s parents were told that she would probably never speak when she was diagnosed with autism at age two. Through a music therapy program, Gina overcame her disability, and began speaking at age three.

At age five, Gina heard the National Anthem on TV and decided she wanted to sing at a major league baseball game. Her mother found a try-out for a Spring Training game for the New York Mets

, and on May 12, 2008, the singing dynamo performed at Shea Stadium when the Mets played the Cincinatti Reds.

Statue of the Week

Film Review: Inglorious Basterds

This film is a classic Quentin Tarantino fantasy who has the audacity to make a film about World War II where the Jews and Nazis reverse roles. The Jews act like thugs and the Nazis are bumbling cowards. The history of the Holocaust saw Jews herded into buildings and burned alive. In Tarantino's film, the Jews commit this horror. They also scalp their dead Nazi victims, whack their skulls with baseball bats and carve swastikas into the foreheads of those they spare. The film provides the audience with revenge in the form of a cathartic fantasy because as we know there was no successful plot to kill the German High Command let alone three.

Though Basterds is overlong and undisciplined, it contains individual set pieces—that opening encounter in the French farmhouse and a later scene in which the Basterds go undercover as German officers in the basement of a tavern—that are near-perfect examples of taut, suspenseful moviemaking. But many people are going to find the film offensive - not just because of the violence but because it is in reality a comedy.

Stunt-driving law unconstitutional but that is also good news for the Ontario government

An Ontario Court of Justice judge has ruled that a section of the province's stunt-driving law is unconstitutional because it exposes an extreme speeder to a possible jail term, without any ability to defend against it. That law, Bill 203 was introduced was introduced in 2007.

Bill 203 increased the maximum fine from $1,000 to $10,000 upon conviction for street racing, making it the highest penalty in Canada. The minimum fine increased from $200 to $2,000. Police can issue an immediate seven-day driver’s licence suspension and seven-day vehicle impoundment for street racing, participating in a driving contest or stunt driving. Courts can impose a driver licence suspension of up to 10 years for a second conviction, if the second conviction occurs within 10 years of the first. For a first conviction, the maximum licence suspension period remains at 2 years.

In a ruling delivered last week in a Napanee courthouse, Justice Geoffrey J. Griffin said someone charged under the law cannot advance a "due diligence" defence, and is therefore exposed to a jail term that contravenes the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Judge Griffin said there is no issue with the validity of the law's other penalties -- automatic driver suspension, immediate impoundment of the vehicle or a minimum fine of $2,000.

Now that is good news for the Ontario government. That is because Bill 203 also introduced new road side driver suspensions. If you’re caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration from 0.05 to 0.08 (known as the "warn range"), the police can immediately suspend your licence up to three days for a first occurrence, seven days for a second occurrence and 30 days for a third or subsequent occurrence. Similar suspensions have been introduced for young drivers (under 21) with any blood alcohol concentration.

There would have been some concern that these road side suspension provisions were at risk. Afterall, drivers have not ability to challenge the suspensions, Since no jail time is included for these offenses, it appears for now they legitimate tools for police.

Mug Shot of the Week

you are allowed to stare

Fiona Apple is 32 today

I gets mah infromashun frum Fox Nuse

Some reasons why the NHL should be considering Hamilton

With all the talk about the Phoenix Coyotes relocating to Hamilton, I thought it would be helpful to pass on some interesting facts in support of Hamilton. I've been to both Hamilton and Phoenix and you will never confuse the two.

1. Hamilton already has a professional sport team

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats football club has played in the Canadian Football League (CFL) since 1950 and have won eight Grey Cup championships. The Tiger-Cats play out of lovely Ivor Wynne Stadium. The CFL Hall of Fame is located in Hamilton.

The most famous Tiger-Cat player was Angelo "King Kong" Mosca who went on to have a very successful wrestling career.

2. Hamilton has an international airport

The John D. Munro Hamilton International Airport is situation on a former Royal Canadian Air Force base. It is named after one of Hamilton's illustrious politicians Johm Munro. Munro and his associates were investigated under the Criminal Code and faced 37 charges alleging illegal kickbacks to his 1984 leadership campaign and other irregularies bu those charges were thrown out. Flights from Hamilton will take you to Edmonton, Halifax, Moncton, Orlando [seasonal], Winnipeg which will helpful in getting you to many other NHL destinations.

3. Hamilton has a variety of fine dining

Hamilton has some excellent restaurants but most Hamiltonian pass on them. The food of choice in Hamilton is the sausage which can be purchased from licensed carts throughout the city. Some are pretty sophisticated operations and will even take reservations.

4. Canada's steel industry is based in Hamilton

Sixty percent of Canada's steel is produced by Stelco and Dofasco in Hamilton. These economic giants have pumped millions into the Hamilton economy and provided the city with a lovely skyline.

5. Hamilton is the home of the African Lion Safari

One of the biggest attractions in Hamilton is the African Lion Safari which is a private-owned, world class exhibit of animals in as close as possible their natural habitat. The manner of exhibiting animals is completely different from the traditional approach; that is, the visitor is caged in the car, and the animals roam in 2 to 20 hectare (5 to 50 acre) reserves.

6. Hamilton already has professional hockey

Hamilton failed in 1990 to gain an NHL expansion franchise and the city selected was Ottawa. But Hamilton has been the home of the Hamilton Bulldogs in the AHL and they play in Copps Coliseum which could be used by an NHL team. The Bulldogs won the Calder Cup championship in 2007.

7. Hamilton's downtown has much potential

The recession has hit Hamilton hard but it has the potential to have a thriving downtown core. Most Tim Hortons shops have continued to thrive and are enthusiatically supported by the 700,000 residents of Hamilton. Hamilton has one donut shop her 300 residents.