Saturday, October 31, 2009
These are guys are obviously not the brightest bulbs on the Christmas tree.
Police were responding to a call about an attempted burglary when they pulled over a car matching the alleged suspects' vehicle.
Inside the car, officers found two men with their faces blackened with permanent marker. Police said the caller described two men with painted faces attempting to break into an apartment Friday night before driving off. So of course police had no trouble identifying the two men.
When they get out of jail maybe they can audition for the next sequel of Home Alone.
Jiri Tlusty made his season debut for the Leafs wearing his full uniform. That didn't help as the Leafs once again lost despite their improved play. God this is painful to watch. Maybe Phil Kessel will help because this team just cannot score. I'm at loss. This may just be the worst team in the league.
Friday, October 30, 2009
The casting of child actor Abigail Breslin in the lead role for the Broadway revival "The Miracle Worker" is upsetting several blind and deaf advocacy groups, who said a deaf actress, and not a hearing one, should take Helen Keller's role.
On Wednesday, producers have announced that the 13-year-old "Little Miss Sunshine" star will be playing deafblind icon Helen Keller in the revival of the Broadway drama.
This does not sit well with advocacy groups.
Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts executive director Sharon Jensen told New York Times that they do not think it's acceptable to cast the lead role without "seriously considering an actress from our community."
Lead producer David Richenthal admitted he wanted an actress who is already a star to revive the William Gibson play because that's the only way to make money on Broadway these days.
He added that he and director Kate Whoriskey are planning to audition deaf or blind actresses to be Breslin's understudy. They would also hire sign language interpreters for the auditions of the deaf actresses.
I just find this so silly. It's called acting. Remember Daniel Day Lewis in My Left Foot, Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man, Alan Arkin in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. The same nonsense occurred when John Travolta was cast as Edna in Hairspray. You know George Clooney played a doctor on ER but no one from the AMA complained that he wasn't a real doctor.source
A Somali man who claims to be 112 has married a 17-year-old girl in the first wedding of it’s kind for the region in more than a century.
Ahmed Muhamed Dore reportedly have five other wives of various ages, and has eighteen children from those marriages.
Now, he has married Safia Abdulleh of Guriceel, the village where they both live. According to Dore, he has been waiting for years for the girl to ‘grow up’, in order to marry her.
If he is really 112, then Ahmed is 95 years older than his bride. That easily beats Larry King and any one of his young brides.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Deputy Assistant Attorney-General, 66, caught in car in cemetery with stripper, 18, and sex toys - Was that wrong?
A US Deputy Assistant Attorney-General, who said he was on his lunch break when an officer found him with a stripper and sex toys in his sport utility vehicle, has been fired, his boss said.
Roland Corning, 66, a former state legislator, was in a secluded part of a downtown cemetery in Columbia, South Carolina, when an officer spotted him on Monday, according to a police report.
As the officer approached, Mr Corning sped off, then pulled over a few blocks away. He and the 18-year-old woman with him, an employee of the Platinum Plus Gentleman's Club, gave conflicting stories about what they were doing in the cemetery.
George Costanza said it best when he got caught having sex with the cleaning lady on his desk, “Was that wrong?”
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Privacy no longer exists. Big Brother could be watching you right now.
As police services begin accessing technology to investigate crimes, our privacy is being compromised and its legal despite privacy laws. That's because law enforcement is an exemption.
Just look at some recent examples. In the Chris Little case, 109 pages of Mr. Little's cellphone records, and 407 ETR records showing when and where Little entered and exited the toll road were submitted as evidence.
Toronto Police Services operate 15 cameras around the city and were recently given approval to install 11 more. Goodness knows how many cameras exist on private property including retail stores, parking lots, etc. One such camera captured a woman driving an SUV in which she crushed two cars in an Extreme Fitness parking lot before taking off.
Certainly you want to support law enforcement but can you trust the police to respect your privacy while they chase bad guys? I'm not so sure.
The former Quality Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel has been stripped of its Quality Inn franchise, leaving hundreds of customers who made guaranteed bookings for the 2010 Olympic Games facing stiff price increases to retain their rooms.
The hotel is honouring reservations guaranteed by the booking agents for its former franchise, but not the room rates made prior to the split. Rooms booked months ago for as little as $79 a night for the period of the Olympic Games now cost $350 a night and up.
Obviously this is not just an isolated case. As the suckers flood into Vancouver, they will be assaulted by greedy merchants ready to suck their wallets clean.
Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for Apollo Creed, for Darth Vadar, for Gary Bettman, for Rogers Communications, for the H1N1 virus. If you aren’t fucking Yankee fan then you must hate the Yankees.
Hating the Yankees is easy for me. The Blue Jays are no longer big spenders and haven’t competed in the American East in over 15 years. I also went to school in Philadelphia and still have ties there so supporting the Phillies is a great fit.
They don’t draft and develop players anymore. They just buy them. The Yankees have A-Rod and how could anyone actually like A-Rod. A.J. Burnett who spurned the Blue Jays to play for the Yankees is also not a lovable guy – even when he was a Jay. Of course my hate forces me to ignore current legends Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera who consistently show class when others around them don’t know what the word means.
The fans are obnoxious. Other fans can be as well, but Yankee fans have been that way since the days of Babe Ruth. When the new ballpark opened this season, the premium seats were an eye-popping $2,500 which was quickly reduced to a more ‘reasonable’ $1,250 because they were largely vacant for most games. I guess there weren’t enough fans willing to overpay to watch baseball in the same way that ownership overpaid for ballplayers.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
UPDATE: York Regional Police have now made an arrest. A 62-year old woman has been charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident.
Police say that Susan Finkelstein was so desperate to see her beloved Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series that she offered to exchange sex for tickets.
Finkelstein described herself in an ad on Craigslist as a "diehard Phillies fan -- gorgeous tall buxom blonde -- in desperate need of two World Series Tickets."
Police found the ad and set up a meeting between her and an undercover officer. At that point Finkelstein allegedly "offered to perform sex acts" for seats to a game.
The 43-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday and charged with prostitution, among other offenses.
Each week Domi goes out there and glides around the ice and continues to get praise from the judges and decent scores. He is the only one wearing hockey skates and aside from the occasional lift, does not that resembles figure skating. Last week the superior Barbara Underhill and Ron Duguay took the fall. This week it was Jodi Higgins and Ken Daneyko who although not that talented, put in a great effort each week. The remaining 3 pairs are so superior, that it would be a total farce if they two of them survive beyond next week.
Once again, both Shae-Lynn Bourne with Claude Lemieux and Jamie Sale with Craig Simpson were sensational. I still believe that since Bourne and Sale are the best two skaters in this "competition" they have an advantage over the rest. In the end, Jamie Sale's pairs experience will likely beat Bourne's dance background. Although Shae-Lynn was sizzling on Sunday night.
The big surprise was the side by side jump that Sale and Simpson landed. Although it was only a waltz jump (only 1/2 rotation) it was still a major step up in difficulty. Meanwhile Bourne did a variation of the famous hydroblading that was a signature move of dance pair of Bourne and Kraatz. This is getting fun.
Monday, October 26, 2009
London con artist Mohammed Patel, 24, staged nearly 100 car wrecks as part of a scam that wound up costing insurance companies more than $2.6 million.
Patel, who will serve four and a half years on various fraud charges, made his clients dish out about $800 each to stage phony car accidents for them. After each accident occurred, Patel would get out of his vehicle and skillfully manage to persuade the other driver that they were in fact solely to blame. Patel's customers would then receive an average of nearly $2,000 per incident from their unsuspecting insurance companies. Police records state that Patel staged the fake accidents over a three-year period, from about 2005 to 2008.
Patel was exposed when some office workers kept noticing an unusual number of car accidents nearby. They also began taking note that each incident was in fact similar and that the driver of the lead car was oddly the same man. Axa Insurance, one of the companies that got caught up in the scam, began an investigation and soon after contacted the authorities.
Police discovered that Patel's standard procedure was to brake suddenly, so that the vehicle that was behind him had no choice but to rear end his car. Fraudulent insurance claims that were submitted by folks who weren't even at the accident but whom Patel pretended to be, were made. Phony claims for compensation of injuries sustained, vehicle damages, loaner cars and storage for the damaged car were filed by the claimants.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Then there was Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu who was suspended by the NHL for three games after his hit from behind on Colorado's Darcy Tucker.
Anaheim forward Evgeni Artyukhin took out Dallas defenseman Matt Niskanen with a slew-foot. While the on-ice officials didn't notice the play, the NHL did. Artyukhin was suspended three games for the hit.
Canucks defenseman Willie Mitchell came out of the penalty box and found himself in a position to catch Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews with his head down, and used that opportunity to deliver a crushing (and what appears to be a clean) open-ice hit.
Finally, Alex Ovechkin shows another part of his dirty side, slew-footing Rich Peverley. He got fined for the play, but in my opinion, he should have gotten a suspension. It was quite a week for hits.