Saturday, January 30, 2010
Rip Torn was arrested Friday night for allegedly breaking into a bank while drunk and armed with a loaded revolver.
State police responded to an alarm at the Litchfield Bancorp building in Salisbury, CT at 9:40 PM last night. Police say they found Torn "with a loaded revolver" and he was "highly intoxicated."
Law enforcement sources tell us Torn gained access through a broken window, which they believe Torn broke himself.
Torn was taken to the Troop B barracks in North Canaan and is being held on $100,000 bond.
Cops say Torn was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespass and third-degree criminal mischief.
According to the Register Citizen, he is scheduled to appear in court on February 1.
Rip has had previous alcohol-related arrests.
The photo of sleeping Toronto Transit Commission fare collector has become, it must be said, the sleeper hit of the Internet. Since the picture taken by Jason Wieler was posted online and then displayed in all the local papers. Photoshoppers have had a field day with the “TTC Sleeper”: having him nap with Homer Simpson at the Springfield nuclear plant, inserting him into the iconic painting of the Last Supper, etc. It has also brought out a lot of local hostility following a steep fare hike just weeks ago.
The consensus is that service is lousy, employees are rude and the system is behind the time.
So what's their response? Well they apologized for not looking after their customers for years, set up a complaint hotline, promised to draft a customer "bill of rights", and appoint a panel of riders and private sector customer service experts to advise the TTC. A lot of window dressing? Likely. They need a major change in culture at the TTC and that won't be accomplished by a bill of rights or belated apologies.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Not because Australian males are obsessed with breasts it seems, but because their board of classification believes that small breasts being shown might lead to pedophilia.
It seems that conservative Australian politicians are waging a war on smut and have arbitrarily decided that small breasts in porn encourages pedophilia and female ejaculation (another proposed ban) is just plain gross.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
To be honest, like most people I've only read one book by J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye. I'm sure I share the same sentiment with many people, who can say that this novel really spoke to them during a tough time in high school. So thank you for that.
Incredible how much fame can be derived by one piece of work.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Below are the five drafts since the lockout. Some rounds the Leafs have multiple picks as a result of trades. The players in blue are currently with the Leafs. The players in green are picks still in the Leaf system. The ones in red are the players picked up in trades for draft picks.
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The waitress was fired last March after she sold a hamburger to a co-worker who then asked for cheese, which she added.
The fast-food chain argued this turned the hamburger into a cheeseburger, and so she should have charged more.
But Leeuwarden district court ruled a written warning would have been more appropriate. McDonald's was ordered to pay the former employee more than $5,900 for the last five months of her contract.
The fast-food chain had argued that the waitress - who was employed at a branch in the northern town of Lemmer - had broken staff rules prohibiting free gifts to family, friends or colleagues.
But the court said in its written judgment: "The dismissal was too severe a measure. It is just a slice of cheese."
- He had grossly overestimated the strength of his team (quite common in sports),
- He is risk taker and things have not been going his way, or
- He knew the team stunk and has been blowing a lot of smoke.
I'm not quite sure which is the case. Maybe a combination of all three. Here's how I see it.
The college free agents
After signing Hanson and Bozak as college free agents (and throw Gustavsson in with them), Burke declared that this group was the equivalent of 3 first round picks in the amateur draft. Now that is just a pile of crap, All three players were overlooked over the course of three draft years. That doesn't happen if these guys were that good. All three are well beyond 18 years of age and struggling to learn how to play in the NHL.
Unrestricte free agents
In addition to the college free agents, Burke went out and offered big contracts to Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin to strengthen the Leaf defense. Both players have been disappointments. But then both players were coming off of sub par years which were shortened by injuries. So is this a case of gambling or overestimating their value and ability?
The truculence factor
Part of Burke's plan was to change the culture on the Leafs by bringing in a group of tough players to fill out the bottom end of the lineup. So he sighed Colton Orr, Jay Rosehill and traded away Pavel Kubina for Garnet Exelby. No Leaf player is in the top 10 in the league in fighting majors. As a team the Leafs are 10th in fighting majors and 12th in penalty minutes. However, they also happen to be one of the worst penalty killing teams in the history of the NHL. As a result, the more physical game has mostly become a liability.
Goalies are fill the most important position in hockey and one of the more critical positions in sports. So Burke decides to hang his season on a veteran with chronic injuries coming off surgery and an unknown and unproven Swedish rookie who has never played in North America. Of couse perhaps Gustavsson might have had an entirely different season had he not undergone heart surgery twice. Some more bad luck or a poor read on his lineup.
Phil Kessel trade
This has to be an example of grossly overestimating both the team he has and the impact that Kessel would have. I am sure Burke was convinced that he was giving up two middle round first picks in the trade with Boston. That certainly would make the Kessel trade look pretty good. But Kessel has looked out of shape coming off of shoulder surgery and has not had a significant impact on the Leafs. Well you know how the rest of it goes. The Leafs are at the bottom of the standings and Boston stands to get a pretty good pick in 2010 and maybe the same in 2011. Meanwhile the Leafs cannot get significantly better without some young prospects to build around. This trade might make Leafs forget about the Raycroft trade very soon and that's not a good thing.
So what has worked out? Not too much. No free agent has stood out. His lineup has a number of players with big contracts and little production. The farm system is pretty barren. The Marlies are near the bottom of the standing and their top scorer is a fighter, Andre Deveaux. Their goalie of the future has some potentially serious health issues.
Brian we're waiting. Show us something.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
School officials will review the dictionary to decide if it should be permanently banned because of the "sexually graphic" entry, said district spokeswoman Betti Cadmus. The dictionaries were initially purchased a few years ago for fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms districtwide, according to a memo to the superintendent.
"It's just not age appropriate," said Cadmus, adding that this is the first time a book has been removed from classrooms throughout the district. It's hard to sit and read the dictionary, but we'll be looking to find other things of a graphic nature," Cadmus said. She explained that other dictionary entries defining human anatomy would probably not be cause for alarm.
Meanwhile, some parents are questioning the district's response and some school board members are asking why officials did not consult with them.
"Censorship in the schools, really? Pretty soon the only dictionary in the school library will be the Bert and Ernie dictionary," said Emanuel Chavez, the parent of second- and sixth-grade students. "If the kids are exposed to it, it's up to the parents to explain it to them at their level."
Board member Rita Peters questioned why one parent's complaint would lead the district to pull the dictionaries. "If we're going to pull a book because it has something on oral sex, then every book in the library with that better be pulled," she said. "The standard needs to be consistent ... We don't need parents setting policy.
Chores are never a teenager's favorite way to spend a fall afternoon, but for 14-year-old John Caudle chores were the motive for murder, Colorado police say.
In an arrest affidavit, Caudle told investigators that on Oct. 26, 2009 he argued with his mother because he didn’t want to do household chores like taking out the trash or cleaning his room. Then he said he went to a gun safe, removed two .22 caliber pistols and shot his mother dead.
Caudle said he then hid in a laundry room and shot his stepfather when he
walked past a short time later.
After allegedly killing his parents, he spent the evening watching movies and playing on a computer.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Today marks an essential day in pop-culture history: Bubble Wrap's 50th birthday.
Where would we be without these protective, oddly addictive plastic orbs of sealed air? (Actually, we might be in a healthier environment with more recyclable packaging materials, but we'll overlook this fact for the moment.)
The term "Bubble Wrap" was coined in 1960 by engineers Marc Chavannes and Al Fielding who came up with the stuff in Hawthorne, N.J., "with the intent of creating a trendy new textured wallpaper."
Today has been dubbed Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, so pop a few in their honor. And if you'd like to be green about it, just use some virtual Bubble Wrap.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
On Friday, March 12 at the Orleans Arena against the Bakersfield Condors, the Los Vegas Wranglers are scheduled to hold "Girl Scout Night" in celebration of the 98th birthday of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Part of that celebration includes hockey jerseys modeled after the Girl Scout uniform. Not exactly thinking out of the box here since the Kingston Frontenacs just recently had their Don Cherry jersey. Ugly hockey jerseys must be all the rage. I still prefer their Gov. Rod Blagojevich Prison Uniform Night and who can forget the stripper-riffic "Over 18" Night.
Johnson is undoubtedly a good driver. Rain and slick roads are enough to deal with without having a deer in your lap. And because it was raining, Mr. Johnson was driving slowly. He believes that's why he walked away with only minor injuries.
How many people can say they fought a deer? Johnson can. He has the battle wounds to prove it. "I was just riding listening to Ricky Smiley and then all of a sudden 'BOOM' and I looked over my shoulder and a deer was looking me dead in the face."
He thinks the deer was trying to jump over his SUV, but fell short and smashed through his window instead. "He came in and his hind legs and his nostril and face hit me in my face."
With pieces of glass in Johnson's head and a deer in his lap. It was quite the scene. "All I could look at was his nose. He's kicking around trying to get out and you've got to think, I'm dragging him down the road because his back legs are still outside the vehicle." On top of everything, it was raining. "He's fighting, like I'm fighting."
Finally, after swerving in and out of his lane and fighting the terrified animal, Johnson was able to push the deer out his window and pull over safely. "I got cuts in my head from glass. It was all in my mouth and clothes." But aside a few cuts and bruises, and a sprained neck, Johnson is fine. Apparently, so is the deer. He ran off and hasn't been seen since. "I guess he got up after he was stunned."