Saturday, May 08, 2010

OMG! Woman spends 24 hours in NYC without spending any money

Alexa van Tobel asked herself what would be it like to go a day without spending any money? I couldn't imagine going a day without spending a single penny -- is that even possible? How would I get from A to B? What about food? Turns out, a day of living expense free is possible and you'd be surprised by the overwhelming sense of satisfaction and feeling of elation that comes from it.

Here is how she did it:

1. Instead of stopping off for a latte in the morning she made coffee at home.
2. A bowl of cereal and fruit at home and no breakfast on the run.
3. Lunch was easy, she made a turkey sandwich on wheat bread, an apple and a granola bar and packed it up in a Ziploc bag.
4. Alexa walked to work (only 20 minutes).
5. Skipped her afternoon latte.
6. The girls decided to have a pot luck instead of heading out to a restaurant.

Sign of the day

Man beats co-worker for making fun of his small penis

A Miami International Airport federal security screener has been arrested for allegedly using an expandable police baton to beat up a co-worker. The source of their conflict, police say: daily ribbing about the size of the screener's penis.

Screener Rolando Negrin's private body parts were observed by his Transportation Security Administration colleagues conducting training on the airport's full-body imaging machines.

Months of joking culminated one night, when Negrin attacked co-worker Hugo Osorno in an employee parking lot, according to an arrest report. Negrin ``stated he could not take the jokes any more and lost his mind,'' said the report.

The agitated screener forced Osorno to his knees and made him apologize before whacking him on the back and arms with the baton, according to the report. Negrin, who posted $7,500 bond is charged with aggravated battery.

Mug Shot of the Week

Toni Tennille is 70 today time to cue up Love Will Keep Us Together.

NHL bad hair week

Friday, May 07, 2010

Will Ferrell pitching for the Round Rock Expres

Will Ferrell visited Dell Diamond on Thursday, May 6, 2010 in Round Rock, Texas. Ferrell came as Billy Ray "Rojo" Johnson, a Venezuelan phenom pitcher who recently got out of prison and signed with the Round Rock Express. Rojo threw only one pitch then was chased out of the ballpark by the batter.

Sign of the day

Where's Paco?

Josiah doesn't know, his girlfriend doesn't know, someone at Delta might know. After all, Delta was supposed to load Josiah's new dog on the same plane that Josiah got on. Paco didn't land with them. Frantic, Josiah called around frantically before being told that Paco was safe and sound, being taken care of by Delta employees, who would put him on the next flight out. Paco wasn't on that one either. More harried calls and Delta told Josiah Paco had "escaped" and the best they could do is refund his $200.00 pet transportation fee, but only as a "credit" for future Delta travel. That doesn't do Josiah any good, as he's vowed to never fly Delta again.

Delta Offers $380 Plus 2 More $200 Vouchers For Lost Pooch


Thank God this woman drives on another continent

A South Korean woman who earned a driver's license after 960 tries is ready to buy a car and get behind the wheel. Yonhap news agency reported Thursday that 69-year-old Cha Sa-soon passed the driving part of the test last month on her 10th try. South Korea requires a written test first, and Cha took it nearly daily since April 2005 before passing last year.

Yonhap quoted her as saying she wanted to buy a small secondhand car to visit her son and daughter and for her business selling vegetables.


The Phoenix Coyotes drama never ends

Here is a recap on the NHL soap opera that has been taking place in Phoenix:
  • It started back in December 2008, when the media became aware that the Phoenix Coyotes were losing money huge sums of money and were being directly funded by the NHL. As we now know, secretly the NHL had taken over operations of the Coyotes.
  • In May 2009, the Coyotes owner, Jerry Moyes, put the team into bankruptcy literally hours before Gary Bettman was to present a potential offer to purchase the team. Moyes intended to sell the team to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie who intended to purchase the team out of bankruptcy and move it to Hamilton.
  • From May until September 2009, hearings were held in Phoenix bankruptcy court to determine the fate of the Coyotes. Two potential bidders for the team surfaced, Jerry Reinsdorf and Ice Edge Holdings (who did not put in a bid for the team at the bankruptcy hearing). Ultimately the NHL put in the only rival bid to Balsillie for the team, while they fought Moyes' plan to sell the team and move it to Hamilton against the NHL rules. The Phoenix court finally ruled that the team could not be sold to Balsillie, as the judge held that bankruptcy could not be used to subvert the league's rules.
  • The NHL's bid was also insufficient for the bankruptcy judge, but Moyes and the NHL settled with the NHL buying the team and assuming all debts. The NHL then proceeded to work with the two potential bidders of Reinsdorf and Ice Edge to work out a deal with Glendale.
Since that time the NHL has been spinning wheels in an attempt to sell the team. At one point Ice Edge signed a letter of intent to buy the team from the NHL but they were rejected by the City of Glendale. Meanwhile Reinsdorf had won the approval of Glendale. Now Ice Edge is back in the picture.

You may be asking yourself, what was so bad about the Jim Balsillie offer? Well for one thing the NHL owners didn't want Balsillie as a owner because he refuses to play by the rules.Sports leagues do not like rogue owners. The second problem was that the NHL does not want a second team in the GTA. There may be a secret agreement with the Maple Leafs in the works here because almost everyone agrees that a second GTA team would be a success.

Most people feel that these deals keep failing because no one really wants to own a hockey team in Phoenix or the asking price is too high. However, it seems the real obstacle is the horrible lease that exists with Glendale to play in Arena. Back in 2001, the Coyotes owner was developer Steve Ellman who agreed to a 30-year lease only because he needed Glendale to fund the arena which was part of the much larger Westgate City Center development that Ellman owned and developed. Westgate was built around Arena, which is its primary attraction. However, once the arena was completed, he unloaded the team (and arena lease) to Jerry Moyes.

There is only one solution to the Phoenix Coyotes problem - break the lease and move the team. It may take some time but it will eventually happen. Welcome home to the Winnipeg Jets!

Boy starts fire, babysitter sued

A 14-year-old girl in northern Alberta is being sued for $350,000 after a fire burned down the home where she was babysitting and damaged the home next door. In 2007, Aaliyah Braybrook, who was 12 at the time, was looking after two little boys in a trailer in Clairmont, just outside Grande Prairie. When she noticed the fire, she quickly got the children and the family pet out of the home and called 911.

Earlier this week, Aaliyah and Douglas Mills, the father of the two boys, were served with a statement of claim. They are being sued by Mills's parents, Kendall and Dian Mills, who live in the home damaged by the fire. In their statement of claim, the couple said Douglas Mills's five-year-old son Damien was playing with a cigarette lighter when the fire started. They said Aaliyah was too young and inexperienced as a babysitter.

Aaliyah's father said his daughter can't believe this is happening. "She's pretty angry that they would be trying to blame … like she feels like she's being blamed for this, and like the fire department and everybody at the time called her a hero for getting those kids out, and basically she saved their lives," said Ray Braybrook.

Braybrook said his daughter took babysitting courses and was well prepared to look after the children. He said he anticipates he will have to hire a lawyer to defend Aaliyah.

Maybe not tonight dear

A Hudson woman was arrested, accused of stabbing her common-law husband because she was unhappy with his performance in the bedroom, an arrest report stated.

The man told police Michelle Thomas became angry with him when she was not satisfied by a sexual encounter the two shared just before the incident, the report stated. He said she grabbed a pair of scissors and began slashing at him. Officers noted the man had minor cuts to his chest, left thumb and left knee.

Thomas told officers the man was drunk and had grabbed her by the wrists, threw her on the bed and began choking her, according to the report. Officers saw no visible injuries on Thomas. The man said the only time he put his hands on her was during the sexual encounter.

Thomas was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, although the man told officers he didn’t want to press charges. Thomas faces a second-degree felony charge, carrying a sentence up to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

NHL bad hair week

Ban on pants may be lifted by France

A law banning women from wearing trousers in Paris may finally be lifted more than two centuries after first being enforced. The curious rule was first introduced in late 1799 by Paris' police chief, and stipulated than any Parisienne wishing to "dress like a man" must seek special permission from the city's main police station.

This makes the laissez-faire French capital theoretically more hardline than Islamic states like Sudan in the fashion stakes. But a group of ten French MPs has now submitted a draft bill to parliament to remove the law, which has survived repeated attempts to repeal it. The MPs say the trouser ban is "obsolete" and should be "de-legislated".

You think that the Europeans might be a little inconsistent. Women in Italy are being fined for wearing a borqua. But women can't wear pants in France.

In 1892, it was slightly relaxed thanks to an amendment which said trousers were permitted "as long as the woman is holding the reins of a horse". Then in 1909, the decree was further watered down when an extra clause was added to allow women in trousers on condition they were "on a bicycle or holding it by the handlebars". In 1969, amid a global movement towards gender equality, the Paris council asked the city's police chief to bin the decree. His response was: "It is unwise to change texts which foreseen or unforeseen variations in fashion can return to the fore."

The latest attempt to remove the outmoded rule was in 2003, when a Right-wing MP from President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party wrote to the minister in charge of gender equality. The minister's response was: "Disuse is sometimes more efficient than (state) intervention in adapting the law to changing morays." Given that trousers are compulsory for Parisian policewomen, they are, in theory, all breaking the law.

Suspected terrorists can't fly in America but they can still buy guns

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's appeal to what he called "common sense" at a congressional hearing Wednesday morning failed to sway two Republican senators who said that giving the government the ability to block the purchase of guns by suspected terrorists would undermine the Second Amendment's right to bear arms.

This is when ideology defies reason. There are individuals that are deemed to be too dangerous to fly on airplanes and are placed on a "no fly" list. But these same people can buy guns and explosives in America. Don't you think you should error on the side of public safety? Not if it undermines the Second Amendment's right to bear arms.

Take away their Miranda rights. Use waterboarding if you have to. But don't touch their guns!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Sign of the day

Helena, I hear there is an opening for Simcoe County meter maid

Dropped from Cabinet, booted out of caucus, now tossed aside as a future Conservative candidate in her own riding. Independent MP Helena Guergis is looking for a home. Will any political party be interested in adopting the former Miss Huronia 1992?

Hon. Helena Guergis, PC., MP

Dear Mr. Hilton,

This letter is in response to your correspondence dated May 5, 2010, advising me of the decision The National Candidate Selection Committee (NCSC) of the Conservative Party of Canada has taken to remove me as the candidate of record in the Electoral District of Simcoe-Grey. Please be advised that this letter is notice of my intention to formally appeal the decision of NCSC.

Your letter refers to recent events as the reason that this decision was made; perhaps you could highlight for me what I have done to justify this drastic measure. Specifically, I ask that you please provide the details of what led the NCSC to make this decision, especially at a time when no election is imminent.

In recent weeks, in essence, I have been charged, convicted, and sentenced without any due process or knowing what I have done wrong. There have been endless rumors and allegations unfairly leveled against me, but to date I have not been given a specific reason for my removal from caucus nor has there been any investigation launched, let alone concluded.

I am confident that I have done nothing wrong and will be exonerated of all the baseless accusations in the media. It is unfortunate that I have been left in a situation where I am not able to defend myself appropriately and am waiting for the RCMP to make a decision on information that has not been made privy to me.

I have dedicated over six years of my life to advance the cause of our Federal Party and am grateful for the opportunity to have served both in the House of Commons and in Cabinet. I have also represented the constituents of Simcoe-Grey to the best of my ability and have been returned as a result as the Conservative Member in three separate elections. I should at least be given the opportunity to honor this record. The Party should be respecting the wishes of the grassroots electors and allowing due process to take course.

In conclusion, I humbly ask that the NCSC reverse its decision in order to give me the opportunity to clear my name and rejoin the Conservative Party of Canada caucus.

Hon. Helena Guergis, PC., MP.

NHL bad hair week

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

What is wrong with Phillies fans?

A day after the Phillies saw their first fan tasered for jumping the field, a copycat interrupted play once again. You would have thought that the threat of getting tasered would discourage these morons. Nope.

This time the idiot wasn't tasered. You think shooting at them with live ammo will make a difference? Who know?

Does the Spanish face transplant guy look like late actor Vincent Schiavelli?


Vincent Schiavelli

I guess she doesn't make the rules

A Round Lake Park woman was held in contempt after a judge found the slogan on her shirt inappropriate for court, according to the Lake County News-Sun.

Associate Judge Helen Rozenberg held Jennifer LaPenta, who was attending a hearing in a friend's case, in contempt of court for wearing a T-shirt that read: "I have the pussy, so I make the rules."

The judge asked LaPenta, 19, if she thought her shirt was appropriate.

LaPenta said she told the judge that it would have been inappropriate if she had been the defendant. LaPenta’s lawyer said he may bring a civil, but first he’ll sit down with Judge Rozenburg. source

Muslim woman fined 500 euros for wearing burqa in Italy

The growing European trend on banning Muslim veils spread to Italy when a Tunisian-born woman was fined for wearing a burqa, the first time such a penalty has been imposed in the country.

Amel Marmouri, 26, was stopped by carabinieri officers in a spot check outside a post office in Novara in northern Italy and given a 500 euro fine, payable within 90 days. She at first declined to lift her veil to be identified because the officers were male, but agreed when a municipal police patrol which included a woman officer was summoned.

The fine was imposed under a city ordinance introduced in January in Novara banning any clothing which “prevents the immediate identification of the wearer inside public buildings, schools and hospitals”. It marked the first time the regulation had been enforced.

The Mayor of Novara, said the regulation was based on a 1975 national anti terrorist law making it illegal for men or women to be in public place with their faces covered.

Ben Salah Braim, 36, the woman's husband said he would respect the regulation, but would have to confine his wife at home since the Koran forbade other men to see her face.

NHL bad hair week

Sign of the day

Hump Day Hottie

Helena Mattsson

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Faisal Shahzad: another home-grown terrorist

Two days after the failed car bombing at Times Square, US authorities arrested a Pakistani-American, Faisal Shahzad, late on Monday as he tried to flee the country while Pakistani authorities in Karachi detained a man identified only as Tauseef and said to be Shahzad’s friend.

Shahzad, 30, was stopped by US Customs and Border Patrol agents while attempting to take a flight to Dubai from JFK airport. Two other persons were also taken off the Emirates flight but they hadn’t been identified.

I think NYC is fortunate that Mr. Shahzad was not too bright.
  • Who would buy a car just weeks before the attempted bombing so that authorities can easily trace it back to you.
  • Let's not forget the great bomb that he put together. Don't get me wrong I'm not complaining.
  • Wouldn't you head straight for the airport after dropping off the car in Time Square rather than wait two days?
  • And who would even suspect that one of the busiest places on the Earth, Time Square, would be crawling with security videos?

So this is what is being reported in the media about Mr. Shahzad:
  • Shahzad apparently was born in Pakistan and returned in 2009 for five months, mostly in Karachi, and returned from that country recently.
  • The accused Times Square bomber appears to have links to the same town in Colorado where convicted terrorist Najibullah Zazi lived prior to coming to New York City and attempting a foiled subway attack. [Fox]
  • It appears no one else was involved in the attack. [CBS]
  • He has admitted that he had tried to explode the car bomb in Times Square and had received bomb-making training in Waziristan, the militant stronghold of western Pakistan. [NDTV]
  • NYC police officers have claimed that the would be car bomber at Times Square had more than 100 pounds of fertilizer, but not the kind that would explode. [One India}
  • Youtube may have played a role in catching up to Shahzad.

Happy 50th Carrie Fisher

Baseball fan gets tasered

Sure they guy is a total jerk but tasing a guy for running on the field is clearly excessive force. Had he come to serious harm that would have been a hell of a lawsuit. I will keep this in mind the next time I'm visiting Philly.

Man marries cat

First there was the guy who married a pillow. Now a German guy is so in love with his ailing cat that he has married her.

Postal worker Uwe Mitzscherlich decided to marry his 15-year-old black and white cat Cecilia because she may not have long to live. Mitzscherlich said “Between us there is an inner bond, a harmony of hearts – it’s unique.”

The two met some 10 years ago when he was vacationing on the Baltic Sea coast. The love between them was so strong that when the 39-year-old, who lives in Possendorf near Dresden, realised that his asthmatic and overweight feline friend would likely die soon, he decided to make it official.

But because German authorities will not officiate a wedding between man and cat, Mitzscherlich asked 56-year-old actress Christin-Maria Lohri to do the honours for a fee of €300.

Dressed in a tuxedo with a top hat, the groom held his bride, who wore a tiny wedding gown. The ceremony was complete with flowers, a wedding march, vows and a kiss.

Update: There's video of the ceremony here.

If you are considering a gift for the lovely couple they are registered at William Sonoma and Petsmart.

NHL bad hair week

Monday, May 03, 2010

Photos of the gulf oil catastrophe

Is this not the most perfect Mother's Day gift?

Fashion Disaster

That outfit Kobe is wearing costs $1065. He looks like a dork.

Sign of the day

Remember more than a handful is a waste

Julia Manihuari, a twenty-nine year old mother who lives in northern rural Peru, has been trapped in her bed for six months because of giant N-cup breasts. She said the pain from her breasts, which were so big they touched her legs, would cause tremendous pain. Doctors believe she suffers from gigantomastia, a rare condition of excessive breast growth that may occur during puberty or after pregnancy. The surge of hormones, both estrogen and progesterone, causes breast tissue to increase. Most women only experience only a one to three cup size change. After local media paid for her to take a three-day boat trip to the nearest town, she underwent a six-hour surgery that removed 35 pounds of breast tissue, leaving Manihuari now with size 34B’s.

NHL bad hair week

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Mug Shot of the Week

Stoned? Who me? Never touch the stuff.

Thank God the Time Square bombers were incompetent

Where did the Times Square bomber get his materials? Walmart? A tee shirt vendor saw smoke coming out of the vents of a Nissan Pathfinder van late last Saturday night. When the NYPD bomb squad got there, this is what they found:

Inside, they discovered three canisters of propane like those used for barbecue grills, two five-gallon cans of gasoline, consumer-grade fireworks — the apparent source of the “pops” — and two clocks with batteries, the mayor said. He said the device “looked amateurish.”

Deputy Police Commissioner Paul. Browne said: “It appeared it was in the process of detonating, but it malfunctioned.”

Some of the surveillance cameras nearby were located in closed businesses, and the mayor made clear it would take time to review all available tapes.

If the device had functioned, “it would be more of an incendiary event” than an explosion.

Some theatergoers to plays and musicals, such as The Lion King, were unable to make the performance. Officials are trying to determine if this is the work of foreign or domestic terrorists. Pakistani Taliban said they were responsible but the Pakistani government were quick to dispute the claim.

Meanwhile the tee shirt vendor, Lance Orton, is being hailed a hero.

Best of Craigslist

Tune Your God Damn Piano

Date: 2010-02-12, 4:52PM EST

For christ's sake people, just let me tune your god damn piano, do the both of us a favor. I'm the best in the whole god damn city, I swear to christ. You can ask any one of my clients at any given time, email me and ask me for a list. I'll make that fucker SING. Hell, you pay me a little extra and I'll make YOU sing too. Na i'm kidding, that's a little joke there. Nothing sexual, just piano tuning. Email me and I'll come the fuck over, tune your fucking piano, take your money, then be on my merry old motherfuckin way.
You want the shitfuckin thing tuned? Fine. Call me. I'll tune it. Done. Just like that.

All of Manhattan or Brooklyn. Don't fucking call me if you're in Queens or Hoboken.

$80 for grand and upright pianos
$100 for spinet upright pianos (because they are way goddamn harder)

Today is a Guergis/Jaffer free day!

So no one in the main stream media filed a story today about Helena Guergis or Rahim Jaffer. For the first time in months there is no rehashing about secret meetings, blackberry messages, expense accounts, or hissy fits. No ethics reviews, Parliamentary committees or RCMP investigations. So everyone get back to your gardens - it's Sunday.

Congratulations Canada!

Sign of the day

Theodore Herzl birthday was 150 years ago today

Theodore Herzl was an Austro-Hungarian journalist and the father of modern political Zionism.

In June 1896, with the help of the sympathetic Polish emigre aristocrat Count Philip Michael Nevlenski, he met for the first time with Sultan Abdulhamid II to put forward his proposal for a Jewish state in Palestine.

In 1897, at considerable personal expense, he founded Die Welt of Vienna, Austria-Hungary and planned the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland.

In 1903, Herzl attempted to obtain support for the Jewish homeland from Pope Pius X. Cardinal Rafael Merry del Val explained to him the Church's policy of non possumus on such matters, saying that as long as the Jews deny the divinity of Christ, the Church certainly could not make a declaration in their favor.

He received an offer in August 1903 from the British government to facilitate a large Jewish settlement, with autonomous government and under British suzerainty, in British East Africa. It was referred to as the Uganda Project and was eventually turned down.

NHL bad hair week

Great goaltending and playoff wins go hand in hand

Jaroslav Halak put together 3 terrific games to bring the Canadiens back from the dead in their series against the Washington Capitials. His save percentage in those three games was a sizzling .978 and overall in the playoffs it is .924 despite the blow out in Game 1 against the Penguins.

The history of the NHL playoffs has many goaltending heroes.

Ken Dryden made his NHL debut in 1971 for the Canadiens, playing only six regular-season games after a late-season call-up but sporting a minuscule 1.65 goals-against average. This earned him the number 1 goalie job for the playoffs ahead of veteran All-Star Rogie Vachon, and the Canadiens rode their hot young goalie to win the Stanley Cup. That was actually a strong Canadiens team and we will never know, of course, whether Vachon would have had the same success had he started in the playoffs.

In the 1993 playoffs, after the Canadiens lost their first two games to their archrival Quebec Nordiques in the first round series, a newspaper in Patrick Roy's hometown district and suggested that he be traded. Nordiques goaltending coach Dan Bouchard also proclaimed that his team had solved Roy. These comments seemed to fire up Roy, who responded by winning the next four games against the Nordiques, sweeping the Buffalo Sabres in the next round, and winning the first three against the New York Islanders to complete an eleven post-season game winning streak. Roy set a record during the post-season with 10 straight overtime wins, won the Stanley Cup, and was once again the Conn Smythe Trophy winner. He finished with a 16-4 record overall, a 2.13 GAA and .929 save percentage,

Arturs Irbe's NHL career began in 1991 with the San Jose Sharks. With Irbe between the pipes, the newly established Sharks made their first playoff appearance in the 1993–94 season and upset the top-seeded Detroit Red Wings. That season, Irbe played an NHL record 4412 minutes between the pipes for the Sharks and was nicknamed "The Wall."

Curtis Joseph developed quite the reputation early in his career as a playoff goalie although he never was on a Cup winning team. In 1997 the Edmonton Oilers upset the nuumber 2 team in the league, the Dallas Stars, on the goaltending of Joseph. They did it again in 1998 to a powerful Colorado Avalanche team that was anchored by Peter Forsberg and Joe Sakic at their prime. Joseph shutout the Avalanche in Game 7 to take that series. The Leafs signed Joseph as a free agent as a result of his playoff heroics. In 2000, 2001 and 2002, the Leafs upset a very strong Ottawa Senators team because the Senators just could not beat Joseph. His save percentage over those three playoff runs was .932.

In 2003 Jean-Sebastian Giguere took the 7th seeded Anaheim Ducks to the Stanley Cup Finals where they eventually lost to the New Jersey Devils. He finished with a 15-6 record overall, a 1.62 GAA and .945 save percentage, as well as fewer losses than his Finals counterpart Martin Brodeur. He was the fifth player to receive the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP as part of the losing team.