Saturday, October 02, 2010

Brooklyn assistant DA forced to quit to participate in "The Apprentice"

A Brooklyn prosecutor who never bothered to tell her bosses she was vying to be Donald Trump's assistant on "The Apprentice" this season has to leave the DA's office because her bosses are ticked off and jurors are starting to recognize her.

Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy, 29, who started her $50,000-a-year job prosecuting misdemeanors last January, submitted her resignation Monday and will quit today after angering the higher-ups who allowed her a two-month leave in June without knowing what she had planned.

"She wasn't forth right," a source said. "Some people in the office found it offensive. That's not the image that they'd want to project."

Her instant-celebrity status became a professional burden after jurors started recognizing her from the show.

I'm going to admit I've watching the trash produced by Trump. He has oversold the contestants who are supposed to be victims of the recession. They give you the impression that they are unemployed but it seems many of these people might still be employed although underemployed relative to a couple of years ago. Though a lawyer only making $50K might as well be unemployed.

Airline safety demo to Lady Gaga music

Lady Gaga and Katy Perry's music have featured in an airline safety demonstration with a difference. During a demonstration of how to use seat belts and life jackets, cabin crew on-board a Cebu Pacific Airlines flight danced to pop hits California Gurls and Just Dance. The performance was filmed by a passenger who posted the clip on video-sharing website YouTube.

Candice Iyog, vice President of Marketing at Cebu Pacific Airlines, said: "Cebu Pacific has always been known as a fun airline, we wanted to get the message across to our customers that flight safety doesn't have to be boring.

"This was an experiment that we hope to repeat and also a chance to showcase the talent of some of our cabin crew staff." The performance took place while the plane was at cruising altitude, with the cabin crew giving a normal safety demonstration before take-off.

Fan Appreciation Week

Friday, October 01, 2010

$27 million to change NYC signs

In the interest of readability: $27 million to change NYC signs from all-caps.

Federal copy editors are demanding the city change its 250,900 street signs -- such as these for Perry Avenue in The Bronx -- from the all-caps style used for more than a century to ones that capitalize only the first letters.

Changing BROADWAY to Broadway will save lives, the Federal Highway Administration contends in its updated Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, citing improved readability.

At $110 per sign, it will also cost the state $27.6 million, city officials said.

"We have already started replacing the signs in The Bronx," city Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan told The Post. 'We will have 11,000 done by the end of this fiscal year, and the rest finished by 2018."


Studies have shown that it is harder to read all-caps signs, and those extra milliseconds spent staring away from the road have been shown to increase the likelihood of accidents, particularly among older drivers, federal documents say.

The new regulations also require a change in font from the standard highway typeface to Clearview, which was specially developed for this purpose.

Judge hands out condoms hidden in acorns

A judge from the US village of intercourse, PA has been charged - after handing out condoms hidden inside acorns.

Isaac Stoltzfus, 58, was charged with disorderly conduct after two women complained to police. He was reportedly handing out hollowed out acorns containing condoms to passers-by outside the state capitol building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

"An individual was handing out acorns to some women who were offended when they discovered the contents in the acorn included a condom," said Edward Myslewicz, a spokesman for the Department of General Services.

Police say Stoltzfus, who lives and works in Intercourse, told them it was a joke. He could be fined or disciplined by the state's Judicial Conduct Board. Intercourse is a popular destination for tourists because of its location in Pennsylvania's Amish country. The movie Witness was filmed there.

Commonwealth Games medical chief ill with typhoid

The chief medical officer for the crisis-stricken Delhi Commonwealth Games has been struck down with a suspected case of typhoid. The news that Tarun Garg is on sick leave was the latest setback for an event already blighted by rampant corruption, allegations that safety certificates for several stadiums have been forged and scathing criticism of uninhabitable athletes’ lodgings.

In the run-up to the $3 billion Games health fears have mostly centred on a serious outbreak of dengue fever, an excruciatingly painful and potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease. Hundreds of fresh cases are being confirmed in Delhi daily by private clinics, but are not being reported by the authorities, it was revealed last week. It has also been reported that only two of the 11 medical centres created for the Games are in operation and most of the 3000 CCTV cameras covering the event are malfunctioning.

At the centrepiece Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium a woman collapsed during rehearsals for the opening ceremony, but her stretcher could not fit into a stadium lift to take her to a medical team on the first floor. “She had to be rushed to the medical room on the first floor but the stretcher did not fit inside the lift. The ambulance stationed outside the stadium could not reach in time.”

Congressman Ted Poe bores his grandson to sleep

Congressman Ted Poe took his grandson to the House floor earlier this week, to show the youngster American democracy in action! The poor kid found out what the rest of us already know - Congress is the perfect cure for insomnia. By the way, doesn't seem to many House Reps were present. I'm sure they had some better to be.

I'm sure the video has gone viral but here it is anyway.

Fan Appreciation Week

Shakira has the best abs on the planet

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Are the Maple Leafs good enough to make the playoffs?

There have been so many new bodies added to the Leafs over the past 12 months that it is next to impossible to predict what this team will do. On paper it doesn’t appear to be strong enough to make the playoffs but then everyone was convinced the Blue Jays wouldn’t win 70 games this season. Here is my list of positives and negatives going into the season.

Positive – no Vesa Toskala

No longer having Toskala on their roster has to be the biggest positive this season. Last season he was an anchor that dragged the Leafs to the bottom of the NHL standings. J.S. Giguere may no longer be the same goalie that won the Conn Smythe Trophy a few years ago but he is considerably better than Toskala.

Negative – Tomas Kaberle non-trade

The biggest non-event of the NHL offseason was the trade that never happened. No one really knows what happened here but obviously Brian Burke had overpriced his one tradable commodity. I have no problem with Kaberle. You know what you get here. The negative component here is that the trade was supposed to fill a gaping hole at centre for the Leafs. So the Leafs start the season with likely the weakest core of players at this position in the entire NHL.

Positive – no more blue and white disease

Brian Burke has stated that when he arrived in Toronto, there existed a level of complacency (remember the Muskoka Five) that he was unable to shake off even when players were publicly called out. We all know what he was talking about. Players received too much attention for accomplishing so little. So he got rid of most of those players. There only six players remaining that were here before Burke arrived and only one (Kaberle) played a game for the Leafs before Cliff Fletcher stepped in as interm GM. That’s what I call cleaning the deck. The current roster is comprised of hungry, young players who are eager to impress.

Negative – Nazem Kadri

I think he will be fine in the long-term. However, there was this unrealistic expectation that he would jump right from Junior hockey to centring the first or second line for the Leafs. It’s that type of sense of entitlement created by fans, management and the media that creates blue and white disease. If Burke wants to avoid infecting his young centre, he will have to send him to the Marlies to start the season.

Positive – Phil Kessel

In Phil Kessel the Leafs have a legitimate scoring threat. Despite no training camp, being out of shape and missing the first 12 games of last season, he still managed to score 30 goals. This year he is much more ready to go and has the potential to score 40 goals.

Negative – top 6 forwards

Brian Burke has stressed the need to have skilled players on the top two lines. He doesn’t appear to be there yet. Kessel, Kulemin, and Versteeg appear to be top 6 forwards. Perhaps Bozak is one as well. Beyond that you can’t convince me that any of the remaining forwards would be able to make the top 6 of a good NHL team. Just not enough secondary scoring.

Positive – truculence

This team has added enough physical players to prevent any team from targeting their skill players. In particular I like the 4th line with Brown, Hanson and Orr. And if any of these forwards falter, there are players like Jay Rosehill, Brayden Irwin and Marcel Mueller quite eager to step in. And each defense pair has a banger – Phaneuf, Komisarek and Schenn.

Negative – penalty killing

Last year’s team had the worst penalty killing in the league at an abysmal rate of 74.7%. They had one of lowest number of penalties to kill off but gave up the most goals. Now goaltending plays a significant role in penalty killing success but you can’t pin this dog on just the goalies. Having Sjostrom in the lineup will help. Versteeg is also a pretty good penalty killer. But until we see significant improvement this continues to be a major weakness.

Positive – defense

Solid veterans to fill the top two defensive pairings make defense a strength on this team. However, this group is slightly overrated. All four have a history of too many turnovers. They are also not the quickest foursome so expect them to get burned on occasion.

Negative – powerplay

Not only was the penalty killing worst in the league last season but so was the powerplay. You can’t pin this one on the goalies. The powerplay unit will essentially be the same and so is the coaching staff. I just don’t see a vast improvement here. At the point you have a defenseman that never shoots and one that will only shoots. This unit is incredibly predictable and easy to defend against. Kessel will get his share of powerplay goals but there may not be enough secondary scoring.

Positive – team speed

This team has a lot of youth and speed which will pressure opposition defenses and create plenty of scoring opportunities. However if the forward are unable to finish their plays then the offense will have its problems.

Negative – salary cap

For a young team the Leafs surprisingly have some cap problems. That’s because they have their share of overpaid players including Giguere, Phanuef Finger and Komisarek. Brian Burke likes to characterize himself as possessing integrity which means he will not attempt to circumvent the cap. Unfortunately, this essentially puts him at a disadvantage relative to fellow GMs who for the most part try like heck to beat the cap. So it is unlikely that Burke will bury Finger’s contract in the minors. This increases the likelihood that Kadri and his $1.7 million cap hit will start the season in the minors.

Tony Curtis 1925-2010

Houdini (1953)

Some Like It Hot (1959)

The Persuaders

Where Is Marty (2006)

The King of English accents

Fan Appreciation Week

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

So how good of a manager was Cito Gaston?

Cito Gaston never had a lot of friends he could count on in the media. They ranged from Bob McGowan who hated him to Jeff Blair who was more or less agnostic. However, most fans loved Cito. But then again how many fans actually had any face to face interaction with Cito.

He could be tough and defiant and at other times warm and charming. In 1997 he accused several media people of racism. Then this season Mike Wilner was suspended three days after an altercation with Cito during a media scrum.

As the season and his managerial career wind down it's not too early to evaluate his legacy and determine whether he is worthy of entry to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

With Cito it seems that when things are going good they are very good and when things go bad they can become extremely bad. Many players loved playing for him but not everyone. There was that clubhouse mutiny at the end of last season that no one wants to talk about. That ended with a face saving compromise where Cito got to stick around one more season and allowed to retire gracefully.

There is quite a legacy of getting great performances out of individual players - some unwanted by their previous teams. The classic example is Jose Bautista who went from a player at risk of finishing his career in the minor to being an all-star and home run champ under Cito's watch. The Angels had more or less given up on Devon White before he became a key player for the Jays under Cito. Include in this group Adam Lind who says he owes his career to Cito. But he could also turn on a player. Several players were banished to the minors in his last stint as manager including Travis Snider and Jeremy Accardo.

Much has been made of his two World Series wins and so it should be. How many managers currently in MLB have managed two championship teams? Not many. Some people argue that a mannequin could have won championships with those lineups and a better judge of his ability is what he has done with weak lineups. We know that after the Blue Jays were stripped of their talent post 1993 he appeared to have lost his passion and was eventually fired.

There are those who claim that he does not do what other good managers do - use his bench. Cito's approach has always been to stick with his starter through good and bad stretches. His track record shows that he has been paid back handsomely for his loyalty. His quiet calm on the bench can be confused with detachment but most players will tell you that this impression is so far from the truth.

Cito Gaston is a complicated and proud man. His good friend Paul Beeston provided him with the opportunity to leave the game with some dignity. He would love to be inducted into the Hall. That part of his legacy has yet to be determined.

Does this trick work with matzah balls?

Fan Appreciation Week

Hump Day Hottie

Elisabetta Canalis is the reason every guy hates George Clooney

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

One Hit Wonder

Payolas - Eye Of A Stranger (1982)

Sign of the day

Happy 42nd birthday Naomi Watts

Naomi is a Tampax commercial in 1986

In the 2001 film Mulholland Drive

In a recent ad for Ann Taylor

Mug Shot of the Week

Read the complete story here.

I get a lot of satisfaction in watching A.J. Burnett get shelled

I don't hate A.J. Burnett. Who blames him for leaving for the money? Only a fool would turn down $85 million. Likely many New York Yankees he is grossly overpaid.

Yet it is so much fun watching him get hammered by the Jays. The fans at the Rogers Centre I'm sure felt the same way as they gave him a standing ovation when he got the hook in the 3rd inning. Even with the Jays it was hard to like this guy so watching him crash and burn is a lot fun.

Burnett more or less has two pitches - a good fastball and a dynamite curveball. But when your curve isn't hitting the strike zone, a pitcher like Burnett has only a fastball to fall back on. That is why he isn't worth the money. This year Burnett has been struggling with his curveball which is why he has lost 15 games this season. When he was with the Jays, they tried to teach him a changeup but it never happened for him.

But the Jays are a great fastball hitting team which is why they have enjoyed playing against Burnett this season. It also explains Burnett's 9.15 ERA against the Jays.

Well we know he'll be back next year since there is 3 years left on that contract.

Why Rob Ford is so popular

There was a time when we had an unpopular left of centre administration that had become unpopular with the electorate because of high spending, high taxes and a growing budget deficit. Working people were especially disillusioned. A populist right of centre candidate comes forward promising lower taxes, cuts in government spending and fewer politicians. The message has strong appeal to working class voters who abandon the left to vote in favour of their pocketbook.

Sound familiar?

It was 1995 when Mike Harris unveiled his ‘Common Sense’ revolution and actually stole votes from the NDP who had become very unpopular with organized labour under Premier Bob Rae. Harris delivered 30% tax cuts and reduced the size of the provincial Legislature. He also cut social assistance by 22%, cut infrastructure projects like the Eglinton subway, transferred programs to the municipalities, laid off nurses and closed hospitals.

Yes, David Miller is today’s Bob Rae and Rob Ford is Mike Harris. Taxpayers will not tolerate what they perceive as endless increases in taxes with no attempt to cut or curtail spending. So it is Miller’s traditional allies that are abandoning him in favour of Ford’s “fiscal responsible” approach. Miller has created the environment that allows Ford to become electable.

His platform is organized into four main themes: "putting people and families first, focusing on the fundamentals, reducing waste and eliminating unnecessary taxes." Among his campaign promises, he said that he would repeal the vehicle registration and land transfer taxes implemented by David Miller and make the Toronto Transit Commission an essential service. He said there was "enough fat and inefficiency to slash costs while dramatically improving customer service." He also said he would work to cut the number of councillors on city council by half.

Ford has had little support from the media and the Toronto Star has really gone after him but to no avail. The electorate doesn't seem to care. The latest attack is that he lacks vision. But most politicians don't really have a vision let alone a platform.

I'm not endorsing Ford or suggesting that he will be a good mayor. But he will be mayor of Toronto. The time is right.

Fan Appreciation Week

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sign of the day

Lindsay Lohan the humanitarian

Lindsay Lohan has spent her first full day out of custody visiting a group of homeless teenagers at a mission and outreach centre in Los Angeles.

Accompanied by her mother Dina and 16-year-old sister Ali, the ‘Machete’ actress met with some of the teen girls housed at the facility and handed out purses as gifts.

Then she shamelessly posed for some publicity pictures and sent out some tweets. What's the point of doing community work if you don't get credit for it.
Seems her business manager Lou Taylor is the one who suggested that she should visit with a few of the children and teens there.

Meanwhile some old and grainy pictures of Lindsay are circulating around the Internet in which she appears to be shooting heroin and making out with Paris Hilton. Hmm, don't let the kids at the centre see these.

Meat Loaf is 63 today

On tour in 1978

Meat Loaf earlier this year

How do you fall off a cliff on a Segway?

The media has picked up on this story about the multi-millionaire owner of the Segway company who died in a freak accident yesterday when he rode one of the high-tech two-wheel machines off a cliff and into a river.

Former miner Jimi Heselden, 62, plunged into the River Wharfe while riding around his West Yorkshire estate in Boston Spa on a rugged country version of the Segway.

Police do not believe the death to be suspicious.

Huh? Who did they call in Inspector Clouseau? Segway's have a top speed of 12 mph. How do you have enough time to jump off the gizmo that moves as fast as a five year old on a tricycle? He owned the company but didn't know how to operate one? I think someone duct taped him to the Segway, let it go over the cliff with Jimi on it and then removed the tape at the bottom. How's that for a theory?

What else does Katy Perry do that doesn't involve her boobs?

Enough already. Seems all Katy Perry seems to be doing these days in jiggling her boobs and flashing hre cleavage. On the weekend it was a SNL skit satirizing her shameless exploitation of her boobs. This just after her confusing appearance (or non-appearance not sure if it was ever aired) on Sesame Street. Does this woman doing anything else - like sing, dance or act? I'm so confused.

Uploaded by EgotasticMedia. - Get intimate with more sexy videos.

Gymnast won't ever be signed as wide receiver

Fan Appreciation Week

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Lightning never strikes...

One Hit Wonder

Parachute Club - Rise Up (1984)

Sign of the day

Blue Jays nearing team record for home runs

The Toronto Blue Jays could break their team record for home runs in one season today when they face the Orioles. Afterall 4 homer games have not been that rare this season. Especially against the Orioles.

Interesting how the top 3 teams in baseball in home runs all come out of the American League East (the other two of course are Boston and New York). There is a lot of power in those lineups.

The Major League single season record for home runs is Seattle in 1997 with 264.

After 154 Games Current Projected Best Year
J. Bautista 52 54 16
V. Wells 30 32 33
A. Hill 25 26 36
A. Lind 22 22 35
J. Buck 18 19 18
L. Overbay 20 21 22
E. Encarnancion 16 17 26
T. Snider 11 12 9
LJ. Mcdonald 6 6 9
Y. Escobar 4 4 14
TEAM TOTAL 241 253 244

Thief almost crushed to death hiding in garbage truck

A shoplifting suspect is in hospital in a critical condition after he was crushed while hiding in a rubbish truck. James Brienzo fled from police after he was spotted leaving a Walmart store in Alliance, Ohio, through a fire exit with a trolley full of goods. The 37-year-old hid in a rubbish bin outside the shop, and waited for officers to leave the area.

But workers arrived to pick up the store's rubbish and the bin was emptied into a truck. Brienzo was crushed several times, as the lorry's metal jaws compacted the rubbish. He eventually managed to pull out a mobile phone from his pocket and call a friend. His pal phoned police, who used GPS (Global Positioning System) to track the truck.

The rubbish, which mainly consisted of cardboard boxes, had been crushed so much that police could not free him from the vehicle. The lorry was taken back to the depot, and Brienzo fell out of the truck head-first with the rubbish. "He was in a lot of pain," said a police spokesman at the scene.

"He had been compacted several times. He was just begging us to empty the truck." The spokesman said Brienzo suffered serious injuries and is being treated in the Metro Health Medical Centre in Cleveland. The suspect is expected to be charged with shoplifting after he recovers.

Nothing like a bad planning when it comes to a robbery. First off you hit a Walmart with cameras throughout the store. Then you take off through a fire exit which has alarms. Well you know the rest, how he found this great hiding place. All that for cheap sunglasses and electronics.

Jay Leno is Mr. Potatohead

A grandmother frying potatoes with her granddaughter reached into her a bag and found a potato with eyes, a nose and a chin like Jay Leno’s.

Hamilton resident Margherita Scordato and her granddaughter, Savina Caravelli, stumbled upon the spud mug while rooting through a bag of russet potatoes purchased at the ShopRite in Hamilton.


Caravelli said she had no intentions of making french fries or mashed spuds from the potato face. “We’re going to keep it,” Caravelli said.

Fan Appreciation Week

The Jerk store called and they're running out of you

Pot plants stolen from Police Chief's truck

A Wisconsin woman was cited for marijuana possession after allegedly stealing it out of the back of the chief of police's truck.

The Palmyra, WI cop boss had been carting around 89 confiscated marijuana plants with him when, naturally, he stopped off to the local high school to coach the football team.

From the field he noticed a woman pull up to his parked truck with a trailer and start taking the plants. She was the mother of one of his players.