Friday, November 19, 2010

Costco gas comes to Toronto

This week was the grand opening of Costco gas stations at its Etobicoke and Scarborough locations. Prices were about 7 cents per litre less than all the other stations causing massive lineups.

It's incredible what some people will do to save a couple of dollars. There were up to 50 cars in line which has to be at least an hour wait. My car has about a 40-litre capacity which means I'm going to save about $2.80 for a fill up.

However, the federal government's Office of Energy Efficiency estimates that you burn off about 0.3 to 0.5 litres of gas for every 10 minutes idling. For a relatively efficient car like mine it is at least 1.8 litres of gas burned off idling for an hour. That works out to at least $2.00 in gas. So who would line up for an hour to save less than $1?

Good Bye Pat Burns: 1952 - 2010

Mug Shot of the Week

Burger King customer gets ‘F**k You’ receipt

Several workers at a Sacramento Burger King have been fired for leaving less than polite messages on customer's receipts. After spending $9.22 on a double Whopper with cheese, onion rings and a small drink at the Arden Way Burger King earlier this week, customer Francisco Perez looked down at his receipt and saw the words "f--- you" on it - not once, but twice.

“All I did was place my order and got a ‘f-you’ burger,” said Perez. "Actually, I am embarrassed. It's humiliating. So, I showed the guy and he just kind of laughed. There was no 'Sorry, we'll fix it.'" Perez said he did nothing to provoke the workers and that the firings are justified. “It just goes to show you don't play around with somebody's business,” said Perez.

Customers at the Burger King were split about whether the workers' punishment fits the crime. “Just a little time off to think about what he did,” customer Rikki Montoya suggested as possible discipline for the incident. “Probably not fired, because I'm sure he's never going to do it again.”

Perez said the company called late on Wednesday to offer vouchers for free food. He told the Burger King representative ‘no thanks.’ Perez said he plans to never eat at a Burger King again and that he's thinking about filing a lawsuit.

OK it's not quite "Have a nice day' or 'Come back real soon.' But a lawsuit? What are the damages? Hey all that bad publicity is probably worse than any lawsuit. Nuisance suits like this just generate cash flow for lawyers.

Sign of the day

Man shoots neighbour's dog dead for urinating on his grill

Charges could be filed in a feud between two Bartholomew County, Ind. neighbours that prompted one man to shoot and kill another man's dog. On Friday afternoon, Josh Jackson of Waymansville was surprised to find his dog, Caesar, under his porch. "I heard a weird noise under the porch, some weird breathing," he said. Caesar was dying from a gunshot wound.

"And as I'm dragging him out, I hear from across the yard, 'You've had two warnings, that's what you get,’” Jackson said. Neighbour Rick May was the self-confessed shooter. The dog had been in his yard again. May had called animal control before. "I'm still working on Plan A," May told authorities. "But Plan B is to shoot it. And he said, ‘You have the right to do that.’” May said the dog growled at him and urinated on his grill and in his garage.

But Indiana Law says the situation could be handled the way May did. This is how Indiana Criminal Code 35-46-3-12 reads: A person who knowingly or intentionally kills a domestic animal without the consent of the owner of the domestic animal commits killing a domestic animal, a Class D felony. It is a defense to a prosecution under this section that the accused person: reasonably believes the conduct was necessary to: prevent injury to the accused person or another person (or); protect the property of the accused person from destruction or substantial damage.

Now Jackson has put up a message of his own: A large sign, 8-feet-by-8-feet, in his front yard that reads, "The neighbour to my north shot and killed my dog for peeing on his property." There still may be some charges filed in this case. Deputies will take their findings to the prosecutor's office for a decision on that.

National Rugrat Week

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sign of the day

Fake doctor carried out breast exams in bars

A woman posed as a physician and duped at least two other women into undergoing breast exams at her hands in Boise-area nightclubs, according to police.

Kristina Ross, 37, remains in the Ada County Jail on two felony counts of practicing medicine without a license. An Idaho judge set bond at $100,000 on Wednesday.

Police said Ross introduced herself to victims — one at a downtown Boise bar and the other at a nightclub in a Boise suburb — as a plastic surgeon named Berlyn Aussieahshowna, a name that turned out to be bogus.

The two women told Boise officers they believed Ross was a physician because of her apparent medical knowledge, and they agreed to undergo what they thought were breast exams, which happened at the bars.

As part of her ruse, Ross allegedly gave the women the telephone number of a real licensed plastic surgeon in Boise, the state capital, authorities said.

Staff at that medical office became alarmed at the number of calls they received from women in recent weeks attempting to confirm appointments or surgeries with a Berlyn Aussieahshowna, according to charging documents.

Medical workers on Tuesday alerted Boise police about the pattern, and they later arrested Ross.

Are ladies still falling for this one because if they are I'm going to be doing free internals.


Hey now! Chris Bosh made it on TV!

NY cops sweep park clean of 'criminals'

A squad of cops in bulletproof vests swooped into an upper Manhattan park and charged seven men with the "crime" of playing chess in an area off-limits to adults unaccompanied by kids -- even though no youngsters were there.

"Is chess really something that should be considered a threat to the neighborhood?" Inwood resident and mom Joanne Johnson wrote Mayor Bloomberg, the City Council and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly after the raid.

"This incident is an embarrassment to the officers from the 34th Precinct who felt that it was necessary to use their badge and authority to issue such a random summons."

The knights in Kevlar armor gave all seven suspects desk-appearance tickets.

The chess tables where they were ticketed for "failure to comply with signs" are in a fenced-in area where posted notices read: "Adults allowed in playground areas only when accompanied by a child under the age of 12."

Police said the rule protects kids from pedophiles or others who might want to harm them.

A police source added, "It’s the broken windows theory . . . small things can turn into bigger things. Some citizens may see it as police harassment, but God forbid something happens to a child, people would be complaining, Why didn’t the police enforce these rules? That’s what they would be griping about."

Yacahuda "Y.A." Harrison, 49, one of those chess aficionados, said he saw those signs months ago and "asked the [Parks] ranger if we had permission to be there."

"The ranger said, 'Oh no, that's fine, that's only written for pedophiles.' "

Since then, he said, parents have welcomed him and the other players -- and even had their kids take chess lessons from them.

"The day we got picked up, there were no kids" in the playground, he said. "They treated us like drug dealers. All we were doing was playing chess."


Woman calls in bomb threat to prevent daughter's wedding

A Russian mother has been detained for making phony reports that her daughter was going to blow up a plane in order to prevent her from going abroad and marry a foreigner, a local police spokeswoman said.

Police at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport delayed a Morocco-bound flight after they received an anonymous call claiming that a female suicide bomber was on board, the spokeswoman said.

The 56-year-old female resident of the Russian city of Yaroslavl was detained shortly after the report was made.

"Her daughter recently fell in love with a Moroccan citizen and was planning to get married to him and move to Morocco. The woman was against the marriage and did not want her daughter to move abroad," the spokeswoman said.

Reminds me of the guys who would pull the fire alarm at school during exam time when they forgot or never got around to studying. Only the idea is to be anonymous so you don't get caught. You don't call 911 and tell them 'this is Gilbert Doofus and I want to report a fire at Dougie Gilmour Secondary School.' Not that cool.

National Rugrat Week

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Happy 72nd birthday to Gordon Lightfoot

Sign of the day

Speaking of Bristol Palin...

A rural Dane County town supervisor believes Bristol Palin should not be on "Dancing With The Stars."

He demanded his wife get his pistols to emphasize his point.

The result: A 15-hour standoff Monday and Tuesday involving hostage negotiators, a dog team and other law enforcement authorities on one side and the Town of Vermont man on the other.

The only casualty: The man's television.

Dane County prosecutors have charged Steven N. Cowan with second-degree reckless endangerment in the incident that made his wife worry that he would shoot her, according to a criminal complaint.

Cowan, 67, and his wife were in the living room Monday night, watching the dance competition program that has featured the daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin this season as one of the competitors.

As Bristol Palin danced on the screen, Cowan raged.

"The (expletive) politics," he yelled, according to the complaint. Cowan, a Town of Vermont supervisor, was upset that a political figure's daughter was on the show when he didn't consider her a good dancer, his wife told authorities.

Cowan went to his bedroom and came back about 20 minutes later, demanding that his wife find his pistols. Cowan's daughter had taken two handguns away for safety reasons, according to the complaint.

Cowan had tracked down a single-shot shotgun in the house, he "slapped" shells down onto a TV tray, loaded a round and took out the TV, the complaint says.

Cowan's face was bright red. He loaded the gun again. His wife put a blanket over her head, thinking that if her husband decided to shoot at her, she didn't want to see it.

Cowan then demanded his pistols. His wife grabbed her purse and left the house and went to the local police department and the standoff ensued.


Do as I say and not as I do

Did I just suffer a concussion because these two people can't be talking about abstinence and safe sex? Is this the epitome of hypocrisy? The poster girl for teenage pregnancy and the poster boy for sleeping around providing advice to teenagers. I guess it's better than using Sister Margaret and Mister Rogers.

No one loves Chris Bosh anymore

TBJ exclusive: Like A Bosh from The Basketball Jones on Vimeo.

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Hump Day Hottie

Elizabeth Loaiza

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sign of the day

One Hit Wonder

Peter Schilling - Major Tom (1983)

Nothing sadder than an over-the-hill former champion

If you're a longtime fan of competitive eating legend Takeru Kobayashi, this news could be hard to swallow.

In his first professional eating event on American soil since his controversial arrest this summer, the legendary glutton failed in his attempt to set the Guinness World Record for pizza eating -- leading some skeptics to wonder whether the six-time Nathan's champ is past his prime.

At Saturday's Japanese Art Matsuri festival in Brooklyn, N.Y., Kobayashi was unable to swallow an entire 12-inch pizza in fewer than 105.37 seconds. Struggling to follow Guinness World Record rules that required him to use a fork and knife, the famed eater finished in 123 seconds, according to The Brooklyn Paper.

"It was hard -- [the pizza] was too soft," he told the broadsheet. "I couldn't get it with the fork. One more time? One more time?"

But there was no second try for Kobayashi, adding another high-profile defeat to his once impeccable resume.

Kobayashi's publicist, Maggie James, told AOL News that the problem was the pizza -- not the man eating it.

"The pizza was too soft and not cooked right. It was not suitable for this event," she said in an e-mail. "There should also have been more pizza prepared and ready for him. Guinness allows more chances to try again. Kobayashi asked to have another pizza to try because he knew the condition was not right, but was answered that there was no more pizza prepared."

Kobayashi rose to fame following his historic victory at the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2001, when he doubled existing records by eating 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes.

With his lightning fast jaws, unbelievable stomach capacity and trademark "Kobayashi shake," he brought competitive eating to another level. But in 2007, reigning Nathan's champ Joey "Jaws" Chestnut took the hot dog title -- and some insiders say it's been downhill for Kobayashi ever since.

Major League Eating's George Shea told AOL News that Kobayashi's decision to leave the league and participate in smaller contests could be taken as a sign that he can no longer eat with the big boys.

"I don't believe that he can still eat the way he once did, otherwise, why would he be doing this? I hope that I'm wrong," Shea said. "We've asked him to come sit and talk many times. We always would remain open to that, but he doesn't want to -- and it begs the question, why?"

"Maybe this is the post-Kobayashi era. I hoped that wasn't the case, but it might be what we're seeing," he added.

This guy is the Brett Favre of eating competitions. Hanging on way too long and not knowing when to quit. A guy who used to be able to swallow over 60 hot dogs in just a few minutes is now struggling to eat a couple of slices of pizza. How sad is that? No doubt about it, he has lost the fire in his gut.


My wife and I enjoy a quiet dinner out

National Rugrat Week

Monday, November 15, 2010

I wish my cable company picked up Argentinian TV

I can't believe they show this on TV in Argentina. It is their version of Dancing with Stars but it would be a stretch to call this dancing. More like simulated sex.

Sign of the day

Enough of Maple Leafs, what are the latest Blue Jay rumours?

It's the start of baseball's winter meetings and the Boy Wonder Alex Anthopoulos is our only hope to end Toronto's misery. The Jays have let loose Edwin Encarnacion, Brian Tallet and Dewayne Wise. There are some intriguing rumours going around.

1. Manny Ramirez

The Manny rumours are not dying out. It has been suggested that he was recently in Toronto to talk to management. Not sure why a young team would want to sign a pricey 38 year old. Manny can still hit and is not really a cancer as some suggest. But he doesn't always give it his best. Last season's numbers were nothing to write home about. Still he has always hit well in Toronto and it would be worth seeing him in a Jay uniform just for the games against the Red Sox. He pretty much is a DH now which means that Adam Lind would have to move to 1st base. I'm not big on Manny and it is just to soon after the Frank Thomas mess.

2. Dan Uggla

The other strong rumour is a trade with the Marlins for power hitting second baseman Dan Uggla. Of course Aaron Hill is has that position covered. As well, Uggla has a pretty ugly glove so he won't make you forget Encarnacion at third. One option is move him to first and Bautista to third but then what about Lind? The Jays defense will not look at good with Uggla and Lind at the corners compared to Rolen and Overbay just a couple of seasons ago. Then there is the compensation for Uggla which is rumoured to be J.P. Arencibia and a pitcher. Then resigning John Buck becomes a priority.

If the two players join the Blue Jays their opening day lineup may look like this:

1. Escobar, SS
2. Uggla, 3B
3. Bautista, RF
4. Ramirez, DH
5. Wells, CF
6. Lind, 1B
7. Hill, 2b
8. Snyder, LF
9. Buck, C

UPDATE: Well cross both Uggla and Buck off the wish list. John Buck signs for 3 years with Florida and Uggla was traded to Atlanta. I guess the Blue Jay package wasn't what they were looking for. Back to the drawing board.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

For the dog lovers out there

Finally a Toronto team wins a playoff series

The last Maple Leaf playoff series win (and playoff appearance) was 2004. The last Raptor playoff series win was 2001. The last Blue Jay playoff series win (and playoff appearance) was 1993.

Today the Argos advanced to the East Finals.

God bless the Toronto Argos!!

This is why I'm not a cat person

Cats can be nasty. I'm not about to take on an alligator but hell a little house cat is ready to battle two of them.

The future King of England is 62 today

Prince Charles as a boy

Prince Charles with Diana in 1981

Prince Charles today and as handsome as ever

Police shoot up van that backfires

Kansas City police officers mistook a backfiring van for gunshots and shot at the van and eventually shot out the windows of their patrol car on Thursday night at Interstate 435 and Gregory Boulevard. Officers said at around 6 p.m., police responded to a report of shots being fired. When two officers arrived, they heard what they believed to be shots fired in the area near a white van.

During the incident, it was discovered the sounds were not gunfire but the van backfiring. “I was scared," said the van's driver, Thomas, who asked that his last name not be used. "I couldn’t understand why they were shooting at me."

“They thought they were being fired at and they fired toward the van," said Stacey Graves from the Kansas City Police Department. "It was later discovered, the van backfired.” Nobody was hurt in the incident and police discovered the driver of the van was not armed.

“At first I didn’t think they were shooting at me," Thomas said. "I figured out, 'Hey, they are shooting at me.' So I got down and yelled at the top of my lungs, 'Hey, I‘m not the one shooting.' I guess they couldn‘t hear me.” Police said the incident was under investigation. The officers are on routine paid leave.

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