Saturday, December 25, 2010

Man stuck in donation box is rescued

Police fished a man out of a charity donation box Friday after he got stuck while allegedly helping himself with the goods inside.

Investigators say the man was trying to take some of the used clothing from a bin at a Salvation Army store in Chatham, Ont., around 2:30 a.m.

He got stuck in the bin with only his legs sticking out.

Police were able to free the man and reminded him of the proper process to access the donated goods.


Bristol Palin buys a house without a job

Only in America can a 20-year old single celebrity mom, with no job buy a 3900 sq ft house - for cash!

Bristol Palin has purchased a home in Pinal County south of Phoenix.

Paperwork shows the daughter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is the sole purchaser of a home for $172,000, in the Town of Maricopa, in a development called Cobblestone Farms.

I believe the home is this one on 44254 West Sedona Trail. It has a 3-car garage, 5 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

Having your mom run for VP must be very lucrative. My 25 year old still lives at home and she has a job.

Happy Holidays!

Sarah Silverman - Give the Jew Girl Toys

Ugly Christmas sweater week

Friday, December 24, 2010

One Hit Wonder - Christmas edition

Royal Guardsmen - Snoopy vs. The Red Baron (Snoopy's Christmas)

Executions fall due to cost, lack of lethal drug

Executions have dropped in the US because the drug used to kill people has become too expensive.

Shortages of the drug sodium thiopental have also contributed to the decrease, which was about 12 percent in 2010, according to the annual report from the Death Penalty Centre in the US.

Reuters reports that Texas was the country’s biggest executor with 17 out of the 46 executions carried out this year.

The total was down from 52 in 2009 and less than half the number put to death in 1999.

“Whether its concerns about the high costs of the death penalty at a time when budgets are being slashed, the risks of executing the innocent, unfairness, or other reasons, the nation continued to move away from the death penalty in 2010,” Death Penalty Centre executive director Richard Dieter said.

The Washington-based research group said difficulty getting sodium thiopental was one factor in reducing or delaying capital punishment.

Five states postponed or cancelled executions due to the drug shortages. Arizona imported some of the drug from Britain, where executions have been abolished, but Britain is now reducing the drug’s exportation.

There have been 1,234 executions in the US since 1976, with nearly half taking place in Texas and Virginia.


Ugly Christmas sweater week

Thursday, December 23, 2010

One Hit Wonder

A Flock of Seagulls - I Ran (1982)


Natalie Portman's butt deemed inappropriate for audiences

Universal who produced Natalie Portman's latest latest movie Your Highness, have decided that butt was 'inappropriate' in a thong so they digitally covered up her behnd with a bikini.

The original footage showed Natalie wearing a thong bikini beside a lake which has no been removed from YouTube. The trailer now shows her behind covered in a sensible pair of brown bikini. Instead of reshooting the scene, it was digitally altered. Hurray for technology!

The change was spotted by a sharp-eyed reporter at Entertainment Weekly, and a source told the magazine the scene was altered so the Motion Picture Association Of American (MPAA) would approve the trailer for screening to 'appropriate audiences'.

The good news is that when the movie is released in April you will be able to see Natalie in a thong.

Digital bikini at 1:05 mark.


Romanian Parliament interrupted by balcony jumper

Last week it was the rumble in the Ukrainian Parliament, today it's a jumper in the Romanian Parliament. A public television employee jumped from the balcony of Romania's parliament to protest austerity measures. He survived.

The jumper, Adrian Sobaru, is an electrician with Romanian public television. According to Reuters, he threw himself from a balcony during a no-confidence vote tied to the government's latest austerity moves while wearing a shirt that read, "You killed our children's future, you sold us." Romania is the EU's second poorest country, and people are unhappy with their government's agreements with the International Monetary Fund to cut costs across the board. The government was facing its fourth no-confidence vote this year, all of which it has survived.

Sobaru survived the fall with fractures to the face, but none of his injuries are life threatening. He might want to consider joining the cast of the Spider-Man musical on Broadway if he's into high risk activities on public.

Wow, Canadian Parliament is down right boring compared to the Europeans. Canadian Members of Parliament struggle to stay awake.

Beatles' Abbey Road zebra crossing is now a heritage site

The Abbey Road zebra crossing in north London - made famous after appearing on a Beatles album cover - has been given Grade II listed status. The crossing - the first of its kind to be listed - is being recognised for its "cultural and historical importance" following advice from English Heritage. The Beatles were photographed on Abbey Road in Ian Macmillan's iconic cover shot for the 1969 album Abbey Road.

The original zebra crossing, where the photograph was taken, was moved several metres for traffic management reasons more than 30 years ago, and no original features remain. But John Penrose, Minister for Tourism and Heritage, said: "This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral but, thanks to the Beatles and a 10-minute photo-shoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage."

A Grade II listing, the most common protected status, means that a building or monument is recognised as nationally important and of special interest.

Ugly Christmas sweater week

Is Leaf Nation in revolt?

The mood in Leaf Nation is ugly much like the performance of the hockey team. The waffle tossing incidents are likely the start of the first fan revolt in the long history of the Toronto Maple Leaf hockey team. The reaction from management and the dressing room has not been good.

In incident #1, a guy named Jack tossed a waffle on the ice at the end of a lopped-sided loss to the Flyers on December 9th. He slipped out of the arena but the Toronto Sun somehow caught up with the fan who claimed to be a loyal Leaf supporter who just thought they needed a wakeup call. So perhaps breakfast food was appropriate. He and his wife had shelled out $203 per ticket to watch another awful game.

In incident #2, the Leafs were getting slammed by the Thrashers on December 20 when another fan named Joseph Robb stood up while play was underway and tossed a box of waffles on the ice. He took a bow as security escorted him from the building. They decide to make an example of this guy and have him charged by the police for mischief and has been banned from entering MLSE owned facilities. I should point out that Mr. Robb is not a subscriber and did not pay for his ticket.

Let’s face it the Leafs have been bad for a long time with no prospect of improvement in the immediate future. Most fans of losing teams at least can look forward to a hotshot prospects acquired through a draft to help the team. Leaf fans have even been deprived of any hope. A combination of prolonged futility, high prices and total lack of sensitivity to the fans has finally begun to induce a reaction from fans. In other sports markets it would have happened earlier and much more severe. Can you see Montreal Canadiens fans, New York Yankee fans or New England Patriot fans putting up with this crap? Leaf fans still fill up the ACC and buy the overpriced food, beer and souvenirs. A few brave souls have begun to boo mediocre effort and two guys have tossed a few Eggos. Big deal.

So what has been the reaction from MLSE? Well the players are mortified. Can you imagine these fans shelling out over $200 per game to watch them go through the motions and then have the nerve to protest? They should feel privileged to be allowed to walk into their shrine. Management is ready to crucify the rabble rousers. They are concerned about the safety of their players. Hockey is one of the most violent professional sports and in Toronto they are worried that someone might get hurt by a soggy waffle. Talk about over reacting.

I’m not suggesting that bad behaviour from fans is acceptable. However, the organization has to be a little more tolerant of their dissatisfied customers. The protests are going become more wide spread as the season progresses. Perhaps acknowledging their fan base might help a little. Banning fans who throw items on the ice may come back to bite the team. What happens if the next guy is a 4-seat season holder who has shelled out $300,000 over the past ten years? Are they going to tell him you are no longer welcome here? It’s time to start mending their relationship with their fan base not aggravating it. Show the fans as much love as they show you. Mr. Robb is prepared to apologize to the team, once they let him into the building again.

Suck it up Leafs!

George Atis - I hate hockey fathers like you

Is there anything more pathetic than a hockey dad? I've met enough of them in my 10 years coaching kids hockey. Typically they helicopter parents who live vicariously through their kid's hockey and are obsessed with getting their child to "be the best they can be." I hated these parents because they ruined it for everyone - the kids, the coaches, and the other parents. On one occasion I asked one dad to stop coming to games because he was embarrassing his kid.

So when I read this latest story about a dad stalking a peewee hockey team, I was not surprised to learn that the culprit is a lawyer. I've met many lawyers who can't seem to turn off their aggressive intimidating bullshit out of the workplace.

I didn’t know that lawyers would use their powers to humiliate and embarrass little girls who weren’t playing all that well.

Kayla Watkins, 12, was fine with being the only girl on a boy's hockey team — til she saw a meeting agenda item about her "Player Ability Limitations," including handwringing over her locker room changing, written by another kid's dad.

According to The Toronto Star, George Atis, a parent who is not the coach, wrote in the agenda,

"It is now 14 games into the season and I have noticed that Kayla's play has not improved. It is at the point where many of the team members do not want to play on this team if this situation is not addressed."

Atis then details two possible options for consideration, either moving Kayla from defence to forward and keeping her off of power plays and penalty kills, or playing her every second shift on defence and again keeping her off special teams "until her skating and shooting improves."

"If Kayla is NOT amenable to the above options, the coach should find Kayla a new team to play on - commensurate to her skill level - for the balance of the season," the agenda reads.

I've seen parents in the past organize these meetings behind the coaches' backs.

By the way the coach had no problems with Kayla. He selected her for the team and has no regrets. This only an "A" team, the lowest level of competitive hockey in Toronto.

Kayla had enough of the bullshit and moved to an all-girls team.

Raptor fans don't get to see Hedo Turkoglu miss easy dunks anymore

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hello Constable Andalib-Goortani

I really don’t care for the Toronto Star. I consider its news coverage, analysis and factual accuracy to be weak. Nonetheless every so often I have to commend them for their dogged pursuit of a story. The Adam Nobody case is an example of how the combined persistence of a small number of citizens and the Star may have actually produced some results.

I am also not one to knock the police who for the most part are professional in carrying out their duties in protecting the public. However, like many citizens, my respect and confidence in the Toronto Police Services was badly shaken over the weekend of June 25-7 and during the six months that followed. On June 25th the downtown core of Toronto was almost a war zone as thousands of G20 protesters gathered and among them, a small number of violent anarchists. The destruction that followed was unprecedented in Toronto as these hooligans damaged whatever they could get their hands on while to police largely stood back and watched. The next day saw an equally violent response by the police who rounded up violent protesters where they could but at the same time randomly arrested innocent residents and visitors who just happened to have been downtown at the time. As in the case of Adam Nobody, the takedowns were violent.

In the weeks that followed the G20 Summit, police were able to identify and charge violent protesters using videos and photographs taken over that weekend. However, the same approach did not lead to one single police officer being identified or charged for using excessive force. Complaints from citizens went nowhere because police officers chose to protect their colleagues instead of their reputations.

Not until the Toronto Star using photographs and videos provided by the public directly pointed at an unidentified officer beating Mr. Nobody did they finally act. I’m sure members of the public who knew Constable Babak Andalib-Goortani would have eventually gone to the paper, so the Constable was finally identified and charged. All through this process there was a lack of cooperation. Twelve officers at the scene of the beating were unable to identify anyone involved in the takedown.

Police Chief Bill Blair only made matters worse by accusing Mr. Nobody of being armed and violent and accusing the original video of being tampered. He was later forced to apologize for these comments. For the most part he has either been seen defending the police force or keeping mum. His credibility with the public

I’m not sure what will become of these charges and whether any other officer will be held accountable for what happened that weekend. Maybe Andalib-Goortani will be the ‘fall guy’ who takes the hit for those involved. But I do know that the loss of trust is not something that can easily be restored.

Ugly Christmas sweater week

Hump Day Hottie

Bar Refaeli

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Why I'm not cute

Sign of the day

Things to bring to a Maple Leaf game

There are still Maple Leafs that come out to support the boys in Blue but there just hasn't much to cheer about.

More and more we are seeing fans express their support for the team by bringing a home-made sign to the game.

I suggest bringing a very hot girl to the game in case you get picked up at the game by the Kiss Cam. You don't want be stuck kissing your beer buddy.

If you plan on having something to eat or drink at the game your better bring a credit card with a hefty limit.

Speaking of food, don't bother trying to sneak waffles into the game. Security will be checking patrons for recording devices, bottles and waffles. Instead consider bringing a waffle iron and cook them at the game.

A growing number of Leaf fans are finding it embarrassing to be seen at a game especially when the game is a blow out.

Some people like to catch a quick nap during the game especially if they have had a long difficult day. Best time to do so is in the first period when the Leafs usually take their nap. But bring a sleeping masks because the TV lights are annoying.

If you get bored during those long stretches where nothing is really happen (about 45 minutes before the Leafs' comeback attempt that generally falls short) it might be wise to bring a game to keep you amused.
Of course the most common form of entertainment for Leaf fans is texting friends from the game letting them know how wise they were to turn down the offer of the tickets.

Ugly Christmas sweater week

Monday, December 20, 2010

Alex Anthopoulos sticks to his plan

After last season's unexpected 85-win and homer run record season, most Blue Jay fans expected GM Alex Anthopoulos to grab a few free agents and shoot for a playoff spot. A playoff spot looked even more possible when the Rays began to lose players to free agency and it became evident that the Yankees were not going to be able fill holes in their line up by spending money. Blue Jays fans were as worked up a Leaf fans after a two game winning streak. But not Anthopoulos.

He is sticking to his plan of stocking up on prospects so that the Blue Jays can compete in the though AL East in the long term. So although he may inquire about the price of Zach Greinke, Justin Upton, Russel Martin or Carlos Pena, he will not overpay for some short term gains. Instead he moves his 2010 Opening Day starter, Shaun Marcum for another prospect. Anthopoulos allows John Buck, Scott Downs, Kevin Gregg and Lyle Overbay to leave for free agency because he rather have the supplemental draft picks than the hefty contract for older players. I am sure he frustrated Blue Jay fans by bringing back Edwin Encarnacion to back up Adam Lind at first and DH. He will likely sign a bunch of other cheap veterans to fill out roster spots until the youth movement matures to the stage they can play in the majors.

The Jays will likely not win 85 games next season. However, fans will likely be excited as the season progresses and the young talent begins to move up the organizational ladder. Young, high-upside players that will be with the team for the better part of the next decade. Snider, Drabek, Zach Stewart, Brett Lawrie, Adeiny Hechevaria, Anthony Gose. You know Leaf fans complain that Brian Burke decided not to build slowly through the draft so they can't complain about the Jays doing the old fashion way.

Stay tuned for 2012 because it may be the breakout season for the Jays.

You know why that purse is so heavy

One Hit Wonder

Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen (1982)

Cops haul smoker on window ledge to psych ward

A pair of blundering cops mistook a downtown man's cigarette break for a suicide attempt, a lawsuit claims.

A lawyer enjoying a puff on the sill of his second-floor apartment window says he was wrestled to the floor by cops who hauled him off to the loony bin.

Mark Moody said he was taking his usual nicotine break on the window ledge of his home in New York on a hot August day with a cigarette in one hand and a cellphone in the other, a scant 12 feet off the ground.

He was shocked when a NYPD police car rolled up and two cops jumped out.

"Are you about to commit suicide?" one cop asked.

"If I was going to commit suicide, this would be a pretty dumb place to do it," the 40-year-old trial lawyer scoffed. "If I jumped from here, I'd just sprain my ankle."

But the officers, who never said what prompted their concern, insisted Moody come downstairs.

Moody refused, explaining he was sitting on the sill so he wouldn't get smoke in the apartment. He even waved over a cabby he knew from the neighborhood, hoping the hack would confirm that the window is Moody's regular smoking spot.

But three ambulances and four other patrol cars pulled up before the cabby could move.

Before he knew it, a beefy officer was inside his apartment, lifting him out of his own living-room window from behind, Moody said. The cop slammed him on the living-room floor while another kneeled on top of him and cuffed him, he claimed.

The attorney was thrown into an ambulance and taken to Beth Israel Medical Center.

The on-duty psychiatrist apologized before quickly discharging him, Moody said.

Moody sued the city and the police officers for $400,000 in damages on Dec. 8 in Manhattan federal court.

Do these people have to take IQ tests before becoming cops? Maybe they should. They must recruit the same cement heads in Toronto because Toronto cops can't tell the difference between violent protesters and tourists visiting the city or reporters following the protests. It's kind of scary that they are allowed to carry guns.


Worst hurdles competitor I have ever seen

I ran hurdles in high school and never seen anything like this. I've seen runners try to jump over the hurdles but not try to run through them. No wonder this video has gone viral.

Why I'm fat

Ugly Christmas sweater week

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Don't run a red light at 4 am with 513 lbs of weed

A routine traffic stop in Queens New York early Sunday turned up an extraordinary amount of marijuana - 513 pounds of the stuff, police said.

The case unfolded after Clement Hunter, 30, made the mistake of driving his rented Dodge Caravan through a red light at Farmers and Merrick Blvds. about 4 a.m., police said.

Officers tried to pull him over, but Hunter took off, eventually heading down a dead-end street at 178th St. and 132nd Ave.

"He kind of traps himself. The officers basically block him off and he tries to flee on foot," a police spokesman said. "We grab him, and inside the Caravan we find 513 pounds of marijuana."

Yeah nothing like driving like an idiot at 4 am with a quarter ton of weed in the back of your rented minivan. No doubt Clement's judgment had been impaired by the intoxicating aroma of the cargo. Now the Queens cops and their friends will have a wonderful Christmas.


Jennifer Beals is 487 today

Best known for her role in the 1983 film Flashdance

Jennifer earlier this year

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