Saturday, February 12, 2011
The results of the Washington Times CPAC straw poll of presidential candidates are in, and the winner is Texas Rep. Ron Paul, with 30 percent of the vote. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the runner-up with 23 percent.
There were 3,742 ballots cast in the annual survey, which is a chance for devotees to name their favourite candidate declared or undeclared. Incredibly, both Bachmann and Daniels beats Palin and Huckabee. It should be a pretty boring presidential race in 2012 with just Paul and Romney registering much interest.
The full results:
Texas Rep. Ron Paul: 30 percent
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: 23 percent
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson: 6 percent
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 6 percent
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: 5 percent
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: 4 percent
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann: 4 percent
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: 4 percent
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: 3 percent
Former talk show host Herman Cain: 2 percent
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 2 percent
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: 2 percent
South Dakota Sen. John Thune: 2 percent
U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman: 1 percent
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour: 1 percent
Others: 5 percent
Undecided: 1 percent
Friday, February 11, 2011
Spider-Man may be the worst disaster in Broadway history. The show has had its opening delayed several times. It should have opened in December but this was pushed back to January and then February. Now it's March. It has been dogged by problems, including four serious injuries to cast members. One was an actor playing the web-slinger, who suffered a skull fracture and cracked vertebrae after falling 35-foot.
It also suffered the loss of its lead actress Natalie Mendoza, after she left the production following a concussion.There has been an endless string of technical difficulties where shows have had to be interrupted. The ending was so bad it had to be rewritten and it still isn't any good.
And it cost $65 million to produce so it will never turn a profit. I suspect at this point the producers may be just trying to mitigate their losses. So far, the musical's astonishing 67 preview performances add up to around 130,000 tickets sold and most of the run is already sold out. These tickets can run as much as $300 each. The show will soon have the longest running
Thursday, February 10, 2011
There are some women who don’t like being seen in the same dress twice. Then there is Amy Seiffert who has pledged to wear the same gray dress every day for six months. Yes, she washes the dress. She even changes it up by wearing the dress in different ways. But, she always wears the dress.
Amy started this project on November 15th to bring awareness to the problem of sex slavery and human trafficking in the United States.
You can read about all about Amy’s fashion adventure on her blog. Oh, and if by chance Amy should ever read this post I would like to personally congratulate her on the good news she received this week.
During the robbery the man can be seen walking into the shop, buying a cup of coffee and politely telling the attendant ‘I’m robbing you, sir’. He then shows the store owner a black handgun, before asking if he could ‘please’ empty the till. Could you do me a favour - could you empty that till for me please, put that right here,’ he said. ‘I’m robbing you sir.’ Mr Henry, who owns the White Center Shell station in Seattle, asked him if he was sure he wanted to rob him and said he wanted to know why.
The robber then drove off in a red car, leaving fingerprints at the scene. ‘I felt sorry because he will get caught and spend at least 15 years behind bars for what - $200 or $300?” Mr Henry said shortly after the incident. The whole exchange was captured on CCTV with sound. Mr Henry said he had been robbed several times before but this was the first time he has ever felt sorry for the thief.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Despite the sweeping rabbinical ban on the Internet, haredi use of the web is widespread. A new website offers the ultra-orthodox sector an alternative to the inappropriate content out there: Glatube.
The video sharing site is strictly kosher.
"It's exactly like Youtube, with one exception: No promiscuity," said Sharon Bokobza, the site's creator and a student at the Breslov yeshiva Shuvu Banim. "Glatube is aimed at those who are becoming religious and want to listen to music, but are not interested in the promiscuity that is found on the Internet."
More than 1,000 video clips have been uploaded to the site, and more than a hundred surfers upload more videos continually. Each clip is first inspected by a team of 'kashrut supervisors' that makes sure that it does not include unsuitable content like sex or violence.
The first time Anita Lewis is accused of calling 911 last week, she and a man were arguing. The second time she reportedly dialed the emergency line, the 53-year-old Vero Beach woman said the man had called her names. During the third alleged 911 call, Lewis complained the man "wouldn't shut up," according to a recently released arrest affidavit.
"I asked if she called 911 because the male wouldn't stop talking, and she replied yes, it's annoying me." The hat trick of 911 calls played out Jan. 31 between about 4:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. in Vero Beach, ultimately landing Lewis behind bars on a misdemeanor misuse of 911 charge. When a Vero Beach police officer went to Lewis' listed address in the 2600 block of 11th Avenue after the final 911 call, the officer learned it was the third call at the address in a couple of hours.
The officer saw a man sitting at a table drinking beer and listening to music. He reportedly had no clue why police were called. Meanwhile, Lewis alleged the man "wouldn't shut up." She confirmed dialing 911 because the man was loquacious, saying the surplus chatter annoyed her. "I advised the defendant if she didn't like it she could leave the house and that 911 is for emergencies not things like this," the affidavit states. "The defendant didn't care about my response and only yelled at the male and complained that he was bothering her."
The officer learned Lewis called 911 at 4:42 p.m. She and the man argued and were "advised to act more civil for the evening." She's accused of calling again at 5:18 p.m. and hanging up. She called back immediately and claimed the man called her names. The affidavit doesn't elaborate on the alleged name calling. The affidavit also doesn't specify the topic of the man's alleged excessive talking.
OMG how many of these morons are there out there(check out here, here, here, here and here). One of these days I'm going have a heart attack and the paramedics will be tied up with some fat lady at Burger King complaining about the low french fries count in her combo meal. It's scary. Does anyone have an IQ above 80 any more?
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Confirming the suspicions of a New Mexico woman, a yogurt sample provided to her last month by a grocery clerk contained semen, according to test results that prompted police to secure a search warrant authorizing them to collect blood and DNA samples from the suspect.
The disclosure that the yogurt sample from an Albuquerque market tested positive for “sperm cells” and saliva is contained in a search warrant affidavit seeking blood and DNA samples from Anthony Garcia, the 31-year-old suspect.
The January 28 warrant, which was approved by a District Court judge, notes that the samples were needed to “make sure Mr. Garcia does not have any illness or disease that could harm” the victim, whose name TSG has redacted from court documents due to the nature of the incident.
According to a police report, the 28-year-old victim was shopping with her daughter in the store’s cereal aisle when she was approached by Garcia, who worked in the store’s dairy department. After accepting Garcia’s offer of a yogurt sample, the woman immediately thought the sample tasted “gross and disgusting” and, cops reported, “said it tasted like ‘semen.’”
In a handwritten statement, the woman said, “I spit it out on the floor many times cuz I was upset.” The woman recalled that when she talked to manager Catherine Flores, “she told me was a Greek yoghurt. People love it has lot of protein on it.”
When questioned by cops, an “extremely nervous” Garcia denied putting bodily fluids in the yogurt container, which he admitted discarding in a trash compactor after the woman complained about the sample’s taste.An Albuquerque Police Department spokesperson said today that blood and DNA samples have been collected from the incarcerated Garcia, and that results from lab tests are expected later this week.
Sounds like to me this lady has had a lot of experience swallowing semen. Not everyone can confidently declare after one teaspoon that it "taste like semen." Obviously it wasn't fruit bottom yogurt.
"I was just growing some marijuana and I was just wondering what, how much, you know, trouble you can get into for one plant," a not-so-bright Robert Michelson asked on Thursday night.
When the dispatcher asked if there was an active crime in progress, the 21-year-old answered "possibly."
Dispatchers traced the call to Michelson's home in Farmington, where police found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of pot. Michelson admitted he bought seeds and equipment online for growing. He was released on $5,000 bail.
This guy must have been smoking way too much of his product. Really who calls police to inform them that he is growing weed? He might as well collected up his plants, drive them over to a police station and turned himself in. If you want confidential legal advice call a lawyer not the police.
Maple Leaf fans have always loved their pluggers but never shared the same level of affection for the Leafs’ skilled players. Eddie Shack was more popular than Frank Mahovlich. Tiger Williams was more popular than Lanny MacDonald. Brad Smith was more popular than Rick Vaive. Tie Domi was more popular than Mats Sundin. Even now Mike Brown is more popular than Phil Kessel. The reason why Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour continue to be revered by fans is that they were top scorers who were able to play like 4th liners.
Phil Kessel will likely always be an enigma to Leaf fans. A player with breakaway speed and a lightning release that is 4th in the team in scoring. How can that be?
Well Kessel is in the impossible position of having to justify trading away to lottery draft picks. He will never be able to live up to those high expectations. He is shy almost to the point of being socially awkward. He is not comfortable speaking publicly and often no longer in the dressing room by the time reporters are let in. He is a cancer survivor in his early 20s.
People forget he is the 3rd youngest player on the team after Luke Schenn and James Reimer. He has to do with no support. Since coming to Toronto he has played with a variety of players less experienced than himself with the exception of Matt Stajan. Brian Burke would love to find two linemates to match Kessel’s ability. Most of this season he has been playing with players who on most teams would be in the AHL. Fans complain how frustrated they are watching him go one on one against defensemen – either taking a long shot on net or losing the puck trying to stickhandle the puck through the defenseman. Can you imagine how frustrated Kessel must be skating down the ice with no one to play with?
On the Bruins, Kessel played with Marc Savard and Milan Lucic. The closest thing to Savard and Lucic in Toronto is Mikhail Grabovski and Nik Kulemin yet they have been playing with Clark McArthur all season. Almost seems that Coach Ron Wilson is more concerned how McArthur does than Kessel. Obviously Kessel’s frustrations came to a head on the weekend when he actually complained to the media – something totally out of character for Kessel. He was now playing on a line with Joey Crabb and Darryl Boyce, two players with a total of 7 NHL career goals. Wilson insisted that this would help his struggle star and actually kept the line together for 3 shifts before moving Kessel to a line with Grabovski and Kulemin. Kessel didn’t score a point but was a +2. Meanwhile Kulemin, Grabovski and McArthur all scored a goal each despite being broken up.
I don’t think Kessel was attempting to take a shot at Wilson he was only expressing some frustration. Yet he likely put the final nails in the coffin that has been Wilson’s tenure as coach of the Leafs. Mishandle a star player is the best way to get pink slipped in the NHL.
At the end of the day, there still will be no love in Toronto for Phil Kessel. He doesn’t block shots, crush opponents or drop his gloves. He just scores beautiful goals.
Monday, February 07, 2011
Not trying to be cruel but Christina looks more like the opera diva than the pop diva. She certainly has filled out.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Every couple of weeks the Toronto Star publishes a column in the Life Section called the Dish. The columnist sends a popular restaurant dish to a dietitian for analysis. The results are rarely good. In fact some of the dishes are actually far worse than I would have guessed. Here are just a few examples:
DISH: 10 Buffalo chicken wings in hot sauce
RESTAURANT: Duff’s Famous Wings
I knew buffalo wings would be loaded with fat ( 28 g) and calories (539) but the salt levels were astronomical. The sodium came back at 2636 mg which exceeds the daily recommended limit of 2300 mg. This is the equivalent of 11 small bags of chips. So I will no longer be eating wings.
DISH: Medium bag of popcorn with butter topping
RESTAURANT: Concessions at Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas
I'm expecting popcorn to be high in fat and salt. I never get any topping but on it at the theatre so I wasn't too worried about the results. A medium bag of popcorn came back with a rating of 97 grams of fat. Two days worth of fat or 12 burgers at McDonalds. Even without the topping it still has 60 grams of fat because the stuff is cooked in oil. No more snacks at the movies now.
DISH: Peameal Bacon and Eggs
Restaurant: Wimpy’s DinerThis breakfast is fine as long as you don't plan to eat the rest of the day. This breakfast clocks in with 969 calories, 50 grams of fat and 2,223 mg of sodium. I'm sticking to turkey bacon with my eggs and no potatoes. I also won't need an afternoon nap.
DISH: Falafel pita
RESTAURANT: Tov-LiThis one made me cry. One of my favourite lunches is a falafel sandwich. The pita sandwich has 760 calories, while a Big Mac has 540. There is also 1560 mg of sodium. But I've devised a compromise. I now order only a half pita sandwich which reduces the calories to an appropriate level and cut out the pickles which is where the sodium is coming from.
Dish: Freddy’s Tuna Salad
Restaurant: The Pickle BarrelSo you would think you were safe with a tuna salad. Well it turns out not if you order one at the Pickle Barrel. It turns out the salad has 700 calories — 200 more than the average person should look for in a meal. But the point here is the salad has more calories, fat and sodium than most of us would guess. The salad’s 50 grams of fat is almost the daily allotment. And its 1,028 mg of sodium is the equivalent of a ½ teaspoon of salt, or about half of the maximum recommended daily allowance.The salad is like eating a cheeseburger. The culprit is not just the dressing but the bacon, crispy noodles and cheese.