Saturday, April 30, 2011

Helena Guergis will be looking for a new career next week

If polling numbers are accurate, Helena Guergis will not be returning to Parliament as an Independent. Polls show the incumbent running a distant second the the Conservative candidate Kellie Leitch. Her crying press conference two weeks ago do not seem to have had much impact.

There is a provincial election this fall so perhaps Tim Hudak would like to try out the former Miss Huronia and reining drama queen from Angus.

She could always write her memoirs. She can write?

NDP candidate Katy Austin (17-22%)
Independent MP Helena Guergis (20-25%)
Conservative Party candidate Kellie Leitch (33-38%)

Green Party candidate Jace Metherall (5-10%)
Liberal Party candidate Alex Smardenka (12-17%)

Sign of the day

An apology has been made, and a sign with a vulgar word perched on a rooftop is gone. Alex White said he wasn’t going to take down a large orange sign he affixed to his chimney that read, “To the Nieghbor (sic) who called the police on Easter: F*@K yourself!” until he received an apology from his neighbour for calling police after hearing White and his wife arguing.

White says he has now received a short signed-and-dated apology letter from his neighbour. He said he would like the neighbour to know “there are no hard feelings and hope we can become friends.” White was so angry with his neighbour for ruining his Easter morning with the call to police, he decided to send a clear and colourful message back with the sign. “I only meant it to stay for an hour,” White said earlier. “I just wanted that one rude person to know how rude I could be back for disrupting our religious holiday.”

The sign stood on his roof until 10:50 p.m. on Thursday when he took it down, 10 minutes after receiving the apology letter. During an interview earlier in the day, White said, “It’s what everybody wants to say to that one neighbour who sticks their nose in other people’s business where it doesn’t belong.” White said he and his wife were having a loud discussion about their son’s bad behaviour. White’s wife said she didn’t care for police being called either. “I am a bit irritated, yes. Because, what, nobody argues? Please, nobody gets loud?” she said.

Teacher with third eye stroll naked through school

A teacher who stripped off his clothes and walked naked around a Georgia elementary school gave police a New Age explanation for his behaviour, claiming that he had achieved a “new level of enlightenment” and “wanted everybody to be free now that his third eye was open." For allowing others to see his third eye last Friday afternoon at the B.C. Haynie Elementary School, Harlan Porter was charged with public indecency.

The 31-year-old educator, pictured in the mug shot at right, was booked into the Clayton County Jail on the misdemeanor charge and released after posting $2000 bond. Since Porter’s April 22 stroll, which came at about 3:20 PM, was not witnessed by any students, who had been dismissed, he avoided more serious charges. After Porter told a Morrow Police Department officer about his enlightenment, the cop reported that, “I then explained the obvious problem with his third eye being opened in public.”

While acknowledging that his education career would be damaged by the bust, Porter said that he still desired to teach, except “on a new level, with hands in the earth, gathering the essence and learning how to love one another and fully appreciate the spiritual realm.” Police reported that Porter had “several books in his belongings that appeared to be on topics such as spirituality and transcendental meditation.”

8 year old boy sells gun to classmate for $3

An 8-year-old boy brought a loaded 9-mm handgun to his Queens elementary school today and sold it to a fellow third-grader for $3, cops said.

The cut-rate arms deal went down at PS 107 on 45th Avenue in Flushing.

After the boy who bought the weapon went home and showed it to his mother, she angrily returned to the school and told an official.

The administrator called 911, and cops identified the student who sold the gun, which had its serial number scratched off, sources said.

The seller’s 54-year-old father, Ignacio Galvan, admitted that he bought the gun, a Taurus semiautomatic, a decade ago for protection, law-enforcement sources told The Post.

He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.

His son faces charges as a juvenile, cops said.

The young buyer thought the weapon was a toy, according to the sources.

What is going on with the school system. Don't they teach kids some basics on the value of things today? Like what it costs to buy car, rent an apartment, buy a gun? Surely the kid knows how to use Google. A quick Internet search would tell you that the going rate for a Taurus 9mm is about $300. Even a used one is worth $100. I'm so bummed out by the school system.


Latest federal seat projections - 3 days to go

It appears Stephen Harper may have outsmarted himself when it comes to election strategy. His plan was to concentrate on 10 or so seats to push him into majority territory. Also part of his strategy was to attack Michael Ignatieff (“he didn’t come back for you”). Finally he tried scare tactics where if the Conservatives did not win a majority then the opposition would attempt a “Parliamentary coup” and Canada would be run by separatists and socialists.

He did not have a true national campaign, it was really divide and conquer. There was little debate on policy other than a few wedge issue directed at the Conservative core. The only positive was taking credit for stewardship of the economy during a difficult time. For which the Conservatives deserve credit.

But the narrow and cautious approach might ultimately cost them their majority. Sure attacking Ignatieff worked. But voters considered the alternatives and decided it wasn’t just Harper or Ignatieff or Duceppe (for those in Quebec). There was also smiling Jack Layton who seemed to be getting a free ride. Targeting vulnerable opposition ridings was actually effective but in the past week the Conservatives have begun to lose seats to the NDP in BC and Quebec. Where initially the NDP popularity was splitting the left vote and benefiting the Conservatives, now everyone is losing seats to the NDP.

In Toronto, the NDP is likely to double their seats to four. There will likely be two new NDP members from BC, two from the Prairies and two more from the Maritime. But it is in Quebec where the NDP is expected to make the biggest gains. They are leading in 34 which would work out to a net increase of 32.

What worries me is that we will see a very weak crop of new MP in Parliament. When the Ontario NDP under Bob Rae swept into power in 1990, they went from 19 seats in the Legislature to 74. Many candidates who loyally agree to have their names on the ballot as sacrificial lambs without any expectation of winning woke up the day after the election in a role that were just qualified for. That is what will happen after May 2. While voters think they are electing Jack Layton, in reality only the voters in the Toronto-Danforth riding are voting for Layton. The rest of the country is voting for the local NDP candidate, warts and all. Afterall this isn't a Presidential election.

5-Apr 12-Apr 19-Apr 23-Apr 26-Apr 29-Apr
Conservatives 157 152 148 157 161 149
Liberals 69 78 77 69 57 55
NDP 33 34 43 39 53 79
Bloc 49 43 39 42 36 24
Green 0 0 0 0 0 0
Others 0 0 0 0 0 1

Friday, April 29, 2011

Man dressed as cow steals 26 gallons of milk

Got milk?

How about 26 gallons of it? One man did, at least for a little while. And that man was dressed in a cow costume.

In the category of You Can't Make This Stuff Up If You Tried, the 18-year-old crawled into a Stafford, Va., Walmart on all fours, reported

After standing, he loaded about $92 worth of milk into a shopping cart and simply rolled the cart out of the without paying, police have confirmed to NBC Washington.

He then attempted to give the milk away outside the store, and tried to flee the scene by skipping away, police said.

Jonathan Payton, 18, of North Stafford, Va., was given a summons and released at the scene.

I don't get it. Why would a cow steal milk? Cant they get all they want?I think this cow is an impostor. Oh wait. Never mind This cow isn't real.


Matt Cooke hockey hits Week

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ann-Margaret Olsson is 70

Ann-Margaret screeches out the title song to the 1963 film Bye Bye Birdie

Jack Nicholson and Ann-Margaret's cleavage in the 1971 film Carnal Knowledge

In the 1993 film Grumpy Old Men

in the 2009 film Old Dogs

Has anyone seen my trash cans?

It was a wild and whacky weather ride in today - rain, thunder, and wind, lots of wind. Powerlines were down and so was the power. Tree branches were blowin' in the wind. My neighbourhood was cleaned out of election signs. The winds were around 90 km per hour.

It was garbage day so toppled trash cans spilled garbage on the street which was picked up by the wind and distributed around the neighbourhood. By the way has anyone seen my trash cans? They are gone with the wind.

Matt Cooke hockey hits Week

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

So how does Obama prove he was born in the US?

From the perspective of an outsider the spectacle around the Obama birth certificate is laughable. You get the impression that no proof will convince his opponents who are a mix of conspiracy believers, conservatives and racists. The birthers will never except any proof because challenging his right to govern reinforces their views.

The bottom line is challenging Obama's birth place in effect delegitimizes his entire presidency. It also sets the stage for the next presidential campaign by characterizing the President as a liar and a cheat.

The highest profile birther Donald Trump quickly claimed a victory and moved on to challenge the President on his academic record. Though Trump is on shaky ground here because the previous president, George Bush admitted to being an average student at best.

It's pretty pathetic with the problems that confront the U.S. that any attention would be given to this very pedestrian issue.

One Hit Wonder

Badfinger - Day After Day (1971)

Rick Mercer challenges Canadian youth to vote

One of the reasons contributing to higher voter turnout at advanced polls and the sudden shift in popularity for the NDP may have to do with younger voters becoming engaged. Perhaps instrumental has been political satirist Rick Mercer. Mercer points out that youth issues are ignored by politicians because they don't vote. There is some validity to his observations. Senior issues are a major focus for politicians not because they are concerned about seniors but because they vote in large numbers.

At university campuses across Canada students have been responding to Mercer's challenge. It will be interesting to see what impact this will have on May 2. Looking back in history, when young voters became involved in the 1960's the world turned upside down.

in Victoria

in Calgary

in Guelph

in Montreal

in Fredericton

Did you know that singing Kung Fu Fighting is racist?

A pub singer has been arrested on suspicion of racism for singing the classic chart hit Kung Fu Fighting.

The song, performed by Simon Ledger, 34, is said to have offended two Chinese people as they walked past the bar where he was singing.

The entertainer regularly performs the 1974 number one hit, originally by disco star Carl Douglas, at the Driftwood Beach Bar in Sandown, on the Isle of Wight.

There are days where I swear it isn't worth getting up in the morning for fear of offending someone. Like when the new Korean family moved in across the street they were offended when I asked him the owned a laundry. I never get offended when people I meet ask me if I'm accountant when they find out I'm Jewish. What should they ask, if I'm an NBA player?


Latest federal seat projections

The shift is on as the NDP steadily draw voters away from the Liberals in BC and Ontario and the Bloc in Quebec based on projections from the DemocraticSPACE blog. Of course the vote splitting on the Left is also moving the Conservatives deeper into majority territory despite the fact that there popular vote has slipped. NDP set gains are predominantly in Quebec while the Conservatives' big gains are coming in the GTA including 3 possible ridings in Toronto (Don Valley West, Eglinton-Lawrence, York Centre) which has been death valley for the Tories in past elections.

5-Apr 12-Apr 19-Apr 23-Apr 26-Apr
Conservatives 157 152 148 157 161
Liberals 69 78 77 69 57
NDP 33 34 43 39 53
Bloc 49 43 39 42 36
Green 0 0 0 0 0
Others 0 0 0 0 0

Matt Cooke hockey hits Week

Hump Day Hottie

Hope Dworaczyk

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sign of the day

Good grammer

God Bless America - checking out porn on public computers is a protected right

Shakespeare's plays, Einstein's theories -- and porn queen Jenna Jameson's steamy online sexcapades.

New Yorkers can take their pick at the city's public libraries, thanks to a policy that gives adults the most uncensored access to extreme, hard-core Internet smut this side of the old Times Square.

The electronic smut falls under the heading of free speech and the protection of the First Amendment, library officials say.

"Customers can watch whatever they want on the computer," said Brooklyn Public Library spokeswoman Malika Granville, describing the anything-goes philosophy that's the rule at the city's 200-plus branches.

Under US law, all libraries that take federal funding only must install filters on publicly used computers to block content containing illegal obscenity and child pornography, and New York City officials say they comply to the letter.

If localities want to further restrict viewing, they must specifically enact a policy, although the move almost certainly brings with it legal challenges.

Montreal Canadiens still alive

Police called to investigate noisy vibrator

Police called to a flat in Berlin by neighbours who said it sounded like someone was using an electric drill through the night smashed down the door to find a vibrator had switched itself on and was jiggling around on the floor.

Officers who answered the desperate call tried repeatedly to contact the 23-year-old woman whose flat it was.

But they could not get a response, and eventually decided to break in the door in an attempt to find out what was going on in the flat. “You could hear the noise out on the street,” one neighbour said.

When the officers smashed their way into the flat they found nothing more dangerous than the vibrator which was doing its best on the floor. Now the young woman is not only going to have to face her neighbours when she returns home – she will also have to pay for the smashed door.

Man wearing G-string and hair scrunchie around genitals found yelling in cemetery

Lodi police arrested Shawn Batie, 42, on Friday night. Officers responded to a call where a man later identified as Batie was found standing in the dirt next to the cemetery with a flashlight, yelling in the dark.

Police said that Batie was wearing an Oakland Raiders jacket, a G-string and a hair scrunchie around his genitals. He was also wearing socks. Officers said that he was very jittery and his pupils were dilated.

They took him into custody on suspicion of being under the influence of methamphetamines, which was later confirmed at the jail where it was discovered that he was also a parolee at-large, police said.

Shawn you are a poster boy for what will happens to you when you get hooked to meth. I get tje G-string and the scrunchie around his unmentionables. But whats with the Raiders jacket? This guy is really fucked up!

Crazy cat lady even exist in nice neighbourhoods

Dozens of cats have been removed from a home on Manor Road in midtown Toronto near Mt. Pleasant, south of Eglinton. This is a pretty nice neighbourhood.

Authorities were anonymously tipped off and they discovered more than 50 cats roaming the house. The crazy woman living there surrendered ownership of the animals.

One by one the terrified animals were carefully placed into cages by investigators dressed in hazmat suits and masks to block the overwhelming stench or urine and feces.

It began when one of the cats was accidentally let out, and came back pregnant...the situation spiralled from there.

Matt Cooke hockey hits Week

Monday, April 25, 2011

It's early but the Blue Jays do not look like they're ready to compete

Thank goodness for Jose Bautista because the 2011 Blue Jays do not look like they are ready for primtime. Despite the fact that only the Yankees have been playing better than .500 ball in the AL East for the first 20 games, the Jays are no better than 4th place. Not enough hitting or pitching so far.

As for Bautista, he has pretty much picked up from where he left off at the end of last season. Not only is he leading he AL in homeruns, but also leads in batting average and on base percentage and is second in walks, runs scored and slugging percentage.

It's not like the Jays have been awful, they've been okay which means you can't compete in the very tough AL East. The most noticeable change is the number of stolen bases. They are 3rd in the AL which is an area they have really been lacking over the past few years. Where last season they were run away leaders in homeruns, this season they are 7th in the AL. The Jays are 7th in team batting average with a .245, no real improvement over last season. They are 3rd in strikeouts which about the same as last season too. They are 6th in team ERA and homeruns given up. Last season they were 10th in both team ERA and homeruns given up. They lead in strikeouts this season and last season they were 3rd.

In one area they are leading the league is in roster moves. In the first 24 days of the 2011 season the Jays have made 27 roster moves. Considering Las Vegas is 3400 km away, someone is logging big air mile points. However, their fringe players must feel like human yoyos. This will take a toll on the team if it continues through the season. Though part of the need for so many roster moves has been the number of injuries in the first 3 weeks of the season.

Mug Shot of the Week

Indiana police arrested Kelly Gene Gibson for inhaling paint fumes. Oh, but this isn’t the first time Gibson has been arrested. Gibson is hooked on sniffing paint fumes. So much so that Gibson has been arrested for it 47 times prior to this arrest in which he was caught red-handed, or should I say silver-faced.

Gibson’s wife called the police to tell them he was back to sniffing. When the police arrived at the apartment Gibson was sitting on the couch with a paint can in one hand, a paint-covered plastic bag in the other and his hands, nose mouth and chin covered in silver paint.

Sign of the day

Has Stuxnet 2 hit Iran's computers?

The Iranian government on Monday said it was targeted by a new computer virus dubbed “Stars.” The report came from the director of Iran’s Passive Defense Organization through the country’s Mehr News Agency. Global media subsequently picked up the story, which has now been covered by the Associated Press, BBC, Reuters and many others.

Stars would be the second malware infestation targeted at Iran within a years time, following the discovery of Stuxnet in July last year. In fact the Iranian military finally confirmed continuing problems with an earlier virus, “Stuxnet,” which began wreaking havoc on Iran’s main uranium enrichment facility in 2009. Stuxnet is believed to have destroyed more than a tenth of the centrifuges Iran uses to make enriched uranium.


The irony of Lindsay Lohan cleaning up in the morgue

Lindsay Lohan will spend 360 hours at the Women's Center on Skid Row, and 120 hours at the Mission Road coroner's office as part of her sentence for parole violation and accidentally swiping a necklace from a Venice jewelry store.

Although Lohan's team is appealing the ruling, Judge Stephanie Sautner says the actress must begin her community service janitorial work immediately. She must start chipping away at her hours within a week, and has one year to complete the 480 hours.

Considering her career to stone cold dead, the city morgue gig couldn't be more appropriate. Thought it was revealed that Lohan may get to keep her role in the upcoming John Gotti biopic. The film role has been the only one she has been able to land due to her ongoing legal problems.

Conservatives target the Jewish community in Eglinton-Lawrence

In 2008 the Liberal incumbent Joe Volpe edged out Conservative Joe Oliver in Eglinton-Lawrence by just over 2,000 votes, to narrowly keep the seat he’s held since 1988. It was the closest the Conservatives came to capturing a Toronto riding. This time the two rivals are facing off again.

Eglinton-Lawrence is one of a number of close 2008 losses that the Conservatives are targeting. If they can win half of these seats, Harper's Conservatives will have that elusive majority government that so badly want. The targeted ridings have a high proportion of ethnic voters and Eglinton-Lawrence certainly qualifies. About 40 per cent of residents are immigrants, largely from Europe, but increasingly more are from Asia and the Middle East. About 15% of the riding is Jewish and they have generally voted Liberal. However, Stephen Harper's strong support for Israel has eroded Liberal support within the Jewish community. In addition, 11% of residents are Italian.

Although Conservative support for Israel will have no impact on the Jewish state, it still has resonated in that community. Other ridings with significant Jewish populations are seeing similar shifts in support. Liberal Carolyn Bennett in the Toronto riding of St. Paul’s appears secure, as does Liberal Anita Neville in Winnipeg South Centre.

But at least two other ridings, long considered safe Liberal seats, could be in play.

In Quebec, Irwin Cotler’s share of the popular vote dropped from 92 per cent in 1999 to 55 per cent in the last race, though he still enjoyed a 10,000-vote victory. In Toronto, Liberals Ken Dryden in York Centre saw his strong wins in 2006 wither to a thin margin of about 2,000 votes in 2008 similar to Volpe.

My own riding of Thornhill was captured by Conservative Peter Kent in 2008. Despite a high profile Jewish candidate as his opponent, Kent appears to be crusing to a comfortable win.

Keep your eyes on the ukulele

Break out the matzo it's Passover Week

Sunday, April 24, 2011

This is taking for ever

Password protect your Wi-Fi network in case your neighbour is a pedophile

Lying on his family room floor with assault weapons trained on him, shouts of "pedophile!" and "pornographer!" stinging like his fresh cuts and bruises, the Buffalo homeowner didn't need long to figure out the reason for the early morning wake-up call from a swarm of federal agents.

That new wireless router. He'd gotten fed up trying to set a password. Someone must have used his Internet connection, he thought.

"We know who you are! You downloaded thousands of images at 11:30 last night," the man's lawyer, Barry Covert, recounted the agents saying. They referred to a screen name, "Doldrum."

"No, I didn't," he insisted. "Somebody else could have but I didn't do anything like that."

"You're a creep ... just admit it," they said.

Law enforcement officials say the case is a cautionary tale. Their advice: Password-protect your wireless router.

A Sarasota, Fla. man got a similar visit from the FBI last year after someone on a boat docked in a marina outside his building and download an astounding 10 million images of child porn, or the North Syracuse, N.Y., man who in December 2009 opened his door to police who'd been following an electronic trail of illegal videos and images. The man's neighbor pleaded guilty April 12.

A poll conducted for the Wi-Fi Alliance, the industry group that promotes wireless technology standards, found that among 1,054 Americans age 18 and older, 32 percent acknowledged trying to access a Wi-Fi network that wasn't theirs.

For some, though, leaving their wireless router open to outside use is a philosophical decision, a way of returning the favor for the times they've hopped on to someone else's network to check e-mail or download directions while away from home .


Latest federal seat projections

Here are the latest seat projections from the Greg Morrow's DemocraticSPACE blog. The Conservatives are clearly in majority territory as Liberal support slips. The gains appear to be in some of those riding that the Conservatives have been targeting (eg, Eglinton-Lawrence, Brampton West, Brampton-Springdale). Meanwhile in Quebec, the Bloc appear to have lost some seats to the NDP. It appears Michael Ignatieff will hang on the Opposition Leader mantel though it's only a matter of time before his party gives him the boot as well.

5-Apr 12-Apr 19-Apr 23-Apr
Conservatives 157 152 148 157
Liberals 69 78 77 69
NDP 33 34 39
Bloc 49 43 43
Green 0 0 0 0
Others 0 0 0 0

Sign of the day

Break out the matzo it's Passover Week