Saturday, May 07, 2011

Atlantic Southeast Airlines kicks Muslims off flight

An airline is investigating the removal of two imams from a flight headed to North Carolina, ostensibly because passengers felt uncomfortable with their presence of the pair -- both clad in Islamic attire.

The incident occurred Friday on an Atlanta Southeast Airlines flight from Tennessee to North Carolina and it involved Masudur Rahman and Mohamed Zaghloul were wearing traditional Muslim dress, CNN affiliate WCNC reported.

The two -- who hold high religious positions in the Muslim community -- were headed to North Carolina for a conference on prejudice against Muslims, or Islamaphobia. The meeting is sponsored by the North American Imams Federation.

Rahman, who is a professor at the University of Memphis, told the affiliate that the incident reminded him of the prejudice Rosa Parks faced during the civil rights movement.

Well if you thought anxiety regarding Muslims with America would subside with the death of Osama Bin Laden, guess again. These pilots made the wise decision by removing Muslims from their plane because some passengers might feel uncomfortable. So for all you Imans out there who want to fly on domestic American airlines. Shave off your beards and put on a western business suit. Oh and leave your explosive belts at home.


Bring in the clowns Week

Standing in front of smoke machine is never a good idea

Sign of the day

Home Alone house is for sle

The house that Macaulay Culkin bravely defended in the movie Home Alone is up for sale. The price is a bit steep, but it’s been proven to withstand break in attempts by stupid burglars.

The 4,250-square-foot, 14-room home sits on a half-acre lot and features four bedrooms, 3.2 baths, a large screened-in porch with a chandelier and, of course, the staircase sledded down by Culkin in John Hughes’ 1990 film.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Crook pocket dials 911 while committing crime

There are so many new ways for crooks to get caught nowadays, it sometimes seems amazing they ever get away with anything.

Consider the case of the three larceny suspects overheard planning break-ins in upstate New York, when one of them accidentally "pocket-dialed" 911 during the plotting phase.

Definitely a wrong number.

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh says police who were already looking for a suspicious person got the unlikely assist, when one of the plotters "pocket dialed" his cellphone's emergency number while driving near the scene of an earlier heist.

As the 911 dispatcher relayed the conversation to deputies, the men discussed their plans, described their surroundings and even commented, "there go the cops now." Walsh says that was enough for a deputy to turn around and stop the Kia Sportage full of tools and stolen from a business in the Syracuse suburb of Clay. The dispatcher then heard the driver being asked for his license and registration.

There should be some minimal educational standards for crooks. Without them our prisons will soon be full. Crooks like this should just drive their getaway car straight to the police station because they will never get away with it.


Man calls police after drug dealer gives wrong change

Upset that his cocaine dealer had given him the wrong change, a South Carolina man called police to complain about the unsatisfactory transaction and, of course, was promptly arrested.

According to cops, Dexter White, 41, called 911 to report that he paid his dealer $60 for crack cocaine, but had received only $20 worth of the drug. White contacted police with his consumer complaint around 4:30 AM Friday (an hour at which Better Business Bureau operators apparently were not standing by).

Dexter was not thinking straight when he called the cops. Dexter had some kind of brain fart and thought he was in living in Canada under the new Conservative majority government. In the new Canada, petty criminals that rip you off even in a drug deal with have to face the full force of the Harper justice policy. Cocaine dealers will have to respect the law just like the resut of us.


Sign of the day

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Jackie Cooper: 1922 - 2011

Jackie Cooper in the 1931 film The Champ

On the TV show What's My Line

As Perry White in the Superman films

Bin Laden had no cola preference

The two polite Pakistanis who helped Osama bin Laden hide in the shadow of their country’s army bought bulk food orders, chose major brands and equally favored Pepsi and Coke, neighbors and a local shopkeeper said.

The men called themselves Akbar and Rashid Khan and they owned the fortified home where U.S. commandos killed bin Laden in an early morning raid May 2. They did the daily shopping in the Pashtu-language accents of Waziristan, a region on the Afghan border, said grocer Anjum Qaisar, 27, who works 150 meters from the compound. Bin Laden’s men “never came by foot, they always drove a Pajero or a little Suzuki van, and they bought enough food for 10 people,” Qaisar said in an interview yesterday.

“I was curious about why they bought so much food, but I did not want to be rude by asking” such a personal question, Qaisar said. The Khans told neighbors they had fled a violent tribal feud in Waziristan to seek a calmer life in Abbottabad, an army headquarters town 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the capital, Islamabad.

The Bin Laden coverage is getting a little absurd. Reporters are not only writing stories about whether he prefers Coke or Pepsi, but what colour sheets he slept on, his favourite rifle, where ordered his pizza from, whether he kissed his suicide bombers on the left or right cheek, etc. Enough already.

Homeless man arrested for failing to tell police he moved out of his dumpster

Albuquerque authorities arrested a homeless man for failing to notify them that he moved out of the Dumpster he listed as his address.

KOB-TV reports Charles Mader is a convicted sex offender and is required to give the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department a physical address.

Detectives say Mader violated his sex offender registration requirement after moving out of the trash bin and failing to report the move within 10 days. On Monday, deputies found Mader at a homeless shelter and arrested him. Mader told KOB he wasn't familiar with some of the registration rules. Bernalillo County authorities say they've told Mader what the rules are repeatedly.

Sheriff's officials say Mader could face up to three years in jail for failing to register for a third time.

Father gives 2 year old medical marijuna and cures cancer

Parents who are giving their sick children medical marijuana are stirring controversy in Montana.

Little Cash Hyde, a 2-year-old who survived a cancerous brain tumor, is one of that state's 51 medical marijuana card holders under the age of 18.
His father defends the decision, but not everyone thinks it's such a good idea.

"I believe that, you know, Cash is with us for a lot of reasons. He is a patient of medical cannabis, which has, I think, greatly benefited his battle," said Cash's father, Michael Hyde.

"It's a substance that's hurtful for the brain during development. We believe it's harmful for kids and in our opinion, no, we don't think kids should be using marijuana," said Brandee Tyree with Missoula Underage Substance Abuse Prevention.


Police taser naked marathoner

Cincinnati police arrested a St. Paris man who was running naked in Sunday's Flying Pig Marathon and Tased him when he wouldn't comply with their orders to stop. Police charged Brett S. Henderson, 35, with public indecency and obstructing official business. Police say Henderson was told to exit the race and get in a police car but he refused, running around an officer and continuing to run in the race. Eventually, Henderson was instructed by police to get in a car or he would be Tased. Henderson kept on running and an officer Tased him.

Henderson acknowledged the incident occurred but said he doesn't believe he did anything wrong. "I've run in marathons all over the country, and I think I know the running culture pretty well and I know that anything goes on race day," he said. "This is something that happens and is tolerated in the running culture, along with runners who sometimes (urinate) or defecate during a race. Shouldn't that be considered indecent exposure, too, if what I did was indecent? In fact, running naked was encouraged in a marathon I ran in San Francisco, so I don't know why this was such a big deal."

Henderson said he hadn't planned on running naked. He said he borrowed a pair of running shorts from his father, Stephen, but that after he started the marathon, they started slipping off. "I looked but couldn't find a drawstring ... I kept fighting and pulling on them, and then the elastic gave way so I let them drop," said Brett. "I just went with it because I wanted to finish the marathon." Henderson said he tried to tie his tank top around his waist, but that didn't work out, either. "It was too short to be a belt ... all the other runners were supportive and kept encouraging me to continue, so I was running naked," he said. "It was cold and rainy, so I wasn't exactly proud of what I was showing."

I feel for this guy. He trains all year for this marathon. He's hanging in there in the pack when his shorts with no drawstings fails on him and the shorts drop to his ankle. What's a guy to do? He kicks them aside and keeps going. His making his move to get away from the pack when some of Cincinnati's finest jump out and taser him. Eight months training down the drain.

Teacher who vowed not to shave until bin Laden was caught or killed finally shaves

A teacher who vowed nearly 10 years ago not to cut his beard until Osama bin Laden was captured or proven dead said he cried Sunday night upon hearing of the terrorist's death. "I spent my first five minutes crying and then I couldn't get it off fast enough," said Gary Weddle, 50, who lives in East Wenatchee but teaches middle school science in Ephrata. Weddle has wanted to cut his beard for years. His wife, Donita, has wanted him to cut it, too. But for Weddle a vow is a vow and so he hadn't even trimmed it until Sunday night.

Frankly these people are pretty screwed up. Who does he think he is Forrest Gump? What school would want a teacher that looked like Rip van Winkle?

Sign of the day

Hump Day Hottie

Kat Dennings

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Yvette Vickers: 1936 - ?

Actress Yvette Vickers' mummified body was found April 27 at her Benedict Canyon, Calif. home. The LA Times reports that the former Playboy playmate, 82, had died and her body went undiscovered for months. Vickers, who starred in cult films like Attack of the 50-Foot Woman (1958) and Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959).

How much has the political landscape changed in Canada?

Absolutely no one predicted this election result when the campaign began 5 weeks ago. Even at the half way point it wasn't apparent.

Has the political landscape changed permanently or was this an anomaly? Has the country shifted to the right? Will the Liberals and Bloc survive? After 5 years of no shift in voter preference, why did it suddenly change?


I've said repeatedly that the Conservatives deserved to get re-elected based solely on their stewardship of the economy over the past 3 years. What Western economy did nearly as well as Canada? Granted we were perhaps better prepared than most but other government could easily have made quite a number of blunders. Stephen Harper had three goals he wanted to achieve in his political goal - become Prime Minister, win a majority and destroy the Liberal party. With this election it is mission accomplished.

This election victory was part great strategy and part good luck. His focus was hammering Michael Ignatieff and characterizing him as weak and an opportunist. As was the case with Stephane Dion, Harper released attack ads immediately after Ignatieff became Liberal leader. By doing so he created an image of Ignatieff in the minds of the voters before the Liberals could do so and made him unelectable. But Harper's theme of a coalition of losers trying to take control of the government did not resonate with the public. The Conservative were on their way to another minority government when the sudden surge by NDP weakened the Liberals in Ontario ridings and elected more Conservatives by splitting the vote,

For the 60% of the country that fears a Conservative majority government will pull out some hidden agenda, I don't see that happening. There won't be a ban on abortions, two tiered health care or a return of capital punishment. These do not reflect Canadian society and it would be political suicide to move in these direction. Conservatives in Ottawa will only be able to nibble around the edges of social conservatism.

Barring a major political scandal, the Conservatives may be able to control Parliament for many years to come with a divided left.


Will the NDP remain a major player in Ottawa? Too early to tell. Remember that in 1990 the Ontario NDP under Bob Rae took Queens Park by storm and totally blew it. They had in caucus some of the most inappropriate MPPs you would ever want to meet. Some must have made the Premier cringe. After five shaky years the NDP returned to traditional levels. So how many of these 102 NDP MPPs will make Jack Layton cringe? Well his caucus includes 4 McGill students and a 19 year old. Then there is Ruth Ellen Brosseau who took a trip to Vegas during the election and doesn't speak very good French. Oh yes and she was elected in Quebec.

The sudden attraction to Jack Layton has brought a lot of questionable characters to Ottawa. Why after 4 elections did he suddenly become so appealing? It was mostly because the Liberals and Bloc had become so unappealing. The NDP support may just be a protest vote. But to their credit, the NDP along with the Conservatives had the most thought out policy platform so it also speaks to why they will dominate the next Parliament. Quebeckers chose the NDP because it was the party that best represented Quebec nationalism. For Jack Layton it all began with the Leaders Debate but he will now have to continue to shine in Parliament.


A lot of things worked against the Liberals in this election. As I mentioned they allowed the Conservatives to frame their leader in a very negative light. Past scandals and arrogance are still on the minds of voters. The party is still despised in Quebec because of Meech Lake. More and more the Liberals brand of federalism has little appeal not just in Quebec but in the West. A national party needs more than Ontario and the Maritime to win an election. But most of all the union of the old Progressive Conservative and Alliance parties badly damaged the Liberals. Now it is the left that is divided.

Will or can the Liberals bounce back? Well if they do it will take a very long time. If the NDP screw up that will help. But Liberals need to think hard about jump starting their return by taking a page from Harper's book and consider a merger with the NDP. Bob Rae has already raised the idea.

Bloc Quebecois

Perhaps Quebeckers have finally had enough of sovereignty talk and therefore have no need for a separatist party. As the NDP fortunes in Quebec rose, the Bloc fell back even more to talking about sovereignty which I think hastened their fall. Maybe 20 years as a single issue party is just too long. Certainly they can bounce back by setting aside sovereignty and doing a better job representing Quebec. But will the old guard admit defeat?


To add to this historic Parliament is the first Green party representative actually elected. Elizabeth May took a calculated risk and it paid off. She concentrated party resources on one riding, her own, to win a seat she believed was winnable. I don't doubt her focus on one riding ruffled a lot of feathers but her victory makes it worth while. Some hope that May will bring some civility to Parliament. We can only hope.

A very moving start to the Flyer game

With the events over the last few days the anthem sung by Lauren Hart before the opening faceoff of the Flyer-Bruin game was incredibly powerful. Hart is the daughter of former Flyer broadcaster Gene Hart and now sings the anthem before every Flyer game. Back in the 1970s Kate Smith would sing God Bless America before important Flyer games. Now Hart does a duet with a video of Kate Smith of God Bless America.

3 drunks in raft with one paddle rescued in English Channel trying to get to France

Three drunk revellers who set to sea in a small dinghy with only one paddle were rescued after drifting in the English Channel for 11 hours thinking they had sailed to France. Equipped only with a bottle of wine and wearing shorts and t-shirts, the men launched their seven-foot inflatable from the beach at Littlehampton, West Sussex, at 9pm on Saturday.

They were spotted at 8am the next morning by a birdwatcher who saw them waving for help two miles out to sea. According to onlookers, the mariners thought they had reached the French coast and greeted their coastguard rescuers with: “Bonjour."

Three drunk revellers who set to sea in a small dinghy with only one paddle were rescued after drifting in the English Channel for 11 hours thinking they had sailed to France. Equipped only with a bottle of wine and wearing shorts and t-shirts, the men launched their seven-foot inflatable from the beach at Littlehampton, West Sussex, at 9pm on Saturday.

They were spotted at 8am the next morning by a birdwatcher who saw them waving for help two miles out to sea. According to onlookers, the mariners thought they had reached the French coast and greeted their coastguard rescuers with: “Bonjour."

Sign of the day

Deaf-mutes stabbed after sign language mistaken for gang signs

Two hearing-impaired men are recovering after police say their mode of communication was mistaken for gang signs. The incident occurred at the Ocean's Eleven Lounge, Hallandale Beach, Florida, early on Saturday morning. Thirty-one-year-old Alfred Stewart of Miramar went to the lounge to celebrate a friend's birthday. For Stewart, who is deaf and mute, sign language is his only mode of communication. "Only sign language. That's the only way all of them, they do sign language," said Stewart's mother, Brenda Stewart.

According to Hallandale Beach Police, 45-year-old Barbara Lee confronted Stewart and his friends, because she thought they were throwing gang signs at her. Lee threw up gang signs at the victims, who motioned for Lee to leave them alone. The police report said Lee left the bar, but returned with a juvenile and 19-year-old Marco Ibanez, who allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed the victims. "The suspect obtained two other suspects, they came inside the bar and started fighting with our hearing-impaired victims," said Hallandale Beach Police Officer Sonia Quinones.

If you weren't sure how stupid these gangbangers are, here is a case of these dumb idiots not realizing the difference between gang members and deaf-mutes. Wouldn't be nice if we could put them all on an island for a reality TV show with Donald Trump and truck load of guns. Their only contribution to society is rap music and baggy pants, both I can live without.

Monday, May 02, 2011

44 years ago today when the Leafs last won the Stanley Cup

I was just 12 years old and on cloud 9. The Leafs has just won their 4th Stanley Cup in 6 years and I thought the Cups would just keep coming. The Leafs had just gone 2 seasons without a championship and I thought it was a painful long time. I rushed downtown a couple of days later for the parade so that I could savour the victory and watch my heroes ride by.

Some thoughts on the death of Bin Laden

  • Bin Laden was virulent anti-Semite who advocated for the destruction of Israel and World Jewry. So I find it ironic that he died on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
  • All these years people in the West believed Bin Laden was holed up in a cave along the Afghan-Pakistani border. Meanwhile he's living in a mansion in a city outside the Pakistani capital far from Waziristan.
  • Obviously security and government officials in Pakistan had to know where their most famous house guest has been hanging out. No wonder why the Americans did not inform the Pakistanis about the attack until it was underway. What are the chances they would have found Bin Laden has the Pakistanis known about the attack. Who needs friends like this?
  • This brings some closure to the attacks on September 11 but the War on Terrorism is far from over. Bin Laden has spent over 20 years training and indoctrinating radical Islamists who will carry on the fight.
  • For leftist who sympathize with Hamas and can never pass on an opportunity to knock Israel I would love for an explanation on the Hamas response to Bin Laden's death. Ismail Haniyeh - head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip is quoted: We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior. We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs.
  • This will give Barack Obama a boost at least short tem. Whether he can gain some political capital over the longer term is hard to say. The first George Bush was unable to take advantage of the first Gulf War domestically.

Final federal seat projections

Below are the final seat projections as determined by Greg Morrow at DemocraticSpace. It should be interesting to follow the turnout tonight. Conservative supporters may come out in large numbers because the Conservatives are 50:50 to win a majority so their voters are motivated. Also senior turnout tends to be high and conservative. The youth vote tends to be under represented but if they do show up in large numbers then the NDP might do even better. While Liberal supporters are demoralized which could lead to a worse outcome.

5-Apr 12-Apr 19-Apr 26-Apr 29-Apr FINAL
Conservatives 157 152 148 161 149 155
Liberals 69 78 77 57 55 47
NDP 33 34 43 53 79 86
Bloc 49 43 39 36 24 20
Green 0 0 0 0 0 0
Others 0 0 0 0 1 0

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Bin Laden dead, it only took 3,519 days

I once again endorse no one in the election

This is a non-partisan blog so I won't be giving you 101 reasons for voting one way and calling the others idiots. I'll leave that to the folks that populate Liblogs, Blogging Tories, and Blogging Dippers, etc.

I find most election campaigns frustrating because I enjoy and good policy debate and there usually isn't been much of that. The campaign opened up with Prime Minister Harper accusing the opposition parties of conspiring the form a coalition if Conservatives didn't win a majority which he suggested was undemocratic. This dominated the campaign for two weeks. What pile of crap!

The rules of Parliament are clear. The party with the largest number of seats gets to form a government. If that party does not have the confidence of Parliament then the next largest party in Parliament can be asked to form the government or another election is called. A minority government would be foolish to govern as if they had a majority. Joe Clark tried that in 1979 and he lasted just 9 months. That talk subsided as the Conservative moved into majority territory and began to return as the NDP began to rise in the polls.

The past two minority Conservative governments have been competent and fiscally responsible. Their stewardship of the Canadian economy during the global recession was certainly excellent and that file alone they deserve to be re-elected. But there are many dark clouds that have hung over the Tories. They have have failed to live up their commitment to open up government and increase accountability. The opposite has occurred. There has been too much secrecy and attempts to get around Parliament. There have been disturbing examples of political interference in the public service arm of government and policy direction that makes no sense (eg., the census). They have been over reliant on law and order policies. Too many policies are aimed at their core constituents despite the fact that the majority of Canadians may be opposed. After 5 years in power, many Canadians still don't trust Stephen Harper.

This has been Michael Ignatieff's first election and it shows. He has failed to connect with voters despite spending the entire summer traveling across the country to meet Canadians. The Tories have unfairly characterized him as indifferent to Canadians, power hungry and an opportunist. Their ads labeling Ignatieff: "he didn't come back for you" have been very effective. All the party leaders are dedicated Canadians who care about the country. They work incredibly long hours because they believe in public service. Yes he spent many years in Harvard but in his line of work that is the pinnacle of success.

Ignatieff has been unable to shake loose from past Liberal scandals and policy decisions. When he tried to talk about the Liberal platform, he was forced to go back to talking about leadership, coalitions and his absence from the country. At the start of the election it looked like a two-party race between the Conservatives and Liberals but as Liberal support dissolved the NDP replaced the Liberals as the anti-Tory party.

The NDP surge has been unexpected and very refreshing because it breaks up the political log jam that has existed for quite long time. For 20 years now the Prairies has been Conservative, Ontario has Liberal and the Bloc owned Quebec. BC and the Maritime provinces more or less determined the election. The merger of the two parties on the right in 2003 didn't totally break up the log jam.

This Jack Layton's 4th election and it shows. His party has well thought out policies covering the environment, climate change, crime, immigration, culture, technology and national defense. His commitment to end Canada's involvement in Afghanistan is consistent with where most Canadians are. Layton's ideas for Parliamentary reforms make sense. He wants to get rid of the first-past-the-post structure into something modern which better reflects the true intentions of Canadians through more proportional representation. He also wants to eliminate the Senate which I have to agree with. However, the NDP's fiscal policies are not realistic. None of their policy initiatives are possible without a vibrant Canadian economy.

Some people will choose to vote Green and I can understand that. Other than Saanich-Gulf Islands riding where Elizabeth May is running, no Green party candidate is even close to taking a seat in the House. But I accept that in a democracy it allows you the opportunity to support the party that you most identify with. It also speaks to electoral reforms so that the close to 1 million Canadians that vote Green are not disenfranchised.

Happy 72nd birthday Judy Collins

Yup even the Royals do it

You can't make a getaway with your pants on the ground

Polk County Sheriff's detectives are looking for a beer robber. The suspect got out of the front passenger side of a black Chevy Lumina with dark tinted windows and no tag, and walked into the store.

Moments later the suspect then ran out of the store with two cases of Bud Light beer. The robber's trousers slipped down and he fell, dropping the beer all over the parking lot, then jumped into the backseat of the waiting vehicle and fled the scene.

i want this jumping puppy

WorldWideWeb is 18 years old

Eighteen years ago, CERN released the source code of WorldWideWeb -- the first Web browser and editor -- into the public domain. Here is a screenshot of the browser. Microsoft Explorer was released until 1995.

Another WTF moment

So here’s Katy Perry performing Rebecca Black’s “Friday” in a concert with the audience singing a long, Do kids actually like this song?

You've heard of the Kings' Speech, this is the President's Speech