Saturday, June 25, 2011

Elderly woman asked to remove adult diaper during TSA search

A woman has filed a complaint with federal authorities over how her elderly mother was treated at Northwest Florida Regional Airport last weekend.

Jean Weber of Destin filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security after her 95-year-old mother was detained and extensively searched last Saturday while trying to board a plane to fly to Michigan to be with family members during the final stages of her battle with leukemia.

Her mother, who was in a wheelchair, was asked to remove an adult diaper in order to complete a pat-down search.

“It’s something I couldn’t imagine happening on American soil,” Weber said Friday. “Here is my mother, 95 years old, 105 pounds, barely able to stand, and then this.”

Sari Koshetz, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration in Miami, said she could not comment on specific cases to protect the privacy of those involved.

This is why is I drive everywhere I can. Who would want to be humiliated by these rude apes in blue rubber gloves? They couldn't catch a terrorist even if he checked in under the name Osama Bin Laden.


Carly Simon is 66 today

Carly in 1972 singing Anticipation

Carly from Martha Vineyard in 1987

Carly with James Taylor

What happened before the Vancouver riot kiss

Friday, June 24, 2011

Peter Falk: 1927 - 2011

Peter Falk will always be remembered as the rumpled detective Columbo but he made dozens of excellent movies include Husbands. Still he was the best TV detective of all time.

Too much grunting

As the Championships celebrate its 125th anniversary this year Ian Ritchie, the chief executive of the All England Lawn and Tennis Club (AELTC), said fans were also becoming frustrated with loud players who they believe are spoiling the game.

He blamed younger players, whom he said suffered from an “education problem” about the issue.

On the first day of the SW19 championships, Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, a player often criticised for her wails, edged towards record noise levels as she made her debut on Court No 2.

Noise machines recorded her reach a level of 95 decibels as she shrieked her way through the first round match against Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova.

Myspace is history

On June 30th, Myspace will cease to exist. Myspace was the original social media site back in 2003 and still attracts millions of users each month. Over the last 2 years Myspace has lost about one million users a month. Owners News Corporation could not find a buyer for the $100 million asking price although it was purchased for $600 million in 2005. The price has been dropping for sometime but no one is interested. No question a victim of the Facebook phenomenon but there was clearly some mismanagement there as well.

I have a Myspace page but stopped using it in 2006.

UPDATE: News Corp finally unloaded the social media site for a paltry $35 million. Ouch!

Junk food week

Bob Evans Caramel Banana Pecan Cream Stacked and Stuffed Hotcakes

1,540 calories
77 g fat
(9 g trans fat)
198 g carbs
(109 g sugar)

What a way to start the day. Equal to 5 Egg McMuffins.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Taiwanese blogger jailed for negative restaurant review

The Taichung branch of Taiwan High Court on Tuesday sentenced a blogger who wrote that a restaurant’s beef noodles were too salty to 30 days in detention and two years of probation and ordered her to pay NT$200,000 in compensation to the restaurant.

The blogger, surnamed Liu (劉), writes about a variety of topics — including food, health, interior design and lifestyle topics — and has received more than 60,000 hits on her Web site.

After visiting a Taichung beef noodle restaurant in July 2008, where she had dried noodles and side dishes, Liu wrote that the restaurant served food that was too salty, the place was unsanitary because there were cockroaches and that the owner was a “bully” because he let customers park their cars haphazardly, leading to traffic jams.

The restaurant’s owner, surnamed Yang (楊), learned about Liu’s blog post from a regular customer, and filed charges against her, accusing her of defamation.

The Taichung District Court ruled that Liu’s criticism of the restaurant exceeded reasonable bounds and sentenced her to 30 days in detention, a ruling that Liu appealed.

The High Court found that Liu’s criticism about cockroaches in the restaurant to be a narration of facts, not intentional slander.

However, the judge also ruled that Liu should not have criticized all the restaurant’s food as too salty because she only had one dish on her single visit.

Health officials who inspected the restaurant did not find conditions to be as unsanitary as Liu had described, so the High Court also ruled that Liu must pay NT$200,000 to the owner for revenues lost as a result of her blog post.

Holy shit, 30 days in jail for a critical restaurant review! What would you get for negative story about a Taiwanese politician?


Breaking News! Philly Phanatic drilled in the head by foul ball!

...unfortunately he is fine.

Man charged after eating live baby rat

A man charged with aggravated animal abuse for allegedly eating a live baby rat and posting a video of it on the Internet made a brief court appearance on Tuesday. Andy Ray Harris, 31, is charged in Tooele's 3rd District Court with aggravated cruelty to an animal, a class A misdemeanor.

During a brief hearing before Judge Robert Adkins, Harris pleaded not guilty to the charge. His attorney then asked for more time to explore a couple of motions he was considering. A pretrial conference was scheduled for July 19.

On March 16, Harris allegedly ate a live, hairless baby rat on a dare. The rat was allegedly set to be fed to a pet snake. A video of Harris' eating the rat was later posted on the Internet.

The video shows a small rat, about 2 to 3 inches long, on a notepad. Harris then picks up the rat, puts it in his mouth, chews, and then take a drink from a straw out of a giant mug. He then high-fives someone off camera.

I don't get it. The merchants downtown are paying pest control companies big bucks to trap and/or kill rats and other vermin. The zoo is feeding rats to their snake population. But Andy gets charged with animal cruelty for the same thing. It's just a fucking rat, the most hated animal on the planet. They spread disease and are just disgusting. Let him eat all the rats he wants. Excuse me while I go and puke.

Junk food week

Quizno's Classic Italian

1370 calories
86 g fat
4490 mg sodium

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My least favourite fruit

Tim Hudak attack ads are out there

The attack ads have arrive just in time for the next Ontario election. Tim Hudak is attempting paint Dalton McGuinty as a tax and spend Liberal (actually not such a hard thing to do). Meanwhile you'll be relieved to know that the Conservative under Hudak are out to protect your pocketbook.

Praise the Lord!!

For Rent: Over exposed Vancouver kissing couple

Looks like these days your 15 minutes of fame comes with an appearance fee and public relations firm. It seems that Australian Scott Jones and Canadian Alexandra Thomas have decided to cash in on their fame following the publishing of the now famous photo during the Vancouver riot.

I know nothing about these things but still, the idea that people will pay these two lovebirds to make an appearance is strange. A recent Toronto Star article suggests an appearance by the couple could generate them $10,000 and a full-blown endorsement contract might be worth 100,000 to them. At leasat that's what their agent says.

Winklevoss twins end appeal of Facebook settlement

One of the most prominent litigation of the decade may be finally coming to an end. Twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court a ruling upholding their $65 million settlement with Facebook Inc and its founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The agreement reached in 2008 was intended to end the dispute over whether Zuckerberg stole the idea for Facebook from the Winklevosses while they were all at Harvard University. They had agreed to a combination of stocks and cash worth about $60 million and then backed out.

It's all very well portrayed in the film Social Network.

Facebook is estimated to be worth about $70 billion today.


Vancouver Riot public shaming websites under attack

The Vancouver riots have spawned public shaming websites which are websites where rioters are being outed. This can include not only revealing names but addresses, email, phone numbers, etc. One particular blogger named Captain Vancouver has a site called Public Shaming Eternus, that has received a fair amount of notoriety.

So how does Captain Vancouver identify these individuals and out them? Well it's because these brazen idiots involved in the rioting have bragged about their exploits on Facebook. One of his targets was Nathan Kotylak (seen in the photo above) who has since come forward to apologize for his action. He can be seen stuffing a rag into the gas tank of a Vancouver police cruiser.

Some people are upset with the public shaming websites because the feeling is that its a mob mentality manifesting itself on social media sites. I'm crying crocodile tears for these suburban brats with no sense of civil responsibility. In the video below a blond young woman can be seen torching a police car. At the 7:00 mark you can see her wailing away at a vehicle. She turned herself into police after being outed.

Public shaming really isn't punishment enough. And the criminal justice system is only going to hand out slaps on the wrist. If Kotylak actually torched the $50,000 vehicle then shouldn't he pay restitution to the City of Vancouver for the damage? Afterall an apology doesn't quite replace the car and his dad is a doctor so the money is there. Why should taxpayers have to pay? Maybe they should be dragged downtown to clean up the streets too.

One Hit Wonder

Mason Williams - Classical Gas (1968)

Hump Day Hottie - first day of summer edition

Megan Fox

Junk food week

Jamba Juice Chocolate Moo'd Power Smoothie
(30 fl oz)

900 calories
10 g fat
183 g carbs
(166 g sugar)

Jamba Juice calls it a smoothie but it's a milk shake. In fact, this beverage contains more sugar than two pints of Ben and Jerry's Butter Pecan ice cream.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

First day of summer

Baseball has discovered Jose Bautista

The news today coming out of baseball is that Blue Jay outfielder Jose Bautista leads all MLB in all-star balloting with over 4 million votes. He has nearly 500,000 more votes than his nearest challenger, Robinson Cano of the Yankees.

This is simply amazing. Let's face it Toronto is a baseball backwater. Sure we won two World Series in the early 1990s but we now just another small market team. The fact that fans in New York, Boston and Chicago are voting for Bautista over Curtis Granderson, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Josh Hamilton speaks to Bautista's star power.

Perhaps this time the Jays will hang onto their star player. Over the past 18 years too many impact players have moved on either through free agency or trade including Carlos Delgado, Shawn Green, Roy Halladay, and Roberto Alomar.

Is sex with an inflatable sheep legal?

The Richland County Dog Warden has charged a Shelby, Ohio, man for having sexual relations with his 3-year-old shepherd mix.

According to officials, Peter Bower was charged with two counts of animal cruelty for having sexual relations with three dogs and possibly one horse.

"The tip was allegations about bestiality, sexual conduct with an animal," said Richland County Dog Warden Dave Jordan.

Investigators executed a search warrant at Bower's apartment where they seized the 3-year-old shepherd mix and his computer. On the computer, pictures and stories of his sexual relations with his animals.

They also found a bestiality book, "Dearest Pet," along with signs that read 'Pets Welcomed' and a plastic, blow-up sheep.

I don't condone pet sex. No question that's cruelty to animals. Bit I'm troubled over the inflatable sheep. Isn't that animal cruelty as well? After all you can't prove it was consensual.


Mom jailed for threatening little league coach

Keeping kids busy in the summer is paramount for many parents, although not enough to land most of them in jail. But that's where Janet Chiauzzi, 44, found herself after allegedly threatening a Little League official when her son didn't make the summer travel team in East Meadow, N.Y.

"This is a tragic situation and horrible for the community," said Stew MacKay, one of the presidents of the East Meadow Little League on Long Island. "When you deal with children and parents running things, it gets dicey."

Nassau County police allege that a league official and his son received threatening letters from Chiauzzi May 21 after her son did not make the team. In the letters, according to the allegations, Chiauzzi also threatened the official's wife and daughter. Both of his children are younger than 14.

Less than two weeks later, police said, the principal of the children's school received letters from Chiauzzi claiming that the Little League official had abused his children. The Nassau County Child Protective Services investigated the accusations and found them to be groundless.

But Chiauzzi didn't stop there, authorities said. She allegedly sent six more letters to the Little League "attempting to defame the victim and force his removal as an official," according to police.

Chiauzzi was arrested on stalking charges Saturday night.

Hey don't ever cross a little league mom or a hockey mom. You could get run down in a parking lot or begin getting letters from the family lawyer. No joke i was once chased across a parking lot by a pissed off hockey mom after cutting her daughter. Our association's GM "convinced" me to put her on the team. She sucked and the mom didn't speak to me the entire season. A very comfortable situation.


A dancing go rilla!

Junk food week

Chili's Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream

1,600 calories
78 g fat
215 g carbs

Would you eat a Big Mac for dessert? How about three? That's the calorie equivalent of this decadent dish.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Only two Miss USA contestants believe in evolution

If you need any further proof that beauty pageant contestants were last in line when giving out brain, chew this one off - the Miss USA pageant had only two girls who said they believed in evolution. One of the two is newly crowned Miss USA, Alyssa Campanella.

Here are some of the other girls. When you watch it you might come to the conclusion that the girls did't understand the question.

Finally Weird Al does a parody of Lady Gaga

Man robs bank so he can get free health care in prison

When James Verone was charged with a felony for robbing $1 from a bank, his careful planning finally paid off. The North Carolina resident had sold his furniture, paid his last months rent, gave notice and then wrote the local newspaper about his plans, listing his return address as the Gaston County Jail. A long-time Coca Cola salesman, Verone became a convenience store clerk as a last resort. The physically demanding job impaired him physically and after losing it, he lived on savings until the was completely broke.

. The Gastonia man’s back ached; problems with his left foot caused him to limp. His knuckles swelled from arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome made daily tasks difficult.

Then he noticed a protrusion on his chest.

Strapped for cash, Verone looked into filing for disability. He applied for early Social Security.

The only thing Verone qualified for was food stamps. The extra money helped, but he felt desperate. He needed to get medical attention, and he refused to be a burden on his sister and brothers.

Verone didn’t want to scare anyone. He executed the robbery the most passive way he knew how.

He handed the teller a note demanding one dollar, and medical attention.

“I didn’t have any fears,” said Verone. “I told the teller that I would sit over here and wait for police.”

The man has high hopes with his recent incarceration.

He has seen several nurses and has an appointment with a doctor Friday.

The ideal scenario would include back and foot surgery and a diagnosis and treatment of the protrusion on his chest, he said. He would serve a few years in prison and get out in time to collect Social Security and move to the beach.


Junk food week

Outback Steakhouse Aussie Cheese Fries with Ranch Dressing

2,900 calories
182 g fat
240 g carbs

Even if you split this "starter" with three friends, you'll have downed a dinner's worth of calories before your entree arrives. Follow this up with a steak, sides, and a dessert and you could easily break the 3,500 calorie barrier.

I think idea could win a Nobel Prize

Sunday, June 19, 2011

So who do think has the best legs?

I've thinking about for a while. Okay well not 24/7. What celebrity has the best legs. Obviously have what I think is a pretty good list but I'm sure I've missed some good ones.

Anne Hathaway

Kay Perry

Charlize Theron

Blake Lively

Jennifer Aniston

Amanda Bynes

Don't tell me Hello Kitty has been caught passing bad checks?


What could be better than watching Anthony Weiner get heckled at his resignation speech

How am I doing?

"The Big Man" Clarence Clemons has passed away: 1942 - 2011

Bruce Springsteen was fond of the story of how he met Clarence Clemons, and its retelling, usually during "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," was a ritual part of the band's live shows.

In most tellings, a lightning storm was rolling through Asbury Park one night in 1971 while Springsteen was playing a gig there. As Clemons entered the bar, the wind blew the door off its hinges, and Springsteen was startled by the towering shadow at the door. Then Clemons invited himself onstage to play along, and they clicked.

It was a beautiful relationship that sadly is over.

Rabbis sentence dog to death by stoning for being reincarnation of lawyer

A Jerusalem rabbinical court recently sentenced a wandering dog to death by stoning. The cruel sentence stemmed from the suspicion that the hound was the reincarnation of a famous secular lawyer, who insulted the court's judges 20 years ago. Several weeks ago, a large dog entered the Monetary Affairs Court near the ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood of Mea Shearim.

The dog scared the court's visitors and, to their surprise, refused to leave even after they attempted to drive him away. One of the judges suddenly recalled that about 20 years ago, a famous secular lawyer who insulted the court was cursed by the panel of judges, who wished that his spirit would move on to the body of a dog (considered an impure animal by Halacha). The lawyer passed away several years ago.

Still offended, one of the judges sentenced the poor animal to death by stoning, recruiting the neighbourhood's children to carry out the order. Luckily, the dog managed to escape. The head of the court, Rabbi Avraham Dov Levin, denied that the judges had called for the dog's stoning. But one of the court's managers confirmed the report.

"It was ordered by the rabbis because of the grief he had caused the court," he said. "They didn't issue an official ruling, but ordered the children outside to throw stones at him in order to drive him away. They didn't think of it as cruelty to animals, but as an appropriate way to 'get back at' the spirit which entered the poor dog."

It's time to get PETA into action. We need to get the sentence of this poor pooch commuted. We need to organize a concert to raise funds for his defence. Is Alan Dershowitz available? Wait a second - a Jewish lawyer started this in the first place. Get this dog a Lubavitch Rabbi!

Arrested man says drinking 48 beers was probably 10 too many

For his 58th birthday Wednesday, James Taylor (we're not talking about the famous singer who was a heroin addict) said, he drank 48 beers: This, he later told a deputy, was probably 10 too many.

About 7:50 p.m. he was at Hudson Beach shouting at people, getting a stern talking-to from a deputy for causing a disturbance, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

Taylor left.

He came back.

This time, his rantings were so fierce he terrified a grandmother and her young grandchildren, the report states. Then, just before 9 p.m., authorities said, Taylor exposed his genitals and "urinated in the middle of the sand."

When finished, Taylor "went back to yelling profanities," the report said.

The deputy returned and arrested Taylor, who was taken to the Land O'Lakes jail after being medically cleared. He was charged with disorderly intoxication in a public place and causing a disturbance.

Happy birthday James!


Happy Fathers' Day