Saturday, August 13, 2011
Adam Lind hit a grand slam, Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Teahen also went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Los Angeles Angels 11-2 on Saturday.
Although Jose Bautista, Aaron Hill and Colby Rasmus were given the day off, the man in white showed up in his usual spot in the centre field bleachers. How else could you explain 3 home runs against Jered Weaver?
An Idaho woman could face up to 10 years in prison for stealing a can of low-cost, high-alcohol beer from a store in Boise, authorities said on Friday.
Victoria Hill, 35, of Boise, was taken into custody on Thursday after store clerks told officers she slipped a 24-ounce can of Steel Reserve beer into her purse and left without paying for it, according to a police report. The beer sells for $1.50 or less per can, according to an informal survey of Idaho retailers.
In a statement, Boise officers said they charged Hill with felony burglary for going into the shop "with the intent to commit the theft," which is punishable in Idaho by a prison sentence of no less than one year and a maximum of 10 years.
"She did stick the beer in her purse, which kind of says intent right there, and she walked past several open registers before exiting the establishment," Boise Police Department spokesman Chuck McClure told Reuters.
McClure said a review of Hill's criminal history suggested the appropriate charge was felony burglary, a crime he said is frequently committed in Idaho's capital city but more often is linked to clothing and other types of merchandise. Idaho court records show Hill in 2004 pleaded guilty in Twin Falls to grand theft and last year was convicted in Boise of driving an unsafe or improperly equipped vehicle.
I guess the woman should feel fortunate she lives in Idaho and not Iran or Saudi Arabia. The punishment for drinking is a flogging and the potential punishment for theft is an amputation. Maybe her lawyer can plead down to just 5 years in prison. That's not so bad.
9. Heidi Fleiss
8. Paris Hilton
7. Jesse James
6. Levi Johnston
5. Jon Gosselin
4. O.J. Simpson
3. Nadya Suleman
2. Spencer Pratt
1. Casey Anthony
California-based E-Poll's E-Score Celebrity showed that 53 percent of those questioned were aware of Casey Anthony and her story, and 94 percent of those people disliked her. While a small number are criminals and deserve to be despised. Most are just celebrities that are just damn annoying. However, since those that fall into the annoying category I have no interaction with and can just be ignored I find it hard to put them on the list. I would much rather put people who I have to deal with and can't stand.
Chaos erupted on JetBlue's red-eye flight from Portland, Ore., to New York JFK when a drunk allegedly urinated on a sleeping 11-year-old girl. The youngster was travelling with her sister and dad, and had been left alone for a few minutes while the others used the lavatories. Robert Vietze, 18, of South Warren Vt., stumbled from his seat five rows behind her and emptied his bladder, a witness said.
"I was drunk, and I did not realize I was pissing on her leg," the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Vietze said, according to law-enforcement sources. He later claimed to have consumed eight alcoholic beverages.
When short-sighted pensioner Alf Spence tottered down to his local postbox to send a card, he hoped he hadn’t missed the last collection.
But as he popped the envelope through the little slot a concerned passerby looked at him with a stunned expression.
The Good Samaritan tapped befuddled Alf, 91, on the shoulder and explained to him that he wasn’t stood in front of a postbox but had in fact posted his great-grandson’s birthday card into a dog waste bin!
Partially-blind Alf is now facing up to the fact he’s been “posting” his letters, cards and competition entries into a box of steaming pooch turd for the past two years!
Alf has since contacted Royal Mail telling them to cancel their investigation into the hundreds of missing letters and parcels he’s sent over the last two years.
Yeah that story is pretty gross. I could tell you grosser stories about my elderly parents but I'll spare you.
Ms. Kolstad, a 83 year old widow who lives in Orange County, Calif., underwent a three-hour breast lift with implants on July 22, coming to a cost of about $8,000, reports The New York Times.
Reasoning why she underwent the procedure, at her age, she said, “your breasts go in one direction and your brain goes in another.”
“Physically, I’m in good health, and I just feel like, why not take advantage of it?” said Ms. Kolstad, who works full-time as a property manager.
“My mother lived a long time, and I’m just taking it for granted that that will happen to me. And I want my children to be proud of what I look like,” she said, The New York Times reports.
A Port Charlotte man was arrested by Cape Coral police Monday after an incident at McDonald’s in which he allegedly repulsed customers by squeezing pimples on his back.
Owen Lemire Kato, 23, was being removed as a trespasser from the restaurant at 2404 Santa Barbara Blvd. South after standing near the north entrance for more than 10 minutes and attracting the ire of customers, who had complained someone was popping pimples on his back, according to a police report.
When an off-duty officer tried to get Kato to leave, he asked for the suspect’s name. Kato initially told him it was John Smith, but then gave his real name and date of birth. The cooperation ended there as the suspect allegedly decided to flee.
Another officer nearby noticed Kato run past his cruiser as he heard the call go out over the radio about the disturbance.
After a foot chase, Kato was tackled and taken into custody.
While searching him, officers reportedly found a syringe in his pocket, which Kato’s girlfriend said he used to inject “blues,” or Oxycontin.
Kato told police he offered a fake name and ran because he had an active warrant.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Stealing signs in other forms of cheating are ingrained in baseball. Base runners have been known to try to pick up signs and communicate them to hitters. Catchers will come to the mound and cover their face with their glove for fear of having an opponent read their lips.
Baseball barely had codified rules before players started figuring out ways to bend them. The original Cincinnati Red Stockings during their undefeated 1869 season took advantage of the fact that the infield fly rule hadn’t been invented, turning double plays on deliberately dropped infield pop-ups with runners on base.
Cutting the bases and impeding base runners were among the favorite tricks of the Baltimore Orioles. There was only one umpire per game in the 1890s, and he couldn’t keep an eye on the runners, the fielders and the ball all at once. Hence, if the ump turned his back, a runner would say, bypass third base on his way from second to home. On the other side of the ball, the Orioles were notorious for giving opposing base runners the hip or grab the runner, making the journey around the bases somewhat perilous.
Faking catches, although still practiced, had its heyday in the pre-lighting era. Nowadays any outfielder who traps a ball, either on the ground or against the fence, will hold up his glove to “show” he’s caught it. In the old days, when games were often played in twilight, fielders would sometimes try to really put on a show including pretending to catch a ball that had gone over the fence for a home run.
Then there is the doctoring of the field. Milwaukee Brewers used to move the right field wall, depending on whether the Brewers or the opponents’ had more left-handed power. They at first pulled this little stunt between games, but then decided to do it between innings, in other words, the fence would be rolled out when the opposing team was at bat, and rolled back when the Brewers were up.
The most common, and most famous, means of cheating became just that after baseball banned trick deliveries and foreign substances on the ball after the 1920 season. So common, in fact, that there’s just no point in even trying to list all of the accused spitball, scuffball, greaseball and the like artists who have practiced their craft since that time. It’s worth noting that Gaylord Perry, Don Drysdale, Don Sutton, Dizzy Dean and Whitey Ford are all in the Hall of Fame and all were suspected cheaters. Joe Niekro was suspended in 1985 when an ump found a nail file in his pocket.
Prior to 1940, the rules just said a bat had to be made out of wood. Now, the rule says they have to be one piece of wood, a rule that Norm Cash, Billy Hatcher, Graig Nettles, Amos Otis, Albert Belle, Wilton Guerrero, and Sammy Sosa, among others, have ran afoul of, usually with either cork or superballs.
Finally, let’s get back to sign stealing, another vaguely illegal act that has been around forever. Now, having a coach or a manager who’s good at stealing signs on the field is OK. But, if you use technology and do it off the field, that’s not considered kosher, at least by the aggrieved parties. So the Blue Jays are alleged to be stealing signs from the outfield bleachers using a man in white who would signal when a breaking pitch was being thrown. Anonymous opposition players claim to have seen his routine. Of course the man in white wasn’t reported to have been using binoculars which mean he had amazing vision. Those seats have to be at least 450 feet from home plate. So maybe their was someone else feeding him the signs. Still it would be difficult for a hitter standing in the box to focus on some guy 450 feet away as he readies himself for the next 93 mph fastball coming his way. I like the creativeness and diligence of bloggers who searched the Internet for photos of fans in white sitting in the centre field bleachers at the Rogers Centre.
Baseball history has shown that an act isn’t cheating unless there is an actual rule against it. And then you have to get caught. Wonder if the man in white will ever be found?
There is an online push to demand that Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie get married. On a show designed for preschoolers this is patently ridiculous, no matter how nicely it fits into the current social environment. In the end, their sexuality is irrelevant. Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell stated it best the last time rumors about them started swirling about: “They are not gay, they are not straight, they are puppets. They don’t exist below the waist.”
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
In Blue Jays history no rookie has taken this town by storm like Brett Lawrie. Not Tony Fernandez. Not Carlos Delgado. Not Eric Hinske. He not only brings to the team incredible power which he unleashed tonight in hitting a grand slam but he comes to the game jacked. Just watch him on the bench after hitting the grand slam. This guy will keep the entire lineup pumped.
The Russians know how to have fun as evidenced by their annual Bubble Babba races in St. Petersburg. Recently, 800 spectators showed up to watch competitors swim with pumped-up, plastic females (mostly), paddling their sex dolls to victory.
Here’s what London looked like a day ago, before 16,000 police officers were deployed to regain control. The above video shows just how quick a seemingly small crowd of hellraisers can become a swarm, while the video below shows looters trying to crack open a Bang and Olufsen store without much success. I have the same 3M product on the window in my front door.
A woman died after she fell head-first into her city-issued recycling container outside of her home, likely after going to throw trash away.
According to a preliminary report, Sheila Decoster, died of positional asphyxia, meaning that, because of Mrs. Decoster's position in the container, she was not able to breathe properly.
Mrs. Decoster was found Friday evening by her husband of 43 years, Richard. Mr. Decoster, who left for work about 3:30 a.m., returned home about 5 p.m. with a load of groceries. He didn't see his wife when he first walked in. He assumed she might be next door visiting with a neighbor, and when he walked out the front door, he saw his wife's leg sticking out of the bin, which is next to the porch.The couple put the two receptacles against the porch, with the wheels toward the curb, to make taking out the trash easier on Mrs. Decoster, who had back problems and, about eight months ago, had knee-replacement surgery. Mrs. Decoster likely went outside to throw away a small bag of trash and, when she went to lift the lid, fell inside. Mr. Decoster said his wife had several medical issues that could have contributed, including dizzy spells and an aneurism on her brain.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
The maker of the BlackBerry, Research in Motion, said that it would co-operate with a police investigation into claims that its popular BlackBerry Messenger service played a key role in organising the London riots.
Scotland Yard vowed to track down and arrest protesters who posted "really inflammatory, inaccurate" messages on the service, and the social networking websites Twitter and Facebook.
Patrick Spence, the managing director regional marketing at Research In Motion (RIM), confirmed that the BlackBerry manufacturer had contacted police to assist with the investigation.
However, the statement prompted fears from some BlackBerry users that their private messages could be handed over to the police.
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) appears to be the favoured method of planning the unrest that has swept across north London since Saturday evening. Unlike text messaging or Twitter, BBM is a free, private social network where almost all messages are encrypted when they leave the sender's phone – meaning that many messages are untraceable by the authorities.
The next day Research in Motion's Inside BlackBerry blog was hacked. A hacking group calling itself TeaMp0isoN took credit for the attack, which involved posting a statement on the BlackBerry blog before RIM removed it.
CNN reports that there are further demands to completely shut down the network.
It's pretty ironic to see a Western democracy steal a page from Middle Eastern dictators. So what's next, shutting down Twitter and Facebook? To add just a dash of hypocrisy, Iran has criticized British police for the crackdown and suggests that the government meet with the protesters. Let's be clear here - this is not equivalent to the Arab Spring, it just nihilism.
More than two decades after a woman from Guelph, Ont., won the right to take off her shirt in public, a Toronto woman is complaining that organizers at a local beer festival told her it wasn't allowed.
Jeanette Martin was at the annual Toronto beer gathering on Sunday when she took up a dare from one of her friends and took off her shirt. She was wearing a bra but apparently that wasn't enough for organizers.
Within 10 seconds flat I had a security guard telling me to put my top back on or else I'd be escorted out of the grounds. Martin was told that she would attract unwanted attention from men and her safety was at risk.
The incident comes 20 years after Gwen Jacobs took off her shirt while walking in Guelph on a 33 C day. Jacobs, who was not wearing a bra, took her fight all the way to Ontario's Court of Appeal where she was vindicated. The court struck down a lower court ruling.
Since that 1996 decision it has been legal for women to remove their tops in public in Ontario.
I want to go on the record in stating my full support for the right of women to remove their top in public. If they want to expose their breasts to the public then I am prepared to stand shoulder to shoulder to defend that right.
August 9, 1988, is a day that lives in infamy for fans of both the Edmonton Oilers and Canadian hockey. Wayne Gretzky wasn't the only one shedding tears as he said goodbye at a press conference announcing his trade to the Los Angeles Kings. Fans wept, members of Parliament raged and the media soaked it all in.
It became known simply as The Trade.At the end of the 1987-88 season, there was no reason to believe that Edmonton’s own version of Camelot would soon end. Gretzky had just raised the Stanley Cup over his head to conclude another banner season. The Oilers won their fourth Cup in five seasons, and Gretzky had wowed the League with a 149-point campaign despite missing 16 regular-season games to injury.
In July, he married actress Janet Jones in an extravagant wedding, and Oilers fans believed that hockey’s new royal couple would make Alberta their permanent home.
However, soon after the marriage, there were rumors that Oilers’ owner Peter Pocklington was facing financial difficulties. Nelson Skalbania, the man who had sold Gretzky’s contract to Pocklington in 1978, knew of the difficulties and worked on brokering a deal that would send Gretzky to the Winnipeg Jets.
As the Jets continued to work out a deal, coin-dealer-turned-millionaire Bruce McNall, the new owner of the Los Angeles Kings, made the cash-strapped Pocklington an offer for Gretzky's services. In a deal that would send a needed $15 million to Pocklington, McNall bought the Oilers franchise player.
An office manager is suing her former employer, claiming her boss at the time gave her a Monday to Friday schedule of how to dress, including 'Tube-top Tuesday' and 'No bra Thursday.'
Trudy Nycole Anderson, 44, of Utah County, Utah, claims she was sexually harassed and is seeking undisclosed damages. She filed the suit in U.S. District Court against Derek Wright, the owner of Lone Peak Controls and D&L Electric Control Company.
Miss Anderson says the dress code schedule given to her was: Mini-skirt Monday, Tube-top Tuesday, Wet T-shirt Wednesday, No bra Thursday and Bikini top Friday.
During her employment, Mr Wright 'repeatedly asked Miss Anderson about her breast size and talked about her breasts in front of other employees,' the complaint states. According to the complaint he also allegedly asked her to show him her breasts and inquired about whether she shaved her pubic area.
Wright allegedly slapped Anderson on her buttocks at least twice and asked the woman for oral sex on several occasions, the complaint states.
When she told Wright, who was her supervisor, that she needed to take time away from the office for a medical appointment, he allegedly told Miss Anderson that he would 'give her a mammogram for free.'
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Wright also allegedly told Miss Anderson he was installing a shower in the office so the two could shower together.
He allegedly offered her a recipe for 'sex cake' and she claims he purchased a product that he sprayed around the office, saying it was 'meant to arouse women.'
Miss Anderson said Wright viewed pornography in the office and in 2007, the year she started, he brought her a document stating that she would agree to allow him to sexually harass her.
Five Indian police constables died of heart attacks during a ten kilometre run as part of a selection test for promotion. A further 100 officers fainted during the trial in which they had to run 10 kilometres in less than ninety minutes in high monsoon temperatures. Some of those who collapsed said senior officers had shown no sympathy and had shouted abuse at them as they laid on the ground.
Police recruitment managers said the deaths and the high number of men who collapsed highlighted poor fitness levels in the force. The image of the pot-bellied khaki policeman is a well-known and much-derided stereotype in India. Most of those competing in the race were in their mid-40s and were described as "middle aged and unfit". They died last week in three separate races in Kanpur, Meerut and Azamgarh, in Uttar Pradesh.
Vikram Chandra Goel, chairman of the state's Police Recruitment and Promotion Board said the constables who died had been suffering from heart complaints and high blood pressure but either "did not inform the department of their ailments or they were not themselves aware of the disease. Most of the constables who fainted had an abnormal level of blood pressure … It has nothing to do with the weather or monsoon, more than 87 per cent constables cleared the test in similar conditions and weather," he said.
Promotion aspirants will now have to undergo medical tests before taking place in promotion marathon races. "They [will] have to submit their medical certificates stating that the candidate is not suffering from any heart ailment or other diseases and is fit to undergo physical tests of any nature," he said. "It's a matter of concern for us that many constables could not clear the marathon run. We need to keep our men fit," he added.
You know the real attraction for Indians to join police forces - free donuts! They hold recruitment drives in the Indian equivalent to Krispy Kreme shops. Nothing like the smell of hot crullers to get a big fat cop (or police recruit) salivating. And they have to maintain recruitment levels because so Indian cops drop dead before their 40th birthday.
Monday, August 08, 2011
In case smug Canadians think things are different in Canada you should know about Kevin Goudreau. He is the leader of the White Nationalist Front, which wants to turn Canada into a white homeland by deporting millions of Canadians of other skin colours. He doesn't consider Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik an ideological peer, but the similarities are there.
Both demonize multiculturalism, immigration, hate-crimes laws, the media and the left. Both see the solution as social engineering that they imagine will return them to a condition of national homogeneity that never truly existed in the first place.
But Goudreau does not want to stop at just deporting Muslims, he wants to rid Canada of all non-whites. Supposedly he is closely watched by Canadian police forces but you wonder when he becomes frustrated enough about Canadian multiculturalism to take matters into his own hands. He acknowledges that a Norway-type attack could happen in Canada but not by Goudreau because he claims to be opposed to violence. The swastika on his chest is a testament to his pacifist beliefs.
A Calgary motorist accused of causing mayhem on city streets Sunday afternoon has been charged with dangerous driving.
Shortly after 12:30 p.m., police were notified of a woman driving erratically, bashing into cars downtown.
One eyewitness said it looked like the woman was purposely driving into other vehicles.
“When people get into a car accident, it looks like an accident,” said Irena Karshenbaum. “This looked deliberate.
“When you see little kids driving go-karts slamming into each other, that’s what she was doing.”
Karshenbaum said she saw the driver hit two cars on Heritage Drive and Macleod Trail before speeding away southbound on Macleod without stopping.
“It was the craziest bit of driving I have ever seen in my life,” she said.
Although the tally is still being compiled, Acting Staff Sgt. Ronda Ruzycki said the driver hit 12 vehicles while also damaging trees and poles.
The chase went on for about an hour until police were finally able to box in the driver using four police cars on Canyon Meadows Drive S.W.
Ruzycki praised the work between the officers on the ground and the police chopper in the sky in co-ordinating the takedown.
“She travelled a great distance, but with all the units involved, she was taken down pretty quickly,” she said. “This could have been a much more serious incident if the units didn’t work so swiftly together.”
Once the driver was stopped, she remained in the car for some time while threatening officers with a knife, before finally being arrested.
She was taken to the hospital for observation. Alcohol is believed to be a factor.
It’s a monkey miracle — Bongo has been found!
An Upper East Side couple grieving over the loss of a stuffed toy monkey they’ve raised like a son the past decade went bananas with joy Saturday night after being reunited with their beloved Beanie Baby.
"I never gave up hope — I prayed, mediated, and now he’s with us again," said Bonni Marcus, 47, who along with boyfriend Jack Zinzi, 58, were devastated after losing Bongo on their way to a restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on August 1.
The 8-inch-tall doll was found Tuesday by Luis Barreto, 61, an unemployed Park Slope man, who discovered it atop a parking meter.
Bongo was only reunited with his "parents" after they returned to Flatbush Avenue by Sterling Place on Saturday to hang more fliers pleading for its return, and Zinzi approached Barreto and some other men hanging out on the street and told them about Bongo and the reward.
A 30-year-old man who slept nude on a boat dock suffered second-degree burns on 40 percent of his body and was taken to the hospital by helicopter, according to Austin-Travis County EMS spokesman Warren Hassinger.
The man jumped in Lake Travis, near Mc Cormick Mountain Drive in Hudson Bend, and refused to come out of the water, Hassinger said. When the man later came out near Mile Marker 5, authorities saw the second-degree burns, which are open blisters, Hassinger said.
STAR Flight transported the man to University Medical Center Brackenridge, Hassinger said.
You just don't sleep in the sun cause there is no pain worse than a sunburn. I'd rather go through child birth than experience a bad sunburn. You can't walk, sit, sleep, or have sex. Really limits your lifestyle. If you are going to doze off then I'm wearing at least SPF 80 maybe more.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
Well Brett Lawrie hasn't disappointed in his major league debut. Not quite as dramatic as the debut by J.P. Arencebia who was 4 for 4 with 2 home runs in his first game last season. Lawrie went 5 for 11 in the series against Baltimore with 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his first major league home run. The home run was a 403 foot blast to right field in Camden Yards.
Lawrie may be the Jays' first Canadian star player. There is certainly some high expectations for him and he was quite welcome in the Blue Jay clubhouse. Smack dab in the middle of his first postgame TV interview as a major leaguer, three teammates gave Lawrie a proper initiation. Two of them covered his face in shaving cream and a third completed the ceremony by dousing him in Gatorade.
When he took to the field at Camden Yards, Lawrie became the 17th Canadian to suit up for the Toronto Blue Jays in 35 seasons of big league play.
The best of the 17 to date has been Paul Quantrill, who pitched well in relief for six years in Toronto. Outfielder Rob Ducey started for a short time, kicking around the Jays. Dave McKay played a lot, although not necessarily well, in the Jays first two seasons of existence. But mostly it’s been cup of coffee players such as the Butler brothers, Rob and Rich, or relievers like Vince Horsman or Denis Boucher, or part of two seasons from the now-retired but always fun to watch, Matt Stairs.
Below is 8mm color film footage captured by an I Love Lucy audience member on October 12, 1951, and interspersed with cuts from the episode that was being recorded that day (the sixth episode of the first season — “The Audition”). This is believed to be the only surviving behind-the-scenes footage of the legendary sitcom.