Saturday, September 03, 2011

Teenager examined patients in ER while posing as physician’s assistant

A teenager has been arrested on felony charges of masquerading as a physician's assistant in the Osceola Regional Medical Center's emergency room, Kissimmee police said.

Matthew Scheidt, 17, was picked up Friday after hospital officials called police earlier this week about suspicions that he was an impostor, police said.

While working in the busy emergency room, Scheidt performed CPR on a patient in cardiac arrest, performed physical examinations and other forms of care to an undisclosed number of unsuspecting patients, an arrest report said.

Scheidt obtained hospital credentials by claiming to be a physician's assistant in a program at Nova Southeastern University, records show.

He apparently knew the hospital from working as a part-time billing clerk for a local group of surgeons. When Scheidt applied for a hospital identification badge on Aug. 24, he told the personnel office he worked as a P.A. for Surgical Management Group and needed a new badge because the surgical practice had changed its name to Osceola Surgical Associates, the arrest report states.

In the days that followed, Scheidt returned at least twice to request a full-access badge that would let him use the doctors' lounge as well as restricted areas of the hospital, according to the report.

When the office manager for the surgical group confronted Scheidt earlier this week, the teenager claimed to be a deputy sheriff working in the emergency room on an undercover investigation so "top secret" the agency would not verify his employment, the report said.


10 years since 9/11

In 8 days it will be the 10 year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. I will continue to highlight those events of 2001.

December 4, 2002
A federal judge in New York rules that Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen who has been accused of being an al Qaeda "dirty bomber," can be held indefinitely as an "enemy combatant," but that he has the right to meet with a lawyer.


January 6, 2003
IAEA Director Mohamed El Baradei says that his inspections teams have yet to find a "smoking gun." "I think we need still a few months before we can reach that conclusion," he says. "We haven't seen a smoking gun, but we still have a lot of work to do before we come to the conclusion that Iraq is clean."

January 28, 2003
In his State of the Union address, President Bush states, "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

February 28, 2003
In a report to U.N. Security Council members, chief weapons inspector Hans Blix says that there is no evidence to support the U.S. and British claim that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction or that is has any programs to develop such weapons.

Hans Blix, MaximsNews Columnist

March 18, 2003
In a televised speech, President Bush gives Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave Iraq, or the U.S. will begin military action "at a time of our choosing."

March 20, 2003
90 minutes after the 48-hour deadline expires, at 5:30 am local time, explosions are heard in Baghdad. President Bush announces that he has ordered the coalition to launch an "attack of opportunity" against specified targets in Iraq.

Troops from the United States, Britain, Australia, and Poland invade Iraq. Bush sends a letter to Congress, saying that he has determined that further diplomacy will not protect the U.S., and that the U.S. is "continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001."

Sign of the day

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Friday, September 02, 2011

Friday Flashback: Culture Club

10 years since 9/11

In 9 days it will be the 10 year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. I will continue to highlight those events of 2001.

September 8, 2002
Appearing on CNN, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice charges that "There have been shipments of high-quality aluminum tubes that are only really suited for nuclear weapons programs, centrifuge programs.... The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons, but we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."

Vice President Dick Cheney says on NBC's "Meet the Press": "We do know, with absolute certainty, that he [Saddam Hussein] is using his procurement system to acquire the equipment [aluminum tubes] he needs in order to enrich uranium to build a nuclear weapon."

September 12, 2002
In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, President Bush says: "Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons . . . Iraq has made several attempts to buy high-strength aluminum tubes used to enrich uranium for a nuclear weapon," and announces that the US "will work with the UN Security Council."

September 19, 2002
Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri tells the U.N.: "I hereby declare before you that Iraq is totally clear of all nuclear, chemical and biological weapons."

The White House delivers a draft of a strongly worded resolution to Congress authorizing the President to use "all appropriate means" against Iraq. The 20-paragraph draft includes provisions that would allow Bush to ignore the U.N. and "use all means that he determines to be appropriate, including force, in order to enforce" the U.N.'s Security Council resolutions, "defend the national security interests of the United States against the threat posed by Iraq, and restore international peace and security in the region."

October 11, 2002
Congress passes a joint resolution authorizing President Bush to use military force against Iraq.

November 15, 2002
Congress approves legislation creating an independent commission to "examine and report on the facts and causes relating to the September 11th terrorist attacks" and "make a full and complete accounting of the circumstances surrounding the attacks." President Bush signs it into law November 27, 2002.

November 18, 2002
A team of 26 U.N. weapons inspectors arrives in Baghdad.

November 25, 2002
Eighteen international arms monitors, including 12 inspectors from the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and 8 from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, arrive in Baghdad.

Freak of the day

Why women cry

Mom who left children alone to have drug-fuelled sex with 13-year-old OR Volleyball coach who has sex with student

So which is more vile, the mom abandoning her kids for sex or the coach who commits statutory rape? I know tough choice.

A 25-year-old woman allegedly left her children home alone as she carried out a six-month sexual affair with her neighbour's 13-year-old son.

Amanda Ann Nabers reportedly confessed to having sex with the boy after she was arrested on Monday evening, but denied endangering her own kids by leaving them without supervision.

Nabers acknowledged sharing marijuana, Xanax, and cans of alcoholic energy drink Four Loko with the boy during their first encounter, police said.

The warrant said she confessed to having sex with her neighbour's son on four to five different occasions from February through to early August.


A Solvang man has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a teenager while he was an assistant volleyball coach at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School.

Ryan Nathaniel Makowski, 22, met the alleged victim, who is at least six years younger than him, last spring, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

Makowski was arrested Aug. 23 and was booked into Lompoc jail on charges of having sexual relations with a minor. This week, he was being held at Santa Barbara County Jail with bail set at $100,000.

Drew Sugars, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department, declined to disclose any additional information, including the age of the alleged victim and whether she is or was a student at the school.

Paul Turnbull, superintendent of the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District, said Makowski was a part-time assistant volleyball coach who started as a volunteer and is no longer employed by the district.

“He’s no longer on the payroll and we wouldn’t invite him back,” Turnbull said. “He is no longer welcome in the district.”


Idiot parents adapt car so 4 year old can drive

Chinese police say they are powerless to act against the parents of a four-year-old girl who filmed her driving their car. The little girl appeared to be driving at speed, even overtaking several vehicles, during her two minutes behind the wheel.

In the clip the parents, from Jinan, Shandong Province, kept reminding their daughter to concentrate. The mother was sitting in the passenger seat, while the father sat behind the girl, who didn't even wear a safety belt. At one stage, the girl queued for traffic lights in the wrong lane but managed to manoeuvre the vehicle into the neighbouring lane.

Eventually the father says: "Jia Zheng, stop the car. Let Daddy drive." He then jumps out of the back and into the driver's seat, while the girl crawls over to sit on her mother's knee. The video shows the parents had fit extensions to the brake and accelerator pedals to allow their daughter to control the car.

Local police spokesman Li Xiaobin revealed that there was very little they could do, under Chinese law. "Kids absolutely are not allowed to drive," he said. "However, as for drivers under 14 years old, we can't give them tickets. If we caught them, we could only educate the parents. In the worse scenario, if an accident happened, we could only ask the parents as guardians to compensate the other parties."

Will Wade Belak's death raise awareness of the need for treatment for depression?

There is a stigma surrounding mental health issues including depression. People are clearly uncomfortable talking about it. I'm just talking about the general population but when we are talking about professional athletes, it's virtually a taboo.

Many friends and teammates were unaware that Wade Belak suffered with depression. It's the culture that exists in hockey dressing room that inhibits openness. Just think about it. Hockey enforcers spend most of their professional career on the bubble. They get paid close to the NHL minimum salary for most of their career, often playing on 4 or 5 minutes per game. They frequently find themselves sitting in the pressbox, not because of poor play but because the team has no need for an enforcer in some games. There is always several players in the AHL more than ready to fill the role should a spot become open. Enforcer don't like to report injuries for fear of having to sit out and potential lose their spot on the roster. You are the tough guy afterall. You are expected to watch the back of smaller teammates. Adrian Dater in an article in the Denver Post refers to "Faustian Bargain" of the NHL fighter.

This is not exactly the environment that would encourage players with mental health issues to come forward and seek treatment. Even if it is all confidential, these guys aren't going to take that risk. No wonder hardly anyone knew how much Belak was suffering.

Hockey spokespersons like Don Cherry don't help. He loves the image of the big tough Canadian kid. Depression?! That makes you a momma's boy. It's obvious the image is false. They are like everyone else. They suffer from anxiety, self-doubt and even depression. In fact, there appears to be a link between blows to the brain's frontal lobe and depression.

So who is watching over the enforcers while they watch over their teammates? No one. Do we really need fighting in hockey? There really isn't any in the playoffs. The playoffs doesn't appear to be wimpy games played by pacifists. If eliminating fighting improves the quality of life of players and ex-players and saves a few lives, isn't it worth it?

But more importantly, maybe the coverage on sports radio shows will encourage listeners who are reluctant to seek treatment to get some help. TSN's Michael Landsberg who suffers from depression has been very open about his illness. He was very close with Belak and was one of the few people who knew about the demon's inside Belak's head this past few years. More people need to step forward. It can save lives.

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Germans figure out how to tax hookers - with parking meters

Prostitution is legal in Germany, but collecting taxes from streetwalkers requires some creative efforts.

In Bonn, officials have unveiled a meter that prostitutes must pay roughly $8 into each night to get a nightly permit to practice the world's oldest profession. Freelance sex workers get an automated ticket, much like a parking slip, according to Der Spiegel. Officials say taxing prostitutes who work out of fixed locations is simple, but streetwalkers could easily avoid duties.

"It's not fair that some women who work in establishments like sex centers or sauna clubs are taxed only because we can find them more easily there," city spokeswoman Monika Frömbgen said.

It's only inevitable that they'll be collecting tax from the Johns as well, that is, if they aren't already doing so. Maybe they can rig the meters so that the Johns pay the hookers using credit cards using the meters and the tax gets taken off. They tax booze and cigarettes so why not sex.


Woman charged after police notice beer coming out of glove compartment

A woman was arrested on drunken driving charges for the second time in six months after an officer noticed beer pouring out of the glove compartment of her car, police said.

The woman said the beer was a gift from a friend for completing a court-ordered alcohol-treatment programme after her first arrest, police said. She told the arresting officers she shoved it in the glove box when she saw the blue flashing lights behind her.

Arrested was Kaitlin M. Rymaszewski, 22, of 1182 Nantasket Ave in Hull. Rymaszewski was accused of drunken driving in March, but a judge continued the case without a finding in April and ordered her into the alcoholic treatment program.

She was arrested again on Friday night in Hingham and was arraigned Monday in Hingham District Court. She id due back in court on Sept. 26 on charges of second-offence drunken driving, driving to endanger, driving with an open container of alcohol, speeding and violating marked lanes.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Wade Belak's death continues a disturing trend

Wade Belak becomes the third NHLer with a history of fighting to pass away since May. Derek Boogaard, just 28, of the New York Rangers was found dead in his Minnesota apartment on May 13 with the cause of death later determined as an accidental overdose of alcohol and oxycodone toxicity. On August 15, Winnipeg Jets forward Rick Rypien was found dead in his Alberta home at 27. Belak, a 15-year NHL veteran who announced his retirement in March, was found dead in his Toronto condo early Wednesday afternoon. He was just 35. Cause of death is still unknown.

Is it just a coincidence that 3 enforcers have died suddenly in just 3 months? Maybe. But both the NHL and NHLPA should be taking note. It has already been taking well documented the toll both physically and psychologically that fighting has on NHL players. No one aspires to be an NHL enforcer. No mother relishes watching their son batter an opponent or taking a beating. All enforcers were star players at one point in their hockey career. When you hit the wall in your development and you have the size, well you do what you have to do to stay in hockey.

Fighting takes a physical toll on enforcers. It's inevitable that you get hurt and the incidence of addiction to pain killers and other drugs is high. What you don't see are the emotional and psychological scars. Some fighters begin to avoid fights and before you know it their NHL career is over. Veteran enforcers become targets for younger guys who want to make a name for themselves.

I sometimes think that eliminating fighting from hockey would be a good thing because the marginal players could no longer be coerced into being an enforcer. If they don't have the talent to be an NHLer so be it.

Hard to believe both these guys are dead.

Woman finds alien baby in garden


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Any Blue Jays fans still missing Jo-Jo Reyes?

I've heard a fair share of Blue Jays fans complaining when the Fays released Jo-Jo Reyes - his record wasn't so bad, he was just having some bad luck, he's a lefty afterall, surely they could have gotten something for him.

Reyes' record with the Jays was deceiving. Even when he won games he didn't look that good but seemed to have won games because of solid run support from the offense. There is a good reason why you go 28 starts without a win. There is a reason why only the pitching starved Orioles pick you up. You stink!

Reyes didn't disappoint me tonight as the Jays clobbered the Orioles 13-0. He went 2.2 innings giving up 8 hits, 7 runs and 2 homers. At times it looked like batting practice. He wanted to prove Blue Jays management that they were wrong to put him on waivers but only proved they made the right call.

Meanwhile young Henderson Alvarez, Reyes' replacement in the rotation pitched a gem - an 8-innings with no runs or walks and only 3 hits on just 97 pitches.

Sign of the day

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Stanley Cup is dropped, ends up with boo boo

Man arrested 99 times - do you think he can be rehabilitated?

A man who has been arrested 99 times and convicted 24 times is heading back to state prison after pleading guilty on Monday to obstructing police.

Alberto Luis Alvarez, 37, of Chicago, was sentenced to 18 months in prison by Judge Gilbert J. Grossi. He was also charged with felony possession of heroin, but that charge was dropped.

According to one police source, Alvarez did such a good job trying to destroy evidence while police were attempting to arrest him on Aug. 10 that, in the end, they were only able to connect Alvarez directly to about 0.1 grams of heroin.

Police were called to the 7200 block of Ogden Avenue at 2:38 p.m. on Aug. 10 to investigate a suspicious man who was pushing a stroller and begging for money door to door.

When they arrived, police located Alvarez, who was pushing a stroller with a 3-year-old girl inside of it. He tried to flee police and began destroying evidence as he ran.

Police later learned that Alvarez, who police say has used 10 alias dates of birth, nine alias names and five alias Social Security numbers throughout his criminal career, had been arrested 98 times previously and had been convicted of a slew of offenses, ranging from robbery and burglary to invasion of privacy and numerous drug cases.

According to police, he was on Ogden Avenue because he had family members in nearby Lyons. He was trying to obtain money from sympathetic people by claiming he was injured and using the 3 year old for dramatic emphasis. After the arrest, the child was placed in the care of a family member.

Really this guy has to be one of the most incompetent criminals of our time. How else do you explain 99 arrests and 24 convictions? He might as well be wearing a sign informing the world, "I'm a crook!" He really should consider a career change, when he gets out of prison in 18 months.


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Hump Day Hottie

Lourdes Leon

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Woman buys block of wood with Apple logo thinking it’s an iPad

In a new variation on the “brick in a box” scam, a South Carolina woman who thought she purchased an iPad from two men in a McDonald’s parking lot discovered yesterday that the purported tablet was actually “a piece of wood painted black with an Apple logo.”

According to a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office report, Ashley McDowell, 22, told deputies that she was approached by two black males who claimed to have purchased iPads in bulk and were selling them for $300 apiece. After McDowell explained that she only had $180, the duo agreed to sell her the device at a cut rate.

But when McDowell drove home and opened the FedEx box containing the iPad, she instead discovered the wood with the Apple logo. The “screen”--which was framed with black tape--included replicas of iPad icons for Safari, mail, photos, and an iPod. It also had what cops described as a “Best Buy sales ticket.”

No question this woman is spectacularly stupid but then who buys an iPad in a McDonalds parking lot let alone food?


10 years since 9/11

In 12 days it will be the 10 year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. I will continue to highlight those events of 2001.

February 12, 2002
Testifying before the Senate Budget Committee, Secretary of State Colin Powell states: "With respect to Iraq, it's long been, for several years now, a policy of the United States' government that regime change would be in the best interest of the region, the best interest of the Iraqi people. And we're looking at a variety of options that would bring that about."

May 20-24, 2002
The Bush administration issues an unprecedented series of terror warnings. Vice President Cheney warns it is "not a matter of if, but when" al Qaeda will next attack the U.S., a warning repeated by Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says that terrorists will "inevitably" obtain weapons of mass destruction, and FBI Director Mueller says more suicide bombings are "inevitable." Authorities also issue separate warnings that al Qaeda terrorists might target apartment buildings nationwide, banks, rail and transit systems, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

DHS to end color-coded terror alert system

July 30, 2002
Richard Butler, a former U.N. weapons inspector from Australia, tells the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, "I have seen no evidence of Iraq providing weapons of mass destruction to non-Iraqi terrorist groups."

August 20, 2002
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, citing various "intelligence reports," claims that the Iraqi government is "hosting, supporting or sponsoring" an al-Qaeda presence in Iraq. And in an interview with Fox News, he rejects calls for the administration to disclose its evidence that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. "Think of the prelude to World War II. Think of all the countries that said, well, we don't have enough evidence," he says. "I mean, Mein Kampf had been written. Hitler had indicated what he intended to do. The people who argued for waiting for more evidence have to ask themselves how they are going to feel at that point where another event occurs."

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Inferior Russian product?

Fattest sprinter in the world?

Tuvalu was six seconds slower than winner Mohammad Noor Imran A Hadi of Malaysia and wagering websites had listed his odds of winning at 50,000-to-1

American Samoa has never produced any winning sprinters.

But there was 17-year-old Sogelau Tuvalu competing in one of the 100 metre heats at the world track championships at Daegu, South Korea.

He looks like an offensive lineman lumbering down the field. The kid was twice the size of the other six competitors and was the only athlete not wearing spikes. He finished last with a time of 15.66 seconds - six seconds slower than winner

The time is the second slowest in the history of the championships. That honour goes to Kim Collins from Saint Kitts who ran in 21.73 seconds in Athens in 1997.

Elliot Gould is 73 today

in the 1970 film MASH

in the 1978 film Silent Partner

in the 2001 film Ocean's Eleven

Drunk airplane passenger performs in-flight lap dance

Sleepy early morning passengers on a flight from Moscow's biggest airport to London may have thought they were dreaming Friday when a drunken Russian woman staged erotic dances on the plane.

But crew on the 7:00 am flight from Domodedovo airport to London decided to return to Moscow as the woman, 39, a native of the Russian region of Tatarstan, was deemed to be causing an inconvenience to passengers, the RIA Novosti news agency said.

"The woman was in a state of insobriety, inconveniencing the passengers, taking off their glasses and dancing erotic dances," a spokesman for transport police said, quoted by the news agency.

The crew then announced that after just 15 minutes of flight the plane was turning back.

On arrival, the woman was arrested and taken to a local hospital to be examined, the spokesman said. The name of the airline was not disclosed.

At least she didn't relieve herself on her fellow passengers like one JetBlue passenger did earlier this month, or threaten to stab an airline staff member like one British Airways passenger did. Or Gerard Depardieu pissing all over the carpet. I bet the airline only got complaints from passengers that didn't get a lap dance.


10 years since 9/11

In 13 days it will be the 10 year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. I will continue to highlight those events of 2001.

December 17, 2001
The Northern Alliance defeats Taliban forces in the battle of Tora Bora, eliminating the last major pocket of Taliban resistance and effectively ending the Afghan war.

December 22, 2001
British citizen Richard Reid is arrested for allegedly trying to blow up a Miami-bound jet using explosives hidden in his shoe. He later pleads guilty to all charges, and declares himself a follower of Osama bin Laden.

January 23, 2002
Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, in Karachi, Pakistan to investigate the case of alleged shoe bomber Richard Reid, is kidnapped while on his way to meet a source. A group calling itself the National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty claims responsibility and demands the release of all Pakistani terror detainees and the release of a halted shipment of F-16 fighter jets to the Pakistani government. A videotape of Pearl's murder surfaces on February 23, and his body is discovered in a shallow grave on the outskirts of Karachi on May 16.

January 29, 2002
In his State of the Union address, President Bush describes an "axis of evil" between Iraq, Iran and North Korea. Osama bin Laden is not mentioned in the speech.

Creepy Serbian ad

Very weird Serbian ad campaign to get people to clean up after their dogs.

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Sign of the day - Hurricane Irene edition

Bank robber refused service for jumping queue

He went to rob a bank and all he got was a scolding.

An unidentified man who attempted to rob Eastern Bank in South Boston Thursday left it empty-handed after being scolded by a teller and a customer waiting in line, Boston police said.

Police responded to 470 West Broadway at 6:08 p.m. for a call of an attempted robbery.

Officers were then told by a teller that the suspect went up to her and showed her a note that read, “Give me all your money.’’ But the teller refused, informing the suspect that the window was closed.

“Then he moved over to the next teller and they scolded him for getting in front,’’ said Officer Eddy Chrispin, a police spokesman.

Police said the suspect was described as between 18 and 25 years old, 5 feet 5 inches, and about 160 pounds, with brown eyes and dark facial hair. He was wearing a black backpack with gold trim and a dark blue hoodie, Chrispin said.

The suspect was told by a teller and customer that he had to wait in line for his turn, and to take off his hoodie, police said. The suspect refused to remove his hoodie and left the bank.

He was last seen walking toward F Street, police said.

Police said no one was injured and no weapon was shown. The robbery attempt is under investigation and no arrests have been made, police said.


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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Blue Jay fans be enjoying the demise of A.J. Burnett

Toronto Blue Jays fans were quick to grow a hate for A.J. Burnett after he declined the contract option following the 2008 season and bolted to the Yankees for a ridiculous amount of money. In fact it could be argued that Burnett was already overpaid by the Blue Jays and only had once good season out of the three seasons spent in Toronto. His prickly personality and tantrums when he pitched poorly did not endear himself to fans,

In 2009 Burnett was part of the Yankees World Series team and played relatively well that season. But since then his game deteriorated. Last season he was a dismal 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA. To be honest that those numbers would not have qualified Burnett to be the #5 starter in Toronto. This season has been worse with Burnett going 9-11 so far with an ERA of 5.31. His win/loss record is deceiving because the Yankees score and lot of runs and can mask a mediocre pitching performance and have a great bullpen. However in the month of August no offense could hide Burnett's performance. Only Moammar Gadhafi had a worse August than A.J. Burnett with an ERA of 11.91 for the month.

Let's face it Burnett is weak on the mental part of the game despite watching Roy Halladay perform for three seasons. He possess only two pitches - a nasty curve and a 92 mph fastball. When he kind find the strikezone with his curve or he is afraid to use it, he becomes one of the most hittable pitchers in baseball. Oh and with that comes a pretty bad attitude. The Yankees may need to pad their clubhouse to mitigate the damage done by Burnett's tantrums.

Despite having one of the best records in baseball, the Yankees do not exactly have stellar starting pitching. After C.C. Sabathia the Yankees starting rotation could be confused with Orioles' staff. So Joe Girardi has no choice but to keep sending Burnett and his $16.5 million per season contract out on the mound. Carl Pavano, who stole $39.5 million with his non-performance as a Yankee from 2005-08 is mild compared to the cleaning the Yankees are taking from Burnett.

With two more years on his contract, Blue Jays fans will have many more opportunities to giggle reading the box scores following each Burnett adventure on the mound.

10 years since 9/11

In 14 days it will be the 10 year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. I will continue to highlight those events of 2001.

October 5, 2001
A photographer for the tabloid newspaper The Sun dies of inhalation anthrax in Boca Raton, Florida. Over the next several weeks, along with several false alarms, four other letters containing anthrax are received, by NBC News, the New York Post, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Eleven people are infected; five people die.


October 7, 2001
The U.S. begins bombing Afghanistan. In a televised address, President Bush tells the nation: "On my orders, the United States military has begun strikes against al Qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. These carefully targeted actions are designed to disrupt the use of Afghanistan as a terrorist base of operations, and to attack the military capability of the Taliban regime."

October 26, 2001
President Bush signs the USA Patriot Act [PDF; requires free Adobe Reader] into law.

George W. Bush signs the USA Patriot Act into law

November 5, 2001
The Justice Department announces that it has put 1,182 people into secret custody since 9/11. Nearly all of them are from the Middle East or South Asia.

December 11, 2001
In the first criminal indictments stemming from the 9/11 attacks, Zacarias Moussaoui, a French citizen of Moroccan descent, is charged with conspiring with Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda to "murder thousands of people" in New York, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania.

In this August 2001 file photo released by the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office, Zacarias Moussaoui is seen.

Sign of the day - Hurricane Irene edition

Sign Of The Times of the Day

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