Saturday, October 08, 2011

Woman sues film distributor and theater for misleading trailer

Have you ever gone to see a movie based on the trailer and came out of the theatre pissed off that you had been ripped off? Of course you have. All of us have been sucked into seeing a bad movie based on a trailer that is nothing like the movie.

Well a Michigan woman is suing FilmDistrict Distribution LLC, the outfit that distributed Drive, and the theater where she watched said Ryan Gosling action-drama thriller, all because the trailer had made it seem like the movie was gonna be just like Fast and Furious and it wasn't totally wasn't at all.

WDIV-TV in Detroit reports that Sarah Deming's suit claims that FilmDistrict and Emagine Novi Theater violated Michigan's Consumer Protection Act by releasing such a disingenuous advertisement for their driving-deficient crap-film. She reportedly plans to go class action-style, so if you've ever been lied to at the cinema you can join her Crusade for Integrity at the Movie Places and share in the settlement.

My advice is to ignore trailers and read a couple of movie reviews before seeing a movie. I've avoided most stinkers but checking out the movie critics first.

Sign of the day

Happy Thanksgiving Day Canada!

News10 producer Duffy Kelly heard about wild turkeys who'd been terrifying the good jogging people of Sacramento, California, and decided to scope the scene out for herself. She barely survived the experience.

This video is hilarious. As the bird chases her down she shouts, "Oh my God! Go away! Go away! Go away! Oh my God! ... Holy crap ... Ahhhh Jesus Christ NOOOOOOO!!!" Obviously, turkeys do not like the mainstream media.

If Ontario had MMP the election results would have been much different

MMP or mixed-member proportional representation is a political system used in places like New Zealand and Germany, where voters cast a two-part ballot, selecting both a preferred local candidate and a political party.

Back in 2003, Ontario had a referendum to decide whether Ontario should introduce a similar system. It was strongly rejected by voters with the proportion of voters in favour of MMP was only at 36.7%. The MMP was supported by over 50% of voters in only 5 ridings. All 5 ridings were in Toronto and 4 elected NDP candidates.

Voters across North America have been turning out in smaller and smaller numbers to vote. A host of reasons have been offered. I don't buy many of them including the inability to vote over the Internet. People don't vote because they aren't engaged in the process not because it's inconvenient. Either they don't like the choices or they know they candidate can't win. MMP ensures that every vote matters because smaller parties can still have representatives elected to the legislature if enough people support them.

If you look at the results of this week's Ontario election, the Liberals almost have a majority of seats with only 37.6% of the popular vote. Although all votes in the Legislature will be very close it is inevitable that absences will provide them with majorities to pass legislation. The Opposition ranks will likely be reduced by one if the Speaker of the Legislature is appointed from that side of the assembly.

Now under MMP, the Legislature would be increased by 30% or 46 seats. Those seats would be distributed based on the popular vote. As result the Liberals fall well short of a majority of seats. This better represents the will of the people.

The argument against MMP has always been that larger parties will be held ransom by smaller parties and provide them with too much influence. The same argument can be made about a government that only has support of 37.6% of voters but will govern with little influence from the majority.

PARTY Pop Vote Elected Seats MMP Seats Total Seats
Liberals 37.6% 53 17 70
Conservatives 35.4% 37 16 53
NDP 22.7% 17 11 28
Green 2.9% 0 2 2

Mug Shot of the Week

Yankees and Phillies don't buy a World Series this year

Maybe there is some hope for fans of small and middle market baseball teams. Seven of the top
10 teams based on payroll on opening day did not make the playoffs this season including the #2 team, the Red Sox. Now the #1 (Yankees) and #3 (Phillies) teams. The Phillies were virtually awarded the World Series this spring based on the "best pitching rotation in the history of baseball." Well the starting rotation was healthy and still got beat.

The remaining World Series contenders on the payroll scale fall #10 (Tigers), #11 (Cardinals), #14 (Rangers) and #26 (Diamondbacks).


New York Yankees $ 202,689,028

Boston Red Sox $ 161,762,475

Philadelphia Phillies $ 172,976,379

Chicago Cubs $ 125,047,329

Chicago White Sox $ 127,789,000

Minnesota Twins $ 112,737,000

Los Angeles Angels $ 138,543,166

New York Mets $ 118,847,309

San Francisco Giants $ 118,198,333

Detroit Tigers $ 105,700,231

Friday, October 07, 2011

Friday Flashback: Simon and Garfunkel

This is why you might want to drink in moderation might otherwise end up on YouTube.

Girl stole jewelry to pay psychic to remove curse

Authorities say a Palmdale woman who claimed to be a psychic scared a 12-year-old girl into stealing $10,000 worth of family jewelry as payment to remove a curse.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Thursday that Jackeline Lopez was arrested last month on suspicion of extortion and detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying an additional suspect or victims.

Authorities say Lopez held psychic sessions in her garage, which was decorated with candles, chalk outlines, black cauldrons and replicas of human skulls.

Lopez allegedly told the girl she was cursed and horrible things would happen to her if the curse was not removed. Lopez said the curse could be lifted by paying a fee.

Authorities say the girl was scared into stealing the jewelry to pay Lopez and isn't considered a suspect.

Have you heard about "Front Row "Amy?

A Milwaukee Brewers super-fan, Amy Williams, has garnered a lot of attention lately. The season-ticket holder known as "Front Row Amy" became national news when blogged about her, and her "15 minutes of fame" continues as the Brewers battle through the playoffs.

Amy sits in the first row behind home plate which makes her very visible at Brewers home games. She thinks the attention is because she is such a huge Brewers fan.

Amy I'm pretty sure its your cleavage.

Kol Nidre

Tonight begins Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement in the Jewish calendar and Kol Nidre is an Aramaic declaration recited in the synagogue before the beginning of the evening service on every Yom Kippur. In honour of Yom Kippur here is a selection of artists both Jewish and non-Jewish reciting Kol Nidre. Gmar Chatima Tov to all!

Perry Como

Sholomo Carlebach

Max Bruch

Moscow Male Jewish Cappella Choir

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Sign of the day

The Toronto Maple Leafs are undefeated this season

I just had to say it.

You don't get the opportunity that often.

It never lasts very long.

Let's say my friend....

Burglars turn in homeowner after stumble upon child porn stash

Two burglars looking for blank CDs in California instead found a man’s child pornography stash and turned him in, Fox40 Sacramento reported Wednesday.

One juvenile and a 19-year-old broke into Kraig Stockard barn in Delhi, Calif., on Sept. 12 and stole 50 CD-Rs, which Stockard later reported stolen.

"I'm kind of surprised that he wanted to draw attention to himself, knowing what was taken," Deputy Tom McKenzie of the Merced County Sheriff's Department told Fox40.

When the pair took the CDs home to burn music, they discovered that more than 30 of them contained child porn.

They reported the contents of the discs to the sheriff’s department.

"[A] family member convinced the two suspects to come forward, they contacted law enforcement," McKenzie said.

Investigators served a search warrant on Stockard’s property and found three desktop computers and three laptops. It’s unknown what those computer contain, but authorities believe Stockard has been downloading the images and movies since 2004.

The two people that found the pornography were not arrested for the burglary.

The burglars' case has been turned over to the Merced County District Attorney’s Office for review.

So nice to see that even criminals have a moral code. But the dumbest was by Kraig who reported the theft to police. Really if you were holding child porn and you were ripped off, would you be in a rush to report it?


World's hottest chilli contest leaves two in hospital

Emergency services were called to Kismot Restaurant's curry-eating challenge, on St Leonards Place, Edinburgh, after competitors started writhing on the floor in agony, vomiting and fainting during the contest.

One participant, Curie Kim was so ill after sampling the "Kismot Killer" that she had to be taken by ambulance to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary twice in a matter of hours.

Today, the Scottish Ambulance Service said it wanted the restaurant to review the way the event was managed.

Paramedics attended the event on Saturday - the busiest day of the week for the ambulance service - costing the service several hundred pounds.

Participants were required to sign a legal disclaimer prior to taking part in the competition, and two members of the British Red Cross were on hand, but they could not cope with the nature of the injuries sustained.

Curry house owner Abdul Ali admitted that he would have to "tone down" the contest, but said the challenge had raised hundreds of pounds for charity CHAS.

He added that half of the 20 people who took part in the challenge had dropped out after witnessing the first 10 diners vomiting, collapsing, sweating and panting.

Previously the restaurant's Kismot Killer dish has caused diners to suffer nose bleeds and one elderly man had to go to hospital.


Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Sign of the day

Steve Jobs introduces the Macintosh in 1984

Steve Jobs introducing the iPod in 2001

Steve Jobs introducing the iPhone in 2007

Steve Jobs introducing the iPad in 2010

Bad news guys, blow jobs can cause cancer


Throat cancers caused by a virus transmitted during oral sex have increased significantly in the United States in recent years, researchers reported.

The virus is the same one that causes many cases of cervical cancer: human papillomavirus (HPV) Type 16.

Researchers tested tumor samples from 271 patients with certain types of throat cancer diagnosed from 1984 to 2004. The virus was found in only 16 percent of the samples from the 1980s — but in 72 percent of those collected after 2000.

The researchers estimated that over all, throat cancers caused by the virus have increased to 2.6 per 100,000 people in 2004 from 0.8 cases per 100,000 people in 1988. If the trend continues, by 2020 the virus will be causing more throat cancer than cervical cancer, the study concluded.

Doctors in the United States and other countries had already noticed increases in throat cancers caused by HPV, but the extent was unclear.

“This is the first definitive evidence that these changes at the population level are indeed caused by HPV infection,” said Dr. Maura L. Gillison, the senior author of the new study and the chairwoman of cancer research at Ohio State University.

I recommend Monica Lewinsky get tested immediately.


Mom 'shaved 5-year-old's hair to fake cancer so she could collect benefits

children with cancer pictures

A mother claimed £100,000 in benefits by pretending her young son was suffering from cancer, a court heard today. She even convinced the boy himself that he had the disease, and shaved his head to make it look like he was undergoing chemotherapy, it is alleged. The woman, who is from Berkeley, Gloucestershire, removed the hair from his eyebrows and made him wear a bandana as part of the deception, a hearing was told. It is claimed she then pocketed cash from a carers’ allowance, tax exemptions and disability benefits. The court heard that the mother of five, aged 36, who cannot be named for legal reasons, forged medical notes from doctors for her fraudulent claims. She is accused of preventing the boy and his sister from taking part in school activities as they thought they were too unwell.


Mom has teen busted for not cleaning room


A city teenager was charged with disorderly conduct Sunday night after police say he challenged officers’ authority and refused to put his pants on. Luis Perez, 18, of 52 Congress St., was held in lieu of $5,000 bond. Perez’s 54-year-old mother, in whose house Perez lives, called police to report her son was swearing at her during a family altercation about Luis Perez’s lack of cleanliness. On Sunday night, she complained to her son after she arrived to find a messy home and one of his friends visiting, she told police. She said her son became confrontational and swore at her, Blanc said. When she said she would call police, Perez swore and said he did not care, Blanc said. Police, escorted to his room, discovered Perez under blankets without pants, talking on a cellphone. When asked to go downstairs and talk to his mother, Perez said he was not coming out and that police were invading his privacy. He said police were breaking the law by coming into his room and he wouldn’t put his pants on, Blanc said. He said he was in his “drawers” and “he has rights,” Blanc said.

A messy room is now illegal? They better be building a lot more prisons because teenagers around the globe have messy rooms. Isn't a messy room a badge of honour? A mild form of rebellion? Mom just keep the door closed.


Hump Day Hottie

Kat Dennings

Monday, October 03, 2011

Judgment Day is coming

Not a word has been spoken by Family Radio's Harold Camping about the upcoming October 21st Judgment Day, the day the world is supposed to end and Christ is to return. The explanation for the failed May 21st Judgment Day is an interesting one, found on and

What really happened this past May 21st? What really happened is that God accomplished exactly what He wanted to happen. That was to warn the whole world that on May 21 God’s salvation program would be finished on that day. For the next five months, except for the elect (the true believers), the whole world is under God’s final judgment. To accomplish this goal God withheld from the true believers the way in which two phrases were to be understood. Had He not done so, the world would never have been shaken in fear as it was.

Don't you feel it's really going to happen this time? The man has invested so much time and effort into this thing. He can't be that wrong? At the very least there will be earthquake somewhere so that all the believers can say he was on to something.

I swear I've seen this movie before

Dumb thief robs gas station with cop standing behind him

If you plan on robbing a convenience store, you might want to check that a police officer is not standing a few feet behind you the entire time.

But that's exactly what happened at a Georgia convenience store, where an unarmed man walked up to the register and demanded cash, all while a local cop watched on in disbelief.

"I know what's going on, but he's not dumb enough to do this with me standing right behind him," the officer tells Atlanta's Channel 2 News.

Check out the video below to see how other shoppers continued coming up to the counter and making purchases while the amused manager counts out the money.

"The manager was laughing at the time he was putting the money in the bag... he was looking at me over the guy that was robbing him," says the officer.

The robber was arrested immediately as he left the store. Since he was unarmed, he has been charged with robbery by fear, though you wouldn't know it from all the laughing going on.

Says the officer, "It was a comedy type thing."


Mug Shot of the Week

Oft-arrested Michael Campbell was busted in Springfield, Missouri. The 36-year-old Colorado native, a convicted sex offender, was collared for coming within 500 feet of a playground or public pool, according to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office (where Thompson posed for the below booking photo). As seen above), Campbell is known in these parts for the remarkable transformation undergone by his face. The “before” photo was taken following a 2003 theft arrest. Five years later, he had used up almost all the free space on his mug. Campbell was booked into the county lockup Sunday and later released. He presumably returned to the residence listed on his page in the Missouri sex offender registry.

I would like to hire this guy as my personal bodyguard. No one will mess with me.


Sunday, October 02, 2011

Your circumcision rights are safe

California's governor has signed a bill that that will prevent local governments from banning male circumcision.

Gov. Jerry Brown's office announced Sunday that the Democrat signed AB768, a bill written in response to a ballot measure proposed in San Francisco.

Backers of a ban collected more than 7,700 signatures to put a measure on the November ballot in San Francisco to outlaw the circumcision of most male children. It was later blocked by a judge.

They had argued that circumcision is an unnecessary surgery that can lead to sexual and health problems later in life.

Those against the ban say it is an important religious practice for many Jews and Muslims, and that it can reduce the risk of cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.

Fear not California mohels your livelihood will no longer be threatened by those Godless Liberals thanks to Governor Jerry. Every Jewish baby boy's right to have his foreskin removed is now protected by law.


Man charged after leaving kids in car to get them drinks

A man charged with child neglect after leaving his three small children in a hot car asked a friend not to bail him out, saying he "could use a vacation" in jail, authorities say.

David Andrew Shawfield, 49, blamed his arrest on his children being thirsty, leaving them crying in the car, according to Pompano Beach police.

The incident unfolded Tuesday in a parking lot after a concerned passerby saw two little girls and a boy alone in the car without seatbelts or air conditioning, its doors left open.

A responding Pompano Beach police officer wrote in his report that Shawfield said he was only gone for 10 minutes to get the children something to drink and "the five-year-old was watching them."

The officer noted it was 87 degrees outside. None of the children were in car seats or booster seats, he wrote, and a small boy in the backseat was asleep with a seat belt "up around his throat."

When a deputy was dispatched to come and pick up the kids, the officer wrote, "the driver became irate and walked over...and began to yell at the children, 'See? I'm going to jail because you wanted something to drink. I'm never going to get out. I hope you're happy.'"

"Don't bond me out! I never want to get out," Shawfield allegedly yelled at an unnamed friend or relative who arrived to collect the kids, causing the children to cry.

Come on Dave's not like those moms who leave their kids in hot cars to go tanning or left their kids in the rain to go drink in a bar. Sure he didn't roll up the windows and lock the doors but kept the doors open so the kids could enjoy the 87-degree weather and maybe talk to some strangers. He left his young children in a hot car because he was buying them cold drinks from the supermarket. He was doing it for them. So why shouldn't he blame them for his arrest on child neglect charges? I hope they're happy now.


We're watching Bridget Jones' Diary again?

Remember Obama girl? She's 29 today

Sadly I predict the Maple Leafs will be out of the playoffs again

The Stanley Cup drought will stretch into season 45 for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not only is that my prediction but for many readers. But there were some strongly contrasting views which likely reflects the die-hard fans and the Leafs haters. 20% believed the Leafs would finish 1st in the East and 30% said the Leafs would finish 15th. That is half the readers out there. Neither is likely to occur.

I don't think that in the improved East Conference and playing in a very strong division, the Leafs will be able to grab a playoff spot. None of the 8 teams that made the playoffs last season look weaker and some appear significantly stronger (Buffalo, Washington, New York Rangers, Philadelphia). Meanwhile New Jersey and New York Islanders looked poised to return to the playoffs. Here are my reasons for another disappointing season.

1. James Reimer

I have a feeling James Reimer will not be able to continue what he accomplished in last season's second half. I believe he will be a very good goalie but still requires seasoning. Unfortunately when he falters you have only Jonas Gustavsson to fill in and a bunch of goalies who have never played in the NHL. You need solid goaltending for a full season to make the playoffs.

2. Tim Connolly and Matt Lombardi

Connolly and Lombardi will help but not likely enough. The Leafs have picked up two players who when healthy are very skilled players. But their health is certainly not assured for this season. Connolly has missed an incredible number of games in his career and couldn't even stay healthy through the Leafs' 9-game preseason schedule. Lombardi happens to be one of the fastest players in the league but is recovering from a serious concussion. He played last night and as expected looked rusty and out of condition. Whether he can return to the player he was is still in question.

3. Phil Kessel

Kessel is not the player I was hoping we were getting. A gifted skater and scorer, Kessel will never be the dominant player he could be in the NHL. He clearly lacks the fire and drive that is needed to be an elite player. He will always be a second line shooter and may rack up a lot of goals over the course of his career but nothing more. Meanwhile the team wastes energy and resources searching for linemates to make him into something he is not.

4. Mike Komisarek

The Maple Leafs defense has been upgraded with the additions of Michael-John Liles, Cody Franson and Jake Gardiner. However, the organization refuses to admit they made a mistake in signing Komisarek and include him in their top six defensemen. He clearly is not. In their final exhibition game it was pointed out that rookie Jake Gardiner's poor coverage led to two Red Wing goals. But he was paired up with Komisarek who supposed to be a stay at home defenseman, something Gardiner is not. Sure he may be good in the dressing room but you need to be good in the ice too.

5. Nazem Kadri

Kadri is only 20 years old so I'm not about to give up on him. However, to make the playoffs the Leafs need him to produce offense for them. But based on the preseason he is not quite ready. He still produces far too many turnovers and insists on trying to skate through NHL defensemen because he was able to do so in the OHL. Until he matures some more he will not be able to make a significant contribution to a playoff drive.

6. Ron Wilson

Whatever he had in his previous coaching stints appears to have eluded him in Toronto. During the preseason the penalty killing still looked weak. With holes in his lineup for the start of the season, the hopes of a strong start appear to be diminishing. I'm ready to move on but when will Burke?

Plane crashes into, gets stuck inside ferris wheel

Four people have been rescued by emergency crews after being trapped when a ultra-light plane crashed this morning into a ferris wheel at a fair on the NSW mid-north coast.

Emergency services this afternoon confirmed that the pilot, passenger and two children have all been rescued.

"All the people involved in that incident do appear to have been able to get away without any serious injury," a Rural Fire Services spokesman said.

The plane is expected to remain on the ferris wheel until emergency crews can figure out how to remove it.An ultra-light plane has crashed into a ferris wheel at a fair on the NSW mid-north coast.

I think that two passengers in the above photograph are bearing the proper facial expressions to best communicate all of the emotions one might be feeling after flying an ultralight plane into a ferris wheel. The children seem rather less than thrilled. The pilot indicated afterward he didn't see the ferris wheel.

So this bear walks into a pizza shop and orders a beef and blue cheese pie...

Conservation officers are on the hunt for a black bear that broke into a Whistler, B.C., pizza parlour Monday and polished off a pie.

The incident began shortly after 6 p.m. when the large black bear began pawing at a garbage can outside of Fat Tony’s, a popular destination for the ski village’s post-party crowd.

Two female employees were working at the time, said employee Colin Mont. As one went to close the door, the bear entered the establishment. “The bear stood up over the counter and grabbed a pizza off the display and started eating it,” Mont said. “The girls stood back and let him do what he needed to do.”

The pizza is believed to have been beef and blue cheese, Mont said.

The staff eventually made noise and scared the bear away. A conservation officer arrived the next morning and spoke with Mont about setting up a trap.