Saturday, March 31, 2012

Video of the week

Robert Wilkinson was solving the world's problems one beer at a time when he picked up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for being intoxicated. The best excuse he can muster is something about "brotherhood of men on the planet earth" before he segues right into singing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." In its entirety. He even provides the instrumental interlude. There's nothing clever to add here. This performance can't be topped.

What has Alicia Silverstone been up to? Well she has been busy with her lifestyle website called The Kind Life, meant to promote "living your healthiest and happiest life to the fullest, while taking care of mama Earth at the same time!" This week she posted the following video of her feeding her son bird-style from her mouth to his. Be prepared to be grossed out.

Man gets fired for urinating on office chairs of hot co-workers

West Des Moines police are investigating whether criminal charges are warranted in the case of a Farm Bureau employee behaving badly.

A Farm Bureau vice president told authorities that one of the agency’s employees had been caught on video urinating on the office chairs of four female co-workers. The suspect, a 59-year-old man from Des Moines, was fired Monday, the same day police were informed of the incident at 5400 University Ave.

The man had worked in the information technology department and had access to all computers and the employee database, Farm Bureau officials told the police.

Police documents said the man would look up employee photos in the database. He “would pick out the attractive females and then on off-hours, he would come into work, go to their desk and urinate on their chairs.”

Employees first started complaining about stains on their chairs in October 2011. Surveillance cameras were installed in February. The value of the damaged chairs was estimated at $4,500.

I just figured this guy was the alpha male in the office and just marking his territory - all the hot women in the office. But I suppose after a while the office isn't going to smell to good. So I guess you have to get rid of the guy. I know my chair would dry.


Sexist ad week

Friday, March 30, 2012

Had enough of the Maple Leafs? Blue Jays home opener is April 9

Maple Leafs fans are getting ugly and for a good reason. Starting with 11 straight losses at home. That's pretty nasty for a team with the highest ticket prices in the NHL. The fans struck back last night cheering for the Blue Jays.

Newspaper fires reporter for being a stripper

A photo from the reporter's Facebook fan page.

Sarah Tressler, the Texas journalist outed this week for working as a society reporter for the Houston Chronicle by day and as a stripper by night, has been fired by the newspaper.

Tressler confirmed that she was fired in an interview with ABC News in which she said the newspaper let her go for not having told her supervisors about her off-duty dancing.

A rival newspaper took care of that task earlier this week; the Houston Press, after discovering a blog Tressler kept about her work as a stripper, published an article about her double life.

“The idea of somebody outing me seemed like it would be like such a mean thing to do that I never thought anybody would do it,” Tressler said. “I guess I was wrong.”

By day, Tressler had mingled with well-heeled and conservative crowds at charity luncheons and galas, covering high society for the Chronicle, one of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers.

By night, the journalist was working in a world of 7-inch heels as an exotic dancer at high-end gentleman’s clubs. She said she has been moonlighting as a dancer “on and off” since 2004.

“The reason I started dancing – it just boils down to money,” Tressler told ABC News. “The economy was bad and I couldn’t get a job.”

Tressler, who earned a master’s degree in journalism from New York University in 2009, was not just dancing but also blogging about her double life.

“I worked from 1:30 to 11:30 last Thursday, which is long enough to hang out with some friends, make some new contacts, eat lunch and pull down about $750,” she wrote on her blog, Angry Stripper.

Tressler’s no-holds-barred blog included her take on everything from experiences with crying customers to men with “weird” foot and nipple fetishes to an over-excited man who hurled chewed up bites of food at her while he tipped her. She posted under the author name sarahtress and shared pictures of herself in a “Slutty Claus” outfit.

In January, Tressler’s freelance job at the Chronicle became full-time and her hours moonlighting as a stripper dwindled. She thought her secret life was safe until she was outed by the Press.

“Yeah, I guess so,” Tressler said when asked if she was naive in believing her secret would never get out. “I just didn’t really think that anybody would want to do that.”

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What ever happened to Hallmark?

Flashback Friday - Al Stewart

Sexist ad week

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Incredible Shrinking Creme Eggs

An iPad isn't for everyone

“Tell me dad, how are you managing with the new I-Pad we gave you for your birthday?”

Orthodox Jewish school to expel girls with Facebook accounts

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A Jewish High School for girls has been accused of ordering pupils to delete their Facebook profiles or risk expulsion.

Female pupils at Beis Rivkah High School in Brooklyn, New York, have reportedly been told to remove their accounts from the social networking site as bosses tried to addressa supposed decline in pupils' 'code of modesty'.

A school official said the crackdown was launched to restore a level of the Tznius Jewish Orthodox code of modesty said to be in decline through Facebook use.

Pupils at the school said they've been told Facebook isn't compatible with their moral code.

All girls in the 11th grade of the school with Facebook accounts were removed from class and given the ultimatum, according to the Crown Heights community website.

An unnamed student at the school told the Algemeiner newspaper: 'People on the board said it’s not proper for us to have Facebook because girls might be talking to boys on Facebook or they might be putting up immodest pictures.

I have to admit that I have a passionate dislike for the ultra-Orthodox. They are misogynist and often unproductive members of society. In fact referring them as members of society is a stretch. They try to erect ghetto walls in the 21st century which means restrictive access to TV, the Internet and the rest of the world in general. Nothing shocking about this news report other than the girls were on the Internet in the first place.


Sexist ad week

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Maple Leafs spoof on the "Because It's The Cup" ad

Pretty sad, the Vancouver Canucks released a video asking fans not to riot

Pretty sad, women beach volleyball players don’t have to wear bikinis at Olympics

julianasilva The 10 best booties in beach volleyball

Women beach volleyball players won't have to wear bikinis at the 2012 London Olympics. A new rule announced Tuesday says that participants in this summer's beach volleyball competition can wear shorts and sleeved tops.

Athletes in the event have exclusively worn bikinis since the sport was introduced at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Competitors could also wear bodysuits in cold-weather events.

The change was made to reflect cultural conventions of various participating countries.

"Shorts of a maximum length of [1.18 inches] above the knee, and sleeved or sleeveless tops," will now be allowed, according to the new IOC ruling.

Since the Beijing Olympics, most beach volleyball competitions have changed rules to allow for more modest uniforms. It's an attempt to broaden the diversity in the sport, which tends to be dominated by athletes from Europe, Brazil and the United States. Allowing shorts and shirts can encourage participation from countries with more modest cultural beliefs.

Talk about ruining a sport. What's more exciting than a lot of bare female skin covered in sweat and sand? Nothing. Do you want to know what Lingerie Football is without the lingerie? Pointless. I rest my case.


Man shot woman after confusing her Mohawk haircut with a bird

Derrill Rockwell told police he grabbed his rifle, the .22-caliber he kept handy to kill rodents around the house, about 5 a.m. Oct. 5 and walked outside to confront it.

The bird.

Possibly, he told police, the same fowl he suspected of harassing his cats recently around his home near Orchard Mesa Cemetery.

It was red, sitting at the top of a hill about 90 feet away from Rockwell.

“His intent was to spook it away,” Deputy District Attorney Jason Conley told District Judge Richard Gurley on Friday.

Rockwell shot once but said he didn’t see the bird fly away. Soon after, he heard a woman’s voice, moaning in pain. Rockwell discovered a 23-year-old woman, with a large red mohawk, with a gunshot wound to the head.

“In 15 years in law enforcement, this was one of the more interesting cases I’ve worked,” Grand Junction Police Department detective Sean Crocker told the judge Friday.

Rockwell, 49, was sentenced to serve five years probation after pleading guilty to felony possession of a weapon by a prior offender.

The District Attorney’s Office dismissed remaining charges, including tampering with evidence, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and false reporting. He was ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution.

Rockwell initially misled the investigation, authorities said. Conley told the judge that Rockwell offered a wet towel for the woman’s head injury and drove her to the emergency room at St. Mary’s Hospital after the shooting, leaving his name and phone number with doctors.


Sexist ad week

Hump day hottie

Jennifer Lawrence

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Maple Leafs lose a must lose-game

This season the Maple Leafs might actually be in synch with their fans. Most fans understand that finishing 20th is not better than finishing 28th or 29th. If you aren't going to make the playoffs then dropping in the standings makes the most sense. That increases the possibility of drafting a player who can help you next season. Provided you have hung on to your first pick.

Yet each season over the past few years the Leafs make a run on the standings with too little left in the schedule. Frustrates the hell out of fans since the wins are meaningless. But this year the team has essentially given up on the season. A few guys are playing for spots next year but since of the team is signed for next year why bother. Welcome to the 2012 strain of the blue and white disease. The team has the serious look down pat along with the standard "we are working hard to turn this around." Sure you are.

So tonight was an important game for the Leafs. A win by Carolina along with a win by the Islanders dropped the Leafs to 26th overall and lottery country. Gustavsson was at his worst and got the yank after it was too late to mount a comeback. It would only be fitting if this was his last game at the ACC. The Monster has long ago become a nightmare. The night had a little bit of irony with two ex-Leafs scoring for Carolina. Both Jay Harrison and Tim Brent were journeymen players who mostly spent time with the Marlies. The third goal by Harrison was particularly ugly. He just lofted the puck at the net and it went over Gustavsson's shoulder. Vesa Toskala lives on! Thanks guys for sticking the knife in nice and deep.

So the Leafs are now mathematically eliminated so one set of cliches will be dropped for a new bunch. Next up is Philadelphia. We can only hope for a bloodbath.

Rick Santorum campaign is getting pretty ugly

You know that most people running for public office want to win real bad. You invest a lot of time, money and energy into a campaign. The tough part of campaigning is when things go bad that you are able to same positive and leave with some dignity. This does not appear to be the case with Senator Rick Santorum whose presidential campaign is going to fall short this spring.

The Senator is going down swinging though. Below is a very dark campaign ad followed by very angry Santorum letting loose on a NY Times reporter.

All the window-cameos from the old Batman TV series

This compilation video has all fourteen of the "window cameos" from the Adam West Batman TV series, in which real-life personalities and characters from other TV shows.  Included in the video are appearances by (in order) Jerry Lewis, Dick Clark, Green Hornet (Van Williams) and Kato (Bruce Lee), Sammy Davis Jr., Jose Jimenez (Bill Dana), Howard Duff as Detective Sam Stone on "Felony Squad," Colonel Klink (Werner Klemperer), Lurch (Ted Cassidy), Don Ho, Andy Devine as Santa Claus, Art Linkletter, Edward G. Robinson, Suzy Knickerbocker and Carpet King (real name unknown).

Sign of the day

Man arrested after pocket dialing 911 during a theft

Life lesson – if you are planning on trespassing, you might want to remove your phone from your pants pocket before crawling under a fence.

A Southington man is facing charges after police said he accidentally called 911 early Thursday morning while attempting to steal scrap metal from a local Spring Street business. Police said he dialed dispatchers while crawling under a fence.

“When officers responded, they were originally thinking that the call coming in was a medical because dispatchers could only hear rustling on the other end,” said Sgt. Lowell DePalma. “They arrived and found him crawling out from underneath a fence.”

Michael Gorneau, 46, was taken into custody after a police report said officers found 700 pounds worth of scrap metal loaded into his Chevy Silverado.

Gorneau, of 462 Queen St., was charged with third-degree criminal trespassing and sixth-degree larceny. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond and is due in Bristol Superior Court for arraignment on April 2, according to court records.

DePalma said it isn’t common, but police have had instances where people dialed 911 accidentally before. Most don’t lead to an arrest, however.

“When this kind of thing happens, our dispatchers use our GPS tracking system to monitor the call. Usually a 911 call without anyone on the other end signifies a medical emergency, so medical personnel were also on notice.”

After tracking the call, a nearby patrol officer pulled into the lot just in time to catch Gorneau in the act, police said.


Just another man bites dog story

A dog sent in to subdue an unruly suspect at a Kfar Saba police station Thursday was bitten by the man and required medical treatment.

The man was initially detained for breaching a restraining order issued by his spouse. When police were called in to the woman's home, the suspect threatened to jump out of a window and attempted to assault an officer with a screwdriver.

Police detained the man and took him to the station, where he again became unruly, prompting officers to send in the dog. According to officers, the dog managed to bring down the man, but the suspect did not give up and proceeded to bite the animal.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian for treatment.


Sexist ad week

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sign of the day

When it comes to the Maple Leafs I can't decide if the glass is half full or empty

The Toronto Maple Leafs are totally baffling and frustrating. We've been watching this wreck being rebuilt over the past 3 years by head mechanic Brian Burke and no one can be sure where we are. Does this team have a solid core of players that needs a few finishing pieces , most of all a solid goalie? Or has the flawed team coming out of the post-lockout period been replaced by different flawed players?

During parts of this season the Leafs have been able to rollover teams with their speed and aggressive play. Other times they have looked limp, timid and confused. Good teams have bad games. Bad teams will have good games. This is a team that will have great games and horrible games.

How much has coaching contributed to all this? Hard to tell. Certainly Brian Burke will never tell. He isn't going to throw his former coach under the bus but we do know that something motivated Burke it replace a couple of assistant coaches in the off season.

One thing is certain, this team needs more than a coaching change to compete. Three years into a rebuild it would be difficult to start from scratch but each piece of this puzzle needs to be examined to see if it is a good fit. The players logging the biggest ice time are Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel, but are they really capable of taking on such a load? Some players have been brought in to play a certain role - Colby Armstrong, Tim Connolly, Dave Steckel, Mike Komisarek and Mike Brown. Have they been able to deliver? Some have while others have not.

Remember this is the second youngest team in the NHL. But how much better will some of the 24 to 26 year olds get? Have they plateaued? Do they need more veteran leadership? Do they have the right veterans? Making moves will be tough since 19 players are under contract for next season. It would help if the Leafs could grab a pick in the top 3 in this year's draft. They have had draft picks this high but not kept them. Their last top 3 draft pick was Wendel Clark. We could use another Clark.

Prostitution and brothel are legal in Canada the tourists are coming back!

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has swept aside some of the country’s anti-prostitution laws saying they place unconstitutional restrictions on prostitutes’ ability to protect themselves.

The landmark decision means sex workers will be able to hire drivers, bodyguards and support staff and work indoors in organized brothels or “bawdy houses,” while “exploitation” by pimps remains illegal.

However, openly soliciting customers on the street remains prohibited with the judges deeming that “a reasonable limit on the right to freedom of expression.”

The province’s highest court suspended the immediate implementation of striking the bawdy house law for a year to allow the government an opportunity to amend the Criminal Code.

The appeal stems from the legal oddity that while prostitution was not illegal, many activities surrounding it were, including running a brothel or bawdy house, communicating for the purpose of prostitution and living on money earned by a prostitute.

That disconnect led to a constitutional challenge mounted by three sex trade workers who say the laws prevented them from taking basic safety precautions, such as hiring a bodyguard, working indoors or spending time assessing potential clients in public.

Well finally the tourism industry in Canada gets a break. With SARS, the rising Canadian dollar and the recession, tourism here has been taking a beating. But now a new door has been opened up. I can just see it now Internet ads, a redlight district, discount cards available in hotel lobbies, limo service and a Frommer's review. Just no soliciting in the street.


Yikes, commercial in Turkey using Hitler to sell mens shampoo

Totally inapproriate and in poor taste; despite protests it is still running. Though you need to remember this is Turkey afterall.

"If you're not wearing women's clothes, you shouldn't be using women's shampoo either. Here it is. A real man's shampoo. Biomen. Real men use Biomen."

School won't allow student to bring porn star to prom

A Minnesota high school senior who turned to the porn industry for a prom date found a couple of takers, but school administrators say the X-rated actresses aren't welcome.

Mike Stone says he sent dozens of Twitter messages to Hollywood celebrities, mostly porn actresses, and received a response from two, Megan Piper and Emy Reyes. They agreed to accompany him to the May 12 prom at Tartan High School in Oakdale, a St. Paul suburb.

But Superintendent Patty Phillips says such a date is prohibited by school policy that disallows a visitor if it's not in the best interest of the students.

The 18-year-old Stone says he'll hold an alternative party at the same time as the prom so he can bring his dates.

Yeah, school boards don't seem to appreciate the educational value of dating a porn star. In addition to supplementing sex ed, they are excellent marketers and entrepreneurs. As always a missed opportunity for the school.


Sexist ad week

B.C. resident creates hilarious driver’s license photo

It's rare that driver's license photos turn out halfway decent (particularly since the national smiling prohibition took effect), so Adam Bard decided to preempt the embarrassment factor.

Or maybe the 26-year-old software developer just thought it would be funny to shave half his hair and half his beard on opposite sides before posing for the shot.

Whatever the reason, the Victoria, B.C. resident has managed to produce one of the more interesting images to ever come out of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.

Miss Universe Canada yanks contestant over a technicality - she was once a guy

The Miss Universe Canada organizers concede Jenna Talackova is a “real girl,” but that doesn’t mean they will let her in their beauty pageant.

Talackova, a native of Vancouver, will not be competing in this year’s Miss Universe Canada pageant because she was born a male.

According to Denis Davila, national director of Miss Universe Canada, the rules set by the Miss Universe franchise state that each contestant must be a “naturally born female.” According to Davila, Talackova claimed on her registration form she was born a female. He said he suspected otherwise and asked her about it on March 13, when she admitted she was not. She was pulled from the contest that day.

Come on you have to admit this an example of the extent of medical science today. How can that ever have been a guy? Glad I'm not dating because you could never be too sure.


Sunday, March 25, 2012

There goes another phone

Bikini Sunday

Hayden Pantettiere

Sexist ad week

Singer butchers the American and Canadian anthems

The Ottawa Senators hired opera singer and judge of Canada's Got Talent Measha Brueggergosman to sing the anthems before tonight's home matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and she just about killed the night for everyone there at the game. It was only 4 minutes but felt like hours. There was plenty of snickers in the crowd and even the benches.

Batman's Batmobile pulled over by cops, turns out to be a Lamborghini

Montgomery County Police tweeted a photo Friday afternoon of an unlikely traffic stop. Batman was behind the wheel with the wrong tags on the Batmobile.

Officers pulled the Caped Crusader heading southbound on Route 29 at Prelude Drive.

The back tag on the Batmobile - in this case a black Lamborghini - was the superhero's emblem rather than state tags required by law, according to police.

The man, who has not been identified by police, was heading down to a hospital to visit sick children in the hospital.