Saturday, June 09, 2012
On January 12, Columbus police grabbed Mathis's Saturn while she was being treated at Ohio State University Medical Hospital. Mathis was able to receive regular mail while recovering, but she never received any notification about the status of her car. On February 7, Mathis returned from her treatment and went to the impound lot in person, only to receive the run around. Mathis believes the city sold her car and holds a grudge against her.
"Plaintiff has and continues to have issues with the impound unit and thus would like to permanently restrain and grant an injunction on defendants and its officers, agents, servants, employees and attorneys from any further action resulting to any action with plaintiff," Mathis wrote in her complaint.
She insisted the lack of notice represented a violation of her due process rights, but the federal official tasked to investigate the claim for the court was not impressed.
"In this case, the undersigned finds that plaintiff fails to state a facially plausible federal claim," US Magistrate Judge Elizabeth A. Preston Deavers explained. "Plaintiff first attempts to a bring claim under the Fourth Amendment for unlawful seizure. From the facts plaintiff pleads, however, it appears that the seizure of her vehicle was proper. As both the Supreme Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit have held '[t]he authority of police to seize and remove from the streets vehicles impeding traffic or threatening public safety and convenience is beyond challenge.'"
The judge maintained there was no constitutional problem implicated by a city refusing to return a car, as long as it was seized for a legitimate reason.
"Furthermore, plaintiff's claims do not appear to challenge the actual seizure of her vehicle, but instead focus on her inability to regain possession of her vehicle. Plaintiff's interest in regaining her vehicle, however, is outside the scope of the Fourth Amendment.... Plaintiff also fails to state a viable claim under the Equal Protection Clause."
Jose Bautista has been hitting a lot of bombs of late which is good news. His 3 homers and 9 RBIs in April had me worrying that he was going to follow the leads of former Jays power hitters Aaron Hill and Adam Lind - remember them?
He had 9 homers and 22 RBIs in May and was the Jays Player of the Month. His hot streak has continued into June where he already has 4 homers and 9 RBIs this month. He has now moved up to 5th in the AL with 16 home runs and 4th in RBIs with 41. The weakness in the Jays order is showing because so many of Bautista's home runs are solo shots.
His 2012 average if .229 is a bit of a concern. His career average is .252 but prior to 2010 it was just .24At the end of the day his value to the team is the home run threat and the ability to drive in runs. I'm not going to be fussed about a .245 average if it comes with 40 home runs and 115 RBIs.
Maria Sharapova won the French Open today to complete the career Grand Slam. She had never won on red clay courts before. Second-seeded Sharapova once again moves to No. 1 in the world. A remarkable accomplishment following shoulder surgery.
This lady is not just a pretty face.
In a nation where it’s possible for just about anyone, regardless of age, to gain exposure to virtual violence, it’s no wonder that the next step forward would be gun range birthday parties for kids. Right?
Where would you find a gun range that allowed children? In Texas of course.
Both adults and children are welcome at David Prince’s new gun range, which is currently undergoing construction in a suburb of Dallas. While the new business is sparking unease among some locals, the owner has his own justification for making firearms available to youth:
One of the reasons we're doing this is, when I had my boys, I didn't have a place to take them and educate them about how to handle a gun safely… I really want families to be able to take their kids here and teach their young shooters how to shoot safely.
Hey not just any kid can get on the range. After all you need to be at least eight-years-old and you have to be able to see over the shooting table. Each child must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and those without a guardian present may take advantage of the on-site range safety officers for supervision.Let’s just hope that this new birthday party venue doesn’t spark the same types of altercations frequently seen at Chuck E. Cheese’s — with guns in the mix, parental brawls could get pretty ugly.
Friday, June 08, 2012
Lindsay Lohan slammed into the back of an 18-wheeler in an accident that left the actress and her assistant hospitalized and totaled her Porsche. Although she her airbags did not deploy she was able to avoid serious injruy because her huge funbags prevented more serious injuries. Yes folks, those oversized breasts can actually serve some purpose other than distracting judges during court appearances.
UPDATE: The truck driver has now spoken and indicates he was offered a bribe which is the usual approach by Lindsay's team when she gets in trouble.
FURTHER UPDATE: Lindsay says the truck driver is full of shit. There was no bribe and the accident was caused by brake failure (what do you expect from a crappy Porsche). I love the way the parties are communicating through TMZ, one of the most respected media outlet.
On the play on question, Norfolk defenseman Mike Kostka dumped the puck into the Marlies zone off the glass. Ben Scrivens goes behind the net to stop so that a Marlies defenseman can pick it up. However, the puck never reaches the goalie because it bounces off a stanchion into the empty net. Only one problem with this goal, Brandon Segal of Norfolk never cleared the offensive zone before Kostka fired the puck. Segal was offside so the goal should have been waived.
Video replay anyone?
UPDATE: AHL officials have acknowledged the error and supposedly apologized to the Marlies. Unfornately AHL by-laws state that a game's outcome cannot be reversed as a result of an incorrect interpretation of the rules. So the Marlies are as done as the New Jersey no matter what the outcome is in either series on Saturday.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
A 35-year-old woman was arrested after stripping down at a Pompano Beach intersection and exposing her private parts.
Tracy Mabb was charged with exposing sexual organs in public and was being held in jail Wednesday on a $600 bond. She was also being held on a prior petit theft offense that allegedly took place April 8, according to Broward County court records.
Mabb began peeling off clothes while standing in the 800 block of South Dixie Highway about 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office report.
She pulled her long shirt up in front of drivers and pedestrians and exposed her entire body, including her breasts, vagina and buttocks, in a "complete vulgar and indecent manner," the report said.
It's a good thing they nabbed her when they did before she tried to chew off someone's face. You tell me she's not capable of doing that? Bath salts are written all over her face.
The NHL has finally figured out how to address low ratings for NHL playoff games - hot chicks behind the players' benches that show up on every camera shot of the coaches. Game 4 had Taylor Stevens behind the Devils' bench which made me quickly forget the busty redhead at Coyotes games.
On TSN Radio today Taylor admitted she is a long suffering Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Welcome to our misery.
Have you ever wanted to be tucked into bed by a stranger? Well here's your chance!
Groupon is offering a deal that you would expect to see on Craigslist.
The Groupon description is just a litttle too creepy:
Upon entering your bedroom, Ben Kobold immediately begins to analyze your linen seams and pillow placement, planning a tucking strategy as you enjoy a glass of water he has poured for you. After you hydrate, Ben’s sinewy, well-groomed fingers delicately raise each sheet and blanket over your body until you’re comfortably bundled. Careful not to disturb any children who may be in the adjacent room, Ben leans in and uses his summer-breeze-like voice to gently sing you one of the five lullabies he has authored.But wait this "deal" is $100! Who the hell is going to pay $100 for gay Ben to sing you some lullabies? Wait maybe I answered my own question. Does Ben get under your sheets too?
Oh dear. For those of you who use LinkedIn they've just sent word that some of your passwords have been compromised. It seems that some of the passwords were stolen, so those accounts that have been or risk the possibility of being messed with, have been reset. And according to PC World, an estimated 6.5 million passwords were posted online on a forum based in Russia. "More than 200,000 of these passwords have reportedly been cracked so far."
I've already reset my password.
It's one-third of the way into the baseball season and the Jays are once again in 4th place but the difference this year is that they are just 2 games out of first place in the East and just 1/2 game out of a wild card spot.
Parity has hit the powerful AL East where the Yankees and Red Sox have slipped a bit, partly due to injuries, while the Jays and Orioles have improved. In other words the East pennant is up for grabs. Alex Anthopoulos has done an outstanding job at putting together a competitive with a very limited budget. The Jays payroll is just $74.6 million - 23rd overall.
Rogers management needs to understand that in the AL East making the playoffs is a difficult feat when the Yankees and Red Sox can out spend you by as much as $100 million. So when the opportunity arises you have to go for it. The Jays weren't supposed to contend this year but they are. But the roster is going to need some help along the way to get there. AA has built up the farm system and has losts of assets that can be moved to bolster the lineup. The Jays' farm system is very deep in pitching prospects which is something everyone covets.
Right now the young starters are doing remarkably well. Ricky is a battler that continues to win even when he struggles with control. Morrow is slowly evolving into a dominant power pitcher. Last night he pitched is 3rd complete game shutout of the season. Hutchison seems to get better with each start. Meanwhile Alvarez and Drabek have struggled with consistency but look like major league starters. But to contend the starters will need some veteran help. The same with the middle of order where only Joey Bats and EE can be produce on a consistent basis although Kelly Johnson is maybe just a step behind. Adam Lind was supposed to be the other veteran bat but that hasn't worked out. Perhaps Vlady will come up soon and provide some clutch hitting. But they Jays will need more to contend. As well the rebuilt bullpen hasn't quite worked out. Now the injury to Santos has everyone playing a different role so if the Jays can gt him back in the lineup the bullpen may straighten out.
So come on Rogers spend some money so that Toronto sports fans can enjoy some playoff action finally.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
In a resignation announcement brimming with indignation, this year’s Miss Pennsylvania USA said she felt compelled to turn in her crown.
“Effective immediately I have voluntarily, completely, and utterly removed myself from the Miss Universe Organization,” beauty queen Sheena Monnin posted on Facebook. “In good conscience I can no longer be affiliated in any way with an organization I consider to be fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent, and in many ways trashy.”
Monnin, 27, alleged that Sunday’s Miss USA competition, which is run by the Miss Universe Organization, was fixed. She said she had evidence that the top five contestants were selected in advance of Sunday’s show.
In a statement, the Miss Universe Organization dismissed Monnin’s allegations as “false” and said Monnin told pageant officials she was resigning for a different reason: Because she did not agree with the organization’s recent decision to admit transgender contestants.
Pageant officials released an email message they said they received from Monnin on Monday that read, “I refuse to be part of a pageant system that has so far and so completely removed itself from its foundational principles as to allow and support natural born males to compete in it. This goes against ever (sic) moral fiber of my being.”
Irrespective of her reasons for quitting these pageants are fixed. But what do you expect when the pageants are the property of Donald Trump. If the pageants are operated in a similar manner to Trump's The Apprentice TV show then for sure they are fixed. And isn't there some controversy every year involving a conservative Christian contestant? How do bathing suit competitions and Jesus have to do with each other?
Winning football teams are used to a lot of cheering.
But for the second leading tackler of the Mt. Healthy Fighting Owls, cheering has earned Anthony Cornist a penalty he doesn't think he deserves.
"It's crazy how somebody can do that to you," he said from his family's living room Monday.
When Anthony walked across the stage at his high school graduation, his family made some noise.
"It was my dream to graduate," he said.
"I'm very proud of my son," Traci Cornist said.
Apparently, so were a lot of others.
"Teachers, other students and other family members who weren't with us were also cheering for him also. He's well known," Traci said.
The excitement proved too much for the administration.
Instead of a diploma, Anthony got a letter from the principal, Marlon Styles, Jr.
"I will be holding your diploma in the main office," the letter said, "due to the excessive cheering your guests displayed during the roll call."
"I did nothing wrong except walk across the stage," Anthony said.
The school demands 20 hours of community service before he can graduate.
Those hours can be split between Anthony and his family, or the senior can perform them all himself.
"I don't understand how he's being punished for something he has no control over," Traci said. "I just thought that was ludicrous... I have no clue where the logic comes in."
Calls to the principal, the district superintendent as well as a visit to Mt. Healthy High School have all gone unanswered.
Anthony's mother says so will the penalty.
"He's definitely not doing the community service," she said. "I'm definitely not doing the community service."
That strategy could spell trouble for Anthony's game plan.
"I have a college right now that definitely needs my diploma," he said.
I bet if Anthony was white and his father was an attourney he would have a diploma in his hands or the school would have a law suit in their hands. Yeah I'm saying race and economic status had something to do with the school's decision. That being said the kid and his family might as well just suck it up and move on.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
She is quickly slipping into Linday Lohan territory. That is not good.She can't get behind the wheel of a car without crashing it and when she goes out for the night, it seems the shorter her skirt the drunker she gets. Don't ask me what it just is.
Even Rick Vaive had an off year. After scoring 50 or more for three straight season he dropped down to a 35 goal season. The Leafs had struggled to develop draft picks over the past few seasons. Jim Benning (6th, 1981), Gary Nylund (3rd, 1982), Russ Courtnall (7th, 1983) and Al Iafrate (4th, 1984) just never lived up to their high rankings. For the first time since the NHL Entry Draft was introduced, the Maple Leafs had the first overall pick in 1985 and the opportunity to select a potential franchise player. Unfortunately, there was no clear overall #1 pick that season. Hockey people were split between Wendel Clark, Dana Murzyn and Craig Simpson. The Leafs actually made the right decision for once taking the hardnose winger from Saskatoon.
Monday, June 04, 2012
Team doctors were enablers with respect to Derek Boogaard's drug addictihttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifon's
A trove of documents, compiled by Derek Boogaard’s father, offer a rare prescription-by-prescription history of the care given to a prominent, physically ailing athlete who struggled with addiction to some of the very drugs the team doctors were providing. The scores of prescriptions came before and after Boogaard’s entry into the league’s substance-abuse program in September 2009 for an addiction to painkillers and sleeping pills.
The records reveal the ease with which Boogaard received prescription drugs — often shortly after sending a text message to a team doctor’s cellphone and without a notation made in team medical files. They also show the breadth of the drugs being prescribed, from flu medications and decongestants to antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills.
Of course this is no different than what occurs non-athletes. Nor am I condeming the doctors because we don't know what Boogaard was telling these doctors in order to convince them to write a script. Afterall he was an addict.
Still the ease at which he was able to acquire prescriptions has to be alarming. Even there was no negligence there is certainly insufficent communication between doctors who are treating the same patient. The postion of the NHL and the Rangers is that drugs killed Boogaard but he had a perscription of every single pill he took so he obviously had some help.
Fugitive porn star wannabe Luka Rocco Magnotta has been captured in Berlin following a week-long manhunt.
The German tabloid Bild says Magnotta was apprehended by police at an Internet cafe in Berlin's Neukölln borough. The UK's Sun claimed yesterday that it had reason to believe Magnotta was hiding in plain site, even going online to play "war games." It's almost like he was trying to get caught. Quite ironic since he had written an online article about how to completely disappear and never be found. Something he was incapable of doing.
MMagnotta, who has also been known by the names Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov, had a disturbing online presence and promptly became a suspect. News stories revealed that he had once been thought to have once dated a notorious Canadian serial killer, had blogged about necrophilia and posted a video online showing him suffocating kittens. agnotta, who has also been known by the names Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov, and who knows what else, had a disturbing online presence. It appears he spread online rumours about dating Karla Holmalka, had blogged about necrophilia and posted a video online showing him suffocating kittens.
Canada has had its share of notorious killers including Clifford Olson, Paul Bernardo, Robert Picton and Mohammad Shafia but the nickname Canadian Psycho may be well deserved in the case of Magnotta as more about him is known.
Jason D. Hill, 33, was found inside the car around 4:20 a.m. on the 3800 block of East Second Avenue.
Hill was wearing gloves and appeared to have been removing the stereo from the car he fell asleep in, a news release from the police department said.
Police also found another stolen stereo, along with burglary tools, wallets and a cell phone. Police determined that several vehicles in the same parking lot had been burglarized and the items found on Hill, along with items found inside the car, belong to the other victims, the release said.
Bottom line is that when you go out for a night of larceny be sure to take an afternoon nap so you don't run out of gas. A thermos of coffee wouldn't hurt either. The big surprise is that thieves are bothering to steal car stereos anymore. Is there a market for this stuff? I thought thieves were breaking into cars looking for GPS and mp3 devices.
A 19-year-old mother is under arrest on child abuse and aggravated DUI charges after police say she left her five-week-old baby strapped in a car seat on top of her 2000 Ford Focus and drove off.
The child is said to be in good condition and now in custody of Arizona Child Protective Services.
At about 1 a.m. Saturday, Phoenix police officers got calls that a baby was in a car seat in the middle of a road.
Phoenix Fire Department officials found the baby and took him to a local hospital. He was "perfectly OK," said Officer James Holmes, spokesman for Phoenix police.
The mother, Catalina Clouser, had apparently been smoking marijuana late Friday night at a nearby park with her boyfriend. At about 11 p.m. they left the park to buy some beer. The boyfriend was arrested on aggravated DUI charges while on the way, Holmes said.
An upset Clouser then reportedly went to a friend's house where she smoked more marijuana. By midnight, Clouser left the house with the baby asleep in the car seat.She realized the baby was missing when she reached home. That's when Clouser called her friends and asked them to trace the route she had taken. The friends ran into the officers who had already found the baby. Clouser arrived there shortly thereafter and was arrested.
Isn't this the same as misplacing your keys? I can't tell you how many times I've driven off with a cup of coffee on the roof of my car and later wondering what I did with that coffee. Hey doesn't Romney drive around with the family dog on the roof of his car?
Sunday, June 03, 2012
A teenage girl said she was worried she would never see her family again after her father left her stranded on a street corner because she was failing calculus.
47-year-old Tuan Huynh pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child under 18 and was sentenced to two years probation and 100 hours of community service.
The Pennsylvania man reportedly ordered his 16-year-old daughter to pack some clothes and a blanket and then drove her to the intersection of Cheltenham Avenue and Washington Lane in Cheltenham where he left her without a cellphone to fend for herself.
"She was devastated. She wandered quite a ways looking for help. Fortunately, she encountered a minister who stayed with her and called police.
The girl initially provided police with an alias, but music books she had in her backpack revealed her real name. She later told officers she had been ordered not to tell police who she was.
"She further stated that she was no longer home because she was not meeting her parent's expectations, and that there had been many arguments over her failing grades.
The location where she was dropped off was nearly 15 miles from her home in Lower Gwynedd, and was entirely unfamiliar to her.
Come on haven't you ever heard of tough love? Daddy had decided long ago that his daughter was going to be an actuary and support him in his later years. Those plans more or less went up in smoke when she flunked calculus. Now he's worried she might not be able to hold down a bank teller's job. What's a Dad to do? We he showed her the door.
A Doylestown couple was arraigned on Tuesday after a 15-year-old boy called police and reported his father was growing marijuana in their home.
It happened May 9 at a home on the 2000 block of Par Drive in Doylestown Township. Police say the boy led the arriving officer to the basement of the home where he found a room with several marijuana plants inside, according to court documents.
Police obtained a search warrant for the home. During the search, police say they found 18 marijuana plants, grow lights, fans, plants, timers and electrical chords from the basement room. They also found more marijuana, packaging equipment and cash in the master bedroom of the home.
Investigators say five juveniles, ranging from 10 years of age to 17 years of age lived in the house and knew about the marijuana being grown.
The boy’s parents, Caren Shanfield, 45, and Francis Joseph Medvedik, 49, were arrested and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.
They were both arraigned with bail set at $100,000 unsecured for each. They were released on a signature bond. A preliminary hearing date is set for June 8.
Shanfield is a chiropractor while Medvedik is a software engineer, according to the Philly Burbs. Philly Burbs also reports neither parent has a prior criminal record in Pennsylvania according to online records.
Obviously Dad and Mom were not sharing there stash with the kids. Some of you may think that's a good thing. Except if junior is already a user then their refusal to shave is only going to Gey Junior's nose out of joint. Now no one has the pot and Mom and Dad are in the slammer.
Donald Trump's bizarre racism defense: I’m not a bigot, my show’s latest winner is black.
The billionaire blowhard offered that zany explanation after critics blasted his new birther rants as race-baiting.
In an address at the North Carolina State Republican Convention, Trump said the outcome of this season’s “Celebrity Apprentice” shows he’s no racist.
“Somebody said, ‘Oh, because I brought up the birth certificate, I’m a racist,’ ” Trump said Friday.
“I said, ‘How can I be a racist? I just picked Arsenio Hall.’ ”
Questions over President Obama’s birthplace appeared to be put to rest last year after he released his long-form birth certificate, which showed he was born in Hawaii.
But Trump has seized on last month’s release by Breitbart.com of an Obama biography compiled nearly two decades ago as evidence of a conspiracy to conceal the President’s origins.
The biography identified Obama’s birthplace as Kenya — an assertion the agent who edited it later told Yahoo News was an error.