Saturday, June 16, 2012

Good Lord! Strubs Pickles is going under!

Strubs, king of the sour and half-sour dill, the essential accessory to one of God’s greatest creations lies today insolvent.

The future of 80 years of Toronto pickle processing history hangs in the balance. The U.S housing crisis pales in comparison.

In 1929, Michael and Sophie Strub started in the pickle business, a backyard operation just outside Hamilton. They made pickles the same way my dear mother made them until dementia robbed her of her pickling skills among others.

Those pickles were near and dear to my heart.

Last year it was Open Window. This year it's Strubs. It's all so depressing.

Video of the week

Indians closer Chris Perez celebrates his 20th save by propectile vomiting all over the mound. Gross!

Truck Driver abducted and held at gunpoint. Wait, nope…he was just drunk and was trying to trick his boss

A commercial truck driver who told his bosses that he was taken hostage at gunpoint by two men was later arrested and accused of driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of an open container and filing a false police report, Oregon State Police reported.

Thomas James Conner, 33, of Bellingham, was lodged in the Douglas County Jail, troopers said.

The incident began Wednesday afternoon when the man's trucking company contacted authorities to say that one of their drivers had sent a text message saying he was being held hostage.

The driver said two men with guns took his keys and told him to stay with the truck until they returned to steal it and a load of berries he was transporting.

Troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office scrambled on Interstate 5 to find the truck, troopers said.

A trooper made telephone contact with the driver, but wasn't able to get a straight story about what happened, troopers said.

At about 2:50 p.m. troopers found the truck on the Interstate 5 southbound near Canonyville, a town south of Roseburg, troopers said.

The truck was abandoned with its engine compartment hood up and emergency flashers on. Troopers began searching the area and found Conner and another man walking about a quarter mile away from the truck.

Troopers said that Conner and the man, an unauthorized passenger, were too intoxicated to drive and made up the story.

I feel really bad for Thomas Conner. Like…it’s the summer. Nobody wants to be cooped up, driving across country in the sweaty cab of an 18-wheeler. The guy needed a break. Wanted to throw a few cold ones back and enjoy the nice weather. No chance in hell his slave driver of a boss would understand that. So what is Thomas Conner supposed to do? Not drink? Call up his boss and try to convince him that he is sick? It’s damn near impossible to convince a boss that you’re sick if you’re sober. So he had to come up with something better. Sometimes…the bigger the lie, the more likely it is to be true. It’s George Costanza 101. Great idea…poor execution. Obviously your boss is gonna call the police if he thinks you and his truck is in trouble.


Oops! Jenny McCarthy sends naked pic to son's dentist

Jenny McCarthy freaked out after she accidentally sent a naked picture of herself to her son's dentist.

She called the doctor in a panic after her son Evan woke up with an abscess in his mouth. The dentist then advised her to take pictures of the mass on her cell phone and send them to him.

McCarthy, who is posing nude for Playboy magazine before she turns 40 later this year, mistakenly included a naked shot of herself that she had previously saved for her boyfriend, football star Brian Urlacher.

Which killer do Canadians hate the most?

If I was going to rank the most hated Canadian killers I would have predicted Karla Homolka followed by Clifford Olsen and Paul Bernardo. Though I believe Robert Picton does not get the amount of public scorn he deserves. Some of these killers have shown some remorse after their capture while killers like Olsen still taunt his victims at every opportunity.

But the public hate for Karla is understandable. It's just about what she did after all Shafia coldly killed his daughters and wife, Rafferty brutally raped a young girl and Picton butchered his victims. Karla is the only one that is walking around among us. The rest are locked away for a long, long time as they should be. Karla, like Casey Anthony is the US, beat the system and Canadians hate that much more for it.

Celebrity side boob week

Lindsay Lohan

Friday, June 15, 2012

Southwest Arlines: Cover your cleavage for takeoff

On June 5th, a woman was boarding a 6 AM flight from Las Vegas to New York in a comfy cotton dress, a loose open flannel shirt and a colorful scarf when she was told that her cleavage was "inappropriate." The airline dealt with the incident as it has many, many times in the past (at least when customers contact media outlets to complain): by offering the aggrieved customer an apology and a refund. Why won't Southwest stop kicking people off flights for reasons even the airline will admit are over-the-top?

Although the woman was told she wouldn't be able to fly if she didn't button up her flannel shirt, she bravely bared her breasts all the way onto the plane. "I didn't want to let the representative's Big Feelings about my breasts change the way I intended to board my flight," she explained. "And lo and behold, the plane didn't fall out of the cleavage did not interfere with the plane's ability to function properly." Imagine that!

Check out Avital's early morning flying attire; pretty casual, right? (And cute, which is impressive, given that she probably woke up before daybreak.) She wasn't exactly verging into XXX territory with her rope belt and Birkenstock-y sandals. Is it really inappropriate for a self-described large-chested woman to wear a non-constricting sundress on a 100-degree day? More to the point: is it really the airline's responsibility to dictate what is and isn't appropriate apparel?

Southwest Airlines has become synonymous with people getting kicked off flights for ridiculous reasons. Avital is not the first woman to be deemed too slutty-looking to fly; according to Southwest's history, cleavage is not "family-friendly," even though today's median bra size in the US is 36DD. There's Kyla Ebbert, who was escorted off a flight by a Southwest customer service supervisor who called her outfit "inappropriate" back in 2007, even though she looked like any SoCal resident dressed for 106-degree weather, maybe one having a particularly conservative day. A week later, Setara Qassim was forced to wear a blanket by a Southwest flight attendant who thought Setara's top was too low cut. Hey, Southwest: it's difficult — not to mention uncomfortable — to completely cover yourself up if you have larger breasts. What's family-friendly about making your customers feel both emotionally and physically shitty about themselves?

By the way it's not just cleavage that gets you kicked off of Southwest flights. A couple of years ago film director Kevin Smith tweeted that Southwest Airlines kicked him off a flight. Yes, it was purportedly because of his weight.


Celebrating with the Stanley Cup

Each year every member of the Stanley Cup team gets to celebrate with their family, friends and community with the Cup. It leads to some unsual stories and photos. This year is no exception.

Dustin Brown's kids dressed as Spiderman blowing bubbles with chocolate milk in the Cup.

It's an LA Stanley Cup win so natually here is none other than the first daughter of the Great One and Princess of Twitter, Pauline Gretzky, with her usual slutty pose.

Flashback Friday - Bette Midler

Celebrity side boob week

Rachel MacAdams

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Baby arrives to his own brit (circumcision) in a remote controlled car

This Israeli family may have broken every bad taste record out there. The macho-baby arrived to his own circumcision riding a convertible remote-control car, together with drumming and fireworks.

Whoever is controlling the car is doing pretty bad job too, which could explain where Israelis get their bad driving habits from, although he was able to avoid running the car into the fireworks so I’ll give him that.

Restaurant will deliver food and dirty dishes to people who don't cook

There are people too lazy to wash the dishes, and then there are people too lazy to even dirty them to begin with.

The latter appears to be the target demographic for the new delivery service from the UK-based restaurant Housebites.

Housebites now offers its customers the option of pretending "they have slaved away at a hot stove more convincingly by delivering dirty pans alongside the food."

"Cooked by a professional chef and delivered to your door, Housebites main courses cost on average between £10 and £12, and now for an additional £5, customers can request the pans .used to cook them for added authenticity."

Just make sure your friends don't catch you sheepishly handing the dirty dishes back to the Housebites delivery people, or your clever -- or almost criminally slothful -- plot will be foiled.

The release says Housebites got the idea for their new service from Twitter and Facebook users who begged them to deliver dirty dishes to their door.

They've even added a £2.50 refund for people who take the time to clean their faux-dishes.

Housebites CEO Simon Prockter explained why the idea is so popular in the release, saying, "As Housebites provides home cooked food, we had a number of customers contact us after ordering to say they had pretended to cook the meal themselves. When a few of them requested we deliver the dirty pans alongside the meal 'for authenticity' we thought it could be a useful service, especially for those less adept in the kitchen, looking to impress.”


Guy is suing Apple because Siri gives bad directions

Built into the iPhone 4S, the digital assistant known as Siri has plenty of celebrity friends showing her off. But not everyone likes Siri. In fact, some have accused Siri as being “not as advertised” and filed a lawsuit against her creator, Apple.

Frank Fazio didn’t find Siri funny or helpful. He filed a federal class action lawsuit against Apple saying Siri commercials are “fundamentally and designedly false and misleading.” Apple has filed a motion to dismiss. But does the lawsuit against the voice activated software have legs?

The lawsuit claims Fazio “asked Siri for directions to a certain place, or to locate a store. Siri either did not understand what he was asking or after a very long wait time responded with the wrong answer.”

In its motion to dismiss, Apple said that its website identifies Siri as beta technology, a work in progress. The company also questioned why those who complained about Siri failed to take advantage of the company’s 30-day return policy.


45 years of Maple Leafs frustration: 1986-87

Harold Ballard had a tendency to hire coach and managers with no NHL experience likely because they came cheap. Gerry McNamara, Mike Nykoluk, Floyd Smith, Joe Crozier, and Dan Maloney all were hired with no experience and invariably once they picked up some job skills they were gone. Dan Maloney was no different. When his contract expired during the offseason Ballard refused to give him a two year contract with a modest raise. He was likely the lowest paid coach in the league with no security. So he quit. The next day the Winnipeg Jets signed him. For some reason McNamara made no effort to sign Maloney. Yet he worked out a four year contract for himself several months later.

Finding a new coach for Leafs was not a simple process - he had to be cheap, he had to be someone from the Leaf organization and he had to be someone Ballard liked. This time around it was John Brophy. John Brophy turned out to be a huge blunder for McNamara and one of the most controversial individuals to walk the halls of Maple Leaf Gardens. He was a career minor league player and coach and totally unequipped to handle young players. He was a tough disciplinarian with an explosive temper. Meanwhile, McNamara tough approach to negotiating contracts offended many players who forced the manager to trade them in a series of bad moves that saw the Leafs trade Steve Thomas, Gary Nylund, Bob McGill and Rick Vaive.

The Leafs stumbled through the season but made the playoffs when the Minnesota North Stars collapsed late in the season (they qualified through a tie breaker). Although the Leafs were able to advance past the St. Louis Blues they were once again unable to advance to the third round. During the season long-term Maple Leaf King Clancy had to undergo surgery to remove his gall bladder. Unfortunately, infection from the gall bladder seeped into his body during surgery, causing him to go into septic shock. He died November 10th, 1986. Young star player Wendel Clark missed 14 games with a back problem that became chronic because of poor care provided by the Leaf doctors. The team's leading scorer was Russ Courtnall who along with Wendel Clark and Gary Leeman formed a decent line referred to the Hound line (below).

Foul ball catch of the week

Twins fan catches foul ball without interrupting his cellphone conversation. Talk about multi-tasking.

Police in 19-hour stand-off with man wielding bottle of household cleaner

Police in England were involved in a 19-hour stand-off with a householder who had armed himself … with a bottle of household cleaning fluid.

At least 100 officers surrounded Richard Jablonski’s home in Weston Coyney, Staffordshire, last January after someone called police to say he had a gun.

Following the siege Mr Jablonski was arrested and charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

But the case was dropped at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday after it was accepted the 38-year-old was actually holding a bottle of the Cillit Bang cleaning product during the incident.

Staffordshire Police have always refused to reveal the cost of the Aster Close siege, despite coming under pressure from their own police authority members.

Paul Spratt, prosecuting, told the court: “When officers got to the address the defendant was alleged to have produced a gun, before retiring into the property and holding them at bay. The defendant asserted what he was holding was a bottle of Cillit Bang. There is an unresolvable conflict between the evidence from the police and the evidence of the defendant. Therefore the prosecution offers no evidence in this case.”

Judge Paul Glenn returned a not guilty verdict.

Mr Jablonski had been due to stand trial early next month. Armed police cordoned off part of the Weston Heights estate and a section of the A520 Leek Road as they tried to coax Mr Jablonski out of the house during the siege on January 6.

After the incident, officers recovered a BB gun from Mr Jablonski’s kitchen, although it is now accepted he was not holding the firearm during the siege.

Staffordshire Police have defended the Aster Close operation.

In a joint statement with Staffordshire Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the force said: “The CPS, after consulting with Staffordshire Police, has decided to offer no evidence, for legal and evidential reasons. For the duration of the incident the police response was overseen by highly-trained and skilled officers who managed the situation in a measured manner and ultimately brought it to a safe and peaceful conclusion.”

Celebrity side boob week

Diane Kruger

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Socialism in the bathroom: Swedish politicians want men sitting when they pee

Left Party members of a Swedish county council said they want to encourage men using the council's toilets to sit during urination.

The Left Party in Sormland said it wants the Sormland County Council to pass a motion requiring toilets reserved for stand-up urination to be labeled, Swedish news agency TT reported Monday.

The party said sit-down urination is more hygienic and reduces the risk of bathroom users having to negotiate their way around puddles en route to the toilet.

The supporters of the motion said sitting during urination also has medical benefits, including reducing the risk of prostate problems and leading to a healthier and longer sex life.

Viggo Hansen, a substitute member of the council and author of the motion, said he wants it to eventually lead to sitting-only bathrooms.


How did you like the Vladimir Guerrero era Jays fans?

The much anticipated appearance of Vladimir Guerrero in a Blue Jays uniform isn't going to be happening after all. Yesterday he was released by the Jays at his request. It seems he expected a promotion sooner than later so he walked.

Probably for the best.

Here is the big picture on why he should have been released. Guerrero was hitting .303 with no homers and 4 RBIs in Las Vegas. Now compare that do the production that Las Vegas got from Adam Lind (.419, 6 HRs, 35 RBIs), Yan Gomes (.349, 7 HRs, 30 RBIs), Travid D'Arnaud (.343, 15 HRs, 46 RBIs), Travis Snider (.333, 5 HRs, 27 RBIs) and David Cooper (.298, 6 HRs, 34 RBIs) while playing on the AAA team.

Do you want to take away major league at bats from anyone of these guys for a 37 year old just trying to extend his career a little longer? Seems to me that Lind has recovered his swing down there and should be heading back here soon. Or what about that kid D'Arnaud?

Yeah, there's no shortage of bat in Vegas.

Bryce Harper may be 19 but he's media savvy already

Sports fans often hang over every word spoken, typed or tweeted by the sports media. But with a noted few exceptions they are lazy and uncreative. The questions they ask are often repetitive, boring and stupid. Last night a local reporter asked the young Washington Nationals phenom a pretty lame question after he had hit a monster shot off the Hard Rock Cafe in the SkyDome (aka the Rogers Centre). He asked Harper who is just 19 and a Mormon where he was going to celebrate the homer by having a Canadian beer.

His response was: "That's a clown question, bro."

Now Harper's handler appears to suggest the "clown question" phrasing to Bryce during the srum but the kid picked up on it and hit another home run.

Celebrity side boob week

Kristen Stewart

Sign of the day

Woman forced to drop pants on New York subway after giant rat runs up her trouser leg


A hotel supervisor was forced to drop her pants in the middle of a full midtown subway car Friday — when a brazen rat darted up her trouser leg.

Ana Vargas, 40, said she was sitting in an A train heading downtown as it approached the Columbus Circle station about 7:50 a.m. when the rodent suddenly sprang.

“I thought it was my pants

moving,” Vargas told the Daily News. “It just crawled up my leg. I shook it and nothing came out.”

But then she realized she was being attacked.

“I said, ‘Oh, my God — it’s an animal on my leg!’ ” she recalled.

“He was very big. I was shaking, but nothing was coming out . . . I had to pull my pants down in front of everyone on the train.”

Vargas, who works as a supervisor at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel in midtown, said three men tried to shield her from flashing everyone on the train as she shook the furry culprit loose.

“I grabbed his head, because he was scratching me,” she said. “I didn’t want it to bite.”

The train came to a stop and Vargas dropped the rat as she ran for help on the platform.

“I was very nervous,” she said. “I was shivering, shaking — everything.”

Cops soon arrived and called a crew of EMTs to take Vargas to Roosevelt Hospital, where she was treated for scratches to her leg and thigh.

“It was burning me, but the doctors say it’s normal,” she said.

The rail-riding rat went missing after the sneaky skirmish.

And now Vargas has PTSD from the experience: “I’m still nervous about it. I had to take pills to get to sleep last night because of what happened." “I don’t know what I’m going to do to get to work, but I don’t want to get on the train.”


Hump day hottie

Salma Hayek

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Don't count much help for the Maple Leafs from the Marlies

The Toronto Marlies finished second best record in the AHL Western Conference and advanced to the Calder Cup finals. You'll hear from the media and Leafs management about how important those playoff games were and how many of the Marlies will be competing for Leafs jobs in the fall.

Don't count on it.

Not sure how many of those reporters actually made it to a game. I watched many of those playoff games and although they are a strong AHL team, the Marlies have few NHL calibre players. If they did they would have been up helping the Leafs make the playoffs.

This is my list of the top 6 Marlies players:

1. Ben Scrivens
2. Matt Frattin
3. Jake Gardner
4. Mike Zigomanis
5. Nazem Kadri
6. Korbinian Holzer

Jake Gardner is already a Maple Leafs and got a ton of ice time in his rookie season. Matt Frattin made the Leafs out of training camp and played most of the season with the big club.

Ben Scrivens was brilliant during the regular season and playoffs. However Leafs management is committed to bringing in a veteran starter so the best that Scrivens can do is to compete with James Reimer for the back up job. Since Reimer is the incumbent either an injury or total collapse would be needed to dislodge him from the Leafs roster.

Nazem Kadri is clearly good enough to play in the NHL - he is more physical and smarter with the puck. With Ron Wilson gone, Kadri should make the team coming out of camp. As for Zigomanis, he has had a taste of the NHL and at age 28 I don't expect he will be given another opportunity. Holzer was the best Marlie defenseman and will be competing for a Leafs job in the fall. He may very well have a position to compete for if offseason trades deplete the Leafs blueline.

That's about it. Joe Colborne was pretty much invisible on the ice though he was playing hurt. Still he went about 2 months without scoring a goal. He's not even close to being ready. Jamie Blacker and Jerry D'Amigo looked good at times but also not ready.

Once you past by the best couple of players who are in fact already Maple Leafs, there isn't much there to help the big club. Which is also par for the course.

Two women, 4 bare breasts, 1 golf course

Illinois golfers were given a double bogey on Monday afternoon, as two blondes reportedly flashed them in broad daylight on the golf course.

Alicia Binford, 43, and Shelly Lewis, 45 were arrested and charged with public indecency.

Madison County sheriff's deputies responded to the Woodlands Golf Course at about 2 p.m. on a citizen complaint call.

Binford and Lewis had allegedly exposed their "sexual organs," according to the complaint, though deputies deemed the "sexual organs" to be breasts.

There are reports that the exposure may have stemmed from a private group of golfers that host a naked -- and illegal -- golf tournament on the course once a year.

"The women were actually naked, straddling the hole as the guys putted on the green," according to a witness.

 Alicia Binford was one of two women charged with public indecency after golfers spotted them repeatedly exposing their breasts

 Shelly Lewis was also arrested for her indecent behaviour

Doug Ford's website has been hacked

There will soon be pizza vending machines in America

If all goes plan, Italy’s next contribution to American culture will be pizza from a vending machine. It looks like it’s a real thing, as PizzaMarketplace talked with the company’s CEO, who says it’s been such a success in Italy and in Europe that they’re going to expand to American soil this year.

The dough is made in 2 minutes, then it’s topped and cooked in an infrared oven, and comes out “untouched by human hands” in less than 3 minutes. According to the amazing video (above) , it is “a healthy genuine Italian pizza … with a guarantee of total hygiene.” Total hygiene, people. Suggested retail is $5.95.

A pizza made in less than 3 minutes by a robot. No long lineups and disgusting pizza maker sneezing on your pie.You just got to love technology. We'll soon be all replaced by robots.

The Blue Jays' season is over without Morrow

Brandon Morrow has to be the one player that the Jays get by without him in the lineup. They have survived without their closer and still playing above .500. Without Bautista or Encarnacion in the lineup they wouldn't manufacture as many runs but with all the young bats in the organization they would get by. If any other starter went down they would still be able to get by. But Morrow has been a star for much of the season. In many games he has been unhittable and as intimidating as any starter in the AL. With him in the rotation no losing streak goes longer than 4 games. They can get by with another youngster in the rotation too. But they will also drop out of contention for one of the wild car spots.

Now everyone in the media will be telling you how Alex A. has to go out and trade for another arm. Reporters covering sports teams like to pretend how they are managing the team. Well it ain't going to happen. The one thing I can tell you about Alex A. is that he sticks to his plan - build his roster through players in the farm system. He's not going to throw away some good and cheap talent for a bandaid pitcher. The Jays manager never considered his team to be contender this year - just too much young talent needing seasoning. So young farm hands will get a chance to show their stuff just like Gomes, Cooper and Hutchison have been given that chance.

So kiss 2012 goodbye. It was always a pipe dream anyway.

So Dustin Brown you just won the Stanley Cup. How do you feel?

Align Center

Brian Burke has a bit of dilemma in rebuilding the Leafs

To be honest I like most people have been confused by Brian Burke's plan to rebuild the Maple Leafs over the past 4 years. It seems there is no real plan. At times he is trading draft picks for what he describes as building blocks and other times he is collecting draft picks. He dips in the free agent market for second or third tier players to avoid a mega contract.

To date his biggest success has been trading for Joffrey Lupul and Jake Gardner. Despite avoiding the long-term contracts, he has still burdened himself with bad contracts. The team is younger but necessarily better and not a single Burke draft pick is regular on the Leafs.

After watching the NHL playoffs I wonder what direction Burke will go. The game seemed to have evolved into a terrible place. The fast, skilled offensive teams were pretty much swept aside by the clogging, blocking defensive teams. It seems Burke has been focused on increasing the skill level of the Leafs with the likes of Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul, Clarke MacArthur, Matthew Lombardi, Mikhail Grabovski, John-Michael Liles and Jake Gardner with little success.

So will he switch gears? Isn't Randy Carlyle more of a defensive-minded coach anyway? All I know is that Burke has just one year left to make things happen. He claim that he can't be held responsible for 45 years of disappointment but the past 4 years are all his doing.

Celebrity side boob week

Miley Cyrus

Monday, June 11, 2012

Worst busker ever

Are the Phoenix Coyotes close to being sold? Maybe not.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman (R) speaks at a press conference to discuss the potential sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Greg Jamison (L), former CEO of the San Jose Sharks, before the start of Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Nashville Predators during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on May 7, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.

The Glendale City Council approved a 20-year lease agreement with the Coyotes on Friday, clearing the last major hurdle in the sale of the team to a group led by former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison.

The 20-year, $325 million lease deal, which will pay Jamison an average of $16.25 million annually for operation of Arena and other responsibilities, was ratified by a 4-2 vote on Friday after a meeting of more than six hours that was attended by Jamison and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Approval of the lease agreement should clear the way for Jamison's group to buy the team, ending a three-year excruxiating journey that's included bankruptcy, failed deals with other prospective owners and the team being operated by the league.

According to a study commissioned by Glendale, the city would pay Jamison $203 million and bring in $45 million in revenue, leaving a huge gap. The study also calculated what it would cost the city should the Coyotes leave, estimating about $177 million in operating costs for Arena without an anchor tenant. The city would still have to pay off the loan that was acquired to originally build the arena, with the payment amount cited at $13.8 million annually.

Then there is the Goldwater Institute - the Arizona protector of the public purse. Goldwater tried to stop this deall, filing a request for a temporary restraining order Friday morning to prevent the vote while contending that the city violated the Arizona open meetings law by failing to make public all documents related to the lease. A judge denied the restraining order, saying the court lacked the jurisdiction to do so, but added that there appeared to be violations of a 2009 court order requiring Glendale to provide Goldwater with all documents related to negotiations between the Coyotes and a prospective buyer in a timely manner.

The fight is not likely over yet. This is a letter sent to the Mayor and Councilmember from the Goldwater Institute prior to the vote last week. Stay tuned.

Judge gives burglar a break – then he tries to break into her car

Judge Lillian Sing got a taste of judicial medicine when a convicted car burglar she was trying to help walked out of her San Francisco courtroom and, within minutes, was busted for allegedly breaking into her car.

Phillip Bernard was in Community Court on Tuesday for a check of his progress while on probation for an auto burglary conviction.

Bernard, who is homeless, had missed an earlier appearance and had failed to follow his probation requirements. “I wasn’t too happy with him,” Sing said.

But Community Court is set up to get people help, not send them to jail for minor infractions. So Sing let him off with a stern admonishment.

“I told him he had better get into a harm reduction program and get going with a job search,” Sing said.

No sooner did Sing’s gavel go down, however, than Bernard exited the Polk Street courtroom, went around to the alley in back, pulled out a weighted sock and smashed the rear passenger window of a car, police said.

As fate would have it, a couple of beat cops were passing by. They nabbed Bernard, ran the car’s plate and bingo – up popped the judge’s name.

“He did it right under my nose,” Sing said.

Bernard, 32, is now back behind bars, facing another auto burglary charge.

His next court date is Tuesday, this time in Superior Court.

As for this validating those who say Community Court is just a revolving door for petty criminals like Bernard?

“He’s just one of 1,600 we deal with,” Sing said. “Most of them do really well.”

Maybe – but this is the one who is going to be remembered.


Sign of the day

Hitchhiker writing 'The Kindness Of America,' victim of drive by shooting

Raymond Dolin may need to change the title of his upcoming memoir.

Dolin, 39, is hitchhiking across the United States to gather material for his book, "The Kindness of America."

But on Saturday night, the West Virginia man was shot by a random passerby on the side of a highway, the Billings Gazette reports. Dolin was waiting for a ride a couple of miles outside of Glasgow, Montana around 6 pm. That's when, he says, a man driving a maroon pickup truck pulled up and shot him in the arm before speeding away.

The hitchhiker was able to get the attention of another passing vehicle, KRTV reports, and is now recovering at a Glasgow hospital. His injuries are non-life threatening.

After a manhunt lasting about four hours, authorities tracked the maroon pickup about 100 miles east of Glasgow and arrested the driver, Charles Lloyd Danielson III, of Washington State.

Police say the two men did not know one another. "It appears to be an absolutely random event," Sheriff Glenn Myer told KTVQ. "He just drove up there and shot him. We're unclear as to why."

UPDATE: It appears Dolin shot himself in the arm. As for Danielson, he's been released.

Student caught with 35 ft. crib sheet

A high school student has been expelled after being caught with a 35ft long crib sheet wrapped around his body during his university entrance exam in Kazakhstan.

The Borat-style stunt was discovered when examiners noticed the student fiddling inside his clothing before the exam started, say officials.

Under his shirt they found a chain of computer print-outs containing 25,000 potential answers to the exam's five topics of maths, history, Russian, Kazhak, and another subject of the student's choice.

Education authority spokesman Bolatzhan Uskenbayev said: "If he'd put half as much effort into studying as he did into cheating he would have sailed through the exam with a distinction.


Celebrity side boob week

Emma Watson

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Hockey coach suspended and fined after team skips ceremony to study

Junior Hockey Coach Suspended and Fined For Letting Team Study For Finals

Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador has slapped a junior hockey coach with a one-year suspension for allowing his players to study for exams instead of attending the opening ceremony for a recent tournament.

In addition to coach Brian Cranford’s suspension, the Mount Pearl Junior Blades team was fined $2,000 by hockey’s governing body in the province.

“We had a good reason for not going,” Cranford told CBC News. “We’re right in the middle of university exams.”

Cranford — who actually received an award from Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador last year — says it was hard enough getting his players out for the games, never mind the opening ceremonies.

"These are junior kids, they’re 18, 19, 20 years old,” Cranford said. “Because of our schedule, we had real issues trying to get a team iced for every game."

Cranford says he gave notice that the team wouldn’t be able to make it to the ceremony.

But that wasn’t good enough for the organizing committee.

Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador president Jack Lee says the rules were clear — teams in the tournament had to be there from start to finish.

Cranford and the team appealed the suspension and fine, and lost.

The volunteer coach has hired a lawyer, and now plans to take the matter to Hockey Canada.


Don Cherry puts his xenophobic foot in mouth again

Anyone who reads this blog knows I just don't care for Don Cherry. Many people love him. Well good for them. He has an archaic view of hockey and doesn't seem to acknowledge that sports evolve. He is also too conservative, too full of himself, too nationalistic and too xenophobic for me.

The comment below is a gem.

Ron Maclean speculates on whether the Kings are slowing down because their travel over the year is beginning to catch up to them. They've traveled, he says, over 100,000 kilometers this season. But Cherry demands Maclean convert the numbers behind his speculation to miles because, "Don't give me that commie stuff."

The metric system was introduced by France in 1799 and used all over the free world since with exception of the US. Meanwhile Karl Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto is 1845. The metric system was already around by then. Still only Communist would invent a diabolical system where you measured thinks in units of tens.

45 years of Maple Leafs frustration: 1985-86

Another bad season (25-48-7) for the Maple Leafs finishing 19th overall yet making the playoffs because the pathetic Red Wings (or Dead Wings as they were referred to in the 1980s) were also in the Norris Division. In the first round of the playoffs the Leafs swept the best of 5 series with Chicago in 3 straight games and extended St. Louis in the next round to a 7th game in their best of 7 series.

Wendel Clark had an immediate impact on the team and lead the team in goals scored with 34 (a Leaf rookie record) as well as penalty minutes with 225. The 5’11", 194 pound combative left-winger became an instant crowd favourite with his quick and accurate wrist shots and punches. He took on all comers, including heavyweights Behn Wilson and Bob Probert. He was a breath of fresh air to a team that was unable to properly develop the early first-round draft picks that should have turned the franchise around. Rick Vaive became another Leaf captain to be humiliated and driven from the team when he was stripped of his captaincy for missing a morning practice. The position was left open.

GM Gerry McNamara continued to look to Europe for talent although team owner, Harold Ballard, was not so keen to sign foreign players. McNamara has discovered Borje Salming and Inge Hammarstrom in the 1970s. McNamara began to look at Czechoslovakia where Vaclav Nedomansky and the Statsny brothers had been able to jump to the NHL. McNamara beleived he could geta a number of stars on their national team to defect. He had drafted Peter Ihnacak in the 2nd round in 1982 and picked up Miroslav Frycer in a trade. In fact, by 1985-86 Frycer was leading the Leafs in scoring.

But back in 1982, McNamara was so intent on drafting Czech players that he also drafted Peter Ihnacak's brother Miroslav although no Leaf scout had ever seen him play. The Leafs were able to sneak Miro out of Czechoslovakia during Christmas 1985 and paid almost $1 million to get him out of the country and sign him to a contact - remember Ballard was not supportive of bloated payrolls. As it turns out, Miro wasn't as big, fast or good as his brother Peter. He played just 55 games for the Leafs and scored 8 goals before being bought out of his contract. Just another set back for the Maple Leafs.

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