Saturday, July 07, 2012

Woman tries to sell her soul on eBay

How much is a soul worth?

A down-on-her-luck freelance writer in Albuquerque, N.M., tried to sell her soul on eBay.

The listing appears to no longer be up, but KOB reports that the starting bid was $2,000.

The was in a car accident in 2007, after which she entered a coma for three weeks and woke up suffering from a stroke, a broken hip, broken pelvis, leg, collarbone, sternum, ribs, and a collapsed lung.

She indicated that her ad was really a cry for help.


Man busted by his mom during robbery

Twenty-two-year-old Roy Mitchell's mother stopped him during the middle of his crime by taking away the weapon he had aimed at the clerk. It was all caught on video.

Mitchell entered D's 1 Stop convenience store on Highway 80 in Brandon.

On the video, Mitchell can be seen quickly grabbing some nacho cheese Doritos and throwing them on the counter.

He then handed the clerk $2 to pay for his snack, but then things changed dramatically.

As the clerk went to get change from the cash register, Mitchell pulled a gun out of his waistband.

He then pointed the gun directly at the clerk and demanded all the money in the drawer.

Then, Mitchell's mother walks up, grabs the gun and orders him out of the store. Mitchell obeyed and left the store with the bag of chips and no cash.

Police say Mitchell's mother tried to explain to the clerk the gun wasn't real and begged the clerk not to call the law.

Mitchell and his mother left the scene in a red Oldsmobile. The clerk called the police

A short time later the vehicle was stopped by Pelahatchie police. Officers found a plastic gun in the vehicle that was made to look like the real thing.

Mitchell is facing attempted armed robbery charges.

Hey grow up Roy. You're 22 years old and you're taking your mom along to heist a store. Give me a break. Drive yourself to the store and rob it like a man. Maybe doing time will away from mom will force you to grow up.


Man who allegedly faked cat's death arrested for insurance fraud

A 29-year-old Tacoma man who filed a $20,000 insurance claim for the death of a cat he claimed to have loved "like a son" has been charged with insurance fraud and attempted theft.

According to the charges filed last week in Pierce County, Yevgeniy Samsonov's beloved cat never existed and photos he submitted to bolster his claim had been pulled from the Internet.

According to court documents, Samsonov's car was rear-ended in March 2009 while stopped at a traffic light in Tacoma. The other driver told her insurance company, Pemco, that her foot had slipped off the brake, according to Rich Roesler, a spokesman for Kreidler's office.

Pemco paid Samsonov nearly $3,500 to settle his claim of having suffered soft-tissue damage and needing chiropractic treatment.

More than two years later, Samsonov was back, this time asking for additional money for the loss of a pet cat named Tom, who he said had died in the same accident.

The insurer sent Samsonov a check for $50 to compensate him for the cat, but Samsonov said Tom "had been like a son to him," Roesler said

"Given the intense sentimental value of the cat, he wanted $20,000," Roesler said.

Pemco agents asked Samsonov for photos of the cat and Samsonov submitted two he claimed to have taken himself, court documents allege.

However, a Pemco employee did a Google search and turned up the very images Samsonov submitted, court documents allege.

The two pictures actually turned out to be of different cats, and neither belonged to Samsonov, according to court documents. One of the photos is featured on the Wikipedia page dedicated to cats.

When Pemco refused to pay the $20,000 and revoked the original check for $50, Samsonov contacted the state insurance commissioner's office, asking the agency to advocate for him, Roesler said.


Sign of the day

Video of the week

A "technical glitch" at San Diego's annual Big Bay Boom fireworks display resulted in hundreds of fireworks being shot off simultaneously five minutes before the show was set to start. Fifteen minutes of fireworks go off in 5 seconds.

Too much junk in the trunk week

Friday, July 06, 2012

Man cleared of attempting rape of woman - after female 'victim' turned out to be male

A Swedish man has been cleared of attempted rape on a transsexual - because he had intended to rape a woman.

Örebro district court ruled that as it turned out that she was a he, the charge is invalid as the intended crime could not be committed.

The 61-year-old man followed the victim, who was dressed in women’s clothes, and attacked her outside her ex-boyfriend’s house.

The man brutally assaulted her, forced her to the ground and kicked her in the face before ripping off her trousers and removing her underwear, attempting to rape her.

The woman’s ex-boyfriend witnessed the attack from his flat and ran downstairs and fought off the attacker with a shoehorn and detained him until the police arrived.

He was arrested at the scene and charged with attempted rape.

She was dressed as a woman during the attack and was referred to as a woman throughout the court hearing.

In addition, the court heard, the victim has been on hormone replacement drugs for years in order to physically become a woman.

However, the fact that she still had male genitalia meant that the attempted rape could never have led to rape, the court said.

The 61-year old was sentenced to assault and given four months in prison and ordered to pay damages to his victim 15,000 Swedish kronor (£1,380)

The Swedish are idiots. The judge's analogy to a murder case made no sense. His itent was rape although he was unable to complete the crime because his victim was missing some vital anatomical details.


College student fakes own kidnapping to get out of exam

Police in the Brazilian Amazon say a college student has confessed to faking her own kidnapping as an excuse for not handing in a year-end university project.

Para state's civil police say on their website that 22-year-old Susan Paola Fadel Correia initially alleged she was abducted last week by three men, then was tied up and held for 24 hours before being released.

A police statement says she acknowledged Wednesday that the story was false and that she spent the 24 hours that she was supposedly missing at the home of a friend. It quotes officer Gilvandro Furtado as saying Fadel explained that she "didn't want to upset her mother" with news of her problems at school.

Fadel has been charged with making false accusations.

Hey I understand where she was coming from. She has probably used up every excuse available - my grandmother died, I had to leave town to care for a critically sick aunt, my younger brother came down with the plague and they guaranteed out house. She was desperate and came up with a totally different angle. Except it didn't work.


Flashback Friday - Bonnie Raitt

45 years of Maple Leafs frustration: 1992-93

At the Amateur Draft the Leafs pick Brandon Convery 8th overall who also turns out to be a dud. Still the 1992-93 season was a triumph for the Maple Leafs. It saw them set franchise records in wins (44) and points (99). The 21-year-old goaltender Felix Potvin played his first full season with the team and was solid, with a 25-15-7 record, a GAA of 2.50, 2 shutouts, and a .910 SV%. In a season that saw 20 of 24 teams average more than 3 goals scored per game, the Maple Leafs goaltending was one of the best in the NHL, allowing only 241 goals in 84 games (only the Chicago Blackhawks allowed fewer goals than Toronto).

The Maple Leafs also had a strong defense corps, anchored by Dave Ellett, Todd Gill, Sylvain Lefebvre, Jamie Macoun, Dimitri Mironov and Bob Rouse. Newcomers Dave Andreychuk and Daren Puppa also played very well. In just 31 games with the Leafs, Andreychuk scored 25 goals and had 13 assists for 38 points. Puppa won 6 out of 8 games, had a GAA of 2.25, 2 shutouts, and a .922 SV%. Rookie Nikolai Borschevsky led the team in goals with 34.

Doug Gilmour had a career year in 1992–93. He had a franchise-record 127 points during the 1992–1993 regular season and ranked eighth in league scoring. Gilmour finished the postseason with 35 points, behind only Wayne Gretzky. Gilmour was the runner-up for the Hart Trophy as regular-season MVP and won the Selke Trophy as best defensive forward, the first major NHL award that a Leaf player had won since 1967.

The Detroit Red Wings, who finished second in the Norris Division, were the Leafs’ opponents in the first round. The Red Wings took the first two games at home by 6-3 and 6-2 scores. Incredibly, the Red Wing players were heard mocking the Leafs as unworthy playoff opponents.

But this was a different Leaf team than in previous seasons for sure. Coach Pat Burns would not let the team quit. Captain Wendel Clark came back to play an outstanding series and spiritual leader Doug Gilmour showed why he had captured the adoration of Toronto fans. This Leafs edition had a rock-solid defence with offensive prowess helped by newly acquired Dave Andreychuk, who with Doug Gilmour as his centerman, became a 50-goal shooter with the Leafs.

The series eventually came down to overtime in the seventh game at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena when the Leafs’ diminutive right-winger, Nik Borschevsky, scored to send the Leafs into the next series. Of course, Doug Gilmour not only scored the tying goal late in the third period to send the game into overtime, but also helped set up the overtime goal.

One of Gilmour's most memorable goals was scored during the 1993 second round playoffs series against the St. Louis Blues, in the second sudden death overtime period. I was at the game sitting behind the Leafs net watching him skate back and forth behind the St. Louis net before finally sliding the puck behind a sprawling Curtis Joseph. There was no video screen at the Gardens so I did not actually see the goal from where I was sitting and had to go home to watch in the sports highlights that evening. The Leafs had fired 63 shots on Joseph that night and only beat him twice.

The Maple Leafs would go on to win the series, but would eventually be eliminated in the next round by Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings. Toronto was leading the Conference series against Los Angeles 3–2 and many fans were hoping for an all-Canadian final as the Montreal Canadiens already advanced. However, during overtime of game six, Gretzky high-sticked Gilmour, drawing blood, without being assessed a penalty by the referee, Kerry Fraser, and then scored the winning goal moments later to stave off elimination. During game seven back at Maple Leaf Gardens, the Leafs were trailing 5–3 after Gretzky completed his hat-trick. The Maple Leafs scored one goal but couldn't find the equalizer, which sent the Kings to the finals. Fraser has never been forgiven by Toronto fans for that non-call.

Sign of the day

Too much junk in the trunk week

Thursday, July 05, 2012

15 minute fireworks display goes off in seconds

It appears a computer glitch caused the fireworks mishap that disappointed thousands of people camped out to watch the Big Bay Boom in San Diego Bay Wednesday night.

At about 8:55 p.m. Wednesday -- 5 minutes before the show was supposed to start -- a sudden burst of fireworks shot into the air in the bay.

Tens of thousands of fireworks were set off at the same time. The explosions lasted a few seconds.

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It's tough being a Toronto fan these days

While fans across the continent celebrate championships throughout the year, here in Toronto we can only hope and wait. Though hope is waning these days.

Toronto Maple Leafs
- finished 14th in the East this season
- last made the playoffs in 2004
- last won the Stanley Cup in 1967

Toronto Blue Jays
- 18 seasons without making the playoffs
- last won the World Series in 1993
- 23rd overall in payroll

Toronto Raptors
- in 17 season have only made the playoffs 5 times
- not been in the playoffs since 2008
- have only won one playoff series

Toronto Argos
- 6 out of 8 teams make the playoffs, but only been in the playoffs once in last 4 years
- haven't won the Grey Cup since 2004

A pathetic record all around. Top free agents spurn to Toronto for the most part. If the Raptors can't attract the most famous Canadian basketball player by outbidding the competition by millions then who will come here?

The Jays would likely find themselves in the same boat if they actually would spend the money - which they don't. Their biggest offseason signing was Francisco Cordero and we already know how well that has worked out. Their last significant signings were A.J. Burnett and B.J. Ryan back in 2006.

The Leafs are just a basket case. They too easily trade draft picks in an era where everyone holds on tight to them. They overspend on nobodies while everyone else blows their budget on big stars. They either ruin their young players or give up on them.

Well then there is the Argos. They have been a CFL joke for a couple of decades with the exception of a few good years under Doug Flutie and Damon Allen.

Lifeguard fired after saving a man's life

As lifeguards are paid and trained to do, Tomas Lopez rushed down Hallandale Beach in Florida to rescue a drowning man and then got fired for it. The problem: Lopez stepped out of the beach zone his company is paid to patrol, a supervisor said. "I ran out to do the job I was trained to do," said Lopez, 21, of Davie. "I didn't think about it at all." At least two other lifeguards have quit in protest. "What was he supposed to do? Watch a man drown?" asked one, Szilard Janko.

Lifeguards in Hallandale Beach work for Orlando-based company Jeff Ellis and Associates, which has been providing lifeguard services for the city's beaches and pools since 2003. Company officials said Lopez broke a rule that could've put beachgoers in his designated area in jeopardy. The firm could ultimately have been sued, officials said. "We have liability issues and can't go out of the protected area," said supervisor Susan Ellis. "What he did was his own decision. He knew the company rules and did what he thought he needed to do." Lopez said he was sitting at his post at about 1:45 p.m. on Monday when someone rushed to his stand asking for help.

Lopez said he noticed a man struggling in the water south of his post. The man was previously swimming in an "unprotected" stretch of the beach, city officials confirmed. "It was a long run, but someone needed my help. I wasn't going to say no," he said. Company officials said the rescue took place about 1,500 feet south of the company's protective boundaries. The unprotected area has signs alerting beachgoers to swim at their own risk. By the time Lopez arrived, several witnesses had pulled the unidentified man out of the water. Lopez said the man appeared semi-conscious and had water in his lungs. Lopez said he and a off-duty nurse attended to the man until the city's paramedics arrived.

The man, whose identity was not released because of medical privacy laws, was taken to Aventura Hospital, where he remains in the intensive care, said city spokesman Peter Dobens. After the incident, Lopez said his boss asked him to fill out an incident report. His boss then fired him for leaving his assigned area. "They didn't tell me in a bad way. It was more like they were sorry, but rules are rules," Lopez said. "I couldn't believe what was happening." Lopez became a lifeguard four months ago after passing the company's requirements, which include swimming and physical exams. The job pays $8.25 an hour, the lifeguards said. Company officials said other lifeguards watched over Lopez's area during the rescue and were on the phone with 911 operators. "The beach remained protected at all times," Ellis said.

Incompetent robber couldn't get out of store

A robber who had to be let out of the shop he was holding up after failing to negotiate the door has been jailed for three years.

James Allan, 28, was described by his own lawyer yesterday as “bumbling and incompetent” during the attack on Martin McColl newsagents, Northcourt Road, Abingdon, on March 2.

A balaclava-clad Allan, who made off with just £134.98 after threatening shop manager Angela Croke with an imitation gun and ordering her to empty the till, admitted robbing Ms Croke and possession of an imitation firearm.

Oxford Crown Court heard that after taking the money, Allan attempted to run out by pushing the door instead of pulling.

He removed his balaclava, exposing his face to CCTV cameras, then kicked a panel near the door, smashing it, knocking over a display and falling to the ground in the process.

Ms Croke had to open the door for him before he ran off – and he was found by police in the same road three hours later, throwing the weapon in a nearby bin and with the balaclava in his pocket.

If you're slow at picking things up then there is a lot to be said about practice. Sometimes practicing an activity, like for instance a robbery can make the difference between success and failure. You practice the whole process, don't be leaving out any detail such as a clearly printed hold up note or whether you push or pull the door to get out and make a clean getaway.


Too much junk in the trunk week

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Joey Chestnut easily wins again consuming 21,000 calories (68 hotdogs) in justs 12 minutes

Today, competitive eaters competed in Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog-Eating Contest, a tradition that has been going strong since 1916 - the American tradition of overeating at holidays.

There were over 40,000 spectators at Coney Island to watch the disgusting spectacle. They were lucky enough to see a world record broken: Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas ate 45 hot dogs in 10 minutes, breaking her record of 41 hot dogs in 2009.

Thomas is a mere 100 pounds, and she also holds the competitive eating titles in oysters, crawfish, clams, chicken wings, and turkey.

On the male side, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut shoved down 68 hot dogs — when finished he was covered in mush, mustard and sweat but he also ate the same number of hot dogas as the last time he broke the world record. You must be so proud Joey.

Those 65 hot dogs add up to 21,012 calories (recommended daily intake is 2,000), 16506 g of fat (RDI is 65) 50,290 mg of salt (RDI is 2,300), 2,888 g of carbohydrates (RDI is 300) 82 g of fiber (RDI is 25), and 720 g of protein (RDI is 50). Joey, you might want to see your doctor in the morning.

Toronto is rated the best city in North America to live in

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and data-sharing company BuzzData had contestants devise data-based rankings of cities worldwide to determine which one is the best.

Toronto — the only North American city in the top 10 — was ranked eighth out of 70 cities around the world.

Toronto received the highest possible rating for green space and pollution, but its marks floundered in categories such as “cultural assets” and “sprawl.”

The survey is different than the Global City Liveability Index published by the London-based EIU, the research arm for the company that publishes the influential Economist magazine. In 2011, that ranking put Toronto fourth — one spot behind Vancouver and one above Calgary.

Brian Burke is turning the Leafs into a small market team

We all can admire a man of principles but Leafs Nation is only interested in one thing - winning. So should Brian Burke.

Burke's stand against long-term, front-loaded contracts is honourable but also stupid. His job is to win hockey games not win friends. It's turning Toronto into a second rate hockey market. Not that his stand against cap circumvention is wrong, it's just that until it's addressed by the NHL you have to play the "game."

Is Brian Burke smarter than Ken Holland or Lou Lamoriello? I don't think so. The Wings and Devils have no problem throwing around big contracts. Damn it even the fucking Minnesota Wild is throwing big money. Burke throws around platitudes.

We pass on Ilya Kovalchuk and sign Colby Armstrong. Burke is desperate for a front line centre but passes on Brad Richards and signs Tim Connolly. So instead of getting better we are treading water at best. We overpay washed up players instead of overpaying stars. That's just nonsense.

I just hope this is Burke's last year in Toronto because I want a GM that will stretch the rules to the limit, that will hound free agents till the give in and spend the owner's money to buy a winner. I'm tired of listening to bullshit.

Jet fly by fail

Two air force pilots make a low-altitude supersonic fly pass which shattered every window of Brazil's Supreme Court.

I want this panda!

Happy Fourth to my friends south of the border

Too much junk in the trunk week

Hump day hottie - 4th of July edition

Kate Upton doing what she does best


Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The guy who built a replica of Fred Flinstone's footmobile has too much time on his hands

A motorist's bid to begin driving a replica of Fred Flintstone's footmobile has been foiled after German police ruled his Stone Age vehicle was too unsafe to take for a spin.

Featuring a wooden frame design and leopard print seat covers, engineer Sebastian Trager built the model using the chassis of a Volkswagen Polo. There's no need for Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble's pedal power however, with the modern adaptation of the Flintmobile boasting a 1.3 litre engine hidden under the front roller.

Trager's bid to make his vehicle legally roadworthy hit the skids after German police ruled that the vehicle was too unsafe to be driven on public roads. 'We copied every last detail. I work in car construction and love working with cars so it is perfectly safe,' explained Trager.

'But when we got the registration form section about the number of lights, windscreen washers and wipers, well, we don't even have a windscreen so we gave up. Instead we trailer it to shows and exhibitions for people to see and everyone seems to love it.'

Andy Griffith: 1926 - 2012

Andy Griffith has quite the legacy of work on television and film though he will be best remembered at least by those old enough as Sheriff Andy Taylor on the Andy Griffith Show. He broke in as a standup comic. One of his best routines was about watching a football game for the first time.

45 years of Maple Leafs frustration: 1991-92

Cliff Fletcher was hired by the Maple Leaf owners to replace Floyd Smith during the offseason. Cliff Fletcher was unlike any of the previous general managers of the Leafs in the 1980’s in that he had previous success in building a winner. Fletcher started his hockey career in the Montreal organization and then built an expansion team in Atlanta from scratch, improving each year to an eventual Stanley Cup with Calgary in the 1988-89 season. Having reached that pinnacle, he was looking for new challenges and was hired to rebuild the Toronto Maple Leafs.

One of Fletcher’s first moves was to make a huge seven player trade with the Edmonton Oilers that would bring a proven goalie in Grant Fuhr and high scoring winger Glen Anderson to the Leafs. Going the other was was the team's leading score Vince Damphouse. It was obvious that Fletcher looked for players who had won before and would bring their winning attitude to the Maple Leafs dressing room. Fletcher’s next major transaction was a bombshell. He traded former 50-goal scorer Gary Leeman to the Calgary Flames in a gigantic 10-player trade that would prove to be one of the steals of all time. The big name coming back was Doug Gilmour who would be the face of the Leafs for the next few years. In order to strengthen the defence, Fletcher was somehow also able to extract veteran Jamie Macoun from the Flames as well. None of the five players that the Leafs sent to Calgary had any great impact. This was a novelty for Leaf fans as they were used to coming out second best in the trades of the 1980’s.

Fletcher made 15 trades in the first 12 months on the job which essentially was a total remake of the team. in those deals he traded away 17 players and 4 draft picks and in return received back17 players and 5 draft picks.

The Gilmour trade was made shortly after New Years 1992. It was too late to salvage the season as the Leafs finished last in the Norris Division and 19th overall. Gilmour scored 49 points for the Leafs in just 40 games and was ready to carry the team.

Even though the Leafs missed the playoffs, but there was new spirit in the dressing room and fans could see that progress was being made. Fletcher’s next move was to hire a well-respected coach who also had proven successful. In the summer of 1992, former Montreal coach Pat Burns was hired with great fanfare to coach the Leafs.

Too much junk in the trunk week

Monday, July 02, 2012

July 1 is no longer the Leafs' draft day

Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke walks with comedian Rick Mercer during the Gay Pride Parade in Toronto

Fans may be disappointed that the Leafs were virtually inactive during the opening two days of the free agency meat market but I'm not. I think that Brian Burke has learned from his past mistakes - Mike Komisarek, Francois Beauchemin, Colby Armstrong and Tim Connolly. These big contracts rarely pay off. Over paying someone will not turn them into a top 6 forward or top 2 defenseman.

Who can't remember the Leafs GM bravado when he declared that his draft day was July 1 after dealing away two 1st round picks for Phil Kessel. He came away poorer after July 1 but no better. He hasn't traded a 1st round pick since then which is pretty much an acknowledgement that his Kessel trade was a mistake.

Teams lock up their star players with long term contracts so the free agent is dominated by journeymen or players on the decline. The pressure to get better during the offseason makes GMs do stupid things. How well did the Sabres' spending spree work out for them last summer? Not so good. Yet some "hockey experts" were convinced that Buffalo was going to be a Cup contender this past season. This year it's Calgary that is throwing around big contracts to players who will not be able to live up to the high expectations being set. But their families will be well taken care of.

Spending a lot of money has never worked well if the money isn't spent wisely. Brian Burke understands this. So he was able to relax on Canada Day and participate in Toronto's Pride Parade.

I predict video of busty blonde bimbo robber in Australia will go viral

A busty, incompetent blonde used a knife to knock over a gas station in Australia over the weekend, police said.

The woman in a revealing top is seen in surveillance video walking casually into the station in Gold Coast around midnight Sunday.

The video then shows her going behind the counter and pulling cash out of the register. She’s wearing a glove - presumably to prevent giving away her fingerprints - but it’s not on the hand she uses on the machine.


The unidentified woman, wearing a knit cap, but revealing her face, then makes what appear to be threatening motions towards the man behind the counter with what authorities said was a knife.

There were a number of serious threats to harm the attendant and she fled with a small amount of money.

It's easy to hate French funner Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad

Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad, 27, approached the girl, who is reportedly 14, after winning the 3000m steeplechase in Helsinki on Friday. In front of a cheering crowd, Mekhissi-Benabbad slapped a piece of merchandise from the mascot's hand, before shoving her.

During the 2010 European Athletic Championship he asked a mascot to kneel in front of him before he pushed it to the ground (at the 1:30 mark).

Sign of the day

Air Sex World Championships are returning, like Air Guitar but NSFW

The Air Sex World Championships are back, baby, and the competition is stiff (pun intended).

It started as a one time parody of an Air Guitar competition in Austin. It's now spread to 30 cities. The event is judged by a collection of local comedians, sex shop owners and adult film stars. Every December the winners are flown to compete in the National Championships, held in Austin, Tx..

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Sunday, July 01, 2012

What do you do when it's stinking out on the subway take off your top of course (NSFW)

With New York City temperatures hanging in the mid-90s and wind blasts that feel like a blow dryer pushing on your face, it's not surprising that some people might have the urge to take off their shirts in public. Someone on Reddit spotted a young woman exercising her right to do just that on the subway today— it turns out to be topless activist Moira Johnston who has making quite a name for herself in Manhattan.


What would be a unique Canada Day treat?

The answer would be Beaver Tails.

BeaverTails are a Canadian-based chain of pastry stands. The chain's namesake product is a line of fried dough pastries, individually hand stretched to resemble a beaver’s tail topped with butter and your choice of delectable flavours including cinnamon sugar, chocolate banana and apple cinnamon & caramel.

We have our own unique junk food.

Happy Canada Day!

Enjoy the fireworks!

Too much junk in the trunk week

Bikini Sunday - Canada Day edition

Elisha Cuthbert