Saturday, August 11, 2012

Cannabis factory discovered in home on Pot House Lane

An English cannabis factory, with an estimated street value of up to £80,000, has been discovered at a farmhouse in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire.

Officers found the 200 plants in the upstairs bedrooms on Pot House Lane after a warrant at the address.

The plants have been seized along with lighting and cultivation equipment. Enquiries are ongoing to find out who was responsible.

PC Kat Stokes from Oswaldtwistle neighbourhood policing team said: “This was a very sophisticated set up which had clearly been going for some time. Clearly someone has been tending to the crop on a regular basis and we are carrying out forensic enquiries to find out who was responsible.”

2012 is Canada's bronze Olympics

Bronze medal for Richard Weinberger in men's 10 km open swim

Bronze medal for Mark de Jonge in men's 200 m kayak

Celebrity drivers' training week

The Olsen twins, well they will show you what accessories to wear while behind the wheel.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Man who ordered TV from Amazon received rifle instead

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A D.C. man expecting a television to be delivered to his Northeast D.C. apartment instead received a brand new fully-assembled, ready-to-fire Sig Sauer assault rifle.

At first glance, you might think Seth Horvitz was being used. A lethal weapon shipped to his address, but meant for someone else? Someone who would get the box before he did?

But the documents inside the box told another story and it appears what happened here was an innocent yet astounding mistake.

Seth Horvitz knew there was something not quite right the minute he opened the door to his apartment. The box in the hallway didn't look big enough to hold the TV he had ordered.

Confused, Horvitz tried to catch the delivery man as he walked down the hall.

"I flagged him down," said Horvitz. "And I said, 'Is this the only box that came?' And he said, 'That's it' and he took off and that was it. So I brought it inside and discovered an assault rifle."

The paperwork inside said the Sig Sauer 308 with a price tag over $1,500 was supposed to be shipped to the Independence Gun Shop in Duncansville, Pennsylvania.

There was even a document showing the seller was a federally registered firearms dealer.

"I just flipped out, I didn't know what ... how could that happen, you know?" Horvitz said. "It was absurd to think it could just be left out in the hallway first of all and this kind of mix up could happen."

After calling D.C. Police, the responding officers confiscated the weapon and confirmed it was illegal in the District of Columbia.

But the mystery remained. Why was it sent to Horvitz and is it even legal to ship a gun like this?

According to Daniel Vice with The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, there are "Not many restrictions. You can't ship a handgun through the Postal Service, but you can ship it by any other common carrier. Rifles and shotguns, even assault rifles, can be shipped through just about anyone."

But this gun was supposed to go from licensed dealer to licensed dealer.

According to The Florida Gun Exchange, the rifle was shipped properly, according to law with the correct address on the box.

But in transit, the label with Horvitz's address somehow came off the box with the television and was attached to the box with the gun.

UPS has a box somewhere without a label, most certainly containing Horvitz's TV.

The initial purchase was made with a third party through


Olympics goes for gender equality, NBC sticks with sexism

NBC is totally behind the IOC going with gender equality which no doubt why the network released a video called “Bodies in Motion,” a slowed-down montage of female athletes. All the athletes in the video compete in sports that require little clothing, and the camera angles chosen for the video seem especially fond of tits and ass. Many sports are not represented, including judo, presumably because those “bodies in motion” are covered in clothing.

Vietnamese airline has in-flight bikini dance

Finally an airlines that has their passengers in mind but then "officials" decide th spoil all the fun.

Vietnamese officials have fined a budget airline for having beauty contestants in bikini-tops dance aboard a plane without authorisation. VietJetAir was fined $956 for the Hawaiian-themed dance on its first flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang.

Passengers filmed the five women on their mobile phones on 3 August. Officials say VietJetAir had "violated local aviation regulations". The decision to fine the airline was reached after officials met on Wednesday.

A statement on the company's website says that it wanted to capture a "holiday atmosphere" for its new flight route to Nha Trang, one of the country's most popular holiday destinations. "Once passengers stepped on board they were met by flight attendants dressed in beach holiday attire [who] performed a sexy Hawaii dance," it said.

Nguyen Trong Thang, chief inspector of the country's civil aviation body, said that the airline "had violated the local aviation regulations by organising an unapproved show on a plane". But he stressed that the mobile phones used to film the dance were in safe mode. The incident has stirred public debate in conservative Vietnam.

Tourist spotted on security X-ray after falling asleep on airport conveyor belt

Rome's Fiumicino airport has defended its security procedures after a drunk Norwegian tourist fell asleep on a baggage belt and travelled 160 feet before being identified by an X-ray scanner. The 36-year-old, who has not been named, arrived at the international terminal of Italy's busiest airport at the end of last month with a backpack and a can of beer in his hand.

The man was due to check in for a flight to Oslo and when he found no one on duty at the airline desk he leapt across the counter and fell into a deep asleep on the baggage belt with his bag beside him. As the belt began to move the unsuspecting tourist reportedly travelled for 15 minutes through the secure baggage area in Terminal 3 before officials spotted his body curled up in a foetal position in an X-ray image on their monitors.

He slept through the whole episode and airport police had trouble waking him when they were called to the scene to investigate what had happened. A senior officer with Fiumicino airport police said the incident exposed no weaknesses in the terminal's security and it was not the first kind of incident involving 'drunks or people with psychological problems'. "There's usually an episode like this once a year and we are alert," the official said.

"In this case we were notified we sounded the alarm immediately and we took action." Another police officer said: "It's impossible to avoid a situation like this if there's no employee at the check-in desk." Concerned about the tourist's exposure to the powerful X-rays, police took him to a nearby hospital before reporting him to prosecutors at Civitavecchia for causing alarm at the airport. Inquiries are continuing.

Flashback Friday - The Kinks

Celebrity drivers' training week

Justin Bieber teaches paparazzi avoidance techniques

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Brian Burke's 10 worst deals

When you look at Brian Burke's track record in past managerial positions you will quickly realize he is no Ken Holland. It's not all bad. Picking up Jake Gardner was a terrific move and signing Clarke MacArthur paid off. But to date I see more bad then good. Here is my list of the worst 10 moves.

10. Signing Brett Lebda as a free agent

Lebda was signed for just 2-years but his short stay in Toronto was terrible. He actually managed to be a -3 in a game against Atlanta in which the Leafs won 9-3.

9. Trading Kris Versteeg to Philadelphia for 1st and 3rd round draft picks

I don't like this trade because after giving up three prospects for Versteeg, Burke quickly gives up on him and moves to the Flyers. I think the move partly was driven by a perceived need to gain back draft picks given up for Phil Kessel. But those Flyers picks are late in each round. Meanwhile Versteeg was one of the Panthers' best players.

8. Signing Colton Orr as a free agent

Free agent signings are really bad unless you've sunk a lot of money in a big contract. Colton Orr was just 4-years at $1 million per season. However, the Leafs quickly found that he brought little more than his fists to the table and Ron Wilson was reluctant to play him very much. Then he had a concussion and soon found his way down to the AHL. So much for truculence.

7. Martin Gerber picked up on waivers

So why would I put this on my list of bad deals when Martin Gerber came in and did a decent job going 6-5 to finish the 2008-09 season? The Leafs goaltending was abysmal that season with a shaky Vesa Toskala and aging Curtis Joseph. They were not going to make the playoffs but Gerber came in an stabilized the goaltending so instead of finishing 27th overall the Leafs finished 24th. At the Amateur Draft that June the Leafs picked Nazem Kadri but could have had a shot at Brayden Schenn or Evander Kane had they finished 27th.

6. Signing Colby Armstrong as a free agent

Signing a plugger at $3 million per season is not a catastrophe but Armstrong completely broke down and barely played his two seasons in Toronto. Mercifully we were spared a third season as Burke bought him out.

5. Trading Alexei Ponikarovsky for Luca Caputi and Martin Skoula

Ponikarovsky is still a useful player in the NHL and played in the Cup finals with New Jersey. Caputi is still in the AHL while Skoula is in the KHL. That trade produced a big fat nothing.

4. Jiri Tlusty for Philippe Paradis

As Brian Burke began cleaning out players from the previous regime that included Tlusty who at the time was better known for texting his Johnson. The former first round draft pick had a decent season for Carolina scoring 17 goals. Again that trade produced a big fat nothing.

3. Signing Tim Connolly as a free agent

Connolly was supposed to be the next best free agent centre after Brad Richards last summer and was going the be the Leafs number 1 centre. Not in my assessment although it was enough to justify paying him $4.75 million per season. Connolly sleep walked through the season and worked his way down to the third line. Can't wait to see him pathetic effort this coming season.

2. Signing Mike Komisarek as a free agent

In the summer of 2009 Burke was going to make a big splash by shoring up his defense by signing Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin. Beauchemin was mediocre was Komisarek has been awful. Burke was able to ship back Beauchemin to Anaheim and landed Jake Gardner and Joffrey Lupul - a pretty good deal in anyone's books. Moving Komisarek has been impossible so that huge contract often sits in the press box. Hopefully a buyout will be in the future.

1. Trading for Phil Kessel for two 1st round one 2nd round draft picks

Sure Phil Kessel is a very good player but there any hockey person around that would rather have Tyler Seguin, Dougie Hamilton and Jared Knight. Hamilton and Knight haven't played in the NHL but have had stellar Junior careers. The price Burke paid was just too high unless Kessel can deliver a Cup.

Mars vs Olympics

Busty Russian skywalker has no fear and plenty of cleavage

A young Russian woman walking along a narrow concrete beam high above the ground has become the latest online hit. Most likely because of the perfect view of her cleavage. The footage was made on the roof of one of Moscow's high-rise apartment blocks.

16 medals but still just 1 gold

Bronze medal for the women's soccer team in a surprise win

Silver medal for Tonya Verbeek in women's 55-kg wrestling

The sad history of the Phoenix Coyotes


There are reports that the 4 year ownership drama in Phoenix may soon becoming to an end. Greg Jamison has been attempting to purchase the Coyotes but has so far failed to find financing. That's understandable since the team has never made a profit since it moved to Arizona in 1996. There has been some reports that Jamison has now landed enough investors. Personally I won't believe until it actually happens. The sad Coyotes saga has been dragging on for some time now. Here is a summary of the history of the nightmare in the desert.

Move from Winnipeg

As the second smallest market in the NHL, the Winnipeg Jets ran into financial trouble when player salaries began spiraling up in the 1990s. In addition, the club's home arena, Winnipeg Arena, was one of the smallest in the league. Despite strong fan support, several attempts to keep the team in Winnipeg ultimately fell through. In December 1995, Jerry Colangelo, owner of the NBA's Phoenix Suns, along with Phoenix businessmen Steven Gluckstern and Richard Burke and a local investor group, bought the team with plans to move it to Phoenix for the 1996–97 season.

The Coyotes' home during their first eight years in Phoenix, America West Arena, was completely inadequate for hockey. Although considered a state-of-the-art arena when it was built for the Phoenix Suns basketball team, unlike most modern arenas it was not designed with a hockey rink in mind. In addition, an unfavorable lease with the city of Phoenix (owner of America West Arena) had the team suffering massive losses (as much as $40 million a year at one point); the Coyotes have never really recovered from the resulting financial problems.

Burke bought out Gluckstern in 1998, but was unable to attract more investors to alleviate the team's financial woes. Finally, in 2001, Burke sold the team to Phoenix-area developer Steve Ellman, with Wayne Gretzky as a part-owner and head of hockey operations.

In 2003, the team opened Glendale Arena, now known as Arena, and moved there.

Jerry Moyes buys the Coyotes

In 2005, Ellman sold the Coyotes, the National Lacrosse League's Arizona Sting and the lease to Arena to trucking magnate Jerry Moyes, who is also a part-owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In December 2008, the media became aware that the Coyotes were suffering massive losses, and the NHL was paying the team's bills. Moyes had secretly given operational control of the team to the league. In May 2009, Moyes put the team into bankruptcy hours before Bettman was to present him an offer to sell the team to Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Moyes intended to sell the team to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie who intended to purchase the team out of bankruptcy and move it to Hamilton, Ontario. The NHL responded by stripping Moyes of his remaining ownership authority.

NHL owns the Coyotes

Hearings were held in Phoenix bankruptcy court to determine the fate of the Coyotes and the holding company. Two potential bidders for the team surfaced, Reinsdorf and Ice Edge Holdings. but they did not submit a bid for the team at the bankruptcy hearing. Instead, the NHL put in the only rival bid to Balsillie for the team, while it contended the Moyes-Balsillie deal violated NHL rules. Ultimately, the bankruptcy court voided the planned sale to Balsillie, accepting the league's argument that bankruptcy could not be used to circumvent league rules.

The NHL then proceeded to work with the Reinsdorf and Ice Edge to work out a deal with Glendale. The Reinsdorf bid fell apart and the Ice Edge bid collapsed, as it did not satisfy Glendale's financial conditions.

A consortium of investors led by Chicago investor Matt Hulsizer then reached a deal to purchase the Coyotes from the NHL along with a lease agreement with Glendale. However, the Hulsizer deal collapsed in late June 2011 at least in part due to a threatened suit by the Goldwater Institute over the legality of payments Glendale would make to Hulsizer prior to the consortium buying the team.

A deal to former San Jose Sharks owner Greg Jamison has been drafted and is nearly finalized. When the deal is complete and has been approved by the NHL Board of Governors the Coyotes will stay in Phoenix for the next 20 years according to the agreement. A provision of the deal is that the team be renamed the more inclusive Arizona Coyotes "as soon as is commercially feasible." Legal challenges from the Goldwater Institute have been defended but now it seems Jamison may not have the money to finalize the purchase.

Celebrity drivers' training week

Britney Spears demonstrating her parking skills

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Cuban pole vaulter likely using a 'Made in China' pole

Canada is now at 14 medals

A bronze medal for Carol Huynh in 48-kg freestyle wrestling

A silver medal for Adam Van Koeverden in the 1,000 metre kayak

A bronze medal for Mark Oldershaw in the 1,000 metre canoe

So who gets the gold medal for cheap shots?

1. Carli Lloyd of the USA has her head stomped on by Canadian forward Melissa Tancredi.

A kick in the head: Carli Lloyd appeared to have been stomped on by Canadian forward Melissa Tancredi during the women's soccer semi-finals on Monday

Agony: The shot left Lloyd writhing on the field in pain, and no whistle was blown

2. Carmelo Anthony of the USA received a shot in the crown jewels from Argentinian guard Facundo Campazzo

Attack: Campazzo can be seen hitting Anthony in this footage from the game on Monday

Low blow: Carmelo Anthony was left howling in pain on the court after he was struck in the groin by Argentinian guard Facundo Campazzo

3. France's Nicolas Batum nutshot on Spain's Juan Carlos Navarro.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men offered blurry glasses look to keep Israeli women out of sight

It's the latest prescription for extreme ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who shun contact with the opposite sex: Glasses that blur their vision, so they don't have to see women they consider to be immodestly dressed.

In an effort to maintain their strictly devout lifestyle, the ultra-Orthodox have separated the sexes on buses, sidewalks and other public spaces in their neighbourhoods. Their interpretation of Jewish law forbids contact between men and women who are not married.

Walls in their neighbourhoods feature signs exhorting women to wear closed-necked, long-sleeved blouses and long skirts. Extremists have accosted women they consider to have flouted the code.

Now they're trying to keep them out of clear sight altogether.

The ultra-Orthodox community's unofficial "modesty patrols" are selling glasses with special blur-inducing stickers on their lenses. The glasses provide clear vision for up to a few meters so as not to impede movement, but anything beyond that gets blurry — including women. It's not known how many have been sold.

For men forced to venture outside their insular communities, hoods and shields that block peripheral vision are also being offered.

The glasses are going for the "modest" price of $6.

At the risk of being labelled an Anti-Semitic Jew I must say that he ultra=Orthodox are an embarrassment to the community. Every week they come up with new ways to become more "observant" but the reality is they are making this stuff up. But I understand what's at play here. There was a time where European Jews lived in ghettos, literally separated communities that reduced minimized contact with non-Jews. In the modern world cutting yourself off from the modern world with TV, the Internet, etc, becomes more and more difficult. So the religious leaders come up with creative ways to keep observant Jews isolated from the rest of the world through stupid customs. One day they will develop glasses that make women invisible,


When did belly flopping become an Olympic event?

Possibly one of the worst performances in London...

Although this German weightlifter dropping 196 kgms on his neck comes in a close second...

Weightlifter Matthias Steiner Dropped 432 Pounds... by kofiswag

Hump day hottie

Kat Dennings

Celebrity drivers' training week

Lindsay Lohan maneuvering around traffic.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

The spam hitting my comment section is really getting annoying

I'm now getting hit mutiple times each day by spammers who want to leave links to websites in my comment section. It would be nice if they could at least write a grammatically correct sentence. Honestly some of them I read over and over like WTF are they saying? The last one here cracks me up. Seriously, quality articles on this blog?

I have a pretty effective spam filter that has caught their shenanigans every time, so their prose have been entirely missed by the general public.

I am not opposed to self-promotion and marketing. But I am opposed to blatant self-promotion and marketing, where it is obvious your only purpose for being on the site is to shill your wares. A blatant plug is just a sign of laziness and an incredible lack of creativity. Those really aren't two traits you should have if you aspire to be a successful marketer.

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Canada wins its first track medal

Bronze medal for Derek Drouin in the men's high jump

Woman in police chase because she was topless

Speeding: Ramsey, pictured, was speeding in her Ford F-250 pick-up when police tried to pull her over

A woman led police on a car chase in north Marion County on Saturday because she was driving topless and on her way to surprise her boyfriend, according to reports.

Mandy Ramsey, 35, of Fort McCoy, was speeding south on County Road 318 in a Ford F-250 pickup truck when a patrol car chased after her to pull her over, according to a Marion County Sheriff's Office report.

After seeing the patrol car in pursuit, the woman turned onto Northeast 220 Street and then continued down Northeast 10th Avenue, running a stop sign and eventually hitting an oak tree.

The deputy lost Ramsey during the chase in the area, but soon found the truck parked behind a mobile home with its passenger side mirror broken with an oak tree leaf in it, according to reports.

Deputies made contact with the vehicle's owner, Ramsey's boyfriend, who said he hadn't driven the truck in more than two hours. Ramsey then admitted to deputies that she didn't stop because she was driving topless and wanted to surprise her boyfriend.

Ramsey was placed under arrest for fleeing and eluding law enforcement and transported to the Marion County Jail.


This is not going on my Bucket List

I'm clueless as to what this guy is doing except tying up traffice

This has to be the worst play on baseball this season

And then there is 11...

45 years of Maple Leafs frustration: 2001-02

They finished second in the Northeast Division with a record of 43-25-10-4 also third best record in the NHL for 100 points just one point behind the Bruins. The Leafs were able to sign Alexander Mogilny to provide some scoring depth to go with all the muscle they had in their lineup. The neutral zone was really taking hold in the NHL and no one scored 100 points in 2001-02. Mats Sundin finished 4th in scoring with only 80 points and 2nd in goals scored with 41 goals.

Despite the strong season the Maple Leafs would barely survive a first round seven game war against the New York Islanders in which several star players on each team including Leafs captain Mats Sundin were lost to injury. That series was best remembered for the large number of fights including a tag team of Darcy Tucker and brother-in-law Shane Corson against Eric Cairns and Shawn Bates.

With a banged up team the Maple Leafs would have to gut things out again beating the Ottawa Senators in seven games by rallying to win the final two games of the series after being dominated most of the series. However, even with return of Mats Sundin the Leafs would run out of gas falling to the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conferences finals in six games.

Following the season the Leafs would fail in attempts to re-sign star Goalie Curtis Joseph who bolted for the Detroit Red wings.

The NHL participated in the Salt Lake City Olympics with the Canadian team managed by Wayne Gretzky and coached by Leaf coach Pat Quinn. Quinn had benched Joseph after the first game against Sweden (a 5-2 loss). Quinn switched to Martin Brodeur who played very well for the rest of the tournament helping Canada to win gold. The relationship between Joseph and Quinn turned frosty and at the end of the season Joseph left as a free agent to play for Detroit. It was a move he likely regretted afterwards.

Celebrity drivers' training week

Amanda Bynes is demonstrating how to text and drive.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Olympics have not been kind to some Canadians

Tiffany Foster's horse is disqualified because of a scratch on a hoof.

Nate Brennan is spiked in the 1500 metre semi-final and fails to quality for the final.

Paula Findlay is done in by her own medical and coaching team and finishes last in the triathalon.

The Canadian women's soccer team played their heart out against the Americans with 30 seconds remaining in extra time and a little help by the refs.

Simon Whitfield started balling too when he crashed his bike in the Triathalon.

Thief leaves his ID in victim's pants

A would-be laundry thief made work easier for police in Edmonton, Alberta, when he left his wallet and identification in his intended victim's pants pocket.

An unidentified man in a subdivision told police he checked his laundry hanging outside on a clothesline Monday morning and spotted someone discarding old dirty clothes and putting on clean ones from the line.

The resident confronted the man and demanded he put his own clothes back on. The thief did and fled, and the resident said while he was waiting for police, retrieved his own clothes to rewash and found the wallet.

Investigators matched the description to an attempted home robbery nearby two hours earlier, the Edmonton Sun said.

In that incident, a woman said she discovered a man in her bedroom holding her laptop computer and cellphone. The thief left empty handed, police said.

Police are looking for a 32-year-old man with no fixed address in both theft attempts, the report said.

I've always said some people aren't smart enough to lead a life of crime. Their are some robbery basics if you are going to be successful such as not leaving evidence at the scene of the crime. That would included your wallet, mail with your address, etc.