Saturday, October 20, 2012

The NHL lockout should end soon

Most hockey fans were probably shocked and disappointed with the breakdown in negotiations between NHL owners and players on Thursday.  Well don't be.

Sure both sides trashed the other side and appear to dig in their heels.  But much of this is public posturing.  In fact I have never seen labour negotiations have such a high degree on transparency.  It's not like public opinion will determine how this will end.

Back in 2004, the two side were miles apart.  The owners wanted a salary cap and a role back in salaries.  The players wanted none of that.  At the time players were actually receiving about 73% of revenue which is totally out of line with other sports.  The players and owners eventually reduced the players' share to 57%.

This time around the owners would like to see a collective agreement that addresses some of the flaws of the previous CBA - like circumventing the cap by dumping salaries in the minors or front loaded contracts of 10 years or more.  And the owners want to see the players share more in line with the NBA and NFL where the split is 50:50.

These issues aren't as fundamental as whether or not there should be a salary cap at all.  In fact, the players' counter-offer on Thursday included a 50% split.  The difference between the parties is essential how you get to that 50% split and how many years it should take.  The owners want it in year 1, while the players want it take take longer so that players under contract don't need to take a salary cut this year.

These difference will be sorted in a short period of time.  Despite the rhetoric, neither side will want to see game lost let alone an entire season on what is in reality a small gap. The media has also over reacted having been sucked by last Thursday's dog and pony shows.

As a side note, I know a lot of bloggers who are critical of Damien Cox at the Toronto Star.  I'm not impressed by Cox but see no point in ripping him.  Interestingly he posted an opinion that suggested that Donald Fehr was doing a pretty crappy job representing the players and coming to negotiation meetings unprepared.  In contrast, Jeff Blair in the Globe heaps praise on Fehr.  So who are you going to believe?  For one thing, Cox has a history of conducting character assassinations in his columns. But frankly, Fehr's reputation is beyond untouchable.  That's why the players hired him.  Any allegation that Fehr isn't doing a good job is ridiculous.   

Porn stars protest proposed condom-only porn measure with PSA video

Porn performers Jessica Drake and James Deen are hoping to raise awareness -- and possibly other things -- with a new political ad that protests a controversial condom-only porn measure on the ballot in Los Angeles.

Under Measure B adult film producers must obtain a health permit before filming and performers must use condoms while engaged in sex. It also calls for health officials to be on working sets.


Radio caller wants deer crossing sign moved so deer won't cross on highway

A caller in North Dakota aired to the Y94 Playhouse radio station complained that deer at deer crossings have hit her car on serveral occassions so she wants the signs moved to low traffic areas.

One of the dumbest people in America or a great prankster?

Mug shot of the week

n October 18, 2012

Joshua K. Pinney was arrested in June for attempting to impersonate another man and steal his debit card.

The 30-year-old allegedly walked into a Bank of America in Des Moines, Washington and handed over an Oregon ID, stating that he needed a new debit card. He reportedly said he was on a business trip, and mentioned that he had recently been in an accident. The branch manager immediately determined the disguise was fake.

No doubt one of the worst disguises ever.

Video of the week

 Jill Stein, a Green Party candidate for president, along with her running mate Cheri Honkala, attempted to gain access to the presidential debate hall. Stein was denied entrance to the campus by Hofstra University representatives because she did not have credentials. Eventually police barricaded the entrance.

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Woman accused of committing insurance fraud from inside ambulance

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The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office says a Philadelphia woman tried to commit insurance fraud — from an ambulance — after her vehicle was involved in an accident.

 Lauren Bozart, a spokeswoman for the state attorney general, says 23-year-old Regina Whitehead was involved in a four-vehicle accident in October of last year. “What we allege happened is that, in an ambulance on the way to the hospital, Miss Whitehead called her insurance company in order to add comprehensive collision and rental coverage to her auto policy, for her vehicle that had just been involved in that accident,” Bozart explained.

At some point later, Bozart says, Whitehead allegedly reported a claim to her insurance company and lied about the time of the accident. Whitehead has been charged with one count of insurance fraud and one count of criminal attempt to commit theft by deception. She has been released on $10,000 unsecured bail.


O.J. Simpson might be selling knife that might have killed Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman for $5 million

Simpson Glove

O.J. Simpson held on to the knife he may have used to kill his ex-wife and her friend and is now trying to sell it for a handsome price, an anonymous source told the National Enquirer.

 The story, which appears in the tabloid's latest print edition, quotes the source who is "close to Simpson's inner circle" as saying the knife is stashed in the Bahamas. Simpson reportedly wants $5 million for it.  O.J. is looking for a strictly cash deal so that the money can be deposited in offshore accounts and can’t be traced directly to him.  He said he’d reveal the location once a firm deal — for a minimum of $5 million.

Simpson is currently in prison after being convicted of a 2007 armed robbery in Las Vegas. Simpson was found not guilty of the murder charges in 1995. A murder weapon was never found. In a civil trial that followed, a jury held Simpson responsible for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend, Ronald Goldman. He was ordered to pay the victims' families $33 million in damages.

Back in 1995, the hall of fame football player hatched another apparent money making scheme to make cash off the trial's notoriety. He applied for trademark rights to use his name on a laundry list of products, according to the Chicago Tribune. Simpson's request could have resulted in the production of trademarked kitchen knives with the name "O. J. Simpson" etched on the handles, according to the St. John's Law review. Simpson's application was denied.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Why politics is broken

Not convinced Luongo is a Maple Leaf quite yet

There has been a steady stream of rumours bouncing around this week that the Canucks and Maple Leafs have finalized a deal that would ship Roberto Luongo to Toronto.  The sources appear good but I believe the story has been overstated.

For one thing teams cannot make trades during the lockout.  That doesn't prevent them from talking and perhaps one or both side believes they have a deal but it can't be a sure thing.

Another factor is the fact that there is not collective agreement in place.  Trading a mega contract like this will be greatly impacted by the new CBA.  Perhaps the new agreement will permit teams to pay part of the contract of traded players.  That's something that Brian Burke has been lobbying for. 

Maybe under the next CBA teams may still be on the hook for salary cap space for players that retire while still under contract.  It has long been suspected that players will lengthy front-loaded contracts beyond age 40 will retire before the contract expires.  They would lose very little money because the last few years often only pays $1 per season.

So all these things need to be know before you commit to this type of trade.

One thing for sure, if the trade is consummated then Tyler Bozak is off to Vancouver.  At the draft it is rumoured that Mike Gillis was asking for Bozak, Matt Frattin, Jake Gardner and a draft pick.  A price you could expect to ask if there was a high demand for Luongo, which is not the case.  Bozak is still likely to be traded and perhaps another asset but that's about it.  I can't see Jake Gardner going any where but I do believe everyone is asking about him.

Many Leaf fans do not want to see this trade happen.  But the same fans want to see the Leafs qualify for the playoffs.  Without a strong veteran in net, a playoff spot will not happen this year.  The Leafs can likely afford overpaying Luongo if he can deliver. As far as I'm concerned making the playoffs without selling off the farm should be the primary focus.  Bozak is far from a key piece of the puzzle.

New York Yankees remind me of the old Toronto Maple Leafs

(L-R) Alex Rodriguez #13, Eduardo Nunez #26, Robinson Cano #24 and Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees look on from the dugout late in the game against the Detroit Tigers during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.

Hey Leaf fans remember the good old days.  Sign a bunch of expensive free agents. Make dumb trades sending away picks and prospects for the chance at winning the Cup but running out of gas in the playoffs when the old guys broke down.  Too many bad contracts.

The lockout and salary cap put an end to that nonsense.  But the philosophy is alive and well in New York.  Yup  those Yankees love free agents and money and term are never barriers.  The Leafs signed Darcy Tucker and Bryan McCabe to awful free agent contracts.  The Yankees can top that with Alex Rodriguez, A.J. Burnett, Carl Pavano, the list goes on and on.  If C.C. Sabathia contract will turn bad on them.  In the post-steroid era careers will be shorter.  Hitters will lose their power earlier and pitchers will lose a few miles off their fastball.

Funny how that Yankee lineup looked so good a few months ago and now is in shambles.  Other than Cano is their anyone you would be dying to pick up.  As one of many Yankee haters it was just so fun to watch.

Flashback Friday: ABBA

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Blind man tasered after police mistook his white stick for Samurai sword

Ordeal: Colin Farmer

A terrified blind stroke victim was tasered to the ground by police – who thought his thin white stick was a Samurai sword.

Innocent Colin Farmer, 61, who was hit in the back by the stun device, has made a formal complaint and is pursuing legal action.  The incident has sparked a full investigation by Lancashire Constabulary.

Mr Farmer was on his way to meet friends for a drink in a Chorley town centre pub when the taser was fired at him from just feet away by a police officer.
“The whole thing was like being trapped in a nightmare,” said Mr Farmer.

“I heard this man shouting. I thought they were shouting at some people.
“I certainly didn’t know they were police – and I certainly didn’t know they were shouting at me.
“I thought I was going to be attacked by some hooligans. The next thing they fire a taser at me, though I didn’t know it was a taser at the time.

“I hit my head on the floor, then this policeman came around. I said ‘I’m blind, I’m blind. I’m blind’.
“This policeman knelt on me and dragged my arms round my back and handcuffed me so tight I’ve had bruises since.

After the taser incident Mr Farmer was taken to Chorley Hospital for treatment and was later released.

Chief Superintendent Stuart Williams, who is responsible for policing in Chorley, said: “We received a number of reports that a man was walking through Chorley armed with a Samurai sword and patrols were sent to look for the man.“One of the officers believed he had located the offender. Despite asking the man to stop, he failed to do so and the officer discharged his taser.


Nude woman riding the Vienna subway

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 Staff working on the Vienna underground system have been closely studying CCTV footage for a clue as to the identity of a naked young woman wearing nothing but a pair of knee length leather boots on the train who travelled  several stops before getting off again.

The woman seemed undisturbed by the fact that she was wearing nothing despite the fact that many parts of Austria have experienced heavy snow falls and even in the capital Vienna the temperature was close to freezing.

One eyewitness who saw the woman at the Kardinal-Nagl-Platz station said: "I couldn't believe it when she stepped on the train and when some people grabbed their mobile telephones and started taking pictures she didn't object – in fact she even seemed to be posing for the camera."

He said that a few stops later the young woman had climbed off the train without saying anything.

One local newspaper has now offered a photo shooting - if she agrees to come forward and and explain the story behind the stunt.

The Europeans are so blase when it comes to nudity.  Some people were more concerned that she wasn't properly attired for the cold weather.  Mind you some subway patrons weren't that blase, they did manage to get their phones out and take pictures. I'll have to check this out when I'm in Vienna next May.


Women unable to breastfeed babies, breastfeeds dog instead

Terri Graham, a mother of two, couldn't breastfeed her children. But, she's now fulfilling her maternal desire in an unorthodox way -- by breastfeeding her 9-year-old daughter's dog, a pug named Spider.

In an interview published in the Oct. 20 U.K. edition of Closer magazine, Graham, 44, said that she knows some people might consider her a "freak," but insisted that her breastfeeding nourishes the dog, and makes her feel like a better mom. "Having Spider suckle on my boob means I finally feel complete and a better mother," Graham told Closer.

 Graham, who is from California, claimed that the dog developed a taste for breast milk in 2010 after licking the nipple of a bottle she had pumped for her then-newborn son. She says she has breastfed the dog for about 2 years.

Woman accidently poisons entire family with wild mushrooms

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In case you needed another reason to avoid mushrooms, here's the sad case of a Connecticut woman who inadvertently poisoned her whole family.

Shah Noor decided it would be a nice idea to make a dish with mushrooms she picked in her backyard. She mixed them with garlic, onions and green chili peppers, and cooked them for her husband and two daughters.

Everyone "agreed it was a tasty meal." That is, until they all almost died. Several hours after finishing their fungus feast, Noor's husband and younger daughter both complained of intense stomach pains. They went to the hospital, where a quick thinking doctor encouraged the husband to call home to check on the rest of the fam. Needless to say, things at home weren't so great.

fter asking what they'd eaten recently, the doctors diagnosed the mushrooms as the culprit. Apparently, this particular strand, called Amanita bisporigera, is also known as the "destroying angel" and can, in some cases, cause death.

Everyone has been released from the hospital, except the older daughter, who doctors expect will go home this week.


Caught steeling a TV in a bar bathroom, brother and sister claim they were just having sex

A brother and sister who claimed they were having sex in a sports bar bathroom were actually trying to steal a television, police said. A woman who had been using the bathroom at Samuel's Sports Bar in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Sunday night heard a man and woman tearing a TV off the wall while she was in a stall.

As they were "stashing" the TV, the woman fled the bathroom and told the manager what she'd witnessed, police said. The manager and another employee locked the suspects inside the women's room and called police around 9 pm

When police arrived, the man and woman inside the bathroom told police that they were simply having sex. Officers questioned them further and learned that they were brother and sister, according to a release from Springfield police. Police learned that a TV had been ripped from the men's room wall as well.

Robert Larrivee, 38, of 84 Nelson Ave., West Springfield, and Amanda Larrivee, 30, of 624 South East 19th Ave., West Springfield, are both charged with larceny over $250. Robert Larrivee was also charged with threat to commit a crime after threatening to beat up the arresting officer, police said. They were arraigned on Monday in Springfield District Court.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hi I'm Alexis Wright, local Zumba instructor and whore extraordinaire

Alexis Wright has been accused of running a prostitution ring out of her Zumba studio in the vacation town of Kennebunk, Maine. Nothing like a sex scandal that involves half the men in town.  Well Alexis must have had one of the busiest Zumba studios in America, one where must of the clients were men and not women.

Police released the names, ages and addresses of 21 men to receive summonses after being accused of engaging a prostitute, and many more names will be released in the coming weeks.  A former mayor and several businessmen in southern Maine are on the list.

 There appear to have been dozens, if not hundreds, of videos of Alexis, ranging from solo stripteases in her Zumba studio to multiple-partner sex (including, rumor has it, a sex-with-a-dog video), but most have been taken down.

 I'm not posting the videos because I don't want to have a adult content warning slapped on this blog.  They are available here.

Alexis was not only a busy prostitute but a prolific pornographer.

Couple has sex on restaurant table, police can't charge them

A couple was caught having sex at a popular Baldwin Park restaurant in front of adults and children, according to a police report.

Orlando police said Jeremie Calo, 32, and his date were "having sex on a table in view of minor children" on the patio of Paddy Murphy's restaurant.

The manager at Paddy Murphy's, Tom Murphy, said as soon as he realized what was going on he put a stop to it. He told the couple, "Compose yourself, pay your tab or I'll call the police," according to the report.  Calo replied, "She can't get up at this time" because his date was still on top of him. 

Murphy called police, and the couple then stopped what they were doing.  When police arrived, they arrested Calo for fighting with the manager and refusing to pay the $101 bill.

Neither Calo nor his date were arrested for any of the sex allegations because none of the parents who saw the sex acts wanted to write statements for police.


Five second rule is a lie

 Most people are familiar with the famed “five second rule,” which states that if dropped food is picked up off the floor within five seconds of contact, it is still safe to consume.

Though a popular belief, a new study has found that germs often win the race.

The study, co-funded by Clorox and conducted by researchers at San Diego State University, found that germs do in fact attach themselves to edible items within that amount of time, the McClatchy-Tribune News Service is reporting.

Baby carrots were reportedly deposited on different surfaces, including a countertop, a kitchen sink, a table, and both a carpeted and tiled floor in the interest of testing the theory.

An additional carrot was kept clean, to serve as a constant.

Researchers found that germs affixed themselves to the carrots within five seconds of contact with different surfaces.

The countertop was found to be the dirtiest surface, with the carpeted and tiled floors following closely in second and third place.

According to a survey conducted in tandem with the study by researchers at SDSU, a reported 65 percent of parents admitted to implementing the five second rule in their homes, the News Service learned.


Proroguing Parliament is undemocratic

 A view of the Legislative Chamber from the Speaker’s chair

Stephen Harper has created a tool for governments to undermine our parliamentary democracy.  Yes, it all started back in December, 2008, when Harper got the governor-general to agree to prorogue Parliament to avoid a non-confidence vote that would have defeated his minority government. Two months later with the Opposition coalition crumbling Parliament resumed.

It worked so well that in 2009 Harper did it again to avoid answering to the Opposition about abuse of Afghan detainees.  If it works in Ottawa then why not in the provincial legislatures.  So this fall  BC Premier Christy Clark also prorogued the BC legislature to avoid being questioned by the Opposition. 

So it's no surprise that Dalton McGuinty's final act as premier was to also prorogue the Ontario legislature to protect his shaky government from answering questions regarding two cancelled gas plants.

Proroguing Parliament has always been a mechanism for a government to end a legislative session during a mandate in order to refocus their agenda.  The government would then announce their new agenda in a Throne Speech.  That is clearly not the intent of the Ontario Liberals.  The intent is to avoid the legislature. 

So essentially the Liberals will govern for several months without having to answer to the Opposition which also happens to hold a majority of seats.  Now they will not be able to pass any new legislation while the legislature is not sitting.  But Ministers can operate within existing legislation without being questioned.  If the Minister of Health wants to cut hospital budgets she can without be challenged in the House.  If the Minister of Transportation decides to cut back on transport truck inspections he can do so without being challenged in the House.

Now that the genie is out of the bottle, there is no telling how future prime ministers and premiers will wield this new tool.  All I know is that when it gets too hot in the kitchen, governments will be shutting down the kitchen.

Even 9/11 prisoners in Guantanamo don't like LeBron James

U.S. security restrictions governing the statements of former CIA captives held at Guantanamo are so stringent that one prisoner's assessment of basketball star LeBron James was treated as a top national secret for two months, a military defense lawyer said on Tuesday.

The incident was disclosed by Navy Lieutenant Commander Kevin Bogucki, a defense lawyer for Yemeni defendant Ramzi Binalshibh, one of five prisoners charged with orchestrating the September 11 plot to crash hijacked commercial planes into U.S. buildings.

Bogucki said another of his Guantanamo prisoner clients, former CIA captive Muhammed Rahim, wrote a note criticizing the National Basketball Association star's decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in 2010.

"LeBron James is a very bad man. He should apologize to the city of Cleveland," Bogucki quoted the note as saying.

Seriously this has to be just about the only basketball fan we haven't heard from on this issue.  This guy sitting in a cage for the past 10 years being tortured by the CIA still has the where for all to call out LeBron.  It confirms it - LeBron is a dick head.

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'Dead' girl wakes up as doctors preparing to harvest her organs

1. Surgeons

A teenage girl in a coma after a catastrophic car crash came round just as doctors were about to declare her brain dead.

Carina Melchior had had life support withdrawn on the advice of medics and was being prepared for organ donation.  But to the astonishment of staff at the Aarhus Hospital, in Denmark, the 19-year-old suddenly opened her eyes and started moving her legs.

She is now making a good recovery at a rehabilitation centre and is able to walk, talk and even ride her horse Mathilde.

Her family is now suing the hospital for damages, claiming that doctors had been desperate to harvest her body parts.

Ms Melchior, now 20, crashed her car in October last year.  She was in hospital for three days before doctors realised her brain activity was fading and consulted her family about stopping treatment.  It was at this point they agreed to donate her organs. 

Hey worst place to take a nap is in a hospital.  They may confuse you with a stiff and you wake in the morgue.  Of even worse...trying to harvest your organs. In fact my advice is just stay away from hospitals. Most people I know come out feeling worse than when they went in.

Hump day hottie

Eva Longoria

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Green party candidates try to crash Presidential debates

Civic debate isn’t the only democratic process on display in Hempstead today. Several hours before the start of the debate, various activist groups gathered across from the main entrance of Hofstra University to exercise their First Amendment rights.

Representatives from various activist groups, including PETA and the Socialist Alternative, gathered on the corner of Hempstead Turnpike and California Avenue.

After gathering alongside the other groups, Jill Stein, a Green Party candidate for president, along with her running mate Cheri Honkala, attempted to gain access to the debate hall. Stein was denied entrance to the campus by Hofstra representatives because she did not have credentials. Eventually police barricaded the entrance.


“If you have done the work to get on the ballot, if you are on the ballot and could actually win the electoral college by being on the ballot in enough states, then you deserve to be in the election and you deserve to be heard,” Stein told the police and crowd that gathered to watch her demonstration. “The American people deserve to hear choices which are not bought and paid for by multinational corporations and Wall Street. This is why we are not hearing the critical issues in this debate.”


The Lance Armstrong era

Paramedic says he is being punished for giving a cold man a blanket

A Detroit paramedic says he is in trouble for breaking the rules.  His offense?  Giving a cold man a blanket.

Top brass tell us employees must have permission to hand out "department property",  but that blanket was one of many donated to the department to help people in need.

Ladies and gentlemen, this might be the most ridiculous and bone-headed Detroit ambulance story yet.  It started two weeks ago when a house caught on fire.  An old cripple man lived inside.  They brought him outside.  He was in his underwear.  It was cold.  He was shivering.  You give him a blanket, right?  Right.  Then guess what happened?

"I'm being punished.  I'm being punished for giving a man a blanket, something that would seem like a common, every day courtesy.  Something that any man or woman would do in the City of Detroit, give a freezing man a blanket.  I'm being punished for it."

You know what makes this story even more outrageous?  The city didn't even pay for the blankets.  Matt Cahillane, president of Firefighter Support Services, donated them.

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 Detroit Fire Commissioner Don Austin says paramedic Jeff Gaglio is not being punished for giving a man a blanket.

"Paramedic Gaglio was disciplined by the City's EMS division for failing to follow Fire Department reporting policy, not for providing a blanket to a citizen in need," Austin said in a statement Tuesday.  "Paramedic Gaglio properly provided a blanket to a citizen who was burned out of his home on September 18, 2012.  However, Paramedic Gaglio was cited, with an official departmental document, for failing to follow Department policy related to inventory accounting for an ambulance.  Paramedic Gaglio has not and will not be suspended."


Police arrest man smashing his hearse

A man made sure on Sunday morning that his hearse would rest in pieces. The man went to the Canadian Tire store on Quinpool Road in Halifax, Canada, at about 11 a.m. and purchased tools of destruction to trash his ride.

As the man left the store with a crowbar and sledgehammer, a witness said he declined a receipt by saying, “When I’m done with these, no one will want them back.” In the parking lot, the unidentified man started hammering on the hearse, which had a skull and crossbones front licence plate.

The bumpers were smashed off, the windows broken and holes punched in the vehicle’s side. The man was standing on the hearse’s roof with the sledgehammer when police arrived. Officers cuffed, questioned and then released the man.

 Sgt. David Publicover of Halifax Regional Police said that as long as the man cleaned up the debris, police considered the matter closed because it was his vehicle and he was planning to get rid of it. “He had the salvage company on the way for it, so he wanted to get his licks in before it went,” Publicover said. “That’s pretty much it. He just wanted to give it a goodbye, I guess.”

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Sign of the day

Your Facebook friends never forget

Coach of the year candidate

 Meet Dion Robinson: a 43-year-old ex-con and soon to be former assistant football coach in a youth football league in West Park, Florida. Robinson has been arrested over 12 times.

Andrew Keigans threw a flag for unsportsmanlike for some off-color remarks made by the coaching staff and things went a little haywire. The assistant coach, who disagreed with the penalty, barged the field and confronted Keigans as he was held back by the head coach.  Because the assistant coach left the sidelines and entered the field of play to confront Keigans, the head referee decided to end the game, the report said. It is at this point that Robinson goes nuts.

Dalton McGuinty trying to protect his legacy

Dalton McGuinty - Aaron Hall Photo

I don't venture in politics too often here.  I get my fill of violence and cheats in sports.  I also worked in the Ontario bureaucracy for years and witnessed up close what goes on in Queens Park.  It ain't pretty.

You may have been shocked by the resignation of Premier Dalton McGuinty, but I wasn't.  This was a desperate move to protect his legacy that was about to muddied by a significant political scandal.

So don't believe that his resignation had anything to do with political renewal.  The time to do that was before the last election.  But the Premier wanted to include three majority governments as part of his legacy which in political terms is like when Secretariat won the Triple Crown. He came up short last year and then blew it again in the recent by-election. 

Yet these election set backs did not cause his resignations.  Rather his attempt to hang onto ridings in last year's election that did him in.  The Liberals cancelled two power plants at a cost of several $100 million - taxpayers' money.  Over the past year the government has been trying to cover this up to the extent that the government may be found in contempt of Parliament.

 So McGuinty resigned and prorogued the legislature - essentially pulling the plug on the government.  That stops any activity on the contempt charges until the legislature resumes sitting which likely won't  happen until the Liberals choose a new leader and call another election.  By that time no one will really care about the contempt charges and perhaps McGuinty can walk into the sunset only partially wounded rather than bludgeoned.  The last thing the Liberals need right now is transparency.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Man finds his car 2 years after forgetting where he parked

If you've ever forgotten where you parked your car (and who hasn't?) you are sure to appreciate this story. A man in Bavaria, in southern Germany, has been reunited with his car, two years after he forgot where he left it.

Hope he didn't leave the lights on.

Officials said that in December 2010, after a night of drinking (surprise), the vehicle's owner told Munich police his car was missing. An initial search was unsuccessful.

Then last month, authorities discovered the car by chance after a traffic warden noticed that its inspection stickers had expired. The vehicle was found a few miles from the spot where the owner, now 33, originally thought he had parked.

"The weird thing is that it turned up so far away, although the owner was pretty sure of where he had left it," said police spokesman Alexander Lorenz.


The craziest lawsuit ever?

A Pennsylvania woman filed a $3 billion lawsuit against Casey Anthony, claiming that Anthony threatened to kill her, reports.

In the lawsuit, Naomi Riches alleged that Anthony "is an Illuminati actress" who made threats to kill her and who caused her "severe psychological damage." She also claimed that Anthony was "in cahoots" with both TV personality Nancy Grace and the U.S. government.

 She clains Casey Anthony called her house August 2011 and told her that her life was being exploited and that she was a hated nation wife, she told her she would come to her house in Fort Collins, Colorado and kill her just as they did Peggy Hettrick in 1987. She let her now that her left eye would be stabbed out as a part of the Illuminati symbolism.

 On Oct. 10, Judge David Baker reportedly dismissed the lawsuit because "the fantastic allegations do not meet the plausibility standard."

Danish website holding ‘smallest penis’ contest

In Denmark, one of the smallest countries in the world, size clearly matters: a website has invited men to send in photos of their private parts and the man with the smallest penis wins an iPhone.

The erotica site, owned by Morten Fabricius, 45, recently held a competition for the most beautiful penis, and now the time has come for the smallest member.

Fabricius said he hoped the funny and quirky aspect of the competition would enable people to poke a little fun at a sensitive subject, and give them enough courage to post images anonymously.

The rules are simple: send in a photo to the website with your erection and a measuring tape next to it.  The man with the smallest organ will win, but women will also crown a winner based on votes from the site’s female members.


Marlies sell out home opener

After being more or less ignored by local fans for 7 years the Toronto Marlies have caught the attention of Toronto.

Some people may think it's a temporary benefit of the NHL lockout but it started last spring.  After finishing with the 3rd best record in the AHL last season, the Marlies went on a tear in the AHL playoffs and made it to the Calder Cup championships before running out of bodies. 

They had sell outs and near sell outs in the playoffs and continue to attract fans.  Season ticket sales were up significantly and that was before the NHL lockout began.  Top ticket prices are just $45 which barely gets in you in the ACC.

The Marlies are a mix of NHL prospects and skilled minor leaguers with little chance of making Leafs.  Under the prospect category is:  Nazem Kadri, Joe Colborne, Korbinian Holzer, Ben Scrivens, Jesse Blacker, Greg McKegg, Leo Kormarov and Jerry D'Amigo.  While the minor veterans are: Mike Zigomanis, Keith Aucoin,  Mike Kostka, Ryan Hamilton and Mark Fraser. Then there is Jake Gardner who is an NHLer eligible to play in the AHL during the lockout.

Last night the Marlies dominated Rochester for much of the game and scoring all their goals on the powerplay in a 3-1 win.  First star was Hamilton who had 2 goals including a great move in front of the net for the Marlies' 3rd goal.  Second star was Gardner who scored a nice goal on a set up from Kadri.  Kadri showed a lot of speed.  Third star was Kostka who joined the Marlies from Norfolk as a free agent and is a local boy.  He was every effective on the point with Gardner and finished with 7 shots and 2 assists.

Candidate for Miss Oktoberfest week

Bikini Sunday

Imogen Thomas