Saturday, October 27, 2012

NASA’s time-lapse video of Hurricane Sandy - pretty scary

Despite how it looks, NHL owners and players are very close

empty ice hockey net

I shrug my shoulders at all the theatrics that have gone on between the NHL owners and players.  Cancelled games and threats of cancelling the Winter Classic and Al-Star games don't mean much.  That's because those games can still easily be reinstated and both sides know that.  Still they insist on  banging those war drums.

To be honest the owners have always be gunning for a 50% split in revenue and they finally came around to putting that on the table last week.  As for the players they too now are excepting a 50% split.  It's really just the timing now that needs to be agreed upon - how quickly to they get down to 50%.  The owners want it in year 1, the players several years later.

So how much is terms of dollars are the parties apart?  Probably less than $100 million.  So at certain point, and likely soon, the players and owners both stand to lose more than they can possibly gain by holding out.   If the average NHL gate is somewhere between $1 and $2 million then once  50 to 100 games are permanently lost, both sides lose money. 

It's unlikely that any games are permanently lost yet which is probably why the league has dramatically cancelled 25% of the schedule and threatens more cancellations on Monday.  This is a game of chicken. Only the owners know when that point is actually reached.  My guess is that once that threshold is really close there will be a new offer tabled by the owners.

So ignore the grandstanding and rhetoric.  It's just a lot of background noise.

Video of the week

Has to be Donald Trump's lunatic rant where he offers $5 million if Obama can prove he is American born. 

This was quickly followed by a video showing Obama's birth in Kenya.

These are your October surprises.

Bad idea for a Halloween costume week

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sign of the day

Use of the phrase "I died"

Chinese man sues wife for being ugly, wins $120,000

A man from northern China divorced and sued his wife earlier this year for being ugly. That’s not a joke.

Neither is this: That man recently won the lawsuit.

That man is Jian Feng and he said his issues with his wife’s looks only began after the couple’s daughter was born. Feng was appalled by the child’s appearance, calling her “incredibly ugly” and saying she resembled neither one of her parents.
With that being the case, Feng initially accused his wife of cheating. It was at that point that his wife, who has not been named, came forward, saying she had spent $100,000 on intense plastic surgeries to drastically change her appearance before she met Feng.  She never told Feng about those surgeries.
When Feng found out about the procedures, he filed the lawsuit. He said the woman convinced him to marry her under false pretenses.

A judge agreed, awarding Feng $120,000.

If my wife hears about this I may end up in court too.

Video proof that Barack Obama was born in Kenya

Yesterday afternoon, an anonymous source known only as “Peter R.” reached out to VICE with claims that he had in his possession a video of President Barack Obama’s birth. Peter said that the footage was shot at a hospital in Mombasa, Kenya, on August 4, 1961, by his father, Barack Obama Sr. The short clip that appears to depict a white woman who resembles Ann Dunham, Obama’s mother, giving birth to a huge black baby. Looks more like Shaquille O'Neal than Obama.

Peter said that he has the entire roughly 15-minute video in his possession and has been attempting to reach out to Donald Trump and other prominent birther theorists. He says the full video shows Obama's Kenyan birht certificate.  The video does look a little contrived with the close up shot of the patient chart that has a huge photo of "Ann Dunham."


Flashback Friday - Mark Knopfler

Bad idea for a Holloween costume week

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I hope Psy and his Gangnam Style die a painful death

Haven't you had enough of Gangnam Style by now.  Psy and his stupid dance is everywhere.  He's appeared on SNL and the Today Show.  He's taught Ellen and the old broads on The View to dance it. I haven't hated a song this much since Billy Ray Cyrus and his mullet was singing Achy Breaky Heart back in 1993.

This ad was banned but not for nudity

Richmond Ham's naked farmer and picnicker ad has been banned by the advertising watchdog over its provenance claims. However, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) had no problem with the nudity in the ad. Instead, it banned it over the Kerry Foods-owned company's claim that Richmond Ham was "Britain’s only ham made with 100% natural ingredients."
Kerry Foods had previously tried to counter the complaints about the level of nudity on show with a re-edited version without any nude bottom shots. In its response to the ASA, Kerry Foods defended the level of nudity on display by stating the ad was designed to convey the core message about Richmond Ham's natural ingredients in a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek , humorous manner consistent with its positioning as a family brand.

Kerry Foods said the ad demonstrated a well-adjusted and non-sexual attitude to the human body and that, before the ad launched, it was tested rigorously with its target audience of mums with children living at home, and had received an overwhelmingly positive response. Richmond Ham escaped censure by the ASA on four of the five counts, including the complaints about the nudity in the ad. However, the ad was banned over its claim of describing the product as "Britain's only ham made with 100 per cent natural ingredients." The ASA said it was likely to be interpreted by consumers as meaning the product was British in origin, when in fact that was not the case. The ASA ruled that the claim was misleading and banned the ad.

You know you're in trouble...

President Obama tells the NHL owners and players to figure it out

Brazilian woman has sold her virginity for $780,000; what was yours worth?

Bare assets: Brazilian Catarina Migliorini has agreed to sell her virginity online for $750,000 to a Japanese bidder

Catarina Migliorini, a 20-year-old Brazilian student, has been at the center of a heated bidding war for the last few weeks. What's for sale? Her virginity.

Over the last day, three bidders boosted the price to more than three quarters of a million dollars before, finally, a mysterious Japanese bidder known only as "Natsu" fended off an American and an Indian with the winning bid of $780,000. Who knows what the next step will be – whether Natsu will travel to Brazil to finish this transaction or if he'll spring for a plane ticket to his home country. Despite the huge sum, Migliorini has said she'll donate up to 90 percent of it to charities that build homes in her native Brazil.

Just goes to show you that rick people have lost touch with reality.  They have everything they could possibly want so do they put their excess wealth to do good?  Some do.  Then there is this rich Japanese man who drops over three-quarters of a million dollars to screw a "virgin." Don't get me wrong she is nice, but lets get real.  At least she is going to donate much of the money to charity.  Just wondering how much she could pull in by auctioning herself off again - only had sex once and he lasted just 3 minutes!  

Stephen Colbert makes a counter offer to Donald Trump

Bad idea for a Halloween costume week

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Donald Trump, leader of the birther movement is expanding his empire

So the Donald Trump's big October Surprise is out now and it's just a little anti-climactic.  No longer is he demanding to see President Obama's birth certificate (I guess the real one not the fake he produced) but he must also now hand over his college records and applications, and if he gives his passport applications and records (I guess the real ones not some fake ones).  Oh yes, he's offering $5 million to any charity chosen by Obama if supplied with the documents requested.

Seems like an episode of The Celebrity Apprentice. While everyone is debating the economy, China policy, Iran, job creation, the deficit, abortion, energy self-sufficiency, global warming, gun violence, the Donald is focused on Obama proving he is who he says he is.

While your digging up this stuff, can you find out if Mitt Romney is using a spray-on tan.  Americans have the right to know.

How 50 years ago we could have died

50 Years Ago We All Almost Died: The Images That Define The Cuban Missile Crisis

Fifty years ago this week was the Cuban missile crisis.  It's now just an event in the history books but it was the turning point of the arms race when we were at the brink of a nuclear war.

I was 9 years old and didn't fully comprehend what was going on but I need remember vividly the drills we had to do in school in the event of an attack.  In hindsight what a joke of a bomb shelter in our school.

The leaders of the Soviet Union in 1962 realized the weakness of their position relative to the United States and believed the quickest end to the Cold War was to find a balance. A missile base in Cuba presented an opportunity to force American to concede that Russia was its equal.

While the decision was made in May 1962, the hope was to build the sites quietly and then announce them to the world after the U.S. November elections.

 Spy planes on October 14th caught definitive images of the missile sites being built in San Cristobal, Cuba. The photos would be analyzed and the weapons identified by October 15th, when they were delivered to President Kennedy, starting the clock on the infamous 13 days.

50 Years Ago We All Almost Died: The Images That Define The Cuban Missile Crisis

While most of Kennedy's team were in favor of some form of naval quarantine, there was significant support for a strike including.  Thankfully, they did not strike immediately. The Cubans had 98 tactical nuclear weapons and could have theoretically wiped out an invading force.

 The Blockade would take place, leading to many of the closest and most dangerous moments in the war as heavily armed U.S. and Soviet faced off in close proximity.

50 Years Ago We All Almost Died: The Images That Define The Cuban Missile Crisis
While negotiations slowly continued through October 23rd and October 26th the build up of missile sites continued unabated, with evidence showing an increase in activity. At the same time, the U.S. mobilized for a possible response and invasion.

On October 26th, Khruschev sent an offer to withdraw all of the bombers and missiles in exchange for an agreement by the U.S. not to invade Cuba.

As the administration was considering their response, Khruschev announced in Moscow they also demanded the removal of Jupiter rockets from the U.S. NATO ally in Turkey, but Kennedy smarty ignored it and announced his agreement of the initial terms. Khruschev dropped his demands and accepted. Ultimately, the U.S. did withdraw the obsolete weapons (Polaris-missile-equipped subs did a much better job protecting Turkey anyways).

It was one of the crowning achievements of Kennedy's administration and reflected a reluctance on both sides to fire the first shot when no one could predict what would happen next.

Woman pulled over doing 212 km/h with two kids in the back seat

A Chatham-Kent OPP officer registered a white 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS travelling 212 km/h on radar in a 100 kph posted zone near the Merlin Road overpass at 1:53 p.m.

Given the velocities involved, it took officers about 20 minutes to halt the car in a safe manner.

Further investigation revealed two passengers in the rear seat, a six-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy, who were not properly secured in their child-booster seats, police said.  The woman and her two children were taken to Chatham-Kent OPP headquarters where she was charged with dangerous driving, two counts of racing a motor vehicle and two counts of fail to ensure toddler properly secured.

The luxury car, which sells at a base price of about $85,000, was towed to an impound for the prescribed seven-day penalty and the woman's driver's licence was suspended for seven days.

You're not buy a set a wheels like that to be driving 100 km/h.  In fact she was even close to top speed which is supposedly 250 km/h.  I like the way it took the OPP 20 minutes to catch up with her.  That is going to be a $10,000 fine.  Ouch!


Bad idea for a Halloween costume week

Bank robber gets caught after returning to get more money

A bank robber was quickly captured Monday morning when he returned to Alliance Bank — the scene of the crime — after discovering the teller had not given him the full $20,000 he had demanded, Syracuse police said.
Arthur Bundrage, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny.

Here’s what police said happened:  About 9 a.m., Bundrage entered the Alliance Bank, walked up to a teller and demanded $20,000 in cash.  The teller told him no. When Bundrage demanded again, the teller gave him an undisclosed amount of cash.

Bundrage then left, and the bank immediately called 911.

As officers were responding, Bundrage discovered the teller had not given him the full $20,000 amount he had asked for.  Officers found him standing at the front door attempting to get back in.


Hump day hottie

Salma Hayek

Monday, October 22, 2012

If you are asked to sing to a full stadium, make sure you know the words

If you saw game 6 of the NLCS last night you would have seen this mess.  A local San Francisco entertainer, Misa Malone, sang "God Bless America." Some people described it as the worst rendition ever.  The problem was she forgot the words.

But that hat she wore just killed it for me.  The hat is supposed to be the city of San Francisco.  What ironic is that as she strode out onto the field, the stadium announcer asked fans to remove their hats.  Wish she had followed suit.

Even worse was Lil Wayne singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Just confirms rappers can't sing. Sorry kids the truth hurts.

How to pick up girls at the gym

Girl in skunk costume accidentally shot by relative

A 9-year-old girl was accidentally shot in the shoulder Saturday night by a family member who thought she was an animal outside a New Sewickley Township home, police said.

New Sewickley Police Chief Ronald Leindecker said the girl, whom he would not identify, was over a hillside around 8:30 p.m. during a Halloween party at 376 Brewer Road. Leindecker said an unidentified male relative mistook the girl, who was wearing a black costume and a black hat with white tassel, for a skunk and shot her in the shoulder with a shotgun.

The girl was alert and talking when she was flown to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, Leindecker said. A report on her condition was not available. Leindecker said he was not sure if charges will be filed. He added that the man had not been drinking.  Officers on Saturday night were still investigating and collecting statements, and they will turn over the case to the Beaver County district attorney’s office, Leindecker said.

I'm sorry but since when do skunks weight 60 lbs and walk on their hind legs.  How do you mistaken a little girl with a skunk when you are alledgedly sober?  None of this makes sense.


Woman fakes her own kidnapping to get day off work

A San Antonio woman is facing charges after police say she faked her own kidnapping to get a day off from work.

An officer on patrol went to check out a car parked near Ray Ellison and Five Palms around 6:30 p.m. on October 10th. When the officer looked inside the car, he spotted 48-year-old Sheila Bailey Eubank bound with rope.

An arrest warrant affidavit states Eubank told police a man jumped into her car around 6:15 a.m. while she was at a Security Service Federal Credit Union ATM near Loop 1604 and Bandera Road. Eubank said the man held her an knife point and forced her to drive him to various locations for what she believed were drug deals. She told officers he then assaulted her, tried to choke her with a rope, and then tied her up and left her in her car.

However, officers discovered a lottery ticket in Eubank's purse that was purchased that day during the hours she claimed she was being held. Investigators reviewed surveillance video from the store where the lottery ticket was purchased and found out she had entered the store by herself and appeared "healthy, unhurried, and pleasant with the clerk."

Investigators then reviewed video from the Security Service Federal Credit Union where Eubank claimed she was abducted. The video showed withdrawing money from the motor ATM, but there were no signs that anyone else was with her.

Police say when Eubank was confronted by investigators, she eventually admitted her story was false and that she simply wanted a day off from work and wanted attention.

I empathize with this lady. You need a day off work but can't call in sick because you've worn out that excuse.  Your grandparents are passed away and someone might clue in if you claimed you mother had just died.  You can't claim there is no one to look after your kids for the day because they are 24 and 19.  Not much left except, I've been kidnapped.  Who would have expected the police to search your purse.  Bummer.


Couple annoyed by aliens

A couple reportedly called police four times within a seven-hour period last week insisting that alien-like creatures had invaded their home, noting the situation was creating havoc in their lives.

The woman said that since Saturday night she had seen “a number of people in her yard and house.”

She stated there were green men hiding their face from her before police arrived. She also stated that the people had been in her house hiding and moving things around.

According to the report, the woman and her husband did not know exactly how the aliens were able to gain entry to their home.

While speaking with the couple, police became concerned that they appeared “mentally unaware of their surroundings,” noting that they had already called three times before he responded in reference to the same situation.

Even though police had not found any evidence of such creatures during the previous three visits, police still conducted a search of the home to make sure the pair was not in any danger.


Bad idea for a Halloween costume week

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sign of the day

Anthopolous makes the best of a bad situation in releasing Farrell

John Farrell wasn't the best manager in AL.  In fact it would be difficult to say he was even a good manager.  He finished with a slightly better record than Bobby Valentine and we all know how that ended.  There was some criticism of his handling of young players by some of the veterans on the team.  There were rumours of friction between Farrell and Anthopolous.  In fact an argument could be made for firing him. 

But I've always said the Farrell situation should be the Blue Jays call.  He was under contract for one more year and its obviously he wanted to walk away from that obligation if possible to return to Boston.  That puts the Jays in the difficult position where their manager doesn't want to manage here any more.  So all things considered why not make a deal with Boston.  In the end Anthopolous got something for nothing.  That doesn't happen to often.  John Farrell can easily be replaced.

It's hard to understand why the Red Sox are so hot on Farrell.  Of course he is a known entity in Boston and knows the clubhouse politics there.  But he was a good pitching coach and his ability to manage is still questionable.  Can they afford to make another managerial mistake?  This sounds like one of those situation where a move was made to appease the fan base.  Like bringing back Wendel Clark over and over again.

If the reports are accurate then Farrell gets infielder Mike Aviles and send Adam Lind with Farrell over to Boston.  Aviles is a cheaper version of Kelly Johnson, a mediocre second baseman.   But by replacing Johnson with Aviles and moving Lind's contract, Anthopolous has cleared up $9 million is salaries.  Will the tight wads at Rogers let him spend that money to improve the team?  You hope so.

I hope Anthopolous isn't forced to replace Lind with another mediocre hitter who is just cheaper.  And we need starting pitcher.  So do a lot of teams so Rogers better pony up the money.

UPDATE:  It seems Adam Lind is not going to Boston but rather David Carpenter.  It seemed to good to be true.  We will never whether there was a rift between AA and Farrell or whether veterans were not seeing eye to eye with their manager.  What we do know is that Farrell's heart was in Boston so the Jays really had to let him go.

Bikini Sunday

Courtney Bingham

Bad idea for a Halloween costume week