Friday, November 30, 2012

Roughriders put yule log on stadium video - 4 people call fire dept

For weeks, the cheery image of the burning log was displayed on the video scoreboard at the Saskatchewan Roughriders home venue west of the downtown.  The flaming log was also shown on banner screens across the stands.

The problem was, from a distance some people thought the stadium was on fire — there have been four frantic calls to 911 in the past few weeks.

Deputy fire chief Gerard Kay said the callers were very descriptive, reporting "a very bright flame. In some cases the smell of smoke."

Trying to snuff out the false alarms, Kay said he called around to get the log video replaced.  The Roughriders organization, which is in charge of what appears on the TVs, got the message.

Yule-ive and Yule-earn.

Video of the week

Breakdancing German mascot is this week's winner.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

If you're not disappointed after 4 years of Brian Burke then you are delusional

With most Leaf fans, the glass is always at least half full. So when it comes to discussing Brian Burke's tenure with the Leafs not surprisingly many fans are satisfied.  I heard couple fans on the radio today declare that 9 out of 10 trades made by Burke were good.  I have to admit he has made some astute deals considering he had little to trade away.  But a 90% success rate is quite a stretch.

The expectation based on Burke's own words was that by now the Leafs should have at least made the playoffs once.  But if you buy into Burke's many pronouncements then perhaps you've tempered those expectations.

Here are some of the things that Burke promised 4 years ago at his first press conference as the Leafs' GM.

1. The Leafs would be bigger and more truculent.
2. The team was going to be built from the net out.
3. The Leafs would rebuild quicker by not tanking and relying on the draft.
4. The culture on the team would change for the better.

So are the Leafs bigger and more truculent?  Absolutely not. There are only few players that fit that description.  Mike Brown and Dion Phaneuf come to mind.  Luke Schenn was traded away. Colton Orr was waived and sent to the minors.  Mike Komisarek and Jay Rosehill rarely play. David Steckel is a big body but not very physical.  Key players like Phil Kessel and Mikhail Grabovski are pushed around by opponents.

Have the Leafs rebuilt from the net out.  Again no.  Goaltending is currently their biggest weakness and likely holding the team back from advancing in the standings.  Granted not from lack of trying.  Burke has signed 4 free agent goalies from Europe or U.S.  college but none so far has made an impact.  Their current #1 goalie, James Reimer is in fact a 2006 draft pick (4th round) selected by the previous regime.   He is still a big question mark.

Burke trashed the Edmonton Oilers approach to rebuilding by bottoming out and collecting high draft picks.  He insisted he could more quickly through a combination of trades, draft picks and free agent signings.  So are the Leafs ahead of the Oilers rebuild? Not really.  The Leafs are no closer to making the playoffs than the Oilers.  The Leafs are as young as the Oilers but have plenty of blue chip prospects while the Leafs have almost none.  The Leafs do not have young players on their roster with the talent of Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Magnus Paajarvi. 

Burke labelled the Leafs four years ago as having blue and white disease.  My impression is that he was referring to a soft team that accepted losing.  He was going to change that.  Did he?  Marginally at best.  The tailspin at the end of last season was the hallmark of a team that quit early.  Something that Leaf fans have seen many times over the year.  Burke referred to it as a bus going over a cliff.  We don't really know what goes on in the dressing room but if these players gave up on the season then there hasn't been much of a culture change.

In addition Brian Burke has picked public fights with just about everyone and anyone including the CBC, Don Cherry and Francois Allaire. Those disractions have been annoying.  I loved his trades to land Phaneuf, Gardner and Lupul.  But free agent signings like Komisarek, Connolly, Gustavsson, Armstrong have eaten up cap space and provided the team with little.  All those college free agent signings have produced just one NHLer, Tyler Bozak.

Yes from all appearances you can say that the Leafs are on the right track but you can't tell me that Brian Burke has met those lofty expectations he set.

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Some pretty bad plastic surgery

It appears the woman received buttocks implants that went terribly wrong.  It looks like she was injected with silly putty.  If that surgeon offers her a free facelift as part of the compensation for the botched job I would pass.

Worst police sketch artist ever?

When police in New York arrested Salvatore Perrone earlier this month on charges of shooting three Brooklyn shopkeepers to death, the focus was on the grisly murders of the merchants as they worked in their clothing stores.

But now attention has turned to the police and, in particular, its initial sketch of the likely suspect. The image shows the suspect as a young African American man wearing sunglasses.

Perrone, a white, 64-year-old garment salesman with thinning hair, could not look more different. Authorities previously offered rewards of more than $20,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

All three victims were of Middle Eastern descent with stores within a 5-mile radius of each other. Two were killed in the summer, while the last incident occurred this month when 78-year-old Rahmatollah Vahidipour was killed in Brooklyn's Flatbush neighbourhood.

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Maple Leafs earn almost as much as the combined income of 28 teams

Forbes has come out with the valuation of the 30 NHL teams and of course the Toronto Maple Leafs are on top.  There valued as almost doubled to $1 billion.

But here is the real shocker.  Toronto has an operating income (profit) of $82 million.  Take away the Rangers and the combined income for the remaining 28 teams only adds up to $98 million. That's because 13 team lose money.  This suggests that either the economic model is broken and the league is in markets where making a profit will be at best difficult.

Though for the Maple Leafs probably any economic model would work.  In fact, without a salary cap the Maple Leafs would be able to scoop up just about any free agent they wanted.  Now that doesn't guarantee a championship, it doesn't always work for the New York Yankees.  But if the Leafs could spend their way out of the basement we know they could at least make the playoffs.

Not surprising the Leafs haven't made the playoffs since the salary cap was introduced.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

This video h as something to do with the KHL All Star Game

Things are done a lot differently in the KHL.   Here's Ilya Kovalchuk and some of his SKA teammates in a weird video promoting them for the All Star Game featuring the SKA "sisters".

What the vacuum cleaner man saw

No one reported shot, stabbed or slashed in New York City on Monday

New York City streets

Not a single person was reported shot, stabbed or slashed in New York City on Monday, police sources said.

The shutout seemingly caught the NYPD by suprise, as officials were almost at a loss to explain it.  Neither Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne nor other officials could remember the last time a day ended with three zeros.

It likely didn't happen in 1990, when the city logged a record 2,245 murders, said Tom Reppetto, a NYPD historian and author of "American Police, 1945-2012."

The lack of gun and knife violence on Monday may be rare, but not a complete surprise, given that the city is on pace to finish the year with just over 400 murders, the fewest number of murders since about 1960.

Murders this year are down 23 percent -- 472 last year and 366 this year.  And there have also been 10 percent fewer people shot -- 1,674 last year and 1,514, about five a day, this year.  In 1994, the year the NYPD started Compstat, its computer tracking of crime, 4,967 people were shot -- almost 14 a day.

Sources said the emphasis on its stop and frisk initiative has changed the way criminals think, with more likely to carry a knife because a gun conviction carries a heavier penalty.  And slashings, sources said, are often an indicator of gang activity

To be sure, someone did pull a trigger Monday -- a 16-year-old walked into Bronx Lebanon Hospital in the early evening with a gunshot wound to his right thigh.  But police later determined the teen accidentally shot himself and was not involved in a crime.

The streak ended 11:20 a.m. Tuesday when a 27-year-old man was shot in Brooklyn.

I just want to know did they check the East River and all the garbage bins for bodies before declaring Monday murder free?


Signs of the day

Hump day hottie

Emma Stone

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Breakdancing German mascot makes Carlton the Bear looks so lame

Is there anything wrong with a dad taking slutty picture of his daughter to sell a car?

Meet Daddy's little girl. Lexxa Ridley, 20, is the model seen posing provocatively in a series of photos posted by her father, Kim, in an eBay for-sale listing for his 1977 Datsun 280Z. I remember the car well. It was fewer than 50,000 miles and sold for $7,500.  Not sure about how much he is asking for Lexxa.

You'll get a great view of the sunshine-yellow vehicle through Lexxa's legs—just don't let her butt cheeks distract you. In another shot, her breasts, tattoos and come-hither stare are on display.

China believes The Onion naming Kim Jong-Un the Sexiest Man Alive

The Onion was able to fool the Chinese Communist Party's official mouthpiece into believing they actually named North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-Un 2012's "sexiest man alive."

 In honor of this completely real title, the People's Daily not only republished portions of The Onion's propagandist plaudits — "He has that rare ability to somehow be completely adorable and completely macho at the same time" — without commentary, but also included its own homebrewed slideshow of some of Dear Leader Jr.'s sexiest poses.

You would have thought they would have clued in by the "impressive" list of previous winners - Bashar al-Assad (2011), Bernie Madoff (2010), and Ted Kaczynski (2008).


Obese American dies in Hungary because no airline wouild fly her back to US for medical treatment

Obese New Yorker Dies in Hungary After Three Airlines Fail to Fly Her Back to US for Medical Treatment

A sickly, obese Bronx woman was left stranded in Hungary then died from kidney failure after airline officials booted her from three New York-bound flights because she was too fat, her husband says.

“All we wanted was to come back home to get her treatment,” said a grieving Janos Soltesz, a Staten Island Ferry security guard whose 56-year-old wife, Vilma, died in Hungary nine days after she was kicked off the first of three jets.

Vilma, who weighed about 425 pounds, had only one leg and used a wheelchair. She traveled with her husband of 33 years to Hungary on Delta and KLM airlines on Sept. 17.

They spent several relaxing weeks at a vacation home they owned in the Hungarian countryside.

 They planned to come home Oct. 15 so Vilma could resume treatment with the doctors she had been seeing for years.   But the couple, both natives of Hungary, were told Vilma couldn’t be accommodated by KLM after they boarded the jet home, Janos said.

Then they were told to drive five hours to Prague for a Delta plane that could accommodate her as a disabled person, said attorney Holly Ostrov Ronai, who is mulling a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the airlines accusing them of violating laws protecting the disabled. In Prague, Delta staff told the couple the airline’s plastic wheelchair couldn’t hold her weight, Janos said.

 So the couple drove back to their vacation home and called their New York travel agent to make other arrangements.  Finally, the agent said they could get on an Oct. 22 Lufthansa flight to New York via Frankfurt, which would be able to accommodate her size.

On the plane, the crew, with help from the local fire department, was unable to move her from her wheelchair to the three seats assigned to her.

So they again went back to the vacation home to make other arrangements as Vilma became sicker and sicker.  Janos found Vilma dead two days later and buried her in Hungary.

Talk about not taking any individual responsibility.  The airlines are being sued for their part in the woman's death even though her death was directly related to the 425 pounds packed into her frame. You let your health deteriorate to the point the airlines can get you on their planes and that's not your fault?


This is the best elevator prank of all time

This video has gone viral with over 2 millions hits in two days.

Husband discovers his wife used to be a man after 19 years of marriage


The man, only named as Jan, married Monica, his family's former au pair in a previous marriage, in 1993 despite legal difficulties raised by the Belgian immigration authorities. But it was only in recent weeks that he discovered that his wife had originally been a man and had undergone a sex change.
Jan, 64, said that he and his wife had decided not to have children because he had two by his previous marriage and she fooled him by pretending to menstruate, using sanitary towels, "to conceal the truth"

For many years the couple lived a normal family life and Monica, 48, was like a "big sister" to his children until their marriage started to come under strain when she got a new full-time job.

Finally rumours began to surface and after Jan found "amorous messages" from other men on her computer, he confronted her in a violent row that led to the police being called.  "A friend told me that he had heard that Monica was actually a sex-changed man. I could not believe it. My son heard similar rumours," he said.

"I pushed her against the wall and said: Now I know the truth. Are you a man? She then announced that she was born as a boy and that she had been operated on. She was now a woman, and so she did not need to tell me about her past as a man. My world collapsed. That evening came to blows. The police came."

Jan, who is undergoing psychiatric treatment following the discovery, has started legal proceedings to have the marriage annulled but the Belgian courts have so far refused to allow him to turn her out of the familiy home.

Yeah the dating scene can be a rough place.  You never know what you're going to get. How would you like to wake up one morning with the realization that your wife is a trannie.  You damn right I'd be undergoing pyschiatric treatment.


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Craigslist ad of the week

used underwear - w4m - 19 (downtown toronto)

Date: 2012-11-24, 12:52PM EST


I am a 19 year old exchange student from Europe selling my used underwear.

I wore all my panties for 4 days and put them in a zip bag to keep the aroma!

I can guarantee you a discreet and easy exchange trough a meet up.

If you are interested or if you have any special wishes feel free to contact me and we figure something out together :)

Please note that I only sell my underwear, nothing else ;)

Looking forward to your e-mails!

Ps: I also have socks, pantyhose and shoes.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Drug suspects confesses to police then flushes recording device down the toilet

 "Tighten up on your job, homie."

That's what 30-year-old Patrick Townsend said while saluting a Polk County sheriff's detective after he flushed a digital recorder containing his confession down a toilet in the sheriff's substation, according to an arrest affidavit.

Townsend was arrested Wednesday after a deputy found 32.4 grams of methamphetamine in his boxers during a traffic stop for not wearing a seat belt.

Before being transferred to the substation, Townsend told the deputy, "Dude, that ain't -----. I deal with keys (kilos)," and went into detail about the grade and types of methamphetamine the deputy found. A recording was taken of Townsend's confession, and the digital recorder was placed on a desk in the lobby of the substation. When no one was looking, Townsend grabbed the recorder, tucked it in his armpit and asked to go to the bathroom.

After hurriedly flushing the device down the toilet, Townsend, who was handcuffed in the front, was escorted back to the lobby, where Detective Justin Starr was searching for his recorder.  Deputies say Townsend looked into Starr's face and said, "What are you looking for, Starr, your recorder?" and winked at the detective.

When confronted about taking the recorder, Townsend admitted to what he had done.

"You know what, Starr? I learned something today," Townsend said, according to the report.
"I will never incriminate myself again."

Townsend is being held in the Polk County Jail without bail, charged with trafficking meth,
possession of cannabis and destroying evidence, among other charges.


Facebook eliminates photo of woman's elbow that looked like her boob (not really NSFW)

I give Facebook credit for attempting to keep the site free of adult material.  The Internet is full of porn so nothing wrong with a porn-free site.  The problem is that Facebook can be a little arbitrary in waht constitutes "indecent material"  There have been a number of controversies of the past few years. Well here is another one.

An audio-visual web magazine posted an intentionally misleading photo on its Facebook page of a bathing woman who appears to be flashing her buxom left breast, areolas and all.  Except, upon closer inspection, it becomes immediately clear that the exposed area is actually an innocent elbow. 
But to Facebook moderators it was one and the same: Within 24 hours, the photo was removed.

But to a horny teen boy what looks like a boob might as well be one.

Rob Ford is a victim of his own stubbornness and stupidity

I actually did not believe that Rob Ford would be tossed out of his job as mayor of Toronto.  At thought he would get a serious wrist slap or an order to comply with past orders within a time frame before actually getting tossed.  But I guess he ran out of warnings.  He did a credible job on the issues that mattered the most to voters - budget, taxes, privatization.

Whether you are a supporter of opponent to Toronto's former mayor, because afterall he is a polarizing figure, you need to understand that he could have easily avoided this.  It was also not a very smart issue to make a stand on.

When Rob Ford was told that lobbying for funds for his football foundation was a conflict of interest, he refused to accept it despite the fact that the rules are clear.  When told he repay the money he refused.  When it came to a vote on council he refused to declare a conflict and voted on the issue.  When he lost the vote he refused to comply with council.  When he was ordered to comply by the Integrity Commissioner he again refused.  At any time during the court proceedings that led to his ouster he could have settled the matter but refused.

So who is to blame here?  This isn't a left versus right fight but an issue regarding the integrity of the office of the mayor.  He failed the people of Toronto because he wanted to be the sole arbiter of ethics in city hall - but he's not.  I'm sure he ignored legal advice provided to him.  For a man who got to office campaigning on corruption, its pretty ironic he gets booted out over ethics. 

Well he will  have more time for his football and foundation now.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Toronto Argos win the 100th Grey Cup

I'm speechless.  It may be just the Grey Cup in a league with just 8 teams, but it's still a championship!

Naked sledging race cancelled over crowd safety fear (NSFW)

The naked sledging competition in the Harz mountains of Germany, which thousands of people have been waiting for since the last icy run in February, has been cancelled for 2013 over safety fears.

More spectators turned up this year than people actually live in the town of Braunlage where the event has been held since 2009, leading to concerns about crowd control. The striptease-cum-sporting event has been steadily spiralling into a logistical nightmare as it attracted ever-growing numbers of gawping naked sledging fans. The problem peaked this February when around 25,000 spectators overran the otherwise sleepy Lower Saxony town.

Organisers were overwhelmed by the hour-long traffic jams of thousands waiting to catch an eyeful of the naked participants stripping before sliding down the mountainside on sledges. "When we get visitor numbers which are five times more than the inhabitants of the location, we've simply reached our logistical limits," head of organisers, radio station 89.0 RTL, Mike Bröhl said.

"It's a real shame," Christian Klamt, head of tourism in Braunlage said, adding that the event had been a great advertisement for the Harz tourist area. But Bröhl is hoping that naked sledgers will once again grace the slopes of Braunlage. "We'll have a break in 2013 and think about how we can continue this one-of-a-kind and wonderful event," he said.

 I now understand why the Germans rule when it comes to winter sports. Seriously this beats Lingerie Football by a mile. Never heard of a Lingerie Football game cancelled because they were worried about a fan riot.


Police 99.999% certain that man found shot in the head in tied-up sack floating in river committed suicide

Police in Hamburg, Germany investigating the death of a man who was found shot in the head in a tied-up sack floating in a river, suspect that rather than having been the victim of a Mafia hit, he killed himself. The body of 43-year-old Uwe Sattler was found in the River Elbe in July by a fisherman. He was wearing a rucksack full of rocks and had been shot in the head and put into a sack fastened with cable ties before he hit the water. Local media was rife with speculation about a Mafia murder - but after extensive investigation, the police now say they are nearly certain that the Sattler killed himself.

"We are 99.999 percent certain it was suicide," a Hamburg police spokeswoman said. "There is no other explanation; no other motive and no other evidence." Detectives have worked out that there was enough of an opening in the sack between the cable ties for Sattler to get an arm out and shoot himself so that afterwards the gun would fall to the ground. He would have had to have done this while perched on the edge of a bridge or jetty to ensure falling into the water. Why he would make such an effort to do this remains a mystery - as does the whereabouts of the gun, which was never found.

No doubt the Hamburg police have been watching way too many episodes of CSI.  Only on TV are people determined to have commited suicide after been found tied up in the river with a bullet in their head.

Oops, seems confetti at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was made from confidential police documents

Confidential confetti strips: The police documents include social security numbers and dates of birth, among other private information

Something far more concerning than marching bands, balloons, cheerleaders and clowns was at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Confidential personal information is what some paradegoers found among confetti tossed during the world's most famous parade. That information included social security numbers and banking information for police employees, some of whom are undercover officers.

Ethan Finkelstein, who was home from college on Thanksgiving break, was watching the parade at 65th Street and Central Park West, when he and a friend noticed a strip of confetti stuck onto her coat.

 "It landed on her shoulder, and it says 'SSN' and it's written like a social security number, and we're like, 'That's really bizarre.'

It made the Tufts University freshman concerned, so he and his friends picked up more of the confetti that had fallen around them.

"There are phone numbers, addresses, more social security numbers, license plate numbers and then we find all these incident reports from police."

One confetti strip indicates that it's from an arrest record, and other strips offer more detail. "This is really shocking," Finkelstein said. "It says, 'At 4:30 A.M. a pipe bomb was thrown at a house in the Kings Grant' area."

A closer look shows that the documents are from the Nassau County Police Department. The papers were shredded, but clearly not well enough.

They even contain information about Mitt Romney's motorcade, apparently from the final presidential debate, which took place at Hofstra University in Nassau County last month.

Most significant, the confetti strips identified Nassau County detectives by name. Some of them are apparently undercover. Their social security numbers, dates of birth and other highly sensitive personal information was also printed on the confetti strips.


“Gangnam Style” just became the most watched YouTube video ever


"Gangnam Style," just became the Internet's most viewed video of all time. Yesterday morning, it reached approximately 805 million views on YouTube (as I write this it had 814 million views), and soon to hit a billion.   The video was posted on Youtube on July 15 so it was done in just over 4 months.

So who was the previous champ?  That obnoxious punk Justin Bieber with his video "Baby." It took Baby over two years to reach 804 million views. Here he is with the Prime Minister.  Being wealth and a teenager means you can get away with dressing like an idiot.

Bikini Sunday

Helen Flanagan

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