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Typhoons and buffoons in the news: Philippines and Toronto

Godspeed to residents of the Philippines who have been hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Good luck to residents of Toronto who have been dealing with Buffoon Ford.

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Rob Ford’s backers praise his Fiscal “Responsiblity” …

With spelling-challenged supporters like this, Rob Ford is in bigger trouble than he thought! Glad he’s thinking of taking responsiblty for his actions! Clearly these folks were in a drunken stupor when they created this billboard.

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Twitter in history: If only these guys had thought of the drunken stupor defense!

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Rob Ford, Rodney Dangerfield: Two tie-challenged guys getting no respect!

Below are the top US talk show hosts taking shots at Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in the wake of his admitting to smoking crack cocaine. While I in no way condone the mayor’s behavior, it is an interesting twist that in a world of political corruption and lies, when a politician does tell the truth, the piling-on really begins.

Geez … what’s a fella gotta do to get some respect?

 

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It brings to mind another tie-challenged plump man who couldn’t get any respect – Rodney Dangerfield!

 

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Tim McCarver, Tony Kubek and human fallibility

Tim McCarver/Wikipedia

Tim McCarver/Wikipedia

Former Major League Baseball player and long-time commentator Tim McCarver announced last March that he will retire after this year’s World Series, which is his 24th in the broadcast booth. McCarver is one of those public figures who are either loved or reviled, there is no middle ground.

I must admit I really don’t have a whole lot of experience listening to McCarver so I won’t venture an outright opinion on his vast body of work. But I did notice during game two or three of this current World Series that McCarver seems to be a graduate of the Tony Kubek School of Color Commentary. Red Sox second-baseman Dustin Pedroia made a terrific catch diving to his right to snag a screaming line-drive. It was a classic example of the combination of superb athletic ability and highly honed reflexes. McCarver said that this was an example of Pedroia being the most creative player in the game. Huh? He may well be creative, but this play was pure reaction, nothing creative about it.

What does this have to do with Tony Kubek? Let me explain. When I was growing up, before the era of umpteen sports specialty channels, we saw baseball on NBC’s Game of the Week. That’s right, one game a week on Saturday afternoons with Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek. Gowdy was the professional announcer and Kubek was the former player now commentator.

Baseball is a wonderful game for many reasons, not the least of which is its scoring system that takes into consideration human fallibility with the concept of the error.

Baseball is a wonderful game for many reasons, not the least of which is its scoring system that takes into consideration human fallibility with the concept of the error. If an infielder bobbles a routine ground ball and the batter makes it safely to first base he can stay there, but he isn’t credited with a hit, nor an RBI if a run scored, nor does the pitcher have a hit counted against him. It’s an error by the infielder. In hockey if a goaltender makes an “error” and misjudges a puck coming off the boards that ends up in his net, it’s a goal plain and simple, no one tells the shooter that the goal will count on the scoreboard, but because the goalie made a silly mistake, you won’t be credited with a goal in your personal statistics.

Tony Kubek didn’t seem to like this idea that humans, including major league baseball players, make mistakes because he always had an explanation for blown fielding opportunities. If a shortstop erred on a ground ball in September Tony would no doubt point out that the player had suffered a hangnail during spring training a couple of years ago that seemed to be bothering him on that play. C’mon Tony, he’s a human, he makes mistakes.

Love him or not, here’s wishing Tim McCarver a long and healthy retirement.

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Blackfish: What part of killer did you not understand?

HootOwlSociety seems to be taking a closer look at zoos and aquariums lately. I think that’s great, I’ve never been keen on taking animals out of their natural habitat and caging them for our entertainment. First we had the movement of three elephants from Toronto to California where the climate is more to their liking. Now CNN is getting on the bandwagon with Blackfish.

Let me pass along some warnings – Boa Constrictors constrict and, annoying but not usually fatal, Hoot Owls hoot

The cable news channel has been hyping the documentary that goes after SeaWorld for its treatment of Orca killer whales. Numerous experts discuss the fact that these animals should never be kept in captivity and if they are the results can be deadly even for trainers who have worked with the beasts for long periods of time. The whales can and do turn on their trainers.

This brought to my mind the Edward Snowden affair that hit the front pages a few months ago. People then seemed to be surprised that spy agencies actually spy. Now we have folks aghast that Killer Whales kill! What part of Killer don’t you get? Let me pass along some warnings – Boa Constrictors constrict and, annoying but not usually fatal, Hoot Owls hoot.

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Government backed tax boycott would guarantee full coffers

As a casual observer of my neighbours to the south I am often taken aback by some of their ways. That the biggest, strongest, most economically and militarily powerful country in the world can screech to a halt over partisan political bickering is almost unfathomable! Yet there it is in living color and high-definition, giving those who design TV news graphics a field day – CNN proudly displays not one but two counters on its screen; one counting up the number of days since the government shutdown and the other counting down the hours and minutes until the debt ceiling catastrophe kicks in.

No doubt many Americans are understandably irate about this situation, especially those who are the first to feel the pinch in the pocketbooks. But I sense that many more are at least a wee bit pleased to see government failing because they have – and this never ceases to amaze me – an innate distrust, if not hatred, of government, all government. Does it go back to the second amendment that hinted at the possibility of government turning on the people and therefore guaranteeing them the right to bear arms?

“No government’s going to tell me not to pay my tax. Where’s my wallet?”

It’s as if anything government sanctioned should be eschewed on principle. As an example take the seat belt issue. There is no question seat belts save lives – as the State Trooper used to say in the old TV ads “I never had to unbuckle a dead man” – but once the government steps in and makes them mandatory people take offence; I suspect some stopped using seat belts just because they had been told to. There’s a dumb expression often used by people these days to explain their actions: “because I can”. You can poke a knitting needle in your eye, but it doesn’t mean you should; you can drive without wearing a seat belt, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Americans don’t like to be told what to do by government, even though they elected that government.

You can poke a knitting needle in your eye, but it doesn’t mean you should

Which brings me to my suggested solution to the current stalemate in Washington. There are few problems that can’t be solved by throwing money at them, with the obvious exception of some health issues. Congress should pass a tax increase, right across the board, that would have folks up in arms, marching in the streets. But then the government should begin a massive “Withhold your tax” campaign. Telling people the new tax passed by congress should be boycotted, it’s unjust and merely a tax grab. Get those ad agencies to work on it.

No doubt such a campaign would cause many Americans to run for their checkbooks and fill the federal coffers muttering while “No government’s going to tell me not to pay my tax. Where’s my wallet?”

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New York and Florida: Interesting juxtaposition of laws. Is there no happy medium?

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cnn.com

I’m not a lawyer, much to the credit of the legal system, but I do find it fascinating how laws are written, interpreted and applied. This week I was watching an episode of After The First 48, a television program that follows-up cases that had been featured on The First 48 from the time of arrest through trial and an end result, and I was struck by an interesting contrast.

In the episode a man in Florida was accosted and robbed while parked in his SUV. As the thief ran off the victim got out of his vehicle and, as shown on a CCTV recording, chased the thief onto an adjacent street and assaulted him with a knife. The thief, now a victim himself, was found dead several blocks away.

… he had the right to stand his own ground, even if that meant chasing his assailant and knifing him. It seems “your ground” is a very fluid concept.

The original victim was charged with second degree murder. Under the laws of the State of Florida, the accused claimed to be “standing his own ground”, a very broad self-defense law. After the evidence had been presented, and arguments made, the judge ruled that the CCTV video was not clear enough to be considered, and as the charged had been robbed he had the right to stand his own ground, even if that meant chasing his assailant and knifing him. It seems “your ground” is a very fluid concept.

Meanwhile in New York a case is making the news that also involves an SUV. This time a man and his wife are in their vehicle on the way to dinner to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Their SUV is engulfed in a “swarm” of motorcycles for no apparent reason. Panicking the driver takes off and in so doing runs over one of the swarming bikers causing him serious injury. The bikers give chase and succeed in getting the SUV cornered on a city street where they start smacking at it with their helmets and eventually pull the driver out and beat him.

Huh? Because he ran over a person who was accosting him he may face charges.

Some, including the injured biker’s wife, want charges to be brought against the driver of the SUV. Huh? Because he ran over a person who was accosting him he may face charges. Yet a man who ran after a thief and fatally knifed him  got off because he was defending himself. Wasn’t the man in the surrounded SUV defending himself, or at least trying to get away?

Somewhere there has to be a happy medium between these two situations.

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Miley Cyrus sparks movement: Twerkers of the World Unite

TwerkNow that I’ve seen the infamous Miley Cyrus twerking performance at the MTV Awards show about 75 times on everything from CNN to local newscasts two things become apparent to me. The first is that Ms. Cyrus achieved what was no doubt her goal of mega media attention, the second is that this twerking certainly is work; in fact it can’t be denied she twerks hard for the money. When asked if she was surprised by the reaction she could have pointed out that it was all in a day’s twerk.

If you get hurt while doing it, are you eligible for twerker’s compensation?

That got me wondering if women get equal pay for equal twerk. If you get hurt while doing it, are you eligible for twerker’s compensation? If neither of these is the case then surely a Twerker’s Union is called for to right these wrongs. Twerker’s of the world unite! Can you twerk to rule? Has Miley become a Twerking Class Hero? Will Bob Dylan refuse to twerk on Maggie’s Farm?

If you are not a citizen of the country in which you are dancing do you need a twerk permit? How do you go about applying for a twerk visa? If enough dancers believe in the welfare state will they form a Socialist Twerker’s Party?

Is a lazy dancer asked in jest “Twerking hard or hardly twerking?” However all twerk and no play will never result in someone being dull. The band Loverboy might be set for a big comeback with “Everybody’s Twerking for the Weekend”. Even Beatles fans should look forward to a rerelease of “We can Twerk it Out”.

Has Miley become a Twerking Class Hero?

Let’s face it, Miley’s moves and wardrobe were nothing new. In what is often referred to as the oldest profession, women in similar outfits have been approaching men with many of her moves; will they now be called street twerkers or twerking girls?

C’mon folks twerk with me on this one.

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Pawn Stars and the man with the 132 pound scrotum

TLC

TLC

Just when you thought there was nothing on television, as Bruce Springsteen said “57 channels and nothing on”, along comes TLC with their special on Wesley Warren Jr., titled The Man with the 132 Pound Scrotum. I’m not making that up, in fact I don’t think I could. How in the world can you possibly get along without watching a program like that? You can see why they call it The Learning Channel because you sure do learn stuff, but sometimes you might have been better off not knowing about it.

From time to time, when there are no gargantuan testicles to watch, I do enjoy taking-in an episode or two of Pawn Stars – usually two as they tend to run them back-to-back – although I have to admit I don’t always understand how people can be so easily duped. Let’s say someone comes in with an item that they want to sell.

Are all these people drug or gambling addicts, because they seem to be in such a hurry to get some cash in their pockets

After having an expert examine and determine that the object is official and truly what the owner said it was, a price is put on it. Perhaps the item is valued by the expert at, just to make things simple, $100. The next question they ask is how much you want for it? Well having been told by your expert that it’s worth $100 I’d be asking for that. Of course that’s foolish because the Pawn Stars guys aren’t ever going to give you what the item is worth, that’s how they make their living, but then you don’t have to sell it either.

Sorry sir, but no matter how big your testicles are, if you just had one more we could do business

Are all these people drug or gambling addicts, because they seem to be in such a hurry to get some cash in their pockets that they often let things go for much less than the value. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly these people will part with their inheritance or their antiques. My favorite is the guy who points out to the audience in the parking lot interview that his widget only cost him $5 at a garage sale, but he’s hoping to get $200 for it. The widget expert determines the value at $700 and Rick or Hoss pays the guy $300 and he leaves thinking he’s got a great deal because he only paid $5; he thinks he’s up $295 when in fact he’s down $400 from what the item is worth. It’s not what you paid for it, but what it’s worth that matters.

Wikipedia

Wikipedia

Maybe they could do a cross-over episode and have Mr. Warren come in with his testicles! Have them examined by a urologist to determine their authenticity, have the two parties haggle back and forth with Mr.Warren not looking to sell them, but seeking a position in the Pawn Shop window and Rick, after much thought pointing out that the traditional pawn shop symbol is three balls. “Sorry sir, but no matter how big your testicles are, if you just had one more we could do business.”

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