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  • Man pleads guilty to DWI in motorized La-Z-Boy

    Thursday, October 22, 2009 (10-22) 18:17 PDT Duluth, Minn. (AP)

    A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to driving his motorized La-Z-Boy chair while drunk. A criminal complaint says 62-year-old Dennis LeRoy Anderson told police he left a bar in the northern Minnesota town of Proctor on his chair after drinking eight or nine beers.

    Prosecutors say Anderson's blood alcohol content was 0.29, more than three times the legal limit, when he crashed into a parked vehicle in August 2008. He was not seriously injured.

    Police said the chair was powered by a converted lawnmower and had a stereo and cup holders.

    Sixth Judicial District Judge Heather Sweetland stayed 180 days of jail time Monday and ordered two years of probation for Anderson. His attorney, David Keegan, did not immediately return a call for comment.

    Information from: Duluth News Tribune, www.duluthsuperior.com
    If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

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    Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

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    • Get stuffed!

      the Snopes article is entertaining...

      http://www.snopes.com/food/prepare/camel.asp
      Last edited by firecat1; 01-13-2010, 06:27 AM.

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      • dam beavers!

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sekLE...eature=related

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        • Pic-a-nic Basket Or Mini Van. Can You Tell The Difference?

          For Yosemite bears, dinner arrives in a minivan

          Sunday, October 25, 2009 (10-25) 10:50 PDT Yosemite National Park, Calif. (AP)

          What's bigger than a picnic basket and even better than one in the eyes of black bears that live in Yosemite National Park? A study published this month in the Journal of Mammalogy says it's minivans driven by families with children who leave behind a trail of spilled juice boxes, Cheerios and coolers carrying other snacks.

          Park scientists have found that the bears tore up minivans more frequently than other types of vehicles. It found that minivans represented 29 percent of the 908 vehicles torn into by bears between 2001 and 2007, even though they made up just 7 percent of the cars that visited Yosemite.

          The researchers investigated the relationship after noticing that bears seemed to target that particular vehicle type.
          If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

          "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

          "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

          Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

          impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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          • By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, cp.org, Updated: October 27, 2009 3:32 PMPuck Naked: US team gets penalty time for playing 'strip hockey' at practice
            BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho junior hockey team was banished temporarily from a city ice rink after players engaged in a game of "strip hockey" - shedding a piece of uniform every time a practice shot missed its mark.

            As redress for last Wednesday's incident, Boise forbid the Idaho Junior Steelheads team from using Idaho Ice World for four days; one 17-year-old player who shed his underwear briefly was suspended until next week. In addition, police are investigating, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

            Doug Holloway, Boise's recreation superintendent, says rink employees told him the shootout drill went like this: "If they missed a shot, they had to take off a glove. If they missed another, they had to take off another glove. And so on, and so forth."An adult whose young daughter was on an adjacent rink saw the 17-to 20-year-old Steelheads skating in their skivvies and complained to a city hotline.

            Rink employees who also noticed the scantily clad skaters urged them to cover up.

            Police who were alerted on Thursday are now looking into whether Boise's public decency laws were broken by the incident.

            "The investigation is pending," said Boise Police Department spokeswoman Lynn Hightower.

            The city forbids people from showing their buttocks in public, largely to curb erotic dance parlours. Exemptions include dance, ballet, music or dramatic performances, or artistic displays; nudity during hockey practice isn't on the list.

            John Oliver, the Idaho Junior Steelheads owner, wasn't at the practice where the players held the "strip shootout."

            But an assistant told him the players were emulating a professional team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, whose members held a similar shootout last week where they discarded pieces of equipment after failing to score.

            Internet videos show a Lightning right winger, Martin St. Louis, stripping to his long, dark shorts and shirt; the Junior Steelheads apparently went further, with some disrobing down to their sports briefs. At least one 17-year-old player doffed his underwear completely, to "moon" another player.

            That teen was also punished by the team, Oliver said.

            "His behaviour didn't live up to our player code of conduct," said Oliver, whose squad plays in the Western States Hockey League against opponents from Arizona and California.

            The Junior Steelheads' suspension from Ice World ends Wednesday, when the team will be allowed to return.
            If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

            "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

            "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

            Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

            impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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            • Langley man loses testicle in attack by unknown woman

              Canwest News Service October 29, 2009

              Police in Langley are investigating after a woman kicked a man in the groin so hard he lost a testicle -- the latest in a series of three or four similar assaults.

              "I just want to know what her problem is," victim Anthony Clark, 22, said this week.

              Clark was walking in the Brookswood area of Langley in early September when he passed his assailant on the sidewalk.

              The young woman inexplicably kicked him in the groin hard enough to send one of his testicles into his abdomen.

              The force of the assault caused his testicle to rupture. It had to be removed and will be replaced by a prosthetic.

              © Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist
              If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

              "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

              "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

              Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

              impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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              • Man using 'fat' defense in NJ depicted as marksman

                By BETH DeFALCO, Associated Press Writer

                Thursday, October 29, 2009(10-29) 08:50 PDT Hackensack, N.J. (AP)

                New Jersey prosecutors are trying to portray a Florida man who claims he was too fat to have killed his former son-in-law as a skilled marksman.

                Edward Ates (aytz) claims he didn't have the energy to accurately shoot Paul Duncsak (DUNS'-kak) and make a quick getaway.

                Under cross-examination Thursday, Ates admitted he once used his revolver to shoot a snake during a road trip.

                The 62-year-old was 285 pounds when Duncsak was killed in 2006.

                Duncsak and Ates' daughter were involved in a bitter custody dispute after their divorce.

                A defense lawyer says the prosecution theory would mean that the killer would have had to run up a set stairs. He says Ates couldn't have done that and fired a gun accurately. He says exertion would cause his hands to shake.

                {See comments attached} http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...a075821D90.DTL
                If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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                • B.z. To the cg crew involved

                  Boat baby honours coast guard

                  By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist November 4, 2009

                  If Ari Edan Shaw Schiek ever asks why he was named after a Canadian Coast Guard vessel, his parents will have a heck of a story for him.

                  A week ago, the 51/2-pound baby was born on the coast guard motor lifeboat Cape Edensaw while it was tied up at French Creek. Mother Nalia Barkman of Lasqueti Island had gone into labour more than a week before Ari was due. With no ferry for two days, she had no option but the coast guard for a rapid transfer to hospital in Parksville. But the baby came too quickly to make it to hospital.

                  Barkman and partner Uwe Schiek had picked out their son's first name, but were waiting to meet him before choosing middle names. The unusual birthplace made up their minds.

                  "I like that it honours the coast guard. I'm very thankful they did such a good job," Barkman said.

                  Schiek said he researched the name Edensaw, named for a cape on the Queen Charlotte Islands, and discovered it was actually named for Charles Edan Shaw, a First Nations chief and artist in Skidegate.

                  Edan means little fire in Gaelic and Ari means little lion in Hebrew, Schiek said. "We're going to have a lot to tell him when he asks about his name," he said.

                  The coast guard crew, who picked up Barkman and Schiek on Lasqueti and then boiled water and fetched towels while he was being born, are happy the vessel is being recognized.

                  "I think it's quite an honour to have them name their little guy after one of the boats," said Cam Murray, officer in charge of the French Creek coast guard station near Parksville.

                  The crew is looking into inscribing the baby's name on the ship's bell -- a nautical tradition when a baby is born on board, he said.

                  The parents brought Ari down to the coast guard station for photos.

                  "It was great to see the baby. He's a nice little guy," Murray said.

                  Barkman and Schiek had been planning to travel to Parksville before the baby was due, but everything happened too quickly for that.

                  "It went very smoothly. It was a fast labour, which is a blessing," said Barkman, who was grateful their midwife, Zoe Cope, was able to meet them as soon as they docked at French Creek and supervised the birth.

                  "She was certainly in the right place at the right time," she said.

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                  © Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist
                  If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                  "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                  "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                  Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                  impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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                  • Science explodes some cooking myths

                    By Pam Freir, Times Colonist November 4, 2009

                    Dr. This is French, and his surname is pronounced "teess," as in teaspoon. This (see what I mean?) can make things difficult for English speakers, so in today's column I'll use his first name, Hervé. He won't mind. He's a friendly fellow.

                    Hervé is a high-ranking scientist in the French National Association for Agricultural Research. He is also a TV personality, and a writer of many books about food and cooking. Ask him what his subject is, and he'll tell you -- "the science of flavour."

                    As a sideline to his main job as a food physicist, Hervé likes to examine traditional cooking instructions that have been handed down for centuries. If they work, why do they work? If they don't work, can we find a better way? Here are three of his investigations.

                    James Beard is one of many cooks who tell us that small dumplings such as gnocchi and spaetzle are done when they rise to the surface of the pot. "Not necessarily," says Hervé.

                    He used standard potato gnocchi for his experiments. Dumped into a pot of boiling water they floated briefly, then sank as they began to cook. For a while they danced around, then one by one returned to the surface.

                    By rights, the gnocchi should have sunk lower as they cooked. Why did they rise? Hervé put them under a microscope, and found that each was covered in tiny bubbles. When he wiped off the bubbles and returned the gnocchi to the pot they sank immediately, then rose again as a fresh coating of bubbles formed.

                    So, it's bubbles that cause dumplings to rise. But are the dumplings cooked? To find out, Hervé made a batch of gnocchi of different sizes and cooked them together in the same pot. They all sank, then they all rose, under bubble power. On investigation, the small ones were close to cooked, the large ones were still raw inside.

                    So the scientific conclusion is: Doneness depends on the size of your dumplings and how long they are cooked, not on their swimming capabilities. To be sure, cook a test batch, watch in hand, and make a note in the margin of your recipe.

                    Here's another one. If you wish to garnish a salad with slices of hard-boiled egg, and are a perfectionist, you will want the yolk to be exactly in the centre of each slice. According to Hervé, cookbooks say that this can be achieved by cooking the eggs in water that has already been brought to a boil. But cooks tell Hervé that it doesn't always work. The scientific solution, says Hervé, is based on understanding conditions inside the egg. The white is mainly water, but the yolk contains fats, and is therefore lighter than water. He demonstrates this by breaking a whole egg into a tall narrow glass, then adding two or three whites on top. The yolk slowly rises through the whites until it just touches the surface.

                    So, here is Hervé's simple, practical but rather boring way of centering the yolk. Pop the egg into boiling water and keep it rolling around for ten minutes, preventing the yolk from rising inside the shell. As the egg heats through, the white solidifies, fixing the yolk in the centre.

                    Lastly, some help for people who need a hit of caffeine to greet the day. What is the quickest way to bring a mug of coffee down to drinking temperature?

                    First, says Hervé, the hotter the liquid the faster it cools. Adding cold milk or water won't help; you'll have to wait just as long. But if you're running late there are two techniques available -- stirring with a spoon or blowing on the surface. He set his team to work, and the blowers beat the stirrers 2-1, every time.

                    I have one thought to add. If you are sufficiently co-ordinated so early in the day, you'd do even better to blow and stir simultaneously.

                    Just as long as the coffee stays in the mug.

                    © Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist
                    If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                    "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                    "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                    Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                    impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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                    • Drunk man fouls car seat, wipes himself with Bible

                      Surrey Now November 3, 2009

                      SURREY, B.C. — A man was arrested in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey after he defecated on the seat of a car, wiped himself off with a Bible and then sought refuge in a nearby police vehicle.

                      The 33-year-old intoxicated man was at a Halloween party Saturday night when he stumbled out the door to use another guest's car as a toilet.

                      The outraged partygoers began yelling at the man, who then climbed into a police vehicle, where he was bit by a service dog and then arrested.

                      © Copyright (c) Canwest News Service
                      If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                      "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                      "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                      Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                      impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                      IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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                      • Man with no pants unrelated to pants with no man: police

                        Canwest News Service November 5, 2009

                        Vancouver Island RCMP were called to investigate on Saturday after a man was found walking down a highway near Campbell River with no pants.

                        The man "was coherent but could not remember where his pants and shoes were," said RCMP Cpl. Brian Brown.

                        Officers then gave the man a ride home.

                        "A little bit later, police got a call from the wife who said a man had called the house, saying he had her husband's wallet and that they would have to pay to get it back," he said.

                        RCMP officers met with the would-be extortionist and recovered the wallet and money. No charges were laid, Brown said.

                        In an unrelated case two days earlier, RCMP were called to a Campbell River trailer home after a woman said someone broke in while she was sleeping.

                        The woman said the intruder used the bathroom, leaving it covered in fecal matter, and left a pair of pants behind in the living room.

                        The owner of the pants has not been found.

                        © Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist
                        If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                        "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                        "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                        Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                        impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                        IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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                        • Wisconsin Woman Calls 911 to Report Herself as Drunk Driver


                          A Wisconsin woman called 911 to report herself as a drunk driver, MyFoxAustin reported.

                          "Somebody's really drunk driving down Granton Road," Mary Strey said during an Oct. 24 call to 911, according to tapes.

                          Trying to determine the location of the reported drunk driver, the dispatcher asked Strey: "Okay are you behind them, or..."

                          "No, I am them," Strey said, according to MyFoxAustin.

                          The dispatcher verified, "You am them?"

                          "Yes, I am them," said Strey.

                          "Okay, so you want to call and report that you're driving drunk?" confirmed the dispatcher.

                          "Yes," said Strey.

                          The dispatcher then told Strey to pull her car over, MyFoxAustin reported.

                          According to a report, police said Strey had blood-shot eyes and smelled of alcohol.

                          "I called in I'm drunk," Strey told the officer who responded to the call, MyFoxAustin reported.

                          A local paper reported that Strey was charged with drunk driving and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.1 percent or more.

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                          • Now whoda thunk it?

                            Canadian military no longer accepting infantry recruits

                            By Matthew Fisher , Canwest News Service November 12, 2009 12:10 PM

                            ReutersKANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — So many young Canadians want to become trigger pullers in Afghanistan that the army is not accepting any new infantry recruits at the moment, according to the army's top general.

                            "I am 1,600 infantrymen over my establishment," Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie said Thursday, adding that the high numbers of recruits who want to "serve at the tip of the spear . . . completely refuted" any notion that there were problems getting people to serve in a wartime army.

                            "I still want young Canadians to show up at recruiting offices, but it just so happens that right now if you want to join the infantry, we're completely full," Leslie said.

                            The military also has many more volunteers for Afghanistan duty than there are places, the general — an artillery gunner by trade — said during an interview conducted after he had spent several days "outside the wire" in Kandahar with combat troops.

                            Canada's three infantry regiments have about 6,000 infantrymen, so these units — which have traditionally suffered the most in battle, as has been the case in Afghanistan — are presently more than 25 per cent oversubscribed.

                            To correct this unusual imbalance, the military is "slowing down recruiting for regular forces infantry for the next year or two," Leslie said, adding that the army is "encouraging folks from the infantry" to transfer to military jobs where there are still shortfalls, such as vehicle technicians and fire control system technicians.

                            So many Canadians still want to be part of the country's first major combat mission since the Korean War that the number of recruits and their quality is like nothing Leslie has seen in his three decades in the armed forces.

                            The military's success with recruiting follows a long television advertising campaign that has frequently highlighted the combat side of military operations. The ads, which have often run during hockey games and other sporting events watched by young men, have depicted troops taking part in missions on land and at sea in distant places that were made to look something like the Middle East or Southwest Asia.

                            "I find myself in a unique position in comparison to most of my fellow army commanders across NATO," Leslie said. "I have more volunteers every tour than I have positions. To come to Afghanistan is a competitive process."

                            The keenness of many soldiers to serve in Afghanistan may also be having an effect on attrition rates. For the infantry, the rate has fallen to 10 per cent from 12 per cent over the past 18 months, the general said. Across the entire army, attrition is down to eight per cent from 10 per cent, he said.

                            An informal survey of troops who have been in Kandahar during the past few months found many of those serving in combat arms were already angling to return to the Afghan province one more time with the battle group or as army or police mentors before Canada's combat mission is supposed to end in the summer of 2011.

                            The desire to get back to Afghanistan one more time is especially true of the last two infantry units scheduled to serve combat tours here — the Royal 22nd Regiment — the Van Doo — and the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.

                            © Copyright (c) Canwest News Service
                            If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                            "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                            "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                            Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                            impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                            IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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                            • Thats a scotsman for ye

                              Taken from the Victoria Daily Colonist Front Page, Second Section- Local News Sunday, Nov. 13, 1955

                              Breaking Blues

                              Snowbound Scottish Band Plays Itself Over Malahat They didn’t go “dashing
                              through the snow on a one horse open sleigh,” but the brass band of The Canadian Scottish (Princess Mary’s) Regiment did play Jingle Bells deep in the snow on the Malahat Highway Friday. An RCN bus bearing the 16 musicians, bandmaster Sgt Keith Littler, Drum Major WO2 Ron Bland, Escort Officer John Pettit and the driver stalled 30 minutes after leaving Duncan at 1:10 p.m. following Remembrance Day Ceremonies.

                              In fact, it stalled on three hills, and each time the 20 men had to push a dozen cars over the hills to make room for the bus, then push the bus to safety too. All this while wearing kilts and full dress uniforms, but no coats or
                              gloves. Once, to break the monotony, they played some choruses of Jingle
                              Bells.

                              “The motorists thought we were crazy,” Capt Pettit said. “But it sort of kept us going.”

                              The bus reached Victoria at 4:30 p.m., more than two hours late.
                              If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                              "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                              "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                              Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                              impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                              IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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                              • I would truly hate to see some of the English term papers being turned in now-a-days...

                                'Unfriend' is New Oxford American word of the year

                                Mon Nov 16, 5:10 PM


                                WASHINGTON (AFP) - The New Oxford American Dictionary named "unfriend" -- as in deleting someone as a friend on a social network such as Facebook -- its word of the year on Monday

                                Oxford University Press USA, in a blog post, said "unfriend," a verb, had bested netbook, sexting, paywall, birther and death panel for the honor.

                                "Unfriend has real lex-appeal," said Christine Lindberg, senior lexicographer for Oxford?s US dictionary program.

                                "It has both currency and potential longevity," she said. "In the online social networking context, its meaning is understood, so its adoption as a modern verb form makes this an interesting choice for word of the year."

                                Previous words of the year include carbon neutral, locavore and hypermiling.

                                Locavores are people who eat locally grown food while hypermilers modify their cars and driving techniques to maximize gas mileage.

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