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Thursday Thirteen: 13 Things We Should Not Lose Sight Of

I have a lot of stuff running through my mind and when I go to write them down so I do not forget, I forget them.  So I’m going to try to empty those items in a Thursday 13 post, whereby I list 13 items on a topic, and the topic this week is 13 Things Happening Around Us We Cannot Lose Sight Of.

13.  Uruguay has a player named Luis Suarez who is a pretty damn incredible soccer player.  He beat England pretty much by himself which must have sucked since he plays in the English Premier League.  Suarez, however, likes to bite his opponents.  He has done this a couple of times before and was most recently suspended 10 games for it.  He clearly has not learned, however, as he bit a player in Uruguay’s FIFA World Cup game.

Now what are they going to do with him?

Should he not have learned by now?

If FIFA were his parents, would biting him back be justified to teach him a lesson?  How about making him write an apology, or punishing him for the lie he told when he denied that it happened.

12.  Russia appears to be trying to re-assemble the USSR which is disturbing, but even more upsetting is the amount of anti-Semitism and gay-bashing going around.  This country clearly wants to remain a super-power by controlling its citizens, however the trampling of basic human rights places them back in the 1960’s and that much be stopped.  Shooting down planes is also not cool at all.

11.  Toronto Mayor Rob Ford return to work on June 30th after 2 months in rehab.  He immediately jumps to the top of the polls for re-election and I don’t know why.  Granted, John Tory has 61% of the popular support, but it appears that Torontonians are poised to make another huge mistake.

10.  In my day job, as a tax collections consultant, I have found the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is taking forever to process simple requests and have been quick to assess but slow to follow-up.  Where is the accountability? #inTAXicating

9.   Miami Heat star LeBron James has opted out of his contract either to become a free agent and join another team, or because he realized he cannot do everything and that Chris Bosh is pretty fragile and useless, like he was in Toronto.  So with a new contract at a cheaper price, the Heat can buy more / better players.  But with LBJ on his way back to Cleveland, and talks of Bosh wanting to go to front-runner and defending champion Houston Rockets, does it make the Bosh-o-saur seem like less of a player, who wants to go where he can get a free ride, not bang in the paint and play safely?

8.   Toronto sports teams suck, and sports fans here are perplexed.  The Raptors and Blue Jays were supposed to suck and be last place in their respective divisions this season, but the Raptors won their division and the Jays are just out of first place in the AL East with pretty terrible starting pitching.  The Maple Leafs, on the other hand, and the Toronto FC, made changes and were expected to at the very least, make the playoffs but both bombed.

7.   Starbucks Brezza coffee is fantastic!

6.   I feel bad for business owners who do not do their homework… In my neighbourhood, for example, a new restaurant just opened selling food which I’m pretty sure no one will eat.  Worse, it opened across from a religious centre where very few would have / have ever tried that food.  (Shaking Head)

5.   Did they find that missing plane yet?  Sad.

4.   5-years yesterday since Michael Jackson died.  I seem to hear more and more of him on the radio each and every day.

3.   Girls and Woman in countries all over the world are being kidnapped and tortured for no reason whatsoever.  This needs to be stopped, like yesterday.  Until each and every person in the world, man, woman and trans-gendered are allowed to live free and safe from persecution, we have a long way to go.

2.   Hate is taught.  For a child to grow up in a free and democratic country and think it is okay to vandalize something with hate messages which probably would have gotten him jailed, tortured or killed in his country, means his parents and community are breeding hate and that cannot and should not ever be tolerated.  Shame.

1.   Education is the key, my friends, to pretty much everything.  Education, exercise, never trying drugs, and using common sense will lead to a better human race and should be the corner-stone for a new way to bring up our children and judge others.





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Glee Star Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson) has died. Cause of Death Revealed

Cory Monteith who played the character Finn Hudson on the hit TV show Glee has been found dead in a Vancouver hotel room this evening.

Monteith, 31, originally from Calgary had come forward to discuss his “substance addiction” issues from earlier in his life, and how he was “lucky to be alive” after his mother and friends staged an intervention to force him into rehab. Monteith had just finished another round of treatment at a treatment centre on April 26th, 2013.

He was found alone in his hotel room after he missed his check-out time.

He was dating Glee star Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) at the time of his death.

BREAKING NEWS: The cause of death has been revealed and the coroner revealed that Monteith died after taking a deadly mix of heroin and alcohol.

This is yet another example of how difficult it is to kick the habit of using drugs, which is why kids should never start!

It’s okay to want to be cool but when drugs and alcohol are involved, it’s okay not to be cool and be alive.  Monteith’s accidental death has devastated his fiancé Lea Michele and he threw away a promising career.  Sad.

As a fan of the show, his character will be missed.

Lea and Cory were last on Twitter on July 12th.

Cory MonteithVerified account@CoryMonteith12 Jul


1:25 PM – 12 Jul 13
Lea MicheleVerified account@msleamichele12 JulYou guys are the BEST! I’d love to win this #TeenChoice Award for you all! Vote for me here! :) http://bit.ly/Vote4Lea

5:12 PM – 12 Jul 13
Lea has gone public with her hopes that Cory would come out of rehab and ready to get married and start a family.  Now she has to plan his funeral.
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You Gotta Fight… Beastie Boys Adam Yauch Passes Away at Age 47.

It’s always surprising when someone so young dies, especially when famous, but the death of Beastie Boys Adam Yauch today, May 4th after a 3 year-long battle with a rare form of cancer, salivary gland cancer, caught me by surprise.

Yauch, 47, also known by his rap moniker “MCA” co-founded the Beastie Boys with Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz in 1979 in Brooklyn, N.Y.  The Beastie’s smashed onto the music scene in 1986 with the album “Licensed to Ill” and from that the anthem “Fight for your right to Party” which was a massive hit for the band putting them on the charts and bringing hip hop into the mainstream.

After transforming the hip hop industry – white guys don’t rap, let alone Jewish ones (Yauch was born to a Jewish mother and Catholic father but was a practising Buddhist) – Yauch turned his attention to Buddhism and Tibetan independence in which he helped set up the Tibetan Freedom Concerts, which helped raise money for Tibetan independence.  He felt that he needed to give a voice to the Tibetan cause and help them get free from Chinese rule.

Yauch also helped form the successful production company Oscilloscope Pictures, which many did not know about him, which released acclaimed films such as “Wendy and Lisa,” “Burma VJ” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”

Under the pseudonym “Nathanial Hörnblowér” (his middle name was Nathanial), Yauch directed many of the Beastie Boys’ music videos, making his televised debut as Hörnblowér at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards as he stormed the stage in costume to protest after R.E.M. won the award for Best Direction over the Spike Jonze-directed Beastie Boys video “Sabotage”, which was a great video and a really good song.

I suspected he was starting to lose his battle with this disease when the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month, and Yauch was not there – the award was accepted by Diamond and Horowitz although they read a letter written by Yauch and them, nad the other bands dedicated their performances to Yauch.

Yauch leaves behind his wife and daughter who would be around 14-years-old.

Did you know this fact about the Beastie Boys; According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term mullet – the hairstyle which is short on the top and long on the back – was “apparently coined, and certainly popularized, by the Beastie Boys who used “mullet” and “mullet head” as epithets in their 1994 song “Mullet Head”.  The Beastie Boys’ fanzine Grand Royal Magazine was the first to use the term in print

Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch dies at age 47

Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch dies at age 47 (Photo credit: rusty-boxcars)


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The NHL Can Learn from the NFL and RIP Junior Seau

If the National hockey League (NHL) wants to stop all the concussions and curb the antics around players trying to hurt other players they need to look no further than the news on Wednesday afternoon that the National Football League (NFL) has suspended four players for their role in the New Orleans Saints‘ bounty scandal.

The NFL had been tipped off that the Saints were rewarding players for knocking other players out of games and hurting them and they already banned the coach for the entire year and today they handed a season-long ban to Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith suspended for 4 games. The league also hit former Saints players too, including; defensive lineman Anthony Hargove (now with the Green Bay Packers) who was suspended eight games and Scott Fujita (now with the Cleveland Browns) will miss three games to start the 2012 NFL season.

Sure sends a message to league – not that a 25 game suspension doesn’t but it took way too long and there are still hits to the head, including in last nights game… Suspensions like this tell the players and teams that the league is serious!

Also heard this afternoon about former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau who was found dead in his home today.

He was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

I’m not the biggest football fan in the world, however I do root for the Charges, have from when I was an Urban Pain in the Ass, in the Dan Fouts days when they were good.

What is really sad is that Seau was just 43-years-old who had four children with his ex-wife.

A first-round pick of the Chargers in 1990, Seau played 20 years in the NFL, earning 12 Pro Bowl nominations and was a first-team All-pro six times. He played 13 seasons with San Diego before signing on with my second favourite NFL team, the Miami Dolphins. Seau retired in 2009.

Apparently he has had a much publicized battle with depression. My thoughts go out to his children.

Still on football… Anyone see the new CFL jerseys?  Pretty awesome, eh?  I heard Fashion Television’s Jeannie Beker this morning on TSN Radio 1050 and she knows her CFL football.  She liked them and so do I.  You can see them here; http://www.cfl.ca/page/reebok  Tell me if you do not also think that the TiCats jersey look the best with the stripes on the sleeves.  I still hope they lose every game, but they can look great doing so.

Below is the Argos jerseys, double blue and full of tradition.

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America’s Oldest Teenager, Dick Clark, has died. Some things you may not have known…

Richard Wagstaff “Dick” Clark was 82 years old when he died today of a massive heart attack.  Depending on your age, you will have different memories of him.  If you are under 40-years-old you will know Dick from ABC’s Dick Clark New Years’ Rockin’ Eve party in New York City’s Times Square.  If you are older you will know Dick Clark as the host of American Bandstand, a dance show which brought Rock and Roll to mainstream America.  In the show, clean-cut teens danced to the latest and greatest tunes while Clark walked around and spoke to them and asked them about the music.

What you may not have known about Clark are some of these facts:

  • The Museum of Broadcast Communications figures that Dick Clark Productions has turned out more than 7,500 hours of television programming, including more than 30 TV series, 250 TV specials, and more than 20 movies for theatre and TV.
  • Clark has won: Emmys, Grammys, been induction in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • In March 2012, Clark and his 3rd wife whom he married in 1977 put one of their homes on the market, asking $3.5 million.  The house was an one-of-a-kind house on 22 acres in Malibu, modeled after Fred and Wilma’s house on “The Flintstones.”  It was recently featured as being one of real estate’s most unique houses
  • Clark would sign off his shows by saying “For now, Dick Clark…so long,” which he delivered with a military salute.
  • Clark suffered a significant stroke in 2004 which required Clark to teach himself how to walk and talk again, yet he returned to his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show in 2005.  Regis Philbin took over the show for him in 2004.
  • American Bandstand was credited with introducing many artists to national audiences, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and Chubby Checker.
  • Shortly after taking over American Bandstand, Clark also ended the show’s all-white policy, and introduced numerous black artists, such as Chuck Berry
  • Clark did not include the Beatles or the Rolling Stones on his show when they came to America, thinking they would not become significant groups
  • Clark later became host of The $10,000 Pyramid, which premiered on CBS March 26, 1973 (the same day as The Young and the Restless). The show continued through 1988.
  • From 1985 to 1988, Clark hosted both the CBS $25,000 version and a daily $100,000 Pyramid in syndication with the daytime version winning nine Emmy Awards for best game show.  It also won Clark three Emmy Awards for best game show host.
  • In 1973, Clark created the American Music Awards show – which he produces annually.
  • In 1984, Clark produced and co-hosted with Ed McMahon TV’s Bloopers and practical Jokes.
  • Amazing statistic: For a period of several years in the 1980s, Clark simultaneously hosted regular programs on the 3 major American television networks: ABC (Bandstand), CBS (Pyramid) and NBC (Bloopers).
  • In July 1985, Clark hosted the ABC prime time portion of the Live Aid concert.
  • Clark did a brief stint as announcer on The Jon Stewart Show, in 1995
  • From 2001 to 2003, Clark was a co-host of a daily mens talk show called The Other Half, meant to offer a male perspective to the wildly success show The View.
  • Clark was featured in the 2002 documentary film Bowling for Columbine in which Michael Moore criticized him for hiring poor, unwed mothers to work long hours in his chain of restaurants for little pay. The significance is that the mother in particular works over 80 hours per week and is unable to make rent and gets evicted which results in her having her son stay at his uncle’s house. At his uncle’s house the boy finds a gun and brings it to school where he shoots another first grader. Clark refuses to answer any of Moore’s questions, shutting the car door and driving away.
  • On November 13, 2002 Clark was appointed as a director of Krispy Kreme U.K. Ltd.
  • In The Simpsons 1999  Y2K  episode “Treehouse of Horror X,” at midnight a computer glitch causes Dick Clark to melt and he is revealed to be a robot.

What is your fondest memory of Dick Clark?

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