Thursday 13 – 13 Things You WILL Be Talking About Today.


It’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure to compile such a list, but here are the 13 Things you WILL be talking about today (and tomorrow, etc)

  1. You know you’re a Dad when… Breakfast on my way to a meeting this morning was: a handful of stale pretzels, a handful of peanuts, a Clementine orange and a container of 1-day-old cucumber slices.

  2. Not busy enough on Twitter, US President Donald Trump is stirring up the debate on abortion with his fellow males.  Donald, in less that 140 characters, I want to tell you this, “Stay out of my uterus!”

  3. Scientists – and I love me some science – are going to make tomatoes taste delicious again!  YAY.  For those of you who have been reading The Urban Daddy for a long-time, you will remember that I love gardening and my favourite thing to grow… Tomatoes!  http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/scientists-make-tomatoes-great-again-1.3953185

  4. The “Doomsday clock” has moved to 11:58pm for the first time since like 1954.  This means nothing to me, to be honest, and I didn’t even like the cartoon Doonsbury, so there!

5. GM is cutting 800 Canadian jobs and moving them to Mexico… Damn.  I hope Trump doesn’t hear that.  In retaliation, Canada has agreed to build a wall between Canada and Mexico.  Damn you capitalism!!!

6. I don’t know where you live, but here in Toronto where we need road tolls to keep the 905’ers out (see wall building), we have pot holes the size of, well, Mexico.  One such pot hole cost my wife her front tire and rim.  Damn you Mexico!

  1. Mary Tyler Moore passed away, and after being reacquainted with her show recently I came to realize that her TV feminism was inspiring and much needed.  She will be missed.

  2. The Toronto Maple Leafs do not stink… Am I dead???

9. I read somewhere that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mother had met the Donald (see President Trump earlier) back in the 70’s.  I thought the writer was trying to convince us that Donald Trump was his father, and when I told this to someone, they said, “Trump?  No.  Castro, yes!  They even look alike!!”  What?!?

  1. New expression in The Urban Daddy dictionary; “Playing your trump card”  Means saying whatever it takes to get what you want.  Truth, lies, half-truths… whatever!

  2. Trumpanomics.  Putting America first.  Hopefully Canada second. Could change direction at a moments Tweet and may or may not be accurate or true… Nobody knows…

  3. 2 hours before turning over reigns of the US to Trump, Former President Obama sent $221 million dollars to the Palestinian authority.  It would be a shame if that money was not used to build infrastructure and was used by the “leadership” to acquire weapons, build tunnels or for their pockets.  If you want your own state, start acting like responsible leaders and put your people first!  As for Obama… Not cool!

  4. One week of President Trump and here is what we know:  Torture good, Mexico bad.  Jobs good, jobs from tourists in Islamic countries bad. Woman bad. Free Trade bad. The Apprentice good. Climate change – fake.  Vaccinations – fake.

  5. (It’s my Trump calculations…) Tim Horton’s is opening up in… Gulp… Mexico.  Don’t tell Trump.  He’ll kick the coffee company out of the US.  Or, those in the southern US will need a really long straw to sip those yummy Timmy’s beverages.

‘Things just spiralled out of control’: Public servant steals nearly $1 million in computer parts, sells them on Kijiji.


A former federal public servant who stole nearly $1 million in computer parts from the Department of National Defence and sold some of them on the classified website Kijiji has pleaded guilty to fraud and breach of trust. Andrew Heggaton, 33, was a civilian member of the Canadian Forces Crypto Support Unit when he ordered…

via ‘Things just spiralled out of control’: Public servant steals nearly $1 million in computer parts, sells them on Kijiji — National Post – Top Stories

 

First off… The government is not exactly known for having state of the art technology unless DND has a special budget for tech-toys… So who would want to buy old computer parts, let alone $1-millions dollars worth of stuff.  This is not a spiralling out of control, it’s a long-term, well thought out theft and fraud.

And how come I can’t sell old snow pants or cloth diaper wraps on Kijiji but this guy makes a million dollars stealing his employers property?!?

And furthermore… Didn’t the DND ever figure out that they were missing all that stuff?  Don’t they have an IT department??

Unbelievable.

 

Could a Cure for Peanut Allergies Be Close? Peanut Protein to the Rescue!


Could a Cure for Peanut Allergies Be Close? Peanut Protein to the Rescue!

I heard yesterday morning that they was a study conducted in England whereby children were given a peanut protein over a period of time and in doing so, 81% of them were able to eat 5 peanuts without reaction.  That would be huge!

Fingers crossed it leads to something bigger and better.

Breaking News From Toronto Municipal Council


I have received some Breaking News from Toronto Municipal council. It’s huge.
It’s exactly what the lefties were hoping for in their long campaign to discredit and embarrass the Mayor, Rob Ford (PS, lefties… You have done that already!).

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may have taken drugs more than once. Oh my.

In a “drunken stupor”. Not in a “drunken stupor”. Crack. Heroin. Pot.

He’s a party in a package and now the media is going to camp outside City Hall waiting to get a comment from one of the Ford Brothers, and then talk to all the councillors who will tell you that Ford is not fit to be Mayor and, oh yeah, they are running for Mayor too.

They “hate” the distraction but they LOVE the attention!
Geez, I’ve been following Toronto City Council since I was a kid… Such a long time ago, and I never knew all the councillors like I do now. They’re everywhere. Even the one (or 2) who have been charged with offenses like driving under the influence all seem to wind up in front of the camera pointing fingers at the Fords.

So does ford need to resign now?

Does he deserve to be chastised for having his picture taken with an alleged member of the Hell’s Angels?

Only in Toronto can this be such important news… Still.

It’s like going to the zoo to see the animals. More on that at the end of this post.

Other somewhat important news only because it doesn’t involve the shaming of the Ford family:

London Ontario Mayor Joe Fontana is in court trying to explain how he stole $8 millions dollars of taxpayer mone through a charity in which he was on the board of directors.

and Ontario’s unelected premier Kathleen Wynne met with Toronto’s unelected deputy Mayor to discuss ways to waste taxpayers money. Wynne, whose party has blown billions of dollars of taxpayers money somehow escapes the fury of Toronto’s media.

Incredible!

and Nelson Mandela passed away.

But Ford did Heroin!!!

(Shaking my head).

Oh, and the animals I see… Hippos. Hippo-crites. Hypocrites. Lots of them.

2010 Year in Review – Entertainment news that mattered to me…


Here is my take on what mattered in the entertainment world during 2010.

 I started this in November but as the list got bigger and bigger, I started to get worried that I would never get to post it.  Well, here it is…   So let’s begin this urban daddy’s look at 2010 with;

The most memorable moments of the year.

On January 12th, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti 10 miles outside the country’s capital Port-au-Prince, taking almost 250,000 lives and reducing the city to rubble.  While the public outpouring of support and money was appreciated, I feel the world missed an opportunity to do the right thing and rebuild this country and provide homes, clean water and hope for the survivors.

Just over a week after winning her first Academy Award (Oscar), Sandra Bullock was blindsided when her husband of five years, some unheard of douche bag named Jesse James (parents who call kids that should be sent to jail or charged with neglect… Or the guy who names himself this might be a wee bit arrogant, no? admitted he had been unfaithful with some tattooed nazi-chick. They divorced.

Heidi Montag’s a role model for the plastic industry, not little girls…
While Heidi Montag faced several personal setbacks – filing for divorce from “husband” Spencer Pratt in July and losing her plastic surgeon to a fatal car crash in August – 2010 will go down as the year the “reality star” underwent a shocking 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day.  She went from looking young and kind-of hot, to old, plastic and about 50 years old, where she will remain (barring a drug overdose or premature end from yet another procedure) for the next 200 years. Gross.

While I really didn’t know much, or have a special appreciation for Brittany Murphy, I did find it spooky that 5 months after her death, blamed on an OD, her husband Simon Monjack was found dead in the couple’s home. It turns out he died from the same causes – pneumonia and severe anemia – that killed her.

What would a year in review be without mentioning that lunatic Mel Gibson. 2010 brought this wack-job back into the spotlight after his split from girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva ignited a heated custody battle over baby daughter Lucia. Grigorieva claimed that Mel had assaulted her (punched her and broke her nose) which led to a domestic violence investigation, and soon multiple audio tapes arose allegedly featuring Gibson’s hate-filled rants hit the web. The “leaks” were funny and made Mel seem closer to the looney-bin than to an Academy award… Poor nut-job.

But I think the biggest story of 2010 in entertainment involved Tiger Woods. Starting with the car crash / gash over his head, to the multiple mistresses each now getting their 15 minutes of fame and the resistance big business had in tossing this role model down the river. There were a lot of people hoping and praying it was not true, and if it were not for the mistresses, I doubt we would have known the full story to date.  Can anyone look at Tiger the same way again?

Now let’s turn out attention to the most memorable (at least for me) splits of the Year:

1) Courtney Cox and David Arquette.
It was an odd coupling from the start, but the former Friends star and the goofy former WCW World Heavyweight champion seemed to have found lasting love, married since 1999. In 2010, Arquette confirmed it was a combination of his immaturity and their declining sex life that led to their divorce. Now he’s spouting off about how drinking heavily makes him feel better… My only question is what took Cox so long to get the balls.

2) Sandra Bullock and Jesse James Cheater Nazi. Previously discussed.

3) Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria and NBA star Tony Parker. Married in 2007, him like 6 foot 8. Her, like 5 foot 4. Longoria filed for divorce in November 2010 amid rumors of infidelity.

4) Billy Ray Cyrus and wife Trish are divorcing after 18 years of marriage (Hmmm… Miley Cyrus is 18…) filed for divorce on Oct. 27. The parents of six children are going to have a hard time finding someone to re-marry until all the birdies have flown the coup. Although with Miley acting out, is rehab or a sex-tape soon to follow…

5) 3 years seems to be the equivalent to the 7-year-itch in Hollywood as Christina Aguilera and Husband Jordan Bratman divorced after 3 years and one son together. She’s already being photographed holding hands with another guy…

6) For Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels, 9 years of marriage ended in a case of she said, she said as Etheridge said the split was “as mutual as those things can be,” while Michaels says she was “blindsided” and left broke by their breakup.

7) Al and Tipper Gore. After 40 years of marriage, the Washington power couple and parents of four announced their separation in June. The former high school sweethearts said in a statement that it was “a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration.”

8) Kids should not have kids! Bristol Palin and butt-wipe Levi Johnston, Bristol being the teen daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, first shocked the world two years ago – by announcing she and her high school sweetheart were expecting during her mother’s Republican vice-presidential campaign. Two months after the birth of the couple’s son Tripp in March 2009, the pair split, only to reunite this past July. But a month later, they called off their second engagement.  Levi is a douche-bag and he totally played the Palin family and is using them for fame and fortune, recently stating that he wants to run for governor because if Sarah can do it, then so can he.

9) Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva.

10) Canadian Pop star Shania Twain & Husband, producer Robert “Mutt” Lange, split up in May, resulted in her making some TV appearances and a lot of Canadian guys happy that they still have a shot.  But now in December she announces she is engaged to the ex-husband of the woman her husband left her for… Get it?  It’s a real-life wife swap.

11) This one is messed up.  Dean Sheremet was married to LeAnn Rimes.  Eddie Cibrian was married to Brandi Glanville.  Eddie and LeAnn hook up while working on a movie together – Both deny it.  Caught kissing they claim to be “rehearsing”.  Both get taken to the curb.  Then while “single” Eddie and LeAnn begin dating.  I hope they both know what they are getting in to…

12) Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris from the TV show Saved by the Bell) and wife Lisa Ann Russell (who apparently was also on the show), after 14 years of marriage.

13) Plastic girl and douche-boy, aka Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, after 15 months of marriage.  Pratt, who loves his “fame” was quoted as saying this; “Some say if you can’t handle the heat get out of the kitchen. Well, Heidi couldn’t handle King Spencer’s fame so she got out of the marriage.”   Really?  King Spencer?  Where are you now, numbnuts???

14) Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens – broke up, not divorced, but is there now going to be more leaked naked photos of Vanessa?  Chances are good.

15) George Lopez and his wife Ann Serrano had been married since 1993, and she even gave him a kidney when he needed a transplant in 2005.   This one stinks, man!

16) Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy after 5 years.

17) Kelsey Grammer and Camille Grammer after 13 years of marriage.

and the biggest breakup of 2010… #18 on our list, was Tiger Woods and about 16 other women…

Done with the bad, now the good… Here is who got hitched in 2010;

Megan Fox and 90201 “star” Brian Austin Green, after 6 years together.

Canadian Alt-rocker Alanis Morisette and rapper Souleye (real name: Mario Treadway).  Wonder what she calls him in bed?  No I don’t…

Pop star Katy Perry and the very unusual Russell Brand.

Ottawa Senators hockey player Mike Fisher married country star Carrie Underwood. 

Glee super-bitch, Jane Lynch married girlfriend Lara Embry.

Hilary Duff’s married hockey player Mike Comrie, and in an unusual turn of events, her tooth fell out in the morning.  Lucky for Duff, it was fixed before the wedding started. 

(Han Solo married a broom), aka, Harrison Ford married Calista Flockhart. Calista ate a whole raisin at the wedding to really celebrate and she missed the second half of the evening because she was “stuffed”. No truth to the rumours that Chewbacca served as best man.

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton joined the tribe as she married some guy named Marc Mezvinsky in front of 400 guests on July 31 in N.Y.

Dawson!  James Van Der Beek married some model named Kimberly Brook in Tel Aviv. 

With just six guests in attendance, longtime couple Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen said “I Do” in a traditional Jewish ceremony in Paris.  Wonder if Borat was wearing that giant green sling shot ball holder bathing suit under his tuxedo?

2010 WTF were you thinking:

A few stories in entertainment caught my attention during the year.  I present them to you here. 

1) Lindsay Lohan.  I remember when she was in court in July, and for some reason she thought it would have been a good idea to have “FUCK U” stenciled in nail polish on her left middle finger.  Lohan, who claimed it was a “a joke,” spent 13 days in jail and 23 days in court-ordered rehab for violating probation in a DUI case.  She’ll be back… In court and jail.

2) Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, eh?  In April, former NYPD Blue star Garcelle Beauvais publicly aired her husband Michael Nilon’s dirty laundry to his Creative Artists Agency colleagues in an angry, company-wide e-mail. “I found out today that MY husband of almost 9 yrs has been having an affair for 5 yrs with some slut in Chicago,” she wrote. “I am devastated!!! And I have been duped!!” A month later, the mom of two filed for divorce.

In May 2010, a British tabloid captured the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, on video accepting a $40,000 cash payment – and an additional $700,000 to be wired later – in exchange for access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew.

John Edwards’s former mistress Rielle Hunter finally broke her years-long silence in a GQ interview which led to the end of his 32-year marriage – Edward’s wife recently passed away after battling cancer for many years. I’m sure she needed this stupidity at that moment.

Shame!

That was fun!