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31 May 2007

TV Party Last Night

So, in between periods of the Stanley Cup Finals last night (great, hard-hitting game), I happened to land on So You Think You Can Dance. I know. What can you do.
But anyway, shit was mind-blowing, well, at least the one-armed woman was; if only I could remember her name, maybe I could find a clip online. Woe is me, though, so you'll have to take my word.
At first, I thought her herky-jerky moves betrayed the fact that she'd been working a pole 20 minutes prior, but then when she was done, the judges made sure to point the nub out. So rewind the TV went, and obvious the armlessness became. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Or with the dude who they showed in the next segment who was missing a leg (both motor-vehicle accidents.)
Why am I telling you all this? I don't know. 'Cause it was entertaining. And if you can find a link, please send it my way. But in the meantime, here's a lesson in groove. But please, people, don't hurt yourselves. (Until you read this week's column.)

30 May 2007

A friend hits the big-time

An Indian computer engineer attorney who groped female passengers during a London-to-Philadelphia flight in March and later caused a commotion in a courtroom here was sentenced yesterday to 69 days in prison, or time served.

Thirumurthy Nakka Boomaiah of Chennai, India, Nish, of Jersey City, is expected to be deported. He had pleaded guilty to interfering with a flight crew and faced a sentence of as long as six months.

Boomaiah Nish was arrested March 21 at Philadelphia International Airport after passengers and crew complained that he had rubbed the legs and genital areas of female passengers and thrown water in the face of a flight attendant who told him to stop. Passengers told authorities that after crew members strapped Boomaiah Nish to his seat, he continued to shout obscenities until the plane landed.

During his first appearance before a federal magistrate in Philadelphia, Boomaiah Nish was wrestled to the courtroom floor by marshals after he began to move toward a female clerk and shouted, "I am a man! I am a man!"

Happy Wednesday

Lindsay, Lindsay, Lindsay. Gotta stay away from that blow, sunshine.

In unrelated news, here's what this week's column is about. Let's just say I don't come down on the side of Corzine.

And, finally, Obama couldn't have asked for a better Robin Hood headline. Not that I'm complaining, since she must be stopped, for even the Chinese admit Hillary's a pig.

Go Cubs.

25 May 2007

So, over at the work blog, we've been doing this thing where you write about the first 10 songs to randomly come up on your iPod. Sounds great, in theory, until Michelle Branch shows up.
Gone for the long weekend.
Go Cubs.

24 May 2007

More Bubb Rubb

This week's column...

... can be found here.

Go Cubs.

23 May 2007

Now, go fix him that turkey pot pie, bitch

SAN MATEO, California (AP) -- A man accused of biting off his wife's bottom lip after she called him short has rejected a plea offer and will stand trial next month, prosecutors said.

Akano Nzerem, 54, of South San Francisco, is charged with felony counts of domestic violence, mayhem, false imprisonment, battery and making criminal threats.

Nzerem told police he was provoked by his wife attacking him first and calling him a short man, according to the district attorney's office.

Police said Nzerem shoved aside his 16-year-old daughter when she tried to intervene in the argument. He then allegedly grabbed his wife in a bear hug and bit off her lip.

Police recovered the lip from the floor but doctors were unable to reattach it. Nzerem's wife said authorities have exaggerated the extent of her injuries.

Nzerem also is facing misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and violating a court order, said Steve Wagstaffe, chief deputy district attorney for San Mateo County.

"It's just for decoration" (oldie but goodie)

22 May 2007

Hell of a drug

18 May 2007

(blue) BLUE (hens) HENS

Ok, maybe it's not the feel good story of the year, what with ....

For Giordano, a junior attackman from Moorestown High School who has 16 goals and is averaging two points a game, this giddy journey is a reward for some trying times.

In December, prosecutors from Cape May County, N.J., determined that Giordano was a victim of mistaken identity when he was charged with assault, weapons possession and bias intimidation after an incident that occurred in Sea Isle City last summer.

Giordano was arrested after leaving a party early on the morning of Aug. 22 when police said he fit the description of one of three men who assaulted a black off-duty police officer with a baseball bat while shouting racial slurs.

Giordano maintained his innocence. Nonetheless, he paid a price. Since Delaware has a rule prohibiting a student charged with a felony from attending classes, he missed the fall semester.

... and all, but the Fightin' Blue Hens of the University of Delaware Blue Hens rule men's college lacrosse much in the way San Dimas High School Football once did. Their game to get into the Final Four is Sunday.

Go Hens!

Kind of like when those kids smoked all that gypsum weed

"We made brownies, and I think we're dead." A must hear 911-call. (Thanks to Rapa). "What's the score in the Red Wings game?"

DEARBORN -- Criminal charges will not be filed against a Dearborn police officer who admitted to baking brownies laced with marijuana seized from a criminal suspect in April 2006.

17 May 2007

The Right Man Won

I've been a slacking blogger. I know this. But, what can you do? Been a busy past couple weeks with the final push to the election.
Which, I must say was a bittersweet occasion. For one, it feels like Philly might have actually been saved, now that Michael Nutter is all but our mayor. As in, wow, we actually elected a qualified person who won't use the office as an ego-boosting grab-bag for his friends and contributors. How novel.
But on the downside, seems there are only 10,150 Philadelphians who were wise enough to see what Milton Street would have brought this fine city. Shame on everybody else.

So, for old time's sake, here's a link to my Cocktails With the likely mayor to be from back in February, and a couple thoughts I'd shared with readers about Nutter's plan to attack crime - oh, about 8 months before it became a hot-button campaign issue - and his nasty smoking ban.

After we ran a story about the potential ban in the Food section a few weeks back, letters poured in, mostly pro-ban. Some were even spell-checked. For the time being, let's stick to those supporters, aka the Michael-Nutter-for-mayor campaign-killers. (Think I'm kidding, Nutter? Get that ban passed and you can damn well be sure that we French revolutionaries with press passes, and there are a lot of us, will defiantly light up at home as we write endorsement columns in '07.)

To think I'm actually happy he's now in charge...

Go Cubs.

10 May 2007

Write a caption, Win a Kewpie

"I know what you did last summer, Dinesh."

This Week

Nice to know we actually do have terrorists living among us in Philly and the burbs, huh?
So anyway, cockails with is no more since the election's a mere five days off, so here's this week's column (and sidebar.)

Vote Milton. Like your life depend on it. Milton helps the people. Get on the right Street. Lever 87.

05 May 2007

Man, I wish I was in Vegas today

Paris Hilton in stripes? Loves it. So hot.

The fight? Though I initially prognosticated a draw, today I'm leaning back toward Mayweather in 10. Opinion subject to multiple flip-flops.

03 May 2007

The fight

... broken down over at the work blog.

This week

So yeah, we endorsed Michael Nutter. But, here's my column with Johnny Doc handicapping the race, cocktails with Bob Brady in Chinatown and a total-Colbert-ripoff-headlined game to test your at-large council kuh nowledge. (Get it as a PDF, if only to better see Milton's picture.) Nutter pic by Rego.

02 May 2007

Coming this week

Seems one of Blunt's favorite anchorwomen got herself into a bit of a mess. Very nice.
In this week's paper, the last Cocktails With is with the head of the city Dems, blunt has a supposed enemy of the city Dems boss breaking down the race (gets pretty nasty) and, finally, it's the week City Paper endorses a candidate for Mayor (who is neither of the above). At some point between now and Friday on the paper's blog (and probably on here too), I'll also be breaking down the Mayweather/De La Hoya fight (complete with gambling suggestions for our friends who can legally do so in Vegas).

01 May 2007

Not in cage

I suspect those of us who attended a certain wedding in Key Biscayne a few years back will get a kick out of this one.

Villagers at a wedding in eastern India decided the groom had arrived too drunk to get married, and so the bride married the groom's more sober brother instead, police said on Monday.

"The groom was drunk and had reportedly misbehaved with guests when the bride's family and local villagers chased him away," Madho Singh, a senior police officer said after Sunday's marriage in a village in Bihar state's Arwal district.

The younger brother readily agreed to take the groom's place beside the teenage bride at her family's invitation, witnesses said.

"The groom apologised for his behaviour, but has been crying that word will spread and he will never get a bride again," Singh said by phone.

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