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Other Sports / Mayweather V Marquez
« on: September 20, 2009, 09:13:04 AM »
LAS VEGAS - As it ended, with Shane Mosley in the ring seizing an unwarranted opportunity to provoke Floyd Mayweather, HBO's $50 pay-per-view felt like WWE's "Monday Night Raw." If only Mosley could've conducted himself with the class of Pretty Boy's valet, Triple H.

"Tonight is not Mosley's night," Mayweather said later. "I don't get in the ring and grab the mic and take away another fighter's shine."

For once, Mayweather's resentment was well-founded, as the inauguration of Mosley's clumsy campaign for a payday obscured a brilliant performance. At 146 pounds, Mayweather only did what he was widely forecast to do, of course. He beat a game, though smaller man in Juan Manuel Marquez. (To harp on the weight disparity now seems willfully ignorant of all the praise Mayweather received for coming back against such a tough and formidable opponent). Some might even take exception with his failure to knock Marquez out. But these arguments miss the larger points.

First, Mayweather dispatched with the issue of his 21-month layoff. Turns out, it didn't matter. Second, he re-established himself as the most elusive fighter since Pernell Whitaker. Sure, people want to see a knockout. Still, according to CompuBox, Juan Manuel Marquez managed to land just 69 punches through 12 rounds.

That, too, was something to behold. In fact, to see what Mayweather can do up close is to witness a craft that borders on art, a talent that shows better from ringside than on the small screen.

As for that pound-for-pound title, well, that's still up for debate. And it's not a bad thing, either.

Mayweather or Pacquiao? The argument may be settled Nov. 14, when Pacquiao fights Miguel Cotto. Or maybe not. The common opponent theories might have to suffice until they actually fight each other. Going into Saturday night's bout at the MGM, Pacquiao seemed to have the edge, having decimated two fighters Mayweather had merely beaten in Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton.

But now they have a third opponent in common. Pacquiao fought Juan Manuel Marquez twice, earning a draw and a disputed split-decision win. But after seeing Marquez fight Mayweather just once, no one wants a rematch.

The judges had it 120-107, 119-108 and 118-109. I had Mayweather, 119-108, 11 rounds to one, but only because I bent over backwards to give Marquez the seventh.

The single surprise is that it went that long. Most people — Mayweather included — thought it would end in the second round, after he pounced on Marquez, leading with, of all things, a hook.

After Marquez went down, Mayweather tried to finish him, to become the first fighter to KO Marquez. "I couldn't," the unmarked Mayweather said at the press conference. "Couldn't. Guy was too tough. ... I don't rate this as one of my best fights. I think I could've done better. I couldn't have done a lot better."

It was an uncharacteristically modest admission, as it came from a man who calls himself "Money." But when I asked him what, exactly, he could've done better, he became elusive again. Short of a knockout — with 25 KOs he's not Whitaker, though he prides himself more on efficiency than brute force — I don't know what else he could've done. The single trace of ring rust was an inability or unwillingness to throw combinations. Then again, when you can lead with a hook, like that ...

"A lot of people thought I was going to get knocked out and I didn't," said Marquez, taking his victories where he could find them. "I hope I made Mexico proud. ... I was willing to die in that ring."

Such pride was appreciated by the pro-Marquez crowd of 13,116. They cheered him on. They oohed and aahed at flurries that might've looked impressive from a distance. Closer to the ring, you could see what Mayweather was doing: rolling and slipping, catching punches with his shoulders and elbows. Even with Mayweather hovering in front of his nose, or with his back to the ropes, Marquez could barely lay a glove on him.

And by the time he did connect, both fighters understood there was nothing the smaller man could do to hurt the bigger man. The eighth round ended with Mayweather on the ropes, telling Marquez to bring it on. In the ninth, he hit Marquez with an overhand right that would have felled another fighter. Yes, Marquez had a right to feel good about himself.

He took his beating well. He learned what he is, and what he is not, which is to say, not a welterweight.

Floyd Mayweather delivered a boxing lesson. Only Shane Mosley didn't learn anything.

Football / Pele: Messi Should Win World Player Award
« on: September 18, 2009, 08:12:14 AM »
It's the Argentinian's turn to capture the FIFA trophy says the Brazilian.

Lionel Messi, Barcelona (MARCA)Brazil legend Pele says that Barcelona forward Lionel Messi should be crowned FIFA World Player of the Year.

The Argentinian was the key figure for Pep Guardiola's side this year as they won an unprecedented five trophies, picking up the European Club Footballer of the Year award along the way and now Pele says it's time Messi was recognized as the best in the world.

"After giving it to Ronaldinho, Kaka and [Cristiano] Ronaldo, now it's the turn of [lionel] Messi," Pele said, according to Sport.

Pele also said that he hopes Messi's national side, Argentina do not miss out on World Cup qualification.

"It's hard to imagine a World Cup without Argentina. Nobody expected this to happen but that's football. It wouldn't be good for football if they were not there," he said.

Paul Madden,

Jokes / Jamaican Sandals
« on: September 17, 2009, 08:37:48 PM »
While on vacation a married couple walked into a shoe store. The Salesman said to them, "I have some very special Jamaican sandals I tink you would be interested in. Dey make you wild at sex."
Well, the wife was really interested in buying the sandals after what the man claimed, but her husband felt he really didn't need them, being the sex god he was.
The husband asked the man, "How could sandals make you into a sex freak?"
The Jamaican replied, "Just try dem on, Mon." So, the husband, after Some badgering from his wife, finally gave in, and tried them on.
As soon as he slipped them onto his feet, he got this wild look in his eyes, something his wife hadn't seen in many years! In the blink of an eye, the husband grabbed the Jamaican, bent him violently over a table, yanked down his pants, ripped down his own pants, and grabbed a firm hold of the Jamaican's hips.
The Jamaican then began screaming, "You got dem on the wrong feet! You Got dem on the wrong feet!"

Jokes / A Greek and an Irishman
« on: September 17, 2009, 08:31:37 PM »
A Greek and an Irishman were sitting in a Starbuck's cafe one day discussing who had the superior culture.
Over triple lattes the Greek guy says, 'Well, we Greeks built the Parthenon,' arching his eyebrows.
The Irishman then replies, 'Well... it was the Irish that discovered the Summer and Winter Solstices.'
The Greek retorts, 'We Greeks gave birth to advanced mathematics.'
The Irishman, nodding in agreement, says, 'Irish were the ones who built the first timepieces and calendars.'
And so on until the Greek comes up with what he thinks will end the discussion. With a flourish of finality he says, 'The Greeks were the ones who invented sex!'
The Irishman replies, 'Indeed, that is true, but it was we Irish who introduced it to women.'

Jokes / hung chow
« on: September 17, 2009, 08:28:13 PM »
Hung Chow calls into work and says, 'Hey, I no come work today, I really sick. Got headache, stomach ache and legs hurt, I no come work.'
The boss says, 'You know something, Hung Chow, I really need you today. When I feel like this,
I go to my wife and tell her to give me sex. That makes everything better and I go to work. You try that.
Two hours later Hung Chow calls again.
'I do what you say and I feel great. I be at work soon........ You got nice house.'

Previous record holder, tired of the publicity, refuses to be measured

LONDON - A towering Turk was officially crowned the world's tallest man Thursday after his Ukrainian rival dropped out of the running by refusing to be measured.

Guinness World Records said that 8 foot 1 inch (2.47 meter) Sultan Kosen, from the town of Mardin in eastern Turkey, is now officially the tallest man walking the planet. Although the previous record holder, Ukrainian Leonid Stadnyk, reportedly measured 8 feet 5.5 inches (2.57 meters), Guinness said he was stripped of his title when he declined to let anyone confirm his height.

Stadnyk, 39, told The Associated Press he refused to be independently measured because he was tired of being in the public eye.

"If this title had given me more health or a few extra years, I would have taken it, but the opposite happened, I only wasted my nerve cells," he said.

"If I have to choose between prosperity and calm, I choose calm."

Kosen, 27, told reporters in London that he was looking forward to parlaying his newfound status into a chance at love.

Would like to get married
"Up until now it's been really difficult to find a girlfriend," Kosen said through an interpreter. "I've never had one, they were usually scared of me. ... Hopefully now that I'm famous I'll be able to meet lots of girls. I'd like to get married."

Kosen is one of only 10 confirmed or reliably reported cases in which humans have grown past the eight foot (2.44 meter) mark, according to Guinness.

The record-keeping group said he grew into his outsize stature because tumor-related damage to his pituitary triggered the overproduction of growth hormones. The condition, known as "pituitary gigantism," also explains Kosen's enormous hands and feet, which measure 10.8 inches (27.5 centimeters) and 14.4 inches (36.5 centimeters) respectively.

The tumor was removed last year, so Kosen isn't expected to grow any further.

The part-time farmer, who uses crutches to stand, said there were disadvantages to being so tall.

Can't fit normal car
"I can't fit into a normal car," he said. "I can't go shopping like normal people, I have to have things made specially and sometimes they aren't always as fashionable. The other thing is that ceilings are low and I have to bend down through doorways."

But he noted some advantages too, including the ability to see people coming from far away.

107-year-old Malaysian woman seeks 23rd hubby
Wook Kundor, 107, sits outside her house in Malaysia's northern Kuala Terengganu state on September … Mon Sep 14, 4:04 am ET
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – A 107-year-old Malaysian woman says she is ready to marry for the 23rd time because she fears her current drug addict husband might leave her for a younger woman, a report said Monday.

Wook Kundor made headlines four years ago when she married Muhammad Noor Che Musa, a man 70 years her junior in northern Terengganu state, with pictures of the couple's wedding splashed across regional newspapers.

But Wook is now looking for new love as she fears that Muhammad, 37, who is undergoing voluntary drug rehabilitation treatment in the capital Kuala Lumpur, will leave her once the programme ends, she told the Star newspaper.

"Lately, there is this kind of insecurity in me," the paper quoted her as saying, showing a photograph of the smiling, wrinkled-faced centenarian wearing a Muslim headscarf.

"I realise that I am an aged woman. I don't have the body nor am I a young woman who can attract anyone."

"My intention to remarry is to fill my forlornness and nothing more than that," she said, adding that she felt lonely without her husband by her side to celebrate the coming Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr next week.

Wook said she planned to visit Muhammad on the second day of Eid if her neighbours were willing to drive her to the capital.

Muhammad, who was a lodger in Wook's house, had previously said it was "God's will" that the couple fell in love.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / dog cost $582,000
« on: September 14, 2009, 07:34:13 AM »
The world’s most expensive dog cost $582,000
A Tibetan Mastiff now holds the title after being sold to a woman in China
 A woman, identified by only the surname Wang, poses with her $582,000 dog as they are greeted by a convoy of 30 black Mercedes-Benz cars at the airport in Xi'an, in China's Shaanxi province, on September 9, 2009.

It sounds like a shaggy dog story, but it isn’t. A Tibetan Mastiff is believed to have broken the record as the world’s most expensive dog — sold to a young Chinese millionaire for a mind-blowing $582,000.

The owner, known only as Ms. Wang, traveled to Qinghai province of northwest China to purchase the 18-month old dog, named Yangtze River Number Two.

Yangtze came home to an A-List entrance at Xi’an airport in China’s Shaanxi province, where he was reportedly greeted by hordes of dog lovers and picked up on Wednesday by a motorcade of 30 black Mercedes-Benz cars.

“Gold has a price, but this Tibetan Mastiff doesn’t,” she was quoted as saying to Chinese publications.

Tibetan Mastiffs, a fairly rare breed, typically cost about $2,000 in the West, but are more expensive in China where they are valued for their skills as guard dogs.

Ms. Wang has plans to mate Yangtze with another Tibetan Mastiff that she owns, according to Chinese reports.

A family in Florida previously held the record, paying $155,000 for a Labrador named Lancelot Encore, cloned from their dead dog, Lancelot.

General Discussion / Mrs. Robinson.
« on: September 11, 2009, 01:12:43 PM »
allyuh in trini eh even know de former first lady passed away.RIP Mrs. Robinson.

Football / Real Madrid Voted Club Of The Century
« on: September 10, 2009, 01:58:29 PM »
A study has crowned Real Madrid as the best club between 1901 and 2001.
Sep 10, 2009 7:32:24 AM
Real Madrid have been named as the best club of the 20th century after an exhaustive study by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).

The Spanish giants finished out in front of Juventus, who were second, while Barcelona, Milan and Bayern Munich completed the top five in the historic record books.

In recent seasons the IFFHS have judged clubs in order of merit, but have only done so in the Club World Ranking that began in 1991.

Demand was high for a ranking based on titles won, placings in competitions and other factors over the entire 20th century, and now the IFFHS have explained how they reached their conclusion.

"For some years now, the IFFHS has been asked by clubs, sports journalists and fans to determine the clubs of the century for the individual continents but on a realistic basis without imaginary values and subjective influences," the statement on the IFFHS website explains.

"The rankings published so far have been based on the number of titles won or placings or marathon tables in competitions.

"Because the Club World Ranking (by IFFHS) has been determined monthly only since January 1991, it cannot be used as the basis for determining the club of the century.

"The IFFHS has decided these continental clubs of the century and with it continental rankings of century to determine exclusively on the base of individual match results of the continental club competitions.

"The national competitions are merely a prerequisite to qualify for the continental club competitions. Intercontinental club competitions were not taken into consideration."

A point system saw clubs rewarded for their performances in the Champions League, UEFA Cup, European Cup Winners' Cup, Mitropa Cup, Copa Latina and the European Super Cup.

Below are the top ten clubs of the 20th century:

Points   Club
563.50  Real Madrid
466.00  Juventus
458.00  FC Barcelona
399.75  AC Milan
399.00  Bayern Munich
362.00  Inter
332.75  Ajax
300.25  Liverpool
299.00  Sporting Lisbon
231.00  Anderlecht

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Duped Into Porn
« on: September 10, 2009, 12:54:39 PM »
'Big Brother' Hoax Women Duped Into Porn: Reality Show Scam In Turkey

Nine young women have been duped into appearing in internet pornography after a starring in a fake Big Brother-style show.

The 16 to 24-year-olds were locked in a house and filmed round-the-clock for two months.

But, instead of fame and fortune from becoming reality show stars, naked pictures of the women were sold on the internet.

The scam in Turkey was uncovered when one anxious set of parents contacted police.

General Discussion / Mom charged with fatally stabbing 2 daughters
« on: September 10, 2009, 12:50:40 PM »
L.A. woman struggled financially, was hospitalized for stress, report says

LOS ANGELES - A mother accused of fatally slashing her two daughters' throats inside their Los Angeles home has been charged with two counts of murder.

Antonia Gomez was also charged Wednesday with the special circumstance of multiple murders, making her eligible for the death penalty if convicted.

Prosecutors alleged Gomez stabbed her 11-year-old daughter Edith Moreno and her 17-year-old sister Diana Moreno on Sept. 2 before cutting her own arms.

Relatives told the Los Angeles Times the 37-year-old mother recently lost her job, could not make mortgage payments on her Sun Valley home, and had been hospitalized for stress.

Gomez also has a 14-year-old daughter who was not at the home at the time of the killings.

Bail was denied and Gomez' arraignment was reset for Sept. 17.

Jokes / Talking With Your Body
« on: September 04, 2009, 01:33:30 PM »
A man is doing yard work and his wife is about to take a shower. The man realizes that he can't find the rake. He yells up to his wife, "Where is the rake?" She can't hear him and shouts back, "What?"

The man first points to his eye, then points to his knee and finally makes a raking motion.

The wife is not sure and says, "What?" The man repeats his gestures. "EYE KNEE THE RAKE"

The wife replies that she understands and signals back. She first points to her eye, then points to her left breast, then points to her butt, and finally to her crotch.

Well, the man has no clue on that one. Exasperated, he goes upstairs and asks her, "What in the friggin' hell was that?"

She replies, "EYE - LEFT TIT - BEHIND - THE BUSH".

Jokes / 3 Chinese Dragons
« on: September 04, 2009, 01:22:17 PM »
A Chinese man had three daughters, he asked his eldest daughter what kind of man she would like to marry.

"I would like to marry a man with three dragons on his chest", said the eldest daughter.

He then asked his second daughter who she would like to marry.

"I would like to marry a man with two dragons on his chest", said the second daughter.

He finally asked his youngest daughter who she would like to marry.

"I would like to marry a man with one draggin' on the ground", said the youngest daughter.

General Discussion / man slaps child in walmart
« on: September 03, 2009, 11:35:41 AM »
STONE MOUNTAIN, GA (AP) -- Police say a 61-year-old man annoyed with a crying 2-year-old girl at a Wal-Mart slapped the child several times after warning the toddler's mother to keep her quiet.

A police report said that after the stranger hit the girl at least four times, he said: "See, I told you I would shut her up."

Roger Stephens of Stone Mountain is charged with felony cruelty to children. It was unclear if he had an attorney and a telehpone call to his home Wednesday was unanswered.

Authorities said the girl and her mother were shopping Monday when the toddler began crying. The police report saids Stephens approached the mother and said, "If you don't shut that baby up, I will shut her up for you."

Authorities said after Stephens slapped the girl, she began screaming.

LONDON (AP) - Little more than nine months before the World Cup makes its first appearance in Africa, all but six of the 32 team spots are still to be decided.

So far, Japan, Australia, North and South Korea and the Netherlands have captured places alongside host South Africa in the Dec. 4 draw at Cape Town, although several more teams are banging on the door.

CONMEBOL WC QualifyingSat., Sep. 5
Argentina vs. Brazil   
Paraguay vs. Bolivia   
Peru vs. Uruguay   
Chile vs. Venezuela   
Colombia vs. Ecuador   
Tue., Sep. 8
Uruguay vs. Colombia   
Paraguay vs. Argentina   
Brazil vs. Chile   
Bolivia vs. Ecuador   
Venezuela vs. Peru   
While five-time World Cup winner Brazil, European champion Spain and 1966 winner England look set to join them soon, other powerhouse teams have plenty of work to do.

Inspirational as one of the game's greatest ever players, Diego Maradona is struggling to lift Argentina as its coach. The talented but brittle team is in the fourth and last of South America's qualifying spots behind Brazil, Chile and Paraguay, and in danger of missing out, especially if it loses at home to the Brazilians on Saturday.

That would leave Maradona's stars stranded on 22 points and allow fifth place Ecuador to leapfrog them with a win at Colombia.

Although fifth place means they still have a chance of qualifying through a playoff, that's not what Argentina fans were expecting from their greatest star. A positive for their team is that Brazil hasn't beaten its rival in World Cup qualifiers away from home since 1995.

Brazil coach Dunga knows that Maradona has several big stars in his lineup apart from Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

"Every player deserves attention," Dunga said. "You can't mark only one player and let 10 others remain free."

Although three-time champion Germany is top of its group, second place Russia appears almost certain to cut its standings lead to one point by beating Liechtenstein at home on Saturday. With only the group winners sure of World Cup places from European qualifying, there's still a strong chance that Guus Hiddink's Russians can catch the Germans, who host South Africa in a friendly on Saturday.

World Cup holder Italy also tops its group and is out to capture three points in Georgia on Saturday. But Marcello Lippi's team has only a one-point lead over Ireland - which is guided by another Italian coaching great, Giovanni Trapattoni - which visits Cyprus. The Ireland-Italy game in Dublin Oct. 10 could be crucial.

Lippi is unconcerned by criticism that players from his former club Juventus make up a third of his squad.

"Juventus has put an emphasis on Italian players," he said. "So it's only natural that they hold my attention."

Runner up to the Italians in Berlin three years ago, France has five points to make up on leader Serbia in Group 7 although Raymond Domenech's team, which hosts Romania on Saturday, has a game in hand on the leader and soon goes to Belgrade.

"It will be hard, but the message I'm getting across to the players is that it will be just as hard (for Romania and Serbia)," Domenech said. "We have a talented and a strong team, and we'll show it."

Slovakia is the surprise leader of Group 3 as it chases a first World Cup appearance, and has a great chance to push neighbor the Czech Republic further out of contention by beating them at home on Saturday.

The Slovaks go into the game with a two-point lead over second place Northern Ireland, with the Czechs next to last and seven points behind.

Portugal badly needs a victory over Group 1 leader Denmark in Copenhagen or Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates will probably have to start thinking about the runners up playoffs.

With four rounds of games to go, group favorites Portugal and Sweden are lingering well behind the Danes and Hungary. Denmark has 16 points and Hungary 13 with Portugal and Sweden on nine.

With the Hungarians hosting Sweden on Saturday, two home wins will push the Portuguese and the Swedes further out of contention for places in the finals.

England, which hosts Slovenia in a friendly on Saturday, will capture a place at the finals if it beats Croatia at Wembley on Wednesday to make it eight wins out of eight in Group 6. That means the race is effectively for second place and a playoff spot, which Croatia is favored to capture, especially by beating fourth place Belarus on Saturday. Three points behind the Croats, third place Ukraine has a game in hand, however, and should also beat Andorra at home to stay in contention.

With six wins from six games, Spain should move closer to the finals by beating Belgium at home, while second place Bosnia-Herzegovina is hopeful of staying in contention by winning in Armenia.

WC Qualifying on FSC
 Sat., Sep. 5, 3 p.m. LIVE -
   Bahrain vs. Saudi Arabia
 Sat., Sep. 5, 5 p.m. -
   Georgia vs. Italy
 Wed., Sep. 9, 2:30 p.m. LIVE -
   N. Ireland vs. Slovakia
 Wed., Sep. 9, 5 p.m. -
   Wales vs. Russia
 Wed., Sep. 9, 8 p.m. -
   Saudi Arabia vs. Bahrain
Qualifying for the three automatic spots from Central and North America is effectively down to four teams as Mexico aims to stay in touch with Costa Rica (12 points), Honduras (10) and United States (10) with four rounds of games to go.

With Honduras expected to beat Trinidad & Tobago at home and the Americans hosting El Salvador, the crucial game on Saturday appears to be Mexico's visit to leader Costa Rica. The Mexicans have nine points and a victory would turn things upside down.

The four automatic spots from Asia are already decided and now Bahrain and Saudi Arabia go into a two-game playoff to decide which team goes on to face Oceania champion New Zealand for a spot at the World Cup.

Among Saturday's other friendlies, the Netherlands host Japan in a meeting of teams already qualified for the World Cup.

Jokes / Blonde at School
« on: September 03, 2009, 10:08:51 AM »
A blonde comes home from school and says to her mum,"We learned how to count up to 5 today mummy. I got up to 10. Is it because I'm blonde, mummy?"
Mum replies: "yes dear"

Day 2:
"We learned how to do the alphabet today mummy. The others only got up to E and I got up to S. Is it because I'm blonde, mummy?"
Mum replies: "yes dear"

Day 3:
"We learned about breasts today mummy. All the other girls are flat chested and I'm a 36DD. Is it because I'm blonde, mummy?"
Mum replies: "No dear, it's because your 25.

Jokes / 2 leprochans and a nun
« on: September 03, 2009, 09:55:44 AM »
One day 2 leprochans were having an arguement. so they they went to a convent and they rang the doorbell. wen the nun came out one of the leprochans asked her "sister, are there any nuns my size here?" she replied "no little leprochan, there are no nuns here your size" he then said "oh....well, are there any nuns any where in the world my size?" she then repleis "no little leprochan, there aren't any nuns in the world your size" he then thanked her and she shut the door. the other leprochan started to crack up laughing and said "haha u stupid bastard, i told u that u f**ked a penguin!".

General Discussion / Italian minister: OK to drink (a little) and drive
« on: September 03, 2009, 07:48:17 AM »
Critics worry if minister is putting economic interests ahead of safety

ROME - Should two glasses of wine disqualify someone from getting behind the wheel? Italy's agricultural minister says no — and has ignited a storm of criticism.

Minister Luca Zaia told car magazine Quattroruote this week that attempts to completely ban drinking and driving were "criminalizing" Italy's national drink — wine — and damaging one of its most lucrative industries.

Critics wondered if the minister was putting economic interests ahead of safety.

"We have to stop considering drunk someone who drinks two glasses," Zaia said. "There is an ongoing criminalization that is killing one of the most important 'made in Italy' sectors."

Zaia said authorities should instead focus on road accidents caused by those who take tranquilizers and other drugs that can cause drivers to fall asleep.

Italian law allows a maximum of 0.5 grams of alcohol per liter in the blood of drivers. Two glasses of wine can put a person above that limit, depending on one's weight and other factors like food.

Parliament debating total ban
Parliament is debating a total ban on drinking for drivers who have had their license for less than three years. There have been strong calls within the conservative government to extend the new measure to all.

Zaia himself was quoted last year as saying there should be a total ban on drinking and driving.

But in the interview with Quattroruote, Zaia said the rules should not be changed because "at the current level, you are sober and perfectly capable of driving."

Health officials and relatives of accident victims condemned Zaia's comments.

"(Zaia's position) has little to do with scientific evidence and more to do with the economic interests of the wine industry," Emanuele Scafato, head of the alcohol observatory at the National Health Institute, told RAI state TV on Tuesday.

"A state of intoxication can be reached also by consuming a small amount of alcohol," Scafato said. "There are no safe levels of alcohol consumption when driving."

In a statement, the Agriculture Ministry confirmed Zaia's comments and said encouraging Italy's traditional wine consumption was the best way to stop binge drinking and other habits that experts blame for a rise in alcoholism in recent years, especially among youths.

General Discussion / Honolulu Seeking to Ban 'BO' on Buses
« on: September 02, 2009, 10:06:47 AM »
HONOLULU (Sept. 2) -- Stinky city bus riders soon could get soaked. The Honolulu City Council is considering a bill that would impose up to a $500 fine and/or up to six months in jail for public transit passengers convicted of being too smelly.

The bill will be heard Thursday in committee. It would make it illegal to have "odors that unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system."
It doesn't matter if it's body odor or offensive fumes that emanates from clothes, personal belongings or animals.
Councilmen Rod Tam and Nestor Garcia co-sponsored the anti-odor bill.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii says it is concerned with laws that are inherently vague, which opens the door to discriminatory enforcement based on an officer's individual prejudices.

Other Sports / Ali traces roots to Irish town
« on: September 02, 2009, 07:29:42 AM »
Boxing legend Ali traces roots to Irish townAssociated Press

DUBLIN (AP) - Muhammad Ali made a sentimental journey Tuesday to discover his Irish roots, and met distant relatives during celebrations at the local town hall and a nearby castle.

Muhammad Ali's great-grandfather was born in Ireland before later settling in Kentucky. (Julien Behal/PA / Associated Press)
Thousands lined the streets of Ennis, western Ireland, to cheer his motorcade as the three-time heavyweight champion visited the home of his great-grandfather Abe Grady.

Fans adorned streets with red, white and blue bunting and flags, while shop windows competed to display the most impressive posters honoring Ali — including one tongue-in-cheek portrait of him appearing ready to knock out an unpopular Irish politician.

Ali, who is 67 and battling Parkinson's disease, fought only once in Ireland, knocking out Alvin Lewis at Dublin's Croke Park on July 19, 1972.

Ali offered a few playful jabs to cameras but made no public comments and steered clear of throngs of autograph-seekers Tuesday, among them hundreds of kids whose schools closed early for the event. Police blocked off roads and kept crowds in line with railings.

Grady settled in Kentucky in the 1860s and married a freed slave. One of their grandchildren, Odessa Lee Grady Clay, gave birth to Ali — then Cassius Clay — in 1942.

Genealogists pinpointed Ali's Irish links in 2002, but Ali had never visited Ennis.

His visit to Ennis Town Hall was broadcast live on big-screen televisions outside, where locals also took in a live concert by traditional musicians, including best-selling accordionist Sharon Shannon.

The town of Ennis came out in full force to greet Ali. (PictureGroup, M J Kim / Associated Press)

Ali's wife, Yolanda, said her husband's Irish blood might help explain his legendary ability to bludgeon his opponents with blarney as well as punches. She kept close at Ali's side during the public events, talking to him and steadying him as they walked arm in arm.

"When you look at Muhammad's pugilistic skills and his loquacious ways, I am sure if his great-grandfather was alive, he would swear it came from him," she said. "If he were alive today I bet he would be in every pub talking about it too."

Mayor Frankie Neylon presented Ali with a scroll and proclaimed him Ennis' first "freeman," an honor conveying him special privileges in the County Clare town of 23,000. The mayor said the most valuable privilege would be free parking.

Yolanda Ali said the couple would return to Ireland "now that we know that Muhammad is an Ennisman."

People traveled hundreds of miles from across Ireland to see Ali, among them veteran Irish boxers who sparred with Ali in New York training decades ago.

Former Irish national champ Jim O'Sullivan recalled sparring with Ali and his trainer Angelo Dundee during a U.S. tour by Irish boxers in 1978 — and wished he'd known then that "The Greatest" was "just a Paddy like us."

"We'd have dearly loved to have known he was that wee bit Irish. We'd have given him some stick," O'Sullivan said, using an Irish expression for good-natured ribbing.

Ali was driven through the town to Turnpike Road, where his great-grandfather lived before sailing for America. He met several representatives of the Grady clan, most of them O'Gradys — the O connoting "son of" in the native Irish tongue.

Later, Ali was guest of honor at a fundraising banquet at nearby Dromoland Castle, one of Ireland's premier luxury hotels. He planned to return to the United States on Wednesday.

General Discussion / It's a sad day when...
« on: September 01, 2009, 12:24:52 PM »
Same-sex marriages begin in Vermont
State became mecca for gay couples after instituting civil unions in 2000

DUXBURY, Vt. - After 17 years together, Bill Slimback and Bob Sullivan couldn't wait another minute to get married. So they didn't.

With Vermont's new law allowing same-sex marriage only a minute old, they tied the knot in a midnight ceremony at a rustic lodge, becoming one of the first couples to legally wed under a law that took effect at midnight Monday.

Dressed in suits, saying their vows under a large wall-mounted moose head, the two Whitehall, N.Y., men promised their love, exchanged rings and held hands during a modest 17-minute ceremony. Moose Meadow Lodge co-owner Greg Trulson, who's also a Justice of the Peace, presided.

"It feels wonderful," said Slimback, 38, an out-of-work Teamster who is taking Sullivan's last name as his own. "It's a day I've been long waiting for, and a day I truly honestly thought would never come."

Slimback said he and Sullivan, 41, have long wanted to cement their relationship with a wedding, but since they couldn't legally marry in New York they chose to wed even before Vermont's gay marriage era officially dawned.

One of five states
Vermont is one of five states that now allow same-sex couples to marry. Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa also allow same-sex marriages, while New Hampshire's law takes effect Jan. 1, 2010.

Vermont, which invented civil unions in 2000 after a same-sex couple challenged the inequality of state marriage statutes, was a mecca for gay couples who to that point had no way to officially recognize their relationships.

Since then, other states have allowed gay marriage, as did Vermont, which in April became the first state to legalize gay marriage through a legislative decree and not a court case.

Some couples — including many who obtained civil unions in Vermont — plan to return to the state to get married. But most are in no rush. City and town officials say only a handful of licenses had been issued to same-sex couples in anticipation of Tuesday's start.

"We've waited a long time to do this — basically, our whole lives," Slimback said Monday. "We've been waiting for a chance to actually solidify it," he said. He and Sullivan said they never wanted to obtain a civil union because they believe that's a kind of second-class recognition.

Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / NBA 2009-10 Thread
« on: September 01, 2009, 11:35:51 AM »
with de upcomin season weeks away i started it lil early to get de deals done,who went way,who get fired and so forth,so keep it flowing.guess de talk now if lakers could repeat.HELL NO.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander was sentenced Monday to 59 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting aspiring models he lured to Los Angeles.

Alexander, 35, showed no reaction as Superior Court Judge David Wesley said Alexander should be incarcerated as long as possible for preying upon young girls and women. Alexander was convicted in November of 14 counts including forcible rape. He was found not guilty of four felonies, and jurors could not reach a verdict on three counts.

"Mr. Alexander has showed no remorse for his actions," the judge said.

The sentencing capped a tumultuous, exhausting post-verdict saga that included allegations of juror tampering by his sister, Sanjana, juror misconduct and Alexander's decision to represent himself. Alexander also lost a bid for a new trial earlier Monday, claiming there was a conspiracy among law enforcement to convict him.

The most striking image came as a bevy of beautiful women who said Alexander sexually assaulted them filled a jury box. The 13 women cried as Wesley recounted some of the crimes and they held hands as the sentence was read. One had mascara running down her face; another shook her head in disgust at Alexander.

Three of the women spoke, each telling a packed courtroom how Alexander had robbed them of their innocence and their formative years.

"I was 14. You took my adolescence, my trust, my dream and completely manipulated them for your sexual desires," said one of the women. The Associated Press, as a matter of policy, does not identify victims of alleged sexual abuse.

"It sickens me that a grown man can do such a thing to a girl," the now 17-year-old girl said.

Jokes / pickle in pants
« on: August 30, 2009, 07:36:33 PM »
There was a guy on the beach with about 25 gorgeous chicks swarming all around him.
Seeing this, a second guy strolls on up to him and asks, "What's your secret?"
The guy whispers, "All you gotta do is stick a pickle in your pants."
In a fluorish, the second guy runs off and stuffs a pickle in his pants. But when he returns to the shore, he soon discovers that every single girl that looks his way, runs off screaming in bloody terror. Confused, he hurries over to the first guyand desperately asks, "Why are all the girls running away from me?" The first guy looks up and replies, "The pickle's on the wrong end."

Jokes / deaf mute sex
« on: August 30, 2009, 07:27:15 PM »
A young deaf-mute couple gets married. At first, they have sex with the lights on, in order to sign to each other.

One day, the woman asks, "Can we try to make love with the lights off?"

The man says, "OK, but how will you know when I want to make love?"

The woman says, "Well, when you're in the mood, just shake my left breast once, and I'll know. If you don't want to, shake my right breast once."

The man says, "All right. And if you want to make love to me, shake my penis once, if you do not want to make love to me, shake my penis about 50 times."

Football / Everton V Wigan Athletic.
« on: August 29, 2009, 10:30:08 PM »
live on fsc @10am.

Jokes / six double vodkas
« on: August 27, 2009, 09:24:42 PM »
A guy came into a bar one day and said to the barman "Give me six double vodkas."

The barman says "Wow! you must have had one hell of a day."

"Yes, I've just found out my older brother is gay."

The next day the same guy came into the bar and placed the same order for drinks.

When the bartender asked what the problem was today the answer came back, "I've just found out that my younger brother is gay too!"

On the third day the guy came into the bar and ordered another six double vodkas.

The bartender said "Darn! Doesn't anybody in your family like women?"

"Yeah, my wife..."

Jokes / What is God?
« on: August 27, 2009, 09:21:53 PM »
A nine year old boy asks his mother, "Is God male or female?"
After thinking for a moment, his mother responds, "Well God is both male and female."
This confuses the boy, so he asks, "Is God black or white?"
"Well," she says, "God is both black and white."
This really confuses the boy, so he asks, "Is God gay or straight?"
Feeling a bit out of her depth, but wanting to be consistent, the mother answers, "Honey, God is both gay and straight."
At this the boy's face lights up with understanding and he triumphantly asks...
"Is Michael Jackson God?"

Jokes / snow
« on: August 23, 2009, 06:39:06 AM »
A lady goes on vacation to Trinidad ............. Upon arriving, she meets a black man, and after a night of passionate love making she asks him, "What is your name?"
"I can't tell you" the black man says. Every night they meet and every night she asks him again what his name is and he always responds the same, he can't tell her. On her last night there she asks again, "Can you please tell me you name?"   I can't tell you my name because you will laugh at Me." says the Black man. "There is no reason for me to laugh at you," the lady says.  "Fine, my name is Snow!" the black man replies. And the lady bursts into laughter; the black man gets mad and says, "I knew you would make fun of it".
The lady replied, "I'm not making fun of your name. I'm thinking of my husband who won't believe me when I tell him that I had 10 inches of Snow everyday in Trinidad!"

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