Saturday, March 17, 2007

Some Family Matters trivia...

See the post before this one -- the one about the five-year anniversary of the passing of Rosetta LeNoire. Watch the credits of the show. See Telma Hopkins? Remember Tony Orlando and Dawn? Well, Telma Hopkins was one-half of Dawn! Cool, eh? The stuff you learn on here. :P

Rosetta LeNoire died five years ago today

You'll remember Rosette LeNoire from her role as Estelle Winslow (the grandmother) in the long-running sitcom Family Matters -- the one with Urkel!

Remember The Unknown Comic?

I hadn't thought about The Unknown Comic (Murray Langston) in years!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

It's March 17th... and that means it's St. Patrick's Day. Wear a little green today and sing along to the this...

And here's a version that the kids may enjoy...

Mish-mash of stuff

Faint Hope Claws, a privately run animal shelter in Notre-Dame, near Moncton, shut down suddenly yesterday. This has caused an influx of animals into the Moncton SPCA and other shelters who are now on a mission of their own -- rescuing another shelter's animals. No need to worry, apparently everything is under control and everyone's doing their best to ensure that the animals are taken care of to the best of everyone's ability. Animal shelters show an amazing amount of co-operation and compassion in times like this.

I was at the Moncton Market this morning. Trying to find a parking space, I sat behind this SUV who didn't seem to know where it was going. Anyway, a family walked behind it in order to get into the Market and the SUV decided right then to back up! Holy! Anyway, I beeped my horn like crazy and the father banged on the SUV's back window just before he, his wife and the kids got run over. Needless to say, he had "words" with the driver. I don't blame him one bit. Idiot drivers. I took that as a sign that I shouldn't bother and ended up at the Dieppe Market instead.

Was supposed to have a house showing this morning but the agent's clients cancelled due to the weather. *sigh* Oh well, at least they called first, which is much appreciated. Sometimes, they just don't show up.

Ask and ye shall receive

Windwhisperer mentioned in a comment on the Carol Burnett/Family Guy issue that David Letterman had judged The Gong Show at one point. Well, here it is!

And we can't forget Gene Gene the Dancing Machine!

Urgent: Dog, cat deaths in U.S. prompt pet food recall

According to this Canadian Press report: "One of North America's largest pet-food suppliers said Friday it would recall some of the premium dog and cat food it sells through stores such as Wal-Mart and Safeway at a cost of up to $40 million after several animal deaths in the United States. Menu Foods Income Fund, based in Streetsville, west of Toronto, called the recall of its products sold in cans and pouches precautionary. CEO Paul Henderson told The Canadian Press that exhaustive tests by both internal and external specialists had failed to identify the problem. "We're not entirely sure what has happened," Henderson said in an interview." Click here for a full list of recalled products. They may be in your own home!

A first for Jeopardy

I didn't watch, but apparently yesterday's Jeopardy game show ended in its first-ever three-way tie. All contestants answered Final Jeopardy correctly and ended up with $16,000 each. According to host Alex Trebek, it was the first time in the show's history that a three-way tie has occurred. The rematch airs on Monday. Click here to watch a promo clip and to read more on how it "went down."

Friday, March 16, 2007

Carol Burnett Show bloopers

I'm feeling so bloody guilty for just dissing Carol Burnett that I feel I have to post something nice and positive now. Here's a clip of hilarious bloopers from her show. I especially love it when they try not to laugh. To read more about the Carol Burnett Show, click here.

Carol Burnett sues 20th Century Fox for $6 million over Family Guy episode

OK, I love Carol Burnett... like LOVE her. I grew up watching her long-running variety show. She's a comic genius, but this is ridiculous. She's suing 20th Century Fox over a parody of her cleaning woman character from her show. For someone who made her career spoofing others, she sure is being sensitive (and hypocritical), isn't she? I say that reluctantly because I LOVE her. *sigh* What the hell is up with that? Here's what she's suing over... It's so obviously a JOKE. She may not like the joke, but it's a JOKE. (The content of this may offend some... so watch at your own risk. It certainly offended Carol Burnett!) Everything after the 0:33 mark is just gravy. And click here for all the gory details over at The Smoking Gun.

Bank robbery update

I blogged about a bank robbery that happened near my office yesterday. The photo I saw being taken by Moncton Times & Transcript staff photographer Greg Agnew appeared on the front page of the newspaper today. I was watching this from my office window. Always cool to see news happening right before your eyes! I knew something was up because of all the police cars -- and then I saw Greg move forward and take a photo. That's how I knew it was definitely something newsworthy! The cutline accompanying the photo read: "Codiac RCMP Officer Denise Vautour logs evidence as the suspect in an armed robbery of the CIBC on the corner of Main and Church Streets sits in the back of the cruiser. Police say he got away with an undetermined amount of cash but was tracked down shortly after the incident in a restaurant in the Delta Beausejour Hotel. The suspect will appear in court today."

Regis on the mend after a triple bypass

Fans will be pleased to know that popular talk show host and entertainer Regis Philbin is doing well after a triple bypass operation on Wednesday morning. He announced on Monday's Live with Regis and Kelly show that he would be undergoing surgery later in the week... and 48 hours later he was "under the knife," so to speak. Great news! Also, if you haven't heard, Regis will not be hosting this year's edition of America's Got Talent, saying that the travel schedule between Los Angeles and New York was just too taxing on him. I can imagine! Working a daily morning show in New York, plus a twice-weekly reality show in Los Angeles... that would tire anyone out! The new host of Amerca's Got Talent is... drum roll... Jerry Springer! Here's a clip of the first appearance of the eventual winner of last year's edition of America's Got Talent -- Bianca Ryan. Amazing!

Some kind words from Spinks...

Spinks over at the popular Spink About It blog had some kind things to say about this blog:

"Brian Cormier’s Blogtastic World! has also been added. It is an eclectic mix of…well just about everything. Brian weighs in on social and political issues occasionally from a centre-left perspective. (I’ll try not to hold that against him. :) Nowhere else can you read about the follies of government, the latest on American Idol and watch a Sugar Bear cartoon from the 1960’s in the same place."

In other words... a bit all over the map but there's something for everyone. :)

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Cute IKEA commercial

Great news from the Magnetic Hill Zoo about Tomar!

There's positive news from the Magnetic Hill Zoo, according to this CBC News report: "Moncton's most famous animal resident seems to be rallying back from a terminal illness. Tomar, a Siberian tiger, was diagnosed earlier this year with kidney failure and given only weeks to live." ... "Two months ago Tomar was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure after zoo workers noticed he was urinating a lot more frequently, and not eating enough, losing about 45 kilograms. It was feared the tiger would be dead in weeks, and even those who know Tomar well, like his faithful keeper Bernie Gallant, were surprised at the tiger's ability to bounce back." Isn't that great news? It's still not a great prognosis, but at least he's feeling better. I'm a cat person, so I've wondered what it would be like to have that guy cuddle up to me and purr. What a purr it must be!

Good for the bull!

"Two Spanish bullfighters were gored by a bull during competitions Wednesday in Valencia, Spain. Matador Fernando Cruz was gored twice by a nearly 1,200-pound bull. One of the incisions cut to the bone. The 21-year-old bullfighter from Madrid was listed in critical condition after undergoing emergency surgery."

Yikes! Lots of police around!

I looked out my office window this afternoon to see three RCMP cars, lots of police officers and a photographer from the Moncton Times & Transcript taking photos. Something was "going down," so to speak. Come to find out that a CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce) down the street had been held up by a knife-wielding robber and he had been caught in the Delta Beauséjour Hotel, which my office overloooks. Yikes! I didn't see the guy get caught -- maybe he was already in the car and I didn't notice. Working right next to the city's major hotel has its advantages. Whenever dignitaries are in town, they normally enter and leave through the entrance outside my window. So far, I've seen former prime minister Paul Martin's motorcade leave, as well as current Prime Minister Stephen Harper's. It's so interesting to see the security around them. Fascinating to watch. (And why would someone rob a bank at lunchtime when it's packed with people and the streets are full of people walking around? I mean, c'mon!)

Reader feedback on yesterday's column

Here's some reader feedback on yesterday's column. Thanks for the great e-mails!

"Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed your column on The Secret. You articulated the same feelings I have so well... Signed: A Secret Disciple."

"Great write-up on The Secret...very well explained, in terms anyone can understand."

Yesterday's column: Riding "The Secret" wave to a successful life

Hump Day
Published Wednesday March 14, 2007
Appeared on page D8, Moncton Times & Transcript

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you've probably heard about "The Secret" ( - a self-help program that has become all the rage. The Secret can be found online, on DVD and in printed and CD book form.

I first heard about it last year when I was researching motivational tools online. I didn't purchase it then, but it certainly sounded intriguing. I wondered what this incredible "secret" was - the one that would change the things in my life that I wanted to change for the better.

A friend heard about The Secret last fall and purchased the DVD. He watched it and was amazed. He put it to work and is now a confirmed disciple. Financially, he has certainly been reaping the rewards. He wanted to earn more money and he has.

So I decided to order The Secret DVD, too. I received it and was immediately engrossed. To put it in its simplest form, The Secret can be boiled to down to this: "The Law of Attraction" - or, "If you believe it, you will achieve it." - good or bad.

That may not seem like anything new to anyone who's ever read a motivational or positive-thinking book, but The Secret brings the concept beyond just another cliché and promotes the science behind the concept.

Basically, what you think about is what you attract, i.e. the "Law of Attraction." Everything is energy. Whatever you send out into the universe is what comes back to you. If you spend all day saying, "Oh woe is me!" - then that's exactly what you attract: continuous misery. According to The Secret, it's not just a cliché. It's science. It's real.

If you're in debt, for example, eradicate the word "debt" from your vocabulary and concentrate on income. Instead of saying, "I want to pay off debt," which is inherently negative (because debt is a negative term), say: "I receive as much money as I need and desire from both known and unknown sources." If you concentrate on debt (even if it's getting rid of it), you'll just end up attracting more. It's all about attraction.

It's a fascinating concept and has gained credibility in the world at lightning speed because it has earned the attention and support of mega-successful celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Larry King, Ellen Degeneres and Montel Williams.

If you're like me, more and more people have been telling you about The Secret for the past few weeks, now. After Oprah featured it on her show, the concept hit critical mass. Suddenly, everyone's talking about it. Oprah has that effect on things. In fact, both The Secret DVD and book are now number one on's respective bestseller lists.

What I find refreshing about The Secret is that it concentrates on getting you to the belief stage in what you want. Without believing it, you cannot achieve it. The Secret teaches you how to get rid of the doubt and negativity surrounding what you want in your life. Only when that disappears, can you really motivate yourself to take action in order to achieve your goals and dreams.

"Action" is definitely an important part of the process. If you expect to sit at home and have money fall out of the sky - or a new wife or husband come a-knockin' on your door - then you'll be mighty disappointed.

I watched The Secret late last fall and have taken certain actions that have, I believe, advanced various aspects of my life. I've joined some professional writing organizations that have allowed me to network with like-minded individuals. I've begun submitting my writing for publication and awards.

I've also started a blog that I'm looking to monetize (i.e. earn money from). I'm no Perez Hilton (five million hits per day) or Matt Drudge (10 million hits per day) just yet, but my few thousand hits per month are a start and the numbers are growing every week. Blogging has become an absolutely fascinating job for me and it's going to be a big part of my income sooner rather than later.

The Secret has its critics, of course. There are always naysayers to every motivational program out there. "Maybe people will use it to hurt others," some fear. "Maybe people will get false hope." "Maybe people will use it to help themselves instead of others." The naysayers can have their fun. As the old saying goes, no one ever erected a statue to honour a critic. Skeptics are a dime a dozen.

I still feel like I'm just starting my life. I'm not even thinking of retirement. My head is full of ideas, hopes and dreams. Some people I know keep worrying about growing older. I say just drive by a graveyard and look at all the headstones. There are lots of people there who would love having your "growing older" problems, right? Aging is a privilege. It's an opportunity not given to everyone.

My rocking-chair days are a long way off and I have every intention of doing great things. And I hope you do, too!

The Secret is one of those life-changing tools that everyone can use. It's positive thinking on steroids. "If you believe it, you will achieve it" is no longer just a platitude. It's now a scientific fact. And that's a wonderful thing for everyone reading this because not only can you change your own life, but also the world around you.

The Law of Attraction is a phenomenon that has taken the world by storm. As I stated earlier, I'm getting e-mails from friends about it regularly. They mention it in passing, perhaps wondering what I'll have to say about it. I say this: Buy The Secret now. Watch it or read it - then again and again after that. Use it. Put it into practice. The Law of Attraction is one that you deserve to know about.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Laws are made to be broken

The Brian Cormier American Idol Law lasted all of 24 hours. *hangs head in shame* I did get Brandon correct as being in the bottom two. It seems like the bloom is finally off Sanjaya's rose, since he was also in the bottom two. This is a dell knell for his chances. He'll be gone next week unless he does very well. Phil rounded out the bottom three. I'm telling you, he looks ill. He needs to grow his hair back. (I know that's not politically correct, but if I were his producer or agent, I'd tell him the same thing.) When the votes were counted, the dreaded #1 position on the show (the first one who sings is always at a disadvantage, it seems) proved to be too much for Brandon. So Brandon Rogers is the first contestant voted off in this year's American Idol Top 12. We're now down to 11. Just hand the crown to Melinda now. She's gonna win.

"Blondie" creator Chic Young died 34 years ago today

Chic Young, the creator of the popular comic strip "Blondie," died on this day in 1973. You may be surprised to find out that the strip is very old -- it began in 1930, making it 77 this year. Blondie and Dagwood weren't always married. They wed in the strip in 1933... and it was quite an event! Did you know that Blondie's maiden name is Boopadoop? Did you know that Dagwood's father was a millionaire who disinherited him for marrying Blondie? Here's an excerpt from the strip's U.S. Library of Congress entry: "Blondie Boopadoop entered the world nearly seventy years ago, on September 8, 1930, the featured character of a new comic strip by Murat Bernard "Chic" Young (1901-1973). A flighty flapper, at first she dated playboy Dagwood Bumstead, son of the millionaire, J. Bolling Bumstead, a railroad magnate, along with several other boyfriends. The comic strip floundered, however, until Young decided to have the couple fall deeply in love. Desperate to wed Blondie, in spite of his father's objections to her lowly social status, Dagwood went on a hunger strike until the elder Bumstead grudgingly acknowledged their relationship but refused to continue to support his son. The couple married on Friday, February 17, 1933, and Dagwood, now disinherited, stripped of his wealth and family connections, was nonetheless blissfully happy with his sparkling, vivacious, yet unfailingly practical new bride. Americans, caught up in the woes of the Great Depression, immediately took to Chic Young’s humorous daily reminders that love, not money, conquers all." Visit the website to see how the characters were drawn back then. Different but still recognizable. Chic Young's son Dean currently draws the strip. I used to love watching the old Blondie movies that used to re-run on TV way back when. I always loved watching Dagwood run into the mailman. Click here for the official Blondie comic strip website. Here's a clip from one of those old Blondie movies ("Blondie on a Budget" - 1940). Arthur Lake, who played Dagwood, died at the age of 81 in 1987. Penny Singleton - Blondie - died at th age of 95 in 2003. If you think Singleton's voice sounds familiar, it should. She voiced the character of Jane Jetson (the mother) in The Jetsons cartoon series.

DJ Rick Dees is 57 today...

He wasn't always a DJ. He also tried his hand at making records in the 1970s. You may remember this novelty tune if you're of a certain age. It was Rick Dees' only #1 song as a performer -- "Disco Duck." Click here for his official website. (Can you say "Holy Facelift!", Batman? He looks 35, not 57.)

I wonder...

... what Telus would have had that poor little monkey do with the banana in ads had the company continued selling porn to their cell phone clients? Yikes!

Fireworks and light show celebrating implosion of Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas

I could watch buildings implode all day. It's so fascinating. Definitely an engineering feat -- not only to construct, but to tear down, as well.

Riding "The Secret" wave to a successful life

Check out my column on "The Secret" on the editorial page of today's Moncton Times & Transcript. "The Secret" is the motivational program that's sweeping the world with a #1 book and DVD. It's all about the "Law of Attraction," folks.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Another Noah the cat update

Here's the latest on Noah, the Halifax cat who broke his leg after his previous (evil) owners threw him out of a second-storey window. I'm pleased to report that everything is now A-OK and he's doing very well in his new home. Look at that cute little face! Awwww! For the latest update on the Atlantic Cat Hospital website, click here and see "Latest News" on the right-hand sidebar. For previous blog entries on Noah, click here.

Tonight's American Idol

Well, the first Top 12 show is over. No huge surprises, except the complete implosion of Chris Sligh. Holy moly... what a mess! I was really surprised. Why oh why do people change their looks after they've built a fan base? Chris's glasses are part of his look. The whole time I was watching, I kept wondering where his glasses were. It seems that Simon did, too. Best performances of the night? There were four: Melinda, Lakisha, Jordin and Blake. Worst? Brandon, Chris S. and Haley. Haley is gone tomorrow, I believe. I actually didn't think Sanjaya was that bad. I've seen worse. I just wish he'd project his voice more. His popularity with the barely-in-their-training-bras set should save him for another week. Brandon and Haley will likely be in the bottom two. I thought Blake was amazing, despite what the judges said. They weren't overly critical... but I really thought they'd be wow'd. My favourite of the night? Definitely Melinda. She blows me away every time. Absolutely love her personality. Blake is the best guy, as far as I'm concerned. Very likeable. And I wish Sanjaya would lend some of his hair to Phil, whose bald head makes him look ill.

Coolest billiards trick ever!

Toilet paper folder and cutter -- I hope they have a plumber on call!


The Brian Cormier American Idol Law

"If I can't remember your name, you're the first one voted off American Idol." So, even before the performances tonight, I'm predicting that Haley Scarnato will be the first one to leave the show. On last week's show, Simon turned to Paula while Haley was performing and told her, "I can't remember that girl's name." I was surprised, because I was thinking exactly the same thing. Every year, there's one contestant whose name/face I can't remember. This year, it's Haley. We'll see tomorrow night whether or not I'm right.

Pope Benedict XVI spouts off on various issues again

According to this BBC News report: "Pope Benedict XVI has confirmed that celibacy "remains obligatory" for Roman Catholic priests. He also restated the ban on Communion for divorced Catholics who remarry, and on abortion, euthanasia and gay unions which he said were "not negotiable"." I wonder why His Holiness wants to refuse communion to abused women who divorced their husbands in order to save their lives? What about abortion after a violent rape? (You could not fault any woman for that, surely.) Euthanasia happens all around us. It's just not talked about. And is a loveless man-woman relationship any better than a same-sex union between two people who sincerely love each other?

If it's too small to read... Balloon #1 - "We reject legalizing same-sex unions." Balloon #2 - "On the other hand, illegal same-sex unions..." Editorial cartooning at its best.

A lot of work gone down the tubes!

I've always been fascinated with model airplanes like this. They're so cool. Here's a video of one test flight gone horribly wrong. Look at the smoke afterwards. Looks like a real crash in miniature. But I guess fuel is fuel, eh? A little bit or a lot of it burns the same way.

This week's "Hump Day" column...

... will be about "The Secret" and the phenomenon that surrounds the self-help program that has taken the world by storm. It's been featured on Oprah, Larry King, Ellen Degeneres and Montel Williams. It's rare that so many shows will feature one program such as this, so there must be something to it! I blogged about "The Secret" here a month ago. Since then, I've started hearing about it everywhere, so I decided to write about it this week. "Hump Day" appears exclusively on the editorial page of tomorrow's (Wednesday's) Moncton Times & Transcript.

Monday, March 12, 2007

"Le retour de l’homme de Néandertal"

In his March 13th "Chronique du Monde" column on CapAcadie, writer Stéphane LeBlanc references my Moncton Times & Transcript "Hump Day" column from last week on same-sex marriage. Très cool! The column is in French, by the way. Thanks for mentioning the column, Stéphane! Much appreciated.

Punk'd by Corner Gas

Viewers have been proverbially Punk'd by Corner Gas on season four's season finale. Things were closing. People were leaving town. People were fired. People changed jobs. Lots of tears. Lots of sad Blue Rodeo songs. I watched it tonight while lying on the sofa, box of tissues in one hand, one of the three kitties to comfort me in the other. I'd read the dramatic news release. I'd seen the tear-jerker previews that ran ad nauseum over the past week. And... then... it turned out to be one of Hank's daydreams. I have to admit, I laughed out loud half out of relief and half out of, "Well, ya got me there!" I didn't see that coming at all. Thanks for an entertaining season finale. Looking forward to season five of a rarity -- an excellent Canadian sitcom. Viewers weren't the only ones who were "had." Even professional TV reviewers fell for the hype. "Then again, Corner Gas is a sitcom, so maybe next season everything will be back to normal and we'll discover one of the characters merely was having a dream. Here's a serious plea, though: If next season begins with someone in the shower, a la Bobby Ewing in Dallas, please let it be Miller and not Butt. Thanks in advance," wrote Sun Media's Bill Harris in a March 9th column. Either Harris suspected what was coming, or he saw an entire preview episode and wrote what he did in order to look smart. I'll chalk it up to his being a genius. Good call. And kinda spooky, too!

Regis Philbin to undergo triple bypass surgery

Oh no... Regis Philbin announced today on "Live with Regis and Kelly" this morning that he'll be undergoing a triple bypass later this week to remove plaque from some coronary arteries. Although it's a common surgery these days, operating on the heart is still risky. Regis is a mainstay of daytime TV and a frequent guest on other talk shows. He's one of the good ones. Best wishes and get well soon! I could only find one "bloggable" video online, so here it is... Not sure how long it will remain online. If something better is posted, I'll change it.

Entertainment Weekly gives "thumbs up" to The View

I previously wrote about Rosie O'Donnell and The View here. It seems like I'm not the only one who's noticed that the show has become "the talk show to watch" these days. Entertainment Weekly, which has previously been quite harsh on the show in its previous incarnations (i.e. Star Jones), recently ran a glowing review. "Why have I become hooked on a show built around a veteran TV news "reporter" who helped turn hard news soft, a Survivor loser, a doughty stand-up comic, and Rosie O'Donnell? Easy: It's because The View is one of the most electrifying shows on the air. And I don't care if you scoff, because it means you scoff ignorantly," wrote Ken Tucker. I've been watching The View for a long time, but this season it's evolved from just another guilty pleasure to essential viewing. Click here to read Ken Tucker's full review.

Anniversary of first parachute jump from a plane

Apparently, today's the 95th anniversary of the world's first parachute jump from an airplane, accomplished by U.S. Army Captain Albert Berry over Missouri. I'm glad the world wasn't waiting for me to invent this idiotic "sport." I get vertigo standing on a chair to change a light bulb. Just thinking about it makes me nauseous. I know people who've gone skydiving and they say it's a major rush, but I think it's insanity. Having a "bad day" when you're skydiving means the next thing you remember is floating above the weeping crowd at your funeral while your dead grandmother is telling you to walk toward the light. Here's a video of a guy who jumps out of one plane, lands in another.... then jumps out of that one to finally land on the ground. Crazy!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

The Proclaimers

I love The Proclaimers. I first saw them by accident on David Letterman nearly 20 years ago and have been a fan ever since. I only have a couple of CDs, with "Sunshine on Leith" being my favourite. The Proclaimers are made up of two Scottish brothers: identical twins Charlie and Craig Reid. Here they are singing "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)":

Comedian Richard Jeni commits suicide

Sad news today that comedian Richard Jeni has apparently committed suicide at a home in West Hollywood, California. In 2004, the Comedy Central TV network named him #57 of the 100 greatest comedians of all time. He was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show and wrote material for the 2005 Academy Awards.

Another addictive song...

I hate the album version of this Shania Twain song -- "That Don't Impress Me Much." The U.K. dance mix is so much better. Here are both versions for you to compare. First, the best one.

And now, the sucky one. Not that I'm biased.

The album version is awful.

Another addictive guitar riff

"How Bizarre" by New Zealand group OMC. For the life of me, I can't figure out the lyrics to this song (even after I read them), but hey! Who said you needed to know what a song was about in order to like it, eh?

No reason -- I just really like this song

"Every Morning" by Sugar Ray. Love the guitar riff. So addictive.

Happy 104th birthday to Lawrence Welk

Big band orchestra leader Lawrence Welk would have been 104 years old today. He died in 1992 at the age of 89. Reruns of his show can still be found all over TV. I'm a fan of the big band sound, so was always drawn to watching the show despite its reputation of only being watched by senior citizens. Although he spoke with a German accent, he was actually born in North Dakota! His parents were German immigrants -- which explains the accent.

101-year-old woman mugged

This is a crazy and disturbing report from New York City. In cases like this, my liberal social values go out the door. Where's a firing squad when you need one? And do they need help pulling any triggers? I can free up my schedule.