Friday, June 5, 2009

French stars of tropical island reality show win right to overtime and holidays

what flirting may look like
Reality television faces a bleak future in France after contestants who spent 12 days flirting with the opposite sex on a sun-drenched island won the right to be treated as salaried workers.

In a ground-breaking ruling, the supreme court in France awarded three contestants on the French version of the programme Temptation Island compensation of about €11,000 (£9,500) each. The judges ruled that the trio were entitled to full employment contracts — including overtime, holidays and even damages for wrongful dismissal upon elimination from the show.

This will never work in America...then again if it did...maybe there would be fewer reality shows! Good job France! You've finally done something to pay us back for kicking out the rascally Germermans...twice.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

18 up, 18 down

Little Leaguer pulls off rare feat - a perfect game

It's one of the rarest feats in baseball. Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryan has never done it. Neither has Tom Seaver, Randy Johnson*, Curt Schilling or Josh Beckett. 12-year-old Colby Gage of Adams, Massachusetts, however, has.

Colby Gage is a quiet kid who lets his pitching arm do the talking. Last Friday, the Little Leaguer not only pitched a perfect game, but he struck out every batter he faced; eighteen batters up and eighteen batters down in a 13 - 0 win.

There are thousands of Little League teams throughout the United States, so records are nearly impossible to keep, but it's estimated a perfect game in which every batter is retired by strikeout occurs only a few times a year....

"Colby Gage's perfect game almost didn't happen because of a Little League rule that limits pitchers to 85 throws per game; luckily for Colby, though, he struck out all 18 batters in 81 pitches."

Read the full story here.

This is badass! This kid is a stud. I'm glad they let him play because with the way sports are these days, I'm surprised they didn't call the game or have the coach pull him. It would be a damn shame to ruin a moment like this to complain how it was unfair he's so good.
He's going to the majors I'm sure of it.
Keep it up Colby! We here at DDDN salute you!

David Carradine commits suicide?

Apparently he hung him self in the closet using the nylon rope from the curtains in his hotel room.
There is no signs of forced entry to his room. Foul play has not been ruled out as they cannot figure out why he'd want to kill himself. His career is on a role, he has many new movies in the works, was there in Bangkok filming a movie and has a couple tv show appearances.

Click here to read more about the situation.

Totally sucks either way, more so if he chickened out on life and checked out.

Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting...

Actor David Carradine Dead at 73 found in Bangkok, Thailand hotel.

“Kill Bill” star David Carradine was found dead in a Bangkok hotel room Wednesday, his manager told FOX News Thursday.

His manager told FOX News that it is believed the actor died of natural causes.

Carradine, 73, was staying in Bangkok while shooting a movie. The film crew became aware of his absence when they went to dine out at a restaurant yesterday. When a producer went to his room, he discovered that the actor had died.

Carradine was best known for his role in the television series “Kung Fu.”

Story jsut broke, no more details. Keep ya posted. Great actor and always fun to watch him kick some ass.

Dead, Willie Begay, Navajo Code Talker, Cancer, 88

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Willie K. Begay, a Navajo Code Talker who was part of the original group recruited to develop what became an unbreakable code that confounded the Japanese during World War II, has died. He was 88.

Thank you for your service to our great country.

Another story about the loss. He's the third one to pass recently.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

One does not simply walk into Mordor...

Some funny variations of this popular animation can be found in this thread.

What brought all this about you may ask?

New Zealand is the world's most peaceful nation.

Double DUI Dumbasses

Not a picture of the actual wreck
NEW BRIGHTON, Pa. — A Pennsylvania husband and wife were both charged with drunken driving in the same car crash.

Robert Kotoff Sr. and Tina Kotoff were charged after their car hit a tree in Daughtery Township on April 5.

The crash was reported to police who later discovered the car in a nearby mobile home park.

Nothing shows love like getting behind the wheel of an auto and crashing it on the way. First time offenders? More like first time they were caught. Robert is 45 and Tina is 42 years of age.

How do you survive in this economic climate?

Garden Grove ( - Some Vietnamese coffee houses in Orange County are brewing up something different.

No, it's not a new tea or coffee blend. It's the waitresses... who wear a uniform consisting of little more than a bikini with high heels.

Cafe Di Vang 2 in Garden Grove is one of a growing number of local Vietnamese coffee houses where the waitresses wear the revealing outfits.

With video goodness.
Dress up some girls and get to selling, that's how. Hell it worked for chicken wings.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Japan Apologizes for Bataan Death March

The Japanese ambassador to the United States apologized in person today to the 73 surviving POWs of the Bataan Death March in the Philippines in April 1942 during World War II.

"We extend a heartfelt apology for our country having caused tremendous damage and suffering to many people including prisoners of war, those who have undergone tragic experiences in the Bataan peninsula the Corregidor Island, Philippines and other places," Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki said at the last convention of the American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor POWs of the Japanese during World War II.

These types of apologies always amaze me. It's odd to me that men who weren't even born when "said event" happened wind up apologizing for that event. I know they are sorry but it seems odd to me to "officially apologize" when for decades, the men responsible felt sorrow for those actions. They were just doing what they thought needed to be done at the time. Did they apologize to the Filipinos? That is something that needs to be done. And while your at it, Nanking needs a band aid as well.

Last Titanic survivor dies in England

LONDON (AFP) – Millvina Dean, the last remaining survivor of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, has died in England aged 97, the British Titanic Society announced.

Elizabeth Gladys Dean, known to friends as Millvina, was only nine weeks old when the liner hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on the night of April 14, 1912, and sank killing 1,500 people.

She survived after being bundled up in a sack and carried to safety. Her mother Georgette Eva and brother Bertram also made it, but her father, Bertram Frank, was among those who died.

I bet the reunions were kinda depressing. Maybe we can now stop worshiping this historical event.

GM pulls golden parachute

NEW YORK -- General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday as part of the Obama administration's plan to shrink the automaker to a sustainable size and give a majority ownership stake to the federal government.

GM's bankruptcy filing is the fourth-largest in U.S. history and the largest for an industrial company. The company said it has $172.81 billion in debt and $82.29 billion in assets.

The fallen icon of American industrial might will rely on $30 billion of additional financial assistance from the Treasury Department as it reorganizes. That's on top of about $20 billion in taxpayer money GM already has received in the form of low-interest loans.

GM will follow a similar course taken by Chrysler LLC, which filed for Chapter 11 protection in April and hopes to emerge from its government-sponsored bankruptcy this week.

Yes, it's official, we are the laughing stock of the industrial world. Even if gas had not climbed to 5$(US) last summer, and the economy decided to slide on its ass down Razor Blade Hill, GM would have had to reorganize.

It was only a matter of time, that an untenable labor contract, poor design offerings, and absolute ignoring of new technology brought the company to its knees.

I think we a few of us got some lunch money together we could by Buick from them what do you all say?