How’s this for a vote of confidence, kids?

Mayor Rob Ford is as “tough as nails” and can overcome his substance abuse problems, says one of Hollywood’s well-known bad boys.
“He’s the mayor, he got that far,” Charlie Sheen said Thursday night as he walked the red carpet for Joe Carter’s annual star-studded charity event.
Sheen, now starring in the TV show Anger management, said appearing at the event was a “moral obligation” to support a charity that has raised nearly $1 million for the Children’s Aid Society and other kids charities since it was first hosted in 2010.
The star has a history of drug problems including a very public meltdown which forced him off the hit TV show Two and a Half Men in 2011, said Ford can “absolutely” resume his leadership duties when he returns from his rehab stint next week.
London’s Deb Mathews is a classic case of the Peter Principle: “That’s where you rise to you level of incompetence!” It was a classic example of political incompetence being rewarded because of personal loyalty to the leader.
Matthews sacrificed her own ambitions to become premier to declare early for Wynne in the Liberal leadership race that replaced Dalton McGuinty.
Matthews was rewarded with the high-profile posts of deputy premier and co-chair of the 2014 Liberal election campaign.
Now, following Wynne’s majority government victory June 12, she’s appointed Matthews as chair of Treasury Board with greatly expanded powers.
Folks, Deb Mathews royally fucked up the Health Portfolio when she was minister of health, and now she’s about to do the same to Finance!

Speaking of Politics: They’re arguably the two most important political contests in Canada right now. The Progressive Conservative parties in both Ontario and Alberta are on the hunt for a new leader.
Why so integral? Because what happens to them in the next few years impacts the economic future of the country.
If PC parties go back to basics and hone their small government arguments, these values could triumph again and shared prosperity will live to see another day. Or they could be irresponsible and let government continue to expand in an attempt to win votes from an increasingly left-leaning electorate.
WOW, talk about imitating the movie “Life of Pi!”
A Bengal tiger snatched a man off a fishing boat in eastern India, dragging him away into a mangrove swamp as his children looked on in horror, the man’s son said Friday.
The attack happened Thursday as Sushil Manjhi and his son and daughter were crab fishing in a stream in the Sunderbans National Park. The tiger leaped aboard the boat and clamped its jaws on Manjhi’s neck, said Sushil’s son, Jyotish.
The tiger “quickly flung my father on his back and gave a giant leap before disappearing into the forest,” Jyotish said by telephone from his village of Lahiripur in West Bengal state. He said he and his sister tried to beat the animal with sticks and a knife, but the thrashing had no effect. His father was dragged away and was presumed dead.

Some time next year, a company called Elio Motors claims it will begin building a car in its Louisiana factory that will get 84 miles per gallon on the highway and that will sell for a base price of $6,800.
Yes, $6,800.
It won’t be a tiny little deathtrap, either. It’ll have a five-star crash safety rating.
At least, that’s what Elio is promising.

That sounds like the wish-list of someone with zero contact with reality, but Elio Motors executives insist it’s possible thanks to the car’s odd lay-out and the complete lack of any new technology.
Yes, these folks actually brag that their car has nothing new on it.
Paul Elio, who founded Elio Motors from the crumbled remains of his auto parts design business, said this car isn’t intended to replace the family car, and by the looks of it, clearly it’s not.
“We want to be an ‘and’ not an ‘or’” he said.
The Elio Motors car — it has no model name and they plan to keep it that way — is a three wheeler. There are two wheels out front, separated from the rest of the body, and one back wheel. The engine — 3 cylinders producing 55 horsepower — rides in the nose driving the front wheels.
The weird three-wheeled shape optimizes aerodynamics by cutting way down on frontal area and giving the car a nearly ideal “teardrop” body. Having only three wheels also allows the Elio car to be, in legal terms, a motorcycle.
That should let the company skate by on much looser safety requirements. But, Elio insists, they don’t plan on taking advantage of that loophole. The car will be tested in regular automobile crash tests and, they insist, it will get top marks.
The prototype car I drove didn’t feel like anything anyone would want to buy. But, it must be pointed out, it really was a prototype. It was noisy — like sitting inside a blender — had a harsh ride and didn’t feel like it was particularly well put together. That’s what you get with prototypes.
Most importantly, the engine was not the final production engine. Rather, it was one “borrowed” from an old three-cylinder Geo Metro subcompact. The new engine will be designed and built specifically for the Elio, and it’s supposed to have advanced features like variable valve lift and timing.
Elio Motors says it’s keeping prices low and chances for success high by keeping things simple. All the parts are being made by established automotive suppliers. The cars will be built in a factory that used to make Hummer H3s and Chevrolet trucks. Even the manufacturing process has been simplified, company executives say. The cars will be built with no options. Most options will be added on after the car is built.
The Elio reminded me of another car: the now defunct Aptera.
The Aptera was an electric car that also used a three-wheel design. It looked like a private aircraft fuselage that was driving itself to the airport. I drove the Aptera back in 2010. That was after years of starts, stalls as the company tried to actually produce its revolutionary new vehicles.
Then, less than a year after I tested the car, Aptera went down for the final time, never having made it to market.
On the other hand, while the Elio car seems crazy and weird, Tesla seemed like a long shot to me once, too. The fact remains, though, start-ups in the auto business have a tough road ahead of them.
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school_bus_0_1403790477Employees at a Florida Walmart thought there was something weird about the school bus driving around their parking lot at 5am Tuesday.
Its driver seemed to be having trouble parking, and the awkward way it was maneuvering made it seem “like he’d never drove one before,” one employee explains to the News Herald. So they called police, and a deputy pulled over the bus … to find a 12-year-old boy driving it.
Michael Wade Propst initially said someone asked him to fill up the bus with gas, but later admitted he took it overnight from a residence and drove it 14 miles across Panama City Beach to the Walmart.
Deputies arrested him.
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The 34-year-old transient is accused of boosting a fully restored 1930 Ford Model A coupe in central Oregon Sunday and drunkenly driving into a river, Oregon State Police said. The boozed-up Halpin allegedly swiped the classic car in Prineville earlier in the day and took off on a good old-fashioned tear along Highway 27, according to cops.
Unfortunately, Halpin’s Sunday joyride didn’t last long. Witnesses say the suspect lost control of the stolen antique and rolled right into the Crooked River.
Halpin swam to shore and was airlifted to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for several injuries sustained from the crash, police said. Meanwhile, a tow company fished the wrecked classic car of out of the river.
After being treated and released from the hospital, Halpin was lodged in the Crook County jail on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, DUI, first-degree criminal mischief and failure to perform the duties of a driver involved in an accident.
1403805507000-stickAnd Finally:An attempted carjacking in Seattle failed when three carjackers found they were in a vehicle with a manual transmission and none of them knew how to drive a stick shift.
Nancy Fredrickson said she was getting something out of her trunk Saturday when she turned around to see a gun in her face.

Three teens demanded her keys and jumped in her Kia.
They tried but failed to get it to move and then ran away.
The 70-year-old was in tears when she called 911, but later laughed at the inept carjackers.
She never imagined a stick shift would prevent a carjacking, but she’s happy she and her car were unharmed.

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