NOT THAT THERE`S ANYTHING WRONG WITH IT, HANK: There’s probably a very good reasons for a grown man to be photographed wearing women’s underwear (CJAD) with a woman who’s not his wife: he`s a trans-sexual, a transvestite, he’s Eddie Izzard, (Vanity Fair) he’s not married, what consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedroom/dinner table/hanging from the living room chandeliers is their own business, whatever. But ex-Saskatchewan Roughrider quarterback Henry Burris has not uttered any of those reasons. Instead he`s come up with at least four different explanations of why he ended up in these photographs: (Deadspin) the photo was Photoshopped, it was a fundraiser for breast cancer research, it was a stag gone off the rails, it was a prank at a birthday party, it`s a plot by Saskatchewan Roughrider fans to discredit him … whatever. Rob Vanstone can buy this, (Leader-Post) but I don`t. Mostly because Burris is a drama queen, always was, always will, a good reporter’s bullshit detector goes off when the subject of ridicule can’t keep his story straight, and the louder Burris raves, the less people may notice that Burris, a ‘happily married man,’ isn’t wearing his wedding ring in the photos.
SPEAKING OF WHORES … The recent Supreme Court of Ontario decision regarding prostitution and sex trade workers’ rights to a safe workplace is given a pretty good analysis by The Star’s Antonia Zerbiasais (her blog). The problem with the ruling is this – while the high end prostitutes can now hire their own security and have a place to work from, those on the lower end of the scale will not. They will have to rely on pimps and hope that the johns take it easy on them. Which didn’t work out so well for those who ended up at Robert Picton’s farm (Serial Killers) or who were John Crawford’s bad dates. (Wikipedia)
MAX LEAVES TEAM COCO I didn’t think there was that much trouble in Conan’s paradise, but Max Weinberg, the drummer and bandleader for The Max Weinberg Seven, is leaving the gig. (Pop Crunch) There’s a few reasons – Max is getting on in years and it’s a tough grind, Max wants to continue his day job with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band … but there’s one story out there that suggests Conan was angry that Max was actually angling for the Tonight Show’s musical director’s job after Kevin Eubanks left Leno’s show? (E! Online) Ummm, that would be a Pete Best move …
Too bad, so here’s a funny Max moment on Conan when the redhead and NBC were still on speaking terms …
FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT Rowdy Roddy Piper fights childhood obesity his way. (Funny or Die)
ANOTHER REASON NOT TO READ THE GLOBE AND MAIL Rick Salutin and Tabitha Southey got the high jump. (The Tyee)
BRAD WALL DOESN’T LIKE SASKATOON PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM POLICIES Even a blind pig finds an acorn now and then, and the premier found his with his criticisms of the Saskatoon public school system’s plan to turn a blind eye to issues concerning student plagiarism and late assignments. (CBC Saskatchewan) See, outside of school, taking credit for someone else’s work and not getting your work done on time gets you into trouble – like I’m going to get because I’m late getting this Top Six done.