Mike Trout Stayed Up All Night Tracking Winter Storm Jonas, Is a MASSIVE Weather Geek

Look at Mike Trout, the pride of Millville, NJ. He’s a regular Renaissance Man! I did not wake up today expecting to learn that, in addition to being the best baseballer breathing, Mike Trout is an obsessive weather nerd and aspiring meteorologist but them’s the breaks.

ESPN – The massive snowstorm blanketing the East Coast has snarled traffic plans and forced millions of Americans indoors this weekend, but at least one person is loving it: Mike Trout, who said he was “up all night” monitoring the storm.

The Angels’ star outfielder appeared Saturday on The Weather Channel to deliver a report on conditions in his hometown of Millville, New Jersey.

“It’s been crazy, for sure. Obviously, up all night, up every hour, checking the measurements. We probably got about a foot and it’s coming down steady right now,” Trout said. “It’s blowing hard. There’s probably — by my parents’ house — 4-, 5-, 6-foot drifts. The roads are terrible. You know, it’s just — it’s awesome. I love it.

“We’re gonna go out and play in it soon,” Trout said. “I love it. I love the weather. This is awesome.”

Trout’s love of the weather goes beyond one winter megastorm. In an interview with Yahoo! Sports last summer, Trout said if he wasn’t playing baseball he’d be in the northeast monitoring snowstorms and working as a local weather person on TV.

“I would love to try it,” Trout said in that interview. Trout said he has a folder of weather apps on his phone that feature different models and forecasts, and he frequently exchanges direct messages on Twitter with Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore.

Some people are lovers of music, art, or television. Some people are movie buffs. Not Mike Trout. Mike’s true calling in life is snow storms. Born to chase blizzards and report on the pow. And to slide up in Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore’s DMs.

In all seriousness, it’s pretty cool to see how much Trout loves the weather. Not many people are as passionate about anything as Mike Trout is about the weather. Myself, I’ve definitely never been as excited to talk with someone as Cantore was with Trout. But please, save that BS about flying with the Blue Angels, Jim, this is clearly the best moment of your life.

Always interesting to get a glimpse at the off-field passions and interests of our favorite athletes. Trout seems like a really genuine guy.

Lamar Odom Will Not Be Charged For Cocaine Possession After The Moonlite Bunny Ranch Incident

TMZ – Lamar Odom will not be charged for being under the influence of cocaine in the Love Ranch near-fatal OD, TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources say the Nye County D.A. has decided not to file any charges against Lamar.  Lamar OD’d October 13th and has been in hospitals up until last week, when he entered a rehab facility for serious medical issues.

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Quick shout-out to my man Lamar skating on drug possession charges from his October overdose at the famed Bunny Ranch. I was randomly awake at like 3AM that night and blogged it right away because Odom is one of my all-time favorite hoopers.  A seemingly genuine, good guy with all the skills in the world but even more demons. Here’s hoping his rehab stay takes hold and keeps him out of further trouble.

And an even bigger shout-out to the Nye County DA.  I literally just wrote about how citizens should not talk to police and it’s too risky to trust law enforcement without a lawyer present, but here’s a case of the law doing the right thing.  Sure, it seems like a fairly simple rule of thumb that if you snort and smoke yourself into a month long coma that is punishment enough, but, until today, this decision was up in the air.  The DA was within its right to charge Odom and add to his heaping pile of personal issues.  Nice to see the law act with some compassion.  I guess if you’re a famous drug addict who nearly offs himself in a house full of D-list pros, you can go ahead and talk to the cops. But the rest of us? Index finger up like Shhhhhhhhh.

Dog Named Trigger Shoots His Mischievous Owner

Source – Authorities say a northern Indiana woman is recovering after being shot in the foot by her dog.  And the dog’s name? Trigger.

25-year-old Allie Carter laid her 12-gauge shotgun on the ground without the safety on during a waterfowl hunt Saturday at Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area.

Carter’s chocolate Labrador retriever, Trigger, stepped on top of the shotgun and depressed the trigger.

Carter was shot in the left foot at point-blank range, suffering injuries to her foot and toes. She was treated at two hospitals and released.

Call me crazy but Trigger didn’t step on that 12-gauge on accident.  Whatever the reason, Trigger shot his owner on purpose. That’s between him and her; I trust Trigger’s judgement.  I’ve owned enough pooches and seen enough anthropomorphic Hollywood films to know that dogs don’t do bad things on accident. Dogs are loyal, just, and fair.  Something deep down in my gut tells me that Allie Carter was up to no good and Trigger took care of it.  Hunters don’t just “lay their shotgun on the ground” all willy-nilly without the safety on.  This stinks to high hell. Something was awry.

It’s anyone’s guess what type of misconduct Mz. Carter was engaged in, but don’t you dare make her the victim.  Trigger is the one who sacrificed his innocence, and we’ll never know if the juice was worth the squeeze.  That’s one of the great things about dogs, dogs will go to the doggy-grave before spilling the beans.  One thing I know is that dogs have honor.  Trigger has honor.  Can any of us say the same for Allie Carter?  Didn’t think so.

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Actual gun-shooting dog not pictured.

Upstate New York Parents Beat Teenage Son To Death During a Christian Church Counseling Session

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New Hartford – Members of a secretive, hard-core Christian church savagely beat an upstate teen to death during a “counseling session” that turned horrifically violent.

The parents and sister of victim Lucas Leonard, 19, were arrested after allegedly delivering deadly punches and kicks during the hours-long assault Sunday night, inside the Word of Life Church in New Hartford.

Bruce Leonard, 65, and Deborah Leonard, 59, were charged with manslaughter, while sister Sarah Ferguson, 33, was charged with assault.

Lucas’ brother Christopher Leonard, 17, was severely injured during the same beating, officials said.

Both young men were at church, after regular services Sunday night, to attend a counseling session aimed at boosting their “spiritual state.”

“During the counseling session involving Lucas Leonard and his brother Christopher, the session turned physical,” said Inserra.

“Both brothers were continually subjected to physical punishment over the course of several hours in hopes that each would confess to prior sins and ask for forgiveness.”

When Lucas Leonard was found in bad shape Monday morning, he was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Bruce Leornard, left, and Deborah Leonard, center, enter the courtroom of before their arraignment, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 in New Hartford, N.Y. The central New York couple have been charged with fatally beating their 19-year-old son inside a church, and four fellow church members have been charged with assault in an attack that also left the young man's brother severely injured, police said Tuesday. (Mark DiOrio/Observer-Dispatch via AP) ROME OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Religion, ladies and gentlemen! Step right up to the Pulpit and confess your sins! Wait, no, that confession was horrible.  You’ve got nothing else? K, hopefully God’s a forgiving god because guess what, you’re dead!

Was this a World of Life Christian Church counseling session or a gang initiation?  Not that there’s much of a difference between the two, but I actually can’t tell.

Seriously, what is wrong with people?  How do people become such brain-washed sheep? I’m all for religion as an institution to promote community, decency, and teach lessons of morality and ethics, but this is what happens with these eccentric, hard-core cult factions of literally every organized religion ever.  They’re all mongoloids.  Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and everything in-between; if you can’t separate the metaphorical lessons of your chosen text from literal interpretation of said text than you are a certifiably insane person who belongs on a neighborhood watch list. Let’s call it Matty’s Law.  Maybe then we could have beaten Bruce and Deborah Leonard to the punch. Maybe we could have forced the Leonard parents to admit just how full of shit they really are.  Maybe they wouldn’t have been able to pummel their own son to death because he failed to adequately confess his “sins.”

Oh well, Lucas Leonard is pretty much a martyr now. He’s basically the World of Life’s Isaac, Son of Abraham.  The kid might even have a few verses written about him by some other wacko a thousand years from now. Good for Lucas Leonard.  We should all be so lucky.

PS – Lucas and Christopher Leonard are tough as nails. Hours of constant punches and kicks? One thing is for sure, their coward family members wouldn’t have lasted half as long with the same treatment. Hopefully Christopher turns out alright, in a relative sense.

New York Restaurateur Eliminating Tips From All of His Restaurants

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NY Post – Restaurateur Danny Meyer is doing away with tips at all his restaurants…

By the end of 2016, Meyer plans for all 13 of his eateries of his restaurant group, Union Square Hospitality Group, to adopt a European style of dining where the menu’s pricing is all-inclusive.

“I’d see nights where waiters were crying because somebody from Europe would walk out without leaving a tip,” Meyer told Eater.

He’s been thinking about changing the way Americans tip for decades, writing in a Union Square Cafe newsletter back in 1994 that our system is “awkward for all parties involved.” But this week, he made it official.

“Restaurant patrons are expected to have the expertise to motivate and properly remunerate service professionals,” he wrote. “Servers are expected to please up to 1,000 different employers (for most of us, one boss is enough!).”

Patrons will see some menu items increase as much as 35 percent.

Part of his tipless plan stems from the recent movement to increase fast-food workers’ pay to $15 an hour by 2018.

“Fine dining has an obligation to lead fast food in everything,” Meyer told Eater. “We can’t have a situation where we are asking someone to pay $40,000 to go to the Culinary Institute of America to then work for $12.50 per hour, when they could work in fast food for $15.”

“Fundamentally, the cost of going out to a fine dining restaurant is false,” he told Eater. “I feel that the prices on menus, for a restaurant that’s really trying to offer good value, don’t accurately express the true picture of what it costs for the people to make that happen.”

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I’ve got a question: Does Danny Meyer hate America?  Sounds like he’s done pretty well for himself here, but ole boy is still trying to bring us down; trying to turn NYC into Paris, Jr. Do you see a baguette in my hand, Danny?!

I’ll admit that when I first read this article I was intrigued.  It’s ridiculous that employees at five star restaurants will soon be earning a much lower hourly wage than the stoned gentleman flippin’ burgers at Burger King.  When Meyer explained the job of a server or bartender as someone “expected to please up to 1,000 different employers” in a night, it sounds uber stressful.  But that’s capitalism, baby.  We operate on a structure that rewards our hardest working and most capable individuals. Do we really want to eliminate any incentive for employees to work hard?  Are we ready to sacrifice competition in the workplace?  Danny Meyer is.  Place your bets against Union Square Hospitality Group now because when Danny’s thirteen restaurants are filled with lazy servers and rude hosts, I’ll be the one who told you it was going down in flames.

Plus, do you think the best servers at Union Square Cafe are mad that they had to answer to “1,000 different employers” when they cash out hundreds of dollars in tips at the end of every shift? Hell. No.  Top level servers and bartenders want nothing to do with your bogus $18/hr wage.  They make at least double that in cold hard cash.  Sure, a $10/hr base wage sounds putrid when McDonald’s cashiers are making $15/hr, but McD’s employees will also never see a tip. Ever.  As for the fine dining employees that don’t make much in tips? The employees that suck at their job?  They’ll find a new career path. They’ll manage a McDonalds. That’s how America works.

Europe is a beautiful continent with an incredible array of culture, history, food, and nightlife. The time I’ve spent abroad was some of the best of my life and I envy the European lifestyle quite a bit. But if I want an $8 cappuccino and a skimpy, over-priced sandwich served by an inattentive waitress who takes two hours to bring over the bill, I’ll fly to Spain.  Grab me a jamon y queso on Las Ramblas and hit up Opium late night. Here in the U S of A we enjoy delicious, overindulgent meals at an reasonable price with service that makes each and every one of us feel like a king. Or at least a duke of some sort.

PS – I’m quite capable of calculating the total cost of an evening, too, so save that mess.  Total + 20%, don’t ever forget it.

Homeless Bum in Florida Finds Dead Body, Uses the Skull as his Puppet at Publix, Leads Police to the Body

NY Post –  Shoppers at a Publix in Sebastian, Florida, called 911 Tuesday afternoon after spotting a homeless man carrying around an actual human skull.

“He was using it as a puppet,” said witness Nick Pecoraro to WPBF. “It smelled like death.” 

According to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, the unidentified homeless man–who was living in the woods across the street from the grocery store– found the human remains in a secluded area away from the homeless “camps” and decided to carry it into the Publix to report the body. 

 “He had put the skull on top of a trash can over there because he wanted to tell somebody to call the sheriff’s office.”

Once deputies arrived, the homeless man led them to the body, which has not been identified.

Homeless guys got the easiest gig going, man.  This roofless bastard sleeps in the plush, pine-laden woods of Sebastian, Florida, probably wakes up around 6am to steal donuts from his local Dunkin and grab a bath at the city pool.  Heads to Publix to scare the shit out of some Orlando area home-owners and munch on free samples. Maybe hits a few shots of espresso at the Starbucks kiosk.  These Florida bums are do it right.  There’s a 70% chance this bum raped and murdered the owner of his human marionette skull a month ago and the Florida State Police are none the wiser because he’s covered in bum juice. Guy will test positive for like the 8 other human remnants in his small intestine. Go ahead and hit him with a DNA swab, this maniac is 100% inconclusive.

I’m totally jaded, though. The last year has turned me big time anti-bum. A H8ER, if you will.  I’m not saying it’s DeBlasio’s fault but ever since DeBlasio took office the NYC bums have gotten too big for their horribly ironed britches. First they swarmed 125th street, which was fine because it was already a hub for scum and I just started driving to work instead of public transit.  But then the UWS was taken over.  Tales of the street-urinator and the penis-exposer became daily occurrences.  The Upper West Side residents revolted and now it seems that the vagrants are emigrating to the Upper East Side, specifically Carnegie Hill. All of the sudden, every fucking day – at least twice a day – I’m greeted by a middle-aged, bearded, dead-in-the-eyes ginger psychopath who never wears his shoes and always seems to have just pissed his pants. Worst of all, he wears black ankle socks. The guy looks like Danny Bonaduce on a heroin bender wearing the latest garments from the Yeezy 2 release.

What I’m trying to say is that the homeless in Florida seem to live a much more comfortable and entertained life.  It’s warm, there are tons of Publix so they can fit in with the other malnourished drug addicts, and there are even unidentified bodies to play with in the woods. If Florida’s too far, maybe we can at least shuttle them down to the LES.

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Head of NYPD Police Union Says James Blake Received Special Treatment

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Let me first say this: I stand behind the NYPD. This city is a goddamn shitshow. There are homeless derelicts flooding the streets, drugs and gun-running always a threat, crime pops up everywhere from Greenwhich Village to East New York, and a constant influx of new residents are causing overpopulation that only makes things harder for officers.  New York Police have an incredibly difficult and stressful job that I could never handle.  I also understand what Union President Pat Lynch is doing with these statements.  He’s trying to cover for his guys and avoid having his ass handed to him when the city is on the hook for potential millions that it can’t afford.

With that said, yeah, no shit James Blake received special treatment, Pat. Blake was standing outside of the Grand Hyatt minding his P’s and Q’s when – out of nowhere – he gets suplexed by an officer who thought he was pursuing a criminal.  Funny thing is, the officer who bundled Blake thought he was pursuing a suspect wanted for selling illegal credit cards.

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I get that. Blake definitely looks like that guy, and in the heat of the moment you gotta go get your perp. Only problem is that the suspect (pictured on right) was actually the wrong guy, too.  Yeah, NYPD officers used questionable force to apprehend a famous former professional tennis player waiting in front of a five-star hotel to go to the U.S. Open after mistaking him for a suspect that they also misidentified.  Egg, meet Face.

And how ’bout the fact that when we’re dealing with non-violent suspects – like guys involved in credit card fraud – maybe we could use a more discreet method of apprehension.  I’m just talking out loud, but maybe the guy selling bunk credit cards could be pulled aside and tossed in a Paddy Wagon rather than speared in front of a hotel lobby on 42nd Street.  Who knows, the City might not be paying $6 Million to avoid a wrongful death lawsuit had officers used less-violent tactics last year.

I’m not bashing the NYPD.  Like I said, it’s an incredibly stressful profession. I have family that are police. I respect anyone who commits to that life. But don’t send your union president out to complain that someone received special treatment when your officers fucked up in the most public manner possible. That’s just how it works.  Don’t choke people to death on camera and don’t tackle famous athletes who you mistakenly think are misidentified suspects on camera either. Other than that, we’re all good.