The Rooster Bar: John Grisham

What do lawyers and sperm have in common? It takes 300 million of them to make one human being.

Unlike a lot of “best-seller” authors who hit upon a fantastic formula and then coast on that reputation for years, cranking out 3 or 4 “new” books each year, Grisham actually knows how to tell a story.

Lots of shady lawyers and people pretending to be lawyers. Pretty much matches most of the real life ones I’ve met.

11-year-old detained for Lego Shopping

You’re a pre-teen and want to walk on the wild side in Canada? Forget trying to cadge some cigarettes, lemon gin or a bag of dope if you live in Calgary. The real illegal contraband that will get you detained is Lego.

A Calgary dad says he wants an apology after Lego Store staff called security on his 11-year-old son.

Doug Dunlop told CBC News his son Tadhg, an avid Lego collector, visited the Chinook Centre store on April 26 with $200 of his own money. When store staff found out Tadhg was 11, they called security and Tadhg was asked to wait until his dad arrived.

“I was, of course, shocked,” Dunlop said.

The manager told him the store’s policy requires children under 12 to be accompanied while shopping.

But Dunlop told CTV News that Tadhg had shopped in the store alone many times before.

“That policy is not posted anywhere, and I think it’s a ridiculous rule. Their core customers are 9- to 11 year-olds,” he said.

A Lego spokesperson told the network the company’s biggest concern is for children’s safety, and that the store was just following protocol.

Dunlop wrote in a blog post that the security guard he spoke with claimed child abductions were frequent at the mall, and that both the guard and manager implied Dunlop was a bad parent if he didn’t understand why leaving his son alone in a store was dangerous.

In an update posted Wednesday, he wrote that he had spoken with a Lego Store district manager, who agreed to put up a sign in the store stating its policy.

However, he still wants both the store manager and the security guard to apologize.

“Please understand that I am not asking that the Lego Store run a babysitting service for anyone who comes to the mall,” he wrote. “I am merely asking that paying customers of any age be treated with the respect that they deserve.”

English speaking toys illegal in Canada

Toys ‘R’ Us in Quebec refuses to sell English-only Daniel Tiger doll
Montreal father says it should be up to parents, not province, to determine the toys kids play with
By Kate McKenna, CBC News Posted: Apr 13, 2015 6:02 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 14, 2015 11:34 AM ET

Nick Messina of Montreal says rules should be changed after a clerk refused to sell him an English-speaking Daniel Tiger toy for his daughter, Carina.
Nick Messina of Montreal says rules should be changed after a clerk refused to sell him an English-speaking Daniel Tiger toy for his daughter, Carina. (CBC)

A Montreal man is criticizing Quebec language laws after a clerk at a local Toys “R” Us told him he was wasn’t allowed to purchase a talking plush toy for his daughter because it only speaks and sings in English.

Nick Messina tried to purchase the Daniel Tiger toy for his one-year-old daughter, Carina, after noticing her eyes “lit up” while watching the popular children’s TV show Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood.

Hoping to buy it as an Easter gift, he drove to his nearest Toys “R” Us, but it wasn’t in stock.

He called another Toys “R” Us in Montreal, and was informed by the clerk that two of the toys were in stock, but that Messina couldn’t buy it because it was unilingual.

Daniel Tiger talks and sings 14 different phrases — all in English.

Messina said the clerk thanked him for letting them know the toy only spoke English, and said it would be shipped back to Ontario.

“I kind of felt a little bit turned off. I felt it was discriminatory against the English-speaking community in Montreal. After all, Montreal is multi-ethnic, multicultural,” he said.

Not giving up, the father tried to purchase the doll online — only to discover the Toys “R” Us website wouldn’t ship the product to Quebec.

English-speaking toys illegal

Messina didn’t know until a few weeks ago, but because of Quebec’s language laws, it’s illegal to sell a unilingual toy unless it has a French-speaking counterpart.

He says it should be up to parents — not the province — to determine the toys they can buy for their kids.

“I don’t understand why, when it comes to the choice of purchasing a toy for our children, that we have to be subjected to these kinds of rules and regulations,” he said.

“It’s kind of saddening.”

Toys ‘R’ Us admits mistake

In a statement to CBC News, a spokeswoman from Toys “R” Us apologized for the inconvenience, but said the toy shouldn’t have been on the shelves.

“Toys ‘R’ Us shipped in error the English-speaking product to one of our Quebec stores and a customer tried to purchase it. Our store did not sell the product to the customer and we apologized for the inconvenience that this caused our customer. We immediately communicated to our store that this product cannot be sold,” said the statement.

Messina’s perseverance paid off.

He managed to buy the doll eventually, on Amazon, for about $50 more than the Toys “R” Us price.

Though it was more than her dad had planned to pay for the doll, Carina adores her new toy.

Day 2283 of the illegal Harper regime

The Harper regime announced today that it was repealing the chance for parole for life sentences for those already convicted of the most “heinous” offenders of the most “repulsive” of crimes.

Hopefully, this will include illegal prorogation of parliament, illegally cancelling the right of legally elected governments to govern, one of the most serious crime a democracy can undergo. The Harper Regime, you will remember, implemented this illegal act on Dec. 2, 2008 and remains in power.

Day 2283 of the illegal Harper regime [and counting].