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Monday, July 04, 2005

Of penguins and prisoner abuse

In a break from tradition, I'm doing the MediaScout on a Monday, so I'll have to keep this entry fairly brief. It's for the best though, it was sort of a slow news day. They grow up so fast It seems like just yesterday we were giving them their first guns and tasers, now look at those Iraqi security forces. All grow'sd up and abusing prisoners, Daddy would be so proud. Yet only the Toronto Star saw fit to report on it. The story, which was available on both Reuters and Associated Press (though I can't find a linkable copy online), noted that Iraqi government officials said they'd crack down on the abuse, just like Georgie! I suppose an argument could be made that it doesn't really affect Canada, but remember, we're helping to train Iraqi police forces. Were any of them involved? Hard to say, given that nobody reported on it with a Canadian reporter. But it's the sort of thing we should know, no? Peter Worthington slips off the edge of sanity, embraces senility SunMedia's Peter Worthington is a cantankerous old bastard who rarely warrants mention on this site. He writes about two topics, the military and an animal sanctuary in Picton that seems to be his secondary cause celebre. However, today he goes off on a bizzare tangent that begins like an elementary school report and somehow devolves into a quasi-homophobic tirade against same-sex marraige. Read it here, it's one of the more baffling columns I've encountered and makes a strong case in favour of mandatory retirement. Ok, I was going to go off on a little G8 tangent, but it would just end up repeating much of what I said in the MediaScout, so you can all just read it there (huzzah cross promotion). That's enough for today, I've got to wrap up this Scout and get it to the masses. Cheers!

4 Comments:

  • Wow. That is pretty baffling.

    Abstract:

    So I watched a documentary on penguins this weekend, and that's why gays shouldn't get married.

    By Blogger Ryan, at 8:31 AM  

  • It seems like just yesterday we were giving them their first guns and tasers, now look at those Iraqi security forces. All grow'sd up and abusing prisoners, Daddy would be so proud.

    This is the sound of me being surprised.

    Yet only the Toronto Star saw fit to report on it.

    Close, but not quite. Read the end of the Globe's story about the Egyptian diplomat kidnapped in Baghdad.

    By Anonymous Phronetic Man, at 9:08 AM  

  • Let's not be too quick too judge on an upside while we did have to read a strange rant that appears to make no sense we did all learn new things about penquins. I for one feel very well informed on penquin mating rituals

    By Anonymous Ryan?Andy, at 11:04 AM  

  • Oh how 20 words buried at the bottom of a story can ruin Joe's day.

    Oh, the humanity.

    By Blogger The Shotgun Solution, at 2:47 PM  

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