Wednesday, January 12, 2005

MSM. Well, as long as you tried your best

January 12

Occasionally, when there is nothing violent or titillating on the Big Screen Plasma, (and by that we mean Bill O'Reilly) we like to peruse the old world by peeking in on the print media, otherwise known as MSM, which we think stands for Multiple Senseless Misinterpretations. Yesterday we unearthed these two tidbits.

First, one of the lawyers--you knew there'd be a lawyer in here somewhere didn't you?--one of the lawyers defending Charles Graner who is accused of numerous violations of the Geneva Convention and the Boy Scout Oath for his activities in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal said "piling naked prisoners into pyramids and leading them by a leash were acceptable methods of prisoner control. He compared this to pyramids made by cheerleaders at sports events and tethers put on toddlers by their parents."

OK. We can buy the leash thing, but nobody told us there were naked cheerleader pyramids! Why were we not informed? This information needs to be more widely disseminated.

The second bit of enlightenment we ran across was a story about some elementary students in Fredricksburg Maryland who were asked to sound out some vowel sounds on one of those new tests that schools seem so fond of giving these days.

No problem there, except that these students all attended the Maryland School for the Deaf!

Now before you go getting all up in the face of the school officials who were behind this, you should know that everything would have turned out OK if they had just made the words bigger so the kids could hear them.

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