Saturday, August 02, 2008

In case anyone is reading this

CTV news would have it that the bus passengers who escaped with their lives were brave. It must be so because CTV news said they were brave over and over. I think they did that in case some old fool still believes that a brave person would have disarmed the murderer and tried to save someone else's life. How old school! I'm not saying there's anything wrong with people fleeing. I'm not judging them, I'm judging CTV news. 300 Spartans held off tens of thousands of Persians at Thermoplyae: now that was brave! But then that was an act common to a great culture while our culture is a tiny turd slowly spiralling down a toilet. Is it too bad CTV advertises our shame or is it a good thing to have notice of it so we can fix the problem?

And the photographers have shown such a remarkable delicacy, not to mention a puzzling lack of common curiosity about the appearance of the accused man, Vince Weiguang Li. Now why is that? Curiosity is what journalism is about, is it not? And yet the BEST photo we can get is here? It's fascinating to note the hyperlink name to this story, which has the headline: "

Bus attack suspect appears in Manitoba court

Read this link very closely:,.

You see? This is a photograph of the "Mantiboba_victim," not the suspect. Get it? The guy with his head cut off is a victim and the guy who cut it off is a victim. So it's a draw. Let's get a soda.

I blew up a closeup and am posting it here. It doesn't give us much more information, unfortunately. This is the news team who I once watched interview a young girl, a victim of an horrific tragedy; they sadistically goaded her about her loss to capture every tear flowing down her pretty face. Their lack of curiosity about this killer is breathtaking. Are they afraid of being accused of racial stereotyping. Please! Tell me it ain't so! And why 2nd degree murder? An enormous knife brought on board for what? picking at his fingernails? Exhibiting the head to the passengers? Gee. Maybe it ought to have been common assault, huh?

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