January 9, 2008


Ah, some mornings are just lousier than others, it seems. Today's papers served up lots of reminders how it's never good to be among the defenseless. Five puppies thrown down an outhouse pit in Alberta, abandoned to more than just the elements for some reason only the inhuman could grasp. Of course now they've been rescued (check out the pic), and there will be offers of multiple homes for each, including one from my own dog-avoiding self if I lived there.

But what about this, buried deeper in the front sections? A woman charged with severely injuring a 3-year-old boy, by dipping his hands in a pot of boiling water. What twisted brain even thinks this cruelty up? How do you attack the defenseless, who have no choice but to trust you, and no physical way of fighting back? This child will require physiotherapy until he's 18. For his physical wounds. The sorry truth? The puppy story will get picked up by wires worldwide. The child will be forgotten.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine, having two cats of your own, I am apalled by the statement that the child will be forgotten and the animals will grab all of the headlines. You go on that, the child will need years of help, till 18 years of age, what about the poor animals for christsakes???...These animals have feelings too. They have to mend to the pain. They are creatures of God also, they have a right to live a life also...I am a reader of yours since the beginning of time, you have changed...Is it for the cash flow, the success, the new found fame, and that side of the road, flip flopping???...Stick too one side or the other, don't sell yourselve out for success today and a draught tomorrow...Your comment today is a media answer to any problem involving animals rather than dealing with the real problem, getting these sickos off the street that harm any animal or human...Great society isn't it???

January 09, 2008 2:25 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Uhm, read again. Both stories made me sick. But the puppy story will by far get the greater media play, and we all know it.

I am shaking my head at the levels of cruelty to ALL things...there has been zero 'flip flopping', as you call it, but read into it what you like.

One week from now, count how many times you hear about the dogs vs the child. I don't write the stuff, I'm just pointing it out.

And, be real. Prioritizing animals over children is just wrong.

January 09, 2008 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I printed out Lorraine's post, blew it up and still found nothing hidden between the lines...

Did I miss something?

January 09, 2008 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have new found fame?

January 09, 2008 7:20 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Oh, damn. Now he's gonna raise his prices...shhhh. All of you.

January 09, 2008 7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I for one thank you for mentioning the child's story, as I hadn't heard of it (crying now reading it) but the puppy one jumped out at me today.
YOu're correct on all fronts.
Please don't stop how you write...I haven't posted here in awhile but I like your views. Respect them.

January 09, 2008 7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Puppy injures herself, needs emergency vet assistance, surgery done and released in under 36 hours.
Mother (79 yrs old) injures herself, needs emergency medical assistance, lies in hospital bed for more than 44 hours before first surgery, more than 10 days (yes days)before second operation.
Dog left in car with windows closed (summer or winter) gets lots of calls to local police for assistance, child in same circumstances? Not so many!
Our priorities are so messed.
I have both a dog and a cat in my home and adore them, but would never put either of them above my two children.

January 10, 2008 5:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeff, new prices??? keep me informed...listen for a comment made in jest a few blogs back, double your prices, I just want to see how hyper she gets...

Arlene?? are you out there??? Is there a pocket watch available for payment???

AS for the child and the dog... Yes, both are as equally important to each individual person and that is the key, individual...some people should just not be around or have children and the same goes for pets...as for the media, they report it as they see it or to sell papers or their goods...

January 10, 2008 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Peterborough Examiner actually ran the puppy story one day before the Star did.

As of today's date, no mention of the twisted, cruel bitch mother that deliberately mutilated her child, physically and mentally.

I regret to say (not that I disagree with her POV, in fact, I too, concur) Lorraine has IMHO been vindicated...

January 10, 2008 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Lorraine, You need to get rid of the a$$hole that blogs on your site that chronically can't spell & misuses the word "too" in every post. You know who you are - buzz off. Find a new venue. I know you will have to look up half of the big words I've used as you appear too stupid for words. Note how I've used the word "too". I've used it correctly, dumb ass.

January 10, 2008 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My apologies to Lorraine and the majority of readers in advance.

It's always such a pleasant surprise when our mouth-breathing friend, hiding behind the cloak of anonymity, decides to add their $ 0.02 worth -- especially when it has little to do with the thread in question.

It's quite apparent that the five years spent in Miss Drysdale's Grade 8 English class did nothing to help you grasp the fundamentals of basic grammar. Or perhaps, you were unable to attend those lessons due to your bullying of other classmates?

Allow me to point out a couple of basic things to you, my scabby-knuckled friend: yes, I may make spelling mistakes and yes, from time to time may also make errors in grammar, syntax and the like. Please forgive me. However, for the record, as far as this blog and this specific thread is concerned, if just you and one other person have posted comments, then "I, too, concur" would be redundant. "I concur" would be better. If there are more than two people in the discussion and at least two others have already agreed, then "I, too, concur" would be correct. Another alternative would be "Yeah, you're f#*@ing right and I agree"...

Now do you understand? Or is too much for you to handle all at once?

I can hear your whispered response now... "Depends." For the record, this is not you advising of your reasoning skills but a call to action to protect you from visibly pissing all over yourself in a public forum.

Who's the dumb ass now, sunshine?

January 10, 2008 10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fight you two, fight..Get it out of your systems...this is only a blog not an english exam, looking for proper grammar or spelling, it would be nice but if it were the majority of us wouldn't be on it... it is not the end of the world and for sake of argument the same person maybe writing the same comments...just a thought...BTW, it is not me...back to work...the bills will not look after themselves...

January 11, 2008 5:03 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Okay, I'm gonna pull on my stripey shirt and blow the whistle. Sort of.

The best part of many blogs are the comments. I love the organic free-for-all that can sometimes evolve (like the strange, random conversation that sprung from a geekazoid question I had about computers...seems nobody could leave that alone!).

I'm not thrilled by swearing, and will delete the usual culprits while freely admitting that I employ most of those same culprits in the privacy of my own home. I'm simply a time & a place kind of girl.

The onlyonlyonly thing I get peeved at is this: if you aren't gonna be bothered reading the links in a post, don't bother to comment. I fully recognize that some of the stuff I link to and write about is odd, arcane, boring or just so dipsy doodle you must wonder what I put in my tea every day. It's a buffet. Take what you want, try what you will, and while I LOVE to see comments bloom, they get a little onerous if someone obviously hasn't bothered to get it.

I've got some really witty, bright people that show up here. Most of you I have come to know cyber-personally as well, and I know we cover a wide spectrum of ages and lives. That's what makes it cool. Everyone adds something (Webgod Jeff continues to crack me up - he gets to monitor the site continually; he keeps out of the melee quite admirably), I've left up posts from obvious trolls who just slam and leave.

I'm trying to stick to a course of not answering to Anon posters. Pick a name, any name. All I'm going to ask is that if you don't like the entry, battle it, shrug or move on. If you have something urgent to say - awesome! Read the whole post, links too, and join in.

Ozzie, you make a good point. It's about heart, not grammar. But I should also let you know it ain't your comments being responded to. You add to this site. DJ started his own blog, he was having so much fun. But I get the random hits in here from people who add little. All's fair, I don't delete anything, my blog posts directly without me reviewing etc etc etc. But I trust my readers/writers to at least get it.

I even get what 'Sunshine' is saying: horrendous typos are hard to read, and rambling off-topic rants are just boring if they're not inspired. 'Sunshine' should also know that the person you're talking to? Still doesn't get it. Never will. Every smart poster here went 'mmm. Did I misuse the word 'too'?', except the one you meant.

If I haven't been clear (I know, it's my job, but a blog doesn't go past an editor - so sue me), lay into me. If I'm especially moody, I may lay into you right back. Mostly, I'm just glad to see everyone showing up.

Otherwise, keep doing what you're doing. You guys (for the most part) entertain each other as much, if not more, than I entertain you. You wanna fight, go duke it out. I raise two teenage boys, and I only step in when we get to broken bones.

But I sure as hell would prefer to see everyone fighting intelligently, because there are some good brains around here. Too many of you don't post enough. Raise it up people.

And, we're out.

January 11, 2008 8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Lorraine, as well said as a referee can say it...now drop the puck!!!

January 11, 2008 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning Omemeeozzie. I wasn't slamming you. I was never a bully in school although I have my mother to blame and a certain english teacher for trying to instill the use of proper grammar etc. Believe me, I still get corrected. I'm sorry if you thought it was you I was barking at. I appreciate the comments of all participants with one exception.

(p.s. thanks for the name, I think it fits!)

January 11, 2008 9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No harm, no foul, Sunshine!

January 11, 2008 12:41 PM  
Blogger DJW said...

What happened here?

What started out as a commentary on the human animal and the media that feeds it spiraled downwards into a name calling brawl.

I too saw the story of the woman who abused her child and wondered aloud, “They make you have a license to have a dog, but not children?”

I’ve stated before, in different words maybe, the news media doesn’t make the news; it pushes it as a drug dealer would. The other night, CHCH TV’s Live at 5:30 pondered about who was at fault for Britney’s demise. Her, her family, the fame machine or the media? While Ms. Spears is her own worst enemy, it doesn’t help to have your life on display 24/7. If we don’t want to see anymore of her or the other wannabe’s destroying themselves in front of us, turn it off.

This just in…Anna Nicole Smith is still dead.

BTW, thanks for the plug, ref! Please don’t put me in the penalty box!

January 11, 2008 1:15 PM  

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