Mid-Week News: Wheel of Morality

Poodles, alas! Here we are again for yet another roundabout recap of all the news to make you… well, let’s see what darkish, garish scenarios await us. The news, like always, can make you roll your eyes like one could not believe. Like most of the mysteries of life, it’s often best to tuck one’s head and buckle safety belts hoping for the best. So gather up your wills and your wiles and say, wheel of media morality, turn, turn, turn. What is this week’s lesson that we shall learn?

Still from Animaniacs of Yakko, Wakko, Dot, and the Wheel of Morality
Wheel of morality, turn, turn, turn.

France says it is certain that the nerve agent sarin has been used in Syria on several occasions following tests it has carried out on samples recovered from the country. The Syrian regime and the opposition have traded accusations that the other side have used chemical weapons during the two-year-long conflict. (Al Jazeera)

As demonstrations in Turkey enter a fifth day, the country’s deputy prime minister has apologized for “excessive violence” against protesters trying to save a park in Istanbul. Yea, you all, he is just really “totes sorry” and stuff. (Al Jazeera)

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) called on the military to do more to crack down on sexual assault in its ranks on Tuesday, while also worrying that they may be hard to stop because of the natural “hormone level” of the young men serving. “The young folks who are coming into each of your services are anywhere from 17 to 22 or 23. Gee whiz, the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur. So we’ve got to be very careful how we address it on our side,” Chambliss told top military officials at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. “But guys, we are not doing our job. You’re not doing yours, and we are not doing ours with the rates we are seeing on sexual assaults.” So yea ladies, boys are gonna be boys – have fun ! (Huffington Post)

Speaking of which, lawmakers admonished America’s top military officers over sexual assault in the armed forces on Tuesday, but top brass warned against a plan in Congress to take the cases out of the hands of commanders. The Senate hearing comes after a wave of sexual assault scandals and new Pentagon data showing a steep rise in unwanted sexual contact, from groping to rape, that have deeply embarrassed the military and prompted lawmakers to try to impose change with new legislation. (Reuters)

After 1,100 days in military captivity, American soldier Bradley Manning is finally on trial for leaking a trove of state secrets to WikiLeaks. The US soldier faces 21 counts flowing from the leaking of hundreds of thousands of classified digital files to WikiLeaks. Not that any newspaper is reporting on it. (The Guardian)

So time for today’s lesson kittens! Wheel of morality, turn, turn, turn, what is the lesson that we will learn?

And the lesson of this weeks news is:

The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind, except in New Jersey, where what’s blowing in the wind smells funny.

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