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Short 'n' Stubby: Shame shame shame

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Welcome to your weather report! Today's forecast calls for ice-cold showers of shame, followed by a blizzard of humiliation and waves of beet-red blushing...

Several trash bags full of new (but mutilated, so as to be unusable) clothes have been found outside a New York H & M store, as well as a Wal-Mart. Just steps away, you'd find homeless people, struggling to sleep on cardboard and snow. What the hell kind of culture is this? Are stores so hellbent on profits, and so begrudging to the needy, that they'd rather cut things up and throw them away than donate them to someone who could use them but can't afford to pay full price?

And what is it with sexual assaults on teenage girls, and racism? Does being indigenous somehow make a girl fair game? Especially if the white man she's babysitting for is a bigwig in the world of sports?

How embarrassing: "CANADIAN ministers, it seems, are a bunch of Gerald Fords. Like the American president, who could not walk and chew gum at the same time, they cannot, apparently, cope with Parliament's deliberations while dealing with the country's economic troubles and the challenge of hosting the Winter Olympic games. This was the argument put forward by the spokesman for Stephen Harper, the Conservative prime minister..." Actually, that's much too kind. Simple Stevie can't walk or chew gum separately, much less simultaneously.

And that's why your humble scribe is hanging her head, face in hand, and shaking it...at the same time.