June 16, 2004


Cuba's goon-run media is attempting to incite the happy, healthy, completely-literate populace:

The Cuban government and state-controlled press have disseminated the same bogus GI gang-rape photos that WorldNetDaily reported originated on porn sites.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba has published eight of the gang-rape porn photos under the heading, "Accusing Photos." A link on the Ministry's main page, called "The photos that the US does not want to be seen," ("Las Fotos que EE.UU no quiere que se vean") takes readers to a page that presents real photos of Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse along with the eight fake rape photos, plus three fake photos of abuse by British soldiers which were published but then retracted by the Daily Mirror.

Via non-fake contributor J.F. Beck. In Miami, only a few miles from Castro’s paradise, Dave Barry continues to taunt the Australian street.

God, how he will pay.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 16, 2004 04:41 AM

I've got this friend who's a major Dave Barry fan but will be marrying an Australian next month. My question is, what type of beer should I send to the wedding?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at June 16, 2004 at 05:06 AM

Victoria Bitter.

Posted by: tim at June 16, 2004 at 05:29 AM

I say both...

/sarcasm, if it's not obvious

Posted by: Roger Bournival at June 16, 2004 at 05:59 AM

Will he pay in Australian dollars?

If so, I could chip in a few billion. I think I have a few US quarters I could spare.

Posted by: Sigivald at June 16, 2004 at 06:03 AM

It could have been worse. The discussion might have centered around Aussies and hamsters......

Posted by: The Real JeffS at June 16, 2004 at 06:27 AM

That pub where the mice-chewing incident took place was (WAS!) one of my favourite early-evening watering holes. Now I just head to the beer garden across the road, which has $1.20 local beers until 7pm. Woooo!

Posted by: Marty at June 16, 2004 at 08:07 AM

This is an outrage! Bite his tail off, Tim!

Ahem. Actually I think at this point it is important to note than the people involved were Queenslanders, not ordinary Australians. That distinction may not mean much to international readers, but it tells the Aussies all they need to know.

Posted by: Andrew D. at June 16, 2004 at 12:12 PM

Is being a Queenslander like being from Brooklyn?

Posted by: The Real JeffS at June 16, 2004 at 12:15 PM

Real JeffS: not sure. Is being from Brooklyn like being from the Back O'Bourke via Balranald?

Posted by: TimT at June 16, 2004 at 01:15 PM

How drunk do you suppose they were?

I'm not sure you want to declare war on Dave Barry, Tim. A two front war may be too much for Aussie strength. Aren't you still at war with Norway, or was there an international peace conference of bloggers that I missed?

Posted by: Michael Lonie at June 16, 2004 at 01:28 PM

That depends, TimT. If being from the Back O'Bourke via Balranald is anything like being an Okie from Muskogee, probably not.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at June 16, 2004 at 01:37 PM

Norway? More like SNOREWAY.

Come to Kenya.

Posted by: Sortelli at June 16, 2004 at 02:54 PM

Real JeffS, I like to think of it as being more like from Wagga by way of West Wyalong. Or by Ulladullah via Cunnamulla.

Posted by: TimT at June 16, 2004 at 11:07 PM

OK, you one upped me, TimT. I surrender!

Posted by: The Real JeffS at June 17, 2004 at 12:46 AM

I see your Cunnamulla and up you a Grong Grong.

Posted by: Pedro the Ignorant at June 17, 2004 at 02:42 AM

There's a Grong Grong and I haven't heard of it?
What a great country we live in!

Posted by: TimT at June 17, 2004 at 04:59 PM