Prison guards (er, "correctional officers") in Edmonton, Canada are not allowed to wear stab-proof vests on the job because they might offend the prisoners, reports the Calgary Sun.
Officers at a maximum security prison operated by Corrections Canada says the Kevlar vests send a 'confrontational signal' to the inmates.
"If you have that kind of presence symbolized by (a stab-proof vest), you're sending a signal to the prisoner that you consider him to be a dangerous person," said Tim Krause, an official at the prison. "It interferes with what we call 'dynamic security.' We want staff to talk to prisoners, to see how they're doing."
Good news -- finally found my PDA charger ;)
And because I haven't ticked off enough people lately *g* : Al Qaeda Barks, the Spanish Fly. Here's my favorite part:
One Spaniard who decided to switch his vote in reaction to the bombings told the Times: "Maybe the Socialists will get our troops out of Iraq and al-Qaida will forget about Spain so we will be less frightened." That's the fighting spirit! If the violent Basque separatist group only killed more people, Spain would surely give them what they want, too.
I should probably mention that my feelings on this issue aren't personal towards anyone, just like I have liberal friends and still find stuff like this (Kerry Called Secret Service Agent 'Son of a Bitch' After Slope Spill) hysterical ;)