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  1. Arahant Member
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    I swear I saw something about this recently. (Not a member? Too bad that you can’t see the good stuff, isn’t it?)

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  2. Arahant Member
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    Ricochet Audio Network: JKF Assassination

    Just noticed this tag. Are you trying to generate more conspiracy theories?

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  3. milkchaser Member
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    Not all pit bulls are dangerous. It is wrong to punish friendly dogs because of other dogs.

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  4. colleenb Member
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    Wait, wait. I am sure it was the two male models on the grassy knoll. Seriously, I was interested to learn that Oswald had just turned 24. Good podcast as always.

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  5. Michael Graham Contributor
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    milkchaser (View Comment):
    Not all pit bulls are dangerous. It is wrong to punish friendly dogs because of other dogs.

    ALL pit bulls are dangerous. ALL of them are more dangerous than my dog (see pic), just as all Army Rangers are more dangerous than I am. They have a unique capacity to commit harm.

    What you’re trying to say is that “not all pit bulls attack,” or “many pit bulls are nice.” Which is true. Just like James Dalton is “nice, until it’s time NOT to be nice.”

    As I mentioned in the podcast–and lay out here--pit bulls and Rottweilers kill more people every year than all other kinds of dogs combined. If the little boy in the story had wandered into a yard filled with Pekinese or Poodles, he’d be alive today.

    Which is why it’s reasonable for local government to have laws placing more burdens on ownership of these breeds. As I said in the podcast, I don’t support a ban. I support mandatory liability insurance for owners of the most deadly breeds. This allows the true dog lovers to keep Tyson and Fang as pets while discouraging casual ownership.

    Meet Hans Blix. He doesn’t bite. He sends strongly-worded letters…

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  6. Leslie Watkins Inactive
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    It is not true that pitbulls are inherently dangerous. They are trained to be that way. Ergo, the gang member or drug dealer having a pitbull with him. It is not the dog’s fault. They are trained. To say pitbulls are inherently dangerous is to say all white men are inherently dangerous. Same. Exact. Thing. Your attitude sucks, BTW.

    Added after googling about the child’s mauling in Massachusetts: No report I saw (admittedly not all of them) mentions the owner and if he was known to have dangerous dogs in his yard or enclosure or whatever. I’ll be amazed if that does not end up being the case. (Note: Edited a couple of times since initial posting.)

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  7. contrarian Member
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    Leslie Watkins (View Comment):
    It is not true that pitbulls are inherently dangerous. They are trained to be that way. Ergo, the gang member or drug dealer having a pitbull with him. It is not the dog’s fault. They are trained. To say pitbulls are inherently dangerous is to say all white men are inherently dangerous. Same. Exact. Thing. Your attitude sucks, BTW.

    Dude. Don’t bring racism into this. It’s not relevant. That is one of the reasons I became disgusted with the left. I can’t even talk to them about voting laws anymore without charges of bigotry. It’s a lousy tactic.

    It’s not analogous because racial groups weren’t engineered. Dog breeds were. Retrievers were designed to retrieve foul, and shepherd dogs to herd. What were pit bulls designed for?

    I think Michael is too glib about how people relate to dogs. I don’t buy the arguments from Regan, Singer, Francione, etc about animals in general, but I think there’s a case to be made for ethical duties toward dogs because of the unique relationship between our species and theirs. It doesn’t change the fact that some breeds are more dangerous than others.

    I don’t like Michael’s idea. I don’t think disposable wealth correlates with responsibility. (Q: Why would you be a good babysitter? A: I own 5 Ducatis and 2 Lamborghinis. – Not a good answer.)

    I’ve only ever known 2 people disfigured in animal attacks. Both involved pit bulls. I’d suggest that while we treat dog ownership like owning house cats, we should treat owning a pit bull like owning an exotic cat. Regulate them like tigers.

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  8. Leslie Watkins Inactive
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    Dude. Don’t bring racism into this. It’s not relevant.

    I wasn’t trying to bring race into it. But obviously I wasn’t clear. I was trying to critique his glibness. I also would disagree that humans have not been engineered. We most certainly have through mating networks and miscegenation, and I think that’s a good thing. Initially I wrote that saying pit bulls are inherently dangerous was like saying men are inherently dangerous (which you hear all the time) but added “white” to try and be more parallel: dogs are to violence as men are to violence; pit bulls are to violence as white men are to violence: BTW, I think both comments are wrong. It’s just how I feel.

    And, yes, I’m not denying that most serious injuries by dogs are by pit bulls—I cannot imagine how horrible it was for the little boy in Lowell, for whom I feel nothing but anguish. That said, there’s always something else going on: an owner who has issues with fear and gets a guard dog to help offset that fear or a guy who brings along a guard dog to intimidate. And, unfortunately, children are vulnerable, especially, as in this case, when neighbor children are known to have teased the dogs and the owner warned them to stay away. I’m not saying that having a pit bull that has been trained to be aggressive shouldn’t be looked at differently from owning another type of dog (though, actually, MG’s dog is exactly the kind of little thang that tends to snap at young children who insist on getting too close—seen it a million times). But in almost every case, IMO, humans are more at fault than the dog. A pit bull that hasn’t been taught to be aggressive—or who has been brought back from aggression—is just as loving and sweet as other dogs. Please see the documentary The Champions about Michael Vick’s dogs if you don’t believe me.

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