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Is this true?

Writes Professor Jonathan Haidt in his book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics And Religion:

We found that people want dogs that fit their own moral matrices. Liberals want dogs that are gentle (i.e., that fit with the values of the Care foundation) and relate to their owners as equals (Fairness as equality). Conservatives, on the other hand, want dogs that are loyal (Loyalty) and obedient (Authority). (The Sanctity item showed no partisan tilt; both sides prefer clean dogs.)

Earlier in the book, he told a short story and asked readers to decide whether or not the people in the story did anything morally wrong:

A family’s dog was killed by a car in front of their house. They had heard that dog meat was delicious, so they cut up the dog’s body and cooked it and ate it for dinner. Nobody saw them do this.

And then he tells a “more challenging story”:

A man goes to the supermarket once a week and buys a chicken. But before cooking the chicken, he has sexual intercourse with it. Then he cooks it and eats it.

Professor Haidt reiterates that nobody else knows about it.

So, what do you think?


Yeah, yeah, everyone has something to say about them.

My husband and I owned a really sweet one once. She was really gentle and sweet with the children too.

Her nature never seemed to show aggression towards humans. I don’t think she ever would have made a very good guard dog. But dog aggression was in her nature. (Or dog predation, perhaps?)

And she killed my pet Boxer. (She was subsequently euthanized.)

She only did what she was bred to do. And so I will not own another one while I have multiple dogs. I learned my lesson.

Apparently he was inciting Muslims to riot by walking his therapy dog through a public park.

The world is going bananas.

Another video here. According to the dog owner, someone kicked his dog.

Subway-riding dogs

This exemplifies the very special relationship between Man and Dog. Both will go to great lengths to save eachother.

Delta therapy dogs can’t eat raw diets (I didn’t know that before today.)

This is retarded. But, what else is new? Statist animal activists are always retarded.

I’ve always thought that modern art was pretty crappy, but this takes it to a new low.

A civil libertarian’s argument in support of BYBs.

Gawd, I can’t stand Fairfax. It’s an annoying mix of yuppieville and nosy statism…and apparently it was invaded by statists as long ago as the 1970s.

From the Washington Post, August 15, 2012:

Some Fairfax County residents say a zoning ordinance is keeping them from adopting dogs from the county’s animal shelter.

Section 251-2 of the ordinance states residents seeking to keep three dogs on their property must have a home on a lot measuring at least 12,500 square feet. The ordinance exempts dogs that have been continually kept on a smaller lot “prior to Oct. 11, 1977.”

Thanks to the law, an elderly couple living in a house on a 10,000 square foot lot was prevented from adopting a third Pekingese.

Some comments from WP readers:

So the ordinance assumes a cage is better for the dog than a too small home to live in? ~ barbnc

So, Fairfax officials would rather kill the dog than place him with an obviously loving family.  Plus, they consider two Irish Wolf Hounds (pony-sized dogs) equivalent to tiny Pekingese.  Suppose the lot is 12,500 square feet, but the back of the lot is so steep it’s unusable, or most of the lot is fenced-off for a garden.  Oh, this is Fairfax, where common sense doesn’t make it into their STUPID rules. ~ Bflat

Sounds like that stupid “bedroom bill” from a few years back. ~ mssnatchquatch


I live next to people who cannot pet my dogs. When the family was first moving in I baked them some banana muffins, and later their two boys (ages 7 and 11) asked to come over and play. We have a swing set that is visible over the 5 foot fence. (5 foot fences are worthless, by the way. They provide little privacy and they fail to keep a 60lb dog in the yard.)

So, when the boys came over and asked to play, racist Islamophobe that I am, I said, “Sure, and do you need me to lock up the dogs?” See, ignorant and close-minded woman that I am, I knew the family was Muslim by the women’s attire and I know enough about the religion of Islam that dogs are considered to be unclean. If a Muslim touches or is touched by a dog, they must go through a cleaning ritual called ablution before they can pray (and devout Muslims pray a lot.) You can usually tell how devout a Muslim family is by their manner of dress, particularly the appearance of the women. Don’t believe me about the dog thing? Read this and this and this and this.

The boys only visited a few times. My husband, intolerant white trash that he is, took exception one day to the way they treated my four-year-old son and warned them that if they couldn’t play nice they didn’t need to come over and play at all.

Needless to say, they never came back after that.

The point of this story is to illustrate a growing phenomenon in this country known for its love of dogs. An increasing population here actually shuns dogs. The Chinese may eat them, but the Muslims may go so far as to ban them.

Man’s best friend is considered so dirty that his touch renders Man’s prayer invalid!

This concept is entirely foreign to most dog-loving Americans. Just look at our fine art! Dogs sleeping at our feet, being embraced by our children, guarding our flanks…you name it and dogs are probably a part of it.

This is something dog breeders and pet owners alike should keep in the back of their minds. Keep an eye on local ordinances and company policies. The animal rights activists (and I mean the typical statist types) are not the only battlefront. Think I am exaggerating? Stories like this will hopefully remain rare.