If killing my dog is progressive, then I vote for "backwards thinking."

Via Glenn Reynolds, I learned that Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (who is running for Colorado governor) is complaining about "backwards thinking" in Western rural areas, and he has invoked the name of Matthew Shepard for political gain -- clearly implying that people in rural parts of his state are the type of people who would enjoy killing homosexuals:

...the tragic death of Matthew Shepard occurred in Wyoming. Colorado and Wyoming are very similar. We have some of the same, you know, backwards thinking in the kind of rural Western areas you see in, you know, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico.
Not only is that a despicable thing to suggest about rural people, but I don't think Hickenlooper is in a very good position to accuse anyone of murderous bigotry.

If we look at his prolonged and ongoing campaign against pit bulls, Hickenlooper has to be considered one of the nation's leading bigots:

Denver, Colorado has the most oppressive Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) in the country. Denver has engaged in an aggressive seizure program, which involves taking family pet pit bulls from their homes and killing them.

Between 2005 and 2006, the city euthanized 1,454 dogs. Since the ban began in 1989, the city has killed thousands. Last year, an animal control worker leaked photos of the situation. (PLEASE NOTE: these images are extremely graphic.) This situation is dire.


* Visit Maggie's Oh My Dog! A Dog Blog and create an electronic postcard (or ten, the more the better!) telling the Mayor you oppose his law. It's ridiculously easy, even if you're not a techie.

Maggie's goal is to print 10,560 postcards, a mile-long message for the Mile High City, and flood Mayor Hickenlooper's office with your words. She has more than a hundred already and would love a hundred more from us this week. We can surely beat that!

In 2004, Hickenlooper actively fought to keep the pit bull ban active when it was struck down by a state law. However, the state prohibits municipalities from passing BSL (Denver was grandfathered in when that law passed). Mayor Hickenlooper is currently campaigning for governorship of Colorado. If the would-be governor is able to redeem himself by taking a stance against the breed ban, he may gain votes from the animal welfare community. Now is the time to save thousands of pit-bull-type dogs' lives!

OK, let me admit that I tend to get emotional about this issue, and that is because I have owned and loved these dogs for most of my life. As I have explained, Coco is like family to me, and I consider anyone who would kill her to be my dire enemy.


People who want to kill my dog because of her genes are bigots, period.

Mayor Hickenlooper can invoke the specter of Matthew Shepard's death at the hands of Wyoming thugs all he wants, but as far as I am concerned he is nothing but a dirty, low-down, dog-killing bigot.

I'd cast my lot with the "backwards" rural folks this demagogue condemns as would be murderers over him any day.

And so would Coco.

posted by Eric on 10.22.10 at 02:55 PM


Still don't think we're in the funniest end of civilization ever?

In 2006 and 2008 the Dems ran on a platform of losing a war and raising taxes.
And won.

Dem candidates regularly insult their constituents and still win.
Recall Murtha calling the people in his district racist as he cruised to victory. Obama and his bitter clingers bit. I could go on and on if I felt like trying to remember more.

Here we have a candidate for gov of Colorado saying, "Vote for me you racist, homophobic redneck iceholes."

If I had written this stuff in a book in 1956 the politest thing I would have heard would have been that the remedial writing class is in room 415.

Veeshir   ·  October 22, 2010 4:34 PM

Where did the idea come from that the best way to win an election is to insult the voters? Hickenlooper, Reid, Pelosi, Boxer and Obama must be getting advice from the same consultant. I don't think I've ever seen a campaign quite like this one...

Choey   ·  October 22, 2010 4:50 PM

Bad Law. Bad! Down, bad law! Down, bad man!

I have a doberman. I know they will be coming after him next. The sweetest 90 pound lap dog you ever saw...and talkative.

Bill Johnson   ·  October 22, 2010 5:05 PM


Are you always this stupid?

salvage   ·  October 22, 2010 6:33 PM

My family have had Dobermans for most of my life. My own passed away last year, and I'll probably be adopting another in the spring. There are insurance companies in this state that won't write homeowner's policies if you have a Dobie, Pit, or Rottie. Never mind that you're more likely to be bitten by a toy breed.

BSL is motivated explicitly by left-wing racism. Brown people like Pit Bulls, so let's ban them. The spectre of Jim Crow lives in the heart of every Democrat.

Oh, and Eric - Coco needs a pedicure.

brian   ·  October 22, 2010 9:29 PM


Are you always this stupid?


Are you always this stoned?

Eric Scheie   ·  October 22, 2010 9:42 PM

Had a Dobe once. The most stupid dog in the world. Got him during the Hawaii Five O craze.
Titus would shit in his dog house, chew up the sofa if left for 3 minutes, and finally, after several years of complete frustration on our part, willingly jumped into the backseat of our "free for the taking" ad answerer.
Terriers, of all kinds, are another matter. Intelligent, loyal, protective, feisty, and the most lovable animals ever created.
You can have your pin-brained Dobes.

Frank   ·  October 22, 2010 10:42 PM

You must have gotten a broken one, frank. My dobe was smart as a whip. She knew that the sound of the tv turning off at night meant bedtime. Never messed in the house. Never chewed what wasn't hers. I could leave my dinner on the table and she wouldn't touch it until I was done. How she knew the difference between my getting up for another drink and being done escapes me.

Best dog a man could hope to have.

My friends have terriers that are the most ill-behaved barkaholics I've ever met. That's why dogs come in all shapes and sizes I guess!

brian   ·  October 22, 2010 11:08 PM

Brian is right! I volunteer to visit and paint Coco's nails a feminine shade of cinnamon to complement her naturally sultry come-hither look. Coco will expect you to contribute to our bonding beauty ritual with steaks and wine. Wine for me, steak for Coco :-)

I was born and raised in rural Colorado and have lots of family living there, including three of my five gorgeous grandchildren. I plan to send a link to the video to all of them.

Donna B.   ·  October 22, 2010 11:35 PM

Uhhhh... I was thinking more about the length of the nails, but yeah.

And why is it that whenever there's a little girl with a big dog, the dog inevitably ends up with painted nails?

brian   ·  October 23, 2010 10:50 AM

I just noticed Coco has one blue eye and one brown eye. I thought that only happened with Malamutes?

brian   ·  October 23, 2010 10:51 AM

Coco would love to have her nails done, Darleen, but please bear in mind that that's an old picture. However, she and I find your idea of a "feminine shade of cinnamon to complement her naturally sultry come-hither look" irresistible!

Coco is bi-eyed, which is rare in pit bulls, but it does happen. She has an odd way of looking at the world; quite unlike any other dog I've had.

Eric Scheie   ·  October 23, 2010 6:45 PM

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