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Monday, December 17, 2007

2008 Elections: Truth Will Out, DogKillers

Horrifying photograph courtesy of Newsweek

Well, well, well. It looks as if Mike Huckabee actively tried to cover up his son's involvement in the cruel killing of a stray dog in Arkansas in 1998. And this wretched excuse for a human being was a counsellor to other children? What was he teaching those children? That torturing and killing an animal is enjoyable? That being connected means you never have to say you're sorry? Sheesh!

Newsweek has the details. One particular detail deserves further mention:
John Bailey, then the director of Arkansas's state police, tells NEWSWEEK that Governor Huckabee's chief of staff and personal lawyer both leaned on him to write a letter officially denying the local prosecutor's request. Bailey, a career officer who had been appointed chief by Huckabee's Democratic predecessor, said he viewed the lawyer's intervention as improper and terminated the conversation. Seven months later, he was called into Huckabee's office and fired. "I've lost confidence in your ability to do your job," Bailey says Huckabee told him. One reason Huckabee cited was "I couldn't get you to help me with my son when I had that problem," according to Bailey. "Without question, [Huckabee] was making a conscious attempt to keep the state police from investigating his son," says I. C. Smith, the former FBI chief in Little Rock, who worked closely with Bailey and called him a "courageous" and "very solid" professional.
What kind of person kills a stray dog? Dogs are loyal to the point of stupidity, and generally pretty friendly to humans, not wary of them.

David, you blot upon the escutcheon of humanity, one rescues stray dogs, one doesn't torture and kill them. For all you know, the dog was some little kid's beloved pet who had run away or otherwise gone missing, and an anxious family was waiting for its return.

Sadly, animal cruelty is only a misdemeanor in Arkansas.

Good grief. Lambert at Corrente has all the disgusting details. Why do people do this sort of thing? What pleasure can they possibly get from causing so much pain to an innocent animal?

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