Posts tagged ‘persuasive definition’

“Paroxysms of rage”

Several days before the February 2nd airing of a KGUN9 follow up story that ran back in November, What’s the Truth About Pit Bulls, Pit Nutters opened fired on the TV station’s Facebook page with new rounds of false accusations despite not even having seen the piece. KGUN9 News Director Forrest Carr again blasted back at the Nutters with a new editorial piece: Pit bull advocates attack unaired 9 On Your Side investigation. Thus the term “paroxysms of rage”, in relationship to rabid pit bull advocates, was born.

Carr’s response – [Feb. 2, 2012] By this morning, the pit bull crowd had worked themselves into paroxysms of rage on our Facebook page, posting more cute, cuddly pictures of pit bulls doing cute, cuddly things, attacking the upcoming story as biased, unprofessional, sensationalistic, unethical, etc, etc. etc. That prompted this response from Lynne Senyk Tafaro, who attempted to remind the posters that they’re going batty over a story they haven’t even seen yet: “When you attack a story that has not even aired, you lose credibility accusing past stories of being ‘fear based and completely one sided.’ What comes across, loud and clear, is a bias so deep that rational analysis and debate just isn’t possible on this topic, with many of you. And that’s a problem. Because if you can’t discuss the issue rationally, how can you properly own the dog?” – Forrest Carr

“Perfect storm”

A “perfect storm” is used to describe a hypothetical hurricane that results in the worst possible damage imaginable. Author Sebastian Junger coined the term after learning about the confluence of three different weather-related phenomenon called the “perfect situation.” A “perfect storm” typically strikes once in a century — truly a rare event. We believe Randall Lockwood, a senior vice-president of the ASPCA, was the first to use the term “perfect storm” to describe a fatal pit bull mauling. He did so in a 2006 article by Malcom Gladwell. Lockwood’s presumptions have a basis in fatal pit bull attacks from the 1980s and have little if any relevance today. Further, the rate of fatal pit bull attacks in the United States today occurs on average every 19 days. Hardly once in a century.

“A fatal dog attack is not just a dog bite by a big or aggressive dog,” Lockwood went on. “It is usually a perfect storm of bad human-canine interactions—the wrong dog, the wrong background, the wrong history in the hands of the wrong person in the wrong environmental situation. I’ve been involved in many legal cases involving fatal dog attacks, and, certainly, it’s my impression that these are generally cases where everyone is to blame. You’ve got the unsupervised three-year-old child wandering in the neighborhood killed by a starved, abused dog owned by the dogfighting boyfriend of some woman who doesn’t know where her child is. It’s not old Shep sleeping by the fire who suddenly goes bonkers. Usually there are all kinds of other warning signs.” – Randall Lockwood

After the publication of Gladwell’s piece, other Nutters began using the phrase.

Dr. Randy Lockwood of HSUS called it “…a perfect storm…”, and I have to agree. A fatal dog attack is the result of a conglomeration of many things, all joining up in one perfect storm that goes directly against thousands of years of physical and social evolution.  – Jim Crosby (See: The Crosby Analysis)
She added that the dog’s breed isn’t the most important factor. “Usually it’s a perfect storm situation, with a lot of things that lead up to the attack,” Hetts said. – Suzanne Hetts
Extensive research and investigation has conclusively identified the ownership/management practices that are at the root of the rare, but perfect storm when a dog becomes dangerous. – 00kat00
Pit bulls already are known to be an aggressive breed, and the tethering makes them more defensive of their turf, experts said. “It was a perfect storm,” said Marti Ryan, a spokeswoman for Hillsborough County Animal Services. – Marti Ryan
In many cases, the dogs that end up killing have a history of bites prior to the kill, and in some cases, there are NO prior offenses of aggression and the perfect storm of events has formed and thus, an unexpected bite or fatal bite. – Leigh Siegfried

“Freak accident”

Owners of pit bulls often say after a serious or fatal pit bull attack that it was a “freak accident”. Google News Archives shows clear results of this when typing in the terms: freak accident pit bull. The term has been in continuous use by pit bull owners since 1985, after Wally Robert’s pit bull, named Napoleon, killed Deborah Pernell while she slept. The phrase is a complete denial of responsibility. Such occurrences are neither freak nor accidental when involving pit bulls. The fact that parents of victimized children and police authorities 25-years later still call such attacks “freak accidents” is regrettable and untrue.

It was a freak accident,” she said. The woman, who asked not to be named, said her children have played with the same dog at the Duck Hill Springs home many times before, adding that the dog owner “didn’t raise the dog to be mean or vicious.” – Unnamed neighbor
Rodriguez told the responding officer she had warned Edward Cahill to euthanize the dog, because the dog was violent and unpredictable. But today she says that is not true. –snip — “I don’t want people to think bad of pit bulls,” Rodriguez said. “It was a freak accident. He loved those dogs.” – Blanca Rodriguez
“I think what happened is that she had a ponytail and she reached down to get something and one of the dogs said…” — snip — Klemetti maintains that the dogs had never hurt people before and that the attack was a “freak incident.” – Steve Klemetti
A day after the family’s pit bull fatally attacked his pregnant wife, Greg Napora said Friday he doesn’t blame the dog. He even plans to bury his spouse, Darla, with their pet’s cremated remains in her casket.” –snip– “Whatever happened right now was not the breed’s fault” –snip– “It was just a freak accident.” – Greg Napora
Cook was bitten on his arms, neck, stomach, and leg. Nicholas Michael [Cook] can’t make sense of the attack. “I didn’t train him to fight or nothing, this was a freak accident,” he said. – Nicholas Michael [Cook]
It was a freak accident. It could have happen to anybody she’s [the neighbor] got three kids of her own. It could have happened to one of hers.” – April Sumrall
Hours before being mauled to death by the family pit bull, 12-year- old Nicholas Faibish had been told to stay in the basement … Maureen Faibish, who called The Chronicle on Saturday, trying to make sense of what she called a “freak accident.” – Maureen Faibish
It was just a freak accident that it got loose and went over there and attacked her dog,” says Vincent. “It’s not like Bella did it on purpose. – Jessica Vincent
“She could have bled to death,” he said. “The whole thing was just a freak accident, but what we couldn’t believe was how long it took for the medics to get here.” – John Ogden
Kenneth Smith, the child’s father, called it a “freak accident.” The animal had been chained to a tree but broke loose and lunged through a hole in the yard fence, he said. – Kenneth Smith
Agerson said her dog was friendly, and she was shocked by his action. She said he’s been destroyed … “It was a tragedy — a freak accident,” Agerson said – Tina Agerson

The following is a “real” freak accident:

Woman killed in freak New York lift crush
A woman died in a New York City office building after lift doors dragged her upwards and crushed her.
Officials say the woman, identified as advertising agency employee Suzanne Hart, was attempting to enter the lift when her foot or leg became caught.
The car then quickly rose, dragging her body into the shaft and killing her … The accident happened at 10:00 local time (15:00 GMT), officials said, but medics were unable to reach her body immediately because she became stuck between the first and second floors. BBC News, December 2011

“Media hysteria”

Maul Talkers often say that pit bulls are the victims of “media hysteria”. A Google Search on the terms: media hysteria pit bull yields 14,000 results. It’s the media that makes life miserable for pit bulls; it’s the media that has damaged the breed; it’s the media that creates hysteria about pit bulls… According to Maul Talkers, the only time the media reports (or identifies) a pit bull correctly is when it is a “positive pit bull” article. In any other context, such as a serious or fatal pit bull mauling, the media erroneously identified the dog and once again victimized pit bulls.

The continuing media hysteria generated by bad press and bad owners – Rescueeverydog.org
Breed Specific Legislation and Media Hysteria Make life Miserable for Pit Bull Owners – Pitbulllovers.com
Could have been ANY breed of dog that ‘attacked’ you, BUT since it was a PitBull AND media hysteria, YOU don’t blame THE OWNER. Shame on you. – Onekingstar

The truth about the media is that they report gore and death, and pit bulls rarely fail to deliver. Pit bulls are also the subject of berserking incidents, when a single pit bull attacks and seriously injures multiple people. The media traditionally reports such dramatic events. Back when rabies killed many people, the media reported dramatic headlines like, “FIGHT WITH A MAD DOG.; Policeman Kills It While Its Teeth Are Buried in His Leg.” There was a reason for this too. A bite by a rabid dog without treatment meant a horrible death by hydrophobia.

“The most ‘abused’ breed”

Along with the term, “The most ‘maligned’ breed,” pit bull owners and advocates use the term, “The most ‘abused’ breed” to gain sympathy for pit bulls. The truth is the pit bull is the most abused breed in the world because its entire selective breeding foundation is based on dogfighting, and pit bulls continue to be bred for dogfighting today. The act of dogfighting is horrifically abusive and outlawed in all 50 U.S. states. Maul Talkers, however, will have you believe that every pit bull is born angelic and that it is due to owners’ beating and torturing the animal that it continues to maul and kill human beings and animals at an unmatched rate. Note below that 83% of the human fatalities involved family dogs, not pit bulls that were abused or used in dogfighting by their owners.

Mid Year Results: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities from January 1 to July 22, 2010
DogsBite.org – Of the 18 fatal dog attacks recorded by DogsBite.org so far in 2010, pit bull type dogs contributed to 67% (12). This is equivalent to a pit bull killing a U.S. citizen every 17 days during this 203-day period. 83% (10) of these incidents involved a family pit bull killing a family member.

According to Google News Archives, usage of the term picked up in the late 1990’s and shot through the roof in 2005. One cannot read a mauling thread without hearing the verbiage echoed throughout. After two loose pit bulls killed William Parker in July 2010, pit bull advocates, owners, and apologists were out in full force to victimize the offending pit bulls who not only killed Parker, but injured four others:

I would bet that most posters would agree that not all pit bulls are vicious. Those dogs who are vicious have been shown no love, starved, and have been repeatedly abused and agitated, so much so, that anyone or anything approaching is seen as a threat. Undoubtedly, that was probably the case in this sad, sad story.
This is by no means a racial or location issue. It is about being a responsible pet owner treating an animal as a pet, not a means for what some sick people call “entertainment.” – illindtenn

“The most ‘maligned’ breed”

This term appears to have taken root in the early 1990’s, just after pit bulls spent the 1980’s on a killing spree, (which has only increased since). During the 1980’s, the pit bull breed amassed 45 deaths versus the next top killing breed, the German Shepherd, which amassed 13 in the same period. The Rottweiler community adopted the same verbiage in 1996, just after the breed catapulted to the top killer from 1993 to 1996. “The most ‘maligned’ breed” terminology, however, is primarily used by pit bull advocates in an effort to gain sympathy for the dog.

The stranger may see only a “pit bull” on a leash held by an obvious fool. Your behavior and the behavior of your dog may be the only opportunity this stranger will ever have to see the positive side of what has become the most maligned breed in the history of dogdom. – American Pit Bull Terrier Handbook

“Media sensationalism”

Maul Talkers use the term “media sensationalism” to minimize serious and fatal pit bull maulings. Their intention is to allege that the attack is “no big deal” and is merely a matter of media sensationalism. According to Google News Archives, the term was adopted in the mid 1980’s when the first round of U.S. cities began adopting pit bull laws. The term is also closely related to: media hysteria.

Media should stop the sensationalizing about pit bulls
$2.95 – Chicago Sun-Times – NewsBank – Aug 10, 1987
But since it was a pit bull, the media milked it for all they could. … media start providing more of the truth about these dogs, and less
The Controversy Over Pit Bulls
Pay-Per-View – Los Angeles Times – ProQuest Archiver – Jul 11, 1987
Your editorial “Muzzling the Pit Bull” (July 1) was pure sensationalism. … The time has come for the media to stop …
Council to get Pit Bull Measure Without Staff …
$2.95 – Sacramento Bee – NewsBank – Aug 28, 1987
Other speakers said the ordinance and others like it were becoming popular because of unfair, sensational media coverage
Pit Bull Politics Raises Howl in S. Florida
$2.95 – Miami Herald – NewsBank – Jul 4, 1985
Sensational media attention, they contend, unfairly makes every pit bull seem like a land shark, a four-legged biting machine. …

“Wiggle butts”

Bledy VanKarnage, currently a hired lobbyist for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, used the term “wiggle butts” to refer to pit bulls when speaking with the Columbia Tribune back in October 2007. At that time, she was employed by the ASPCA. This may have been the first time the childish term, “wiggle butts” was used to describe pit bulls. The intention of the term is to coat the pit bull’s horrific safety record with a glossy, happy shine. There is also a Wiggle Butts Bully Rescue out of Mentor, Ohio.

Ledy Vankavage, like other passionate pit bull enthusiasts, said most pits are “extremely human friendly,” little “wiggle butts” that don’t deserve the bad rap they’ve been given.
–snip–
“They should be judged as individuals, and if they’re temperament tested and found to be sound, they should be re-homed,” said Vankavage, a Collinsville, Ill., lobbyist and attorney for The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

(“Pit bull advocates fight stereotypes of the breed,” Columbia Tribune, October 27, 2007)

“Pittie”

This term is meant to make pit bulls appear cute and cuddly. Various references include: Pittie Love Rescue, Pittie’s Place, Positively Pitties, City Pitties and Pittie City of Best Friends Animal Society). Yet “pittie” also has secondary meaning when used by Maul Talkers, such as the need to “pity” and victimize pit bulls.

Pittie City… meet some of the rescued dogs at Best Friends
Here are the stories of some of the pit bulls of Best Friends, including some of the Vicktory dogs. – Best Friends Animal Society
Pittie City–what a wonderful name. Thank God they ended up at Best Friends. I wish I had room for more, but I’ve already got 4 pitties of my own. I live in Virginia not far from where they came from, we have cried from them and cheered when the news came that they were going to Best Friends and Badrap. I look forward to reading more good news about them all. – k9mommyx4

“Pibble”

This is a cutesy term meant to make pit bulls seem cuddly.  It is the verbal equivalent of dressing a pit bull in a tutu. The Urban Dictionary offers the following definitions:

A slang term for Pit Bull; makes the dog sound more friendly and cute
“I need to go feed a hungry pibble”
A term of endearment used when referring to American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, or any one of the three mixed with any other breed of dog.
“My dog is an adopted Pibble.”
the more refined and less aggressive form of pit bull. a kinder, gentler term that better reflects the true nature of these great friends.
“i cant get this damn evil pibble to stop snuggling with me. GOSH!”