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December 27, 2004

James Dobson beats his wiener dog, Sigmund Freud

Digby cites a very disturbing passage from Dobson's book, The Strong Willed Child in which Dobson brags about beating a 12-pound weiner dog named "Sigmund Freud."

The Reverend's approach is unorthodox, to say the least.

Ecclesiasties 3:17-21

I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?


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A better person than me would no doubt resist the temptation to note the interesting Freudian implications of Dr. Dobson's story about beating his Wiener.

"That tiny dog and I had the most vicious fight ever staged between man and beast."

This description of a pitched battle with a friggin' DACHSUND has to go into the file marked "I Don't Believe I Would've Told That One, Brother!"

You have just got to love these red state people.

Dr. Dobson also believes that beating children should begin as early as 18 months, perhaps with a wooden spoon. Of course, they'll be well over 12 pounds by then.

A wooden spoon might do in a pinch, but they come out so much fluffier if you use a whisk.

I read that book, and loved it. Sometimes, the only realistic option is a spanking. Pretty sure Mr. Dobson was exaggerating here for effect. At least, I see that plainly in his choice of words.

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