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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Doggy Dilemma

(Fox News) - British police chiefs are again having problems with dogs. Earlier this month the Association of Chief Police Officers began requiring police dogs to wear booties when searching the homes of Muslims because some Muslims believe dogs are unclean.

Now the Daily Mail reports police dog handlers are being told to consider whether criminals could be frightened — or allergic to dogs before using them in raids or searches. The association's adviser on dogs says the guidelines help prevent offending people like "asthma sufferers who may be sensitive to dog hair."

But one police sergeant says, "The whole point of police dogs is to frighten people rigid ... the traditional shout of 'stand still or I will set the dog on you' will presumably now have to become 'excuse me, my police dog is quite hairy and might cause alarm as he sinks his fangs into your right thigh — is that all right with you?'"


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