Prager discussed how three Rottweilers ate a boy. The owner was sent to prison for twelve years. DP says that both humans and dogs need to be trained. Prager says that Rottweiler are lethal weapons, and must be controlled.
Callers who had the most dogs, and the most dangerous dogs, were most sympathetic with the verdict.
At 12:40PM, DP interviewed the reporter from Topeka who broke the story. The journalist was sweet, saying how much he enjoyed watching KABC TV, such as Johnny Mountain and Dallas Raines, the weather men. The journalist knew Bluff City, Kansas, the 150-person home of Prager's wife Fran.
Encyclopedia: ROTTWEILER, breed of working dog, probably descended from a herding dog used by the Roman armies to drive their cattle and to guard their camps. From the early Middle Ages until the mid-19th century, drover dogs of this type were used in southern Germany. They were especially connected with the market town of Rottweil, hence their name. The breed, revived early in the 20th century and used for police work, was recognized in the U.S. in 1931. Rottweilers are fairly large, strongly built, and intelligent, making excellent guard dogs. The short, coarse, flat hair is black, with tan to dark brown markings. The tail is short and carried horizontally. Males stand about 61 to 69 cm (about 24 to 27 in), females about 56 to 66 cm (about 22 to 26 in).
JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) - A woman was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison because her three Rottweiler dogs mauled an 11-year-old boy to death.
Sabine Davidson was convicted in January of unintentional second-degree murder and child endangerment in the April 24, 1997, death of fifth-grader Christopher Wilson.
"She got what she deserved," Donald Baker, a member of the jury that convicted Davidson, said of Monday's sentencing.
Christopher and his younger brother, Tramell, were waiting for a school bus when they were menaced by the dogs owned by Davidson and her husband. The boys climbed a tree to escape, but Christopher got down when the bus arrived, apparently thinking the danger had passed. He was attacked as the bus driver frantically honked her horn to try to scare the dogs off.
Dennis related that his oldest boy David was severely bitten by the neighbor's dog. DP did not sue. "He was in their house. I checked to see if the dog had bitten anyone else."
In a separate case: An Australian dog owner has been convicted of manslaughter and faces 20 years in jail after his four unsupervised Rottweilers killed an 85-year-old woman while she tended her garden. Giovanni Pacino, 35, was found guilty of the 1995 killing of Perina Chokolich in the District Court of Western Australia in Perth on Wednesday, The Australian and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers said.
At 1:08PM, Prager returned from the news break gushing about the journalist he interviewed. His self-effacement, courtesy
Prager wanted pro-lifers to look at today's USA Today on page three to read and see what happened to the nurse injured in the bombing of the abortion clinic.
At 1:40 PM, DP read from the AP.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is being sued in the death of a 2-year-old girl who choked on a piece of hot dog that had been handed out as a free sample.
Carol Knight is seeking unspecified damages in the lawsuit filed Monday over the Aug. 30 death of her daughter, Georgia Hennessey.
According to the lawsuit, Ms. Knight took two 1 1/2-inch slices of hot dog from a server and gave one to her daughter.
The lawsuit alleges that the size of the hot dog pieces was too dangerous.
DP thought this was an incredibly stupid lawsuit. If it was immoral of Wallmart to give away these pieces of hot dog, how much more so would it be immoral for the mother to feed the food to the child. [Prager is using a famous form of Talmudic argument - kal vakhomer ]
Prager received an eloquent call from a lawyer named Lewis outlining scenarios why this could be a non-frivolous argument. DP found it hilarious.
Prager wondered, sarcastically, if there should be warning signs "This hot dog could choke a child." Also should be put on olives, raisins, etc
Another lawyer told Prager that he didn't understand the famous McDonalds case of the woman who got burned when she spilled McDonalds' coffee. He said it much more complicated. McDonalds had received numerous warnings that it was boiling its coffee beans incorrectly, and that the plaintiff had initially only asked McDonalds to cover her legal bills, and the company, in effect, said 'Screw you.'
Prager described Aaron Wildavsky, who died five years ago, as one of America's greatest thinkers. The Berkeley professor said that obsession with security often creates insecurity. Perfect security is not possible. Mothers have to take responsibility for what they feed their children.
The American tradition of free samples is a beautiful one. Isn't drowning the largest killer of kids? Yet we don't ask people to stop owning pools? We don't outlaw diving boards?