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Even if I were a creationist, I’d be very leery of giving these people a dime.
One of the most enduring archetypes that appears in folklore and legends (including urban legends) is the enduring story of children being raised by wolves.
The problem with these stories is that when they are examined with a skeptical eye, these stories fall apart. The famous story of Amala and Kamala, two "feral children" from West Bengal, was most likely a hoax.
The above image is of “Sambo,” an early curly-coated retriever that belonged to Henry Coleman Folkard,
This image appears in Folkard’s The Wild-Fowler: A Treatise on Ancient and Modern Wild-Fowling, Historical and Practical (1864).
For those of you unfamiliar with the term “wild-fowling” is an English term for what Americans call “duck hunting.”
Folkard claimed that the curly-coated retriever was much more suited for retrieving shot ducks than the large Newfoundland, which was too large for the duck blind and had a tendency to collect too much dirt and mud.
The curly-coated retriever was just a cross between some kind of Newfoundland, especially the St. John’s type, and some sort of water spaniel.
There were plenty of curlies of this sort throughout the British Isles, but it eventually became a rather clearly defined breed really early on.
“Sambo” is a politically incorrect name for people of mixed African ancestry. Because this retriever was black and white- and was more black than white– the name would have made sense.
But it’s out of this variable roughly bred retriever stock that all our refined breeds of retriever breeds were developed.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 1,100,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 20 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!
The way the law now stands in the state to my southwest is that if you don’t believe in God, you could be imprisoned for up to 12 months.
In case you didn’t know, this is a pretty clear violation of the First Amendment.
This is the same state that gave a huge tax break to a creationist theme park.
Now, I’m not saying this to make fun of Kentucky. West Virginia could be just as bad, and it probably will be when the religious-right dominated Republican Party manages to take over the state legislature. I don’t see how that doesn’t happen, and the only reason why West Virginia doesn’t do all the bizarre things that Kentucky does is only because the Republican Party in West Virginia is a joke at the state level.
After this past election, I’m not so sure it’s still the joke it was before. It’s still too wedded to “family values,” but at least it’s opposed to that Muslim coal-hater in the White House.
Keep in mind that the first signs of a culture war in the United States appeared in Kanawha County, West Virginia, where the local ingoranti went apeshit over text books. By apeshit, I mean there were acts of terrorism against the school system for daring to have textbooks that questioned “family values.”
So we’re now ripe for some of the craziness that Kentucky knows so well. I hope Maryland and Ohio don’t shut down the borders for refugees!