Manic Monday

This just in…Michael Vick has found Jesus.

As I type this entry, Michael Vick is apologizing to the nation at a live press conference, having pled guilty to dogfighting charges that seem all but certain to put an abrupt end to his once-promising playing career. While the maximum sentence possible for Vick’s heinous crimes is 5 years in prison, it seems like he’s facing a 12-18 month sentence instead. We will find out for sure though come sentencing time on December 10th.

Assuming for a moment that Vick gets the bare minimum of a 12-month prison sentence, he would be likely finish his sentence come the end of 2008 which means he is missing the next two NFL seasons. Factor in the high possibility that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (who has really laid down the hammer on misbehaving players in just one year on the job) will impose a season-long suspension of his own once Vick is done serving his time and that means Vick would be out for the 2009 season as well. So best case scenario for Vick is being back for the 2010 NFL season…as starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.

On an even brighter note: Alberto Gonzales has finally stepped down as Attorney General…his good name was merely “dragged through the mud for political reasons” according to George W himself. You mean the same “political reasons” that led to him firing those U.S. Attorneys last year? You mean the same “political reasons” that led to his authorization of Big Brother-like wiretapping? His resignation was wayyyyyyyyyy overdue along with Karl Rove’s. Current Homeland Security General Michael Chertoff is rumored to be Gonzales’ replacement, hopefully someone reminds him that managing the Attorney General position is not the same as managing FEMA’s response to Hurricane Katrina.

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4 Responses to Manic Monday

  1. Pete the Streak says:

    Oh,no – yet ANOTHER BDS sufferer blogging about PSU? Geez – RUTS disease is becoming quite contagious.

    The sports stuff is good, tho……….

  2. Sorry the politics don’t float your boat, but it’s good to see you like the sports aspect of this page. The other 1/8 of your missing satisfaction I’m sure can be filled by typing “conservative politics” into the wordpress search engine.

  3. Pete the Streak says:

    Ah, hell, HHV – just bustin’ on ya. Obviously, it’s your site, and you can post what you want. If I don’t like what I read, I don’t have to read it. But – I AM reading, and credit to ya.

    Rest assured, there’s no ‘missing satisfaction’ on my end. Unfortunately, politics is everywhere anymore, and everyone’s a pundit. The bright spot is that the next national election is only 14 months away!

    Keep up the good work.

  4. I am as eager to trust a sincere apology as the next person, and just as willing to forgive, but isn’t it a huge coincidence he found religion the same day his lawyers told him to say that?????

    If there is anything good about the Michael Vick story, it is that there is an emerging increased awareness about animal cruelty and animal fighting. There is so much anger about this issue. If we channel it into a positive direction, hopefully, something good can come of it. However…

    I watched Vick’s public apology with my little son who USED TO wear Michael Vick jerseys to school. It is disturbing to think a certain percentage of the population is honestly going to be swayed by Michael Vick’s “enlightenment” carefully crafted by his overpaid attorneys. Call me a cynic, but I don’t believe a man who has been allegedly torturing animals since childhood coincidentally has a religious epiphany as a result of getting caught and losing his job. I hope I am wrong.

    I think it is a sad commentary that we, as a culture, are using the Vick story to compare “What’s worse?” “What’s worse”, we ask, “carelessly fathering illegitimate children, or dogfighting?”. “Dogfighting or gambling?” “Dogfighting or rape?” “Dogfighting or racism?” “Dogfighting or hateful nationalism?” “Dogfighting or (fill in the blank)….?” The comparisons to dogfighting have been endless.

    Dogfighting is one more piece of evidence our country is in need of a spiritual transformation (please note I said spiritual and not necessarily religious). Animals are sentient beings – they feel pain, and they suffer, just like we do. They are not more important, or less important than human beings, but like human beings, they are important, too.

    Dogfighting pits one dog against another until one of them dies. The survivor gets his flesh torn off, ears ripped off, eyes pulled out, etc., and the reward for being “a winner” is to writhe in pain until the next fight. Enough said. The pictures make my flesh crawl. The losers are tortured, beaten, starved, electrocuted or drowned. For what? Because these poor creatures were unlucky enough to be born a dog!

    Every major faith teaches its followers to be responsible stewards of animals and the Earth. Please help us get the word out that caring for animals, just like caring for people, is an important part of just being a decent person and citizen. If we make this a priority, there will be no more dogfighting horror stories, and no more pointless comparisons of evils. Let us all rise, together, to be better people than we are today, shall we?

    Chaplain Nancy Cronk
    Founder, http://www.AnimalChaplains.com

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