Monday, December 27, 2010

Vick Tory?

Many of you may have followed the career of quarterback Michael Vick, who was sentenced to jail and then probation for running a dog-fighting ring. Subsequently he was reinstated in the NFL, and President Obama just praised the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles for re-hiring Vick, who apparently has played well in the previous season.

For some reason I don't have the usual American male lust for violence that drives men to watch professional football, but I don't in general disapprove of it. Those men expect a certain number of themselves to be severely injured. As far as I'm concerned, it's their business if they want to risk paralysis for a huge sum of money, as long as the law treats them no differently from anyone else.

Animal cruelty... and there's no doubt that dog-fighting is cruelty... is another matter. I have zero tolerance for willful mistreatment of animals. Vick has just announced that he would like to own a dog again after his probation is over. I doubt that's a good idea, considering his history.

Although... it's pretty obvious that today's GOP is for sale, and it's a real dog, even more blatantly than the Democratic Party. Maybe we could sell Vick the Republican Party?


  1. I would go along with that - as long as all the shots are up-to-date and it's neutered...

  2. Bryan, you know as well as I do that Obama is the one that is neutered. I was reading an article about GOP strategy next Congress, having a majority in only the House; the author's sense was that Democrats have an answer to anything the GOP might try. But that completely ignores Obama's propensity to give away the store. Whatever the GOP lacks, Obama will compensate for, coward that he is. Are you SURE he was a Chicago pol before he was in Washington? He surely doesn't act like one!

  3. Giving Michael Vick a dog is like inviting Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs) for dinner.



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