“I perform like Mike Anyone – Tyson, Jordan, Jackson, action.” -The Notorious B.I.G.
Biggie’s quote got me thinking, over the years we’ve written a lot of posts for you and there’s one name that seems to come up pretty often. No it’s notVan Jones, although he does appear on this site frequently, the name is Michael. Sure, you could’ve seen that coming as Michael is a common name in our culture, but I’ve counted 6 of these archangels that showed up at this crossroads of information and ideas. Continue reading →
Photo Credit: bullyproject.org, This is not one of Michael Vick’s dogs, but likely a dog somehow involved in dogfighting.
The story of star athlete Michael Vick is well known. Famous, rich, talented football player serves nearly a year and a half in prison for financing and participating in a brutal dogfighting ring based out of his house in Virginia. Football player returns to NFL and completes his comeback season. Even President Obama has commented on Vick’s second chance. Author of “The Lost Dogs,” Jim Gorant and PBS’s Need to Know asked, what happened to the dogs? Did they get a second chance too? Continue reading →
So maybe that title is a bit misleading. Really what The Supremes did is shoot down a federal law that banned the creation and selling of animal cruelty videos including dogfighting. These videos feature â€œconduct in which a living animal is intentionally maimed, mutilated, tortured, wounded or killed.â€
Chief Justice Roberts wrote the majority for the 8-1 decision. Who was the one holdout? Justice Alito and wrote the dissent saying the majority analysis would protect â€œdepraved entertainment.â€
Animal cruelty is illegal in every state so why shouldn’t footage of it be illegal also?
To be fair, unfortunately, though this ruling may seem outrageous, especially considering laws on child pornography, The Supremes are bound sometimes by these tricky things called laws. Continue reading →
According to TMZ Philadelphia native and outspoken singer Pink is upset about Michael Vick playing for her hometown.
She wrote on Twitter: “wow. michael vick in MY hometown, Philly. of all the places. I hope the fans tear him to pieces like his beloved dogs.”
The Eagles signing Michael Vick has upset many animal rights groups. “The founder of Main Line Animal Rescue, Bill Smith, was quoted as saying, ‘There are a lot of people out there who deserve second chances more than Michael Vick.'” But were they capable of getting signed to the Eagles? When does a formerly incarcerated person get to move on with his/her life after time served? When can he or she stop apologizing? Why should punishment for a crime include prison time, labeling, being prevented from earning a living, threats against one’s personal safety in public and scorn?
Perpetual rebellious 15 year old Pink is the same person who “sent a letter to Prince William criticizing him for fox hunting and one to Queen Elizabeth II protesting the use of real fur in the bearskins of the Foot Guards and the Honourable Artillery Company.” Not a letter protesting centuries of imperial cruelty towards…well people on most of the planet, but whatever.
We are approaching the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina were we witnessed cruelty to humans in real time on TV. Amidst the discussion of whether this was a race or a class issue many Black people suffered needlessly. I just don’t think the outrage was the same. Common said “Why white folks focus on dogs and yoga/ While people on the low end tryin to ball and get over”. It’s all very sad to me.
As a dog “owner” I don’t advocate or appreciate dog or animal abuse. I recognize it seems really easy for some people to be outraged about animal cruelty and be indifferent when it comes to cruelty to humans.
Fans ripping a person who was cruel to animals can’t possibly be the answer. And of course as with anything race plays a part. Continue reading →
The NFL Rookie Symposium is designed to help new players assimilate into the National Football League with an understanding of their responsibilities and what will be expected of them. It even included a sex ed portion with Sandra “Ms. Mac” McDonald. For some reason 22 year old newly minted millionaire celebrities might have a hard time staying on the staying out of trouble. Go figure.
The final speaker this year was former NFL wide receiver, current ESPN analyst and former bad decision maker in his own right Cris Carter and his speech is getting some attention now. Carter’s speech came off like a graduation guest of honor speech/scared straight lecture. I didn’t mind it though because some of these players are knuckleheads so it seems like they need it. Really what Carter said could be considered one to grow on for anybody, particularly the young folks. He seemed like he really meant what he said but who knows what good it will do based on the actions of players after past symposium. Oh yeah, one of the players falls asleep during the speech and Cris Carter flips on him, makes him an example and says some other rude shit. Maybe that’s why there’s no unedited video. Good stuff.