Vick PitbullWell, unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere, you know this POS, waste of life is out of prison and was conditionally reinstated to the NFL by Commissioner Roger Goodell. That meant that any team could sign Michael Vick, convicted felon and dog killer, and he would immediately be able to train, practice and attend meeting as well as play in the last two pre-season games. When the season starts, Vick can participate in all team activities except games. Goodell has said he would reconsider full reinstatement by week 6, Oct 18-19, at the latest which I have no doubt will happen.

So let’s have a little discussion about what’s happening now and since Vick got out… looking forward to hearing your feedback and there’s plenty for you to do too!

Vick Signs 2-Year Deal with Philadelphia Eagles

Micheal VickWhen Vick was released from prison after serving his 23-month sentence for “Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture,” (you’ll notice that there are no charges for animal abuse, the dogs that were so wantonly and cruelly killed) many teams backed off immediately and stood up saying they wouldn’t sign him. Regardless of their reasons, I applaud them for taking and early and strong stance. Unfortunately I knew it wouldn’t be too long before someone signed this “toxic asset,” as I heard him called somewhere and today it looks like the Philadelphia Eagles took the plunge and signed Michael Vick to a 2-year contract which will be formally announced at a press conference tomorrow morning. He will earn $1.6 million in his first year and $5 million in his (team option) second year. Wow, pretty good pay for a killer, eh?

I hope Philadelphia and the Eagles are ready for the shitstorm that’s going to hit them from dog lovers and animal advocate all over!

“Philadelphia is a city of dog lovers and most particularly, pit bull lovers,” said Susan Cosby, The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals chief executive officer. “To root for someone who participated in the ha…nging, drowning, electrocution and shooting of dogs will be impossible for many, no matter how much we would all like to see the Eagles go all the way.”

Dog Pisses on Eagles HelmetLink to the Philly Eagles website – HERE – and if you look at the bottom left corner there’s a poll asking what people think of them signing Michael Vick.  Guess the animal lover’s haven’t gotten wind of this yet, not much response.  Let help out and make sure we vote and let them know just what we think!! NOTE 8/14/08 – looks like they took the poll down… maybe too many responses from animal lovers??

I already know that the corporate sponsors of the Eagle are going to be getting alot of email and calls for backing a team that is backing and signed this killer and there will be a boycott. Here’s a list of the Philly Eagle corporate sponsors – HERE Note -They’ve removed the link to their sponsors page or removed the sponsors page altogether…. see below for a list of Corporate Sponsors

Michael Vick on “60 Minutes” this Sunday

For some reason it seems a lot of people want to tie themselves to Michael Vick’s bloodsoaked coat tails for a ride and CBS is no exception. This Sunday they’ll be airing an interview with POS.

Just what we need, more Michael Vick.  I don’t if they trash the hell out of him, it’s publicity and he’s going to play his “sorry” card when the only thing he’s sorry about is what he’s lost.  He has never taken responsibility for what he’s done, never!!  Why give him more publicity?? It’s all about money, money, money and for TV, ratings equals money!!

You can let “60 Minutes” know what you think of their waste of air time HERE.  If you’re on Facebook, here’s a link to the “60 Minutes” Facebook page HERE – there’s a note on the Michael Vick interview where you can leave your comment.  You can also send your feedback to CBS HERE.  And below is a brief excerpt from the upcoming interview.

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HSUS Backs the Killer, Michael Vick

Many of you that have been following this debacle were, like me, appalled but not terribly surprised, when Wayne Pacelle came out supporting Michael Vick and not only that, bringing him on-board.

If you recall when the whole Michael Vick debacle started, HSUS was out there calling for donations to save the Vicktory dogs, as they’re now called, but when the time came, they were one of the first and fastest in calling to have the rescued dogs killed!  Sure, they collected a bunch of money on the premise of helping the dogs but when the time came, they offered nothing but a call for a death sentence.

Other groups and organizations like Best Friends and BadRap stepped up and stepped in.  They took the dogs that could be saved, most of them by the way, and rehabilitated them, worked with them, saved them.  Some of the Vicktory dogs are now loving family dogs and even amazing therapy dogs!

And HSUS, guess they just banked the bucks!  But now they’re back to riding on those blood stained coat tails again, right to the bank and right to getting Michael Vick back into the NFL.  If you don’t believe the HSUS played a part in this, you’re missing it.  Vick being backed and supported by the HSUS is a hard act to turn down.  How can the NFL not think “if the HSUS backs and supports him, how can we not?”

Oh yes, it’s all planned out… Vick uses them and they use Vick.  Let’s talk about Vick’s first appearance as HSUS spokesperson, which also is a condition of his probation, the public service.

Last Saturday Vick’s first appearance was at an Atlanta, GA, community center. In theory it was to speak with low-income community youths about dogfighting. In reality what it was was a carefully planned and orchestrated gameplan for media, for the 60 Minutes interview. The HSUS sponsored event was not publicized so few people knew about it and the doors were actually barred to all but a few lucky enough to get in, which didn’t included the media except for the “60 Minutes” crew.

Vick’s visit to a suburban Atlanta community center was largely off limits to the very neighborhood it was supposed to be helping. In an agreement between Vick’s handlers and the Humane Society of the United States, only 55 people and one media crew were allowed inside. An Associated Press reporter, videographer and photographer were among the media banished from the property by police.

Most people who live in the largely black neighborhood southeast of Atlanta were unaware of Vick’s appearance. Several showed up after the former Falcons quarterback had already left in a black limousine.

“Not too many people knew he was going to be here,” said Stan Sutton, who stopped by the New Life Community Center to pick up some clothes and wound up being one of the few invited inside to hear Vick speak. “There would have been a lot more people here than there are now. The whole Eastside would have been here.”

Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society, said the group wants to be transparent and reach as many people as possible with its anti-dogfighting message. But the tightly controlled appearance comes as Vick is trying to rehabilitate his image and ease his path back to the NFL. (FOX Sports)

Well, sounds like they want to control it from start to finish. Now that’s what I call “community service”… as long as the HSUS and Vick and his “handlers” are the only “community” that counts. The rest of us will have to be satisfied with the “bites” they carefully feed to everyone.

We were told Michael Vick was coming on as an HSUS spokesman—with a goal of stopping dog fighting—but it appears to be the other way around; that, in fact, Pacelle is coming on as a Vick spokesman. The whole enterprise, according to the Associated Press, is driven by “Vick’s handlers” with a goal that has nothing to do with dogs and everything to do with creating an image of Michael Vick as “reformed,” so he will be signed by an NFL team. Vick’s public relations team is setting the agenda and telling Wayne Pacelle when and where to show up to help sell the “new” Michael Vick. And Pacelle is obliging. As his new spokesman and on cue, Pacelle tells an Atlanta newspaper that Vick “now wants to be part of the solution.”

Take the time to read Nathan Winograd’s entire post, “Riding on Vick’s Bloodstained Coattails.” As always, he tells it like it is and doesn’t pull any punches!

And Lest We Forget…

Michael Vick served a 23-month sentence for “Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture.” This charge has nothing to do with the dogs he brutally fought and killed.

The Commonwealth of Virginia had the chance to “make things right” by actually indicting and charging him with animal cruelty;

“The execution of these animals and the “manner in which they were executed” is startlingly offensive and demanding of prosecution,” Poindexter said in August.

In Virginia cruelty to animal charges carry a sentence of up to five years which means that his admitted killing of 6-8 dogs could net him up to 40 years in prison!

“Most of the matters that I’m presenting have already been admitted in sworn statements authored by the defendants in the federal proceedings,” Poindexter said.

“The killing of dogs is one of those statutory prohibitions,” Poindexter said. “Dogfighting is a crime, the mistreatment of animals is a crime, so you could take your pick, or take them all.”

Sadly, yet another let down!

The Virginia indictment charges Vick with one count of torturing and killing dogs and one count of promoting dogfighting. Each carries a maximum five-year prison term but good ole boy Vick isn’t going to be facing any of that it seems. Doesn’t sound like he’s being held responsible for anything with a suspended sentence and probation.

Once he’s out of federal prison, he’ll have 3 years of probation and pleading guilty to the state charges isn’t going to really hurt him a whole lot. Word has it that he’s not going to be facing any jail time. He’ll get an unspecified suspended sentence and some more probation. Really tough, isn’t it?

Why am I and so many other still so angry?? He never paid!! He was never punished!! And he still will not take responsibility for what he did!

Here’s a quote from one of the volunteers of BadRap that was involved:

I just can’t get myself away from the swimming pool in Vick’s yard. I first learned about it while riding in the back seat of a federal agent’s car that sweltering Tuesday back in Sept 07. The agent was assigned with escorting us to the various Virginia shelters so we could evaluate “the evidence” otherwise known as 49 pit bulls – now known as cherished family pets: Hector, Uba, Jhumpa, Georgia, Sweet Jasmine and the rest. I’m not sure if sharing insider information with us was kosher, but you know how driving down long country roads can get you talking. I imagine she just needed to get some things off her chest. She said she was having trouble sleeping since the day they exhumed the bodies on the Moonlight Road property. She said that when she watched the investigators uncover the shallow graves, she was compelled to want to climb in and pick up the decomposing dogs and comfort and cradle them. She knew that was crazy talk, and she was grappling with trying to understand such a surprising impulse.

Her candor set the tone for this entire saga. Everyone we worked with was deeply affected by the case. The details that got to me then and stay with me today involve the swimming pool that was used to kill some of the dogs. Jumper cables were clipped onto the ears of underperforming dogs, then, just like with a car, the cables were connected to the terminals of car batteries before lifting and tossing the shamed dogs into the water. Most of Vick’s dogs were small – 40lbs or so – so tossing them in would’ve been fast and easy work for thick athlete arms. We don’t know how many suffered this premeditated murder, but the damage to the pool walls tells a story. It seems that while they were scrambling to escape, they scratched and clawed at the pool liner and bit at the dented aluminum sides like a hungry dog on a tin can.

I wear some pretty thick skin during our work with dogs, but I can’t shake my minds-eye image of a little black dog splashing frantically in bloody water … screaming in pain and terror … brown eyes saucer wide and tiny black white-toed feet clawing at anything, desperate to get a hold. This death did not come quickly. The rescuer in me keeps trying to think of a way to go back in time and somehow stop this torture and pull the little dog to safety. I think I’ll be looking for ways to pull that dog out for the rest of my life.

So that’s where I’m at. A second chance for Vick? An HSUS sponsored spokesman for ending torture? In my mind’s eye Vick is still in the shadows at the side of that pool. As many times as this scene plays out my head, he hasn’t yet moved towards that dog to pull him out. Not there yet.

Don’t forget that he and his cohorts also used to take pets dogs and throw them in with the fighters and laugh watching them be torn to bits.

There were also numerous other documented killings of dogs by a multitude of cruel and vicious means including; hanging by placing a nylon cord over a 2 x 4 that was nailed to two trees located next to the big shed, drowning by putting the dogs’ heads in a 5 gallon bucket of water, beating by slamming [dogs] to the ground several times … breaking the dog’s back or neck, shooting the animal with a .22 caliber handgun and electrocution to name a few.

And still Vick does not accept responsibility for what he did!!

Vick told a crowd of about 250 to “use me as an example for your dreams.” Vick also told them that after accomplishing his goals he “allowed someone who didn’t have my best interests at heart to take all that away from me,” according to a release from the school. (ESPN)

This is what he’s telling people right now, basically that someone else made him do what he did!

This is the man that HSUS’s Wayne Pacelle wants us to forgive and embrace? A man who still will not, even after all his claims of doing so, accept that he is, was and always will be responsible for the brutal fighting and killing of innocent animals!!

Michael Vick’s Apology to Everyone But the True Victims.. the Dogs!!

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In closing…

I ask that you take the time to take action, be proactive!! Reading, watching the videos, getting angry… all well and good but it accomplishes exactly nothing! Contact the NFL, contact the Philly Eagles, contact the corporate sponsors and tell them you will boycott and then DO IT!! Let Wayne Pacelle and the HSUS know that you do not and will not support them as long as they support this dog killer!

We also need to remember that kids, children look up to these sports figures. Do we want someone like Michael Vick to be any kind of a hero to emulate in a child’s eyes?? Do we want to teach our children that you can kill, abuse, lie, then laugh and joke about it, and get away with it?? If we let this pass without doing anything we are silent accessories after the fact. To me, it says that we condone this behavior, we accept it. Well, I for one, DO NOT!! And if you care, really care and want to make a difference, you won’t either!!

As for giving Michael Vick a second chance, he doesn’t deserve it!!  When he can go back and give a second chance to all those dogs he and his cohorts so carelessly and cruelly killed, I’ll consider it.  When he finally stands up and really takes responsibility for what he did and stops blaming anyone and everyone else, I’ll consider it.  When he goes to the authorities and gives up the names and place of everyone else involved in this vicious “bloodsport” that he was ever in contact with, I’ll consider it.  If he donates a portions of all his future earnings to rehabilitating dogs seized from fighting rings so they don’t have to be routinely killed, I’ll consider it.  If and when he can do all these things, I’ll consider giving him a second chance… but since the first is impossible and the rest improbable, I, and many others, will never forgive, forget or give this POS waste of human life a second chance!!

So, in closing I want to share one more video with you. This is a tribute to the 11 dogs that were named in Michael Vick’s indictment… these do not include all the dog’s that were viciously killed…. or the lucky ones who were saved and rehabilitated… but the ones who fought.. and won… or lost…

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List of Philly Eagles Corporate Sponsors

LARGEST SPONSOR/STADIUM NAMING RIGHTS:
Lincoln National http://www.lfg.com/LincolnPageServer?LFGPage=/lfg/lfgclient/cus/corp/index.html
Twitter: Unknown

MAJOR (“FOUNDING”) SPONSORS:
94 WYSP Radio http://www.94wysp.com/pages/1063305.php
Twitter http://twitter.com/94wysp

MillerCoors (Miller Lite) http://foryourentertainment.blogspot.com/2009/08/www.millercoors.com/contact-us.aspx
Twitter http://twitter.com/millercoorsbeer

Sovereign Bank https://www.sovereignbank.com/companyinfo/investor_relations/forms/contact_investor_relations.asp

Acme Markets https://www.acmemarkets.com/eCommerceWeb/AboutAlbertsonsAction.do?action=getContactUs

NovaCare http://novacare.com/email/contact.aspx

US Airways http://www.usairways.com/awa/content/contact/customer_relations.aspx
Twitter  http://twitter.com/USairways

Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) http://contactus.anheuser-busch.com/Contactus/
Twitter  http://twitter.com/ab_cares

Pepsi http://cr.pepsi.com/usen/pepsiusen.cfm?date=20090813
Twitter http://twitter.com/Pepsi

Verizon Wireless http://www.contacthelp.com/directory/Phone%20Companies/Cell+Phones/Verizon+Wireless?ListingID=169
Twitter https://twitter.com/VZWOffers

OTHER SPONSORS:
7-Eleven http://webclarify.7-eleven.com:7001/CR/General_Request.jsp
Twitter http://twitter.com/7_eleven

AAA http://www.aaamidatlantic.com/About/Contact/

AFLAC https://www.aflac.com/us/en/classic/forms/customer_service_contact.asp
Twitter  http://twitter.com/aflacduck

Best Buy http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=cat12104&type=page
Twitter http://twitter.com/Bestbuy

CJ’s Tire http://www.cjtire.com/contact-us/Default.aspx

Chrysler Note: Chrysler also owns Jeep, but because they are listed as separate sponsors I will include contact information for both. http://www-5.chrysler.com/wccsapp/universal/C/index.jsp?appStr=wccs&titleStr=Contact+Chrysler&familyStr=brand&franchise=C&actionURL=%2Fwccs%2Fbrand_forms%2Fus%2Fwebform.jsp&promotion=null&category=U
Twitter http://twitter.com/CHRYSLER

Jeep http://www-5.jeep.com/wccsapp/universal/J/index.jsp?appStr=wccs&titleStr=Contact+Jeep&familyStr=brand&franchise=J&actionURL=%2Fwccs%2Fbrand_forms%2Fus%2Fwebform.jsp&promotion=null&category=U

Comcast  http://www.comcast.com/customers/feedback/default.cspx
Twitter http://twitter.com/comcastcares

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia http://www.csnphilly.com/pages/contact_us
Twitterhttp://twitter.com/CSNPhilly

Dietz and Watson http://www.dietzandwatson.com/go/contact/
Twitter  http://twitter.com/DietzandWatson

Dunkin’ Donuts https://www.dunkindonuts.com/aboutus/contact/Feedback.aspx?type=5
Twitter http://twitter.com/Dunkindonuts

Gatorade http://cr.gatorade.com/usen/gatusen.cfm
Twitter http://twitter.com/Gatorade

Geico http://www.geico.com/about/contactus/email/

Heineken  http://www.heineken.com/usa/
Twitter http://twitter.com/heineken_beer

Idearc Media http://www.idearcmedia.com/customersupport/contactus/index.jsp
Twitter  http://twitter.com/idearcmedia

Independence Blue Cross/Blue Shield http://www.ibx.com/contact_us/general_inquiries.html

Taco Bell/KFC http://www.tacobell.com/legal/feedback.asp
Twitter http://twitter.com/TACO_BELL

Mastercard http://www.mastercard.com/us/company/en/newsroom/contact_mc.html
Twitter http://twitter.com/MasterCardNews

Motorola https://www.motorola.com/feedback.jsp
Twitter http://twitter.com/Motomobile

Papa John’s http://www.papajohns.com/feedback/feedback_form.shtm?agree=0
Twitter http://twitter.com/Papajohns

Pepcid https://www.pepcidac.com/page.jhtml?id=pepcid/include/contactus.inc
Twitter  http://twitter.com/JNJComm

The Original Philadelphia Cheesesteak Co. http://www.phillycheesesteak.com/contact-us.php

PA Lottery http://lottery-pa.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/lottery_pa.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php?p_sid=eK6sLpFj&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=&p_li=

Philly.com/Inquirer/Daily News http://www.philly.com/philly/about/feedback/
Twitter http://twitter.com/Phillydotcom

The American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/en/contactusform
Twitter http://twitter.com/RedCross

RE/MAX http://www.remax.com/ContactUsNational/index.aspx
Twitter http://twitter.com/remax

Rite Aid http://www.riteaid.com/contact_us/contact_customer_service.jsf

SCA North America http://www.scanorthamerica.com/
Email: info.northamerica@sca.com

Snapple http://www.econsumeraffairs.com/am_bev/contactus.htm?F1=snapple
Twitter http://twitter.com/Snapple

Splenda https://www.splenda.com/vcrc/email/splendaemail.jhtml

Tastykake http://www.tastykake.com/consumeraffairsform.aspx

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA http://www.tevausa.com/default.aspx?pageid=74

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital http://www.jeffersonhospital.org/about/article5066.html

TicketMaster/TicketExchange http://ticketmasterus.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/ticketmasterus.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php

Not sure who put this list together but appreciate someone passing is along to be included.  Certainly makes things easier!!
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Past coverage on Michael Vick dating back to April 2007 – HERE

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