I know that I’m a difficult person to like. I’m incredibly judgemental, demanding, impatient, and intolerant. I tend to overestimate my importance in most conversations, and I often have the perception that my opinion will be highly regarded and respected because, well, it should be, because I’ve been told by family, a few friends, and even fewer teachers, that I’m really smart.
I realize that my perception of myself may be a bit skewed. I realize I have relatively little to show for such an opinionated person, but I accept this, and figure that it is likely too late for me to change these things. I also think that I could have ended up much worse. I have strong sense of decency and an intolerance of that which is unjust (hence the over the top website). There are few things that effect me emotionally, but one of those things is when people mistreat animals.
I am no PETA freak or Vegan. I enjoy few things more than the taste of rare steak, and I am quite certain that the Polar Bears are doing just fine. This brings me to something that has been simmering on the justice front for some time: Michael Vick. I won’t go in to too many details about the life and crimes of Michael Vick. There are certainly more reputable and detailed accounts of such things on respectable sites, but I feel the need to chime in the subject because I actually feel strongly about the issue.
Recently Michael Vick was released from prison to serve out the remainder of his term at a half way house or work release program or something of that ilk. This gift was bestowed upon the former First Overall Pick in the NFL Draft because he supposedly paid his dues and was eligible for an early release. I guess this early release nonsense happens all the time (or at lease movies tell me it does, as I do not run in the circles that have first hand knowledge of such things), but I also suspect that his being a star athlete had more than a little to do with it. Again, this isn’t new. Favoritism shown to athletes is as old as society itself, and is simply part of life, from high school sports to OJ Simpson, these things are just accepted. They aren’t right, but they take place and everyone knows about it.
What Vick did is not the standard foolish, spoiled athlete kind of crime. He didn’t fuck a white girl who regretted it later, nor did he hold a gun for one of his friends who mistakenly thought he was living in a rap video. Michael Vick had dozens of dogs killed for his own amusement, and for financial gain. He employed people to keep this operation going. He provided a safe location for these crimes to take place. He thought he could get away with it because he was famous and famous people are untouchable.
What Vick did was believe all the bullshit our society heaps upon celebrities, athletes, and anyone else who convinces us that they’re important or attractive. Michael Vick felt no remorse and has no real idea how serious his crimes were. Not only were his actions irresponsible, cruel, and arrogant, they were a violation of all things right and just in society. Animals, specifically Dogs, as they have been side by side with humans for thousands of years, are essentially children (I’m aware how cliche it is to discuss the innocence of animals, and I don’t want to sound like too much of a hypocrite, as I eat meat, wear leather, and enjoy a good equestrian event now and again). Michael Vick is a murderer of the worst kind. He is so out of touch with his humanity that he felt it acceptable to participate in something so unabashedly evil.
Now that Vick has been formally released from prison and has allegedly “paid his debt to society” the NFL has “conditionally reinstated” him. This means that he can currently work out with NFL teams, participate in training camp (including two preseason games), and work out with an NFL team during the season. This also means that unless he kills someone or seriously fucks up, he’ll be playing in a regular season NFL game by November.
This also means that he’ll be making an NFL salary, which starts around $500,000 and will likely be significantly more than $1million because of his past success, position played, and desperation of whatever team who signs him. I have vowed that if my favorite team signs Vick, it will mean the immediate end of my patronage (which has lasted my entire life). I would hope that any decent person would feel the same way, and express these feelings to a degree where any executive in the NFL would realize how counterproductive giving Vick a second chance would be. I am also aware that football is a business, and some asshole will see signing Michael Vick as a positive thing for his team, and laud himself and the franchise for their ability to give second chances and understand the meaning of penance.
What Michael Vick deserves is to be torn apart by the very same dogs he tortured. Vick deserves to be treated with the very same indignity and inhuman disdain that he and his ghetto hanger-ons showed those animals. This will never happen, of course. We, as a society, still have this bullshit idea that people can change when they do things like this. People who pull this shit don’t change. The only criminals who change are those who commit tax fraud, or those who kill the guy who fucks their wife or their kids. Those people change. Michael Vick won’t change, and people like him won’t change because we’ve decided that people like him are more important than everyone else because of their entertainment value. Even worse, people will give Vick and his people a pass because they probably grew up in a ghetto somewhere where “they didn’t know better.” Because killing things that can’t fight back is okay if you’re from an economically depressed place, right?
I could go on for hours about this, and in scanning over this I probably should because this isn’t really a well formulated article or essay or anything, but I needed to get this out. I’ll go over this in the coming days in order to fix spelling, grammar, etc, but it should be fine for now. No one reads this site anyway.
Lastly, when I sat down to write whatever it is that I’ve ended up writing I googled images of Vick to attach to this post. Aside from the generic Vick picture that I will undoubtedly post to break up the visual monotony of the text, I found several pictures of a dog that was rescued from the Vick residence. I have a very hard time dealing with pictures of dogs (or any animal) who have been mistreated or who are sick and I’m sure most sane people feel similarly. I will post a link to this picture at the bottom of this article because it will convey much more than a late night rant by me ever could. Click at your own peril.
Never let fucks like this get away with these things.
“Gypsy” the dog
Michael Vick has been signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. This is further proof of the degradation of profession sports (as well as further proof that Philadelphia is a city of trashy people, and exceptionally classless sports fans). I look forward to rooting for a snapped knee or severed vertebrae every time that fuck steps on the field. Good job, Philly.