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Why Michael Vick will never play in the NFL again

Some people think Michael Vick will play again in the NFL. That it’s “silly” to think he won’t.

Ha. Who’s being silly? He’ll never play in the NFL again. I mean, the Falcons were getting fed up with him. His on field accomplishments were limited. His off field behavior sucked. He shot the bird to the fans on television. He lied to the commissioner and the Falcons.

He’ s not much of a quarterback. Basically, the only thing he does well is run from the quarterback position. You’ll never win with that. The Falcons are basically a .500 team with Vick, and it’s on a downhill course. WTF?

He doesn’t have another position, and don’t tell me he could be a running back or a punt returner or a wide receiver. He’s never played those positions, and they do have necessary skill sets and physical demands.

He is going to prison, where he will hang out with a bunch of bad dudes with bad habits.

He isn’t very smart

He isn’t very nice.

He’s already been in the NFL longer than the average career.

He’ll be rusty.

He won’t be very popular.

Gambling, drugs, dogfighting, cruelty, arrogance, stupidity, no position, felon, ex inmate, 29 years old…

and he’ll be on probation in some sense, from a legal standpoint. He may face state charges for killing dogs.

If you sign Vick, you have to pay the veteran minimum, which is substantial money. You have to cut somebody to keep Vick. There are 50 other players on the roster, and probably not many of them are pals of Michael Vick; Vick doesn’t have any friends.

Even Al Davis wouldn’t touch this guy. Seriously. Name a franchise that would?

I would even be surprised if he doesn’t get AT LEAST a three year suspension, because of the gambling, that would mean he’s thirty before he could even be available.

won’t happen.

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NFL quarterback Michael Vick charged with dogfighting

hmmm….the National Football League better take a strong stand on this sicko.

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The operation was centered at a property Vick owned in Surry County, where a fence shielded prying eyes from the back, and the two-story brick home was surrounded by fencing in the front, with several black buildings further back.

Unlike previous documents, which did not name Vick, the indictment is littered with his name, including this tidbit _ Vick was known as “Ookie” in the dogfighting world.

If convicted of all the charges, Vick and the others _ Purnell A. Peace, 35, of Virginia Beach; Quanis L. Phillips, 28, of Atlanta; and Tony Taylor, 34, of Hampton _ could face up to six years in prison, $350,000 in fines and restitution.

A woman who answered the phone at the home of Vick’s mother, Brenda Boddie, said “no comment” and quickly hung up.

Telephone messages left at the offices and home of Vick’s attorney, Larry Woodward, and an e-mail sent to his office were not returned.

While the Falcons and the NFL said little Tuesday, John Goodwin of the Humane Society of the United States said the details were especially troubling.

About eight young dogs were put to death at the Surry County home after they were found not ready to fight in April 2007, the indictment said. They were killed “by hanging, drowning and/or slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground.”

“Some of the grisly details in these filings shocked even me, and I’m a person who faces this stuff every day,” Goodwin said. “I was surprised to see that they were killing dogs by hanging them, and one dog was killed by slamming it to the ground. Those are extremely violent methods of execution _ they’re unnecessary and just sick.”

Purses for the fights ranged from hundreds of dollars to the thousands, and participants and spectators often placed side bets on the outcome, according to the indictment.

After two Bad Newz Kennels dogs lost fights in March 2003, the indictment alleged Vick gave a bag containing $23,000 to the owner of the winning dogs.

Started in early 2002, according to the indictment, Bad Newz Kennels began purchasing pit bulls to train as fighters. Eventually, the defendants bought shirts and headbands “representing and promoting their affiliation.”

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China Chides U.S. Over Food Imports

U.S. importers share the blame for the recent tainted food scandals, Chinese officials say, because they seek the cheapest products regardless of quality.That, at least, is the Chinese government and industry response to growing concerns that Chinese products fail to meet basic safety standards.

The list of tainted products showing up overseas grew yesterday, when Chinese frozen fish products, labeled as monk fish, was found to contain puffer fish. Puffer fish have a natural
deadly poison that makes them ill suited for eating, and the sickening of two people in Chicago led to the latest recall.

Not to mention the fact that our government doesn’t give a shit.

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US admits melamine is a threat, releases contaminated meat anyway.

Authorities noted that a person who weighs 132 pounds (approximately 60 kg) would have to eat more than 800 pounds (approximately 363 kg) of pork per day before it would pose a health risk.

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This is not a joke, people. The dose of melamine and/or cyanuric acid required to induce tumors is not known. The FDA and Department of Agriculture under Bush are functioning only to protect the profits of meat packers, who have thousands of contaminated carcasses of pigs, chickens and fish on their hands. All the contaminated chicken, pork and fish is being unleashed on the public, without even being marked, so the consumer could decide.
DON’T BUY FARM FISH, or CHICKENS or PORK. Protect yourselves and your family, because it’s clear that the government isn’t going to do so.

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Directional tail wagging: what if your dog is left handed?

It seems that dogs wag more to the right when they’re happy. I’ll keep an eye out.

NYTimes:

Research has shown that in most animals, including birds, fish and frogs, the left brain specializes in behaviors involving what the scientists call approach and energy enrichment. In humans, that means the left brain is associated with positive feelings, like love, a sense of attachment, a feeling of safety and calm. It is also associated with physiological markers, like a slow heart rate.

At a fundamental level, the right brain specializes in behaviors involving withdrawal and energy expenditure. In humans, these behaviors, like fleeing, are associated with feelings like fear and depression. Physiological signals include a rapid heart rate and the shutdown of the digestive system.

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Your daily melamine revelation: hatchery fish food

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A depressing thought: how many pets, not to mention people, have died over the years, from this stuff.¬† We know that it didn’t start in March….it’s been going on for years.

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Poisoning of food by Chinese even worse than suspected

While the Bush administration cobbles together whitewashes and denials, reporters are finding out that this scandal is bigger and bigger. Look for another round of recalls.

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Three Chinese chemical makers said that producers of animal feed often purchase or seek to purchase a chemical called cyanuric acid from their factories to blend into animal feed.

Chemical producers said that it was common knowledge that for years cyanuric acid was used in animal and fish feed in China. In the United States, cyanuric acid is often used as a disinfectant in swimming pools.

Two of the chemical makers said feed producers here used it because it was high in nitrogen, enabling feed producers to artificially increase the protein reading of the feed.

The USDA and the FDA and Commerce have got to do something about these over-the-line Chinese imports NOW, as in yesterday.

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