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By Anonymous Mike, pseudonymously.
Friday, August 24, 2007
The other day, there was an article on MSNBC.com that quoted Al Sharpton as writing on his personal blog:
"If the police caught Brett Favre (a white quarterback for the Green Bay Packers) running a dolphin-fighting ring out of his pool, where dolphins with spears attached to their foreheads fought each other, would they bust him? Of course not," Sharpton wrote Tuesday on his personal blog.
The problem was that Mr. Sharpton wrote no such thing with the fore-mentioned quote coming from a parody site. For the record Mr. Sharpton denounces dog-fighting. Shame on MSNBC.com, but the following is no parody or hoax:
White said the Atlanta chapter supports Vick's decision to accept a plea bargain if it's in his best interest, but he questioned the credibility of Vick's co-defendants, saying an admission of guilt might be more about cutting losses than the truth. "At this point, you're not looking at guilt or innocence," White said, referring to the possible harsher sentence Vick could have received had he taken his case to trial and been found guilty. "You're thinking, 'What I better do is cut my losses and take a plea.' But if he saw this as the best thing to do at this point for his future, then I think he made the correct choice."
White said he regretted that the plea deal will mean all the facts of the case might never be known.
White said he does not support dogfighting and that he considers it as bad as hunting.
"His crime is, it was a dog," White said.
The Mr. White is R.L. White, head of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP. Remember the NAACP? Led the fight against segregation and the Jim Crow laws? When black people weren't allowed to sit at the same lunch counter as white people? While the NAACP has come out strongly against Mr. Vick, Atlanta was one of the leading centers of the civil rights movement and an important place in black culture.
I love the conspiracy theory angle. However even better than that is that "all the facts of the case might never be known." You know who has all the facts in the case? Michael Vick and he's not talking so saying "never be known" isn't like a History Channel special dealing with the lost cities of the Incas. All the facts of the case are available as soon as Mr. Vick decides to make them so.
Right up there is the hunting angle. I don't hunt, I know many people who do. The idea that people who prowl Cabelas and stock up on ammo at Bass Pro Shop is on the same moral plane as dog-fighting is well... well I shouldn't say more after all the fish my kids caught the other week sure flopped around a bit before he died.
On top of that it was tasty.
Expect my plea agreement at district court next week