Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Guest Bloggers Today

I'm blogging today for two special people today: One is an unnamed friend and the other is my Mother.

First the unnamed friend wanted me to share an article with you on our friend Mike Vick from today's Washington Post. The store (found here) details the NAACP's reaction to the Mike Vick plea deal on Dog Fighting. They don't want poor Mike to suffer any hardship after he serves any court determined jail time and that the Atlanta Falcons and their sponsors shouldn't penalize him for his actions after jail time (i.e. letting him play football after this is all said and done).

My friend was worried that I was going to take a "extreme position" on this. And trust me, I will, but it's not quite what you think. I am (scary to say) in agreement with the NAACPers. Once you serve your jail time you should be allowed to pursue your career. That is to say, that once he serves his jail time and then a NFL suspension.

Oh...wait. You mean he will have to serve a suspension after his jail time? Yes. What happens when a MLB Pitcher is suspended, he is not suspended for a game but rather a start to make sure that there is a real penalty served. And Mike Vick should serve a multiple game suspension following his return to the league following jail time. That way he pays a civil penalty (jail) a work penalty (suspension) for his activities.

And now on to my mother. She is feeling better and already making lists of things wrong with the hospital to include:
Sharing a room
her roommate's phone ringing all day
Her roommate's visitors being too noisy
Her nurse not being available
her oxygen being at first t0o much and then too little
her pen for writing notes not being a clicking kind (or for being a cap kind)

The list goes on. I have aired the grievances for those that don't have a voice (of those that have one but don't want to use it and hide behind legal protections).

1 comment:

Jason said...

Lifetime Ban!

"The NFL suspended him indefinitely and without pay Friday after his plea agreement was filed. Merely associating with gamblers can trigger a lifetime ban under the league's personal conduct policy. <...> In announcing the suspension, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell opened the way for the Falcons to attempt to recover $22 million of Vick's signing bonus from the 10-year, $130 million contract he signed in 2004."

The Falcons should donate his bonus to animal care groups for the entire east coast.

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