Vick Charges Shouldn’t Result in NFL Lifetime Ban, NAACP Says

By Aaron Kuriloff
Last Updated: August 22, 2007 16:20 EDT
Aug. 22 (Bloomberg) — Federal conspiracy charges brought against Michael Vick for dogfighting shouldn’t result in a lifetime ban from the National Football League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said.

“We should join hands as a team and recognize the fact that Mr. Vick is human, humans make mistakes, but we maintain that he is a redeemable human,” said R.L. White, president of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP. “And as a society, we should aid in his rehabilitation.” [Full Story]

[And I say…The words “Vick is human and humans make mistakes……..and “as a society, we should aid in his rehabilitation”, are words that are simply nothing but mockery.  How can you say buying dogs training them to fight to kill, promoting dogfighting for gambling and then killing the dogs that don’t perform is a mistake? 

Definition of the word “mistake” -noun

  1. an incorrect, unwise, or unfortunate act or decision caused by bad judgment or a lack of information or care;  It’s an easy mistake to make
  2. error – something in a piece of work that is incorrect, for example, a misspelling or a misprint
  3. misunderstanding – a misunderstanding of something

The definition does not include intentionally doing something when you know it’s illegal.  And “as a society we should aid in his rehab” I don’t think so.  Why should we, the tax payers pay for his rehab.  I think every day that he spends in jail/prison should come out of his monies.  He has enough money to pay and there is no reason why the tax payers should carry the burden while his big bank roll sits and earns interest…. That’s my 2 cents …..flagranny2  ] 

Wal-Mart Says Removed Chinese-Made Dog Treats Over Deadly Chemical

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

  I’m amazed that there are still any products out that are still on the shelves with the name “China” on them.  Is our country so desperate that we need to continue trade and play Russian roulette on a 50/50 chance, no I’d say far less than 50/50 chance that the products is going to be safe? 
  Oh yeah, BTW if you are one who enjoys eating with chopsticks you might want to think twice as one factory has recycled and sold at least 100,000 pairs.  Disenfecting them, what’s that, of course not!!!

NEW YORK  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) said it pulled two Chinese-made dog treats from its shelves nearly a month earlier, and tests now show they had traces of melamine, a chemical found in pet food that was blamed for the deaths of pets and led to a massive recall earlier this year.

The two types of dog treats — Chicken Jerky Strips manufactured by Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky manufactured by Shanghai Bestro Trading — were removed from its stores on July 26, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Deisha Galberth said in a statement.

After 17 sets of tests, “the latest advice from our testing laboratory shows trace levels of melamine,” Galberth said.

The products will not be sold anymore, and a computerized block has been placed on the product at cash registers as an added precaution, Galberth said.

The Associated Press reported earlier that Wal-Mart had removed those two types of dog treats last month after customers complained that the products had made their pets sick.

Earlier this year, thousands of people flooded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with complaints of animals becoming ill or dying after consuming certain pet foods.

The result was a recall of hundreds of brands of China-made pet food containing wheat gluten found to be tainted with melamine. That was followed by several others ranging from tires and toothpaste to toys and medicines.

The latest in the line of Chinese product safety scares is recycled chopsticks — a Beijing factory sold up to 100,000 used pairs a day without any form of disinfecting, the Beijing News reported.

Pit Bulls Break Into Washington Woman’s Home and Maul Her

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

GIG HARBOR, Wash. —  Two pit bull terriers broke into a house through a pet door Tuesday and attacked a woman in her bed, mauling her badly, a Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman said.

The woman was able to grab a gun and try to shoot the dogs, then break away from the attack and lock herself in her car, where she called 911, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The woman, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a hospital in Tacoma, where she was listed in serious condition.

Officers planned to talk to the dogs’ owner.

The pit bulls also killed a neighbor’s Jack Russell terrier, which entered the house during the attack, Troyer said.

“The thought is that the Jack Russell heard noise in the neighbor’s house, came in and was attacked by the dogs,” Troyer said.

Firefighters responded first, locking the dogs in the house, treating the woman and calling for an ambulance.

Officers “had to pepper spray and fight the dogs until they were detained. We almost had to shoot them on site,” Troyer said.

The dogs were taken to a Humane Society and will probably be destroyed, he said.

It was not immediately known why the dogs entered the house, whether the woman had dogs of her own or what set off the attack.

What is it about a “pit bull” that makes it such a wonderful pet?  Don’t yell at me yet, I’m a pet owner and a pet lover of all kinds I just don’t see what it is about the pit bulls that make them such a great pet.  Regardless of how nice they can be they all have that inate instinct to attact to kill but the problem is one never knows when that instinct is going to show up. Owners can have one for a long time with no problem at all but it only takes one time to set them off and this dear pet dog that has been a perfect pet has totally upset and ruined at least one person’s life and possibly the dog’s owner if it becomes necessary to have the dog put down”  ….flagranny2 ]

Vick waits to hear if he has NFL future

Tue August 21, 2007
From Mike Phelan
CNN

Why is it that a sports hero can get by with just about anything with practically a slap on the wrist compared to what anyone else would get having committed the same crime?  I know the decision has yet to be announced but you can bet you know what it will be. 

I certainly don’t call it racial discrimination, if anything it is status discrimination and race has nothing to do with it, it is all in who you are and who you know and that stinks big time. 

(CNN) — Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is waiting to hear if he’ll ever play professional football again after agreeing to plead guilty and face prison in his federal dogfighting case.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank told the NFL Network Monday he could not speculate on Vick’s future as a Falcon, at least not until he has seen “a statement of facts” in the case.

Blank said he was “not really surprised” by news of the quarterback’s plea deal.

“From a personal standpoint, he’s doing the right thing,” Blank said. “That’s been my counsel to him some while ago, and publicly as well, to get this behind him as quickly as he can.”

The plea deal, Blank added, was “a step, and we’ll just deal with the facts as they become available.” Video Watch how Vick was left with no choice »

Vick’s attorneys had been negotiating with National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office about Vick’s career with the Atlanta Falcons before he agreed to any deal, the sources said.

It’s unclear if a conversation ever happened but Vick’s attorney Billy Martin said his client “agreed to enter a plea of guilty to those charges and to accept full responsibility for his action and the mistakes he has made.”

“Michael wishes to apologize again to everyone who has been hurt by this matter,” Martin said.

After Vick’s indictment last month, Goodell ordered the quarterback not to report to training camp until the league completed its own review of the case.

An NFL spokesman said that the league “is aware” of Vick’s plea agreement and is considering what, if any, sanctions they should impose on the 27-year-old.   [Full Story]

Michael Vick Update 8/20/07-Michael Vick’s lead attorney said Monday that the Atlanta Falcons quarterback will plead guilty to dogfighting and related charges and will “accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made.”

Monday, August 20, 2007
 

When Vick’s co-defendants copped a plea that left Vick’s back against the wall.  If there had only been one, Vick  probably felt he had a chance accusing one person of lying but with 3 Vick that changed the cards on the table and his chances of trying to prove 3 were lying he knew he had to do something quick in order to possibly save his a** and his chance of  ever playing football again.

   

Michael Vick ready to accept responsibility. 

The lead attorney for pro football star Michael Vick said Monday that the Atlanta Falcons quarterback will plead guilty to dogfighting and related charges and will “accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made.”

Billy Martin, heading up Vick’s legal team, issued the following statement:

“After consulting with his family over the weekend. Michael Vick ask that I announce today that he has reached an agreement with Federal prosecutors regarding the charges pending against him. Mr. Vick has agreed to enter a plea of Guilty to those charges and to accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made. Michael wishes to apologizes again to everyone who has been hurt by this matter. The legal team and Mr. Vick will appear in court in Richmond on August 27th.”

Vick’s attorneys hope to hear back from National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office sometime Monday about Vick’s career options, sources said.

Vick’s three codefendants in the dogfighting case have accepted agreements to plead guilty in exchange for reduced sentences.

China Airlines Jet Explodes Upon Landing in Okinawa

Monday, August 20, 2007

TOKYO —  A China Airlines jet exploded into flames at an airport in Okinawa after arriving from Taiwan on Monday, but all 165 people aboard escaped alive, officials said. Police said terrorism was not suspected.

All 157 passengers — including two small children— fled the Boeing 737 unhurt on inflated emergency slides just minutes before the plane burst into a fireball, Transport Ministry official Akihiko Tamura told reporters.

China Airlines spokesman Sun Hung-wen told reporters in Taipei the aircraft skidded on the tarmac on its way from the runway to the gate after landing, starting a fire that prompted the emergency exit. The eight-member crew also safely left the plane, Sun said.

“The fire started when the first engine below the main left wing exploded, a minute after the aircraft entered the parking spot,” Tamura said.

Accounts of injuries were unclear. Tamura said one crew member had been hurt, but local fire official Hiroki Shimabukuro said two passengers — a 7-year-old girl and a man in his 50s — had been hospitalized because they didn’t feel well, not because of specific injuries.

Tamura put the number of passengers at 157, updating the figure of 155 initially provided by China Airlines.  [ Full Story  ]

Jury Finds Jose Padilla, 2 Co-Defendants, Guilty on Terrorism Support Charges

Thursday, August 16, 2007

MIAMI  — Jose Padilla was convicted of federal terrorism support charges Thursday after being held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant in a case that came to symbolize the Bush administration’s campaign to stop homegrown terror.

He was once accused of being part of an Al Qaeda plot to detonate a radioactive “dirty bomb” in the U.S., but those allegations were not part of his trial.

Padilla and co-defendants Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi face life in prison because they were convicted of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim people overseas. All three were also convicted of two terrorism material support counts that carry potential 15-year sentences each.

The judge set a Dec. 5 sentencing date for all three defendants.

Click here to read the indictment (FindLaw pdf). 

Estela Lebron, Padilla’s mother, said she felt “a little bit sad” at the verdict but expected her son’s lawyers would appeal.

“I don’t know how they found Jose guilty. There was no evidence he was speaking in code,” she said, referring to FBI wiretap intercepts in which Padilla was overheard talking to Hassoun.

The three were accused of being part of a North American support cell that provided supplies, money and recruits to groups of Islamic extremists. The defense contended they were trying to help persecuted Muslims in war zones with relief and humanitarian aid.

[The key piece of physical evidence was a five-page form Padilla supposedly filled out in July 2000 to attend an Al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan, which would link the other two defendants as well to Usama bin Laden’s terrorist organization.

The form, recovered by the CIA in 2001 in Afghanistan, contains seven of Padilla’s fingerprints and several other personal identifiers, such as his birthdate and his ability to speak Spanish, English and Arabic.]

Padilla’s lawyers insisted the form was far from conclusive and denied that he was a “star recruit,” as prosecutors claimed, of the North American support cell intending to become a terrorist. Padilla’s attorneys said he traveled to Egypt in September 1998 to learn Islam more deeply and become fluent in Arabic.

“His intent was to study, not to murder,” said Padilla attorney Michael Caruso.  [Full Story]