August 16, 2009, - 5:11 pm
As you may know, tonight on “60 Minutes,” Ookie a/k/a “Ron Mexico” a/k/a Michael Vick gives an exclusive interview to my friend, James Brown. I like James Brown, he’s interviewed me many times for several of his radio and TV projects, and I think he’ll do a good job. I doubt he’ll shy away from asking the dog killer/quarterback some tough questions about his “Bad Newz Kennels,” though he’ll probably do it in his usual more subdued, classy way.
Michael Vick/”Ookie” Jersey by David Lunde/Lundesigns
As you probably know, Ookie (vick’s dog-fighting biz name) signed with the Philadelphie Eagles of the National Football League, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has allowed dog torturer Vick to play, this season.
I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it’s not just that Vick abused dogs, it’s that he was extremely cruel to living creatures (read the indictment for the details on what he did to the dogs). Anyone who is as cruel as he was to the dogs (literally throwing them against a wall or the ground, repeatedly and making them suffer) is sick–and I don’t think it’s curable. You don’t have to agree with the extremist views and goals of PETA a/k/a PUTAh (People for the Unethical Treatment of Animals and humans) to recognize that such cruelty to living creatures is indicative of violent tendencies to ALL living creatures, including–and very likely–humans.
On the other hand, Vick has served his time, spent a good deal of his sentence in prison. And that’s hardly the case with NFL players that actually killed human beings, as opposed to animals. Ray Lewis, for example, took part in the stabbing murder of three people. And he was never suspended from the NFL for it. After the fact, this multiple murderer was a Superbowl MVP. Donte Stallworth, who killed a man while he was drunk driving and stoned on marijuana, served less than 30 days in jail, and he will only be suspended for one NFL season. (And, as I noted earlier this year, the 2009 Superbowl MVP, Santonio Holmes, is a chick-beating, drug-dealing, multiple-times baby daddy who likes to expose himself.)
Clearly, the NFL and our court system doesn’t place as great a value on human life as it does on canine life, aside from the despicable torture Vick and his dog-fighting compatriots put the dogs through.
Exit Question: Since the NFL outlawed the manufacture of Atlanta Falcons jerseys with Michael Vick’s “Ookie” nickname on them, can we expect the same embargo for Eagles jerseys?
I’d bet on it. Remember, the NFL is the No Fun League. But what about “Ron Mexico” (Vick’s name for picking up and giving groupies STDs) jerseys?
In my own religion of Judaism, even though we eat meat and are as carnivorous as anyone, our kosher slaughter and dietary rules are designed to be humane to animals as possible because even though we are killing them for the purpose of food (the only purpose permissible for killing animals in Judaism, other than saving human lives), we recognize that these are lives and can suffer and feel pain.
It is for that very reason that Jews are not permitted to eat dairy and meat ingredients together. We do this because of the Biblical saying, “Thou shalt not cook a goat in its mother’s milk.” In earlier times with self-sufficient farms, it was very likely that if you cooked a goat in milk, it might be in its own mother’s milk. In Judaism, it was thought that it is bad enough that we have to kill the goat to eat it, but we won’t embarrass it and make it suffer further by cooking it in milk, which could be its own mother’s milk.
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