So, where the heck have I been? I'm not too sure myself. My neighbors have been having problems, and somehow we seem to be the helpers of choice. Glad to be able to do it, though, and I mean that. I have myself been in situations where I have stopped and asked myself, "Hey, where the heck did everybody go? Damn, they were here just a minute ago. I seen em with my own eyes!!" So, it's nice to be there for somebody. And, as I've probably said so before, my son has been bringing home strays since he was knee high to a, yep, you guessed it...grasshopper.
I keep feeling like I should write something about Michael Vick. I really don't know if the guy is guilty or not. I live not too far from where the scene of the crime took place. Evidently, "Ookie" or as Vick is known by his partners in crime, "Q", "T", and "P-Funk", his co-defendants, (you can find the whole indictment for download at WVEC.com), started a venture called, "Bad Newz Kennels" for the purpose of buying, selling, training, transporting, staging, and sponsoring dog fights. In other words, they were raising dogs for gambling purposes. Buying and selling dogs and training them to fight on the illegal dog fighting circuit. Which also means they transported said dogs from state to state.
If the dogs did not perform well, they were put to death in extremely inhumane and cruel ways. Which is odd as a vet had been retained to treat dogs who were injured. Anyway, the whole thing sucks, and the whole thing stinks to high heaven.
To understand Surry, you have to understand that every body's cousin is every body else's cousin. And my cousin's cousin's good friend wants to know if he can....blah, blah, blah. We will never know the extent, if any, of the involvement of Michael Vick in this enterprise. If a federal attorney offers just one of these guys a plea agreement, then I imagine he may very well implicate his own mother. "Yep, she was there, I told her, I said, Mama, go home...this ain't no place for you...but she wouldn't listen, what could I do? Damn, Mama, why did you do it? Oh, lord, my own mama!!
This is a federal case, meaning its the United States vs. Michael Vick and company. At the end of the indictment it says that if they are convicted they will be made to forfeit property, proceeds, or assets "obtained directly or indirectly as a result of such violation".
I know of a young man who was doing some private contracting for Mr. Vick, I'd say for a good while now, and he has never once mentioned dogs. He has mentioned that he will not be getting paid.
This supposedly went on from 2001 until 2007. Just how much evidence did they need to collect?
Why wouldn't he just invest in a race horse? This is horse country around here. If you have money, chances are you have a horse, worth big bucks.
And why in the world would an NFL quarterback jeopardize his career, everything he has worked for, to enter the underworld arena of illegal dogfighting? If he wanted to gamble, hell, there's a Texas Hold'em game going on somewhere around here all the time. No limit.
"So hot today, I was sweating like a poodle at Michael Vick’s place." David Letterman.