NFL Star Sacked in Dogfight Probe - Grand Jury Indicted Falcons QB Mike Vick in Dogfighting Investigation
Michael Vick has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with the dogfighting probe of his property in Virginia.
The Falcons quarterback was indicted for conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District in Richmond, Va. Three others — Purnell Peace, Quanis Phillips and Tony Taylor — also were indicted by the grand jury on the same charges. (Story.)
If the saying that a man is judged by the enemies he makes is true, then John Edwards is a helluva man indeed. Yesterday Sam led an excellent counterattack against the typical media narratives being spun about Edwards. Today, the shank comes from the left, in the form of Garance Franke-Ruta’s look at his poverty tour: Continue reading →
I repeat: Forget Sen. David Vitter’s penis. I’ve already pontificated about following his money. Now let’s focus on his ability to do his job under the cloud caused by his wandering wanker.
Sen. Vitter and soulmate Wendy met the press Monday but took no questions about his use of a prostitute. Mrs. Vitter offered support for her husband; Sen. Vitter looked forward to the future of “continu[ing] my work in the U.S. Senate to help move Louisiana forward.” Specifically he said he wished to help “finalize a crucial water resources bill to provide much better hurricane and flood protection.â€
Sen. Vitter had been a representative in Congress since 1998 before succeeding John Breaux in the Senate. If he wants better hurricane and flood protection for the Gulf Coast now, why haven’t reporters reviewed his House voting record on funding for same before Katrina? Would that reveal a greater hypocrisy? Continue reading →
And now al-Qaeda is planning on exporting terror from Iraq to the rest of the world, especially the United States. Last week, a reporter asked President Bush in a press conference about the National Intelligence Estimate’s supposed conclusion that al-Qaeda was as strong as it was on 9/11. His response: al-Qaeda is weaker today than it would have been otherwise had we not stomped on them and driven them out of Afghanistan after 9/11.
â€œThere is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills. These hills are grass-covered and rolling, and they are lovely beyond any singing of it. The road climbs seven miles into them, to Carisbrooke; and from there, if there is no mist, you look down on one of the fairest valleys of Africa. About you there is grass and bracken and you may hear the forlorn crying of the titihoya, one of the birds of the veld. Below you is the valley of the Umzimkulu, on its journey from the Drakensberg to the sea; and beyond and behind the river, great hill after great hill; and beyond and behind them, the mountains of Ingeli and East Griqualand.
The grass is rich and matted, you cannot see the soil. It holds the rain and the mist, and they seep into the ground, feeding the streams in every kloof. It is well-tended, and not too many cattle feed upon it; not too many fires burn it, laying bare the soil. Stand unshod upon it, for the ground is holy, being even as it came from the Creator. Keep it, guard it, care for it, for it keeps men, guards men, cares for men. Destroy it and man is destroyed.â€
Alan Paton wrote these words in 1948.
Before Apartheid. Before legalised hate. Before it was too late. It is the most beautiful book ever written. And the people who needed to read it most never did.
I’m a card-carrying Democrat, and I have been since I first registered to vote when I turned 18, back in those heady days of 1991. But I’ve never felt particularly comfortable voting the party line. Hell, my first Presidential vote was for Ross Perot because I wasn’t convinced that Bill Clinton would be good for the country. Thankfully I was wrong about Clinton, and I was quite happy to vote for him the second time around.
But even back then I was more comfortable voting straight Democratic than I am now. Part of what drove me to drift away from the Democratic Party line was discussions with my friends in college. I remember one guy who was a Democrat not because he believed in the platform, but because he was a union supporter and because his father was a Democrat. And I recall telling him that was just plain stupid, that it was more important to vote your beliefs than it was to vote your dad’s. Continue reading →