Monday, May 21, 2007

Another Travesty That Rap Has Given Us...

Rape, murder, incest. Name a taboo subject and rap...cloying referred to as hip-hop by liberal apologists for black mayhem "songs", hasn't stopped there and is now glorifying dog fighting. Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick is suspected of being involved in it, and how surprising. Not.

"Dogfighting is a multimillion-dollar underground industry that is spreading in urban areas such as New York, Los Angeles and Detroit, according to the Humane Society. Dogfighting, which Goodwin says has become glorified in the hip-hop community through rap videos and DVDs - largely takes place at secret locations, many of them garages or basements that require secret codes to get into. Dogfights can last hours, sometimes until one dies.

One dogfight last year in Houston paid $100,000 to the winning owner, according to Goodwin. The Humane Society estimates that there are as many as 40,000 dogfighters around the country. Most can make big money from breeding dogs, many of them pit bulls. Vick owns a company (MV7, LLC) that had a Web site ( which advocated the breeding of pit bulls and other dogs, but stated that it did "not promote, support or raise dogs for fighting and will not knowingly sell, give or trade any dog that may be used for fighting," according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"Let me be very, very clear," Kathy Strouse, the Animal Control Coordinator for the City of Chesapeake who was on the Vick property when it was searched, told the Journal-Constitution. "There's no doubt in my mind that this was a dogfighting operation based not only on what we found at the property, but from intelligence, documentation and other evidence we've gathered." Former Knicks forward Qyntel Woods, ex-Cowboys star guard Nate Newton and former Giants running back LeShon Johnson are among athletes who have been charged with dogfighting or animal cruelty.

Typically, authorities discover narcotics or illegal firearms at dogfights, making many of the events a part of a criminal subculture. "My hope is the only thing he is guilty of is making poor decisions and giving his house to his cousin and he's not involved in it," says Reeves. "(Dogfighting) is a serious offense. There's an awful lot of people like myself who are dog lovers. "I know he's tried to change a lot of things that he's done through the years," the former Giants coach says of Vick.

"No question, he knows what he has to do. Knowing it and doing it are two different things. He's just got to mature and realize that this is serious now. It can change in a heartbeat. He needs guidance, just like your children."

And there you have it. A grown man is excused for his behavior because, after all, it isn't his fault since he's not getting the guidance he needs. The only guidance this cretin deserves is 10 years of hard labor.

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