January 8, 2011
Filibuster ? who needs it? Re "Choke the filibuster," Opinion, Jan. 2 If there is one New Year's resolution that the Senate should seek to accomplish, it's the dramatic scaling down of the anti-democratic filibuster. Let's face it, the Senate is the place where good legislation goes to die and the will of the electorate is ignored. I can't think of an example in which the filibuster was used (or threatened to be used) where the best interests of the American people was the guiding principle.
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January 4, 2011 |
I'm a dog lover and a football fan. And it doesn't bother me to cheer for Michael Vick, even though he's probably better known right now for his animal cruelty than for his gridiron heroics. His conviction for running a dog-fighting ring isn't something he'll soon leave behind, no matter how far his Philadelphia Eagles carry their winning season or how well he plays in the Pro Bowl this month. President Obama drew fire last week when reports surfaced that he thanked the Eagles' owner, Jeffrey Lurie, for giving Vick a chance to rejoin the game after he served his 19-month prison term.
December 30, 2010
Is 'I'm sorry' enough? Re "Obama draws fire for comments on Vick," Dec. 29 There are many kinds of bad conduct in professional sports, but the conduct of Michael Vick is extremely shocking stuff. President Obama's recent comments not only lessen the impact of Vick's offense, they also help condone animal cruelty. Has the president actually read or looked at what this talented and well-paid athlete was doing to living creatures, animals unable to defend themselves from the pain and torture they endured?
December 29, 2010 |
A standout season has done plenty to calm the controversy surrounding quarterback Michael Vick. But President Obama's praise of the Philadelphia Eagles for giving the convicted dogfighter a second chance has brought new energy to an old firestorm. "This is a nation of football lovers," said Lisa Lange, a spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. She also said Obama was underestimating the negative reaction his comments would provoke. "It is also a nation of dog lovers.
December 28, 2010 |
Michael Vick's sensational comeback has been spiced by a Pro Bowl start. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, who sat out two seasons while serving a federal sentence for dogfighting, will start for the NFC in the Jan. 30 Pro Bowl in Honolulu. The honor is yet another major step in Vick's resurgence. Vick was selected to three Pro Bowl games with Atlanta before being suspended by the NFL and served prison time for running a dogfighting ring. This season, he has gone from a seldom-used backup to the NFC's leading passer, the catalyst for Philadelphia's dynamic offense.
December 23, 2010 |
What does Michael Vick want for Christmas? A dog, apparently. Don't panic: He's not allowed to get one until 2012, when he finishes the probation that followed his nearly two-year prison sentence for running a dog-fighting ring. But there's much anticipatory anxiety in the air nonetheless. It all started this month, when the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback told a group of children at the Boys and Girls Club of Newark, N.J., that he longed for a canine companion "more than anything in the world.
December 22, 2010 |
My dog is dumb as a stick, but that doesn't necessarily make him a bad person. He's just gifted in other areas ? such as chewing himself raw or hurling himself across the dinner table in pursuit of scraps. Trust me, the guy would Fosbury Flop across the Panama Canal to acquire the dead end of a stale French fry. I love him still, in that way you love things that need you a little more than you need them ? bosses, hamsters, street mimes. Michael Vick, former resident of the federal penal system and now a contributing member of the Philadelphia Eagles, one of those win-at-all-costs football organizations that Nietzsche could have coached, knows the value of a dog as well.
December 21, 2010 |
It happened in 2010.? A Superior Court judge, echoing Dodgers fans, found Frank and Jamie McCourt to be not credible.? Drew Brees brought New Orleans its first Lombardi Gras.? Pau Gasol played Batman to Kobe Bryant's overeager Robin in the Lakers' most important game of the year.? Shrink-saluting Ron Artest partied like a rock star.? Ben Roethlisberger partied like a frat boy.? Tiger Woods, a partier no more, went 0 for '10.?
December 20, 2010 |
Even a slight hiccup by Tom Brady might spark an interesting debate: Would MVP voters set aside their personal feelings and judge Michael Vick's candidacy based solely on his on-field performance? . . . Vick has made a strong, electrifying case, but Brady's brilliance has made the question all but moot. . . . He's the probable winner. . . . Concerns about a gimpy Andrew Bynum knee and a mangled Kobe Bryant finger seem to be constants in Lakerdom. . . . Luckily for Lamar Odom , his value to the Lakers is not measured in All-Star appearances.
December 16, 2010 |
Michael Vick is barred from owning a dog for a year and a half, but the star quarterback's comment that he'd like to bring one into his house generated renewed outrage ? and support. The convicted dogfighting ring operator said Wednesday that he genuinely cares about animals and would like to have one for a pet again. "I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process," he said. Vick has made similar statements before, but this time it seemed to have grabbed the world's attention.