the only easy day was yesterday

Saturday, July 21, 2007

A man is judged by the company he keeps...

I would like to ask anyone who reads this to comply, and relay this message to any friends or relatives, and ask them to keep the chain going by passing the message on... As some of you may know, Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, founded Home Depot, and since no one would listen to what we actually have to say, we'll let our money talk for us - we need to get as may people as we can involved in a boycott of Home Depot, I'm not asking you to protest - although I'm looking into it and will invite anyone who wants to join - and there's Lowe's and other shit, but it's got some buzz and seems like a legitimate way to supplement the protesting of Michael Vick remaining in the National Football League. And for those of you who want to adhere to the law, I'm frankly surprised you even read this site; besides the legal issues that we've set up for ourselves, and the almost definit players union grievance, fuck due process of law - for intelligent people like the ones open minded enough to participate in the kind of thought I promote here it is not hard to use reason in determining the immorality or morality of a certain situation; the evidence seems to be substantial and quite overwhelmingly against Vick, and with four people willing to directly link him to dog fights I've heard enough. Boycott Home depot, tell your friends tell your family, tell them to tell their friends and family, etc., if you see someone in a Michael Vick jersey you have my permission to drown, electricute, and hang them, and then proceed to ask them how they liked it. (If you didn't read the indictment, those were a few of the things he has been accused of doing to the dogs.)

5 comments:

Jasper said...

aspca.org
peta.org

you CAN sit on your ass and at least do something...

The W said...

The Vick case presents the NFL with a much harder decision to make than any of the other disipline cases in the past. Vick and Pacman Jones are both alike and not in so many ways. Correct me if im wrong, but was not Pacman never convicted of a crime prior to his 1 year suspension? Vick too has not been convicted (despite evidence against him that mirrors or surpasses mr. jones), however Vick sells much more merchandise, commericals, and tickets compared to pacman. Thus the NFL (a corporation, which, like most corporations, has its ends in making money) is not faced with a simple decision any more. One of their top money-makers is now in trouble, and they (too concerned with capital) are waving on their newfound moral capacity of near-zero tolerance for players in trouble with the law. This isn't the Cleveland Browns (crappy team with small audiance and thus small profit margins), or Tank Johnson (whose was given a second chance after jail time and screwed up/not the reason people came to Bear games), or Pacman Jones (and unconvicted idiot)...this is Michael Vick star of Atlanta, top jersey seller, record setting QB, and the main reason people watch the Falcons at all. If he is not immediately suspended without pay, it is sheer proof that in this country (or at least in the National Football League) its M.O.E. (Money Over Everything), including morals.

Jasper said...

That's why the buzz is surrounding taking Blank's legs from under him and Boycotting Home Depot; if enough people can get behind it and competently connect the boycott to Vick's continued participation in the league, then we'll hopefully have Blank by the balls. It's a longshot, but boycotting is not hard, especially for people like us who don't really ever go to Home Depot; it's just a a way to in part disourage and distance yourself from these things. Realistically, there isn't much of a way that the league can do anything to Vick until a conclusion is reached in the case without considerable trouble from the players union - but as the moral beings we strive to be, it's our duty to do our most to let the less conscious people know that this is wrong and distance ourselves, although action will likely not be taken.

There are rumors going around that Vick is being urged to take a leave of absense by the league and the Atlanta Falcons organization until the case is resolved, but as of yet they are only rumors...

The W said...

Ive heard those rumours as well, but a leave of absense means he still gets paid as if he were there. You talk about Blank, but what about Goodell and the NFL buereucracy in general, are they not deserving of boycott (as they have the power to suspend and are not excercising it). Such a boycott could take many forms, i suppose for devout football fans it could take the form of boycotting the purchase of all NFL merchandise, as well as attending games. One, i guess, could watch on TV (excpet for Falcons games...on principal) (however TIVOing it in order to skip commercials that could led to one patronizing a company that sponcers the NFL). Why stop there, why not boycott the brands and companys that sponcer the NFL, until the suspension is dished out?

Jasper said...

The NFL at this point doesn't have the power to suspend him because they don't have as solid of a ground to stand as they did with Jones and Johnson because they had multiple problems with police, and Tank actualy spent time in prison, whereas Vick has merely been indicted, and before that has no criminal record - at least since he's been in the league. A boycott of the NFL might be an option if all of its teams were like the Bengals - which I'm sure have been getting their fair share of shit - but they aren't. The NFL, in being the league with the highest team salaries in north american professional sports, partially because of it's large rosters, is the most collectively charitable league in American sports, these few players just give it a bad name - it's amazing their influence the publics opinions of 1500+ other well behaved and hard working other players, to boycott the NFL itself, would in effect be to boycott the hundreds upon millions of dollars players like Warrick Dunn contribute to charioties every year; I know that's a hell of a lot more than I do to change the world...The NFL is a good league and Roger Goodell so far is definatly on my good side, it does not deserve to lose it's business because of the bad behavior of others, that's why Goodell is cracking down so harshly on off-field activities, he just doesn't have enough on Vick yet to suspend him or kick him out, so a leave of absense in the best that he can do for the league's image right now, until the case is resolved and Vick is thrown out of the league forever...