Right now on my Facebook profile my "update status" says -
"Michael Bryant has killed a bicyclist with his car - will it take Toronto 2 days to kill him like it did the HRM to kill the pit bull here on the Prospect Road when the pit bull bit a bicyclist?"
I don't imagine that the Ontario Justice System will treat Michael Bryant - and in case anybody doesn't recognize his name - he's the former Attorney General of Ontario who was the architect of the current ban on pit bulls that has choked the life out of every person in Ontario who would possibly want to have some choice in a breed that in any way resembles a dog that has a wide forehead and short hair and a wide goofy smile - because those looks could possibly be construed as having the characteristics somewhat similar to what a pit bull type dog might look like - so instead of being able to enjoy a dog friendly lifestyle - they would have to live in fear from moment to moment that a government official was going to show up at their door to seize their canine life companion for immediate destruction because it might suddenly turn into a killing machine. But I digress.
It would seem that Michael Bryant got into an altercation with a person on a bicycle - and that person is now dead. Here is how the National Post described it -
Sheppard (the cyclist who is now dead) was a man with an alcohol problem, who'd fallen off the wagon and -- just an hour before his run-in with Bryant -- been ordered by police to leave his girlfriend's apartment and not come back, even though at least one onlooker thought he was too drunk to ride his bike. He took off down Bloor Street and somehow got into a minor collision with Bryant, who was out celebrating has wedding anniversary with his wife. The dispute quickly escalated and ended with Sheppard clinging to the car as Bryant careened down Bloor Street, screaming and bumping into objects until Sheppard was knocked off, fell under the wheels and was killed.
It is SO interesting - the villification of the cyclist has already begun. This was one of the top search results when I did a google search for Darcy Sheppard -
BREAKING NEWS: Warrant out for Darcy Allan Sheppard's arrest since July 2003
A clerk in the Edmonton courthouse confirmed to CFRB News that there was a province-wide warrant out for Darcy Allan Sheppard's arrest since July 2003.
Sheppard was wanted on 52 counts of fraud, uttering forged documents and possession of stolen property.
This guy never even got a chance - since leaving politics Mr. Bryant has been CEO of a group called "Invest Toronto" - which is basically just a public relations firm for the City of Toronto - so Bryant would know everyone in the public relations world, and is going to be able to spin his story to the public whatever way he wants.
Did anyone else notice that he went INTO the police department in a t-shirt but came out of the police department and into a scrum in a SUIT AND TIE? This is a man who knows how to present himself in public - so I have no doubt that he has people feeding the press with bad images of the person he killed, probably. Why not? He certainly did it to pit bulls, didn't he.
But anyway - that's my rambling on - I wonder if anyone WILL point out to Mr. Bryant about how some dogs do have a proclivity for chasing bicycles - and how some dogs die because they've chased bicycles - but probably not too many dogs have KILLED bicyclists - but a lot of DOGS have died for chasing bicyclists, and a great proportion of those dogs who died were pit bulls - not because they chased the bicycles - but because they were pit bulls.
And back to the title of this post - Michael Vick - I just found this out - and I bet not too many people know this - Michael Vick did NOT go to prison for 23 months for animal cruelty - he went to prison for racketeering. The charges of animal cruelty against him were all dropped in a plea agreement. I read about it in a post today at Examiner.com called "The Victimization of Vick" - and it's a really good post, it says in part -
"Mr. Vick "did his time" for "Federal Racketeering" and he served his prison sentence and paid his debt to society for "Federal Racketeering", only. His crimes, the heinous crimes of "Animal Cruelty" - Mr. Vick plead "Not Guilty". In a brokered Plea Agreement, the charges of Animal Cruelty were dismissed. Thus, unpunished were these crimes of inhumanity, by Mr. Vick."
Francis Battista, one of the co-founders of the Best Friend Animal Sanctuary (which I am hoping to visit when I go to Las Vegas next month!!) said - "To our knowledge, neither Vick, his handlers, nor the NFL has called to ask how the dogs are doing. And these very real, living victims of the crime are nowhere to be found in the continuing debate about Vick's rehabilitation."
Best Friends (as I'm sure you all know) - have 22 of the Vick dogs. That's a really interesting quote to me. You'd think if Vick had redeemed himself he would be wondering about the animals that were left behind.
When he gave his interview on 60 minutes, he said some really interesting things - you can watch the whole interview on their website at - - but in the section below he talks about the fact that there is no excuse for him not shutting the operation down before he got caught - and the reason he gives ISN'T because they were abusing and killing animals - it's because he didn't put his CAREER and his FAMILY first - he put his friendship with his friends first and he let them follow him around - and that's the biggest mistake he made - but it never had anything to do with animals - they never entered into the equation at all - so it makes complete sense that now that he's out of prison and embarking on his new post-prison life - they still don't enter into the equation.
And really - it makes sense that he's working the the HSUS - because at the top of that organization what they do has nothing to do with animals either - what Wayne Pacelle does is all about spin and about money making and about the attempt to extinguish the fancy of pet ownership - so really, Michael Vick is in the perfect spot. I'm sure when Michael Vick and Wayne Pacelle go out to dinner - the topic of animals never comes up - they have tons of other stuff to talk about that they both find much more interesting.
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