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U.S. Air Force Seeks More Aviation Wonders To Assist War Effort

November 3, 2008

In the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaeda, the U.S. Air Force is seekeng a few good men.  Well, birds, really.  Birds of prey are being sought.  And that usually means falcons and the tough folks that manage them: falconers.

Abobe: A potential Air Force recruit: an eagle huntsman in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan.

By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 3, 2008; Page A01

The U.S. Air Force, a high-tech wonder of precision missiles and pilotless surveillance drones, is looking for a few good falcons.

Live falcons, that is, ones with feathers and talons, the kind that hunt mice and small birds.

U.S. aircraft at the sprawling Bagram air base in Afghanistan are coming under increasing attack — not from al-Qaeda or Taliban fighters but from “many small songbirds, pigeons, Magpies, Hawks and Black Kites,” according to a bid request for a “bird control services” contract issued by the Army last month.

Previous attempts at controlling the birds have failed. Personnel have shot “bangers and screamers” at the birds — rockets that can travel hundreds of yards as they give off a siren-like noise, followed by a loud bang. Shotguns have been tried, too.

There were 125 bird strikes against aircraft taking off, landing or taxiing at Bagram from January through Nov. 1, a sharp increase from the 78 recorded in the same period last year, according to officials at the base. So now the military is seeking a private contractor to provide “personnel, equipment, tools, materials, supervision, falconry and other items and services necessary to perform Bird Control Services at Bagram.”

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Above: This lady should have no trouble getting into the Air Force….

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Vick Dog In Slammer; Wants a Mike Tyson Free Ride

November 19, 2007


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 19, 2007

Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has begun serving his prison sentence so he can get out of custody as soon as possible.
The length of Vick’s sentence won’t be determined until next month.
Steve Blando, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshal’s Service headquarters in Washington, confirmed that Vick turned himself into custody but would not provide additional details. The Associated Press reported that Vick is being held at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Va.“From the beginning, Mr. Vick has accepted responsibility for his actions and his self surrender further demonstrates that acceptance,” Billy Martin, one of Vick’s lawyers, said in a statement.

“Michael wants to again apologize to everyone [who] has been hurt in this matter and he thanks all of the people who have offered him and his family prayers and support during this time.”

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson of Richmond, who will sentence Vick on Dec. 10, signed an order Monday to allow the U.S. Marshal’s Service to take Vick into custody.

Vick, who surrendered to authorities in Richmond, was put in custody “based solely on his desire to begin his period of incarceration prior to his sentencing hearing and not because of a violation of any condition of his bond,” Hudson wrote.

In August, Vick pleaded guilty for his role in a dogfighting operation known as Bad Newz Kennels at his former property in Surry County, Va. Vick acknowledged financing the operation beginning in 2001 through this past spring. In a plea agreement, Vick admitted the operation involved the “victimization and killing of pit bull dogs.”

Under federal sentencing guidelines, Vick faces between 12 and 18 months in prison, although Hudson could impose a sentence below or above that range if he sees fit.

“The sooner he gets in, the better it is for him if he wants to play football again,” said Atlanta criminal defense attorney Jerry Froelich, who has followed Vick’s case. “He should have gone into custody right away.”

Staff writers Jeremy Redmon and D. Orlando Ledbetter contributed to this article.

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Tell Kids Who Idolize Sports Stars: Michael Vick’s Empire Crashing to Earth

July 28, 2007

By John E. Carey
July 27, 2007

In keeping with great “street names,” often earned, like “Snoop Dog,” some are now calling Mister Michael Vick “Vick-Dog.”

The Virginia Tech and Atlanta Falcons great is now the brunt of pooch nicknames and was loudly booed and jeered as he entered the courtroom this week.

Millions of kids idolize sports stars. I grew up watching Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown before the Super Bowl was even invented: only to see him accused of various forms of mischief and mayhem off the field later on.

What I took away from that Jim Brown experience was this: these sports starts are just guys.

But unfortunately, part of what makes some of these super-athletes tick is a testosterone fueled anger, maybe even rage, that often translates not just into terrific performance on the field but often becomes some really ugly performance (or performances) elsewhere.

Mister Michael Vick is the latest example. Despite millions of dollars in pay and endorsements, an entire city waiting for him to deliver the Super Bowl to Atlanta, a Mother with the highest expectations imaginable, and teammates relying on his cool and skills; he threw it all away pursuing something that any towel boy could have told him would enrage more than nine-tenths of the American public against him.

Today Nike suspended its lucrative contract with Michael Vick. The other shoe fell, as it were. Nike is suspending Vick’s endorsement deal without pay. Michael will no longer be paid as a Nike endorser because his contract has a clause requiring a certain decorum of behavior. Any towel boy probably knew that too.

Vick’s likeness is also being pulled from a trading card company’s line, which will cost him some more money. And Reebok took the unprecedented step of stopping sales of his No. 7 jersey.

“Nike is concerned by the serious and highly disturbing allegations made against Michael Vick, and we consider any cruelty to animals inhumane and abhorrent,” Nike spokesman Dean Stoyer said in a statement.

Mister Vick, and three friends, were accused in federal court yesterday of sponsoring a gruesome operation that often shot, hanged, drowned or electrocuted losing dogs.

Mister Vick pleaded not guilty yesterday. But the secrecy of his dogfighting operation and his bald-faced lie when first confronted with the facts by a TV news crew (“The only dog I own is a poodle.”) tells us this: he knew what the towel boy knew. More than nine-tenths of mankind would condemn his conduct and his endorsement deals would be flushed, by his own hand, down the toilet.

Despite the lack of a trial or conviction, Mister Vick is now “persona non grata” in the NFL and in many other venues: including the corporate offices of Nike, Reebok and a certain trading card company.

Mister Vick is now the poster child of stupidity, grossly malicious and inhumane behavior and shame.

Tell your kid who idolizes sports stars.

This is what happens when you head the wrong way out the locker room door. Sometimes you can never get back into the locker room again.

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“Vick-Dog” Indictment Includes Street Names; Pleas this Afternoon

“Pet Prowess” in America; Michael Vick to Coach at University of Beijing

Falcons Eyed Ban on “Vick-Dog;” NFL Put Owner on Leash

Dog Rights in America versus Human Rights in Vietnam

“Vick-Dog” Probably Running an “Out Pattern;” Entered Plea of “Not Guilty”

July 26, 2007

By John E. Carey
July 26, 2007

The Atlanta Falcons opened their football camp today, but Michael Vick was at a courthouse in Richmond, Va.

Vick arrived amid boos and pleaded not guilty during a reportedly uneventful and “not memorable” few minute hearing.

The trial in the “Vick-Dog” and friends dogfighting and conspiracy case; with federal crimes allegedly commited across state lines, a violation of the “Travel Act,” is set to begin Nov. 26.

Vick is charged along with three of his friends.

The other three men charged, according to the federal prosecutor’s indictment documents, are Purnell A. Peace, also known as “P-Funk” and “Funk,”  Quanis L. Phillips, also known as “Q,” Tony Taylor, also known as “T.”

The documents list the nickname of “Ookie”for Mr. Vick.

The four either face up to five years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 if convicted on the Travel Act violation, a felony, or one year in prison and up to $100,000 in fines if convicted on the charge of using a dog in a fighting venture.

Today Mr. Vick was released without bond.

According to football people we reached, “this probably means Michael is out for this season.  He’s running an ‘out pattern’ and he’s fighting for his name and his freedom now.”

Vick was jeered by a crowd as he went into court. He and three others entered their pleas in U.S. District Court to conspiracy charges involving competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting, and conducting the enterprise across state lines.

Mr. Vick’s lawyer, Billy Martin, read the following statement in behalf of his client:

“I take these charges very seriously and look forward to clearing my good name.  I respectfully ask all of you to hold your judgment until all of the facts are shown. Above all, I would like to say to my mom I’m sorry for what she has had to go through in this most trying of times. It has caused pain to my family and I apologize to my family.”

Related:

“Vick-Dog” Indictment Includes Street Names; Pleas this Afternoon

Falcons Eyed Ban on “Vick-Dog;” NFL Put Owner on Leash

Michael Vick-Dog; Dead Meat For Practice, Season?

NFL-er gone to the dogs?

Vick Dogfighting Charges Stir Stinging Reaction

“Pet Prowess” in America; Michael Vick to Coach at University of Beijing

Inside The Dog Fighting Underworld

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What is the “Travel Act”?

The Travel Act was passed in the  early 1960’s while Robert Kennedy was Attorney General.  The Act was in response to organized crime activity and Kennedy’s efforts to end it. The Act was intended to assist state and local authorities with limited resources in their efforts to combat organized crime. The Act provides that any individual who travels in interstate or foreign commerce or uses the mail or any facility in interstate or foreign commerce with the intent to:

  • Distribute the proceeds of any unlawful activity.
  • Commit a violent crime to further criminal activity.
  • Promote, manage, establish, carry on, or facilitate the promotion, management, establishment, or carrying on of any criminal activity.

may be guilty of violating the Travel Act.

Unlawful activity includes:

  • Extortion.
  • Bribery.
  • Arson.
  • Illegal gambling.
  • Illegal liquor offenses.
  • Narcotics.
  • Controlled substances.
  • Prostitution.
  • Tax evasion.

The Act is violated by movement in or use of interstate commerce with the intent of committing, furthering, or distributing proceeds of the above-listed series offenses.

Source:

The G. Green Law Practice, PLLC
http://www.geraldgreenlaw.com/article.jsp?practArea=38&articleIndex=4

Falcons Eyed Ban on “Vick-Dog;” NFL Put Owner on Leash

July 24, 2007

ATLANTA, United States (AFP) – Calling the dogfighting charges against Michael Vick horrific and repulsive, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said on Tuesday he was ready to suspend his star quarterback for four games.

Vick was instead ordered on Monday by National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell not to report to the team’s training camp this Thursday, when he will be arraigned in a Virginia federal court on dogfight scheme charges.

“There are …

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See also:
Michael Vick-Dog; Dead Meat For Practice, Season?