20 July 2007

Uhhh, Bob, Stop! Think!

West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd had a few things to say about the Michael Vick dog-fighting case.

Personally, I think that Vick is, if guilty, a moron and at least slightly sub-human.

Quoth the Byrd:

Byrd called the activities described in the Vick case "sadistic" and "barbaric." At one point, Byrd began shouting and pumping his fist.

"Barbaric!," he yelled. "Let that word resounding from hill to hill, and from mountain to mountain, and valley to valley across the broad land. Barbaric! Barbaric! May God help those poor souls who'd be so cruel. Barbaric! Hear me! Barbaric!"

Byrd, 89, said he would not prejudge the men's guilt or innocence, but he left no doubts about his sentiments.

"I am confident that the hottest places in hell are reserved for the souls of sick and brutal people who hold God's creatures in such brutal and cruel contempt," he said.

"One is left wondering," he said. "Who are the real animals: the creatures inside or outside the ring?"

On a televised newscast, he also said that he would not object to electrocuting dog-fighters.

Given that Vick is a wealthy (uppity?) African American, and given that Byrd once publicly referred to black men as "race mongrels", two questions come to mind:

First, hasn't someone in the Democratic leadership figured out that it might not be the best idea to have a former Exalted Cyclops of the West Virginia Ku Klux Klan talking about handing out killing black men and tried to rein him in?

Second, what is this man doing in the Senate leadership of the Democrats anyway?

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