Thursday, August 30, 2007


Blogger Mark said...

The awful truth is, these sad, terrible people don't live that far from me. For example, Keady is in the Southern Education and Library Board, the same institution I work for. As is the whole dog fighting ring recently uncovered operating out of a local bar (that used to be cool a few years ago, but after being bought out by a bunch of small-time crims, now is just full of tossers). Tossers who actually exchanged a certain type of local, small time, sports fame for immunity in their community (yeah, it rhymes, but fuck that), to get away with some, frankly, horrible shit.

Basically, animal cruelty isn't considered the biggest, baddest thing amongst certain layers of my community. Really, I hate to name names. Okay, I'll do it. E-mail me for names, links, etc.

September 1, 2007 at 5:37:00 PM PDT  
Blogger saudade said...

It is the same here too. Though the Michael Vick thing is definitely a refreshing change. But the small-time is where it continues pretty much unchecked, for some of the same reasons. Good old boys.

September 1, 2007 at 8:18:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mark said...

"Good old boys" isn't a phrase we use over here, but the meaning behind it works, I'd guess. This guy masqueraded as a sports hero, while really he was the worst sort of violent bully. Everyone wanted to believe the respectable veneer, so ignored the horrible truth for too long.

Northern Ireland still is a sick society, on many levels. For decades (centuries, really) we accepted violence, secret societies, murder, maiming, all sorts. We're desensitized to a lot, to too much, really. Plus, we're a mainly rural, agricultural society. Animal rights will never be high on our social agenda.

September 2, 2007 at 1:55:00 PM PDT  

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