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The Clinging Death
White Fang ^ | Jack London

Posted on 08/18/2009 1:21:17 AM PDT by T.L.Sink

Probably nearly everyone has heard by now of how athlete Michael Vick, just released from prison for engaging in the felonious crime of organizing and profiting from dog fighting, is seeking to rehabilitate himself and return to making big money. Vick not only exercised cruelty but was savagely torturing, beating, and even electrocuting his dogs. We don't have a window into Vick's soul BUT we can learn much about what the mentality and inhumanity of this sort of person really is. No one knew more about dogs, wolves, and canines than Jack London. He LIVED with them and probably understood them better than any other writer. This post is taken from Chaper 4 of "White Fang." Most of you have probably read the novel but it's worth reading again for its insight. Those who havn't read it, or who have forgotten it, will be rewarded greatly.

(Excerpt) Read more at literaturepage.com ...


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Jack London joined the Klondike gold rush and spent a winter in the Yukon, where he learned firsthand about the harsh Northland country and the even harsher treatment of animals. His novels and stories are categorized as fiction but there is probably much more non-fiction in them based on his direct and actual experience.
1 posted on 08/18/2009 1:21:17 AM PDT by T.L.Sink
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To: T.L.Sink
http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/l#a120

You can down load all of his books free at above URL.

2 posted on 08/18/2009 1:32:48 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: T.L.Sink

One of my favorite childhood books.

I remember that scene vividly.


3 posted on 08/18/2009 1:33:03 AM PDT by Ronin (Nemo me impune lacesset)
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To: T.L.Sink

Clinging Death

I thought this was going to be about the “Bitter-Clingers” trying to hold on to their health care plan or their life from the hands of the Obamao health plan.

But seriously, White Fang is a great book.


4 posted on 08/18/2009 1:35:29 AM PDT by Gemsbok (Dead men tell no tales!)
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To: T.L.Sink

So he lived with a few dogs for a year and that makes him an authority?

hardly.

His work is classified as fiction because that’s what it is. Touchy feely fiction.


5 posted on 08/18/2009 1:37:46 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: T.L.Sink; Slings and Arrows; shibumi

Not much difference between Vick and the poster who advocated poisoning dogs with antifreeze on another thread.

*Anybody* who intentionally inflicts prolonged suffering on an animal is evil.


6 posted on 08/18/2009 1:38:37 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away..a!"............)
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To: T.L.Sink

I saw Vick on 60 Minutes on Sunday night. I couldn’t tell if he was really sorry for what he did.


7 posted on 08/18/2009 1:39:20 AM PDT by library user
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

Thanks for the site!


8 posted on 08/18/2009 1:41:18 AM PDT by VicVega (Join Jihad, get captured by the US and resettled in the best places in the world. I love the USA)
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To: Salamander

*Anybody* who intentionally inflicts prolonged suffering on an animal is evil.

I agree, I don’t understand the apologists. Sure forgive him but let him do something out of the public eye. Do we need him in the NFL? I mean would the league implode without him?


9 posted on 08/18/2009 1:43:59 AM PDT by toddausauras
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To: Salamander

I would support poisoning Michael Vick with antifreeze.


10 posted on 08/18/2009 1:47:29 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Crazy is the new sane.)
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To: T.L.Sink

Michael Vick is a thug, plain and simple, and he will meet a thug’s end at some future point.


11 posted on 08/18/2009 1:56:46 AM PDT by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: Salamander

BINGO! I agree completely.


12 posted on 08/18/2009 1:57:26 AM PDT by Ronin (Nemo me impune lacesset)
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To: tgusa
Michael Vick is a thug, plain and simple, and he will meet a thug’s end at some future point.

I agree and I do not think he has any remorse at all for the suffering he inflicted on those dogs. The only thing he is sorry about is getting caught.

But HEY, he plays good ball. Or, at least he did. So lots of "sportsmen" want to give him a pass and let him back in the game.

I have nothing but contempt for people like that.

13 posted on 08/18/2009 2:01:16 AM PDT by Ronin (Nemo me impune lacesset)
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To: library user
Actually, even though he may be sorry - Perhaps for a number of reasons that really don't have anything to do with the acts he committed against these animals (Like having upset his career, gone to jail, cost himself millions) he is imbued with a mind set that accepts this conduct. I don't think any amount of self searching and therapy can undo that.

Can you imagine how this A$$hole treats and/or relates to women or other family members?

14 posted on 08/18/2009 2:02:30 AM PDT by TCats
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To: toddausauras

By apologizing for him, they become partakers of his sins.


15 posted on 08/18/2009 2:44:01 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away..a!"............)
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To: Slings and Arrows

At least he would understand [but probably not own up to] the agony inflicted upon him.


16 posted on 08/18/2009 2:45:24 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away..a!"............)
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To: Ronin

Thank you.

A lot of people think I’m a b*tch for stating things like that.

Tough.

:)


17 posted on 08/18/2009 2:46:42 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away..a!"............)
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To: TCats

“Can you imagine how this A$$hole treats and/or relates to women or other family members? “

How many idiot women lined up to date OJ Simpson after he was “acquitted”?

[answer: a lot]

There are people in this world who are apparently simply too stupid to be allowed out of the house alone.

Whoever hired Vicks is one of them.


18 posted on 08/18/2009 2:50:39 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.........)
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To: TCats
Can you imagine how this A$$hole treats and/or relates to women or other family members?

That is another extremely valid point.

Just as serial murderers often start by killing animals, I think that it is entirely within the realm of possibility that the thrill this guy gets from inflicting pain on animals and watching animals forced to inflict pain on each other can only be magnified once he starts on real people.

I would not want anyone I know or love anywhere near him.

19 posted on 08/18/2009 2:53:18 AM PDT by Ronin (Nemo me impune lacesset)
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To: Salamander

Yes. I thought America was way too dog-loving to accept this and so soon.


20 posted on 08/18/2009 2:55:49 AM PDT by toddausauras
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To: Ronin

My son-in-law says he’s uncoachable. His natural talent got him through college but when he got to NFL he needed the extra capability to translate direction into action which is what failed him with the Falcons. Don’t get me wrong, he was acceptable, but not the level he could have been if he could take direction. What will be interesting will be to see if he’s changed.


21 posted on 08/18/2009 3:18:13 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: toddausauras

I thought America was way too smart to elect an inexperienced Chicago “mystery” thug but there ya go.


22 posted on 08/18/2009 3:44:20 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.........)
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To: T.L.Sink

It was a good read.

The only thing I can think of to stop an attack by a pit bull is to smash the spinal cord.


23 posted on 08/18/2009 3:56:57 AM PDT by 2ndClassCitizen (Sure pit bulls are friendly, they were bred that way.)
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To: TCats

To inflict death upon something is a very last resort. Torturing something is a scary thing. I can see self-defense, but not what this guy did, just do not understand the mentality that would do something like this.


24 posted on 08/18/2009 3:59:33 AM PDT by 2ndClassCitizen (Sure pit bulls are friendly, they were bred that way.)
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To: T.L.Sink

Jack London was a committed communist. Read The Sea Wolf to get an idea of his politics.


25 posted on 08/18/2009 4:13:16 AM PDT by saganite (What would Sully do?)
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To: 2ndClassCitizen

You may be right. I don’t know much about pit bulls except that some breeders say they’ve been “overbred” deliberately to bring out their most ferocious and vicious traits. By the way, when I was about ten I had a type of pit bull for a pet and didn’t even know it. A lady in our neighborhood was a breeder and she gave me a Staffordshire Terrier. It was a terriic and lovable dog. I only learned years later that the “Amstaff” was an American version of the pit bull. That was long before all the bad notoriety for pit bulls became so well publicized.


26 posted on 08/18/2009 5:56:56 AM PDT by T.L.Sink
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