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Tucker Carlson thinks Michael Vick should have been executed

Tucker Carlson is on TV this week, as a substitute. Tucker Carlson does not have his own TV show, in part because Jon Stewart famously schooled him when Carlson was co-hosting CNN's "Crossfire."

Tucker Carlson wants Michael Vick to be executed Carlson never recovered.

What has happened to Carlson's career in the six years that Stewart knocked the bow tie right off the smug host? Carlson has three things going for him. He has a relatively new website, The Daily Caller, which launched earlier this year. He regularly calls into the Bubba the Love Sponge's radio show. And to pay the bills, he is under contract with Fox News, where he pops up on various political shows to punch up their panels and occasionally fill in for vacationing hosts.

This week Carlson is keeping Sean Hannity's seat warm. Tuesday he chose to punch up "Hannity" using the trifecta of any controversial conversation: religion, politics, and extreme stances on death. While setting up a segment on President Obama's recent telephone call to Jeffrey Lurie, the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles (wherein the president praised the Eagles for giving ex-con quarterback Michael Vick a second chance after being incarcerated), Carlson casually stated that even though he is a Christian, he thinks Vick should be killed for the crime that the courts thought was only worthy of 19 months in the clink.

"I'm a Christian," Carlson quipped mere days after the celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace. "I've made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances, but Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did in a heartless and cruel way. And I think, personally, he should've been executed for that. He wasn't, but the idea that the president of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs? Kind of beyond the pale."

Job well done, Tucker. If there's three things popular on the "Hannity" show it's God, guns, and Obama-bashing. Carlson hit his quota in less than 16 seconds. And like a cherry on top, the Internet is buzzing with people typing out "Tucker..."

Some of the reaction after the jump.

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Animal lovers take to Twitter to talk about Michael Vick's comments about future dog ownership

Michael Vick said in a recent interview that he wants to have a pet dog and hopes to get one someday, in part because his children "miss having one, and that's the hardest thing: telling them that we can't have one because of my actions."

Many animal lovers were outraged by Vick's comments, in which he described himself as having "love and ... passion for animals" and said he felt that owning a dog "would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process." Here's a sampling of what the folks on Twitter have been saying:

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Michael Vick says he wants to have another dog

Football star and former dogfighter Michael Vick's statements that he would like to own a dog as a pet have incited intense debate among animal lovers, football fans and water-cooler gossipers.

Vick told TheGrio.com that he "would love to get another dog in the future. I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process."

That comment didn't surprise us much, since Vick said pretty much the same thing -- that he wished he could have a dog again "more than anything in the world" -- at one of his anti-dogfighting speaking engagements more than a year ago. What did surprise us was the wording of a comment he made later in the same interview with TheGrio:

"I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love and my passion for animals; I think it would be outstanding. If I ever have the opportunity again I will never take it for granted. I miss having a dog right now. I wish I could. My daughters miss having one, and that's the hardest thing: telling them that we can’t have one because of my actions."

Wait, what? Did Vick really refer to himself as having "love and ... passion for animals"? We're pretty sure we weren't dreaming. He explains the comment in the video above -- saying he's a big fan of animals including birds and, ahem, dogs -- and mentions that his experience getting caught for dogfighting has helped him grow, both as a regular-old person and as a football player.

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Michael Vick tells high schoolers 'I think I'm being used by God'

Michael Vick speaking to the Wilbur Cross High School

The Michael Vick partnership with the Humane Society's "End Dogfighting" campaign made stops at two high schools in Connecticut on Tuesday to encourage America's youth to be kind to animals.

The Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback says that kids are more likely to listen to what he says about animal cruelty because they've seen where he has come from -- namely 18 months in prison -- due to his activity with Bad Newz Kennels.

Before his arrest for racketeering Vick said he was blind to animal rights, but he now sees the light. "I didn’t really care what people felt about animals," Vick told the students about his lack of emotion while involved in dogfighting with pit bulls. "I didn’t care about the welfare of animals."

But that ignorance has been turned into a blessing from on high, the NFL star said, which includes a tightening of legal restrictions across the country once the spotlight turned to lax laws surrounding dogfighting and minimal fines. "I think I’m being used by God," Vick said, "because all the laws have changed since my incident."

"In my opinion he means what he says and this is a healing process for him" Caleb Levy told News 8 in New Haven, Conn., after Vick spoke to Wilbur Cross High School.

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Michael Vick's Monday night performance didn't impress everyone

While many were marveling at Michael Vick's Monday Night Football heroics, some were wincing at it all while never forgetting about the victims.

One of those who was wincing was L.A. Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke, who wrote an emotional column that has quickly become one of his most popular screeds. An excerpt:

If he continues playing this well, he could end up as the league's most valuable player. In six games, he has thrown for 11 touchdowns, run for four more touchdowns, committed zero turnovers and produced nearly 300 total yards per game. Heck, at this rate, with his Eagles inspired by his touch, he could even win a Super Bowl, one of the greatest achievements by an American sportsman.

And yet a large percentage of the population will still think Michael Vick is a sociopath. Many people will never get over Vick's own admissions of unthinkable cruelty to his pit bulls -- the strangling, the drowning, the electrocutions, the removal of all the teeth of female dogs who would fight back during mating.

Some believe that because Vick served his time in prison, he should be beyond reproach for his former actions. Many others believe that cruelty to animals isn't something somebody does, it's something somebody is.

"Dog owner can't forgive Michael Vick" has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people, shared over 51,000 times on Facebook, and has received over 500 comments. A small sampling of those comments can be seen after the jump.

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Michael Vick gets jersey in Hall of Fame after game; his receiver then compares Eagles to caged pit bulls

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Michael Vick has gone from the doghouse to the big house to the Hall of Fame in an extremely short period of time.

The troubled quarterback's criminal past and subsequent jail time seem to be well behind him as he has rehabilitated, re-energized, and is now back as a starting quarterback for the Eagles, leading his team to one victory after another.

Last night's awe-inspiring 59-28 drubbing of the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football was so impressive that the NFL Hall of Fame requested Vick's jersey for display in the museum. The strong armed quarterback threw for 333 yards with four touchdowns, which would have been a great day for any other field general. Vick's real weapon is his speed. He rushed for 80 yards and found himself in the end zone twice, earning himself the NFC's Player of the Week for the second week in a row.

Because Vick became the first player in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards, rush for more than 50 yards, throw four touchdown passes and rush for two touchdowns in one game, the Hall of Fame wants to hold him in high honor.

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Authorities report surge in dogfighting investigations in Philadelphia in the last year

Burrito dog PHILADELPHIA — When humane officers responded to a North Philadelphia row home in February, they found pit bulls chained to spikes driven into the ground in the backyard. They seized treadmills, steroids and "break sticks" used to separate fighting dogs at the jaws.

They also arrested a man who had long been on their radar as a suspected dogfighter. This time, officers were able to get enough information to nab him thanks to an increase in tips.

One major reason? Since the Philadelphia Eagles brought convicted dogfighter Michael Vick to town, more people are aware that the illegal sport is also a crime.

"It has really brought this to light," said George Bengal, director of law enforcement for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "People are definitely more aware or attuned to this type of activity."

The number of dogfighting investigations in Philadelphia has jumped over the last year, a surge attributed to increased public awareness since Vick joined the Eagles, a new SPCA hot line to report dogfighting, stepped-up enforcement and -- some activists say -- new animal abusers drawn to the illegal sport.

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Michael Vick honored for courage at NFL award ceremony; animal activists protest

Vick1 BALTIMORE — Inside the banquet hall, a humbled but defiant Michael Vick was honored Tuesday night as one of 32 NFL players to receive the Ed Block Courage Award.

Outside, dozens of protesters expressed dismay over his nomination.

The award is presented to players who exemplify commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. Each NFL team selects their own recipient, and most of the winners were on hand for the gala event Tuesday night.

Vick was picked as the Philadelphia Eagles' representative by a unanimous vote of his teammates. Once a star quarterback with the Atlanta Falcons, Vick was convicted in 2007 for his role in a dogfighting ring and served 18 months in federal prison.

"I'm very humbled to be here," Vick said before the award ceremony. "I'm blessed to be voted by my peers, to be here, and this is an opportunity that I will take advantage of and cherish forever."

It was the first award he received since being reinstated by the NFL in September 2009.

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Michael Vick offered $1 million to pose for Playgirl and donate the money to PETA?

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Talk about strange bedfellows.

According to Life & Style magazine Playgirl has offered the notorious quarterback seven figures to take it all off for ... the animals.

A spokesperson for Playgirl says it made the convicted animal abuser an offer last week but hadn't received a response. "I figured he paid back society for dogfighting, but what about the animals?"

Playgirl continued: "This way he could donate a large sum to PETA and all he'd have to do is pose for the magazine! It's kind of a win-win situation."

Vick admitted in August of 2007 to drowning, electrocuting and hanging under-performing dogs in his dog-fighting stable and was sent to jail for 18 months. He spent an additional 2 months in home confinement and lost millions of dollars in lost wages and lawsuits, including a multimillion-dollar suit from his former team, the Atlanta Falcons, which won the right to about $7 million of his signing bonus. But still, many animal lovers do not agree that the star quarterback has yet paid his debt to society; indeed, many protested his return to the NFL this year when he was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles as a backup.

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Michael Vick's docu-series debuts on BET

Michael Vick's 10-part docu-series, "The Michael Vick Project," debuted on the BET network Tuesday. The Times' television critic Robert Lloyd recently reviewed the show; here's an excerpt:

Vick ["The Michael Vick Project's"] game plan is laid out clearly in the opening narration: "Against all odds, one man escaped and uplifted a family. But his humble beginnings led to a very tragic ending. But from darkness he saw the light. Blessed with a second chance, he must once again rise above to heal his family, his community, his legacy." (Heal his legacy?) It is a redemption story, couched in religious terms: "I'm Michael Vick," Vick says over the opening credits. "My fall from grace was tragic, but it was all my fault, and I'm on a mission to get everything back. Not the money and the fame, but to restore my family's good name."

You can decide for yourself whether this process is already, for all intents and purposes, complete. That Vick's Philadelphia teammates recently voted him the Ed Block Courage Award, for players who "exemplify commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage," seems to indicate that it is, as does a BET online poll in which 85% of those responding agreed that the quarterback had already done enough to "repair his image." It also indicates that the likely audience for this show is already on the star's side.

Indeed, there are plenty of people in this world who would not regard Vick's adventures in dog fighting as anything to apologize for in the first place -- nothing to go to prison for, anyway, as he did. Many humans are insensitive to the sensitivity of other species. (For that matter, many humans are unconscious of the humanity of whole classes of other humans.) And though Vick admits here that his treatment of his dogs was "inhumane and barbaric," the bloody specifics of his operation are avoided, including the fact that his partners -- and Vick himself at times -- would kill dogs that did not perform well, shooting them, hanging them, drowning them.

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Photo: Vick visits the BET network on Feb. 2. Credit: Jemal Countess / Getty Images

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