All the President’s Men. Revised

On June 17, 2017 MSNBC will air All the President’s Men Revised, a documentary narrated by Robert Reford, who started, along with Dustin Hoffman, as the real life Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, in the movie, All the President’s Men.

The movie is based on the book by the same title, laying out for us the events that led to President Nixon’s resignation.

It all started with the botched up burglary at the DNC headquarters at the Washington D.C. hotel, the Watergate.

If you have not seen the movie, I recommend it.  Better yet, if you have not read the book, read it.  Watch the documentary, too.

You might get a sense why so many reporters of a certain age; those who grew up around the 1974 scandal decided to become journalist.

Many of these journalist will gladly tell you that the Watergate scandal was the fuel propelling their pursuit of a journalism career.

Since Watergate many scandals have hit the White House occupant.  Some of those scandal had the “gate” attached to it.  But not this Russian thing.  Not this current mess.  You have not seen a headline about the Russian Gate.

There are a few, very intelligent, very clear thinking, very non-partisan individuals who say this Russian mess is bigger than Watergate.

For the record, I agree.

This scandal will destroy careers.  Some people close to the President will go to jail.  Read about the aftermath of Nixon’s resignation.  See how many ended up in jail, while Nixon was home watching TV.

But it will also make careers.  Many of the journalists will become shinning stars.  With book deals.  Movie deals.  Expensive speaking engagements.

Don’t expect a “Woodward and Bernstein” type of character to emerge, simply because there are too many wolves chasing the same herd.  In this metaphor the wolves are the journalists, and the herd are those sycophants stuck in Trump’s rectum.

The wolf metaphor applies to journalists’ ferocity in their pursuit of the truth, and not to those other qualities we have given wolves.  I hope publishers and editors know the difference as they walk in these neck high muddy waters.

The movie touches on this point.  Publishers are woken up at midnight, in order to get their permission to publish some new, damaging piece of information.   In-house lawyers give their opinion about the possibility of legal retribution by Nixon.  All behind closed door activities that we can imagine are happening how as well, but we don’t really know, although we do get some hints of it.

So, watch the movie if you have not.  Get a little historical perspective.  Don’t let anybody fool you.  We are living in the middle of meteor size shit storm.



Cock Fighting Still Legal

I was surprised when I over heard part of a conversation at the super market the other day.

Someone was saying cock fighting was still legal in the United States.

I googled it later during the day, and again, to my surprise they were right.

This is what I found:

There is no federal law outlawing cock fighting. 47 states do have laws making cock fighting illegal in the particular state, but 3 states have no law banning the practice.

And guess what cock fight goes on every day. On the weekend the event draws large crowds. Kids and all.

The time has come to prohibit this cruel practice at the federal level.

Truth be told, they have tried before. But there is big money behind it.

The cock fighting industry, yes, there is a cock fighting industry, is a billion dollar a year industry.

If we do a simple math that’s $333 million per state. If all 50 states had legal cock fighting, the industry could be an $17 billion dollar industry.

That is more money than twice of the annual budget of some large county in the United States.

And that’s without counting the illegal gambling that goes during the event card. Cock fighting is like boxing.   There is a card every night. But the big night is Saturday night.

The last time Congress tried to pass a bill to prohibit the practice, the cock fighting aficionados spend over $250,000.00 in lobbying efforts to block the passage of the bill.  Most of that money went to Senator Lott. At the time he was Senate Majority Leader. For 7 months he did not let the bill go to the Senate floor for a vote.

The aficionado side argues that the sport, they call it sport, is brutal but not cruel. That is one alternative opinion, based on alternative facts, in my honest opinion.

On the other side you have all the non-profit animal rights organizations, like the the Humane Society and others.

Aficionados argue that the events are fun. A good time for the whole family. That is a tradition.

Bare knuckle fighting is entertaining. Dog fighting is entertaining.

Cock fighting has a long history. But so do all the other blood sports we have come to realized are cruel, and torturous for the animals.

The question is, do we wish to inflict pain and suffering on animals for our entertainment?

If you answer yes, then legal the game will stay, if you answer, no, then laws have to be introduced and passed to make it illegal.