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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Saturday, January 29, 2005

The Winner and New Featherweight Champion...

Here's another one from the 'You Can't Make This Stuff Up' department. Oklahoma State Sen. Frank Shurden apparently has decided to set aside his push for a bill to mandate the castration of convicted sex offenders (aka the "de-nutting" bill) to focus on a more mainstream cause....yup you guessed it, cock fighting.

According to Shurden, cock fighting was a $100 million business in Oklahoma before it was wiped out by a 2002 state law which made it illegal. That's no typo, $100 million! Louisiana and New Mexico must be raking in that money now since they are the only two states where cockfighting is still legal. Shurden wants to bring it back to Oklahoma, but to make it more acceptable to us sensitive folk he has proposed that the roosters wear little boxing gloves and vests containing electronic sensors that record hits and help keep score.

"It's like the fencing that you see on the Olympics, you know, where they have little balls on the ends of the swords and the fencers wear vests," said Shurden. "That's the same application that would be applied to the roosters."

Riiiiight, I get it, just like fencing only with roosters. Never fear though, I'm sure the Oklahoma Coalition Against Cockfighting will protect our feathered friends. Heck, they even have their own Top 10 Reasons to Ban Cockfighting list posted. No way Shurden can compete with that.

Of course, you do have to feel a little bad for those hurt the most by the ban, the cock wranglers.

"We can't afford a million-dollar race horse or a million-dollar NASCAR car," said 68-year-old Ray Alexander, who raises roosters in Lincoln, Miss. "We can afford a chicken, and we can go out and be competitive with that chicken."

Well said Ray. Well said.


Blogger Jay said...

Hmm, do you think it's possible to get a cock fight ring going in my basement?

1:08 AM

Blogger Jamie said...

I can't imagine you need too much equipment to start your own ring up. Of course it goes without saying that you will need to hire a professional cock-fighting referee. You've got to respect the game.

11:48 PM


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