Cockfighting rings have been broken up in Phoenix Arizona, several of them since December. The punishment, much like reading the Discord, is quick and severe. Direct involvement can lead to a two year sentence, $150,000 fine, and decockmentation. Just watching the cocks battle can lead to a $25,000 fine. Fighting cocks is now illegal in all fifty states and is deemed by most (not including Michel Vick) to be socially incorrect in the modern age.
This has not always been the case. In fact many prestigious figures in American History have been avid cockfighting enthusiasts. Thomas Jefferson, while not pitching woo with indentured servants, was known to belly up to the cock pen. George Washington liked to watch two cocks go at it. Andrew Jackson used to challenge his neighbors to match cocks. Even Abraham ‘Cockcrazy’ Lincoln owned an entire flock of Gamecocks. They all have their pictures on money, Washington is a favorite in my wallet.
Cock fights were an acceptable form of entertainment and sport, and nearly as popular as hockey is today (which isn’t that impressive). The Bald Headed Eagle only beat out the cock by one vote to be are national bird. I can picture our cock emblem flag flying proudly over government buildings and brothels. “…and the cockets red glare…” (ouch).
These facts have led me to dig back through the ancient Daily Discord archives and search for articles relating to fighting cocks to see if any Discordians of old participated, or maybe even wrote with cock-feathered pens about the days of yore. Apparently they did:
The Cock Dilemma
By Sir Wolfgang Atsals 1775
Horatio Zano and I keep putting it to the rest. Benjamin Franklin has come with a potion he calls steroids from cow extract. Horace and I have been quite effectively injecting our cocks with it (ouch). Our monster cocks are just overwhelming all other participants. When Bald Cock Tony lets his tiny little cock out of the pen everyone laughs. Even that damn Irishman O’Tinno is in awe of our mighty cocks. I whipped out a cock so big the other day a woman nearly fainted. The problem is that although Horace and I have raked in a lot of silver lately, I feel the other competitors might bow out of the events. Duel Wolfe is upset because his cock, although rarely used, has become limp and unable to participate. Pete Winslow’s cock was killed, and Goober Crank’s cock would not even get back up into the cock ring.
It brings into question the legitimacy of the “steroid question” and also that of money. I do not feel we are cheating, but our cocks do have an advantage. Our cocks are larger, very muscular, and generally more aggressive. In the long run injecting our cocks may lead to the demise of the cockfighting ring, because the other competitors may drop out. But, hey, better not to fight at all then to have your cock’s head bitten off.
Well there you have it; not only a past article on the topic but some very influential historians were involved in cockfighting as well as the Daily Discord. It is hard to believe that cockfighting is being outlawed, but not the Discord. Most past political icons certainly had a ball with their cocks. George Bush, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton, the Daily Discord Nation respectfully challenges you to show us your cocks.