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Archive for June, 2013

Rooster Bridge – Demopolis, Alabama

Posted by gamecocksunlimited on June 25, 2013

“As the result of a sale of some 5,000 roosters on August 4-5, 1919, a bridge is to be built across the Tombigbee river at Demopolis, Alabama. Thus another obstacle on the Dixie Overland highway is to be removed. The bridge is to cost about $175,000. The rooster sale netted about $250,000 [approximately $50 each]. The additional funds will be utilized to improve the road and the approaches to the bridge in Marengo and Sumter counties. The work will be carried on under the direction of the State Highway Department of Alabama.

Four of these birds were donated by President Wilson, Lloyd George of England, and Premiers Clemenceau of France and Orlando of Italy. The idea of the rooster sale came from F. L. Derby, a stockman of Alabama.

The “Rooster Bridge,” as it was known, served traffic on the Dixie Overland Highway and U.S. 80 until 1980, when it was demolished and replaced by a bridge on new location. A second parallel bridge was built at the new location.

A 1971 resolution passed by the Alabama Legislature decreed that any bridge or bridges that cross the Tombigbee River at that point shall bear the name Rooster Bridge”


Old Rooster Bridge
Posted July 25, 2011, by Ben Tate

Historical Marker:

“Side A

In 1919 a rooster sale organized by Frank Derby raised money to begin construction of a bridge over the Tombigbee River at Moscow Ferry. This was the last link in the completion of the Dixie Overland Highway between Savannah and San Diego.

The idea was “to bridge the ‘Bigbee with cocks”: Roosters would be solicited from world-famous persons and an auction and barbeque held in the city of Demopolis for the benefit of the bridge.

Congressmen “Buck” Oliver, Admiral William S. Benson, and Secretary of Navy Josephus Daniels helped sell President Wilson on the idea. He and the others of the Big Four, Lloyd George, Clemenceau, and Orlando, who were meeting at the Versailles Conference, shipped roosters on the USS Northern Pacific. Governor Kilby sent 27 prominent Alabamians to the White House to receive the roosters from President Wilson.

Side B

By August 14, 1919, 600 roosters (and one hen from Helen Keller) had arrived in Demopolis. President Wilson’s rooster auctioned for $44,000. Over $200,000 was pledged, but most was not collected. The names of 88 donors appear on markers at the original site one mile downstream.

With the addition of state and federal funds the bridge was constructed and opened in 1925 as Memorial Bridge. Always known locally as Rooster Bridge, the name was officially changed in 1959 when a bill sponsored by Sen. E. O. Eddins passed the State Legislature. In July, 1971, a bill sponsored by State Representatives I. D. Pruitt and R. S. Manley was approved, which decreed that all future bridges over the Tombigbee at Moscow would be named Rooster Bridge and bear plaques relating the unique plan devised by Frank Derby in building the first bridge.”


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One more way the Gamecock and their breeders have helped civilization


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NMGBA: Dr. Patricia Norris killed hundreds of gamecocks

Posted by gamecocksunlimited on June 24, 2013

NMGBA: Dr. Patricia Norris killed hundreds of gamecocks.

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Thomas Sumter “The Carolina Gamecock”

Posted by gamecocksunlimited on June 20, 2013

General Thomas Sumter (August 14, 1734 – June 1, 1832) was a hero of the American Revolution and went on to become a longtime member of the Congress of the United   States.

Sumter was born in Virginia came to South Carolina at age 30 and settled in Stateburg in the Camden district. He married the widow Mary Jameson in 1767 and together they opened several small businesses and became successful plantation owners. Due to his wealth and the respect in the community he was able to form a local militia group.

In February of 1776 he was elected Lieutenant Cornel of the second regiment of riflemen. He participated in several battles in the early months of the war, including the campaign to prevent an invasion of Georgia.

After the British surrounded Charleston, South Carolina they actively started to search for Sumter who had to escape to the up-state. There he formed a resistance group, recruiting men from South and North Carolina to fight the British Army. He was elected Brigadier General. He and his troops fiercely fought the British and continuously disrupted supply chains and lines of communication.

His fierce battle style and his lack of fear earned him the nickname “The Gamecock”. After the revolutionary war, he started his political career and served under the first four Presidents of the United States. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1780-1793 and from 1797-1801. He served in the US Senate from 1801-1810.

When he died on June 1, 1832, Thomas Sumter was the last surviving American officer of the American Revolution.

The county in which Stateburg, SC is now located was named SumterCounty in 1800 and the county seat is the city of Sumter. Both, Sumter High School and the nearby University of South   Carolina use the nickname Gamecock for their athletic teams.

Sumter would be most famous throughout history, however, for another of his namesakes — FortSumter, a defended US Army outpost at the entrance to Charleston Harbor the shelling of which precipitated the beginning of the American Civil War.

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Cockfighting raised money for Guam Memorial Hospital | Gameness til the End

Posted by gamecocksunlimited on June 18, 2013

Cockfighting raised money for Guam Memorial Hospital | Gameness til the End.


One more way the Gamecock and their breeders have helped civilization

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Cockfighting – Sports and Lifestyle | Gameness til the End

Posted by gamecocksunlimited on June 18, 2013

Cockfighting – Sports and Lifestyle | Gameness til the End.

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“Why Government Is Your Enemy!”

Posted by gamecocksunlimited on June 13, 2013

“Why Government Is Your Enemy!”

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“Rural America, In The Crosshairs!”

Posted by gamecocksunlimited on June 13, 2013

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Who’s Side Are You On, Anyway?

Posted by gamecocksunlimited on June 9, 2013

Posted by Darren U. Talissen on September 3rd, 2007

Someone was reading some of my commentaries on this blog, and as they read a look of surprise came over their face. He turned in his chair, looked at me and asked, “Who’s side are you on, anyway? I have known you most of my life, I know that you love your chickens, and I know that some of your best friends are cockers. I also know that you are being offensive to our cockfighting friends. I have seen you at the pits with a look of admiration on your face. I have seen you heel roosters, condition roosters and pit roosters more than once, but these posts make me wonder what is going on in your thick skull”

My reply to him was, “Currently, the losing side, but if all of the gamefowl enthusiasts would band together, that would change quickly.”

In my previous posts, I have pointed out the faults of some of our comrades in the gamefowl world, this is true. I have given my opinion on several matters of how we should be handling things. I have even thrown out a few offensive words. If any of the things I said offended you personally, I have a question for you. Who’s side are you on, anyway?

If you want to make an omelet, you gotta break some eggs, and that is what I am here to do. The possum walking through the woods doesn’t get your attention, but the one that raids your nests and breaks some eggs does. I want your attention, because in this battle for our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, we are losing quickly.

We are not losing because we don’t have a leg to stand on. We are not losing because our cause is dishonorable. We are losing because many of us are the worst enemy of our cause. Many of us consistently throw ammunition to our enemies. I am not pointing these things out because I want to discredit you, belittle you, or insult you. I am pointing these things out because I want you to take heed of your actions and words. I want you to think about what you are doing, as all of us are judged by the actions of one of us.

The HSUS, PETA, and the likes, have spread so many lies about us to so many people, that we must start to prove these to be lies immediately. At the same time, we must tell the other half of the half truths that these groups tell. We are not going to gain much ground by posting on our message boards, as the general public does not read these posts. We aren’t going to gain much ground talking to each other on the telephone about it, as the general public does not have your telephone line tapped. We are not going to gain much ground by stalking HSUS officers on the internet, insulting them in comment areas where they have posted, as some of the language I have seen on some of those posts just further cements the myth that we are all uncivilized ruffians.

If we want to dispute these myths we must do it in public forums. If you have a myspace account post the truth about us there. If you have a yahoo account, post it in your profile. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. Invite your local television station to film the good living conditions of your fowl. Invite your state senator or congressman to visit your farm and discuss gamefowl. Our enemies are gaining most of their momentum through the mainstream media, not through their newsletters that only their supporters read. If we want to counterattack, we must do it in the mainstream, not in venues that only our supporters and enemies read. Of course, if you take any of the above advice, please, I beg you, do not cause more damage than good to our cause. It may be a good idea to rehearse for verbal contact, or ask a friend to read over any written contact you plan to send. Keep in mind that a good journalist will try to get information from you that you are not readily willing to share, so be on your guard.

Through it all, keep in mind that you and I are on the same side. I welcome comments to any of my posts, whether they be negative, or positive. Either way it lets me know that I have at least been heard.

These are my thoughts, and I am Darren U. Talissen

Be as game as your roosters, and keep fighting the good fight

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Divided We Fall: Why Gamefowl Are Being Represented By The Losing Team By Darren U Talissen

Posted by gamecocksunlimited on June 9, 2013

( Editors Note: Gamefowlfacts forum has been deleted. )

It seems that every battle that is engaged between gamefowl enthusiasts and the various animal rights groups has the same result as the last. Of course, that result is the one with the HSUS or similar group laughing all the way to the bank, as we mourn the loss of yet another right.

As a group, we respond by joining chat sessions, posting to forums, or calling our counterparts. Regardless of the method of communication, the message is almost always the same. We lost because they told lies, they had more funds, or we were simply screwed.

All of those messages are true. Our enemies do not consider truth to be their best weapon, and they rarely use it. They are better funded, due to more donations. Finally we were simply screwed, but in most cases we were screwed by ourselves, or by each other. Let us scrutinize these three problems and discuss possible solutions.

First is the ever present problem of our enemies’ lack of honesty. Of course we all know the reasons for their lies, and that is our second dilemma, which is funds. If they were to tell the entire truth in regards to our beloved culture they would have far less supporters. Less supporters means less donations, which means lower paychecks for the officers of the company. Additionally, if they were to divulge the entire nature of our lifestyle I feel that they would have a lower degree of success in the passing of anti gamefowl legislation. If they fail enough times, their supporters will begin to doubt them and their donations will suffer.

At this point we have two choices, either we can sit quietly and watch as they step on even more of our rights, or we can dispel their rumors and prove them to be liars. I do not pretend to know all of the ways that we can end these myths, but the game-fowl live” project on this website is definitely a step in the right direction. We also need a few representatives, who are skilled “wordsmiths” to write editorials and send them to local newspapers, as well as submit to being interviewed by media sources. These individuals must be cunning and have a thought process rivaling that of a defense attorney, as the media will attempt to lure this person into “cutting off his nose to spite his face”. In order for these individuals to be able to do this it will take time and funds.

I would like to ask for some individuals who feel that they fit the above description to step forward and volunteer. I would also like to ask everyone who does not volunteer to pledge a monetary donation of whatever amount you can afford to support the representative of your choice. This donation would be sent directly to that individual to assist with the expenses that would be involved.

Our second dilemma is that we are underfunded, while our enemies are over-funded. This is a problem that probably can’t be completely ended until the first problem is remedied and their donations are beginning to decline. Until then, the only way we can assist is to donate to the UGBA. I have already gone deeply into the discussion of why we should all join and will not bore you by discussing it further.

Our third dilemma, is that we were simply screwed. This is definitely a problem that we face, however, in most cases we screwed ourselves, or were screwed by each other. Following is a list of ways that we screw ourselves and screw each other:

  1. When we label someone as an animal rights activist or “AR” when we do not have proof, we alienate that person. In one particular instance,
  2. We argue over every single thing we can think of to argue about. The gamefowlfacts forum is somewhat immune to this problem, though on Thanksgiving day I found a post where a member was accusing another member of recommending that people feed “poison” to their fowl. Luckily the member being accused promptly provided links proving the contrary before that person’s reputation was destroyed.
  3. We constantly provide excuses for our lack of participation on behalf of our community. I know that many of the excuses are valid, some are not well physically, others mentally, and still others are not well financially. Regardless of the situation, surely there is some way that you can assist in our fight. Hint: complaining that someone else has a bad idea or someone else failed is not assisting our fight.
  4. Most of us are not as game as our roosters. Most of us are a lot of talk, and not much action. This really seems strange to me because many of us will spend countless hours matching brood pens, toe marking our chicks, worming them regularly and mixing our feeds meticulously. We will spend many hours each night in the cockhouse with our conditioning rituals and wake up at 3 a.m. so that we aren’t late for the show. We will not hesitate to stay out all night in the rain or snow on the roof of the cock house watching for predators, but we will not spend a half hour writing a letter to a senator or representative. We will not spend the time to circulate a petition, and we will not ask a fellow cocker to join the UGBA.

In a nutshell, we are divided. If we are divided, then we cannot be described as a group, but many individuals. Many individuals who are being persecuted by a well funded group of tens of thousands. If we hope to gain any of the ground that we have lost, or stop losing ground we must unite and become a group. Only then will we be proving ourselves to be as game as our roosters.

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

These are my opinions and I am Darren U. Talissen

Be as game as your roosters, and keep fighting the good fight.

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