Evel

July 3rd, 2017

December 31, 1967 – Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV

Insecure about echoes from Dealy Plaza, hippies & heightening Vietnam involvement, America was desperate for a hero.

Unable to strike a deal with ABC, Evel spent all of his money to have John Derek and wife, Linda Evans, film the jump.

He lost his last $100 at the blackjack table, did a shot of Wild Turkey, and attempted to jump his motorcycle across the fountains at Caesars Palace.

What follows is the most spectacular, horrifying motorcycle crash in daredevil history.

Knievel clears the fountains but lands short of the ramp. He is torn from his 650 cc Triumph Bonneville  T120 motorcycle.

Man and machine, twist, turn, flip, tumble and intertwine for an eternity.

He crushes his pelvis, femur, hip, wrist, and both ankles.

When he wakes from his 29 day coma, Evel Knievel is an American hero.

“The finest compliment you can pay a man is that his word was as good as gold. That’s the only thing I ever want them to say about me.”  – Evel Knievel

Patton

June 30th, 2017

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.

-George S. Patton

Letter from the Editor

June 29th, 2017

Dear Faithful Readers,

Breaking  news is hard business.

Harder still if you’re unpaid & unprofessional.

We’ve often been asked: “How do you do it?”

Simple: we have thousands of unpaid interns scattered across the globe, surfing the internet for the most interesting and important stories.

Then, for your viewing pleasure, we categorize stories into the following topics:

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, our President tells us we’re getting Fake News.

Is this a surprise? Television stations, radio stations, newspapers, publicists, lobbyists, and reporters are all, somehow, someway, in bed with their corporate sponsors, intelligence agencies, sports teams, celebrities, or the pharmaceutical companies they cover.

That’s why, now — maybe more than ever — it is up to the TheChickenhawk to uncover breaking news and dirty secrets.

We won’t rest until the rest rest.

Until our next breaking news story: remember to breathe!

Lefty Rosenthal

June 28th, 2017

LAS VEGAS — Monday, Oct. 4, 1982 |

After dining with associates, Marty Kane, Ruby Goldstein, and Stanley Green at Tony Roma’s, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal left the restaurant and got into his 1981 Cadillac Eldorado.

He turned the ignition and both were blown to shreds.

Lefty survived. The Eldorado did not.

Special agent in charge of the Las Vegas office of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency said, “If I had seen the car and not known what had happened I would figure for sure anyone in the car would not have made it.”

At the scene, Rosenthal refused to sign a crime report or discuss the matter with investigators.

Two nights after the assassination attempt, a bruised, burned, and bandaged Rosenthal invited three reporters, including George Knapp, to his home for an orchestrated press-conference.

Knapp asked Rosenthal who was behind the bombing and Lefty replied, “Well it certainly wasn’t the Boy Scouts of America.”

Asked if he thought his lifelong friend, Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, might be behind it, Rosenthal’s response, according to Knapp, was something like “I hope not.”

Lefty was asked if the FBI had contacted him, he said yes but emphasized he had no intention of cooperating with the government.

The reporters believe they were invited to Lefty’s home because he wanted to use the media “to assure his associates that he wasn’t going to rat them out.”

Blakey

June 27th, 2017

G. Robert Blakey  – South Bend, Indiana

In 2011 we called former Chief Counsel & Director of The House Select Committee on Assassinations, G. Robert Blakey at his Notre Dame lair.

Hello?

Hello, Professor Blakey?

(Pause) Yes?

Hi, I’m Max, can I talk to you for a minute?

I’m, -uh, actually, in a meeting, now’s not good, you can try me in an hour.

(An hour & 1/2 later …)

Hello?

Professor Blakey?

(Pause & no comment)

This is Max, I called you, like, an hour ago and I’m hoping to talk to you for a minute –

Uh, ok, I only have 10 minutes.

Terrific, looking back at the HSCA, it seems as though you were put in a very difficult and very, very political position.

I didn’t look at it as a political position at all. We were there to do a job.

It’s my understanding, the HSCA found conspiracy probable due to acoustic evidence-

No, you’re wrong. There was enough evidence to find probable conspiracy even without acoustical evidence.

Like what?

Witnesses and witness reaction. There was SM Holland standing on the overpass. There’s the Zapruder film.

There was 1 – 2, 3 – 4 shots. The first two coming from the rear.

After all these years, Lone Nut or Conspiracy. Does it matter?

No. Well, it matters for history.

Did the Committee find evidence that Oswald & Ruby knew each other?

No we didn’t. And I don’t believe they knew each other and it doesn’t matter even if they did. There are some that say they saw them together at the strip club. Frankly, I don’t  believe it.

Regarding the intelligence agencies stonewalling of your committee, specifically, Joannides, do you think it implicates the intelligence community?

No, not at all. There’s no reason to think, just because they stonewalled us, that they had anything to do with conspiracy.

What about the other things, like discrediting conspiracy theorists like Mark Lane?

Well, right. All these things add up and make us wonder why? We found no evidence that suggested the CIA had anything to do with the assassination. Look, if they did have anything to do with the assassination they wouldn’t leave anything behind anyway.

What about the Mexico City recordings and photos?

Those things aren’t evidence of conspiracy.

As sad as the assassination itself was, what seems almost as sad to me, is it’s historical aftermath. Whether it was the cabal, mafia, or a lone nut, it just seems so sad that we still wonder.

Look, a completely sane, rational person can believe Lone Nut. We found some evidence of mafia conspiracy on a local level, not a commission level. We know this because, nationally, we were wiretapping them. We would have heard some chatter.

With hindsight, after all these years, & you don’t have to answer if you don’t want to, do you still believe these (mafia) forces were behind the assassination?

(No Answer)

Professor Blakey?

(No Answer – Pause – then “click.”)

Professor Blakey?

Las Vegas Corporate Takeover Complete

June 26th, 2017

Las Vegas Free Fall.

In the final capitulation of corporate take over, the NFL’s Raiders are moving to and the NHL’s Golden Knights are expanding right here in Glitter Gulch.

For now hotel rooms, convention halls & restaurants are empty.

Pimps, prostitutes & drug dealers stare at their cell phones.

Tourists scurry through casinos wearing flip-flops.

Fear. Desperation. Paranoia.

Corporate Vegas can’t respond to the spiraling economy. They are the spiraling economy.

Mob-run Vegas, the rackets, thrived during down times.

We miss the good old, wiseguy days, when Las Vegas was a “We Are The World,” mob melting pot.

Giancana owned the Tropicana, Siegel & Lansky the Flamingo, Major Riddle the Dunes, Detroit and St. Louis families the Aladdin, Sarno Circus, Circus, Doc Stacher the Sands.

The mob was everywhere and everyone knew their place.

Almost everyone.

LeMay

June 23rd, 2017

 

TOKYO – March 9, 1945

General Curtis LeMay was the architect of “Operation Meetinghouse,” the systematic firebombing of Tokyo.

334 Superfortress B-29 bombers dropped 2,000 tons of incendiary bombs.

Temperatures reached 1800 degrees. Rivers and canals boiled.

The stench of burned human flesh permeated the last of the aircraft over the target.

An estimated 100,000 civilians were killed, more than killed by the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Over one million people were left homeless.

The New York Times reported: The heart of Tokyo is gone.

LeMay reflected if the US had lost the war, he would have been prosecuted for war crimes.

RFK Assassination

June 22nd, 2017

1966 - Washington, DC National Airport

June 6, 1968-

New Orleans District Attorney, Jim Garrison worried for Bobby’s life.

He received word that the Senator believed his conspiracy conclusion regarding the assassination of his brother.

Garrison understood if he knew what Kennedy thought, so did his enemies. He warned him that the only way to protect himself was to go public.

Through an intermediary, Kennedy let Garrison know he was going to do just that … after he won the California primary.

The CIA was desperate. Time was running out.

Over 49 years ago, RFK was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after delivering his California primary victory speech.

Saudi Leftover Coup

June 21st, 2017

(TCh)  Saudi Arabia’s King Salmann, (not to be confused with polyethnic cajun slamgrass legends Leftover Salmon) has replaced his nephew with his son, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, as crown prince.

There are many ways to look at this run-on sentence. King Salmann is 81 years old and he looks every bit of it. He made this move for a reason.

Possible motives:

  1. He likes his son more than his nephew?
  2. He doesn’t like his nephew?
  3. He doesn’t trust his nephew?

Let’s take a look at the new, crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz:

According to Wikipedia:

  • On 24 September 2015, 2236 Hajj pilgrims were killed. Sources claim this was due to attempts by the personal convoy of Mohammed bin Salman to force itself through the crowd, as well as several road closures in the area. In the beginning of 2016, Prince Mohammad bin Salman inflamed tensions with Iran approving the execution of popular Shia Cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Iran’s Shia population replied by setting fire to the Saudi Arabia embassy in Tehran. Since then, the two countries have cut off diplomatic ties. This execution came together with the execution of 46 people, mostly Sunni jihadis or dissenters.
  • Mohammed bin Salman has a lavish lifestyle. One incident which illustrates this is his spur of the moment purchase of the yacht Serene from Russian vodka tycoon Yuri Scheffler for a price of €500 million reported by New York Times magazine.
  • Mohammad has travelled extensively around the world, meeting with politicians, business leaders and celebrities. In June 2016, he met with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

To Review:  The Prince might have started the Mina stampede, spends money, travels and hobnobs with the rich & famous. Sounds just like Justin Bieber or any other Saudi prince.

To this news sniffer, things don’t smell right.

Let’s take a look at the artist formerly known as the crown prince, Mohammed bin Nayef Al Saud.

The Big Wik(ipedia) tells us:

  • Muhammad bin Nayef, unlike most of the royal family, actively talks to the media. Concerning the struggle against terrorism, he adopts a policy of the iron fist like his father, Prince Nayef. He, and other decision-making elites, believe terrorism must be treated as a form of crime and fought with ruthless policing methods.
  • Muhammad bin Nayef was commended by Western intelligence agencies for Saudi Arabia’s counterterrorism programs. He called for a “security channel” with the United States to facilitate information exchange. He firmly supported U.S. President Barack Obama in his opposition to the release of detainee interrogation photographs. He thought that Yemen was a “dangerous failed state” and becoming a serious threat to Saudi Arabia. He further believed that Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was losing control. He suggested a strategy of directly working with Yemeni tribes, condemning terrorism.
  • He praised General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani as a “good man”. He voiced his concerns concerning Iran’s nuclear program. He defers foreign policy issues to the King. After his appointment as interior minister, U.S. diplomats argued that he is “the most pro-American minister in the Saudi Cabinet”.

Oh, now I get it: the former crown prince was in the pocket of Western intelligence agencies.

The new prince?

Not so much.

Jimmy The Greek

June 21st, 2017

Born Dimetrios Georgios Synodinos in Steubenville, Ohio, Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder, was the self-made man with the million dollar smile.

He single handily moved betting and point spread conversation from back rooms and gin joints to America’s kitchens and living rooms.

He not only made it commonplace, he made it respectable.

The Greek moved to Las Vegas in 1956 and started his weekly pro-football betting line. He became a television icon on CBS’ NFL Today.

Unlucky for Jimmy, on January 16, 1988, he was fired by CBS for a controversial off-air, off-the-cusp interview at a dinner reception on MLK’s birthday.

Ala fellow Greek, Al Campanis, Jimmy made controversial remarks about black athletes and their roll in sports.

Jimmy, obviously in the bag, was asked: “What about blacks in coaching?

Jimmy: “Pretty soon they’ll have to equalize it for the blacks for the Greeks, the Jews and for everybody. And I mean let’s make it equal for everybody.”

Question: What about it was equal in sports?

Jimmy: “Well they’ve got everything and if they take over coaching like everybody wants them to, there’s not going to be anything left for the white people. All the players are black. The black talent is beautiful, it’s great, it’s out there. The only thing left for the whites is the coaching jobs. Pretty soon they’ll take over that too.”

Question: Don’t they need more black coaches?

Jimmy:  “I’m alright with that too. Whites control coaching jobs, that’s all that’s left for them.”

He unfortunately continued: “The black is a better athlete to begin with because he’s been bred to be that way, because of his high thighs and big thighs that goes up into his back, and they can jump higher and run faster because of their bigger thighs and he’s bred to be the better athlete because this goes back all the way to the Civil War when during the slave trade … the slave owner would breed his big black to his big woman so that he could have a big black kid …”

Walter Payton and Ahmad Rashad spoke out in defense of Jimmy the Greek.

Jimmy the Greek Snyder died an ostracized and broken heart on April 21, 1996 at the age of 77.