21 September 2006
the website judicial inc does such a good job putting together such fascinating reports we are featuring a few screen grabs from another of their latest. this one is on huey p. long. there is a movie set to open soon called "all the kings men" it stars sean penn (who will never be as good as he was as jeff spicoli in "fast times at ridgemont high") as a huey longesque politician named willie stark. long is way before our time and he has always received a bad rap as a good ole boy corrupt politician symbol of everything that is wrong with politics and politicians generally and louisiana specifically.
long was assasinated in september of 1935 in the state capitol at baton rouge, louisiana. the bullet holes are still in the wall for all to see. we had an old aunt that used to tell us stories about those days, in september 1935 she would have been eleven years old. her dad our grandfather was a school bus driver and naturally she rode his bus. one afternoon they were on their way home when a friend of our grandpas came out to the road and flagged him down. the man asked "did you hear that they killed our friend?"
our aunt would then go on to say how grandpa cried upon hearing the news. now our grandpa was what used to be called a hard shell baptist. he believed in god and in hard work he didnt put up with foolishness. according to our aunt it wasnt until pearl harbor was attacked that he went out and bought a radio to listen to war news. so it would seem that if huey long was as bad as some historians would have us believe that our grandpa wouldnt have been so upset.
anyway, click the link for more and at the bottom of that page there is a link to n audio recording of one of long's speeches.
Posted by wst... at 12:42