Milton McGregor said yesterday that Governor Bob Riley and John Tyson, the head of the Governor’s Task Force on Illegal Gambling, “are acting like a bunch of third world thugs.” That’s rich. Ousted and disgraced Birmingham Mayor, Larry Langford won 521 jackpots between 2006 and 2008 totaling more than 1.5 million dollars at McGregor’s currently shuttered Victoryland casino. According to a witness, one August day Mr. Langford was apparently escorted to specific machines by a casino employee. The witness alleges that while she won nothing that day, Mr. Langford left with somewhere in the neighborhood of 50k dollars in his pocket. Coincidence? Mr. McGregor would have us believe just that. If Riley and Tyson are third world thugs then uncle Milty certainly must be the real world embodiment of Tony Soprano.
If there is any profession that breeds more corruption than politics(with apologies to my office-holding acquaintances) it would likely be the career of gambling magnate. So, even if Gov. Riley and Mr. Tyson have been involved in some manner of shady dealings it would stand to reason that Mr. McGregor has likely been involved in more. Take that for what it’s worth but the plethora of movies involving crooked casino bosses can’t all be total fiction can they?
Consider that what Mr. McGregor peddles to the unfortunately gullible masses is dreams of wealth and luxury that in reality usually end up as empty gas tanks and unpaid utility bills. Promises such as this beget greed and greed begets corruption. I’ll let you use your power of deductive reasoning to figure out the rest of this equation but it ain’t exactly rocket surgery.
Seems as though I remember some old adage about what occurs when you point your finger at someone else. Maybe I just made that up, I’m not sure. Nevertheless, I hope the glass that Mr. McGregor’s house is made of is of the tempered variety. Those stones are awfully big.