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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Stray Cats who live to tell have lessons to share in Keith Richards' Autobiography--"Life"

"...The tax rate in the early ’70s on the highest earners was 83 percent, and that went up to 98 percent for investments and so-called unearned income. So that’s the same as being told to leave the country.” Heading for Villa Nellcôte in France, the Stones record perhaps their most critically acclaimed album, “Exile on Main Street.”"

"...Keith and family decide to stay on. He immerses himself in Rasta culture, fascinated by reggae music and its defiant political tradition. “They’re not going to work for Babylon; they’re not going to work for the government. For them that was being taken into slavery.”"
Here is a challenge for conservatives who want to protect their children, the adolescents, teens and young adult children in our lives from Keith Richards' candidness about his drug use. We are all afraid of drugs becoming visitors in the lives of our children. The message they get from elders in school, at home and in the media is either scolding and puritanical or it glorifies excess, vulgarity, depravity and self destruction. Most of the celebrities who aren't musicians self-destruct with alcohol, musicians with heroin and crack. It all confirms our most extreme fears, that our children, if they read about drugs, if they use drugs, they will become drug addicts and kill themselves or become derelicts and criminals. We don't tell them specifically how do these drugs affect the user, what are the effects and risk they pose physically and psychologically? We try to scare to scare them.

Milton Friedman, consistent in his arguments for freedom and liberty said "I'm in favor of legalizing drugs. According to my values system, if people want to kill themselves, they have every right to do so. Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal."

In his book, "Life," Keith Richards levels. His story is instructive. An adult child who reads the book will learn drugs are dangerous. Richards used them. He pushed their limit and himself to his limit. He survived them but it took some knowledge, discipline and luck. He doesn't recommend it, and he doesn't think it could be done today, given what is available and how it's sold.

I've posted some Youtube videos below the post and link to the interview so you can listen to some of his creative guitar and song composition work.

The read is interesting. He was a choir boy, a boyscout, had working class parents and grew up in a working class neighborhood. He was the target of the neighborhood bullies, a rebel, a guitar master musician, song writer, singer, rock and roll superstar and he survived to tell about it in an insightful, instructive and entertaining auto biographical story.

Kids appreciate and listen if you level with them. Don't insult their intelligence and don't try to shield them. Educate them and encourage them to choose to be informed, edified and make wise decisions. Keith Richards has that message in his honest rendition of his life story. This is not Spinal Tap.

Stray Cat Blues
Published: November 4, 2010
New York Times
He’s been a global avatar of wish fulfillment for over four decades and managed to eke more waking hours out of a 24-hour day than perhaps any other creature alive (thanks, Merck cocaine and amphetamines!). As Keith puts it: “For many years I slept, on average, twice a week. This means that I have been conscious for at least three lifetimes.”

You better believe it. This cat put the joie in joie de vivre. As the legendary guitarist for the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards has done more, been more and seen more than you or I will ever dream of, and reading his autobiography, “Life,” should awaken (if you have a pulse and an I.Q. north of 100) a little bit of the rock star in you. Click here to read the interview in a new tab and listen to the YouTube Videos while you read the interview.

Rolling Stones - Golden record Sticky Fingers & Jam Session

The Rolling Stones - Wild Horses

The Rolling Stones - Factory Girl

To view the YouTube video of Rolling Stones-Gimme Shelter Unreleased version Click here.

To see the YouTube Video of Exile On Main Street 2010 - From The Production Line Click here.
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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