Unlike Steve Earle & Snoop Dogg, I try not to get too worried about the death penalty, just assume that I, and hopefully no one I know, will ever be subject it's administrative vagaries if they obey a basic moral code. That's not too say I don't realize it could come outta nowhere and ruin anyone's day, but we hope some sort of checks and balances still exist to keep it off your back if you uh " don't deserve it"...
In fact, quite contrary to Mr. Earle, I have been known to sorta strongly support it, at least in concept. Don't tell me that there ain't a few scoundrels and scalawags that have plagued upon the innocent that didn't deserve more than just an orange jumpsuit. I feel especially resolute on this in instances where certain offenders have gone far beyond just commiting a crime. Not only have some scum suckers surfaced that far from merely admitting their crimes, they've particularly relished in their misdeeds and shown no remorse, ala say Ted Bundy. One can imagine how upsetting this behavior is for the family of the victims. In my opinion a guy like Richard Allen Davis, who admitted to brutally murdering and raping Polly Klass , a 13 year old girl in 1993 should already be dead, long dead. I cannot at all fathom why he is living for free now off of taxpayer money, while good people work every day to keep him fat lazy and dry in capitivity, fed 3x daily, having his laundry done for him.
I wasn't really all that upset about the ol' Tookie Williams case, since Mr. Williams, admittedly founder of one of the largest & most notoriously violent drug running gangs in US history, seemed to have plenty of evidence supporting why he was in prison in the first place. Perhaps he was a changed man, but was he really an innocent man?
However, I'm not so blind as to believe in the horrible bloated mess that is the Prison Industrial Complex, and the hypocrisy of a society that feeds this ever growing, and less and less effective beast.
With a tiny amount of research and observation, anyone should be able to see the tradgedies & unfair & unequal sentancing policies in our so called "Justice" system, both adult & juvenile. Once on the ball & chain path, inmates face crazy challenges, from a racist power structure that controls the prison & court system, to unequal access to lawyers and appeals, and a systemic failure to provide any reform or rehabilitation within prison walls. This really makes us all the victims.
Let's not forget that the ringleader of the internationally condemned Abu Ghraib prison scandals was trained as a guard in American correctional instituitions.
The Latest Prison System Case In Point:
Dan Vasquez, the former warden of San Quentin, ( 1983 -1993) has joined in the efforts to stop an upcoming execution...He recently published an editorial in The San Francisco Chronicle entitled, "Why Clarence Ray Allen's life should be spared"
-Among his points:
Charles Ray Allen is so feeble, after spending decades on Death Row, that we as a society don't need to kill him, he's almost dead already. According to Vasquez, Allen " is Legally blind, hard of hearing and of frail voice, he cannot even stand up by himself...oblivious to his surroundings, cuffed to his wheelchair and utterly defeated". He'll have to be carried by guards into the gas chamber, creating a sad situation for any correctional officer to deal with.
Ironically Vasquez says " I unhesitatingly served Clarence Ray Allen, who is scheduled to die Jan. 17, with his first death warrant for ordering three murders from his prison cell in 1980. I firmly believe that the death penalty is an appropriate punishment and that the state of California has the right to enforce its criminal laws. But I also believe it must be administered in accordance with civilized standards of decency to maintain its integrity. Because the execution of Allen would now be inhumane and violate those standards, I urge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency in this extraordinary case."
Now that's a doozy lil' bundle of ironic hiss for ya...
Hell Bastard - Justily Executed
Demon Hunter - Not Ready To Die
Dictionkaraoke - Folsom Prison Blues
My Chemical Romance - You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison
Everyone is talking about Howard Stern's new show, but David Lee Roth has launched his new daily weekday replacement radio show via Infinity Broadcasting in select markets.
Unfortunately I don't live in one... Somehow the guy who had the big hit with California Girls ain't on the air there, but West Palm Beach FLA gets 'em... go figger...
Anyhow, even though he's working mostly out of New York, he's still the fastest talker in the West, and a certified EMT. Which means Infinity expects him to save their ass...
Howard's intellectually void world will hopefully expand with his new environment, unfortunately his mass moronic audience will likely never lighten up or see the bigger picture. I see that all the armchair critics unwilling to shell out for satellite radios to feed their Stern addictions are really taking it out on ol' Dave, who's been given the tough task to replace their idol's drive time slot. Dave's basically jumping into radio, almost like jumping out of a plane in one of his videos & trying to fill some big shoes fast...
There's a nasty backlash already building, as his humor is lost on people who only like fart jokes, and strippers. I know that the majority wanna hate him off the bat & just don't seem to want get his humor or something. Truly he's one of the last great showmen, almost a vaudevillean or larger than life character. Sure, he's an almost crotchety egotistical cartoon nutcase, but that's the gig folks...
How Do I Know? Well... I've been listening a bit myself from 3000 miles away. I found out that unlike Stern, Lee Roth's daily shctick is archived on the net as Podcasts, for free. I've got Monday's, Friday's and his debut show and a sample of his Boston radio demo stint all linked up for ya to download from here, and it's the usual talk radio malarkey, gossip and chit chat... but Dave throws in his lil bits of wisdom and whatnot from the "Dave" side of life...
For example in contrast to Stern's insular world of retarded jerk off shut ins, you'll hear Dave's actual party pals, like Animal, the security chief at Crazy Girl's in Hollywood. Animal candidly talks about his former freebasing problem, and all the studio guests give fairly sensitive and wise advice to a nasty Dad who threw his daughter out after she posed in Barely Legal.
You'll also get plenty tawdry tales of Dave's personal experience with stalker women, groupie "choice fatigue", Eddie jibes, and his sister's pole dancing.
Shows avg. a hefty 100+ meg download, from here or just go to http://Dave.FreeFM.com and stream it daily. Because ya can...if ya care...
David Lee Roth - Jan 9th Free FM Podcast
David Lee Roth - Jan 6th Free FM Podcast
David Lee Roth - Dec 29th Free FM Debut
David Lee Roth - WZLX Boston Demo 03-17-05
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Van Halen - Get The Show On The Road ( demo 1977 )
David Lee Roth - Tin Cup Chalice ( Jimmy Buffet cover live on WRIF Detroit)
Paul Anka - Jump
The Newtown Neurotics were a semi obscure early 80's British punk act that took the basic Ramones sound and brought in a more working class UK focused political lyrical stance, that was less obsessedwith sniffin' glue. They were an influence on some of the guys in my band who collected their singles and vinyl, but I'd all but washed them to the far corner of my memory. I just came across a website that mentioned them again, and posted a track that was a great rockin commentary when it came out 25 years ago, and even more relevant today. Turns out The Newton Neurotics are defunct of course, but at least they have their own site these daze , that recounts , updates and provide some downloads, as well as one via John Peel.
The Newtown Neurotics - When The Oil Runs Out
Polish metallers Vader offer a new CD EP recorded in Białystok, Poland out soon on Candlelight Records USA, and have released a free track to promote the release. Vader's appearing on the "Metal Crusaders Tour 2006" with Kataklysm, Nuclear Assault and others in May. Vader's debut came out on the Earache label in 1993 and they have put out close to 10 full length releases, and numerous EPs on 5 or so labels since.
Vader - This Is The War
Single Bullet Theory, the Philly based metl band seeking a new label, has released a free .mp3 download of a new demo track recorded at Angry Chair recording studios in Glenside, PA. The band is attempting a heavier follow up to previous releases on Crash Music "Behind Eyes of Hatred" (2004) and debut disc "Route 666" from 2003.
Single Bullet Theory - Throes of Man
Steve Earle - Conspiracy Theory
What if I told you it was done with mirrors
What if I showed you it was all a lie
Better be careful, someone might hear ya
The walls have ears and the sky has eyes
What if I said you were only dreamin'
What you wanna bet that all you gotta do
Is open up your eyes and you will wake up screamin'
When you realize that it's all come true
Hush, now don't you believe it
Cover your head and close your eyes
Now, take it or leave it
Go back to bed
Now don't you cry
Half a million soldiers fly across the water
One in ten are never comin' back again
Fifty thousand sons who never grew to fathers
Don't you ever wonder who they might have been
What if you could've been there on that day in Dallas
What if you could wrestle back the hands of time
Maybe somethin' could've been done in Memphis
We wouldn't be livin' in a dream that's died
Go on and tell yourself again there are no secrets
Go on and tell yourself that you don't want to know
It's best that you believe that you don't hear the footsteps
That follow you around no matter where you go
Maybe you were thinkin' that it didn't matter
Maybe you believed nobody else would care
But once you've added every little lie together
You finally find the truth was always waiting there
anyhow here's some remainders & random tracks that rock & rattle
(or even just lull and cajole) :
Sleep - Wall of Yawn
No Means No - Rag & Bones
Scratch Acid - She Said
Iron & Wine - Lion's Mane