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Tennessee Deliverance–1963…

Here’s an ancient incident w/a lesson for today’s budding activists. It happened to me back in ’63 (I was 21). I won’t be around much longer, so pay attention. CountryStore-001

My Nashville bride didn’t like her New York stay. So, as agreed, she and the kids moved back to Tennessee.

I soon followed with a few belongings along with my old family photo album and other memorabilia.

Stopping my tricked-out ’57 Pontiac at a country store just outside Springfield, TN, I got some gas and a used tire at a cost of $11. more…

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Money & Blood; Their Money, Our Blood…

Having been incarcerated in a dozen different federal prisons (BOP) over the past 20+yrs (1990-2010), I’ve had a good number of interesting experiences…and cellmates.

Til Schweiger...

Til Schweiger…

When I was first locked up, the federal prison population had some 56,000 souls. Be the end of that enforced sabbatical the number had quadrupled to over 200,000.

If one counts the entire gulag in the US homeland, the mass is currently over 2.4 million; a total of 7.5+ million under control of the criminal justice system.

When people examine the lifetime incarceration rate in America, they find that it’s 6% for white males and a staggering 32% for blacks, and still growing. more…

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Prison Time, DNA & Sociopaths…

During my first 16-yrs (1990-2006) in the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), I was incarcerated as both a drug and political prisoner. (Of course, the American Gulag doesn’t have any “political prisoners” so they use the term Management Variable as a catch-all designation.)

After 16-yrs in high- and medium-security prisons, I was designated minimum-security and transferred to a camp in 2006.  more…

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Prisoner Jobs…

The full title of the American Tribune blog includes “The Prison Experience Connection.” That’s how I started it back in May of 2010, 360 articles ago.

Voted: Most Popular Prisoner…

One of my pet peeves is the corporate media’s propaganda about “how easy prisoners have it,” such as, lounging around all day, watching TV, living on the (ever-decreasing) public dime, bulking up in weight piles and planning our next criminal enterprise after an all-too-early-release, and other conservative commentary.

Unless one is in a holding or transit situation, every prisoner works. Let me repeat that: Every prisoner has a job. more…

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Secret Service & Smokin’ Chicas…

My first experience with the US Secret Service was on a weekend in April, 1961, Nashville, TN. Me and a fellow soldier in the 101st Airborne at  Ft. Campbell, KY, were down in Nashville spending our tax refund checks…a windfall back then. We were 18. (This article has been updated as of January 2017.)

After checking into the Holiday Inn with a bottle of scotch, a pint of sloe gin and a rent-a-girl, we soon discovered a raging party on the floor above us.

Vice-President Lyndon Johnson was in town to throw out the first pitch at Sulphur Dell Park. Those guys knew how to throw a party.

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A Good Beginning? A Chain of 100 Corporatists at the Bottom of the Ocean…

Here’s a few wild ideas that came to mind while I was waiting for the cell door to open over the past 20-plus years. Of course,

little did I realize that the free-world itself was becoming another level of minimum security.

After I got out, Detroit friends held a Welcome Home party for me. Perhaps I should have welcomed y’all to MY world… more…

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The Prison Time Machine…

This week’s Online New Yorker magazine features excellent commentary on mass incarceration by Adam Gopnik, “The Caging of America.”

The author well captures the reality of American prisons as time machines and warehouses of “the lock and the clock.” He also offers several causative factors that resonate with my own conclusions.

When Reagan came to Washington in 1980 there were 220 souls imprisoned for every 100,000 people in the US. Today, that number is 743 and climbing. The US, while having only 5% of the world population, contains 25% of all prisoners on earth. more…

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Joshua Puckett & Conservative Illusions…

Josh Puckett has spent the past 16 yrs in the Michigan state prison system on a life sentence for what I call “Hi-Batry.” That’s a catch-all Southern phrase some of us employ to explain the “crime of “snatching shit from a flying goose’s ass.”  There ain’t no better way to explain it…

Joshua Puckett (34)...

Josh was the product of two Detroit-area girlfriends who, with the aid of a male donor, decided to birth and raise him. His mother later split from her partner and his bio-father got custody out in Seattle.

His father soon died of AIDS, and Joshua moved back to the Detroit area and his mother and her new partner.  The women were soon gunned down by a homophobic neighbor in a notorious hate-crime case.

Joshua’s life at 14 went downhill from there: grandparents and foster homes ill-suited to deal with such trauma, state custody and eventually the streets.

Small wonder that he “chose” to join with lumpen gangbangers at 17.  How ignorant and f***ing predictable… more…

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Dr. Publico & Wild Wild Left Radio…

The author of this site, Nick Medvecky, gave an hour interview on Diane Gee’s Wild Wild Left Radio last night, December 16th, 2011.

Some of the unspoken facts and issues are that I consider myself a connoisseur of incarceration. I’ve had occasion to do time in over a dozen US states, Mexico, Turkey, Uganda and throughout the Middle East.

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In my case, this has included crossing paths and swords with the FBI, CIA, DEA, etc., Colombia’s DAS, Mexican Federales and their Indian Police, Idi Amin’s secret police, the French Sûreté, the Brit’s MI6, Syria’s Mukhabarat and Russia’s KGB, the Palestinian Al Assifa, Israel’s Mossad, ad nauseam. more…

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Fashions & Attitudes…

Whenever I think, “What can I write about today?” I have to remind myself, “What can’t I write about?”  I have more than 20 years of prison experiences.  Some of them hardly believable.  Stick around…

Other Isles...

Sometimes, it’s the simple things…  Most prison compounds have a centrally located structure where staff can hang out and watch what’s going on. (I call them tikis, as if I’m still on a tropical isle somewhere waiting to fly out another load of Bolivian Marching Powder or Strawberry Cough.)

Walking across the compound one afternoon during a 10-minute hourly move, I was approached by this dandified fool. more…