<Digital story on my parents’ excursion into Medical Marijuana; 1 min. 46 sec.>
As an amateur missionary for the benefits of medical marijuana, I had been relaying the story of my parents’ excursions into Seven Leaf pain relief on the past two episodes of Smile Jamaica.
My parents just became snowbirds from Northern Montana to Sun City West, Arizona
My Mom has knee pain, anxiety and sleep issues and my dad: neuropathy, back pain and carpal tunnel issues. Last week I told the story about taking my Dad in to get a Medical MJ card.
<Medical Marijuana for Ma and Pa; 90 sec.>
Took a week to get the card, and I was back in Utah. So they went to the dispensary and had a little shopping spree
pain relief pills
topical CBD ointment
Because they bought so much and were first time customers, they got a free vape pen. And bought a 4 to 1; CBD to THC cartridge.
Long story short: they call me for guidance on how to work the vape pen. Trial and error and voila! My parents are vaping like Bob & Rita Marley.
And hour later I get another call….”We’re not feeling anything.” I said, you got the stuff that doesn’t “feel”. Oh. Ok.
Last Sunday I call and looks like Mom wants to try a little more kick to her healing regimen. Why not? It’s medicinal and legal.
Last Friday my sister texts me: Mom and Dad just had a toke!
Me: Cheech & Chong!
I had a listener call me after I told this story and we got into a discussion about having parents who are sick of the pills, cost and side effects of the Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex
Once the (recent) stigma of weed is overcome through the relief of daily pain and social anxiety, cannabis reclaims its rightful place in our 10,000 year history of the Seven Leaf plant.
Revelation 22:2King James Version (KJV)
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
As I concluded my reasoning with the caller on the benefits of cannabis for our parents, he said, “You know Robert? You’re a good son.”
And I said, I really want my parents to enjoy their retirement pain free and unencumbered by the daily pill regimen they are currently under. However, I am definitely taking my vape pen with me on my next visit to Sun City West.
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 13, 2018 – Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 20 sec.
Soul Syndicate – King’s Highway; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
Winston Edwards – Natty Dub; Natty Locks Dub (Studio 16) ’74 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
Bad Brains – I and I Survive; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83
Rupie Dan and Jennifer Gad – Blazing Fire; Solid Foundation (Flag) ’92
Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 Jimmy Cliff cover
Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High; 10″ (Lion & Roots) ’98 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Set 2: Wailers Family Tree
Peter Tosh & the Wailers – 400 Years; Peter Tosh & Friends (Upsetter0 ’70 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
<400 Years – The Middle Passage; 35 sec.>
Bunny Wailer – Forever Loving Jah; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 Bob Marley covers
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natural Mystic; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London; June 1977
<Exodus Live inna London June 1977; 46 sec.>
Rita Marley – That’s The Way; 12″ (Shanachie) ’80 US picture sleeve
Wingless Angels – Inviting You + Shady Tree; Wingless Angels II (Mindless) ’96 Keith Richards, Justin Hinds; nyah drums
<Keith Richards on Smile Jamaica? WTF?; 32 sec.>
UB40 – Don’t Break My Heart; LIttle Baggariddim (A & M) ’85 EP
King Kong – Unity; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005
Grace Nelson – Jah Is Real; Ire Hi Fi – Play de Music (Plant Music) 2007 Germ.
Lee Perry & the Upsetters – Jah; Black Ark in Dub (Upsetter) ’77 Dub Album of the hour
Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Black Uhuru
Bush Chemists feat. Ras I – Borderline; Light Up Your Chalice (Conscious Sounds) ’99 UK mutant dub
Super Chick – Bees Man; 10″ (Channel One) ’83
Set 5: Vinyl is Vital
Sister Carol – International Style; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
Laurel Aitken – Je t’aimerai toujours ( I Love You, Yes I Do!) ; Eskapade en France (Unicorn) ’90 Fr. ska EP
The Specials – Sock it to ’em J.B.!; More Specials (2 Tone) ’80 UK tribute to neoliberal hitman, James Bond
Chalice; Dangerous Disturbances; Stand Up! (CSA) ’85 UK
Amp-Ech – Living Dead + Version; Against Injustice (Amp-Ech) ’87 JA
Set 6″ Roots Dawtas Rockers – Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ years
Patti Smith Group – Ain’t It Strange; Radio Ethiopia (Arista) ’76
Joan Armatrading – I Can’t Lie to Myself; Walking Under Ladders (A & M) ’81; feat. Sly & Robbie
Tom Tom Club – Bamboo Town; Close to the Bone (Sire) ’83; Tina & Chris from Talking Heads
Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape from Babylon (Sire) ’76: Bob cover, Bob production, Wailers & I-Three. Lee Perry engineer
Tapper Zukie – Chalice to Chalice; MPLA (Virgin Front Line) ’78 herbtune
Jimmy Cliff – I Can See Clearly Now; Cool Runnings Soundtrack (Chaos) ’93 cover of Johnny Nash
Don Evans & the Paragons – Danger in Your Eyes; Full Up – More Hits From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’76
Sis Aesha (sic) & Robbie Valentine – King Selassie I + Conditions; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2001 UK
Set 8: Mutant Dub
Luciano & Sis Sanae – What You Gonna Do Now + Free Jah Children; Abassi All-Stars Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK
Alpha & Omega – Solomon and Sheba; Overstanding (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub
Dr. Israel & the Brooklyn Jungle Sound System – Afrika Youth; Black Rose Liberation (Baraka Foundation) 2001 Brooklyn
Dry & Heavy – Night Flight dub; Meet King Jammy in the Jaws of the Tiger (BSI) 2000 Jah-pon
Charlie P & the Dubateers – Lock Me Up + Dub; Hustle (Dubateers) 2011 UK
I know it’s spring when I have to go to the pharmacy for that behind the counter Claritin D
Love that extra hour of daylight on Smile Jamaica
I am going through a home remodel and have packed up my records until my room addition is completed. As I pack I pull out gems.
Musical nostalgia. Most of the shops I stocked the Ark-Ives from are long gone. Everything else is pieced out as single items on ebay.
Bim Sherman Century bought for $20 from UK now fetches $1250 on ebay.
When I started collecting Reggae in the mid 80s, people would sell their entire black collection for seed money for these new novelty items: the compact disk. So I scooped up as much Reggae vinyl as Ronald Reagan’s student loan check would allow. Bargain basement price.
I have records I bought for $4 in perfect condition that sell for $400 now in lousy condition.
In 2017 of all ironies: The Compact Disks is going the way of the dodo and vinyl (and vinyl only Record Huts) are coming back.
Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: March 18, 2017 – highlights 54 sec.
Jennifer Lara – Rocking Tonight; Presenting Jennifer Lara (Studio One) ’81 JA vinyl
Africjam – Woman I Love; Instrumental Dub Reggae Music ’93 UK vinyl; Dub Album of the Hour
<Guiltiness riddim shower; 27 sec.>
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Guiltiness; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’77 riddim shower (1) – vox
I Roy – Commandment Ten (Guiltiness); Ten Commandments (Virgin Front Line) ’80: riddim shower (2) – deejay
I get together with some bredrins every Friday afternoon for bourbon and music sessions.
Of course politics are a common topic with my mates. My buddy Aquaboy, Sandroid turned Hillbot, was fairly cocky that the polls showed Hillary way ahead. Evan McMullin was gonna win Utah.
I would look over at my buddy Free-Mike and give him a cold stare and said, “When we meet next Friday, you will all be stunned.” Aquaboy would scoff. Who’s scoffing now?
My main blog roll is the Libertarian site, Zerohedge. Run by Bulgarian hedgefunders who predicted the 2008 economic collapse and theyrefuse to adhere to the usual corporate media consensus. They mercilessly mock the corporate media outlets.
Since I did political interviews, Radioactive 2003-2012, I am also a natural skeptic to corporate news:
CNN – The Clinton News Network
AP – Assimilated Presstitutes
NPR – Nationalist Propaganda Radio
Petroleum Bullshit Syndicate
I’m all the way Alt-Left. So from my deep political reading, I knew that Hillary Clinton was going to lose all the Midwest states but Illinois and Minnesota.
When I would run into my Liberal friends who would greet my skepticism with, “Nate Silver has Hillary Clinton a 98% likely winner.” I would scoff. The polls were oversampling Democrats who are a much smaller voting bloc since Obama came in.
4.5 million Obama voters became Indedendent. Huge mid term losses in 2010 and 2014 told me the Midwest had abandoned the Democratic Party over economic inequality.
When I would have these conversations with my Liberal friends, they would respond, “Why are you supporting Donald Trump?”.
I knew that Hillary Clinton was going to lose for these 5 reasons
Obama Fatigue – record inequality under his 8 years had Americans looking for a change at the top. Just like Obama won in part b/c of Bush Fatigue after his 8 years. Should have sent at least one banker to jail.
Obama voters would not be Hillary voters. Obama was young and black with a Muslim name. That candidacy resonated with blacks and Hispanics. Hillary is old and white. So minority vote turnout was way down. 137,000 fewer votes cast in Detroit and 129,000 fewer votes in Milwaukee cost her Michigan and Wisconsin
Millennials wanted Bernie. In the same way they came out for Obama they were YUUGE for Bernie Sanders. When he was aced out, they went back to their undervoting tendency.
Servergate/Wikileaks/Weinergate. At the end her untrustwory numbers were worse than Trump’s. In an emotions vs facts election, that was devastating for turnout and securing independent votes.
Obamacare notices went out in mid-Octboer. Average increase? 24%. Trump wants to get rid of Obamacare. Hillary wanted to “improve it.” She couldn’t come out for single payer, so if you had your policy cancelled and the new cost doubled (as happened to a classmate of mine in Montana), advantage Trump.
I was wrong on 3 states:
New Hampshire (for Trump) – I forgot they tend to be more conservative than their New England neighbors
Colorado (for Hillary) – I thought the rural and military areas would reject the Dems.
Nevada – I thought it would be Vegas for Hillary. Reno and the rest for Trump
I had a better result than Nate Silver!
I voted for Jill Stein. And I was wrong on her. I lost a bet (to my Hillbot buddy Aquaboy, in fact), that Jill would get 4%. Not even close! See you in 2020, Doctor Jill!
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Nov. 5, 2016 – Annotated playlist w/ photos, captions, Reggae History Lessons; 84 sec.
Triston Palma – Reggae Music Taking Over; Touch Me, Take Me (Abraham) ’82 Can. Vinyl
The Agrovators – Kaya Dub; Kaya Dub (Justice) ’78 UK: Dub Album of the Hour
Peter Tosh – Here Comes the Sun; Honorary Citizen: Jamaican Singles (Columbia) ’71 George Harrison/Beatles cover
UB40 – Reefer Madness; Signing Off (DEP/Sound) ’80 herbal instrumental
Garland Jeffreys feat. LKJ & the Dub Band – Miami Beach; Escape Artist (Columbia) ’81 feat. UK dub poet
King Kong – Legalize It; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Aisha – Glorify His Name; 10” (Ariwa) 2005 UK
Keith Richards – Love Overdue; Crosseyed Heart (Mindless/Republic) 2015: Gregory Isaacs cover
Gregory Isaacs & U Roy – Love Is Overdue; Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74 original
Benjamin Zephaniah – Belly of de Beast; Belly of de Beast (Ariwa) UK mutant dub
Happy Mother’s Day edition of Smile Jamaica. I always start off with a beautiful cover of Tammy Wynette country stylee from Sonya Spence
My little girl came into the kitchen this evenin’, While I was fixin’ supper, And she handed me a piece of paper she’d been writin’ on, And after wipin’ my hands on my apron, I read it – and this is what it said:For mowin’ the yard – five dollars, And for makin’ my own bed this week – one dollar, And for goin’ to the store – fifty cents, An’ playin’ with little sister, while you went to the store – twenty-five cents, Takin’ out the trash – one dollar, Gettin’ a good report card – five dollars, And for rakin’ the yard – two dollars, Total owed – fourteen dollars and seventy-five cents.Well, I looked at her standin’ there expectantly, And a thousand mem’ries flashed through my mind, So I picked up the pen, turnin’ the paper over, This is what I wrote:For the nine months I carried you, Growin’ inside me – NO CHARGE, For the nights I’ve sat up with you, Doctored you, prayed for you – NO CHARGE, For the toys, food and clothes. And for wiping your nose, there’s NO CHARGE, When you add it all up. The full cost of my love is NO CHARGE.Well, when she finished readin’, She had great big old tears in her eyes, And she looked up at me and said, “Mama, I sure do love you.” Then she took the pen, And in great big letters, She wrote: “PAID IN FULL.”When you add it all up, The cost of real love is – NO CHARGE
Brings a tear to my eye. Spent a week with my folks moving into a new place in Phoenix. Took a day to cratedig and explore Tempe. On my way out, mom gives me a benjamin. “Have a happy cratedig.” Well that’s not exactly her words but more or less. Love that woman.
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Annotated Playlist May 7, 2016: