Embrace the 70s, Hillary!

Clinton has long been reluctant to talk about her work during the 1970s. She should instead be promoting it.

The continuing doubts about Hillary Clintons authenticity go beyond her email server.

Many Americans feel she has not presented her life story, fully, honestly. Being more policy wonk than natural pol doesnt help. But she also suffers from her own caution, built up by being burned as a controversial frst lady. Pressured to abandon her maiden name and change her hairstyle in the 1980s, humiliated in 1992 and 1993, Hillary Rodham learned to hide in public. In telling her story, Hillary Clinton should reframe two defining traumas from her national debut, instead of dodging them.

The Hillary everybody thinks they know is the hippie feminist turned unhappy Southern governors wife who became a polarizing first lady. Clintonites often neglect Hillary Clintons impressive rsum from the 1970s because Republicans caricatured her so effectively during the bruising 1992 presidential campaign.

In the American Spectators The Winnie Mandela of Little Rock and other harsh articles, opponents blasted this supposed left-wing lunatic for helping Black Panther radicals dodge murder convictions and encouraging children to sue their parents. Then, when as first lady she started an important national conversation about finding meaning in America, reporters sneered.

Humiliated, the real Hillary obscured much of her past and one of her central passions. Just as trauma specialists urge patients to rewrite difficult moments, Hillary Clinton should take back her own story. Rewriting her past could help secure her political future.

In fall 1969, Hillary Rodham enrolled in Yale Law Schooldisappointing her radical mentor and senior thesis subject Saul Alinskybecause she wanted to use the law to improve America. She found a summer job in 1970 at the Childrens Defense Fund. In 1974, she staffed the House Judiciary Committee, which was considering impeaching President Richard Nixon. When Nixons resignation made the impeachment question moot, Hillary Rodham followed her heart to Arkansas. There, she married a fellow Yalie, Bill Clinton, on Oct. 11, 1975.

The two most devastating charges made in 1992 about the Seventies are exaggerations. The Black Panther rumor is so ubiquitous Snopes.com refutes it. Nine Black Panther activists were tried in New Haven in 1970, accused of torturing, then murdering, Alex Rackley, a 19-year-old suspected informer. Liberals did romanticize Black Panther violence, and Hillary Rodham did organize law students to monitor the trials of The New Haven 9. Still, that minor role didnt affect the trials outcome.

Similarly, at the 1992 Republican National Convention, Pat Buchanan charged that: Hillary believes that 12-year-olds have a right to sue their parents, and she has compared marriage as an institution to slaveryand life on an Indian reservation. Buchanan and others distorted a Harvard Education Review essay Hillary Rodham wrote analyzing childrens expanding legal status. She compared institutions that deprive people of rights in a dependency relationship, including family, marriage, slavery, and the Indian reservation system. She speculated about new lines of legal theory to defend kids, but never assailed the family and marriage as her opponents wish she did.

Whether or not you approve of her liberalism, Hillary Clinton has few apologies to make about her 1970s. During a stage of life when the hearty-partier George W. Bush was drinking heavily, the pot-smoking Barack Obama was trying cocaine, and the draft-avoiding Bill Clinton was not inhaling marijuana, this smart idealist was trying to change the world. Despite looking like a flower child wannabe, Hillary Rodham always stayed within the system.

In Arkansas, Hillary Rodham Clinton became a governors wife, a mother, and The Rose Law Firms first female partner. She also became the first Clinton with a national jobperiodically commuting to Washington to serve on the board and eventually chair the Legal Services Corporation (LSC).

If Clinton fails to celebrate such achievements, her rivals will denigrate them. Just as some allege that her boss fired Hillary Rodham from the House Judiciary Committeeoverlooking Nixons resignationcritics paint the LSC as pinko lawyers subverting America. Hillary Clintons bio should emphasize that the LSC began under Richard Nixon. During recent 40th anniversary festivities, the conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia saluted these lawyers who have dedicated their careers to justice. For without access to quality representation there is no justice.

As first lady, Hillary Clinton endured a different trauma. On April 6, 1993, she spoke at the University of Texas in Austin. With all we have, we lack at some core level meaning in our lives, she lamented. Crime in the streets, nihilism on the news, fury in our politics, reflected alienation and despair and hopelessness.

Hillary Clintons push for a politics of meaning culminated in a New York Times Magazine story Michael Kelly wrote, Saint Hillary. She appeared on the cover clad in celestial white. Kelly caught her in the act of dreaming, like her husband, about reviving Americas soul while reforming the body politic. What Kelly snidely called a mix of Bible and Bill Moyers, of New Testament and New Age, and others called psychobabble, sought a 1950s-style suburban stability tempered by the 1960s liberating openness. Kelly deemed it moralistic and judgmental, unintentionally hilarious Big Brotherism. Burned, Hillary Clinton ignored the episode in her memoirs, and was more cautious in public thereafter, although her 1996 bestseller It Takes a Village raised these issues in a safer, more all-American Mom manner.

Hillary Clinton must tell her story more proudly. Her ads offered two bios intertwining Hillarys story with her mothers. The latest commercials use regular women named Sara, Alexis, Cheryl, and Mindy to support saccharine endorsements of gender equity and easing college loan burdens, amid Hillarys narration. Viewers glimpse the candidate when she approves this message at the end. Only unpopular candidates hide in their own ads. Having first emerged as Bills wife, Americas first serious female presidential candidate should not become Dorothys daughteror dodge voters.

Hillary Clinton calls herself a progressive who likes to get things done. Hillarys 1970s, and her Politics of Meaning push, show she has been trying to get things done since her impressively productive twenties. To win in 2016, Hillary Clinton must learn politics 101: If she doesnt define that defining decade in her life and subsequent moments, her opponents will.

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/23/embrace-the-70s-hillary.html

This pickup truck full of weed is the best deal going on Craigslist

It’s important to allow this Craigslist ad to sink in. It’s a funny picture, but it says a lot. Is the ad really for truck, or for the weed?

If it’s the former… why did they pick this photo for their listing?

Because it’s Washingtonthat’s why. Compared to Colorado’s smooth path to legalizing recreational marijuana, Washington hit a few bumps in the road, as explained by Vox’s German Lopez:

The big difference between both states: Colorado built a regulatory framework formedical marijuanayears ago, while Washington’s medical marijuana system is largely unregulated and may be, according torecent court cases, illegal.

The set-up gave Colorado regulators a huge advantage. When voters approved fully legal marijuana in 2012, state regulators took the medical system and updated it to meet the retail market’s own needs. Almost everything in the medical system, from growing to selling, could transition to the recreational side with the proper approvals.

Washington, in contrast,built its regulations from the ground-up. As unexpected complications surfaced, the state’s Liquor Control Boarddelayedissuing licenses for marijuana growers andprocessors twiceandpuntedthe launch of retail businesses from this spring to July. Even after the long process, the medical side remains unregulated and completely separate from the system for personal use.

The picture above paints a very different story: Maybe the real problem was that nobody really gave a shit if marijuana were legalized.

In fact, we cannot confirm whether that photograph is evidence of a crime. Unless the truck owner is licensed to grow a great deal of marijuana, they might be want to be careful: Washington is not OK with just anybody harvesting weed, though this ad may just be proof that they dont tend to bother much with marijuana-related crimes either way.

As for the rest of the post:

The title is clearly advertising a ’92 Toyota, while further description claims its a ’91. There isn’t much detail on the truck’s features (it runs on: gas), but a QR code is included (it was just a link to posting itself, and not, disappointingly, a hacked portal or a Dark Net link).

All in all, though, that’s a pretty great truck. The weed… eh. It looks like weed, but that’s the most we can tell from that distance. The truck, though: You can see it from the corner of your eye, for just a millisecond, and you’d think to yourself, “I just saw a damned fine truck.”

We ran the vehicle through the Kelly Blue Book website (we had to use the year ’92, as it was the last year offeredand make up a lot of other unknown details, too)and though it’s marked a bit higher than Mike’s CL post, we think stuffing the cab full of untrimmed marijuana plants makes it worth an extra $1,000.

It’s an official report and everything, so scan that QR code, and get that fucking truck right now.

H/T Jalopnik| Photo viaMike/Craigslist

Movie 13 movies you can watch for free on YouTube right now
With a little ingenuity and a lot of time on your hands, you can find almost anything on YouTube.

Read more: http://www.dailydot.com/lol/toyota-truck-filled-with-marijuana-on-craigslist/

America Extradites Mexican Drug Kingpins Son

El Mayito Gordo, scion of the alleged leader of the Sinaloa cartel, will join his two brothers behind bars in the U.S.but daddy remains at large.

After a year of purgatory inside a Mexican federal prison, the son of the most powerful drug trafficker will be joining his two locked-up brothers on American soil.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs this week approved a judges recommendation to extradite 32-year-old so-called narco junior Ismael Zambada Imperial, aka El Mayito Gordo, to San Diego, where he will stand trial for allegedly trafficking illicit imports of wholesale heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine flooding the United States. El Mayitos brothers Vicente Zambada Niebla, 40, and Serafin Zambada Ortiz, 24, are also incarcerated and both took plea deals.

Their father, Sinaloa capo and the alleged cartel leader Ismael El Mayo Zambada, remains a wanted man. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Chief Jack Riley has called El Mayo more powerful than escaped con kingpin Joaquin El Chapo Guzman.

I even think we have underestimated [El Mayos] influence and power over the U.S. drug market, Chief Riley told the Mexican news publication El Proceso.

The Mexican navy initially nabbed the wanted cartel bigs son last November. He was stashed in an anonymous compound with 13-foot fortified walls in the town of El Ranchito de los Burgos, near the city of Culiacan, before being moved to a federal prison in Jalisco, Mexico.

Officials from the DEA, Marshals, and Justice Departments refused to discuss details about El Mayitos extradition. One official said nothings coming in terms of information until hes on the ground here. Messages left with the Mexican Embassy were not immediately returned.

Authorities have already confiscated more than 652 kilograms of methamphetamine, 1,343 kilograms of cocaine, 12.2 tons of marijuana, 53 kilograms of heroin, 5,500 oxycodone pills, and $14.1 million in narcotics proceeds from the cartel.

And the fact that El Mayito Gordo is being tried in San Diego isnt random.

San Diego is at the forefront of narco-dollar money laundering, with couriers using bulk cash smuggling, structured bank deposits, and high-end luxury vehicles and airplanes to move their illicit drug proceeds, said IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez back in January.

According to the federal indictment filed on July 25, 2014, El Mayito Gordo (the name means Good Guy) became a big player in the family business, and since 2005 began climbing the cartel ranks as a dependable drug mover. He gained a rep as a good earner.

Mayito managed to transport through the border ton qualities of marijuana and multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine, which the court papers say fanned out around the country, where the proceeds were laundered and then returned to Mexico.

Daddy El Mayo touched on his close-knit family in a 2010 interview, saying his wife, five mistresses, 15 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild all live in the mountains like me.

The mountain is my home, my family, my protection, my land, water I drink, he said. When probed about his eldest son, Vicente El Vicentillo Zambada Niebla, who in 2009 was cuffed by Mexican authorities and ultimately extradited to Chicago to face felony charges, El Mayo initially praised him as his first born. He is my son, the first of five, I call him miho. He is also my compadre, the proud dad said. Then he refused to expand when prompted about his sons snitching. Today I will not speak of [Vicente], he said.

His sons case was delayed and delayed because the heir had thought his cooperation with DEA agents would buy him immunity. It didnt. And there wasnt any quid pro quo. In fact, in a story published in El Universal, DEA agent Manuael Castanon suggested that DEA agents strike up meetings with fugitives across the border all the time to glean intelligence. But unlike in the U.S., the fugitive walks out of the office a free man. In San Diego I can arrest the fugitive. In Mexico I cannot, he said.

Zambada Niebla took a plea and copped to being a trusted lieutenant of his father and a surrogate logistical coordinator in the family business, which utilized private aircraft, submarines and other submersible and semi-submersible vessels, container ships, go-fast boats, fishing vessels, buses, rail cars, tractor-trailers, and automobiles, according to last years unsealed plea agreement.

The eldest heir to the Sinaloa throne will serve at least 10 years in prison (with the possibility of that becoming a life sentence) and forfeited just under $1.3 billion in cocaine cash to Uncle Sam. Besides losing his billions, Zambada Niebla turned snitch. He agreed to fully and truthfully cooperate in any matter in which he is called upon to cooperate, according to the plea agreement.

Meanwhile, the youngest son, Serafin, aka Sera, got caught in 2013 at the Nogales, Arizona, border on an outstanding warrant for his part in trying to buy 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and 100 kilograms of coke back in Mexico. He turned over $250,000 of his reserves and was hit with a 10 years-to-life sentence.

But as El Mayos sons keep getting locked up, the father claims he is terrified of such a fate. While he feels panic behind bars and admits hes always afraid, he is not sure he could avoid it, however. I dont know if I have the [balls] to kill myself, the outlaw said. I want to think yes, I would kill myself.

The fact that the U.S. has three of El Mayos sons in U.S. custody makes the Sinaloa cartel weaker. He was delegating to his sons, Nathan Jones, an assistant professor at Sam Houston State University, told The Daily Beast. Jones has been a fervent student of the drug war, and his book Mexican Drug Networks and the State Reaction comes out next March.

Jones says its not clear whether the Sinaloa cartel will remain as strong with more and more of its top echelon being extradited to the States. But the busts are significant. This is a very significant blow to the organization, he said. I think [El Mayos] sons are really important. The advantage of being his son carries a lot of weight in the underworld.

And while everybody talks about El Chapo, people talk about El Mayo, too. And youre talking about El Mayos men in operational control being caught, Jones said.

Given the fact that the cartels have long had government officials and cops in their pockets, the push to hold them accountable in the U.S. versus Mexico is a trend that could inevitably save lives and prevent an abortion of justice.

I think there might be a problem on the Mexican side with prosecutions because in certain areas corruption and coercion run rampant, said Jordan Paust, a professor at the Law Center at the University of Houston. They are getting people out of the country and getting the prosecutions in other countries to avoid problems where the judges, lawyers, and policemen are killed.

Paust has been a proponent of international tribunals to handle cases of international drug trafficking. Back in the 1990s, there was a push for a regional international criminal tribunal in the Americas, he said. It was actually going to be in Jamaica and would have cut costs. I tell my students the tribunals mean more jobs for you, he said. As far as prosecutors and defense attorneys are concerned, I am in favor of the tribunals as an alternative.

Whether a move toward tribunals will be floated is unknown. But there is a steady number of high-profile drug lords coming to America. And for good reason.

I think theres going to be a push to hand more of these high-profile people over [to U.S. authorities] so they dont make the same mistake twice, where they had El Chapo Guzmn and they are overconfident that they can hold onto him, and he escapes again after two times, Jones said, referring to the kingpins storied escape from a Mexican prison back in July.

Its the greatest humiliation that the Mexican government experienced.

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/25/america-extradites-mexican-drug-kingpin-s-son.html

School Official: Laquan McDonald Lived A Disadvantaged Life

CHICAGO (AP) A black teenager shot 16 times by a white Chicago police officer was a ward of the state when he died, having spent years being shuttled between different relatives’ homes and foster care from the time he was 3.

Laquan McDonald, whose name demonstrators have shouted for two days and will shout again during a planned rally to disrupt the city’s famed Magnificent Mile shopping corridor Friday, lived a troubled, disadvantaged life and had at least one previous brush with the law.

School officials and the McDonald family lawyer say there were signs Laquan was trying to get his life in order, though prosecutors say he had drugs in his system and was burglarizing cars on Oct. 20, 2014 the night a squad-car video captured officer Jason Van Dyke shooting him.

“It takes a while to get a life back on track,” said Thomas Gattuso, the principal at the alternative high school that McDonald was attending. “With Laquan, we unfortunately never got to finish his story.”

Protesters and civil rights activists are demanding more investigations and police reform after Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder this week. There have been two nights of small, peaceful demonstrations, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson and others have called for a “massive” march on Black Friday along Michigan Avenue, a swank downtown boulevard that’s normally packed with post-Thanksgiving shoppers.

McDonald’s family has appealed for calm, and his mother at least initially opposed the public release of the graphic dashcam video showing his death, attorney Michael Robbins said.

“Don’t resort to violence in Laquan’s name,” a family statement said Monday.

The family, who received a $5 million settlement from the city months before Van Dyke was charged even without filing a lawsuit, has declined to speak with the media. Robbins would not comment on the family’s history other than acknowledging it was broken up. He said McDonald grew up without his father involved in his life.

McDonald’s mother had been making efforts to regain custody of her son before he was killed and had been granted permission to take a younger sister back into her home, Robbins said.

“The mother was pursuing a petition to reunite the family,” he added.

McDonald spent most of his 17 years as a ward of the state. According to Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’ records, he was taken from his mother at age 3 in 2000 because the agency had deemed that his mother didn’t provide him with proper supervision. He was placed in a foster home.

He later moved to his great-grandmother’s, and returned to his mother in 2002. But citing physical abuse by the mother’s then-boyfriend, the state again took McDonald away. From around age six to 16, he lived with his great-grandmother and then stayed in the same house with an uncle after his great-grandmother died in 2014. 

McDonald was arrested for possession of marijuana in January 2014, DCFS records indicate. Following his arrest, he was in juvenile detention until May 2014.

On the night he was shot, police suspected him of breaking into vehicles and stealing radios, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said. As police approached him, he allegedly slashed a tire of one of the squad cars with a knife. An autopsy report later said small amounts of PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, were found in the teen’s system.

Gattuso said McDonald took the initiative to attend Sullivan House High School, a school for at-risk students and high school dropouts between the ages of 16 and 21. That was some proof McDonald understood he needed to get his life together, Gattuso said, describing McDonald as quick to smile and hug his teachers. He regularly made As and Bs, Gattuso said.

“Nothing (bad) came up with him,” Gattuso said. “He never got into any trouble here.”

At the news conference announcing the release of the video, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy acknowledged the difficulties in McDonald’s life and his death.

“In this case, we have a tragic ending unfortunately to a tragic life of a young man who was betrayed on a number of different levels,” he said. “And typically, these cases end up in the police department’s hands. And, in this case, it ended up in his death.”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/11/26/school-official-laquan-mcdonald-lived-a-disadvantaged-life_n_8656388.html

The World Isn’t Such A Bad Place: 4 Things To Be Thankful For In 2015

Thanksgiving is once again upon us.

It’s that special time of year when we all gather with our loved ones, eat excessively and have impassioned (and often incoherent) debates about politics until everyone falls into a deep food coma.

It’s been a pretty chaotic year so far, so there’s certainly no shortage of topics to discuss. It feels as if 2015 has been nothing but a series of crises and tragedies.

But don’t despair! It’s not all as bad as we often think. There are many reasons to feel optimistic about this dynamic planet we are fortunate to inhabit.

From a broad, historical perspective, we live in one of the safest, happiest and healthiest periods in history. It’s easy to forget that, however, when terrible events around the world constantly dominate the news.

From a more narrow standpoint, we also need to make an effort to remind ourselves of all the wonderful things that happened this year.

Yes, there are many problemsacross the globethat require immediate attention, and we certainly can’t afford to be indifferent or apathetic in this regard. But that doesn’t mean we can’t also celebrate progress, even if it’s seemingly minuscule compared to the challenges before us.

We can’t change the world overnight; it happens little by little. Progress takes patience.

With that said, we have a lot to be thankful for in 2015! A number of great things occurred this year. If you need some help remembering, we’ve got you covered.

Here are four things to be thankful for in 2015.

1. NASA is kicking ass!

NASA is having a stellar year (no pun intended) and made huge strides in space exploration.

Among other great accomplishments this year and throughout history, NASA also discovered liquid water on Mars!

Advances in space exploration are always something to celebrate as they have reverberating and positive impacts in society. To borrow from Neil deGrasse Tyson,

Space exploration is a force of nature unto itself that no other force in society can rival.

Not only does that get people interested in sciences and all the related fields, [but] it transforms the culture into one that values science and technology, and thats the culture that innovates.

And in the 21st century, innovations in science and technology are the foundations of tomorrows economy.

The further we go into space, the further we go as a species.


2. Love wins!

In June, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

While this decision didn’t end homophobia or discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals, it’s a major stride forward in terms of establishing a more equal and fair country.

When love and tolerance win, we all win.


3. More states (and DC) legalize weed!

A majority of Americans now support the legalization of marijuana, and it seems more states are catching on.

InFebruary, the recreational use of marijuana became fully legal in both Alaska and Washington DC.

And, as of October, you can buy weed in Oregon.

Marijuana is now legal in four states (Alaska, Oregon, Colorado and Washington)and Washington DC (but it’s not for sale in DC or Alaska).

Legalizing marijuana makes sense for a number of reasons, which Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders aptly highlighted back in October while speaking to students at George Mason University. He said,

In the United States we have 2.2 million people in jail today, more than any other country. And were spending about $80 billion a year to lock people up. We need major changes in our criminal justice system including changes in drug laws. Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use. Thats wrong. That has got to change.

This is precisely why Senator Sanders introduced legislation that would legalize pot on the federal level and allow states to decide if they want to legalize recreational use in early November.

It’s time to legalize!


4. USWNT won the World Cup!

The US women’s national team won the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada!They absolutely kicked ass and made this country incredibly proud.


They also helped remind us we still have a long way to go in terms of establishing equality between men’s and women’s sports.

Women’s teams were forced to play on turf this past world cup, which would never happen to men. Moreover, the USWNT received only$2 million for winning the tournament, while Germany’s men’s team received $35 million for winning theWorld Cup in 2014.

There’s no reason women and men should not receive equal treatment in the sports world or any aspect of society, for that matter. It’s 2015; we should act like it.

In the words of President Obama,

Playing like a girl means you’re a badass.

The USWNT is a powerful reminder of that fact.


Indeed, we have a lot to be thankful for this year, and it’s not even over yet!

The world might seem like a mess, but it isn’t such a bad place when it comes down to it. Good things happen every day.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/news/politics/four-things-thankful-for-2015/1298252/

The Weeknd is selling an absurdly expensive vaporizer

Without the Internet, some of our greatest pop starsJustin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Soulja Boywouldve never been discovered. Unfortunately, the Internet has also allowed many of us to listen to our favorite artists for free. Thus, musicians like the Weeknd have had to pimp themselves out with any garden variety brand to maintain their lush lifestyle. In most cases, artists have been very off-brand with their choices (think Alicia Keys aligning with BlackBerry) but this is the rare case of true synergy.

The Weeknd, Torontos other favorite hip-hop/R&B artist, has found the most on-brand deal in sponsorship history. He recently collaborated with PAX labels to create a luxury portable vaporizer, theMadness Tour Limited Edition PAX 2, in honor of his only other revenue source. It has a sleek matte black finish, a yellow LED status indicator, a silkscreened XO logo, and a magic chip that plays The Hills when its activated. (Because whats more discreet than a vaporizer that plays music?) This beautiful creation from the marijuana gods is an OVO-loving potheads wet dream.

PAX

You can find the Madness Tour Limited edition here for the low, low, low price of $324.99. At least the shipping is free! In just a couple of days, any fan can get blazed at a concert, dog park, funeralreally, any inappropriate locationwith a minimum of fuss and maximum THC absorption.

Yes, this vape costs more than floor tickets at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. But what good are lifelong memories if one cant experience them while discreetly smoking in a crowd? No one said the luxury vape life was easy. And if any diehard fans are brokelike the rest of usjust roll some fucking papers and hum Cant Feel My Face while lighting up.

Otherwise, buy this vape, support talented artists, and dont do drugs in front of children.

H/T Pitchfork| Photo via The Come Up Show/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Read more: http://www.dailydot.com/lol/weeknd-vape-on-brand/

Mary McCartney: My Mother Linda and Me

Showing her photographs alongside her mother Lindas, Mary McCartney reveals years of family lifeher dad, former Beatle Sir Paul, her sister Stellaas well as celebrity friends like Mick Jagger and Aretha Franklin.

THE private view at Manhattans Gagosian Gallery for Mother Daughter, the joint exhibition of photographs by Mary McCartney and her late mother Linda McCartney, drew a suitably starry crowd.

Woody Allen, Drew Barrymore and Yoko Ono were among the boldface names attending.

Also there, of course, was Sir Paul McCartney, the former Beatle and father of one of the artists and devoted husband of the other, together with his third wife Nancy Shevell.

Mary McCartney is a renowned photographer in her own right. Tony Blair requested she take the first picture of his son Leo in 2000, the first child born to a serving British Prime Minister for 150 years, and earlier this year she was invited by Queen to snap her inside Buckingham Palace.

Stella
1983 Paul McCartney/Photographer: Linda McCartney. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

Her motherthen called Linda Eastmanwas a rock photographer in the 1960s before marrying Paul McCartney. For nearly three decades the couple enjoyed one of showbizs strongest marriages with Linda also being a prominent animal rights activist, vegetarian culinary entrepreneur, and co-founder of Wings, her husbands post-Beatles musical endeavor.

So, prior to Mary McCartney giving me a tour on the morning of the opening of the show, I was expecting revealing insights into her family courtesy of a few large prints of the McCartney clan at work and play.

But Mother Daughter offers more than that. From thousands of pictures taken by her and her mother, McCartney, 46, has selected 76 works and put them on show without supplying descriptions whether they are by her or her mother.

You can kind of tell [who took a picture] by how old he is, she says referring to her father.

There are celebs aplenty in the show: Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger twice shot by Linda McCartney (though no Beatle apart from Paul is depicted) and Rihanna, Kate Moss, Sam Taylor-Johnson and even Tracey Emins cat Docket by her daughter.

The
Mary McCartney. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

But the exhibit goes far beyond glossy celebrity portraiture. Mother Daughter is full of eclectic imagery, ranging from a Snow White figurine taken by Mary to a photo of Francis Bacons art studio wall shot by her mother to a picture of Mary and her younger sister Stella posing next to Peggy Lees Christmas tree in California in 1975.

Each grouping of pictures is arranged thematically with the visual point of connection adding poignancy to what could have been a random photographic family display (albeit showcasing one of Britains most creative living dynasties).

For instance, a picture of Mary and Stella taken by their mother in West Berlin in 1976 hangs next to a Diane Arbus-esque photo snapped by Mary at Goodwood Revival Festival last year of a pair of twins striking similarly intense poses of sibling contentment, though looking as sixties as the Beatles Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.

My favorite is a grouping that depicts photos taken by Mary of Sir Paul with a carrot in his mouth that he is feeding to a horse (I havent seen anyone doing that in a photo before) and one of him kissing his son James next to a picture Linda took of her husband kissing Mary (Its so close up that you can almost hear it, a lip-smacking kiss).

When Gagosian first approached her with the idea of a mother-daughter show, McCartney admits, I was not sure but actually its quite relevant because our styles are very intertwining.

The themes were arranged in painstaking fashion. I got lots of pictures and put them out on the floor like little postcard-size prints and started piecing together groups, she says. I would see circles, bowls and cups connected.

The visual ties mattered more than those of the family variety, she adds: The reason to do the show wasnt, Well do some pictures of us together and it wasnt even that my mother inspired me to be a photographer. It was more like theres relevance between our pictures. If we were both standing here now and took pictures in the street, wed probably go for very similar things.

Mother Daughter has been through a few iterations. I didnt think originally Id have so much family in the show, says McCartney, who has four children and lives in London with her second husband film director Simon Aboud.

At first it was an edit without the family in it, but I didnt think it worked without it. Usually I dont show a lot of family pictures and instead Ill show people that I go and meet and not include my father so much. But this didnt feel complete without it.

The number of at home shots in the exhibition reinforces the notion that Sir Paul McCartney, for all the hundred million singles and hundred million albums that weve bought by him, is the most ordinary of rock stars.

Is the legend true that Paul and Linda McCartney never spent a night apart while married? It is true apart from when he was in jail in Japan [for bringing marijuana into the country in January 1980], responds Mary. They went everywhere together, it was something that was important to them. In a way its kind of normal. The reason its unusual is they were in the entertainment industry.

There are times that being a McCartney photographing another McCartney does help.

A memorable image in the exhibition depicts a lush visual taken by Mary of fashion designer Stella showing her pregnant stomach in a Long Island field in 2006.

I ask Mary if hypothetically a photographer who had never previously met her sister could have persuaded her to strike that pose? I think she would have done it anyway but she wouldnt have pulled up her top to show her tummy.

Both mother and daughter were interested in capturing spontaneous moments and flashes of energy on camera. But a key difference between them was that Linda carried her camera around in a less packaged age.

Theres a lot more pre-production with agents and PR, says Mary. When mum was taking pictures of the Stones for Town & Country, they didnt have much of an entourage.

What she would have made of the hoopla that accompanies todays photo shoots? I think she would have got bored of it very quickly. She was an artist and that veneer of overproducing something didnt excite her.

Photographing what surrounded her became part of Lindas life (she snapped the cover of McCartney and Michael Jacksons single The Girl is Mine). But for her daughter, its become her living.

I do commissioned, commercial work which she never really got into, Mary says. I dont think it really interested her probably because she didnt have the time to really focus on it. She was very much more of a lone photographer which I get into, but I do like connecting with my team.

Photography has clearly helped diminish Marys pain at her mothers death from breast cancer in April 1998.

I think Im lucky because I have lots of her with me, she says when I ask her whether the sense of loss has abated. Photography can evoke memories and Im lucky to have her archive which is varied and it can bring me back to connect with her.

Often when Im taking a picture of people, I want to take a picture of their kids and they say, No, I look awful, I say, Its not actually for you, its for your child. Theyre going to see pictures of you. Its not about all them looking cute! Im quite passionate about thatbe in pictures with your kids!

Sir Paul went on to have an ill-fated second marriage to activist and model Heather Mills. Reports constantly surfaced during their six-year marriage that his childrenparticularly Stellawere less than enamored with Heather.

When I ask her about whether it was a difficult time, Mary McCartney replies, I sympathize with anyone going through a divorce. Its very much their business and not mine. Im there to be supportive if Im needed, but its better to try and keep out of other peoples relationships.

Since 2011 her father has been married to Nancy Shevell. Shes really lovely, theyre very happy, says Mary about her mother-in-law. She hasnt done much press because shes not in the media. Theres no reason to do it. Shes a good family girl.

At the age of 73, Macca is busier than ever and recently collaborated with Rihanna and Kanye West. Hes touring, hes always creating something, hes always got ideas. It keeps him youthful.

Meantime Mary contends her mother was ahead of her time.

For instance Linda McCartneys musical abilityshe was often derided during her life for her singing voiceis only now being given its due.

I think then everyone was bitching her out but now a lot of people look to her as ahead of her time and revolutionary, Mary says of her mother who co-wrote Band on the Run and Live and Let Die. Or with her style, people would make fun of the way she dressed and now lots of female musicians I meet are like, Oh My God your mum was so cool.

You look at footage from the 1970s and think how groovy she looked. But at the time she was quite rebellious and didnt really care what people thought about her. Shed cut her own hair and wouldnt want to shave her legs. She was real.

Mother Daughter is at Gagosian Gallery, 976 Madison Avenue, New York, until December 19.

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/28/mary-mccartney-my-mother-linda-and-me.html

Farewell, Cynthia Robinson: Mother of All Hype Men and Heart of the Family Stone

Everyone from Sly Stone to Fatboy Slim stole from funk horn pioneer Cynthia Robinson, who died this week as the only black female trumpeter in the Hall of Fame.

Cynthia Robinson, who died Monday of cancer at age 69, was a co-founder of Sly & the Family Stone and the only black female trumpeter to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The group had an enormous influence on popular culture, both as one of the first bands that blended the sexes and races and in their significance in the development of soul, psychedelic and, above all, funk music.

Their first top-10 hit, 1968s Dance to the Music,  perhaps their best-known song, opened with Robinson urging the audience to do just that, before demanding that All the squares go home! Her ad-libbed cries of encouragement remained a regular feature and her infectious horn riffs (alongside sax player Jerry Martini) a crucial component of the bands sound.

The song was the standout from their first three albums, which enjoyed only middling success, but from 1969 until the band began to dissolve in 1974, Sly & the Family Stone produced four extraordinary albums: Stand!, which featured their first No. 1 single, Everyday People, and I Want to Take You Higher; the dark, blues-influenced Theres a Riot Goin On (1971); 1973s Fresh, one of the most important funk recordings ever made; and Small Talk, which was initially underrated but later plundered for samples by decades of hip-hop artists.

The groups towering performance at Woodstock, in the early hours of Aug. 17, 1969, was generally reckoned as one of the festivals highlights. Their numerous innovationswhich were a considerable influence on artists as varied as The Jackson Five and Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder and the Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black-Eyed Peas, and Princeincluded slap bass, drum machines, vocal tradeoffs, and an obsessive attention to detail in overdubbing and production.

Though Sly Stone, as songwriter, producer and (it was alleged) sometimes player of the majority of instruments on recordings, was undoubtedly the groups chief motive force, Robinsons contribution was, from the bands foundation, central to the development of their work.

She was emphatic about the importance of practice. We spent more time together than they [the other band members] spent with their wives and girlfriends. Sly always had us rehearsing, she told Mike Ragogna in a 2013 interview. Robinsons diligence extended to attempting to hold the volatile members of the groups together and, not entirely successfully, to prevent their drug use from impeding their performances.

She and Slys sister Rose were notable for the time as female band members, since both were instrumentalists, rather than merely backing singers. But Robinsons voice was as important as her rock-steady horn-playing and stabilizing presence. Many critics argued that her technique of vocal interjection, directed at both the band and audience, anticipated the role of the hype man in rap and hip-hop; like her personal influence on her colleagues behavior, it was a central but supporting pillar of their sound.

Cynthia Robinson was born in Sacramento, California, on Jan. 12, 1946. She told interviewers she was interested in music from an early age and played the flute in elementary school; her high school, which had no spare flutes, encouraged her to switch to the clarinet, which she didnt care for. Her first encounter with the trumpet came when she heard a fellow student practicing. I didnt even know what instrument it was, but he was playing it so beautifully! she told Rookie. When he came out, I said Can I try that? Everything I blew was off-key, but I knew that it could sound good if you worked on it, and thats what I wanted to do.

Though she went on to study music at the city college, she thought that no band would hire a female trumpeter, and did not acquire her own horn until a beatnik she knew told her that she could have one he had lying around if she played for a party. She sloped off to work out Summertime, but was frustrated at not finding the notes; when she came downstairs, however, the partygoers applauded and the instrumentwhich smelled bad and had all kinds of green crud inside the tubingwas hers.

She had known Sylvester Stewart slightly since the early 1960s, before his transformation into Sly Stone, after her mother saw his guitar in the back seat of his car and invited him into their house to play; she subsequently listened to his radio show on KSOL, at first without knowing it was her high school acquaintance.

By that point, though still convinced no band would hire a female horn player, she had played a few gigsthough her pay was calculated only after the bar tab had been settled, and amounted to $10. I didnt drink, she told one interviewer. But I kept going back because they were the only guys that would let me play. Despite these hurdles, she soon progressed to playing backup for more prominent musicians, including BB King.

In 1966, she joined Sly and the Stoners, just as Slys brother was setting up his own group, Freddie and the Stone Souls. In March the following year, the bands aligned and signed to Epic, which released their first album, A Whole New Thing.

Though admired by musicians (including Tony Bennett), its sales were modest; their second LP, Dance to the Music, did better on the back of its title track, but the next, Life, released in September 1968, fared poorly. Even so, some songs, notably MLady and the title track, became staples of live shows. The opening riff from Into My Own Thing gained a new lease of life in 2001 as the hook for Fatboy Slims Weapon of Choice.

As the band entered their most creatively productive period, however, their internal dynamics became more fraught. An English tour was abandoned after Larry Graham was arrested for possession of marijuana, but that was a minor blip compared with subsequent problems, mainly in the form of cocaine and PCP.

By 1970, Sly was more or less permanently stoned, and failed to turn up for about a third of concerts. A premature Greatest Hits was released to disguise the fact that new material was not forthcoming. Dealers and gangsters surrounded the group, whose message of racial harmony and integration was giving way to paranoia and thinly veiled menacethe Black Panthers issued an ultimatum for Sly to fire the bands white members.

That was ignored, but in 1971 Gregg Errico became the first to leave after Sly became convinced he was plotting against him and employed bodyguards; a series of drummers, reminiscent of Spinal Tap, followed. There was a bright spot when the single Family Affair became their second No. 1, but Theres a Riot Goin On reflected a much darker mood and tensions in the band. Martini was only complaining that he had not been paid; Graham, Stone believed, had taken out a contract on his life. Stone set his bodyguards on to the bassists entourage, and Graham departed to set up Graham Central Station.

Concert bookings dried up and sales slumpedas Sly Stone himself often did on stage. Freddie went off to become a preacher. Rose Stones husband hauled her out of the band. In January 1975, the remaining members called it a day, though Robinson worked with Sly on two further records, High on You (1975), a solo album, and the following years Heard You Missed Me, Well Im Back. Though the latter was billed as Sly & the Family Stone, it too was essentially a solo studio effort.

Robinson went on to play with Graham Central Station, George Clinton and Funkadelic, and later worked with a range of artists, including Prince (as the trumpeter with the New Power Generation from 1997-1999).

She had two daughters, Laura and Sylvette (known by her middle name, Phunne), the latter by Sly Stone, both of whom she brought up as a single mother. In 2006, she reunited with the Family Stone (without Sly) to tour and record. Stone himself has made only a few brief, incoherent appearances with them, one during their Hall of Fame induction in 1993.

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/25/farewell-cynthia-robinson-mother-of-all-hype-men-and-heart-of-the-family-stone.html

Colorado Springs: a playground for pro-life, pro-gun evangelical Christians

Anti-abortion rhetoric is not hard to find in the city where the fortress-like Planned Parenthood centre is the subject of regular protests

Colorado Springs, the location of an attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic that left three people dead, is a centre of rightwing Christian culture with a wild west mentality when it comes to guns.

The attack, by a lone gunman carrying a rifle or shotgun, took place at a clinic that is the site of regular anti-abortion protests by the citys pro-life Christian groups.

Planned Parenthood, aware of hostility about their work, recently moved to the new facility, hoping it would provide more security for staff.

The building has been likened to a fortress by anti-abortion campaigners and Fridays attacks revealed that it is equipped with safe rooms for staff to shelter in the event of such an event. It also has an extensive security camera system.

With anti-abortion policies supported by many Republican presidential candidates such as Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Jeb Bush, rhetoric attacking Planned Parenthood and other such organisations is not hard to find in the city.

Last spring, following the gruesome attack on a Colorado woman who had her unborn-baby ripped from her womb with a knife, state representative and Springs resident Gordon Klingenschmitt said the attack was the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb.

Colorados second largest city, with a population of 445,800, has built itself a reputation as a playground for white, pro-gun, pro-life Evangelical Christians. It is also home to one army base, two air force bases, and an air force.

Colorado Springs featured in the documentary film Jesus Camp, where evangelical Christian children were taught to engage in anti-abortion protests. Two of the films lead characters travelled to the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, where they met church pastor Ted Haggard, a one-time leader of the National Association of Evangelicals who had weekly communications with president George W Bush. Haggard resigned from his position later that same year following revelations that he purchased methamphetamine and the services of a male prostitute.

The citys pro-gun contingent flexed its muscles in 2014 with an unprecedented recall election, ousting state senator John Morse. The recall was primarily motivated by new gun control laws in Colorado following the Aurora cinema shootings in Denver which banned magazines holding more than 15 rounds, and demanded a universal background check for all gun purchases.

As the first state to legalise abortion and the first to implement a regulated marijuana market, Colorado is a state that doesnt take kindly to government infringements on personal rights.

Three weeks before Fridays Planned Parenthood shooting, a man was seen brandishing a rifle while walking down the streets of Colorado Springs on Halloween morning. A concerned citizen called the 911 Emergency Line to notify the police, but was told by the operator: Well, it is an open carry state, so he can have a weapon with him or walking around with it, referencing state laws that allow the brandishing of a firearm in public.

Shortly after the call the man shot and killed three people before being shot dead by police.

Following the Halloween shooting, Colorado Springs resident Jessie Pocock organised a vigil with her fellow citizens, who expressed a mix of grief and outrage at the deaths. She feels that there is a wild west mentality when it comes to guns in Colorado Springs.

Its important that we can go to the grocery store and not be worried about someone randomly shooting us down on the streets, and right now that is not the case in Colorado Springs, said Pocock, who lives close to the abortion clinic. Youre not safe on the streets here, and that is a problem.

Colorado Springs year of violence began last January when a bomb detonated outside the local chapter of the NAACP. No one was harmed in the attack, but the incident put many in Colorado Springs on edge.

Im a little overwhelmed with the war zone that is my home, says Pocock.

Colorado Springs shooting: three dead and one man in custody following attack

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/nov/28/colorado-springs-a-playground-for-pro-life-pro-gun-evangelical-christians