"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
New York state Sen. Greg Ball (R) took to Twitter Friday night to suggest using torture on Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The lawmaker, whose professional motto is “Gettin’ it done,” views abusive interrogation as one means of doing just that, it seems:
So, scum bag #2 in custody. Who wouldn't use torture on this punk to save more lives?— Greg Ball (@ball4ny) April 20, 2013
Ball is one of several lawmakers who have come out with ethically (and legally) questionable responses to Tsarnaev’s capture.
On Friday, Sen. Lindsay Graham tweeted a series of justifications for why law enforcement should not read Tsarnaev his Miranda Rights (which they didn’t, though they may eventually), and expressed a desire to hold him as an enemy combatant “for intelligence gathering purposes”:
The last thing we may want to do is read Boston suspect Miranda Rights telling him to "remain silent."— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) April 19, 2013
If captured, I hope Administration will at least consider holding the Boston suspect as enemy combatant for intelligence gathering purposes.— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) April 19, 2013
If the #Boston suspect has ties to overseas terror organizations he could be treasure trove of information.— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) April 19, 2013
As Salon previously reported, the Justice Department “cited the public safety exception, which allows law enforcement to temporarily question a suspect before reading the Miranda Rights, if there is an ‘objectively reasonable need to protect the police or the public from immediate danger,’” as justification for the suspension of due process.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)