Sunday, January 20, 2019


I am not an apologist for police brutality BUT.

In a police confrontation, many young bloods that never lived with Jim Crow and the blatant legal racism of the past are too quick to try a civil rights assertion or test the law like they would in the hood or with parents.

I'm not talking about who's right and who's wrong. I'm talking about surviving the encounter and getting on with the rest of your day vs. protesting, incarceration, physical injury or death.

You can set the tone. If you are in a situation where you feel the officer is overly aggressive or hostile try to use verbal judo to calm the situation down. 

Keep your hands where they can be seen, (the steering wheel) and don't make any quick moves. Cops are trained with films of officers that got killed for 2 seconds delay.

If it's about a ticket: Take the ticket and fight it later. Ask politely if you're being detained. If he says no ask "May I leave?" If he says yes just do so. Don't make some nasty crack about it a re-escalate the situation.

If the officer says you are detained: When he asks for you license MOVE SLOWLY. Don't make it look like your reaching for a weapon.

If he asks you to get out of the car you can consider yourself "DETAINED". You are a hair away from being arrested. The moment you go from verbal exchange to touching the officer you can be charged with resisting. Now you have opened the door to physical force and the officer may jump to the Empty-Hand-Control. 
Police are not fair fighters. They are trained to use the use of force continuum.
An example of a use-of-force continuum follows:
  • Officer Presence — No force is used. Considered the best way to resolve a situation.
    • The mere presence of a law enforcement officer works to deter crime or diffuse a situation.
    • Officers' attitudes are professional and nonthreatening.
  • Verbalization — Force is not-physical.
    • Officers issue calm, nonthreatening commands, such as "Let me see your identification and registration."
    • Officers may increase their volume and shorten commands in an attempt to gain compliance. Short commands might include "Stop," or "Don't move."
  • Empty-Hand Control — Officers use bodily force to gain control of a situation.
    • Soft technique. Officers use grabs, holds and joint locks to restrain an individual.
    • Hard technique. Officers use punches and kicks to restrain an individual.
  • Less-Lethal Methods — Officers use less-lethal technologies to gain control of a situation.(See Deciding When and How to Use Less-Lethal Devices. )
    • Blunt impact. Officers may use a baton or projectile to immobilize a combative person.
    • Chemical. Officers may use chemical sprays or projectiles embedded with chemicals to restrain an individual (e.g., pepper spray).
    • Conducted Energy Devices (CEDs). Officers may use CEDs to immobilize an individual. CEDs discharge a high-voltage, low-amperage jolt of electricity at a distance.
  • Lethal Force — Officers use lethal weapons to gain control of a situation. Should only be used if a suspect poses a serious threat to the officer or another individual.
    • Officers use deadly weapons such as firearms to stop an individual's actions.
When an officer grabs you to effect an arrest: Do not resist you will escalate the situation.

If you squirm and try to pull away, he can use holds and joint locks. 

If you start to push and kick, he can use used hard technique to punch and kick you. 

If you square off and land a couple of good blows to him. He will go to non-lethal batons, chemical or tasers.

If you pull a weapon, even if it's a toy, he will use deadly force.

Bottom line...

Take the ticket go on about your business and fight it later.

If you are arrested try to stay calm, go along with it and politely ask for a lawyer. You have a right to remain silent. Use it, don't say or do anything that you'll be sorry for later.

Keep your cool. Would you rather be right and jailed or dead; or would you rather go home

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Rafael Viera: El último de los mohicanos...

"La partida de Rafael Viera marca el fin de una época. Ya estamos en unos tiempos donde no existe el vinyl, ni los cassettes mucho menos los cartuchos de  ocho pistas"

El sol también se ha puesto sobre el CD que fue en un tiempo la esperanza de los disqueros contra el pirateo pero resultó ser un caballo de troya. 

Durante todos esos tiempos hubo un guardián de llama... Las grabaciones son literalmente un récord de un tiempo, un artista, un pueblo en un dado momento. Cuando conservas eso; conserva todo lo relativo a estas obras. No nos damos cuenta pero ahí están los trabajos de los músicos con los del arreglista con el del compositor, el sonero, el ingeniero, el artista grafíco, et al.

Quizás empezó com un fan de la música (Él reclamaba ser Tanguero) pero fue cuando decidió tomar la Salsa como un negocio para asegurar que esa música no se desaparezca que se convirtió en un pilar de la Salsa mundialmente. 

Cuando Héctor y yo, adolescentes; íbamos a Puerto Rico, Don Rafa siempre estuvo presente y dispuesto a ayudarnos. Y creanme que muchas veces traíamos unos dramas complicados con mujeres, guapetones, familia, etc. Viera, con mucha calma 
nos ayudaba resolver nuestros bochinches. 

Los salseros le debemos las gracias por proteger nuestro patrimonio. Si no fuera por Rafael Viera no llegaríamos a todos los lugares que suena nuestra música. Fue prácticamente nuestro instituto Smithsonian.

Nos dejó su hijo Richie que se ha dedicado a nuestra música y cultura como hizo su padre. 

Como dijo el personaje Chingachgook (Rafael Viera) y dice la frase de la que se saca el título al libro El último de los mohicanos, hablando de su hijo "Cuando Uncas (Richie) siga mis pasos, no quedará ya nadie de la sangre de los sagamores, pues mi hijo es el último de los mohicanos."

Richie, que Dios tenga a tu papá en sus brazos y le brinde vida eterna en su reino. Y que te de fe y resignación para seguir pa'lante. Cuenta conmigo eres el último de los mohicanos.

Friday, January 11, 2019




  Demasiado Corazon
  El Gran Varon (Live)
Bronx, NY  united states 
Willie Colon 
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Salsa Legend Willie Colon

Trombone player, composer, and bandleader, Willie Colon was one of the pioneers of Latin American music. Despite initial criticism, Colon's album El Malo has become known as one of the first albums to feature the "New York Sound" that sparked a renewed interest in Latin music during the 1970s. Colon has been instrumental in the careers of such Latin musicians as Rub�n Blades, who first sang with Colon's band in 1975, and Celia Cruz, for whom Colon h ...

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Lehman Center for the Performing Arts Aug 16 2014 and Cali Colombia Aug 17th 2014
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I would love to know where you are playing or doing sideman work...or even a jam session. Love it All Live and all acoustic!
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