Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian) – Paul Revere & The Raiders, from 1971

This was one of my favorite songs from the 1970’s:

That’s “Indian Reservation”, with the subtitle “The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian”.  It was by a band called Paul Revere & The Raiders, and I’ve loved that song since I was a kid. The lead singer is Mark Lindsay. Wikipedia reports that he says he is one-eighth Cherokee, although there’s no citation behind that, and this one edit is the only edit attributed to the anonymous Wikipedia editor behind the assertion.

Regardless, it’s a great song. And recently I learned that it was a remake.  An earlier version of this song was performed by Marvin Rainwater in 1959:

I think I prefer the version by the Raiders.

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The Best Live Band Ever is performing May 4, 2019 at the legendary Carlyle Club

“The world’s best band” – that’s how Forbes magazine describes Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra. It’s true, I’ve seen them several times and there is no better show imaginable. Doc and his amazing talents and his amazing friends will be performing at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Virginia, on May 4, 2019.

Here’s the link for tickets: Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra at the Carlyle Club.

Lori Loughlin & Husband: Not Guilty?

So there’s this:

Lori Loughlin & Husband Feel ‘Manipulated’ in College Scam: ‘They Had No Bad Intention,’ Source Says

It wouldn’t surprise me if Lori Loughlin and her husband are telling the truth.  There is, after all, a presumption of innocence in America – doesn’t that still  exist?  I wouldn’t be surprised if, in the final analysis, they end up

  1. convicted in lower court and
  2. fully exonerated on appeal

The reason I think that way is this fantastic 2014 book by Sidney Powell:

Licensed To Lie

It reads like a John Grisham novel, but is real.  Powell is a former federal prosecutor who defended one of the very many defendants to a series of cases brought on by the US Department of Justice’ Enron Task Force.  In her book, Powell details a pattern of overreach and legal abuse, documented in great detail and backed up by appellate court decisions – including at least one appellate court-ordered investigation.  It’s a stunning, maddening book, and when these “college scam” cases hit the news in the  last few weeks, I was reminded of her work.  The similarities are striking.

Time – and millions of dollars in legal fees – will tell.

The Real MIT Blackjack Team

I’ve been posting about th3 2008 film 21.  The video below is an interview with the real MIT blackjack team on whom the film is based.  They discuss the math behind their card counting scheme that won them anywhere from $10,000 to $500,000 per trip to Las Vegas as they “counted cards”.

21 (2008 film)

I posted earlier this week about an old Rihanna song and I mentioned that it’s featured in the 2008 film 21.  That’s a really interesting movie that tells the true story – sort of – of the MIT team that beat the blackjack tables in Las Vegas.  The methods they used are real, the movie embellishes a bit to create a rather sinister nemesis to make it a more compelling film.  But the core story is real. If you’ve seen it, it’s fun to watch.

Here’s the trailer: