Richard Sherman: Star-struck is not the word, awe-filled. The only trouble was he started describing the wrong picture to us. So we had to interrupt him. He was describing a picture that became THE PARENT TRAP. He said \"now that I wasted so much time describing this other picture, maybe you can take the script home and take a crack at it.\" So we did.
We wanted something special for Mary Poppins, her philosophy done in one lousy little song. One day, we weren't getting very far, and Bob's son came home from school. He'd had a Salk vaccine. And Bob asked if it hurt. He said \"no they put it on a cube of sugar on a spoon. It tasted good.\"
Bob came into work the next day with a very glassy look; he said \"I think I've got it. I think I got the title.\" I said \"I hope so because I don't have it.\" He said \"listen to this: 'a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down.'\" I said: \"This is GREAT, great.\"
Richard Sherman: Who was it based on? It was well-thought out (an idea). But the one thing that made a difference was that we did it in shuffle rhythm. We had a very definite teen appeal, so we were pragmatic. This became the biggest of all the rock songs.
Homeboy Sandman: Veins (Stones Throw) Given how it signsoff by wrapping \"God\" and \"Speak Truth\" around \"Nonbelievers\"' and its\"light brown privilege\" verse, 2016's 16-track, 40-minute Kindnessfor Weakness feels so much like a signature classic that this10-track, 25-minute follow-up seems trifling despite its identicalminutes-per-song ratio. But on both albums, Sand remains the mostconsistent song-crafter in whatever we're supposed to call the gamehe's playing. Accept his rat-a-tat delivery and his looplike beats andrecognize how rarely he lets four lines pass without proving that\"Every single morning I handle boredom by being born again.\" Never one\"to waste time tryna be cute,\" he rocks his \"Fila and Le Tigre on theTigris and Euphrates,\" reads Moby Dick between sets, and deliversdelight. If his flow and beats were a smidge more iconic, he'depitomize the kind of major minor artistry Le Tigre--hell, Spoon orsomebody--parlayed into legend. A MINUS
Mary Gauthier: Rifles and Rosary Beads (In the Black)The gritty recovering alcoholic wrote these 11 grave, felt, angry,deliberate songs with service members, veterans, and spouses via aNashville project called SongwritingWith:Soldiers. But examine thelist of collaborators and see why it had better be \"members,\" not\"men\"--five of the eight soldiers and all of the spouses are women, sothat women alone write seven tracks. There's \"Brothers\": \"I was justlike you when the bullets flew / I had your back you had mine too /Brothers in arms your sisters covered you / Don't that make us yourbrothers too?\" There's also \"Iraq,\" in which a mechanic with greaseunder her nails finds herself compelled to fend off male soldiers whoare supposed to be on her side. On the other hand, one of the menwrites \"It's Her Love\" for his wife: \"When I'm broken and I push heraway / She fights her way back she's with me to stay.\" But mostlywhat's stressed is respect for common service--documenting battle'sbrutal grind, celebrating the survivals it's been all of thecowriters' lifework to fight for one way or another, citing the manykinds of injury the combatants came home with, remembering their deadas guardian angels. Without moralizing more than a crack, all of thesewriters honor shared struggle without papering over how hard that canbe: \"They say no man's left behind but that ain't true / They hate itthat they need us but they do.\" The record flinches sometime--wouldn'tyou? But it refuses to break. A MINUS
Defendant Stephen Pesce was initially charged in a one-count indictment with having knowingly and willfully offered for sale in interstate commerce various articles of drug paraphernalia, specifically, five hundred vials with small spoons attached, primarily intended and designed for use in inhaling, ingesting and otherwise introducing cocaine into the body, in violation of 21 U.S.C. 857, the Mail Order Drug Paraphernalia Act. He has since been named, together with his business, Main Street Distributing Inc. (hereinafter \"Main Street Distributors\"), and four individuals, Mark Benowitz, Arthur Eisenman, Robert Cavaliere *657 and Stuart Podolsky, in a twenty-five count indictment charging further violations of 857, specifically: (1) the unlawful importation of drug paraphernalia, including 84,000 pocket scales, 12,000 strainers, fine gauge metal mesh, and 20,000,000 polyethylene bags; (2) the unlawful exportation of drug paraphernalia, including, inter alia, cocaine test kits, cocaine use kits, and butane torches; (3) the unlawful offering of drug paraphernalia for sale and transportation in interstate commerce, including, inter alia, cocaine use kits, cocaine inhalers, cocaine vials, crack pipes, roach clips, metal mesh screens, and such common narcotic diluents as inositol and mannitol; and (4) the unlawful use of the United Parcel Service as part of a scheme to sell drug paraphernalia.
More particularly, the agent noted that Customs records showed that on July 7, 1987, Freedom Imports had imported into the United States from Taiwan 200,000 4-inch glass tubes, described on Customs documents as \"stirrers.\" Relying on the expertise of agents in the Intelligence Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Agent Giattino reported that 4-inch glass tubes are the basic element of pipes used to smoke the cocaine derivative \"crack.\" Only heat sink screens need be inserted in the glass pipes for street use.
In February, 1988, a Customs agent successfully obtained, over the telephone, from Freedom Imports price quotations for \"stems,\" the common expression for glass crack pipes, and the screens to be used in them. When, however, an agent went in person to Freedom Imports, he was told that three references were necessary before he could purchase any stems or screens.
The sales records, which reflected annual gross sales by Main Street of $3.7 million, included invoices for items such as \"QHS w/vial,\" and \"QHL w/vial,\" which Agent Giattino knew, based on his experience, to refer to a \"quick hit small, with vial,\" or a \"quick hit large, with vial,\" kits used to store user quantities of cocaine with a spoon attached to the top; \"Snap kit gold,\" which refers to a kit with a razor, small spoon, vial, mirror and tube, providing a package to store, transport and ultimately ingest cocaine; \"Glass H/P,\" which refers to a glass hashish pipe; hemostats, plier-like tools sometimes referred to as \"roach clips,\" used both by marijuana smokers to hold cigarettes and by intravenous drug users as part of a tourniquet; and inositol, a common cutting agent for cocaine and heroin.
Agent Giattino also reported that agents executing the first search warrant observed boxes in Main Street's warehouse containing: (1) metal, wooden and glass pipes with or without screens and hashish heads; (2) water pipes; (3) carburetion tubes and devices; (4) smoking and carburetion masks; (5) roach clips; (6) miniature spoons with capacities of one-tenth centimeter or less; (7) chamber pipes; (8) carburetor pipes; (9) electric pipes; (10) air-driven pipes; (11) chillums; (12) bongs; (13) ice pipes or chillers; (14) cocaine freebase kits; and (15) other drug paraphernalia, including crack pipes, crack vials, and drug cutting agents such as inositol, mannite, mannitol and caffeine anhydrous oxide.
The twenty-one page inventory for the second search of Main Street Distributors reveals the seizure of, among other things, various glass, ceramic and plastic pipes, crack pipes, hashish pipe bowls, cocaine puffers, cocaine snuff kits, cigarette rolling paper, cocaine cutting slates, cocaine scale kits, cocaine cutting blades, triple beam balance scales, cocaine vials with spoons, cocaine drying kits, roach clips, cocaine grinders and spatulas, glassine envelopes, plastic bags, butane lighters, strainers, screens and carburetors.
In this case, the court is persuaded that Agent Giattino's affidavit stated probable cause sufficient to support Magistrate Chrein's issuance of the March 2, 1988 warrant. Customs records demonstrated that Freedom Imports was purchasing large quantities of short glass tubes. According to drug enforcement experts, such tubes are the principal component of \"crack\" pipes. Such expert opinion \"`is an important factor'\" in a determination of probable cause. United States v. Benevento, 836 F.2d 60, 71 (2d Cir.1987) (quoting United States v. Fama, 758 F.2d 834, 838 (2d Cir.1985)), cert. denied, ___ U.S. ___, 108 S. Ct. 2035, 100 L. Ed. 2d 620 (1988).
Further supporting the probability that Freedom Imports and those acquiring glass tubes from it were intentionally dealing in drug paraphernalia is evidence that a Customs agent, who telephoned Freedom Imports, was able to obtain a price quotation for the glass tubes by referring to them as \"stems,\" the common street term for a crack pipe. On the other hand, when an agent sought actually to purchase such stems or tubes from Freedom Imports, three references were demanded. Common sense dictates that a seller of simple drink stirrers would hardly need references from a purchaser. Someone involved in illicit activity, however, would be more likely to be suspicious of a purchaser he did not know. Apparently, since Freedom Imports was selling glass tubes to Main Street Distributors, it had satisfied itself that no risks of exposure were presented from dealing with this buyer. The magistrate was entitled to consider this evidence of unorthodox business dealings for a product with a common illicit use in reaching his conclusion that probable cause existed to believe that these enterprises were engaged in the intentional sale of drug paraphernalia.