POSTING BY JB MADDAWG
Take a raucous group composed of three men of a certain age, add a modestly well to do blog and a dash of videos containing celebrity interviews and other stuff and what do you have? Not The Throwdown.
No, dear reader…because we have all that, plus culture. That’s why I’m proud to announce a new segment here on our little production, The Official Throwdown Book Club. I got the idea from sifting through many of blogs on books here at WordPress.com, and not that I don’t enjoy twelve reviews of Anne of Green Gables as much as the next hooligan, but someone or something, needs to introduce books to folks that don’t drink with one pinkie up. That something is of course, The Throwdown, and we only drink pinkie finger up when indulging in a fine wine such as Nighttrain or Thunderbird.
This leads me to our first installment of the book club, a very relevant gem in any situation, Understanding Police Officers and Staying Out of Trouble, by G.E. Morrison. If I ran a major bookstore, I think I’d place it in the self help or how to sections, because the information found in print here is invaluable to daily life. Mr. Morrison is exactly the type of person that should write on this topic, being a defense attorney, and the material in this book is well worth the price.
I’ve seen many folks dress this publication up with lines such as “a must read for any teenager” or “sound advice for juveniles everywhere”. Don’t be fooled by the reviews. This book is hysterical, and yes, the info is spot on. Upon purchasing the book, you won’t find sections on buying coffee and a bear claw for a badge, more like how not to get tased, beaten and laughed at by John Q. Law.
Let’s face it, teenagers are stupid. Television and music aren’t exactly “real world” representations of what happens with a real run-in with the cops, although it’s all the youngies know. I read this book and couldn’t believe the reality inside. Tips on how to shield your head in case the cops knock you to the ground and bang on you with a nightstick (position your head under the squad car, btw) and what to do with that one phone call.
Case in point, I know an extremely wealthy contact that is an upstanding member of society. A few years back, he was pulled over and suspected, more like accused, of D.W.I. After telling the officer it was a bullshit charge, the cop grabbed him, by his balls, and proclaimed who exactly was in charge of the situation. Legal? No. Does it happen every day of the week and twice on Sundays? You bet it does. If you don’t believe me, you just haven’t lived enough. This book cuts through the crap of what is perceived with dealing with the police, and where the truth really lies.
The book is fairly humorous, if you try to abide by society’s rules, but if you’re a normal law-breaker, it may just save your life. I snickered through twenty pages over a coffee before I realized, I had to add this morsel to my collection. From giving stats to just how many people are on the streets after 2 a.m. with an outstanding warrant, to what exactly, in frightening detail, happens if you find yourself in the back of a squad car and headed for the can.
We seem to live in a society now composed of youth that seriously believe, that “the man ain’t gonna care”. It’s very convenient that Understanding Police Officers and Staying Out of Trouble has included the phrase “get over here and FACE the MAN”, in three different languages. I brought that tidbit up to my badge-wearing friend, and all he did was produce an evil grin, and nod slowly. Jail is real kids, and the stark truth is the man would love to reserve a spot for you. Pick this book up and avoid it.
Until next time, you’ve just had the book Thowndown at you.