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Joe The Boss Fama by Mark Anthony Given

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The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame;  Every prison a more illustrious abode.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson _______________________________________________
              MY HUSTLE IN PRISON was the magazine route.  Back in the seventies and eighties, you could check Bill Me Later and they would start sending magazines, CD's, Fingerhut, stuff.  I had the latest Rob Report, Playboy, Penthouse, Rolling Stone, Utne Reader, you name it.  On the Invoice, I'd slice the bottom of the envelope just room enough for a check to slide out and check "Check Enclosed."  I made my rounds throughout the prison a few times a week and only the elite dozen or so guys were on my official list and people would stop me all the time and I'd pretend to look at a piece of paper in my hand and say, "Nope, not on the list."  I'd keep walking....I know it sounds lame and I never really made any money at it but …

Did I Ever Tell You by Mark Anthony Given

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Anger cannot be dishonest. -Marcus Aurelius __________________ DID I EVER TELL YOU I attacked five grown black men while in prison with my bare hands at the same time? I try and tell people soon after I meet them, I'm the nicest guy you ever want to meet and I always try and nearly always do the right thing, but don't piss me off. I got in an argument last summer with a few of my neighbors about a water hose; two of them have since moved and the third left immediately leaving all their property, and never came back. I got a bad temper.             I BEGGED THESE idiots to stop slamming Domino's and cards on these stainless steel tables bolted to concrete bare floors, cinder block walls was like an echo chamber. I was sitting in the Mobile Metro Jail waiting for the feds to come get me for a parole violation for a dirty UA for smoking pot. It takes about 60-90 days of the longest days of your life surrounded by barely literate criminals and mentally disturbe…

Black's Dictionary Machette

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Laws control the lesser man, right conduct controls the greater. -Mark Twain
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      I READ THIRTY YEARS of United States Supreme Court decisions in fourteen months in the custody of the Federal Correctional Facility at Seagoville, Texas on a parole violation.  They put me in charge of six other inmates right off the bus after I showed a copy of my diploma to the director of education, purporting to show I just graduated from a fly by night community college on the Gulf Coast, Phillips Junior College, whose dozens of campuses folded shortly after I graduated.  Took me three years to get a two year degree holding down a full time job and going to school three nights a week to receive my Legal Administrative Assistant, Associate of Applied Science Degree.   I made dozens of copies of it on the school copier and threw them out the window on the ride to a friends house where a bunch of people used to sit around after work getting wasted and…