Kid Rock is getting his own giant middle finger sculpture from Vermont "It’s quite a thrill for me, honestly."

“It’s quite a thrill for me, honestly.”

Ted Pelkey’s middle finger sculpture being installed at his home in Westford, Vermont. –Courtesy of Ted Pelkey

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Nik DeCosta-Klipa

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Ted Pelkey’s giant middle finger sculpture apparently has fans beyond Vermont’s Route 128.  And the Westford resident’s work of “art” will soon have a twin in Nashville.

Pelkey says he’s driving down to Tennessee with his wife later this month to hand-deliver a second version of his 700-pound wooden sculpture to singer Kid Rock. As WCAX first reported last week, the country music star called the 54-year-old Vermont native in December to express his admiration — and to ask if he could get his own middle finger sculpture.

“It’s quite a thrill for me, honestly,” Pelkey told Boston.com over the phone Wednesday. “He just really wants one.”

Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, has made the crude gesture something of his personal signature through his personal appearances, song lyrics, merchandise, and album art. Pelkey said he first got a voicemail from Rock around Christmas, in which the 48-year-old singer said he “liked my style.” Despite recent controversies, Pelkey noted that Rock came off as a real “down-to-earth guy” during their phone calls.

“I would do it for him if it wasn’t Kid Rock,” he added.

Pelkey had the original sculpture commissioned in November to protest Westford town officials, who he felt were treating him unfairly in a dispute over his efforts to build a garage on his property. He paid a local artist for the massive middle finger sculpture, which he mounted on a 16-foot platform in his yard and lit with floodlights. Considered a work of “public art” under Vermont law, the giant bird was allowed to stay up, catching the attention of both Route 128 drivers and nationalnews outlets.

“It was critical to me to make sure that my neighbors and the people who live in this town understood that I didn’t put that up there for them,” Pelkey told Boston.com at the time. “It is aimed directly at the people who sit in our town office.”

Rock is paying $4,000 — the same amount that Pelkey paid — for the second sculpture. Pelkey says he recently picked up Rock’s sculpture from the same artist who commissioned the original and is looking forward to hauling it down to the singer’s Nashville home. According to the Tennessean, Rock owns 170 acres of property in the city’s Whites Creek neighborhood.

The second sculpture won’t be the first crass display Rock has put up in Nashville, even if it will be somewhat hidden in the city’s outskirts. Earlier this year, Nashville’s Metro Council reluctantly approved a 20-foot sign outside the rock star’s new Broadway restaurant, Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse, that featured a giant guitar that was intentionally made to look like a woman’s butt.

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Marijuana Lifer Calvin Robinson: ‘I Never Bought Any Drugs, I Never Sold Any Drugs And I Don’t Even Smoke Marijuana … This Was A Set Up’

Jericho Knopp
Jul 20, 2018

Calvin Robinson’s 30 year prison anniversary was a few weeks ago, but he should have been released before he had to celebrate it.

The 76 year-old marijuana offender’s application for compassionate release has been approved, but because of the endless bureaucracy of the prison system, he hasn’t heard anything more about it in the last six months.

“I was told that it was already approved, and that it was on the judge’s desk waiting for signing back in January of this year, so it hasn’t gone anywhere yet. I’ve been told over and over again that this takes years,” he told Civilized during a 15 minute phone call from USP Victorville in California.

But Robinson doesn’t have years to wait. He has cancer in his lymph nodes that was left untreated, among many other health concerns. Time is running out.

“This was a set up”

Robinson’s story is one that wouldn’t be out of place on a true crime podcast like ‘Serial.’ The story has everything: a DEA set up in international waters, a man who says he is innocent, and a conspiracy case that landed him in prison for life without the possibility of parole.

According to the government, Robinson was a career criminal whom they finally took down in the largest hashish and marijuana seizure in United States history. The 56 tons of cannabis were allegedly worth over $160 million.

According to Robinson, though, it was a straight set up. He was hired to take supplies offshore to two survey vessels with his tugboat and barge. He was towing the barge half a kilometer behind him, and he had no idea that there were 13 tons of marijuana and 43 tons of hashish in the ballast tanks when he was on his way back.

“This was a 500 ton barge and 56 tons put it down about two inches in the water,” he said. “You couldn’t tell there was anything on it. This was a set up, a straight up set up.”

He was charged with conspiracy to import marijuana, even though he argues that he never left the state of California

And as if his case weren’t tough enough, his lawyer died right before he went to trial, and he wasn’t allowed to find a new one.

“I was angry, very angry,” he said. “And all I could do was just plead not guilty and do the very best I could.”

One thing after another went wrong in his trial and the rest is history.

“Everything happens for a reason”

Robinson doesn’t fit the typical criminal profile. He’s a senior citizen, wheelchair bound and highly religious. He says his faith has helped him survive prison for as long as he has.

“I believe in the Almighty and I believe that everything happens for a reason,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve grown a lot, and I still got hope of overturning this. And I’ve got a hope of seeing my family again.”

But just because he has been able to cope with his incarceration doesn’t mean he’s accepted it, especially since the substance that he was unknowingly towing back to shore was cannabis.

“I think it was wrong to even ban cannabis to start with,” he said. “I don’t think that was right, and I believe that the almighty made it for the benefit of all people. That’s the bottom line.”

That said, that doesn’t mean that he was ever involved in drugs at all, he says.

“I’ve never bought any drugs, and I’ve never sold any drugs and I don’t even smoke marijuana,” said Robinson. “And it’s just … it’s like a black hole.”

All Saints' Day / Halloween

 

 

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All Saints’ Day

All-Saints.jpg

Painting by Fra Angelico

Also called
All Hallows

Observed by
Catholic Church,
Eastern Orthodoxy,
Anglican Communion,
Lutheranism[1]
and Methodism,[2]
among other Christian denominations

Liturgical Color
White

Type
Christian

Observances
Church services

Date
1 November (Western Christianity)
Sunday after Pentecost (Eastern Christianity)

Frequency
annual

Related to
Hallowe’en
All Souls’ Day
Day of the Dead
Samhain

All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows, Solemnity of All Saints,[3] or Feast of All Saints[4] is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November by the Catholic Church and several Protestant denominations, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. The liturgical celebration begins at Vespers on the evening of 31 October and ends at the close of 1 November. It is thus the day before All Souls’ Day.

Hallowmas is another term for the feast, and was used by Shakespeare in this sense.[5][6] However, a few recent writers have applied this term to the three days from 31 October to 2 November inclusive,[7] as a synonym for the triduum of Hallowtide.[8]

In Catholic theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. It is a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries. In the Catholic Church and many Anglican churches, the next day specifically commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached Heaven. Christians who celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day do so in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual bond between those in heaven (the "Church triumphant"), and the living (the "Church militant"). Other Christian traditions define, remember and respond to the saints in different ways; for example, in the Methodist Church, the word "saints" refers to all Christians and therefore, on All Saints’ Day, the Church Universal, as well as the deceased members of a local congregation, are honored and remembered.[9]

All Saints’ Day may originate in the ancient Roman observation of 13 May, the Feast of the Lemures, in which malevolent and restless spirits of the dead were propitiated. Liturgiologists base the idea that this Lemuria festival was the origin of that of All Saints on their identical dates and on the similar theme of "all the dead".[10]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article is about the observance. For other uses, see Halloween (disambiguation).

"All Hallows’ Eve" redirects here. For other uses, see All Hallows’ Eve (disambiguation).

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Halloween

Jack-o'-Lantern 2003-10-31.jpg

A jack-o’-lantern, one of the symbols of Halloween representing the souls of the dead[1]

Also called
Hallowe’en
Allhallowe’en
All Hallows’ Eve
All Saints’ Eve

Observed by
Western Christians and many non-Christians around the world[2]

Significance
First day of Allhallowtide

Celebrations

Trick-or-treating, costume parties, making jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, divination, apple bobbing, visiting haunted house attractions

Observances
Church services,[3] prayer,[4] fasting,[2] and vigils[5]

Date
31 October

Next time
31 October 2015

Frequency
annual

Related to
Totensonntag, Blue Christmas, Thursday of the Dead, Samhain, Hop-tu-Naa, Calan Gaeaf, Allantide, Day of the Dead, Reformation Day, All Saints’ Day, Mischief Night (cf. vigils)

Halloween or Hallowe’en (/ˌhæləˈwn, ˈn, ˌhɑːl/) is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide,[6] the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.[7] Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows’ Eve revolves around the theme of using "humor and ridicule to confront the power of death."[8]

According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals,[9][10] with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain.[11][12][13] Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.[14][15]