When we read that J. Everett Dutschke, the martial arts instructor and former political candidate accused of mailing a ricin-laced letter to Barack Obama, was the "leader of a local rock band called Dusty and the RoboDrum," we had to hear his work.
Fortunately, the Mississippi native’s entire 2009 album, For Your Leather, is available for free on Spotify and for $14.15 on Amazon. Although the style of his music has been billed as "Live-Loop Oriented Rock with tons of lasers," we found it to be a twangy form of blues rock with the occasional heavy distortion guitar-solo interspersed. For your listening pleasure, we’ve provided a short clip of his track "Mount Up," a rollicking homage to a female love interest.
I don’t mind her pony tail, I don’t mind her boots.
I like the way she holds my pistol when she wants to shoot.
The tempo is fast, but perhaps not as fast as the federal case mounting against him (you see what we did there?). The FBI affidavit claims that authorities found ricin on a dust mask discarded by Dutschke, traces of ricin at his martial arts studio, and a downloaded book called Standard Operating Procedure for Ricin. Dutschke, who seems scripted straight out of a Coen brothers flim, insists he’s innocent, appearing in a YouTube video last week saying he doesn’t "have anything at all to do with" the ricin packages mailed to Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker. Guess it’s time for Dutschke to mount, er, lawyer up.
Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a senior editor at The National Interest. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Drezner has received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation, and the Treasury Department.| Daniel W. Drezner |