pursuant to the "inalienable rights" of all men, and the First
(and possibly the Second)
Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.
Don't tread on me, pretty-please.
An OtherSpokane special report: The
While in the midst of the OtherSpokane Summer Road
Trip, I was waylaid by a particularly ruthless and burdensome
affliction. Perhaps I'll explain. But for now, healing is underway.
It's going to take some time.
The OtherSpokane Summer Road
Trip commences tomorrow. I won't be updating this site for a few
days; but, you can check out my
Facebook for photos and anecdotes of my travels.
Why isn't it obvious to
everyone that if exposing a crime is treated as committing a crime,
you are ruled by criminals.
seek to nullify Obama efforts: At least 37 states have seen
legislation to gut federal gun regulation. Twenty states have passed
laws to challenge or opt out of parts of Obamacare. And half the
states have okayed measures aimed at knocking back DC's requirements
for issuing driver's licenses.
We need to make a choice as a
society about the extent to which we want to allow the government to
store data so it has the power to hit "rewind" on
everybody's life. That's
too much power.
Oh, yeah, the annual
OtherSpokane Summer Road Trip 2013 is coming up.
A piece of an Air Force
aircraft the size of a dead cow broke
off and fell in a San Antonio neighborhood yesterday. A witness
said people in the area were ordered by the military not to talk
about the object. Are you telling me that not one Texan stuck
his chubby middle finger in front of that officer's face and
reminded him that the military does not order an American civilian
to do anything?
But they're creepy, aren't they? Aren't they just a
little bit creepy?
Okay, so, I'm sorry about the cracks about the
royal kid. Obviously, the baby is totally innocent - and I'd never wish ill upon a precious little newcomer. And I don't even dislike Will and Kate (that much) - they're just human beings in lofty roles. My problem is this: I hate the whole system of royalty,
and I don't understand why everyone else doesn't hate it as well.
So, while too many Americans were going ever more gaga with each
royal birth pang, I, in a swirling cloud of dejection and
frustration, tossed out a pathetic little cream pie at the hatching
of the egg and hit the poor kid right in the face.
Sorry kid. I was aiming for your dad.
But you'll be just fine, future king. I can already see you thirty years from now, in the traditional headdress of
some remote African tribe, dancing with native girls, making
condescending remarks to the tribe's elders, and your entourage in suits and ties, all
with phony smiles and clapping wildly, everyone bouncing to the rhythm of the
pounding jungle drums.
And my scorn will be just.
Oh, my god. That is one ugly
baby. I'll bet when that creature finally slithered out of the royal
chute, the doctor slapped the Duchess.
Thomas, one of the last journalists without their head up
Satan's ass, dead at 92.
With all of the inbreeding,
corruption, drug running, and imperialistic thievery associated with
the royals, it's not that out of line for me to hope that Prince
William and Kate have an armadillo, is it?
From the Boston Globe...
"The Supreme Court ruled that you have to tell me your
"Okay, because you refuse, I'm placing you under arrest. You
have the right to remain silent..."
At least five people have been
murdered for unfriending someone on Facebook.
is on the Main Core? - the expansion of an old FEMA database
containing the names of American citizens who would be rounded up
and incarcerated in the event of a national emergency declaration.
Over 20 years ago, a
landscaper in eastern Germany discovered a formation of trees in a
forest in the shape of a swastika. Since then, a number of other
forest swastikas have been found. The
mystery of their origins persist.
Just in time for the Fourth of
July, the NSA says they will deny any Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request sent by American citizens. Here's
a petition from the liberal Daily Kos telling Obama to issue an
executive order allowing American citizens to obtain their NSA files
with a FOIA request.
Every time a bird shits on my
friend's car, he eats a plate of scrambled eggs on the porch just to
show them what he's capable of.
There are approximately 7,000,
000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000 atoms in the human body,
and not one of them is named Pierre.
Military files detailing the
Navy SEAL raid which killed Osama bin Laden were removed from
Defense Department computers and sent to the CIA, in
an effort to make the documents harder for the general public to
The move, ordered by Adm. William McRaven, was mentioned
in a report by the Pentagon's inspector general, which was acquired
by the Associated Press.
TSA agents arrested for theft
since 2003: 400
Terrorists caught since 2003: 0
Linda and I are so close, she finishes my sentences
"Don't come lecturing us
about liberty... Here we haven't invaded anyone. Here we don't
torture like in Guantanamo. Here we don't have drones killing
alleged terrorists without any due trial, killing also the women and
children of those supposed terrorists.
So don't come lecturing us
about life, law, dignity, or liberty. You don't have the moral right
to do so."
Correa (President of Ecuador) to the U.S. Ambassador
Night Shyamalan denies that Wayward Pines, his upcoming TV show
on Fox, is stealing from Twin
Peaks. The story:
"A Secret Service agent goes to Wayward
Pines, Idaho in search of two federal agents who have gone missing
in the bucolic town.
He soon learns that he may never get out of
Wayward Pines alive."
As Ramadan begins, more than
100 hunger-strikers in Guantanamo Bay continue their protest. More
than 40 of them are being force-fed. A leaded document sets out the
military instructions for force-feeding detainees. This
film demonstrates the procedure.
School kid to Obama:
"Dad says you're spying on us online."
"He's not your dad."
"Yes, ma'am, it's 99666,"
or, you should never, never give stores your ZIP code. Here's
Let's have a moment of silence
for all those who are stuck in traffic on their way to the gym to
ride stationary bicycles...
now rules the world: Imagine the aircraft of the president of
France being forced down in Latin America on "suspicion"
that it was carrying a political refugee to safety - and not just
any refugee but someone who has provided the people of the world
with proof of criminal activity on an epic scale.
Science Fact: If you took all of the veins from your
body and laid them end to end, you would die.
So far today Jesse James
Hennessy and I drug a computer through the woods on a chain, dressed
it up like Santa Claus and shot it multiple times with a shotgun
before we pulled out its dripping innards and rubbed them all over
our faces for the first half of a short film. We're shooting the
second half later tonight. Jesse says it could get weird.
Teach your children about
taxes. Eat 30% of their ice cream.
Incredibly, many of your
fellow Americans believe that the random bag searches, the invasive
pat downs and the extensive video surveillance you may experience
today are just the price we pay for living in a free country.
I'm not sure how to deal with
this - but, books, the hard cover objects you can touch and run your
fingers over - are dead. E-stuff is too convenient. For decades
people said, "Yeah, the Gutenberg thing is cool; but, I still
have to have it chipped in stone." In the end, it comes down to
what you're willing to stuff in your pocket.
"[W]henever any Form of
Government becomes destructive of the ends [life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness], it is the Right of the People to alter or to
abolish it, and to institute new Government....[W]hen a long train
of abuses and usurpations,
pursuing invariably the same Object
evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is
their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government."
Declaration of Independence
"In the end the Obama
administration is not afraid of whistle-blowers like me, Bradley
Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless.
No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an
informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it
was promised - and it should be."
Remember, the politically
correct term for firecracker is fire-caucasian.
I was in an old, giant mansion
with a group of people, all sitting around a large table. The owner
of the house gave me permission to explore the beautiful building. I
found many dusty, unused rooms, and many passageways that came to a
dead end. Eventually I came upon a stairwell that led to what must
have been the highest reaches of the edifice. There I discovered a
huge cable that had been severed somehow and was showering
electrical sparks into a red, molten mass below. I hurried back down
the stairs and excitedly told the people at the big table and tried
to get someone to call 911, but no one seemed too concerned - after
all, there were a few other house fires in the area, which, they
reasoned, was where the quickly accumulating smoke probably came
from. I found a fire extinguisher but was unable to find my way back
to the source of the danger. Frustrated, I woke...
watching The Reign of Terror
of the French Revolution from the
Show me one - just one -
downtown restaurant, tavern or hotel worker who does not hate Hoopfest.
"My understanding is that
espionage means giving secret or classified information to the
enemy. Since Snowden shared information with the American people,
his indictment for espionage could reveal (or confirm) that the U.S.
government views you and me as the enemy."
What could be more ironic: the US has charged Edward
Snowden with espionage, when it's the US that is doing the spying.
Pork-laced bullets designed
to send Muslims straight to Hell. This is nothing new. Twenty
years ago, while I was editor of EWU's student newspaper, my news editor,
Rick Nesbit, wrote a column saying the best way to end Gulf War One
was to bomb them with dead pigs.
Florida Governor Rick Scott
has signed legislation that will make possession of a bong or pipe a
third degree felony, which could result in a five year prison term,
a loss of the right to vote, and a lifelong criminal stigma.
I'm shooting a short horror
film tomorrow with Jesse James Hennessy involving frogs, kidnapping,
a Prairie Oyster (the drink), torture, sadism, surrealism, bad
suits, deception, convulsions, role playing, slime, prison stripes,
hypodermic needles and liver damage. I'm sure it'll be more fun than
Shortly before Sen. Obama was
elected president, ABC
News reported that military interceptors working for the NSA
listened to troops' private conversations with loved ones back home,
and would gather as a group to listen to especially salacious calls.
To keep us safe.
Supreme Court ruled today that
genes cannot be patented. A medical breakthrough that isolates a
genetic mutation does not amount to an invention meriting a patent.
The decision makes it easier for researchers to engage in genetic
Maybe NSA whistleblower Edward
Snowden saw one of those Homeland Security posters: "If you see
something, say something."
"It's well past time
that we have a debate about whether that's the kind of country and
world in which we want to live....We haven't had that debate because
it's all done in secrecy and the Obama administration has been very
aggressive about bullying and threatening anybody who thinks about
exposing it or writing about it or even doing journalism about
Greenwald, who broke the NSA story.
"In my estimation, there has not been in
American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden's release
of NSA material – and that definitely includes the Pentagon Papers
40 years ago."
on the Boston bombings, US terror inflicted abroad, drones,
Obama's rebranding of Bush administration policies, the National
Defense Authorization Act, Holder v. Humanitarian Law, conventional
wisdom, the evolution of media propaganda and education as a form of
can not even begin to express what is going on in my heart right now
with my eldest grandchild graduating from high school today. And to
think, in two years, I'll have another, and then another, and then
another, and then another, and then another. And by then, they'll
all be making more babies. And to think, it all started with me just
wanting a date for my Senior Prom...
Edward Snowden: the
whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations. "I
do not expect to see home again....I don't want to live in a society
that does these sort of things."
I thought I saw my friend Heather at the Gay Pride march and went up
and gave her a big hug.
"Hi, Heather," I said. "Is Dave
"I don't know Dave and my name's not
Heather," she said. "I appreciate the hug, though."
Chants heard at the Gay Pride march: Two, four, six, eight. How do
you know your girlfriend's straight?
The Gay Pride march is getting geared up to rumble through downtown
Spokane. I'm wearing all black but your flaming flags still demand a
What we are experiencing is a
defining moment in American history. The barrage of scandals facing
the administration is not an Obama problem. It is not a Democrat or
a Republican problem - the Patriot Act, the NDAA, warrantless
wiretaps, seizing phone records, spying on emails, drone strikes on
U.S. citizens - this is a problem of tyranny. Will we continue
to remain silent?
Forty-five years ago today I
was in Los Angeles with my family getting ready to go to Disneyland
when it was announced on television that Sen. Robert Kennedy had
been shot, just a few miles away from us at the Ambassador Hotel.
Later, the talking statue of Abraham Lincoln severely creeped me
The best way to honor our
veterans is to stop making new ones.
Seattle FBI agent has admitted the bureau busted a Nebraska-based
child porn website in November, 2012, and
operated it for two weeks before shutting it down. While under
FBI control, up to 5,600 users swapped and accessed images of
children being raped, abused or forced to pose naked.
Chaplin once went to a Charlie Chaplin look-alike competition
"To me, bad taste is
what entertainment is all about. If someone vomits watching one of
my films, it`s like getting a standing ovation. But one must
remember that there is such a thing as good bad taste and bad bad
Try saying "Good Eye
Might" without sounding Australian.
Here's our film for the 50 Hour Film Slam.
Jesse's camera broke at the end of the shoot and it ended up taking
him 2,507 hours to finish. Still, "The Burning" is pretty cool.
The mad sequence starting about half-way through is awesome. I love
the photography, the editing, the acting, and the amazing incidental
violin music by Christopher Lamb.
"You assist an evil
system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil
system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means
partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with
his or her whole soul."
Adolf Hitler strikes a
pose for photographer Heinrich Hoffmann while listening to a
recording of his own speeches. After seeing the photographs, Hitler
ordered Hoffmann to destroy the negatives. He
Sometimes the law defends
plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the law places the whole
apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of
the plunderers, and treats the victim - when he defends himself - as
Fairchild Air Force Base lost
its bid to host the tankers that refuel bombers. This is a good
thing, right? We end up playing a lesser part in the killing of
innocent brown people around the globe. True, we might end up paying
a few extra cents for our gasoline and our mochas; but, in the grand
moral scheme of things, in our supposed adherence of "Do unto
others..." this is a good thing, right?
Florida has introduced an
online method of reporting people to the government, called
"iWatch." The site explains what kinds of things should be
reported; among them: people making sketches of buildings, a
stranger who asks about building security, worrisome fumes, and
suspicious car renters.
In just ten months, the
United States managed to transform an 82 year-old Catholic nun
and two pacifists from non-violent anti-nuclear peace protestors
accused of misdemeanor trespassing into federal felons convicted of
violent crimes of terrorism.
I hope you didn't make the
mistake of playing the drinking game and taking a sip whenever
Attorney General Eric Holder said "I can't comment because of
an ongoing investigation" before the House Judiciary Committee
No doubt you've heard everyone
freaking out (rightfully so) about the ancient Mayan pyramid in
Belize that has been reduced to rubble, apparently to make fill for
roads. This has been going on for centuries: I've walked on the
Zocalo, the enormous plaza in downtown Mexico City, that was build
from the stones of the great Aztec pyramid torn down by Cortes in
the early 1500s.
The ACLU was curious about warrantless government
snooping on citizens’ text messages, so they filed a Freedom of
Information Act request to the Justice Department. They received 15
"He has, acting
personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavored to
... cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens,
income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated
or conducted in a discriminatory manner.”
— Article II, Section 1, Articles of Impeachment against Richard
M. Nixon, adopted by the House Judiciary Committee, July 29, 1974
The Bureau of Justice
Statistics released a report saying that firearm homicides are down
39% since 1993. There are about 50 million more guns in America now
than in 1993 and crime did not go up.
Here's Adam Kokesh, the guy
organizing the armed march on Washington, giving
a speech to the Iraq Veterans Against the War/Veterans for Peace
gathering. Scary - not the speech itself - but the fact I can't
disagree with what he says.
A lot of people are
criticizing folks who choose anal bleaching. Those assholes really
need to lighten up.
Spokane and much of Eastern
Washington is being invaded by giant, flying ants! There seems to be no
consensus as to where they came from. Some say it's a natural occurrence
after the unseasonable warm weather (though I don't remember this
ever happening before), and some say they were blown in on a strong wind
(from Antland? Antwerp? Antlantis?).
new report from the United Nations Human Rights Commission
suggests that lethal autonomous robots need to be regulated before
they become the military weapons of the future, as some of these
machines can allegedly choose and execute their own targets without
graduates to reject antigovernment talk. He says government
critics "gum up the works." He told the crowd at the Ohio
State commencement ceremony, “They’ll warn that tyranny is
always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these
Incident" drills are going to be conducted
in Montana this week. The stated goal is to get local police
used to working with Homeland Security, FEMA, and the military.
But don't worry: they're
probably nothing like the terrorism drills held just before 9/11, or
the subway bombing drills held just before the London subway
bombings, or the Marathon bombing drills held just before the Boston
A horse won the Kentucky Derby
The last person yesterday to
say, "May the Fourth be with you," had no idea that they
were one person away from having their eyes clawed out.
was also attacked in Boston: Forced lockdown of a city.
Militarized police riding tanks in the streets. Door-to-door armed
searches without warrant. Families thrown out of their homes at
gunpoint to be searched without probable cause. Businesses forced to
close. Transport shut down.
Can you ever travel from one
place to another? Ancient Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea gave a
convincing argument that all motion is impossible - but where's the
flaw in his logic? How to
resolve Zeno's Dichotomy Paradox.
Apparently tomorrow is World
Naked Gardening Day. Watch that rake.
This film explores the evolution of propaganda and public relations
in the United States, with an emphasis on the elitist theory of
democracy and the relationship between war, propaganda and class.
"The comfort of the rich
depends upon an abundant supply of the poor."
Former The Scene magazine
correspondent and provocateur, and creator of the raucous cartoon
Giant Fetus, Jon Welge, has been picked as the KHQ Facebook Friend
of the Day. Another sign of the Apocalypse! (Notice he's breaking
Washington state law in the photo.)
from the city of Pripyat, inside the exclusion zone around the
nuclear plant at Chernobyl in Ukraine where an explosion and
subsequent reactor meltdown became the world's worst nuclear
science of lying. The details behind our lying ways, how such
behavior evolved, how pathological liars are different from the rest
of us, and how scientists are getting better at spotting lies.
I watched the news reports of
the dedication of the George W. Bush Library and Museum with all of
the living Presidents of the United States, where President Jimmy
Carter looked like Urkel kicking it with Mafioso kingpins. A brave
move by the inventor of Billy Beer's brother - appearing publicly
with this band of warmongers and liberty looters.
We're going to suspend your rights to protest, bear arms, privacy,
and trial by jury.
protect you from terrorists.
B: Why do
we need to be protected from terrorists?
hate you for your freedoms.
additional 10 points deducted from anyone who said the alleged
Boston bombers were "Czechoslovakian." Congratulations:
you've not only missed Chechnya by 1300 miles, you have
misidentified it as a nation that hasn't exist for over 20 years.
law. [Video "removed by user."]
One of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects is in
custody. Assuming that Dzhokar Tsarnaev is indeed guilty of these
crimes, a very real threat to public safety has been taken off the
streets. That’s the good news.
A Canadian astronaut performs
a science experiment designed by high school students: What happens
when you wring out a wet rag
in zero gravity?
here to play the Canadian National Anthem.
4/21: National Surprise Drug Test Day.
I love the fact that Boston
was stormed by hundreds (thousands?) of militarized, home-invading,
machine gun toting police officers; yet the alleged bomber ended up being discovered by some guy who
defied lockdown orders and stepped out to have a cigarette.
The manhunt is over. One
suspect is dead. The other is wounded and in custody.
My son called me from Boston
early this morning to say the entire city is shutdown, police are
searching houses door-to-door and warning people not to go outside,
explosions and gunfire a mile away. Good morning!
There are cameras in nearly every store, every
intersection, in downtown Boston. All the world's media was there
where the bombs went off. But no camera captured someone packing
around duffel bags heavy with metal pressure cookers filled with
ball bearings, nails and detonation devices?
The Gadsden flag - which displays
a coiled snake on a yellow background with the phrase "Don't
tread on me," has been a part of American history since the
city council of New Rochelle, N.Y., voted to remove it from the
New Rochelle Armory, claiming that it represents the Tea Party.
North Korea is reclusive and
oppressive, but hints of daily life there have leaked out: Strange
The Department of Homeland Security is testing out a
batch of new sensors for their drones, including one sensor that
would offer the ability to determine if an individual is armed with
weapons or not.
documents reveal that the Department of Homeland Security, an
agency created after the September 11 attacks, conducts daily
monitoring of peaceful, lawful protests as a matter of policy.
Jones Plantation: a profound, axiomatic metaphor of the immoral,
inherently-flawed, outdated, and intrinsically broken social system
known to many as "government." Told by anarchist
trouble-maker Larken Rose.
We often worry about lying
awake in the middle of the night - but it could be good for you. A
growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that
sleep may be unnatural.
David Lynch: Ranking
his movies from worst to best. I disagree a bit with the
placement of some of the movies. The top two, though, are undeniable: they're
two of the best movies ever made.
Forbes: How the U.S. military would crush a Tea Party Rebellion.
At the end of shooting
yesterday for the 50 Hour Film Slam, Jesse's camera suffered an
unfortunate encounter with a concrete floor, and we will be unable to
complete the competition. He'll eventually be able to recover the
video and put something together - which is a good thing - the
footage I was able to preview is amazing.
"I learned to be a movie
critic by reading Mad magazine... Mad's parodies made me aware of
the machine inside the skin—of the way a movie might look original
on the outside, while inside it was just recycling the same old dumb
formulas. I did not read the magazine, I plundered it for clues to
I predict: The federal
government will do something stupid and self-aggrandizing. We'll
"spread democracy" to some country that doesn't mind being
bombed. Monsanto will do something underhanded and evil. Police will
shoot the wrong guy and call it "justified." The feds will
print up a bunch of fake money.
Since this morning, I've had
the power to levitate small, terrestrially bound animals, but in
particular, small dogs. Were you in downtown Spokane earlier this
afternoon walking a small dog on a lease? Now you know. That was me.
When I was very young, I
learned that I could travel into the future. But, the problem is, I
can only go forward in time for less than a second or so, which only
makes everything vibrate and echo in a really annoying way, and
isn't very beneficial at all.
Scientists says they've
discovered a remote region in France where a species of alligators
convulse in a way that resembles human dancing.
I'm still extremely
disappointed in the voters of Washington state for legalizing
I spend many long hours ruing
the fact that I never joined the military. I envy ex-service people
who can shave their head bald yet sport bushy mustaches.
This is the first year I
didn't cheat on my taxes.
I can juggle milk. Not bottled
milk. Not milk in a carton or in a glass. Just milk. I can juggle
More people should ask why
scholars never talk about history's dark Fudge Era.
When I moved into my apartment
five years ago, I discovered a secret portal to the
extra-dimensional Sludge Kingdom of shape-shifting lizard people who
communicate by interpreting each other's reptilian mouth froth, but
so far I've chosen not to enter.
I can count the 2000+ women
I've had sex with on one hand.
For some reason, I grew nearly
sixteen inches taller between 10 pm last night and 6 am this
morning: Yesterday I was a bit over 5'10". I am now 7'2".