ocumenting modern culture 
as it manifests
on or near that hotspot
on the surrealistic power grid
own as Spokane, WA and/or
the kn
own or unknown universe



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Running With Scissors Since 1999




Five Finger Fillet
The Contender challenges Tough Guy Champ to the ultimate knife game.

The Al-Ray
James and I canoe out on Mystery Bay to check on an old-school wooden work boat.

(I am not) The Blue Bear
Espionage, kidnapping, torture, kinky sex and teddy bears. S-s-psychological, p-political horror.

PFC Bee Dies for the Homeland
The last few horrible moments of brave Private First Class B. Bee.

I come upon a cloudburst near 
Joshua Tree National Park.

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I won first place in The Inlander's 2014 Short Fiction Contest. Read:
Uncle Le-o-nard's
Perplexing Exit

Nib-Ron's Warning to OrbEarth
Take heed, gullible earth creatures. (But something is lost in the translation.)

Does God Hate Spokane?
A pop quiz about the Westboro Baptist Church, who brought their God-Hates-Everything show to Spokane.

RetroViral Village
Stik Mann attempts to escape an alternate reality (of his own making?).

The Flood
A paranoid "documentary" about the Ice Age floods that scoured much of Washington State around 15,000 years ago.  I also freak out about caves and hotel rooms and Indian spirits.

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My brush with the
Black Scythe 9/1/13


Welcome to the Fire Room
A young man is confronted by a menacing bartender. Horror. Quite disturbing.

The Perfect Haunted House
Mr. Needles, Professor Terrington and Stik Mann search for the perfect haunted house to use in a zombie movie - but Stik Mann has ulterior motives.

What I Learned from 
the Spokane Anarchists

We march with the young rebels during their July 4th March for Rights.

Cuttin' Onions with Zemek
I try to show graffiti artist gangsta dude Zemek how to chop onions. 
Weirdness ensues.

Rogue Wave
I dream I am swamped by a rogue wave as I explore the beaches of The Olympic Peninsula.

I helped Jesse produce 
his Mr. Dark series. 

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The full series is online!


Ditching Mr. D
I foolishly invite Mr. D to accompany me on my summer vacation.

Shadow Biker
... I slipped into a wormhole and spend 24 years as apprentice to Evil Lord Saint-Chev who instructed me in the black arts.

I make soup.

Nature and I softly collide on the Fish Lake Trail early one Easter morning.

I've been a part of

NYC 100 Hour Film Race

The Dairy Heirs

NYC 24 Hour Film Race


A Drink in the Dark
(Made the top 24 films in this worldwide competition. Premiered in New York.)

50 Hour Film Slam


The Burning

Oxy and Drakkar

48 Hour Film Fest

The Appraisal


The Sacrifice

The Tenth Floor



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Occupy Spokane
Dominates Downtown

The movement takes over downtown as they march on Chase Bank and the Bank of America, 10/15/11.

PETA Protests Cruelty to Fish
An awesome moment in Spokane's surreal history.


 It's a joke. 
It's just a joke.

Poster by Chris ?

Here's Screen Test (2014), a bizarre little Jesse James Hennessy film. I wrote the script and was assistant director.


Fun with Firearms
Jesse and I have fun with firearms on Fourth of July morning.

Randomly generated compliments with a rosemary/veal sauce.

Occupy Spokane
I film the first rag-tag meeting of the local offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon.

Dick's Day - Day of the Dick
Vice President Cheney is welcomed to Spokane.

Crossing the Mighty Kootenai
I cross the very scary swinging bridge above the Kootenai River as it surges above flood stage..

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Go to my IMDb site, unless you have laundry to do or something.


Travel Notes
The mystery, religious pilgrimage, and Doubting Thomas angst I experience while traveling.

High Water
The Spokane River roars through downtown Spokane - Spring 2011

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The Great Salt Flats

Descent into the Valley of Death

Anasazi Ruins

Mi Dentista Mexicano

No Thirteens in Las Vegas

Ghost Town

Antelope Near Devil's Tower

Paradox at Bonneville Salt Flats

Kansas Prairie Fire

Chicago Revelation 

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MO of MY

The Klamath River Whale
I film a gray whale who wouldn't leave the Klamath River Bridge.

Arm Chomping
Keeping the revered art of arm chomping alive at Mootsys Tavern.

James shows off his salvaged boat. Then we tour his boat building school.

The Western Loop
The video journal of my 1/14 road trip.

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with weird stories 
behind them.

Mr. Needles and Professor Terrington instruct an inept waiter on proper wine service.

(re-uploaded 10/14) 
GUNTher and friends have murderous Halloween fun.

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of my stuff

Jesse visits the 2010 Spokane Tattoo Convention. I follow along with a camera.

Local band Darlin' plays Prago cafe in downtown Spokane. Angela Landsbury and Andy Griffin provide the subplot.

Lunch with Arp Xigar
Arp and I consume raw animal products and redefine the three martini lunch.

A moment at the sauté station with the inimitable Joe Vitt.

 Christmas Special
The Leroy Lovegun Christmas Special (Party Crashing 101)
Click here to see Jesse's version using the same footage.

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of my stuff

A Christmas Moment
James has a "moment" at the Leroy Lovegun Christmas party. 

Shemaleiah's retelling of the Gilgamesh legend. Artsy bondage.

Occupy Spokane's March 
on Chase Bank
The Occupy Spokane movement swells 10/14/11 and spills over into downtown Spokane.

the making of MEAT
A short film of us preparing to make the short-short film MEAT (included within).

Texas Tea
 I meet Ash, a "pumper" from one of the many oil fields north of Pecos. He explains the mechanics of it all, from pump jack to wellhead. This is rural Texas.

Foxxy Moron Show 7/2/05
Foxxy Moron and the Sexxy Revolution at The B-Side Tavern.

OtherSpokane Intro
OtherSpokane's Instructional Video

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Jumping to Conclusions 
at Pig Out in the Park


Occupy Spokane's
 Diverse Folk

Deer in Downtown Spokane

Bestial Zen


Drunk Dude Rescued

Because Art Matters


Shadows of Luigi

Do you smite me, sir?


$1 PBRs

Where Did I Put 
My Sunglasses?

Ledger Parade


Shem in Snow

The Line

Leroy Promo

Dealing with Evil


Heeere's my face 
on Facebook

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Favorite Blasts from this
Website's Past:

Judy Roger's
Sarcastic Pantyraid 2000

ColdFire Labyrinth

My meeting with
Stacey #1 - #2

dewD-ling --
Coversations with dewD

The Martyrdom of
#1 - #2 - #3 - #4

Prototype Project
Issues 1 - 5



Other Past Issues

I first used "The Bing" as a name for The Bing Crosby Theater

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I'm on the road for a few days and consequently offline...


Here are the biggest of the big wigs - kings, presidents, and dictators - who are caught in the offshore data leak.

As Ukraine's troops were being slaughtered, their president was setting up his off-shore holding company.

David Cameron's father ran an offshore fund that avoided ever having to pay tax in Britain.

NOTHING on NBC's Today Show this morning about yesterday's massive release of The Panama Papers.

NYT: What are the Panama Papers? The leaked documents reveal the offshore accounts of 140 politicians and public officials, including a dozen current and former world leaders. Putin's in it deep.


Here's the official website from The International Consortium of Investigative Journalist who conducted this largest journalistic investigation in history.

How to hide a billion dollars.


I'm absolutely convinced, for the fifth or sixth time now, that Trump's campaign is about to implode.

This photo, purported to be of Bill Clinton with Hillary in blackface has been declared a hoax by rumor-checker Snopes.com  ----->

The military wants to expand its training footprint in Washington state. Not everyone is happy about it.

Russell Williams - model husband, pilot of prime ministers and royalty, commander of Canada's largest air force base, deviant, rapist, murderer - and this story of a very smart man being outsmarted by a skillful interrogator.

The Marx Brothers were antic, zany, madcap, anarchic. Yet scholars and critics insist on attaching deep significance to the act. Groucho would object.


Frank Zappa on Crossfire in 1986. He sees the future of the Republican party.

Yellowstone is opening a section of the park to bicyclists only for the next two weeks. No cars allowed. Look out for griz.

A beginner's guide to encryption.

Pro-Trump messages written in chalk are becoming the source of free speech debates on college campuses.

A phone call with Charles Manson.


My book LIAR: 13 Short Film Scripts - Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy is now available on your Kindle device or smart phone! This is not an April Fool's Joke! 

Police weren't going to investigate the Jones Radiator art theft in Spokane. Now they are. Here's why.

German historian says the Associated Press cooperated with the Nazi regime.

Here are excerpts from Trump's interview 26 years ago in Playboy magazine. "Some of our presidents have been incredible jerk-offs," he said. "We need to be tough."

Galileo was a talented theorist and experimenter, but he was one man in a community of scientists that was collectively pushing the boundaries. How Galileo became mythologized.

The novel American Psycho came out 25 years ago this month. Author Bret Easton Ellis talks about the legacy of one of fiction's most notorious dissidents.


 Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe torture can be justified to extract information from suspected terrorists, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. We deserve Trump.

Democrat's "mistake" keeps Sanders off of the Washington, DC ballot.

New polls show Bernie inching ahead of Hillary in Wisconsin.

Trump says his proposed ban on Muslims entering the US would have an exception for the billionaire's rich friends.

Gene Simmons of KISS says Trump is "good for the political system." 
[I agree with most of what he says here.]

Former Trump strategist says the Big D never expected to be president in the first place.

Photos from inside North Korea.


Governor Inslee has ordered an end to publically funded trips to North Carolina, after that state's legislature passed a law overriding local nondiscrimination ordinances. This is a bad idea, and reflects poorly on the people of Washington State. Are we withholding our presence and meager funds to punish them for not agreeing with us? Should we not talk to them as well? - that is implied. Why wouldn't we continue going there for the off chance of engaging them on this subject specifically? Perhaps we could convince them of their folly. And since we're there, in order to satisfy that bit of darkness that apparently lurks in our state's soul, we could leave a big burning bag of Carolina pig poop on their Governor's doorstep and ring the doorbell.

Stop calling this photo a "selfie." This is a photograph. Someone unseen took the picture. A selfie is taken when you take a photo of your self. This is not a selfie. It's an awesome photo, but not a selfie.

Ben Innes on why he had his photo taken with the hijacker.

New gun is disguised as a cell phone. Here, selfie this.

Anderson Cooper calls out Trump: "Sir, with all due respect, that's the argument of a 5-year-old."


This video of comedian Sarah Silverman's plea for Bernie is big on the web right now.

From NYT: Trump is "confronting most of these issues for the first time, and many of his thoughts are contradictory and shockingly ignorant."

From National Review: Trump exemplifies the Stupid Psychopath Problem, the belief that tough problems have simple solutions.

Listen to Donald Trump's very contentious interview with Wisconsin radio host.

Young Turks pick apart Clinton camp's bogus attack on Sanders to avoid debate in New York.

We need to stop worshipping the false god of the strong leader.

Fidel Castro's letter to Obama: "We don't need the empire to give us anything."

The Obama Doctrine: The audacity of ignorance. One foreign commentator said the US has "turned into a nation of idiots, incapable of doing anything except conducting military operations against primitive countries."

Relive the punk rock scene of 1970s Los Angeles: Pages from the fanzine Slash.

These comics provide hilariously abridged summaries of classic novels.


 photo - ssgThe Spokesman-Review just picked up the story about the girl band that ripped off a painting from a downtown bar. It led on the opening string of teasers on one of the local newscasts.

ISIS carries out Good Friday crucifixion of Indian priest in Yemen.

John Oliver solves the conspiracy of Cadbury Creme Eggs.

Here's an interesting bit of history about The Bing (The Bing Crosby Theater, that is). 

Some Sanders supporters say it's "Bernie or Bust" and they will never vote for Hillary Clinton.

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[I'm not sure why people have singled out Larsen; there are others, including the Governor.]

One hundred years ago in Spokane, The American Theater showed a movie that had a title "that we can only represent euphemistically as, 'The N-Word.'"

Life is boog.


Sanders wins Washington, Alaska and Hawaii in landslide vote. Wins every county by overwhelming margins.

Sanders: Superdelegates may now be eyeing switch from Clinton.

Painting by Spokane artist stolen from local bar.

Robert Reich sees the death of the two-party system.

The architect of the Reich: On the architectural horror of Albert Speer.

Nearly 2000 people show up to one caucus site at Spokane's Ferris High School.

Why Ronald Reagan was the best thing that ever happened to punk rock.

You can now carry a concealed firearm statewide in Idaho without a permit.


Sanders wins big in Washington and Alaska.

Sanders backers demand Washington superdelegates fall in line and back Bernie if he wins Saturday's caucuses.

The Rolling Stones play the largest concert in Cuba's history.

An estimated 15,000 people came out for Bernie Sanders at Seattle's Safeco Field last night.

It's going to be awesome watching how inelegantly the Republicans backslide on their support for militarized police forces when the mega-heat packing goon squads get called out for the GOP Cleveland convention.

Where to go to caucus this morning.

Pat Robertson, and why Washington State has both a primary and a caucus.

Why young people are right about Hillary Clinton.

"Republicans are still imprisoned in the Reaganite model. Now along comes Donald J. Trump, an angel of destruction, to blow it all to smithereens," says David Brooks in the NYT's Opinion Section.

What can psychology tell us about the mind of a terrorist?

It took less than 24 hours for Tay, Microsoft's artificial intelligence chatbot, to start generating racist, genocidal replies on Twitter.


Here's Bernie Sanders in Spokane yesterday.

National Enquirer is reporting multiple affairs by Ted Cruz. You think there's a connection between this story and the fact that Trump and Enquirer's CEO David Pecker (!) are buddies?

Why are you voting for Clinton? A letter to liberal America, from Counterpunch.

Glenn Greenwald: Hillary Clinton has embraced some of the most brutal dictators in the world.

Insiders to Trump: No majority, no nomination. It's 1,237 delegates or bust.

Some Spokane businesses are freaking out about the new downtown marijuana retailer.

Libya: Ten things about Gaddafi they don't want you to know.

Carl Jung talking about the power of imagination and the world within.


Voter fraud in Arizona? From Tucson Weekly: What the hell happened in the Arizona primary yesterday?

Evolutionary psychologist argue that smart people are happier the less often they are made to interact with other humans.

The Rolling Stones perform a free concert in Havana, Cuba tomorrow night.

Republican strategist says he'll take Clinton over Trump.

Idaho governor has allowed legislation forbidding local voters, cities or counties from raising the minimum wage to become law without his signature.

Ten things you should know about the reptilian conspiracy theory.

Seattle's Tree Man comes down from tree.


Sanders wins big in Idaho and Utah. Someone tell the media.

If you supported Sanders, and he doesn't get the nomination, and you switch your vote to Hillary, you are making a mockery of everything Sanders stands for.

Bernie backers want change, not the status quo that Clinton offers; they have no obligation to her in November.

Check out what Jesse James Hennessy's media guy is doing to help promote the arts in Spokane!

Sanders is back in Spokane tomorrow.

Trump's presidential campaign is straight out of Hollywood - his ascent is based on two classic movie archetypes.

Rolling Stone endorses Hillary, explaining that idealism and honesty are important, but... [So, was Kurt right about you being a sell-out, corporate rag?]

This website will soon officially be changed to "Webbie McWebface."

Top adviser to Nixon admits that the "War on Drugs" was a policy tool to go after hippies and blacks.

Man remains on top of an 80-foot tall tree in downtown Seattle. "Issue appears to be between the man and the tree," Seattle police said.

“Unless we again begin to tell fairy stories and ghost stories at night before going to sleep and recounting our dreams upon waking, nothing more is to be expected of our Western civilization.”
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Bill Clinton slams Obama in Spokane speech:

"If you believe we can all rise together, if you believe we've finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us and the seven years before that when we were practicing trickle down economics and no regulation in Washington, which is what caused the crash, then you should vote for her."  
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We have to thank Trump for the rebirth of great American comedy. And this from an immigrant American: John Oliver tears down Trump's wall.

The Young Turks on Bernie Sanders giving the bought establishment a big headache.

Photo by Hal RoweThis from The American Conservative: How the Right Created Trump - Decades of indulging extreme, talk radio rhetoric, and the bill comes due.

Cuba has a lung cancer vaccine - and America wants it. 

Here are two rare color performances of blues master Son House performing "Death Letter Blues." Or by Johnny Winter. Or White Stripes.

Soon-to-be retro style? Here are seven of the most colossal Nazi structures from Hitler's top architect.


The next time someone talks about how Spokane is soooooo conservative, remind them of the night when thousands of citizens waited for hours in the rain in perhaps the longest line in Spokane history to listen to a socialist Jew stick it to the ultra-rich.

I'm spending the day doing the final edit on my e-book "Liar - 13 Short Screenplays - Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy." I have to submit it tonight by midnight to be ready for the scheduled April 1st release.

Congratulations to Jesse James Hennessy and crew for the successful shooting of their entry into the Straight 8 Film Contest! All done in one single shot! Can't wait to see it!

Obama is the first president in 90 years to visit Cuba.

This is so me: How traveling made me unemployable.


I'll see you tonight at 6 pm at the Bernie Sanders rally in downtown Spokane!

Trump's political practices are precisely what the founders feared and Lincoln warned against.

Here's Trump's rally in Tucson, AZ.

Anti-Trump protesters clash with police in Arizona and New York.

Bill Maher on Trump and the self-esteem movement.

Inside the 100-day campaign to deny Trump the Republican presidential nomination.

Chomsky: Trump's rise is fueled by the same societal breakdown that birthed Hitler.

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50 ways to leave The Donald.

Sheriff Arpaio to police Trump's Arizona rally.

Bernie says Arpaio is "un-American and uncivilized."

That time Keith Richards  nearly stabbed Donald Trump.


Bernie Sanders is coming to Spokane this Sunday at the Convention Center at 6 pm.

Again in the NYT, from David Brook no less: "Donald J. Trump insults the office Abraham Lincoln once occupied by running for it with less preparation than most of us would undertake to buy a sofa."

Fascism: Can it happen here? by Amy Goodman.

Cleveland is getting ready for Republican Convention riots.

The Economist rates Trump presidency among its top 10 global risks.

The Simpson's predicted a Trump presidency 16 years ago.

Rep. Matt Cartwright challenges Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on his handling of Flint's water crisis.


As we enter the straight-stretch of the U.S. elections, and celebrate this bonnie St. Patty's Day with Jamison and goofy hats, let's remember the rich landlords who - driven by greed, political insensitivity, and religious bigotry - exported most of the food out of Ireland and let a million people starve to death surrounded by rotting potatoes.

Trump's covert powers of persuasion.
Trump's 5 mental tricks you didn't notice.
Trump's power of word choice.

NYT blames TV for The Great Bernie Blackout, "a failure of news organizations, particularly television networks, to seriously cover the Sanders candidacy."

Rolling Stone blames NYT.

Salon blames NYT.


Wow,  America. You really suck at this election stuff...

Bernie should drop out of the race, form the new U. S. Democratic Socialist Party, and run as a third party candidate. 

Prediction: There will be blood spilled before this election cycle is over.

Yeah, Trump says he'll purposely target and kill the family of terrorists, and that's disgusting. But don't forget that in September 2011, Obama and Hillary did exactly that when they sent a drone-delivered, good-morning-you're-dead message to the innocent, non-terrorist, 16-year-old son of Anwar Al-Awalki.


Beware today...

Trump "is basking in the energy created by turning one American against another, hoping hatred will propel him to the Republican nomination," writes the NYT's Editorial Board.

The Chinese government is now using Trump as proof that democracy doesn't work.

"I have never seen such lunatics in the political system." Noam Chomsky lays waste to the Republican field and sounds the alarm about Hillary's foreign policy.

How to use drugs.

Art and arson: Why do artists' studios so frequently go up in flames?

Sanders sends vegan thugs to attack peace-loving Nazis.


I'm back in Spokane but I'm keeping a low profile; I'm in the crunch zone with my book of screenplays, trying to complete and release it by April 1st. 

And, being the political junky that I am, how can I not be obsessed with American politics right now? These are the times that make or break a nation. 
_____ BFFs

John Oliver on why your iPhone isn't safe, and that Apple is right about encryption.

The NYT on Donald Trump's Epic Neediness.

Amid the 80th anniversary of Sinclair Lewis's anti-fascist tome, It Can't Happen Here, Trump's campaign makes Lewis look prophetic.

North Korea claims it could wipe out Manhattan with a hydrogen bomb.

Check out what my friend Spokane film director Jesse James Hennessy is up to.


An interesting phenomenon can be seen right now below the confluence of the muddy-flowing Hangman Creek and the relatively clear Spokane River. Seen here from the Centennial Trail below North Summit Boulevard.

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Here's a few shots from my trip to Spokane:

Caliente, NV                                                                    Walla Walla, WA

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Near Washtucna, WA

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I'm back in the Kan! I'll be here for a month or so. Hit me up, yo.

Here's the route I took on the way back.


Goodbye to the desert for now. Need to take care of some biz in the homeland. See you soon...

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I toured the Yuma Territorial Prison yesterday. It's definitely worth the $6 admission, especially if you're a photographer.

Made a good run but I run too slow ...

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How they dealt with "The Incorrigibles."

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I just applied to renew my passport. 
Cuidado, Mexicanos! Ya voy!

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Oct '14 * Nov '14 * Dec '14
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