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

   Elsewhere . . .

How 'bout watchin'
some of

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

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

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

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

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.

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

MoRE of MyViDS

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

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

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

What I Learned from 
the Spokane Anarchists

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

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


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

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

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

I come upon a cloudburst near 
Joshua Tree National Park.

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

I helped Jesse produce 
his Mr. Dark series. 

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The full series is online


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. Quickly.

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 


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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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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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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Witness the awesome and horrifying power of a great showman, a teleprompter, and creative writing: Trump addresses the Joint Session of Congress.

New Yorker: Did the Oscars just prove that we are living in a computer simulation?

Norml: Marijuana causes violence? Sessions’ latest comments describe a reality that only exists in the world of alternative facts. Marijuana legalization has not lead to increased crime or violence, but rather is associated with lowered youth use rates and access, increased tax revenue, and fewer arrests of otherwise law abiding American citizens.

New Republic: Hate in the Age of Trump. Photo essay. All across America, Klan and neo-Nazi groups are not only flourishing - they're joining forces.

American Conservative: Throwing more money at the military is a waste. "Needless to say, the military doesn’t need a larger budget, so Trump will be piling more debt on future generations for no good reason. The U.S. spends as much on our military as the next seven countries combined..."

As we're yearning for an alternative for Trump, don't forget that, on the average, Obama dropped a bomb somewhere every 20 minutes for eight years.

Trump: "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated." Nobody!!!?

New Statesman: How nature created consciousness and our brains became minds.

Spokesman-Review: Spokane City Hall will be asked to approve $1.75 million in funding for Ridpath Hotel rehab.


Chris Hedges: The return of American race laws.

TomDispatch: The Art of the Trumpaclysm. How the US invaded, occupied, and remade itself.

Politico: Trump wants to raise military spending - but cut everywhere else.

The Intercept: The long history of deportation scare tactics at the US - Mexico border.

Politico: We no longer have three branches of government. "I served in Congress for 16 years and taught civics for 13 more. Our government no longer looks like the one I told my students about—or the one the Constitution describes."

John Oliver explains the GOP's ObamaCare replacement dilemma, talking points.

Neil deGrasse Tyson responds to Stephen Hawking's take on aliens (from Joe Rogan Experience #919)


Le Monde: Collapse of the American party system.

BBC: Witches cast "mass spell" against Donald Trump.

Paste: Ten songs inspired by George Orwell's 1984. Before Orwellian lingo was emblazoned across social media, the themes of 1984 found a home in rock n' roll throughout the decades.

Seattle Times: Three questions for opponents of the death penalty.

Playboy: A war against the media won't sustain itself for four years.

Daily Dot: Cards Against Humanity creators send newest board game, Secret Hitler, to all 100 US senators.

"We have art so that we shall not die of reality."
   ~  Friedrich Nietzsche


BYU beats the Gonzaga Bulldogs 79 - 71. Cougars put an end to the Zags' perfect season.

On the way: more snow more snow more snow more snow more snow more snow...

The Atlantic: An Actual False-Flag Operation. Meet the protesters who tricked CPAC attendees into waving Russian flags.

The Stranger: Washington state is on a collision course with the White House. And it will be a massive crash.

The Economist: Trump's CPAC speech was an affront to much of what Ronald Reagan stood for.

Vanity Fair: Trump lashes out after FBI refuses to refute reports about Russia.

Reuters: We can already destroy Earth's population many times over, yet Trump wants more nukes.

Huffington Post: Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrew an Obama administration memo aimed at scaling back and ending the federal government’s use of private prisons.


KHQ News: Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the state is ready to fight if necessary to keep its legal marijuana.

TruthDig: Trump bars whole spate of news outlets from White House briefing in an act of pure authoritarianism.

Just a few months ago, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, "...you can't ban an entity... conservative, liberal or otherwise, that's what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship."

"News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising."
   ~  Alfred Harmsworth

CounterPunch: America's expanding military empire continues to bleed the country dry at a rate of more than $15 billion a month, or $20 million an hour. 

Aeon: The desire to fit in is the root of almost all wrongdoing. But in going along to get along, we become servile, and servility can cause much graver moral transgressions.

KXLY: Inslee, Ferguson respond to potential marijuana push-back. The Trump administration hinted yesterday that it might forego precedent for enforcing recreational marijuana laws.

KREM: Gov. Inslee to meet with Trump this Monday

CNN: FBI refused White House request to publicly dispute Trump-Russia stories.

Washington Post: Bannon said Trump's Cabinet nominees were "selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction."

Spokesman-Review: White nationalists papered areas of downtown Spokane Thursday morning.


Spokesman-Review: State agencies won't enforce federal immigration laws, Inslee says. 

Politico: The Department of Justice, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer, will be "further looking into" the marijuana enforcement question.

Norml: White House hints at federal pot crackdown.

Spokesman-Review: Washington must prepare to fight the Trump administration on everything from a crackdown on the state’s legal marijuana system to a rollback of Obamacare to any shirking of responsibility for nuclear waste cleanup at Hanford, Sen. Patty Murray said yesterday.

Keith Olbermann: The intel community and the slow death of Trump's presidency.

AP: Under a sweeping rewrite of enforcement policies, migrants might be dumped over the border into a violence-plagued land where they have no ties.

What do Leftists really want? Here's a scene from the film "Wild in the Streets", a lost classic of hippie-sploitation, where counterculture-loving young people take over the government, imprisons all adults over 35 into psychedelic re-education "mercy centers," and, as revolutionary leader Max Frost explains, “in groovy surroundings, we’re going to psyche ‘em all out on LSD.” And you were freaked out about ISIS.

Jeff Schon: The Cost of a Narcissist in the White House. Ask yourself: How much time during the last week did you spend on Trump?

Christian Post: Heaven has extreme vetting? CPAC pilloried for suggesting Trump has God-like border policy.


Trump is not the first to discredit the media. There was Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Castro, Mao, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, Assad, Putin, ISIS, Boko Haram,..

Here's KHQ's Six Questions with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Aeon: Our universe is too vast for even the most imaginative science fiction. It's as close as Spokane constituents are going to get to any answers. Last night 100 people showed up to a town hall meeting, minus the congresswoman.

photo - ssgI took this photo yesterday, downtown, early afternoon. These two people were arguing, passionately and loudly, at the very feet of Abraham Lincoln. 

One was a Trump guy, the other not. 

It immediately struck me how similar their vocal recitations and poo-slinging were to the online battering that I read and in which I participate nearly every night. 

One delivered a factoid punch. The other ducked and countered with a statistic jab. Reverse and repeat. Louder. Angrier.

I listened for a few minutes and realized they would never agree. On anything. Then I considered how, in a few hours, all parties, including me, would be back home in front of our computers, reciting factoids and statistics, maybe slinging a little poo, while Abraham Lincoln stands eternal, and watching over, as before. Silent. Made of Iron.


US appeals court upholds Maryland's ban on assault rifles.

Bill Maher: What Conservative Principles?

Spokesman-Review: The turbulent early weeks of President Donald Trump’s White House have had an unexpected side effect: boosting Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s national profile

Keith Olbermann: The mistake Trump can't ever walk back.

Matt Taibbi: Milo Yiannopoulos Isn't Going Away. The Alt-Right troll's latest scandal looks like a career-ending gaffe - but don't be so sure.

Aeon: The idea of intelligence has justified slavery, oppression, eugenics. No wonder the prospect of artificial intelligence fills us with dread.

REUTERS: Morteza NikoubazlNew Republic: The Eye of the Beholder. Somewhere at the uneasy intersection of art and science, Impressionism and empiricism, objectivity and subjectivity, sits the Rorschach test.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Sorry ISIS, you lost the title of "Enemy of the American People."

American Conservative: How we got here. The misuse of American military and the Middle East in chaos.

Philosophy Matters: Theory of Totalitarian Leadership by Hannah Arendt. It's a looong read. I only skimmed it so far, but it looks good.

CSM: Some Republicans (Hi, Cathy!) are opting for conference calls instead of town halls - questions screened by aides, with no follow-ups, no crowd reactions, no visuals...

Adbusters entertains the notion that Trump might be an amphetamine addict.

Robert Reich on the four dangerous syndromes of coping with Trump.


For the fourth week, Spokane's undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs (28-0) are rated the number one college basketball team in the nation.

Milo Yiannopoulos is disinvited from the CPAC conservative conference. The publication of a video in which he appeared to be condoning sex with boys was more than conference organizers could swallow. He tried to explain himself. Later, he tweeted that his book deal got cancelled. And then, and then, even Breitbart dumped him.

Sam Harris speaks with neo-conservative columnist David Frum, one of the most vocal of Republican critics of Trump. 

The Russian ambassador to the UN died suddenly yesterday in New York.

What is humanity’s greatest idea? It may be atomic theory - that all things are made of atoms. A tragedy, then, that the works of its originator, Democritus, were lost.

Cormac McCarthy's three punctuation rules, and how they all go back to James Joyce.


Time: Don't dismiss Trump's attacks on the media as mere stupidity. We should assume they are darlky brilliant

John Oliver makes it clear exactly how Putin is using Trump.

History Today: No historians are seriously suggesting that the Third Reich and the Trump administration are similar phenomena, but that does not mean comparative study of the two cannot shed light on two contrasting periods.

CSM: There is no US President's Day. Why does the charade continue?

Salon: Sincerely, Niccolo Machiavelli - An open letter to Donald Trump, from the guy who wrote the book on power moves.

Foreign Policy: How to assess the damage after the first 30 days. Trump's terrible one-month report card.

BBC: Nobody understands what consciousness is or how it works. Nobody understands quantum mechanics either. Could that be more than coincidence?

CSM: Scientists say we can clone a woolly mammoth. But should we?


Guardian: Trump appeared to invent a terrorist attack in Sweden during a campaign-style rally in Florida yesterday, inviting questions that he may have confused the Scandinavian country with a city in Pakistan.

New Yorker: What if a president loses control? What is the constitutional remedy in the case of imminent peril resulting from presidential instability, or even insanity?

Esquire: Frank Sinatra Has a Cold. This story by Gay Talese ran in April 1966 and became one of the most celebrated magazine stories ever published, a pioneering example of what came to be called New Journalism.

Alternet: Five scary ways Trump mirrors some of the worst leaders in history.

Futurism: Russia claims it's building a nuclear space bomber capable of striking any country in the world.

Graphic by Skyler AndersonEsquire: Trump's true power over the National Guard, explained.

NBC News: McCain defends the free press. Suppressing it - "That's how dictators get started."

Reuters: The Department of Homeland Security has prepared new guidance for immigration agents aimed at speeding up deportations by denying asylum claims earlier in the process.

Vanity Fair: Trumpism, which was formed in rebellion against the dominant mindset, is actually an unusually thought-out political ideology. Refuting it requires similar clarity.

Common Dreams: Trump's timeline with Russia is stranger than fiction.

Alternet: Anti-Semites are gushing over Trump's berating of a Jewish reporter.

Futurism: NSA warns of the dangers of quantum computing. Be sure to watch the video embedded in the article.


Swinging closet door alert: I like Milo Yiannopoulos. I like his anti-political correctness. He's intelligent, articulate, funny and original. His appearances on Joe Rogan's podcast are fun and revealing. He is the kind of writer I was looking for when we did The Scene magazine in the early Nineties, when the political correct movement first took hold. 

Obviously, Milo's racism-lite, his worship of Trump (who he calls "Daddy), and his choice of employer - Breitbart News, which has essentially become Trump's Reich Ministry of Propaganda - is as troubling to me as it must be (for different reasons) to the GOP core. Do you think Mike Pence likes flaming gay Milo? (As Bill Maher said, "Spoiler alert!") Do the evangelicals - whose political ignorance was instrumental in putting Trump in the Oval Office - like Milo? 

No. The GOP is using Milo, obviously. But why? 

Here's what I think they have in mind: They believe they will eventually, very publically, cure Milo Yiannopoulos of his evil homosexuality with some new hyper-defagulating gay conversion therapy and treatments. Afterwards, they'll hook him up with someone like Tomi Lahren, who'll say the sex is great but she gets nervous when the hubby enjoys a blackberry Popsicle.

And everyone will get a new book deal. 

Here's Bill Maher interviewing Milo Yiannopoulos last night on Real Time with Bill Maher. I came out of this with slightly more respect for them both.

Here's Milo with Bill and the panel: Larry Wilmore, Malcolm Nance and Fmr. Rep. Jack Kingston. Less congenial but still fun to watch.


Trump is considering mobilizing the National Guard to start rounding up illegal immigrants. Since there are literally millions of them, we're going to need some kind of deportation centers or camps to put them in before they're shipped off, a lot of them, preferably somewhere out of the way, and to save time and money, preferably concentrated. And, also to save time and money, maybe we'll need some laws preventing people from giving these law-breakers aid or sheltering them and their children in the attic.

The psychical health of American culture will in the future be measured by the amount of sunsets we allowed following yesterday's news conference before we removed this dangerous psychopath from the Oval Office. 

AP: Trump weighs mobilizing National Guard for immigration roundups.

Et tu, Fox News? "Demonstrably, unquestionably, 100 percent false." Shep Smith goes all in on Trump.

Trump to appoint a billionaire with no intelligence experience to conduct a high-level internal review of the intelligence community, and to root out "low-life leakers."

Andrew Sullivan: What if Trump isn't being blackmailed by Vladimir Putin?

Politico: The nation's to cartoonists weigh in on Trump, the Senate and more.

CounterPunch: Before Trump, the media loved "alternative facts." Journalists should always be at war with the governments they cover. Nonadversarial journalism isn't journalism - it's stenography.

Fahrenheit 451 is a better guide than 1984: "In Orwell’s dystopia, it’s the obviously nasty people who run the fascist state; in Bradbury’s, it’s simple minds with good intentions who have brought about such a nightmare."

Seth Meyers: Trump's first solo press conference as president.

The New Yorker: Trump's alternative-reality press conference. AP: Trump says the White House is a "fine-tuned machine." Esquire: Trump melted down over a question about anti-Semitism. The Week: Trump said it would have been "okay with me" if he knew Flynn was talking to Russia about sanctions before the inauguration. Rolling Stone: 18 WTF moments from Trump's unhinged press conference. The Stranger: Let's talk about the lies Trump told at his press conference today. Vice News: Trump responds to how the leaks are real but the news is fake.

Spokesman-Review: Betsy DeVos declines offer to visit Spokane-area schools.

Why liberals are wrong about Trump. Ummmm-huh. Political analysis for those feeling a bit peckish.

Keith Olbermann: Is the Trump White House high, or what?


God help us. Here's the video and full transcript of Trump's news conference today. 

Don't make the mistake of calling Trump a snallygaster when you mean to say snollygoster, though I suppose the former could be used metaphorically.

CNN: The pentagon might recommend sending ground troops to Syria.

Washington Post: Admit it. Trump is unfit to serve. He has no business being president of the United States.

Paris Review: How to make the color red. Scholars and artists long sought the tools. Arsenic, Asian flora, sulfur, mercury, and ox blood have been involved.

Wall Street Journal: Spies keep intelligence from Trump on leak concerns. Decision to withhold information underscores deep mistrust between intelligence community and president.

Stephen Colbert: So much Russian influence, so little time.

Vanity Fair: Trump continues to hand SNL the power to topple his presidency.

Foreign Policy: Trump's Russia scandal is just getting started.

Politico: Let's stop focusing on Flynn's resignation, and start focusing on the real issue here - the mystery of Trump's Russia ties

How Infowars became the opposite of everything it set out to be.

Dan Rather: Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now.

Immanuel Kant: Philosopher of freedom. If you want to understand the moral basis of a free society...


The American Conservative: Congress needs to step up to avert a threat to our democratic institutions. "It certainly looks at this point like major elements within the national security bureaucracy are prepared to create a constitutional crisis in response to what they believe is a serious and real threat to American national security from the White House itself."

It's like Christmas in February: Milo Yiannopoulos will appear on Real Time with Bill Maher this Friday.

Miami Herald: Mr. President, just who the hell do you think you are?

Daily Kos: "The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018." That's not the title of HR 861, it's the whole bill. "The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018."

Reuters: Trump assailed U.S. intelligence agencies today for what he said were illegal information leaks, and dismissed reports of contacts between members of his presidential campaign and Russian intelligence officials.

Spokesman-Review: Shawn Vestal says Cathy McMorris Rodgers and GOP "snowflakes" shouldn't confuse dissent with violence.

NYT: Trump campaign aides had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence

This is what we all thought: Trump colluded with the Russians to throw the election to him. He is a traitor. Remove him NOW!

The Intercept: What did Trump know and when did he know it?

Frightening. Frightening. Frightening. Here's a compilation of Sunday news show appearances of Trump senior advisor Stephen Miller. These monsters need to be removed from the White House.

Fox: Russian spy ship spotted off east coast of US, near Navy submarine base.

TheBlazeTV’s Tomi Lahren will headline the GOP Lincoln Day Dinner at the Davenport Grand Hotel in downtown Spokane on June 3.

Keith Olbermann: Michael Flynn must now be arrested.


The Karma Award goes to ex-national security advisor Michael Flynn, who cheerleaded the "lock her up" chants as he was literally committing treason.

Counterpunch: Trump will ignite a war with Iran, which will be great news for ISIS.

Automation nightmare: Philosopher warns we are creating a world without consciousness.

CSM: Is the FBI taking the Russian dossier about Trump more seriously?

Washington Post: Hillary Clinton should absolutely not run for president in 2020. And Democrats should stop her if she tries.

NYT: Mental health professionals warn about Trump. "We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president."

Reuters: Michael Flynn resigns as national security adviser amid Russia controversy.

How Hitler came to power: A warning to America.

The Intercept: Questions the FBI uses to determine if someone is a likely terrorist.

Christian Post: Rejecting refugees is like "closing the door on Jesus."


Keith Olbermann: Is this how Trump will deport millions?

Miami Herald: CIA files reveal how US used psychics to spy on Iran.

He's back! John Oliver reveals how Trump creates his own reality.

New Yorker: "Saturday Night Live" and the limits of Trump mockery.

Spokesman-Review: Columnist Doug Clark says State Rep. Matt Shea's proposed state of "Liberty" deserves a new state song.


BBC: When political comedy is a case of life or death: Trump tweets against Saturday Night Live but Saddam Hussein ordered his satirists dead. The powerful see danger in humor.

The Intercept: As tensions rise, Steve Bannon and ISIS get closer to their common goal: civilizational war.

"Andy Puzder is perfect for Trump's cabinet. He's a billionaire, pays employees starvation wages and knows nothing about being Secretary of Labor."
   ~  Bernie Sanders

Politico: Ladbrokes, the British oddsmaking giant, has Trump's chances of leaving office via resignation or impeachment and removal at just 11-to-10.

Here's Al Franken on Real Time with Bill Maher.

Daily Beast: The most patriotic act of treason in American history? As President Nixon's list of enemies grew long and his grip on reality fragile, his defense secretary ordered the Joint Chiefs of Staff to ignore any White House military initiative lacking his signature.

The Kellyanne Conway sketch on SNL last night was downright bizarre.

Alec Baldwin's scarier, nastier Donald Trump.


Trump: "Pocahontas is now the face of your party." Tell us again how Trump is not a racist

The Nation: Are we on the verge of another civil war? Historian David Armitage didn't intend his new book to be a "handbook for our times." But that's just what it is.

NBC News: Russia may extradite Snowden as a "gift" to Trump.

The Inlander: A massive new, touring exhibit at The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture highlights our region's connections to the iconic beasts of the last Ice Age: the Mammoth. It opens today and is on display through May 7.

Reuters: Hundreds of immigrants arrested in "routine" US enforcement surge.


They published my letter in the Spokesman-Review. I did not believe the Review would ever publish something like this.

When the fire comes. "We can't handle another post-9/11-style suspension of doubt about the man in charge; if that happens, America as we know it will soon be gone," Paul Krugman writes in The New York Times.

The Christian Post: Trump isn't the Antichrist but he is anti-christ.

NPR: Exploring the nationalistic and Christian Right influences of Trump.

Two thousand years ago, two men figured out that nothing is solid: The idea that reality is comprised of atoms and space goes way, way back.

Politico:  US commander tells congress more troops are needed in Afghanistan. Surprise, surprise.

Seth Meyers is one motivational speech away from giving up on the Democrats.


PBS: Trump loses travel ban appeal: Federal court maintains suspension of Trump's immigration order.

Tom Tomorrow on Trump's tomorrow: Nuclear strikes, martial law, and cyborg billionaires.

Aeon: The precursor of today's alt-Right libertarianism is in Italy, not Germany, in the Italian Futurism that bolstered Benito Mussolini. The alt-Right libertarian movement desires unfettered freedom – freedom from the shackles implicit in the limits of the natural world, codes of respect, justice, truth.

Kellyanne Conway-Goebbels says to "go buy Ivanka's stuff." Yes, the counselor to the president is recommending you purchase his daughter's clothing line

CSM: Twelve of Trump's biggest executive actions explained - all of them in one place in chronological order.

BBC: The story of a painting that fought fascism: Guernica by Pablo Picasso

Did Plato's Republic predict the rise of Trump? Watch this chilling animated video narrated by Andrew Sullivan.

Playboy: If Betsy DeVos can't get Republicans to wise up, who can?

Washington state lawmakers want a wall around legal marijuana.

Working with a journalist who visited the targeted Yemeni village five days after the raid and gathered survivors' testimony, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism collected the names and ages of 25 civilians reportedly killed when US Navy SEALs descended on January 29. Nine children under the age of 13 were among the victims.

Here's a pretty good documentary about the life of George Orwell: A Life in Pictures.


Spokesman-Review: "It’s a perfect model for how to sell a false story. Exaggerate wildly. Manipulate statistics egregiously. Double down on lies. Apply grotesque, racist stereotypes. When people who know the facts tell you you’re wrong, accuse them of being part of a globalist conspiracy. Bonus points if you can get an alternative-universe lawmaker or two, like Idaho’s Heather Scott, to spread your tale. That was the pattern of propaganda peddled by the alt-right echo chamber Breitbart News last year in its 'coverage' of a ginned-up 'Muslim refugee crisis' in Twin Falls, Idaho."

Spokesman-Review: By the end of the week, Washington state's multimillion-dollar recreational marijuana industry may be targeted for a federal crackdown.

Keith Olbermann: The travesties done in your name and mine.

There’s a “chilling truth that much of educated America has yet to face about the Trump era,” Matt Taibbi writes in Rollling Stone. “Amid all the howling about Trump's deceptions, the far more upsetting story is the mandate behind them – not so much the death of truth in politics, but the irrelevance of it."

MSNBC: Trump wants to be seen as the sole authority for truth.

Washington Post: Republicans vote to rebuke Elizabeth Warren, saying she impugned Sessions's character. She is now forbidden from speaking during the remainder of the debate on the nominations of Sessions after reading a letter from Martin Luther King's widow.

Here's the letter Warren was silenced for and not allowed to read.

The Intercept: Trump's executive order will let private equity funds drain your 401K.

Miami New Times: Marco Rubio took almost $100,000 from Betsy DeVos' family before confirming her today. And 22 other senators who voted for her were paid off as well.

Philosopher Slavoj ZiZek on the "Is it OK to punch a Nazi?" question.

Science teachers on why Betsy Devos is a monstrous mistake for education secretary.


Keith Olbermann: The 50 craziest things Trump has done as president.

From pulp writer to religious messiah. L. Ron Hubbard despised science fiction but wrote four million words of it in his lifetime. Why? Because it sold.

NY Mag:Trump just declared the "court system" a threat to national security: This was not merely an intemperate tweet. It was the president instructing the American people to view the next terrorist attack on U.S. soil as an indictment of the judiciary.

Der Spiegel: Trump as Nero - Europe must defend itself against a dangerous US president.

"Narcissism is the new herpes," says Laura Kipnis. You didn't get it on purpose, but you got it. "Now everyone's pointing fingers and trying to pretend they don't have it, too"

Washington Post: California and Trump are going to war with each other.

Paul Waldman: Beware Trump's Reichstag fire - "There will come a moment when something awful happens, and Americans need to be ready for the Trump administration's effort to exploit it."

Common Dreams: Trump "not fully briefed" on order elevating Bannon to security council.

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Politico: The last time the US invaded Mexico. In the early 1900s, Woodrow Wilson was plagued by our Southern neighbor's "bad hombres."

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon is streaming on Netflix. Awesome.

"Political language...is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."
   ~  George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

Seattle Times: Microsoft, Google, Facebook and 94 more tech companies support the legal challenge to Trump's entry ban

Bernie Sanders on Trump: "This guy's a fraud. He told us, in fact, it's in the Republican platform, he's going to bring back Glass-Steagall, we're going to be dividing up commercial banks from investment banks to insurance companies. Then he has all of the big Wall Street guys on his side, and now he is working for Wall Street."

Washington Post: Trump's continued defense of Putin confounds Republicans: his coziness with Russia is at odds with years of GOP foreign policy.

Politico: Trump's plan to fight ISIS with Putin isn't just futile. It's dangerous.


The White House wants to build dozens of new jails for up to two million people along the US-Mexico border: Inside Steve Bannon's fever dream of an American gulag.

The authors of "The Dictator's Handbook" weigh in on the long-term stability of American democracy: Just how close is Trump to becoming a full-blown dictator?

Appeals court rejects Trump's challenge. Refugee order still blocked.

Seattle Times: How Washington state upended Trump's travel ban.

NPR: Fact checking this week in the Trump administration.


The American Conservative: The Trump administration's lies about Iran.

The Stranger prints a retraction: Milo Yiannopoulos is not a white nationalist.

Democracy Now: "Trump’s people say that, by all standards, this is a success. It’s never a success when you have 8-year-old kids and infants being killed, or when you have Navy SEALs being sent on missions that are not really about the defense of the United States."

Bill Moyers: An actual American war criminal may become our second-ranking diplomat: Elliott Abrams spent the Reagan years abetting genocide - now he has been floated as Trump's deputy secretary of state.

Washington Post: Trump launched a stunning attack on the legitimacy of a Bush-appointed judge who was unanimously confirmed by the Senate for ruling against his immigration ban.


Let's hear it for the OTHER Washington! 
Spokesman-Review: A federal judge in Seattle has halted nationwide major portions of Trump’s executive order on immigration. Immediately following the hearing, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson obtained a restraining order immediately halting the executive order nationwide.

Dystopian fiction, political memoirs, and cautionary tales from Nazi Germany it might not be terrible to get familiar with: 20 essential books to prepare you for what's next.

NYT: How Trump would corrupt the pulpit. Allowing churches and other nonprofit tax-exempt institutions to endorse political candidates would be a disaster for our political system, already reeking of corruption.

Washington Post: Kellyanne Conway cites "Bowling Green massacre" that never happened to defend travel ban.

Reuters: A veteran CIA clandestine service officer who ran one of the agency's "black site" prisons set up after the 9/11 attacks was named Deputy Director of the CIA.

Daily Banter: "By creating the unholy alliance between Trump's GOP and a subculture in American society that would be marching Jews to the gas chambers given half the chance, Bannon is the 21st century Joseph Goebbels. And to be clear, I am comparing him to a Nazi."


"What's making America less safe is to have a white supremacist named to the National Security Council as a permanent member."
   ~  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, finally fucking leading.

Vanity Fair: Russian stocks surge as Comrade Trump eases relations with Vlad

The Independent: Trump will "get rid of and totally destroy" a 60 year old law that divides church and state in America.

Common Dreams: SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch started the "Fascism Forever" club at elite prep school. 

It was likely a "joke" meant to annoy liberals.

Autopsy - a new poem by Sherman Alexie.

Bill Moyers: "The smell of a coup hung over the White House this past weekend, like the odor of gunpowder after fireworks on the Fourth of July. In these first few days of the Trump administration we have witnessed a series of executive orders and other pronouncements that fly in the face of the republic’s most fundamental values."

Foreign Policy: America's Mao Zedong: Trump's administration has been chaotic. Chinese history suggests that's by design.
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Only months ago, Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon predicted military involvement in east Asia and the Middle East in Breitbart radio shows. "No doubt."

Esquire: At Trump's first National Prayer Breakfast he gave a lengthy discussion about Arnold Schwarzenegger, as God intended.

AP: White House says Trump's comments about sending troops to Mexico were "lighthearted."

"If large numbers of people are interested in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it; if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them.”
   ~  George Orwell, from his essay "Freedom of the Park."


Alex Jones and Eddie Bravo on the Joe Rogan Experience #911. They smoke weed and drink whiskey and talk about Trump and Geo-engineering and obelisks and aliens and Satan and the world elite. Alex gets hammered.

Time: Trump threatens to send US troops to Mexico to take care of "bad hombres."

Keith Olbermann: Donald Trump is aiding the enemy

The Senate just confirmed as Secretary of State a man who refused to say that Putin - who has assassinated political rivals and journalists worldwide, and has purposely targeted and killed women and children - is a war criminal. May history remember these Republican senators and the four Dems who voted with them as the neo-Nazi collaborators they've revealed themselves to be.

Daily Beast: Trump eyes nukes to eradicate terror: The president's shills say he's keeping his campaign promises. Remember just how apocalyptic those promises were.

The Guardian: Eight-year-old American girl "killed in Yemen raid approved by Trump." 

Republicans push anti-protest laws: Bills targeting nonviolent protests are multiplying across the country.

Seattle Times: More than 21,000 Washington state residents are from countries banned by Trump.

Foreign Policy: Ten ways to tell if your president is a dictator. Just because the US is a democracy now, it doesn't mean it will stay that way.

Alternet: Noam Chomsky calls for "militant labor movement" to transform American politics and fight Trump.

New York Times: A lie by any other name. Our president is a pathological liar.

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