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Rogue Wave
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.

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

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

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.

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

What I Learned from the Spokane Anarchists
We march with the young rebels during their July 4th March for Rights.
Click here to read an e-mail exchange I had with "this Travis guy" from the above film.

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.

(I am not)
The Blue Bear

Espionage, kidnapping, torture, sex and teddy bears.

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

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

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

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

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

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

RetroViral Village
Stik Mann attempts to escape an alternate reality (of his own making?). [My first "movie," made with pilfered photos and a twenty dollar camera.

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

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

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

Cloudburst
I come upon a cloudburst near Joshua Tree National Park.

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

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

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

Compliments
Randomly generated compliments with a rosemary/veal sauce.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drip
Shemaleiah's retelling of the Gilgamesh legend. Artsy bondage. Last hit count: 57,000

GUNTher
GUNTher and friends have murderous Halloween fun.

Dick's Day
Vice President Cheney is welcomed to 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.

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Shadows of Luigi

Do you smite me, sir?

Wiener

Where Did I Put My Sunglasses?

Ledger Parade

Titanic

Shem in Snow

The Line

Leroy Promo

Dealing with Evil

1night@Mootsys


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Mi Dentista Mexicano

No Thirteens in Las Vegas

The Great Salt Flats

Descent into the Valley of Death

Ghost Town

Antelope Near Devil's Tower

Paradox at Bonneville Salt Flats

Kansas Prairie Fire

Chicago Revelation


Watch Jesse's and my entries to First Night Spokane's 48 Hour Film Contest.

2009

 
bag

2010
The Tenth Floor

2011
The Sacrifice

as well as the 
50 Hour Film Slam

2011
Oxy and Drakkar


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12/31/11

It's New Years Eve! But remember, it's amateur drinker/amateur cop night in Spokane. 

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Watch the Crying Newt video, where Gingrich feigns humanity for the mom vote. Right after the tears appear (or not), you can hear a baby start to wail in the crowd. My son James theorizes that a Gingrich operative pinched the kid on cue; I say it was someone preparing the infant for Newt's dinner.
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Robert Reich, who served in the Ford and Carter administrations and was Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, says a big switcheroo is in the works: Joe Biden will become Secretary of State, while Hillary will run as Vice President with Obama. He added he has no "inside knowledge."
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Often on Saturday mornings I find myself choosing Fly Tying: The Angler's Art on KPBX over any of the network news shows. 

No, I don't fish.


12/30/11

Oh, brave new world...

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[Pregnant pause]
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Warmongering: We're still number one at something. 
US sells $30 billion in Boeing F-15 jets to Saudi Arabia.
(But it's Boeing, which benefits us, so it's okay, right?)
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"If one man offers you democracy and another offers you a bag of grain, at what stage of starvation will you prefer the grain to the vote?"
     Bertrand Russell


12/29/11

Redrum... 
Redrum!
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Tough guy Chuck Norris with Mike HuckafukabeeWith all the money being spent, all the campaign ads, all the analysis, all the talking heads jabbering about the influence and importance of what's about to happen in Iowa in a few days, just remember: the last person to win the Iowa Caucus was Mike Huckabee.
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Republican candidate Michele Bachmann's Iowa campaign chairman resigned yesterday and endorsed rival Ron Paul.
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Did you know that actor James Woods is alleged to have an IQ of 180? Woods was a brilliant student who achieved a perfect 800 on the verbal and 779 on the math portions of the pre-1995 SAT. He attended MIT on scholarship yet still agreed to make The Hard Way with Michael J. Fox.
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Remember the big debate about spanking kids in school? Students are now being pepper-sprayed and shot with tasers while brain-dead Americans think it's just fine.


12/27/11

Those security dudes who feel up your grandma at the airport recently gathered at LAX to sing Christmas carols to weary travelers. This is like the local coven of Satanists showing up at your 10-year-old's birthday party and making balloon animals.
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Here's Lew Rockwell's take on the Otto Zehm fiasco.


12/26/11

Party clown, my ass!Shoppers, have you herd? It's Mega-Monday, so proclaimed. Ten percent of all holiday spending gets spent today. You thought it was over? Hah! Dig out that plastic. The Big Spend will not end. It's Mega-Monday. I kid you not.
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Also, today is Boxing Day, a day following Christmas when wealthy people and homeowners in the United Kingdom would traditionally give a box containing a gift to their servants, and the servants would traditionally smile and walk away and call them assholes.
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Just when you thought society couldn't possibly descent into Orwellian Hell any deeper: 

Occupy L.A. protesters who were arrested for misdemeanor offenses, such as failure to disperse, are being offered a chance to avoid court trials: pay $355 to a private company for a lesson in free speech.


12/25/11

MC, I guess, if you're into that.
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"I usually grow this beard out around Christmas. I like to go to malls dressed as Jesus, and I like to then walk around the mall and go, 'No! No! This wasn't what it was supposed to be about, people!' Then if there's a Santa at the mall, I walk up to him and say, 'Listen, fat man, you're just a clown at my birthday party.'" -- Marc Maron
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Thou loggerheaded rump-fed malt-worm!
Thou fishified muddy-meddled Basket-Cockle!
May 1,000,000 frothy hermits have a bondage session amongst your weaponry!
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Kitchen Enigma

 

 

 

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Re: yesterday's shoe comment.
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"Christmas and the New Year are actually two holidays. So there is a plural, which in the English language, necessitates the use of 's.' I suppose you could say 'Merry Christmas' and 'Happy New Year,' but you probably have shit to do." -- Jon Stewart, on Bill O'Reilly's objection to "Happy Holidays"


12/24/11

You know you're skirting the edge when you watch Christmas specials and say, "Dude, I'd totally do Mother Mary's home girl."
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Amazing but true:
One of the signs of the Apocalypse
is a shoe... 

 


12/22/11

Is it just me? or did the day seem really, really short?
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The Daily Show's most popular video: 
Ron Paul is the media's 13th floor.

The explanation of this bizarre phenomenon is relatively simple: Congressman Paul is asking us to change our imperialistic, war-mongering ways. Big Media and Big Corp will not be giving up their festering cash cow without a fight.

America has not seen a character assassination attempt like what will be unleashed if Ron Paul wins the Iowa caucus. (Which I STILL predict he will do.)


12/21/11

Fargo, ND, which averages two murders a year and zero incidences of terrorism, recently spent $8 million so their police officers can don Kevlar helmets that go so fashionably well with the military-style assault rifle now in every squad car. And, as they like to say, "it's only a matter of time" until they'll be able to roll out their quarter-million dollar armored truck, complete with swiveling turret.

Give me Slim Pickens yippie-yi-yaying and waving his hat on top and maybe I'll sign up on this. Otherwise, no.

(I know this is happening everywhere; I'm not picking on Fargo. You have to like Fargo if only because of Fargo.)
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PhotobucketThe late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il loved cinema. He reportedly owned more than 20,000 videos and DVDs and was enamored with Elizabeth Taylor and others. He loved cinema so much he kidnapped South Korean director Shin Sang-ok and forced him to make films for the North. One of the films was Pulgasari, a bizarre, communist version of Godzilla, about a small doll that magically comes to life when it touches blood. The doll grows into a giant, metal-eating monster that helps peasants overthrow their leader, only to find themselves enslaved by the creature's constant desire for resources - an overly obvious metaphor for capitalism.

It's on YouTube! -- the only North Korean film to which we Western degenerates have access.


12/20/11 No more Tebow BS.


And when ye pray, ye shall not be as the hypocrites: for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward.

 


12/19/11

Recently re-re-re-arrested Spokane "career criminal" Kristopher (Budwick) Roybal wrote on his MySpace page how he loves "car stereos and hooking them up."
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The Democratic firm Public Policy Polling released numbers today finding Ron Paul taking the lead in Iowa with 23 percent, followed by Mitt Romney at 20 percent, and Gingrich, who had been in first at 22 percent a week ago, went down to third, at 14 percent.
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I think David Lynch is crying out for help. 


12/18/11

From the Associated Press. I saw it in the Austin Statesman: 
Spokane cops estranged from community.
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The ACLU recently reported about the push to use unmanned Predator drones in U.S. airspace to survey American citizens. Already American's have been arrested with the help of spy plane info.


12/17/11

Some of the Left is finally coming to grips with the fact that Obama not only wanted to keep the provision in the military bill that allows for indefinite detention of Americans, he insisted on it.
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Yesterday, Sen. Mark Udall and Dianne Feinstein introducing the Due Process Guarantee Act of 2011, to clarify that American citizens apprehended inside the United States cannot be indefinitely detained by the military. 

Watch this closely. It sounds good on the surface but can still go either way: as something with teeth that does what it says, or just a way for liberal Dems -- including Sen. Al Franken (!) -- to appease their guilt for the crime of voting yea on the liberty-gutting National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. 

We should not accept the Udall argument: that the bill was necessary because the overall spending authorization for the military was vital to the nation’s protection. 

If you remove due process of law and habeas corpus -- the foundations of civilized society -- there is no nation left to protect.


12/16/11

I missed last night's Republican debate because of crunch time at work. I feel like the heroin addict who lost his kit at the bus station.
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He called Bill Clinton "a cynical, self-seeking ambitious thug." He called Henry Kissinger a war criminal and Mother Teresa a fraudulent fanatic. I've loved him, but not as much as I've hated him. In the end, though, I'm deeply saddened by the loss of such intellectual prowess: Christopher Hitchens, dead at 62.


12/15/11

The Protester is named Time Magazine's Person of the Year.


12/13/11

The Occupy Spokane people are saying the Spokane City Council passed a resolution last night supporting their movement. 

The Council passed Resolution 2011-0098, "recognizing and supporting the peaceful and lawful exercise of the First Amendment as a cherished and fundamental right in the effort to seek solutions of economically distressed Americans at the Federal, State and local levels." 

That's right, they merely recognized the obvious.


12/12/11

An all-too-trusting whitetail in Heyburn Park earlier this morning.

Yes, deer.
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Mitt Romney's $10,000 bet is just another diversion to keep us from talking about what's really important: that we are being robbed and subjugated by a small group of super rich criminals. Now, I'd be more likely to vote for a resurrected Spiro Agnew than Romney, but his gaffe (and it was a mistake) is no worse than when I bet someone five bucks the other day -- that fiver would have fed five Somalis for five months.
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This is not a joke: They're trying to call today Green Monday -- the biggest shopping day since Black Friday.


12/11/11

Here's the film we produced in the final eight hours of the 48 Hour Film Fest, finished with only nine fingers.


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Ron Paul highlights from last night's debate.
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While we came up with a good script, and enthusiasm was our love child, we were forced to cancel production on our 48-hour project because of human error. I'll be chopping off of the end of my little finger in pursuit of redemption. Film at eleven.


12/10/11

Ron Paul just won the Iowa Republican debate. 
How the candidates placed tonight, IMHO:

1) Ron Paul  2) Mitt Romney  3) Gingrich 
4) Santorum  5) Perry  6) Bachmann

I'm staying with my prediction that Ron Paul will win the Iowa caucus.  


12/09/11

The game is afoot! The Spokane 48-Hour Film Festival has begun. Here's the deal. The film must contain the following:

Theme: The Dawn of Time: Year of the Dinosaur
Prop: Something red. This must be the focal point of the story; the story must revolve around the red whatever.
Required Action: Someone must be seen making the devil's horns gesture with their hand. 
Dialogue: "To you this might look suspicious, but let me explain."

Dinosaur? Are you serious?
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Small Faces are inducted into Rock and Roll's Hall of Fame. Yeah, the whole system is stupid because of the great rockers they ignore; but still, Faces bridged the gap from the dorky, Brit "mod" scene to full-blown psychedelia - so evident in the song Itchycoo Park.
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Laughing our way to Gitmo: Jon Steward on the Senate's passing of a bill that allows the government to detain an American citizen indefinitely without a trial.


12/08/11

Sometimes I feel that way.

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Saturday morning there will be a total eclipse of the full moon. 
Best seen in the western United States.
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This weekend is the illustrious Spokane 48-Hour Film Fest. Jesse James Hennessy and I are signed up and ready to shoot (film, that is). Unfortunately it's also my busiest time at my "real job". Still, look for us to cough up some form of cinematic effluvia from our collective creative gullet. 

You know the deal, right? You have 48 hours to make a short film longer than three minutes but no longer than five. Just before the clock starts to tick, you are given a list of things that must appear in your film. 

Here's our past entries in local competitions.

bag -- from the 2009 48-Hour Film Fest. My personal favorite. It was picked as one of the Elite Eight that was shown at city hall during First Night Spokane. It's perhaps the first cinematic use of a non-living, common household item as serial killer.

Requirements: 
Prop: A zip lock bag
Location: A restaurant (!)
Dialogue: "It is your head, arms, legs, what? Just tell me!"
Each team drew a separate genre. We drew HORROR!

The Tenth Floor -- from the 2010 48-Hour Film Fest. Fraught with trouble from the beginning. A good script that had to be altered in post-production because of tech trouble. It's worth a watch if only for Jesse's awesome camera work and editing, but most of all because of the beautiful and talented model/actress Nirvana Houghton (now Nirvana Drew) in the main role. 

Requirements:
Theme: The number 10.
Location: A stairwell
Dialogue: "Maybe if you knew what it was like to deal with this, you'd think differently."
Prop: The six of hearts card.
Bonus - Have at least one intentionally out of focus shot.

Oxy and Drakkar -- Our entry for the 2011 50-Hour Slam, which is a lot like the 48-Hour fest but you're two hours more tired. We had to interpret the song "Apples and Oranges," by a local hip hop group. The result was epic weirdness. In the end we were disqualified because we didn't follow some dumb rule that had something to do with reading the rules.


12/05/11

Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Werner Herzog's amazing documentary about Chauvet Cave, a cavern in southern France that contains the oldest human-painted images yet to be found on Earth, is now streaming on Netflix.
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I love horror films. Sadly, though, the vast majority are mediocre. So when I find an exceptionally unusual, intelligent, well-written one, I like to pass it on. Pontypool: the wrong place at the wrong time for radio shock-jock Grant Mazzy. Also, it's a great example of a Canadian film that is obviously Canadian without hockey-pucking it in your face.

Click here to hear the Canadian National Anthem.
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I just figured out that I'm 674 months old, which is 20,500 days, which is 1.77 billion seconds, which is why my body is so sore in the morning.
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Re: Yesterday's posts. Don't get me wrong, I'm not endorsing Ron Paul for president. If he defects and runs as a third party candidate I might consider it. If I actually voted for a Republican I fear my skull would explode and burst into flames.

Also, re: the Lincoln quote. Lincoln was actually quoting Moses.


12/04/11

If you think I've said some crazy things before, check this out: Look for Ron Paul to surge in the polls. Look for the media to play it off as a fluke. I PREDICT RON PAUL WILL WIN THE IOWA CAUCUS.

American voters will see that all of the presidential candidates, including Obama, are calling for more of the same -- they'll still be beholden to big bankers and will still provide avenues for them to suck us dry; they'll still worship the military and will still promote the lie that we must remain imperialist warriors and world policeman. 

I don't agree with a lot of what Paul says; but, he is the only candidate promoting something revolutionary. Which is exactly what this country needs.
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"The only trouble, that I can see, with the internet and social media, is that there are many times when one cannot truly know if a quote is accurate. This is the real threat to our republic."
     -  Abraham Lincoln


12/03/11

PhotobucketJust before they all stripped and writhed naked and spit and shat and blasphemed and otherwise besotted the American flag, American culture and American liberties, the Senate yesterday enthusiastically passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, making it possible for some present or future collusion between the president and the military to exert power previously known only to tyrants in totalitarian regimes. 

Obama said he'd veto the bill if what just happened happened.

I don't believe it.

The current administration has already claimed the authority to kill Americans overseas if they are suspected to be terrorists. And now Congress is trying to give the president power -- with military backing -- to imprison Americans indefinitely, without charges or respect for habeas corpus, if he claims they are terrorists.

What president has ever chosen less power?

This is an outrage. Members of Congress who praised and supported that provision of the bill grossly violated his or her oath to uphold the Constitution.

We already have a system to deal with suspected terrorists: present the charges and evidence to a judge. No one person or group of people has the constitutional authority to lock you up without access to a lawyer, or a trial, or American tradition.

To promote and do otherwise is an act of treason, a crime punishable by death -- with proper judicial review, of course.


12/01/11

The Democratic-controlled Senate today worked like money-soaked, corrupt, traitorous little elves to finish a massive defense bill that would deny suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens snatched from within our nation's borders, the right to see a lawyer, or even the right to a trial. It will give the military the power to seize an American citizen, based on the military's suspicions, and subject them to indefinite detention.

How does it feel to be sold out?
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Washington's governor Gregoire and Gov. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island have formally petitioned the feds to reclassify marijuana as a drug with accepted medical uses. Here's the story in the New York Times.
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November total hits: 104,757
Highest daily hits: 7072 on 11/07


11/30/11

Hey! Sometimes a gun is just a gun.


11/29/11

Captain Jack ain't no thief.It was yesterday, I think. There was snow everywhere. My son, James, and I were in a small town's school lunch room listening to Johnny Depp singing and playing blues guitar to an appreciative crowd sitting in tiny kid seats at long tables. Depp is really good and I have James ask if I can video tape him playing a song. But the concert ends abruptly -- Johnny Depp is gone and people are leaving. Suddenly I realize my camera is missing. I freak out. We look everywhere. My eyeglasses are gone as well. We search until everyone has left the lunch room. Suddenly, a stern-looking school lady enters the room holding two furry slippers cupped together. "Is this your gun?" she asks angrily. "Yes, yes," I say, thinking she meant camera instead of gun. I take the slippers and open them; revealed is a beautiful, purple, sparkling, formal high-heel shoe. And then it hits me: "Wait a minute," I say, and I sit up in bed. "JOHNNY FUCKING DEPP STOLE MY CAMERA!"


11/27/11

Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday.
I can't wait for We Don't Fall For This Crap Tuesday.


11/26/11

Thanks for not upsetting us.

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Gun fire, pepper spraying, fist fights, armed robberies, police brutality, mob insanity - Oh, Santa, it's gonna be the BEST Christmas EVER!

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11/25/11

Did you know that today is called Black Friday 
because it's when American consumers reveal 
the staggering emptiness of their souls?

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Thanksgiving 2011

Thanks.
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Michael Moore: where does Occupy Wall Street go from here?
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Pakistani authorities eased on their demands that text messages containing nearly 1,700 “obscene” words should be blocked, following outrage from users and campaigners. Among the offending words were “Jesus Christ”, “lotion”, “athlete’s foot”, “robber”, “idiot”, “four twenty” and “harder”. [Please provide your own closing sentence using all aforementioned obscenities.]


11/23/11

Check out this short "op-doc" from the great documentary filmmaker Errol Morris about the mysterious Umbrella Man at the Kennedy assassination. 
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What a waste! Neo-cons are outraged. A survey by The Associated Press shows the Occupy movement has cost local taxpayers nationwide at least $13 million since the protests began. To illustrate how these unwashed neo-hippies are crippling our economy, one day of the Iraq war (not to mention Afghanistan, Libya, etc.) cost 720 million. A day. We could have bought nearly an hour more of Freedom if it wasn't for these vagrants. 
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11/22/11

Stop freaking out. They can still form the Super-DUPER Committee. 
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The whole Super Committee concept was just another bullshit scam to promote the illusion of big differences between Dems and Republicans. The reality is that both parties want Big Government. Both parties want More Money to spend. Their best-case-scenario would have cut two percent from fed spending over the next ten years. It means nothing.


11/20/11

It's not far from this...

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...to this.

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Occupy Oakland Calls for
TOTAL WEST COAST PORT SHUTDOWN
ON 12/12


11/18/11

Earthquake!  A 4.6 temblor shook the Okanogan Valley at 5:09 am.
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I really wanted to say it. I researched. I took notes. I wrote it out with much passion. I carved it down to a few hundred words. 

Then I read this quote by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

"The deficit was caused by two wars not paid for, huge tax breaks for the wealthiest people in this country, and a recession as a result of the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street. And if those are the causes of the deficit and the national debt I will be damned if we’re going to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children, and the poor."

I delete my uber-essay.


11/17/11

Authorities in New York say they're expecting tens of thousands of Occupy protesters to gather for the "national day of action." 

In Spokane, the movement is setting up a permanent camp in Franklin Park today. But the map they provided on their Facebook page shows the park being on Monroe and Wellesley, when in fact Franklin Park is on Division near Northtown Mall. 


11/16/11

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."  - John F. Kennedy

AP photo
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A new Bloomberg poll of likely caucus participants shows a four-way tie in Iowa, with Rep. Ron Paul joining Mitt, the rich one, Newt, the "smart" one, and Herman Cain, the one with the pimp hats. 

Ron Paul? Doesn't he seem a bit out of place with this group of butt gropers, warmongers, waterboard wanna-doers and corporate whores? 

I've already voted for Ron Paul for president. In 1988 America faced the absurd choice between neo-Nazi George Bush the first, dufus Mike Dukakis, comedian Pat Paulsen, old-school Nazi David Duke, as well as Jesse Jackson, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Simon (not the singer, who would have been better than any of the aforementioned). Ron Paul ran on the Libertarian ticket. 

Don't look for the media to make a big deal of -- or even mention -- the Ron Paul surge. Big Media is Big Corporation, who are all up to their neck in the Military-Industrial Complex, and are all dependent on the continuation of weapon and war making. They will do ANYTHING to subvert a man who wants to bring home troops from everywhere, wants to cease the American tradition of war-mongering and wants to put an end to crony capitalism.


11/15/11

Democracy's Debris: The emergence of the police state, early this morning, shown with eloquent desperation by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now.Photobucket

Hundreds of cops evicted Occupy Wall Street protesters early this morning from Zuccotti Park in New York, the epicenter of the worldwide movement protesting corporate greed. The protester's tents and belongings were hauled off in dump trucks. 
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OtherSpokane Prediction: The new hot toy this Christmas will be the Riot Gear Rodney doll. Don't forget the accessories! Your kids will have hours of fun gassing and arresting protesters (protesters not included).
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Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, speaking in an interview with the BBC, just admitted conspiring with leaders of 18 US cities to coordinate the nationwide crackdown on Occupy Wall Street. Who do you suppose set up this meeting? And what exactly did they have to coordinate?


11/13/11

Except for Ron Paul and that other guy who won't win because he's too smart, ALL of the contenders in the Republican debates last night revealed themselves to be potentially dangerous if only because of their disgusting, inhumane, un-American position on torture. I was embarrassed for America because of these dolts praising the glories of waterboarding. Sick and pathetic. 


11/12/11

Two employees missed work yesterday to play a new video game. They're also using that new joystick that sits directly in your lap and is operated by making up and down motions with your hand all night.
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Yesterday, Occupy Spokane put away their EAT THE RICH placards and replaced them with signs honoring veterans. Today, their Saturday march is dedicated to America's servicemen and women. Personally, I don't understand why more veterans -- who came home to foreclosures and sleazy repo people -- aren't out holding EAT THE RICH signs in greater force.
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People are wondering if Rick Perry could actually recover from his major brain freeze during the debates the other night. But consider this: Newt Gingrich is surging in the polls! If Newt can recover from years of being Newt Gingrich, then Perry can certainly do the same.
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First snow in Spokane, accompanied by 50 mph winds. 
Here we go again.


11/11/11

I just got home from an extremely busy, 13-hour day at work and I'm working on my third drink. Please take this into consideration.

No doubt you've heard it's 11/11/11. All day long I've been thinking back to a specific day in grade school. My teacher was commenting on the fact that the day's date was properly written 6/6/66. She went on to say that many of us in that room, God willing, would see 9/9/99, or even 12/12/12. And I remember how, for some strange reason, I woke up a little bit that day. I remember the way the light slanted across the classroom floor. I remember the smell of formaldehyde from the science room across the hall. I remember the mystery I sensed in those unusual arrangement of numbers. I remember the innocent wonderment, the strange sense of optimism I experienced.

Unlike now. I look at 6/6/66 and obviously see the MARK OF THE BEAST! Of course 9/9/99 is just 6/6/66 upside down. And 12/12/12 -- did that teacher know nothing about Mayan prophecy? On 12/12/12, those of us still alive will be hunkered down in caves and other holes in the dirt trying to escape fiery meteor strikes and roaming bands of cannibal death squads. 

And yet, even now that I've come so far, I'm happy to relate that I have been successful in retaining that first sense of optimism.

 I'm convinced I'll find the very best hole.


11/10/11

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This is just nuts. Jesus in burnt toast, Mary in wall mold -- the latest incident of quirky camera angle and overreach of collective imagination is this agonized face found on a testicular tumor. 


11/09/11

It's official. The state of Washington is out of the liquor business. (Hey, my friend, Stonie McWeedseeder, has a great idea about what to do with all of those soon-to-be-vacant storefronts.)
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Watching Rick Perry's campaign crumble during the Republican debates was kind of like when one of your parents say on Christmas Eve, "Okay, you don't have to wait until morning. Go ahead and open one present."


11/08/11

Did you know?

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Downtown Spokane used to be really, really, really ugly.


11/07/11

Another real text conversation:

AmeriFree: So I assume you're voting for socialist Obama.
Me: I'm voting for Perry.
AmeriFree: Perry, are you serious? Bull.
Me: Yeah. I like her position on sex with California girls.
AmeriFree: Are you talking about Katy Perry?
Me: Who are you talking about?
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Satan, shmatan...
Some Italian art dude says he's found a profile of the devil in a fresco by the renaissance master Giotto. The painting, high up in the Basilica ofRemember McHale's Navy? St Francis in Assisi, and dating back to the 13th Century, portrays the death of St Francis. Once it's pointed out, a creepy face can be seen in the clouds. But why the devil? To me it looks less like Satan and more like Sixties television icon Ernest Borgnine


11/06/11

It is exactly one year until the next presidential election.
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ABC news just reported that over one million Americans have recently moved their accounts from the big banks - not counting what happened during yesterday's National Bank Transfer Day. Credit Union National Association said Thursday that during October credit unions have added 650,000 members (normally about 80,000 a month) and $4.5 billion in deposits. Forbes magazine said, eh, a billion here a billion there, not gonna matter that much.
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Standing in front of Chase Bank in downtown Spokane yesterday, protester Mariah McKay testified in front of about 200 picket-yielding, slogan-chanting Occupy Spokane supporters that she went into the bank the day prior and tried to close her account, explaining fully her reasons for doing so. Bank officials then instructed "this six-foot tall, 300 pound security guard," she said, turning and pointing to the uniformed man behind the glass door, to escort her out of the building. Which he then did. I'll try to verify this claim Monday.
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Probably just a coincidence: Muslim pilgrims are currently casting stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," near Mecca. In front of American big banks yesterday, many equally zealous Americans did the same.
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For the record: It is the 6th of November and Wal-Mart just e-mailed me an ad that read "'Tis the Season for Very Merry Savings - Every Day Low Prices on Everything Christmas."


11/05/11

Today is National Bank Transfer Day, the center of a push by the Move Your Money Project, a grassroots movement encouraging Americans to take money out of big banks (read Bank of America, Chase Bank) and put it into the vaults of Main Street institutions (community banks and credit unions).
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Today is also Guy Fawkes Day. More than four hundred years after the gruesome death of the man who plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament with barrels of gunpowder, hundreds of protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks plan to march on that same central London institution. It's an obvious recreation of one of the final scenes of "V for Vendetta," a film about a mysterious masked revolutionary who brings down a totalitarian regime by blowing up parliament.
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60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney dead at 92,  just a month after his final commentary aired. Don't give up what you love, my friends; all that's left is darkness...


11/04/11

Spokane - worst parallel parkers on earth.

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11/03/11 - Existentialism for Dummies

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11/02/11

Spokane Cop Karl Thompson found guilty of excessive force and lying to investigators in the beating death of mentally disabled man, Otto Zehm. Witnesses to the beating say they're not surprised by the verdict. 
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This would be a great time to launch that "Visit Downtown Oakland" campaign.
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The OtherSpokane Winter Prediction Department is predicting a predictably unpredictable winter this winter.
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An actual text conversation with my son:

J: What could be used as a litmus test to spot "the man"? 100%. On a one to one basis.
Me: Omnipotency.
J: Crap, I was thinking like rock, paper, scissors or something.
Me: That was my second choice.
J: Or maybe some kind of Solomon, baby-cut-in-half trip?
Me: It depends on if this is a mere thought experiment or practical application.
J: Practical app of course.
Me: Whose baby is it?
J: Hmmm...
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11/01/11

Thank you to all the freedom-loving folk, the connoisseurs of the odd and underreported, the liberal loonies, right-wing whackos, national occupiers, random web surfers, long suffering Spokanites, and federal security agents from multiple departments for making yesterday this website's highest ever hit day at 7171 hits, and October the highest monthly hits at 88,512.
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Here's my friend Jesse James Hennessy's and brother Jordan's HALF HOUR LONG film review of the classic "Hobgoblins." FUNNY STUFF!
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I walked through the entirety of Riverfront Park today and didn't see any tents let alone any gazebos.


10/31/11

Happy Halloween! 

Today, though, how will we tell a dress-up revolutionary from a real one? 
(Answer: The blood on the phony ones smell like corn syrup.)
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Some unusual horror movies (streaming on Netflix) that you might have missed: Lake Mungo, my favorite find of the last few months; The Ward, John Carpenter's latest. Some of it shot in Spokane (I think); Senseless not supernatural, but horrifying; Trollhunter, a hundred times better than it sounds; The Thaw, with Val Kilmer;  Offspring, described as a finger-licking-good cannibal tale; and, if you're truly disturbed or want to be soon, Slaughtered Vomit Dolls
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When I was born, there were 2.7 billion earthlings; today there are seven billion. In the 55 years prior to me being born, the world grew by 700 million inhabitants. In the 55 years since I've been on this planet it has gained 4.3 billion people. Don't look at me. I only added a couple to the crowd.
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Not so fast, doomsayers. The US Census Bureau just announced that, according to their projections,  the blue-green orb won’t reach seven billion for more than four months. Sooo... Yeah! Let's make some babies!
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Occupy Spokane keeping it interesting: the Facebook page just called for protesters to "Begin an Actual Live In 24/7 Occupation." And that revolutionaries should, "Grab your tents and head down to the Riverfront Park Gazebo."


10/30/11

Only in America: America arresting Americans for practicing American values. In Oakland, an Iraq War veteran was seriously injured as police sprayed pepper spray, shot rubber bullets, exploded flash grenades and arrested scores of Americans last Tuesday. In Atlanta, helicopters hovered overhead Wednesday as riot police arrested more than 50 Americans. Arrests of Americans in Austin. Arrests of Americans in Portland. In San Diego, 50 plus more Americans were arrested. Last night in Denver police shot pepper spray and rubber bullets and arrested more Americans. 
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I just saw Tom Brokaw on Meet The Press plugging his new book, "The Time of Our Lives." The book bemoans the lack of any sense of national unity. Hey, earth to Tom: get out of the office, walk over to the park, or the plaza outside city hall, or that certain traffic meridian with the statue of the irrelevant soldier of some irrelevant battle. Open your eyes, dude. Duh. 
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The triumph of Nazism: It's "No Refusal" weekend in Austin, TX. If arrested for DWI and you refuse a breathalyzer, a judge will sign a court order to have your blood forcibly drawn.
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My friend, Randall, via Facebook, just informed me that DWI forcible blood draw is the law in most states. Makes me wonder how much force is used in extracting blood from uncooperative suspects? And which medical professionals - who are honor-bound to obey patients’ treatment wishes and protect their privacy - are doing this? What about people for whom giving blood can be life threatening, such as hemophiliacs? What about people whose religion prohibits the drawing of blood? Do they keep the blood for future DNA analysis? Scary, very scary.


10/29/11

I come upon deer in downtown Spokane.


10/26/11

Are these the Spokane people who - like in Oakland - will be tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets? 

 


10/22/11

Notably fewer folks at the Occupy Spokane march today. Still, a couple of hundred angry, loud people marched on Chase Bank and Bank of America again. 
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Only now do I understand the chanting (I still think it's irritating). But, having been in the midst of their highly belligerent crowd, I see the chanting as one of the few alternatives they have to breaking windows. 


10/16/11

 


10/15/11

THOUSANDS of indignant Spokanites just marched through -- and essentially took over -- downtown. Read what I wrote yesterday, but imagine it with nearly 30 times the people. A bit scary, and very, very exciting!
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Here's yesterdays footage. I should have today's amazing action on line by tomorrow night. Keep saying to yourself, "This is Spokane?!!"

 


10/14/11

Just got home from one of the strangest days I've ever experienced in Spokane. I was in a nearly unruly mob, composed of around 300 Spokane people: restaurant workers, priests and nuns, students, business folk, skateboarders, union reps, politicians, veterans, cute emo girls, old hippies, homeless people, crazed wackos....you know, Spokane people. Then they surrounded a bank, shouting that the people running it are criminals. I was expecting them to drag someone out and crucify them, or at least set them on fire, but no, the indignants had their say, the security guard respectfully held his ground, and then they all moved on to Wall Street and sat in the road, hooting and chanting. Extraordinary.
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Oh, yeah. And it's happening again, tomorrow, at noon, no doubt doubly so in all respects. You should go. Look for me. Say hi. I'll put you in my movie.


10/13/11

I challenge any non-sleepwalker to walk through downtown Spokane two or three times a day, as I do, and not sniff something exotic and exciting in the air.
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Holy relic from the Dee Farmin Yard Sale.

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Boom. Shucka boom.

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10/12/11

I saw more people today at the Occupy Spokane site than were at the first gathering on 10/05. (See my movie below.) Also, another outpost - a ramshackle recruiting station of sorts - has appeared on the right side of the downtown end of the Monroe Street Bridge, on top of the Sherman Alexie spiral sculpture/poem "The Place where Ghosts of Salmon Jump." The poem contains the words, "These white men don't always love their own mothers, so how could they love this river which gave birth to a thousand lifetimes of salmon?" 

Not sure what any of this means, folks. It's all new territory for me.
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I was just handed a flyer: 

Occupy Spokane - March for the 99% 
Saturday, October 15 - 12:00pm  
Meet @ Monroe & Riverside

MARCH FOR PEACE RALLY!
Friday, October 14 - 4:00pm
Meet @ Riverside & Monroe

We are a leaderless movement with people of many colors, genders and ideas. We ALL come from different walks of life. We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.


10/06/11

Good job, Steve. Steve Jobs, dead at 56. I heard about it on my iPhone.


10/05/11

I film the Occupy Spokane gathering - the local offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement. 

 


10/04/11

Today's Cheap Giggle: Hank Williams Jr.'s "Are You Ready For Some Football?" riff was dropped by Monday Night Football after Williams compared Obama to Adolf Hitler. He later issued a statement saying he hopes he didn't offend anyone.


10/03/11

Prison from released be to ordered. Murder of guilt not found Knox Amanda.


10/01/11

Jesse just put our film Oxy and Drakkar online. It was made for the local 50 Hour Film Festival which apparently faded into obscurity. Anyway, here's our surreal interpretation of a local rap song.

 


9/26/11

I just finished reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy and my life will never be the same again. If you've read it you know what I mean. It's as important a novel as Moby Dick, Huckleberry Finn, 1984.


9/21/11

I filmed the PETA people today. They were protesting against cruelty to fish in front of a downtown Spokane sushi restaurant and trying to remain composed while suffering unrelenting sarcasm and ridicule from Spokesman-Review columnist Doug Clark. Good times. 

 


9/18/11

Here's my Summer movies-watched list from Netflix:

Cobra Verde   4 stars out of 5      
Barry Lyndon   5
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures   5
Grizzly Man   5
Redacted   4
The Bridge   4
The Road   4
Badlands   4
Season of the Witch   2
The Number 23   3
The Rite   3
Bug   4
Buried   4
Vacancy    3
The Ruins   4
Naked Ambition: An R-Rated Look...   3
A Film Unfinished   3
Star 80   3
The House of the Devil   3
Death by Design   4
Sheitan   4
I Saw the Devil   3
The Hole   3
Transcendent Man   4
Trick 'r Treat   4
Spider   4
Craig Ferguson: Does This Need to Be Said?   3

Pop Skull
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The Thing   4
Shrooms   3
Them!   4
The Signal   3
The Sound of Insects   3
The Trials of Henry Kissinger   4
Terry Jones: Surprising History of Sex...   4
Terry Jones: The Hidden History of Rome   4
Bangkok Girl   3
1984   5
Frank Lloyd Wright   4
Columbine: Understanding Why   3
Soft for Digging   3
Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies   4
The Baby's Room   3
The Nanking Massacre   3
Philosophy of a Knife   3
Someone's Knocking at the Door   3
Feed   3
Snuff   3
8MM   4
House of 9   3
Marat / Sade   5

9/14/11

     But, your flag decal won’t get you
     Into Heaven anymore.
     They’re already overcrowded
     From your dirty little war
     Now Jesus don’t like Killin’
     No matter what the reasons for.
     And your flag decal won’t get you into Heaven anymore.

     John Prine - a real American hero
     Welcome to Spokane, Mr. P


9/13/11

I made a food delivery to a Catholic retreat. Walked in the door. No one there. I call out, open random doors....nothing. I come to a darkened hallway and see the silhouette of a man. "Hello," I say. "Food delivery." Nothing. He doesn't even move. I say again. Still nothing. I walk up and shrug my shoulders as if to say, "What's your problem, dude? What the hell?" And then I realize I'm talking to a life-size statue of Jesus.


9/12/11

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9/11/11

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8/25/11

I visit El Bueno Dentista during my latest trip south of the border.


8/18/11

James and friends show off James' salvaged boat, The Hazel B. We then take a quick tour of the boat building school.


8/9/11

I stumble upon a desert cloudburst near Joshua Tree National Park.


8/8/11

I escape to Marrowstone Island, where James and I venture out onto Mystery Bay via canoe. James wants to check out The Al-Ray, an old wooden boat he's had his eyes on for a while. We pass by other interesting boats, oyster gatherers, buoys and other floating oddities.


8/7/11

Here's Jesse's latest - "Just Say No" - his "anti-drug" tale. It's FUNNY! I have a small part as Druggie Buttkicker and am credited as Assistant Director. Contact Jesse if you want a DVD (with extras and cool artwork).


8/6/11

I film a gray whale who found its way up the Klamath River. For some reason, she will not leave the vicinity of the Klamath River Bridge.


8/5/11

I just got back from a major road trip. Details, photos and videos coming.


7/7/11

I am swamped by a rogue wave as I explore the beaches of the Olympic Peninsula. The result is a rumble-tumble transcendental experience. True story.


Fourth of July

What a thing to wake up to on Independence Day - Fox News Twitter account hacked.

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In case you haven't heard - Barak has NOT left the building.


7/2/11

Yesterday I was talking to James about how I'd like to take the ferry up to Alaska. He said I should hook up with one of his pirate-girl, punk rock, boat school friends who could help me navigate up through the Inland Passage.


6/16/11

I walk across the very scary swinging bridge above the very scary Kootenai River as it surges above flood stage.


6/7/11Oxy and Drakkar

CLICK HERE to watch and vote for our entry in the 50 Hour Film Slam - Oxy and Drakkar. We were eliminated from the main competition because of a technical oversight, but we're still in the running for the popular vote. Power to the people! Our surreal interpretation of a local rap song is clearly the funniest and oddest entry.


6/4/11

Just above flood stage, the Spokane River roars through downtown Spokane.


5/30/11

Official OtherSpokane Prediction:
You can't stop it now. The time is right for Death Metal Country.


5/29/11

Photo's from Jesse James Hennessy's video shoot this morning - along with his brother, Jordan Hennessy (the aforementioned Funniest Home Videos winner), and awesome actor Chris Platt, who has appeared (sometimes reluctantly) in both my and Jesse's movies.

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I think it's interesting
that I have little interest
in lowering interest rates.
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Do you think it's Al Qaeda who hates our freedoms? A district court judge recently upheld a lower court ruling that dancing at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC is illegal. But what is dancing? Bobbing your head? Wagging your finger? A group of nonviolent protesters found out yesterday when government thugs help turn a shrine to American liberty into a body-slamming mosh pit.


5/25/11

If Al Qaeda hates us for our freedoms, they must love the fact that the Patriot Act extension is being shoved down our throats.
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Bye, Oprah. I'm hip to all the talk about you being a national treasure and an American original and all. Obviously you'll be missed. But to be honest, for the past twenty-five years, I did not see even one of your shows.


5/23/11

I had an anti-rapture like event at the beginning of my first movie, Retroviral Village, a sci-fi/escape/artsy-fartsy/heady/surreal/comedy adventure story I made seven (?) years ago on my laptop with public domain material, a few pilfered images, and a twenty dollar, Wal-Mart webcam. 
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Have you considered that maybe we were all raptured, and that heaven simply looks exactly like the place we were plucked from?
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Sorry, that was my first rapture joke. Actually, I'm a bit distressed at how this incident has bumped up the level of religious bigotry in this country - all because of the bumbling douche-baggery of one individual. The fact is, most Christians I know are humble, kind-hearted, hard-working, stimulating to talk to, and (mostly) rational.


5/22/11

Okay, this is my annual crow eating day, when I have to admit that the parade was, well, actually kind of fun. And this only upsets me more. Why is the military - whose leadership has essentially conducted a successful coup in this country, who is truly doing horrendous things throughout the world, who is outwardly working to transform our society into their own goose-stepping image - why do they have to be a part of it? Let's separate the two: we'll have OUR parade, with the bands and the cute girls and the community spirit and the people with goofy hats; and they can have THEIR parade, with the marching soldiers and the rolling armament and the brass all propped up on the reviewing stand like Stalin and his posse of be-medaled butt kissers.


5/21/11

Tonight is Spokane's annual glorification of militarism - the Torchlight/Armed Forces parade. See you there! I'll be the one not waving the dollar store flag. Watch OtherSpokane's special coverage of last year's parade. (I don't understand why so few people have seen it.)
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Still, the parade (and everything else) could be irrelevant as many believe the rapture and subsequent destruction of civilization could occur today. If so, maranatha; if not, hasta mañana.   


5/20/11

Spokane jumps to the lead of the National Paranoia Parade with the launching of the county sheriff's (read Homeland Security's) ridiculous "See It, Say It" campaign. The television spot shows a shadowy individual taking a photo of the county courthouse then encourages citizens to "report suspicious behavior." Unbelievable. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich looks like a hostage being forced to read a statement. Check it out for yourself. You can fill out the form and report the hundred or so potential terrorists you saw in the park yesterday.


5/18/11

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James

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Joe

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& Friends


5/17/11

I love Mexico and (most of) its people, but I've never really understood them: the pointy boot craze began in the city of Matehuala and is sneaking over the border. It has already been seen in immigrant communities as far north as Oklahoma.

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5/16/11

Gordon Ramsay, the foul-mouthed, fascist chef (is that redundant?) from Fox's Hell's Kitchen is under fire from animal rights groups after eating a snake heart while in Vietnam as part of a new television series. He was warned that he would be able to feel the heart beating within him for some time after consuming. Prep cooks and dishwashers worldwide are praying the heart "will take" so they can update their Christmas lists.


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Yesterday we learned that the people who lose our luggage, sleep in the control towers and fondle our junk will now be packing serious heat. Spokane Airport police will start carrying AR-15 assault rifles (pictured to the right) obviously in response to the horrible increase of terrorist attacks on our humble airport. So, bring it on you Al Qaeda bitches. Spokane ain't takin' your crap no more.


5/13/11

One of the great events in Northwest history occurred today when a 400-pound pig escaped from a van in Spokane Valley and created havoc in a Conoco station parking lot. A Washington State patrolman showed up and TASERED the porcine perpetrator! Do you smell bacon? Unaffected, the unruly swine continued to be a threat to local security, so the officer SHOT IT!  Killed the pig, deader than a dead pig, with his service revolver. A tow truck had to be called in to load the carcass back into the van from whence it disembarked. Eventually, the pig's owner, who came into the city with 400 pounds of livestock, left with 398 pounds of pork.


5/5/11

John Ashcroft, Former Attorney General under G. W. Bush, has just been hired as a new ethics chief by the shadowy mercenaries-for-hire outfit Blackwater, now renamed to something too stupid to even write down. But, as I understand it, Ashcroft's job will be like the Harvey Keitel character in Pulp Fiction, Winston "The Wolf" Wolf, who keeps everything cool and cleans up the car and gets rid of the body after John Travolta accidentally shoots that guy in the face.


5/4/11

So they've now retracted the "human shield" part of the bin Laden story. Remember? Osama supposedly grabbed one of his wives to protect him. Apparently we're no longer required to believe that. And now, they're suggesting that we might not have to believe the part about bin Laden violently resisting. Why don't they just give us a list of what we're supposed to think so we know when to wave our flags and when to suck our thumbs.
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I just heard that Obama has decided not to release the photos of the allegedly deceased Osama bin Laden because he believes the images could inflame Muslim sensitivities. The president is now responsible for dropping FIVE TIMES THE AMOUNT OF BOMBS AS GEORGE BUSH  (Frontline 5/3), and acts like he's just getting warmed up. I wonder if having their wives and children torn up by shrapnel upsets them at all.
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Bin Laden bin tokin'? Cultivated marijuana plants have been found just outside of bin Laden's compound. Some have speculated that he may have been bong-hitting the pain away from his liver troubles. (We're still supposed to believe that, right? Remember, they told us years ago that he was dying of a liver disease?) Anyway, the opportunities this will provide for anti-drug commercials and for perpetuating the so-called drug war is mind boggling. 


5/3/11

Does anyone else notice the similarities between the past 48 hours and the 48 hours following 9/11? Everyone was waving flags, everyone chanting "USA! USA!" The media was postulating how some "Great Change" has come upon us. Opposing political parties who a few days ago hated each other are suddenly sprinkling praises on each other like priests with holy water. And I suddenly realize that I'm about to puke. Can anyone tell me what the hell is going on?


5/2/11

You know, if you wave those flags hard enough you'll blow away the smell of the big, festering, dead rat in the middle of this whole bin Laden story.
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It was nice of the military to dispose of bin Laden's body - in respect of Islamic tradition, they say. So maybe now they can get back to dropping mega-tons of bombs on Muslims.
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Unfortunately, the legacy of bin Laden paranoia will remain with us for decades to come: the Department of Homeland Security, the TSA, the PATRIOT Act, warrantless wiretaps, the 'state secrets' doctrine, and myriad violations of American civil rights.
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Caution: More bullshit on the way - U.S. official says new Osama bin Laden tape, recorded shortly before his death, is expected to surface soon.


5/1/11

Multiple sources reporting Osama bin Laden has been killed. Military claims to have body with DNA identification. President to address nation.


4/30/11

Speaking of "The Kan."
I've been catching some flack about the Kate's-big-butt comment. But, it's like Prince Harry says, "The bigger the royal cushion..."
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Remember: A few altered traffic cones and tens of thousands of Bloomsday runners will tumble into the river like lemmings.
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I wrote to Arp Xigar:

Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the final days.
      James 5:3

He returned:

Believers, there are many monks and rabbis who in falsehood devour the wealth of mankind and hinder [men] from the way of Allah. And there are those who bury gold and silver and spread it not in Allah's Cause. (Mohammad) announce unto them tidings of a painful torture. On the Day [of Doom] heat will be produced out of that (wealth) in the Fire of Hell. It will be branded on their foreheads, their flanks, and their backs. "This is the (treasure) you have hoarded for yourselves: now taste it!"
      Qur'an 9:34

Spend a day in my world. I dare you.


4/29/11

I thought Kate's dress made her butt look too big.


4/28/11

Hey, all of you DEA agents who just busted into legal medical marijuana dispensaries throughout Spokane this afternoon. How does it feel to be thought of as traitors?
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I predict tonight the earth will shake and crack and open and swallow up William and Kate, the Queen, Harry and Charles, all those creepy old guys in sailor suits, the cake makers and dress designers and security coordinators, the media and all the idiots camped outside of Westminster Abbey, and Westminster Abbey, and everything to do with monarchism and this embarrassing moment in human history.
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We now know that Obama wasn't born in a mud hut in some monkey-chattering jungle; but I predict the president will regret putting an end to this non-issue. What will we talk about now: that he promised to shut down Guantanamo but has not? that he extended the life of the civil rights-denying Patriot Act? that he said all troops would be out of Iraq by now and are not? that he promised to end raids on medical marijuana providers and has only increased them? that he promised to end warrantless wiretaps but has not? Etc. Etc.


4/27/11

Robert Watson, Republican state legislator from Rhode Island, known for his anti-drug, anti-gay, anti-immigration statements was just charged with driving under the influence of marijuana and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Was he going to meet his Mexican boyfriend?


4/26/11

Posse Comitatus, Posse Comi-schmatus. In blatant disregard of American law and tradition, Columbus, Georgia, will allow military patrols of the downtown area this Friday. Responding to the belligerent actions of a few drunken soldiers from Fort Benning, the authorities have responded by sending in more soldiers. But no worries, they'll be wearing armbands that read: Courtesy Patrol.


4/25/11

I'm trying to think of how our collective behavior could possibly be more pathetic and shameful about the royal wedding. Maybe if we outright beg them to take us back as subjects, maybe that could be the boot that finally crushes what's left of our national self-esteem.
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Yet, I guess I'm commanded to attend...

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4/22/11

I always want to say something about Earth Day.
But what could I possible add to this.


4/18/11

A time lapse of the very strange weather this April afternoon.


4/12/11

Where did I put my sunglasses?


4/11/11

Think about it. There are very few subtle testicle jokes.
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Why is it when journalists report on "baseball-sized hail" that had fallen in some gawd-forsaken place it's not actually baseball sized? I just saw a story where a reporter actually put a baseball next to the "baseball-sized" hailstones and the stones were clearly three-quarters the size of the ball.  
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Weather Report: Not this.

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4/10/11

Okay, there'd probably still be junk mail...


4/9/11

A government shutdown was averted last night at the last minute. Accuse me of lapsing into optimism but I like to think of the good things that could have happened if the Monster died:
     The world would have enjoyed a bit more peace as we withdrew troops from Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. 
     No more War on Drugs, which means a crippled black market, and fewer friends shipped off to prison for stupid reasons.
     The schools would stop cranking out like-minded automatons.
     No more junk mail.
     No IRS.
     In the last ten years, government spending has jumped from $1.8 trillion to $3.8 trillion. The agreement reached by congress last night will save $38 billion, also know in DC as "chump change."
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ABC News just had a story that concluded "The more we shop, the longer we live." Can't we consider a national corporate news shutdown?


4/8/11

A staggeringly beautiful day in downtown Spokane. Sunny. Bright. You could even say it was warm. I'm almost sure I heard people laughing. Skin sightings were reported - not just ruddy cheeks peeking out from wool scarves - there were arms, legs, midriffs, actual human flesh. Someone held a door open for me and didn't try to pick my pocket. A small group in blue t-shirts released balloons, applauded, and the applause didn't sound like gunfire. An attractive woman smiled at me somewhat lasciviously. I actually helped an old lady cross the street. No shit. Let's hope this all wasn't a fluke. 


4/5/11

We had to take our 50 Hour Slam film off line; some dumb rule we never read. But, the top 15 picked will be shown at the Magic Lantern theater. And if there is Divine Justice you can watch it there. Or at least we'll put it back on line. Oxy and Drakkar is the most incoherent and favorite of my and Jesse's collaborations. (Yes I do say that every time.)


4/4/11

Here's Jesse's and my entry for the 50 Hour Slam, the new local film competition. We had 50 hrs to write, shoot, and edit a film that incorporates the theme of the song "Apples and Oranges," by C-Flow, a local hip hop group, along with a few other rules. The result is epic weirdness.


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Freaky film footnote: Jesse's brother, Jordan, just won the $10,000 first place prize on last night's America Funniest Home Video for waxing a friend's chest and filming with a twenty dollar camera while the once-hairy dude screams. He's now eligible for the $100,000 prize. Only in America...


3/31/11

Trace amounts of radiation were found in Spokane milk samples, the FDA reported yesterday. Monitors detected 0.8 pCi/L of iodine-131, which the FDA says is more than 5,000 times lower than the Derived Intervention Level. This level does not define a safe or unsafe level of exposure, but instead a level at which protective measures would be recommended to ensure that no one receives a significant dose.
     Feel better? No, me neither.


3/22/11

Michael Moore just tweeted that a 25 mile evacuation zone should be established around Obama's Nobel Peace Prize.


3/21/11

Since winning the Nobel Peace Prize, President Obama has ordered bombing strikes in six different countries, now adding Libya to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen. 
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"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."
     - Senator Obama criticizing the Bush administration.


3/20/11

Look how we've progressed in a quarter century.
     Cover stories from Time Magazine 25 years ago: Getting Gaddafi, War in the Middle East, the Nuclear Crisis. 
     Go humanity! Rah! Rah!
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This explains a lot: the business end of the Libya problem.
- an article from one month age.


3/19/11

That's right, I called it (scroll down to 3/2): the war pigs get yet another place to blow stuff up. And I hope we don't fall for this "imposing a no fly zone" crap. The fact is, we're bombing Libya. More people will die so that rich, soulless criminals and traitors can get even richer and commit even worst atrocities. 

Oh, but it's for the Libyan people, they tell us, it's a humanitarian action. Evidently they've suddenly grown a conscience - after just slaughtering HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of mostly innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Oink.
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PhotobucketJust thinking of the children.

 

Whoa. I just watched NBC Nightly News and threw up just a little bit in my mouth. Apparently I'm wrong about the whole cynical war pig thing. Apparently many Arab countries actually like us bombing now. It could eventually even be thought of as the "popular war." 

And then pigs suddenly flew out our butts. Oink. Oink.


3/15/11

I'd say, "Beware the Ides of March," but with looming radiation contamination, the looting of our future by a handful of wealthy criminals, worldwide political unrest and planetary upheavals of biblical proportions, I think you're probably already there with me.


3/14/11

It's strange what you can find when you google your name. 
Here's a letter of mine to the editor of the Spokesman-Review:
This was printed one month after 9/11.


3/11/11

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3/10/11

No Fly Zone: another way of saying Undeclared War.
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An arrest has been made in the Great MLK Bombing Attempt in downtown Spokane and the entire community has descended into a cattle-like mentality: we're all ready to hang the son-of-a-bitch yet not one shred of evidence has been presented. 
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Maybe it's my Adonis DNA or the tiger blood in me, but I am totally against the national, self-righteous condemnation of Charlie Sheen. The same people who praise William S. Burroughs, Edgar Allen Poe, Keith Richards, etc., etc., etc., from one side of their mouths ridicule Sheen from the other. I think some of Sheen's drug-induced babbling is pure surrealist poetry.


3/8/11

Arnie Carruthers, one of the luminaries of the Spokane jazz scene, died yesterday at 81. I saw him open for Timothy Leary at The Big Dipper in the early 90s. An amazing, unforgettable night. Even Leary, who had hung with the some of the greatest musicians on the planet, was awestruck by the talents of the one-armed Carruthers.

A "foot" note: I asked Carruthers to sign a copy of The Scene magazine; which he did gladly. I asked Timothy Leary to sign my boot. (It was clean. And I provided my own pen.) Still, after considerable confusion, he declined.


3/5/11

I just watched Charlie Sheen's live show, Sheen's Korner, on Ustream.tv. And I have to say, it was boring and fascinating and creepy, all at once. It was this strange juxtaposition that gave the show its surrealistic appeal. Still, please, God, let me have something better to do next time it's on. But if not, let my internet connection be strong. (And let's see some better shots of his porn star girl friend.)
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This is why any governmental regulation of the internet must be avoided:

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Image: Google

Because it can all be shut down with the click of a switch. Yesterday, internet use flatlined in Libya, where most communications run through the government-controlled Libya Telecom & Technology.


3/4/11

I'm sorry Banksy didn't win the Oscar for Best Documentary for the fabulous "Exit Through the Gift Shop." But not because it was the best film. (It was the only nominee I saw.) I'm sorry because an anarchist criminal of his caliber must have had something wonderful planned. What's your guess? Mine is that he would have spray painted Oscar black and left him on the podium. Or maybe he would have sent out a starving Ethiopian child to accept the award. 


3/2/11

Can't you just smell the bloodlust oozing from the warmongers' cold hearts right now? This Libya thing has them as hard as Mengele with a new scalpel. And they'll get what they want: another big Arab sandbox where they can play with their new toys.
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The Supreme Court ruled today that the Westboro Baptist Church, who picketed the funerals of U.S. troops withPhotobucket signs reading, "Thank God for Dead Soldiers," cannot be sued. This is hard to swallow as it seems to immediately benefit horrible, offensive, disgusting people. Still, sometimes the truth tastes like shit, and the truth is is that this is a victory for free speech and liberty. Just plug your nose and gulp.

Here's my video encounter with the Westboro wackos: 
Does God Hate Spokane?


2/28/11

This morning, on the Kathie Lee and Hoda part of NBC's Today Show, the duo was expressing concern and indignation about Charlie Sheen's bizarre interview earlier in the show. What a terrible influence his drinking and drugging must be having on the children, they bemoaned - AS THEY WERE HAVING A DRINK!
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With all the who-wore-what Oscar fashion talk, the hits and misses, etc., only men realize that the question all comes down to whose bones you'd most like to jump. And here the Oscar goes to Scarlett Johansson. 
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Am I the only one who's fed up with all this crap about Prince William and Kate Middleton? Why are Americans infatuated with these pampered, inbred parasites and their archaic system? Didn't we recently have to kill a bunch of these people because of a Host of Grievances?
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Yeah, yeah, I know Kate M. isn't "technically" royal. But she shares the guilt as she's willingly offered herself up to be molded into the royal's Controllable Diana.


2/27/11

I'm baaaack. Yes, I've been away for awhile because of illness, shock and disillusionment. (No, not just from watching the news.) Here's the deal: NATURE TRIED TO KILL ME! I'm trying to do a digital short about what happened to me on the shores of the Olympic Peninsula. Stay tuned.
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Remember one name tonight at the Academy Awards: Banksy! For the first time (I think), a notorious criminal, bona fide anarchist and fugitive from the law is up for an Oscar. Exit Through the Gift Shop, directed by Banksy himself, is nominated for Best Documentary. Internationally known graffiti/stencil artist extraordinaire, the infamous Banksy has never revealed his identity. If he wins, will he accept the award? Check out his amazing graffiti here.


1/28/11

The Contender challenges Tough Guy Champ
to the ultimate game of
Five Finger Fillet - a film. Jesse as Tough Guy; me as The Contender.


1/27/11

The truth behind America's complacency in the Egyptian revolution.

 Associated Press


1/23/11

Mr. D
Here's one way to beat Death: Instead on knocking at Death's door, put some dog poop in a paper bag, light it on fire, and set it on the door step. Then ring Death's doorbell. Death will come out, see the flames and try to stomp it out - thus getting poop all over his shoes. You'll be in the bushes, laughing like crazy, and being very much still alive. Trust me, it works every time.


1/22/11

Spokane exerted its right to be as paranoid and pathetic as the rest of the country, yesterday, when someone reported a potentially dangerous coffee cup - that's right, a COFFEE CUP - to the Spokane bomb squad.

This follows the report, Wednesday, of a suspicious suitcase filled with suspicious women's clothing. 

All of this madness, of course, is related to the discovery of an actual bomb along Monday's Martin Luther King parade route. 

KHQ news quoted an "anonymous official" who said that "They haven't seen anything like this in this country. This was the worst device, and most intentional device, I've ever seen."

Really? Worse and more intentional than Oklahoma City?

National news outlets were fond of calling the device "sophisticated." 

Well, sophisticated  for a pipe bomb, the very definition of which is "not sophisticated." Sophisticated enough to where it didn't go off. So sophisticated that the would-be bombers didn't even bother to hide the wires. 

This device was meant to frighten, not explode. We have collectively let the "terrorists" win. (I can't believe I just wrote that.)

We know now that there are no more "devices" up our asses. Maybe we should pull our heads out and go back to work.


1/21/11

If you like horror, here's an amazing film: The Last Exorcism - the ending(s) are inspired.


1/20/11

One of my first memories was watching John F. Kennedy's inauguration speech, 50 years ago today. I was five and a half years old. I knew it was something important because of the effect it had on all the big people. 

PhotobucketEarlier this afternoon, I was at a downtown coffee shop. A young couple was watching the speech on a big screen TV. And while I'd love to tell you that their five or six year old kid was staring at his awestruck parents, then up to the magic man in the television, thus carrying the flame to another generation, if fact, the kid was playing a handheld video game.

The real horror of all this though, is that I'm so old I can remember when people still wore top hats.
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This is how Austin, Texas, radio talk show host Alex Jones started his show yesterday:

"There is no doubt, I was already sure of it last week, but this morning it is 100 percent confirmed, the, ah, federal government, via Homeland Security, is staging false flag, false start, false identification of pipe bombs all over the United States right now, and this is a psy-op to create an atmosphere of total fear. And it doesn't matter if we talk about San Francisco, or New York City today, all over the country - Spokane, Washington, you name it - the Feds are coming in through the Threat Fusion Centers and openly announcing that they're federalizing the cities in the name of anti-terror..."

All considered, I'm back to hoping that it was merely hate-crazed Nazis.


1/19/11

Sadly, Spokane joins the real world.

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I liked it better when we were a backwater, cow town.


1/17/11

 In honor of Martin Luther King Day, I make fun of 
 Spokane's Armed Forces/Torchlight Parade.


1/14/11

I've been going through a bunch of old stuff.
Here's a New Orleans moment, just off Bourbon Street.


1/5/11

But for a minor interruption, an enormous buffalo in Yellowstone experiences the pure Zen of being an enormous buffalo in Yellowstone.


1/4/11

More dead birds! Five hundred more red-winged blackbird were found dead today in Louisiana, just a few hundred miles south of the spectacular 5000 de-birding in Arkansas. Why doesn't stuff like that happen in Spokane? A mass marmot-kill would be awesome, or an abrupt South Hill poodle extinction, or if the prodigious poop producing geese in Riverfront Park all suddenly dropped dead.


1/3/11

When you're out for blood, the front door can be so passé.
James as serial killer.
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Did you hear what's going on in Arkansas? First, 5000 birds mysteriously fall dead from the sky. Later, 100,000 fish wash up on the shore of the Arkansas River. Maybe if you're in Arkansas you should avoid crowds.


12/30/10

An extremely intoxicated man falls in the river and has to be rescued from the snowy banks beneath the Monroe Street bridge. 
       I shot this from the second floor of the downtown library.

Don't stop now!
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