Me and J.S.
Martin in the office of The Scene magazine, on the Monroe Street
side of the Fox Theater, sometime in the early Nineties. Nothing
says professional journalism like beer and cigarettes. [A Balch
It has been said, if you remember The Scene
Magazine, you weren't really there.
evidence has emerged that all Guantanamo Bay detainees were drugged involuntarily with scopolamine,
a substance that has a long history as a truth serum.
The Wall Street Journal has cataloged more than 20
different ways information about people can be recorded during
On the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, Bill
Moyers explains why censorship is the biggest enemy of truth.
week's Inside Washington -- the best political talk on TV.
Government officials claim they’re ultra-precise
killing machines that never, ever miss their targets. Outside
groups say they’re covered
in children’s blood. The fact is no
one has a clue exactly how many militants and how many innocents
have been slain in the U.S. drone war that spans from Pakistan
This video is
an example of the importance of filming the police because it
provides transparency, accountability, and an accurate account of
incidents that occur.
The Justice Department’s use of electronic devices
to intercept phone numbers, email addresses and online information has
climbed by 64 percent since 2009.
Check out the YouTube
page Sixty Symbols, cool videos about physics and astronomy from
the University of Nottingham.
obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request and posted
online by Wikileaks show that the US government has designated the
whistleblower website and its founder Julian Assange as
"enemies of the state"—the same legal category as Al
Qaeda and other foreign military adversaries.
video shows 32 metronomes set rocking on a wobbly surface. They
begin in a state of chaos, and as they feed motion into the table,
they begin to influence one another, until, four minutes later, they
When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.
Kipling's poem, The Young British Soldier
hits in contraceptive history.
President Obama told the UN General Assembly that a
nuclear Iran could not be contained, leaving
out the fact that Iran has no weapons program.
An ancient Buddhist statue which was first recovered
by a Nazi expedition in 1938 has been revealed
to be made of a meteorite.
Julian Assange addresses the U.N. General Assembly.
He says the
United States is building a "regime of secrecy."
A well-known Hong Kong billionaire
has offered $65m to any man able to woo and marry his lesbian
"War against a
foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are
going to profit from it." ~ George Orwell
Sarcasm Wars: A small group of rogue Americans
hijack an airplane and fly it into the BurJ Al-Arab, in Dubai. The
United Arab Emirates spend the next five years invading Canada and
torturing its citizens, eventually leaving over 80,000 dead.
target Los Angeles in medical marijuana crackdown.
"It is the first responsibility of every
citizen to question authority."
Advice from the NYT on writing
The Arab League and the European Union issued
a joint statement recognizing the importance of religious
freedom and "respecting all prophets, regardless of which
religion they belong to."
This troubles me. All prophets? Any religion? Mormon
Koresh? What about Charles
The CIA's Predator drones
are bringing to Pakistan the same horror that Hitler's V-1
flying bombs inflicted on London.
In the U.S. you are eight
times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a
"It's easier to fool people than to convince
them that they have been fooled."
Scientists have discovered that people will believe
anything when you say that scientists have discovered it.
philosophical questions that we'll never solve.
People are angry and massing together to regulate the dangerous chemical
compound Dihydrogen Monoxide.
sues CIA over drone killings.
Another brick in the wall: The
Architecture of Power and Authority.
Here's a short
extract from Murray
Rothbard's book "The Ethics of Liberty".
"Those who can make you believe absurdities can
make you commit atrocitites."
Why Libertarian candidate Gary
Johnson won't shut up about marijuana.
Oh, my god. Here's
Jesse's reenactment of a scene from Bad Boys 2, where I play a
15 year old black kid.
Could a guy pee really far on
Are you a terrorist? Take
David Brooks calls Romney "the least popular
candidate in history." And more
from the Sunday political shows.
woman who ruined a prized Jesus Christ fresco in Spain is now
demanding royalties after her botched restoration became a hit
with tourists. The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon
sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic.
Gen. Petraeus: We can't leave Afghanistan now, they
have trillions of dollars of minerals.
Judge on drone secrecy: the
emperor has no clothes.
Libertarian candidate Gary
Johnson files anti-trust lawsuit to get into the presidential
Apple is moving forward on location-based
disabling of iPhone cameras.
Spokane County declares stage one impaired air
Here's Kucinich's bill -- H.R.
2977 -- that would require the President to take action to adopt
and implement a world treaty banning space-based weapons.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein says liberty
rests on resistance to Obama's National Defense Authorization Act.
Former Florida Gov. Bob Graham said U.S.
authorities should reopen an inquiry into who assisted the 9/11
hijackers while they were in the United States.
Jon Stewart's epic
rant at Fox News over its Romney Video Coverage.
A Jewess to die for: Sarah Silverman - Get
Nana a Gun.
investigation into the street drugs known as "bath
salts." From PBS
From my iPhone: Philosophy
How can we make sense of things that don't exist? What can we say
CAUTION: THIS SIGN HAS SHARP EDGES
Do Not Touch The Edges of this
A team of doctors has
flown out to Afghanistan after a British servicewoman gave
birth to a boy having not realized she was pregnant.
Mideast Follies: It's time for U.S. policy makers to acknowledge
the genuine horrors that have resulted from their actions.
Is It Time For An October
Early this morning in downtown
no one is talking about drone strikes, Israel-Palestine, and
American troops occupying Muslim countries.
So far I've gotten through Talk Like a Pirate Day
without hearing anyone actually talk like a pirate (except for those
people who do it without realizing it).
Mad Hatter: Have
I gone mad?
Alice: I'm afraid so. You're
entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people
I'm in that awkward stage
between birth and death.
the full transcript of the Romney video.
man on trial for anti-war Facebook comment.
A federal appeals court judge granted
the government’s request to suspend a federal judge’s ruling
last week that ended the provision of the National Defense
Authorization Act that empowered the government to indefinitely
detain suspects in the “war on terror,” even American citizens.
One step forward; two steps back.
President Obama says his
message to the Muslim world, after attacks on U.S. embassies, is
"we expect you to work with us to keep our people safe." A
bit arrogant, isn't it, coming from someone who is bombing the
How Jimmy Carter's grandson helped
leak the secret Romney fundraiser video.
"I'm fed up to my ears with old men dreaming up
wars for young men to die in."
~ George McGovern
Blasphemy and empire: the
rage over the Mohammed movie and why our secular elites just
don't get it.
Soldiers, veterans and their family members tell
what is missing from the sales pitches presented by recruiters
and the military's marketing efforts.
Secret video: It's very possible that Mitt
just lost the election.
Constitution was signed 225 years ago today.
Without peeking, name the four rights guaranteed by
the First Amendment (surveys suggest that only
six percent of Americans can).
George Will says on ABC's This Week that the Federal
Reserve Bank is becoming the fourth branch of the government.
Over 300 U.S. district
attorneys have made arrangements with strong-arm debt collectors,
through which the debt collectors send out threatening notices on
the DAs' letterhead to people who've allegedly bounced checks, and
split the payments they get back.
There are 1,500 newspapers, 1,100 magazines, 9,000
radio stations, 1,500 TV stations, and 2,400 publishers owned by
warplane attacked a group of women who were collecting firewood
in the Laghman Province of Afghanistan, killing eight of them and
wounding seven others.
The ambassador's death in Libya is a symptom of a
wilting Arab spring for which the
US and its allies bear much responsibility.
Listening to the Republicans and the Democrats
bicker over the U.S. debt is like watching two drunks argue over a
bar bill on the Titanic.
"Politics is the entertainment division of the
military industrial complex."
What is causing large parts of Canada, particularly
the Hudson Bay region, to
be "missing" gravity?
Told you so! The Farmer's Almanac has picked Spokane
as having the number one best Summer weather in the United States.
"I have had men watching you for a long time
and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to
speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you
divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it
to the Bank....You are a den of vipers and thieves."
Jackson, 1834, on closing the Second Bank of the United States.
Morning Herald is reporting that the U.S. tortured Australian David
Hicks in Gitmo
with assorted chemicals.
Less than 24 hours after a judge blocked a law that
gives the government the power to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens
without trial, attorneys
for the Obama administration were already filing an appeal.
rejects White House request to pull Mohammad film clip.
"People who dismiss the unemployed and
dependent as “parasites” fail to understand economics and
parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by
it’s host, one that can make it’s host work for it without
appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist
society." ~ Jason
Look, I have to be honest: I can't wait to see Kate
Rachel Maddow: Witnesses say "There
was no protest at all" outside U.S. Embassy in Benghazi.
Obama promised change but has embraced
the secrecy doctrines of George W. Bush.
anti-terrorism law was struck down Wednesday by a federal judge
who said she saw legitimate fears in claims by journalists, scholars
and political activists that they could face indefinite detention
for exercising First Amendment rights.
the movie trailer to the film that the Obama administration want
you to believe is causing the embassy attacks. (BTW, it had nothing
to do with the forty-five 2,000-pound bombs that U.S. B-2s dropped
on key Libyan cities, not to mention the phosphorus and cluster
bombs and the missiles.)
to be on LooTube: British schools put cameras in bathrooms and
The Obama administration still refuses to disclose
how many Americans have been caught up in the warrantless
surveillance program. Now
they're urging Congress to renew the controversial powers.
Hillary Clinton has a lot
of gall saying that people of faith should be outraged by the
killing of the American ambassador in Libya after she was one of the
architects of the illegal, unconstitutional mass bombings of that
country that killed thousands of innocent people.
This post existed in all possible states before you
Now it has collapsed into a single state.
How 9/11 made Democrats more like Republicans: neither
party wants to end the wars.
Slowly but surely, government
and telecommunications companies have forged a police-corporate
Colorado Public Television and PBS aired a
documentary from Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. High-rise
architects, structural engineers, scientists, physicists, chemists,
scholars, educators, firefighters, forensic fire engineers,
demolition experts and others have put together a ground-breaking
scientific assessment of the events at the World Trade Center. Watch
Georgia opens the first
jail devoted to U.S. veterans.
I just walked through downtown Spokane, and have
never before seen so many cops on bikes, cops walking, cops in
unmarked cars, parking patrols, security guards of all sorts, all
with their own super-macho paramilitary uniforms, old people in
police costumes, as well as Homeland Security agents in bulletproof
vests, and a K9 Explosives Unit with a warning about dangerous dogs.
I saw a security guard in sunglasses stand motionless for up to
fifteen minutes watching a small group of teens. Then he moved
slightly. Then he stood motionless again. I saw bike cops stop a
middle-age woman who was walking her bike and warn her that she had
to wear a helmet. I saw a young couple move to the other side of the
street to avoid two cops (dressed completely in black). And to top
it all off, one of those "security ambassador" boy
scout/bank guard hybrids in the Pizza Hut-like kitchen uniforms
informed me that "Spokane has a municipal law against
Did we ask for this? Is this really what we want for
Instead of OtherSpokane.com, I originally wanted to
call this website CowJelly. True story.
Who ya gonna call?
Have a wonderful
I'm not siding with any particular conspiracy
theory, but the
official explanation of why this building fell is total
If you don’t know about the “coincidental” military
drills taking place on September 11, 2001, or about the
political cabal known as PNAC
or the Project for a New American Century, or if you don’t
know what WTC7
is, or the 1,500 plus architects and engineers who have serious
questions about how and why it dropped like a pancake on 9/11,
or if you don’t know about the fact that up until his supposed
murder, the FBI
did not list Osama bin Laden as wanted for the events of 9/11
because, in their own words, they had no proof of his involvement,
are you qualified to enter a discussion about the event?
Why did the news
agencies report that WTC 7 collapsed almost 1/2 hour before it did,
even though it was not hit by a plane, only had a few floors on
fire, and gave no indication that it was in any serious danger?
Why do we still believe the tale of the 19 hijackers
many of the accused hijackers showed up ALIVE within days? And
why do we still believe the fable of the 19 hijackers when the FBI
admitted that they are not sure about either the identity of the
hijackers or if there were any hijackers at all?
Why was WTC
7 rebuilt, reopened and reoccupied with no press attention?
Wouldn’t this be an important victory in American resolve and
Why were the NORAD
rules changed for the first time several weeks prior to 9/11,
taking responsibility/authority for shooting down hijacked lanes
away from NORAD military command for the first time in its history,
and given to a civilian, Donald Rumsfeld, and then returned to NORAD
the day after 9/11?
Why would hijackers planning on attacking NY and
Washington DC drive
from Florida, pass both DC and NY, and drive all the way to Maine
and hinge this huge operation on a connecting flight from Maine to
Boston, where we are told they hijacked their plane? Why
wouldn’t they fly out of any of the airports that are visible from
their targets, like Newark, La Guardia or JFK…or even some of the
smaller local airports that would have given them a clear easy path
to their target and reduce the amount of time that our air defense
systems would have to stop them?
placed all of those put options on the airlines just prior to the
event, as if they knew that the stock prices on those specific
airlines would lose a huge amount of value?
Why did George
W. Bush’s Secret Service detail not rush the president to safety
when it was evident that the nation was under attack? If the
nation was under attack, and they did not know the scope of the
attack, and the president’s location was known, how did they not
worry about being attacked in Florida?. Why did they act as if they
knew that there was no threat? And why, when our nation was under
attack, did the president not rush into action? If you say he was
concerned about upsetting the children, you are the ultimate
apologist. He could have told them that his mommy was on the phone
and he had to see what she wanted. Our county was supposedly being
attacked and he/they waited 20 minutes before they moved. This is
the smoking gun of smoking guns.
Why did the FBI
never list Osama bin Laden as being wanted for 9/11? Actually,
we know this one…because they admitted that they had no evidence
linking him to the event.
Why was their molten
metal flowing under the wreckage of the WTC for months? No jet
fuel can melt metal, and nothing explainable could melt that much
metal and keep it hot enough to remain molten for a month.
How did a passport of one of the so called hijackers
it through the huge fireball and end up on the street?
Why have photos from the 80+ cameras confiscated
at the Pentagon never been released?
Why did the airplane that supposedly crashed at Shanksville
vaporize so that nothing remained, not bodies, not luggage, not
metal, – nothing – for the first time in aviation history?
However, we are told that even though the plane vaporized at
Shanksville, a hand-written note from a hijacker was found.
Here's my video of James
jumping to conclusions at Pig Out in the Park.
Here's my video of James doing
Mootsys $1 PBR sign.
ringing hum baffles Seattle residents.
retreat on civil liberties in 2012 platform.
edition of Inside Washington.
The Obama administration is making
it easier for bureaucrats to take away guns without offering the
accused any realistic due process.
Abraham Lincoln was a third-party candidate. Take
a look at some "also-rans" who have influenced the outcome
of elections or shifted the national conversation in our
third-party presidential candidate timeline.
Republicans are attempting
to remove Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson from the ballot.
Genius! Jon Stewart on The
Party of Inclusion.
New York Police Department opens a branch in Kfar Saba, Israel.
Why you should be worried about facial-recognition
cashing in on student loan roundup.
River in China has mysteriously turned red since yesterday.
"The urge to save humanity is almost always a
false front for the urge to rule."
~ H. L. Mencken
Jon Stewart on the DNC platform Amendments: Hope
and Change 2. The teleprompter gets the final vote.
A first hand look inside
Jeff Foxworthy's appearance at WSU has been
canceled. All four tickets will be refunded.
Bernie Sanders talks to Bill Moyers about
the Independent in politics.
Twenty-five people at
the heart of the financial meltdown.
I'd marry out of my religion for this girl: Sarah
Silverman tries to convince
a rich casino mogul to support Obama
Every day people are straying away from the church
and going back to God.
10 opening lines of novels.
10 closing lines of novels.
How could I possibly have anything to say today?
Our choice is now clear:
Warmonger #1 or Warmonger #2.
Let us pray we make the right decision.
Wow. I just watched Obama's speech. So, he ended the
war in Iraq? Really? Because, if you remember correctly, the
departure of U.S. troops was negotiated and propagandized by the other
war criminal who got us there in the first place, George W. Bush. In
fact, Obama wanted
to keep troops in Iraq past the agreed-upon 2011 deadline.
Also, he said the troops will be out of Afghanistan
by 2012, even though he just signed
a pact with Hamid Karzai to keep troops in the country through at
So far the Democratic National Convention has been
like the opening of the Olympics, but without the creepy, giant
puppets. (Though some people say that's coming up later tonight.)
text of Bill Clinton's awesome speech last night. He was scheduled for
28 minutes and ended up speaking for over 48 minutes.
I love the new light graffiti. This is from last
night in Spokane. (I like how the Wells Fargo building looks like a
a video of light bandits being escorted out of Riverfront Park
after flashing on the clock tower during Pig Out.
things we wouldn't have without The Beatles.
White House is stepping up its campaign of drone attacks in Yemen,
with four strikes in eight days, 29 dead. Not even the death of 10
to 14 civilians two days before the opening of the DNC have slowed
the pace in yet another of the United State's undeclared wars.
all hush-hush about it. Probably saving his voice for tomorrow.
In 2008, candidate Obama hailed
whistleblowing as "acts of courage and patriotism",
which "should be encouraged rather than stifled as they have
been during the Bush administration". The reality is that he
has waged the most
aggressive and vindictive assault on whistleblowers of any
president in American history.
I'm still coming to grips with the fact that Bill Clinton got people to applaud George W. and George H. W. Bush at a Democratic convention.
Hey, when does Kucinich
speak? Remember Kucinich? Arch liberal. Anti-war hero of the left.
When does Kucinich speak?
he is, being interviewed by Amy Goodman on the convention floor.
Go to 78:30. This takes guts.
The ghost of Ted
Kennedy haunts Mitt Romney.
Bill O'Reilly says
it's a "vampire move."
Wow. Having watched the first night of the
Democratic National Convention, I have to say, if you judge by
production values, organization, excellent speech writing, oratory
qualities, emotion and passion -- and knowing who all's yet to come
up to bat -- it doesn't look good for the Republicans.
The DNC was going amazingly well for me until former
Republican governor Lincoln Chafee tried to blow self-righteous
smoke up our stern with his anti-military-aggression sermon -- as
we're presently bombing people.
Harry Reid zz Zzzz Zzzzzz.
Then, some guy in a white cowboy hat endorsed Obama.
No kidding, a white cowboy hat.
Just as some PBS commentator compared the
non-appearance of Jimmy Carter at the DNC to the lack of Nixon
mentions at GOP shows, Jimmy Carter appeared on screen.
Wow. A powerful tribute to Edward Kennedy; very
damaging for Romney.
The abortion lady was really good, too.
the Mother Jones official
DNC Scavenger Hunt.
we would not know without Wikileaks.
Bertrand Russell's 10
Commandments for teachers.
Former FBI lawyer and 9/11 whistleblower Coleen
Rowley discusses the credulous
Americans who keep falling for Democrat/Republican
Who are the Mormons? What
do they believe? From PBS's American
Tales from the Apocalypse: Taco
Bell is pushing a new "breakfast drink" -- a mix of
orange juice and Mountain Dew.
You can tell Monopoly is an old game because
there's a luxury tax and rich people can go to jail.
George Carlin: We
"The great enemy of the truth is very often not
the lie -- deliberate, contrived, and dishonest, but the myth --
persistent, persuasive and unrealistic." ~ John
Four Great Religious Truths:
1) Muslims do not recognize Jews as God's chosen
2) Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
3) Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the
4) Baptists do not recognize each other at Hooters.
Obama's justice department grants
final immunity to Bush's CIA torturers.
of illegal immigrants increases under the Obama administration
I love the Popemobile. Nothing says "I trust
God" like three inches of bullet-proof glass.
"For me, the most ironic token of that moment
in history is the plaque signed by President Richard M. Nixon that
Apollo 11 took to the Moon. It reads: 'We came in peace for all
mankind.' As the United States was dropping 7.5 megatons of
conventional explosives on small nations in Southeast Asia, we
congratulated ourselves on our humanity: We would harm no one on a
lifeless rock." ~ Carl Sagan
Gigantic spiders are nature's reminders that we are
all little girls.
In 1969, a 14-year-old
Beatle fanatic named Jerry
Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John
Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an
interview about peace.
Want to End the Drug War?
Stop rewarding Drug Warriors with your vote. Obama's hypocrisy
on marijuana. And just "a
During a web interview,
the president was asked dozens of times about his medical marijuana
crackdowns. He answered a question about his recipe for homebrewed
"After the game, the king and the pawn go into
the same box."
~ Italian proverb
Democratic National Convention security
rules trigger free speech worries.
The war on drugs just got a whole lot more warlike.
just sent 200 marines into Guatemala to fight the Zeta drug
Foreign policy night in Tampa: A
horror movie. What a blast from the past it was – John
McCain and Condi
Rice yelping "Give War A Chance."
Rand Paul got his four paragraphs in, but the
Republican Party is still firmly interventionist.
If you're sad, as I am, that the awesome fun of ridiculing the bizarre Republican convention has ended, just remember:
next week there'll be a brand new group of hypocrites to make fun of.
I like how the Republicans sucked up to Hispanics all
last night and didn't even one time mention immigration.
Come up with your own
symbology here if you want; but, Mitt Romney is accepting the
Republican nomination as a blue moon is rising above Spokane.
Eastwood's bizarre speech just saved the show.
So far the Republican convention is a lot like some peoples' remembrance of war: Long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of horrific surrealism.
Note to RNC: If ya'all would have just told me from
the beginning that Mitt Romney is God we could have cut though all
of this preliminary crap. Amen?
The Bishop dude, the sympathetic old couple, the
crying spinster-type -- amazing political showmanship.
Jeb Bush -- congratulating himself for high Hispanic reading grades
in his state -- just read the teleprompter wrong.
Be honest. How many
of you, who are watching the Republican National Convention, threw
up, just a little bit, in your mouth right now? (4:50 pm)
2 did a story about a man who was beaten by three Spokane Transit
Authority guards with batons. I, too, witnessed the beating. The
short version that KREM aired does not show the brutality of the
guards' attack. At one point the guard hit the man as hard as he
could across the face. Why did they not show that part?
It seemed a simple idea for an iPhone app: Send
users a pop-up notice whenever a flying robot kills someone in one
of America's many undeclared wars. Apparently,
not so simple.
Bill Cosby, not
dead at 75.
Ha! Paul Ryan's intro
music was the opening riffs to "The Boys are Back in
Town," by Thin Lizzy. (At least his mom smoothed down his cow
Wow. The RNC almost had my sympathy with Huckabee's
excellent speech; but then they wheel out Condoleezza Rice -- who
was National Security Advisor when three planes ridiculed our
national security -- and immediately starts spouting "9-11,
9-11." I expected Cheney and Rove to come out and tap-dance
behind her with top hats and canes.
One thing about John McCain -- he can make
warmongering seem grandfatherly and kind.
During Rand Paul's watered-down Ron-Paul-speech at
the RNC, he got the biggest applause when he said we should never
give up liberty for security. From there we go to a gushy interview
with liberty busting, security/police state worshipping Bush 1 and
Bush 2, blubbering about how great they each were. Goebbels would
have been proud.
harasses Ron Paul and his wife in Florida.
Space elevator takes baby steps towards becoming
I've been finishing up a short video; it should be
online by tonight.
Shadow Biker: A new kind of superhero.
Note to Ted Cruz,
Republican Senate candidate speaking at the RNC: Even though it says
"Wait for Applause to End" in your script, you can't pause
and wait for the applause to end if there is no applause.
Guess what I'm watching:
Quack, quack. Quack quack quack quack. Quack! Quack,
quack-quack. Quack quack, quack quack quack. [Applause.]
Quack quack quack quack quack; quack quack quack, quack or quack. [Applause.]
video detailing the creative process behind "Sloop John
B." from The Beach Boys' 1966 Album "Pet Sounds".
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declares to Senator
Sessions that the
military can take action authorized by the UN or NATO before it
is authorized by the US Congress.
Lou Dobbs and Andrew Napolitano on
Ron Paul defends
Bradley Manning and Julian Assange.
Why the hell do we want everyone to die and eat our
fiction and the American obsession with the end of the world.
open message to police and military from StormCloudsGathering.
US foreign arms sales reach $66.3 billion -- TRIPLES
in one year, with more than half of the weapons going to
Getting rid of Bush wasn't enough. The
US remains a bully.
Ancient builders created monumental
structures that altered sound and mind, say researchers.
Whether Obama or Romney come out on top in the
election, it's a safe bet that civil
liberties will not.
"What you need to control a media system is ostensible
diversity that conceals an actual uniformity. ~ Joseph
Anarchy in the UK:
Q: Would you like some tea?
Job opening for copy editor at NBC news:
A low-flying fighter jet of some sort just flew
directly over downtown Spokane (11:03 am).
An excited soccer fan runs out on the field and is
stopped by police officers who choose the wrong day to use excessive
fans attack the cops.
Lynyrd Skynyrd -- known for their cheeky 1970s
anthem to cowardice, "Gimme Three Steps" -- cancelled
their show at the GOP convention because of concerns about the
Ron Paul was offered a chance to speak at the GOP
convention -- but only if he endorsed Mitt Romney. He
"I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my
thumb blotted out the planet Earth."
You cowardly, little weeny-men. The GOP just scrapped the first day of their convention because of Tropical "Not-A-Hurricane" Isaac. And they want to lead us through the storm? Lead your troops back to that building, Mitt, board up the windows, recite your lines properly, and I'll consider voting for you.
Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dead at 82. One of
my most memorable experiences was when I was 14 years old, at the
Big Eddy resort on the St. Joe River with my cousin Greg, watching
live TV as Armstrong put his boot in lunar soil, and we were amazed
and filled with wonder.
During the Bush administration, I called the
president a warmonger, a hypocrite because of the War on Drugs, and
denounced him for being disastrous for American civil liberties -
which was true - and I was called a "left winger."
Now I'm saying the exact same thing about Obama -
which is true - and I'm being called a "right
Please, can someone tell me what changed?
An actual rule from the game of Monopoly:
11. What if the Bank runs out of money?
Some players think the Bank is bankrupt if it runs
out of money. The Bank never goes bankrupt. To continue playing, use
slips of paper to keep track of each player's banking transactions -
until the Bank has enough paper money to operate again. The banker
may also issue "new" money on slips of ordinary paper.
Rachel Maddow: Libertarians
could kick Romney off the Washington State ballot.
One thing the Congress and the President did
overwhelmingly agree on this year: to be able to indefinitely detain
TSA's clever new security protocol: Nosy
questions about your vacation.
The problem with voting the lesser of two evils: How
can you be sure you aren't actually voting for the better of two
INSANITY: Doing the same thing over and over again,
and expecting different results.
Grim milestone: over
2000 US troops slain in Afghanistan.
Florida is emptying its jail in anticipation of mass arrests at
If you can afford to buy a senator, you don't need a
interview with novelist Paul Auster shows how the left is
incapable of attributing any blame for policies they dislike to President
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Finally, we have a real choice.
a short Vitt-eo I did featuring the inimitable Joe Vitt four
president orders a killing...
Alex Jones, conspiracy theorist extraordinaire, has
a new video:
New World Order: Blueprint of
"When I hear a person
talking about political solutions, I know I am not listening to a
serious person." ~ George Carlin
Attacking rescuers – a tactic long deemed by the
US as a hallmark of terrorism – is
now routinely used by the Obama administration.
Diller, dead at 95.
The benefits of traveling: seeing
new things creates vital neural pathways.
Paul turns 76-years-old today.
Film-maker Tony Scott, famous for movies including
Top Gun, dies
after jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles.
"It's not so much staying alive, it's staying
human that's important. What counts is that we don't betray each
other." ~ George Orwell
It's been twenty years since the Ruby
government agents set Randy Weaver up and took his family down.
Sara Weaver on the agents who shot
her mother and younger brother.
"Everyone's worried about stopping terrorism.
Well, there's really an easy way: Stop participating in
it." ~ Noam Chomsky
Here's the transcript
of Julian Assange's speech in front of the Ecuadorian embassy in
London earlier today.
Ruth and Johnny, side by
Went out for an auto ride.
Johnny hit a bump, Ruth hit a tree
And Johnny kept driving, ruthlessly.
the English translation of Pussy Riot's song "Virgin Mary,
Put Putin Away," which they sang in Moscow's Cathedral and for
which they'll spend two years in prison.
At a crucial moment in his acting career, Ronald
Reagan talked to the FBI about communism in Hollywood.
This is awesome: Pussy
Riot releases a new single just hours after being
Try this one: If I were an enzyme I'd be DNA
Helicase so I could unzip your genes.
There are certain people whose newest
creative work will always, always capture my attention. One is David
Well, now that the Pussy Riot story is wrapping up,
we can all thank god that if the same thing happened here in
America, say, at the National Cathedral in Washington DC, the
protesters would merely be pepper-sprayed and beaten with clubs.
Franklin's 200 synonyms for "Drunk."
I'd be unstoppable if not for law enforcement and
The Young Turks host Cenk
Uygur goes off about the Julian Assange hit piece in the New
York Times today.
This just in: No more Pussy Riot for awhile. Three
members of the Russian punk rock band are sentenced to two years in
prison for hooliganism for their anti-Putin rant in Moscow's
It's one thing to be
walking down the street and have the uncontrollable urge to yell out
"Pussy Riot" (as I do) but another thing entirely to
expect mayhem to break out.
there a limit to how tall buildings can get?
Pussy Riot is found guilty of hooliganism. The band
members could spend
three years tucked in Putin's symbolic chastity belt.
how some people are ready to burn
Ayn Rand but think Nietzsche is the cat's meow.
I found this humerus.
Synonym: A word used in place of the one you
I can not help but like this guy: Spokane's
stereotypes in two minutes.
KREM 2 News just put a story on their
Facebook site about a church that got vandalized with "A
spray-painted 666 and an upside down cross," which is horrible.
But they called it a "message of hate," which seems a bit
sensational, considering we know nothing about the vandels. Yes, it
might indeed be a message of hate, but it might also just be the
boredom-inspired bravado of stoned, stupid kids.
I like this quote by Mark
Twain, even though it seems tame now:
"A banker is a fellow who lends you his
umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it
begins to rain."
Today, if it rained, the umbrella would melt and
release a chemical contaminate that would slowly eat away all of
Read this quote by John
Adams, an American Founding Father, a leader of the American
Revolution, and one of our greatest presidents:
"The right of a nation to kill a tyrant can no
more be doubted, than to hang a robber, or kill a flea. But killing
one tyrant only makes way for worse, unless the people have sense,
spirit and honesty enough to establish and support a constitution
guarded at all points against the tyranny of the one, the few, and
I'm not calling for the killing of any particular
tyrant; but the loss of this attitude is a
major reason why we are so easily being robbed of our finances, our
personal rights, our American dignity, and our future:
"They" no longer fear us. And as said another American
Founding Father, a leader of the American Revolution, and one of our
greatest presidents, Thomas
"When governments fear the people, there is
liberty. When the people fear the government, there is
you know the rest of this quote?)
On YouTube: A
documentary about the military treatise The Art of War.
writing tips from famous writers.
Writers stress themselves
out over the idea of devising a unique, compelling voice in their
why a lot of that anxiety is underserved.
sham "terrorism expert" industry: A
highly ideological, jingoistic clique masquerades as objective
scholars, all to justify US militarism.
Billionaire investor backs a new
venture aimed at producing 3-D printed meat.
Google News VP, Richard
on journalism educators to take bigger risks, experiment more
and partner with computer science departments.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is facing
extradition from the UK to Sweden over rape and sexual assault
allegations, is at the Ecuadorean embassy in London after claiming
asylum. What happens
"My name is Felix Hernandez. You killed my
father. Prepare to die."
Felix Hernandez just
pitched the first perfect game in Seattle Mariners history.
Honestly, I don't follow sports, but I know enough to know this must
be something big.
I stayed up all night reading Ayn
Rand's dystopian novella Anthem.
I liked it. If you believe the soft-bellied politicos on Facebook
and elsewhere, this makes me an evil and dangerous person. I even
liked the ending, with its sappy symbolism and its sticky sweet Nietzscheism.
And who of us guys in the same situation wouldn't do Liberty 5-3000?
most absurd moments of the Olympic closing ceremonies.
Child would have been 100 years old today. This is a
surprisingly big deal to people in the restaurant industry. Go out
today and eat something French and fattening and artery-clogging in
"Liberty is lost through complacency and a
subservient mindset. When we accept or even welcome automobile
checkpoints, random searches, mandatory identification cards, and
paramilitary police in our streets, we have lost a vital part of our
American heritage. America was born of protest, revolution, and
mistrust of government. Subservient societies neither maintain nor
deserve freedom for long." -- Ron Paul
Here's Spokesman-Review columnist Doug
Clark's take on the mysterious picnic table pyramid builders
that have mystified the city.
I love this 'cause, you know, I do... Speak
with Conviction - in typography poem, by Taylor
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the
mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to
whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are
closed.” -- Albert
Clark, Picabo Street, Todd Palin, Superman,
WWE Diva Champion, Nick Lachey and some GI tough guy blow
stuff up for America.
A military magazine details
plan for putting down domestic uprising.
biggest drone show: How a defense-based industry is preparing to
fill the home skies with robots.
Across the nation, police
are arresting adults and even citing children for temporary
chalk drawings on sidewalks.
Downtown fixture Harpman
Hatter is up to his beard in this "controversy."
Here's the scene from Mary Poppins where the
dangerous radical anarchist Bert encourages children to engage in criminality.
prototype for a new camera that can recognize shoppers from
their Facebook pictures as they enter a shop.
How the War
on Terror has militarized the police. Over the past 10 years,
law enforcement officials have begun to look and act more and more
like soldiers. Here's why we should be alarmed.
For what it's worth, if I type "betty"
into Google, it automatically assumes I'm looking for (in order)
Betty Crocker, Betty White, Betty Page (sic) or Betty Boop.
Gurley Brown, a pioneering journalist who helped redefine
magazine publishing and the image of American women during her 32
years as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, dead at 90.
"I prefer someone who burns the flag and then
wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the
Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag."
Hitchcock would have been 113 years old today.
Hancock questions Richard
Dawkins on psychedelics
and challenging his world view.
You think ribbon twirling is odd? Did you know the Olympics
once included team dueling pistols and shooting running deer?
Washington Week's five
essential reads of the day about Paul Ryan.
Ready for a good laugh? Go to What
has Obama Done? Here are 194 Accomplishments! I
especially liked the claim that he loosened the rules and allowed
legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal
interference as the MM stores are boarded up and the owners are
facing prison time.
common grammar mistakes that (almost) everyone makes.
Wikileaks says US
government is secretly spying on Americans by using civilian
Many people think the XXX Olympics is an entirely
Riot's translated closing statement in court which denounces the
An animated video explaining
what makes us tick. Taken from a lecture by Daniel
Pink, the bestselling author of Drive:
The Surprising Truth about what Motivates Us.
Moyers' interview with documentary filmmaker Anthony Baxter
about his efforts to save Scotland's sand dunes from Donald
Trump’s aggressive efforts to build “the greatest golf course in
Everyone's going to make a big deal now about Paul
Ryan being a big fan of Ayn Rand. Rand would have hated him, just
like she hated Ronald Reagan.
warmongers are loving the Paul Ryan VP pick.
How to stop a massacre. Arm
(And he wasn't even required to be a good shot.)
Romney says he will announce his VP pick tomorrow
KREM just called a sparkler bomb found on Third
Avenue an IED.
I'm surprised they didn't say it was planted by insurgents.
I told you this would happen! Wikileaks reports that
around the country are being used in a huge spy network.
ABC News just did a story about the Son of Sam
killer and how he thinks the Aurora and Sikh massacres were
senseless. Maybe next they'll talk to Kevin Coe about the yuckiness
of poop fetishes.
The future of drones: Pack
mules and camera grenades.
The New York City Police Department and Microsoft
have partnered up to bring the world a surveillance system straight
out of a sci-fi novel: the
Domain Awareness System.
Americans are eight times more likely to be killed
by a police officer than by a terrorist. --U.S. National
NASA's new Mars rover
has returned its first 360-degree color panorama from the
surface of the Red Planet.
Engineers working with the Pentagon have created
a robot that mimics a worm's movements - crawling along surfaces
by contracting segments of its body
There have been over 30 medium sized earthquakes
from Alaska to southern California since Tuesday. I don't really
feel sufficiently inland.
"Until you make the unconscious conscious it
will rule your life and you will call it fate."
-- C. G. Jung
this new animation, psychiatrist and writer Iain
McGilchrist explains how our 'divided brain' has profoundly
altered human behaviour, culture and society. To view the full
lecture it was taken from, go
This is a pro Pussy Riot site.
pleas for Pussy Riot in Moscow Court.
Pop stars line
up for Pussy Riot.
wants Pussy Riot leniency.
121 German parliamentarians
support jailed Pussy Riot members.
it last month. This week's cover story for The Inlander: Back
on the Block -- why last month's spa raids may put more
prostitutes on the street.
“By the way, we
have about 8,000 honey bees in our living room.”
Eight phrases we
owe to W. Shakespeare:
Love is blind; wild goose chase; green-eyed monster;
the world is my oyster; break the ice; make your hair stand on end;
in a pickle; and knock knock, who's there.
Fourteen "facts" kids will learn in
Louisiana's voucher schools, including: slave
masters weren't that bad, the KKK is A-Ok, and dragons were real.
A museum in Italy is setting paintings on fire. If
nobody cares about the art, the cash-strapped director says he'll
Two amazing art critics are no longer with us: Robert
Hughes, dead at 72; and Judith
Crist, dead at 90.
Here's the trailer to How
to Make Money Selling Drugs, which will premier at the Toronto
Film Festival next month.
What we thought the internet would be in 1969 --
that far off the mark.
Challenges of getting to Mars: Curiosity's
seven minutes of terror.
"Only government can take perfectly good paper,
cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination
worthless." -- Milton Friedman
Curiosity has landed.
I just saw an image from the surface of Mars.
1980 the US boycotted the Summer Olympics. Do you know why? It
was because of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. C'mon, think
about it. That's funny.
On location with Jesse
James Hennessy and Jordan Hennessy.
I'm getting all psyched up to act a short part later
today in a Jesse
James Hennessy project, where I play a 15-year-old black
For eight or more hours a day we lose control of our
faculties, leave ourselves totally vulnerable, bade farewell to the
outside world, and are subject to complex hallucinations and
"Tolerance is giving to every other human being
every right that you claim for yourself."
Lost in translation: Brit
English to American English.
Obama and Romney - two big government statists that
agree on war, the drug war, the Patriot Act, the Fed, and the belief
that we are too afraid to vote for anyone else. 1
The stock market's activity
prior to 9/11.
Ventura doubts the Bin Laden assassination story on CNN.
Here's the latest Libertarian Party pledge:
"It's not my fault that your corrupt, anti-liberty,
pro-war, sold-out political parties nominated corrupt, anti-liberty,
pro-war, sold-out candidates. I will NOT vote for Romney or Obama."
I took the pledge long before they wrote it.
What was it that woke them? Almost a year after
three American citizens were targeted and killed in US drone
is getting off its fat, corrupt ass and asking President Obama to
explain why he believes it's legal to kill American terror
suspects without due process.
Allen Ginsberg and friends musically
interpret Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake.
I started out thinking this was dreadful; but then I ended up liking
it, a lot -- kind of like the Sixties.
Porn star Jenna
Jameson endorses Mitt Romney for president.
You're imagining it right now, aren't you? You can't help it. Mitt
and Jenna. Oh my god.
Accolades for Truman Capote's In
Cold Blood were not universal. Here's
William Burroughs' damning, fascinating, bizarre letter to Capote.
“If the Bush administration didn’t like
somebody, they’d kidnap them and send them to torture chambers. If
the Obama administration decides they don’t like somebody, they
murder them.” -- Noam Chomsky
(The quote is from Chomsky's
appearance on Democracy Now.)
A North Dakota court upholds
the arrest of the first US citizen based on drone surveillance.
The insanity is about to erupt: A Tennessee state
email to his constituents that warned Obama was planning to
impose martial law and indefinitely delay the elections by staging a
phony assassination attempt.
candidate Ron Paul nearly 25 years ago on the Mort Downey Show
-- before he learned to control his anger. I voted for him that
In commemoration of the life of American writer and
Vidal (1925–2012), the American
Masters | PBS film ‘The Education of Gore Vidal’ is
available for online streaming for a limited time (until Aug. 9th).
2045 "Immortality" Transhumanism
Program threatens humanity's integrity.
Riot update: Putin comes out and says the anti-Putin riot grrrls
should not be judged so harshly.
Found graffito: Real Eyes Realize Real Lies.
While stumbling into metaphysics, this is still an interesting video and set of links: an
analysis of consciousness.
The amount of misinformation and outright lies on
the internet is staggering. Why it's
important to check facts.
Gore Vidal: The
UC Riverside philosopher
awarded $5 million grant to fund research on aspects of immortality,
including near-death experiences and the impact of belief in an
afterlife on human behavior.
Ha! A Vermont farmer, angry over his arrest for
marijuana possession, crushes
seven police cars with a tractor.
Paul tears into warmongers this morning on the House floor.
Obama authorizes "secret support" (read
weapons and CIA) into Syria.
"If we are not able to ask skeptical questions,
to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be
skeptical of those in authority, then we're up for
grabs." -- Carl Sagan
An except from Martin Luther King's Vietnam
Just as relevant now, if not more.
Francis Crick was tripping when he saw the double
helix. Steve Jobs said it was among the most important things he’d
up with LSD?
Check: Do we really need to audit the Federal Reserve?
What if I told you that one private bank
counterfeited $16 trillion and gave it to the ultra rich?
Vidal, author, playwright, essayist, screenwriter, political
activist, chronicler of major US shifts and upheavals, contrarian,
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that --
Check out today's edition of NPR's
All Things Considered: the Spokesman-Review's Addy Hatch Hanley,
Shawn Vestal and Dave Oliveira on online anonymity.
They say you have 70,000 thoughts a day... Make that
Real text messages:
James: Watching you
tear some liberal wannabe intellectual a new poo is fun.
Me: Passion and anger
are a volatile mix. I have to watch that. So should you.
James: 111 cases of
West Nile in Texas this year.
James: Deet causes
brain cancer, and blind obedience to MSNBC.
Me: I heard that on
Why are militarized
police on patrol in Anaheim?
happened: Paramilitary police vs Civilians in Anaheim.
Anaheim police protests: Hundreds
march outside police department, nine arrested.
It's not just that I like saying PUSSY
RIOT (which I do); it's
because it's an amazing story.
Plunging to Earth: the
existential thrill of skydiving.
excellent essay about W. B. Yeats and his preoccupation with the
study and practice of magic.
Ron Paul supporters amass -- in
Here's an excerpt from a 1962
Speech at U.C. Berkeley by Aldous Huxley.
Is Harry Reid about to flip
his 25 year position on auditing the fed?
Bob Ross remixed: Happy
Little Clouds. Since Thursday this has generated 1.6 million
Exorcist for the Archdiocese of Rome and close
friend of the Pope, Monsignor Corrado
Balducci discusses the
existence of aliens.
Here's the latest Olympic conspiracy freak out: the
Olympic 2012 symbol is proof of the Brit's bloody Zionistic
A billboard in Caldwell, ID ruffles feathers by equating
Obama and Colorado shooting suspect.
A Congressional investigation
revealed horrific new details this week about a U.S. funded
military hospital in Afghanistan that kept patients in
“Auschwitz-like” conditions. Warning: Graphic images.
I've been saying that the world was going to end in
the next few years for the past thirty years and I still think I'm
Wikileaks' Facebook page
claims this is
an official poster of the Olympics. It is not. The creepy doll
figure is the official mascot; but, the Orwell quote and comment was
added and promoted by opinionated pranksters.
From space no one cares about your tweets.
"Everyone tries to get out of jury duty, like
it's a big pain in the ass. But it's honestly the easiest way you
can make a difference as a single human being. If it's any kind of
bullshit crime, drug possession, victimless crime, anything that's
none of your goddamn business, you just say: not
Suddenly the web is all aflutter about alleged
Colorado shooter James Holmes' father, Dr. Robert Holmes, 61,
who has degrees from Stanford, UCLA and Berkeley and currently works
as a senior scientist at American credit score company FICO in San
Diego. He has been developing fraud predicting computer programs for
All of this can be confirmed from his
he was about to testify before a Senate committee on the current
banking scandals, and that his testimony would be damning to the
currently unraveling LIBOR scandal. His new software would have
been able to trace the trillions of dollars that seem to have
vanished into thin air.
So far, my research has revealed this part of the
story to be
"War is organized murder, and nothing
else." -- Harry Patch, last surviving soldier of
World War I.
bartender won't tell you.
Saturday morning breakfast
about Scopolamine, the South American mind control drug.
Two sides of the same coin: Buddhism
Some of my favorite tweets about the Olympic
From a poster produced by the Libertarian Party:
George W. Bush did NOT order 241 drone strikes,
launch FBI raids on antiwar activists, expand the Patriot Act,
authorize the assassination of US citizens abroad and appoint
Monsanto executives to the FDA...
You're thinking of Barack Obama.
Pictures coming out of the Olympic opening ceremonies
in London look like medieval conceptions of Hell: flames, red smoke,
howling people with contorted faces.
The Obama GITMO myth: new vindictive restrictions on
the falsity of Obama defenders regarding closing the camp.
to Survive an Active Shooter Event -- a six minute video
produced with federal Homeland Security money. Strangely, none of
the suggestions involve shooting back (even thought it was made in
map of my road trip.
(In retrospect, I would have excluded Great Falls
and taken the 89/287 route.)
A few highlights:
ALL of Glacier Park is a highlight.
But also, I drove the very questionable road to Skalkaho Pass over a renegade shoot of the Bitterroot Mountains
(between the Anaconda/Georgetown area and Hamilton, MT). Seeing
Skalkaho Falls alone is worth the effort. Just off of the mountain I
almost hit a herd of Bighorn sheep.
And I drove the very stimulating mountain road
between St. Regis, MT and St. Maries, ID, following the amazingly
beautiful St. Joe River from near its sources. (Lots of saints, I
Ranger Rick casts me a suspicious
Rush to discovery.
Bird Woman Falls. Get it?
A little bite of Nature.
I'm going to the Nesbitt Golf Tournament tonight.
I'm on a road trip to parts unknown. Check my Facebook for updates the next few days.
Shawn Vestal from the S-R
talks with one advocate who says closing
area brothels only puts women into more danger.
From traces of drugs or gun powder to what you had
for breakfast to the adrenaline level in your body -- Homeland
Security will soon wield a laser-based molecular scanner fired
from 160 feet that can reveal all of this and more.
Obama publically marked the
start of Ramadan. Comments at the end of news articles are
filled with people saying this proves Obama sides with Muslims
because he made no mention of Easter or Christmas or holy days of
any other religion. Here's Obama
hosting the Easter Prayer Breakfast. And his
Christmas message. Hannukkah.
Scientists say a
belch of laughing gas could heat up our planet.
Do you think that's funny?...
"After a shooting spree, they always want to
take the guns away from the people who didn't do
it." -- William Burroughs
We know exactly how
the Colorado shooting aftermath will play out.
UFO historian Dr. David Clarke talks about the most
compelling sightings and investigations from the recently
released United Kingdom government files.
Michele Bachmann tops a team of conspiracy-crazed
my letter to the S-R
about the Operation Red Light sideshow.
And please, please read all of the awesome comments.
Being in awe can expand
time and enhance well-being.
Can we please stop talking about Mick
Jagger's penis now?
Money is an abstraction. Whatever it looks like or
whatever it’s backed by, what
matters is that people believe in it.
In 1965, New York cops put aside their own prejudice
an extortion ring that preyed on prominent gay men.
Scalia on Bush vs. Gore: "Get over it. He would have lost
David Attenborough: the
evolution of the eye.
Remembering Clara Rockmore: the
greatest Theremin Virtuosa.
Sacre bleu! Did I really forget to mention
that last Saturday was Bastille
Had he not chosen to radically rearrange his gray
matter, my hero Hunter
S. Thompson would have been 75 years old today.
If you see something, say something:
Okay, I see my
government killing innocent people with remote controlled planes.
presidential election quiz and see which candidate you side
I side with the Libertarian Party 92% of the time;
with the Green Party 71%; with Republicans 44%; and with the
want to release planet-cooling gas into the New Mexico
New video shows Gaddafi's dead body used
by rebels as ghoulish ventriloquist doll.
Five soldiers in 1957 volunteer
to stand directly beneath an atomic bomb.
Two spaces after a period: why
you should never, ever do it.
Hundred of Olympic
branding police begin patrolling Britain today.
An ominous and beautiful cloudy morning in Spokane,
the sky flashing, distant rumblings.
Hedging their bet: the employees of Goldman-Sachs
are among the top financial contributors to elitist fellows Obama
and Romney. 1
I wrongly assumed the hamburger lovers of America
would have found another name for Asperger
syndrome by now.
France's far-right National
Front is suing Madonna after she showed an image of party leader
Marine Le Pen with a swastika imposed on her face at a Paris
Political junkies, here's
a link to today's very entertaining edition of PBS's Inside
Have you heard about the movie, "The Last War
Crime," about indicting Dick Cheney for war crimes, that
debuted at Cannes? One of the few places you'll hear about it is here.
look like Disney characters.
Best headline of the week:
Notorious Pervert Suspected In Walmart Toe Suck
Take the test: How
Cynical are You?
I'm happy to report that I am 48% cynical, or, as
the official diagnosis states:
Yes, you are cynical, but more than anything, you're
You see what's screwed up in the world, but you also take time to
remember what's right.
Hmm. How skeptical are you?
To what depths of Hell will fall the person who pulled
the plug on rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney after
playing too long at a concert in London's Hyde Park.
An artist has genetically engineered
mice using Elvis Presley's DNA.
The religion tree.
whom? The Philadelphia Inquirer hedged their bets yesterday with
Obama's war on medical marijuana just
got even uglier.
There are three Friday the 13ths this year. They are
all 13 weeks apart.
Drafting millions of our boys and girls. What
problems wouldn't it solve? asks ludicrous New York Times
If a cop comes up to you and says,
"papers," just say, "scissors." You win. Walk
It's Friday the 13th: responding
to lucky and unlucky numbers.
Bringing back the military draft is a
The NAACP was rude for booing Romney, but Limbaugh's
response was outright racist.
Remember when Obama promised to end raids on medical
marijuana dispensaries that complied with state laws? Psych!
Keith Richards has outlived Davie Jones, Whitney
Houston, Michael Jackson and Elvis. Bet you didn't see that coming.
Why do we endure this same Operation Red
Light/massage parlor/police crackdown/media event every seven or
eight years like it's mandated in some Orwellian scripture?
All of the places that were busted were, in no small
part, helping to keep prostitution out of the alleyways. Where do
you think it'll go now?
Why don't we legalize it, regulate it, tax it, and
help Joe Jean keep it off the streets.
A cross-border agreement with the U.S. will see American
police authorized to arrest people in Canada.
The red, white and blue berets, blazers, pants and
shoes to be worn by American athletes at the opening Olympic
ceremony in London will
be made in China.
Another reason why this is the greatest country on
earth: Police want to raise money for two Spokane officers who were
shot in the line of duty -- so
they're RAFFLING A RIFLE!
The Pentagon is considering awarding
war medals to those who operate America's death-delivering video
I wonder if Operation
Red Light would have nabbed even more of the dangerous Spokane
massage parlor prostitutes if the cops had the drones they're
lusting after so badly?
How America's surveillance state breeds
conformity and fear.
Temporarily experiencing existential angst.
will resume shortly.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
But, if I was a duck:
Quack quack from quack quack I quack quack quack
quack on quack quack. Quack quack the quack "quack goes quack,
quack quack." Quack quack quack, "quack comes quack, quack
quack." Quack quack quack adage quack quack to quack quack of
quack quack; but, quack quack it's quack quack is quack
quacking, "Quack quack, if quack quack quack quack quack,
quack end up quack quack quack quack quack Jenkins quack."
Walking home from work today I heard two different
people on cell phones. One used the term "what goes around,
comes around." The other said, "what comes around, goes
understand the adage is suppose to conjure implications of impending
karma; but, the way it's presently used is like saying, "You
know, if you take the old Jenkins road, you'll end up at the old
Tesla would have been 156 years old today.
DC insiders are worried about Holder's
inaction on Wall Street crime.
Here is NOVA's excellent and compelling documentary
on the Dover, Penn., creationism case: Intelligent
Design on Trial._____
"Some drink at the fountain of knowledge.
Others just gargle and spit." -- Anonymous
What would you call a chocolate bar stuffed between
two slices of white bread? Andy
People who have long been describing the
pharmaceutical industry as a "criminal racket" over the
last few years have
been vindicated by recent news.
most important numbers in the world.
If you're an American taxpayer, this
is how you spent 9.2 billion in four days.
Is it blasphemous
to describe science as "magic"?
Big Brother street
lights will soon spy on American cities. I'll bet the editorial
writers for the Spokesman-Review would think this
is just fine.
Washington's military mindset goes beyond the armed forces.
The most honest three and a half minutes of
the beginning scene of the new
HBO series The Newsroom.
The Higgs Boson:
Why you should care about the "God particle."
sadly, why you don't.
The grand experiment explained
with a pop-up book.
The long history
of the espresso machine.
ACLU phone app lets
you secretly record police interactions.
Why are The
Beatles still so popular after 50 years?
"Socialism never took root in America because
the poor there see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as
temporarily embarrassed millionaires."
-- John Steinbeck
A hoax? Natural erosion? Or is
this a giant human-like footprint in a 200 million year old
Here's the PBS Frontline special: Top
Secret America. How much does it really cost to keep all of
Colombia has decriminalized cocaine and marijuana,
saying that people
cannot be jailed for possessing the drugs for personal use.
From my Yahoo "Trending Now"
1. White People's Day
Hitler protected Jewish Vet
Our messy liberties, then
"Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions
is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your
body." -- George Carlin
knock thousand off of the internet on Monday.
A group of Texas
school board members foisted a conservative political agenda onto
schoolchildren by rewriting history books to include more
Falwell, Gingrich and Reagan, and downplay the separation of church
A U.S. helicopter pilot blasts
an Afghan man while singing "Bye, Bye, Miss American
the Civil Disturbance Operations course offered by the U.S. Army
Military Police School, to "teach you how to use crowd control
techniques and plan for and supervise control forces during a civil
Reformed Nazi twin singers: "Cannabis
saved my life."
How hot is it? All you need to see are these
Okay, I don't actually want him to die.
But, the convulsing, the screaming kids, sirens, dogs -- yeah.
Whenever I see hot
dog eating contests, or the equivalent, I secretly hope the
biggest pig convulses and publicly suffers a horrible and lingering
death as children scream, sirens wail and dogs bark. Does this make me a bad person?
Thomas Jefferson: our
least Christian president.
From Forbes: President Obama's Executive
Order 13603 would allow total
control over the economy and populace. But only in a state of
national emergency, right? Well, the United States is already in a
state of national emergency declared by President George W. Bush and
extended last year by Obama.
Conservative National Review flays
Fast and Furious "conspiracy theory."
here to take a virtual ride on the Jackrabbit, the rollercoaster
from the old Natatorium Park in west central Spokane. My first traumatic
experience came from riding this as a small child.
Powerful people DO NOT want you to read
First animation reveals
how a face forms in the womb.
Here are 56
short biographies of each signer of the Declaration of
A discovery like the
Higgs boson particle
reveals to me how much I don't know about so many things.
I heard the first fireworks of the day at 4:57 a.m.
When Confederate Gen. John Pemberton surrendered to
Union forces at Vicksburg, Miss., on July 4, 1863, it marked a
turning point in the Civil War. The town of Vicksburg refused
to celebrate the Fourth of July for the next 81 years.
Downtown Spokane, 4:45 a.m. Currently 45 degrees.
Expecting a high in the upper seventies. I'll bet that sounds pretty
good to most of America right now.
AP Stylebook: Fourth
"Democracy is two wolves and a
lamb deciding what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well-armed lamb
contesting the vote." -- attributed to Benjamin
Miners in Swan City, Colo., blew
up their local post office on Independence Day in 1884 because
the town did not supply them with fireworks.
So far, I've spent most of this potential-filled
Fourth of July morning reading Ayn
"The most depraved type of human being is the
man without a purpose."
Mockingbird was a secret Central
Intelligence Agency campaign to influence domestic and foreign media
beginning in the 1950s.
Griffith dead at 86. Yeah, I've been whistling that song all day
A man high on synthetic marijuana reportedly
ate his family dog alive. At least it's not cannibalism, right?
Let's chalk this one up for human progress.
Defense contractors are trying to frighten
Americans into believing that Pentagon budget cuts will destroy the
economy. It's bogus.
A German bank asked its patrons to choose from among
10 designs for its next MasterCard issue. The
overwhelming winner was this Karl Marx card. Priceless.
nation's poor are being jailed as companies add huge fees for
I just saw Anderson
Cooper's face on a three dollar bill.
"All civilization has from time to time become
a thin crust over a volcano of revolution."
Richman rips New York Times columnist David Brooks for
his column “The
particle" is "found": Scientists at Cern expected
to announce tomorrow that the Higgs
boson particle has been discovered.
The nation-state is dying. Fiat
money is the killer.
I take Aspirin for the headache caused by the Zyrtec
I take for the hayfever I got from Relenza for the uneasy stomach
from the Ritalin I take for the short attention span caused by the
Scopederm I take for the motion sickness I got from the Lomotil I
take for the diarrhea caused by the Zenikel for the uncontrolled
weight gain from the Paxil I take for the anxiety from Zocor I take
for my high cholesterol.
Thank god they're FDA approved.
From my friend Madeline
"If only Rob
McKenna was Terence
Mitt Romney invested in a firm that has been targeted
by anti-abortion advocates for its role in the disposal of aborted
When you see those fireworks light up the sky this
Wednesday night, think of the
second war for independence you and/or your children are going to
have to fight if you want to keep what little freedom you have
"Very simply put, our children and
grandchildren will not understand why we turned apathetic instead of
fighting back when we could. They will not like the country we leave
them. Their fight will be twice as hard as ours
is." -- Ron Paul
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It wasn't just the 13 hours I worked yesterday that
made the day seem so long, it was also because NASA
added another one second to the day.
Nanny state news: French motorists are now required
by law to carry a breathalyzer kit, a high-visibility safety
vest and a warning triangle. Drivers are expected to test themselves
to determine if they're over the limit.
Don't stop now!
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