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SMOKE & MIRRORS
issue of Stik Mann's OtherSpokane.
This a special issue, I say, because your humble e-pamphleteer smells a rat.
It was the Fourth of July, recent. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was speaking at the opening of the National Constitution Center. At the climax of her patriotic speech, an enormous wood and steel beam tipped and fell, injuring many, and coming inches from lopping off O'Connor's Supremely controversial cranium.
I saw the video of the incident on NBC news. Seconds after nearly having her grape plucked, O'Connor reacted like any human would: "We could have all been killed," she said.
Whereupon the Weirdness was set into motion:
"Well, hell, yeah, you could of," I shouted. I jumped up and stumbled to the TV and waited for a battalion of Secret Service men to whisk away O'Conner and the other dignitaries. To my surprise, Tom Brokaw's face is once again smeared all over the screen, saying something that has nothing to do with what I know just happened:
Madam Swing Vote had pissed off the wrong people with her opinions and votes on the Texas Sodomy and Affirmative Action rulings -- somebody tried to kill Sandra Day O'Connor.
And yet, NBC went to a commercial. Doubt began to creep in my mind.
The next day I got on the web: I went to the ultra-conservative Fox News site and found that they had bizarrely reported her as saying, "We could have all been hit, bumped," source Hit? Bumped? It seemed to me a strange and preposterous statement coming from a learned legal scholar who had just witnessing a number of people certainly getting hit and most assuredly getting bumped.
The Washington Post also reported the quote as, "We could have all been hit." But, a few hours later they pulled the photo of the incident and replaced it with a photo of a soldier returning from Iraq ( ! ), being greeted by his toddler son. source
In desperation, I went to Matt Drudge. His list of news links originally presented a TV news site which reported the "could have been killed" quote, along with a link to a video of the incident. When I checked back the next day, the video had mysteriously disappeared, and the link to the "killed" quote was rendered inoperable. Drudge later added the Fox News story with the ludicrous "bump" quote. source
I sent e-mails to Drudge, Fox, The Post and others, asking, "what's up?" To date, I've received no replies.
Try to run a search for a photo, video or news story that correctly reports the "accident." It's not there.
A conspiracy? With everyone from Matt Drudge to the people keeping Kennedy's head alive in a vat involved? Unlikely. A murder attempt? Well, probably not; any assassin worth his salt would have know that the trajectory of the falling beam would have missed the podium. Perhaps it was meant to scare her, to edge her back into the proper Florida election mindset.
Still, it seems obvious to me that a very powerful someone or group of someones clearly did not like the "killed" quote. Memos were sent. Muscles were flexed.
Gag Me with a Musket Ball
Smash the Plate that Makes You Hate!
I think it might have all started with the circulation of a short essay by the peace-loving "Hariamus," morning janitor and lord of the lunch rush deluge. Click here to read Hariamus' dish pit apology, a defense of the dignity and worthiness of the Cleansers of Cutlery, and on their potentiality as a political force.
This noble sentiment was taken by the other faction, the norm of the back-of-the-house populace -- parolees, vagabonds, drug addicts, radical homosexuals, communists and anarchists, artists, murderers, punk rockers, New Age prophets, tattoo fetishists, nymphomaniacs, poets, those with freaky haircuts and nails in their tongues, and those probed during alien abductions.
It was they who plastered the kitchen with stickers bearing the slogan "SMASH THE PLATE THAT MAKES YOU HATE!" emblazoned above a fist breaking through what appears to be an expensive piece of china.
No demands have yet been made.
I'll keep you posted.
You Can Exhale Now
UFOs Buzzing (and
burrowing) Spokane's Tower Mountain?
Which Finger was
that You Hushed with?
Our Fourth Amendment
Looking for Weapons
of Mass Destruction?
Bonus Non Sequitur
Sucking Up to the
"We condemn the Taliban regime.
It is not only repressing its own people, it is threatening people
everywhere by sponsoring and sheltering and supplying terrorists. By aiding and
abetting murder, the Taliban regime is committing murder."
It's Not Who You Know,
It's....(well, wait, it is who you know)
"We the people are
the rightful master of both congress and the courts - not to overthrow the
Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."
Let's Not Forget
to Consider this Candidate
Compare Your Tax Cut to a CEO's!
"Courage, then, my countrymen, our contest
is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left
to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious
The Proof's in the Strangely Glowing Pudding
Enough Hate in Your Life?
Click here for more ACLU information about the
PATRIOT Act and the movement to
resolve its injustices. You can send a free fax to your Members of
Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a
Purple (or is it Red?) Political
"It is the first responsibility of every
citizen to question authority."
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