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I am sick of 9/11 conspiracy theories, and the people who like to tell other people about them: This past weekend I overhear one older hippie try to convince his friends that 9/11 was perpetrated by the US Gov’t, last year my friend Jordan sends me a David Lynch video I’m supposed to watch, this past fall in England a reasonable sounding man out on a stroll with his daughter highly recommends a 9/11 conspiracy book, another friend recommends a website, and on and on (as you read this you are about to send me a new article– please don’t). How about this for a conspiracy: What if the US gov’t created evidence and film to make people waste their time thinking there is a cover-up instead of focusing on the hard facts of the bogus war Bush and Cheney started. They knew there were no WMD’s (proven in the Downing Street memo- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downing_Street_Memo), they invaded/occupied Iraq instead of focusing harder on Afghanistan, Cheney was the former head of Halliburton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Cheney) who was given billions to re-build Iraq. Of course there’s more.

If the US Gov’t enagaged in a 9/11 cover-up, don’t you think they could have easily have gotten John McCain elected? Not that Barack is a saint or even liberal/progressive. Hey maybe it’s all a trick, the US Gov’t destroyed the economy in order to get Obama elected so he could kill off all the undesirables and finally turn this nation into the fascist-capitalist-religious-miitary-isolated- zone it’s already close to becoming. But what can you do? I don’t know. Be the Change you want to be? Fight small battles (mostly as a consumer). I don’t discount all conspiracy theories. The US gov’t is full of cover-up stories 24/7 for the past 3 centuries (all the reasons we’re usually given for going to war are basically PR crap), but I implore you to please stop wasting your time on 9/11 theories. Focus on the real fake shit. (even you David Lynch)

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saturday, 13 december

theater infringement.

Last night I attended what may have been my first theater in Portland. The Old Man, the Goat and the Son of a Bitch. (myspace.com/theoldmanplay). The play started strong, but I was less than enthralled with the rest of it. The set was pretty cool and some of the acting great. ( Special mention goes to the actor who played Eddy, and the actress who played “room service”). I’m far from a seasoned theater-goer, but the show was like other theater I’ve seen, a bit under-whelming. But the writer/director Charles Augustus Sheen III introduced the play and he was quite the character. I googled him when I got home and was not surprised to discover this story. http://www.scari.org/seuss.html
After some re-earch it seems he may have written a children’s story that was then stolen by the Dr. Seuss Corporation. He then sued the corp, but represented himself. He failed to hit certain deadlines and the case was thrown out. Then he sent some e-mails to Dr Seuss’ widow asking for money (and possibly threatening to release this x-rated Seuss image) Audrey-pulling-train and was charged with extortion. after spending 10-20 grand on a lawyer he plea-bargained and was sentenced to 3 years probation He wrote a play about it. The play I saw was not that play.

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US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald: “In the Governer’s words, quote ‘fire all those bleeping people, get them the bleep out of there, and get us some editorial support,’ close quote. And the bleeps are not really bleeps.”


are we not all adults here? is the world as we know it just going to up and crumble if the use of an obscenity is actually properly documented in public?
a five-year investigation, phone taps, etc. and now you’re dumbing it down. the bleeps ARE NOT really bleeps; they’re fucks. they’re fuckings. they’re motherfuckers. just deal with it.

i played on a church youth basketball team when i was in highschool. one evening we were visited by an elderly priest who lectured us in regard to our overuse of obscenity on the court:
“now, i know you got your god damns, your shits, your motherfuckers. you got your h-e-double-hockey-sticks.

welcome to political discourse. cover your bleepin’ ears. -MBD

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where to begin?

an honest-to-goodness actual upcoming event:

Mystical Yoga Poetry Jam with Uma

awaiting your contributions…

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drawn in the woods


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a mixed blessing.


i’ll keep you posted. -JM

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thursday, 4 december

the art of interviewing.

I’m searching for the date and time of the Langhorn Slim show on Friday and run into this on Localcut.com.
Not sure how we missed this one, but Vice’s web TV show Soft Focus will be filming here in PDX this Thursday (Dec. 4) at the Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne).
The show will feature legendary Nation of Ulysses/the Make-up front-dood Ian Svenonius interviewing similarly legendary hometown heroes Fred and Toody Cole (Pierced Arrows/ex-Dead Moon) and Stephen Malkmus. That’s a whole lotta rock celebrity packed into the Hawthorne St. brew-pub, and, straight after the 7-10pm taping, Mr. Svenonius himself will be spinning records ‘til late at the afterparty at nearby Aalto Lounge (3356 SE Belmont).
And if you’re curious what the show is all about, here’s a clip of everyone’s favorite sober sailor, Minor Threat/Fugazi/the Evens frontman, er, legend, Ian Mackaye struggling to break through Svenonius’ overwhelming self-satisfaction in a previous episode of Soft Focus:
Jeez Louise, I’m there.
pierced arrows sketch

Ian’s interview skills need work. Or he needs coffee. Or more notes. Or he needs to be a little more informed on the artists. I know Vice probably likes the wacky, non-traditional interview style, but if you want to go that route go all the way and get Harmony Korine to be the host.

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tuesday, 2 december

where comics and literature (sort of) finally meet.

Tonight there are two events I want to attend.

Drawing and weird movies at Floating World Comics, one of the best shops around. And Philip Gourevitch, the new editor of the Paris Review talking about the new collection of Paris review Interviews (http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/interviewing-the-interviewer/Content?oid=951999).


The drawing is 7-9. The talk is nearby at Powells at 7:30.

I’m going to try to squeeze both in.

As I try to leave the house is when I start to fear my sketch book is missing. AAAAA.

(it’s getting better -ed)

I arrive early at Floating World. I do a little bit of work on a comic about a trip we took at the end of summer to the APE Caves.

I buy these two comics: MJUN084110 aylettCatererCoverweb

And at 8 I leave for Powells.

I catch the end of the talk with Philip Gourevitch. I didn’t realize he also co-wrote the book Standard Operating Procedural with Erroll Morris.

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