Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bay Area/Mailbag


I put up a lot of signs in the Bay Area yesterday, and took a lot of pictures. These are some of the better ones.

(Signs made with used billboard vinyl or cardboard and paint and lettered with an overhead projector. They're placed next to freeways under the assumed protection of first amendment freedom of speech and the very real protection of the fact that if you want to put a sign up somewhere there's not a hell of a lot anyone can do to stop you.)

I know that the destruction of the planet seems petty compared to the current collapse of capitalism, but let's face it, $700 Billion is chump change when it comes to buying new planets. I think people will start caring more about the great outdoors as more and more find themselves living there.

(Some of about 20 signs placed on the 101, 80, 280 and 580 around the SF Bay)


I've been getting a lot of mail and search engine traffic regarding the legality of putting signs up on freeways lately and, having done it well over 5,000 times now all I can say is go for it. When it comes to speaking out politically the founding fathers were pretty clear that it should be full and unfettered. If you're not selling something or threatening somebody, your right to political speech is not only protected, it's practically the most protected right you have.

In other words, when it comes to free speech, the constitution is on your side. If the police or the courts want to stop you, it's their job to figure out how, not yours.

So far this month I've put up over 140 signs between San Diego and Seattle, and will finish the trip back down over the next couple of days. When I got home yesterday I found this in the mailbox, over the Pasadena Freeway in downtown LA:

Keep 'em coming folks..

9 comments:

Ali said...

awesome

::mwah:: said...

i miss you

Fran said...

Can you do a pseudo-Bermashave one that says "Give the $700 billion to the taxpayers instead."?

Good work!

Anonymous said...

sept 26 2006

You are awesome.
whenever driving we must be on the lookout for good spots to psot signs.

Anonymous said...

Glad ppl are active but...

I think these are a bit misguided and could be more effective.

Peace doesn't come without justice. The message of peace is such a dividing liberal message, it's often overlooked and ignored by those who have a deeper understanding of things like justice, law, rights vs. privileges, Constitution, etc.

Liberals often think that capitalism is inherently bad because they misunderstand the true definition. Often, they are the same liberals that hate Republicans because Bush and Cheney call themselves Republicans, when they have hijacked the party and it's true values. Anyways, capitalism isn't bad unless big government takes control. To save time and space, this is all explained beautifully in a nushell in the mini-doc on Google Video called 'Overview of America'. It's a 29 minute MUST-SEE for an accurate and honest comparison of a Republic vs the rest. It also lays out the true meaning of capitalism and free market.

Lastly, if you think Al Gore is going to save the planet you should search YouTube.com for 'Al Gore sued fraud'.

Keep up the good work.

Damian said...

Anon@12:02, nice try at subverting. Your right-wing lies have been noted and ignored.

Nutmeg said...

I've seen your handiwork around the county and it always brings a smile to my face. I love saying, "Hey! I know the guy who does that! In fact, I did a few meself awhile back...
Been busy painting the SEEDS of PEACE mural on the side of the Good Earth grocery store in Fairfax. It is now done, beautiful and to be dedicated tomorrow morning 9/28 at 10:30 am.
Best Freeway Blog I've ever done! (had some help from Precita Eyes muralistas of Mission district fame.

Damian said...

Gee, scarlet, seems I pissed our pseudo-sneaky rightard friend up there off. He decided to stop by my place and Joe-job you.

Freewayblogger said...

Thanks for your vigilance Damian... I get an onslaught of trolls whenever the Michael Moore site links me and frankly, they're not exactly of the highest caliber. I've been thinking of asking the folks at FREEP if any of them would like to take over the post of resident troll here. Our current ones aren't very clever, alas...