Friday, August 17, 2018

Los Angeles

"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” - Albert Einstein
 Signs placed over or beside the Hollywood, Santa Monica, San Diego and Pasadena Freeways in Los Angeles.

"All truths that are kept silent become poisonous."- Nietschze

"You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad." - Aldous Huxley 
 “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” 
- George Orwell

Signs Posted - 7,437
Arrests - 0

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Stonewalling Merrick Garland Was Proof the Fix Was In

The decision to stonewall Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination made absolutely no sense at the time: Hillary was a shoe-in and McConnell had to know she wasn’t going to pick anyone more suitable to his purposes. The only way blocking Garland made any sense at all for the Republicans was if they somehow knew Trump was going to win.

Take a look at some of McConnell’s statements at the time and you can see he was foundering. Scalia’s sudden death caught everyone off guard and “We’re going to block all liberal judges from now until forever...” was the best they could come up with for an excuse. Of course if you think about it, that’s almost as treasonous and Un-American as colluding with Russia to steal the election, which is, of course, precisely what the evil bastards did.

Signs Posted - 7,427
Arrests - 0

Friday, August 03, 2018

Bay Area

 "Don't hate the media: Be the media."
-Jello Biafra

Signs placed along Interstate 80 and Hwy 101 in Alameda, San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma counties. 

Whenever you hear a man speak of his love for his country, it is a sign that he expects to be paid for it.  ~H. L. Mencken

I don't understand how any good art could fail to be political.
~Barbara Kingsolver

"Art is a revolt against fate." 
- Andre Malraux
 "I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than ten military divisions." - Vaclav Havel

Truth is weirder than any fiction I've seen.
~Hunter S. Thompson

Signs Posted - 7,424
Arrests - 0

Friday, July 06, 2018

My Favorite Overpass

University Ave. over I-80 in Berkeley is my favorite overpass for a few reasons. Primarily, it's easy. Walk through a homeless camp, up some stairs, drop the cardboard in the slot and walk away. 
A few hundred yards to the south is the pedestrian walkway. It's substantially higher than the University Ave. bridge, and the angle gives photos that sea-of-traffic look.

 The other thing that gives it that sea-of-traffic look is that it hovers over 12 lanes or so of some of the slowest, densest traffic in California. I get the six lanes going north: 140,000 cars per day, with some 9,000 per hour during peak hours.

 It's slow, so there's plenty of time to read, and it's Berkeley - Home of Free Speech - and the very last place you'd ever be hassled for, you know... free speech.

Signs Posted - 7,412
Arrests - 0

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Deep in the Heart of Nunes Territory

Visalia, CA — Things are different here in Nunes Country... Walking into a small cafe I was almost overcome by the smell of borscht, and everyone went quiet and stared at me. Thinking quickly I said “How’s the Golubtsy in this joint?” and started whistling one of Borodin’s Polevetsian Dances. Of course you and I know it as “Stranger in Paradise” from Kismet, but sometimes you’ve got to work with what you’ve got…

After a hearty repast of Beef Stroganoff and Solyanka soup, I smiled at the table of babushkas staring at me and so, casually mentioning the universality of Tolstoy’s fiction and the bravery of the defenders of Stalingrad, I paid my bill and left.

 When I saw this sign I thought, “Hmmm… seems like it’s missing something...” then realized “Of Course!” and pulled over outside a small potato cooperative and got to work.

For those of you who aren’t following, Devin Nunes is the obsequious beady-eyed fawning little toady and international bootlick who, when not tongue-polishing fascist footwear or selling out our country by derailing investigations into Russian meddling in our elections, is rumored to represent California’s 22nd Congressional District. The flag I’ve added is in protest of his extra-curricular activities and, since it’s easily removable without a trace does not, in my book, constitute vandalism. Campaign signs placed on public property are part of the public domain and should be considered free game for explanatory alteration so long as it’s not technically vandalism. If that’s too hardcore, then consider planting a Russian flag nearby with a clarifying arrow. Still too sketchy? Fine. Do this instead: I could use the help.

Anyway, I usually get some blowback about the consequences, illegality and possibly the amorality of mucking around with other people’s campaign signs. While I understand and appreciate both your concerns and the need to respect the rights of others, for the sake of perspective it helps to bear in mind the historical likelihood that at least some of these candidates wouldn’t hesitate to see you and your family herded into boxcars and gassed to death.
 Humming the main theme to Rimsky-Korsikov’s Scheherazade, I checked into a small hotel on the steppes of Fresno, earning the confidence of the innkeeper by referencing Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard while negotiating my AAA discount. One of my great loves is classical piano, and along with cardboard, projector and paint for sign-making, I always travel with my keyboard, and most of the night was spent with my host and fellow guests pounding Stolichnaya and Rachmaninoff Preludes until the last of my newfound comrades had retired. (No mean feat in the notoriously hard-drinking demographic of District 22.) A bit giddy I’ll admit, an idea for a sign popped into my head that seemed, at least at the time, irresistibly hilarious. Thanks to my trusty digital projector and years behind a paintbrush, my drunken inspiration was made manifest in literally less than fifteen minutes.
Normally I never post at night, but I was set on breaking a record. I used some tissues to smear away the excess paint, leaned the panels against the heater to expedite the drying time and soon crept off into the night. Since the motel was right next to an overpass I now have a new personal best for signage: from inception to posting within 35 minutes.
 Although a bit shadowy and crooked looking, I figured it’d look better in the morning light. It did.
Signs Posted - 7,398
Arrests - 0

Friday, June 08, 2018


 Signs placed on freeways around California.

Signs Posted - 7,393
Arrests - 0