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Updated: 2018-04-14T04:21:43.354-07:00

 



Donald Trump is a Traitor

2018-04-10T20:38:09.589-07:00

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 18.0px Helvetica} Nothing in the First Amendment says you can only have protest signs at protests.  How to Make Signs Signs Posted 3,781Arrests - 0[...]



Who's Putting These Signs Up? @ProbablyElves

2018-03-26T22:29:39.062-07:00

Signs and sign ideas from a mysterious force in Indiana... @ProbablyElvesRepeal trump Do over illegitimate pres illegal lawsNo more hatep.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #272829} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} This is not normal  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #272829} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Pence is bad, really bad Love thy neighbor Jesus would be ashamed I call BSEverybody Votes Election WeekendPAPER BALLOTSImpeach GorsuchNo more electoral college  Health cuts p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #272829} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Impeach ‘em allRepeal trumps bsRepublican policies = very bad ideas Restore normalcy,Impeach crooksRepeal) Stop) Fire Trump's judge picksBoycott foxVote demEmpower each other  Treason is  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #272829} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} actually really badJesus isAshamed Jesus Is p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #272829} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #272829; min-height: 15.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} MortifiedGuilty AF p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #272829} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Drip, drip, drip… Treason. Trump is a spyp.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #272829} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #272829; min-height: 16.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Trump is a fucking spyThey’re all fucking spies.[...]



Hey Everybody! Have You Heard the GOOD NEWS about the First Amendment?

2018-03-20T13:56:18.716-07:00

My discovery of cardboard as a signposting medium, along with the early unravelling of the lies that led us into the Iraq war, dramatically upped my daily signposting from one or two to a dozen or more. Once my overall count reached two hundred or so, with no sign of stopping, I figured it’d probably be a good idea to discuss things with a lawyer. I called the ACLU and they hooked me up with Nathan Benjamin, First Amendment specialist, rock and roll guitarist and all-around cool guy.He explained that even though I was breaking several minor laws, I was protected by a larger one, and that my rights under the First Amendment should supersede whatever smaller municipal or highway code transgressions I was guilty of: “should,” of course, being the key word. He said going into court is always a crapshoot, but that so long as I stayed on the right side of potential safety and vandalism charges (that the signs were secure and on the inside of the fencing, with no possibility of falling into traffic, and could be removed easily without a trace,) I should be okay. Safety First: Duct tape and Bungees on the INSIDE of the fencing.The blooming of American flags on overpasses after September 11th, and more recently “Support the Troops” signs had done a pretty thorough job of establishing a precedent and we both figured that even if I was charged and found guilty, the temptation to punish me with roadside trash pick-up would probably save me from anything worse. Since what I was doing was such a textbook example of what the First Amendment was designed to protect, he assured me we’d demand and be granted appeals all the way to the Supreme Court before I had to bend over to pick up a single piece of trash. Provided they stayed on the right side of safety and vandalism laws, a challenge to my signs would be a challenge to the First Amendment rights of everyone, and because of that he’d be happy to represent me essentially free of charge. Like I said, cool guy.Since then my relationship with the First Amendment has been pretty much the same as Born Again Christians have with Jesus Christ: 1) I have absolute faith that in its protection, despite all my evidence being hearsay.2) Even though I don’t really understand how it works, I don’t let that stop me from preaching it to others. 3) Even though the “protection” it’s given me so far has been entirely theoretical, the comfort I get from it is absolutely real, as is my faith that the First Amendment will absolve me of all other sins should my Day of Judgement ever come. 4) It fulfills an inner need to believe that behind everything there’s a basic framework of justice divorced from the material and entirely dedicated to ideals. It’s obvious to me that such a court would see my life as worthy and my cause noble, thus creating supernatural justification for my behavior pretty much entirely out of thin air, and5) The only actual evidence I have for any of this are just a few words that’ve been passed down through the generations as a sacred trust, but frankly they could mean anything:“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”And just like any other religious text I can barely comprehend it, and when my lawyer explains its magical powers I nod and accept what he tells me with the same depth of understanding as a six year old accepting Jesus Christ as his personal savior. Since then I’ve developed my own interpretations, but the power of the words above to protect me still seems to be primarily magical and my reliance on it is almost entirely a matter of faith. But for fifteen years and over 7,000 signs my faith in the protection of the First Amendment has given me the strength to live up to my duties as a citizen as hoped for by the men who wrote [...]



I Am Visited By The Ghost Of Abbie Hoffman...

2018-02-24T22:47:06.746-08:00

I’d just finished putting this up when I heard a vaguely familiar voice say: “Whoa whoa Whoa Man! What Gives?” I turned and saw him - the hair, the flag shirt, he was unmistakeable: “Abbie? Abbie Hoffman?”“Man! I knew things were getting bad, and the counterculture was selling out and all, but ‘God Bless the FBI?’ Really? It’s come to this?”“Oh man - Abbie - listen: Things… things’ve gotten really weird lately.”“I’ll say.”“See, somehow Donald Trump got elected President - you remember him at all?”“Real estate guy? Kind of an asshole?”“Yeah, except it turned out he was all kinds of assholes: he was a racist asshole, a sexist asshole, an idiot asshole… sort of a compendium of assholery.”“Like Reagan…”“Oh no. Worse than Reagan, way worse. Trump’s such a soulless rightwing lunatic Nazi he makes Reagan look like… well, like you!”“Wow… That is bad.”“But on top of it all he’s a treasonous asshole - he’s selling the whole country out to a bunch of Russian oil gangsters with dirt on him.”“Yeah? How much dirt?”“Plenty. After a decade or two providing dirty money and teenage girls, they’ve got enough dirt on that little cash-starved Casanova to fill an open-pit coal mine. But that’s not even the worst of it…”“I’ve got time. I’m a ghost.”“Okay. You gotta understand, it wasn’t like the ignorant racist stuff was a surprise. The guy literally kicks off his campaign by calling Mexicans rapists, and then spends a year spouting enough stupid, jingoistic and hateful racist bullshit to make the Nixon tapes sound like the Sermon on the Mount. The establishment Republicans hate him, but when he wins the primary they figure they’ve gotta play along. But when he gets rolled into the RNC, they find out he’s just a big, fat Trojan Horse straight outta Moscow - stuffed with Rubles and a tape loop of Vladimir Putin laughing his ass off...So the Republicans just about shit themselves: ‘Holy Fuck!’ they say, ‘lookit the bastard! He’s stuffed full of Rubles! What the fuck are we gonna do…?’ Now the obvious thing would’ve been to wheel the fucker straight back out the door and say ‘Sorry America, but this fat orange bastard’s stuffed with Rubles and we can’t make him President’ But instead… and this is where it starts getting weird… instead they just help themselves to the rubles and pretend there’s nothing wrong.”“Really?  You thought that was the weird part?”“Well, I guess I was hoping patriotism might be the one goddam thing they weren’t lying about, but it’s pretty clear the Russians have dirt on them too. Everything’s done on computers now, so spying’s gotten a lot easier. And the Republicans have become a lot more religious, so they’re even hornier and more fetishistic than ever. Hell Trump just busted for getting spanked with a magazine by a pornstar while watching  a shark documentary on TV… “Let it all hang out man!”“Anyway the Republican leadership probably figured the guy was gonna lose so they’d get away with Operation Rublesnatch and nobody’s the wiser. Instead, with the help of the Russians, the big fat traitor wins and the Trojan Horse gets wheeled into the White House, only now instead of being stuffed with Rubles he’s stuffed with idiots and racists and Nazis and the like that become his cabinet members and advisors. But the guy’s such a ham-handed clown the Russia stuff comes out within days, the RNC’s dirty as hell and the Republican voters have gotten so inbred, propagandized and bizarre they’d rather have the Russians running things than the Democrats - mostly due to this one TV news network run by this nonagenarian Australian billionaire bastard who[...]



San Francisco

2018-02-22T00:51:19.826-08:00

 "There is always a strong case for doing nothing, especially for doing nothing yourself."                             - Winston Churchill Signs placed on US 101 and Interstate 280 in San Francisco "At this point we find ourselves confronted by a very disquieting question: Do we really wish to act upon our knowledge?" - Aldous Huxley"Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason." - Sir John Harington"I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them." - Noam ChomskySigns Posted - 7,367Arrests - 0[...]



Why The President Getting Spanked With A Magazine Watching Sharkweek Matters

2018-01-19T13:57:05.509-08:00

You watching football? Your guys winning? Good. ‘Cuz I know how y’all love winning… Hate to complain, but last time you “won” turned out to be a bit of a disaster — pretty much a year-long nightmare of chaos and Nazis and treason and stuff. Turns out the loudmouth racist asshole you elected didn’t make such a great president. He didn’t just set the country back - he aged us all something like five or ten goddam years. But hey, at least you got to drink up those sweet sweet liberal tears, right? Now I know it’s supposed to be some kind of “new normal” but there’s still some basic rules, y’know? We still have a social contract and if we don’t stick to it things fall apart. Like when you say something stupid and I make a snide remark and then you get back at me by electing the worst person in the whole wide world to be President.And then you go back to watching football so you can be “winning” again while us loser snowflakes who actually give a damn about what happens between elections have to deal with the guy you made President just to annoy us. So we’re the ones listening to him lying his ass off and ranting crazy shit about fake news and deep states. Or tweets out weird and paranoid lies about being a victim or pompous blowhard asshole lies about being a hero. Oh yeah - He called Africa a “shithole” the other day. Insulted the whole continent… We’re thinking that’s some kind of record.   I know you don’t care about international relations - unless it’s a war, so you can “kick ass” and do more of that winning - but in just one year he’s managed to alienate something like half our allies, practically gut the State Department and severely damage NATO…  These things are essential to the survival of our country and it’s vitally important you take them seriously, like when my guy wore a tan suit or had dijon mustard.For us, social progress is both a moral and creative imperative driven by our need to fulfill both our social obligations as well as our creative potential. In other words, it’s our magical snowflake powers that make us social justice warriors. Even though you may not appreciate our efforts, or even see the need for change, you depend on us to keep doing it: if people like me didn’t make things, people like you would have nothing to attack, and without any threat of change your identity as a “conservative” would be meaningless. This identity through opposition is the very soul of our contract, and through it certain cultural expectations have evolved, some being crucial to the function of our society, specifically that people like you go apeshit about sex stuff!It doesn’t matter who it is, when a politician is caught dead to rights paying hush money to a porn star followed by another porn star saying he was trying to cop a threesome… it’s your goddam duty as Conservative Americans to lose your shit over it. We spent three goddam years listening to you assholes drone on about Clinton getting a blowjob, and if you think we’re gonna just let you ignore your moth-eaten lothario getting spanked with a Forbes by a pornstar watching shark week you’re even more batshit crazy than we thought. Which believe me is saying something.Now I just finished telling you how far down this guy’s flushed our country into the toilet. If you’re gonna let him slide on all that and then sit on your hands for the porno stuff too, then you’re moving into brand new territory, and it ain’t covered in the terms of our contract. Having a leader who can do no wrong is just fascist shit, pure and simple. If you want to exchange our limp-wrested little Democracy for the tiny-handed grip of fascism under Donald J. Trump, go right on ahead. Under the benevolence, wis[...]



Save The Arctic backlog

2017-12-17T13:25:32.326-08:00

  "What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?" - Henry David Thoreau Signs posted around California in 2014 - just cleaning house a bit here before the Trump Administration hits the fan..."The shortest answer is doing."-George Herbert  "The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." - Albert Einstein "Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins." - Benjamin Franklin  "Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted." - Aldous Huxley "There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies." -Winston Churchill "Nothing is worth more than this day." - GoetheSigns Posted - 7,372Arrests - 0[...]



SF Bay Area

2017-11-11T09:28:45.702-08:00

 "Democracy means that people can say what they want to. All the people." - Dalton Trumbo Signs placed on Highways 1 and 101 and Interstates 80, 280 and 580 throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. "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 "There is only one success,... to be able to spend your life in your own way." - Christopher Morley"If you don't like how things are, change it!  You're not a tree." - Jim Rohn Sanctions against Russia under the Magnitsky Act were supposed to be implemented on October 1st. 42 days have passed since then without implementation nor explanation from the President.Signs Posted - 7,357Arrests - 0[...]



Recent Works: Los Angeles

2017-11-10T21:53:23.034-08:00

 Signs placed over freeways in Los Angeles, CaliforniaFollow me on TwitterSigns posted - 7,343Arrests - 0[...]



#Impeach

2017-11-02T00:06:13.898-07:00

 I've been tweeting the above picture to Trump supporters saying it was protesting "Crooked Hillary and her "Uranium One treason." Unbelievable how many of them retweet it. Follow me on Twitter! Signs posted on freeways around California. “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” - George Orwell p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 15.0px 0.0px; line-height: 21.0px; font: 14.0px Georgia; color: #181818} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} "Do what you can with what you have where you are."- Teddy Roosevelt p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Arial} span.s1 {font-kerning: none}  "The secret of getting things done is to act." - Dantep.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; color: #252525} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Signs posted - 7,330Arrests - 0[...]



Berkeley/Oakland/Richmond

2017-10-22T00:31:19.657-07:00

“Nice people made the best Nazis. My mom grew up next to them. They got along, refused to make waves, looked the other way when things got ugly and focused on happier things than “politics.” They were lovely people who turned their heads as their neighbors were dragged away. You know who weren’t nice people? Resisters.” ― Naomi ShulmanSigns placed on Interstates 80 and 580 in Alameda County."Remember always that you are just a visitor here, a traveler passing through. your stay is but short and the moment of your departure unknown." -Dhammavadaka"All nationalism does is teach you to hate people you don't know and take credit for things you had nothing to do with." - Doug Stanhope "I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act." - G. K. ChestertonSigns posted since 2003 - 7,318Arrests - 0[...]



Los Angeles/Donald Trump Quotes

2017-10-11T18:46:53.241-07:00

 "I was going to fire Comey knowing, there was no good time to do it. And in fact when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story." - Donald Trump confessing to obstruction of justice on nationwide television, May 11, 2017 Signs placed over or next to freeways in Los Angeles, California.Quotations by Donald J. Trump.“You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.” “I think I am actually humble. I think I’m much more humble than you would understand.” "I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf.""They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.""I have great respect for women. Nobody has more respect for women than I do." "I am the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen, in your entire life."Signs posted since 2003 - 7,306Arrests - 0[...]



#SaveTheArctic /Highway 101

2017-09-07T17:54:13.951-07:00

"Reflect on an Arctic that doesn't reflect."- FreewaybloggerSigns placed alongside Hwy 101 in  Los Angeles, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco and Marin counties.Signs Posted - 7,294Arrests - 0[...]



Some Friendly Advice for Nazis and Klansmen From a Hippie Liberal Activist Jew

2017-09-01T21:30:29.969-07:00

Hello Members of Unite-the-Right!Greetings Fellow Free Speech Activists! Goodness Gracious… look at all of you! Come in! Come in! There’s plenty of room for all of us here in the big tent of the First Amendment!  Look at all of these fresh young faces!  (And I’ve been assured that some of you are very fine people…) You know, I’ve been calling myself a free speech activist for years, just for sticking signs up on freeways … I guess you’re calling yourselves free speech activists because saying you’re having a rally for free speech sounds a lot better than saying you’re having a rally for Nazis or the Klan.  It’s a bit more difficult to be a Nazi out here in public than it was back on the internet, but thank goodness for Free Speech eh?Now, I’m not going to lie here, it’s a little weird sharing the title with y’all… what with me being just a little ol’ San Francisco hippie, and you all being Nazis and Klansman and all… but hey, everyone’s saying the only way we’re gonna heal this country is by reaching out to the other side… We all gotta learn how to work together, and frankly I can’t think of a more perfect opportunity then the one we’ve got right here! Now, I’ve been at this almost as long as I can remember, so I hope you don’t mind a bit of advice from an old hippie. Of course I saw the Unite-the-Right kickoff event in Charlottesville and all that nasty business that followed and I think we can all agree it was a bit of a bumpy start… But with everyone on TV denouncing you and wanting to impeach the President just for supporting you… well I’m sure that must’ve seemed just a little unfair. ‘Course accidentally destroying a Presidency you’re trying to support is one of those things that can really damage a group’s reputation, especially when you’re just starting out. But I gotta be straight with you here: it’s because you’re Nazis.See, normally having the President refer to your organization as “having some fine people” is a good thing. It doesn’t require much more response than a “Thank You” and an immediate fundraising mailer. Since you all are Nazis though, the appropriate response is just a little more complicated, but still, it should’ve been obvious even to newbies like you. I’m gonna be brutally honest here - when Trump said y’all had some fine people in your group he was pitching you one of the easiest softballs in political history, and not only did you miss it, y’all didn’t even swing. Now normally I probably wouldn’t be helping you, but this is one of those things like seeing a child playing on a freeway - you just gotta do something about it. Before we go any further though, we should probably straighten a few things out.First off, since you guys are Nazis I should probably mention that I’m a Jew. Although traditionally this has been a less-than-ideal working relationship, I’m willing to look past it if you are. I’m also very much a liberal and what y’all call a  “do-gooder” or “Social Justice Warrior.”  I know you folks sneer at it, but I just like helping people - it’s just the way I am. I’m also considered to be a bit of a hippie. I know how for conservatives that’s just a generic insult - another way to call liberals assholes - And you all being so young you might not know this, but the term “hippie” originally referred to the lifestyle and aesthetic of 1960’s counter-culture, characterized primarily by long hair, colorful clothing, a pacifist political outlook and casual attitude towards sexuality and drug use. Now even though that does rather fit me to a T, I don[...]



Dear Friends and Arguably Fellow Americans: A letter to the GOP leadership.

2017-08-29T13:42:16.752-07:00

Dear Sirs, As you know, things are going badly wrong right now, with every indication that they’re about to get a whole lot worse. How much worse of course none of us can really know, although it’s fairly obvious that you all have a much better idea than the rest of us. With the only thing unravelling faster than your pretext of innocence being the President himself, this might be a good time to stop and weigh your options in what little calm remains before the inevitably coming storm.Please understand that I fully appreciate the seriousness of this situation and that the following is merely pro forma and not meant as a joke:“To put this all behind us and for the good of the nation, you should tell us the complete truth regarding any and all contacts, associations, collusion, transferences, payments etc. between yourselves and any Russian or other foreign entities, ”Again, I’m sorry. That was just for the sake of protocol and not meant to make light of things.  Grim as things are though, it is nice to have a bit of a chuckle.According to the dossier compiled by Christopher Steele, those of you who have colluded with or accepted contributions from Russian agents include top officials of the RNC, a number of senators and as many as 100 GOP House members.  As time passes and evidence mounts supporting the claims of the Steele Dossier, we have seen a growing number of its assertions that were once unbelievable becoming instead undeniable. Thus sadly it no longer seems wise to credit yourselves or your party with the benefit of doubts that would’ve normally been given without a thought. Frankly, the only thing that keeps me from assuming the whole lot of you as traitors across-the-board isn’t respect so much as it is a sort of wistful nostalgia. I want you to know,it hasn’t been easy witnessing your party’s deterioration over the years. As pompous and wrong-headed as you may have been under Ronald Reagan, you managed at least the pretense of being in the game for reasons greater than merely winning.  Even though I doubted you had much if any respect for the values on which the country was built, it was nice that you at least referred to them from time to time. And as insincere as it may have seemed to me, at least you paid lip-service to such ideals as equality, fairness and respect, and did so even with a touch of what might pass as humility. Since then though it’s just been a dismal parade of charlatans like the Atwaters,  Gingriches and Falwells slavishly pandering to the very worst elements of our society. I won’t pretend that your constant insults and questioning the patriotism, morality and even humanity of the left didn’t cause some bitterness, but the worst of it was simply being forced to watch the slow and painfully ugly spectacle of your party’s decline into the hollow, flailing, partisan shell that it is now.Now this next part might sound a bit mean… But trust me, however painful it may be to read, you can take solace in knowing it will be quickly forgotten in the horrors awaiting you in the days to come. Whether through greed, malevolence or sheer political cowardice, you have brought this upon yourselves, so I’d like to assure you that whatever consequences you suffer will be far less than you deserve. By which I mean I’d like to assure you of that, but sadly I can’t. Historically these things tend to get rather ugly, so it’s altogether possible that your retribution may in fact be equal to, or possibly even much more than, that which you deserve. However long and honorable your public service resume may be, or how high your stack o[...]



Nationwide Action: September 1st - 4th

2017-08-10T11:57:48.244-07:00

 This Labor Day weekend citizens around the country will be celebrating their Constitutional right to free speech by posting political messages on public property. In keeping with the First Amendment, signs will be posted on fencing around parks, libraries, government offices, freeways, highways and Interstates. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 18.0px Times}  Signs will be made out of cardboard and attached by wire and bungee cords to be easily removable in accordance with local ordinances - no graffiti, locks or adhesives will be used. Signs on overpasses and roadside fences will be legible and posted safely on the inside of fencing to eliminate any risk of falling into traffic.p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 18.0px Times} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 18.0px Times} Speech protected by the First Amendment must be non-commercial, non-threatening and cannot advocate violence, political or otherwise. Signs will only be placed on roadways already containing commercial speech.Participants are asked to photograph their work and share on social media. Please send pictures tofreewayblogger - at - yahoo - dot - com or post on FacebookExamples of previous actions can be seen here.Although the examples shown here are unabashedly partisan, all signs from all points of view submitted will be republished, provided they fall under the protection of the First Amendment. Apart from that, you can say what you want: this is America. How to make a sign in five minutes using cardboard and tape.How to make a whole lot of signs.America has always been known as a place where the right to Free Speech is sacred and it's time we lived up to it. When the Founding Fathers gave us the First Amendment it wasn't meant as a nicety or window dressing: it was created specifically to allow any citizen to reach out to as many of their fellow citizens as they could, particularly in times of national crisis.We are a leaderless group of Free Speech activists who believe the First Amendment is more than just our right, it's our responsibility. With the national political discourse monopolized by corporate and institutional interests, the voice of the individual citizen has become more important than ever. Along with being cheap, easy and fun, here are 97 other reasons why signpainting is the ideal means of political expression. Feel free to join us this Labor Day weekend, as well as the other 362 days of the year.Further questions, comments or press inquiries can be directed to freewayblogger-at-yahoo.comor via Twitter or Facebook(Note: Although controversial, the right to use freeway overpasses and fencing for political messages and patriotic displays has always been upheld by the courts, thanks largely to the precedent set by the flags and patriotic displays that appeared after the attacks of September 11th: posting political opinion on overpasses is the same as hanging a flag.See Brown vs. California Department of Transportation)p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 18.0px Times} [...]



Los Angeles

2017-08-08T23:58:19.019-07:00

 "Society is like a stew. If you don't keep it stirred up, you get a lot of scum on top." --Edward Abbey Signs placed on Interstates 5 and 10 and Highways 60, 101 and 110 in Los Angeles. "Don't hate the media. Be the media." - Jello Biafra“He is able who thinks he is able.” – Gautama Buddha "If any songs are gonna come out of World War III, we'd better start writing them now." - Tom Lehrer "I love Los Angeles... such bon vivance in the face of inevitable doom..." - Bette Midler"Things do not happen. Things are made to happen." - John F. Kennedy "One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition." - Alvin Toffler "Always do what you are afraid to do." -Ralph Waldo EmersonSigns Posted - 7,281Arrests - 0[...]



Bay Area

2017-08-06T23:13:26.684-07:00

“It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest.”- Abraham Lincoln Signs posted on Highways 99 and 101, and Interstates 80, and 280 in San Francisco, Sacramento and Alameda counties. "There is a crack in everything... that's how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen Follow me on Twitter!“In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.” - Robert G. Ingersoll "It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value." - Arthur C. Clarke "Nothing is worth more than this day." -- GoetheSigns Posted since 2003 - 7,267Arrests - 0[...]



What We Talk About When We Talk About Trump

2017-07-26T14:36:59.239-07:00

(With Apologies to Raymond Carver)“I’ll tell you what we should do…” Phil said.  “We should start up a third party and call it the goddam “Jesus Cowboy NASCAR” party…  Jesus.  Cowboy.  NASCAR.”There were four of us sitting around the table drinking beer and talking about politics. “And that’s not just the name of the party,” Phil went on,  “I mean that’s the whole fucking platform.  Our candidates believe in Jesus, they like Cowboys and they’re into NASCAR.  There.  We’d win every election in this country from now until Doomsday.”Everybody laughed except Lynn, who’d probably heard it before.  Lynn was Phil’s second wife.  I’d never met the first one. I pictured myself in a voting booth, looking down at the candidates names with the words “Republican”, “Democrat” and “Jesus Cowboy NASCAR” after them. There was no question in my mind about who would win.  The table went quiet for a second.  There was sadness in the way the light was coming through the curtains and in the way the word “Doomsday” kept hovering in the room. “So it pisses me off when I hear journalists start talking about a national divide.  Where the fuck were they when Tinyhands McPussygrabber was running?  The asshole was a lying fascist scumbag from the start!”My wife, Therese, put her hand on my shoulder.  She’d been up north, taking care of her mother for the past two weeks. I was glad to have her back.  “Oh come on,” Lynn said, “You don’t know that.” “Of course I know that.  We all knew that! Right?”  Phil looked at Therese and me and we nodded.  The asshole been a lying fascist scumbag from the start.  And we’d all known it.“Well I didn’t know that.” Lynn said.“He called illegal immigrants murderers and rapists. That was practically the first thing he did.” Therese said.  Usually I called her Terri.“Yeah.” Phil said, “As if they were all just monsters and that was it. No economic factors, nobody trying to get ahead, make something of themselves or trying to help their families. It was like the only reason people came here was because the United States was some kind of irresistible Shangri-fucking-La for raping and murdering people.”Phil was a cardiologist, so he could say things like that.  He was an alright guy.  Kind of a drinker.“It wouldn’t be so bad,” Terri said, “if his mental problems had’t been so obvious from the start.”  I was thinking about the bottle of bourbon I had in the cabinet, whether or not to bring it out.  I thought it was about half full.“And if evangelical Christians weren’t such utterly hypocritical idiots…”  Phil said.  Lynn rolled her eyes and put her hand on top of his on the table.Terri started talking about tribalism and I decided to get the bourbon while I still could.  “Does anyone want glasses?”  I asked.“No.”“No.”“No.”I put the bottle on the table.  “’Nother Beer?”“Yes. “Yes.”“Please.”I went to the refrigerator and took out four beers.  That was it: now we were out of beer.“Just exactly when did they decide that a draft-dodging pussygrabbing New York real-estate playboy wanna-be was the voice of rural working-class Christian America?” Phil asked.“Around the time he started saying Obama was from Kenya.” Terri said.Phil said “The guy spends his entire life - builds a whole brand around nothing except celebrating [...]



The 1st Amendment is More Than a Right: It's a Responsibility

2017-07-24T20:00:57.764-07:00

The framers of the Constitution gave us the First Amendment for precisely the kind of situation we’re in now. By making our right to political expression so fully protected the founding fathers weren’t just allowing us to protest, they were practically demanding it. In both the amendment itself and other writings, they made it clear that free political speech wasn’t just the heart of democracy, but also its safeguard. And if you think the ability to protest still isn’t going to be enough, remember there’s over 300 million of us, and we’ve all got it.Apart from the violent overthrow of the government, you can openly advocate just about any cause, say whatever you want, however you want, using whatever means are at your disposal to reach to as many of your fellow citizens as you possibly can. If your free speech breaks other laws you can still defend it in court, but only if they catch you. If it involves vandalism, violence or threatening people they’re probably going to come after you. If you’re violating traffic codes by putting signs on freeways, they’re probably not — at least that’s been my experience so far. By making my signs easily removable and putting them on the inside of fencing so they can’t fall into traffic, makes me relatively harmless so there’s little impetus to catch me. Also my ability to strike anywhere at any time and be gone in seconds makes me pretty damn difficult to catch. Nevertheless, given plenty of evidence and at least a dozen opportunities to arrest me, the State of California (and to a lesser extent, Arizona, Oregon and Washington,) has shown no interest in bringing me to court. I think that’s at least partly due to understanding the strength my constitutional rights have versus the relative insignificance of my infractions. Putting aside the whole signs-on-freeways thing, think about how much is covered by the scope of the First Amendment and how you might be able to take advantage of it. There’s an old saying that goes “It’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission...” meaning it’s better to just do something assuming you have the right than to forego the benefit of the doubt by first asking permission. While there’s a lot of things where that philosophy is probably both wrong and dangerous, the First Amendment isn’t one of them. The way I see it, pushing the free speech envelope isn’t just our privilege, it’s practically our responsibility. And so long as we’ve got a congress seeming blind to the mounting evidence that the President is acting as an agent of a hostile foreign government, it’s not just our responsibility but our goddam sacred duty as citizens to push that envelope as far as we possibly can.Can protesting get you hassled and arrested? Damn right it can - happens every day at demonstrations. But it ONLY happens when you’re doing it in front of police. The disorderly conduct and  “failure to obey” charges police stick on demonstrators are understood by the courts as primarily as a form of crowd control and almost always thrown out. Still, in any kind of protest done in front of police exposes you to a dangerous, and in my opinion un[...]



The People of Iran, Guatemala and Chile Extend Their Condolences...

2017-07-17T13:09:21.298-07:00

Dear American Friends…Please accept our deepest sympathy, and know you have our full support and that it's with the very best of intentions that we say, Payback’s a Bitch, ain’t it ? The transition from sovereignty to servitude isn’t an easy one. As citizens of your own former client states, we know all too well the suffering, indignity and embarrassment that accompany it. We’re happy to answer your questions and hope you’ll consider our knowledge and years of experience just as historically you’ve considered our agricultural and mineral wealth: as valuable resources yours for the taking. We know this is all very new for you, that some of you are probably confused and even a little scared. Many of you are no doubt experiencing feelings of moral outrage, injustice, helplessness, etc… Trust us, we’ve been there. We understand it’s a difficult time and while we don’t want to preach, we do hope you’ll take some advantage of this opportunity to reflect a bit on how your own behavior may have effected the rest of us over the years.We’re not going to lie here: living under a puppet regime can be nasty business and there’s going to be a lot of things you’re not going to like. Although far less rewarding materially than your previous role, you’re bound to find life on this side of the puppet strings to be very rich in terms of being a learning experience, and discover as we have, at least a few silver linings. In that spirit we offer the following bits of advice and random observations we’ve picked up along the way hoping you’ll find them useful.1) Losing Your Sovereignty Is Not The End of the World.  In fact it’s how most of the world lives! Living under a puppet will give you a much better understanding of people from places like Nicaragua, Haiti, Panama, Vietnam, Brazil, Argentina, Vietnam, the Philippines and El Salvador than back when you were the one pulling the strings.  You’ll probably be getting lots of letters like this from many, many nations, so be sure to check your mailbox!2) You Will Quickly Be Able To Recognize Who Can And Cannot Be Trusted.   One of the very few advantages of living under a puppet regime is how easy it makes it to recognize traitors.  Almost invariably, it’s those quickest to question the loyalty of others and loudest in declaring their own that prove to be the very worst of traitors. And yes, we are talking about FOX News. You are probably already learning, just as we did, an important historical constant: People who are betraying their country always do it while waving the flag.3) You’re Are About To Learn a Lot of Things And Many of Them Will Be Painful.  Listen, it was bad enough when you did it to us, and we were barely even industrialized. Frankly none of us can even imagine how shocking and painful this must be for you. You’re America after all,  “Number One!” as you were always so fond of saying…  Okay, sorry - we don’t mean to rub it in - but it’s time for a little tough love.  There are some things we’ve needed to tell you, and now it’s really important that you listen. Despite everything, we’ve always looked up to you guys, and while many of us are just as appalled by what’s happened to you, none of us can say we’re honestly shocked.  We’re not going to say we told you so, because we didn’t. And the reason we didn’t was because you know just as well as we did that you wouldn’t have listened to us anyway.  But don’t [...]



#LockHimUp

2017-06-03T21:47:26.513-07:00

Signs Posted - 7,250Arrests - 0[...]



#Impeach - San Diego/Orange County

2017-05-31T08:43:27.910-07:00

 Signs placed on Interstates 5, 8, 405 and Highway 163 in San Diego and Orange counties.Signs posted since 2003: 7,237Arrests: 0[...]






Worst. Ancestors. Ever. - The Video

2017-04-13T08:48:00.306-07:00

"Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors." - Jonas Salk

by the hilarious Roy Zimmerman