EXCLUSIVE: They can publish a Mohammed cartoon, but not these charts

Free speech, sensitivity clash in media outlets – Spokesman.com – Jan. 15, 2015.

The Spokesman-Review published an image of Mohammed (also known as Muhammad) that offends many, with editor Gary Graham saying

The cover illustration itself is a significant news development and I believe we have an obligation to our readers to let them see it for themselves and form their own opinions about it.”

The “Mohammed” charts of Spokane: the charts that must not be seen!

The Spokesman-Review believes it is not important for readers to form their own opinions about the airport and Public Facilities District usage trends.

Click on any chart for the full size version. See previous posts on this blog for additional information, sources, other confirmations of the data, and the raw data






“In this sense, propaganda serves as a corollary to censorship, in which the same purpose is achieved, not by filling people’s heads with false information, but by preventing people from knowing true information. What sets propaganda apart from other forms of advocacy is the willingness of the propagandist to change people’s understanding through deception and confusion, rather than persuasion and understanding.” SourceWatch.

The Spokesman-Review has demonstrated its inability to report on important local issues by “preventing people from knowing true information” – the definition of a propaganda outlet.

Local media completely missed – and in fact, enabled – Rachel Dolezal’s long term deceptions – a story better reported in the national and UK press than local Spokane media which has reached a new low since then. Under the circumstances, Spokane and Rachel Dolezal were a match made in, well, the scam and fraud capitol of America. Update Sep 2015: The nonsense just goes on and on.

What has ailed Spokane for the long term is now quite apparent.

There is no longer much purpose for this blog.  The problems are apparent: lies, the liars that tell them (see this blog for a long list of tall tales, lies and local myths and exaggerations), deception, fraud, and the propaganda industry that enables this culture (and the latest set of lies).  No one gives a shit that everyone here lies all the time. Indeed, bull shit is the area’s leading economic output.

That is the end of the story. Our questions have been answered.

From “The X Report”, good bye.

Continue on to re-read our final words reprinted from an earlier post.

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EXCLUSIVE: No correlation between Convention Center and Airport usage

The Convention Center is said to be an economic driver that brings in outside visitors to Spokane, and this is the justification for continually expanding the facilities.  In just a few years, the PFD will seek additional taxes to expand again.

Does this economic driver work? Here is a comparison of airport usage versus convention center usage. Visually, there is no correlation; statistically, the R-squared value of the correlation is 1.6% (meaning zilch correlation).


If the Convention Center brings in outside visitors, they do not arrive by air or the number is so insignificant as to have no impact.

The air passenger data was scaled to a similar range to the Convention Center attendance for the purpose of comparison. In the chart above, the Y-axis shows convention center attendance; multiply by 10 for the air passenger number.

There is no correlation with jobs, either.

The top 2 largest events account for more than 25% of all usage:

  • Bloomsday, 47,346 people
  • PNQ Volleyball, 44,461 people

Outside of those two events, the remaining events average less than 700 people per day, the rest of the year. 

The Convention Center was just expanded so it can accommodate large events. Unfortunately, for a facility designed to accommodate up to 6,500 people, actual utilization is closer to 10% of best case, most of the year.

Spokane Convention Center Usage By Month


Spokane Arena By Month

For many months, the facility is almost unused.


Spokane INB Performing Arts Center

The INB Performing Arts Center is barely used for several months of the year.

SpokaneINBByMonthAll charts come from the SpokanePFD.org web site and the 2014 end of year annual report produced by the Spokane PFD.

Keep this in mind when in 2 or 3 more years, the Spokane PFD comes asking for more money for yet another expansion of their empty facilities.

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EXCLUSIVE: Spokane Public Facilities District (PFD) Attendance thru 2014

The following charts show the attendance trend through the end of 2014 for Spokane PFD facilities.

The upward growth at the right of the combined “all facilities” attendance is due almost entirely to a sharp upwards trend at the Convention Center in 2014. Combined facilities attendance trend still remains slightly down over the 15 year period since 2000.


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The Convention Center experienced its first significant increase in attendance in a decade. Two events accounted for nearly 30% of all usage during the entire year. (Most of the year, the facility is used sparsely with small meetings of 100 or so people each day.)


This increase occurred prior to the completion of the third expansion of the Convention Center facilities, which opened in early 2015.  After more than a dozen years of flat to downward usage, and three taxpayer funded expansion projects, the CC has broken through its past “no growth” ceiling.

The above charts have never appeared in any Spokane media outlets – the attendance figures are intended to be top secret, apparently. All data comes from the Spokane PFD.

EXCLUSIVE: Spokane Airport Passenger usage charts, updated to 2015

Data through April 2015. Chart extrapolates the first 4 months to the full year for 2015.

With a slight growth in air passenger traffic, annual air passenger total usage is now roughly the same (corrected) still below 1995 and about the same as the year 2000.  Overall passenger use of the airport has been essentially flat for two full decades.

If recent growth continues, air passenger levels may reach the 2007 peak in about 2018 or 2019.






Spokane versus King County Employment/Unemployment: A Tale of 2 Counties

Spokane County Employment

Spokane County has  caught up to the pre-depression peak


Spokane has an unusual “saw tooth” pattern in its employment chart. Oddly, as shown on this blog in the past, the labor force miraculously resizes in direct proportion to employment so the unemployment rate stays fairly steady.

King County Employment

King County has exceeded the pre-depression peak by 7%


Spokane County Unemployment



King County Unemployment



All psychiatrists at Sacred Heart, resign.

All of the psychiatric doctors at Sacred Heart Medical Center have turned in their resignations.

Sacred Heart provides (provided) critical in-patient psychiatric services in the Spokane area.

A comment to the story (unverified) says other psychiatrists in the area have also resigned from at least one other facility. No specific reason has been given for these resignations; several comments to the story note that except for the Inlander, local media has ignored these resignations yet this is potentially a serious crisis for the Spokane region.

Rest in Peace, Elson Floyd – a genuine leader

A genuine, great leader: Elson Floyd, WSU’s ‘visionary’ president, dies | The Seattle Times.

Very sad to hear of his passing on. His compassion and contributions were larger than life.

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Inlander collects #RachelDolezal’s tall tales – 76 so far

Daniel  Walters collects the tales in one spot:

76 false or otherwise #problematic statements from Rachel Dolezal, and counting | Bloglander | The Pacific Northwest Inlander | News, Politics, Music, Calendar, Events in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and the Inland Northwest.

February 25, 2017: Rachel Dolezal is back in the news.

July 2018: Rachel Dolezal made a legal name change to Nkechi Diallo

Former Forbes writer says Spokane remains the Scam and Fraud Capitol of America

He’s no longer with Forbes, but he strikes again: Not far from Seattle, Spokane is perfect setting for Rachel Dolezal scandal | New To Seattle.

#RachelDolezal’s son filed a “fake hate crime” report

Dolezal’s Son Made A Hilarious Fake Hate Crime Complaint | The Daily Caller.

#Spokane City Council versus #RachelDolezal

City council president Ben Stuckart says the candidates were interviewed by city council members or the mayor, and then reviewed once again.

via Process of vetting candidates for citizen police ombudsman commi – Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com.

They admit they looked at a credit report, although its not clear they cared about what they would have found. Or that they cared.

Rachel Dolezal: 1, City Council: 0

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Rachel Dolezal: 1  Mary Cullinan, President, Eastern Washington University: 0



Rachel Dolezal: 1,  Spokane Mayor David Condon: 0


Rachel Dolezal: 1, Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City, State’s Prosecutor: 0



#RachelDolezal on radio program talking about her “Dad” fleeing the south

Rachel Dolezal’s false claim that black father fled Deep South – YouTube.

Spokane City Council fires #RachelDolezal from OPOC

Rachel Dolezal fired by unanimous vote of Spokane City Council. More here.

Predictable outcome.

How #RachelDolezal left Spokane’s reputation a mess

Incredibly, no one in Spokane noticed this? Seriously? Hurricane Rachel blew through and left behind a mess, confused racial issues and embarrassed local institutions and media for playing along for years.

Take a look at this broad overview of her history: The Real Rachel Dolezal | News | The Pacific Northwest Inlander | News, Politics, Music, Calendar, Events in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and the Inland Northwest.

#RachelDolezal – on video – protesting police in Baltimore

While simultaneously acting as Chair of the Office of the Police Ombudsman Commission in Spokane, WA, Rachel Dolezal is seen on video organizing protesters in Baltimore, MD. Dolezal was allegedly an impartial member of the OPOC in Spokane, tasked with reviewing police conduct in relation to public interactions.

Dolezal refused to resign and was subsequently fired by the Spokane City Council. Do watch the video.

More art work by #RachelDolezal under question

In addition to the JMW Turner painting, two more paintings have been identified as likely copies of other work – please visit By Hook or by Crook: Rachel Dolezal for details.

Chronicle of Higher Ed. faults EWU, Spokane in #RachelDolezal case

How did she take on that identity so easily at Eastern Washington? Ms. Brooks, the San Antonio scholar, has a theory. According to Eastern Washington’s numbers, 11 of the university’s 459 full-time faculty members are black. Just three are women. (Like many institutions, Eastern Washington does not track part-time faculty members by race.)

Ms. Dolezal “couldn’t have gotten away with this in places like D.C., Atlanta, or New Orleans,” said Ms. Brooks. But in Spokane, where just over 2 percent of the population is black, the calculus is different.

See Rachel Dolezal Case Leaves a Campus Bewildered and Some Scholars Disgusted,  The Chronicle of Higher Education

There is another reason – Spokane is the city of deception and lies, as long documented with data on this blog. As long as the local culture thrives on delusional lying to one another, was this behavior and outcome really a surprise?

#RachelDolezal boosts Spokane’s economy! Just #AskRachel

You had to see this coming!

The City of Spokane also issued a statement Monday as the city streets began to fill with satellite trucks and journalists from news organizations throughout the country.

via Dolezal resigns NAACP post – Coeur d’Alene Press: Local News.

That’s right – finally Growth in aviation in Spokane-the city that runs on lies!

  • Comedians mention “Spokane” and the crowd laughs before they get to the joke. Click on the links to watch the comedic videos. Spokane is the new punchline for jokes.
  • Civil Judgments (from SR archives)
    Mar 2013, Idaho records-Chapman Financial Services Inc. v. Rachel Dolezal, plaintiff awarded $5,674.
    Aug 2012, Chapman Financial Services Inc. v. Rachel Dolezal, plaintiff awarded $1,183.
  • City of Spokane’s Human Rights Commission has asked Dolezal to resign from the Office of the Police Ombudsman Commission Chair position. The OPC was to root out bad policing practices – yet its head is accused of being a con artist and 3 members of the Commission are under investigation for misconduct.
  • Update: National and UK press run circles around Spokane’s media. The UK press did genealogy research on her. No wonder she chose Spokane for her deception. One journalist goes on record about what happened in Spokane – but you will learn more from the comments than from the column, itself. In particular, take note of the links to Dolezal’s travel receipts to Oakland. Oakland is said to be the source for some of the “hate mail” allegedly received by Dolezal – although those receipts are for a trip just before “hate mail”, without a post mark, arrived in the Spokane NAACP postal box.
  • There are more important stories in the world today that deserve non-stop media coverage – but this is a story that fits into the contemporary media focus on racial issues. However, this should be a big story in the inland NW for some time as it cuts to the heart of what ails the region: lies and the people who tell them.

Welcome visitors to Spokane – the well earned laughing stock of the world.

Did Rachel Dolezal copy art work?

From her artpal.com web page offering her works for sale – The Shape of our Kind – Art by Rachel | Paintings & Prints, Landscapes & Nature, Beach & Ocean, Other Beach & Ocean | ArtPal.

Her art work:

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The above piece also appears on her blogspot page. Text description of the above painting: “This is an acrylic painting on a wooden panel; the original is 36″x36″ and is part of a three-panel triptych representing absence, loss, and closure in relationships. The sharks and doves in this scene symbolize the contrast between cynicism and optimism in the male and female figures and the tumultuous water is offset by the verticality of the sun.”

And this screen shot from this Youtube video featuring this painting from Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1840, titled Slave Ship (Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhon Coming On) in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A description of this scene and its meaning is available here.

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The video was posted on Dec 17, 2012. Hopefully there is a valid explanation for this strikingly similar image from two different artists.

The above info came from a tip which likely originated online from others finding it. Yep – here’s a tweet with the same info. Dolezal’s description for “her” artwork is different than that of the original artist – its not a case of a simple copy, attributed to the original artist, this is claimed as a new interpretation with no mention of the original from which it was inspired.

Rachel Dolezal’s chameleon appearance over time, in photos

This blog likes to look at patterns that occur over time, usually in data, not photos.

Today’s post looks at Rachel’s masquerade over the years.

The transition from German-Swedish-Czech heritage to  black woman is remarkable.

Incredibly, no one in Spokane noticed this? Seriously?

Student at Bellhaven University (late 1990s-early 2000s)




Source unknown.


Keep the above photo in mind when you read that

She talked about her ex-husband and her abuse,” Campbell says. “The way she explained it, was that she had to ascribe to Eurocentric beauty standards. She was presenting herself as a white person because of her husband’s expectations.

She claimed her ex-husband made her have straight blonde hair (which she claims is not her “natural” hair even though its the hair she grew up with).

May 2005

Short blonde hair?



February 24, 2010 KXLY News video frame grab


Feb 22, 2011 KREM News video frame grab



Whole set of photos in the Daily Mail featuring Rachel in a model photo shoot with very pale skin.



Undated – likely 2012

That blue eyed blonde Eurocentric, pale skin look.


November 11, 2013

FB: “Going with the natural look as I start my 36th year“, she wrote.

This is not her real hair and definitely not “natural”.


February 2014


March 8, 2014


March 5, 2015


April 2014


Undated Photos appearing on FB 2013-2014 time frame

Actual date when the photos were taken is not known. Perhaps before 2013?

Eurocentric, white girl look.



The dress worn in the above photo is also the same dress worn in the April 29, 2015 video posted by the Spokane NAACP on their web site, via Youtube.




Likely to be after the fake “natural” hair look started on her 36th birthday. Without her “black” makeup and spray on tan.


After the “white woman” phase, she began to appear with much darker skin complexion.

Undated “Blackface” Look with heavy Make up

(Her own brother referred to this as “blackface”)


January 18, 2015

Spokane NAACP FB photos

Rachel is in the middle with long blonde corn row braids piled on her head. Click on the photo for a larger image.


Before January 19, 2015?

Announcing her fake “Dad” is coming on Jan 19, 2015.


January 28, 2015 City of Spokane video


February 3, 2015, with Mayor Condon

Spokane NAACP FB photos. Mayor Condon.


Confused the President of Eastern Washington University:

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Early 2015 – Spokane NAACP “About” page


April 2, 2015

Spokane NAACP FB photos


April 6, 2015

Spokane NAACP Youtube video and in their photo collection dated April 6th, 2015.


April 29, 2015 Spokane NAACP Youtube video


If her skin complexion seems to you to have changed over time, your eyes are deceiving you says Dolezal:

The more white supremacy groups did to me and my family, the darker my complexion became in the public’s eyes, without even seeing me. It’s like, ‘Oh, she got blacker and blacker and blacker…’ Now, the the audience is deciding, reframing my identity.

April 29, 2015

From the Spokane NAACP Facebook photos collection


May 2015 

From Spokane NAACP web site. Back story here.


May 11, 2015 – Spokane NAACP Youtube video


June 2, 2015 – City of Spokane Police Ombudsman video


About that hair

Her “hair” seems to have stopped growing since the “natural” look began perhaps … take a look – only her hairdresser knows. As well as becoming longer, straighter, going back to corn rows, and then back to short curly hair.

Confirmed: This is not her real hair

This was hiding in plain sight. But no one noticed?

Spokane has so little diversity (click to see!) it has fake black residents.

News story commenters pointed this fakery out – repeatedly – as far back as 2010. But it took until 2015 and KXLY’s Jeff Humphrey asking her if she is, in fact, African-American. She said she did not understand the question and stormed off.

At least we can say, with all the news people flying in – its undoubtedly good for the local economy, at least for a few days.

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