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Seen at the raid, have you ever seen an animal with a "lion cut"?  We spotted a dog with just such a cut walking around DC with its owner.  Interesting, but I don't know if that's the doggy fashion statement that I would want to make.

Seen at the raid, have you ever seen an animal with a “lion cut”?  We spotted a dog with just such a cut walking around DC with its owner.  Interesting, but I don’t know if that’s the doggy fashion statement that I would want to make.


And then this was the weather that was coming in as we were finishing up our raid.  Big storms were coming.  We finished our raid just in time, and got out of there as the thunder started...

And then this was the weather that was coming in as we were finishing up our raid.  Big storms were coming.  We finished our raid just in time, and got out of there as the thunder started…


On May 30, my birthday, Mom came up for the weekend.  We hit up the National Museum of American History down on the Mall.  This marked the first time either one of us had been there since the facility had reopened following a multi-year renovation.  So we would see a new museum, and we had fun…


One of Mom's favorite things to do with statues of people that you can get all around is to pretend like she's interacting with them.  This works best at wax museums where the figures are colored realistically, but it still worked here, and Mom and I had a blast posing these shots.  One of Mom's favorite things to do with statues of people that you can get all around is to pretend like she's interacting with them.  This works best at wax museums where the figures are colored realistically, but it still worked here, and Mom and I had a blast posing these shots.

One of Mom’s favorite things to do with statues of people that you can get all around is to pretend like she’s interacting with them.  This works best at wax museums where the figures are colored realistically, but it still worked here, and Mom and I had a blast posing these shots.


That's kind of scary to see this car in the Smithsonian.  I remember riding in a few of these when we lived in Arkansas...

That’s kind of scary to see this car in the Smithsonian.  I remember riding in a few of these when we lived in Arkansas…


The statue of George Washington, intended for the Capitol, was exactly where it always has been, even since before the renovation.  Considering that the terrazzo flooring was the same here, I wonder if they didn't just cover George up and renovate around him...

The statue of George Washington, intended for the Capitol, was exactly where it always has been, even since before the renovation.  Considering that the terrazzo flooring was the same here, I wonder if they didn’t just cover George up and renovate around him…


The fire alarm pull stations at the museum.  The one on the left was new and prevalent, having been installed during the renovation.  I spotted the one at right in an exhibit hall, and unfortunately, I don't remember where in the museum I spotted it.  But that old alarm pull has to be at least fifty years old, easily.  The fire alarm pull stations at the museum.  The one on the left was new and prevalent, having been installed during the renovation.  I spotted the one at right in an exhibit hall, and unfortunately, I don't remember where in the museum I spotted it.  But that old alarm pull has to be at least fifty years old, easily.

The fire alarm pull stations at the museum.  The one on the left was new and prevalent, having been installed during the renovation.  I spotted the one at right in an exhibit hall, and unfortunately, I don’t remember where in the museum I spotted it.  But that old alarm pull has to be at least fifty years old, easily.


General Norman Schwartzkopf's uniform from Operation Desert Storm.  I was nine years old when that conflict broke out, and I remember getting him confused with Arnold Schwarzenegger back then.  Schwartzkopf, Schwarzenegger... you can kind of see where I might do that at age nine, no?

General Norman Schwartzkopf’s uniform from Operation Desert Storm.  I was nine years old when that conflict broke out, and I remember getting him confused with Arnold Schwarzenegger back then.  Schwartzkopf, Schwarzenegger… you can kind of see where I might do that at age nine, no?


This was an exhibit giving an example of streets named for US presidents.  My challenge to myself was to figure out which cities that these signs all came from without looking at the key.  The Fillmore Street sign (top right) is definitely Philadelphia due to its distinctive shape.  The Garfield Street sign (second from bottom, right) is likely Arlington, Virginia.  Can you figure any more out?

This was an exhibit giving an example of streets named for US presidents.  My challenge to myself was to figure out which cities that these signs all came from without looking at the key.  The Fillmore Street sign (top right) is definitely Philadelphia due to its distinctive shape.  The Garfield Street sign (second from bottom, right) is likely Arlington, Virginia.  Can you figure any more out?


I was a bit shocked to see this sign, from the original "A16" World Bank/IMF protest back in 2000, in the Smithsonian.

I was a bit shocked to see this sign, from the original “A16” World Bank/IMF protest back in 2000, in the Smithsonian.


Mom pretends to give a speech from something resembling the White House's "Blue Goose" podium.

Mom pretends to give a speech from something resembling the White House’s “Blue Goose” podium.


After finishing at the Smithsonian, Mom and I swung past the White House on the south side, which was a bit of a treat.  Nine times out of ten when I go by the White House, you see, it's along the north side, which faces the city (the south side faces the touristy part of DC).  This, behind the tree, is the Obamas' organic vegetable garden.

After finishing at the Smithsonian, Mom and I swung past the White House on the south side, which was a bit of a treat.  Nine times out of ten when I go by the White House, you see, it’s along the north side, which faces the city (the south side faces the touristy part of DC).  This, behind the tree, is the Obamas’ organic vegetable garden.


On June 6, I met up with my fellow DC-area Wikipedians, where we went to dinner at Bertucci's in Foggy Bottom.  That was a particularly fun meetup.

On June 6, I met up with my fellow DC-area Wikipedians, where we went to dinner at Bertucci’s in Foggy Bottom.  That was a particularly fun meetup.


After the meetup, however, I received word that Anonymous was having big issues over at the Org.  During a flyer-hanging raid, Scientologists allegedly physically assaulted HT, forcefully removing her mask, and punching her in the stomach.  So after the meetup, instead of heading home as I had originally planned, I headed over to Dupont in order to see just what in the name of Xenu was going on…


As you can see, the alleged assault turned what was a simple flyering into a full-blown flash raid!  As you can see, the alleged assault turned what was a simple flyering into a full-blown flash raid!  As you can see, the alleged assault turned what was a simple flyering into a full-blown flash raid!

As you can see, the alleged assault turned what was a simple flyering into a full-blown flash raid!


HT was still around, too, and still wearing the Guy Fawkes mask that was forcibly removed from her face.  As you can see below, the mask was removed with enough force to cause considerable cracking and buckling.

HT was still around, too, and still wearing the Guy Fawkes mask that was forcibly removed from her face.  As you can see below, the mask was removed with enough force to cause considerable cracking and buckling.

HT was still around, too, and still wearing the Guy Fawkes mask that was forcibly removed from her face.  As you can see below, the mask was removed with enough force to cause considerable cracking and buckling.


And as for the Org?  Curtain Tech.  I know, big surprise.  They hide from us.

And as for the Org?  Curtain Tech.  I know, big surprise.  They hide from us.


The cops questioned Scientology spokesmodel Sylvia Stanard about the whole affair.  I presume that Sylvia is biting her lip in this photo because she's having trouble coming up with a believable lie to tell the police.

The cops questioned Scientology spokesmodel Sylvia Stanard about the whole affair.  I presume that Sylvia is biting her lip in this photo because she’s having trouble coming up with a believable lie to tell the police.

(I know, as much as I wish this was a photo of the cops arresting Sylvia and taking her off to jail, it’s not.  One day, perhaps…)


"Ethical people don't assault" was chalked on the sidewalk - an important message, considering how much emphasis Scientology places on ethics.

“Ethical people don’t assault” was chalked on the sidewalk – an important message, considering how much emphasis Scientology places on ethics.


Yes, we were out in force, with You Found The Card cards, signs, and chalk.

Yes, we were out in force, with You Found The Card cards, signs, and chalk.


On the Metro coming back from the impromptu raid, we spotted this in one of the ad boxes on Breda 3119.  Someone had taken the advertisement that was in there, flipped it around, and wrote "DON'T TRUST WHAT YOU READ" in big letters on it.  The smaller text says, "That's what she said."

On the Metro coming back from the impromptu raid, we spotted this in one of the ad boxes on Breda 3119.  Someone had taken the advertisement that was in there, flipped it around, and wrote “DON’T TRUST WHAT YOU READ” in big letters on it.  The smaller text says, “That’s what she said.”


Due to the limitations of the Photography set format, I was unable to show the videos from the UNITE HERE picket in Crystal City.  This kind of completes the picture, truly showing the energy that this action projected…


“Up with the unions, yeah, yeah! Down with the bosses, boo, boo!”


Demonstrators block the street en masse, before the civil disobedience action begins.


Demonstrators participating in the civil disobedience sit in the street with arms locked.


Two demonstrators are arrested as part of the civil disobedience action.


The final demonstrators are arrested.

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