Murder of a City, Tacoma: Chapter 5

Coverage of Murder of a City, Tacoma, starts here


  • The most important part about this chapter is that Crisman explains in depth his supposed philosophical reasons for engaging in this political war. I say “supposed” not to imply he’s lying, but merely to stress that for these purposes I’m taking Crisman’s words at face value but also not lending them unquestioned support. I’m not going to venture to say if he’s being honest or not, because I don’t really know.
    Anyway, Crisman’s main problem is with the imposition of state power in generally, but in specific with “sensitivity training,” which he considers a moral and subversive scourge.
    This is fascinating from my 2019 perspective, because these things are now commonplace in America. For Crisman in 1966, though, they represented something wholly nefarious. For Crisman, this sensitivity training was a means of political brainwashing.
  • Crisman claims that Rasmussen is the victim of a slander campaign accusing him of being a racist. This caught me by surprise, as I didn’t think being branded a racist would have a career-destroying stigma in the late ’60s. Looking at it from 2019, when “racist” and “sexist” accusations are the new “commie” catch-all condemnations designed to shut up anyone who doesn’t agree with things, I feel a natural sympathy with Crisman’s position here. However, it needs to be reiterated again that we really have no idea what Crisman was really up to.
  • Marshall Riconoscuito wraps up the chapter saying “there’s going to be hell to pay” after saying that the only way for them to fight this media campaign is to get some media of their own, by the order of “millions of dollars.”

Old Machinery in the Yard at Blue Heron French Cheese Company

Close-up image of rusted tractor-side reading "Built by Buffalo Company, Buffalo, NY."I love rust. I can’t really explain why; I just do. My appreciation for the aesthetics of metallic aging is particularly strong in regards to old machinery.

Something about the pattern and gradation of rust on tractors, cars, and trains is beautiful and fascinating to me.

So, whenever I visit the Blue Heron French Cheese Company in Tillamook, Oregon, my interest in the aesthetics of rust is what drives me to leave behind the delicious wine and cheese and spend most my time photographing the old machinery that fills the grounds like art installatnions in a sculpture garden.

Old Machinery in the Yard

It’s kind of a no-brainer that the Blue Heron has great cheese and wine. What you may hear less about is the old machinery in the yard (there are animals to pet, too).

For the aesthetically minded person, though, those rusted relics are captivating and fascinating. Well, they are for me, anyway. Maybe it takes a weird sort of mind to find so much intrigue in such a thing; if so, then be it—this is a post for the select group of weirdos that enjoys rusted and old machinery.

Vehicular Dinosaurs

The Blue Heron sits on a large piece of land with ample room to fit all kinds of decorative oddities, including the old tractors and buses I’ve alluded to.

If you’re the weird sort of person who also enjoys this kind of thing, then I highly recommend that you visit. Here are some pictures from my latest excursion:

Honestly, I’m not entirely happy with the quality of the shots I got, but that’s okay because it’ll just give me another excuse to go back and get more!