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Guess who’s coming to dinner?


Good morning, Netizens…


Guess who is coming to dinner? Would you believe David Elton is coming back to Spokane, and that might be interesting, considering he is contemplating at least two lawsuits. I would wager a small pittance that perhaps Doug Clark and myself might find this mildly amusing, although I assume that others might not be entertained with David's return what passes for the cultural illuminati of Spokane. On the other hand, that is no guarantee that either of us will be eating dinner with David Elton anytime either.


Of course, those of you in the know might already be aware that in July Mr. Elton's book, ostensibly titled “Crazy Drunk Mormon” will be released. Of course, before the BMOS (Big Mormons of Spokane) stand up in unison and begin beating their agitated and celebrated gongs in favor of Moroni, the publisher of this upcoming tome is partially owned by the Mormon Church, which should make for interesting late-night final edit sessions in David Elton's future.


To add to this merry band of miscreant potential, yesterday, David Elton sent out a formal press release where he announced a forthcoming lawsuit against Cowles Media and Spokane County Judge Mary Ann Moreno…not to mention Detective Corey Turman. That set of events alone, along with a personally hitherto unknown lawyer who hails from Oregon, Mr. Gregory Ernst. (His website is ) should prove enlightening, to say the very least.


Yes, David Elton has reassured me by phone he IS coming back to Spokane, and the only advice that comes to mind at the present is for everyone, including Joe Shogun, to ignore the rooftops for the time being.


Welcome back to Spokane, David. In our new-found sense of enlightenment, we even have a PhD running our Police Department these days.



The Woes of David Elton…

Good evening Netizens…

Gee, and if you wondered why your e-mail INBOX has been so quiet all of a sudden, one of our favorite sources of local electronic entertainment may be out of commission for awhile.

David Elton, ostensibly one of Spokane's finest gold-plated gadabouts and according to Joe Shogun, perhaps no longer on our Council President's personal Christmas Card list, is in jail again. This time, instead of a short-term visitation with Spokane's finest, he is currently in the Clackamas, Oregon County Jail charged with assaulting his wife, Belinda. According to his wife, this time he possibly will not be able to pick and choose between local attorneys at will, since he has been informed by his parents that he may be stuck this time with a Public Defender.

I wonder if anyone has bothered to inform the local probation office, since unless my memory is short-circuited, I do believe he is on probation here in Spokane, the result of his most-recent brush with the law.

Stay tuned. It may be interesting to see how this all plays out.


David Elton goes to trial…

Good morning, Netizens…

This morning, at long last, I will be testifying at the trial of David Elton for the prosecution. Approximately 600 days ago, this sordid affair called the case of Washington State Versus David Elton began, based upon an e-mail message written by David Elton February 6, 2009. Since that time, there have been multiple schedule changes to the court docket; Elton has fired a long list of lawyers and various judges have recused themselves but at last we are here, ready for a jury trial.

While I am not going to disclose my testimony at this point in time, suffice it to say that upon completion of the trial I will post excerpts of the original e-mail message so that you can judge for yourselves what his intentions at that time were. I do not believe now, after this passage of time, that justice would be best served by incarcerating Elton. This comes hard on the words of County Prosecutor Dale Nagy who, yesterday in a phone call informed me that I should not testify that Elton is bi-polar, although Elton takes enough psychotropic drugs to flatten an ox upright on its tail with its eyes crossed.

Among other luminaries slated to testify for the prosecution, Dr. John Olsen, City Council President Joe Shogan and Betsy Cowles to name a few. There is enough printed paper involved in this court case that we could paste the entire interior walls of Judge Moreno’s Court Room. We could call it interior decoration, were it not so macabre or such a waste of the taxpayer’s money.

So, hitch up your knickers folks, because here we are, going to trial.


Elton still in the race…

Good afternoon, Netizens…

If you look here you will see where candidate David Elton has withdrawn from the political race for County Commissioner according to The Inlander. That would be newsworthy were that truly the case, but contrary to Inlander reporter Kevin Taylor, the press release is inaccurate.

I spoke with Mr. Elton this afternoon by phone and he has not withdrawn from the political race for the Spokane County Commissioner, District 3 at all, and moreover, Elton made the assertion to me that he is supporting Bonnie Mager, one of the candidates whom he purportedly is challenging for the Third District Commissioner’s seat. I quote Mr. Elton: “Along with Don Barbieri and Steve Corker……Bonnie is a democrat I admire. She does a great job…..and she is my opponent. I am a lifelong Republican…but I never deny the truth…..That truth is that Bonnie Mager does a helluva good job. I admire Bonnie Mager!”

This comes hard on the heels of the Elton being termed “a civic gadfly” by Thomas Clouse writing for the Spokesman-Review ten days ago. To this I rebut, “If you kill a man like me, you will injure yourselves more than you will injure me,” because my role was that of a gadfly, “to sting people and whip them into a fury, all in the service of truth.” (paraphrased from Socrates)

I will leave the judgment to others of whether Elton is a gadfly or whether the irritation he sometimes causes in certain social and political systems in Spokane actually serves as a civic function far beyond being an irritant; that instead of simply serving as a gadfly, Elton is actually in search of the truth in his own obscure and sometimes unintelligible way and thus serves a higher and more noble cause.

Of course, your thoughts may differ.


On the campaign trail of David Elton…

Good morning, Netizens…

I almost got into journalistic trouble the other day when I stated a bit prematurely that David Elton was running for County Commissioner. There was a slight lapse between when I posted my announcement and when the Secretary of States web site updated at

That is because I received word of Elton’s filing from an private source and I verified the information from the Secretary of States office here in Spokane almost at the time he paid his filing fees. That seemed good enough at the time, but I wasn’t aware that the state web site had not been updated.

Once David Elton was officially in the running, it took less than 24 hours for his preliminary political campaign to run onto the rocks after a fashion. I have been aware for some time that David has an affection, a strange fascination for the Davenport Hotel, and ostensibly has been using their in-house computer network to access the Internet on a number of occasions, which is a serious no-no from their perspective, since is was not a guest of their establishment. He was warned several times, but persisted until yesterday, when he was escorted from the Hotel by security personnel and served with a notice titled “Notice of Trespass/Exclusion Private Property”. Ostensibly he is forbidden from entering the Davenport under city code 10.12.050, ie., trespass.

One never knows quite what David Elton will do next, but he always speaks his mind as he sees fit, with a considerable degree of cogency and clarity. More often than not, he creates controversy wherever he goes, whatever he says.

However, you might want to closely watch the political campaign in the County Commissioner’s Third Seat in the upcoming election. This is bound to be an interesting political campaign.


David Elton files for Commissioner seat…

Good afternoon Netizens…

I understand via the grapevine that David Elton has filed to run for County Commissioner for District 3 just a short time ago. Now this could be an interesting campaign, given the amount of muscle and financial wherewithal that he can bring to bear.

I also understand that David Elton is about to hold his first press conference, this time with KXLY TV. As more information comes available, I most certainly will keep everyone advised.


Friends of David Elton…

Good evening, Netizens…

I received this information from David Elton’s wife, Belinda, in e-mail, and because perhaps not everyone received this information, I am making it public.

If you or anyone you know would like to write to David Elton during his stay in the Spokane County Jail you may do so using the following address:

David H Elton
c/o Spokane County Jail
1100 W. Mallon
Spokane, WA 99260-0320

Perhaps now, more than ever, receiving mail from friends might help his emotional makeup during the time he is incarcerated.

Thanks in advance…


David Elton’s surety bond $400,000…

Good evening, Netizens…

I first met David Elton face-to-face early in the morning at Starbucks on the South Hill last winter and suffered some of Starbuck’s wretched coffee. Ironically, despite the fact David was distracted by holding several other simultaneous conversations and playing competitive chess at a high level he managed to hold a fairly cogent conversation with me before I finally drifted away into making my early-morning runs.

I believe that was the only time I ever met David Elton face-to-face. It isn’t to say he is a stranger to me at all, after nearly 500 e-mail messages and countless telephone conversations, I feel I have a fairly comprehensive understanding of his capability and well as the nature of his bipolar affliction. It seems almost Orwellian that he is both one of the most engaging, convivial persons I have met in my walk through life, and simultaneously one of the more-dramatic cases of bipolar disorder I have witnessed. One can be both.

I believe when David Elton was arraigned on today various felony charges, relating to his threats against City Council President Joe Shogan and Betsy and Stacey Cowles that perhaps I understand him better than most people. Did David Elton, as charged, present a clear and obvious danger to himself and others, as he has written? I submit that depends upon your perspective about bipolar disorder.

Annie M., a severe Schizophrenic patient I knew over a decade ago, who were frequently hospitalized at Eastern State Hospital for repeatedly attempting to kill either herself or others, once stated in a rare moment of lucidity, “Just because you are crazy as a loon doesn’t mean you are a bad person. Sometimes it means you are more loving and empathetic than those around you, just unable to remain that way all day long.”

Eventually Annie M.’s horrific Schizophrenia was cured by medication. She went on to marry, have a family of her own and finish her Doctorate at Washington State University. Her degree? She won honors in abnormal psychology.

Tonight David Elton is in the Spokane County Jail with his surety bond set at $400,000 by Judge Judge Patti C. Walker. It seems to me that, instead of arguing his case before Judge Walker, the highest and best use of Justice would have been for David to request immediate mental health treatment rather than jail time. I join with many others in the hope he gets the care he needs and returns to productive living soon.


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