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Where Do We Go from Here?

by Lisa Alvarez

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Or: "How do people not see the obvious?"

Fifteen questions chosen from the many written questions posed by Alan Hostetter in response by defendant in re United States of America v. Alan Hostetter filed May 18, 2023, and curated by Lisa Alvarez.

Note: Hostetter, 58, a former police chief of La Habra, is a San Clemente resident and yoga instructor. He has been indicted for his actions at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Where does the term Bread and Circuses come from and what does it mean?

What are some of the occult symbols and meanings of the 1939 movie, Wizard of Oz? Who is the true star of the movie and why? How might this movie relate to what we are experiencing today?

Did I describe Scientology and Mormonism as “secret societies within a religious context” in my previous motion?

Are some secrets necessary?

Have we reached mathematical impossibility in the number of coincidences yet?

Can you think of some well-known episodes of censorship and book-burnings of the past and who was responsible?

Does the word babbit appear in the English dictionary? What is the definition? Another coincidence? Or do they enjoy mocking us?

Could the shooting have been a false flag within the greater false flag itself?

Wouldn’t you love to see your FBI file too? Might you be shocked?

Why does President Trump often refer to “central casting” in many of his speeches? What might one find in a “central casting” office? Actors?

What are some reasons some people have two names?

How do people not see the obvious?

What group is in possession of Geronimo’s “Skull and Bones”?

Are you beginning to understand what the late comedian, George Carlin was trying to share with his audience when speaking about the so-called elite who run the world: “It’s a big club and you ain’t in it?”

It is in this spirit that I simply offer these questions and move on to, as I promised in the beginning – with the end in mind...where do WE go to from here?

To read the document in its entirety, click here.


Lisa Alvarez was born in Los Angeles and came to Orange County as a grad student earning an MFA in fiction at UC Irvine. Her essays, stories and poems have appeared in Air/Light, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Huizache, [Pank], Santa Monica Review and elsewhere, including Santa Ana Literary Association’s Year in Poetry series and Breath of Fire’s COVID Monologues. Her work has been included in anthologies such as Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories from the United States and Latin America. She has herself edited three anthologies, including Orange County: A Literary Field Guide and most recently, Why to These Rocks: Fifty Years of Poetry from the Community of Writers, both from Heyday. For nearly 30 years she has been a professor of English at Irvine Valley College, where she teaches writing and literature and co-directs the Puente program. During the summers she co-directs the workshops at the Community of Writers in the High Sierra.

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