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Re: “Mean Streets

Wow. I think I just read an article in which the most liberal commentator for this publication decried the overreach of government when it comes to raising revenue. I applaud the sentiment, but respectfully suggest that similar criticism could and should be directed towards a federal government that has accumulated a national debt of over $18 trillion with no end in sight. That's about $154,000 per taxpayer. The parking tickets are less than chump change in comparison.

Posted by muddydog on 01/29/2015 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Say 'No' to Fear

Got attacked by a troll and then censored. You mad bro?

Posted by muddydog on 01/28/2015 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Say 'No' to Fear

The issue I have with the action of the chief executive is bypassing current law. If the first act as a person that wants to live in a country of laws is to break the laws then you are not law abiding. For the people that are following the law and paying and waiting to become an American, not a Illegal Immigrant, but someone proud to follow the rule of law. Anyone that claims they break the law for a better life for their family is in the same boat with most bank robbers and fraudsters. Yes if I had an extra 100,000 dollars I would provide a better life for my family. Most of the legal immigrants that came to this nation had to be processed through INS. That is where the slur WOP (WithOut Papers) came from. The funny part about this is without a well define border or immigration you no longer have a nation. If English was the official language of the U.S. it would save millions in money spent on printing documents in several languages. As for that Criminal In Chief, The Law is king, the King is not law........

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Posted by Denmark Vassey on 01/26/2015 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Say 'No' to Fear

@Stoptheinsanity:

I don't know what your bona fides as an American might be, but odds are that when you and like-frightened friends get together, there's an overt or subtle competition over whose great-something-or-others got here when. And if there had been a movement such as what you're rather rabidly fomenting, they'd still be back in Europe, possibly huddled and struggling with all the ailments you've listed. Or could it be that your "right" to this sort of plaint comes from the simple fact that you and some familial antecedents happened to fall out of your mothers within this country's borders? Immediate immigrants, at least struggle and scramble for a foothold here.

Your inability to distinguish between the conquering immigrants of the past and the present ones who aspire to assimilate seems to derive from the same hysteria as your list of diseases, many of which are curable or endemic enough here--and to whose numbers the immigrants you're alarmed about barely contribute.

It's almost cute, your accusing Ms. McKay of pretending to be a "saint," while you, in the armor self-righteous hyper-alarmism, parade in your Joan of Warp outfit. Yes, immigration is broken--not in any failure to serve your hysterical agenda, but in its not having adjusted to our NEED for workers to take jobs that others won't. I think it's time to recognize that the world is so interconnected that in addition to the term "racism," greed-driven xenophobia should join the list of sociopathic character flaws--a new kind of psychological scabies, if you will (or won't): congratulations on being yet another example of the new epidemic, "Greedophobia"! I'm not, as you say, "sorry you can't recognize that fact;" but I do hope you get well soon. (By the way, those will be immigrants carrying out the trash from the Greedophobia ward. Stop denying: it IS fear, and acceptance is the first step to a cure.

You seem concerned about "white haters." I suspect you're white, and certainly you're a hater. Look to yourself, if you can, or do as AIDS and HIV suffers did for years: try any cure you can, and hang on and pray (not to Mammon, as usual) until the next Greedophobia clinic opens soon. There may not be hope for you (you don't display any), but maybe your children can be saved!

When your petition comes around, will it be circulated by the likes of you? If so, some of that vitriolic spittle may put off potential signers. But wait--will you be paying the usual poor liberals and crypto-immigrants to collect signatures? Won't you and your cult be heroes for hiring the "enemy"! Bravo: take yourselves to dinner; but be sure to displace all the non-whites and immigrants from the kitchen: they might make it harder for you to do your own dishes. (Not the prep: you might be contagious!)

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Posted by Bill M on 01/25/2015 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Say 'No' to Fear

Nobody is "afraid" cupcake. We are tired of being invaded. Constantly bringing up how HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO people came here and displaced the natives actually proves our point. How do you think the natives felt about all that? You think they liked it and welcomed it? New flash! The natives objected strenuously. So your logic is that since this country was invaded and taken over by "horrible" people centuries ago we should allow yet another foreign invasion to continue? Really?

Here's another news flash for you. The 11 million is a lie. If it were true, then all 11 million have their "deferred status" as outlined by our rogue president. So who are these people you feel so wonderful about defending? It's all about trying to make yourself into a saint isn't it? Self aggradization?

You mention California. California is bankrupt. Their tax scheme to pay for illegals is coming to an end. It cannot continue. People, evenb people like you are abandoning the state because they are expected to PAY through the nose for illegal immigrants.

We have immigration laws for a reason, which should have nothing to do with skin tone, (it does now, showing racism against certain paler people) and everything to do with ensuring that deadbeats, criminals, drug dealers, people with communicable diseases etc. are not allowed to jeopardize the citizens. What you seem to be in favor of is anybody and everybody who has the preferred skin tone are allowed to break in here and aggress the citizens. How racist is that? Just because their complexion is darker, they should be allowed to wreak havoc? Our immigration system isn't broken, it's unenforced. Immigration is designed to weed out the undesireables no matter what color their skin is. I'm sorry you can't recognize that fact.

Public health advocate? Yet you want people with EV D68, AIDS, drug resistant TB, leprosy, scabies etc. unfettered access to our country? Wow. What is social, racial and economic "justice" anyway? What does it mean? I think it's code for white hater.

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Posted by Stoptheinsanity on 01/25/2015 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Mothers and Leaders

I'm excited about the opportunity to learn more about women that paved the way for me and my children. The few black women that I know a little about where taught to me by my mother, not the public school system that would like to credit itself for my "education".

Posted by Tamara Jameen on 01/24/2015 at 2:10 AM

Re: “Say 'No' to Fear

Billy, Billy, Billy. So many words, but nothing clever or interesting to say.

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Posted by muddydog on 01/23/2015 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Say 'No' to Fear

Roughage? Does grilled parrot-with broccoli count? Or might that imply a self-directed request for something more than thread-pirating self display in a comment on an issue demanding substance in opinion and action? (But, speaking of self: cool move, that, muting the whining while congratulating yourself for not whiningly self congratulating!) I think this exchange comes down to your "Avast" being not very a-vast: what that parrot is doing down your shirt while you smile must is vividly analogous to what a frivolous post by a guy playing pirate and addressing my diet does to a thread treating an important issue.

Coffee? Don't drink it, matey. As we say on the bounding main, "One pirate's 'stimulated' is a thinking sailor's 'relaxed.'" But belay that: on the other hand, if one digs for treasure, maybe that crusty three-cornered hat implies that doing work now defaulted to immigrants has given you not only Hallowe'eny affectations, but some understanding of their value and plight, and sympathy for the pittance they're paid (as little or less than a moonlighting pirate might make). Stifle the luff and keep them skinny timbers shiverin', laddie! (Word to Polly; hope she gets over the runs.)

By the way: don't sign the petition: its title is bogus. What it really is asking you to do is kill the American Dream, which always has been the trust of newcomers to this country.

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Posted by Bill M on 01/23/2015 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Say 'No' to Fear

@Bill M.

More roughage and less caffeine, bro. That'll help with your attitude and sense of humor. And yes, I can dig it, man. Done most of those groovy things in my life, and without any whining, self-congratulation, or sense of victimization. Had a parrot on my shoulder and a smile on my face, though.

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Posted by muddydog on 01/23/2015 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Say 'No' to Fear

@Bryce Leming: Unless you happen to be Native American, you're descended from immigrants of a type a "native" should be and was afraid of: one who ignored local rights, customs, and even lives. Fortunately, the kind of immigrant in focus is the kind that wants to benefit from our society--not to mow it down and impose another. And the "space" the "original natives" now have doesn't compare to the space those early immigrants (better called "genocidal invaders") stole--right after that nice, mythical, turkey dinner.

@muddydog: You sound just like Gray Davis, the deposed governor of California. He claimed that "illegals" cost California $3 million in social services--now that was a colossal lie of omission: what he omitted was that those same people contributed $90 million in value added to the state. Take your sword and pirate hat out there and strip a roof, wash a ton of dishes at midnight, do a tear-out for a remodel, or get your Aar out and swash your buckle at a tree nursery, if you can dig that. And if not, who will? Where will the owners of those businesses get their profits? Or for that matter, where will you get the loot to pay the much higher prices the related enterprises will have to charge for just about everything you buy legally? (We all know that pirates "buy" through secret channels.) You're standing on a lot of shoulders for the privilege of yo-ho-hoing and waving your sword.

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Posted by Bill M on 01/23/2015 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Say 'No' to Fear

Fear huh? I'm afraid of spiders, not immigrants. There is enough space in Spokane for legal immigrants to coexist with us natives. Not the original natives of course...they have their own space.

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Posted by Bryce Leming on 01/23/2015 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Mothers and Leaders

This lack of awareness of what really happened in American history will continue unless common core standards are amended to include study of history and civics. We need to also value physical health, science and the arts. At this point what gets tested is what gets taught.

Posted by cbryan on 01/22/2015 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Winter Scenes

As a wildlife advocate and having to deal with the extreme hatred towards wolves and all wildlife in Idaho it seems that your State won't be happy until all the wildlife is gone. I mean really, how many of those animals you listed in this article have you been able to actually observe out in the wild lately? Probably very few. Idaho should be embracing non-lethal methods to live with predators. And embrace the millions of dollars of income to the State possible through wildlife viewing. People want to see wildlife in their natural settings and your all missing the boat on all the possibilities of new businesses surrounding the industry. Yellowstone wolfwatchers and other wildlife viewers bring in 35 Million a year to surrounding areas of the park. Live animals pay way more than dead ones shipped to russia and china for fur coats.

Posted by Candy Copeland on 01/22/2015 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Say 'No' to Fear

If the author is suggesting that illegals who have been apprehended should be released if they have extraordinary swordsmanship, I completely agree. Americans have lost their swashbuckling traditions, and it's high time to reclaim them. Aar!

P.S. The cost of illegals comes at state and local levels due to increased educational and health care demands not paid at the federal level.

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Posted by muddydog on 01/22/2015 at 8:35 AM

Re: “People vs. Machines

John, thanks for your article. The title indeed says it all. We've allowed "solving" traffic to dominate our dialogues as communities for far too long. I look forward to a day when everyone has to pay for the transportation system they claim to want. That would hasten the reality check.

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Posted by Ian Rasmussen on 01/21/2015 at 1:49 AM

Re: “Completing the Comeback

Actually it was Ronald Reagan that said the best social program is a job.

Posted by Billy on 01/20/2015 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Completing the Comeback

Pipe down and get me some fries.

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Posted by muddydog on 01/18/2015 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Completing the Comeback

This is right on! And backed by fact. In fact, raising minimum wage always has the effect of boosting the economy. It just works. Republican politicians have a documented record of voting against pay raises, and it's squarely out of tune with the reality we're seeing, even presently in our own state. I'm not sure what all conservatives actually "conserve", but one thing they seem bent in conserving and preserving, is poverty and wage inequality. They get an F in science these days, and an F in economics too.

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Posted by graham on 01/18/2015 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Completing the Comeback

Convinced the government can fix economic problems? Just have the President issue an executive order that the economy must improve.

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Posted by muddydog on 01/17/2015 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Mothers and Leaders

I'm committing myself this year to reading diverse authors, as well as learning the history that is NOT taught in schools. The stories and lived experiences of Black and Brown women are necessary, yet are hidden in plain view. Everyone needs to do the real work of learning the whole story and history of any event or time period- not just the story told by those who hold power.

“No other group in America has so had their identity socialized out of existence as have black women... When black people are talked about the focus tends to be on black men; and when women are talked about the focus tends to be on white women.” --bell hooks

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Posted by shalberstadt on 01/16/2015 at 10:24 AM

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