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Re: “Defending the System

There are NO articles about victims in the Inlander. Hurray, you found two in Seattle after a four hour search. I can find a dozen articles demonizing law enforcement and excusing criminal action in the last three weeks of the Inlander.

Public Defenders do embrace and condone wife beating, drug dealing, robbery, theft, assault and murder. The more horrible the crime, the more gleefully they defend the criminal and mock the victims. They flocked to the Boston Bomber in droves and they were more than willing to claim an 88y/o WWII vet was a drug dealer, criminal master mind in order to sway public opinion from their two thug clients.

This publication celebrates the criminal every chance it gets. It curses religion, except of course Islam and in nearly every instance seeks to assign blame for the personal failures of leftism to those who had little or nothing to do with the choice that brought about the failure.

Posted by Jon Smith on 03/31/2015 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Defending the System

You're comments are totally misplaced in that you are comparing apples to oranges. There are literally thousands of articles about victims, but this article is not one of them; this article is about the defense attorneys who represent an accused's constitutional right to have representation of those rights. It is not about celebrating criminals and in fact, I don't remember ever reading an article with the purpose of celebrating criminals.

Even so, what in this world makes you believe defense attorneys don't have concern for the victim? Most victims are extremely thankful for the defense attorney, as it is s/he who is in the best position to ensure the victim and/or their family's receive closure. The author specifically stated:

"These public defenders are not bleeding-heart liberals. They don't condone stealing, wife-beating, murder or any of the crimes that someone charged before the court may face. The public defenders are there to assure that the constitutional right to a fair trial is available to everyone, regardless of financial status."

Do you realize that if we don't have public defenders innocent people are imprisoned while true perpetrators run at large to attack again? I don't know where you come off equating the representation of someone's constitutional rights with "adoration" of his person and his crime, but it is extremely offensive. So while you are certainly entitled to grieve your fathers horrible death, you are in no position to state a criminal's lawyer is an accomplice to his crime.

Here are some recent victim based articles you may be interested in reading:

http://www.khq.com/story/28589339/after-22…

http://www.khq.com/story/28608350/ex-prose…

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Posted by Rose Evans on 03/27/2015 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Defending the System

What about the victims? While every nearby progressive runs to the defense of the next cop killer or child rapist I wonder if they ever thought about the victims of their beloved charges? It is touching to see the local leftist celebrate when a rapist is set free to rape again or a local scumbag with 31 felony convictions destroys a local bakery. These people are after all, just democrats looking for a little support from the taxpayer for their ills.

But my concern is for the victim of the robbery, the child who is assaulted by the molester our local progressive are hugging and clapping on the back. I worry about my family as they are locking every door and window in hopes of keeping the democrats from helping themselves to my hard earned property.

I'm sure some leftist lawyer was hugging the 8-time convicted drunk driver who killed my Dad and telling the loser how he was a victim of a terrible disease. All the time failing to explain how alcoholism causes driving without a license. Never mind that he had killed before and left a thirty year trail of carnage in his wake. He was and is still an adored victim of something for the leftist community.

I have a hard time celebrating the criminal and his lackey lawyers after being a victim of their crimes. Why is their NEVER an article in the rag about the thousands of Spokanites harmed by the criminals it celebrates every week?

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Posted by Jon Smith on 03/27/2015 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Those Teeth Are Sharp

I wonder why the left adores Clinton this time, when they threw her under the bus eight years ago? She is the same criminal she was then, she still uses any government office for her own personal enrichment and gain. She is as corrupt as any politician in the last two centuries. She lies constantly, destroys records, hides emails and leave her ambassadors to be anally raped to death in mid-eastern countries. Her whore-mongering husband will be back at it full time in the Offal office.

The racist left will be destroying a Cuban American for daring to believe in God and a balanced budget. I am willing to bet, Ted Cruz has a college transcript, unlike some other Ivy League president.

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Posted by Jon Smith on 03/27/2015 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Those Teeth Are Sharp

I'd like to see Elizabeth Warren. Although it seems we put too much weight on the presidency. The title is the target for national outrage no matter whose in office. Easier to but blame on whatever someone is unhappy about, on one person. Of course the president is important, but it's electing Congress we should use our brains for.

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Posted by bgriff4 on 03/27/2015 at 6:13 AM

Re: “Those Teeth Are Sharp

Hillary will be mollycoddled by a fawning press corps and any Republican--especially the conservative ones--will be personally attacked and demagogued relentlessly. Call me an optimist, but the majority of likely voters will recognize the attempt to fix the race. Hillary is less personable than Bill, and the kid glove treatment will backfire because it will reinforce the perception that she sees herself as entitled and above the rules that lesser people must follow.

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Posted by muddydog on 03/26/2015 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Those Teeth Are Sharp

Gee whiz Tom, we sure have a lot of news and opinion from Idaho in this week's edition. Does your paper really have to cater to Idaho so much? Your readership must almost certainly be overwhelmingly from Spokane County. I don't mind an occasional story about a music thing or some monumental story in Idaho, but it just seems like in recent months you have gone way overboard on Idaho coverage.

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Posted by Isaac on 03/25/2015 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Give Him a Talk Show

Dear Inlander..When are you going to dump this Guy. His consistent Left wing tirades are becoming unbearable and incoherent.

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Posted by rad on 03/25/2015 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Spokane Shock

Great essay, Mariah. I didn't expect to fall in love with this city, but I fell in love upon my first Bloomsday experience and now I know it's my forever home.

Q: What's a sassy little city like you doing way out here in the boondocks?
A: knocking your socks off.

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Posted by Jillian Kuhlmann Wright on 03/24/2015 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Spokane Shock

It is important for all of us to think about what kind of city we want Spokane to become and then figure out how to be part of that. Thank you, Mariah!

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Posted by Kelly Rae Mathews on 03/23/2015 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Best Of Behind the Scenes

Listening to Stephanie vigil is worse then listing to palen? Khq is unwatchable, i watch king 5

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Posted by David Paul Voltz on 03/22/2015 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Best Of Behind the Scenes

Some of the food/beverage advertisements leave me at a loss for their efforts to attract customers I doubt the sincerity of restaurant and bar owners who think a website site adress and their neighborhood location is a sufficient address for their location. Your advertisements are so poorly written that, by omission, they warn potential customers that the service and prices may be as "obscure" as their address. I truly appreciate these subtle warning from businesses not seeking my patronage.

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Posted by patwick on 03/22/2015 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Give Him a Talk Show

To previous commenters- I am afraid that capitalism is a little more complex than somebody selling something, and attacking Hedges's sale of books rather than critiquing his worldview or theses amounts to a cheap and ill thought-out ad-hominem attack. This article is weak and as another commented, Bob doesn't dispute any of Hedges's critique, just that it comes across as something that poor Bob can't believe! While I admire a local reporter, an unknown name, trying to tackle an intellectual giant, simply not being able to wrap your mind around analysis is not really a point of criticism for any but oneself. Sounds similar to Fagan's rejection of climate change. Zzzzzzzzz

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Posted by Justin Justin on 03/22/2015 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Building Up Trust

There exists no trust from the Inland Empire's Military Veterans in the the Veterans Administration. The hospital is "operating" six doctors short in an ill-designed building which offers no comfort to patients. Beside the doctor situation, the E.R. is no longer open 24 hrs/day. Veterans wait between appointments in our cars as there is no wait area in the hospital.

Your tax dollars have been "spent" on an area fence and an imaging suite. Nothing for Veteran comfort. The Hospital administration door is locked at all times. The patient advocate does not return messages. The doctors and staff are great - what is left of them - we honor their service.

Thank you civilians for your efforts to assist us by writing your elected representatives about our plight.

In reality, Don't attempt to thank me for my Military Service. You haven't earned the right.

Posted by patwick on 03/22/2015 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Give Him a Talk Show

Communism is alive and thriving in the magical fiefdom of North Korea... wow.

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Posted by patwick on 03/22/2015 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Best Of Behind the Scenes

Best news anchor - Stephanie Vigil. Really? Collectively, are we that stupid?

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Posted by ptleahy on 03/20/2015 at 10:58 PM

Re: “Give Him a Talk Show

Interesting that in all the inches afforded him in his column about Chris Hedges’ (packed house) appearance in Spokane, wherein he dismissed most of what Hedges said, he didn’t actually refute any of it. In fact, he ended by saying ”…Hedges kind of nailed it there…”

It appears to me that Prof. Herold does not read beyond his comfort level: New York Times, perhaps The Nation, though even a close read of The Nation would have shown him that all Hedges talked about is very real. There are many more sources of information from alternative media, available with a click of the mouse: Truthdig, Truthout, Democracy Now, even occasionally Huffington Post, and so much more.

And a quickie about Herold’s praise for Hillary Clinton, who receives much of Hedges’ ire along with old Bill: yes, she does say, unlike Republicans, “inequality is the greatest economic challenge we face.” But she works hard to be sure that inequality continues its staggering increase. Hedges directs folks to watch what people DO, not what they say, and to find our own ways to make change.

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Posted by mtorres55 on 03/20/2015 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Give Him a Talk Show

We live and must survive in a capitalist world not of our choosing. Marx, Lenin, Trotsky all had to earn a living in that (our) world. Our only option is to create something different, something better which one cannot do without confronting and overthrowing the status quo, which cannot be done by hermits attempting to exist outside the system. Hedges has covered our many wars since the 1980s as a paid correspondent for the New York Times, then quit when they would not print his "biased" reports. He went on to write several best selling books and continues to comment on our situation writ large. Most of his work may be found in TruthDig.com, including his masterful defense of Edward Snowden at the Oxford Debating Society. As I understand it, his message is that we absolutely cannot make change within the system, that we must find our own ways to rebel. But read him for yourself.

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Posted by Yak Maninoff on 03/20/2015 at 7:00 PM

Re: “Give Him a Talk Show

The full title to the article was promising and then Herold just turns it into his regular "the right is even worse" article. He is just a tired old lefty writing the same old tired left wing stuff.

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Posted by ptleahy on 03/20/2015 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Give Him a Talk Show

Funny thing happened on the way to the Forum. All those left wing dip-wads screaming about the dangers of "capitalism" are making a good living by selling their distain for capitalism in bookstores everywhere.

How many free tickets were given away to the anti-capitalism rally?

How many free speeches did the anti-capitalist give?

How much if his ill gotten gain does he give to charity?

Are those fancy popped collar shirts and leather coats made from "fair trade" cows and cotton?

It is odd to listen to a profit mongering left winger scream about the dangers of "corporate" America. Especially when he had his Ivory tower constructed with non-union labor and cheap imported materials to save money and his immigrant maid is scrubbing away like a slave for 60% of what a typical American makes hourly.

No doubt in my mind, his secretary is making 70% of a "man's wages" as well. ALL HAIL THE DOUBLE STANDARD OF LEFTIST POLITICS.

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Posted by Centrist on 03/19/2015 at 8:31 AM

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