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Re: “Really White House

To the clown who keeps using the old meme, ``Liberal Media'' do yourselves a favor and research the Conglomerations that own all the major media giants: they are all Conservative Rags. Fact free zone GOP is going to be a riot to watch as it buries itself in BS over the next 2 years and watches the Congress get split again and one term Humpty Dumpy fall off his grand feckless Wall.

Posted by Marc Jeffrey Driftmeyer on 12/09/2016 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Fake-News Nightmare

ITT: people sticking their heads in the sand pretending like sites full of fake headlines and stuffed full of ads and sometimes malware don't exist. That's also on top of the satirical websites people often fail to realize are satirical.

I assume it's because they're too busy forwarding chain emails.

Posted by Joshua Ohm on 12/08/2016 at 8:29 PM

Re: “A Win for Everyone

Only a delay till Obama's Bureaucrat is replaced in two months.

Saying the protesters were peaceful is a Lie, attacking workers and police, destruction of private property trashing the land .

In the end the Violent protests will do nothing, Activists will go home and the Sioux will lament the loss of the money they were trying to extort from the pipeline Co after all they were willing to let the pipeline go through the res for a mere 20 Million in pay offs....

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Posted by Tangeant on 12/08/2016 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Fake-News Nightmare

DDC, I was wondering if that was you. I gotta make the bastards pay somehow ;)

Hope you're doing well. I so miss the Spokesman's dialog.

I had some real zingers leading up to the election on here but they got taken down because the cursing was melting the snowflakes. Whatever the case, the election was VERY entertaining and, because of the winner, it is yet to entertain further...lol

Take care.....

Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 12/08/2016 at 9:01 AM

Re: “My Dinner with Fidel

What is wrong with America? This!

"Though I imagined that Castro understood English, he spoke only through a female interpreter who appeared to translate his comments the way he wanted them understood, not the way he stated them in Spanish. "

I am just amazed that someone more apt to negotiate with a Spanish speaking leader was not chosen over George. He may say he was there for the pea farmers but Havana has some nice beaches and world-class prostitutes; that amalgamation makes me wonder if he was not just a tourist on a government subsidized vacation. A vacation that the rest of us peons are forbidden from endeavoring to encounter because of pols like ol' Georgey-boy here. And so he was at a dinner with a national leader and the leader is able to speak freely and duplicitously in front of George because he does not even know the language, though he can tell that Castro is not being translated accurately. And so I wonder, why was George there? If America has vast resources, could not those resources be used to send more fitting individuals to deliberate on Her behalf? Surely, only a select few ought to have been considered since travelling to Cuba is dictated by our overlords in DC to be haram, and therefore forbidden?

Nope, America is perfectly suited to send on Her behalf a bumpkin of limited wit that doesn't speak the language. I think it is little tales like this that show Washington for what it is, a bunch of egoists that make things up as they go along and then pretend that isn't the case. It is why Trumps "bad deals" is such a harbinger of truth to so many. George should just shutup about Castro and Cuba. He had his chance to make a difference and instead he glommed to the cancer of consensus. Now, after he has left power, he has courage to say that American's ought to be free to travel to Cuba, where he has already been on a government paid vacation to a place that the government forbids people from going. What a perfect emblem for his and the government's ineptitude. He was "our" representative and his concern was not "our" right to freely travel but that pea farmers could not sell to Cuba as their Canadian counterparts could. Like most pols, this one's principles are a wind vein.

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 12/08/2016 at 8:42 AM

Re: “This Isn't Normal

I cannot even read through one of these entirely without repelling in disgust. Paul, you are disgusting! You believe lies!

And so it goes that we must visit the tale of FDR's concentration camps. Paul would have us believe that FDR "ordered" his persona non-grata to "register" for these fun little camps. FDR was one of our 'greatest' presidents I am told and so we must admit that Trump will be able to make America "great" again within the confines of that jingoism. All should know that FDR did not order these poor souls to register but, rather, he just went down to the census office and collected those that had pre-registered for FDRs concentration camp by noting their Asian heritage on the census. You know, that thing that is taken every 10 years so that America can keep being a bad-ass democracy with equal representation. Yeah, so the next time you fill out a census think, boy I hope I get to make America great--like FDR--and catalog my race so that, when the time comes--for national security of course--, you can be culled by leviathan efficiently and because of your social identity rather than your individual liberty.

I don't understand what you guys think you accomplish of your prestige to apologize for your failure in such self-serving ways. Like the poor student that is unwilling to study and then bemoans their ignorance. I have read little of the apologetics of lying media scum in regards to their corrupted opinions in this election cycle. However, there is Conrad Black's piece from Nov 11th in the NY Sun. He did not apologize for the failure but rather made mention of this utterly indisputable fact: "The publics loathing and distrust of the press is richly deserved and indicative of one of Western societys greatest failings: the free press has failed."

And so Paul. No one disagrees that the free press is not important. It is just that, in your hands, and that of your colleagues you have failed and continue to fail. Your mission is venerable, your actions have potential for great value and you are entirely capable of providing a public service as you seem to conceive that you are already--you aren't btw. But first, you must look in a mirror and accept that your role was not a good one, your sentiments were unfounded, your hostility to Trump and certainty of his failure is where you went wrong. If you can't hate Trump and cover him then maybe you should be a technical writer? If you cannot admit to this? You will not change. If you cannot own your role and accept the harm you have caused, you will continue to look stupid to the majority of people minus an insular group of back slapping colleagues and powerful people that need your myopia to operate.

Here is some reading for you: http://www.nysun.com/national/publics-loathing-of-the-press-richly-deserved/89793/

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 12/07/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Fake-News Nightmare

You're making me look up words again, Lys. Well said.

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Posted by DDC on 12/06/2016 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Fake-News Nightmare

What a load of self-absorbed crap! I am just astounded at the voice of this article, as if of the people, and not some saintly prince that prances around journaling this region as if he understands it. I am sure that whatever smugness weaves, smugness believes.

We live in interesting times. I am similarly aghast at how the snowflakes and their fake news have coagulated in their sanguine opinion that the reason they were all humiliated, the reason that their hopes for Clinton were based on misconception, is because peopleyou and Ibelieved in other sources that are not them. Which is to say, THEY are the fake news, the Inlander, the Spokesman, the NYT. It is a bitter pill.

Really, news is news; it is something new. The idea of journaling, it seems to me, is more about the act of recording than about making exemplifying the truth. The truth is self-evident. We do not need brilliantif self absorbed and narcissisticMacgregor and his expertise. No, we do not need that becausethe truth is self evident and Sir McGregor is not an orifice for the truth. Truth is manifold and does not revolve around the ego of editors and owners. I find great joy when I see opinion-makers fail. When I see their egos crumple.

It is most often followed by a hunt for a cause to their failure that would betray their inability to prevent what unfolded. Nay!!!! It cannot be their fault. And for those fragile spirits the Washington Post has done a great job in promoting the fake news narrative. The fake news narrative is a generous gift for those tainted hearts that can now exclaim to whomever will listenan ever diminishing audiencethat their failings are not their own but that of someone else. The Washington Posts angle was to project theirMcGregorsfailings as an overt act of meddling by the Russians. Indeed, the Washington Posts write-up on fake news has been almost universally panned by actual journalists who do not need to make amends but to just keep journaling with that same method as before, to keep seeking the truth an making it evident. I dont think that happens at the Inlander. The Inlander does not produce news and it does not employ journalists. Heck, it is hard for me to say that they even employ good writers, but I am a harsh critic.

Does Inlander staff even attend things like the council meetings or go to court? Do they examine the public record for stories? Do they investigate? Or is it just to entertain a dull mass of cultureless narcissists who mistake self-love for culture?

It was cute to see a write-up on fake news that did not elevate the Russian useful idiot meme. Indeed, it was quite clear that the Inlander and its snowflakes, as well as the Spokesman and its snowflakes and the TV husks with hair-dos that read the news to that aforementioned dull mass, all of these people were the useful idiots of the failed strategy of the Queen of manipulation. It was truly a pathetic sight to behold, and I mourned for their project too, because the people NEED to be informed. There needs to be someone willing to see the virtue of truth in itself. There needs to be someone that ceaselessly follows a lead regardless of whom it may defame or what institution may get bad PR because of it. The truth does matter, but I fear that it is not found in these pages nor is it pursued by its staff, nor, it seems from analyzing this drab screed, is it important to McGregor. What McGregor seems to be mourning is the act of him speaking and people believing him. Anyone with that affliction knows now how that infection spreads and what it feels like; and so poor McGregor has to bemoan fake news in order to juxtapose his own poor editing and managing of this rag. He has to apologize for his failuresone would not expect him to own his failures. Self-love can restrict that sort of introspection.

I also think that it is funny that he speaks of the first in the world school of journalism. The statement itself is one of meaningless sophistry. As if we are to see his expertise as above all others because his school is the oldest? Is that why its age is relevant? I would hope he would have more refinement than that but I am loath to give liars the benefit of the doubt. Regardless of his schools age, Journalism had been failing as an organ of truth for quite a few decades by the time that 1908 rolled around. The founding of these sorts of schools, it seems to me, was to better shape the optics of the act of journaling. I say that because of this: Remember the Maine

I dont know if McGregor would Remember the Maine but it certainly is an epic tale of what scum bubbles up from mass media. William Randolph Hearst once said you furnish the pictures and Ill furnish the war and people of McGregors ilk obliged. For this act the US won from Spain the Islands of Peurto Rico, Cuba and the Philippines. We would later find out that the USS Maine was not sunk by Spain but by itself; whether deliberately, or because of mismanagement, it is still unknown. The Americans then unfolded a tyranny that would eventually collapse with Castros rise to power over the hated Baptista regime that US interlopers had installed. Not that Castro was any better, though, McGregor might think so.

The hero in this story, Walter Williams, was emblematic of the cancer that is now perfusing through higher education and the smugness of newspapers as a whole. Before his vaunted School of Journalism newspaper writers were apprentices. Did you hear that? They did not need to go to journaling school to know how to journal. So what then is the significance of the first school for journaling? Why does it matter? If you ask me it fits very well with the timeline of the decline of journalism and the ascension of the modern US warfare state. Ironically, the decline of western civilization can be seen in a similar arc of history. McGregor might proffer that it is because of the lack of professionalism that the school was trying to alleviate. But the founding of this school coincides with one of the bloodiest periods in the 20th century, it glorified the embedding of journalists and their celebrity and, it seems to me, the truth took a back seat to that of expertise and innuendo.

Would McGregor rail against the fake news from the Spanish-American war? Would he rail against the reports that the German navy was about to cross the Atlantic and invade America prior to WWI? Would he rail against FDRs deception that led to the Pearl Harbor massacre as documented in Stinnets Day of Deceit? Would he rail against the reports from the gulf of Tonkin in the 60s? Or how he helped lie to youto usso that GWB could have his war in Iraq? Oh no, fake news is a more recent problem that needs to be confronted. And who better to confront it than the moron that probably doesnt even understand how stupid his fake news musings even sound.

There is no more glorious a fact in our society than that of owning pulp futures does not amount to owning the ability to project ones ideas. No, there is much better competition now, and with much lower overhead. The paper will continue to die as you old deadwood lovers reach your twilight. The newspapers will die and information will be more freely available to everyone then at any point in human history and it will be the self-evident that can be true rather than truth from the megaphone of the likes of McGregor and his deadwood friends.

The only thing I look forward to, in these pages, is the fodder to tease with. Thanks Inlander

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 12/06/2016 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Fake-News Nightmare

After reading even more "blame game" journalism/commentary from the losing team, I'm compelled to respond to Mr. McGregor's low energy rant....only to see that, these days, there are others that understand the self-delegitimizing of the conventional press.

"Fake news" didn't determine the election...or even contribute to it.

It was bigotry. The bigotry of the conventional press towards conservative leaning, "uneducated" Americans.

That bigotry continues.....and editors like Mr. McGregor will keep championing it's ignorance.

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Posted by DDC on 12/05/2016 at 7:17 PM

Re: “This Isn't Normal

Paul stated:

"Hillary Clinton lost (she didn't)"

If that were true, Paul, then a great deal of people, far smarter and wiser than you, are wrong.

Perhaps you should read the section of the US Constitution about Presidential elections.

Apparently, you, Paul Dillon, suffer from Democrat Derangement Syndrome. It's been going around..... It's a common ailment among democrat lemmings, the astoundingly politically ignorant, and low information voters.

Hillary was unfit to be POTUS anyway...watch the hearings in 2017; maybe you will realize this and get over your childish disease.

Grow up.


To the Inlander Editors:

The Inlander keeping columnists around as blindly biased as Dillon is why your Spokane community influence will remain minimal. The Inlander will forever be surprised on election day and not taken seriously as a publication.

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Posted by Do Better Inlander on 12/05/2016 at 4:27 AM

Re: “This Isn't Normal

"Hillary Clinton lost (she didn't)"

Paul, get a grip. Yes, she did lose. Trump won according to rules of the election which we have used since the ratification of the US Constitution. He got 302 electoral votes and she got 232.

You really need to work this out and to still be stuck in the first stage of grief (denial) is just going to make it more painful for you.

Move on...

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Posted by ptleahy on 12/04/2016 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Fake-News Nightmare

Funny how a minor captain of liberal media is whining about "fake news".

This is analogous to a kid pleading for mercy from the court after being convicted of killing his parents; "...after all, I'm an orphan, judge".

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Posted by WakeUpDs on 12/04/2016 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Fake-News Nightmare

Unmentioned in this column are the progressive's pet fake news sources that were widely popular in that liberal bubble. We had years of the smug and smarmy John Stewart and Stephen Colbert (and now we have their offspring shows). These shows readily admitted it was fake news and many of their viewers readily admitted these shows were their only source of news. Sure they are satire and comedy but the line was blurred. Remember 'truthiness'?

Unless you are willing to admit that some of the biggest purveyors of fake news were those on the left, just save your bellyaching.

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Posted by ptleahy on 12/04/2016 at 8:27 AM

Re: “This Isn't Normal

Re: Ryan Humphrey.

Paul is as pro DEMOCRAT and anti-Republican as anyone you will ever meet. Apparently, you're not a frequent reader of his biased, liberal rants in the Inlander.

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Posted by Justsaying' on 12/04/2016 at 12:24 AM

Re: “This Isn't Normal

Re: Paul read a book. The only time Paul even mentioned "DEMOCRATS" (as you put it), is when he said normalizers could be both Republican and Democrat. Literally none of what you said had anything to do with what Paul was speaking about.

All of Paul's historical references were accurate. I think it's safe to say he has a grasp on history.

People who subscribe to both the Democrat and Republican parties can be racist. Parties themselves cannot be one or the other. They're not sentient beings. It's the people. Your argument about this makes absolutely no sense.

Planned Parenthood has never, and currently does not make profit off of baby parts. You, Republican fanboy, of all people, should know this; as it was your party that not only wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer resources investigating dozens of Planned Parenthood locations throughout the country, but they (the Republicans) also found and concluded that there was zero evidence of this. Talk about someone who doesn't know their history...

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Posted by Ryan Humphrey on 12/02/2016 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Incendiary Words

Anybody who suggests an equivalency between Trump and Nazis is a clueless, histrionic ninny.

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Posted by muddydog on 12/02/2016 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Incendiary Words

It's funny to see reality set in on the perpetually clueless democrats. They have been lied too by their leadership so many, many times, yet they are still hopeful that somehow what their betters said would happen, and it will magically come true if they have faith.

This is not Field of Dreams democrats. Shoeless Joe was a cheat.

Now the D's are reduced to their endless practice of blaming others for their own failures

When will they ever grow up and clue in to the fact that big government is a recipe to failed government?

When will the democrat faithful learn their leaders are nothing more than money grubbing opportunists and reprobates.

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Posted by Hillary for Prison on 12/02/2016 at 9:30 AM

Re: “To Kill the Black Snake

Those sticking up for the black snake are the most ignorant people on Earth. Do some research, look at history, get your head out of your ass and off the fucking internet, and you might be enlightened to the fact that cutting down all the trees and burning fossil fuels will ultimately lead to the planets sixth mass extinction, end-of-times in other words. If you don't believe in prophecy, or even Revelations, than surely you must believe in science. There have been five mass extinctions, the dinosaurs being the latest, and studies have proven elevated levels of CO2 during each one. Here's basic science for you, humans breathe in oxygen to live and convert it to CO2 as we exhale. Trees, in turn, absorb CO2 and through a process called photosynthesis convert it back to oxygen cause they're nice like that... Stewards of the land persay, much like my native heroes. Continue deforestation, burning of fossil fuels, and the inevitable population growth.....
I'm done because I know you imbeciles won't hear a thing you just read and will argue every point I made, so save yourself the precious time you have and go back to your luxurious quality of life that only oil can supply you with. IMO walking around the forest with my family foraging for our quality of life, is far more luxurious than sitting in traffic for two hours before and two hours after working for "the man" ten hours a day six days a week for my entire fucking life just to die broke and so detached from my family because all our heads are wrapped up behind a tiny fucking screen the other ten hours of our days. I'M DONE!

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Posted by hopefully 1of144,000 on 12/02/2016 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Guardian Saint

Great insight and a good read. :)

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Posted by Annie Parker on 12/01/2016 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Incendiary Words

What is most disturbing about Trumps candidacy and his subsequent victory are the many voices that, in their support of him, his actions and his policy proposals, show no capacity to detect anything out of the ordinary and readily see in him nothing more than a refreshing, much needed, new personalty on the American political stage. This attitude is exactly what Hannah Arendt had in mind with her reference to the "banality of evil," or Nadezhda Mandelstam recalled as unwitting victims "the whole pack of us licked the hunter's hand, squealing incomprehensibly." This phenomena is not so much itself a moral failure as an absence of honest intellectual reference points that would allow a Trump apologist to reject the appearance of normalcy and equivalence and thereby find grounds to make a moral judgement. Such thinking might be safely dismissed except for the fact that it produces the many accomplices necessary to implement evil on a large scale. Clearly, such people would not be hard to find.

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Posted by Puca on 12/01/2016 at 9:01 PM

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