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Re: “To Kill the Black Snake

Hello Everyone.
I'm glad this pipeline is being discussed. I'm an oil investor and a lover of our earth. Go head - laugh. Now let me speak. You already voted for this pipeline ( and I truly wish you didn't ) Each and every one of you did. Every time you buy gasoline or flip on a switch or buy food at a market - you just gave us your consent to keep drilling for oil. You tell us to drill for oil by using it - and the energy and the access to goods it provides. You vote with your money. Each time you spend it. And those dollars are each 1000 times more powerful than whatever candidate you vote for, or protest you attempt. You see, your money is your endorsement of an action. What you say doesn't matter if your actions contradict what you say. All land is sacred. Every inch of Earth is just as sacred as every other inch. Just because you can see This pipeline you don't like it. Well- to keep up with all the oil and gas everyone keeps demanding - via buying it- we keep drilling and building pipelines. Would it be better if it was running through some else's backyard? Somebody else's sacred ground? My most sacred ground is where ever my children play. You seem to be attached to where your ancestors are buried. If you wish to honestly protest oil- STOP BUYING IT ALL THE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Oil Investor on 09/26/2016 at 12:14 AM

Re: “Murrow's Nightmare

Surprisingly no mention of the League of Women voters in this article.

Posted by burmer on 09/25/2016 at 8:36 AM

Re: “To Kill the Black Snake

Oh my goodness.
I have grown so weary of folks playing the poor victim in an attempt to squeeze some more money out of others.

Currently, we need oil as a fuel. Solar and wind will NEVER be enough to quench the energy thirst. The energy yields are not high enough and physics will not be denied.


Get over it, and grow up.

Plastics make our world work. Look around and notice it all around you.

It was not an invention of third world people fighting, killing, kidnapping, raping and eating other third world people with their average life expectancy of 35 years as it was before the great Christopher Columbus set sail in 1492.

No, it was one of many inventions created by the descendants of people who immigrated here centuries ago. In fact, these same descendants are responsible for over HALF of ALL inventions ever created by humans in their million year history.

Look it up.

The truth is, without these same descendants of immigrants, there would be no native people left. Hitler, Stalin, Tojo etc. would have eradicated any survivors that made it past the 19th century.

History has shown, time after time, inferior cultures get consumed by far superior ones.

Without the amazing work of these descendants of immigrants, most of the folks whining like spoiled children on this thread would not be writing naive, self serving, ignorance infused, tripe on devices created by other descendants of immigrants.

So, down vote me all you want (another invention of descendants of immigrants, by the way) in your petty little fits of spite, but deep down in your soul where you can't even lie to yourself , you know I'm correct.

If you really want to go native, be authentic and not hypocritical and all, consider doing without plastic, your car, your computer, a grocery store, money, cotton, metal and reject the ways of the descendants of immigrants. Hunt, gather and make clothing for yourself; just like your ancestors did.

Then maybe, just maybe, you will have some credibility....and learn to appreciate what the descendants of immigrants have done to make your life possible.....and better than any life your ancestors could have ever dreamed of having.

BTW: You should really celebrate Columbus Day; he helped make your amazing life possible.

Now, let the petty and childish down voting.....begin.

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Posted by Was Moses Lake, now Spokane Valley on 09/25/2016 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Transparent Motives

For an article about transparency there was remarkably little that is specific to transperency, which is odd. Really, it is laughable that Hillary can be considered anything but secretive unless in maybe in a relative sense. But this Herold guy is delusional both of his analysis on the candidates secrecy. In terms of a public life Trump has been a national figure for far longer than Clinton and so by this measure Trump ought to win in this calculation. Is Herold going to be supporting Trump soon? We shall see. So the screed starts out with a hell of a thesis to make and so after stating the thesis and supporting it with lies what does the heart of this darkness hold for the reader? Two terrible literary references that aren't about transperency except for maybe in a weak and veiled way. I am a huge fan of Orwell but not so familiar with Lewis Carrol. I have not read through the looking glass but I have read the poem of his called Jabberwocky, which is what I think is going on here. I am accusing this fellow of committing jabberwocky. Jabberwocky, you see, is a poem about nothing. It is the mockery of style without meaning and I am thinking here that the reference dear Harold has mobilized is one that has committed a similar sin. I can seen thinly what Herold is saying. I think he is saying that Humpty Dumpty is Trump and Trump is wanting it his way by having words mean what he thinks they should mean in certain context and mean other things in other context. Certainly that is the insinuation, but I rather think that Carrol is making a point about language and meaning that is far deeper. Humpty Dumpty wants to control the message. When he says something he means it in a certain way even though the audience is at liberty to play with the meaning themselves--the Author is Dead after all--and so they are "master" of none. And here I am going to spin this on it s head. I would say that humpy dumpty is far more like Hillary. She talks to the people of this country in a way that is to be understood. She wishes to do what she can't and control the way that we, the people, hear what she says. Ironically, the habit of Trump, which is being slandered by this mis-appropriation is to understand this aspect of meaning. By far he has shown himself to have a master political wit in comparison to the bumbling fools that have stocked both parties for a generation. He speaks to what people wish to hear, he says that which will bring the sentiment fourth without really ever being specific; Bill Clinton is also a master of this. And that is too his advantage. And it is not true that Trump remains behind in the polls except for in Nate Silver's fantasies. He might want to snap out of it because being soooo wrong may look poorly on his career as an analyst; though, you would think it looked poorly enough already. I really don't care who wins. Either choice will be misery for us but I tend to enjoy someone by the enemies they make and Trump has bothed raised the ire and humiliated the neo-con movement of the last several decades. A movement that has lead to disastrous and hubristic foreign policy decisions that have bled this country of 5 trillion dollars over the years. George HW Bush himself is voting for Hillary, the Kochs support Hillary, all the evil dictatorships and American vassals support Hillary, the defense industry supports hillary, the producers of all those awful movies support hillary, basically all the wrong people. The only true dissent left is to dis-engage and defy, if you ask me; to not vote, to lower the turnout, to discredit the democracy that has clasped the chains around the wrist of humanity. Admit it, the constiution has failed, it has either authorized the government that we have or failed to prevent it and in either case is unfit to exist.

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Posted by lysander on 09/23/2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Transparent Motives

Yeah, it was a "vast right wing conspiracy" that perpetrated the Monica Lewinsky hoax. Who claimed it was a "vast right wing conspiracy'?

Bitter-clingers like Herold still believe that HRC is trustworthy.

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Posted by ptleahy on 09/23/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Transparent Motives

Hillary is so transparent that the overwhelming majority of Americans see right through her. That explains why they think she isn't honest or trustworthy.

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Posted by muddydog on 09/22/2016 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Are You Not Entertained?

The Gladiator is fiction upon history and one ought to be able to find one of these sorts of situations within history without elevating it to a fictional account. If anything the author here has it reversed. The situation as it is today is the destruction of an election cycle that has been too visceral and sentimental for too long. I was listening to NPR the other day and I heard a classless story about cookie recipes. Now I didn't know this was a thing but apparently the first ladies submit cookie recipes to some rag or something and so these hair-do journalists were trying these recipes. Clinton's (bill Clinton's) was heralded and dissected by these flailing jackals but they loved it. Then it came to trump's cookies and they offered up some confusing exhortations about how it was bland and that may be to appeal to the working class or plays to Trumps E. European roots or something but they all seemed rather confused at the choice of Melania's entry that recipe. Of course the segment was banal and ended not soon enough, but it was after it ended and I was reflecting on the hair-do's consternation at the two recipes and I realized that these morons had been played. Trump seems rather good at playing these people, playing the author of this piece even. Like the presidential pardon for turkey's on thanksgiving the recipe was pure flare and PR and the candidates--like the Clinton's--were expected to play along and jump through hoops and what Trump did was offer a cookie recipe that was dull. I imagine that Trump's cookie recipe was chosen to be deliberately dull and because of that it was genius for it both got his name out there but also was a joke to these people who had to talk about this dull bland cookie. It both made the Clinton's look disingenuous and also the reporters look foolish with all these stupid games they are always playing in election cycle.

But I was thinking about that when I was reading this article. I was thinking, would this guy who can't even muster a historical analogy--he has to use Hollywood movie as an analogy--would he eat the cookie and play-a-long or would he realize it and then in post haste bangout an article that denounced this act and the Clinton's for playing along? No, I believe he is what is called "part-of-the-problem" in popular nomenclature. Any treachery he discovers in regards to this observation is undoubtedly treachery that he himself is guilty of as a journalist. Indeed, it is this treachery, which is both past and present, that discredits this sort of analysis. The paradigm of entertainment as politics has passed. It has existed for a long time now. I would portend that what this election cycle has done, rather than elevate entertainment over politics, but it has destroyed the idea that what we have isn't the constitution of that already and we are here watching the fall. Network came out in 1976 and here you are denouncing howard beale 40 years too late.

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Posted by lysander on 09/19/2016 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Puppy Love

Tell me this screed is anything other then old george not wanting to talk about the thing that he is paid by the inlander to about politics. I wonder if it is because this election cycle, establishment-hacks have been suffering from foot-in-mouth disease every time they attempt to hold an opinion. A puppy column has got to be the inauguration of obscurity. Couldn't happen to a better guy too.

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Posted by lysander on 09/19/2016 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Murrow's Nightmare

Calling a person with a Ph.D. a doctor is one of thousands of things wrong with higher education. Sure, it is technically correct but because they hand out those things like they are going out of style, it doesn't mean anything anymore (see Dr. Melissa Click or Dr. Jill Biden who has one in education which is even lower in the difficulty scale.) Worse yet is the person with the Ph.D. insisting they be called doctor. You sound like a sycophant in one of his classes brown nosing for a good grade because he doesn't grade anonymously.

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Posted by ptleahy on 09/18/2016 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Murrow's Nightmare

Perhaps I'm mistaken, but I believe Mr. Murrow and Mr. Herold were contemporaries.

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Posted by muddydog on 09/17/2016 at 11:26 PM

Re: “Murrow's Nightmare

Clearly Dr. Herold explains the current status of journalism in a clear, concise, intelligent way that is beyond the mental grasp of most of you folks commenting on his commentary. I have to wonder if any of you understand who Murrow is and why he chose to use him as an example...

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Posted by popi on 09/17/2016 at 8:20 PM

Re: “To Kill the Black Snake

Were we not made by that which we now seek to destroy along with every other living thing? We are at a point whereby we have extracted so much from within the earth's crust , that it is like a loaded dice. Out of balance is an understatement and yet mankind restricts its calculation to the surface! No-one stops to weigh the result of a blasting project to extract Diamonds, Gold, Iron or any other Ore from the Earth's Crust. Then we dig for Coal and drill for Gas/Oil one has a weight the other acts as buoyancy, but both are relevant to the balance of the whole we know as a Planet called Earth! We do not and never will , own it because we are simply a part of it as a whole, almost like any other Species who live for a span and then die! Accept we have killed more in our short existence than have ever killed themselves since Earth was Formed! What is left when we die returns to its source, that being the owner, Earth!. We kill each other for money, yet we never own money and can never take it away from this planet when we die, money is nothing but another promise never fulfilled! Also invented by the White man as was every other promise never fulfilled, I am a white descendent ashamed of the actions forgone! I cannot alter the past , so send it love and let it go. However, I can affect the now and the future and as such the New World Order, The Congress,and The Powers That Be, can kiss my Ass because I have as much right to live my way as they have theirs! I stand with my Brothers and Sisters in their fight, no matter what their colour, creed, Religion or Gender!We are a brother/Sisterhood of mankind, all one family born of Mother earth and the sooner we stand together as the majority against the minority that would kill us, the better!

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Posted by Bruce Lee on 09/17/2016 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Murrow's Nightmare

This has got to be one of the most unbalanced out-of-touch-with-reality columns I have ever read. The mainstream media is in Hillary's pocket and she can do no wrong. Yes, she should be hounded about her emails and the crimes she has committed with regard to them. Somebody should ask why she is not in prison for multiple violations of the law.

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Posted by Dr C on 09/17/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “#BlackLivesMatter is Everyone

What is up with these comments? Who ARE these assholes? I thought this was a well-written, rational and clear, heartfelt message. Ignore these people. They're consumed with hatred and arrogance and it will take a great calamity upon their own lives for them to ever open their eyes. I almost feel sorry for them, but not quite.

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Posted by cate on 09/17/2016 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Murrow's Nightmare

I can't even finish this column. For the thousandth time, I beg of you, please get someone new at the inlander to write a column. This is just tired old Robert Herold.

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Posted by ptleahy on 09/16/2016 at 9:38 PM

Re: “To Kill the Black Snake

I agree with many of my brothers and sisters. STOP THE PIPELINE!!!!!!

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Posted by Diane Hammons-Meeks on 09/16/2016 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Murrow's Nightmare

A progressive whining about unfair media coverage? What's next, a rant against deficit spending or in favor of entitlement reform? Better check those talking points again.

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Posted by muddydog on 09/16/2016 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Are You Not Entertained?

If this presidential campaign was gladiatorial combat, Ms. Clinton would stumble as she entered the arena, have an uncontrollable coughing fit, collapse and be finished off within 15 seconds or so. Depending upon your politics, that might be entertaining.

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Posted by muddydog on 09/16/2016 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Are You Not Entertained?

Taking it easy on Trump? Are you kidding me, every time I turn on the news it's Trump, Trump, Trumpity Trump. Trump didn't pay his hotel bill, Trump ate a Taco Salad, Trumps ghost writer thinks Trump is Hitler, someone fired by Trump twenty years ago heard from the hot dog vendor that Trump had affair, Trump raped his wife, Trump's current wife is an illegal immigrant, plagiarizing, something or other.

Have you heard the latest? Trump DOUBLE DIPPED his chip in the guac.

You are the problem. Period. All journalist are. Fox, CNN, MSNBC, you're all crap on the same asshole coin.

NOW you're calling for level headiness? Now? Not 6 months ago, but NOW...after Matt Lauer?

I mean, good grief it's Matt Lauer, I'd no more expect a decent interview/questions from Matt Lauer than I expect a piano concerto from my 6 year old, and he's more talented that Lauer.

Now it's a mess.


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Posted by ATate on 09/16/2016 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Murrow's Nightmare

Is this effing guy serious? I know the Inlander is liberal (and I love the magazine) but for Christ's sakes ,come on man!


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Posted by ATate on 09/16/2016 at 10:38 AM

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