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Re: “Cultural Warrior

You can also catch Nicholas in the locally produced "The Immortal Augustus Gladstone" http://theimmortalaugustusgladstone.com and in the season finale of Z Nation where (behind the scene's note) I poked a syringe WAY UP HIS NOSE!!! standing in as a hand double for the dark Dr. Kurian. http://www.syfy.com/now/z-nation/full-epis…

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Posted by Tom Dineen on 12/18/2014 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Sorry, Senator Risch

Al Nashiri was the mastermind of the terrorist attack in 2000 on the U.S.S. Cole in which 17 U.S. sailors were killed and 39 were injured. Until he was captured in Dubai in 2002, he was the head of Al-Qaeda operations in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf States. Knowing that he killed and/or maimed 56 American sailors in one attack, and probably caused the deaths of other innocents during his terrorist career, are readers really supposed to "shiver in disgust" because of the way he was interrogated? Are the readers allowed to shiver in disgust about what he did, too? As between his interrogation and his actions, which is more disgusting?

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Posted by muddydog on 12/18/2014 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

Mr Garner was not killed because he was selling loose cigarettes. He died from complications after the physical exertion from resisting arrest. You could just as easily say he was willing to die rather than be arrested for a misdemeanor. Either statement is inflammatory, and not helpful. I can't speak to New York, but I know that here in the St Louis (Ferguson) area more than 20 more young black men have been murdered--3 of them over the weekend-- all of them at the hands of other young black men. Where is the outrage for that?

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Posted by John MacEnulty on 12/15/2014 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

Too many people have come to confuse activism with cheer-leading. These marches are great big pep-rallies but not anything more. It brings people together and gives people a sense of accomplishment without actual accomplishment. Nothing changes. Tim Eyman has gotten more legislation passed in this state than all of the protest marches of the past twenty years combined.

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Posted by Tom L. Lloyd on 12/15/2014 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

Marie: Mr. Garner did not die because he was black. He was confronted by the police because he was selling loose cigarettes. Had he been standing with his hands in his pockets doing nothing, there would have been no encounter and he would not have died. I am not excusing what happened to him or suggesting that the police were justified. Rather, my point is that Democrats and especially liberals always want bigger, more powerful government in every situation, even in the aftermath of Mr. Garner's death. And yet it was big government with its burdensome regulations and abusive taxes that created the circumstances culminating in Mr. Garner's death. If the black community is upset by Mr. Garner's death, it should reconsider its allegiance to Democrats, the party of big government. If you don't learn from history, you're destined to repeat it.

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Posted by muddydog on 12/13/2014 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

muddydog: The penalty for selling loose cigarettes is not death. It's just not. Yes, it does matter that he was black. Why? Because black people across the nation face extreme violence and profiling from law enforcement. As Ms. Dolezal noted, young black men are 21 times more likely than their white peers to to be killed by police (http://www.propublica.org/article/deadly-force-in-black-and-white). There is a pattern to these abuses and these losses of human life. Whether you believe in "big government" or limited government, this pattern is absolutely unacceptable. To deny its existence ignores the reality of life in this country for black Americans. I encourage you to learn more. One article to start with: http://colorlines.com/archives/2014/11/infographic_killed_by_the_cops.html

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Posted by Marie on 12/12/2014 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Screw Big Cities

This article is pedestrian

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Posted by Pedestrian on 12/12/2014 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

The saddest thing about this dichotomy is that NObody is all one thing, or another. Lots of black Americans have white, in them, and vice-versa. It is in the nature of people, however, to divide themselves in way too many ways that they should not, and even pack animals form tribes hostile to outsiders of the same species. I, earnestly, hope we can all rise above that, considering the potential for the mutual self-destruction that advanced technology might make possible.

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Posted by Philip J. Mulligan on 12/11/2014 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

In the state of New York, it's illegal to sell tobacco products without a certificate of registration. Persons with the certificate must collect and pay tax on a pack of cigarettes that exceeds $4.00. When people like Mr. Garner sell loose cigarettes, they're interfering with the power of big government to extract tax dollars from its citizens. The police are the enforcement arm of big government, and in New York big government actively enforces the laws against loose cigarettes. Was Mr. Garner's death tragic? Absolutely. Was it because he was black? Absolutely not. He died because he defied big government and its excessive regulations and taxes. The black community could and should be outraged by the excesses of big government, the advocates of which tend to be Democrats. For years after the Civil War blacks tended to vote Republican because it was the party of Lincoln. Perhaps its time they went home to the Republican party.

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Posted by muddydog on 12/11/2014 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Screw Big Cities

I moved away 2x for to go to different universities. I absolutely hated Spokane when I left and then very quickly noticed how much I appreciated Spokane once I came home to visit. There is just too much good in Spokane to overcome the issues with it. It is a HUGE tiny town. Yes, things are very slow moving and most people really dont like change, but it has A TON to offer people who do want to stick around. I moved home permanently about a decade ago and I think it was a great decision. I now own a beautiful 4k sq foot dream home with 4 car attached garage and I have a great job! I cannot think of another city where I could get so much.

Posted by Josh Meckel on 12/08/2014 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Screw Big Cities

Sometimes you have to go to a big city to figure out who you are. I moved to Spokane as an outsider, and I lived there for several years. The whole time, I got involved with various community events and organizations. At the end, I still felt like an outsider. I think part of the reason for this is that in Spokane, like many other non-big cities, people stop developing as people after high school. Whoever they are at the end of high school are the people they will stay. This doesn't work for everyone, and the answer is to immerse yourself in the hugeness and diversity a big city has to offer. Challenging? Expensive? Yes. But these are parts of big city life that drive people to become something more and to . There is no substitute for this in life. For people who weren't (basically) born into their place in life, that's more important than finding a cheaper way to reinvent the wheel of comminity life.

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Posted by Samuel Greenwood on 12/08/2014 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Learning the Handshake

Spokane used to be a place to escape....that small town that had no culture that you grew up in and that If you didn't make it out of to more exciting city's like Portland or Seattle you should be considered a failure...in the last few years that overall feeling is finally gone...we are finding our Spoakaneite pride and our culture I'm proud to be a towny and love this city...and other people are starting to love this place also.

Posted by happytreegirl on 12/07/2014 at 11:03 PM

Re: “Screw Big Cities

The World's Fair focused on environment...that is what made it great, changing downtown from an industrial mess of railroad tracks to what you have today. We should always respect that. In many ways it was the best thing to happen to this city.

Moving forward continue the vision...get light rail going (I know plans are out there)...get those centralized neighborhoods growing. Use open land or land with structures that can be torn down for re-use as new neighborhoods close in to downtown...keep that vision going...then the people that stay or arrive from other places will naturally add to the cities culture. But infrastructure must be in front of growth or the city will end up mess....like Seattle trying to catch up with itself right now.

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Posted by Randy Ziegler on 12/07/2014 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Screw Big Cities

Just came to a similar realization today as I was talking with other local artists at the INK artspace. Great things are happening here and its easy to get involved. Its an exciting time to be young and artistic and in spokane.

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Posted by Lissa Ward Robison on 12/06/2014 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Way Below Average

Article II of the U.S. Constitution does not state "that the president is to be commander in chief of the armed forces". It actually reads "The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States. There was no air force, marines or coast guard at the time.

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Posted by tigerwoody on 12/04/2014 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Way Below Average

Improper executive orders in the past don't justify improper executive orders in the present. And it is irrelevant how many executive orders a president issues in comparison to his predecessors. If a President issued a single executive order--"I hereby suspend the U.S. constitution and appoint myself emperor for life"--neither previous orders from other presidents nor the lack of other orders would justify such a proclamation.

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Posted by muddydog on 12/04/2014 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Screw Big Cities

Anybody who's ever driven in traffic on the I-5 between SeaTac and Everett or on the 405 in L.A. or on the 101 in the Bay Area would agree. Bigger cities aren't necessarily better cities when it comes to daily life. As far as changing Spokane, nobody's stopping that from happening. I get the impression that some folks think there's a cadre of insiders in Spokane who somehow control things. Not so. Sartre (and others) said "We are our choices." Not happy with something here? Choose something different.

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Posted by muddydog on 12/04/2014 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Heating Up

I am a white male. I went to school in south Phoenix. I was one of eleven white students in the school. The remainder split primarily between black and Hispanic. My wife was also one of the eleven. We were subject to discrimination, threats, harassment and criminal activity daily. If we had expressed the ideas in this article but turned around for whites, we would have been annihilated. Liberalism is utterly hypocritical. The "school to prison pipeline" is built by the people breaking the law, influenced by their families (or lack thereof), that have been eroded through years of cultural Marxism. Even if the fantasy of racist white cops keeping blacks down in some huge conspiracy was true, it would still be a mockery of human intelligence and basic intellectual function to think that it would account for the disproportional representation of blacks in prison.

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Posted by Ron on 11/30/2014 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Heating Up

As the death of Michael Brown brings racial disparities at the forefront of conversation in the US, it also raises questions -- in myself -- that I think are worth asking.
Growing up a poor white male I feel my experience in life is not so dissimilar to what I've had described to me as, "the young black experience."
As a teenager I was harassed by police, pushed out of the school system, followed in stores by over zealous clerks, had friends who were close to me murdered, and spent a substantial amount of my youth incarcerated, where more than one time I had been the victim of excessive force.
I also knew, and enjoyed the company of, Steven Corkery, the young man who was shot by Spokane police in March of this year. At the time that I knew him he was a kind and friendly young man who was recovering from substance addiction. I have no opinion worth mentioning on his death, I only mention it as part of my life experience.
I say this, not to diminish what black people go through in America, but only to contribute a whimper in the otherwise roar of minorities who have done well in making their voices heard. I feel that living in Spokane (where young, poor, white men appear to be fodder in the war on drugs) should give us a unique perspective on the issue of police violence.
I am fully aware that racism exists. I hear, over and over again, that even black men are afraid of, or prejudice towards, young black men. Like I have said, I do not wish to diminish this fact, but only to shine a light on potential allies who may feel alienated and unrepresented. I think there is too much racism among poor people in our community and poor communities throughout the US. In my limited knowledge of American history I believe the problem can be traced back to times of slavery and indentured servitude, when slaves and indentured white servants began to organize together to stand up for their rights as human beings. When this happened, rich white men, gave poor white men bits of property so that they had a line of defense against black slaves who may begin to organize and revolt.
All I am saying is don't overlook your potential allies, it is not okay when police murder anyone. Yes black men are 21 times more likely to be killed by police, but where is the study that shows how likely poor white men are to be killed by police as well. Is there one? I haven't found one.

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Posted by Jeremy Logan on 11/28/2014 at 11:14 AM

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