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Re: “Dollars and Cents

Those "poor people" are called criminals. When they are imprisoned, it saves working Americans an average of about $500,000 per criminal per year. That is the total cost of their annual destruction to society.

The Inlander, as always, praises the criminal and mocks the victims of crime.

Posted by spokoresident on 10/09/2015 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Fault Line

Its time to give Karen the boot. Evan is clearly the most qualified candidate to get our city council straightened out. Not to mentioned Evan put Karen to shame at the youth forum. He actually understands the issues the affect both us and our children.

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Posted by John McGuire on 10/09/2015 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Worked Up

Seattle was far more "prosperous" than Seattle long before communists started moaning for $15-$24 per hour minimum wages for dope smokers. Communism has rewarded no working man or woman with economic prosperity in it's history. The idea that somehow people can improve their lives if they are paid at a flat rate and denied the right to own homes, property, accumulate wealth, inherit wealth from their families or own their own businesses is utterly laughable.

The real mystery is why people buy into this ideology.

Seattle has a major deep water port, Spokane does not. Seattle has major manufacturing and skilled industrial work, Spokane has call centers for bill collectors, pot shops and Wal-Marts.

The best way to insure the economic death of Spokane is to drive every major corporation from the city limits with bizarre wage and benefit laws that make hiring and firing employees all but impossible.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by spokoresident on 10/08/2015 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Worked Up

Interesting how Spokane is less financially prosperous than Seattle ... and read our residents trying to keep it that way.

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Posted by Graham Gunderson on 10/07/2015 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Rideshare Rumble

It's cool to see these companies expand into Eastern Washington, this is really a testimony to how large ridesharing has become nationally. There is controversy in literally every market that Uber and Lyft enter, but these companies have gotten so large that they are nearly unstoppable. I have created quite a few resources to cover news and tools for Lyft and Uber drivers, check them out at
Lyft Driver Promo

Posted by Jake Wall on 10/07/2015 at 1:29 AM

Re: “Worked Up

Lots of people losing jobs will be the result. Remember nobody is responsible for your work payment but you. Even the unions are failing because of demands for raises. Seattle has a bustling economy. Spokane doesn't.....and likely won't with this short sighted thinking. If you don't make enough money such that you hve to go get a 2nd job, you might be thinking of getting a different first job. Nobody has a right to other people's money. Nobody.
Another failure coming up..either through the voters or from the courts.

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Posted by Dazzeetrader on 10/07/2015 at 12:31 AM

Re: “Trouble at Ft. Hood

Where is this going to STOP? Ok, PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury AREN"T necessarily the CORE issues here. I know that sounds strange, and I don't mean to be disrespectful. My disabled spouse husband, a brother-in-law, me and most possibly one of our nephews (he just got diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome and TBI can be a symptom of that)
ALL have PTSD/TBI , and although it never goes away, and there is no cure, there ARE different therapies and other tools you can employ (my husband is missing a large part of his frontal lobe) , for example utilizing a service dog,
that help you live beyond the damage into a more functional life. Tragically, the symptoms, to a greater or lesser degree always remain. BUT what happened here with this former Maj Hasan has just ripped out the "stitches" on the mental wounds these guys had plus cutting deeper even more. It's beyond horrendous, and as bad as a full blown military assault on that base, as causalities have fallen. I need to stop now, because I'm angry and am becoming very bitter about all of this. I do not want to sound like a bigot , but foreign nationals whose counties we are currently fighting , I feel, should not allow to join our armed forces , especially not officer rank or positions as sensitive as what Hasan did. God bless those troops on that base, the wounded, killed and their families. God bless America....

Posted by Catherine Humberg on 10/06/2015 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Worked Up

Is the Worker's Bill of Rights a good idea? Who knows.

Putting extra dollars into worker's pockets in whatever form, has proven to be beneficial to the economy.

The Chamber of Commerce continues to sell the idea that 'creating jobs' occurs when businesses keep their costs and expenses to a minimum. Since WWII, as any business major who has taken Econ 101 can tell you, it's been proven that jobs are created when there is consumer demand. That means consumers who have money to spend. From an economic standpoint, nearly 100% of the increased wages minimum wagers earn returns to the economy, in the form of increased spending and tax revenue. Huge tax cuts for the top 1%, on the other hand, return less than 40% to the local economy.

While the WBoR may or may not be a good idea, it's ideals certainly are.

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Posted by Mickey Lonchar on 10/06/2015 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Fall Out Boys

The fact that Straub was drawing criticism from multiple sources suggests that Condon's decision to fire Straub was the right decision. Condon's critics may have a hard time persuading voters that Condon should not be reelected for making the right decision on Straub. And what choice do voters have? According to the caption under Ms. Lichty's picture, her credentials consist of six years as a "progressive political organizer." That pedigree doesn't qualify her to be city dogcatcher, and certainly not Mayor.

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Posted by muddydog on 10/06/2015 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Worked Up

How about this one? Argument from ignorance (appeal to ignorance, argumentum ad ignorantiam) – assuming that a claim is true because it has not been or cannot be proven false, or vice versa.[14]

Where the party in question simply assumes paying $23 bucks an hour to everyone will somehow make every thing better. According to the Greeks, it does not work unless the Germans pay for it.

Circular reasoning (circulus in demonstrando) – when the reasoner begins with what he or she is trying to end up with; sometimes called assuming the conclusion.

We raise wages to $23 bucks an hour and everything gets better. Seriously, can it be more circular that that?

Every argument for Envision's ideas is a false argument based solely on socialist or communist principles that have failed in dozens of countries world wide over the last 150 years. The net result is 200,000,000 dead from wars, purges and mass executions and billions of people had to live and die in poverty.

Every single method of communication you use today was created, invented, manufactured, marketed and managed by a capitalist (for profit) company. All of your clothes, your home, car and every trinket and bauble was part of profit based commerce. Communism creates nothing of value.

Ask Zimbabwe how printing money to raise wages and driving out all of the nasty capitalists has worked so far. Every citizen of Zimbabwe has more money that Bill Gates. Many of them have trillions of Zimbabwean dollars in their bank accounts. YES, TRILLIONS that can be used to buy a $50,000,000,000,000 loaf of bread or a $125,000,000,000,000 two liter bottle of soda,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,hurray communism.

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Posted by whocares on 10/05/2015 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Worked Up

If an increased hourly wage is beneficial and has no negative consequences, why stop at $23.00 per hour? Why not raise the minimum wage to $1,000.00 per hour? Everybody will have a lifestyle that is far more comfortable than they could afford with a mere "working wage." And because everybody would have so much more discretionary income, all that spending would turbo charge the economy, wouldn't it?

Furthermore, since corporations are an impediment to the best interests of the workers and the community, why not outlaw them? For that matter, outlaw any collective business model that could allow the concentration of wealth or political influence. Oh, sure, some might argue that such laws would prevent people from obtaining useful and/or necessary goods and services like health care, automobiles, or even fresh underwear, but state, local, and federal government could provide people with what they need. And since the government isn't profit-driven, we'd all be better off.

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Posted by muddydog on 10/05/2015 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Fall Out Boys


Same as Tim Connor's..."investigated" by Teresa Sanders...actually never investigated....swept under the rug like the rest.

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Posted by Brian R Breen on 10/04/2015 at 4:44 PM

Re: “The Wizard of Spokane

So glad they left Brian Main out to continue to scam people and try and steal their company names and ideas, if the feds had any smarts at all, they would go look up the bullshit corporations he is setting up trying to fake his way into the weed business. He is still a lying conman that should have stayed in New York and never came back. KARMA IS COMING FOR YOU SCUMBAG. Anyone that thinks Brian Main is reputable and honest business man is a fool. Maybe someone should start paying attention to what this guy is doing back in our state.

Posted by Truth on 10/04/2015 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Fall Out Boys

"The same year, retired Spokane Police Officer Brian Breen lodged another complaint against Straub, also alleging that he lied to city council by exaggerating the number of domestic violence cases fielded by Spokane police."

What was the outcome of that complaint Mr. Breen?

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Posted by slednek509 on 10/03/2015 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Inside or Out?

I got a push poll from the mayor and Biel. It attempts to more smear Lori Kinnear, rather than be a legitimate poll. What a nasty dirty tactic!

Posted by True Justice on 10/02/2015 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Worked Up

An ad hominem (Latin for "to the man" or "to the person"[1]), short for argumentum ad hominem, means responding to arguments by attacking a person's character, rather than addressing the content of their arguments. When used inappropriately, it is a fallacy in which a claim or argument is dismissed on the basis of some irrelevant fact or supposition about the author or the person being criticized.[2] Ad hominem reasoning is not always fallacious, for example, when it relates to the credibility of statements of fact or when used in certain kinds of moral and practical reasoning.[3]

Fallacious ad hominem reasoning is normally categorized as an informal fallacy,[4][5][6] more precisely as a genetic fallacy, a subcategory of fallacies of irrelevance.

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Posted by TheGreenURL on 10/02/2015 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Man vs. Wolf

Hope the wolves escaped the fires

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Posted by WatchingWolf on 10/02/2015 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Fall Out Boys

Poster "Quik" would like people to believe the firing of Straub was a "Bloodless small town Coup d'etat?" by the Lts and Captains Association. The truth is that on the same date the L&C Association filed a complaint also did SPD Directors; Dobrow, Smith, Schwering, and Lynds. All four stated the observed the following:

* Unreasonable emotional outbursts
* Personal Attacks
* Threats regarding our employment and position
* Scare tactics
* Retaliation
* Degradation of character
* Demeaning and condescending treatment
* Profane and highly inappropriate language
* Misrepresentation of the Mayor, City Administrator, and others

The individuals making these allegations are NOT the Lts and Captains Association, they are Straub's hand-picked Exempt Directors.

The most troubling allegation for the Community should be *UNTRUTHFULNESS" something many of us have been pointing out for over three years. The question is WHY was the "Untruthfulness" tolerated by Straub's hand-picked exempt staff for so long.

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Posted by Brian R Breen on 10/02/2015 at 5:34 AM

Re: “Fall Out Boys

One of the things Dr. Frank Straub did for the Spokane Police Department was bring in his close friends from the Department of Justice COPS Division along with the Center for Naval Analysis to Spokane under the guise of reform. This is something that I wrote and posted in March 2015. Just let me say that I was never able to get anyone to express the least concern about the presence of the DOJ and CNA in Spokane or their conflict of interest with Straub.

(After recently re-posting this information from March 2015, I discovered that CNA has purged its website of materials. Their "News" no longer contains the archives that it previously did, the Planning Primer done for police on how to better repress protesters is no longer on their site, etc. Just another reminder on why copying webpages is essential. I have gone back and done my best to provide a substitute link for each missing link either from the CNA site or DOJ or elsewhere that makes my original point. I have left the CNA purged links to reveal their methods).

Here is my March 2015 post with the old and new links:

A meeting tomorrow (Thursday, March 18) at 7 pm at Spokane's West Central Community Center will feature another dog-and-pony show orchestrated by the Spokane Police Department and Chief Frank Straub.

The so-called "review" by the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the Spokane Police Department, released in December 2014 was done, not by the DOJ-COPS (DOJ's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services), but by CNA, the Center for Naval Analysis, a federal military contractor created in the early 1940s to study the use of mines during World War 2 and which has done high-level military and intelligence analysis since that time.
* This CNA piece, presented as an example of what CNA has been its bread-and-butter since its inceptions, on protest in the 1960s, now appears totally inaccessible except by purchase from password protected, non- CNA sites.…

Virtually all media coverage of CNA relates to its military intelligence analysis work on Syria, Ukraine, Nigeria, Iran, etc., much of it post-battle assessments (on their website you will find the Inlander's December 18, 2013 article as the lone non-military/non-national security reference to CNA among literally scores of references to foreign conflict zones).
* (Subsequent to my posting in March 2015 CNA scrubbed its site and removed its news archives which went back several years. This is that scrubbed link Nevertheless, this gives you a good feel from what I am talking about --

To the extent it does police work, CNA also does considerable post-battlefield assessment for US law enforcement, i.e., see their post-convention analyses after the 2006 and 2012 Republican and Democratic Party Conventions, designed to assist law enforcement in effect to better repress the public.
* 2012 DNC…
2012 RNC…
(The documents were originally published at the CNA website at… prior to being scrubbed).

In fact, CNA and their Denise Rodriguez King prepared a manual -- entitled "Managing Large-Scale Security Events: A Planning Primer for Local Law Enforcement Agencies" -- for police forces involved in "controlling" the Conventions where "free speech zones", called "pens", were used to restrict free speech.
(The document was originally published at the CNA website at… but subsequently removed from that site).

Then, after authoring that police manual, Rodriguez King came to Spokane under the guise of writing an objective and legitimating (for the SPD) report, the so-called DOJ report of December 2014.
(The document was originally published at the CNA website at… but was subsequently scrubbed).

Also fascinating and troubling is CNA's disclaimer (essentially a warning) to media not to call them the Center for Naval Analysis. This appears intended to hide its primary role as a military and intelligence contractor to the US military.

Finally, and also disturbing, it is worth looking at their list of high-ranking ex-military advisers, i.e., (quote) CNA Corporation's Military Advisory Board (MAB) is an elite group of retired three- and four-star flag and general officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps that studies pressing issues of the day to assess their impact on America’s national security. (end quote)

This is all on top of the fact that, per his resume, Frank Straub has a career--long history of employment with and relationship to US government agencies, including the US Naval Intelligence and the Department of Justice, Department of State's Diplomatic Security. Of interest as well is his time in Mexico City on behalf of Giuliani Inc, advising on policing.

Straub's connections to DOJ-COPS are best represented by his relationship to Joshua Ederheimer, Principal Deputy Director of the DOJ's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Straub and Ederheimer have a long history of association, both as conference presenters together and as police executives for "mid-sized cities", Straub at White Plains and Indianapolis before coming to Spokane, and Ederheimer as the Assistant Chief of the Washington, D.C. police. In 2013, Straub, Ederheimer and Tawana Waugh, a key participant in DOJ "assessments" in Las Vegas and Spokane, participated together on a panel at the annual IACP Conference in 2013.

My expressed belief, including in open forum at Spokane City Council, is that there is a clear and serious conflict of interest which prevents the DOJ from carrying out a proper assessment of the culture of the SPD because their doing so stretches the limits of ethical propriety, with ethics itself being one of the areas on which the cultural assessment that Straub says is not needed would focus and which gets at an area where Straub himself has been criticized in the past.

If anyone wants to talk more about this or wants link prior to this Thursday's dog-and-pony show by Straub at West Central Community Center, just let me know.

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Posted by DavidBrookbank on 10/01/2015 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Fall Out Boys

Thank you to the Inlander for following up on this story and reporting in depth. And thanks to Brian Breen as well for continuing to expose the truth. I'm interested to learn more as the truth is uncovered. It seems obvious there is a cover up, and it's concerning, to say the least, that the SR is not doing the same. I've got to wonder why. There are plenty of rumors already about why that is, now that I have reason to believe them.

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Posted by CafeVino on 10/01/2015 at 5:14 PM

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