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Re: “No Feds Here

"Hanson says what students are asking for is already practiced in many cases. Federal privacy laws already limit information colleges can share, and most campus police don't ask about a student's immigration status."

This statement nicely frames this sort of "activism" as meaningless. If these tender snowflakes are able to bestow the word "sanctuary" to their campus they will have accomplished nothing as this is "already practiced in many cases"; and, of which I would love to know of a specific instance on the campus where this sort of activity would have changed anything at all; changed anything except for that golden calf of the self-righteous activist types, their "awareness," which is better summed up as doing the least one can do without doing nothing at all. It is adorable to watch these tender hearted folk get together, accomplish nothing, and then feel good about it. Isn't that just perfectly emblematic of our "everyone gets a trophy" society?

Moreover, these acts of "activism"--where symbolism is counted as an accomplishment--seem to discount the fact that the federal government can do anything--ANYTHING!--it wants to these institutions and they will have no recourse except to close. The University is so rife with subsidized student loans and grants that the mere act of threatening to remove federal accreditation will make these high-minded snowflakes do anything that their master desires. Which is, I portend, why we see these sorts of meaningless displays of "activism"! We see them and experience them as accomplishments in order to maintain the fiction that these snowflakes have any discretion at all, for if Uncle Sam comes calling, and he is carrying the stick of federal funding, you would see such a cacophony of sycophantic apologetics for the "need" to enforce federal law that this same crowd could easily be persuaded to join that consensus. They literally are not guided by reason, which is ironic, given that they are suppose to be in the University learning such things.

Sleep well--oh tender hearted--because the pendulum of tyranny swings away from you, like in the clock, it will swing back and truth nor reason nor appeals to civilization itself will relinquish the sloven from acting out thier wickedness when their turn comes. Alas, the pendulum seems as if it will swing back and forth forever and our only destiny as humans is to watch its carnage and feel the pain of it swinging to and thro, between tyrants, without ever gracing the people who grind under its weight with the virtue of freedom. Freedom, we are told, will be the pendulum coming back to 'our' partisan so as to make their enemies suffer. Such freedom defies the name!

Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 01/23/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “So Here We Are

What an adorable fake quote Herold has used. This oft mobilized quote is not very easily attributed to Lincoln and I think it is a shame that people that are University professors aren't a little more careful when they are espousing fake academic rhetoric in their fake columns. Regardless, lets talk about Abe and democracy. I wonder, was Abe being democratic when he closed down thousands of opposition newspapers in the North? Was Abe being democratic when he rounded up tens of thousands of souls and put them in prison because they did not support his War of aggression? Was Abe being democratic when he emancipated the slaves in the "rebel" states not under his control and yet left those slaves in the North shackled to their masters? Was Abe being democratic when he asked that a 13th amendment be passed to legalize slavery once and for all in his first inaugural address? Was Abe being democratic when he had a sitting member of the House of Representatives arrested in the middle of the night and deported because of a speech he had given? Abraham Lincoln is one of the least "democratic" presidents that has ever graced the executive office of this wretched union and here are his 'fake' words being used by an allegedly wise man to prove what a horrible tyrant Trump is going to be. Now that is irony!

Indeed, and let us talk about democracy in its essence! Democracy is not what we have. Democracy would be every citizen having a say, democracy would be the town disposing of its business in a Town Hall instead of in a council of "representatives" as a city like Spokane has. Do you hear that? Spokane is not democratic! It has a representative governing council that acts out the authority granted to it in charter by the state of Washington which is itself a representative government with democratically--by district--appointed legislators and executives. Where is the democracy there? I fear that this whole "whaaaaaa democracy whaaaaaaa" movement is not philosophically grounded in political theory. Really, it terrifies me that the mass of fools that determines, based upon their poor education and unfounded ideas, which hair-do to name-recognize and therefore vote in favor of. It amazes me, the lack of humility of the American voter, as if their nonsensical ideas packed into their heads by sophists--like the editors here--are their duty to act out on their ballot. As if admitting their ignorance and abstaining from voting on things that they can acknowledge their ignorance in regards to, no, they ignore their ignorance and vote based on some Sorosian principle of "democracy" which feebly has them supporting the designers of their own misery. Not that Trump is a saint, or the answer to the vast amount of ignorance that weighs down the publicly educated mind like the lead in Flint's drinking water. And much to the same affect I might add. The office of president is the truest evil here, it is the office that has kept me from appointing a soul to embody it for over a decade. I do not need a master, I need one that would ordain me--and everyone--as individuals and the role of government as that which accords to individuals their individuality. The office of the president, the federal government writ large, is the enemy to freedom and not the savior.

The government is the enemy precisely because men are not angels. Indeed, that should accent every political compulsion to enshrine power in a democracy, there is not check that humanity has fathomed that would prevent a man from abusing the authority that is bestowed upon them. And yet, as far as I know, there is not an authority that can be bestowed upon a man that he would not then be able to abuse. As the federalist papers famously said, "if men were angels we would need no government." That is a direct quote too and not one of the fake quotes like Herold is prone to use.

I force myself to read these things only because I like to know the flavor of dementia that goes into crafting them. And here I almost gagged when I was confronted with the worse than human trash "philosopher" Reinhold Niebuhr. Niebuhr was a moron and his moronic ramblings were a foil for peace to the wickedness of the growing cold war; but he was not a peaceful man. Niebuhr was a "dissenter" to the dropping of the A-Bomb on hundreds of thousands of civilians by exclaiming that he thought the horror of the bombings was "unnecessary" as the weapons should have been used as a "deterrent". It was his "dissenting" voice that settled the eggheads into the idea his was a compromising of safety to that of peace and generations of Americans would hence be born with a fission weapon pointed at them from accross the world and likewise for every so-called citizen of the USSR and ours. Such mutually assured destruction was the "rational" choice to Niebuhr and generations of dim-witted professors whom were raised within the madness of the Cold War. Good riddance to the cold war. If we were to listen to reasonable people like Herold--who thinks he supports peace--we would be at loggerheads with Russia who just hacked America and made all her people believe in its "fake" news. It seems that not having mutually assured destruction is a problem. Frankly, I don't sleep well knowing that any nation-state has the capacity to destroy the world. And speaking of the better angels, that is an actual quote from Lincoln's 1st inaugural address; the one where he said of slavery's addition to the constitution "I have no objection to its being made express and irrevocable." The Lincoln Herold knows is not the Lincoln that existed, such is the case of many national narratives and the people that blow them out in hot air at our nation's intellectually destitute academies.

I also don't understand the protest of Trump not being in Washington while congress is not in session as relegating the "People's House to just another office." What an absurd thing to say. It is absurd! If such an estimate was going to be made surely it would be to the behest of the presidency and its prestige to not remain active when congress is out rather then the opposite. Are we really getting that desperate for things to hate about Trump that this has become one of them? Ha!

And tell me, dear Herold, what of the Press Corps under Washington? Or Jefferson? Were they vile Russia-loving tyrants because they had no press corps? Really, your protestations probably ring truest to those that derive their political philosophy from the position of ignorance. Indeed, ignorance would be pretty much the only ingredient that would be necessary for a screed such as this to feel as though it is anything except demagoguery. And how funny to see a progressive type deriding the president because his wife is not going to fill the vain and meaningless role of "first-lady" as other first-ladies have for time imemorial. What Trump is doing isn't even out of the ordinary because in President's past, either because they were bachelor's or their wives couldn't or wouldn't fulfill the role that their daughter would fill the role. If he had made his son first lady, now that would have been unusual. And I have heard that Trump's wife is more interested in providing a stable home environment to her son than fulfilling the role of some meaningless political vanity, which I happen to think is virtuous and shows character.

If anyone is garish it is Herold and his fellow media stenographers. If anyone is self-indulgent it is Herold; case and point, name dropping Niebuhr, who I have only encountered when being forced to read hogwash in University intro courses or seminars on the history of foreign policy in the US. And in closing I just want to make fun of one last thing. Eisenhower gets a lot of credit for his "wisdom" in his farewell address that the military-industrial complex is a nightmare to deal with. Just for full disclosure, in the appendix of Seymour Melman's book 'Pentagon Captialism' there is a memo by the same Eisenhower wherein he basically designs the relationships that would later be titled "the military-industrial complex"-- militaryindustrialcongressional complex really. When Ike gave farewell and denounced the complex he was given credit for fighting it but I think the blundering general ought to get far more credit for creating it with his buddy Vannevar Bush and FDR than he should get for fighting it. Indeed, "fighting" the complex, for him, was creating it, playing along with it until he was out of power and then denouncing it, which is the kind of temerity and courage (or absence thereof) I have come to expect from our nation's corrupt military and those that have their fingers in the pie.

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 01/23/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “The Road to 2027

Snore. An entire piece dedicated to this dude's personal resume? What makes him any different than the profit seeking suits that crashed our world economy back in 2008? Can't say I'm excited to hear about how to make a very small number of people unimaginably rich.

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Posted by Critical of Capital on 01/22/2017 at 9:27 PM

Re: “The Other Washington

Rep. Marcus Riccelli (3rd District): Name a highway, track child fitness, and address income discrimination for renters

...He's also introduced a bill to require school districts already required to mandate 100 minutes of physical education a week in grades K-8 to actually report details on how they're doing it back to the state.

Marcus...Really?? How much a kid weighs or how many sits up a child can or cannot do, is none of your business. Maybe we should track your personal life habits?

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Posted by Lori Jeske on 01/22/2017 at 1:51 PM

Re: “EDITOR'S NOTE: Journalism in the Trump era

@JUSTME1, sure, like the Republicons gave a "fair shake" the last 8 years?

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Posted by slednek509 on 01/22/2017 at 7:31 AM

Re: “EDITOR'S NOTE: Journalism in the Trump era

Well hopefully the inlander and the rest of the media here in Spokane will give Donald Trump a fair Shake not only reporting the news in which he is controversial but reporting the news and which he is making America great again. Fair and balanced!

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Posted by JUSTME 1 on 01/21/2017 at 8:59 PM

Re: “So Here We Are

Self-indulgent is not unprecedented, see William Jefferson Clinton.

Gonna be a long 4 or 8 years for for Mr. Herold. Heh.

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Posted by ptleahy on 01/21/2017 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Viewers Guide

Great article,very informative,chock full of interesting and educational tidbits.I saw most of the inauguration,missed the performances at the beginning but Trump's address at the end made up for it.The look on Obama's face said it all,can only imagine what he was thinking.Here's to the next four years,pray America pray!!! sincerely Henry b. Reed

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Posted by Henry b Reed on 01/21/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Children Will Listen

Hamilton is ahistoric liberal trash

Rappin' founding fathers won't save you from what's coming next

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Posted by Dirtbag Leftist on 01/20/2017 at 7:23 PM

Re: “So Here We Are

Dr. Mr. Herold, One of the best articles I have read, and I have read many since this fiasco of a man was elected to be our president. He and his family can not buy "class". You either have it or you do not! Thank you for the kind words about President Obama and his lovely family. Mrs. Sandra Boynton of Rathdrum, Idaho (NOT a native.)

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Posted by Vicky Sandra Boynton on 01/20/2017 at 5:20 PM

Re: “EDITOR'S NOTE: Journalism in the Trump era

Thank you for some journalist hope. Too many of the media let politicians get away with not answering legitimate questions or don't press hard enough when when politicians obfuscate or pontificate.

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Posted by Susan Havey on 01/20/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “La Resistance

Your displeasure comforts me.

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Posted by ptleahy on 01/20/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Patients and Prisoners

Its a great place to stick people if they see an officer involved death of a fifteen year old Ryan Holy, as they attempted to say Joseph Bodman never struck him for a year and a half. Its a terrifying place when your not crazy like Im not, as there is so very sick and dangerous people there. I know I was there, and thank God everyday they had a phycologist Dr. Brooks England Phd. who actually did her job. Once a label has been stuck on your screwed.

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Posted by Tim Viall on 01/18/2017 at 9:18 PM

Re: “'Why Aren't They Digging?'

Law enforcement personnel (LEP) should be under the same scrutiny as if law enforcement was not involved in a shooting. This is a more serious case of the investigation not given the same scrutiny as others would have. Another case of a LEP getting off easier is when an officer in Idaho was over .20 bac in her private vehicle and ended up in a ditch. She got the same fine as others got as well as classes, but she kept her license and job. This is the same person that would be giving citations. I don't agree that all are bad, but there are cases that are. I have been given a break on a couple instances that were minor. They should be setting the example though.

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Posted by Spokane Citizen on 01/18/2017 at 3:23 AM

Re: “Trump's To-Do List

Will President Trump tweet something offensive enough to turn public opinion against him?

Apparently not.

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Posted by Frankie Benka on 01/17/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Fighting Words

Mayor David Condon, Could You Imagine Your Child Being Hit By A Cop Car and Being Told He Just Fell Off His Bike?

Have you seen the picture of the face of Ryan Holyk after he got to the hospital? I spent seven minutes with the night of May 23, 2014.

The blow Ryan's head recieved caused so much bleeding the pooling blood wasn't allowing him to get air, as his face rested on the payment. I knew he would soon drown.

I told Charlie Price, I had to do something and chanced turning Ryan's head. I used my fingers and then a corner of a bar towel to scoop out a mass of blood and mucus so large. The bland taste of bone marrow hung in the air.

I have been forever changed by those seven minutes. I believe it was a miracle that Ryan ever regained consciousness, answering his mother's prayer that he would awake and know who she was.

Ryan was allowed to say goodbye and know what happened to him as he had no memory of seeing the car that struck him. Sometimes we only get a delay in what was to be, and not the reprieve from death that we hoped for.

God allowed me that part of my prayer that night as I looked up to heaven and asked God to help me make it better. I knew I couldn't ask for Ryan to live he was hurt so badly.

I told Ryan there was a God hoping my words and touch could reach him through pain and darkness he felt after his face was impacted by the corner of the bumper at sixty miles an hour.

The Community of Spokane and Spokane Valley held vigil hoping for a greater miracle that would never be. Others with darkness in their heart conspired to create an obstruction of justice under a dark color of law, hoping to hide the truth.

They violated a communities civil rights in the process, and hid material facts from Ryan family, Deputy Joseph Bodman, and every man woman and child of the City of Spokane and Spokane Valley.

Ryan was called home his injury too grievous, and way to young for those who knew and loved him to spend eternity with God.

Lord hear my prayer, help make this better as it's so wrong in so many ways. Help me make his better by learning the truth of how so many things went wrong, and how we can keep this from happening again.

When does an accident become a crime? When people lie and mislead and criminally interfere in a conspiracy to obstruct justice.

If you allow this practice of lying to protect from tort, over public safety, accountability, and civil rights, without stepping up and saying truth matters more than limiting liability. Your perpetuating a crime after the fact, and assume your own culpability and shame.

What's it going to take before you step up and demand truth and accountability, having your own child killed when they could have been spared? Shame on you all who knew the truth, but hid behind a lie.

It's just not right.

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Posted by Tim Viall on 01/17/2017 at 5:32 AM

Re: “INSPIRED TO ACT

Given our outgoing President's recent activities.....well......that one wouldn't surprise me either......and you still have 5 days left.....4....3.....2...

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Posted by DDC on 01/15/2017 at 1:36 PM

Re: “To Kill the Black Snake

There is no Lakota prophecy about a black snake. This is a recently invented story, made up to fulfill present conditions..

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Posted by Helene E. Hagan on 01/15/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “The Landed and the White

Read some world history for even a few hours and the inescapable conclusion is that every race and every culture is capable of violence and oppression. Unfortunately those traits are part of the human condition and are not unique to specific groups.

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Posted by muddydog on 01/14/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Not Backing Down

Ike,
You have a grossly exaggerated opinion of yourself, your worth, and in particular, the importance of your SJW cause(s). Regression is exactly what we need, especially in Spokane! I have posited this before, but Spokane's many social ills of homelessness and extraordinary neediness, surpass those of Seattle and Tacoma specifically BECAUSE of you and your social programs! More of Spokane's homeless came here from Seattle/Tacoma than anywhere else! Less than 25% of our homeless originated here; they came here from far and wide because the word is out that Spokane is the place to go for the robust support system of freebies you and yours have created.
If you leave dog food on the back porch, you're going to attract skunks. If you leave a bag of flour on the floor in the pantry, you're going to have mice.
The bottom line is: you aren't solving any problems, you are CREATING them.

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Posted by Hammer Six on 01/14/2017 at 9:18 AM

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  • Re: No Feds Here

    • "Hanson says what students are asking for is already practiced in many cases. Federal privacy…

    • on January 23, 2017
  • Re: So Here We Are

    • What an adorable fake quote Herold has used. This oft mobilized quote is not very…

    • on January 23, 2017
  • Re: The Road to 2027

    • Snore. An entire piece dedicated to this dude's personal resume? What makes him any different…

    • on January 22, 2017
  • Re: The Other Washington

    • Rep. Marcus Riccelli (3rd District): Name a highway, track child fitness, and address income discrimination…

    • on January 22, 2017
  • Re: EDITOR'S NOTE: Journalism in the Trump era

    • @JUSTME1, sure, like the Republicons gave a "fair shake" the last 8 years?

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