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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.

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


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

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

Re: “'Hookerville' Revisited

Looking forward to seeing the pedestrian bridge completed. It will have tremendous benefits to both E Sprague and the U District.

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Posted by Ryan Hughes on 01/14/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Not Backing Down

To which I ask, why use a large word, when a diminutive one will do?

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Posted by Hammer Six on 01/14/2017 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Trump's To-Do List

All due respect Mr. Nethercutt, but the swamp Mr. Trump will be draining is the one you helped create.

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Posted by DDC on 01/13/2017 at 6:46 PM

Re: “The Landed and the White

So much hate.....from one whom accuses so many of being haters.

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Posted by DDC on 01/13/2017 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Do Something!

The resistance should of been via the polls not poetry.

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Posted by Eric Blauer on 01/13/2017 at 8:08 AM

Re: “The Landed and the White

How did Trump win?

He ran against Hillary Clinton, someone even more distasteful than Trump.

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Posted by ptleahy on 01/12/2017 at 10:17 PM

Re: “The Landed and the White

That's a lot of words. I stopped reading at the first incorrect apostrophe.

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Posted by Roger Crawford on 01/12/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Do Something!

Notify me when the good writers resist. lol

And who gives a shit about the "threat to our democracy"? Anyone that has actually read the writings of Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Sam Adams, Thomas Paine, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Henry Clay, George Mason and a bunch of others would know that they have no respect for democracy. The saying that democracy was "two wolves and a sheep voting on whats for lunch" was common of the era and I believe that it was Franklin that titled democratic governments as "mob-rule." Moreover, the constitution has little to say about democracy in general and one of the very few impositions it makes on state governments in its union is that they are "republican" and doesn't mention democracy at all. Note that republics do not necessarily have to even have democratically appointed representatives. These guys, the ones mentioned above, were all horrified by democracy. Ironically, these "writers" must not be very broad readers, and least of all of the materials that the aforementioned writers wrote. I say that because if they heard what Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin considered of democracy they probably would have started this movement in a former century instead of because their feelings got hurt when their shoe-in wasn't what they thought. I consider myself a writer. I also consider myself a resister and yet I will have nothing to do with this ignorant cacophony of ill-informed people. The only thing they resist is the constitutions of their own nihilism.

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 01/12/2017 at 1:09 PM

Re: “'Why Aren't They Digging?'

Whether a court of law ever disposes this Lesser-man as such, we can all agree that he is a murderer. Court's of "law" tend to enforce that mission rather meekly when swine are under the yoke, I wish this family luck. Justice would be Lesser-man selling his house to pay for legal bills, I hope they go after him personally.

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 01/12/2017 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Readers sound off

Its cute to see what all these people think about this but the fact of the matter is that it should be 12 people in a courtroom and what they think that matters. The police department can heroically prevent that forum from ever being constituted but all the evidence in the world don't mean a damn thing without a jury to judge this guy, and I would surmise that is what the police want to prevent; however, it is a right of a free people to see this chump charged just as much as it is the pigs right to be presumed innocent and to confront his accusers in a court of law. It just goes to show with what utter disregard the police have for the people that they feel entitled to lord over; and, when necessary, to run over.

Its just like how they had to take the Troops out of Iraq after Bush was pushed into signing a SOFA that didn't grant immunity for the soldiers in Iraq. It seems that to the police we are all just Iraqis and they cannot do their jobs unless they have immunity from our government.

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 01/12/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Trump's To-Do List

I find this funny. George Nethercutt thinks that 20 trillion dollars is too much debt. But, George Nethercutt voted to authorize the war in Iraq--based on the lies he believed, which has now cost 5 trillion dollars or 1/5th of the national debt we now have. So I ask myself, why should we take the advice of this dude when it was his advisement that racked up 20% of the debt in the first place?

It was George Nethercutt's flavor of conservatism that got Trump elected; the people rejected you and your ideas as much as they did Hillary's. Though, I think that bitter pill has yet to be swallowed.

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 01/12/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “The Landed and the White

It is interesting that an African American can run the executive branch for 8 years and still everything is the white person's fault. At the least we should be saying that its now 1/44 African American's fault and 43/44 white people's fault. Which only means that the races can share the blame, albeit it is still dis-proportionally white. But, it is disproportional because racial calculus such as the one this person is making are fraudulent. All people are individual's regardless of their race and I think it is definitively racist to say anything to the otherwise. Indeed, there is only one race, and that is the human race. Culture, though, is more of a sovereign to the group.…

I preface this statement with a link to a NYT article that I think displays this corruption of mind very clearly. Obama, it seems, is the savior to minorities? Right? That is the point of this screed? That Obama is pure and Trump is a worthless clansmen? The statements regarding Trump are not supported at all. Really, they are never supported. Don't you people know how to hate a president? I can think of all sorts of particular reasons to hate Trump. Good reasons to hate Trump, and yet, all I ever hear from these whiny types is the classic "racist" or "xenophobic" or even "sexist". The sexism one is really a classic too; the guy owns miss america--the meat market for malnourished waifs--and yet we are supposed to glom on to how he told Billy Bush girls let him grab their pussy. Something that I think is entirely possible was said in jest. I heard very little about miss america and a lot about billy bush, why is that? And the really funny thing to me was that Bill Clinton has a long and sordid history of doing terrible things to women, including a illegitimate son, and yet it seemed to me that those negative things were less prevlaent in the national narrative that the hair-dos create on their cute little "news" shows.

I honestly hope that libel laws are relaxed by Trump. This article says horrible and yet un-specific things about Trump and I would like to see libel such that alleged journalists that draft these things can be taken to court to prove the truth of their case. Imagine if we could have done this in 2002-2003 instead of paying 5 trillion dollars on a war based on lies that no one was ever prosecuted for. I really think that this author would be loath to put this slop to press if the truth of her words were at all taken into consideration in a court of law.

Another one I hear from these losers frequently is that Trump is xenophobic. Now I understand that he wants a wall but that he wants a wall does not equate to xenophobia directly. Xenophobia is merely the fear of outsiders and I have seen no evidence that Trump wants to isolate this country from the outside world. The absurdity of statements of xenophobia are made even more prevalent by the fact that he has a foreign born wife, that he has business operations all over the world with his name on it. It seems to me that the facts of his life discount any accord with statements that he is xenophobic.

But the most egregious err of the author is the ignoring of the utter harm and chaos that the federal government causes in the rez-life of the indigenous people within the United States boundaries. Obama could have had a direct impact on this situation and yet he has not. If you read in the NYT article above you would find statements like in 2011 federal prosecutors had declined to prosecute 52% of cases involving the most serious crimes on reservations. Indeed, if the author of this screed is at all "for real" in their concern I wonder what harsh words they would have for Obama regarding the statistic that in 2011 65%--that is SIXTY FIVE!--of rape cases on reservations were declined to be prosecuted. Just so everyone knows, Obama can order these US attorneys around, he can fire them and appoint new ones, and yet as of 2011, well into his administration, he had done nothing that I know of to command the US attorneys to do their job and prosecute crimes on reservations. But the most alarming statistic is that a Native women are 10--TEN--times more likely to be murdered than an average american. Note that this data is sourced from the beloved NYT and was published in 2012, while Obama was president.

It is my belief that the Trump election was in large part a reaction to emotional tantrums such as the one in this screed as well as a rejection of the politically correct culture that has flooded our media and politics in the last 20 years. The wailing, the broad statements, the hubris, of the politically correct mafia types will slowly wane as they are outed as vile and vindictive partisans that have no principle but for their nastiness and fragile feelings. Good riddance!

Oh, and one comment on the electoral college being of the "slavery era". Slavery, before the emancipation movement of the 19th century had been with humanity as long as civilization. Would you say that everything before 1865 is of the "slave era"? Is democracy from the slave era? There were slaves in Athens. Is republicanism from the slave era? Rome was built by slaves? You could say that this entire country, a great many countries of the world in fact, are from the "slave era"? The sort of rhetorical style that would have you using that poor descriptor is called demagoguing. Just saying.

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 01/12/2017 at 10:14 AM


It wasn't more than a few days ago that I was venting on here about the utter conceit of progressives. For being a non-religious lot they sure do bend towards the light of their righteousness. More often than not, it will be like in this glowing example, and the righteous will bind to the self to create that all-vainglorious of monsters: the self-righteous progressive.

Any fool that can read can see the logic here. He read a book, it stirred those adorable little snow-flakes within, and because of the way that it made Him feel...well..why can't the whole world feel that too? Right? And so he made a website in order to spread awareness of the way he felt. It is very cute to see children act on their naivety with such passion but an adult? For me, an interminable cynic, it wreaks of an intellectual slovenity. Children can get accolades just because...they are children! But adults are held to a higher standard, an adult with a passion that unicorns exist is intriguing, but also pitiable.

Now, I have never heard of this book "Special Deluxe" and really, I was alerted to the fact the Young could even write by this very LTE. If the author is the same Neil Young the pop music star than I imagine that there is a lack of scientific analysis in the book. I am also assuming the book is about CO2 or the ozone layer or something. Otherwise this whole LTE was sort of a non-sequitor, which would also make sense to me.

Regardless of the content of the book the connection is made between CO2 and the Ozone layer in this letter. The connection that is made is entirely false and unfounded. CO2 levels may be a function of the extent of the Ozone layer at any given time BUT CO2 emissions do not influence the Ozone layer's integrity. The chemicals that deplete the ozone layer are things like chlorofluorocarbons, methyl bromide and hydrochlorofluorocarbons. Luckily, the emission of those chemicals has been highly restrained and the ozone seems to be recovering.

But, regarding progressives, I am sitting here pondering how this fool looked out the window of his crappy apartment (what nice apartment has a view of even 1 drive-thru?) and slandered all the people in their cars with this "fact" he has deduced from the pop-star's sentimental pulp. He looks out at them and slanders them. I can almost hear the phrase, "there ought to be a law," you know, so that all those McDonald's eating loafers aren't depleting the ozone layer. But they aren't! Even someone that believes in climate change they ought to know it isn't magic and that this connection does not exist, despite what the pop-star may have written in his novel that I will never read (forgive me, I have taste).

People may cry about my cynicism towards government. They may whine "who will build the roads and bridges" or "who will tell my kids the way shit is in school" if not for the government. And therefore we must LOVE that we pay taxes and we must be grateful that the great father watches over us. But I dissent. I dissent because there are fools out there like this letter writer that will take up the mantle of government not as a means to establish order and commerce or for public safety but because their fears induce their passion and their self-righteousness will allow their passion to usurp liberty so as to make others act in a manner that they approve. They are the neo-masters to the slave-race of humanity, they are the humanitarian with the guillotine. They are Hitler making the pure aryan race, or Stalin fomenting the world revolution. They are Robespierre without the hindsight that the institutions they make can too turn inward and harm their creators. These people? They are the humanitarians with the guillotine...

The only just society is one where order is voluntary and pitiful emotional wretches like this fellow can cry in the corner afflicting their passion upon themselves and leaving the rest of us to go about our day peacefully and freely.

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 01/12/2017 at 9:00 AM

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