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Re: “Skunked

The pious have cried and the county commissioners reacted with a knee jerk " throw the baby out with the bath water ".
When cannabis is flowering and brings a succulent order much like day lilies or roses....

This is just another case of " I hate the cannabis people" ...they smell....
" "I kind of decided it was something I wanted to go out of my office with," McLaughlin says.

She compares the odor affecting property owners in rural parts of the county to a neighbor McLaughlin once had who played music too loud. She adds that the smell of cannabis primarily impacts people who didn't want to legalize marijuana with statewide Initiative 502 in the first place."
Lets just grow up and use common sense and quit whining about your supposed loss of property value

Posted by Rick Rosio on 12/09/2016 at 4:43 AM

Re: “Fake-News Nightmare

ITT: people sticking their heads in the sand pretending like sites full of fake headlines and stuffed full of ads and sometimes malware don't exist. That's also on top of the satirical websites people often fail to realize are satirical.

I assume it's because they're too busy forwarding chain emails.

Posted by Joshua Ohm on 12/08/2016 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Skunked

Just as an illustration. In a free society a 'county' does not get to dictate how people manage their private property just as in a society with a free press does not allow the government to dictate the content of newspapers. In a free society a squeaky wheel will go to a court and file a case for damages rather then complaining to their local politburo to inform on their neighbor regarding their private business and whether or not they are using 'their' property in accordance with what leviathan has demanded of them. Know that, like with Negan, everything is consumed by that great whale and so we are all of his domain; you are not free!

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 12/08/2016 at 4:59 PM

Re: “A Win for Everyone

Only a delay till Obama's Bureaucrat is replaced in two months.

Saying the protesters were peaceful is a Lie, attacking workers and police, destruction of private property trashing the land .

In the end the Violent protests will do nothing, Activists will go home and the Sioux will lament the loss of the money they were trying to extort from the pipeline Co after all they were willing to let the pipeline go through the res for a mere 20 Million in pay offs....

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Posted by Tangeant on 12/08/2016 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Fake-News Nightmare

DDC, I was wondering if that was you. I gotta make the bastards pay somehow ;)

Hope you're doing well. I so miss the Spokesman's dialog.

I had some real zingers leading up to the election on here but they got taken down because the cursing was melting the snowflakes. Whatever the case, the election was VERY entertaining and, because of the winner, it is yet to entertain further...lol

Take care.....

Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 12/08/2016 at 9:01 AM

Re: “My Dinner with Fidel

What is wrong with America? This!

"Though I imagined that Castro understood English, he spoke only through a female interpreter who appeared to translate his comments the way he wanted them understood, not the way he stated them in Spanish. "

I am just amazed that someone more apt to negotiate with a Spanish speaking leader was not chosen over George. He may say he was there for the pea farmers but Havana has some nice beaches and world-class prostitutes; that amalgamation makes me wonder if he was not just a tourist on a government subsidized vacation. A vacation that the rest of us peons are forbidden from endeavoring to encounter because of pols like ol' Georgey-boy here. And so he was at a dinner with a national leader and the leader is able to speak freely and duplicitously in front of George because he does not even know the language, though he can tell that Castro is not being translated accurately. And so I wonder, why was George there? If America has vast resources, could not those resources be used to send more fitting individuals to deliberate on Her behalf? Surely, only a select few ought to have been considered since travelling to Cuba is dictated by our overlords in DC to be haram, and therefore forbidden?

Nope, America is perfectly suited to send on Her behalf a bumpkin of limited wit that doesn't speak the language. I think it is little tales like this that show Washington for what it is, a bunch of egoists that make things up as they go along and then pretend that isn't the case. It is why Trumps "bad deals" is such a harbinger of truth to so many. George should just shutup about Castro and Cuba. He had his chance to make a difference and instead he glommed to the cancer of consensus. Now, after he has left power, he has courage to say that American's ought to be free to travel to Cuba, where he has already been on a government paid vacation to a place that the government forbids people from going. What a perfect emblem for his and the government's ineptitude. He was "our" representative and his concern was not "our" right to freely travel but that pea farmers could not sell to Cuba as their Canadian counterparts could. Like most pols, this one's principles are a wind vein.

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 12/08/2016 at 8:42 AM

Re: “This Isn't Normal

I cannot even read through one of these entirely without repelling in disgust. Paul, you are disgusting! You believe lies!

And so it goes that we must visit the tale of FDR's concentration camps. Paul would have us believe that FDR "ordered" his persona non-grata to "register" for these fun little camps. FDR was one of our 'greatest' presidents I am told and so we must admit that Trump will be able to make America "great" again within the confines of that jingoism. All should know that FDR did not order these poor souls to register but, rather, he just went down to the census office and collected those that had pre-registered for FDRs concentration camp by noting their Asian heritage on the census. You know, that thing that is taken every 10 years so that America can keep being a bad-ass democracy with equal representation. Yeah, so the next time you fill out a census think, boy I hope I get to make America great--like FDR--and catalog my race so that, when the time comes--for national security of course--, you can be culled by leviathan efficiently and because of your social identity rather than your individual liberty.

I don't understand what you guys think you accomplish of your prestige to apologize for your failure in such self-serving ways. Like the poor student that is unwilling to study and then bemoans their ignorance. I have read little of the apologetics of lying media scum in regards to their corrupted opinions in this election cycle. However, there is Conrad Black's piece from Nov 11th in the NY Sun. He did not apologize for the failure but rather made mention of this utterly indisputable fact: "The publics loathing and distrust of the press is richly deserved and indicative of one of Western societys greatest failings: the free press has failed."

And so Paul. No one disagrees that the free press is not important. It is just that, in your hands, and that of your colleagues you have failed and continue to fail. Your mission is venerable, your actions have potential for great value and you are entirely capable of providing a public service as you seem to conceive that you are already--you aren't btw. But first, you must look in a mirror and accept that your role was not a good one, your sentiments were unfounded, your hostility to Trump and certainty of his failure is where you went wrong. If you can't hate Trump and cover him then maybe you should be a technical writer? If you cannot admit to this? You will not change. If you cannot own your role and accept the harm you have caused, you will continue to look stupid to the majority of people minus an insular group of back slapping colleagues and powerful people that need your myopia to operate.

Here is some reading for you: http://www.nysun.com/national/publics-loathing-of-the-press-richly-deserved/89793/

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 12/07/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “In Defense of Refugees

Another classic obfuscation. If immigrants did not receive welfare I doubt they would be that controversial. Indeed, if they did not receive welfare, a great many wouldn't even have an incentive to come. The plight of the main character in this story is entirely sympathetic, but the author does not visit upon the issue entirely, but only in regards to the sentiments of snowflakes. He seems to be intent on misunderstanding the objections to the immigration-complex in this wretch of a country. He seems to think that there is a class of evil-bigot out there that hates these people for who they are and where they came from; which is probably why he dwells on the vain and boring sentiments rather than to perform analysis. After all, it was not long ago that this poor snowflake was smugly declaring that there is such a thing as an "undocumented citizen" which is sort of like saying "talented journalist" in this day and age. It is an allocation to a class that does not exist.

I do not doubt these people are scared. Having welfare usurped can always be alarming, but to that plight, I am not sympathetic at all. Further, if these poor and hapless immigrants are being preached to by these snowflakes it is entirely possible that their fears are unfounded like much of the sentiments of a tepid snowflake. Just like the Khan scam this summer, there is a complex of welfare that surrounds immigrants. And not only do the immigrants receive the bounty, but also depraved do-gooders, of which the "gold star" Khan was one.

Frankly, I quit reading this boring piece once I got to the third sub-heading. I was curious, what sort of defense this would be; I was also curious at how the offense would be conceptualized. In both cases I am loath to admit that this sort of "journalism" is really part of the problem. It does a bad job defending immigrants. Moreover, it does an even worse job stating/understanding the offense. Words that come to mind to describe this sort of intellectual affair is 'sophistry' or even 'demagoguery' and all wound up with dis-eloquent platitudes.

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 12/07/2016 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Hitting the Wall

You snowflakes are always talking up the SPLC as if they are some esteemed source and not Morris Dees slush-fund of hate and Bill Morlin's retirement fund. The hate-crime epidemic is establishment optics...

Case and point is this: http://nypost.com/2016/12/05/report-buried-trump-related-hate-crimes-against-white-kids/

The methodology for this "survey" is the biggest load of horse-apples and is derived--INTRINSICALLY DERIVED!--from hearsay. The SPLC either employs researchers that are damned fools or they intentionally release these sorts of surveys to even bigger idiots whom bounce it in the establishment echo chamber. The SPLC relies on this sort of reflexive stenography from the cadres of establishment journalists in order to keep their endowment. The endowment of this quaint hate-group is over $300 million dollars and growing, with special thanks to the snowflakes.

But back to the methodology. This survey was sent out not as a sample but en masse; most likely to people on the leftish side of the idiots gambit called political ideology. It implores teachers, which are as much an agent of leviathan as any pig, to report hate to them. The survey is performed in such a way that it cannot have statistical integrity and cannot therefore be said to have any probabilistic value or accuracy but for the sentiments of the ignorant. Nonetheless, the snowflakes are snowing it down on all of us. Don't be deceived.

And journalists? Why? Why are you so gullible? Why are your principles built upon wind veins? Do you not hold opinions? I just do not understand this crying. And to peel off the act of "hating" as a crime in itself is so Orwellian. Crime is hate embodied. I hate tyranny, which is why I am so hard on you people. You should know better. I expect you too! And even if you think that expectation is unfair, I do not care, I will hold it anyway. Spokane did not always have such a talent-less pool of hacks writing to her peeps. Isabel Paterson, for a time, was a writer in Spokane. No, not for the Spokesman, I do not know of any talent that has ever emerged from that cesspool. I think she wrote for the herald. But she was talented, perhaps the last talented one in Spokane. I believe she was on to greener pastures before WWI had even started, but she got her editorial chops here! You idiots could learn by her example if not from her prose. How could she emerge talented and brilliant while you wallow in the squalor of your love of your own opinions and righteousness?

Isabel wrote a book called the ghost in the machine. She also had the courage to oppose the new deal. She was an 'America First' kind of person, not like the limp wristed losers that now write for America's deadwood. Such a pathetic bunch, if I was a journalist I would be ashamed if I didn't protest that coy depravity of spirit. But then, I am not depraved and therefore I am ill suited to be a journalist.

Isabel's "Ghost in the Machine" is a brilliant book. And inside that book there is an essay that is titled "The Humanitarian with the Guillotine" which lays out in beauty what the establishment continuously fails to see of themselves. The establishment, it seems to me, takes great joy in spreading their goodness through wicked means. They seek to end all suffering by identifying those that it wishes to make suffer on your behalf. No one, in such a depraved system, can be certain that they themselves will not be the target of this means, for it is the means of violence that is to be abhorred, and not merely to apply violence to the appropriate people.

So what did Isabel say of you snowflakes? Here:

"Most of the harm in the world is done by good people, and not by accident, lapse, or omission. It is the result of their deliberate actions, long persevered in, which they hold to be motivated by high ideals toward virtuous ends."

On this account, I do declare all of you journalist snowflakes to be "good people" but you have myopia for your own evil. You do not have the intent of evil, but your actions produce great evil. Stalin didn't starve 3 million Ukrainians because he was a bastard. He did it for the greater good and the soviet revolution; the greater good is the calling card of the SPLC.

She ends the work with:
"The philanthropist, the politician, and the pimp are inevitably found in alliance because they have the same motives, they seek the same ends, to exist for, through, and by others. And the good people cannot be exonerated for supporting them. Neither can it be believed that the good people are wholly unaware of what actually happens. But when the good people do know, as they certainly do, that three million persons (at the least estimate) were starved to death in one year by the methods they approve, why do they still fraternize with the murderers and support the measures? Because they have been told that the lingering death of the three millions might ultimately benefit a greater number. The argument applies equally well to cannibalism."

Prove her wrong snowflakes.
https://mises.org/library/humanitarian-guillotine

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 12/07/2016 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Fake-News Nightmare

You're making me look up words again, Lys. Well said.

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Posted by DDC on 12/06/2016 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Fake-News Nightmare

What a load of self-absorbed crap! I am just astounded at the voice of this article, as if of the people, and not some saintly prince that prances around journaling this region as if he understands it. I am sure that whatever smugness weaves, smugness believes.

We live in interesting times. I am similarly aghast at how the snowflakes and their fake news have coagulated in their sanguine opinion that the reason they were all humiliated, the reason that their hopes for Clinton were based on misconception, is because peopleyou and Ibelieved in other sources that are not them. Which is to say, THEY are the fake news, the Inlander, the Spokesman, the NYT. It is a bitter pill.

Really, news is news; it is something new. The idea of journaling, it seems to me, is more about the act of recording than about making exemplifying the truth. The truth is self-evident. We do not need brilliantif self absorbed and narcissisticMacgregor and his expertise. No, we do not need that becausethe truth is self evident and Sir McGregor is not an orifice for the truth. Truth is manifold and does not revolve around the ego of editors and owners. I find great joy when I see opinion-makers fail. When I see their egos crumple.

It is most often followed by a hunt for a cause to their failure that would betray their inability to prevent what unfolded. Nay!!!! It cannot be their fault. And for those fragile spirits the Washington Post has done a great job in promoting the fake news narrative. The fake news narrative is a generous gift for those tainted hearts that can now exclaim to whomever will listenan ever diminishing audiencethat their failings are not their own but that of someone else. The Washington Posts angle was to project theirMcGregorsfailings as an overt act of meddling by the Russians. Indeed, the Washington Posts write-up on fake news has been almost universally panned by actual journalists who do not need to make amends but to just keep journaling with that same method as before, to keep seeking the truth an making it evident. I dont think that happens at the Inlander. The Inlander does not produce news and it does not employ journalists. Heck, it is hard for me to say that they even employ good writers, but I am a harsh critic.

Does Inlander staff even attend things like the council meetings or go to court? Do they examine the public record for stories? Do they investigate? Or is it just to entertain a dull mass of cultureless narcissists who mistake self-love for culture?

It was cute to see a write-up on fake news that did not elevate the Russian useful idiot meme. Indeed, it was quite clear that the Inlander and its snowflakes, as well as the Spokesman and its snowflakes and the TV husks with hair-dos that read the news to that aforementioned dull mass, all of these people were the useful idiots of the failed strategy of the Queen of manipulation. It was truly a pathetic sight to behold, and I mourned for their project too, because the people NEED to be informed. There needs to be someone willing to see the virtue of truth in itself. There needs to be someone that ceaselessly follows a lead regardless of whom it may defame or what institution may get bad PR because of it. The truth does matter, but I fear that it is not found in these pages nor is it pursued by its staff, nor, it seems from analyzing this drab screed, is it important to McGregor. What McGregor seems to be mourning is the act of him speaking and people believing him. Anyone with that affliction knows now how that infection spreads and what it feels like; and so poor McGregor has to bemoan fake news in order to juxtapose his own poor editing and managing of this rag. He has to apologize for his failuresone would not expect him to own his failures. Self-love can restrict that sort of introspection.

I also think that it is funny that he speaks of the first in the world school of journalism. The statement itself is one of meaningless sophistry. As if we are to see his expertise as above all others because his school is the oldest? Is that why its age is relevant? I would hope he would have more refinement than that but I am loath to give liars the benefit of the doubt. Regardless of his schools age, Journalism had been failing as an organ of truth for quite a few decades by the time that 1908 rolled around. The founding of these sorts of schools, it seems to me, was to better shape the optics of the act of journaling. I say that because of this: Remember the Maine

I dont know if McGregor would Remember the Maine but it certainly is an epic tale of what scum bubbles up from mass media. William Randolph Hearst once said you furnish the pictures and Ill furnish the war and people of McGregors ilk obliged. For this act the US won from Spain the Islands of Peurto Rico, Cuba and the Philippines. We would later find out that the USS Maine was not sunk by Spain but by itself; whether deliberately, or because of mismanagement, it is still unknown. The Americans then unfolded a tyranny that would eventually collapse with Castros rise to power over the hated Baptista regime that US interlopers had installed. Not that Castro was any better, though, McGregor might think so.

The hero in this story, Walter Williams, was emblematic of the cancer that is now perfusing through higher education and the smugness of newspapers as a whole. Before his vaunted School of Journalism newspaper writers were apprentices. Did you hear that? They did not need to go to journaling school to know how to journal. So what then is the significance of the first school for journaling? Why does it matter? If you ask me it fits very well with the timeline of the decline of journalism and the ascension of the modern US warfare state. Ironically, the decline of western civilization can be seen in a similar arc of history. McGregor might proffer that it is because of the lack of professionalism that the school was trying to alleviate. But the founding of this school coincides with one of the bloodiest periods in the 20th century, it glorified the embedding of journalists and their celebrity and, it seems to me, the truth took a back seat to that of expertise and innuendo.

Would McGregor rail against the fake news from the Spanish-American war? Would he rail against the reports that the German navy was about to cross the Atlantic and invade America prior to WWI? Would he rail against FDRs deception that led to the Pearl Harbor massacre as documented in Stinnets Day of Deceit? Would he rail against the reports from the gulf of Tonkin in the 60s? Or how he helped lie to youto usso that GWB could have his war in Iraq? Oh no, fake news is a more recent problem that needs to be confronted. And who better to confront it than the moron that probably doesnt even understand how stupid his fake news musings even sound.

There is no more glorious a fact in our society than that of owning pulp futures does not amount to owning the ability to project ones ideas. No, there is much better competition now, and with much lower overhead. The paper will continue to die as you old deadwood lovers reach your twilight. The newspapers will die and information will be more freely available to everyone then at any point in human history and it will be the self-evident that can be true rather than truth from the megaphone of the likes of McGregor and his deadwood friends.

The only thing I look forward to, in these pages, is the fodder to tease with. Thanks Inlander

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 12/06/2016 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Fake-News Nightmare

After reading even more "blame game" journalism/commentary from the losing team, I'm compelled to respond to Mr. McGregor's low energy rant....only to see that, these days, there are others that understand the self-delegitimizing of the conventional press.

"Fake news" didn't determine the election...or even contribute to it.

It was bigotry. The bigotry of the conventional press towards conservative leaning, "uneducated" Americans.

That bigotry continues.....and editors like Mr. McGregor will keep championing it's ignorance.

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Posted by DDC on 12/05/2016 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Hitting the Wall

The persons responsible for hate crimes are the persons who commit them. Explicitly or implicitly blaming hate crimes on Trump turns the issue into a political argument that distracts from the crime and its victim(s), unnecessarily creating controversy. On the other hand, if the goal is to create argument and division, blaming Trump or his "deplorable" supporters is a good strategy.

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Posted by muddydog on 12/05/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “This Isn't Normal

Paul stated:

"Hillary Clinton lost (she didn't)"

If that were true, Paul, then a great deal of people, far smarter and wiser than you, are wrong.

Perhaps you should read the section of the US Constitution about Presidential elections.

Apparently, you, Paul Dillon, suffer from Democrat Derangement Syndrome. It's been going around..... It's a common ailment among democrat lemmings, the astoundingly politically ignorant, and low information voters.

Hillary was unfit to be POTUS anyway...watch the hearings in 2017; maybe you will realize this and get over your childish disease.

Grow up.


To the Inlander Editors:

The Inlander keeping columnists around as blindly biased as Dillon is why your Spokane community influence will remain minimal. The Inlander will forever be surprised on election day and not taken seriously as a publication.

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Posted by Do Better Inlander on 12/05/2016 at 4:27 AM

Re: “Trumped-up Education

The Union argues against choice based on the false premise that it's bad for public schools. But charter schools and other such choices can be successful at the same time public schools are also successful.

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Posted by muddydog on 12/04/2016 at 11:15 PM

Re: “This Isn't Normal

"Hillary Clinton lost (she didn't)"

Paul, get a grip. Yes, she did lose. Trump won according to rules of the election which we have used since the ratification of the US Constitution. He got 302 electoral votes and she got 232.

You really need to work this out and to still be stuck in the first stage of grief (denial) is just going to make it more painful for you.

Move on...

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Posted by ptleahy on 12/04/2016 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Fake-News Nightmare

Funny how a minor captain of liberal media is whining about "fake news".

This is analogous to a kid pleading for mercy from the court after being convicted of killing his parents; "...after all, I'm an orphan, judge".

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Posted by WakeUpDs on 12/04/2016 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Fake-News Nightmare

Unmentioned in this column are the progressive's pet fake news sources that were widely popular in that liberal bubble. We had years of the smug and smarmy John Stewart and Stephen Colbert (and now we have their offspring shows). These shows readily admitted it was fake news and many of their viewers readily admitted these shows were their only source of news. Sure they are satire and comedy but the line was blurred. Remember 'truthiness'?

Unless you are willing to admit that some of the biggest purveyors of fake news were those on the left, just save your bellyaching.

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Posted by ptleahy on 12/04/2016 at 8:27 AM

Re: “In Defense of Refugees

Be the HERO in your circle of influence.

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Posted by Trish in Spokane on 12/04/2016 at 3:53 AM

Re: “This Isn't Normal

Re: Ryan Humphrey.

Paul is as pro DEMOCRAT and anti-Republican as anyone you will ever meet. Apparently, you're not a frequent reader of his biased, liberal rants in the Inlander.

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Posted by Justsaying' on 12/04/2016 at 12:24 AM

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