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Re: “Trump's approval at historic low, two Idaho deputies shot and morning headlines

I wonder, are the polls that say his "approval" is low--whatever that means--are the same polls that exclaimed in breathless arrogance that Trump had a 95% chance of losing the election. The political establishment in this country is failing and this "poll" is emplamatic of their flailing and anxiety. Whatever the polls say I can rest assured that it doesn't matter and is most likely not even true. Making such judgments has been a bountiful gift of Trump's to political cynics such as myself. Carry-on fragile snowflakes, I cannot wait to see what the polls say going forward and I look forward to another symbol to establish the act of polling as a depraved and sloven activity that only foolish knaves cling to in an effort to live in the imagined dreams of their reality.

Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 01/17/2017 at 11:27 AM

Re: “No, Spokane's mumps outbreak is not proof that vaccines don't work

With an effective rate of 88% the pool of susceptibles is large. The vaccinated susceptibles spread it amongst themselves and might pass it to the few unvaxxed.
100 people (at 98% vaccine coverage)
= 98 vaxxed (at 88% effective) + 2 unvaxxed
= 84 vaxxed not susceptible + 12 vaxxed susceptible + 2 unvaxxed susceptible

I see a vaccine that doesn't work well enough, not a failure to vaccinate.

Posted by Lisa Jackson on 01/17/2017 at 9:22 AM

Re: “No, Spokane's mumps outbreak is not proof that vaccines don't work

The fact that vaccinated students get mumps doesn't mean the vaccine isn't effective. From the CDC: "The mumps component of the MMR vaccine is about 88% (range: 66-95%) effective when a person gets two doses; one dose is about 78% (range: 49%92%) effective." That means a fully vaccinated (2-dose) group is 66-95% less likely to catch mumps after exposure than someone who is not immune. Saying that the vaccine doesn't work because people still get mumps is like saying seatbelts and airbags don't work because they are not 100% effective in preventing injury or death. It is expected that some vaccinated people exposed to mumps will get the disease. Also, a highly vaccinated group can get mumps if they have prolonged exposure to someone who is transmitting it. The larger the exposed group, the closer and longer the exposure, the more likely to have tranmission.

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Posted by Greg Stern on 01/16/2017 at 10:23 PM

Re: “No, Spokane's mumps outbreak is not proof that vaccines don't work

It's the Russians.

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Posted by DDC on 01/16/2017 at 6:34 PM

Re: “No, Spokane's mumps outbreak is not proof that vaccines don't work

1-last SPS report 8/8 students were vaxxed. 2- Mizzou 193 w mumps had 2 doses. Vax isn't effective.

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Posted by Thepointis on 01/16/2017 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Few details yet in fatal Spokane police shooting

Terry V Ohio and the Broken Windows Theory!

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Posted by BRB on 01/16/2017 at 1:56 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Sheriff's Office admits deputy's SUV hit Spokane Valley teen Ryan Holyk

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 received 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.

Those with Darkness in the heart violated a communities civil rights in the process, and hid material facts from Ryan Holyks 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 01/15/2017 at 4:42 PM

Re: “SPD billed Trump, Clinton and Sanders over $100,000 for police overtime — but didn't get a penny

As to the Spokane Trump rally, Spokane was receiving a presidential candidate who incited violence everywhere he went. As to those who came to protest him in Spokane, the public information about the event, including the only public advertising which was via Facebook, made it repeatedly clear that the event would be -- from the side of protesters -- peaceful. And it was. However, the event did start with an older white male in line to see Trump call a man of Latin American ancestry a "Mexican n*gg*r", an event witnessed by the SPD officer in charge of the SPD cadre present on Spokane Falls Boulevard. The only attempted acts of violence were by a vendor of Trump paraphernalia towards another Trump paraphernalia vendor whom he accused of undercutting his prices. A price-tag of $65,000 is outrageous for the dozens of SPD officers who did nothing but stand around. This was in addition to several Secret Service as well as private security and other law enforcement observed at the scene.

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Posted by DavidBrookbank on 01/15/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “How exactly will buses work if part of Monroe Street loses a lane? We asked STA

Take a look at the warm-weather photo used in the article, taken by Young Kwak. Try to count how many of the cars are traveling directly next to a car in the next lane. Notice that they are staggering back and forth, and see how they are avoiding scraping the car next to them.

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Posted by Bryce Morrison on 01/13/2017 at 7:10 PM

Re: “No charges for Spokane County Sheriff's deputy who hit teen cyclist with police vehicle

There is a pending federal civil suit filed by the family for wrongful death. It was a Spokane County Sheriff's deputy and not a SPD officer. There is conclusive evidence that the front bumper of the deputy's vehicle struck Holyk.

For more read Brian Breen's post:…

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Posted by Ron_the_Cop on 01/13/2017 at 5:41 PM

Re: “How exactly will buses work if part of Monroe Street loses a lane? We asked STA

I would recommend reading the project's documentation here:…

The STA portion of the documentation is at the end of the PDF (page 14).

Keep in mind that a bus will travel through the area every fifteen (15) minutes, so you will have a lower likelihood of encountering the 20 second delay. That 20 second delay was studied recently in northbound traffic along Monroe during the 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. time-span. Almost all of the traffic involved passengers getting off of the bus (going home from work). During the study, only one wheelchair exited a bus on that section of Monroe between 4 and 5:30.

The grant application is another incentive for the merging of the northern two stops. The two southern stops are already a high enough volume to qualify for such a grant, and the two northern stops would more than qualify once merged. Most of the riders usually boarding at Frederick would transition two blocks (or a block-and-a-half, considering Euclid) north to Dalton. Those who live just south of Frederick, on Fairview, would likely transition to the stop on Grace.

The information here that is not included in the official documentation was provided by representatives of the STA who spoke at the planning committee.

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Posted by Bryce Morrison on 01/13/2017 at 5:25 PM

Re: “SPD billed Trump, Clinton and Sanders over $100,000 for police overtime — but didn't get a penny

So our police want to be and/or act like a private security firm? I wonder how many other liberal municipalities tried to pull this stupid s*it.

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Posted by MAGA on 01/13/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “SPD billed Trump, Clinton and Sanders over $100,000 for police overtime — but didn't get a penny

Liberals being sore losers and inciting violence, shocking.

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Posted by Alf on 01/13/2017 at 7:43 AM

Re: “No charges for Spokane County Sheriff's deputy who hit teen cyclist with police vehicle

For you that want to defend the cop please answer this question, why did the cop and defense lie about the SUV hitting the kid if it was just an accident that was the fault of the kid?

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Posted by Ronney on 01/12/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “What the Coeur d'Alene Press doesn't understand about naming sexual assault victims

First class innuendo.... can't say I'm surprised by a paper that promotes narcotics to kids...

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Posted by Inlander luvs gubmint surveillance on 01/11/2017 at 10:15 PM

Re: “No charges for Spokane County Sheriff's deputy who hit teen cyclist with police vehicle

Another kid iced by his own stupidity, and the liberal media blaming police... The same idiots whose mental gymnastics state we can't trust police, but should surrender our guns and trust the police.... Sry bout your crotch turd but its natural selection outside your gated ivory towers.

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Posted by Another Sheep on 01/11/2017 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Trump's Russia Connection gets grody, Obama bids farewell, berms return

Once Again the Don plays an out-of-toutch media like a fiddle. Kinda funny how Shillary thrives on foreign money but no mention of that......

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Posted by beef supreme on 01/11/2017 at 9:53 PM

Re: “No charges for Spokane County Sheriff's deputy who hit teen cyclist with police vehicle

Mr pete,

Wow, easy on the moralizing. With your sort of legal reasoning, which is to say 'bad' legal reasoning, it would not be beyond the realm of possibility to say that someone ought to have no recourse for their rape because of the style of clothes they were wearing at the time, or that someone should not be able to be recompensed when their property is stolen because the locks on their door are cheap and so they were asking for it. Really, in the most heinous of criminal impunity, one could say that acting negligently and irregarding professional protocol, being the intervening cause of the death of a child, and then being immune because of the caste they are made out of in our pathetic police state is also acceptable. Correct? The kid--the child--had no business being out; but he was out on the streets nonetheless, and therefore this miscreant--and dead child--victimized this poor "servant" by getting in the way of his cruiser and then dying, causing problems for this poor, hapless, misbegotten hero. We can see this same act of our public institutions being corrupted by shirking to apply law to its own kind: Crocker, who is a war criminal as well, never faced justice here for driving recklessly and drunk on the very same Sprague that became the resting place for this boy; he is now a president of a large public university.

And so I estimate of your cruel and dark heart that you care not for human life. Too, whether you attend that ominous sepulcher of god every Sunday or not, have one True god and its name is leviathan. How else can your morality be based in such a whimsical context that a boy deserved to be mauled by a government car because of the time of day? Never mind what ought to be said of someone's right in crossing the street being able to judge the approach of a vehicle by the legally posted speed limit or, say if there is an emergency vehicle, to have the right to be notified by the oncoming vehicle of the fact that they are driving at an excessive speed. Is that not why the pigs get those toys? For that reason? And since we the people are made to pay for these toys could it not be said to be outside the realm of decency to have as our right the policy that pigs MUST use those safety features that we pay for? Is that not our right? This boys? Of course, I ask rhetorically, because it is clear to me that you think the boy deserved to die. I can almost hear the glee in your tone as you say in other words "let that be a lesson to all you kids staying out too late!" Speaking of kids, if you have any, I feel sorry for them.

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 01/11/2017 at 3:16 PM

Re: “The Idaho State Police won't release its confidential informant policy; what about other Idaho agencies?

What is the rule of law?

I think that CIs can attest to the fact that in the United States in this contemporary age the rule of law and the discretion of the government's security-caste are one in the same. Though murder is illegal for all of us, for them it is a matter of discretion. When considering whether a hapless driver has a large sum of cash to buy a new car or a pound of heroin, the discretion is to the the police. Indeed, and the cash can be guilty too. Who would have such a large sum of cash but someone that is doing something illegal. Correct? And so that cash is within the domain of the highwaymen of today and can be seized with equal effect as the highwaymen of ages past; the victim loses their money in either case. And so I ask, what is the difference between the gangs employed by our taxing districts and the gangs that free-lance with their thuggery outside of the confines of the official gang's territory--better called their jurisdiction. I do adore how they wear blouses. It would seem that the mafia had more style. Too, the mafia was more prone to restrain its violence on the account of innocence. They were hardly known to burn down an entire house with a family in it in order to kill just one of the family members. Sadly, this activity cannot be said to be outside of the ethical sinecures of the official gangs that lord over us, that follow us, that harass us and STEAL from us.

I have always loved St. Augustine's dialog in the city of god between the pirate and the emperor. The pirate, having been detained by the people he had plundered, was brought to Alexander's court to be judged. Clearly he had committed a wrong, no? The shame, we will see, is more complex. And so he responds to Alexanders implication that he is shameful by stating, "if you feel that I should be ashamed of the life I have led, then I want to tell you that you should be infinitely more ashamed of what you are doing."

It is an interesting observation, that moral standards ought to be universal. I agree with the pirate, as it happens, there is little difference between the actions of the Emperor and the actions of the pirate in a moral context. And so the pirate continued, "You and I are doing the same thing. We are leading exactly the same kind of life, only I am doing it in a very small measure. I may rob a few individuals and trading boats here and there, but you are doing it on a wide scale. How many countries you have conquered! How many lives you have needlessly destroyed! How many valuable treasures you and your soldiers have plundered! I tell you, it is you who should be ashamed, not I!"

Morally, I think it is safe to say that both of these pathetic excuses for human beings ought to be ashamed of themselves. Conquest is no more noble, nor materially different, than squatting and stealing, just on a larger scale. Regardless, I think this parable can inform us here of the immorality and disgusting depravity of those among us that are wont to call themselves 'the government.' It is a parable that demands that their actions performed in our name and in supposed service to us--the people--ought to be of a moral nature that we are all held to account and that accounting is called the law.

And so it goes with this little informant game that the pigs play that the act of conspiring to commit a crime is not itself a crime when a pig does it. A pig can find some vulnerable kid, give them money for information or to buy drugs, or conspire to buy drugs and they have not broken the law they supposedly enforce. But it is only because of their pedestal that it is so. They get to stand as the wicked stand, they get to buy drugs as the criminals do, they get to do everything a low life thug would do and yet they beg of us that it is for our good that they break the laws that they enforce in order to catch "bad" people that break the laws. Which is to say that they are only separated from the criminals in our society by a veil of vanity. Having a shiny badge can wipe away murder like a crime scene sponge. lol

Another example is the act of possessing property is intrinsically not a crime lest it be the property of someone else. And yet, on the books, our pols have made the act of possessing "drugs" an illegal act. Yet, in any police evidence locker, there is a bountiful room full of these things. Whom will we ask to enforce the laws that prohibit posession of these "prohibited" things? What agency or public official can we call to inform the public that the police possess large amounts of prohibited drugs? Drugs, however, are the least of this lawlessness as the grave that holds Mr Creech's body can attest. Not even murder or the running down of a child on a bike while breaking the law can lead to these people being accountable.

The CI system is rife with abuse, it is license for pigs to integrate with their colleagues in the private sector. And so how can we say that there is law when those that "enforce" it are not accountable to it? If the prosecutor in that police-state of a county had any balls at all he would investigate this kid's murder. He would find the culprit and then he would find the moron pig who has blood on his hands and post his ugly face in the community as someone that has offended the idea that the rule of law exists here in this region and that the police are agents of this so-called law. The officers--the other gang members--ought to also ostracize the loser that got this kid killed over nothing. I say this because for those like myself that would love to see the entire law enforcement caste extricated from our society and treated as the great evil it is; evil it continues to produce in the lives of the people that it claims it serves.

Unfortunately, it seems like the only people that even care are the ones that make money off the idea that this is outrageous, like the Inlander; of course, their writers seem to always miss the point. They think that police abuse is the symptom of a dis-orderly system rather then the logical consequence of that system existing. The problem with this element in our society--government funded gangs of unaccountable thugs--is that they not only enact great harm to us, and at great cost to us, but when they are given the opportunity to actually protect the community by outing one of their own as a lunatic that would extort a kid with criminal charges to the point that he risked getting killed. The officer that is responsible is a murderer by-proxy in my opinion. I am just thankful that I do not live within a jurisdiction that employs an individual that would place a kid in danger through extortion, get him killed, and then surround ranks and protect each other, rather then the public, which is their mission. The secrets they keep match the treachery the hold to our region's liberty. A shining example for the growing acceptance of my dissent to the police state. Everyday I am surprised at what strange bed-fellows hating the police can bring. No one that I know of feels safe when they see those flashing lights in their rear-view mirror....

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