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Re: “CONCERT REVIEW: Neil Young made his own headlines at Spokane Arena

Besides being a bit too loud at times, it was a great show. The guy likes to rock.

Posted by CR on 10/03/2015 at 6:31 PM

Re: “CONCERT REVIEW: Neil Young made his own headlines at Spokane Arena

Another gem of an article by Laura Johnson.

Posted by Dylan on 10/03/2015 at 2:17 PM

Re: “What we know so far — and what we don't — about the mass shooting in Oregon

According to interviews on CNN, the gunman asked victims to stand or otherwise identify themselves as Christians. Those who did were shot. Matthew 10:32-33. I wonder if the victims were "Bitter Americans clinging to guns and religion."

Posted by muddydog on 10/02/2015 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub resigns

Teresa you nailed it, let the smoke and mirror show begin. the mayor is trying to sweep his incompetence and the chief's affair under the rug.

Posted by CityNon-Spokesman on 10/02/2015 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Q&A with Spokane's Interim Police Chief Rick Dobrow

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

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

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

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

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Posted by Brian R Breen on 10/02/2015 at 5:37 AM

Re: “Police ombudsman commission opts to offer Florida candidate interim position, do more thorough background check

I was in the audience at City Hall last night and made it clear that I was not satisfied with the decision to hire Breeden who I have publicly opposed from the start. Here are comments I posted last night after the OPOC made its erroneous decision to hire Breeden:

Well, the people of Spokane have, I mean don't have, I mean have, I mean, well, come on folks. It's Spokane after all. The people of Spokane either do or don't have an Ombudsman. You figure it out....

I was surprised to hear OPO Commission president Deb Conklin flat out call the Florida investigation of Breeden "fraudulent". I was also surprised by her minimizing of the allegations, seemingly being unaware that one woman accused him of aggressively poking her in the arm.

This would seem unlikely to turn out well. After 5 years with a former cop become Ombudsman who never found a police investigation he didn't like, rather than seeking an even somewhat clean process, the Commission rushed to a muddled and chaotic conclusion to satisfy "the people of Spokane".

The Commission had been on the verge of refusing to make a decision approving of any of the three candidates until Tim Connor (who I tremendously respect and am not criticizing here) rose to speak. The fragility of the opinions of the Commission members (who I also respect and don't envy in this situation) was evident in the changing of positions following Tim's comments.

I do wish that one member of the audience in attendance had spoken, i..e, Howard Braham of the Spokane County Civil Service Commission, who has attended some of the public meetings and interviews with the three Ombudsman candidates. Braham raised his hand at one point, after the first round of public comments, but unfortunately desisted, despite my walking over to encourage him to share his thoughts.

I also believe the OPO Commission erred - and I stated so in my comments - in its analysis of its need for and who to fill that need for an OPO Commission staff person. I do not believe that the OPO Commission, which will be in a position to field public complaints about the Ombudsman himself should share a staff person with the Ombudsman. That is a clear conflict. The fact that the previous ineffective Ombudsman had been willing to share his staff person is not an argument for the current OPO Commission accepting that arrangement. The new Ombudsman will need at least a full-time staff person of his own. And the Commission will need more than the 10 hours "borrowed time" from the Ombudsman's staff person. There should be no sharing of staff between the OPO and OPO Commission except in the most mundane, insubstantial tasks (filling the copy machine, for example), if even that.

One can only hope - as I do - that this does not blow up in the face of the OPO Commission and, worse, of the people of Spokane. Unfortunately, the City of Spokane bats about 0% on matters like this.

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Posted by DavidBrookbank on 10/01/2015 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Q&A with Spokane's Interim Police Chief Rick Dobrow

"Did you ever disagree with any of his decisions?

Yeah on a couple of disciplinary things. I’m more of a disciplinarian. [Straub] can be pretty abrupt and hard line, but he seemed to be kind of soft-sided sometimes when it came to some of the disciplinary issues.

I can’t speak freely about our internal affairs investigations, but an investigator would make a recommendation for a suspension of 40 hours, for example, and [Straub] would counter with, 'How about half that?'"

So he really wasn't a "agent of change" and was "soft-sided" when it came to "disciplinary issues" Okay so what was the true Lydia Taylor story and where is she working now? What is the true Melissa Nystrom, Teresa Giannetto stories?

And an example of what you learned doesn't work?

I’ll tell you this: He never created an environment where I felt safe enough to be entirely candid with him. It was always very formal. I always addressed him by 'Chief.' It was never a relaxed environment even if we were out at lunch together.

We talked about [managing] people, and I would say that's a challenge for him.

Okay...he is are SAFE now so how about everyone starts telling the truth? If you want credibility that is where it starts. Any problems with the Forfeiture Fund Account, or the Confidential Funds Account?

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Posted by Brian R Breen on 10/01/2015 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Local artists' project features everyday people in an Apollo 11 space suit

So weird reading this and two other online articles on The Space Hero Mission. I'm the youngest brother of Julia and the first person in that space suit (That's actually me in the space suit in the last picture) and I'm so glad to see that this is capturing the attention of so many people, If you have the time, in the area they are going, and $100 I would most definitely recommend taking this unique opportunity. Don and Julia are such great people and I have no doubt that you will have a great time with them, it might feel a little bit awkward in the space suit but they are amazing photographers and you will be amazed amazed at how well the pictures will finally turn out.

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Posted by Joshua Weber on 10/01/2015 at 2:33 AM

Re: “How Breaking Bad redeemed its worst mistakes

If you some how missed my point, my point is that Jesse didn't just all of a sudden come to the conclusion that walt poisoned Brock When his weed was gone. He had been plagued with those thoughts, thinking about them over and over in his head long before that happened. that happening only confirmed without a doubt his suspicions of it along.

Posted by Joshua Axlrod Sisk on 09/30/2015 at 11:31 PM

Re: “How Breaking Bad redeemed its worst mistakes

For 1, I think the writer of this article is way off.. The plane crash and everything that lead up to it was because of everything that Walt did causing a butterfly effect. That's the point of it all, the reason for the little clues at the beginning of the season like the teddy floating in the pool, the body bags in walt drive way, etc. It wasnt something that they had to scramble to make up a way for those things to be relevant later on, it was part of a very well write plot from the beginning.. 2, Marie lifting the ricin from walt and poisoning him? Come on dude, that doesn't even make sense at all, wtf! Also to the person that said Jesse figuring out that walt poisoned Brock, that wasn't a far stretch at all. If you really remember all the details and think about everything then you'll realize it wasn't that hard for him to figure out and know for sure once he knew the big guy lifted his weed and I'll explain:As someone else already said, Jesse had already put the connections together when Brock was in the hospital. He went to walt house and confronted him claiming walt had Saul lift the ricin from him and walt poisoning Brock to get back at Jesse for cooking meth without him. Walt finally convinces Jesse that it was Gus that lifted the ricin while he was working that day at the lab and used it to poison Brock knowing that Jesse would think it was walt who did it and that would turn Jesse against walt and then Gus would be free to kill walt, because that was the only thing stopping Gus from getting rid of walt was that Jesse wouldn't cook for him if he did. So walt convinces Jesse and gets Jesse to help kill Gus. After Gus is dead Jesse finds out it wasnt ricin that poisoned Brock and Jesse realizes that it wasn't Gus who poisoned him but then says to walt "but Gus still had to go, right?, trying to get reassurance that they did do the right thing even though Gus wasnt the one that poisoned Brock. So he knowns then that it wasn't Gus and he's smart enough to realize that Walt manipulated him into helping kill Gus but at the same time he wants to believe that he wasn't dumb enough to fall for walts trick and still has a bit of doubt because walt was so convincing that he hadn't poisoned Brock. Fast forward, Now he's got his suspicions that Walt has killed Mike and he confronts Walt about and he's putting on the same kind of convincing act he did before but you can see it on his face that Jesse knows for sure that Mikes not coming back because walt would be in fear of his life since walt killed mikes guys and Jesse now knows how easily walt can lie and make it really convincing but he's still not 100 percent sure at that time that walt manipulated him into helping kill Gus but he's getting pushed over the edge more and more and then fastforward to him waiting on the side of the road and noticing his weed is missing. At this point he has pretty much already put everything together before but now he has no doubt that walt had Saul lift the ricin from him and that means for sure that walt planned everything and poisoned block as part of the plan to get him to help kill Gus. So you see, it all makes perfect sense once you put all the little details together but sometimes it's harder for someone on the outside looking in to realize all the details that make a person do what they do..

Posted by Joshua Axlrod Sisk on 09/30/2015 at 11:12 PM

Re: “Documents show that Cotton clashed with police union

Another interesting dynamic in this case is that the Police Report Monique Cotton made regarding the damage to her City Vehicle was made to then Sgt Lydia Taylor on Feb. 2 2014. Lydia Taylor you might remember was involved with the steroid case along with her husband Mel. She was subsequently subject to an IA Investigation found among other things to be a liar and the LTs and Captains wanted her fired because she was a "Brady Cop" and liar. Frank Straub refused to fire her and only gave her a demotion. She remains one of the SPD "Brady Cops".

The narrative that the City wants people to believe regarding the Cotton/Straub case is becoming obvious, but with some diligent fact finding and reporting by the Inlander maybe the real truth will come out.

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Posted by Brian R Breen on 09/30/2015 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Local artists' project features everyday people in an Apollo 11 space suit

Signed up. It will be fun, and promote and support an interesting, fun, and quirky new art project! Can't wait!

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Posted by KP Hamm on 09/30/2015 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Documents show that Cotton clashed with police union

Another quite interesting email from Erin Jacobson in the City Attorney's Office to Frank Straub, dated Feb. 27, 2014, with cc to Nancy Isserlis, Rick Dobrow, Gita George-Hatcher, Heather Lowe, and Mary Muramatsu. Subject: FW: Complaint.

The email is of course to provide a copy of the complaint McCabe made regarding Cotton to Straub and other possible witnesses prior to the HR investigation beginning.

Most of this email has been redacted in my FOIA copy with the claim of Attorney Client Privilege, which well have to be dealt with later.

The only un-redacted portion of the email reads as follows;

"FYI- I haven't looked at this yet, but here is the complaint that McCabe filed re Monique.

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Posted by Brian R Breen on 09/30/2015 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Documents show that Cotton clashed with police union

There are a number of things quite interesting about the HR "Investigation" of Monique Cotton which show up in the public records. One of which is an email from Heather Lowe, Mayor Condon's HR Director, to Patricia Hammett the individual assigned the "investigation". The email is dated Tuesday March 11, 2014 and states the following;


After some additional conversations, issues, and questions, can you please call Walker and Torok to let them know you have conducted the investigation and had no follow up questions to the details they provided in their complaint, however give them an opportunity to add anything they may want you to know regarding the two issues brought up. PLEASE KNOW THEY WILL MOST LIKELY TRY TO ADD TO THE SCOPE OF THIS INVESTIGATION BUT I KNOW YOU WILL DO A GREAT JOB OF KEEPING THEM FOCUSED ON THESE TWO ISSUES. If you could add an addendum to the report and send over. I would appreciate it. I owe two bottles of wine. (followed by a smiley face)

This email and others help to paint a small picture of what is going on at SPD.

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Posted by Brian R Breen on 09/30/2015 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Spokane police shooting justified in case of speeding stalker in a Monte Carlo

Hurray for the good guys. While the Inlander laments the shooting of a drug abusing, violent thug, the rest of the city sleeps better knowing he is off the streets.

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Posted by whocares on 09/30/2015 at 7:11 AM

Re: “Local artists' project features everyday people in an Apollo 11 space suit

I dont understand where you're getting that asinine assumption that this is only for rich people. Do you know what it means to be a photographer and the amount of work that goes into a single photography session? You are not only talking about 1-2 hours shooting on location (driving to and from) but you are also talking bout wear and tear on your equipment and hours and hours of post processing PER SESSION. People in our area start at $250-$300 for a single photo session lasting an hour. These guys are doing this dirt cheap ($100!! Ask anyone familiar with photography and they will tell you thats less than a typical mini session) to raise money for their journey photographing people around the PNW with this amazing piece of American history, and on top of that, they are donating 10% to a charity organization. People get to be photographed IN the fricken space suit. Its incredible, and there are people out there who would probably be willing and EXPECTING to pay a heck of a lot more than what these guys are proposing. They are not making ANY MONEY at the end of their time and labor, gas and expenses, so shut the hole that makes the idiotic words.

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Posted by Laurken Kendall on 09/30/2015 at 1:02 AM

Re: “Local artists' project features everyday people in an Apollo 11 space suit

Oh, I see, it's only for rich people.

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Posted by Frankie Benka on 09/29/2015 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Torture scenes on TV are worse than icky — they're boring

Thanks for this. Not only do I find watching torture scenes psychologically toxic, on another level I'm really tired of and bored with them as well, and as I stream everything I watch, I will usually breeze past them or at least turn the sound down and just read the dialogue on CC lest I miss anything plot-wise. But as you say, often there is no plot development, as with the extremely annoying torture scenes with Theon. I just watched the latest "Fear the Walking Dead" episode, "Cobalt," during which a national guard soldier is tortured, and he finally divulges that code word "Cobalt" involves a plan to kill everybody (except the soldiers and commanders). The guy being tortured seemed pretty morally conflicted already so I think there were a lot of other ways to write the scene where that information is divulged by him. As part of the torture scenes we also got the reveal that the torturer had done this before, whereas we'd been led to believe that he'd been a victim in El Salvador. Given his obvious distaste for resuming his old occupation, would he not try a few other tactics first instead of treating torture as inevitable? Oh well, I guess I should just stop watching these kinds of shows. Or start reading more books again . . .

Posted by Lisa Cote on 09/29/2015 at 12:10 PM

Re: “UPDATED City of Spokane challenges provision of Workers Bill of Rights initiative in court

What the idealogs proposing this horrid initiative, that has been voted down by the people more than once, seem to not understand is that it will hurt small business and the middle class. All businesses will be affected by this. Because even if you fall under the minimum number of employees, every other business you do business with will be affected thus affecting all businesses. Gas prices, food, commodities, and the cost of everything else will rise exponentially. This will put many businesses out of work. It will hurt the economy greatly. Businesses big enough to survive will just automate as much as possible and will impose a hiring freeze. This will in turn hurt the city buy reducing the amount of taxes it takes in because people not working don't pay taxes! I have some very progressive friends as family and all of them are against this initiative. People like Ms Lichty should realize that it's not just bigger businesses that are against this awful piece of legislation!

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Posted by KatieS on 09/29/2015 at 11:37 AM

Re: “45 insane, inspiring and/or insightful Matt Shea quotes

One of my favorite Shea quotes?
"Our hope is not in man, it is in Jesus Christ."
How can you possibly complain about him refusing to interview when you twist his words?

Posted by Jeneva Black on 09/29/2015 at 11:31 AM

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