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Re: “Getting Flipped

Thanks for this post. I've heard Merrill speak once and have followed his/Fortune Builder's blog and TV site and have always found value in them. At the time I wasn't ready to spend the money on the paid seminar but I think I will next time I'm able to attend. I've heard mostly good things from people who have attended. The sales pitch doesn't bother me, as that's part of the business model. But $200 and a pitch actually sounds like a good deal based on what I got out of the first one. http://fortunebuildersmastery.com

Posted by Francis on 09/03/2015 at 11:55 PM

Re: “Connecting the Dots

Last I checked Baumgartner did not grow up in Spokane, rather he grew up in Pullman most of the time. He didn't work multiple jobs here like a regular person. He opportunistically moved "home" all of a sudden to run for state senate and then US senate - OUT OF NOWHERE!

Seems like someone must have put him up to it. That or his private contractor career wasn't working out too well. We'll never know!

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Blasefaire on 09/03/2015 at 6:09 PM

Re: “The Sheriff and His Jail

OMG IS Knozzie STILL pushing for his half BILLION Dollar jail?!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by True Justice on 09/03/2015 at 5:20 PM

Re: “First Day of School

Relax.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Sarah K on 09/03/2015 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Trick or Treaty?

It is just the same old tired and predictable column by this guy. Is there anyone else out there who can write a challenging and intelligent column?

It doesn't have to be a righty or a lefty but give us something other than this drivel.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ptleahy on 09/03/2015 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Trick or Treaty?

Reagan signed treaties that had the ability to verify compliance. The current collection of idiots have written, drafted and approved nothing of the sort. To compare a "bargain" that gives a terrorist nation tens of billions of dollars to wage war against America and our allies and allows them to "self-inspect" themselves for compliance is utterly laughable.

Obama/Kerry bargaining is what Chamberlain accomplished before giving most of Europe to the Germans and letting relations dead spiral into world war II. The only thing worse than the bargain was the mass of idiots supporting the bargain. These very same idiots celebrate a Sec of State who left her Libyan ambassador to die in a terror attack, used private emails to hide her nefarious deeds and bribery schemes from government watchdogs. These idiots celebrate a president who refuses to follow laws of any stripe, who lies, deceives and is a lackey of socialist billionaires.

Cowards who beg for peace at any price, sell out their friends neighbors and countrymen. You can recognize them easily, they are waving good-bye as you are hauled off to the gulag.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by whocares on 09/03/2015 at 12:25 PM

Re: “First Day of School

This is all really great. However feeding first graders "trix" cereal filed with artificial food coloring and high sugar levels does not support academic needs. The food system in schools needs immediate attention.

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Rindie Kerr Goodwin on 09/03/2015 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Enough is Enough

Can the author explain what "the courts have not caught up" means? Should courts relax due process protections or the burden of proof for criminal defendants accused of sexual assaults? What is the author suggesting?

If one is accused of a crime, the burden is not on the defendant to prove his/her innocence.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ptleahy on 09/03/2015 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Enough is Enough

To many college students exercise bad judgment. To many college students make poor decisions then blame others for their poor decision making. More than one court has ruled, consent given while drinking is still consent. When you get drunk/high/stoned and make poor decisions it is as much your fault and anyone else's. Take a little responsibility for your own behavior and safety once in a while.

If college students are considered so mentally incompetent after one beer that they cannot be trusted to make intelligent decisions regarding their own safety or behavior, they should not be allowed to drink under any circumstances.

If your judgment is so impaired that a mere whiff of alcohol makes your drawers hit the floor in the presence of any other person, you have serious problems. If a drink or toke makes you a sex fiend, maybe you should seek help. You have poor impulse control and should probably be institutionalized or undergo some sort of psychological retraining at the very least.

Every false report of rape after a night of drunken debauchery makes it that much more difficult for victims of actual crimes to be heard. Every false drama portrayed in papers like the Inlander and Rolling Stone makes it impossible for actual victims of crime to get justice.

Institutional cover-ups??? Are you kidding??? The REAL problem is the false narrative from the far left making justice for actual victims impossible. Duke Rape case anyone??

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by whocares on 09/03/2015 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Getting Schooled

The real question for the unions that represent District 81 workers is why? Why do classified staff make so little and teachers make so much? Where was their representation for the last 25 years?

A starting teacher makes at least $29.22 per hour, a 25 year district employee makes $14. That is the best example of socialist fairness I have ever seen. That starting teacher works 150 days a year, the average full time employee works 200-210 days a year. The teacher gets full time pay for partial employment and still wants MORE.

Those teachers treat the typical classified staffer poorly and they work hard to cheat the classified staffer out of every dollar possible in pay and benefits. Then, in a shining example of socialist stupidity they blame the school district for the vast pay imbalance caused by their contract demands.

When all is said and done, the teachers will have treated themselves to yet another unearned four day weekend and a massive pay raise and the classified staff will still work for peasant wages in an environment where they are constantly reminded by the "educated elite" that they are in fact 2nd class citizens in the world of education.

Why are they so ashamed to admit what the "average teacher" makes? It is huge when you consider how little the average teacher actually works in a given year. They start with maybe 150 days of class time, they work five hours a day teaching and they get weeks and weeks of vacation and sick during the school year. If you get 120 days of work out of a teacher is it a feat rivaling Everest.

When you average their pay into an hourly wage, they are doing quite well, especially for people who get two three day weekends a month, weeks off for Christmas/Kwanzaa/Festivus/ Easter/Thanksgiving/Mayday/Che's birthday and every other holiday real or imagined AND three months off in the summer.

I guess $750,000,000.00 in new schools won't buy loyalty or productivity from some people.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by whocares on 09/03/2015 at 7:21 AM

Re: “The Clouds Finally Part

growing up in the sawtooths and other areas of out great state, my hat is off to those who have the for-thought to protect what we got from those who want it for themself.
Great story.!

Posted by Pat Murphy on 09/03/2015 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Enough is Enough

The concern I have about colleges and universities investigating reports of sexual assaults is the total disregard for due process.

In addition, college administrators are not law enforcement and are not trained to properly conduct sexual assault investigations.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ptleahy on 09/03/2015 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Enough is Enough

The heading says that too many students are being sexually assaulted, which implies that a lesser number of assaults would be acceptable.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 09/02/2015 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Diversified Bud

I like smoking humbolt indica from royal canabus

Posted by David Paul Voltz on 09/02/2015 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Connecting the Dots

Wow, clearly this article touched a nerve for some people. I think she's got a point.

We just lived through the greatest economic crisis in 100 years and people act like it is all over and we can just move on now. Um, no! This thing seriously messed with peoples lives in ways that we may never fully appreciate, especially if you are doing alright and have a job like she says. This did not hit everyone in the same way and that matters.

It is just like our country going to war in Iraq and it seeming like no big deal. The impacts of what is actually happening around us we are sheltered from. At least just enough so we don't begin to question them too much. This story is far from over. Like it or not this issue is not going away.

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Posted by Tera Bankston on 09/02/2015 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Trick or Treaty?

Reagan famously said that when dealing with belligerent Russians, America should trust but verify. And he didn't mean that the Russians could unilaterally set the terms of verification, which is what this deal would allow the Iranians to do. The left was wrong about disarmament then, and it is wrong today. And for the record, attacking the motives of critics of the deal is willful dishonesty and stupidity. It is possible to dissent based on the merits of deal and not just because of partisan politics.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by muddydog on 09/02/2015 at 8:36 PM

Re: “When Sharing Isn't Caring

The simple FACT is that no one "planted drugs" on Mike Brown. Mike Brown was in FACT in the midst of a crime spree when he was confronted by a person we actually pay to protect us from people like Mike Brown. A policeman, a paid public servant, sworn to enforce laws and catch robbers, drug dealers, thieves, rapists and the other cream of liberal society.

Cry all you want, your thug got killed by a policeman he was trying to beat to death in a public street.. This has nothing to do with "Jim Crow", 3/5ths of crap or any other garbage you spit into peoples faces.

This week in Chicago, a dozen black men were murdered by,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,black men. You could have cared less. Your false outrage over the death of a thug, makes you a joke of a human being.

Posted by whocares on 09/02/2015 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Age of Zaycon

As someone who hasn't made a decent living in over two years, hearing "it's easier to hire charming employees and teach them to drive trucks than to hire truck drivers and teach them to be charming" is really reassuring and gives me a bit of hope. Seems like a great boss and it's great to hear a start-up doing well, especially a local one.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by JE on 09/01/2015 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Connecting the Dots

This isn't so much an article as it is a rather amateurish piece of self-promotion/branding under the guise of "comment" journalism, which is rather interesting given the fact that Ms. McKay seems to have replaced Mr. Baumgarten as the newest author of the now-obligatory "young up-and-coming lifelong Spokanite with Important Things to say" column.

If Ms. McKay wants to actually address this issue and others like them, then in the future she would do well to avoid following in Mr. Baumgarten’s footsteps by finding it necessary to provide a self-aggrandizing laundry list of her local cultural bonafides in every single article before ever writing anything substantive. What could have been an insightful article instead reads like the “About The Candidate” tab on a political campaign website. At this point in time, most of Spokane (or at the very least the Inlander’s readership) is quite well aware of what Terrain is, and her or Mr. Baumgarten’s involvement with that undertaking is of little relevance to an ability to write intelligent and digestible policy analysis and cultural commentary. Name dropping Lisa Brown and spending the rest of the article conveying to us a story of how you saw a wounded veteran once does not a piece of journalism make. Cut the Thomas Friedman act, you’ll be better for it. Referring to yourself as a "middle-class young professional" (circa 2011 no less! A yuppie at such an early age!) in a manner that suggests that we should be impressed that you were able to step outside your privilege bubble is especially off-putting.

If this is what passes for young writing at The Inlander, then I worry for its future. That the Inlander staff continues to let "articles" such as this go to print without realizing their inherent self-serving banality serves as an indictment not only of Spokane's ongoing case of "Big Fish/Small Pond Syndrome," but of this editorial staff's worrying tendency in recent years not to do its job when it comes to its opinion writers more generally. To wit: Ms. Dolezal's faux-blackness aside, she was a terrible writer; pull four of her articles up in separate tabs, move paragraphs around. Seriously, try it. You'll see what I mean.

All this being said, I have no doubt that Ms. McKay is passionate about this and other causes. I read this article in the first place because the title and the first paragraph suggest that she will tackle an important topic. Given that, she should stick to the policy problem in question. Furthermore, the editorial staff should ensure that she and other writers do the same, instead of granting individuals use of the pages of an essential local newsweekly to increase their name recognition in the community carte blanche at the expense of actual journalism. Anything else makes it difficult for readers to take these articles seriously in the future, which undermines the work of those who want to tackle these problems. The author's mini-resume is included at the end of the article anyway, so why not let the writing speak for itself?

Spokane is at a generational crossroads, and as a fellow young born-and-raised Spokanine, I believe our ability to actually be honest with ourselves and discuss these issues instead of throwing around vague platitudes will determine a lot about the city's future. The Inlander, like it or not, needs to step up to the plate and take reasoned, well-researched stances. Vacuous, anecdotal and self-promoting articles such as Ms. McKay’s simply don't help. If those were all I wanted, I would go read George Nethercutt.

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Posted by Spokoutlander on 09/01/2015 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Connecting the Dots

Which we are you referring to?

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Posted by cbryan on 08/31/2015 at 9:42 PM

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  • Re: Getting Flipped

    • Thanks for this post. I've heard Merrill speak once and have followed his/Fortune Builder's blog…

    • on September 3, 2015
  • Re: Connecting the Dots

    • Last I checked Baumgartner did not grow up in Spokane, rather he grew up in…

    • on September 3, 2015
  • Re: The Sheriff and His Jail

    • OMG IS Knozzie STILL pushing for his half BILLION Dollar jail?!

    • on September 3, 2015
  • Re: First Day of School

    • Relax.

    • on September 3, 2015
  • Re: Trick or Treaty?

    • It is just the same old tired and predictable column by this guy. Is there…

    • on September 3, 2015
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