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Re: “Oh, the Humanity

I guess the moral of the story is that you don't own your own body nor that of your child but the government does. Just remember, you are not free.

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 01/24/2017 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Ice Storm '96 was 20 years ago this week

The craziest thing to me about the storm (I was 20) was going outside and just watching the tree branches fall down the street, one by one for hours it continued. I can still remeber the ominous "Crack, crash" sound over and over again.

Posted by BeccaZ on 01/23/2017 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Get Big Money Out

"Get big money out!" someone that doesn't know what they are talking about will say. If "big money" won this election than Hillary would be president. The foreboding loonies that litter the US with their deadwood-with-writing-on-it were exclaiming in 2015 that this would likely be "the most expensive presidential election ever!" And if it had been, it would have confirmed thier bias that elections are won by the tally of the candidates bank accounts. And I can see how journalists would be inclined to make such a poor yet seductive analysis...its really easy! There is an extreme bias in our society that wealth is above the law (wealth and pigs) and so the estimation that elections can be bought is not outside of the realm of that paradigm. Except that Trump spent less than Clinton. Trump's campaign was very frugal he ended up spending a ton less money than Clinton which, according to the dichotomy in play here, means that Trump should have lost to "big money." But of course, to someone with their head in the sand, Trump is the "big money" candidate and not Clinton and her numerous billionaire supporters which makes this sort of protest/analysis seem very silly.

The LTE writer gets even more hilarious when they critique the US as if the age of Imperialism has passed and is only history. They whine and complain about past imperialism as if they are powerless to stop the contemporary imperialism that they support! The US has nearly a thousand known military bases gracing nearly every nation-state on this Earth. The US flies robot planes in the sovereign lands of other states and kills their citizens--and sometimes even US citizens--that are on its hit lists. The US props up impossible governments of colonialism all over the globe from Eastern European WWII refugees in Palestine to petty Island nations that house its military equipment. We are still imperialist and, I might add, imperialism is wrong AND expensive. Imperialism is here before these zealots eyes and embodied in their heretofore god-man-president and yet they give their concern to that same evil but as it manifests itself in the past. They do not care about opposing imperialism itself as an idea, but only as it manifests in the vulgar intellect of the American public schooling victims and their "reasoning" which is a true bane to our society and a harm to us all! Tara doesn't oppose imperialism but just a 'kind' of imperialism. And if we cannot hold true to the opposition of that evil itself than what hope can we have for fixing the evils that have yet to unfold because it yet exists. Tara is imperialist, Barry Obama is imperialist, this nation is imperialist and as such is unfit to exist!

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 01/23/2017 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Children Will Listen

It is interesting that snowflakes have clung to this quasi-historical musical about Hamilton--one of the least progressive founding fathers. I hate the writer of the musical as he is a well known self-aggrandizing cultural marxist and a hack. Any historical detail that emerges from his wit first will serve himself and his ideas; that is, I assume, why that sloven class of high-browed dimwits enjoys this fairy tale of Hamilton. Hamilton was quite literally a bastard and I think that is at play in the musical? I don't know. He was always very sensitive about his mother and there were always very unglamorous rumors about his lineage. Hamilton held steadfast to the idea that an aristocracy was a necessary component of any government. So much so that, during the second of his coup d'conventions in Maryland Hamilton was adamant that the President should be and ought to be appointed for life! So much so was Hamilton's acquiescence to tyranny and his plutocratic tendencies revealed through that convention that we the people were blessed with having to have our president born in the US. Hamilton wasn't, therefore cursing him to forever know that he could not hold that office. He was Washington's treasury secretary and mid-wifed, for his plutocratic benefactors no less, the unions first central bank where his friends could emit credit in the name of the US but for their designs. Jefferson, the wiser of the statesmen, was opposed to this action as creating a "boundless field of power." A boundless field that Jefferson too would abuse when it was his arse upon that presidential throne. But I digress, Hamilton was not a progressive person but a bitter plutocratic power-seeking sycophant. He and Washington would part ways because Hamilton failed to leave a cocktail party and follow Washington, which left Washington, embarrassingly, at the top of the stairs waiting for his loyal minion to follow. A bridge too far. Luckily for Hamilton he would get a nice sinecure in the Army and lead a force larger than that of the Revolutionary Army in order to quell a W Penn. uprising that was emerging because of the lack of specie and, therefore, the only other exchangeable commodity being whiskey. Needless to say, when trading in Whiskey these poor folk neglected the Whiskey Tax Washington had imposed on them but which his own distillery was exempt. So Hamilton led that charge against that group of "criminals" and had sentenced a good 30 people to death by fiat until Washington rushed in and pardoned them playing the bashful hero he was so far from actually being.

I guess what I am saying is that this stupid pop culture phenomenon called 'Hamilton' is very much an attack on the historical literacy of every American. In order to enjoy this play you must first neglect the act of knowing history. And it is in regards to that ignorant constituency that I think Hamilton succeeds most of all. Without inflicting on myself the experience of sitting through this spectacle of lies I can only fathom what horrific "truths" witless consumers of bad art will draw; but I imagine the exhortations of this particular neck beard make a rather illustrious case and point.

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 01/23/2017 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Rich Man, Poor Men

I had a nice little comment here. Oh free speech, with defenders like the Inlander, no wonder you aren't around anymore. The moronic staff here will glorify Madonna threatening to "blow up the whitehouse" and yet will shirk at a tidbit of well placed--and well deserved--profanity. I am so glad the adults are in charge.... :D

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 01/23/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “No Feds Here

"Hanson says what students are asking for is already practiced in many cases. Federal privacy laws already limit information colleges can share, and most campus police don't ask about a student's immigration status."

This statement nicely frames this sort of "activism" as meaningless. If these tender snowflakes are able to bestow the word "sanctuary" to their campus they will have accomplished nothing as this is "already practiced in many cases"; and, of which I would love to know of a specific instance on the campus where this sort of activity would have changed anything at all; changed anything except for that golden calf of the self-righteous activist types, their "awareness," which is better summed up as doing the least one can do without doing nothing at all. It is adorable to watch these tender hearted folk get together, accomplish nothing, and then feel good about it. Isn't that just perfectly emblematic of our "everyone gets a trophy" society?

Moreover, these acts of "activism"--where symbolism is counted as an accomplishment--seem to discount the fact that the federal government can do anything--ANYTHING!--it wants to these institutions and they will have no recourse except to close. The University is so rife with subsidized student loans and grants that the mere act of threatening to remove federal accreditation will make these high-minded snowflakes do anything that their master desires. Which is, I portend, why we see these sorts of meaningless displays of "activism"! We see them and experience them as accomplishments in order to maintain the fiction that these snowflakes have any discretion at all, for if Uncle Sam comes calling, and he is carrying the stick of federal funding, you would see such a cacophony of sycophantic apologetics for the "need" to enforce federal law that this same crowd could easily be persuaded to join that consensus. They literally are not guided by reason, which is ironic, given that they are suppose to be in the University learning such things.

Sleep well--oh tender hearted--because the pendulum of tyranny swings away from you, like in the clock, it will swing back and truth nor reason nor appeals to civilization itself will relinquish the sloven from acting out thier wickedness when their turn comes. Alas, the pendulum seems as if it will swing back and forth forever and our only destiny as humans is to watch its carnage and feel the pain of it swinging to and thro, between tyrants, without ever gracing the people who grind under its weight with the virtue of freedom. Freedom, we are told, will be the pendulum coming back to 'our' partisan so as to make their enemies suffer. Such freedom defies the name!

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 01/23/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “So Here We Are

What an adorable fake quote Herold has used. This oft mobilized quote is not very easily attributed to Lincoln and I think it is a shame that people that are University professors aren't a little more careful when they are espousing fake academic rhetoric in their fake columns. Regardless, lets talk about Abe and democracy. I wonder, was Abe being democratic when he closed down thousands of opposition newspapers in the North? Was Abe being democratic when he rounded up tens of thousands of souls and put them in prison because they did not support his War of aggression? Was Abe being democratic when he emancipated the slaves in the "rebel" states not under his control and yet left those slaves in the North shackled to their masters? Was Abe being democratic when he asked that a 13th amendment be passed to legalize slavery once and for all in his first inaugural address? Was Abe being democratic when he had a sitting member of the House of Representatives arrested in the middle of the night and deported because of a speech he had given? Abraham Lincoln is one of the least "democratic" presidents that has ever graced the executive office of this wretched union and here are his 'fake' words being used by an allegedly wise man to prove what a horrible tyrant Trump is going to be. Now that is irony!

Indeed, and let us talk about democracy in its essence! Democracy is not what we have. Democracy would be every citizen having a say, democracy would be the town disposing of its business in a Town Hall instead of in a council of "representatives" as a city like Spokane has. Do you hear that? Spokane is not democratic! It has a representative governing council that acts out the authority granted to it in charter by the state of Washington which is itself a representative government with democratically--by district--appointed legislators and executives. Where is the democracy there? I fear that this whole "whaaaaaa democracy whaaaaaaa" movement is not philosophically grounded in political theory. Really, it terrifies me that the mass of fools that determines, based upon their poor education and unfounded ideas, which hair-do to name-recognize and therefore vote in favor of. It amazes me, the lack of humility of the American voter, as if their nonsensical ideas packed into their heads by sophists--like the editors here--are their duty to act out on their ballot. As if admitting their ignorance and abstaining from voting on things that they can acknowledge their ignorance in regards to, no, they ignore their ignorance and vote based on some Sorosian principle of "democracy" which feebly has them supporting the designers of their own misery. Not that Trump is a saint, or the answer to the vast amount of ignorance that weighs down the publicly educated mind like the lead in Flint's drinking water. And much to the same affect I might add. The office of president is the truest evil here, it is the office that has kept me from appointing a soul to embody it for over a decade. I do not need a master, I need one that would ordain me--and everyone--as individuals and the role of government as that which accords to individuals their individuality. The office of the president, the federal government writ large, is the enemy to freedom and not the savior.

The government is the enemy precisely because men are not angels. Indeed, that should accent every political compulsion to enshrine power in a democracy, there is not check that humanity has fathomed that would prevent a man from abusing the authority that is bestowed upon them. And yet, as far as I know, there is not an authority that can be bestowed upon a man that he would not then be able to abuse. As the federalist papers famously said, "if men were angels we would need no government." That is a direct quote too and not one of the fake quotes like Herold is prone to use.

I force myself to read these things only because I like to know the flavor of dementia that goes into crafting them. And here I almost gagged when I was confronted with the worse than human trash "philosopher" Reinhold Niebuhr. Niebuhr was a moron and his moronic ramblings were a foil for peace to the wickedness of the growing cold war; but he was not a peaceful man. Niebuhr was a "dissenter" to the dropping of the A-Bomb on hundreds of thousands of civilians by exclaiming that he thought the horror of the bombings was "unnecessary" as the weapons should have been used as a "deterrent". It was his "dissenting" voice that settled the eggheads into the idea his was a compromising of safety to that of peace and generations of Americans would hence be born with a fission weapon pointed at them from accross the world and likewise for every so-called citizen of the USSR and ours. Such mutually assured destruction was the "rational" choice to Niebuhr and generations of dim-witted professors whom were raised within the madness of the Cold War. Good riddance to the cold war. If we were to listen to reasonable people like Herold--who thinks he supports peace--we would be at loggerheads with Russia who just hacked America and made all her people believe in its "fake" news. It seems that not having mutually assured destruction is a problem. Frankly, I don't sleep well knowing that any nation-state has the capacity to destroy the world. And speaking of the better angels, that is an actual quote from Lincoln's 1st inaugural address; the one where he said of slavery's addition to the constitution "I have no objection to its being made express and irrevocable." The Lincoln Herold knows is not the Lincoln that existed, such is the case of many national narratives and the people that blow them out in hot air at our nation's intellectually destitute academies.

I also don't understand the protest of Trump not being in Washington while congress is not in session as relegating the "People's House to just another office." What an absurd thing to say. It is absurd! If such an estimate was going to be made surely it would be to the behest of the presidency and its prestige to not remain active when congress is out rather then the opposite. Are we really getting that desperate for things to hate about Trump that this has become one of them? Ha!

And tell me, dear Herold, what of the Press Corps under Washington? Or Jefferson? Were they vile Russia-loving tyrants because they had no press corps? Really, your protestations probably ring truest to those that derive their political philosophy from the position of ignorance. Indeed, ignorance would be pretty much the only ingredient that would be necessary for a screed such as this to feel as though it is anything except demagoguery. And how funny to see a progressive type deriding the president because his wife is not going to fill the vain and meaningless role of "first-lady" as other first-ladies have for time imemorial. What Trump is doing isn't even out of the ordinary because in President's past, either because they were bachelor's or their wives couldn't or wouldn't fulfill the role that their daughter would fill the role. If he had made his son first lady, now that would have been unusual. And I have heard that Trump's wife is more interested in providing a stable home environment to her son than fulfilling the role of some meaningless political vanity, which I happen to think is virtuous and shows character.

If anyone is garish it is Herold and his fellow media stenographers. If anyone is self-indulgent it is Herold; case and point, name dropping Niebuhr, who I have only encountered when being forced to read hogwash in University intro courses or seminars on the history of foreign policy in the US. And in closing I just want to make fun of one last thing. Eisenhower gets a lot of credit for his "wisdom" in his farewell address that the military-industrial complex is a nightmare to deal with. Just for full disclosure, in the appendix of Seymour Melman's book 'Pentagon Captialism' there is a memo by the same Eisenhower wherein he basically designs the relationships that would later be titled "the military-industrial complex"-- militaryindustrialcongressional complex really. When Ike gave farewell and denounced the complex he was given credit for fighting it but I think the blundering general ought to get far more credit for creating it with his buddy Vannevar Bush and FDR than he should get for fighting it. Indeed, "fighting" the complex, for him, was creating it, playing along with it until he was out of power and then denouncing it, which is the kind of temerity and courage (or absence thereof) I have come to expect from our nation's corrupt military and those that have their fingers in the pie.

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Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 01/23/2017 at 11:21 AM

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

I wonder if the asymptotic "flu" going around that's leaving so many people exhausted these last couple of weeks is related. I know many people have been experiencing it since about the time the mumps outbreak happened. Maybe the vaccine is helping but people have no relative correlation to compare it. -shrug-
In other news the price of bleach has increased. LOL

Posted by Autumn Estes on 01/23/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “The Road to 2027

Snore. An entire piece dedicated to this dude's personal resume? What makes him any different than the profit seeking suits that crashed our world economy back in 2008? Can't say I'm excited to hear about how to make a very small number of people unimaginably rich.

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Posted by Critical of Capital on 01/22/2017 at 9:27 PM

Re: “The Other Washington

Rep. Marcus Riccelli (3rd District): Name a highway, track child fitness, and address income discrimination for renters

...He's also introduced a bill to require school districts already required to mandate 100 minutes of physical education a week in grades K-8 to actually report details on how they're doing it back to the state.

Marcus...Really?? How much a kid weighs or how many sits up a child can or cannot do, is none of your business. Maybe we should track your personal life habits?

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Posted by Lori Jeske on 01/22/2017 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Gov. Jay Inslee says don't let Congress play word games with health care

Agree! Preach not to spread hate and then that's all they do, spread hate. Hypocrisy, I say!

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Posted by Billie Hammond on 01/22/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “EDITOR'S NOTE: Journalism in the Trump era

@JUSTME1, sure, like the Republicons gave a "fair shake" the last 8 years?

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Posted by slednek509 on 01/22/2017 at 7:31 AM

Re: “EDITOR'S NOTE: Journalism in the Trump era

Well hopefully the inlander and the rest of the media here in Spokane will give Donald Trump a fair Shake not only reporting the news in which he is controversial but reporting the news and which he is making America great again. Fair and balanced!

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Posted by JUSTME 1 on 01/21/2017 at 8:59 PM

Re: “So Here We Are

Self-indulgent is not unprecedented, see William Jefferson Clinton.

Gonna be a long 4 or 8 years for for Mr. Herold. Heh.

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Posted by ptleahy on 01/21/2017 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Gov. Jay Inslee says don't let Congress play word games with health care

All liberals do is play word games with everything. Ozone depletion, global warming, climate change, undocumented immigrants, etc. The list goes on and on. Idiocy and hypocrisy run deep with many on the left, and especially this clown of a governor.

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Posted by Jake on 01/21/2017 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Inauguration, march for women's rights, and morning headlines

Marching, protesting women's rights and talking about how oppressed they are, while stopping for selfies. Do you want to see oppressed women? Go to the Middle East.

These "marchers" are attention-seeking, low-information people complaining about the system, as long as they can reap the benefits.

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Posted by Jake on 01/21/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Viewers Guide

Great article,very informative,chock full of interesting and educational tidbits.I saw most of the inauguration,missed the performances at the beginning but Trump's address at the end made up for it.The look on Obama's face said it all,can only imagine what he was thinking.Here's to the next four years,pray America pray!!! sincerely Henry b. Reed

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Posted by Henry b Reed on 01/21/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Idaho pot activists launch new campaign for medical marijuana

How can I get involved? This must pass!

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Posted by Bonnie Martens Raper on 01/21/2017 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Scenes from Trump's inauguration and protests in Washington, D.C.

Refreshing to see a pure report without any agenda or opinion. Thank you!

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Posted by Mende Miller on 01/20/2017 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Children Will Listen

Hamilton is ahistoric liberal trash

Rappin' founding fathers won't save you from what's coming next

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Posted by Dirtbag Leftist on 01/20/2017 at 7:23 PM

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