Archive for the 'Are you revolted enough yet…?' Category

ROLDO RIGHTS ON MAYOR RECALL WON’T RIP
US APART; MAY EVEN RAISE CLEVELAND UP…

February 25th, 2015

A recall effort to knock Mayor Frank Jackson out of office could have some significant benefits for Cleveland. Even if it fails. I question whether the forces leading this effort have the heft to obtain enough signatures to place a recall vote on the ballot. Some 12,000 plus. They are not high profile politicians. Leading […]

HOW MANY BLACK SITES ARE INSIDE THE U.S….?

February 24th, 2015

This is what we get when the Bush Obama Security Scheme (BOSS) goes domestic. The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site. The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s […]

21 FEBRUARY 1965…

February 21st, 2015

Entering the final days of Black History Month we remember the assassination of Malcolm X 50 years ago. I was a clueless and very white 4th grader on 21 February 1965 and while I knew, in a 4th grader sort of way, who Martin Luther King was, I would not learn of Malcolm X for […]

WHAT MODEL EVIL LEGISLATION LOOKS LIKE…

February 21st, 2015

You can read much more at The Writing On The Wal about Walart’s announcement Thursday morning to give half-a-million workers more take-home pay, but Ed Pilkington, writing in How a powerful rightwing lobby is plotting to stop minimum wage hikes for The Guardian, offers important backstory on the American Legislative Exchange Council’s campaign to spend […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON MAYOR FRANK JACKSON
HITS RIGHT NOTE WITH EAST-BANK VETO…

February 16th, 2015

Mayor Frank Jackson took the right and crucial action vetoing the special tax authority Council voted to give the Flats East Bank project developers. The gift to the Wolstein developers set just about the worst precedent that could be set for the city and its residents—special and exclusive taxing powers. This was a gift of […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON CUYAHOGA COUNTY AGAIN PAYS
SPORT OWNERS’ BILLS—$8,898,896 IN 2015;
$154 MILLION IN TOTAL FOR GATEWAY EXTRAS…

February 15th, 2015

We already know that will never stop paying the bills of overly wealthy pro-sports owners and players but you may not have known that Cuyahoga County on Jan. 15 paid Gateway bondholders $8,898,896. A hefty $5,315,970 of the total is listed as “A county [general fund] contribution.” Isn’t that nice? That makes the County general […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON CON ARTISTS AND
STEVE LITT HIGH ON TAXING THE POOR…

February 11th, 2015

Isn’t it wonderful that Cleveland Indians boss Paul Dolan—member of one of our billionaire sports/cable families—has taken on the burden of pushing a tax on cigarettes to finance the arts. Steve Litt, of course, applauds loudly in the Plain Dealer Dolan’s heading a drive for passage of another cigarette tax. Neither Litt nor Dolan apparently […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: BUDISH IS BULL-SHITTING US
AND HE IS GETTING AWAY WITH HIS SCHEMES…

February 9th, 2015

Political honeymoons seem to last far too long around here. Think Frank Jackson. And they start too soon. Think Armond Budish. Think Squishy Talk. No answer answers. Budish has already understood that you can get away with bullshit very easily with our generally pliant Plain Dealer. They’ll swallow the mush as if it were good […]

BROWN WANTS ACCOUNT OF HSBC TAX CHEATS…

February 8th, 2015

[Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown] a leading member of the Senate banking committee is calling on the US government to explain what action it took after receiving a massive cache of leaked data that revealed how the Swiss banking arm of HSBC, the world’s second-largest bank, helped wealthy customers conceal billions of dollars of assets. The […]

WITH DEAN WORMER AND MARMALARD IN CHARGE…

January 31st, 2015

The story of Gulet Mohamed is in no way humorous, but yet when I read about how we, the voting citizens of the United States have allowed our elected government, and the those they employ, to secretly exile Gulet, my mind leapt back to 1978 and Dean Wormer’s office. In late December 2010, 18-year-old Somali-American […]

NEW YORK DEPLOYS BRATTON’S ROUGH RIDERS…

January 30th, 2015

In the 1980’s a high-ranking Marine Corps officer told me of a plan to deploy his Marines across a line (I seem to recall that the line was 65th Street, but I could easily be wrong on that detail) isolating upper Manhattan in case of large-scale civil unrest. New York City Police commissioner Bill Bratton’s […]

HOW TO FOIL THE PLUMBERS…

January 29th, 2015

People often tell reporters things their employers, or their government, want to keep suppressed. But leaking can serve the public interest, fueling revelatory and important journalism. This publication was created in part as a platform for journalism arising from unauthorized disclosures by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Our founders and editors are strongly committed to publishing […]

I AM NOT CORN…

January 21st, 2015

LIVING IN SIR RICHARD TOMPHAM HATT’S WORLD…

January 19th, 2015

Imagine for a moment that you live on the island of Sodor in the employ of the North Western Railway. There are exactly 100 families living on the island and the whole of the island’s economy consists of £1,000. The wealth is distributed in this way: the family of Sir Richard Topham Hatt, the great […]

ANA RAIF BADAWI…*

January 17th, 2015

Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes [50 lashes a week for 20 weeks, JH] for setting up a website that championed free speech in the autocratic kingdom. His blog, the Saudi Free Liberals Forum, was shut down after his arrest in 2012. Cartoonist around the world, under the banner […]

HOW MORE SPEECH ADDRESSES OFFENSIVE SPEECH…

January 16th, 2015

SHIELD OFFENSIVE SPEECH OR SHIELD NO SPEECH…

January 15th, 2015

As pernicious as this arrest and related “crackdown” on some speech obviously is, it provides a critical value: namely, it underscores the utter scam that was this week’s celebration of free speech in the west. The day before the Charlie Hebdo attack, I coincidentally documented the multiple cases in the west—including in the U.S. – […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON OUR POLICE FORCE,
OUR POLITICIANS AND OUR COMMUNITY…

January 11th, 2015

The past is always with us. Yet we are determined to ignore it. We face a crucial police/community crisis with a mayor who stubbornly refuses to face reality. The record of neglect speaks for itself—from the long unobserved 11 murders and rapes by Anthony Sowell to the decade of captivity of three young women by […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON THE BROWNS DISGRACEFUL
SEASON AND THE COST TO TAXPAYERS…

January 5th, 2015

The final count as of the end of 2014 sin tax collection by Cuyahoga County is in: $127,545,783.09. That’s $127.5 million. All taxes. This tax ends sometime this year and the NEW 20-year sin tax, worth some $270 million, will begin. Who says corruption took a trip out of Cuyahoga County. The biggest thieves are […]

WHAT A CULTURE OF AGGRESSION GETS US…

January 1st, 2015

In one of the two, weekly newspapers that arrive in my mailbox each week, retired police officer Mark Petrus had this to say in a guest column. It is difficult these days to open a newspaper, listen to the electronic media, or scan the Internet without encountering a story or commentary dealing with what some […]

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