Archive for the 'Politics' Category

FREE SPEECH…? FREE RAIF BADAWI…!

January 28th, 2015

Note: newer, but less vital stories do appear lower down. Updates: Q&A: Jailed Saudi blogger’s wife calls for his release Saudi blogger ‘moved to tears by campaign to free him’, wife reveals Jesuit Priest Thomas Reese Says ‘No Thanks’ to Whipping in Place of Raif Badawi Blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes: Saudi Arabia’s often-brutal pact […]

I AM NOT CORN…

January 21st, 2015

FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY…

January 19th, 2015

16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would […]

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. – […]

WHY I WANT WARREN TO STAY IN THE SENATE…

January 13th, 2015

I know a lot of people would like to see Elizabeth Warren run for president in 2016 (I was one of them at one point) but now I much prefer that she stay where she is, especially now that the Republicans have gained control of the senate. This story is a great example of why […]

KEEP TALKING, KEEP BUILDING…

January 13th, 2015

I have said, many, many times, just ask any of my friends, that the proper response to offensive speech must not be censorship, but rather more speech. I would now make and addendum to that maxim: the proper response to offensive speech must be neither censorship nor violence, but rather more speech. When any confrontation […]

SATIRE, INDEED ALL HUMOR, BY DESIGN, HURTS…

January 12th, 2015

I’ve contemplated Joe Sacco’s graphic essay (cartoon just doesn’t work here, if ever) over the weekend and I still haven’t arrived at a satisfactory position or even framework other than to say that I know not what. Reading Ophelia Benson’s post this morning led me to The Great Hiatus which attempts to enlighten readers so […]

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 […]

FERGUSON, CLEVELAND, NEW YORK…
WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON…?

December 31st, 2014

With gracious thanks to Florence Reece and Peter Seeger… Nearly five months have passed since Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown and while the vital conversation in our nation surrounding the events of 9 August continues, I have decided to no longer keep this internal thread stuck to the top of Have Coffee Will […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: MORE DOWNSTOWN SUBSIDIES,
LET’S COUNT HOW WE REWARD OUR GIMMIE GUYS…

December 15th, 2014

I assume the cheering over the sale of Halle Building will be another example of the shifting of tax burden from the wealthy to the diminishing number of Cleveland homeowners. How many left now? But who is keeping count. Indeed, who even cares? Progress is what those who make up the news say it is. […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON” MAYOR FRANK JACKSON’S
MESSAGE TO THE U.S. AND THE WORLD—FUCK OFF

December 8th, 2014

It’s difficult, if not impossible; to believe that Safety Director Michael McGrath would declare that he won’t resign without Mayor Frank Jackson’s assent. It’s Jackson sticking his finger into the eye of Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice. Just as he did to Ohio Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine and DeWine’s report […]

OHIO REPUBLICANS WANT TO HIDE SOME KILLERS…

December 8th, 2014

While Ohio Republicans think people have a right to know the names of doctors who perform abortions, they don’t want to extend the same transparency to the those who carry out state-sanctioned killings in our names. State Rep. Jim Buchy (R-84) writes: Some pieces of legislation can bring out strong opinions on both sides, not […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: NOTHING WILL CHANGE WITH
FRANK JACKSON AS CLEVELAND’S MAYOR…

December 4th, 2014

The solution to the problem of police is that it will require a total change in their culture of operation. It is clear – has been for the last 45 years going back to the cops and their refusal to accept Carl Stokes as their commander—that it isn’t going to change. That was made clear […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON TOM COYNE & BRETT LARKIN:
WRONG FIGHT, WRONG TIME, WRONG REASON…

November 30th, 2014

It’s the wrong fight at the wrong time for the wrong reasons. It’s the wrong fight because we should be offering more and better public services as the trend is to cut wages and reduce services. It’s the wrong time because we shouldn’t be giving into right wing government, which essentially wants to eliminate public […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: DON’T TRUST A GRAND JURY…

November 26th, 2014

Grand juries have a way of telling the history desired by those who hold power. Same as history is most often told. The Ferguson grand jury of Prosecutor Robert McCulloch—who was described by the New York Times as “widely viewed in the minority community as being in the pockets of the police”—seemed to fit the […]

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