Archive for the 'Cleveland' Category

DO A GOOD DEED: ADOPT A SAD, CONFUSED XBAT…!

September 24th, 2016

An XBAT is a Xenophobic Bigoted Anonymous Troll. Since I began following Rodney Axson’s story on The Plain Dealer‘s website I’ve identified several of these particularly odious creatures and now follow them with the intent of injecting a bit of sanity into their ravings. I am a rabid defender of free speech as guaranteed under […]

IN CLEVELAND BUILDINGS ARE ON WELFARE

September 22nd, 2016

The article announcing the sale of Cleveland’s historic Terminal Tower by Forest City may start a new merry-go-round of tax abatements and other subsidies downtown. Not that there’s been a slow down. But we see a second round of tax gifts on the same building from back in the early 1990s. Subsidies have been flowing […]

CLEVELAND’S RIGGED AND PHONY RESURGENCE

September 17th, 2016

Does this put the lie to Cleveland’s resurgence? Does this mark Cuyahoga County as seriously troubled? ¶A school system (Cleveland) with four Fs. Ignore it, say city leaders by their ease in avoiding it. ¶Will the Atlantic magazine send one of its top editors to lead a stacked panel to lift banners of Cleveland as […]

HOW THE COUNTY’S COSTS AND TAXES ADD UP

September 13th, 2016

Last time I wrote here I reported on a document that noted Cuyahoga County was more than $1 billion in debt ($1,082,395,000). ¶That’s a lot of money. A scary figure. ¶The Plain Dealer followed quickly with the same story, based on William Tater’s Community Solutions report on the County debt. ¶But it got short shrift […]

PLAIN DEALER PROPAGANDA ON PAGE ONE

September 5th, 2016

It would have been a dramatic page one lead story in the Plain Dealer. ¶But it turned out to be just another piece of corporate propaganda posing as news. ¶The Greater Cleveland Partnership endorsed its Mayor Frank Jackson’s income tax increase. Was anyone surprised? This is prelude to a strong push by the PD for […]

DID CLEVELAND BUY THESE FOR THE RNC SHOW…?

September 3rd, 2016

For hosting the Republican National Convention, Cleveland received $50 million (as did Philadelphia for hosting the Democratic National Convention) from the federal coffers for the purposes of providing security during the convention. Setting aside why $100 million in tax payer dollars went to funding two private freak shows parties we have to ask where all […]

SORRY JOE, YOU DON’T GET TO PLAY THAT CARD…

September 2nd, 2016

During a speech here in Cleveland yesterday Vice President Joe Biden was heckled. Biden lost his cool and responded inappropriately. Dan Roberts, reporting in ‘My friends died,’ heckler shouts. ‘So did my son,’ Joe Biden shoots back for The Guardian (no mention of the incident that I can find so far in local media), writes: […]

TRUMP TRIUMPH CRASHES THE REPUBLICAN PARTY…

August 28th, 2016

Via Mano Singham…

JACKSON ADMITS CLEVELAND GAVE AWAY BILLIONS

August 25th, 2016

What got Mayor Frank Jackson so agitated that he acted as if he were the Mayor of Cleveland’s residents and not just its business community? ¶Maybe a princess kissed him and he woke up to what he’s been done in the last decade. ¶He finally admitted he was the servant of Cleveland’s powerful corporate community. […]

CRITICISM OF $2 MILLION BIKE TRACK NOT RACIST

August 18th, 2016

Blaine Griffin’s charge that the basis of complaints about a $2-million dirt bike proposal by his boss are racist is pathetic. Griffin, at $105,000 a year, heads the city’s community relations department. That’s wonderful thinking for good community relations. Calling people racists. And it’s 20 to 30 years out of date. There’s plenty of real […]

FRANK JACKSON IS DONE

August 12th, 2016

I’ve concluded that Mayor Frank Jackson WILL NOT run for re-election. I don’t believe he has the fight left in him for a fourth term. And he has to know that he will not have an open field with only fake opposition as Ken Lanci, who had money but nothing else to offer. In other […]

CLEVELAND AVOIDS RIOTS, YEA US…!

August 10th, 2016

Clevelanders, and the rest of America to a lesser degree, breathed a great sigh of relief when the last delegates to the Republican National Convention fled our city for whatever safer and saner gated community they live in because there was no riot. Seriously, that has become the standard of success. We hosted a national […]

DO CLEVELAND MEN FEEL EMASCULATED…?

August 1st, 2016

Well, maybe. Brendon Marotta, drilling down in Can Movies Change Your Testosterone Level? writes: One of the most established aspects of testosterone is that winning raises your testosterone and losing lowers it. The interesting thing is that it doesn’t even have to be you that loses. Testosterone changes during vicarious experiences of winning and losing. […]

WE DIDN’T LEARN THIS IN JOURNALISM SCHOOL…

July 31st, 2016

We’re not watching the main event because we think the outcome is historic, we watched both political conventions, and we’ll keep watching the campaigns until November because we expected to see shit get blown up. Matt Taibbi, reporting in How Trump’s Disastrous RNC Doomed the GOP for Rolling Stone, writes: whatever their personal leanings, influential […]

CLEVELAND MAYORS GIVE AWAY CASH, THEN ASK
FOR MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND

July 29th, 2016

Why does Cleveland need a hike in its local income tax? Answer: Decades of rare generosity to wealth. Call it Give Aways. All ways. Cleveland has mortgaged its future. Now it wants workers to pay the bills again. Back in the 1950s downtown property owners, among others, got a big tax break when state law […]

CLEVELAND & HOUGH: A ’60s RECIPE FOR VIOLENCE

July 26th, 2016

In the summer of 1966, three American soldiers patrol Hue, Vietnam Cleveland, Ohio. There has been a lot of media coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Hough riots. But not much about causes or the real actors of that period. Nothing happens in a vacuum. It didn’t just happen because someone was denied a […]

BRINGING FEELINGS TO A FACT FIGHT…

July 25th, 2016

So, here’s the nut. Feelings trump facts 99.999 percent of the time, just ask anyone who has ever uttered a prayer or ridden a little faster through Sleepy Hollow.

RIDE THE VOTE AND BUILDING A MOVEMENT…

July 24th, 2016

Tristan Rader at the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus emails: We have two very important Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus events coming up that I wanted share with you. This Thursday, 28 July at 5 p.m.—Ride The Vote: This is a voter registration event starting at the RTA’s Windermere Station, to ride the rails and register voters […]

NINA TURNER ON THE NIGHTLY SHOW PANEL…

July 23rd, 2016

WHEN YOU NEED HILLARY CLINTON TO SAVE YOU…

July 22nd, 2016

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