Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

PERJURY AND SUBORNING PERJURY
CHARGES ARE IMMANENT, RIGHT…?

December 20th, 2014

This internal thread concerning events in and about Ferguson, Missouri, is stuck to the top of the blog, newer, less vital, posts appear below. Meanwhile, comments on PZ Myers’ Good Morning, America hit 2,394 and PZ has opened a second comment thread: Later this morning in America… Some witnesses who appeared before the grand jury […]

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. […]

MANO SINGHAM: AN ATHEIST’S CREED…

December 9th, 2014

I believe* in a purely material universe that conforms to naturalistic laws and principles. I believe that the life we have is the only one we will have, that the mind and consciousness are inseparable from the brain, that we cease to exist in any conscious form when we die, and that it is therefore […]

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 […]

EMAIL TIME…

December 8th, 2014

It’s always nice to encounter scientific backing for advice you’ve been dispensing to your friends for years, whether or not they ever actually asked for it – so I was pleased to learn of a new study lending support to the notion that if you check email less frequently, you’ll be less stressed. As Jesse […]

WHAT AM I MEANT TO BE DOING…?

December 8th, 2014

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

December 8th, 2014

Jess Zimmerman: Hi, Rebecca! First of all, thanks for talking this out with me, and I hope I don’t come off like a jackass. The internet exerts a powerful jackass ray, and lord knows so does talking about race, and we are essentially crossing the streams here. Anyway, after the Ferguson grand jury verdict came […]

AND A BOOK!

December 8th, 2014

Oliver Burkeman adds…

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 […]

GIVE THANKS…

November 27th, 2014

Lynn Johnston wrote: Having gone on several Medical Missions to Honduras and Peru, I am well aware of how little some people have and how much we in North America take for granted. When my kids said they were “starving,” I was grateful that they had no idea what “starving” meant. How can I obsess […]

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 […]

WHERE I GO FROM HERE…

November 22nd, 2014

2004 me and 2014 me… I’ve invested a great deal of time in recent weeks considering the questions about the next part of my journey as a novelist and journalist, and where I want to take my blogs Have Coffee Will Write and The Writing On The Wal. Back in 2005, Cleveland alternate news weekly […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: IT’S SO GOOD TO BE
ATTACKED, TO BE WHACKED BY FLACKS…

November 17th, 2014

I have been attacked! Whacked by a flack no less. I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to be attacked by a paid flack who was a big Pooh-Bah publisher and editor. My critic is Brian Tucker the former publisher for Crain’s Business Review, a pro-business weekly. His ad notes, After 25 years […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: WHY EXPECT NEWSPAPERS
TO BE BETTER THAN THE REST OF OUR SOCIETY?

November 11th, 2014

[Note: due to time constraints, the copy below has not been fully formated or copy edited. JH] The latest episode in the Plain Dealer history of shortchanging its readers by the removal of the taping of the single meeting of the Ohio gubernatorial candidates is hardly the first instance of corruption of a free press. […]

VACLAV HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART VI H…

November 8th, 2014

The fact that human beings have created, and daily create, this self-directed system through which they divest themselves of their innermost identity is not therefore the result of some incomprehensible misunderstanding of history, nor is it history somehow gone off its rails. Neither is it the product of some diabolical higher will which has decided, […]

HINT: NOT BECAUSE THEY HATE OUR FREEDOM…

November 7th, 2014

To get a full scope of American violence in the world, it is worth asking a broader question: how many countries in the Islamic world has the U.S. bombed or occupied since 1980? That answer was provided in a recent Washington Post op-ed by the military historian and former U.S. Army Col. Andrew Bacevich: As […]

MARCUS AURELIUS KNEW NOS. 2-10…

November 7th, 2014

1. Step away from the email 2. Just say no 4. Leave work at work 5. Forget about perfection 6. Don’t be a martyr 7. Ease off the adrenaline 8. Think about retirement 9. Make ’em wait 10. Set your own rules Stuart Jeffries writing in Ten tips for a better work-life balance for The […]

WHY BUCKEYES ARE CALLED WORTHLESS NUTS

November 7th, 2014

The march toward gay marriage across the U.S. hit a roadblock Thursday when a federal appeals court upheld laws against the practice in four states, creating a split in the legal system that increases the chances the Supreme Court will step in to decide the issue once and for all. The cases decided were from […]

ON THE SUBJECT OF GENIUS…

November 7th, 2014

For sometime I have had my personal aphorism on the subject of genius—Genius is doing the work… Now!—taped to the top of my laptop screen. I’ve even gone so far as to have the copyrighted phrase printed on pencils that I both use and distribute to my students. This morning I was reminded of another […]

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