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… When All Lives Matter : The Tamir Rice Case [#my neck of the woods]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,September 26th,2016

.. hey folks , this one is from my neck of the the woods . Well , almost , but not quite ..

.. The case is quite simple . You have a child [a 12 – year – old] who is out in the evening , all alone . He is in a place that generally that one should not be at this also has something that he should not have . And , what is that …

.. [h/t — DailyCaller.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. a toy gun . It is not just a toy gun , though . It is a toy gun that has had its safety cap removed . Oops . That cap being gone thereby makes this situation a whole lot more dangerous . Why ? The cap ‘ s removal makes the toy gun indestinguishable from the real thing . Which sets the situation for the police response to that public park …

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… I Have Heard of ” El Cheapo , ” but .. [#AZ][#Maricopa County][#polling station]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,April 3rd,2016

. there is being cheap , and then there is …

.. this is [was] insane ..

.. I will use my home state of Ohio as an example . Also , my home county OF Cuyahoga County . Ohio and Arizona are roughly the same size . However , Ohio has 88 counties , while Arizona has only 15 . Just 15 . so , Arizona ‘ s counties are far larger than Ohio ‘ s ..

.. [h/t — Rare.US]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. my home county [Cuyahoga County , in Ohio] is 1,250 square miles , but about 65% of that is water [Lake Erie] . Maricopa County [Arizona] , which had all of these problems , has nearly 8,400 square miles . Maricopa has 3 cities [ ] that are of 500,000 people or more , and Phoenix [the state capital , and also the county seat] is nearly 2.5 million people . Phoenix , for example , is eventally going to pass Chicago as our country ‘ s 3rd largest city . That is , if Las Vegas does not catch and pass them first ..

.. in Cuyahoga County , we have about 1,600 voting precints . Yup , the whole county . Each one has a voting station of its very own . I have worked the polls a number of times , so I know that very , very well . Yet some idiot thought that it would be a great idea for Maricopa County to go down from 200 polling stations to just 60 stations ..

.. Just 60 polling stations . How incredibly stupid was that move ..

.. the Feds and the State of Arizona are going to be tripping over themselves to investigate this mess . I don’t blame them , for once . I would trust the state , though , far more than the FEds . Remember the OCs , and the legal poisoning of the Department of InJustice ..

.. you folks need more polling stations in Maricopa County . One whole hell of a lot more . 60 polling stations for a county of roughly [4.2] million people over a land area of about 9,200 sq miles . Un – uh ..

 

.. [p.s.] — when it comes to law enforcement , at LEAST give ” Sheriff joe ” Arpaio a break . Given how damn big Maricopa County really is , he has a lot to do ..

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… Our Quality of Life Issues do Matter [#my hometown]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,August 2nd,2015

.. I know from my hometown of Lakewood , Ohio ..

.. Lakewood is a city of 54,00 , nestled right next to Cleveland along the shores of lake Erie . It is only 4.8 square miles in size , so it is densly populated . Also , there is little to no industry . But it is a very prime place for people that want to live there ..

.. there is little to no tolerance for the quality of life crimes that NYC is now tolerating . If somebody even thought of trying to pull such a stunt , they would either get a stiff ticket , or , more likely , they would be thrown in jail ..

.. [h/t — CBSnyc.com]…
.. [link] to the news story …

.. the city services are fantastic , especially the schools . However , those services come at a price . The property taxes are extremely high , higher than anywhere else in the county [Cuyahoga Cty , to wit] other than a very chi – chi suburb on the east side of town ..

.. but the people of my hometown expect a lot . They desire a high quality of life , and do pay for it through the nose . Thankfully , throughout much change in the city in the last 50 years , the quality of life has generally remained high …

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… Atlantic City is Dying [#gambling monopoly lost]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,August 6th,2014

.. and it behooves other cities and regions to learn lessons from its failure …

.. one is its regulation . Regulation of casino gaming in New Jersey is a godsend . It is a model for the nation . It is strong and it is tight . There has been virtually no reports of corruption , none , since casinos came in in the 1970s …

.. another is not to depend on casinos and casino gaming . In Atlantic City , casinos are it . Nothing else . It other regions , tourism , pro sports , college sports , universities , cultural events and attractions , etc are part of the mix . In Cleveland and the other cities of Ohio , they are diverse in their makeup , save Toledo , which is slowly improving …

.. [h/t — Bloomberg.com]..
.. [link] to the news story …

.. another key is growth . in Greater Las Vegas [Clark County] , Nevada , that county grows like crazy . Casinos are not left by themselves to be the growth engine ; they are a part of it . In Cleveland , the city has stabilized , at last , but the suburbs are growing , and the surrounding counties are growing steadily …

.. You also have to deal with competition . Atlantic City never really did deal with it . Ohio will have to face it , where , eventually , more casinos will likely be legalized , and the system will be deregulated . Also , technology . you cannot avoid it . Eventually , online gaming will be re – legalized in the U.S. , whether brick – and – mortar casinos like it or not …

.. one thing that the brick – and – mortars have over the onlines is the experience . Entertainment . Chow , Gaming , the Works . OLs are so boh – ring …

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… for the GOP Convention in 2016 , it is …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,July 1st,2014

.. down to Cleveland and Dallas .

.. I am from Lakewood , which is an inner ring suburb on Cleveland ‘ s West Side . I now live in the city of Westlake , which is about 8 to 10 miles further out , and is on the county line …

.. Dallas would make a good host , but it is been there , done that . Cleveland would do a better job , and has a lot to prove to a national and a worldwide audience …

.. my guess is that it will be Cleveland for the GOP . The DemoCrap convention is just too big . Cleveland has grown , but it has not grown that fast . Cleveland is ready , and will do a great job .

.. also , convention will likely be in Quicken Loans Arena . Lake Erie Monsters [AHL] (hockey) will not be a problem . The Cavs will  be still in business . I expect that the Cavaliers will be in the Eastern Conference Finals or the NBA finals might be . The Q Mgmt will plan for a quick change , once the season is done …

.. [h/t — MoeLane]..
.. [link] to the post ..

.. Kasich is in good shape for re – election [against Ed Fitzgerald] , and the GOP should sweep the state – wide offices , once again . Not only that , the GOP should pick up 1 or 2 seats in the State Senate [to go from 23 to 10 , to 25 to 8] , and 3 to 4 seats in the State House [going from 61 to 38 , to 65 to 34] …

.. I have put Kasich on my personal list of 2016 GOP presidential wannabees . He would make a pretty good POTUS , and would be able to carry MII , PA , IA , and CO , along with FL and VA . NJ , DE , and CT are also possibles …

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… Marriage is for Me !! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,December 23rd,2013

Marriage is For Me !

.. No , I have never been married . But , I respect and admire my friends and family who are married . I believe that it is for the best for all that are concerned .

.. Yea , I am lonely . I have always wished to find the right person . God willing , I will . When that will happen , I do not know . But , I believe that it will happen ..

.. I am an idealist . I always have been . Even after all the things that I have been through down through the years , you might think that I may well be a cynic . I am not . I would rather live and die as an idealist , than to live one day as a cynic .

.. Love can come suddendly . It can , as I have found , come softly (from Jeannette Oke ‘ s books and movies) . Being friends first helps . But it is not always necessary .

.. Are there fears and anxieties ? Sure . Finding the right person , first of all . Not to be picky , no . I come with baggage . In my case , also a hot fuse . That is what scares me to death , more than anything else . I do not want to hurt the people that I care about , because I am a hot head ..

.. You might think that I had gotten advice from my parents . I thought that I had not . Then I realized that it was right in front of me . It was their example . They were not perfect . Far from it . But they made it work … every day , for almost 48 years . May God Bless them Always !

.. I believe that it takes not being selfish , but being selfless enough . A lot more than that . If one is too selfish , well , then , ….

Marriage is about family.
.. I realized that I had seen my parent ‘ s advice . My father was not a preacher . Not even close . A scoutmaster , yes . Nothing made him more proud than when both my brother John and I earned our Eagle Scout badges . It did not always make it easy to deal with a father and a scoutmaster . But , I finally understood . I wanted to achieve , but also did not want to embarass him . I did not . Generally , not publically . Sometimes , in private .
.. Yea , my father and I look a lot alike . But we are very different people . He passed away in June of 2005 . I think about him every day . Every day . My mom , too . My father was up – from – the – boostraps working class , not the best in school , and worked his fanny off to become a top flight electical engineer . Also , a top – flight technical writer . He was a 32nd degree FreeMason by his mid40s , and could have gone higher . Much higher .

.. What matter more . Our family . Not just Mom . My sister , Karen , my brother John , and me . Indian Guides . Boy Scouts . Church . American Legion . A Master Gardener , in retirement . All of that . One heck of an example . But not perfect , either .

.. God , I miss my mother . She passed away in January of 2000 . A top flight RN for almost 40 years . Most of her career was spent in maternity nursing at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland , Ohio . She was upper middle – class , and had to defy my grandmother to take the exams to enter nursing school . Doing it anytime took guts . Doing it in the early 1950s took a lot more guts .

Parenthood

.. Does it scare me ? Yes , it does . But , not as much as one might think . Even the likelyhood or possibility of being a step – parent . Who knows . Being an excellent role model matters the most . Especially in this day and age .

.. No , I am not that open . I am still shy . But our world has changed so much , and is still changing . Hopefully for the better . Making sure that technology is an aid , and not a crutch , is helpful .

My Siblings

.. Both are married . One for 18 years , the other for almost 35 years . Great job , you too . Especially with my nieces and nephew . My nephew is a newlywed . I wonder how my sister feels about becoming a Grandmaw [ha!ha!] . Just kidding , Sis ! I think that it would be great .

the ” M ” word
.. Do I wish I have talked to them about the ” M ” word ? Yea , I do . Those who know me would not be surprised that I did not . I am extraordinarily painfully shy . Still am . The experience of these years has helped to loosen some of the shyness .

.. No true relationship of love is just about you. Love is about the person you love . It is about being selfless .

.. And , the more that you love that person, the more love you receive . And not just from your significant other, but from their friends and their family and thousands of others you never would have met had your love remained self-centered.

.. Truly, love and marriage is for you . .

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… Replace David Gregory on ” Meet the DePressed ” …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,December 22nd,2013

.. it does not necessarily mean that you do it with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezinski ..

.. Someone younger and who is a decently tough questioner would help . Check out the rosters at the other networks . They have plenty of good people on their payroll who know how to ask a tough question .

.. Also , try to get someone who is not a philiosophical bigot . None of the Mouseketeers on pMSNBC need not apply . Matin Savidge (on CNN) and Kelly O ‘ Donnell (on NBC) are a good place to start . They (and retired CNN reporter Bob Franken) all have a place common to them : They spent the earliest and best parts of their careers in broadcast journalism in Cleveland . Yes , Cleveland , Ohio .

.. No , it does not mean bringing in a conservative . A left – of – center moderate would help . Do Not forget that Tim Russert worked for Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Mario Cuomo before he was hired at NBC . Also , Russert went to college and law school here in Greater Cleveland [college at John Carroll University , law school at Cleveland – Marshall College of Law , just as it was becoming a part of Cleveland State University] .

.. Someone with some decent chops is helpful . Gregory stinks , is a bigot , and the Mice at pMSNBC are no good , save the Morning Crew .

.. Also , when you replace the host , change up the media commentators . They are just as bad . Do Not limit yourself to D.C. or N.Y.C. . Try L.A. , Boston , or the Heartland …also , talk radio , bloggers , and others …

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… This Company will Not be the Only One [ObamaCrapCare] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,November 21st,2013

.. the company in this news piece is from my ” neck of the woods . ”

.. [link] this one is a link from the original news piece link at the Washington Free Beacon . This [link] is a YouTube recording of the  local news piece [WEWS TV (ABC)] .

.. This company (PSC Metals) is originally a very small business . They have since grown to a multi – hundred million dollar operation , with over 1,000 employees . They have done the ” math , ” and have decided that it is cheaper for them to send their employees into the health exchange in Ohio . In Ohio , because of Ohio ‘ s refusal to create one , they will have to join the crowd dealing with the mess because Ohio ‘ s exchange is one that was created by the federal government . That is not the only problem .

.. Ohio is the home state of law Professor Scott Adler [Case Western Reserve University] . He and Cato scholar Michael Cannon wrote the seminal paper on the illegality of the offering of tax credits by federally – created exchanges in states that refused to create one themselves . Ohio , no doubt , has a court case similar to Oklahoma ‘ s ” Pruitt v HHS , ” which challenges the legality of those tax credits and penalties , and is much further along .

.. I am willing to guess that that one , or the one in D.C. , or both , will result in injunctions blocking the tax credits and penalties for those federally – created exchanges . When that happens , effectively , the game is over . It would affect nearly 36 states , in which the Feds created the health benefits exchanges . The other 14 states and DC ‘ s would be untenable , due to the uncompetitive advantage .

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… Elections 2013 [Cleveland — Mayor] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,November 11th,2013

.. I know , I know , talking about this more localized stuff can drive folks nuts . Unlike some other big cities (Detroit , in

Frank Jackson, mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, at th...

… Frank Jackson, mayor of Cleveland, Ohio … (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

bankruptcy) , or New York City (in moral bankruptcy) , Cleveland is at least facing up to its problems and is attempting to deal with them . Not always successfully , mind you . But , these folks are trying .

.. Clevelanders re – elected Frank Jackson to a well – earned third term as mayor . He may not have been an advocate of the casino gambling issue , but he grabbed ahold of it , and put it to use . The Caesars Palace casino is , unlike the other 3 Ohio casinos , being used for ecnomic development , and as an economic driver of such . It was used to revedevop two prime pieces of real estate , and is the base for the development of a third . He was the quaterback of the effort to finance and build the new Medical Merchandise Mart . Not bad for a little heralded city councilman from the Near East Side

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… Frank Jackson in Cleveland [Mayor] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,November 4th,2013

.. I know , I know , Jackson is a Democrat . i do not endorse or vote for Democraps all that often . In the city of Cleveland ‘ s case

Frank Jackson, mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, at th...

… Frank Jackson, mayor of the City of Cleveland … (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

, the city has gotten very lucky .

.. Jackson was originally a political hack . He was a longtime city councilman , from the near – East Side , from a very poor area of neighboorhoods . He ran for Mayor the first time , and he won . I had my doubts about the guy . I still do . However , he has earned his shot at another term .

.. Jackson is not a big publicity seeker . Most big – city mayors are publicity hounds . Frank Jackson is not . He prefers to spread the credit around , and not to draw it to himself . Any big – city mayor that is worth a gosh darn needs to be a fairly decent administrator . Jackson is , however , suprisingly , a very good one . He sets the budget , and campaigns hard for it . He does not beat around the bush on the subject …

.. Jackson is also fairly good at building bridges with other people and other parties . He worked hard to get the Medical Merchandise Mart [the Center for Health Transformation] sited , financed , and built ,  and along with it , got a brand new Convention Center for the City out of the deal . Also , he has build bridges with Republicans and with Democrats , outside of the city . He is pushing hard for the city ‘ s control of the school district , and for the school voucher program . That is a surprise , for a  Democrat , to take on the teacher  ‘ s unions  on  vouchers . Yet he has done it , and done it successfully .

.. Frank Jackson in Cleveland [Mayor] …

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… Those Union Protests in Las Vegas are Sick …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,October 11th,2013

.. what i am referring to are Culinary Workers union protests at one of the largest non – union hotels that is left in the region . The Cosmopolitan is a large hotel , around [2,995] rooms , and it is owned by , of all people , Deutche Bank . Originally , Hyatt Hotels (the Pritzker family company) was going to build this monster , but the 2008 recession scuttled the plans . DB bought  the hotel / condo / parking garage / casino complex for around $1.2 billion .  .

.. Casinos are a big business . Ohio now has casino gambling , although the effect of the business is limited . There is no casino competition in Ohio . There are only 4 casinos , one each in Cleveland , Toledo , Columbus , and Cincinnati . Caesars owns and manages 2 ,  while Hollwood owns and manages the other 2 .

.. In Ohio , like the other states , casino gambling is tightly regulated . Ohio patterned its regulatory setup after New Jersey , where the regulatory setup is generally considered to be the best in the country . Right now , casino gambling in Ohio is set in the state ‘ s  constitution , so it will not grow for quite some time . In other states , it is quite different .

.. In Nevada , the casino industry is huge . Las Vegas is the nation ‘ s and the world ‘ s casino gambling capital .  Any gambling – related company that is anyone is there in Nevada . The size of the casinos . Geez whiz ! . They are as large as (the second coming) of the MGM – Grand , with over , you heard me right , [xx] rooms . Wow !

.. It will not be easy for the Culinary Workers . Most of the city ‘ s casino workers [porters , dealers , service , etc] are members of one union or another . However , the Culinary (Food Service) Workers are the largest and the most influential .  They are , like most  unions , heavily DemoCrap – leaning .  No big surprise there .

.. However , Nevada is unlike other states . Nevada has a significant – sized Latino community , and it is growing still . However , Clark County , in which Las Vegas sits , has resumed growing like crazy after the 2008-2011 recession . It is also , unlike the People ‘ s Republic of Taxifornia , much more Republican – leaning . Dean Heller , a Republican , is one of the U.S. Senator (with Dingy Harry Reid being the other) . Governor Brian Sandoval , a latino Republican , and former federal district court judge , is leading the way .

.. Nevada is a right – to – work state , but its efects are limited . A stronger right – to – work law would be very , very helpful . It will take a GOP legislature to do that . That would be nice . Also , it would take some balls among the casino hotel companies to stand up to the union thuggery . Once they do , their hold on the industry will be broken  , and done so for good …

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… Ariel Castro , Welcome to “Hell” …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,August 1st,2013

.. Castro is the name of the sub – human form of excrement who imprisoned , raped , tortured , and … three young women for 10 years or more on the near West Side of Cleveland , which ended this spring .

.. At the least , Castro reached a plea bargain . Doing this spares him the death penalty , which he so richly deserves . However , it does spare these young women a great deal of anguish and heartache , as they will not be forced to relive their ordeal on the witness stand . And , yea , I wish the guy could still get the death penalty .

.. This guy is pond scum . The worst , the lowest of the low , the most disgusting form of sub – human excrement who has ever walked the earth . I never thought that anyone could have surpassed scum such as Charles Manson , but Ariel Castro has sure as hell done that .

.. Prison is its own form of Hell . And Castro is about to find out that he will never , ever , ever walk the earth a free man ever again . Hopefully , a compassionate prison warden will be smart enough to put him into the general population . Boy , would that be a “fortunate move.”

.. Prisons have their own code of “justice.” Among the lowest of the low are rapists and child molesters . The guys who take out the scum are “heroes” among the cons , and even among the prison staff . Maybe Castro may well get prison “justice.” He has it coming , god knows .

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… At last , these Women can be at Peace …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,July 26th,2013

.. Amanda Berry . Gina DeJesus . Michelle Knight . these young women have been through what can only be described as the depths of unspeakable hell . Being taken captive is bad enough . Being held captive for 10 years , or more , continual rape , sexual assault , and even murder ? My God , what kind of subhuman creature could perpetrate such a thing ?

.. Angel Castro , that is who . He took these young ladies , and altered their lives , forever . He took them prisoner , tortured them , raped them , assaulted them , and took them on a hellish journey . How could he do such a thing ? Yet , he did .

.. Their families never gave up hope that they were alive . They pampleted their neighbourhoods . They marched . They garnered as much publicity as they humanly could . Yet , nothing . Then , all of a sudden . Bang .

.. All of a sudden , with some help from local people on the west side of Cleveland , these women (now adults) regained their freedom . Yet , it was not just the three of them . It was now 4 . The rapist Castro had fathered a child with Ms. Berry , who is now about 6 or 7 years old .

.. Thankfully , the people of my home community have been extraordinary generous . Much money has been donated towards the futures of all three young women , and the young child . However , the money can only help make up for part of their suffering . The news from the justice system today hopefully can help go a very long way towards giving them a sense of peace of mind that they so richly deserve .

.. Angel Castro will never see the outside of a prison , ever again . He reached a plea bargain , that , takes the possible death penalty off of the table . I am not totally thrilled with the plea bargain , but I do understand it . More important is the peace of mind of the 3 (now 4) victims , so that they can begin the process of going on with their lives .

.. I pray that Amanda , Michelle , Gina , and Amanda ‘ s little girl can find the peace that they so richly deserve . And that they can find a future that is of their choice .

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