Joe Bialek 1 
Member since Dec 1, 2011

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Re: “City Council Rejects 20,603 Q Deal Petition Signatures on Questionable Grounds

and the impetus behind the whole issue?

second verse...same as the first
This issue is the absurdity of absurdities. Let me get this straight: the
purpose of the Sin Tax is to gouge those who purchase alcohol and cigarettes
not because anyone is trying to discourage consumption but rather so the
County can use that money to pay for sports stadiums that do not produce
anything but a fleeting moment witnessing the passing of a football, the
dribbling of a basketball and the throwing of a baseball so that such a minute
tidbit of diversion can be enjoyed by all. The stupidity of this proposition is
enough to make your head spin even though the spin doctors advocating
passage of this nonsense are already doing a pretty good job of hypnotizing
the voters to actually consider supporting it. At least the Robber Barons
of the previous centuries provided something tangible such as oil, steel,
railroads etcetera. These team owners do not even provide one tangible thing
that could ever be considered with the term value added. Almost everyone
discusses this enterprise as though it is the same thing as industry {which
it is not}. The price of admission is essentially a voluntary tax paid by those
who can afford it to pay those who dont need it. If this isnt a transfer of
wealth I dont know what is.

The real outrage here is the fact that taxes on alcohol and cigarettes will
not be used to aid in the reduction of addiction {hence the reference to sin}
but rather to stuff the pockets of all three teams who could easily afford to
pay for the repairs themselves. The vote was rammed through the last time
{under somewhat suspicious circumstances} and hear we go again. But this
time...not so fast!!! We the voters of Cuyahoga County are going to fight the
proponents on this one and we don't care if the teams up and go somewhere
else {please see my views on entertainment below} because quite frankly there
are simply more important things than sports and the unearned money that
comes with it. Those in public office who are too stupid and lazy to find other
ways to grow a major American city need to resign and leave their self-seeking
political ambitions on the scrapheap of history. Dont ever let it be said that
this was time when the tide ran out on Cuyahoga County but rather was the
time when the voters rose up to welcome the rising tide of change and rebuked
this pathetic paradigm our previous elected leaders embraced.
Let the battle be joined.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 05/23/2017 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Slavic Village Residents Rage Over Dirt Bike Track: "Nobody Here Wants to Hear it"

CRITICISM OF $2 MILLION BIKE TRACK NOT RACIST
August 18th, 2016
Blaine Griffins 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 citys community relations department.
Thats wonderful thinking for good community relations. Calling people racists.
And its 20 to 30 years out of date.
Theres plenty of real racism to call out without creating straw man issues.
Mayor Frank Jackson wanted the $2 million deal passed quickly. Naturally. Dont look closely at where the money is going or, as a number of council members noted, why pools that needed repairs to be open werent attended. It seems repairing pools in this hot summer would have been a no brainer.
To back up his claim Blaine, also vice chairman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, in a Face book post question the lack of outrage for millions of dollars for skateboard parks, boat docks, rowing sports and bike trails, though he named none nor their cost.
He conveniently overlooked the hundreds of millions spent by the city and county on pro sports facilities, their parking structures, and improvement costs that add up to a billion dollars at least.
He conveniently didnt mention these other recent and far more expensive subsidiesand not for public purposes but for PRIVATE, MONEY-GRUBBING businesses called sportsLarry Dolans Indians (given $37 million as of May), Dan Gilberts Cavs (given $60 million as of May) and Jimmy Cheat em Haslams Browns. The $2 million track story appeared in the PD the same day as a story in the paper noted Cleveland paid $20 million for another Browns stadium fix-up.
Want to cry about something?
If he really wanted to call out racism he have chased them and the fact that they pay no property taxes, which since their facilities are all in Cleveland, come at the expense of the Cleveland schools primarily, about half of the dollars at least. And thats millions a year that would service mostly black children.
I call that very selective complaining.
But he wouldnt put Mayor Frank Jackson on the spot by calling out that the mayor has his lips sealed for these white billionaires.
The Plain Dealer has been soft as can be on Jackson. Where are the columnists on this? Is the charge of racism not a serious charge?
People tell me that Chris Full-of-himself Quinn is a big fan of Jackson.
Maybe thats why.
How could that be? Even a low blow as a piece on Mayor Michael Whites surgery for hammertoes wasnt too low for Quinn when he covered City Hall.
Quinn elicited this poke by the Scene:
Reporter Christopher Quinn couldnt help but remind readerstwice in one storythat the malady (hammertoes) usually affects middle-aged women after a life of wearing high heels.
What did that mean? Certainly gratuitous.
The PD needs a couple women columnists, the ones out there doing some real journalism, though Im told they get stepped upon when they get too tough on city hall.
Maybe that would spice the dull daily read.
This charge by the citys community relations head and a boss of the county party should be challenged.
Plenty goes unchallenged here.
Theres plenty to bitch about.
The Gateway sin tax cost city and county taxpayers another $8.16 million last month. The County quarter percent tax increase produced for the hotel and convention center another $4.49 million, June 16 to July 16. For a grand total of $31.8 million from city and county residents. The arts & culture cigarette tax produced $2.4 million in July for a total now of $25.6 million.
Theres plenty of dough around for the right people.
No mention by any politician that race has anything to do with these vast expenditures by city and county taxpayers.
The $$$ certainly are not going where most needed. Thats for sure.
By Roldo Bartimole

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 05/19/2017 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Dennis Kucinich Decries Syria Strike, Wants Tribe Scorecard to Monitor Military-Industrial Complex

As a citizen of and believer in democracy, I applaud the efforts of the
Syrian people. Their efforts are similar to what is happening in Libya,
Yemen, Algeria and Bahrain as well as the most recent revolutions in
Egypt and Tunisia.

Believe it or not, one thing that trumps capitalism and political
correctness in the United States is the right to have one's voice heard.
This is the foundation of which our democracy is built on. The Syrian
people should continue to defy Bashar al-Assad's powerful
security forces so that Syrian democracy can begin to thrive. It is
unfortunate that the United States compromised on one of its most
fundamental values in order to protect its economic interests in the
Middle East; something that happens all too often domestically as well.
It is not the Syrian people that are attempting to seize power but rather
it is those currently in power who have engaged in intimidation to prevent
the will of the people from being heard. Why else would they stoop to such
underhanded tactics to block various means of communication among the
citizens of Syria? Why is the government in power utilizing such
political strong-arm tactics as the use of violence?

Bashar al-Assad, you have had seventeen years to lead Syria and have
failed them by your own choosing. The days of the despotic regime are
finally coming to an end as it appears the desire for freedom will continue
to sweep among the Arab nations. Accordingly, let the call go forth among
all citizens of Syria that your brothers and sisters of democracy from all
over the world are with you during every trial and tribulation you may
encounter during this crisis. To the people of Syria, the trumpet of
freedom beckons you to rise in protest and ensure your voice to preserve
your sacred heritage, promote your children's future and obtain the
blessings of liberty we all cherish.

Syria, the hour of your redemption is at hand. As you the rightful citizens
move forward to reclaim your own country, rise and strike! In the name of
those who were murdered fighting for everyone's rights, rise and strike!
To end the rule of this evil regime, rise and strike! Let no one continue
to fear this man. Let every Syrian be strong and fight on for their
freedom. Rise and strike!

Bashar al-Assad, put aside your selfish ego and let the people go!

JOE BIALEK
Cleveland, OH USA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLrrBs8JBQo

Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 04/21/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Dennis Kucinich Decries Syria Strike, Wants Tribe Scorecard to Monitor Military-Industrial Complex

As a citizen of and believer in democracy, I applaud the efforts of the
Syrian people. Their efforts are similar to what is happening in Libya,
Yemen, Algeria and Bahrain as well as the most recent revolutions in
Egypt and Tunisia.

Believe it or not, one thing that trumps capitalism and political
correctness in the United States is the right to have one's voice heard.
This is the foundation of which our democracy is built on. The Syrian
people should continue to defy Bashar al-Assad's powerful
security forces so that Syrian democracy can begin to thrive. It is
unfortunate that the United States compromised on one of its most
fundamental values in order to protect its economic interests in the
Middle East; something that happens all too often domestically as well.
It is not the Syrian people that are attempting to seize power but rather
it is those currently in power who have engaged in intimidation to prevent
the will of the people from being heard. Why else would they stoop to such
underhanded tactics to block various means of communication among the
citizens of Syria? Why is the government in power utilizing such
political strong-arm tactics as the use of violence?

Bashar al-Assad, you have had seventeen years to lead Syria and have
failed them by your own choosing. The days of the despotic regime are
finally coming to an end as it appears the desire for freedom will continue
to sweep among the Arab nations. Accordingly, let the call go forth among
all citizens of Syria that your brothers and sisters of democracy from all
over the world are with you during every trial and tribulation you may
encounter during this crisis. To the people of Syria, the trumpet of
freedom beckons you to rise in protest and ensure your voice to preserve
your sacred heritage, promote your children's future and obtain the
blessings of liberty we all cherish.

Syria, the hour of your redemption is at hand. As you the rightful citizens
move forward to reclaim your own country, rise and strike! In the name of
those who were murdered fighting for everyone's rights, rise and strike!
To end the rule of this evil regime, rise and strike! Let no one continue
to fear this man. Let every Syrian be strong and fight on for their
freedom. Rise and strike!

Bashar al-Assad, put aside your selfish ego and let the people go!

JOE BIALEK
Cleveland, OH USA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLrrBs8JBQo

Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 04/21/2017 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Dennis Kucinich Decries Syria Strike, Wants Tribe Scorecard to Monitor Military-Industrial Complex

As a citizen of and believer in democracy, I applaud the efforts of the
Syrian people. Their efforts are similar to what is happening in Libya,
Yemen, Algeria and Bahrain as well as the most recent revolutions in
Egypt and Tunisia.

Believe it or not, one thing that trumps capitalism and political
correctness in the United States is the right to have one's voice heard.
This is the foundation of which our democracy is built on. The Syrian
people should continue to defy Bashar al-Assad's powerful
security forces so that Syrian democracy can begin to thrive. It is
unfortunate that the United States compromised on one of its most
fundamental values in order to protect its economic interests in the
Middle East; something that happens all too often domestically as well.
It is not the Syrian people that are attempting to seize power but rather
it is those currently in power who have engaged in intimidation to prevent
the will of the people from being heard. Why else would they stoop to such
underhanded tactics to block various means of communication among the
citizens of Syria? Why is the government in power utilizing such
political strong-arm tactics as the use of violence?

Bashar al-Assad, you have had seventeen years to lead Syria and have
failed them by your own choosing. The days of the despotic regime are
finally coming to an end as it appears the desire for freedom will continue
to sweep among the Arab nations. Accordingly, let the call go forth among
all citizens of Syria that your brothers and sisters of democracy from all
over the world are with you during every trial and tribulation you may
encounter during this crisis. To the people of Syria, the trumpet of
freedom beckons you to rise in protest and ensure your voice to preserve
your sacred heritage, promote your children's future and obtain the
blessings of liberty we all cherish.

Syria, the hour of your redemption is at hand. As you the rightful citizens
move forward to reclaim your own country, rise and strike! In the name of
those who were murdered fighting for everyone's rights, rise and strike!
To end the rule of this evil regime, rise and strike! Let no one continue
to fear this man. Let every Syrian be strong and fight on for their
freedom. Rise and strike!

Bashar al-Assad, put aside your selfish ego and let the people go!

JOE BIALEK
Cleveland, OH USA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLrrBs8JBQo

Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 04/21/2017 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Armond Budish Is a Willing Accomplice to Dan Gilbert's Latest Arena Subsidy Scam

second verse...same as the first
This issue is the absurdity of absurdities. Let me get this straight: the
purpose of the Sin Tax is to gouge those who purchase alcohol and cigarettes
not because anyone is trying to discourage consumption but rather so the
County can use that money to pay for sports stadiums that do not produce
anything but a fleeting moment witnessing the passing of a football, the
dribbling of a basketball and the throwing of a baseball so that such a minute
tidbit of diversion can be enjoyed by all. The stupidity of this proposition is
enough to make your head spin even though the spin doctors advocating
passage of this nonsense are already doing a pretty good job of hypnotizing
the voters to actually consider supporting it. At least the Robber Barons
of the previous centuries provided something tangible such as oil, steel,
railroads etcetera. These team owners do not even provide one tangible thing
that could ever be considered with the term value added. Almost everyone
discusses this enterprise as though it is the same thing as industry {which
it is not}. The price of admission is essentially a voluntary tax paid by those
who can afford it to pay those who dont need it. If this isnt a transfer of
wealth I dont know what is.

The real outrage here is the fact that taxes on alcohol and cigarettes will
not be used to aid in the reduction of addiction {hence the reference to sin}
but rather to stuff the pockets of all three teams who could easily afford to
pay for the repairs themselves. The vote was rammed through the last time
{under somewhat suspicious circumstances} and hear we go again. But this
time...not so fast!!! We the voters of Cuyahoga County are going to fight the
proponents on this one and we don't care if the teams up and go somewhere
else {please see my views on entertainment below} because quite frankly there
are simply more important things than sports and the unearned money that
comes with it. Those in public office who are too stupid and lazy to find other
ways to grow a major American city need to resign and leave their self-seeking
political ambitions on the scrapheap of history. Dont ever let it be said that
this was time when the tide ran out on Cuyahoga County but rather was the
time when the voters rose up to welcome the rising tide of change and rebuked
this pathetic paradigm our previous elected leaders embraced.
Let the battle be joined.


And now to the real underlying issue at hand:


One of the most disturbing facts about our capitalist nation is the
misappropriation of funds directed to the salaries of entertainers.
Everyone should agree that the value an athlete, movie star, talk-show host,
team-owner, etcetera brings to the average citizen is very small. Granted,
they do offer a minuscule of diversion from our daily trials and
tribulations as did the jesters in the king's court during the middle ages.
But to allow these entertainers to horde such great amounts of wealth at the
expense of more benevolent societal programs is unacceptable.
They do not provide a product or a service so why are they rewarded as such?

Our society is also subjected to the "profound wisdom" of these people
because it equates wealth with influence. Perhaps a solution to this
problem and a alternative to defeated school levies, crumbling
infrastructures, as well as all the programs established to help feed,
clothe and shelter those who cannot help themselves would be to tax this
undeserved wealth. Entertainers could keep 1% of the gross earnings reaped
from their endeavor and 99% could be deposited into the public coffers.

The old ideas of the redistribution of wealth have failed, and it is time to
adapt to modern-day preferences. People put their money into entertainment
above everything else; isn't it time to tap that wealth? Does anyone think
this will reduce the quality of entertainment? It seems to me that when
entertainers received less income, the quality was much higher.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 03/02/2017 at 8:01 PM

Re: “GCC Calling on Dan Gilbert to Invest $35 Million in Community Equity Fund

second verse...same as the first
This issue is the absurdity of absurdities. Let me get this straight: the
purpose of the Sin Tax is to gouge those who purchase alcohol and cigarettes
not because anyone is trying to discourage consumption but rather so the
County can use that money to pay for sports stadiums that do not produce
anything but a fleeting moment witnessing the passing of a football, the
dribbling of a basketball and the throwing of a baseball so that such a minute
tidbit of diversion can be enjoyed by all. The stupidity of this proposition is
enough to make your head spin even though the spin doctors advocating
passage of this nonsense are already doing a pretty good job of hypnotizing
the voters to actually consider supporting it. At least the Robber Barons
of the previous centuries provided something tangible such as oil, steel,
railroads etcetera. These team owners do not even provide one tangible thing
that could ever be considered with the term value added. Almost everyone
discusses this enterprise as though it is the same thing as industry {which
it is not}. The price of admission is essentially a voluntary tax paid by those
who can afford it to pay those who dont need it. If this isnt a transfer of
wealth I dont know what is.

The real outrage here is the fact that taxes on alcohol and cigarettes will
not be used to aid in the reduction of addiction {hence the reference to sin}
but rather to stuff the pockets of all three teams who could easily afford to
pay for the repairs themselves. The vote was rammed through the last time
{under somewhat suspicious circumstances} and hear we go again. But this
time...not so fast!!! We the voters of Cuyahoga County are going to fight the
proponents on this one and we don't care if the teams up and go somewhere
else {please see my views on entertainment below} because quite frankly there
are simply more important things than sports and the unearned money that
comes with it. Those in public office who are too stupid and lazy to find other
ways to grow a major American city need to resign and leave their self-seeking
political ambitions on the scrapheap of history. Dont ever let it be said that
this was time when the tide ran out on Cuyahoga County but rather was the
time when the voters rose up to welcome the rising tide of change and rebuked
this pathetic paradigm our previous elected leaders embraced.
Let the battle be joined.


And now to the real underlying issue at hand:


One of the most disturbing facts about our capitalist nation is the
misappropriation of funds directed to the salaries of entertainers.
Everyone should agree that the value an athlete, movie star, talk-show host,
team-owner, etcetera brings to the average citizen is very small. Granted,
they do offer a minuscule of diversion from our daily trials and
tribulations as did the jesters in the king's court during the middle ages.
But to allow these entertainers to horde such great amounts of wealth at the
expense of more benevolent societal programs is unacceptable.
They do not provide a product or a service so why are they rewarded as such?

Our society is also subjected to the "profound wisdom" of these people
because it equates wealth with influence. Perhaps a solution to this
problem and a alternative to defeated school levies, crumbling
infrastructures, as well as all the programs established to help feed,
clothe and shelter those who cannot help themselves would be to tax this
undeserved wealth. Entertainers could keep 1% of the gross earnings reaped
from their endeavor and 99% could be deposited into the public coffers.

The old ideas of the redistribution of wealth have failed, and it is time to
adapt to modern-day preferences. People put their money into entertainment
above everything else; isn't it time to tap that wealth? Does anyone think
this will reduce the quality of entertainment? It seems to me that when
entertainers received less income, the quality was much higher

Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 02/23/2017 at 8:04 PM

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