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Re: “Decoding the Cleveland Prestige Machine

Well done, Sam!...It is in the interests of our local civic oligarchs to hide behind this kind of Potemkin Village happy-talk as a means to distract from...or justify...their continuing campaign to rape local taxpayers in order to build the toys that make the Men Behind The Curtain richer, at the expense of those who can't afford to play with those toys...I was at Progressive Field a couple nights ago for the first time in awhile, and VERY noticeable are the newer design elements intended to keep "us" separated from "them."...That sort of segregation by income is at the center of the strategy for our local economic development "leaders." Cleveland is beginning, more and more, to resemble a third-world country which is dependent on tourism: a gleaming playground for those of means, surrounded by urban human devastation which our more affluent residents quickly drive through or around because it's all so...unpleasant...

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Posted by sputteringwithoutrage on 05/17/2017 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Q Deal Negotiators Are Fudging Numbers — Again — And This Time it's Serious

This is Cleveland... Facts don't matter...What matters is the oligarchs' cash flow...and their power to eat the taxpayers' lunch...and the glee with which they will say anything and do anything to achieve their ends...And DARE serious people to question them...

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Posted by sputteringwithoutrage on 04/05/2017 at 2:48 PM

Re: “In Pittsburgh, City Leaders Reject Public Financing for Heinz Field Upgrades

I observed during the depths of the Mike White kleptocracy (enabled and supported by chief consigliere Fred Nance, coincidentally) that, just as communities across the country were seeking ways to link up to the rest of the world, The City Of Cleveland's "leaders" seemed intent on closing the city in on itself, and systematically ignoring any evidence which suggested that Cuyahoga County was not at the center of the universe. I think it was to avoid stories just such as this...We don't WANT to be bothered by the experiences of other communities...We don't WANT to know what other cities are doing successfully that we can't figure out...We don't WANT to know that other communities might actually have civic, corporate and political leadership which is not awash in self-dealing and corruption...What does it matter what other cities do? They're not Cleveland, and casual corruption, craven corporate self-dealing, and civic thuggery are how we do things here...Pay no attention to what happens elsewhere...

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Posted by sputteringwithoutrage on 03/03/2017 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Heated Deliberations Begin for the Q Renovation Plan

Whenever I read journalistic outrage over the Trump Administration's invocation of "alternative facts," I have to assume the reporters in question have spent no time in Northeast Ohio, where "alternative facts, couched in a fog of self-serving bullshit, and served with a heaping teaspoonful of arrogance and thuggish behavior, have been The Way Things Are Done (and largely by the same group of sociopaths) in Cuyahoga County since at least the peak of the Mike White kleptocracy...We are desperately in need of a disruptive campaign for Mayor...These oligarchs have got to be stopped...

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Posted by sputteringwithoutrage on 02/22/2017 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Everything You Need to Know About the Quicken Loans Arena Transformation

How ironic that those in our community who are currently losing their shit over the President-elect's campaign to turn the U.S. Government into an explicit corporate oligarchy are seemingly okay with the unelected corporate oligarchy which has been systematically raping area taxpayers for their own purposes for the better part of two decades...

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Posted by sputteringwithoutrage on 12/14/2016 at 1:34 PM

Re: “PD Reader Representative Ted Diadiun Pens Farewell Column, Set to Join Editorial Board

"NEOMG apologist, indeed...I'm challenged to think of a single skeptical thought ever expressed by the "readers' representative"related to PD content. As a nominal advocate for objectivity and truth, Diadiun never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity to look beyond the craven adherence to the corporate party line for which the PD is so appropriately ridiculed, to tell readers exactly what's going on...His columns usually could be summarized in short words and simple sentences: "I've reviewed our readers' concerns and found them to be groundless. We were right and they were wrong...and if you knew what WE know, you'd understand how smart we are."...Still, isn't this just another sad example of "the Cleveand way" so heavily relied upon (and subsidized) by Cleveland's Men Behind The Curtain: first, pursuing a strategy of disregarding any voice which might POSSIBLY rise in question of the CMBC's actions, followed by dismissing and/ or destroying those who question the status quo consistently and won't go away...As with so many of Cleveland's increasingly inbred and decadent "civic institutions," the PD simply acted to close down even the last vestiges of potential accountability for the corporate and institutional rapists who arrogantly and happily continue to find new ways to engage in public larceny...soaking taxpayers to enrich themselves...

Posted by sputteringwithoutrage on 02/04/2015 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Ohio Supreme Court Rules in Favor of LeCharles Bentley in Suit Against Browns (Updated)

Leave it to the Greater Cleveland Partnership to be on the wrong-headed side of yet another issue. My initial thought was, "What on EARTH business does GCP have sticking its nose in on THIS issue?" The pretext is pretty thin, even by the gossamer-thin standards of Chamber-speak...Then I remembered...Fred Nance OWNS GCP, and he's the Browns' general counsel...

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Posted by sputteringwithoutrage on 12/14/2011 at 5:28 PM

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