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Comment Archives: stories: News

Re: “Meet the Men Who Want to be Cleveland's Next Mayor

If Iggy Pop wanted to remake his album "Blah-Blah-Blah"........this mayoral waltz would provide more than enough material.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/16/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Un-Easy Riders

HaHa that's alright them damn O'mens!

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Posted by Shotcalla Ruff Ryderz MC on 08/15/2017 at 4:01 AM

Re: “A New Book Shines Light on How Black Women and White Women See One Another

Where can i buy the book?

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Posted by McKenzae Bartels on 08/11/2017 at 11:20 AM

Re: “What the History of One Cleveland Neighborhood Can Teach Us About Race and Housing Inequality

Other than on Murray Hill in 1964, did Cleveland ever witness the same kinds of white violence and anti-black rioting that Chicago and Detroit experienced?

Both cities have had actual race riots...not black uprisings but deadly inter-racial combat, with dozens of fatalities. It took troops (state and Federal) to stop them.

Chicago neighborhoods also saw anti-integration disturbances of varying intensity for three decades after WWII. In one instance, the governor (Adlai Stevenson) activated the National Guard.

To my knowledge, it never got that bad here. Or did it?

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 08/05/2017 at 8:52 PM

Re: “What the History of One Cleveland Neighborhood Can Teach Us About Race and Housing Inequality

experience is the opposite of notions. postjudice is the opposite of prejudice.

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Posted by Ryan Costa on 08/05/2017 at 3:05 PM

Re: “What the History of One Cleveland Neighborhood Can Teach Us About Race and Housing Inequality

That's my friend Robert C. Townsend, II leading the meeting. Bob at the time was Deputy Administrator for the Cleveland Municipal Court and President of the Lee Harvard Community Association. Nice picture. This is the year we first met. Bob also served on the CMHA board as chairman and headed United Area Coordinating Agency (UACA). He was on my advisory for the first newspaper I started at 26. It's nice to see this picture.

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Posted by Eric Jonathan Brewer on 08/03/2017 at 6:28 PM

Re: “What the History of One Cleveland Neighborhood Can Teach Us About Race and Housing Inequality

An outstanding book on the opening salvos of the great divide is "A Ghetto Takes Shape: Black Cleveland, 1870-1930" by Kenneth L. Kusmer.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/03/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “What the History of One Cleveland Neighborhood Can Teach Us About Race and Housing Inequality

This is based not just on Todd Michney's article in "Belt" magazine, but his 2017 book "Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900-1980". (That, in turn, is based on the University of Toledo scholar's 2004 Ph.D. dissertation.)

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Posted by Tim Evanson on 08/03/2017 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Al Fatz Done Came Down

-- And now you know the rest of the story. --

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 07/26/2017 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Al Fatz Done Came Down

It's a lot of facts left out of this as usual smh but it is what it is.

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Posted by Dj Candy Mack on 07/26/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Al Fatz Done Came Down

Al, Royalty, and Chip really started the whole wave of underground artists popping out of Cleveland. Showed us all that you can really do it.

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Posted by Quinton Qxthird Timmons on 07/26/2017 at 12:39 PM

Re: “A Man Who Dresses in Medieval Garb and Walks Around Downtown is a Strange Ranger. But is He Dangerous?

Screw the children...and screw you...I'll yell in as many kids' faces as I please.
It's a nasty world...they need to get used to it early.
You wouldn't know a fascist until one bit you in the ass...or shoved a sword up it.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 07/26/2017 at 12:21 AM

Re: “Cancer in Paradise

I am 60 yrs old and as a child remember my father talking about Avon lake. My parents decided to build their own home, so my mother set out to find the land. My dad tbought she was looking in Medina and Strongsville, but one night at dinner, she excitedly told him about a new development going up in Avon lake. My father said no to the the Avon lake development because he knew hazardous waste had been buried all over, in farmers fields. This happened in the fiftys and was a secret. The farmers were paid money and now this land was contaminated. I heard this story in the late sixtys. My mother stayed away from Avon lake after that.

Posted by Sandra redell on 07/24/2017 at 3:34 AM

Re: “What We Can Learn About Saving the Planet from Watching the Birds

Sorry...you lost me as soon as I saw the words "birders" and "birding".
If I wanted to hear that elitist stuff, I would have called my yupster sister.
The birds are over here. You are over there, watching them.
Hence..."bird-watching"...yawn....zzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 07/22/2017 at 1:33 AM

Re: “A Man Who Dresses in Medieval Garb and Walks Around Downtown is a Strange Ranger. But is He Dangerous?

Chuckles has quite the erection for the knight. Maybe those two should take a long weekend away from the scary city and go out to the lake he talks about. Giv us a break from having the fascism idiots march around the city, yelling in children's faces.

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Posted by Cuckles the Clown on 07/21/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “At the All-Star break, a Conversation With Jason Kipnis on the Team's Struggles, His Struggles, and How They Can Get Back to the World Series

As someone else once said, "It's the economy, stupid..." Outside Yupsterville enclaves, folks are hurting. If you don't have a job, or have a shitty one that pays bupkis, the Indians become low-priority in your life.

It's a different world now. The days of being on unemployment and still having enough money to go to 53 games in a single season are gone. Long gone. No more four-dollar bleacher tickets and three-dollar beers and one-dollar Smokie Links. That was Wrigley in the lightless days of the early Eighties...the Reagan Era. Ancient history.Thank you, MisterDead President..

The Tribe tore out thousands of seats to create a foodie paradise, and a bar-like atmosphere for Millennials who would rather stand and schmooze and text and tweet than watch the game. Baseball isn't an essential for that crowd...they grew up playing soccer and they aren't die-hards. So that marketing plan failed. Thank you, Suits.

And the Boomer die-hard geezers are retired and are actually beginning to die off, so they are going less and less. Can't go if you are sick...or dead.

Kids and young adults just aren't into the sport the way they were even twenty years ago, let alone forty or fifty years ago. So MLB has problems attracting new blood to many struggling franchises. This will spell trouble down the road. They will try to speed up the game and add bells and whistles to make it "cool". Good luck with that noise. They will destroy baseball in order to save it.

If you can bring in food and water, then why do they do the TSA number at every game I go to? Most ballparks do not allow outside stuff, and enforce the ban strictly. it's in their "fan guides"...I have been to 19 or 20 parks myself, though many of them are now history and nearly all of them are (and were) in the Midwest...including all three in Chicago and all three in Minnesota. Things are not as loose as they used to be. Thank you, Mister Terrorist Shooter.

I don't worry about parking. I let RTA transport me there on the train. We are now one of the few cities where you have that option. Living in Chicago for almost two-thirds of my life, I got spoiled. early. I had to drive to games when I first moved here in the early Nineties, as the Rapid service stopped after 9 PM until The Jake opened. I am so glad I don't need to drive to games anymore. Thank you, RTA.

Nobody has money for games because there is still a lot of suffering here., despite all the "comeback" hype and gentrification. That's why there are so many fans disguised as empty seats, all season long. Unemployment is higher than in most other MLB cities. That's why you see fewer and fewer black faces. Also...because there are so few black players left.

The playoffs are irrelevant...it's the wealthy and the affluent suburbanites and the corporate greedheads whose asses are in the seats in October. Whole different ballgame in the post-season.

It's an embarrassment that a franchise which almost made history (after 68 years of futility) is at the bottom of the attendance stats. Maybe I'm totally "off base"...but I worked for the organization in the last days of the Stadium and the first days of the Jake...and those days...and especially the days of six straight years of sellouts...seem like a distant dream. Did we really do that? How? The economy was not so great here in those days, too. It's a puzzlement, all right.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 07/19/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “A Man Who Dresses in Medieval Garb and Walks Around Downtown is a Strange Ranger. But is He Dangerous?

Wassamatta...too timid to sign up with a username? So the kids heard some four-letter words. BFD and boo fucking hoo. They probably hear worse at home and in the streets of wherever they live. Deal with it.

Obviously, the marchers had a permit to march into the square, or the city would have blocked the way with their bike cops.

And I will repeat what I said earlier...if that benighted Knight character tries to play vigilante or hee-row, especially when his friends in blue are not around, he will get a surprise he does not want or like, chain mail or no chain mail. Easy to rant and spew and play tough guy when your badge buddies can back you up. Wrong place, wrong time, wrong people, and he'll be toast. Simple facts.

And before you start pointing accusatory fingers yet again...I'm just playing Captain Obvious. This is Cleveland, not Mayberry or Lake Wobegon. It's smart not to be stupid or to act stupidly.

And no, I wasn't there...I was home mowing the lawn on Saturday. I'm getting pretty tired of marching in circles. Especially when anarchists and crazies behave the way they do--like they want to piss people off.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 07/19/2017 at 4:34 PM

Re: “A Man Who Dresses in Medieval Garb and Walks Around Downtown is a Strange Ranger. But is He Dangerous?

Julie Jules- Was that your group on Saturday who circled the Latino Festival in Public Square around 2pm?! The festival was mostly children displaying their artwork. For almost an hour the Refuse Fascism people marched around the festival shouting explatives into the festival with microphones, speakers, megaphone, and musical instruments. Your group was obviously trying to disrupt the festival. We saw the knight standing with our police officers, keeping you agitators from ruining the day.

Thank you Cleveland PD. Thank you Knight.

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Posted by Anonymous on 07/19/2017 at 9:18 AM

Re: “At the All-Star break, a Conversation With Jason Kipnis on the Team's Struggles, His Struggles, and How They Can Get Back to the World Series

I agree about St. Louis being a hot baseball town. It was just one example. We're still 26th. though. I agree that Cleveland is a bandwagon town. This is an exciting team that made it to the World Series and is in 1st place. I would love to see higher attendance. I agree that people can watch on television, but they can do that in any city. I don't think the St. Louis economy is bustling all that hard. In St. Louis, people also have living expenses. But again, we're 26th. Our ranking has barely increased after making the World Series. Indians games are some cheap ass entertainment. I guess not compared to sitting at home, but as far as going out and paying for something, it's pretty cheap.

District tickets are always $13 and upper deck tickets are often $13 or sometimes less. District tickets come with $4 loaded value. Tickets can be found online even cheaper for the less desired games like on weeknights.

I don't see why you need to buy merchandise to go to an Indians game. I would guess the majority of the people that attend games do not buy merchandise every game.

One can bring any food they want into a game and even a bottle of water. You don't really have to drink beer, but if you really need to get your alcohol on to enjoy yourself, there are ways to get it in if you use your head a little bit.

Parking is among the cheapest I have seen. I have been to 20+ ballparks. There are shuttles from places like Great Lakes Brewery and $5 parking is easy to score, and even cheaper parking than that can be found.

In my opinion, like you said, Clevelanders are bandwagoners, and that is the issue. I don't buy the excuses. The Indians bend over backwards to try to accommodate all of the ridiculous excuses. Currently, the not spending money and bad team excuses don't work. It's not expensive to go to an Indians game. No one has money for games, but the more expensive playoff games always sell out. Hmm...

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Posted by BrianWilson on 07/18/2017 at 5:48 PM

Re: “A Man Who Dresses in Medieval Garb and Walks Around Downtown is a Strange Ranger. But is He Dangerous?

Thank you for circulating this piece.
My wife and I saw this man while traveling in the Middle East. First at Karak Castle where our tour guide joked that he was the ghost of a crusader. We then saw him again at Petra climbing on the temple.

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Posted by George C. on 07/18/2017 at 9:45 AM

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