Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The irony is that, if the PD had had the guts to "just say no" in the first placeto the influencers behind the tainted advertising dollars, we might not all be in the pickle we're in today.
This "just say no" idea applies not only to the foreclosure mess but also to the MedicalMartConventionCenter sellout. The PD has not been an advocate for this community for a good long time, and it shows.
When it comes to advertising, they do not discriminate, except against the best interests of the majority of the public.
Having been involved in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County politics for most of his adult life, it seems that nothing much fazed P. J. Let's hope this case does not make history with what might be termed the O'Malley Weird Worksite Mitigation Defense: "Please, your honor, my work environment was so weird I thought this other stuff was kinda regular."
"The government found images of bestiality, bondage and other acts of sexual deviance on a computer seized from the home of former Cuyahoga County Recorder Patrick O'Malley in 2004.
A sentencing memorandum filed Monday by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan details the wide assortment of pornographic images and text that led to O'Malley's recent conviction."
Sunday, September 28, 2008
With a calling card, I don't have to get anybody's approval about how I present myself to the public. I used to use the calling card as an augmentation to the business card, and now the trend has reversed--the business card is the exception, and the calling card is the standard. It also takes away the appearance of my soliciting business or importuning financial opportunity.
The stock and the engraving are so much better quality as well.
At the link, read what Crane's Insider himself has to say about the phenomenon as it manifests among the generational segments.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Bad public relations on the 79 bus, from downtown out Fulton to Denison. Had to wait downtown forever. Seemed as though 1 bus were missing. Going out of town, bus was packed. On Fulton, starting at Lorain, we were so packed we had to leave people stranded--probably 10 or 15 were not picked up.
No air conditioning.
Need more buses, more frequent pickup. Ridership cannot increase given the current packed conditions. It's impossible to run a business this way--no room to expand when expansion is sorely called for.
Need to confiscate sales tax increase earmarked for MedMartConventionCenter?
I now need to launder one shirt and send one suit for dry cleaning. Riding the bus today was a false economy.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
We need to remember that automobiles, buses, and business establishments have their own lights, and street lighting is largely superfluous. At 3 in the morning, it's downright wasteful.
Tactically, the less artificial light there is at night, the safer we are. In the dark, you control your own domain.
A case in point: Since I took the overhead lighting, my own mercury-vapor streetlight, out of my back yard, I have had no further trouble with uninvited visitors. If I want to invite somebody, I'll turn the localized lighting on for them--the porch lights, the garage lights, the landscape lights. I don't use motion-sensor lighting because that, too, can be used by an intruder to his advantage, especially if you're not around.
Lights invite; they should be intentional, thoughtful, and voluntary. Businesses use lights to attract. Public lighting dilutes or negates that ambient effect.
I sincerely hope the prize-winning idea called for less, not more, in the way of the application of night-time lighting.
Bathing the streetscape with artificial night lighting merely sends the bad guys the message that we are afraid and makes it easier for the drug boys to make change.
Monday, September 22, 2008
"It's receded - like a turtle too ashamed to come out of its shell!"
Friday, September 19, 2008
“Here’s what I learned about the Fed: They do wonderful lunches. Their cafeteria is really good,” says Rokakis. “But the Federal Reserve Bank is not there to protect us. It’s there to protect the banks.”
Friday, September 12, 2008
The dialogue could be very interesting and productive these next few months, if we talk about what we as stakeholders critically need to talk about, not what "they" want to promote as the issues with which to manipulate and polarize the public prior to the election.
I'm not sure that our interests are parallel with "theirs."
Saturday, September 06, 2008
With the imposed space constraint on ideas, here is my second micro idea in 100 words, or less, using the 5/7/5 syllabic constraint of the haiku structure to kick things off:
Cleveland nonprofits say,
"Don't give where it does no good."
We stare back at them.
Start a business, nonprofit or LLC, to terminate nonproductive nonprofit entities in the Cleveland area. Pay a bounty-type fee. Figure out a way to name the business with the acronym of NINJA. Live long and prosper as a community. The business eventually works itself out of a job when the mission is accomplished.
Simultaneously, establish a similar business to specialize in trimming the government sector. Name this one something like GINSU, or GEEHAW.
These are simple ideas. Why haven't we implemented them yet?
My other micro idea today appears at http://save-our-land.blogspot.com/2008/09/of-10000-little-ideas-this-one-is-for.html.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Rhetoric that rained on Republicans
reminds me of the Democratic deluge.
Both performances triggered emotions,
without leaving any evidence of ideas.
A burdened nation has a choice
of artificial columns or a slide show ―
the only real substance behind
either convention’s winsome words. (more)
Thursday, September 04, 2008
It's been difficult, over the years, watching our neighborhood be back-leveled through a denial of service. Before we reach the same level as Mayor Jackson's frames of reference of what a neighborhood ought to look like, we need to pull out and declare our independence, and take our money and our assets with us. From my point of view, the city has not been our friend.
All wards may have equal rights, but that doesn't mean a government must degrade prosperous areas to bring them to the same low level as failing wards.
A population size of 25,000 lives, give or take, more than puts us on a par with other suburbs in the coming regionalization craze. The suburbs are going to try to make every little podunk mayor Jackson's equal, and I don't see them getting much resistance. It's time for us to become re-individuated, as it was 200 years ago. Please don't preach me about economies of scale--show me the numbers, if you can.
You may have heard about this latest endeavor of making Brooklyn Centre a National Wildlife Habitat Community.. We are asking for everyone who wants to come be a part of this fun and exciting project.
The time is right, the time is now. The things that need doing will begin right here, right now. All we need to add is you. Here are the details for the first two meetings:
What: Brooklyn Centre Habitat Restoration initiative Planning Session
When: Saturday, September 13th & September 27th
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Centre CPL Library
3706 Pearl Road (across from Riverside Cemetery)
Join us in making OUR neighborhood the FIRST urban community wildlife neighborhood in the NATION!!
If you can't make it face to face in September, don't worry. We will be setting up an on-line space to keep everyone up-to-date. We will have October meetings as well.
Sharon, Daryl and Gloria
P.S. If you receive more than one email, we apologize. Please pass this on to neighbors that may not have email or are not on an email list. Look for updates in the Old Brooklyn News as well.
Monday, September 01, 2008
And I'm resisting the temptation to make some totally immature, scurrilous remark, to coin a new catchphrase for the next 2 months, and then to do ecstatic pirouettes, verbal permutations, and semantic combinations around the adolescent coinage, rolling on the floor laughing. God help me with this Tourette's of the keyboard, and the near-total editorial freedom of the blog format.