Because I have not seen enough or many women-oriented sites covering this. I’m not sure what’s up with that, and it’s absent from all along the political spectrum.
From Minnesota Public Radio which seems to be covering it well: Sexual Assault in the US Military
The Daily Beast: Lackland Rape Scandal Shines Spotlight On Military Failure
I think, and I’ve heard from multiple others who also think that Rachel Dissell’s front page article today in the Plain Dealer, “Jimmy Dimora trial reveals former Cuyahoga County commissioner’s coarse talk about women,” does a very good job of putting the information revealed through Jimmy Dimora’s trials about how he and those around him treated women in both a local and a broader context.
Definitely check out the cleveland.com comment thread – be sure you’re sitting down, even if you’re used to the tone they sometimes take on. And also browse this comment thread on Connie Schultz’s Facebook page.
Folks, we have a long, long way to go. If this cause inspires you, please check out Name It Change It, an effort to catalogue and call out, on a non-partisan basis as you will see from the examples, just how rampant the sexism is, especially when politics is involved.
By Jill Miller Zimon at 2:10 pm February 2nd, 2012 in Cleveland+, CuyahogaCounty, Ethics, Gender, Government, intolerance, leadership, Ohio, Politics, Scandal, Sexism, Social Issues, Women | Comments Off
It was a very fun taping – airs tonight at 8:30pm on WVIZ and again on Sunday at 11:30am. Ohio Channel broadcast info is on the WVIZ page in the sidebar to the right of the blurb:
Prosecutors Lay Out Dimora Indiscretions
Posted Friday, January 27, 2012
Prosecutors Roll up Sleaze at Dimora Trial—week two of the corruption trial of former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora brought the most titillating testimony to date. Witnesses told of arranging gambling trips and the services of prostitutes for Dimora. An FBI agent told of a female public employee trading sex for a job. A former county employee said Dimora accepted a cash bribe from another job seeker.
County Development Fund—Cuyahoga County government this week initiated a key facet of its development strategy. A $100-million fund will provide money for a host of loan programs aimed at enticing business to set up shop. Repaid loans will seed further loans.
Arts Backers Prepare for Tax Renewal—for the past four years smokers countywide have paid a 30-cent per pack tax on cigarettes with the money diverted to local arts organizations. Since the tax’s inception, tens of millions have gone to organizations such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Museum of Art and ideastream as well as to a host of smaller groups. Cuyahoga Arts and Culture is already strategizing a return to the ballot in late 2015.
State of the Union—President Obama used his State of the Union address to renew his call for higher taxes on the wealthy. What’s being called the ‘Buffett tax’ would hit the wealthiest Americans with a minimum 30 per cent income tax. He also called for tax breaks to benefit companies creating jobs in the United States. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels in the Republican response said Obama is not to blame for the nation’s weak economy but has failed to deliver on promises to fix it.
And an excerpt from the Columbus Dispatch’s “State rep caught driving drunk with stripper quits legislature:”
An embattled Cincinnati-area state representative quit this afternoon, caught up in controversy after being arrested for drunken driving in Indiana with a stripper in his car and Viagra in his system.
By making his resignation effective Aug. 2, Robert Mecklenborg, R-Green Township, ensured himself that he will be paid for all of July; if he had quit this month his legislative salary would have been pro-rated.
And that’s how the Dispatch wrote the story. But wait, there’s more – go read the whole thing.
Even while broadcast pundit after broadcast pundit, not to mention the owner of News Corps, the parent company of Fox, at the behest of Ohio governor-elect, John Kasich, make small and ginormous political contributions, Keith Olbermann gets an indefinite suspension from MSNBC over three.
I hope this brings Jeff Coryell out for a guest post.
Sigh. We were so ahead of our time, weren’t we? Or something. Like Jeff Jarvis says, just disclose and forget about it.
In 2008, people who supported Josh Mandel for re-election to the Ohio Statehouse (in my district, Ohio 17) tried to convince me to comment on fabricated fears that they had stitched together, and I refused. They were working to fan flames of fear in relation to Mandel’s opponent that year and the opponent’s wife. Mandel was many points ahead, it was 10 days before the election and there was no reason on earth to suggest that his opponent was an anti-Semite – but they tried it anyway. And it represented the worst that there is in politics. Mandel did not try to shut it down and the effort was able to be pursued by his supporters to keep people from being able to accuse Josh Mandel of doing it directly.
Now, in 2010, Mandel supporters are doing the exact same thing, except far, far worse – even after having been admonished and condemned repeatedly, and by people within the candidate’s own community for having broadcast, on TV and in print, the worst, false anti-Muslim innuendo this state has ever seen come from a political candidate.
Now, just two days before Election Day (though this campaign seems to have started on Shabbat, Friday night, of all times), Mandel supporters again are seeking to manipulate voters’ feelings and intellect with textbook fearmongering based on religion; they are trying to feed and feed on anti-Muslim fears. And again, Josh Mandel is keeping a virtual distance from the online smearing but is not shutting it down or condemning it.
By Jill Miller Zimon at 1:08 pm October 31st, 2010 in anti-semitism, Campaigning, Elections, intolerance, Jewish, Josh Mandel, Politics, Religion, Scandal, Social Issues, Statehouse, Transparency, treasurer, Voting | 3 Comments
For a reminder of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason’s level of involvement in bringing us our new form of county government, from the Cleveland Scene, Give Us Your County and No One Gets Hurt.
The Cuyahoga County prosecutor scoffed at people thinking he should have known that the person who was driving the car he was in was drunk and now he’s scoffing at the suggestion that he should have had an inkling about the decades of corruption that was going on involving tens if not hundreds of individuals with whom he and/or people in his office would know (not to mention anyone who reads a paper).
There are legitimate questions to be asked and the only way to ask them with any force is to employ a special prosecutor to investigate and determine whether Mason ignored evidence of widespread criminal wrongdoing under his watch or even participated in the culture of corruption. It seems likely that the federal authorities might be asking these questions, but unless Mason is secretly cooperating with the feds and his beneficial contributions to that investigation will be explained at the end of the process, he appears to be cloaked with a Teflon shield that is insulating him from serious consequences.
And frankly, every single time I read or hear about or face something that brings up the topic of the November 2nd elections for the “new” county government, I get worried that my eyes will get stuck in my head.
The media’s focus has been on the symbolism of saying the words “I’m sorry,” as if that single utterance means everything and is the only thing. In today’s soundbite world that clamors to satisfy the hunger of news consumers, the media pushes the meme that the words “I’m sorry” alone are the end of the story. Some examples:
This post by Lauren Frayer is about a BP gaffe that was made during an apology for the oil spill. The BP executive then had to apologize for the blown apology about being sorry … for the oil spill. Again — what was the focus? It was on just spitting out the apology.
And even with sincere, appreciated words of contrition, such as UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s words about Bloody Sunday, the obsession is with how to say an apology and that not enough people give apologies.
I’m going to be a complete contrarian here: we have to stop focusing on who is asking for apologies and who is giving (or not giving) apologies. Instead, we need to focus on what people are doing after they give their apology. Because it is that behavior that matters. Period. Read more
Nate Silver finds that Anadarko Petroleum has given nearly $150,000 to Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-TX) – $56,500 in PAC donations and another $90,000 in individual contributions.
It turns out Anadarko is also BP’s partner on the site where the massive oil leak occurred, and according to Dow Jones, has already been invoiced by BP for its share of the clean up costs.
Barton apologized to BP earlier today for its treatment by President Obama and accused him of a “shakedown” of the company.
Predictable and believably unbelievable.
This is another reason why transparency in campaign finance is essential, especially after Citizens United. With the DISCLOSE Act in trouble because of pandering to the NRA, it almost seems as though that’s exactly what opponents to campaign finance transparency would have wanted to have happen – talk about insult on injury.
I’ll take issue with the final quote in the WaPo article about DISCLOSE’s current status: this is not about rationing free speech. The DISCLOSE Act is about guaranteeing that the voters are able to judge for themselves as to who is speaking – the politician or the money. If politicians aren’t concerned about taking the money, then they should not be concerned about letting us see and judge for ourselves from whom they’re taking it. Period.
As if we needed any further evidence of why the old boys network, if it ever functioned to help anyone is the least functional model of networking now, Maureen Dowd says it all in her column, “Eraser Duty for Bart?”
An excerpt but please, read the whole thing:
We might have to bang Bart’s head into a blackboard a few times before he realizes that in a moral tug-of-war [regarding right-to-life language] between the sisters and the bishops, you have to go with the gals.
For decades, the nuns did the bidding of the priests, cleaned up their messes, and watched as their male superiors let a perverted stain spread over the entire church, a stain that has now even reached the Holy See. It seemed that the nuns were strangely silent, either because they suspected but had no proof — the “Doubt” syndrome — or because they had no one to tell but male bosses protecting one another in that repugnant and hypocritical old-boys’ network.
Their goodness was rewarded with a stunning slap from the über-conservative Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican is conducting two inquisitions into the “quality of life” of American nuns, trying to knock any independence or modernity out of them. Read more
By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:38 am March 21st, 2010 in Abortion, Congress, Democrats, Ethics, Gender, Health Care, intolerance, leadership, Politics, Religion, Scandal, Sexism, Women, Writing, Youth | 6 Comments
Anyone who has ever said something nasty about community organizers has never met nor benefited from the life work of Bil Callahan.
And this blog post about the neglect behind the Cleveland home that blew up yesterday and has created homeless people is just the tip of the iceberg for how he continues to contribute:
Waaaay down at the bottom of the Plain Dealer’s online article about the tragedy [of a home that blew up in Cleveland yesterday, spreading a fire in the neighborhood leaving 15 families homeless] we find this:
James and Irene Garman sold the home in December 2008 for $13,500 to EZ Access Funding LLC, according to Cuyahoga County Auditor records.
That’s EZ Access Funding LLC of Newport Beach, California. 3920 Birch Street, Suite 105, Newport Beach 92660, to be precise. The same address as the Marc R. Tow Law Offices. And the Preferred Equity Group, LLC. And Preferred Default Management, Inc. And Orpheus Capital, LLC. And the Diamond Housing Group, LLC. And (get ready for this) the USA Wealth Institute, LLC. Read more
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason acknowledged he was in the car of Parma City Councilman, Tom Regas, when he was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence, or OVI, on December 30.
In a statement released Saturday, Mason says:
“I was a passenger in Mr. Regas vehicle that night. We were stopped approximately a block and a half from my house. I was offered a ride home and accepted it. When we left the restaurant, Mr. Regas did not look impaired or obviously I would have called a cab. No one asked for special considerations. This whole incident is regrettable.”
This blog post that imagines how the Plain Dealer would report this story if it was Jimmy Dimora and a buddy, not Mason and his buddy, is particularly apt in demonstrating why it’s very unlikely that this statement by Mason is going to cut it. And why the Plain Dealer, as the metro paper of record, absolutely owes it to each and every resident of Cuyahoga County to get the reporting on this right and thorough. Read more
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Wow. A lot of news through the Internets since I last blogged here. I have been tweeting and writing (a post here at BlogHer about the road to election day, and a deadline to meet for my August 2009 Mommy Matters column).
I’ve been following the situations in Iran (tragic but what they must do if change is what they want) and South Carolina (Sanford should resign as governor because he’s undermined and betrayed the voters’ trust but a quick disclaimer: Jenny Sanford was a classmate in college whom I did not know well but saw recently at our reunion – she’s a tough cookie, you’d need to be, but if the reconciliation process is to be real, her husband needs to step down, like Eliot Spitzer did), as well as Jimmy Dimora (needs to be outta here, there and every where), the county reform effort (reform is needed, very uncertain about current proposal), the re-emergence of gambling as a revenue source with the governor’s approval (boo hiss boo hiss as most regular WLST readers can imagine) and the proposed budget cutting decision that would destroy the country’s absolute best public library system in a state that so desperately needs one of the best ever resources provided for with our tax money.
So, if you really want to catch up, check in with the Carnival of Ohio Politics #171. The Boring Made Dull made it far more exciting that WLST has been this week – many thanks for doing the editing honors.
Best news of the week? The SCOTUS decision that ruled that the strip search of a 13 year old girl by her public school principal for two Ibuprofen that never materialized nor were ingested. Unbelievable that they thought it was reasonable in the first place.
And how about Shaq? And Bernie Kosar? And trying to get RNC Womens Summit conference goers to use Twitter hashtags unique to their event and not just #rnc or #gop or #tcot. At least two very savvy Ohio women involved in the GOP attended and I confess to having a weak spot for both of them because they seem to work incredibly hard for something to which they seem incredibly loyal. That deserves kudos.
The Summit began an initiative being called the “Interactive Womens Network” and that’s the main reason I was a bit persnickety about moving along the use of the hashtag – interactive, tweeting and all kinda needs that hashtag action to get the most out of it, from an interactive standpoint. I must say, they were extremely receptive and I got a nice smile watching the tweet-history of the event unfold.
By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:05 pm June 25th, 2009 in activism, Blogging, BlogHer, Cleveland+, conservatives, Democrats, Ethics, Gambling, Gender, Government, leadership, Music, Ohio, Politics, Republicans, RIP, Scandal, Sexism, Social Issues, social media, Statehouse, Ted Strickland, Women, Youth | Comments Off
Great, in-depth full of far too many numbers and details for me to read and review and digest at the moment report from the Center for Public Integrity.
From Key Findings:
The top subprime lenders whose loans are largely blamed for triggering the global economic meltdown were owned or backed by giant banks now collecting billions of dollars in bailout money — including several that have paid huge fines to settle predatory lending charges. The banks that funded the subprime industry were not victims of an unforeseen financial collapse, as they have sometimes portrayed themselves, but enablers that bankrolled the type of lending threatening the financial system.
Seek and devour.
Fascinating, scary, as yet undefined. What do you see – what don’t you see?
Please read the following to better understand the map:
*And a hattip to Brewed Fresh Daily’s post by Ed Morrison which draws attention to the latest map, incorporating information from this past week regarding the corruption investigation.
Where has the day gone, truly?
I’ve been working on so many fronts at once, and my kids aren’t even in school this week. Just when you think you can’t switch directions any more times in a day than you already are? The next day comes.
Here’s what’s caught my attention when it hasn’t been on a whole host of other things:
1. The Plain Dealer comes through and does, shows what a local paper can do in the name of serving its community: Lawsuit threat ends secrecy over medical mart
It should not have had to come to that, but what if Cleveland didn’t have a local paper with a circulation in the six figures – somewhere in the six figures? Could the same pressure have been brought down on the Med Mart players? Why can’t the PD provide this kind of local service all the time? I know - Cuyahoga County Sheriff Gerald McFaul resigned today as a result of PD pressure too - but shouldn’t that have happened a long time ago? That’s a problem with a political system in the county, not just the press picking and choosing who, what and when it applies the pressure.
Anyway – lots to think about as we think about the state of journalism in NE Ohio and beyond.
2. In my hometown of Woodbridge, CT, a landmark locale from my childhood has fallen in with foreclosure but the city’s selectmen – and the 300 residents who showed up tonight – will work on producing options that would serve the entire community, rather than let the developers pull a Sterling Lakes. Many thanks to Aldon Hynes who lives down the street from where I grew up, alerted me and my high school classmates to the meeting this evening and wrote this update of what happened (go read it, Mom). For the record: I never went to the Woodbridge CC, or the other one in town, Oak Lane – but I did have friends who worked in the kitchens there.
3. WAM!2009 (Women, Action and the Media, put on by the Center for New Words) starts Friday and goes through Sunday. I’m very sad to not be there this year but it just was not going to happen. Many people I’ve met over the last year will be there and I look forward to reading all the reviews and reflections of the conference.
4. And BlogHer ’09 has sold out. I also will not be attending that conference – in Chicago – this year. Major congrats to the sell out though and I look forward to participating virtually. Last year, they had a whole BlogHer in Second Life – so maybe I’ll give that a go.
5. I will be attending Politics Online Conference 2009 and am totally excited about it – I’m covering it as a blogger.
6. Bipartisan support to ban mountaintop removal for coal mining also excites me. I continue to be disgusted with the perpetuation of the idea that coal can ever be clean.
7. Are you one of the tens of thousands who’ve already left a question for President Obama at Open for Questions?
As much as I’d love to be surprised by the news about Amanda Terkel’s extremely disturbing and undeserved experience over the weekend, arranged for by Bill O’Reilly’s producer, Jesse Watters and Watters’ cameraman, the fact is, this kind of intimidation of critics typifies O’Reilly and the bizarro world he inhabits where calling Helen Thomas a witch and imitating her voice is only about being funny and calling a 18 year old who is raped and murdered a “moronic girl” because of what she wore and was drinking the night she was violated and killed.
According to Think Progress, the tape from Watters’ ambush is to be aired tonight, but here are some links of what others have been saying all day about the outrageous extent to which O’Reilly will go to intimidate critics:
For those interested, visit and consider joining “We Stand With Amanda Terkel” Facebook group.
I’ll update this post as it develops.
UPDATE: Amanda posts about the O’Reilly segment from this evening here. Honestly, his audience has got to have topped out the same way Rush Limbaugh’s has. And none of it is news, that’s for sure.
Asked over the last 13 years, this year’s results are the worst ever for Wall Street. For example:
* Those who think “most people on Wall Street would be willing to break the law if they believed that they could make a lot of money and get away with it” are up to 71%. The highest number previously was 64% in 1996
* Those who believe that “most successful people on Wall Street deserve to make the kind of money they earn” have fallen to 30%, compared to 40% last year. The lowest number previously was 36% in 2002
* Those who believe that “in general people on Wall Street are as honest and moral as other people” have fallen to 26% from 41% last year. The previous low was 35% in 2000, 2002 and 2003
* A 54% to 39% majority believes that Wall Street benefits the country more than it harms it. However, a year ago a much larger 73% to 23% majority believed this
* A 62% to 32% majority believes that Wall Street is absolutely essential because it provides the money business must have for investments. This is also lower, but not very much lower than the 71% to 25% majority who felt this way a year ago.
Two conclusions can be drawn from these results, says the report:
* Many people differentiate between Wall Street: banks and financial services firms on the one hand, and Wall Streeters: the people who work and manage banks, financial services firm on the other. They tend to see necessary and valuable institutions managed by dishonest and unethical people
* The new administration clearly has a popular mandate for new and stronger regulation and for taking a tough line on Wall Street bonuses
Trust. It all has to do with questions related trust:
Who will we give it to, who has earned it, who has lost it?
We give it based on what they do and what we fear they will do.
Who do we think can restrain themselves, who do we think needs to be restrained? Who will define and enforce the restraints – the people who couldn’t restrain themselves before? Or a government whose only restraint ultimately is us?
There are few reliable responses. Just ask the people who lost their life savings to Bernie Madoff.
You can read the report in pdf here.
UPDATE: 2/19/09 FBI searches Nature Stone in Bedford, Ohio.
Oy. This cannot be good.
Federal agents working on the Cuyahoga County corruption investigation expanded their focus yet again last week, demanding documents about Parma city schools’ dealings with a state senator, a former Lakewood mayor and businesses that made more than $25 million from the cash-strapped district over the past eight years.
The subpoena seeks documents connected to a web of [former Parma city schools board president J. Kevin] Kelley’s friends, including his cousin,Ohio Sen. Thomas Patton.
The FBI also wants to know about work done at the district by another Kelley connection — Blue Technologies, an office-equipment company that employs Kelley’s cousin, Patton, as a consultant.
The district paid Blue Technologies $489,284 since 2001. What Patton’s role may have been is unclear. He did not return several messages left at his Columbus office, his office at Blue Technologies and his cell phone.
A little more curious is this mention:
The FBI seeks records involving [Russell] Masetta, his company Nature Stone and members of his family. Nature Stone billed the district for $200,853 in work since 2001.
About Masetta, according to the article:
[he is someone]…whom the FBI once identified as a member of the Los Angeles mob, an allegation Masetta denied. In the 1990s, Masetta pleaded guilty to charges connected to a union-related kickback scheme in California.
Okay – why is Nature Stone curious?
My former state rep, before Josh Mandel, was Jim Trakas who is also a former head of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County. As of August 2008, he was affiliated with Nature Stone.
Valdis Krebs has created a fascinating network map from just the public information that was released this week, and other news and information that’s been published, about Bernie Madoff and his victims.
Spend some time on the interactive version here. What do you see?
Thank you, Valdis. I love this stuff.