Wednesday, November 28, 2012

And some of the rich are

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5776. And some of the rich are

by SolonPol, 11/26/12 12:27 AM

Re: Ineptocracy by SolonMoreCynical, 11/26/12 12:27 AM

And some of the rich are
greedy parasites that live off the destruction of others, like Mitt and Bain, no better than a common thief (except in their dress). There are business men who innovate and create jobs (few) and there are those that copy, overcharge, underpay, and outsource. Mitt never created any jobs, he destroyed them.

The best Mitt would do is screw the poor AND THE MIDDLE AND UPPER MIDDLE CLASS OF SOLON, while serving his real constituents - billionaires!

So you silly Solon GOOPERS were willing to pay for Mitt's billionaire perks, just to see the lower class kicked in the a$$. It's typical totem pole human nature, the top kicks the middle and the middle kicks the bottom. If kicking the poor makes you feel better about getting kicked by the top, you need to have your head (morals and ethics) examined.

Friday, November 2, 2012

The No Good Terrible Haunting of SolonJoe3

5703. The No Good Terrible Haunting of SolonJoe3, Part 1, Take 3
by SolonHiker, 11/01/12 1:34 PM

Election Eve, 2012. Midnight at SolonJoe3’s House. SolonMoreCynical and SolonJoe3 take the last gulps of their Miller High Life bottles.

Cynical: So, it’s final then, Romney’s the choice.

Joe: Absolutely. No doubt. Right down the middle.

Cynical: OK, got it. Well, I’ll see you tomorrow afterwards. We can go get a beer and bid Obummer adieu.

Joe: Great. Send him back to Kenya where he belongs. See you soon.

Cynical exits and drives home. Joe promptly removes his pants, sits back in his favorite recliner relishing in the upcoming vote.

Joe: I’m gonna Fire them All Fire them All Fire them All … I’m gonna fire all them Dems.

Suddenly the lights flicker throughout Joe’s house. The TV blaring Fox News shuts off. A deep and terrible chill descends upon the premises. The lights go out. Mr. Whiskers leaps out of an open window.

Joe: What the . . . It’s COLD in here. Arrghhh, where are my pants???

A grim and terrifying visage hovers over the television set.

Joe: Oh . . My . . . Is it . . .??? Can it be . . .??? Biker????

Ghost of SolonBiker: It is I, Ghost of SolonBiker, dim shade of the netherworld.

The house shakes. The refrigerator rattles. Joe jumps underneath his kitchen table, cowering in fear.

Ghost of SolonBiker: It is not I you need to fear, thou dimmest wit of the living.

Joe (trembling): . . . What???

Ghost of SolonBiker: Oh, puny creature, thou hast most to fear of YOURSELF.

Joe: Does everyone talk so funny when they turn into a ghost???

Ghost of SolonBiker: Silence, knave. I dine with Chaucer and Shakespeare, not Fox and Friends.

Ghost of Biker waves his arm, and a chair flies thru Joe’s television set, as the refrigerator door opens and 25 bottles of Miller High Life explode.

Ghost of SolonBiker: Your grim fate hangs in the balance, and oblivion is at the door. On this eve you shall be visited by three ghosts who will demonstrate your grave peril and predicament. Heed their message or suffer the consequences.

Ghost of SolonBiker vanishes, and Joe collapses in fear.

The Ghost of Solon’s Past Enters

Ghost of Solon’s Past: Come along, dimwitted creature, we have far to travel.

Joe floats up into the air, out the window, and high above Solon.

Joe: I can see Giant Eagle, and I can see City Hall, and I can see . . .

Ghost of Solon’s Past: Silence, idiot!!!!

Joe and the Ghost of Solon’s Past land at the library, mid morning, the year 2000, Election Day.

Joe: Why, this is quite strange. Is this . . .???

Ghost of Solon’s Past: Yes, it is. The year is 2000, now watch.

A young SolonJoe approaches the voting booth.

SolonJoe3: Why, it’s me. Oh, what a dapper looking fellow. Look at the spring in his step. Wait, can I tell him to just buy a few thousand shares of Apple stock . . .

Ghost of Solon’s Past: Observe, or suffer the hellfires of your own stupidity.

Young SolonJoe: Oh, what a fine day. It’s great to be alive in Solon. . .Well, this George W. Bush sure does look good. Why, we can have a stronger and greater military, even though we’re at peace. We can have less regulation … so we can free up the banks and wealth creators to turbo charge our economy forward. And we can have tax cuts. Great big tax cuts. Income tax cuts. Dividend tax cuts. Capital Gains tax cuts. Estate tax cuts. We can spend down the surplus, and return this money to the people, especially the rich people. And it will all balance out, because the Republicans are the party of fiscal discipline.

Young Joe pulls the lever for George W. Bush.

Suddenly SolonJoe3 summersaults back through the air, crash landing back into the present. Long lines of For Sale signs litter the landscape. Police sirens can be heard a few blocks away. The East Coast of the U.S. is under assault from Hurricane Sandy, the latest in a series of global warming-fueled super hurricanes. News of the 12th year in Afghanistan blares over the TV. A national debt clock shows $16,000,000,000,000 and rising. Unemployment fallout from the banking crisis still looms heavy.

Ghost of Solon’s Present: Here you see the consequence of your actions. Can you comprehend the relationship???

SolonJoe3 spots a Mitt Romney yard sign, and smiles widely.

5703.1. The No Good Terrible Haunting of SolonJoe3, Part 2, Take 3
by SolonHiker, 11/01/12 1:36 PM
Re: The No Good Terrible Haunting of SolonJoe3, Part 1, Take 3 by SolonHiker, 11/01/12 1:36 PM

SolonJoe3: Why, this Mitt Romney sure does look good. We can have a stronger and greater military and play a bigger role in the world. We can lead with strength, even as we buckle under two Asian land wars. We can have less regulation … so we can free up the banks and wealth creators to turbo charge our economy forward. We can drill baby drill for more oil, and forget about that Al Gore goofball and his silly warnings of global warming. And we can have tax cuts. Great big tax cuts. $5,000,000,000,000 of tax cuts. We can keep all the Bush tax cuts, and then we can have a whole new round of tax cuts. Income tax cuts. Dividend tax cuts. Capital Gains tax cuts. Estate tax cuts. And it will all balance out, because the Republicans are the party of fiscal discipline, and because Mitt Romney says it will.

Ghost of Solon’s Present shakes his head. Suddenly Joe rockets up into the sky, landing on a dark and ominous night in Mt. Olive.

Joe: Is that . . can it be . . . (Joe looks at a gravestone reading SolonJoe3).

Ghost of Solon’s Future: Yes, indeed it is, imbecile. Observe thy grim fate.

SolonJoe3: . . What happened???

Ghost of Solon’s Future: Wherefore hast thou eyes whence thou surely cannot see???

SolonJoe3: Ummmm ….

Ghost of Solon’s Future: Mitt Romney happened, thou perpetual fool of Solon.

SolonJoe3: But I don’t understand, he seemed like such a nice man and he promised we could have tax cuts, and we could privatize Social Security, and we could voucherize Medicare, and all would be great . . . Where did it go wrong???

Ghost of Solon’s Future: If ignorance were bliss, thou wouldst swim in a sea of ecstasy. Hell itself would surely quiver at the thought of turning its books over to Romney’s Republicans. It was all a big lie. The tax cuts happened on day one. The cuts were promised by the end of year one. They never happened. Well, not the middle class cuts, just the ones for the poor folks. The national debt now stands at 25,000,000,000,000. And healthcare, it got repealed, but never replaced. 70,000,000 people are now without health insurance.

SolonJoe3: Oh, man, is that what got me???

Ghost of Solon’s Future: Silence, puny simpleton. Global warming has accelerated, and big storms are constantly wiping out regions of the U.S. that used to be unaffected. We’ve entered into two new Asian land wars in Syria and Iran, without any end in sight. We’ve suffered two new banking meltdowns after Romney gutted Wall Street reform. There’s no longer a U.S. based auto industry, as the ongoing recession took out Detroit, and Mitt really did let it go bankrupt this time around.

SolonJoe3: Oh, wow. That sounds bad. So, what got me, the lack of healthcare, the flooding, what was it???

Ghost of Solon’s Future: Alas, great knave of Solon, thou hast hoisted thyself on thy own petard.

SolonJoe3: That doesn’t sound good, can you translate??

Ghost of Solon’s Future: In 2014, Mitt Romney outlawed beer and alcohol.

SolonJoe3 (turning purple): Well, ummm, ummm . . . .

Ghost of Solon’s Future: Your response was, shall we say, unfortunate. Alas, now meet your final warning.

Ghost of SolonJoe3: Heed my warning, mortal fool supreme. Canst thou see thy dim future now??

SolonJoe3: Well, is there beer in heaven at least???

Ghost of SolonJoe3: How would I know that???

SolonJoe3: OH, MY!!!!

Ghost of Solon’s Future: Amend thy ways whilst thou still hast time. Else, thy dim future shall be thus.

Ghost of SolonJoe3: And, would you please put some pants on. I’ve gotta go thru all eternity without any pants because of you. Do you know what that’s like where you’re headed???

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Solon Issues

Solon finally posted a link to the text of the issues on it's home page:

Issue 87 - full text here - Charter Amendment to allow Zoning changes as an emergency but still requires a vote.
The current GE issue is an example of why this was proposed, with early voting, and the requirement for 3 readings and a public hearing, zoning changes need to be prepared well in advance of the election to get on the ballot.

Issue 88 - full text here - Nominating Petitions Deadline
This issue was requested by the BOE from over a dozen cities.

Issue 89 - full text here - Allow Pet stores in Uptown Solon

Uptown Solon is one of several "restricted retail" zoning designations.  This would remove that restriction.

Issue 90 - full text here - Amend restricted retail zoning

Enterprise Parkway is one of several "restricted retail" zoning designations.  This would remove that restriction.

Issue 91 - full text not on Solon's site -  GetGo Liqour license, local issue in Ward 6B only


Issue for next time - Rezone 2.5 acres between GE and Carrington Court Senior housing to Office.

The PD has a voters guide here and their endorsements are here.

Judicial Ratings can be found here.

Note:  Shirley Strickland Saffold while endorsed by the Democratic Party but was caught by the PD using social media during trials before her, this has caused ALL bar associations to rank her as NOT RECOMMENDED for a score of 0.0.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Council Oct 15

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Last Update:  10/16/12 3:00 pm   Updates in blue.

At caucus

GetGo discussion on pump advertising, Mooney asked why the restriction, Frankland said zoning,  Mooney wondered aloud why every gas station in Solon ignores that.

A link to the text for Solon issues is on the Solon home page on the right side.  Also see this post.

The purpose of caucus is to review the Agenda thus removing confusion during the meeting.  But it is becoming more of a trend to rush through the agenda so they can start the meeting early and then go into executive session BEFORE the scheduled 7:30 start time and then typically starting the meeting late while the public waits.  This has several negative consequences

  1. No chance for constituents to discuss an issue BEFORE the council meeting
  2. Agenda Confusion 

At this meeting Agenda Confusion occurred several times

  1. xx

Executive Session, Late Start (as has become the norm)

At mtg

Paulson blasts SOM Bridge msg board project, both on distraction and expense.

Item 1 Solid fence to reestablish privacy removed by Pettibone Rd project.

Police chief withdrew safety concerns. Resident spoke. Council let valences stand.

Item 3/2  GetGo var discussed. Some confusion on handling the agenda.

Bollards replaced with planters and smaller bollards (because of zero curbing).

Wing walls to hide outside vending for propane and ice.

Mooney used to work at BP and things planters collect trash, prefers shorter, fewer bollards. Russo concerned about maintaing plants. Toni supports this.

This smaller location not likely to be 24/7 unless traffic warranted

Variance allowed to stand without objection.

Site plan w revised planter/bollards approved 5-2 with Mooney & Russo voting NO.

 Item 2 old bollard plan removed 7-0.

Item 11  Rescheduled public hearing on zoning of land between GE and Carrinngton Court

First developer asked for time and to delay rezoning to office. Has option to buy.

Three legal issues
  • Moratorium
  • Emergency zoning
  • Rezoning

Gross builders (Senior Center) talked in supporting rezoning to office. They have homes very close the parcel. Noise, hours, smells.

Pelunis agrees with developer.

Meany said it should go to voters.

MasterPlan and zoning recommendation to rezone back to office

Mooney thinks office unlikely small on such a small parcel.

No action can occur until at least Jan 25? Or longer depending on issue 87.

More agenda confusion.

Mooney motioned to move to ballot 5-2. Kraus & Pelunis voted against it.

Item 13 Referred to planning.

Item 14 New rules on city easements passed as an emergency.

At roundtable

Bell thanked passage of item 14 to make it clearer.

Mayor had 6 announcements
  • Mail-in ballots require 65 cents postage.
Leaf pickup, not in street, see web.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Message Board

Here are some suggestions for the electronic message boards proposed from the forum:

“If you have time to read this message, it means you’re stuck in traffic “

“I went Tijuana and all I got was this lousy message board”

“Look at our million dollar gazebo up ahead! Your tax dollars at work”

“See that building over there? Subsidized opera inside.”

“We would have gotten the two million dollar message board, but we had to give a million to Nestles”

“Drive safe: No texting- it makes you take your eyes off the road”

“Only 180 shopping days to Home days”

“Thunderstorms and fireworks tonight”

"Avert eyes, CVS building ahead."

"Can't sleep at night?? Try counting bollards."

"Day Glo Eagle thanks you for obeying the speed limit."

"It's called Western Reserve. And we own it."

A cartoon of Stryker walks across the screen, and he says: "Got drugs?? I'll get YOU!!!"

"Now Playing at the SCA: "Don SolonJoe3"

"Welcome to Tree City USA ... except for the Bainbridge Road part."

"FOR SALE: Lightly used million dollar message board"

"NOTICE: All signage must comply with our zoning ordinances"

"Don't blame city hall! You elected us" 

Don't Blame Us For That Ugly Vacant Gas Station ... We Wanted A Double DriveThru McDonald's

Please Double Flush in Solon . . . Our Sewer Rates Depend On YOU!!!!

Need a Driveway Variance??? Take a Hike!!!!

Earn Rewards. Report Outlaw Treehouses.

An e-picture cartoon of SolonJoe3 appears, being chased by an empty pair of pants: "Approach with Caution. Phone City Hall if Sighted."

Is there such a thing as a "Western Reserve" font?

"If you like this sign, thank a Taxpayer, if you don't, blame those people over there"

"Welcome to Solon, this way to the Giant Egress"

"You are here ↓"

"Aurora Rd - 0.1 Miles ahead - 15Min"

Question? Are these the same people who wouldn't let Walgreens get an electronic sign a couple years ago because it would be too much of a distraction to drivers and pose a major safety issue???

"Variance? We don't need no variance. We don't have to apply for no steeenking variance!"


Choice 2012

You can watch the debates, but for an interesting insight that won't be in the debate, watch the PBS Frontline special.

Watch The Choice 2012 on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.
Click here for the full video.

Trouble with Elections in America

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Last Updated 10/16/12 12:10 AM

I'll have some comments, but I wanted to get this video list out...

Practical Problems

Voting Block Party Platform Voting

Systemic Problems

As if all the practical problems aren't bad enough, our election system, when you view just the facts has many problems, so many problems, there's a YouTube Channel for it, that I highly recommend...   CGPGrey  He does other interesting videos too, but here are the ones related to election processes.

See these videos:

The Problems with First Past the Post Voting Explained
Our method is closest to this, but its main problem is it devolves to a two party system with many voters not happy with either party causing an alternating power between the tow parties with neither one being liked by most people.

The Alternative Vote Explained
This method makes a slight improvement to the past first post method in that a third party can actually gain power without becoming a spoiler, thus allowing for productive evolution of politics beyond the two party system.

Mixed-Member Proportional Representation Explained 
This is an interesting method that allows parties to be properly represented to overcome spoiler voting.

Gerry Mandering is a century old way that we have corrupted the election process.  See the following videos.
Gerrymandering Explained 

Multiple Party Gerrymandering

The Shortest-Splitline Algorithm: a Gerrymandering Solution

Tne following videos show how our antiquated system with its bizarre oddities can deprive the public of the will of the majority.

Primary Elections Explained