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OP: Let the white supremacist turd speak, build the downtown stadium




 [su_testimonial photo=””]By Steve Croyle[/su_testimonial]

Making a mountain out of a Spencer turd

TOPIC: White nationalist at Ohio State University

Richard Spencer is a piece of crap. Not a charming holiday turd like South Park’s Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo, but a vile, vomit-inducing chunk of fecal matter that can’t be washed away fast enough.

He’s a spoiled, rich white boy who hasn’t earned anything in life. He’s never had to break a sweat, raise a blister, or shed a drop of blood to earn a living. Because he’s never had to work for anything, he’s been able to stay awake through the wee hours of the morning surfing the internet and internalizing everything about equality as a personal attack.

For most white people, white privilege is sharing a joke with a cop as he lets us off with a warning for speeding.

We weren’t born with silver spoons in our mouths, and silk diapers on our asses. We simply don’t see how improving the quality of life for minorities is going to adversely affect our lives. A rising tide, after all, should lift all boats.

But we don’t belong to the same yacht club as Richard Spencer.

And maybe he’s got a point. If Spencer’s family has reaped the rewards of White Privilege (his mother’s family comes from money in the cotton growing business, by the way) it stands to reason that his family might endure some sort of a setback if White Privilege is eliminated and the playing field is leveled. It’s doubtful they’ll be thrown out into the streets while their valuables are pilfered, but rich people see any sort of sacrifice as unacceptable. Equality doesn’t mean tearing others down, but to people of Spencer’s ilk, part of the joy is the inequality. These are people who derive self esteem from looking down on others. It’s a family pastime, and that’s why it’s been so easy for Richard Spencer to become a hate-monger.

So Richard Spencer has become a white supremacist and he’s on a national tour trying to rally more white people to his cause. But Richard Spencer is like every other rich, manipulative, megalomaniac who has come down the pike. He doesn’t care about white people, he cares about himself. He’s stirring up a fight to make sure his quality of life, most of which is entirely unearned, remains unthreatened by any consequences of equality.

Richard Spencer is afraid, and fear breeds stupidity. He’s afraid he could lose something personally, so rather than stand up for himself, he’s trying to rally others to his cause. So Richard Spencer can convince some poor, psychologically unbalanced white kid from Kentucky to run people down in Charlottesville.

Guys like Spencer are cowards who would never shed blood by their own hands, but they’ll embrace the hateful rhetoric and build up a sense of urgency that compels others to do it for them. All the while, he’ll claim he only wanted to peacefully speak his mind.

And that’s why Ohio State’s hands are tied. Spencer wants to speak here, and he has a constitutional right to do so. Resistance is what he wants because it only draws more attention to his cause and helps him fuel the narrative that there’s some sort of government conspiracy afoot to silence him.

Let him speak, and if people show up to shout him and his misguided followers down, so be it. Deal with the consequences, but when you try to handle a turd like Spencer, you only get covered in shit.

Just let him speak, and send him on his way. Don’t magnify his power by making a big deal out of this. Let this small-minded coward have his moment, and let his tiny following of peasant little punks assemble on public property. They have nothing of value to say, and they have nothing of consequence to act on. They are impotent, and that’s why they’re so angry. Let them expose their impotence.

Yes, it’s possible things could get ugly. Counter protests could clash with the White Supremacists and people could get hurt. It’s happened before, and we’d be foolish to think that it won’t happen again, but Richard Spencer represents a feeble, last gasp of a dying enterprise. White Supremacy is unsustainable because the white race is disappearing. What people like Richard Spencer don’t seem to grasp when they look out into the crowd and see mostly white faces is that many of the white people they’re looking at have children and grandchildren who are mixed.

Racism isn’t compatible with loving your mixed race family, and that’s why Richard Spencer and his moronic minions are playing a dangerous game. The government has no choice but to allow bigots to speak their minds, but that doesn’t mean that the public supports the message. Spencer wants to instigate a race war, but he’s overestimating the number of people who will actually stand with him. Richard Spencer is picking a fight because he’s afraid to share his privilege, but the people he’s picking a fight with are protecting their children from oppression and inequality.

These battles never end well for people like Spencer. Eventually his minions will be beaten back, and he will be taken to task for standing in the way of progress. Ironically, it’s his irrational, racist fears that will cost him everything he thought he was protecting from progress. Don’t validate this skidmark by pretending he’s a threat to anything other than intelligent thought.



Tarp city

Topic: Franklinton homelessness

A long time ago the city had a low income high rise apartment building just across the river from the fancy Miranova highrise. It wasn’t a really nice place, and people who wanted to develop the area thought it would be best to tear the building down and send the residents to other parts of the city with housing vouchers. Then the city agreed to relax some of the housing standards so slumlords could readily house the occupants. Where? Oh, Linden, and the Hilltop of course. And how did slumlords get in on the deal? Well, it helps if you’re related to a US Representative.

Of course none of this happened until after the city leveraged those low income families to get grant money to renovate Dodge Park. That probably looked really nice on the grant application. So many minority families getting a safe, clean, well-lit park to play in. That’s an easy approval, but did the Feds know that those families were never going to get to play in that park?

And now we’re going to complain about homeless people living in tents, and the need for more low-income housing. Well, maybe those tents are an indication that the demand for low income housing is right there in Franklinton.

Maybe the city needs to pump the brakes on Franklinton’s development and make sure that the issue of economic diversity is being addressed, and the needs of all of Franklinton’s residents, even those living under tarps are met.

The homelessness problem in Franklinton is a clear case of chickens coming home to roost. The city needs to start doing right by all the people, and stop manipulating so many things in favor of single-minded developers. If people are choosing to live in tarps in Franklinton, rather than tenements in Linden, it’s a clear indication that you have oversaturated your designated poverty ponds.


Go big or the Crew leaves home

Topic: Downtown stadium

As Columbus scrambles to strike a deal to keep the Crew in town, it’s important to seize this opportunity, and put Columbus in a position to be a major player in every sports conversation for the next 10 years.

We could build a nice, 35,000 seat arena downtown to house the Columbus Crew for the next 20 years or so and most people would be happy. Or, we could build a massive 60,000 seat arena, and put Columbus in the hunt to host the Final Four, World Cup matches, College Bowl Games, and possibly a Super Bowl. Moreover, Columbus would immediately be in every conversation regarding an NFL team relocating. Given their attendance problems, the Bengals might be interested in playing a home game or two in Columbus each season in hopes of expanding the fan base. It would also expand our convention space, allowing Columbus to host major events of global significance only a handful of cities are able to support.

Too often people see a billion dollar arena as a gift given to a professional sports team, but a large arena, owned and operated by the city, would provide Columbus with a powerful selling point, that could pay for itself in less than 10 years if marketed properly.

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DeWine urges background checks, mental health programs following Dayton shooting




Following the heartbreaking mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend, Gov. Mike DeWine stepped up to the statehouse podium to lay out at least 17 proposals for gun law reform.

Among the initiatives were the Red Flag Law, expanded background checks, and mental health programs.

Watch the full address below

According to NBC4i, DeWine spent a great deal of time proposing increased penalties for felons who possess a gun illegal, or use a gun in the commission of a crime, or for when a gun is used in the commission of a felony in general, or for when someone makes a straw man purchase for someone else, or for when an adult sells a gun to a minor, to name a few. 

He also urged lawmaker to get better help for people suffering from a mental illness. DeWine also believes people inside psychiatric hospitals who are waiting to be deemed competent to stand trial for a crime would benefit from going through that process elsewhere.

WOSU reports DeWine recommended that the legislature pass laws requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales. Additionally, he thinks courts should restrict firearms access for people perceived as threats, also referred to as the Red Flag Law.

Ohio’s GOP-led state legislature has given little consideration to gun-safety measures introduced by Democrats this session, according to WOSU.

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Op-Ed: We won battle with Heartbeat Bill block, war continues

Caitlin Horwatt



Ohio’s controversial “Heartbeat Bill” has been ​blocked by a federal court​, just days before it was slated to go into enforcement on July 11. The ruling is a temporary win for pro-reproductive rights activists and Planned Parenthood, ensuring that abortion clinics in the state of Ohio can stay open. But, the war over a woman’s right to her bodily autonomy is only ramping up.

The law would have banned abortions in the state of Ohio after six weeks, the earliest time in a pregnancy when a fetal heartbeat may be detected and well before many women know they are pregnant. There were to be no exceptions for rape or incest, although there would be exceptions when the life of the mother was in danger. The law would have classified violations as fifth-degree felonies, carrying up to one year in jail time and up to $2,500 in fines as a sentence.

The ​halt was ordered ​by Judge Michael Barrett of the Southern District of Ohio U.S. District Court. Barrett pointed out that the bill placed an “undue burden” on a woman seeking to terminate a pre-viability pregnancy. The law was on its face unconstitutional, a blatant attempt to overturn the federal government’s long standing decision to give women the right to the decisions regarding their bodies. Conservatives have tried to limit bodily autonomy well before women had the right to abortions; however, they fail to attack problems like infant poverty and child hunger with the same veracity.

The bill was part of a larger strategy that’s occurred nationwide at the hands of Republican lawmakers. The right to an abortion will stand nationally as long as Supreme Court rulings, including ​Roe v. Wade,​ remain in effect. By hammering out heartbeat bills nationwide, conservatives increase their chances of getting a ruling appealed up to the Supreme Court and from there the conservative-leaning court overturning ​Roe​.

Abortions are not only justified in the case of rape or incest, which has been a clickbait-inducing theme around this controversy. Abortion is a part of reproductive healthcare, a procedure nearly one in four women​ have before the age of 45. If lawmakers are so concerned about decreasing abortion rates, presumably because of a concern for the lives of the fetuses, they should fund comprehensize sex education ​and support for impoverished children already in this country.

The right to an abortion goes further than an outright ban. Strict regulations are a backdoor way to limit abortions, claiming to regulate the abortion providers for safety purposes. The state of Missouri​ famously has just one embattled abortion clinic ​still open and providing procedures, with the fight to keep the clinic licensed and running regularly boiling down to the wire in the past several months.

It is easy to move on from this debate when a new shocking headline runs about the state of politics or the crisis at the border. Wins like this, though important, cannot be accepted as permanent. As long as conservative lawmakers are proposing bills and regulations that limit abortion care, there is a battle to be fought, because we won’t go back.

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OP-ED: Heartbeat Bill will likely affect 11yo Ohio rape victim

Caitlin Horwatt



The passage of Ohio’s recent “heartbeat bill,” signed by Governor DeWine, marks a massive and distressing win in the conservative quest to outright ban abortion. All parties supporting the bill—from DeWine to legislators and lobbyists—are well aware that the action will be blocked by courts as they uphold Roe v. Wade, which protects the right to abortion until 24 weeks gestation. We should be frightened as we explore whether their big picture goal is to get Roe v. Wade overturned by the decidedly conservative Court.

By banning abortion after a heartbeat is detected, the law prohibits abortion as early as eight weeks, well before many women know they are pregnant. Add in the already mandatory twenty-four hour waiting period between first appointment and procedure, and the likelihood of legal abortion for even a pregnancy detected early seems slim. The law is an blatant attempt to ban women’s right to choose.

The Guttmacher Institute found that ​1 in 4 women​ has had an abortion before age 45. The Pew Research Center found that ​58% of Americans support legal abortion ​in all or most cases, with polarizing views against abortion coming mostly from Republican and religious Americans. These statistics fail to depict, though, how traumatic the impact can be for women forced to carry a child to term when she does not have the means or support to do so. The law is meant to protect the fetus at a term that is far earlier than the 22 to 24 weeks at which it is viable, all at the cost of the mother.

The bill notably does not give exceptions for cases of rape and incest, only allowing exceptions for medical necessity to save the mother’s life. This means an ​11 year-old rape victim from Massillon​ will likely have to carry her rapist’s baby to term.

Heartbeat bills do not ban abortion; they ban legal abortion. I think of a sign I saw during the 2017 Women’s March: a metal coat hanger with the words “WE WON’T GO BACK” scrawled below. The passage of this recent law achingly raises questions of whether or not we will go back.

Women who now find themselves pregnant could have their lives forever changed. Even if they choose to surrender the baby after birth, the cost of a pregnancy is astronomical and healthcare is far from a certainty in this country. If the pregnancy was caused by rape, the potential for trauma only escalates. Women will have few places to turn, with the most vulnerable unable to seek safe healthcare and the potential high for maternal deaths as part of botched abortions.

The ACLU and other organizations are already moving to challenge the ban in court. I can’t shake the looming feeling that these challenges will only play into the hands of those anti-abortion supporters, and that we may be entering the most important fight of our generation in this fight for a woman’s right to choose.

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