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Elementary schools, reading comprehension, and myelination (2010)
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Thursday, March 25, 2010


Jim Schifrin, The Whistleblower, and the Secret Service

Posted by The Dean of Cincinnati

Photo courtesy of here.

The recent events featuring Jim Schifrin’s hardcore racist newsletter, The Whistleblower, are reminiscent of assassination jokes he published just over a year ago—which we forwarded to the United States Secret Service.  Political dissent is one thing, but when are people from all political persuasions going to stand up against intimidation and threats?  No matter one’s position on Steve Driehuas’ politics, his family and his home have no place in the crossfire of explosive public debate. 

When we called on area leaders to denounce the assassination jokes and racist language in The Whistleblower, COAST’s Jason Gloyd took the opportunity to write an extensive defense of Schifrin’s writing, characterizing it as important free speech.  Here is one of Gloyd’s points:

Fourth, despite the Blower’s frequently (too frequently for our tastes) vulgar and offensive content, I want to be clear that on occasion (including the Brinkman 2000 rebellion, Super-Sized Jail Tax campaign, the Red Light Camera campaign), it has been an important outlet for messages that are not accepted by establishment politicians and media.  In the Brinkman race and the Super-Sized Jail Tax campaign, the news and opinions the Blower presented were critical to COAST (and other’s) successes.  We do not promote the Blower, but at the same time we do recognize the value that publication occasionally has provided – as many in the alternate media provide.

Say what you will about our own efforts at The Beacon, but we have never advocated for bothering people at their homes!  This kind of acknowledgment and acceptance of Schifrin’s work ultimately serves to authorize the kind of threating language Schifrin has employed against not only Driehaus, but his wife and children.

Yesterday, Driehaus’ office offered this media statement:

The Whistleblower, a far-right-wing publication in Cincinnati, today published Rep. Driehaus’s home address with a link to directions, urging readers to protest at the Congressman’s home this Sunday.  Today’s headline in The Whistleblower is “Tea Party Vows Revenge.”  Link here: http://thecincinnatusstandard.com/Whistleblower_Newswire_Wednesday_March_24_2010.mht.

This comes during the same one-week period that a right-wing special interest group published a photo of Rep. Driehaus and his children, the local Democratic Party headquarters in Cincinnati had a brick thrown through its front window, and Rep. Driehaus’s office received death threats.

After publishing Driehaus’ address and calling for a “protest,” you can find this material in Schifrin’s page:

TEA PARTY REVENGE HOT LINE

e-mail your threats and intimidation today.

Some revenge-plotting items in today’s Blower were sent in by our equally revenge-plotting subscribers.

By mixing a call for a “protest” with language about “threats” and “intimidation,” The Whistleblower seems to be flirting with Ohio’s “telecommunications harassment” laws.

(A) No person shall knowingly make or cause to be made a telecommunication, or knowingly permit a telecommunication to be made from a telecommunications device under the person’s control, to another, if the caller does any of the following:

(...)

(B) No person shall make or cause to be made a telecommunication, or permit a telecommunication to be made from a telecommunications device under the person’s control, with purpose to abuse, threaten, or harass another person.

This kind of behavior from the Republican Party and their lunatic fringe is downright disgusting.

 

 


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  1. Citizens Against Joe Deters says:

    Kudos to Driehaus for standing against the racist vulagarity of Deters’ pal Jim.

  2. Tlex Ariantafilou says:
  3. QuimBob says:

    So wacky behavior from the lunatic left fringe, like stalking Phil Heimlich with a video camera, etc, is ok and within bounds. Likewise the hate-whitey softshoe racism peddled on this blog is ok as well.

    There’s a double standard. But it’s all ok because it’s from the left. We understand now. Carry on.

  4. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Domestic terrorists like Shifrin, Palin and their followers need to be rounded up immediately by Homeland Security. They pose a serious threat. Since when is it okay to threaten the government and elected officials. A man in Avondale was arrested last night for making the same kind of threats. But of course, he was Black. In America it’s okay for white people to be armed, dangerous and threatening. They’re just “upset.” The Black Panthers were destoryed by the government for mostly just trying to get school breakfast and child care programs going and instill pride in people. When will the law come down on these people and stop them in their tracks? As a citizen and taxpayer I demand protection for myself and my elected officials.

  5. Consistent Standards says:

    Dean, you have allowed the racist liberal ..Cincy..Capell to post home addresses and home telephone numbers of private citizens right here in your site’s comments.  Are you acknowledging this was a mistake and pledging to not do so in the future?

    And so you don’t have to ask the follow-up, yes I agree that this type of conduct is unwarranted, whether it’s posted at The Whistleblower or here with your permission by racist liberal ..Cincy..Capell. 

    Maybe this is a good time for everyone clean it up a little bit, or is that asking too much?

  6. gave69 says:

    Say what you will about our own efforts at The Beacon, but we have never advocated for bothering people at their homes!

    That’s right you just post Halloween pictures of their wives taken from their facebook pages.  always the high road

  7. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    “this kind of behavior is ... downright disgusting”  And also kind of funny.  I’ll let you argue the propriety of his content (which can be a bit much) but I find very few people very funny and I got to give the guy his props: he can really right some funny jokes.

  8. ParatrooperJJ says:

    USSS doesn’t have jurisdiction, the Capitol Police and the FBI do.

  9. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    So wacky behavior from the lunatic left fringe, like stalking Phil Heimlich with a video camera, etc, is ok and within bounds.

    Quimbob, nobody stalked Phil Heimlich and you know that. Going to political events and asking politicians legitimate questions is not stalking. Get a grip. Phil is a former prosecutor. If had broken any laws I’m sure he would have pressed charges. Of course we never stalked him and you are lying.

    Likewise the hate-whitey softshoe racism peddled on this blog is ok as well.

    Hate-whitey? You are delusional. This is probably one of the people that was polled by Harris.

    That’s right you just post Halloween pictures of their wives taken from their facebook pages.

    teabag69, Phil’s wife is the leader of Americans for Propaganda, I mean Prosperity. She is a paid political operative that leads Tea Parties all across the state of Ohio. Posting a picture of a political operative that you find online isn’t the same as telling people to go to their house and intimindate them. We have never done anything close to that.

    Consistent Standards, anyone can look up people’s addresses because hey are a matter of public record. As you already know we don’t condone that troll’s behavior. I find his behavior to be despicable. That pathetic person has done similar things to those of us on the left. But you are really comparing apples and oranges.

    The Tea Party Republicans have whipped up an angry mob that is using intimidation, breaking windows, spitting on members of Congress. A member of Congress called Bart Stupak a “Babykiller” on the house floor. Sarah Palin said on twitter it’s not time to quit, it’s time to reload and she has targets on members of Congress. Boehner called Driehaus a “deadman”.

    Their are some fringe people on the left, but there is nothing like what is going on with the right in this country. If you can’t recognize that, then you are part of the problem too. This is amounting to demostic terrorism. The Michelle Bachman’s and Sarah Palin’s are trying to ratchet things up.

    As if we needed anymore proof that trey is a racist. You’re such a sad individual trey. I pitty you and hope you can find something positive in your life.

  10. anon says:

    Consistent Standards says:
    25 Mar 2010 at 10:23 am | #
    Dean, you have allowed the racist liberal ..Cincy..Capell to post home addresses and home telephone numbers of private citizens right here in your site’s comments.  Are you acknowledging this was a mistake and pledging to not do so in the future?

    And so you don’t have to ask the follow-up, yes I agree that this type of conduct is unwarranted, whether it’s posted at The Whistleblower or here with your permission by racist liberal ..Cincy..Capell. 

    Maybe this is a good time for everyone clean it up a little bit, or is that asking too much?

    Crickets Chriping….....

  11. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Yes, Justin’s right.

    When the poster in question started leaving reader “dieter’s” alleged name and address, we took it down within an hour.  He attempted to post it several times since, and each time we deleted it.  I am not aware of this information being online anywhere on this website, but if you find it let me know and I’ll take it down.

    Rebecca Heimlich is absolutely a public figure, and in the photo you mention you fail to point out how her children were edited from it.

    For the record, I am white, and I don’t “hate whitey.”  I do have some concerns about “whiteness” as an American social construct, and I see no reason why I can’t address those concerns on my own web page.

    While it’s true people on the left behave badly—like trying to deny the Green party ballot access and making fun of us if we go to their events—the worst they have done local is stolen a yard sign.  Nothing like what we’re seeing from the right-winged lunatic fringe.

  12. The Real Whistleblower says:

    You don’t seem to know that Schifrin has not actually done the day to day writing of The Whistlblower in years. Most of the writting is done by Brad Beckett, who happens to be employed as Chris Monzel’s chief of staff.

  13. .Cincy..Capell. says:

    Hey guys, on my own defense the only thing that I ever posted about “Dieter” was a link to lawsuit that the City of Cincinnati filed against him to force him to clean up his property. It’s a public document that’s available at the Clerk of Court’s website and several other places on the internet as well. The posts were in response to several anti-Cincinnati posts that ‘Dieter’ made and my point was that the guy has a chip on his shoulder regarding the Cincinnati that colours all of his anti-City rants. I have also pointed out on several occasions the hypocrisy of Jeff Capell’s political political activities against the City of Cincinnati when he does not actually live in the City-the guy lives in Blue Ash and is publicly listed in the phone book. Capell is a public personality thanks to his political activism and is fair game, whether Jeffy likes it or not.

    As to the allegation that the Dean & Justin have ‘stalked’ Phil Heimlich, that’s pure bunk. They asked him questions at public venues where Heimlich was speaking, and they have never approached his house, nor have they ever so much as mentioned his children. Contrast that to what the teabaggers are proposing; showing up at a congressman’s home where is Wife & small children live in order to take revenge against his vote on a bill.

  14. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    “racist liberal ..Cincy..Capell to post home addresses and home telephone numbers of private citizens in your site’s comments”

    Firstly, as a regular reader of this site for several years I have never read any “racist” writtings by the poster CC. This sounds as though it were penned by one of your conservative trolls who happens to the target of many of CC’s posts and wants to get rid of an outspoken opponent. Can the poster cite any of the alleged posts where CC posted a private citizens confidential information?  I bet that he can’t.

    -Jim Meeker

  15. Wingnuts R Us says:

    Looks like the wingnuts wanna take out one of your regular posters…...

  16. lived15 says:

    Rebecca Heimlich is absolutely a public figure, and in the photo you mention you fail to point out how her children were edited from it.

    You want credit for editing out her kids.  That made all teh difference in the world. You guys are straight classy. 

    Even if she is a public figure one would hope you would have more class then to take a picture from her Facebook page as the picture to accompany your article.  But you don’t-  Class is one thing the Beacon has never demonstrated.

  17. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    We don’t need lectures on class from people who like to dish out insults under the cover of anonymity. I thought it was a cute picture. You have no class and no sense of humor. You’re just an angry little troll that would like to take Medicare and Social Security away from poor old ladies.

  18. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Hate and violence is exploited by power.  The left and the right are guilty of this. 

    Ghandi would have a tough time keeping peace and promoting his agenda in this era of the internet and instant information.

    I hope and pray that things unfold peacefully over the next decade otherwise the only winners will be the powerful over the powerless.

    The peace hippies of today are the koolaid drinking Ron Paul fanatics ... Count me as one of those freaks.

    Are you one?

  19. Why not him? says:

    Remember when Smitherman was running for council and he claimed he was getting death threats because he was “too radical.” Yelling that he wouldn’t be stopped. People volunteered to patrol his business in Bond Hill to make sure nothing happened to him. It seemed feasible at that time but in hindsight, it was probably a publicity stunt. He was hardly a threat to the “status quo” that he talks about so much. But with Driehuas it’s real. Maybe the NAACP can organize some patrols and help protect this good representative that votes in the interest of the people. I’m sure they could recruit non-members as well for this honorable cause. We need to protect him from the very real threats of the teabaggers and their supporters. Wait a minute. That might not happen since their lawyer belongs to the group accused of intimidation. (The group that has at least one n-word sign at each rally) The NAACP gets lots of media play. Maybe I’ve missed their official statement expressing their outrage and condemning the teaparty and their threats against those that support health care reform. Like I missed their statement in support of health care reform, I guess. Finney must have told them to keep quiet about that and stay on defunding the public schools. Finney and Coast set the NAACP agenda. Does anyone doubt that now?

  20. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Obviously there are people that hate Smitherman. I believe he probably did receive threats. He obviously has challenged the status quo whether one agrees with him or not.

    The idea that the NAACP should be patrolling the Westside of town to do law enforcement’s job is not only one of the dumbest ideas I’ve ever read, it’s also dangerous. COAST hasn’t been accused of intimidation and I’ve never seen an “n” word sign at any of their rallies.

    Lies from Democrats aren’t any better than lies from Republicans. You’ve just proved that it isn’t just the right that has delusional people on the fringe. Congrats!

  21. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Is Finney a spokesperson for Coast? Did he also speak at a teabagger rally? Is he in a powerful position in the Cincinnati Naacp? YOU put up the video. This isn’t a lie. It’s a suggestion. I think it’s a good suggestion to ask a local civil rights group and others to support the congressman that is being threatened by local right wing fanatics, many of whom are also racists. Why does that set you off?

    The Naacp just announced that they will not support any school levy for the next 2 years.

    You say you regularly attend Coast rallies?

  22. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Is Finney a spokesperson for Coast? Did he also speak at a teabagger rally?

    Yes and yes.

    Is he in a powerful position in the Cincinnati Naacp?

    To some extent.

    I think it’s a good suggestion to ask a local civil rights group and others to support the congressman that is being threatened by local right wing fanatics, many of whom are also racists. Why does that set you off?

    The NAACP did put out a statement thanking Driehaus for supporting the health care bill.

    Maybe the NAACP can organize some patrols and help protect this good representative that votes in the interest of the people.

    Your idea that the NAACP should be on patrol in neighborhoods to protect Driehaus is ridiculous. They aren’t a law enforcement agency. CPD is perfectly capable of dealing with the issue.

    That might not happen since their lawyer belongs to the group accused of intimidation. (The group that has at least one n-word sign at each rally)

    That’s a lie. Please provide a citation to back up your claims or stop making them. It’s fair to criticize the Republicans when they lie (they do plenty of lying), but don’t make up stuff. That’s what sets me off.

    Driehaus is not a good representative. He worked with other anti-choice Democrats like Bart Stupak to hijack the health care debate by imposing language that would have prevented all women from getting an abortion. There’s already a law that prevents federal funding for abortions and nobody was talking about repealing it. They knew this yet pretended the current law wasn’t enough.

    That was dishonest and this bill mandates that people have to buy defective and over-priced health insurance policies. The Coprorate Democrats took the real solution to reforming our system off of the table from the very beginning and they made sure that the corporations that are making a killing by over-charging and denying care were at the table the whole time. This whole debate was just a charade.

  23. Why not him says:

    You think it’s a bad idea, I don’t know if they do. I think it’s a good idea. Are you an NAACP spokesman or authorized to make decisions on their behalf? It sounds like you’re saying that they didn’t make a statement in support of the congressman for the reasons you have for disliking him.  That their reasoning is an objection to buying defective and overpriced health insurance and hijacking the health care debate. Please provide a citation to back up your claims. My recollection is that many members of the NAACP that post, state their opposition to abortion. But maybe you have some evidence otherwise. Could you provide that? I’m a bit confused but I do apologize if I mischaracterized the teabaggers and COAST. I see that it really offended you. You seem a little volatile. Did you even read the subject of The Dean’s article?

  24. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    The membership of the Cincinnati NAACP voted to support single-payer medicare-for-all healthcare reform.

    http://www.cincinnatibeacon.com/index.php?/contents/comments/local_naacp_votes_to_support_medicare-for-all_public_option_in_healthcare/

  25. Consistent standards? says:

    Jim Meeker/CincyCapell wrote: “Firstly, as a regular reader of this site for several years I have never read any “racist” writtings by the poster CC.”

    You must have taken this week off.  On March 22nd he wrote, “Uncle Cecil Thomas should be un-endorsed by the Democratic Party for taking part in this wingnut kabuki theatre sham.”  He’s written plenty more too, including anti-Semetic remarks about “Jew Ash” and “hooked nose”. 
    http://www.cincinnatibeacon.com/index.php?/contents/comments/coast_more_empty_bombast_from_the_right_wing/#comments

    “Can the poster cite any of the alleged posts where CC posted a private citizens confidential information?”

    Just read posts #11 and #13 in this thread alone and you’ll see two such instances revealed.  This racist liberal ..Cincy..Capell believes that anyone who participates in the political process is fair game to have their personal information revealed at any time.  Yet he criticizes others for posting the same about a U.S. Congressman, Steve Driehaus.

    I have still yet to see a single liberal Democrat criticize him for either his racist attitudes or his thug tactics of publishing citizens’ personal information.  The only ones from the left who’ve given him any criticism are the Green Party members who run this site.  That says to me liberal Democrats think these tactics are ok, except when done against them.

  26. Love Everybody says:

    Shame on Schfrin!
    Shame on any person (Deters included) that calls this person a friend.
    Nice work Beacon! Expose Jim (and Joe)

  27. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    The NAACP voted in support of a public option and medicare-for-all. Obama took single payer off the table from the start even though he said last summer that it was the only way to cover all Americans. He did secret deals with the health industry to protect health industry profits and one of those was promising that there wouldn’t be a public option. He did this while he was still supporting the public option in public.

    You think it’s a bad idea, I don’t know if they do. I think it’s a good idea.

    I know it’s a dumb idea. If you want to suggest it to the NAACP feel free. Why don’t you and your fellow Democrats orgnaize patrols? The NAACP doesn’t endorse or support candidates. They haven’t appreciated all of the things Driehaus has done like campaigning against their ballot initiatives. They supported the health care bill.

    Show me where there were signs with the “N” word at all their events. We saw things that were bad enough, there’s no reason to lie and make stuff up.

  28. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    OK, I’ll bite. Was CC’s use of the term ‘uncle tom’ racist? Let’s look at the term ‘Uncle Tom’, shall we?

    “Uncle Tom is a pejorative term for a black person who is perceived by others as behaving in a subservient manner to white authority figures, or as seeking ingratiation with them by way of unnecessary accommodation. The term comes from the title character of American writer Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”


    CC obviously used the term to describe the contemptible actions of Cecil Thomas for taking part in a charade of an event organised by a coalition of overwhelmingly white, right-wing extremists groups, groups that oppose the very programs that have been so beneficial to the progress of the Black community for the past half century. The right wingers desperately wanted a taken Democrat to take part in their sham of an event, and Thomas willingly played the dupe for them. Thomas should be roundly denounced for his actions, which are akin to alleged ‘liberal journalist’ Juan William’s allowing himself to be used as the token Black ‘liberal’ by Fox “News” over and over again.
    So the answer to the question is ‘No’, CC did not in fact make a racist post here at the Beacon. So the sad winger who keeps desperately trying to make some hay out of this can stand down now.
    -Jim Meeker

  29. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    Look, the term is reserved for black people. It is a negative racial term and is inappropriate.

  30. Irv Cottler says:

    So you are saying that Uncle Tom is fine as long as it’s said by a black person? Does that train of logic apply to the N word as well?

  31. Ike Sabot says:

    Clarence Thomas is the most well know example of an Uncle Tom alive today.

  32. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) says:

    The word isn’t as offensive as the “N” word, but it is still a racial term that shouldn’t be used.

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