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Comey Fired: A Quick Little Post.


The Democratic Action Day at Lakeland.

So much has happened in the last four days that it’s hard to keep up.  Tonight, as I was driving home from my neighborhood block watch meeting, I was stunned to hear on the radio that FBI Director James Comey was fired.  Of course it’s all over the news and will be discussed further in media tomorrow so I won’t write much about it.  After all, this is just a blog and politics, or my life, is not the central part of this.  However, with all that has happened from Macron winning the Presidential election in France, to Barak Obama’s speech Sunday accepting this year’s Profiles in Courage Award, to Sally Yates finally speaking before Congress, so much has occurred to reflect on for me.

Saturday, I went to a Democratic Action Day meeting at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio.  There, on an unseasonably cold and rainy day, I spent over four hours there pretty much participating in a format I’ve sat in many times before.  However, when I saw the first email regarding this event, something in my gut told me to be there.

The first part was a political action boot camp conducted by two young organizers with the Ohio Democratic Party.  As I looked around who was in the audience I saw many familiar faces from Lake and Geauga Counties, many not only older than the two organizers but even myself.  Their age wasn’t the point, their passion to do something was.In our little break out sessions, we were supposed to talk about why we were there.  I didn’t get to speak but that was by choice.  While my gut told me to be there, my head was wondering why do this once again.  However, when some of the men and women in my group spoke about why they wanted to be politically active in some way, I must admit I was impressed.  They were willing to do something that many my age, and younger, fail to do and didn’t really expect much out of it but to get some Democratic candidates elected.    For a pretty burned out hack like myself, it was good to hear what they had to say.

The candidate’s forum afterwards was another thing I sat in many a time before.  It was the same format with different people asking for support for the various offices they were going to run for; and in some cases against each other.  As I sat there listening to each on pitch their case, I thought about what was going on in the nation at large; things I have sometimes touched upon in a previous quick little post.  I thought about how my father told me the night before when he came over that he hoped that ‘the guy’ would win the French election; though I reminded him that Marine Le Pen was the one that Trump liked.  Buyer’s remorse is finally setting in, though he hasn’t completely admitted it.

That’s why the 2018 election is important; we can’t wait four years to just vote Donald Trump out.  We need to get people in Congress to be an active check not only on this White House but on people who are so willing to let him get away from it.  It’s also important for Ohio that we, and this is my own personal opinion, more Democrats into State wide offices because I do honestly believe that this party can do a better job helping out everyday people and communities in so many matters.  Though for twenty years of work I may seem to only have a bunch of T-shirts and bad feet, and a chip on my shoulder to boot, I know that despite what so many people I know say that I get nothing for it (and they only want my time and money) I will probably wind up working on a campaign in some form just like those people in that school room at Lakeland.   You have to be part of the solution, not contribute to the problems gripping this country.  All those Macron supporters in France Sunday showed what can be done even despite interference from a foreign power and a strong ultra-nationalist message from a slick operator that can be so appealing.  What Obama spoke about Sunday builds upon this, not just in terms of calling upon lawmakers  to protect the Affordable Care Act, but to be adults and play more than party politics especially during this time when we have an Administration which plays dirty.   We have to each do our part and hope that the potential damage that is taking place for at least a few years will not be too harmful to our country we can find a person who can be a president we can be proud of again in 2020.  So, you all know where I stand.


Photograph by James Valentino




Opinion, Uncategorized

The Autumn of Our Discontent.




Downtown Chardon Ohio, taken today.

day was one of those perfect fall days in Northeast Ohio.  Driving East on I-90, there was not a single cloud and the trees, though the color has peaked here, were still vivid golds and rusts that stood out against the bright blue of the sky.  It felt so good driving that I felt like taking the car all the way to Buffalo and take the Peace Bridge into Canada.  However, I stopped at the Route 44 exit and drove to Chardon.  I received an email earlier from this coworker of mine whose race I’m helping out with.  She was going to be there to pass out literature and wondered if I would meet her there.  This was originally planned for last weekend but, as I guessed, it didn’t work out well since I couldn’t get a hold of her.  So, while trying to call her again today, I bought apples, walked around the square in her T-shirt, drove out to Grand River Wine Country afterwords to get a bottle of wine, and went back home.  The next few days will be busy anyway since there is another presidential election coming shortly

On Friday, Hillary Clinton once again came to town (with Beyonce and J-Z in tow) to try to squeeze as many Democratic votes out of Cuyahoga County as possible.   They were advertising it all week and it was held at my alma mater, Cleveland State University.  Earlier, while driving home, I was listening to NPR and a special report on Youngstown Ohio where most people who once voted Democratic now are gun ho about Trump.

That same evening,  I watched the cable news channels to see clips of Hillary looking out-of-place at the CSU bash (ash she would in Phillie a few days later) and, on MSNBC clips of Rev. Al Sharpton’s interview with President Obama which will air in its’ entirety Sunday night. I always liked the man, he may take a page from the Woodrow Wilson playbook but that’s a quality that is admirable.  The POTUS also was correct in saying that a president has to make compromises to get things done, and did point out some significant improvements to the well-being of every-day Americans that have occurred in the past twelve years.

Meanwhile, I wonder if it will be one or five years from now before wife number three will divorce the Donald.

I already voted absentee and, yes, I voted for the former First Lady. Despite my reservations about her, knowing what the alternative is, that was a no brainer. When a major Canadian Newspaper’s editorial is titled Dear America: Please don’t vote for Donald Trump, you definitely know that this election is no joke with the rest of the world.

The general feeling among everyone I know is this; they can’t wait for the whole thing to be over.  If there was a candidate whose positions were in the middle of these two people, he or she would win by a landslide.  If anything, it will be a very interesting Holiday Season for us.


View of Chardon Square looking West, taken today.

Once again, Hillary Clinton will be in Cleveland today at the Public Auditorium with LeBron James.  It’s coming down to the wire folks.


Photographs by James Valentino

About Cleveland, My blog., Opinion, Uncategorized

Countdown to the RNC…


One of the many reasons why things have slowed down on Mad Man On A Great Lake in regards to posts is that the guy doing all the writing has been very busy; and not just at the job that pays the bills.  While everyone is getting ready for the three-ring circus called the Republican National Convention downtown, I’ve been around town pitching for the other team.  From marching in the Fourth of July Parade in Chester Township to attending a fundraiser in Willoughby Hills for the Ohio Democratic Party (ODP), this writer has been busy; too busy to write that’s for sure.

Fourth of July, 2016, the Janet mobile.

Geauga County Democratic Club Chairwoman Janet Carson smiles behind the wheel at the Chesterland Fourth of July Parade


U.S. Congressional candidate Michael Wager (center) poses with Geauga County Commissioner candidates Ron Wiech and Bonnie Cavanaugh .








In fact, that fundraiser Monday, and the one I went to at a Kiwanis Hall in Newbury Township this past Saturday, are part of a slew of invitations that dropped into my mailbox in this election year.  The thing on Saturday was rather important since this was the first big fundraiser that a Geauga Democrat, Bonnie Cavanaugh, had for her race to be a commissioner in Geauga County.  All this has been going on while the other side was working on how to throw their own big party in downtown Cleveland.


A ODP organizer talks at the Cleveland Ward 8 Democratic Club Picnic.


ODP Chairman David Pepper talks to some Lake County Democrats.








No matter what political party they’re affiliated with, many local officials are betting on the RNC Convention bringing in the big bucks. In fact, at the ODP fundraiser, I overheard a Lake County Commissioner tell someone of his hopes of the delegates staying out there would do just that.  There will even be organized tours of Grand River Wine Country where delegates from Hawaii and Connecticut can visit Debonne, Grand River, and other wineries on the Lake County side of the appellation.  The Columbus Dispatch recently had an excellent piece about all this (and quotes former Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis to boot).  Despite all the brouhaha, the article was correct in citing the various problems Cleveland has that cannot be seen in the Q.  For example, only Detroit Michigan has lost more people than the Forest City and more than 30 percent of its’ residents live in poverty.  Those facts will remain as the news crews and delegates head for the airport and highways.

In a week, it will be all over.  Then, the local movers and shakers get to assess how much it was all worth doing.


Looking West towards downtown Cleveland Wednesday.