Hey Elizabeth. It’s not anti-semitic to criticize lying public officials like Amy Acton.

CLEVELAND, OH – Try as the Plain Dealer’s editorially ignorant editorial board may to carve out some exclusivity for the tiny percentage of Russians who follow Judaism; Soviet Russian Jews in Israel and the Russian American Jews in the USA don’t own the word “semitic.”  I’m at least a 13th generation American Negro Christian.  Christian’s are semitic people.  So are Rastafarians and followers of Islam. 

So what Governor Richard Michael DeWine’s quack ex-director of health, Dr. Amy Stearns-Action, is a Russian American Jew? We’re all semitic and a public official’s religion doesn’t give them immunity from public scorn when they ruin an economy and lives by disregarding the U.S. Constitution and disobeying our nation and state’s laws.

I don’t care about Stearns-Acton’s religion.  I care about her duty-exceeding misconduct in office as Ohio’s director of public health.  I care that the reckless liar and Governor Richard Michael DeWine failed to obey the 26 pandemic-mitigating laws that did not give her any authority over “healthy” Ohioans. That’s it.

Ex-Plain Dealer reporter Michael McIntyre took a cheap shot at me as a once oath-administered elected mayor who handled the Swine Flu within the limits of Title 37 of Ohio’s Revised Code in 2009.  He wrote that I was creating a panic.  What I did was not even close to the lunatic shit DeWine and Stearns-Acton did.  

No.  I wouldn’t have shut down Cleveland if voters had elected me in 2017.  I would have told DeWine and Stearns-Acton to go fuck themselves and show me in Title 37 where they had the legal authority to lie us into a state of economic, federal election cancelling and life-robbing depression.  I’d have done in Cleveland what I did in East Cleveland.

Cleveland city hall would be open.  Sick employees would have been sent home to use their sick time.  People with flu-like symptoms would be gently escorted out of public buildings; but someone would have been assigned to assist them in engaging the government for whatever purpose they sought to engage it.  

Russians didn’t buy the delusional estimate of Governor Richard Michael DeWine’s homeless raised director of the Ohio Department of Health.

Stearns-Acton’s duties in the public job she was administered an oath of office to perform are all found in Title 37 of Ohio’s Revised Code. It is a chapter of “unsuspended general laws” enacted by Ohio’s general assembly. 

Had the Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com’s editorial pages editor, Elizabeth Sullivan, read them; she might not have written or supervised a reporter to write the ridiculously stupid editorial they published on June 14th in praise of Stearns-Acton’s lawlessness as saving our lives.  Stearns-Acton deserves criminal prosecution and jail.  Not demented editorial praise based on protecting her lunatic reputation instead of protecting our state and nation’s constitutions and laws. 

She brought up her religion and one one else. Her religion is now disgustingly being used by Stearns-Acton’s media fans, who call themselves reporters, to distract from the criticism of her incompetence. Somehow in Sullivan’s mind, criticizing Russian Jews, even if they’re American law breakers like Stearns-Acton, is anti-semitic.  Bullshit.  And yes that gestapo-like, state closing Nazi-like shit she and co-anarchist DeWine did to cancel a federal election was pure Communist evil irrespective of her religion. You should read the Communist Control Act of 1954 … Elizabeth.

Since I’ve had a few encounters with Elizabeth I know she doesn’t read before she writes.  In 2009 she editorialized that unindicted criminal Bill Mason’s “county reform” plan should be supported by Cleveland voters. Mason and his partner Tom Day were running political campaigns out of the county prosecutor’s office; and ignoring their campaign law violations in R.C. 3517.11(D). 

Instead of “their” candidates meeting the 12 days before and 38 days after an election requirement of R.C. 3517.10 to deliver campaign finance reports before they took office;  Mason let them deliver the reports years after more than 62 candidates who won had usurped 62 elected offices.

What she left out of pro-Mason reform plan editorial was that her boss, publisher Terrence Egger, invested $15,000 of his own money to make it happen; and then drowned out criticism from elected officials like me (at the time) who knew the plan was flawed and would lead to even more county corruption. What she also left out was she hadn’t read Mason’s proposed charter before endorsing it.  One of the Plain Dealer and cleveland.com writers called me for a copy the day “after” her editorial.  

I called Elizabeth and ripped her for that editorial lunacy.  How the fuck could she encourage people to vote for something this important without first reading and evaluating it publicly?  Her words were near stunning.  Any flaws could be corrected after voters support it.  It was an opinion as stupid and uninformed as her editorial claiming Stearns-Acton’s lawbreaking saved lives and that we should thank her.

Sullivan didn’t like my harsh and scathing criticism of her stupid opinion. So when I met with her to discuss my campaign to be re-elected as East Cleveland’s mayor in 2009, the only thing she could focus on was how I’d dogged her out. So fucking what?  One had nothing to do with the other; but that didn’t stop Elizabeth from supervising or writing yet another stupid editorial.

This time she led the Plain Dealer to endorse Gary Norton who’d been kicked out of Morehouse University for failing grades; and who between that university and Cleveland State had earned 10 D’s and 8 F’s.  It didn’t matter that Norton had been fired from the only job he’d held as a manager of anything after six months in Miami, Florida.  It didn’t matter he’d missed 54 meetings of council in four years.  He was “nicer” to Elizabeth than me so East Cleveland should elect an incompetent dummy to manage the city I’d kept out of fiscal emergency for four years; and cut crime in by 40 to 70 percent in every category.

Egger, Sullivan and whoever the fuck was the editor for the next 33 months tried to make this dummy, Norton, look good by hiding how he mismanaged the city back into the ground in less than 33 months.  Editorial lunatics.  No wonder the Plain Dealer’s dead.  It’s the same cover-up shit they’re doing for Stearns-Acton.

Let me offer Elizabeth a little cultural perspective.  I don’t know how long her family’s been in the United States of America, but this is a “semitic” nation of 85 percent mixed-race people who are Christians.  1.6 percent are semitic Russian American Jews.  Another 1 percent are “semitic” followers of Islam.  As I shared above, we also have a few semitic Rastafarians; and Happy’s Pizza founder Happy Asker is a semitic Chaldean.  Not too many German Jews made it out of Germany during World War II; so the 5.2 milion Jews in this nation are overwhelmingly Russian. The longer your history.  The longer your historical perspective.

The word “semitic” is defined in Merriam Webster’s online dictionary as meaning “... of, relating to, or constituting a subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic language family that includes Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, and Amharic.”  Notice the use of the words “Afro-Asiatic language” and notice that Russian was not included among them. Neither is English and it’s not the language of my once enslaved African ancestors as an “on paper” 13th generation American Negro descendant of the people whose backs, blood and genius built this nation. That means 1834 on the 82 percent African side of my family.  Perhaps longer on the 18 percent Scots-Irish Protestant side.  

The specific cultural “region” of the world connected to the semitic languages are North Africa and Africa; not Russia, the Soviet Union, Poland, Belarus, Romania, Ukraine or any of those nations more than 1600 miles away.  Russians in Israel, once they become political leaders, “Hebracize” their names so they don’t sound as Russian; but the Jews leading “Israel” are Russian or Soviets as my U.S. military leaders called them during my 1972-76 years as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. 

Benjamin Netanyahu’s father’s name is Benzion Mileikowsky.  His mother’s name was Tzila Segal.  There’s nothing Hebrew about either.  Anybody can change their identity by changing their name.

All my African Methodist Episcopalean (AME) pastors in the churches I was raised in and belong to ever preached about is the God of Israel and Abraham; and Abraham wasn’t even close to being a Russian.  My sister, late cousin and late uncle are and were AME clergy.  

Christianity, Islam and Judaism are all connected to the Abrahamic religions.  We’ve always understood that the original followers of Judaism were African; and that as God’s chosen people we are still being Timothy Russell, Melissa Williams and Tamir Rice persecuted.  Obviously, Elizabeth’s limited perspective of who are the semitic people of the world and the U.S. has kept her out of “our” Christian and Jesus-loving churches. 

As Russian American Jews in our U.S. Department of Justice have turned semitic Christians into “extremist” terrorists, it is interesting to me how the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee and the Anti-Defamation League have sought to make those of us who defend our Christian faith appear like we’re against them during public controversies like this pandemic one.  Bullshit. I don’t even know someone’s religion unless they tell me. Faith isn’t one of my qualifiers for dealing or not dealing with a person.  I don’t like liars and criminals in any religion.

Every Christian church I’ve attended with my White Anglo Saxon Protestant (WASP) brothers and sisters follows the same “semitic” religion and reads from the same Bible as I have in the AME church.  Even in the Catholic church the saints are African.  Sullivan may not have heard of the Black Madonna.  Jesus’ mom.

Jesus the Christ was not from Russia.  He was North African and Palestinian.  Born in Bethlehem in Jerusaelm.  Until 1947 that land was known as Palestine. Go through your employer’s news clips from before 1947 … Elizabeth.  The Plain Dealer called that land “Palestine” before the Russian, Solomon Isadore Neuhaus, bought it in 1967.

Jesus nor anyone else could predict that Josef Stalin would send, and this nation’ would later arm, racist and violent Russians with a “white supremacist” consciousness there in 1947 who would eventually commercialize our religious sites with their “Holy Land” bus tours and rides on coronavirus infected camels for profit. 

Jesus could not have predicted Sovet Israelis murdering 34 U.S. semitic Christian American sailors aboard the USS Liberty in 1967 in an effort to trick President Lyndon Johnson into attacking Coptic Christians and semitic Muslims in Egypt for them.  There’s no way these “semitic” people killed or plotted against other semitic people that way, and wounded another 171 aboard the USS Liberty, if they truly followed our shared God.

There’s also no way the Plain Dealer’s Russian Jewish owners loved other semitic people if they buried this story of Soviet anti-semitic and anti-Christian treachery from the history of Cleveland’s consciousness. There’s no way for the “:semitic” Soviets in Israel to treat semitic Palestinian’s who innocently welcomed them as “lost cousins” in 1947 as racistly-violent as they do.

Elizabeth. And I mean this with all due disrespect.  The Sunday editorial praising Stearns-Acton and denouncing her critics was ignorant.  New Jersey school board member Barbara Terrell was blasted by the Plain Dealer’s sister newspaper as an anti-semite in Jersey City for talking about Russian American thieves and organ traffickers. So now any criticism of a Russian Jew or Russian American Jew in anti-Russia and 1st Amendment America is anti-semitic. Bullshit!  Religion has no place in a “statutory” conversation.

Stearns-Acton, irrespective of her religion, was supposed to identify the true number of infected Ohioans and report only that figure as she acquired information from the state’s county and municipal health boards.  That’s in R.C. 3707.06.  She was supposed to quarantine the infected and placard their homes as instructed in R.C. 3707.08. They were supposed to be supported until healed in their homes pursuant to R.C. 3707.14.  Since the language of the Ohio Revised Code is English, the word “shall” in front of the instructions in every Title 37 law made the duty imposed on the official “mandatory.”    

All that social distancing, sheltering in place and mask wearing shit isn’t in any section of Title 37 of the state’s revised code, or among the 26 laws she had no other duty but to obey instead of creating her lunatic and lying own.  It is editorially sick for you people at the Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com under Advance Ohio owned by Advance Communications to publicly-share any other words about Stearns-Acton’s performance of official duties in her “official capacity” if you, like her, disregard them. She claimed 3000 to 10,000 patients a day based on her 100,000 infected and doubling every six day lie. Where the fuck are they?

No Christian in this semitic county reacted negatively when the Cleveland Jewish Federation admitted that three CoVid 19-infected Russian American Jews, who’d traveled from Israel back to Cuyahoga County, brought the virus back.  The same when the other six among the nine infected from this county were identified as Russian American Jews who attended Hawken Upper School and picked up the CoVid 19 virus that’s killing “Colored People” at an AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C.  The harsh reaction from me and others came when Stearns-Acton opted not to obey Title 37’s instructions in keeping the sick at home and healing; instead of cancelling a federal election and shutting down our state’s economy.

Elizabeth, when you called me in 2017 to ask if I would attend the Plain Dealer’s editorial board meeting and discuss my candidacy for Cleveland mayor, what did I tell you when you asked if I would keep the appointment you folk scheduled without my permission? I said you’d know if I was attending if I walked through the door. I didn’t.  I have evidence after 42 years of covering news in this town that you folk are ignorant, uninformed and maliciously manipulative. I don’t trust the Plain Dealer.  Never have.

Journalists are not supposed to function as a lawbreaking government official’s press agent.  Stearns-Acton disobeyed laws and you and WKYC Amy Kling’s “fan girl” fawning all over her is making you, individually, and the newspaper and media business look like fools.  

Stearns-Acton violated laws.  Period. Tell the truth.  Period.  Have a blessed day, Elizabeth.  I know how sensitive you are to “public” criticism.  Who’s going to editorially come to your rescue like DeWine’s trying to protect Amy?  No one.  You folk know better.

Eric Jonathan Brewer

Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more.

Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings.

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