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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Michael Polensek

Michael Polensek is a councilman for the 11th Ward of Cleveland, Ohio. He has served as a councilman, continuously re-elected, twice unopposed, since 1979.

Mr. Polensek created a swirling storm of controversy when he sent a letter to an 18-year-old drug dealer named Arsenio Winston, who was most recently arrested for selling crack in front of a convenience store to an undercover officer. Polensek had come across Winston on a number of occasions.

The letter reads:

Dear Mr. Winston:

As councilman representing Cleveland's 11th Ward, I have been notified once again that you have been arrested for dealing drugs in my ward, this time at the Convenient Food Mart located at 18506 St. Clair Avenue in the parking lot.

Mr. Winston, you have to be "dumber than mud." Don't you know that one of your so-called "friends" from the "8th Avenue gang" ratted your "ass" out that you were dealing drugs from the parking lot? They cut a deal. So much for your wonderful pals, you idiot. I am so glad that you are now 18 years of age, because now you are an adult and can no longer hide behind the juvenile court system, Mr. Quarterback, loser. Remember when you told me to "kiss your black ass" at R.J. Taylor playground and that you were going to be an NFL Quarterback? Well, the NFL, despite perceptions, is "not for losers!"

In closing, I told you just recently to stay out of my neighborhood, you crack dealing piece of trash. Yet, you keep coming back because you think you are a big man. Well, real men go to school or to work every day and take care of their family, and not through illegal drug activity. You are a "thug" and you know what? There are only two places you will end up at the rate you are going -- that is, prison or the nearest funeral home. Quite frankly, I don't care which one you get to first as long as your dumb stupid ass is out of my neighborhood.

Have a wonderful life, Arsenio. I'm sure you have made your mother real proud. Remember when I spoke to her one of the other times that you were arrested for assaulting a police officer on East 185th Street? Only a moron would do that. Your fate is totally in your hands; which is a scary thought.

Go to jail or the cemetary soon,

(signature of Michael D. Polensek)
Councilman, Ward 11

cc: Mr. Martin Flask, Director, Department of Public Safety
Chief Michael McGrath, Chief of Police
Commander Wayne Drummond, 6th District Police Headquarters
Mr. Phillip Morris, Plain Dealer

As you might expect, Polensek was immediately labeled a racist. Winston's mother lovingly played the Race Card:

Winston's mother, Tonya Lewis, said she plans to speak to her attorney, former City Council President George Forbes, about filing a lawsuit against Polensek. She said she also has written a letter to black activist the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Lewis said she views Polensek's letter as a death threat against her son because the councilman said "he didn't care which one came first, that he went to jail or the cemetery."

She also complained that the letter referred to Winston as "dumber than mud," which she considers a racist remark because mud is black and dirty.

Polensek says:

The longtime councilman said in a telephone interview Wednesday that he often writes blunt letters to troublemakers in his neighborhood and makes no apologies for the one to Winston.

He also is unrepentant:

I'm fed up and the people in my neighborhood are fed up," Polensek said. "There's no political correctness left in me."

"If my letter was offensive, fine, so be it," he said. "If my letter is going to make his mother and family think about what he's done, I'm glad."

Yes, because of all that, there is clearly a problem. The problem is this:

There are not ENOUGH Michael Polenseks to go around. Each government entity should be staffed with a host of Michael Polenseks.

Finally. Someone who is unafraid to see a situation as it is and to focus attention on an individual's ACTIONS. Polensek is about as racist as my houseplant. He IS, however, forceful and unapologetic.

Apologetic he should NEVER be.

And the LARGER, overarching problem?

  • This letter should have been written by a BLACK MALE IN A POSITION OF AUTHORITY but, sadly, was not.
Everyone reading this blog knows quite precisely that Arsenio Winston is a loser indeed; his mommy speaks for him at age 18, he deals drugs and he WILL eventually filter out into the prison system or into a cemetary.

Kudos to Michael Polensek for DARING TO SPEAK AND WRITE THE TRUTH.



Blogger Bushwack said...

Ok Can we get this guy to run for a HIGHER office??????

We could really use someone like that here in Cali.

Sat Jul 21, 08:06:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Bush: he is being "courted" for the mayoral duties of Cleveland; he has so far declined this position.


Sat Jul 21, 08:22:00 PM PDT  
Blogger RoxieAmerica said...

Why can't we call criminals criminals, and illegal immigrants illegal -- it is a strange world...

At Independence Lost I continue to call Islamic revolutionary terrorists Islamic revolutionaries, not "insurgents" as the press does.

The best way to resolve a problem is to properly define it, not to cloak it in obscurity.

Sun Jul 22, 08:25:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Roxie: I couldn't agree more. I take the Islam issue one step further: Islam is what Islam does. I'm sure some people will take this letter and excoriate the man for his lack of tact. I take the other view: his so-called lack of tact is the breath of fresh air that I believe needs to be brought to the governmental table. JUDGMENT is a word that SHOULD come BACK into fashion.


Sun Jul 22, 11:25:00 AM PDT  
Blogger shoprat said...

Put the man in Congress NOW!!

Sun Jul 22, 01:38:00 PM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

Racist?? For saying he was dumber than MUD?? Just because mud is normally brown??

Damn good thing he didn't call him a piece of shit huh??

Oops, does THAT make me a racist??

Hell yes, KUDOS to Michael Polensek, that is MY kind of plain speaking, but as per usual, the one being spoken to was 'racially' offended...

Damn, he didn't call him names, he didn't use the "N" word on him, he told the dumbass the truth, that's what happens when you tell a nig, uh, oops, sorry, black assed drug dealer, doh, wait, that isn't coming out right either, ah-hum...

clears throat to try one more time...

That's what happens when you speak in such a vile manner to a misguided young man from a nurturing family in a deprived neighborhood, poor young man, he's just a product of his environment...

There, maybe that won't offend the son of a bitch or his greasy old Mammy...

Sun Jul 22, 03:30:00 PM PDT  
Blogger nanc said...

that sounds like some poison pen letters i've written!

kept people from messing with me and mine for sure.


Sun Jul 22, 08:37:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Nanc: Oooooh, that means I kinda like the way you think. . .


Mon Jul 23, 05:36:00 PM PDT  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

Ohhh! That is *going* to leave a mark!

Kudos to Mr. Polensek, and for calling trash what it is.

Can we find a few more like him in politics? Or is it time to disband the concept of 'political parties' and force everyone who wants a seat to run from the town square?

Wouldn't that be fun? Having to run for office by *talking to people* and not via ads on television.... absolutely non-discriminatory! No campaigns, just individuals running for office based on what they say... ah, never to be, of course as no politician enjoys actually *talking* to those they represent.

Tue Jul 24, 05:02:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

AJ: and moreover, never place yourself where you have to either state a position OR make any kind of decision that could be second-guessed in any way.


Tue Jul 24, 05:42:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Jo(magz) said...

Why can't my comments be like yours ? I have folks defending this po mama and her precious, misunderstood offspring !
Wonder if Mr. Polensek would consider giving classes on how to grow a backbone ?

Wed Jul 25, 10:58:00 PM PDT  

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