underdogs

The Eric Spicer diversion

by David Esrati on March 11, 2014

in Backassward Ohio, Justice, underdogs

In Dayton, it’s hard to not be separated by about 1.2 degrees of separation. Especially in political circles. I met and got to know Eric Spicer when I last ran for Congress and he was running for the Republican nomination for State Representative against the disgraced drunk Jarrod Martin and the eventual winner, Rick Perales […]

Why we should shoot in Syria

by David Esrati on August 31, 2013

in hot button issues, underdogs

I don’t believe that the U.S. Military would ever turn on our citizens, although Kent State is a glaring example to the contrary, and the case of the drones’ use in far away places to kill “Americans” who had pledged to wage war on their mother country. However, when a country uses air power against […]

The City of Dayton Street Maintenance department delivered this morning- with a plow, hitting my street (which is three blocks long) and the rest of South Park. This is what we pay taxes for- and it’s the first time in a long time that the City has impressed me in a “snow emergency.” (Here’s a […]

July 29, 2009, while the economy was in the Dumpster and 5th/3rd was in the process of leaving the old Cit Fed building, my friend Haitham Iman made the gutsy move and took over a space that had failed repeatedly as a deli and put his life savings on the line- here is what I […]

Note: On the request of Jeff- I’ve deleted most of the post. The Army-produced video has his rank wrong. Jeff doesn’t like the headline either- he’s not a hero- just a guy doing his job. I’m not changing the link. He’s still a hero in my book- for many reasons, Jeff Lee grew up in […]

It was probably around 1995 or so. Bill Rain and David Williams had just finished the Lofts of St. Clair, a conversion of the butt-ugly Pinsky Produce building on St. Clair. The aluminum siding had been torn off to expose a beautiful brick building. It had color- and a roof garden. They’d shoved probably one […]

We are what we eat

by David Esrati on February 23, 2011

in big ideas for Dayton OH, underdogs

Dayton- and all my readers: meet my girlfriend, Teresa Whitley. She’s going to make an impact on Dayton- one way or another- and I’m letting you in on her contribution to the conversation about something we need to work on- that’s as important (or maybe more important) than UniGov, Economic Development- it’s our health- and […]

Gary Staiger has left the building

by David Esrati on November 29, 2010

in Random thoughts, underdogs

I just returned from the services for Gary Staiger- the long-time proprietor of Omega Music in the Santa Clara district on North Main- and as of a few weeks ago, in the Oregon District. Gary was a community activist- an evangelist for equal rights- and an optimist, and as of Thanksgiving day, he became another […]

A sea change is coming to international relations- and social media will be the engine driving the movement. The latest release from Wikileaks is a fascinating look at the good ‘ole boy/country club that’s making decisions on how the world turns: A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the […]

The wise ones at the Dayton Daily News, the ones who endorse Mike Turner every time (even though they don’t agree with him), have chosen a 25-year-old college dropout who has “been involved in political causes for a long time” to go head-to-head with Turner for Congress. Yes- the same people who endorsed Rhine McLin, […]