Br’er Skunk gives me a break, and more

By Max R. Weller

Mephitis mephitis

As I was leaving my campsite this morning, following the path I always use, I almost stumbled over the young skunk which has been a visitor before. I was distracted by thoughts of what I would post here today, not paying attention where I was going. Luckily, I did NOT get sprayed, although the critter was in its ALERT posture. We simply stepped off the path, backing away from each other, then went on our separate ways. A skunk’s eyesight is very poor, but perhaps it recognized my scent (Ivory bar soap) and wasn’t excessively alarmed at my carelessness.

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The hobo said, “Thank you, ma’am!” And he went on down the road to Boulder, CO

Continuing with online comments from this Daily Camera article yesterday:

> randomdancer: Aren’t you the guy who panhandles at Broadway and 36 all day?
Can you please explain how THAT helps anybody? 

Apparently, “randomdancer” is one of the do-gooders who thinks that giving financial support to Bridge House and Boulder Shelter for the Homeless is better than using one’s own judgment to help a humble beggar directly.

> homelessphilosopher: I’m delighted you asked the question. See this blog post from 2011: http://homelessphilosopher.wordpress.com/tales-of…

In fact, I spend only about an hour there each day. My neighbors from Dakota Ridge and business owners/workers from the commercial district in the 4900 block of N. Broadway frequently donate to my cause as I’m reading in a shady spot in front of the Mexican restaurant.

Bottom line: I receive zero government benefits and have never been ticketed/arrested for any offense during my 6 1/2 years living here in Boulder, CO.

If every other homeless single adult followed my example, there wouldn’t be any problems at all. Of course, the army of people employed by the social services industry would be out of work — but nothing is perfect.

Have a good day! 

> ThatWouldBeJack: Step One: Boulder starts having the police enforce the laws already on the books.
Step Two: (and this is probably the more important one) People stop giving money to people on the street.

I am all for the the city’s funding of the Homeless Shelter and all other services to homeless people, whether they be those who have lost their jobs or those, like Max (the “homeless philosopher”), who *choose* to be homeless and sponge off the rest of us. Publicly funded services provide anyone who needs it shelter in the colder months and food throughout the year. That’s what they need to survive and I’m happy to contribute to that both through my tax dollars and private donations. Donations to the agencies… through whose work people who want to can hope to better their lives to get back on their feet is a noble and good cause. Many of Boulder’s homeless population are like that: you don’t see them, but they’re fighting to survive and seeking to improve their lives. Those people you *do* see, the face of the homeless, are those you see along the creek, at the library and on street corners asking for your money to keep them in their lifestyle.

Boulder has always been a Mecca for the homeless who only want to sponge off society. Those of you who have been here know that this was a problem *way* before Boulder even had a homeless shelter or services targeted to the homeless population. The Shelter has not brought more homeless people, nor have the various services that the city provides. What keeps the transients here — those who hang out near and at the library, those in central park and along the creek — are the donations they receive on the street corners and intersections.

I’ll repeat that: What keeps the transients here — those who hang out near and at the library, those in central park and along the creek — are the donations they receive on the street corners and intersections.

Don’t give panhandlers money. It’s really that simple. 

“ThatWouldBeJack” is another befuddled Boulderite enthralled by the local nonprofits; this is how those corrupt organizations keep raking in millions of $$$ every year.

> homelessphilosopher: Pretty easy for you to hide behind an anonymous screen name and criticize your fellow citizens who actually think for themselves, in deciding what to do about the homeless people they see.

Let me ask you — if the current model for the homeless shelter/services industry is working, why isn’t homelessness going away?

BTW, I don’t hang out at any of the public venues with the worst-behaved transients.

See: http://homelessphilosopher.wordpress.com/2014/06/… 

On the lighter side, watch this YouTube video of the Flat Earth Discussion Group.

Boulder County Froot Loop

Tonight at my campsite: King Soopers frozen (fully cooked) bacon cheeseburgers, thawed out in the blazing hot sun in my north Boulder neighborhood.

Boulder City Council gives me a raise, and more

By Max R. Weller

Last night, after Lisa M. surreptitiously delivered a brown paper bag stuffed with cash to my campsite, I counted it and found an extra $50. I guess they really do appreciate what I’m blogging about the transients from Denver and elsewhere.

Read Boulder coroner: Homeless man found dead in alley overdosed on heroin in the Daily Camera. Quoting from the article:

The homeless man found dead in an alley just off the Pearl Street Mall in June died of a drug overdose, according to a release issued today by the Boulder County Coroner’s Office.

Coroner Emma Hall determined that Daniel Kitlitz, 27, of Boulder, died from “heroin intoxication,” and ruled his manner of death an accident.

Selected online comments are copied below:

randomdancer: DO NOT GIVE MONEY TO PANHANDLERS.
If you want to make a cash donation to help the needy, give it to the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, the Bridge House, the ARC, or any organization you like. They may not be perfect, but they WON’T spend your money on drugs and alcohol. 

homelessphilosopher: The nonprofits in Boulder, CO’s homeless shelter/services industry spend your donated money providing all of life’s necessities to alcoholics/drug addicts, thus ENABLING those homeless people to turn around and spend their own disposable income on booze and dope (including monthly disability benefits from both the state and the feds).

Can you please explain how this helps anybody? 

Wake up, people! Your desire to DO GOOD and to FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF by giving to so-called charities  is killing the homeless alcoholics/drug addicts in our fair city. Try to be more discerning, please.

Also see Sheriff: Crowding ‘crisis’ at Boulder County Jail soon will necessitate early releases in the DC. Quoting the report:

With overcrowding at the Boulder County Jail reaching a “crisis” level, Sheriff Joe Pelle says he plans to move forward with early releases for some nonviolent inmates, including some Boulder municipal offenders.

The announcement came a day after the Boulder City Council’s rejection Tuesday night of an agreement in which the city would pay to house municipal inmates in other jurisdictions when overcrowding necessitates it. The agreement also would greenlight the early-release approach.

Boulder leaders balked at the notion of paying the county to house inmates arrested on city charges. But Pelle said he knows of no other county in Colorado that jails municipal offenders at no cost to the city.

“Right now, we’re in a crisis with crowding,” Pelle said, noting the 536-person-capacity jail had 520 inmates Wednesday morning.

“It’s a politically difficult situation in that I understand the city is dealing with some real issues with regards to the downtown campus and the (University Hill) and the transient population, and I’m sympathetic to that,” Pelle said. “But somehow I have to be able to manage this crisis in overcrowding we’re having, and I thought this was a good proposal.”

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle (Camera file photo)

My online comment below:

homelessphilosopher: Certainly, the City of Boulder should pay for transients’ bus tickets out of town, and Sheriff Pelle can hand ‘em out.

“We love Boulder’s free stuff!”

From Forbes comes this analysis of [WhodunitCare] costs for individually-purchased health insurance: 3,137-County Analysis: Obamacare Increased 2014 Individual-Market Premiums By Average Of 49%. It’s like I’ve said all along, [WhodunitCare] is an unholy alliance of government bureaucrats lusting for more power and private insurers lusting for more profits; what’s best for physicians and patients doesn’t enter into the picture, not at all.

The blues always makes you feel better. Listen to The Sky Is Crying, covered here by Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Tonight at my campsite: chopped ham on wheat bread with kosher dill slices and mustard.

Max’s Journal 7/23/2014

By Max R. Weller

Remember this Daily Camera report from May, 2013? Survey: More than half of Boulder homeless who sought help at center were new to city. As far as I can tell, not a darned thing has been done in the past year and more to stem the tide of transients coming to Boulder, CO.

“F*** you, we have a right to do whatever we want!”

I need a vacation from the bums! I already avoid all of the public venues where they hang out, but because I visit Boulder Shelter for the Homeless to shower every morning I still have to listen to their insanity. This morning, it was yet another shouting, cursing match involving the Froot Loop Traveler couple outside of the shelter. She was angry because he wouldn’t shower and put on clean clothes more often than once a month; he called her “abusive” and refused to give her half of their marijuana stash. I’d rather listen to the birds singing, but it’s impossible. Their SERVICE ANIMAL (so-called) got overly excited by the yelling and began barking, then lunged at the woman. The couple belongs in a secure psychiatric facility for evaluation and treatment, and their dog should be taken to the local Humane Society for adoption.

This seems very inviting to me right now:

Abandoned mine somewhere in Colorado

I only wish I was in better shape physically; if so, I’d leave Boulder immediately and never look back. This city has become a dumping ground for the worst-behaved, barely human critters from all over America.


What I’m learning from other homeless people, and more

By Max R. Weller

Just this morning at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, I learned that I’ve been wasting my time using the $1 washers to do my laundry. I should be doing what one of the program residents was doing when I walked into the shower area (a half dozen other homeless men following): he was washing clothes underneath a shower (only five are available now, because nothing ever gets fixed), and he was leaning against the wall blocking the narrow entrance to the showers, asleep on his feet like a horse. He sort of looked like the ass end of a draft mule — a big dude. When I told him this wouldn’t work, he replied that he didn’t give a f*** what I liked or didn’t like; nevertheless, he picked up his clothes and got out of our way.

I guess if I were in the Transition Program, I could also come to understand that the world revolves around me and I don’t need to show any consideration for others at all. I’m sure that would set me up for a harmonious relationship with my landlord and my neighbors, if and when I got into subsidized housing of some kind. Yeah, right . . .

Another homeless guy, new to our fair city, has taught me that it’s okay to loiter in BSH after 8AM, the time when everyone not in the program is supposed to be gone from the facility. So what if you accumulate four such infractions of the rule, and have to stay out for a day? Just blame others; it’s so convenient!

And if I did decide to use the $1 washers for laundry, I could use the three which are available all at once, like the newbie mentioned above. If another homeless person objected to my selfishness, as one did with this new guy, I could act like my feelings were hurt. Works like a charm!

If I wanted to become a Traveler, like the Froot Loop couple who don’t like this blog, I could get a second dog and teach it how to be aggressive with the SERVICE ANIMAL (so-called) I would already own (this seems to be a requirement for Travelerhood). I observed this enlightened approach to dog ownership as I was waiting for the SKIP bus outside of BSH this morning.

I could go on, but I’m embarrassed at admitting I have so much to learn about how the homeless ought to behave. How could I be so ignorant after so many years as the Homeless Philosopher?

Read Municipal offenders could be released early, transferred under deal between Boulder, sheriff in the Daily Camera. Quoting from it below:

Boulder officials and Sheriff Joe Pelle have reached an agreement under which municipal offenders could be released early or moved to other jurisdictions at city expense when the county jail is at capacity.

The Boulder City Council will take its first vote Tuesday night on the intergovernmental agreement, which Pelle said he hopes to use as a model for a similar agreement with Longmont.

A second vote and public hearing will take place in August.

The agreement comes as Boulder has reinstituted the possibility of jail time for first-time municipal offenders and asked for longer jail sentences for crimes committed in “high-impact” areas like the municipal campus.

Rodney Honcoop, left, asks Blayd Mattes about his hand while learning to play spades in the Boulder County Jail on Monday. The city of Boulder and Sheriff

Rodney Honcoop, left, asks Blayd Mattes about his hand while learning to play spades in the Boulder County Jail on Monday. The city of Boulder and Sheriff Joe Pelle have reached an agreement concerning the handling of municipal offenders in times of jail overcrowding. (Mark Leffingwell / Daily Camera)

Let’s not forget Boulder County Jail’s FREE Friday night movie with FREE popcorn and FREE soda pop (no charge to the inmates’ commissary accounts). Might be the only county jail in America which provides this special treat for its guests.

My online comment is copied here:

From the article: “Boulder officials and Sheriff Joe Pelle have reached an agreement under which municipal offenders could be released early or moved to other jurisdictions at city expense when the county jail is at capacity.”

Hmmm . . . Wouldn’t it make more sense to put municipal offenders who are transients from Denver and elsewhere on a bus back to the city they came from in the first place? Bus fare out of town should be the extent of Boulder taxpayers’ costs for offenders who have no ties to this city.

Tonight at my campsite: chicken nuggets and lettuce salad, with a big jug of rotgut vodka to wash it down.

Max’s Journal 7/21/2014

By Max R. Weller

Want to know how crazy some folks in Boulder, CO really are? Read this comment I found in the moderation basket this morning, in reply to my previous post:

“The homeless philosopher tells it like Boulder City Council tells him to.”

Of course you don’t need to avail yourself of social services or anything else with a sugar daddy like that. Paid to stand there, glare at everyone with haughty contempt, spy and disparage.

I think it’s hilarious, as everyone knows your latest callout is a direct result of someone making fun of the size of your equipment in the men’s shower. Lol

This individual used the screen name “No Diogenes” and also an e-mail address with that anonymous name, but I also have the IP address. No matter; it won’t be published here, and I shouldn’t even waste my time pointing out that the shower incident involved a guy joking about another man’s uncircumcised penis (I am, in fact, circumcised). Leads me to believe that No Diogenes is that Froot Loop female Traveler who often screams at random men that they have tiny equipment . . . BTW, I think I’ll ask Boulder City Council for a raise, since they have millions of $$$ to waste in pursuit of municipalization.

About three years ago, one morning at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, I observed a homeless man with a “service animal” entering the dining room inside that facility. He also took his dog into the men’s restroom/lavatory area. I alerted the staff, and I pointed out to them that the Americans with Disabilities Act requires only that a “reasonable accommodation” be made for so-called service animals. I suggested at that time, and BSH staff agreed with me, that any disabled individual with a dog be allowed to take their breakfast tray and eat in the day room (otherwise not allowed), so as not to spread dog hair in people’s food in the dining room. I also insisted that dogs have no place in the restroom/lavatory area, but should be kept in the kennel space outside of BSH while the disabled person tends to sanitary needs; staff also agreed to this.

Lately, however, it seems that dogs are being permitted into the dining room, and once again I’ve protested. Furthermore, I believe this is setting a terrible precedent. What happens on October 15th, when emergency overnight dorms open once again, and several homeless people begin demanding that they be allowed to sleep with their service animals next to their bunks? Reasonable accommodation does NOT mean bending over and taking it up the wazoo for anyone who demands it. If BSH gives in, it’s very disrespectful to other homeless clients and Just one more reason for me to sleep outside year-round (as I’ll do in any case).

Men’s emergency dorm at Boulder Shelter

Update on missing 17-year-old in the Daily Camera. About what I expected (yawn).

Consider this guest opinion in the DC — The fault lies with Hamas. Hear, hear! It’s unfortunately true that the Palestinian leadership consists of gangsters, and the late Yasser Arafat is the model for those who have followed. Having said that, however, it remains in Israel’s best interest to continue exploring diplomatic avenues to a peaceful settlement. Appearances do count.

A final thought, copied from my Facebook Wall:

Boulder, CO’s self-styled homeless advocates just don’t get it, but the fact is that the more extreme their demands become the more the majority of citizens push back. I continue to identify with the mainstream, which explains why I stay out of trouble . . .

It’s not about socioeconomic status, homeless people, it’s ALL about behavior

By Max R. Weller

It’s worth repeating — we’re not here to judge others’ souls, but we’re certainly obliged to judge their actions.

In my experience here in Boulder, CO since early 2008, 20% of all those who can be defined as “homeless” in the course of a year are just bums with no respect for themselves, no respect for their fellow man, and no respect for the community. Sadly, these are the ones who get almost all of the media attention, as well as the bulk of support provided by the social services industry (comprised of both government agencies and private nonprofits).

Yes, I’m proud to belong to the 80% who try to behave decently, even while being poor and without a roof over our heads.

Make no mistake, the 20% (cited above) want to drag as many others as possible down with them, into their degrading lifestyle of drinking/drugging, petty crime and serious felonies, self-pity, and endless drama. They despise anybody who challenges their misbehavior, most of all anyone belonging to the 80% (also cited above).

While waiting at the SKIP bus stop in front of King Soopers on Table Mesa yesterday morning, I was accosted by a homeless woman who has been in and out of the Transition Program at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless a few times, and is widely known to her peers as a Drama Queen (DQ). You guessed it, she didn’t like my blog, either. She focused on my own humble circumstances as proof that I was just like her. Now, this woman is the reason that RTD took down one of the two bus stop shelters which used to be at this location, because she was living in one of ‘em with all of her junk stuffed into a “borrowed” shopping cart (in many other cities, such bus stop loiterers are subject to being ticketed). Probably, she’d been kicked out of BSH and BOHO for a period because of her drama, or those homeless people seeking shelter in these facilities couldn’t stand her and made their feelings known.

DQ said to me: “I’m going to give you some advice: a lot of people are upset by what you’re writing, so maybe you should quit blogging. You’re talking shit about people and telling lies!” NOT happening, I responded. She added, “You live in a tent.” I corrected her, by pointing out that I don’t even own a tent. Then she snarled, “You’re homeless just like the rest of us.” Yes, I replied, but I don’t act like the bums who hang out in public venues and cause so much trouble; that’s the point, I told her. Then I added: “Do you have a specific criticism about one of my blog posts? Let’s hear it.” A few seconds passed before I chuckled, “I didn’t think so.”

She walked away in a huff, and wouldn’t board the same SKIP bus with me. Thank goodness for small favors.

I can speculate that the bums are lying around Central Park or sitting in Bridge House and blaming the Homeless Philosopher blog for turning the public against their hooliganism, but they give it way too much credit . . .

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Let me tell you how the rest of the day turned out.

When I got back to my shady spot in the 4900 block of N. Broadway, and began reading more of The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory, I was treated to banjo-picking on the corner of U.S. 36 by a guy we know as R. He was seeking to pick up some traveling money, which was fine by me. After he left, one of my favorite homeless gals came by to try her luck “flying a sign” there; D. stayed only an hour and didn’t make a lot of cash, but scored two pizzas, one of which she gave to me (it was an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink topping pizza, my favorite).

I spent about an hour and ten minutes in the role of humble beggar, making the modest sum of $14.

When I went over to my campsite, one of the passersby who has become a friend of mine brought me a bag of goodies, including homemade beef/vegetable soup which was still warm, a box of muffins, a large dark chocolate Hershey’s bar, and a $10 bill. This generous man drives an old Ford Ranger pickup, and I would guess he’s a blue-collar worker; like many others of modest circumstances I’ve met on the corner, he’s very kindhearted.

I slept well overnight.

I anticipate sleeping well again tonight.

Do you have a complaint about this blog? And more

By Max R. Weller

Please submit your complaint/concern by clicking here and receive an immediate reply.

I heard a complaint from a couple of self-styled Travelers, man and woman (I don’t know their names), as I was waiting outside of Boulder Shelter for the Homeless this morning. I’ve seen them other mornings walking past BSH southbound along N. Broadway, and they’re frequently in profane, screaming arguments with each other. They both decided to come inside on this occasion, so they were waiting in line with the rest of us for the door to open at 6AM.

I don’t mind criticism, if it’s at least specific and stated in a coherent manner. In this case, I couldn’t make heads or tails of which particular post had pissed this couple off, but they demanded that I take down my blog today OR (according to the man) they’d “bring a bunch of people up here and send you to prison.” WTF? Sounds like the Denver King, who has threatened to have Boulder PD arrest me for slander (a civil matter, of course). This man said that I knew his cousin (I don’t believe I do, and he didn’t give me a name) and I’d apparently posted something derogatory about this relative. The truth is what it is — and what I’m posting right now is an accurate account of what took place outside BSH this very morning. At one point, this man got right in my face with more of his bluster I didn’t understand. I maintained eye contact, said nothing in response except that no part of my blog would be taken down (and that in a quiet voice), and he backed off, telling me that people on the streets “love” me. Huh?

Meanwhile, the woman got into a screaming match with a young homeless guy who was in the line. She told him, shouting at the top of her lungs, “You have a tiny dick!” The two almost came to blows, before a BSH staff member came to the door and told them that they’d have to calm down before they could come inside for showers, breakfast, locker access, etc.

Both the man and woman claimed to help lots of other homeless people here in Boulder; they cited one man they helped until he died on the streets. That, I can believe.

They can get their own blog — but they will NEVER have any sway whatsoever over anything I choose to publish here.

I’ve been expecting this for a while now — an overt attempt to silence the Homeless Philosopher — but they’ll have to kill me to make that happen.

Peace and Love prevails in Boulder, CO and the Travelers along with transients in general are its ambassadors. Yeah, right . . .

See: Homeless Boulder man faces 1st-degree assault charges after alleged skateboard attack in the Daily Camera. The article is copied below in its entirety:

A homeless Boulder man faces first-degree assault charges after allegedly striking another man in the face with a skateboard, then fleeing on the board and leading police on a roughly two-mile chase.

According to an arrest report, the incident began when Steven McMillian, 34, a homeless resident of Boulder since 2009, got into a brawl Saturday evening near Boulder High School with Donn Overly, 19, and James Caleb Dacy, 20.

Overly and Dacy told police that McMillian was the primary aggressor in a group of transients who had been harassing them, yelling out, “You socialist Nazis! Get the (expletive) out of Boulder.”

Dacy maintains he and Overly were being pushed and punched by the group and attempted to flee east on the path behind Boulder Creek. The transients allegedly circled them and began “chanting and whooping,” according to the arrest report. At that point, police say, McMillian used his skateboard to strike Overly’s face.

Overly was transported to Boulder Community Health with what was described as serious bodily injury, including severe facial lacerations.

A “shirtless and sweaty” McMillian, meanwhile, fled on his skateboard and was finally arrested near the Bear Creek apartments adjacent to the University of Colorado housing area at Williams Village. Officers used a Taser on McMillian during the arrest, which they said was necessary after the suspect repeatedly resisted arrest by flailing his arms and legs and attempting to pull away.

According to the arrest report, McMillian told officers, “I’ve had a rib cracked before by being taken down by the police. That’s why I didn’t want to go down for you.”

McMillian now faces assault charges in the first and second degree, as well as counts of felony menacing and obstructing a peace officer.

Here’s a photo with caption from a DC story back in 2011:

Steven McMillian, an employee with Western Disposal, slips and struggles while moving a Dumpster in the snow in Boulder on Tuesday morning.

Steven McMillian, an employee with Western Disposal, slips and struggles while moving a Dumpster in the snow in Boulder on Tuesday morning. (MARTY CAIVANO)

Finally: ‘Love thy neighbor’: homeless shelter residents ‘adopt’ nearby neighborhoods. This is happening in Oklahoma, NOT here in Boulder, CO.