Max’s Journal 9/19/2014

DONATING TO A NONPROFIT IS NOT THE SAME AS HELPING THE HOMELESS!

By Max R. Weller

With all of my health problems, it wouldn’t be too surprising if I die in my sleep at my homeless campsite, or simply fall over dead while reading a book in my shady spot in the 4900 block of N. Broadway. I’ve long accepted my own mortality, and I don’t fret about it.

What greatly disturbs and ANGERS me is knowing that my passing would be exploited in the guise of news by cub reporters at the Daily Camera — and then exploited some more by the greedy do-gooders trolling for dollars to support their corrupt nonprofits. To me, this makes no sense; I might just as easily die in a house or apartment of my own, and it won’t be due to alcohol poisoning or drug overdose, so why is the fact that it might occur OUTDOORS even relevant? Most ignorant Boulderites would assume I’d been just another homeless drunk/dope fiend, and those in authority would do nothing at all to correct their mistaken belief.

Where is the integrity we have every right to demand from “journalists” and “charities” alike?

Makes me want to head into the mountains, ALONE, so nobody will know of my demise when it comes.

Housing First even allows for clients to continue drinking in their subsidized apartments, known as permanent supportive housing, which are costing $200,000 apiece at the 1175 Lee Hill site. Isn’t that the REAL STORY? Dead is dead, regardless of whether the Grim Reaper comes calling indoors or outdoors. Thus, there is nothing positive resulting from spending millions and millions of $$$ for only 31 HF clients who will reside at this new facility.

It’s truly a travesty of compassion . . .

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That’s all for now, folks.

Nonprofit fundraising strategy: Exploiting homeless deaths

DONATING TO A NONPROFIT IS NOT THE SAME AS HELPING THE HOMELESS!

By Max R. Weller

Read Boulder DA orders review of homeless deaths in the Daily Camera. Quoting from the article below:

After what appeared to be Boulder’s sixth homeless death outdoors this year on Saturday, District Attorney Stan Garnett said a “fatality review” team will try to determine how the community and local agencies could prevent similar deaths in the future.

A group of representatives from local law enforcement and service agencies already reviews certain elderly and child deaths, but Garnett said he has decided the team will now also examine certain homeless deaths.

The process is separate from the investigation into whether criminal charges are warranted. Instead, Garnett said the purpose of the fatality review team is to see if any lessons can be learned from the deaths.

“The point of it is to analyze in a non-judgmental, after-the-fact, troubleshooting capacity whether there are instances in which the community could have responded better to a person dealing with some difficult situations that led to their death,” Garnett said.

His office for years has done the same with some child and elderly deaths with a team to review the facts of the case, examine systemic problems and make recommendations to improve communication and investigative tools.

My online comment in the DC copied here:

The only good thing the DA’s team could accomplish is to put an end to the conspiracy theories about local homeless deaths — and to avoid giving them any credibility whatsoever, I won’t repeat any here.

The main thing homeless people need to do is ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY AND WELFARE. Stop being so helpless and needy; the do-gooders can’t save you.

Which brings me to the point of this post. Continuing excerpt from DC report:

Isabel McDevitt, executive director of Boulder’s Bridge House, said the team could lead to some valuable insight into how to help a vulnerable population.

“I think we need more information on why people are dying in the streets so we can better prevent those deaths,” McDevitt said. “If the DA is going to take the lead on it, that sounds like a very worthwhile effort.”

Garnett said the team — which meets about every two months — has already selected some cases and will review them when it meets in October. He said he will reach out to agencies that deal with the homeless to see if they can put representatives on the team.

This opens the door for greedy do-gooders like Ms. McDevitt to exploit these homeless deaths, which in fact are not unexpected even when the coroner is unable to determine the “manner” of a particular death, after “cause” has been established.

The executive director of Bridge House (downtown Boulder magnet for the worst-behaved transients from Denver and elsewhere) cleverly adds this:

McDevitt said she is not sure if a fatality review team will find all of the answers to helping local agencies better coordinate, but she said it might help.

“I think it’s certainly a step in the right direction,” she said.

Tranlation: “Please donate to Bridge House today!”

My online DC response:

Go away, Ms. McDevitt. DONATING TO A NONPROFIT IS NOT THE SAME AS HELPING THE HOMELESS!

Let me recommend this insider’s account of what the local nonprofit industry is really all about: Bowling for Bums: My Life as a Charity Whore: And the Great Colorado Flood of 2013 by A. Price. You’ll never again look at any of these money-grubbing tax-exempt organizations in the same way you do now . . .

“The Homeless Philosopher is heartless and cruel, implying that I don’t earn every penny of my $70,000 annual salary. We serve everyone who shows up at our door; it makes us all FEEL GOOD about ourselves!”

Pardon me, Isabel, while I go to the restroom and barf . . .

Hickenlooper on the way out? And more

DONATING TO A NONPROFIT IS NOT THE SAME AS HELPING THE HOMELESS!

By Max R. Weller

See Poll: In big shift, Beauprez posts 10-point lead on Hickenlooper in the Denver Post. Quoting from the report:

Republican Bob Beauprez holds a 10-point lead against Gov. John Hickenlooper, according to a new poll, marking a major shift in a governor’s race deadlocked for months.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, released Wednesday, found that 50 percent of likely voters support or lean toward Beauprez and 40 percent back the Democratic incumbent.

The Libertarian and Green Party candidates each took 3 percent with another 4 percent undecided or supporting another challenger. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percent.

“Pundits were predicting that Gov. Hickenlooper faced a close race for re-election,” said Tim Malloy, an assistant poll director. “Instead, he’s got a mad dash to make up a double-digit deficit.”

I oppose Gov. Hickenlooper because of his support for the money pit known as Fort Lyon, which is spending over $360,000 for each homeless person going through substance abuse rehab there. Compare this to private inpatient treatment programs at about $30,000 per month. Where’s the advantage to Fort Lyon? If intensive inpatient treatment for substance abuse doesn’t take hold after a month, there’s no point in letting clients lounge around for almost a year as they can at Hicklenlooper’s Haven. Read Controversial Fort Lyon homeless facility sends alums into world in the DP. Probably 9 of those 11 “graduates” have already relapsed, if results are similar to other programs.

Maybe Mr. Spotted Bird will return to Fort Lyon for another extended vacation on the taxpayers’ dime:

Richard Spotted Bird spent 10 months at the former prison, now a rehabilitation center. He is one of 11 people to have graduated from Colorado’s

Richard Spotted Bird spent 10 months at the former prison, now a rehabilitation center. He is one of 11 people to have graduated from Colorado’s first state-supported homeless program. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he shows up at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless on October 15th, just four weeks from today, when emergency overnight dorms open for the winter season through April 15th, 2015. Richard, you’ll only get 90 nights at BSH . . .

And while we’re at it, let’s get rid of Sen. Udall, too. I wonder if Jed Udall, the Senator’s wayward son, will end up at Fort Lyon:

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(Boulder County Sheriff’s Office)

Nah, probably the Betty Ford Center for Jed.

Looks like good weather ahead, with only a slight chance for thunderstorms as the weekend arrives.

After fussing at myself to remember to buy ibuprofen at King Soopers yesterday, I forgot it again. Another chance today . . .

Sycamore Row by John Grisham on Goodreads. Another $5.99 discounted bestseller from King Soopers, and worth every penny.

More on tiny houses for the homeless: Tiny House Villages Become Sustainable Housing for the Homeless. I can see it now, on Open Space here in the Boulder Bubble. LOL!

That’s all for now, folks.

Max’s Journal 9/16/2014

DONATING TO A NONPROFIT IS NOT THE SAME AS HELPING THE HOMELESS!

By Max R. Weller

Please note the new motto for this blog (above).

Read Body found behind Arapahoe Village likely Boulder’s 6th homeless death of 2014 in the Daily Camera. Quoting from the article below:

Boulder police are investigating what appears to be the city’s sixth homeless death outdoors this year after the body of a man was found behind the Arapahoe Village shopping center over the weekend.

Police dispatchers received a call at 10:20 a.m. Saturday from a passerby who saw a body under some evergreen bushes behind Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts, 2440 Arapahoe Ave.

There were no obvious signs of trauma, police said.

The Boulder County Coroner’s Office will work to identify the man, and conduct an investigation to determine the cause and manner of his death.

“It is being investigated as an unattended death,” Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel said Monday.

Investigators believe the man was a transient, as the body was found near what appeared to be a homeless campsite, Kobel said.

My online comment follows:

Word this morning at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, from an individual who knew the deceased personally, is that he had pancreatic cancer (the disease that has taken the lives of several members of President Carter’s family).

Presumably, he would also have died in a hospice care setting.

It’s really inappropriate for the DC to lump a homeless cancer victim in with known substance abusers who died from alcohol poisoning/drug overdoses. And as to Isabel McDevitt — her constant trolling for donations to Bridge House is disgusting.

That’s all.

Why give so much as a penny to Bridge House, anyway?

She’ll never be as despicable as convicted rapist Jim Budd, but Ms. McDevitt (above) is certainly trying to plumb new depths of rotten behavior.

Aren’t we going in the wrong direction size-wise with public library services here in Boulder, CO? Recently, we had the opening of the NoBo Corner Library, and now it’s a Library Book Bike as reported in the DC. I’m still amazed, after 6 1/2 years as a resident, that our public library system gets shortchanged in the city budget. How about a full-size branch library in north Boulder? And a full-size bookmobile, too?

Boulder’s new book bike will make its debut today at Alfalfa’s from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

(Credit: City of Boulder)

Speaking of books: A lady runner in my neighborhood, who has seen me in my shady spot reading in the 4900 block of N. Broadway, gave me a Barnes & Noble gift card (I just checked the balance: $40). I LOVE runners! I’ve been purchasing books, including current bestsellers, at King Soopers at my own expense, then donating them to BSH when I’m done reading; this gift card will help a lot.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn on Goodreads. Thank goodness I only spent $5.99 plus tax.

I hope I can remember to buy ibuprofen at King Soopers this morning. My short-term memory isn’t what it used to be, thanks to creeping senility . . .

Bob Greenlee gets it, and more

By Max R. Weller

Insightful commentary by Mr. Greenlee in the Sunday Daily Camera. Read Boulder’s ultra-conservatism? Quoting from it below:

Boulder is a city with a village mentality. It has created a variety of conflicting growth, housing, and environmental goals that impact how people should be permitted to live and even work here. Every now and then ideological and political struggles emerge to complicate an ability to reach reasonable compromise on what the city’s size and future might look like.

Today’s battle lines over population growth [and] the density of new or redevelopment opportunities and affordable housing prospects are the legacy of one local community group’s ultra-conservatism. For the past five decades PLAN-Boulder County (PBC) has been the primary gatekeeper for limiting progressive policies that welcome more people and greater diversity into the community. Members of the group telegraph their conservative disdain for change, for growth, and market-based initiatives with an elitist attitude that tends to suggest “I’ve got mine, so get yours somewhere else”.

My online comment is copied here:

Yes, it’s medieval! We see the Lords and Ladies, who have surrounded themselves with the moat of Open Space to inflate real estate values (in addition to elitist housing policies that do likewise), and the Serfs who must live elsewhere and commute here to Boulder, CO each workday to serve their masters.

If PLAN-Boulder County and their elected stooges in both city and county government would be honest enough to openly state “We’ve got ours, so get yours in the ‘L’ towns,” I’d not be so critical of them. It’s their pretense of progressivism and constant lying which bug the Hell out of the Homeless Philosopher. Just admit it — you truly believe you’re entitled to corrupt the system to promote your own selfish ends.

(Strangely, transients from Denver and elsewhere are welcomed in numbers which strain available resources for Boulder County’s own homeless people; but, this is nothing more than a charade of compassion: “I feel good about myself for helping the homeless!”)

Greenlee closes by saying:

Things are built here and elsewhere because a free-market allows them. People like Boulder. They want to live and work here. They seek opportunities and we should reasonably accommodate population and economic growth and diversity; not seek to excessively control or eliminate such accommodation and diversity although it seems that’s where we’re headed.

I think we’ve already arrived . . .

I’m not certain there is Patriarchy and rape culture in philosophy department at CU-Boulder, but it’s painfully obvious something is seriously amiss, and many of that department’s faculty are boorish yahoos who don’t understand how to behave decently. To me, that’s sufficient cause to fire their sorry butts . . .

Consider Why I’m Not Proud of Being Gay by Jesse Bering in Scientific American from June, 2011. It makes several valid points, which we might otherwise miss here in the Boulder Bubble:

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It’s quite peaceful now at my shady spot in the 4900 block of N. Broadway and on the corner of U.S. 36, too. This is mostly due to the prolonged absence of Denver King. I don’t know where he is, but it’s NOT in Boulder County Jail as rumor has it. Everyone in the neighborhood, I daresay, is hoping that he NEVER returns.

Tonight at my campsite: chili dogs and Fritos.

A new Ice Age is upon us, and more

By Max R. Weller

Tiny Coroplast House

I could have used a survival shelter like this last night, and I could use it again tonight. It’s been raining off and on since about 5:15AM yesterday morning, the ground around my campsite quickly became saturated, and now all of my gear is soaked. It doesn’t look like there will be any chance to dry stuff out today, so I’m in for another miserably wet and cold night. It’s still better than being in any homeless shelter or emergency warming center, with critters who are barely human.

It snowed in the middle of May, and now again in the middle of September; just four months apart. No wonder scientists changed “global warming” to “climate change” a while back; the latter term can mean anything at all.

I did manage to fill my Thermos with hot water in the dining room at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless this morning, and I’m still debating whether to get ramen noodles or instant mashed potatoes at King Soopers. A hot lunch helps a lot when one is living outdoors.

Read Boulder wants your cheers, jeers for public art projects in the Daily Camera. My online comment follows:

Public art is great, so long as it’s paid for by the Medici family (or the latter-day equivalent here in Boulder, CO).

Politics from Lafayette County, MO:

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Russell Kruse for Judge!

This gentleman looks like a judge, not a middle-aged Barbie who wants to relive her glory days in high school. Sorry, Valoree . . .

Just a reminder, BSH opens its emergency overnight dorms on October 15th:

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That’s all for today, folks.

Obama opens new front in Syria, and more

By Max R. Weller

See the report from the Associated Press via the Daily Camera. Quoting from it below:

Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of “a steady, relentless effort” to root out Islamic State extremists and their spreading reign of terror.

“We will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” Obama declared in a prime-time address to the nation from the White House. “This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

Obama announced that he was dispatching nearly 500 more U.S. troops to advise and assist Iraqi security forces, as well as conduct intelligence and reconnaissance flights, bringing the total number of American forces sent there this summer to more than 1,500. He also urged Congress anew to authorize a program to train and arm Syrian rebels who are fighting both the Islamic State militants and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Obama’s plans amounted to a striking shift for a president who rose to political prominence in part because of his early opposition to the Iraq war. While in office, he has steadfastly sought to wind down American military campaigns in the Middle East and avoid new wars — particularly in Syria, a country where the chaos of an intractable civil war has given the Islamic State space to thrive and move freely across the border with Iraq.

President Barack Obama

My online comment is copied here:

Actually, this is a brilliant and time-honored political strategy — the POTUS using military force overseas to distract the American people from serious problems here at home, on the eve of mid-term elections in the U.S. House and Senate where smart money is betting that Democrats will take a pounding . . .

Read Boulder County homeowners plan another subdivision paving lawsuit in the Times-Call. Excerpt follows:

Rural Boulder County homeowners who succeeded in getting a judge to invalidate a county road repaving district are readying a new lawsuit against the county.

Chuck Wibby, the chairman of Boulder County Fairness In Road Maintenance, said the new lawsuit will ask the court to find that the county is violating state law and the county’s road-maintenance obligations by not budgeting more money for fixing about 150 miles of roads in unincorporated Boulder County’s residential subdivisions.

That lawsuit could be filed as early as next week, Wibby said in a Wednesday night interview.

Boulder County Commissioners

I brought out my winter coat from my locker at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless this morning, but I refuse to put on thermal underwear this early in September. BTW, there was hot water in the dining room, for a change, so I enjoyed a big mug of hot instant coffee (I never drink the coffee offered by BSH because its taste varies from day to day, and I’m a creature of habit). I’m now prepared for the snow, if and when it arrives today or tonight.

A bit of politics from the old hometown of Lexington, MO: Valoree Maycock for Judge.

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Comment posted elsewhere on the Internet appears below:

I’m glad that Valoree’s family has had six generations living in Lafayette County, but how come we don’t hear anything about her husband?

True, he no longer has the distinction of being the biggest white-collar criminal in local history, thanks to Leland Kolkmeyer in nearby Wellington, but she’s running for Associate Circuit Court Judge (Division II) and I’m fairly certain her husband’s federal felony convictions will give some voters pause.

BTW, one of the Bank Fraud charges he pleaded guilty to involved a check from the City of Lexington payable to U.S. Water, which Valoree’s husband deposited into his own bank account. Shortly after that, she became Lexington City Attorney …

The question is how much credibility does candidate Maycock have, if any. I get that she’s cute and has always been popular, and half the people in Lexington are related by blood or marriage to her, but what are her qualifications to sit in the judge’s seat?

Think about it, before you cast your vote on November 4th.

Valoree is not entitled to a free pass, and she ought to do what Claire McCaskill did when her husband was busted for marijuana possession on a KC riverboat: Divorce the dumb SOB, then hold her head up.

Tonight at my campsite: Granny’s Stumpwater Moonshine, to wash the taste of political corruption out of my mouth.