‘Pegasus Bridge’ by Stephen E. Ambrose

See the summary from Goodreads here.

This is a great read, and brief because it deals with one British company in one battle on D-Day, and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in World War II history.

It was no surprise to me that British troops would ditch their cheaply-made STEN guns in favor of the highly regarded German MP40s (erroneously called the “Schmeisser” by the Allies), and fortunately both weapons chambered the ubiquitous 9X19mm cartridge:

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British standard-issue STEN gun

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German standard-issue MP40

Some humorous stories, too, of the British and German participants meeting each other in peacetime afterwards . . . A couple of them realized that they had faced off during the battle, blazing away at each other, without doing any injury whatsoever. “So much for war.”

— MRW

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Greedy homeless shelter / services industry pleads poverty

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

By Max R. Weller

Read the sob story in the Times-Call here.

Excerpt copied below:

Clyde Townsend arranges his belongings in a downtown Longmont breezeway in June.

Clyde Townsend arranges his belongings in a downtown Longmont breezeway in June. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

It’s clear, after the city of Longmont’s second community conversation regarding homelessness, that people have no shortage of ideas for addressing the homelessness crisis. But, amid funding cuts at the state and federal level what service providers say they need most is money.

“There isn’t a lot of money out there for this,” said Edwina Salazar, executive director of Our Center, a homeless outreach center based in Longmont. “A lot of community members are complaining about the homeless that are on the streets, but it’s going to take their agreement to create more funds to address the issue. A lot of the funding that’s been cut over the years is from the federal level and to come up with other solutions is really difficult. I know there are some jurisdictions on the West Coast that are creating new taxes, but it’s going take to buy in from the whole community.”

The article drones on with the usual drivel we hear from the usual suspects, who all live by the creed More Homeless People = More Money, and therefore have zero incentive to “end homelessness” as they frequently claim is their goal — even as they solicit more $$$ from both public and private sources.

It’s clear that what they’re doing isn’t working, and common sense dictates that new leadership willing to acknowledge that a minimal level of emergency shelter / services is the best that can be done for the chronically homeless is urgently needed . . . Believe me, I know from firsthand observation over the course of a decade living in Boulder and its environs as a homeless man that this lifestyle is a CHOICE, and those who choose such an alternative to the mainstream of society are NOT interested in being “reformed” by the do-gooders who abound in Boulder County, CO.

My response to this T-C piece, which I’ve submitted as a letter-to-the-editor, follows:

Boulder County’s homeless shelter / services industry has spent $24.5M in recent years to house just 115 homeless individuals. This includes $8M+ for 31 residents at Housing First at 1175 Lee Hill in Boulder, $4.5M+ for 44 clients in Ready to Work at 4747 Table Mesa in Boulder, and $12M+ for 40 at-risk youth to be housed at Attention Homes 1440 Pine project in Boulder. (These are up-front building costs only, and do not include ongoing operating costs which are substantial.) I’m not including over $4M for Longmont’s new OUR Center. Clearly, money is no object, and it flows like springtime’s snowmelt from both public and private sources into government agencies and private nonprofits alike. Now they have the sheer gall to plead poverty in the newspaper? FIRE ‘EM ALL, and let’s start over!

Max R. Weller

Addendum: More info on Executive Director Edwina Salazar and Longmont, CO’s OUR Center here.

(E-mailed to Boulder City Council, and I’ve also been in touch with Longmont’s Mayor and City Council.)

‘Cherokee Nation Calls Elizabeth Warren’s DNA Test Wrong’

Read the story from TIME here.

Aren’t a great many of us in America today from 1/64th (six generations back) to 1,024th (10 generations back) part-Native American? So what? That does NOT meet the requirements to enroll as a member of any tribe; typically, you must demonstrate by appropriate documentation at least 1/16th ancestry (one great-great grandparent) and some tribes are stricter than that, requiring 1/4 ancestry (one grandparent).

Sen. Warren is embarrassing herself, as well as disrespecting Native American heritage as defined by the tribes themselves.

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STFU, Fauxcahontas . . .

‘Boulder police, service providers note increase in meth use among homeless’

HELP CLEAN AND SOBER HOMELESS PEOPLE, NOT DRUNKS AND DOPERS!

By Max R. Weller

Read the story in the Daily Camera here.

Excerpt copied below:

Blankets left behind by a homeless individual sit unattended at the Glen Huntington Central Park Bandshell earlier this year.

Blankets left behind by a homeless individual sit unattended at the Glen Huntington Central Park Bandshell earlier this year. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

Boulder police have noticed a concerning trend among the homeless people they interact with most: More are choosing methamphetamine over other substances.

Boulder police officers on the Homeless Outreach Team estimate that 80 percent of the homeless people they interact with now use meth, versus 15 percent five years ago, according to a report presented to the Boulder City Council on Oct. 2.

Meth use traps some of the city’s most vulnerable in a “vicious cycle” that is difficult to break, Boulder police officer Jenny Paddock said in an interview. The drug makes it easier to cope with living outside, she said, but makes it more difficult to find stable housing.

While heroin might get all the headlines, she said, meth is “just as devastating to individuals and users.”

The numbers from Boulder police are based on anecdotal experience (the Homeless Philosopher also greatly relies on anecdotal experience, but prefers to call it firsthand observation — MRW) and come from the subset of homeless who interact with police, said Paddock, who is one of two officers on the Homeless Outreach Team.

“We try and focus on the people who are the most vulnerable,” she said, which includes “high utilizers,” or those who often get tickets, go to the emergency room or require welfare checks.

Paddock and others attribute the rise in meth use to price. One person told Paddock that “it’s cheap, and it’s the best drug ever.” It can also help those who are homeless stay up at night to avoid camping tickets.

I never had a camping ticket in a decade of sleeping outside in Boulder and its environs, because I kept a low profile by staying SOBER and using common sense. Anyone else could do the same; IT’S A CHOICE!

I think you can point to Boulder County Coordinated Entry as the cause of this new migration of methheads to the Boulder Bubble. Apparently, word has spread far and wide among the worst-behaved transients in America that Boulder, CO wants to give them all of life’s necessities for FREE . . . This has always been the case with chronic alcoholics and potheads, since I arrived here as a clean and sober homeless man in early 2008, but the homeless shelter / services industry has reached a new low in 2018:

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WAY TO GO, DO-GOODERS! We can look forward to depraved methheads cooking  their poison in taxpayer-subsidized housing costing as much as $300K per unit. WTF? Call it compassion in action, Boulder-style.

A sane public policy would move the lowest common denominator of BUMS on down the road, even paying for bus fare back to wherever they came from, and it would cost only a tiny fraction compared to endlessly supporting the drug addicts’ self-absorbed lifestyle. Treatment for meth addiction is more of a joke than programs which purport to treat alcoholism, with the typical substance abuser recycling through them again and again, until the money from various sources is exhausted.

Continuing excerpt from the DC article:

Paddock has noticed alcoholics now using meth, and Robinson said opioid abusers also are leaning toward meth.

“Meth makes life outdoors more tolerable,” Paddock said. “Yet it makes housing hard.”

Those who use meth have been more resistant to help, according to Paddock, who says “their entire focus is on meth.” Some refuse to get help.

Others who do get help and go to an inpatient program, like the Fort Lyons Supportive Residential Community in Las Animas, often relapse. Paddock said Boulder police have helped send several people to the program only to see them leave within a month.

“I don’t think the people who focus on treatment know of a good way to treat meth,” she said. (Nor anything else, from what I’ve seen — MRW)

Long term use of meth can change the brain’s dopamine system, affecting parts of the brain involved with emotion and memory, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. A 2004 study found that, even if someone recovers and stops using meth, prior use could still affect the person’s dopamine cell activity.

(This is similar to what we call Wet Brain among chronic alcoholics, like those in Housing First at 1175 Lee Hill.)

Despite the Boulder do-gooders’ belief that they can lead our nation and the world in solving problems like homelessness, the sorry results of their hugely expense social experimentation can be seen passed out in shelters and out-of-the-way campsites all over the city.

See also:

Boulder’s Coordinated Entry system for homelessness is a sham

Boulder alcoholics support ‘Right to Rest’ bill

Donna the homeless drama queen at N. Broadway & Laramie Blvd.

Was für eine Ladung Gülle!

Well, I obtained a code number from Facebook; because I don’t own a mobile phone I needed the help of a friend to do so. That was only the first step in recovering my FB account, however. Figures . . .

Now, they want me to upload a photo of myself for identification purposes. WTF? I’ve never taken any, except for a profile view seated at a computer and a photo of the portrait done by an artist in my north Boulder neighborhood — neither of which will work. I’m NOT a self-absorbed social media kind of guy.

SCREW IT! I’ll use Twitter from now on. (https://twitter.com/homelessphilos1)

(You can probably guess the translation from the German above: What a load of manure!)

— MRW

Facebook saugt große! Zuckerberg ist Kommunist!

Okay, you can tell I’m upset that I’ve been blocked from my personal Facebook page; I have lots of downloaded photos stored there to use for posts here, and for memes I create to post on Facebook itself.

It’s no doubt the work of those who want to censor my opinion(s) on homelessness, but it won’t work: I have many more followers here on WordPress and this blog has a worldwide audience. It’s not necessary for me to use Facebook at all, even if it’s convenient.

Boulder Do-Gooders sind girly Männer und Butch-Frauen:

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That’s all for now . . .

— MRW