Monthly Archives: November 2013

‘Boulder DA concerned about rape of homeless women’

By Max R. Weller

Read the report in the Daily Camera. Quoting from it below:

Boulder prosecutors and homeless advocates are concerned that homeless women in the county are becoming increasingly vulnerable to violent sexual assaults, and are hoping to reach out to victims to make sure the crimes are reported and prosecuted.

Boulder County Deputy District Katharina Booth, chief of the sexual assault and domestic violence unit with the DA’s office, said she has seen what she believes is a recent increase in cases of violent sexual assaults against homeless women.

“I keep seeing this recurring trend of the female population of the homeless being victimized in a multitude of ways,” she said. “While I don’t have hard and fast numbers, anecdotally over the last couple of years I feel like I continue to see more cases, and I keep seeing our homeless women become victims of assault and sexual assault.”

Booth said homeless women are especially vulnerable to sexual assaults for many reasons.

“Many of our homeless women are suffering from mental health difficulties or substance abuse issues, not to mention the fact that they don’t have a home to stay in,” Booth said. “Obviously they are vulnerable victims for predators in that community.”

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless at 4869 N. Broadway houses a lot of registered sex offenders, along with dozens of vulnerable homeless women:

https://www-static.bouldercolorado.gov/docs/SexOffenderListWithPictures.pdf

Please feel free to copy the URL above and pass it along to others.

Jim Budd was recently convicted of sexually assaulting a volunteer at Carriage House (now called Bridge House) he met while working there, before he founded Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow.

My point is: the local homeless shelter/services providers are part of the problem, not part of the solution. BSH MUST change its policy in re sex offenders to conform with most other homeless shelters in America — by refusing to accept them as clients. Bridge House, the transient (and rapist) magnet at 1120 1/2 Pine in downtown Boulder, MUST be closed down as a Public Nuisance.

Happy Holidays to you, too!

By Max R. Weller

“Max. R. Weller, your a fucking Moron! The World would be a much better place if you were would blow your pea size brains out!” (Copied verbatim).

This is the comment from “jennifer” which greeted me this morning when I logged in to my blog. Because I didn’t give her prior approval, this remark was sitting in the moderation basket — and will shortly be deleted. I take it she wasn’t happy with my last post, poking fun at yesterday’s Walmart Neighborhood Market protest here in Boulder, CO.

LOL . . .

Maybe I should ask her, since I now have both her e-mail (berkley33@gmail.com) and IP addresses. Or maybe not.

I remember the first protest against this particular grocery store for the poor and middle class shoppers; it happened over a year ago, while Walmart still had plans for it on the drawing board. I blogged about it then, based on a report in the Daily Camera:

Boulder Creek bums recruited for Walmart protest; given free pizza

(Originally published on 9/20/2012).

By Max R. Weller

This is truly a classic! See the Daily Camera article here. Quoting from it below:

At the rally in front of the Municipal Building, about a third of the protesters appeared to be transients who had been hanging out by the Boulder Creek Path and were drawn by free pizza.

I wager that every one of the hungry bums shops at Walmart, or would if all of their cash from Uncle Sugar’s monthly disability checks wasn’t going for booze and dope and a few nights partying in a motel room.

As to those self-righteous, constipated Boulderites in the video who aren’t transients: I’d love to take them out hiking in a pasture somewhere, then trip them up so that they fall face-first into a steaming, fresh cowpie.

Riley Johnson, of Boulder, eats a slice of pizza while holding a sign Tuesday during a Walmart protest near the Municipal Building. ( JEREMY PAPASSO )

BTW, Mr. Johnson and the other transient “protesters” are most likely from Denver, CO. (And supporters of Obama in 2012).

Arrogant Boulder elite protests Walmart Neighborhood Market in Boulder

By Max R. Weller

Screenshot from 2013-11-29 18:49:18Screenshot taken from Daily Camera video 11/29/2013

Poor man looks like he needs a daily regimen of whole grains and prune juice, but he’s still a SNOB. Yes, it’s a bit unfair for me to single Dave Anderson out because there were a few other Froot Loops present, hating on both Walmart and the folks who shop there. Well, Dave, we ain’t all a part of Boulder, CO’s upper crust — poor and middle class shoppers are looking for lower prices. And, during this ongoing Bush/Obama Great Recession, poor and middle class job seekers are applying for work at Walmart. I know you don’t get it, Dave; take my word for it!

It’s ironic, but as I started working on this blog post my friend walked in with some thermal underwear I’ve been needing, purchased at a Walmart Supercenter in Longmont, CO.

Anyway, here’s the link to the Daily Camera report.

Next time I’m in Walmart, either Boulder’s Neighborhood Market or Longmont’s Supercenter, I’ll buy a big box of Froot Loops cereal in honor of Dave Anderson and his fellow protesters.

‘Welfare Square: Place of Hope for the Needy’

By Max R. Weller

Read the article by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also watch the YouTube video.

I’ve mentioned before that I spent an afternoon, way back in October of 2004, stocking shelves in the Bishops’ Storehouse at Welfare Square in Salt Lake City, UT. During my few hours of work, I was given a meal of cheese and fresh fruit from the LDS-owned dairy and orchards. And in return for my labor, I received lodging at a hostel for three nights and a generous amount of tokens for the SLC bus/light rail system.

BTW, I’m not Mormon, nor was it in my mind to stay in Utah at the time. These generous folks listened to my story, and decided to help me as I traveled. Of course, I behaved in a decent and respectful manner.

Welfare Square ought to be a model for what all nonprofits do to aid the poor and homeless.

‘Boulder County transients’ Thanksgiving turns violent’

By Max R. Weller

I was going to ignore this story from the Daily Camera, and not post it on my blog, but it’s too important. (However, I will ignore the brief account of the most recent dead transient found in Boulder Creek).

The bums’ Thanksgiving dinner consisted of a big 1.75L jug of rotgut vodka for each one, and then the fun began. BCSO deputies could probably find the knife-wielding miscreant at Bridge House, where all the scum surfaces sooner or later.

Online comment by “caddis” following the DC article is copied below:

Just got back from a week in Scottsdale. A lot like Boulder inasmuch as affluent, touristy and lovely environment. Not a single hobo, vagrant or beggar did I see, even in Old Town — their version of Pearl Street.

And Scottsdale is warmer during the cold season. So, those shrugging shoulders and proclaiming “vagrants are just a fact of life” are enablers and just wrong. Scottsdale has figured it out.

I don’t know what exactly they are doing, I’m just telling you what I saw for a week straight. How nice it was to walk around downtown and not be harrassed by vagrants. “C’mon man, give me your leftovers (which weren’t, it was my pregnant wife’s dinner).”

I just checked the Greyhound website; a ticket from Denver, CO to Phoenix, AZ is $150. For $45,000 the City of Boulder could pay the bus fare for 300 transients to that city in a much warmer clime. RTD fare from Boulder to Denver for 300 bums would be $1,500 — bringing the total cost to $46,500. A bargain at twice the price!

And Sheriff Joe Arpaio would be waiting to house the bums, too, in his tent city. How tough would these transients pretend to be, wearing the Maricopa County Jail-issue PINK BOXERS?

sheriff-joe-arpaio-pink-boxersSheriff Joe and pink boxers

In Boulder County (CO) Jail, inmates get to enjoy a Friday night movie with free popcorn and soda pop. It seems to me that coddling offenders has little or no value in deterring future bad behavior.

While we’re at it, let’s close down the transient magnet Bridge House . . .

The OUR Center? Bah, humbug!

By Max R. Weller

Read the commentary by Brad and Lisa Golter from the Times-Call. An editor might have entitled it “Trolling for dollars” and been more on point.

What about those homeless people who are so down-and-out that they’re at risk of freezing to death on the streets in wintertime?

The OUR Center made the ill-advised decision last January to close its overnight emergency shelter, shifting the burden of caring for the most vulnerable among us to a church (or maybe two) in Longmont, and to the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless (which was already operating at full capacity of 160 clients). True, Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow operates emergency warming centers in that city, in a network of churches and a synagogue, but BOHO is also stretched to the limit of its resources; on one recent night, they sheltered 182 homeless people.

Yes, I understand that focusing on a so-called transitional living program rather than emergency shelter/services makes FUNDRAISING much easier — but is it moral and ethical to do so? I think not.

Potential donors to the OUR Center need to consider the issue of that nonprofit’s refusal to help those most in need. I’ve donated to the Boulder Shelter and to their street outreach program Boulder County Cares in the past, but I wouldn’t give a dime to the OUR Center!

BTW, the long-term success rate of any transitional living program for homeless single adults is only about 10%. It might seem that it ought to be higher than that if you exclude homeless people with the most serious problems, as the OUR Center is now doing, but it isn’t. Food for thought.
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Call me Scrooge!

My Thanksgiving dinner

By Max R. Weller

I’m thankful for the great meal I’ve just finished, courtesy of my friends who brought it back for me from the Chautauqua Dining Hall in Boulder, CO. It’s fortunate that I hadn’t eaten since having waffles and maple syrup this morning; now I’m stuffed, with dessert left over for later on.

Here’s the menu.

I had all of the appetizers (the smoked salmon was excellent) and the salad (figs were a nice touch), the pork tenderloin (probably the best I’ve ever eaten), and my piece of pecan pie topped by whipped cream awaits.

It’s all a rare treat for the Homeless Philosopher, but I have rare friends.

‘Boulder County residents thankful . . .’

See the story from the Times-Call, copied below in its entirety:

Resident Danielle Campa prays at the start of the annual Thanksgiving dinner served Wednesday at Mountain View Plaza Senior Community. Skyline Kiwanis has been sponsoring the dinner since the late 1970s. ( LEWIS GEYER )

Heavy rains and historical flooding brought disaster to Longmont and the St. Vrain Valley this fall, but as the community counts its blessings for Thanksgiving, many tallied those around them as reasons to be grateful.

The Times-Call invited readers via social media to share their thoughts on how they are grateful this year. Overwhelmingly, responses veered to family, friends, neighbors and community.

Here are some of the replies we received.

“Thankful that my mom’s house surprisingly was untouched in the flooding even though her road was practically a river itself, for the people who kept me updated on it all, my kids and family and for finally being able to move back home soon.” — Angel Ballard, Prescott, Ariz.

“Thankful to know there are so many people that will help out during the floods. I was lucky my house did not get any damage even though the creek behind us flooded pretty bad. I was so sad I could not help cause I had to work. This kind of stuff makes me thankful that there are still people out there willing to help when disasters happen!” — Michelle Shaffer, Frederick.

Skyline High School junior Deshon Elcock serves a Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday at Mountain View Plaza Senior Community. ( LEWIS GEYER )

“I am thankful for all the volunteers, people of the town, church groups, students, teachers, family, friends, coworkers, firemen, police officers, city of Longmont workers, volunteer electricians, Red Cross, Salvation Army, National Guard, FEMA, and even some famous reggae band members that came and helped us during the flood. We would not be where we are today without the kind-hearted people that saved people and animals, lifted every item one owns out of their basements, cleaned muck off of unidentifiable belongs, shoveled mud, logs, and gravel out of basements, made sure power was restored, trash was removed, people were fed, passed out gift cards, shovels, gloves, extension cords, and brought the community together. It was an incredible sight to see people walking down the street with shovels in hand and boots on, ready to break their backs for people they didn’t even know. For them all I am thankful and would do it myself for anyone if ever needed.” — Andrea Haefele, Longmont.

“Thankful for the togetherness of Colorado strong communities working together to rebuild after a flood of a century and for the Broncos bringing new charisma and joy to our state!! Very thankful for all of my family and friends who have rallied and supported me through some serious life changes, especially this year, and thankful always for new beginnings!” Becky Beyer, Broomfield.

“I am thankful for health and the community of Longmont — complete strangers are now lifelong friends due to the selflessness shown during the aftermath of the floods. ‘We’re in this together’ is not just a campaign slogan — it really is what Longmont is all about.” — Heidi Lawrence, Niwot.

“I am thankful for all the great people that helped us in our worst time of need in the flooding of Longmont an all the other towns.” — Rosalie Rascon, Longmont.

“My husband and daughters support during my cancer treatments, I am so blessed. I learned how to love more because of them.” — Catherine Wood, Longmont.

“I am thankful for my family and friends and, believe it or not, I am thankful for the hard times I am going through right now as they will make the things that are going to be good in the future all the better! Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!” — Kelly Rodriguez, Longmont.

“I have so much to be thankful for, but most of all I am thankful for my sister Josephine and her two kids and husband that they all OK and survive the Haiyan Typhoon in their town.” — Cherlina King, Longmont.

“I am grateful for the healing power of community.” — Diane Emerson, Lyons.

“I am thankful for my 93-year-old grandmother. That she still has her mind and her health. And that we have a happy home together.” — Jennie Rouge, Longmont.

“I am so thankful for my amazing kiddos and husband! I am thankful for everyone we get to share Thanksgiving with and for having a healthy, happy family! I am also thankful for all of those we won’t get to see, that we are so lucky to have so many friends and family!” — Lauren Roth, Longmont.

— MRW