Hogs in the news, and more

By Max R. Weller

See Hog heaven: Boulder County Fair competitors show pigs in their prime Wednesday in the Times-Call.

Hailey Frederiksen of Platteville guides her pig around the show floor for judges during the 4-H Market Swine show Wednesday at the Boulder County

Hailey Frederiksen of Platteville guides her pig around the show floor for judges during the 4-H Market Swine show Wednesday at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. (Matthew Jonas / Longmont Times-Call)

Here’s my favorite pig:

It’s always good to be reminded that real Americana can still be found inside the Boulder Bubble.

Another clueless editorial in re homelessness from the Daily Camera’s Erika Stutzman: Wake-up call: Shuffling around homeless people not a solution. My online comment is copied below:

“Boulder, CO ignores ‘tiny houses’ for the homeless” was originally published on May 1, 2013: https://homelessphilosopher.wordpress.com/2013/05/…

Here’s more info on tiny house communities springing up in truly progressive cities around America: http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/tiny-house…

WE NEED HOUSING, NOT PROGRAMS.

BTW, other cities do require homeless people seeking shelter/services to provide valid photo ID and proof of residency. Example: http://www.havenforhope.org/new/gethelp.aspx

Who are the biggest bums in Boulder, CO? Oh, puhleeze! The individuals who run local nonprofits are, in fact, tasked with raising the maximum amount of funding from both public and private sources. That includes Isabel McDevitt at Bridge House, Greg Harms at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, and others. They’re glorified beggars, nothing more.

Educate yourself by reading this book: “Bowling for Bums: My Life as a Charity Whore.” It’s available to be checked out at the Main Branch of Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe.

Furthermore, the City of Boulder should conduct a performance audit to determine exactly what positive long-term results — if any — are obtained by city taxpayer support of Bridge House, Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, etc. Such an audit should also seek to determine the cost to the city of all of the support being given to transients who have no ties to Boulder, CO (other than drifting here to no good purpose).

Apparently, Ms. Stutzman thinks it’s okay for transients to shuffle here to Boulder, CO from all over America — but encouraging them to move on from here is somehow wrong. WTF? Some youngster walked up to me in north Boulder last night, as I was preparing to leave my shady spot and go to my nearby campsite, and he asked me if there was someplace he could eat for FREE in the neighborhood. I told him to come back at 6AM for breakfast at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. He gave me a dirty look, as if our fair city should offer handouts of food on a 24/7 basis! No, he didn’t show up this morning, and I hope he went on down the road.

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LOL! BSH staff managed to get the photo above (with my own captions added) removed from my Facebook Wall — but more people will see it here, anyway. People all over the globe, in fact. Wouldn’t you be smiling, too, if an ongoing flood of transients to Boulder, CO meant greater job security?

Tonight at my campsite: V-8 juice and chicken salad with crackers.

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