Monthly Archives: February 2015

Have you seen this character?

A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, A LITTLE LESS ENABLING

By Max R. Weller

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Impersonating a poor and homeless person to solicit donations of any kind ought to be a misdemeanor. This 20-something guy has a home, if only he would obey his parents’ house rules: no drinking and drugging, go to school or get a job, etc.

Don’t give him a dime. And don’t give a dime to Bridge House, which supports these bums.

Facebook status 2/4/2015

A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, A LITTLE LESS ENABLING

By Max R. Weller

Copied here in its entirety:

After living in Boulder, CO since early 2008, I’ve concluded that the typical do-gooder here possesses the IQ of a fence post. There are still some of these self-righteous clowns who jump to the conclusion that I’m a wealthy white elite living in a McMansion up in the Foothills, just because I comment on homelessness in a way that is NOT supportive of the approach taken by the private nonprofits and government agencies. Their approach is, of course, a FAILURE. As many, or more, homeless people can be found on our streets in 2015 as when I arrived seven years ago.

What’s hilarious is when these unwitting do-gooders want to lecture me on what it’s like being homeless, based almost solely on what they’ve read in some left-wing rag like The Huffington Post, with a dash of BS from Bridge House added.

In the end, they wind up being guided by characters like these:

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Max’s Journal 2/4/2015

A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, A LITTLE LESS ENABLING

By Max R. Weller

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Another guy from SoCal?

A new Lance Armstrong scandal! This time, he threw his girlfriend under the bus: Armstrong given two tickets after car crash from the Aspen Daily News online. It’s news worldwide because of Armstrong’s celebrity status, but the Boulder Daily Camera has buried the story so deep that 99 percent of readers won’t see it at all; can’t risk offending the spandex-clad ninnies here who still believe Lance is a hero. Like I said elsewhere, steroid abuse over a period of years will shrink your manhood, apparently in more ways than one. Letting his girlfriend take the rap! What a loser . . .

I’m hoping the temps will either drop significantly or get up into the 50s by Friday; nothing worse than sleeping outdoors with slushy snow around the freezing mark. In any case, I’ve benefited greatly by a lengthy vacation indoors with friends in Longmont.

And speaking of indoors, here’s an interesting report from the Rochester (NY) Democrat & Chronicle: Homeless find sanctuary at heated warehouse. If this works out well, it will be an exception to what usually occurs, when the lowest common denominator of homeless people begin behaving badly. If and when that happens, of course, EVERYBODY will get the heave-ho . . .

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Boulder approves expanded outdoor smoking ban . . .

That’s all, folks. Time for a nap.

Cut the crime rate: close Bridge House

A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, A LITTLE LESS ENABLING

(Originally published on 11/19/2013).

By Max R. Weller

It’s interesting to see how, week after week, Boulder’s crime is centered around Bridge House. Check out the Boulder PD’s Weekly Crime Map. It’s worthy of note also that relatively little serious crime is actually recorded in my neighborhood up in north Boulder, which is not to excuse the drunken transients there who get away with almost everything short of a violent felony. My educated guess is that Boulder PD manpower is concentrated where it appears most urgently needed.

What does this locus of crime in the downtown area have to do with Bridge House, you ask? That organization, operating from cramped and inadequate quarters at 1120 1/2 Pine, is nonetheless a magnet for the worst-behaved transients from Denver and elsewhere who come here by the scores (if not hundreds) every October for overnight emergency sheltering at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. Its convenient location only increases its drawing power to the bums; Pearl Street Mall, Boulder Creek Path, and University Hill are all right nearby.

I reiterate that a homeless people’s day center ought to be located well away from downtown. If it’s impossible to keep BSH open during the day all week long, then Bridge House should be relocated to east Boulder or even somewhere in the south of our fair city.

Furthermore, priority for available services must be given to the homeless who can show valid photo ID with a Boulder County address (we are the county seat, after all); all others to the end of the line for what’s left, if anything. Bridge House could serve the transients a plate of beans and rice, a cup of coffee, and a fossilized scone — then hand ‘em each the $5 regional ticket on RTD headed back to Denver. In the long run, for both BH and the City of Boulder, this would be far cheaper than the ongoing costs of transients hanging around for months on end. Not to mention the reduction in crime we could expect to see, and the enhanced quality of life we could then enjoy, as the overall number of homeless on Boulder’s streets is reduced by 50% or more.

The only “drawback” I foresee is a corresponding reduction in the numbers of social workers, case managers, mental health counselors, addiction counselors, the list goes on. Hey, maybe that would be a plus, too!

Addendum 2/3/2015: Survey: More than half of Boulder homeless who sought help at center were new to city from the Daily Camera.

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Max’s Journal 2/2/2015

A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, A LITTLE LESS ENABLING

By Max R. Weller

Great Super Bowl game yesterday, in contrast to last year’s Seattle Seahawks’ cakewalk over the Denver Broncos. I’ve always admired Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and it suits me that the Patriots won in a close contest, decided in the last minute.

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Nothing wrong with the Seahawks calling a pass play in that  situation at the end of the Super Bowl, 2nd-and-goal from the Pats’ 1 yard line, but it should have been some kind of bootleg where their QB could have run it in, if the receiver wasn’t wide open. And who knew that a rookie DB for the Patriots would have paid perfect attention to the scouting report, recognizing what play was coming by Seattle’s formation, and then making the interception to end their scoring opportunity and the game (except for the kneel-down by Brady to run the last few seconds off the clock).

The NY Giants beat New England in both of their Super Bowl meetings because they stopped the short passing game, and had enough of a pass rush to make Brady inaccurate on deep throws. Yesterday, the Seahawks defense looked helpless at times, and trying to cover TE Gronkowski (lined up at WR) with a LB was folly — they got burned twice, for a TD and a big 3rd down conversion.

Bottom line: Tom Brady went 37/50 passing for 328 yards, 4 TDs, 2 Ints. Pats’ defense held Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch to a little over 100 yards on 24 rushes, with 1 TD.

It’s been ages since I made soup, but I’m taking advantage of the chance to do so today. Some frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn, green beans, and shelled edamame). a can of tomatoes, some leftover grilled steak cut into small pieces, a small amount of chopped onion, and some Italian spices I found in the kitchen cabinet here (oregano, marjoram, rosemary, basil, thyme, and sage) along with salt, black pepper, and butter. It’s been simmering for an hour now, and the aroma is everywhere in my friends’ house.

I still want to make a trip to Walmart, before I return to my campsite. Need some new gear, and canned goods I can eat cold in my burrow. Ritz crackers and chocolate bars would be tasty, too.

That’s all for now, folks.

What’s up with year-round cyclists?

A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, A LITTLE LESS ENABLING

By Max R. Weller

My rant of the day:

LOL! How can cyclists around here NOT appreciate all that they’ve been given by everyone else? Literally hundreds of miles of bike lanes, bike paths, bike trails, along with bike parks and other facilities, and I see the CDOT and/or Boulder County street sweepers clearing sand and dirt from bike lanes frequently. It’s MILLIONS OF DOLLARS worth of amenities and maintenance for cyclists, and instead of being grateful, all that a few of them can do is hold out their greedy, self-entitled hands to demand more. A pox on them, the spandex-clad ninnies who try to run pedestrians down on our sidewalks in north Boulder, especially around Amante at N. Broadway & Yarmouth.

I feel better now . . .

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Longmont cyclist advocates for improved winter biking conditions

(Mother Nature ignores him)