Monthly Archives: December 2016

Ready to Work ‘TreeOpp’ program misses the boat:

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

By Max R. Weller

TreeOpp woodworking instructor Robby Holb observes the work of Richard Tomter, a Ready to Work TreeOpp apprentice.

TreeOpp woodworking instructor Robby Holb observes the work of Richard Tomter, a Ready to Work TreeOpp apprentice. (City of Boulder / Courtesy photo)

It would seem as plain as the nose on your face: There’s a ready market here in Boulder and the entire state of Colorado for marijuana pipes of all kinds, including those made from ashwood (see below) . . . And yet, Isabel McDevitt is NOT tapping into it.

If this program is ever to become worthwhile from a profit standpoint, this must change. Let’s face it, most homeless people including the Ready to Work crowd are smoking weed every day; so are many other Boulderites from all walks of life and transients who come here. Put TreeOpp Cannabis Pipes in every dispensary and recreational pot shop in the state!

You’re welcome, Isabel . . . The Homeless Philosopher is always glad to lend his advice to do-gooders who are struggling with logic and common sense.

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Ashwood marijuana pipe 

This is what’s FUBAR:

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP ENABLING BAD BEHAVIOR!

By Max R. Weller

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Elizabeth Fanshier, on the left in this Daily Camera photo from a sob story about the Boulder Homeless Memorial last Friday (12/23/2016), has been in and out of transitional living programs and subsidized housing many, many times in the years I’ve been here (since early 2008). It’s also my understanding, from Ms. Fanshier’s own statements, that she has given birth to six babies — NONE of whom she has custody of NOR does she support them financially.

This is what’s wrong with social services AND the do-gooders running things here in the Boulder Bubble . . .

BTW, I recognized just a few of the names listed with this story, and it’s probably safe to say that most of the nineteen deceased homeless people had no ties to Boulder, CO — except for being here briefly to grab all of the Free Stuff they possibly could.

A Christmas Day to forget

HELP BOULDER COUNTY’S OWN HOMELESS MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN!

By Max R. Weller

Read the report of high winds yesterday in the Daily Camera: Thousands lose power in Boulder County as Christmas wind gusts top 90 mph. Excerpt follows:

High winds knocked down this tree on Boulder’s University Hill Sunday afternoon, causing a road closure along Aurora Avenue between 11th and 12th

High winds knocked down this tree on Boulder’s University Hill Sunday afternoon, causing a road closure along Aurora Avenue between 11th and 12th streets. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

The Boulder area traded a white Christmas for a windy one.

Winds held steady above 60 mph throughout the city up until Sunday evening, according to the National Weather Service, with gusts near or above 90 mph recorded in multiple foothills locations, including NCAR, Gold Hill and Rocky Flats.

The winds downed power lines and caused thousands of outages throughout Boulder and Broomfield counties, with more than 3,000 losing power Sunday afternoon in south Boulder, and another 1,500 losing power in the area of downtown Louisville.

About 1,000 were also without power over the afternoon in the area of the Broomfield Industrial Center.

Other smaller outages were reported elsewhere in Boulder, including along Baseline Road and 28th Street.

Many of the outages were resolved by the early evening, but some customers, including in south Boulder and in Louisville, weren’t expected to regain power until close to midnight.

In addition to downed power lines, fallen trees and swirling debris were also reported in pockets of the city of Boulder, in Niwot, Erie, Lafayette and unincorporated county neighborhoods. 

At my campsite in north Boulder, near the intersection of N. Broadway & U.S. 36, I retreated into my burrow by 9AM when it seemed that the forecast snow had arrived; only a dusting appeared. Settling in to read the Lincoln biography I received as a Christmas present from one of my Dakota Ridge neighbors,  “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, it was only a brief time before the wind was howling — and it kept up for hours. Despite being in a somewhat sheltered location, I feared my tarp would be swept away along with all of my camping gear and me with it . . .

To make matters worse, I’ve been remiss by not drinking enough water to avoid the most unsettling symptom of dehydration: dizziness. I almost passed out when I crawled out of my hole last night after the wind had died down. This will not do; I might die of exposure with warmth just a few feet away. Then (horrors!), the do-gooders would use my passing to raise more money for the almost exclusive benefit of the worst-behaved transients. I’ll be damn sure to drink at least a couple of liters of water daily from this day forward.

BTW, I want to thank Todd Root of Boulder for his commentary published in the DC’s print edition on Saturday: Addressing homelessness, what about substance abuse? It’s encouraging to see that not everyone is foolish enough to accept at face value what Greg Harms and others running our local homeless shelter / services industry are putting out there:

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Do NOT buy a used car from this man! 

‘Boulder homeless working group holds first meeting’

HELP BOULDER COUNTY’S OWN HOMELESS MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN!

By Max R. Weller

See the latest sob story from our local do-gooders in the Daily Camera here. Excerpt copied below:

David Defranco plays the guitar on Pearl Street on Wednesday in Boulder. Defranco is currently homeless.

David Defranco plays the guitar on Pearl Street on Wednesday in Boulder. Defranco is currently homeless. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

Boulder has about 500 homeless people at any given moment, although it’s difficult to come up with a definitive number because of the inherent difficulties in tracking a population with no fixed address.

“It’s probably more,” said Wendy Schwartz, a human services planning and program development manager for the city. “There is an annual count because it’s a requirement with (Housing and Urban Development).”

Regardless of how many homeless people call Boulder home or are just passing through, providing them with food, shelter and, hopefully, a path toward permanent housing is a large task split between government and nonprofit organizations.

A mix of those entities, the homeless working group was empaneled to provide guidance to the Boulder City Council on issues related to the homeless population in the city. It convened for the first time on Wednesday afternoon inside a small conference room at the back of the West Senior Center.

“We really want a good action plan for how we make the emergency services we provide to be as effective and efficient as possible,” Schwartz told the Daily Camera after the meeting.

My reaction? More BS! What needs to be done is to require valid photo ID showing a Boulder County address and proof of residency for at least one year to be eligible for shelter / services here. A grace period could be granted for replacing lost ID, and transients could be given bus tickets back home (much cheaper in the long run).

As the corrupt system stands now, More Homeless People = More Money for the nonprofits, so local taxpayers and kindhearted citizens are supporting the likes of Alabama transients who started the Cold Springs Fire earlier this year. I’m sorry, but this is phony compassion designed to make bleeding heart liberals Feel Good about themselves. THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED!

It will come as no surprise to friends and acquaintances of the Homeless Philosopher, who has blogged about homelessness in Boulder, CO since September of 2009, that he was NOT invited to attend this meeting. Differing opinions are NEVER welcomed by the do-gooders here.

A Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer

By S. Omar Barker

I ain’t much good at prayin’,
and You may not know me, Lord —
For I ain’t much seen in churches,
where they preach Thy Holy Word.
But you may have observed me
out here on the lonely plains,
A-lookin’ after cattle,
feelin’ thankful when it rains.

Admirin’ Thy great handiwork.
the miracle of the grass,
Aware of Thy kind Spirit,
in the way it comes to pass
That hired men on horseback
and the livestock that we tend
Can look up at the stars at night,
and know we’ve got a Friend.

So here’s ol’ Christmas comin’ on,
remindin’ us again
Of Him whose coming brought good will
into the hearts of men.
A cowboy ain’t a preacher, Lord,
but if You’ll hear my prayer,
I’ll ask as good as we have got
for all men everywhere.

Don’t let no hearts be bitter, Lord.
   Don’t let no child be cold.
Make easy the beds for them that’s sick
   and them that’s weak and old.
Let kindness bless the trail we ride,
   no matter what we’re after,
And sorter keep us on Your side,
   in tears as well as laughter.

I’ve seen ol’ cows a-starvin’ –
and it ain’t no happy sight;
Please don’t leave no one hungry, Lord,
on Thy Good Christmas Night —
No man, no child, no woman,
and no critter on four feet
I’ll do my doggone best
to help you find ’em chuck to eat.

I’m just a sinful cowpoke, Lord —
ain’t got no business prayin’
But still I hope you’ll ketch a word
or two, of what I’m sayin’:
We speak of Merry Christmas, Lord–
I reckon You’ll agree —

There ain’t no Merry Christmas
for nobody that ain’t free!
So one thing more I ask You,
Lord: just help us what You can
To save some seeds of freedom
for the future Sons of Man! 

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A new PR for my overnight camping lifestyle: Minus 10 degrees

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

By Max R. Weller

(That’s Personal Record, for all those who don’t have a friend who is an avid distance runner.)

This is the official LOW temp for yesterday morning, 12/18/2016, reported in today’s print edition of the Daily Camera newspaper here in Boulder, CO.

I’d like to thank all of Boulder’s nonprofit do-gooders who make their “homeless shelters” intolerable for any sober, rational person . . . And I should also note all those here in this wealthy white enclave opposed to the Tiny House concept, who have kept me outside while more progressive cities are embracing it.

As for the doubters — including a few of my friends who should have known better — I will resist the temptation to say, “I told you so!”

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No polar bears at my campsite, and I heard only a single lonely owl overnight as the mercury dropped. I’m guessing that other living creatures crawled into their burrows just like I did.