Monthly Archives: March 2019

After Housing First FAILS, Salt Lake City seeks alternatives

Comment by homelessphilosopher following Deseret News story copied below:

It should be much more cost-effective than FAILED multi-million dollar Housing First projects aimed at chronically homeless alcoholics, which permit residents to continue drinking in their small apartments and see a lot of deaths from alcohol-related causes.

Of course it will be subsidized, but to a lesser degree than Housing First. Plus, you can (and must) require better behavior from residents.

Another alternative is the Tiny House Community model, in which residents are involved in everything from initial construction to ongoing maintenance of common areas, along with paying a modest monthly fee and abiding by a reasonable code of conduct.

I’ve observed the FAILED homeless shelter / services industry in Boulder, CO since coming to live in Colorado in 2008, and there are more homeless people on the streets here now than ever. This is true despite various 10-Year Plans to End Homelessness. I don’t believe that’s the plan at all: More Homeless People = More Money, and the “nonprofits” no more wish to put themselves out of business than do government agencies.

It wouldn’t surprise if cheaper housing options work better.


Wasn’t the Hotel Boulderado a flophouse just a few decades ago? Reading between the lines of the article linked to here, it seems like it. And, Boulder, CO also tries to hide its historical Red Light District, now vanished forever but once located between the current Municipal Building and the Boulder Public Library in Central Park.

Certainly, a flophouse with working plumbing is preferable to transients peeing and pooping in Boulder Creek. There’s always a demand for sex workers, too. Maybe Boulder city planners, who are committed to micromanaging every aspect of citizens’ lives, could design and promote a Dirty Shame Campus catering to all of the vices known to man, and to woman.

Seems like a progressive idea to me . . .


A pair of Daily Camera stories, and my comments

Folks who have lived inside the Boulder Bubble for a couple of years should be able to see through the PC smokescreen on any number of issues . . .


Second Amendment news from California

Excerpt from report copied below:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — High-capacity gun magazines will remain legal in California under a ruling Friday by a federal judge who cited home invasions where a woman used the extra bullets in her weapon to kill an attacker while in two other cases women without additional ammunition ran out of bullets.

“Individual liberty and freedom are not outmoded concepts,” San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez wrote as he declared unconstitutional the law that would have banned possessing any magazines holding more than 10 bullets.

California law has prohibited buying or selling such magazines since 2000, but those who had them before then were allowed to keep them.

In 2016, the Legislature and voters approved a law removing that provision. The California arm of the National Rifle Association sued and Benitez sided with the group’s argument that banning the magazines infringes on the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Benitez had temporarily blocked the law from taking effect with a 2017 ruling.


Benitez described three home invasions, two of which ended with the female victims running out of bullets.

In the third case, the pajama-clad woman with a high-capacity magazine took on three armed intruders, firing at them while simultaneously calling for help on her phone.

“She had no place to carry an extra magazine and no way to reload because her left hand held the phone with which she was still trying to call 911,” the judge wrote, saying she killed one attacker while two escaped.

He ruled that magazines holding more than 10 rounds are “arms” under the U.S. Constitution, and that the California law “burdens the core of the Second Amendment by criminalizing the acquisition and possession of these magazines that are commonly held by law-abiding citizens for defense of self, home, and state.”

We can hope this reasonable ruling is upheld, until such time that the magazine capacity issue is settled for the entire country by SCOTUS.

(Thanks to Larimer County, CO Sheriff Justin Smith for his tweet of this report.)


(E-mailed to Boulder City Council.)

‘Earth, swallow me whole’

Excerpt from the article by Lucy Flores copied below:

In 2014, I was the 35-year-old Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in Nevada. The landscape wasn’t looking good for my party that year. There were no high-profile national races to help boost turnout, and after the top candidate bowed out of the governor’s race, “None of the Above” ended up winning the Democratic primary.

So when my campaign heard from Vice-President Joe Biden’s office that he was looking to help me and other Democrats in the state, I was grateful and flattered. His team offered to bring him to a campaign rally in an effort to help boost voter turnout. We set the date for November 1, just three days before election day.


I found my way to the holding room for the speakers, where everyone was chatting, taking photos, and getting ready to speak to the hundreds of voters in the audience. Just before the speeches, we were ushered to the side of the stage where we were lined up by order of introduction. As I was taking deep breaths and preparing myself to make my case to the crowd, I felt two hands on my shoulders. I froze. “Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me?”

I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified. I thought to myself, “I didn’t wash my hair today and the vice-president of the United States is smelling it. And also, what in the actual fuck? Why is the vice-president of the United States smelling my hair?” He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused. There is a Spanish saying, “tragame tierra,” it means, “earth, swallow me whole.” I couldn’t move and I couldn’t say anything. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me. My name was called and I was never happier to get on stage in front of an audience.

By then, as a young Latina in politics, I had gotten used to feeling like an outsider in rooms dominated by white men. But I had never experienced anything so blatantly inappropriate and unnerving before. Biden was the second-most powerful man in the country and, arguably, one of the most powerful men in the world. He was there to promote me as the right person for the lieutenant governor job. Instead, he made me feel uneasy, gross, and confused. The vice-president of the United States of America had just touched me in an intimate way reserved for close friends, family, or romantic partners — and I felt powerless to do anything about it.

At the moment, Drunk Uncle Joe Biden seems to be co-leader (with Senile Bernie Sanders) of a pack of lackluster candidates who are seeking the Democratic nomination for POTUS in 2020.

This account by Lucy Flores fits into a pattern of conduct, much of it captured on video and in photos, that Drunk Uncle Joe has engaged in for years. Dems themselves will have to decide what they’re going to do about it, if anything. In a sense, they’ve painted themselves into a corner with their uncritical acceptance of uncorroborated allegations from high school against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. How long can they continue to give Drunk Uncle Joe a-wink-and-a-nod for his inappropriate behavior that women have found disturbing?

The day of the 2014 rally, speakers gathered and took photos before going on stage. Flores (right) is pictured with Longoria and Biden before the uncomfortable encounter.


There’s a problem?

I don’t really see this as an issue of morality, wearing leggings to Mass, but it certainly reflects a prevailing degree of vulgarity in popular culture. That’s a different discussion.

Ever see Wai Lana Yoga on TV? I come across it sometimes at 6AM, when I get up for the day. The lady bending herself into pretzel-like shapes is in her 60s and a grandmother, and she wears these colorful, loose-fitting outfits:

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I’d guess her yoga attire is a whole lot more comfortable than the leggings (and skintight tops) we see everywhere today . . .

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Can you guess which one was born female?

Here’s a clue you probably don’t need: A REAL woman focuses on her community and helping others, while a female impersonator wallows in self-absorbed confusion.

BTW, it’s a travesty that transgender athletes born with the physical advantages of males are now demanding to compete against athletes born as females. It wasn’t that long ago that everyone condemned Soviet-bloc competitors of questionable sex (East Germans in particular) as having an unfair advantage. Now, we’re supposed to embrace the cheating commie tactics?

I’m reminded of my friend Sally (not her real name), who cleaned out her locker and never returned to Boulder Shelter for the Homeless for available morning services when she discovered that staff was allowing transgender clients to use the Women’s shower. She told me, “If they’ve still got hanging-down parts they belong in the Men’s shower.” I agreed, of course. And I’m happy to acknowledge that I’m a trans-phobic dinosaur.


Maybe the homeless should kneel before Nancy

I doubt a competing GoFundMe campaign will work; but, gaining coverage of liberal hypocrisy on Fox News is a step in the right direction. I’m sure Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, or Laura Ingraham would be delighted to have San Francisco homeless advocates on their shows to detail the selfishness and insensitivity of so-called progressives. And, I thought “crumbs” were something Speaker Pelosi knew about:

BTW, the Homeless Philosopher is in complete, unequivocal support of establishing a new full-service homeless shelter, open 24/7/365, in Boulder’s exclusive Mapleton Hill neighborhood.

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First time for everything:

Excerpt from Fox News report copied below:

The city of Chicago delivered a letter to Jussie Smollett‘s legal team seeking $130,000 from the actor, a spokesperson for the city law department revealed to Fox News on Thursday, as Smollett’s lawyers demanded an apology from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson for “for dragging an innocent man’s character through the mud.”


Johnson and Emanuel had said they were not only furious with the outcome of Tuesday’s surprise hearing but also blindsided by the decision itself, with the officials only learning Smollett wouldn’t face charges for allegedly faking a hate crime at the same time the public found out.

“Where is the accountability in the system? You cannot have – because of a person’s position – one set of rules applies to them and another set of rules apply to everyone else,” Emanuel said. “Our officers did hard work day in and day out, countless hours working to unwind what actually happened that night. The city saw its reputation dragged through the mud…It’s not just the officers’ work, but the work of the grand jury that made a decision based on only a sliver of the evidence [presented]. Because of the judge’s decision, none of that evidence will ever be made public.”

Emanuel also said: “[This case] sends a clear message that if you’re in a position of influence and power you’ll be treated one way and if you’re not you’ll be treated another way.”

Jussie better be careful. His false cry of “Wolf!” is sort of an invitation for real white racists, with or without MAGA hats, to jump his punk ass. Chicago cops might take their time responding to another call from this faker, and I wouldn’t blame them.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (C) and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson (R).


It’s no wonder moderate Dems are ignoring the Far Left freshmen

I don’t use the c-word lightly; you’ll recall that Rep. Tlaib is the one who said, “We’re going to impeach the mother f***er!” At this point. only one other House Democrat is supporting her resolution.

Really, I hope our two-party system will survive the Democrats’ self-destructive impulses as we head into 2020. The vast majority of Americans, whose political philosophy tends to be in the center, needs more than one moderate choice in every race.

Dems will be wise to ship the Froot Loops back to the Happy Home, where they can while away the hours with crayons and Marxist-themed coloring books.



When do-gooders LIE in newspaper commentaries, I’m here to check them

See: Boulder has a homeless conundrum by Mike Freece, who served for many years with Community Food Share and Harvest of Hope food pantry, published in the local newspaper.

His assertions are so at odds with my own experience in Boulder, CO that I’m going to copy his entire piece below, then I’ll challenge it:

The city of Boulder has made some decisions in the last 18 months regarding their approach to the “homeless” issue. They have put their money into a program of “Coordinated Entry” and “Path to Home” that is clearly helping a limited number of those experiencing homelessness. I believe the city is not looking at the entire problem.

Imagine you are 60 years old, you are a Boulder County native, you lost your job in 2000, you have been homeless and living on the street for 20 years, your family has all moved away, you have severe cataracts, impaired hearing and Parkinson’s. One day you discover you have an infection in your foot and it is getting more an more difficult to walk. You find a way to get to the People’s Clinic, where you are diagnosed and given antibiotics. It doesn’t get better and its harder and harder to walk, so getting back to the clinic is a challenge. You finally find a ride to the clinic and they send you to Boulder Community Hospital, where they save your toes but surgically remove some of several toes. They release you.

You can’t walk far, the hospital wants you to change dressings twice a day, they want you to be in a clean environment while it heals, you have zero money.

Where do you go next? How is someone who has very low vision, difficulties hearing, recent surgery and no money supposed to do these things without help?

This is a real life story that unfolded in our city in mid-February.

The problem is not that we lack the resources. The problem is they are disconnected and miles apart. Boulder needs to come to grips with the need for a local day shelter where the necessary personnel are available to direct and manage the needs of the local homeless in their times of crises, as well as, responsible transportation and follow through.

For one agency resource to simply “refer” someone to the next agency for additional needs is not adequate.

There is more to this story.

We are making our trek through the myriad of services available. We are experiencing first-hand the frustration of separate physical locations and the bureaucracy that exists at each and every agency. I’ll report later after we have completed our journey. Hopefully with a new sense of self and a safe and secure place to rest.

I am not new to the plight of those in need in Boulder. I was a 35-year resident of Boulder, I volunteered over 15 years and served for nearly eight years on the board of Community Food Share, I was part of the founding board for Harvest of Hope Pantry.

Mike Freece lives in Boulder.

Well, one sentence above is true, I have no doubt: There is more to this story.

In April, 2016 I collapsed while walking across Norlin Quad on the CU campus. I was leaving Norlin Library, on my way to catch the SKIP bus back to my homeless campsite in the north Boulder neighborhood where I’d lived for years. I didn’t have the strength to get up on my own, much to my chagrin. A couple of passersby helped me over to a bench, and a CU Police officer called the paramedics.

At Boulder Community Hospital, they took one look at my lower right leg and told me the bad news: It was cellulitis, an infection causing much swelling and weeping of the flesh, and initially they were concerned that it might be MRSA, the “flesh-eating disease.” I lucked out on that, but still required several days of powerful IV antibiotics to knock out the germs. I was as weak as a kitten during this time. When I became well enough to be discharged, it was directly to a local nursing home for follow-up care including a course of oral antibiotics and physical therapy. Transportation was provided by one of the medical transport companies. I spent five months at the facility, then I happily returned to living outdoors in north Boulder.

Everything was paid for by Medicaid, which I signed up for in the ER as they evaluated my condition. (I recall a nice lady with a clipboard came by with the paperwork, and all I had to do was sign it.) And I mean everything: Hospital, drugs, X-rays, lab work, medical transport, and then all of the expenses at the nursing home as well.

There was nothing unique about my case. In fact, my experience was repeated in December, 2017 when I suffered a heart attack inside Norlin Library, as I was working at one of the public access computers available there. Yes, I got another ambulance ride, and this time with emergency lights and siren. After several days of all kinds of diagnostic procedures and treatment at Boulder Community Hospital, including an unsuccessful attempt to place a stent near the bottom of my right coronary artery, I was discharged to a different nursing home in another city about 30 miles away. I’m still there after 15 months, and have never paid a penny out of my own pocket.

Mike Freece doesn’t have a clue about how things are supposed to be done, or he’s writing about someone who refused care that’s available to anybody, or his whole damn opinion piece is rubbish.

It’s sad but so very typical of the sort of do-gooders I’ve observed in Boulder, CO’s homeless shelter / services industry since I arrived in Colorado to stay for good, back in 2008. It’s why I steadfastly declined all of their efforts at persuading me to get into any worthless programs they operate, why I never stayed in the local emergency shelters, why I never patronized any of the Free Giveaway venues, and why I’ve been their most persistent critic — writing from the front lines of homelessness.

To this day, Medicaid is the only social services benefit I receive, and almost everyone in this nursing home is on either Medicare or Medicaid because of the humongous costs for even a very basic level of accommodations. As I’ve often said, I’d prefer to live outdoors in all of the variety of weather the Front Range offers, with all of the wild critters I came to know.

It’s unlikely the Homeless Philosopher will ever meet Mr. Mike Freece face-to-face, but I’d love to look him in his beady little eyes and say, “Mike, you are a lying impostor!”

Shame, shame on the Daily Camera for printing his fiction in the guise of informed opinion.


(E-mailed to Boulder City Council.)