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.

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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 . . .

— MRW

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 . . .

— MRW

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.

Continuing:

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.)

— MRW

(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.

Continuing:

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.

— MRW

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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— MRW

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.

— MRW

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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— MRW