Category: Homelessness

Feb 16 2020

Grand Central Station Reduced to Homeless Shelter

Prior to Rudy Giuliani, getting through Grand Central Station was rough. You had to step over the multitudinous psychotic bums who slept there day and night, any of which might suddenly snap awake and come at you with a knife. The beggars were so aggressive as to qualify as muggers. It was wonderful when Giuliani came in and reclaimed Grand Central on behalf of civilization. Unfortunately, under Bill de Blasio, the famous terminal has reverted to jungle. Business owners find the current situation intolerable.

From CBS New York:

Inside the world-class transit hub adorned with grand chandeliers, you’ll find men and women sleeping at tables, hunched over on benches, using drinking fountains to bathe and walking barefoot feet away from where about two dozen business owners are trying to make a living selling food.

Joe Germanotta reports that Grand Central has in effect become a homeless shelter.

Germanotta owns Art Bird & Whiskey Bar, one of the restaurants in the lower-level dining concourse of Grand Central Terminal. He says the overwhelming homeless problem has him on the brink of closing. He’s already cut staff.

Running a business in Grand Central isn’t cheap.

Germanotta says he pays about $50,000 a month to the MTA.

But the Metropolitan Transportation Authority doesn’t see a problem, so long as it can fill its leases. Expecting de Blasio to side with business owners and employed commuters against psychotic drug-addled bums would be absurd. So the standard of living in New York continues to decline, despite the booming economy.

On tips from Steve T and R F.

Jan 14 2020

California Water Turns to Sewage

Liberals care deeply about the environment — so deeply that they would use it to excuse destroying the economy and imposing an authoritarian form of government through radical programs like the Green New Deal. However, the environment does not benefit when they have achieved the power they demand.

In California, there is effectively no opposition to progressives at the state level. Their policies have reduced the water to sewage.

Via California Healthline:

[S]ome of California’s most prized rivers, beaches and streams are indeed contaminated with levels of fecal bacteria that exceed state limits, threatening kayakers, swimmers — and the state’s reputation as a bastion of environmental protection. …

[T]he source of at least some of the fecal bacteria is California’s growing homeless population…

The usually drug-addled and/or mentally ill derelicts that liberal rule has drawn to California often use buckets as toilets, then dump the buckets into rivers.

The problem affects the Left Coast in general:

In Seattle, homeless people living in RVs are accused of dumping raw sewage straight into storm drains, which flows directly to local waterways. In Oregon, workers cleaning up homeless camps along the Willamette River in Eugene routinely find feces and needles.

The liberal political climate in Seattle and Portland encourages vagrancy, as in California.

[H]uman fecal contamination is particularly dangerous because it can transmit diseases that affect people, including hepatitis A and cholera.

Some recreational areas, including Tiscornia Beach [in Sacramento], where families picnic, BBQ and wade in the river, had E. coli levels so high in the past year that they hit the upper limits of what the water board’s laboratories could measure…

When in California, stay out of the water. Better still, avoid the Left Coast until sanity has been restored — unless it’s too late for that.

On tips from Byron, Ellen O, R F, and Dragon’s Lair.

Jan 10 2020

Ohio Town Tries Left Coast Homeless Approach, Gets Same Result

Rolling out the red carpet for vagrants has worked so well in Left Coast moonbat dystopias like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland that Middletown, Ohio (2016 pop. 48,813) followed suit. It got the same results.

Via PJ Media:

There is everything from soup kitchens and shelters that allow you to be high and drunk to rehab facilities to sober up.

And that’s the problem. You can come to Middletown to stay drunk and high and get three hots and a cot without having to do much.

Now the homeless are swamping the town. Residents who call Middletown home are shocked that “about 75%” of the homeless are from someplace else, according to the former police chief.

At least someone benefits. No, it isn’t the drug-addled and mentally ill derelicts descending on Middletown; enabling their dysfunction does them no favors. It is other towns, which have found a place to dump them. Some new Middletown residents may come from as far away as New York, compliments of taxpayers.

Kansas City is getting fed up. It recently disbanded a vagrant camp. This made a derelict named Scott Hays “very angry.” He had something to say that the moonbats running Middletown need to hear:

“I’ve done so many programs and drugs treatment and all that,” Hays said. “Like, what’s the point if I’m not ready to stop?”

There is no point, other than to keep taxpayer money pouring into the voracious maw of the Homeless Industrial Complex.

On tips from Steve T.

Jan 01 2020

Avoid the Hot Food Bar in Cities Run by Moonbats

In cities run by moonbats, supermarkets are not only convenient places to crap on the floor; they provide excellent opportunities to chow down on free food.

The New York Post reports from NYC:

A drooling and pungent homeless man made double-dipping look like child’s play at a Midtown Whole Foods, grabbing from the hot food bar with his bare hands to stuff his bearded face — as employees just chuckled and said they were powerless to stop him.

A Post photo editor had just plunked down $17 for a jerk chicken dinner at the store across from Bryant Park on Sunday night when he spotted the grungy gourmand ignoring numerous “No Sampling” signs to treat the bar like his personal feed bag.

Homeless people qualify as “oppressed.” That means the whole city is their personal feed bag.

Sometimes he used the serving spoons to shovel food into his own cup…

But at other points, he simply dug in with his visibly dirty mitts, grabbing food from the trays and shoving it directly into his mouth, wet with drool and framed by a scraggly beard.

In the closest thing to a display of personal hygiene from the man, he stopped every now and then to lick his fingers clean.

No one moved to stop him. That would have been oppression. One employee reported that he comes in there and behaves like that “all the time.” It’s DeBlasioLand, what are you gonna do?

Diseases spread by the homeless include tuberculosis, hepatitis, typhus, shigellosis, trench fever, skin infections, and potentially even bubonic plague.

When supermarkets stop having food bars, and then when all the food is displayed in locked Plexiglas cases, we will know why.

In the meantime, the tainted food supposedly gets tossed (although apparently not right away). Law-abiding normal people pick up the tab through higher prices.

Another word for liberal rule is anarchotyranny. If you try to make an honest dollar, Big Government will break your kneecaps and empty your wallet. But if you are a hooligan or drug-addled bum, you are welcome to behave however you please.

A few postcards from New York under the rule of social justice warriors like Bill de Blasio:

Don’t let this happen to your town. Vote for whichever candidate is the least liberal.

On tips from Sean C, Frances J, and Stormfax.

Dec 26 2019

Folsom Dystopia Blues

If radical leftists of the Bernie Sanders/Elizabeth Warren stripe are able to secure power, stratospheric taxes and crushing debt resulting from wildly extravagant spending, senselessly repressive regulation, lack of respect for property rights, and some version of the demented Green New Deal (plus a possible Blue New Deal) will cripple the US economy, throwing tens of millions of Americans out of work. Where will we live when we no longer have jobs?

Fortunately, the liberal masterminds who impose most of our problems also devise solutions to them. Unfortunately, these solutions are as bad as the problems.

Once again, we look to progressive California to see how our future might unfold. A special city has been planned to house the hordes of homeless:

Daune Nason, founder of the Folsom-based Citizens Again, released details Thursday of his plans for an estimated $3 billion private city equipped with amenities and services for a 150,000 “high-needs” population.

Fittingly, Folsom is best known for the Johnny Cash song “Folsom Prison Blues.”

[T]he all-inclusive city will offer high-density housing in dormitories consisting of sleeping quarters and communal bathrooms with private showers.

See? You don’t need a job or even to give up your heroin habit. Others will see to your needs.

Residents would be provided RFID-enabled wristbands to gain access to their dorm rooms as well as perform tasks such as job check-in, purchasing items with credits, medicine consumption, and more.

Just call it the Mark of the Beast.

Each of the four neighborhoods will have their own cafeteria and kitchen and multiple scheduled eating times to accommodate a 150,000-person population, according to Nason.

Here’s a scene straight out of a depressing science fiction movie:

The neighborhoods will also be fitted with tiered seating for residents to watch TV in a community setting within their neighborhood.

Don’t worry about knife fights over channel selection. The social engineers will decide what people ought to watch.

Crowd-funding has been a little slow. In over a week, the GoFundMe page has raised only $1,450.

That’s why the taxpayer will have to step in and make the city public. Liberal ideas cannot be financed on a voluntary basis. That would defeat the purpose anyway.

On a tip from Byron.

Dec 18 2019

Homeless Industry Finances Transgender Stripper

Good news from Seattle. Not all of the $zillions that Left Coast taxpayers are forced to pay into the Homelessness Industry is used to create more homelessness. Some goes down the drain as apparent graft paid to crony capitalists. Since those in charge of the money are moonbats, some is spent like this:

King County leaders used taxpayer dollars to fund the performance of a transgender stripper at a recent conference on homelessness. …

Beyonce Black St James was hired to twerk in attendees faces and expose his/her breasts as the audience cheered and handed over dollar bills. The stripper also gave lap dances and kissed attendees.

“Decolonizing Our Collective Work” was the theme of the conference. Urban government is as far gone into the nether reaches of moonbattery as academia.

Behold Beyoncé Black St. James, putting Seattle’s public money to work:

Sunlight does have some effectiveness as a disinfectant. Kira Zylstra, Acting Director of All Home King County, was forced to resign after this became public knowledge.

On a tip from R F.

Nov 24 2019

Statue of Bum Erected in Santa Monica

A society erects statues of those who embody the values it venerates. That’s why statues of great historical figures who represent the best of our culture when it was healthy are under attack (e.g., Thomas Jefferson, George Washington) now that it is sick with moonbattery. New statues will appear that reflect what we believe in currently: irresponsibility, self-imposed victimhood, self-indulgence, uselessness, dysfunction, psychosis. This process has already begun:

A seven-foot-tall sculpture of a homeless man was unveiled Monday in the courtyard of the former Santa Monica bank building once graced by the iconic mural “Pleasures Along the Beach.”

The mural was no doubt considered too wholesome to be appropriate. The bum statue by “Los Angeles artist and activist Ed Massey,” sardonically entitled “In the Image,” is more in tune with the times.

The new sculpture — which will be on display for six weeks — depicts a bearded homeless man in baggy clothes staring at a red plastic cup in his hand, a blanket draped across a shoulder.

This is not Massey’s first adventure in public tastelessness:

The artist caused a stir in Santa Monica 25 years ago when he installed a sculpture in an office building window depicting two figures of men hanging from their genitals above a raped woman.

We had already hit bottom a quarter century ago. Since then, we have been digging.

On a tip from Area man.

Nov 21 2019

Life on the Left Coast Under Homeless Occupation

Liberal ideology demands that those who take responsibility for their lives be sacrificed to those who do not. The ultimate example of the latter group are those who find themselves without homes due to their own choices, addictions, and/or mental illness. On the Left Coast, such people constitute an occupational army. Such an army is prone to violence. An example from Seattle:

“I was at an intersection and saw a homeless guy, sort of to my left, across the street… yelling and acting up,” Taylor tells the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. For privacy, he asked that I not use his last name. “I didn’t really pay any attention to it as he was yelling… at the world… I didn’t think anything of it. Just sort of regular sort of homeless activity, I guess.”

But then suddenly there was a “huge explosion of glass” from the driver’s side window.

He felt a “huge thud” in his shoulder and thought he had been shot. Wisely, he took off to avoid further attack and assessed the damage a few blocks away.

He soon realized what had happened: the homeless man threw a substantial rock through his window.

From here, the story becomes even more emblematic of life under the homeless occupation:

Taylor called 9-1-1 to explain what happened, though the homeless man was not arrested. …

Someone had already called the police to report the man and cops had arrived. As a result, the operator didn’t take Taylor’s information. …

Taylor holds no grudges with the operator and certainly not the police. But he’s sad that this will likely be a case of a homeless criminal neither getting the help he clearly needs nor the punishment he clearly deserves.

The police would have arrested the derelict if the operator had passed along the information that he was not merely causing a disturbance, but had tried to kill someone by throwing a large rock through his window. However, the maniac would have been back on the street within weeks if not hours anyway. If you doubt it, consider the homeless guy in Los Angeles who dumped a bucket of diarrhea on a random woman’s head and was loose again in 2 months, or the psycho bum in Portland who sucker-punched a woman so hard it might have killed her who was back on the street in no time.

Meanwhile, do-gooders wring their hands and pule with sympathy for this army of deranged and violent zombies. They confirm to themselves what good persons they are by voting for liberals who will grow the zombie hordes by spending ever more of other people’s money on homeless services to subsidize the lifestyle.

That’s why the Left Coast is a great place for the homeless, but not so great for anyone else.

On a tip from DCGere.

Nov 14 2019

Denver Fines Business Owner Over Bum Crap

Under liberal rule, lowlifes crap all over the place and decent people are forced to clean up the mess — literally, as Denver demonstrates.

Being run by the sort of people who are in charge of the Left Coast, Denver is turning into a mile-high San Francisco, its sidewalks carpeted with needles and human waste. The city has been fining Jawaid Bazyar, CEO of an internet service provider, for not cleaning up the mess bums make in front of his business.

Via Daily Wire:

“The wall is a bathroom stall. They lean up against it and let it rip,” Bazyar told FOX31 KDVR. “In downtown Denver, that’s nonstop now, just piles of poop.”

“There’s food, trash, drug deals,” Bazyar told CBS Denver. “In the alley, we get the defecation, drug needles.”

The bums often get violent. They are attracted to liberal cities by do-gooder policies that subsidize their lifestyle, and by the anarchotyrannical mentality of liberal rulers, who are ready to incarcerate restaurant owners for providing drinking straws but who refuse to maintain basic order on the streets.

Here’s why Bazyar won’t clean up the mess the city made:

“Because it’s a bio-hazard. It could be infectious. I didn’t hire these people to clean poop off the ground. I can’t, as an employer, just say, ‘Go and clean up the feces.’”

Sounds reasonable. As Bazyar further notes,

“If the city’s not going to enforce laws against trespassing, or camping, or public defecation and just make me bare the cost of these problems that’s just not right.”

The moonbat virtue signaling by Denver’s rulers has included “lessening penalties for certain crimes, including public urination and defecation, as a way of trying to protect illegal aliens from being deported.”

Mayor Michael Hancock and the commie-infested City Council should be dragged out of their offices by their ears and handed shovels and mops. Who knows? Maybe doing something useful for a change would enhance their self-esteem even more than liberal posturing.

On tips from Kate P and Dan F.

Nov 12 2019

LA Derelict Attacks With Diarrhea

Just how filthy a place is moonbattery-rotted Los Angeles? Heidi Van Tassel could tell you. She was getting into her car near the Walk of Fame when a homeless man ran toward her across Hollywood Boulevard. KNBC tells the rest:

Van Tassel was parked in Hollywood after having a pleasant evening out with friends at an authentic Thai restaurant. Suddenly a man randomly pulled her out of the car, dragged her out to the middle of the street, and dumped a bucket of feces on her head, Van Tassel said and public records confirm.

“It was diarrhea. Hot liquid. I was soaked, and it was coming off my eyelashes and into my eyes,” Van Tassel said. “Paramedics who came to treat me said there was so much of it on me, that it looked like the man was saving it up for a month.”

At least justice was done…

The man who attacked her, identified in court records as Jere Blessings, was charged with battery and taken to jail. Blessings was described as a transient with “schizophrenia and psychotic disorders,” records show.

…or maybe not:

Blessings got help, but only for two months. He was sent by a judge to a residential facility for people with mental health issues, and released in August.

Blessings may be psychotic, but he is probably not so out of touch with reality as to think he would receive any significant punishment. Sociopaths have good reason to grow ever bolder as California incrementally decriminalizes criminal behavior.

Another reason homeless lunatics are making Left Coast cities unlivable is that the liberals in charge are spending massive amounts of other people’s money to “solve” the problem by subsidizing it.

On tips from Kate P, Varla, and Sean C.

Oct 18 2019

Seattle Pays $435 per Manhour to Clean Up After Bums

As noted yesterday, big money goes into the homelessness industry on the Left Coast. There are a lot of losers, namely taxpayers. But at least there are a few winners. KIRO’s Dori Monson reports on a contract he received from a tipster for cleaning up derelict encampments in Seattle:

This private company that the city of Seattle has contracted with gets $435 per technician, per labor hour. The overtime hourly rate per worker is $652.50. I’m not talking about an eight-member crew getting that much to split. I’m talking about every single homeless camp cleanup worker.

It’s nasty work, cleaning up drug needles and human waste, but not skilled work. Others were willing to do it for the much lower but still extravagant rate of $80 per manhour. But Seattle gave the job to the $435 per manhour bid. Sounds like somebody has friends in high places.

Again we see that the more money Big Government spends, no matter what it is ostensibly spent on, the more opportunities there are for graft and waste. If you want an honest and efficient government, you want the smallest government possible.

On a tip from DCGere.

Oct 17 2019

San Francisco Subsidizes Homelessness, Gets More of It

Subsidize something and you get more of it. This is particularly true of homelessness, as San Francisco demonstrates.

Proposition C passed with 61% of the vote, imposing a payroll tax that would raise $300 million per year to bestow upon homelessness. This money has been held up in the courts, but that has not stopped San Francisco from spending in a big way, as noted at Manhattan Contrarian:

The basic budget for homeless services has gone from about $155 million annually in the 2011-12 fiscal year, to $271 million annually in San Francisco’s most recent 2018-19 spending plan. And then there’s the newly uncovered honeypot of money in something called the Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund. What’s that? According to a piece in May from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, “ERAF is a state program that requires counties to set aside a portion of local property taxes to a fund to be used for their school district. When the fund reaches its state-imposed cap, the remaining funds are then returned to the local government to be used for other purposes at the local government’s discretion.” According to that piece, San Francisco Mayor London Breed intends to spend much of this year’s ERAF “windfall” on “housing and homelessness initiatives,” including “$15 million for a new homeless navigation center, $40 million for anti-eviction measures, $14 million to buy land for affordable housing, $9 million to improve public housing and $42.5 million to complete construction of a homeless housing site.” That would look to be another $120 million or so in a year.

This cascade of cash has had the effect that any reasonable person would expect on homelessness.

According to a piece in the City Journal by Erica Sandberg on October 10, the official count of homeless in San Francisco is now 9,780. That represents an increase of at least 30% just since 2017.

When the Prop C money is freed up, San Franciscans will be spending about $600 per capita per year to subsidize homelessness. Expect the hordes of derelicts to skyrocket.

Spending money to help the homeless into homes they cannot afford (and are unlikely to maintain) will cause already stratospheric housing costs to skyrocket too. This happens when demand goes up while supply is held down by local regulators who make it economically unreasonable to build. The government is not likely to construct enough housing for the homeless to keep prices from rising as a result of “anti-eviction measures.” Consider the effect federal assistance has had on college tuition rates.

The blanket of human waste and taxpayer-financed heroin needles that covers the sidewalks will continue to thicken. The once beautiful city will tailspin ever faster into dystopia.

The same lunacy is unfolding down the Left Coast in Los Angeles.

It would be nice to think other parts of the country are at least learning from California’s example.

Hat tip: Maggie’s Farm.

Sep 29 2019

Los Angeles Has Fallen

Since we got Democrats out of the White House, the economy has been booming. Unemployment is at a historic low. Yet the homeless situation in California continues to spiral out of control. Slightly Offens*ve ventures into the moonbat dystopia of Los Angeles to show us how intolerable the situation has become:

This is the price of single-party liberal rule. The Democrat Party is an alliance of authoritarian elitists and the dysfunctional poor against the middle class. Where Democrats have cleared the battlefield of opposition — which they have been able to do in California thanks to mass immigration — the middle class shrivels and dies. The liberal elite ruling class lives extravagantly; the rest live with the rats.

Meanwhile, we have to listen to zillionaire Democrats shriek sanctimoniously about “income inequality” as they use Marxist rhetoric to inflict the same fate on the rest of the country.

On a tip from Kate P.

Aug 18 2019

Los Angeles Is a Sh**hole

There is no point importing a different population from sh**hole countries when we have sh**holes right here in the USA. Portland and San Francisco are two examples. Los Angeles is another. Paul Joseph Watson lifts the lid:

Any city will become a sh**hole that remains under moonbat rule for long.

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