Tag: Homelessness

Utopian leftist society finds a great homeless people solution!

One of the great American utopian paradises, the city of Detroit, which has been exclusively controlled by the donkey machine and their special interests and friends for decades, has a new solution on how to deal with the big homeless people problem: have the police dumb their asses outside the city limit:

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says Detroit police are removing homeless people from the popular Greektown entertainment district downtown and dropping them off miles away — sometimes outside the city.

Following a year-long investigation, the ACLU filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department and sent a letter to Detroit police demanding an end to what they call a “disturbing practice.”

“DPD’s practice of essentially kidnapping homeless people and abandoning them miles away from the neighborhoods they know – with no means for a safe return — is inhumane, callous and illegal,” said Sarah Mehta, ACLU of Michigan staff attorney. “The city’s desire to hide painful reminders of our economic struggles cannot justify discriminating against the poor, banishing them from their city, and endangering their lives. A person who has lost his home has not lost his right to be treated with dignity.”

The organization says it started receiving complaints last year and that the homeless are told they are not welcome in Greektown, which is popular with visitors to Detroit. The people are then forced in to vans, driven away and then deserted.

You can’t make this shit up. Fucking priceless.

I’m A Hotspot

So one piece of news that has generated much discussion came out of the South by Southwest festival in Austin. BBH hired several homeless men to act as walking hot-spots. Naturally, this has provoked some reactions:

Although this is ostensibly about giving the homeless money—BBH says they keep all the proceeds from those who pay for 4G access—it’s categorically awful, and all for the convenience of SXSW’s widely well-off patrons.

But it gives the homeless jobs! Yes, as would using them as human coffee tables, or hunting them as game, or having them dance for pennies in Superman outfits at your next dinner party. Working as hotspot is worse than not working at all.

Similar reactions have sprung up all over the internet. I’ve thought about it or a couple of days and I’ve come up with the following thought:

Get over yourselves.

I’m reminded very strongly of the idiots who run around slagging jobs at Walmart as being beneath the dignity of the unemployed and poor (see Penn and Teller take on this line of bullshit here). They don’t seem to able to process this simple precept: work is work. Not all of us can get cushy jobs as pundits and writers and politicians. To be frank, I have more respect for someone who slogs it out at Walmart or as a maid than or someone who’s never had a lick of the slate in their entire life. They’re providing a wireless service. That’s a bigger contribution to society than half the twerps on Capital Hill.

If a homeless person is willing to be paid to be a hotspot, good for him. He’s providing a service and making money. There’s no indignity in that. I find it incredibly arrogant and condescending for someone with a good job to tell someone without one that they shouldn’t take that job. Who the fuck are you to tell this person what he can and can not do?

True, the job won’t last. True, probably most of them will be back where they started a week from now. But at least they’ll have a little more money in their pockets. Is that so bad?

Frankly, I don’t know what it is with the snobbery of the Left. They seem to think that outlawing cheap insurance will give everyone great insurance. Banning bad housing will put everyone in good homes. And forbidding “degrading jobs” — whether its being a human hotspot, working at Walmart or hooking — will somehow give everyone a job at Apple.

It’s bullshit. Insurance is insurance. A home is a home. And work is work. As long as these guys are doing it of their own free will, I have no problem with it. And as for BBH — the evil company doing this — I’ll just note that they’re doing more to help the homeless than 90% of the people criticizing them.

Obama economy made me do it!

This story is just too crazy to make up. here are the details.

COLUMBUS, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) — A former Columbus police officer admitted in court that he robbed a bank last year so he can get health benefits being in a federal prison. Edward Pascucci told U.S. District Court Judge Clay D. Land Thursday that he was facing “severe health problems” and homelessness when he decided to rob the Citizens Trust Bank last August, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

“I didn’t want to be homeless,” Pascucci said, according to the paper. “I should not have manipulated the justice system, but I couldn’t think of any other way to get help.” The FBI said Pascucci walked out of the bank with more than $1,000, according to WTVM-TV. He was jobless for more than a year when the crime occurred. Pascucci – who served as a police officer for 15 years – was sentenced to five years and three months in prison.

Things are so bad you decide prison is a good alternative? And you used to be in law enforcement? In addition to pointing out how messed up things are, this whole thing tells me we should wonder if we coddle people in prison too much. Tax payer provided healthcare, three meals, roof over your head, and from what others say, sex too. Dang, and here I thought Obamacare was going to fix everything if we just passed it.