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Bloviating Zeppelin: Leftist Intolerance!

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Leftist Intolerance!

There is something free, something wayfaring, something vagabondish about the homeless. They make one harken back to the days of ultimate freedom where wanderers of good heart hopped local freight trains, ate beans from a can, did odd jobs for the occasional pinch of tobacco, watched from the vast expanse of waving grass on a hill at dusk, as the sun set upon a day filled with independence, self-determination and the liberation from an onerous, exceedingly-compartmentalized lifestyle.

Or, on the other hand, Homeless persons are those who have been cast aside by society in one oppressive form or another, Life having delivered one or a series of shivs to the back -- likely at the behest of despotic GOP policies. One must immediately realize, of course, that there is nothing about being Homeless that money cannot solve. If only, if only we were to throw sufficient cash at the Homeless problem, well, it would simply dry up overnight. Therefore through of a set of circumstances no fault of their own, the Homeless are not only to be tolerated but truly embraced -- and actually, just a bit envied. Are they not the ultimate in downtrodden yet uplifting free spirits?

Such is the view of the Left; more specifically, the view of the Left in San Francisco, one of the most -- if not the most liberal city in the United States. This is the city that voted to censor Michael Savage. This is the city whose councilman felt we need no military -- the police can handle any national matter. This is the city where plastic grocery bags are outlawed. This is the city where there is no "minimum wage" for businesses -- there must now be a living wage for McD workers. This is the city where the city council also wants to abolish Fleet Week and do away with those horribly visible (and unsafe!) examples of militarism, the US Navy's Blue Angels.

Yet, despite all this Goodness, the SF Left has decided to cross the line into OPPRESSION. And this decision was not (thank Gaia!) made by the city government, but by the city's residents. How little the plebs understand! Witness:
San Francisco - the liberal, left-coast city conservatives love to mock - could be undergoing a transformation when it comes to homeless people. Although the city would still be a poor choice for a pep rally for the war in Iraq, indications are that residents have had it with aggressive panhandlers, street squatters and drug users.

"Maybe there has been an epiphany," says David Latterman, president of Fall Line Analytics, a local market research firm. "People have realized they can hate George Bush but still not want people crapping in their doorway."

You mean to tell us all, including my dear readers, that there may not be something inherently and intrinsically good and admirable in all Homeless persons??
  • "But the other day Jenny is bringing the kids back from the park, and some guy is standing on the corner throwing up on himself."
  • "People are just pissed. For the first time, even the left is saying they've had enough."
  • "We go out to drive the kids to school," he says, "and there's human poop between the cars."
  • "One city official estimated that nine out of 10 say they are not interested in a shelter or housing when approached."

And let me tell you what I've seen personally and why I seldom travel, unless forced, to San Francisco anymore:

I've seen the gangs not only take over, unimpeded, the housing areas just south of Pier 39 and the other popular tourist venues, but spill over into these tourist areas. I've watched bangers slash into crowds en masse and rip off bags and packages wholesale, then challenge the tourists to get them back. I've watched disgusting human pieces of crap, NOT the, quote, homeless, unquote, drop pants to their ankles in front of 30 to 40 people and defecate into the clothing at their feet. Then check the surrounding crowd for reactions. I've watched panhandlers work in teams accost only the smaller of tourists (always with children) and demand cash -- nothing more complicated than strong-arm robbery. I've watched alcohol sodden formerly-human meatbags stagger into walls replete with days-old vomit caked in their beards and running in rivulets down their shirts with, as they turned away, the pants stained with glistening urine and congealed excrement.

And read this again: "One city official estimated that nine out of 10 say they are not interested in a shelter or housing when approached."

Dare I posit: does the worm turn?



Blogger TexasFred said...

You present a really strong case for Concealed Carry...

Might I suggest a Springfield XD-45 w/5" bbl loaded with 230gr Remington Golden Sabres??

And at least 4 spare mags??

Wed Oct 10, 09:04:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Dee said...

I learned a lot about the homeless when I lived in downtown Chicago for 4 years. Many Bible College students tried to help the homeless in ways that were productive, not just giving them money for them to spend on booze. It did amaze me how many of them didn't want to go to shelters.

Wed Oct 10, 09:08:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Henry said...

Powerfully graphic account!

Hey, our town has a real "progressive" solution.

Wed Oct 10, 10:14:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Ranando said...

One of my all-time favorite cities, I love the place.

Our favorite restaurant is not far from there, The French Laundry in Yountville, so we go often.

The homeless is out of control and it’s about time they do something. I hate using the word homeless, I like lazy fucking bums better.

Thu Oct 11, 05:14:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Trust, O Dearest Fred, the BZ dude "carries," as well as a nice metal Gerber boot knife.

Dee: no amazement; I learned that 25+ years ago when I attempted to take a bum to a local shelter, who was sleeping in front of the post office at night. He started to fight me, saying "I don't DO shelters." To which I replied, as he entered the back of my car, his shopping cart with all his "belongings" deposited in a huge open dumpster I found nearby: "Well, I don't DO assholes."

Henry: thanks.

Ranando: now the Napa valley, some of the South Bay, Marin, Sausalito and the like -- pretty nice. The city itself? A P.O.S.


Thu Oct 11, 06:37:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Henry: "River Haven." "DIGNITY VILLAGE." Give me a fucking break. A lot of dignity there is in awakening in one's own piss, shit, and vomit. Then chasing it down with some MadDog2020, a blunt or a skin pop.


Thu Oct 11, 06:41:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Jenn of the Jungle said...

Down here in San Diego there was a journalist who decided to go "under cover" with the homeless.

In the week she hung out with them she discovered that every single one had no desire to go to a shelter and in fact all that she talked to "enjoyed" their life of no responsibility. Every single one of them.

Thu Oct 11, 12:43:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Jenn: but yes, because we are Conservatives, are we shocked? Every LEFT WING NUTTER, however, would merely state they had been duped, prodded, mind-basted and tinfoil-hatted to burble those words at the behest of the Bush-Cheney Oppressive Regime.


Thu Oct 11, 02:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

This is an outcome of closing down the mental institutions of the 1970's on a permanent basis. By doing that those who can't figure out how to deal with the world were put on the streets. Now they are being joined by those tho don't want to have responsibilities and just want to live on the charity of others. Seen that in SF the times I visited there... but down the coast in Monterey almost none of it. Likewise in DC you can't help but trip over the homeless on the sidewalks or in the parks. Cross the river to Alexandria and they become difficult to find, literally within a mile of DC save for the Potomac river.

It is definitely *not* climate, but local outlook that allows such people to live on the largess of society. Those that are mentally ill need to be taken care of, and if the institutions of the '70s were bad, putting those unable to figure out life on the sidewalk is horrific. Making shelters, places where such people can get meals, and other forms of support now invites abuse by those that don't want to be a part of society and just live off of it.

You can tell that by which cities provide 'support' for the homeless, and which do not. If you see a city opening up shelters because other, private groups, have put up a support structure for the 'homeless' you have a problem. It is not kindness to support 'homeless': the truly mentally ill need to be in care and find such care, you don't do that through supporting them on the street. By reinforcing that, other charities to help the mentally unstable are unable to find ways to convince them to come in off the streets. And by perpetuating that support, those that see leaving society as a 'lifestyle choice' do so, and live off of aid meant to go to those in need due to circumstances, not by choice.

Charity is shelter for those in need, care for those that have lost everything, and a hand up to a better life so that individuals can achieve more for themselves. The truly ill need permanent help, not scattershot handouts on the street. And those that abuse the kindness meant for those in need deserve *nothing*. If you want to survive on your own, there is still plenty of wilderness left in America where one can exist by their own hand and survive. Abusing charity for the truly desperate is despicable beyond words.

Thu Oct 11, 04:12:00 PM PDT  
Blogger shoprat said...

I say ship all of our homeless to SF and let the libs worry about them. It will make things easier on the sane part of the country. (Sarcasm off)

It's too bad they get connected to the traditional Hobo who was homeless by choice and had a code of honor which included a work ethic and an injunction against outright theft (that set them apart from the common tramp.)

We have about a half a dozen homeless people in my community (20K people) and everyone of them is either an alcoholic or a drug addict and they no longer get any pity from long-time residents.

Thu Oct 11, 04:20:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Gayle said...

"Leftist intolerance" eh? Well, they brought it on themselves. I don't feel at all sorry for San Francisco, and I'm sure no one else here does either.

Years ago in Lawton, OK there was an old tramp who frequented the same haunts daily. He was willing to work for a meal, sweep a floor, wash windows, whatever. He hated to be confined, and gave in to some people I knew who offered to shelter him one night when a bad storm hit. They found him sleeping on the kitchen floor the next morning because he couldn't take the warmth in the bedroom or the softness of the bed or the rug. Whenever you gave him anything he shared it with his friends. That's not the same type of homeless people you are referring to who are ruining San Francisco, I'm sure.

Thu Oct 11, 04:57:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Omigawd Gayle, not at all!!


Fri Oct 12, 04:58:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Chip said...

Shoprat has the best idea for the country's homeless:

1-way tickets to San Francisco (and let's be sure to put some flowers in their hair).

Sat Oct 13, 01:06:00 AM PDT  
Blogger bernie said...

Just FYI, I linked to your article from Leftist Intolerance

Wed Oct 24, 11:19:00 PM PDT  

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