A Berlin politician has come under fire for suggesting that poor people should be encouraged to catch rats by offering them €1 per dead rodent. The intriguing idea entails some gnawing practical problems and has been called “inhuman and cynical”.
I don’t understand. Haven’t we been told endlessly that it was our greedy society that was the main reason for poverty? Weren’t we told that we have to become more like the enlightened Europeans?
When did they get poor people?
NEW YORK (CBS) ― City officials have ordered 22 New York churches to stop providing beds to homeless people.
With temperatures well below freezing early Saturday, the churches must obey a city rule requiring faith-based shelters to be open at least five days a week — or not at all.
Arnold Cohen, president of the Partnership for the Homeless, a nonprofit that serves as a link with the city, said he had to tell the churches they no longer qualify.
He said hundreds of people now won’t have a place to sleep.
The Department of Homeless Services said the city offers other shelters with the capacity to accept all those who have been sleeping in the churches. The city had 8,000 beds waiting.
So the problem is that the churches are taking in people that would otherwise go to government run shelters. How do you expect the shelters to get increased funding if their charges are allowed to go to private shelters. The churches are standing in the way of a bureaucratic empire.
They are keeping bureaucrats from appearing on TV, squelching their hopes of climbing the ladder from homeless shelter to something higher.
On the KGW Channel 8 in Portland’s website there is a comment who recently started showing up in the comments section to various news stories. He is very good.
He writes in the style of the extreme left commenter but if you read his comments closely they resemble Frank J’s “In My World” series which is one of the great satirical series of the Internet.
For example, here is the comment he left on a story regarding the protests againsst Prop 8 in Portland.
Once again this site is overloaded with the Reich-Wing hate from the Judaic/Christian playbook sponsored by the RepubliKKKan monsters who were thankfully cashiered by the enlightened electorate on November 4th.
But then the joyous celebration stopped.
With the exception of Massachusetts and Connecticut, the rest of the country continues to elect the right people, but then does a 180 degree turn and rolls back the clock to the dark days of Jim Crow, Poll taxes, separate toilets and water fountains, and jingoistic patriotic Irving Berlin songs.
What will it take for these homophobic parasites to realize that marriage, as well as morality, is an individual choice fully recognized in our once beloved Constitution?
Only when we can stand proudly before the bar of United Nations approval,and realize that the institution of marriage,like every other racist and deluded idea held so highly by the Neo-Cons who regulate Christianity,is meant to be defined and shared among any person or group that wishes to partake,
If a transgendered person wants to marry him/herself- then who are these brutal Bush/Reagan plutocrats who dare attempt to force their bestial pious will on such a lovely person?
If three, four or eleven people regardless of sexual orientation, want to collectively marry each other, then the Newt Gingrich/Sean Hannity warped view of monogamy must stand aside and make room for the peaceful and beautiful future designed to be shared under the large and colorful rainbow tent of tolerance and diversity.
As I previously stated in other similar posts on this subject, the Courts of California once addressed this travesty by invalidating the RepubliKKKan forced ballot of 2000 where these myopic, merciless and bigoted citizens shamelessly voted 3-1 to cruelly define marriage as between one man and one woman.
I personally would think that such archaic and totalitarian ideas would have disappeared from our culture at the same time that JFK freed the slaves.
Now, covering itself again with disgrace, California, like their progressive brothers and sisters in Florida, pulled the lever once again to ban gay marriage and totally overturn what the Courts had once deemed unconstitutional.
Are we somehow to think that because the majority of voters choose something as immoral as banning gay marriage,that our courts are now rendered prostate and impotent?
It is the duty of the courts to legislate from the bench when the majority has clearly taken a pigheaded path that the members of the minority community don’t agree.
I can only continue to offer my daily chants to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his retreat in far away Dharamsala, that he will provide the wisdom to President Obama to issue an Executive Order on January 20, 2009 which immediately terminates these notorious and discriminatory ballot measure such as we saw with California’s Measure 8.
What is really hilarious is how many other commenters take him at face value. It’s hard to satirze a bunch of nuts.
Here’s a link to his comments. I think Frank J ought to get him to write a column.
Potter said the city has opened 102 extra shelter beds since the protest began, and that 18 sat empty Monday night. He also noted that the crowd outside City Hall now includes a number of people who aren’t homeless. Perhaps, the mayor suggested, those people could take a few homeless men and women home with them overnight during the protest so they don’t violate the law.
Just what I’ve been suggesting for years. If all these people that are supporting the homeless’ right to camp and sleep wherever and whenever they want just took them home with them the problem would be solved.
Aren’t the ‘activists’ always telling us that the homeless are just normal citizens that hit a rough patch?
They can bunk with your kids. Just don’t expect them to follow your rules. They are exempt, forcing them to follow rules would be heartless. Let them bring their booze, their drugs and their sexual partners. Consider it part of your kids ‘diversity’ education.
Their exposure to ‘diversity’.