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Feeding The Homeless BANNED In Major Cities All Over America

What would you do if you came across someone on the street that had not had anything to eat for several days?  Would you give that person some food?  Well, the next time you get that impulse you might want to check if it is still legal to feed the homeless where you live.  Sadly, feeding the homeless has been banned in major cities all over America.  Other cities that have not banned it outright have put so many requirements on those that want to feed the homeless (acquiring expensive permits, taking food preparation courses, etc.) that feeding the homeless has become "out of reach" for most average people.  Some cities are doing these things because they are concerned about the "health risks" of the food being distributed by ordinary "do-gooders".  Other cities are passing these laws because they do not want homeless people congregating in city centers where they know that they will be fed.  But at a time when poverty and government dependence are soaring to unprecedented levels, is it really a good idea to ban people from helping those that are hurting?

This is just another example that shows that our country is being taken over by control freaks.  There seems to be this idea out there that it is the job of the government to take care of everyone and that nobody else should even try.

But do we really want to have a nation where you have to get the permission of the government before you do good to your fellow man?

It isn't as if the government has "rescued" these homeless people.  Homeless shelters all over the nation are turning people away each night because they have no more room.  There are many homeless people that are lucky just to make it through each night alive during the winter.

Sometimes a well-timed sandwich or a cup of warm soup can make a world of difference for a homeless person.  But many U.S. cities have decided that feeding the homeless is such a threat that they had better devote law enforcement resources to making sure that it doesn't happen.

This is so twisted.  In America today, you need a "permit" to do almost anything.  We are supposed to be a land of liberty and freedom, but these days government bureaucrats have turned our rights into "privileges" that they can revoke at any time.

The following are some of the major U.S. cities that have attempted to ban feeding the homeless....

Philadelphia

Mayor Nutter recently banned feeding homeless people in many parts of Philadelphia where homeless people are known to congregate....

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has announced a ban on the feeding of large numbers of homeless and hungry people at sites on and near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Mayor Nutter is imposing the ban on all outdoor feedings of large numbers of people on city parkland, including Love Park and the Ben Franklin Parkway, where it is not uncommon for outreach groups to offer free food.

Nutter says the feedings lack both sanitary conditions and dignity.

Orlando

Last June, a group of activists down in Orlando, Florida were arrested by police for feeding the homeless in defiance of a city ordinance....

Over the past week, twelve members of food activist group Food Not Bombs have been arrested in Orlando for giving free food to groups of homeless people in a downtown park. They were acting in defiance of a controversial city ordinance that mandates permits for groups distributing food to large groups in parks within two miles of City Hall. Each group is allowed only two permits per park per year; Food Not Bombs has already exceeded their limit. They set up their meatless buffet in Lake Eola knowing that they would likely be arrested as a result.

Houston

Down in Houston, a group of Christians was recently banned from distributing food to the homeless, and they were told that they probably would not be granted a permit to do so in the future even if they applied for one....

Bobby and Amanda Herring spent more than a year providing food to homeless people in downtown Houston every day. They fed them, left behind no trash and doled out warm meals peacefully without a single crime being committed, Bobby Herring said.

That ended two weeks ago when the city shut down their "Feed a Friend" effort for lack of a permit. And city officials say the couple most likely will not be able to obtain one.

"We don't really know what they want, we just think that they don't want us down there feeding people," said Bobby Herring, a Christian rapper who goes by the stage name Tre9.

Dallas

Dallas has also adopted a law which greatly restricts the ability of individuals and ministries to feed the homeless....

A Dallas-area ministry is suing the city over a food ordinance that restricts the group from giving meals to the homeless.

Courts dismissed Dallas’ request for a summary judgment last week, saying the case, brought up by pastor Don Hart (in video above) may indeed be a violation of free exercise of religion, as protected by the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the blog Religion Clause reported.

In the court filing, the ministry leaders argue that their Christian faith requires them to share meals with the homeless (Jesus did!) and that the requirement that even churches and charities provide toilets, sinks, trained staff and consent of the city keeps them from doing so.

Las Vegas

A few years ago, Las Vegas became the first major U.S. city to specifically pass a law banning the feeding of homeless people....

Las Vegas, whose homeless population has doubled in the past decade to about 12,000 people in and around the city, joins several other cities across the country that have adopted or considered ordinances limiting the distribution of charitable meals in parks. Most have restricted the time and place of such handouts, hoping to discourage homeless people from congregating and, in the view of officials, ruining efforts to beautify downtowns and neighborhoods.

But the Las Vegas ordinance is believed to be the first to explicitly make it an offense to feed “the indigent.”

That law has since been blocked by a federal judge, and since then many U.S. cities have been very careful not to mention "the indigent" or "the homeless" by name in the laws they pass that are intended to ban feeding the homeless.

New York City

New York City has banned all food donations to government-run homeless shelters because the bureaucrats there are concerned that the donated food will not be "nutritious" enough.

Yes, this is really true.

The following is from a recent Fox News article....

The Bloomberg administration is now taking the term “food police” to new depths, blocking food donations to all government-run facilities that serve the city’s homeless.

In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans.

Can you believe that?

The bureaucrats are officially out of control.

In America today, it seems like almost everything is illegal.

One church down in Louisiana was recently ordered to stop giving out water because it did not have a government permit.

Well, I don't know about you, but I sure am going to give a cup of cold water to someone if they need it whether I have a permit or not.

It is as if common sense has totally gone out the window in this nation.

Over in New Hampshire, a woman is being sued for planting flowers in her own front yard.

This is the kind of thing that makes me glad that I have moved to a much more rural location.  People in the country tend to be much more relaxed.

Sadly, those that love to micro-manage others continue to get the upper hand in America.  Back in January, 40,000 new laws went into effect all over America.  The politicians continue to hit us with wave after wave of regulations and laws with no end in sight.

All of this is making America a very unpleasant place in which to live.

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  • Michael

    it’s a bit the same thing in france ….. , but for business !!!! “do nothing and you will have a small pension from the state.”

    a low income person or unemployed which pensions from the state will loose ALL his pension if he want to work even for a very small time business work.

    I am disabled , and it’s my hell for many years !!! i receive a part time salary doing nothing , but when i try to work to make more money, even a little, the State take my pension, or more interesting, if i accept a contract for a job , the State takes my pension …. AFTER THE END OF THE CONTRACT !!!

    Stupid World !!! EVERYWHERE

    • mark

      If you are able to work, why should the tax payers continue to pay you. Many disabled can support themselves in a different profession than their old one. This is one problem that economy can’t support.

  • Jim

    From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependency back again into bondage.

    Guess where we are right now?

    • Mistress B

      Oh hold on a minute, I will just go and get permission from a member of parliament to answer that question – oh sorry permission denied – mustnt think for myself.

  • Michael

    In America, you become …. FRENCH… !!

    crazy rules, incredible paperwork, permit for everything, laws and laws for everything !!!!

    WE have a law still active, from 1885, which fordid women to wear pants !!!! but policemen don’t care ;-)

  • Gay Veteran

    speaking of control freaks, can you imagine how many more homeless there would be if abortion was outlawed?

    • http://www.impcalgi.com IMPCALGI

      fewer… because a nation that cares for unborn people will actually give a ******* about people who have hit rock bottom. Both the homeless and unborn children are among the most vulnerable members of our society, and our response to both of them says a lot about us as people. This article is about trying to get rid of the homeless by pushing them out of the cities, so we can all pretend they don’t exist… “aborting” them, if you will. It won’t work, any more than killing millions of unborn children has brought down rates of child abuse and domestic violence… that hasn’t happened.

      You might want to think before you come out with any more smartass remarks that have nothing to do with the topic

    • Narddog

      Great point, may I further that in saying we should allow post-birth abortions directed at people who cannot take care of themselves so we can just abort all the homeless people and solve this problem. No more homeless.

    • XYZ

      Right, appreciating ur posts, GV. Not to say that many homeless are violent and criminals. Let these patethic retards feed them and take care of them. Their reward will be high.

    • WM

      Yeah, there would be a lot of bastards running around. Easy to use that as an excuse to kill more babies, more homeless, over population, etc.

      Did we forget the stats on abortion according to the 2004 Guttmacher study:

      Rape and incest each were cited by less than half of a percent of all women who underwent abortion. Twenty-five percent said they weren’t ready for a child, 23 percent said they couldn’t afford to have one, 19 percent said they didn’t want any more children, 8 percent said they didn’t want to be a single mother or they had relationship problems, 7 percent said they were too young to have a child and 4 percent said they believed a child would interfere with their education or career.

      Most abortions are conducted because of selfishness, adultery, fornication on the mothers part, FORCING her “freedom of choice” on an inncocent, voicless life.

      The sword of the Lord is coming upon this nagtion due to its sins. You can mock, laugh and disagree all you want and believe that it will not happen, but surely as the sun rises each day, we will reap what we have sowed.

      • Deborah

        Two thumbs up !

    • Ron McClure

      I really hope and pray for the day when you and people who think like you become aware of your complete lack of wisdom. We don’t suffer because we honor God’s law. We suffer as the result of not honoring it. Abortion is a sin before God. Plain and simple. The result of that is our sorry situation. Your thought process suggest if we aborted every child from here on out we would completely solve the poverty problem. God Help Us.

      • prepply

        Wrong. Not one of the commandments. God viewed an unborn child who was damaged by another as loss of property:
        Exodus 21:22-25: And if men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she has a miscarriage, yet there is no [further] injury, he shall surely be fined as the woman’s husband may demand of him; and he shall pay as the judges decide.

        • Michael

          Prepply:

          You are flat out wrong there.

          You didn’t quote the rest of the verses….

          22 “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.”

          If the baby is born alive and uninjured then there is just a fine.

          If the baby dies, the Torah said to “take life for life”.

          So in essence the penalty for killing an unborn child was the death penalty.

          Michael

          • Ron McClure

            Michael: Thank You

          • prepply

            No – you are wrong.
            I noticed you switched the word ‘miscarriage’ with the words ‘born prematurely’. Miscarriage is defined by the death. So a fine is levied when an unborn child dies.
            The ‘further damage’ refers to anything else damaged on the woman. There is where the “life for a life’ applies.
            Bible scholars agree: http://www.str.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5700

          • prepply

            Actually – I step down from this position… Upon further reading ‘miscarriage’ does not necessarily mean death of the child just a bringing forth of. You guys are right here – please accept my apologies!! Sorry guys!

          • Michael

            No prob prepply. It takes a big man to admit when a mistake has been made.

            I know that I certainly have made a lot of them. :(

            Michael

      • Deborah

        How satan has sowed his seed of deception into these minds. May GOD in His mercy open their eyes and minds to see truth. “If you remain in My word, ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”.

    • Witness the End

      Can you imagine how many of those aborted could have been another Tim Tebow? Imagine if one of those aborted found the cure for cancer.

      • Gary2

        or Imagine if one of the aborted is a serial killer or the next gang banger who shoots a member of your family.

        I think my scenerio is more likley than yours although I need to admit what you say is possible but not too likley.

        It is a agreed on fact that a part of the reason the crime rates went down was that many of the criminal gang bangers were aborted before they could commit a crime. I am not saying this is good or bad but that it is simply a reality.

      • MisterC

        Imagine how many unaborted became like gary2, scary!

      • Tim

        Yes, I can. Now I’m going to have to fight for pro abortion rights, damn it I was on the fence for so long. Thanks for ruining my neutral stance. urrggh.

        The best Tebow story is during the combine……. absoultely hilarious

        At the Scouting Combine before taking the Wonderlic test, there are some brief instructions and comments from the person administering the test. Then, after the person administering the test to Tebow’s group had finished, Tebow made a request that the players bow their heads in prayer before taking the 50-question exam.

        Said one of the other players in response: “Shut the ***** up.” Others players in the room then laughed. I personally find this funny as well, not because Tebow was embarrassed, but mostly because someone actually came out and said that to him. The person that told him to “shut the ******* up” has not been identified, although I am sure at some point his name will be known.

        Believe it or not, there are plenty of people waking up to the lies a deceit of religion. They are not taking it anymore and are going to stand up and say SHUT THE ********* UP! It’s a lie!
        Stop spewing false crap!

        • comnenus

          He might be in the Jets, waiting for the moment to drag Tebow out of the NFL for ever.

    • joe

      well gee by that logic why only abort pre-born homeless? why not have ‘homeless hunting season’ to keep the homeless population in check?

      you can’t justify murder just because the person might be homeless, you moron. you oughta be ashamed of yourself for your complete lack of regard for the sanctity of human life.

      • Deborah

        Another 2 thumbs up !

      • comnenus

        Actually the cops in Rio , Brazil, used to do that until Lula the communist came to power.

  • McKinley Morganfield

    They are trying to drive the homeless out of the big cities. I live in a moderately sized town in Iowa and we have seen an increase in homelessness that has nothing to do with unemployment as we have unemployment of around 5.5%. These people are coming from places like Chicago and St. Louis.

    • anon

      Gay Veteran
      March 21st, 2012 at 3:06 pm · Reply

      speaking of control freaks, can you imagine how many more homeless there would be if abortion was outlawed?

      IT’S NOT YOUR ISSUE…YOU ARE GAY!!!!!

      • prepply

        Gay doesn’t mean infertile. Many many homosexuals have natural born families. Many adopt the unwanted children of others. Thank God for people who raise children in loving homes.

  • Kevin2

    I can’t count the times I have heard, “There ought to be a law”; Well you got it.

    There ought to be a law to not make any more laws.

  • http://www.youtube.com/safearmsreview SafeArmsReview

    Its a shame to see that governments are not allowing ppl to give from their hearts – to help others that need it. Instead of letting personal charity grow & create less of a drain on our debt ridden country, the officials (papers please) are just ensuring that more debt will be added to the pile.

    The moral standards we once had in this country has been done away with & its sad to see that even if you believe in God or not, your told NOT to help out your neighbor, but I guess thats what you get when you ‘redistribute the wealth’.

    ;p

  • Ameen

    “all of this is making America a very unpleasant place in which to live.”

    I agree BUT….

    I am a proud American Permanent Resident. Have lived in Kenya, the UK, Canada (citizen), Portugal / Europe.

    All the same, control freak bureaucrats out of control….

    Suggestions??

    I will still take America over any other….
    A.

  • A Citizen

    Very interesting article the government will only get more powerful as the economy collapses more and more. I think we have about a year left what does everyone else think?

    • mark

      It is hard to tell how long the can will be kicked down the road. It really depends on how long the bond holders will play the game and allow the central banksters to continue to print. If the tax payers continue to pay the interest on the debt and the bond holders will stay with low interest rates, this scam can go on for a while yet. If the bond holders demand much higher rates of the taxpayers say no more the crash will then happen. The key thing is if the bond holders are happy.

    • gwyn

      hi your right citizen , about a year left

    • Jodi

      Nobody can really determine how much longer we have until an economic collapse. I agree, I think we are nearing a collapse soon.

  • knightowl77

    Gary2 and his buddies want to make sure the Homeless only get USDA approved food from the big food conglomerates that donate to the correct politicians….
    Can’t have that Amish farmer give them any raw milk, because that might be worse than having them starve…
    Bloomberg in NY has banned food “donations” to shelters because the food might have transfats or be too salty…..God forbid a starving person eats something that might have too much salt, whoever gets to define what too much salt is….and how often you can have it …..

    My middle finger to all these “progressives/libs” who believe that starving is better than getting the wrong food, or that by giving out free food you “might” encourage more people to be homeless…These IDIOTS are KILLING people in the name of making things better.

    • David

      Yep and the regressive/conservatives are killing people in undeclared wars and not paying for it along the way.

      Let’s blame the progressive/liberals or maybe the regressive/conservatives. How about blaming yourself…

    • Lennie Pike

      Then killing people is obviously their goal, or at the least they couldn’t care less about people. Anyone can easily see their dislike of people and cold hearts – Godless. They also demonstrate a high level of confusion – there is no common sense involved in anything they do.

      • DB200

        Maybe there is no common sense, but there is a common goal: NWO.

    • http://www.povertylinejournal.blogspot.com/ the optimist

      knightowl–You are spinning your little opinions out of thin air. Get a grip. Try to understand how power really works; it’s not about “libs”, “dems” or your other ridiculous slurs. IF ANYTHING, the progressives in this country are against everything you have stated that they are for. Just. get. a. grip.

      Don’t you understand that there will be no societal progress while everyone still stupidly believes in the dem/repub paradigm and is running around point fingers, name calling, dividing into factions, and hating??? Open your eyes!

    • xander cross

      Speak for yourself. I don’t see Ron Paul doing much about it other than collecting all of those moneybombs and having offshore accounts with Mitt Romney. Funny, how your precious ron paul works for someone like romney that would do anything for money. There is a good reason why they clamp down on that raw milk like if someone gets very sick from it and yes, people have gotten sick from it before. Your rhetoric is typical of the ron paul/republican field.

      • DB200

        Everybody who buys raw milk knows that you have to cook it before you consume it. As the milk is not processed in a factory, the nutritious elements are more preserved.

    • Kelsey

      Chill out, dude. I consider myself super liberal and I think this is horrendous. I know for a fact that eating unhealthily is better than starving. I really do. Just trust me on that one.

      It’s a shame how I remember being taught to be kind and helpful to others when I was a little girl, and now it’s all suddenly backpedaling. The government’s basically bullying the poor, homeless and struggling while coming up with bullcrap excuses to get away with it. The fact that none of us, the same people who voted these assholes in, are doing anything about it is even more pathetic. Everyone’s out for themselves now. It’s not a good way to be, but in this present society, sadly, it’s the only way to be and survive.

      Just for this, I’m going to feed every freaking homeless person I see. If I have food on me/am near a food place, of course. :)

    • Shannon

      Um, I don’t think it’s the progressive/libs that are doing this. I’m a liberal myself and I find this COMPLETELY idiotic. As do ALL of my other liberal friends. I do think you’re pointing your finger in the wrong direction.

      • Kelby

        People, its not the Progressives/Libs, Democraps or Republicunts exclusively, it’s ALL these parties. The party system is a joke, John Adams said political parties would be America’s downfall because people would favor one party over another (nevermind that most of the people in said party were crooks). They wouldnt look at individual people themselves, which is the MUCH better way of choosing Congresspeople and Senators, and most importantly the President. Dont discriminate on party.

        And how is Ron Paul supposed to do ANYTHING??? If he tries to do something, he gets marginalized and henpecked and rejected, EVERY TIME, by the mainstream. He is ALL for liberty, and his voting record PROVES IT!

  • Gary2

    Unbelieavble! Must be the heartless repubes making these rules. They hate the poor.

    • http://www.impcalgi.com IMPCALGI

      Oh really? You think that REPUBLICANS run the major cities in this country. Flush out your head gear: NOT ONE of those city leaders mentioned in this article is a Republican. NOT ONE.

      You might want to get your facts straight before you spout off any more disconnected nonsense

    • rodster

      T-R-O-L-L

    • Gary3

      LIke Bloomburg, the hard-line right-winger?

    • mark

      Gary2, how can you say such a stupid statement. I am a conservitive and I don’t hate the poor. I donate hundreds of dollars a month to help feed them.

      • Gary2

        Ok I admit I generalized. Generally conservative polices greatly hurt the poor and benefit the rich. If you vote conservative then you must be OK with this. Simply look at Paul Ryan budget-tax cuts for the rich and corporations and voucher for medicare and cuts medicaid. These will hurt the poor. (and the MF still does not reduce the deficiet)

        All the repubes and their conservative base have and endorsed the Ryan plan, ergo they must hate the poor.. I do not understand how a budget that hurts the poor can be described as bold. A budget is a moral document and shows priorties and the repube priority is the rich. They do not even try to hide it anymore.

        There I took the time to give you an answer. You may not like it but its the truth. When I rip on conservatives and they come back it must mean the truth hurts.

    • http://lnx-bsp.net/ Tel

      Maybe you should look stuff up, instead of making stuff up?

      Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is a strong Obama supporter.

      Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker is a Democrat.

      Mayor Bloomberg has been one of everything, so he doesn’t count (currently listed as independent).

      The most recent two mayors of Dallas have been Democrats too.

      • Gary2

        anyone with a name like nutter has a lot in common with a squirrl turd.

    • Kevin2

      Gary2

      If you look at the list of the cities above you can see two of the largest (Phila & NYC) have Democrats in control. I can’t speak for the rest because I’m unsure of what administration is in power.

      Government wants control pure and simple regardless of administration.

      • Gary2

        bloomburg is a repube

    • Witness the End

      Actually, almost all big cities are run by demoncrats.

    • TX4Life

      Houston’s mayor has a “D” behind her name.

    • xander cross

      Yes they do. Where I live at, a lot of republicans and tea party members do not like poor people, however, they enjoy using EBT and social security checks that they claim they are against. Also, a lot of Ron Paul supporters defiently don’t like black people and the poor, but they use food stamps and complain that black people use them, just like what Rick Santorum said himself and yes, Rick Santorum is a racist and I wonder if Michael is a santorum supporter since some of this article match what Santorum ideals are?

  • J.J.C.

    This is a violation of freedom of religion. Christains must feed the poor.
    Even Muslums have requirements for “alms giving”.

    Our rights are being eroded daily and I think this is being done to create desperation and unrest….or at the very least make everyone dependant on the government and the government alone.

  • Rodster

    LMAO so we can’t help and feed the homeless because of food safety concerns but these same people will rummage through garbage cans looking for anything to eat no matter how long the foods been in the garbage can?

    OK gotcha that makes sense ! ;)

    • Mistress B

      Here in UK it is illegal to rummage through garbage cans. At the end of the working day when shops throw out all their unused or out of date produce in giant waste bins out the back, if you go along and take the stuff out and you are caught on camera (they have cameras on the bins here) you will be arrested and fined. You are stealing. But some of the bigger department stores actually donate the food to homeless shelters which is good.

      • Rodster

        Tell that to a homeless person who has NO identification card on their person. They will resort to whatever it takes to eat. We don’t have enough police to enforce someone rummaging in a garbage can.

        And if they had the choice some would not mind going to jail where they would be taken care of in a better way than living on the street at the taxpayers expense.

  • Antonio Gonzalez

    “We don’t really know what they want, we just think that they don’t want us down there feeding people,” said Bobby Herring.

    Really they want the people die.

    • http://www.povertylinejournal.blogspot.com/ the optimist

      That is absolutely correct, Antonio. And given that its “kinda important” in my moral view to do what I can to help those in worse off shape than me, I will completely ignore ******** laws like this and go about my business.

  • bolulu

    america is going to hell in the back of a pickup truck and it aint pretty

  • old soldier

    This upsets me….alot. Though I am not homeless, I depend on food from church run food pantries to supplement the food I have to get from the store for me and my mom. And I am not young. Food pantries in the area where I live are running out of food due to the increased numbers (one major pantry had to close for a week) of those needing it. One church pantry had to petition the govt to get govt food, since its pantry was running “dry”. If food donations are banned, it’s going to create a hardship for me and my mom as well as my siblings who get it as well.

    • Craig

      I’m in the same situation Old Soldier. But here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area we are blessed with so many good pantries–especially the ones run by the churches. I hope the U.S. government never comes and tells the pantries that they can’t give away dented cans or out-of-date products, etc. That’s the reason the pantires have so much food from the grocery stores to begin with. That would be a terrible thing for the state or federal government to do. You know the feds can justify anything to “make us more safe”.

  • http://theeconomiccollapse stu johnson

    Welcome to America, land of the fee, home of the slave. I guess I’ll have to be sneaky to give someone in need a can of soup and a bottle of water. If you think about it, a large group of people might creat some problems but to solve this “possible” problem like this is just plane cold. It must be to hard to use some intelligence and find a positive solution. I was sent to this planet to find intelligent life, and the search goes on…..

    • Gary3

      Easy for a billionaire like Bloomberg to decide whether someone else can eat. People would rather be alive than “eat healthy”– Poor dumb schmucks.

  • SouthernAZ

    Looks like a thinly-veiled effort to get homeless people to leave the big cities. City officials certainly couldn’t just outlaw homeless from living on their streets — then they would be MEAN elected officials or bureaucrats. This policy creates the illusion of caring, but their ‘ends’ justify the ‘means.’ Many cities stand to save a lot of $$ they currently use for additional sanitation, medical care and security (both security for and from homeless people) by decreasing the homeless population. I lived in San Fran for years and saw it every day en route to work.

    Look out smaller towns, here they come!

    • John W.

      This is what Obama care will do to the elderly. Gotta love those left wing statists. they love mankind as a conceot but hate people. No one loved them when they were little. Like Gary they think the voices in their head make them smart.

    • Craig

      You’re right. Their real motive is to discourage the homeless from haning near the supply of food in the cities.

    • Ex Military

      Most of the homeless are people who fought for our country they have already been let down once now they are just trying to get rid of them. That is really sad. I have heard of a secret society who wants only the poor to work like slaves. They are right they no longer want a middle class. Poor people who have to rely on them for food and shelter will do jobs they normally wouldn’t do just to feed there family. As someone else said what about all they put in our ground where are food is grown. Do you know they grow chickens so fast they can’t even stand on there own two feet anymore. We are suppose to be the land of the free. Why are not having a say in all these new laws. And they wonder why people are depressed.

  • BeenThere

    “Some cities are doing these things because they are concerned about the “health risks” of the food being distributed by ordinary “do-gooders”. Other cities are passing these laws because they do not want homeless people congregating in city centers where they know that they will be fed.”

    It seems the left wing are banning it for PC reasons and the right wing for their usual nazi ideas of these people deserve to die anyway and those in the middle who want to help are being stopped from doing so.

    • XYZ

      u have no idea what Nazism was really all about. Go back to watching TV and eating burgers.

    • knightowl77

      I have worked with the homeless and homeless shelters for more than 30 years….

      In all my observations it was the lefty do-gooders who were always trying to regulate where this shelter could be or that soup kitchen might exist…..because supposedly they knew better than everyone else what worked and what didn’t…at least that is what their college professors told them…

      However down at the street level things never really looked like these sociologists said they would.

    • Witness the End

      Actually, the Nazis were a left wing socialist party.

      • Tim

        a national socialist party…big difference

        also Privitized profits and social losses are facism at its finest and thats what is happening right now with the banks!

  • kwark

    It’s true but don’t be too quick to blame just “the politicians”. Better look alot closer to home because the fact is many Americans are HAPPY with these draconian laws. They don’t want “worthless” homeless people panhandling where they walk, park, shop, dine and so on. Several of my neighbors, retired and comfortable in our quiet suburban neighborhood, have this opinion. So I don’t blame the politicians for doing what many of their constituents want, I blame them for not having the courage to tell their constituents how severe the problem is. But then most Americans don’t want to hear the truth about how decrepit our country truly is.

    • rancher

      So others are not free to have their opinions of this. Must they be like you to be …worthy?

      The politicians do not want them in their neighborhoods either and they are very aware of the problems.

      Our Govt steals huge amounts of taxes from us working people and rather than helping our own they give it to other nations. They even are trying to give hundreds of thousands of tons of food to north Korea for not firing a missile and some other stupid reasons. This stuff is flown right over the heads of our homeless to feed others around the world…go figure that one out??

      Then they say to the working folks we still need to help take care of our fellow citizens with charity… funny I thought I just did that?

      As far as I am concern the Govt is the problem. They have my resources (taxes) taken from me and refuse to help our own citizens here. They want to help others instead. Thus I wash my hands of this issue as we have donated endless taxes (by threat of prison time)to this problem. Let the homeless rise up and confront the Govt and resolve this problem.

      I live out in the countryside to get away from people…homeless or working. To survive out here one must work or die. No one panhandles on this dead end dirt road either… real low rate of return. Besides that we have some really large wolves out here and I spotted one the other night on our Ranch. One was shot nearby (breaks my freaking heart) (not really) and it was 180 pounds at the F&G Dept.

      I feel I have the right to pursue peace and happiness in the Constitution and I try to pursue that by avoiding most masses of mindless, brain washed and entitlement thinking humanity….

      • mark

        Government payments are not charity. It is theft and bribes for votes. Charity is an act that you choose to give to another in need. There is a big difference.

  • Rain23

    So, let’s see. People lying in the street who are literally starving to death is more unsightly than a soup kitchen with people in line for food? Food handed out by a church group is less sanitary and nutritious than eating out of Dumpsters and scraping fries off the pavement of a fast food parking lot?

    More laws by people who’ve never been there. When you’re honestly hungry, as in it’s 5 p.m. and your meal for the day was half an Egg McMuffin someone tossed out, you don’t care about the nutritional value of the food. You’re not going to look at your tray or sack and say “I think this is too high fat and too many carbs.” Cause you’re gonna pass out and maybe die if you don’t get your calories above 600 a day somehow, especially if you keep getting rousted every time you sit down and have to keep walking.

    Why don’t the city officials who pass these laws just pass one to shoot anyone you suspect of being homeless in the head if they don’t want them cluttering up the rose-colored view of your city. It’s so much more humane than pretending “someone” will take care of them conveniently out of your sight. Because nobody does, and then they end up in the emergency room at the County and you’re paying far more than if you had shown a little common decency. That’s not only sinfully cruel, it’s downright stupid.

    If you don’t want people gathering in public places to be fed, then you need to let the churches and private individuals who are willing show charity in their own facilities without all these regulations. I think most of us, no matter how tight our budgets are, would let someone have a cup of ramen noodles or a sandwich and sit in a chair or on a lawn to eat it, if only because we can imagine how we could end up in that same seat ourselves.

    • Gary3

      Good point about emergency rooms. How much does the city save if they all show up at an emergency room with their “illness” turning out to be hunger? The troublemaker bums muddy the waters for anybody who is down and out.

      Any of us here could end up being homeless (One can only hope that Bloomberg does). Walk a mile in their shoes.

    • justamom

      Good post, rain23—insightful and right on target.
      I live in a small town and attend a small church. Five years ago we opened a soup kitchen at lunchtime on Wednesdays using our church kitchen. In the beginning we had lots of homeless, but now over time we have been able to help these folks find adequate housing. Some have moved on, but some have stayed with us and are now a part of our church. We still have the poor, but none who are homeless. Other churches in our area have similar programs, and all together we are making a difference in our community. All it takes is a vision, compassion, a little money, and some work—well worth the investment.

    • DaytoDay

      I couldn’t have said it better!

  • http://www.impcalgi.com IMPCALGI

    This is just as much an attack against us as it is against the homeless. TPTB want to control every aspect of our lives, from the type of light bulbs we use to whether we can give a hungry man some food. Well guess what: I AM GOING TO HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY. And I don’t give a frog’s fat rear end what anyone thinks about it.

    Go ahead, I dare them to put me in jail because I give some down on his luck hobo a McDonalds gift certificate

  • Tatiana Covington

    Then simply break them. There’s way more of you than of politicians, whom you don’t need. They’re just a bunch of people.

    You’re perfectly able to govern yourself.

  • Paranoid

    Feeding them to what?

  • http://yahoo.com richard swank

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  • Steve

    Does this help change the subject of deficet spending?
    Acting like they are solving problems, not doing anything?

  • http://none bad brian from grass valley

    We have to be usfull to them who think they own the Earth. If not, they want us dead and they will show no mercy. There is One who sees this as a terrible aberation of the way He created us and He will call them to account. Best we all find ways to show Love to those we can help during this time. As usual I want to thank you and Bless you for your goodness in providing this forum. These unfortunates are our fellow human beings and we might be next.

  • Craig

    Off Topic – Obamacare

    Michael very good subject about feeding the homeless. If it is acceptable to you, I want any of your readers to hear what the Lord spoke to me about Obamacare sometime in 2009:

    Obamacare:

    I want to tell any businessmen who might read this blog what is going to happen with Obamacare. Sometime in 2009 I received a word from the Lord about a question I asked the Lord regarding Obamacare. I simply went to the Lord in prayer beside my bed, and I asked the Lord if this Obamacare would really happen. This was about 2 months before they took the very first vote in the Senate to try and pass it with 60 votes. The Lord spoke to me in a strong way, and He said, “It will pass, but it won’t have any teeth to it”. It was not an audible voice, but it was clearer than an audible voice as the Holy Spirit always is.

    I want to tell you that if the Most High God, who is the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, said, “It won’t have any teeth to it”, that means as a businessman or financial planner, you don’t have to take it into consideration. You can plan along without it ever being a factor.

    I know there are a lot of whack job prophetic types out there, and it is hard to know who you are dealing with on the internet. But, I want to give you some of my history so that it might convince you that I really did hear from God. I’ve been a Christian since 1976. Here is a part of my testimony regarding the Holy Spirit working in my life. I have had a very close prayer relationship with the Lord for over 30 years:

    In 1981, at the age of 24, I went to take the SAT test at a high school here in Ft. Worth, TX. There was a very cute young lady there that didn’t feel well because she had spent the night before out drinking with her friends. She told the administrator that she wasn’t feeling well enough to take the test. The administrator walked off for just a minute to attend to something else. During that time I prayed so fervently to the Lord, and I prayed that this very important moment in this girl’s life would not be taken from her. The administrator came back and wanted to confirm with the girl that she wasn’t going to take the test. The girl said she was feeling better now, and she would be able to take the test. She finished the whole test. Back then I think the SAT was about a 3 or 4 hour test.

    In 1989 when I was about 33, I was driving to a Steven Curtis Chapman concert at a place in Euless, TX called Footloose. It was a Christian entertainment type thing that isn’t there anymore. Anyway, I had been praying for a while to the Lord that I might be able to meet a Latina type woman. I know that may sound weird, but I have always been attracted to petite dark-haired or brunette women. Maybe I just felt inferior dating a “normal” white girl. I guess that had something to do with it. Anyway, when I was about 1 mile from Footloose, the Lord spoke to me (not audibly) as clearly as ever and He asked, “You want a Latina girl?” I’m telling you that’s what He said. I arrived at the concert and took a seat towards the back in the middle section before the concert started. I was sitting by myself. Sometime just before the concert started, I noticed there was this really cute petite Latina type girl sitting next to me on my right. I had been sitting by myself, but the place had begun to really fill up. This girl had the whole Latina look with the blue jeans and bright red shoes and dark hair, etc. She was about 5’1″ tall and probably weighed about 100 lbs. I talked to her off and on during the concert. She was from Nicaragua and her family had just came to the United States during the Contra freedom fighter thing that was happening in Nicaragua during the Reagan Presidency. She thought she didn’t speak good English, but she really spoke good English. She was an adorable girl. She was 21 years old. During the concert this girl kept bumping into me too which I thought was unusual. I know you may think this is funny, but it’s true. When the concert was over I stayed in my seat for a while because I wanted to wait for the crowd to die down before I left, and I also wanted to buy a couple albums. This girl got up to leave with the people she came with. As she was waiting in the line to get out the door, she kept looking over at me like, “you moron aren’t you even going to ask me for my phone number?” Unfortunately I had on my mind what I was going to do in Dallas after I left the concert which was not good. It wasn’t until a while afterward that I actually realized what had happened and what the Lord spoke to me just before I got to the concert that night. The thing is, I wanted to do things my way (illicit) by going to Dallas instead of the Lord’s way which was to start a relationship with this beautiful girl I had met at this concert. She was what I had requested (physically anyway) in prayer, but I was too stupid or whatever to trust the Lord in this situation. I wanted to handle things my way.

    Around 1990, I told a 28 year old female friend of mine that if she was really ready to be married, I could have her married in 6 months. She met a guy at a Bible study neither one of them were even planning to go to, and about 6 months later they were married.

    In 1995 I was sitting in the back of Calvary Cathedral International church in downtown Ft. Worth, and I prayed as earnestly as ever, “Lord I wish a tornado would come through here and destroy all this”. I prayed that because I believed that the “laughter movement” from when Rodney Howard-Brown was there 3 years ago had just gotten out of control. I don’t question however that it was a very real movement of God and a blessing to the church. Also, the acoustics in that round building were horrible because of so much reverberation. Well, five years later that is what happened. A tornado touched down and stayed over the church for 2.5 minutes. The building was destroyed, but not a single person was hurt. The church was fully staffed at the time. They bought another church about 3 miles away that used to be Midtown Church of Christ.

    In 2000, I was at a Wendy’s restaurant in Bellevue, WA. There was much political debate at work about the next president. As I sat there in Oct/2000 with my absentee ballot, I voted for Pat Buchanan which I was planning to do all along. The Lord spoke to me in the most poignant way ever, and He asked, “Are you sure you really want to do that”? Then He showed me that this race would be so tight and so close that we wouldn’t know who the next president would be for days and possibly weeks or months. I wasn’t exactly sure how long the Lord was telling me this would go on–just that as time went on it would become more clear who would win. It was more clear than an audible voice. This is when Bush barely won Florida by about 1,500 votes. It went on for days or weeks about who would be the winner.

    In 2001 or 2002 I was about 46 I guess. I had gone for almost a year without the illicit activity in my life. I thought that I was over it, but I still had a problem with internet porn. I went to a TCU football game in Ft. Worth, TX near the time of Thanksgiving. I prayed for a while before I went to the game, and I was praying that the Lord would deliver me from going to the strip places in Ft. Worth where there were drugs and prostitution. As I was praying the Lord spoke to me just as clearly as he had the first time about meeting the Latina girl at Footloose, and He said, “There is someone at the game I want you to meet”. I didn’t know what to think of this, but I didn’t think I had my act together enough to start a relationship. I went to the game. It was a night game and due to being near the holidays there weren’t quite as many people there. TCU was winning and they upset #17 ranked Louisville at that game. There was this girl I had noticed there that was so attractive to me. She was the type of girl that I had told the Lord I would like to have as a wife. Again, I’m talking physical attraction here. You know how shallow us guys are about this. Anyway, this girl was “hot” to use the modern term. At least she was to me, and I thought I wish I could meet somebody like her. I thought for sure this girl had to be married. I never more than glanced at her, and she never saw me looking at her. With about 2 minutes left in the game I moved down to a completely different section of stands near the 10 yard line. I did this because I was making my way out of the stadium and wanted to beat the crowd out a little bit. I was about 4 or 5 rows back in this section of stands and there was NOBODY in this entire section of stands except me. All of the sudden this girl that I had noticed walks down and stands right next to me!! I looked at her, and she kind of awkwardly looked away out of embarrassment I guess. Now, my mind is racing. This time I realize that I am right in the middle of what the Lord told me was going to happen. But I begin to justify in my mind why I can’t have a relationship with this girl. I’m not enough this or that or the other thing. I never opened my mouth and after about a minute or two of her standing there, she went back to hang out with the people she came to the game with. I didn’t talk to her because I can’t talk to women. I have no problem with that or making conversation, etc. I guess I just couldn’t believe that a girl as attractive as this girl was would really like me if she knew who I really was. So guess what? After the game was over I went to the seedy section of Ft. Worth like clockwork.

    In 2002 when the snipers were out in Washington, DC a few years ago, I simply went to the Lord in prayer and I asked the Lord if He would reveal to me who was doing the killing. The Lord spoke to me, and He said, “It’s 2 black guys from the Tacoma, WA area and one is a lot older than the other, but they are both under 40″. That’s what the Lord said. I thought about going to the FBI, but since I had this sin problem in my life I was always shy about telling people things the Lord revealed to me. I was afraid I had missed God and would make myself look foolish.

    In 2008 or 2009, a couple of years ago before they even took the first vote in the Senate on Obama’s health care bill, the Lord spoke to me about it, and he said, “It will pass, but there won’t be any teeth to it”. The Lord was saying it would pass, but it wouldn’t be enforceable. It failed to get 60 votes in the Senate, and then the democrats lowered the bar for it to pass with 50 votes.

    I am reluctant to post a link to my personal testimony as most probably wouldn’t believe it.

  • Tappedops

    Simple rule of thumb… if the gov bans it,run towards it…if the gov likes it, run like heck away from it…

  • mark

    I suppose that a hymn that is my favorite sums up how I feel.Good luck stoping me from practicing my faith. Sorry if it a litte long.

    A poor wayfaring Man of grief Hath often crossed me on my way, Who sued so humbly for relief, That I could never answer nay. I had not power to ask his name, where to he went or whence he came;Yet there was something in his eye That won my love; I knew not why.

    Once, when my scanty meal was spread, He entered; not a word he spake, Just perishing for want of bread. I gave him all; he blessed it, brake, And ate, but gave me part again. Mine was an angel’s portion then, For while I fed with eager haste, The crust was manna to my taste.

    I spied him where a fountain burst clear from the rock; his strength was gone. The heedless water mocked his thirst; He heard it, saw it hurring on. I ran and raised the suffrer up; Thrice from the stream he drained my cup, Dipped and returned it running o’er; I drank and never thirsted more.

    Twas night; the floods were out ; it blew, A winter hurricane aloof. I heard his voice abroad and flew, to bid him welcome to my roof. I warmed and clothed and cheered my guest, And laid him on my couch to rest, Then made the earth my bed and seemed, In Eden’s garden while I dreamed.

    Stript,wounded,beaten nigh to death, I found him by the highway side. I roused his pulse, brought back his breath, Revived his spirit, and supplied, Wine, oil, refreshment- he was healed. I had myself a wound concealed, But from that hour forgot the smart, And peace bound up my broken heart.

    In prison I saw him next, condemned, To meet a traitors doom at morn. The tide of lying tongues I stemmed, And honored him mid shame and scorn. My friendship’s utmost zeal to try, He asked if I for him would die. The flesh was weak; my blood ran chill, But my free spirit cried, ” I will!”

    Then in a moment to my view, The stranger started from disguise. The tokens in his hands I knew; The Savior stood before mine eyes, He spake, and my poor name he named, “Of me thou hast not been ashamed. These deeds shall thy memorial be, Fear not, thou didst them unto me.”

  • http://Www.acceptancetake.com Andrew Fruth

    Why can’t the homeless make their own decisions about what to eat? This is so outrageous. I don’t even know what to say. It’s like living in the twilight zone.

  • mondobeyondo

    So we are not (legally) allowed to feed homeless people in many American cities?

    What do we do then? Run down to City Hall and apply for a homeless food assistance permit? Gasp!! By the time you read through and fill out the 173 pages of paperwork and government legalese, the homeless people you are trying to help will be dead.

    Or do we let them starve to death? Well, maybe that’s fine if you’re in a high-rise skyscraper counting beans and typing in numbers using Microsoft Excel. Must be nice. (Like they’d even care in the first place.) But try walking a mile in another man’s Ferragamos, um, sandals, and it’s a different story. For those who have never been there – it’s not fun going hungry. Your stomach tends to hurt and growl, and you can’t sleep.

    What a cold, cruel society we’ve become.

  • neurosine

    If they simply stayed out of it, they wouldn’t need these regulations which are enstated to cover their own ass. The rules and regulations are created for insurance purposes and to protect from litigation as much as they are created to protect anyone. If I wanna give a homeless guy half my sandwich, and he’s hungry and needs half a sandwich…just leave us alone.

  • Rod F

    No one wants to see that *******. Imagine, lets say in Orlando’s case, that you bought a home in downtown Orlando near the city park. Then some ********** sets up a buffet near your house in the park and 50+ homeless people are all hanging around.

    They need to allow homeless feeding NOT in city centers, parks, downtown, etc. Why not just, build a farm, and just, let them all run around all day….not in public view. If they are so down on their luck build a facility that local businesses can donate to and they can all come have a basic cot with a few security guys stationed around. Offer some rehabilitation for those who want it. If they find homeless roaming around city centers they can pick them up, and drop them off. Have a bunch of bleeding hearts volunteer to run it.

  • grandpa

    dont feed the animals. Sounds to me theyre trying to accelerate chaos… when it comes to not feeding the animals we will help our fellow man and let the leeches eat the dead…

  • XYZ

    Much ado about nothing. Who needs homeless ppl? Are they benefitial to this society? U’re more retards than I thought.

  • Colin Pearce

    I don’t live in the US and I sincerely don’t want to offend anyone living there, but what a revolting, despicable and heartless place this country has become.

    I feel sorry for all the normal people who must endure living in such a morally and financially bankrupt police state.

  • Momma Dukes

    You had better believe that if and when I come across someone that is hungry, I’m going to feed them. I think we should organize homeless parties where “normal” people go to have cook outs. Like parks! Invite them all over for a cook out. After all, they ARE our Brothers and Sisters. Where there is a will, there is a way.

  • pete

    Our city, state and federal governments are all trying to starve people to death in a humanitarian way…….and don’t want do gooders feeding them and keeping them alive.

    In a way, I kind of agree. Starve them and let them die………or let them go hungry and see if they have the willpower to get up and do something about it.

    I am going to question the sense in providing help to people that are going to avoid remediating their own situation.

    As a teenager, I found myself on a bus station bench and without food, money or a job. A cop in Phoenix gave me five bucks and told me I had to clear out of the bus station. I went to a Goodwill store and bought a clean shirt and started walking around looking for a job and got work as a bellhop. Went to school and got on with my life.

    I didn’t need sympathy or food, I needed a clean shirt. I took it from there and like Scarlet O’hara, I then spent the next 40 years making sure that never happened again.

    A cop that didn’t want to put me in jail for vagrancy helped me save myself. In the end, you have to save yourself….and if you get madder than he-double sticks on the way there, that will help keep you warm.

  • Lennie Pike

    The only thing more sick, crazy, and stupid, is obeying an order coming from a control freak.

    The Salvation Army will be outlawed by control freaks soon – I have no doubt about it. The control freaks will claim that type of work is the governments territory and responsibility only. But the real reason the will outlaw organizations like the Salvation Army is that it exists to obey God.

    The definition of a Control Freak is someone who lives their life in constant fear. That fear exists due to zero faith or belief in God – a scary world indeed.

    So – obey a control freak – a Godless person, and see how far that gets ya.

  • Vicki

    Its obvious they want to kill the homeless people by starving them…….

  • http://www.youtube.com/thepreparedpastor Prepared Pastor

    This is not the case in our small city. There are at least two meals a day from churches and when we have leftovers from the soup kitchen, we drop them off at the homeless shelter. At Christmas shelters had so much food they had to turn away prepared foods because they were out of fridge space.

  • http://www.conservativemormonmom.blogspot.com Eva

    How ridiculous! Again, we need a different president, one more interested in growing the economy than stagnating it with no jobs, houses, gas, or hope.

  • http://www,Back2theLand.com Old Timer

    Many correct observations about the homeless. I want to add my commnent thaqt the bottom line is MONEY

    First of all the funding for homeless shelters and subsequent management is a federal funding coupled with state and local matching funds.

    If there is a world of compassion for these folks then they are not regimented to the “system” of tally and dole.

    I feed two teens. THey get little or nothing at home. When they turn 18 and are turned out, they too will be homeless potentials.

    Yes, the major cities are trying to eliminate the “blight:” of panhandlers and scruffy looking homeless. Keep them in shelters. Of course they could be rounded up and put in the Bush-Chasney re-education camps but there is no bus pass yet.

    The problem of the city is no employment and poor management. You may always expect – from history – some homelessness, but the growing numbers today can not be fed by the dole, it requires better able citizens to care and help.

    I often comment on the food waste at the restaurants where I dine. In NJ the swine market was fed by the restaurant waste. THen there was the issue of health for the pigs. So the animal food industry became richer and food waste was dumped in the landfill.

    Remember Spartacus? THe Roman slave revolt. Maybe we might see a new movement.

    OT

  • http://eightshotsandaping.blogspot.com Aaron

    This is beyond the pale. I understand (although don’t fully agree with) the conservative mantra of believing that in general, forcible redistribution of wealth isn’t the right way to help the less fortunate. At least that philosophy acknowledges the role of private charity – after all, what you give to others is voluntary without government involvement.
    But this is a whole new level of meanness. I don’t believe for one minute that these laws are about food safety or preventing the congregation of undesirables. It has a very dark and sinister tone.
    Bloomberg also did something crummy like this a while back – a bunch of fire houses fell victim to austerity measures. Some private money was offered to keep one of them open, and he flat out refused.

  • rancher

    I see no reason salt is not good for the homeless. I say this because here in north Idaho we get a bunch of homeless move in and set up summer camps around the region. They panhandle at intersections in shifts.

    Not being the fool so many are to their ways I did a bit of observing and found their buddies back in some bushes smoking cigarettes (expensive and they have no health insurance so I am paying for their sicknesses), the eating from bags of potato and corn chip covered in salt, then having developed a thirst from smoking and drinking the wash it down with cans of beer. A bit later they pee in the same bushes.

    Every hour or so they shift around and the guy/gal on the street intersection position panhandling goes back to the bushes and gives the “homeless needing money” sign to another and sits down to partake in the fruits of their spoils from begging. The rested and beer drinking person then moved out of the bushes and takes up the position next to the vehicles at the traffic light….

    I observe them walk to a nearby store to purchase more of the same from the money they weaseled out of the folks at the traffic light.

    I just thought it might only be fair here to tell some of the rest of the story….

    • Gary2

      hey at least they are stimulating the local economy buy purchasing from the local store. They are also fertlizing the bushes they piss on.

      Speaking about pissing on a Bush…

  • Jodi

    This is complete utter madness. Just another example of how heartless people and major cities are becoming. The school district my kids go to throw out left over food instead of feeding the hungry with it. There is a push to change the law, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they won’t change it. Be aware farms are under attack…for some they use to donate fresh food and now there is a crack down on this too. Since when is it a health risk to give out fresh food to people. And Michell Obama wants kids to have access to fresh food. Wow!

  • S. Wiseman

    Politicians have clearly taken leave of their senses. I don’t know how anyone can continue to vote these idiots into office and serve these false gods. I remain deeply disturbed to hear of professing Christians submitting to these “laws” when the one true God has clearly mandated what TRUE Religion is. It is better to serve God rather than MAN.

    “The fundamental political question is why do people obey a government. The ‎answer is that they tend to enslave themselves, to let themselves be governed ‎by tyrants. Freedom from servitude comes not from violent action, but from ‎the refusal to serve. Tyrants fall when the people withdraw their support.” ~ ‎Étienne de la Boétie, The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude, written in the ‎‎1550s‎

    “Our culture is being manipulated to worship the state. We see the state as a god, with ‎the right to control everything which it chooses. The state is being endowed with ‎powers for controlling the destiny of its human resources -the power of ‎predestination. Our culture teaches us to think of the state as having a natural right ‎to control the education of children for the sake of society, because, after all, the ‎democratic state is the embodiment of society. Our culture teaches us that the state ‎has a compelling interest in its own survival and success. Hence the state must own ‎the children, for the children are the future. Though this doctrine is rarely stated in ‎such explicit terms, it is nevertheless the implicit declaration of virtually all state ‎programs. ‎
    The state seeks to be omniscient – to know everything about us;‎
    The state seeks to be omnipresent – to be everywhere in our lives;‎
    The state seeks to be omnipotent – to control everything in society. ‎
    The state is the incarnation of the god of humanism. Man, through the state, has ‎become the measure of all things. The promise of the tempter in the Garden of Eden is ‎at last fulfilled in the socialist state. Man is as a god, determining for himself what is ‎good and evil – measuring everything by his own invented standards, apart from ‎God’s revealed standards.” ‎‎~ From The Transformation of Classical Education: A Biblical Vision for ‎Homeschooling, by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, www dot triviumpursuit dot com ‎

    In the name of all that is holy and pure, please don’t stop feeding the homeless. Their “law” is a violation of God’s law. Just because something is legal does not mean it is lawful. Your submission to these tyrants makes them more powerful and makes you complicit in your own demise. The State needs you to be dependent on it. It is the only way the State can survive. If they value their positions – and they do – they’ll back down when enough of us say NO.

  • http://windturbinescost.info Wind Turbines

    Shameful and inhuman.

    I will continue to carry small packs of peanuts or trail mix on my person, so when I come across a homeless person, I can easily and quickly hand it to him or her.

    Maybe the govt will capture the act on surveillence tape and track me down. So I better wear a disguise I reckon.

  • Jodi

    Michael:
    You should write an article on new regulations on the farms. These new regulations are scary and will lead to food shortages and hunger.

  • CassandraToday

    It doesn’t make much sense to include the New Hampshire woman’s flower garden in this article. Her situation has nothing to do with feeding the homeless, nor with government interference.

    Hers is a private business contract dispute. And really, when you buy a condo, you’re only buying the unit itself — you’re explicitly not buying the land around it. You’re making a trade-off — you don’t get the land, but on the other hand, you don’t pay for it either.

    Don’t get me wrong — I think the condo association is being not just cold, but also stupid in how they’re handling it. But they’re well within their rights.

    As far as “oh, that poor old lady:” maybe other residents bought their condos there exactly because of the uniform exterior appearance. Why should one resident’s desire for a unique exterior trump another’s desire for uniform exteriors?

    If you want to buy a condo, or a place in a subdivision that has a mandatory homeowner’s association, don’t do it if it’s more important to you to have control of your home’s external appearance.

  • Peggy M

    There is NO WAY that banning the feeding of homeless people with healthy food can be considered “correct”. If someone is hungry, and another person wants to give them something to eat, NO ONE (city, state or federal “government”) should be able to stop them. (Our “governments” are acting as if we are trying to poison these people, and THAT’S WRONG!!!!!)

  • liberranter

    This is just another example that shows that our country is being taken over by control freaks.

    And brainless Amoricons are perfectly happy with that as long as said control freaks are controlling ANYONE ELSE BUT THEM. It’s only when their own ox is gored, which it eventually will be, that they get upset.

  • http://MoneyedPoliticians.net Jack Lohman

    Hard to tell what is really right here. Mixing them in with a self-reliant society seems cruel. I wonder about picking a spot in the country and turning it into a rehabilitation and training center. The homeless just want to live. Let them live here until they get back on their feet, with our help.

    • Kelby

      If you do, I wish those people who go to your rehab good luck trying to fight against rising cost of living prices once they get out! Things are happening so fast, it’s totally scary!

  • MountainHome

    Great article! There is no way to eliminate poverty. It’s been in history from the beginning. It only a matter of what kind of people we are as Americans and whether we want to help the poor by feeding them regardless of their bad luck, mental health or economic woes.

    We usually don’t think about helping these people until it hits close to home when it’s a brother or sister or mother or father and that is happening more often nowadays.

  • Austin Patriot

    “Unbelieavble [sic]! Must be the heartless repubes making these rules. They hate the poor.”

    Gary2 shows his ignorance, yet again. In the city of Houston, Mayor Annise Parker has implemented these regulations, and she is a “progressive”.

  • rancher

    To quote the news a term “Compassion Fatigue” is showing up all over….

    Since I can remember as a young lad my parents started in on us kids about eating everything on our plates because there are starving homeless people in India or some other God forsaken country or region…. or our own country right here.

    Trillions of non repaid monies in food/supplies/education and training have been given to these people and still nothing changes.

    I have donated time and monies to Church out reach programs and nothing gets resolved… I am taxed to death and nothing changes but it just gets worse.

    Even still I am bombarded almost daily with same commercials I saw as a kid about some poor starving child I can help if I just send my money to the advertiser….

    After 50 freaking years of no results but just more rampant breeding I am numb to it all. I have a terrible case of “Compassion Fatigue”.

    It just becomes more and more clear to me the way we are all going about this just is not working to solve the problem… it just keeps breeding, growing in numbers and consuming yet greater amounts of food/water/meds and fee handouts to enable it all to grow some more.

    I am not saying I have the answers but I am saying the means in place are failing.

  • artisanrox

    You can thank your local Republicans for laws like this. This is NOT bad government, this is just bad people.

  • TX4Life

    My college student had some good questions–how will this be enforced? Are the enforcers going to profile who’s homeless based on their looks? What if you and your friend are in one of these cities and your friend appears homeless based on how they are dressed? If you hand your friend a sandwich, are you going to be fined or taken into custody?

  • Desert Chick

    I’ve got news for these gubmint pukes and am putting them on notice, right here and now. In the past I have given down and out people money for food (whether they actually used it for food is on them, not me), and I will continue to do this. So, gubmint, are ya gonna send one of your idiot SWAT teams after me, because, now, I am obviously Al Queda for saying this?

    • http://wp.me/2ilWI Shannon

      HAHA yeah, you actually are considered a terrorist in this country because you’re handing out cash. Why are you using cash? Are you evading a paper trail? TERRORIST! Things are out of control in this world… wtf is wrong with us?

    • mondobeyondo

      Oh my, you are helping homeless people? You are obviously a terrorist. Be careful, the FBI might put you on a watch list. And me, too. I help the less fortunate as much as I can.

      (p.s. I don’t have any bombs.)

      • aeroinurei

        Wow! I guess I’m a terrorist, too, since I give to the poor Oh, and I spent ten years in the military *******************, so come get me!! Shame on our society!!!

  • Diane C

    Could it be that the FED’s don’t want people seeing the homeless that they have made in this country? Look at the “great depression” with soup lines everywhere. The world knew they were in a depression. However, if this current goverment wants to get reelected, he is going to do everything in his power and lies to promote the “everything is OK” line. Oh yes, we are doing so much better according to Obama!

  • mackie

    What “theY” [corperations and their controled puppets the government] want is the death of ALL the poor! Their new laws of total control is the evidence. What are the safe foods? The GMO’s gentically mutated crops? The foods sprayed with the oh so good chemicals such as pesticides, herbacides, and others which will cause cancers. Or meats fully of hormones and steroids and antibiofics. Or how about foods that can be irradiated so that the body will not be able to absorb it. Hmmm. Sounds like a conspiracy to me from these ELITES to control and get rid of the ‘useless eaters’ of society. Are God given rights are now priveledges? Who do these controler answer to? No one but themselves. It’s awful that these rich 5% of the worlds population controls the 95% with rules and laws to benift themselves, and are passed without word to the public. Why? Because if we would know about them, maybe we would revolt against it.

    • cmc

      Amen. Ridiculous. I’ve had enough “Hope and Change”. I recently received a hefty citation for giving someone a sandwich in my city;ah, yes, it was back when the first family was enjoying their $4 million Christmas vacation. (Remember when they said Americans needed to tighten our collective belts?) Then they roll out the NDAA on New Years Eve when nobody is looking.

      We are being taken for a ride and losing our liberties along the way.

      • Kathy Mitro

        can I ask what city it’s important we can’t just pretend it’s not happening

    • angelp

      I agree they are planning to eradicate them. If you do not eat, then you die. That is the ONLY logical reason that I can think of, why you can’t the homeless food. They want them dead. All these laws are getting ridiculous! They are meant to help us?? Right… There is no common sense here. These people are stupid that are making these laws. If they are meant to help us because of “Wrong doers” or “Weirdos” I have a news flash for them. Weirdos and Wrong doers will continue REGARDLESS of these laws!!!! It is so frustrating! I think they are just a bunch of control freaks, who only worry about themselves, and they may be book smart, but have 0% of Common Sense. The Government is afraid of what the poor might be given to eat? But yet, not feeding them at all is better for them???? NO FOOD = You Die, there is no Logic here, unless it is for sinister purposes. Pure EVIL.

  • Chris

    Yes I’m afraid shocking though it will be to many I suspect the reasoning behind this is actually because they want these people to die off and stop being an embarrassment/ stop showing people that there is a down side to unrestricted capitalism/crony capitalism.

  • lodermulch

    way to go, america :)
    irritating homeless ppl? ja, it’s worse than the plague.

    here, install some of these – we use ‘em in
    germany against pigeons, but i bet you can jury-rig them to work against an infestation of homeless, too.

    http://www.duebekaemperen.de/mechanischer-produkte.html

    greetings from the 3rd to the 4th reich – see ya, guys. you’re worthy of our inheritance, all of you.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TRK387 trk387

    There is a simple explanation to this and it is a FACT. The GOV me as whole, cities, states, etc, are ERADICATING the weak, (homeless) (unemployed) (the once middle class) it is GENOCIDE clear and simple. If you see people that need help and its within your power to help, but, you seek to CUT OFF any aide, stop any aide, come against any aide, create laws to stop others from providing aide, what else can it be? There is only ONE logical solution is there not? THEY want these people to DIE. Life must be sustained, if life is left to waste, then there is only death in it’s conclusion.

    • Kathy Mitro

      You are absolutely right how ever shocking it is to hear. this is another holocaust but this time the victims are the homeless.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TRK387 trk387

    Take the long term unemployed 99′ers the US Senate, house of reps, and the President has again and again reinstated unemployment benefits up to 99 weeks. ANY person unemployed past this time is on their own. There is NO aide, no bills, NOTHING to aide these people. Now these people the 99′ers are predominantly MIDDLE CLASS, destroyed by the great recession of 08. NOW the middle class was once poor correct? They rose up from poverty and made something of themselves. Small business owners, executives, doctors, lawyers, if THEY gave aide to these people that have been reduced to poverty once again what would happen? They would RISE UP again and become middle class!!! But, the Gov design is to DESTROY the middle class (the only barrier between the rich and poor), so that when the min wage is abolished, these EDUCATED people will be forced to work for 4.00 an hr! and those jobs overseas, will return back here! its already happening, but the flip side. India is outsourcing its jobs here to the states. The ones that survive that is. :(

  • http://yahoo...facebook donna

    i was homeless in sac ca for over 5 years sleeping in tents behind buildings and in abandoned house .there was a group of us and we collected more everyday it was so cold in the winter and i was starving alot ..i ended up pregnate sleeping on the stairs of a church till i was 8and a half months pregnate .if it wernt for people feeding me and helping me i would have died or at least my baby would have .. thanks to people helping me. my son is 1 year old today and living with me in bishop gallegos maternity home for wemon.. everthing here includeing the other 2 house was givin to homeless wemon and there babys ..we all need help mabey not in the way of food but that is one thing we cant live without. i use to think if they hate us so much why dont they just kill us if they refuse to help us .. well it seems they really are now.. it is insane the goverment should be ashmed ..one day they will all answer to their maker .. so sad .

  • Paul

    I knew it. Nutters all over the US.

    Reminds me of the law that prohibits people from using rainwater, because some company has the water rights in that area.

    Or the other law that prohibits the drying of laundry outdoors, because it is unsightly.

    • mondobeyondo

      Yeah, why not make it illegal to grow roses in your front yard? Certain citizens may find the odor of rose blossoms offensive, they attract bees, and give off pollen, which is a health hazard to those suffering from allergies.

      Dig ‘em up, move ‘em out…

  • Paul

    Well, in UK you won’t find litter bins on railway stations, because somebody could hide a bomb in there.

    So if you want to get rid of rubbish, just leave it where you don’t need it anymore, because all these announcements announce:

    “unaccompanied parcels will be removed without further warning”.

    Might be useful if they introduce rubbish collection fees.

  • David21

    I can see some of the reasons behind these laws. There are a lot of weirdos out there. Remember the Tylenol business? Someone bought some bottles of Tylenol capsules and injected cyanide into some capsules. Then they put the bottles back on the shelves. People died. I can see the purpose of the laws in NYC. Some other cities are just being selfish.

    • prepply

      The laws are almost always reasonable. It is the timing and implementation that is suspicious… Of course we don’t want people poisoned. But have you heard of any problems where homeless people have been poisoned by one of these programs? It is not a problem we are facing. Thus, the law has a different purpose. The purpose being that we don’t want to see a mass of homeless people near the city, or we don’t want a mass attracted to this spot everyday, etc. Very callous to consider the sight of homeless a problem instead of the fact that here are people in need.

    • angelp

      The only probelm is… Is that weirdos are going to still be weirdos, no matter what law is in effect. All these laws end up affecting those who are actually sane and in their right minds. Weirdos don’t care, they do what they want regardless.

  • Paul

    When I am poor and I die, I want to die in some government office without identification on me.

    So they can’t put the costs of my disposal to my friends and family.

    Best would be to die in some aircon duct. And let the smell of my decomposing body waft through the building.

    • prepply

      lol I agree with your sentiment! Time is running out to be an unidentified person… Now I notice that California I.D. cards require a thumbprint… Databases are being amassed far beyond just fingerprints… DNA information, eyescan information, even the way you walk! http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/biometrics-tunnel-helps-identify-individuals-unique-walking-patterns

    • DB200

      “Best would be to die in some air conduct. And let the smell of my decomposing body waft through the building.” Then you should pick a good building first, of course.

      How about Capitol Hill?

      Oh no, they won’t smell a decomposing body there, because of all the hidden corpses in the cabinets.

      How about the Pentagon?

      Oh no, they won’t smell a decomposing body there, because of all the foreign war body bags and the blood on their hands.

      How about the White House?

      Oh no, they won’t smell a decomposing body there, because there they don’t have any senses.

      • mondobeyondo

        There’s already lots of skeletons in those Capitol Hill, Pentagon and White House closets. One more decomposing body won’t matter much.

  • Kathy Mitro

    Due to the explosion of anti feeding and anti food sharing laws the group Food Not Bombs is organizing a Day of Compassion to be held on Sunday April 1, 2012, called FOOD IS A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILEGE.
    This day’s purpose is to bring to the general public’s awareness of many many food sharing prohibition laws that because they are little known are proliferating at an incredible rate.
    The purpose of these laws are said to protect starving people from bad food but are an little disguised attempt to drive the homeless out of each town towards food These laws are destroying people and causing them to suffer incredibly.
    We are interested in media attention as this is our main purpose of this day Keith McHenry a co-sponsor of this day has spent a total of 2 years in jail for feeding the hungry and faced up to 25 years for this same charge. Keith was also among the group arrested in Orlando Florida for feeding small hungry children.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulMBjk8QiQU

    Since then the laws are becoming even tougher with Texas and Florida being among the toughest.
    I myself have been threatened with fine and arrest if I continued to pass out pre-made packaged sandwiches to the hungry.
    Both Mr McHenry and myself are available at any time for any type of media exposure internet, newspaper television. We can be contacted at numbers below.
    We hope very much to hear from you soon.
    Keith McHenry keith@foodnotbombs.net
    Kathy Mitro kathymitro@yahoo.com

  • MiyoDebbie143

    They should put these political idiots in the streets and not feed them. This is too sad.

  • Barn Cat

    The homeless are still served by the Salvation Army. More of the money given to them goes to help the needy than almost any other charity. It’s not like the left-wing environmental groups that spend most of their money giving lavish parties to their biggest donors.

    • hipshotpercusion

      Barn Cat….I agree wholeheartedly. The Salvation Army is the only charity I give to. Many of their top people work for little, or nothing, and are Amateur Radio Operators(as am I)the original first responders and volunteers.

    • mondobeyondo

      Just a matter of time before the Red Cross and Salvation Army are declared “terrorist organizations” and a front for al-Qaeda. Ugh! If things EVER get to that point, it’s too late to leave.

    • Chris M

      Yeah, just a pity they have a history of turning away gay and transgender people, who make up a disproportionate number of homeless people…

      • Philip B

        I don’t like the way they try to convert you, but that’s all religious organizations…

  • Kyriakos

    So, it is time for YOUR Revolution! Send these sick bastards straight to hell… then you may become again the land of freedom, because at the moment you are the land of evil…

    Here in Greece, if a politician dear to do something like that, he will have no future at all. He is finished as a politician… Don’t here what the told you in the news. The majority of Greeks are still very tough people to be ruled by anyone… and we will continue like this, no matter what.

    Democracy is freedom, not just “rules”. Any rule must be accepted by the majority of the people!
    You must understand the real meaning of democracy… They are here to serve us! The politician is nothing more than the servant of the people! The opposite is called dictatorship and tyranny.

    It is very important to stay human beings, otherwise its better to disappear from the planet!
    Homeless people are our brothers and sisters, they are not rubbish!

  • dale

    If I have someone over to my house and feed them is that against the law if I don’t get a permit?

    • TX4Life

      There was some discussion in Houston about how this might affect people having potlucks at work.

  • Kathy Smith

    Another perfect example of what is happening to our country since we (not all) turned our backs on GOD. He is our only salvation.

    • steve Boomerviln

      you are a moron.. it had nothing to do with turning out backs on imaginary friend. Do you have any idea how silly you sound to intelligent people?

  • Ordinarium

    Imagine if people started not working, who’s gonna make sure these laws come into effect? Not me. You’d think people would use common sense but no lets try and play hardball with these lawmakers… For what? To say oh great idea but we are hungry for money lets bleed our citizens dry… Thanks prez what a help.

  • hipshotpercusion

    I just heard a wonderful idea on “the Whatever Happened” show on RBN. Instead of giving the homeless food, give them gift certificates from local fast food places., or small mom and pop diners. What can the Cossacks do about that?

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