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It Is Becoming Illegal To Be Homeless In America As Houston, Dallas And Dozens Of Other Cities Pass Draconian Laws

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Should we make homelessness against the law and simply throw all homeless people into prison so that we don’t have to deal with them?  Incredibly, this is actually starting to happen in dozens of major cities all across the United States.  It may be difficult to believe, but in many large urban areas today, if you are found guilty of “public camping” you can be taken directly to jail.  In some cities, activities such as “blocking a walkway” or creating any sort of “temporary structure for human habitation” are also considered to be serious crimes.  And there are some communities that have even made it illegal to feed the homeless without an official permit.  Unfortunately, as the U.S. economy continues to slow down the number of homeless people will continue to grow, and so this is a crisis that is only going to grow in size and scope.

Of course the goal of many of these laws is to get the homeless to go somewhere else.  But as these laws start to multiply all across the nation, pretty soon there won’t be too many places left where it is actually legal to be homeless.

One city that is being highly criticized for passing extremely draconian laws is Houston.  In that city it is actually illegal for the homeless to use any sort of material to shield themselves from the wind, the rain and the cold

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is taking a similar approach—his anti-encampment ordinance makes it illegal to use “fabric, metal, cardboard, or other materials as a tent or temporary structure for human habitation.” This ensures that the Houstonian homeless are vulnerable not just to the elements, but also to the constant threat of the police. Officials cite one of the most common justifications for crackdowns on the homeless: neighborhood safety (a more socially acceptable way of talking about the not-in-my-backyard mentality).

With all of the other problems that we are facing as a nation, it stuns me that there are politicians that would spend their time dreaming up such sick and twisted laws.

According to one news report, the homeless in Houston are now officially banned from doing all of the following things…

1. They can’t block a sidewalk, stand in a roadway median or block a building doorway. (AKA they can’t panhandle).

2. They also can’t do any of these things — blocking walkways — under state law that already existed.

3. They can’t sleep in tents, boxes or any other makeshift shelter on public property.

4. They also can’t have heating devices.

5. They can’t carry around belongings that take up space more than three feet long, three feet wide, three feet tall.

6. People can’t spontaneously feed more than five homeless people without a permit.

If I was a homeless person in Houston, I would definitely be looking to get out of there.

But where are they going to go?

Things are almost as bad in Dallas.  In fact, it is being reported that the police in Dallas “issued over 11,000 citations for sleeping in public from January 2012 to November 2015.”

When you break that number down, it comes to 323 citations per month.

Of course some people have tried to challenge these types of laws in court, but most of the challenges have been unsuccessful.  For example, just check out what recently happened in Denver

Three people who were contesting Denver’s urban-camping ban were found guilty on Wednesday, April 5, at the Lindsey-Flanigan courthouse. The defendants — Jerry Burton, Randy Russell and Terese Howard — were determined to have unlawfully camped on November 28, 2016, and to have interfered with police operations at one location. All three were sentenced with court-ordered probation for one year and between twenty and forty hours of community service.

The case challenged Denver’s unauthorized-camping ordinance, which has been divisive ever since Denver City Council approved it in 2012.

Since the courts are generally upholding these laws, this has just emboldened more communities to adopt anti-homelessness ordinances.  According to one report, dozens of major cities have now passed such laws…

City-wide bans on public camping (PDF) have increased by 69 percent throughout the United States. What used to be seen as an annoyance is now prohibited, forcing fines or jail time on those who certainly can’t afford it. The only nationwide nonprofit devoted to studying this, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, has been tracking these changes since 2006. Their findings? There are a scary number of laws passed that ironically make it costly to be homeless.

For example, in 33 of the 100 U.S. cities they studied, it’s illegal to publicly camp. In 18, it’s illegal to sleep in public. Panhandling is illegal in 27 cities.

In 39 cities, it’s illegal to live in vehicles.

As I have warned repeatedly, we are seeing hearts grow cold all around us.  Instead of doing everything that they can to try to help those in need, communities are trying to make them go some place else, and those that try to feed and help the homeless are being harshly penalized.

Sadly, all of this comes at a time when homelessness is on the rise all over America.  In a previous article I pointed out that in New York City the number of homeless people recently hit a brand new all-time high, and things have gotten so bad in Los Angeles that the L.A. City Council has formally requested that Governor Jerry Brown declare a state of emergency.

We tend to think of the homeless as bearded old men with drinking problems, but the truth is that many of the homeless are children.

In fact, the number of homeless children in the United States has risen by about 60 percent since the end of the last recession.

If this is how we are going to treat some of the most vulnerable members of our society while things are still relatively stable, how are we going to be treating one another when the economy completely collapses?

 
  • DJohn1

    Just one of those thousands of homeless people might be tomorrow’s millionaire. When that person becomes powerful what then?
    Will they tolerate NAZI kinds of law?
    Houston and Dallas both have police reputations as well.
    If I were homeless I would seek out the Salvation Army for shelter but I am sure they are overwhelmed.
    How do these laws apply to Mexican illegal immigrants?
    Is there discrimination?
    Where Texas once was, will God seek his Wrath against these officials.
    I would.
    Is Jesus homeless and poor in disguise?
    Are these people actually claiming to be Christian?
    So many questions, no good answers.
    Our courts? They have been a rich man’s justice for a lot of years.
    You do not know who you deal with today. For tomorrow that person might be very powerful.
    Our country came from the poor people long ago. How soon this generation forgets.

    • socalbeachdude

      Huh?

  • liberals are mentally ill

    democrats suck donkeyballs

    • William Lutz

      And Republicans eat elephant poop.

  • not me

    Its ok….Those who control the politicians will be ok! So don’t worry!

  • Mondobeyondo

    Funny how a great many churches are so silent on the issue… that’s usually one of the first places of refuge homeless people seek for assistance. Churches and charities such as the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, etc.

    I can understand (to an extent) the governments’ incentive. They don’t want homeless people polluting the streets with their McDonald’s litter (and much worse), and it’s terrible publicity for the local chambers of commerce. But homelessness is not a problem that is going away anytime soon, if ever.

    Making life more difficult for the less fortunate will not make the problem go away. You’ll just end up with a bunch of Very Angry Homeless People.

    • Phil from Germany

      Quite agree, the Churches could easily accomodate alot of homeless people so easily. Their congregations could take homeless into their homes, after all its part of the Christian belief . Or do ideals die when its my property ?. Here in Germany you wont see any homeless Muslim reugees on the streets, we took them in and made them comfortable.. Yet it is illegal in parts of the US to even give someone in need food, ah !, I know, make it illegal to die of starvation….problem solved

      • Rick-Susan Decker

        I have bought homeless to my house and I have friends who have bought homeless into their homes it never worked out they the homeless learn your schedule of being home and when your not their they come back in take everything. Shelters is the way to go

        • GSOB

          No good deed left unpunished.
          By His grace, we will endure.
          Ephesians 4:28

        • Seen2013

          They can do worse than that if they know the area’s legalities. Shelters are the way to go, but they are often more geared towards women and children for the most part.

      • Richard O. Mann

        You guys in Germany are now being taken over by the Muslims. One day, they will rule your country. And, don’t count on them to take in a poor non Muslim. They don’t work that way. You need wisdom to go along with your charity.

      • Ken Williams

        Yes, you take in Muslim refugees and they KILL German citizens. Brilliant sir, Brilliant

      • dmengdon

        Unfortunately, charitable efforts to provide shelter and food to the homeless, especially during the winter, are often thwarted by local governments through the use of zoning laws that restrict or prohibit the provision of services to the needy. They also restrict the use of your private home.

    • Derrick Tyson

      The churches, overall, are “asleep.” I believe we are in the Age of what is called The Laodicean Church Age. J. Vernon McGee, himself, warned some 40-50 years ago that the true church would be FORCED UNDERGROUND by the “liberal churches,” and we are there. It is shocking to discover how–in this day and age–everything that the Bible has said would come true is either has already passed, is currently coming to pass, or is “in the works”. There is the Darwinian Worldview, and then there’s the Biblical Worldview. The Darwinian Worldview has far too many holes in it to make sense, and the Information Sciences was what essentially put the final nail in the coffin of Darwinism, while the Bible continues to ‘prove itself’, which is another reason why it is hated. Anyway, I agree that there are many churches that could truly do something about this, but the truth is, why should we be surprised? We live in the DAYS OF CHAOS, and it’s burgeoning, and not going to get any better. People say all of the time that ‘man evolves’, and that ‘man continues to evolve’, which is almost shocking, considering the fact that when you look around the world today and the madness surrounding us, it appears that man is and has DEVOLVED. What strange times we live in, but exciting times, if you know what REAL TRUTH is!

      • JC Teecher

        Good points. We are definitely in the last days that consummate the end of this age. The Laodicean Church of the latter days is found specifically in Rev Chapter 3, and Jesus Christ Himself spoke of this Church in reference to it as comparing to a select grouping of peoples in that time as well as this time.

        In fact the study should start in Chapter two where he lays out all the seven churches and uses the types of that day symbolically to help us understand the significance of the same churches today.
        He found favor in the true understandings by some of the church of today symbolized by Smyrna and Philadelphia, because they know who those are that claim to be of judha (-ews) but are of the synagogues of Satan. They are the descendants of the kenites, the offspring of Cain, the first murderer, son of the Tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden (Lucifer).
        Thyatira probably is probably the worst, because of it’s likeness to Jezebel, as in accepting the evils like abortion and sexual perversions…aka lgbtq and such. as with orgies and raping of little children. Not all lgbtq folks are like that, but once you start down that path, usually it becomes normal to support the people that do. That is why some gays think it is ok to have gay sex with young boys, even as young a nine. I digress.

        One point. The comparisons of these early churches to those of today, are not of specific denominations or even distinct congregations.
        it is about ideology of individuals, of what they are willing to accept as normal, or what they believe in.
        The church that we see operating the most these days is the Church of whatever is working for me now, types. As in tickle my ears with a prosperity message and one in which everyone loves everyone and is accepting of all religions being for one God.
        I am sorry folks, but allah isn’t the Father of Jesus Christ. To be fair and balanced, there are plenty more faux gods out there in peoples worship. If Jesus is not at the very center, of worship, then the worship is for naught.

      • gfmucci

        I listened to Rev. McGee 30-40 years ago. He was right on the money and a comfort to listen to.

      • Richard O. Mann

        Actually, it is not the job of the church to take care of all the homeless, down and out, poor. Our primary job is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and salvation of the soul. As one pastor once said, there are many who will eat your food, and sleep in your shelter, but they will never accept Jesus. Use what you have been provided with to do what you have been given to do. But, we will never save the world. The love of many is growing cold, both in and out of the church. It takes a cold heart to refuse to feed someone when you have the means to do so.

        • Bruce

          So it’s do as I say and believe what I believe or you get nothing!

          • Richard O. Mann

            Not at all. The pastor I referenced in my post has maintained the mission there in LA I think. Even after his death, it has remained open and they do not turn anyone away who is hungry or in need. Jesus said for use to preach the gospel. Those who believe and receive are saved, and those who don’t are damned. The feeding and care of those in need really is secondary to that.

    • Scott Comin

      Unfortunately white European Christians no longer have the power or the money to do anything to help. THEY ARE THE HOMELESS!!!!!!!! In more ways than one!!!!

      • socalbeachdude

        Where do you get that totally false notion?

    • Felonious Punk

      $30b is sent to Israel annually. Each year the allocation increazes.

    • Dan Wingert

      My church has a soup kitchen.

      • WhiteEagle

        The Churches in our area jointly operate a ‘soup’ kitchen as well and don’t take any government dollars in for it, its all done on volunteer basis, no one starves in our town.

    • Erroll Newman

      Churches and those organizations affiliated with homelessness, are all about the money and their funding. They care less about those in need, just those dollars they receive to pretend like they do.. A cold hard inhuman fact, the more money people have, the less worries they have for their own kind.. Just another ice cold fact about those that care less.. and if this pisses you, you must be one of those heartless greedy foul creatures masquerading around in human form

  • Jeri Brace

    apparently the State of Hawaii offers their homeless population 1 way flights to anywhere on the West Coast since they feel that Homeless sightings could hurt their Tourist Industry.

  • Jeri Brace

    it must really suck to be homeless as soon as you become homeless you are considered by many in society as gum under their shoe, an annoyance. Getting help from organizations is hard as resources are drying up.

    • William Lutz

      Yes, they are a burdened burden. Most of them lose their homes through no fault of their own, and as a result, the regular citizens have to tolerate them.

      • GSOB

        The mind of man is a busy thing; if it is not employed in doing good, …………..
        it will be doing evil.

  • PocoPete

    Trump will know what to do about this problem.

    • William Lutz

      Don’t be so naive, Pete.

      • PocoPete

        Not naïve. Smart.

  • ALWAYSTOMORROW

    I can’t camp in the middle of the sidewalk in my city or start a bond fire in my front yard or wear a thong to church or smoke in the doctors office or drive in reverse down the interstate..

    Laws / rules are here to stay.

    • JC Teecher

      “wear a thong in church”….lmao!

    • JC Teecher

      When I was a kid I got slapped in church by an old lady.
      She was sitting directly in front of me, and we all stood to sing a hymn. I noticed her dress was tucked up tightly between her butt cheeks, and was a distraction for some of the folks around me.

      Thinking I was doing the right thing, I easily pulled it out, and in one flailing swoop, she whirled and a hand smacked my face so hard i thought i was seeing stars.

      Acknowledging my mistake, I turned my hand sideways, and quickly tucked it right back up in there,…… and then ducked.

      • SnodtBlossom

        lol

      • Paul Patriot

        ??????? Nice “christian” humor

        • JC Teecher

          Yea, it was just that, humor, and had nothing to do with Christianity, but, some people are just ole sticks in the mud, never find humor in anything, and usually don’t have many, or any friends.
          My friends don’t mind a little tasteless joke once in a while, and in fact, they abhor the holier than thou types, that are too uptight to laugh.
          I see you are still carrying your little bucket of stones.

          • James Staten

            But a week or two ago when I made a joke about the Turn Away List, and I listed you, Snottly, gsob etc…I showed my true colors, I can’t be a Christian, and you read me the riot act. You wind blasted me. In that same conversation you explained to me and another commenter that you were moving on to a Bigger and Better Audience. That you had this great knowledge to share. Why the delay? Sure, Chuckle, chuckle

          • JC Teecher

            jimmy, jimmy, jimmy, you have a liberal mind, that is locked into some non-biblical fantasy of an “any moment, pre-trib rapture” crapture doctrine of man.

            You have an ax to grind with me because I gave you, and a few others reading, the facts in the bible about what and when the “change from flesh to spirit” (rapture) takes place.
            First I gave you the very words of Jesus Christ during the olivet Discourse. You two came back with some crap about Jesus not ever discussing His return, and why could I not believe what Paul said.
            I then gave you the scriptures from Paul’s teachings in Thessalonica. Once again disproving the pre-trib, before tribulation, lie.
            You stayed under your delusion and slumber (stupor), on the truth of the matter.
            Thirdly; I gave you guys the words directly from God, in Ezekiel, where He states emphatically He is against the false prophets that teach a false fly away doctrine, and how the so called scholars, had changed the translated Word of God to fit their narrative…and your crowd still will not acknowledge the truth.

            So you now come at me with a judgmental attitude, and think I CARE, what you have to say.
            You may as well go peeinto the wind, and whistle dixie. lol. I do not care what you or any other pre-tribber self proclaimed christian has to say about me. I only care about what my Heavenly Father and Saviour has to say.
            Today, my blessings have come about in waves, and you can’t pee on my happiness from these blessings, by any of your condescending little barbs. Take your little bucket of stones and cst them somewhere else, lol, like in the mirror.
            Go in Peace. obi wan.

          • James Staten

            JC…Some on this board could call you a hypocrite, and some might say, “You have been bit one to many times handling snakes in the Appalachia”, but Jimmy says, “it is obvious you aren’t an expert when it comes to eschatology”.

          • JC Teecher

            You have a choice jimmy, and my choice is to remove the accuser of the brethren. bye bye.

        • GSOB

          Ezekiel 18

      • GSOB

        I asked a young black man to pull up his pants, while he was crossing the street.
        ……………use your imagination as to what his response was.

    • William Lutz

      The laws/rules are there for a reason.

      • ALWAYSTOMORROW

        That’s my point.

    • SnodtBlossom

      Trump traitors should be deported.

      • ALWAYSTOMORROW

        Life is a learning process. At least it should be.

      • Jay

        That’s not very nice of you.

  • RandPaul

    Draconian?? Nice title. Here in Portland Oregon it is so so bad. Yes…we need to take care of the truly mentally ill in society…but these are NOT the mentally ill. These are drugged out kids or losers that choose to just be high or stoned begging on EVERY on and off ramp of the freeway. These people need to be swept up…they defecate in the streets…piss everywhere…This is Society…Laws are Laws. Get a F’n JOB.

    • Liberty First

      Portland has a minimum wage of like 15 bucks, doesn’t it? And regulations out of wazoo? You people killed all the jobs….

      • RandPaul

        Welcome to OREGON…..Yep. We are a Democrat/Sanctuary dream….

        • Derrick Tyson

          …or nightmare!

    • William Lutz

      I understand. Homelessness is turning some of our towns into eyesores. Some of these street layabouts harass pedestrians, beg for handouts, litter property, get intoxicated in public, and treat the roads or sidewalks like outhouses. Therefore, I understand why cities don’t want to put up with them.

      Although they need our help and guidance, they don’t have a right to occupy pedestrian traffic or camp out in front of stores. With that being said, we shouldn’t be enabling them to live out in the open walkways. We should assist them in a more productive manner.

      • RandPaul

        Assist? Really? Assist them right to PRISON…then REHAB….then to a work program…YES. With time limits on everything. I am glad to contribute to a rock solid Iron Clad plan…but as it is now…FAIL. Some of our nicest trails in Oregon are now riddled with needles and Feces.

      • SnodtBlossom

        You’re a foreigner. Who are YOU to judge?

    • Paul Patriot

      Portland is a liberal progressive stronghold, spent two weeks there, loved the bicycle culture, but, reminded me too much like NOHO, Northampton/Amherst, Mass. Couldn’t wait to leave.

      • LIZ THE SHIZ

        but Northampton has such beautiful women like Racheal Maddow but don’t mess with them or they will kick your ASS!!!

    • WhiteEagle

      Aren’t the Chinese wealthy buying up all the housing? or is that just Seattle Washington?

  • JC Teecher

    It is a sad situation, and only going down hill from here. The solution is something most politicians don’t want to acknowledge, and it will require money and commitment from several different avenues.

    Politicians easily agree to send money to foreign lands to help people because they don’t have to deal with the aftermath, but here at home, if the money doesn’t show up in the way of help, then the results are back on the streets and in everyone’s face, or supposedly, “blocking their way”.
    The homeless are kinda like a black sheep of the family at a family reunion. Everyone knows who they are, but just hopes that they stay far away from where they are sitting and socializing.

    • RandPaul

      Soilent Green style…

      • GSOB

        Deuteronomy 15:11

  • David Lawn

    my comment has not been accepted
    is this then a troll site ? by that I mean an absorber of comments which are then dumped ?
    if so , then i ask God and Jesus that you be shut down

    • SnodtBlossom

      May your prayer be answered

      • David Lawn

        dear snodt
        even my answer to you has been deleted
        good luck
        with love and my respect to you all

        • David Lawn

          snodt
          give me your email address that we may communicate ?
          or use mine lawn_email@yahoo.com

          • SnodtBlossom

            ilovenuts_noreally@no dotcom

      • James Staten

        Snottly, He sounds like a winner, winner chicken dinner

        • David Lawn

          dear james no reply this site seems defect to me
          who is for dimmer you or me or food ?

          • James Staten

            To know Snottly is to Love Her!!!!

          • SnodtBlossom

            ::wink:: 🙂

          • Paul Benson

            I still think a snot-blossom is the mucus bubble a baby blows out its nostril when it has a cold!

          • Cinderella Man

            To know her is to block her!

          • SnodtBlossom

            best laugh I had all day

  • A.S.

    This is exactly the event from the Bible of Sodom and Gemorah. G-d punished the people by eradicating them. According to Jewish teaching, what was their biggest crime? It was not being homosexual. It was not stealing. It was turning away those in need by making laws against helping the poor/homeless and hosting guests/travelers. Lot offered his own daughters into propitiation (really sick logical reasoning on his part) rather than give up his guest (the angels) to the angry mob at his door who wanted to hang the visitors because they were committing the crime of being homeless. They would have murdered Lot too for hosting the guests, but since he was an important member of their city, they didn’t do it. So this is exactly where we are right now. It is a crime to be homeless. Does G-d really like such laws? Do you think He is pleased with such leaders? I hope He has mercy on the ones who have no power to do anything about it. How can the average person get rid of the ones in power if the replacement will be just as bad or worse?

    • James Staten

      Pastor R A Coombes who wrote the book “America the Babylon” details this type behavior as part of the coming judgment, and the final straw might be not coming to Israel’s defense when she needs it?

    • JC Teecher

      “…. rather than give up his guest (the angels) to the angry mob at his door who wanted to hang the visitors because they were committing the crime of being homeless.”

      That is the biggest pile of false rubbish I have ever heard.
      First of all the angels were not homeless. They had/have an eternal home in Heaven.
      Secondly; they came as messengers of God, on behalf of Abraham, who had pleaded with God to have mercy on Lot, his relative, because Lot and his family wasn’t guilty of the homosexual sins of the other peoples of that city.
      Thirdly; the homos said to Lot, to send those handsome young angels out to them so they could, “know them”. Not to board them for the night, but to know them sexually..aka thru sodomy.

      These people in this city were all sexual deviants, or accepting of it, which makes them just as guilty in God’s eyes.

      Want more biblical proof, and documentation?
      God was always against brother fighting against brother. When the Israelites came near the end of their 40 year journey, they needed safe passage through the lands of the Moabites and Ammonites.
      When they would not budge, and did not care what God wanted, because they were into Baal worship, and other idol worship, and had other sinful ways; God still would not allow the Israelites to war with them, as they were two tribes of the linage of Abraham, just like all the Israelites/Hebrews. Lots two daughters had previously had sons Ammon and Moab.

      Anyways; advance in time to Judges Chapter 19 and 20. A Levite was sojourning with his concubine, and was near Gibeah, which was a small township/tribe, that was part of Benjamin, with possibly a population of over 100 thousand.
      The Benjamites had become hedonistic like Sodom and Gomorrah, and the other cities of that time.
      As the Levite sojourner, was about to go on his way, an old man begged him to not be out a night, as it was dangerous for him and his concubine.
      Why? Why was it dangerous at night? Because the sexual predators came out at night looking for other men.

      When the word got out, that the old man was offering refuge for the young Levite, they came calling and beating on his house, and calling out for him to send out this young man soi that they could “know him”.
      Can you understand what that meant? Having nothing to do with homelessness, or being away from home.
      The Levite eventually sent out his concubine to keep them from tearing the old man’s house apart, and they brutally raped this young woman all night until she eventually died from the vicious sexual torture.
      The Levite cut her up in pieces and sent her parts to all the tribes of Israel with the message of what they had done, and hoped for a quick response for justice and revenge. He got it. They sent armies to fight and kill the Benjamites because they took sides with the sexual deviants of Gibeah.

      At first the Israelites lost many men, after a few battles.
      Why? they outnumbered the Benjamites and Gibeahianites. Because they had left God out of the equation.

      When they fasted and prayed for God’s help, even though God had been against brother against brother, he saw the atrocities and sexual sins of the Benjamites, and He, the Lord, delivered the tens of thousands of men into the hands of the Israelites, to the point that there was only 600 Benjaminite men left in the region.

      Homelessness of angels? My big fatt butttt, homlessness. Ignorance of biblical truths to pacify the homosexual deviants of modern society is just as bad as the catering and supporting of it back then.
      Support and protection of child rapist and homosexual perverts of the pc crowd, will come with a price, just as it did with the tribe of Benjamin of old.
      God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

  • Liberty First

    Perhaps we can drone’em.

  • William Lutz

    I have a love/hate emotion towards the homeless. A lot of them are victims of economic hardships, mental illness among a few other things. However, a vast amount of them are just chronic failures by choice who abuse drugs & alcohol, panhandle without asking for any employment, and take advantage of others’ charity. In other words, they think they’re entitled to live off the sand of the street and expect others to have unconditional sympathy for them. It’s pathetic.

    With the average homeless person, it probably is a combo of both circumstances above. I’m just going by what I observe and hear from people. I’m not being judgemental; I’m being straightforward.

    • DAL

      I am homeless because my boss stole my customers which were my commission income. I was making $25,000/ mth one minute and ended up living on $500/ mth from my savings; when that ended I was old enough to get my old age pension and live in my car.

      • JC Teecher

        Thank God you have a car and income, so you can survive and are not helpless nor hopeless.
        Get over the blame game, and be thankful you don’t live in a cardboard box under a bridge, and have to beg for handouts.
        Thank God, and believe, thru Jesus Christ, and your life will improve.

        • DAL

          I am better off than 99% of the world’s poor; I even partly support an African family. But it is a pain living this way. I have been a Christian for sixty years and living like this has given me a empathy for those less fortunate.

      • SnodtBlossom

        You were supposed to say you earn 25k/mo on the internet, “and so can you”

    • JC Teecher

      I agree, WL. It is a toss up. Is the poor person on the street corner in the big city, pah handling because they have nowhere to live, have children that are hungry, down on their luck, disabled but can’t qualify for help via SSI, or SS Disability. I know a few people in this situation.

      or..are they like the guy that a local news person interviewed; saying he had a 1000 dollar per week drug habit, and could average about $300.00 a day pan handling by lying to people about his situation.

      It is really a bad feeling to see some of these people on the corner, yet remember the drug addict, and then just try to ignore them.

      • Zlatko Milanovic

        Yes, it’s a dilemma, because you don’t know which is which. I just try to use my best judgement. Sometimes I give, sometimes I run them off, especially if it’s a young, able-bodied man.

        • JC Teecher

          When we go to the big city for Dr appointments and such, we always do the Sam’s club thing for certain items.
          We know that when we leave the parking lot, there is usually a beggar there on the corner, so in case we get stopped and they are near, we have a container of cookies/muffins, or some fruit to hand them. Some get peeved and take it without even saying thanks, so those are your fake pandlers, in most cases.
          We don’t give $$ anymore.

          • Zlatko Milanovic

            I’ve offered to give guys work on a construction site, they always refuse and say they’re disabled. I’ve offered to buy them lunch, they curse at me. Not always, but you sure can tell who’s just looking for dope money and not really hungry and homeless.
            I’ve also filled a family’s gas tank before so they could keep going, they were grateful and decent people who just needed some help, as far as I could tell.
            Just don’t want the Lord one day to tell me it was him asking for help, and I treated him with derision.

          • GSOB

            Poverty is the inability to provide for yourself the very thing you need.

            We are all destitute apart from God’s provision for us in Christ.

          • JC Teecher

            I hear you and understand, but just try and discern who deserves help and who doesn’t.
            At the local Walmart about two years ago, I had a young girl come up to me, while sitting in the car waiting on Mrs. Teecher making a purchase. She asked for gas money so they could walk across the road to a gas station and get a can and gas. She said they were a poor and homeless family. I gave her a dollar, just because I felt something wasn’t just right.
            She went straight to an elderly couple walking towards the entrance. Soon the old man gave her bills and she went on to the next vehicle as it pulled up.

            I watched and soon she went back past me, a couple rows, and got in a crappy looking car. I could adjust my side mirror just right, to see their car, and it was jam packed with young people about her age. I thought I smelled a rat, and knew that they had enough $$ for gas, but here came another two people out to work the parking lot again.

            Eventually, after weeks, they got caught, and busted by the cops as too many people called and complained to the authorities.
            Apparently, the whole bunch was on heroin and using the scam to acquire more dope from the local drug dealing blacks in the county, at their little semi secluded hood.
            The scammers were from a neighboring county, and may have been homeless, but found temporary shelter in our county jail. lol

          • Jay

            But who brings the heroin into the country, and who guards the fields of poppies in Afghanistan? Who launders the drug money?

            It’s not the poor or the blacks.

        • GSOB

          There are many kinds of poor…and not all of them have to do with lacking money or material possessions.

    • onetree

      Sometimes people just want to live and let live. Society’s rules don’t work for them for whatever reason and society doesn’t seem to care for them. Nobody wants to be harassed by beggers, so why not give these people a modest place to live with a restroom and money for utilities and food? Is it more important to have overpaid “authorities” than to lend a hand to someone who really needs it? You could take a little or more from the fat salaries paid to government officials and set up something very satisfactory.

      • JC Teecher

        That would never go over with politicians that control their own job destiny within gov.

        • onetree

          Certainly not under ordinary circumstances. But should politicians really control their own job destiny within government?

          If everyone had a decent place to live and food to eat, etc., then no one would ever need to feel bad for not giving to panhandlers. There would be very little using of public streets and areas as a toilet.

          • JC Teecher

            Of course politicians should not.
            However; in all reality, homelessness and political corruption will be two things we are stuck with until Christ returns.
            It only gets worse from here on, and nothing will fix it until that day.

          • onetree

            You may be right. I’m looking forward to that day whenever it comes.

          • GSOB

            Job 17:9
            “Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.

            Psalm 97:11
            Light is sown like seed for the righteous And gladness for the upright in heart.

            Proverbs 2:9
            Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course.

          • Jay

            Waiting for Christ is just a cop out.

          • JC Teecher

            so you say. We are just patiently seeking the end of the evil that is present. that can only end when the true Redeemer returns at the 7th Trump, and not at the D. Trump.
            Satan as Antichrist must come first…look for him in the next couple decades, for he will come soon.

          • Jay

            Hasn’t every generation from the beginning of Christianity been waiting for the return, don’t count on it yapping in your lifetime.

  • As I have mentioned earlier, homeless people will built eventually something out and create a community around. I’m from India and we have one of the largest ghetto in the world but people still have roof over their head, electric power, water, small bed etc…Its not that bad as in America.

    Poverty is NOT A CRIME anywhere in the world except America.

    Humans beings fall into bad times but they eventually built something up, give them that space. Americans are good people, American government is sick..I don’t understand, why people still don’t believe in conspiracy. If this ain’t a conspiracy then what is…NOT A SINGLE POLITICIAN, Celebrity in America has spoken against this when a guy like me, living 12 thousand miles across America can hear the misery of homeless people in America

    • socalbeachdude

      It has ALWAYS been illegal to be “homeless” in Beverly Hills, California and the laws against any evidence of such by anyone are very strictly enforced and have always been.

  • jakartaman

    I know what Jesus would say
    Because HE already has.

    • JC Teecher

      Me too. “you don’t work, you don’t eat”.

      • Zlatko Milanovic

        That was John Smith at Jamestown, JC, not Jesus. Just sayin’…

        • JC Teecher

          LOL, Zlat. I get it, but it is also biblical.
          It is also biblical that those parents that keep giving money to those that will not work, because of drugs ,alcohol, or just plain laziness, are labeled as enablers, and are seen as partly responsible for the sins of their adult children.

          My best lifelong lady friend that I was baptized with at age 10, was in a similar situation with her son that was about the same age as my daughter. He started running with druggie friends in High School, and was dropped as the Quarterback from the football team because of it. He is now 37, and has been a lazy, low- life alcoholic for 17 years, and chooses to live on the streets with like minded people, rather than live at home and not drink. I asked her to never bring him around my home because he is a thief as well.
          A couple years ago, she did bring him around, and he came back later snooping around. Not by riding his moped, which was broken down; even after his uncle gave him $200.00 to get it fixed. No, he took the $$ and went ot the “hood” and had a big party with all his lowlife friends. Anyways, i finally had to break ties with his mother because of her disrespecting of my requests of not bringing him into my neck of the woods, and after about 2 years of her “enabling” him, she came to me to ask what to do. First, you can pray for him as I have done, and then you have to practice tough love and stop giving him the option of coming back to your home, cameling up, disrespecting you, and then back to his bridge living for another week or two.
          Eventually, she made a half hearted attempt at cutting him off, and he went ballistic on her. I reminded her of how she had a restraining order on him once, because of his violent outbursts, but as the ever enabling mother, she got weak and rescinded it. I told her she would have to get serious about the tough love thing and cut the bands/ties, or live in hell for all her remaining retirement days.
          She continued to pus*yfoot around with him, but had taken his house keys away, until…..one night he came in about 3 am drunk out of his mind, with a baseball bat, and busted the back door in, and came in threatening to kill her, and saying this was his house since he daddy died, (from alcoholism) and left it to him.
          A 37 year old man, drunk, with a baseball bat, threatening murder, was the last straw, but it could have been the last breath for her. She is finally at peace, and he has a new restraining order on him. He has long naturally curly hair, is rather handsome when cleaned up, and would not fair too good with some big ole greasy black studs in prison, so he is afraid of jail.

  • socalbeachdude

    CONGRESS REACHES AGREEMENT TO FUND GOVT UNTIL OCT…

    The $1T budget deal that congressional negotiators have reached this weekend will keep the government running through September and includes some wins for both political parties.

    The measure funding the remainder of the 2017 budget year eliminates cuts to popular domestic programs like medical research and infrastructure grants. Trump did obtain $1.5 billion for border security measures such as additional detention beds. And he got a $15 billion down payment on his efforts to strengthen the military.

    GOP leaders also did not try to use the must-do spending bill to “defund” Planned Parenthood and the White House backed away from language to take away grants from “sanctuary cities” that do not share information about people’s immigration status with federal authorities.

    The measure is assured of winning bipartisan support in votes this week. The House and Senate have until midnight Friday to pass the measure and thereby avert a government shutdown.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CONGRESS_THE_LATEST?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-04-30-21-47-19

    • Richard O. Mann

      1 trillion dollars which the government does not have, not can it access.

      • socalbeachdude

        If that proposed bill authorized an increase in the federal debt limit of at around $1 trillion or suspends the federal debt ceiling again until Fiscal 2017 starts on October 1, 2017 then the US Treasury can simply issue US Treasuries of $1 trillion to fund all of this spending.

        • GSOB

          ?? We are already in FY 2017

          • socalbeachdude

            Yes. Typo corrected.

  • socalbeachdude

    Trump’s trillion dollar deal: Congress agrees to spend $15bn more on the military and $1.5 billion on enhanced border security – but no border wall – in spending bill to avoid shutdown

    Top Capitol Hill negotiators reached an agreement on a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that will fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through September, aides said on Sunday. Details of the agreement were expected to be made public Sunday night, said aides to lawmakers involved in weeks of negotiations. The House and Senate had until midnight Friday to pass a measure to avert a government shutdown.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4461588/Lawmakers-seal-deal-1T-plan-government-wide-funding-bill.html

    • Mr.Cipher

      Mexico told him to F off. The Dems laughed and Trump folded like a cheap suit.

      • WhiteEagle

        Actually, why not take from the defense dollar fund to build the wall, after all, its all about national security, is it not? Then make up for it by the traditional way, tariffs and import charges.

  • Mr.Cipher

    “Of course the goal of many of these laws is to get the homeless to go somewhere else.”

    Austin Tx has become the Mecca for homeless. Aggressive Panhandlers on just about every corner, mattresses under the bridges and piles of garbage. I wouldn’t be surprised if Dallas and Houston were busing them there.

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    We are sympathetic but we can not allow people to camp in the street and defecate in the bushes either. Many of them have mental and drug abuse issues that are not being addressed. The first order of business is to give them a place to live and food to eat. Then compel the able bodied to work. Expensive? Yes, but consider what the current arrangement is costing us. We had one, just one, homeless man in San Diego who called 911 to go to the ER at the drop of a hat. He ran up a 500K ambulance bill in two years before they finally gave him his own room. This is the humanitarian and practical thing to do.

    • onetree

      I certainly don’t believe in the government compelling anyone to do anything. But whenever people want help, they should be able to find the help they need that won’t cost any more than they can afford.

      • GSOB

        The nature of government is to govern. How do you expect government to work without the authority to ‘compel’ anybody?
        Human government is a necessity because of evil.

        • onetree

          Human “government” is evil. It benefits nothing but evil.

          • GSOB

            Yes, we all should acknowledge
            humans are evil by nature.

            You did not answer the question I ask …..

  • Paul Prichard

    Persecuting society’s most vulnerable is a disease spreading across the land of the free and will only be ended by patriotic Americans.

    • socalbeachdude

      Huh? How so?

  • Charlie

    Now come the “clinically normative mental health professionals” yammering about “the homeless mentally ill,” as if financial hardship is a medical condition like kidney dysfunction. Keep in mind these fraudsters always bleat, “mental illness is like any other illness” oh YEAH? In that case, how is it their diplomas give them immunity from it? Do cardiologists allege their degrees immunize them from cardiovascular troubles? How readily do “clinically normative mental health professionals” admit “yes, I have a clinical illness, a psychiatric disorder and a psychological compulsive syndrome and I’m going to another clinically normative mental health professional for clinical assessment, clinical therapy and clinical resolution.” Notice additionally they NEVER “diagnose” (point the finger at) police as having mental issues. They know if they did, their State licensing agency would start suspending them, because being able to shoot “citizens/civilians” is more important to the State than being able to slap stinky, defamatory, concocted labels onto them.

  • Zlatko Milanovic

    I’m surprised at the author’s empathetic tone. I expected a harder line towards the homeless and perhaps some excoriating comments about their character. Refreshing.

    • JC Teecher

      That is what happens when we “assume” to know others hearts. Only they and their Maker know that for sure.

  • Mr.Cipher

    What kind of POS Cop would enforce a no feeding the homeless law?

  • onetree

    Draconian governments should be illegal. Are City Councils all over the country coming up with these things? Are citizens actually involved in these decisions?

    For the price of keeping homeless people in prison, they could be provided with a modest apartment, paid utilities, and food stamps (or whatever they’re called now) with money left over. The beneficiaries of the prison idea would be the private for-profit prisons, which should never have been allowed to exist in the first place.

  • deb

    Are these a broad spectrum of races and cultures. Are these American citizens homeless. Any immigrants? Any Muslim refugees? Just curious.

    • JC Teecher

      According to gov statistics, in 2015 there were over 560k homeless people, and then it gets broken down into sheltered or not. Some recent stats say that the numbers of homeless are constantly declining, but who do you believe, and how do we ever really know for sure.

      One interesting stat was for Hispanics. stating that the overall percentage was only about 20%.
      With about 77k of the total 112 k homeless Hispanics having shelter of some sort. With only about 35k not having shelter, and an estimated half of those being veterans, it sounds like the figure is a lot lower for the Hispanic population than the Caucasians and African Americans, respectively, even though they have surpassed Blacks and Asians in total population numbers.
      For one thing, Mexicans dwell together in large numbers.
      Some mobile home parks in our neighboring county, report that as many as 20 male Hispanics live together in one single wide mobile home.
      That may be a stretch, but I have heard of numbers near a dozen, often. Sometimes they have one fat white chick that keeps books and household $$. I guess it is true, that she that controls the poon tang, will eventually control all the money.

  • GSOB

    God can and graciously does bring us to our knees in a variety of ways so that we will cry out to Him and be blessed.

  • GSOB

    Capitalism can easily be corrupted to “capitalize” on the weaknesses of others.

  • GSOB

    At its worst, capitalism can be abused so that the rich use their power to gain further wealth at the expense of the poor.
    The poor are those who are charged with a higher, usurious interest.

    • Son of a sailor

      Capitalist, myself included, do not do business with poor people. How can we gain wealth at their expense? Flawed, liberal logic. Poor people are poor because they choose not to do business. Ya better think this one thru a bit…….

      • Jay

        How can poor people do business when the have no capital.

        • Son of a sailor

          It’s a slow process. I started with no capital myself. Save a few dollars. Then a few hundred. Then a few thousand. Then a couple hundred thousand. You get the idea. It boggles my mind how poor people think they are predestined for poverty. Not true.

          It boggles my mind how poor people believe that rich people got rich at their expense. Also not true. How can rich people take money from the poor if the poor have none?

          Moral of the story, the money is out there. It’s in constant circulation. The industrious people will earn plenty. The lazy poor will continue to whine. Unarguable fact.

  • Jarhead0369

    The government hates competition. These laws are also about the government wanting a monopoly on the safety net. It’s no different than their monopoly on the use of force (gun laws), what we eat and the drugs we take (FDA), and a thousand other things.

  • GSOB

    2 Kings 4:1

  • gfmucci

    Here is one approach that should happen but never will…

    1. Make jails a much more unpleasant and disliked place to stay. Currently jails are merely confined socialist communes with too many perks.

    2. After jails become what they should be, offer homeless people two choices, and only two: Either jail, which once reformed to be more like jails they would refuse the offer, or offer them a work program. Work programs would be sponsored and managed by either the local, county or state government, or assigned to a non-profit agency or a church. If jail is chosen, offer them the work program outside of jail every 30 days or so.

    3. Some percentage of homeless can’t work (as opposed to “won’t” work). These need to be institutionalized. But take them off the streets.

    4. Don’t let our programs become easy “enablers” that perpetuate the slothy behavior. Free food, free this and that is not the way to rehabilitate folks. It just causes more people on the edge to opt for the homeless, free-stuff lifestyle.

    • Jay

      Are you arguing for poor houses and debtors prisons?

      • WhiteEagle

        He is, apparently. Constitution specifically FORBIDS both. There’s a reason for that… as we have seen with federal asset forfeiture laws and anything that offers an opportunity for government personnel and agencies in positions of power to make a profit…. corruption then contaminates the said agency. CIA is still making a profit off their drug business are they not? Air America and MKULTRA are both still operating under different names. Prisons are being privatized. Haliburton during the Gulf Wars provided our soldiers with MREs at ridiculous rip off the government prices. And at the rate we are going, we all will be in the proverbial ‘poor house’ soon.

  • GSOB

    2 Thessalonians 3:10-12

  • GSOB

    GRACE
    is both the motive
    and the manifestation
    when it comes to the care of the poor in the
    Pentateuch

  • GSOB

    2 Thessalonians 3:7-9

  • tomnchrist

    The Church is not able to put a dent in the problem because it won’t preach about sin and repentance, and most of the homeless are rebellious, or unteachable and value independence more than belonging. I foresee the Cities establishing and sending the Homeless to ‘FEMA Camps’ soon.

    • JC Teecher

      I agree, tomnchrist.

      These future camps should be renamed to Hospice Organized Respite Social Entombment
      and Socialized Homes Institute Tours; or HORSESHIT.
      They pick you up for a free tour of your future abode, and you never return.

  • Eileen

    I wonder how many of these cities are controlled by Democrats? In my city, the city council wants to ban dogs in a certain area of downtown because “dogs fight and deposit waste”. B.S. They want to ban dogs because one of the few joys in life that a homeless person has is his or her pet dog. I’ve seen so many homeless with the last of their possessions sleeping quietly beside them while they stand in the barrier of a big street with a sign that says “Anything helps”. BTW: my city is controlled by Democrats, who also happen to be feminists. Hmmm, yet they are the ones saying the homeless can’t have dogs?

  • GSOB

    Acts 20:35

  • GSOB

    Deceit and falsehood bring terrors and perplexities.

  • GSOB

    Those who will not take pains in an honest calling,
    living by tricks and dishonesty,
    ……..are paltry and beggarly.

    • Mary

      Some people have legitimate problems that prevent them from working.

      There isn’t a way to work in this country that is honest, and doesn’t rely on the exploitation and suffering from others though. If you open up a store, and the products you sell were made with what amounts to slave labor in a third world country, I would say you’re living life in a way that’s way more dishonest and destructive than someone begging on the street. And if I take a job in this hypothetical store, I would feel like I’m living dishonesty.

  • GSOB

    The slothful person makes no good use of the advantages
    providence puts in their way and has no comfort in them.

    The substance of a diligent person,
    though it may not be great,
    does good to them and their family.

    That person sees that God gives it to them in answer to prayer.

    • mtntrek3

      Several are homeless/in dire straights in other ways due to their own faulty living….. then there are some that are there due to circumstances out of their control.

  • FirstGarden

    That’s right, keep on fining the homeless til they’re incarcerated.. then they won’t be homeless anymore.

    • Mr.Cipher

      Three hots and a cot.

  • FirstGarden

    Send them all to tent cities. Make them sign legal disclaimers. Feed, clothe & shelter them. Then tax the wealthiest, (the politicians, banksters and corporate shareholders) to pay for it, who let the jobs sail away overseas.

    • WhiteEagle

      I have a fear that the ‘solution’ will be to cart them all off to Fema camps, that way the government can legally operate them, and the states will not have to deal with the Impoverished. Like the old ‘poor houses’ of Great Britian. Forced labor camps.

      • FirstGarden

        You may well be right. But I think the FEMA camps are more for “high priority” entities like Main Core, political “enemies of the state” and similar-such “outer fringies” of society.

  • Richard O. Mann

    They started closing the hospitals and asylums for those who could not live in the reality of society back in the late 50’s and into the 60’s. Also known as the mentally insane, unstable, and various other names just like in Nazi Germany, the Federal Government, along with state governments, decided they needed the money used for upkeep of those facilities for other programs. The people housed by those facilities were put on the streets and the generosity of anyone who as willing to help them. Continue that line of thought right on into the 21st century and today. No one wants the mentally unstable in “their” towns and cities. So, now we throw the in the over crowed jails and prisons around the country. There they are used, abused, and get no care for their needs. America has really stacked up a list of sins which have to be answered for. When the hammer falls, it’s going to be bad for this country. I can only say we are going to get exactly what we deserve. We really are no better than Nazi Germany.

    • Mr.Cipher

      I work with a few that would have been put in an asylum back then.

  • socalbeachdude

    Are American Debt Slaves Getting in Trouble Again?

    American consumers are holding $1 trillion in revolving credit, mostly in credit card debt. So how well is this segment of consumer debt holding up?

    Synchrony Financial – GE’s spin-off that issues credit cards for Walmart and Amazon – disclosed on Friday that, despite assurances to the contrary just three months ago, net charge-off would rise to at least 5% this year. Its shares plunged 16% and are down 27% year-to-date.

    Credit-card specialist Capital One disclosed in its Q1 earnings report last week that provisions for credit losses rose to $2 billion, with net charge-offs jumping 28% year-over-year to $1.5 billion.

    Synchrony, Capital One, and Discover – a gauge of how well over-indebted consumers are managing to hang on – have together increased their Q1 provisions for bad loans by 36% year-over-year.

    http://wolfstreet.com/2017/05/01/are-american-debt-slaves-getting-in-trouble-again/

  • socalbeachdude

    EPICENTER OF THE GRAND GLOBAL COLLAPSE: CHINA

    China leverage rising at ‘alarming pace’: central bank official

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-economy-debt-idUSKBN17X1BD

  • socalbeachdude

    Commodities continue their collapses again today with metals such as silver and gold plunging along with oil and grains and other commodities. Silver is now back down to $16.89 per ounce and gold is about to drop below $1250.00. The US dollar is continuing to rise again nicely and is back up to just below 100 on the DXY with purchasing power soaring due to the continuing collapses in commodities prices.

  • socalbeachdude

    The reincarnation of the HOUSING BUBBLE is aggravating the problem of people not having places to live. Both housing prices and apartment rents have soared back up to higher than 2006-2007 levels in many areas of the US in 2017 making it UNAFFORDABLE for a number of people to live in houses and apartments as homes (as opposed to speculative “investments”).

    Real estate speculators and flippers are primary to blame for this situation along with far too easy credit those engaging in such activities. That will end just as badly as it did in 2007-2008 and there won’t be any “recovery” in prices for a very long time unlike what occurred between 2009 and 2017.

    • son of gary2

      please go away

      • Jay

        Why should he go away this blog is about economic problems isn’t it?

  • socalbeachdude

    What are homes & mortgages worth when push comes to shove?

    Home Capital Group, Canada’s biggest “alternative” mortgage lender, is not a bank – which today is part of its problem because it cannot create money to lend out; it has to obtain it first by attracting deposits and borrowing money through other channels. Through its subsidiary, Home Trust, it specializes in high-profit mortgages to risky borrowers, with dented credit or unreliable incomes who don’t qualify for mortgage insurance and were turned down by the banks. This includes subprime borrowers.

    Since revelations of liar loans – What, liar loans in Canada?! – surfaced in 2015, things have gone to heck. Now it’s experiencing a run on its deposits. Teetering at the abyss, it obtained a $2 billion bailout loan on Thursday. The terms are onerous. And on Friday, the crux of the deal emerged – the amount of mortgages it has to post as collateral. It’s a doozie.

    http://wolfstreet.com/2017/04/29/canada-house-price-bubble-what-are-homes-really-worth/

  • socalbeachdude

    CREDIT CARD DEBT STARTS IMPLODING BIG TIME…

    “Surprise” surge in card defaults sinks Capital One, Discover

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-26/surprise-surge-in-soured-card-loans-sinks-capital-one-discover

  • socalbeachdude

    Housing’s echo bubble now exceeds the 2006-07 bubble peak

    http://www.oftwominds.com/blogapr17/echo-bubble4-17.html

  • socalbeachdude

    DUFUS DUPLICITOUS DONNIE TOTALLY SELLS OUT…

    Trump Says He’ll Sign Congress Spending Deal That Jettisons His Goals

    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-01/congress-strikes-tentative-deal-on-1-1-trillion-spending-bill

    Seven things to know about the government funding deal

    Lawmakers rolled out a deal early Monday morning to fund the government and avert a shutdown at the end of this week. The $1.1 trillion bill to keep the government open through the end of September follows a one-week stopgap measure…

    http://thehill.com/policy/finance/331430-seven-things-to-know-about-the-government-funding-deal

  • socalbeachdude

    Trump would now be “honored” to meet with NKorea Lil Un

    Trump takes admiration for tyrants to new level, says he’d be ‘honored’ to meet with Kim Jong Un

    If you didn’t know better, you’d swear President Trump actually likes Kim Jong Un. At least, that’s the impression he’s leaving – and apparently deliberately so.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/01/trump-takes-admiration-for-tyrants-to-next-level-says-he-would-be-honored-to-meet-with-kim-jong-un/?utm_term=.8c227aee63fc

  • socalbeachdude

    Warmongering Trump Now “Love Fest Trump” with NKorea!

    Spicer defends Trump’s warm words for totalitarian leaders

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday defended President Donald Trump’s kind words for totalitarian leaders, saying the president is protecting the American people and U.S.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/01/sean-spicer-defends-trump-rodrigo-duterte-kim-jong-un-237841

  • socalbeachdude

    Trump Now Wants to Increase Gasoline Tax For All Americans

    Trump says he’d consider increasing the gas tax

    President Trump on Monday said he was open to raising the federal tax on gasoline and using the new revenue for his infrastructure package, a potentially major policy change as his top advisers try to assemble a plan to finance $1 trillion in new projects.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/05/01/trump-floats-raising-increasing-the-gas-tax/?utm_term=.e6916cd74c51

    • L Kaz

      That will pass 100% uncontested but protecting our citizens from illegal invaders gets stopped…

    • Mr.Cipher

      Anyone else feeling buyers remorse? So far he’s a complete Douschbag. Folds on everything.

  • socalbeachdude

    HOUSING HAS NEVER BEEN SO EXPENSIVE…

    Rental income just hit an all-time high. Here’s how that drives a wedge between ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/rental-income-just-hit-an-all-time-high-heres-how-that-drives-a-wedge-between-haves-and-have-nots-2017-05-01

    • son of gary2

      please just go away

      • socalbeachdude

        Please attempt to comprehend the facts!

  • socalbeachdude
  • Estar

    One of the problems is that people who have opened up their rural land to help get the homeless off the streets have been hit with all kinds of code violations and fines, even though the jurisdictions involved have absolutely no solutions! If people can figure out how to live without polluting things any more than the regular guy, draconian codes should be waived and the people should be left alone.

  • L Kaz

    Perhaps they will create “homes” for these people that will also house other “undesirables”…never let a crisis go to waste…isn’t that their motto?

  • mtntrek3

    Tragically there will be many more homeless in the near future when THE economic collapse hits this country and the world. Really none of us are safe from it ……….. even with preparations done as we can to avoid it. We need to prep for the eternal through Christ most importantly. Matt. 6:19-20…. 1 Peter 1:4-6.

    • JC Teecher

      Howdy Chris. I hope all is well in your world.

      You are right about none being 100% safe from homelessness. But; by the grace of God and hard work by all my family members that live near by, at least one household would most likely survive a catastrophic natural or supernatural event. Thus, I will never be without shelter. Also there are friends and neighbors that I can call on to shelter for a spell, if need be.

      Prepped up with stored food, security, and most importantly…salvation thru forgiveness.
      Blessings be to you and yours.

      • mtntrek3

        Yes, true JCT. Well said. Some of us have more capability to help others, and this will hold true even after the big financial tsunami rolls through. Although I think there will be fewer of those that stay afloat during that time. We do as we can to help ourselves and others as we’re able…. with God providing the rest. Yes, we’re doing well thanks… I hope you and yours are also. Our son found another job a couple weeks ago….. we’re really thanking the Lord for this. He’s also had a big help from the Lord in relief from his anxiety and depression issues. God really is good…. all the time. : ) . Blessings to you and yours also JCT. Take care. Chris.

        • Jill Paulsen

          Securing a job, in and of itself, can help one’s depression and anxiety.

          • mtntrek3

            True, then again the instability of jobs in general can aggravate it.

  • John Dough

    Only this pathetic corrupt goverment of these United States would do such harm to their own people whom they themselves created. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer but rather than help those who are less fortunate by many different circumstances such as loss of a job, exorbitant medical bills, mental illness, abandonment, or otherwise they choose to rid the streets of them. No allowing someone the means for basic shelter or food is the work of insensitive inhuman lowlifes that have zero compassion for anyone or anything.

    • JC Teecher

      signs of the times of apostasy.

  • Brian Harris

    Great article… but it barely scratches the surface.
    The problems the homeless create include litter, clutter, transients, health and safety problems and numerous other problems. Most of these problems are the making of the cities and their governments where the homeless are living. Rather than waste money on law enforcement and incarceration, simple things like port a potties, trash dumpsters, portable shower stations and areas where the homeless can shelter (or live) would aleviate many of the problems.

    But the problems serve a purpose and are created by design, for among other things, to stigmatize homelessness, and provide a scapegoat for the cities other problems. San Diego is a great example, where crime, drugs and littering are common, and the homeless are always to blame.

    The “problem” also helped create a cottage industry of “helping” the homeless. Often focusing on helping run away teenages, which is in itself a good thing, but reeks of sinister intents. Many food programs collect cash from government agencies for every meal they serve, and collect food donations, which never seem to make anywhere but out the back door or into someones pocket. I have personally seen food kitchens take in high quality food only to sell it and serve diabetes inducing poisonous swill, usually while trying to recruit vulnerable people for Jesus knows what.

    And then there is the precarious real estate market. Nothing convinces a person to spend all of their money on housing when the threat of being homeless and jailed or worse looms.

    And this still is only scratching the surface. And interestingly, if you read the comments here, they are not the usual one liners but all interesting essay length comments.

  • Orac4Prez

    So much for the refrain on the Statue of Liberty:

    “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

    I guess liberty has completely died

  • Funny how the socialists have always insisted that private individuals were “selfish” and indifferent to the poor.
    But they are the ones providing free food for the poor, while governments are the ones making it illegal to feed them or shelter them.

    • Jay

      Our government isn’t socialist. Those socialists are complaining about this country not Cuba.

  • Inretrospect

    “If this is how we are going to treat some of the most vulnerable members of our society while things are still relatively stable, how are we going to be treating one another when the economy completely collapses?”

    For the answer to this question, you will need to either read “The Grapes of Wrath”, by John Steinbeck or, watch the John Ford directed movie for free on youtube:

    The differences between the 1929 Depression and our pending Economic Collapse is: In 1929 the US Dollar was still backed by Gold; in 1929, with exception to the Mid-west dust bowl, 20% (or 1 in 5 families) had a working farm; in 1929, the USA only had 121-million “Americans” to feed.

    Human Nature continually demonstrates that even though the deeds of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ are opposites, reality and circumstance are the factors that will define what is right and wrong in the eyes of the beholder.

    • socalbeachdude

      Gold is of NO FINANCIAL RELEVANCE whatsoever.

      • Inretrospect

        I will partially agree, sbd. A person normally cannot eat Gold as food or, use it as heating fuel. You would have to understand the Esoteric Value of Gold, and why it has been a primary means of World financial exchange for 1000’s of years.

        Question: Why are China, Russia, and India accumulating all the Gold they can afford to stockpile and also backing their currencies with it, if “Gold is of NO FINANCIAL RELEVANCE whatsoever”?

        • socalbeachdude

          No country is even slightly considering “backing” their currency with gold. The total value of all of the 180,000 metric tonnes of gold ever mined in the history of the world is worth only about $7 trillion with around 70% of that existing in the form of privately held jewelry widely dispersed among the world’s 7.5+ billion people.

          Russia and China own VERY LITTLE GOLD and the total value of the entire 1,677 metric tonnes owned by China is worth LESS THAN $100 BILLION whereas China has been the most egregious money printer – by far – of their currency, the renminbi (RMB / Yuan) which they have increased by more than $30 trillion over the past 10 years from less than $3 trillion. Do the math.

  • Charlesrocks

    The homeless will go to San Francisco and Los Angeles, where a homeless sidewalk dwelling population outnumbers the entire populations of many other cities. Yes, it’s an growing problem, and outside of creating giant infrastructures of groups getting paychecks to “help the homeless” nothing much is attempted to help them. Churches can only do so much and most Americans now live hand to mouth and can barely help. Americans have a lot of compassion but now suffer compassion fatigue, of seeing a few decades of tent cities, with stolen items and garbage piled high all around them and people begging at every intersection. You taunt people for saying “not in my yard” but they now have homeless in their yards, even sleeping in their home and store doorways. The ongoing homeless crimes are purposefully hidden. I have spent the last decade treading water financially while getting assaulted and items stolen or destroyed. It’s too much. Robbed on the street and robbed by the big banks. Meanwhile, clammoring continues to import ever more people here, especially a very horrible backwards political system that poses as a religion. The new immigrants get homes, jobs and incomes provided but our relatives, vets and kids get to huddle out in the weather, made nearly useless in their land of birth. Some simple things that could help homelessness, and will really be needed as society devolves: 1. Use the laws on the craziest, and really criminal, then try to save the rest. 2. save Americans first before importing anyone. 3. Provide some kind of a basic living wage, doled out daily (to not enable drug use) so folks don’t just starve. 4. Pay people small amounts of cash to gather trash. A simple basic amount of money = less trash. 5. Put porta potties at camping spots until those camping can get in homes. 6. Turn abandoned buildings into small storage units so people are not stuck dragging the last they own around with them all day and night. We can do better than this, but somehow even these ideas are too much. I bet things would get batter quickly if welfare/homeless agencies had to camp out too until this problem was fixed. I would certainly have the president, congress, federal and state agencies and the banksters camping, as they foisted this on us all. Bad as things are, they are heading for worse. Most people don’t know the 2008 bank bailouts guarenteed such a demise.

  • abinico

    Beautiful America.

  • Dan Wingert

    Our jails will soon become homeless shelters.

  • FAR BEYOND DRIVEN

    I’m not a progressive but there is NO reason that these people shouldn’t have a roof and a warm bed at night. The gubmint is useless if it cannot help the downtrodden of this country…

    • socalbeachdude

      Most all of those who do not are mentally ill.

  • Ian

    Humanity should be ashamed of themselves, it is no good
    thinking you are safe because you have money, a home and a good job, because soon, you are going to lose the lot, as the vile filth that rules this planet takes everything, you have worked for and either they will have you deleted killed or your mind damaged, and turned into a robotic slave, this is what these evil sick monsters want. The misery on this planet is created by the most rotten evil low life in the universe, and it is
    this evil that controls all governments across the world. In a higher world this evil would not be able to do what they can do on this low dimensional world. if humanity does not wake up and over turn the vile wicked monsters that have caused all the misery wars and hell, then it will be too late. no God or Jesus is coming in a fleet of space ships to save us, this is a trap if they really cared they could have taken out the evil thousands of years ago we as humans are the ones who can change this world for the better and destroy every wicked evil murdering piece of filth that has it’s claws on a tight grip around this planet, such brainwashing Nazi control systems like the EU are how they entrap humanity under lies.

    • socalbeachdude

      What utter nonsense.

  • Martin Johnson

    On the other hand, just look at cities where the homeless have been allowed to flourish like Portland, Oregon. Our city is overrun by homeless people who are camped almost everywhere you go, leave their trash everywhere, break into nearby homes and businesses and leave their human waste. Not a pretty sight. So I’m all for enacting laws like Houston did at this point before our city becomes a total dump.

  • WalterWinchell

    You wouldn’t know it if you live in Houston, panhandlers on every busy corner and the feeder intersections,i saw a man panhandling standing next to a cop car that was stopped for a red light,i’m of the belief that many cops won’t be enforcing this as the amount of paper work involved for such a for a trivial infraction.

  • ciné fil

    what is this..Nazi America.

    • Understanding 18

      Exactly. This country has turned so cold hearted and Godless!

  • mtntrek3

    I say this and dread it…… but this is coming to us and in other countries. The NWO is coming to the world. Those that won’t comply will be left out in the cold. Pain and pleasure are but for a moment in this world……. eternity is forever. Christ is the Way.

  • Ian

    Churches have millions yet they do not want to part with some of their wealth to help the poor, they will pretend to follow the law of God yeat at the same time do the reverse, yes there are people in such churches who do good but this is not about those good people, it is the system and how it operates If money was taken away and we all had to rely on our ability to work and help. the few who have stolen the wealth from the world would sit around useless, because these people have no ability to create only steal.

  • Zgornji

    SOOO, WHAT ARE THESE STATES GOING TO DO ABOUT HELPING THE HOMELESS PEOPLE TO GET THEIR HOMES ???

  • Zgornji

    AAAAAAAMEEEEEEENNNNNNN !!! ! !!! THE SAD TRUTH !!! ! !!!

  • WhiteEagle

    The old Company store set up. Marxism and totalarism at its best.

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