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Love Thy Neighbor


October 29th, 2017:
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This Halloween, love thy neighbor, because you never know when it might be thy-self. Our house has been haunted by the lies of our prosperity gospel for long enough. #indecline

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The Homeless


A warm Monday Night on Fifth Avenue in Midtown is filled with summer draped tourists, and New Yorkers leaving long hours of work behind, heading home. Honking horns and sirens from every type of vehicle pierce the air. Dog walkers, couples, diners, and theatergoers are weaving patterns, traversing the city canyons looking up, down, and around avoiding human collisions. Homeless men and women hug the buildings, some with signs of despair written on old cardboard, choosing spots along church walls, sitting tightly bracing themselves next to those stone structures.

This is the time of year when hospitals and jails let out psychologically challenged patients and inmates left to fend. It happens with the warm weather the streets and parks fill with people talking to themselves and no one stops, no one sees. The enormity of the problem is stifling to the spirit, knowing that “but for the grace of God”, that person could be me. Many more homeless blank faces this year surprising me at the swell of this part of humanity. It is hard enough to survive and be homeless year round with some subsidies and groups delivering minimal support. But with the release of the hospitalized and incarcerated homeless the hurt of homelessness is multiplied.

Which brings me to a time when star struck Americans accepted Trickle Down Economics as the way to go. What a switch and bait trick. Trickle down sunk the Global Economy. The World Trade Center didn’t trickle down a global economy unless you were connected to the Military industrial Complex. The Security open-ended check called the Patriot Act was a demonstration of Nepotism on a grand scale. Those that had got it all, and they used the fear that our Security was at huge risk and our God In trusting Natures would walk to the slaughterhouse with a song in the heart that is how much trust our young American Minds expected.

Trick is the first syllable in Trickle and the economy did trickle down. There is no real economic growth anymore. There is no room left for reasonable profits, nor is there room to receive reasonable salaries. Bankers and agents in banks are running from one bank offer to another trying to sustain their unsustainable life styles. I hear the complaints, and those mid forty types are very expendable these days.

Like Communism, as a theory once it was implemented it was corrupted. So was “Trickle Down” that dirty trick that left those that have, have it all.

The generation America raised on atomic and banana splits that boomed in the Nineties has busted, leaving a generation, half militarized, half stoned, totally fried. Many times and many reasons to drop out of the Rat Race, the Arms Race, and the Race divides make up many of the street peoples struggles. Trickle Down destroyed any MOJO, crushed the spirit of competition depleted the middle class resources over foolish wars and greedy bankers.

There is no ticklish feeling, Trickle down did not tickle, or uplift, or motivate our economy, and the old go to policy of Military Might and Wars that never end drained our economy and now we have all lost our safe homes because we can’t afford them.

Louisiana hates the Homeless


If you are poor, live in Louisiana, and have the audacity ask someone else for help, be prepared to spend up to six months in jail.

A new bill to outlaw panhandling is quickly moving its way through the Louisiana legislature. HB 1158 would criminalize solicitation, making it a misdemeanor punishable with a maximum fine of $200 and up to six months in jail. The bill is targeted not just at panhandlers, but hitchhikers and those engaged in prostitution as well.

The bill passed the Louisiana House last week by a vote of 89-0. There was no floor debate. It is now being taken up by the Senate, where it will be acted on Tuesday.

The bill’s author, State Rep. Austin Badon (D), told Post TV that he hoped that banning begging will somehow lead to fewer poor people on the streets. He doubted that many were in actual need, saying, “they’re paying their cell phone bills, they’re paying their computer bills. It’s a racket.”
Badon is echoing a familiar trope — that panhandlers are living large from others’ charity. But it’s not based on any actual research. In fact, a major study of panhandlers in San Francisco last year found just the opposite: the vast majority make $25 a day ($9,125 per year) or less. That meager income is largely used to eat. Nearly every beggar — 94 percent — said they used the money they receive for food; less than half used it for drugs or alcohol.
Many municipalities around the country have passed anti-panhandling laws, but they usually do so under the guise of banning “aggressive panhandling,” an undefined term that attempts to circumvent various court rulings that the First Amendment protects people’s right to ask others for money. It is far less common to see states like Louisiana attempt to criminalize begging outright.

But other places, like Boise last year and Sacramento currently, have taken up anti-panhandling measures recently. (Boise’s law was quickly struck down by a federal judge earlier this year.) A report by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty found that more than half of cities across the country prohibit begging “aggressively” or in particular places, while 24 percent have citywide bans on panhandling, a 7 percent increase between 2009 and 2011.

Source: think progress

Bratton you Shmuck


MDC says, your FULL of shit, NYPD. Let’s take Times Square and the numerous cartoon characters that are illegally vending and panhandling, all unlicensed and against the law. It gets better, since the Bratton robots “do what your told” ignore the Times Square hustle. MDC was exclusive on discovering the hustle and reported it! but NYC is such a mess, it’s easier to have little boys and girls sodomized and fondled all for $1, don’t ya think?

NYPD’s crackdown on panhandlers and peddlers on city subways leads to 274 arrests this year
As of March 2, the number of arrests is more than three times the amount in the same period last year.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton believes targeting smaller crimes such as panhandling will prevent larger crimes from happening.
Beggars beware.

As of March 2, the NYPD this year had nabbed 274 panhandlers and peddlers on city subways, officials said Thursday.

That’s more than three times the amount arrested in the same period last year.

The leap shows NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton still firmly believes in the broken window theory — which argues that targeting smaller crimes, such as panhandling, will prevent larger crimes from happening down the road.

“The Police Commissioner said in an address last week that more quality of life issues would be addressed, including aggressive panhandling,” NYPD spokesman Commissioner Stephen Davis said.

Panhandling arrests rose as Bratton announced he would conduct tours of the city’s transit system between midnight and 4 a.m. in the coming weeks with George L. Kelling, one of the authors of the broken windows theory, who has been retained as a department consultant.

Bratton first implemented the broken windows model to policing during his first stint as commissioner, back in the mid-1990s, when he served under former Mayor Giuliani.

The Little Guy


The Homeless in America have hit a bottom in a system that is not inclusive. Politicians seem to address homelessness the way they do everything else, put responsibility on others.

The Churches are the first place politicians want the homeless to go and get help. That is the assumption that the Church and religion have answers to homelessness. The Church has some answers but hasn’t the resources to match the size of the problem. Homeless people don’t find answers in a Church, and the Church has been the cause of some of the problems when the word is taken literally not metaphorically. Politicians in the South have taken those Words as Literal, to all of our intellectual loss and at the homeless persons expense.

Capitalism is owned and practiced mostly by corporations. The reason is corporations offer protection from the possibility of destructive lawsuits that would ruin the individual without corporate protections. Businessmen feel forced into corporate models. It is the only safe way to do business in our litigious society, which is not inclusive of the little guy. America is made up of the LITTLE GUY AND GAL. America is no longer fun.

That proverbial crack people fall through is now a black hole. The reasons people fall through are many. But a system that fosters the ruination of people and families cannot continue. That is our system now, with winners and losers, and the losers didn’t want to play in the game called competition.

Source; google images

The Little Guy


It’s summer in the city. It is the time institutions let out many of the emotionally affected individuals hoping they continue on their meds. Most prefer the streets. The family option has played itself out, can’t go do that again, after all they are the problem.

On the midtown streets there are homeless men and women I have observed for decades. I know a few names, many faces. I smile in recognition and I know that gesture is important. On the street if you just find a spot or spots, you can settle in as if you are homesteading.

One Michael has sat across from a flagship businesses’ Fifth Avenue location at least three decades. I remember when it was constructed replacing another fine structure, and I remember how the recession turned it into an empty palace. Michael observed it all. He endures a few hours every morning watching the people go by. He drags on cigarettes. I’ll catch him in other locations around the area, a park bench late at night or an empty stair stoop without illumination. He always refused money from me.

Years ago I knew a Turkish Prince who became homeless here in New York. He would sleep at night near the Zeigfield Theater fountains, in Midtown. By day he would sweep the sidewalk in front of storefronts along diamond row. Many mocked him, not knowing his pedigree, or that he was without the language skills. Others let me know he once was and once had, when he lived in Turkey. One year he was sitting on a ledge at the Avenue of America Rockefeller fountain in front of the Chase building when we spoke. He said, “They gave me an apartment in Forest Hills”. Somewhat elated a asked, “Who gave you an apartment?” “The City, he answered convincingly”. I let him know how happy I was hearing his good news. I thought, I wouldn’t worry in the dead of winter whether he is warm or he requests a hot tea after midnight in the cold city canyons. He has gratitude grabbling the cup with torn thick gloves over thick hands.

Not six months later I saw him in the same happy news spot and stopped to say hello. “I left apartment, he said bluntly. “What, you left, why?” I asked very confused. He quickly and emphatically answered. “I didn’t want to look at four walls. Here at least I see people on the streets”.

Homeless are invisible, and they are everywhere I look. They cover the grass in the morning in the big park. Many sleep on a park bench because it is safe and anonymous. Most are down on their luck or life took away support systems so many reasons in today’s survivalist competitive winner and loser phenomenon to say why or to try and understand.

The Homeless are in every State in America, the numbers are growing still. The burnt out are also increasing. The homeless are our reflection.


Get Out, Homeless Bum


MDC is blown away at the city of Tampa Bay. On July 18, the city of Tampa, located in central Florida, passed a new city ordinance that essentially criminalizes homelessness. Item #60, which was passed by the city council by a 4-3 vote, allows police officers to arrest anyone who is found sleeping or “storing personal property” in public. In only two weeks, the result has been increased harassment and jailing of the homeless by the Tampa Police Department.

The draconian legislation was enacted without any plans to create temporary or transitional housing. City officials have instead decided on incarceration as the solution to the massive homeless crisis in Tampa.

According to the 2012 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, Tampa harbors the largest number of homeless people for a mid-sized city in the United States and numbers sixth overall behind Seattle and Las Vegas, with 7,419 living in shelters. However, the same report states that, on average, only two out of five homeless people were actually counted, meaning that there could be as many as 18,500 in Tampa, which had a population of 346,000 in 2011. This means that a staggering 5 percent of Tampa’s population could be homeless.

Charles Todd and Summer Stevens, two homeless residents of Tampa, explain that they are forced to sleep hidden under a bridge, but can only do so when the sun is completely down. Speaking to the WSWS in Lykes Gaslight Square, a city park in downtown Tampa, Todd described the police harassment.

“There are bicycle cops all around this park every day, spying on us, following us everywhere, and hiding behind trees,” he said. “They aren’t watching the roads or the stores—they are watching us. If you even set a bag down, they will take you to jail. You have no other choice.”

Michael Jans, another homeless man, told the WSWS that he left Stockton, California, over a year ago to escape this same problem. “If you’re homeless here in Tampa, you might as well say you’re a communist. It’s a witch hunt out here,” he explained. “The cops hide behind delivery trucks and bushes, spying on us with binoculars and talking to each other over their radios.”

The only other option for the homeless living in Tampa is to seek shelter at the Salvation Army. However, those seeking shelter must pay $10 each night to stay there and are forced to follow religious rules. The waiting list for such shelters purportedly numbers in the hundreds every night, with many being turned away when capacity is filled.

“How are we supposed to pay $10 a night when we can’t get a job? We have no way of taking a shower every night or washing our clothes. No one will hire us, and we can’t panhandle,” Charles Todd told the WSWS. Another Tampa city ordinance passed in November 2011 banned panhandling six days a week, with the exception of Sunday, closing off that means of survival to homeless residents like Todd.

“Once you’re out on the street, you’re done,” Todd explained. “It’s nearly impossible to get out of it.”

Brian McLellan, a homeless man who has already been in jail several times for loitering and panhandling, confirmed what the others explained, that the only options for them are the Salvation Army or jail. “There is no affordable housing here, and there are no jobs for us,” he told the WSWS. “The police won’t talk to us about how to make things better. They just arrest us.”

City council members did acknowledge the fact that shelter space is limited and promised that the law would not be enforced if shelters were unavailable. They also discussed methods for transporting homeless people to shelters outside of city limits, but no plans for that have yet been put into place. MDC hopes the ACLU steps in to protect these people’s civil liberties.


The Homeless American


So many homeless out on the streets talking to themselves, finished with the reality that got
them to this point. What is left but a bag of bare essentials, mostly musty clothing, and a hair comb that once and still is a comfort, the last vestige of vanity.

Often, I fear that homelessness can visit me. It has visited many of my generation.
The Homeless Veteran is one of Americas worst ongoing story. It is our sad inability to see that the homeless lay amongst us in the doors and alleyways invisibly, or find rest under and behind trees
that shelter the unwanted in a park or the subway bench or car seat, protecting one from the frightening unknown.

Millions of people are overextended financially and living from one paycheck to the next. There were no bale outs Families received when the economy went bust. The only baling is the sinking ship feeling so many are stuck in. Squeezed financially, unsupported emotionally, unprepared educationally, and the ground below your feet is shifting violently, is the recipe, the diet, now being served. The old job doesn’t exist. The old models are no longer serving the community. The new looks nothing like the old. And everyone and everything is affected.

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg expressed concern that private jet owners could clog up the city’s homeless shelters. “You can arrive in your private jet at Kennedy Airport, take a private limousine and go straight to the shelter system, walk in the door, and we’ve got to give you shelter,”
Bloomberg said, speaking on the radio.

The Homeless American may be the Future American.


   MDC is very disturbed at Mayor Bloomberg and his desire to control the lives of New Yorkers. We hope you are enjoying your Pizza Mayor Mike, when the homeless are grateful for whatever food donations come there way.

A local gentleman has been collecting food from places like churches & synagogues, and bringing it to homeless shelters for more than 20 years, but recently his donation, including a “cholent” or carrot stew, was turned away because the Bloomberg administration wants to monitor the salt, fat and fiber eaten by the homeless.

Outlawed are food donations to homeless shelters because the city can’t assess their salt, fat and fiber content.  The ban on food donations was made by an inter-agency task force that includes the departments of Health and Homeless Services.