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3:23 pm - Mon, Jan 20, 2014
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thinksquad:

Utah is ending homelessness by giving people an apartment or home.
Earlier this month, Hawaii State representative Tom Bower (D) began walking the streets of his Waikiki district with a sledgehammer, and smashing shopping carts used by homeless people. “Disgusted” by the city’s chronic homelessness problem, Bower decided to take matters into his own hands — literally. He also took to rousing homeless people if he saw them sleeping at bus stops during the day.
Bower’s tactics were over the top, and so unpopular that he quickly declared “Mission accomplished,” and retired his sledgehammer. But Bower’s frustration with his city’s homelessness problem is just an extreme example of the frustration that has led cities to pass measures that effective deal with the homeless by criminalizing homelessness.
City council members in Columbia, South Carolina, concerned that the city was becoming a “magnet for homeless people,” passed an ordinance giving the homeless the option to either relocate or get arrested. The council later rescinded the ordinance, after backlash from police officers, city workers, and advocates.
Last year, Tampa, Florida — which had the most homeless people for a mid-sized city — passed an ordinance allowing police officers to arrest anyone they saw sleeping in public, or “storing personal property in public.” The city followed up with a ban on panhandling downtown, and other locations around the city.
Philadelphia took a somewhat different approach, with a law banning the feeding of homeless people on city parkland. Religious groups objected to the ban, and announced that they would not obey it.
Raleigh, North Carolina took the step of asking religious groups to stop their longstanding practice of feeding the homeless in a downtown park on weekends. Religious leaders announced that they would risk arrest rather than stop.
This trend makes Utah’s accomplishment even more noteworthy. In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015.
How did Utah accomplish this? Simple. Utah solved homelessness by giving people homes. In 2005, Utah figured out that the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail says for homeless people was about $16,670 per person, compared to $11,000 to provide each homeless person with an apartment and a social worker. So, the state began giving away apartments, with no strings attached. Each participant in Utah’s Housing First program also gets a caseworker to help them become self-sufficient, but the keep the apartment even if they fail. The program has been so successful that other states are hoping to achieve similar results with programs modeled on Utah’s.

If Utah was a person, I would offer them my permanent servitude. These other states just can’t get it through their thick skulls that this is the correct course of action. UGH IM JUST SO HAPPY

thinksquad:

Utah is ending homelessness by giving people an apartment or home.

Earlier this month, Hawaii State representative Tom Bower (D) began walking the streets of his Waikiki district with a sledgehammer, and smashing shopping carts used by homeless people. “Disgusted” by the city’s chronic homelessness problem, Bower decided to take matters into his own hands — literally. He also took to rousing homeless people if he saw them sleeping at bus stops during the day.

Bower’s tactics were over the top, and so unpopular that he quickly declared “Mission accomplished,” and retired his sledgehammer. But Bower’s frustration with his city’s homelessness problem is just an extreme example of the frustration that has led cities to pass measures that effective deal with the homeless by criminalizing homelessness.

City council members in Columbia, South Carolina, concerned that the city was becoming a “magnet for homeless people,” passed an ordinance giving the homeless the option to either relocate or get arrested. The council later rescinded the ordinance, after backlash from police officers, city workers, and advocates.

Last year, Tampa, Florida — which had the most homeless people for a mid-sized city — passed an ordinance allowing police officers to arrest anyone they saw sleeping in public, or “storing personal property in public.” The city followed up with a ban on panhandling downtown, and other locations around the city.

Philadelphia took a somewhat different approach, with a law banning the feeding of homeless people on city parkland. Religious groups objected to the ban, and announced that they would not obey it.

Raleigh, North Carolina took the step of asking religious groups to stop their longstanding practice of feeding the homeless in a downtown park on weekends. Religious leaders announced that they would risk arrest rather than stop.

This trend makes Utah’s accomplishment even more noteworthy. In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015.

How did Utah accomplish this? Simple. Utah solved homelessness by giving people homes. In 2005, Utah figured out that the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail says for homeless people was about $16,670 per person, compared to $11,000 to provide each homeless person with an apartment and a social worker. So, the state began giving away apartments, with no strings attached. Each participant in Utah’s Housing First program also gets a caseworker to help them become self-sufficient, but the keep the apartment even if they fail. The program has been so successful that other states are hoping to achieve similar results with programs modeled on Utah’s.

If Utah was a person, I would offer them my permanent servitude. These other states just can’t get it through their thick skulls that this is the correct course of action. UGH IM JUST SO HAPPY

(Source: thinksquad, via ragingbitchfest)

8:22 pm - Wed, Dec 4, 2013
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The United States “justice” system and the “War On Drugs” were both designed to keep those who were once slaves as slaves long after slavery was made “illegal”.

3:10 pm - Tue, Nov 19, 2013
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Is Tom Brower Asshole of the Day?

assholeofday:

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Is Hawaii state Rep. Tom Brower asshole of the day for smashing the possessions of the homeless with a sledgehammer?

Much like Batkid, Hawaii has found its own superhero. Except that instead of protecting the powerless from harm, he roams the streets with a sledgehammer and looks for homeless people in order to literally smash their possessions.

Remarkably, this vigilante isn’t just some random Hawaiian, but five-term State Rep. Tom Brower (D).

Noting that he’s “disgusted” with homeless people, Brower told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about his own personal brand of “justice”: “If I see shopping carts that I can’t identify, I will destroy them so they can’t be pushed on the streets.” Brower has waged this campaign for two weeks, estimating that he’s smashed about 30 shopping carts in the process.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/11/19/2966371/hawaii-homeless-smash/

What Would Jesus Do? Smash the possessions of the poorest among us. At least that’s what this asshole thinks.

Photo source: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/memberpage.aspx?member=brower

Tom Brower is without a doubt the asshole of the day.

2:00 am - Fri, Oct 25, 2013
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McDonald’s has a “help” line. This woman has worked there for 10 years, and she called to seek a little help. She didn’t expect what happened next.

3:35 pm - Fri, Oct 18, 2013
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I got overrun, that’s what happened.

Republican House Speaker JOHN BOEHNER, responding to a question from President Obama during a meeting as the government shutdown began October 2.  

The question?  ”John — what happened?”

(via Politico)

Its good to know our speaker can’t control his own hordes. Really fucking cute.

10:00 am - Mon, Oct 7, 2013
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You know there’s something wrong with America when kids can serve openly in Christmas, but gays can’t celebrate the school in military.
Rick Perry, Strong.
9:10 pm - Thu, Sep 12, 2013
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Given the chance, would you have sex in the Library of Congress?

4:02 pm - Tue, Sep 3, 2013
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239. That is the number of vacation days that our Congress will have in total at the end of this year. 435. That is the number of representatives we have at any given time. 174,000. That is the number of dollars EACH representative makes a year. 4,660,000,000. That is the number of dollars taken from our taxes in ONE year to pay for all of their benefits. These are the fucking moochers, not that poor kid that just bought a snickers bar with his food stamps.
11:18 am - Mon, Sep 2, 2013
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youngprogressivevoices:

Protect American workers, stand up for unions!

It’s almost like unions protect our wages against people who would rather see us poor. Weird.

youngprogressivevoices:

Protect American workers, stand up for unions!

It’s almost like unions protect our wages against people who would rather see us poor. Weird.

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

2:44 pm - Fri, Aug 23, 2013
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stfuconservatives:

Because it’s only socialism when a Democrat does it, I guess.

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