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Thursday, January 11. 2018
‘I went to my first orgy and loved it’
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Middle class neighborhoods are the lifeblood of cities
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Catherine Deneuve on #MeToo
Anchor babies: Birth tourism brings Russian baby boom to Miami
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Why Is There So Much Government Hostility to Private Charity?
Slacking For Social Justice
Obama non-library ‘presidential center’ in Chicago devolving into a fiasco
Chicago profs blast 'socially regressive' Obama Center plan
Sad people, those Clintons
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MSNBC's Matthews Compares Trump's Family To Child Rapists, Murderers, Drug Users
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Donald Trump—the Grownup in the Room on Immigration
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"Why Is There So Much Government Hostility to Private Charity?"
It looked more like a cat lady feeding feral cats. There is a homelessness problem. Basically it is "slackers" who would rather drink and do drugs than live a normal life. But they cannot live the slacker life without your help. Give them food, money, clothing a place to sleep and YOU are part of the problem.
I recall reading years ago, during the last homeless crisis when many studies, surveys and censuses were done, that a goodly percentage of the homeless are people on the run from various kinds of unpleasantness such as alimony, child support, judgements and such.
Also, mostly men, as very dangerous for woman to be outside on the streets 24/7. Those that are likely to be prostitutes, severe druggies or mentally ill.
Easier for a man to be 'safe' as a homeless person in that regard.
Wish we could cover the mentally ill part...use psychiatrists on police force to interview homeless (much like they did in Miami before the hurricanes) and then put them in care of state in home for mentally ill. Something must be done to help these people. I think it is not 'loving your neighbor' to tell a mentally ill person that they are 'free' to choose what they want to do and that being in an asylum is somehow tortuous. Things have come a long way since the 50s and 60s in the care of the mentally ill.
Our country should be doing better for these people. Not leaving them on the streets to starve, freeze or end up dead or in jail b/c of mental illness.
Re: Why Is There So Much Government Hostility to Private Charity?
I think government sees itself in competition with charities and they are in a war to crush the competition. In every war, there is collateral damage. In this case, it's the needy.
I'm from the government and I'm here to shaft him.
Government bureaucrats generally don't like charities because they allow private citizens to exercise their own judgment on social welfare issues.
Also, charities reduce opportunities for politicians to demonstrate their compassion and generosity using other people's money.
My State is the perfect example of this. We have the worst homeless problem in the United States. What has been the government's response? First, they passed new regulations mandating the increase of square footage size that had to be provided for each homeless person at shelters. Many shelters could not meet the requirements and so shut down. Second, the State passed "anti-discrimination" and Americans With Disabilities Act type regulations that said that homeless with drinking or drug problems couldn't be discriminated against, and so shelters couldn't have requirements that occupants not use drugs or alcohol. This caused all of the faith-based shelters to close, since virtually all had rules against drugs or drinking. So the private faith-based response to helping the homeless has been crippled. In addition, related charities that provided food and other assistance were also adversely affected, because most were tied in physical location to be close to the now-closed charitable shelters. So they went under also.
This all put lots MORE people on the street. The State's solution? It now wants to build "homeless villages" at taxpayer expense where all these people can be "invited" to reside.
That money could be used to increase the number of government workers who could/might (oh, who'm I kidding) give it to their favored "charity".!!!!!!!11111!!!!!! And it ISN'T!!!!!111!!!!
I had an eye-opening time shadowing my county's post-Hurricane-Harvey disaster-relief coordinator all day yesterday. Most of the aid that has arrived in my Texas coastal county is being administered through the county or through foundations working through the same official government channels as the county. All these entities work under restrictions imposed by a federal law known as the Stafford Act, a 1988 amended version of the Disaster Relief Act of 1974. It created the system in place today by which a presidential disaster declaration or an emergency declaration triggers financial and physical assistance through FEMA. The Act gives FEMA the responsibility for coordinating government-wide relief efforts. The Federal Response Plan includes contributions from 28 federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, such as the American Red Cross.
The purpose of all this regulation is to try to eliminate waste, fraud, and duplication. An unfortunate side-effect is that, in the first six months or so after a disaster, a great deal of emergency aid becomes firmly wrapped around the axle. Cash and materials donated with the intention of helping homeowners quickly return their homes to a livable condition, for instance, are frozen in place until at least a couple of things happen. First, citizens must wind their way through the exhausting process of either securing FEMA or SBA benefits, or receive a formal denial of benefits after the completion of appeals. Second, case managers have to be hired and trained in the intricate process of complying with a thicket of Stafford Act requirements designed to ensure that all non-FEMA aid is properly accounted for and deducted from FEMA benefits. If this process does not take place properly, aid recipients can find themselves in real trouble with the feds.
As far as I can tell, the only way to avoid this red tape and delay is to rely exclusively on aid that never touches any public agency, and is dispensed only to citizens who understand fully that accepting the aid may disqualify them from some or all of any future aid they might have obtained from FEMA. Government officials almost uniformly distrust such an approach. They probably know they'll get untold grief from the feds about being unable to prove that no locals are double-dipping, etc. They hate the ad hoc approach to helping this family but not that. They are uncomfortable not being able to centralize and monitor all the aid coming in. And apparently they're willing to make the trade-off between satisfying all these bureaucratic desires even if it means strangling really timely aid in the critical weeks after a hurricane hits. It also means that the most fragile and disorganized residents, who tend to be the most needy, find it nearly impossible to navigate this Kafkaesque nightmare. FEMA can wear you down for months before you get a final answer out of them.
That does sound like a labyrinthine process...but, honestly, I don't want it to be easy. Disasters of this size and magnitude are really quite impossible to manage easily or quickly. That's just the nature of the beast. And those who live in areas where hurricanes or earthquakes are prevalent should know that going in when they decide to live there.
I know that sounds harsh, but NO government will be able to completely and thoroughly help all comers who need help in a timely fashion after a massive natural disaster. And everyone should be ready for that and take some personal responsibility when a house is lost, possessions are lost, etc.. Sometimes crap happens and there is no one to blame and no promise that anyone will put you back together exactly as you were before.
I agree, except that my heart is tender for the confused elderly sick people who aren't doing a good job taking care of business and don't have younger family members to step in for them. I want them to get their roofs fixed. I just suspect that it needs to be their neighbors who do it, not some distant strangers.
Soccer video was a farce. The kids do what kids do, chase after the ball handler, none of them held back and played position. Yet the video claimed they were trained kids. Boring waste of time.
Nah, loved it. Nice to see that swarm of bees soccer is what the Japanese kids do as well. It's very hard to teach position at that age - they tend to stand there in a spot and become hesitant to move a few feet from it - or even the elementary strategy of "go hang out near the guys who don't have the ball." That level of abstraction is beyond them until about 8 or 9.
Orgy: Whimn and NYP purvey soft-core porn.
Slacking for social justice: I'll get back to you on this. In a few days/weeks/months...OK, MAYBE in 2030.
The Clintons: The good that they may (MAY) have done will be interred with their bones; the evil will live on.
Matthews and MSNBC: Why we hate and distrust the enemedia.
The Clintons- “The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder.”
― Augustine of Hippo, Confessions
re ‘I went to my first orgy and loved it’
Sounds Roman. Might be good fun.
It might be fun until some hot stranger gives you one of those nasty STDs that are circulating out there.
What I saw was a future cat lady. According to her, in her 30's, all she's ever been is a series of long term relationships. Married for 38 years now, I'd call them a series of short term relationships. In a few years, when her age starts to show, if she continues to attend orgies, she'll find the only people hitting on her are the very drunk, old, or ugly.