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Posted on September 25 at 3:28 p.m.
"the House bill first cuts off assistance to unemployed childless adults, which includes veterans."
Yeah...maybe if we just starve those pesky unemployed childless adults off the planet, the world will be a better place and the truly deserving ones will have more for themselves and of course, their children. Gotta get rid of the non-productive consumers, right?
Truly...that kind of DOES seem to be the thinly veiled message here; poor adults without kids= not important.
What a great society we live in. Soylent Green and/or Blade Runner, anyone?
On Massive Cuts Loom for Food Stamps Program
Posted on September 23 at 7:06 a.m.
Nobody answered your question billclausen because the answer is that if you aren't physically capable to bike-n-hike, you're just kinda screwed in this projected New World. Funny how the disabled are always left out of these Utopian scenarios.
On Bike Commute Numbers Spike
Posted on September 20 at 1:36 p.m.
Among others, I have a wonderful memory of sitting for hours over dinner at a local Chinese buffet/Mongolian BBQ with George and Ken and closing the place down...then standing around the parking lot for another half hour until we all figured we better go home before we turned into pumpkins. Time flies in Warp Drive when it's spent with people like George and Ken.
What a fun, funny, brilliant man...and how much more beautiful our world is because George spent time here...it just wasn't long enough. Another hundred years wouldn't have been long enough.
Gentle journey, George. See you on the other side.
On George Delmerico, 1945-2013
Posted on September 20 at 1:22 p.m.
I've seen others and worked for others. I went in with a rosy outlook and left disgusted with nonprofits in general. I've also witnessed firsthand the experiences of close friends and relatives who work for nonprofits; the low wages, the nonexistent benefits, the ever-increasing workloads (while wages stay the same), the lousy morale, and the guys at the top taking home six figures. Rubbing salt in the wounds is when the annual begging mailers go out...to the low wage employees!
So...first look at the insane cost of living in SB and So Cal in general; look at wages and compare to cost of housing and goods/services. The numbers don't add up for the average income earner. This is why there are so many homeless people there compared to other places. Then look at how much money is being made in the "nonprofit" sector by the people running these businesses. I promise, the numbers are going to just blow you away.
On 'Tough Love' for Homeless Shelter
Posted on September 20 at 1:21 p.m.
You kind of nailed it, Buckwheat; "...shelter that would serve those with substance abuse issues. Without a place for these people to go will result in more deaths this winter....". That sure does seem to be an underlying goal here, that if all the "undesirables" that SB doesn't want The Tourists or The Children seeing (addicts, mentally ill, et al) were to conveniently just die off for lack of basic services, that would "solve" part of the homeless "problem".
All that would be left then, would be the population more easily sold to funding sources, IE: women-and-children and Veterans, in that order. The leftovers...women without children, the elderly, and the disabled, would get the crumbs, if any are left. And Foley, etc, continue laughing all the way to the bank.
My question is and has always been: how much is being paid to these people who are running these nonprofit operations? Like The Schools (which also never seem to really produce what they promise), the endless aggressive panhandling of the public and assorted funding sources goes on ever thus, while millions are pushed around under the table between the people running these outfits.
Six figure incomes are commonplace in the nonprofit business; the only folks who aren't profiting are the people actually WORKING in the trenches running things, and the recipients themselves. Go look up the IRS Form 990 on any of these nonprofits; it's all public information, it's "out there", and I guarantee you will be shocked at how much money is being made in this business.
Homelessness is a huge business; much profit is made off the misery of our fellow human beings....and when the profit isn't enough to satisfy the endless appetites of the fat at the top, they shove their hands in the public's pockets even deeper, scream "broke!", and cut services to the recipients, while ensuring their paychecks are safe. Look at what happened on Wall Street. The nonprofit sector is no different, it's just better at polishing its image, and nobody dares mention that this particular Emperor is naked.
I got my education in the nonprofit sector when I worked for a few of them as one of the "worker bees" who was actually in the trenches. My rose colored glasses were ripped right off in a matter of months when I saw the truth; the CEO driving either his Porsche or his Jeep Grand Cherokee to work, wearing bespoke silk suits and taking trips while the employees made a dollar above minimum wage, had no health insurance, sick pay, retirement or other benefits, and the clientele had to beg for services.
One year, the Christmas bonus was uniform jackets with the company logo on them; we had to sit through a "we're so broke" lecture, complete with pie charts, at the company Christmas party, while the CEO and his well-paid pals at the top sat up front in their designer duds giving their power point presentation. This was, BTW, an SB nonprofit which still exists.
Posted on September 3 at 10:31 a.m.
This is kind of making a mountain out of an anthill. The answer is simple: respond and tell the sender they have the wrong address...just like when a letter arrives at your mailbox addressed to someone else.
On Should You Read a Mistakenly Sent Email?
Posted on August 30 at 7:18 a.m.
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Posted on August 26 at 11:56 a.m.
"We ask for a minimum adoption donation of $250 for young dogs (under three years), $150 for adult dogs, and $125 for seniors (dogs 8 years old and over)."
That isn't "adoption" and it isn't a "donation"; it's a price charged for a sales transaction. There is nothing wrong with that; "free to a good home" is never a good idea, & giveaway pets often end up in terrible situations. People SHOULD pay something for a pet...& think very carefully before adding an animal to their families; pets deserve careful thought & commitment going forward.
Let's stop pretending that shelters & rescues are doing anything different than any other retail outlet is doing, and let's call a sale a sale. This is not "adoption"...though I know that is the preferred term as it distances the business from the fact that it's selling pets to the public.
Further; "pet flipping" is exactly what is going on when pets are seized & stolen in staged raids from private owners, then "put up for adoption" at shelters or by government-sanctioned rescue businesses for many hundreds of dollars.
Purebreds are particularly valuable in these instances; a mother with puppies is a gold mine, selling for thousands of dollars. The breeder has already paid for raising, care, feeding, vet care, training and show championship campaign on the parents, the health tests, and all the other work associated with breeding & raising puppies. Then someone just swoops in, steals the lot, & sells them off as a "rescue situation".
Even when the victims of these sanctioned thefts are later proven innocent, the damage is done, the animals have been sold off, and there is no recourse other than "oops...we messed up."
Theft of people's pets by ANYONE is a vile act, I don't care how it's dressed up and what pretty words are used to make it look like "rescue". The state of Calif. is one of the worst for these acts; pet owners have few rights, their Fourth Amendment protections are signed off the minute they sign a dog license agreement in most cities & counties, and anyone who shows or breeds dogs there is at constant risk of having all their animals stolen and flipped.
I agree that ALL pet theft and flipping should be stopped immediately and the perpetrators dealt with as would anyone else stealing and fencing private property. Why is a jewelry or other inanimate item worthy of more protection than an animal? Both are property under the law, yet the law seems to only apply to inanimate items. That needs to change.
I know I am going to get nuked by the usual suspects, and that is of zero concern to me. All that is of concern here is speaking truth to power and vested interests who are working hard to ensure that A: our rights are removed and B: only a select few outlets are permitted to sell animals, IE municipal shelters and sanctioned rescues with the right political affiliations.
Time to lift up the rug and sweep out all the detritus under there; it's getting a bit crowded...
On Pet Flipping
Posted on August 26 at 11:26 a.m.
All tourists, all the time, at all costs.
The questions to ask ourselves as individuals are simply these: has all this ramped up tourism made my life better? Has my bank account and general quality of life improved? Is it easier to get around town? Find a parking space?
For me, the answers to every one of these questions is a resounding "no!"
If I had wanted to live in a theme park, I'd have moved to one, and lived a life of long lines, choking traffic, crowds, noise, and soaring costs of everything.
On Hell Yeah for Heli Tours
Posted on August 16 at 5:09 p.m.
I had the privilege of going to dinner not long ago at a Chinese buffet/Mongolian BBQ with George and Ken, as well as my brother, and two good friends at a time in my life when I needed family and good friends near me. I'd just lost my Dad and George made a bad time in my life a much better one because of his friendship, wonderful company, and lively conversation. That night, and his friendship at a time in his own life when his health was presenting some real challenges, is a gift I will always cherish. George and Ken were true soulmates in every possible sense of the term, and I know that George's flight from his physical body is bringing difficult times for Ken and all who know and love George.
George lived well and loved well. What a fine legacy indeed!
In one of the stars, I shall be living.In one of them, I shall be laughing.And so it will be as if all the starswere laughing, when you lookat the sky at night.from "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Thank you for making my life brighter and better, George. Gentle journey to you.
On Obituary for George Anthony Delmerico
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