On Barbarism

Order without Compassion is Cruelty
Compassion without Order is Cruelty

Residents [property owners and renters] of a San Francisco side street are so fed up with tents pitched on the sidewalk by homeless people large tents set up by meth/heroin/crack dealers open for business all night e~C that they have [purchased and] trucked in boulders to discourage camping.

About two dozen of the massive rocks, each weighing hundreds of pounds, create barriers … don’t block the sidewalk, but do limit the space available for tents.

“A bunch of my neighbors, we all chipped in a few hundred dollars and I guess this is what they came up with,”

Neighbors using their own money and initiative to make their neighborhood better. Better how?

“This isn’t about one or two tents coming in, this is about open drug dealing,” … “This is about people yelling and screaming at 3 in the morning and openly flashing weapons, … They even set up a shelf and were openly dealing drugs and nobody was doing anything.”

Because that would be harassing the poor junkies!
…or something

…the homeless, who neighbors say shoot themselves up with drugs and then pass out.

“Since the rocks, it has helped,”

So…. Fewer passed-out junkies and raging, screeching tweekers? Sounds like an improvement. But not to some

“There’s actually a name for it. It’s called anti-homeless architecture,” [said some paid 'advocate']

[Some other moron making a pretty good living off the situation] weighed in on the boulder method, calling it a “punitive tactic.”

Yes. “anti-homeless architecture” Yep. “punitive tactic”. You’re catching on.

Some Mrs Grundy even tried listing the boulders — someone else’s property, mind you — on CraigsList for $5 each.

“That’s money they could (have) used to help people,” she wrote of the money raised for the boulders. “Instead they tried to hide problems the city’s problems from just their block. … The rocks placement is barbaric

“Barbaric.”

People cleaning up the place where they live is not “Barbaric.” People refusing to share their homes with screaming, thieving tweekers and puking, …effluviating junkies is not “Barbaric.”

Yanno what actually is “Barbaric”? Allowing Encouraging people to take up that “lifestyle” by demonizing any negative legal or societal consequences. What is “Barbaric” is ignoring the loss of what could have been the lovely, satisfying, productive life of someone gone too far down the road of “drug experiment” or self-medication.

Why does no one recognize or mention the staggering, stunning, horrifying amount of Human Misery that arises from a life strung out on drugs, existing on the streets? Have you ever looked into the empty, avaricious eyes of a tweeker digging through garbage for “treasures?” Or a human being — what was once one — sprawled unconscious in the middle of a city sidewalk, pants full, tie-off in place, spike in limp hand. Look into their eyes and you will see residents of Dante’s Circles.

Yes. I hear the Voice In The Back. This is doubly true for those who had no choice: the mentally ill. The unending horror of living in a place where there can never be safety, comfort, relief from the true demons of hounding delusions, hallucinations, or shattered perceptions. That ragged young man arguing with a lamp post is a full-time resident of Dante’s lowest Circles.

This is not “Victimless Crime.”

These people carry it with them like a plague; their presence in a city makes that city more like them. The functional people are now forced to cope with the disfunction in all its forms.

No one I know will go to San Francisco anymore for any reason. Those tourists who do return with tales of woe and disgust. You will recall that it’s now a “misdemeanor” read: legal] there to steal under $950. Your car *will* be broken into and stripped. 911 will direct you to an online page to fill out for your insurance. End. Of. Story. As a bonus, all that …effluvia on the streets eventually dries to dust to be breathed in along with whatever diseases, viri and bacteria. Proggie Heaven.]

While the Proggies and Statists attempt to change every last vestige of societal normalcy that supports kindness and decency and respect — for both self and others — …. I don’t even know how to finish that sentence. I’m still getting my head around how to think about — much less deal with — those vicious, cruel, barbarous ‘Rulers’ who make their living, or more disgusting yet, get their cheap Virtue Signal Points on the backs of the human wastage they created and support.

It is not Reds vs Blues, R vs D, or even City vs Rural.
This is Civilized ~vs~ Barbarian.

Again.

Still.

Always.

And this is how I have come to treasure my complete disinterest in the words of those who, having zero relationship with Facts & Reality, could be, themselves, classified as Mental Patients. Beyond having zero relationship with Facts & Reality, these people have zero compassion or empathy for their fellow humans.

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals – unanimously:
Prosecuting homeless people for sleeping on public property when they have no access to shelter violates the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment,

[this is for you, too, Boise -- and all points inbetween]

11 Comments!

  1. LarryA
    Posted October 1, 2019 at 11:43 am |

    Why doesn’t this civic minded, kind hearted woman just invite the homless to go live with her? I wonder.

  2. DougM (speak three names)
    Posted October 1, 2019 at 12:38 pm |

    I don’t know how they’ll clean up their room,
    but my many visits to SF in the ’70s and walks through Haight-Ashbury with its stinky-hippie panhandlers seem, well… quaint in comparison

  3. DougM (speak three names)
    Posted October 1, 2019 at 12:42 pm |

    However,
    I think Step-1 should be to quit advertising yourself as a bum-friendly community.
    How about:
    We treat bums like stray dogs. We catch ‘em, take ‘em to a shelter, wash and de-louse ‘em, vet ‘em, and put ‘em up for adoption.

    (What? Uh, no, haven’t yet thought about what happens if nobody adopts ‘em.)

  4. rickn8or
    Posted October 1, 2019 at 12:55 pm |

    DougM, I’d add “spay and neuter” to the list.

  5. Veeshir
    Posted October 1, 2019 at 1:15 pm |

    Have you ever looked into the empty, avaricious eyes of a tweeker digging through garbage for “treasures?” Or a human being — what was once one — sprawled unconscious in the middle of a city sidewalk, pants full, tie-off in place, spike in limp hand. Look into their eyes and you will see residents of Dante’s Circles.

    This, very much this.

  6. DougM (speak three names)
    Posted October 1, 2019 at 6:56 pm |

    It gets better

    I would think that a fleet of water trucks doing street and sidewalk cleaning 2-5 times a day 24/7 would be useful here. Nice pine scent, too

  7. Posted October 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm |

    My oldest son lives in Boise. He works for one of the more important companies headquartered there. Moving from the Oregon coast to Boise, he noticed that “the whole hippie thing” was being controlled there. Unlike, here.

    Please note, that this was a judicial process. And involved the pristine court of the Ninth Circuit.

    .

  8. Dave
    Posted October 1, 2019 at 7:44 pm |

    ^ Bosie is a hard left enclave in a red state.

  9. Posted October 1, 2019 at 8:41 pm |

    ^Doug & ^Rickn8or: Good starts. I’d also like to see them chipped – it’d make identification fairly quick after someone stumbles across a dead addict.

  10. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted October 2, 2019 at 8:16 am |

    DM@6 – Government Boulder Confiscation!!!!

    a slippery slope.

    a rocky question?


    “Use your compassion and love and understanding. We’re humans.”
    Obviously the Residents aren’t

  11. mech
    Posted October 2, 2019 at 9:14 am |

    Re: 9 Max
    “Hey, you there. Get away from that chipper! Eh!”

    also

    “Soylent Green is people!”