Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, Flappr, The Other McCain, Bacon Time, and The Daley Gator for the Rule Five links!

Now then: Let’s hope the Supremes (the court, not the music group) do the right thing and let anti-camping ordinances stand.

In a Supreme Court showdown Monday over whether the homeless have a “right” to camp in public, almost no one mentioned the actual victims of that crazy idea. Homeless advocates, including the American Civil Liberties Union, told the court that living on the streets is a “victimless” crime. Victimless?

Everyone who has to step over needles and human poop and navigate around half-conscious humans while walking to work or taking their kids to school is a victim.

Every store owner whose entrance is blocked by makeshift cardboard shelters is a victim. 

Every family that wants to use a park and finds it cluttered with sprawling tents is a victim.

And the actual perps, mind you, are not only the urban outdoorsmen who litter our streets and parks, but the foggy-headed pols who enable them.

Municipalities all over the U.S. are watching City of Grants Pass, Oregon v. Johnson, which challenges a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling barring penalties for sleeping with blankets and other paraphernalia on public property. The 9th Circuit – known for its left-wing rulings – says these penalties amount to “cruel and unusual punishment” because the homeless have no choice.

New York, we should note, has passed a “Homeless Bill of Rights,” unanimously I might add, which just goes to show Gotham’s concomitant stupidity in putting these people into office.  They are taking one of not only the nation’s but the world’s great cities and turning it into a gigantic 1930’s 1930s-style Hooverville.

Some of these cities have passed the anti-camping ordinances that are the genesis of this court cast. If there is any sanity left in the nation – assuming facts not in evidence – the Supreme Court will overturn the Ninth’s decision (again) and let these ordinances stand.  Then, maybe, formerly great cities like San Francisco could start cleaning up again.