Calling Out Bars?

Colorado – Grizzly Rose 

Cristal M Clark 

Today whilst checking my Facebook, I noted an article by local Fox news affiliate, KDVR. The article which sparked it’s own sort of outrage depicted Denver’s very own Grizzly Rose bar. Apparently someone was at the venue this past weekend and the snitch shot video of patrons not wearing masks or social distancing. The video was blurry at best, in fact from what I saw of it, most people were wearing masks, while others were not. 

This opened up a flood of comments from pissed off readers and viewers who thought overwhelmingly that the news story was in fact underwhelming and in poor taste. Truly it did not depict the other side of the situation and only focused on one brief yet fleeting moment in time. Readers were upset the news station had the audacity to waste its time with such a story, others were upset because they felt it really was not that big of a deal, at least not breaking news, worthy. Some argued that those in attendance will now be going home, to work or school to spread the virus, while others said that the attendees are selfish cruel human beings. 

The truth is, this is a virus, I had it and it sucked but it is a virus. We cannot escape the virus, it’s like the cold or the flu, it is going to spread no matter what and that is a simple, gut wrenching fact. 

So what do we do to help stop the spread? Wear masks and socially distance when out in public, unless you are at a venue drinking and partying. The truth is, most of the attendees seen not socially distancing and not wearing a mask at the venue do in fact wear masks and socially distance the majority of the time so, they are doing their part to stop the spread in most situations. Masks don’t stop the virus, they simply help slow the spread, so if I have it and I am wearing a mask, I am less likely to pass it to someone else. Most spreaders of the virus don’t even know that they have it. 

Second, we should stop focusing on controlling businesses, the general public and the like and focus on vaccinations and protecting the vulnerable and the elderly, meaning those groups should be staying home and not going out into public. 

But if anyone thinks the Grizzly Rose story is breaking news, you are kidding yourself. In fact, here in Colorado some establishments stop taking credit card after a certain time of night and accept cash only just to stay open, serve alcohol and still make the money needed to keep staff employed and pay those bills that have not been affected by the pandemic. Do you think those establishments give a flying fuck if anyone is masking up or socially distancing? Hardly. 

At least the Grizzly Rose tried to get patriots to comply. 

I’ve said this before, I am not for shutting businesses down, limited capacity and preventing people from living life normally at all. All any of that does is kill an economy and does very, very little so as to prevent the spread of a virus. I go back to isolate the vulnerable, the sick and the elderly and leave everyone else alone. 

Granted the vulnerable and elderly are not going to like that take but that population is considerably less than the healthy working population is, the Government would have had a much easier time taking care of them than the massive amounts of people who lost jobs because the United States freaked the fuck out and started shutting everything down. 

Whatsmore, if you step into any grocery or big box store, half the people in those places cannot manage to wear a mask correctly and they are usually packed with shoppers, daily.  

The reason we failed with controlling the spread is because we attempted to control human beings from simply being able to live life. The government did not pay us to sit at home so people got restless and also lost trust because as states started to reopen, many learned that they had no job to return to, no assistance came to cover the bills that never took a break, businesses were forced to close no just temporarily but forever because no help came for them. 

Businesses should have been encouraged to allow workers to work from home, restaurants and bars should have encouraged takeout, outdoor seating long before governments allowed for it, but nothing should have been shut down, ever. 

I hope the Grizzly Rose does not get into trouble, from what I saw those patrons needed the night out to blow off both stress and steam. We should be looking back at our own government and asking them where the help is so that these establishments can pay those bills and keep staff employed, not punishing them for living the American Fucking Dream. 

Cristal M Clark

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Courts Tire of Trump’s False Election Fraud Claims 

Trump Readies to Commit Treason on His Way Out

Cristal M Clark 

One thing we know about Donald Trump, hands down is that he is a narcissist, and when a narcissist is losing control, they will do anything in an attempt to exact both revenge and to attempt to try to manipulate and control the outcome. Trump removed senior defense officials and installed his dick sucking loyalists, which of course triggered alarm at Pentagon but also got the attention of those that seek to profit off of Donald Trump’s betrayal of the United States. Much like Putin has been able to garner, a little something I am more than sure I should not have to remind anyone of. This time however Trump’s move is outright and in our faces only an idiot would not see what he is attempting to do on his way out and that is one act of treason, treachery, the ultimate fuck you to the United States and her citizens. 

The point is, Donald J Trump would do anything to keep any shred of power that he can and if not he will sell us out to those that seek to cause harm to this great nation. 

For those at the pentagon, I would be wary of the damage this man is hell bent on causing. As for the courts, well word on the streets is that they are tiring of Trump and his ridiculous claims of voter fraud, which have come with absolutely no proof whatsoever other than Trump and his following behaving like spoilt children who have not gotten their bloody way. 

Of course Trump’s refusal to acknowledge the outcome of the election also throws the nation into further peril from the Pandemic, in case no one caught this, the US has hit over a million cases of Covid-19 but perhaps what is even more treasonist is that because Trump is refusing to concede and continues to challenge the outcome, it also delays turnover of the presidency, which includes important vital data with regards to the Pandemic, he is setting Bidens team up to walk in blind. Which of course can be avoided should let’s say those in the know just start to turn over intel to the incoming president and his team, what is Trump going to do besides whine and have a Twitter meltdown? 

The fact that both Congress and the Senate want us to believe the nation is helpless to stop Trump from his wrong doing is well inaccurate, Trump has been breaking all of the bloody rules that he can for the last 4 years, this nation at the very least deserves to start off the next presidency without the hypocrisy, the nightmare or the mess of the last 4 years, it’s time to break some of those rules and see to it that the Biden administration is starting to see intel, on everything, Fuck Trump. 

More people will die if Trump does not coordinate with Biden those are facts. 

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Denver Colorado Adding More Covid-19 Restrictions

Mayor Hancock Makes Another Mistake

Cristal M Clark

Again today, the city of Denver has added more restrictions in its fight against the spread of Covid-19, which would make sense if you did not have to worry about neighboring communities, I mean unless the entire state is on the same page, you are really not doing much to prevent anything.

Mayor Hancock is basically telling us that if you are resident or a nonessential business, you need to close by 10 and be home by 10PM.

At any rate, I get what he is attempting to do, but here is another erroneous mistake.

It’s the “Home By 10” order.

  • Liquor stores will be required to close at 10 p.m.
  • People will need to be home from restaurants by 10 p.m.
  • Order does not extend to essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies and hospitals.

Local new station “FOX31 learned before Hancock’s announcement that protesters will still be allowed to gather. They will be required to wear a mask and be socially distanced.”

Wait, what? Is that for real?

Well apparently, it is in fact for real. Protesters don’t have to head home at 10PM so long as they socially distance and wear a face covering, which by the way they are more than happy to do when they start to riot, shoot at each other, loot and burn shit down as it tends to hides one’s identity.

The reality is simple, no peaceful protest has ever really accomplished anything by protesting after dark. Think about it. The rioters, looters, shooters, pyromaniacs and anarchists tend to come out at night, with the exception of the Trump supporters and his unlawful militia groups and white nationalist hate groups.

A better move for Denver or any city to make would be to limit the days and hours that demonstrations can legally take place during this time of the pandemic. Not to thwart the pandemic but to keep the violence, burning of businesses down and looting to a minimum since demonstrators will be required to wear face coverings. It makes no sense to order a restaurant closed by 10 or a liquor stores closed by 10 and yet still allow demonstrations to continue well into the night. Make demonstrators abide by restrictions as well, demonstrate at designated hours in designated areas, i.e. no marching through the streets and blocking traffic, it’s not a fucking parade.

While we are at it here, a couple of weeks ago we cut back capacity in offices, markets, retail shops, gyms, guess what they have done to abide by that? Not a fucking thing.

I went into a WalMart last weekend, just to see, nope they are no longer counting the number of shoppers let into the store much less employees wearing face coverings correctly, Target either for that matter, nor is King Soopers, Safeway or any other market.
In fact, its beginning to look a lot like these restrictions are just being ignored, blatantly ignored by big retail.

We’ve already severed the arty of the restaurant, bar and entertainment industries, let’s do our best to stop the bleeding by taking it a step further and making sure no looting and rioting take place here, it’s time to limit demonstrations, protests and the like for the time being.

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Mayor Michael Hancock Issues Level 3 Stay at Home Order for Denver, Colorado

Is This About Controlling the People or Controlling the Virus? Hancock’s Mistake. 

Cristal M Clark 

All week I had planned to bring you Halloween related stories just for entertainment but you know the pandemic is technically a horror story of its own right?

Today Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver issued level 3 stay at home orders once again limiting outings, business capacity and shuttering some indoor activities leaving the citizens of Denver with the threat of shutting the city down again. I get it, his heart is in the right place, his head is a bit foggy though. I have lost friends to the virus, to depression due to job loss, lockdowns, drug overdoses due to the same recently so I get it but the virus is not the only thing killing people. 

Naturally, this news caused an onslaught of anger, fear and emotional turmoil for many. I personally do not agree with restrictions in terms of limited capacities and forcing businesses to shut down. And I am so sick of seeing people take to social media with complete anger and without becoming educated and claim it’s about control not the virus. 

First of all, think about that ridiculous statement. It is about control, idiots, it’s about controlling the spread of the virus not individuals. Sadly, when trying to control the virus we are seeing government overreach to the level of epic proportions. These leaders have yet to see how the effort to keep the virus at bay is affecting even industries they deem essential. The money for many is running out, spending will slow now just in time for the holiday season and even construction will slow and when that happens, the bottom is going to tank out. That is simple mathematics.

The control here is to keep hospitals from running at capacity, from keeping them from running out of beds. Which has yet to happen and is even less likely than back in March to happen today. We have better treatments and the young are driving the spikes. The young are more likely to survive. So what Mayor Hancock is trying to achieve is unnecessary. In fact keeping things shut down and limiting businesses from open at capcity is causing further damage to the economy. A damage that cannot be undone.

Shutting down and restrictions have not worked thus far, which I’ll get to in a bit. A lot of people sounded off on social media locally today claiming this is not legal, the mayor and governor cannot order shutdowns, we need to fight back, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. 

Well, yes they can shut things down. 

To prevent abuse, the power to make laws, enforce laws, and interpret laws are separated into three branches: the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. And the three in terms of the virus are for sure not on the same page at all. 

This prevents, mayor’s, governors and even a president from simply doing what they want (like a king or dictator), even if they feel those actions are best for the people. They must do only those things which comply with the laws enacted by the legislature-as interpreted by judges. Interpretation is everything when it comes to upholding laws. 

So upon declaring a state of emergency, a Governor and any other executive declaring an emergency will issue a series of executive orders invoking specific State legislative enactments. Those statutes pre-authorize the executive branch (which the Governor heads) to take certain, specific actions when the state is facing an emergency.

Most declarations of emergency pertain to snow storms or hurricanes, wildfires. In those instances, the State invoked more familiar provisions of the statutes governing declarations of emergency, including freeing up money earmarked for emergency use; calling on the national guard to help with the effects of the storm; and allowing the police to redirect traffic. But the Governor’s statutory powers during an emergency are broad, flexible, and include the ability to make such orders. . . as may be necessary adequately to meet the various problems presented by any emergency, including the designation of vehicles and persons permitted to move during an emergency, the conduct of the civilian population during the threat of and imminence of danger or any emergency, and on any matter that may be necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people. 

Many States have moved to an Emergency Health Powers Act, which have provided additional authorization for control over medical facilities, the distributions of medical resources, and authority to identify areas that are or may be dangerous to the public health and to cause the movement of persons within that area to be restricted, if such action is reasonable and necessary to respond to the public health emergency. The states may require quarantine for persons who are unable or unwilling to undergo vaccination and for those who are sick. 

For an added kick in the balls, the FMLA was changed to accommodate those who fall ill from the virus currently, doesn’t really matter the organizations size either. 

So Yes, states, cities and municipalities can shut businesses down right now. And they can vaccinate you, quarantine you, and are immune from a lawsuit for doing any of those things.

Like it or not that is what it is, you can stomp your feet, throw tantrums, become outspoken on social media, this is what it is. 

Now, all of that said, Mayor Hancock made a mistake here, first the threat of another shutdown, that is akin to political suicide and here is why- 

Millions of people are still out of work, that threat is more or less a promise that they will continue to be out of work for the foreseeable future. For workers who have gone back to work, now they get to live in constant fear of losing their jobs, again which by the way lowers an individual’s ability to fight infection, fear causes worry, worry causes stress, which affects overall health. 

The biggest reason this was a fatal mistake however goes back to those three branches of Government and it ends in the lap of a judge who thus far almost nationwide, have been unwilling to uphold punishment for anyone who goes against these local and state mandates.

Think about it, how many news stories are we seeing with regards to the virus and state or city mandates, where the cops try to enforce a mandate, a state agency tries to enforce a mandate and it ends with a Judge who is unwilling to punish the business or individual for whatever indiscretion. 

So these three branches can’t bother to be on the same page let alone effectively enforce restrictions or mandates, why should the people follow these orders? Now I am not suggesting we go against what Mayor Hancock said today, I am posing a very serious question whilst also pointing out the flaw in issuing mandates. 

Additionally, I saw Mayor Hancock’s not so kind words with regards to the Trump administration’s failure to get another stimulus put through before the election, yes I agree that was bullshit however, to Mayor Hancock, Governor Polis and any other state or local leader who might read this, get off of your little high horses because you all share in the blame here. I saw not one of you march your higher than thou happy asses up to Capital Hill and demand that rather than rush a hideous, religious zealot, who has no idea what being a woman is, and who wants to take us to the dystopian era into the supreme court and demand a stimulus deal be reached instead. 

I did see a number of state and local leaders nationwide take to news outlets to bitch and whine about it, but you know as well as your voters going to the media doesn’t do shit for your people. You all failed on that one so do not just blame Trump and White House on this one. If enough of you would have grown the balls to get in his face as a collective team regardless of party, he would have sided with you hence with the people. Some of us do in fact pay very close attention to the details here so I would not assume anyone missed that. 

Now, if we want to do the right thing by the people we must of course, educate on mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing (for some of you bathing in general), and we must isolate the vulnerable and the sick. 

In addition to that we must open our economies and to do that our governments must work with the people and allow for less restrictions in terms of permits to have outdoor seating, here in Denver we have fantastic winters, if we shut down enough streets and parking lots these local businesses will figure out how to make it work. Businesses would actually help neighboring businesses by partnering up to make things work during the pandemic. 

I think Mayor Hancock and other Mayors, our Governor and other states will find if you leave it to the people to figure out how to open at full or 75% capacity the majority will find ways to make it work and they will do it right. But to just force them to close or limit capacity to a point where it makes no sense to open, you are basically turning your backs on them. And that is what is causing the pandemic anger. 

We will see less argument over mask wearing, group gatherings and the like if we left it open to businesses to find a way and remove restrictions like permits to have sidewalk seating, we need to start closing streets so as to allow businesses to open. These businesses will pay to get outdoor heaters and to have a thriving business back if we let them. 

It all goes back to those three branches, you are pretty hard pressed to find a Judge to uphold your mandate these days. And I hate to say this but after reading hundreds of comments today after Mayor Hancock issued his updated mandates for the city of Denver, after conversing with many people and business owners, if we keep poking the bear here it’s not going to end well. 

Pay attention to the people, they are becoming desperate, and angry, with the election, the racial tensions, police shootings, protests, the far left, the far right. All of it spells disaster and that will spill onto the streets and into every corner of this country in the form of civil unrest the likes no one has ever seen. 

How many guns are legally in the hands of what were once responsible gun owners? I say “what were once” responsible because no matter which side you are on, once the shooting starts, well we will become the wild west again. Now add that to the amount of guns on the streets and in the hands of those who have them illegally. We are already seeing an increase in certain crimes all because of the pandemic.

It’s time to think before local and state officials react, it’s time to reflect on the damage those actions and mandates and orders are causing. IT is no longer a small sacrifice you are asking of us, we the people, you are destroying lives at a far higher rate than that of the virus. Every reaction by leaders is going to start to have an equal if not more powerful reaction from the people.

To Quote Mayor Hancock: “ This is not a game.” 

Keep messing around with people’s ability to live, work, pay bills, own a business, own a home, own a car, buy food, keep messing with it state and local officials because my friends, “This is not a game,” that is one hell of an atomic bomb, and it it just so happens to be ticking.

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Homeless Advocates Get on TV and Lie to Media and Public

Denver, Colorado Homeless Sweep – Take II

Cristal M Clark

Today marks the second consecutive day in Denver, we fell witness to more homeless camp sweeps and several homeless advocates showing up and protesting the sweeps. Today however, while I was watching the sweeps live I witnessed a homeless advocate blatantly lie to both the media and to the public in an effort to justify his cause, or rather why Denver is seeing so many homeless individuals that should be allowed to camp in every and any public right of way of his or her choosing. 

The man informed the media and the watching public that the reason the numbers of homeless has increased is because of the pandemic. Right now, straight up I will call the guy and anyone else out on utilizing that excuse, it’s a flat out and blatant lie and it is pathetic. 

David Scott loads supplies into his tent home in downtown Denver. “As long as they keep it to where we’re getting cleaned, not swept, it’s all right,” says Scott.

Fact – up until the end of the July everyone on unemployment was getting a free additional $600 per week on top of their regular unemployment benefit. 

Fact – cities and states nationwide we have an eviction moratorium in place, hence people are not being evicted due to non payment of rent because of the pandemic. Which also brings up a really good question however, why were they not paying rent when they had the extra $600 per week? Sure I get that, no one is getting the additional $600 per week on top of the regular unemployment benefit now as it went away at the end of july however, here in Denver they are getting an extra $300 per week on top of the unemployment benefit currently. 

To be brutally honest, if they were not paying rent while they were receiving the extra $600 per week, what were they spending the money on? Paying other bills? Were they living beyond their means prior to the pandemic? I ask because to blame the pandemic for the homeless situation right now as of today does not make much sense, at all, not mathematically or logically. 

At any rate, it is understandable for those who did not start getting benefits for several months however you’d still be pretty hard pressed to believe they were actually evicted with courts and judicial systems shut down from around March until June, some still are not running at 100%, and evictions are not a priority.  

By the time many states refused to allow evictions, not to mention those who serve eviction paperwork such as sheriff deputies nationwide refusing to serve said notices during a pandemic, the moratoriums were already in place. So it still doesn’t make a lot of sense to use the excuse that the homeless situation in Denver or nationwide is due to the pandemic. 

The lies about the homeless in Denver and around the nation being due to the pandemic, need to stop otherwise put your money where your mouth is and prove it, unequivocally. 

For Denver, before anyone uses the pandemic as an excuse, I want to see the eviction notice from the property manager who sought to evict during a pandemic, I want the badge number of the sheriff’s deputy that served said notice, show us the name of the judge that signed off on it, those things would be on the paperwork after all, show us the proof that these individuals are homeless because of the pandemic but, be careful because while they cannot be evicted under the moratorium for non-payment of rent due to a job loss, they can still be evicted for reasons outside of that. 

The number of individuals who are homeless in Denver has been on the increase the past several years-fact we’ve been clearing homeless camps regularly since 2015 and that is primarily because:

People move to Denver because we are a growing and thriving city but fail to do a cost of living check before they move. 

The cost of living in Denver is too far above what the average wages are which is the fault of our city and state leaders who saw dollar signs rather than the inevitable, human strife and suffering because along with all of these super expensive highrise apartments the wages needed to live in them, did not follow. That is all greed plain and simple because to some extent cities and states can control both the cost of living and wages believe it or not. 

What’s more is that I drive right through downtown Denver 5 days a week, I have seen the homeless become agitated, violent and out of control, dangerous if you will. Many of which are either mentally insane or self medicating, some both. That is neither the fault of the out of whack of the cost of living nor is it our leadership’s fault, that is the fault of the advocates who are promoting the idea that being homeless is simply okay and we should simply put up with it rather than addressing the situation honestly with businesses, city leaders and citizens. They prefer to excuse the behaviors rather than go out and fight for the funding needed so as to prevent the homeless situation. 

I am a huge advocate of the homeless, yet I do not feel that we should excuse it, nor do I feel we should offer free housing or assistance to homeless individuals without them meeting us halfway. 

If they want off the streets, free housing and medical care, they too need to step up and follow the rules, take the medication, stay clean, attend therapy and attend work programs, get jobs or risk being put into jail or worse, institutionalized. And all of that is missing funding currently. We need to find a long term place for those who are deemed unable to to live in society due to extreme mental illness/instability, an institution where they are not allowed to leave. 

Seems harsh, but I have watched the homeless in Denver increase for several years. I have had to step over sleeping individuals, walk around them, run the other direction from them, worry while sitting at a traffic light because I’ve seen them hit car windows when drivers ignore them. It is a nuisance and public health issue and at times a dangerous situation. I will not go as far as to say being homeless is a choice but I will say that I am not seeing many of them even try. 

In some cases it is a choice they are making while in other cases, it is simply not a choice, they do not have the mental wellness to make a choice, and in a few cases it is because they feel lost, have no hope and I would imagine sought help but that help failed to meet the needs those individuals have. 

And that, is yet another lie advocates tend to tell, they gloss over the inability of many programs to help meet the needs of the homeless due to lack of funding because they are too lazy to address that with the public. 

Well folks, it’s either pay more in taxes or continue to see this issue in Denver and nationwide. We all need to step up but first advocates need to stop lying about why people are homeless. Period. 

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Denver, Colorado – Homeless Sweeps 

Sweeping Through the Mile High City

Cristal M Clark 

Denver has for the past several weeks conducted homeless camp sweeps, in an effort to clean up the city and get the homeless out of the right of way and out of the eyesight of hard working taxpayers who fear property values will decrease due to all of the homeless here in the Mile High City. 

Then we have an entirely different perspective from individuals who care about the homeless and who could care less about property values. 

What we have are two opposing sides and in the middle a core group of individuals with no real way out, no real help out and who cannot break the cycle. Some yes, do not want to be anything other than homeless whilst others do not see a light at the end of the tunnel. 

It’s easy to request they be sent to shelters or to services designed to assist, what is important to remember is that many shelters are quite scary, offer little safety and are rife with bed bug infestations, unclean, and tend to pack the homeless into small, cramped places. 

Many of the programs designed to assist the homeless with reintegrating within the society to become contributing members lack the proper funding needed to properly assist all of the homeless in the many ways they need help, not to mention we no longer have mental health institutions which would normally house the more mentally insane of the homeless, those that are too far mentally ill to help them get off the streets. 

We have also seen an increase of individuals who are not technically homeless yet who are living as if they are just, for the sole purpose of causing anarchy, rioting and problems for law enforcement. To create an issue that is not truly an issue so it would appear we have a problem, in an effort to sway the general public which is one of the ways Hitler was so successful in his endeavors. These are agitators. 

So today whilst I was watching the live stream of the homeless sweep in Denver, I began watching the live feed to see what people were saying. It would appear we have some rather uneducated and over privileged individuals living in and around the downtown area these days and it would also appear that we have a large group of bleeding hearts both sides lack the understanding, knowledge and education about what it is to be homeless, addiction, what it takes to actually clean up a homeless population. I mean you cannot just give them housing, yet you cannot force them into the housing that is available. It is not the job of police to force the homeless to go to a shelter, being homeless is not illegal and our police force should not have to babysit it. 

We have too many opinions and not enough of the right action. No action plan as a matter of fact and being homeless is becoming too much of a political game. To fix it, we need to invest and to invest we need to look at the causes and how to treat those causes and we need to fund that treatment. Which in turn means taxpayers will have to choose between carrying that burden or continuing to bitch about the action and the non-action of our city leaders no matter which side they are on. Those are simply facts. 

Another very big issue we must face is the fact that the cost of living did become way out of line with average wages and if this pandemic has it’s way we might soon watch that fall to pieces. Millions are still out of work, if they can find work they are not earning livable wages, unemployment benefits are not forever, many companies, bars, venues, restaurants and shops will not be reopening due to the loss of sales through the pandemic and those that have reopened, opened with a lessor capacity allowed of both customers and employees. Some businesses are not ever going to be able to rehire the employees that they had. 

So this issue with the cost of living, it’s going to get worse and for management companies and property owners who rent, they will get foreclosed on.  

The pandemic did in fact show the entire world just how shitty American workers are paid in comparison to the average living expenses, so while we look down our noses at China and other countries for the cheap labor, we should also be looking down our own noses at America, where the greedy live off of the less wealthy and greedy. Not a status one can or should be proud of currently. 

So unless we address the cost of living the homeless population stands a really good chance of growing on top of the current issues and situations. 

Rather than doing homeless sweeps and moving people from area to area, we need to hit the table with a real discussion with renters, community leaders, tax payers, the apartment associations and management companies, rental property owners and banks, and we need to come up with real solutions instead of the sweeping the problem under the rug. 

It’s about time to start addressing issues instead of trying to hide them or turning a blind eye to it as if we are better than the homeless, for we are not when become so cold and inhumane. 

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Donald Trump – ‘Anti-Maskers-Aren’t True Americans’

No War Was Ever Fought for American Rights, Liberties or Freedoms – Except for One

Cristal M Clark 

Show of hands, who is sick and tired of anti-maskers, anti-social distancers utilizing some bullshit excuse such as but not limited to, “my rights, my freedom, my civil liberties?”

I have to wonder just how uneducated people are? Most of those fighting and mouthing off are my age, not younger adults. The Younger adults are just working off of misinformation with regards to the virus and how dangerous it really is. And I am forgiving of the younger generations on this one, look at all of the older generations setting such shining examples of what it is to be a true american. 

So let me break down a list of major wars for everyone:

The United States declared war on Britain in 1812. It did so because Britain refused to stop seizing American ships that traded with France—Britain’s enemy in Europe. Sometimes there were also seizures of American sailors. These seizures were known as impressment. Not for US rights, liberties or freedoms. 

The U.S. entered World War I because Germany embarked on a deadly gamble. Germany sank many American merchant ships around the British Isles which prompted the American entry into the war. Not for US rights, liberties or freedoms. 

World War LL – The war began with Nazi Germany’s attack on Poland in September 1939, the United States did not enter the war until after the Japanese bombed the American fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. Not for US rights, liberties or freedoms. 

The Vietnam War. The USA became involved in Vietnam because it feared the spread of communism. The USA were unable to defeat the Vietcong and were met with growing opposition to the war back home. Not for US rights, liberties or freedoms. 

In August 1990, Iraq invaded the country of Kuwait to its southeast in a bid to gain more control over the lucrative oil supply of the Middle East. In response, the United States and the UN Security Council demanded that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein withdraw Iraqi troops from Kuwait, but Hussein refused. Not for US rights, liberties or freedoms. 

The United States invasion of Afghanistan occurred after the September 11 attacks in late 2001 and was supported by close US allies. … Its public aims were to dismantle al-Qaeda and deny it a safe base of operations in Afghanistan by removing the Taliban from power. Not for US rights, liberties or freedoms. 

Not one of those wars were entered into so as to fight for the rights, liberties or freedoms of America or American’s. Overall it was either to support our allies and so as to ensure ultimately that we were not invaded by foreign enemies. 

The only war part of America entered into over rights, freedoms and liberties was in fact:

The American Civil War which was fought between the United States of America and the Confederate States of America, a collection of eleven southern states that left the Union in 1860 and 1861. The conflict began primarily as a result of the long-standing disagreement over the institution of slavery.

Hey Trump, read that one again before you defend the Confederate Flag. 

As to Civil Liberties:

Civil Liberties – The state of being subject only to laws established for the GOOD OF THE COMMUNITY especially with regard to freedom of action and speech. 

You know what the anti-maskers miss about civil liberties right, I think we all see that it is the ‘good of the community’ part. Only thinking of themselves. What is good for the community currently is to wear a face mask and to socially distance.

Soldiers fight for America, not rights, not liberties or freedoms, they fight foreign enemies, potential invaders who if they were to get footing on American soil –  would in fact destroy our country. 

The self proclaimed Wartime President as Trump puts it, “the virus is the enemy.”

Guess what, the virus, the enemy is on US SOIL and destroying our country, our rights, our freedoms because it’s a goddamn virus. 

Anti-Maskers are a huge part of why states are now rolling back openings or considering shutting down again. 

Anti-Maskers by default are simply Un-American because a true soldier would fight the enemy and in this case its by wearing a fucking mask rather than a bullet or a bomb. 

So I am going to say this loud and I am going to say it proudly, Anti-Maskers are anti-american, either shut up and wear a mask to help fight the enemy like a true soldier who loves his or her country or go find country that will afford you your pitiful, shellfish behavior. 

Cristal M Clark

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America The Land of Dysfunctional 

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Coronavirus Exposes Just How Broken America Really Is

Cristal M Clark 

The Coronavirus has exposed the many things here in America that we have learned to put up with and ignore just as we tend to do when in an unhealthy relationship. Our political system is corrupt, our economy is a train wreck and it has been for a number of years, as citizens we are just as divided as ever and full of hate and rage, and the leading health experts in this country cannot seem to agree. 

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Even as I write this tonight, some states are looking to re-open this week, going against the guidelines set forth from the president and his team, while other states have extended the stay at home orders. According to CNN over 60% of the population here in the US is uncomfortable opening states up too soon while over at FoxNews Tucker Carlson is suggesting that that science suggests we not stay inside. 

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At least Trump is more calm during his press conferences these days but he needs to grow a pair. Agreeing and urging protesters to carry on is dangerous. Here in Denver, I know an individual who thought she had the virus, while waiting on her test results, she willingly went out to protest on Sunday possibly infecting others. While she did stay in her car, we know she in fact stuck her head out the window to yell and carry on like some deranged lunatic. 

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Our economy has left many of us wondering what in the hell and has gotten us thinking about what we really want to do moving forward. The cost of living skyrocketed since 2008 and while people had jobs, wages did not keep in line with the actual cost of living. Our response to the virus was so dysfunctional and full of so much disinformation it wasn’t even funny not to mention, we still are unsure of just how many have been infected. We have business leaders, the president and citizens pushing to open up while we fail to look at our history in terms of rushing to get back to life as we know it and a virus.  

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Not even our so-called experts can agree as to whether or not the virus will return in the coming months and should it then what? 

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The United States was not prepared for this at all. We have been unable to adapt to our unseen enemy and our inability to agree as a nation to fight it is a rather disgusting image quite honestly.

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I know people who currently have the virus and while it is survivable for many, it is not survivable for all and because we do not have the testing needed so as to test everyone, it is dangerous to assume that it’s okay to go out and carry on as if the virus is not a danger. Anyone can have a weakened immune system and not know it, they do not deserve to be put into harm’s way, the elderly do not either. But until modern medicine can get a grasp on treating the virus or a proper vaccine can be made, the virus is here to stay and could mutate into something much worse. 

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We fail at learning to adapt. Most of these hideous protesters fail to realize that things are not going back to normal. Most states are limited numbers of gatherings still, limiting the number of how many can be in any retail establishment at one time, including bars and restaurants, festivals, sporting events and concerts are a no go for the foreseeable future, and most offices have been asked by states to reduce the number of staff in the office by 50% for the foreseeable future. This has damaged our already teetering economy, millions will still be out of work for the foreseeable future and what if, let’s just say the virus continues to hit us hard and we face more shutdowns? 

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We as a country and as a society need to find better ways of adapting, to an environment we cannot control. Businesses and owners need to adapt to less greed, because what we have seen out of most from this leaves a lot of us with a rather bad taste in our mouths. We need to adapt in our daily habits. The United States Government needs to take a hard look at mainstream media and the tactics they employ so as to inform the public, part of the reason this is going so very badly is because of the mainstream media. It’s time Donald to do something about that shit show. 

We need to find a new way to survive as a country and a society, but first we need clear, concise, understandable information from all levels of our government and that includes the health experts. 

Cristal M Clark

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Denver’s Urban Camping Ban Overturned 

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Denver, Colorado vs. The Eighth Amendment

Cristal M Clark 

Citing the eighth amendment, last Friday a Denver County Court judge ruled that Denver’s urban camping ban is unconstitutional, the ban was put into effect in 2012. Judge Johnny C. Barajas ruled that the ban violated the eighth amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment because it criminalizes homeless individuals for trying to survive on the streets when they have nowhere else to go.

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Which is in fact, true. Because of the ruling the Denver police are now prohibited from arresting or harassing homeless people if they are not doing anything of criminal nature. 

That’s right folks, the Denver Police were allowed to harass homeless people before the ban was overturned. You or I can get arrested for harassing someone, but the police can do it and it’s okay? WTF?

Also it’s important to note that back in May, Denver residents voted to reject Initiative 300, which would have overturned the camping ban because when someone is living in his/her brand new million dollar studio they don’t want to see a homeless encampment outside on the sidewalk and it’s way, way, way to inconvenient to have to walk around or step over the homeless who might be passed out on the sidewalk, not to mention sometimes when the mood strikes the homeless might just hop on the goodfoot right out on a public walkway. 

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“The Eighth Amendment, or Amendment VIII of the United States Constitution is the section of the Bill of Rights that states that that punishments must be fair, cannot be cruel, and that fines that are extraordinarily large cannot be set.”

The ban being overturned has been celebrated by advocates for the homeless and has also left others quite upset and beating down the doors of local media to bitch, whine and complain. Case in point, Bishop Jerry Demmer has been leading Absolute Word Church at the corner of 24th and California for the past six years. He says there have always been homeless campers in the park across the street, but now the entire area has been overrun with homeless campers and he’s concerned that it’s going to chase away potential god fearing parishioners. That is according to what he told the local news outlets a day or so ago. “One of the hardest things in this homeless epidemic is that people decide I can urinate wherever and I can defecate wherever, man on the front of the church just dropped his pants and defecated.”

“When I came up this morning they were all the way down the street and sidewalk was taken over with bikes and everything on it, I could not park here this morning.” He actually had to park down the street and walk into the church rather than park right out front, can you imagine how grueling that must have been? 

“I have a great church. But a lot of people would never come to my church if they rode by and seen the situation on the side and sometimes in the front. They would never come to the church because it’s like, well I can’t even get into your church”

“I’ve been involved with feeding the homeless and clothing the homeless,” that’s been one of our ministries, so I have an appreciation for the homeless.” He was also careful to mention how he fears this attracting more homeless people now that you know the ban has been overturned. How brazenly hypocritical of the Bishop to say, he cares so long as he doesn’t have to fucking look at it, step over it or go around it. 

Let’s not leave out the Denver Rescue mission here, according to President and CEO of the Denver Rescue Mission Brad Meuli according to him this could make it more difficult for them to serve individuals experiencing homelessness.

“This ruling is a great concern to us, we don’t think people should stay on the streets. We think they should come into facilities like Denver Rescue Mission, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, Volunteers of America where they can get the help that they need. I don’t think anyone should stay outside, I wouldn’t want to stay outside. I think folks should come in where it’s warm, where it’s safe, where you can go to the bathroom or you can take a shower.”

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Welp Brad, looks like you’re going to have to climb on down off of that high horse of yours and actually walk the pavement and see what you can do that way rather than force the homeless to some of the shelters you mentioned above, some of which the homeless tell me are full of bugs, theft, violence, and sex assault. It is no wonder many choose to sleep in tents along the sidewalk when some of the facilities offer absolutely no safety and are rife with criminal activity. 

Local businesses are not happy about the ruling but fear speaking to the local media will affect business as advocates of the homeless who never supported the ban are known to cause issues for businesses who get vocal in support of the ban. Actual residents in Denver, well walk around and converse with them and see how they feel, all I hear from them is a lot of whining about all the money they paid to live downtown like somehow that money should be utilized to remove the hideous homeless eyesores right? The mentality is more like just get rid of it so we don’t have to look at it. 

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Here’s the thing, the Judge is right, the ban is an absolute violation of the eight amendment, and those of you that support the ban should be ashamed of yourselves, you care more about illegal immigrant rights than the rights of those who were born here. You want to force them out of living off the streets yet you lack the wherewithal to actually understand or comprehend why some of these individuals are homeless and when you don’t get it, you are never going to be able to help resolve the issue. Maybe stop looking down your noses at these human beings and try to help address why they are on the street in the first place and that includes forking over your hard earned money to support ways off of the streets rather than demand the city just somehow magically write a law on the books punishing people for being homeless. 

Cristal M Clark

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