Jaw Dropping Covid-19 Numbers Sweep United States 

The US Christmas Gift to Ourselves – Sickness and Death

Cristal M Clark 

If you are like me, you got through Thanksgiving in a responsible way, socially distancing even from loved ones. But if you were like Denver, Colorado’s hypocritical Mayor Michael Hancock, you flew out of state after shutting down Denver businesses again and urging the people of Denver to ride out Thanksgiving alone due to the rising number of cases. 

Yes, I saw a rather pathetic apology, telling us that he was thinking with his heart, he admitted he made the wrong choice, blah, blah, blah. Spare us, the joke of an attempt to garner pity or even offer an apology. I even read somewhere that someone who studies politics said that the American people are forgiving and this will be forgiven. I beg to differ on that because we have yet to see the fall out from the pandemic, our failure as a nation, citizens failing to change behaviors, our governments often hypocritical behaviors. 

We have to stop saying things like “New Normal,” or “We just want things to go back to normal.” The fact is that they cannot go back to normal and we have yet to witness any type of new normal because we have failed to change our own behaviors through the pandemic so we are blinding ourselves to a catastrophe that has yet to fully unfold.  

This year, we saw the worst US President in the history of this country launch misinformation campaign after misinformation campaign again and again about the virus and the election. We watched a grown man launch tantrum after tantrum over his election loss attempting to gain some form of control over this nation, a nation who promptly voted him out because of his lies, his racism, his bigotry, his neglect of a country launched into to peril by a global pandemic. We are simply tired of his fake news, fake stories and lies which he still continues to this day. Not to mention that as a nation we basically told Donald Trump that we will not tolerate his type of racism, bigotry, fake news, lies, misinformation, and utter destruction of our country through our votes. 

We have fallen victim to our own local leaders who basically tell us to practice what they preach not what they do, Hancock that nod is for you, ever hear that one about actions speaking louder than words? An apology is a word and are more often than not, never truly meant for it is not an action. 

We watched our government shut our economy down, put people and businesses out of work, and fail to help either so that they could pay bills, put food on the table, have you seen the food bank lines across this nation? 

Testing is a joke, here in Denver the city tells you that if you have insurance to use your insurance to get tested, yet when you try that the local doctors office urges you to go to a free testing site to get tested and wait time are sometimes up to 4 hours or more for a test that takes days to get back. 

Contact tracing? Ha, ha, ha. Did anyone miss Trump’s supporters the entire last year? Did you see them? Do you really think any of those people would allow for any type of app or offer to help contract trace? These people are the same people who go onto social media and cry that this is about control not a virus, they are uneducated enough to believe that if Apple puts an app on your phone so as to contact trace it’s big brother watching, yet they are just stupid enough to download a plethora of free apps for things like shopping, gaming, social media and those apps track them every time they take their device to the restroom and beyond. 

We fell witness to our nationtions inability to cope with and deal with the pandemic, we refused to change our own behaviors and basically gave the middle finger to caring about others. 

We saw our government argue with each other, point fingers, blame, fail, time after time, the leader of our nation spread false information, some mayors and governors refuse face mask mandates, helping the spread of both misinformation and the virus and then put their constituents at risk all while shutting our economy down and in turn do absolutely nothing so as to ensure that citizens could pay bills, like rent, put food on the table. Clearly showing us how little they truly care, yet we as citizens displayed the same self centered, selfish behaviors towards each other and our invisible enemy. 

We saw a nation come together like a wildfire and stand up to police brutality by demanding defunding, less policing. That argument is far from over. 

We have seen the entire hospitality industry fall, bars and restaurants are closing for good in record numbers now. No one helped them and they see the writing on the wall. 

We have watched social media fail, hard this year. They allow misinformation to be posted at a faster rate than a news team rushing to the scene of an accident. Facebook is the worst for misinformation, users spread utter bullshit, call other users stupid, or tell them to shut up, fuck off,  all while FaceBook does nothing, absolutely nothing. About 6 months ago a user wrote to me about how Facebook selectively blocks users from posting for responding to a misinformation campaign, I tested it and she was right. A guy can tell you to shut the fuck up but if you try to lecture him/her about posting misinformation, you get blocked from posting. Facebook does nothing to the user posting the misinformation through comments or on the users page and by far Facebook is the worst when it comes to the spread of misinformation. Twitter is less full of shit but failed miserably at preventing the leader of misinformation in this country, our president. 

Big tech did actually come to the rescue and actually worked more often than not as users had to work from home, yet some like Comcast in turn kindly announced that they will start caping users data on home internet, Hulu announced for the second time this year that are raising prices $10 a month while also offering no new content. While Wal-Mart who has been making money hand over fist, and thrived in the pandemic still cannot manage to educate workers on how to properly wear a face mask, to socially distance and well even wear a face mask anytime a worker is on the floor.

We started shopping differently, eating at an actual restaurant deemed too unsafe has changed for us, Movies were released through streaming services since theaters were shut down. Drunk people do not socially distance, they speak loudly, while spreading the virus so I get why bars and clubs are being asked to close. 

We saw asymptomatic people fail to tell anyone they had been exposed because they had no symptoms, were either in denial or simply they just didn’t care then go out into the world infecting others. 

We have seen a record number of protests sweep the nation,  some good and some bad. We saw looting and rioting, threats hurled in just about every direction one can imagine. Homeless advocates in city after city started blaming their homeless issues on the pandemic, seeking to capitalize on the pandemic and which up to this point is mostly untrue because in many places city and state leaders put moratoriums in place to prevent evictions although it’s poorly managed and still happening in some states. These moratoriums do nothing to help with what happens after the pandemic, renters owe back rent, banks can still foreclose on properties today while some apartments decided a rent increase was in order during this time, putting already cash strapped American’s into even more peril. 

The United States Government failed to reach any type of agreement with regards to a stimulus and the first one was a failure, poorly thought out, and did not help people for long. That will in fact cause death, catastrophe, and skyrocketing evictions. That one will come back to bite all of us. 

So no, we have yet to see a new normal and as far as things going back to normal, well given what we have seen just out of each other as citizens, that is not going to happen. The election showed us more detail about racism, hatred, and our own selfish and greedy behaviors let alone the pandemic which has shown us that we just simply do not give a fuck about thy neighbor or anyone else for that matter. We only care for ourselves and our own selfish wants and needs. Our behaviors have failed, all of us made this all worse and the election shows how a growing number of people here in the US are not going to continue to tolerate those behaviors. 

The number one thing we need to stop saying, is that this is about control not a pandemic, It is about the pandemic, not having more sickness than hospitals can deal with and the utterly selfish human behavior we here in the United States continue to have with regards to perceived rights and infringements. Governments are layers and the reason that they are layers is to protect this country from a leader who tries to undo things like Trump is attempting for instance and here our government failed and rather spectacularly I might add.  The point is, they can shut your business down, force you to wear a face mask, socially distance, get a vaccine, like it or not that is what it is and it is that way for a reason. You can stomp your feet, have a tantrum, vow not to comply but it will not change any of that. 

The worst is still yet to come for many in this nation and that is because of our behaviors, we failed to change or to want to change and we also failed to take a look back at the history of thriving pandemics and a refusal to modify and change one’s personal behavior. 

We put religion over safety, the want to go to a salon over safety, to go to a bar over safety, to go to a party or a bbq over safety, we saw people in this country hosting covid parties for the sole purpose of getting infected, we spoke as a nation here not our government. 

We the people of this nation spoke and said that we are simply too selfish to worry ourselves with helping to slow the spread of the virus, not overwhelm hospitals, keep family, loved ones, even strangers safe.  

How many people got up on TV and said “IF you are scared don’t go anywhere you stay home, my immune system is healthy?” Because they were selfish and wanted everything open so they could do what, go out and fucking play like it is not a pandemic?

We also have people going to hospital after hospital to get tested once they get a negative test returned, I see the posts on facebook. Not only are they part of the problem, they are continuing to contribute to the drain on our medical staff and system. But even at that, they are sometimes getting tested too soon after exposure, or not all of the tests are being done correctly or simply are not good because of all the posts that I have seen, every person ended up testing positive at least once. 

This nation is going to pay for our own stupid selfish behavior. We can blame Trump or our local leaders all we want, but we are each responsible for our own personal behaviors. It really quite frankly does not matter what any leader says to us, spreading misinformation, downplaying it- it does not matter, because the reality has been right in front of us the entire time along with the science. The way we have treated this pandemic and each other in this nation, our failures as a nation, that speaks louder than words ever could. 

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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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CoPIRG & Other Organizations Need to Stop Suggesting Slowing the Economy

Number of Covid-19 Cases Increase

Cristal M Clark

Was reading an interesting article today here in Denver where CoPRIG, Colorado Public Interest Research Foundation is asking the state to shut down bars and restaurants, in fact they are asking all businesses that are not considered essential to be closed for now, limit travel, enforce face mask orders etc.

Look, I get it seeing the number of cases on the rise is a concern however, at some point we need to each be responsible for our own health and behavior, governments should not ever at any time have so much power even in a time of a pandemic to shut down states, municipalities or a nation, by doing that we shut down our precious economy. We are already seeing a record number of bars, restaurants and small businesses across the state and our nation, close for good because they cannot continue to sustain operating at limited capacity or pay bills when they have never been able to open back up in the first place.

I keep hearing we need more testing as well. Agreed, but here are the facts: we don’t have it and we are not going to have it anytime soon so get over it and start to educate the public. We can throw stones at leaders all day long for mishandling how we responded to the pandemic, that still will not get us anywhere at all. We must educate the public, even Trump’s supporters until they get it and from my understanding many of his supporters who became infected at one point or another spend quite a bit of their own personal time educating people to wear face masks, socially distance and isolate the vulnerable. Rather than shut shit down, tell the elderly and the vulnerable that they must stay home and to only go out for essentials and at only designated times so as to decrease their chance of interaction with the general public.

The fact is, we missed step number 1 and we keep missing it, education and then isolating the vulnerable and sick. What we should not be doing is shutting things down and ensuring more of our population is put out of work for the long term, and how many more businesses need to close for good?

Again, I get it but rather than force businesses to lay off employees and then close, or enforce restrictions that so strictly limit a businesses capability from actually being able to be open and operate, enforce things like wearing face masks, and cite people who are not wearing them and businesses for not enforcing the rules. That is what governments do, not shut things down, that gives them too much power. 

I also get the argument that people are becoming fatigued, we are and yes I become upset at others when they try to argue reasons for not wearing a face mask. It is pure both utterly stupid and shelfish behavior but our governments need to be stepping up and enforcing the orders and that includes fining businesses and people who do not wear or enforce wearing face masks. 

Listening to science means that we educate and then enforce the science to a reasonable extent. 

Groups like CoPRIG need to stop suggesting things that do not work, did they ever really work in the first place? No they did not look at our numbers now. Sure we had no national plan but we are also not seeing much of a state or local plan, all we see are a bunch of so called leaders pointing fingers and making threats. 

What about just issuing a city or statewide mask wearing order and then enforcing that order? Instead what we see are suggestions like those from CoPRIG that shut things down again, fuck up our economy and put more people out of work. Part of the reason people are fatigued is because we fucked up the economy, try it again and I would venture to guess you will see an even higher number of rebelling. When you scare people with things like shutting down, they fear job loss, or of not finding a new job since they already lost a job, they react and not in good ways. 

The solution is to educate and then enforce at the very least mask wearing and then addressing the issues surrounding the ederly. Stores need to make home delivery of essentials easier for the elderly to accomplish, but again you can’t really tell a US citizen that they cannot leave their home unless you declare martial law.  

So educate and enforce, it’s that simple. If some jackass wants to argue wearing a face mask, they can shop online, not in stores, and enforce that to the fullest extent and stop shutting things down.  

That is what people are fatigued about, the restrictions, the shutting everything down, the threat of another shut down. We failed at the two things we should have been doing, education and enforcing what we just educated everyone to be doing. 

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Denver, Colorado – Where its a crime to be homeless

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Denver, Colorado

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So, in Denver in case you haven’t heard, the City outlawed “Urban Camping” which resulted in multiple sweeps to remove the homeless camps throughout the city.

Meaning, the police would swoop in and confiscate things like, tents, tarps, blankets, clothing, sleeping bags, etc from the homeless in an effort to force them to…stop being homeless of course.   

According to the Urban Dictionary, Urban Camping is defined as: “camping in an urban setting by sleeping on rooftops, under bushes, and in public parks.”

According to a Medical Dictionary Urban Camping is defined as (and I truly love this one): “A flippant term for homelessness.”

The National Health Care for The Homeless, defines homeless as: “an individual who lacks housing (without regard to whether the individual is a member of a family), including an individual whose primary residence during the night is a supervised public or private facility (e.g., shelters) that provides temporary living accommodations, and an individual who is a resident in transitional housing.”

“A homeless person is an individual without permanent housing who may live on the streets; stay in a shelter, mission, single room occupancy facilities, abandoned building or vehicle; or in any other unstable or non-permanent situation.”

So while the definition of Urban Camping is a play on words, the definition of homeless is not, it is the reality of the situation.

Being homeless and living on the streets is technically not the same thing as “urban camping,” yet cities across the nation have tried and failed to outlaw this thing called “Urban Camping” which is basically a passive-aggressive way to outlaw being homeless.

To get to that conclusion I just looked at the the definition of camping: “the activity spending a vacation living in a camp, tent, or camper.”

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The last time I checked, being homeless was not a vacation.

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On Saturday of last week Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced that police should not take blankets and other items from the homeless after video surfaced across the web showing Denver Police taking blankets and other items from the homeless camped out on Denver sidewalks during last weeks cold and snowy weather.

Out of the kindness of the Mayor’s heart, he suggested that police allow the homeless to keep blankets, sleeping bags, tents, tarps and the like during the cold, wet months.

Well, we cannot rob the poor because the wealthy don’t want to look at them, because the wealthy don’t like what they see.

If we don’t like human suffering, we need to find a way to end it, without causing and inflicting shame, harm and mental trauma.

Start by asking some of the homeless if they want to be homeless, find productive ways to help those that don’t want to be homeless and find ways to better assist those that want to continue to be homeless because quite a few do want to be homeless like it or not.

9News in Denver did a story a few weeks ago about a homeless man who wanted to continue to be homeless, he liked it even though he got arrested a lot.

We cannot make the choice for this man to change his wayward ways if it’s not what he wants to do, it’s his choice.

http://www.9news.com/news/local/investigations/denvers-most-arrested-and-cited-man/355106517

We cannot force anyone who wants to be homeless to stop being homeless or into shelters that are unclean, filthy and unsafe.

Encampment enforcement

Build better shelters, ones that replace all bedding every night and day so they are cleaner and bedbug free.

Arm those shelters with police or armed guards so that they are safe and so as to ensure the personal belongings of each homeless person is not stolen by another.

Better yet, build outdoor shelters so that the homeless can take their own personal belongings with them, equip them with portable outdoor heaters for colder months and supply armed officers to keep those that utilize the space safe.

Employ the city cleaning crews to go clean the outdoor shelters daily.

Work with local business owners and encourage them to stop selling alcohol to the homeless in the area.

The point is, we cannot force someone off of the streets, we cannot bus them away, so it’s time to start to better address the issues of the homeless in Denver without causing them undue harm.

If the residents and business owners really want something done about the homeless in the area, make them pay for better ways to assist the homeless.

Something that is not a passive-aggressive way of outlawing being homeless.

I use this one a lot “The problem is not the problem; the problem is your attitude about the problem.”

And that perfectly sums up the City of Denver’s idea’s about addressing and then solving the city’s homeless problem.

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We cannot and should not punish the homeless for being homeless regardless of whether or not we try to dress it up by calling it “Urban Camping.”

Being homeless is not the same as as a vacation, living on the streets is not camping, urban or otherwise no matter how you try to dress it up.

It’s time that the City of Denver learn to address the homeless problem by addressing it as exactly what it is, instead of what it is not.

Cristal M Clark

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