L.A.’s homelessness surged 75% in six years. Here’s why the crisis has been decades in the making On any given day, as many as 20 people take to the City Hall lawn, across the street from LAPD headquarters. They’re there to “escape the madness” in downtown streets, a 53-year-old homeless man named Lazarus said last week. At night, they fan out to doorways or deserted plazas to wait for daybreak.The number of those living in the streets and shelters of the city of L.A. and most of the county surged 75% — to roughly 55,000 from about 32,000 — in the last six years. (Including Glendale, Pasadena and Long Beach, which conduct their own homeless counts, the total is nearly 58,000.)
Don Surber: If not for its self-righteous hysteria, Twitter would be recipes and notices of the death of long-forgotten celebrities.
Ann Coulter: Democrats Boo America – – Drawing on his family’s mystique, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III delivered the Democratic rebuttal while standing in an auto body shop in front of a broken-down car. The only thing missing was a wet girl in the back seat, seaweed in her hair, desperately scratching at the windshield.
Somewhere To Run If Trump is able to strong arm Republicans into ending wholesale immigration, Team Brown’s strategy for dominating the nation is foreclosed. When even minor setbacks, like the 2016 election, results in calls for retreat, it is not unreasonable to wonder if the Progressive pendulum is about to swing the other way, away from national dominance back toward local autonomy.
We all have a niche and only one or two get to be the baddest Silverbacks in the Human Jungle. Educated people with no role to play in a society are ultimately a cancer and a profound waste of resources. You could get ten good, functional plumbers for the price of one epistmologically brilliant barista. Woodpile Report
Eaton Rapids Joe: Economic Inelasticity of food If history is any guide, North Korea’s rural population will be depopulated and future harvests are at risks. But then maybe North Koreas expects some political event that will cause a commensurate depopulation of their cities and army. Scary stuff.
Up in Smoke Who doesn’t love sinking their teeth into the reddest of all forbidden fruits: the indoor cigarette? The Austrians – whose mendacity has been honed passing the buck for two World Wars — have some type of loophole that allows this in the cafes of Vienna. In ever-pragmatic Amsterdam, smokers can simply chuck a Euro into the kitty used to pay the eventual municipal fine. Japan is still pleasingly libertarian and reactionary in the matter of smoking. Other countries are not so lucky.
The crime of noticing This is one reason I never explain myself or my reasoning to anyone anymore, except when I feel that doing so is going to serve my objectives in some way. I certainly don’t explain myself in response to questions, much less demands that I do so. It is almost as important to never explain your reasons for your actions as it is to never apologize. Just as an apology is taken by some as an admission of guilt, an explanation is taken as an invitation to a debate. The only correct response to “I don’t understand why you believe XYZ” is “I don’t care what you understand.”
Are they fucking or just fucking around? Record number of condoms will be distributed at this year’s Winter Olympics: 110,000 are set to be given away – enough for 37 per athlete
List of Tax Reform Good News | Americans for Tax Reform At least 300 companies have announced tax reform bonuses, pay raises, or 401(k) hikes, according to a running list compiled by Americans for Tax Reform, found at www.atr.org/list
The Greatest (Sob) Story Ever Told ‘ Kathy Griffin, 57, shares the 13,000-square-foot residence with her 39-year-old boyfriend and tour manager, Randy Bick, and, during the day, a small staff of male assistants (‘I like the idea of only having male employees,’ she notes). It has nine bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. There’s an elevator, a 12-car garage, an infinity pool with jaw-dropping views, a movie theater (her ‘gays’ are coming by shortly to watch I, Tonya) and eclectic decor (including a portrait of Griffin painted by convicted murderer Erik Menendez, a fan, who sent it to her from prison). She is more than happy to disclose that the house cost her $10.5 million, which she paid in cash a year and a half ago, and that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West used to live next door.
The State of Dissolution – The left’s guiding principle is to function as an iconoclast against whatever existing cultural, legal and economic framework that contributes to social stability. The list of contradictions and daily changing roll of unapproved thought aren’t meant to create a coherent framework, but to chip away at the existing social order. To see that method and ideology for what it is, is to understand and neutralize its effects. Political discourse is no longer a conversation between two adults; it is a conversation between an ideological terrorist and an adult.
Big Brother Is Here Waitwaitwait…an internet-connected hidden microphone that you install in your life yourself that can receive and store your voice (and everyone else’s within range) digitally, voiceprint and content, and can recognize it from several rooms away, and putting them in millions of sites around the country, on a non-secure platform, doubtless with government trapdoors built-in…what could possibly go wrong with that?
Travelogue – Boston | My sense watching the tranny parade around the airport is that this is just wanton decadence. You see this on campus with the vulgar displays of every conceivable sexual prediction. I think we are ruled by a class of Caligulas now, for now…
The despair-inducing futility of mainstream (secular) politics: Right and Left Politics is a fraud – plain and simple. Not just because the system has zero intention of delivering what it promises; but mainly because what politics discusses and promises is not what we need or want – not what would make any substantive difference if we had it.
America As Rome – The most important policy change affecting the long-term health of the Roman society was the grain dole. ‘Grain dole’ is a misnomer, as over the course of the Roman Empire, the dole grew more elaborate, with olive oil, meats, and dairy added by Trajan and Diocletian. But at the Empire’s demographic height, over 300,000 Roman residents were on the grain dole out of a population of 1 million. An interestingly parallel: today, 21.3 percent of Americans are on various welfare programs.
“Why is it that Christian White men, who are deplorably and irredeemably racist, misogynist, homophobic, Islamophobic, and filled with genocidal hate, are the ones who built the countries that everyone else wants to migrate to?” Women accused of burning 5-year-old girl in voodoo ritual | New York Post Two sisters tied down and burned a 5-year-old girl, permanently disfiguring her, in a voodoo ritual meant to rid her of a demon causing her to misbehave, police said. The women also threatened to cut off the head of the girl’s 8-year-old brother with a machete, authorities said.
Virginia Jails Chinese Student for Inserting a 30-Round Mag into an AR – “[Yunsong] Zhao was arrested because he allegedly attached a 30-round magazine to a rifle,” richmond.com reports. “He was allowed to own both the gun and magazine, but when they were combined, the rifle qualified as an assault weapon prohibited to people with Zhao’s visa status.” Yes, you read that right . . . You can have as many 30-round rifle, handgun or shotgun ammunition magazines as you like in Virginia — as long as you don’t pop one into a gun.
Ann Coulter Shrugs Off ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Episode: ‘Why Don’t They Follow My Approach and Not Care?’ – I promise you the writers, the actors and the producers of this TV show — they will move heaven and earth to make sure their kids don’t go to school any place near a DREAMer. Their only contact with illegal aliens is the woman who cleans their toilet whose name they don’t know.
MOTUS A.D.: Senescence By Proxy “Did you watch the cold open on ‘SNL’ last night? Alec Baldwin was back, playing the part of Donald Trump, and it’s just uncanny. Baldwin seems to be weathering into the Trump impersonation, even as Trump floats above the usual quick-aging that besets American Presidents. It’s as if Baldwin is aging for Trump, like ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray.’”
It’s Time to Put The Internet Back Into a Box in The Basement It will become fashionable to be reachable only in person, by letter or telephone, or other modes that take some effort on the part of the person who wants to reach you. This will lead to fewer, but more meaningful connections, both professional and personal.