No More Bums in America: Noted in Passing on the Streets

Bull-Goose Raving Lunatics.

Awesome. Hope you don't mind if I help myself to that one, Gerard. Obama says we should share our wealth so I'm sure you won't mind. I'll cite you if I'm sober enough to remember to.

Posted by Velociman at July 17, 2009 4:30 PM

I thought it was 'Skid Row'.

Posted by ahem at July 17, 2009 5:09 PM

Can be and usually is now. But originally "road."


Posted by vanderleun at July 17, 2009 5:12 PM

Bull-Goose Raving Lunatics.

Are all in academia now.

Posted by Robohobo at July 17, 2009 5:37 PM

Coulda sworn I saw an expression close to Bull-Goose Raving Lunatics in Sometimes a Great Notion.

Posted by Pete Madsen at July 17, 2009 7:48 PM

I remember "skid rows" from my youth in the Bronx. Believe it or not, ordinary citizens, not official police, were instrumental in making sure that the squalor and dissipation of those places didn't leak out to infect the surrounding society. (See )

It sometimes seems as if the entire nation has undergone an orchidectomy.

Posted by Francis W. Porretto at July 18, 2009 4:22 AM

Thanks. Linked you, in a post that mentions a good song, Utah Phillips's Larimer St.

Posted by Hector Owen at July 24, 2009 8:22 PM

I do believe this is another Kennedy legacy.

As I have said for many years, Joe Kennedy's kids could not have done more harm to this country if they had been Joe Stalin's brats.

Posted by John the River at September 17, 2014 9:18 PM

I don't see what the problem is. If there are homeless people let's simply give them homes.
Many of our liberal socialist brothers and sisters, especially those in Hollywood can buy some tract homes in suburbs and let the homeless become homed.
Detroit is another good place to house homeless folks. If we can bus all the little brown people all over the country we certainly can transport homeless people to Detroit.
Another plan would involve our fed government opening up some BLM and federal park land for homesteading.
If they allow Bundy to graze cattle on BLM land they sure can let homeless folks homestead some.
Another plan would allow homeless people to embark on sea cruises on some of the Navy's mothballed fleets.
Just think, a floating apartment complex of previously homeless men and women, free spirits on the Sea of Life.
I bet there are some under-developed countries in the world that would welcome good old Yankee ingenuity carried by soon to be un-homelessed people.

See, I woulda told them; they just didn't ask.

Posted by chasmatic at September 17, 2014 10:36 PM

My modest proposal in the interest of social justice is "feed the obese to the starving".

Posted by Rich Fader at September 17, 2014 10:46 PM

Hmm. 100 proof, huh? As a kid and into my young adulthood, the norm I recall is 86 proof. As my youth began to drop its petals, the stuff dropped to 80 proof. It must be much harder to be a drunkard now.

Posted by OldFert at September 18, 2014 6:56 AM

Recognized this phenomena 20 yrs ago, the bums were all displaced by the "homeless", which is not to say they had no place to call home, just no long term habitation near as I could tell.

Posted by itor at September 18, 2014 7:34 PM

"Homeless" is just a way of classifying what used to be hoboes, drunks, drug addicts, losers, crazies, etc. as a political group to be used when needed by dimocrats to garner votes and money.
There will always be unambitious lazy people and that will not change.

Posted by Bookdoc at September 18, 2014 8:17 PM

Stalin could claim there was no drunks or bums in Russia. Sure not. He just disappeared them, on the trains to the gulags.

Posted by chasmatic at September 18, 2014 11:01 PM

We have been collecting them here at 24th St and Jefferson in Phoenix. If you need one, come on down!

Posted by Mike at September 19, 2014 6:49 AM