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(WISTV)   Columbia, South Carolina makes homelessness a crime. "Now all we need to do is tell them to get off the street." PROBLEM SOLVED   (wistv.com) divider line 19
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2013-08-21 12:13:11 PM
6 votes:
This is one of the biggest issues in America, we freak out about the symptom, not the problem. The issues to be addressed aren't homelessness, or poverty, or crime. The issues are education, mental health access, and equality. Three things at which South Carolina sucks massively.
2013-08-21 12:14:10 PM
4 votes:
I see nobody read the article.  It doesn't state anywhere that being homeless is going to be a crime.  It says that council voted to open a temporary shelter away from the downtown area to provide housing and meals to the homeless so they won't congregate in front of businesses.  Then it talks about the increase in the homeless population downtown, and how it has brought with it increased crime and drug problems.
2013-08-21 12:38:30 PM
3 votes:
Quite a few cities would be happy to extradite, without even be asked, their criminalized homeless to Columbia SC or just Columbia anywhere.

We never thank this war hero enough for his help in making homeless a household word.

graphics8.nytimes.com
2013-08-21 12:09:41 PM
3 votes:
To be fair, there are some mentally damaged individuals with alcohol dependency issues in Columbia, SC.

And I don't mean the homeless people.
2013-08-21 12:09:27 PM
2 votes:
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses.....
2013-08-21 01:14:35 PM
1 votes:

Seraphym: [static.comicvine.com image 610x391]

Vagrancy: 3 weeks Iso-Cube.  How do you plead?


The irony in that scene is that for ignoring the Judges warning he died for it
2013-08-21 01:01:15 PM
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So, what would you guys do with a population of people who are penniless and have nowhere to sleep? and many of them have mental disorders or addictions.
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2013-08-21 12:47:11 PM
1 votes:

jso2897: Resident Muslim: This sounds like a dangerous situation that might make desperate people do drastic things.

I wonder who will draw first blood.

The ACLU. This shiat has been tried a hundred times, a hundred places.
Stupid yokels.


Considering the number of homeless vets, SC should be falling over themselves to help. Oh wait, they only suck active military cock. Once you're a vet, you are just leeching off the government teat. Unless it's a holiday, where we pretend to honor our vets.

My friend's mother ripped their hometown (and state I'll wager) a new one on veteran's day. She basically said if they had been as willing to help him as they pretended her son might still be alive. Instead he was shunned, hidden, because he had mental trouble after the battles.

Yay America!
2013-08-21 12:44:01 PM
1 votes:
www.solpass.org
This is a repeat from1890.
2013-08-21 12:32:54 PM
1 votes:

Persnickety: Farce-Side: I see nobody read the article.  It doesn't state anywhere that being homeless is going to be a crime.  It says that council voted to open a temporary shelter away from the downtown area to provide housing and meals to the homeless so they won't congregate in front of businesses.  Then it talks about the increase in the homeless population downtown, and how it has brought with it increased crime and drug problems.

So basically subby is an idiot troll and the mods are asleep again.


Pretty much. The article I read in no way validates the headline given.
2013-08-21 12:32:20 PM
1 votes:

Itstoearly: So homeless people get arrested and go to jail, where they get a free bed, free food, free healthcare...



...restriction of movement, abuse, ass rape...its a paradise.
2013-08-21 12:29:10 PM
1 votes:
It's de facto illegal to be homeless many places due to prohibitions on sleeping outside or in a vehicle anywhere other than a designated campground.
2013-08-21 12:26:52 PM
1 votes:
Meh. If old movies have taught me anything its that this isn't really a problem. The homeless in SC will just tie a blanket to a string, hop on an empty boxcar and jump off in another state. The residents of the new town they come into will be suspicious and rude, at first. But, at the lowest moment, they'll be presented with an opportunity to redeam themselves, like saving a baby from a well, or beating up an attacker who was trying to rape the mayor's daughter. The police will think that the homeless man is the suspect, but the mayor's daughter will throw herself to protect him and let the local sheriffs know that he actually SAVED her. Meanwhile, evidence left at the scene will reveal that the real rapist is actually a powerful socialite who has been the leader of the towns anti-homelessness movement. He tries to run, but after a breif struggle with the homeless man, who is now a hero, he is brought to justice.

Fast forward to a year later...the homeless man, who is now married to the mayor's daughter, is in charge of a state-of-the-art center where the homeless from across the nation come to be treated with dignity and get job training. He'll go back to South Carolina for a business meeting where he'll meet face-to-face with the legislator who ran him out of town. The legislator, knowing that he's been defeated, is about to speak when the homeless man interups and says, "thank you for not believing in me". Then, he casually walks down the hall to go to his meeting. The legislator stands, with a look on his face that lets
you know he now understands the error of his ways.


/scene
2013-08-21 12:23:14 PM
1 votes:

Farce-Side: I see nobody read the article.  It doesn't state anywhere that being homeless is going to be a crime.  It says that council voted to open a temporary shelter away from the downtown area to provide housing and meals to the homeless so they won't congregate in front of businesses.  Then it talks about the increase in the homeless population downtown, and how it has brought with it increased crime and drug problems.


I could see how subby would think moving them out of the area would make it seem like a crime.  That's what we do with all of the illegal imma- oh... wait...
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-08-21 12:20:18 PM
1 votes:

mike_d85: SuburbanCowboy: Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses.....

That's how you wind up with Hoboken, New Jersey.

FTFA: "We have to understand that the only cure for poverty is commerce," he says. "That is the only true response to poverty, to get people out of poverty. So if poverty is left unchecked, it will destroy commerce. So we've got to protect commerce to have a response to poverty."

Why is he trying to be Mark Twain?


Don't give a job to a homeless person though.  They're smelly.

//every H.R. person ever.
2013-08-21 12:16:12 PM
1 votes:
If these people didn't want to be homeless they should have done the hard work necessary to not be mentally ill. But they were lazy and now the rest of us have to support them.
2013-08-21 12:09:27 PM
1 votes:
A beautiful woman is standing on a bridge, looking over the side and thinking about jumping off.

A homeless man walks up to her.

She sees the man coming and says, "Go away! There's nothing you can say to change my mind!"

He says, "Well, if you're going to kill yourself anyway, why don't we have sex? At least I'll enjoy it."

"Absolutely not! You're disgusting!", she replies.

The man turns and starts walking away.

"Is that all you're going to say? You're not going to try to convince me that life is worth living? Where are you going?"

"I have to make it down to the bottom. If I hurry, you'll still be warm!", he says.
2013-08-21 12:09:20 PM
1 votes:
This sounds like a dangerous situation that might make desperate people do drastic things.

I wonder who will draw first blood.
2013-08-21 10:22:46 AM
1 votes:
Well it's already a crime for them to build a cheap shelter for themselves or some sort of hut or hovel so just take it to the next level.
 
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