xoxoxoBruce Sunday Mar 15 04:17 AM
Mar 15, 2009: Tent City
Although they say 1200 people, and this is just one camp, we're talking about out of over 300 million, but it's an interesting phenomenon.
In reality, there are probably more homeless on the streets that don't even have a tent.
spudcon Sunday Mar 15 06:36 AM
I thought homeless people were all gone after Reagan/Bush Sr.
Medic63 Sunday Mar 15 07:07 AM
Is that why I saw so many panhandlers in D.C. during the Clinton administration?
capnhowdy Sunday Mar 15 08:41 AM
Why are most people who are homeless and begging for a life sustaining morsel from those of us who are "far more fortunate" always fat and pudgy? They don't look hungry to me.
Perry Winkle Sunday Mar 15 11:41 AM
Undertoad Sunday Mar 15 11:42 AM
I admire their culinary understanding. Lady #1's jumbo size mustard is cheap and doesn't need refrigeration. Lady #2 is working the saute skills with what looks like it could be seasoned salt, preparing the nightly meal for her highly expectant, glaring spouse. Hard times don't mean you have to eat poorly, if you have some understanding of seasonings; and a simple cast iron skillet, which doesn't need to be washed between uses, is every chef's first tool.
classicman Sunday Mar 15 11:53 AM
Shawnee123 Sunday Mar 15 11:56 AM
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Mar 15 12:07 PM
I think he's glaring at the photographer.
Shawnee123 Sunday Mar 15 12:09 PM
"You ain't leerin' at my waf, are ya?"
ukamikanasi Sunday Mar 15 12:43 PM
They're fat because they eat mostly carbs. Meat and vegetables are expensive, but bread, noodles, and potatoes are cheap and make you fat.
chrisinhouston Sunday Mar 15 01:31 PM
Hey, my old Boy Scout Troop still uses tents like in the 1936 photos!
capnhowdy Sunday Mar 15 03:47 PM
classicman Sunday Mar 15 05:17 PM
Clodfobble Sunday Mar 15 05:41 PM
Trilby Sunday Mar 15 05:44 PM
Let's be nice to them.
Undertoad Sunday Mar 15 05:46 PM
Whenever I hear about a tent city, I think of that Ted Nugent live album, "Intensities in Tent Cities".
Gravdigr Sunday Mar 15 06:30 PM
Having been homeless, and being "not skinny", let me assure you: You can be fat and hungry. I wouldn't recommend it.
Trilby Sunday Mar 15 06:51 PM
Gravdigr Sunday Mar 15 06:56 PM
I could be described as a lazy slob. But I ain't. I got myself up. No help from anyone, but my best friend, he let me stay with him while saving money for my own place again. No gov't help, skin's the wrong color, I have a dick, and not enough kids.
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Mar 15 07:24 PM
Trilby Sunday Mar 15 07:58 PM
from the International Herald Tribune
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Mar 15 08:08 PM
Mmmmm... shrimp and titties.
Stormieweather Sunday Mar 15 08:10 PM
There was an article in my local newspaper a few days ago about how motels are the new homeless shelters. The number of school children in my town who are living in motels jumped from 30 last year to well over 300 this year. It is so easy to get there....lose a job, get house foreclosed on...where do you go? Apartments require a job, security deposit, and decent credit. All these people losing their jobs (unemployment rate) and houses (foreclosure rate) have to find new places to live.
ZenGum Sunday Mar 15 08:15 PM
Prosecute the lot of them, on charges of loitering within tent.
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Mar 15 08:18 PM
I think you're right, Stormieweather, these aren't the normal homeless and bums. This is a new class of people, newly set adrift by the world events, with nowhere to go. These tent cities are patrolled by the police, and populated by people in the same boat, giving them a smidgen more security than under a bridge somewhere.
monster Sunday Mar 15 08:37 PM
I think the "homeless" title is misleading. These people are making new -albeit temporary- homes to help them handle the rough times in which they can no longer afford their former homes. they are neither homeless nor helpless. it's just that they might be experiencing a glitch in their american dream. They should be applauded for making the best of a really nasty situation, for having the foresight to move into a tent and give themselves a base from which to start out again, rather than selling their tents and last remaining possessions to buy food and then relying on charity to house them.
classicman Sunday Mar 15 08:39 PM
They should all start pitching their tents in Texas....
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Mar 15 08:41 PM
But they are also jobless which makes recovery difficult.
jinx Sunday Mar 15 08:42 PM
Might be a good place for Radar's dog stand.
monster Sunday Mar 15 09:08 PM
many on this board are currently jobless. (Many are hopeless too, they are not necessarily the same people)
These people have put themselves in a situation where they are at least able to turn up for a job interview reasonably rested and fed, and clean. Your homeless guy who spent the night undera bridge with cardboard for bedding, not so much.
Trilby Sunday Mar 15 09:38 PM
Shawnee123 Sunday Mar 15 09:39 PM
We could barbeque the people, making it a true IotD.
Trilby Sunday Mar 15 09:40 PM
ZenGum Sunday Mar 15 10:51 PM
spudcon Sunday Mar 15 11:13 PM
A few more stimulus , bail outs, and recovery dollars, and we can have tent cities in every town and city in America.
ZenGum Sunday Mar 15 11:23 PM
Those people need to relax. They're two tents.
HungLikeJesus Sunday Mar 15 11:47 PM
Why is it that homeless, jobless and hopeless are bad, but topless is good? I'm going to be thinking about that tonight.
capnhowdy Monday Mar 16 08:57 AM
If you are homeless, jobless and hopeless, take your top off and you're only half bad.
spudcon Monday Mar 16 09:28 AM
When I go topless, no one thinks it's good.