Homeland Security sticks their tongue out at Arizona

In response to the Supreme Courts ruling allowing Arizona to check immigration status on those suspected of being in the country illegally Homeland Security officially ended its agreement to allow Arizona’s law enforcement agencies to check citizenship of suspected illegals. Homeland went so far as to say they will not respond if asked by Arizona officials to take illegal immigrants into custody unless the detainees had criminal backgrounds or had repeatedly violated immigration rules. (Read the article here.)


Isn’t being in the country illegally a crime? Or do we need more crimes like the one reported out of South Carolina about Loretta Robinson. Mrs Robinson not only lost her son to an illegal alien who was driving drunk, but then when Anna Gonzales, the illegal alien drunk driver, didn’t have the money Mrs. Robinson was made to pay to tow the vehicles, and recently was given the bill to clean up her deceased sons blood off the road. (Read the story here.) This is just one example in the past 2 days. Or are we going to continue to look the other way on illegal aliens because of Obama’s aunt and uncle, who are here illegally? His uncle who was arrested for drunk driving, not only was he not deported, he didn’t even lose his license, the judge gave it back to him because it was a hardship for him with out one.

Lat I heard this was the United States of America, not the land of the free ride for illegal aliens.

According to an article written by the Center for Immigration Studies, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit, research organization, these low priority illegals are not so low priority after all. Here are a few examples-

August 18, 2011 — Santa Rosa, Calif.

In Santa Rosa, Calif., illegal immigrant Marcos Lopez Garcia allegedly struck and killed 4-year-old Christopher “Buddy” Rowe while he was walking in a cross walk with his mother and siblings. According to reports, Garcia, who was driving without a license, fled the scene. A good Samaritan listening in on a police scanner spotted Garcia’s car and apparently saw Garcia peeling a Giants sticker from the back window in an apparent effort to hide any distinguishing features. The man then saw Garcia hop into a different vehicle driven by a female and reported the license plate to the police.

According to court records Garcia had been convicted in 2010 of driving without a license. Reportedly he has a total of two previous arrests for driving without a license, one of which occurred only five days before the hit and run. Despite his illegal immigrant status, Garcia was never handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Even if he had been, driving without a license is not a high priority offense that would lead to deportation under the Obama administration’s calculations.

Garcia’s vehicle was not impounded because Open-borders advocates have been busy pressuring police departments to not impound vehicles because the policy is “disproportionately effecting undocumented immigrants.”

August 20, 2011 — Milford, Mass.

Two days after four-year-old Christopher Rowe was struck, an illegal alien in Milford, Mass. by the name of Nicholas Guaman allegedly killed motorcyclist Matthew Denice in a drunk driving accident. Guaman allegedly hit Denice and then proceeded to drag him a quarter of a mile to his death. Guaman is charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury and death, possession of an open container, failing to stop for police, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to yield at a stop sign, wanton or reckless conduct creating risk to a child (Guaman’s son was in the vehicle with him), and resisting arrest. After he was stopped, a witness reported that Guaman’s six-year-old son got out of the truck and started punching and kicking police officers, demanding that they leave his father alone.

According to law enforcement, Guaman has been arrested three times since 2007 for driving without a license in Milford, Uxbridge, and Attleboro. Guaman also served one year of probation from May 2008 to May 2009 for charges that included assault and battery on a police officer and assault on a firefighter after a 2008 incident in which he interfered with the treatment of a family member who had allegedly attempted to break into someone else’s home.

None of these incidents was enough to piqué ICE’s interest in getting Guaman removed from the country. As is the apparent rule, an illegal alien must kill or seriously injure someone before deportation becomes a possibility.

August 21, 2011 — Brenham, Texas

Only a day after the killing of Matthew Denice, yet another tragic event occurred. While driving drunk in Brenham, Texas, illegal immigrant Roberto Castillo allegedly killed four people in a car crash. The victims were 22-year-old Rachel Ann Dominguez, 20-year-old Imelda Yajaira-Sukey Duran, 19-year-old Guillermo Gonzales Delgado, and 19-year-old Ronald Barrios Mendez. Castillo allegedly ran from the scene but was quickly picked by law enforcement.

A few weeks prior to the crash, Castillo was arrested for driving under the influence. But because of ICE priorities and the Obama administration’s decision to give illegal immigrants like Castillo a pass, he was not turned over to federal authorities. According to the report:

Chief Deputy Mike Herzog said it’s doubtful that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were contacted about Castillo’s arrest and illegal alien status.

“At that time, ICE was only taking Class B and above (offenders),” Herzog said. “This was a Class C misdemeanor.”

Castillo is now facing legal consequences and potential deportation, but again, it required death and bloodshed before ICE took his illegal status seriously. Instead of deporting Castillo when he first crossed paths with law enforcement, he was released back out onto the streets. A drunk-driving and/or unlicensed illegal alien remains a low priority under the Obama administration’s direction, but a significant threat to public safety.

Yeah yeah yeah I hear in the background screaming there are citizens that do this also and no one is crying foul over that. Uh yes they are. People all over the US are doing what they can to eliminate drunk driving in the US, including – MADD- Mothers Against Drunk Driving, SADD- Students Against Drunk Driving, TADD -Teens Against Drunk Driving, FADD- Fathers Against Drunk Driving, and numerous others. Drunk driving is unacceptable, yet when committed by people who are not supposed to be here any way, and our elected officials are doing everything they can to allow these people to stay here and offend again and again it is tragic. I believe that any government official local, state, or federal, who allows these offenders to stay and they commit another crime, those officials should be tried as accessories to the crime.

The Final Inspection

THE FINAL INSPECTION

Author: Sgt Joshua Helterbran
The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

“Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my Church have you been true?”

The soldier squared his soldiers and said,
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep…
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,
It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t, I’ll understand.”

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgement of his God.

“Step forward now, you soldier,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in Hell.”

Self assesment

Growing up I knew I was I wasn’t happy.

When I was about 6, I saw the John Wayne movie “The Green Berets” and I knew I wanted to be like the soldiers portrayed in the movie.They were fighting for something bigger than themselves. I knew I was going to do something that was bigger than me.

I told my mom once when I was about 12 or so that I knew I was destined for great things. Little did I know what those “great things” were. As a kid I thought those things were a fast car and a big house. I actually started looking at real estate listing for places like the Hampton’s on Long Island, houses that cost millions of dollars. I wanted that, the life of a millionaire. I knew I never wanted to be a “normal” person. I thought that was the top of the world.This was about 24 years ago.

Now 24 years later I know what those “great things” were. I joined the Army reserves while I was in high school. I had to have my mom sign the papers cause I was 16 when I enlisted. I knew my mom didn’t want me to. It was 1992, the gulf war had just ended and she didn’t want me to go to war. To this day I don’t know how I got her to agree to sign those papers, but she did. I’m pretty sure me being in the reserves and staying near home had something to do with it. In September of 1993 I went to Army basic training as a reservist. It was my first real dealing with the Army, and I fell in love with it. So much so that at the first opportunity I had I went on active duty.

I knew I had finally found where I belonged. Yeah getting used to the discipline was rough, but my mom had done a good job of disciplining me, actually she did better, the Army never used Corporal punishment. My mom however smacked the shit out of me when I needed it.

Hearing about wars in history class is one thing, watching the war unfold on TV is totally different. I watched Desert Shield and Desert Storm unfold on TV, and I wanted to be there, I wanted to go to war for my country, I wanted to kill the enemy, those that wanted to hurt my family, and my fellow Americans, just because we were American. It took 13 years until I got to defend my country.

Between me joining the Army and me actually going to war I traveled the world with the Army. I saw almost every corner of the US. My first active duty station was Fort Lewis Washington, right outside of Seattle. Being a 19-year-old away from home was daunting to say the least. I was on my own. Not only was I on my own, I was in the Army. We trained to go to war against the Russians. Going to the field with live fire exercises, carrying a weapon was a wake up call. The world was a dangerous place, and I was preparing to fight for it. After seeing the movie, “The Green Berets,” I knew I wanted to fight for those who couldn’t fight for themselves.I didn’t know how soon I would do just that. A year and a half after I got to Fort Lewis, the Scout platoon of my unit was tasked with going to Haiti to help in the peace keeping effort. Being a mechanic I was sent with them to take care of their equipment.

Talk about culture shock. Port Au Prince was like nothing I ever experienced before. Between the heat and the smell, I didn’t know how I would survive. As combat went, this deployment was cake. The only excitement I had was when an American Soldier threw an “MRE” bomb over the fence. It wounded a child who picked it up. That Soldier was punished for it. I was shocked, we were there to help and he hurt them. I knew I never wanted to be like him.

From Fort Lewis I went to Korea. When I was in Haiti I never integrated with the Haitians. Being in Korea was totally different. The Korean people were totally different yet the same. Yeah they lived a life different from what I knew. They ate strange food, and talked a language I didn’t understand. Yet they wanted what I did, a better life, a good job, safety for them and their children. And they live a few hundred yards from a country that wants them dead. I learned a lot living in Korea. I made friends with the Koreans I lived near. And I loved it. My family has a running joke, that the kid who moves the farthest away is my moms favorite. I know that wasn’t true. I heard the worry in my moms voice every time talked to her. Yet I knew I was doing the right thing. I knew, and I know now being in the Army was the right thing for me to do.

I knew this is what the movie “The Green Berets” was about. I always wanted to be Infantry, but at the time mechanics were in short supply so I could ‘t transfer to Infantry. But I never lost the drive to go Special Forces(SF) and earn my Green Beret.

Fast forward to 2005. I got into some trouble on Active Duty and decided I would take a break and joined the National Guard. I joined the 48th Infantry Brigade Mechanized (Separate) of the Georgia National Guard. My favorite unit. The first unit I went to combat with. Being in the National Guard I finally got to reclass to Infantry. I put in my packet to become SF, and was accepted. My unit was on orders to Iraq, so I asked for a deferment from going to SF school. I thought going to combat would make a better SF soldier.  I was deployed to Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I didn’t have to go, I had an 18 month stabilization, but I deferred it. I wanted to go. I called my mom and told her I was going overseas, I heard the hurt in her voice. But I had to go, it was my calling. It was here I found the “great things” I knew I would do. It was also where I found my greatest hurt.

During my time in Iraq, in a place called Yusafiah, a city that was part of what was dubbed the “triangle of Death.” And it lived up to that moniker. In a 6 month period I was shot 3 times, stabbed twice, and hit by 5 road side bombs aka Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). 2 of those bombs were while I was outside of my armored truck. People ask me what it’s like to get hit by an IED. It sucks, it sucks even worse when you never hear the explosion. All you feel is like some one hit you with a hammer all over your body at the same time. You go from a bright sunny day to complete blackness,and the heat, you feel like you can’t stand it, a total piercing all over your body from things you can’t see. Then total quiet. The medic is screaming,”WHAT’S WRONG!!!” and all you hear is a ringing and seeing his lips move. When people ask me what does it feel like to get shot? I always wore my body armor, thank god. It feels like some one hitting you in the chest with a 10 pound sledge-hammer after an all-star swing. I was hit almost dead center of my chest and had a bruise that went from my Adam’s apple to my belly button, and wrapped around to almost my spine on each side. People ask how it felt to be stabbed? Well it didn’t hurt until the adrenaline wore off. I didn’t know I was stabbed until the medic asked why was I bleeding, then I saw the blood streaming down my shirt, and damn it hurt. But the physical pain of bullets and blades were nothing compared to what I felt next.

Part of our job while in Iraq was helping rebuild the country. Yusafiah was decrepit when we got there. The town center was destroyed, the clinic was blown up and looted. There were no schools. The people who lived there were scared to leave their houses. Then we showed up. My unit fought for Yusafiah. We fought for those who could not fight for themselves. While there I helped rebuild not only the clinic but I helped build a hospital that helped not only Yusafiah, but all the villages near it. I helped rebuild schools. One of the schools was an elementary school. My unit helped build the school through actual construction, putting up walls, cleaning the school, and getting school supplies for the children. The children were great, we used to play soccer with the children.

I got to know one of the kids really well. His name was Mohammed. Mohammed loved soccer. Every time I went around his home he came out with a soccer ball, and we would play, my team mates, the Iraqi army we had with us, and Mohammed and his friends. We worked hard to open that school. We cleared the area, making sure there were no IED’s, sweeping the city to make sure there were no bad guys.

3 days before the school opened, we found a note saying, “Do not send your kids here or you will be sorry!” We took that seriously, and searched the school and the land around the school and found nothing. We showed up the day the school was opening. We had school supplies and beanie babies, the kids were happy. Mohammed came up to me and thanked me for letting him go to school.  We had the ribbon cutting and the kids went to class. We left. 30 seconds later the school exploded.

Combing through the rubble I found Mohammed’s slippers. 68 children were killed, 12 teachers were killed. It was the worst day of my life. But it also showed the resolve of American Soldiers. 30 minutes after the explosion the first of 9000 Iraqi and American soldiers showed up. We locked Yusafiah and the surrounding villages down. We were given the order to arrest all military age males, and deal with those who were not willing to be taken into custody. Well those who didn’t want to be taken are no longer on this planet. And that doesn’t bother me one bit.

During my time in Yusafiah I was involved in numerous firefights. I’m still here. During one of these firefights the Iraqi Army soldiers I was training got hit by an IED, it resulted in 5 wounded and one killed. As part of the quick reaction force I got there before the IED trigger man got away. I shot him, I hit him in each shoulder, once in the neck and once in the back of the head. He was my first confirmed kill. And you know what, I feel good killing him. I have no idea how many people he killed before then, but I know he will never hurt another human being again. I finally found the “great things” I was meant for. I knew I was meant to bring righteous rage against the evil people in this world.

I had been given an SF school date prior to going to Iraq, I deferred my school date because I thought going to combat as an infantryman would make me a better SF soldier. Little did I know the second IED attack would screw up my neck and back. I lost my dream to go SF, but I found myself and my calling. I was put on this earth to help and fight for those who couldn’t help or fight for themselves. I would volunteer 3 more times.

I went to combat with the Georgia National Guard once more. Then I was blessed to get back on Active Duty. I joined the 10th Mountain Division in October of 2008, I went to Afghanistan in January of 2009. I never found the satisfaction of my first tour again. I never got to do the good I did during my first tour in Iraq. There were times I got to save the soldiers I was stationed with. And that is special to me. I helped the people of the city I was in, in Afghanistan. But it was nothing compared to the good I did in Yusafiah.

When I came home from Afghanistan in 2009 my family was there. Except for 2 of my brothers who couldn’t make it. My mom, my Godmother Anne, who I love to no end, my 2 sisters Glen Anne and Mary, my Brothers Joey and Larry, and all their kids were there. I never knew how much of what I did affected them.

But I do know, what I did made a difference in this world. My first tour will always be my best. I know for a fact I made a positive change in the lives of the villagers of Yusafiah. When you ask some one if what they did changed the world, I know what I did changed the world. What I did changed the world for the better.

Here it is summer of 2012. I am being medically retired from the Army due to wounds, injuries, and problems I suffered in my military career. And now I’m going back to a life I don’t know. Except for my school years I was never a civilian, and that scares me. I was planning on being in the Army until I was 65 and kicked out. And then I was only planning to live about 5 years later. Now at 36 I have to find a way to go on. As good as my past is, as much good as I know I’ve done, I can’t live on that.

I will from now on look for the next thing.But my next thing is the next good thing I can do. Right now I have no clue what that is, but I will find it.

I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, I don’t know the challenges I will face. But I know what ever it is I will face it heads up and make it better.

A parents worst nightmare

Picture this your young children are at home alone on a sunny summer afternoon. The doorbell rings, the children don’t answer because they don’t know the woman. Then comes banging on the door, then an armed man crashes through a window with a gun. As a parent this scenario scares the shit out of me. And as a parent it should scare you also. (Read the article here.)

A situation exactly like this happened in Phoenix Arizona. A 14-year-old boy was babysitting his three younger siblings when a woman rang his doorbell, not knowing who this woman was he didn’t answer the door. Then someone started banging on the front door. Hearing this the boy took his siblings upstairs into his parents bedroom. When they got up there they heard someone crash through a window. The 14-year-old grabbed a gun from his parents bedroom and went to see what was going on, he saw a man coming through the window with a gun. In order to protect his siblings he shot and critically wounded the intruder.

This story had a happy ending, every child in that house was able to see their parents again. And a very bad man ended up on his way to jail where he belongs. This story could have had a very different ending though.

There are people in this country and in our government who would say anyone who has a gun is a danger to us all, that all guns are evil and only cause crime. Well I beg to differ and this story proves them wrong. An armed man breaks into a house in broad daylight, a house where only children are home. Do you think he was there selling vacuums? No he was there with very bad intentions, and I doubt those children would have lived through his visit. Had this boy not acted the way he did this would be the obituary of four young children.This is a perfect example of the need for the second amendment. Had the gun control nuts gotten their wish and made it illegal to own a gun, these children would not be here, and their parents would be grieving the loss of their children. Instead they are rejoicing in the safety of their children.

So for all of those out there who say guns are evil and only do harm, tell that to these kids. Because thanks to a young man who had the presence of mind to use a gun for protection, they are still here to talk to.

How’s this for acceptance

How disrespectful can you get? These people were invited to the White House and this is what they do. The White House is a symbol of this country, it symbolizes the heart and soul of America. No matter what your political views maybe the White House deserves the utmost respect. I don’t give a damn that they’re homosexuals, I give a damn about the utter hatred and disrespect this shows to our country. Matthew Hart(left) and Zoe Strauss(right) got to see the inner sanctum of the White House, a chance few average citizens ever get, and this is what they do. They had the chance to speak with the president and get positive publicity for their cause. This just shows the childishness of these people. Instead of acting like mature adults and talking to the president and getting their message out there, they act like naughty children. For me this makes me not even care what their cause is or how noble it may be, with people like this representing it, it just became a joke. (Read the article here.)

When did covering up the murder of an American CBP agent become executive privilege?

For those of you who do not know, this is CBP Agent Brian Terry, he was killed on December 15, 2010. He was on patrol in Nogales, Arizona when he and his team came upon 5 individuals, shots were fired and he was hit in the lower back and mortally wounded. The gun that was used in his murder was traced back to a DOJ/ATF gun running operation named Fast and Furious.

Right now Attorney General Eric Holder is in front of a Congressional panel explaining why he is not responsible for Agent Terry’s death. He is with holding thousands of pages of material that may link the DOJ to Fast and Furious. He is claiming he knew nothing of the operation. Rep. Darrel Issa demanded Holder turn over the pages and Holder has done nothing but stonewall and stall handing the information over.

In a new twist Obama has invoked “Executive Privilege”, claiming the release of the information will hurt the government. (Read the article here.)  The problem here is that by invoking executive privilege Obama is stating that he either knew of the operation or signed off on it. That’s the only way executive privilege works. It is explained by Judge Andrew Napolitano here. So by invoking executive privilege Obama is directly contradicting his earlier statements saying he knew nothing about the case. If in fact he knew about this operation he is complicit in the death of Agent Brian Terry and should be brought to justice. Executive Privilege should not be used as a shield to protect the president from being prosecuted for covering up the murder of a Federal Law Enforcement Agent.

Our Law Enforcement personnel face danger every day from people who want to hurt you and me. Yet the do it any way. They go into danger, and all they expect is our government to be behind them and protect them as they protect us. For Holder and Obama and the rest of his administration to hang Brian Terry out to dry only to protect themselves is disgraceful. Once you lose faith in those who are supposed to have your back, what else do you have?

Holder and now Obama doing everything they can to not hand over those pages to me shows guilt. It shows they have something to hide. If they did nothing wrong why not produce what has been asked for? I have never had much faith in our current administration, this just proves how right I was.

 

This is another reason for the 2nd amendment

The gun control crowd will have you think that guns are the major cause of crime, however only 8% of the 6.3 million violent crimes of rape and sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated and simple assault were committed with a firearm. (Read the statistics here.) Yeah I know it also says that 66% of all murders were due to firearms, of course most people who get shot will die, and those that committed the murders would have done so with a knife if need be. History has shown that countries that prohibit or outlaw guns after ownership was legal have experience increases in crime, the worst was Germany. Hitler took away their guns then took over their country. There is also Australia which  a nearly 45% jump in armed robberies and in the Australian state of Victoria gun homicides have increased an incredible 300%. (Read the article here.)

Last week FBI reported a 4% decrease in crime. 25 years ago only a handful of states had a concealed carry law, today 41 states allow carrying without a permit or have laws that make it easy for non-criminals to obtain concealed carry laws. If these anti gun nuts were right we’d be in the middle of a crime wave, cause you know guns commit crimes not criminals. (Read the article here.)

I just don’t know why some people don’t understand, a gun in the hands of an honest person, a good person, will never do harm. A bad guy will find a way to commit a crime with a gun or not. If you place a loaded gun on a table and leave it there it will stay there, it will not fire, it will not kill, it will just be there. Put that gun in the hands of a bad guy and HE will use it to kill. Put that gun in the a good persons hand and that bad gut will think twice about using his. Simple logic people.

Thank you Obama

I saw this image on one of my friends Facebook post. I realized how true it is. Returning veterans have a higher unemployment rate than their counterparts in the private sector. So not only is the country asking them to go to war and defend the freedoms our citizens enjoy, but now our president is proving that he cares more about illegal aliens than he does our veterans. And they way he did it borders on illegal, he is the president not the King, he does not have the power to ignore laws enacted by congress.

This is the way tyrants and despots begin, they decide they are above the laws legally enacted in their countries. We all should have taken heed when Obama said he can do this without congress, no he can’t, he proposes laws, congress votes on them and he signs them into law, or he vetoes them and they go back to congress. He can not make or abolish laws, and he certainly can not pick and choose which laws to enforce. And he damn sure can not tell our federal law enforcement agencies how to do their job.

I am not going to sit  back and give him 4 more years to destroy this country. I am going to do my best to get him evicted from the house he never should have been in.

How bad do you have to be to be likened to Nixon?

In a recent posting from the National Review On-line, Obama has been called the most subversive president since Nixon. Seriously, Nixon was the only president to resign from office in shame. He presided over the biggest controversy in American politics, Watergate. How bad do you have to mess to be likened to Nixon? (Read the article here.)

Bill Clinton was impeached over a sexual liaison with Monica Lewinsky. If a sexual scandal can get Clinton impeached, why can’t blatantly ignoring congress, choosing to ignore American law, and scheming with the Russian president, remember the comment, “I’ll have more flexibility after I’m reelected, get Obama impeached? Granted adultery is a horrendous act, but really what effect would that have had on the country? I believe what Obama is doing is not only illegal but down right treasonous. Leaking classified information to the public, encouraging his Attorney General to lie to congress and withhold information in an ongoing investigation, collusion with foreign powers, these are far more harmful to the country than getting a blow job in the oval office by an intern.

A president is not above the law, he can not just pick and choose what laws to enforce and which he can ignore. If that is the case he can just decide to throw out rem limits, and elections , and become the tyrant he is shaping up to be. He is taking power out of congress that was guaranteed them by the Constitution. When this happens you have tyranny, deciding he can do what ever the hell he wants, sounds a lot like the Roman Emperors of old, Mao Zedong, Hitler, Stalin, Kim Il-sung to name  few. By allowing Obama to continue unpunished is setting a dangerous precedent. America has a long history of dealing with tyrants, and it usually ends very badly for the tyrant.

I am not being racist, I am just being real. A screw up is a screw up regardless of race. And you do have to admit telling congress “screw you I can do anything I want,” then having all those policies fail is a screw up.

Instead of making them outcasts why not help them?

I am sick of reading news stories about cities cracking down on the homeless. The latest story is about Clearwater Florida welding shut public rest rooms to avoid allowing the homeless to use them? How much did that cost taxpayers, and oh yeah we;ding the doors shut also renders the “public” restrooms unusable to those same taxpayers. Clearwater has also taken the following steps to fight the evil homeless taken hoses and water spigots from public areas and they also shut off electricity to outlets the homeless used to charge cellphones further cutting them off from “normal society. (Read the article here.) I understand the majority of the non-homeless want nothing to do with these unfortunate souls, I also understand that the cost of the electricity and water being used. But cutting them off from basic needs is not the answer.

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless a survey conducted by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty which states that approximately 3.5 million people, 1.35 million of them children, are likely to experience homelessness in a given year. (Read the report here.)

Now take this in according to the Census Bureau, depending on which article you read, there are between 18.6 and 130 million vacant houses in the US. (Read the article from a CA paper here, read the article from Trulia here.) So taking the lowest estimate of 18.6 houses that is almost 6 houses for every 1 homeless person.

I’m wondering how much cities like Clearwater FL, are spending to keep homeless people out of their city. Why don’t those cities with a high homeless rate get together with those cities with a high vacant home rate and work something out. I’m not saying give the houses free, maybe like the government is doing with historic properties, where they can stay as long as they fix the home up. I’m not talking about setting them up in multi-million dollar homes in Beverly Hills or on Long Island, but in neighborhoods where they would actually be able to maintain the home and find work. A lot of the homeless are willing to work but can not get interviews because they lack a permanent address. We have to problems running rampant in this country, 2 problems that can be combined to end both of them. I know I’m not a scholar, I never graduated college, but I do have some common sense. This just seems logical to me. This seems to be the right thing for the American people.