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Don Arminio of the Arcata Police Department is a violent bully. Doesn't surprise me that he'd shoot someone, and not in any way justifiable, not defending ANYONE. I hope Joshua pulls through! The cops need to stop terrorizing and stealing lives. They are cowards, creeps, and bullies. #FireDonArminio #FTP
It is too bad, also, that Breslin and the rest of the Neighborhood Watch use the slogan, design, and money (from selling stuff donning the slogan) in their volatile campaign to denigrate poor and houseless residents of Eureka. I have heard and seen the Neighborhood Watch bunch use the slogan in ugly speeches about their "pride" --similar to how white supremacists claim it is their "pride" that moves them to hate, harm, and blame everything on people of color, Jews, etc. The kind of pride that gloats about their not-so-far off ancestors who were here in Humboldt long enough ago to steal from and kill first nations people here- but somehow they think that history puts them above other people. Breslin and these privileged loud mouths ALSO tried to co-opt "Power to the People" as they were applauding and showing their "pride" to be working with the police. Disgusting... but not surprising, that Breslin et al would stoop so low.
When I used to see the stickers pop up (before the co-optation) I would laugh sometimes and think, "I guess I like Eureka, but it would be way better if we could lose most of the politicians, cops, greedy businesses, and people like [Breslin] who make Eureka such a cruel and dirty town.
Down and Out in Paris and London, excerpt from Chapter 31
by George Orwell, 1933
It is worth saying something about the social position of beggars, for when one has consorted with them, and found that they are ordinary human beings, one cannot help being struck by the curious attitude that society takes towards them. People seem to feel that there is some essential difference between beggars and ordinary "working" men. They are a race apart--outcasts, like criminals and prostitutes. Working men "work," beggars do not "work"; they are parasites, worthless in their very nature. It is taken for granted that a beggar does not "earn" his living, as a bricklayer or a literary critic "earns" his. He is a mere social excrescence, tolerated because we live in a humane age, but essentially despicable.
Yet if one looks closely one sees that there is no essential difference between a beggar's livelihood and that of numberless respectable people. Beggars do not work, it is said; but, then, what is work? A navvy works by swinging a pick. An accountant works by adding up figures. A beggar works by standing out of doors in all weathers and getting varicose veins, chronic bronchitis, etc.
It is a trade like any other; quite useless, of course--but, then, many reputable trades are quite useless. And as a social type a beggar compares well with scores of others. He is honest compared with the sellers of most patent medicines, high-minded compared with a Sunday newspaper proprietor, amiable compared with a hire-purchase tout--in short, a parasite, but a fairly harmless parasite. He seldom extracts more than a bare living from the community, and, what should justify him according to our ethical ideas, he pays for it over and over in suffering. I do not think there is anything about a beggar that sets him in a different class from other people, or gives most modern men the right to despise him.
Then the question arises, Why are beggars despised?--for they are despised, universally. I believe it is for the simple reason that they fail to earn a decent living. In practice nobody cares whether work is useful or useless, productive or parasitic; the sole thing demanded is that it shall be profitable. In all the modern talk about energy, efficiency, social service and the rest of it, what meaning is there except "Get money, get it legally, and get a lot of it"? Money has become the grand test of virtue. By this test beggars fail, and for this they are despised. If one could earn even ten pounds a week at begging, it would become a respectable profession immediately. A beggar, looked at realistically, is simply a businessman, getting his living, like other businessmen, in the way that comes to hand. He has not, more than most modern people, sold his honor; he has merely made the mistake of choosing a trade at which it is impossible to grow rich.
The so-called "aggressive panhandling" law in Arcata was struck down as unconstitutional (except in very limited circumstances like at ATM machines) and the City of Arcata also tried to say that panhandling interfered with traffic- NOPE!
First Amendment rights are not about pleasing business owners or politicians or about keeping tourists happy. It's 'too bad' some people don't like panhandling. I don't like a lot of things people say, I don't like lots of signs I see, and I don't agree with the the way many people use their money, and I can tell them that, work to shut them up, educate them, or pressure them to use their money differently but... the Constitution prohibits government from interfering with what people say, what signs they hold, with the way they use their money. That prohibition means the government cannot interfere with people PANHANDLING.
The real problem is POVERTY, not poor people begging for survival. POVERTY is what the government should be trying to eliminate.
BOYCOTT Lost Coast Brewery and anything else related to Barbara Groom. This situation is yet another example in a long list of thefts, bad ethics, and exploitation of the Humboldt area:
Barbara Groom greedily support the CalTrans proposed 101 expansion through Richardson Grove, vehemently opposed the Eureka Fair Wage Act (opposes raising wages in this area), got handed $750,000 from the "impoverished" City of Eureka to build her new Brewery facility (she stole the money as far as I am concerned as a resident of Eureka), then hired out-of-area contractors to build the place, and now this. Flatmo chooses to avoid tarnishing his relationship with Lost Coast Brewery and Groom, but the rest of us have every reason to BOYCOTT (or continue to BOYCOTT)!!
" Rice was banging on the doors of the Redwood Transit Authority bus, Watson said, when the bus began to pull away from the curb, causing Rice to step back.
“Then, as the bus was pulling out and starting to merge into traffic, he leaned in to pound on the side of the bus,” Watson said. “He appeared to lose his balance and fell under the rear wheel of the bus as it was pulling into traffic.” "
WHY is it okay for a bus driver to pull into traffic when someone is next to the bus, so close they can bang on it? Use a huge motor vehicle to force someone to "step back"?! Someone's behavior might be disruptive, but doesn't warrant completely irresponsible, dangerous, FATAL moves by the bus driver. He killed Thomas instead of waiting to make sure Thomas was not so close. So sad and horrible.
I knew Thomas, and he was a sweet young man who had a bad drinking addiction. I am sad that Thomas is gone, young, kind, and trying to deal with his problems and do better by himself and his family.
It is disgusting that no one has reported who the bus driver was or even questioned his actions. It is disappointing how callous, not only that bus driver was (which cost someone their life), but how callous the so-called "community" is here that seems to have blindly accepted the unacceptable.
I'm sure the bus riders would have preferred to wait until Thomas was a way from the bus, or even riding on the bus with them, than to have witnessed him being run over and killed.
And Greg Allen. Useless as a member of the so-called Redwood Chapter ACLU.
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In Print This Week:
Oct 20, 2016
vol XXVII issue 42