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Biden to Hollywood donors: Guiliani is a “thug”, “I know him”

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Hollywood donors are getting antsy about Joe Biden’s ability to fight off President Trump’s jabs. The people who comprise the Hollywood ATM for Democrat candidates want Biden to get aggressive and hit back.

Maybe Biden thought it would show the Hollywood bigwigs that he’s a tough guy and can take the heat from Trump if he broadened his criticisms and included Rudy Guiliani. He told supporters at a fundraiser that Rudy’s “a thug”.

“The guy’s a thug, Giuliani. No, he’s a thug. I know him,” Biden told about 100 people gathered at the Brentwood home of Paramount’s Jim Gianopulos and his wife, Ann.

According to a pool report, Biden continued, “And the president is the most dishonorable president in American history. And folks, he picked the wrong guy to pick a fight with, because I’ll tell you what. I’m going to beat him like a drum.”

Biden did some fundraising in Los Angeles Thursday after delivering an attack against Trump Wednesday in New Hampshire. It was the first time good old Joe spoke out forcefully in response to Trump’s remarks about Biden and his son, Hunter The Biden donors would like more, please.

“This isn’t make-or-break time for the Vice President, but it is time to start hitting Trump harder,” said one top industry donor of Biden’s responses to him, his family and his campaign. “Calling for impeachment was one thing, but Biden needs to stop coasting and get out in front of this,” the A-lister added.

Hollywood executives held two fundraisers Thursday – one in the afternoon and one in the evening – and they are looking for more than Biden repeating over and over again that he will “beat Trump like a drum”. Polls show Elizabeth Warren rising and she’s overtaken his lead in both Iowa and New Hampshire, at least today as I write this, according to RCP. The two are bouncing back and forth, though Biden has managed to keep his support relatively steady even without maintaining an aggressive campaign schedule.

Biden has essentially been phoning it in and looking as though he is feeling as entitled as Hillary Clinton was in 2016. His campaign has been caught flat-footed in defense against the charges of Biden family corruption in Ukraine and China, too. It is puzzling why Team Biden wasn’t prepared and ready to respond when all of this first began. Coming out Wednesday as he did with a bunch of name-calling and macho talk of beating Trump like a drum wasn’t very convincing. Donors are wondering if Biden’s up to the task of a tough general election campaign.

That doesn’t mean that they think Biden should do a 60 Minutes-style sitdown to go point-by-point through the Ukraine-Hunter Biden connection, as some believe that would be giving implicit credibility to Trump’s attacks. However, there is a sense that Biden has a unique opportunity to break through, particularly at a time when the Massachusetts senator is drawing so much attention for her rise in the polls and fundraising.

Biden still has strong support in Los Angeles but some are starting to speak up. Elizabeth Warren is an alternative but not necessarily the top choice if Biden fades. Show biz is a business, after all, and most of the show business execs are not quite ready for socialism.

Meanwhile, Warren, who has shunned the type of tony, high-dollar fundraising events that are a staple of Hollywood’s political scene, has a number of fans in showbiz. “There’s definitely an uptick in interest,” Bojarsky said, adding that “people have started to talking about how she can broaden her appeal.”

Right now, a number of Biden’s industry supporters still feel Sen. Warren will prove too far to the left to win a general election, even as she leads the ex-VP among Dems in some polls. And even in an industry that leans heavily to the left in theory, attacks on the rich have their limits for some upper crust donors, what with Warren’s proposal for a wealth tax and vows to overhaul other aspects of American capitalism.

Biden will have to up his game if he wants to hold on to the money in Los Angeles. The question remains, is he up to the task? Time will tell if he’s “going anywhere” or not.

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LA Times: Mental illness, substance abuse far more common among homeless than claimed

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If you’ve followed the issue of homelessness up and down the west coast, from Seattle to Los Angeles, one of the most fundamental disagreements between ordinary people and activists is over the issues of drug abuse and mental illness. Typically, activists arguing for more housing for the homeless are quick to trot out statistics that show only about a third of people on the street suffer from these problems. Meanwhile, shopkeepers and business people who encounter the homeless frequently suggest the percentage with such problems is higher.

When the agency responsible for the point-in-time homeless count in LA County released its findings earlier this year, they seemed to fit with the claims made by activists. Here’s a slide from the presentation given to elected officials:

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Obviously if more than two-thirds of the populations you are trying to help do not have substance abuse or mental problems then it’s reasonable to argue that the key issue is a lack of affordable housing. But what if those numbers were reversed? What if two-thirds of respondents had problems that contributed to their inability to maintain a home?

An analysis of the underlying data performed by the LA Times came up with dramatically different results. In fact the results are nearly the opposite of what was presented to officials:

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which conducts the annual count, narrowly interpreted the data to produce much lower numbers. In its presentation of the results to elected officials earlier this year, the agency said only 29% of the homeless population had either a mental illness or substance abuse disorder and, therefore, 71% “did not have a serious mental illness and/or report substance use disorder.”

The Times, however, found that about 67% had either a mental illness or a substance abuse disorder. Individually, substance abuse affects 46% of those living on the streets — more than three times the rate previously reported — and mental illness, including post-traumatic stress disorder, affects 51% of those living on the streets, according to the analysis…

The findings lend statistical support to the public’s frequent association of mental illness, physical disabilities and substance abuse with homelessness.

In other words, the public isn’t crazy to think there is more going on here than a lack of affordable housing. In fact, the LA Times points out that a study published Sunday by the California Policy Lab at UCLA found even higher numbers for substance abuse and mental illness among the homeless nationwide. This chart represents their findings based upon a review of 64,000 homeless surveys:

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Again, these numbers matter because, as the LA Times admits, homeless activists and advocates tend to downplay these realities:

At a time when cities and counties are struggling to respond to a growing number of street encampments, the UCLA study and Times analysis raise questions about whether government officials are taking the right approach and doing enough for people on the street who have little hope of getting into housing anytime soon…

Advocates for homeless people tend to not focus their messaging on mental illness, disabilities or substance abuse out of concern that doing so unfairly stereotypes and stigmatizes those without a home.

Briefing The Times on this year’s homeless point-in-time count prior to its release, Peter Lynn, executive director of the homeless authority, defended the agency’s statistics on homeless people with disabilities and substance abuse issues. He attributed the idea that the numbers should be higher to perception bias.

Like other local and state officials, he has portrayed the homeless population as being much like the wider population of housed Angelenos.

And this isn’t limited to Los Angeles. When the news special “Seattle is Dying” was released earlier this year, people were struck by the number of homeless who were shown suffering from some combination of drug addiction or mental illness. One homeless woman in the film even said that “100 percent” of the people she encountered on the street had a drug problem.

In response, a group of well-heeled non-profits in Seattle hired a PR firm that generated a series of talking points about the issue. Those talking points were then repeated (without attribution) by various experts in various print outlets. One of the main talking points was that only about 35% of the homeless experience mental or substance abuse problems. And because that was true, they argued, “Seattle is Dying” was a misrepresentation of the problem.

I found those claims to be extremely misleading even before these new surveys, but now I’m wondering if Seattle and other cities aren’t all dialing these numbers down in a similar way. LA’s Homeless Services Authority didn’t dispute the Times’ findings but merely said they were using narrower criteria established by “federal guidelines.” Maybe the Seattle Times, the Oregonian, and the San Francisco Chronicle should take a second look at the point-in-time homeless surveys in their regions.

This debate is far from over but it does seem to have shifted in a significant way this week. The next time you read or hear homeless activists or experts claiming that only a third of the homeless have mental health or substance abuse problems, remember there should be a big asterisk on those figures.

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Great News for L.A.’s Homeless Population: ‘Second Phase’ of City’s Plastic Straw Ban Now Underway

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A homeless encampment in Los Angeles, CA. Screen grab via Fox News.

The long-running housing crisis and homeless problems in California’s big Democrat-run cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco have been well-documented. But the tens of thousands of those living on the streets in L.A. can rest a little easier this week as the ‘second phase’ of the city’s straw ban has gone into effect.

KABC reports:

The first phase of the “Straws on Request” initiative went into effect in April on Earth Day, and applied to restaurants with more than 26 employees. The second phase expands the ordinance to include restaurants of all sizes, including fast food and sit down businesses.

Under the city ordinance, restaurants can only provide plastic straws if a patron asks for one.

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and the city’s Bureau of Sanitation held a press conference Monday morning in Echo Park to remind restaurants of the law.

O’Farrell said the law seeks to reduce “single-use plastic waste from littering our beaches and waterways.”

Per the L.A. County website, “non-compliance may result in notices of violation and $25 fines for each day the business is in violation, not to exceed $300 annually.”

CBS Los Angeles notes that the L.A. version of the straw ban goes even further than a similar law already in place at the state level:

The Los Angeles ordinance is more restrictive than a state law that bars full-service restaurants from automatically giving out single-use plastic straws because it applies to fast food restaurants and is the latest in a series of moves to by several other cities and organizations to cut down the use of plastic straws.

City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell (D), who led the effort to get the straw ban in place, told a journalist during a news conference this week that in his opinion people didn’t really need straws to drink with anyway. He also provided smoothie drinkers with some helpful advice:

Twitter users had a some thoughts and questions after reading the news about Phase Two of the straw ban and O’Farrell’s suggestion:

Fox News took an in-depth look at the homeless crisis in Los Angeles back in August. Watch their report below to find out just how bad it is, and what L.A. is (not) doing about it:

Infuriating.

(Hat tip: Twitchy)

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Tyler Perry won’t leave Atlanta despite abortion law backlash in Hollywood

Tyler Perry said he cannot “just up and leave” filming in Georgia despite Hollywood’s backlash against the state’s “heartbeat” abortion law.

The actor-director-writer made the remarks to The Associated Press on Friday while discussing the upcoming opening of his massive Atlanta-based studio. Some celebs have urged TV and film companies to abandon the state after Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the restrictive abortion bill in May.

But Perry, whose hits include the “Madea” franchise and “Why Did I Get Married” films, said he is committed to staying put.

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“Atlanta has been the dream. It has been the promised land,” he said. “So when I got here, this whole state and city has been amazing to me and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. Also, I put $250 million in the ground here and in the studio. So when you have a quarter of a billion dollars sat down in the ground, you can’t just up and leave.”

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Perry says he cannot “just up and leave” filming in Georgia despite Hollywood’s backlash against the state’s “heartbeat” abortion law. Perry made the remarks Friday, Sept. 27, while discussing the upcoming opening of a massive new Atlanta-based studio. Some celebs have urged TV and film companies to abandon the state after Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the restrictive abortion bill in May. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Perry is planning a star-studded unveiling of his new studio complex next weekend.

The law bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into pregnancy before many women realize they’re expecting. The law is set to become enforceable Jan. 1.

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Some actors and actresses such as Alyssa Milano, Mark Hamill, and Mandy Moore have suggested a boycott against filming in Georgia. Others, like Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams are proceeding to shoot their HBO show “Lovecraft County,” but said they will donate all of their “episodic fees” to organizations fighting the law including the ACLU of Georgia and Fair Fight Georgia.

Perry hasn’t been vocal about his views on the law, but the filmmaker later told The AP he is against the law.

“I don’t believe any man should be able to tell a woman what she can do with her body or reproductive organs,” he said.

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Perry said the workers who helped Georgia’s thriving television and film industry could have an impact in the 2022 governor’s election.

“What I know about this industry is that there are 94,000-plus or 98,000 people who are in this industry and who are benefiting from it greatly,” he said. “And that’s a lot of votes. I’m in a wait and see moment right now. But that’s a lot of votes. That’s a lot of votes that can determine an election.”

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City of LA joins legal challenge to 9th Circuit’s Boise decision

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Last week, LA County’s Board of Supervisors voted to file an amicus brief in support of a legal challenge to a 9th Circuit decision which determined it was unconstitutional to prevent the homeless from sleeping on sidewalks unless they were offered a bed somewhere else. That decision has limited what municipalities in western states can do to deal with homelessness. Yesterday, the city of Los Angeles decided to join the push to ask the Supreme Court to overturn the so-called Boise decision:

City Attorney Mike Feuer announced today that he filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take on Martin v. Boise, saying his office needs more clarity on its ability to enforce sidewalk bans.

In the brief, Feuer says the city agrees that “no individual should be susceptible to punishment for sleeping on the sidewalk at night, if no alternative shelter is available.” But, he argues, the Boise decision—which covers nine states in the west, including California— raises more questions than it answers…

In the amicus brief, the city attorney says there are three questions left unresolved in the Boise decision. One of those questions is: How many beds, exactly, must the city build before it can take “enforcement action.”

The LA Times points out a large list of cities in California have joined the push to overturn the ruling including, “Sacramento, San Diego, Fresno, Riverside and Orange counties.” LA’s decision to join in on the challenge to the Boise decision came just a day after an LA City Council meeting to discuss new rules regarding sidewalk sleeping turned into a chaotic mess.

At a meeting Tuesday at City Hall punctuated with shouting and hissing from the crowd, members of the Los Angeles City Council began to discuss how and whether to rewrite city rules about sidewalk sleeping — and came out with no clear answer.

City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who initiated the discussion, said L.A. needs to strike a balance between “the needs of people experiencing homelessness and people that we hear from every day who are understandably upset, frustrated and sometimes traumatized by the conditions they observe in many of our homeless encampments.”

“We must take an honest look at this catastrophe,” O’Farrell said, triggering yelling from the audience as he cited a “multifaceted set of conditions” in homeless encampments including addiction and mental health issues…

At one point, activists brought the meeting to the halt, yelling and eventually chanting, “Shame on you!” Venice activist David Busch, who is homeless, marched to the front of the chambers and shouted that “to even discuss this is disgusting!”

Ultimately, this problem is difficult because it goes to the root of the idea that people are responsible for themselves as individuals. What do you do when people can’t manage or when they simply give up trying?

For activists, the only acceptable solution is providing housing for the homeless, but the cost of doing so in places like LA (and San Francisco, Seattle, etc.) is prohibitive. There is simply no way LA County can afford to provide free homes to all 60,000 homeless people living here. Even if the county could somehow do so, the result would likely be a mass migration of homeless people from other cities finding their way to LA to get a better deal. This is a problem where many of the proposed solutions have the potential to make the problem worse.

Here’s a local news report on the LA City Council meeting. As you can see, the homeless have a very loud constituency.

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Can Trump tackle L.A.’s homeless problem?

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As the President continues to get into scraps with the Governor of California and the mayors of several major cities on the left coast, add Los Angeles to the list. But this time, rather than just seeing accusations coming from both sides, there might be a workable solution to a very real problem in the offing. We’ve already spent considerable time covering the exploding homelessness problem in the City of Angels, and asking if there’s nothing to be done about it. But what if there was?

On the outskirts of L.A. sits the abandoned Hawthorne Federal Building, formerly the west coast home of the Federal Aviation Administration. Homeless advocates had previously asked if the facility might be repurposed to house displaced citizens, but they were turned away. Now, however, Donald Trump’s team on the ground is talking about using the building for just that purpose. (Government Executive)

One option under discussion is to use a former government building just outside Los Angeles to house (or detain) people now living in Skid Row in downtown L.A., where some 8,000 to 11,000 people are typically living on the streets. Federal officials have already reportedly toured the facility, the former West Coast headquarters of the Federal Aviation Administration, located 20 miles away in Hawthorne, California.

But a review of public records shows that the government previously rejected two efforts by advocacy groups to use the former Federal Aviation Administration building to serve the homeless.

Repurposing federal properties to provide homeless services isn’t a new or unprecedented idea: In fact, federal law already requires the government to make unused properties available to advocacy organizations that provide shelter or services to the homeless.

Could this building provide housing for all of the homeless in the Skid Row area? (Estimated to be between eight and eleven thousand.) No. Not even close. But it could hold a lot of them. You can take a look at the building here. It’s six stories tall and as long as a city block. It would require some work, most likely in the form of adding more bathrooms and lots of showers, but other than that it might be quite serviceable.

There are, unfortunately, complicating factors. First of all, the site has been named a historic landmark because of its period architectural style. That doesn’t mean it can’t be sold, but it does throw a wrench in the works.

Perhaps the bigger barrier comes from the politics involved. Even if both the federal and municipal governments want to do this, there remain questions of who will handle the logistics and (probably more importantly) who will get the credit. The President would like Washington to tackle the conversion and have federal agents rounding up the homeless and transferring them to the new facility. The city would obviously rather handle it themselves in cooperation with advocacy groups. We might be setting up for a stalemate here that shuts down a potentially viable answer to a significant challenge.

On that note, even if the Hawthorne Building can’t be made to work, the government is still sitting on a vast number of properties, both government and military in nature, that are collecting dust. Finding some way to get them back on the tax rolls, or at least serving some useful purpose, should be an obvious choice. And I’m not talking about only in Los Angeles. There are abandoned military bases and other facilities around the country, some with track housing that’s ready to be refurbished and put to use just sitting there. If the President is willing to go along with this, why not make it happen?

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Los Angeles will seek to overturn ‘Boise ruling’ which prevents public officials from sanctioning the homeless

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With nearly 60,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County, there is a pressing need to do something about the growing crisis. However, a decision issued last year by the 9th Circuit has tied the hands of police in dealing with the homeless. Tuesday, the LA County Board of Supervisors voted to join a legal challenge to that ruling. From the LA Times:

On Tuesday, the supervisors voted to direct lawyers for Los Angeles County to draft an amicus brief, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a challenge to Martin vs. City of Boise. The case, decided by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last September, found that arresting or otherwise punishing homeless people for sleeping on the sidewalk when there are not enough shelter beds or housing was unconstitutional.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who authored the county’s motion, said the ruling had “tied our hands” and made serving homeless people more difficult.

“We are grappling with a problem of unprecedented scale,” she said of the nearly 60,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County, many of them living outdoors. “Now, more than ever, it is critical that we have access to every tool at our disposal to combat homelessness.”

Two of the five supervisors on the board voted against the proposal saying they didn’t want to criminalize the homeless. There were also several dozen speakers at the meeting last night who mostly argued against the plan:

More than six dozen people spoke out on the issue during the board meeting, many of them pleading with the board not to support the appeal. Many said the homeless should not be subjected to citations or prosecution when they have no other alternatives for housing.

David Busch of the Services Not Sweeps Coalition issued a statement accusing the board of “working hand-in-glove with (President) Donald Trump” in a push “to remove the fundamental 8th Amendment constitutional rights they (the homeless) must rely on to protect themselves.”

The push to overturn the Boise ruling is being led by former Solicitor General Ted Olson. Olson and his law firm approached the city of Boise and offered to appeal the case for a discounted fee. With the 9th Circuit already having rejected an appeal, the case would now go to the Supreme Court:

In April 2019, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did refuse to reconsider the Boise ruling. But in an unusual dissent, Judge Milan Smith Jr. said the opinion broke with precedent for the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts — a clear invitation to the high court to step in, legal experts said…

In his dissent, Smith, who was joined by five judges on the 9th Circuit, said that the Boise ruling had begun “wreaking havoc” on local government, and predicted that it would lead to dropping laws against public defecation and urination and force cities into ruinous investments in shelters or housing.

Smith put a photograph of sidewalk tents on a downtown Los Angeles street into the record, asserting that the Boise decision “shackles the hands of public officials trying to redress the serious societal concern of homelessness.”

Supporters of the Boise ruling, including the lawyer who brought the case on behalf of six homeless people, argue it makes no sense to arrest and fine homeless people who have nowhere else to go and no way to pay. They argue that cities will simply have to build more shelters and, in the meantime, allow camping in certain designated areas.

I get the apparent futility of it, but the problem I have with the Boise ruling is it essentially makes homelessness a lawless zone. Not only can you not tell the homeless they can’t sleep on the sidewalks, it’s not clear you can do anything to prevent them using the streets as a bathroom either. Essentially, this ruling forces taxpayers to provide land or housing for every mentally disturbed and addicted person who happens to turn up in their city. That’s bad for taxpayers but it’s probably bad for a lot of the homeless who are being told that responsibility for their lives can be offloaded onto struggling municipalities while they put all their personal energy into pursuing whatever demons led them into the streets in the first place.

A decision on whether or not the Court will decide to hear the case is due in the next few weeks.

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Hollywood criminals don’t like having their names published

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If you happen to live in the tony neighborhood of West Hollywood, California there’s a new online publication available that you might want to check out. This could be particularly true if you’ve recently been arrested for anything. The outlet, named WEHOville, has been running a list of everyone that’s taken downtown by the cops and some of the locals are not happy about this at all. (CBS Los Angeles)

An online publication is now allowing its users to view who has been arrested in West Hollywood including names, ages and the crime they — for alleged crimes from misdemeanors to felonies.

Some in the tight-knit community said they are upset and called this nothing more than public shaming, but the man behind WEHOville said residents have the right to know.

“WEHOville is committed to publishing the facts about life in West Hollywood, without fear or favor,” publisher Hank Scott said in a statement. “Those facts have included the felony convictions of a recent city commissioner and revelations of lawsuits against various people who have run for City Council.”

So is this legal? In a word, yes. But one legal analyst from the area described it as lawful, but awful. Another neighbor called it “public shaming.”

But is it really? WEHOville has already posted the names of people arrested for crimes ranging from driving on a suspended license all the way up to rape. If you are arrested, even if it turns out you’re innocent, that’s news and it’s made available to the media by law enforcement. When more famous people such as celebrities, politicians and athletes are arrested, the press rushes to put the news out long before they are even officially charged, to say nothing of convicted. Is there some unwritten rule saying that the hoi polloi are granted some level of privacy that the powerful and famous are not?

When I was on assignment with a couple of other people for an extended period in Chattanooga, Tennessee some years ago, we always picked up a copy of a weekly paper called “Just Busted in Chattanooga.” We didn’t even know anyone down there, but it was still an entertaining read. One of our local contacts we worked with always grabbed our copy as soon as we showed up and started flipping through it to see if anyone she knew was in there.

Let’s face it. This may not be the noblest endeavor in the history of journalism, but most people like to gossip sometimes whether they admit it or not. And if you get arrested, your friends and neighbors generally wind up finding out about it anyway. One of the objections being raised by one person in West Hollywood is that the information will be on the internet forever and “a potential employer” or “somebody you might be interested in dating” could Google your name and see it.

I suppose that may be true, but if you’ve been arrested for rape, might not a woman you are asking out want to at least know about that and look into the details further? If you’ve been arrested for embezzlement or fraud, your potential employer would probably like to know that as well. And if the guy running this website isn’t breaking any laws, trying to drive him out of business sounds more like a case of you shaming him.

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Prager U Got People to Comment On “Modern Art” that Was Made by a 2-Year-Old and It’s Hilarious

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Here’s a fun video for your Friday.

One thing that many people in America can agree on is that “modern art” is complete and total garbage. In fact, sometimes it really is just garbage in a literal sense.

Prager U decided it was going to try to see if people in Los Angeles could tell the difference between modern art and paintings made by a 2-year-old.

Spoiler alert: They couldn’t.

Will Witt and Dennis Prager themselves made two different modern art paintings themselves, then had a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old create a painting as well. The similarities were, to say the least, pretty astonishing.

Witt then took the paintings to a sidewalk and asked people to comment on his “modern art.” The results were pretty typical for “progressive” LA. The majority commented on the pieces like they were actual works of art, but one giddy police officer was honest enough to tell the truth.

Watch for yourself.

Modern art is a plague on our society that allows talentless people to create mediocre products that elitists consider masterpieces and sell for millions. This is usually done through making up meanings behind the pieces. You can even see it in the way the people in the Prager U video attempt to decode the meaning of the paintings.

It doesn’t just come in the form of paintings that look like they belong on the refrigerator door. Some “modern artists” create controversial things and call it “art.”

The recent “Ivanka Vacuuming” is a solid example. This was just a display of a woman looking like Ivanka, vacuuming up crumbs that you can throw at her feet.

“Ivanka Vacuuming is simultaneously a visual celebration of a contemporary feminine icon; a portrait of our own relationship to that figure; and a questioning of our complicity in her role-playing,” said the artist, describing her “art.”

These are just tame examples of modern art, however. Some modern artists go beyond paint and Ivanka look-alikes. Bodily functions and genitalia become involved, such as the controversial “Piss Christ.” Elitists look on as people use their own waste to create things and applaud them as visionary.

It’s not visionary. It’s disgusting. It’s not art, it’s you smearing something your body made on some paper. Westlake Legal Group Capture-3 Prager U Got People to Comment On “Modern Art” that Was Made by a 2-Year-Old and It’s Hilarious Prager U modern art Media los angeles Front Page Stories Featured Story Culture California Art Allow Media Exception

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California doesn’t want Trump’s help with their homelessness crisis

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As has been discussed here on multiple occasions, the state of California is in the midst of an epic homelessness crisis. This is particularly true in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, but it’s gotten bad in other coastal cities as well. There’s been plenty of discussion and media coverage of this debacle, but little action has been taken toward a permanent solution.

With that in mind, the White House sent some officials out to the west coast to investigate the matter and see if the federal government had any programs and resources available to help with the situation. So the California state and municipal government leaders warmly and gratefully greeted them with open arms to see if any significant progress could be made.

Naw, I’m just kidding. They told President Trump to mind his own business. (USA Today)

Trump administration officials confirmed Tuesday they are on the ground in California looking at ways to intervene in the state’s mounting homelessness issue, which President Donald Trump has criticized as “disgusting” and a “disgrace to our country.”

But many elected officials and homelessness experts in the Golden State said any White House assistance would be disingenuous given federal housing cuts have helped exacerbate the problem. Some also accused Trump of using the homelessness issue to win over conservative supporters ahead of the 2020 election.

“We need federal support and resources to build more housing for people living on the streets,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed said in a statement. “But simply cracking down on homelessness without providing the housing people need is not a real solution.”

State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) was quoted as saying, “Trump needs to back off and focus on his own mess of an administration.”

Well, isn’t that just lovely? What’s more amazing is that these officials are criticizing a proposal that hasn’t even been made yet. Thus far there have only been suggestions of possible courses of action, including federal funding to build or renovate more federal housing dedicated to providing temporary housing for the homeless. They’ve also discussed additional funding for law enforcement to help get those people off the streets and support for mental health initiatives.

What sort of horrible monster would propose things like that???

It’s difficult to imagine what California’s leaders are thinking here. They are making almost no progress on their own and their own citizens don’t even want to cooperate. When San Francisco drafted a proposal to cordon off part of a large municipal parking lot so the homeless living in cars and RVs could park (and sleep) there safely, homeowners in the neighborhood came out to protest and quashed the plan.

Meanwhile, the streets are still being covered in feces and urine. Crime levels in areas where the homeless are camping are surging. The homeless are dying in droves, averaging more than three per day in Los Angeles.In San Francisco people are afraid to ride the trains because there’s so much crime taking place.

And you don’t want help from Washington just because it would have President Trump’s name attached to it and it might look like he was getting things done? (That’s the obvious reason, let’s be honest.) Fine, ingrates. Sink or swim on your own. I’m sure there are plenty of other cities that will be grateful for the help.

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