Skip to main content

Today is a day of crisis. The Bee has flipped out.

The Sept 9, 2012, issue of the Sacramento Bee with its headline " 'Drive-by' homeless aid angers business owners, residents."
I hope to report fully on the Bee flip out tomorrow, when I should have ample time to do so.  But let it be said that a headline item in today's Bee, "Drive-by homeless aid angers business owners, residents" and, especially, a Marcos Breton editorial inside the paper, "Stench of hypocrisy surrounds homeless issue in Sacramento" are unacceptable, homeless-hate-baiting items that need a severe response.

With regard to the Bee's homelessness reporting before this, the paper was already in the toilet with hatefulness coming from associate editor Ginger Rutland and the editorial board.  But now the Bee is making a very direct effort at promulgating hatred toward the homeless. The Breton editorial is well beyond the pale, trying to engender a violent response to a situation where homeless campers are merely trying to survive.

The Breton editorial ends with this bizarre sentiment:
What is it going to take for authorities to take action [against the homeless]? When I was on the parkway, I could imagine unspeakable things happening in remote areas where no one would hear the screams of, say, an abducted child.

It's only a matter of time.
If Mr. Breton is concerned about possible violent behavior forthcoming from any particular individual, he should make his specific non-imaginary concerns known to the police. If there is something evidence-based (as opposed to just something crafted in his head), then, certainly, he should do something to prompt the prevention of violence.

But, rather obviously, Mr. Breton is stoking flames of hate by dreaming things up.  The danger that is afoot is him.

I submit that the publisher of the Bee must put Mr. Breton on a leave of absence immediately such that an evaluation of what all is happening at the Bee can be conducted, preferable by outside parties. I submit that Mr. Breton has become Sacramento's own version of Lt. Pike. He has taken a bridge too far, at the very least. His conduct as an opinion writer is deleterious to the well being of the community.

The headline article in the Bee on Good Samaritans feeding the homeless is, too, fully bizarre.  It is outrageous that in these difficult days a Bee reporter would take old threads of complaint from a very few business owners and residents in the proximity of Loaves & Fishes and manufacture an attack on suffering homeless people.  The "problem" that the reporter identifies can be remedied by just a trash barrel properly placed. The homeless community, itself, can make sure that there is less improperly-disposed-of trash, noise and bother

Some of the homeless people that great good citizens feed are truly saved by the food that come from mostly Christian people DOING PRECISELY THAT WHICH THE BIBLE INSTRUCTS.  It would be a violation of religious freedom for the independent feedings to be disrupted or regulated or put under the auspices of the totalitarian administraitors of Loaves & Fishes.

The cold season is coming all too soon.  This is no time for the nonsense of those with a stick up their rear ends adding heaps of misery to already quite miserable homeless people.  Stop it!


Well written and so true. These articles by the Sac Bee are prone to produce hate crimes against the homeless. If there is anything in our blog you feel will help please feel free to use it, and keep up the good fight !
city said…
thanks for sharing.

Popular posts from this blog

More Homeless Hate from Marcos Breton

There was a long spell a handful of years ago when Marcos Breton said something so fully ridiculous in one of his hateful screeds against homeless folk that it appeared to be very apparent he had been taken off the Homeless Beat by his superiors. Unhappily, after a few months, Breton was again writing disparaging columns about homeless folk

In today's Bee [3/5/17], Breton has written one of his longest columns. Online, it is titled "The price downtown Sacramento is paying for Mayor Steinberg’s homeless crusade
Read more here: It goes on for days. The message, essentially, is this: Homeless people poop; they're getting a great deal of what they want from the overmuch-helpful mayor; and business people proximate to Chavez Park are made miserable by the forever-disgusting homeless that are there in great number.

O.K. Let's get into all this a bit. Except in Breton's mind, homeless pe…

The first-person dimension of homeless Sacramentans suffering from Schizophrenia

"Disabilities and dysfunction process from having been shunned and denied access to needed opportunitites and networks of support."
~ the brothers Lysaker in Schizophrenia and the Fate of the Self What is schizophrenia? How many are homeless Sacramentans?

Perhaps 15% of the Sacramento homeless population suffers from schizophrenia. The percentage is difficult to determine for many reasons that branch from both the fuzzy definition of the malady and that many people within the homeless community who have the illness (1) are in denial and are undiagnosed and (2) have the illness as a diagnosis only – the disability can be faked by people who are successful claimants of social security and other benefits.

What is schizophrenia? One webspace gives us this definition: The most chronic and disabling of the severe mental disorders. Typically develops in the late teens or early twenties. The overt symptoms are hallucinations (hearing voices, seeing visions), delusions (false beliefs ab…

Homelessness and Remembrance

This is a follow-up on the matter of remembering homeless people who have died and the Wall that Libby Fernandez wants to build in remembrance of the deceased. [See earlier blogpost "Tell Libby NOT to build her wall."]

This blogpost is prompted by a Philosophy Bites podcast released in the last couple days -- titled "Cécile Fabre on Remembrance." Fabre's take on why we honor or grieve for certain individuals or certain collections of individuals is not greatly helpful -- since his focus is mainly one of fallen war heroes and war casualties -- but it does open up the issue of why should there be a remembrance effort for deceased homeless people at all. Who is served by it? And has the effort been perverted by the avarice of charities in their insatiable drive for donations.

It is, for starters, a curious thing for "homeless people" to be a collective that is honored. I write that NOT because I don't want the best for homeless people. But, homelessn…