The Lies Must Stop! Ending Homelessness in Boise.


What a very heart rending way to the end the week. Now that the “alley” (Cooper Court) has been cleared (“evacuated”) and the political dust settled (with plenty of manufacturing of the “truth” by the local media), perhaps we start getting down to the business about homelessness and how NOT to handle it, shall we?!?

The usual snippets and bylines by the media on how the city was so very patient and “loving” about their uprooting some of the homeless who were already vulnerable and exploited for the benefit of the select few (the city’s image, and the profits of the favor non-profit organizations), perhaps we may find that all is not going to end up so rosy for the affected after all. After all, they are just homeless people living in the streets, right?!? After all, they have no ambitions, no dreams, no goals, no expectations for themselves, do they?!? After all, this community would really be better without their presence, did I get THAT right?!? After all, these homeless (and many more who are practically invisible to most of the general public) are all on the streets by their own choices, did I read THAT right?!?


Homelessness is to be blamed on the homeless themselves?!? Isn’t it soooo easy to blame those who have very little left in life for their own predicament? Isn’t just grand that we can all go to bed with a clear conscience at night, and not ever have to worry that maybe we supported and CONDONED the outrageous violations of their equal considerations of their human rights? So, we do not have to feel guilty about violating the very basic human rights of these people, all because they are homeless and have virtually no real advocacy or representation (other than from the usual self-serving “glory-seekers” and “media-hogs”)? Perhaps much of society that has not been bitten by the dark side of our country’s economic policies and machinations believe it will never happen to them?!? Perhaps, all those cushy office jobs and various other levels of “gainful employment” will withstand being out-sourced, or altogether deemed “redundant”? – Only time will tell, because they have not listened (and refused to listen) to any of us who DID try to tell them.

These are people, made of flesh and blood, and possess feelings, dreams, goals, expectations, and with some who are just as capable of doing great things and having a beautiful life – if simply given a genuine chance (and perhaps some positive encouragement). Yet, the City of Boise, Idaho – AND – its complicit partners-in-crime (the various favored 501(c)(3) “aid organizations”) will continue to exploit and profit from the living tragedy of the homeless, while the homeless are expected to remain quiet (and for the most part – unseen)! The complicit “media” has done a hell of a job in playing to the tune of “good government, bad (street) people” with their slanted and skewed presentation of the plight of the homeless. (This, to my humble understanding, is commonplace throughout the United States!)

Anyone who has genuinely experienced a period (or more) of homelessness would already know what it is like to live at the very bottom tier of society. Yet, it is those who have NO PERSONAL FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE with being homeless that are making all the judgment calls and social policy in dealing with the very homeless themselves! This to include several of the non-profits who SAY they are “for the homeless”, yet sabotage all efforts of the homeless to right themselves – outside of the political sphere of influence – and its “hand-outs”. WHERE are all the godly “churches”, “temples”, and others who profess such faiths and claim to love “all men (and women)”, regardless of their particular station in life? ? ? Where are the true voices of the homeless? ? ? Where are those who truly love ALL PEOPLE, when the homeless citizens need their help most? ? ?

What the City of Boise (Idaho) has done is yet another egregeous act against human rights and violated various human-rights treaties, once again!

BTW: Please beware of giving anything substantive to the BOISE RESCUE MISSION MINISTRIES: Very little of it goes to the homeless, and more of it goes to more profit-making for themselves!


Rev. Dragon’s Eye,
Founder and Chief-Elder Dragon of the Temple,

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Homelessness is NOT the problem of society, On Boise City Ord. 34-13

On Sep. 17th, 2013 (Constitution Day by the way),

The City of Boise, Idaho, by a significant majority ( 4-to-2 vote ) passed City Ordinance 34-13, an ordinance to deal with “aggressive panhandling” in the downtown, industrial/commercial zone. The ordinance was supposedly to address the increasing problem of “aggressive panhandling” by the city’s homeless population (even though, the homeless were not all of the problem in the first place). Tuesday, Sep. 17th, 2013 was the very day that the ordinance went through its third reading and was passed by majority vote of the city council.

What failed to be addressed, however, is HOW this ordinance, in its very generic application of the term “aggressive panhandling”, can and will adversely-affect the lives and day-to-day goings-on of the homeless population, while not effectively addressing the real problem: “What is it that is causing the problem of homelessness to get worse, in this city and in this country.” Too many times, legislation and regulation is used as the answer to combating homelessness issues by focusing the blame on the homeless citizens themselves, rather than the core problem – that which is responsible for making it too easy to become homeless, and too difficult for many to escape homelessness when it happens to them.

There are many different reasons as to why so many end up “on the streets”. There are just as many reasons (or bureaucratic excuses) as to why many of the homeless remain in their predicament, often for years at a time. Any such legislation that fails to address the main problems that are often the direct causes, if not indirect causes, of the phenomenon of homelessness, and its spiraling increase in our society – are ABJECT FAILURES of society, and aggravate the problems of homelessness even more so.

Most of the complaints on the “unsightliness of homeless” in the streets, near businesses, bus terminals, etc. come from the very businesses themselves AND the Downtown Boise Association ( or DBA ). At the same time, most of these member businesses and their political allies who make such voluminous complaints, are also the ones who often reject applications for employment and/or resumes from those who are making a bonafide effort to improve their lot, all simply because their contact address and phone number(s) are known to be those of a local homeless shelter. One such instance was when the new “Cheezecake Factory” restaurant was near completion and was looking for new hires for their grand opening. In this situation, several representatives of the company went to several of the local homeless shelters and provided job applications, by the stack. Thirty-eight such individuals had their completed applications in hand, dressed, clean, and ready-to-work as they showed up at the specific location to be interviewed. The mass-interview was being conducted in a “seminar-like” fashion where multiple applicants would sit through a briefing and introductory about the company, and then wait for their turn to be interviewed by one of the hiring agents for the company. The thirty-eight applicants who filled out their applications that were dropped off at a shelter were unceremoniously turned away at the FRONT DOOR, all on account that they were from a homeless shelter address! – Classic, textbook example of a willingness to discriminate against those who may already be homeless!


This is a very common occurrence with many of the businesses in the City of Boise. Boise’s homeless citizens are routinely denied equal opportunity and equal latitude in competing for the scarce jobs and opportunities in the Boise area. Yet, the answer to the “homeless problem” is MORE REGULATION!

Local Clergyman 9 17 13 Boise Ordinance 34 13 – YouTube

That’s right! Rather than address the REAL problems causing the heartaches of homelessness, in these UNITED STATES, our bureaucrats would rather legislate the homeless right out of sight and out of mind of the general public. What a beautiful country we live in, isn’t it???

So, here is another beat on that:

So, I guess that if you are “homeless” in any way, shape, or form, You have NO rights to Be, let alone be around the public! THIS is what is happening across these UNITED STATES, right under our very noses. Just think, a few “tweaks” in the legal interpretation of “aggressive panhandling” is all it takes. This is how the State of California and even the federal government of the UNITED STATES manages to include more so-called “guns” under the aegis of “assault weapons” by merely slightly altering the how and what can be classified under the “legal definitions” used in the various legal clauses. The very same thing can happen here with respect to the legally-defined term of “aggressive panhandling”, aggressive solicitation(s), etc.

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Just a few of the sobering facts about our country, and its true state of the economy. Homelessness is increasing ever faster in our “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave”, and the “government”, through its penchant of regulations and ordinances, has just the plan: Criminalize being homeless and/or indigent! The old joke and expression, “It’s the economy, stupid!” says a lot.

My question to all of the “civil-rights leaders”, the various church clergy and pastors in the local area: ” WHERE were all of you, when it is your Brothers and Sisters who are being stepped on through the onerous passage of various laws which, in effect, criminalize them for being poor? ” – WHY was I the only man, who took up the calling out of a sense of duty and love for his Brothers and Sisters, who had the nerve and the righteous indignation to spell it out to the public that this is all wrong on all levels? WHY did no other “man of the cloth” ever come to speak the truth, that hangs on God’s lips, that when a society disgraces the “least of us”, it effectively disgraces God?

There again, I am not the one trying to keep alive any preferred tax advantage ( 501 c(3) – organization ) that comes with the price of fealty to Caesar.
” Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, Render unto God what is God’s. ”

We belong to God, NOT to Caesar. But, I guess, some have given themselves over to Caesar, for a few shekels of Silver.

As Paul Harvey used to quip: ” . . . Now you know, the rest of the story! ”

– Rev. Jim “Dragon’s Eye” Smith