Hypocrisy – Mugshot

There is a reason why no illustration accompanies this post. The picture that I wanted to use is just too unflattering.

It is a mugshot of an old friend who had been arrested for trying to get into a car that he believed belonged to his nephew, and then getting combative with Santa Cruz Police Officers who tried to stop him from doing so. He had been missing for three days prior to that, after escaping from the post acute care facility where he lived near the end of his life as he succumbed to a variety of ailments, particularly lung cancer and dementia.

We do not know where he had been or what he had been doing during those days that he was missing. He could not explain any of it. He was very tired and very hungry, and looked ghastly by the time he was found. Fortunately, the Police Officers who arrested him were quick to determine who he was and that he was missing, and then return him to the post acute care facility from where he had escaped. It was an efficient process.

He would have been located much sooner if only the haters had helped. They found his mugshot immediately. Within hours, they had paraded it thoroughly over Facebook and perhaps other social networks, complete with the typical vitriolic accusations, blaming, judging, criticizing, threatening and name calling that they are so proficient and indulgent with. Is dementia really that serious of a crime?

Perhaps it does not matter. To get the process started, haters need only a mention of a crime that includes the names of the perpetrators to find their mugshots online. They often take useful information that is posted on the Facebook page of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, and embellish it for their own sadistic entertainment. The rest of us simply want to know about crime in our Community, and maybe, who to be wary of.

After noticing the potential beginning of another display of public ridicule following a post on the Facebook page of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office a few months ago, a former neighbor questioned one of the main participants in this routine derision, in regard to particular mugshots that she had neglected. This particular hater had always been the most proficient at procuring and exhibiting mugshots for public disparagement.

The hater immediately became hostile to the former neighbor who questioned her, and predictably initiated the typical vitriolic accusations, blaming, judging, criticizing, threatening and name calling that only haters employ to demonstrate their exemplary civility and concern for the Community. Despite her attempts to redirect and end discussion, the former neighbor limited his questions to the topic of the neglected mugshots, but to no avail.

Just as predictably, after failing to dissuade the former neighbor from continuing to ask why the neglected mugshots were not discussed, the hater blocked him from responding, without acknowledgment of the mugshots.

The mugshots in question are of a young lady who had been arrested for DUI (Driving Under the Influence of an inebriant), which really seems like it should be a more serious crime than dementia. I mean, those who drive while inebriated sometimes kill people! However, the young lady who was arrested for DUI is a daughter of another main participant in the routine derision and disparagement of ‘other’ people with mugshots.

Moving Day

This will be very brief. I must be on my way to collect the belongings of one of our members who is homeless in Felton, put some of it in storage, and relocate some to a new campsite.

This will also lack pictures. I will not show the new site, and will not be going to the former site. I will be collecting what I must nearby, but only as near as I can get the car.

It is always nice when someone who had been homeless moves into a new home. So much of the formerly homeless lifestyle gets discarded and replaced with what goes into a domestic lifestyle.

Moving camp is nothing like that. It involves leaving one bad situation only to move into another. The rush to vacate interferes with the ability to sort and discard what will not be needed at the new site. Everything must be moved collectively, and then sorted later. Organization is very difficult without a home. Bedding is the biggest part of it. Although lightweight, it is bulky. It is not easy to be discrete while schlepping trash bags full of bedding.

Moving into a new site without being pursued by stalking haters is another difficulty. At least they are not as bad as they used to be. Those who merely have issue with homelessness seem to have realized that such behavior does not make homeless people any less homeless. Only those who enjoy the sadistic sport of it continue, even if it involves trespassing onto property that they do not want the homeless trespassing onto.

As unpleasant as homelessness is, the homeless situation here has improved significantly in the past few years. Because more homeless people have found homes than formerly homed people have become homeless, there are fewer homeless people in the Community. The Community is just as generous as it has always been, with the same abundance of resources.

Well, it is nearly 2:30, so I really must be on my way.

Hypocrisy – Reefer Madness

It is a standard component of the culture of modern hate groups that target the homeless, as well as every hate group that has tormented society throughout history. I could make a meme of it – ‘Hypocrisy’.

The first hateful comment ever on my gardening blog reminded me of an essay about hypocrisy that was posted on, and then promptly deleted from, the Facebook page of Felton League more than a year ago. It was deleted because someone found it to be objectionable, even after it had been edited for appropriateness of content at least twice. The hateful comment can be found here, as the seventh of the original reader comments (not including replies).

There is not much original material to the essay. It is merely a collection of seventeen reviews from Yelp, which were written by the same yelper, preceded by the excerpt that is posted below. Only the portion that is posted below was written by the author, not by the yelper who posted the reviews. This portion simply explains the significance of the seventeen reviews on Yelp. It is difficult to follow since it was so severely edited here.

The seventeen reviews from Yelp are not included here because they are not as important as what the original essay is about, which is clarified in the last paragraph.

If, after reading the excerpt of the essay below, you are wondering what was so objectionable about the essay, you are not alone. I should explain that the single person who found it to be objectionable was the same who wrote the reviews on Yelp. Yes, they are on Yelp, for everyone to see, but apparently not to be quoted as seventeen examples of hypocrisy.

This is the excerpt:

This is how haters roll.

ALL SEVENTEEN of these reviews of marijuana dispensaries are from the same Yelp account of (name deleted)! Yeah, that’s a lot of marijuana dispensaries for one person! There could be more that she didn’t leave reviews for. Four were updated, and one was updated twice. Review #8 says, “(deleted)” Review #14 says, “(deleted)(name deleted) goes through a lot of marijuana! By the way, (name deleted) is (age deleted) now, so so was in her early teens in the early 1980s when (she said) she started going to (business name deleted) that she left review #16 for. She turned (age deleted) in 1980.

This isn’t the first long list of reviews for marijuana dispensaries from (name deleted). She did it on Facebook too, but deleted the reviews when asked about her marijuana and alcohol use. Yeah, she also wrote reviews for some of the bars and clubs that she frequented, and talked jokingly about getting stumbling drunk before driving home. Yeah, so not something to joke about. Anyway, those reviews are gone now, and the Yelp reviews pasted here will probably get deleted too now that she knows that we know who she is. We’ve known since she left a unique review for one of our friends some years back. She went by (name deleted) for a while, and then (name deleted). FFE keeps a fat file on her.

So, why is this important to us? (name deleted) publicly accuses all homeless people of constantly smoking marijuana, and it’s one of many reasons that she and her few hater friends want the homeless exterminated. HYPOCRISY!

Incidentally, the Yelper who left these seventeen reviews for marijuana dispensaries supposedly left reviews for four more marijuna dispensaries just since this essay was posted about a year ago, although I did not bother to confirm this report. Seventeen is already way too many for someone who accuses everyone within a targeted group of excessive use of marijuana.