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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Comment Of The Day

A few days ago, commenter Baysider posted the following insightful comment to Silverfiddle's May 2, 2019 post "Seattle Is Dying" here at Always On Watch:

I live in such a town - Soviet Monica. Crime (and vagrancy) is up, WAY UP, since the Crime Train is bringing boatloads more freeloaders into town. People are disgusted. We have to protect and defend ourselves. Government has abandoned that function in all but name only.

We ALSO contribute a lot to the private rehab agencies, but I'm not interested in YOU unless you want to take a step in the right direction. Don't expect free lodging and a latrine in MY yard. You can be willing to straighten up and move in the right direction and we'll help.

Our city actually threatened fines/jail to ordinary people like me who wash the filth away -- for spreading disease! What do they expect us to do, lick it up? My garage door guy wears a mask when he works in this area because of all the stench of urine which signals disease that he is working among.

Related reading: Medieval Diseases Are Infecting California’s Homeless: Typhus, tuberculosis, and other illnesses are spreading quickly through camps and shelters (The Atlantic, March 8, 2019).

How long can California survive this onslaught? Similar situations exist all over Southern California, including even in Beverly Hills and Bel Air.

Related...Police Union: LAPD Officers Contracted Staph Infection After Homeless Person Came Into Station (May 7, 2019).


  1. The plague will come next... it's nature's way. That is how it will get cleaned up.

  2. A society gets more of whatever it tolerates.

    Soon enough, social media World Controllers will declare it hate speech to criticize illegal immigration, homelessness and their effects on society. They will crack down on people discussing it and censor any criticism.

    We are in the golden age of technology and scientific advances, but we are also in an age of no faith in stabilizing institutions. We are going down a very bad road.

  3. I live in another state. There is nothing I can do about conditions in Soviet Monica, other than refuse to live there. It must be the citizens of California who rise up to demand from their elected officials a better path to the future. True in the state, and true within the state’s various communities. Complaining on blogs has no effect whatsoever.

    1. Sam,
      I'm not so sure that it is complaining. But I understand where you're coming from. Refusal to live there may be the final answer to this mess.

    2. Not everyone has the ability to move on.

    3. Ed,
      Yes, there's that.

      Mr. AOW (and our two cats) and I are planning a move, and the logistics is a nightmare. For several reasons which I know that you can easily surmise, we can't just "wing it" after we arrive at our destination.

  4. I respnded to this at considerable length when it first appears.

    If in the ulikely case you have any interest in what I said then, please go back to the thread where the comment originated.

    My views haven't changed one iota, nor are they likely to in the forseeable future.

    Needless to say my sympathies were –– and remain –– with Baysider.

    My recommndations for solving the problems were frankly DRACONIAN, which always offends LAC's (law-abiding citizens). In answer to these timid, legalistic objections, I would refer you to the Declaration of Independence and that ringing, stirring phrase "alter or abolish it."

    My heart will always endorse Patrick Henry's fervent exclamation, "... give me liberty or give me death."

    1. Franco,
      The comment to which you've responded has been deleted. Waaaaay off topic.

      Damn trolls.

    2. As it turns out, we get the death ... of a thousand cuts.

    3. I'm sorry. I should have made myself clear. I was referring to BAYSIDER'S comment from a previous thread which you have reposted here.

  5. This plague of diseased "villages" is spreading.

    In November of 2017, I got lost in the area of Crystal City, Virginia, when I was going to visit our Minxy in her foster home in a luxury high-rise apartment building.

    What I found when I got off the main roads!

    I turned on my GPS and got the hell out.

    1. South of Crystal City down Jefferson Davis past the airport used to be dicey... Alexandria, I guess. Driving from DC down to Belvoir, I remember always seeing people sitting out on porch drinking beer in the early afternoon.

      I never saw any bad areas in Crystal City... Wow

  6. People and businesses (tax revenue) keep moving out of California. When does it go boom? California claims to have a 30 billion budget surplus. I don't believe that for a second.

    1. I learned today that, over the past 25 years, California has a net 3,000,000 loss of residents. Sure, people move in, but a lot more are participating in the exodus.

      California is a beautiful state. But all the years of Dem governments -- local and state -- have wrought so much ruin.

    2. It's kind of confusing. California also has a debt of somewhere between $1.3 trillion and $2.3 trillion, even though the state constitution requires a balanced budget and does not permit the state to incur debt.

      Notwithstanding that language, some legal eagle decided that it is legal for the state to sell bonds because bonds, apparently, are not debt, even when you don't pay them off on schedule, which California isn't.

    3. @ Jayhawk,
      I'm an Indiana resident but there is a blueprint for this and you can see where this happens in other States.

      Take a large population Democrat/"Liberal" run State. Spend all of the revenues on wasteful unneeded projects. Promise Unions and special interest concerns impossible benefits which cannot possibly be delivered. Increase the scope and power of the State through regulation. Find ways around sound fiscal policy, change the laws or ignore them. When the bills start coming due, declare a finical crisis. Increase taxation to untenable levels and when all the pyramid schemes start to crumble, go begging to the Federal government for bailout money which actually becomes a tax levied the entire Country.

    4. Buy a new car in CA and prepare for a registration fee of $4,000. I'm amazed that anyone can afford to live in California.

    5. Mustang,
      $4000 to register a new car? Boggles the mind!

    6. "The power to tax is the oer to destroy."

      Don't know who said it first, but it's certainly true enough.

      I go even farther and say, as I have many times in the past, "Power, ITSELF, is our greatest enemy.

      I'm not sure I believe in "democracy" any more, because it cannot work, without a well-informed, morally and spiritually grounded populace that considers exploitation of the weak and foolish for personal gain anathema.

      We may never have reahd that idol in the past, but we have strayed ever farther away from it since the SICK-sties, when the seeds plnted by the early Cultural Marxists developed into full grown poisonous trees and bushes that quickly became invasive.

      I can't help thinkng of The Beobabs, as described by Antoine de Sainte Expupery in The Little Prince, remember that?

    7. On the $4000.00 fee, yes it is true. If you buy a car and pay $37000 or more, you indeed will pay a registration fee of a little over 4K. But that includes the sales tax of $3515, which you would pay on anything costing 37k in the state. The actual DMV fees are around $400...

    8. Dave,
      Still, that is sky high!

      Here in Virginia, we have nowhere near that tax on a vehicle -- as far as I know, anyway. I've bought a new vehicle only once in my life, and that we in 2009.

    9. I did a quick check on VA and that 37K vehicle would come with about $2700 in taxes, based on your sales tax, and then the DMV fees.

      Also, not cheap.

      And for most folks, that gets rolled into the financed amount with their loan, so in the end, it's even higher.

    10. PS... have a good Mother's Day. I loved the generational pic.

    11. Dave,
      I never said it was cheap to pay the taxes and fees on a new car. And those taxes and fees we are discussing are not taking into account the annual tax levied by local jurisdictions: the more expensive the car's sticker price or value, the higher that tax is.

      The above are among the reasons I avoided buying a new car (or an expensive car) in the first place until 2009 (2001).

  7. Have a blessed Mothers Day! AOW! hugzzzzz:-)

  8. there's a push to get the new governor OUT...fingers crossed.
    We lose by a hair quite often, but the libs keep voting more than cons do.
    No, if Bel Air has one homeless guy, I'd be shocked...and Beverly Hills inhabitants won't allow it. That's just plain wrong. I don't see much homeless here in Santa Monica anymore, either, but years ago, when they were at Ocean Park, overlooking the ocean, they'd be told there was plenty of housing downtown and they'd rather sleep outside and enjoy gorgeous Santa Monica. THAT ticked me off. Yes, some of you mentioned it's not easy to leave your state..particularly when you LOVE it so much; family is here, doctors we love are here, can't beat the beauty, great people, I wouldn't leave for anything. I get weary of misinformation, too, by the way.


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