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Well I have no problem staying home since I'm living in my car again...

Around two Christmases ago I ran into enormous financial problems that I had pretty well solved until our Dear Leader shut down the government. My car blew its engine and I had just bought a new one and I was out of a job.

The job came back but I had a really tough time paying the rent and the bills. The VA kept saying "No problem we got your back". Suffolk County NY has some really good programs, but was more honest about funding.

So, like and idiot, I believed the VA when they told me I had to be evicted first, then show up at the ER and I would be taken care of. Evicted I was, and when I showed up at the ER I was told I should find a relative to stay with.


So, after some more runaround, I ended up staying in the car for a month or so until my mental health counselor at the VA made a call to one of the places that refused my calls and they immediately called me and invited me in. That's some juice, eh?

Beacon House turned out to be a couple of dozen houses some billionaire bought to do his good works and help homeless vets get back on their feet. Sounds great, eh?

Never met Saint Frank, and I can't attest to anything about his personal goals or secrets, but this was a very strange environment. I immediately ran afoul of the rules of the house-- I could not use my new coffee pot, and I couldn't even donate it it to replace the crappy and broken coffee pot in the kitchen.

And then we weren't allowed to use the stove in the kitchen. Someone almost started a fire years ago, so no one but staff could use the stove. We had a microwave and a filthy, ancient, beat up toaster oven we could use, although we were constantly threatened with their removal.

Part of the alleged benefit of this house was that we would save money since everything was paid or by the house, including meals. Well, every day the van made the the trip to the offsite kitchen and cam back with dinner, and sandwiches for next day's lunch. Nobody expected gourmet food, but what we got was better than jail food, but not much better than MREs. Most of the guys who were working just went out to eat. Lotsa Popeye's and McDonald's bags in the trash. Chinese and Mexican takeout was big, too.

Anyway, the point was to get us back on our feet, but they seemed, at least in my case, to do everything they could to hold us back. We weren't allowed to have WiFi, although it existed in the house. I got yelled at for using the WiFi in my car in the parking lot because I was "loitering". Lots of rules about coming and going, lights out, etc.

This is getting too long, so let me get to the meat of it-- I was in the hospital for a week last month with pneumonia. The day I was to be discharged from the hospital the hospital was told that I had been "discharged" from Beacon House. That's a euphemism for "thrown out into the street". My offense seemed to be that I was sick.

After some hard negotiating by the hospital, I was reluctantly allowed back as long as I signed some vaguely legal-looking stuff. So I signed, but two days later someone claimed I threw up during breakfast, which was untrue but still got me another immediate "discharge" that I argued my way out of.

After a few more days of this nonsense, they finally got me on one I couldn't argue my way out off. A self-appointed arbiter of cleanliness jumped on me for getting a fork out of the silverware drawer without washing my hands in his view and I replied by saying I was tempted to spit on the floor and kill them all.

This "terroristic threat" got me tossed for good, although I never did find out who the "we" was in the comment "we discussed this". Possibly, I could have just refused to leave to see what would happen, but I chickened out. Truth is, I'm back to work under new rules that are more important that dealing with these clowns.

Biggest problem now-- with Planet Fitness closed, where do I find a shower?

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu Apr 2, 2020, 10:06 PM (3 replies)

Somebody wanna explain to me howcum Kars For Kids is advertising around the clock on...

MSNBC on Sirius radio?

But just on the radio.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Mar 31, 2020, 04:57 PM (11 replies)

With all the health crises we've been through, have we ever been this extreme before?

The local Wallgreens is only allowing 10 people at a time in the store and had 6' markers at the checkout. CVS the same way.

Masks are everywhere, everything is closed and the roads and parking lots are beyond vacant.

Yes, I know this is bad-- but how much worse is it than SARS or the rest of them?

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Mar 31, 2020, 04:48 PM (21 replies)

Yes! the My Pillow fundie freak is planning on making masks...

Apologies for linking to the dreaded TownHall.com, but there's a big bragfest going on about how this guy is stepping up to the plate when his master called.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Mon Mar 30, 2020, 05:51 PM (13 replies)

Yes, things are looking pretty bad, but in 1918...

we were dealing with:

Spanish flu, which might have killed 100,000,000 worldwide, but probably less than half that

A cholera pandemic that killed close to a million worldwide

An encephalitis pandemic that killed at least 1.5 million

A US polio epidemic that killed up to 10,000

and WWI.

BTW, Typhoid Mary was only a few years earlier.

And never forget smallpox, which we were still fighting. Even plague was around.

We survived it all, though.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Sun Mar 29, 2020, 05:07 PM (31 replies)

My grandfather owned a feed and grain operation in western Maryland...

around Hagerstown. He was doing very well as one of those "handshake" kinds of businessmen, and was yer basic "pillar of the community".

The the Depression hit, and he rounded everyone up...

"We're in this together. As long as I can hold out, you've all got credit." And the farmers went back to work.

Pearl Harbor happened and we were at war, meaning everyone was back to work. Old Gus wasn't stupid and had paper on everyone for the loans, but he never sued or foreclosed on the two or three who couldn't pay him back. Needless to say, this made him an even bigger hero in the area.

It is men and women like this who are the foundations of civilization. Our local newspaper keeps finding people like this nowadays, and gives them big play.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:19 PM (0 replies)

I shall repost this comment about Bernie that may have been lost...

in almost 240 posts in that other thread.

233. Alas, Bernie should be bashed to extremes-- he has no interest whatsoever in anything...

but the further aggrandizement of Bernie and his '60s politics. And not the best part of '60s politics, to be sure. Just the laughable parts-- all of his talk about justice and equality has been approached by actual attempts at social justice by others, but then scorned by him as not good enough.

He did his best to screw Hillary's chances in the general when he refused to get out and campaign for her until two or three small mumbles just before the election.

He has spent around 30 years in Congress without one significant legislative accomplishment or any coalition building. He uses the Democratic party as a backdoor to campaigning, since he spends the rest of his time complaining about it. He knows perfectly well that he is incapable of building even the semblance of a third party with his crew of whining brats, and is perfectly aware of the history of third parties in American politics even if he could get one off the ground.

So, why should any Democrat who has been out getting petition signatures, paying for campaigns, or doing any of the myriad things party members of all sorts do every year (as opposed to every four years) give Bernie the time of day?

This is his absolutely last and final shot to be anything but a tiny asterisk in the history books, and he will not give up easily, but we are voting for the future of the nation, not for balm for Bernie's hurt feelings and dead dreams.

He should just shut up and step aside, allowing for unity to get rid of Trump. His betters in the primary season have already done that. Harris, Warren, Klobuchar, Mayor Pete, even Bloomberg, are among those who have the skills and essentials to beat Trump and do the job of President, but they all stepped back to back Biden and support unity and beating Trump.

All but one, who has to be the outlier and the oilcan that dropped into the works.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed Mar 25, 2020, 04:34 PM (13 replies)

McDonald's BK, the Colonel... all open for takeout but...

for some reason all the Chinese takeout places around here are closed down.

Ice cream shops are open, too. I like that, but are they really "essential businesses"?
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed Mar 25, 2020, 03:52 PM (23 replies)

My latest email from Bernie...

First the good news, William: 50,000 Bernie supporters donated more than $2 million in 2 days to support five charities helping people who are already hurt by the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Thatís $2,000,000 going directly to help gig economy workers, restaurant workers, and domestic workers, and to feed seniors and kids. Thank you. Your donations will save lives.

Now the better news: weíve identified 9 new charities that also need support during this crisis. Iím going to explain more about them shortly, but if youíre in to help ó and only if youíre able to ó can you chip in $10 to split among these nine groups who are helping in this crisis?

Please split a $10 contribution between nine charities and groups helping people hurt by the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This is important.

As you know, we are likely already in an economic recession. Social distancing, which is necessary to slow the spread of the coronavirus, has caused many businesses to cut hours, lay off workers, or close up entirely.

What is brewing is an economic crisis that threatens to leave millions of people behind. And while Bernie is working to find solutions that will cover our country at scale, we as individuals can take small, immediate steps to help those around us who need it.

That is why these nine new groups we have identified are so important. They are working to feed and fund and organize people who are in need during this crisis. Let me tell you more about them, and then ask you to chip in $10 to support their work:

Feeding America supports a nationwide network for 200+ foodbanks that keep tens of millions of people fed even before this crisis ó and their work is even more important now.

UNITE HERE Education and Support Fund is a nonprofit organization supporting hospitality workers who have been displaced or laid off because of this economic crisis. These workers have been hit hard, and they need all the support they can get.

American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund is supporting musicians who are no longer able to tour or host gigs because venues and clubs are shut down. Your support to this charity will give relief to artists who are struggling during the crisis.

Coworker.org is a nonprofit organizing platform for workers across the country to organize for rights at work and make their workplaces safer. Already this week Starbucks workers won sick leave during the pandemic using the platform, and Amazon workers and USPS employees are organizing for their safety.

Make the Road COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund supports outreach and support efforts to low-income immigrants and to organize to ensure that they are not left out of traditional government responses.

National Domestic Violence Hotline is unfortunately seeing a rise of calls and more people in need as more and more cities are having people shelter in place. Adding a donation to the hotline will ensure they have the resources to be staffed and provide resources towards safe havens for those in need.

US Bartenders Guild COVID-19 Relief Fund is a nonprofit organization of bartenders who are banding together as their workplaces close, and are providing grants and loans to people who need help until their places of work reopen.

CPD Action Solidarity Fund is working to protect and empower the working class, immigrants and communities of color. They are providing resources, support and mutual aid across their network of affiliated organizations.

Children of Restaurant Employees COVID-19 Relief Program is providing direct relief to people in the restaurant industry who have children to make sure their kids are fed and cared for even if their parents arenít working.

These nine groups are on the front lines of the economic crisis, working to provide resources and relief to people who desperately need help.

While we are working to make sure we have scalable solutions to this crisis from the government, if you are able to make one, your contribution can go a long way to support people who need help NOW.

Please split a $10 contribution to these nine new charities working with people who are already feeling the pain of the economic crisis stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

Thank you for all you do for our movement, and for our country. This is an unprecedented moment in history, and Bernie is glad to know that we are all in this together.

In solidarity,

Faiz Shakir
Campaign Manager


Paid for by Bernie 2020

(not the billionaires)

PO BOX 391, Burlington, VT 05402

This email was sent to xxxxx@xxxx. If you need to, unsubscribe here. You can also sign up to receive fewer emails. We hope you'll stay, because emails are such an important part of how we organize and how we raise money. In fact, there is no single greater source for our campaign's fundraising than emails like this one. And that's important, because no one person, not even Bernie Sanders, can take on Trump and the billionaire class alone.

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Posted by TreasonousBastard | Sun Mar 22, 2020, 10:19 PM (19 replies)

Trump's bullshit reminds me of Giuliani after 9/11...

The Ghoul was giving pressers while standing on a pile of rubble at the site.

People like the police and fire commissioners, top EMS people, and others who were actually in the trenches with their people were not allowed to speak. They just stood there in the background while Rudy took credit for all their work.

I have never hated anyone as much as I hated Rudy for that. He sat shitting his pants in the bunker until it was safe to come out and then take the credit belonging to the real men and women, many of whom died or were permanently injured doing their jobs.

Scum of the earth, both of them.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Sat Mar 21, 2020, 01:56 PM (9 replies)
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