Pot Seen as Reason for Rise in Denver Homeless

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It seems that among younger folks, the legalization of pot has led to an increase in traffic in Denver’s homeless shelters.

Officials at some Denver homeless shelters say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of younger people living on the city’s streets.

One organization dealing with the increase is Urban Peak, which provides food, shelter and other services to homeless people aged 15 to 24 in Denver and Colorado Springs.

“Of the new kids we’re seeing, the majority are saying they’re here because of the weed,” deputy director Kendall Rames told The Denver Post. “They’re traveling through. It is very unfortunate.”

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Redwoods MM7599Part of the increase in the homeless shelters is people that have migrated to Colorado with hopes of working in the pot industry.

The Salvation Army’s single men’s shelter in Denver has been serving more homeless this summer, and officials have noted an increase in the number of 18- to 25-year-olds there.

The shelter housed an average of 225 each night last summer, but this summer it’s averaging 300 people per night. No breakdown was available by age, but an informal survey found that about a quarter of the increase was related to marijuana, including people who moved hoping to find work in the marijuana industry, said Murray Flagg, divisional social services secretary for the Salvation Army’s Intermountain Division.

Some of the homeless have felony backgrounds that prevent them from working in pot shops and grow houses, which are regulated by the state, Flagg said. He also thinks others may find work but don’t earn enough to pay rent in Denver’s expensive housing market.

At the St. Francis Center, a daytime homeless shelter, pot is the second most frequently volunteered reason for being in Colorado, after looking for work.

 

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Irony Alert: Two Shot at Denver 4-20 Day Celebration

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It’s been an irony weekend at the CH 2.0 this weekend.  The later example of irony comes from Denver, where their 4-20 celebration (4-20 is code for marijuana use) turned violent, with two people being shot.  UPI has more…

Two people were shot in Denver’s Civic Center Saturday where thousands of people gathered for marijuana-inspired “420 Day” festivities, paramedics said.

Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said a man and woman in their 20s were both shot in the leg, The Denver Post reported. They were expected to survive, said the newspaper, which initially reported three people had been shot.

Police said they were looking for two suspects and were asking witnesses from the big crowd that scattered when the shots were fired about 5 p.m. to come forward.

“Everybody fled. That’s the problem,” Jackson said.

The reason for the shooting had not been determined.

Johnny Lee, who was at the civic center when the shooting erupted, said he didn’t hear any disturbance beforehand.

“Everybody started to run,” Lee said. “They were running over people.”

Damontay Wimberly told the Post he heard about seven shots.

“Pow-pow-pow-pow-pow, about seven times,” he said.

The irony?  Well, marijuana users are supposed to be calm and chilled out.  That didn’t seem to apply in Denver.  And by the way, didn’t Colorado just pass some new restrictive gun laws?  Surely there could be no shootings with the new guns laws, could there be?


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Gun Control, So Popular, Only one Protestor at Denver Gun Show!

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If you ask the closest liberal, they would surely tell you that almost everyone wants gun control. They would add that few that don’t are Tebaggers, NRA members, KKK, or just flaky Christians waiting for the end of the world.  However, with guns, magazines, and ammo flying off the shelves.  But, how many people do want gun control?

It seems that there was a protest in favor of gun control.  It occurred in Denver Colorado, and lets just say that impact was rather underwhelming.  The story can be found at BizzyBlog…

So it’s come to this: While those who gather by the hundreds, thousands, and sometimes even by the hundreds of thousands in support of conservative causes or against liberal ones usually are either ignored, underestimated, or denigrated by the establishment press, one gun-grabbing advocate protesting at a local gun show gets sympathetic treatment in one-third to one-half of a two-minute segment at a local TV station, along with front-page rotation at its web site.

Readers who have followed the controversy over a New York newspaper’s decision to published the names and addresses of all pistol permit holders in two Empire State counties will surely note the irony in how the CBS station in Denver which covered Saturday’s Tanner Gun Show at the Denver Merchandise Mart didn’t name the lone protester, only referring to her in their televised report as “Karen.” The woman is not named at all in the related text coverage, some of which follows the jump:

Lone Protester Pickets Tanner Gun Show In Denver

As the debate over gun control continues big crowds were met with a protester at the Tanner Gun Show at the Denver Merchandise Mart on Saturday.

Ever since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, there have been increased talks about gun control in the United States.

People were filing in an out of the Tanner Gun Show proudly putting their First Amendment right to use. Some bought guns for hunting, others for protection. They were met with opposition as one lone protester picketed out front in support of a ban on so called assault weapons.

“Something snapped in me and I have to say something,” the protester said.

… Despite their opposing views on gun control, the people do agree on one thing — something needs to be done in hopes of preventing another tragic school shooting.

Despite protesting alone, the woman said she plans to be picketing the gun show the entire weekend and will gladly discuss her views with anyone who disagrees with her.

OK then, as the author points out, Tea Parties put tens of thousands in the streets, but they were ignored.  And, this one individual comes out, and they get the attention.  If that isn’t evidence of following the narrative, I don’t know what is.

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More Voting Shenanigans: SEIU Group Caught Twice

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I’m running out of metaphors to say, “the shenanigans just keep on coming.”  For the record, they are, and the SEIU is featured as the lowlight for today’s rendition.

Gateway Pundit has the coverage of both “busts” of the SEIU front group. Here is the first.

Yesterday, the Yuma Sun reported that two organizations Mi Familia Vota and One Vote Arizona submitted more than 3,000 voter registrations in Yuma County right before the deadline for registering voters. The groups submitted over 20,000 registrations statewide.

What the Yuma Sun did not tell you is that over 65% of these last minute registrations were invalid due to the registrant not being a citizen, a wrong/invalid address, or a false signature.

Here is more coverage from Publius Pundit:

  • These 3000 voter registration forms were all dropped off at once by the one group on the deadline to turn in voter registration forms.
  • Almost all of the registrations were for the Democratic Party, a statistical improbability at best.
  • Today, these same 3000 newly registered voters — as a group — had papers dropped off at the Yuma Recorder’s office requesting to be signed up for the permanent early voters list… which means the ballots will be mailed early, with no accountability.
  • The Yuma Recorder’s office is checking the voter registration forms and have found that already more than 65% of them are invalid due to the registrant not being a citizen, wrong/invalid address, false signature, etc.

So, this sounds very much like the old ACORN procedure…overwhelm the system with fake registrations, and who knows if real people are really voting.

Here is the second…

The same SEIU offshoot group that is accused of turning in thousands of bogus voter registrations in Arizona has come under fire in Colorado.
Mi Familia Vota is accused of turning in 6,000 bogus voter registrations in Colorado.

So, same group, same process, different city.

I think when we get the White House back, and appoint a honest AG, we’re going to have to start a task force to investigate all of this.  Like the different efforts to fight the mob, there will need to be a concerted and sustained campaign to protect our electoral process, and bring to justice the criminals that corrupt it.

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