Jul 21

Humans are the new animals

Guess what’s new in Las Vegas? You can’t feed the homeless in parks, because by feeding these people, it draws them to the parks and makes the parks unsuitable to decent families to go there for picnics and such.

The Las Vegas City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday that bans providing food or meals to the indigent for free or a nominal fee in parks.

The measure is an attempt to stop so-called “mobile soup kitchens” from operating in parks, where residents say they attract the homeless and render the city facilities unusable by families.

This measure sounds much like the ordinances also instituted in parks like, don’t feed the bears (or racoons or any other animal). Apparently, when you become homeless, you no longer exist as a citizen of the United States, or a human being for that matter. You become a rodent, who should not be around normal people because you will spread disease. But what is a homeless person? What do you have to look like to become the city’s new brand of untouchable?

The city’s new ordinance, which officials could begin enforcing as early as Friday, defines an indigent as a “person whom a reasonable ordinary person would believe to be entitled to apply for or receive assistance” from the government under state law.

Mayor Oscar Goodman, who has been a vocal advocate of cracking down on the homeless in city parks, dismissed questions about how marshals, who patrol city parks, will identify the homeless in order to enforce the ordinance, the violation of which would be a misdemeanor.

“Certain truths are self-evident,” Goodman said. “You know who’s homeless.”

Wow. It’s good that the people of Las Vegas have such a mayor on their side, to protect them from things they don’t like to see. Like their more downtrodden fellow citizens.


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