Thursday, January 26, 2017

#PizzaGate: #Homelessness

I am dedicating this post to George Webb, whose series has me thinking constantly in ways I never did before now. I will start by discussing homelessness and then tie it in with PizzaGate and what I am doing in Washington D.C. later in this article. 

Mr. Webb has mentioned homelessness very briefly when discussing what he believes are CIA-sponsored destruction techniques. While I have not signed on to the "CIA is the Root of all Evil" philosophy, something is definitely happening. My regular readers will recall that I am homeless and that I became homeless over two-and-a-half years ago after I came to D.C. the first time for the Benghazi hearings and my motel room was wiped clean while I was at the corner store. I just thought "tough luck" and bumbled along as best I could trying to figure out how to survive. The first few days were rather bumpy, but I managed to stumble my way to a place called "Miriam's Kitchen", a place that feeds the homeless during the week and where, as it turns out, Barack and Michelle Obama staged a photo op one Thanksgiving (or was it Christmas? Whatever.). I was assigned a case manager and after she interviewed me I was assured that, between the Veteran's Administration and the D.C. "Rapid Rehousing" programs, I should be off the streets within a month (not to mention Barry swore he would have all veterans off the streets by 2015).

Well, I waited. And I waited. And I WAITED. Nothing ever happened. Every time I checked in, they were "working on it" or waiting to hear back from someone. After a few months, I learned that Miriam's Kitchen takes in over three million dollars a year. Where does this money go? Much of the food is donated, the clothing they give out is donated, the food is served by volunteers, the "case managers" are interns from local colleges, doctors/nurses donate their time, legal aid is provided by, well, Legal Aid, which is free...there are not even five people who actually get paid at Miriam's Kitchen! 

Then there is the hospital that Mayor Bowser was going to convert to apartments for the homeless, a project for which she allocated $5 billion (in addition to other homeless programs). The hospital has been sitting there for years, and as of this writing it remains boarded-up and unusable. Where did THAT money go?  And of course, before I returned to D.C. for PizzaGate I wrote about The Shade Tree in Las Vegas, which is an actual shelter but whose money appears to go into the same black hole as does Miriam's Kitchen's.

Speaking of Las Vegas, I had a chance to become familiar with Catholic Charities. While they are signing up "Syrian Refugees" apartments, clothing vouchers, food stamps, and $10,000 start-up money BY THE BUSLOAD, the homeless must pay $4 per meal if they wish to eat at the Catholic Charities facility. When was the last time anyone heard of a charity charging someone for food? $4. Now, that is fine if you have food stamps (they take the Nevada SNAP Card), but in Nevada you only get food stamps for three months. After that, homeless or not, it still costs $4 per meal if you want Catholic Charities to feed you. Would someone care to find out just how much money Catholic Charities takes in every year, and find out how much of that money is spent here at home vs. how much money they are spending on "refugees"?

So, in addition to child pornography, snuff films, human trafficking, organ harvesting, and the like, homelessness is a huge business as well, and I am certain the same thing applies in other countries. Someone's pockets are being lined; it might be nice to find out whose, and why. And the reason I am bringing homelessness into the PizzaGate discussion is because it ties in to something I said a few weeks ago. While Comet Ping Pong is the most visible hub of which investigators are aware, from all appearances the real hub is Dupont Circle. I will be spending quality time down there in just a few days so I will have some real intelligence for everyone when I am finished, but I can tell you from my experience here two years ago Dupont Circle is a homeless-hub. Groups set up tables down there to feed them, the homeless go there to drink their beers, smoke their K-2, or engage in whatever their favorite vice happens to be, and they sleep there. The thing about Dupont Circle is, if you air-brush the homeless out of the picture, it looks like Manhattan! Upscale EVERYTHING surrounds that little park, including several Alefantis and Podesta properties. Hotels, restaurants, you name it. Extremely expensive. Which makes it an extremely odd neighborhood for the nearby residents to allow the homeless to run amuck, yet they do. 

Why have they not cleaned up this neighborhood? PizzaGate investigators have a very strong suspicion as to the answer to that question. I will find out; when I was here before I did not hang out down there. I prefer to stay to myself and not be around the crowds of mentally-ill, drugged-out, and/or felons. However, I knew some people who frequented Dupont Circle and I am certain I will run into at least a couple of them. This time, we will actually have something to discuss.

More next time.

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