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Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » Bums are like zombies, but lack the awesomeness of wanting to eat brains

Bums are like zombies, but lack the awesomeness of wanting to eat brains

Little guy gets stuck with homeless camp in Sacramento:

Merin said he has no ‘animus’ toward Hernandez. He called it a coincidence that he had filed the prior suit against Hernandez and now has sited a homeless camp behind his home.”

I’m not sure if it’s more in poor taste or simply unprofessional to single quote a word that somebody uses like that. It’s mocking and makes Merin sound like bourgeois trash flexing his vocabulary. Sort of like, “he could have said ‘i don’t mean to be mean-spirited’ but he chose to dime-word us instead like a pretentious lawyer douche.” (Yes, I just used dime-word as verb. That’s how I roll, bitches.)

The story seems to lean in favor of Hernandez, but it doesn’t seem clear to me that he has any sort of a claim against Merin. If the homeless are on his property, then yes, I would say he has every right to bitch. If they’re on an adjacent lot, then tough luck. California is no stranger to populism, however, and while I’m all for a safe campsite for the homeless, I’m also in favor of property rights.

A safe-haven camp ground for the homeless is much like a harm-reduction policy in relation to drug use: you can reduce the crimes related to an offense by decriminalizing the offense itself. On the other hand, you don’t provide any incentive to transition out of homelessness by rewarding an unhealthy lifestyle.

So is this post related to linuistics (diction, specifically), rhetoric or property rights? Your choice, I don’t know if I’m even coherent at this point.

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