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The 20th century gave us Marcel Duchamp and "Fountain"... The 21st century gives us Steve Jobs and Hobo with iPhone.

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Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:02 | 3062353 RacerX
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at least s/he has his priorities straight.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:11 | 3062400 GetZeeGold
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Everything is fine as long as you still have your iPhone.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:19 | 3062414 TruthInSunshine
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The poor and jobless sold Apples for 5 cents on U.S. city streets during the last Great Depression, under government sponsored initiatives that allowed these individuals to buy those apples at a discounted price.

This is like that. Except there's no work being done. And he probably got that iGadget for free. Or stole it to pawn for malt liquor money.

Or maybe he's a fan of Joe Weisenthal on BusinessSellSider.

Or something.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:19 | 3062427 HoofHearted
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The rest of the world shits on our ideas of poverty. I'm ready to leave this fucked up country.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:22 | 3062429 TruthInSunshine
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I just realized, being all slow, that the person pictured could be PNC's CEO or CFO, in which case it's all starting to make sense.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:23 | 3062439 francis_sawyer
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HOBamafones for everyone!

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:43 | 3062512 The trend is yo...
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the hobo will need his iPhone to ask siri to get him idirections to his next pan handling location...duh

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:18 | 3062621 Max Cynical
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Siri replies..."Perhaps you should consider getting a job"

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:55 | 3062988 Slewburger
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At least he has google maps now so he can find the nearest shelter.

Shit what would we do without technology?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:54 | 3063164 Drachma
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PanHobo Pro 1.0?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:47 | 3062527 azzhatter
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No worries  Barack O'Claus is coming to town

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:10 | 3062590 catacl1sm
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How does he keep it charged?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:16 | 3062614 SheepleLOVEched...
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he probably has a decent place and makes 45k a year(tax free*)

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:10 | 3062818 boogerbently
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He's playin' for a generous cop to buy him sumpin.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:19 | 3062622 caimen garou
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solar city gave him a solar hoodie

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:10 | 3062594 prains
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hobo got a phone, Rummey and Cheney got $ 2.3 trillion, I'd call it about even

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:14 | 3062607 Treason Season
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Rummey and Cheney stood in line behind Dov Zacheim

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 04:13 | 3065857 prains
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you fucking ass puppets whining about the hobo with a free phone when Rummey bent you guys over for 2 fucking Trill and you sat there and sucked on it

hobo + phone + your ass cheeks = you shitting skittles while rummey emptied the till 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:37 | 3062716 kwality
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There was someone with the licence plates CEO4PNC who parked their PT Cruiser on Lafayette Ave in Seaside Park NJ all last winter.  Maybe the storm has set them upon hard times.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:37 | 3062717 indygo55
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He's doing just fine. Probably has a flat by the river.



Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:29 | 3062683 LetThemEatRand
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"The rest of the world shits on our ideas of poverty. I'm ready to leave this fucked up country."

Really?  The poor in America are not poor enough for you?  What kind of fucked up view of the world does someone need to have to want to leave a country to find one with real poor people (presumably ones dying in the streets and willing to lick you boots for a dollar).

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:09 | 3062814 HoofHearted
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Hey dumb ass, have you not realized that we have a lot of fat poor people? Poor people don't eat. We have begun to think poor people are those that don't have air conditioning. Welcome to my childhood, dumb shit. You really are an asshat trying to ascribe stupid motives to people. Why do I want to leave? Fucked up values. We think it is more important to have the latest piece of iCrap instead of having a shelter for a month. 

Really, stop posting. You have nothing to add. I know you think it is cute to be "contrarian" and all. As such you just provide the mainstream ideas. We get enough of that tripe in other fora. Go to marketwatch or Yahoo finance. You'll be a hero there.

Thumbs up if you've had enough of IDon'tUnderstandRand. Thumbs down if Hoofie is a dumbshit.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:22 | 3063056 akak
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You know what is the worst, and saddest, aspect of LTER? His wildly screwed-up, contradictory, rampantly illogical,  intellectually and morally rudderless "thinking" represents the average American --- and the average American voter.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 14:41 | 3063497 malek
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Very true. But I think it's a her.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:27 | 3063086 docmac324
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The main theme is the ability to TRACK everybody.  No one more "terrifying" than someone with nothing more to lose...

Gotta watch'em all.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:19 | 3062426 HelluvaEngineer
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Sorry, have to.

Keep Obama in President! y'know? He gave me a phone.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:31 | 3062469 Long-John-Silver
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How can people neg actual events?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:36 | 3062485 Gene Parmesan
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They don't like it when their team is criticized. They can't get beyond that to actually consider whether the criticism is true or not.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:12 | 3062600 Crisismode
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My mind is made up.


Please do not confuse me with the facts.



Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:41 | 3062504 Dumpster Fire
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"Oh, it is excellent!" replied the old minister, looking at the loom through his spectacles. "This pattern, and the colors, yes, I will tell the Emperor without delay, how very beautiful I think them."

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:11 | 3062548 onelight
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Alphonzo has some thoughts about that:


ZoNation: The Obamaphone Lady Shows Liberalism Arrests Development

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:30 | 3062463 JackT
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Anyone know if the AppStore accepts EBT?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:07 | 3062584 Vashta Nerada
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That is another thing that irks me.  EBT cards are easily disguised as debit cards, whereas food stamps are clearly that.  EBT cards have a dual purpose of lowering the cost of distributing handouts as well as removing the stigma of being on welfare.  This country could use some more stigma.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:18 | 3062627 forexskin
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with the added benny that JPM gets to collect vig and processing fees on the plastic - much better all around than those primitive food stamps. and now who could deny evolution?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 14:00 | 3063195 bankerbackbacon
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Does the Apple store accept food stamps?


Hail the 21st century replacement  of YHVH, AAPL is the new 4 letter God.



Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:30 | 3062696 Ness.
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OT - This country could use some more stigma.


Or some good ol' Stigmata by Ministry - that will work today.


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:28 | 3062686 monkeyboy
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then download the iSoupkitchen app.



Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:53 | 3062767 Chuck Norris
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You can eat an iPhone right?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:35 | 3062904 chiswickcat
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If you were forclosed on, kicked out of accommodation because you lost your job and couldn't make rent, would you throw away your mobile phone as you hit the streets? Or feel it was probably your only connection to those that you know? We have no idea how long this person has been homless. So why do you expect them to give up their phone?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:49 | 3062960 Lion on a horse
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He probably stabbed and rubbed a kid 1 hour before

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:05 | 3062359 LawsofPhysics
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How else would you track his whereabouts?  Sheesh people.  Just keeping you, eh err, him safe.  Is it issued through J.P. Morgan or Bank of America?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:20 | 3062637 onelight
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JP Morgan dominates the EBT market -- profit area for them -- fwiw

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:04 | 3062361 Xibalba
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You sure that's a hobo and not some off duty TSA worker?  

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:05 | 3062363 fonzannoon
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Off duty?

At least when he gets on a bus we can hear his conversations now.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:11 | 3062820 flattrader
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Tylers mistake anyone not wearing a suit and tie and standing outside a bank a hobo?

Fits in with their political agenda...which seems confused at best.

Looks like a regular guy to me.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:24 | 3062868 dwayne elizando
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Tyler was just kidding. He know's that's the new derivatives portfolio manager PNC hired.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:47 | 3062953 Freddie
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He may be the head of PNC's trust department.  Dear mullah is giving all of his voters the entire Treasury so that is where the money is now.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:50 | 3062963 Freddie
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Tyler(s) web site so I guess he can post whatever he/she wants.  If it is something that I don't like - I will go elsewhere.  He needs more gun posts, more Kyle Bass stuff plus more contempt for hedge fund managers.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:05 | 3062369 I am a Man I am...
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If I could have only one material thing it would be the iPhone.  Easily transportable, access to the entire world.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:03 | 3062568 babylon15
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Why did this get voted down?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:47 | 3062645 Zap Powerz
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It was voted down because iPhones suck.  Had the original poster said "droid" instead of "iPhone" he would not have been junked.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:58 | 3062992 Freddie
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+1  LOL!  

Seriously - I think this stupid obsession with handheld devices by many people, especially younger people, is so retarded.  Idiots constantly checking to see if there has been a text or tweet in the last 2 seconds. Idiots gave away their liberty for the newest ap or TV clicker and HD.

One item he had to have?  Well if the SHTF then if it is one item then a flamethrower or a SAW (M-249) will be more useful than an iPhone.

Get some!

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 14:51 | 3063553 DollarMenu
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IMO, it has become a type of masturbation - mental masturbation with a hand device.

Now, the 'officials' are trying to make these zombies awake enough to cross the streets 

with the lights to avoid being hit.

Of course the driver who hits one is probably texting, so...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:33 | 3062706 forexskin
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clear sign of having been incorporated by the borg? like, resistance is metrosexually futile...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:20 | 3062636 Adahy
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I neither have nor want an Iphone now; I believe I'd choose a firearm.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:29 | 3062692 inevitablecollapse
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if i could have one material thing, it would be a SW M&P 15, then i could have your ithingie

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:39 | 3062729 Dr. No
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id go with clothes thanks.  But then again I dont have an iphone so maybe I dont know what I am missing?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:06 | 3062373 jomama
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Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:12 | 3062402 EscapeKey
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LOL #yolo

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:07 | 3062377 buzzsaw99
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and standing in front of a bank building. perfect

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:09 | 3062391 The big unzip
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Waiting on his Obamabucks.


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:03 | 3063009 Freddie
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They probably hit his/her account at 12:01 am. 

I read something in WSJ, crap paper now, about how WalMart super centers are very quiet about 11:30 pm.  At 12:01 am then the 25 registers go full bore because the obamaBucks get tranferrred at that time.  

The feral EBT crowd is shopping at Midnight because that is when The Ben Bernank bucks hit The JP Morgue's EBT system.


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:09 | 3062386 Blkhat117
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It would be really funny if she worked at PNC Bank. oh well she must have the Obama plan.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:09 | 3062390 IridiumRebel
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Yo SIRI! Where the nearest liquor store?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:27 | 3062453 tabasco71
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I award you 'post of the day' for that one!!!  LOL

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:31 | 3062470 IridiumRebel
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I gladly accept.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 03:28 | 3065828 Urban Redneck
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One block to his left.

But he probably shops at the one five blocks to his right (Dixie)...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:11 | 3062396 Yes_Questions
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Free Range Pre-Apocalypse Man

Its iChristmas iTime in the iCity..

aye aye aye!

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:23 | 3062857 Zap Powerz
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Post apocyalpse woman.....maybe things wont be so bad.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:11 | 3062401 hugovanderbubble
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Spanish Covered Bond Market is in technical default, Sell any CEDULA HIPOTECARIAS

SELL and short (use HF for add short selling into spanish high leveraged co) (Avoid the Regulator Covenants)

All Spanish Cédulas Are Junk


Is the biggest HOLE in the european market--------------------------------------------------- SPANISH CEDULAS HIPOTECARIAS ARE OVERVALUED vs Mark to market. 


LONG Spanish CDS till 600 bps

Long 5 yrs Spanish Bonds 

Long 10yrs Spanish Bonds

Long 3 yrs Spanish and French Bonds



Spain Ibex Target 3.950-4.500

(Dont invest in Spain , till the fraudulent system is cleared and cleaned)

Bad Stuff still here, SHORT SPAIN 100%


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:25 | 3062444 Going Loco
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Er.... are you under the misapprehension that this is a blog for traders?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:12 | 3062405 HD
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Hey, I bought that Hobo shoes!

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:13 | 3062406 odatruf
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Will work for Angry Birds IV?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 21:14 | 3065288 mjcOH1
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Will work^h^h^h^h trade EBTdollars for Angry Birds IV?

Fixed it for ya.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:15 | 3062407 Vashta Nerada
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The world could really use debtors prisons once more

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:16 | 3062410 Seasmoke
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Michigan is trying to bring them back.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:16 | 3062417 cossack55
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No, banksta prisons would be much more appropos.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:56 | 3062776 odatruf
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How about we go after fraud, wherever it occurs?


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:17 | 3062418 LawsofPhysics
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Already have them.  Remind us, how did that work out last time?  Long guillotines then...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:16 | 3062415 orangedrinkandchips
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im missing the phone....? huh?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:18 | 3062422 Miss Expectations
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His iHAND OUT app directed him to PNC Bank.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:19 | 3062424 Oldballplayer
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He's waiting to hear about that job interview.  You know, the one where he pissed himself in the plastic chair, leaving a little puddle.

He thinks he might have a chance this time.  That is, if whitey doesn't hold him back.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:20 | 3062428 Aegelis
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I wish you could hear what you sound like.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:18 | 3062618 Oldballplayer
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Spend a lot of time with the homeless have you?  They ain't exactly the Hallmark card that the bleeding heart media would have you believe.

Most of them are mean, mentally challenged, and don't want your help.

They would just as soon hit you with a brick and take your money. 

And they do smell like piss.

The real world is a mean and nasty place.  Especially at night under the bridges.  Spend a couple of nights there, and you will understand.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:48 | 3062740 Aegelis
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So if I get you right, the fact that they are mentally challenged is their fault and that they cannot clean themselves properly (see definition of homeless) makes them worthless.  So why in the world would that make anyone mean, I wonder.  The homeless I've come to know turned out to be human.  Imagine that.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:21 | 3062851 rich_wicks
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So if I get you right, the fact that they are mentally challenged is their fault


Oh, I guess it's my fault!

So it's my responsibility.



Hey, maybe it's your fault, and it's your responsibility?


I used to be nice to homeless people but once you get to know them after a bit, you realize why a lot of them are homeless.  Some are just down on their luck and have been dealt a bad set of cards.  That's the astonishingly small minority of them.

Most of them are assholes who have fucked over all their friends, have fucked over their family, and are fucks.  That's the majority, and it's why they are homeless.  They have fucked over everybody that would have helped them, and after a point, people respond with FUCK YOU then, and they end up FUCKED.  Then I have to hear you fucking asshoels lecture people about how we should feel sorry for these fucks and how we're mean and cruel to these poor innocents.  Well, asshole, you go ahead and take some direct intervention for a little while, and after you've done that, you bleeding heart fucking hypocrite, who has never dealt with these people, you talk to me then.

You'll have the same viewpoint I do after a point and I'll be astonished if you don't, but my bet, is you will never ever get involved.  You'll just bitch and moan that other people won't.  You'll expect the government to put a gun to my head and force my "help". You know, extort my work and effort from me.


If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.  I got no problem with helping some starving mangy dog, but I'll never help a homeless person ever again.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:41 | 3062932 Freddie
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Spoken like a person who actually tried to help homeless people.  Been there done that. 

The libs also attack churches and have no clue that the people who usually try the hardest to help the homeless are churches. 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:15 | 3063042 overbet
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I only give to homeless who are missing limb(s). There is one I drive by his corner regularly and the poor fuckers gotta be 60 years old and has no legs. I buy him clothes and throw him a $100 every now and then. Aside from that my taxes are enough charity. 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 23:22 | 3065595 Oldballplayer
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I never said they were not human.  I said they are not all good stories gone bad, or that they are the victims of the system and we should spend tons of time rounding them up, giving them showers, and 3 square and they will become good citizens.

Back in the 70's and 80's the democratic government in MA closed the mental health facilities and just thought it would nice to mainstream these guys. 

All of a sudden they are sleeping in the parks, attacking each other (rarely do they kill one of us) and otherwise living like the indigenous americans of 350 years ago.

I have spent a lot of time volunteering at a local shelter and worked with a health care organization that serves the folks on the street.

They are human.  Most are nice enough.  But again, it is a tough, dog-eat-dog world and bum fights are common and brutal.  If they have an iPhone, they stole it.  And they stole it to sell it--or the phone calls on it--for drugs, booze, or that order.

There really is not an answer--most of them got kicked out of their homes by their own relatives who were sick of their addictions, thefts, and arrests.  The government can do next to nothing.  They do not want to be "fixed."

And so, yes I know the ones who want to get jobs don't smell like piss--and they are not on the streets too long.  Those folks can find a shelter that will work with them because they are not junkies or thieves.  Then they can find a job or public assistance that can get them housing.

So, the irony of my post is that the ones that smell like piss would not get a job, because they don't want jobs.  Quite honestly, they just want to be left alone.

I lost my sympathy for most of them a long, long time ago.  Yet, I still give the occasional bum a ten-spot out of white guilt.  At least I know that bum will get a good rush tonight.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:29 | 3062457 mayhem_korner
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First time I've ever heard anyone refer to Barry as "whitey"...

(he's only half white, y'know)

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:24 | 3062433 Dr. Engali
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If that hobo is anything like a couple of the panhandlers around here he probably makes a pretty good living.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:25 | 3062669 AnAnonymous
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I second that. That is what parts us, Americans, from rag tag. That is our hard work ethics.

The other day, I could not help thinking how it comes that so few good hard working middle class Americans dont drop their job to leave the hobbo life. These guys have it so better than us.

Hard work ethics. That is the only answer.

Signed: an American.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:42 | 3062737 Dr. No
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I dont mind panhandlers.  I give when I can. I figure its a more honest wage than gettign the gov credit card handouts.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:29 | 3062884 Thisson
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You don't think they're getting those too?  So naive!

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:21 | 3062435 azzhatter
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Got a decent duffel bag too

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:26 | 3062440 drivenZ
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probably not an iphone. Though the guy outside world trade the other day had beats headphones on, I did a triple take. He's not really a classic bum per se, more like paralyzed... but still asking for money.     

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:29 | 3062458 otto skorzeny
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as a New Yorker-do you crumble into a fetal position and weep like a grieving mother every time you walk by the WTC- the most hallowed piece of ground EVER, ANYWHERE. also-be on the lookout for any intact middle eastern passports

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:36 | 3062484 drivenZ
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of course, it's the law. you must cry while walking by WTC. 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:25 | 3062441 Chief_Illiniwek
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Would this be a promo-shot for the sequel to the cinematic legend "Hobo with a Shotgun"?


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:24 | 3062442 Shizzmoney
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You guys are just jealous; at least he doesn't have to pay taxes on his pan handling income.

A hobo who has something in common with General Electric - not paying taxes.  How about that?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:27 | 3062681 AnAnonymous
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Hummm, this hobbo manages to escape taxation? He should give out the trick. Could make him a rich man.

But hey, it is well known, the 'american' middle class is drained by both the upper class and lower class.

At least in 'american' fantasy land.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:50 | 3062961 akak
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Hummm, this Chinese hobbit manages to escape sanitation via roadside crapping? He should give out the trick. Could make Chinese roadsides a richly soiled land (oh wait, that already happened).

But hey, it is well known, the Chinese squatting ass is drained on both the upper roadside and lower roadside.

At least in Chinese shitizenism land.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:06 | 3063017 Freddie
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Add Google, U2, Buffett and others to the tax cheat list.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:25 | 3062445 otto skorzeny
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this will become as iconic as any "will work for food" photo from First Great Depression.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:26 | 3062450 NoControl
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Not all bums are homeless and not all homeless are bums.

There was a bum around my neighborhood that I've seen go to an ATM and pull out hundreds.

He was kind of crazy and kept to himself.  Rumor was that he's a millionaire


A huge portion of homeless have serious mental illness.  They might have family that care for them but can't get them off the street or get them to take their medication.

Maybe best they can do is make sure they have clothes for the winter and maybe an MP3 player.



Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:31 | 3062466 mayhem_korner
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Lotsa bums in D.C. get mail addressing them as "The Honorable"...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:08 | 3062583 semperfi
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you left out the "with serious mental illness"

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:07 | 3062578 semperfi
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That was Warren Buffet

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:44 | 3062743 Dr. No
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Maybe he is a prepper?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:33 | 3062894 Thisson
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I might be a millionaire if I lived rent-free, too.  Seriously - some of these guys do incredibly well.  Every once in a while you read a story in the paper about one of these guys that has some weird mini-apartment in the subway system, complete with electric/heat. 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:36 | 3062451 Element
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"Debt bum, debt bum, you're a debt bum"


BTW, this no joke, I had this old guy camping in a garden bed a few weeks ago, reading his iPad at night.

No, I'm not kidding, that happened.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:29 | 3062459 orangegeek
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Portland, Oregon has had their street people on one ways to the police for many years.


If the bum sees a crime, the bum calls it in.


Pretty good idea.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:30 | 3062461 Spastica Rex
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Maybe it's an iPod Touch. Or a Samsung Galaxy 4. Or a million other things. Maybe he found it in the trash and it doesn't even work. There was crazy person in my neighborhood in Seattle my son called Baghead. Baghead wore a safeway plastic bag on his head.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:11 | 3062598 sdmjake
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Indeed. Man behind me was having an animated phone conversation the other day. It got a little heated... then he laughed and apologized... His tone struck me odd as the conversation resumed and i couldn't help but turn to look at him.

He was holding a cinnamon roll up to the side of his head and deeply engaged in the next topic.

Be thankful for your health/sanity this holiday season. I may not have the newest iGizmo, but i sure don't envy our PNC gargoyle...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:32 | 3062702 Dr. Engali
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I'd be thankful for my sanity if I wasn't so sure I'm not insane. I guess that depends on what metric you use to define insanity.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:53 | 3062766 sdmjake
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Your ok Doc...but i use the Randal Patrick McMurphy metric!

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 14:49 | 3063543 IrritableBowels
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That was probably that drunk monedas guy.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:30 | 3062465 BondSlinger
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"Hey Hansel, sorry you didn't get the Derelict campaign!"

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:31 | 3062467 ptoemmes
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Maybe Dale Carnegie (I am dating myself, well not actually dating myself, just an old fart) eBooks is on iTunes:

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:32 | 3062471 Element
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I guess it was nice of the bank in question to let him sleep on their steps at least.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:33 | 3062473 mayhem_korner
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Are people that work for a living - in the private sector - a "minority" yet?  Jus wunnerin...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:32 | 3062474 azengrcat
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My EBT app, Obama load my EBT app

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:32 | 3062476 DeadFinks
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Hobo with iPhone...and an E-Trade app.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:36 | 3062483 mayhem_korner
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"Nobody knows..."

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:33 | 3062477 pragmatic hobo
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I somehow doubt he's paying $100 per month for his phone bill.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:05 | 3062575 semperfi
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correct - YOU are !!

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:35 | 3062482 Milton Waddams
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swap out the guy for your average bond trader and replace the pnc sign with NY Fed and not much is different.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:14 | 3062571 Bob
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Yeah, in spite of the overwhelming response here to only one side of the duality, imo it functions as an example of figure-ground phenomena:

In this case it seems to "pivot" on the iPhone.  Would it not be reasonable to hate the iPhone that ties him, like us, to the senselessly destructive consumer emptiness of this world . . . evoking in us a sense of brotherhood rather than sneering mockery?

That iPhone cuts both ways. 

But it would seem there is much more love for the iPhone than for the homeless. 

Must be that Christmas time of year.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:35 | 3062486 GubbermintWorker
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That's a security guard!!

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:37 | 3062491 surf0766
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iphones are a civil right

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:42 | 3062505 Aegelis
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Let's think about this one friends.  The idea isn't to employ people, hope nor change, it's about having the ability to track people and monitor communications.  Less democracy, more police-state, it's just a subtle, friendly way of introducing it.  So you can turn GPS off, but "...even if you are not using it, it is possible to locate you by triangulating from 2 or 3 cell towers."

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:43 | 3062513 wagthetails
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stop jumping to conclusions...those non-working earphones are actually pluged into an old muffin.   

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:45 | 3062517 Meatballs
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Maybe he/she got it the old fashioned way and eeeeeearned it...the same way the banks eeeeeearned it. 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:55 | 3062547 slackrabbit
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Speaking for backward the UK FSA have offically given up doing its job!

You know its all downhill from here when the BoE is trying to convince people the gold there belongs to them, and the regulators are trying to convince you that NO RULE OF LAW actually makes the 'system' safer!

Just when you thought it couldn't get more crazy.....

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:58 | 3062556 Coldsun
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SNAP/EBT - Now Accepted at iTunes.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:06 | 3062567 GraveyardSpiral
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I, too, wonder what is playin; perhaps  .... "Pants-on-da-ground, pants-on-da-ground, Looking like a fool with his pants-on-da-ground...."  He probably just finished opening his FDIC insured checking account and is waiting for the "Transfer of funds" to arrive from the White House account?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:03 | 3062574 fuu
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So low, so low the bar.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:13 | 3062604 Bicycle Repairman
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Because that's where the money is.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:23 | 3062856 GMadScientist
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Thanks, Mr. Dillinger.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:16 | 3062613 GeorgeHayduke
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The bankers who have taken trillions from the public dole do their panhandling in private. All the while they also get to keep their 6 houses, 3 Bentleys, sailboat and fake-titted trophy wife. This new normal is pretty strange.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:24 | 3062666 EmmittFitzhume
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"This guy is keepin it real!  RGIII is the cornball brother"  - Rob Parker

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:26 | 3062677 dexter_morgan
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He's rockin his Obamaphone.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:52 | 3062765 Navigator
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You might be one of the very few Fox fans who doesn't yet know there's no such thing as an "Obamaphone".

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:21 | 3063061 Freddie
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You are moron who probably watches TV and supports The Matrix.  All of TV and All of Hollywood are total sh*t but I bet you are a viewer. 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:28 | 3062682 toomanyfakecons...
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This is an everyday sight... homeless or otherwise broke people with Apple products.


If someone gave me an iPhone, I'd sell it and buy a firearm, ammo, and canned food.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:45 | 3062723 Aegelis
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I'm sure many do sell it, buy a firearm, ammo, and once they do, they no longer need to keep canned food.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:24 | 3062865 GMadScientist
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Maybe a .22 and some catfood.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:28 | 3062687 Manthong
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I wonder who he voted for..

and rest assured, someone got him to the polls.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:26 | 3062874 GMadScientist
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Why would that help? There's a Diebold waiting for him in the booth.

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