I thought today I would toss out a question to contemplate. What do the Beijing China Olympics and the Denver Colorado Democrat National Convention have in common? Extra bonus hint – it is the same performance probably coming soon to a theater in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Minnesota region!
The answer –> Both cities are using their respective prestigious events as a reason for rounding up homeless and undesirable individuals that they do not want tourists to know exist in their picturesque cities and then sweeping them under whatever carpets they have available, out of sight – out of mind! These are the invisible people that City Fathers do not see except when they are in the way of a successful big bash or have to donate them a dollar for washing their luxury automobile windows at the stoplight. Can’t have all them rich folk and power players having to stare at dirty scarecrows while they are busy drinking and eating their Champagne and Caviar. That could slow down the campaign money trains and sour the contributors swollen bellies. China is simply hauling their unwanted invisible people to the closest empty prison complex. Denver on the other hand is attempting to hide their shame with panache and style. I read on various sites that Denver has offered free haircuts plus free zoo, movie and museum tickets to the invisible people of Denver for the days of the convention. that should help keep them invisible from prying eyes. I have also read that they are improving and sprucing up the homeless centers for the Big Show. (Kind of reminds me of companies that had been informed that Big Wigs or OSHA was coming to inspect the workplace. Time for the old spit and polish routine.) Sigh, at least they are not just hauling them away and dumping the individuals in other towns, like Rock Island and Davenport have done in the past. Not to be outdone of course, I am sure Minneapolis-St. Paul is already busy firing-up their street sweepers, getting them set to rock and roll where they can also start rounding up the unwanted and destitute from the chaste eyes of the Republican Conventioneers in September. Ahh unadulterated moments like these just make you want to kick back your feet, pour out an icy cold Mt. Dew and sing a few verses of “The Big Rock Candy Mountain” (if ya can’t remember the tune you can always just go rent the Movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou” and sing along with the intro. Of course that is assuming you are not outside in nature on a personal quest searching for your existence on the Big Rock Candy Mountain.)