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    Default Hawaii State Rep Is Smashing Belongings Of The Homeless

    What a nice, progressive way to deal with homeless problem.

    Much like Batkid, Hawaii has found its own superhero. Except that instead of protecting the powerless from harm, he roams the streets with a sledgehammer and looks for homeless people in order to literally smash their possessions.

    Remarkably, this vigilante isn’t just some random Hawaiian, but five-term State Rep. Tom Brower (D).

    Noting that he’s “disgusted” with homeless people, Brower told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about his own personal brand of “justice”: “If I see shopping carts that I can’t identify, I will destroy them so they can’t be pushed on the streets.” Brower has waged this campaign for two weeks, estimating that he’s smashed about 30 shopping carts in the process.

    “I want to do something practical that will really clean up the streets,” he explained to Hawaii News Now as he showed off his property destruction skills:


    Uncontent to just destroy homeless people’s items, Brower is also on a mission to wake those he finds sleeping and tell them to sleep somewhere else. “If someone is sleeping at night on the bus stop, I don’t do anything, but if they are sleeping during the day, I’ll walk up and say, ‘Get your ass moving,’” he said.

    It’s no stretch to assume that if Brower were found roaming middle-class neighborhoods and smashing items in people’s homes, he would find himself both out of office and behind bars. But segments of society view homeless people as less important and undeserving of the dignity of having their possessions kept safe.

    One homeless person in Honolulu, Edward Ferreira, witnessed Brower in action. “To see someone banging on stuff like that, it was very scary for me,” he told Hawaii News Now.

    Without a home, homeless people often have nowhere to store their possessions. A shopping cart can be very useful in both its storage space and mobility. Some localities, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and others have tried to address this problem by offering free storage space to homeless people.

    Hawaii, on the other hand, is garnering a reputation for a less-than-compassionate approach to its homeless population, and it’s not just because of Brower. It’s got the highest rate of homelessness in the country, but rather than build more shelters or offer more services for the poor, lawmakers approved $100,000 over the next two years to offer one-way flights off the islands to any of the state’s estimated 17,000 homeless persons.


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    I was puzzled when I read the thread title but after reading the story... what the heck??

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    The face of the left.... What compassion!

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    WHAT
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    Please tell me why I should worship the state (who apparently is the only party that can possess guns without question).

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    WTH? Shopping carts cost like $300. Is this an Onion video?

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    I think I'd rather be homeless in Hawaii than have a home in Detroit.
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    I can't even... I can't... what?

    WHAT????

    WHY IS HE NOT IN JAIL?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannno View Post
    I think I'd rather be homeless in Hawaii than have a home in Detroit.
    Lots of people think like that, it's why they have so many homeless. The weather makes it comfortable to sleep outdoors.

    IDK how I feel about the program to buy tickets, but a lot of the homeless in HI are not from HI.

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    Well he's a dick..

    But here's a bright side for libertarians: he's not passing a law or making police do it for him..



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    So he is complaining and using the argument the homeless have stolen the carts. Isn't then his activity some form of property violation to which he is an accessory? He has only returned 6 of 30 carts, admitted he is disabling them, so they are functional before he gets a hold of them. I am sure broken down carts are rather attractive for the public. What a horrible "solution".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kotin View Post
    Well he's a dick..

    But here's a bright side for libertarians: he's not passing a law or making police do it for him..
    lol but he is leaving the now disabled carts for the city to haul away which is costing the taxpayers money.
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    I wish him a long and painful death.
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    phone: 808-586-8520
    email: repbrower@capitol.hawaii.gov

    Get to it folks. I informed both his inbox and his voicemail that he is a piece of shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonhowe View Post
    phone: 808-586-8520
    email: repbrower@capitol.hawaii.gov

    Get to it folks. I informed both his inbox and his voicemail that he is a piece of shit.
    +rep

    I think I might just give him a call. Anyone know if we have anyone at all we can run against him in Hawaii?
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    Appomattox Courthouse; no sir, not by me.
    Had I foreseen these results of subjugation,
    I would have preferred to die at Appomattox
    with my brave men, my sword in my right hand." - Robert E. Lee to Governor Fletcher S. Stockdale (D-Texas), 1870


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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmyprez_deo_vindice View Post
    +rep

    I think I might just give him a call. Anyone know if we have anyone at all we can run against him in Hawaii?
    I bet that homeless guy he scared would do it. Let's draft him.


    I can't get over how shitty this person is. It's astounding.

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    Send this to Drudge too.

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    Fixing shopping carts is my specialty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
    I wish him a long and painful death.
    Fukushima may fulfill your wishes there, although it will take a bit of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kotin View Post
    Well he's a dick..

    But here's a bright side for libertarians: he's not passing a law or making police do it for him..
    I'm pretty sure no libertarian would find anything positive in wanton and deliberate destruction of private property. This guy ought to be facing felony charges for each and every attack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thoughtomator View Post
    I'm pretty sure no libertarian would find anything positive in wanton and deliberate destruction of private property. This guy ought to be facing felony charges for each and every attack.
    just thought I'd lighten the mood hehe



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    Here's how to take care of this guy: set him up!
    Have someone who can prove they have a home to walk around in ratty, dirty clothes, pushing a shopping cart full of junk. Frequent the areas known to be targeted, and eventually he'll be encountered. Have someone else nearby to get it on video. File and press criminal charges for assault and destruction of property. Sue for everything he's worth. End of problem, political career finished.
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    Here's how to take care of this guy: set him up!
    Have someone who can prove they have a home to walk around in ratty, dirty clothes, pushing a shopping cart full of junk. Frequent the areas known to be targeted, and eventually he'll be encountered. Have someone else nearby to get it on video. File and press criminal charges for assault and destruction of property. Sue for everything he's worth. End of problem, political career finished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by invisible View Post
    Here's how to take care of this guy: set him up!
    Have someone who can prove they have a home to walk around in ratty, dirty clothes, pushing a shopping cart full of junk. Frequent the areas known to be targeted, and eventually he'll be encountered. Have someone else nearby to get it on video. File and press criminal charges for assault and destruction of property. Sue for everything he's worth. End of problem, political career finished.
    I volunteer. Who wants to start a chip in to send me to Hawaii?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonhowe View Post
    I volunteer. Who wants to start a chip in to send me to Hawaii?
    I'll take the video footage with my iphone.
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    ....or you could try to help relieve homelessness, but then you wouldn't get to use the cool sledgehammer!


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    A-SS-H-O-LE! What a miserable, petty, little tyrant.
    Something, something, something...Whatever my rage for the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannno View Post
    I'll take the video footage with my iphone.
    I'll take the video footage with my iPhone and stay in a cheaper hotel than Dannno.
    But still beachfront.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mad cow View Post
    I'll take the video footage with my iPhone and stay in a cheaper hotel than Dannno.
    But still beachfront.
    I'll take the video footage and crash rent free with my nieces and stay cheaper than madcow.
    Something, something, something...Whatever my rage for the day.

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    Look at ya'll volunteering to be felt up by TSA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mad cow View Post
    I'll take the video footage with my iPhone and stay in a cheaper hotel than Dannno.
    But still beachfront.
    Screw a hotel, all I need is a surfboard rental.
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