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BOULDER, Colo. –

Seven self-proclaimed members of the Rainbow Family â and one Boulder resident who’s not part of the traveling hippies â face municipal fines after police found them sleeping on the roof of the Boulder Public Library.

A custodian spotted the inventive campers on top of the 1001 Arapahoe Ave. library â on the north side of the building by Canyon Boulevard â about 6:10 a.m. Wednesday and called police. Officers found eight people passed out in sleeping bags with their belongings scattered around and with two small dogs, said Boulder police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley.

“There is no easy access onto the roof, so they would have had to climb up the side of the building and use landscaping,” Huntley said.

Initially, police calls to the campers went unanswered, and they asked the Boulder Fire Department to help them get the campers down. Three police officers climbed fire truck ladders to get on the roof, where Huntley said they immediately saw a man and woman sleeping next to each other in sleeping bags.

Nearby they found more campers “sound asleep” among their belongings, along with the small dogs, Huntley said.

“(The officers) had to announce themselves several times to wake the parties,” she said. “Everyone was escorted off the roof and placed under arrest at 7:05 a.m.”

Seven of the suspects told officers they belong to the Rainbow Family â a band of hippies that preaches love, tolerance and peace and holds gatherings every July â and said they’re just passing through Boulder after the annual event in New Mexico.

They told police they had taken some illegal psychedelic drugs before climbing on the library roof, Huntley said.

Christine Hodge, 22, Joshua Cole, 21, Aaron Waldeck, 19, Kirstin Humason, 21, Eli Dworkin, 19, Thaddeus O’Hail, 18, and Salvatore Gelosos, 22, were arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing and camping. K. Wheeler, whose full name and age weren’t immediately released by police, also was issued a summons and released.

Huntley said the seven Rainbow Family members were booked into the Boulder County Jail because “they have no local ties.” Wheeler wasn’t jailed because he lives in Boulder.

“Wheeler just saw the others getting on the roof and followed them at about 10 p.m.,” Huntley said. “Wheeler is not part of the Rainbow group.”

Most of the Rainbow Family members were released from jail hours after they were booked on personal-recognizance bonds. Waldeck was still being held on two separate bonds â $250 for the trespassing charge and $100 for the camping charge â on Thursday. He’s due in Boulder County Court on Friday.

The campers’ two dogs were taken to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley.

This year’s Rainbow gathering was held in Cuba, N.M., during the first week of July. About 10,500 people and their pets gathered for the weeklong party in the Jemez Mountains in the Sante Fe National Forest, according to The Sante Fe New Mexican.

Leading up to the gathering, law enforcement officers in Cuba recorded more than 370 incidents involving the Rainbow Family and issued about 120 violation notices, according to the New Mexican. Most of the notices related to alcohol, drugs and traffic violations.

Huntley said Boulder police haven’t had much contact with Rainbow Family members this summer. In previous years, especially when the gathering was in Colorado, family members would infiltrate the town in the weeks before and after the event.

“So far it has been pretty quiet,” Huntley said.

The Rainbow Family started hosting annual gatherings in 1972 when thousands of people convened near Colorado’s Strawberry Lake in Roosevelt National Forest. The gathering since has visited numerous states from coast to coast, and they returned to Colorado again in 1992 and again in 2006.

A member of the Rainbow Family, who’s staying in Boulder and knows the people arrested for sleeping on the library Wednesday, said they’ve recently been spending time on the Pearl Street Mall and playing music near the corner of Pearl and 11th streets.

“I don’t know what they were thinking to climb on a public building with seven dirty hippies and two dogs,” said the man, who would only give his hippie name, Crystal Biscuit.

Archived comments

Boulder has more bums and transients then anywhere I’ve been, it’s time we stop being so friendly to these people.

dax5000

7/23/2009 11:34:42 AM

If this is the biggest news to come from the Rainbow Family this year, good for them and better for us.Peace and Love are forever!

grasspicker

7/23/2009 11:35:36 AM

As these bums would says, Right On! Dax5000. Classic Boulder – we legislate every inch of our resident’s lives, but god forbid we regulate the bums.

bldrbldr

7/23/2009 11:42:20 AM

They were later replaced onto the roof when it was learned that they were part of an art exhibit.

andy@dickson.org

7/23/2009 11:43:24 AM

The Rainbow Family is in town?

You can get a bj for a dollar!

zedlepplin

7/23/2009 11:47:37 AM

“Boulder has more bums and transients then anywhere I’ve been,”

You need to get out more. When I was in Boston I walked by a park (in Cambridge I think) completely filled with homeless people sleeping about 1 per every 8 square feet. And at every street corner there were 3 or 4 homeless people aggressively panhandling (on each of the 4 corners) for blocks and blocks.

olokun@forethought.net

7/23/2009 11:48:48 AM

Thanks andy..now my boss thinks I’m reading the dc comments before lunch..hahha

Sunfire

7/23/2009 11:51:12 AM

“we legislate every inch of our resident’s lives”

Some of us don’t consider that to be a good thing either. But what regulation are you proposing that the current regulation didn’t just take care of?

olokun@forethought.net

7/23/2009 11:51:22 AM

So they were sleeping on top of the Library, BFD! They were not harming anyone.

Hardly criminals and hardly a crime.

SpongeCharlieSquarePants

7/23/2009 11:53:29 AM

They look like the Charles Manson Gang Jr.

Sunfire

7/23/2009 11:55:00 AM

Looks like this isn’t their first rodeo!

davebks

7/23/2009 11:57:26 AM

Waste of police effort and money…Think you will collect a fine from these people ??

Wake em up, tell them to move on…

Criminy.

JakPott

7/23/2009 11:57:37 AM

The Rainbow Family of Filthy Stink.

Look, yeah, they were committing a crime, they were illegally trespassing.

If any of their bugs and stench should’ve wafted into the air intake for the library, dozens could’ve been sickened.

marlboroman

7/23/2009 11:57:42 AM

Josh Cole- 21 going on 42.

elirenfro

7/23/2009 12:02:53 PM

Dude- Widespread was in town…where else are we gonna sleep!

Infinity8

7/23/2009 12:05:15 PM

Josh Cole – Manson?

SickNTired

7/23/2009 12:05:52 PM

Give them the ultimate punishment: a bath and haircut, then dress them in shirts and ties!No doubt their presence was detected by smell alone….

bykhed

7/23/2009 12:06:49 PM

First, I am so glad these outstanding citizens will soon have free health care, it is obvious they deserve it.

Seondly, Phish is coming soon, so it’s going to get worse.

Lastly, a joke: how do you know rainbow people came to your house?

bouldermeister

7/23/2009 12:07:16 PM

I’m sure he could stop a clock. Mainly his eyes…

Sunfire

7/23/2009 12:10:22 PM

How horrible how dare they sleep on a PUBLIC building..

Just wake them up and tell them to go to the national forest. But no lets spend a few thousand tax dollars and put them in jail.

Stiven

7/23/2009 12:11:51 PM

If you put milk on your front doorstep don’t be surprised that a stray cat will come by.If we spend millions on a homeless facility, it is no surprise that the homeless take the RTD bus from Denver to take advantage of our generocity.

456ded

7/23/2009 12:16:15 PM

They’re still there!

bouldermeister

7/23/2009 12:17:05 PM

Compared to the others, Christina looks preternaturally clean.Is she an angel from Heaven?

FreeThinker

7/23/2009 12:17:44 PM

Oh, my life is so hard…I’m going to drop out and mooch of society while the rest of my peers, many of whom had much worse lives than myself, are trying to improve their place in the world.

Selfish, lazy punks.

BBanker

7/23/2009 12:17:55 PM

Give these people a break.If they were not hurting anyone just let it go.

siggy1123@hotmail.com

7/23/2009 12:18:23 PM

“They got the stink lines and everything.”

Noah

7/23/2009 12:18:28 PM

I think Salvador is the Manson of this group. Arron and Josh are just along for the free love…

Infinity8

7/23/2009 12:18:34 PM

Friend: Hey Charlie, saw yor grandkid today inBoulder.

Charlie:Wasn’t on that friggin library again was he?

Sunfire

7/23/2009 12:18:39 PM

They look pretty happy to have been hassled by “the man”.

apm8945@hotmail.com

7/23/2009 12:19:13 PM

2.5 boys for every girl!

FreeThinker

7/23/2009 12:19:44 PM

Sleeping on the library because these lazy kids would get rolled if they tried to take space from the homeless in the park…

BBanker

7/23/2009 12:20:50 PM

“”Boulder has more bums and transients then anywhere I’ve been,”””

Try santa Monica, CA or Portland OR- two of your liberal sister cities. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Why bother climbing a building kids, there is plenty of open space to hide and sleep in.

amizar

7/23/2009 12:23:34 PM

dax5000 sprouted: “Boulder has more bums and transients then anywhere I’ve been.”

This says a lot about you, but little about Boulder.

Thanks for the mugshots, Camera, very entertaining.

ogghead@yahoo.com

7/23/2009 12:26:40 PM

“Selfish, lazy punks”

Why all the hate BBaker. You reap what you sow (sometimes). Nobody is forcing you to give the panhandlers a dime and those people who chose to work will hopefully be rewarded (I should say they’ll earn their own reward).

Meanwhile I don’t think these folks have a very bright future should they continue their current lifestyle – at least not bright by my standards. If that’s acceptable to them, who cares. Sad for their parents maybe, but it’s their life.

I agree with what some others said – wake em up and tell them to move. If they keep showing up them maybe some more formal action is required but why waste the money and jail beds.

olokun@forethought.net

7/23/2009 12:30:43 PM

Heyyyyy cute!!!!

I was just saying the other day there aren’t enough stinky hippies around!

coloradogirl

7/23/2009 12:33:01 PM

The gang initiation to the Rainbow Family is that you either need to hold up a medicinal marijuna shop. Decapitate a bald eagle or do a massive ammount of acid and then get sexed in with free love to the whole group.

Infinity8

7/23/2009 12:35:02 PM

ruining lives, one dog at a time.

alisalias

7/23/2009 12:36:13 PM

“then get sexed in with free love to the whole group”

BTW, Eli is definitely the Manson of this group. Are ya all blind!?

olokun@forethought.net

7/23/2009 12:39:30 PM

Install vandal-resistant sound systems and play Slayer.It’s a great hippy repellant system.

Ben_F

7/23/2009 12:40:33 PM

By tomorrow night they’ll be eating tapas at The Med.

DC10

7/23/2009 12:40:57 PM

How about all of you who are ranting and whining about this show up at night to do guard duty at the library. Become an involved citizen instead of a sideline whiner. At best, HIRE someone with all your bloody money to look out for your precious town.Fat chance. Most of the trust fund trash in Boulder are just as lazy, stupid and useless as these people are being depicted to be, if not worse.

angrynative

7/23/2009 1:04:06 PM

I was at the intersection of Iris and 28th yesterday. There were poeple begging for money on 3 of the 4 corners. This is just ridiculous.

The thing that bothered me most about this was

a. They were all under 25 and thus perfectly capable of working.

b. Several people waived them over to contribute to their lifestyle with a smiel. The vagrant of course did not smile back, but inspected the bill they received. Orh and every donor I saw was driving a Suburu. I am not sure if that is just the law of average due to all the Suburus or if it is a reflection on the naive poeple who drive them.

Dunkterfunk

7/23/2009 1:06:01 PM

Stay classy Boulder!

BoulderBurnout

7/23/2009 1:10:53 PM

Love those photos! I would love to see their Senior pictures, bet they don’t look anything like that!

Hear that DC? Lets see some side by side comparisons!

As for sleeping on the roof, kick em off, figure out how they got on, and fix it.

livinlargeinlafalot

7/23/2009 1:12:09 PM

They look like 90% of the population of Boulder…fit right in.

IXLR82

7/23/2009 1:20:54 PM

They’re not people, they’re hippies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Hippie,_Die

Dick_Tater

7/23/2009 1:27:08 PM

” Paramedics reported transporting about 20 medical patients from the gathering with burns, overdoses, back pain and stab wounds”

Really? Stab wounds?

alisalias

7/23/2009 1:28:50 PM

Better on the library roof than inside the library.

cinnabar

7/23/2009 1:29:19 PM

More examples of why we need a draft – no exceptions………

JustSayin

7/23/2009 1:32:44 PM

Better on the library roof than my roof…

IXLR82

7/23/2009 1:33:32 PM

…and you guys give Longmont crap?LOL.

visigoth

7/23/2009 1:47:03 PM

Stinking hippies.

tunafishsandwich

7/23/2009 1:47:27 PM

Hippies.They’re everywhere. They wanna save the earth, but all they do is smoke pot and smell bad.

thus why they fit in withrest of stinky smelly boulder

dmc714

7/23/2009 1:48:12 PM

I hate hippies! I mean, the way they always talk about ‘protectin’ the earth’ and then drive around in cars that get poor gas mileage and wear those stupid bracelets – I hate ’em! I wanna kick ’em in the nuts!

dmc714

7/23/2009 1:49:18 PM

Play classical music through loudspeakers at night.I hear it is very effective.

editer

7/23/2009 1:50:03 PM

dunkterfunk,

the subaru connection is not a coincidence.Neither is their holding up traffic by clogging the left or “passing” lanes throughout our county by driving barely at or 5 under the speed limit.

They are frequently baked and too spaced out in their compassionate nature to realize they are acutally generating angst in vehicles behind them due to their clueless, moronic driving.How ironic.

marlboroman

7/23/2009 1:53:04 PM

Ever seen a Rainbow campsite? Trash everywhere!

Fair warning though, we have found these people squatting in foreclosed homes! The bank in CA now owns it, they kick in a door and voila! home!

TFA

7/23/2009 1:53:45 PM

damm i cam smell em from here,………..

dmc714

7/23/2009 1:59:54 PM

at least they weren’t sleeping on those couches in the children’s book section.

s4burf

7/23/2009 2:01:18 PM

Where should we sleep tonight, Phido?”ROOF!”

Shiny

7/23/2009 2:04:21 PM

SHAMPOO!!!!!! SOAP!!!!!! USE IT!

nofreebeer@hotmail.com

7/23/2009 2:05:26 PM

Boy what a tribe…don`t any of you people READ?

Because clearly none of you remember “Don`t judge a BOOK by it`s cover”…

Sorry to rupture your Greenspan orb misnomer but “Rainbow Hippies” are not homeless at least in the conventional sense

Take a moment to consider pre-Bush the median age of homeless mostly males was 60,(Vietnam ring any bells?)

At the Library says to me they were there to use the computers AND camped atop of the building suggests these kids were trying to avoid any conflict and certainly your prejudgemental scorn

It`s sad indeed these you label outcast and bum are more likely to be the first to embrace without question the returning remnants from Iraq and Afghanistan…

windskull

7/23/2009 2:08:30 PM

olo.. sure enough about eli. but the spellings of thier last names it’s hard to tell.Do you think Humanson’s mother may have changed her daughter’s name hoping she would be known as a human in stead of her forfather Manson?

Sunfire

7/23/2009 2:11:33 PM

hey Windskull

there lazy bums!!!, don’t you get it

why don’t you let sleep in your back yard ,

oh that’s right you are homeless at the library too

dmc714

7/23/2009 2:11:51 PM

Love the mug shots.Joshua and Aaron look like they are having a blast and possibly took a crap in the back of the squad car. Who names their kid Thaddeus?Finally, Eli doesn’t look like he’s ever been dWorking.

spankymcgee

7/23/2009 2:17:15 PM

‘Because clearly none of you remember “Don`t judge a BOOK by it`s cover”…’

It depends on what you’re trying to judge about them. For example, their unkempt outward appearance makes it reasonable to presume that their personal hygiene and aromatic emmissions are somewhat less than rosey. Their affiliation suggests something about their likely beliefs – e.g. regarding work.

I have to admit, this whole thing reminds me a bit of a scene from Easy Rider and that makes me a bit uncomfortable. On the other hand, I remember things some of these people said years ago (early 1990’s) when they came through town and I was very unimpressed thus my bias. Nevertheless, as I said, wake em up and move them – anything more is an overreaction and a waste.

olokun@forethought.net

7/23/2009 2:33:40 PM

olokun,

your the one one who needs to shave your armpits

and take a shower with soap , then your girlfriend might go down on you ,…

not

dmc714

7/23/2009 2:39:29 PM

What a bunch of scumbags!

roc

7/23/2009 2:40:14 PM

I feel bad for the LEOs that had to swab their squads after giving these youngsters a ride.

elguapo

7/23/2009 2:44:53 PM

hmmmmm…

http://z.about.com/d/crime/1/0/h/D/manson1a.jpg

JakPott

7/23/2009 2:44:55 PM

the photos look some of the guys and galswho work at

Cameron-Cole in boulder,…..

dmc714

7/23/2009 2:47:54 PM

Sausage Fest!

Bro_Namath

7/23/2009 2:52:23 PM

“Sante Fe National Forest, according to The Sante Fe New Mexican”

Hmmm… I am just hoping that that is not too close to the Santa Fe National Forest, and not near where they publish the Santa Fe New Mexican… because that could get very confusing!

Methinks (including from what I saw on another article) that Vanessa’s ‘a’ key keeps producing an ‘e’.

Danimal

7/23/2009 2:58:22 PM

Jak – helter skelter– these are the creepycrawlers Jr. they break in your homes and drink your choclate milk and steal your credit cards.

Sunfire

7/23/2009 3:06:15 PM

If you have ever chummed for fish, you know how this works with the bums and hippies and homeless.Chumming is scattering bait around where you are fishing to attract the critters so you can possibly get them to bite on your line.In Boulderia, the Subarus are filled with the chummers that distribute the bait….five dollar bills for the po homeless folk.Awww, geez, it feels so good to help these poor unfortunate kids..

So Boulder has a reputation that gets out on the “bum internet” and thus attracts more of these panhandler folks to get the freebies from the Subarus.That is how you improve the ambiance of a city.You can thank the squishy dogooders in the Subarus for your daily dunning by the filthy lazy ones at every corner.

tomcat

7/23/2009 3:06:20 PM

Tag them, take them deep into the national forest and release them.If they find their way back to the city three times euthanize them.

gwedo@oldcourse.com

7/23/2009 3:09:40 PM

Simple fact: they broke the law.

Even simpler: Already showing a disregard for the law (and soap, of course), no doubt they would sneak back later after being asked to move along.

Wind-in-the-door: Why am I not exactly happy that they would be swinging by the library to use the publicly funded computers? Oh, wait, could it be that they are not from Boulder County, and in fact pay no taxes in any county?

As far as hiding from conflict and/or “prejudgemental scorn”: this is a lifestyle they’ve chosen, they’ve embraced. Achieved status, not ascribed. They’re fair game, as far as I am concerned, for any denegration I choose. Like NAMBLA members (no, not the Marlon Brando Look Alikes). Even more so the average “homeless”–millions of teens and young adults, no matter what their backgrounds or baggage, do not mooch, do not ignore laws, do not become a societal blight.

BBanker

7/23/2009 3:12:35 PM

The article says they were “passed out” at 6:10 a.m.I guess hippies that are asleep are “passed out”.Cheesy reporting.

If they want to keep them off the roof just throw a couple of bars of soap up there.

Also, the dogs of the Rainbow Family must be thinking “this is the longest walk ever.”

glen@schuetze-gordon.com

7/23/2009 3:17:00 PM

And angry:

Talk about victim-blaming. We should not need a guard–most of us know we don’t belong on the roof, public or private.

BBanker

7/23/2009 3:19:31 PM

Burns: Wait, there’s a NEW Mexico?

VincentCarter

7/23/2009 3:23:59 PM

Personally, I think they’re “posers”. But, whatever. Why couldn’t the police find them a homeless shelter? For some reason, police in all states have bad feeling towards the Rainbow family. It’s beyond my understanding. I attended a “gathering” and it was very peaceful…muddy, but peaceful.

LostInErie

7/23/2009 3:26:12 PM

“we legislate every inch of our resident’s lives”

Really ?

I’ve lived here almost thirty years, and it’s by far the freest place I’ve ever lived (across 7 states). Yep, got two jobs, 2 cars, a house and all kinds of stuff that no one in the local government seems too interested in. My neighbors keep to themselves, the local government has always been responsive and courteous, and not a single City Council member has tried to nanny me. So I dunno what you’re complaining about.

(I would say that Boulder has become alot WHINIER than it used to be.)

Transients and hippies are part of Boulder living and have been for decades. Most of them aren’t hurting anyone.You complain about micro-management, then wish there was more.

Crybabies like this are precisely what has sterilized this town and turned it into one big California HOA.

beardance42

7/23/2009 3:26:39 PM

Thanks Bouldmont, you give us laughs everyday. The Boulder-Longmont Metroplex Funway is a jolly burg indeed, full of a superior lot. …or full of something! lol!

TextualFavors

7/23/2009 3:31:29 PM

“. . .a loose-knit band of hippies that preaches love, tolerance and peace.”

Well, if they believe in love, tolerance, and peace, they obviously are not going to be welcome in Boulder.

grandjacques

7/23/2009 3:33:00 PM

Before you send them on their way get their DNA for future reference.Wouldn’t want them back to stand trial for something they didn’t do.

Sunfire

7/23/2009 3:48:50 PM

Yeah!We just believe in peace and love, and stabbings….

tomcat

7/23/2009 3:53:28 PM

Give these kids a break. They’re just out having some fun before they settle down and join the real world. Nothing wrong with that. I did similar stuff when I was in my 20s, and since then I’ve become a productive member of society and a very hard worker — just ask my manager at Arby’s!

Big_Ben

7/23/2009 3:57:29 PM

I have no problem with the lifestyle of being a drifter. Hell, I kind of romanticize about wandering about.

What i have a problem with is the panhandling. If you choose to live oputside or on the fringes of society and consider those who “work for the man” to be sellouts, then don’t ask for money other people earned in the system so that you can spend it in the system. Your philosophy has more holes than swiss cheese. Stick to your convictions and live off the land. Just don’t ask me for my hard earned money when you snub your nose at earning your own.

That said, i gladly would give to those who can’t help themselves. The mentally or physically handicapped.

Dunkterfunk

7/23/2009 3:59:18 PM

Big Ben: I did similar stuff inmy 20’s as well. What I did not do was beg money form strangers.

Dunkterfunk

7/23/2009 4:06:01 PM

They will only make average cops … biggest problem is their IQs are too high.

CharlesDarwin

7/23/2009 4:16:56 PM

” have no problem with the lifestyle …”

Dunkterfunk, this is exactly what I referred to being turned off by years ago. One of the rainbows interviewed back then said he wasn’t into that “work thing” and proceeded to slam those who were while he and his buddies panhandled from those very people on pearl street mall. He then had the gaul to talk about how when they have something (in this case leftover pizza that they panhandled the money to buy) they “give back to the community” and ragged on society in general for not following their example and ‘sharing’.

My response was along the same line as yours. If you wan’t to be a bum, fine. But don’t you DARE try to make me feel guilty for not funding your lifestyle – while insulting me for actually (gasp) working. And don’t dare rationalize that you’re giving anything back to society while leaching off of other people who actually work.

olokun@forethought.net

7/23/2009 4:18:59 PM

I work in The Village and I can attest to you that I have witnessed over half of the regular panhandlers that “work” there on a daily basis talking on their cell phones and driving away in cars.They’re just too lazy to work so they beg all day;probably make good money doing it too.

adostie

7/23/2009 4:21:01 PM

“Orh and every donor I saw was driving a Suburu. I am not sure if that is just the law of average due to all the Suburus or if it is a reflection on the naive poeple who drive them.”

You must not have noticed the newbumper sticker pasted over the old Obama, Kerry/Edwards, Free Tibet, Coexist,.. stickers that say “I brake for homeless people.”

zone913inc@aol.com

7/23/2009 4:36:43 PM

GEEZ! Why not just tell them to get down and go on their way! What good is it going to do to arrest them?

BroncoDano

7/23/2009 4:36:52 PM

“Boulder has more bums and transients then anywhere I’ve been, it’s time we stop being so friendly to these people.”

I know!…the Boulder City Council has been getting away with waaay to much bad behavior lately.Time to throw the bums out!

LTB

7/23/2009 4:50:13 PM

Well at least they’ll have free health care soon.

submariner

7/23/2009 5:00:27 PM

beardance:

Yay! Thank you for this.Let’s focus on what is actually a problem and what is not.

VajraStyle

7/23/2009 5:01:24 PM

Just Boulder’s “finest” keepin’ the village white and sparkling clean.

Bod2_vob

7/23/2009 5:03:53 PM

“”Most of the trust fund trash in Boulder are just as lazy, stupid and useless as these people are being depicted to be, if not worse.””

Please tell us how you really feel.

amizar

7/23/2009 5:14:51 PM

More comments…must knock dog poop and Ward Churchill stories (appropriate juxtaposition) out of “Most Commented” top spots.

BBanker

7/23/2009 5:14:53 PM

How can these comments be so crude?

If someone, anyone, anytime bothers you SO much, talk to THEM about it.Maybe YOU will be the one who ends up in jail for obstructing THEIR rights. I saw them on the corner of 10th and Pearl last night and they were doing their music thing, which was a cross between interesting and loud, but it didn’t barely come close to the offensiveness I feel for those making these completely unacceptable aggressive remarks. The worst kind of fighting words.

I am truly offended and ashamed of living in a place that has such a negative attitude about people perceived as different than themselves.If you think they are a health hazard to others, then do something about it, report to the authorities-although I don’t think there is anything real there that would elicit action, but these comments are just plain rude and quite provoking, arrogant and downright repugnant.

This behavior resembles the Wild West vigilante times and that is OVER.Join civilized mankind–the stench comes from all of you who made such foul remarks. The soap you speak of badly needs to enter your mouths. If any of you so dare as to make another nasty remark, I assure you it will only serve to hurt your own misguided cause.

SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

lynn_segal_aka_lds

7/23/2009 5:20:12 PM

In fact, many of the dirtiest young kids you find on Pearl and the Hill are the trustifarians–they look up to this kind of lifestyle choice in rebellion towards their privileged upbringing. Just remember, we don’t all have trust funds…most of us work our @$$es off.

BBanker

7/23/2009 5:21:31 PM

Fool me once…

BBanker

7/23/2009 5:22:26 PM

god bless the freaks!

trunestad@newhope.com

7/23/2009 5:24:00 PM

Ah, we’ve now heard from “I’m Okay, You’re Okay” Segal…

Be different–that’s okay. But don’t expect our respect (hate, hate, hate, that word) or our welcoming.

BBanker

7/23/2009 5:24:21 PM

Or should say: “I’m Okay, you’re a prejudicial, chauvanistic, jingoist, Republican et al.”

BBanker

7/23/2009 5:27:39 PM

I said your behavior is bad, not you.

lynn_segal_aka_lds

7/23/2009 5:30:05 PM

“unacceptable aggressive remarks”

“behavior resembles the Wild West vigilante times”

Perhaps you could give an example of what aggressive remarks and vigilante behavior you are referring too?

olokun@forethought.net

7/23/2009 5:30:32 PM

It all comes down to a knee-jerk reaction among the far left (I am left, myself, hence the “far”) to defend any group they perceive as “attacked”–especially when the group is a minority. All well and good, we should all defend the right of the minority–that is, if the minority/powerless status is not one of their own choice. Black, Jew, Handicapped, female, et al…never should be discriminated against. Hippie, NAMBLA, Right-Wing Dittohead, Left-Wing Pinkie, criminal, rapist, et al. Guess what–it is perfectly okay to say that what they are doing is wrong. Enough with the relativistic crappola that everything is okay. Have enough pride in your own self, thoughts, and opinions to know where to drawn the line and say THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. It doesn’t make you bad. It doesn’t make you evil.

It makes you human, and a participating member of society. Criminy.

BBanker

7/23/2009 5:33:58 PM

But Lynn, to quote a favorite far left, ACLU truism: “Speech is not behavior.”

I’ll think what I want, and Big Sister ain’t going to make me change.

BBanker

7/23/2009 5:36:24 PM

olokun

Example

“Posted by marlboroman on July 23, 2009 at 11:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The Rainbow Family of Filthy Stink.

Look, yeah, they were committing a crime, they were illegally trespassing.

If any of their bugs and stench should’ve wafted into the air intake for the library, dozens could’ve been sickened.”

lynn_segal_aka_lds

7/23/2009 5:39:15 PM

The far left is the home of the worst kind of mollycoddlers. Your misguided protectiveness lets you sit back and say: oh, at least I “feel” the right way about these poor, poor powerless groups. Must be everyone else’s fault that they got it so bad. No, nevermind that they might be doing something wrong (keep in mind my above point about achieved v. ascribed status).

Nevermind, why don’t you go protest? Free the Boulder 7! You’re Dirty, Homeless, and a Drain on Society, but We Love You.

BBanker

7/23/2009 5:43:51 PM

Lynn, they have both the louse, and the stench.

BBanker

7/23/2009 5:44:56 PM

Got it to number 3…but don’t want it all to be me. Come on people!

BBanker

7/23/2009 5:45:58 PM

I didn’t read anything about panhandling? I saw them the night before on Pearl. They were in front of Tom’s busking, not begging for money. At least they’re doing something for money instead of begging for share change. I spend my bum dollar wisely and only give to people entertaining me or the very least, wash my windshield.

ruffnrocky

7/23/2009 5:48:30 PM

BBanker

What you apparently need is soap on your gray matter.

lynn_segal_aka_lds

7/23/2009 5:50:38 PM

This story, in some form, and the attending comments, has been written every summer in Boulder for the last 40 years.

fbog@hotmail.com

7/23/2009 5:51:19 PM

they all look like they were still tripping ballz…buzzkill! 🙂

johnbarleycorn

7/23/2009 5:51:19 PM

“a band of hippies that preaches love, tolerance and peace”

I guess they’re not liberals then.

Tripolar

7/23/2009 5:56:00 PM

yeah, that annoying thinkcrime, eh?

BBanker

7/23/2009 6:00:53 PM

lynn, don’t even try to reason with these negative people and their negative comments. Their hate will be the end of them someday. I know people that are involved with the Rainbow Family Gatherings, Dreamtime Festival, and Burning Man. Many of them are wonderful people and will go out of their way to help you and still remember your name after years not seeing them. Unfortunately, Boulder is filled with pretentious, self-centered people who don’t want anything to tread in their daily routines. People here are judgemental and judge a person of being worthy by the clothes they wear, how many bathes they have had, their smell, and their skin color. It is racism to the core. Boulderites live a lie saying they are a free thinking and liberal town. There is more racism here than some small town in Alabama. You see it everyday. Just look around you. How many black folks do you see living here? Yes, there are hispanics but there is a lot of hate towards them and Boulder likes to keep them all in certain areas, away from the white folks. So Lynn, don’t try to reason with this bunch, they hate everything.

SpongeCharlieSquarePants

7/23/2009 6:08:52 PM

Why think negative?

lynn_segal_aka_lds

7/23/2009 6:09:08 PM

OMG: there are so many panhandlers here, but some of these hippies or rainbows are trustfunders in disguise… I once met a dude that all he did was follow the grateful dead, and smoke pot and look like a poor hippy, he turned out to be not only Jewish from MAnhatten, but a trustfunder as well and his mommy had just bought him a 300,000 dollar house. He owned a Subaru , LOL, I worked for him … this town is FULL of trustafarians. BUt dress like dirty ragged hippies… hahahah..

tintala

7/23/2009 6:09:49 PM

BBanker

The question is directed to you.

If I may be so bold to ask.

Spongecharlie

I just try to reason because.Just like the word is, just is.

lynn_segal_aka_lds

7/23/2009 6:12:51 PM

“is”just is, that is.

lynn_segal_aka_lds

7/23/2009 6:27:07 PM

Because they’re harshing my buzz, man.

Feminine-sponge…racism, seriously?!?! You win idjit of the day. The clothes, the smell, I will agree with. Skin color?!?! No man or woman is less to me by nature of their birth than any other, and no greater.

And is it reason to willfully defend those who have made a conscious decision to become as to parasites and blemishes on our society? Nay, I say thee. I refuse to buy into this “everything and anything is okay” bull-hockey rhetoric pushed out by the extremes of the party I choose to identify myself with. Dare I say it? My ilk is the “silent majority” of the Democratic party…willing to fight the fights for the evils of racism, of poverty, of inequity. But on the basis of all are equal, black, brown, white, male, female…though your decisions in life (like dropping out, condemning the working of America as “drones” or “puppets”) will make you less. And I claim the responsibility for myself to decide what I will support, what I believe. I will not have my opinion handed to me by some demagogue.

BBanker

7/23/2009 6:30:20 PM

Negative!?! How dare you? It is not negative to see wrong and speak out against it. And these blemishes are wrong. To assume the right to mine own, and to deny the responsibility to earn it? That is wrong.

BBanker

7/23/2009 6:32:21 PM

Number two…keep it coming.

BBanker

7/23/2009 6:33:09 PM

I wonder, seeing the update, if Wheeler climbed up to enjoy some scrumptious tea and biscuits with these fine ladies and gentlemen.

BBanker

7/23/2009 6:34:46 PM

Ah…and I am spent. Number one, as of 6:37-ish. Thanks.

BBanker

7/23/2009 6:37:43 PM

Great set of pics.The future of America.

DiscoStu

7/23/2009 6:43:27 PM

Not so spent…where is Ellis in all this? Ellis? ELLIS!

BBanker

7/23/2009 6:51:09 PM

LSD and spongepants spend lots of time defending losers.Maybe they are the Subaru folk that have attracted the panhandlers and bums?Or maybe they are the bums?

tomcat

7/23/2009 6:55:55 PM

These Rainbow Panhandlers could use a new approach that might actually move folks to contribute…try:

NEED SOAP..PLEASE HELP

or

DOG NEEDS A FLEA DIP…PLEASE HELP

or

NEED SHOWER AND DEODERANT AND CLEAN CLOTHES PLEASE HELP

pinewoodmountaingal

7/23/2009 7:02:47 PM

Roof care for all should be a right.

abadger

7/23/2009 7:17:26 PM

I would rather spend my time defending those groups who you think are losers than to support your self-absorbed witch hunts and irresponsible judgmental behaviors.

You people hate the cyclist, the rodeo people, single moms who don’t fit your paradigm of parenting, basically anything that falls out of the norm. There is a reason people in other cities in Colorado call Boulder the People’s Republic of Boulder, and it is not because everyone is such a big happy family.

SpongeCharlieSquarePants

7/23/2009 7:29:00 PM

So where’s the crime. It’s “The Boulder Public Library” sounds like their part of the public to me. 🙂

xman2000@zoomnet.net

7/23/2009 7:33:59 PM

Seriously…over a hundred comments and no one has anything to say about “Crystal Biscuit”?!?

Man, you guys are slacking today.

pluppa

7/23/2009 7:40:38 PM

spongepants…don’t get too riled up.Some of the time we are on the same side of issues.I just do not like to be panhandled and the bums on Pearl St and the trails piss me off.I was everything “out of the norm” and am not judgmental about single moms, rodeo people (I did some of that) bikers (did that) etc.Okie dokie?

tomcat

7/23/2009 7:42:20 PM

and don’t forget spongecherylsquarebutt

surfriders

7/23/2009 7:42:45 PM

no worries tomcat. 🙂

SpongeCharlieSquarePants

7/23/2009 7:43:42 PM

And people wonder why I have love hate relationship with Boulder when it’s filled with elitist snobs you make idiotic comments about people on here. When I was growing up in Boulder people were much more accepting of other people who maybe different than them. It is Elitist prigs like you with their noses in the air who gives Boulder the bad reputation that it gets from the rest of Colorado. Maybe if you got out of your BMW’s and took a look around you might actually find that you have something in common with the people you ridicule. I wonder how much you will be laughing at the misfortunes of otherswhen you find yourself in their place. You Boulder elitist snoots make me sick. It’s people like you who have ruined Boulder not the people you like to ridicule.

xman2000@zoomnet.net

7/23/2009 7:46:26 PM

BBanker:

I value Biscuit’s contribution to society (“‘I guess it’s kind of funny,’ Biscuit said”) over yours (“They’re fair game, as far as I am concerned, for any denegration I choose”).

Congrats on your status as an employed person, though.

your_destination_town

7/23/2009 8:11:14 PM

What a waste of time.Who cares.And for those that think we have lots of “bums”, you make me laugh and cry.I can’t believe the shallowness of the comments about these people, but this is the DC board.I suppose what else would we expect.People complaining about someones smell.Just cuz they are not wearing perfume, its amazing the shallowness of what they are up to.Taking them to jail and putting them in the system is ridiculous, but whatever.I suppose for those who are upset for their olfactory senses, they can be happy that they paid at least a grand to give them a shower.It cracks me up even more that you all want them in our jail with as much hate as you all have for these people.I’d think you’d want them put on the first bus out of town, but what can we do.There is always the crowd that thinks there is a right and a wrong way to live life.You all are more of a problem then these guys are most of the time and at best you all tie for what you appear to think is “socially irresponsible.”

Taking their dogs?I know I’ll get reamed for even suggesting that even they can take care of their animals.Just because they don’t want to follow the same path as everyone else doesn’t mean we need to be mean to them and steal their dogs from them.I’m guessing Boulder will pull a fast one and “punish” them by taking their dogs from them when in reality, those dogs will most likely be shipped off somewhere for extermination.

The 25% of you all that are so high and mighty and feel you are above them and can judge them is disgusting at best.

super_boulder

7/23/2009 8:14:28 PM

You folks frickin crack me up ….

This has to be one of the best threads seen in a long time. . .

Please, continue on . . .ROFFLMAO

The_Merry_Prankster

7/23/2009 8:34:04 PM

For being a filthy hippie bum as depicted by most of the posters here that is a finely manicured beard there on Salvatore and as for the rest of the group I challenge any of you to appear less disheveled photographed straight from a sleeping bag or bed without combing your hair and WHERE besides your anal retentive judgmental 2 dimensional mind sets did it mention these people were panhandling or homeless? IT DON`T!

windskull

7/23/2009 8:40:15 PM

super_boulder kudos you just reaffirmed for every 10 self sheathing cranianalites there is a truly civil individual as Wayne said…PARTY ON GARTH!

windskull

7/23/2009 8:46:42 PM

segal,

How do any of your ‘examples’ constitute vigilante behavior or aggression? Especially this comment !?

“Look, yeah, they were committing a crime, they were illegally trespassing.”

It’s a statement of fact.

olokun@forethought.net

7/23/2009 9:02:40 PM

Bernard Posner lives.

motiff

7/23/2009 9:09:30 PM

Welcome Home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fleetothewildernesstheoneinsideifyoucan

7/23/2009 9:21:46 PM

Perfect candidates for the disgusting Easter Egg hunt.Clean them trails fo yo suppah(dc;

inherentrisk

7/23/2009 9:27:18 PM

Nice try kids but you’re 40 years too late. All us “hippies” have mortgages now. I bet they have cell phones. Maybe we can read their tweets.

Purley_Baker

7/23/2009 9:41:02 PM

Sterling specimens of humanity, all. Their parents must be sooooooooo proud of them. Oh, wait — their parents RAISED them to be such worthless doofuses (doofi?).

1axel

7/23/2009 9:56:20 PM

Future Big Lebowskis.The Dude abides.

potbelliechef

7/23/2009 9:57:12 PM

Five members of the “Rainbow Family” …a violent brawl broke out at the group’s campsite near Ward.

When deputies arrived, witnesses reported that one man, a Nederland residentwas hit in the back of the head multiple times with a shovel and possibly stabbed in the neck during the fight…

Some witnesses reported a second person being stabbed…

http://www.dailycamera.com/news/2008/jul/16/man-hit-shovel-possibly-stabbed-rainbow-family-bra/

blisa

7/23/2009 10:48:23 PM

“showing people you can live with a group of people and share life without the complication of money and bills”

That parts kind of funny. One wonders where they got their buses, tents, alcohol, food and what not. Did they manufacture or grow it themselves? Or perhaps they mean to show they can live without making their own money or incuring their own bills.

olokun@forethought.net

7/23/2009 11:10:20 PM

“Boulder has more bums and transients then anywhere I’ve been, it’s time we stop being so friendly to these people.”

Per capita, yes. I lived in Tucson, AZ for five years and while I have seen homeless people, the ones in Boulder are career homeless people. They don’t even try to get a job. Most of them look too zoned out on the ephedra, anyways. But that’s what happens when you waste your entire trust fund on illegal drugs.

yesyou

7/24/2009 12:26:14 AM

Joshua Cole does look like Charles Manson.

yesyou

7/24/2009 12:27:39 AM

Boulder the body odor capital of the world? That reminds me, I have to pick up some soap and deodorant tomorrow when I go grocery shopping.

yesyou

7/24/2009 12:36:22 AM

When the Drainbows come to town stuff seems to turn up missing (dogs). Theft and other crimes go up. Yet they pretend to act all peaceful. Lets not forget how they trash the National Forests.

bouldernative2

7/24/2009 12:40:41 AM

Does the fact that many of these spoiled brats are trust fund babies make it acceptable for them to break the law?It makes them “just kids having fun”?I can’t imagine the outrage if they were people with disabilities or non-anglo.Why so much privelege?Maybe some of you haven’t had to put up with squatters living adjacent to your home in the mountains where they catch the trees on fire, trash out everything, and create constant noise pollution.Let’s not forget their destruction of other people’s property, the firearms and illegal drugs.Would you be so tolerant if you were the victim and the perpetrators were African Americans?Hispanic immigrants?People with disabilities?I seriously doubt it.

disabilityadvocate

7/24/2009 12:42:29 AM

I’m just amazed that the Camera actually used the word “hippies” in a headline.

It’s not a NICE thing to call someone.

tele_editor@yahoo.com

7/24/2009 1:19:19 AM

Is it Eli Dworking or or… LSD working? Relax folks, all will be well soon, these guys will have govt provided health care, and then they will be free to become productive members of society.

johnl

7/24/2009 1:58:21 AM

I bet if there was a big bar of soap up there they would have never gotten near the building.

bigdundooley

7/24/2009 6:15:16 AM

Who do you think their parents are . . . ?

The_Merry_Prankster

7/24/2009 6:28:37 AM

10 bucks says these photos will be their new facebook profiles once they can get back to the library for some free internets.

bouldermeister

7/24/2009 6:34:07 AM

Let’s see,seven hippies,a hundred and fifty plus judgmental comments…I don’t think Boulder has a hippie problem.

DennyFinn

7/24/2009 6:46:47 AM

At first I thought that was Salvatore Gelato, heir to the Italian Gelato ice cream fortune.Then I realized it was Salvatore Geloso, heir to the lesser known Italian Geloso ice cream fortune.If you see him, ask him how they make such a great Geloso.

thatwasntnice

7/24/2009 7:16:06 AM

Please take this trash back to the landfill it has been buried in for the last 10 years.

wiliauk

7/24/2009 7:18:50 AM

Lynn Segal = Squeaky Fromme

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynette_Fromme

No hate Lynn, just a passing thought. =)

Mr68@q.com

7/24/2009 7:37:43 AM

What a waste of resources! At least three cops! Fire Trucks! Arrests! Bookings! Jail!

Keep spending your money in Boulder folks – your paying for this with your sales tax dollars!

WhosYourDaddy

7/24/2009 8:18:27 AM

Like my favorite bumper sticker said:

“Hippies make great pets”

pishan

7/24/2009 8:34:38 AM

thatwasntnice; nice work Sherlock . . . LOL

The_Merry_Prankster

7/24/2009 8:55:52 AM

They should have no problems paying the fines.I went to high school with a girl who joined the rainbow family.Most of them are just trustafarians who think it’s fun to be homeless.

obamanation

7/24/2009 9:06:35 AM

Hey, wait a minute…these characters kind of look like our City Council….I mean the hair…its uncanny.

JakPott

7/24/2009 9:41:57 AM

“Boulder the body odor capital of the world”

dmc714

7/24/2009 9:44:53 AM

These youths were just having themselves a good time. Maybe a little too good 😉 I don’t remember anything from the article suggesting they were panhandling up there on the roof–so what’s with all the “I hate dirty homeless panhandlers” posts?

They got busted doing something stupid on some drugs–and luckily no one got hurt. Sounds like quite a lot of people I know in Boulder. Yet, because they’re “rainbow family” we see a torrent of posts demanding policy changes against “transients” and “bums.”

Sure, the drugs were illegal and so was climbing up on the roof and camping–but that is not the part most of you are upset about (and it really isn’t that unusual for youths of this age-group to get f-ed up and commit stupid pranks, anyway.)

But no, many of you are a lot more upset about the nonexistent “crime” they committed–of being homeless. there is not a law that says you have to live in a home–although I imagine there are plenty of homeless folks out there who wish there were one.

wildflowerseed@hotmail.com

7/24/2009 9:58:34 AM

Cartman: I’m trying to make the best out of a bad situation. I don’t need to hear crap from a bunch of hippie freaks living in denial! Screw you guys, I’m going home.

BiggieSmalls

7/24/2009 10:05:12 AM

“Meanwhile I don’t think these folks have a very bright future should they continue their current lifestyle – at least not bright by my standards.”

If we look at the present condition of not only our insolvent government, but our steadily dying planet, I don’t think any of us have much of a future.

What’s strange to me is that the younger generation seems to understand this even if they are unable to articulate, whereas the dupes who slave endlessly to ‘get ahead’ are living in mad denial.

Societal dropouts signal the end of civilization which is a GOOD thing, because if civilization does not end then the biosphere will.Good luck building a new civilization without a biosphere.

atpth09

7/24/2009 10:28:05 AM

“I am truly offended and ashamed of living in a place that has such a negative attitude about people perceived as different than themselves…”

Great, awareness is the first step Lynn, next step pack up and leave so we can have our town back…

LTB

7/24/2009 10:34:48 AM

Old Doc just had to come in from vacation to comment on this.

Security at the Main Library is a complete joke, and that’s mainly because the private guard there would rather be a social worker and advocate for the worst of homeless people instead of a security officer protecting the interests of library patrons. Let’s call him “Officer Grandpa”.

BTW, I worked for Wells Fargo Guard Services at a variety of posts in Kansas City, MO for several years during the 1990’s, so I have both the training and work experience to know whereof I speak in this regard. Officer Grandpa should resign and go to work at Carriage House or Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, or he should be fired ASAP before a really violent homeless miscreant (there are a few here in Boulder, I assure you) takes his revolver away from him and goes on a shooting spree.

Officer Grandpa goes beyond engaging homeless people in polite conversation (a good technique to let them know they are under observation) to advocating for them personally, ignoring legitimate complaints of their wrongdoing, and enabling a dangerous situation to exist at what should be a family-friendly venue, our Main Library.

I generally avoid the place these days because I’m sick of the drunken old fools out front harassing patrons and staff, the drunks and druggies inside using the restrooms to get stupid, the loud and profane talk of many of these uncouth critters, etc. I understand from reliable sources that there was a bum openly pleasuring himself on the 2nd Floor just two days ago, but I haven’t been able to access the Boulder police blotter to confirm it.

Wouldn’t surprise Brinkley very much if Officer Grandpa told these Rainbow critters they could crash on the roof.

Let’s get an off-duty Boulder PD officer to provide real security, and put Grandpa out to pasture.

Doc_Brinkley

7/24/2009 10:40:07 AM

of course, it is completely OK for LSD to have a negative attitude about people perceived as different than her.

bouldermeister

7/24/2009 10:53:22 AM

I LOVE THESE PICTURES!!!!

estrada575

7/24/2009 10:55:25 AM

If these kids got injured up there, like falling through the roof, they would have found a lawyer faster than you can say “Welcome Home”.

bouldermeister

7/24/2009 10:58:07 AM

They are not being productive members of society.They are a burden on scarce community resources.I have no use for them.If you think I’m being mean – well, too bad.They can follow the rules like the rest of us.

I don’t “perceive” them to be different – they’re no different from any other freeloading, irresponsible drain on society.

my2cents

7/24/2009 11:00:39 AM

So for everyone who thinks this little stunt was so “cute”. How about this one of them falls off and Sues the city. Enforce the laws! Make them do 100 hrs community service cleaning up the creek and woods that they seem to like to trash! Pass a no panhandling law and enforce it. Stops the harassment, cleans up the city.

bouldernative2

7/24/2009 11:26:34 AM

Old Doc shared his secret homeless campsite in north Boulder last night with three young mule deer bucks, their antlers still in velvet. Soon, it will be rutting season and they won’t be bosom companions, but last night was very peaceful and bucolic.

Critters like the Rainbow Family, half-breeds sired by Sasquatch, will never be welcome near Brinkley’s private retreat.

Doc_Brinkley

7/24/2009 11:46:14 AM

“Crystal Biscuit” is an unemployed investment banker, not a Sasquatch half-breed.

Doc_Brinkley

7/24/2009 11:51:28 AM

I saw two of these guys day before yesterday — Cole and Soloso — walking into the middle of the street by Scott Carpenter Park to stop cars in the middle of the lane and then go up to windows and ask for money. Not cool.

shoofly

7/24/2009 12:54:46 PM

Ohh, check for tics Doc.

JakPott

7/24/2009 1:15:10 PM

At least they are not promoting personal hygiene, cause we all know what a joke that would be.

Charles Manson is very proud of them.

fardila@hotmail.com

7/24/2009 1:45:04 PM

I’ glad they caught them, all they are is a bunch of drunks and thieves. Its the only reason I don’t go to gatherings myself, cause I would have to beat some 19 year old drunk up and chain him to a tree, but heck thats all I can beat up is drunks who are passed out anyway, that and women!

dmbshtlogan

7/24/2009 2:25:54 PM

“Your revolution is over, Mr. Lebowski. Condolences. The bums lost. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski? The bums will always lose!”

django

7/24/2009 2:41:15 PM

God I hate the saying “No Worries! Hate it with all of my being.It is spreading like wildfire in the western Lexicon and it causes my bowels great distress (my mind bowels).

HarryHoudini

7/24/2009 2:47:19 PM

God, I hate the saying “No Worries!”Hate it with all my being. It is spreading like wildfire in the western lexicon and it causes my bowels great distress (my mind bowels).

HarryHoudini

7/24/2009 2:50:32 PM

They are a loose knit group of rejected “Fraggles” who have come up to the earths surface to wander around in shame. What a pity,they just couldn’t make the cut.

HarryHoudini

7/24/2009 2:57:00 PM

@django

Awesome! LOL!

fnord

7/24/2009 3:38:13 PM

Hey man, don’t be so harsh.We the people of the Rainbow Family just want to do nothing all day, not shower, get really smelly, bum from people, harass hard-working people, and just be all-around parasites.Is that so wrong?

coloradozombie

7/24/2009 7:31:06 PM

To everyone who says let them be- don’t suppose someone could possibly fall off the library roof and sue the city of Boulder? There are reasons trespassing is illegal.

vic6

7/24/2009 7:59:52 PM

Thaddeus O’Hail = Danny Bonaduce

coloradozombie

7/24/2009 8:08:32 PM

I wish all of my problems could be solved with a bar of soap and some suave shampoo!

coloradozombie

7/24/2009 8:14:22 PM

Wow. How contrite. How self-righteous. How pathetic. The ignorance and arrogance spewing from the Peoples Independent Republic of Boulder flows like so much sewage over the landscape. Clearly, the natives have left the building, only to be replaced with it’s own version of fear, intolerance and superiority. Pull the Silver Spoon of Entitlement out of your mouth/nose/arse long enough to get a dose of reality, and you’ll run screaming down the Pearl Street Mall. How sad…

loosecannon

7/24/2009 9:39:58 PM

hurrr durr homeless people are so bad because they don’t waste their time doing things they don’t like such as working. that means i am better than them. if only these homeless people would get jobs like my mommy says. morons…

da133

7/25/2009 12:45:21 AM

I used to go to many Rainbow “Family” (RF) gatherings (over 20 National and Regionals)for many years, believing all their stuff, but after experiencing their hypocrisy, verbal abuse, and scams, I LEFT for GOOD. One thing you do have wrong here about the Rainbow “Family” though: They DO have a very strong work ethic: for THEMSELVES ONLY. At their gathererings they COMPEL their own people to WORK VERY HARD, mostly physical labor, in the forests, to work in their kitchens, and also digging slit trench latrines, and so on.

The RF are NOT “lazy” or “bums” when it comes to themselves!

They only “bum off of” what they call “BABYLON” (Mainsream Society) who they believe “OWES” them. They believe that “Babylon” is “WASTEFUL” and therefore the Rainbow “Family” can live off of it. I have heard many RF people at gatherings talk about how to do the latest SCAM in “Babylon” to “live without payng rent or bills and to live free” (their nomadic lifestyle) when they are “NOT HOME” (“HOME” meaning in the forest at their gatherings).

BUT: when they are “HOME” they are VERY HARD WORKERS and they SHAME their members who do not work at their gatherings in their kitchens or digging ditches in the forests for latrines and compost pits and so on!

So please do NOT call them “lazy”.

They CAN and DO work HARD (at their own gatherings that is) and for themselves, that is.

They will only work for YOU and I (we “Babylon” people) if it benefits them.

Their first loyalty is truly to their “Family” and they operate by GROUPTHINK.

I LEFT them for good.

–EXhippie!

I expect currrent Rainbow people to flame me for this.

EXhippie

7/25/2009 5:11:56 AM

One other thing, there are Rainbow “Family” people who do have homes, jobs, and land who look down on the “nomdic” (“road dogs” in RF lingo) people who are in this article.

They are called “yuppies” by the “road dogs” and there is a class distinction between them.

At the RF gatherings, the “Road dogs” live off of the “yuppies” and “everyone is one Big Rainbow Family who WORKS HARD and plays together in the Forest HOME” but in “Babylon” (Mainstream Society) the class distinctions remain.

Many “Yuppie” RF members will avoid their “road dog” brothers and sisters while in “Babylon”!

These “road dogs” in this article live “off of Babylon” AND off of the “Yuppie Rainbows” (and perhaps off of their “Babylon” relatives).

To me, it is HYPOCRISY to call Mainstream Society “Babylon”!

I am now PART of Mainstream Society and PROUD of it!

The RF is actually part of Babylon and lives off of it, whether they work in it when not at gatherings or whether they scrounge in Babylon’s dumpsters.

The RF is NOT “superior” to the rest of Society!

They do NOT “have the Answer” to the world’s problems!

They will even admit they have the same problems as the rest of “Babylon” and they accept some “Bad Characters” but again I tell you they are NOT “lazy” when it comes to working for themselves at their gatherings.

They have a very STRONG work ethic among themselves.

When you attend their gatheings, they will SHAME you into working at their kitchens or into digging ditches in the forests for their slit trench latrines, no matter what your ability is or whether you are female or male.

Sure they will feed you for “free” but there is strong peer pressure for EVERYONE over about age 12 to WORK HARD physical labor among the Rainbow “Family” during the day, except during their “Meditation for World Peace”.

So calling them “lazy” does NOT fit them.

At their own camps, when it comes to the “road dogs” they work hard (for themselves) and the RF “Yupies” work jobs and farms.

Plus some RF people do disaster relief.

Still, many RF people ( “road dogs”) do what THESE do and panhandle, play music on streets, camp out on library roofs, camp out ANYPLACE, and so on and on…..that is they are “LIVING OFF OF BABYLON in thier way, which is WRONG!

They use food banks when they have money in their pockets and do “CHARITY SCAMS”.

This is another reason I LEFT the RF!

I read in the news that their dogs in New Mexico had PARVO. There are distemper and PARVO epidemics at their gatherings.

So yes, there are a lot of bad things that happen with this group and they ignore them and engage in GROUPTHINK and mass DENIAL.

They always blame “Babylon” (Mainsream Society) for all their problems!

EXhippie

7/25/2009 5:40:05 AM

Many Rainbow “Family” people who are NOMADIC (“road dogs” in RF lingo) hate being called “homeless”. They call themselves “houseless” to separate themselves from the truly homeless people.

I was involved with them for over 13 years so I do know about them enough to tell you all of this stuff.

So, please do NOT call them “HOMELESS” or “LAZY”.

I repeat: They work HARD for themselves or for others when it serves their own interests. Sometimes though, they will do disaster relief.

They work very hard at all of their forest gatherings, setting up kitchens, working in outdoor kitchens, digging ditches in the forest for latrines and compost pits, and tearing down kitchens and cleanup when their gatherings are over.

They work hard preparing food, and so on and on.

In fact,they EXPECT almost everyone who attends their gatherings to WORK HARD PHYSICAL LABOR. They will use heavy peer pressure and even shame to get the people (over about age 12) to work hard at their gatherings.

So they are NOT “LAZY”!

They do look at Mainstream Society which they call “BABYLON” differenty, though. They “demonize” it and blame “Babylon” for all of their own and for all of life’s problems and many of the RF people, like the people in this article have no problem living off of and scamming “Babylon’s waste” as they call it.

The RF has class distinctions while in Babylon.

But at the gatherings the class distinctions are erased and they are “One Big Happy Rainbow Family” while in the forests togeter.

Okay, I hope I explained it clearly.

I left them for good due to HYPOCRISY, verbal abuses, and many other reasons.

They operate on GROUPTHINK and they refuse to accept any criticism of their “Family”! They will gang up on anyone who criticizes them, but they gladly put down “Babylon”!

EXhippie

7/25/2009 5:57:03 AM

@da133

Yeah my mommy says for me to get a job so I can actually have the evil money to live!Wowie!How original.I guess bumming money from people who have jobs is different that actually having a job.Why not have someone else do what I myself say is wrong.

Not better than them, just willing to live a peaceful life and not trespass on top of a library after doing LSD.

coloradozombie

7/25/2009 10:14:34 AM

Alright, this is a Gyruticated message translated straight from the derogatory, twisted, and uncivil mind of me, one of the dirty kids on the roof to clarify– do you actually believe that we would tell the police that were rainbow family or that we took psychidelics? and why we be sleeping if that was case? so yes we slept on the roof, but beyond that this whole article is full of assumptions and lies

Everybody that is hating on us for not working, how bout you realize that we are working every day– we dont beg you for your money, we just play music all day in the pursuit of joy, and those of you who choose to support it do, we know we deserve nothing from you, but we give and share what we have and what family means to us is people who do the same

anyone care to get your socks rocked off by the whole big loud gang come to The Meadowlark tonight Saturday in Denver 800be there or be that square who wont stop talking about our disregard for the law

check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTexbZL_EqQ

be well, and we hope to see you tonight

TwelveShades

7/25/2009 12:12:47 PM

Don’t these guys know that all they have to do is talk to Lynn in the library and she’ll provide them with warm beds and a place to shoot up INSIDE??

wayward

7/25/2009 9:28:23 PM

Wow I never knew Sal Geloso would ever have gone this far. I grew up with him In Long Island- Great singer, amazing actor in highschool plays- everyone would have guessed he’d make it big… Unfortunately back then none of us would ever have guessed this. Goes to show you guys- even a good kid with lots of talent and so many opportunities can go downhill due to peer pressure.. yes, he was completely against smoking even cigarettes and drinking alcohol.

CorySilver

7/25/2009 9:30:01 PM

Sal Geloso is an amazing singer. I don’t know why he’s singing on Pearl for handouts.He needs to go to LA before the weather turns bad here and get a job singing in a club. I predict some record company will get him under contract ASAP. Good luck to Sal, and his sidekick Eli.

zoocat

7/26/2009 12:24:36 PM

This article changes every time i read it.

Just get the story right the first time and be done with it, isn’t that a basic journalistic tenant?

It’s not an art project.

Other papers would print a retraction or cite changes.

alisalias

7/26/2009 7:47:18 PM

any attempt to glorify, or justify a lifestyle that is basically hedonistic, sex,drugs, rock’n’roll and panhandling is pathetic.

If you really care about anything, then you’de get a job and contribute money and volunteer time to your cause.smoking dope and sleeping in the woods (or on the library) has NO socially redeeming values at all.Its just pure selfish self-indulgence.

Real enviromentalists get science degrees

Real liberals work for the government

Real humanitarians work for WHO, Doctors w/o Boraders, Peace Corps.

These losers are posers, self-absorbed babies.

whackojacko

7/27/2009 11:10:48 AM

I ususally wave them over and ask for Dead tickets and tell them that Jerry is back playin’ in the band…that usually leaves them speechless…

mazonimon

7/27/2009 4:30:33 PM

I love how somehow this delves into a conversation about the adult homeless in Boulder.

On a side note, it’s not like they’re the first band to ever go broke heading across America or use drugs. The same people who throw stones will be the first to buy their cd and marvel at how they overcame financial obstacles to become famous if they ever break through. I’ll contribute to street performers over the guys sitting at the side of the 36, anyday of the week.

Getting arrested for doing drugs and climbing the Boulder library…can a rock band find a way to promote itself any better? Judging from all of the comments, I doubt it!

cynicalcolorado

7/27/2009 11:55:18 PM

It’s such an awkward hairdo phase when your dreadlocks are not yet fully formed.

fannywahoo@yahoo.com

7/28/2009 11:12:39 AM

“Wheeler just saw the others getting on the roof and followed them at about 10 p.m.”

LOL. Now that’s a curious dude.

fusillijerry

7/29/2009 2:00:07 AM

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