Fresh Off Red-Light Camera Win, the Kubosh Brothers Take on the New Feed-the-Homeless Law

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They're baaaaack.
The Kubosh Brothers are kind of like the Baldwin brothers, if the Baldwins were rotund, squinty-eyed and sweaty. That's because it's confusing just how many brothers actually exist. Two? Three? After a while, it doesn't really matter: There's always another Kubosh. And that Kubosh has always got things to say.

But this time, glistening under a pale morning sun, sweat-streaked suit stretching across his barrel-frame, Paul Kubosh wasn't pontificating on matters involving red-light cameras. (Yes, the saga continues.) Today at his offices on Lubbock, the issue regarded feeding the homeless, and whether or not it's our God-given right as citizens of these United States to give a homeless person some "bread and a packet of bologna." In April, the city outlawed bequeathing a meal upon a homeless person without permission of the property owner.

So Paul and brother Kubosh, Randy -- who looks like he should be running a funeral parlor -- burdened a van today with 30,000 letters for Kubosh supporters urging resistance against the restrictions.

We asked Paul, a traffic attorney, if he had considered, say, e-mailing rather than canvassing 30,000 homes with pamphlets and yellow envelopes -- all of which set him back $21,000. "What'd you say?" Paul blinked. That, apparently, isn't how the Kuboshes get things done.

The Kuboshes, who amassed some modicum of quasi-celebrity in their quest to shut down the red-light cameras in Houston, have decided to wage yet another campaign against Houston Mayor Annise Parker and her politics, which Paul Kubosh derides as "evil."

"People like her are always doing things to enflame the populace," one of the Kuboshes said (we forget which). "She subverts democracy, and if I don't do it, who will?"

Integrity aside, protest has been good to Paul Kubosh, who's indefatigably jovial, gregarious and -- joking aside -- one seemingly honest dude. Since they've waded into local politics, business at his bail-bonding business has shot up 40 percent, he said.

Not that the lure of profits drew him back into grassroots activism. Regulating how people can feed the homeless just doesn't seem right, he said. Besides, there's the matter of Mayor Parker, who Paul flat-out can't stand. "It's no secret I don't want the mayor to win re-election," he said. "She has too much power and she's proven that."

What's next? Some supporters said they're planning to feed the homeless on July 4 -- because what better way to celebrate our nation's freedom and democracy than by deliberately disobeying an ordinance passed by a electorally empowered government?

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Carrbowl
Carrbowl

After going down to feed the homeless personally, I learned ALOT about the homeless.  They really are no different than the rest of the people that live in homes.  They have their own "neighborhoods"--some are dirty, dangerous and drug invested, and some have very nice, very compassionate people, who not only are appreciative of the help they receive, but actually LOOK for trash cans to throw away their trash after being fed.  Just like anyone else,  you can't let one bad apple spoil the whole bunch.  

Craigley
Craigley

Hey, I gave those SOBs plenty of gently used clothes.  In return they'd steal anything off our patio or driveway that was not bolted down. 

Craigley
Craigley

These fatties obviously don't live near the homeless feeding stations, or they would feel otherwise. I lived in Midtown.  Every Sunday do-gooders would come and feed the bums.  After the feeding the do-gooders would retreat the burbs, leaving the trash and poop all over Midtown. It was like Hansel and freaking Gretel, but instead of bread, you could follow trash, poop and newspaper back to the feeding grounds.

Mr. Blonde
Mr. Blonde

We should give all of the homeless bus tickets to someplace else and meal vouchers reedemable along the way and at that someplace else only.  I'm sure they would enjoy themselves so much more someplace else.

Francesz2006
Francesz2006

That's what I'm talking about...REAL politics 4 REAL people!! Bring back Bill White!!

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