[this from a trusted friend from mid-September 2010]
I was just talking with a woman at an office in Eureka and she related a disturbing story. She has been talking with a rabid, local Tea Party member recently and at one point he said that some local members had been targeting the homeless by deliberately burning blankets at homeless camping spots. He seemed proud of it and did the usual stereotyping of the homeless as all drug addicts and welfare recipients. Apparently, she really set him straight, especially in noting the huge percentage of homeless who are veterans.