During the late 1990s I occasionally sat in on a poker game at a friend's house in Fairfield, a suburb 47 miles northeast of San Francisco. Regulars included news hacks, a photographer, and a cop with the San Francisco Police Department. He would regale us with stories about how, when he was an officer in smalltown Texas, he would banish vagrants by putting them in railroad boxcars and padlocking the door. He expressed alarm that I lived near the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, where the "bums" were. Once, he announced a planned move from Fairfield to Vacaville to further distance his family from the "scum"... More >>>