Reach Out and Touch Someone

Just saying hello to a homeless person can mean a lot .  Loneliness can be a homeless person’s best friend, and as a group the homeless need to know that they are human.

In her column, Attitudes towards the Homeless Affect us All, Hailey Yook relates how the homeless who are regularly seen on the Berkeley University campus, where tolerance and open mindedness are preached, are treated — very poorly. http://www.dailycal.org/2014/03/03/attitudes-toward-homeless-affect-us/ 

A little more than a year ago, I started hanging out with the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA.  I heard their stories, have helped them move their campsites after they were evicted, and have broken bread with them, mainly at the community meals which they told me about.

There were and are people who have done more than just greet the homeless here in Bucks County. They have sat down with them and have gotten to know them and established relationship with them.  There was an advocate who regularly visited the homeless who hung out at the Levittown Public Library and the nearby Veteran’s Memorial. She not only helped them with material needs, but also ministered to them by comforting them in their trails.

The hosts at the community meals for the homeless and needy have also reached out to the homeless.  The hosts and their regular guests know one another by name.

What the community meals are not:  When those in need come to one of the churches for a meal, they are not treated the way Jeff Dunham’s Walter would act as a greeter at Walmart:  “Welcome to Walmart; get your sh** and get out!”

The hosts at these meals for the homeless and needy don’t just put food out and stand at a distance. They listen to their stories and try to help them resolve problems and generally make the homeless feel at home.  At my last community meal, on Sunday afternoon, some of the hosts prayed with their guests.  One of them sat at a table with their guests for more than ½ hour, helping them sort things out and generally conversing with them.

The homeless need understanding and compassion, not judgmentalism.  People have become that way because of economics or because of addictions and other bad decisions or a combination of the two. In either case, the homeless should not be written off, condemned.

Not all homeless people are drunks, druggies, and people with major attitude problems.  Just being homeless, however, one can develop a bad attitude.

Treating the homeless like lepers is wrong and does not help the situation.

James 2:1-4
“My brothers, show no partiality as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.  For if a man with gold rings on his fingers and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and a poor person in shabby clothes also comes in, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say, ‘Sit here, please,’ while you say to the poor one, ‘Stand there,’ or ‘Sit at my feet,’ have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil designs?”

Like the rest of us, they need God.  As Christians, we are commanded to show other’s God’s love.

2 Corinthians 5:20-21 

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 

The Pope and BO Perfect Dysfunctionality

Human caused global warming is the product of recycled Marxism mixed with junk science.

As W.C. Fields used to say “Ah yes, seems we’ve been here before.”

The before was the time of Galileo, when the Catholic church went against scientific truth and created its own reality. They said the earth was the center of the universe and angels pushed the sun around us.  Like today’s pseudo environmentalists, who push human caused global warming, the elitists said it was so just because they said so, and threatened anyone, in Stalinist style, who tried to prove otherwise.

Galileo Galilei was tried and convicted in the kangaroo court known as the Roman Catholic Inquisition in 1633 for saying the sun was the center of the universe, which today is universally accepted.

It makes no difference what kind of story people make up to fight the scientific truth, the results are the same.  The economy gets worse, people can’t get food, shelter and medicines they need,etc.

Lately, Pope Francis championed human caused global warming.  On many issues, ones that deeply affect people, the Pope and BO (President Barry Obama) are two sh**birds of a feather.

These birds are in league with the pseudo-environmentalists, aka watermelon environmentalists (green on the outside, red on the inside).  BO has been legislating under the influence (LUI) of these elitist kooks.  The Jesuits, which Pope Francis is aligned with, historically have had a Marxist bent.

What does this mean to us?

BO, the UN and the radical Greens have been unsuccessful in their attempts to bring the US and the rest of the world into a binding international climate agreement.  Now that they have the blessings of the Pope, and those who don’t question his authority, they have a chance of screwing us with the Paris climate scam.

This is nothing new for the Catholic church, with the oldie but goody Sale of Indulgences, where it sheared the sheep by scaring them.  It said that if they didn’t pay protection money, they’d go to hell. Likewise with BO and the pseudo-environmentalists, for whom Halloween is everyday, they spook us. They tell us that baby seals will drown as the sea gets higher because of global warming. We need additional taxes and regulations for this and so that in the desert sun our skin won’t turn red, because the sky is falling as a result of ozone depletion from CFCs.

It’s trick or treat.  In other words, quid pro quo.

Solyndra, Barry’s boondoggleThe manufacturer of advanced solar panels received a $535 million loan guarantee to build a factory outside of San Francisco.

Solyndra went bankrupt in 2011 amid falling prices for solar panels, and has since served as the poster child for government policy gone bad. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solyndra

Its assets were being auctioned off, and DOE is not expected to recover any meaningful amount of money.

The executives at Solyndra, who contributed to BO’s presidential campaign, walked away with golden parachutes, while we got the shaft.

The radical Green agenda is not based on sound scientific evidence but on boogie man scare tactics.  If BO was honest, he’d get up and sing “I’m your boogie man, that’s what I am…”

The regulations that Green agenda precipitates will cripple businesses and jobs and, like FDR’s New Raw Deal, will hurt everyday people, especially the poor and homeless, the canary in the mine that is an early warning sign for viability.

Meanwhile the lame stream media continues to peddle their Kool-aid through its conduit for the Plutocracy. They will present their tripe as an Angel of Light.  Unlike Brutus in the 1980 movie Popeye, they will not be straightforward and shout out “I’m mean, I’m mean, I’m mean, I’m mean.”

When you pierce the veil — that curtain behind which a man impersonating a wizard is found, you can see that all the hoolpa about being Green and social justice is actually a very destructive idea.

Let’s seek truth, justice, and the American way!

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. ”  John 8:32.

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Officials in Bucks County, Pennsylvania recognized in the late 80’s that there was a homeless problem in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Today, especially in Lower Bucks County, the homeless problem has mushroomed. So much so that the only shelter, in Levittown, PA, has a long waiting list.

Consequently, many people end up sleeping on sidewalks, their cars, and in tents.

Germany, once our enemy, has turned lemons into lemonade by using a long defunct death camp for people who need homes to live.   If they can do it, we can do it.

Why not?  

In Bucks County there is more vacant property than there is more vacant property than homeless people. Caring people have tried.  For some reason, when people explored the idea of matching vacant property with the county’s homeless, they were stonewalled.  One excuse or the other.  Liability…

The root of the problem to ameliorating the homeless problem in Bucks County is the perception people have of the homeless.  Conventional wisdom is that the homeless are helpless saps who are druggies, aggressive panhandlers, never-do-wells, violent and possess other characteristics that are not true of the group.

Of course there are people in the homeless community who are in these categories, but such is the case with other populations.

The utilitarian attitudes — the belief that people don’t have intrinsic value — in Germany in 1933 when Dachau was created to house people the government doesn’t like — has been co-opted in places like Bucks County, PA.

Maybe The Emergency Assembly Area, just outside the Levittown Public Library, the site of the former bus stop to take the homeless and needy to community meals, is modeled after Hitler’s idea of getting rid of people he didn’t like.

To help change the public perception of the homeless, the homeless themselves have to show that they are not the stereotypes of them.  On one occasion, when I was talking with the Chief Bucks County Ranger about a rogue Ranger who harassed the homeless and about ways to resolve the homeless problem in Bucks County, a guy from the homeless shelter, neatly dressed passed by us as we talked by an expensive car.  He joked “thanks for watching my car.”

After the guy passed by, I told the Chief that the guy was homeless.  “I thought he was a counselor,” he replied

“And the sign says, ‘Long-haired freaky people need not apply.’  “So I tucked all my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why.  He said ‘You look like a fine, upstanding young man – I think you’ll do.’  “So I took off my hat and said, ‘Imagine that! Huh… me, working for you!’

Woah-oh-oh.

-Lyrics from Five Man Electrical Band’s Signs

Despite the obstacles,  we at Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless, for which I am publicist, are plowing along to provide housing for the homeless.    

http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/

We have some property in mind to develop for the homeless.  We have two seasoned homeless people on our team who can manage a building who will help others.

There have been some problems created by the homeless community.  Some individuals have engaged in altercations, driven by alcohol, and have caused other problems.  There has also been contention between various people in the homeless community.

We need to help the homeless, first by accepting them unconditionally, then ministering to them. They in turn, need to help themselves.

The homeless need to get along and work together and help one another, as was the case in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.  United we stand, divided we fall, baby!

Our plan at Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless is to provide housing for people who simply need a place to stay.  No drama, no drunks or druggies, and in a shared dwelling, no smoking.  Like the places created and worked on by the homeless and others, there needs to be standards.

http://nationalhomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Tent-Cities-Report-FINAL-3-10-10.pdf 

We Are Not in Kansas Anymore!

“But Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man / That he didn’t, didn’t already have.”

–lyrics from America’s Tin Man.

At Stand Down 2015, an event to help needy veterans, held in Levittown, PA, a politician Augustly stated:

“You need the government, you need me…”, to resolve the homeless problem.

As was the case in The Wizard of Oz, the government is no talisman.

The characters in the story seek Oz to empower them and solve all their problems,  as people in real life look at the government this way.  In the story, the people who are tripping, going to Oz find that the Wizard is a fake and is actually just “a common man” who has made everyone believe he was powerful. Likewise, the government can’t accomplish miracles, bringing us hope and change.  As the Wizard comes clean, he tells the travelers that they have to apply themselves, for instance, by going to school to get a brain.

There is no such thing as a government issued brain, although leaders in today’s Brave New World are trying to reprogram our brains.

Don’t pay attention to the politicians behind the curtain.

We are no longer in Kansas, Homeless Dog, but in post modernist America.

Word Origin and History for postmodernism

post modernism, by 1977, from post- + modernism. Defined by Terry Eagleton as “the contemporary movement of thought which rejects … the possibility of objective  knowledge” and is therefore “skeptical of truth,unity, and progress”

Like Dorothy, people are following the yellow brick road to BO’s hope and change fantasy world, just as their heads were in the deep dark place of FDR’s New Raw Deal and LBJ’s alleged Great Society.

We can’t count on the government to provide homes for the homeless.  People with brains, compassion and drive can advocate for the homeless and help them get homes.

We can do it:  http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/

Who do You Think You Are Mr Bigstuff?

“Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.”

-Herman Melville

Hobophobia is a prejudice that is counterproductive to resolving the homeless problem.

For those of you in Doylestown:

Hobophobia: The extreme and utter fear of hobos, or the homeless. This is usually caused by the lack of exposure to the homeless throughout the world. A dose of homelessness is an easy cure to hobophobia.

“Ah! I have hobophobia!”

by Ian D. Rehn May 27, 2008  From the Urban Dictionary

There is a force in Lower Bucks County, PA that sees the homeless as a public nuisance.  Consequently, they’ve influenced the Levittown public Librarian to make the homeless feel uncomfortable by nit picking and finding any excuse, such as nodding off momentarily, to kick them out of the library.  In many cases the homeless are just harassed.

On one occasion, a homeless woman was harassed when she was reading a book.  She had just set it down a moment when the librarian told her she had to do something when she visited the library.

My partner in our nascent non-profit, Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless, overheard an official at a meeting at the library ask the group about how do they answer the question people have about the homeless turning the library into their hangout.

“Pat’s (head librarian) is taking care of that.”   When people in the group saw my partner, they greeted him with a smirky smile.

The biggest problem, driven by hobophobia, is the lack of shelter for people in Lower Bucks County.

The emergency shelter in Levittown has a waiting list.  There’s also an up to two year wait for public housing through the Bucks County Housing Authority.

Many people just don’t have anywhere to go.  They sleep in their cars, in tents in the woods, and on concrete in the open or by buildings.

In Bucks County, PA, there is more vacant property than homeless people.  Concerned citizens have tried to put the two together but have been stonewalled by the establishment.  Among the excuses is the liability and security.

When I asked the local Advocates for the Homeless in Those in Need (AHTN) about its efforts on getting more shelter for the homeless, and for tips on  how the organization for which I am publicist can proceed, I was told that it was impossible — that for one thing we’d need security 24/7.  I replied that we don’t plan to run a babysitting service.  The president of AHTN told me it just tried this for one day and she was dismissive.

There are solutions to the homeless problem. As reported in nationalhomeless.org, eight homeless people started Camp Dignity in order to create a safe, sanitary, self governed place for the homeless to live.  Like lower Bucks County, the shelters in Portland,Oregon were overfilled. There were only 600 beds for 3,500 homeless people.  And like Bucks County, where people are banned from camping on public land, there was an anti-camping ban.  As a result of homeless advocates, the ban was lifted.

The homeless were free to resolve their problems.  Only the hobophobic would believe they could not. Camp Dignity later was called Dignity Village.  The original homeless founded tent city grew into a community of wooden shelters to protect residents from the elements where they have access to basic amenities and basic services.

But that wasn’t accomplished without being hassled by the man and through compromising.

Details:  http://nationalhomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Tent-Cities-Report-FINAL-3-10-10.pdf 

One of the obstacles the homeless have to overcome is some members of the group creating problems. This, unfortunately, reflects on the rest of the homeless population.

People need shelter now.  A tent city is just a way to meet immediate needs before movin’ on up.

“Tent Cities are American’s de facto waiting room for affordable and accessible housing. The idea of someone living in a tent (or other encampment) in this country says little about the decisions made by those who dwell within and so much more about our nation’s inability to adequately respond to those in need.”

-Neil Donovan Executive Director National Coalition for the Homeless

Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless has begun its mission in Bucks County to fight for the homeless.  As publicist, I have begun firing the opening salvos to pave the way to create places for the homeless to live.  We have just begun to fight!

http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/ 

There are many compassionate people in Bucks County to band together to help the homeless, in the tradition of President Grover Cleveland, who nixed a government bailout to help farmers in Texas who suffered drought but instead relied on Americans helping their fellow Americans.

Proverbs 14:31 “Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.”

Let Freedom Ring

Stand Down 2015, recently held in Levittown, PA, was a remembrance of what veterans fight for:  freedom.  Freedom isn’t free, and we must fight for it.  It’s not just a fight using weapons, but with words.  I’m living in a country where I can still express my uncensored views.  I tend to be outspoken.

I grew up during the cold war, when even in cartoons, communism was laughed at.   The characters Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, who answered to Fearless Leader and to Mr. Big, a distant, godlike character who made cameo appearances on the Bullwinkle and Rocky cartoon show,  mocked the Soviet Union.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Badenov

Looking at the Pepsodent toothpaste I got from Stand Down, I was reminded of a parody of the Pepsodent ad:

“You wonder where the yellow went

When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent”

The parody:

“You  wonder where your father went

When he speaks against the government.”

Our founders took into account that people are not perfect and that leaders do things that need to be challenged.  This is why we have the first amendment.  They realized that we cannot create a utopia, on earth.   The Greek translation of “Utopia” means that there is no such place.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopia

Although we can never achieve a utopia, we don’t have to accept a dystopia.  Frankly, unlike our society in the 50’s and early 60’s, our society is dysfunctional.  But, through our actions, much of it driven by people exercising their right of free speech, we can improve ourselves and society.  We can do better.

As a result of skillful people persuading others,  America overcame the dysfunctional New Raw Deal scheme of FDR.    Writers argued how free market capitalism fosters a healthy economy.  Churches, which during the Depression era failed to positively influence society, started spreading the truth about how to live right, and people listened.  As a result, the economy grew while crime shrank.

The New Raw Deal didn’t exist in a vacuum.  Starting about 1920, elitist kooks influenced society.   But after WWII people became influenced by counter influences and  wised up and traditional values were restored to our nation.  And we prospered.  The weekly magazine Human Events is founded by Frank Hanighen and Felix Morley with a significant contribution from ex-New Dealer Henry Regnery. Ronald Reagan later says that the magazine “helped me stop being a liberal Democrat.”

Homelessness is the canary in the coal mine to indicate a healthy economy.

I’m convinced the private sector can be the biggest help to resolve the homelessness problem.  I am homeless and just received a call from someone associated with   The Way Home,  a private organization whose mission is to help people find homes.  I had met this person through one of the community meals for the homeless and those in need.

St. Mary Hospital, Langhorne, PA is working hard to help my friend and I with a place to stay and to get the care my friend with lung cancer needs.

One way we can help the homeless is to persuade hobophobic people that the homeless are not monsters — that they all are not thieves, aggressive panhandlers, drunks, druggies, muggers, etc.  This is a basic element of my blogs.  Another is Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless, a nascent non profit to create homes for the homeless,  for which I am the publicist.  http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/

We are moving forward with the non- profit.  We’re on a quest to acquire property to develop for the homeless.  We plan to recruit people with different talents to help.

This is How To Do It

It was an act of Americans helping their fellow Americans at Stand Down 2015 in Levittown where volunteers graciously offered their services to help those in need.  Many  people, who normally couldn’t afford it,  got free medical and dental check ups, eye exams, had their feet checked, got a haircut/beard trim, got help finding a place to live, had acupuncture done — to name a few things the volunteers gave the needy. All one stop shopping at Stand Down.

PA State Representative Tina Davis, who spoke at the closing ceremony, trumpeted  “you need the government, you need me”, and in a cursory manner, added, as an afterthought “you need volunteers,” to stop homelessness.

Like Admiral Wrongway Peachfuzz, the cartoon character in the Bullwinkle and Rocky Show, Representative Davis has it backwards. http://bullwinkle.toonzone.net/peachfuzz.htm

To quote Ronald Reagan, “the government can’t solve problems; government is the problem”.

The government was a large contributor to the homeless problem. As I wrote in my blog Fight Homelessness; Don’t Vote for Progressives, homelessness is overwhelmingly higher in states under liberal rule, in blue states, than in more conservative, red states. Tina Davis is a liberal.

For volunteers, helping those in need is a work of the heart, and not just a business. For most of them it’s not about self aggrandizement, as is more often the case with politicians. When Representative Davis made her entrance for the closing ceremony, she approached some volunteers I was standing next to and quickly pointed out, like a little kid who just can’t wait to tell his parents something special, “my husband donated the wood chips” and added that people complained about the smell.

I had to bite my tongue. This was not the right venue to employ my wit and wax satirical with a politician. I saved it for this blog:  Of course the wood chips would smell. It was sent by the husband of a politician, and like the politician, it’s full of manure.

I had to walk away from this politician because I just couldn’t handle her B.S.  As I headed towards the tent, she told the audience what good she has been doing for the homeless and how much she cared.  No longer able to contain myself, I did the trick where you cough while saying “bull sh**”. Another homeless vet from my tent who was unfamiliar with Tina Davis said “she’s an idiot”. He said she had read from a script robotically and seemed to stumble over the words. I guess she forgot her teleprompter.

One example of liberals contributing to the homeless problem is Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s bill to stop businesses from harvesting material for products from state lands. In an email she sent me, Tina Davis praised the Big Bad Wolf plan to hold up production. She wrote that she knows that businesses mining on public land helps the economy and creates jobs, but saving the environment trumps jobs, spinning this into a noble cause.

Davis and Wolf may as well go door to door and hand out pink slips and throw people out of their houses, adding to the homeless population.

In the tradition of President Grover Cleveland, who nixed a government bailout for Texas farmers who suffered drought, we can count on Americans helping other Americans in need.

The volunteers, who ran the show at Stand Down, were gracious just for donating their time but also showed a genuine concern about people and showed an interest in helping them. Mike Fitzpatrick thanked the vets for their service and promised he’d work on solving vet’s problems. So did a representative from the VA.

Private charity has worked in the past and can work today. Milton Hershey built schools and gave a place to live for poor people as well as provided jobs for the community.  Mr. Hershey’s efforts provided a step up and fostered people bettering themselves.  The people associated at his school helped people help themselves.  They showed patience with problem students, practiced tough love and encouraged them to do better.  Here’s an example of a particular student:  http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/06/essential_lesson_at_milton_her.html

It’s volunteers like the ones at Stand Down who are best able to help the homeless get through their ordeal, comforting them in the meantime. The last day, as we were waiting at our tents to leave Stand Down, chaplains drove around, going tent to tent, asking the vets if their spiritual needs were met and encouraged them to find a church.

The volunteers I met up with at Stand Down were from St. Mary Hospital, where my homeless friend is a patient.  They, and the doctors, nurses, and other staff on my friend’s floor have been very kind and gracious towards us, showing genuine compassion and going the extra mile and making us feel at home.

This is the kind of spirit we need to instill in more Americans.  By the actions of concerned people, this vet appreciates being appreciated.  I’m a Vietnam Vet who served in combat, who, as speakers pointed out at the  Stand Down closing ceremony, was not exactly treated with open arms when we returned home.

As was the case with the Milton Hershey school, the folks running the Stand Down help participants  get out of their ruts.  They encouraged us to press on, and turn the “it’s impossible” into “a dare”.

What is a stand down?

When my hands started shaking violently one night as I was handing up ammo through the gun chain on our tin can (destroyer, for you ground pounders) when I was in Nam, the petty officer in charge ordered me to stand down near the end of our dusk raid at “Dragon’s Mouth”.  After standing down a few minutes, I was OK and went about my duties.   We all need a time to stand down before we get back in the game.

Stand Down is a step in the right direction.

Thank you volunteers for doing the Stand Down and to the government entities who  accommodated them.

Something is Happening and You Don’t Know What it Is

It’s been said to not judge people until you’ve walked in their shoes.

A little more than a year ago, I discovered that there were homeless people in Lower Bucks County, PA.  The only real experience with the homeless was in Philadelphia, when my daughter and I took the train and walked to a school in the city where she was part of a play.

People were laying on grates, wrapped in blankets, and we had to walk around them.  I didn’t like this scene and had mixed feelings about them.  I was bothered but also felt bad for these people.  It was not a scene I came across in the suburbs.  Like Bob Dylan’s Mr. Jones, something was happening and I didn’t know what it was.

Fast forward to Levittown, PA several years later.  I had lost my job and things started going away, like the woman in a episode in The Twilight Zone.  Each time she missed a credit card payment, something disappeared — first her cat, then her dog, then her kids, then her husband and finally her car and house.

After I lost my Internet, I used the Wi-Fi and the Levittown Public Library, where I started associating with homeless people.  They weren’t laying on grates, but used the library like everyone else and I had conversations with them at the Veteran’s Memorial near the library and soon became part of the group.

I became homeless.  

I became that way because I lost my job, which was partially my fault.  I had also made some wrong decisions and continued in my ways, despite loving admonishments from a pastor, friends, and even my daughter.  I didn’t need any help; I was in denial.

At one point before becoming homeless I had to scramble to find food.  I went to the food  pantry at the Salvation Army.  Then I discovered the community meals that the homeless invited me to.

Like others, I lost what I had because of a job loss and my bad decisions and attitude. I became despondent and fell into an emotional pit.

I was lost and needed someone to talk to.  I reached out and people helped me.  They were not judgemental but pointed me in the right direction  — to God.  I needed to change my ways and obey God, which I started doing.

In the local homeless community there are fallen people who, like myself, have become despondent.  Also like myself, some of my brothers and sisters have problems, including addictions.  An advocate from Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN), who has moved away, has ministered to people to try to set them on the right path.

I’ve gotten frustrated at people who continue in their destructive ways.  But it took me quite awhile to come around, despite people doggedly trying to help me.  I’m no different from them.  I realize that I should love the sinner but hate the sin, and not judge, lest ye be judged.

The homeless need understanding and compassion, not judgementalism.  People have become that way because of economics or because of addictions and other bad decisions or a combination of the two. In either case, the homeless should not be written off, condemned.

Not all homeless people are drunks, druggies, and people with major attitude problems.  Just being homeless, however, one can develop a bad attitude.  I’ve been frustrated and have felt anger and other negative emotions and got an attitude.  I put these in check, turning this over to God, our only hope.

Treating the homeless like lepers is wrong and does not help the situation.

In her column, Attitudes towards the Homeless Affect us All, Hailey Yook relates how the homeless who are regularly seen on the Berkeley University campus, where tolerance and open mindedness are preached, are treated — very poorly.  http://www.dailycal.org/2014/03/03/attitudes-toward-homeless-affect-us/

In Bucks County, PA there are stereotypes about the homeless.  There are judgmental people who want the homeless removed from the public library in Levittown and from the nearby Veteran’s Memorial.  People need to know who the homeless really are.

A “public service announcement” video, sponsored by AHTN that was shot recently at the Veteran’s memorial and other nearby locations, instead of getting the word out and having a sober, balanced, look about  who the homeless really are, it perpetuated stereotypes, which hurts the homeless.  Except for one real homeless person the film crew talked with, whom they cherry picked to show stereotypes, the crew didn’t talk to real homeless people to get a true picture of them.  In fact, they walked right by them as if they were mannequins.

The video hurts the homeless because it depicts them as helpless people with addictions who cannot be self sufficient.

The homeless have intrinsic value.  They should not be callously pushed aside, as was the case one winter when a homeless woman with COPD wanted to stay warm in the WIC office in the municipal building  for a short time before the nearby library opened.  She had nowhere to else to go.  The government parasites gave her some cock-in-bull reason that she couldn’t stay because there was nobody waiting for their services, although this public building was open.

And there is help for the homeless.  With understanding and compassion we can help relieve the suffering of the homeless and give them hope.

What is “Is” and What is a Public Library?

Kowtowing to the special interests, the head librarian at the Levittown public library in Levittown, PA has been using devious means to keep the homeless out of the library.  Not just particular homeless individuals who create problems, but all the homeless.

I got word that people have complained that the homeless are dirty, spread food on the tables in the library, are unkempt, etc.  This is not true!  The homeless take showers at the local YMCA, etc. and don’t come into the library in ragged, dirty clothes.  And if some homeless people put food out on the table, then just tell them not to do it.  Is all this grounds to keep the homeless out of the library?

Many of the librarians and the homeless know one another by name, and are friendly with one another.  On one occasion, when a homeless person was in the hospital, some of the librarians sent a card.

The problem is Pat, the head librarian, and the Bucks County Government that kowtows to the judgmental, self-righteous ninnies who, along with Pat, think they own the library.

The guard who works out of the municipal building near the Veterans Memorial, where the homeless hang out, who is prodded by the special interests, occasionally makes excuses to shoo the homeless from the memorial.

In one instance, the guard told the homeless  that some people who want to visit the memorial feel uncomfortable with them being there and are reluctant to approach it.  On more than one occasion he told the homeless they need to stay away from the memorial when the county commissioners plan to visit.  Really?

A friend of mine overheard an official ask the group at a meeting in the library what they are going to do about the homeless making the library their hangout.  “Pat’s taking care of that,” he responded.  My friend told me that people in the meeting looked out at him and gave him a smirky smile.  Evidently, they knew he was among those who are challenging discrimination against the homeless at the Levittown Public Library.

There are certain people, who are not homeless, who have been interfering with other library users rights to have reasonably  quiet environment in the library.  The librarian routinely ignores this.  On several occasions, the head librarian walked close to where people’s brats were making an inordinate amount of noise and was oblivious to it.  She just walked away while kids were screaming, as if she were deaf.   These intrusive, rude, selfish, unruly people don’t discipline the kids they bring with them, completely unconcerned that they are disturbing other users who are trying to concentrate.

These barbarians evidently don’t teach the kids with them the difference between and indoor voice and an outdoor voice.  In a library, even an indoor voice should be used sparingly.

The head librarian certainly wasn’t deaf when on one occasion (one of many examples), when I was talking on the cell phone in the official cell phone area.  I had gotten annoyed when I was put on hold a long time and uttered, in a slightly more than normal volume, two words — “come on”.  Pat confronted me and sternly told me I have to keep the noise down in the library.

You would think the library was a playground.  Well, it is a de facto playground for those special privileged characters whom Pat selectively allows to make incessant noise.

Like Captain Queeg in The Cain Mutiny, because of erratic behavior, which includes fumbling with steel balls,  Pat needs to be relieved of duty.  Although I haven’t seen her playing with steel balls, there was one occasion when, as I was quietly talking to a homeless man for a minute, Pat suddenly burst out of the office and exclaimed “this conversation is getting heated; you better do something…”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Caine_Mutiny_(film)

About 15 minutes before closing, the library violently flickers the lights, which could trigger an epileptic fit.

After there was an altercation at the bus stop where the homeless are picked up to go to community meals, Pat, et al had the bus shelter removed and had a sign placed on an end of the remaining concrete foundation “Emergency Assembly Area.”

We are talking about a public library, not a private playground or studio, where kids run and scream and where organized, loud children’s events are held at the expense of patrons who want to use the library for its intended use: reading and using the computer and other quiet time activities.

And the library is public, which means, for you in Doylestown, that it is for everybody, and civil rules should be enforced evenhandedly.

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

At one time or another, people have been oppressed because of the group they are in.

In America, “no Irish need apply” signs were posted in many places.  Polish people were the brunt of many jokes.  The Italians were discriminated against, as were blacks,  and the Jews.  Today, the homeless are discriminated against.

What did the oppressed do about it?  Just sit back and take it?  Rope a dope?  Lash out at innocent people just because they are a member of a group that oppressed them?

Years ago, Jews were not wanted in Miami, Florida.  Their solution.  They bought Miami!  They overcame!

What is the root of discrimination?  Character flaws in people.  Simple as that.

People don’t have a life, and blame their problems on other people, and use them as scapegoats. As hate brews, they lash out at their target of choice, as we’ve seen in a lot on Facebook lately.

Between WWI and WWII, Adolf Hitler stirred up hatred in Germany.  He convinced the German people that they were victims because they got a raw deal with the Treaty of Versailles. They got mad at the world and attacked people in it.  In Germany, Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat.  The silent majority ignored the mass genocide, much as today’s Kool-aid drinkers and their King Barry Hussein Obama, ignore the racist killings and attacks of blacks on whites .  After all, black people today are victims of oppression, very little real but mostly imagined.

Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Jim Crow laws were wrong.  After the civil war, during reconstruction, blacks were given civil rights.  But this soon went south for a time.  Wrongs against black in the south were finally righted by the mid 60’s.  How did this happen?  Rosa Parks didn’t burn the bus, she simply refused to move to passively resist.  This trend continued with the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King which resulted in restored rights, as they were during reconstruction.  http://www.crf-usa.org/black-history-month/a-brief-history-of-jim-crow

As Mike Gallagher points out in his book 50 Things Liberals Love to Hate, today there is more voluntary integration in the south than there is in the north.  Back in 1885, during reconstruction, as black journalist   T. McCants Stewart wrote,  “I can stop in and drink a glass of soda and be more politely waited upon than in some parts of New England.” There were other positive changes during reconstruction (see link), courtesy of Republicans, who for the past few decades have been called “racists” by demagogues, aka Democrats and other dysfunctional people.

Liberals today have been destroying the good that has come about since the civil rights movement.  No sooner was the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed when the machinations of government intervention, led by President Johnson, started to undermine the good progress made.  Although LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act, he had ulterior motives.

Here’s what LBJ thought of blacks:  “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years,” remarked Lyndon Baines Johnson about the Great Society plan.

Lyndon Johnson remarking on civil rights in 1957:

“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”

The rotten fruits of The Great Society are discussed in a piece in freerepublic.com.

“As bad as his failure in Vietnam proved to be, the results of his Great Society Programs were far more insidious, deadly and injurious to our Nation’s psyche. The mammoth social welfare entitlement programs that streamed out of Washington did more damage to the fabric of our society than any number of Vietnams could have done. The irony is, that the segment of our society that it meant to help, was the one that was most grievously harmed. Of all those who fell victim to the welfare mentality, none suffered more than the black communities.

In the fifties, although blacks were still struggling for equal oppertunities and were on the low end of the economic ladder, the black family was for the most part strong and stable. Two parent families were the rule, not the exception. They attended church together, had strong moral values, and did not comprise a majority of the prison population. Compare that to the present state of the black community after 40 years of Liberal Socialism. Our prisons are disproportionably black, unwed mothers and single parent families are the rule, black youths without a strong male role model other than rap stars and basketball players, roam the streets and are drawn into a culture of drugs and crime.”

The blog was written ten years ago, but the problem created by the alleged great society persists, like a nagging headache.

The blog goes on to delineate how LBJ’s scheme hurt the country, especially blacks — the legacy of the alleged great society.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1483206/posts

Who is to blame for the outrage and violence committed by blacks today?  White people?  The Confederate flag? Republicans?  Did, as comedian Flip Wilson used to say,” the devil made me do it!”  Well, Mr. Wilson has a point.  It is the Godlessness in America that has and is causing problems!

The key to helping to cure society’s ills is to change people from the inside.  The Great Society was just a catalyst.  As the lyrics in the America song goes “Oz gave nothing to the tin man, that he didn’t, didn’t already have.”

One way to change people from the inside, to address anger and other problems, is the 12 Step Journey Program, held locally in lower Bucks County in Levittown and Newtown, PA.

http://www.12stepjourney.com/