Get Them Homeless Moving

Get Them Homeless Moving (parody of the western series Rawhide theme song)

 

Moving moving moving

Get them homeless moving

Get them homeless moving

Rawhide

Why are they hesitating?

Why are they excogitating?

Public funding is the ends for our drive

 

Moving moving moving

Get them homeless moving

‘though they are disapproving

Rawhide

No need to understand them

Just rope and dope and brand them

Take them to the clinic bye and bye

 

Moving moving moving

Get them homeless moving

Get them homeless moving

Rawhide

A head shrinker is awaiting

with drugs to placate them

Public funding is the ends for our drive

 

Move ’em out

Shove ’em out

Lure ’em out

To the Penndel Mental Health Center

Rawhide

YA!

 

There has been some progress with the challenge to move the homeless out of the woods, where some of them, mainly refugees from the recovery houses, caused problem near the public library in Levittown, PA.  Although a few of them have been able to work out a deal through Penndel Mental Health Center to get medical treatment and a least temporary housing, there remains the quid pro quo for these people to use the services, through public funding, with the center.

This is somewhat like those people who hawk timeshares by inviting you to a free meal. After the free meal, the hosts, unlike the community meals for the homeless, expect something in return. At the very least, to sit through a high pressure sales pitch.

Nobody canvasses the homeless neighborhood like the salesmen from the Penndel Mental Health Center. From early meet and greets at tent cities, at tent city evictions, at the Levittown Public Library, Code Blues, ad infinitum ad nauseam, they are there. To adapt lyrics from an old Beatles song:

You don’t even have to call

And I’ll be there

People need choice and should decide for themselves (although advice and solid analysis is OK) whether it be where they send their kids to school, if they need treatment and if so, where to go, etc.

I don’t understand why housing and mental health treatment are linked together, in pork barrel style.

In Bucks County, we need place for people to live who have just fallen on hard times.

Holy synthetic demand, Batman!

What’s twisted, is the recovery houses, which are run like the asylum in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, are protected by the federal government. Yet because of hobophobia, it’s hard to develop vacant buildings in neighborhoods for the homeless because people don’t want them there. The recovery houses bring problems. Here live people who choose to be slaves to their addictions, and are often a public plague. Different kinds of people are homeless; they are a less homogenous group than are people in the recovery houses.

Recovery houses are more of a threat to public order than are shelters for people who just need a place to live.

With all the access to the homeless Penndel has, with help from the government, it’s easy to think that that this August institution is the only game in town.  It’s not. Representatives from Penndel Mental Health Center showed up at the Salvation Army where I volunteered. I was going through a rough time  and people from the Army referred me to and encouraged me to go to the center for help.

At some point, I found a free counseling group that helps with a host of problems, not just addictions.

http://12stepjourney.com/

Fraudulently recruiting people, for a mental health center like Penndel Mental Health doesn’t just occur just in Bucks County, PA.

Pastor and counselor Jay Adams cites a case where it was discovered that people sent for evaluation for mental illness were falsely diagnosed. In an experiment, six people, who were as sane as you or I, were labeled schizophrenic and one was classified as manic depressive. The experimenter found that no one was turned away as a malingerer or faker. After the person who conducted the experiment announced to the institution that he would check the intake records again, many people were turned away from the institution as malingerers.  http://www.nouthetic.org/the-physician-the-pastor-psychotherapy-and-counseling

As is the case with the much of the mental health industry, medication tends to be a quick fix for problems at Penndel Mental Health.

The problem with modern psychiatry and psychology is they treat as “mental problems”, as though it is a medical problem, using medication. There are physical problems and spiritual (moral) problems. The psyche community came up with a third category, a non-organic, non-moral category. To quote Jay Adams:

“But it (the psychiatric community) knows nothing about a ‘mental illness’ category, in which a non-organic bug of some sort creates a non-organic problem which has to be treated non-organically under a medical aegis, though there is nothing medical about it. What is peculiarly medical about someone telling how to live with grandmother? ”

Dr. Adams further indicts the mental health community.  “There is a mess out there in psychiatry. Zilboorg, in his two volume history of psychiatry, concluded: ‘The field is in disarray, just as it was at the beginning.’  I agree with him that the field is in disarray, but I disagree that it is just as bad as it was at the beginning.”

Counseling people is a mission, not a business. In some cases, such as found in Bucks County, PA, it becomes monkey business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bridge to Nowhere

Up north, where the doggies go and make the yellow snow, in Alaska, awhile back the governor stopped a boondoggle known as “the bridge to nowhere”.  Recently, the commissioners in Bucks County, PA have been trying to build a bridge for the homeless, moving them out of public woods and into shelter.

Like the proposed Alaskan bridge to nowhere, except for the drunks and druggies and people with “mental problems” in the population, the “offer” Bucks County is making to the homeless who just need a place to stay goes nowhere.

Chief Bucks County Ranger Steve Long just told me that there have been complaints about drug use in the woods under county jurisdiction. Syringes were found and it’s believed there are people wanted by the authorities back in the woods where the homeless have been living.

These people need to be out of there and someplace where they can get treatment.

The problem with the druggie homeless population is that many of them don’t want to get help.  Recently, a young lady with a drug problem, whom people couldn’t convince to at least go to the ER, was finally dragged out of the woods after she overdosed and was taken for treatment.  It’s like the W.C. Fields character who, as a bouncer is physically dragging him out of the bar says “that does it, I’m leaving.”

Unfortunately, the behavior of a few cause problems for the rest of the homeless community. As a result, to continue to borrow silly limericks I used in my lead from singer Frank Zappa, Rangers have been popping up in the woods and saying “peek-a-boo.”

The options for people who are just going through hard economic times are just as silly as Frank Zappa lyrics.   Getting a permanent place in Bucks County may take up to two years. Even the temporary shelter next to the Levittown Public Library takes months to get in.  A friend and I are still waiting for both.

There is an option for people with addiction problems which I think is an alternative the Penndel Mental Health Center, which by the way is being offered as a Talisman to housing, even for those who don’t wish to go to the mental health center. This reminds me of my brother-in-law whom I went to buy auto insurance, but he tried to make me get home owner’s insurance as part of the deal. Like the dog who wanted an extra bone and dropped the bone he had, there was no deal at all and I walked away.

The alternative to Penndel Mental Health is the Salvation Army ARC program in Trenton, NJ.

http://roadtorehab.com/Salvation-Army-Adult-Rehabilitation-Center-22947.html

But for people who just ain’t got no home, there is really no option.

The Bucks County Commissioners have stressed “the highest priority must be given to getting assistance to those in need.”

On behalf of the commissioners, Steve (Chief Ranger) asked me to convince the homeless to accept the offer of assistance being made by the advocates and volunteer agencies.

I’m not convinced that this is a viable offer.

The homeless problem is a tough situation.

I don’t know what the answer is, but I think we have to renegotiate the offer.

Let’s hope that, like the W.C. Fields character, the homeless don’t have to be dragged out of the woods, with their personal belongings confiscated!

The Answer to Homelessness My Friend is The Private Sector

Circa 1950. Korean war veterans are returning home and need a place to stay. So does everybody else.

Enter the Levitt brothers who create the first planned community, the prototype of the suburbs. People who otherwise could not afford a home could now own one.

Back then, to buy a home you didn’t have to go through all the rigamarole you do today.

In the early 90’s, I bought a house in Levittown, PA, the second Levittown community. Even as a veteran, I had to go through a lot of red tape. Although there was no down payment, I still had to cough up money for points. And there was proof of income and other required hassles.

I was working at the time and it took me so long to round up the required documents that I had to start over to get “current” information. Too much monkey business!

Finally I got through all the hoops and moved into the Levittown house.

Most of the hoops you have to jump through to get a house, or even an apartment today is a result of laws created by a progressive government, a far cry from the way things were back in the 50’s.

You’re probably thinking “there you go again, Jeff, praising the 50’s”. Well, the 50’s, like God, is worthy of praise. Things were better back then because our country had a Christian consensus.

When I shared the idea to have the homeless settle on already established, vacant property, including land administered by the Bucks County, PA government, with County Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia, she poo-pooed the idea. She reasoned that this would jeopardize the opportunity people out in the streets  have to find a place through government sponsored housing.

Recently, the Bucks County Commissioners are on a mission to remove homeless people from an area in the woods in a Bucks County Park. Druggies have precipitated complaints. Syringes have been found.  Recently, a druggie who overdosed had to be taken out of the woods to emergency.

The explosion of recovery houses in Levittown has contributed to much of the problem. There are now 93 of these places in Levittown alone, where according to a report in the Bucks County Courier Times, people running the houses are not adequately trained to help the addicts. Of the 93, in the past two months, 21 recovery houses have been added to this infestation.

Refugees from the drug houses have fled into the woods and have created problems for those who basically, out of necessity, need a place to go. The druggies have trashed the place out and steal.

I just received an email from Steve Long, Chief Bucks County ranger. He listed the problems in the woods and added that there are people wanted by the law back there and  emphasized that the county is offering places for the homeless to stay.

“The Commissioners have stressed to me that the highest priority must be given to getting assistance to those in need”, Steve related.

“Warnings” were distributed throughout the woods, with housing listings.

The problem is that, except for the Penndel Mental Health Center, the homeless will have a long wait to get housing. So they basically have a choice between this nut house, which, as I’ve related in earlier blogs, is no help and the street in many cases. Even if you don’t take the same view of Penndel as I do, people should at least have a choice.

For addictions, where people live, there is only one other choice I can think of off hand.  And this, like the overflowing shelter in Levittown, PA, is only temporary.

But what about the people without addictions — who have fallen on hard economic times and just need a place to stay? People who don’t have huge problems and don’t cause big problems. Hummmmm?

To this end, the government is doing a lousy job. The liberal establishment continues to push the same failed policies over and over again with the same results, expecting a different result. This is the definition of insanity.

As President Ronald Reagan said, government isn’t the solution to the problem; government is the problem.

This is where the private sector comes in.

Shortly after I moved to Levittown I met a guy who had worked for the Levitt brothers. He said that he worked very hard, but that he was well paid.

The problem today, as one statesman said, is that there are too many people in the wagon but not enough people pulling the wagon. The nearby Fairless Hills steel plant buckled under because the union sucked the business dry. Too many folks were sitting on their ass-sets in the wagon, not pulling their own weight.

Today’s economy, which created more homelessness is in part a result of people not doing an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. The system that drives the get something for nothing philosophy hurts the economy, and unlike the work ethic during the 50’s when the Levittown communities were built, people have a harder time making ends meet and become homeless.

Government failure is partly to blame for economic downturn with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to a column from The Cato Institute.  http://www.cato.org/publications/congressional-testimony/collapse-fannie-mae-freddie-mac 

Another factor that impedes progress for resolving the homeless problem is hobophobia. For those of you in Doylestown, the urban dictionary defines 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.”

Recently, someone told me that a plan to fix up a vacant building in her neighborhood for the homeless was thwarted as a result of an outcry from people who didn’t want homeless people in their neighborhood. It’s the recovery houses that bring problems, not the average homeless person.

As I’ve said before, the homeless are treated like blacks in the Jim Crow south, when the Democrats reigned. Today Dems continue the discrimination, only against the homeless in places such as Bucks County, PA.

The homeless need people to speak up for them to create an honest, sober appraisal of who they are — to tell it like it is!

People should  be judged not by the status of their residency, but by the content of their character.

We shall overcome!

We’re So Glad You’re Here

We’re so glad you’re here

We’re so glad you’re here

We’re so glad you’re here

In Jesus name…

— song sung by St. Mark AME Zion Church to greet visitors

Unlike politicians who say they are there to help the homeless in Bucks County, PA, the people at St. Mark really mean that they are glad people are there. And they take to heart that it is Jesus who empowers them to love their neighbor as themselves.

At the Sunday community meals for the homeless, whom St. Mark calls “friends without walls”, the guests really seem to feel at home. They feel comfortable taking with their hosts as well as each other just about anything, including problems they are facing.

At the last community meal at St. Mark, one of the guests decided to follow suit when one of the hosts was quietly playing an electric guitar. He started playing an acoustical guitar and singing songs, including a heart felt rendition of Amazing Grace. The hosts and other guests joined in.

This is the way it should be! The atmosphere was upbeat and comforting.

Most of the other community meal hosts reach out to make their guests feels at home. It’s not the case like Jeff Dunham’s Walter as a Walmart greeter:

“Welcome to Walmart; get your sh** and get out!”

Throughout Bucks County, the homeless feel unwanted, even hated. At this community meal, I overheard one guest remark “Newtown doesn’t like us.” But this church, an oasis in the desert of hobophobia in Bucks County, loves them unconditionally.

It is God who builds bridges between people and fosters brotherly and sisterly love. Karl Marx, co-author of the Communist Manifesto wrote that capitalism alienates people from one another, under which “the only nexus between man and man is callous cash payment.” Wrong!

The Romantics of the late 18th and early 19th century believed that nature and lofty thoughts bring people together. The thought “the love of nature leads to the love of man”. As a recovering Romantic, I understand the emptiness of this line of thinking. “Holy cognitive therapy, Batman!”

The beauty of nature, God’s handiwork, certainly comforts us and I for one, appreciate it. It is a gift from God.

1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; 4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, 5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy. 6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.

Psalm 19, 1-6

The problem with the nature freaks, as in the line in George Herbert’s poem The Pulley, is that “Man will worship my gifts instead of me (God).”

I can’t see the Bucks County Rangers standing outside of the woods where the homeless live, gathering together like Christmas carolers singing

“We’re so glad you’re here

We’re so glad you’re here…”

Maybe they would do this for the homeless (feral) cats who live in the gated community in the woods across from the homeless shelter in Levittown.

Of course, except for a particular rogue ranger, known as Ranger Dick, aka Officer Fife, the rangers are only carrying out the callous, asinine policy of the Bucks County Government. One ranger even goes against the grain, not accepting the cop out that he’s “just doing his duty.” He has a heart, questioning “where are these people going to go?”

Good question!

Walt Disney’s Jiminy Cricket said “let your conscience be your guide.” It’s God through the holy spirit who gives us the ability to tell right from wrong. The church needs to continue to influence society.

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

2 Corinthians 5:20

Where will All the Homeless Go?

“That does it, I’m leaving,” said W.C. Fields in one of his movies as he was being physically removed from a bar. For about a week now, authorities in Bucks County PA have been trying to roust the homeless out of the woods near the public library in Levittown PA.

The homeless are having a tough time in lower Bucks County, PA; the sword of Damocles is hanging over their heads, facing eviction daily. Many homeless have been evicted from their areas over the past few years. During moving time, they have to carry out all their possessions and scramble for a place to stay.

Bucks County needs to find a better way of handling the homeless problem than by continually pushing the homeless away.

August, 2014, I emailed Bucks County Commissioner Diane M Ellis-Marseglia and offered some ideas about how to resolve the homeless problem, which has plagued the county  since the late 80s. One idea is to set aside county land that is trucked away and use it for official homeless camping areas, the same way you would open land for tent and cabin camping.

The commissioner’s response: “That will not happen because there is too much liability. I also do not think that is helpful to the homeless. It just creates more space for them to avoid going to Housing Link and getting the referral,. they need, to start getting sober/clean, on medication, in therapy, signed up for assistance or some type of work, and a solid roof over their head…”

Too much liability? Why? People camp in public parks all the time. So what’s different here? Because we’re talking about the homeless? Sounds like hobophobia!

Create more space for them to avoid going to the housing link for a referral? Holy non-sequitur, Batman!  Like the temporary homeless shelter, there is a long wait through the housing link, up to two years!  As I said in my last blog, authorities in Bucks County must think that like Dorothy, the homeless can just click their heels three times and chant “there’s no place like home” and problem solved!

Like many people in Bucks County, the commissioner is looking at the problem from an Ivory Tower, completely removed from reality — to quote Mick Jagger, 1,000 light years from home. These people have no idea what it’s like to be homeless. Many of them I doubt even talked with the homeless.

I lived in my car for a few months, and got a taste of homelessness. Finding a place to stay is difficult, even if you have a little money. There is always someone with more money and other assets a landlord may like, and you are completing with other potential renters in a market where there are more people who need a place to stay then there are places.

Renters can afford to be picky, even anal.

Of course some of the problem is the asinine housing laws that were passed. For instance, a landlord has to go through hoops to evict somebody who causes problems. So there is at least some grounds for landlords to be anal.

The law is also the problem for allowing the homeless to camp in public parks. This is the liability argument — that, as Bucks County Chief Ranger Steve Long told me, if someone camping on their own on county land gets hurt, attacked, the county is culpable.

As Charles Dickens wrote “the law is an ass.”

I’m in a motel, renting weekly, as at least a temporary solution to housing. And I’m still on the waiting list for the shelter and I’m on the housing list — that “link” the commissioner touts.

It wasn’t the government agencies that have helped me with this situation, but tips and counseling through people of faith. State Representative Tina Davis said at Stand Down said “you need the government, you need me” to resolve the homeless problem.

Talk is cheap!

Addiction problems certainly exist among the homeless, as it does in any population. Not all homeless people have an addiction problem. Assuming homeless people need to “get straight” before they can get a place is the “one size fits all” mentality.

Bucks County, evidently, does not have the answers. Actually very little to none when it comes to the long standing homeless problem.

But the county at least needs to get out of the way and at least accommodate caring individuals who could find ways to house the homeless, the way it allowed volunteers to serve needy veterans during the Stand Downs.

If the Bucks County government isn’t going to have a solution to the problem, it should at least get out of the way.  But, as governments often don’t, people with the wherewith all need to challenge the government, the way homeless advocates challenged, and overturned, the public land camping ban in Portland, Oregon, on constitutional grounds.

People of Bucks County: the ball is in your court. Please help these unfortunate people help themselves!

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto! As is the case in the Wizard of Oz, many people’s lives have taken them to the Kafkaesque world of being homeless in Bucks County, PA. The way the authorities act in Bucks County, the homeless can click their heals three times and find a home.

It doesn’t work that way, where normally someone out in the street has to wait months even to get into the temporary shelter and often years to get into a permanent place. Of course, there are exceptions.

Agents of Penndel Mental Health Center are willing to provide the magic shoes, however, but you have to sell your soul to the devil, so to speak. You have to sign up, cooperate with these agents, who have ways to make you cooperate.

Unlike the human homeless, for the homeless (feral) cats there are no strings attached to get into the cat condominium, the gated community across from the homeless shelter in Levittown, PA. Maybe folks from the Penndel Mental Health Center dropped them off in the woods, like they would humans, while they are waiting to go into the shelter.

I’m surprised the cats are not in the shelter now, as they seem to have priority over humans. There’s talk that there is a reward for cats who rat out the locations where humans are camping so they can get into the shelter even faster.

You’re out of the woods your out of the woods you’re in the nuthouse. You’re out of the woods…

Maybe that’s why they are cuddling up to the cats.

On one occasion, an agent from Penndel Mental Health let one of the subjects from the nuthouse loose in the library area, who ran rampant like a mild form of the Frankenstein monster, accosting people as he ran wild. Security from the Levittown library and the nearby municipal building and the police were called, only to find it was a case of the doctor releasing his monster.

I don’t believe people are helped at the health clinic but become worse. It seems like they are become worse after being “medicated” (doped up) there. I heard through the grapevine that some secular mental health facilities are worse than others. Penndel Mental Health is a candidate for the booby prize.

As I’ve said in previous blogs, I’m convinced that faith based places can better help to those who need help than secular institutions.

All people are flawed to some degree. Some just have a higher dose or have a different kind of baggage. Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung wrote about visiting an insane asylum with whom he called “an intelligent layman.” The guy told the doc that the people in the asylum were just like everyday people with problems, only that their problems were greatly magnified.

On their journey along the yellow brick road, Dorothy and her homeless friends meet the good witch and the bad witch. One was a Bucks County Ranger who was nice and had their interests at heart. He told them what they needed to hear — tough love — and encouraged them. The other was harsh. Like the bad which, who sicked flying monkeys on Dorothy, he threatened to bulldoze the homeless camps if they did not cooperate. Sounds like an episode in Star Wars.

Don’t pay any attention to the man behind the curtain. When Toto pulls the curtain open, what we thought was our hope, was only a man hustling a solution to our problem, a snake oil salesman whose been running around the woods and visiting the Levittown Library. Remember, “Oz gave nothing to the tin man; that he didn’t, didn’t already have…”

“I am the great Oz!” Really?

You’re just a drug pusher masquerading as a mental health professional.

 

No Particular Place to Go

I’ve seen the needle
and the damage done
A little part of it in everyone
But every junkie’s
like a settin’ sun.

— Neil Young from his song Needle and the Damage Done

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/neilyoung/needleandthedamagedone.html

At my 40th high school reunion, I learned that many kids I knew from school had died as a result of drug overdoses. Today our country is plagued with drug and other addictions. The homeless are no exception.

There is a special problem with drug addicts in the homeless community. As people without a home need to sneak into public and private lands out of need, when, on rare occasion in lower Bucks County, PA, for example, a drug addict overdoses and needs emergency medical help, it calls attention to others hiding from the authorities in the woods, including those who are discreet and have little impact on the land.

In the woods, on land under Bucks County jurisdiction, shelters were put up for feral cats. So if humans who just need shelter are kicked out of the woods because of the actions of others, then why not kick out the cats?

Like illegal aliens, the feral cats are given special privileges. These cats live in a gated community. “No dogs” and “close the gate” is posted at the entrance. So if no dogs are allowed, then if follows that the homeless are also not allowed. Perfect liberal logic.

Outside the homeless community, if a neighbor is on drugs, do all the neighbors get kicked out of the neighborhood? Of course not.

If the homeless could be in legitimate, organized communities, like Dignity Village in Portland Oregon, then problem people would be filtered out, and it would not jeopardize other people, who play by the rules

Bucks County knew about the homeless problem since the late 80’s. The county has done a poor job of resolving it. The solution so far is just to chase the homeless, who scramble for a place to go, away, as if they were hunting down a predator.

People need a place to go. The right place. Like the guy riding in the car in Chuck Berry’s song, people have no particular place to go.

People with addictions need help. But they need to accept the help. This is why people of faith need to reach out and develop relationships with them and help them help themselves. And get them to the right place at the right time.

Today’s society is lost. This is why Christians need to bring light into the world. People have lost direction and borders — they have lost their rudder.

Neil Young saw the problem that starting during the baby boomer age.

A recovering addict recently told me that people who can’t stop their addictions are weak minded. That’s right. But to become strong, we need God’s help to overcome addictions and other character flaws that create problems.

One place to go for help is the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation program in Trenton. An alternative to this three month live in program is the free 12 Step Journey Program, held Tuesday nights in Levittown and Saturday nights in Newtown.

http://www.12stepjourney.com/

The Salvation Army and similar faith based program has a higher rate of success than secular institutions such as the Penndel Mental Health Center.

Penndel Mental Health has been scouring the woods trying to drum up customers among the homeless. For this institution, becoming a mental health patient is the talisman to finding housing. Holy synthetic demand, Batman!

Upcoming Funding Time (parody of Fats Domino’s Finger Popping Time).

It’s upcoming funding time

It’s upcoming funding ti-eyem

I feel so good

I’m on the public dime

Hey now hey now hey now hey now

Here comes Allen here comes Keith

Here comes Chris and here comes the heat

It’s upcoming funding time

It’s upcoming funding ti-eyem

I feel so good

I’m on the public dime

Hey now hey now hey now hey now…

Years ago, I worked part time in a methodone (heroine addiction) clinic. I had a good possibility of working there as a counselor. One of the counselors sat down with me after work and talked with me about counseling people and showed me some literature. It turned me off and I did not pursue the counselling positioning.

One of the problems was that what I read actually mocked the idea that we have character flaws and the need to admit them and ask God to help us overcome them. An alternative is to blame problems on others.

Many of the kids mentioned at my high school reunion were clients, as the director called them, at the clinic. This helps verify my call that the clinic’s methods were flawed. They were based on human, not God’s ideas.

Is it better to burn yourself out or to fade away?

My my, hey hey…

There’s Something Happening Here

“Millions for defense but not one cent for tribute” was the rallying cry in America when the French kept attacking American ships in 1797. Today, it’s millions for refuges and illegal aliens and not one cent for the homeless, including veterans who fought for our country.

While politicians are rolling out the red carpet for foreigners, many of them trespassers who sneaked into our country, many of our own people don’t have a place to live. The illegal trespassers are not treated as such and get lots of freebees, stolen from the taxpayers.

Yet, our own people, who lose their homes and have to go out into the street and into the woods to scrape out an area to lay their head, are called trespassers on public land. On Friday, November 20, 2015, in Bucks County, PA, county rangers and sheriffs raided the woods and served eviction notices on homeless people squirreled away in the woods.

The calling card the authorities left read “Warning, you are in violation…” (Sounds a lot like Deputy Barney Fife).

“With this notice you are herby notified that you are trespassing on private property owned by the County of Bucks”, the notice Augustly stated.

Private property? Owned by the County of Bucks? Holy Marxism, Batman! We’re talking about public land, owned by we the people. The government is supposed to serve us and just administrate public property and keep order. Decisions are to be made through the democratic process.

When the government fears the people, this is liberty. When people fear the government, this is tyranny!

Homeless Americans who need a place to stay are pushed away and are treated like lepers. Yet, on county land, it’s OK to put up wooden shelters for feral cats and feed them. So take care of the cats but show callous disregard for the humans. Oh, the humanity!

Something’s happening here. What it is, is becoming clear. There’s a man with a badge over there, telling me I’ve got to get out of here. I’m saying STOP! Hey who’s that clown? Everybody look at the B.S. going ’round. — to adapt the classic Buffalo Springfield song, for what it’s worth.

At the bottom of the notice is information where the poor people tossed off public land can get assistance. One guy given this notice told me he called one of the numbers. He was then given the number to the Advocates for the Homeless (AHTN), then referred to another person at AHTN, then given another number. He was told that nobody could even help him move.

Where is AHTN when you need them? To advocate for someone, you get into their corner and do your best to do what’s in their best interests.

A couple of months ago, AHTN sponsored a video that allegedly helped the homeless. Instead, it hurt the homeless by perpetuating stereotypes. This opened my eyes to see that AHTN is not about genuinely helping the homeless, but about AHTN, just like the county, state (especially the governor), and federal government  (especially the president). Et tu, AHTN?

This is much like the way President LBJ allegedly helped the poor, with his war on poverty and his so-called great society. Instead, he fostered more poverty and crime, and especially destroyed the black community.

Today, the homeless are treated the way blacks were down south during Jim Crow.

One winter, a homeless woman with COPD, and who was just out of the hospital after having pneumonia and couldn’t walk far, wanted to get warm in the WIC building in the municipal building in Levittown, PA after having been dropped off by the code blue bus. She just wanted to stay an hour or two before the public library opened, but the guard gave her some cock-n-bull story about her not being allowed there because there were no clients there.

Another guard from the municipal building used to shoo away the homeless  who frequented the Veteran’s Memorial because some people complained that they felt uncomfortable with them being there.

The homeless have been regularly harassed in the Levittown Public Library, where some patrons complained that they don’t like them being there.

These are examples of people thinking that public places belongs to them, and they act as though they can pick and choose and arbitrarily decide who can be there as if it is their own home. Wrong!

As I discussed in my previous blog, “advocates” for the homeless in Portland, Oregon lobbied for the homeless who started out in the same situation as many homeless in Bucks County, PA are now in, where day by day they face evictions. It seems they are not wanted anywhere, like an episode in Charles Shultz’s Charlie Brown, No Dogs Allowed, where everywhere a dog went, “No Dogs Allowed” signs appeared as the off camera narrator announced “no dogs allowed.”

I’m told that signs recently appeared on public land that told the homeless to keep out. No dogs allowed, indeed!

Instead of treating the homeless like lepers, and trying to push them away, Bucks County should work with the homeless to find a solution to the problem. At Stand Down 2015, state legislator Tina Davis bragged that she helps the homeless, and Augustly stated “You need the government. You need me.”

Talk is cheap. Let’s put your money where our mouth is advocates, neighbors, and politicians and stop giving everything away to undeserving invaders and start allocating our resources to our own countrymen who need and deserve it!

Everywhere they go, the homeless are pushed away. Someday they will have nowhere to go, except the nuthouses, which are a government monopoly in Bucks County.

What will be the final solution? See my blog A Modest Proposal.

 

No More Monkeying Around

Society must have rules of civility to avoid chaos. This includes the homeless community.

We cannot have the rule of the jungle, where we are trapped, like the caged monkey in the cage in the photo. To maintain order in the world, the nation, or the homeless community, there needs to be absolute, ironclad principles for living.

These principles were handed down to us from God, found in the 10 commandments, such as thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not make false witness, thou shalt not covet. It’s no wonder that the government wants to take down 10 commandment plaques on public property. People running our country don’t believe or practice these principles Consequently, society is suffering.

One of the most frequent sins that hurt a homeless community are false witness and stealing.

Overcoming these wrongs is a positive step for the homeless to improve their situation.

For the good of the community, official, organized homeless communities have rules that everyone has to follow. These places self governed, much like American Indian pueblos, which has their own leaders and security.

Dignity Village in Portland, Oregon is a model for housing the homeless. It came about as a result of activists and advocates prevailing in their efforts to lift the public camping ban based on constitutional issues and cooperation from politicians. In time, The Portland City Council sanctioned a “tiny house village” designated for “persons who lack permanent shelter and cannot be placed in other low income housing.”

http://dignityvillage.org/

To stay in Dignity Village, people needing shelter have to abide by the rules. The village is self-governed by a counsel. Dignity Village residents can get thrown out if they don’t follow the rules.

http://dignityvillage.org/governance/bylaws/

Bucks County, PA should follow the example of Dignity Village to help resolve its homeless problem. In lower Bucks County, we are at the stage this village was initially, with evictions and confrontations with authorities. As is often the case in lower Bucks County, the evicted homeless people load shopping cards and move to a new location.

http://dignityvillage.org/history/origins/

Tomorrow, November 20, 2015, a confrontation is expected at an encampment near the public library in Levittown.

In Bucks County, we need community activists, advocates, politicians, agencies, and the community to help the homeless take the steps to resolve the problem the way it was done in Portland Oregon.

Given the opportunity, responsible homeless people can overcome the current rut they are in with the community, scavenging like animals to skelter for shelter.

If we work together and acting civilly in the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr., we shall overcome.

Give Me That Old Time Religion

“If I did drugs, I could find a place. If I was an alcoholic, I could find a place. If you’re just on hard times, there’s nowhere to go.” said a homeless man about to be evicted from an encampment.

http://articles.philly.com/2012-05-02/news/31519830_1_homeless-tent-city-homeless-count-homeless-enclave

In the words of W.C. Fields “Ah yes, seems we’ve been here before.”

I’ve heard this lament more than once since I started hanging out with the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA about 1 and ½ years ago. Here, it’s getting harder for people who lost their jobs and became homeless  to find a place to stay. For various reasons, homeless people have to pack up and leave places they call home.

The mental health industry is capitalizing on the homeless problem.

Interestingly, Allen Johnston from the Bucks County Department of Mental Health was nosing around the tent city, soon to have no vacancies, trying to see how much business for the local mental health centers he can drum up.

“I want to see how many people are interested”, he said. Allen mentioned Penndel and Lenape Valley Mental Health Centers. There was no mention of places for these poor people to go, as the man said, “if you’re just on hard times…”

Since the early meet and greet expeditions to homeless camps in Bucks County, at least one representative from Penndel Mental Health Center tagged along. People from this organization frequently hawk their business at Code Blue, the overnight emergency shelters during cold nights and at other venues.

Recently, I talked with Allen  about finding much needed shelter for the homeless in Bucks County. As was the case in 2012, there is a long waiting list for the local shelter. When I started to discuss this need, he said that there is a problem with housing first, and he explained that people need to solve their addiction problems first. Allen completely evaded discussing the problem of people who simply need a place to stay, who have no need of mental health or similar assistance.

I understand that Allen is working for an industry that has a government monopoly in Bucks County, and he must follow its agenda and be the industry’s conduit, unlike myself. As an independent blogger, I’m free to speak my mind. I have called out politicians, a librarian, some homeless advocates, the Salvation Army, the mental health industry, and even individual homeless people and try to expose problems and offer constructive criticism. I also praise things I see as good.

I try to tell it like it is.

And my call in this blog is the local health industry’s tactics smacks of crony capitalism. For those of you in Doylestown, this means that politicians give their friends an unfair advantage over any competition by using their office. This is also an example of economic protectionism.

In Germany, Kava, often drunk as Kava tea, was banned based on a study which was later found to be flawed. Here the government protected the pharmaceutical industry from competition. Kava is an herbal, natural relaxer of the mind and muscles.  I’ve found that it works well.

If you’re a regular reader of my blogs, you’ll know that I’m a free market guy, who believes that individuals, not bureaucracies, should make choices for people.

I’m all for school choice, where, instead of our tax money going straight to the school district which assigns a school, parents get to pick the best school for their children. This works much like food stamps.

For the homeless in Bucks County, Penndel Mental Health Center is just about the only game around. They try to attract customers by offering housing.

I was bamboozled into using the services of Penndel Mental Health after I was devastated and fell into an emotional pit, suffering from chronic anxiety and depression after I lost my job and my dog and having engaged in destructive behavior. I was about to lose my house.

After intake at Penndel, a doctor prescribed Paxil to help calm me down. Instead of being my deliverance, it had a strange resemblance to a cat named Frankenstein (to adapt some lines from Sam Cook’s old popular song).  My hands started shaking a lot. The doctor told and another so-called mental health care professional told me there’s a break in period. This went on for months. I had the doctor cut the dose in half, but there were still problems. I decided to stop using Paxil and not try any other drugs.

I did some research and found that dark chocolate has the same stuff as Paxil, serotonin, that fights anxiety and depression and other maladies. There is no withdraw from dark chocolate, although it can be addicting. I actually suffered withdraw from Paxil when I decided to go cold turkey and ended up in the emergency ward.

I started seeing a therapist at Penndel Mental Health Center. He used cognitive therapy, where the patient learns to control his thoughts in order to control behavior. I wasn’t told what to believe, but found the cognitive therapy was just a methodology to resolve problems.

Shortly before I understood the cognitive therapy techniques and didn’t need to continue “therapy”, I stopped seeing the doctor, who mainly prescribed drugs. When I told the therapist I wished to end the sessions, he told me that I wasn’t supposed to do therapy unless I was on drugs — that is drugs legally prescribed by the doctor.

I moved on after my experience with Penndel Mental Health Center.  Actually, I continued my relationship with God, fellowshipping with other believers, reading the Bible, praying, etc.  In the free market of ideas, I found that, as others have shared, my ultimate hope for healing is the Lord.

The homeless community has problems, other than not finding a “permanent” home. Some of the people, like people outside the homeless community, need someone to talk to. A homeless advocate, who recently moved to Arizona with her family, tirelessly ministered to the homeless. She relentless counseled those with alcohol and other problems. On one occasion, a woman was crying in the Levittown library. The advocate counseled her and helped her resolve her problem.

This advocate still helps the homeless in lower Bucks County from afar.

Other caring people have talked with the homeless, in the Levittown library area and at the community meals that local churches graciously host. The hosts have been sitting down at the dinners with troubled people and have been informally counseling them. On one occasion, one of the volunteer hosts sat and talked one on one with a homeless person.

Counseling people is a mission, not a business. 

About 1970, pastor and counselor Jay Adams started a revolution in the church.  Dr. Adams championed the idea that the church should not relegate it’s mission to help people with problems to the secular mental health industry. If the problems are deep, he explained, it’s all the more reason for the church to handle them.  http://www.nouthetic.org/about-ins/our-faculty/8-about-ins/6-jay-adams-biography

The only basic difference between homeless people and people who have a dwelling is that they don’t have a home.  Period.

There are, however, some practical problems for people without walls. People are evicted because the property owner builds something on that space, sometimes because neighbors get nervous, and on some occasions because the homeless create problems and attract attention.

Recently, a guy who is getting to know the homeless recommended that the community clean up its act, including cleaning up all the trash some people left. In areas of lower Bucks County, most of the problems are created by druggies, many who have been thrown out of recovery houses.

Like other members of the homeless community, these people need help.

Some friends and I are trying to find more shelter for the homeless in Bucks County. One of them suggested that we create an office and direct homeless people where they need to go. This is an excellent idea.

One place I’d recommend for people with any addiction problem, who don’t need immediate detox, is the 12 Steps Journey Program I’ve been attending. Attendance waxes and wanes, but yesterday we could barely fit everyone at the table. Praise the Lord!

If more people start coming to the meetings, we’ll just add another table to the circle we sit around. We will make sure the circle is unbroken.

http://www.12stepjourney.com/

Given the choice between secular psychology and Christian faith, I pick Jesus.