Waiting for Jones

It’s a last ditch effort for the Dems to Trump The Donald’s cabinet picks. While Michael Moore and other miscreants are trying to disrupt The Deplorables’ triumph, the League of Conservation Voters again emailed me an appeal. This is the third email from LCV in four days!

I decided to include the whole email message; this is rich! Some of it got cut off, but you’ll get the drift!

Jeff — this is urgent — Trump’s cabinet confirmation hearings begin in a matter of days.

We still have a shot at blocking Scott Pruitt from taking over the EPA, but there’s very little time left.
We CANNOT let a climate change denier and foe of public health protections take over the EPA. To block the appointment, we need at least 51 senators — that means every Democrat in the Senate and 3 Republicans — to vote him down.

We’re not there yet but several of these key swing senators are on the fence — we can do this, but we need to act now.

Before the year ends, will you do one last thing to resist Trump’s agenda? Help fund our campaign. A group of donors are tripling every contribution right now. Pitch in here — even $5 can help:

Please, Jeff — we have a chance to stop a dangerous climate change denier from taking over the EPA. We can’t let this slip through our fingers. Make an emergency donation before the end of the year — a group of donors is tripling every contribution right now.

Pruitt is the most extreme person ever to be considered for EPA head. Even conservative groups are calling it out. The former EPA head under George W. Bush is slamming him, saying “I don’t recall ever having seen an appointment of someone who is so disdainful of the agency and the science behind what the agency does.”

And Pruitt isn’t the only disastrous pick. Rex Tillerson — Exxon’s CEO — could be in a position to put us at war over oil if he becomes Secretary of State. Rick Perry — also a climate change denier — is being considered for Department of Energy. Senator Jeff Sessions is being considered for Attorney General, a position responsible for enforcing our nation’s laws ranging from voting rights to environmental statutes. This is the same man who was denied a federal judgeship in the 80s because of his troubling record opposing civil rights enforcement, supporting voter suppression tactics and racially-insensitive remarks.

Before the year ends, we need to do everything we can to stop these appointments. You can help. Donate now, and here’s what it goes towards:

  • Funding a massive campaign that goes hard after every dangerous executive action, nominee, and vote in Congress, coordinating with allies in new ways so we can be more powerful in resisting Trump’s agenda.
  • Bolstering our allies in the Senate to stand strong, use their bully pulpit, and form a “green” firewall to beat back congressional attacks that require 60 votes to pass.
  • Holding key elected officials accountable, especially in the Senate, and show them that pushing Trump’s anti-science, pro-polluter agenda is a non-starter.
  • Mobilizing hundreds of thousands of activists, activating our grassroots networks and standing in solidarity with allies across the progressive movement.
  • Making progress in the states, where our state partners are ready to seize policy opportunities to advance solar, renewables, and other climate solutions.

Don’t let 2016 end without standing up and fighting back. We can’t let Trump and Pruitt undo decades of environmental safeguards.

Fight back before it’s too late. Donate today and keep the environmental movement standing strong against Trump and other climate change deniers like Scott Pruitt.

This battle is about the future: our future, our children’s future, and the planet’s future. Thank you, as always, for standing with us.

Sincerely,

Gene Karpinski
President
League of Conservation Voters “

To the election deniers, what’s happened to their agenda is like Salty Sam getting ready to saw Sweet Sue in half.

They are  waiting for Jones to come to save the day.

And then along came Jones
Tall thin Jones
Slow-walkin’ Jones
Slow-talkin’ Jones
Along came long, lean, lanky Jones

https://www.bing.com/search?q=and+then+along+came+jones+lyrics&form=EDGTCT&qs=RI&cvid=7da6fc0d3240451086c6998a9e975bef&pq=and+along+came+jones

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=and+then+along+came+jones+lyrics&view=detail&mid=F6E5DE6F91BA9B824DC0F6E5DE6F91BA9B824DC0&FORM=VIRE 

Actually, we who deplore eight years of progressive rule by The Fly, aka Barry Obama, are thankful that                          Jones came along to God, not Jones, came to save the day. Can’t wait to hear: “THE FLY HAS LEFT THE WHITE HOUSE.”

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! (line from Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky).

http://www.jabberwocky.com/carroll/jabber/jabberwocky.html

The Progressives are waiting for Godot (Waiting for Godot) is a play by Samuel Beckett where two characters wait for Godot to arrive and to solve all their problems. Godot never comes.

For the rest of us, God has rescued us, not just from sin but from the clutches of progressivism. As the opening lines to Isaac Watts’ hymn goes:

Our God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/o/g/ogohiap.htm

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

-2nd Chronicles 7:14

We’re All The Same

Two Burger Kings, a McDonalds and a Subway in lower Bucks County, PA doesn’t like the homeless in their establishment, and try to get rid of them ASAP. So does the Levittown public library and surrounding area.

Yet, we read all the time about people who are not homeless committing crimes. The latest was from a 19 year old druggie, who pawned his girlfriend’s watch and laptop. He also pawned a Playstation 4 from his parent’s house! This, he told police, was to support his drug habit. http://levittownnow.com/2016/12/27/cops-man-pawns-girlfriends-property/

Unlike Burger King, McDonalds and Subway, Denny’s in Penndel and Wendy’s in Levittown welcomes everybody – treats them the same. Their policy is based on the content of the character and not their living arrangements.

Denny’s manager told me that my friend and I, homeless at the time, were welcome to stay as long as we like as long as it isn’t crowded. Likewise did a manager at Wendy’s. This manager told me a story about a time someone invited a homeless man in for a meal into a Burger King where he worked. A customer nervously approached the counter and frantically told the staff that a homeless guy came in.

“So?”, the storyteller remarked. The Wendy’s manager said that he thought this was silly – to get worked up about the homeless entering the establishment.

The rundown on Burger King, McDonald’s and Subway:

  • Burger King: At the one in Bristol @Beaverdam Road and Bristol Pike, one morning a homeless woman went to the counter for her free refill. The general manager snapped that she wasn’t allowed to hang out there all day. One night, after this rude behavior, when we entered, the shift manager told us my sick homeless friend was not allowed there. When I pressed her for a reason, she said the manager doesn’t want homeless people there because they panhandle.
  • Burger King: Near the Oxford Valley Mall: One day, as my friend was getting more food, the general manager demanded my friend leave immediately before he calls the police. My sick friend was able to stay at the next door Boston Market, who graciously allowed her to stay until I picked her up.
  • McDonald’s Fairless Hills, in the Giant Parking Lot: The manager, whom I call “Twenty Minutes”, booted my friend because she was there 20 minutes, tossed the sick woman out into cold, rainy windy weather. When I came to pick her up, I asked Ms. Minutes where my friend was. She said she was waiting for the bus. When I told her my friend was not there, she sarcastically said my friend was not her responsibility. I reminded Ms. Minutes that she threw my sick friend out into the inclement weather. I called her a low life and said I would no longer spend a penny there and would tell everyone not to patronize McDonalds.
  • Subway near the old Walmart: After staying a short while, my friend was booted. The rationale: She was smoking in the ladies room. I doubt that. It was about 70 degrees out with little to no wind. When I spoke with the manager and just said some homeless just need a place to linger after they eat, he Augustly said that the restaurant is not for the homeless. At night, some homeless friends and I used to hang out and had friendly conversations with the hostess on duty.

The homeless are simply people, whom for one reason or another, don’t have a dwelling. Other than that, they are simply a microcosm of society.

At a recent homeless and needy community meal, a friend who had been working couldn’t move into a room because he got laid off. But he told me he would keep trying and had faith that he’d find a place in time. I have faith in general but in particular after the recent election that businesses will again flourish. By cutting taxes and asinine, onerous regulations, the economy improves and there are more jobs and less homelessness. I believe that under progressive rule (progressing to socialism), there is more homelessness. I entitled a blog about this “Fight Homelessness; Don’t Vote for Progressives.”

Another homeless friend recently told me that she had been saving money by working, and thought she’d have a place by September. Consequently, she gave the hand and foot warmers I gave her ages ago to another homeless person. She expects to find a place soon.

There are other former homeless people who “have made it.”

As is the case with other populations, there are problem people. One homeless man who came to a dinner drunk on several occasions, the last time knocking a man down, cutting the back of his head, is now in the Bucks County jail.

Because caring people stepped up and did something about this wrongdoing, the community meals are now peaceful – a joyful place to go where people can go to find solace among friends and the hosts. Being homeless doesn’t excuse bad behavior. Contributions to homeless stereotypes are not tax deductible!

US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas once said on C-Span that blacks should not be excused for bad behavior because of past wrongs against them. Doing this, the judge said, would lower them to being animals, where they can’t make moral choices of right and wrong. Ditto for the homeless.

Reporting a homeless man committing a crime shows that there are people who treat the homeless like human beings and not animals, expecting civil behavior. This has sent a message through the homeless community that bad behavior will not be tolerated and will have consequences. This is the way to give peace a chance.

“Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism.”

Acts 10:34

Don’t Be A Luddy Duddy

“Don’t be a luddy-duddy! Don’t be a mooncalf! Don’t be a jabbernowl! You’re not those, are you?”  -asked Egbert Souse’ (W.C. Fields) in The Bank Dick when he tried to get Og to pilfer $500 from the bank in order to invest in a questionable mining company.

There they go again, with the same kind of logic as Ebert Souse’ to convince people to quash Donald Trump’s picks for cabinet. I got another email again today, asking me to drink the Kool-aide:

  SIGN TODAY: Block Trump’s cabinet of Big Oil insiders, climate deniers, and corporate shills »

“Jeff — Donald Trump is assembling a cabinet of greedy corporate shills like ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, climate denier Scott Pruitt, and anti-civil rights Senator Jeff Sessions. It’s no wonder people are calling it a #RiggedCabinet.

This cabinet is historic in its ties to Big Polluters and massive corporations as well as the amount of lasting damage they can do to our environment.

But each of Trump’s nominations needs to make it through a Senate confirmation hearing with at least 51 votes. The path to stopping them is narrow, tough, and demands perseverance, but it’s there. LCV and a broad coalition of progressive allies are joining a campaign to stop these dangerous picks from being confirmed. Will you join us?

Donald Trump paved his path to the White House by ignoring real problems like climate change and threatening his opponents and communities of color, and his cabinet nominations are no different:”

And the email goes on, in the vein of Ebert Souse’ (W.C. Fields).

Greedy corporate shills? Oh yea, and how about the Clinton Foundation’s greed, giving only ten percent of the donations to charity and pocketing 90 percent? https://www.commentarymagazine.com/politics-ideas/campaigns-elections/is-the-clinton-foundation-really-a-charity/

Here’s a WikiLeaks investigation:

http://www.proudcons.com/wikileaks-exposes-clinton-foundation-scandal-buried-since-2010/

  • And how about President BO wanting a bigger pension when that horsefly finally leaves the White House?
  • How about Solyndra, where BO pilfered $535 million from the taxpayers and gave it to his campaign contributors for a scheme as risky as the mining company Ebert Souse’ took from the bank to invest in. Golden parachutes for them; the shaft for us.
  • How about PA Governor Big Bad Wolf banning drilling on state land, which would have helped the economy, provided jobs, and helped fill the tax coffers?
  • How about all the expensive trips the Oh Bla Blas took at our expense?

This is just the tip of the iceberg!

Wouldn’t you call this greed? Unless, like former President Slick Willy Clinton, you struggle with what “is” is.

And I don’t deny climate. Yes, climate is a fact, but we can’t change it. As Professor Walter E Williams once said, the environmentalist wackos who champion a theory such as human caused global warming are so arrogant that they probably think that if they all jump up and down at the same time they can change the axis of the earth!

And how about something being rigged? Even in their own party, which the League of Conservation Voters evidently support, the Dems rigged the primary in favor of Shrillery! There is no honor among socialist-thieves!

These appeals to stop The Donald from filling his cabinet with level headed people who will serve us just make me laugh, just as does the Ebert Souse’/Og scene in The Bank Dick.

As Rush Limbaugh said, when liberals are in charge, they are dangerous. When they are not, they are just funny!

“Folly is joy to him who lacks sense, But a man of understanding walks straight.”

-Proverbs 15:21

Environmentalists and The Homeless

I got an email this morning from the League of Conservation Voters beseeching me to tell the Rascally Republicans to stop in the name of the environment to nix The Donald’s picks for his cabinet. They claim that it’s the most anti-environment in history!

So if they are against the junk science of the pseudo-environmentalists then they are putting clean air and water, our forests and other resources in jeopardy? Really?

We have witnessed the results of hair brained schemes from alternative energy. Take, for instance, 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 agenda of the anti-Trump so called environmentalist, Captain Planet types whose raison d’ e’tre is to save the earth from us mortals has no basis in fact, as in the case, for example, of Solyndra.

A vibrant economy and a healthy environment go hand in hand. In China, the air is filthy. In fact, recently the government passed out masks. After the fall of the Soviet Union, a lot of toxic waste was found. In our mostly capitalistic economy, the environment is much cleaner than socialistic, central planned economies. In a free market economy, consumer demand can be better realized, hence less waste and pollution.

Free market driven energy policies are the key to providing clean energy that everyone can afford.

President Trump will not wage war on coal and other traditional energy sources, which puts people out of work and hurts the economy. When people have money, they can afford to buy the tools to keep their energy sources running clean and efficient.

When the economy suffers, so do we. The people who suffer the most is the homeless. In fact, a bad economy exacerbates homelessness. That $535 million squandered on Solyndra. It could have been put to better use.

Groups such as the League of Conservation Voters are not the only ones attacking windmills. There have been reports of birds getting caught in windmills.

The Donald’s pick to head the EPA will reverse years of quixotic abuse. No longer will people be charged with destroying wetlands for filling in a puddle, which environmentalist wackos say deprive birds of a water stop during migration.

When the government sticks its nose into our business, including socially engineering resource management, it hurts the average person, particularly the poor and the homeless. The free market fosters jobs and innovation, where what works best and efficiently is held to market standards. Innovation allows us to built a better mousetrap – including energy production that is affordable and clean, and not artificially propped up and usually failing, as was the case with Solyndra.

The New Raw Deal, a wrong path to which we were heading, brought nothing but misery, poverty and increased homelessness. It’s no wonder we find so many homeless in Bucks County, PA. A report from the Fraser Institute showed that Pennsylvania did not do well on limiting taxes and spending.

“There’s a connection between high government spending and slower economic growth,” Elizabeth Stelle, director of policy analysis for the Harrisburg-based Commonwealth Foundation, told Watchdog.org. “If we want a vibrant economy, if we want people to be able to find jobs, if we want people to prosper, then this study shows we need to reduce government spending and we need to have a better tax structure.” http://levittownnow.com/2016/12/26/pa-scores-poorly-on-spending-taxes-among-50-states/

Except for things such as roads, security and courts, we need to keep the government out of our nation’s business, such as energy policy. Give the free market a chance to work.

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/notsogreat-depression

Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

God gave us dominion over the earth. It’s our responsibility to be good stewards of the earth. Contrary to what the Chicken Little’s think, Trump’s picks for cabinet will foster good stewardship of the earth while providing food and shelter for more people.

 

Christmas Compassion

The annual meal put on by the Marrazzo family for the homeless on Christmas day in Penndel, PA was an act of compassion. Helping those who have nowhere to go for Christmas have the companionship of others, many of whom only see each others at the meals shows shares the joy and self-sacrificing love of Jesus, the reason for the season.

The Christmas dinner was a time of peace and goodwill in Penndel. There was plenty of good food served by caring hosts. There was even enough for take home. A sick friend I’ve been taking care of didn’t make it, so the take homes came in handy. She loves mushrooms, and one of the servers gave me a generous amount to take home for her. Having “leftovers” to zap in the microwave gave me a break, as taking care of my weak friend with lung cancer stresses and wears me out.

The meal was an oasis in a desert of incessant ads and jingles, clichés that wear on the nerves. It’s good to know that beyond the surface glitter there is something noble.

Christ was born in Bethlehem to save us from sin and to show us the way – to become more like him. Jesus healed the sick and lame and helped the downtrodden, accepting them for whom they are, a creature made in the image of God.

Christmas is not about a baby in the manger. It’s about Jesus coming to earth, being one of us, suffering like humans, being tempted but, being perfect, he had victory over sins on our behalf. It was the gift given graciously out of mercy for our fallen state.

Columnist Cal Thomas puts Christmas in perspective:

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/12/24/true-meaning-christmas.html

Christmas is just a one time celebration, but a reminder of why Christ came to earth that we should hold dear all year long. It’s not just an isolated moment. To adapt lines from an old love song, Christmas is not just a moment’s pleasure, but a lifelong treasure. God is not a distant concept; he is ever present.

God is found in all creation. He didn’t make the earth and people then go off to a distant cloud like the pagan gods of old, but he is alive.

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
 the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
 no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
 their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
 like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
 It rises at one end of the heavens
 and makes its circuit to the other;
  nothing is deprived of its warmth.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
 refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
 making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
 giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
 giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
 enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
 and all of them are righteous.

They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.

 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
 be pleasing in your sight,
 Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

-Psalm 19

I Can’t Cut Loose!

“Gimme that wine (Unhand that bottle) (3 times)
‘Cause I can’t cut loose without my juice.”
-the chorus to the song “Gimme That Wine”

http://www.metrolyrics.com/gimme-that-wine-lyrics-lambert-hendricks-ross.html

I’ve been taking care of a lung cancer patient who incessantly whines for wine. Not only does it taste good, she says, but it’s one of the few things she says she can look forward to.

In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus’ men lingered in The Land of The Lotus Eaters and he had to drag them away. They were content, inhaling the fumes of the lotus, which put them into an apathetic, peaceful sleep. They didn’t care about anything and had no ambition.

The Romans were copycats. But they improved The land of The Lotus Eaters scene.

In the Roman version of the Odysseus character, Aeneid, the hero has a romantic episode in the cave with Dido. She doesn’t want him to leave, but leave he must.

I once told a guy who had been in recovery that I like the Roman version better. I’d rather be in a cave romancing a woman then out in a field smoking dope with some old farts.

The guy told me that drug users would prefer doing dope as found in the Odyssey. And I thought sex, drugs and rock and roll went together! Perhaps there’s a first and second choice and it depends on the kind of drug. I don’t know from personal experience – just what users tell me, except for blowing some grass and hashish for a season in the 70s.

Drug and alcohol abuse and other psychological crutches, such as gluttony and lust become the only way that some people can cut loose. This is a sign of weakness, a character flaw.

We are all flawed in some form and to some degree. God made humans in his image. But, like a damaged Christmas present that needs to be repaired, we are broken.  Like the damaged present, we take our broken humanity back to God and He fixes us.

God gets us back in the pink, but restoration is usually not done in a wink. Just salvation is immediate.

And God has a purpose for our lives. In the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life, the angel Clarence takes the desperate, flustered George Bailey into the future and shows him what life would be life if he never existed. Without George in the mix, the greedy Mr. Potter takes over the town, which becomes decadent. There is little compassion, patience, kindness or mercy. But George, who had considered suicide, comes to his senses and comes back to play a role in keeping Bedford Falls a decent place to live – a town that Mr. Rogers might even approve of.

After I lost my job and I was about to be homeless, my mental state was as desperate as was George Bailey’s. About to give up on life, I started seeing a purpose. Before and after I was temporarily homeless, I formed relationships with the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA. By hanging out with them, helping them move tents in the woods, working deals with local authorities, etc., I learned first hand what they were about, not what the uninformed think they are.

I was one of the persons who had helped a homeless woman with COPD. When she was in Bristol, PA, some guys helped her along. One night, her tent became flooded and she lay in standing water. Another homeless person took her to the hospital.

Not everyone was nice. Consequently, she moved to Levittown in the winter during the Code Blue season.  When it wasn’t quite cold enough for Code Blue, I asked a homeless friend to set her up in his camp and he graciously obliged. When she got off the Code Blue bus, she had trouble finding a place to go to get out of the cold. After I got my car back, I’d pick her up and take her to a fast food restaurant and other places I’d go.

One night at Code Blue, she got a terrible headache and was disoriented. I picked her up and instead of hanging out in the restaurant for awhile, she stayed in the car and slept. We went to the library and she threw up in the ladies room. When she came out, she was more disoriented. A homeless guy prompted me to take her to ER. A doctor said that I had gotten her there just in time. After being an in patient for awhile, she got radiation treatment for her brain tumor and soon was cured. She then got chemo. After a year of chemo, the cancer disappeared. But it soon came back in her liver. Since she started treatment, Opdivo was available. It’s been eating up the cancer like the electronic characters eat up aliens in the Space Invaders game.

Lately, through my friend’s Facebook page, I found her old church she’d been talking about since I knew her. I’ve been having trouble getting her out, but she was so moved to return to her old church and the people there, that we’ve been going there. She’ll be able to find the help for her attitude – she’s bored and wants to give up-  that she needs.

On a recent episode of The Dog Whisperer, where host Cesar Millan works with dysfunctional dogs, he noted that one problem with a particular dog is that he didn’t have a job. Cesar arranged to have the dog work as a sheep herder. With the acquired responsibility, the dog calmed down and acted normally.

Even dogs need purpose and responsibility. Even if it’s just guarding the house. When my siblings and I didn’t want to go upstairs to bed, my mom had our dog chase after us, snapping at our rear ends as we ran up the stairs.

We all have a purpose in life. Like George Bailey, our lives affect others. God put us on earth to minister to others and to reflect his goodness, compassion, mercy, grace…

“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Proverbs 20:5).

Great Googa Mooga

“So heroin, it’s just as real a disease in our world as cancer is…” says a Fox channel 29 Philadelphia news report linked to Levittownnow.com. http://www.fox29.com/news/local-news/225069155-story

As former President Ronald Reagan said in presidential debates when his opponents made a weak, flawed, stale argument,  “There you go again.”

More recently, Donald Trump detractors have been making the bogus charge that The Donald is racist, with no evidence. As Rush Limbaugh said, a racist is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal. A post on Facebook has Oprah Winfrey saying that anyone who disagrees with Obamacare is racist. Former President Jimmy Carter said that people are against Obama because they are racist.

Repeat a lie enough times, said Hitler, then people will believe it.

The lie that drug abuse is a disease keeps being repeated ad infinitum ad nauseam.

The bogus statement from the recent channel 29 link on Levittownnow.com was part of a report about recovery houses in Levittown. Fox 29 is right, however by saying “Levittown, …where there’s an entire market based simply on recovery, in the form of halfway houses.” In the vicinity of Levittown, PA, there’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 recovery houses.

The recovery houses in lower Bucks County are just a money making racket, at the community’s expense. Crime in recovery house ridden areas have experienced increased crime. People from local recovery houses frequent the Levittown public library. Most of them cause problems in and around the library. As a result of the invasion of druggies, the library had to hire a security guard and put cameras in the library.

Many of the druggies who fly out of the doors of the recovery flop houses become homeless, and join the local population. One reason the general homeless have been harassed at the library and nearby Veterans Memorial is that they are lumped together with the druggie and other problem homeless.

Politicians say more taxes will solve everything!  Another article on Levittownnow.com reports that PA Governor Big Bad Wolf (who blows people’s houses down by fiat to make them homeless)  and state lawmakers “have been instrumental in many of these methods, by reversing 10 years of funding cuts to drug and alcohol treatment by expanding Medicaid.”

Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis repeats the sounding joy (for the drug treatment hustlers) that substance abuse is a disease. “It’s time to get rid of negative stereotypes. Addiction is a brain disease, not a moral failing,” said Tennis, who continued “Stigmatizing the disease, so that our loved ones feel too ashamed to get help, only increases the number of Pennsylvanians who will die unnecessarily.”

http://levittownnow.com/2016/11/29/surgeon-general-releases-first-report-addiction/

Politicians are appealing for more taxes for drug treatment, which they say will save healthcare, lost productivity and criminal justice costs. This presupposes that their programs work. They don’t.

According to Tennis, 3,500 drug overdoses occurred in 2015. He expects the number to grow.

This is quite a disease, known as substance abuse disorder (SUD) to take out all these people.

The only way I can explain the SUD epidemic is that aliens implanted secret messages in the brains of people that programmed them to do drugs. What we need is to get Flash Gordon to deprogram the  druggies – of course, at taxpayers’ expense.

The PA Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary has it backwards. By calling drug abuse a disease you absolve the user of culpability. This sends a message that you don’t have to change your ways – as it says in the Bible, to put off the old and put on the new.  If you think you are doing nothing wrong by doing drugs, then you’ll keep doing it until you die. It’s an end game. As Neil Young sang “every junkie’s just a settin’ sun.”

Instead of having less deaths by drug overdoses by not pointing out that the problem is a result of a character flaw, you’ll have more.

Of course, you accept the drug abuser as you would any other sinner by hating the sin but loving the sinner.

You may be able to fight cancer with chemo and Opdivo, but you can’t combat substance abuse with a psychotropic drug, which, by definition, “is a chemical substance that changes brain function and results in alterations in perception, mood, or consciousness.” Isn’t this why the hippies did drugs in the 60’s – to expand their minds? We see where that got them.

Some psychotropic drugs are used for medical, physical problems, such as to fight Parkinson’s disease, headaches, and for hormone problems.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychoactive_drug

There’s a problem when emotional and spiritual problems are treated like you’re dealing strictly with physiology, which, defined: “the branch of biology that deals with the normal functions of living organisms and their parts.”

When you do, you become like the people described in the 60’s song In the Year 2525:

In the year 3535
Ain’t gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lie
Everything you think, do and say
Is in the pill you took today

Whoa-Oh-oh!

In other words, we become robots!

And to reprogram a robot who takes drugs, you just have to order it, as they say in the military “At ease, disease!”

To quote the Temptations, “Great googa mooga, can’t you hear me talkin’ to you, just a
Ball of Confusion that’s what the world is today. (yeah, yeah)”

In reality, because we are creatures created in the image of God with a free will, to resolve substance abuse problems, which are actually a result of besetting sin, you need God’s help and guidance to overcome them. The kind of program that will help is one that follows the proven 12 Steps program. Celebrate Recovery is a national program that works.

http://www.celebraterecovery.com/index.php/about-us/message-from-rick-warren

Substance abuse, like any other sin, is a matter of the will.

But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (Jas 1:14–15).

The Midnight Special

“Let the Midnight Special shine her light on me
Let the Midnight Special shine her ever-loving light on me”

-Lyrics from The Midnight Special, a traditional folk song believed to have originated from prisoners in the American south.

Throughout the years, several artists have recorded the song, including blues singer Huddie William Ledbetter, aka Lead Belly, Johnny Rivers and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

One interpretation of The Midnight Special is that it was a song about a train from Houston shining its light into a cell in the Sugar Land Prison. The light of the train is a metaphor for salvation; the train could take the inmate away from the prison walls if it shines on him. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_Special_(song)

The Bible also uses light as an image for salvation and freedom. John Chapter 1, verses four and five: “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. “

When you come into God’s light you start acting more like Christ and let your light shine for others to see.

In the opening of the book, John relates that God made all things, including humans. God breathed life into man, creating him in his image. Humans are a special creation and therefore have intrinsic value – that is, the have value just for being a creature made by God. When people don’t believe this, humans are only valued for what they have or can do. This is the case for the homeless in Bucks County, PA, where just because people don’t have jobs, a position in society, or homes, they are considered useless, collectively a persona non grata.

In the Levittown public library, the head librarian has been on a campaign to constructively remove the homeless from the library.  You would think the local Salvation Army, as they did back in the day, would value the down and out as creatures created by God, but the Countess of Carlisle, public relations person for the Salvation Army, told me that some people who visit the library don’t like the homeless there, and that the librarian has the right to shew them just because people don’t like them. As was the case with the early churches being polluted by pagan thought, the Levittown branch of the Salvation army evidently has been contaminated by secular liberalism.

For those of you in Doylestown, the Countess of Carlisle was an historical figure for whom was said “Though she worked hard to improve the working-class people’s living conditions, she was an elitist who resented their role in democracy.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalind_Howard,_Countess_of_Carlisle#Views_and_causes

Bucks County may as well round the homeless up, usher them through corridors past a visual montage of pristine forests filled with homeless camps, past the rotating knives, where the homeless are churned into green wafers as was done in the movie Soylent Green. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_Green

This way the homeless become useful; they would be helping to keep Bucks County Green.

Without giving any reason, Bucks County said that Stand Down, the annual event that sets up on county administered land behind the Levittown public library for homeless and needy veterans, will no longer be.  This would not enhance Bucks County’s desire for personal peace and prosperity.

Meanwhile, as Christmas approaches, people are trying to find peace through drugs. In Bristol Township, cops found 445 bundles of what they believe is heroin after they stopped a guy who was chasing a woman, driving through neighborhoods shooting at her. The dope pusher must have believed there were a lot of customers in the area. It certainly wasn’t Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood!  http://levittownnow.com/2016/12/21/cops-find-445-bundles-of-heroin-while-investigating-drive-by-shooting/

Maybe the dealer was filling an order to help people deal with the calamity of the recent election. They must have heard that Calamity Donald was in town and need something to calm them down. Maybe the 445 bundles were heading to the Penndel Mental Health Center.

This is what happens when people run away from the light and live in darkness. They don’t want to take David Bowie’s advice and run from the shadows!

Remember this season that there is hope. Let the Midnight Special shine its ever loving  light on you!

“The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” -Matthew 4:16

Christmas Light

The true spirit of Christmas is found in the Christmas dinners for the homeless and needy that the Marrazzo family puts on each year. Caring people dedicate part of Christmas day to serve others. The event takes place at 3 p.m. at 125 Lincoln Avenue, Penndel, PA.

There will also be a free community meal at St. Mark AME Zion at 136 North Congress St. in Newtown, PA at 2 p.m. Christmas day. According to the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) website, there is no bus transportation to this meal.

http://www.ahtn.org/calendar/

On Christmas day, many homeless people have nowhere to go. Like other community meals hosted by local churches in Bucks County, they are more than just a meal. Man does not live by bread alone. The meals are a place for the homeless and those in need to feel welcomed and where they can socialize with friends. It’s a place where people can be kept up to date with the latest news and what’s happening in their lives. Information in the homeless community is most often passed on by oral tradition, word of mouth.

Christmas is about light, the light the apostle John wrote about where Jesus took humans out of the dark, clueless world and into His light of righteousness. The light leads us to a life centered on God and his ways. Those who follow Christ become like Him and become more like him, not thinking of self but of others, putting their interests above theirs, sacrificing the way people do to provide a Christmas meal for the homeless and needy.

In the midst of all the surface glitter and manic, worldly ways this season, we need to be reminded what Christmas is about. A Christmas poem illustrates this:

All Christmas Poetry 

The True Meaning of Christmas 

by Brian K. Walters 

holy night

 

In todays day and time,
it’s easy to lose sight,
of the true meaning of Christmas
and one special night.

When we go shopping,
We say “How much will it cost?”
Then the true meaning of Christmas,
Somehow becomes lost.

Amidst the tinsel, glitter
And ribbons of gold,
We forget about the child,
born on a night so cold.

The children look for Santa
In his big, red sleigh
Never thinking of the baby
Whose bed was made of hay.

In reality when we look into the night sky,
We don’t see a sleigh
But a star, burning bright and high.

A faithful reminder,
Of that night so long ago,
And of the child we call Jesus,
Whose love, the world would know.

“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.”     – John 1:4,5

Christmas Comes Once a Year

“Christmas comes once a year”
“And every man must have his share”
“Only poor Willy in the jail, drinking sour ginger beer”
-Famous phrase that plays on the radio in Guyana, South America at Christmastime

A poor Willy, a homeless guy known as T-Rex, is spending Christmas in jail in Bucks County, PA. I doubt he’s drinking sour ginger beer, but maybe sucking on sour grapes. Maybe, as a clergyman-host at a community meal where T-Rex was drunk and disorderly said, he has the opportunity to think about the sins he committed.

It is sad that someone has to spend Christmas in jail, or be in jail at all. But it’s also sad what T-Rex did to others that sent him to prison.

Standing in line at a lunch for the homeless and needy Saturday, a homeless guy behind me was angry at someone for calling the police on T-Rex and pointed him out — “at the front of the line”. He spouted “it’s terrible!” He had a problem that someone did something about criminal behavior. T-Rex came to several meals drunk and disorderly, culminating in knocking another guest down, cutting the back of his head.

So protecting the rights of others is terrible? Law and order is terrible?

Society must have rules. Otherwise society breaks down into barbarism, as was the case with English schoolboys in The Lord of The Flies. The point of the story is that there is evil with humans, and it must be restrained. The island the boys get stranded on is a microcosm of society.

https://www.enotes.com/topics/lord-of-the-flies

Not taking into account the potential for humans for doing evil can destroy us. The drug epidemic is places such as Bucks County continues to explode. There’s also been cases of people going into a rage after pressure builds up as anger and frustration festers. The latest incident, this close to Christmas, was when a woman evidently went haywire when she backed out of her driveway, flew all the way across the street, crashed through her neighbors house, then raced forward and smashed into her own house, making it unlivable.

http://levittownnow.com/2016/12/15/woman-crashes-through-two-homes/

During the Christmas holiday, people have been running around like mad hatters, in a frantic attempt to get everybody gifts and fighting, sometimes literally, over material things. They act like the painted boys when they were dancing madly around in a circle in The Lord of The Flies.

Years ago, when my parents visited some in laws for the first and last time, my mother remarked that there was no love in that family. “All they know how to do is to buy gifts for each other!”

For me, the bastardization of Christmas is like being in jail drinking sour ginger beer.

Meanwhile, our nudge from The Addiction Network keeps reminding us that “addiction is a disease.” No it’s not, and it is a result of the evil, which reared it’s ugly head in The Lord of The Flies, that is part of humanity. Christmas is about Jesus being born in the manger to save us from the sin the dwells within us and to make us right with God, saving us from eternal condemnation.

This Christmas, don’t be like poor Willy drinking sour beer in jail. Jesus came to earth to take us out of the darkness and into the light. God sets the prisoner free!

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners” –Isaiah 61:1