For Whom The Bell Tolls

Shocking news hit the homeless and needy community this past week in lower Bucks County, PA, as a beloved member passed away on Saturday, June 17. Just the Wednesday before last I talked with Crystal, who passed, at a community meal. She had been suffering from medical problems for some time, but I didn’t see it at that meal. Instead of dwelling on her problems, Crystal asked me how Sandi, whom I am taking care of, who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer about 2 ½ years ago, was doing.

Crystal was with her husband, Angel at the dinner. They seemed to be always together, and were a committed loving couple.

I got to know Crystal and Angel about three years ago. They were struggling and at first were quiet. A local advocate for the homeless and needy reached out and ministered to them, as she did others. They socialized with others in their situation.  The group formed bonds and helped each other in various ways, like the characters in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrathhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grapes_of_Wrath

After a year or so, the couple left the “Memorial Mob” neighborhood and I lost contact with them. The past several months I started seeing them at the community meals. The community meals for the homeless and those in need are not just about getting fed, but a place where friends meet and form bonds, edifying one another and where, in the group’s oral tradition, news is passed along.

Friends of Crystal and Angel, some of whom have seen them regularly at the community meals, have come together to lend moral, financial and other support to Angel.

I just shared a Facebook post about selfies – how silly and vain they are.

“Don’t you mean taking a lonely? #NationalSelfieDay

Posted by Sebastian Maniscalco on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

No man is an island.

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were.
Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”  -John Donne
Just as Crystal and Angel were a team, we all in this circle need to love and care for one another, coming together the way God would want us to.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  -Matthew 22:37-40

There Is Another Way

Like Ralph the Wolf is chased by Sam the Sheepdog, dope suppliers are relentlessly pursued and caught by authorities. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=cartoon+sheepdog+ralph+and+sam&view=detail&mid=40939B9D29BEFF396AD040939B9D29BEFF396AD0&FORM=VIRE

Yet, the dope dealers keep coming back, episode after episode, bringing harm to dumb sheep – sheep in the sense that they don’t use the brains God gave them. Their uncontrolled urges prompt them to do dumb things.  “Why do you think they call it dope?” -the slogan back in the day when illegal drugs started hitting the Philadelphia suburbs.

A recent Sheepdog/Wolf episode in real life: http://levittownnow.com/2017/06/20/rangers-man-drove-park-narcotics-illegal-gun-vehicle/

The beat goes on.

In past blogs, I condemned the conventional wisdom, the mantra that we hear from many sources, including government entities. Recently I heard New Jersey Governor Chris “Krispy Kreme” Christy, pitching a drug treatment program, say “drug addiction is a disease.” With this philosophy it’s no wonder the drug abuse problem is getting worse.

There is a way to break this cycle!

There is a problem when people look to the government, as if it’s The Wizard of Oz, to solve all their problems. I see this mentality in Bucks County, PA. Recently, after a young junkie died from an overdose, his kin demanded the school district do something about the drug problem.

To resolve the drug abuse problem, you have to go to the root of it. In the 60s, young people searched for meaning in life. Although the 60s counterculture didn’t have the right answers, they did understand some social ills. Evangelist Francis Schaeffer aptly points out  “…the hippies of the 1960s did understand something. They were right in fighting the plastic culture, and the church should have been fighting it too… More than this, they were right in the fact that the plastic culture – modern man, the mechanistic worldview in university textbooks and in practice, the total threat of the machine, the establishment technology, the bourgeois upper middle class – is poor in its sensitivity to nature… As a utopian group, the counterculture understands something very real, both as to the culture as a culture, but also as to the poverty of modern man’s concept of nature and the way the machine is eating up nature on every side.” (Pollution and the Death of Man)

As Paul Revere and The Raiders sang in Kicks, drugs are not the answer:

Girl, you thought you found the answer
On that magic carpet ride last night
But when you wake up in the mornin
The world still gets you uptight
Well, there’s nothin‘ that you ain’t tried
To fill the emptiness inside
When you come back down, girl
Still ain’t feelin‘ right…”

Paul concludes:

That road goes nowhere
I’m gonna help you find yourself another way

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=paul+revere+and+the+raiders+kicks&qpvt=paul+revere+and+the+raiders+kicks&FORM=VDRE

There is another way. 12 Step programs.

More than seventy years old, 12 Steps has been successful.  Back in 1931, a business executive found this kind of program worked. He had undergone treatment for alcohol abuse for a year with Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, but soon returned to the bottle and went back to Dr. Jung for treatment. Dr. Jung told the executive his case was nearly hopeless, as was often the case with other drunks and that the only hope was a spiritual conversion with a religious group. And, if you click on the link, you’ll find a happy ending.

By the way, the 12 Steps started with six steps.

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

Today, some 12 Step programs combine help for alcohol, drug, and other problems. For example, Celebrate Recovery: http://www.celebraterecovery.com/index.php/about-us/twelve-steps

God is the ultimate shepherd who protects his sheep from harm.

How Can People Be So Heartless?

“How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be hard
Easy to be cold”

-lyrics from Three Dog Night’s Easy To Be Hard

Except for some of the churches and caring individuals in Bucks County, PA, who help the homeless and people in need, Bucks County sees people in this category as useless, a blight on their suburban paradise. One example of this attitude is nixing the annual Stand Down for homeless and needy veterans which for years has been held in a clearing in the woods behind the Levittown public library.

At Stand Down, veterans can either come for the day, where they get free medical and dental checkups, clothing, acupuncture, etc., or stay overnight a couple nights. Here, veterans can get information and referrals. At the last Stand Down I attended someone set up a medical appointment at the Horsham veteran medical clinic, and got me in quickly. There’s normally a long wait – sometimes so long that vets have died – a problem that The Donald is working on.

Evidently, we need to drain the swamp in Bucks County.

In their hubris, callousness and dysfunctionality, authorities in Bristol Township/Bucks County didn’t give a reason why the annual Stand Down will no longer be held behind the library. http://levittownnow.com/2016/09/10/program-helps-veterans-need-kicks-off-last-year-current-site/

https://www.bing.com/search?q=easy+to+be+hard+three+dog+night+youtube&form=EDGEAR&qs=AS&cvid=98ce65ea4f5e43dcb1941c5b5b6e87d7&cc=US&setlang=en-US

Banning Stand Down reflects a snobbish attitude from people who don’t want anyone who doesn’t fit into their fabricated, middle class, bourgeois world around them. The public relations gal at the local Salvation Army echoed this attitude when she argued against my complaint that the (former) librarian was on a campaign to oust homeless people from the library just because they are homeless. The Countess of Carlisle decreed that some people who visit the library don’t like the homeless being there and that It’s OK for the library to keep them out just because of their prejudice. Because I disagreed with the countess, she used her position to block me from getting a job writing for the Salvation Army.

In Bucks County, the homeless are a commodity. The Bucks County Mental Health Hustlers, who fortunately were defunded, round up the homeless like cattle and leech onto their government funding to get them into programs such as at the Penndel Mental Health Center. I observed and keep hearing that people come out of this place in worse shape than when they come in. Just today at an afternoon community meal, a friend told me of someone he knew that came out of Penndel Mental Health worse than when he came in. “I thought they were supposed be help you get better!”, he exclaimed.

Personal Peace and Prosperity is the underlying attitude that causes the Bucks establishment to treat others the way they do. Evangelist Francis Schaeffer, who coined the phrase, said that someone who subscribes to the philosophy of personal peace wants to avoid controversy and struggle at any cost and lack moral conviction.

Dr. Schaeffer expounds on his observation of personal peace and prosperity, which he says is an epidemic of the 20th century:

“Personal peace means just to be left alone, not to be troubled by the troubles of other people…Personal peace means wanting to have my personal life pattern undisturbed in my lifetime, regardless of what the result will be in the lifetimes of my children and grandchildren. Affluence means an overwhelming and ever increasing prosperity — a life made up of things, things and more things — a success judged by an ever–higher level of material abundance.”

http://christinprophecy.org/articles/francis-schaeffer/

The three day a year program for homeless and needy veterans was another thing the elites considered useless, not in their interests, as is their resistance to providing more shelter for the homeless in Bucks County. They are on a roll. They cleared the homeless from the Queen Anne Park woods, around the memorial, and imposed Draconian rules for the whole Lower Bucks Government Complex. For sure, some of the homeless in this area gave the establishment good reason to boot people from the woods, but it will not even get out of the way to allow caring people to create housing for the homeless – official places with rules where the druggies and other miscreants are excluded.

The Godless belief system that has polluted the 20th century is being played out in Bucks County, PA. No longer do people have intrinsic value, made in the image of God.

Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  -Matthew 22:36-40

Homeless Housing Plan Moves Forward

To move forward with plans to create 60 units to house the homeless in Burlington Township, NJ, Citizens Serving The Homeless have hired an attorney to negotiate with officials.  This is the first step to getting the project approved at the local level.

Back in February, the Citizens Serving The Homeless held a public meeting at the Church of the Nazarene in Burlington Township to discuss the plans for the homeless community with neighbors. They were met with hostility from the crowd in the over packed auditorium.

Begging the question, one opponent of the homeless housing plan asked what the Citizens Serving The Homeless is going to do when most of the people use drugs and some of them will either revert to drugs or go back out on the street. There is no evidence that the people slated for the housing are druggies. Candidates for the housing will be screened.

Unless you’ve been living on Mars, you know that drug abuse is an epidemic, and to make drug abuse synonymous with homelessness is silly.

Who are the local homeless in the area where Citizens Serving The Homeless plan to build the housing community?  http://citizensservingthehomeless.org/theirstories.html

Despite the hostility, the hobophobia (the irrational fear of the homeless), the Citizens Serving The Homeless are pressing on with their plans.  This is not the case across the river in Bucks County, PA with the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN). When I asked the president of AHTN if the non profit could team up with a friend and I who planned to start a non profit to provide housing for the homeless, she said it was “impossible” and added that this would require security 24/7.

In Bucks County, there are more vacant buildings and properties than there are homeless people.

The property where Citizens Serving The Homeless wants to build has been vacant for about two years. In Bucks County, there’s a building that was purchased a year ago, and was vacant for a few years, that just sits on a hill overlooking the Neshaminy Creek in Newportville, just taking up space. Nothing is being done with it. As is the case in Burlington Township and many other places, the main obstacle to providing shelter for the homeless in Bucks County is hobophobia.

Unlike AHTN, the Citizens Serving The Homeless are working to overcome obstacles, mainly hobophobia. Getting the truth out about who the homeless really are is a campaign I have taken on, as has others. More people should educate the public about the homeless.

AHTN doesn’t strive to get to fully understand the homeless or to enlighten the public about who they really are. Awhile back, AHTN made a video that attempted to show who the homeless are. Unlike the Citizens Serving The Homeless, who interviewed all the homeless in the community who were willing to talk to them, AHTN used actors to portray the homeless! Not only did AHTN not use real homeless people, there was an attempt to keep the homeless away from the area during taping! And AHTN applied to same principle to keep the homeless out as you would for wild animals. Don’t feed them. They kept the pizza in an area where the homeless were not. This was on a day where there was no community meal for the homeless.

The homeless showed up where the homeless video was being shot none-the-less.  The actors ignored the genuine homeless; they walked by them as if they were mannequins.

Evidently, AHTN, like the rest of the Bucks County establishment, wishes to portray the homeless on how they imagine them rather than try to learn who they really are, much like the Fractured Fairy Tales on the old Bullwinkle and Rocky Show.

“Don’t talk about us, talk with us.” -phrase coined by a group of homeless people.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Fractured+Fairy+Tales&view=detail&mid=EC9DCDB244F3D106C09CEC9DCDB244F3D106C09C&FORM=VIRE 

Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. …”

-Luke 10:30-37

The Law of The Jungle

The law of the jungle” is an expression that means “every man for himself,” “anything goes,” “survival of the strongest,” “survival of the fittest,” “kill or be killed,” “dog eat dog” and “eat or be eaten.” The Oxford English Dictionary defines the Law of the Jungle as “the code of survival in jungle life, now usually with reference to the superiority of brute force or self-interest in the struggle for survival.” -from Expedia

At the community meals for the homeless and those in need in Bucks County, PA, there’s a character who brings the law of the jungle when he comes to the meals. Like a hawk, he hoovers around the tables looking for prey. Sometimes he meets resistance; other guests yell at him to get away from their food, or anything else this predator may try to fly off with. Other times he’ll wait for other guests to leave the table and he’ll snatch and fly off with his catch.

When the host says “let’s pray”, the predator hears “let’s prey.”

Having been known by increasing more guests at the meals, some of them are alert to him and will prevent him from sitting at their tables, making it clear there is no space for him to land.

This predator’s pièce de résistance is filling up his containers with lemonade, coffee, or other beverages to take back to his nest. On two known episodes, the predator, known as Birdman, didn’t want anyone else to have any beverage and started squawking and put up some resistance. I conferred with human behaviorist R.I. Diculous as to why Birdman behaves this way. According to Dr. Diculous, Birdman must believe he’s a real bird of prey out in the wild. The lemonade or coffee he’s about to purloin is his, and only his prey, and only he is entitled to it.

Here’s a video about what must be going on in Birdman’s head. He’s the secretary bird who captures prey and another bird tries to get some of it: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=hawks+capturing+prey+and+fighting+to+keep+it&qpvt=hawks+capturing+prey+and+fighting+to+keep+it&view=detail&mid=D47CBD1FBAA8867B6A7CD47CBD1FBAA8867B6A7C&FORM=VRDGAR

“Bird of prey or predatory bird, also known as raptors, refers to several species of birds that hunt and feed on rodents and other small animals. The term raptor is derived from the Latin word rapere, meaning to seize or take by force.” -Expedia

Birdman is an example how one should not act at community meals for the homeless and those in need. In a conversation at a past community meal with a formerly homeless man, the guy said that when you are homeless or needy you have to grab everything you can for yourself to survive, like an animal, like Birdman. I disagree. Your state, your status in life does not have to dictate your behavior. The characters in John Steinbeck’s,  The Grapes of Wrath, were homeless folks who looked out for one another. The homeless and needy in Bucks County should act more like them.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grapes_of_Wrath

The law of the jungle was this case with the characters in Frank Norris’ McTeaque. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McTeague

Humans are more than wild animals. We are a special creation.

Be ye not as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they not come near unto thee.” -Psalm 32:9

Off to See The Wizard

Another young heroin addict in Bucks County, PA bites the dust. Now his kin are on a quest to get the Pennsbury School District to “take the issue of addiction more seriously within the walls of the schools.”  http://levittownnow.com/2017/06/10/family-who-lost-22-year-old-to-heroin-implores-school-district-to-do-more/

This incident does evoke pathos, and I agree this wholesale tragic waste of life needs to end, but the war on drug abuse is being run the wrong way, much like the  way the “war” in Vietnam was conducted by President LBJ.

A problem with the war on drug abuse is making users victims. Taking drugs is something willfully done; a dumb bass doing dope.  Back in February, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said “prosecutors have to be ‘merciless’ in going after drug dealers and compassionate to those who are addicted.”  http://levittownnow.com/2017/02/01/governor-plans-to-budget-10-million-for-narcan/

A drug dealer is not someone about whom I would say, to echo Mr. Rogers, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” But without drug customers, dopes, you wouldn’t have dope pushers. Druggies are ruining neighborhoods in Levittown, PA, where crime has increased. They have gathered like yellow jackets on soda in the 100 or so recovery houses in Levittown, a magnet for druggies who come from all over the country! Consequently, after they leave the recovery houses one way or another they end up in the emergency shelter, which is simply supposed to be for people who just need a place to stay. The genuinely homeless people who happen to make it in the shelter lodge with gypsies, tramps and thieves.

The recovery home refugees also end up in the woods with the regular homeless people. The ambulance squad dragging druggies who overdosed out of the woods on more than one occasion, complaints from neighbors, who found syringes and other drug paraphernalia, etc., resulted in all the homeless being kicked out. A woman who was once living in the woods complained to me about a druggie bringing all his druggie friends into the woods but didn’t tell the authorities. After the woods were raided, she used someone else as a scapegoat.

I wouldn’t like a druggie to be my neighbor. 

Why should we taxpayers shell out 10 million for narcan, last minute first aid to save someone who willfully continued in their destructive habit? Just as we wasted too much money and lives on the Vietnam War – not because of our original motives – but because of the way LBJ purposely drug it out and handicapped the military, the way we are fighting the war on drugs is wasteful. Are there any plans to widely distribute medication to be available for someone who has an epileptic attack the way we are for “substance abuse disorder”?

Bucks County can go to great lengths to help wayward kids who do dope, but it plans to shut down the annual Stand Down for homeless and needy veterans, who have put their lives on the line and have sacrificed for their country. All the county does is permit the Stand Down people, many of them volunteers, who do the work, to use land behind the Levittown library, which isn’t used for anything. In their arrogance and dysfunctionality, Bucks County didn’t say why they won’t let others help our veterans.

The kin of the recent drug overdose fatality are off to the Emerald City to see what the Wizard can do for them that they couldn’t do themselves. Remember, Oz didn’t give anything to the Tin Man, that he didn’t, didn’t already have…   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wizard_of_Oz_(1939_film)

Dealing With Difficult People

At tonight’s community meal for the homeless and needy in Bucks County, PA, Birdman was his usual savage self. He sat at the end of my table, repeatedly grabbing, often using the salt and pepper shakers, keeping it close to him.  I moved them towards the two people who were sitting across from me and kept an eye on them. Evidently, he had designs to make the shakers part of his plunder.  Image result for popinjay

As the hosts were cleaning up, I took the shakers to the kitchen, handed it to someone and explained that there’s a guy sitting at our table who likes to take things home with him and I wanted to make sure they got it back.

For the grand finale, Birdman went to our table with a host and the coffee pot. I had a half cup of coffee, which had gotten cold. I asked the host if I could top off my coffee. “Go ahead, help yourself”, Birdman snapped, adding “take all of it. Take it home with you!”

My name isn’t Birdman”, I quipped. He grumbled something inaudibly, in a hostile tone.  

My now filled cup of coffee was just the right temperature and it went well with my desert.

The coffee left in the pot barely fit in the container the bird brought with him.

Earlier this week, at the community meal at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Penndel, PA, the host announced rules for dining at the church, including not coming to the meal drunk and fighting/quarreling. About a year and a half ago, a guest came to the meal drunk and disorderly, verbally assaulted and physically threatened another guest (one of his swings clipped the guest) who was minding his own business, as well as also cursed out anyone who confronted him about his behavior. He threatened me just because he didn’t like the way I was looking at him (I was aghast at his behavior). It took three male hosts to pull him away from the victim.

The out-of-control guest was ushered to the opposite corner of the large dining hall. After a pow-wow with the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) members and hosts, the police were called. An AHTN member returned to the scene of the crime and demanded that the victim leave immediately. Soon the police came, who also told the victim he had to leave, as per the host’s request. The victim was banned from riding the AHTN bus and the meal, while the drunk and disorderly guest continued to ride the bus and attend the meal.

Because of this outrage, where the victim believed slander and other wrongs were committed, he filed a lawsuit against the church and members of AHTN. I believe that this event and the lawsuit is what prompted Redeemer to announce the rules. I also think that because some people did something to hold difficult people accountable for their behavior and continue to do so, the meals have been more peaceful, more enjoyable.

Tonight, and other nights, people have been able to at least put a speed bump in front of Birdman. Like Sally, he needs to slow his mustang down. Oh yea…  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Mustang+Sally&qpvt=Mustang+Sally&FORM=VDRE

Society need rules, law and order. Without which, it ends up like the Lord of The Flies. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_the_Flies

Most of the guests at the community meal show restraint and respect others. It is a blessed time, where friends get together and talk about various things, admonish and encourage one another. At one meal, another guest admonished me to be gracious to Birdman. I’m trying. It takes wisdom to not cross that line to curb bad behavior which effects others and completely putting someone down. As the Bible says, be angry but do not sin.

It would be sad if a miscreant or two (or more) would ruin the community meals in Bucks County.

“As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.”

-Ecclesiastes 10:1

The Bird Is The Word!

“Well everybody’s heard about the bird!

The bird bird bird, the bird is the word!…”

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=The+Bird+is+the+word&qpvt=The+Bird+is+the+word&FORM=VDRE

There’s a character who’s been flocking to the community meals for the homeless and needy in Bucks County, PA known as “Birdman.” People at meals are getting the word about this infamous bird, who, like a wild animal, comes to the meals armed with pitchers and large bag and goes from table to table trying to swipe whatever he can – food, drinks and other items that are supposed to be for the people at each table and tables where food and drink are set out for all the quests. At one meal, he took the top off the coffee pot and was about to drain the coffee into his container when he was caught.

Some of us are thinking of playing The Bird is the Word, when Birdman enters a community meal. It will be his theme song.  Image result for popinjay

One guest thought he must have descended from a hawk, with the way he quickly, out of nowhere, appears and grabs his prey. To use Navy terminology, I would say he’s a sh**bird.

At the last meal he raided he started to take eating utensils from the table in front of him, until someone at the table yelled at him and told him the utensils were someone else’s. In spite of being yelled at, he returned to the table, on the prowl for things he could take. People at the table had to keep looking over their shoulder to watch Birdman like the hawk he is.

When I said something to someone at the table when I walked by right after Birdman tried to take the utensils, a guy at the table snapped “he’s an a-hole” and added that the bird was banned from two of the community meals permanently.

A few meals ago, Birdman was about to snatch the salt and pepper shakers, but the host stopped him.

If you sit down at a community meal, you have to set a watch to make sure that Birdman doesn’t take any of your stuff, including food that’s on your table whenever you get up to get a beverage, some food, or go to the restroom.

Birdman is the quintessential noble savage. The noble savage is a relativistic philosophy championed by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, where all restraints of civilization or any authority are removed and the self becomes the center of the universe. There are no borders.

Most of the folks who go to the community meals, both homeless and those needy with homes, act civilized and show self restraint.

Birdman is a reflection, an example of our rich heritage being turned upside down in an attempt to be replaced by the utopian new world order, which is destroying our society.

https://wigtunes.wordpress.com/tag/francis-schaeffer/

Don’t Listen To That Snake!

“There you go again” a phrase coined by Ronald Reagan, is a way to disarm opponents when they repeatedly bring up the same issues.

“Addiction is a disease – not a personal failure”, said congressman Donald Norcross, D-New Jersey, in reference to the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force he’s part of. http://levittownnow.com/2017/05/31/congressman-fitzpatrick-named-vice-chair-bipartisan-heroin-task-force/

The incessant mantra that drug and alcohol abuse is a disease and not a character flaw continues to be spewed out by state and private agencies. The nudge, as a friend calls him, keeps coming on TV, hawking The Addiction Network, insisting that “drug addiction is a disease.”

Critics of the disease theory, as reported on Wikipedia, say the disease theory, which is applied to drug and alcohol abuse “exists only to benefit the professionals’ and governmental agencies responsible for providing recovery services, and the disease model has not offered a solution for those attempting to stop abusive alcohol and drug use.”

As I said in a recent blog, calling drug abuse a disease is a P.T. Barnum-like marketing tool for the government and drug agencies to pedal their snake oil. They are going about the war on the drug epidemic the wrong way.

All The Kings Horses and All The King’s Men Can’t Put Humpty-Dumpty Back Together Again!

Some physicians, scientists and others have rejected the disease theory of alcoholism on logical, empirical and other grounds.[45][46][47][48][49][50] Indeed, some addiction experts such as Stanton Peele are outspoken in their rejection of the disease model, and other prominent alcohol researchers such as Nick Heather have authored books intending to disprove the disease model.[51]

Some critics of the disease model argue alcoholism still involves choice, not total loss of control, and stripping alcohol abusers of their choice, by applying the disease concept, is a threat to the health of the individual; the disease concept gives the substance abuser an excuse. A disease cannot be cured by force of will; therefore, adding the medical label transfers the responsibility from the abuser to caregivers. Inevitably the abusers become unwilling victims, and just as inevitably they take on that role. They argue that the disease theory of alcoholism exists only to benefit the professionals’ and governmental agencies responsible for providing recovery services, and the disease model has not offered a solution for those attempting to stop abusive alcohol and drug use.[52]

These critics hold that by removing some of the stigma and personal responsibility the disease concept actually increases alcoholism and drug abuse and thus the need for treatment.[52] This is somewhat supported by a study which found that a greater belief in the disease theory of alcoholism and higher commitment to total abstinence to be factors correlated with increased likelihood that an alcoholic would have a full-blown relapse (substantial continued use) following an initial lapse (single use).[53] However, the authors noted that “the direction of causality cannot be determined from these data. It is possible that belief in alcoholism as a loss-of-control disease predisposes clients to relapse, or that repeated relapses reinforce clients’ beliefs in the disease model.

Read more: /Disease_theory_of_alcoholishttps://en.wikipedia.org/wikim

Drug abuse and alcohol abuse have a common root: A character flaw. Some 12 Steps programs, which by the way have historically been very successful, combine healing from drug and alcohol abuse with other problems. What’s said about alcohol abuse can be said about drug abuse.

Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine. Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things. …”   -Proverbs 23:29-35

Pizza Gate

There’s a mystery at a recent community meal for the homeless and those in need. How did so many pizzas wind up being taken out by one person? It’s such a mystery that the Super Mario Brothers were called in on the case.

They have to be careful not to let King Koopa know anyone is investigating, lest they be turned into Goombas!

No Sharin’ With Karen was among the clues the brothers have so far in their investigation, which they believe is a code. The sleuths have snuck around and learned that the suspects are not underfed, so the brothers ruled out hunger as a motivation.

Witnesses said they observed a subject who approached the table quickly after the host announced that they have pizza left over and started putting them in boxes.  The subject, according to witnesses, seemed to be blocking other guests from getting the boxes, quickly slipping from box to box, acting like a defensive tackle defending the quarterback.

One witness said that someone who came late because of work missed out. The pizza was either eaten by the guests or sent out as take homes. The mystery guest was said to have taken about ½ dozen boxes with two to three pizzas per box. No sharing with them!

Today, there are still Koopas out there. Koopa’s rein is found in the politically correct, those who demean and threaten anyone whose opinion doesn’t match theirs. If they want your opinion, they’ll tell you what it is. In today’s culture, if you see something wrong and, although what you say is true, the guilty party may work up a Lynch mob.

The Koopas of this world try to make a monkey out of anyone who questions them. They’ve even come in the form of Tyrannosaurus Rex, but got slimed and, like Puff The Magic Dragon, slipped back into their cave.

One source suggested that the pizzas were either taken for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or that the Turtles actually took them. This kind of thing is a part of their ninja training – it’s right up their alley! They say an army marches on its stomach; the Ninja Turtles crawl on pizza! Something is afoot in Bucks County, PA., lurking in the dark, oozing along your living room floor, the slime on the video, the drugs on the street corner, the drugs at Penndel Mental Health Center…

With pizza, we can win the war on drugs!