Please Sir, I Want Some More!

“Please, sir, I want some more”, begged Oliver Twist for more gruel in Charles Dickens novel of his namesake.  This was a legitimate request from an underfed child in a baby farm.  Today, however, there are people in Bucks County, PA who beg for funding they really don’t deserve. 

Saint Mary Medical Center decided that the (alleged) Advocates for the Homeless And Those in Need will have no more funding. Saint Mary is – I know from personal experience-  very gracious. They stopped funding AHTN for a good reason.   

Now they are on an official beg drive: Two of our volunteers have given us the challenge to raise $5000, we need your help! 

As you may know, AHTN lost funding from one of our major supporters and because of this, we now have a $100K shortfall. Our AHTN Board members and staff have been working hard to find alternate ways to raise this money back, but it won’t come quickly. 

One way in which you can help is to donate any amount to AHTN and we will receive a matching gift from two generous volunteers. They will match up to $5,000, please help us raise $10,000 with this Volunteer Matching Gift Challenge!   

http://www.ahtn.org/ 

Saint Mary donated $100,000 of AHTN’s $220,000 budget.  

What does AHTN do with all that money? Occasionally they put homeless people up in a motel, pay their first month’s rent, occasionally transport people to doctors and such, support a rejuvenation station, and take the homeless and those in need to community meals and code blues (winter). Is there a lot of overhead?  I think so. Quite possibly their own pockets! 

Awhile back, I asked for AHTN’s help with a non-profit a friend and I wanted to start to make more housing available for the homeless in lower Bucks County. I thought we could team up with AHTN. When I emailed AHTN’s president to ask for help to create more housing, she responded that it was impossible and that 24/7 security would be needed.  

My partner in the proposed non-profit “Gimme Shelter for the Homeless” has a business/marketing background and I have a background in writing.  I was going to be the grant writer. A grant writer writes a pitch to potential donors, tells them how the money us going to be used in order to convince them to donate. I read a book about grant writing. When I emailed someone associated with AHTN who is a professional grant writer for tips, she didn’t even answer me!  

Except for churches in the area, the establishment doesn’t genuinely care about the homeless and doesn’t want to put themselves in their shoes or even want to understand them. Awhile back, AHTN made a video about the homeless, using actors! 

Even the local Salvation Army contributes to the negative attitude towards the homeless. When I volunteered there, the public relations gal, The Countess of Carlisle, got into a conversation I was having with another volunteer where I complained about how the homeless were discriminated against in the Levittown public library. The Countess Augustly said that people who visit the library don’t like the homeless being there.  

Unfortunately, these opinion leaders have influenced policy towards the homeless in Bucks County, people who should be held to a higher standard.  

Little help from the establishment for the homeless, but people who have lost kids to drug abuse, some of them government big shots, have been sucking up our taxpayer money! We fork out funds for dopes (why do you think they call it dope), a choice they made as a result of a character flaw. And the state sponsored initiatives generally fail and are just a waste of our money. http://levittownnow.com/2017/09/20/pennsbury-steps-efforts-to-fight-drug-abuse-mental-health-issues-into-high-gear/ 

The churches can do a much better job of helping broken people become whole. Biblical counsel is sufficient for any human problem that is not physical/medical. And they are not in it for the money. 

I am a free market conservative, against big government because the government tends to pick to distribute funds on who yells the most and has political power/pull.  In a free market, people are free to help those whom they choose to help. The government tends to base its decisions on a mob mentality. And special interests. Often money and attention doesn’t go to those who deserve it the most. 

XYZ Affair   –   France wants a bribe
 

  • France says, “Pay us money and we won’t attack you.” 

“Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute.”
— Representative Robert Goodloe Harper 

 

Applied to Bucks County: 

  • Jeff says, “Give us help to shelter the homeless” 

 

“Pay us money to fight the drug epidemic and protect snowflakes 

Millions for the government drug and mental health hustler programs but not one cent for the homeless.”                       –Bucks County Establishment 

Behind The Curtain

In Bucks County, PA, people don’t like to pay attention to the man behind the curtain. Like the Wizard of Oz, who is hiding his real self behind the curtain, there are people want their real self and motives to be hidden, and there are those who don’t want to see what’s behind the curtain to avoid having their pre-conceived notions, particularly of the homeless, overturned.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Don%27t+look+at+the+man+behind+the+curtain+wizard+of+oz&view=detail&mid=8F32D636D0473DE73D468F32D636D0473DE73D46&FORM=VIRE

When you get past the smoke and mirrors created by organizations in Bucks County who are believed to help the homeless, you see they are not what you think they are.

As was the case with the Wizard after the little dog Toto opened Oz’s curtain, people are wising up to the august institutions in Bucks.  And it’s more about making a buck and do-gooder image than helping people.

There’s a reason that Saint Mary Medical Center stopped funding the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN). I for one wonder what AHTN does with the $100,000 plus it takes in each year. I’m not an accountant and don’t know the micro details, but, as Bob Dylan sang “you don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

Update:

$100,000 is what AHTN has lost. That being such a large sum, I had that figure in my mind. Before Saint Mary cut funding, AHTN’s budget, according to the article in the Bucks County Courier Times, was $220,000/year! Wow!  Where does all that money go? Occasionally they put homeless people up in a motel, occasionally transport people to doctors and such, support a rejuvenation station, and take the homeless and those in need to community meals and code blues (winter). Is there a lot of overhead? Maybe lots of it going to those on salary? I’ve seen reports on the various charitable organizations that show how much of each dollar taken in goes to the recipients – those who are being helped. Some organizations give a greater percentage of money taken in that goes to the needy than others. Wonder what this ratio of funds coming in to AHTN go to the homeless and needy and how much is “pocketed.”

I wonder now that AHTN now expects to take in more that $100,000/year if it will slight the homeless and needy as if so, how much. From the AHTN website: “ALERTS: Beginning Monday July 24th through Monday Sept. 4th, Wheels to Meals will be operating with just ONE BUS.  Please be patient as it will take longer for the bus to cover the entire route, including all 4 bus stops. If guests can carpool with a friend, please do. The bus will only make 2 trips maximum each way.”

A few observations over about the past three years: Awhile back, AHTN spent money to have a handicapped assisted bus. One handicapped woman used the handicapped access. It was trumpeted in the media. A reporter came on ATHN’s bus and went to a community meal to interview the woman. Soon after the hype was over, to my knowledge she stopped using the service nor did any other handicapped people. Symbolism over substance.

Speaking of the bus, AHTN labels the transportation to homeless meals “wheels to meals.” Until recently, I thought the service was connected to Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers meals to seniors who have trouble getting out. I could better understand where all the money goes if AHTN was doing Meals on Wheels. Of course, we know that non-profits are not about slick Madison Avenue advertising. Not unless we look behind the curtain.

The curtain was opened in the aftermath of innocent people having their bike locks cut when they were legally parked at the Levittown public library. Because it was believed that some people abandoned their bikes there, all the locks were arbitrarily cut. In this matter AHTN was smoke and mirrors. An “advocate” met with the librarian, who said she made an announcement about the cutting of the bike locks, and that was the end of AHTN involvement in the matter.

It speaks well of the homeless that after this ordeal they didn’t vandalize the library. Behind the curtain you didn’t see the homeless stereotypes! Today in Bucks County, the homeless are treated much like blacks were in the Jim Crow south. Martin Luther King urged his followers not to return wrong for wrong but to engage in passive resistance.

The problem in Bucks County is the caste system, where the distasteful attitude exists where once one is homeless, he can’t become a self-reliant, productive member of society but a ward of the state. Dr. King argued against this mentality: http://www.thecommentator.com/article/4104/martin_luther_king_did_not_argue_for_welfare_dependency

Whereas advocates in other areas have gone to bat when the homeless were wronged, even going to district court and winning, AHTN did nothing when the authorities hustled the homeless from the Veterans memorial only because they were homeless. The district court is right next to the memorial.

Another Bucks institution that doesn’t live up to its reputation is the Levittown Salvation Army Community Center. Back in the day, The Salvation Army ministered to the down and out, largely drunks. They met them where they were, both in location and status in society, as Jesus did with the woman at the well. The booze industry didn’t like the Salvation Army reforming drunks; it cared more about making money than about people. People involved in the booze business attacked The Salvation Army.

Today in Levittown, the Salvation Army does not genuinely care about the homeless. Queen Latifah, who usually hosts the homeless meals, talks down to them, as if they are children or criminals. A volunteer at the center Salvation Army gave her the nick name because she tries to be real hip. He said “she works hard to be black.” Queen Latifah on steroids talks street English (bad English) and makes street gestures. To have the position at the Salvation Army, she had to have at least some education. Author Tom Wolfe called educated, middle to upper class folks who purposely talk and act like the uneducated, lower class as having “a nostalgia for the mud.” But even people in lower stations haven’t always talked that way.  Professor of Economics Walter E Williams, who grew up in a Philadelphia project said that his fellow blacks spoke standard English in the projects.

The attitude back then is why Dr. Williams made something of himself.

In Bucks County, the homeless are hustled in a different way. The recently defunded Homeless Outreach Support Transition Program (HOST), is a hustle. To look at the man behind the curtain, AHTN should bring disco lights to Code Blues and play “Do The Hustle” and introduce a mental health hustler. This may no longer be possible, as HOST, the first stop to put the homeless on the taxpayer funded Disoriented Express, was defunded.

https://youtu.be/V3kE0rvAJhM

I think “Do The Hustle” should be Bucks County’s theme song!

Are The Homeless Mental?

This is getting curiouser and curiouser, Alice! The riddle: What do mental health programs have to do with finding housing for the homeless? Image result for curiouser and curiouser alice in wonderland

Another program that allegedly helps the homeless loses funding. Now St. Mary Medical Center, which provided about 45 percent of funding for The Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN), stopped funding AHTN.

In May, funding for the Homeless Outreach Support Transition Program (HOST), a product of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania was eliminated.  According to mental health hustler Keith Smothers, coordinator for the Projects for Assistance in Transitions from Homelessness Program (PATH), defunding HOST can adversely affect his program.

PATH is a branch of the Penndel Mental Health Center.

Mental health is important for the whole nation right now,” said AHTN board president and co-founder Penny Martin.

What is this fixation on mental health in reference to helping the homeless? It seems to be a given that the homeless are mental. At the Code Blues, where churches give the homeless a warm dry place to stay on a cold night and are fed, Keith has been known to show up, promoted on site by AHTN. In their limited understanding of the homeless, they divine in their infinite wisdom that they are bringing them a vital service. Like the opioid epidemic, for which there are hard facts, AHTN and the Host believe there is a mental health crisis, a problem that is real in their minds. Maybe. Or it’s just a created crisis designed to fund an industry, much like the fabricated “Climate Change” agenda.

Without really knowing and understanding the homeless, these privately and publicly funded institutions presuppose they know what they need. For them, “homeless” is synonymous with mental disorders and other problems such as drunkenness and drug abuse. Evidently, they looked into their crystal ball to learn this. Just as we all know that when aliens from outer space land on earth they say “take me to your leader”, we know that homeless people say “take me to your shrink.”

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Some of the churches not only feed the homeless to minister to their physical needs, but preach the gospel and show concern for their guests to address their spiritual needs. It’s safe to presuppose that we all have spiritual needs, which affects our mental state.

Who are the homeless? People become homeless for various reasons, generally not because they are mental:  http://citizensservingthehomeless.org/theirstories.html

In Burlington Township, New Jersey, the Citizens Serving that Homeless are working on creating a homeless community. Church of The Nazarene pastor Byron Hannon, who said the church has a covenant with the mission, argued that the church can best help meet the physical and mental needs of the homeless. I agree.

People and organizations will decide which causes they will fund. They will shell out money where they believe it is the most useful; they want to be assured the money will be used efficiently to best serve the party they fund. St. Mary Medical Center decided to stop funding AHTN and focus on its “in-house services.”

When I was looking for housing, Allen Johnson, who was a recovery coach with HOST, once asked me if I were willing to be labeled as being so mentally messed up that I could not work for the rest of my life. This is fraud! Mental health hustlers like Allen are only interested in the homeless to shanghai them to get them signed up for tax payer funded mental health programs.

AHTN is begging for donations. I don’t believe they are serving the homeless but rather the mental health industry and their own interests. If I had the money I would not donate to AHTN.

It may not be intentional, but we seem to be draining the swamp in Bucks County, PA.

The homeless shouldn’t go down the rabbit hole to meet the Mad Hatter in Wonderland. Based on observation of people who have gone to Penndel Mental Health Center and testimony from them and from other sources, I believe they become mad after patronizing the center, with its psychotropic dope (one pill makes you smaller…) and psychobabble.

People purporting to help the homeless get housing should stick to finding them housing. Let the church work with them on their mental needs!  http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/psych.htm

And I Won’t Back Down!

“Well I won’t back down, no I won’t back down
You can stand me up at the gates of Hell
But I won’t back down

No I’ll stand my ground, won’t be turned around
And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down
Gonna stand my ground and I won’t back down” -Lyrics from I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty

https://www.bing.com/search?q=i+won%27t+back+down+tom+petty+lyrics+youtube&form=EDNTHT&mkt=en-us&httpsmsn=1&refig=42ca483ddb1946b3c9a621142e9baa91&sp=2&qs=AS&pq=i+won%27t+back+down+tom+petty+l&sk=HS1&sc=8-29&cvid=42ca483ddb1946b3c9a621142e9baa91&cc=US&setlang=en-US

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke

To kiss the ass-sets of the LGBTQ click, the US soccer team brought politics into the sport and made players wear rainbow colored jerseys to force them to support LGBTQ pride month. But one young lady stood on principle – Christian values – and walked away from the team just as Lot walked away from Sodom and Gomorrah.  Go girl!  https://conservativedailypost.com/christian-soccer-player-withdraws-from-u-s-team-after-officials-unveil-new-team-jerseys/

Christians need to practice what they preach and not let the world drag us down to its level. Be in the world but not of the world.

In Bucks County, PA, there are churches that don’t practice what they preach, or at least they lack fidelity to scripture, just as there is a non-profit that allegedly advocates for the homeless and is faith based. Their actions show that they look down on the homeless. There was a video to allegedly call attention to the plight of the homeless, as I reported in earlier blogs, underwritten by the (alleged) Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) that used actors to portray the local homeless in a trite, saccharine way. The alleged advocates didn’t even want the homeless near the set.

The homeless showed up anyway. The pizza was left in a place where the homeless wouldn’t be; they didn’t want to leave food for them the same way parks discourage visitors to feed wild animals so they wouldn’t pester visitors. The video crew walked by the homeless like they were mannequins.

A few years ago, the former head librarian at the public library in Levittown, PA ordered the locks cut on bikes legally parked in the bike rack, during library hours because it was alleged that some people had abandoned their bikes. Christine from AHTN met with the librarian to allegedly right this wrong. She told the homeless people that the librarian had made an announcement that the locks were going to be cut and for those with bikes parked there to verify their bikes so the locks wouldn’t be cut. For Christine, this settled the matter. A reliable source told me he was in the library at the time and that no announcement was made.  The fact is, what the library did was illegal – cutting locks of bikes legally parked, and during library hours!  True advocates would use their resources to take legal action on behalf of the homeless who were wronged.

Christine struck again. This time she got two homeless people who were caught having sex in front of the homeless bus stop in front of the library off the hook. But the rest of the group got punished; the bus stop was removed. The bus stop lovers got a place and are on the public dole. These are the kind of folks AHTN and the rest of the Bucks establishment like – wards of the state, the epitome of the homeless stereotype. They maintain their position in the caste system.

At a community meal at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, PA, the bad behavior enabler struck yet again. She helped, along with Redeemer, get another homeless person off the hook. He came to the meal drunk, verbally abusing and physically threatening another guest. The victim, who didn’t even say anything back, became the scapegoat.

I know my views won’t please everyone, but one must stand for what’s right. I won’t back down!

It’s amazing that so many churches today have caved in to the world.  Research shows that that support among Americans for same-sex marriage has grown from 31 percent in 2004 to 55 percent in 2016. This support is growing about the same for churches – for the progressive ones. There is a cultural divide in our country, as is found in the modern church.  http://www.christianitytoday.com/women/2017/june/finding-my-true-self-as-same-sex-attracted-woman-obergefell.html

The true church has failed to positively influence our country. But there are those, like the soccer player who refused to engage in homo-promo, who stand their ground for what’s right.

One such defender of the faith was J. Gresham Machen, who went against the grain, took flack in order to take a stand against liberalism in the church, when churches abandoned Biblical truth and polluted the faith with worldly ideas. Liberalism is not another form of religion, not even a heresy (error in teaching), but apostasy – God is out of the picture. My mother used to call these churches “social clubs.”

https://www.wts.edu/history/

Like many mainline churches, the Presbyterian churches became polluted with liberalism in the 1920s. In the late 1920s, Princeton Seminary started going along in order to get along with the worldly liberal movement. This pollution seeped into our society. In the 20s and 30s we had gangsters, and corrupt officials who fueled them, an economic and moral depression. Honest, hard-working middle-class men, as a result of a progressive society, had to leave their homes and hop trains to look for work and food. And these hobos, who were looking for work, were treated harshly by railroad bulls and, like today’s homeless, were looked down on.

People must stand their ground for what’s right, not turn around, and not let the world pull them down!

Don’t back down, baby. There is no easy way out!

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

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

You Are What You Think!

“I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind. You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there. You take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world, they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom.” -HUD Secretary Ben Carson

http://www.redstate.com/streiff/2017/05/25/ben-carson-poverty/

When I heard Dr. Carson say this on Fox News, the homeless community in Bucks County, PA came to mind.

Some people in the Bucks homeless community, who have lost practically everything, have moved on up. They had the right attitude, values.  They didn’t engage in or even listen to malicious gossip They stopped or didn’t do drugs, excessive drinking, heavy smoking, gluttony or other bad habits that would keep them down. Instead, they kept plugging away, trying to improve themselves and relentlessly looked for and found work and housing, or are at least on their way to getting a place to live.

Conversely, those in the homeless community who bear and circulate false witness/gossip, do drugs, continually get drunk, smoke like chimneys, and gouge themselves like they are at a Roman banquet keep them down and out, and they tend to become miserable.

Dr. Carson’s view about the consequences of your attitude is dramatized in the comedy film Trading Places. In the movie, homeless street hustler Billy Ray Valentine trades places with the rich commodities broker managing director. While in the whirlpool, Billy Ray reflects on his childhood, saying “we used to have to fart in the bathtub to get bubbles like this.” With his new found wealth, Billy Ray throws a party, populated with low life who trash the place out then split.

But Billy Ray rises to the task! Given a chance, he learns the commodities business, acts well mannered, and becomes successful.

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

In Bucks County, the system offers to take care of the homeless and doesn’t encourage them to better themselves. The subtle thinking among government and other elites in the county is that of a caste system, where once you are homeless, you will always be homeless. They keep the homeless down by offering them handouts – low cost housing and disability to help pay for it, replacing tents and sleeping bags when the users destroy them…

As Dr. Carson said, there is material poverty and poverty of the spirit. A member of the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) let two homeless people off the hook for having sex one morning in the homeless bus shelter. The whole group got punished by having the shelter torn down and the bus stop moved to the middle of the parking lot in the Bucks County Government Center. Other homeless people were banned from the Levittown public library for fighting and cursing, where formerly stood the bus shelter, where the couple’s love grew under its umbrella.  They are now in government housing, at taxpayers expense. In the past couple of years, he worked two different jobs and walked off both of them. I heard from a reliable source that he had a pattern of working just long enough so he could quit then get financial assistance.

The same AHTN member who helped get Don Juan and his lover off the hook did the same for  a homeless guy who came to a community meal drunk and became disorderly. Despite loudly cursing a blue streak and viciously physically attacking another guest, which took three of the hosts at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, PA, he was allowed to continue to ride the AHTN bus (which on paper doesn’t allow anyone to come on the bus drunk) and go to the meals. The victim, who basically rope-a-doped, was banned from the bus and the meal at Redeemer. I believe it’s in the best interests of AHTN to enable bad behavior among the homeless. After all, that’s how they are supposed to act. Isn’t it? And isn’t that what keeps AHTN in business?

Your attitude and values have much to do with your lot in life. Your circumstances should not dictate your joy.  Seasons of happiness come and go, but you can have joy in the Lord.

“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts”  –Proverbs 4:23

Never Smile At A Crocodile

Thinking that somehow you can make peace with some people through appeasement often creates more problems. Former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain thought he could make things hunky-dory with Hitler by letting him have a chunk of Czechoslovakia, a heavily industrial, strategic area which the Nazis used to invade other countries.

Chamberlain’s appeasement to Hitler must have been what his successor, Winston Churchill, was thinking about when he coined the phrase “an appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

Never smile at a crocodile
No, you can’t get friendly with a crocodile
Don’t be taken in by his welcome grin
He’s imagining how well you’d fit within his skin…”

Read more: Peterpan – Never Smile At A Crocodile Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Appeasement is causing problems in Bucks County, PA.  Some folks who go to the community meals for the homeless and those in need think people abusing the privilege should be given a free pass and nothing should be done about threats, harassment, and even physical violence. Calling the police is not in some people’s DNA.  By not doing something about criminal activity and even helping a crocodile escape some people think it will satisfy him. This is a crock!

Their alleged advocates, the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) likewise think wrongdoing should be ignored and that by devising ad hoc schemes to cover it up will appease some in the homeless community and make the so-called advocates come out squeaky clean, thinking it will insure funding and let them feel good.

A guest who goes to the meals, who was the subject of malicious gossip, most of which originated from a former homeless woman whose quest was to be queen of the homeless, was made a scapegoat at a meal where he was threatened by a crocodile. At the meal at Redeemer Lutheran church, Penndel, three crocodile hunters wrestled the croc off of the other guest and relocated him to the opposite end of the room, where AHTN and the hosts talked. Here things were said about the victim. I couldn’t hear what was said, but the crock had said elsewhere that the guy he threatened was saying things about others in the homeless community. Another homeless guy at the meal echoed this gossip.

Evidently, an AHTN member in the crock corner must have said something to convince the host not to let the victim of the unprovoked attack back to the meal the next time it was held and got AHTN to ban the victim from the AHTN bus. The crock, however, was allowed back to the meal and was allowed to keep riding the bus. By the way, AHTN rules forbid its clients to ride the bus while intoxicated.

The police came and said the host wanted the victim to leave immediately. Nobody listened to his side of the story that night nor were any witnesses interviewed!

Because of this gross miscarriage of justice, the victim filed a lawsuit against the members of AHTN who were in the crock corner and Redeemer Lutheran.

About a year and a half later, when the victim greeted a relative of AHTN’s president at a community meal, the relative confronted him about filing a lawsuit against AHTN, complaining to one of the hosts about it. The plaintiff said that he didn’t file against AHTN but against members of AHTN. He also pointed out that the drunk and disorderly guy is in jail.

If AHTN kept appeasing the crocodile, he would have continued his behavior. One formerly homeless woman said that if this kept up, he might even kill somebody! He was arrested, after being on the lamb for weeks after someone spotted him and called the police. This wasn’t appreciated by everybody.

Because people stepped up to the plate, the problem was finally resolved. This sent a message through the neighborhood that there are consequences for bad behavior. This is a good start.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

-Edmund Burke

Tell Me Why

Falsely accusing someone for gain is nothing new. With Easter approaching, we are reminded how the perfect lamb, Jesus, sacrificed Himself to save us from our sin and bring new life for those who believe.

Jesus was a threat to Caiaphas and his gang, whom the Romans tolerated. At a meeting of the Sanhedrin, the chief priests and the Pharisees decided it was in their best interests to lie about Jesus and turn Him over to the Romans to be crucified. They wanted to conduct business as usual – the money changers and other shady activities.

Likewise, today in Bucks County, PA, the Advocates for The Homeless and Those In Need (AHTN) have a racket they are protecting.  About a year and a half ago, secretly, I believe a member of AHTN lied about an innocent guest at a community meal in order, in her thinking, not to have a mob get mad at them by holding accountable a homeless guy who came to the meal drunk and verbally harass, curse at and physically threaten another guest.

The drunk and disorderly homeless man started harassing the victim after overhearing the guy talking about  court cases he sat in on.  He had a problem with this and went ballistic, cursing at and even swinging at him, just clipping him.  Three of the hosts had to drag the drunken man away. He was ushered to the far corner of the dining hall, with AHTN members accompanying him.

The victim showed great self control, not even verbally arguing with this maniac.  Yet,  when the police approached the victim, the officer told him he had to leave because the host wanted this. The victim was banned from the bus, and, what’s more, the next time he came to the meal, he was told he was banned, because, when pressed for an answer, the host reluctantly said it was because he was saying bad things about the homeless.

The assailant was not only allowed to ride the bus but came back to that particular meal.

It is strange, even Kafkaesque, that the victim, who never had  any issues with this host, suddenly was not allowed to come to the community meal. I wish I were a fly on the wall when AHTN representatives sequestered the assailant. I think what must have been said is why he was not brought to the civil hearing.

For AHTN, it was a matter of expediency masquerading as keeping the peace.

Recently, a year and a half  later, someone related to a leader at AHTN confronted the victim for filing the lawsuit against AHTN, pointing this out to one of the hosts at a meal, wondering why the victim did such a thing. The victim explained that he didn’t file the suit against AHTN, but against individuals from AHTN.

AHTN Mouthpiece: Tell me why eye eye eye you filed.

Plaintiff: And why you lie eye eyed about me.

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AHTN is not the friend of the homeless. At the Kangaroo district court hearing, AHTN was let off the hook – for the time being (dismissed without prejudice, which means, for those of you in Doylestown, it can be appealed and it is), while the homeless person was given a default judgment. He was not even brought in from the Bucks County jail. As the old Beatles’ song goes “But you left me sitting on my own,
Did you have to treat me oh so bad,
All I do is hang my head and moan.”

By not enforcing rules, and acting like when an individual homeless person does something wrong you are confronting the whole group, it hurts the homeless community. The message that the homeless are supposed to act badly casts a negative image on them. This plays into the mentality of the Bucks County establishment, where, for example, at the Levittown public library and the nearby Veterans’ Memorial the homeless are not welcome.

In this case, AHTN had mollycoddled the assailant who had been harassing the real victim and others for some time. One formerly homeless woman pointed out that if this behavior kept up, the assailant, in a drunken rage, may someday even kill someone! It wasn’t AHTN who is preventing this from happening, but people who stepped up to the plate. All these modern day Pharisees care about is their funding. To them, the homeless are just cattle, from whom they don’t expect any moral code.

Like AHTN, when I called out two non homeless guests for hogging food at the community meals, members of the suburban ganstas circled the wagons and defended the offenders.

When you don’t maintain laws of civility in society, you end up with a society like The Lord of The Flies.

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Overcoming Obstacles

Funding Woes Hurt Homeless reads a newspaper headline I referenced in recent blogs and argued that the cuts to Bucks County’s useless Mental Health Hustler programs is not what hurts the homeless.

Hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless is the main reason there is not sufficient housing for the homeless in Bucks County, PA. Because of attitude towards the homeless, not only will the county government not adequately provide homeless housing, but it interferes with private efforts to provide homeless housing.

Bucks County should follow the example of Pedro Opeka, who encouraged impoverished people in Madagascar to build good communities from  a dump, where once he taught them, they became educated and also built their own community. They didn’t build their city on rock and roll but by motivation and hard work.

A formerly homeless guy in Bucks County told me he spoke with a businessman who had planned to create housing for the homeless. When the establishment found out the project was for the homeless, it was nixed! I’ve heard from other sources that, although there is more property in Bucks County than homeless people, when caring people tried to make plans to use it for the homeless, they got shut down faster than The Little Old Lady from Pasadena shuts down anyone who races her.

Awhile back, when I asked Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia to consider a plan to create homeless housing on county land, she poo-pooed the idea and said that it would jeopardize county assisted housing opportunities. There is a one to two year wait. My idea, like Priest Pedro’s, is to let the homeless build and maintain the community, as is the case with Dignity Village in Portland, Oregon.

https://dignityvillage.org/

In Bucks County, the consensus is that people, especially the homeless, are not able to do what the villagers did in Madagascar. And as I’ve argued, Bucks County just uses the homeless so it can keep them out of public view as much as possible and put them out to pasture and tap into public funds.

Even the local Salvation Army, the organization which historically has gone against the grain in order to help restore down and out people, goes along with the establishment in order to get along. People’s actions there show that they are hobophobic. The boss, Major (Casper) Milquetoast will not lay down the law. Likewise, for The (alleged) Advocates for The Homeless and Those in need (AHTN),  rules are no rules.

Two homeless people, whom I believe were drunk and I believe took the AHTN bus, went to a recent community meal. They were both loud, especially one of them. When a host on the serving line asked me how I was doing, I responded, “OK. I’m a caregiver and it’s nice to get out once in awhile.” One of them slurred “are you in a tent or a home?” I ignored him. Louder, he repeated the question. “What does it matter?,” I replied. He said that I was in a home and added that he doesn’t like it when someone with a home says he’s going to go out. That whine was totally irrational and uncalled for. Smacks of jealousy and PMS (poor me syndrome). He later got into a loud argument with another guest.

If the jealous tent dweller would get off the bottle, change his attitude and do something more constructive he may get out of his tent. I know of a few homeless people who did! They got a good attitude, didn’t engage in or listen to malicious gossip, went out of their way to find work, and moved on up!

Problem homeless people contribute to homophobia. Unfortunately, people judge all homeless people based on a few rotten apples.

Just as blacks overcame discrimination, oppression during the Jim Crow south, the homeless can overcome prejudice against the homeless and other obstacles.

Excuse making and blame shifting are major reasons the drug abuse epidemic is getting worse. When you see it for what it is, it’s as comical as an episode on the sit com Good Times, when JJ got busted for having a wild party. When confronted, he explained that some people broke into the family apartment “and forced us to party with them.”

“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.”
Ben Carson, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

The doc has the right prescription for overcoming obstacles!