No Direction Home?

You can take people by the hand, but you can’t pull them. It’s noble to reach out to people who need a helping hand. But in some cases, they don’t want to listen to advice or follow the right path.

After people visited him in the hospital, worked hard to get him in a nursing home, moved his worldly  possessions  from his sold home into storage, counseled and encouraged him to straighten out and tried to get him into more programs to help him overcome his besetting sin of chronic drunkenness, he walked away from the nursing home. When he was distraught around the public library in Levittown, PA our friend in the homeless and needy community in Bucks County, PA, a police officer encouraged him to return to the nursing home. He didn’t.

At Tuesday night’s community meal for the homeless and those in need, our friend was greeted by his friends. He thanked those who have been helping him.

The reason for bolting from the nursing home? He described it as being quite filthy. I find that dubious, as do others.

He told me he planned to find a hotel and drove away from the dinner. The social worker he was working with, he said, was looking for a room for him.

Now, he’s on his own, with no direction home, as Bob Dylan sang. https://www.bing.com/search?q=bob+dylan+like+a+rolling+stone+video&qs=RI&pq=like+a+rolling+stone+bob+dylan+video&sc=4-36&cvid=03A1BA8266F8423E8DB414525C1D72E4&FORM=QBRE&sp=1

The man needs to be sequestered in a home, where he can get the treatment, mostly counseling, that he badly needs, as well as a place where he has to stay away from the bottle and cigarettes, which he craves.

A few years back, I kept company with a homeless woman who had just walked away from her husband, a well-paying job, fancy cars and a great house in an upscale neighborhood. She was well educated. The woman was leery of going to the homeless meals, as she thought people didn’t like her being there. I encouraged her to go, and we often went to the meals together. I also brought food to her tent, as she was quite thin and may have gotten thinner.

For awhile, we did positive things such as discuss books we got out of the local library, would reference books we’ve read, talked about art…  She got a job but was fired, accused of being involved in a stealing ring. She had a problem with the bottle, and soon returned to heavy drinking, and habitually stole things. She sometimes broke down crying, lamenting to me that she was homeless.

Drunkenness, like other crutches to escape life, leads nowhere. A problem drinker’s girlfriend and I used to say that he thinks the answer to problems is in the bottle. He may think that a genie will pop out and say “your wish is my command.”

Actually, the bottle abused is a tyrant! It’s an example of pursuing something that entices you but brings you to despair, as Bob Dylan sang about the youth who left their comfortable homes in search of something better. The grass was no only not greener – it was brown!

People who engage in destructive behavior such as drunkenness can lose their jobs, their houses, family and other relations with people. They are so enamored with the bottle that it become more important than anything else.

As a result of his heavy drinking, Dr. Robert Smith, aka Dr. Bob, one of the Alcoholics Anonymous founders, almost didn’t finish medical school and put his business and family life jeopardy. But with God’s help and through AA programs, after staying with the program, Dr. Bob was able to put this destructive behavior at bay. The 12 Step program grew out of Alcoholics Anonymous, which continues to be a successful program. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Alcoholics_Anonymous

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 23:39-35

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

Swim Upstream

“Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.”

– W. C. Fields

Before the plaintiff went into the district court in Warminster, PA recently, a representative from the Redeemer Lutheran church, one of the defendants, remarked to the plaintiff “I just wish we could drop the whole thing”.

The expectation was for the plaintiff to just go with the flow, just as a dead fish can do. The mores in Bucks County, PA, as in Washington DC under the progressives, are that there is one standard for the August institutions such as the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) and the Redeemer Lutheran church, and another for regular people, including the homeless.

The so-called justice postured himself to look like he was seeking justice, but in reality just wanted to dispose of the case without even listening. He said there was not enough information to create a  defense. In other words, he didn’t want to hear it. Evidently he views AHTN and Redeemer as pillars of society and beyond reproach.

It’s ironic that a Lutheran church acts as if it is infallible, not subject to question. Founder Martin Luther swam upstream and challenged the Catholic church, where he was a priest. He started a movement where anyone from any walk of life could challenge the clergy. Martin Luther tacked his 95 Theses, his arguments against church abuses, on the Wittenberg Door.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninety-five_Theses

If being asked by police to leave the community meal at Redeemer was the only thing, the plaintiff told the church representative who asked him to drop the manner, he would have. The victim of false accusations challenged the church and AHTN after he was told, after driving to the next community meal at the church, that he was not allowed at the meal. Initially, a church representative didn’t give him a reason, but once pressed, he said the plaintiff was not allowed to the meal because he was saying bad things about the homeless.

I don’t know exactly what Christine Jandovitz, from AHTN, told the hosts when she and the homeless drunk who verbally assaulted the plaintiff and others, and tried to beat him up but was physically restrained, went to the other side of the room, but it seems Kafkaesque that someone was banned from a community meal just for saying things people don’t like. There was false witness, vicious gossip that many members of the homeless community parroted, and they became hostile and ready to attack a scapegoat. There were lies circulating that the plaintiff was a sexual predator and a pedophile.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Kafka#.22Kafkaesque.22

Neither AHTN nor people from Redeemer Lutheran talked with the plaintiff to get both sides of the story in an attempt to find the truth (which will set you free).

The homeless drunk who created the problem and disturbed the meal was allowed to come back to the meal at Redeemer as well as ride the AHTN bus. It wasn’t until he created a problem at another meal that he was banned from the bus – for just two weeks. In time, he created problems at other meals, culminating where he knocked the plaintiff down, cutting his head. The drunk fled the scene but after a few weeks was captured. He’s now in the Bucks County jail.

You don’t resolve problems by ignoring them, pretending everything is alright. This way you are living a life of quiet desperation.

The representative from Redeemer who asked the plaintiff to drop the case, asked him if he plans to sue the whole church. “The church is a building; you can’t sue a building,” the plaintiff explained.

The church, established by Jesus, is a place to worship God and his commands. The 9th commandment: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” -Exodus 20:16

Nobody is beyond reproach. Just ask the judge, public safety director and Langhorne deputy constable recently charged by the feds!

Yes We Can!

“Now’s the time for all good men
To get together with one another
We got to iron out our problems
And iron out our quarrels
And try to live as brothers”

-Lyrics from The Pointer Sisters Yes We Can Can

Tuesday night at the community meal for the homeless and those in need, a homeless woman I hadn’t seen for ages showed up. More than a year ago, I had given her hand and foot warmers. Since I saw her, she’s been working seven days a week. Thinking she would have had a place in September, she gave the warmers to another homeless person. Now that she cut back to five days a week, she said she’ll have time to find a place.

It’s individual initiative and responsibility that will resolve the homeless problem, not the government, especially in Bucks County, PA. The county will not only not provide housing for the homeless in a timely manner, but it stonewalls efforts by private caring entities to build shelter for the homeless. The county Augustly states that it offers the homeless county assistance, which takes a year or two. The alleged “emergency shelter” has a months long waiting list.

Much of the problem in providing housing for the homeless is hobophobia, the irrational fear and disdain for the homeless. In a Monty Python’s Flying Circus skit, a man’s home, etc., are destroyed and he goes to collect on the insurance. The insurance agent tells him that his policy explicitly states that the policy will not be paid. The man starts to cry. “I hate to see a grown man cry”, the insurance guy says, and adds “go on, shove off!” This is the way the homeless are treated in Bucks County.

One size doesn’t fit all. At the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Levittown, officials have told the homeless, although they were obeying the rules, they can’t hang around the memorial. One official told them that people didn’t feel comfortable coming to the memorial with them there. On one occasion, a homeless woman who had COPD stopped in the WIC building at the municipal building near the memorial to temporarily get out of the cold after being dropped off from Code Blue. She was booted! The government hacks there told her that she couldn’t stay there when there were no other customers. It was a bogus reason, much like the rigged “hearing” at the district court in Warminster where a victim of false witness filed a suit against the Redeemer Lutheran Church and members of the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN).

The suit was triggered by a homeless drunk who verbally abused and physically threatened a man which resulted, instead of blaming him, blaming the victim. Because AHTN and Redeemer Lutheran rubber stamped the lies from the homeless Lynch mob, the victim was banned from the bus and not allowed back to the church community meal at Redeemer.

It was only because the victim and others acted against outrageous behavior, which disrupted meals and put others at risk, that something was done about the outrage.

The perpetrator is now in jail. As one of the hosts said at Tuesday night’s community meal, the offender will now be able to think about his sinful behavior. He had caused a ruckus the last time he went to that meal, and the host, before being informed the offender was in jail, said he would call the police if the guy showed up at this dinner.

To make it out of seasonal problems such as homelessness, you have to deal with the situation in a Godly manner.

People are homeless for different reasons. Some have substance abuse or other attitude problems, and others are there because they lost their job. In some cases, people who didn’t have substance abuse problems develop them after being homeless. This is the sinful way of handling your circumstances.

One formerly homeless person told that he was able to get out of his situation by taking on personal responsibility for his actions. He added “they don’t like that.” I’m not sure who the “they” were, as we were talking over people at the table I was sitting as he walked by and I didn’t ask for details, but “they” could mean Penndel Mental Health Clinic, AHTN – any liberal institution in Bucks County.

According to the PA drug and alcohol programs secretary, and that nudge who comes on TV to hawk The Addiction Network, substance abuse is a disease and not a moral failing or a weakness. To quote the late great General Norman Schwarzkopf, this is “bovine scatology. “

Thinking substance abuse and other mental problems is a disease is the reason places such as Penndel Mental Health Center uses various substances to cure the disease, just like giving people a flu shot.

Taking on personal responsibility for your actions brings blessings and freedom.

Not all homeless people are drunks, druggies, and nuts. Many of them are caring, industrious people who are movin’ on up. And I’m not just talking materially.

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.  Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.  For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!  Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey — whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?  But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.  You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.  What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:12-23)

 

Clowns to The Left of Me

They have been out. At homeless meals in Bucks County, PA, at SEPTA’s Jefferson Station —everywhere– to register people to vote. There was a report recently from Philadelphia about the homeless voting. Advocates and politicians are making sure the homeless vote.  http://www.fox29.com/news/211016034-story

In a recent report from a Philadelphia news station, a homeless person, I believe a druggie, expressed that he has a problem with Donald Trump. Like most anti Trumpets, he gave no reason why he doesn’t like The Donald. From the anti Trump camp, we mostly hear the usual clichés.

In the news story, a homeless veteran said that because of poor care, while waiting for services, veterans have died. The Veterans Health Administration comes under the executive branch of government.

In Dover, Delaware, there is a conflict between a church that has been allowing homeless people to stay on its property, and neighbors. “It has really nothing to do with being anti-homeless,” said Thomas Farrington, who lives near the church. Neighbors complained that the police often have to break up fights between homeless people and that the music and yelling gets loud. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Delaware-Dover-Church-Tiny-House-Neighbors-Controversy–392662151.html

Farrington said that he isn’t being anti-homeless, yet states “We are not talking about a mother and a couple of children who she lost her job. We’re talking about people that are chronically homeless. They can walk, they can talk, and they can carry a collection plate. But they can’t get a job?”

Although this neighbor may have a legitimate beef about the noise and fights coming from the homeless, he doesn’t understand the homeless. Just because someone is able to work doesn’t mean he/she can find a job. There is a lot of unemployment in our Obama Nation. If elected, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will continue BO’s stinky policies, such as the war on coal, which will put people out of work and exacerbate homelessness.

I personally don’t know the homeless or the situation in Dover like I do in lower Bucks County, PA. What I do know is that there are homeless people here who work, but haven’t worked long enough or make enough money to get a place. I also know that, even if you have a little money, it’s tough to find a place in Bucks County.

In some cases, homeless people here in Bucks County create their own problems. In Queen Anne Park, in the woods on county land, there were complaints about druggies living in the woods. At least one of them in those woods had to be taken to the emergency room.  There are other examples which I’ve written about on previous blogs.

In the case of the Dover church, if indeed the fighting and noise from the homeless is really happening, the pastor needs to make and enforce rules for the homeless who stay at the church property. Individuals who don’t follow the rules should be thrown out so they don’t ruin the privilege for everybody else, which is sometimes the case in Bucks County.

In Bucks County, concerned people have been taking measures to hold unruly individuals accountable for their behavior, particularly at the community meals for the homeless and those in need. This is only fair so the rest of the homeless don’t get a bad name and suffer. As is the title of a song by Eric Burdon And The Animals, “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show”.  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=one+monkey+won%27t+stop+the+show+eric+burdon+and+the+animals&qpvt=one+monkey+won%27t+stop+the+show+eric+burdon+and+the+animals&FORM=VDRE

Just because a few A-holes in the homeless community act up, responsible, decent people in the homeless community should not be marginalized and should be given an opportunity for housing.

Awhile back, when I proposed a plan to Democrat Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia to set aside county land for an official homeless community, she responded that this would jeopardize opportunities for the homeless to get county assisted housing. The public assisted housing takes one to two years. But of course, what does reality matter to someone living in an Ivory Tower?

Marseglia also championed mental health help for the homeless. This sediment has been put into action by the Bucks County Mental Health hustlers, who go here there and everywhere in an attempt to Shanghai the homeless and take their taxpayer funds to keep the county mental health industry in business. Alan Johnson, formerly with Penndel Mental Health Center, but still a county hustler, told me that he doesn’t believe in housing first. Instead, he said people need to get straightened out before they get housing. This presupposes that all homeless have such serious issues that they are not fit to move in anywhere until they avail themselves of the county mental health services. As comedian Pat Paulsen used to say, “BULL FEATHERS!”

Sensible people, including the more industrious members of the homeless community, know that Hillary Clinton or other Democrat, such as PA Representative Tina Davis, the Bimbo of Bucks County who says she has done a great deal for the homeless and will continue to do so, in reality does very little for them other than helping with tasks such as benefits.

Democrats get in the way. PA Governor “Big Bad” Tom Wolf banned drilling for resources on state lands. The Bimbo of Bucks County praised the wolf for saving the day, saving the environment. She admitted that current drilling on state lands fosters a good economy but said that protecting the environment trumps this. Maybe the bimbo and the wolf can pass out pink slips and eviction notices on Halloween.

Hillary Clinton, and the other Democrats, who are clones of one another, sit high above us on their Ivory Towers. Like the Democrats in Bucks County, they don’t care about serving the homeless or other regular people or even accommodate private efforts to help them (efforts to use abandoned buildings and land in Bucks County for the homeless are stonewalled). They mostly just know how to Demagogue and serve themselves and the special interests. They do, however, sometimes throw in facts, such as the ads that attack Pat Toomey for abridging the right for a woman to murder a baby. These ads prompt me not to vote for Pat’s opponent!

“Your wisdom has certainly made you rich… but your wealth has led to arrogance! You compared yourself to a god, so now I, the LORD God, will make you the victim of cruel enemies” – Ezekiel 28:4-7.

Of Perfume and Flies

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

-Ecclesiastes 10:1

When someone in the homeless community acts foolishly, it taints the rest of the group. It’s very disruptive when a fool comes to a community meal for the homeless and needy drunk and disorderly, or goes around trying to snatch everything up for him or herself, with no concern about other needy people in the group.

It’s incumbent on the civil, wise guests at the meal to shoo the fly, so it doesn’t bother you or me, so I can eat in peace you see. (My apologies to T Brigham Bishop, who is credited with writing the song Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoo_Fly,_Don%27t_Bother_Me

I have a problem with the “don’t snitch” mentality, where when you witness something wrong that affects everyone, you’re not supposed to take any action or even say something. This fosters a Lord of The Flies culture. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_the_Flies

The right thing, however, was done about the fly that recently caused a stink at a community meal in Bucks County, PA. He was banned from taking the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) bus for two weeks. I would have not let him off so easily, but at least something was done. One community meals host has a zero tolerance for drunks. If you come to the meal drunk, you may not come back again, ever!

On another occasion, AHTN and the hosts at a community meal did the right thing. Queen Nora, a guest, was attempting her trick where she purposely misses the AHTN bus so that she can bum a ride from someone who drove to the meal. The host asked me and others as we were walking out the door to tell the bus driver that someone is in the ladie’s room and to wait for her. As I approached the bus, an AHTN aid approached and said she was coming for the stray. When I opened the door to the building, her highness approached, and I announced “here comes the queen.”

The aid approached her, and with a hint of sarcasm remarked something to the effect that she was glad the queen could make it and that she found her. The queen stuck her nose up in the air (figuratively) and let the aid know that she wasn’t ready until then and that the bus had to wait for her.

It stinks when the sweet fellowship of friends who get together at the community meals is disrupted.  

The community meals is an institution that many homeless and needy treasure. It’s a place where friends get together to edify one another, talk about their faith and other things, just about anything except of sealing wax, cabbages and kings or why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings.

At the early afternoon meal on Saturday, someone played a Marvin Gaye song and we talked about the music.

At many of the meals, the hosts interact with the guests and build relationships with them. They accept them unconditionally and are available to address their concerns. This is something that is really needed today, especially in Bucks County.

“And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the Law? How do you read it?’ And he answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. And he said to him, ‘You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.’ But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?'” …

-Luke 10: 25-37

When Good Men and (Wo)men Do Nothing

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” said Irish statesman Edmund Burke, who took a stand against the British during the revolutionary war and was against the French Revolution. He was also outspoken about other matters.

Today, in Bucks County, PA, evil is creeping into the homeless community. T-Rex, a star in Jurassic Park has made an appearance at the community meals  for homeless and needy people once again.  Every once in awhile, a certain homeless man becomes a transformer. Instead of transforming into a yellow camaro, after he imbibes alcohol, he becomes Tyrannosaurus Rex, the tyrant king.

Last night at a community meal, he went on a rampage, roaring first at one person, then others. When some of the other guests said something to the out-of-control dinosaur about his behavior, he reared up and roared at them. T-Rex was also belligerent with the hosts when they asked the beast to leave. It was only after someone picked up his cell phone to call the police that he bolted out the door.

Outside, he continued his beastly behavior. Before the police arrived to confront T-Rex, someone let him get into her car, and aided and abetted his escape, whisking him away. The partners in crime who helped T-Rex escape were guilty of something he confronted the first person about last night. At a community meal on Friday, between the two of them, they walked off with eight take home boxes while other people were still eating. I guess they can get protection by helping the beast.

The Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) habitually ignore bad behavior. Awhile back, after T-Rex went after another guest, a representative from AHTN twisted what happened and blamed the victim! It was only after the victim and I pressed the issue and after T-Rex approached me at another meal and screamed obscenities at me (because he didn’t like me calling out his bad behavior on my blog) when I was sitting at a table with AHTN members and some of the hosts that he got banned from the bus for a time. After the time out, a member of AHTN told me that the guy started behaving himself civilly at meals.

But  this didn’t last. Evidently, he didn’t learn his lesson.

Some of the hosts, as well as AHTN sometimes does nothing about bad behavior. The bad behavior of Birdman and Queen Nora, whom I mentioned in previous blogs, is not only not met with no resistance by some hosts, but they accommodate them!

Birdman is the one who, while people are finishing their meal, goes from table to table with large bags and sometimes large jugs to snatch up all he can. On one occasion, a woman, who was very thirsty after coming out of the heat, was pouring lemonade into her glass. Birdman grabbed for the pitcher, and she shooed the predator away. He then went off crying to a host, who then confronted the woman. She told her when she was done to give the pitcher to him, saying nothing to Birdman about his rudeness.

At the same church, Queen Nora, who thinks she’s at a restaurant and can choose the cuisine, got a special meal.

This is the same church that was connected with that sham of a homeless video AHTN spewed out awhile back.

The video didn’t seriously address the plight of the homeless or give a realistic view of them. It was trite. It showed children doing homework in a van. And there was the saccharine scene where a homeless man offered a sandwich to a man playing soccer with his son. The video made about as much sense as the Fractured Fairy Tales on the old Bullwinkle and Rocky cartoons.  http://www.tv.com/shows/fractured-fairy-tales/

Doing nothing about bad behavior enables it. It not only creates problems for society, as is the case when T-Rex disrupted a community meal, which is a social center where people in need edify one another, but doesn’t help the perpetrator.

Alcohol and other substance abuse is not only found in the homeless community but in the community at large. An increasing number of churches in lower Bucks County are offering AA and other programs to offer help for substance abuse and other bad behavior.

I’m a big fan of the 12 steps program. It works. But the first step is to admit you have a problem and that you need help, ultimately from God, to overcome it. You don’t solve problems by making excuses for people and giving them a free pass.

To overcome problems, people don’t need medication and psychobabble; they need Jesus. Offering Jesus to the homeless and the needy, and by being a good example, is something good people can do to prevent evil from triumphing.

“For because he himself has suffered  when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” –Hebrews 2:18