Out of The Ashes

While people wander around lower Bucks County, PA, scrambling for a place to stay, there are vacant properties throughout Bucks County. One such property is the old Sunbury Farms on Newportville Rd in Bristol Township. It was up for auction April 21, 2016, but now it’s abandoned. The auction sign is still up!  

The township had plans for the property. According to an article in the Courier Times, March 30, 2016: 

It’s a historic house and we don’t have the funds to bring it up to what it should be,” said township council President Craig Bowen. “We get no return on it. The taxpayer wasn’t getting a return on it.”  

Bowen said he hopes the property will bring in more funds than its appraised value, which he estimated at $650,000. “It needs to be fixed up,” he said, adding that the township has a wish that whoever buys it will return it to its “pristine condition.”  

Pristine condition? Now it sits, gathering moss. How about having some select homeless people move in, fix up and maintain this historic house. And give tours. Oh, I forgot the caste system in Bucks County. Once you are homeless, you will always be homeless. And hopeless, according to the conventional wisdom of Bucks County. 

http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/local/historic-sunbury-house-in-bristol-township-going-up-for-auction/article_82e4efaa-f526-11e5-a3e5-339a5bb8b0a8.html 

But wait! There’s been rumors over the years that this 18th century house is haunted. Maybe, with Halloween approaching, we could round up some homeless people for a haunted house. Maybe we could find some that were dropped off near the homeless shelter after Penndel Mental Health Center got done doping them up and their taxpayer funds ran out. As they may have to wait for months, you may be able to round them up.  

The haunted house could be populated by the homeless. Bristol Township would offer them booze, and Penndel Mental Health could make sure they are doped up. The haunted house tour will be called “House of The Walking Brain Dead”, sponsored by Bucks Builds Bums. 

Bristol Township, as it is infested with Democrats, may be purposely letting the property run down, and with the rest of the libs, destroy the established order and then usher in a New World Order. When the Sunbury Farms historic building is plowed under, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony. George Soros, the guest of honor, will cut the ribbon. 

Instead of having The Phoenix rise out of the ashes, Bristol Township will release pigeons. 

 

 

Birmingham and Levittown

In his letter from the Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr urged leaders of the white “moderate”, lukewarm churches to stand for justice against the oppression of blacks in the Jim Crow south. This is the case with the homeless in Bucks County, PA, where some churches, instead of standing up for the homeless, go along with the Bucks County establishment and view the homeless as second class citizens. In both cases, churches have taken the stance to go along in order to get along.

The church needs to stand on Biblical principles and influence the culture – be the salt in society.

In Bucks County, as was the case with blacks during the Jim Crow south, which by the way was under the influence of Democrats, the rights of the homeless are not respected. At the Levittown public library, there’s been a campaign to constructively remove the homeless from the library. Instead of standing up for the disadvantaged, as the Salvation Army did back in the day, the Salvation Army Levittown Community Center tacitly endorses this attitude. When the center’s public relations gal, The Countess of Carlisle butted into a conversation I was having with another volunteer about the harassment of the homeless, she Augustly stated that some people who visit the library don’t like the homeless being there and that the librarian is right for obliging her fellow elitists.

I disagreed. Consequently, the countess used her position to block an offer I had to write for the Salvation Army.

Between a member of The Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) and the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, PA, an injustice was committed when a guest came to the church’s community meal drunk. He verbally assaulted and physically threatened another guest and anyone who seemed to have a problem with his behavior, cursing up a storm. He was restrained by a few men in the church.

The police were called. Two members of AHTN walked with the attacker to the other end of the large room. When the police came, they told the victim to leave, at the host’s request. The next time the victim came to the meal, he was told he had to leave. The host reluctantly said it was because he was saying bad things about the homeless.

There was false witness going around about the victim, that he ratted out homeless campsites and was a pervert, a sexual predator. I don’t know what any member from AHTN told the host when they walked out of hearing range of the victim, but it’s bizarre that the victim, who showed total restraint under attack, was banned from the church. I believe that AHTN repeated lies about the victim and maybe embellished the false witness, making up more lies. The attacker must have heard what was said.

Interestingly, the authorities did not bring the drunk and disorderly attacker to the district court where the victim filed a lawsuit against Redeemer Lutheran Church and members of AHTN. He may have shed the light of truth on what was said to cause Redeemer to ban the victim from the meals. The court entered a default judgment against him but dismissed the case against Redeemer and AHTN.

AHTN protected the perpetrator out of self interest. They view the homeless as miscreants whom they don’t hold accountable, which keeps their non profit in business.

On one occasion, the Levittown librarian ordered the locks of bikes parked legally in the bike rack in the library cut because some homeless people had abandoned their bikes there. All the locks were cut, including those who had their bikes parked there during their stay at the library. Christine, one of the AHTN members who talked with the hosts at Redeemer Lutheran Church, met with the librarian. She reported to the homeless that Pat, the librarian, made an announcement for those with bikes parked there to come out so they wouldn’t have their locks cut. I learned from a reliable source that Pat never made an announcement, as the guy who told me was in the library the whole time.

In his letter, Dr King wrote of being in the middle of two different forces in the black community. One is complacent and just goes along with the status quo. The other force is bitter and hateful and breeds violence. These black nationalist groups are the forerunners of today’s militant groups, such as Black Lives Matter. Dr. King writes “It is made up of people who have lost faith in America, who have absolutely repudiated Christianity, and who have concluded that the white man is an incurable devil.”

Some hold the same view in the homeless community. A homeless and a formerly homeless guy told me that because the homeless are oppressed and because of their situation, they have a reason to act like savages. I disagree.

MLK explained in his letter that the purpose of non violent protest is to call attention to injustice and bring people to the negotiating table. This is what a true advocate for the homeless did in Portland, Oregon. Consequently, Dignity Village, a community of tiny houses where some formerly homeless have administrative positions, was created.

What Bucks County needs is to call more attention to the homeless problem, and instead of pushing the homeless away, like the Democrats did the American Indian, respect the rights of the homeless and don’t quash even private efforts to house the homeless just because of a few bad apples. This is discrimination.

Some churches in Bucks County have been gracious to the homeless, feeding them, providing clothes, accepting, listening to and mentoring them. They need to do more of it!

We shall overcome!

Dr. King’s letter is lengthy, but, to borrow a phrase from a high school English teacher, it’s worth its weight in gold:

https://swap.stanford.edu/20141218230016/http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/kingweb/popular_requests/frequentdocs/birmingham.pdf

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.

The Answer to Homelessness My Friend is The Private Sector

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is where the private sector comes in.

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

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

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

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

Another factor that impedes progress for resolving the homeless problem is hobophobia. For those of you in Doylestown, the urban dictionary defines hobophobia:  “The extreme and utter fear of hobos, or the homeless. This is usually caused by the lack of exposure to the homeless throughout the world. A dose of homelessness is an easy cure to hobophobia.”

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

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

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

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

We shall overcome!