The Emperor’s New Clothes

Interesting, AHTN, the alleged homeless advocates in Bucks County, PA, known for using fake homeless people to make a video about homelessness, has set its fundraising goal for Halloween. It’s always been trick or treat with this bunch.  

Our October 31st deadline is quickly approaching… 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS DONATED TO US. WE ARE ALMOST TO OUR GOAL!!  

So far we have raised $2284.00, of the $5000.00 we are hoping to raise. Please help spread the word so that we can reach our goal.  

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!   

Click on the link below to donate to AHTN.
http://weblink.donorperfect.com/VolunteerMatchingGift 

Help us reach our goal of raising $5000 by October 31st!  

Yes, I know that AHTN lost funding from one of their major supporters. Gee, I wonder why? 

Could it be that Saint Mary Medical Center, the former major supporter, got wise to what AHTN has been doing? I’m friends with Saint Mary on Facebook and people in the organization may have discovered the truth about AHTN from my blogs. No wonder Pastor Joe, related to the AHTN president, went out of his way to avoid me at a funeral he officiated. The Emperor, nor his wife, et al, doesn’t like to be told he’s parading around with no clothes. How dare anyone rat out an august institution such as this! 

For those of you in Doylestown:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Emperor%27s_New_Clothes 

It certainly is fitting that AHTN set its goal for Halloween. And they are ready! They’ve been masquerading as homeless advocates all year long, as they do every year.  

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. 

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. 

$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.” 

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. 

The most egregious thing AHTN did was give a free pass to a homeless guy who came to a community meal drunk and physically and verbally attacked another guest. Rather than earn disfavor with a homeless lynch mob, stirred up by lies a formerly homeless queen circulated, AHTN helped let the drunk and disorderly homeless guy off the hook. He was allowed to continue to ride the bus and attend the meal there while the victim, who did nothing but rope-a-dope when the drunken maniac went after him, was banned from the bus and the meals.  Even if the victim did say something “mean” about the homeless, which he didn’t, he didn’t bring it to the meal. Evidently, the homeless guy did. 

Someone from AHTN got the victim back to the meals, but I suspect that’s just because they think the victim will drop the law suit. Let the Sword of Damocles hang over their head! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damocles 

Blending The Homeless In

Blending in with the neighborhood is one of the nice things about Kenton Woman’s Village, a well designed community for the homeless set in an established residential community. The village doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. Unlike many places who don’t want the homeless in their neighborhood, most of the neighbors welcome the residents of the village. In fact, they helped build it.  

http://www.kgw.com/news/the-path-from-dignity-village-to-the-new-kenton-womens-village/448100699 

The village consists of clean lined tiny homes, designed by local architectural firms. Catholic Charities operate the village under contract with the county. Residents have to pass a background check and have a case worker through Catholic Charities. 

The goal of the community is to work towards permanent housing. There is security 24/7 and a full-time manager. Funny, one of the reasons the president of The Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) in Bucks County, PA poo-pooed my proposal to join the non-profit another guy and I were trying to launch in our effort to provide more housing for the homeless was that 24/7 security would be needed. 

Across the river in Burlington Township, New Jersey, homeless advocates, Citizens Serving The Homeless, have drawn up a plan, made a drawing of the proposed community.  The neighbors were very hostile at the meeting the homeless advocates held this past February. This did not deter the advocates. They are pressing on and even hired a lawyer to help pave the way for the homeless community.  

Like the Kenton Women’s Village, the Burlington project’s goal is to give the homeless a hand up and help them become self-sufficient and will provide mentoring. 

The biggest hurdle to jump to create housing for the homeless is accepting the homeless, welcoming them into the community. People should get to know the homeless, and not base their attitudes on stereotypes. Maybe if they get to know them, know all about them, they may like them. Picture the homeless, an association of homeless people, have a slogan: “Don’t talk about us; talk with us.” 

I’ve talked with and hung out with the homeless in Bucks County, PA. I’ve read books, searched stories and opinions about the homeless on the Internet and have divined that they are not the walking dead, they are not all panhandlers, druggies, thieves, drunks, violent. Certainly some are. One reason people are prejudice against the homeless is that, although they may be spread out like tribes, they are a group that have in common just being homeless.  

Some of the tribes are hostile, mainly with each other and on some occasions, most often driven by booze, with non-homeless people who come to community meals. Some tribes act like the schoolboys in The Lord of The Flies, where they attack others in the group. Recently in Bucks county two women ganged up on another woman. Reminds me of what Ann Coulter wrote about the barbaric Celts in her book Mugged, that the women were more brutal than the men. 

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

When homeless people ape the characters in the novel, the community, which in many cases already have some deep-seated stereotypes of the homeless, will not warm up to them. 

The Women’s Kenton homeless village does background checks as will the Citizens Serving The Homeless for their homeless community. As is the case with any complex, people need to be screened to ensure peace and civility in the community.  Civilized, not anti-social behavior is the key to helping the homeless as is understanding them and getting to know people as individuals. We can overcome homelessness. 

“If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you.”   -Leviticus 25:35-36 

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. 

 

 

Selfless Not Selfies

Seeing Sandi suddenly take a turn for the worse put life into perspective.  There were times when I was angry, frustrated and feeling slighted by not having personal desires met. It makes me look at things differently when I see her struggling to get up, eat and drink. Finding the truth does this. For the longest time, I thought her chronic tiredness was mainly a result of her bad attitude.

That may have been part of it, but I learned, after she finished the more body draining chemo and after a year of less damaging Opdivo and after she just kept getting increasingly tired and uncooperative, it was the brain cancer.  She was diagnosed with lung cancer which also metastasized to the liver.

Brain was the first cancer treated when I took Sandi to ER after she felt like a hatchet was going through her head and spilled coffee at Code Blue, didn’t go in to eat with me in the morning, started taking her coat off after we got out of the car in freezing weather, threw up in the Levittown, PA public library and became very disoriented.

After the brain tumor was treated, and Sandi survived, except for minor problems, such as short-term memory loss, heavy chemo removed the rest of the cancer. It came back in the liver, but a year’s Opdivo treatment zapped the liver cancer, as if Packman was eating it.

Whew! I thought we were home free. But then a dramatic downfall. The cancer doctor explained that the brain cancer had been creeping back in, and now this seemingly sudden change. Awhile back she was walking on her own, going to community meals and to church with me. She got too tired to go any more and ended up having to use a walker. We did manage to visit relatives, one who had a lovable pit bull whom Sandi just loved. A few weeks ago, it took an hour or so to get her out of the car after seeing the doctor.  If it wasn’t for a good Samaritan, I don’t know what I would have done!

She was just one of many people who wander around Bucks County, PA who have no home to go to.

Seeing her now sleeping in a bed in a nursing home, nearly helpless, reminds me that people have intrinsic value, made in the image of God. We only have value because God created us from the clay of the earth and breathed life into us. Any gifts, skills God gives us is not for our own self-aggrandizement, but to be like Him and serve others.

For me, it’s a struggle to accept something like this happening to someone close to me. The Serenity Prayer comes to mind:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.”

Even when people create their own problems, we should still care about them. This doesn’t, of course, mean we enable destructive behavior. Not only would the enabling hurt society, but it also doesn’t help the person who engages in destructive behavior.

Do not snitch is a mentality found among the homeless community in Bucks County. The mentality is driven by the idea that you want to keep the peace and that people who report a criminal act are causing trouble. How about the victim? Hummmmm?

Recently, a drunken homeless woman suckered another homeless woman because she was allegedly running her mouth about someone being busted for drinking. If, as may be the case, the woman was not just talking about someone who is hurting others in the group, as was the case when a homeless guy who kept coming to meals drunk and causing problems, she had no business with the neh neh-neh neh neh verbalization of what happened. I can understand someone who is affected being angry about it, but the neh neh-neh neh neh remarks were not directly connected to the assailant. Maybe not directly, but the attacker may have taken this as a personal affront on people who get drunk.

This is similar to the written attack about a comment I made on someone’s Facebook page about a celebrity coming out of the closet and announcing he’s “gay”. I wrote “I wish these queers would stay in the closet.”  My detractors whined that I was affecting many people. Evidently, they thought that “being gay is OK.” Instead of defending my right to my opinion on her FB page, my FB and casual friend in real life told the politically correct Nazis “Jeff knows better.” I unfriended her on FB and in the real world. I have no plans to beat her up.

No matter what the reason, attacking people because you don’t like what they say lowers a person to the status of a wild animal! It also sends a poor message to the establishment. I heard that the authorities are not exactly going out of their way to bring the assailant to justice. I’ve compared the way the homeless are treated to the way blacks were treated during the Jim Crow South.

I remember seeing a movie about rock and roll legend Richard Penniman, aka Little Richard. His father was murdered by another black man. One of the characters said that “the police don’t care when one ni**** kills another ni****. ” This very well may be the case with this recent assault on a homeless woman by another homeless woman.

The Bucks County establishment thinks that homeless people are a bunch of drunks, thugs, druggies, thieves…, or as the old popular song goes “gypsies, tramps and thieves.”  Attacking each other, according to the elites, is simply what homeless people do. Wrong! Your status in life does not define you! You don’t have to believe, as Curly of The Three Stooges says, “I’m a victim of soy cum stances!”

https://www.bing.com/search?q=gypsies+tramps+and+thieves+song&FORM=EDGNCT

“As iron sharpens iron,
    so one person sharpens another” -Proverbs 27:17

The New Stand Down Order

Finally, the real reason Philadelphia Stand Down, the three-day event to help homeless and needy veterans, will no longer be held in the field behind the Levittown public library is out. This year, Bucks County will do a re-creation of Jonestown, Guyana. Hillary Clinton will play the part of Jim Jones. 

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

The original Jonestown was welcomed by Guyana, as the country was then socialist.  Lately, Guyana has been moving away from socialism. http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/guyana.htm 

Bucks County, PA is more socialistic than Guyana today, so the plan to remake Guyana is welcome here, as Bucks, which voted for her, welcomes Hillary Clinton with open arms. When the county learned that she was considering becoming a pastor, Bucks County made her an honorary pastor, ignoring the rule of law, which just impedes progress. It will bill the event “Pastor Hillary’s Jonestown.” 

Promoters of the event point out that the Levittown public library has not used the books the librarian started importing to make a large enough dent to fight racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic traditional values. The library conspicuously displayed Hillary’s books in the library, brought in other books promoting the new world order, but failed to make a radical difference in the progressive community, said Bucks County Information Officer R.I. Diculous, who added, “we need to go all the way!” 

Helping the homeless was a large tenet of Jonestown.  According to Religioustolerance.org: 

The Peoples Temple was initially structured as an inter-racial mission for the sick, homeless and jobless. He assembled a large following of over 900 members in Indianapolis IN during the 1950’s.  

“He preached a ‘social gospel’ of human freedom, equality, and love, which required helping the least and the lowliest of society’s members. Later on, however, this gospel became explicitly socialistic, or communistic in Jones’ own view, and the hypocrisy of white Christianity was ridiculed while ‘apostolic socialism’ was preached.” 

It’s the thought that counts!  At a recent Stand Down in Levittown I attended, State Representative Tina Davis touted how much she has helped the homeless and said she plans to help them even more. You may think this is a lofty goal and that Tina is just a dreamer, but, as the Disney character sings: “Dreams can come true; it can happen to you…”  By the way, Disney is taking over the Golden Gate Bridge, which is between San Francisco and Oakland, California. Why? It connects Fairyland with Jungle Land. 

He’s sneaking up behind me.  Pastor Hillary will host a workshop on combating sexism/ how to trump Trump. Participants will go through a diorama of creepy characters, portraying The Deplorables. 

To prevent overcrowding, Kool-aide will be served at the end of each day’s events. 

Members of Pastor Hillary’s Jonestown will reach out to the Afro-American homeless community to tell them that other members of the homeless community are racists. Although there is no evidence of this, the new Jonestown community will tell homeless blacks they are being repressed by homeless whites. They just don’t know it and need to be told. 

There has been isolated fighting between white homeless members. They can be recruited so all the fight can be taken out of them. Of course, like the rest of the homeless, they are itching to fight. The wise Philosopher Kings (and Queens) just know it, just as did Joseph Stalin, who believed the average person is a miscreant that just hasn’t been caught yet.  

Disclaimer: This is satire. For those of you in Doylestown, “sat·ire 

[ˈsaˌtī(ə)r] 

NOUN 

  1. the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. 
  1. synonyms: mockery · ridicule · derision · scorn · caricature · irony · sarcasm 
  • a play, novel, film, or other work that uses satire:  
  • “a stinging satire on American politics” 
  • synonyms: parody · burlesque · caricature · lampoon · skit · spoof · takeoff · sendup 
  • a genre of literature characterized by the use of satire. 
  • (in Latin literature) a literary miscellany, especially a poem ridiculing prevalent vices or follies.”  

https://www.bing.com/search?q=Satire&qs=n&form=QBRE&sp=-1&pq=satire&sc=8-6&sk=&cvid=CB30BA91973C4591AC473E97121C35D4 

He who works his land will have abundant food, 

But the one who chases fantasies 

Will have his fill of poverty” -Proverbs 28:19 

Not In My Back Yard!

It seems that anywhere a place for the homeless to stay is proposed, there is resistance, even outcry against it. This happens in Bucks County, PA, where there is so much resistance that people don’t even try anymore, across the river in Burlington Township, NJ, where advocates are fighting to create a homeless community, and in other parts of the country.

At a meeting the Citizens Serving The Homeless in Burlington Township in February, someone in the audience asked the panel why they couldn’t build homeless housing in another particular community. The answer was that they were turned down. Instead of being compassionate about nobody wanting the homeless, his response implied “see, so then why do you want to dump the homeless on us!”

The plight of the homeless is like that of Snoopy, the dog in the Charles Brown cartoon. Wherever he went, there was a sign “no dogs allowed” accompanied by a voice over narrator announcing “no dogs allowed.”  

Image result for snoopy charles schulz no dogs allowed

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snoopy,_Come_Home

In lower Bucks County, PA, there are about 100 recovery houses in neighborhoods. Consequently, crime rose. Druggies are allowed to live in neighborhoods while the homeless are blackballed everywhere! Up county there are no recovery houses. Do gooder liberals there say they care but that’s what it is – just talk! Just as liberals are very generous with other people’s money, they are generous with other people’s neighborhoods.

I’ve noticed that resistance to the homeless is greatest in progressive areas, where there are more homeless people than in more conservative areas (wonder why), and where many people don’t want the homeless in their back yard.

Recently, in San Jose, California, a blue, progressive state, city leaders slashed the proposal to have 99 sites slated for homeless communities with tiny houses down to four! http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/20/after-backlash-san-jose-reduces-number-of-tiny-homes-sites-for-homeless/

Even someone who said she’s compassionate for the homeless and even volunteers at a homeless shelter said she didn’t want the homeless in her back yard because it would decrease property values. Someone at the meeting with neighbors in Burlington Township, NJ expressed this same concern.  In California and New Jersey neighbors expressed concern about drugs and violence.  In New Jersey, neighbors also fear homeless people rifling through trash cans and panhandling.

The owner of a restaurant that the proposed New Jersey housing project would be next to wants to nip the project in the bud but said “The only way we would feel comfortable with this is if they guarantee that the people coming in here were not criminals or drug addicts or alcoholics.”

https://burlingtontownshipsun.com/nonprofit-seeks-to-build-homeless-housing-in-burlington-township-c1881e031a3d

Assuring the community that homeless people moving into housing will not be a problem is a legitimate concern. What is needed, in New Jersey as elsewhere, is a conversation between the neighbors and the homeless and their advocates. The February meeting was more of an argument, where neighbors at the meeting tried to force their will/views on others. A conversation takes place when both sides want to hear the other’s side and at least try to understand where they are coming from. As the pastor of the church I attend explained, an argument is about “me”; a conversation is about “us.”

Instead of imagining who the homeless are, based on media reports and images of Skid Row, people should get to know the homeless. “Don’t talk about us, talk with us” – homeless slogan. Maybe the nervous neighbors in Burlington Township should actually talk with the homeless and get to know them. I’ve been getting to know the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA over the past 3 ½ years. Some of them are a public problem, such as drunks and druggies, but certainly not all of them!

For sure, the folks moving into the Burlington County housing community need to be thoroughly checked out. Citizens Serving the Homeless get referrals from agencies, neighbors and churches to find candidates for the housing units. All applicants will go through an application process and a background check. No one under Megan’s Law will be permitted to live in the units, said the Citizens Serving the Homeless president.

Neighbors in Burlington County, NJ should get to know the local homeless, as should be the case in other communities. Don’t be like them or like the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) in Bucks County, PA, where AHTN sponsored a video that used actors and a “script” to portray the homeless. Citizens Serving the Homeless in Jersey interviewed all the local homeless who were willing to be interviewed on video.

One thing the homeless in Burlington Township have going for them is advocates who stand by them and stick with a project to house the homeless. In June, Citizens Serving The Homeless hired a lawyer to, as it reads on their Facebook page “represent us in the negotiation with Burlington Township to be included in the Township’s Affordable Housing Plan being submitted for approval by the Superior Court in Mt. Holly that oversees all of the Affordable Housing Plans in Burlington County. This is the first step to getting our Community of Hope project approved at the local level…”

The homeless community is no different than other communities. Candidates for homeless housing should be screened the same way as people who apply for an apartment. To buy a house, you mainly need to go through financial, ability to pay hoops. Ever hear of a drug dealer or user moving into a neighborhood, or someone who uses dope? Huh? In Bucks County there are reports of drug dealers all the time and dopers, who are dropping like flies. They are not homeless.

The video of the Burlington Township homeless: http://citizensservingthehomeless.org/theirstories.html

I Feel Like Busting Loose!

Desolation Row, as evidenced in the drug abuse epidemic and other examples of a fallen world, the subject of my last blog, can be put in the rearview mirror. In a sense we are all homeless – in this world we are sojourners.

When we get too hung up with the things of this world – a house, a nice lawn, a car or cars, even maybe a swimming pool, there is a problem. The obsession with material, worldly things is one reason there is prejudice, judgmentalism against the homeless in Bucks County, PA. There’s nothing inherently wrong with these things, but there is more to life than personal peace and prosperity. Otherwise, we may as just as well be mannequins! We’d live in boxes.

Losing my house, job, etc. helped me realized what’s really important in life.

If we don’t know where we are going, and why things happen, then we are lost. In John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian, an everyman character, is taken on a journey from his hometown, The City of Destruction, to the Celestial City. As he journeys along The Kings Highway, after being relieved of burden of sin, he goes through trials, temptations and tribulations. The classic novel is subtitled “The Allegory of The Soul.” For those of you in Doylestown, an allegory is “a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one: “

“Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory of the spiritual journey”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pilgrim%27s_Progress

In the everyday twists and turns in life, you may wonder where you going? What’s the purpose of life, you may be thinking. Do you, like the mother in The Rolling Stone’s Mother’s Little Helper, need valium to send you on your way, get you through your busy day?  https://www.bing.com/search?q=the+rolling+stones+mothers+little+helper&form=EDGTCT&qs=PF&cvid=4b140af9dcd44e0b8092833b507ba222&cc=US&setlang=en-US

Like the pilgrims in The Pilgrims Progress, people today get caught in the slough of despond, bogged down by doubts, fears, temptations, lusts, shame and guilt. Some are homeless. To cope with homelessness, you won’t find the answer in the bottle, by eating more food than you need – gluttony, by worshipping with Sister Nicotine and The Holy Smokes (smokes are gold in the homeless community) or through drugs, which is popular outside the homeless community and often brought into the homeless community as druggies become homeless, which is no more helpful than the little yellow pill that mother, although she’s not really ill runs to for shelter. Like her, if you keep running to these shelters they will get you through the day, and finally to your busy, dying day.

To get out of swamp, you don’t drain it, but ask for help from a higher power, God, to get out of the pool of decadence, scum and filth. Press on towards the Celestial City!

Life can be demanding, frustrating. As a caregiver, I deal with someone who, although her stage IV cancer is almost gone, wants to give up on life. She’s worn out physically and that’s affecting her spirits. By contrast, my grandmother, rather than being cranky and despondent in her waning years when she had Lou Gehrig’s disease, kept a kindly spirit and thought of others. Unable to speak, she’d write notes to me to ask me about how things are going. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amyotrophic_lateral_sclerosis

Sometimes I feel like busting loose, busting loose. https://www.bing.com/search?q=i+feel+like+busting+loose%2C+busting+loose+song&form=EDGTCT&qs=PF&cvid=69dd32eb059e4907bf4b845a3d4a156f&cc=US&setlang=en-US

But that’s just another escape. It doesn’t resolve the problem.

When you are on the right path, and not a customer at Vanity Fair, and see the vanity of cheap thrills that don’t satisfy, you find true peace and meaning in life. You don’t have to be, as Curly of The Three Stooges chirps, a victim of soy-cum-stances!

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.  We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.  For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.  So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you“. -2nd Corinthians 4:8-12

Does Skid Row Equal The Homeless?

In previous blogs, I addressed how people become homeless because of irresponsible, destructive behavior, such as drug and alcohol abuse, gluttony, materialism and sloth. Not everybody becomes homeless for those reasons, and a homeless person should not be labeled a persona non grata just because he or she is homeless.
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The name “Skid Row“, unfortunately gives some people an image of the homeless – raggedy looking drunks rummaging through trash cans, lying drunk on the street, etc. In my experience the past 3 ½ years hanging with the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA, I found that this is not the case here. Prior to this, my experience even seeing the homeless was when my daughter and I navigated around people sleeping on steaming grates in Philadelphia as we walked to a school where my daughter was participating in a play.  

People outside the homeless community are drunks and druggies and have other character flaws. The folks in a recent police report have homes: http://levittownnow.com/2017/08/10/police-log-numerous-drug-related-arrests-tools-stolen-from-van-more/ There are bad apples in every walk of life. 

Who are today’s homeless? http://citizensservingthehomeless.org/theirstories.html 

Loss of job because of sickness and because of the economy is a cause of homelessness. Big government programs, big government in general is not the answer, as some homeless advocates think. In the late 20s and 30s, when big government intervention reared its ugly head, millions of people became hobos, hopping trains to look for work and food. Others, smaller farms, as depicted in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath became homeless because of big government intervention, where the government, for example, paid the large farm conglomerates to burn crops, drove across Route 66 – but didn’t get their kicks – to find work in California. 

Today, there is more homelessness in blue, progressive/liberal states than in red, conservative states.  

Late 2013, The Boston Globe reported: 

Record numbers of homeless families are overwhelming the state’s emergency shelter system, filling motel rooms at the cost to taxpayers of tens of millions of dollars a year. 

“An average of 2,100 families a night — an all-time high — were temporarily housed in motel rooms in October, just about equaling the number of families staying in emergency shelters across the state, according to state Department of Housing and Economic Development. 

The demand for shelter is so great that the state has been temporarily shipping homeless families from Boston to motels in Western Massachusetts… 

So much for liberal Massachusetts.  In New York, as New York Magazine reports: 

“Here in New York, they found a thirteen-percent increase, for a total of 64,060 people living in shelters and on the street. And in Los Angeles, the homeless population jumped 27 percent, to 53,798.” 

The New Yorker brought up The Skinny Socialist’s, aka Barack Obama’s, promise to end chronic and veteran homelessness in America by 2015 and presented a reality check that all the homeless in NYC can’t fit into the seats at Yankee Stadium. 

By contrast, Texas, a red state where freedom, low taxes, and restrictions on government intrusion prevail, is the place where people are fleeing from blue states, an exodus like the Israelites fleeing Egypt. 

A tale of two homeless people in Bucks County: One homeless guy kept quitting jobs after working long enough to collect unemployment, and at least some of the jobs someone got for him. He ended up getting disability, the unofficial but de facto reason that he’s lazy (a sloth) and irresponsible and on county assisted housing, not earning a penny himself. Another homeless man sought work, working temp jobs and finally getting a good permanent job. 

How to fight homelessness? 

  • Don’t vote for progressives 
  • Work
     

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.  How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?  A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.” 

-Proverbs 6:6-11 

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

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“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!

How Can People Be So Heartless?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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