Push Out The Christmas Pushers

Don’t push Christmas! Let us eat our turkey and stuffing first, said a DJ recently on K-Love. It’s not even Thanksgiving, and the obsessed are revving up the Christmas hoopla! On TV, especially, shows are banging out the Christmas clichés. The worst station is Hallmark, incessantly cranking out their Christmas arsenals, bombarding the public, evidently to saturate the audience to get them to buy more Christmas cards. They act like they are possessed! 

What’s it all about, Alfie? It’s about getting material things in order to find satisfaction in life. The trite Hallmark movies reflect the shallowness found in the world, where people say things they probably don’t really mean. I ask where are your priorities? Earlier today someone said the dramatizations in the Hallmark Christmas movies ”really don’t happen that way.” 

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Christmas comes once a year” 

“And every man must have his share”  

 “Only poor Willy in the jail, drinking sour ginger beer”  

-Famous limerick that plays on the radio in Guyana, South America at Christmastime 

Beam me up Scotty! 

People on this planet are running around like the White Rabbit and acting like the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, getting caught up in the hype and the materialism of worldly Christmas. I think I’d rather be in a jail in Guyana hanging out with Poor Willy rather than being accosted by the incessant ads and other claptrap during the commercial Christmas season. That is, if the jail does not subject its inmates to Christmas hype. That would be cruel and unusual punishment!   

I’d gladly swap sour ginger beer with phony Christmas cheer! 

It’s all about greed! One definition of greed I recently heard: “excessively striving for material things, even at the expense of others.” So worldly Christmas fosters selfishness, rather than selflessness. It’s not about sacrificing for the good of others. Sacrificing for the good of others is the model Jesus, the reason for the season, gave us. 

In Bucks County, PA, there is one outstanding example of the true spirit of Christmas that comes to mind. On Christmas day, in Penndel, the Marrazzo family will serve the homeless. People who have nowhere to go for Christmas will have a place to go where they can get a good Christmas meal and fellowship with others. Last year, a friend of mine said that Dan Marrazzo had heard about a book about the homeless in Bucks County. My friend prompted me to give Dan a complimentary copy of my book and write Merry Christmas, from Jeff to Dan. I walked over to Dan, gave him the book and talked with him. 

To learn more about the homeless in Bucks County, PA, the meals and a closer look into who the homeless really are, read “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless”, by yours truly. Free shipping through Amazon.com until Christmas. https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR0gPVr_CAM7L0hyxu92hll8KTsLWTUmr1nIEamgTnuc_Hi4yDafBYGcMqs 

I wrote much of the book when I visited my late Sandi, to whom I dedicated the book, in a nursing home. I was there during the Christmas season, where her roommate’s TVs incessantly poured out worldly Christmas claptrap. By her positive attitude, where Sandi illustrated Jesus to the aides and nurses, she showed the true meaning of Christmas. 



Stand With The Homeless

To break the cycle of rampant homelessness is a point well taken in “Not Just A One Night Stand; Ministry With The Homeless” by John Flowers and Karen Vannoy.   

The authors argue to not just give a temporary fix to those who are homeless, but to associate with the homeless and to help people overcome hurdles to a “normal” life. They argue well that the church can help people better than government programs, where they are not just a number. The churches spend time getting to know the homeless.  

This is an issue I discuss in my book “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless.” https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR3aZjxAIaNsBgqDuQOg1FdTQ3fqtanieKU4ZV_6POWqn5w8Gz80_C9Jn5Q 

Although the authors argue the point of affectively ministering to the homeless, they kowtow to the mainstream mantra on the issues of alcohol abuse and “mental illness.”   They accept, wrongly, the decree of The American Medical Association, which recognized that “alcoholism” is a disease. They write that shelters make their guests pass a breathalyzer test before gaining entry to the shelter, which I think is a good idea. The authors write “The only option for the one who is homeless and suffers from the disease of alcoholism is to sleep outdoors.”  They add “American Medical Association recognized that alcoholism is a disease; therefore, we are criminalizing the behavior of someone who suffers from this disease and does not have a home.”   

The homeless shelter in Bucks County, PA has become a revolving door for drunks and druggies. Guests get thrown out for drinking, but they come back in again. And again, in some cases. 

Flowers and Vannoy argue that one third of any homeless population also suffers from untreated mental illness. First of all, “mental illness” is a misnomer perpetrated by secular psychologists. “Organic malfunctions affecting the brain that are caused by brain damage, tumors, gene inheritance, glandular or chemical disorders validly may be termed mental illnesses. But at the same time a vast number of other human problems have been classified as mental illnesses for which there is no evidence that they have been engendered by disease or illness at all,” wrote Biblical Counseling Movement founder Jay E Adams.  In his seminal book, Competent To Counsel, Dr. Adams challenged churches’ practice palming off people with problems to secular psychiatry and psychology.  


In the homeless population in Bucks County, which I focus on in my book, from observation over a period of a few years, I’ve concluded that about ten percent of the homeless, and also those in need whom I’ve seen regularly at the shared meals for the homeless and those in need, are really whacked out, and display serious anti-social behavior. We are all flawed; it’s just a matter of degree.  The Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung related a story about a visit to an insane asylum with an “intelligent layman” who remarked that the inmates there were just like the rest of us, only their problems were greatly magnified. 

Recently, I started drinking Polar brand tonic water. Jokingly, I say I’m drinking “bi-polar tonic water.” Bi-polar is psychobabble for being double minded.  Bi polar disorder is a spiritual problem and the way you are brought up fosters this problem: 


What those who are homeless need is for Christians to reach out, let them know that they have value as a human being and encouragement and a hand up to get them out of homelessness. 

Homelessness and Character

Homelessness does not define your character.  Sometime after I started hanging out with the homeless in Bucks County, PA, early spring, 2014, I heard and read comments of what the homeless are about.  

One comment was that they are in the survival mode – that they just savagely grab things the way a wild animal does. This, interestingly, came from a Salvation Army official at the Levittown, PA community center! You would think that someone associated with an organization that has been reaching out to people who are impoverished materially and spiritually would have a sober view of the homeless.  This same official was OK with the idea that, as was the case a few years back, that the homeless should be constructively kicked out of the library just because some people don’t like them there. 

When I challenged the Salvation Army person’s argument, she then went on to say that they are dirty and raggedy and eat in the library. When I asked her if she ever visited the library and saw the homeless people there, she silently got huffy and dismissed the debate. And as far as them eating in the library, if there are rules against eating in the library, enforce the rules as to the individual offender. Violating a rule has nothing to do with being homeless! 

Awhile back, I read a melodramatic article where a reporter painted a picture of homeless people at a shared meal for the homeless and needy savagely scrounging for food. It gave the impression that all homeless people are that way. Well, it’s only a handful of people who do this, and the perpetrators are mostly those who are not homeless!  There has been an effort to curb the actions of these savages, who could ruin the meals for those civilized people who socialize with each other and are fed physically and spiritually. 

Another stereotype of the homeless is that they have mental problems. Again, there is just a handful of people who could use a ride on The Disoriented Express. There’s one, whom I call Janis Joplin, who sings and talks to herself and is basically anti-social, treating others as if they are mannequins, for whom she does not cotton to moving out of the way, and doesn’t practice other social civilities.  

One thing I know for sure is that many of the homeless in Bucks County are smoking fiends. And some of them are rude; some of these smokers stand right in front of the doors puffing away! Many places have buffer zones. We should not need buffer zones for smokers; they should have enough consideration and good character to keep their distance on their own. Just because they want to ruin their health and burn a hole in their pocket, we should not have to be subjected to that stinky second hand smoke. Years ago, a woman told me that when she was about to enter a building with her daughter, who suffered from asthma, past a gang of smokers who gathered just outside the door, huffing and puffing away, her daughter suffered an asthma attack as the result of the concentrated smoke! 

A friend of mine said he doesn’t give people any money if he sees that they smoke.  Smoking is not a necessity and, by fiat, you enable bad habits if you give smokers money. 

Clash of the barbarians 

At one shared meal, guests started forming lines from opposite directions. As Gomez Adams approached from the opposite direction, walking with his cane, he plowed into Piglet, almost knocking her down. It was poetic justice, as at an earlier meal at another place, as Piglet was pulling her cart, she plowed into someone’s walker that was sticking out a little between the rows of tables, with enough space for people to walk by but not enough room for the cart. Piglet almost knocked the cart over! 

In an earlier blog, I announced a contest for Noble Savage of 2019.  Lately, Birdman, the frontrunner, hasn’t been to the meals. Maybe he’s smug that he is a shoe in for the Noble Savage award. Birdman’s most savage act is that he creeps around the tables where they are eating, and snatches up their food!  On one occasion, this predator tried to take the salt and peppers and on another tried to snatch up metal tableware. Birdman’s been banned from a few meals, and there are watchful eyes on him at others. 

Who the homeless really are is addressed in There Are Homeless In Bucks County; A Journey with the Homeless, by Yours Truly.   Among the issues I tackle is the one that homeless people allegedly need mental health help, offered freely by the mental health hustlers. 

The book is available:  https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there+are+homeless+in+bucks+county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull 

Homeless Population Increasing in Bucks County?

Homeless people are to be seen and not heard.  I mean the saying is “children are to be seen and not heard.”  Actually, according to a source in the October 7, 2018 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the homeless population in Bucks County, PA is shrinking, but many are not seen. The question arises about the official homeless count. Do the homeless count? Evidently, they don’t, as many out there are MIA! 

Another source in the article said that the homeless population in Bucks is growing. “I see a lot of new faces”, the source said.  

I’ve been hanging out with the homeless in Bucks County and going to the shared meals, off and on, since early spring, 2014. Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of new faces as well as some of the old. The homeless population in Bucks is growing! Churches that host the shared meals have been just keeping up with all the guests that attend the meals. Although the meals are often packed, the churches have been able to provide food for their guests, for which I am grateful and I give them credit. 

The churches also offer spiritual food for their guests. And guests meet friends at the meal and offer one another comfort and spiritual food, as iron sharpens iron. 

There are many reasons people become homeless. One is the excessive regulations – the hoops those seeking an apartment or a house need to go through. This is a symptom of progressive policies, which started with President FDR, who, along with President Herbert Hoover, fostered massive homelessness with their progressive, big government, tax and spend socialist policies.  As the late, great radio talk show host Tom Marr said, “where there is liberal rule, there is more crime and poverty.” 

Today, in Pennsylvania, tax and spend progressives hurt the economy, and increase homelessness. After bamboozling the public to vote him into office, Pennsylvania Governor “Big Bad” Tom Wolf banned new drilling for natural gas, which is clean, on state land, allegedly to protect the environment. In reality, it was just an initiative to kowtow to the pseudo environmentalists’ special interests. This hurts industry, jobs but also robs the state of royalties that would go into state coffers. 

Instead of getting state funds through land use leases, Big Bad is raising taxes on gasoline, which hurts the overall economy and individual economies, as people have to pay more for gas!  In fact, as a headline on LevittownNow.com reads: PA Ranks The Highest For State Imposed Gas Taxes.   


How, liberal, progressive policies exacerbate homelessness is one subject I get into in my recently published book: “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with The Homeless.”   


Coming Out of The Closet

On Tuesday, I thought I took the final step on Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon) to finally bring my book, “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless” out of the closet and available to the public for all to see. My publishing consultant, Vernita “Neat” Simmons gave me a heads up that I needed to take another step – my book was not ready for publication. So earlier today I took that step and my book should be on the market within 72 hours. But there’s another delay! Maybe time to change self publishing companies!

I could have never hoped to get a book published without Neat. Writing is one thing (although she is a good editor), but the monster problem is the administrative and technical issues.

Up until about three years ago, the only real life image I had of the homeless was when my daughter and I were walking in Philadelphia and had to navigate around several homeless people who were sleeping on heated grates.  A somewhat less than real life image I had of the homeless was driving through Skid Row, Philadelphia. As Neil Young sang “There’s more to the picture than meets the eye. Hey, hey, my, my…”

keep hearing stories where caring people plan to provide housing for the homeless but are thwarted by the establishment, even when the projects will be privately funded. I’ve found this to be the case in Bucks County, PA and in Burlington County, New Jersey The biggest obstacle to creating housing for the homeless is hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless.  Many people are prejudice against the homeless, driven my homeless myths.  Housing first is another issue, which my book gets into.  http://thhi.org/about-homelessness/myths-about-homelessness/

There Are Homeless in Bucks County, based on personal experience and research, has been a long time in the making. Coming soon. Details to follow.

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

The Midnight Special

“Let the Midnight Special shine her light on me
Let the Midnight Special shine her ever-loving light on me”

-Lyrics from The Midnight Special, a traditional folk song believed to have originated from prisoners in the American south.

Throughout the years, several artists have recorded the song, including blues singer Huddie William Ledbetter, aka Lead Belly, Johnny Rivers and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

One interpretation of The Midnight Special is that it was a song about a train from Houston shining its light into a cell in the Sugar Land Prison. The light of the train is a metaphor for salvation; the train could take the inmate away from the prison walls if it shines on him. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_Special_(song)

The Bible also uses light as an image for salvation and freedom. John Chapter 1, verses four and five: “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. “

When you come into God’s light you start acting more like Christ and let your light shine for others to see.

In the opening of the book, John relates that God made all things, including humans. God breathed life into man, creating him in his image. Humans are a special creation and therefore have intrinsic value – that is, the have value just for being a creature made by God. When people don’t believe this, humans are only valued for what they have or can do. This is the case for the homeless in Bucks County, PA, where just because people don’t have jobs, a position in society, or homes, they are considered useless, collectively a persona non grata.

In the Levittown public library, the head librarian has been on a campaign to constructively remove the homeless from the library.  You would think the local Salvation Army, as they did back in the day, would value the down and out as creatures created by God, but the Countess of Carlisle, public relations person for the Salvation Army, told me that some people who visit the library don’t like the homeless there, and that the librarian has the right to shew them just because people don’t like them. As was the case with the early churches being polluted by pagan thought, the Levittown branch of the Salvation army evidently has been contaminated by secular liberalism.

For those of you in Doylestown, the Countess of Carlisle was an historical figure for whom was said “Though she worked hard to improve the working-class people’s living conditions, she was an elitist who resented their role in democracy.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalind_Howard,_Countess_of_Carlisle#Views_and_causes

Bucks County may as well round the homeless up, usher them through corridors past a visual montage of pristine forests filled with homeless camps, past the rotating knives, where the homeless are churned into green wafers as was done in the movie Soylent Green. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_Green

This way the homeless become useful; they would be helping to keep Bucks County Green.

Without giving any reason, Bucks County said that Stand Down, the annual event that sets up on county administered land behind the Levittown public library for homeless and needy veterans, will no longer be.  This would not enhance Bucks County’s desire for personal peace and prosperity.

Meanwhile, as Christmas approaches, people are trying to find peace through drugs. In Bristol Township, cops found 445 bundles of what they believe is heroin after they stopped a guy who was chasing a woman, driving through neighborhoods shooting at her. The dope pusher must have believed there were a lot of customers in the area. It certainly wasn’t Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood!  http://levittownnow.com/2016/12/21/cops-find-445-bundles-of-heroin-while-investigating-drive-by-shooting/

Maybe the dealer was filling an order to help people deal with the calamity of the recent election. They must have heard that Calamity Donald was in town and need something to calm them down. Maybe the 445 bundles were heading to the Penndel Mental Health Center.

This is what happens when people run away from the light and live in darkness. They don’t want to take David Bowie’s advice and run from the shadows!

Remember this season that there is hope. Let the Midnight Special shine its ever loving  light on you!

“The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” -Matthew 4:16

The Homeless and Kafka’s Cockroach

In my psychology in literature class in college, a classmate said that the moral of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis is that Gregory, the character in the parable, woke up as a cockroach because he didn’t want to face the world. He didn’t want to face responsibility so he lingered in bed.


I’ve found the homeless problem in Bucks County, PA, which I’ve been associated with for about two years to be Kafkaesque. For those of you in Doylestown, “Kafkaesque” is defined by Merriam-Webster :  “of, relating to, or suggestive of Franz Kafka or his writings; especially: having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical quality <Kafkaesque bureaucratic delays>”. When now Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was fighting his hi tech lynching, he remarked that the whole ordeal was Kafkaesque.

I also find much of modern psychology to be Kafkaesque.

I just read a very long article: Psychology and The Church. If you are an egghead, and have a free day, you may want to read it: http://inplainsite.org/html/psychology_and_the_church.html

One point I recall from the reading is that the church can relate on a more personal level than typical secular psychology as well as have absolutes, truth which works best to keep people truly in the pink, although this doesn’t happen in a wink. Churches serve God and man well when they share one another’s burdens. Psychology has found that someone experiencing problems knowing that people really care is a big factor in helping them resolve their problems. (Not all psychology is bad).

At the community meal for the homeless and those in need on Sunday, hosts from the church sat down with some of the guests and discussed their concerns. They helped them a lot more than a shrink, including ones from Penndel Mental Health Center. During the time I broke bread with the homeless at community meals and at other venues, I’ve noticed that those who have gone to the secular center didn’t seem to improve over time. In fact, they got worse. Conversely, broken people who followed the Lord appeared to have improved their attitude, reflected in their demeanor. I’ve tried both and found this to be the case.

Modern psychology is reflected in the thinking of some in the Bucks County establishment. Some time ago, I ran the idea by a Bucks County Commissioner to designate county land as an official homeless encampment. The homeless would build and manage the place. There would be rules and leadership. The commissioner responded that this would jeopardize the chances of the homeless to get county assisted housing, which takes between one and two years to get. The commissioner’s answer was Kafkaesque!

She also pushed funding for mental health.

Like Gregory in Kafka’s novella, Bucks County doesn’t want to honestly face the world of the homeless.

Bucks County aggressively canvases to secure taxpayer funds by shanghaiing the homeless and signing them up for mental health services.  The mental health hustlers are everywhere, trying to recruit the homeless like the people in Bob Dylan’s comical song where everybody’s trying to “stone you”. And in essence, with the center’s “medications”, they are stoning you:


Throughout the history of the church, there has been a battle between the church and the world. This is evident in Bucks County over the well being of hurting people. I’m on the side of the church.

“And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another.” -Romans 15:14

Et Tu Veterans?

“I understand what their (the county) concerns are, but I really don’t think their dealing with it the right way. I called the phone number on the signs and there is no more room in the shelters,” said Morris Derry, founder of the nonprofit No More Pain Inc.

Morris said this at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Levittown PA yesterday on the eve of the eviction of the homeless there and the surrounding area.  I was shocked to find that the veterans who showed up at the pow wow at the memorial  yesterday complained about the homeless camping at the memorial.

“It’s a total desecration, what’s going on here,” said Joe Hogan, a Vietnam veteran from Bristol Township. “These are local heroes.”

Another vet remarked that having the homeless stay at the memorial is sacrilege, that it is “sacred ground.”

This is the first time I heard a veteran complain about the homeless at the memorial.  A volunteer from the VFW who used to come to the memorial to clean up once said he doesn’t have much to do because the homeless clean up. One guy, who used to live at the memorial, was well received by the local VFW.

There’s  an ex marine officer who on occasion slept at the memorial with the homeless. He didn’t have a problem with the homeless staying there.

As a Vietnam veteran, I don’t have a problem with the homeless staying at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. There are a few individual homeless people who have caused problems at the memorial, but most of the regulars respect it. Many of the problems, however are caused by people from the nearby shelter, which has a cross section of people there, including druggies and drunks. A few also were living in places such as the nearby woods who were drunk and disorderly at the memorial.

The greatest problem at the memorial, the library, and nearby neighborhoods, are the dopers from the local recovery houses.

It was after the infestation of the recovery houses in the area – there are in the neighborhood of 100 just in Levittown – that security cameras were put in the library as was a security guard. The feds have been dumping the recovery houses on the community, causing more crime. Many of these addicts are from out of town.

One of the regular homeless persons who has stayed at the memorial for some time, as reported in LevittownNow.com,  a woman without a permanent residence who has stayed at the memorial, said there have been some transients who have come into the memorial at night and have caused problems. She said the local homeless population has worked to police themselves and  force those who break the law to leave.

The local homeless population could have done a better job of policing themselves. They are, however, up against a mentality that if one or two people cause a problem, the whole group is to blame.  But one day a druggie from one of the numerous local recovery houses pulled an American flag out of the ground that a veterans group had placed at the memorial. A homeless guy called the security guy at the library, who had a rapport with the local homeless and reported the wonton deed. This disrespectful guy had to put the flag back where he found it and was kicked out of the memorial.

Indeed, this is an example of what the homeless woman told Levittownnow.com.  Druggies come by day; many of then are required to leave the recovery homes during the day.  There is no warning like there was for the Colonials, where the signal that the British were coming was one if by land, two if by sea. Maybe a light at the government center could be flashed when the druggies come during the day and two when they come at night.

The county claims the homeless staying at the memorial was a public safety problem. Public information director Chris Edwards contradicts himself. He said there hasn’t been any major problems reported at the memorial, but in the next breath he says the county has to clear the homeless out because of public safety concerns.

The county claims it tried to work on a solution to the homeless problem.  If you call calling the housing number a solution? A year or two wait? Or Alan Johnson and his gang of mental health hustlers trying to Shanghai the homeless so they can get their taxpayer funds? He acts like Aladdin. Instead of giving new lamps for old, he promises housing for turning yourself and your public funds over to the mental health industry.

A homeless person recently told me that these guys don’t really care about the homeless. It seems many people don’t.

The statement in the Courier Times article by Matt Turner, published yesterday “The veterans said the homeless presence discouraged others from going to the memorial and honoring the fallen,” is bogus. No homeless people discouraged others from visiting the memorial. I think this whole thing is a case of hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless.  What they did today — actually talking with the homeless — is something that should have been done all along!

A veteran at the meeting came up with good idea – he suggested “working to find a building to help house those without permanent homes.”

This is what I’ve been saying all along.

We need to put the idea of finding a building to help with permanent housing into action. There’s a lot of vacant property in Bucks County. The old Sunbury Farm’s been sitting vacant after being sold then reverted back to Bristol Township for more than a year. That would make a great home for those without a permanent address.  They could do fix up work – it doesn’t need much, maintain and manage it. Just because people are homeless it doesn’t mean they are hopeless!

We need to go beyond talk and actually implement a plan, rather than just pushing people out as if they were rodents.

No Particular Place to Go

I’ve seen the needle
and the damage done
A little part of it in everyone
But every junkie’s
like a settin’ sun.

— Neil Young from his song Needle and the Damage Done


At my 40th high school reunion, I learned that many kids I knew from school had died as a result of drug overdoses. Today our country is plagued with drug and other addictions. The homeless are no exception.

There is a special problem with drug addicts in the homeless community. As people without a home need to sneak into public and private lands out of need, when, on rare occasion in lower Bucks County, PA, for example, a drug addict overdoses and needs emergency medical help, it calls attention to others hiding from the authorities in the woods, including those who are discreet and have little impact on the land.

In the woods, on land under Bucks County jurisdiction, shelters were put up for feral cats. So if humans who just need shelter are kicked out of the woods because of the actions of others, then why not kick out the cats?

Like illegal aliens, the feral cats are given special privileges. These cats live in a gated community. “No dogs” and “close the gate” is posted at the entrance. So if no dogs are allowed, then if follows that the homeless are also not allowed. Perfect liberal logic.

Outside the homeless community, if a neighbor is on drugs, do all the neighbors get kicked out of the neighborhood? Of course not.

If the homeless could be in legitimate, organized communities, like Dignity Village in Portland Oregon, then problem people would be filtered out, and it would not jeopardize other people, who play by the rules

Bucks County knew about the homeless problem since the late 80’s. The county has done a poor job of resolving it. The solution so far is just to chase the homeless, who scramble for a place to go, away, as if they were hunting down a predator.

People need a place to go. The right place. Like the guy riding in the car in Chuck Berry’s song, people have no particular place to go.

People with addictions need help. But they need to accept the help. This is why people of faith need to reach out and develop relationships with them and help them help themselves. And get them to the right place at the right time.

Today’s society is lost. This is why Christians need to bring light into the world. People have lost direction and borders — they have lost their rudder.

Neil Young saw the problem that starting during the baby boomer age.

A recovering addict recently told me that people who can’t stop their addictions are weak minded. That’s right. But to become strong, we need God’s help to overcome addictions and other character flaws that create problems.

One place to go for help is the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation program in Trenton. An alternative to this three month live in program is the free 12 Step Journey Program, held Tuesday nights in Levittown and Saturday nights in Newtown.


The Salvation Army and similar faith based program has a higher rate of success than secular institutions such as the Penndel Mental Health Center.

Penndel Mental Health has been scouring the woods trying to drum up customers among the homeless. For this institution, becoming a mental health patient is the talisman to finding housing. Holy synthetic demand, Batman!

Upcoming Funding Time (parody of Fats Domino’s Finger Popping Time).

It’s upcoming funding time

It’s upcoming funding ti-eyem

I feel so good

I’m on the public dime

Hey now hey now hey now hey now

Here comes Allen here comes Keith

Here comes Chris and here comes the heat

It’s upcoming funding time

It’s upcoming funding ti-eyem

I feel so good

I’m on the public dime

Hey now hey now hey now hey now…

Years ago, I worked part time in a methodone (heroine addiction) clinic. I had a good possibility of working there as a counselor. One of the counselors sat down with me after work and talked with me about counseling people and showed me some literature. It turned me off and I did not pursue the counselling positioning.

One of the problems was that what I read actually mocked the idea that we have character flaws and the need to admit them and ask God to help us overcome them. An alternative is to blame problems on others.

Many of the kids mentioned at my high school reunion were clients, as the director called them, at the clinic. This helps verify my call that the clinic’s methods were flawed. They were based on human, not God’s ideas.

Is it better to burn yourself out or to fade away?

My my, hey hey…