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 

AHTN Rules No Rules

We need rules, especially rules of civility, including for the homeless. People may have lost homes, but they don’t have to lose their civility. But rules are only as good as when they are enforced. Below are rules I got off the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) site. I copied the text perchance the link becomes unavailable, no longer in effect, as are rules AHTN has for the homeless. I just included the rules that have been a problem and where enforcement was lacking.

http://www.ahtn.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/TRANSPORTATION-GUEST-GUIDELINES.pdf

“TRANSPORTATION GUEST GUIDELINES

We hope that you will feel welcome while riding with us.  In order to ensure that everyone has a positive experience, we ask that you follow these rules.

If you have any questions or special needs, particularly of an emergency nature, please ask the Driver Attendant for assistance.
 
Drugs/Alcohol – Absolutely no non-prescribed drugs or alcohol are to be consumed or carried by any guest. If found, items will be confiscated and the police will be called.

Within the past few years, some homeless people have been coming to the community meals drunk. They must have been drunk while on the bus. On one occasion, a guy who was evidently drunk, whose speech was slurred started on me by continually telling me to shut up as I was quietly talking to someone on the seat behind me  He was a few seats down on the other side. Nobody from AHTN said anything to him.

An example of the other rules that AHTN has not enforced is its rules on behavior and harassment, which overlaps with, and is often caused by alcohol consumption.

Behavior – Behavior that threatens the safety of other guests or volunteers will be grounds for immediate removal from the vehicle and you will be asked to leave.  Inappropriate language and/or gestures and/or name-calling will not be tolerated.  Police will be called if necessary.

Harassment – No threats or acts of violence will be tolerated in any way.  Any attempt to impose your will on another will be considered an act of violence. Harassment in any form (whether it is verbal, physical, emotional, mental or sexual) will not be tolerated, nor will aggressive or intimidating behavior of any kind be tolerated.   Inappropriate behavior during an AHTN event will result in removal from the current activity and a limitation of attendance at future AHTN events.  Police will be called if necessary.”

Rules on behavior and harassment are interrelated. On the occasion when the drunken homeless guy kept telling me to shut up, he made a veiled threat when we got to the community meal, where he almost tripped on his own two feet. He said he’d have a surprise for me when I got off the bus. When I asked him for details, he snapped “You’re smart; you can figure it out, Gevorkian.”  I replied that I, Gevorkian, would be glad to euthanize him and added that I’d be doing a dual service: Assisted suicide and pest control.

At one point, the guy asked  “meet me outside.” I didn’t oblige him but when I started walking towards the bathroom, he stammered that he’ll get me on the way to the bathroom. He stomped up behind me, and when he got close, I spun around and went into a defensive position. Soon, one of the hosts got between us and broke it up. We separated. The host who got between us thanked me “for being calm.” The drunken troublemaker was banned from this meal permanently, not by AHTN, but by the host.

He wasn’t banned from the bus, as per AHTN’s rules.

On another occasion, about a year later, the same homeless guy who harassed me while under the influence did the same at The Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, PA. He walked into the meal roaring drunk. He had taken the AHTN bus. Another guest was sitting the end of the table, talking about a court case about a homeless camp where the residents were threatened with eviction. The drunk started yelling at the man, that “what kind of life do you have” by sitting in on court cases. He started yelling obscenities and started charging after the man, even slightly clipping him in the face as he started swinging at him.

Some other homeless guests tried to calm him down. It took three of the male hosts to pull the man, raging like T-Rex, away. The maniac was ushered to the far side of the large hall. Christine and Dave from AHTN accompanied him.

The police showed up. They approached the victim of the unprovoked assault, who didn’t even make any remarks to his attacker, as I did, but the police told him the host asked that he leave immediately. Someone from AHTN told him he was banned from the bus, and that the decision “came from the top.”

When the victim came to Redeemer Lutheran the next meal it hosted, he was told he wasn’t allowed in. When he asked why, a church representative, after the victim pressed for a reason, told him it was because he was saying bad things about the homeless.

I would have like to be a fly on the wall in the clandestine corner where the hosts, Christine and Dave from AHTN and T-Rex had a private conference. It’s strange that the victim, who never had a problem with the host, was magically banned from the meals.

This gets curiouser and curiouser, Alice. At the district court, district justice Daniel J Finello Jr. dismissed the charges of slander, etc., against Christine Jandovitz, David Jones, Redeemer Lutheran Church and the rest of the defendants whom I believe were involved in the fiasco that entailed lying and penalizing the plaintiff based on lies, but entered a default judgment against the homeless man who verbally and physically assaulted the man. Had he been at the court, he may have been that fly on the wall who would testify about the slander. The judgment was made without even letting the plaintiff present his case; it was summarily dismissed!

During the time I rode the bus, up until about two years ago, there was little drama. Riders respected on another and rules were enforced much of the time. No more. Homeless people have told me that there has been a bit of name calling, occasional racial remarks (I’ve never witness any racial problems in my three years among the homeless) and harassment of women. I believe people with brought booze with them on the bus or were already drunk.

AHTN evidently believes that if they post rules, they are followed. As the modernists believe, reality is subjective. Two occasions in the public library in Levittown, PA, where the homeless are constructively banned, come to mind. One occasion was when I went to pick up what I printed from the library computer, the sticker for the computer number I needed was missing. When I told a clerk that, she insisted “all the computers have numbers.” She finally gave up and figured out how to send my printout to the printer.

On another occasion, Pat, the head Levittown librarian, frantically complained when I was briefly, quietly talking to a homeless friend “this conversation is getting heated, you better…” When I confronted her about the double standard, where a homeless person is confronted for talking barely above a whisper for a minute but some special privileged characters bring their incessantly loud, bratty kids to the library and nothing is said to them, she said that she does do something about the loud kids in the library.

As humans, we can plan to do right, but we can’t always carry it out. This is the first step in the 12 Steps Program for addictions and compulsive behaviors. “For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.”  -Romans 7:18

Speaking of the 12 Steps, the defendant who received a default in the civil suit also has a criminal trial coming up on that matter. And by the way, it was only because of the actions of some of the other guests that is holding the defendant accountable, not AHTN.

The plaintiff has already talked with a court officer to request that the defendant be given the opportunity for rehab for alcohol abuse, which brings out anti-social behavior, in lieu of further sentencing or a fine.

The principles in the 12 Steps program has historically been very successful. Here’s an example:

http://www.celebraterecovery.com/index.php/about-us/twelve-steps

Homeless Gone Wild

In my last blog I wrote about Bucks County feeding the homeless to the alligators in Florida and using the Stand Down site, where each year homeless and needy veterans get free care and referrals, as a Soylent Green factory, where the homeless are churned into green wafers. This, for those of you in Doylestown, is satire, so don’t take it literally.

Why satire?

Satire defined: 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.

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.
  • a way of using humor to show that someone or something is foolish, weak, bad, etc. : humor that shows the…

I use satire to ridicule the attitude and policy towards the homeless, as I’ve witnessed in Bucks County, PA.

Examples:

  • A campaign to constructively remove the homeless from the Levittown public library because, as The Countess of Carlisle, public relations gal from the Salvation Army Levittown Community Center told me, people who visit the library don’t like the homeless being there.
  • The homeless are chased off the Veterans’ Memorial near the Levittown library because government hacks from the nearby WIC office don’t feel comfortable visiting the memorial when the homeless are there.
  • No longer allowing Stand Down, where homeless and needy vets get help, to set up each year for a few days on Bucks County public land behind the library, with no explanation why from the county.
  • The Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) and some churches that host community meals for the homeless and needy not holding individual homeless people accountable for their behavior but instead treating the individual homeless as representing the whole group, and acting not for what’s best for them, but for their own self interests.

Warning – Satire!

So as not to hinder stereotypes of the homeless – that they are irresponsible, violent, lack self-control, are drunks, mental cases…  AHTN and churches who have joined the initiative have created HOMELESS GONE WILD.

The plan:

Instead of putting juice or ice tea in the coolers where the homeless get their drinks at the meals, fill them with booze. Once intoxicated, the homeless will start jumping up and down and dancing on tables, curse each other and the hosts out, and generally behave badly.

One special feature one of the hosts, The Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, PA, has added is the game “fine a scapegoat”, where a member of AHTN makes something up about someone they want to use as a scapegoat to see if the host will believe it. After an innocent party is accused of wrongdoing, AHTN and Redeemer plays “See if we can get the court to rig the proceedings in our favor when a victim of our lies sues us.”

AHTN will have a film crew at the meals and will record it. They will sell the tapes for entertainment and will hold a viewing for the Bucks County Commissioners and Penndel Mental Health Center, to build a case to commit the homeless and to secure more tax dollars.

A Parody:

Don’t Think Freely (parody of Buck Owen’s Act Naturally)

Well, they’re going to put me in the nuthouse

They want to make a monkey out of me

They’re going to put me in the nuthouse

And all they have to do

Is round up me

 

Well, they are going have to chase me real far

They’re going to hunt me and they can’t really tell

If I really need to be in the nuthouse

They expect me to play the part for them real well

 

I hope you’ll come and see me in the nuthouse

Maybe you can slip me a file in some cake

I hope you’ll come and see me in the nuthouse

Where I’m all doped up and can’t think freely

 

They want to put me in the nuthouse

That’s because they don’t think I am OK

Well, the only reason that I’m in the nuthouse

Is that  I’m homeless in Bucks County PA

 

Well, they are going have to chase me real far

They’re going to hunt me and they can’t really tell

If I really need to be in the nuthouse

They expect me to play the part for them real well

 

I’ll be a homeless collection in the nuthouse

From the state they want to collect their precious bounty

I’ll be a monkey caged there in the nuthouse

Where I’m all doped up and can’t think freely

 

Well, the only reason that I’m in the nuthouse

Is that  I’m homeless in Bucks County PA

The only reason that I’m in the nuthouse

Is that  I’m homeless in Bucks County PA

 

Dupe-dupe a looney Dupe-dup a looney Dupe-dupe a looney…

They’re coming to take me away ah-hah he-he ah-hah ah-hah he-he ah-hah he-he…

 

Here’s another parody hit by the They’re Coming to Take Me Away! Band:

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

It’s upcoming

Funding Time

It’s upcoming

Funding Ty-ime

I feel so good

I’m on the public dime

Hey now Hey now Hey now Hey now

 

They lost Alan but here come Keith

Here comes Chris and he’s talking sweet

But Alan’s still with the county

And helps get the bounty

It’s upcoming

Funding Time

It’s upcoming

Funding Ty-ime

I feel so good

I’m on the public dime

Hey now Hey now Hey now Hey now…

We’re All The Same

Two Burger Kings, a McDonalds and a Subway in lower Bucks County, PA doesn’t like the homeless in their establishment, and try to get rid of them ASAP. So does the Levittown public library and surrounding area.

Yet, we read all the time about people who are not homeless committing crimes. The latest was from a 19 year old druggie, who pawned his girlfriend’s watch and laptop. He also pawned a Playstation 4 from his parent’s house! This, he told police, was to support his drug habit. http://levittownnow.com/2016/12/27/cops-man-pawns-girlfriends-property/

Unlike Burger King, McDonalds and Subway, Denny’s in Penndel and Wendy’s in Levittown welcomes everybody – treats them the same. Their policy is based on the content of the character and not their living arrangements.

Denny’s manager told me that my friend and I, homeless at the time, were welcome to stay as long as we like as long as it isn’t crowded. Likewise did a manager at Wendy’s. This manager told me a story about a time someone invited a homeless man in for a meal into a Burger King where he worked. A customer nervously approached the counter and frantically told the staff that a homeless guy came in.

“So?”, the storyteller remarked. The Wendy’s manager said that he thought this was silly – to get worked up about the homeless entering the establishment.

The rundown on Burger King, McDonald’s and Subway:

  • Burger King: At the one in Bristol @Beaverdam Road and Bristol Pike, one morning a homeless woman went to the counter for her free refill. The general manager snapped that she wasn’t allowed to hang out there all day. One night, after this rude behavior, when we entered, the shift manager told us my sick homeless friend was not allowed there. When I pressed her for a reason, she said the manager doesn’t want homeless people there because they panhandle.
  • Burger King: Near the Oxford Valley Mall: One day, as my friend was getting more food, the general manager demanded my friend leave immediately before he calls the police. My sick friend was able to stay at the next door Boston Market, who graciously allowed her to stay until I picked her up.
  • McDonald’s Fairless Hills, in the Giant Parking Lot: The manager, whom I call “Twenty Minutes”, booted my friend because she was there 20 minutes, tossed the sick woman out into cold, rainy windy weather. When I came to pick her up, I asked Ms. Minutes where my friend was. She said she was waiting for the bus. When I told her my friend was not there, she sarcastically said my friend was not her responsibility. I reminded Ms. Minutes that she threw my sick friend out into the inclement weather. I called her a low life and said I would no longer spend a penny there and would tell everyone not to patronize McDonalds.
  • Subway near the old Walmart: After staying a short while, my friend was booted. The rationale: She was smoking in the ladies room. I doubt that. It was about 70 degrees out with little to no wind. When I spoke with the manager and just said some homeless just need a place to linger after they eat, he Augustly said that the restaurant is not for the homeless. At night, some homeless friends and I used to hang out and had friendly conversations with the hostess on duty.

The homeless are simply people, whom for one reason or another, don’t have a dwelling. Other than that, they are simply a microcosm of society.

At a recent homeless and needy community meal, a friend who had been working couldn’t move into a room because he got laid off. But he told me he would keep trying and had faith that he’d find a place in time. I have faith in general but in particular after the recent election that businesses will again flourish. By cutting taxes and asinine, onerous regulations, the economy improves and there are more jobs and less homelessness. I believe that under progressive rule (progressing to socialism), there is more homelessness. I entitled a blog about this “Fight Homelessness; Don’t Vote for Progressives.”

Another homeless friend recently told me that she had been saving money by working, and thought she’d have a place by September. Consequently, she gave the hand and foot warmers I gave her ages ago to another homeless person. She expects to find a place soon.

There are other former homeless people who “have made it.”

As is the case with other populations, there are problem people. One homeless man who came to a dinner drunk on several occasions, the last time knocking a man down, cutting the back of his head, is now in the Bucks County jail.

Because caring people stepped up and did something about this wrongdoing, the community meals are now peaceful – a joyful place to go where people can go to find solace among friends and the hosts. Being homeless doesn’t excuse bad behavior. Contributions to homeless stereotypes are not tax deductible!

US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas once said on C-Span that blacks should not be excused for bad behavior because of past wrongs against them. Doing this, the judge said, would lower them to being animals, where they can’t make moral choices of right and wrong. Ditto for the homeless.

Reporting a homeless man committing a crime shows that there are people who treat the homeless like human beings and not animals, expecting civil behavior. This has sent a message through the homeless community that bad behavior will not be tolerated and will have consequences. This is the way to give peace a chance.

“Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism.”

Acts 10:34

Pierce The Veil

It takes an honest effort to establish a good name, but just as easily, it can go bad. At least with some people. There are some who just blindly put their trust in an organization, or even the government, based on its good origins or intentions.

Suppose someone gives you a stick of gum. You open it, and there’s nothing inside. Even worse, it could have rat poison. With some institutions, once you go past the surface of the brand, you find fraud.

When I worked as a shipping clerk at a plant in Morrisville, PA, in a conversation I mentioned that I think that coupons are a hassle, and that it gives the impression that one is getting something for nothing, and compared it to the progressive tax code. I said that tax deductions are just a matter of getting your own money back, and by fiat, the government is telling you what you can do with your own money. Someone overhearing our conversation sternly told me I was un-American.

Really? When I reminded this Bucks County lib that we have free speech in this country, she stammered that this is realized in the voting booth.

During the progressive era of the late 20s through the early 40s, word was out that people were patriotic only if they supported high taxes and an interventionist government. Sound familiar?

The Salvation Army originally ministered to the not so beautiful people – the druggies, drunks, prostitutes and other undesirables that society shunned – just as Jesus did with the woman at the well, for example.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Salvation_Army

Today at the community center in Levittown, PA, instead of going against the grain, at a price as the original army did, they conform to the world. The homeless are looked down on by the Levittown center.

The Countess of Carlisle, who is in charge of public relations at the center, butted into a conversation I was having about the homeless being hassled at the public library in Levittown in an attempt to constructively keep them out of the library. The countess said that some library visitors don’t like the homeless there and the librarian has a right to keep the homeless out. I disagreed. Consequently, the countess used her position to block an offer to write for the Salvation Army that an official from regional headquarters gave me.

The Salvation Army Levittown Corps puts up a good facade. They welcome the homeless into the community meals, but not a nanosecond before 6 p.m., when the meal officially starts, and they can’t wait to get rid of them. On one occasion, as we were finishing up our meal about 6:30 p.m., one of the hosts started cleaning up and hustled us out. He said [sic] “you have to finish up; we have to clean up.”

Queen Latifah, the grand marshal of the community meals, not only tries to be cool (unsuccessfully), but talks down to the homeless, as if they are criminals or children, telling them not to run around the building, etc.

At a Thanksgiving dinner, the queen, in her usual hip fashion, asked who has a problem with her. She also would not let the DJ eat. I suspect she did so because he, a baby boomer, played music from the late 50s, early 60s and some later, which was not the kind of music she wanted – wild, modern, cacophonous, exclusively black.  The problem, as Mic Jagger of The Rolling Stones sang “It’s not easy facin’ up when your whole world is black.” A homeless advocate gently confronted the queen about not feeding the DJ. The queen went ballistic. The advocate then asked me the queen’s full name and position so that she can make a complaint with the corps captain.

A visiting Salvation Army officer, who outranked the community center boss, Captain Casper Milquetoast, ordered the queen to feed the DJ. This is something the center’s captain should have done, but being Casper Milquetoast, wimped out, as usual with his dealings with the queen and other dysfunctional phonies at the center.

On another occasion a man who had been wandering a few days after becoming homeless, flushed and disoriented, wandered into the Levittown Salvation Army. After we got him some food and drink, he sat waiting in the lobby for me to take him to the library, where he could get a bus to the community meal and have an advocate help him. It was very hot and humid that day. As he sat in the lobby, a staffer snapped that he can’t just hang around the lobby. After I explained that he was waiting for me to give him a ride, the staffer reluctantly agreed to allow whom the corps considered a persona non grata to wait in the lobby.

I was pleased that most Americans were able to Pierce the Veil this election, seeing the (wo)man behind the curtain and taking a sober look at the false promises the wizard made. People are fallible; you have to go beyond the surface and find the truth for yourself, guided by Biblical principles.

The Red Kettle drive, where the Salvation Army sends people to various businesses to collect donations in a red kettle, is going to start soon for this season. The Levittown community center employs many homeless people.  Although it’s good that homeless people are getting work, I would think twice about donating money to an institution, as evidenced by the Levittown Salvation Army Community Center, that claims to help the homeless but in reality distains them. Use the same discretion with your discretionary income that you did with the recent election.

Inmates Running The Asylum

There’s a maniac running around Levittown, PA. It’s not a escapee from a mental institution but, believe it or not, someone who wears a badge. His name is Joe, last name unknown, and is a substitute guard at the municipal building in Levittown. Recently, a sign was posted by the nearby Veterans Memorial to warn the homeless people to remove their property by April 29.

Joe took it upon himself to launch a vendetta against the homeless at the memorial. He told these people, who have nowhere else to go, that they, not just their belongs as the sign says, have to go — that they can’t sleep at the memorial after April 29. He produced no documentation and said that someone forgot to write that the homeless, not just their stuff, has to be out of the memorial by the 29th.

He said this was by order of the Bucks County Commissioners.

Originally, this rogue guard told homeless people that he was going to “remind them” about this starting Monday. But this nutcase couldn’t wait and woke people up at 5 a.m. this morning. One homeless person told me that Joe called him by name and said he was there to remind him and others about vacating on April 29. Joe even brought two Bucks County Rangers with him.

Joe is just a substitute guard at the municipal building, yet, evidently on his own time, he’s been venturing out on his Quixotic mission. The difference between Joe and Don Quixote is that Joe is not attacking windmills, but people.

I think that Joe, who is short, has a Napoleon complex. For those of you in Doylestown, a “Napoleon complex” is a term describing a theoretical condition occurring in people of short stature. It is characterized by overly-aggressive or domineering social behavior, and carries the implication that such behavior is compensatory for the subject’s stature.

This is also known as “little man syndrome” ,a popular term for the inferiority complex that short men (under 5’9′) in society are commonly assumed to possess, which causes them—at least per theory—to overcompensate by trying harder than men of average height (5’10′) in life’s activities

For years the authorities, driven by intolerant, judgmental special interests have been marginalizing the homeless and have constructively been scheming to keep them out of public places, such as the library and the memorial. But this is the most egregious attack on the homeless I’ve learned of in the two years I’ve been associating with the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA. This is harassment, plain and simple.

It’s ironic, hypocritical, that authorities would harass the homeless at the Veterans Memorial, a memorial to those who sacrificed for our freedoms.

The problem with the way homelessness is addressed on nationalhomeless.org: http://nationalhomeless.org/issues/civil-rights/  (WordPress link not working; copy and paste if interested).

Judgmentalism against the homeless is immoral. People who harass the homeless have rationalized their behavior.

“All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.”

–Proverbs 16:2

 

Wossamotta U Versus Church

In the last blog I praised the churches in lower Bucks County, PA for countering judgmentalism and apathy towards the homeless taught at Wossamotta U. and showing respect and empathy for them.

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

“Don’t talk about us; talk with us” the slogan some homeless people created is a reality in lower Bucks County.  A large part of hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless, is a result of just not knowing them.  So people talk about them without knowing who they really are.

Intermittently, the homeless have been harassed at the Veteran’s Memorial in Levittown, but now, except for a rare rogue, their rights have been respected and the harassment has eased off.

Initially, the new guard at the nearby municipal building, fed by misinformation, tried to shoo the homeless from the Veteran’s Memorial. But once he got to know them he lightened up. Just today one of the homeless guys who was at the memorial said the guard has been “cool”.  When I first met the new guard I told him “we have to break you in.” Taken aback he spouted “I don’t need to be broken in” — and informed me that he was a trained law enforcement officer…  After he mentioned enforcing rules, we realized we were on the same page, but that my concern was that the rules be enforced even handedly.

The harassment at the memorial was driven by false witness by those who hate the homeless, including the WIC office in the municipal building, which faces towards the memorial. A woman with COPD who went into the WIC office to get warm one winter during business hours was booted just because she was homeless.

Harassment against the homeless has been the case at the Levittown public library for the past two years. Lately, it got so out of hand that I filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The problem is Pat, the head librarian and her sidekick. The other librarians, however, have been not been only respectful of the homeless but have gotten friendly with them. They even gave me a card to bring with me when I visited a homeless person in the hospital.

In an attempt to shoo the homeless from the library, they have been hassled various ways, in some cases thrown out for the day or longer for minor problems. In one case, the homeless woman who was  thrown out of WIC was reading when the librarian told her she needed to do something to stay in the library. The latest case was when the head librarian, Pat, out of the blue, told a homeless man he had been talking loud all week and threw him out, although other people, especially bratty kids, consistently talk much louder.

Many of the churches and individual Christians have reached out to the homeless in lower Bucks County, showing them respect, understanding and empathy.

There are some, however, who must have taken night classes at Wossamatta U.

“The Countess of Carlisle”,  the community relations and development director at the Salvation Army Levittown Community Center told me that people don’t like the homeless in the library when they visit because they are dirty, spread food out all over the tables, etc. I asked her if she witnessed that (she didn’t)  and told her that I do go there and found this isn’t the case. I added that if someone breaks a rule about eating in the library, simply tell them to stop. This Salvation Army official didn’t want to know the truth, and just kowtows to the worldly, judgmental views of the community.

“Queen Latifah”, another elitist at the Salvation Army, treats the homeless like criminals and children when she hosts the community meals.

In the homeless community itself, false witness has created problems. Rumors were spread about someone I didn’t know in this community, but once I got to know him, I found that I was told lies.

Lies were also told about a guy who visits the community meals, but was not homeless, but in need. This fostered fights, which sometimes started to get physical. There was an incident at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, PA where someone came to the meal drunk and screamed at the victim of false witness, physically threatened him, and had to be restrained.

Yet the perpetrator was let off the hook. One of the advocates from the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) twisted what happened  and the victim, who did a rope-a-dope, was blamed. The next time  the victim went to Redeemer Lutheran for the meal, he was told he was banned, because, a church representative said, he was saying negative things about the homeless.

I respect the homeless, and don’t take the stance that, because they are homeless, they are not responsible for their behavior. The victim and I pushed the issue and got the perpetrator temporarily banned from the bus. After this time out, he didn’t cause any more problems.

Recently, another homeless man, on more than one occasion, caused a ruckus at a community meal. Since the last ruckus, he hasn’t been at the meals. We must have set a precedent.

A  non-homeless person who visits the meals said she was told to use caution when going to the meals. She was afraid someone might come at her with a weapon and that someone told her not even to look at the homeless people there. I allayed her fears and explained that my experience is that the worst thing that happens is occasional quarrels, usually alcohol driven. Normally the meals are a pleasant experience, where there is great fellowship.

Most churches have been gracious towards the homeless. They not only feed them, but sit at their tables at community meals and have developed relationships with them and mentored them.

This is the way it should be.

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

–2 Corinthians 5:20

The Homeless and The Druggies

Almost two years ago, a source told me that guy who called himself “the librarian” at the  public library in Levittown, PA stated that homeless people are one step below drug addicts. After he harassed me and I contacted a county commissioner, he soon was gone.  This, by the way, was before authorities associated me with the homeless.

Homeless people are that way for different reasons, including as just a result of the economy. People are in recovery houses because of their addiction, which usually leads to stealing and other antisocial behavior.

A former homeless guy who frequented the Levittown library and the nearby Veteran’s Memorial complained that the homeless get a bad rap and that it’s people from the recovery houses that have been causing problems at the library and surrounding area.

As I mentioned in other blogs, it was the druggies who precipitated the evictions on the homeless living in the woods by the Levittown library.

Yet, there is prejudice against the homeless. Even the Community Relations and Development Director at the local Salvation Army echoed the sentiments of anti-homeless special interests in the community. She said that people visiting the library “don’t like” the homeless people being there, adding that they stink, spread food out all over the tables, and dress shabbily. I told her this isn’t the case and if someone breaks the rules, they should be told about it like everybody else and that homeless people have a right to be at a public library.

So it’s OK to keep people away from a public place simply because people don’t like them? This is not what the guys who are honored at the nearby Veteran’s Memorial fought and died for!

So here’s a Salvation Army person, a former Major who once helped run a rehab center, kowtowing to the world’s judgementalism. When I told her I’ve been sticking up for the homeless, including contacting commissioners, she snapped “what’s that going to do?”  She added that the librarian has  complete sovereignty and belittled me. She asked “didn’t your parents teach you to respect authority?”  It’s no wonder that she goes through a door marked “private”, as she was demoted from Major (joke).

Many of the druggies in the Levittown have gotten mixed in with the homeless. After getting kicked out of recovery houses, many of them end up with the homeless, and cause problems. This may be one reason people don’t like the homeless.

There was a town hall meeting in Bristol Township, PA on Thanksgiving eve to address the problem of recovery houses in the area to protect the community and property values, while helping people with their addictions. The council did not approve the motion by council vice-president for a moratorium on recovery houses because they believed it would be overrided by the Feds.  http://levittownnow.com/2015/11/27/officials-announce-support-for-recovery-house-moratorium/ 

Drug addiction is a problem, especially in Bucks County, PA, not just for the addict but for the communities.

In one neighborhood, it was reported that crime greatly increased since a recovery house moved in.

Part of the problem is the recovery houses themselves. There have been reports of overcrowding,

Recently I met a guy who runs a recovery house in the area. He pointed out that all the recovery houses are not bad, and that he runs a tight ship. He said the neighbors don’t even know we’re here.  Some recovery houses, he said “are just a business.”

The state of Pennsylvania has been addressing how to regulate recovery houses, mainly for safety.

People running recovery houses need to be held accountable, not just for safety factors such as overcrowding, but for professionalism — that they do what’s best for the addicts and the community.

Even if the recovery houses get their act together, there still should be a moratorium on them.  Sometimes, no matter what you do, addicts will continue their destructive behavior, to themselves and others. Addicts have been coming from outside of Bucks County, PA for the recovery houses. With more houses we risk more rogue druggies who, like the Frankenstein monster, are set loose on the community.

One recovering alcoholic told me that addicts should have to suffer the consequences of their destructive behavior — that we should not make it too easy for them to get into a recovery house, so there would not be a revolving door of addicts who aren’t seriously trying to resolve their problem.   Good point. This friend seems to be getting his act together.

Another friend with an alcohol problem isn’t doing as well. He started out well, after people tirelessly ministered to him and after finally coming to grips what he’s doing to himself and people he loves, and went to a short term treatment center. Less than a week before the program ended, he stormed out of a meeting and since has been getting kicked out of friend’s places.

The last time he got kicked out, which was the second time this friend kicked him out, his girlfriend asked me to pick him up and take him to the library. I told her that I’m not going to bail him out everytime he screws up. This kind of thing makes him too comfortable in his choices and he doesn’t realize the consequences of his actions.My friend took a step or two, but has a long way to climb before reaching the top of the 12 steps. My friend who is getting his act together said that many addicts don’t advance after a few steps.

At the local 12 Steps program I’ve been attending the past several months, I’ve seen people come and go. One night we had to set up extra tables. There has been a handful of people who have attended the program regularly since I started going. Now advanced, they mentor others and they have pinch hitted for the guy who regularly leads the meetings.

This local program is not just for drunks and druggies, but for people with other problems, such as anxiety and anger management.

Check it out.  http://www.12stepjourney.com/

You Can’t Hide from Homelessness

Homelessness is a national problem, not just confined to lower Bucks County, PA.  I just saw a documentary about a homeless encampment in Saint Louis, MO.  I found many similarities to the homeless story in Bucks County.

The documentary pointed out that in the encampment, there were druggies, thieves, muggers, drunks and other problem people, but many of the homeless were decent people, who had skills, such as carpentry. The documentary showed a guy cutting up wood with a chainsaw.

After a long drag out fight with authorities, the encampment was bulldozed, closed, after the authorities reasoned that they couldn’t just look the other way because of the problem people living there.

Recently, the woods by the Levittown Public Library, Bucks County Rangers served eviction notices, collapsed tents, and told people to get out. On the notices were “assistance” opportunities which allegedly would help the homeless find places. The housing opportunities were vacuous.  There’s a one to two year wait for housing.

One ranger threatened to bulldoze the woods, but that was just an idle threat from someone, upon first meeting him more than a year ago, whom I addressed as “Officer Fife.”

Another ranger helped a homeless man get into a treatment center for alcoholism, which he desperately needed. The man stormed out of the center before the short term stay was over and is now on the loose.  He’s been staying with friends and has been getting kicked out regularly. In fact, I just got a call from one of his friends who asked me to pick him up from a place he got kicked out of for the second time. I said “no,” and explained that I’m not going run out to bail him out every time he screws up. This would enable him.

See my last blog “Are You a Victim of Circumstances?”

In the documentary, after a homeless encampment was raided, he was moved to another area, which he said had worse living conditions than the place he left. About a year ago, two tent cities in lower Bucks County, PA were raided a day after Warming Hearts representatives visited the camps. Like the homeless camps in the documentary, the refugees were moved to a place not as good for human habitation than the place the were.

Someone from a faith-based organization in the documentary said that it’s important to spend time with the homeless, and not “just drop stuff off.”    The guy said that many people from these groups have developed relationships with the homeless. They can minister to them and find out who is naughty and who is nice. In either case, they can help the homeless and give them an opportunity to help themselves.

Like some of the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA, some of the homeless in the documentary just want to accumulate handouts and need to learn responsibility.

Some of the homeless in the documentary were given places to stay in for a year, until they can get back on their feet. At the end of the documentary, we’re told that many of these people were back out on the street. This was attributed to the economy.

I agree, the economy is at least part to blame for homelessness. I pointed this out in my earlier blog “Fight Homelessness; Don’t Vote for Progressives.”  Progressivism fosters irresponsibility, which creates more crime and poverty.

One problem with the homeless is some members of the homeless themselves. People of faith have been giving of their time and have showed concern about the homeless, counseling them, showing empathy and trying to show them the right path, which, as is the case for the rest of our decaying nation, is a result of Godlessness in our culture. It sometimes requires tough love, as is the case when certain homeless people want a bailout, like the auto industry.

There are people in the lower Bucks County community who have the where-with-all to create more housing for the homeless.  Part of the problem is that they have been stonewalled by the progressive Bucks County establishment. And part of that problem is that they are leery of having the homeless fixing up, maintaining and living on vacant property because of the actions of some of the homeless, as was shown in the documentary.

Housing first is a good idea, but people have to get their collective acts together and we need to liberate America from the liberals and foster self-sufficiency as we did during the Eisenhower 50’s, when we had a Christian consensus.

I’m getting tired and weary of trying to help  of people whom  don’t want to help themselves. Unlike myself, with my human flaws, God never gives up.

Up On The Roof

“When this old world starts a getting me down
And people are just too much for me to face
I’ll climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space…

Up on the roof”

— James Taylor, Up on The Roof

People are sometimes just too much for me to face, and I feel like having Scotty beam me up and I’ll drift right into space. Indeed, we all need an occasional retreat, a time to stand down, recuperate, reboot, but we have to come back and face the real world.

In my last blog, I talked about showing grace to difficult people. I wrote that there must be rules and borders. But when people don’t follow rules they agreed to it’s tempting to give up on them — write them off.

I was brought up old school. When I was in elementary school, there was an area marked off in the school yard as “out of bounds”. Kids didn’t dare cross the line and go “out of bounds”. No! For shame for shame, if we did. Unfortunately today, in the tradition of The Noble Savage, borders are evaporating, between countries and are codified in the term “Generation X.”

Some people close to me are having trouble following rules and are going out of bounds. One is undergoing chemotherapy for lung cancer. Yet, like seven out of ten smokers who contract lung cancer, according to information at the cancer center, she continues to smoke, despite continued warnings and explanations why she needs to stop from the medical community. She’s also a sporadic drunk, overdoing wine on four occasions since I met her a year ago.

She’s also taken other substances to excess.

A nurse said that a little red wine, unlike a little smoking, is good for her, but because she’s underweight and because of her medical condition, excess alcohol can have a devastating effect.

Not only is this creating problems for her; it’s creating problems for me because I’m left with the mess. Her destructive, reckless behavior is driven by her attitude that she just wants to give up on life — she has no reason to live. I’ve tried to help her change this attitude, and it’s tough.

Frustrated, and angry, I lost my temper again and started to put her down — just giving up on her.

I realize my attitude was wrong. A Christian sister pointed out that my friend has been suffering from a disease that’s been eating away at her for about a year and that the right thing to do is to show compassion and have patience with her.

I am calling myself out on this blog, as I don’t make exceptions.

Christians are sinners saved by grace, and I am no exception. As the apostle Paul wrote, don’t let sin dominate in your life. The key is to confess your shortcomings to God and ask his help to overcome them.

I apologized to my friend and am striving, with God’s help, to show more compassion and patience with her, while trying to hold her to the rules, which she agreed to, and setting borders.

Instead of just being an escape from the world, I climbed the stairway to heaven to seek God’s help in dealing with the world. As the Bible says, be in the world but not of the world.

The world, as evidenced in Bucks County, PA, is in bad shape and needs help.  Bucks County is number one for heroine addiction in Pennsylvania and number two in the country.  People are dying.  When I went to my 40th high school reunion in neighboring Montgomery County a few years back, I learned that several of my classmates died from drug overdoses.

A little while back, I overheard an eye opening conversation in the men’s room at the public library in Levittown, PA.  A guy remarked that drugs are getting more deadly and added that addicts don’t care; the only thing that’s important to them is getting high.

There is a big homeless problem in Bucks County; many people struggle to find a place to live.  The government is failing the homeless.

We live in a hurting world.  The Bible believing churches need to step up their efforts to minister to the world, though positive thought and deed — by reaching out to people.  In lower Bucks County, churches have been doing a lot to meet the material and spiritual needs of hurting people.  We need more.

One of the hosts at a community meal for the homeless and needy said that she wished her small church could do more for people.  Besides graciously providing material things, they have been making their “friends without walls”, as they call them, feel at home and wanted.  Collectively, ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

Being there for someone with any need, such as depression, goes a long way.  This blog illustrates how concerned Christians can help others.  http://www.theclause.org/2014/03/mental-illness-the-christian-perspective/

The church needs to have an positive affect on society, influencing society and not vice versa.  One’s  faith should not be privately engaging but socially irrelevant.  An good example of this is a free program that addresses people need help is the 12 Step Journey Program held in churches in Levittown.  http://www.12stepjourney.com/

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

— 2 Corinthians 5:20