Don’t Enable Addiction

To help those struggling with addiction we need to be a good Biblical friend. As Pastor James MacDonald writes in I Really Want to Change…So, Help Me God, “a Biblical friend holds you up when you stumble.” 1 Samuel 23:16-18 And “a Biblical friend holds you down when you stray.” 2 Samuel 12: 1-15. Both are necessary to help people change.

Recently, a grossly overweight woman broke her wrist when she fell and ended up in the hospital, and then again, and then to a nursing home for physical rehabilitation. The first time she came home a backpack pad had to be placed in front of a foot-high step, as she couldn’t bring her weight over it. The second time she went to the hospital, she had slipped off her “Archie Bunker” chair and sat for a time against the back of the chair. When the visiting nurse came, she had the woman taken to the hospital. Two or three rescue people were tied up, as a winch was needed to pull the woman up.

In the nursing home, she lost about 25 pounds because of the diet she was given. But then her caseworker from Penndel Mental Health Center picked up gobs of junk food for her. By the caseworker’s own admission, the overweight woman couldn’t eat the healthy meals she was given because she was pigging out on junk food. “You need at least one vice,” the Penndel Mental Health caseworker matter-of-factly, even cavalierly said. Really? You need a vice? At least one? And the kind of vice that not only robs the client of having healthy meals, but adds pounds, which, after going from 300 to 275 pounds (still much too heavy), the client doesn’t exactly need.

This is an example of why I have been a big critic of Penndel Mental Health Center. I’ve called them out for its practice to shanghai the homeless, promising them help with housing in return for coming aboard their mental health service program. “Shanghai”, by the way, is not just about dragging guys out of a bar and forcing them to work aboard a ship. It also means “coerce or trick (someone) into a place or position or into doing something.” At the center, the homeless are given legal dope and fed psychobabble.

Penndel Mental Health Center comes to camp in an attempt to shanghai them:  https://www.sott.net/article/257456-More-homeless-camps-discovered-in-Bucks-County-Pennsylvania

Gluttony is just another addiction, another besetting sin.

Penndel Mental Health Center uses worldly methods to allegedly help people. People with problems should have a choice of having worldly counsel or Godly counsel, and not shanghaied into pagan programs. I discuss this in detail in my book “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless.”  Available on Amazon.com:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR0gPVr_CAM7L0hyxu92hll8KTsLWTUmr1nIEamgTnuc_Hi4yDafBYGcMqs

 

Are The Homeless Mental?

This is getting curiouser and curiouser, Alice! The riddle: What do mental health programs have to do with finding housing for the homeless? Image result for curiouser and curiouser alice in wonderland

Another program that allegedly helps the homeless loses funding. Now St. Mary Medical Center, which provided about 45 percent of funding for The Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN), stopped funding AHTN.

In May, funding for the Homeless Outreach Support Transition Program (HOST), a product of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania was eliminated.  According to mental health hustler Keith Smothers, coordinator for the Projects for Assistance in Transitions from Homelessness Program (PATH), defunding HOST can adversely affect his program.

PATH is a branch of the Penndel Mental Health Center.

Mental health is important for the whole nation right now,” said AHTN board president and co-founder Penny Martin.

What is this fixation on mental health in reference to helping the homeless? It seems to be a given that the homeless are mental. At the Code Blues, where churches give the homeless a warm dry place to stay on a cold night and are fed, Keith has been known to show up, promoted on site by AHTN. In their limited understanding of the homeless, they divine in their infinite wisdom that they are bringing them a vital service. Like the opioid epidemic, for which there are hard facts, AHTN and the Host believe there is a mental health crisis, a problem that is real in their minds. Maybe. Or it’s just a created crisis designed to fund an industry, much like the fabricated “Climate Change” agenda.

Without really knowing and understanding the homeless, these privately and publicly funded institutions presuppose they know what they need. For them, “homeless” is synonymous with mental disorders and other problems such as drunkenness and drug abuse. Evidently, they looked into their crystal ball to learn this. Just as we all know that when aliens from outer space land on earth they say “take me to your leader”, we know that homeless people say “take me to your shrink.”

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Some of the churches not only feed the homeless to minister to their physical needs, but preach the gospel and show concern for their guests to address their spiritual needs. It’s safe to presuppose that we all have spiritual needs, which affects our mental state.

Who are the homeless? People become homeless for various reasons, generally not because they are mental:  http://citizensservingthehomeless.org/theirstories.html

In Burlington Township, New Jersey, the Citizens Serving that Homeless are working on creating a homeless community. Church of The Nazarene pastor Byron Hannon, who said the church has a covenant with the mission, argued that the church can best help meet the physical and mental needs of the homeless. I agree.

People and organizations will decide which causes they will fund. They will shell out money where they believe it is the most useful; they want to be assured the money will be used efficiently to best serve the party they fund. St. Mary Medical Center decided to stop funding AHTN and focus on its “in-house services.”

When I was looking for housing, Allen Johnson, who was a recovery coach with HOST, once asked me if I were willing to be labeled as being so mentally messed up that I could not work for the rest of my life. This is fraud! Mental health hustlers like Allen are only interested in the homeless to shanghai them to get them signed up for tax payer funded mental health programs.

AHTN is begging for donations. I don’t believe they are serving the homeless but rather the mental health industry and their own interests. If I had the money I would not donate to AHTN.

It may not be intentional, but we seem to be draining the swamp in Bucks County, PA.

The homeless shouldn’t go down the rabbit hole to meet the Mad Hatter in Wonderland. Based on observation of people who have gone to Penndel Mental Health Center and testimony from them and from other sources, I believe they become mad after patronizing the center, with its psychotropic dope (one pill makes you smaller…) and psychobabble.

People purporting to help the homeless get housing should stick to finding them housing. Let the church work with them on their mental needs!  http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/psych.htm

What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor?

“What shall we do with the drunken sailor?” is a simple question to answer. Just “put him in the guardroom until he gets sober!” Other questions, such as what shall we do with the high druggie and the homeless are not so simply answered. Today, these questions are treated like a rhetorical question (for those of you in Doylestown, one that doesn’t require an answer), as, for example, when Jimmy Ruffin sang “what will become of the broken hearted?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vf3ZE7CLg0

The drug epidemic and homelessness keeps lingering on. The drug problem keeps getting worse because people fighting it, especially the government, has made it more complicated than it should be.  This must be by design. As a guy who recently successfully kicked his toxic habit on his own said, “there are recovery and treatment centers that can help people quit using drugs — in fact, it’s a multibillion-dollar industry

http://levittownnow.com/2017/07/07/do-it-yourself-detox-can-be-freddy-krueger-scary-and-usually-fails/

There’s a long waiting line to get into city and state funded drug rehab programs and they are expensive.

The establishment and some of the dopers kin weave a tangled web to explain the problem but they deceive. One thing they got wrong is that the problem is all the drug dealers fault. They think if all the drug pushers are rounded up the problem will be solved. Another thing they got wrong is when they say drug abuse is a disease and it can be treated with just the right drugs, err… medications.

A better way to address the problem is to stop treating a druggie, in the words of Curly of The Three Stooges, as “a victim of soy cum stances.”  It’s a matter of the will.  People make excuses to not face the world and choose to escape through drugs.

The trick is to get to the root of the problem, whether it be drugs, booze, anxiety…   After I lost my job and had other problems, I suffered from anxiety and depression. I allowed myself to be roped into treatment at the Penndel Mental Health Center, Penndel, PA.  I was put on Paxil. It made me worse! My hands started shaking almost more than they did when I thought we took a direct hit when I was passing up ammo at the bottom of the gun chain on a destroyer when I was in combat in Viet Nam. The difference is on the destroyer my hand tremors lasted just a few minutes, whereas my hands shook almost constantly when I was on Paxil. The clinic and someone in the mental health industry who went to the Salvation Army Community Center, Levittown, PA told me it was OK – it just takes time to break in.

After a few months using the legal dope I stopped cold turkey, and suffered withdraw.  My near constant hand shaking abated and I kicked that bad habit.

I found a simpler way to deal with my problem.   I did some research and found that dark chocolate does the same thing as Paxil and more, and with no fear of withdraw. Kava tea is a natural relaxant, and, like dark chocolate, if you use moderation there are no ill effects.

Problems such as anxiety and depression is not just a matter of physical, medical symptoms. It’s also a result of the way one thinks. Knowing that God watches over you and that you have His guidance is the way to fight problems such as anxiety and depression. It’s a gradual process as we try to match His will with ours. When we do we are on the road to recovery as we become restored to the way God made us.

Three and ½ years after I got really messed up – not a result of drugs or alcohol, and after letting the Lord direct my paths, my condition improved. I got back on the right path. I have to just look in occasionally to see what condition my condition is in.  Yea, oh-O Yea…my condition was in.

As a result of churches passing on their responsibility to help people with problems to worldly psychologists and psychiatrists, Jay E Adams started the Biblical Counseling Movement.  https://revolfaith.com/2014/12/05/the-biblical-counseling-movement-origins-and-philosophy/

People become homeless for different reasons. Not all of them are there because of a drug habit. Homeless people are just a microcosm of society. Today’s drug epidemic hits all communities, not just the homeless. Some druggies just happened to slip into the homeless community.

To resolve the homeless problem, one obstacle to overcome is hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless. Hobophobia permeated the meeting held at the Church of The Nazarene in Burlington Township, New Jersey between the Citizens Serving The Homeless and the local community back in February when they discussed the plan to build a homeless community.

Locals at the meeting feared the homeless going through trashcans, panhandling, attacking people, and generally problems as a result of drug addiction. Here’s a link that sheds light on who the homeless really  are:  http://citizensservingthehomeless.org/myths.html

Where ever you have people you have problems, and the homeless are no exception.  Anyone who comes to the shelter who has a substance abuse problem will be ministered to, like everyone else. Citizens Serving The Homeless will need to provide adequate supervision for them. They are not just going to build a flop house but I trust they will protect the community from problems.

Drug abusers, the homeless and those helping them need to trust in and follow God. His precepts are the model we need to follow to help one another.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”  –Proverbs 3: 5-6

How Can People Be So Heartless?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pizza Gate

There’s a mystery at a recent community meal for the homeless and those in need. How did so many pizzas wind up being taken out by one person? It’s such a mystery that the Super Mario Brothers were called in on the case.

They have to be careful not to let King Koopa know anyone is investigating, lest they be turned into Goombas!

No Sharin’ With Karen was among the clues the brothers have so far in their investigation, which they believe is a code. The sleuths have snuck around and learned that the suspects are not underfed, so the brothers ruled out hunger as a motivation.

Witnesses said they observed a subject who approached the table quickly after the host announced that they have pizza left over and started putting them in boxes.  The subject, according to witnesses, seemed to be blocking other guests from getting the boxes, quickly slipping from box to box, acting like a defensive tackle defending the quarterback.

One witness said that someone who came late because of work missed out. The pizza was either eaten by the guests or sent out as take homes. The mystery guest was said to have taken about ½ dozen boxes with two to three pizzas per box. No sharing with them!

Today, there are still Koopas out there. Koopa’s rein is found in the politically correct, those who demean and threaten anyone whose opinion doesn’t match theirs. If they want your opinion, they’ll tell you what it is. In today’s culture, if you see something wrong and, although what you say is true, the guilty party may work up a Lynch mob.

The Koopas of this world try to make a monkey out of anyone who questions them. They’ve even come in the form of Tyrannosaurus Rex, but got slimed and, like Puff The Magic Dragon, slipped back into their cave.

One source suggested that the pizzas were either taken for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or that the Turtles actually took them. This kind of thing is a part of their ninja training – it’s right up their alley! They say an army marches on its stomach; the Ninja Turtles crawl on pizza! Something is afoot in Bucks County, PA., lurking in the dark, oozing along your living room floor, the slime on the video, the drugs on the street corner, the drugs at Penndel Mental Health Center…

With pizza, we can win the war on drugs!

Drugs Delivered to Your Recovery Door

A druggie operating a drug delivery service in the recovery home where he lives? Ricky, I’m shocked! https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=ricky+i%27m+shocked+cassa+blanca&view=detail&mid=DEF7C64EBB1A9309EF37DEF7C64EBB1A9309EF37&FORM=VIRE 

http://levittownnow.com/2017/05/23/cops-man-probation-linked-sale-drugs-recovery-home/

The recovery homes in the Levittown, PA vicinity have been a plague on the community since they began. Crime has mushroomed (or grew like peyote) since these government backed, money hacked flop houses invaded Levittown, like aliens in a science fiction movie.

As if there are not enough dopes (why do you think they call it dope?) in the general population today who are potential customers! The recovery houses are a perfect market for selling drugs. You don’t have to go fishing for customers! It’s good, however, the guy was caught, but there are a lot more fish in the sea!

That druggies are victims – the conventional wisdom says that “drug addiction is a disease and not a moral failing”, doesn’t hold these losers accountable for a foolish choice they made. Nope. Not their fault!

As I related in an earlier blog: Blaming others is counterproductive.

Here’s a folk song about blaming others:

“I went to my psychiatrist to be psychoanalyzed

To find out why I killed the cat and blacked my husband’s eyes.

He laid me on a downy couch to see what he could find,

And here is what he dredged up from my subconscious mind:

When I was one, my mommie hid my dolly in a trunk,

And so it follows naturally that I am always drunk.

When I was two, I saw my father kiss the maid one day,

And that is why I suffer now from kleptomania.

At three, I had the feeling of ambivalence toward my brothers,

And so it follows naturally I poison all my lovers.

But I am happy; now I’ve learned the lesson this has taught;

That everything I do that’s wrong is someone else’s fault.”

More about being responsible: http://gospelway.com/religiousgroups/psychology.php

By calling drug abuse a disease, the government has a better, but P.T. Barnum like, slick marketing tool. This way the taxpayer feels he is helping humanity with a natural disaster, like an earthquake  or malaria.

In Levittown, where the druggies go and make the yellow snow, people who have become homeless and are not a menace to society struggle to find a place to lay their head. Because of the all the druggies being discharged into the shelter, there is a long waiting list.

The druggies, who have chosen behavior destructive to themselves and others, are allowed to live in neighborhoods. The homeless are blacklisted!

The druggies also took to the woods. And as a result, the non threatening homeless had to move out. Bucks County Chief Ranger, Steve Long told me the raid on the homeless in Queen Anne’s Park came after complaints from neighbors about drug use – needles and other drug paraphernalia were found. The rescue squad had to go there more than once because of over doses. The woods were trashed out.

http://levittownnow.com/2016/04/30/county-officials-begin-to-clear-homeless-camps/

The recently defunded Bucks County Mental Health Hustlers have been known to drop off their rejects from the Penndel Mental Health Center made worse through drugs, albeit legal drugs, at the Veterans Memorial by the Levittown Library, who wonder like animals through the woods. The only difference between their shrinks who wantonly hand out drugs and drug pushers is that they may wear lab coats while the pushers wear trench coats. In either case, people still get messed up.

The woman accused of arson at a car dealership in Levittown, who, along with other homeless people were graciously allowed to camp in cars, had, according to the Bucks County website, a record to “Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver”. Evidently, drugs were involved. As a result of her actions, people are going to be more reluctant to help the homeless with shelter.

Not all homeless people are druggies. But because druggies increasingly end up in the homeless population in Bucks County, it gives people the impression homeless people are all druggies. They all aren’t!

Drug abuse is a problem everywhere, particularly in Bucks County, PA. Mollycoddling drug users, blaming drug dealers and others is not going to resolve the problem. Drug abusers, like others who engage in other besetting sin, need to own up to their sin and cowboy up.

“I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.” –Romans 7:15     The first step of the 12 Step Program, which has historically been successful, is based on this principle. This program has been used for drug abuse and other problems by getting to the root of the problem.

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…

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

Yes We Can!

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

-Lyrics from The Pointer Sisters Yes We Can Can

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Movin’ On Up

It’s not exactly a deluxe apartment in the sky, but two formerly homeless families have moved into permanent homes thanks to Family Promise of Lower Bucks County and the volunteers who have helped them move on up.

This is how they do it!

Churches in lower Bucks County, PA take turns housing families. Unlike the Bucks County (alleged) emergency shelter, where there’s a waiting list to get into this flop house, or the local recovery flop houses, which have revolving doors with drunks and druggies going through, Family Promise participants are serious about finding their way out of homelessness. Family Promise screens their participants and doesn’t put up with any monkey business.

Family Promise takes the guests from the churches to a day center, where people can take care of business, such as laundry, send their kids to school, get job training, help searching for jobs, and counseling.

Part of a national organization, Family Promise moved into lower Bucks County early April, 2016.  Family Promise is a faith based organization that coordinates its efforts with churches to help homeless families get back on their feet. The organization helps families stay together and to improve their lots.

http://www.fplb.org/

People are homeless for different reasons. In some cases it’s a result of substance abuse, which has become an epidemic, especially in Bucks County. People are also homeless as a result of a job loss due to a poor economy which, although not as bad as it was during the late 20s and 30s, it’s still bad in our Obama Nation under progressive rule. But there’s a change a coming, as America has just said “no” to progressivism this election.

It’s Americans helping Americans, as is the case with Family Promise, that will resolve the homeless and the drug and alcohol problem. To resolve these problems, personal responsibility and achievement should be fostered.

Instead of handouts, people need to be given hand ups. Instead of writing off the homeless as never-do-wells and permanently giving them public assistance, putting people on disability without a good reason, and stashing them away in mental health clinics, they need encouragement to take on responsibility and find a decent job. The conventional wisdom of the Bucks County establishment is that most, if not all of homeless people have mental problems.

Homeless people certainly have problems, just as we all do, and being homeless is a strain. You don’t need no stinkin’ mental health clinic, such as the Penndel Mental Health Center, with their dope and psychobabble, to help people. What the homeless need is wise counsel and guidance, concern, and encouragement to do the right thing.

One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary decreed that drug abuse is not the fault of the user but is just a disease and not a result of a character flaw.  So we treat drug abuse the same way we treat the flu, and just give druggies a shot to cure them. With this view, people are just a bunch of organs and synapses passing electrical currents, like the monster Victor Frankenstein created. We are a special creation, created in the image of God, but not according to those who are full of psychobabble.

http://levittownnow.com/2016/11/29/surgeon-general-releases-first-report-addiction/

We are a special creation capable of moral judgments of right and wrong, and can take responsibility for our decisions. We have free will.

The best we can do for the homeless is give them the opportunity to help themselves.

“And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: [yea, though he be] a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee. Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee.”  — Leviticus 25:35-36