I Saw The Best Minds…

The shrinks and the mental health hustlers are whining that they don’t have enough money to treat what they call “substance abuse disorder”, which is psychobabble for choosing destructive, stupid behavior. Why do you think they call it dope? http://levittownnow.com/2017/07/24/opioid-treatment-funds-in-senate-bill-would-fall-far-short-of-needs/

When you are hooked on something, nothing matters except self-satisfaction, whether getting high on drugs, drunk on booze, or even smoking cigarettes. On an episode of Twin Peaks, a guy managed to walk away from the edge of a nuclear blast. He wondered through the New Mexico desert with an unlit cigarette. He asked the first people he came across “got a light? Got a light?” Over and over again.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=got+a+light+twin+peaks+full+video&&view=detail&mid=B13593F8C3E743C3BCFEB13593F8C3E743C3BCFE&rvsmid=21337ED4469438098FB621337ED4469438098FB6&fsscr=0&FORM=VDMCNR

Without more money, Jennifer Smith, Pennsylvania’s acting secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, said druggies will be desperate to support their habit and will end up with a criminal record! I thought that using and possessing drugs was criminal! The drug trade has nothing to do with customers doing dope does it? Maybe this substance disorder is contagious, picked up from exposure from passing drug dealers in public areas.

What’s more, Secretary Smith added, is that this “disorder” creates homelessness. So, according to those on the front lines of the opioid war, if we fork over more money to the official state drug rehab industry, we can prevent homelessness!

Unless you’ve been living on Mars and don’t have satellite transmission, you’ll know that people from all walks of life are doing dope. As Bob Dylan sang “everybody must get stoned!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnoxKXkPqEE

How prophetic was beat poet Allen Ginsberg with the opening to his poem Howl: “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of the night.

Back in 1955, when the beat poet wrote Howl, freaky people like Ginsberg were on the fringe of society. The Beat Generation sought meaning from life in an industrialize society but concluded that “society sucked.” Today, this view that because life has no meaning, anything goes and it’s cool to escape this though sex, drugs and rock and roll was celebrated at Woodstock and is becoming the new normal –more mainstream.

Dumping money on a problem doesn’t automatically fix it. More and more money to fight the drug war but the problem appears to be getting worse.  Albert Einstein is said to define insanity as doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.

Drug and alcohol abuse can lead to homelessness, but that’s not the only cause. The economy, driven by progressive social engineering, particularly during FDR’s New Raw Deal, wrought massive homelessness. Decent, working men were heavily taxed and businesses were heavily taxed and regulated. Consequently, men became hobos who hopped trains to look for food and work. Government overreach, for example paying the large farm conglomerates to burn crops to increase prices, favored the fat cats at the expense of the average person, the middle class.

The Great Depression was not just an economic depression; it was a moral depression. Leading up to the depression was a world of gangsters and corrupt politicians.

The opioid epidemic is not just about people doing dope; it’s a moral issue, a result of people looking for meaning in life by trying to escape reality, rather than to deal with it.

Rather than making druggies victims and saying they have a disease, besides just saying “no” to drugs, they should get involved in a 12-step program, which addresses the spiritual/moral part of the problem. Medical doctors and nurses can deal with the medical end of the problem.

Historically, the 12-step program has been very successful. I know of one homeless person in Bucks County, PA who went through a 12-step program as has really gotten his act together.

He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.”
-Psalm 107:14

Faith in Action

In my last blog, I addressed the smiling faces that say they help the homeless but really don’t.  Today’s blog is about the people who genuinely help the homeless.

At last night’s community meal for the homeless and needy, a friend who has been having a battle with the bottle told me that he got into a program at a local church to help him overcome his problem.  The community meals are more than just bread, by which alone they don’t live. Other churches in Bucks County, PA are helping people become whole, fulfilling their mission to minister to them and point them to God, which helps them tap into the power to restore them to His image.

Substance abuse programs are just part of helping others. The concern shown to others, especially the homeless, making them feel accepted, the kind word, the right thing said – good examples that reflect Jesus, all contribute to helping people.

Making people whole is not a formula; results are not usually instant. It’s not like a science project, where kids make a volcano out of paper machete, dump in some baking soda and add vinegar and red die and voila! You have lava gushing out.  Usually, when we try to help people, it just plants a seed, which later may sprout.

The homeless are just like other people, who have various problems to different degrees. The friend who recently told me he’s getting treatment is not homeless. People become homeless for different reasons. Substance abuse is just one of many reasons.

It should be no surprise that, with our exploding drug problem, that many of the homeless are refugees from the inordinate number of recovery houses in the lower Bucks County. It’s like the thrill up on the hill that Fats Domino sang about, where “people come from miles around…” The druggies end up in Levittown and vicinity and blend into the homeless population.

One drug addict in particular I believe bypassed the recovery house. He’s now in a place that will help him, far away from Levittown, where a relative told me he is doing well in recovery and even has a job. His relative told me that his family wondered if he’d ever get straight, and asked him to try to turn him around.

It was at a community meal where one of the hosts ministered to the man – one on one for much of the meal. The guy was distraught, mumbling about needing to get treatment. Sometime thereafter, I ran into him when I visited another friend at a local short term treatment center. He appeared to understand the seriousness of his problem and told me he plans to “get with the program”, which he did.

The host who ministered to the man was glad to hear that he was getting his life together – getting straight. He didn’t set off a volcano; he just planted a seed – which sprouted and is growing.

The homeless themselves help one another. Rather than believing malicious gossip, some of the homeless comfort and encourage one another and help each other with mutual concerns. At, what else, a community meal, a homeless guy told others at our table that he needs a job. A guy at our table pointed to two guys who work at a place that is hiring, and that one of them is a foreman. I don’t know if he followed up on the lead, but it was an opportunity he learned about at the meal.

People of faith who attend the meals minister to each other. They encourage one another to realize that God has solutions to problems. Pastor and Christian counselor Jay E Adams boldly stated “I don’t care what problem you face; it has no power to defeat the cross of Christ.”
Jay E. Adams, How to Overcome Evil

The church is an alternative to government intervention. As I’ve said in previous blogs, secular psychology, for example, Penndel Mental Health, doesn’t work.

It’s good that churches in Bucks County and some Christians in general have been reaching out to genuinely help the homeless. This may be a shock, especially to you in Doylestown, but the government and psychobabble doesn’t resolve problems. Nor does treating the homeless like pests who are clandestinely, constructively pushed out, help the homeless.

Here’s the skinny on the church’s role in helping people:

http://www.christianpsych.org/wp_scp/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/dp220-2.pdf

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

-Galatians 6:9

Come on People!

It was a “rapid decent into a major mental health problem” that drove a 59 year-old man to snap out and try to kill his girlfriend but ended up having the tables turned and ended up dead, according to authorities. This outburst was just a “mental health episode”, police said.

http://levittownnow.com/2016/10/15/mental-health-crisis-led-to-fatal-birthday-stabbing/

Holy psychobabble, Batman!

The attacker was described as being peaceful and generous and suddenly, he went berserk? I think I could rule out having an alien taking control of him and attacking his girlfriend. I also don’t believe it was a right wing conspiracy.

Pastor and Christian counselor Jay E Adams had written about a similar situation where a man suddenly snapped out and committed violence. Dr. Adams pointed out that the guy was very angry about things that went wrong, and was mad (as do dogs) at certain people for what they did. He harbored resentment, anger. As Curly of The Three Stooges used to say, he was “a victim of circumstances.”

We don’t have to be a victim of circumstances, but, with a spirit controlled temperament, we can exercise self control, which by the way, is one of the fruits of the spirit.

Volcanoes just don’t suddenly erupt. Pressure builds up from deep inside until it blows. Sometimes volcanoes will spew out steam first. Likewise, pressure builds up in people. Sometimes, in the case of the man who flipped out, people vent out steam. The report said that neighbors had heard the couple yelling in the past, but there was no evidence of domestic violence or mental health problems.

There was a recent eruption at one of the community meals for the homeless and those in need in lower Bucks County, PA.  Ma Barker, a woman in a wheelchair, suddenly started cursing, loudly. Other guests were taken aback. After this initial eruption, she continued yelling obscenities and wheeled over to a guy down the next table over, facing the opposite way. She yelled “if you have something to say to me, say it to my face…” And then she reared up, and kicked the man on his outer thigh, almost falling out of the wheelchair. As was the case with the man with the rapid decent into a mental health problem, it’s believed that no alcohol or drugs were involved.

One problem with today’s society, reflected in modern psychology, is blame shifting, blaming problems on other people. Some psychologists blame criminal or immoral behavior on someone being deprived of something by parents or society in the past.

A folk song illustrates this:

“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.”

Here’s more:

http://gospelway.com/religiousgroups/psychology.php

As I’ve argued in previous blogs, modern psychology is not the answer to our problems, including homelessness.

Bucks County thinks homelessness can be solved by rounding up the homeless and sending them to a mental health center.  As is often the case with modern psychology, it’s a fraudulent diagnosis.

In the 60’s, a popular song cried out “come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another, right now.”

To do this, we need God. There’s a pyramid with humans at the bottom and God at the top. As people go up towards God, they become closer to each other.

“One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, ‘What commandment is the foremost of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ ” -Mark 12: 28-31

When Good Men and (Wo)men Do Nothing

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” said Irish statesman Edmund Burke, who took a stand against the British during the revolutionary war and was against the French Revolution. He was also outspoken about other matters.

Today, in Bucks County, PA, evil is creeping into the homeless community. T-Rex, a star in Jurassic Park has made an appearance at the community meals  for homeless and needy people once again.  Every once in awhile, a certain homeless man becomes a transformer. Instead of transforming into a yellow camaro, after he imbibes alcohol, he becomes Tyrannosaurus Rex, the tyrant king.

Last night at a community meal, he went on a rampage, roaring first at one person, then others. When some of the other guests said something to the out-of-control dinosaur about his behavior, he reared up and roared at them. T-Rex was also belligerent with the hosts when they asked the beast to leave. It was only after someone picked up his cell phone to call the police that he bolted out the door.

Outside, he continued his beastly behavior. Before the police arrived to confront T-Rex, someone let him get into her car, and aided and abetted his escape, whisking him away. The partners in crime who helped T-Rex escape were guilty of something he confronted the first person about last night. At a community meal on Friday, between the two of them, they walked off with eight take home boxes while other people were still eating. I guess they can get protection by helping the beast.

The Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) habitually ignore bad behavior. Awhile back, after T-Rex went after another guest, a representative from AHTN twisted what happened and blamed the victim! It was only after the victim and I pressed the issue and after T-Rex approached me at another meal and screamed obscenities at me (because he didn’t like me calling out his bad behavior on my blog) when I was sitting at a table with AHTN members and some of the hosts that he got banned from the bus for a time. After the time out, a member of AHTN told me that the guy started behaving himself civilly at meals.

But  this didn’t last. Evidently, he didn’t learn his lesson.

Some of the hosts, as well as AHTN sometimes does nothing about bad behavior. The bad behavior of Birdman and Queen Nora, whom I mentioned in previous blogs, is not only not met with no resistance by some hosts, but they accommodate them!

Birdman is the one who, while people are finishing their meal, goes from table to table with large bags and sometimes large jugs to snatch up all he can. On one occasion, a woman, who was very thirsty after coming out of the heat, was pouring lemonade into her glass. Birdman grabbed for the pitcher, and she shooed the predator away. He then went off crying to a host, who then confronted the woman. She told her when she was done to give the pitcher to him, saying nothing to Birdman about his rudeness.

At the same church, Queen Nora, who thinks she’s at a restaurant and can choose the cuisine, got a special meal.

This is the same church that was connected with that sham of a homeless video AHTN spewed out awhile back.

The video didn’t seriously address the plight of the homeless or give a realistic view of them. It was trite. It showed children doing homework in a van. And there was the saccharine scene where a homeless man offered a sandwich to a man playing soccer with his son. The video made about as much sense as the Fractured Fairy Tales on the old Bullwinkle and Rocky cartoons.  http://www.tv.com/shows/fractured-fairy-tales/

Doing nothing about bad behavior enables it. It not only creates problems for society, as is the case when T-Rex disrupted a community meal, which is a social center where people in need edify one another, but doesn’t help the perpetrator.

Alcohol and other substance abuse is not only found in the homeless community but in the community at large. An increasing number of churches in lower Bucks County are offering AA and other programs to offer help for substance abuse and other bad behavior.

I’m a big fan of the 12 steps program. It works. But the first step is to admit you have a problem and that you need help, ultimately from God, to overcome it. You don’t solve problems by making excuses for people and giving them a free pass.

To overcome problems, people don’t need medication and psychobabble; they need Jesus. Offering Jesus to the homeless and the needy, and by being a good example, is something good people can do to prevent evil from triumphing.

“For because he himself has suffered  when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” –Hebrews 2:18

Where Have All The Homeless Gone?

The homeless have been cleared out of the woods near the public library in Levittown, PA.  Some of them got to where they needed to go — in one case, because of an overdose. In another the result of a Bucks County Ranger convincing a guy with a drinking problem to go to a place where he can get help.

I visited my homeless friend there and attended the orientation. I think this place will work, unlike Penndel Mental Health Center, whose snake oil salesmen round up the homeless as patients by hook or crook and rely heavily on drugs and psychobabble. At the orientation, the director said that God is an addict’s ultimate hope.

Except for a few instances, the woods were cleared out Roundup style, which kills everything — the weeds and the grass.

There is still the matter of where the guy will go to lead an independent, productive, healthy life after he’s done the program.

The ranger who sent the guy in the right direction was part of a team of people who had tirelessly ministered to him. This is how we need to deal with the homeless problem in Bucks County, PA.  People in the community need to develop relationships with the homeless, working with them for their betterment of the community to lend a hand up to help themselves, rather than using the one-size-fits all Roundup approach, treating all homeless like weeds.

Although some of the homeless, as is the case in any population, are problematic, especially the druggies, they are all human, fallen creatures like the rest of us but made in the image of God.

It’s good that the homeless guy in this case, with a little help from his friends, was able to find a good place, at least for the time being. For all the homeless there needs to be a place they can call home.

Some homeless only need a place to stay.

“If I did drugs, I could find a place. If I was an alcoholic, I could find a place. If you’re just on hard times, there’s nowhere to go.” said a homeless man about to be evicted from an encampment.

http://articles.philly.com/2012-05-02/news/31519830_1_homeless-tent-city-homeless-count-homeless-enclave

The so called “opportunities” section of the eviction notices posted in the woods is a bridge to nowhere.  One homeless guy told me he called all the numbers, and the best opportunity he found was they “could not do anything for him unless he had children. A friend with lung cancer I’m taking care of and I have been on shelter lists for months.  Fortunately, we’ve found an adequate place to stay, at least temporarily.

Not everybody is able to do this.

Bucks County has known about the homeless problem in Bucks since the late 80’s. People have been trying to match vacant property, which is greater than the homeless population, with people needing housing for some time. I emailed a county commissioner with the idea of designating some unused county land for the homeless, but the response was this would jeopardize their opportunities for the so-called opportunities listed on the eviction notice.

This situation reminds me of the Ronald Reagan joke: A shopkeeper asked a woman who was getting married for the third time why she would wear white. The woman explained that right after the first wedding, the groom had a heart attack. After her second wedding she had an argument with the groom and the wedding was annulled. The third time she married a Democrat. He just sat on the edge of the bed for four years and told her how good it would be.

Talk is cheap.

The Bucks County Rangers have a tough job. They are caught in the middle. The Bucks County Commissioners and other politicians, unlike the Rangers who have to go out and face the people who camp on public lands because they have no place else to go, are out of touch with the homeless.  Evidently, to them, the homeless are just weeds that need to be removed, wanting to have a manicured suburban lawn complete with the personal peace and prosperity including a white picket fence.

The ranger who convinced the homeless man to get the help he needs is a step in the right direction.

At the guy’s orientation, the director said he knew the guy who runs the local 12 Step Program, which my friend said he wants to attend.

It’s a step in the right direction.

http://www.12stepjourney.com/ 

Where have all the Homeless gone?

The bigger question is where will they go?