Reconciling in an Upside Down World

It’s wonderful when people who are at odds reconcile, like Euodia and Syntyche in the church at Philippi.  The apostle Paul urged them to reconcile their differences, as it was hurting the ministry of the church.

A guest at a community meal for the homeless and those in need at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, PA, was at odds with a member of Redeemer, Redeemer, and members of the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN). The guest filed a civil suit against them.

Rewind to October, 2015. A homeless guy came to the community meal at Redeemer drunk and verbally and physically assaulted this guest, just clipping him when he threw a punch at him. He threatened me because he didn’t like the way I looked at him, as I was aghast at his behavior. When a woman told him that he was spoiling her meal, he replied “I don’t give a f***!” It took three male hosts to pull the drunken guest away.

The victim showed great self-control, not even verbally arguing with this maniac.  Yet, when the police approached the victim, an officer told him he had to leave because that’s what Redeemer Lutheran church wanted.

The victim was banned from the meal at Redeemer Lutheran and the AHTN bus, but the drunken and disorderly homeless guy could continue to ride the bus and go to the community meals at Redeemer.

Tuesday night, after an ATHN member listed in the law suit worked things out, the guest who filed the law suit was allowed back. At the meal, he talked with the woman from AHTN. After he talked with her, one of the hosts called her over to the kitchen to talk with her.  She pointed to the guest who was railroaded. The drunk and disorderly guest was also at the meal Tuesday night, yet, as the railroaded guest pointed out, she didn’t point at him.

In our culture war our Christian heritage is being turned upside down. In The New World Order, which George Soros, et al is trying to usher in, good becomes evil. There are no moral absolutes. Nearly two years ago, Redeemer Church and AHTN kowtowed to the Lynch mob. False witness about the victim, started largely by a formerly homeless woman, circulated through the homeless community and poisoned minds, and left a stench.

As dead flies give perfume a bad smell,
    so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.” -Ecclesiastes 10:1

The 411 on the culture war: https://wigtunes.wordpress.com/tag/francis-schaeffer/

I hope Redeemer Lutheran Church and AHTN realizes what they did was wrong and they didn’t just make concessions to avoid the hassle of the lawsuit. It may be, however, that because they realized that there are people who see what happened was wrong and sent a message, they know they were wrong. This is what happened with Martin Luther King’s campaign for equal rights. America is not inherently a racist nation.  Dr. King’s marches called attention to America getting off track and not living up to its principles, so as a result of his campaign, we got back on track.  I pray that these institutions that went astray get back on the right track, just as I hope the wayward churches in the rest of America get in sync with Biblical truths.

Read what Dr. King said, in his own words from his letter from Birmingham jail. Lengthy, but worth it:

https://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/documents/Letter_Birmingham_Jail.pdf

Dealing With Difficult People

At tonight’s community meal for the homeless and needy in Bucks County, PA, Birdman was his usual savage self. He sat at the end of my table, repeatedly grabbing, often using the salt and pepper shakers, keeping it close to him.  I moved them towards the two people who were sitting across from me and kept an eye on them. Evidently, he had designs to make the shakers part of his plunder.  Image result for popinjay

As the hosts were cleaning up, I took the shakers to the kitchen, handed it to someone and explained that there’s a guy sitting at our table who likes to take things home with him and I wanted to make sure they got it back.

For the grand finale, Birdman went to our table with a host and the coffee pot. I had a half cup of coffee, which had gotten cold. I asked the host if I could top off my coffee. “Go ahead, help yourself”, Birdman snapped, adding “take all of it. Take it home with you!”

My name isn’t Birdman”, I quipped. He grumbled something inaudibly, in a hostile tone.  

My now filled cup of coffee was just the right temperature and it went well with my desert.

The coffee left in the pot barely fit in the container the bird brought with him.

Earlier this week, at the community meal at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Penndel, PA, the host announced rules for dining at the church, including not coming to the meal drunk and fighting/quarreling. About a year and a half ago, a guest came to the meal drunk and disorderly, verbally assaulted and physically threatened another guest (one of his swings clipped the guest) who was minding his own business, as well as also cursed out anyone who confronted him about his behavior. He threatened me just because he didn’t like the way I was looking at him (I was aghast at his behavior). It took three male hosts to pull him away from the victim.

The out-of-control guest was ushered to the opposite corner of the large dining hall. After a pow-wow with the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) members and hosts, the police were called. An AHTN member returned to the scene of the crime and demanded that the victim leave immediately. Soon the police came, who also told the victim he had to leave, as per the host’s request. The victim was banned from riding the AHTN bus and the meal, while the drunk and disorderly guest continued to ride the bus and attend the meal.

Because of this outrage, where the victim believed slander and other wrongs were committed, he filed a lawsuit against the church and members of AHTN. I believe that this event and the lawsuit is what prompted Redeemer to announce the rules. I also think that because some people did something to hold difficult people accountable for their behavior and continue to do so, the meals have been more peaceful, more enjoyable.

Tonight, and other nights, people have been able to at least put a speed bump in front of Birdman. Like Sally, he needs to slow his mustang down. Oh yea…  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Mustang+Sally&qpvt=Mustang+Sally&FORM=VDRE

Society need rules, law and order. Without which, it ends up like the Lord of The Flies. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_the_Flies

Most of the guests at the community meal show restraint and respect others. It is a blessed time, where friends get together and talk about various things, admonish and encourage one another. At one meal, another guest admonished me to be gracious to Birdman. I’m trying. It takes wisdom to not cross that line to curb bad behavior which effects others and completely putting someone down. As the Bible says, be angry but do not sin.

It would be sad if a miscreant or two (or more) would ruin the community meals in Bucks County.

“As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.”

-Ecclesiastes 10:1

You Are What You Think!

“I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind. You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there. You take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world, they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom.” -HUD Secretary Ben Carson

http://www.redstate.com/streiff/2017/05/25/ben-carson-poverty/

When I heard Dr. Carson say this on Fox News, the homeless community in Bucks County, PA came to mind.

Some people in the Bucks homeless community, who have lost practically everything, have moved on up. They had the right attitude, values.  They didn’t engage in or even listen to malicious gossip They stopped or didn’t do drugs, excessive drinking, heavy smoking, gluttony or other bad habits that would keep them down. Instead, they kept plugging away, trying to improve themselves and relentlessly looked for and found work and housing, or are at least on their way to getting a place to live.

Conversely, those in the homeless community who bear and circulate false witness/gossip, do drugs, continually get drunk, smoke like chimneys, and gouge themselves like they are at a Roman banquet keep them down and out, and they tend to become miserable.

Dr. Carson’s view about the consequences of your attitude is dramatized in the comedy film Trading Places. In the movie, homeless street hustler Billy Ray Valentine trades places with the rich commodities broker managing director. While in the whirlpool, Billy Ray reflects on his childhood, saying “we used to have to fart in the bathtub to get bubbles like this.” With his new found wealth, Billy Ray throws a party, populated with low life who trash the place out then split.

But Billy Ray rises to the task! Given a chance, he learns the commodities business, acts well mannered, and becomes successful.

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

In Bucks County, the system offers to take care of the homeless and doesn’t encourage them to better themselves. The subtle thinking among government and other elites in the county is that of a caste system, where once you are homeless, you will always be homeless. They keep the homeless down by offering them handouts – low cost housing and disability to help pay for it, replacing tents and sleeping bags when the users destroy them…

As Dr. Carson said, there is material poverty and poverty of the spirit. A member of the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) let two homeless people off the hook for having sex one morning in the homeless bus shelter. The whole group got punished by having the shelter torn down and the bus stop moved to the middle of the parking lot in the Bucks County Government Center. Other homeless people were banned from the Levittown public library for fighting and cursing, where formerly stood the bus shelter, where the couple’s love grew under its umbrella.  They are now in government housing, at taxpayers expense. In the past couple of years, he worked two different jobs and walked off both of them. I heard from a reliable source that he had a pattern of working just long enough so he could quit then get financial assistance.

The same AHTN member who helped get Don Juan and his lover off the hook did the same for  a homeless guy who came to a community meal drunk and became disorderly. Despite loudly cursing a blue streak and viciously physically attacking another guest, which took three of the hosts at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, PA, he was allowed to continue to ride the AHTN bus (which on paper doesn’t allow anyone to come on the bus drunk) and go to the meals. The victim, who basically rope-a-doped, was banned from the bus and the meal at Redeemer. I believe it’s in the best interests of AHTN to enable bad behavior among the homeless. After all, that’s how they are supposed to act. Isn’t it? And isn’t that what keeps AHTN in business?

Your attitude and values have much to do with your lot in life. Your circumstances should not dictate your joy.  Seasons of happiness come and go, but you can have joy in the Lord.

“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts”  –Proverbs 4:23

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

And I Won’t Back Down!

In both Bucks County, PA and Burlington Township New Jersey, the homeless are collectively a persona non grata. The difference is that the non-profits in Bucks County kowtow to the hatred of the homeless and don’t want to fight for housing for the homeless but a New Jersey non-profit is taking a stance against those who want to keep the homeless from getting shelter like everyone else in their community.

Citizens Serving The Homeless, the New Jersey non-profit is facing members of the community who came out en masse to a meeting to talk candidly about their plans and allay the community’s fears. Instead, people came, figuratively, with torches and pitch forks. Unlike the non-profits in Bucks County, CSH not caving in to these hobophobic ignoramuses.  Their stance echoes the refrain in a Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers song: “AND I WON’T BACK DOWN.”

In Bucks County, The Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) doesn’t lift a finger to find long term shelter for the homeless. In fact, when I emailed the AHTN president to ask if AHTN would help the nascent non-profit a friend and I created to provide more shelter for the homeless, she responded that the project was impossible – that, for one thing, they’d have to provide security 24/7.

AHTN is not a true friend of the homeless. Just as liberals use blacks, “the children”, women, the poor, etc., the non-profit uses the homeless. At the video shoot for the so-called public service announcement for the homeless, actors were used. There was an attempt to keep the homeless away from where the video was shot that day. The pizza was purposely kept at another location for the crew, where the homeless could not have any, on a day there was no community meal.

CSH, by contrast, interviewed real homeless people in their community, interviewing all the homeless people they could for their video.

Unlike AHTN, CSH looks at the homeless as individuals and screens the homeless candidates for the homeless community it is building. For them, one size doesn’t fit all! AHTN views the homeless as all being morally bankrupt. They gave a pass to a homeless person who regularly came to a community meal drunk and disorderly, usually just slapping him on the wrist and on one occasion let him completely off the hook. He’s now in the Bucks County jail after knocking down another guest at a community meal, cutting the back of his head. Another guest called the police, but the culprit ran off, and was on the lamb for weeks until someone else called the police when he spotted him at the free laundry day, and the cops picked him up.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke

 

AHTN just pretended to help the homeless on one occasion when the head Levittown librarian ordered the security guy to cut the locks of bicycles parked in the bicycle rack because the librarian alleged that bikes were abandoned there. So even people who legally parked their bikes during library hours had their locks cut. The homeless complained to AHTN, who sent Christine to talk to the librarian about it. Christine reported back to the homeless and told them that the librarian said she made an announcement to have those who had their bikes parked legally to come out so their locks would not be cut. A reliable source told me that the librarian never made such an announcement, and he was there the whole time!

But when Christine’s pet and his girlfriend got caught having sex in the homeless bus stop one morning, she got them off the hook, but the rest of the group were punished by having the bus shelter removed and the stop moved to an unsheltered location in the middle of the parking lot.

Christine was the AHTN member I believe was instrumental in getting the homeless drunk off the hook when he loudly cursed out another guest and physically threatened him, where it took three men to pull him away. Christine and Dave (AHTN) went out of hearing range to the other corner of the room at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, Penndel, PA. The victim and I believe she lied about the victim, demonizing him with her false witness. The police came and told the victim the host said he had to leave. AHTN banned the victim, who was not homeless but needy, from the bus but not the homeless aggressor. The victim was banned from the meals but not the homeless perpetrator. The victim filed a law suit against AHTN and Redeemer Lutheran Church, which is going through the system.

The conventional wisdom of about the homeless is a caste system, where the homeless are trapped in their situation. For those of you in Doylestown, “A caste system is a class structure that is determined by birth. Loosely, it means that in some societies, if your parents are poor, you’re going to be poor, too.” -Vocabulary.com

Like the rabid community members who attended the meeting with the Citizens Serving the Homeless in Burlington Township, Bucks County see the homeless as monsters. They expressed their distaste for the homeless moving into their neighborhood. Well, after witnessing their behavior, I would not say to them, in the words of Mr. Rogers, “Won’t you be my neighbor?”

The Salvation Army Levittown Community Center also sees the homeless as monsters. On one occasion, when I volunteered there in the food pantry, I guy who had been wandering a day or two on a hot day came into the pantry. We got him some food and drink. I told him I would take him to the library, where he can get the bus to the homeless meal and also have a more dedicated AHTN volunteer help him out when I finished for the day. As he was waiting, tired, frightened and flushed in the lobby, a Salvation Army staffer frantically confronted me and stammered “he can’t stay here!” I explained the situation and I took the homeless guy to the library.

At the Salvation Army Community meals, the hostess, Queen Latifah, treats the homeless like children and criminals.

The Citizens Serving the Homeless don’t see the homeless as being in a caste system, that they are always going to be homeless. They don’t subscribe to the mid Victorian attitude that as wealth grows so does good character, and that people with little money are immoral. They see homelessness as a season, and believe if given the chance, a homeless person will move forward. The goal of CSH is to give the homeless an opportunity by giving them a hand up and they may eventually move into traditional rental housing, like everybody else. The only difference with the homeless with the rest of society is they don’t have a dwelling.

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable. Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself. ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men – robbers, evildoers, adulterers – or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a day and give a tenth of all I get.’

But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said ‘God have mercy on me, a sinner’.  

I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

-Luke 18: 9-14

Here are the stories the Citizens Serving the Homeless videotaped:

http://citizensservingthehomeless.org/theirstories.html

 

Smiling Faces

Smiling faces sometimes pretend to be your friend.
Smiling faces show no traces of the evil that lurks within…

Smiling faces, Smiling Faces, Sometimes they don’t tell the truth.

-lyrics from Smiling Faces by The Undisputed Truth

https://www.bing.com/search?q=smiling+faces+lyrics&form=EDGNTC&qs=PF&cvid=370a614df87940ce921863a9b2e47b2a&pq=smiling+faces+lyrics&elv=AXXfrEiqqD9r3GuelwApulopfQtBuNFY21ubl6PpHRwPL9VksUHknG%21amG33bWzRAk9cyccxwd*MCxUNPQrfxuYVRMknRTsACzkVGuwmDphS 

Throughout the homeless community in Bucks County, PA, one encounters people who say they want to help the homeless. Not all these smiling faces tell the truth or have the best interests of the homeless at heart.

One of the most incessant is the Bucks County Mental Health Hustlers, a name I give to the people trying to Shanghai the homeless in order to secure public funds to bring them aboard their ship of fools. The destination the homeless find themselves is often the Penndel Mental Health Center. These hustlers, as seems to be the conventional wisdom in Bucks County, assume all homeless people have mental problems. Not true.

On one occasion, one of the hustlers said he’d help me get housing if I would be willing to label myself as being so messed up mentally that I could not work anymore. This is not only fraud, but it would keep me from finding work. It is a stigma.

The Bucks County establishment writes off the homeless as hopeless – unproductive members of society who should be put out to pasture and may as well stay in The Land of The Lotus Eaters.

“In Greek mythology the lotus-eaters  were a race of people living on an island dominated by lotus plants. The lotus fruits and flowers were the primary food of the island and were narcotic, causing the people to sleep in peaceful apathy.” -Wikipedia. In Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, Odysseus and his men land there. Odysseus has to drag his guys away from The Land of The Lotus eaters in order to continue on their journey.

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/odyssey/section5.rhtml

Likewise, Penndel Mental Health Center dopes up their clients to put them into a land of peaceful apathy. In some cases their patients become hostile, irritable. At the community meals for the homeless and needy I’ve gone to for almost three years, I’ve noticed that people who have gone to the mental health clinic seem not to be whole but those who have decided to follow Jesus seem to be renewed, refreshed. Instead of getting better, the nut clinic patrons seem to get worse.

Another smiling face that pretends to be your friend is the alleged Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN). At a community meal at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, a homeless man came to the meal drunk and verbally assaulted and physically threatened another guest who was just sitting at the table having a civil conversation with others.

The drunk threatened to jump over the table and beat me up because he didn’t like the expression on my face, as I was aghast at his behavior. When a woman told him that he was disturbing her meal, he said he didn’t care and cursed at her.

Three men from Redeemer had to restrain the drunk, who told one of them not to touch him. In time, the drunk was escorted to the opposite end of the large room, out of hearing distance. Accompanying the perpetrator out of hearing distance were two members of AHTN.

The police came, and asked the victim to leave immediately. He was banned from the bus, but the perpetrator was not.

The next time the victim came to the meal at Redeemer Lutheran he was told he wasn’t allowed there because – and he had to drag this information out of them – he was saying bad things about the homeless. What? Banning someone from the meal for allegedly saying bad things about the homeless? I was with the victim the whole time, and he did not badmouth the homeless at all!

This is getting curiouser and curiouser, Alice!

I believe that someone from AHTN not only perpetuated lies about the victim that a formerly homeless woman made up, as she did about me and others, but may have even created more false witness in order to demonize the victim. The woman’s false witness fostered a Lynch mob mentality in the homeless community, much like the lies about our new President created a national Lynch mob mentality.

When the victim and I discussed why he was not allowed on the bus but the attacker was, with another member of AHTN, she said that this was a decision from the top and added that AHTN should feed the homeless. Yep. That’s the crux of the matter. AHTN didn’t hold the homeless guy accountable because the homeless keep them in business. Instead of handling the Lynch mob the way Marshall Matt Dillon would, they kowtowed to the mob’s mentality, not wanting to alienate them and risk losing them as clients.

The victim filed a lawsuit against the two members of AHTN who secretly met with members of Redeemer Lutheran, against Redeemer and a member of Redeemer individually. The perpetrator, who was in jail for other matters conveniently was not brought to the hearing. Consequently, Justice Daniel J Finello Jr entered a default judgment against the homeless man but dismissed the charges against the rest of the defendants, proclaiming that there was not sufficient information even to decide if there is a prima facie case! Defined by the Wex Legal Dictionary “prima facie” is defined “sufficient to establish a fact or raise a presumption unless disproved or rebutted;” e.g., prima facie evidence.

The homeless man was judged without being given the chance to defend himself, but the smiling faces from AHTN and Redeemer Lutheran Church were let off the hook. At least temporarily. The plaintiff is appealing the case. AHTN and Redeemer are not true friends of the homeless – their handshake is just a snake. Et Tu District Court 7-01-7? Just like the homeless, the court is just a number.

The plaintiff is reaching out to the homeless guy whose rights were violated. He’s offering to help him resolve the violation of his rights and even to help him file an in forma pauperis, which will allow him to challenge this sham without charge.

Would the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need advocate justice on the homeless man’s behalf? No! They just hung him out to dry so they could be let off the hook.

Smiling faces! AHTN and the rest of the establishment think of the homeless as miscreants who don’t need to be held accountable for their behavior. This hurts the whole homeless community; it sends a message that the homeless don’t have to be held to the same standards as everybody else. Of course, aided and abetted by Justice Finello Jr, AHTN and Redeemer too are held to a different standard.

Look behind the smiling mask and see who your real friends are!

It’s not about right or wrong, but about who has the power to wiggle out of being held accountable. For the establishment, the homeless have no intrinsic value, but only what they can get out of them.

Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot. People may cover their hatred with pleasant words, but they’re deceiving you. They pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them. Their hearts are full of many evils.”  -Proverbs 26:23-25

Swim Upstream

“Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.”

– W. C. Fields

Before the plaintiff went into the district court in Warminster, PA recently, a representative from the Redeemer Lutheran church, one of the defendants, remarked to the plaintiff “I just wish we could drop the whole thing”.

The expectation was for the plaintiff to just go with the flow, just as a dead fish can do. The mores in Bucks County, PA, as in Washington DC under the progressives, are that there is one standard for the August institutions such as the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) and the Redeemer Lutheran church, and another for regular people, including the homeless.

The so-called justice postured himself to look like he was seeking justice, but in reality just wanted to dispose of the case without even listening. He said there was not enough information to create a  defense. In other words, he didn’t want to hear it. Evidently he views AHTN and Redeemer as pillars of society and beyond reproach.

It’s ironic that a Lutheran church acts as if it is infallible, not subject to question. Founder Martin Luther swam upstream and challenged the Catholic church, where he was a priest. He started a movement where anyone from any walk of life could challenge the clergy. Martin Luther tacked his 95 Theses, his arguments against church abuses, on the Wittenberg Door.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninety-five_Theses

If being asked by police to leave the community meal at Redeemer was the only thing, the plaintiff told the church representative who asked him to drop the manner, he would have. The victim of false accusations challenged the church and AHTN after he was told, after driving to the next community meal at the church, that he was not allowed at the meal. Initially, a church representative didn’t give him a reason, but once pressed, he said the plaintiff was not allowed to the meal because he was saying bad things about the homeless.

I don’t know exactly what Christine Jandovitz, from AHTN, told the hosts when she and the homeless drunk who verbally assaulted the plaintiff and others, and tried to beat him up but was physically restrained, went to the other side of the room, but it seems Kafkaesque that someone was banned from a community meal just for saying things people don’t like. There was false witness, vicious gossip that many members of the homeless community parroted, and they became hostile and ready to attack a scapegoat. There were lies circulating that the plaintiff was a sexual predator and a pedophile.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Kafka#.22Kafkaesque.22

Neither AHTN nor people from Redeemer Lutheran talked with the plaintiff to get both sides of the story in an attempt to find the truth (which will set you free).

The homeless drunk who created the problem and disturbed the meal was allowed to come back to the meal at Redeemer as well as ride the AHTN bus. It wasn’t until he created a problem at another meal that he was banned from the bus – for just two weeks. In time, he created problems at other meals, culminating where he knocked the plaintiff down, cutting his head. The drunk fled the scene but after a few weeks was captured. He’s now in the Bucks County jail.

You don’t resolve problems by ignoring them, pretending everything is alright. This way you are living a life of quiet desperation.

The representative from Redeemer who asked the plaintiff to drop the case, asked him if he plans to sue the whole church. “The church is a building; you can’t sue a building,” the plaintiff explained.

The church, established by Jesus, is a place to worship God and his commands. The 9th commandment: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” -Exodus 20:16

Nobody is beyond reproach. Just ask the judge, public safety director and Langhorne deputy constable recently charged by the feds!

The Only Thing Necessary

Just as a salvo was fired in the cultural war with the recent election, people who genuinely care about the homeless have been pushing back against the elites in Bucks County, PA who don’t want to hold homeless people accountable for their behavior. Although at the district court today the case against members of the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN), the Redeemer Lutheran Church and an individual church member was dismissed, no only is the fight in court not over but it sent a message that good people will not just do nothing when a wrong is committed.

A default judgment against T-Rex, the homeless drunk who started the problem when he verbally and physically attacked the victim who filed the suit in district court and others was entered, and moved to the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. T-Rex remains in the Bucks County Prison.

The Only Thing Necessary for Evil to Triumph?

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke

 

The travesty that occurred at Redeemer Lutheran was influenced by false witness, a spark that was ignited by a formerly homeless woman who spread lies about the victim. She told people in the homeless community that the guy was a sexual predator. When I started looking after a sick homeless woman, she told her to watch out for me because I “grab homeless women”, implying that I exploit them. When we used to hang out at a fast food restaurant, she tried to get my friend to sit with her – “with the girls” on the other side of the restaurant.

The gossip also told me to keep from friend away from the victim of her lies, because he is a predator.

There were also rumors that the victim of T-Rex betrayed the locations where homeless people were camping. One such area, behind the Levittown Public Library and the Homeless Shelter, was cleared out, according to Chief Bucks County Ranger Steve Long, because of drug use and warrants against people camping in the woods. Another homeless eviction where the victim was accused of “ratting out” the homeless also has no basis in fact.  LevittownNow.com reported that neighbors in that area had been complaining about the homeless in those woods.

http://levittownnow.com/2014/11/27/homeless-struggle-in-camp-behind-businesses/

Sometime after the news report T-Rex’s victim, who was at a district court for another reason, sat in on a hearing about evicting the homeless from the woods behind Michael’s Carpet.

At that fateful community meal at Redeemer Lutheran, http://redeemerlutheranpenndel.org/ the guy talked with some friends about the pending eviction, and mentioned that the RV, that was allegedly donated, was calling unwanted attention to the homeless camp. T-Rex, who was sitting a few seats away, who was clearly drunk, made snarky remarks. “What kind of a life do you have,” T-Rex snarled, “that you go to court hearings?”

At one point T-Rex started cursing at the victim. Noticing my look of disapproval, T-Rex threatened to jump over the table and beat me up. “Don’t look at me like that!”, he demanded.

A woman who was there with her husband, politely but firmly told T-Rex “you are spoiling my dinner.”

“I don’t care; f*** you”, T-Rex snapped.

T-Rex closed in and started lunging at the man, who was civilly talking with friends. A few men at Redeemer Lutheran had to physically restrain T-Rex.  As one man was retraining the reptile with a record, T-Rex snarled “who do you think you are? Don’t touch me!”

At one point, T-Rex was ushered to the opposite end of the big room, accompanied by Christine and Dave from AHTN. The police came. Nobody asked the victim or anyone sitting at his table what happened. But the police told the victim he had to leave immediately, because the host, whose members talked with Christine, said he had to leave.

The victim was banned from the bus “for his own protection.” Yet T-Rex was not.

There was also gossip circulating among the homeless community that the victim was bad mouthing the homeless. This further inflamed the homeless community’s  Lynch mob mentality.

The next time the victim went to the community meal at Redeemer Lutheran, he was told he was banned. After pressing the host for the reason, he said it was that he was saying bad things about the homeless. Another church member who worked in the food pantry echoed these sediments.

I didn’t hear what Christine said to the host, but somehow Redeemer Lutheran got the idea that the victim was saying bad things about the homeless.

T-Rex continued to go to the meals at Redeemer Lutheran.

At a later community meal at another church, T-Rex came up behind me and yelled “keep my name off your f-ing blog!” AHTN members and some hosts were sitting at the table. Hearing this, Barbara from AHTN, who was in the dark about the dangerous monster, said that T-Rex should be banned from the bus.

He was.

For awhile, T-Rex acted civilly, but it didn’t last long.

He got banned for another two weeks.

The day he the ban was over, he acted up at another meal, this time knocking the man who filed charges against him, the church, and AHTN to the ground, and cut his head. Someone called the police. A homeless guy told the woman not to call the police.

T-Rex was captured after being on the run for weeks and landed in jail.

AHTN knew about T-Rex’s behavior for some time, but just kept slapping him on the wrist, not holding him accountable for his behavior, as did Redeemer Lutheran. By fiat, these institutions act like if you charge a homeless person with a crime you are going after all of them. Evidently, AHTN didn’t want to fall out of favor with the homeless Lynch mob, and the church went along with them, and created a scapegoat. By their actions, AHTN is keeping the homeless down, exactly where they want them, cattle that keeps them in business.

AHTN will not keep law and order in the homeless community, so Marshal Matt Dillon came to town to stop the Lynch mob.

By not holding the homeless accountable for their behavior, the homeless will think that criminal behavior is acceptable. They are now finding that there are consequences for bad behavior.

What’s sad is that the homeless get hurt. Today, AHTN and Redeemer Lutheran were let off the hook but T-Rex was given a default judgment. He didn’t have the opportunity to defend himself. He was not given a certified civil complaint until Friday, hence he was not given enough time to respond, unlike the ones who helped enable his behavior, who had plenty of time to react and whose wrongdoing was not taken seriously by the district judge.

He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. —Proverbs 18:13

Tell It Like It Is

Even before Halloween, we started getting accosted by ads that used a sacred holiday to peddle wares. Since then, there’s been a crescendo of cacophonous claptrap of the bastardization of Christmas. It’s phony. It’s no wonder it’s said that there is an epidemic of depression this time of year. The worship of things leaves people empty.

Likewise, institutions, such as a particular non-profit, the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) in Bucks County, PA, leaves the people they are supposed to serve running on empty.  Advocate defined: “A person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy: ” ‘he was an untiring advocate of economic reform.’ synonyms: champion · upholder · supporter · backer · promoter

-Oxford Dictionaries

Tyrannosaurus Rex”, a homeless man who has for about two years terrorized community meals for the homeless and those in need after arriving drunk, is sitting in the Bucks County prison.

An organization that is supposed to help the homeless improve themselves wears a Halloween mask all year long.

AHTN knew about T-Rex’s problem for about two years. To my knowledge, the non-profit didn’t try to get him help, which not only hurts him, but people around him. There’s been about a half dozen episodes of this individual coming to meals drunk and disorderly, attacking people and disrupting the meal for everyone. The last episode resulted in the reptile with a record slamming another guest to the ground, causing a cut to the back of his head.

Instead of trying to resolve the problem and promoting civility, AHTN has been giving T-Rex and other homeless people who cause problems a pass.

On one occasion, a formerly homeless couple were caught having sex at the AHTN bus stop at the Levittown public library. Consequently, the bus stop was destroyed and the homeless would have to go far out in the parking lot at the government complex, without shelter, to catch the bus. The bus stop buddies couple is now in county assisted housing, and I believe on disability. Someone found two jobs for the guy, who quit both, after which he continued to get handouts. The unofficial, de facto reason for their disability: Lazy and irresponsible.

The same “advocate” from AHTN who got the couple off the hook also got T-Rex off the hook at the community meal at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, PA. T-Rex showed up drunk and started cursing at another guest who was sitting a few chairs away from him, at the end of the table. The victim was talking to other guests about a court case he sat in on about evicting the homeless from a camp. He was there for another matter.

T-Rex insulted the victim, questioning why he has nothing better to do than to listen to court cases.  When he threatened to “jump over the table” and beat me up because he didn’t like the way I was looking at him, he referred to the victim as “that faggot” I brought with me. T-Rex also cursed at him. At one point he lunged at the other guest, threatening violence. T-Rex had to be physically restrained. As one of the hosts restrained him, T-Rex yelled “who do you think you are?” He challenged the host for restraining him.

Christine Jandovitz, part of AHTN’s Homeless Outreach Team and T-Rex went to the opposite side of the large room.

The police came. An officer told the victim, who didn’t even argue with T-Rex, that the host said he has to leave immediately. The victim also got banned from the bus, while T-Rex didn’t. I believe that the advocate fabricated a story to convince the host that the person T-Rex attacked was the source of the problem.

When the victim showed up at the next meal at Redeemer Lutheran Church, the host told him he was not allowed there. After he pressed for an explanation, the host said that he was banned for saying bad things about the homeless.

Some time ago, T-Rex harassed and threatened me. While I was waiting for the AHTN bus, reading a book on homelessness, he asked, in a drunken stupor, why I am reading about the homeless. On the bus, as I was talking to a guy behind me, he kept telling me to shut up. After T-Rex staggered into the Mosque for the meal, he started making veiled threats. When I asked him for clarity, he said “you’re smart, you can figure it out,” and called me “Kevorkian”.  I told him I’d be glad to assist his suicide and added I’d be serving a dual purpose: his suicide and pest control. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kevorkian

T-Rex asked me to step outside. As I walked to the restroom, he followed me. I spun around and went into a defensive position. A host got between us and we separated. Unlike the hosts at Redeemer Lutheran Church, where the victim did a rope-a-dope, the host here thanked me “for being calm.”

This host banned T-Rex from coming to the meals. If you come to that meal drunk, you are never allowed back. This is the way it should be.

At a later meal at another church, T-Rex came up from behind me and loudly cursed at me. He yelled  “keep my name off your F***ing blog”. On my blog, I called out T-Rex’s behavior at the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Some hosts and AHTN members were sitting at my table. One AHTN member said that T-Rex needed to be banned from the bus. He was banned for two weeks.

After this ban, T-Rex acted civilly. But it didn’t last. He was banned from the bus for another two weeks after another incident. The day the ban expired, he pushed another guest to the ground, injuring him. He escaped the police but, after a few weeks, was captured and caged in the Bucks County jail, where he remains.

T-Rex’s latest victim said he plans to ask the judge if he would refer T-Rex to rehab in lieu of a fine or imprisonment.

By giving people a pass for bad behavior, you are not helping them. You are keeping them down. If you don’t encourage responsibility from the homeless, they will never get out of this place, if it’s the last thing we ever do (to adapt a line from Eric Burdon and the Animals). Their dependency guarantees business for AHTN and other charlatans.

People have complained about holding a homeless guy accountable for his behavior, but some of us like to, as was the saying in the 60’s, tell it like it is!

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” -John 8:32

Don’t Give Up!

“When you got an all-out prizefight, you wait until the fight is over, one guy is left standing. ‘N’ that’s how you know who won.” -Al Capone in the 1987 movie The Untouchables

We all have our fights, often with ourselves, our situations, our addictions…  The key is to not give up, no matter how impossible it may seem to overcome life’s obstacles.

At the end of the movie, after Capone was convicted for tax evasion, Elliott Ness approached Capone and mocked him  saying “you wait until the fight is over, one guy is left standing…”

Homelessness is something many people are fighting, in places such as Bucks County, PA.  People are homeless for different reasons, but no matter the reason, it’s a fight not to give into the temptation of giving up.

In my associations with the homeless in lower Bucks County, I’ve seen people overcome obstacles, including substance abuse as well as economic.

One of the obstacles is the nattering nabobs of negativism, who write off the homeless as without hope. Bucks County will not only not create additional shelter for the homeless, but will thwart private efforts to do so. All it offers is housing assistance, which generally takes one to two years to get. Getting aboard the mental health train, The Disoriented Express, is a ticket for more timely housing, possibly.

When I was looking for housing, one of the Bucks County Mental Health Hustlers tried to sell me a ticket on The Disoriented Express. In exchange for more immediate housing, he asked me to allow myself to be labeled as being so messed up mentally that I could no longer work. I didn’t participate in this fraud. For sure, I had problems – I had lost my job, my house, and started losing my mind – but I wasn’t going to write myself off this way.

Through the fight, I had people cheering me on. My mental state improved, noticeably to people who had known me when I was almost down for the count.  I’ve had sporadic work, and I’m now a home healthcare aid, taking care of and cheering on someone with lung cancer. Early on, I volunteered in a food pantry, and when short staffed, ran the pantry myself.

Two people I know evidently bought a disability ticket. Their unofficial problem: Lazy and irresponsible. One of them quit one job, where he showed up for training and didn’t come back, and later another. He doesn’t want to work. Just wants to play video games, etc., and get handouts. He and his girlfriend  live in the Land of the Lotus Eaters.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus-eaters

There are others who just keep swinging, like Odysseus and his men whom Odysseus drug away from the Land of the Lotus Eaters and faced responsibility as they continued on their journey.

One of them is a guy I befriended several months ago. He overcame substance abuse and is now working regularly and taking care of family as well as business. The guy once told me that he doesn’t want to be made too comfortable in his homeless situation because he would become complacent and not want to improve himself. He gets along well with everybody and doesn’t buy into the gossip, lies largely started by a former homeless woman to use a guy who goes to the community meals as a scapegoat. Instead of, like others, making someone a scapegoat, he concentrates on getting his own life in order.

The false witness fostered contention at the homeless community meals. At one community meal, The Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, PA, a drunken homeless man verbally assaulted another man and started to attack him physically. Some of the hosts had to physically restrain the maniac. The police came.

Instead of blaming the attacker for the outrage, which disrupted the meal for other people, the victim was blamed.  I believe that Christine, from the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) twisted what happened and somehow convinced the hosts that the attack was the fault of the victim, who did nothing but a rope-a-dope. Consequently, the victim had to leave immediately and was banned from the bus, while the raving maniac who attacked him was not. This incident, as well as other assaults from “Tyrannosaurus Rex” on this man is now in court. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrannosaurus

At a later meal at another church, T-Rex went after me because I had called out his behavior at Redeemer Lutheran on my blog. In front of some AHTN members and hosts at the church, he cursed loudly at me. An AHTN member, who before didn’t listen to the victim or me about holding T-Rex accountable, sternly said that T-Rex needs to be banned from the bus. Later during that meal, he started yelling at me. Someone started escorting him away, but he got loose and started poking me, as someone from AHTN started pulling him away, the way Al Capone was pulled away after he went ballistic after being convicted. I put up my fists and told him that we have free speech in this country and to “go ahead, punk, make my day!” I was verbally restrained.

T-Rex was banned from the bus for two weeks. After this time out, he started acting civilly at the meals. But not for long. He was banned again from the bus, and the first day back, he attacked the same man, sending him to the ground, causing him a cut in the back of his head. Another guest called the police. Another guest told her not to.

Tyrannosaurus Rex, now on the run, has fomented trouble with other people at community meals. Awhile back, when I took the AHTN bus to a meal, he kept telling me to shut up when I was talking quietly with someone else on the bus. Once T-Rex staggered inside, he started making veiled threats. At one point, he followed me as I headed towards the restroom and threatened me. I spun around and put up my guard, waiting for him to throw the first punch. A host got between us and ushered T-Rex away from me.  The host thanked me for “being calm” This was not the attitude of the hosts at Redeemer Lutheran. T-Rex was banned from this meal permanently.

As the false witness spread like a cancer, it created a lynch mob mentality. On one occasion, one homeless man started making snide comments about the victim of lies and distortions. He sneered that it’s good he no longer rides the bus and that he should be banned from the community meals and added that someone should beat him up! Others at the table aped him.

For some time, the community meals have been drama free. This is because some people stood up for what is right. The drama reflects poorly on the whole homeless community, exacerbating hobophobia.

The main problem in creating more housing for the homeless is hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless.

There is hope for the homeless, as there is for the rest of us. Don’t give up, but keep punching until the fight is won.

I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.  – Philippians 4: 12-13