Men can only be equal on the Day we are all Equal,

"the truth is not always Beautiful, nor beautiful Words the truth"

Lao Tzu

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

Albert Pine

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The new way to hate, Or so it seems

You can think what you Like Of Me And I am warned By others that I should Not engage with Others That are In denial of the truth. I have And will probably again Lose friends because of My tenacity for the truth and for Justice. I have always Been Honest with People. I have told everyone I was At one time in My life the Lowest of the Low. I Had If you read My Bio Fallen as far as a Man Could Fall, It is the truth Not Just something I say. I still have issue’s with Which I deal with on a daily Basis.  But I can assure all of you this Even at the risk Of Hurting someone’s feelings I do Not Holdback when It comes to that which I believe To Be true. 
I have said before Read and Find Out for yourself recently I posted a Post which elicited a Very Hateful Response from @hardlynormal and some of His followers Mark In kind responded To the Post with what I believe To be His same Old rhetoric He spouts to everyone who will listen In the avoidance of the truth! His response to me is Here and you yourselves can read it. I did not publish the Post for reasons of My Own.
I want to be clear, I went out on a limb and exposed myself on my last post I like so many could just sit back and say nothing, about someone who relies on peoples apathy to continue his charade which is portraying to the world he does more for the homeless than any other person on the planet, and the truth is he will help the homeless no matter what he has to do, too them, to do it!

I did However promise Mark I would Publish and address This response and this is that address to His response to my blog post last. Mark Horvath Makes a lot of damaging claims in His response. I would like to address them all and if I miss any please let me know as I will address them Also.
First In marks response He starts With a Blatant Lie misleading people to believe that I am without Honor stating I emailed Him that I would never do anything like this again referring to an exchange that went on from Aug 19 to Sept 27 from  many  post I wrote during that time on this blog, Nowhere in these post did I tell mark I was not going to engage in exposing Him for the fraud He was, and never did I e-mail Him to that effect either I at the end of that time apologized to everyone who had been subjected to our ranting's  And this is the E-mail Mark received claiming to be included in the Post he listed as it had responders to it they will tell you it was an apology  to all not to mark I did e-mailed Him this however
He was sent this message at the time of the open apology I posted on the internet to all who I had offended.
Please read it and Know This was From My heart as I was Vexed at that time because I had lost a long time supporter of This Homeless life; and Have only now began to get over that loss. It was For Her. I hope she Is well. And I Still Do not regret in any way speaking the truth in those Post and still stand behind everything I had written.
At the time I wrote this Post Greg Staffa Had not yet Compiled and Posted His Video Outing Mark As a exploiter of The Homeless.  Mind you at that time I was the Object of His ranting’s and It was Me who had mental Issue’s some of you may remember this Because many of you who came back sometime latter and Told Me I wish I had listened to you before. Will remember .
My post that Made me The Madman Whom Mark Horvath said was Mentally Ill. Because I wanted People to follow the Money I had somewhere along this Time Lost My Heart to pursue This When I felt no one would Listen
Somewhere Along this time I encouraged Greg Staffa To No Longer Be silent and he made a video, thank you Greg now it’s you who is mentally Ill.
lets address that, in Marks response, mark has claimed Greg Staffa Has attacked and Hurt Children, His Sponsors, and people who work for His sponsors, youth Organizations, Medical Workers And Homeless People themselves wow that is some claim.

Wait question Here Why would if you claim someone to be mentally Ill would you encourage Your kool-aid Drinkers to attack them?  My thoughts are it's an act Of desperation. 
These Claims one must first understand are unfounded and simply rhetoric, to distract people from the truth of Greg’s video’s,  the claims themselves have been discounted by sponsors organizations and yes the kid in question himself. Saying themselves to Greg things like we don’t feel like you Attacked us, everyone has a right to an opinion, I don’t feel like you attacked me, I’ve met Mark He’s a nice guy and I am sure you are to. But that does not Stop Mark From Attacking And lying and calling people terrorist and Hijackers, I do sympathize however because as I have said I fell as far as a man could fall and I recognize the actions of a desperate man, he is in great turmoil and beginning to reap that which he has sown as His world threatens to expose Him for the Bad decisions he Has made in the past with His filming of mentally ill women and sneaking pictures of children and giving people a woman’s name after she had asked him not to and now the fear of not being able to force her by threat to be silent, He doesn’t know what else to do but lash out and try to portray Himself as a victim, And as it is Greg staffa who speaks out or myself or anyone else we will be faced with His anger to keep His own unethical behavior all of this mans lies and ranting's he has never addressed one fact except to say my record speaks for itself, and others are saying we don’t care if you are helping people if your ethics leaves other’s in your wake.
Mark stated in His response that I have been screen capturing everything he has said for three years and it’s creepy, what’s creepy to me is, mark and I first encountered each other on the internet It was about a year and a half ago. because A homeless helper tweeted about handing out socks in the city he lived in, I told Him Bless you Brother you make A tramps “A”   List Giving Him Socks!!  and mark interjected himself into the conversation saying “anyone can hand out socks your doing nothing if your not trying to get people into homes”  I will never forget it it was my first tweet to the great Mark Horvath, whom I a chronically homeless man had not heard of I looked at his bio and replied “for a man that claims to be the voice for us you don.t know shit, Socks are like Gold out here”   He Now says That All the time referring to socks as Homeless Gold. And I say Praise God they are. I would Like to Point Out However That By Definition Interjecting your thoughts into a conversation In a public Domain to illicit an emotional response which is what He was doing, when we Met. Is the textbook definition of trolling which He now seems to have a problem With, and claims it to be vile and unethical, Yet we all Belong to a website built around trolling Welcome to twitter.  Me I have Met over 50 Percent of My followers On twitter By interjecting Myself Into conversations about Homelessness. If that Makes Me a Troll so Be it I love My followers On twitter, and if we met by you trolling your way into my conversation I love you too.
And last but not least You can not Hijack a Hashtag they go out there into twitter and people use them If you are a Homeless Organization and want to create hashtags about Homeless Issues and not expect Homeless Or formally Homeless people to use that hashtag but reserve it for your function or Organization then You are part of the Problem as to why Homeless services are failing we don’t need people to give us a voice we have one Of Our own  if you would Shut Up and listen to It !
You want to praise and claim social media helps the homeless yet you don’t want people who disagree with you to have that same advantage of social media, to use it if we hold a dissenting view or ask question’s unlike the homeless people whom you provided a voice for, rather than the voice  we found on our own, you would like us to just go away, I for one will not if the people who have for decades failed the homeless can sing their own praises, I can sing their criticisms, the only one attacking anyone is you because I want people to see the truth and make informed decisions like I said in my last post.
If I missed anything about @hardlynormals response that you feel needs addressed let me know and I’ll Try and cover it.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Choice !

There are Always In this Life Choices, On this I believe All People across All cultures Weather they Be Racial, Religious, Political, Gender Or any other line That Make up the diversity Of the Human Race. I would Say Myself And from What Little Learning And Education I do Have The Only Bad Choices we really have Are one’s That Are Made With Bad Judgment Or while Being Ill Informed.
This Is what I would Like To Speak too, Ill Informed Decisions, As I have for the Last couple Of days seen Many people Make Ill Informed Decisions Based On Their Heart Or compassion On the subject Of Homelessness And It is something that Over the Last year + I have watched While being Engaged with People On social Media Such as Twitter, Facebook, Blogger,Google+, and Others All to often.
While presented with Facts and blinded by compassion and the feeling of loyalty to a Cause The truth Is often Ignored and The facts Get discarded for what We believe is right.
I have A friend Greg Staffa who Some May Know As @StaffaRoadTrip, @Homelessdefend, Or Just Greg. He has Made A video Presenting People with the Facts and simply The Facts Out of His Desire For Justice, And His will To strike Back At what He perceives as Injustice. And Because He is A friend I stand Behind His Passion Because He is Doing It seeing That There Is Something Going On that Is Just Not right In His eye’s and the eye’s of those that care to look.
Many of you may read this and say He is Defending Greg Because Greg Is a friend Greg Himself would Tell you Joseph Has no Problem Telling you If He disagrees with You.
I first meet Greg While I was Living On the streets In Oregon I was Introduced to Greg By a Friend Who Had told Me He was traveling around the country Doing a 48state Capitol Road trip To bring awareness to Homelessness. My First Response was What people aren’t aware? I Tweeted Back and forth with Greg with Greg and He was Honest with Me I told Him My friend said to talk to him and I could Use some socks I have to admit that My interest Was Peaked I had to meet a man traveling around Handing out socks to bring awareness to homelessness in 48 states.
I met Greg That Evening He showed Up At the Military Recruiting station I was hanging out at In a small strip mall In Oregon, and not only did He have Socks He Had Hot Chocolate and as It was the first Of Many Bitter cold days we were to have it was Most welcome, What truly Impressed Me With @StaffaRoadTrip was before We parted ways He went to His car and He dug Out a sleeping bag and turned to me and said Here You are gonna need this It is Gonna Get cold! I said is this the only sleeping bag you have Because of my concern that He had said he was sleeping in His car but He was adamant on Me taking it simply saying I Have a car I can always just start it and turn on the Heat.  Well Greg and I are Now Close friends We are now both off of the streets Thanks to a couple of beautiful People In Minnesota Who have Give us a Place to Live and A little work and an opportunity to regain a foothold On life. It is Thanks Be first To God And Than To The tool of social Media.
I would Like too encourage all to Go to Gregs Link which He recently Posted On Social Media Using the Hashtag  #Naeh12, and View the Blog Post of I ask you to do so with an open Heart and Mind and actually see the chain Of events that Has led Greg To Call attention to the abuse That is and has been perpetrated By The voice Of the Homeless. I would Also Like For people reading His Blog post to set aside there Feelings Of Loyalty or dedication To A cause And Think Of The Impact Of what Is being said In the Videos  
Mark Horvath Calls Homeless Terrorist , Empower Or Exploit   As you read the Blog and view the video’s Ask yourself Have you or do you care to make informed decisions,  Because either ways You do so By choice, I Made the choice some month’s ago To have A get in your face attitude with Greg Staffa Because I felt He was standing in the shadows waiting for something to happen and what he really needed to do was take a stand And I encouraged Him in doing so. And I now stand behind Him In His decision to no longer allow what He feels to be injustice go without notice And I stand with all of you who decide to By choice Stand Or Not against injustice.
And On a Personal Note as I know that posting these video’s and reaching out to #Naeh12 participants, Was not the Hijacking of a Hashtag It was A homeless man  Giving His Opinion in the platform of social Media on A ending Homelessness event and A homeless Person More so Than Most has a Claim To this Hashtag Because It is The one opinion That needs Be listened To and the Organizations That Participate in these events Need To start listening to the concerns of all homeless people not Just the one’s who they have Furthered along for the betterment of their cause. And the People who blindly follow These people claiming to help the homeless who decide to attack homeless people who have an opinion about the one’s you choose to help us, If we are not allowed that opinion freely you need to go back to your crystal towers, and allow us our opinion we don’t really need your help if our opinions don’t matter. 
And Here’s my opinion
I guess the respect stops with the camera’s as you sent many tweets this week attacking someone for making a video and approximately 6 tweets and showed encouragement to your kool-aid drinkers why they to attacked Him and after 2days worth of degrading tweets none of which at anytime addressed the claims of you exploiting and taking advantage of the Homeless all just trying to discredit the truth he presents then laid to the claim.
  That this person Is Mentally Ill to further Your cause Of blinding people to the truth’s that you in every case of being called on have fought with this rhetoric. It Is you who people are beginning to see through when presented with the truth!
And The Homeless cant afford another Empire Built on their Backs!!!!

The rest of you have to make yours. Much Love Joseph2Dogs!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Understanding "Homeless People"

It Is something Often not thought Of By Many, To Truly Understand “Homeless People” We must first understand that “there is nothing new Under the Sun” and There is Truly No such thing as a Homeless Person There is Simply a view of society as A whole of there Being “Homeless People” There Is, However  In our society, If You will,  Many People who are In real terms Disenfranchised, without A house, by inability Or refusal to be a part of their community or political Upheaval, and economic Or Mental  instability, they Become outcast from our society as a whole!
Never the less they are not homeless No more so than you,  God  forbid, It is possible that anyone may become victim of the same circumstance, from the richest to the least of our society we all have the capability to become The victim of the societies pitfalls, War, the fall of an empire, Human rights violations, The strong conquering the weak, you name it, and in the end Like every other Man woman Or Child Welcome to Earth The only Home you will truly ever Have You can in no way be Homeless The Earth Is Yours It is Mine It is Ours, Yes the earth Is Home To us all.
Now What we choose to call the “Homeless People”  are Just people without a House The Disenfranchised, Impoverished, And Those struggling to survive.
The problem we face in dealing with these people like myself,  Is this as I see it, we Must first view them as People Not as “Homeless people.” In Doing this we Open a wide range of doors when it comes to Helping People, we then, Would Begin to look to their needs rather than Our perception of their needs, Because Our perception is That we need to give every person  a House, So They can become more like us, and there is a real reason This is not working. that being outside of , Food, Water, And Remnants. Our needs as a whole have great diversity. How can we continue to Serve people as a group when they are indeed Individuals, Yes Some people that are un-housed Want a House Indeed some desire to be Housed. Do we continue To discount those who do Not and say they are beyond redemption, they are too far Gone.
Is this the reason why Programs and transitional housing is failing? could it be be that rather than Meeting the needs of Our fellow man we are trying to dictate too them what we see to be their need?  Because all the housing models we have, Themselves have a very Low success rate. We spend Millions upon Millions of Dollars annually to House people the vast majority of which do not stay Housed. Simply because They perceive for themselves a different life than the One we have molded for them. Not every person living on the streets feels as if their greatest need is a house so what is it we must ask ourselves that drives us to perceive it as being their need?
What it is, That drives us is that we have become convinced that everyone should be living the American dream and in that we have stripped from others the ability to dream For themselves. And If that dream somehow differs from that of others it is discounted and they are then viewed as weird or different, Un-helpable, But that is not so. I have by Post in the Past and a great deal of research Shown that The average cost to build an affordable housing unit is without cost overrun approximately 168,000 dollars per. and then to say we are going to move A Person in this Unit that desires A 2 acre tract of land with a septic system and a well and a chain saw to build a home of His own at the cost of  70,000 dollars is in and of itself poor planning on behalf of those who claim to be helping. we can not continue to lay claim to meeting the needs of “Homeless People” without first asking what that need Is.
My Greatest complaint with the Homeless Help industry Is This They Claim to be helping The homeless and Are receiving The vast Majority of  Funding to do Just that. Yet They Are Failing And Have decided To continue doing what they have Been trying for decades, and seeing their failures They change names They change programs and they change their client Pool, Now they don’t claim to be trying to help all the Homeless Just those That are Most at risk,The chronically Homeless. Let Me explain something To All Homeless Help agencies and Those That Support Them There Are Only Chronically Homeless people Because Of decades Of Failure.
Organizations For One You calling it an Industry Excuse Me Sucks We are Not An industry We Are People, We are Individual Lives And We Are Someone’s Son, Daughter, Brother, Sister, Mother , Father,  And Friend. You Can Not continue to Use your few Homeless Success Stories to Further Your Cause And Hide from Us Your failures, Claiming Failures are Only Those who don’t want Help!
Because There is Not a Person Out here among us that Doesn’t want Help, Sometimes it Just Not the Help that Is being Offered. So  If you want to Help “Homeless People” Try Something New And truly innovative Try asking “Homeless People” What do You need And stop assuming It’s The American dream Especially In a Day and age where the American Dream Is Becoming A thing of the Past,  Like Your Approach to solving the Problem Should have Long ago.          

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Social Media And Homelessness Does it work For the Homeless ?

I can tell you this Much It does and It does Not! Now I would Guess That People would Like me to explain that statement, Ok It does Or it Has for people Like Myself Who through social Media was able to make friends that effectually helped to change My life in the terms of a place to live and A small part time Job with which I now have the ability to create change in My life even further. I am And have always said I am blessed. But enough about Me. Lets talk about other homeless.
I contend That the claims Made by some delusional individuals recently That 100 percent of Homeless people are on facebook or twitter is ignorant and the vast Majority of Homeless people Are not Or do not have the means To be active on social Media. And In the Last year of Me being Homeless I can tell you Most thought Me to Be Mad Simply because I was active on the Internet They felt As If, Like most People in Houses I would Have better spent My money on anything rather than a Notepad.  And I have spent time with Homeless people all over this country so the claim that 100 percent of homeless people are active on social Media such as facebook is not only false but It is at best a deception to meet one’s own ends. There are also those that would have you believe that The homeless people that they do interact with are The A typical Homeless Men and women that are on your street corners begging and flying signs and simply trying to survive, Fact Is most people on the internet that are homeless are seeking resources trying to break through a wall of separation between them and the people lending a continuum of care. IE. Homeless service Organizations.
As These Organizations and Not the Homeless themselves are the One’s reaping the Benefits Of Social Media, Because By there own statements and there outreaching of support for each other they Claim they are now able to reach a vastly diverse population rather than the Normal annual Mailing crowd that they were confined to before the brave new world of social Media.   
But what benefit does this Lend to the Homeless well it makes it much easier for these Homeless Services Organizations To continue the great work that many of them Have been doing for decades. It Is a New arena In which To be able to Fund their Failure. It Is for the Homeless a Guarantee That They will be able to Go to these Organization’s and be referred to some other Organization, Or Referred To a Shelter that Is supported by a recent community development grant.
So I am telling you that, Social Media Helps the Homeless but very Few and If You are one of the ones Like myself Who see’s the same Organizations doing the same things only in a different venue, and You try to raise people awareness to the fact that they are merely pulling the wool over peoples eye’s and all of there programs have been sold before and are just being repackaged and sold again,and that they will soon start another Organization and start selling again, A year latter when they have changed Their name and started reselling this package, You will be Just a homeless man with a Chip on His shoulder, who just cant get along with the “do-gooder's.”
But I ask you This Why else would a Homeless advocate, Advocate that You not Give to the Homeless But Give to them Instead Because they are more aware of what the Homeless need than the Homeless themselves, A true Homeless advocate will tell you we don’t care what cause you give to or what homeless person you give to Just do something and they are out there these true homeless advocates the unsung heroes of the Homeless they are the ones who’s praises are not sung they are the one’s who meet the daily immediate need of the Homeless, pleading only that you also share the effort. And Share the Love. A true Homeless advocate you will find Feeding people in there Back yard when It flies in the face off their neighbors. They will be found Traveling around the country with There friends and Loved one’s giving of all that has been given Them, They will be found proclaiming gratitude for being able to help those in need, They will be doing what they do with no questions ask because They are answering a calling to Love there fellow man, and Not a calling to increase their Funding.  
The sad part for Me is there are enough Homeless people on social Media That we could effectually Change the world If We stepped away from the Organizations who would Use us as there next cry for their Help, and Help ourselves to Help others Like Us. We are Our Own Voice and we Help Ourselves Most By not lending it to others But By giving it freely to each Other.