Skip to comments.Hipsters on Food Stamps
Posted on 11/11/2012 5:42:54 PM PST by huac
"...Gerry Mak and Sarah Magida sauntered through a small ethnic market stocked with Japanese eggplant, mint chutney and fresh turmeric...Magida, a 30-year-old art school graduate...shes used her $150 in monthly benefits for things like fresh produce, raw honey and fresh-squeezed juices from markets near her house in the neighborhood of Hampden, and soy meat alternatives and gourmet ice cream from a Whole Foods a few miles away..."
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I’ve got plenty of wood myself.
However, I suppose some rope might be handy in case my local lampposts have a dearth of decorations this Christmas.
“...and couldn’t afford a car to get around and find bargains?”
Don’t give me that...many of these people drive a much better car than I drive, and they have the where-with-all to have fancy, $200 basketball shoes, etc. And they spend their EBT funds on many things that are not food. They have fancy watches, iphones etc.
Definitely need rope, but those orange extension cords work well, and are the right length ~ usually.
So, Travis, in the midst of one of our greatest droughts you imagine they don’t grow food inside the beltway? They sure ain’t growing it in Kansas either. Take a look at DROUGHT MONITOR.
I’ll keep the 12 gauge (12/3) extension cords for other uses, but I do have some 14’s that I could spare.
Nebraska to Texas is currently in a drought, so what? Other rural areas are not. When they are, the plains will be in rain.
So, do you have other inanities to contribute?
And please be sure to provide those figures about the % of food for urban populations grown "inside the beltway."
I'm really eager to read that report.
And this is why I've missed you. :)
We buy a lot of things as Aldi’s. Not only because it’s less expensive (avacadoes for $.39 versus $.99 to $1.29 elsewhere) but also many items they carry are higher quality than even available around here. Heavy whipping cream is less expensive AND less processed i.e. more real and natural than we can get anywhere else.
Too bad you didn’t push him. You’d be out of prison, by now ;)
“Turns out the debts and obligations of the united states can’t be discharged in court”
Turns out you can’t get blood out of a turnip, no matter how hard you squeeze it. You can even let your lawyers squeeze it, and the result will be the same.
Let me explain it to you my package-delivering friend:
When there is no money, there is no money.
That is where we are. The rest of the world hasn’t caught up with the reality, but it’s where we are.
We’re not going to try to turn it around - because we’ve elected folks who do not care to try.
There are lots of people actually deserving of government support, such as catastrophically wounded veterans. Guess what? They are going to get cut off too when there is no money. We’ve been THAT irresponsible as a country.
What we as Americans are going to have to do is act to determine how to best distribute charity and entitlement at the local and maybe regional level.
So take your lawyers with you to your local city hall after your checks stop coming and explain to them how deserving you are. Or better yet, go to your neighbor, like you suggested, and tell HIM that you are taking his stuff, because it’s impossible for him to discharge his obligation to you in court.
There is no money. It’s not that complicated.
Just cash your entitlement checks as they come, spend them as you will, but we’re at a point where each one you get may just be the last you ever get. It can (and probably will) happen that fast whenever it happens.
Yeah, let’s see all the crops the Amish youth are growing in PG County.
geez louise, why should I or anyone else be constrained by a budget?
Where's my obamaphone? Why don't I have an obamaphone? < / veggietales >
To say nothing of requiring an icky "gun".
Though when I was about 4 years old, I remember meeting a friend of my father's who hunted rabbits with a blowgun/darts.
Somehow, over the last ten years, I doubt he made a lot of income or paid much in Federal Income Taxes.
In order for him to get food without paying for it, I must pay for food without getting it.
Does that make sense?
Don't know if I will get the job but I was moved to the short list. :)
Working part time is better then no job but full time rocks!
Congratulations! I hope it turns out well for you!
Given the choice between starving either of you ~~~ ?
Given the choice between starving either of you ~~~ ?
We also have vast amounts of resources that can be used to back the currency ~ if need be.
Never fear, as long as you have an asset to your name you can pay!
The ground squirrels prosper, and breed, and have vast numbers of young. Then the hanta virus spreads through the ground squirrels and begins infecting the larger mamals, including man, and entire civilizations collapse in a week with a 95% death rate.
That used to be the history of North America with this type of drought. Now we have housecats killing off those squirrels.
The last major hanta outbreak was 1646. Before that winter the Indian tribes were a power to be reckoned with in New England. After that winter the Indian tribes were a hollow shell of their previous manifestation, and began working as professional meat hunters for white people. The white folks, in fact, needed to be replenished and labor brokers became much more important than the Indians.
So, there are other places without drought ~ look at http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/12_week.gif and tell me where the Corn Belt was relocated ~ perhaps ~ that's a 12 month review BTW, so you can see how the drought grew.
Yeah, yeah, I know, you’d starve me, who’s not the one living high off the sweat of someone else’s brow, because I’m mean, cruel, heartless and insensitive.
http://www.pgplanning.org/Assets/Planning/Programs+and+Projects/Community+Plans/Subregion+6/Prince+George$!27s+County+Strategic+Program+for+Agricultural+Development.pdf ~ roughly $25 to $30 million annually ~ by 454 agricultural enterprises. Montgomery county even has substantial acreage given over to agriculture, and Howard county has Korean farmers doing the ‘close to major urban area vegetable farming’ trick. I have bokchoy grown in Montgomery county in my refrigerator.
I suspect he was laid off earlier because he was the senior guy with the highest income and highest taxes. We’d have to know so I”d want yours and his tax returns available for review before I”d chose to starve either one of you.
You’ve got a point, for sure. But what arable land as exists is not “inside the beltway” anywhere I know.
All of our hispanics grow peppers, and the Vietnamese grow several vegetables all the time ~ inside and outside. I have a two story greenhouse myself so if i needed i could produce pretty much everything but bananas.
Suburban neighborhoods are big into gardening ~
Tomatoes were not good this year because we had too much dry air ~ even this area was in drought much of the summer. We are DOWN half a dozen hurricanes.
look, i’m about 1 mile South of the Beltway
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After 40+ years ‘inside the Beltway’ (Annandale) the wife always had a ‘modest little garden’ etc...
BTW all - although 40+ yrs I was hardly what one would call ‘Inside the Beltway material”
Going through some of these responses etc, I got thinking
‘what would Charles Mac would have contributed to this site...<: <:’
Good luck! It should be just peachy then, when all the EBT cards flash ERROR for a few weeks or for forever. Just a walk in the park, picking fresh fruit.
I saw no indication in the article he was layed-off.
Odds are good I make a lot more than him.
Bike couriers can also deduct food while between work shifts as “fuel”.
“Turns out people are putting vast storehouses of money on deposit in this country with no interest due ~ they’re just trucking it in and there it is.
We also have vast amounts of resources that can be used to back the currency ~ if need be.”
Ah, so in your mind, retired federal employees have first claim on any asset, public or private to pay their pensions.
I think you will find that simply is not so.
But you can back your currency with pledges against ASSETS.
An asset can be gold, silver, copper, oil, land, uranium, forests, water, coal, ........
Then you pay your debts with that currency.
You can even run more than one type of currency at a time ~ like they did in the early days of the republic. Computer systems are so good you no longer need a separate Federal Reserve system with a single currency. Actually, even after the Federal Reserve system was established we ran with several different kinds of currencies pledged against various things.
Currently our currency is backed by what?
Which Charles Mac? I”ve known several ~ usually with much more in the rest of their last name.
“But you can back your currency with pledges against ASSETS.”
Oh, thank you very much for your helpful insight on financial matters, it really is quite interesting.
However, your point, if you were honest, is that you want to have the currency supported by whatever asset is required so that you continue to get your generous pension.
No, we save our assets for later. first we zero out all of our obligations, THEN we use the assets we have to collateralize a new currency. (This is what Greece is going to do) Perhaps they’ll let you sweep the floor of the best hotel at the Grand Canyon, in return for scavenging rights to the dumpsters.
That seems fair, no?
The Senators nephew or cousin whatever
They had their connections ~ Charlie was not impressed with any of his relatives but his brother who commanded a nuclear submarine ~ first and last one to ever test fire an ICBM.
What would Charlie Mac say about this? Jim's bad word editors would nail that in a second wouldn't they! The Washington Post comments board would melt down.
When I moved in this development one of the neighbors in the older surrounding area still had a farm tractor ~ he ploughed hundreds of acres in the Spring ~ and harrowed in the Fall. Then he had a large earth mover and regularly hired out with residential developers to do site prep. Guy weighed about 400 pounds.
It was pretty obvious you needed a lesson in currency ~ so I went pretty basic. It's equally obvious you have no idea how Greece ended up where it is ~
The US Government has assets so vast you, personally, cannot imagine them. There's no excuse for them not paying their bills and backing their currency.
Any attempt to repudiate the public debt of the federal government would run afoul of the 14th amendment that says: "SECTION 4.
The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned "
You still on the last (?) house on right pretty close to the sub station? (by close I mean within running distance - which takes more time than walking)
as to 187 OF course THAT Charlie Mc....excellent review....one of the greats, legend in his own time.
Haven’t heard from Mike “Red” R for a while but ‘Big Ed’, passed away couple of years ago.....
Back then I was “GTRB” or ‘Roadbuilder’ as per Charlie.
Yes, yes, I needed to be schooled in financial responsibility, and who better than a retired federal employee to do this?
Perhaps you should organize all federal employees to simply go out and explain such financial responsibility and the obligations of the citizenry to pay such obligations such as federal pensions and healthcare benefits that the citizenry by and large do not possess themselves, in no small part due to the existence of such largesse.
“No, you don’t understand Mr. Taxpayer, you HAVE to give me, according to the 14th Amendment, first dibs on your earnings, because, you see, the government overspent, and well, things happen.”
I think if only you explained the federal retirement system to people, you might find taxpayers understand and empathize with you a little bit more about how you were guaranteed benefits and all. You can explain how YOU get their money for YOUR retirement and they have to find some other way to pay for THEIR retirement.
Then you could tell a few jokes, shoot the bull about football and all, and you’d probably have a few laughs.
I’m pretty sure that’s how it would go.
There’s really no sense debating the situation with you. All you want to do is trash your employees ~
“Theres really no sense debating the situation with you. All you want to do is trash your employees ~”
No! No! please don’t go. I need more advice that only a Fed can give. Maybe hints on, say, balancing a checkbook, or how to keep a sense of entitlement in the face of financial disaster.
You know, stuff like that. I’ll just sit here waiting for your next nugget of wisdom.
Then what you need to consider is paying back the forced loan I made the government over 40 years ~ just pay it back, with interest, ...... go borrow more money!
“Then what you need to consider is paying back the forced loan I made the government over 40 years ~ just pay it back, with interest, ...... go borrow more money!”
In the end, all ya got is Red Herrings.
i got the 14th amendment, paid for in blood, and the very reason we have the World Reserve Currency.
“i got the 14th amendment, paid for in blood, and the very reason we have the World Reserve Currency.”
Yes, our heroes fought, bled, and died.....for your pension.
Bet your family were all safe in Europe, still oppressing the peasants, looting the Jews, and cheating small landowners out of their property. Mine fought for the 14th amendment.
Some died. Many were wounded. I was assured by their grandsons the day I was inducted to the world of firearms that we were all Americans and we'd take care of our own first.
Ah, so people in your family actually did something, if you are telling the truth.
But not you. If your relatives weren’t dead already, they certainly would have died of shame seeing you now.
“Bet your family were all safe in Europe, still oppressing the peasants, looting the Jews, and cheating small landowners out of their property. Mine fought for the 14th amendment.”
No, that is the province of you and your ilk in the Federal Bureaucracy now.
Your relatives probably would have fought against what you represent now, and would have thought the world a better place if you were thus tyrannically demised.
“Some died. Many were wounded. I was assured by their grandsons the day I was inducted to the world of firearms that we were all Americans and we’d take care of our own first.”
I hope you didn’t shoot yourself in the foot then, like you did today.
You revealed yourself as an anti-American today ~ not a problem for me as long as you move somewhere else ~ there are plenty of countries out there for you. maybe Paraguay