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How a Jobless Father of Four Is Surviving the Winter in Detroit
The Blaze ^ | 23 January 2014 | Liz Klimas

Posted on 01/23/2014 8:45:38 AM PST by jda

How does a jobless father of four keep his family warm and fed in Detroit during the harsh winter? By donating his plasma and collecting wood from the abundant amount abandoned homes around the bankrupt city.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: joblessness; survival
The left won't like this - someone who is jobless and yet surviving (in Detroit, no less) without relying on the government.

And, don't tell anyone, but he just happens to be Black, as well.

1 posted on 01/23/2014 8:45:38 AM PST by jda
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To: jda

Sounds like he is surviving by scavenging (i.e. vandalizing) other peoples’ property. But I’ll concede your point for the moment.


2 posted on 01/23/2014 8:49:54 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: jda

This man deserves a leg up, a good paying job in a booming state like North Dakota.
Maybe someone will read about him and offer re-location


3 posted on 01/23/2014 8:50:57 AM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: jda

Some oil company should hire this guy…and move him…they need help…and the oil companies need workers..


4 posted on 01/23/2014 8:52:06 AM PST by Hojczyk
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To: jda

Nothing in the article suggests he is not getting any government assistance.

Just says he sells plasma and steals wood.


5 posted on 01/23/2014 8:52:27 AM PST by digger48
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To: jda

Why not just get a job?


6 posted on 01/23/2014 8:55:07 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: jda

DEMOCRATS, destroying the American dream, one job at a time.


7 posted on 01/23/2014 8:56:31 AM PST by jch10 (John Beohner has got to be removed from the Speaker position.)
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To: digger48

yep... they are abandoned by former owners, but probably still owned by a bank, therefore this is stealing.

hey fella, move... you could move cheap... that is no life back there. pack up what’s left of your things, your 2 flat screen T.Vs.. and kids and go. someone said North Dakota.. sounds like a plan.


8 posted on 01/23/2014 8:56:31 AM PST by Chuzzlewit
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9 posted on 01/23/2014 8:56:33 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: DoodleDawg

Jobs in Detroit are probably as scarce as snow at the equator.....


10 posted on 01/23/2014 8:57:44 AM PST by Boonie
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To: jda

As expected the self righteous among us are right here to run him down.


11 posted on 01/23/2014 8:58:45 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DoodleDawg

Come on we all know the man has held him down..dang crackers ain’t got no jobs I want, iobamma phone..yea...detrit is now a 3rd world hellhole. If the fed gangsta isn’t reined in they will continue to rob citizens and states so these folks can get some crack rock.


12 posted on 01/23/2014 8:59:53 AM PST by aces (Jesus Saves not Society)
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To: Chuzzlewit

as well, he is probably burning painted or some sort of treated wood, which will choke up the chimney and is quite toxic...

i lived 1 paycheck away this kind of thing... moved to another area.... granted having 4 kids makes it hard, really hard..


13 posted on 01/23/2014 9:01:00 AM PST by Chuzzlewit
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To: Boonie

Not quite but close. Unfortunately our tech fixated governor hates blue collar jobs and dirty factories.


14 posted on 01/23/2014 9:01:46 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: jda

Local DNC offices ought to double as soup kitchens and flop houses, because THAT is where they will be needed.

All the people who went out and supported the BS policies and candidates who reduced them and their city to poverty and hopelessness.... will be close to their base.


15 posted on 01/23/2014 9:03:08 AM PST by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: jda

Most important is the fact that the man is with his kids.


16 posted on 01/23/2014 9:05:24 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: jda

Obama is quite comfortable thank you... 3rd term? whadaya think...


17 posted on 01/23/2014 9:07:04 AM PST by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: jda
I admire the guy.

He goes out and clears the wood from a fallen down house which heats his home and removes the rubble that the bank should have done.

I hope someone gets him a simple barrel stove to use besides that fireplace, that would drastically lower the wood he needs....Go mister you can do it..

18 posted on 01/23/2014 9:08:44 AM PST by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: virgil283

I’d donate some firewood to the guy. Its mostly crap willow but its well seasoned and will burn.


19 posted on 01/23/2014 9:12:19 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

We should send this guy a care package for his kids.


20 posted on 01/23/2014 9:16:19 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("The GOP fights its own base with far more vigor than it employs in fighting the Dims.")
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To: cripplecreek

No kidding, no wealth of Christian charity here. The banks (more likely the city) that owns these abandoned wrecks are not going to see a dime of money from these structures and will like they have done in the past have to pay someone to tear them down and haul them away. He is doing them a favor and he’s not living on our dime. One poster mentions his two TV’s in a sarcastic manner. The guy did work in the past so he might well have a TV although it is doubtful that if he did he hasn’t already sold or pawned them. I don’t think he has any electricity in the house anyway. It also takes money to pick up and move, even to North Dakota where the oil boom has made housing outside the realm of someone who has maybe a few dollars to their names. Why don’t the self righteous making these comments on this post float him a loan to move and obtain the expensive bare bones housing he’ll need in the middle of winter in ND before he’ll even be able to possibly get a job. Any of you suggesting the move seen the series Klondike this week? The shacks those miners lived in are barely better than what people are paying $1000 a month for right now in the frozen oil fields. The guy is trying and is surviving at a subsistence level while trying not to take handouts; why put him down?


21 posted on 01/23/2014 9:19:06 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: virgil283

One of the reasons those fallen down houses are still there is because of the endless lust of the city council.

A guy near me who owns a salvage company took a ride around Detroit one day. He said the old red brick in many of those places is worth a fortune. Unfortunately if you set foot on those properties the city wants you to pay decades in back taxes.


22 posted on 01/23/2014 9:20:31 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: virgil283

I’ve been looking into the concept of Rocket Stoves.

amazing amount of heat can be generated from very small amounts of wood or anything flammable with almost zero emissions except steam and CO2.


23 posted on 01/23/2014 9:28:21 AM PST by digger48
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To: RJS1950

I guess you might be right.. in regards to my comments, I may have been a bit callous and admit I didn’t even read the article. I had a knee jerk reaction.


24 posted on 01/23/2014 9:32:23 AM PST by Chuzzlewit
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To: cripplecreek
"endless lust of the city council...so true.

A few weeks ago there was a story here on FR, about a liberal white guy who moved to one of these Detroit neighborhoods. He complained however that the state had taken over the city finances so their elected mayor was hindered from doing what the people wanted....

Well you know what I thought....

25 posted on 01/23/2014 9:34:07 AM PST by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: digger48
"I’ve been looking into the concept of Rocket Stoves".....Me too, I wonder if you could enlarge it to maybe a 30 gallon barrel, ell shaped connected to a 55 gallon drum !!!
26 posted on 01/23/2014 9:37:54 AM PST by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: RJS1950

Fortunately not all republicans are completely stupid and are beginning to make inroads to the city. Heck the city is the second busiest freight crossing on the continent and we would have to be complete morons to continue leaving it in the hands of the democrats who use it as a DNC cash machine.


27 posted on 01/23/2014 9:42:19 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: jda
This man is not perfect but isn't he doing what most of us say we want to see minority fathers do?

Being a caring father instead of an anonymous sperm doner?

Standing by his own children, taking care of them to the best of his ability?

He is showing some character, resourcefulness, responsibility and love for his children.

I would take a chance on a guy like this.


28 posted on 01/23/2014 9:42:52 AM PST by Iron Munro (Orwell: There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.)
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To: jda

Witness a prime example of what happens when the Welfare State Ponzi Scheme collapses. There is no money, no infrastructure and any private enterprise that could pull the city out of its collapse has fled or been killed. The people revert to barbarism. Its coming soon to the entire Western world.


29 posted on 01/23/2014 10:14:16 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: virgil283

go to YouTube.

People doing just that, and running lengths of the chimney pipe through rock and brick and mortar shaped into a thermal mass seating array.

The mass holds the heat for several hours.

Rocket stoves can be made from scrap metal, barrels, cans, bricks, rocks, like this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v20dCSxV5ow

or professionally made ones like this for sale on EBay for $2400 plus shipping from England.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebGSAw2UKz0


30 posted on 01/23/2014 10:19:49 AM PST by digger48
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To: digger48

Thank God for this cold weather.

My a/c just crapped out.


31 posted on 01/23/2014 10:33:38 AM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
I don't think you have driven through Detroit lately. There are over 80,000 empty vandalized homes there already. All one has to do is pick it up, cleaning the environment.
32 posted on 01/23/2014 11:19:57 AM PST by goat granny
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To: digger48

“Just says he sells plasma and steals wood.”

Not sure why it is referred to as “donating” plasma; if he is getting paid he isn’t donating anything.

All the power to him, though; at least he’s trying. If I were in his position I’d head south and never look back; there are limited opportunities in colder climates as Americans (and their employers) flee the cold temperatures. The jobs in North Dakota can’t hold a candle to the growth in TX, FL, etc.


33 posted on 01/23/2014 2:50:50 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

Unlike the jobs in Flori-duh, jobs in North Dakota actually pay money.


34 posted on 01/27/2014 3:50:18 PM PST by Clemenza (Lurking)
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To: Clemenza

“Unlike the jobs in Flori-duh, jobs in North Dakota actually pay money.”

They might, but they are a drop in the bucket (in terms of number of jobs) compared to what the rest of the country is losing.


35 posted on 01/27/2014 8:19:00 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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>> By donating his plasma

Is that something only a guy can do?


36 posted on 01/27/2014 8:21:20 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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