No Money

Is it possible to live completely without money in this day and age. Most people would say no, but Daniel Suelo would disagree. He has gone completely without money since 2000. I read about him in Yahoo News.

Daniel Suelo is 51 years old and broke. Happily broke. Consciously, deliberately, blessedly broke.

Not only does he not have debt, a mortgage or rent, he does not earn a salary. Nor does he buy food or clothes, or own any product with a lower case “i” before it. Home is a cave on public land outside Moab, Utah. He scavenges for food from the garbage or off the land (fried grasshoppers, anyone?). He has been known to carve up and boil fresh road kill. He bathes, without soap, in the creek.

In the fall of 2000, Suelo (who changed his name from Shellabarger), decided to stop using money altogether. That meant no “conscious barter,” food stamps or other government handouts. His mission was to “use only what is freely given or discarded and what is already present and already running,” he wrote on his web site, Zero Currency.

At first I thought he might be mentally ill, but he does not seem to be. I am just a little envious of him. It must be nice to live without all of the worries and trouble that having money and possessions bring with them. If you don’t have or need any money, you don’t have to work. Maybe Mr. Suelo is on to something. I can’t do it though.  I have responsibilities that I cannot walk away from, and anyway I like my comforts.

Some people do not appreciate his life style.

While the book reviews have been generally positive, Suelo has come under fire by some who say he’s a derelict, sponging off society without contributing. They are valid criticisms: This is a guy, after all, who has gotten a citation for train hopping (what would Jesus say about that?). And he’s not opposed to house sitting in winter–not exactly living off the land.

And besides: How is he actually helping others by going without? It’s not like he’s solving world hunger, or curing cancer.

Sundeen disputes these arguments. “He doesn’t accept any government programs—welfare, food stamps, Medicare,” he said. “The only ways in which he actually uses taxpayer funded derivatives is walking on roads and using the public library. So in that regard he’s a mooch–he’s using the roads and not paying taxes. But if you try to quantify the amount of money he’s taking from the system—it’s a couple of dollars a year, less than anyone’s ever used.”

Instead, he is actively promoting “his idea that money is an illusion,” Sundeen said. “The Fed just prints it up, it doesn’t mean anything and it’s going to lead us down the road to serfdom.” Suelo simply doesn’t want to contribute to that, and so he lives life on his own terms.

I don’t think it is fair to call Suelo a mooch, either. He is not living off anyone, especially the taxpayers. His friend Sundeen is right about money being an illusion. Those green pieces of paper the government prints are not really worth anything, except what people think they are.

Anyway, if Obama is reelected, we might all be living without money, in caves.

Boycott Best Buy

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There is a movement to stage a boycott of Best Buy because of their relationship with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has been linked to Hamas.

We, the undersigned, pledge to refrain from purchasing products from Best Buy until the company rescinds its financial support for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), as exposed in the Islamist-Watch.org article, “Best Buy: Computers, TVs and Hamas.”

 

CAIR was labeled by the federal government as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, a “charity” shut down for serving as a fundraising arm for the Hamas terrorist group. A federal court filing in 2007 states that, “From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists” and “the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.”

 

On July 1, 2009, District Judge Jorge Solis ruled that the government provided “ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR…and with Hamas,” justifying the label.

 

We, the undersigned, demand that Best Buy end its support for CAIR.

Vladimir Lenin once said, ” the capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” I guess that still applies.

Forward!

I gather that the Obama campaign has decided on “Forward!” for their slogan. Considering that Obama’s policies are rapidly taking us to fiscal Armageddon, perhaps the Romney team should use “Back Up” for their own slogan.

And, it would seem that Forward! has a Communist Origin.

The Obama campaign apparently didn’t look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, “Forward” — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism.

Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name “Forward!” or its foreign cognates. Wikipedia has an entire section called “Forward (generic name of socialist publications).”

“The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other left-wing newspapers and publications,” the online encyclopedia explains.

The slogan “Forward!” reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism.

The Obama campaign released its new campaign slogan Monday in a 7-minute video. The title card has simply the word “Forward” with the “O” having the familiar Obama logo from 2008. It will be played at rallies this weekend that mark the Obama re-election campaign’s official beginning.

There have been at least two radical-left publications named “Vorwaerts” (the German word for “Forward”). One was the daily newspaper of the Social Democratic Party of Germany whose writers included Friedrich Engels and Leon Trotsky. It still publishes as the organ of Germany’s SDP, though that party has changed considerably since World War II. Another was the 1844 biweekly reader of the Communist League. Karl Marx, Engels and Mikhail Bakunin are among the names associated with that publication.

I guess that when your political mentors are Communists and domestic terrorists, it is only natural to use an extreme left-wing campaign slogan.

Sacred Beliefs Here and There

Now that Newt Gingrich has suspended his campaign for president, I hope he will have more time to write and think about policies. I read his last column in Human Events and I am afraid that Newt simply does not understand the difference between sacred beliefs in Afghanistan and here in America and why those beliefs must be respected there but not here.

The Obama administration may have adopted a formula that will come back to haunt it.

In an effort to appease religious elements in Afghanistan it has established a standard that could become a major defeat for secular extremists here in America.

In response to Afghan outrage over the inadvertent Koran burnings by the U.S. Military in February, the Obama Defense Department created a mandatory training for military service members in the region. It is entitled, “Proper handling and disposal of Islamic Religious Materials: Service Members/Civilian Training.”

You can read the 11 slides in the briefing here.

The most fascinating slide is the last one. There the Obama administration asserts: “We will hold sacred the beliefs held sacred by others.”

Apparently to President Obama, the sacred beliefs of Islam in Afghanistan must be held sacred by the U.S. government, but Christianity in America is a nuisance to be reshaped by ObamaCare, the courts and the bureaucracy with no regard for its beliefs.

Americans are noticing. Consider this protest from a Catholic group as reported to me by my friend and co-author Bill Forstchen:

“Without doubt the most powerful ad, aimed straight at Catholics, to take a political stand based upon our most basic beliefs.  This one is incredible and you know I rarely forward such things.”

You can see the video here.

The ObamaCare war against religious liberty extends far beyond Catholics. As the president of Louisiana College, a Baptist college dedicated to right-to-life principles told me, “If Obamacare forces us to violate our religious beliefs we will close the college.”

Let’s challenge President Obama’s assertion that “We will hold sacred the beliefs held sacred by others”.

If we must hold sacred Korans being used by Afghan terrorists to pass messages back and forth, then certainly we can hold sacred religious symbols held sacred by law-abiding Americans here in the United States. We can put back up the crosses and the Ten Commandments courts have forced us to take down—right?

If President Obama doesn’t object to Afghan children praying five times a day in school (he cited his own childhood memories of studying the Koran at school in Indonesia and hearing the call to prayer), why isn’t he open to allowing American school children to pray once a day, if they choose?

By its own words the Obama administration has set the test for defining itself.

Is Obama prepared to “hold sacred the beliefs held sacred by others” if those others are Americans?

Congress should put President Obama to the test and him to his new rule—first by passing legislation overriding the Health and Human Services Mandate that was an overt attack on the Catholic Church.

Silly Newt. There is a very good reason that religious beliefs in Afghanistan must be respected while in America we are free to disparage and ridicule them. You see Christians don’t usually blow people up when they are disrespected. Moslems have been known to do that.

Mother Arrested for Taking Daughter to Tanning Booth

I saw this just now on Yahoo News.

A New Jersey woman arrested for allegedly putting her 5-year-old daughter in a tanning booth says it was all a big misunderstanding.

Patricia Krentcil, 44, told NBC’s local New York affiliate that she took her daughter with her to a local tanning salon but that the child was not exposed to the booth’s synthetic UV rays.

“I tan, she doesn’t tan,” Krentcil said. “I’m in the booth, she’s in the room. That’s all there is to it.”

Krentcil, of Nutley, N.J., was arrested last week, and charged Tuesday with felony child endangerment. She was released on a $25,000 bond and is due in court Wednesday.

“It’s like taking your daughter to go food shopping,” Krentcil said. “There’s tons of moms that bring their children in.”

Police, though, say Krentcil put her daughter in an upright tanning booth.

New Jersey state law prohibits children under the age of 14 from tanning booths. Children between the ages of 14 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Police were alerted by school officials, who say Krentcil’s daughter showed up for school with what appeared to be a sunburn, then told classmates she “went tanning with Mommy.”

Rich Krentcil, the girl’s father, told NBC the teacher misinterpreted his daughter.

“This whole big thing happened, and everyone got involved,” he said. “It was 85 degrees outside, she got sunburned. That’s it. That’s all that happened.”

I don’t know what the facts in this case are, but judging from the picture of the mother, I would say she is the one that needs an intervention.

I don’t think that I have ever seen a human being with skin quite that shade of red-brown before.