Monday, February 15

President's Day Outrage

Post 15 February by's Michael Rivero:

Bank of America forecloses on house that couple had paid cash for

Charlie and Maria Cardoso are among the millions of Americans who have experienced the misery and embarrassment that come with home foreclosure.

Just one problem: The Massachusetts couple paid for their future retirement home in Spring Hill with cash in 2005, five years before agents for Bank of America seized the house, removed belongings and changed the locks on the doors, according to a lawsuit the couple have filed in federal court.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Look at the video at THIS LINK and you will learn that the tax-payer funded bailouts, taking trillions of dollars from the American people and giving it to the banks so the banks can loan it back to us at interest, has actually created a situation in which the banks make MORE money by taking homes away from people.

Here's the money-shot excerpt of the story that appeared in the 12 February 2010 edition of the St. Peterberg's Times:

Charlie Cardoso is an unemployed construction worker, and his wife is disabled (court photo left). They paid $139,000 for the three-bedroom pool home in the tidy neighborhood a few blocks south of Spring Hill Drive, records show. It was Charlie's life savings, the complaint says.

"We have a lot of friends there, and all the time we've been telling them the house has been paid (for)," a tearful Maria Cardoso said in an interview with WCBV-TV in Boston last month.

The couple, reached at home in New Bedford, Mass., referred a St. Petersburg Times reporter to deMello.

According to the complaint, here is what happened:

Last July, the couple's tenant called the Cardosos in a panic. The single mother of two teenagers accused the couple of lying when they told her she could rent the house as long she wanted. Three men were there to clean out the house and change the locks, she told them.

Charlie Cardoso talked to a real estate agent for Bank of America, who said he would inform the company that it had the wrong house. The couple thought that was the end of the ordeal.

It wasn't. A landscaper Bank of America hired in August to mow the grass on the property broke a fence to bring in his equipment. The tenant got spooked and moved out just before Christmas.

On Jan. 5, a friend of the Cardosos who was helping the tenant pick up belongings found men putting a lock box on the front door. The workers said the house belonged to Bank of America. The friend called the Cardosos.

When Charlie Cardoso called the bank, a representative told him there was a mistake, the problem would be fixed, and he would get a return call. The call never came. The lock box remained.

Four days later, Cardoso and his son drove to Florida, missing the homecoming of another son who was returning from Iraq for a two-week leave.

Cardoso had to prove to police that he owned the house. The next day he broke in through a back door and used bolt cutters to remove the lock box. The water and electricity had been turned off, and pipes had frozen.

The couple filed suit 10 days later....(read more)

When have we had enough of this shit?

Friday, February 5

"The Enemy is at Home": American Elite's Racism Blinds U.S.'s Working-Class Soldiers to Iraqi Mission

Iraq Veterans Against War's Mike Prysner provides refreshing clear-sightedness into the propaganda underlying the "war on terrorism" in Iraq waged by poor, US working class troops on poor, working class civilians.

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