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  • Woman fights to take back house stolen in deed-fraud scam

    10/12/2014 2:04:13 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 41 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/12/14 | By Amber Jamieson
    Woman fights to take back house stolen in deed-fraud scam By Amber Jamieson It’s a case of grand theft house. A Manhattan woman claims an ex-con stole her family home in Queens by filing a phony deed with the city and moving in. Now Jennifer Merin is battling in court to remove the convicted armed robber, Darrell Beatty, 49, and his sons, Darrell Kash Beatty, 25, and DeShaun Beatty, 22, from the three-bedroom Tudor she says they snatched in February. “It just devastates me,” Merin, an online film critic, said as she looked at cherished family heirlooms — photos, a...
  • Two Brooklyn women tired of ´white people moving into the area´ force tenants

    09/08/2014 6:45:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    New York Daily News, ^ | 9/8/14 | Frank Green and Joseph Stepansky
    Two women were arrested after they robbed and then intimidated three tenants out of their Brooklyn apartment — and the crime was partly motivated by race and class resentment, law enforcement sources said. Precious Parker, 30, and Sabrina James, 23, knocked on the door of an apartment building on Ocean Ave. near Newkirk Ave. in Flatbush at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday and held a 34-year-old man, a 37-year-old man, and a 25-year-old woman at gunpoint demanding they move out or be killed, police said. The women then stole $800, an iPhone and personal information
  • CNN Report Says Burglar Killed By Homeowner Was Just Pulling A “Prank”

    05/21/2014 5:57:26 PM PDT · by TheProducer
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | 5/21/14 | Austin Petersen
    Rep. Alan Grayson (Lunatic-Fla.) is willing to serve disrupt the committee established by House Republicans to investigate the 2012 attacks in Benghazi. In a Radio interviewGrayson said he has actually already talked to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Earl of Taint Keep Reading
  • He’s back! Squatter forced out of Florida soldier’s home returns (VIDEO)

    05/05/2014 8:11:10 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 34 replies
    Biz Pack ^ | May 5 2014 | Tom Tillison
    He’s back! A squatter who broke into a soldier‘s home after he was deployed to Afghanistan and defiantly refused to leave hastily moved out two weeks ago when community outrage came to bear, but it now looks as if his decision to leave was only temporary.
  • Bike Gang Helps Soldier Reclaim Old House

    04/26/2014 6:32:27 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 33 replies
    Newser ^ | Apr 25, 2014 | Neal Colgrass
    A soldier stationed in Hawaii got quite the surprise when told he could move back home to Florida with his wife: Squatters had moved in, and refused to leave. (Snip) So a pair of veterans groups enlisted an attorney to process their eviction for free, WFLA reports, and a group of military veteran bikers announced they would visit Sharkey's house to "peacefully make the squatters uncomfortable." Now under pressure, the squatters are packing and moving out.
  • Fighting a McDonald’s in Queens for the Right to Sit. And Sit. And Sit.

    01/15/2014 12:17:56 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 118 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JAN. 14, 2014 | SARAH MASLIN NIR and JIHA HAM
    Shortly after New Year’s Day, Man Hyung Lee, 77, was nursing a coffee in his usual seat in a narrow booth at a McDonald’s in Flushing, Queens, when two police officers stepped into the fluorescent light of the restaurant. Mr. Lee said the officers had been called because he and his friends — a revolving group who shuffle into the McDonald’s on the corner of Parsons and Northern Boulevards on walkers, or with canes, in wheelchairs or with infirm steps, as early as 5 a.m. and often linger until well after dark — had, as they seem to do every...
  • Obamacare launch spawns 700+ cyber-squatters capitalizing on Healthcare.gov, state exchanges

    10/24/2013 5:53:50 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10-23-13 | JOEL GEHRKE
    More than 700 websites have been created with names playing off of Obamacare or Healthcare.gov, making it likely that some Americans will mistakenly hand over private information to unknown third-parties. For instance, there is a website — www.obama-care.us — that brands itself as part of the "Obamacare enrollment team," directs people to an "Obamacare enrollment form" and asks users for their name, address, Social Security number and other contact information. According to a counter at the bottom of the page, more than 3,000 people have visited obama-care.us. This website does not actually enable people to enroll in Obamacare. It was...
  • Squatters busted in upscale Plano neighborhood

    06/09/2013 6:33:14 AM PDT · by libstripper · 19 replies
    WFAA.com (ABC News) ^ | June 6, 2013 | TERESA WOODARD
    PLANO -- Jeff Nunn and Melissa Nunn still can't quite understand what's happened to the home they worked so hard to build nine years ago. "It's awful, awful," Melissa said in her driveway Thursday afternoon. They are victims of a wild squatting scheme that Plano police are now trying to unravel, too. Jeff and Melissa recently divorced and put their home in the Kings Ridge subdivision up for sale. Jeff moved out first. Melissa moved out in March, but they left many of their personal belongings behind.
  • The Only Phrase AP Should Replace "Illegal Immigrant" With Is This...

    04/03/2013 10:45:05 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-3-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Inspired by this post at Newsbusters. The joke is not new by any means, but it's really remarkable that a major pop culture figure like Jay Leno was willing to use it.
  • Colo. Family Tries to Regain Home From Occupiers (Major frothing mouth in anger warning!)

    07/17/2012 9:52:52 AM PDT · by nerdwithagun · 92 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | July 16, 2012 | SUSANNA KIM
    Dayna Donovan was in for a surprise when she learned two strangers had been living in her Littleton, Colo., home for eight months. They still haven't moved out despite a judge's ruling they had to be out by the weekend. On Thursday, a judge in Arapahoe County ruled that Veronica Fernandez-Beleta and Jose Rafael Leyva-Caraveo, the two people who were living in the home, had to move out by Saturday morning. But as of Monday evening, Donovan, 43, said the two were still there.
  • Supreme Court Returns Old City Properties to Jews

    05/07/2012 3:07:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/5/12 | Gabe Kahn
    The Supreme Court on Monday ordered two Arab squatters in Jerusalem’s Old City to vacate the homes they are occupying. Lawyer Mohammed Dahleh said the court had rejected his clients’ appeal on the basis that the properties had been legally acquired by Jewish prior to the establishment of Israel in 1948. “It went through the Magistrates Court, the District Court and now the Supreme Court,” Dahleh said. The Supreme Court also ordered the plaintiff's – Ghazi Zalum’s house and Ismail Wazwaz – to pay all the legal costs. Both properties – one a residence, the other a shop – are...
  • MoveOn’s Quest to Outlaw the Term “Illegal Immigrant” [claims its hate speech - barf]

    05/03/2012 6:40:29 AM PDT · by kevcol · 29 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | May 3rd, 2012 | Joseph Klein
    Just when you would think that the far Left Obama booster organization MoveOn.org could not get any more ridiculous, it sinks to ever lower levels of absurdity. The latest example involves MoveOn’s push to render the phrase “illegal aliens” or “illegal immigrants” hate speech. A video posted last week at MoveOn.org’s website charges that calling illegal immigrants “illegal” fits the definition of a hate crime and calls for the word “illegal” to be abolished when describing individuals entering the United States illegally. They would prefer using adjectives such as “undocumented” immigrants or “unauthorized” immigrants.
  • Hevron Arabs Stage Home Purchase Claim

    04/01/2012 11:50:35 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/4/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    A large force of soldiers and police Sunday night moved dozens of Hevron Arabs out of a residential building next to the Jewish community and which they claimed they had bought, days after Jews presented a deed of purchase of an Arab home. The Arab squatters refused IDF and police orders to leave, and security officers ringed the building before forcing their way in and removing them. Four Arabs were arrested for violent resistance. The squatters were protesting last week’s purchase of an Arab home across from the Patriarchs’ Cave. The purchasers were careful to make sure that the sale...
  • A million-dollar mortgage goes unpaid for years while couple fights foreclosure

    03/05/2012 9:56:07 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 3 2012 | Annys Shin
    The eviction from their million-dollar home could come at any moment. Keith and Janet Ritter have been bracing for it — and battling against it — almost from the moment they moved into the five-bedroom, 4,900-square-foot manse along the Potomac River in Fort Washington. In five years, they have never made a mortgage payment, a fact that amazes even the most seasoned veterans of the foreclosure crisis. The Ritters have kept the sheriff at bay by repeatedly filing for bankruptcy and by exploiting changes in Maryland’s laws designed to help delinquent homeowners avoid foreclosure. Those efforts to protect homeowners have...
  • Two arrested for breaking into military family's home, selling their property in yard sale

    02/01/2012 11:16:48 AM PST · by Lazlo in PA · 22 replies
    KTRK-TV Houston ^ | 02-01-12 | Christine Dobbyn
    LIBERTY COUNTY, TX (KTRK) -- When military men and women leave home to serve the country, they expect to return to their homes once their tour of duty is over. But a military couple in the Liberty County town of Splendora almost lost their home to squatters who've been arrested for more than just taking over the couple's house. It was an unusual call for the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, but even more disturbing for homeowner Hollie Burbank. "It makes me sick," Burbank said. The home that's been in Burbank's family for three generations had some uninvited guests all while...
  • 'They took my place!' Single dad trying to take back home occupied by OWS

    01/16/2012 11:56:00 AM PST · by grundle · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 15, 2012 | CANDICE M. GIOVE
    They’re occupying his home. Occupy Wall Street protesters announced with great fanfare last month that they moved a homeless family into a “foreclosed” Brooklyn home — even though they knew the house belonged to a struggling single father “They’re trying to take a house and say the bank is robbing the people because the mortgage is too high — so contact the owner!” fumed Wise Ahadzi, 28, who owns the home THE OWNER: Wise Ahadzi, with daughters Imani, 3, and Kwazha, 10, is fighting to reclaim his home from OWS. The real property owner is livid because he could be...
  • Squatters say foreclosed homes beat homeless shelters (New York)

    12/22/2011 4:02:36 PM PST · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12-21-11 | Tina Susman
    Reporting from New York— Slips of paper are pasted to the broken door of the corner row house, violations for the garbage piled near the front steps. The stench of trash wafts up the dark interior stairway, where an ashtray filled with cigarette butts sits like an abandoned potted plant on the second-floor landing. Nobody lives here, at least not officially. But as you climb the narrow stairs to the top floor, a door opens into an airy apartment that is home to Tasha Glasgow, who is part of a largely invisible population of squatters occupying vacant homes across America....
  • Occupy Oakland: Reality behind 'liberated' homes

    12/12/2011 7:58:02 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/12/11 | Carolyn Said, Chronicle Staff Writer
    On Tuesday, activists stood in front of two West Oakland foreclosures, proclaiming that they had "reclaimed" or "liberated" the properties as part of the "Occupy Our Homes" national day of action organized by the Occupy movement and community groups to highlight the foreclosure crisis. "We're taking over houses until the (banks) give them back to people," Thaddeus Guidry, 24, said as he lit a barbecue in the front yard of a duplex on 10th Street near Mandela Parkway and other protesters milled around inside the property. Over on Adeline Street, Gayla Newsome stood in front of the townhouse she'd lost...
  • Portland homes with anarchists raided (OWS: Body armor, weapons and drugs)

    11/28/2011 11:48:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    KGW-TV ^ | November 28, 2011 | Jacqueline Sit and staff
    PORTLAND -- Police have raided three vacant Northeast Portland homes taken over by anarchists who claimed they were part of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Police were tipped off about the situation Sunday. Responding officers found that the squatters had changed the locks on the homes. Police said it looked like the squatters were ready for battle. Inside the homes, police found anarchist literature, drugs and weapons, including machetes. “There's the body armor in there, the bucket of projectiles: broken up concrete, rocks,” Portland Police Sgt. Jeff McDaniel told KGW. “There was some body-armor-type stuff for someone who might want...
  • Occupy Oakland's new target - foreclosed buildings

    11/07/2011 6:55:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 7, 2011 | Kevin Fagan
    Now that their general strike is over, Occupy Oakland activists are looking for a new initiative to keep the momentum rolling - and their gaze is turning toward taking over foreclosed or abandoned buildings. The subject came up in earnest in group meetings over the past couple of days, and conversations have narrowed down not to whether Occupy activists should take over empty buildings, but when and how. "It's a very important front for the Occupy movement all over this country, and if any one city can set a precedent for taking over foreclosed buildings, the idea will then quickly...
  • Sex, drugs and hiding from the law at Wall Street protests

    10/10/2011 7:06:49 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 23 replies
    Copyright 2011 NYP Holdings, Inc. All rights reserved ^ | Last Updated: 9:42 AM, October 10, 2011 | By LACHLAN CARTWRIGHT and BOB FREDERICKS
    The criminals are crashing the party. Lured by cheap drugs and free food, creepy thugs have infiltrated the crowd of protesters camped out in Zuccotti Park for Occupy Wall Street.... “I got warrants. I’m running from the law,” boasted Dave, 24, a scrawny, unshaven miscreant in filthy clothes from Stamford, Conn. “I’m not even supposed to be here, but it’s as good a spot as any to hide.” Wanted for burglary, the drug-addled fugitive said some of his hard-partying pals clued him in that the protest was a good place to be fed, get wasted and crash. Drugs can be...
  • Getting Cash in Exchange for a Short Sale

    09/22/2011 12:27:31 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 22, 2011 | ANN CARRNS
    To avoid further clogging the already sluggish home foreclosure pipeline, some lenders have been offering cash incentives to strapped homeowners at risk of foreclosure to complete short sales and move out of their homes. Chase, for instance, has been quietly offering as much as $35,000 to homeowners who are “upside down” on their loans — meaning, they owe more than the home is currently worth. In a short sale, the lender allows the sale of the home for less than the loan amount and often relieves the borrower of any further obligation. The incentives began late last year and are...
  • Anarchists hijack the travellers' last stand: Fears of bloody confrontation

    08/31/2011 3:25:15 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 66 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8-31-11 | Andrew Levy
    Hundreds of anarchists and student protesters are plotting to join the battle against the bulldozing of Europe’s largest illegal traveller camp. Police fear bloody confrontations with bailiffs and officers as outsiders attempt to turn the protest into a politically motivated riot. About 50 anarchists have already joined the 1,000 travellers at Dale Farm and Basildon District Council has spent ten years trying to remove around 500 travellers from Dale Farm after they settled beside dozens of legal plots. It ended up in the Court of Appeal last year when 80 families on 52 plots were ordered to leave. The council...
  • Immigration officer comes home to find family of Romanian gypsies squatting in her house

    08/17/2011 11:50:25 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3:51 PM on 17th August 2011 | By Inderdeep Bains and Simon Neville
    An immigration officer returned home to find gipsies had moved in, ransacked the place and dressed in her clothes. Julia High was even offered a glass of her own wine by the Romanian squatters. They claimed they had rented the property from her ‘son’ because she had died, and produced a set of fake documents. Miss High, 55, has no son.
  • Refusing to Give in to Eviction (by squatting)

    05/20/2011 7:59:23 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 19, 2011 | AARON GLANTZ
    On Jan. 19, 63-year-old Tanya Dennis hired a locksmith and broke into her South Berkeley home. A former vice principal of Oakland’s Castlemont High School, Ms. Dennis said she wanted to resume living in her home of 27 years after foreclosure nine months earlier and eviction by Alameda County sheriff’s deputies in December. Ms. Dennis said she wants her lender, Wells Fargo, to reduce the principal she owes, creating affordable monthly payments. “These banks got billions of dollars of our money. We can’t afford to be complacent,” Ms. Dennis said. Tom Goyda, a spokesman for the bank, said Wells Fargo...
  • Mexican Immigrants In Custody After Toddler Found Alone In Dormont (PA)

    02/21/2011 6:45:38 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 11 replies
    WPXI ^ | February 21, 2011
    DORMONT, Pa. -- Two Mexican immigrants are in custody after police said they found the couple's 2-year-old son alone in their Dormont apartment. Police have charged Raul Cruz-Romero, 24, and Yolando Pablo-Segundo, 19, with endangering the welfare of a child. The child was found Sunday at about 8 a.m. after neighbors reported the boy's constant crying, police said. "We found a 2-year-old Hispanic male child inside the apartment shaking, sobbing and crying hysterically," said Sgt. James Burke. Burke said a rescue crew entered the second-story apartment through a window because the front door was locked. He said the place was...
  • March in Los Angeles to demand immigration reform

    01/28/2011 8:35:36 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 32 replies
    Coffetoday ^ | January 28, 2011 in Featured News, World News | Posted by Adiguna
    Under the slogan ‘No Human Being is Illegal “, hundreds of people demonstrated on Saturday in Los Angeles, California, to demand immigration reform that would allow the legalization of millions of undocumented immigrants. The demonstration was organized by the Coalition for Immigrant Justice, recently formed by pro-immigrant organizations such as Hermandad Mexicana Crime. The march will start in Van Nuys and Glenoaks Boulevard in the city of Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley. So far, it is unknown whether they will participate pro-immigrant organizations in recent years have made great demonstrations. “The important thing is that we remain a voice...
  • Simple Gifts' is Christmas theme at White House

    12/01/2010 10:54:08 AM PST · by ColdOne · 51 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 12/01/10 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE/ AP
    Bo's paw prints are all over Christmas at the White House this year. A larger-than-life version of President Barack Obama's 2-year-old Portuguese water dog made of 40,000 twisted pipe cleaners is one of the first things tourists and other holiday guests will see when they visit the White House this month. Bo also features prominently in the 400-pound, white chocolate-covered gingerbread White House. A version of the pooch, made from almond paste, sits on the grounds near a replica of Michelle Obama's fruit and vegetable garden.
  • Randy Quaid, wife seek refugee status in Canada

    10/22/2010 9:37:40 PM PDT · by thecodont · 38 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Friday, October 22, 2010 | By JEREMY HAINSWORTH, Associated Press Writer
    Actor Randy Quaid told Canada's immigration board Friday that he and his wife are seeking asylum from "the murderers of Hollywood" and will therefore apply for refugee status in Canada, after they were arrested on U.S. warrants related to vandalism charges. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/10/22/entertainment/e192415D29.DTL&tsp=1#ixzz139WCwVOE
  • Squatters moving into upscale neighborhoods (Randy Quaid)

    09/23/2010 3:34:57 PM PDT · by JennysCool · 19 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 9/23/10 | Bill Briggs
    On the big screen, actor Randy Quaid may be best known for his mooching, move-in-and-never-leave character “Cousin Eddie” from National Lampoon's "Vacation” films. Last weekend, he allegedly followed his own Hollywood script. Quaid and his wife, Evi, were arrested Saturday after they were found living in a guest house on a million-dollar, Montecito, Calif., property Quaid once owned. While Quaid claims his name remains on the deed, the actor and his wife were jailed until they were able to post $10,000 bail. Quaid is hardly alone in his distinctly post-bubble legal trouble.
  • Michelle, Sasha Obama bask in attention at Spain’s seaside after sightseeing

    08/07/2010 8:33:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 7, 2010
    ESTEPONA, Spain — Spanish police cleared a section of beach for Michelle Obama and her daughter Sasha to relax by the Mediterranean yesterday after a busy day of sightseeing. As Obama rested inside a canvas hut by the shore, her 9-year-old daughter splashed around in the sea and a security guard swam with her. The Obamas have been showered with gifts, including a typical Spanish fan, a traditional veil known as a mantilla, books on cities they have visited, and an assortment of food, including cheese, olives, wine, and even two legs of salt-cured Spanish ham. It is questionable whether...
  • Owners Stop Paying Mortgages, and Stop Fretting

    06/01/2010 5:48:51 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 77 replies · 1,761+ views
    NYT ^ | 5/31/10 | DAVID STREITFELD
    For Alex Pemberton and Susan Reboyras, foreclosure is becoming a way of life — something they did not want but are in no hurry to get out of. Foreclosure has allowed them to stabilize the family business. Go to Outback occasionally for a steak. Take their gas-guzzling airboat out for the weekend. Visit the Hard Rock Casino. “Instead of the house dragging us down, it’s become a life raft,” said Mr. Pemberton, who stopped paying the mortgage on their house here last summer. “It’s really been a blessing.” A growing number of the people whose homes are in foreclosure are...
  • Defiant residents dig trench to stop traveller invasion (UK)

    05/27/2010 9:04:02 AM PDT · by dennisw · 18 replies · 1,165+ views
    dailymail. ^ | 27th May 2010
    Residents on a housing estate dug a trench and took to the streets to stop travellers bringing their caravans into a nearby field. A dozen police cars were called to the estate in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, where scores of residents had taken to a street to stop travellers entering the field. At one point they'd grabbed their spades and dug a trench across the access road to stop access. One woman claimed a traveller vehicle tried to ram her car after she used it to block off the entrance. Mandy Greenshields, who lives in the street, took direct action after watching...
  • How Almighty God Looks at Illegal Immigration

    05/12/2010 10:04:10 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 15 replies · 385+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 5/12/10 | DJP I.F.
    It is more than safe to say that absolutely NO “illegal aliens” (i.e., unrighteous sinners) will enter into Almighty God’s Holy and Righteous (Perfect) Heaven (1 Cor. 6:9-10). Multitudes of individuals today practice a pluralistic, relativistic and lawless form of apostate “Biblical Christianity” (a.k.a. religious Christendom) that contradicts the basic and fundamental teachings of the Holy Scriptures. In addition, the world’s inhabitants practice all different forms of spiritual ideologies and Babelologies (religions) that are godless and lawless (Romans 1:18-32). Such individuals who reject Almighty God’s salvation and righteous remedies for their lost (unregenerate) condition will die in their sins and...
  • Hundreds of Hispanic Students Leave School & Hold March Demanding Respect

    05/07/2010 10:24:16 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 171 replies · 4,293+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 05/07/10 | Jim Hoft
    What country are we in? 200 students left school and held a march today following the reports yesterday that 4 students dare wear American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo. Hispanic students march down Monterey Road in Morgan Hill on Thursday morning asking for respect after Live Oak High School Principal Nick Boden ignited a controversy Wednesday by sending home five students who wore American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. (Photo by: MorganHill Times Staff) MorganHill Times reported: About 200 Hispanic teens are marching in Morgan Hill yelling “We want respect!” and “Si se puede!” in reaction to a...
  • Eviction Agent Tells Homeowners (squatters) It’s Time to Move

    05/07/2010 3:04:17 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 951+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 6, 2010 | DAVID STREITFELD
    LAKE VILLA, Ill. — If you see Joseph Laubinger on your doorstep, start packing. His courtly presence means you have exhausted all excuses, arguments and options for keeping your house. “It’s like I’m a doctor,” said Mr. Laubinger, an agent here for big lenders. “People ask me how much time they have left.” Hardly any. Legally, they have already lost ownership. If they do not respond to the carrot the lenders offer — as much as $5,000 in cash in exchange for leaving the house in good order — he employs the stick: the county sheriff, who evicts them. Mr....
  • Arizona Sheriff, U.S. in Standoff Over Immigration Enforcement

    02/10/2010 3:52:20 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 30 replies · 877+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 02-10-10 | MIRIAM JORDAN
    An Arizona sheriff said he planned to defy Washington's attempts to roll back his staunch enforcement of federal immigration law, a move that could put him on a collision course with the U.S. government. Late last year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the largest arm of the Department of Homeland Security, stripped Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio of the authority to use 100 of his deputies to enforce federal immigration in his jurisdiction, which includes Phoenix. The customs agency took the action because Mr. Arpaio's aggressive immigration crackdowns had drawn criticism from human-rights groups and had run afoul of the...
  • In the Shadows, Day Laborers Left Homeless as Work Vanishes [WARNING: Bring your airsick bag]

    01/02/2010 10:28:32 AM PST · by YankeeReb · 32 replies · 1,376+ views
    The NY Times ^ | 1/1/10 | FERNANDA SANTOS
    Carlos Ruano was down to his last $50 when his landlord kicked him out in September because he could no longer pay rent. He sent the money to his wife and children in Guatemala and spent the night riding the E train, which has a nickname among his fellow day laborers in Woodside, Queens: “hotel ambulante,” Spanish for roving hotel. [SNIP]We’ve all learned the meaning of the law of supply and demand the hard way,” said Roberto Meneses, 48, a day laborer from Mexico who has been trying to organize his peers under a fledgling group called United Day Laborers...
  • [Texas:]Laredo is Ready to Receive the Paisanos

    12/15/2009 2:49:43 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 22 replies · 1,060+ views
    Laredo Sun ^ | December 15, 2009 | FRANCISCO DÍAZ
    The Municipal authoritiees are expecting more than 100 thosuand vehicles of "paisanos" to start crossing through this land port into Mexico. LAREDO, Tx.- Local authorities are expecting over 100 thousand paisanos to arrive next weekend to this land port. "We are ready to receive them, we have established a plan together with the Mexican Consulate General in Laredo, with the Police Department, the Sherriff's Office, the Bridge System and the Customs Port of Laredo, as well as with the Texas Department of Transportation and Nuevo Laredo authorities, in order to assist the paisanos," Salinas mentioned. The first part of the...
  • Pakistani Police: 5 Americans Have al-Qaida Link (U.S. brother of one: "He's a normal Joe")

    12/10/2009 9:27:31 AM PST · by kristinn · 27 replies · 1,316+ views
    AP via The Houston Chronicle ^ | Thursday, December 10, 2009 | Asif Shahzad and Devlin Barrett
    Five young American Muslims arrested in Pakistan met with representatives of an al-Qaida linked group and asked for training but were turned down because they lacked references from trusted militants, a Pakistani law enforcement official said Thursday. SNIP Javed Islam, a regional police chief in Pakistan, said the men wanted to join militants in the country's tribal area before crossing into Afghanistan and said they met with a banned military organization, Jaish-e-Mohammed in Hyderabad, and with representatives of a related group, Jamat-ud-Dawa, in Lahore. Another law enforcement official, Usman Anwar, the local police chief in Sargodha, told The Associated Press...
  • Illegal Immigration: A Culture of Corruption

    10/13/2009 10:13:33 AM PDT · by AuntB · 14 replies · 1,186+ views
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | Oct. 12, 2009 | Ronald W. Mortensen
    At a time when 83% of Americans view government corruption as a very important problem, isn't it time that we stop fostering a culture of corruption by failing to control illegal immigration? Most illegal aliens come from countries where corruption is rampant. In 2008, the average corruption score of the ten countries with the largest number of their citizens residing illegally in the United States was 3.43 out of a possible ten signifying a serious to rampant level of corruption. Corruption is involved in virtually everything illegal aliens do. They either sneak into the United States or lie to consular...
  • US 'to cut immigrant detention' (could be kept in hotels and nursing homes)

    10/06/2009 5:22:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 48 replies · 960+ views
    BBC News ^ | Oct. 6, 2009
    US officials are expected to announce plans that would allow illegal immigrants not considered a threat to be taken out of jails, reports say. The new policy would list immigrants according to the risk they may pose, the Wall Street Journal reports. Detainees who are not criminals could be kept in hotels and nursing homes, according to leaks of the plans. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is expected to give details of the plans later. Her department is hoping to cut the costs of detaining immigrants, which stood at almost $2bn (Ł1.3bn) in 2008. It says alternatives like the hotels...
  • Squatter Explosion [in NYC]

    05/31/2009 5:12:35 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 27 replies · 1,356+ views
    NY Post ^ | 5/31/9
    They should be prime local real estate -- a line of 16 quaint bungalows in the Rockaways, right on the beach, decorated with sea air and sunshine. Instead, like a growing number of abandoned and foreclosed properties around New York City, they are home to only squatters -- eight Salvadorans who ripped away cheap plywood that sealed the doors and windows and set up camp. The shacks are in bad shape, lacking water, heat and electricity. But the few that are habitable have been turned into adequate shelters, complete with front porches, buckets to collect rainwater, and small courtyard gardens...
  • California passes bills allowing renters to squat, unions to "card check"

    04/24/2009 10:33:31 AM PDT · by UltraConservative · 22 replies · 1,460+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | April 24, 2009 | Ben Shapiro
    The Los Angeles times is reporting that the California state senate has passed a bevy of bills that will increase the cost of doing business. First, they passed a bill, SB 789, to allow the state equivalent of federal “card check,” allowing farmworkers unions to form without a secret ballot. According to the LA Times, “Instead of holding an election with secret ballots, workers could submit cards, signed by a majority of the workers asking for representation, to state labor authorities.” This is bad policy – and more than that, it encourages bullying tactics from union thugs. How many people...
  • More Squatters Are Calling Foreclosures Home

    04/10/2009 5:05:39 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 43 replies · 1,618+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 9, 2009 | John Leland
    When the woman who calls herself Queen Omega moved into a three-bedroom house here last December, she introduced herself to the neighbors, signed contracts for electricity and water and ordered an Internet connection. What she did not tell anyone was that she had no legal right to be in the home. Ms. Omega, 48, is one of the beneficiaries of the foreclosure crisis. Through a small advocacy group of local volunteers called Take Back the Land, she moved from a friend’s couch into a newly empty house that sold just a few years ago for more than $400,000. Michael Stoops,...
  • (Adults,) Kids Party in Foreclosed Homes, Leave Wake of Vandalism (just spreading the wealth...)

    03/04/2009 7:19:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies · 1,685+ views
    ABC News ^ | 3/04/09 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    Kids Party in Foreclosed Homes, Leave Wake of VandalismParty-Throwing Minors, Criminals Make Themselves at Home in Vacant Houses By RUSSELL GOLDMAN March 4, 2009 By the time the cops arrived, the house was in total shambles. Windows were smashed, beer cans were strewn across the lawn, light fixtures were pulled out of the ceiling, the drywall was kicked out exposing the studs in the walls, and on nearly every available surface, spray paint indicated what that section of the house was to be used for, from the "liquor wall" to the "sex room." The Ft. Myers, Fla., party ended late...
  • Acorn Breaks into Home

    02/20/2009 5:23:33 PM PST · by Baladas · 99 replies · 3,170+ views
    abc2news.com ^ | 01/20/09 | Britteny Gordon
    Some community activists could face criminal charges after breaking into a home in Southeast Baltimore. Police were at the home Thursday night looking for fingerprints and other evidence. The activists who staged the break-in belong to the Association of Community Organizations For Reform Now or ACORN. After snapping a lock with bolt cutters, ACORN member Louis Beverly told supporters "this is our house now." ACORN staged the demonstration to protest the foreclosure crisis sweeping the nation. The home in the 300 block of Ellwood Avenue used to be owned by Donna Hanks. She lost this home in September, after owning...
  • Michelle Malkin: Anarchy in the USA by ACORN

    02/20/2009 9:48:32 AM PST · by lewisglad · 29 replies · 2,012+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | February 19, 2009 11:21:58 PM
    In tandem with the Bad Borrowers Bailout, Obama's old friends at the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now are launching a "Home Savers" campaign. As with most of the bully tactics of the radical left-wing group, it ain't gonna be pretty. They are the shock troops on the streets doing the dirty work while the Community Organizer-in-Chief keeps his hands clean. Trumpets ACORN: "On Feb. 19, ACORN members will launch a new tactic in fighting foreclosures: civil disobedience. Participants in the ACORN Home Savers campaign nationwide will simply refuse to move out of foreclosed homes, or in some cases,...
  • Man Loses Portion of His Nose in Electricity Argument

    02/19/2009 5:40:57 PM PST · by Drew68 · 52 replies · 1,486+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 19 Feb 09
    A Fort Worth man will be facing what will no doubt be a series of painful reconstructive surgeries after half of his nose was torn off during a fight with his next-door neighbor. Scott Jackson, 37, says, "I got hit in the face with a beer bottle or something and it cut half my nose off." It happened Wednesday night in a mobile home park off Ohio Gardens Drive just north of Rockwall Golf Course near the Jacksboro Highway. The victim says he was only trying to protect himself and his property when his neighbor and possibly one other man...
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors—to Break Into Vacant Houses

    02/19/2009 5:18:38 PM PST · by Drew68 · 48 replies · 2,200+ views
    Twin Cities Daily Planet ^ | 18 Feb 09 | Madeleine Baran
    Poverty rights activists broke into at least a dozen vacant Minneapolis buildings this week and helped homeless families move in. "This is the modern underground railroad," said Cheri Honkala, National Organizer for the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, the group organizing the "takeovers." This week's actions are part of a growing national movement to illegally open up thousands of vacant, foreclosed homes to provide housing for the growing number of homeless people. Over 3,000 Minneapolis homes went into foreclosure in 2008. Advocates estimate that over 7,000 Minnesotans are homeless. Most Twin Cities' homeless shelters have been filled to capacity...