Daily Archives: August 16, 2015

Update on HOA threatening ‘jail time’ for family over color of backyard play set

HOA’s actions against this family are just plain evil..

Legal letters demand removal of the purple (!) swing set within weeks.

Editor’s note, early morning, Aug. 14: We reached Marla Stout late Thursday in advance of her  appearance Friday morning appearance on “Fox & Friends,” so this post has been updated throughout. She has mixed feelings about the media attention — which was instigated by neighbors contacting local reporters, not by the Stouts — because of her daughters, ages 8 and 5. “They start school on Wednesday, and this is not how we’d planned to spend our last week together. Bee starts kindergarten, and I was already a wreck over that and then this blew.” She took them out of town, but “my oldest got very upset today and cried because she thinks all of this is her fault because she wanted a colorful play set. My 5-year-old thinks they can stick it. … They have been all over the media and it was fun for five minutes, now not so much. Even though we have overwhelming community support, it’s hard.”

Editor’s note, about 4 p.m. PT Aug. 14: This post has been updated with information on the Go Fund Me campaign that friends and neighbors set up for the Stout Family Legal Defense Fund.

The offenders: the Stout family of Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

The offense: the color of their 2-year-old play set. It’s stained a shade of purple. (Purple! It’s practically a neutral! Well, here at Yahoo, anyway.)

Click here to read about it on Yahoo Homes.

These are documents from the Stout family’s dispute with their homeowner’s association over the color of their backyard play set. The Stouts’ September 2014 letter. Click here.

Legendary civil rights activist Julian Bond passed away

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary civil rights activist Julian Bond, SPLC’s first president. He was 75 years old and died last evening, August 15, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

From his days as the co-founder and communications director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s to his chairmanship of the NAACP in the 21st century, Julian was a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights. He served as the SPLC’s president from our founding in 1971 to 1979, and later as a member of its board of directors.

With Julian’s passing, the country has lost one of its most passionate and eloquent voices for the cause of justice. He advocated not just for African Americans, but for every group, indeed every person subject to oppression and discrimination, because he recognized the common humanity in us all.

Read on.

Trump says he’d deport undocumented immigrants as US president yet Trump Tower was built on undocumented immigrants’ backs

NBC News:

Donald Trump would reverse President Obama’s executive orders on immigration and deport all undocumented immigrants from the U.S. as president, he said in an exclusive interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd.

“We’re going to keep the families together, but they have to go,” he said in the interview, which will air in full on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this Sunday.

Pressed on what he’d do if the immigrants in question had nowhere to return to, Trump reiterated: “They have to go.”

“We will work with them. They have to go. Chuck, we either have a country, or we don’t have a country,” he said.

And yet, Trump Tower was built by undocument workers and paid $5 bucks an hour or less. From the Daily Beast:

The use of undocumented workers on a Trump construction site such as the hoteldescribed by The Washington Post this week is certainly nothing new.

Thirty-five years ago, a small army of illegal immigrants was used to clear the site for what became the crown jewel of Donald Trump’s empire.

The 200 demolition workers—nicknamed the Polish Brigade because of their home country—worked 12-hour shifts, seven days a week with no overtime to knock down the old Bonwit Teller building and make room for Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

According to testimony in a protracted civil suit in federal court, the laborers were paid $5 an hour or less when they were paid at all. Some went unpaid after the contractor had financial troubles. A few never received even the paltry sum that was owed them for their dirty and hazardous efforts preceding the construction of Trump’s monument to his own wealth.

“They were undocumented and worked ‘off the books,’” Manhattan federal Judge Charles Stewart said of the workers after they became the subject of a 1983 lawsuit. “No records were kept, no Social Security or other taxes were withheld.”

Trump was speaking with more firsthand knowledge than his readers likely imagined when he wrote in his 2011 book Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again that “illegal immigration is a wrecking ball aimed at U.S. Taxpayers.”

Dubious foreclosure cases are suffocating families

Buying a house is supposed to usher in a happy new phase — not a lengthy legal battle that puts your life in a deep freeze for years.

Foreclosure cases that drag on for years without resolution, however, have become a quiet crisis in New York, particularly for homeowners who have dared to fight back against dubious foreclosure claims by banks and investors.

Drawn-out foreclosures are forcing families to double up on housing, curtailing work opportunities outside New York, depleting savings accounts, blighting neighborhoods with vacant and abandoned properties, and draining hopes and dreams.

New Yorker Ron D., who declined to give his full name out of concern for his family’s privacy, has been struggling for more than five years to sort out who owns the loan on his metro-area home. He and his wife now live with their adult child, and don’t know when they will be able to sell their former dream house and pay their debts.

“This thing has become an itch that won’t go away,” he said.

Read on.

Trump: Because America needs someone who knows how to declare bankruptcy

God help us…

Submitted by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,

Just a few weeks ago, US talk show host Stephen Colbert was asked if he thought that Donald Trump had a chance of becoming President of the United States.

Colbert responded sincerely. “Honestly, he could. And that’s not an opinion of Trump. That’s my opinion of our nation.”

He’s right. The Land of the Free may very well be ready for something completely different. And Trump certainly seems able to deliver.

He is, after all, unique in his field. Donald Trump has never served in politics, and his blunt style is almost the exact opposite of every other major candidate.

But there’s one thing that really sets him apart, that, in my opinion, makes him the most qualified person for the job:

Donald Trump is an expert at declaring bankruptcy.

When the going gets tough, Trump stiffs his creditors. He’s done it four times!

Candidly, this is precisely what the Land of the Free needs right now: someone who can stop beating around the bush and just get on with it already.

As history shows, a default is inevitable.

The calculus is quite simple: when governments take on too much debt, they start having to divert a huge amount of their tax revenue just to pay interest.

This means that, at a minimum, the government has to sacrifice many of the promises they made to their citizens. They cut other programs in order to have enough money to pay interest.

But that’s not too popular. So instead they typically just borrow more money … until they’re borrowing money just to pay interest on money they’ve already borrowed.

Fidel Castro Admits Turning to U.S. For Financial Help in the 1980s

Fidel Castro begrudgingly admitted that Cuba was so desperate financially in the 1980s that he turned to a banker from the one country he hated the most: the United States.

“It was the year of the Marielitos”—the 1980 Cuban boatlift— “and he was under a lot of strain to be able to service the debt to the European banks who had lent to him, and also to some Canadian banks,” Bill Rhodes, a former Citigroup executive and author of “Banker of the World,” said. For decades, Rhodes was Citigroup’s Latin America liaison for decades.

Castro requested a meeting with Rhodes for financial advise. The prime minister told Rhodes he regretted kicking the International Monetary Fund out of Cuba in his early days of the communist revolution.