February 20, 2009

Obama's Brownshirts Begin Breaking into Homes as "Civil Disobedience"

Hope. Change. Home Invasions.

A community organization breaks into a foreclosed home in what they are calling an act of civil disobedience.

The group wants to train homeowners facing eviction on peaceful ways they can remain in their homes.

Derek Valcourt reports their actions are not without controversy.

Near Patterson Park, the padlock on the door and the sign in the window tell part of Donna Hanks foreclosure story.

"The mortgage went up $300 in one month," said Hanks, former homeowner.

She says the bank refused to modify her loan and foreclosed, kicking her out of the house in September.

The community group ACORN calls Hanks a victim of predatory lending.

"This is our house now," said Louis Beverly, ACORN.

And on Thursday afternoon, they literally broke the foreclosure padlock right off the front door and then broke into the house, letting Hanks back in for the first time in months.

What a nice little protection racket they've got running. First they bully and cajole lawmakers into rewriting the law so that people can buy homes they can't afford, and when—surprise!—the "victims" are foreclosed upon, ACORN then teaches them to break back in and claim the homes as their own.

I know this is a radical thought, perhaps from a bygone age, but if you can't afford to pay for property, it isn't yours.

These people are at best ignorant and foolish for attempting to buy homes they could never legitimately expect to afford. Now, they seem intent on adding property invasion and squatting to their resumes.

There was evidence of remodeling at the home in this story, suggesting that the home was being made ready for market or was already sold, but thankfully no one was home at the time.

Who is going to take responsibility when ACORN-trained goons go too far, and start "reclaiming" homes that belong to people who have legally purchased a foreclosed home? What happens when ACORN-trained thugs make a mistake, and break into an occupied dwelling and someone gets hurt?

As Rick Moran notes The American Thinker notes, the Obama-trained Marxists goons at ACORN feel such a strong sense of entitlement that they feel justified breaking into someone else's home and taking over someone else's property to "right a wrong" they specifically helped create.

When a group begins to feel they are justified in simply taking what they haven't earned, a society's freedoms become imperiled. This is your handiwork, Mr. President, from a group you promoted, helped finance, and trained.

Somehow, I can't help but wonder if this is precisely what the most famous disciple of Saul Alinsky had in mind.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at February 20, 2009 03:01 PM

I love the Obama dagger. Also, remember that ACORN just got 2 billion dollars from the rape-us law to continue their fine work.

Posted by: Mekan at February 20, 2009 04:29 PM

If this were Britain, they'd have squatters rights, wouldn't they?

Posted by: Sif at February 20, 2009 10:54 PM

A couple of notes, CY. Donna Hanks is an ACORN leader in Baltimore.

As for purchasing homes they couldn't afford, this wasn't Hanks case. She bought it in 2001 in cash for $87k and did several re-mortgages until the final one in 2005 for $250K. According to court records, the first foreclosure started the year after, in mid 2006 but that stopped for un-noted reasons. Foreclosure started up again in Feb 2008 and was finalized with eviction in Sept 2008.

Here's the NPR story.

You can view up the court record summaries here by putting her name in the form. It's the 5th and 6th entries.

Hanks had time to avert foreclosure for two years and didn't. She knew she couldn't keep a $1600/mo mortgage on a $2200/mo salary even before it rose to $1900/mo. She did nothing but squat.

She should be arrested and prosecuted. The same for her collaborators.

What would be interesting to know is if she was with ACORN in 2005 or if she joined later after they preyed on her emotions.

Posted by: Dusty at February 21, 2009 12:50 AM

So, Hanks' problem stemmed from using her once paid off house as a credit card? There goes any sympathy I might have had.

As for the ACORNers, when can we expect them to be arrested and prosecuted for breaking and entering?

Posted by: Pablo at February 21, 2009 09:24 AM

The Baltimore police were there on Thursday taking fingerprints - I guess the video tape of them cutting the lock and walking through the house wasn't enough.

Thought you might be interested in some REAL information related to this foreclosure; Donna Hanks initially purchased her home (315 South Ellwood, Baltimore, MD 21224) on 7/06/2001 for $87,000. At some date between 2001 and 2006 she re-financed the original mortgage for the amount of $270,000 with a mortgage payment of $1,662.00. The FIRST foreclosure on this home was filed 5/31/2006. Donna Hanks filed for bankruptcy 6/16/06 during which a payment plan was approved for the $10,500 she was behind in her payments. This action stopped the original foreclosure. When she did not meet the terms of the bankruptcy re-payment, a second foreclosure action was started in January 2008. At the time she had not made her mortgage payments since September 2007. It should be noted that her salary per the bankruptcy paperwork was $1625 per month and she was working a 2nd and 3rd job (supposedly giving her an additional $1,275 in monthly income - the employers were not listed). Over extended? Also, during 2007 she was renting our her basement illegally (she was taken to court) and receiving rent while she was not making her mortgage payments. The mortgage company "raised" her payment $300 a month - right? Well, not exactly it was $340. The amount that she had agreed to pay back in arrears. Not exactly truthful, but what I would expect from a person with her criminal record (theft and assault 2nd degree and possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure). Oh and there is the small matter of breaking and entering. The house at 315 South Ellwood had already been sold at auction on 6/26/08 for $192,000. It just took them until September 2008 to get her out. Nothing like public information - it seems Acorn could have found this same information before they helped this "poor" victimized woman.....................

Posted by: Sherry at February 21, 2009 10:04 AM

I work in bankruptcy and that scenario is all too familiar. No doubt the woman's Chapter 13 was simply dismissed for failure to make payments under the plan and the mtg company sought to complete its foreclosure action. She can't keep a house she can't afford to pay for. And if she refi'd the house she bought for $87K for $270K, where the hell did that money go? ACORN is a pack of thugs and latter day bolsheviks. Screw them.

Posted by: zhombre at February 21, 2009 01:30 PM

Hope, Change, Breaking and Entering

Posted by: PA at February 21, 2009 09:38 PM

Sounds like a great new show for HGTV!

Posted by: Paco at February 21, 2009 10:12 PM

Steal This House!

Posted by: Pablo at February 21, 2009 10:41 PM

What? You have to pay back that which you borrowed? I guess the definition of predatory lender is dumbed down now to one stupid enough to believe you ever intended to pay anything back.

Posted by: Teleprompter Messiah at February 22, 2009 12:46 AM

Teleprompter Messiah at February 22, 2009 12:46 AM

Yeah. I'm thinking the problem wasn't predatory lenders but predatory borrowers.

Posted by: Dusty at February 22, 2009 04:19 AM

Any day now, frenzied Confederate Yankee is going to take his badass gunz and shoot some liberals or maybe some black people. You can tell he's itching for all out war with everyone who voted for Obama (that would be most Americans) though I can't really see him signing up for right wing military duty. After all, he never had the guts to sign up for Iraq. He's an armchair warrior all the way.

Posted by: MacKenna at February 22, 2009 06:31 AM

Obama and ACORN have set the game up very nicely. You do realize that the only way to resolve this is to get rid of the pesky problem of private property.

Home nationalization and state ownership of residential property is right around the corner.

Posted by: HatlessHessian at February 22, 2009 10:09 AM

I am wondering. Things in my area of the South are changing fast. Many people are getting ready for revolution or complete breakdown of the government. What is the situation in your regions?
Even Fox seems to be broadcasting programs indicating a breakdown in the next few years.

Posted by: David at February 22, 2009 12:23 PM

MacKenna ,,, You should question what comes out of your mouth and from the tip of your pen a little more closely. Confederate Yankee, like most of us who are adult and conservative, doesn't shoot anybody, just because he is irritated at their ignorance. That would be a full-time job in itself. He's far too intelligent for that. You also say that those who voted for Obama would be "most people" in the U.S. Goodness me, young person, since when is 53% of the popular vote "most people" or a landslide, as many liberals call it. If you know anything about math, you know that's a bare majority, not a landslide.

My suggestion to you is that you learn to do research, as your teachers and professors should have taught you. And when you've mastered that skill, learn to write clearly and coherently. Yes, you'll have to do that pretty much on your own, since these formerly essential skills are no longer included in the modern scholastic curricula, but persevere. You can do it.

Then come back and we'll talk.

Marianne Matthews

Posted by: Marianne Matthews at February 22, 2009 02:16 PM

This does not bode well. It's the sixties radicals all over again. Oh, wait ...

Posted by: DoorHold at February 22, 2009 02:45 PM

I bought my home from the bank with cash (it was a repo home)

I'd just like to ACORN try and "break" into my house to give it back to the old owner.

Civil Disobedience is still disobedience, and I'm a Texan, and we've got the right to shoot first and ask questions last.

Posted by: Comrade Tovya at February 22, 2009 03:54 PM


Great background information. And you bring up an excellent point that has been passed over much too often in the last week--how many of these loans were re-financed to put cash into borrower's pockets? And we are bailing those people out too?

BTW, how many of these borrowers are illegal aliens? And how many illegals will be bailed out? Not a question I hear asked.


Ask questions? Someone is breaking into my house, I already have my questions answered.

Posted by: iconoclast at February 23, 2009 05:10 PM