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  •  friends, we have an opening (4.00)
    the unbelievablly callous disregard of the credit card companies and their puppets in the government for the wellbeing and dignity of military families, on top of all the other shit they're being forced to put up with (no armor, substandard mess halls, an impossible mission, exposure to DU, being forced to pay for phone cards, etc.), gives us a crystal clear image with which to beat back the bankruptcy bill (and do good at the same time). if we raise hell about this, and turn their hollow "support the troops" slogans against them, we might be able to raise enough awareness on this to derail the house bill (or else get an amendment in to make this kind of thing illegal), and then get the senate dems to block it the next time around.
    •  Where's the f**king hearings? (none)
      Contrast this crap to f**king steroids in baseball. WTF!
    •  OK! (none)
      You may have something there?

      Please inform me?

      I have no idea about the others on this board, but if there is some way we can communicate let us do so.

    •  Where are the dems on the armed services committee (none)
      Seriously, I wonder why someone like Carl Levin hasn't made any comments/statements on this?

      How about the people on the commerce and banking committee?

      Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead

      by Cordelia Lear on Sun Mar 27, 2005 at 11:05:30 PM PST

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    •  It's already illegal! (none)
      but that doesn't help you if the courts are unfamiliar with the law. (see the update)
      •  You may have (none)
        some courts and some small creditors unfamiliar with the act, but major banks (like Citigroup) ARE familiar with the Act.  I recently had a client who had discharged in bankruptcy loans from KeyBank.  Yet, KeyBank was still debiting from his checking account interest on the discharged loans.  HELLO?? They knew the loans had been discharged. It took three letters from me (the last being a threatened motion for contempt, to be served on their local branch naming their local Vice-President, time to be served in the local pokey, with the bankruptcy judge in full agreement) to get them to STOP.  Even their local COUNSEL could not get them to STOP.  The national headquarters just ignored us.

        National banks, like Wells Fargo, know about the law, they just don't CARE.  You not only have to get a court order, you have to get a judge willing to enforce it by throwing someone in JAIL and get media attention before they will stop.  I was utterly astounded.  So was the judge.

        I feel very sorry for reservists and active duty personnel who are not aware of their rights and are getting screwed royally, especially by the big banks who know better, but figure it's up to the servicepeople to raise the defense.  Hey, if they don't raise it, it's found money to the banks.  I know there's a special circle in hell for these people.

        We do not rent rooms to Republicans.

        by Mary Julia on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 09:58:49 AM PST

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    •  Letter to Senator Cornyn (none)
      This is a potion of a letter I faxed to Senator Cornyn  - we don't have the luxury of a democratic senator here in Texas - today:

        "I am also concerned about the lack of respect for our servicemen shown by the credit industry, which is demonstrated by an article in this morning's New York Times. An example of the industry's abuse cited by the Times occurred in Texas:

          At Fort Hood, Tex., a soldier's wife was sued by a creditor trying to collect a debt owed by her and her husband, who was serving in Baghdad at the time. A local judge ruled against her, saying she had defaulted, even though specialists say the relief act forbids default judgments against soldiers serving overseas and protects their spouses as well. . . .

          When Sgt. Michael Gaskins of Fort Hood, Tex., was sent to Iraq last April, his wife, Melissa, was left to cope with a dispute over a delinquent loan from the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital credit union; the couple took out the loan just before Sergeant Gaskins enlisted in November 2001. When the credit union took the couple to court in Texas last year, a military lawyer at Fort Hood alerted the local judge that the new relief act required that the case be deferred because Sergeant Gaskins was abroad.

          But on Feb. 18, a county court judge in Gatesville, Tex., ruled that Mrs. Gaskins had lost the case by default. She was ordered to pay the credit union more than $6,000 and turn over the family truck, which secured the loan. Colonel Odom, who is also representing the couple, is trying to have the default judgment overturned, in part on the ground that the relief act protects spouses as well as service members.

          The credit union in Tallahassee, Fla., disputes that. "It's our position the act does not protect her," said Palmer Williams, a lawyer for the organization. Judge Susan R. Stephens, the county judge who signed the default judgment, said she did not think that Mrs. Gaskins had ever invoked the relief act but said she would review the matter when it came before her.

          I am not complaining about the state Court.  The Judge appears willing to correct her mistake.  I am complaining about callous disregard for our troops by an industry that seems to be able to get whatever it wants out of our current Congress.  At the very least, congressional action on the Bankruptcy bill should be stayed pending further investigation of abuses like those cited by the Times.  The Bankruptcy bill should be amended to protect our troops.  I cannot understand why a proposed amendment which would have done so was soundly defeated.  Please act to show Texas citizens and servicemen you represent them and their interests, not those of the credit industry."

      •  Need More Dems (none)
        When did you send this?

        I'm still  very disappointed in Cornyn's vote on the Bankruptcy Bill.  With the exception of one amendment to the bill, all other amendments proposed to help veterans and active duty military personal, he either voted no or didn't vote.

        --chris alluvus.com

        by AmBoy00 on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 02:27:24 PM PST

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