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To: Oral Roberts who wrote (249833)5/14/2008 11:36:30 AM
From: goldworldnet
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Four years is a long time and that's presuming he wouldn't be reelected. Bill Clinton was a walk in the park compared with what can be expected from Obama.

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To: LindyBill who wrote (249804)5/14/2008 11:49:22 AM
From: ManyMoose
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I hope W and HW both come out and call this crap for what it is, a pack of lies. Isn't there such a thing as libel at play here? It's not like they can make the usual disclaimer "Purely Coincidental."

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To: KLP who wrote (249806)5/14/2008 11:50:43 AM
From: ManyMoose
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The American taxpayers will have to pay for China and the rest of the emerging world as well, if we aren't very careful.

Didn't we pay for decommissioning the USSR's nukes, except the ones that got through?

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To: D. Long who wrote (249832)5/14/2008 11:53:26 AM
From: DMaA
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I believe McCain is the party's nominee because he was promised it in exchange for his gracious withdrawal in 2000. I am guessing there was intense negotiating going on in that month where he was being coy about accepting Kerry's VP spot.

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To: mistermj who wrote (249809)5/14/2008 11:53:47 AM
From: ManyMoose
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Wilma! We're gonna be rich! They bought my latest design!

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From: miraje5/14/2008 11:55:30 AM
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Warning for residents of the Peoples State of California: Watch your assets!!

Not-So-Safe-Deposit Boxes: States Seize Citizens' Property to Balance Their Budgets

Resources to Search for Unclaimed Property in Your Name
By ELISABETH LEAMY
May 12, 2008 —

The 50 U.S. states are holding more than $32 billion worth of unclaimed property that they're supposed to safeguard for their citizens. But a "Good Morning America" investigation found some states aggressively seize property that isn't really unclaimed and then use the money -- your money -- to balance their budgets.

Unclaimed property consists of things like forgotten apartment security deposits, uncashed dividend checks and safe-deposit boxes abandoned when an elderly relative dies.

Banks and other businesses are required to turn that property over to the state for safekeeping. The problem is that the states return less than a quarter of unclaimed property to the rightful owners.

Not-So-Safe-Deposit Boxes

San Francisco resident Carla Ruff's safe-deposit box was drilled, seized, and turned over to the state of California, marked "owner unknown."

"I was appalled," Ruff said. "I felt violated."

Unknown? Carla's name was right on documents in the box at the Noe Valley Bank of America location. So was her address -- a house about six blocks from the bank. Carla had a checking account at the bank, too -- still does -- and receives regular statements. Plus, she has receipts showing she's the kind of person who paid her box rental fee. And yet, she says nobody ever notified her.

"They are zealously uncovering accounts that are not unclaimed," Ruff said.

To make matters worse, Ruff discovered the loss when she went to her box to retrieve important paperwork she needed because her husband was dying. Those papers had been shredded.

And that's not all. Her great-grandmother's precious natural pearls and other jewelry had been auctioned off. They were sold for just $1,800, even though they were appraised for $82,500.

"These things were things that she gave to me," Ruff said. "I valued them because I loved her."

Bank of America told ABC News it deeply regrets the situation and appreciates the difficulty of what Mrs. Ruff was going through. The bank has reached a settlement with Ruff and continues to update its unclaimed property procedures as laws change.

California's Class Action Lawsuit

Ruff is not alone. Attorney Bill Palmer represents her and countless other citizens in a class action lawsuit against the state of California.

"They figured the safety-deposit box was safer than keeping it under the mattress," Palmer said. "In the case of a lot of citizens, they were wrong, weren't they?"

California law used to say property was unclaimed if the rightful owner had had no contact with the business for 15 years. But during various state budget crises, the waiting period was reduced to seven years, and then five, and then three. Legislators even tried for one year. Why? Because the state wanted to use that free money...
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Rest of the article at abcnews.go.com

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To: goldworldnet who wrote (249793)5/14/2008 12:03:24 PM
From: JDN
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You know, the way the GREENIES have and are screwing up this country with their RIDICULOUS ideas causing incredible hardship on people I think perhaps in my lifetime I will see municipalities issue HUNTING LICENSES for GREENIES. jdn

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To: LindyBill who wrote (249804)5/14/2008 12:07:23 PM
From: JDN
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Just imagin what ASSHOLES people like stone will look like once Bush is gone and the nation realizes what a GEM we had. jdn

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To: JDN who wrote (249840)5/14/2008 12:08:13 PM
From: Alan Smithee
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You know, the way the GREENIES have and are screwing up this country with their RIDICULOUS ideas causing incredible hardship on people I think perhaps in my lifetime I will see municipalities issue HUNTING LICENSES for GREENIES.


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To: JDN who wrote (249840)5/14/2008 12:10:07 PM
From: goldworldnet
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Liberals are prone to put Europe on a pedestal and for once I wish environmentalists would take a cue from Europe that uses nuclear as their top source of electric power.

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