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How to Watch Gone With The Wind

Been wracking my brain for the past few days for a way to tell folks how to watch one of my favorite movies of all time. Everything would be much simpler if everyone would read the book. It is long, but extremely readable and will pull you along as it sweeps through one of the most turbulent times in our history. Reading Mitchell’s work did more to encourage my study of the American Civil War than any other work I’ve read.

Reading just the first two lines of the book will alert you to the fact that the movie is strictly a production based upon the book. Much of Scarlett’s life is not depicted in the movie. The war provides a backdrop to the foregrounded “romance” but GWTW is not a romance, but an historical novel that records many of the significant battles that took place from 1862 forward. People tearing down the statue of US Grant don’t know their history. Hell, his affiliation is in his initials. It is true that he owned one slave, but he came through when it really counted.

Line one: “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.” Vivien Leigh was pixie cute, white folks think of her as beautiful. She definitely did not look like Scarlett as she is described in line one. Hence, the movie is a production designed to bring folks to the theaters. Remember, too, this movie was released in 1939; America was in the grip of Jim Crow segregation and the Great Depression, in need of diversion. The film is beautiful, the costumes are beautiful, the players are beautiful. The film was supposed to divert and make everyone feel better as they struggled to live.

Line two: “In her face were too sharply blended the delicate features of her mother, a Coast aristocrat of French descent, and the heavy ones of her florid Irish father.” For me, this line tells me that Scarlett’s parents are not white because whites of the time were Anglo-Saxon Protestants. French descent and florid Irish say immigrant past to me, and if one was an immigrant or emanated from immigrant stock, one was not white. Gerald O’Hara married up when he wed Ellen of the aristocracy. His ownership and management of a successful plantation was his entreé to acceptance as a white man. People were suspicious of the O’Hara’s because they did not brutalize their slaves. They were Catholics, Papists. You can’t come to this interpretation unless you read the book and know some history.

Some folks are dredging up the old nonsense about the portrayal of stereotypes when it comes to the Black characters, particulary Hattie McDaniel’s portrayal of Mammy. I still quote her and I first saw this movie when I was ten. “It just ain’t fittin’.” Mammy spoke her mind, she called white trash white trash and wasn’t reprimanded for it. In fact, Mammy was the disciplinarian in the house, firmer than Scarlett’s mother or father. All deferred to Mammy. I don’t believe this was the stereotyped behavior of house slaves, particularly in the houses of true whites. Butterfly McQueen’s portrayal of Prissy paid her royalties until her death in 1995. She said she took the role so she could pay for her furniture. Two hundred dollars a week in 1939 was a queenly sum. She thought no one would come to see a movie “about slavery.” McDaniel said she’d rather play a maid or slave than actually be one when subjected to criticism by the Black critics of then and now.

If you won’t read the book, which is great, second in popularity to the Bible, and I don’t believe that many people have actually read the Bible, at least read something that gives some context about the war. I’d recommend My Vicksburg by Ann Rinaldi. It is a young adult novel and won’t take a lot of your time to read. You’ll learn about the conflicts within white families when one brother fights for the Union and the other brother fights for the Confederacy. The Civil War was all about white boys killing the hell out of other white boys over the institution of slavery.

Watch GWTW with the understanding that it is portrayed as a romance, but the book is a Bildungsroman and a story about survival once all you’ve known of stable society is destroyed. GWTW is more rightly classified as an historical novel. The film is a romance with Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. That’s how they got the box office. Remember it is a production meant to distract people from their economic despair. In 1957, Gable would portray a slaver in love with one of his purchases. Sidney Poitier was a major player in this film with Yvonne DeCarlo and Gable. I have never heard Poitier mention his role as Rau Ru in this movie based on a book, A Band of Angels, by Robert Penn Warren, who was a civil rights activist, journalist, and novelist. If you can find it, read the book, then see the movie. All about miscegenation, slavery, passing. Just think, in 1957 movies were still being made about slavery and related topics.

All this pandering by corporations to remove Uncle Ben (never liked that plastic rice), Aunt Jemima (I can make my own damn pancakes), and the gentleman on the Cream of Wheat box (he always reminded me of a Pullman Porter and I like remembering those working men of the past). Why are white people trying to erase history now? They just discovered racist iconography? Sumbitch.

Get with me after you read the book, see the movie, read Rinaldi, or you just want to talk history, slavery, and the living history we’re making and living through right now.

Peace, Beloved

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The Case of the Changed Claim Number

Kent Stiles, adjuster for Safeco/Liberty Mutual Insurance, changed the claim number of the claim I filed on 22 April 2016. If you’ve followed my blog, you know I have been submitting descriptions of my first-time consumer experience of submitting a homeowner insurance claim with Safeco Insurance.

Kent Stiles and Nahal Mazandarani changed a settled $48,000 claim into one for more than $430,000, though I am certain much more money than this has been expropriated. The scam is too widespread, too longlasting, involves too many players for the sums recorded on paper to properly compensate them all.

After figuring out Mazandarani and Stiles were conning me, I asked Mazandarani if she was on drugs. She had us move into what I described at the time as an “abandoned” project. This same language is used in the citation issued the contractor, Vince Paglia dba Protech, by the Contractors State License Board. Mazandarani took extreme umbrage to my suggestion that she must be out of her mind if I was supposed to move into a building with an open trench in my back yard and a pallet serving as the step into the only point of ingress or egress without resorting to a window. I spoke with Stiles about this; he claimed to be her supervisor. I may have suggested to both of them that I would whip Mazandarani’s ass if she showed her face ’round me ever again in life. Hence, all subsequent interactions have been with Kent Stiles.

I patiently waited for the Department of Insurance agent, John Mort, to help me get answers to my questions about the irregular ways my claim has been handled. Little did I know John Mort was working for Kent Stiles even though the Department of Insurance is supposed to be looking out for consumers. Kent Stiles has a very long reach is what I’ve learned in this 3.5 year homeowner claim experience. John Mort had to have been aware of the change in claim number; homeowner claim history is recorded in external databases for at least seven years. The claim number for the claim I filed 22 April 2016 and for which I possess a physical claim file, has been changed. The new number is something I have never seen before. For the past 3.5 years it has listed the cause of loss as water when the actual cause was wind, like those blowing fire now. The tree that lost the limb that fell on my bedroom still stands and sways in the high winds, but Kent Stiles paid for project, that now adds a rescinded Certificate of Occupancy to its faults. Recently, through the dispute process with one of the databases, Kent Stiles reversed himself, changed the cause to wind, but holding fast to the more than $430K charged against my insurance policy, charged against the consumer, charged against this unfamiliar- to – me claim number.

Think the IRS needs to know about this?

No matter how many times I told Kent Stiles something was wrong, he either ignored me or told me a lie. No matter how many people I spoke to at Safeco/Liberty Mutual, no one batted an eye at what Kent Stiles was doing and continues to do to me, my claim. If I spoke to one person, from supervisors, managers, the Presidential Service Team, I spoke to twenty and er’rbody was ultimately working for Kent Stiles.

Can anybody tell me why Kent Stiles would change my claim number; why John Mort of the Department of Insurance, regulatory body, would let me waste two years waiting for his intervention in helping me get, what I thought at the time were, documents relevant to my claim? The Stall is a major part of this scam. Time must elapse so that the unassuming consumer won’t catch wise until the claims history disappears from view.

This seems like embezzlement to me and fraud at my expense, conducted by an institution I am forced to use to protect my property. I question the impartiality of the regulatory body, the Department of Insurance. I question how Safeco/Liberty Mutual is allowed to stay in the insurance business, except I’ve always thought insurance is a racket.

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I Don’t See Color

Here’s a phrase that sincerely chaps my ass. What if the police ask you to describe me? Whachugonsay?

Discovered my disgust with this statement after getting into a discussion about who can and can’t say nigger. We concluded with the thought that anyone can say anything (conditional) because this is a country that constitutionally guarantees freedom of speech. I added that saying anything means being ready and able to take the consequences of those utterances.

See, you can’t say nigger to everyone. I don’t care how you spell it, inflect it, think it’s cute or a term of endearment, you can’t say that to everyone. Some folks have a reflexive action to being called nigger. They will bust you in the mouth, with love, ’cause they ain’t having it. I think I am one of those people.

Nigger is a slur, an ethnophaulism. How’d you like it if I walked up to you and called you my Dago, my Wop, my Mick, my Chink, my Gook, my Buddhahead, my Guinea, my Spic, my Kike, (recent) my Beaner? Does it grate a little? If not, do you know someone who might not share your attitude?

It is difficult to find a slur for whites that carries the same punch as nigger. By becoming white, those ethnics who look more like the dominant group eventually became white. Hunky or honky no longer packed a punch. Even Jews thought, and think, they were white. It only takes a second to be disabused of that notion when faced with real crackers who think the kikes are out to replace them.

We are all color struck. We are overly concerned with the color of another’s skin because to be anything other than a variation of pink is to be diminished in the world. We don’t talk about slavery. We don’t talk about Jim Crow. We don’t talk about the Trail of Tears. We don’t talk about segregation, an active factor in our lives today. Why are we all color struck, especially those who come here from other countries where there may or may not be a racial history of torture and abuse? Loss of cultural and historical memory? Loss of self-awareness? Loss of our humanity? For certain, it is because we have been taught to be conscious of color, particularly for purposes of differentiation and separation.

We need to speak to one another in the way we wish to be addressed. Don’t come @ me with your nigger speak. I really will bust you in your mouth, with love, and dare you to call the police. Since you don’t see color, you won’t be able to give a credible description and I will go on my way, hoping I taught you something of value.

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Why Safeco and Protech are Fired: Insurance/Contractor Scam

Moment2In conversation with the State Contractors License Board, I learned that the relationship between a contractor and insurance adjuster is private, that no one is privy to what goes on during the claims process between them. This characteristic of the claims process works against the consumer, as I am a living example.

Protech did everything to make the outside of the building look good, but it is deteriorating before my eyes. They provided no invoices, receipts, warranties, or any other documentation to go with the objects installed in this house. There are fire sprinklers in here about which  I have no clue.

The floors are allegedly oak hardwood. I was told to choose laminate because hardwood was too expensive and I had to be mindful of my budget. I never could get a number figure as to how much was in my budget, but found out later that there was $80K remaining in the account. This was paid out to Protech in a mad rush, in the midst of dispute, with the work undone. They didn’t have time to vent the house, the electrical needs rewiring. There are two vent-free, infrared heaters in here somewhere, but I see only a gas heater.

My kitchen is set up in such a way as to prevent my safe use of the stove. Gas lines installed where they are unneeded. I have not had full access to my kitchen for 5 months. Kitchen cabinets were only installed last week, yet they were listed as items bought and paid for on the estimate presented to Safeco for payment. Everything completely unverified, yet paid for, in full. Astonishing.

Frames were not removed, but left to rot underground. The water filter, connected only to the hot water even though it was billed as a whole house filter, had no filter in the canister. The contractor locked the tool in between pipes and told me he couldn’t remove it without turning off the gas. He stuck with this lie for weeks, then came and freed the tool without turning off the gas. Next, he tried to stop us from looking at the filter by saying there was no need to open the canister. Nevertheless, my son opened the canister and this is when we saw there was no filter in it.

The fencing is poorly done and every metal thing on the place, including the security door and the fencing is of poor quality, no comparison to what existed here before. I had hardwood floors, recessed lighting, the most beautiful and pollinator-inviting yard you ever saw. Protech destroyed it and left this cheap junk in place of my handbuilt, 1923 Rambler.

I suspect none of the appliances installed are new. Everything with a date on it comes from 2015. There are no invoices or receipts to prove differently. This house was built as a flip house. This is business?

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FINANCIAL ELDER ABUSE

Guess what? I have been victimized by my tortfeasor attorney because he allowed my homeowner’s insurance funds to be taken by Beal Bank with his full knowledge and assistance. Wonder if I have to sue him to get my money back as Beal Bank continues to play dummy?

Financial Elder Abuse. Who’d a thunk it?

Hope it is a felony.

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Documentation

Before the Independence Day break, I sent the FDIC 22 pages of documentation refuting the claims of Beal Bank.

To refute their claim that they owned my mother’s mortgage loan in 2003, I submitted the business name filing statement from Texas that says Beal Bank came into existence in 2010. This information came from counsel for Beal Bank and was included in the documents said counsel submitted to my attorney for the bankruptcy I was forced to file to stop the foreclosure Beal Bank claims they did not issue.

Also, I think I figured out how this scam was run for such a long time. In 2011, MGC Mortgage told me to file an Affidavit of Heirship to become authorized to take over my mom’s mortgage. I sent a copy of this document that I was told, after submitting it, was not the appropriate document to use, and I would still not be authorized to discuss the loan. What they did was create a file with my name misspelled with the addition of a superflous letter. All information about the property went into this file, including the insurance information. My name is on the insurance from 2011 and MGC Mortgage knew this. The name on the homeowner insurance and on the mortgage must match to be legal. I sent a copy of my insurance declaration from 2011 with MGC Mortgage listed as a lienholder and showing my last name misspelled, thus putting to rest the lie that they had no notice of my mom’s death until 2013 during probate.

To the Beal Bank 15: Check all your documents for errors of this nature. Name misspellings and missing document numbers that would allow for tracking a document’s history over time. Having acquired the original Trust Deed document with all escrow and loan numbers, I was then able to send FDIC and Beal Bank the document showing that Residential Credit Solutions was the servicer of the mortgage and held it at the time Beal Bank claims to have owned the loan.

I sent many other documents to FDIC to support my claim that I have been robbed by Beal/MGC/Dovenmuehle et al. systematically over time, starting from 2008 when the real estate bubble burst and spilled corruption out all over American mortgage consumers.

I want my insurance money back. In fact, I want all money back that was paid to this institution because I am not convinced that their claims are at all valid. If there was a valid claim, why all of these lies, obfuscations, and the dreaded runaround?

 

 

 

 

 

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Beal Bank (Real/Real)

In 2014, Beal Bank (6000 Legacy Drive, Plano TX, 75024 469.467.5000) foreclosed against my home via a Trust Deed.

They have been paid off through their affiliate, MGC Mortgage/Dovenmuehle Bank (Dovenmuehe Mortgage Inc, 1 Corporate Dr., Lake Zurich IL, 60047 No working phone number).

After paying off a Trust Deed, children, the original instrument should be returned to the legal owner of the property.

Beal Bank has not returned my Trust Deed. The Bank seems unaware that it foreclosed on my property. Zieve Law (30 Corporate Park, #450, Irvine CA, 92606 714.848.7920) placed a lien on my property, but there was no Trust Deed, else probate judge would have informed me of its presence.

Language has been changed in documents submitted to BK court to no longer reflect payoff of a Trust Deed, but payoff of a mortgage. However, foreclosure documents state there is a Trust Deed.

Where, oh where can my Trust Deed be? I do not want my son to have to live through this nightmare.

 

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Beal has been Paid (Real/Real)

Insurance proceeds totaling more than the amount demanded by Beal Bank/MGC Mortgage, Inc. have been received by the bankruptcy department in Lake Zurich, IL, original handler of my mortgage payments, loan modification requests, originator of requests for Affidavits of Heirship and directions to get title to the property without ever    mentioning probate.

As MGC  Mortgage, Inc. is listed as a lienholder on my homeowner insurance, the checks are made to both of us. I had to endorse the checks and send them to Beal Bank as bankrutcpy payments. It is allegedly illegal for them to take the monies and leave me high and dry for repairs to my home. I want them to continue breaking the law as with them I want no further truck.

However, I expect them to come up with some trick to keep me in bankruptcy and under their thumbs until Rapture. They have managed it this long, portraying me as the irresponsible, underhanded one who failed to report my mother’s death to them until I filed probate. They also claim that they have held this loan from 2003, two years before my mother’s death. These claims are in the court documents, made by attorneys for Beal. In documents from MGC to the FDIC, they admit they had knowledge of my mother’s death from 2008. This makes sense as I paid two other companies for this loan before I began paying MGC Mortgage in 2007-8. Nevertheless, I’m the lie and Andrew Beal is the rich, pretty boy.

We will see . . ..

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Beal Bank (Real/Real)

Counsel for Beal Bank filed a falsified document with the federal bankruptcy court, asserting their right to foreclose on my property based on a secured trust deed … that was fully reconveyed in … 1997.

The purpose of probate is to establish clear title to real property. If an active trust deed existed on the property, it would have been unearthed through the probate process.

Beal Bank ignored the probate results, that awarded title to me, free, clear, and uncontested, and proceeded with their wrongful foreclosure.

Also, Beal Bank, through their falsfied document have accepted responsibility for making me pay for a mortgage that was not mine for 10 years.

Waiting for the BK court to tell me something, but have to wait until April.

I think I am owed some money.