2009-04-25nytimes.com

"Judge Logan had entered the murky realm of MERS. Although the average person has never heard of it, MERS — short for Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems — holds 60 million mortgages on American homes, through a legal maneuver that has saved banks more than $1 billion over the last decade but made life maddeningly difficult for some troubled homeowners."


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taps65 at 06:41 2009-04-26 said:
"Too often we excuse those who build their won lives from the shattered dreams of other human beings" - RFK

It's our choice to have this tyranny continue or change it just like our forefathers did.

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one

people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with

another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and

equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle

them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they

should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,

that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,

that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That

to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving

their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any

Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right

of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,

laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such

form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and

Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long

established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and

accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed

to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing

the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses

and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design

to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty,

to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future

security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and

such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former

Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain

is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct

object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To

prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary

for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and

pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent

should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to

attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large

districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of

Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and

formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual,

uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records,

for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his

measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with

manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others

to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation,

have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State

remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from

without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that

purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing

to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the

conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to

Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their

offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of

Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the

Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the

Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our

constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their

Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders

which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring

Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its

Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for

introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and

altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves

invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his

Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and

destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to

compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with

circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most

barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas

to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their

friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has

endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless

Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished

destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in

the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered

only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by

every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free

people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have

warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend

an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the

circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have

appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured

them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations,

which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence.

They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We

must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our

Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in

War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in

General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the

world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority

of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare,

That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and

Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the

British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the

State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as

Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude

Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts

and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the

support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of

Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our

Fortunes, and our sacred Honor. Permalink

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