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>Citizen Performs Own Stimulus Package

>The following is taken from CNN:

  • Homeless no more: Plea to Obama pays off for woman

    Thursday, February 12, 2009 4:24:35 PM · by I still care · 30 replies · 1,034+ views

    CNN ^ | Feb 12. 2009 | CNN

    Acts of kindness will help pull the nation through its economic crisis, according to the woman who came to the rescue of a homeless Floridian who publicly appealed to President Obama.
  • Chene Thompson, the wife of state Rep. Nicholas Thompson, R-Fort Myers, is letting Henrietta Hughes and her son stay in a house she owns in nearby La Belle rent free until they get back on their feet. “You don’t have to be a politician to put forth a stimulus package,” Chene Thompson said during a joint interview with Hughes Thursday on CNN’s “American Morning.”
  • “This is our own little mini-stimulus package for a person who was a stranger and now is a friend.

    “Anybody can help anybody at any time. It doesn’t need to be something that comes from Washington; it can come from your own home and from your heart, even if it’s for a little bit.”

Henrietta Hughes, left, and Chene Thompson talk on the lawn of the home Thompson is letting Hughes use. (Slideshow)

Hughes emerged from the crowd at Tuesday’s town hall meeting in Fort Myers to tell Obama she and her son were living in a car and needed immediate help. The president asked her name, kissed her on the cheek and promised his staff would work with her.

Thompson, who was in the audience, stepped forward afterward to offer Hughes her vacant house, which the Thompsons had to leave because it is outside her husband’s legislative district.

“She was sincere and direct and to the point, and she needed help,” Thompson said. “And it actually touched me and I started to tear up and I started to cry. … It sort of broke my heart.”

Hughes feels “overwhelming gratitude,” she told CNN in the front yard of the house, “because no one would do that.”

“Oh, yes they would! Yes they would!” Thompson interjected, wrapping an arm around Hughes’ shoulders. “I was just in the right place at the right time.” Both women beamed.

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>Housing Scam and What To Do To Avoid Scams


Housing Scam Uses Craigslist As Tool

Renters Offered Great Deals On Renting Homes

A scam in Central Florida involving a popular Web site attempts to prey on individuals who are looking for affordable housing. Scam artists are using to place ads for homes to rent using the same name as the actual renter but a different e-mail address. The ad promises quality homes at an inexpensive price, but the person posting the ad does not own the home, which may be occupied by legitimate renters.                                                      _______________

Personal Safety Tips       craigslist help forum

You can sidestep would-be scammers by following these common-sense rules:

  • DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON – follow this one simple rule and you will avoid 99% of the scam attempts on craigslist.
  • NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service – anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.
  • CRAIGSLIST IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer “buyer protection” or “seller certification”
  • NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)

Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?

  • FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
  • FTC online complaint form (
  • Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501
  • Internet Fraud Complaint Center (
  • Non-emergency number for your local police department.

If you suspect that an item posted for sale on craigslist may be part of a scam, please email the details to “”. Be sure to include the URL (or eight-digit post ID number) in your message.

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>Florida Glassed In Beauty


How’s this for a fully contained beautiful backyard. Starting
with the home with it’s outside fully-covered kitchen, the leisure
room above, most likely with a view of a plush golf course or
a lake or pond, this home has a view from almost every room.

More and more Florida people are building mucho glass into their
plans because the sun shines almost every day of the year down
here and the grass, trees, and shrubs are green year-round. The
first thing you notice when you come from the upper Midwest is
that there is no salt or dirt on any of the cars driving along the
biways and hiways or in the gutters. We don’t use those caustic
chemicals and salt because we don’t have snow and ice. Everything
stays a little bit cleaner and when a car gets dusty you can count on
a 3 p.m. shower that grows the grass and washes the cars.

>Canidians Are Snapping Up U.S. Homes


Meet the Nouveaux Neighbors

The above was the headline of June Fletcher of the Wall Street Journal about the rush to buy U.S. homes by our neighbors up north.

Fletcher told a story of Andre LeBel, who she said knew he had come home when he walked into a bar in St. Petersburg, Fla., ordered a Bloody Caesar and the bartender made it without cocking an eyebrow.

“The spicy drink — a blend of vodka, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and tomato and clam juices — is popular in his native Canada, but until recently it was virtually unknown elsewhere.” I would imagine something like that is a wonderful “cold tonic.”

A strong Canadian dollar and the depressed prices of American real estate are luring the Canuks to American soil They are the largest proportion of foreign buyers of U.S. homes from May 2007 to May 2008 — 24%. In 2007 Canadians made up only 12% of home buyers by foreigners in America.

That word “foreigner” is really disgusting. Having lived in Canada, I know the Canadians are much like Americans in almost every respect. They are not much help in Iraq, their government is socialistic compared to ours, their economy sputters just like ours, but apparently now they have the dollars due to the valuation of Canadian dollars to U.S. coin.

The above percentages come from the National Association of Realtors. (See today’s WSJ Housetalk column for tips on how to attract Canadian buyers.)

It’s no secret that most Canadian buyers head for the Sunbelt, with Florida accounting for a third of all of their purchases, the report said. Why would they want to buy in Minnesota or Michigan, where the winter weather is about as severe as Canada’s?

The National Association of Realtors estimates there were 7,200 Canadian buyers of Florida homes in the period covered by the report, more than double the 3,500 a year earlier. The Fletcher story said something interesting: “In some Florida resort communities, so many Quebec residents have bought second homes that French is now commonly spoken.”

Where would that be Andre, my boy, but of course you’re ancestry is French, isn’t it? I live in Florida and know of no resort area that has formally adopted French like you have in Quebec…but of course you’re talking informally, right?

Mr. LeBel says there are about two dozen fellow Canadians at the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club in the St. Petersburg suburb of Gulfport, where he bought a $360,000 penthouse condo in December. He golfs regularly with Toronto friends who jet down to their second homes on weekends, and he has no trouble finding Canadians to join him at Tampa hockey games to root for visiting Canadian teams. “We’re making the area more cosmopolitan,” jokes Mr. LeBel, chief executive of SOCAN, a Canadian copyright collective. Now that’s rather exclusive of you, LeBel. Why don’t you just putz along with some English speaking Americans, it might expand your understanding of America and become a broadening experience, instead of confining yourself to fellow Canadians, the French no less. We’re not that much different, believe me.

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