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People of One Fire Youtube channel to soon feature live videos

People of One Fire Youtube channel to soon feature live videos

The next phase of our expanded educational program will be live documentaries from Indigenous Heritage Sites.

We sat under this willow tree.

“Good things” can result from “bad things” that happened in the past.  Almost exactly nine years ago, a quite attractive, “legally blond” lady drove up from Atlanta, all the way up to the abandoned chicken house in Union County, GA, where I then lived to interview me about my illegal foreclosure and eviction in Pickens County, GA on Christmas Eve 2009. “Dressed to kill,” as they say . . . and a member of one of the most prominent families in Virginia . . . I was totally embarrassed to have her see where I live.  It didn’t seem to bother her. While we sat under a weeping willow tree, she asked me a series of questions, including those to fact-check my veracity.

 During that period, she interviewed many other homeless victims of the Great Recession.  Her report was a major element of the blockbuster special documentary by CBS News, which exposed massive corruption in the residential mortgage industry and political system.  In response, the Obama Administration promised major reforms in the financial system of the United States and laws that would prohibit politicians being involved in financial schemes, but Congress never delivered.  Meanwhile, the crooked politicians struck back with a vengeance.  At almost the exact same time that there was a very serious attempt by organized crime to kill me in Union County,  she was brutally knocked off her feet by police attacking her from behind, on a sidewalk in a suburban Atlanta city, handcuffed and thrown in jail for three days, without even knowing what she was charged with. This, of course, is a gross violation of our constitution.  She was ultimately released, but eventually lost her own home in Central Atlanta.

The mortgage company to whom I made payments had twice “lost” my application papers for a mitigation loan. By then, many of the Atlanta Area’s most prominent architecture firms had folded, but I was hanging on, because I lived modestly and had low overhead.  When I had a large architecture project, which would have paid off all my short term debts and two months past due loan payments, the mortgage company denied my third application because they said that they no longer considered architectural income as “real income.”  Almost at the same time, the developer of the project told the lawyer issuing me an $18,000 check at the project’s closing, that “he would personally give the check to me. There was no need to mail it.”  The developer then walked out of the Bank of America conference room to a BOA teller, forged my signature and the teller cashed it . . . giving the $18,000 to him.  He and his family then flew that night to their new estate in Belize, never to return.  

I was absolutely appalled.  The local police and District Attorney refused to even investigate the case, saying it was a federal matter.  The federal authorities, who were supposed to investigate and prosecute this blatant felony, said that they were too busy to bother with petty $18,000 thefts.  I went to the state attorney general’s office.  They said forgery and theft was only the concern of my local district attorney.  The FBI admitted that several major federal laws had been violated, but said that the state attorney general or GBI would have to “invite” them to be involved in the case. 

Yes, my heart skipped some beats, when handed this document.

Meanwhile, FannieMae gave preliminary approval to a mitigation loan.  They sent me a letter saying that once I had signed the loan commitment papers and furnished proof that I had $2800 in the bank to pay closing costs, the closing would occur in mid-January.  Instead, without warning I was issued an eviction notice on the morning of December 21, filed by a private law firm, working for FannieMae, which said that I would be evicted on Christmas Eve!

Between February 23, 2010 and April 8, 2010 a family let me stay in their vacation cottage near Fontana Lake, NC.  It had a telephone and internet connection for awhile.  I was able to determine that FannieMae had paid a realtor $500 to deliver my mitigation loan papers personally to me and inspect the house.  The entrance to the house was a set of double glass doors, which enabled anyone to see through the house all the way to the rear deck.  On December 12, when she claimed to have come to the property, I was there, working on a new architecture project, plus there were Christmas decorations on the inside and outside of the home.  My three dogs would have barked loudly, if anyone had come to the glass doors.  Nevertheless, she lied to FannieMae and told them that there was no telephone service, no furniture in the house and no sign of anyone living in the house.  Thus, FannieMae bureaucrats thought they they were foreclosing on an empty house, so it didn’t matter if the legal process occurred on Christmas Eve.  Nevertheless, FannieMae’s attorneys refused to let me return to my house, so I could close on the mitigation loan and the realtor was never arrested for defrauding the US Government.

“Legally Blonde” later told me several astonishing facts.  The company to whom I had sent loan payments to for nine years didn’t own my mortgage and were not licensed to do business in Georgia.  Their license had been yanked years ago for being closely associated with the Dixie Mafia.  My mortgage had been illegally owned by an unregulated “investment club”, based in a subdivision house in suburban Houston.   Nevertheless, the illegal mortgage company had auctioned off my mortgage on November 3, 2009 to FannieMae, when they didn’t even own the mortgage at that time.  Apparently, they bought the mortgage from the investment club after already selling it to a federal government agency.

 I had told her that the taxpayers of the United States had paid a law firm and a subsidiary of that law firm, which specialized in the physical eviction of homeowners and their property, $15,000 to evict me . . . when I only owed $2100.  By the Grace of God, I had worked non-stop for three days, moving my belongings to storage or burning what could not be fit into storage, so the eviction crew arrived at an empty house, but were still paid.  However, “Legally Blond” informed me that it was quite common for US taxpayers to pay lawyers far more than what the homeowners owed.  Billions of dollars went out the federal treasury doors to reward banksters and sleazy lawyers at time when millions of Americans were homeless. Over 30 million American families in the construction and real estate industry alone, lost their homes.  Of course, the question arises, why didn’t the US government just pick up the tab and add it to the mortgage amount?  Well,  that’s socialism . . . actually, though, paying public revenue to wealthy law firms is also socialism, but our current form of socialism in the United States is designed to bleed the middle class, while enriching the rich.   Shortly after I was first visited by “Legally Blond”  I stumbled upon the Track Rock Terrace Complex . . . so I always considered the mysterious blond lady from an FFV family in Richmond, “good luck,” even though she was not able to help me in getting my house back.

A surprise telephone call

I was looking at spending my birthday with my dogs on the Chattahoochee River, when I got a surprise telephone call around 11 AM from “Legally Blond.”   How in the world did she find my birth date, address and telephone number after all these years? Well, of course, she is obviously a sleuth of the first degree. She called to wish me happy birthday, but we continued to chat about the past.     For years, she suffered extreme career and emotional scars from the police beating and false imprisonment, but is now single and reinventing herself in a small city, located in the Southern Appalachians.  We hooked up (as they say in the singles world) at a restaurant midway between our homes much of that afternoon.  I iz now suave, sofisticated  mixed heritage trash

“Legally blond” is forming a film company that will focus on the history of the American colonies.   Her own family figured prominently in the history of Virginia and actually founded the city of Richmond, where she grew up . . . yes, really.   She hopes to trace founding families of the 13 original colonies to their homeland and explore who their ancestors were in the Old World.  She also wants to do documentaries on people, who have re-invented themselves after the Great Recession.  The documentaries will be a multi-racial version of Roots.

Meanwhile, “Legally Blond” is going to help me produce concise, factual newscasts on the important Native American heritage sites in the Lower Southeast. Even if the videos of Creek heritage sites on Youtube are crafted well, their amateur film makers typically include malarkey . . . such as “the fact that Etowah Mounds was built by giants.”   I am going to wear a Ingles Supermarket paper bag over my head, so no one will know that I am openly associating with a natural blond, who claims to be 1% Cherokee . . . or some other tribe.  LOL


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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    That is great news, and a wonderful birthday present. No one should have to go through the troubles you have endured. Maybe if your story can be told on film there a chance of redemption. Good luck with your future project.

    • At this point, I would settle for someone to canoe and explore nature with . . . if you get my gist.


    When I wished you a great birthday yesterday I didn’t foresee how great it was actually going to turn out! Best wishes for the SE heritage sites newscasts.


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