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  • Bill seeks to restrict eminent domain

    08/09/2005 7:52:18 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 8 replies · 750+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 9, 2005 | Scott S. Greenberger
    A bipartisan group of state lawmakers, spurred by a recent US Supreme Court ruling, is pushing a measure designed to curb the power of Massachusetts cities and towns to take private property to make way for private economic development. [...] Under the measure authored by Representative Bradley H. Jones Jr., the House Republican leader, municipalities would be prevented from taking private property for private development except in cases where the property is ''a substandard, decadent, or blighted open area" under state law. Geoff Beckwith of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, which lobbies for cities and towns, says the law would handcuff...
  • Internet Agency Reassigns Iraq Domain

    08/08/2005 5:36:46 PM PDT · by ELS · 1 replies · 175+ views
    Yahoo! News Tech Web ^ | August 5, 2005 | Anick Jesdanun
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Internet's key oversight agency has quietly authorized Iraq's new government to manage its own domain name, allowing for the restoration of Internet addresses ending in ".iq." The suffix had been in limbo after the 2002 federal indictment of the Texas-based company that was running it on charges of funneling money to a member of the Islamic extremist group Hamas. InfoCom Corp., which sold computers and Web services in the Middle East and got the ".iq" assignment in 1997, was convicted in April along with its chief executive and two brothers. The board of the Internet...
  • Understanding ‘Kelo’: why Justice Souter should be praised

    08/03/2005 2:23:53 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 27 replies · 1,117+ views
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | August 3, 2005 | Peter J. Smith
    CRITICISM of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kelo vs. New London, which permitted the Connecticut city to seize several homes to clear the way for a proposed economic revitalization plan, has become personal. According to an Associated Press article published last week and an article in the July 16 edition of the Union Leader, “people from across the country are joining a campaign to seize Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter’s farmhouse to build a luxury hotel.” Justice Souter did not write the decision in Kelo, but he joined Justice Stevens’ majority opinion. The campaign to seize his property...
  • Announcement of "Property Rights First!" coalition

    07/28/2005 8:53:28 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 2 replies · 225+ views
    Montana News ^ | July 28, 2005
    CENTER ANNOUNCES CREATION OF 'PROPERTY RIGHTS FIRST' COALITION, CITES NEED TO STOP 'KELO II' by MONTANA NEWS Washington, D.C.--Today, the American Policy Center joined several organizations concerned with property rights to help form “Property Rights First!,” a coalition designed to push property rights to the center of the debate over the Endangered Species Act. APC is warning that draft legislation released by Congressman Richard Pombo (R-CA) titled “The Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act of 2005” (TESRA 2005) would do more harm than good to American property owners. The Center has dubbed Pombo’s draft bill “Kelo II,” as it represents...
  • County Leaders Secretly Hire Private Investigator

    07/28/2005 6:49:33 AM PDT · by hdrabon · 19 replies · 1,080+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | 7/27/05 | Associated Press
    SALISBURY - Rowan County officials paid private investigators more than $23,000 over the past five years to search for the writer of anonymous letters criticizing county spending. According to the private eyes, that person turned out to be one of the county's own. The Board of Commissioners never discussed or approved spending for the investigation at any formal meeting. Only County Manager Tim Russell, his assistants and possibly two commissioners' chairmen knew of the investigation, The Salisbury Post reported. Russell said he hired the agency because of the letters' threatening tone. The investigation was revealed after Kiker Investigations issued a...
  • Connecticut Voters Say 11 - 1 Stop Eminent Domain

    07/28/2005 6:19:35 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 4 replies · 794+ views
    Quinnipiac University Polling Results ^ | July 28, 2005 | Quinnipiac University Polling
    July 28, 2005 - Connecticut Voters Say 11 - 1 Stop Eminent Domain, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Connecticut voters say 89 - 8 percent that the state legislature should pass laws limiting the use of eminent domain, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Republican voters support such limits 91 - 8 percent, as Democrats favor limits 85 - 11 percent and independent voters want limits 94 - 5 percent. A total of 61 percent of Connecticut voters "disagree somewhat" or "disagree strongly" with the traditional use of eminent domain to take private property for public uses such as...
  • Hillary Clinton, Cyberwarrior

    07/27/2005 8:11:33 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 22 replies · 646+ views
    Village Voice ^ | 7/26/2005 | Kristen Lombardi
    Hillary Clinton, at first blush, would appear to have little in common with big-screen bombshells like Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, let alone such iconic sportsmen as the late Vince Lombardi. But as politicians go, New York's junior senator is larger than life. And like each of these superstars, she has seen her good name hijacked by so-called "cybersquatters." On July 13, Clinton finally launched photo:, having wrested it from the notorious Italian Web operator who originally owned it. She's using the domain name as the home of her re-election bid next year. "This new website is a reflection...
  • A waste of a newspaper. New London Day urges: Go slow on eminent domain reform

    07/25/2005 10:58:03 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 7 replies · 572+ views
    New London Day ^ | July 25, 2005
    Editorial - Only Fools Rush In - Information meeting on eminent domain this week can start a thoughtful debate on the subject. Published on 7/25/2005 On Thursday, legislators will begin reviewing Connecticut's eminent domain laws. The proceeding before the Planning and Development and Judiciary committees is not a formal hearing, but is described as an information session. This meeting will be a good place to set the tone for the state's deliberations on this matter, raised when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the city in the Kelo case and reaffirmed the practice of using eminent domain to...
  • New Londoners rage against eminent domain machine-note upcoming dates

    07/25/2005 4:30:55 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 10 replies · 1,304+ views
    The New London Day ^ | July 25, 2005
    Eminent domain protesters picket Sunday in front of the home of David Goebel, chief operating officer of the New London Development Corporation. By PATRICIA DADDONA Day Staff Writer, Waterford Published on 7/25/2005 New London — Eminent domain activists picketed Sunday evening in front of the home of Fort Trumbull redevelopment leader David M. Goebel as he hosted a dinner party in his back yard. The hourlong march, marked by chants that began, “We won't go,” and ended with “How low can you go?” was the first of many that Coalition to Save Fort Trumbull members and supporters say they intend...
  • Hotel Souter: DOA

    07/24/2005 12:48:12 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 12 replies · 732+ views
    Lakeland FL Ledger ^ | July 24, 2005 | BEVERLEY WANG
    Welcome to Hotel Souter? Eminent domain ruling triggers backlash By BEVERLEY WANG Associated Press Writer WEARE, N.H. Near the foot of an unmarked, dead-end dirt road sits a humble, mud-colored farmhouse. A sign on a mailbox jutting from a tilted post spells "SOUTER." Through the years, U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter has stuck to his family's home in the central New Hampshire town of Weare, population 8,500. A bachelor, the 65-year-old Souter has lived for decades on the 8-acre property, undisturbed among neighbors whose yards are strewn with rusting farm equipment and old pickup trucks. The house, more than...
  • Eminent Despotism (a column by Tom McClintock)

    07/21/2005 10:25:15 AM PDT · by calif_reaganite · 28 replies · 898+ views
    Tom McClintock ^ | July 19, 2005 | Tom McClintock
    In the days of the old Republic, Americans lived secure in their homes safe in the knowledge that the fundamental responsibility of government was to protect their lives and property from anyone who threatened them – no matter how rich, powerful or well-connected. If a widow didn’t want to sell her home to a developer, she didn’t have to. That was the end of the matter, unless the developer sent in thugs to beat her up. And government was there to protect her from the thugs. Under the Kelo decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, government has become the thug....
  • Larry Elder: New London is Zimbabwe West

    07/21/2005 4:35:44 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 3 replies · 231+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | July 21, 2005 | Larry Elder
    It takes a village ... of property owners Posted: July 21, 2005 By Larry Elder © 2005 Creators Syndicate Inc. It's "almost as if God has spoken," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. To what did the House Democratic leader refer? The Sermon on the Mount? The Martin Luther King Jr. "I have a dream" speech? Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean's latest rant? Go to the head of the class if you guessed Pelosi's remark related to the Kelo v. City of New London property-rights Supreme Court case. In Connecticut's Kelo v. City of New London case, the Supreme Court, in...
  • Kelo attorney begins negotiations with CT Gov. to let homeowners stay

    07/21/2005 4:20:26 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 4 replies · 229+ views
    The Day ^ | July 21, 2005
    Fort Trumbull Advocates Brief Aide To Rell On Change In Law State hears ways to curb eminent domain powers By KATE MORAN Day Staff Writer, New London Published on 7/21/2005 New London — Scott Bullock, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, met Wednesday with the governor's chief counsel to recommend ways the state could change its laws and restrict the ability of local governments to take private property for economic development projects. In the month since it lost its case before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Institute for Justice has shifted its mission to constrict eminent domain powers from...
  • Leggo My Kelo-The attorney who argued the case responds

    07/20/2005 4:09:33 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 1 replies · 187+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 20, 2005 | Scott Bullock
    Leggo My Kelo In his piece “Property Rights & Wrongs,” Jonathan Adler defended the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 Kelo decision, which held that cities may use eminent domain to take private houses and give them to private corporations for “economic development.” Whereas the Kelo majority basically acknowledged that its approach was at odds with the original understanding of the Constitution, Adler mysteriously claimed that “the originalist case for a robust, judicially enforceable ‘public use’ limitation is fairly weak.” We should start, as Adler does not, with the Constitution itself. The Fifth Amendment reads “nor shall private property be taken for...
  • Sen. Lieberman supports Kelo decision, plaintiffs' Congressman works to keep them in their homes

    07/20/2005 9:05:52 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 1 replies · 228+ views
    Connecticut Post ^ | July 18, 2005 | Peter Urban
    Article Last Updated: 7/18/2005 07:16 AM Congress critical, state lawmakers quiet on ruling State lawmakers stay quiet on property decision PETER URBAN Connecticut Post WASHINGTON — Connecticut lawmakers are taking a back seat in a fast-moving congressional effort to blunt a Supreme Court decision that allows the government to take private land for economic development. The decision, issued June 23 and based on a New London, Conn., case, drew sharp criticism from some members of Congress, who see it as an assault on individual property rights. However, no one from the Connecticut delegation is spearheading efforts to limit the...
  • Former New London mayor gratified by response to Kelo decision

    07/20/2005 8:56:51 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 193+ views
    Long Island Newsday ^ | July 19, 2005 | AP
    Couple says pain of eminent domain ruling eased by states' new debate July 19, 2005, 7:38 PM EDT MINOT, N.D. (AP) _ A U.S. Supreme Court case involving the question of whether cities can take private property for economic development is close to the hearts of Lloyd and Sandy Beachy. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 last month that New London, Conn., had the authority to take homes for a private development project. But it also suggested states may ban the practice. Beachy, the former mayor of New London, and his wife had opposed the city's eminent domain action. Beachy said...
  • Transforming New London From National Disgrace To National Hero

    07/20/2005 8:48:51 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 1 replies · 214+ views
    New London Day ^ | July 20, 2005 | Scott Bullock
    Transforming New London From National Disgrace To National Hero The city and NLDC can have development in Fort Trumbull while letting homeowners, who have shown what it means to be American freedom fighters, stay. There is more land in Fort Trumbull for development than New York has to rebuild the World Trade Center. By SCOTT BULLOCK Published on 7/20/2005 It is ironic that an editorial calling for less heated and “inflammatory” rhetoric about the Fort Trumbull eminent domain controversy accuses the Institute for Justice of waging a “jihad” about eminent-domain abuse. (“Needed: Light, not Heat,” July 17.) That epithet should...
  • States Trying to Blunt Property Ruling

    07/19/2005 2:27:12 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 6 replies · 374+ views
    Guardian ^ | 7/19/05 | Maura Lannan
    Alarmed by the prospect of local governments seizing homes and turning the property over to developers, lawmakers in at least half the states are rushing to blunt last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling expanding the power of eminent domain. In Texas and California, legislators have proposed constitutional amendments to bar government from taking private property for economic development. Politicians in Alabama, South Dakota and Virginia likewise hope to curtail government's ability to condemn land. Even in states like Illinois - one of at least eight that already forbid eminent domain for economic development unless the purpose is to eliminate blight...
  • Homeowners Ask Court To Reconsider Its Decision On Eminent Domain

    07/19/2005 6:58:12 AM PDT · by camle · 9 replies · 856+ views
    New London (CT) Day ^ | 19-jul-05 | Kate Moran _NL Day
    By KATE MORAN Day Staff Writer, New London Published on 7/19/2005 New London — However improbable their chance for success, attorneys at the Institute for Justice asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to reconsider the decision in the Kelo v. New London case that allows the city to take private property in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood to make way for a huge new development. In the three weeks since the court handed down its decision, the Institute for Justice has pressed local and state leaders to conserve the dozen houses and single apartment building the city has planned to...
  • ‘Plans' As A Ruse To Grab Land

    07/17/2005 6:13:48 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 2 replies · 194+ views
    The New London Day ^ | July 17, 2005
    ‘Plans' As A Ruse To Grab Land Changes made to the 'plan' have shown how nebulous the supposed 'economic development' can be and how uncertain are the predicted benefits. By NEILD OLDHAM Published on 7/17/2005 New London's attempt to use the power of eminent domain for “economic development” has provided a textbook case for why this power should not be so used. Changes made to the “plan” have shown how nebulous the supposed “economic development” can be and how uncertain are the predicted benefits. The five justices referred to the “carefully considered development plan” in their June 23, 2005, opinion...
  • USCG Museum timeline, seizing homes for the Feds?

    07/15/2005 4:47:14 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 2 replies · 409+ views
    New London Day ^ | July 15, 2005
    Coast Guard Museum Timeline Published on 7/15/2005 • July 14, 2000: Merle J. Smith, vice president of the National Coast Guard Museum Project, says during an OpSail celebration that the museum will be built in the Fort Trumbull area. • March 1, 2001: U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons introduces legislation to bring the museum to New London. The bill would have provided $10 million for construction. • June 28, 2001: The Coast Guard holds public meetings to gauge support for locating the museum either at Fort Trumbull or Riverside Park. • May 2002: The Coast Guard signs a memorandum of understanding...
  • Kelo plaintiffs'land to be seized for federally-owned USCG Museum?

    07/15/2005 4:31:08 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 331+ views
    New London Day ^ | July 15, 2005
    KATE MORANDay Staff Writer, New LondonPublished on 7/15/2005New London — The Coast Guard's national museum is among several projects that have started to grind ahead since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that the city can raze houses on the Fort Trumbull peninsula to make way for a commercial venture that also will include a hotel, offices and housing.Momentum will likely remain slow and deliberate for the next several months, however, while members of the museum association deliberate exactly where they want the museum to go. Before it begins raising funds for construction, the museum association must settle on...
  • California lawmakers seek to strengthen homeowners' rights

    07/14/2005 4:46:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 432+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/14/05 | Kathleen Hennessey - AP
    SACRAMENTO – A group of California lawmakers is trying to block the impact of last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that expanded the government's power to seize private property, a decision that was swiftly criticized by groups across the political spectrum. In the 5-4 decision, the nation's highest court ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses without their consent for private development. State Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Northridge, said the court ruling in Kelo v. New London allows governments to "take the house of a person that it doesn't like, and give it to a person that it...
  • Woman settles with Hesperia, gives up land (California)

    07/13/2005 7:50:45 PM PDT · by Buddy B · 14 replies · 719+ views
    Victorville Daily Press, California ^ | Wednesday, July 13, 2005 | KATHLEEN STINSON, Staff Writer
    Wednesday, July 13, 2005 Woman settles with Hesperia, gives up land By KATHLEEN STINSON Staff Writer HESPERIA — The case between the school teacher who owned land in Hesperia and the city that tried to foreclose on her was settled Monday. Ellen Zunino owned a 10-acre parcel of land in what is referred to as the "Golden Triangle" area of Hesperia that increased dramatically in assessed valuation, but she said she was unable to pay the assessment. ..... Before the city established an improvement district in the area — west of Interstate 15 and south of Avenal Street — Zunino's...
  • Online Poll on eminent domain by St. Louis Mayor Slay

    07/13/2005 8:38:15 AM PDT · by Saint Louis · 3 replies · 408+ views
    Mayor of St. Louis ^ | July 13, 2005 | Saint Louis Participate on a poll on eminent domain sponsored by Mayor Slay of St. Louis, who is a fan of eminent domain.
  • The California Homeowner and Property Protection Act (McClintock Kelo Response)

    07/12/2005 3:29:24 PM PDT · by calif_reaganite · 66 replies · 1,853+ views
    Sen. Tom McClintock | July 12, 2005 | Sen. Tom McClintock
    The Homeowner & Property Protection Act A resolution to propose to the people of the State of California an amendment to the Constitution of the State, by amending Section 19 of Article I thereof, relating to eminent domain. WHEREAS, This measure shall be known and may be cited as “The Homeowner and Property Protection Act”; and WHEREAS, Eminent domain has been subject to widespread abuse in California, whereby local governmental entities have condemned property and transferred it, by sale, lease, or otherwise, to the control, management, or exploitation of private entities for private use and profit on the theory that...
  • Eminent Domain and the Battle for the Spirit of the Constitution

    07/07/2005 8:44:57 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 3 replies · 342+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Thursday, July 7, 2005 | Alexander Rubin
    In the true spirit of America’s Independence Day, the 4th of July saw battle joined as homeowners, concerned citizens and upholders of the American constitution from all sides of the political spectrum joined forces to defend the now threatened 5th amendment and to protect hard-earned property from municipal governments recently accorded sweeping new powers of eminent domain. ... For many Americans, the damage done and threatened by the decision is as much symbolic as anything else. The decision violates the spirit of the constitution, designed to protects the rights and freedoms (including the right to property) of Americans, effectively nullifying...
  • Video clips of Kelo rally now online

    07/06/2005 6:51:02 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 15 replies · 1,692+ views
    Two links with good video of the July 5th rally: scroll down to the video link on the right to: "Fight continues against eminent domain in Fort Trumbull- by Sara Welch" scroll down to: "Click here to view a brief clip of the rally featuring Ms. Kelo’s speech-one that is short, to the point and quite moving."
  • Fort Trumbull Just Beginning The Fight

    07/06/2005 3:25:33 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 6 replies · 1,151+ views
    The New London Day ^ | 07-06-05 | Susette Kelo
    Featured in Letters to The Editor Fort Trumbull Just Beginning The Fight Published on 7/6/2005 Letters To The Editor: I am writing about the editorial titled “It's time to move ahead,” published June 26. You have got to be kidding if you think for one minute your words of nonsense could change the way we feel about our homes. Do you think because you can choose to stop printing the opinions of the people from all over this country that the Fort Trumbull residents are going to go away? Do you think because you write words about compensation that that...
  • Protesters Target Eminent Domain-Scores rally against 'injustice' of events in New London case

    07/06/2005 3:18:46 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 14 replies · 1,141+ views
    Protesters Target Eminent Domain Scores rally against ‘injustice' of events in New London case Buy this Photo Protesters gather on the front steps of New London City Hall at a rally organized by the Institute for Justice on Tuesday, designed to show support for the residents of the Fort Trumbull neighborhood affected by the recent Supreme Court ruling on eminent domain, which sided with the city. "There is no amount of money that could replace our homes and our memories. This is where we chose to settle, and this is where we want to stay. This is America, the home...
  • Protesters From New Jersey To Maine Voice Displeasure

    07/06/2005 3:11:00 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 5 replies · 589+ views
    "We're not here because mom and dad are supporting us while we write our thesis on what's wrong with the country. We're middle class Americans who have jobs to go to and families to support and we care very deeply about this.” Ted Whittenkraus of Wells, Maine, who was taking part in Tuesday's eminent domain protest in New London By KENTON ROBINSON Day Staff Columnist, Enterprise Reporter/Columnist Published on 7/6/2005 New London — More than 300 protesters from as far away as Maine and New Jersey packed the steps of City Hall and spilled onto State Street Tuesday to voice...
  • Homeowners protest eminent domain decision

    07/05/2005 9:17:14 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 10 replies · 1,184+ views
    Well over 500 attended, and the amount of flags (including many 'Don't Tread on Me' flags) and protest signs was incredible. People from at least a dozen states showed, Texas was the farthest I heard of, and yes the Freepers were there. The funny thing is, Freepers look just like everyone else, so it is hard to pick them out, except when the signs they were holding identify them as such (see some of the other FR postings for photos). A great time was had by all, including the opportunity to let the evil New London city councilors know what...
  • Sustainable Development, Smart Growth and Kelo: Organized theft by any name

    07/04/2005 7:39:45 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 22 replies · 730+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Monday, July 4, 2005 | Tom Deweese
    Put yourself in the homeowner’s shoes. You buy a home for your family. Perhaps it’s even handed down from your father or grandfather. It’s a place you can afford in a neighborhood you like. The children have made friends. You intend to stay for the rest of your life. As you plant your garden, landscape the yard, put up a swing set for the kids, and mold your land into a home, unknown to you, certain city officials are meeting around a table with developers. In front of them are maps, plats and photographs — of your home. They talk...
  • High court hits new low

    07/04/2005 7:37:22 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 9 replies · 584+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Monday, July 4, 2005 | Henry Lamb
    The Supreme Court’s decision on Kelo vs. City of New London, erases the principle of private property from 200 years of American history. There can be no question that the founders intended private property to be secure from the arbitrary reach of government. The Constitution sets forth the legitimate purposes for which the government may own property (Article I, Section 8), and it stipulates the process by which private property must be acquired. Moreover, the Fifth Amendment requires that just compensation be paid, when private property is taken for public use. The key term here is "public use." Writing for...

    07/04/2005 5:47:06 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 13 replies · 1,274+ views
    Saddle Up. This is the big one.Good v. EvilKelo v. New LondonAs we celebrate this Independence Day, it is essential that we are cognizant of the repudiation of one of our most basic rights by the current Supreme Court.  You probably missed Woodstock, the march on Selma, Dan's Bake Sale, etc.  But you do not want to miss the great Kelo rally in New London on July 5th, right before the New London, CT City Council meets for the first time since the Supreme Court's decision was handed down.  Meet the plaintiffs, their attorneys from the Institute for Justice and...
  • Opponents Of Fort Trumbull Plan To Rally On City Hall Steps Tuesday

    07/03/2005 5:06:13 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 6 replies · 617+ views
    The New London Day ^ | July 3, 2005
    Opponents Of Fort Trumbull Plan To Rally On City Hall Steps Tuesday By KATE MORAN Day Staff Writer, New London Published on 7/3/2005 New London — Attorneys from the Institute for Justice will lead a rally Tuesday on the steps of City Hall that could draw crowds of protestors from around the region who oppose the city's plan to seize houses in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood and replace them with a large commercial development. Attorneys Scott Bullock and Dana Berliner will speak at the protest along with Chip Mellor, the founder of the Institute for Justice, the public interest law...
  • The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men (Jn Witherspoon; Signer of Dec. of Independence)

    06/30/2005 3:57:24 PM PDT · by xzins · 13 replies · 445+ views
    Primary Sources ^ | May 1776 | Reverend John Witherspoon
    The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men by John Witherspoon May, 1776 In the first place, I would take the opportunity on this occasion, and from this subject, to press every hearer to a sincere concern for his own soul's salvation. There are times when the mind may be expected to be more awake to divine truth, and the conscience more open to the arrows ofconviction than at others. A season of public judgment is of this kind. Can you have a clearer view of the sinfulness of your nature, than when the rod of the oppressor is...
  • Tipping Point: Supreme Court Sows the Seeds to its Long-Awaited Demise

    06/29/2005 3:08:09 PM PDT · by WJHII · 29 replies · 1,272+ views
    N. Beaujon ^ | 6/29/2005 | N. Beaujon
    Tipping Point: Supreme Court Sows the Seeds to its Long-Awaited Demise By N. Beaujon June 29, 2005 The obituary of the tyranny of the judicial branch of government can finally be written. In two days of wrong-headed decisions, Dred Scott-like in their proportion, the Court has finally put the nail in their own lawless coffin. Even the most uneducated American knows the Supreme Court has officially run amok. When Government is told they can act as an arm of private developers to trump your inalienable right to own and make use of your cherished private property you can safely assume...
  • Institute for Justice announces Hands off my Home campaign

    06/29/2005 7:28:26 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 4 replies · 367+ views ^ | June 29, 2005
    At this morning's Washington press conference, the Institute for Justice kicked off their $3 million campaign to empower ordinary americans to fight back against eminent domain abuse. They will be litigating and working with activists and legislators in each of the states. Two items of note: 1) They have created a pledge for each of the 50 governors to sign, opposing the use of eminent domain for private development. You know who yours is, give them a call and let them know what you think about politicians who won't guard your private property rights. 2) A massive rally will be...
  • Institute for Justice will announce the “Hands Off My Home” campaign

    06/28/2005 3:52:22 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 299+ views ^ | June 28, 2005 | Institute for Justice
    Major Announcement on Eminent Domain Abuse TIME/DATE: 10 a.m./Wednesday, June 29, 2005 PLACE: National Press Club, Zenger Room 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor Washington, DC PARTICIPANTS: * Scott Bullock, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice * Dana Berliner, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice * Property Owners Who Stand to Lose Their Homes & Businesses Less than one week after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its Kelo decision allowing governments to take property from the rightful owner only to hand it over to another private party for his or her private gain, the Institute for Justice, which represented homeowners in the...
  • SCOTUS Eminent Domain Ruling Cartoon

    06/27/2005 11:43:20 AM PDT · by Blumtoon · 2 replies · 888+ views
  • July 5th Protest Rally in New London,CT to support Kelo plaintiffs

    06/26/2005 1:36:17 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 78 replies · 1,781+ views ^ | June 26, 2005 | FortRumbull
    Mass Protest March, Tues. July 5th 6:00PM at New London, CT City Hall to support the Kelo eminent domain abuse victims and demand the New London City Council allow them to remain in their homes. If they can't remain in their homes, yours is next. Watch this space for future announcements as the list of speakers is finalized. This is a national-level protest, with numerous state and national dignitaries being invited. Plan on arriving plenty early to guarantee access. This will be a peaceful act of civil disobedience, and absolutely NO FIREARMS will be permitted. Stay calm, the homeowners are...
  • Utah Bans Eminent Domain Use by Redevelopment Agencies

    06/24/2005 7:54:55 AM PDT · by JCEccles · 69 replies · 1,611+ views
    The Heartland Institute ^ | June 1, 2005 | Henry Lamb
    Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. (R) on March 17 signed into law Senate Bill 184, effectively preventing the exercise of eminent domain authority by redevelopment agencies, which otherwise had the power to transfer land from one private entity to another. Local governments may still use eminent domain for more traditionally defined and understood "public purposes." First State Legislature to Act Utah appears to be the first state to take legislative action to curb the use of eminent domain by local governments. The use of eminent domain by local governments has grown over the past 30 years as cities have taken...
  • My letter to my Senators (re: Flag Burning, Eminent Domain ruling, and Freedom) (VANITY)

    06/24/2005 6:03:01 AM PDT · by Tatze · 39 replies · 1,750+ views
    Me | 06/23/2005 | Tatze
    Dear Senator, I am writing to you today to express my opinion on two different subjects, but both with very serious implications on freedom and liberty in the United States. Our place on the Indexes of Economic and Political Freedom has been slipping recently, and I unfortunately see no turnaround in the trend since Republicans gained control of the Congress and the White House. It began long before Congress passed, and the Supreme Court upheld, McCain-Feingold restricting political free speech in clear violation of the First Amendment right to (political) free speech, but that is just another recent example. It...
  • Liberalism bulldozes over society's little platoons (Supreme Court on Property Rights)

    06/24/2005 5:54:56 AM PDT · by bgsugar · 15 replies · 819+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 23, 2005 | GEORGE F. WILL
    <p>The country is bracing for a bruising battle over filling a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, a battle in which conservatives will praise "judicial restraint" and "deference" to popularly elected branches of government and liberals will praise judicial activism in defense of individual rights. But consider what the court did Thursday.</p>
  • Tonight we are no longer a free country (vanity)

    06/23/2005 8:06:55 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 341 replies · 7,250+ views
    6/23/05 | Self
    Everybody knows about the shot that was heard around the world as the birthing pains of this once great nation. Today, sadly, we may have heard it's death knell. It did not come with violence or shots fired. It came with the virtual elimination of personal property rights. Our founding fathers knew how important the ownership of property was and sought to protect the right to be secure in the ownership of property to the extent that they enshrined the guarantee that property would not be taken for public use without due process and just compensation. For over 200 years...
  • Supreme Court Expands Power of Eminent Domain

    06/23/2005 3:26:27 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 49 replies · 2,125+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 23, 2005 | David G. Savage
    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court gave local governments broad power today to bulldoze homes and other private property to make way for business development, a ruling that could encourage more city-backed plans to replace small stores with big-box retailers. The 5-4 ruling upheld a plan by officials in a coastal Connecticut town to condemn nine homes of longtime residents that would be replaced with an office complex and a marina. The dispute between the homeowners and the city officials became a classic test of government power versus individual rights. It pitted a community's hopes for economic rebirth against an individual's...
  • Online porn gets go-ahead for its own red-light district

    06/13/2005 6:10:16 AM PDT · by QwertyKPH · 8 replies · 629+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 13JUN05 | ANICK JESDANUN
    NEW YORK -- A red-light district tentatively cleared for construction on the Internet -- the ''.xxx'' domain -- is being billed by backers as giving the online porn industry an opportunity to clean up its act. A distinct online sector for the salacious will reduce the chances of Internet users accidentally stumbling onto porn sites, they argue. If only it were so simple. Zoning in cyberspace has always been a daunting proposition, and participation in the porn domain will be voluntary. Even if it's voluntary, supporters say, adult sites will have incentives to use ''.xxx.'' ''If the carrot's big enough,...
  • Monroe, NC to buy out City Manager Spell for $100,000-plus; three months salary in hush money

    05/23/2005 12:17:20 PM PDT · by hdrabon · 30 replies · 1,281+ views
    The Monroe Enquirer-Journal ^ | 05/20/05 | RITCHIE E. STARNES
    The city of Monroe agreed to pay former city manager Doug Spell more than $100,000 following his sudden decision to quit Wednesday, records show. Following Spell's abrupt resignation and the City Council's acceptance, city attorney Terry Sholar hammered out a settlement agreement that provides Spell the exact compensation that he would have received had he remained employed until his employment contract expired in December. Although Spell submitted a formal resignation, terms of the settlement confirm that he was fired. The council unanimously, though Mayor Judy Davis and Spell were absent, accepted Spell's resignation during a special meeting Wednesday that was...
  • Easement Acquisition Stirs Anger

    04/04/2005 7:49:52 AM PDT · by hdrabon · 18 replies · 967+ views
    The Monroe Enquirer-Journal ^ | 4/3/05 | Ritchie Starnes
    Easement acquisition stirs anger By RITCHIE E. STARNES - WEDDINGTON Several property owners in Weddington are still fuming about how Union County officials seemingly fast-tracked the condemnation of their land to help build a sewer-trunk line for developers in 2002. Exercising eminent domain typically strikes an emotional chord among most property owners, but mix in what the residents see as poor communication, insulting compensation and allegations of conspiracy theories, and the result is raw feelings. That's the situation for the majority of 40 land owners who had swaths of their land condemned to make way for the West Fork Twelve...