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  • Thankful for Property

    11/21/2017 9:30:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 22, 2017 | John Stossel
    Ready for Thanksgiving? Before you eat that turkey, I hope you think about why America has turkeys for you to eat. Most people don't know. Everyone's heard about that first Thanksgiving feast -- Pilgrims and Indians sharing the harvest. We like the drawings of it we saw in schoolbooks -- shared bounty. Fewer people know that before that first feast, the Pilgrims nearly starved. They almost starved because they acted the way some Bernie Sanders fans want people to act. They farmed collectively. But communal farming creates what economists call "the tragedy of the commons." Think about what happens if...
  • How Free Are You?

    11/12/2017 10:26:32 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/12/17 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Do you still think you are free? What happens if you live off-grid? If you live independent of utilities, water, and sewer, and provide your own energy through solar panels, have your own sewer system, and use rainwater, you may run into problems with your local government. Robin Speroni of Cape Coral, Florida, was sued by local officials that her off-grid home was illegal, citing the International Property Maintenance Code. She was found guilty of not being hooked to the water supply. “Speroni is still being hassled by the municipality of Cape Coral for not having a connection to city...
  • New York graffiti artists triumph over developer who destroyed their work

    11/09/2017 7:10:18 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    A jury has ruled that a real estate developer broke the law by destroying a swath of graffiti art in New York City, in a verdict that could provide legal protections for street artists across the US. The federal jury made its decision after a group of artists sued Jerry Wolkoff, who painted over their work at the 5Pointz building in Queens, New York City, in November 2013. 5Pointz, a former factory owned by Wolkoff, was a haven for graffiti artists from around the world and became a prominent tourist attraction. Wolkoff had given the artists permission to use the...
  • Can a privately owned co-op evict residents for smoking?

    04/18/2017 5:54:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 18, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    Back in December we looked at one of the final “midnight regulations” handed down from the Obama administration which sought to ban smoking tobacco products in government housing units. That was a complicated case to be sure, but Susan Shapiro brings up an even stranger story at the Washington Post this week. Shapiro is a former smoker herself (who is to be congratulated for having kicked the habit fifteen years ago) and lives in a privately owned co-op which is considering banning smokers and even giving the boot to people who already own a unit there if they smoke. The...
  • Professor Takes Stance that State Government can Decide Property Rights of Private Owners

    03/24/2017 9:36:21 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 24, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    If there is an indefensible position on property rights, count on an academic to take it. On March 20 the Supreme Court began to hear oral arguments in Murr v. Wisconsin, a property rights case it agreed to take up in January 2016. The Cato Institute previewed the case on St. Patrick's Day. "Joseph Murr and his siblings own two side-by-side lakeside lots, one with a recreational cabin and the other left vacant as an investment," the Cato Institute release noted. "Due to land-use restrictions, they allege that Wisconsin has 'taken' the vacant lot, which would require the state to...
  • Couple Forced to Destroy 40-Year-Old Pond On Their Own Property Because Govt Owns The Rainwater

    12/28/2016 12:48:41 PM PST · by Lorianne · 102 replies
    Free Thought Project ^ | Claire Bernish
    An Oregon couple has been told they must destroy a 2-acre pond on their land — the property’s most attractive feature — because the government said so. Although Jon and Sabrina Carey purchased the 10-acre property near Butte Falls two and a half years ago, the pond has been in place for 40 years — but that fact doesn’t matter to the Jackson County Watermaster’s Office. “I basically bought a lemon,” said Jon, who became teary-eyed at the edge of the partially ice-covered body of water being targeted by government, in an interview with the Mail Tribune. “That’s how they...
  • Energy Bill's Hidden Tribal Forest Management & Other Provisions

    09/15/2016 6:04:43 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/15/16 | Lawrence Kogan
    Diminish Private Property Rights This article is based on a recently prepared memorandum of law and correspondences dispatched to 13 members of Congress explaining the unconstitutionality of the pending legislation discussed below. Energy and forest management are not generally assumed to be interrelated policies. Nevertheless, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK-R) is pushing a massive 792-page Senate Energy bill incorporating more than 393 amendments covering these and other policy areas which many in Congress have not likely read. The bill is No. S.2012 - the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016, which, according to nonprofit Western States Constitutional...
  • The Government is Eviscerating Private Property Rights. Again.

    09/08/2016 2:57:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2016 | Seton Motley
    The Fifth Amendment of the Constitution reads, in part, as follows:“No person shall…be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”Meaning if you own property - government can’t arbitrarily take it from you. In whole, or in part. Sadly, taking private property is something at which the government is becoming expert:“Most property rights scholars would probably tell you that property is sort of the redheaded stepchild of constitutional law….(T)he (Supreme) Court says something like, ‘The Government could hardly go on if to some extent the...
  • How HUD Tramples Liberal Voters to Boost the Liberal Elite

    09/05/2016 4:59:54 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/05/16 | John Anthony
    Targeting cities means targeting Democrats When HUD threatens communities with lawsuits and civil rights reviews, don’t expect political affiliations to help. Don’t expect discrimination to erode either. HUD has a different end in mind. Through their Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, the agency uses threats of lawsuits and the withholding of grant funds to control local zoning and land use. In Rockford, IL, the agency even forced the town council to reverse the voters’ decision not to move forward with an affordable housing project.
  • Jerry Brown and Eminent Domain Abuse

    08/21/2016 5:22:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    As mayor of Oakland in the 2000s, Jerry Brown supported redevelopment. Then he returned to the governor's office in 2011 and inherited a $25 billion budget shortfall. Feeling the squeeze, Brown saw an opportunity to make $1.7 billion by eliminating redevelopment agencies and shifted. He liked redevelopment as mayor, he explained to the League of California Cities, but also: "I didn't quite understand it. It seemed kind of magical. It was the money that you could spend on stuff that they wouldn't otherwise let you spend." In Sacramento, fiscal restraint can only last so long. The urge to "spend on...
  • Fed. Mandate: Homeless Shelters Must Admit Transgenders Despite Risks

    08/18/2016 11:00:06 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 16, 2016 | P. Gardner Goldsmith
    Ahh, how to begin a story about “transgender accommodations” and the government? Well, one could simply look at the issue of “transgender accommodations” as a political economist, and see that the conflict over new rules and laws teaches us something incredibly important about the nature of politics. Let’s take two breaking news items as examples. First, on Aug. 15, Dominic Holden of BuzzFeed reported that the federal General Services Administration (GSA) will post new rules this week commanding 9,200 properties run by the federal government to open their bathrooms to folks according to their “gender identities.” GSA spokesperson Ashley Nash-Hahn told BuzzFeed: This includes all kinds...
  • U.S. Forest Service barricades a forest road, destroys game trails in Idaho

    06/30/2016 11:10:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Watchdog ^ | June 20, 2016 | Marjorie Haun
    The United States Forest Service severely damaged a forest road and trail in Northwestern Idaho earlier this month, raising serious questions about the agency’s ability to care for federally-managed lands. During the first weekend in June, several members of Northwestern Gold Prospectors Association (NWGPA) planned to attend a gathering to prospect private claims in the Bedrock Gulch and Eagle Creek areas. When the prospectors arrived, Forest Road 152 was blocked with cement barricades and hundreds of felled trees. ... Photographs from that day show large logs laid crosswise and laterally on the trail, covered with hundreds of large pine branches...
  • County Takes Michigan Woman's Property Over $7 Late Fee

    06/29/2016 9:47:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 36 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/23/2016 | Derek Draplin
    A vacant lot owned by a Jackson woman was foreclosed by Hillsdale County because she failed to pay a $7 late fee on her property taxes. A Freedom of Information Act request found that Pam Baker, a Jackson resident, owed Hillsdale County $7.70 in interest and late fees for delinquent taxes from 2013 on land she owned near Lake LeAnn in Somerset Township. The 2013 taxes on the property, which she owned since 2000, were due on Feb. 14, 2014. Baker says she paid her taxes two weeks late because she was in a car crash seven days before the...
  • Court: Man can't be punished 'simply for being homeless' [Boston MA]

    06/23/2016 11:26:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 23, 2016 1:47 PM EDT | Denise Lavoie
    A homeless man convicted of criminal trespassing for taking shelter in privately owned buildings during harsh winter weather won a new trial Thursday when the state’s highest court ruled that he should have been allowed to argue it was his only way to protect himself from the cold. The Supreme Judicial Court found that the judge at David Magadini’s trial was wrong to deny a request to instruct the jury on a so-called necessity defense. Magadini wanted to use that defense to argue that his behavior was justified for a person trying to escape extreme temperatures. […] The owners of...
  • Forestry Company Sues Greenpeace Under Anti-Mafia Law For Conspiracy

    05/31/2016 4:43:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 05/31/2016 | Andrew Follett
    A forestry company filed a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) lawsuit against Greenpeace Tuesday for misrepresenting the company’s environmental record to raise funds and promote its agenda. Greenpeace knowingly and deliberately made false claims about the company while fundraising, and fabricated evidence of Resolute’s alleged environmental malfeasance, according to the forestry and paper company Resolute Forest Products. RICO is an anti-mafia law designed to combat organized crime. Greenpeace’ is a global fraud,” states the 124-page legal complaint. “For years, this international network of environmental groups collectively calling themselves ‘Greenpeace’ has fraudulently induced people throughout the United States and...
  • Meet the Man Who Saves Futures

    05/31/2016 8:37:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/31/16 | John Anthony
    County Executive for Westchester County NY, Rob Astorino If information is power, Rob Astorino has enough to shatter the administration’s media halo and send HUD officials slithering behind their stacks of regulations. Astorino is the County Executive for Westchester County, NY, an upscale community north of NYC that is home to Andrew Cuomo, George Soros, Hillary and Bill Clinton to name a few. In the name of fair housing, HUD is now implementing the most abusive, property-rights-grabbing, local-rule-neutering regulation since our Founders cast off monarchical handouts for natural rights
  • Why Not C-SPAN?

    03/31/2016 10:39:08 AM PDT · by dvan · 18 replies
    dvan | 3/31/2016 | dvan
    Are the rest of you as disgusted as I am with the current political process? This began over a year ago and has cost millions of dollars while no end is in sight. In fact we are no closer to having even a nominee for President. Wouldn't it be possible to host the debates on CSPAN as table discussions that could be run without the attacks and disputes that are fostered on the Media television channels? Wouldn't this be a more sensible way to present the candidates and their opinions? It could also eliminate the millions of dollars of fundraising....
  • Wyoming rancher beats EPA in pond fight

    05/09/2016 9:25:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    WND ^ | 5/9/2016 | Bob Unruh
    $16 million in fines dropped, threats canceled. A Wyoming rancher threatened by the Environmental Agency with $16 million fines for getting a state permit and building a stock pond on his ranch has reached a settlement that will have the fines go away and he’ll keep his stock pond. WND reported in 2015 on a lawsuit filed on behalf of Fort Bridger, Wyoming, rancher Andy Johnson by officialsl with the Pacific Legal Foundation seeking to vindicate his property rights. The lawsuit explained federal law clearly exempts stock ponds from the rules of the EPA, which had filed a compliance order...
  • A decade after Kelo v New London Socialism has failed (Fort Trumbull still an empty lot)

    05/07/2016 8:20:47 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 9 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    In 2005, the Fort Trumbull area of New London Connecticut was a growing middle class neighborhood. The people there were hard working and spent much of their lives building their homes and living out prosperous lives. That came to an end in 2000 when Liberal Fascist Democrats in City hall and in the state capitol of Hartford made a deal with Pfizer corporation to allow them to build a research laboratory and upscale housing in Fort Trumbull. According to estimates by the same lying fascists, over 5000 new jobs would be created. Connecticut was one of the states hardest hit...
  • Obama’s War on America and Property

    04/16/2016 6:33:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/16/16 | Timothy Birdnow
    Obama and his Democratic allies are busily breaking the bonds of property ownership with the complicity of a Republican Party that prefers to stand silent Recently Baltimore County came to a settlement with the City over a scheme to colonize affluent County neighborhoods with HUD housing. According to Fox News: “With crime in the inner city soaring and many of Baltimore’s neighborhoods plagued by gang violence, there was a push to integrate those communities into neighborhoods in the surrounding county. The NAACP and others sued Baltimore County over alleged housing segregation – and the county has now settled, agreeing to...