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  • US gun laws empower Somali pirates

    07/04/2010 9:19:00 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Youtube ^ | July 4, 2010 | RidleyReport
    The claim is, not allowing Americans to be armed at all times enables our enemies. Especially true when concerning the War against Terrorism. Listen to this video clip of the example of Americans vs. Somali pirates to see why gun laws DONT WORK.
  • Who's Centre: Eaton's Centre!

    06/29/2010 10:46:41 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Stephen Taylor ^ | June 29, 2010 | Crazy Dude; Stephen Taylor
    http://www.stephentaylor.ca/2010/06/whose-centre-eatons-centre/#comments Marxist shoppers of the world unite! Would you let a guy — clad in a black shirt with a red star with the word “resist” on it — who is banging on your door during a riot into your business?
  • Super market expropriation and money burning

    06/21/2010 8:04:36 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 14 replies
    A few anarchists from Greece thought it would be "fun" and "rebellious" to walk into a supermarket, steal food and money from the register and burn the money to protest the already dead capitalism in their country. Please tell me antics such as this won't happen in America any time soon. I have no other comment beyond that.
  • Our national parks have been surrendered to the Mexican drug cartels (w/shocking video)

    06/18/2010 10:07:19 AM PDT · by AuntB · 47 replies · 1,101+ views
    Examiner ^ | June 17, 2010 | Dave Gibson
    According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 3,500 acres in southern Arizona have now been closed to U.S. citizens because of the dangers posed in that area from Mexican drug smugglers. The area includes part of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. Refuge manager Mitch Ellis told Fox News: “The situation in this zone has reached a point where continued public use of the area is not prudent.” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said: “It’s literally out of control. We need support from the federal government. It’s their job to secure the border and they haven’t done it. In...
  • "The New Palin Fence" (Say it ain't so, Joe!)

    05/27/2010 7:01:27 AM PDT · by pillut48 · 63 replies · 1,931+ views
    "Gretawire" blog ^ | 5-27-10 | Greta van S.
    To protect against the "Wasilla Stalker"
  • What Exactly Is 'Social Justice'? (It sort of sounds good, until you seriously think about it)

    05/16/2010 12:44:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies · 1,494+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 05/14/2010 | Jayme Sellards
    The term "social justice" is now commonly used by leftist activists, clergy, educators, judges, and politicians to describe the goal they seek to achieve with many of their policies. No precise definition of "social justice" is ever offered by the left. Instead, the term is always used in a vague way -- as if everyone already knows, or should know, what the seemingly well-intentioned phrase "social justice" means. So, what exactly is "social justice"? Social justice is the complete economic equality of all members of society. While this may sound like a lofty objective, what it really means is that...
  • Federal Mutual Fund (IBD Exclusive Series:American Freedom And Prosperity Under Attack)

    05/11/2010 6:01:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 943+ views
    Investors.com ^ | May 11, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Government Retirement: Democrats have obliquely admitted they covet Americans' pensions. Last week, congressional Republicans told them to stay away. The shame is that they had to do anything at all. The first rumblings were heard in the 1990s, when Democrats were said to be coming after our retirement accounts. Back then, the warnings were easy to pass off as hyperbole or a cranky conspiracy theory. Today, they pass as prescient. In January, Bloomberg reported the "U.S. Treasury and Labor Departments will ask for public comment as soon as next week on ways to promote the conversion of 401(k) savings and...
  • An Homage to Hummer - Comedian Penn Jillette laments the passing of the 'big, stupid' vehicle

    04/18/2010 10:16:46 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies · 989+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 17, 2010 | Penn Jillette
    An Homage to Hummer Comedian Penn Jillette laments the passing of the 'big, stupid' vehicle By PENN JILLETTE There's a feeling one gets when one sits behind the wheel of a really big stupid military-lite American Hummer. You have that feeling of being strong and safe, high on your pleather throne, above the fray, above the danger, not having to listen to anyone or anything, the rumble of a too-big motor giving you a wiggle and jiggle and tickle inside you. You have the power to run over anyone else on the road, if they dare monkey with you and...
  • Home sellers beware: Fee might be hidden

    03/30/2010 8:10:56 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 55 replies · 2,125+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 03/29/2010 | By Jennifer Hiller - Express-News
    Here's a new concept in real estate: Buy a house, and when you go to sell it years later, owe the original developer or builder 1 percent of the sales price. Freehold Capital Partners, a company started in Texas, is selling developers across the country on a plan that would attach a private transfer fee to homes, allowing developers to profit for generations. The fee, written into neighborhood restrictions, would encumber the property for 99 years and throw 1 percent of the sale price back to the developer — or his or her estate or another investor — and Freehold...
  • Beetles Vs. Home (Environmentalists vs. Homeowners)

    02/04/2010 7:47:46 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 21 replies · 611+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 4, 2010 | Shannon Bream
    More than 90 Maryland homeowners with beautiful views of the Chesapeake Bay say they’re now staring at an ugly reality. The structures are perched on an eroding cliff, but the property owners can’t do anything to stop the soil from wearing away because of a rare insect. The Puritan tiger beetle is an Endangered Species, and the majority of the known beetles live in the cliffside underneath Chesapeake Ranch Estates. Residents say it’s not just a matter of losing their homes, it’s literally a life and death situation. In 1996, a landslide killed a 12 year old girl. Since then,...
  • Day 52 will be last for hunger striker ( Farmer private property rights versus Global Warming )

    01/14/2010 9:59:09 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies · 501+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | January 13, 2010 | Alison Rehn
    FARMERS rights hunger striker Peter Spencer ended his 52-day protest suspended in a tent on a wind tower, but claims his efforts have not been in vain. The 61-year old farmer from southern NSW has gone without food for 52 days and after talking to his doctor decided he had to stop his protest ... Mr Spencer began his protest on November 23, demanding changes to native vegetation laws. He wants a royal commission into those laws, which he says prevent him clearing his land. Spencer clamied that since his property was declared a carbon sink, he had been plunged...
  • Ranchers wary of group’s effort to create wildlife reserve bigger than Yellowstone

    12/20/2009 6:40:25 AM PST · by george76 · 103 replies · 2,353+ views
    The Gazette ^ | December 20, 2009 | TOM LUTEY
    When the new West is won, will there be cowboys? In light of what her neighbors are up to, Double O Ranch owner Vicki Olson isn’t so sure. “I guess the point that I keep hammering at is that if they succeed, that means all of us third- and fourth-generation ranchers are gone,” Olson said. She is the average Montana rancher, 56 going on 70, working a spread gouged from the pebbly soil by her grandparents 100 years ago. Her neighbor, the nonprofit American Prairie Foundation, is methodically acquiring ranches and crafting a 3.5-million-acre wildlife reserve out of private property...
  • Sing Along: 'This Land Is EPA's Land'

    12/16/2009 5:10:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 742+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 16, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Regulations: The Clean Water Act is being rewritten to give a government bureaucracy the power to regulate every body of water from the Mississippi River to a rain-flooded field. The first casualty may be American coal. With all the concern for the harm that cap-and-trade and regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant might do to the American economy and free markets, the Environmental Protection Agency is doing quite enough damage with an existing law on the books — the Clean Water Act. Congress plans to revise it to make it an even more powerful bludgeon against industry, energy producers and...
  • Property Rights Are No Slam-Dunk

    12/03/2009 5:44:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1,013+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 3, 209 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Eminent Domain: Four years after the Supreme Court told a Connecticut homeowner that no one's house is safe from developers, Brooklyn homeowners may lose their homes to a pro basketball team. On June 3, 2005, by a 5-4 margin, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively repealed the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, deciding that your constitutional right to be secure in your home didn't matter if your state or community decided your property could produce more revenue as a shopping mall or condominium development. Pfizer coveted Susette Kelo's working-class neighborhood for an office park and condominium complex. The city fathers...
  • The REAL Story of Thanksgiving

    11/21/2009 7:34:36 AM PST · by FreeKeys · 129 replies · 3,831+ views
    The Liberator Onlline ^ | Nov. 20, 1997 | Paul Schmidt
    The Real Story Behind Thanksgiving Did you know that the first [Plymouth Colony Pilgrim's] Thanksgiving was a celebration of the triumph of private property and individual initiative?William Bradford was the governor of the original Pilgrim colony, founded at Plymouth in 1621. The colony was first organized on a communal basis, as their financiers required. Land was owned in common. The Pilgrims farmed communally, too, following the "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs" precept.The results were disastrous. Communism didn't work any better 400 years ago than it does today. By 1623, the colony had...
  • Pfizer abandons site of infamous Kelo eminent domain taking

    11/09/2009 11:10:07 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 162 replies · 7,575+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11-09-09 | Timothy P. Carney
    The private homes New London, Conn., took through eminent domain from Suzette Kelo and others, are torn down now, but Pfizer has just announced that it closing up shop at the research facility that led to the condemnation. Leading drugmakers Pfizer and Wyeth have merged, and as a result, are trimming some jobs. That includes axing the 1,400 jobs at their sparkling new research & development facility in New London, and moving some across the river to Groton. To lure those jobs to New London a decade ago, the local government promised to demolish the older residential neighborhood adjacent to...
  • Court Deals Blow to Owners of Huge Apartment Complex

    10/22/2009 8:22:20 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 10 replies · 709+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 22, 2009 | Charles Bagli
    The state’s highest court dealt a financial blow on Thursday morning to the already beleaguered owners of the sprawling Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village complexes in Manhattan when it ruled that they improperly began charging market rents on thousands of apartments. The ruling by the Court of Appeals may mean that the current owner, a partnership of Tishman Speyer Properties and BlackRock Realty, and the former owner, Metropolitan Life, may have to pay an estimated $200 million in rent overcharges and damages to tenants of about 4,000 apartments. In a majority ruling (two of the six judges dissented), the...
  • Congress Moves To Seize Control Of All U.S. Waters

    10/14/2009 9:26:19 AM PDT · by opentalk · 32 replies · 1,602+ views
    Right Side News ^ | 14 October 2009 | American Land Rights Association
    From Bathtubs To Baptismal Fonts, Congress Moves To Give the Corps of Engineers and EPA Control Of All U.S. Waters Issue: Having been slapped down by the U. S. Supreme Court's two recent decisions that the words "navigable waters" in the Clean Water Act limited federal agencies to regulation of navigable waters only. Democrats and liberal Republicans in Congress are striking back. They are attempting to pass the Clean Water Restoration Act of 2009 (No House Number - S 787 In Senate) that would amend the 1972 Clean Water Act and replace the words "navigable waters" with "waters of the...
  • The Real Story Behind Thanksgiving (AUGUST 11th - pass it on!)

    08/07/2009 7:02:58 AM PDT · by FreeKeys · 6 replies · 625+ views
    Freedom Keys ^ | Nov. 20, 1997 | Paul Schmidt
    The Real Story Behind Thanksgiving Did you know that the first [Plymouth Colony Pilgrim's] Thanksgiving was a celebration of the triumph of private property and individual initiative?William Bradford was the governor of the original Pilgrim colony, founded at Plymouth in 1621. The colony was first organized on a communal basis, as their financiers required. Land was owned in common. The Pilgrims farmed communally, too, following the "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs" precept.The results were disastrous. Communism didn't work any better 400 years ago than it does today. By 1623, the colony had suffered...
  • Mormon 'Kiss-In' In Utah Leads To Shouting Match

    07/19/2009 2:38:26 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 35 replies · 1,906+ views
    AP Report ^ | July 19th 2009
    Mormon 'kiss-in' in Utah leads to shouting match JENNIFER DOBNER Associated Press Writer Jul. 19 SALT LAKE CITY -- A mass-kissing protest near the Mormon church temple Sunday drew a shouting match between gay activists and a group of faithful Mormons. For the second consecutive weekend, about 100 people gathered to stage a "kiss-in" to protest the treatment of two gay men cited for trespassing July 9 after they shared a kiss on the plaza owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Both gay and straight couples exchanged kisses during the protest. Demonstrators were greeted at the...
  • Pool Boots Kids Who Might "Change the Complexion" (Black kids kicked out)

    07/08/2009 1:16:54 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 128 replies · 3,778+ views
    NBC ^ | july 8, 2009 | Karen Araiza
    More than 60 campers from Northeast Philadelphia were turned away from a private swim club and left to wonder if their race was the reason. "I heard this lady, she was like, 'Uh, what are all these black kids doing here?' She's like, 'I'm scared they might do something to my child,'" said camper Dymire Baylor. The Creative Steps Day Camp paid more than $1900 to The Valley Swim Club. The Valley Swim Club is a private club that advertises open membership. But the campers' first visit to the pool suggested otherwise.
  • Ohio Residents Ticketed for Parking in Own Driveways

    06/16/2009 2:36:43 PM PDT · by Baladas · 17 replies · 1,016+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 16, 2009 | Associated Press staff
    TOLEDO, Ohio — Residents of Toledo, Ohio, are complaining that they received $25 tickets for parking their vehicles in their own driveways. Mayor Carty Finkbeiner says he stands by the citations handed out last week by the Division of Streets, Bridges and Harbor. He says the tickets were issued under a city law against parking on unpaved surfaces, including gravel driveways. During a news conference Monday, Finkbeiner ignored a reporter's question of whether the crackdown and fines were related to the city's budget crisis. The three-term mayor faces a recall vote in November. Critics have claimed he has wasted city...
  • Ohioans ticketed for parking in own driveways

    06/16/2009 10:05:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 89 replies · 3,256+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/16/09 | AP
    TOLEDO, Ohio – Residents of Toledo, Ohio, are complaining that they received $25 tickets for parking their vehicles in their own driveways. Mayor Carty Finkbeiner (FINK'-by-ner) says he stands by the citations handed out last week by the Division of Streets, Bridges and Harbor. He says the tickets were issued under a city law against parking on unpaved surfaces, including gravel driveways.
  • US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive

    06/12/2009 3:04:37 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 34 replies · 1,447+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | JUne 12, 2009 | Tom Leonard
    The government looking at expanding a pioneering scheme in Flint, one of the poorest US cities, which involves razing entire districts and returning the land to nature. Local politicians believe the city must contract by as much as 40 per cent, concentrating the dwindling population and local services into a more viable area. The radical experiment is the brainchild of Dan Kildee, treasurer of Genesee County, which includes Flint. Having outlined his strategy to Barack Obama during the election campaign, Mr Kildee has now been approached by the US government and a group of charities who want him to apply...
  • US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive

    06/12/2009 11:11:02 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 197 replies · 7,039+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | June 12, 2009 | Tom Leonard
    Dozens of US cities may have entire neighbourhoods bulldozed as part of drastic "shrink to survive" proposals being considered by the Obama administration to tackle economic decline. The government looking at expanding a pioneering scheme in Flint, one of the poorest US cities, which involves razing entire districts and returning the land to nature. Local politicians believe the city must contract by as much as 40 per cent, concentrating the dwindling population and local services into a more viable area. The radical experiment is the brainchild of Dan Kildee, treasurer of Genesee County, which includes Flint. Having outlined his strategy...
  • Obama protestors to stand trial

    06/06/2009 1:01:05 PM PDT · by CARepublicans · 41 replies · 1,751+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 6/3/2009 | Charlie Butts
    Two pro-life demonstrators arrested recently on the Notre Dame campus will apparently have to stand trial. Days before President Barack Obama spoke at Notre Dame's commencement exercises in May, Laura Rohling and Jane Brennan conducted an informational picket on campus, using signs to educate students on abortion. They were arrested and spent seven hours in jail. Tom Brechja of the Thomas More Society represented them in a recent hearing and expected it to be settled -- but... "We ran into a brick wall," he recalls. "Turned out the prosecutor was very anxious to press the charges and said things to...
  • How Private Property Saved the Pilgrims

    05/06/2009 12:11:40 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 7 replies · 1,281+ views
    Hoover Institution ^ | 1999 | Tom Bethell
    When the Pilgrims landed in 1620, they established a system of communal property. Within three years they had scrapped it, instituting private property instead. Hoover media fellow Tom Bethell tells the story. There are three configurations of property rights: state, communal, and private property. Within a family, many goods are in effect communally owned. But when the number of communal members exceeds normal family size, as happens in tribes and communes, serious and intractable problems arise. It becomes costly to police the activities of the members, all of whom are entitled to their share of the total product of the...
  • Driveways in D.C. Now a No-Parking Zone

    04/24/2009 1:29:17 PM PDT · by gondramB · 101 replies · 4,997+ views
    WTOP.com ^ | April 24, 2009 - 1:07am
    Beverly Anderson is mad as hell. She just started to get tickets for parking in her own driveway. That's right. The District of Columbia is ticketing people who park their cars in their own driveways. ---- So what does the law say? "Any area between the property line and the building restriction line shall be considered as private property set aside and treated as public space under the care and maintenance of the property owner." ----------- Basically what that means is most property owners in the District don't own the land between their front door and the sidewalk, but they...
  • The Kings Among Us (Pakistanis get it when will we?)

    03/24/2009 3:37:47 AM PDT · by ODDITHER · 1 replies · 539+ views
    Alternate Solutions Institute | January 21, 2007 | Dr. Khalil Ahmad
    The Kings Among Us -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 22 January 2007 ShareThisby Dr. Khalil Ahmad Once upon a time, there was a king. He was born in a city called Tikrit. He was brought up in a fatherless family with poor means of livelihood. He rose from being a street fighter to become a powerful king of Iraq. It may be objected that the story of Saddam Hussein cannot be narrated in such a manner. Because we are no longer living in medieval times. We are living in a modern or as is said in a post-modern age. But going through the details...
  • We've legalized theft in America

    03/23/2009 9:18:26 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies · 644+ views
    http://www.onenewsnow.com ^ | 3/23/2009 | Star Parker
    It says something about the dismal state of affairs in our country today by what outrages folks. Sure, if we want to portray business as the root of our economic ills, outrage about executives getting bonuses at a company that received taxpayer bailout funds has political sex appeal. Or perhaps that some company that got bailed out sent their managers to a fancy retreat somewhere. Or that maybe a bailed-out company sponsored a golf tournament. But where's the outrage about the circumstances that allow this all to happen to begin with? Where is the outrage about the ease with which...
  • the 5th Amendment

    03/22/2009 6:29:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies · 921+ views
    No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property...
  • Obama's Budget Seeks to Shrink Tax Benefits of Owning

    03/08/2009 1:10:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 79 replies · 2,776+ views
    Wahington Post ^ | 3/8/09 | Kenneth R. Harney
    The cluster of special federal tax benefits and subsidies for homeowners has long seemed politically untouchable. Those include deductions for mortgage interest, local property taxes and capital gains exclusions on up to $500,000 in sale profits. Is the Obama administration serious about beginning to limit at least some of these subsidies?
  • Kelo Story Becomes Major Book (while the property STILL sits undeveloped)

    02/10/2009 2:34:33 PM PST · by bamahead · 8 replies · 1,018+ views
    Institute for Justice ^ | Feb. 2009 | John E. Kramer
    You may think you know all the intrigue and drama of Susette Kelo’s story. But be prepared to be outraged anew with the release of Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage (Grand Central Publishing, January 26, 2009, $26.99), a first-rate nonfiction drama told by award-winning author Jeff Benedict. Benedict’s work takes readers behind the scenes—showcasing Kelo’s fight to save her home and New London Development Corporation President Claire Gaudiani’s effort to take it away. Little Pink House will rightfully transform Kelo from a hero in the fight for property rights into a popular legend in the...
  • City Council weighs plan to keep cars off lawns[Houston]

    01/16/2009 10:31:43 AM PST · by BGHater · 23 replies · 623+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 14 Jan 2009 | CAROLYN FEIBEL
    Nettled by neighbors who clutter up their front yards with parked vehicles? You could work to outlaw this practice in your Houston neighborhood if the City Council approves a yard-parking ordinance on Wednesday's agenda. The proposed law would allow civic associations to apply for the prohibition, or for 60 percent of residents to apply by petition. City officials developed this “opt-in” process after efforts to enact a citywide ban failed in 2007. “I’m really excited that it’s finally come to council,” said Councilman James Rodriguez of District I, on the East Side. Rodriguez said that after crime, the problem of...
  • Life on the Border

    01/10/2009 8:12:47 AM PST · by AuntB · 27 replies · 1,042+ views
    Townhall ^ | Dec. 5, 2008 | Sharla Ishmael
    Joe Johnson's family has lived and worked on the same property near Columbus, N.M., for almost 100 years. "Our grandfather came here in 1918, right behind Pancho Villa," he says proudly. Yet he also admits, "If it wasn't home, I would move away from it." The Johnson ranch lies right up against the Mexican border, and illegal immigration has turned what was already a hard way to make a living on drought--plagued rangeland into a nightmare of stolen cattle, broken water lines,ruined fences and grass fi res. "In 2005, we had 500-plus people crossing our ranch every day," explains housewife,...
  • Watch yourself... Google's watching you

    12/30/2008 8:18:22 AM PST · by syriacus · 68 replies · 2,434+ views
    France24 ^ | Dec. 22, 2008 | Jean-Marc Manach, Bruno Anatrella
    Beware of tripping over, sunbathing topless, cheating on your partner in public... - if there's a Google van passing by, the evidence will be forever set in a 360-degree photographic panorama and posted online for all to see. Google's ever increasing mapping applications are getting ever-increasingly closer to our personal lives. Suspicious minds won't need to bother with private detectives - they can simply log on to Google Maps and access the pedestrian-level view of the entire city - if they're lucky enough to live in Milan, Paris, or the majority of the US, New Zealand, Australia or Japan... Otherwise,...
  • N.J. Panel Faults Church Group in Gay Rights Case

    12/30/2008 9:58:08 AM PST · by Publius Valerius · 17 replies · 892+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/30/08 | Wire
    MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) | A church group that owns beachfront property discriminated against a lesbian couple by not allowing them to rent the locale for their civil union ceremony, a New Jersey department ruled Monday in a case that has become a flash point in the nation's gay rights battle. The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights said its investigation found that the refusal of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association to rent the oceanfront spot to the couple for their ceremony in March 2007 violated the public accommodation provisions of the state's Law Against Discrimination.
  • Loss of Homes Threatens Social Stability in China

    12/06/2008 9:49:23 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 13 replies · 673+ views
    VOA ^ | 12.05.08 | Stephanie Ho
    Gao Shuhuan points to the house that has been home to her for most of her life China's rapid economic growth has benefited millions of people, but it also increasingly has become the source for much domestic unrest as the widening wealth gap helps solidify a growing sense of social inequality. One flashpoint for Chinese people who are not wealthy is the loss of their homes, often by local authorities who seize the land and then sell it for big profits.  Forty-two-year-old Gao Shuhuan has lived in this home for nearly half her life. "This is my house. Within...
  • Bounty of Freedom [Puritans, Yankees, the Constitution, and Libertarianism]

    12/04/2008 8:05:40 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 24 replies · 648+ views
    Fairfield County Weekly ^ | December 04, 2008 | Phil Maymin
    Imagine the frustration of the first Yankees, struggling mightily to convince their Puritanical brethren that private property — not communal wealth-sharing — brings prosperity, freedom and enlightenment. Were they mocked, burned as witches or simply ignored? How did they eventually sway the masses to their view? Not just temporarily, in a fine-whatever kind of agreement, but as the kind of deep change that, within just a handful of generations, saw the Puritans evolve into the rugged Yankees that would pen the world's first written constitution, establish individual freedoms, protect private property and free speech and eventually revolt against the British?...
  • Michelle Malkin: Terrific: Law-breaking activist helps homeless break into foreclosed houses

    12/02/2008 9:47:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 1,278+ views
    Michelle Malkin's Website ^ | December 2, 2008 | Michelle Malkin
    When Barack Obama assumes office, this is the kind of “community activist” who will be heralded, celebrated, and subsidized. It’s easy to be so charitable with other people’s property: Max Rameau delivers his sales pitch like a pro. “All tile floor!” he says during a recent showing. “And the living room, wow! It has great blinds.” But in nearly every other respect, he is unlike any real estate agent you’ve ever met. He is unshaven, drives a beat-up car and wears grungy cut-off sweat pants. He also breaks into the homes he shows. And his clients don’t have a dime...
  • Kenneth City delays decision on neatness ordinance[FL][Private Property Rights]

    12/01/2008 3:21:46 PM PST · by BGHater · 20 replies · 1,220+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 30 Nov 2008 | Anne Lindberg
    Council members caved in to demands from an angry crowd and delayed approving a neatness ordinance until officials explain every word of the 26-page document to Kenneth City residents. In what was estimated to be the largest crowd to ever attend a Kenneth City Council meeting, an outraged group of residents railed at the proposal that would regulate the upkeep of both the exterior and interior of all property in the town. The proposal basically sets standards for upkeep and appearance and gives town officials the right to enter homes. If the owner refuses to allow the official to enter,...
  • The Real Story Behind Thanksgiving

    11/22/2008 10:49:44 AM PST · by FreeKeys · 5 replies · 875+ views
    Libertator Online ^ | Nov. 20, 1997 | Nov. 20, 1997
    The Real Story Behind Thanksgiving Did you know that the first [Plymouth Colony Pilgrim's] Thanksgiving was a celebration of the triumph of private property and individual initiative?William Bradford was the governor of the original Pilgrim colony, founded at Plymouth in 1621. The colony was first organized on a communal basis, as their financiers required. Land was owned in common. The Pilgrims farmed communally, too, following the "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs" precept.The results were disastrous. Communism didn't work any better 400 years ago than it does today. By 1623, the colony had...
  • Kentucky Student May Sue After Mall Claimed Her Dress Was Too Short for Shopping

    08/14/2008 1:59:41 PM PDT · by bamahead · 181 replies · 592+ views
    FOX News ^ | August 13, 2008 | FOX News
    A Kentucky college student has hired a lawyer after she was escorted out of a mall by security on Sunday because her dress was deemed too short, MyFOXBoston reports. Kymberly Clem, a 20-year-old student at Eastern Kentucky University, wore the dress Sunday after purchasing it from the mall in Richmond the previous day, the Richmond Register reported Tuesday. After just a few minutes inside of the mall, a security guard approached her and expressed concerns over the length of the garment. According to MyFOXBoston, the guard informed her that several female patrons had complained that she was disrupting their shopping...
  • Cohen asks photographer to leave his home, then pushes him out

    08/06/2008 3:17:43 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 1,248+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 8/6/8 | Zack McMillin
    The staff of Congressman Steve Cohen called police to his home today after an argument with an Armenian-American activist in town from California ended with Cohen physically pushing him out the side door. Peter Musurlian, a documentary producer for Globalist Films in Glendale, Calif., followed a reporter from The Commercial Appeal into Cohen’s Overton Park home, where the Congressman had invited local media to respond to a commercial from Nikki Tinker, his 9th Congressional District opponent in Thursday’s Democratic Primary, that Cohen called “more mudslinging.” When members of Cohen’s staff realized who the cameraman was – Cohen said Musurlian followed...
  • Milwaukee man faces foreclosure because he didn’t pay parking fine

    08/04/2008 11:28:56 AM PDT · by XR7 · 25 replies · 303+ views
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal ^ | 8/4/08 | RAQUEL RUTLEDGE
    Peter Tubic ignored a $50 parking fine in 2004, and on Monday, it cost him his $245,000 house. In what city officials believe is the first case of its kind, the city foreclosed on Tubic's house on W. Verona Court after repeated attempts to collect the fine - which over the years had escalated to $2,600 - had failed. "Our goal isn't to acquire parcels," said Jim Klajbor, special deputy city treasurer. "Our goal is to just collect taxes. . . . It is only as a last resort that we would pursue . . . foreclosure." Milwaukee County Circuit...
  • THE SAD ROAD TO SOCIALISM

    07/21/2008 1:37:27 PM PDT · by mick · 52 replies · 412+ views
    Financial Sense Editorials ^ | July 18,2008 | John Loeffler
    THE SAD ROAD TO SOCLIALISM What happens When Private Property is No Longer a Right by John Loeffler Contributor, Steel on Steel Radio Program Co-host, Financial Sense Newshour July 18, 2008 “But if the government undertakes to control and to raise wages, and cannot do it; if the government undertakes to care for all who may be in want, and cannot do it; if the government undertakes to support all unemployed workers, and cannot do it; if the government undertakes to lend interest-free money to all borrowers, and cannot do it; if .... ‘The state considers that its purpose is...
  • Cuba hands over state lands

    07/19/2008 7:05:18 AM PDT · by uglybiker · 14 replies · 153+ views
    BBC via Youtube ^ | 7/19/2008
    Cuban President Raul Castro is giving over more state-owned land to private owners. http://youtube.com/watch?v=4xLR4g7wcN8
  • [Ohio] Court Nixes Private Club Smoking

    06/05/2008 9:14:09 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 52 replies · 124+ views
    1290WHIO.com ^ | 06/05/2008
    Court Nixes Private Club Smoking 06/05/2008 06:19:25 COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No smoking is still the rule for Ohio's private clubs. The vote was 4-3 in the State Supreme Court. That means there will be no reversal of an Appeals Court decision that blocks new rules that would exempt private clubs from the state's indoor smoking ban. Anti-smoking groups are pleased and so is the Ohio Licensed Beverage Association, which was afraid such an exemption would give private clubs an unfair advantage over public bars and restaurants.
  • Greenwich Flushes Billionaire's 26-Bathroom Supermansion Plan

    05/21/2008 6:16:03 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 7 replies · 115+ views
    All Headline News ^ | May 21, 2008 | Jupiter Kalambakal
    Greenwich, CT (AHN) - A controversial plan for a 54,000-square-foot mansion proposed by Russian mogul Valery Kogan was rejected by officials after receiving a flurry of complaints from neighbors saying the house would be too large. The permit was denied Tuesday by the Greenwich Planning and Zoning Commission, halting construction of what would have been the largest single-family residence since the city began reviews back in 2001. Reports revealed that in order to construct the mansion, Kogan and his wife Olga were planning on tearing down a 20,000-square-foot home currently erected on the area they purchased in 2005. Commissioners reportedly...
  • CA: Proposition 98 vs 99: Competing Initiatives regarding Property Rights

    03/01/2008 8:20:57 AM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 9 replies · 697+ views
    Propositions that are on the June 3, 2008 Statewide Direct Primary Election Ballot Initiative Constitutional AmendmentProposition 98 1248. Government Acquisition, Regulation of Private Property. Constitutional Amendment. Proponents: Doug Mosebar, Jon Coupal and Jim Nielsen Bars state and local governments from condemning or damaging private property for private uses. Prohibits rent control and similar measures. Prohibits deference to government in property rights cases. Defines “just compensation.” Requires an award of attorneys fees and costs if a property owner obtains a judgment for more than the amount offered by the government. Requires government to offer to original owner of condemned property...