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  • Capital lawyer to have Supreme moment (property rights case)

    01/08/2012 2:55:35 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 8, 2012 | Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON – Sacramento attorney Damien Schiff will be carrying the conservative flame Monday when the Supreme Court considers what could become the year's hottest environmental case. For the 32-year-old Schiff, a senior staff attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, the hourlong oral argument marks a personal milestone. The Monday morning session will be his first appearance before the famously aggressive questioners of the nation's highest court. "There is a greater intensity of preparation," Schiff acknowledged Thursday, following a moot court session at Georgetown University Law Center. "Everyone knows that (an attorney) is lucky to have 30 seconds to make their...
  • Activists board Japanese whaling ship

    01/08/2012 12:29:17 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 83 replies
    France 24 ^ | 1/8/2012
    The Sea Shepherd anti-whaling group said three Australian activists were being held as "prisoners" by the Japanese harpoon fleet Sunday after sneaking aboard one of their vessels overnight to protest. Sea Shepherd said they had helped the three men from the Forest Rescue Australia environmental group to board the Shonan Maru No.2 16 miles (26 kilometres) off Australia's west coast. "The boats approached the Shonan Maru under the cover of darkness and the three negotiated their way past the razor wire and spikes and over the rails to successfully board the Japanese whaling vessel," Sea Shepherd said of the Forest...
  • Wind farms blasted - Greenpeace co-founder

    01/07/2012 10:41:10 AM PST · by Dartman · 33 replies
    Chatham Daily News ^ | Jan 4 2012 | Bob Boughner
    This will drive the Enviro-weenies nuts!
  • Controversial Cemex land swap back before city council

    12/20/2011 11:03:08 AM PST · by mdittmar · 6 replies
    Victorville Daily Press ^ | December 20, 2011 | Brooke Edwards Staggs
    VICTORVILLE • A controversial proposal to give federal land north of Victorville to Cemex in hopes of ending a 12-year dispute over mining in Santa Clarita is back before the City Council Tuesday night.Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, first introduced the Soledad Canyon Mine Act in 2008 and then again in 2009. The bills aimed to give 10,600 acres of Bureau of Land Management property north of Victorville to cement producer Cemex USA. In exchange, the company would agree to a band on its rights to mine gravel in Soledad Canyon, where residents have been protesting the impact on...
  • American Indian Collectivism: Past Myth, Present Reality

    11/24/2011 4:39:57 PM PST · by OddLane · 9 replies
    PERC ^ | Summer 2006 | Carlos L. Rodriguez and Craig S. Galbraith
    In the past, most if not all North American indigenous peoples had a strong belief in individual property rights and ownership. Frederick Hodge (1910) noted that individual private ownership was “the norm” for North American tribes. Likewise, Julian Steward (1938, 253) asserted that among Native Americans communal property was limited, and Frances Densmore (1939) concluded that the Makah tribe in the Pacific Northwest had property rights similar to Europeans.’ These early twentieth-century historians and anthropologists had the advantage of actually interviewing tribal members who had lived in pre-reservation Indian society.
  • What is Agenda 21?

    11/16/2011 9:17:25 AM PST · by FatMax · 77 replies
    The US Report ^ | Nov. 16, 2011 | Chris Carter
    The UN plan referenced by Newt Gingrich is a real threat to private property and US sovereignty.“Agenda 21 proposes an array of actions which are intended to be implemented by every person on Earth…it calls for specific changes in the activities of all people… Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all humans, unlike anything the world has ever experienced… ” - Agenda 21: The Earth Summit Strategy to Save Our Planet (Earthpress, 1993). Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich stated during a recent campaign event that the United Nations was seeking to create an “extraconstitutional control” over...
  • Lawsuit: LA County Deputies Wrongly Seized $7M In Private Property

    11/09/2011 11:26:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    CBS) ^ | November 9, 2011 7:48 AM
    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department unlawfully seized up to $7 million worth of property from a Santa Clarita landowner, according to a lawsuit filed in a federal court. Attorney Richard Gibson of Woodland Hills represents the owners of the property that was seized on a 20-acre site near Magic Mountain. Deputies allegedly seized tractors, trailers, boats and cargo containers after discovering a reportedly stolen skiploader that Gibson said was abandoned on the site without the landowners’ knowledge. “For many years, my client has stored a great deal of stuff on the property,” said Gibson. “One of [the owners] had...
  • Priest Lake couple’s land dispute with EPA going to high court

    11/07/2011 2:16:37 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Spokane Spokesman-Review ^ | Nov. 6, 2011 | Becky Kramer
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho – Four years ago, Mike and Chantell Sackett cleared a lot to build a house overlooking one of North Idaho’s most scenic mountain lakes. They pictured a roomy A-frame, with a deck for entertaining. At the front of the house, windows would frame views of Priest Lake and the deep forest stretching down to the lake’s indigo water. From the back, the couple could watch the Selkirk Mountains change with the seasons. But instead of their dream home, the Sacketts got a bitter legal fight with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about whether they improperly filled in...
  • Gas against Wind (Power)

    11/03/2011 7:30:02 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 25 replies
    New Geography ^ | Nov. 3, 2011 | Matt Ridley
    Which would you rather have in the view from your house? A thing about the size of a domestic garage, or eight towers twice the height of Nelson’s column with blades noisily thrumming the air. The energy they can produce over ten years is similar: eight wind turbines of 2.5-megawatts (working at roughly 25% capacity) roughly equal the output of an average Pennsylvania shale gas well (converted to electricity at 50% efficiency) in its first ten years. Difficult choice? Let’s make it easier. The gas well can be hidden in a hollow, behind a hedge. The eight wind turbines must...
  • The Clean Water Act Hits Home

    10/21/2011 11:58:51 AM PDT · by 92nina · 7 replies
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2011-10-20 | J. Michael Wahlen
    ...The orders do tremendous harm to the economy as well as to people’s lives by preventing them from using their property the way they had intended. This is one reason that the Physical Property Rights ranking by the International Property Rights Index (IPRI) has shown a decline in recent years for the United States. The great harm that each and everyone one of these “administrative compliance orders” causes has recently been brought home by a couple from Idaho. Mike and Chantell Sackett purchased .63 acres of land for $23,000 in 2005 to build their dream home. Despite being 500 feet...
  • Scalia criticizes Kelo ruling on private property

    10/21/2011 5:23:13 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 53 replies
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin ^ | October 19, 2011 | Jerry Crimmins
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin G. Scalia said Tuesday he does not believe the high court's "infamous" Kelo decision of 2005, which held that cities can take land from some residents with compensation and give it to others for economic development, will be lasting law. "I do not think the Kelo decision is long for this world," Scalia said in a speech to Chicago-Kent College of Law. He compared the court's decision in Kelo v. New London, Conn., No. 04-108, to the Dred Scott case, which held that slaves were outside the protection of the U.S. Constitution, and to the...
  • Crime Surging at "Occupier" Sites - Scenes From "Lord of the Flies"

    10/20/2011 10:25:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies
    Human Events ^ | October 20, 2011 | JWF
    As the national media continues to promote the idea that these absurd "Occupy" protests demonstrate some groundswell of popular opinion, reports continue to emerge from localized media showing how ugly these encampments are becoming. A report out of Cleveland that  police are investigating a rape claim made by a 19-year-old woman last weekend has received little attention. Do you suppose if a rape claim was made against a tea partier that it would receive more attention?It's gotten so bad in Baltimore that organizers are discouraging alleged victims from going to the police (maybe they should go to Sheriff Biden).Meanwhile,...
  • It's time to start Tarring and Feathering them ( vanity )

    10/20/2011 5:24:28 PM PDT · by voveo · 19 replies
    10/20/2011 | voveo
    We know the politicians are lying and breaking the law and yet nothing is done. We know the bankers have broken laws and are not being prosecuted. We taxpayers are being robbed. The corruption is so blatant and yet nothing is being done.
  • South Carolina mine sparks mini-gold rush to the Southeast

    10/16/2011 5:53:36 PM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Harriet McLeod
    Romarco Minerals Inc. reopened the historic Haile Gold Mine near Kershaw, S.C., this year and expects to pour its first gold bar there in early 2014, Chief Executive Diane Garrett told Reuters this week. Environmentalists also are concerned about an endangered freshwater mussel, the Carolina heelsplitter, found in creeks near the site.
  • N. Idaho couple battle "overzealous" EPA (Private Land Rights Violated)

    10/12/2011 4:45:15 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 39 replies
    The Coeur d' Alene Press ^ | October 12, 2011 | The Coeur d' Alene Press
    Washington, D.C. - A Priest Lake couple is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court over a land use dispute with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that should have never occurred, according to Members of the Idaho Congressional Delegation. Mike and Chantell Sackett were in Washington, D.C., today as part of a forum convened by Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and attended by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Idaho Senator Jim Risch and Idaho Representative Raúl Labrador.
  • The Use and Abuse of the Endangered Species Act

    10/10/2011 9:51:26 AM PDT · by 92nina · 12 replies
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2011-10-10 | J. Michael Wahlen
    The United States has a long history of working to protect species from extinction. In 1939, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) was created for this purpose, and in 1973 the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed to augment its power. Protecting species naturally puts the government at odds with landowners, however. The ESA effectively allows the government to determine how land can be used, even if it is on private land. As current estimates put the percentage of endangered species on private land at 90%, this conflict is somewhat inevitable. This became evident even as far back as...
  • Hot Air exclusive: Perry raises $17.1 million in Q3

    10/05/2011 5:51:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 113 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 5, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    A source on the Rick Perry campaign tells Hot Air that the Texas governor conducted some Texas-size fundraising in the third quarter. Coming in just a little over halfway through, Perry raised $17.1 million. That number would put Perry somewhere between $4-6 million ahead of Mitt Romney’s rumored total for Q3, according to this report last week from the Boston Globe. It’s also likely to far outpace Herman Cain’s fundraising or that of the other Republicans currently in the race. The pace is even more impressive. Perry had 49 days in which to raise funds, rather than the full 92...
  • Priest Lake Couple's Legal Battle [vs. EPA] Heads To Nation's Highest Court

    10/01/2011 1:02:48 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 5 replies
    KHQ-TV, Spokane ^ | Sept. 30, 2011 | KHQ-TV
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho - It's a classic David versus Goliath battle. The United States Supreme Court now says it will consider the case of a Priest Lake couple that's just hoping to build a home. But the Federal Government says you can build a home, just not where you bought your property. It's illegal.
  • EPA to property owner: 'Your land is our land' $40 million in fines pending over plan to build

    09/26/2011 8:45:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    wnd ^ | 9/26/11 | Bob Unruh
    Just imagine. You want to build a home, so you buy a $23,000 piece of land in a residential subdivision in your hometown and get started. The government then tells you to stop, threatens you with $40 million in fines and is not kidding. That's the case now before the U.S. Supreme Court, with briefs being filed today by the Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of a Priest Lake, Idaho, family, Chantell and Mike Sackett. Attorney Damien Schiff, who will be arguing before the high court in the case, said it's simply a case of a government run amok, and...
  • EPA to property owner: 'Your land is our land' ($40 million in fines pending)

    09/24/2011 10:12:35 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 96 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Sept. 23, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    Just imagine. You want to build a home, so you buy a $23,000 piece of land in a residential subdivision in your hometown and get started. The government then tells you to stop, threatens you with $40 million in fines and is not kidding. That's the case now before the U.S. Supreme Court, with briefs being filed today by the Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of a Priest Lake, Idaho, family, Chantell and Mike Sackett. Attorney Damien Schiff, who will be arguing before the high court in the case, said it's simply a case of a government run amok, and...
  • An Epilogue to the Kelo Case

    09/22/2011 10:03:37 AM PDT · by 92nina · 12 replies · 2+ views
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2011-09-20 | J. Michael Wahlen
    Reason Magazine featured a great article that chronicles a new twist in the famous Kelo vs. New London case. This landmark case radically increased the size of government under the eminent domain clause by forcing Susette Kelo to leave her house so that the City of New London could use the land for “economic development” in 2005. The new twist comes from a story recounted by a journalist and author Jeff Benedict. Benedict recounts a recent book reading of The Little Pink House (written on the Kelo case) in which Justice Richard N. Palmer, one of the 4 judges who...
  • Ground Zero Mosque Opens for Business (Today!)

    09/21/2011 2:27:19 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 101 replies ^ | 9/21/11 | R Mauro
    September 21 at 6:30 PM, the Ground Zero Mosque will open its doors to show a photo exhibit in its community space. Park51 is hoping to discourage its opponents by declaring an early victory in spite of its recent embarrassments and setbacks. This grand opening does not mean that the fight is over. The project still has a long way to go until completion.
  • Faith of our Fathers(property rights)

    09/16/2011 7:10:42 AM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 15 September, 2011 | : Paul D. Perry
    “I will not allow violence against this house,” stated Dustin Hoffman’s character in the original Straw Dogs (1971), a graphic film that is still worth watching, but only by adults. Most will watch Sam Peckinpah’s psychological thriller with some Western themes only once. For many, some quick editing via the remote will be required. The central point of the movie is still valid. Civilized men once had a universal understanding that a man’s home was his castle. Why? The idea that a man’s, or now in many cases a woman’s, house and property should be within their own control is...
  • Taking Liberty: How Private Property is being Abolished in America

    09/03/2011 7:32:08 AM PDT · by Twotone · 15 replies
    Taking Liberty ^ | Copyright 2008 | Environmental Perspectives, Inc.
    Taking Liberty is a comprehensive look at the lower 48 states showing, region by region, how the Environmental Movement is rapidly abolishing Private Property in America. When you click on the links below, a new window will open and play each program. Please Note: You must have a Macromedia or Adobe Flash player installed on your computer to view the programs.
  • My solution: how to restore freedom of association and end government tyranny

    09/01/2011 6:47:34 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies ^ | Sept. 1, 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    Unfortunately, many Americans have become inured to the trampling of freedom of association. You can work your fingers to the bone starting a business, and the government becomes a partner that contributes nothing but extracts much. It not only shares your profits and regulates you to death, but, more to the point here, dictates whom you must serve and the bases on which you may hire and fire people. And woe betide he who doesn't bow before Leviathan. A recent example of this is the Wildflower Inn, a Vermont B&B. After devout Catholic owners Jim and Mary O'Reilly refused to...
  • N.Y. developer insists "Ground Zero Mosque" will stay

    08/28/2011 4:55:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Province ^ | August 27, 2011 | Douglas Quan
    Ten years ago, Postmedia News reporter Douglas Quan was living in New York City when two hijacked airliners crashed into the World Trade Center towers. He spent the next several months filing reports on the city's recovery. As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Quan revisited some of the New Yorkers he interviewed and found others who experienced the attack first-hand to talk about their recollections of that day and how it changed their lives. NEW YORK — The guest imam delivering the sermon today is giving advice on how Muslims can assert themselves without causing tensions in the community....
  • California: Legislature Approves Renter Smoking Ban

    08/18/2011 5:52:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    FoxLa ^ | 08/15/11
    Legislature Approves Renter Smoking Ban Updated: Monday, 15 Aug 2011, 7:12 PM PDT Published : Monday, 15 Aug 2011, 7:12 PM PDT Sacramento - Landlords will be able to ban smoking on their properties, including inside rental units, if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill sent to him by the state Senate. Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles says his bill is designed to give families more smoke-free options. He says 86 percent of Californians don't smoke, yet smoke-free multifamily housing remains comparatively rare.
  • Interests in Mississippi Try to Block Eminent Domain Reform

    07/27/2011 1:36:28 PM PDT · by 92nina
    ATR ^ | 2011-07-26 | Grant Morgan
    ...The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation and the National Federation of Independent Business appeared as “friends of the court”, arguing that placing the amendment to the state constitution on the ballot is permissible under the US Constitution because they claim that it does not change the definition of “public use” or grant new rights to property owners, but rather codifies existing definitions in order to protect property-owners from abuse and provide certainty. Karen Harned, a spokesperson for the NFIB legal center, stated that “"It's one thing for government to take private property for long-standing and well-agreed public uses, but it's just...
  • NJ man double-crossed by town for displaying two crosses in front yard

    07/01/2011 1:18:22 PM PDT · by massmike · 21 replies ^ | 07/01/2011 | Jon Scruggs
    The Alliance Defense Fund sent a letter to the township of Livingston urging officials to stop using a town ordinance to prohibit a resident from displaying crosses in various areas of his own yard. Police ordered the homeowner to take down a cross he had affixed to a tree in celebration of Lent after a neighbor complained. “It’s ridiculous to stop citizens from displaying a cross on their own property,” said ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Jonathan Scruggs. “The Constitution guarantees the right of Americans to express their religious beliefs in this fashion, and no local ordinance can trump that. In...
  • 96-Year-Old Being Forced Out Over Hurricane Prep

    07/06/2011 3:37:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 | Willard Shepard and Todd Wright
    Condo board tells elderly woman to upgrade condo or get foreclosed onSarah Eisenberg has lived through many storms in her 96 years, but the ominous forecast she faces these days comes from the association that runs her condominium. Eisenberg said that she has been told that if she doesn't pay to upgrade to hurricane windows and doors, the association will foreclose on her Fort Lauderdale unit. The cost is $6,500, a price tag too expensive for a senior citizen on a fixed income, Eisenberg said. She gets $1,500 per month from her Social Security check. "They want $2,000 for a...
  • The Phony Right-Wing - Part 5: James Richard 'Rick' Perry

    06/30/2011 4:18:01 PM PDT · by unspun · 191 replies · 1+ views
    Gulag Bound ^ | June 30, 2011 | Kelleigh Nelson
    A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.- Bertrand de Jouvenel des Ursins, usually known only as Bertrand de Jouvenel (31 October 1903, Paris – 1 March 1987) was a French philosopher, political economist, and futurist. G u l a g B o u n d Video, "Gov. Rick Perry’s amazing speech to RLC 2011" at James Richard "Rick" Perry assumed the governorship of Texas in 2000 when he took over from George W. Bush, who resigned to take the oath of office of President. He holds all records for Texas gubernatorial tenure. Perry has...
  • Carer of 92-Year-Old Ordered to Leave House for Estranged Wife

    06/23/2011 12:22:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Scotsman ^ | 6/23/2011 | John Ross
    A HOMEOWNER has been ordered to leave the house where he was caring for his 92-year-old mother to allow his estranged wife to move back in. Angus and Barbara Ann Fraser are fighting a legal battle over the home in the Lochaber village of Caol. Mrs Fraser, 61, left the house the couple shared with her mother-in-law Elizabeth nine weeks ago when the pair separated, but then began a legaADVERTISEMENT l move at Fort William Sheriff Court to return to live there. Sheriff Douglas Small has granted an interim exclusion order against Mr Fraser, 54, banning him from the house...
  • Family's plan for dream house halted by feds [EPA] armed with 'rule'

    06/17/2011 9:42:46 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 56 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | June 17, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    It probably is just a matter of days before an Idaho family will learn whether it will have to decide between giving the government hundreds of thousands of dollars or giving up completely on its plans for a dream home in Priest Lake. It may have to pay the government even if it gives up its dreams. At issue is a pending request before the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency that the couple's land in a residential subdivision falls under its authority to protect the nation's wetlands. The problem for the Sackett...
  • Coral Gables: Keep parked pickup trucks out of sight overnight

    06/15/2011 11:17:59 AM PDT · by rawhide · 46 replies · 2+ views ^ | 6-15-11 | Tania Valdemoro,
    CORAL GABLES— Starting this month, the city of Coral Gables will issue warning notices to owners of pickup trucks who do not park their trucks inside their garages at night. Since the 1960s, the city has banned people from parking their pickup trucks in their driveways or on city streets from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. After Aug. 8, Coral Gables will start issuing tickets to people who violate the parking ban. The city has resumed enforcement of this controversial law because last month, the Florida Supreme Court decided not to consider an appeal by Lowell Kuvin, who sued Coral...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown’s hit list needs more diversity

    06/12/2011 9:24:08 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 6/12/11 | K. Lloyd Billingsley
    Gov. Jerry Brown wants to eliminate dozens of state panels and commissions, a good idea and long overdue. But the governor needs to be more inclusive, and stalk bigger game. His list includes the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, a typical soft landing spot for ex-legislators. They meet about once a month but get paid $128,109 a year, more than they were paid as legislators, as the Sacramento Bee recently noted. Such ruling-class parasitism doesn’t help balance the budget. The governor also wants to eliminate the California Commission on the Status of Women, which began on the watch of his father,...
  • Ohio restaurant referenced by Obama is closing

    06/09/2011 6:11:04 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 44 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 06/09/11 | Staff
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio restaurant mentioned last week by President Barack Obama as an indirect beneficiary of the government's Chrysler bailout will go out of business Sunday after a more than 70-year history. Co-owner Richard Lawrence of New Chet's Restaurant in Toledo says business has fallen victim to the economy and the workplace smoking ban approved by Ohio voters in 2006.
  • Property Rights Protected?

    06/03/2011 1:55:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 1+ views
    KETK ^ | Roger Gray
    The Texas Legislature has gone into special session to take care of unfinished business, like the budget. But the regular session produced some consumer protections for landowners. Eminent Domain is the 900 pound gorilla in the room for Texas landowners. And until now, you could have your property taken by local government or some private companies. And there’s nothing you can do to stop it. Well, KETK has learned that no matter what Austin says…that can still happen. But some folks, like the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, are very happy with the new protections written into law. “It...
  • County to homeowner: tear down this mess or go to jail

    06/01/2011 12:26:58 PM PDT · by SmithL · 38 replies
    SFGate ^ | 6/1/11 | Anna Marie Hibble
    Homeowner, who owns the land you live on? You might think you do, in America, but you'd be forgetting a few things. One) eminent domain: you could at any time lose you house if, say, your city or state wants to put in a freeway there. Two) County building codes: You can lose your house if it gets too weird, ugly, unsafe, or enough of an annoyance to neighbors. Yes. In the end, this is not as free a country as you think when it comes to home design. Ask former telephone tech Alan Kimble Fahey of Acton, CA, who...
  • PETA Worried About Heightened Criminal Penalties For Trespass, Theft, and Fraud

    04/27/2011 6:15:49 AM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 2 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | April 27, 2011 | Walter Hudson
    Is it possible that PETA, an organization which has equated the eating of animals to the lynching of black Americans, has something in common with the Tea Party? I wondered when I received an email from a fellow Tea Partier which had originated from the radical animal rights group. House File (HF) 1369 and Senate File (SF) 1118, which are currently making their way through the Minnesota State Legislature, could subject whistleblowers to criminal prosecution for their efforts to expose animal abuse on factory farms. If passed, these bills would penalize those who report and expose cruelty to animals and...
  • Cuba's party congress agrees to allow private property

    04/19/2011 4:13:59 AM PDT · by EBH · 42 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/19/11
    Cuba says it will allow people to buy and sell their homes for the first time since the communist revolution in 1959. For the past 50 years, Cubans have only been allowed to pass on their homes to their children, or to swap them through a complicated and often corrupt system. The move was decided during the first congress held by the ruling Communist Party in 14 years, aimed at breathing new life into the communist system. No details were given on how the new property sales could work. Cuban President Raul Castro warned that the concentration of property would...
  • Private Property Under Attack in Virginia

    04/11/2011 8:30:00 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 40 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 4/11/2011 | Donna Holt
    The right to own private property unfettered by excessive government control is under attack in Virginia. Private property is a fundamental right that distinguishes us as a free people, The framers of the constitution understood the importance of protecting private property rights. The Fifth Amendment of the Bill of Rights states, “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.” (Related: Agenda 21 Resource Page and also The Path To Agenda 21 Sustainable Development) Despite constitutional protection against property confiscation, state...
  • Colarado Man Battles $160K Clean Up Effort

    03/29/2011 12:11:45 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 69 replies
    KJCT8 TV ^ | 3/28/11 | Honora Swanson
    DE BEQUE, Colo. -- A man with thousands of tires on his land may soon have them removed if the county has its way. As of Monday, Mesa County is pushing for a six figure state grant to get rid of the rubber on his De Beque property. Stan Eisenach says he uses the rubber for various projects and he has a right to do what he wants on his property. There are 17,000 tires sitting on the land in De Beque, just feet from I-70 and no other real neighbors around. The man who lives here wants to be...
  • Boxing Gym Fighting Eminent Domain Gets Day in Court

    03/15/2011 6:25:31 PM PDT · by Palter · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Institute for Justice ^ | 11 Mar 2011 | Institute for Justice
    National City, Calif.—A San Diego-area boxing gym that serves at-risk kids is showing what it takes to fight for what is right and to win.  A trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 14, 2011, to decide whether National City, Calif., may declare nearly 700 properties—including the gym—“blighted,” thus freeing the city to bulldoze these properties and make way for luxury condos among other private developments.  The trial will be held before the Honorable Steven R. Denton, Superior Court of California, Hall of Justice, 330 W. Broadway in San Diego, Calif. The Community Youth Athletic Center (CYAC) has had...
  • The Floating Dollar as a Threat to Property Rights

    03/12/2011 7:12:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Imprimis (Hillsdale College) ^ | February 16, 2011 | Seth Lipsky
    The following is adapted from a speech delivered on February 16, 2011, at a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar in Phoenix, Arizona. TO BEGIN, consider one of the most important measures of property, the kilogram. It’s a measure of mass or, for non-scientific purposes, weight. According to the papers last week, a global scramble is under way to define this most basic unit after it was discovered that the standard kilogram—a cylinder of platinum and iridium that is maintained by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures—has been losing mass. You may think that this is impossible. Of all the...
  • The forgotten fundamental right: Property

    03/03/2011 2:42:55 PM PST · by libertycause13 · 9 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Steven Greenhut
    The American public can easily grasp the constitutional concepts of “free speech,” or “free exercise of religion,” or the “right to peaceably assemble.” By contrast, the phrase “property rights” doesn’t have the same cachet — it just lies there like some arcane principle that must be debated by lawyers before we know what it really means. Yet cachet or not, there is no more important right than the right to be safe and secure within one’s own property — provided a person wants to live as a free man and not a slave. Unfortunately, Thomas Jefferson substituted the words “pursuit...

    02/25/2011 5:08:40 PM PST · by IYAS9YAS · 42 replies
    Steve Pearce ^ | 02/25/2011 | Steve Pearce
    SOUTHERN NEW MEXICANS TO RALLY TO KEEP GILA ROADS OPEN Congressman Steve Pearce Expected to Attend, Along With Hundreds of New Mexicans Las Cruces, NM (February 25, 2011) Hundreds of New Mexicans are expected to rally in Silver City on Saturday, March 5th against the U.S. Forest Service’s plans to close access roads inside the Gila Forest. The rally will take place starting at noon at the Silver City Convention Center. “This is the time to come together and say, ‘enough is enough’”, Congressman Steve Pearce told about 100 residents of Truth or Consequences Thursday night. “It is time for...
  • Victory Alert: Property Rights Amendment Passes VA Senate!

    02/23/2011 6:12:43 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 14 replies
    Victoria Cobb, President Tuesday, February 22, 2011 Victory Alert: Property Rights Amendment Passes Senate! This afternoon, the Virginia Senate passed by a 35-5 vote a proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution that would protect private property rights and curb the government’s power of eminent domain. After four years of trying to pass this important legislation, with twists and turns, near-deaths, deaths, resurrections, and last minute defeats in previous General Assembly sessions, today's vote was deceptively overwhelming yet historic in importance. Now the resolution, HJ 693, goes back to the House of Delegates since it was changed from the version that...
  • Agenda 21 Part III: Maryland County Abolishes Agenda 21 – now for the rest of the country

    02/23/2011 4:03:00 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 15 replies
    Right Side News ^ | February 23, 2011 | James Simpson
    ..that local Sustainability offices, under the auspices of the ICLEI’s Local Governments for Sustainability, are the tiny, visible tip of the monstrous Agenda 21 sustainable development iceberg, the ultimate goal of which is to transform American society from the bottom up into a socialist ward of UN global governance. As of today, there are approximately 600 local governments in the US who have signed on to this Trojan Horse, under the guise of "smart growth, sustainability" and planned by the United Nations... Minus one. All the commissioners are to be commended for this bold decision. Predictably, the left is up...
  • 'He was going to kill me' Shooting trial ... incident between miner and off-road vehicle riders

    02/09/2011 3:59:11 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 27 replies
    Medford Mail Tribune ^ | 02/09/2011 | Sanne Specht
    A Gold Hill (OR) man who lost his lower right arm after a violent encounter with an Illinois Valley gold miner (testified) Tuesday at the miner's trial Graybill, testified that he and his friends drove into an isolated campsite about eight miles outside of Kerby. Spears immediately began screaming at them to get off his mining claim, firing into the air with his 12-gauge shotgun for emphasis. "He said, 'Get the f—- outta here. He was extremely agitated." Graybill grabbed a beer and took off on foot. Spears suddenly appeared again. Graybill stepped toward Spears before he was "bayoneted" by...
  • Property

    02/05/2011 6:18:31 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 44 replies · 1+ views
    The National Gazette ^ | March 29, 1792 | James Madison
    Read this short column and weep, for as a people we have squandered our legacy. Madison: This term [property] in its particular application means "that dominion which one man claims and exercises over the external things of the world, in exclusion of every other individual." In its larger and juster meaning, it embraces every thing to which a man may attach a value and have a right; and which leaves to every one else the like advantage. In the former sense, a man's land, or merchandize, or money is called his property. In the latter sense, a man has a...