Supreme court decision fall out, June 29, 2005
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 29, 2005
I watched the president's speech last night. While there were no surprises, one point cited by the analysts did get my attention.
I was switching back and forth between NBC and CNN and I believe it was on NBC that they reported that one of their polls found that it was mostly Republicans who tuned in for the speech.
We have a real problem in this country with open mindedness. Not only are people so certain their religious, political or philosophical views are right that they won't even read, listen to or watch any views to the contrary.
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That's a disturbing development. We're all Americans. We all have a stake in what happens in Iraq, with the economy, etc. and we damn well better start paying more attention and start considering the ideas of others.
As for me, I've always prided myself on being willing to listen to and consider the opinions of others. Not because I'm so open-minded, but because I know I'm not smart enough to be right about everything and in fact am likely more often wrong. And I know some of the people making life and death decisions for this nation are not a heckuvalot smarter, so they better start listening up, too.
I loved this item. It was from the Drudge Report yesterday and was still linked this morning.
In a nutshell, a group wants the city of Weare, N.H. to seize land owned by Supreme Court Justice David Souter so that they can built a hotel there.
Souter is a leader of the liberal wing of the Court who last week led the charge to approve the asinine 5-4 decision that states local governments can seize private property to give to private developers if they intend to build something that will generate economic growth.
The hotel would be aptly named "The Lost Liberty Hotel."
For Release Monday, June 27 to New Hampshire media
For Release Tuesday, June 28 to all other media
Weare, New Hampshire (PRWEB) Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter’s land.
Justice Souter’s vote in the &uot;Kelo vs. City of New London&uot; decision allows city governments to take land from one private owner and give it to another if the government will generate greater tax revenue or other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner.
On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter’s home.
Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land.
The proposed development, called &uot;The Lost Liberty Hotel&uot; will feature the &uot;Just Desserts Caf\u00E9&uot; and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon’s Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand’s novel &uot;Atlas Shrugged.&uot;
Clements indicated that the hotel must be built on this particular piece of land because it is a unique site being the home of someone largely responsible for destroying property rights for all Americans.
&uot;This is not a prank&uot; said Clements, &uot;The Towne of Weare has five people on the Board of Selectmen. If three of them vote to use the power of eminent domain to take this land from Mr. Souter we can begin our hotel development.&uot;
Clements’ plan is to raise investment capital from wealthy pro-liberty investors and draw up architectural plans. These plans would then be used to raise investment capital for the project. Clements hopes that regular customers of the hotel might include supporters of the Institute For Justice and participants in the Free State Project among others.