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Seized Property Lies Vacant 9 Years After Landmark Eminent Domain Case

by 1389AD ( 28 Comments › )
Filed under SCOTUS at March 26th, 2014 - 6:00 pm

On YouTube:

Published on Mar 22, 2014 by yazchat
Michael Cristofaro talks eminent domain [Kelo v. City of New London]
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Mark Levin Is On To Something Here.

by Flyovercountry ( 143 Comments › )
Filed under Conservatism at August 20th, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Article V, U.S. Constitution:

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall
deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution,
or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two
thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing
Amendments,
which in either Case, shall be valid to
all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when
ratifi ed by the Legislatures of three-fourths of the several
States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the
one or the other Mode of Ratifi cation may be proposed by
the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be
made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and
eight shall in any Manner affect the fi rst and fourth Clauses
in the Ninth Section of the fi rst Article; and that no State,
without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage
in the Senate.

Emphasis mine.

Hopefully, you’ve played the Levin audio. I have just a few points to make here. One is that this is extremely doable. It would require the consent of 34 State Legislatures. While it is true that we have been basically splitting the past national elections in what statistically is pretty darned close to 50/50 in terms of population, while losing in the electoral college by a margin that skews the results to resemble a blowout, that is representative of the larger population States mostly going to the liberal candidates, who do well in large urban areas. Conversely, conservatives will usually win a greater number of States. While this was not true during the previous two elections, click this link to gain a visual sense of why I still believe it possible. What this shows is a county by county breakdown of how America voted in 2012. What probably struck you immediately, was the vast contrast between red and blue on that map.

A grass roots effort undertaken by Americans tired of having their freedoms removed, however gradually, by a ruling elite, who by the way are always careful to exempt themselves from those very programs and intrusions that they deem beneficial for our own good, could avail themselves of the constitutional process so very thoughtfully included by our founding fathers. Those insightful men had the foresight to see that the framework they gave to us might one day become tyrannical. The story which Levin relates is empowering. Originally, Madison only included one method by which our Constitution may be amended, and George Mason pointed out that a federal behemoth, which had become tyrannical itself, would never undertake to relinquish its own power. Thus, the second method for amending our Constitution was included. There have been 17 amendments which have followed since the original ratification of our founding document, all of which have occurred via the first method. It is time to get on board with this idea to force the decentralization of the massive amount of power the federal government has granted to itself.

Whether you agree with Levin’s specific proposed amendments or not, there are at least a few undeniable truths here which deserve mention. One, such a convention would not be limited to only those amendments proposed by Levin. Two, there is no guarantee that Levin’s own amendments would pass, nor even receive consideration by such a process. Three, it would be an avenue for massive numbers of citizens who have been long frustrated by a process that seems to have removed itself entirely from both the constraint of the governed, and any accountability for such removal, to have their say. I understand the frustration felt by many among us, which has largely manifested itself in the form of useless protest votes or the other seemingly destructive behavior of just not voting at all, believing there to be no difference between the two major Parties. This however, would be a way to remove major swaths of power from both of these groups, including more importantly that group of self anointed ruling elites who so benevolently concern themselves with the well being of the great unwashed masses that most of us belong to. This initiative could even discuss Amendments to give ability to other national parties to grow for increased competition in the arena of ideas, by removing all federal money from the campaign process for example. Why our major political parties receive federal support in the first place is beyond me entirely.

I realize that Levin has written a book and this tour touting this idea may be his way of selling copies of that book. To that I say, so gosh darned what. That does not mean by any stretch of the imagination that it is not a brilliant idea. My conclusion is this, sign me up, let’s get this ball rolling. Where is the petition, door knocking campaign, list of local organizing cabals of unwashed masses, or the somebody that can get us all going in the right direction here?

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Pew Pew Pew

by Bunk X ( 58 Comments › )
Filed under Art, Crime, OOT, Progressives, Weapons at December 27th, 2012 - 2:19 am

“Each AK-47 Paper Model Kit comes with all the materials and instructions to construct this amazingly life-like paper model of an AK-47. [via]

Here’s a solution to the Anti-2nd Amendment (Anti-Self-Defense) crowd.

I propose that every child over the age of 10 be instructed in the safe handling and use of firearms; and that every adult shall be required to purchase, carry and display either a genuine weapon or a paper facsimile (painted flat black) at all times. The criminal element will be unnerved and uncertain as to who might return fire.

Licensed law-abiding citizens who desire to may carry the real deal, while those who are scared of the prospect of having to defend themselves with weaponry may use this inexpensive biodegradable camouflage and hope that a thug doesn’t challenge them with a flick of the Bic to the barrel. If that happens, the masquerade is as effective as a blackened bratwurst in a toilet paper tube.

But that won’t happen because Mister Gangbang can’t be sure that the real deal isn’t aimed at Mister Happy by an unseen bystander – with a bright red laser sighted on his cojones.

Pew.

Sentients Flock To Chik-Fil-A

by Bunk X ( 87 Comments › )
Filed under Bigotry, Censorship, Christianity, Communism, Fascism, Free Speech, Hate Speech, Liberal Fascism, OOT, Open thread, Political Correctness, Politics, Progressives, Religion, Socialism at August 1st, 2012 - 11:00 pm

Here’s the premise:
Because Chik-Fil-A’s parent company supports traditional religious values and donated money to an organization that promotes heterosexual marriage, they must be against homosexuality; therefore we should boycott the independent franchise owners and send them and their employees to the poorhouse for the religious opinions of someone they likely have never met.

Pheew. That’s an enormous steaming pile of illogic to begin with, and it’s obviously a thinly veiled attack on the US Constitution and a test of the validity of the First Amendment. It has nothing at all to do with poking bungholes or spanking in tongues. Where is the ACLU to protect these innocent restauranteurs and those they employ, comprised of all races, creeds AND sexual orientation, against such blatant and illegal political thuggery?

If the president of a company said something so boneheaded as to offend every living person in the world – and the Owners of Chik-Fil-A never uttered a word against homosexuality, in fact their public statements said the opposite -  isn’t he/she allowed to speak his/her opinion? Why penalize 2nd and 3rd parties, the franchisees and those they employ, with a speech-squelching boycott? Why even penalize the person who may or may not have made such a remark?

The Bill Of Rights BEGINS with The First Amendment; it wasn’t an afterthought. That some elected officials, including those holding high positions of authority, would even consider supporting such abasement of the concepts of free enterprise and Freedom of Speech is abhorrent. Make no mistake. This is one more small step designed to squelch dissent.

Yeah, I know – preaching to the choir. The image above has nothing to do with my commentary, except that it’s the mental picture Progressives conjure of Conservatives, and works as a visual introduction to
The Overnight Open Thread.

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Update: ACLU does the right thing.  h/t Bob in Breckenridge

Dr. Terry Jones Coming to Sanford FL for George Zimmerman’s Constitutional Rights Saturday, April 21, 1-3pm

by 1389AD Comments Off
Filed under Headlines, Political Correctness, Racism at April 12th, 2012 - 12:27 am

Dr. Terry Jones coming to Sanford for Zimmerman’s Constitutional Rights

Published on Apr 11, 2012 by StandUpAmericaNow

Rally will be held:

Saturday April 21, 1-3pm
Criminal Justice Center
101 Bush Blvd. Sanford, FL 32773

Contact Stand Up America Now for more information: 352-371-2487
info@standupamericanow.org


A perfect illustration of Pharaobama’s actions.

by Rodan ( 118 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Communism, Democratic Party, Fascism, Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Liberal Fascism, Multiculturalism, Political Correctness, Progressives, Socialism, Tranzis at March 21st, 2012 - 8:00 am

Our current President has become a defacto god-king of America. He acts with impunity and any criticism of him is called racist. The below picture perfectly illustrates what Pharaobama is doing to our Constitution.

This picture was spot on!

(Picture by Jon McNaughton)

A picture that makes me sad

by Rodan ( 59 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Progressives, Tranzis at January 28th, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Barack Hussein Obama doesn’t view himself as an American President. He is in his heart a 3rd World Liberation Marxist. He spent his formative years in Indonesia, when the 3rd World Liberation/Non Align movement was its height. Then he associated with radicals and Marxists. He sympathizes with Islamists, since he views them as oppressed 3rd World revolutionaries.

This picture sums up perfectly, the Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama.

The False Messiah is stepping on the Constitution

#Occupy Goes Further Down the Tubes

by 1389AD ( 70 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Communism, Free Speech at December 9th, 2011 - 2:00 pm

Occupy Pavement

When even San Francisco has had enough of Occupy, we should be able to stick a fork in it and call it done:

Police clear Occupy encampment in San Francisco

More than 100 police officers gave protesters at the Occupy encampment in San Francisco five minutes to gather belongings before authorities took down about 100 tents and arrested 70 people as the camp was dismantled in an overnight raid.

A few officers remained at daybreak Wednesday as trash crews raked up paper and plastic bottles, removed chairs and other belongings that accumulated at the camp over the past two months and pressure-washed the sidewalks.

Dozens of police cars, fire engines and ambulances surrounded the campsite at Justin Herman Plaza and blocked off the area during the raid, which began shortly after 1 a.m.

Police did not immediately release how many people were in the plaza at the time, but campers put the estimate at 150.

“Most of the protesters went peacefully,” but one officer received minor injuries when two people threw a chair that cracked his face shield, said officer Albie Esparza. They were arrested on suspicion of felony assault. Dozens of others were arrested for illegal lodging in the plaza and failure to disperse. In all, 70 people were taken into custody.

Richard Kriedler with Occupy S.F. said some protesters were also injured, but he didn’t have the details…

More here.

The Commies are still trying to turn the situation around:

Communists Work on a New, Improved, Pro-Obama ‘Occupy’ Movement

While withering under the combined effects of cold weather, public disgust, and the tiniest hint of a backbone by some public authorities, the Occupy Wall Street Movement will not be allowed to die.

That is, if one of the movement’s strongest pillars, the Communist Party USA, has its way.

What will change though, if the Communist succeed in dominating the movement they have so thoroughly infiltrated, will be a new, more disciplined, less anarchic – even electorally focused “Occupy” movement.

In a report to the National Committee of the Communist Party USA, which met in New York City, Nov. 12-13, 2011, Party National chairman Sam Webb, laid out his analysis of the current political climate, and the role of the “Occupy” movement and the Communist Party in moving the “progressive” movement forward…

If there is a divergence between the occupiers and labor’s leadership, it lies in the attitudes towards the 2012 elections. Labor sees the defeat of the Republican Party – the party of rightwing extremism – as the critical terrain on which the class struggle will be fought.

Many of the occupiers, on the other hand, are suspicious of the political process, and see no value in participating in electoral and legislative politics.

What is needed is a friendly dialogue about the place of electoral politics in the larger scheme of things.

By “labor”, Sam Webb mean’s labor’s true champion – the Communist Party. By “friendly dialog” Sam Webb means strictly imposing the Communist Party line on the less disciplined elements of the “Occupy” movement.

Comrade Webb goes on to say how, and by who, this crucial task should be carried out – labor, “people of color” and the young…

Sam Webb seldom issues a statement without some thoughts on how to get “Party “friend’” Barack Obama re-elected to the White house in 2012

Certainly comrade Webb is terrified of the consequences for his side, if the GOP regains power in America…

Sam Webb’s words should be taken seriously.Though his Party is only an few thousand strong , its influence is felt from the White House on to down to thousands of precinct committees, labor halls, churches and “community groups” in nearly every major city in the USA. Further, the help given to the party in terms of guidance (and probably money) from its allies in China, Cuba, Venezuela and even Russia should not be discounted.

“Occupy” will fade away over winter, but will not be allowed to die. It will re – emerge in the Spring, stronger, more disciplined and even more militant. It will be purged to some degree of its anarchist leadership and will become more of an appendage of the labor movement, and by extension, the Communist Party, its allies in Democratic Socialists of America and the Obama Administration.

Much more here.

Can we survive even one term of a president who is both communist and pro-Muslim? Have we survived thus far? The jury is still out on that one. But if anything can help to see us through, it will be public exposure of all of the evil people and organizations that have been backing Obama.

Speaking of which, it’s long past time for a flat-out ban on public employee unions at any level of government.

SEIU Sends #OccupyCongress to Invade the Hill

Sources on Capitol Hill tell Big Government that SEIU has organized a major effort to ‘Take Back the Capitol’ this week with a collective of community, labor and Occupy groups that are dedicated to “show Congress what democracy looks like, shine a light on corporate greed and the human suffering it has caused, and demand justice for the 99%.”

According to Congressional sources, Occupy protestors have been visiting one Congressional office after another and demanding to speak with representatives while loitering in their waiting rooms and chanting. ‘Trackers’ are also being spotted roaming the hills of various Congressional buildings.

Joanna Burgos, Deputy Communications Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee described the trackers as, “people with cameras who are trying to track a member or politician on a certain issue. Its just part of the videos you see used all the time. I think their goal is to get them to say something on camera or say something. They tape a lot of their protests and put them on YouTube.”

Some of those videos have already been posted at a site for Think Progress, which describes itself as nonpartisan organization, but was voted the “Best Liberal Blog,” in the 2006 Weblog Awards.

One Think Progress piece posted at 1:57 pm today featured video of protestors occupying U.S. Representative Joe Walsh’s (R-IL) office, reporting that, “These protesters asked to meet with the congressman. The Chief of Staff, Justin Roth, said that Walsh was busy and could only meet with them later but offered to meet with the protesters himself. ‘“I think we’ll stay,”’ said one protester. Roth shrugged and the protesters sat down and decided to occupy the office until Walsh arrives.”
[...]
According to a PDF of an online itinerary, SEIU has established a weekly schedule for the protestors, having them “set up camp” on Monday, “take back the House,” on Tuesday on Capitol Hill, “make Wall Street pay,” Wednesday, which entails protesting corporate offices in downtown Washington, D.C., and Thursday, “a call for Justice for the 99%” which will involve a vigil being held to extend unemployment insurance compensation benefits.

One Congressional staffer on the U.S House side told Big Government that some of the protestors were moving from office to office chanting, and others “were just chilling.”

More here.

Considering that the Democrats in Congress are already a wholly-owned subsidiary of the SEIU, the labor goons simply want to remind their representatives who’s boss.

‘Trespassers’: Occupy Wall St. Protesters Begin Taking Over Foreclosed Homes

…Seattle has become a leader in the anti-foreclosure movement as protesters took over a formerly boarded-up duplex last month. They painted the bare wood sidings with green, black and red paint, and strung up a banner that says “Occupy Everything – No Banks No Landlords.”

While arrests have already been made in a couple of squatting cases in Seattle and Portland, it remains to be seen how authorities will react to this latest tactic.

In Portland, police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said he’s aware that the movement called for people to occupy foreclosed homes, but said it’s difficult to distinguish between the people who would squat in homes as a political statement and those that do it for shelter.

“The vacant property issue is of concern in cities nationwide,” Simpson said. “We’ll treat them all as trespassers.”

In Seattle, protesters took over a boarded-up warehouse slated for demolition last weekend. In an announcement, the protesters said they planned to make the warehouse into a community center, and hosted a party the night they opened the building. Police moved in soon after, arresting 16 people in the process of clearing it out…

While the banking industry should never have made loans to people who couldn’t afford houses, they did so only at the behest of Barack Hussein Obama, ACORN, and Barney Frank. In other words, the very same lefty agitators and organizers who are promoting and supporting Occupy are the ones who caused the real estate collapse to begin with.

‘Occupation’ Is Not ‘Speech’: #OccupyBoston, #OccupyDenver Lose in Court

Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Frances McIntyre, who was prematurely panned for granting Occupy Boston a temporary reprieve (and for being a Mitt Romney appointee), delivered an elegant decision against the protestors today:

Plaintiffs claim that their occupation of the site and the community they have established thereon are protected by the First Amendment. They seek a preliminary injunction against their removal by the defendants.

But the injunction is denied because, while Occupy Boston protesters may be exercising their expressive rights during the protest, they have no privilege under the First Amendment to seize and hold the land on which they sit…[T]his court seriously doubts that the First Amendment permits the plaintiffs to seize and hold a public forum to the exclusion of others. (1, 15)

Judge McIntyre noted that “the setting up of tents, sleeping, and governance” on a public square is “expressive conduct,” albeit subject to local regulations that have a merely “incidental” impact on free speech, and which are consistent with established time, place, and manner restrictions on the First Amendment. However, the fact that protesters sought to “Occupy” that public square crossed the line from speech into land seizure.

(Time to rename that movement, perhaps?)

Meanwhile, in Denver, a federal judge ruled against Occupy Denver’s request for a restraining order to stop city policy from ticketing them, ahead of a lawsuit to decide the substance of their claim.

The Denver Post reports that U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn (a George W. Bush appointee) ruled that Occupy Denver had failed to show evidence that the police were acting in retaliation to the protestors’ opinions.
[...]
(Time to try a different legal strategy, perhaps?)

Uh, no. Time to pack up and go home while you still can. The American public has a long fuse, but that fuse has burned far enough.

Camping without permission on property not one’s own, along with littering, urinating, and defecating whenever and wherever one pleases, have nothing to do with Constitutionally-protected freedoms of speech and peaceable assembly. Government officials far too often tolerate unlawful and harmful activities that are entitled to no Constitutional protection, while making inroads upon conservative and counterjihad political speech or Judaeo-Christian religious expression. Those officials who fail in their duty to defend our society under the rule of law will find themselves voted out.


Maybe it’s time for the “New PINK Panthers”

by 1389AD ( 46 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Election 2008, Elections 2012, Tea Parties at October 4th, 2011 - 8:00 pm

Pink Panther
Allow me to propose a new political activist group.

As we all know, among the many dangers that menace the US in the run-up to the 2012 US presidential elections are not only ghost voters and other forms of vote fraud, but also outright voter intimidation by uniformed, billy-club-wielding members of the “New Black Panther Party.” Voters whose complexion did not match that of the thugs were, ahem, discouraged from participating in the election.

As for myself, I’m Serbian-American, and that means European. When the census taker came around, she automatically marked “White” for my race. Of course, that’s just a customary term; we are not the color of new-fallen snow. Most of us have skin tones that are some shade of pink through beige.

What we are concerned about here is not race or skin color itself, but our rights as citizens to use the polling places without our heads being bashed in.

Like to get down in the trenches and mix it up?

So do I.

How do we go about it? What do we call ourselves?

Calling ourselves “White Panthers” wouldn’t work. Ill-wishers would immediately seize upon the word “white” to smear us as white supremacists. Those with long memories might mistake us for an even older version of the “Gray Panthers” leftist movement of some decades ago. And given that panthers are a dark (melanistic) phase of leopards, “white panther” seems almost an oxymoron.

Considering that some of us who want to be able to vote have pink skin, I have a better idea, or at least a funnier one. I love me some street theater, as long as it’s OUR side putting on the show for a change!

How about we all rent or make some Pink Panther costumes, call ourselves the “New Pink Panthers,” and assemble near the embattled polling places in such numbers that billy-club-wielding thugs will find themselves outnumbered? The padding and fur on the costumes would help to cushion and deflect any bumps and bruises. And you certainly don’t have to be “white” (dermatologically speaking) to put on the costume and join us. You just have to believe in the US Constitution, the laws of your State, and the right to vote.

Here’s what happened last time around, in 2008:

Uploaded by ElectionJournal on Nov 4, 2008
www.electionjournal.org

You may wonder why I’m thinking about this just now. This is why:

Andrew Breitbart: Shock Photos: Barack Obama With New Black Panther Party on Campaign Trail in 2007

New photographs obtained exclusively by BigGovernment.com reveal that Barack Obama appeared and marched with members of the New Black Panther Party as he campaigned for president in Selma, Alabama in March 2007.

The photographs, captured from a Flickr photo-sharing account before it was scrubbed, are the latest evidence of the mainstream media’s failure to examine Obama’s extremist ties and radical roots.

In addition, the new images raise questions about the possible motives of the Obama administration in its infamous decision to drop the prosecution of the Panthers for voter intimidation.

The images, presented below, also renew doubts about the transparency of the White House’s guest logs–in particular, whether Panther National Chief Malik Zulu Shabazz is the same “Malik Shabazz” listed among the Obama administration’s early visitors…

More here.

Also see:

PJM Exclusive: Excerpt From J. Christian Adams’ Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department Released Today


Outrage: ‘Eminent Domain’ Land Seized in Kelo Decision for ‘Development’ Now a Debris Dump

by 1389AD ( 67 Comments › )
Filed under Business, Economy, Regulation, SCOTUS at September 7th, 2011 - 8:30 am

Big Government: Years Later, Land Seized in Kelo Decision Used for Debris Dump

Stupid smiley with dunce cap

by Brian Garst
In 2005, Kelo v. City of New London made eminent domain infamous. The widely reviled Supreme Court ruling gave the go ahead for the city of New London to use eminent domain for taking private property in order that it be given to a private company for “economic development.”

The public response was one of outrage. Facing the potential wrath of voters, politicians across the country moved to add new protections against such abusive seizures. But that wasn’t enough to save the homes of the folks in New London, whose property never would be developed. Pfizer, the intended beneficiary of the land theft, walked away years ago from their development plans.

Now, to add new insult to injury, the vacant lot is a dump. Literally.

Following hurricane Irene, the city designated the site as a place to dump storm debris, and citizens can be seen doing just that in this video on the local paper’s website.

Doesn’t that make you feel all warm inside? The Supreme Court reassured us in Kelo that the government orchestrated theft “would be executed pursuant to a “carefully considered” development plan.” What they forgot to mention is that careful consideration from politicians is worth about as much as the city’s new debris dump, which is to say: diddly squat.

Read the rest.

More here:

Wikipedia: Kelo v. City of New London