Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Poetic Justice

This is just too good to pass up:

Although it’s clearly a publicity stunt (and it’s working) someone has begun an inquiry into using eminent domain to seize the New Hampshire home of Associate Supreme Court Justice David Souter, who voted in the majority in the awful Kelo v. New London case authorizing eminent domain for tax base increases, for development as a hotel.

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 "The Lost Liberty Hotel" will feature the "Just Desserts Café" 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 "Atlas Shrugged."

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.

"This is not a prank" said Clements, "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."

Since Souter voted in the majority in Kelo, he’ll certainly realize that the tax benefit to the town from a hotel outweighs any interest he has in the ownership of his home, right? And he’ll voluntarily sign it over for whatever value the town chooses, right?

Yeah, sure.

Why did I characterize this as a publicity stunt? The applicant is not a developer, he has a tiny internet media outlet, which he used to publish a press release, which people like me are now linking to like crazy.

On the other hand, it's just possible that, given any group of five New Hampshire residents, three of them may not be too kindly disposed to the Kelo decision...

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