The Countertop Chronicles

"Run by a gun zealot who's too blinded by the NRA" - Sam Penney of

Friday, June 24, 2005


Uh, what he said.
That's basically what they said yesterday in their decision in Kelo. You can live on your land as long as you pay your rent to the government (in the form of property taxes). If you don't pay your rent, they'll kick you out. You can do what you want, as long as you don't violate their zoning and environmental rules. And ou don't actually own the land, no matter what the deed says, because your local government can take it away and give it to someone else who will give them more money (taxes), tossing whatever they deem "fair value" your way.

What I really fail to get about the Supreme Court is how they can find rights not mentioned anywhere in the text of the Constitution (abortion, sodomy), often going through amazing legalistic gymnastics and contortions to justify them, and yet when it comes to things that are plainly written in the Constitution-freedom of speech (BCFRA) and property rights, they can go through similar contortions to deny the plain meaning of the text.


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