Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Live Free or Die in the Heartbreak Hotel, Your Honor

The truth will out: I love fantasies of revenge. Especially when they are of the-mills-of-God-grind-slowly-but-they-grind-exceedingly-fine variety. Here’s the best one this week, from Rantburg, via the all-seeing Joe Katzman:

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 "Kelo vs. City of New London" 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.

Hey, Weare, New Hampshire would stand to gain if they replaced Souter's home with an income-generating hotel. But it would most certainly be America's gain if "The Lost Liberty Hotel" becomes a reality. In addition to the "Just Desserts Cafe" there'll be a copy of "Atlas Shrugged" in every room. Instead of nodding off over the Gideon Bible in your nightstand drawer, you can be put to sleep even more effectively pondering the timeless quandries of Hank Rearden.

Ah, yes, a great break-through in liberty from the state of New Hampshire: "Live Free or Die," your Honor. But just don't plan to retire to 34 Cilley Hill Road in Weare. Not unless you want to live in a hotel room.

On the other hand, maybe they'll make you a deal?


At 4:09 AM, Blogger LHM said...

I'd really love to see all this become a reality!!

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Dymphna said...

You and me, Larry. Put the pledge button on your website. Brighten up your corner of the world. Say...what *are* the property rights in SE Asia like?


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