June 29, 2005

  • Okay, this is sweet.  Flexible, imaginative thinking at its very best:

    "Lost Liberty Hotel" proposed on Justice Souter's land

    On Monday
    June 27, Freestar Media, LLC informed the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire
    that it wants to begin the permit process to build a hotel on the land
    owned by Justice David H. Souter. 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.

    An article at Charter.net said,
    "The justification for such an eminent domain
    action is that our hotel will better serve the public interest as it
    will bring in economic development and higher tax revenue to Weare,"
    Logan Darrow Clements of California wrote in a letter faxed to town
    officials in Weare on Tuesday.

    "Souter, a longtime Weare resident,
    joined in the 5-4 court decision allowing governments to seize private
    property from one owner and turn it over to another if doing so would
    benefit a community.

    "The letter dubbing the project the "Lost
    Liberty Hotel" was posted on conservative radio show host Rush
    Limbaugh's Web site. Clements said it would include a dining room
    called the "Just Desserts Cafe" an a museum focused on the "loss of
    freedom in America.'"

    Darned if I can see a problem with it.