June 24, 2013

Eight Years Later, the Kelo Eminent-Domain Lawsuit Site Is Still Barren, As Is National Press Coverage

How ironic it is that, as Kyle Drennen noted today at NewsBusters, that NBC’s David Gregory was so vocal in advocating that “Government Playing a Bigger Role” in the economy, given that yesterday was the eighth anniversary of the Kelo vs. New London decision, a monument to colossal government failure if there ever was one.

A 5-4 Supreme Court majority, believing that the Connecticut city of New London had “carefully formulated a development plan … (with) appreciable benefits to the community,” violated the plain language of the “public use” clause of the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment which was clearly designed to limit government eminent-domain takings to true public projects (e.g., roads, bridges, etc.). They instead decided that “public use” really means “public purpose” (i.e., anything the government wants to do, including condemning property so that it can be transferred from current to new owners in the name of some higher good).


Imagine If He Were Tea Party: FBI Says Leader of 2006 Immigrant March in Dallas ‘Hit 19 Banks Since New Year’s Eve’

A longtime but recently inactive Hispanic leader in Dallas has been arrested and, according to the FBI, is the “Mesh Mask Bandit” responsible for robbing 19 banks since New Year’s Eve.”

Imagine if a recent Tea Party leader of the stature of Luis de la Garza (as named at his Wikipedia page; the linked story at CBS 11 in Dallas uses “delagarza” as his last name) were arrested in similar circumstances. First, it would become prominent national news. Second, his or her fellow activists wouldn’t be offering up the pathetic excuses readers will see after the jump — or if they did, the ridicule would justifiably be never-ending (bolds are mine throughout this post):


Ohio’s May jobs report: Finally, some relief, but only short-term

Filed under: Economy,Ohio Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:50 pm

One good-news month does not prove that Ohio under Gov. John Kasich is seeing an employment revival.


This post went up at Watchdog.org a short time ago.


The federal government on Friday finally delivered some good news — possibly too good to be true — on Ohio’s job market.

Buckeye State employers added a seasonally adjusted 32,100 jobs in May, says a news release from the federal Regional and State Employment and Unemployment bureau.

The report, by far, represented the best results for any state during the month, and, at 0.62 percent, edged out much smaller Nebraska for the nation’s largest single-month percentage employment growth. It was also Ohio’s best single-month result in more than 14 years and its third-highest such figure in more than 23 years of state-specific BLS recordkeeping.

That result should come as a relief to Republican Governor John Kasich, his administration, and the Republican-dominated Legislature. But they’re  kidding themselves if they believe it’s anything more than that. May’s number is more than 10 times greater than the total of 3,000 jobs the state’s economy added during the prior 12 months.

Though it would be great to think May might mark the beginning of an employment renaissance, there’s eason to believe it was instead an outlier to be revised downward in future releases. Even suspending such concerns, Ohio remains a job-growth laggard.

Monetary Policy Can Only Do So Much …

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:44 pm

… and maybe it’s done all that it can do to prop up the world’s pretend-economy:

Two Ohio Democrats try to redefine ‘voter suppression’ (see Update)

Filed under: Ohio Politics,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:29 pm

This column went up at Watchdog.org a short time ago.


Two Buckeye State politicians have a funny but dangerous understanding of the term “voter suppression.”

Next Society-Wrecking Agenda Item: ‘Monogamy Is Unnatural’

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 11:53 am

Brightening up my Monday morning (not) is an item carried at CNN.com last Friday whose headline basically tells loyal, faithful spouses that they’re nature-defying freaks who in the vast majority of cases are ignorantly honoring an institution which doesn’t make any sense.

Meghan Laslocky doesn’t have the gumption to use those words. But what else are we supposed to conclude from a column entitled “Face it: Monogamy is unnatural”? Not that there isn’t some inadvertent humor, which I’ll get to after excerpting her column (HT Hot Air Headlines; bolds are mine):


Heritage: 10 Problems (Make That 12) With the Gang of Eight Immigration Bill

Filed under: Activism,Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:51 am

There are probably a couple of dozen problems buried in the immigration bill’s almost 1,200 pages which almost no one has had time to read, but here are ten Heritage has identified (click to open an enlarged graphic in a separate tab or window):


Two other problems:

  • Supposed denial of entitlements — no one can possibly believe that this will survive court challenges.
  • Chain immigration — those on a “pathway to citizenship” will bring in parents and relatives legally or illegaly. Those who come in legally, especially elderly relatives, will further strain unsustainable Social Security and Medicare systems which are already actuarially broke.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062413)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Vatican rep at UN stresses family’s role in development

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington:

Jun 21, 2013 / 05:00 pm

Family, education and work are central to economic development, the Vatican’s representative to the United Nations told an assembly preparing sustainable development goals.

“As the fundamental unit of society, the family provides the first lessons of interpersonal relationships, transmits cultural, ethical, social and spiritual values as well as many of the skills which serve to promote the common good of the society,” Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt, apostolic nuncio to the United Nations, said to the organization June 18.

“It is of the utmost importance, therefore, that policy-makers respect and promote this fundamental role of the family.”

“Work, education, the family – these three – cannot (but) be spoken of severally, if not also jointly: they are interrelated and interdependent,” the archbishop explained, saying each element is necessary for the others.

Archbishop Chullikatt is the official representative of the Vatican City State at the United Nations and is the Holy See’s permanent observer at the international group. …

Go here for the rest of the story.