We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
That's not what I was referring to. I was referring to this. That's why I called it 'hiliarious".
Property Rights: The Red-Headed Stepchild That Congress Would Rather Just Ignore
Property Rights? Never heard of 'em! But government sure has, and has been eroding those rights for many. many years. Of course everyone loves to rail against the EPA and their most dangerous weapon, The Clean Water Act, and let us not forget Kelo v. City of New London. But government violates our property rights in so many different ways that it is hard to keep track. Here's a doozy! Neighborhood Activists Would Rather Preserve Tom's Diner Than Let Its Owner Retire in Peace* Historic preservation laws are a particularly egregious violation of our property rights, because they are, by definition, subjective and vulnerable to the whims of just a few people.
""Googie Architecture?" What the hell is that? It's a defunct restaurant chain's design, undoubtedly chosen because it was easy and cheap to build and it stood out. This ain't the Sistine Chapel folks. But even if it were, Mr. Messina has the absolute right to do with his property what he wishes.
The pinch-faced scolds of the Left are quite good at using these well-meaning but awful laws to prevent development, keep minorities out of their neighborhoods, and generally just tell normals what to do. It's pure power...trying to sculpt the world into the shapes that they want, and it is no different than any other totalitarian tendency.
If I were advising Mr. Messina I would be suggesting that he consult some engineering textbooks and learn how to bring down the entire building with some strategically placed sawzall cuts through the load-bearing structures. And I would suggest that he do it before the city council rules."
and Yes, It's easy for me to say because it's not my property or retirement being threatened. But you have to admire a good take-down.
This can't be solved peacefully anymore. None of this.