Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Hats off to Chris

Hats off to Chris, who remains vigilant in fighting Kelo vs City of New London.

In case you haven't heard of the case, in a nutshell, it's saying that if a corporation wants your property because it could make them and the city more revenue, they could use the power of Eminent Domain against you. It gives way too much power to the Federal Government and to corporations at the expense of you and me.

The Fifth Amendment is supposed to prevent Eminent Domain abuse by saying it could only use it for public use. A corporation making a strip mall where your house used to be is not public use.

So like many of us, I contacted Senator Boxer (D-CA) and my Congressman with Chris' pre-written letter. Senator Boxer replied saying that she co-sponsored S.1313, which is a Senate Bill which will hopefully become the Protection of Homes, Small Businesses, and Private Property Act of 2005.

If you had already contacted your Congressman or Congresswoman and your Senators, hats off to you. If not, I urge you to do so and tell them to support S.1313.

The next step is to get those Justices that voted for it impeached and their private land stolen from them using Kelo vs New London on them. Now, that would be justice.

Chris, this friday night I toast my Seven-Up to you (not drinking for a few more weeks, but that's an another story). Senator Boxer, thank you for your reply and for being on our side on this issue against The Man.


Blogger Vest said...

The greatest crime of all is 'Injustice'.
I am conversant with this dilemma which, in 'STRAYER down under in NSW it is called resuming property for the public good.
New London Conn, I remember the Elec/boat Co, the river Thames, The Sub Base where I ate a turkey dinner on a Nuke/Sub, Boston Mass not far away, The Mystic Whaling museum and planetarium.
I further recall the 123 mile train ride to Penn station N/york Near 33 st, where I drank green beer on St Patricks day and left the following morning after a brekky of cold Pizza from Grand /Cent.
But then I was only a half of my present age. vest daily gaggle.

9/28/2005 6:08 PM  
Blogger bsoholic said...

Yeah, to hell with eminent domain! Fight the power! Good job Chris.

9/28/2005 6:30 PM  
Blogger Liquidplastic said...

The issue of eminent domain is very important to the minority communities. You see, during slavery and after, they moved the black near to town so that they were able to go to work, since they had no mass transportation system in place.

Many of the black folks purchased lots and built houses, others were given lots and houses as a form of payment for services rendered. Now these communities are called ghettos, however most are ghettos because the city refused to service them.

Now this property, so near the city, has become very valuable. In Houston, a lot of corporations from Japan, China and other parts of Europe have purchased large blocks of this property that the city took from the blacks, long before the new eminent domain laws went into effect. These poor folks were given pennies for land that was worth billions. They had no money to hire lawyers to fight for their rights. The black politicians sold them out, as most politician regardless of color will do.

Now the cities all over the land are expanding. They are growing so fast they are taking the poor and lower class white people property under this new eminent domain law, and now everyone is fighting. I think they should … but remember this for the next time …

When you see the government attacking poor folks, no matter of skin color, don’t count yourself out of the mix, because soon or later a Bush will get in the white house and those of you who think you are not poor will soon be poor.

Hats of to Chris and I hope he is successful. I believe in fighting for the rights of everyone, equally, being poor is not just a black thing.

9/29/2005 12:54 AM  
Blogger Vest said...

liquidplastic: Your grasp of this problem comes from a down to earth set of credentials from having lived the experience and so qualifies you to quote from these experiences, and a damm good job you have done by explaining the main problem; of which will have its variables from place to place and state to state,I only have a schoolboy knowledge of your country, but have a continual thirst for more and it is sad to hear of the bullying tactics employed by the administrators of the law, in order to fill their pockets from the property of the needy. These sorts of battles are now becoming commonplace throughout the world, hopefully some good will emerge from new London Conn; to set a precedent for future cases of this nature.
Chris the Giant killer, get stuck into the bastards.

9/29/2005 2:38 AM  
Blogger jenbeauty said...

Very nice that you got a reply and thanks for the heads up.

9/29/2005 7:24 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

Thanks for the info Zombie. In Mass it's none other than John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, not two of my favorite people. But possibly they could be a force for good on this issue. I'd prefer someone with more credibility known for thoughtful responses...

9/29/2005 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Michele said...

I'm not super political, although I enjoy posts like these, when you do them, because you explain them well, especially your stuff on guns
However, what really interests me is why you're not drinking for a couple of weeks. Sounds like a good post in that.

9/29/2005 9:22 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Michele - I am currently under-employed. We agreed long ago when we're in hard times, we don't drink alcohol.

Scott - I'm no fan of either and was really mad when of all people, the Democrats chose John Kerry. He's a spineless opportunist like Clinton, going anywhere the wind blows.

Jenbeauty - One of my best friends met Boxer and has a picture of them together with his arm around her. Although she and I disagree on many issues, as a person, she's good people. And she actually responds when people contact her. I hate Feinstein though.

LP - Thank you. Your insight is excellent. This is very true, that Eminent Domain has been used on poor folks without mercy.

My mother used to work at LBJ and I used to box near Denver Harbor. I saw this first hand, and it really pisses me off. We really need to get this law passed, and need poor folks to understand that if it passes, the law is on their side.

Bsoholic - Yup, stick it to The Man.

Vest - I've never stepped foot in Conn, so my only recollections of it are from movies. But ah, green beer. I drank many of those.

I have faith that we can make things right. One of the Supreme Court justices is having his land eminent domained as we speak. It was done by good people upset with the ruling. Forgot which one, but he's getting a taste of his own medicine. I hope it succeeds. I'll keep everyone posted on the progress when I find out more.

9/29/2005 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Michele said...

Well, that wasn't very gritty. I wanted to hear you'd accidentaly killed folks or eaten bugers while intoxicated. Wise of you, though. Nothing worse than people saying, "We just can't get caught up, and we never spend frivolously!" while they drink, smoke, and gamble.

9/29/2005 12:04 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Michele - Nothing worse than people saying, "We just can't get caught up, and we never spend frivolously!" while they drink, smoke, and gamble.

Or have a fat mortgage on a four-bedroom house when they only have one or two kids, and have 2 fat payments on their SUVs. Plus they have a big screen TV, brand new furniture (that they're still making credit card payments on), etc. I lot of good people have cancer of the wallet, but they get mad when I advise them that they need to curtail their spending.

9/29/2005 1:32 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

You're so right, ZS! Booze is always the first thing to go when we hit hard times.
We know people that laugh at our 1100 sq ft home, but it's really all the space we need. It's also energy efficient and easy to heat!
I have a friend that wants me to help her with her budget. I told her straight up that she wouldn't be happy with my solutions.

LP, you are a truly BRILLIANT woman!!

10/01/2005 6:30 AM  

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