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    Kelo: free speech addition

    What does the Kelo decision have to do with issues of free speech? Very little.

    Yet on of the consequences of Kelo--cities feeling more empowered to flex their eminent domain muscles--has pushed to the forefront an issue of signage and free speech:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinio...5e7_story.html

    But Old Dominion University (ODU) is nearby and covetous. It wants the land on which Central Radio sits, and through ODU’s Real Estate Foundation it is well along toward seizing it by inciting the city government to wield the power of eminent domain. Condemnation proceedings against Central Radio have moved to the compensation phase. Dickinson says that the compensation will be insufficient to enable the business to construct a comparable building, let alone buy land for it. ODU, whose plans for the neighborhood remain interestingly vague and may include a shopping center, is exploiting the judicial evisceration of the Fifth Amendment’s takings clause...
    The company put up a banner protesting what was happening. And:

    The city, acting on a complaint by ODU’s Real Estate Foundation — the entity trying to seize the company’s property — says that the size of the full sign violates Norfolk’s sign code.
    Nevermind that the city has basically ignored this code, nevermind that the banner was all on private property. The banner is bad press for the city and ODU, thus it's being targeted.


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    This article from the middle of last year has more, including a pic of the banner: http://dailycaller.com/2012/06/22/pu...e-down-banner/

    Erica Smith, one of the attorneys working on the censorship case, said the forced removal of the banner is “a slap in the face to our clients” considering Old Dominion University itself has banners larger than the one in question hanging from buildings which are visible to Central Radio Company.
    I put for the general inclination of all mankind, a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death. --Thomas Hobbes

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    Quote Originally Posted by robeiae View Post
    This concludes my imitation of Don.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plot Device View Post
    I think we all have a little Don in us.
    So Don is not an individual but a collective?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardGarfinkle View Post
    So Don is not an individual but a collective?
    He's an anarcho-syndicalist commune.

    I don't know anyone who's happy about Kelo vs. City of New London. (Though I guess someone at Old Dominion U. is.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardGarfinkle View Post
    So Don is not an individual but a collective?

    resistance is futile
    It's NOT the end of steam, it's the end of CHEAP steam.
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