Friday, June 24, 2005

Our Bizarro World

Bizarro is a comic strip I enjoy reading. However, I usually find it on the Comics page of the paper, not the front page.

What is going on with our world?

Supreme Court Rules Cities May Seize Homes

By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Seven homeowners in this small waterfront community lost a groundbreaking U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday when justices ruled that City Hall may take their property through eminent domain to make way for a hotel and convention center.


"The U.S. Supreme Court destroyed everybody's lives today, everybody who owns a home," said Richard Beyer, owner of two rental properties in the once-vibrant immigrant neighborhood.

In his majority opinion, Justice John Paul Stevens said New London could pursue private development under the Fifth Amendment, which allows governments to take private property if the land is for public use. He said the project the city has in mind promises to bring more jobs and revenue.

"Promoting economic development is a traditional and long accepted function of government," Stevens wrote. He added that local officials are better positioned than federal judges to decide what's best for a community.

He was joined in his opinion by other members of the court's liberal wing — David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer, as well as Reagan appointee Justice Anthony Kennedy, in noting that states are free to pass additional protections if they see fit.


"It's a little shocking to believe you can lose your home in this country," said Von Winkle, who said he would battle beyond the lawsuits and fight the bulldozers if necessary. "I won't be going anywhere."

In the Orange County Register, along with their criticism of the decision, they include in their Daily Quote these words from John Adams:

The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the law of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.

I think I heard this from Hugh yesterday or on his show, but perhaps a developer in the DC area should present a convincing case to the appropriate city council so that the homes of these five justices can be seized and developed for some better use, some better "economic development," as Justice Stevens concluded. Just about any use would seem to be better so that the justices realize the severity and injustice of their decision.

And then:

China Oil Company Bids $18.5B for Unocal

By JOE McDONALD, Associated Press Writer

BEIJING - China's third-largest oil producer made a hostile $18.5 billion bid Thursday for U.S. oil company Unocal Corp., marking the communist nation's most ambitious attempt yet to acquire a Western corporation and setting up a possible showdown with American politicians over national security issues.

Let's not forget Durbin's comments where Gitmo and our treatment of terrorists is equated with how the Nazis, the Communists, and Pol Pot's thugs treated "prisoners" under their regimes. This world is becoming more and more a world of topsy-turvy, a world of Bizarro-like qualities where up is down, down is up, you say good-bye when you arrive, hello when you leave, and sadly in our world, where good has now been called bad or evil, and evil is considered value neutral where the criminal himself is seen as a victim and in need of understanding.

Marxism is definitely alive, too bad it is alive in the minds and hearts of so many liberals in positions of power.

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