June 30, 2017

Government Official 'Infuriated' That Citizens Have Rights, Too
— Open Blogger

I can't believe this happened in Texas. But, on the other hand, Dallas.

This is precisely the sort of arrogant pig that gives government service a bad name: "What!? We have to obey the law and stuff?"

This video needs to go viral on the outside chance that she'll get unelected next time around. Kurt Schlichter's latest column is comedy gold. He describes a CNN staff meeting led by Jeff Zucker:

Anyway, starting now, we’re instituting new policies for handling Russia stories. Stop groaning! This important! From now on, we’re going to need your Russia stories to all have an element of truth.”

The room erupted into chaos.

“What the hell?” screeched Wolf Blitzer. “Preposterous!”

“Never!” snorted Christiane Amanpour, who had been annoying Jake Tapper because her enormous pink gyno hat was blocking his view.

“Look, I know this represents a sea change in how CNN operates, but there’s a lot of heat on us right now,” said Zucker. “Personally, I’m still heartbroken that we were unable to go forward with our plans for CNN Kidz Newz Nite With Kathy Griffin.”

“Kathy is a saint and she was robbed!” yelled Don Lemon, who staggered up the aisle, pausing to “accidentally” spill his fresh cosmo on Jake Tapper.

“Hey!” shouted Tapper. “That suit cost more than your pec implants!”

As the poet says, read the whole thing.

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1 O'Keefe video drop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dRGMME4VnM

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at June 30, 2017 06:28 AM (4ErVI)

2 *Types* *Deletes*

Posted by: John Marston at June 30, 2017 06:31 AM (SkuXa)

3 "It is infuriating that if you are rich enough you can hold the city hostage for years..."

OMFG.
How *dare* you defend yourself from the state taking your property, serf!!!!!

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at June 30, 2017 06:31 AM (NOIQH)

4 They all should have won you dusty bint. Somebody seize this fucking lady's house for a water line.

Posted by: phone of kari - certified sidebar at June 30, 2017 06:32 AM (b7zqc)

5 Trump wants every American to be rich enough to win this kind of legal battle.

Posted by: phone of kari - certified sidebar at June 30, 2017 06:32 AM (b7zqc)

6 Other good news TFB reports that a San Diego judge has rejected California's magazine ban! http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017/06/29/california-mag-ban/

Posted by: Iblis at June 30, 2017 06:33 AM (9221z)

7 Not exactly news, and nether side of that seems to have covered themselves in glory... but OTOH she's getting (so I've heard) some pretty negative feedback. We'll see...

Posted by: Anon a mouse... at June 30, 2017 06:33 AM (A6Xv7)

8 Who is this pissant and how dare he insist that he has property rights?

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) [/b][/i][/s][/u] at June 30, 2017 06:34 AM (skFw3)

9 H. Beam Piper was a prophet when it came to writing A Planet for Texans where upon it was enshrined in the constitution the right of a citizen to seek the ultimate justice against a politician who ignored the voter's will.

Posted by: Anna Puma at June 30, 2017 06:34 AM (Yl6kS)

10 Since I can't UTube at work, is there a written description of the Dallas action anywhere?

Posted by: Grump928(c) at June 30, 2017 06:34 AM (QQ+il)

11 From last thread, Thanks Tami for the medical malpractice link. Surprised that didn't get more attention elsewhere, this is the first I've heard of it.

Posted by: What's a Seawolf? at June 30, 2017 06:35 AM (72PAC)

12 I have a friend whose family bought land all over Denver, the front range and even some in other states many, many years ago. Asked her what was most challenging, as she has both commercial buildings, parking lots, and residences on their properties. While they deal with a lot of hassles, such as tenants fleeing without paying rent, she said by far the worst was eminent domain. Dealing with the city/state who want to take her property is far worse than any misbehaving leasees. They just take and take and take.

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at June 30, 2017 06:35 AM (NOIQH)

13 Don't know diddly about the issue she's freaking about, but dollars to donuts it's about forcibly taking property from one rich person who isn't in the City Council's good graces, and using it to hugely benefit another rich person who just so happens to be friendly with the City Council.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at June 30, 2017 06:35 AM (XWkhW)

14 video: kulaks are the worst!

Posted by: votermom pimping great books at June 30, 2017 06:36 AM (hMwEB)

15 Eminent Domain her property for some needed green space. Or to build a new stop for DART.

Posted by: Anna Puma at June 30, 2017 06:36 AM (Yl6kS)

16 "Just because you are elected, doesn't mean you are qualified." IOW, GFY.

Posted by: The mass media can all EABOD at June 30, 2017 06:36 AM (S1yBy)

17 Wealthy man shouldn't fight to save his property He should just grovel before us uselessly before we take his land anyway just like we do the peasants.

Posted by: John Marston at June 30, 2017 06:36 AM (SkuXa)

18 "We're settling with this guy because he would probably win". I couldn't take it any more after that. I can't say any more because I'd get banned. I'm off today, so I think it's time to get drunk.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at June 30, 2017 06:37 AM (xAvrH)

19 Her argument is bizarre. She's arguing that its bad that he can fight them, that people should just roll over? I mean she sounds like she believes that its terrible that ordinary people get steamrolled, but then seems to think its terrible he can stop it from happening.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 30, 2017 06:37 AM (39g3+)

20 The Antifa shitbags are going to be in Philly Sunday, so if you live here, stay frosty.

Posted by: Chupacabra[/i][/b] at June 30, 2017 06:38 AM (6QtJv)

21 What's infuriating is that if you DON'T have a massive bankroll, you CAN'T fight the government and these same people can do whatever they want.

Posted by: A Married Guy at June 30, 2017 06:38 AM (oVJmc)

22 So the government prefers us poor enough that we can't hire lawyers to defend our rights from their looting. . .Good to know.


Posted by: AdamPM at June 30, 2017 06:38 AM (6l1wz)

23 Goddamn uppity kulaks! We should just liquidate them and take their shit!

Posted by: Insomniac at June 30, 2017 06:39 AM (0mRoj)

24 13, Nailed it.

Posted by: Anon a mouse... at June 30, 2017 06:39 AM (A6Xv7)

25 As the poet bard blogfather says, read the whole thing.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at June 30, 2017 06:40 AM (VdICR)

26 In the end she comes across as angry that this guy beat her and made her look bad as a city attorney. Its about ego and professional standing, which explains her strange and self-contradictory arguments. I'd had to have to rely on her in court.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 30, 2017 06:40 AM (39g3+)

27 And I suddenly think of History of the World Part I.

"M'Lady! The peasants! They're revolting!"

Posted by: Anna Puma at June 30, 2017 06:41 AM (Yl6kS)

28 **Dons FLame Retardardant Buny Pajamas.** Not to be the turd in the punchbowl....but.... utilities and publics works *IS* a proper application of eminent domain. I think she has a point. Now.... if she were bitching about a holdout because the city wanted to condemn his storefront and *give* his property to a private developer to gin up the cities tax base.... Im all in. CNN is still a clown show tho.

Posted by: fixerupper at June 30, 2017 06:41 AM (8XRCm)

29 I love Schlicter's takedown of the offspring of Mario the Pious -- Woofy likes to bark at squirrels, and my brother is governor!

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) [/b][/i][/s][/u] at June 30, 2017 06:41 AM (skFw3)

30 So the government prefers us poor enough that we can't hire lawyers to defend our rights from their looting. . .Good to know. Poor and disarmed. You know, just to quell any unhealthy thoughts about Trees of Liberty and such.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at June 30, 2017 06:41 AM (PXj2C)

31 I was willowed on the morning thread, but I posted that we would have a much better government if - from the lowest dog ball-wiper in North Sodomy, Arkansas, through the aides in Senator Bedfellow's office, right up to the Speaker of the House and the POTUS - our "public servants" woke up each morning in a puddle of icy urine, having pissed themselves in fear that this is the day the voters have decided they should go on a date with Madame Guillotine. This disgusting bitch ought to be first in line.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at June 30, 2017 06:42 AM (X6fMO)

32 So who's in the right here? We'll discuss with our CNN legal expert, Phineas J. Whoopee. Phineas, welcome.

Posted by: This...is CNN at June 30, 2017 06:42 AM (qJhUV)

33 I'm not a violent man but I'd like to smack that lady upside the head.

Posted by: dananjcon at June 30, 2017 06:43 AM (WLK0w)

34 In other words: "I am so frustrated we could not grind this guy into the dust and laugh at him behind closed doors, like we do to all the property tax-paying peons who come to us begging that the City of Dallas not take their miserable plot of land for the Greater Good! I am depressed." I vote for petroleum tar (not pine tar), heated, and feathers for her.

Posted by: Gref at June 30, 2017 06:43 AM (AMIL/)

35 So who's in the right here? We'll discuss with our CNN legal expert, Phineas J. Whoopee. Phineas, welcome. Posted by: This...is CNN at June 30, 2017 11:42 AM (qJhUV) WAAAHH!!! OSCAR HAVE OPINIONS ABOUT THIS TOO!!!

Posted by: Oscar the Grouch at June 30, 2017 06:43 AM (PXj2C)

36 I have been told this is not true, but I've always liked the explanation that the "real" in the phrase "real estate" comes from the Spanish for "royal", to make clear that you don't really own the property, you just exist there at the pleasure of the State!

Posted by: Hrothgar watching the G Will bow-tying video [/i][/u][/b][/s] at June 30, 2017 06:43 AM (gwPgz)

37 She's arguing that its bad that he can fight them, that people should just roll over? I mean she sounds like she believes that its terrible that ordinary people get steamrolled, but then seems to think its terrible he can stop it from happening
---

Welcome to the world of liberal "logic."

And by "logic," I mean emotion based cognitive dissonance that has no relation to actual  logic, and is more irrational than a 12 year old girl on her first period. 

Posted by: shibumi at June 30, 2017 06:44 AM (aT+Bx)

38 So the government prefers us poor enough that we can't hire lawyers to defend our rights from their looting. . .Good to know. ---- I think this dispute was over a water line. Save the righteous anger for righteous issues.

Posted by: fixerupper at June 30, 2017 06:44 AM (8XRCm)

39 Not to be the turd in the punchbowl....but.... utilities and publics works *IS* a proper application of eminent domain. The thing is, she makes the point that sometimes its reasonable, and sometimes it is not. And she even seems to be arguing that the state uses eminent domain to take lands that they should not -- she specifically says "I know that sometimes" its necessary but then that means that it isn't always. And her argument at no point is "this has to be done and is right" but simply "he's rich enough to fight and made me look bad"

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 30, 2017 06:44 AM (39g3+)

40 Well, she's a democrat, so....

Posted by: Jake from State Farm at June 30, 2017 06:44 AM (SkuXa)

41 So, because other, "normal" people can't fight City Hall and must give in to force, she thinks justice is everyone being forced to acquiesce to the boot. Now that's some fine geometric logic there, Sally. Holy Moley what a perverse bureaucrat.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at June 30, 2017 06:44 AM (H8S+R)

42 Has anyone at CNN asked Elmo what does he think of this? Will Mika interview Elmo?

Posted by: Anna Puma at June 30, 2017 06:45 AM (Yl6kS)

43 So it took these animals millions of tax payer dollars to realize they lost the fight??


My eyes are throbbing.

Posted by: dananjcon at June 30, 2017 06:45 AM (WLK0w)

44 >>>Now.... if she were bitching about a holdout because the city wanted to condemn his storefront and *give* his property to a private developer to gin up the cities tax base.... Im all in. O.k., but he's within his rights to hold out. That's the law. She doesn't like that.

Posted by: m at June 30, 2017 06:46 AM (VgThI)

45 >>So the government prefers us poor enough that we can't hire lawyers to defend our rights from their looting. . .Good to know.

Yup.
She says she prefers them coming down to their offices and begging "Please don't take our property!" But because this darn guy is rich he can fight them for years - no begging. It's maddening alright!

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at June 30, 2017 06:46 AM (NOIQH)

46 I admit I do not know this case, but I will look for it.
But land isn't "taken" outright.
Before eminent domain can be used anywhere the particular landowner will have had months of what the court will review as good faith negotiations and usually has had an offer that has increased in value over and over. Once the final offer has been made, and if rejected, compensation returns to the first offer amount and it all goes to court.

99% of the time a city water line is a just a permanent easement, not an acquisition, and it's not a big deal. They bury it and move on.
Yes, they can, do, and will condemn for a utility easement. But only AFTER you've turned down what is probably quite a bit more than the properties true sale value.




Posted by: IP at June 30, 2017 06:46 AM (UmSfZ)

47 Posted by: fixerupper at June 30, 2017 11:41 AM (8XRCm) Understand your point that there is indeed valid eminent domain; HOWEVER, she noted in her diatribe that we could have just run the water line around this property and we'd have finished this project years ago!

Posted by: Hrothgar watching the G Will bow-tying video [/i][/u][/b][/s] at June 30, 2017 06:47 AM (gwPgz)

48 So, because other, "normal" people can't fight City Hall and must give in to force, she thinks justice is everyone being forced to acquiesce to the boot. AHHH that's her argument? I couldn't make heads or tails of it but that makes sense. She's an equality communist: equal suffering for all, none may rise above.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 30, 2017 06:47 AM (39g3+)

49 Eminent domain attempted overreach examples - Types --deletes

Posted by: Jack Sock at June 30, 2017 06:47 AM (IDPbH)

50 >>>I think this dispute was over a water line By all accounts an 84" water line. I don't know enough of the story to give a shit one or the other, though. Sometimes utilities layouts are done lazily, planners start going down a path and no one wants to go back and relook. But people can be assholes, too. The guy's name is Monty for petes sake. I'll stay uncommitted.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at June 30, 2017 06:48 AM (QUNQ2)

51 WDJMT? What Does JoMika Think?

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) [/b][/i][/s][/u] at June 30, 2017 06:48 AM (MKKaE)

52 JoMika? JOMAMA!!

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at June 30, 2017 06:49 AM (QUNQ2)

53 From the youtube video comments her name is Sandy Greyson. http://preview.tinyurl.com/y77dfgmf

Posted by: GMan at June 30, 2017 06:49 AM (sxq57)

54 Texas? Is she a Bush?

Posted by: Under Fire at June 30, 2017 06:50 AM (l4aLi)

55 What Does JoMika Think? Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at June 30, 2017 11:48 AM (MKKaE) ----- DO JoMika Think?? Fixed for accuracy

Posted by: fixerupper at June 30, 2017 06:50 AM (8XRCm)

56 Don't be surprised that this comes from the City of Dallas - they have been nasty little wanna-be Hitlers for a long time now, and the corruption in Dallas City Government is legendary.

And other cities aren't much better - I can never forgive Arlington for getting so excited about Jerry Jones wanting to build JerryWorld there, that they didn't just give him a huge pile of cash and tax incentives to do it.  The City of Arlington also used Eminent Domain to wipe out an entire subdivision of working class homes, owned by a lot of ordinary people who didn't want to sell. just so Jerry could have bigger parking lots.

I mean that was the biggest insult of all, it wasn't for the Stadium, it was just for Jerry's overflow parking. "Yassuh!  Yassuh! Anything you want, Mr. Jerry!!"

Posted by: Tom Servo at June 30, 2017 06:50 AM (OmOvC)

57 "Other people come to us and say 'PLEASE don't take our property! But we take it because they're just ordinary people."


Posted by: Tami[/i][/b][/s][/u] at June 30, 2017 06:50 AM (Enq6K)

58 Yes, they can, do, and will condemn for a utility easement. But only AFTER you've turned down what is probably quite a bit more than the properties true sale value. Your experiences or information differs vastly from what I've seen and read about. You're usually offered a fraction of what the market value of your property would be. They tax you at the maximum possible theoretical value of your home, but buy it at the minimum possible theoretical value.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 30, 2017 06:50 AM (39g3+)

59 water is overrated

Posted by: Flint MI at June 30, 2017 06:50 AM (h/uSM)

60 >>So, because other, "normal" people can't fight City Hall and must give in to force, she thinks justice is everyone being forced to acquiesce to the boot.


Yeah, a warped sense of fairness: it's unfair that some people can't fight back, so *all* people should be made to not fight back.

She's *not* pitying the people who have to beg, she pitying herself for having to deal with people who don't have to beg.

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at June 30, 2017 06:51 AM (NOIQH)

61 Lots of folks in Texas, not all of them are good guys. You ought to see the Austin transplants were get up here. Barely Texan at all...

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at June 30, 2017 06:51 AM (xJa6I)

62 Can someone let me know the last time an elected Rep had their property taken by eminent domain? i'll just sit here waiting....

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at June 30, 2017 06:52 AM (h/uSM)

63 Morning all. Late start. Playing "tile guy". Re-doing the laundry room. Making 1st trip of the day to Lowe's.

Posted by: rickb223 [/s][/b][/i][/u] at June 30, 2017 06:52 AM (0mP7b)

64 Lulz the guys name is monty so he's totes obviously an asshole.

Posted by: Jake from State Farm at June 30, 2017 06:53 AM (SkuXa)

65 64 Lulz the guys name is monty so he's totes obviously an asshole. Posted by: Jake from State Farm at June 30, 2017 11:53 AM (SkuXa) He sounds hideous.

Posted by: Insomniac at June 30, 2017 06:53 AM (0mRoj)

66 as a dallas taxpayer: why are you spending millions to go through his property instead of spending less to go around? did you offer him millions minus some sum? why not? he would win? then why did you start fucking with him in the first place? where is this vast property with no easements or alternate routes around it? why are you wasting money when the pensions are underfunded? and stop abusing the taxpayers equipment by hitting our mic.

Posted by: The Original REAL Galactic Lord Sir Covfefe at June 30, 2017 06:54 AM (nFwvY)

67 That woman just Kinsleyed all over the meeting and either does not know or does not care.

Posted by: huerfano at June 30, 2017 06:54 AM (TO4Og)

68 3 "It is infuriating that if you are rich enough you can hold the city hostage for years..." OMFG. How *dare* you defend yourself from the state taking your property, serf!!!!! Posted by: Lizzy at June 30, 2017 11:31 AM (NOIQH) 4 They all should have won you dusty bint. Somebody seize this fucking lady's house for a water line. Posted by: phone of kari - certified sidebar at June 30, 2017 11:32 AM (b7zqc)
Watching that clip, I just know that were in that room, I would be overpowered by my urges to go bitch-slap her, and hard.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at June 30, 2017 06:54 AM (ujg0T)

69 Here's the story. Note about halfway down where the politics start


http://tinyurl.com/ya7vmx7z

Posted by: IP at June 30, 2017 06:54 AM (UmSfZ)

70 Monty??? I thought all you Texans were named "Tex" or "Billy Bob".

Posted by: fixerupper at June 30, 2017 06:54 AM (8XRCm)

71 And the guy who 'won' is still out all the time/money it took to keep his own stuff.

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at June 30, 2017 06:54 AM (h/uSM)

72 I admit I do not know this case, but I will look for it. But land isn't "taken" outright. Before eminent domain can be used anywhere the particular landowner will have had months of what the court will review as good faith negotiations and usually has had an offer that has increased in value over and over. Once the final offer has been made, and if rejected, compensation returns to the first offer amount and it all goes to court. The initial plan to take the land comes from some government entity. The court consists of government employees who don't give a shit about the peasantry. The assessments and offers are made by government employees. And the sheriffs/cops who show up in the dead of night and who don't like being photographed evicting property owners are also government employees. If you're fortunate, no family members or pets are shot.

Posted by: Blue Hen at June 30, 2017 06:54 AM (326rv)

73 62 Can someone let me know the last time an elected Rep had their property taken by eminent domain? i'll just sit here waiting.... Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at June 30, 2017 11:52 AM (h/uSM) I guess technically it was eminent domain . Harry Reid. He had planned his little real estate caper all along though.

Posted by: Jack Sock at June 30, 2017 06:55 AM (IDPbH)

74 Listening to her is like the moral version of listening to a deaf man whose speech has deteriorated. She doesn't have any self awareness that would allow her to detect and correct an error, so her moral sense has deteriorated into something grotesque.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at June 30, 2017 06:56 AM (xAvrH)

75 Instapundit has a post on Connecticut passing a law to deny trustees who process bankruptcy cases from suing public (and private) colleges and universities to get back tuition money parents paid before filing for bankruptcy protection. [...]

The lawsuits arise from federal law that gives trustees the power to recover money that a bankrupt person spent years before filing if the person didn't get value for the expense.

Posted by: undocumented illegal SMOD at June 30, 2017 06:56 AM (e8kgV)

76 "We are not taking any property..Rawlings said...We were laying pipe and putting the ground back in place. He has been working hard in Austin and in Tarrant County spending an inordinate amount of money getting candidates that he supports to fight us on this." ----- Soooo.... no taking. Monty *is* the asshole here.

Posted by: fixerupper at June 30, 2017 06:56 AM (8XRCm)

77 Makes you feel sorry for the poor bastards that the city admits to screwing over on a routine basis.

Posted by: gm at June 30, 2017 06:57 AM (K0tm3)

78 Morning all. Late start. Playing "tile guy". Re-doing the laundry room. Making 1st trip of the day to Lowe's. Posted by: rickb223 And we are now open, place your bets. Current bet is five trips, with double the odds if trips go into double digits

Posted by: AoS betting window at June 30, 2017 06:57 AM (326rv)

79 I was willowed on the morning thread, but I posted that we would have a much better government if - from the lowest dog ball-wiper in North Sodomy, Arkansas, through the aides in Senator Bedfellow's office, right up to the Speaker of the House and the POTUS - our "public servants" woke up each morning in a puddle of icy urine, having pissed themselves in fear that this is the day the voters have decided they should go on a date with Madame Guillotine.
--

I can get on board with that.

However... I still think they have disquieting nightmares becuase the peons have guns.

Which is the ONLY reason we're not a third world hell hole.

Like Sweden. Or Germany. 

Posted by: shibumi at June 30, 2017 06:57 AM (aT+Bx)

80 "if it's an ordinary person we take their property" .......... ????

Posted by: wth at June 30, 2017 06:57 AM (HgMAr)

81 Why do you have to take someones property just to lay a pipe? dig down 30 feet.

Posted by: Danny 'Tunnel King' at June 30, 2017 06:58 AM (h/uSM)

82 My ex GF was take and take and take

Posted by: torabora at June 30, 2017 06:58 AM (L4ZBR)

83 >> Can someone let me know the last time an elected Rep had their property taken by eminent domain?

i'll just sit here waiting....


That's not how it works for connected people. They make sure they own the needed land so that they can maximize the sale price. It helps to be working with the government people so they negotiate a good price (IIRC, this is how Harry Reid made so much money - always partial owner of valuable NV property).
 
Here in CO the land upon which DIA was built was owned by - get this -  a yuuge CO lobbyist. He was paid very well for the land even though some parts of it are not fit to be built on (cracked runways from the get-go). But he made money on the DIA sale and probably adjacent commercial properties (hotels, etc.), too.

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at June 30, 2017 06:58 AM (NOIQH)

84 Why do you have to take someones property just to lay a pipe? dig down 30 feet. Posted by: Danny 'Tunnel King' at June 30, 2017 11:58 AM (h/uSM) ----- They Are Not Taking

Posted by: fixerupper at June 30, 2017 06:58 AM (8XRCm)

85 Not to be the turd in the punchbowl....but.... utilities and publics works *IS* a proper application of eminent domain" And had that been the tale, it would have passed. However, Dallas city got involved, and magic savings began to appear due to... well

Posted by: Anon a mouse... at June 30, 2017 06:59 AM (Vi3+d)

86 The assessments and offers are made by government employees.

Uh, no.
Independent appraisers MUST be used. Then a SECOND independent appraiser has to review that appraisal. Then you get it, and if you don't agree, you are allowed to have an appraisal of your own, done by whomever you like, and that must be taken into account if it goes to condemnation.

Posted by: IP at June 30, 2017 06:59 AM (UmSfZ)

87 10 Since I can't UTube at work, is there a written description of the Dallas action anywhere? Posted by: Grump928(c) Not sure if this was already answered, but here is my synopsis: Apparatchik "infuriated" that a citizen has the desire and wherewithal to fight City Hall and will likely prevail in court. Lamentations about how that citizen is not as easy to crush as most commoners. Much sneering disgust in body language.

Posted by: Iron Mike Golf at June 30, 2017 06:59 AM (di1hb)

88 57 "Other people come to us and say 'PLEASE don't take our property! But we take it because they're just ordinary people."


Posted by: Tami at June 30, 2017 11:50 AM (Enq6K)


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Yep, that's the take away quote.

Posted by: Javems at June 30, 2017 06:59 AM (yOqwj)

89 I don't know or care anything about the guy fighting city hall. My reflex is always to side with someone who does that but maybe he's a bad actor. I don't care. What I care about is what is contained in this video clip: a woman so wholly out of touch with common sense and ethics that she's offended someone fights rather than simply obeys. Even if this "Monty" guy is awful, that doesn't make what she's saying right or defensible. She's not arguing that he's being unreasonable. She's arguing that he's wrong for not knuckling under like everyone else.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 30, 2017 06:59 AM (39g3+)

90 I'm dying from that Kurt Schlichter piece! Are we sure he doesn't comment here?

Posted by: josephistan at June 30, 2017 06:59 AM (7HtZB)

91 If I ever win the lottery, I will set up a special fund for legal defense of anyone fighting DNR in this state. I will hire lawyers like the guy in TX had and I will make their lives hell. We need more of that in this country. But normally, bureaucrats are smart enough not to pick fights with the well to do.

Posted by: notsothoreau at June 30, 2017 06:59 AM (JKNZq)

92 And the movie Chinatown was a bit dressed up but real California history of politicians using their inside knowledge to enrich themselves. Much like Nancy Pelosi and Hairy Reed.

Posted by: Anna Puma at June 30, 2017 07:00 AM (Yl6kS)

93 It's Texas. They should have just done slant drilling from the city land and laid the pipe.

Posted by: Jack Sock at June 30, 2017 07:00 AM (IDPbH)

94 However... I still think they have disquieting nightmares becuase the peons have guns. Which is the ONLY reason we're not a third world hell hole. Like Sweden. Or Germany. Posted by: shibumi at June 30, 2017 11:57 AM (aT+Bx) .......... My BIL has a 42 acre farm in Germany, I keep joking I'm going to ship my '90 F350 over to him. He replies every time: "Only if you load the back of it with guns."

Posted by: wth at June 30, 2017 07:00 AM (HgMAr)

95 63 Morning all. Late start. Playing "tile guy". Re-doing the laundry room. Making 1st trip of the day to Lowe's. Posted by: rickb223 at June 30, 2017 11:52 AM (0mP7b) Heh. "1st trip".

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at June 30, 2017 07:00 AM (XWkhW)

96 Holy crap. Water is waaaaay overated as a need for a city. Ill be back when we have a topic worth getting riled up about.

Posted by: fixerupper at June 30, 2017 07:00 AM (8XRCm)

97 51 WDJMT? What Does JoMika Think? Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at June 30, 2017 11:48 AM (MKKaE) ---- puleeze, like they're thought leaders

Posted by: the lovely CHelsea Clinton MEZ-somthing at June 30, 2017 07:00 AM (h/uSM)

98 Can someone let me know the last time an elected Rep had their property taken by eminent domain? i'll just sit here waiting.... Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at June 30, 2017 11:52 AM (h/uSM) I can! Some asshole in the Delaware legislature was heavily involved in the planned route for the new 'relief route' (rt 1) running North to south. he promptly bought a piece of land that he KNEW was in the proposed path, and managed to get permits and a house built on that parcel of land. he then profited from eminent domain. From them buying and taking the land and the state having to demolish the now improved property (at extra cost to the state).

Posted by: Blue Hen at June 30, 2017 07:00 AM (326rv)

99 TOKYO: When the spark went out of Masayuki Ozaki's marriage, he found an unusual outlet to plug the romantic void - a silicone sex doll he swears is the love of his life. The life-size dummy, called Mayu, shares his bed under the same roof as Ozaki's wife and teenage daughter in Tokyo, an arrangement that triggered angry rows before a delicate truce was finally declared. ... "But the moment I saw Mayu in the showroom, it was love at first sight," blushed Ozaki, who takes his doll on dates in a wheelchair and dresses her in wigs, sexy clothes and jewellery. "My wife was furious when I first brought Mayu home. These days she puts up with it, reluctantly," he added. "When my daughter realised it wasn't a giant Barbie doll, she freaked out and said it was gross - but now she's old enough to share Mayu's clothes." Those crazy Japanese.

Posted by: Under Fire at June 30, 2017 07:01 AM (l4aLi)

100 Your knee will be made to bend. That's what this is about.

Posted by: Chupacabra[/i][/b] at June 30, 2017 07:01 AM (6QtJv)

101 What I care about is what is contained in this video clip: a woman so wholly out of touch with common sense and ethics that she's offended someone fights rather than simply obeys ____________________ Yup.

Posted by: John Marston at June 30, 2017 07:02 AM (SkuXa)

102 She doesn't have any self awareness that would allow her to detect and correct an error, so her moral sense has deteriorated into something grotesque. This is pretty common on the left. The Bible refers to this as a "seared" conscience, one so badly damaged it doesn't feel any longer like skin that's been scarred and no longer has nerves in it. Independent appraisers MUST be used. Then a SECOND independent appraiser has to review that appraisal. I'd say this probably varies state to state, and even county to county and city to city.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 30, 2017 07:02 AM (39g3+)

103 Once you got that 84" waterline on your land you ain't going to be permitted to build anywhere near it. You can use the land for a rifle range or horseshoes.

Posted by: torabora at June 30, 2017 07:02 AM (L4ZBR)

104 As much as I love slamming government nickelfuckers, I'd rather go back to the painting on the last thread. I wish I had a girl like that.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at June 30, 2017 07:02 AM (X6fMO)

105 102 What I care about is what is contained in this video clip: a woman so wholly out of touch with common sense and ethics that she's offended someone fights rather than simply obeys ____________________ Yup. Posted by: John Marston at June 30, 2017 12:02 PM (SkuXa) Types and deletes again

Posted by: Jack Sock at June 30, 2017 07:02 AM (IDPbH)

106 Posted by: notsothoreau at June 30, 2017 11:59 AM (JKNZq) I believe we need more conservative lawyers fighting in the courts for us. The left does it. But conservatives by and large eschew the legal profession. We can't win a battle when we've conceded the battlefield.

Posted by: Iasonas at June 30, 2017 07:02 AM (MI8aK)

107 Dallas is the Atlanta of Texas.

Posted by: Grump928(c) at June 30, 2017 07:04 AM (QQ+il)

108 78 Morning all. Late start. Playing "tile guy". Re-doing the laundry room. Making 1st trip of the day to Lowe's. Posted by: rickb223 And we are now open, place your bets. Current bet is five trips, with double the odds if trips go into double digits Posted by: AoS betting window at June 30, 2017 11:57 AM (326rv) Remind me not to be specific about my remodeling and landscaping projects with you folks. The mockery an be intense here.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) [/b][/i][/s][/u] at June 30, 2017 07:04 AM (EaVwv)

109 I'm in favor of Eminem domain.

Posted by: Slim Shady at June 30, 2017 07:04 AM (xAvrH)

110 >>>My ex GF was take and take and take Bukkake?

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at June 30, 2017 07:04 AM (QUNQ2)

111 Should have gone around his property instead of paying millions to lawyers for years,  you stupid cunt.

Posted by: Dang at June 30, 2017 07:04 AM (8b+oT)

112 Wow. I . . . just . . . The sheer arrogance. I wonder how the Dallas City Council would feel about having their homes and property taken away?

Posted by: Shinjinrui at June 30, 2017 07:04 AM (h5hE3)

113 I wish I had a girl like that. 13?

Posted by: Grump928(c) at June 30, 2017 07:04 AM (QQ+il)

114 51 WDJMT? What Does JoMika Think? Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at June 30, 2017 11:48 AM (MKKaE) .......... Trump's a schmuck and a big meanie.

Posted by: Jo and Michael at June 30, 2017 07:05 AM (HgMAr)

115 My BIL has a 42 acre farm in Germany, I keep joking I'm going to ship my '90 F350 over to him.
He replies every time:
"Only if you load the back of it with guns."
---

Yep.

People don't always realize that (IMHO) the second amendment isn't about protecting yourself from the bad guys.

It's about protecting yourself from the government.

Posted by: shibumi at June 30, 2017 07:05 AM (aT+Bx)

116 Bukkake? Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at June 30, 2017 12:04 PM (QUNQ2) ----- You *just* learned what that word meant.

Posted by: fixerupper at June 30, 2017 07:05 AM (8XRCm)

117 "My wife was furious when I first brought Mayu home. These days she puts up with it, reluctantly," he added. "When my daughter realised it wasn't a giant Barbie doll, she freaked out and said it was gross - but now she's old enough to share Mayu's clothes." Those crazy Japanese. Posted by: Under Fire Nothing about jewelry for the wife.

Posted by: clothing and rent in Toyko is horrendously expensive at June 30, 2017 07:05 AM (326rv)

118 She's arguing that he's wrong for not knuckling under like everyone else" Ding, Ding, Ding. We have a winner.

Posted by: Anon a mouse... at June 30, 2017 07:05 AM (Vi3+d)

119 Soooo.... no taking. Monty *is* the asshole here. Posted by: fixerupper at June 30, 2017 11:56 AM (8XRCm) .... Without knowing how it is routed across his property or what the terms are of the easement, hey may or may not be a big dick. You can't build on that easement, or over it, and often have to grant immediate access and maintain access to it. Depending on your operation or plans, and where it falls on your land, that can all very much matter.

Posted by: TexasDan[/i] at June 30, 2017 07:05 AM (yL25O)

120 >>>You *just* learned what that word meant I'm trying to work it into my conversations!

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at June 30, 2017 07:06 AM (QUNQ2)

121 Posted by: Under Fire at June 30, 2017 12:01 PM (l4aLi) So he has a respirationally challenged concubine?

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 30, 2017 07:06 AM (rp9xB)

122 Posted by: IP at June 30, 2017 11:46 AM (UmSfZ) Baloney. Eminent domain compensation rates are frequently far below market value.

Posted by: Sjg at June 30, 2017 07:07 AM (gDSJf)

123 Remind me not to be specific about my remodeling and landscaping projects with you folks. The mockery an be intense here. Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM Experience is not only a great teacher, it helps you calculate the odds. Think about it. Sincerely, a home owner

Posted by: AoS betting window at June 30, 2017 07:07 AM (326rv)

124 I'd say this probably varies state to state, and even county to county and city to city.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 30, 2017 12:02 PM (39g3+)
_______


But not by much, like every other thing these days, it's federally regulated.
State codes are usually just more specific to the region

Posted by: IP at June 30, 2017 07:07 AM (UmSfZ)

125 Mars has M&M domain

Posted by: josephistan at June 30, 2017 07:07 AM (7HtZB)

126 Masks dropping all over.  Merits of the case were conceded:  the guy would have won.  How dare he fight.

Don't care about whatever landowner is a creep because it is obvious that some apparatchik with government power is having a hissy fit because someone didn't 'respect her authoriteh'.

Posted by: mustbequantum at June 30, 2017 07:07 AM (MIKMs)

127 WDJMT? What Does JoMika Think? Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at June 30, 2017 11:48 AM (MKKaE) .......... Trump's a schmuck and a big meanie. And crazy, and scary, and a danger to the Country according to MS. face lift..

Posted by: It's me donna at June 30, 2017 07:07 AM (O2RFr)

128 In my town, some years ago, a land developer wanted to build a Wal Mart on his property, that he was developing as a strip market center. The city said, "no", as they didn't want a Wal Mart there (and Kroger, which was on the opposing corner, didn't want a WalMart there either!), because it wasn't aesthetically appealing. Well, he proposed a series of architectural plans to satisfy the city's aesthetics, and the answer was still no. Meanwhile, the city built a road that was going to access the strip center on the south side of the property, and also some other commercial land. But since the city can't read a map, they actually built the road on the developer's land. He offered to give them the land (valued at $130K) if they would let him build the Wal Mart. No. So they fought this up through the courts for several years, and the city kept losing. Next time, they were going to win, we were told. The city blew about $400K in legal fees, losing. The primary city council member leading this fight got voted out of office. But finally, the developer had given up, and built a Giant Eagle supermarket on the site, instead of a Wal Mart. And then, he also sold his house and land in the city, which was worth well north of 1 million dollars, to the Seventh Day Adventists to convert his mansion to a chapel, and built a church school, which made this property, the most valuable private property in the town, tax exempt. Heh. And you know, a few years later, they let somebody build a Wal Mart in another shopping center in town.

Posted by: Bossy Conservative....outlaw in America at June 30, 2017 07:07 AM (RFeQD)

129 Preposterous -- You can't fight City Hall!
 
That scrunt really takes that lie to heart.
 
In other other gubmint incompetent terror, a federal grand jury indicted a Fucking Bumbling Idiots agent for shooting at one of the Bundy protesters in Oregon, and lying to cover it up. Four other lyin' cockholsterin' Feebies allegedly also tried to assist in the coverup. Oregon Live reports:
 
http://preview.tinyurl.com/y9cfdcv3
 
Incidentally, the two (alleged) shots by the agent probably caused the guy's death, as he emerged from his truck reaching for his gun since he'd been shot at, and state troopers killed him.

Posted by: GnuBreed [/i] [/b] at June 30, 2017 07:07 AM (6jaju)

130 Heh. Just got an email from a headhunter with a funny typo. Listed typical hours as 1 PM to 10 AM for this job. I asked him why this place had a 21 hour workday.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at June 30, 2017 07:08 AM (IZPn8)

131 Posted by: AoS betting window at June 30, 2017 11:57 AM (326rv) Flooring project? Not complicated. I'll go with 3. Now, if this were a new water heater, then I'd be interested in the double digit plan.

Posted by: The mass media can all EABOD at June 30, 2017 07:08 AM (S1yBy)

132 An 84 inch water line is oh what EIGHT freaking Feet in diameter.

And when one of those suckers pop, instant mud pit with geyser that will eat surrounding structures.

So yeah Monty would have lost use to a very large portion of his property.

Posted by: Anna Puma at June 30, 2017 07:08 AM (Yl6kS)

133 Grumpy, this article sums up the video and identifies the soulless scrunt Sandy Greyson (delete space) https://www.mediacircus.com/2017/06/ dallas-city-council-angry-they-cant-just-take-mans-land/

Posted by: @votermom @vm pimping great books usually free or sale at June 30, 2017 07:08 AM (hMwEB)

134 Once again the age old question.Nuked too much or not enough?

Posted by: steevy at June 30, 2017 07:08 AM (rmVvL)

135 122 Posted by: Under Fire at June 30, 2017 12:01 PM (l4aLi) So he has a respirationally challenged concubine? Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 30, 2017 12:06 PM (rp9xB) I wonder if Mayu came with a internal heater? Perhaps the Mayu 2.0 will have one.

Posted by: Under Fire at June 30, 2017 07:08 AM (l4aLi)

136 Eminence front > eminent domain

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at June 30, 2017 07:09 AM (QUNQ2)

137 torabora: "Once you got that 84" waterline on your land you ain't going to be permitted to build anywhere near it. You can use the land for a rifle range or horseshoes." Insightful. Makes sense, too. That construction would essentially condemn his property. A liberty will have been demolished.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at June 30, 2017 07:09 AM (H8S+R)

138 Morning all. Late start. Playing "tile guy". Re-doing the laundry room. Making 1st trip of the day to Lowe's. Posted by: rickb223 And we are now open, place your bets. Current bet is five trips, with double the odds if trips go into double digits Posted by: AoS betting window at June 30, 2017 11:57 AM (326rv) Remind me not to be specific about my remodeling and landscaping projects with you folks. The mockery an be intense here. Posted by: Krebs v Carnot Yeah. Should only be one trip. Just replacing the suction cup tile lifters since the DEP brand Home Depot sells seems to be one use only. Broke a box of tiles (7 - one at a time over the course of the morning) by lifting them and it not holding the whole time. Threw it away. Lack of trust.

Posted by: rickb223 [/s][/b][/i][/u] at June 30, 2017 07:09 AM (0mP7b)

139 Merits of the case were conceded: the guy would have won. " Pssssst - note that fact. Reality is that there was a better and cheaper alternative that didn't enrich the right parties...

Posted by: Anon a mouse... at June 30, 2017 07:09 AM (Vi3+d)

140 Pig? Fucking pigs are useful, bacon, ham, etc That "woman" from Dallas, and they wonder why we despise government.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at June 30, 2017 07:10 AM (ZTRlp)

141 Japanese wife's just pissed he found a way to beat the game. Frigid wife's the Kobayashi Maru of relationships if kids are involved.

Posted by: Chupacabra[/i][/b] at June 30, 2017 07:10 AM (6QtJv)

142 120 Soooo.... no taking.

Monty *is* the asshole here.
Posted by: fixerupper at June 30, 2017 11:56 AM (8XRCm)

....

Without knowing how it is routed across his property or what the terms are of the easement, hey may or may not be a big dick.

You can't build on that easement, or over it, and often have to grant immediate access and maintain access to it.

Depending on your operation or plans, and where it falls on your land, that can all very much matter.

-----------------------------


Like through a backyard swimming pool etc.

Posted by: Javems at June 30, 2017 07:10 AM (yOqwj)

143 "108 Dallas is the Atlanta of Texas"

eh, I kinda think Atlanta, Texas is the Atlanta of Texas.

Posted by: Tom Servo at June 30, 2017 07:10 AM (OmOvC)

144 108 Dallas is the Atlanta of Texas. Posted by: Grump928(c) ________ Austin is the Pyongyang of Texas.

Posted by: Furious George at June 30, 2017 07:10 AM (j+dfT)

145 So the new CNN video has some producer saying They all think Trump is a clown and crazy and that Kelly Anne looks like she was hit with a shovel Also the voters are as "dumb as shit."... Where's the outrage

Posted by: It's me donna at June 30, 2017 07:11 AM (O2RFr)

146 Baloney. Eminent domain compensation rates are frequently far below market value.
Posted by: Sjg at June 30, 2017 12:07 PM (gDSJf)
______


After your lawyer gets done, sure, so whatever you want to think is fine with me.
I mean Easements and Right of Way is what I've done for years, but don't let that stop ya from schooling me.

Posted by: IP at June 30, 2017 07:11 AM (UmSfZ)

147 Without knowing how it is routed across his property or what the terms are of the easement, hey may or may not be a big dick. You can't build on that easement, or over it, and often have to grant immediate access and maintain access to it. Depending on your operation or plans, and where it falls on your land, that can all very much matter. Posted by: TexasDan at June 30, 2017 12:05 PM (yL25O) ------ Well...cool. How about we all dig our own wells, go back to outhouses, and all get selfcontained solarpanels so no utility, water supplier, cable company, sewer service or gas company can inpinge a damn easement. And we're going to have to walk everywhere in this mythical world we've created because public roads are going go over peoples property as well. There are horible abuses of eminant doman. KELO was a terrible SCOTUS ruling. But ONE GUY shouldnt be able fuck up the primary water supply for an entire city.

Posted by: fixerupper at June 30, 2017 07:11 AM (8XRCm)

148 "Sandy Greyson represents District 12, and can be reached at 214-670-4067 or sandy.greyson@dallascityhall.com"

Posted by: @votermom @vm pimping great books usually free or sale at June 30, 2017 07:12 AM (hMwEB)

149 This actually shouldn't shock anybody. Dallas has become a stronghold for Dems. The Dallas County sheriff, for instance, is anti-2A. And never forget that perhaps the greatest infestation of statists is in the Texas HR, headed by Speaker Straus, the greatest statist of all in state government. Mr. Straus belongs to the Republican wing of the Statist Uniparty.

Posted by: CatchThirtyThr33 at June 30, 2017 07:12 AM (kcQyA)

150 120 Soooo.... no taking. Monty *is* the asshole here. Posted by: fixerupper at June 30, 2017 11:56 AM (8XRCm) --- of course the 'could' be another layer here. Perhaps they screwed him over on some other matter and he's just taking his pound of flesh for revenge. Or he was holding out trying leverage some other advantage from them. too little data to know.

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at June 30, 2017 07:12 AM (h/uSM)

151 I think we can stop calling the HRT elite.

Posted by: John Marston at June 30, 2017 07:12 AM (SkuXa)

152 They widened a secondary road near us and when they were through putting in 2 extra lanes, the homeowners that lived on said road had maybe a 4 foot wide front yard. Open your front door into oncoming traffic.

Posted by: Under Fire at June 30, 2017 07:12 AM (l4aLi)

153 Who is that Dallas politician and can you say moron?  If the rich person can win eminent domain case that means Dallas should not be exercising the power. She needs to be the poster child for what is wrong with American politics.

Posted by: Locke Common at June 30, 2017 07:13 AM (zSXXo)

154 13
Don't know diddly about the issue she's freaking about, but dollars to donuts it's about forcibly taking property from one rich person who isn't in the City Council's good graces, and using it to hugely benefit another rich person who just so happens to be friendly with the City Council.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at June 30, 2017 11:35 AM (XWkhW)

==============

This. I live in a small town of 40,000 in Northern AZ and this exact thing is done overtly all the time by the City Council.

Posted by: ShainS [/b] [/i] [/s] [/u] at June 30, 2017 07:13 AM (ZcAbN)

155 Yes.  I know. However now days I hesitate to mention guns and Democrats in the same paragraph lest it be mistaken for a call to violence.

30 So the government prefers us poor enough that we can't hire lawyers to defend our rights from their looting. . .Good to know.

Poor and disarmed. You know, just to quell any unhealthy thoughts about Trees of Liberty and such.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at June 30, 2017 11:41 AM (PXj2C)

Posted by: AdamPM at June 30, 2017 07:13 AM (6l1wz)

156 5 Trump wants every American to be rich enough to win this kind of legal battle. Posted by: phone of kari - certified sidebar at June 30, 2017 11:32 AM (b7zqc) If he did he wouldn't be a statist. And he would be pro-economic freedom.

Posted by: CatchThirtyThr33 at June 30, 2017 07:13 AM (kcQyA)

157 This is a 54" rural line across a cattle operation in order to supply water to Dallas, and not a city line cutting through the yards of houses by the way.

Posted by: IP at June 30, 2017 07:13 AM (UmSfZ)

158 Apropos of nothing, there is apparently a bogus Amazon e-mail making the rounds.  It either tells you that 'your order can't ship' or something to that effect and to 'click the link'.  If you click the link (DON'T!), it takes you to a look alike Amazon site to have you 'update' your Prime info....where it steals all your Amazon stored info.


Just a FYI....

Posted by: Tami[/i][/b][/s][/u] at June 30, 2017 07:13 AM (Enq6K)

159 Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at June 30, 2017 11:52 AM (h/uSM) Heh. I can name one where it backfired spectacularly. Our good friend, former Molester Speaker of the House, Denny Hastert. Lived in Yorkville, IL his whole life. Suddenly sells all Yorkville property to buy 700 acres of farmland in nearby rural Plano, IL. Why would he do this? Welllllll..... it just so happens that this little farm is smack-dab in the middle of the proposed right-of-way for the Prairie Parkway, a six-lane bypass around Chicago connecting I-80 to I-90. It's a damn shame the economy collapsed and now he's stuck with a farm that is only worth $12,000/acre. I wish I had his bad luck. But nothing else.

Posted by: The mass media can all EABOD at June 30, 2017 07:13 AM (S1yBy)

160 Outraged that an American exercise his rights .  And against government!

Clever how the bitch makes it all about being rich!

Posted by: gracepc at June 30, 2017 07:14 AM (OU4q6)

161 My favorite artist is Frida Kelo.

Posted by: Sandy Greyson at June 30, 2017 07:14 AM (xAvrH)

162 THIS is how you got Trump.  More of it and it is how the Tree of Liberty gets watered.

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable and Profoundly Unserious at June 30, 2017 07:15 AM (npdX6)

163 Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at June 30, 2017 12:09 PM (H8S+R) Which means the 'We're not *really* taking the land' is disingenuous. It's fascism in action as he will hold title to (and responsibility for) the land but only be able to use it as the government dictates.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 30, 2017 07:15 AM (rp9xB)

164 Why do you have to take someones property just to lay a pipe? dig down 30 feet. -- Generally, once the pipe is laid, the property owner cannot use that portion of property for any structure and must leave the easement for access for repairs and maintenance.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at June 30, 2017 07:15 AM (7ZVPa)

165 Let's imagine that a schmata shop, American Apparel, wants to make another controversial ad to get more free publicity. We'll throw in some Islam to make sure it's really edgy. Are you scared at this point? What if the girl is an American Apparel employee, who is in fact a lapsed Moslem born in Bangladesh? What if she's topless? What if she's hawt? http://bit.ly/2t9cYQ0 My preconceptions changed. BarelySFW.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at June 30, 2017 07:16 AM (gIRsn)

166 I'm litigating a California Housing Accountability Act (Gov't Code sec. 65589.5) case against Berkeley and their attitude is similar.  Gee, bitch, if the guy will probably win, it's not because he's rich, it's because you're wrong.  He's only able to establish that because he's rich.

I thought Dallas was in Texas.  When did Dallas become an outpost of coastal California?

Posted by: SFGoth at June 30, 2017 07:16 AM (dZ756)

167 they would have lost? they were lowballing him. how are the appraisers chosen? "independent" appraisers can have varying levels of "independence".

Posted by: The Original REAL Galactic Lord Sir Covfefe at June 30, 2017 07:16 AM (nFwvY)

168 148 But ONE GUY shouldnt be able fuck up the primary water supply for an entire city. Posted by: fixerupper
 
Except that apparently the guy had the law on his side, so what you are saying is
 
Rule of Man >> Rule of Law
 
Correct me if I've missed something here.

Posted by: GnuBreed [/i] [/b] at June 30, 2017 07:17 AM (6jaju)

169 107 Posted by: notsothoreau at June 30, 2017 11:59 AM (JKNZq)

I believe we need more conservative lawyers fighting in the courts for us. The left does it. But conservatives by and large eschew the legal profession.

We can't win a battle when we've conceded the battlefield. Posted by: Iasonas

I have a 20 year record of defending property rights in San Francisco.  My boss has had his cars vandalized, his house picketed, been slandered in the press, etc.  We are out there, the few, the proud, the property-rights protectors.

Posted by: SFGoth at June 30, 2017 07:17 AM (dZ756)

170 TOKYO: When the spark went out of Masayuki Ozaki's marriage, he found an unusual outlet to plug the romantic void - a silicone sex doll he swears is the love of his life.

Posted by: Under Fire at June 30, 2017 12:01 PM (l4aLi)


I am reminded of this bit from C.S. Lewis, _That Hideous Strength_:

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The Stranger mused for a few seconds; then, speaking in a slightly sing-song voice, he asked the following question:

"Who is called Sulva? What road does she walk ? Why is the womb barren on one side? Where are the cold marriages?"

Ransom replied,"Sulva is she whom mortals call the Moon. She walks in the lowest sphere. Half of her orb is turned towards us and shares our curse. On this side the womb is barren and the marriages cold. There dwell an accursed people, full of pride and lust. There when a man takes a maiden in marriage they do not lie together, but each lies with a cunningly fashioned image of the other, made to move and to be warm by devilish arts, for real flesh will not please them, they are so dainty (delicati) in their dreams of lust. Their real children they fabricate by vile arts in a secret place.
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Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader at June 30, 2017 07:17 AM (dz7sB)

171 To me it's not the specifics of this particular case. It's her callous disregard for the "ordinary guy." Hey, normally we can roll right over the ordinary guy, but this guy has the wherewithal to fight us! I mean, his name is Monty, for crying out loud, so you know he's an asshole!

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 30, 2017 07:17 AM (kTF2Z)

172 You would be amazed by the number of people who get elected to local office and then discover that their authority is actually rather limited. For instance, in Michigan, schools are not under local building and zoning codes, they are under state statute, the state school code. Surprises some people to no end, that sort of thing.

Posted by: *Mikey NTH - Trump the Covfefe brought to you by The Outrage Outlet Summer Spectacular! at June 30, 2017 07:18 AM (hLRSq)

173 An 84" line sounds more like a drain line. The amount of water to fill that size, flowing, would staggering.

Posted by: Javems at June 30, 2017 07:18 AM (yOqwj)

174 56 Don't be surprised that this comes from the City of Dallas - they have been nasty little wanna-be Hitlers for a long time now, and the corruption in Dallas City Government is legendary. And other cities aren't much better - I can never forgive Arlington for getting so excited about Jerry Jones wanting to build JerryWorld there, that they didn't just give him a huge pile of cash and tax incentives to do it. The City of Arlington also used Eminent Domain to wipe out an entire subdivision of working class homes, owned by a lot of ordinary people who didn't want to sell. just so Jerry could have bigger parking lots. I mean that was the biggest insult of all, it wasn't for the Stadium, it was just for Jerry's overflow parking. "Yassuh! Yassuh! Anything you want, Mr. Jerry!!" Posted by: Tom Servo at June 30, 2017 11:50 AM (OmOvC) Or...the greatest example of the 20-Year Rule (which states that in America, every structure must be completely torn down and replaced after 20 years, no matter what): why are the Rangers getting a brand spanking new stadium? Would it not be more cost effective to refurbish the Ballpark at Arlington? What is wrong with that stadium?

Posted by: CatchThirtyThr33 at June 30, 2017 07:18 AM (kcQyA)

175 shibumi: "It's about protecting yourself from the government." That's its primary purpose (actually only explicit purpose) far ahead of any other one constructs from emanations and penumbras.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at June 30, 2017 07:19 AM (H8S+R)

176 WHAT. THE. FUCK?

"And because they just are an ordinary person, we take their property."

Guaranteed blood-pressure raiser, right there.

Off to read the comments....


Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at June 30, 2017 07:19 AM (8iiMU)

177 In this state, you can own the tidelands. Several years ago, a judge bought up the local tidelands which were for sale because the taxes hadn't been paid. He gave them to the county. During our battle with DNR, they threatened to drag the county into OUR lawsuit, if they didn't give those tidelands to DNR. So they did, after lying to us about letting us know when they would have the hearing on it. AND DNR did not have to follow the law that they needed an environmental study before they could accept the gift of property. All it takes is for one bureaucrat to dislike you.

Posted by: notsothoreau at June 30, 2017 07:19 AM (JKNZq)

178 Bass-ackwards world: Jerry Springer lectures Trump on dignity. http://tinyurl.com/y9oepyh5

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, the Unwoking Dead at June 30, 2017 07:19 AM (Nwg0u)

179 Posted by: fixerupper at June 30, 2017 12:11 PM (8XRCm) Fixer, she acknowledged he would have won. That means the city had, potentially better, options and chose not to pursue them. It's a bit like the Dr United injured rather than pay full price to get someone else to be bumped.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 30, 2017 07:19 AM (rp9xB)

180 "Please don't take my property----Then we take their property." And the bitch is proud of herself for this. I've seen these cases before where the private property is owned by some older person. It is in an older area, so the appraised price that they're offered won't get them a comparable home.

Posted by: nerdygirl at June 30, 2017 07:20 AM (+lVUW)

181 145 108 Dallas is the Atlanta of Texas. Posted by: Grump928(c) ________ Austin is the Pyongyang of Texas. Posted by: Furious George at June 30, 2017 12:10 PM (j+dfT) Moscow-on-the-Colorado

Posted by: CatchThirtyThr33 at June 30, 2017 07:20 AM (kcQyA)

182 We are out there, the few, the proud, the property-rights protectors. Posted by: SFGoth at June 30, 2017 12:17 PM (dZ756) I'll drink to that!

Posted by: Iasonas at June 30, 2017 07:21 AM (MI8aK)

183 Posted by: IP at June 30, 2017 12:11 PM (UmSfZ) You're right why should anyone complain when they can just split their property value with some asshole lawyers, or avoid the lawyers and take 20 cents to the dollar.

Posted by: Sjg at June 30, 2017 07:21 AM (gDSJf)

184 Dammit! If only the peons didn't have the resources to resist us, why, we could do whatever we want! This is maddening.

Posted by: Government Bureaucracy at June 30, 2017 07:21 AM (OdK9v)

185 Not so much the issue I have a problem with.  Obviously water lines need to me maintained or new ones installed.  It's the f*cking arrogance that she puts on display.  I've gotten rather sick of one set of rules for thee and another for me that has become increasingly common in this country. 

I'm not actually angry.  Nor would I have been surprised if this would have come from a Republican instead of a Democrat.  I'm just very tired of our elected criminal class.

38 So the government prefers us poor enough that we can't hire lawyers to defend our rights from their looting. . .Good to know.

----

I think this dispute was over a water line.


Save the righteous anger for righteous issues.

Posted by: fixerupper at June 30, 2017 11:44 AM (8XRCm)

Posted by: AdamPM at June 30, 2017 07:21 AM (6l1wz)

186 Except that apparently the guy had the law on his side, so what you are saying is Rule of Man >> Rule of Law Correct me if I've missed something here. Posted by: GnuBreed at June 30, 2017 12:17 PM (6jaju) ------ No. He had the Rule of Unlimited Legal Resources to enforce the Rule Squeaky Wheel Gets THe Grease because at the end of the of the issue is the Rule of Not In MY Backyard..... .... which when you think about it is the Rule Of Fuck The Guy Who Is My Neighbor That They Rerouted a Water Pipe Trough..... but Fuck Him Anyway.

Posted by: fixerupper at June 30, 2017 07:21 AM (8XRCm)

187 166 Why do you have to take someones property just to lay a pipe? dig down 30 feet. ===== 30 feet? No problem.

Posted by: Under Fire's Schadenboner at June 30, 2017 07:21 AM (l4aLi)

188 I read the article and am pretty familiar with the article. The case was about a very large water supply line (84", or 7 feet around) which is to run from Lake Palestine in East Texas over to Lake Benbrook, on the outskirts of Fort Worth.  City of Dallas is invested in the regional authority seeking to build this line.

The biggest reason that the City had to give in and settle is that this land wasn't inside city limits, it was about an easement across a big stretch of ranch land a couple counties away, near Athens, Texas, and since it wasn't developed they were trying to get away without giving him very much for it.  That's why he fought, and yeah, with the size of the easement they were looking for, the amount in dispute was certainly well over a million dollars.  

They even wanted to run the pipeline through a family burial site located on his property!

Here is a good write up of Monty Bennet's side of the story:

https://tinyurl.com/yc3uwgke

Posted by: Tom Servo at June 30, 2017 07:21 AM (OmOvC)

189 I thought Dallas was in Texas. When did Dallas become an outpost of coastal California? Posted by: SFGoth The major cities are due to suburb flight.

Posted by: rickb223 [/s][/b][/i][/u] at June 30, 2017 07:21 AM (0mP7b)

190 @130, The folks in the car with Finicum say that the agent actually shot him and hit him in the belly. that's what he was reaching for. And, I've seen the video online where you can see that the agent did shoot.

Posted by: notsothoreau at June 30, 2017 07:22 AM (JKNZq)

191 27 And I suddenly think of History of the World Part I. "M'Lady! The peasants! They're revolting!" * * Queen: "I know, I've seen 'em. The bourgeoisie is no bargain either."

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius [/i] [/b] at June 30, 2017 07:22 AM (LeI1X)

192 It's her callous disregard for the "ordinary guy." - And CNN says its viewers are stupid. I'm beginning to detect a pattern here.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, the Unwoking Dead at June 30, 2017 07:22 AM (Nwg0u)

193 But ONE GUY shouldnt be able fuck up the primary water supply for an entire city. Posted by: fixerupper at June 30, 2017 12:11 PM (8XRCm) ... Sounds like you'd fit right in on the Dallas City Council. I might totally agree with you on the guy's character, if I knew enough about the situation to have an opinion. But I love living in a country where individual rights stand paramount no matter how many people it pisses off. The city, by the way, is not out of water, and could always find Plan B. ... If memory serves, the property which sparked the Kelo decision is still sitting vacant. Posted by: Roland THTG at June 30, 2017 12:15 PM (QM5S2) ... Yes it is, or was a year or so ago.

Posted by: TexasDan[/i] at June 30, 2017 07:22 AM (yL25O)

194 "We are not taking any property..Rawlings said...We were laying pipe and putting the ground back in place. He has been working hard in Austin and in Tarrant County spending an inordinate amount of money getting candidates that he supports to fight us on this." ----- Soooo.... no taking. Monty *is* the asshole here. Well, I can get on board with Monty being an asshole, but it's his land and he can deal with it as he pleases and as the law allows. HOWEVER, this "representative" let the mask slip. Not only is she a nasty bureaucrat who prefers people to simply submit to gov't, she's is ALSO a nasty populist who thinks there's something wrong with people having means more than the average ESPECIALLY if it means the gov't has to respect their legal rights.

Posted by: bonhomme at June 30, 2017 07:23 AM (jhqr1)

195 Eminent Domain is what killed Newark, NJ. Long before the riots of 1969, Newark decided it needed to build public housing in about 1950-51, so it literally destroyed vibrant neighborhoods where families had nice houses, large properties and most had some kind of thriving business on same property. The city has never recovered and sadly those who lived through it ( The Greatest Generation) are all dying off so the entire episode will soon fade down the memory hole.

Posted by: RondinellaMamma at June 30, 2017 07:24 AM (oQQwD)

196 Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader at June 30, 2017 12:17 PM
---

Great quote.

For reasons I don't quite understand, that's my all time favorite CS Lewis book.

/and yes, I do expect to see stories about a drooling, decapitated head being kept alive....

Posted by: shibumi at June 30, 2017 07:24 AM (aT+Bx)

197 171 We are out there, the few, the proud, the property-rights protectors.
Posted by: SFGoth

 
I'll refrain from lawyer jokes for the rest of the day in your honor.
 
Here in MS, we amended our state constitution a few years back due to an eminent domain case involving taking land for a Nissan plant.
 
That's another way to fight City Hall.

Posted by: GnuBreed [/i] [/b] at June 30, 2017 07:24 AM (6jaju)

198 Anyone have a link to something that lays out the issues in the eminent domain story?

Just going by the video, I'm not so sure the woman is wrong. Most water pipes are buried, and society does need water pipes. Now, maybe the city was heavy handed in this instance, but maybe not. I would be interested in reading about what actually happened, but if all the city wanted to do was bury a pipe through his property, they may have been entirely reasonable.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at June 30, 2017 07:24 AM (pvjTE)

199 Or...the greatest example of the 20-Year Rule (which states that in America, every structure must be completely torn down and replaced after 20 years, no matter what): why are the Rangers getting a brand spanking new stadium? Would it not be more cost effective to refurbish the Ballpark at Arlington? What is wrong with that stadium? Posted by: CatchThirtyThr33 at June 30, 2017 12:18 PM (kcQyA) * * The Superdome is REALLY on borrowed time, then.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius [/i] [/b] at June 30, 2017 07:24 AM (LeI1X)

200 all state of the art facilities are toilets in 20 years. it is written. Jerryworld was going to be built at Fair Park near downtown Dallas, site of the state fair, but Jerry balked at paying criminal bribes to certain members of the community (hiJohnWileyPrice!).

Posted by: The Original REAL Galactic Lord Sir Covfefe at June 30, 2017 07:25 AM (nFwvY)

201 a silicone sex doll he swears is the love of his life. - With my luck, my doll would always have a headache.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, the Unwoking Dead at June 30, 2017 07:25 AM (Nwg0u)

202 The Town Hall piece is snark gold.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 30, 2017 07:27 AM (kUfFq)

203 a silicone sex doll he swears is the love of his life. - With my luck, my doll would always have a headache. It's a doll, you can swap the head out.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at June 30, 2017 07:27 AM (IZPn8)

204 They even wanted to run the pipeline through a family burial site located on his property! __________________ Doesn't matter, his name is Monty so he's obviously an asshole.

Posted by: John Marston at June 30, 2017 07:27 AM (SkuXa)

205 Through a family burial plot?

Poltergeist III: The Haunting of Greyson.

Posted by: Anna Puma at June 30, 2017 07:27 AM (Yl6kS)

206 CatchThirtyThr33: "What is wrong with that stadium?" Not a damn thing. In fact the new one will be smaller with fewer seats. The one before it, while basic, had lots of cheap seats with a large outfield bleachers. The Ballpark in Arlington, while larger, removed the vast majority of outfield seating to enlarge the considerably pricier "infield" seating. And now the next one will have even fewer seats overall and, I think, less outfield. The purpose of the new park is to transfer by force tax monies from little people to new, rich people who now own the team. Every ownership group wants its handout at some point while the asset is held. Arlington will need to pony up about half a billion $US, an absurd amount.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at June 30, 2017 07:27 AM (H8S+R)

207 Nood.

Posted by: What's a Seawolf? at June 30, 2017 07:28 AM (72PAC)

208 When OKC wanted to raze a couple of neighborhoods to create a safe zone at the ends of a couple of runways of our airport, they gave themselves five years to legally buy everyone out and to hear the legal rebuttals to their plan. They heard and considered everyone's complaints and adjusted compensation as needed. They succeeded within 3 years. That's how you do imminent domain.

Posted by: Soona at June 30, 2017 07:28 AM (Fmupd)

209 /and yes, I do expect to see stories about a drooling, decapitated head being kept alive....
Posted by: shibumi at June 30, 2017 12:24 PM (aT+Bx)


I think it would make a great 8 or 10 part miniseries on Hulu or Netflix. Shoot, if they can do Handmaid's Tale, certainly they could do That Hideous Strength.

--Make it retro.
--Period sets and dress (England, early 1950s)
--Maybe even film it in black and white.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader at June 30, 2017 07:28 AM (dz7sB)

210 a silicone sex doll he swears is the love of his life.

Jerry Springer and Maury Povich will have a knife fight over this guy.

Posted by: tu3031 at June 30, 2017 07:29 AM (qJhUV)

211 I think it would make a great 8 or 10 part miniseries on Hulu or Netflix. Shoot, if they can do Handmaid's Tale, certainly they could do The Hideous Strength.

--Make it retro.
--Period sets and dress (England, early 1950s)
--Maybe even film it in black and white.
--

Yes. Definitely.

Although I think a lot of the subtext would be lost. But CS Lewis without the most of the subtext is still better than 90% of everything else.

Posted by: shibumi at June 30, 2017 07:30 AM (aT+Bx)

212 200 Anyone have a link to something that lays out the issues in the eminent domain story?

Once again, here it is:

https://tinyurl.com/yc3uwgke

Bottom line, and I have known of this case before:  there were many alternative routes possible, but the Regional Water Authority was worried about establishing the precedent that They Could Be Opposed, so they fought him tooth and nail even though they could have easily selected other options, just as good, years ago.

And Monty B. just happened to be that perverse type of Texan (and American) who Just Won't Quit, even when all the Great and Good People tell him he should.

Posted by: Tom Servo at June 30, 2017 07:31 AM (OmOvC)

213 Eminence front > eminent domain Who?

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 30, 2017 07:32 AM (39g3+)

214 , I'm not so sure the woman is wrong. --------- She's 'wrong' in her attitude. She ought to be upset that citizens of modest means are unable to legally resist the actions of City Hall. She tacitly acknowledges that less affluent folk are simply bulldozed by the bureaucracy.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 30, 2017 07:32 AM (OdK9v)

215 Just like to point out to the people invoking Trump that Trump has tried to use eminent domain to get his way before. To take an old woman's property and bulldoze it and turn it into a parking lot for limousines. I wish I was exaggerating.

Posted by: S at June 30, 2017 07:33 AM (poT2p)

216 Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader at June 30, 2017 12:17 PM (dz7sB) So what you're saying is that every time a Japanese company sells a sex doll, they should be paying royalties to the estate of C.S. Lewis, since they're using his concept.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at June 30, 2017 07:34 AM (xAvrH)

217 201 Or...the greatest example of the 20-Year Rule (which states that in America, every structure must be completely torn down and replaced after 20 years, no matter what): why are the Rangers getting a brand spanking new stadium? Would it not be more cost effective to refurbish the Ballpark at Arlington? What is wrong with that stadium? Posted by: CatchThirtyThr33 at June 30, 2017 12:18 PM (kcQyA) * * The Superdome is REALLY on borrowed time, then. Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at June 30, 2017 12:24 PM (LeI1X) Honestly, I am shocked that it's still standing. (The worst entities in America about the 20 Year Rule are school districts. In my old neighborhood I've seen entire schools torn down and rebuilt for no other reason than "they are too old". The buildings torn down were perfectly fine and were built in the 1960s.)

Posted by: CatchThirtyThr33 at June 30, 2017 07:36 AM (kcQyA)

218 The story re Dallas eminent domain http://tinyurl.com/y9pweazj

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 30, 2017 07:37 AM (OdK9v)

219 Ah, so here's the issue.

A resolution passed by the Dallas City Council agreed "to re-route the project south of the property, or alternatively if the re-route is not feasible, agreed to a subsurface lease beneath the property."

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/
community/fort-worth/article152686639.html
(thanks to IP for posting the link)

If I'm reading that right, the government wanted to place the pipe above ground through his property. For some reason, the property owner didn't want a 7 foot pipe bisecting his property.

They can still run the pipe through his property if they want, but they have to bury it.

Good on him for sticking it to the government thugs.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at June 30, 2017 07:37 AM (pvjTE)

220 I mean she sounds like she believes that its terrible that ordinary people get steamrolled, but then seems to think its terrible he can stop it from happening.

I am sure when "ordinary people" (not Someone Important like her) beg her not to take their land, she giggles and says "bless you heart" with a sadz-pouty face.

Posted by: Paladin at June 30, 2017 07:37 AM (4kpbt)

221 "Just like to point out to the people invoking Trump that Trump has tried to use eminent domain"

Just to be clear to people who think "eminent domain" is a dirty word, Eminent Domain is authorized by the constitution, and is used every day in every city in every State where any kind of public construction projects are going on.  So yeah, you will not find a major (or even minor) real estate developer anywhere in this Country who hasn't used it.

BUT - it is supposed to be kept in check and used reasonably, and our representatives are supposed to ensure that it isn't used heavy handedly.  That's the issue that is on point in these cases.

Posted by: Tom Servo at June 30, 2017 07:40 AM (OmOvC)

222 Another Dallas eminent domain story, NOT affluent. After 60 years, South Dallas family faces eminent domain fight http://tinyurl.com/ydecoo8x

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 30, 2017 07:41 AM (OdK9v)

223 Don't know diddly about the issue she's freaking about, but dollars to donuts it's about forcibly taking property from one rich person who isn't in the City Council's good graces, and using it to hugely benefit another rich person who just so happens to be friendly with the City Council. Posted by: IllTemperedCur at June 30, 2017 11:35 AM (XWkhW) Pretty much what is happening in our little burg. City denies zoning permission to put a bar (IIRC) in the barrio. The mayor - the asshole who's been putting in bike lanes and roundabouts, because they have them in Europe, doncha know? - petitions the council for a zoning change down the street so he can build a distillery there on the property he owns. Sails through. Meanwhile, he's subtly trying to kick out the Mexicans from the barrio, where they've lived for many generations, so that he can put up high rise apartments along the beach for his chi-chi liberal friends, and make a killing because ... he owns much of that property. Grrrrr.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara[/i][/b][/s][/u] at June 30, 2017 07:41 AM (SRKgf)

224 (The worst entities in America about the 20 Year Rule are school districts. In my old neighborhood I've seen entire schools torn down and rebuilt for no other reason than "they are too old". The buildings torn down were perfectly fine and were built in the 1960s.) Posted by: CatchThirtyThr33 at June 30, 2017 12:36 PM (kcQyA) We need the 20 Year Rule in Congress.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara[/i][/b][/s][/u] at June 30, 2017 07:43 AM (SRKgf)

225 "BUT - it is supposed to be kept in check and used reasonably" Hence my pointing out the circumstances. I'm glad he beat Hillary, but that eminent domain case sounds like a bad 80's kids movie villain.

Posted by: S at June 30, 2017 07:43 AM (poT2p)

226 So the new CNN video has some producer saying They all think Trump is a clown and crazy and that Kelly Anne looks like she was hit with a shovel Also the voters are as "dumb as shit."... Where's the outrage Posted by: It's me donna at June 30, 2017 12:11 PM (O2RFr) ......... I hope he tweets all about their saggy boob jobs, testicles and cheating spouses.

Posted by: wth at June 30, 2017 07:44 AM (HgMAr)

227 99 Wait, honestly i rarely know anyones gender around here. Could be chicks sayin' this stuff. Wait can chicks be sexist against other chicks? Oh hell...I need more cawfee. Zombie's a woman. Posted by: bonhomme at June 30, 2017 12:40 PM (jhqr1) Is she the actual chick in her link? Because...yikes. ...and I mean yikes in a good way. Shouldn't it be mandatory that he 'ettes post hot photos of themselves...for morale . Like 'cheesecake photos' in WWII...I mean this is war amirite? ..wait! After the cookbook we can have a Ronettes calendar!

Posted by: Cannibal Bob at June 30, 2017 07:46 AM (31vnC)

228 Posted by: S at June 30, 2017 12:43 PM (poT2p) Except that he lost and accepted that loss. Also, *he* wasn't the one doing the taking because he wasn't the government.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 30, 2017 07:47 AM (rp9xB)

229 Hence my pointing out the circumstances. I'm glad he beat Hillary, but that eminent domain case sounds like a bad 80's kids movie villain. Posted by: S _____ Oh well, I think the good still outweighs the bad. Real estate developers all probably have a soft spot for this, but I bet Trump is WAY better on issues like tort reform and environmental nonsense being in the industry he is. I'm far on the side of property holders in these cases, but eminent domain is in the Constitution and is something people get paid for and can legally address their issues. Bottom line, these sorts of things are like #300 on my list for Presidents to address.

Posted by: Maritime at June 30, 2017 07:48 AM (IDhq0)

230 And just so 217 doesn't go without rebuttal: you are wrong. It was not an old woman's house, other than it was her rental property. Trump offered her more than fair price and she refused. It went to court and Trump lost. She wound up taking a huge loss when she sold the property, far less than Trump offered her.

Posted by: notsothoreau at June 30, 2017 07:53 AM (JKNZq)

231 eminent domain is in the eye of the beholder. Varies widely even in places where it should be exactly the same. Over paying and under paying is the norm. Exactly right would only happen if Andy Taylor sold some property to the City of Mayberry. See the opening of Hitch Hikers guide to the Galaxy for the normal person's experience of eminent domain. No big deal for the politically connected.

Posted by: Mudd at June 30, 2017 07:57 AM (cfHE9)

232 "post hot photos of themselves" Like this? http://tinyurl.com/ycgy5a6d

Posted by: Mudd at June 30, 2017 08:02 AM (cfHE9)

233 123 Posted by: IP at June 30, 2017 11:46 AM (UmSfZ) Baloney. Eminent domain compensation rates are frequently far below market value. Posted by: Sjg Absolutely, esp when the 'taking' is an onerous easement. My FIL was subject to one for a water line to no where on his rural property that basically made his house unsellable - but he could live in it. He fought it for years. And, he WAS a DNR employee and had the studies that said it was not needed. Those studies were called out in internal memos as a reason not to pay even the usual reduced rate, rather then the obvious solution of not doing anything. In the end, he killed himself sitting at the site. That was a decade ago, they still haven't even started work.

Posted by: Jean at June 30, 2017 08:05 AM (9TU00)

234 Posted by: Tom Servo at June 30, 2017 12:40 PM (OmOvC) "nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation" The just compensation is usually the sticking point. Cities/Counties/States/Feds like to lowball as much as possible and their lawyers use weaselly terms like "real value" to avoid paying anything close to market value. What we really need to see is a precedent that the government must always pay greater than market rates. That's the only way that it will ever be applied with care and respect to the landowners. Furthermore, it would encourage buying properties for public use at market rates when they are made available. It would substantially reduce the incentive for injustices like Kelo as well, since the private developers could acquire the property cheaper than what the government would have to pay for its acquisition.

Posted by: Sjg at June 30, 2017 08:08 AM (gDSJf)

235 158 This is a 54" rural line across a cattle operation in order to supply water to Dallas, and not a city line cutting through the yards of houses by the way. Posted by: IP at June 30, 2017 12:13 PM (UmSfZ) If the easement bisects his land and is required to be fenced off, that should be a huge issue for the landowner if it's a cattle operation.

Posted by: Jeff Weimer at June 30, 2017 08:11 AM (17QyB)

236 Sig, yes. Eminent Domain should start at twice market value. That would encourage cities to be more creative.

Posted by: Jean at June 30, 2017 08:12 AM (9TU00)

237 Posted by: Cannibal Bob at June 30, 2017 12:46 PM (31vnC) Zombie has been *very* careful to maintain their anonymity - they're in the belly of the beast in and around SF. If they were to be "doxxed" or otherwise have their identity revealed, it could be very ugly. They've been a newspaper reporter in the city there. Zombie *strikes* me as female, but there's no way to be sure.

Posted by: Jeff Weimer at June 30, 2017 08:20 AM (17QyB)

238 Yeah that Bill of Rights is a bitch ain't it . . . Bitch!

Posted by: The Man from Athens at June 30, 2017 08:48 AM (QMwOT)

239 Honey, that gubmint official bitch has a Yankee accent -- no WAY she's from Texas. Just another scumbag Carpetbagger.

Posted by: Beverly at June 30, 2017 07:49 PM (JG8mh)

240 If you are RICH ENOUGH, you can HOLD the CITY of DALLAS hostage until you get what you want!!!! FECKING BRILLIANT. I'll try that on E-BAY. Some rich PRIX doesn't want to sell me his FERRARI for FITTY BUCKS, and the DUDE has MONEY and A LAWYER, ....unlike DALLAS, who HAS NO LAWYERS. If DALLAS WANTS the PERSONS PROPERTY for WHATEVER PURPOSE... PAY UP. It happened to ME.

Posted by: SUG at June 30, 2017 10:28 PM (dMrJJ)

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