June 27, 2005
Easley as Boomhauer
Posted by Joseph Coletti at 4:32 PM
From Best of the Web Today under "That
Boy Ain't Right, I Tell You What"
[In the New York Times Magazine
this week, Matt] Bai interviews Gov. Mike Easley of North Carolina, who
is "is so obsessed with the show that he instructs his pollster to
separate the state's voters into those who watch 'King of the Hill' and
those who don't so he can find out whether his arguments on social and
economic issues are making sense to the sitcom's fans." Easley has a
whole theory of main character Hank Hill's political philosophy:
Easley told me that Hank would never support a budget
like the one North Carolina's Senate recently passed, which would drop
some 65,000 mostly elderly citizens from the Medicaid rolls; Hank,
after all, has pitched in to support his own father, a brutish war
veteran, and he would never condone a community's walking away from its
ailing parents. Similarly, Hank may be a lover of the environment--he
was furious when kids trashed the local campground--but he resents
self-righteous environmentalists like the ones who forced Arlen to
install those annoying low-flow toilets. Voters like Hank, if they had
heard about it on the evening news, would have supported Easley's
''Clean Smokestacks'' law, which forced North Carolina's coal-powered
electric plants to burn cleaner, but only because industry was a
partner in the final bill, rather than its target.
The article says that Easley can do all the voices, including Boomhauer.
Protection from Eminent Domain
Posted by Joseph Coletti at 1:20 PM
David Lawrence of the Institute of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill has been cited saying:
The ruling will not
affect North Carolina, said David Lawrence, a professor at the School
of Government of the University of North Carolina who specializes in
North Carolina law
lays out nine conditions under which cities and counties can condemn
private land, including those to create or expand roads, parks, sewer
lines and government buildings.
Private development is not on that list, he said.
The Supreme Court ruling will have no effect unless the North Carolina legislature adds to the list, Lawrence said. [emphasis added]
On the other hand, are articles that make the following point
At least eight states _ Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine,
Montana, South Carolina and Washington _ already forbid the use of
eminent domain for economic development unless it is to eliminate
blight. Other states either expressly allow private property to be
taken for private economic purposes or have not spoken clearly to the
North Carolina is in the second category.
When is 5-4 not "bitterly divided" ?
Posted by Hal Young at 11:00 AM
Answer: When it rules against the conservative side.
CNN calls today's decision against courthouse displays of the Ten Commandments "narrowly drawn".
The usual blocs are involved, with Justice O'Connor the deciding vote this time.
End of an Amazing Life
Posted by Paul Chesser at 09:23 AM
Paul Winchell, ventriloquist, acupuncturist, inventor of artificial heart.
more on Kelo
Posted by George Leef at 09:09 AM
Jeff Jacoby puts a human face on the distressing Kelo decision here.
The Stevens wing of the Court is usually called "liberal," but this decision makes it quite clear that they aren't liberals at all. They're statists, enamored of government power and content to burn up parts of the Constitution in order to protect its expansion.
'They Call It the Dumbo Case'
Posted by Paul Chesser at 08:50 AM
The Number 1 global trade commodity is illegal drugs -- no surprise.
Can you guess what's Number 2?
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