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Thursday, June 30, 2005 

Lost Liberty Hotel


Since our Supreme Court Justice David Souter finds it ok for local governments to seize private property under eminent domain laws for the 'greater good'...

(*shiver* that phrase reeks of Marxism yet it has firmly incorporated itself in our higher court's lexicon.)

...Logan Darrow Clements, a private developer, has his eyes set on Justice Souter's home in Weare, NH to see if Justice Souter is willing to put his money where his mouth is.

Here is the letter he faxed to Weare's Code Enforcement Officer Chip Meany.

This is the story from WorldNetDaily:
Wrote Clements: "Although this property is owned by an individual, David H. Souter, a recent Supreme Court decision, Kelo v. City of New London, clears the way for this land to be taken by the government of Weare through eminent domain and given to my LLC for the purposes of building a hotel. The justification for such an eminent domain action is that our hotel will better serve the public interest as it will bring in economic development and higher tax revenue to Weare."

The Kelo v. City of New London decision, handed down Thursday, allows the New London, Conn., government to seize the homes and businesses of residents to facilitate the building of an office complex that would provide economic benefits to the area and more tax revenue to the city. Though the practice of eminent domain is provided for in the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution, this case is significant because the seizure is for private development and not for "public use," such as a highway or bridge. The decision has been roundly criticized by property-rights activists and limited-government commentators.

According to a statement from Clements, the proposed development, called "The Lost Liberty Hotel" will feature the "Just Desserts Café" and include a museum, open to the public, "featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America." Instead of a Gideon's Bible in each room, guests will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged," the statement said.

Clements says the hotel must be built on this particular piece of land because it is a unique site – "being the home of someone largely responsible for destroying property rights for all Americans."

Souter has claimed Weare as his home since he moved there as an 11-year-old boy with his family.

"This is not a prank" said Clements. "The town of Weare has five people on the Board of Selectmen. If three of them vote to use the power of eminent domain to take this land from Mr. Souter we can begin our hotel development."
Freestar Media, LLC is currently arranging funding of this project to bring attention to the destructive nature of this recent Supreme Court decision.

More power to 'em...

This is the funniest story I have heard in weeks. Maybe now they will think for a minute about the people that are affected by their inane decisions. I know Souter will!

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