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Jason Holliston
Wednesday, July 27, 2005  
Howard Dean Gets Caught in a Lie

At least, it was either a bald-faced lie, or he is less knowledgeable than your average political blogger. Seriously. From

A tip of the hat to John Cole for discovering this incredible bit from DNC chair Howard Dean:

"The president and his right-wing Supreme Court think it is 'okay' to have the government take your house if they feel like putting a hotel where your house is."

Staggering in its stupidity and mendacity. As party chair, we fully expect Dean to spin the facts in a way that is favorable to his party. We are coming to expect that he will also invent facts out of thin air. Does Chairman Dean expect all of us to forget that as of this moment, there is still not a George W. Bush appointee to the Supreme Court? Not even one? In what universe can this Supreme Court be called "his"?

Second, insofar as there are "right wing" members to the Supreme Court, they are indisputably named William Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. All of whom dissented with the majority in the Kelo case to which Chairman Dean is referring. The liberals, on the other hand (Ginsburg, Breyer, Stevens and Souter) unanimously thought that the government seizing your house to put a hotel there was a fine idea. The moderates (O'Connor and Kennedy) split down the middle.

Click through and read the rest. I shudder to think that this guy was actually leading in the polls for the Democratic candidate for freaking President of the United States at one point. Wow. I'm inclined to believe he's not that ill-informed, which leads us to the only logical alternative: a lie. Not spinning, mind you, but lying. Ugh. Seriously, Democrats, it's time to get rid of him as one of your major spokespersons, and excuse the term, move on.

5:42 PM 1 comments

A day after the Kelo decision was delivered, Freestar Media LLC submitted a proposal in the town of Weare, New Hampshire where majority opinion writer, Justice Souter, owns a farm house. They requested that the town board condemn the land and give it to them, as private developers, who promise to construct the Lost Liberty Hotel in its place. Their tax revenue would no doubt be higher than the reported $2,500 that Justice Souter paid in property taxes last year. It would create employment and attract tourism. The town has a website, and an economic development committee, which has identified its two main goals: 1) Encourage the formation of new businesses, and 2) Promote tourism. However, contrary to its stated goals and the legally sanctioned purpose of economic development, the town’s board turned down the proposal.

So much for poetic justice. Justice Souter’s influence in his community shielded him from his own ruling. No other rational justification can be found.

Thankfully, the legislative branch is now busy at work attempting to shield private property rights from the Supreme Court ruling. It seems that the two may have switched roles, with the House defending the Constitution, and the Supreme Court writing new laws.

I thought I saw Alice the other day! Or maybe it was Justice Souter –skipping in Wonderland, immune to and above the laws he passes.
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