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Nanny-State Madness: Woman Faces Jail Over Veggie Garden | Breaking news and opinion on The Blaze

“We only want to help you.” Public servants or totalitarian masters? You decide. First up, we have a family harassed by the government over their small vegetable garden. Nanny-State Madness: Woman Faces Jail Over Veggie Garden | Breaking news and opinion on The Blaze. Next, we have Cedar Falls government demanding universal keys and unlimited […]

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Eminent Domain bills

These Eminent Domain bills were sponsored by my State Senator (Rand McNally) and State Representative (Bill Dunn) in 2009: SB0521 / HB1771 Eminent Domain – As introduced, requires county and municipal legislative bodies to approve the exercise of eminent domain by two-thirds vote prior to any property being condemned and taken by such bodies. SB0522 […]

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Government set to subsidize foreclosures

Yet another government program to ‘solve’ the mortgage crisis pays homeowners to foreclose. This is unbelievable. Via the New York Times: The problem is highlighted by a routine case in Phoenix. Chris Paul, a real estate agent, has a house he is trying to sell on behalf of its owner, who owes $150,000. Mr. Paul […]

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As property values fall, Taxes keep rising

“Property taxes” in a nutshell mean that you don’t really own your real estate — you just rent it from the government. Property owners are taking action across the country as tax bills continue rising, even as home values have tumbled. Nationally, median prices of existing homes fell 22.3% from 2006 to 2009, according to […]

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Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, surveyor

I attended a breakfast at the Harriman Shoney’s this morning where the honored guest was Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. The breakfast was sponsored by the Roane County Tea Party. Lt. Gov. Ramsey described his background as a surveyor, who ran his own business from 1981-1986, before he decided to get into the auction business. He […]

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Thomas Sowell gets it

The Left has never understood why property rights are a big deal, except to fat cats who own a lot of property. Through legislation and judicial rulings, property rights have been eroded with rent control laws, expansive concepts of eminent domain, and all sorts of environmental restrictions. Some of the biggest losers have been people […]

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U.N. once flirted with property rights, demurred

That was a long time ago. I suppose dictators and property rights, like oil and water, just don’t mix. In 1948, property rights got their own article in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (”No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property”). But when they finally got around to turning the declaration […]

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Will City-Slicker Chickens find Home in Knoxville?

We’ll soon find out. A meeting to discuss a proposed city ordinance allowing the raising of a limited number of hens on Knoxville properties is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 10 at Lawson-McGhee Public Library from 2-4 pm. The initiative is spearheaded by the Knoxville Urban Hen Coalition. Knoxville Urban Hen Coalition mission: A growing number […]

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It’s the old ‘Redefining Blight’ trick

Neighborhood blight, as properly understood, looks like this: It is not difficult to comprehend. ‘Blight’ as redefined by self-serving authoritarian bureaucrats (these particular politicians hailing from Nashville), however, looks more like this: I am happy to report that the lawsuit was settled out-of-court after the Institute for Justice took up the case of Country International […]

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Thomas Hobbes, scourge of the property owner

This Yale professor [see video lecture below, 45 min.] extols the virtue of Thomas Hobbes, whose treatise enabled many of the most evil men and governments in the history of the world. Hobbes is a close second to Machiavelli. In fact the adoring speaker names Hobbes “Dr. Watson” to Machiavelli’s “Sherlock Holmes,” which he manages […]

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