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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Roanoke Fires Back

Carilion Clinic may have no interest in acquiring the property belonging to Stephanie and Jay Burkholder. But it sure looks like someone there did at one time.

What a mess:
E-mails document Carilion's interest in recently condemned business property
By Laurence Hammack, Roanoke Times

As Carilion Clinic's medical complex rose up around a small flooring business on Reserve Avenue, officials with the health care system took a keen interest in both the property and a controversial effort to have it taken by eminent domain.

E-mails obtained Friday and Saturday show that Carilion wanted to build roads on the land at one point, and that it inquired about efforts to condemn the 3-acre tract.

The e-mails seem to contradict Carilion's statement that it was never interested in the property -- a position it took after a Roanoke judge approved the land's condemnation last month by the city's Redevelopment and Housing Authority. [link]
One gets the impression that, had Carilion executives expressed an interest, the Roanoke housing authority would have condemned the Hotel Roanoke and City Market for being "blighted" just to satisfy the city's most important benefactor.

One also has to wonder, with this email revelation, why Carilion didn't simply approach the Burkholders with an offer for their property, rather than have the city do its dirty work.

But I think we all know the answer to this little mystery.  Eminent domain offered a much more lucrative opportunity and Carilion jumped on it.

Welcome to the pernicious world of Kelo v. City of New London.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Bart Hinkle:
You may already have noted the striking similarity between the Roanoke case and the 2005 Kelo case -- in which officials of New London, Conn., condemned the house of Suzette Kelo and others in the working-class neighborhood of Fort Trumbull. The city had big plans for redevelopment: The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer was going to bring in a fancy new research-and-development plant, which, supposedly, would jump-start the area's stalled economy.

The Supreme Court's ruling in the Kelo case tore away the last shred of pretense that the government's condemnation power could be exercised only if private property were taken for public use. The court's majority ruled that as long as the government takes from the poor and gives to the rich in the hope of collecting more taxes, anything goes.

Well. Just a few days before [Roanoke Circuit Court Judge William] Broadhurst ruled in Roanoke's favor, Pfizer announced that it wasn't going to build its new R&D plant after all. The weed-choked lot where Suzette Kelo's house once stood will remain empty. Likewise, the news that Carilion doesn't want the Burkholders' property comes three weeks after the Grinches of Roanoke won the power to condemn it -- and three weeks before Christmas.
A trend?

Adrian Moore:

"There are many, many instances where we've found that the cities that agreed to eminent domain use not only destroyed local businesses but the tax revenue that the local government had hoped to generate did not come to pass."

For the love of God.

Al Gore's Coming To Blacksburg?

Sweet! We can confront him on that discredited global warming theory of his:

Oh, wait. It ain't Crazy Al that's coming to Virginia Tech:
Google Vice President Vinton Cerf, known as the "Father of the Internet," will give a free public lecture on "The Unfinished Internet" at Virginia Tech at 11 a.m. Monday at the Holtzman Alumni Center.

Cerf is the co-designer, with collaborator Robert Kahn, of the TCP/IP protocols that form the basic architecture of the Internet.
I should have known.  Al Gore didn't father the internet doesn't do anything for free.

It's Found It's Niche Market

The rapidly imploding Episcopal Church (USA) works to solidify its base:

Seems fitting.

Climategate, The Fraud of the Millenium

Don't let them fool you.  It's no small thing.  And it's not a misinterpretation of some arcane language in informal emails going back and forth between climate scientists.  And it's not about errors in judgment.

It's fraud at its worst.

If you're up for this on a Sunday morning, and want to learn all about "proxy reconstructions" and the "Medieval Warming Period," read "Understanding Climategate's Hidden Decline."

You'll find out what "hide the decline" really means.  It's probably not what you (or I) thought it meant.  It's far more damning in its implications.  And explications.

Read  it and learn.  The theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming is based on nothing but lies.

Lest We Forget The Poster Boy

There's Mr. Snake Oil.

A.W.R. Hawkins reminds us of the man who's led the charge - Al Gore:
But putting aside the fact that Gore has honed his public speaking skills, the fly in the ointment is that he’s a fraud. Like the very global warming movement to which he has attached himself, he’s a snake oil salesman whose sales pitch is laced with scare tactics designed to push the public into embracing a radical, carbon-free agenda that rests on a combination of half-truths and outright fabrications.

And Gore’s fraudulence is not only seen in the fact that he pawns a lie, but also in the fact that he refuses to abide by the very lie he pawns.

After all his whining about the dangers of fossil fuels and coal-powered electricity plants, and after assuring us we can be “carbon free” by paying attention to “where we set the thermostat, [and] keeping [our] a/c and furnace filters clean,” Gore’s 2006 utility bills for his Nashville home topped $30,000.

His home energy use was literally 20 times the national average.

But Gore is as blind to his own hypocrisy as he is to reality. And he apparently doesn’t want to take the risk of being corrected. He has refused to engage in an honest debate about the doomsday claims he’s made since...
Some estimates have put Gore's profiting from his global warming fakery at a billion dollars.  Yet, right out of a scene from "Elmer Gantry," the true believers continue to flock to his side to touch his robes and await his next ├╝ber-intellectual prognostication. And offer him their dollars.

But like Elmer Gantry, the con man is soon to be exposed.  And his followers will turn on him.  And their vengeance won't be pretty.

A day that can't come soon enough.

Why It Matters To You

Climate hysteria - otherwise known as global warming theory - will, beginning next week, have a dramatic impact on your life.  Your life, as you've known it, as you've been comfortable with it, is changing in a most profound, and detrimental way:
EPA Poised to Declare CO2 a Public Danger
By Ian Talley,Wall Street Journal

Washington--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will early next week, possibly as soon as Monday, officially declare carbon dioxide a public danger, a trigger that could mean regulation for emitters across the economy, according to several people close to the matter.

Such an "endangerment" decision is necessary for the EPA to move ahead early next year with new emission standards for cars. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has said it could also mean large emitters such as power stations, cement kilns, crude-oil refineries and chemical plants would have to curb their greenhouse gas output.

According to a preliminary endangerment finding published in April, EPA scientists fear that man-made carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are contributing to a warming of the global climate. [link]
The cost will be enormous.  And the impact on our way of life will be devastating.  Beginning with those struggling to eke out a living in the coalfields of Virginia and Kentucky and West Virginia.  They're toast.

But keep in mind: This CO2 business is tied to global warming theory.  A theory that has been exposed as being as fraudulent as was the "Piltdown Man" untruth from a hundred years ago, another hoax perpetrated on the best minds in the civilized world in its day.

The United States government is about to come down on us hard, using this completely discredited theory as a cudgel. 

It's wrong.  And they must not be allowed to get away with it.