Thursday, June 30, 2005
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Press release from Free Nation
Weare, New Hampshire (PRWEB) Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter's land.
Justice Souter's vote in the "Kelo vs. City of New London"[pdf] decision allows city governments to take land from one private owner and give it to another if the government will generate greater tax revenue or other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner.
On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter's home.
Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land.
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 each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."
Hee Hee. Attaturk suggests "The George W. Bush Institute For Lesser Primate Studies" in Crawford.
Posted by cuddlefish at 7:15 AM
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Washington D.C. - For the past six years (1999-2004), the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) has tracked and reported on a disturbing increase in crimes targeting homeless people. These violent attacks on homeless people, one of our most vulnerable populations, result in injury and in many cases death.
The well-documented affordable housing crisis is not the only crisis to affect the millions of people who are homeless every year. There is also an increasing pattern of civil rights abuses and violence directed at the homeless population. Homelessness is no longer simply an issue of the right to affordable housing but a matter of life and death. As the danger of living without a home increases, the lack of federal housing resources as well as the absence of the political will to end homelessness becomes increasingly more shameful.
In October of 2004, three Milwaukee teens murdered a homeless man at his forest campsite. The teens hit 49-year-old Rex Baum, with rocks, a flashlight, and a pipe, before smearing feces on his face and covering his body with leaves and plastic.
In August of 2004, Curtis Gordon Adams, 33, beat and stabbed a disabled homeless man to death and then licked the blood from his fingers on a Denver sidewalk.
More recently, on May 28th 2005, in Holly Hill, Florida, 53-year-old Michael Roberts was beaten and punched to death with sticks and logs by a group of teenagers who admitted to beating the man just for fun, to have something to do. The autopsy report indicates that Roberts died of blunt-force trauma to the head and body, his ribs were broken, his skull was fractured, and his legs were badly injured. Defensive wounds were found on his hands. The boys returned several times to make sure the job was done.
Homelessness is an issue that affects every community in America. Homeless people lack the protection of a locked door available to homeowners, leaving them in an unprotected position where they are subjected to hate crimes and violence. Sadly, the prevalence of hate crimes and violence against homeless people has risen, as well as negative stereotypes reinforced by the media and intolerant people.
Through this report, NCH hopes to educate lawmakers, advocates, and the public about the problem of hate crimes and violence against homeless people, as well as call for a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study addressing this issue.
tags:homeless, hate crimes
Posted by cuddlefish at 1:46 PM
The flat track Providence Roller Derby will skate their second bout this Sunday, July 3rd.
The Providence Mob Squad takes on the Sakonnet River Roller Rats.
Sunday, July 3rd, 2005
Bank of America Skating Center
Tickets are $5.
Doors open at 6 pm bout at 7 pm.
Halftime entertainment with Mahi Mahi then watch a post game fireworks display.
tags: roller derby, rollergirls, Providence
Posted by cuddlefish at 7:34 AM
Monday, June 27, 2005
Unofficial Texas Rollergirls results for Sunday, June 26th.
photo by Michael Osborne
The Hell Marys won their first bout of the season in a hard fought match over the Hustlers. I was once again playing merch girls so I only caught a few jams: Dinah-Mite did not skate for the Hustlers. The Crusher went down hard in the first period and was later taken to the hospital with a broken nose. Hissy Fit jammed a few times and had a ,well, hissy fit. Team Captain Bloody Mary was bloody awesome. Final score Hell Marys 28 - Hustlers 22.
The second bout had The Hotrod Honeys leading the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers 30 - 27 at the half. Sparkle skated like a demon when she was jammer. The Honky Tonks came back in the second period to remain undefeated. Final score: Heartbreakers 49 - Hotrod Honeys 40.
Next Texas Rollergirls bout is Sunday, July 17th.
Honky Tonk Heartbreakers (5-0)
Hotrod Honeys (3-2)
Hell Marys (1-4)
tags: roller derby, rollergirls, Texas Rollergirls, Hell Marys
Posted by cuddlefish at 7:40 AM