Friday, April 18, 2014

Caravaggio: Christ's Entombment

Caravaggio: Christ's Entombment (1602-03)

Diego Velasquez: Christ Crucified

Diego Velasquez: Christ Crucified (1632)

Caravaggio: Flagellation

Caravaggio: Flagellation (1607)

Things looking bad for missing victims of Korean ferry disaster…

Puddles Pity Party: Sad Clown with the Golden Voice

Another Tear Falls…

Puddles Pity Party Lonely Guy

Before he blames firearms, Michael Bloomberg should look at some of the posts that Bloomberg does…

So look at that, firearms are not as bad as some would have you believe…
How Americans Die: This is some interesting data
Bloomberg's Bubble to Bust Data (in graphs)

h/t: Hot Air

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Harry Reid calls his own constituents "terrorists"

Pogroms in the Russian Ukrainian Pale? What is old may be new again...

Constable: You're an honest, decent person. Even though you are a Jew.
Tevye: Oh... THANK you, your honor. How often does a man get a compliment like that?
AoSHQ: This is disturbing.

Is this just a hoax? (let's hope so)
More at Instapundit

Charles Johnson is a sad pathetic little man...

Teen caught urinating in reservoir: City to dump all the water in it…

But never miss an opportunity for Caddyshack and Rule 5 Cindy "Lacey Underall" Morgan scenes (and a few from Tron)…

IRS Scandal: What did President Obama know and when did he know it...

Lourdes Torres-Manteufel Rule 5: Or why Doug Phillips deserves it good and hard…

TOM notes the alleged and twisted tale of Lourdes Torres-Manteufel and Pastor Doug Phillips. Whether all these allegations are true or not (or greatly exaggerated to facilitate a civil law suit), I do not know, but Doug Phillips admits he engaged in an “inappropriate relationship” so some of it is undoubtedly true. I am not commenting if it is something warranting civil liability (if it started when she was 23 and was consensual, it may not warrant civil liability–but it certainly creates a problem for a Christian minister and married man to deal with).

Hey, all of us are sinners. We all have failings. But there are some jobs involving public trust (such as religious and political leaders) where if you stray you should probably take an extended time out (at a minimum). Yeah Doug, I would be directing that comment at you.

And never let a Rule 5 opportunity pass by.

Old School?

Fortunately for you Doug, there is John 8:1-11 for you to reflect upon…
For the rest of us: Matthew 7:15

Valerie Jarrett accused Joe Biden of "downright disloyalty" when he jumped the gun over supporting gay marriage?

So why doesn't Valerie Jarrett get forced out of her job?
Speculation that Biden’s comments on “Meet the Press” in May 2012 were meant as a trial balloon, Becker writes, came from people “not privy to the chaos that erupted inside the West Wing after an emailed transcript of the interview landed in the inbox of the White House press team.” A furious Valerie Jarrett, Becker adds, accused Biden of “downright disloyalty.”

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another eminent domain battle lost: Colorado couple sell their dream property for an amount that barely covered their legal costs…

Ceil and Andy Barrie lose their dream cabin

The problem with eminent domain in a case like this is what constitutes "just compensation"  
"All condemnations under Colorado law in some way must be justified as advancing the public interest; the property must be used by the public, or the acquisition must serve a public purpose or generate a public benefit."

There is no doubt the government can do this (that is not arguing it should be done, just that it can be done), condemning land for park land (even if the government intent and interest here is definitely questionable) is certainly within traditional "public use" designations.  This is not like the Kelo abomination case where Madison's public use requirement was essentially rendered completely meaningless, but little good that does the (former) cabin owners here.

But when you have a unique dream property that is not easily measured in market value, what constitutes just compensation?  Obviously if the government might have to pay what it was really worth to these owners, the government would be less inclined to act and the owners less bitter if forced to sell.  Because what happened to the Barries in this case was definitely not just.  There is no easy answer to this. Shouldn't the value be determined by a jury, after hearing the testimony and determining what is a fair price given all the evidence?  

Bat Shit Crazy and Florida…