The Supreme Court ruled this week that local governments could seize private property for the benefit of the community. Soon after, Logan Darrow Clements suggested that a New Hampshire farmhouse belonging to Justice David Souter should be the first to be seized and turned into a hotel. A tony to clever Clements says Rob Pollock. "I haven't seen any Supreme Court case in recent years that has galvanized opposition across the political spectrum in the way that Kelo has," says Pollock. "You would think that liberals more than anybody would be outraged about the thought of appropriations and politically-connected developers exploiting the power of government to abuse the little guy. What is particularly interesting about his proposal are the names involved. He wants to build something called the Lost Liberty Hotel, and especially delicious, he wants it to contain the Just Deserts Café."
Daniel Henninger offers a tony triggered by the news that the Army for the month of June met its recruiting goals after a period of a dip. "The idea was that the war was deterring people from joining and that seems not to have been the case," says Henninger. In his Ft. Bragg speech, the president said he thought it would be a good idea if we all found a way to do something to think about the soldiers this Fourth of July. "I've always thought that was a terrific idea. Amidst our burgers and the fireworks and the beach, you have got to keep in mind that it is about Independence Day and that the independence is based on the fact that there are these men and women in places like Afghanistan and Iraq who are not celebrating a Fourth of July the way we are, and to just take 10 seconds of silence to think about them, I think, would be a nice thing to do."