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What Is Mr. Wilson?

February 3, 2005 at 5:17am By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Just recently learned about this story developing out of my old alma mater, the University of Iowa College of Law - Is a blogger a journalist? Over to the courts….

Play-By-Play of a Whoopin’

February 2, 2005 at 9:34pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Snopes has the authenticity of this listed as “undetermined.” Whether true or not, it’s pretty dang funny!

Eminent Domain Abuse in Ohio

February 2, 2005 at 6:38pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Some people have said to me, “Mr. Wilson, the block on which Samurai Sam’s [and other businesses] sits is so unattractive. Wouldn’t a hotel be a better use of that land? It would certainly be a more attractive land use.” Perhaps. But it isn’t my place to say what constitutes a “better” use of land when that land is not mine. Nor is it your place.

My reasons for getting fired up about the Samurai Sam’s situation go far beyond that specific case. Eminent domain abuse is going on all over the country. And it is all but certain that Lincoln will have to rely on eminent domain to acquire some, most, or even all of the land needed to complete critical portions of the Antelope Valley Project. That’s not to say that Lincoln will abuse eminent domain in the future. But it is a distinct possibility. The Samurai Sam’s case will say a lot about how Lincoln intends to treat property owners over the next several years, especially since Samurai Sam’s land is not “critical” to the completion of the Antelope Valley Project.

Just because Samurai Sam’s doesn’t make a great poster child for eminent domain abuse doesn’t mean that other Lincolnites won’t face the fear of eminent domain in the future. Nationwide, governments abuse blight designations all of the time, blatantly violating the property rights of average Joes like you and me. Only protesting rights abuses in a fit of NIMBYism is better than no activism at all, but it’s still cowardly.

Taken For a Ride

February 1, 2005 at 11:27pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Terrorists are going to behead a U.S. soldier! Or are they…


Heaven in an Intestine

February 1, 2005 at 5:31pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Last night I fired up the grill and cooked a couple jalapeno cheddar brats from Karpisek’s Meat Market in Wilber, Nebraska. They had been recommended to me by ... well, by several people, actually. I happened to be in Wilber one day a couple weeks ago so I stopped by Karpisek’s.

Oh sweet goodness in a pig intestine.

The brats were filled with little pieces of jalapeno chiles, they oozed cheddar cheese, and the meat was oh so carnivorific. They were beautiful, people. Beautiful. I nearly wept.

Get thee to Wilber, people. Today.

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