The Norfolk Tyranny

This one has it all:

Central Radio Company, which first opened 78 years ago and has been at its current location of 1083 West 39th Street for 50 years, is currently under siege. First officials at the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority attempted to seize their property in order to transfer it to Old Dominion University, which currently has no specific site development plan for Central Radio’s property. The owners of the company, Bob Wilson and Kelly Dickinson, rightfully objected to the eminent domain proceedings. They then commissioned a 375-square-foot banner (left) and hung it on their building to protest the taking.

So what happened next? In response to the ensuing outcry by the citizenry, the city … found some ordinance forbidding banner over 60 feet in size and threatened to fine them $1000 a day. CRC is not taking his sitting down; they’re fighting it.

Oh, yeah. I found this out through the people defending them — the eeeevil libertarian organization Institute for Justice, who are making a habit of fighting both tyrannical governments and business monopolies.

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  1. salinger

    Those damn librarians fighting what is obviously for the greater good…

    You could really be speaking of librarians because as Kurt Vonnegut said:

    I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and destroyed records rather than have to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.

    So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House, the Supreme Court, the Senate, the House of Representatives, or the media. The America I loved still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.

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  2. InsipiD

    Sally, Kurt Vonnegut was full of shit. This is coming from a big fan of his writing. I’d love to be able to include an asshole in my signature, too. That said, he’s not exactly a person who I seek to emulate.

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  3. salinger

    Anytime that Vonnegut drew an asterisk, you have to know that he meant asshole.

    Yeah – Cat’s Cradle – I missed the context – too conditioned from the insults flung at me here – I assumed you were just throwing vitriol my way.

    Interesting that I have four down-votes for a quote against book burning.

    Also I would have thought Vonnegut would appeal to libertarian (as well as librarian) sensibilities. Harrison Bergeron would seem right up your guy’s alleys.

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