Here are three items coming to us via Knoxville and KnoxNews‘ Michael Silence:
Robert Johnson, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, veteran of the First Gulf War, and current thoracic surgeon, found himself on the no-fly list.
Meanwhile, someone who probably should be on the no-fly list, Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, a "former ambassador-at-large for the Taliban, is now studying at Yale on a U.S. student visa."
Finally, given those two bureaucratic blunders, let’s look at some government power potentially being given to bureacrats closer to home:
[Tennessee] Lawmakers from both parties have introduced a flurry of bills to restrict government from using eminent domain to seize property and turn it over to private developers.
One of the bills introduced has this restriction:
Before land can be condemned for an industrial park, the joint committee bill would require "good faith" negotiations to buy the land before condemnation. Also, the government condemning the property would have to obtain a "certificate of public purpose" from the state Department of Economic and Community Development.
So if a property owner won’t sell, then the government just has to go before a commission to get "Official Proof" in the form of a certificate, that the intended use is a public purpose?
Just because a committee of bureaucrats says that it’s a public purpose, doesn’t make it so. It’s kind of like the "wizard" giving the tin man a "testimonial" declaring a pocket watch to be a heart.