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Monday, April 18, 2022

Houses of the unholy

Charles Glasser posted this photo at Instapundit.

He wrote, "Here’s a picture of the new Sen. Fred Thompson Courthouse in the Middle District of Tennessee. My architect brother Laurance did the design consulting with architect Michael Graves and was the Advisor of Design and Construction for GSA and the Administrative Office of the US Courts.

"In short, he made it all happen, and I couldn’t be more proud."

It looks like a fine building and all. But it is yet another cathedral to the federal government, where if you go inside to protest, they will call it an insurrection and lock you in jail indefinitely.

AP reported on the groundbreaking in 2018. 

It said, "Lamar Alexander said Thompson will have gone from prosecuting bank robbers and moonshiners from a back office in a federal courthouse to having his name on the front of one."

Moonshining is the crime of not paying the feds a tax on whiskey. It is perhaps the oldest federal crime, having triggered the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794. Eliot Ness went to Chicago not to stop gang warfare and murder, but to collect taxes from Al Capone. Ness worked for the Department of Treasury. Capone eventually did go to prison for failing to pay his taxes.

Ness's rival, the FBI, did not fight crime. Instead, J. Edgar Hoover compiled dossiers on every politician, celebrity and protester in the land. Hoover tried to blackmail Martin Luther King into killing himself.

You can read the letter for yourself

A decade later, Nixon passed over Hoover's hand-picked successor, Mark Felt. He exacted his revenge with Watergate. In 2 years, Democrats brought down the first man to carry 49 states on the way to re-election.

From Abscam to that fednapping in Michigan, the FBI has entrapped many a man. In the words of Marion Berry, once Washington's mayor for life, "Bitch set me up." I was so glad when the jury acquitted him. He went to that hotel for one thing and it wasn't cocaine.

The gawdy new courthouse is a sad reminder that Lincoln's government of the people, by the people, for the people, is perishing from the earth. These cathedrals are the government's way of rubbing its power in the faces of Americans.

Laurance Glasser should be proud of his work on the Fred Thompson Courthouse in Nashville. He is a modern Cass Gilbert, who designed many a state Capitol, his masterpiece being the gilded domed one in Charleston, West Virginia.

But they are houses of worship to the government. Most state legislators travel to their state capitals not to rein in the government but to have it solve more and more problems.

They call them public buildings but they no longer are. The public can no longer walk right into West Virginia's Capitol. Terrorism is cited. I expect razor fencing and walls soon. Only the privileged few may enter.

The buildings are ornate with no expenses spared. Just like the governments they house.

Judges are so powerful that when the Senate confirms one, white smoke should rise from the chimney of the Capitol.

Perhaps we should turn these cathedrals over to the churches and send legislators to the factories and Kmarts their actions have closed over the past half-century. Surely there is a closed or failing mall in Nashville that could have been bought and converted into Fred's courthouse for half the price. A judge working from a cubicle may be humble enough to admit that January 6 was not an insurrection and release the dissidents.

A man can dream.

32 comments:

  1. It looks like some kind of unholy temple.

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    1. Which is why you love it, Jeffery.

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    2. JeremyR,

      You're too nice. Some little birds can't help themselves.

      https://i.redd.it/63487e5vnmj21.jpg

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  2. I thought it was a modern church when I first saw it.

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  3. Just remember the government was an ocean away and had to be called, "Your Majesty", 250 years ago.

    Sometimes separating government from the people can lead to good things.

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    1. Yeah, I was going to say it wouldn't be so bad to have your government an ocean away. In today's world perhaps a planet away would even work.

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  4. Good column, Don. Your points are more than valid. We just expect government to solve too many problems, ones that we could solve ourselves through changed behavior or ones that we'll have to live with and they will eventually get sorted out. I'll give you an example of our government trying to solve inflation where I live. Every adult Quebecer earning less than $120,000 will get 500 tax free dollars from the provincial government to deal with rising prices. It's ridiculous. However, there is an election this fall. There is rarely a tax cut in this province because every time income taxes could be cut, another service is added with that money. We've got government coming out the ying yang here. Got a problem, there's a government program for you!

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  5. Part I: move them to Kmart, part II: Kmart wages and benefits.

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  6. You don't expect our overlords to qo et k in a double wide, do you?

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  7. It’s unreasonable to expect government to solve problems when it is the cause of most of them.

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  8. When I first saw the article on Instapundit a few days ago, the first thing I thought of when I saw the picture was an oversize English 'folly'.

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  9. FYI and attention
    Sir : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/11/mexico-president-lopez-obrador-wins-recall-referendum?msclkid=807193b3bf2f11eca6f004ed02fbe377

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  10. wonder if that could have happened in USA

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  11. “Said there ain't no use in crying
    Cause it will only, only drive you mad
    Does it hurt to hear them lying?
    Was this the only world you had?”

    HAD to do it, Don. Maybe the best Zep track ever. The title of this post “triggered me.” Hahahaha!!!

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  12. I've heard it said you can tell a lot about a community by the biggest buildings.
    Used to be the biggest and tallest were the churchs with their beutiful spires. Then Commerce and the banks. Now it seems the biggest buildings are the government.

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    1. A city may be crumbling, but new government buildings dominate. Trenton, Capitol of NJ is a dump. Except for the state government buildings. Jackson, MS is not far behind.

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  13. I've heard it said you can tell a lot about a community by the biggest buildings.
    Used to be the biggest and tallest were the churchs with their beutiful spires. Then Commerce and the banks. Now it seems the biggest buildings are the government.

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  14. Money is no object for the pigs of government. I used
    To get so pissed at conferences - I couldn’t afford to stay in the expensive conference hotel, but all of the government attendees did. They would eat at the best restaurants and drink like fish. All I could think of was they were pissing away MY money. Oh I loathed them.

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  15. Looking at what I call the pillbox modern structures we're surrounded with, I contend we need a gentleman's agreement (Not a law, we've far too many of those.) that a new building in a given area be erected only after 25 years. That way the styles may have changed, even if not for the better, we'll at least have some variety.

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  16. “ Judges are so powerful that when the Senate confirms one, white smoke should rise from the chimney of the Capitol.”

    True, and a nice bit of wordsmithing too!

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  17. Turn around go back down
    Back the way you came
    Can't you see that flash of fire
    10 times brighter than the day
    And behold a mighty city
    Broken in the dust again
    Oh God, pride of man
    Broken in the dust again
    Turn around go back down
    Back the way you came
    Babylon is laid to waste
    Egypt's buried in her shame
    Their mighty men are all beaten down
    Their kings are all fallin' in the ways
    Oh God, pride of man
    Broken in the dust again
    Turn around go back down
    Back the way you came
    Terror is on ever sign
    Though our leaders are dismayed
    All those who place their faith in fire
    In fire their fate shall be repayed
    Oh God, pride of man
    Broken in the dust again
    Turn around go back down
    Back the way you came
    And shout a warning to the nation
    That the sword of God is raised
    Yes, Babylon backed by it's city
    Rich in treasure wide in fame
    Oh God, pride of man
    Broken in the dust again
    And it shall cause your tower to fall
    Make of you a pyre of flame
    Oh, you who dwell on many waters
    Rich in treasure wide in fame
    You bow unto your, your god of gold
    Your pride of might shall be a shame
    For only God can lead his people
    Back unto the earth again
    Oh God, pride of man
    Broken in the dust again
    The holy mountain be restored
    Have mercy on the people
    The people
    Lord

    Hamilton Camp

    ...these lyrics have guided my way of thinking for over 50 years.They still leave me in awe.

    SC

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