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Item:  A Dallas banker purchases the house formerly owned by the late Stanley Marcus (for the Uninitiated™, that’s the  Stanley Marcus of Needless Markups Neiman Marcus fame).  He announces plans to demolish the house, citing “energy concerns”.  Maybe it’s a bugger to heat & cool, I dunno.

Because it’s supposedly an historical landmark (why, I’ve no clue – I mean, I know the rich worshipped ol’ Stanley, but really, now), the banker sent notification to the Texas Historical Commission.  This triggered a 60-day waiting period, after which no one had a whole lotta say-so in whether he razed the house or not.

Item:  A number of “preservationists” – i.e, a hornet’s nest worth of fucking nosy-assed busybodies who apparently have nothing better to do than wring their hands in severe angst over property that’s not theirs and try and tell the owners of said property what they ought to should must  do with said property, scream bloody murder about the proposed razing.

Stanley Marcus’ Lakewood house, for decades the most glamorous residence in Dallas, may be torn down by the couple that once spurred efforts to preserve it.

The announcement by Dallas banker Mark Lovvorn, who bought the house from Mr. Marcus in 1994, brought a mixture of shock, surprise and anger from preservationists statewide.

Now, before you try and point out to me, “well, Thpatth, weren’t they the oneth who wanted to pretherve it in the firtht plathe???  Hmmmmm?” – Yes, they did.  But if they’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not worth the effort, or cost-effective, or whatever…well, isn’t that their right to make that determination AS THE EFFIN’ PROPERTY OWNERS?????

Moreover, if it is truly their  property, who the Hell’s business is it what  they do with it? (Subject to zoning restrictions, of course, but that’s not relavant here.)

Katherine Seale, director of Preservation Dallas, called the decision “tragic.”

“In a list of significant houses in Dallas, this is right at the top,” she said. “This is one of the few private residences that can truly be said to define Dallas.”

Oh, but aren’t you having your lapdogs in Dallas local government spend as-yet-untold millions & millions  of dollars to build a park with a toll road that has a designer bridge inside a levee that’s gonna flood every fucking time it rains more than .1 of an inch?  Isn’t all that  supposed to be what “defines Dallas” for the next half-century or more?

C’mon, you high-horsed nose-in-the-air bimboids, make up those ditzy minds!

Jerrie M. Smith, Mr. Marcus’ daughter, said she was shocked by the news that the house may be demolished.

“I would think when you buy a house like that that, you would try to preserve it,” she said.

Really?  I  would think – being a bit more grounded and practical about it, dearie – that when you buy a house and a tract of land, you’ve paid for the right to do whatever the hell you want with it.

But then, whadda I know?  I’m just a right-wing deathbeast who believes in quaint notions like liberty, capitalism and the right to do what you want with your property after you’ve paid for the right with the sweat off your brow.

Damn  that pithy, pesky little concept called freedom!

But now, we find that all the whining from the busybody assholes had something of an effect on the linguini spine of the banker:

An embattled Mark Lovvorn said Friday he had changed his mind about demolishing the house built by legendary Dallas retailer Stanley Marcus and will withdraw an earlier notice of that intent to the Texas Historical Commission.


“Dallas is a city that is dear to us and we will always remain sensitive to the feelings of its citizens,” Mr. Lovvorn said in a brief statement e-mailed to The Dallas Morning News. “Our greatest desire is to maintain a consistent testimony for Christ in all of the issues of life and, in this circumstance, we feel that a strong spirit of cooperation best accomplishes this.

“We will therefore be happy to work closely with the city and state that we love as we explore restoration plans for our home.”

Asked if he was leaving open an option to demolish the house in the future, Mr. Lovvorn took a long pause, then said, “No.”

I lost a lot of respect for this excuse-for-a-man right there.  He was in the right, and he let the pressure from the snot-nosed buffoons get to him.

And this thing about “Christian testimony” – sorry, I don’t buy it.  I’m pleased he’s a Christian and all, but this had nothing to do with his Christian walk, and I have a feeling he knows it.  This was nothing more than a cop-out, and a wishy-washy, half-assed attempt to please a bunch of jackoffs who had absolutely zero  business sticking their collective nose where it didn’t belong.

And the fact that this linguini-spined banker guy caved and reversed himself like a pussy leaves one helluva sour taste in my mouth.


5 Comments to “Property rights:  Void where prohibited by sniveling busybody assclowns”

  1. Alan K. Henderson — August 16, 2008 @ 3:07 am

    If any building in this area that doesn’t yet have a historical marker deserves one, it’s Texas Stadium, not Stan Marcus’ house.

  2. Blackiswhite Imperial Agent Provocateur — August 16, 2008 @ 11:02 pm

    Spats, that there newspaper article you linked has a whole other language there in the sidebar…what’s up with that? I thought you lived in America?

  3. Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant — August 16, 2008 @ 11:59 pm

    Spats, that there newspaper article you linked has a whole other language there in the sidebar

    It did?  Where?  Which one?

  4. Blackiswhite Imperial Agent Provocateur — August 17, 2008 @ 3:10 pm

    The “Scream Bloody Murder” link…on the right hand side, half-way down, it says “En Espanol” with a whole bunch uh other similar talk underneath…

  5. Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant — August 17, 2008 @ 5:28 pm

    Oh, that.

    Not much I can do about that, sir.  The Dullest Moaning Snooze has decided, in its infinite wisdom  (*cough*), to pander to its illegal alien reader base.

    As if it’s going to save its dying circulation rolls. 

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