June 16, 2006
"caring," Hollywood style
When I first read this story, I passed it off as California nut-balls being California nut balls. A 14-acre inner city "garden," where people have grown flowers and produce for the past 15 years, may vanish because a businessman wants to build a warehouse there.
Sounds terrible, doesn't it? It IS, too--- but not for the reasons you might expect.
So the greens and the green thumbs employed predictable tools of protest, chaining themselves to each other, to 55-gallon, concrete-filled drums and, yes, to a tree.
Yep. Innocent, green-headed nature lovers were victimized, subjected to Gestapo tactics by Los Angles police, when all the greens really wanted was to save a precious piece of the planet. Oh, the humanity!
I might be a little more sympathetic to their cause if the protesters actually OWNED the land, or even if it were "public" property. Unfortunately, they don't and it ain't. And that's where the story becomes downright nauseating.
The land was owned by businessman Ralph Horowitz, who was FORCED to sell it to the city in the 1980s, because the city wanted to build an incenerator on the site. Green-heads and nutball environmental activists immediately went bullshit over THAT idea and put a stop to it. The city turned the property into a "food bank," where gardeners could play in the "free" dirt by growing natural tofu, organic bean sprouts and medicinal marijuana while singing "Kum-ba-yah" a lot. Folks... you could just feel the love there.
Horowitz didn't like having his land basically stolen from him by rich environmrntslists, so he sued and eventually bought his own land back from the government. When Horowitz announced plans to make money off his land by selling it, the "gardeners" turned around and sued him right back, demanding their "right" to KEEP their precious garden, even though the property didn't belong to them.
Here's where the story gets... uh... rich.
Mr. Horowitz offered a reprieve: He gave the gardeners until May 22 to raise $16.3 million to buy the land. Alas, celebrities such as Ms. Hannah, Willie Nelson, Danny Glover and Joan Baez weren't willing to put their money where their mouths were, and the fund-raising drive fell $10 million short. Now, Mr. Horowitz says he's so perturbed at the tactics of the squatters that he won't sell them the land, no matter what the price.
What a cold-hearted bastid! He obviously doesn't love Gaia as much as rich Hollywood celebrities do.
Even when a judge issued the eviction notice, the greens continued doing what they do best: demanding that they be allowed to decide how other people make use of their property. The rights of plants always trump those of landowners, even when someone wants to build a warehouse on land zoned for and surrounded by warehouses and factories. These zealots will stay the course -- if it takes every last cent of Mr. Horowitz's fortune.
You might think that rich celebrities such as Daryl Hannah, Willie Nelson, Danny Glover and Joan Baez, along with their millions of adoring fans, might be willing to cough up some of their OWN money to BUY the land they care so much about. Then, it would belong to THEM and they could do with it as they pleased.
But that's not how deeply-concerned greenies operate. They don't wish to PAY for it. They want to TAKE IT.
...On Tuesday afternoon, after police had cleared the garden site, protesters moved their sideshow to City Hall, where they screamed, "Save the farm!"
Ask me again why I despise environmentalists. They like to protest and file idiotic lawsuits to Save the Planet, but they very seldom are willing to put their own money where their mouths are. They've got loose lips but tight wallets.
Farkin' hypocrites. They somehow deserve what isn't theirs and they want SOMEBODT ELSE to pay for their selfless "caring." Acting like that sure requires a lot of love, dedication and sacrifice, doesn't it? Bah! Environmentalists?
I've got a better name for 'em. Thieves and parasites. Oh, yeah--- assholes, too.
They are more greedy, obxonious and demented than ex-wives.
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