Patterico's Pontifications


Video: Pam Geller vs. Crazy Imam

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:02 pm

Here’s a guy telling Pam Geller she deserves to die for running a cartoon contest. But I think the most fun fact to emerge from this video is that Homeland Security has not contacted her, even though she has been threatened by ISIS with death.

Feds to Times Square: Take Down Huge Billboards or Lose Highway Money

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:33 am

Example No. Gazillion of the folly of centralized decisionmaking:

It is known as the “Crossroads of the World,” the “Center of the Universe” and “the Great White Way,” but Times Square could become like the “Black Hole of Calcutta” if the federal government has its way, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Tuesday.

The feds say many of Times Square’s huge and neon-lit billboards must come down or the city will lose about $90 million in federal highway money.

“We’re going to let outsiders who sit in a cramped room and have nothing to do with our city as far as partaking in it on an everyday basis change something that means something to the whole entire world? That makes total sense, just like everything else the federal government does,” said Keith Watson of Flushing.

The edict comes from a 2012 law that makes Times Square an arterial route to the national highway system. And that puts it under the 1965 Highway Beautification Act, which limits signs to 1,200 square feet. It took the feds until now to realize that Times Square was included, Kramer reported.

Keith Watson from Flushing has it right. The entire concept of authorizing central bureaucrats to use giant money grants as a way to control what should be local issues is oppressive and badly misguided.

The solution, of course, is decentralization of decisionmaking to levels where the people making the decisions have an actual stake in the outcome.

Among the options the city is considering is to attempt to get an exemption from the federal government, Kramer reported.

Or getting an exemption.

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