Call it The Ayn Rand Building

From Gothamist:

The residents of a pricey Williamsburg apartment building with a history of unpermitted construction were forced out last week after the Department of Buildings found that the building “has questionable structural integrity.” The Bedford Lofts complex was taken over in 2014 by the brother-in-law of landlord and developer Menachem Stark, after Stark was kidnapped and his burned body was found in a dumpster in Long Island. A studio in the building at South Fourth Street and Bedford Avenue was listed for $5,250 until this afternoon.

On November 10th, Department of Buildings inspectors found that 3,000 square feet of structural framing and concrete floor had been built without permits. They returned last Tuesday and gave residents of the five-story building’s 20 or so apartments an hour to leave, writing in a notice that the building is “imminently perilous to life.” and is of dubious soundness due to “the installation of substandard structural steel columns, trusses, beams, welds.”

Architect Karl Fischer, who signed off on the Bedford Lofts construction plans filed with the city, did not respond to a request for comment. Neither did Ideal Properties Group, which advertised apartments in the building, writing, “The fundamentals of luxury, space, comfort and modern elegance take on a whole new dimension in these stunningly conceived and brilliantly executed lofts in prime Williamsburg.”

Say It!

Motives behind Planned Parenthood terror? If we have to ask—let’s start with Fox, Limbaugh & GOP

Robert Lewis Dear is a terrorist!

“Active Shooter” at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs

At least one police officer has been injured in an ongoing active shooter situation at a Colorado Springs branch of Planned Parenthood Friday afternoon.

Wanna bet ISIS is not involved?

I’m asking you, Ted Cruz.

A Letter to a Houston Gay Paper About the Referendum

There Was a Problem - And There Still Is

A salient analysis of the HRC-infected fight against the anti-hero referendum of Nov. 2015?

Nice try.

The letter appeared in the May 10, 1985 edition of Houston Pride and was about that year’s referendum.

h/t J. D. Doyle and his Houston LGBT History website.

Funny How That Works, Eh?

h/t Monica Roberts.

HRC Couldn’t Have Dipped Into Its Champagne Budget to Produce Something Like This a Month Ago?

Or, as Monica Roberts sums it up:

This is an example of the type of hard hitting ads that should have been run starting in September about our HERO haters.

Had Houston Unites had the political cojones to do that, we’d probably still have a HERO.

Why ‘Pro-Life’ Has Never Been Anything More Than a Republican Campaign Con Job