Archive: Fri Jan 2009

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    Kill the Eagle, and Ask Questions Later

    December 18, Julie White, director of the NC Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, gave less than seven hours’ notice with the following request for modifications to mayoral economic stimulus wish lists. . . . I am concerned that we are including projects that are not meeting the three criteria we have read…
    Leslee Kulba, January 2, 2009
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    Emergency Community Development

    Back in November, Asheville’s Mayor Terry Bellamy received a “funding alert” from the National Conference of Black Mayors. They announced their lobbying had been successful, and an extension would be granted to black mayors wishing to apply for Neighborhood Stabilization Program emergency funding. HUD summarized the program: HUD’s new…
    Leslee Kulba, January 2, 2009
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    Re: The economics of silly tax laws

    For some reason, Jon, I thought about how this might translate into The Ministry of Silly Tax Laws: Mr Pudey: Well sir, I have a silly tax law, and I’d like to obtain a government grant to help me develop it. Minister: I…
    Locker Room contributor, January 2, 2009
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    Is your church preaching on the greatness of Barack? The Library of Congress wants to save the sermon.

    You should know, in this new Great Awakening, that I am not kidding: Inauguration-week sermons would be videotaped to highlight Barack Obama’s rise to power in an unprecedented quest by the Library of Congress to capture this transfer of power for posterity. The folks at the…
    Locker Room contributor, January 2, 2009
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    Unconstitutional Taxpayer Campaign Financing Systems

    If a candidate for elected office is allowed to spend money to communicate his message, but only at a severe penalty to his campaign, is this constitutional? The United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in a case called Davis v. Federal Election Commission, also referred…
    Locker Room contributor, January 2, 2009
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    The economics of silly tax laws

    Government revenues are sacred. No matter what happens in the greater economy, they must not be negatively affected. Families tighten the belts, businesses cut costs, but governments find new ways to tax. That is why, after a sluggish economy and high gasoline prices caused consumers voluntarily to…
    Locker Room contributor, January 2, 2009
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    Just wondering

    Where were these useful idiots when Hamas was firing more than 8,000 rockets at Israeli residential areas in the past few years.
    Locker Room contributor, January 2, 2009
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    Trump Still in Trouble

    Donald Trump’s flirtation with Uptown seems like eons ago. Now part of his empire, Trump Entertainment Resorts, is having a ton of trouble paying its debt. Bloomberg reports that Trump Resorts just got a three-week extension on almost $2b. in debt after the company missed an interest payment. The…
    Jeff Taylor, January 2, 2009