Daily Archives: January 5, 2009

Taking Love out of Charity

The federal government will award $132,434 in legalized plunder to Buncombe County. The grant is intended to “help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.” Several faith-based organizations served on the board that decided upon allotments. It is sad. It was once believed that charity was the realmContinue Reading

Rand Demonized for BB&T’s Success

“Ayn Rand: A Fence of Life” will be presented at Firestorm Café and Books in Asheville, Monday, at 7:30pm. The event will discuss the controversial works of Rand and include a discussion on the flaws of laissez-faire capitalism. Its organizers bill it as being reactionary to BB&T’s recent offerings to colleges made conditional upon theContinue Reading

Bonus Question

What is the Statue of Liberty doing on my “1040: Forms & Instructions 2008” booklet?

News flash: N&R clueless

Now former Deputy Police Chief Randall Brady is suing the City of Greensboro. This just keeps getting crazier every day, and just when we thought we couldn’t hit the N&R any harder, editorial page editor Allen Johnson begs for more. In this morning’s post on the David Wray lawsuit, Johnson and commenter Bobbysitter get intoContinue Reading

Is global temperature data deliberately being manipulated

Last fall it was widely reported that October 2008 was the warmest October on record. Not so widely reported is the truth, namely that this was shown to be the result of an “error” by James Hanson and Company at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Hanson, who is in charge of the GISS data,Continue Reading

Time Warner Hikes Cable Rates

Missed this if it was reported previously — Time Warner is hiking standard cable rates for 2009 by almost 6 percent, from $51.95 to $54.95 per month. Digital cable prices are also going up by about the same percentage, depending on the tier. DIGIPiC 1000 from $67.75 to $71.95, 2000 from $85.75 to $89.95, andContinue Reading

Taxpayer Campaign Financing Proponents and Reading

Damon Circosta at the NC Center for Voter Education recently responded to my Raleigh News & Observer op-ed on the impact of the Davis v. FEC case on taxpayer financing of elections in NC. I’m not sure Mr. Circosta actually read my op-ed however. He argues: “The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (a courtContinue Reading

The Louis F. Harrelson Guarantee — Loan Fraud

Anyone who spent time in Charlotte in the 80s and 90s remembers that Harrelson’s car commercials were in heavy rotation on local TV stations. They always ended with, “and that’s the Louis F. Harrelson guarantee.” Now Harrelson will plead guilty to loan fraud in connection with a federal probe into false loan applications submitted byContinue Reading