Archive: Wed Jan 2009

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    Why Asheville’s DTMP Must Fail

    The most nefarious portion of the draft for Asheville’s Downtown Master Plan is Strategy #7. It recommends the establishment of a business improvement district to “enable everyone to share in the benefits of prosperity.” The BID, dubbed the Asheville Downtown District (ADD) would be governed by a board that…
    Leslee Kulba, January 7, 2009
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    WCU’s B-School and BB&T

    Well Ayn Rand has been causing a stir: Western Carolina University?s College of Business recently secured a $1 million donation from BB&T ? but not before discerning faculty fought to loosen the strings that came with the donation. Stipulations attached…
    Locker Room contributor, January 7, 2009
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    X-rated sign this bailout madness has nuked the fridge

    Lexicon alert: “nuked the fridge” is the new “jumped the shark.” Essentially the terms refer to the point at which something has reached the point of terminal silliness, after which it will mercifully recede from the public. Such as the Indiana Jones franchise after “Kingdom of the Crystal…
    Locker Room contributor, January 7, 2009
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    Re: Martinez on Perdue

    Martinez’s article is somewhat of a mixed bag. As Daren notes, he comes out in favor of “energy efficiency” programs, which are just another excuse for micromanaging people’s behavior and purchases but he also argues against further investment in bio fuels and joining a regional greenhouse gas initiative. Although…
    Locker Room contributor, January 7, 2009
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    And you thought Starbucks was expensive

    The Chicago Public Schools bought $67,000 worth of cappuccino/espresso machines and then failed to use most of them, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. In the case of the cappuccino machines, central office administrators split the order among 21 vocational schools to avoid competitive bidding required for purchases over $10,000. As…
    Locker Room contributor, January 7, 2009
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    Coming soon to a store near you: hyperinflation!

      It?s taken from today?s column by Thorsten Polleit at Mises.org.  Polleit points out the dangers of government monetary intervention and this graph really drives home the point.  The Fed expanded the monetary base by over…
    Locker Room contributor, January 7, 2009
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    Top think tanks in the world

    Surprisingly, JLF is not on Foreign Policy’s list. It’s that old national-level bias. You can help.
    Locker Room contributor, January 7, 2009
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    Martinez on Perdue Energy Plan

    Cross-posted on EnvironmentNC.com The Raleigh News & Observer?s Rick Martinez wrote this column today on Perdue?s energy plan. Among other things, Mr. Martinez is all in favor of energy efficiency mandates. He should read this report and the numerous reports and data I cited in my report,…
    Locker Room contributor, January 7, 2009