Archive: Fri Jan 2009

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    The Free Press Has Left the Building

    Tuesday, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will be voting on amended rules and procedures for their meetings. One proposed change sounds like it may have come straight from the Fairness Doctrine, but it Googles no matches: The Board reserves the right to designate where any and all broadcasting,…
    Leslee Kulba, January 16, 2009
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    Blogger to “Rent” cast: Get a job, losers

    The musical “Rent” comes to the Durham Center for the Performing Arts beginning Monday. It’s ironic that a musical written to protest New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s efforts to clean up his city is one of the first events at a building built to help do the same for Durham.
    Locker Room contributor, January 16, 2009
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    Defeat Looming for Goldman Sachs Army?

    Don’t look now, but smart people are raising serious questions about the ability of NY Fed chief Tim Geithner to win confirmation to be the next SecTreas. At minimum, the cozy little Goldman alum club is getting some unwelcome pub and Geithner’s rep has taken more than a few…
    Jeff Taylor, January 16, 2009
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    Your Saturday is planned

    The 2009 march for life is taking place in downtown Raleigh tomorrow. The rally begins at 1 p.m in Nash Square. More information here. And, if you’re twiddling your thumbs for something to do tomorrow morning, check out The Mayor’s Unity Day breakfast. “Join other citizens and community…
    Locker Room contributor, January 16, 2009
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    “Stimulus” is not what the economy needs

    Naturally, the short-sighted politicians (pardon the redundancy) who are in charge in Washington are committed to the political expedient of spending prodigious amounts of money in order to “stimulate” the economy. It can’t, however, as Sheldon Richman explains in this column. You have to wonder — does Obama the…
    Locker Room contributor, January 16, 2009
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    Re: Government stimulating government ? the song from the off-Broadway smash “RENT Seekers”

    Joe, your last post inspired me. I can just see Barbra Streisand in the role of Gov. Perdue singing: Government people, Government people who need government people, Are the rent-seekingest people in the world. We’re spenders needing other spenders And yet letting our…
    Locker Room contributor, January 16, 2009
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    Government stimulating government

    Gov. Bev Perdue asked for $15 billion in taxpayer money funneled through the federal government to pay for state ($7.5 billion), county ($3.5 billion), city ($2.8 billion), and school ($1.1 billion) projects. She’s counting on another $900 million in secondhand taxpayer money to bail out the state Medicaid…
    Locker Room contributor, January 16, 2009
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    Best newspaper coverage of “Miracle on the Hudson”

    The Daily Mail in the UK has the best roundup of the United Airways incident yesterday, including more info on the pilot than I’ve seen in any American media report. By the way, he was an Air Force Academy grad. Interesting that most of the photos that accompany the…
    Locker Room contributor, January 16, 2009