Archive: Mon Jan 2009

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    Cure Me or Count Me

    Critics of Asheville and Buncombe County’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness were recently handed ammunition when the North Carolina Interagency Council on Coordinating Homeless Programs awarded it $4000 to collect data. In addition, the National and North Carolina Alliances to End Homelessness are paying for Asheville’s Homeless Initiative Coordinator…
    Leslee Kulba, January 19, 2009
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    Bush Responds To Public Outcry!

    Remember the two U.S. border agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso, which were prosecuted and convicted in 2005 for shooting a border-crossing drug dealer in the buttocks? The convictions of these two men caused quite a stir in the local Texas community as well as the entire nation. Well,…
    Locker Room contributor, January 19, 2009
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    Digital tax update

    For those of you who found today’s Carolina Journal Online exclusive interesting, don’t expect an update Wednesday. The Revenue Laws Study Committee meeting originally scheduled that morning has been bumped back to Tuesday, Jan. 27, the day before the General Assembly convenes its new session.
    Locker Room contributor, January 19, 2009
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    John Locke’s opposition to slavery

    Some historians have tried to discredit John Locke’s contributions to the history of freedom and liberty by casting him as a supporter of the institution of slavery. The historical record proves that characterization is unfair, according to Holly Brewer, associate professor of history at N.C. State University. Brewer discussed Locke’s…
    Locker Room contributor, January 19, 2009
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    Kicking off “Spirit of Inquiry” 2009

    The Pope Center is now accepting nominations for its second “Spirit of Inquiry” Contest. The Spirit of Inquiry Award honors North Carolina faculty who inspire class discussion, drive their students to greater achievements, and imbue them with a love of knowledge. Nominations will be accepted from now until May 15,…
    Locker Room contributor, January 19, 2009
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    Rent seekers update: Mayors get in the game, too

    Look at all the people spending time and money going to Washington, hiring lobbyists to go to Washington, and doing everything they can in Washington to capture some of this “free money” that President Bush, Congress, and President-elect Obama have made available to everyone to (stifle gag) “save the…
    Locker Room contributor, January 19, 2009
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    Common sense on free expression

    My column on the UNC system's use of NC State's embattled Free Expression Tunnel as a wedge to push for new hate-speech codes and the dream of diversity re-education systemwide was discussed on the blog StateFansNation.com, a site for alumni and fans of NC State athletics. Not surprisingly, as their discussion shows, understood what UNC pretends to miss — that the Free Expression Tunnel offers a living monument to America's revolutionary approach to free speech: let it remain free, and let offensive speech be defeated by more speech, not governmental tyranny. (That is so much more empowering than UNC's maternalistic presumption that Oh! These top students in North Carolina, the poor poor dears, are dreadfully incapable of dealing with bad words, can never learn to deal with them, and therefore must be protected from them always!
    Jon Sanders, January 19, 2009
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    A strong dissent on the coronation (oops, inauguration)

    Sheldon Richman has the bad manners here to point out that what’s going to happen tomorrow in DC is the peaceful transfer of violent power. Most Americans will be distracted and bamboozled by all the inane hoopla, but the somber fact is that the new regime will be no…
    Locker Room contributor, January 19, 2009