Daily Archives: January 21, 2009

Slush Fund Can’t Clear Slush

The NCDOT does not have funds to clear snow from roads. Excesses from annual allocations in light-snow years are re-allocated, but the state will not transfer funds to accommodate heavy-snow years.

Only the Pitch Sounds Good

Planners say changes they have proposed for Black Mountain’s land use code would give citizens more choice. It turns out that “greater choice” translates to four instead of two zoning districts. The addition of several new ordinances indicates Black Mountain is not going against the grain of growing government. Ordinances that have been recommended duringContinue Reading

Earth to ABC: Kids are stupid

ABC goes all ga-ga over some kids’ advice to Obama: One young boy sputtered, “Stop the wars. And- because more people die. And it’s just- they don’t want to die. They just die. But they don’t want to die.” Another child, who couldn’t have been older than seven, bizarrely informed, “All this time, I’ve beenContinue Reading

Will Raleigh Ban Smoking in Parks?

It’s been nearly a year since the subject of banning smoking in parks came up. But nanny-staters can feel secure that kindred spirits on the Raleigh City Council are ready to take another crack at it. From the News & Observer: The possibility of banning smoking in Raleigh parks was last discussed in April 2008.Continue Reading

"This one time, at band camp…"

A high school band director I met kept sending me pictures of his junk, until I called the cops on his creepy ass. This kind of thing used to bother me. Now I think cell phones and related devices are helping humanity to clean up the gene pool a bit. Bonus Observation: And if youContinue Reading

Environmentalism in a recession

Green endeavors lose some of their luster when the economy is in a tailspin. Or at least, they should. Perhaps to counteract that truth, President Obama promises to “create millions of new jobs” via his green agenda. I can’t wait to see him pull that off. Meanwhile, the hard economic realities of environmentalist pursuits continueContinue Reading

To #44, From #43

The Hill reports that President Obama spent 10 minutes alone in the Oval Office this morning reading the traditional note left for him by the departing commander in chief. My gut tells me the new president read the note, leaned back in his chair, gulped at the reality of all the secret information he nowContinue Reading

More federally funded “Well DUH” research

I have a lurid fascination with being forced to fund research to prove the obvious, such as that men want hot women. Today’s news offers another example: Report: Rising sea levels would threaten NC coastRALEIGH, N.C. ? A new federal report says cities on North Carolina’s coastline would be threatened if sea levels increase. …Continue Reading