Archive: Dec 2011

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    Invasive species of the moment: large snakes

    Think Burmese pythons and the like that people let loose into the wild. These are already a major problem in south Florida and research by Davidson College’s Michael Dorcas suggests that they may be able to survive further north. The question now is whether federal restrictions on nine species are…
    Michael Lowrey, December 31, 2011
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    “I’ll Have the . . . WHOOOPS!”

    I’ve spent the morning reading papers by John Boyle, a Michigan n actuary with a strong interest in government. After covering local government meetings for various outlets for about a decade, I have rarely heard the remotest hint of what Boyle believes is key to bankrupting governments. Fiscal conservatives have…
    Leslee Kulba, December 31, 2011
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    Is the Jail Too Big?

    The Buncombe County jail annex has been closed for renovations. The facility is perhaps best known for stashing as rebar the confiscated firearms that took a walk from the county’s evidence room. To my knowledge, no x-rays were ever taken to verify the claim. It may be the claim was…
    Leslee Kulba, December 31, 2011
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    Representation without Taxation

    Tryon Township owns the bed of Lake Lanier, but all properties surrounding the lake are in Greenville, SC. The lake is private, so citizens of Tryon do not get to use it. The township owns the lake for water treatment purposes. Problems arise, as they recently did again,…
    Leslee Kulba, December 31, 2011
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    US Airways adds Des Moines and Omaha

    Finally. We’ve been talking about this for years, but US Airways is filling into two significant holes in its route map from Charlotte: Des Moines, IA and Omaha, NE. These are two of the largest markets within 1,200 miles or so without nonstop service to Charlotte. And from US…
    Michael Lowrey, December 31, 2011
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    Being able to opt-out of Social Security. Oh man, imagine that.

    In Ron Paul’s press conference regarding his “Plan to Restore America,” he recommended that individuals below the age of 26 be able to opt out of Social Security altogether. “The proposal protects Social Security beneficiaries, but it also does something new. Because I cut so many…
    Fergus Hodgson, December 31, 2011
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    Occupy Charlotte protestors burn American flag

    And, to be honest, it really comes as no surprise. Why? As someone who graduated from a university where protests were common (UNC-Chapel Hill), I’m pretty familiar with leftist protest types. A fair percentage are anarchists, Trotskyists, etc. And get enough of them together for long enough, and they’ll do…
    Michael Lowrey, December 31, 2011
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    Rasmussen: 47% Say GOP Will Win White House, 39% Say Obama Will Win

    Rasmussen polling shows just 14% of likely voters surveyed are “undecided” on who will win the presidency in November. While just 39% say President Obama will be re-elected, I say the Obama campaign machine is formidable and if the Left continues to be successful at demonizing producers and entrepreneurs,…
    donnamartinez, December 30, 2011