Daily Archives: July 18, 2012

New Prius promises to reduce carbon footprint to zero

New Prius Helps Environment By Killing Its Owner

Princeville in trouble

WRAL-TV reports that the Edgecombe County town of Princeville is facing severe financial difficulties: A move last week by the Edgecombe County town of Princeville to shut off water to about 200 customers who didn’t pay their bills has prompted some town leaders to speak out about concerns that the town is in dire straitsContinue Reading

New at CJO: Durham considers new food truck limits

Sara Burrows reports for Carolina Journal Online about Durham city government’s consideration of new restrictions for food trucks.

Some common sense about — horrors! — outsourcing

Barton Hinkle of the Richmond Times injects some common sense into the political screaming about outsourcing in this piece. Everyone, he shows, is “guilty” of outsourcing. That happens when people change their economic behavior. This flap reminds me of one of H.L. Mencken’s lines, which goes something like this: The aim of politics is toContinue Reading

The “Diabetes Warrior” story? Learn more about it in CJ

As George pointed out in this post, the Institute for Justice has taken on the case of Diabetes Warrior Steve Cooksey, who has been charged by the state with practicing nutrition without a license. Carolina Journal‘s Sara Burrows was among the first journalists to bring Cooksey’s plight to a larger audience with her reporting here.Continue Reading

And here’s the Nanny State at work, protecting us from Canadian chocolate

Vigilant border guards stop people from bringing Canadian chocolate eggs into “the land of the free.” They’re illegal because of a little toy (in bureaucratese, “a non-nutritive device”) inside. Here’s the story.  

Teachers’ unions: The slide continues

Teachers’ unions are bleeding members.  Education Week reports that the National Education Association (NEA) has lost 100,000 members.  Now the union plans to “retool” their mission to recoup some of the lost member$hip. Union officials blame the membership decline on the recession, evil Republicans, evil education reform, and evil technology.  But other factors surely playsContinue Reading

JLF launches new Carolina Cronyism series, focuses first individual report on film tax incentives

UPDATED to reflect new information: Just as Gov. Beverly Perdue has signed a bill from this year’s legislative session to extend North Carolina’s film tax credits, the John Locke Foundation is releasing a new report panning film incentives as an example of cronyism. Report author Jon Sanders has paired his film incentive report with aContinue Reading