Archive: Wed Nov 2012

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    Embrace Diversity; Kiss Southern Culture Good-Bye

    PETA has finally succeeded in shutting down Brasstown’s only claim to fame – the annual Possum Drop. It was like the big apple lowered to celebrate New Year’s Day in New York. The battle was finally clinched on the grounds that the guy behind the event, Clay Logan, does…
    Leslee Kulba, November 14, 2012
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    How Many Death Blows Can This Poor Economy Take?

    An Asheville Kmart will close in January, creating opportunities for 53 current employees to find work. Last year at this time, Sears Holding decided to close 100 of its stores due to decreased sales. Meanwhile, Walmart employees are using social media to organize a nationwide strike on Black Friday.
    Leslee Kulba, November 14, 2012
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    . . . and Raleigh Taketh away

    John Boyle of the local daily reported the findings of the Metropolitan Sewerage District’s study on the feasibility of a merger with the City of Asheville’s water system. Consultants concluded the merger could be completed, realizing efficiencies without raising rates or laying off any employees. Asheville City Councilwoman Esther…
    Leslee Kulba, November 14, 2012
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    Yet Another Local Government “Educational” Campaign For A Referendum

    The Fayetteville Observer reports the city has cancelled a February special election during which voters would decide on a $45 million parks referendum. As we’ve seen  with other local governments, Fayetteville was planning to spend a boatload on an “educational” campaign. These “educational” campaigns have become a source…
    donnamartinez, November 14, 2012
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    For example

    [E]conomics studies the consequences of the decisions that are made about the land, labor, capital and other resources that go into producing the volume of output which determines a country’s standard of living. — Thomas Sowell, Basic Economics, Third ed., p. 2 My newsletter this week, “They broke it;…
    Jon Sanders, November 14, 2012
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    The year-round school thing

    The UPoR has a lengthy article on year-around schools, including the possibility of CMS using that model at certain west Charlotte schools next year. In general, offering varying educational approaches is a good thing if parents opt in. The problem with alternative calenders comes when they are not voluntary,…
    Michael Lowrey, November 14, 2012
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    Aren’t judges supposed to be, you know, smarter than the rest of us?

    You can’t make this stuff up. A North Carolina administrative law judge has ruled that the people of Brasstown, N.C., by temporarily caging a ‘possum for their annual New Year’s Eve “‘possum drop,” are depriving a poor, innocent animal of the right to get run over by a…
    Locker Room contributor, November 14, 2012
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    Meanwhile, in Miami…..

    Fat taxpayer-funded stadium, lousy team. NPR’s Mike Pesca analyzes the Miami Marlins’ limicolous fire sale. Former Greensboro Grasshopper Josh Johnson was included in the deal with the Blue Jays, while former Hoppers Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison stay with the Marlins—-for now. Included in any discussion in…
    Sam Hieb, November 14, 2012