Daily Archives: November 27, 2012

Stroke! Stroke!

Recently, Asheville City Council approved a rickshaw service for downtown. Tonight, Councilman Cecil Bothwell mentioned plans in the works to approve a twelve-man pedal bus. A driver would steer and brake, and the passengers would pedal and consume alcohol. An onboard motor would be available in case the drunks couldn’t get it together. The contraptionContinue Reading

All Washed Up

The Asheville Water Disagreement continues to make headlines, although little new seems to be announced. Even the photos are recycled. The latest publication claims Hendersonville was not interested in the regional authority. It just happened that they needed help with their XXXXy sewage system at the same time. Folks at the Metropolitan Sewerage District, whichContinue Reading

Re: GPAC ‘cultural trust’

Latest on proposed downtown Greensboro performing arts center: City will own it, highest-paid city employee Matt Brown and his coliseum staff will manage it, but a ‘cultural arts trust’ will be formed to operate it. So 21st century, says Community Foundation president Walker Sanders. Don’t know who they think they’re fooling, because another layer ofContinue Reading

It Would Be Nice If The Speech Police Had An Answer To This Question

The folks at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) have a great essay contest for high schools juniors and seniors. I only wish the speech police would answer the question. What is the essay question? Why is free speech important at our nation’s colleges and universities? Using examples from both videos, discuss howContinue Reading

US Airways fleet news: Of 737-300s and A350-800s

Out: On November 28 1984, Boeing began deliveries of the second generation of the legendary 737. The first customer of the new aircraft, the 737-300? US Air, as it was then called. (Piedmont Airlines would take its 737-300 in April 1985.) The 737-300 era at US Airways is now coming to an end. The lastContinue Reading

An obit for “national greatness conservatism”

Cato’s Gene Healy writes about the demise (let us hope!) of the so-called national greatness conservatism movement. The NGC proponents insisted that it wasn’t a “governing philosophy” for the state to protect the rights of individuals and otherwise leave them alone. No — the government needed to have Great Big Projects to dragoon us into,Continue Reading

Sex and contraceptives – for adolescents

Greg Pfundstien writes on NRO that the American Academy of Pediatricians, in response to high teen pregnancy rates, endorses Plan B and other emergency cotraceptives.  Problem is – they don’t work to reduce teen pregnancy rates.  But they do push an agenda from the academy and apparently the Obama administration. According to the AAP, pediatriciansContinue Reading

Top legislative issues take issue with Perdue’s Dix proposal

The top leaders in the General Assembly, both Republicans, have taken issue with Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s efforts to transfer the Dorothea Dix campus to the city of Raleigh for a major city park. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said: “The Dorothea Dix campus is a historically valuable state asset, and the future of theContinue Reading