Archive: Mon Dec 2012

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    The More Things Stay the Same

    The winner of the second seat in Buncombe County’s District 2 commissioner race remains unknown. A manual recount of 3% of votes cast, or two precincts, showed a difference of four votes in favor of third-place contestant Christina Kelly G. Merrill. Extrapolated to the entire district, a systematic error…
    Leslee Kulba, December 3, 2012
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    When Legal is Illegal & Vice Versa

    There may be a problem with this article, as the local daily stripped the text while I was writing, but . . . A Mexican, brought to the country illegally when fourteen years of age and recently charged with drunken driving, is up for deportation. Citizens are protesting.
    Leslee Kulba, December 3, 2012
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    But Mom, I’m Studying

    Blue Ridge Community College has joined the ranks of colleges offering a degree in beer.
    Leslee Kulba, December 3, 2012
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    No controversy about Voter ID

    So says JLF head John Hood in his column today. He also says its not that big a deal either way: Keep in mind that while North Carolina has no requirement, many other states and countries do. Scholars have studied their effects on voting. Most have found nothing of…
    Michael Lowrey, December 3, 2012
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    Joe Bryan Elected Chairman Of Wake County Commissioners

    It’s official. Republican Commissioner Joe Bryan has been elected chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, following Paul Coble in the job. He now has the task of dealing with the Wake County school board. Good luck, Mr. Chairman.
    donnamartinez, December 3, 2012
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    At a certain point you’ve got enough trees

    Barack Obama once famously said, “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.” You can be sure that whatever “point” that is, it will always be higher than the combined income and other wealth that Barack and Michelle Obama accrue. It must be the…
    Locker Room contributor, December 3, 2012
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    The Disability Claim Explosion: Sad Feelings And Back Pain

    Michael Barone writes about the explosion of people claiming disability and the government saying OK to their claims — 8.6 million in 2011. Barone references a book by his American Enterprise Institute colleague Nicholas Eberstadt. One reason is that the government seems to have gotten more openhanded with those…
    donnamartinez, December 3, 2012
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    Durham drops the “progressive” ball

    Durham has a national reputation for wacky progressivism, but its credential may get pulled by the local-government Comintern, or whatever organization passes out “progressive” seals of good housekeeping. Durham’s health department has for several years offered “free” flu shots to anyone older than six months. Of course,…
    Locker Room contributor, December 3, 2012