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    Corruption, Corruption, and Anything but Governance

    Chad Adams called my attention to an article in the local press. It seems North Carolina legislators representing western counties are complaining because the formula for redistributing lottery proceeds to schools is biased toward eastern and central school districts. According to the existing formula, 40% of proceeds would go…
    Leslee Kulba, August 6, 2007
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    We Won!

    I’m having a hard time winding down to get to work. At 5:30 this evening, I got a phone call from Tim Peck announcing that the petition drive had been successful by 22 signatures. My evening walk through the neighborhood was like a victory lap. “We won!” I…
    Leslee Kulba, July 31, 2007
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    Owning Your Own Green Stuff

    I received an email from Progressive city council member Bryan Freeborn today. My reaction, when I found that Mayor Terry Bellamy would be the first passenger on a new green transit initiative for Asheville, reminded me of one of my favorite all-time one-liners. When one of my math profs asked the class…
    Leslee Kulba, July 30, 2007
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    In the Mornin’ You Go Gunnin’ for the Man Who Stole Your Water

    Those lyrics to that Steely Dan song never made sense to me, but they just might when I roll out of bed this Thursday.  The soap opera is too long for a little blog. Some say it goes back to the days of the Depression. Buncombe County bailed Asheville out…
    Leslee Kulba, July 30, 2007
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    Statistical Bias II

    While searching for the hours of operation of our local Board of Elections, I ran across the following. Citizens of Buncombe County may register to vote at the Department of Motor Vehicles, public libraries, or the Board of Elections. They may also register at the following agencies:…
    Leslee Kulba, July 28, 2007
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    Statistical Bias I

    It seems statistically improbable that the signature count for the petition drive for a referendum on partisan elections in Asheville should, for the last few days of counting, be hovering at the target, plus-or-minus single digits. After all, 6192 signatures, 1192 over the target, were turned in, and an…
    Leslee Kulba, July 28, 2007
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    Send in the Clowns

    With the statistical improbability of the results of an unscientific experiment, the infamous Asheville Petition Drive managed to land squarely on the target 5000 votes needed, plus or minus some number less than ten. While Republicans and Democrats are still scurrying around trying to help the Board of Elections verify…
    Leslee Kulba, July 28, 2007
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    Wave your flag and kick liberty in the teeth

    A couple is making headline news for desecrating an American flag. They put markings on it and flew it upside-down to signify that the nation was in distress. From my contact with the couple, I surmise the distress has something to do with the CFR and the Illuminati. Anyway, according to some reports, the couple slammed their…
    Leslee Kulba, July 26, 2007