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    But Everybody Else Has One. . .

    You can?t make some of this stuff up. Little Camden County, in Northeastern North Carolina, has endorsed a new occupancy tax on hotel and motel rooms. County commissioners voted for the idea Monday but it must still be officially enacted by the state legislature as a local bill since…
    Locker Room contributor, February 18, 2004
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    More on federal spending

    Terry Jeffreys was right on the mark in his comments on ballooning federal spending at yesterday’s luncheon. In case you weren’t persuaded, read this article by economist Ralph Reiland. Social Security and Medicare are like two nasty little kids who are about to have a growth spurt and turn…
    Locker Room contributor, February 18, 2004
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    Taking Up the Cross-Over

    As the results in the surprisingly close Wisconsin primary trickled in last night, the exit polls in the state demonstrate another surprise. Despite all the buzz about John Edwards connecting with the downtrodden and mobilizing the disaffected with his neo-protectionist, mill-town routine, John Kerry (44 percent) was actually preferred over…
    Locker Room contributor, February 18, 2004
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    I love him, too, Jay!

    Jay Nordlinger writes in National Review Online about why he ? and we all should – love Don Rumsfeld: Just when I think I like Donald Rumsfeld a little too much ? that I’ve gone a little bit overboard ? something occurs that makes me think, “No, actually ?…
    Locker Room contributor, February 17, 2004
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    No Cash for the ‘Hroids

    I can’t tell you how relieved I was to hear this.
    Locker Room contributor, February 17, 2004
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    How Far the Mighty Has Fallen

    I subscribe to the N.C. Film Hot Sheet, which the state Film Office sends out occasionally to inform the public (and aspiring film extras) about productions in the state. North Carolina was once the third-most filmed-in state, not too long ago. It has lost that distinction, as you can tell…
    Locker Room contributor, February 17, 2004
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    Coming to speak on campuses this week

    Apropos of UNC-CH planning committee turning down the students’ request to have pro-life speakers at Women’s Week (see below), this week at UNC-CH, rapper and “social critic” (marvel at his depth here) Chuck D will come to UNC-CH. Also, at Duke today will be noted healer of…
    Locker Room contributor, February 17, 2004
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    ‘Now Batting Fourth for the GOP…’

    Former UNC-Chapel Hill journalism grad (and classmate of the late, great political cartoonist Jeff MacNelly) Peter Gammons calls the New York Yankees’ trade for superstar Alex Rodriguez, “good old-fashioned Republican baseball.”…
    Locker Room contributor, February 16, 2004