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November 13, 2008

10 reasons to be glad Obama won

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 10:55 PM

John Tillman at the Illinois Policy Institute finds ten good signs for liberty in the presidential election.

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A new number for Don Carrington's speed-dial?

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 4:11 PM

I suspect Don will want to meet the "smart, top-notch lawyer" Gov.-elect Bev Perdue plans to hire to oversee ethics in her administration.

Perhaps that person will help Perdue avoid issues such as this, that, or the other one.

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Must watch video

Posted by Dr. Michael Sanera at 3:16 PM

Joe recommended this video yesterday.  I highly recommend it today.  CNBC host Mark Haines destroys two stock market analysts who are trying to defend the bailout money.  




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Some tidbits

Posted by David N. Bass at 3:12 PM

  • John Edwards cautiously slinks back into the limelight – this time to take on Rove (N&O)
  • Will Obama sacrifice his girls on the educrats’ altar? (American Spectator)
  • Godless holidays (CNSNews)
  • 007 (past) drives a hybrid? (CNSNews)

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EU Food Regulations (You cannot make this stuff up)

Posted by Dr. Michael Sanera at 3:02 PM

Today's N&O reports that the EU has deleted 100 pages of regulations that prohibit the sale of "fruits and vegetables that may be crooked, bent or twisted--but otherwise good enough to eat." You know, missshapen mushrooms and grotesque  garlic. (26 fruits and vegetables were regulated)

Only in the EU does it take 100 pages to prohibit ugly fruit. On second thought, US food regulators are probably not far behind. 

 Score one for the free market.  But not so fast. This is the EU after all, the world leader in nonsense regulations.    The last paragraph makes it clear that:

"Pretty-food" standards remain in effect for apples, strawberries, citrus fruit, kiwi, lettuce, pears, peaches, nectarines, sweet peppers, table grapes and tomatoes. 

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UNC-Charlotte endorses plan for football team

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 1:39 PM

George Leef shakes his head.

At least the plans depend on supporters raising $45 million first.

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Two transportation stories

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 1:22 PM

In one, the state explores more ways to take money for transportation projects. In the other, state officials detail the shrinking pot of existing funds.  

Read John Hood's thoughts on transportation funding here.

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Another case of unintended consequences

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 1:13 PM

Current speculation about future officeholders includes the identities of North Carolina's next U.S. attorneys.

Doug McCullough offers "Under the Dome" some interesting information about the reasons some qualified candidates would shy away from the job.

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John Wilson?

Posted by Dr. Terry Stoops at 12:41 AM

From Under the Dome:

Who might Gov.-elect Beverly Perdue appoint to her Cabinet?...National Education Association executive director John Wilson may be under consideration for an advisory role in education, although the state Superintendent of Public Instruction is elected separately from the Cabinet.
No surprise there. After all, the NEA generously $upported Perdue's campaign.

What? Did you really expect her to bring change to Raleigh? The joke is on you.

By the way, the appointment is important because the governor's education adviser serves as a liaison between the governor and the State Board of Education. Serving as education advisor also puts one in a good position to get a job with DPI (See J.B. Buxton).

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Punctuated equilibrium

Posted by Dr. Terry Stoops at 12:01 AM

The bottom of this story was just, well, too good not to memorialize somewhere. 

Rep. Thom Tillis, a Mecklenburg County Republican who is in his freshman term, compared House business to piloting an airliner.

"It's like hours and hours of boredom punctuated by minutes of sheer terror," Tillis said.

At least we can agree on something.

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The "conga line" for bailout money

Posted by George Leef at 09:30 AM

Good piece here by Marty Nemko on the sorry consequences of the notion that businesses that make bad decisions should be bailed out by the taxpayers.

So we bail out failing firms and redistribute income from wealthy people to non-wealthy people. That is a good recipe for driving capital and brainpower away.

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Zeke Pasour on the morass of "farm policy"

Posted by George Leef at 08:59 AM

Today on the Foundation for Economic Education's (now more needed than ever!) site is an instructive article by our good friend Zeke Pasour.

Our "farm policy" is an idiotic maze of subsidies and regulations. It's wasteful and unconstitutional (the latter is my view; Zeke's article doesn't go into that) and we'd be far better off if the feds stopped meddling in agriculture. That would be change I could believe in, but of course nothing of the sort is going to happen.

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Today's Carolina Journal Online features

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 06:42 AM

Today's Carolina Journal Online exclusive features a report on the 21st Century Transportation Committee's ideas for raising taxes and fees to pay for new roads and other state transportation projects.

John Hood's Daily Journal discusses a new report that shows declining economic freedom in North Carolina.

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