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Was He Spying on a Lover’s Dalliances?

The news on the radio this morning repeated what the local daily had to offer: Etowah Elementary went into lockdown because of a suspicious man. We should probably fault the police for (1) being gender-specific, and (2) assuming the entity in men’s attire identified with the male gender.

You can take that and 52 cents to the casino, where they also sell gas, and buy a sweet lard sandwich on an oatmeal cookie bun, as I did this morning.

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Used to Be Called Conceit

Without crossing the threshold, there is no fathoming the depths of what happens when elected to public office. For example, The Wee People in Buncombe County have a way of showing up in droves to protest zoning. In the latest iteration, people waited outside the Weaverville Town Council chambers, where the fire marshal only allowed 194 people at a time, to comment on rezoning. Do you think it will change anything?

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Same as It Ever Was

I prefer religion as a refuge for personal refinement. Unfortunately, my mind is twisted, and items from my studies this morning fell victim. For example, in the First Book of Maccabees, an invasion was disguised as goon-enforced political correctness. When a minority stood up to express their wholesome and traditional diversity, the king funded a program to silence them. When the king checked the treasury again, lo and behold, it was empty, having been depleted from bestowing gifts on a multitude of kiss-ups who had promised regional prosperity. See also Micah 2:11.

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Under the Weather and Dreaming

Maybe we could credit the looming elections, but our politicians are on their good behavior out here. So, today, I visited the JLF web site and, for a change, found reports agreeing with the way I think cause and effect should work, human nature notwithstanding.

  • Over here, R. E. Smith, Jr. writes about what is done with tourist taxes as a bureaucratic waste, but for its comedic value. When was the last time a logo and a jingle inspired you to leave the office in charge of people who would make your life a nightmare, just for a couple days?

    Local application: Asheville and Buncombe County need new, regional logos.

  • In a similar vein, we find we just missed a luncheon where the guest speaker, Heywood T. Sanders, was to talk about all the synergy communities have been creating by investing tax dollars in convention centers. Evidently, the results, as measured in room nights and fortified tax bases, are as transparent, colorless, and odorless as the synergy itself.

    Local application: The newly-forming Enka Youth Sports Organization would greatly benefit from a very large building.

  • You have probably noticed I steer away from trying to decide scientific questions with government. It isn’t because I was the first person of whom I am aware to ask if the Scandinavian data showing non-monotonic temperature increases netting on the order of 1 degree Fahrenheit for about a century was the source of the global warming hysteria (gloat, gloat). It is because I harbor this insane wish that scientists would stick to science and politicians would stick to politics, but I have no desire to wield enough power to enforce my dreams.

    Anyhoo, Jon Sanders published a paper with a funny title, “The Chemicals In Fracking Fluids: Earth and Water, You’ll Find Plenty of Both down There.” It generates two un-progressive chuckles: (1) the obvious, and (2) a jab at Common Core for teaching only four elements.

    Local application: Let’s storm the next meeting of Asheville City Council to advocate for legalization of a fifth element, and partake liberally thereof before attending to make sure we don’t make sense. The less sense we make, the greater our probability of being heard. Was that enough idle prattle to make me matter? Hello?

  • More seriously, an article by Katherine Restrepo written in July is still on the JLF’s front page. I assume it is because the people who need to be reading it aren’t. Here are two “key facts” to perhaps help direct web traffic that way:
    • Each state’s federal share, their Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP), is renewed every year. Federal funding creates a strong disincentive for North Carolina to flush out waste in the system, since a hefty portion of any savings reverts back to the feds.
    • A prime example in which North Carolina uses Medicaid’s federal share to its advantage is its Provider Assessment Act of 2011, which imposes taxes on certain classes of medical providers. The state uses this revenue to shell out enhanced reimbursements to medical providers, which in turn pulls down more federal funds. The state can use these excess federal funds for budget purposes not limited to Medicaid.

    Local application: Move along. Federal and state money are “indeed free,” and all local expenditures are already budgeted, approved, and non-transferrable.

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Stooping to Stirring the Pot

This could be an entangling alliance. I’m still struggling with the feeling that I’m missing something. At the last meeting of Asheville City Council, several people came to participate in public comment. The common thread seemed to be a complaint against the Asheville Police Department for filming Mountain Moral Monday. It tied back to the civil liberties policy council adopted, thanks to much work by Councilman Cecil Bothwell.

I’m no stranger to alarms about a growing police state, but this liberty and justice for all stuff is a tad foreign. Why, you would practically have to go back to the era of slavery.

The attorney picking up the case went to the local daily for leverage. An outstanding story was subsequently published, but now the other newspapers don’t quite know how to handle it. They could either divert business to the local daily or plagiarize.

Today, in the paper that has a monopoly on this story, columnist John Boyle shared some unanswered questions. My unanswered questions would include: (1) Why were so many advocates for freedom of assembly, and being smartphone-recorded by anybody but police officers, so gung-ho about pot? (2) Why was Police Chief William Anderson, standing up in the back of the council chambers, motioning to somebody up front with his smartphone? and (3) Why did the city claim they were having problems filming council’s meeting and perform AV adjustments during the closed session?

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Are We Rich, Yet?

Reading the headlines today, I flashed back to reading the sections on “Honesty” in William Bennett’s Book of Virtues. It was on the window sill drying, having been flooded in the boss’ basement, and I was attracted and subsequently drawn in by the word “truth” on one of the open pages. One story told about how mouths were invented to communicate truth, and either the same one or another mentioned the Houyhnhnms, an entirely rational breed that saw no advantage to uttering “the thing which is not.” One of the Houyhnhnms saved the hero in Gulliver’s Travels (Mr. Travels) from suffocating in poo.

And so today I will dedicate some space to Senator Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg), as a Houyhnhnm award, for using his mouth to illustrate a slice of reality.

“Most incentives don’t deliver,” he said. But he said key lawmakers have agreed that the state would “invest $100 million or $200 million or $300 million” on a major project because the return on the investment could be there.

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What Color Is Your Crony?

[Speaking as a fool,] beer may be a proper role of government, the expedition with which it will rain profound prosperity upon our community far outweighing any moralistic taboos associated with cronyism. We may – nay, must – dismiss traditional values of character, justice, and sound economies; but one reader of the Mountain Xpress asks how the economic engines of synergy managed to get a pass on the new high road of diversity.

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Probably Wasting Your Time Today

The news on the national front is big. Why, Eric Holder will be resigning. At the local level, we just have little bitties; viz.:

  • That’s Not What They Mean

    The Black Mountain Center for the Arts has announced “Bring Back the Monarch awareness events.”

  • Knaves in Waiting

    The Boone Police Department rung up three DWI’s and six “unspecified motor vehicle violations” at their last checkpoint. I’m sure the hassle of taking people offline to sit around and wait and be searched was as good for the economy as Asheville City Council calling an hour-long closed session during their last meeting.

  • Pay No Attention to the Wage Slaves Who Don’t Get Lunch Breaks

    I forgot to mention, members of Asheville City Council encouraged members of the public to attend the mayor’s State of the City Address Wednesday, October 1, at noon, in the US Cellular Center. A headcount is required a priori, as lunch will be provided. Members of council took that as an opportunity to inform the public that there was indeed such a thing as a free lunch.

OK, now. Don’t follow my example and be productive. I command you!

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Proletariat Materials

From the Smoky Mountain News:

Manufactured homes, metal siding and unfinished concrete blocks are no longer allowed in downtown Sylva. The plywood coverings blocking out so many windows up and down Main Street, however, can stay a while longer.

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Mother: That Which Puts Kids in the System

It’s an attack on the family, pure and simple. That is why it makes me mad. Families have a historical track record for raising up socially-conscious future generations, and those of us inclined to embrace mythology consider them a structure of sacred proportions. But anybody saying that will be accused of hating children and going so far as to pull food out of their mouths to make them starve.

The PC crowd will say pets require responsibility, and then they whine that human children cannot be supported by their parents. Every week, I see about three articles in WNC papers whining about the local food-insecure, praising the schools for adding to their “feeding” crowd, and local food pantries and churches not being able to keep up with demand.

Again, I cannot condemn all those cute little teenagers who are so sexy they can’t stop themselves from getting pregnant. I never had that problem, but for what it’s worth, I would encourage them to try to wait until they could give the kids a two-parent rearing, with the man of the house being human instead of a bundle of tax- and debt-subsidized programs. I would also encourage those who have been married to maybe forego the big-screen TV’s, hair- and nail-dos, and even cell phones to take care of their children’s basic needs.

Otherwise, we have this sci-fi culture where kids are essentially confiscated, raised and programmed by the few who decide how to spend taxpayer dollars. Here‘s a current story that raises awareness about how “tirelessly” “many” organizations are working to feed Canton’s “food-insecure.”

For the past two years, one of those organizations has been the St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Canton, which sends backpacks filled with food home with students at Pisgah High School for the weekend.

According to a recent Map the Meal Gap Study, 34 percent or 3,580 children in Haywood County are “food insecure.” This means those children live in households facing difficulty meeting basic food needs. Over 70 percent of the children attending school in Haywood County are on free or reduced lunch.

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