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He Who Thinks He Is Secure, Is Not

The masses are not listening to their teles, but are remaining firm in their conviction that the best defense is self-defense. The Asheville Gun Show fared well. Show Owner Mike Kent said this was the first time he has seen people lined up two and a half hours before the doors opened. They were not enjoying the freezy, freezy weather at 6:30 a.m. Kent attributes the enthusiasm to the election and the Connecticut incident. But then, maybe the folks were buying guns to get them off the streets, having intentions to donate them to their elected officials.

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Not News

Environmental groups are opposing logging.

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Shake It Up, Man!

If that isn’t old enough, another headline announced job creation. Shall we play fill in the blanks one more time?

Gov. Bev Perdue on Thursday announced that _________________, a _____________________ manufacturer, will expand its facility in ___________________. The company plans to create ____ jobs and invest $____ million over the next ____ years in _________. The project was made possible in part by an $____________ grant from the One North Carolina Fund. . . .

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wages for the new jobs will be $________, plus benefits. The Caldwell County average annual wage is $_________.

Now, just to mess you up, you will notice the corporate representative in this story was “pleased” and not “excited.” Go figger.

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Because They Can, and You Can’t

A previous post expressed confusion over why decision-makers for the City of Asheville felt compelled to buy a derelict building after it became a murder scene, and then why they thought it would be a good idea to transform the former warehouse/ice house into affordable housing. Clarification on the latter point came forward in a staff report published this week. Although staff did not think it prudent to convert a warehouse in a historic district into living quarters, they reported that fifteen “persons experiencing homelessness” were dwelling in the building at the time of the murder.

Don’t worry too much about any evictions. The city is giving Givens Estates good terms on a loan to create more affordable housing.

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