Boone, Buncombe Take Steps To Curtail Building on Steep Slopes

(Cross-posted at the new Appalachian Voices blog)
The Steep Slope Task Force in Boone, NC has approved an extension of a steep slope building moratorium. To be enacted, the measure has only to pass the Boone Town Council, which I suppose it will.

The task force recommended adoption of a 120-day moratorium on multi-family development on steep slopes of 20 percent or more grade.

The War on Sex

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Much has been written about American theocrats and their growing threat to personal freedoms and liberty. Nowhere is their passion more pronounced than in their desire to control women's bodies. We all know they've launched a full-frontal assault on abortion rights, but did you also know they want to control sex in general? Here's some food for thought, and an excerpt.

He Stoops to Conquer

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There's a fresh new face in the Art Pope Puppetshow named Terry Stoops, a fitting moniker if ever there was one. Having drunk the John Locke Foundation's free-market kool-aid in vast quantities, Stoops stoops to a new rhetorical low in today's diatribe about public education. Feel free to go read the whole sorry missive, but if you want to save yourself a headache, just jump to the last line:

Experimentation is the role of the private sector and students, not of the government and education bureaucrats.

I know Pope Puppets aren't supposed to think for themselves, but this statement is so inane that it doesn't even warrant the courtesy of a serious response. I guess we shouldn't expect anything more from people whose ideas are blinded by pure hatred of government.

General Assembly Moves to Reform State Landfills

Eastern North Carolina has been targeted by waste companies as the dumping ground for the rest of the country's trash; these dumps are usually megalandfills that import up to thousands of tons of trash a day into these relatively undeveloped areas that they target. The reason that eastern North Carolina is the target is that the state has a low impact fee on imported trash and the counties targeted are very poor (such as this post about attempts to place a megalandfill in Scotland county). In fact the two requirements a county seems to need to be a target are that it is poor and has an interstate to bring the trash in.

NC Gets Screwed, Not Drilled

Just a couple of quickies: the first lottery indictment has been handed down, and it's unlikely to be the last.

Also, the US House restored the ban on natural gas exploration off the Outer Banks. The amendment came from a Florida Republican, and NC's delegation voted for it 7 to 6. That's every Democrat and coastal Republican Walter Jones voting to restore the ban, and every single (stinking, filthy, rotten, etc.) non-coastal Republican voting to louse up the OBX. Perpwalk: Foxx, Coble, Hayes, Myrick, McHenry, and Charlie "I'd hit a baby for a buck" Taylor.


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