Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Big News Roundup

It looked like a "happy news" headline last week in the Herald: "Sylva Celebrates Pinnacle Park Conservation Easement." But this week, a spokesman for one of North Carolina’s most powerful think tanks blew the cover on a sinister scheme behind the recent headline:

Long ago, Miles Copeland claimed the CIA had noted unnamed entities systematically acquiring lands containing certain resources. These resources were neither gold nor oil, but something more essential and obvious. He did not elaborate. Copeland, as an insider, published several books about the CIA during the Cold War, which may well have only been misinformation. Nonetheless, his claim reverberates in my mind as events like this [the Pinnacle Park conservation easement] occur at an accelerating pace.

When the black helicopters start landing in Pinnacle Park, don’t count on the local papers to let you know about it. But Leslee Kulba and the John Locke Foundation will. They’re on the case…

Speaking of sneaky local officials, how about the photo on the front page of the 12/06/07 Sylva Herald? The county is displaying a huge lighted cross in front of the old Jackson County Courthouse…on gummint property! Not good. Looks like a job for Barbara Goldstein. She kicked ass in Macon County a few Christmases ago, sent the baby Jesus packing, and all that...

Harrah’s Casino always commands the back page of the Smoky Mountain News. This week they got the back page AND the front page. Predictably, we read glad tidings of the prosperity bestowed by the glitzy gambling house. We’re ALL winners. A quick nod to the problem gambling hotline absolves the casino of any responsibility for the poor saps who’ve lost everything to those machines. Coincidentally, we’re told this week that former Buncombe Sheriff Bobby Medford went through $54,000 at Harrah’s. Then to pay off the gambling debts, he took kickbacks from video poker operators. Poetic justice, I’d say. At any rate, the lawman has been indicted and thrown in the slammer. Ahhh, if only he had dialed the problem gambling hotline before it was too late…

In another SMN story, we learned that some lefties want to soapbox from their very own FM radio station…to remind us Jackson County hillbillies how dumb we are, I suppose. If you get the chance, try listening to Asheville’s progressive radio station…invariably some stoner mumbling incoherently and playing lousy reggae records. If that’s progressive media then please keep it in Asheville. Those lefties claim they want clean air, and then they threaten to fill it with that progressive media stuff. Heaven help us…

Balsam Mountain Preserve continues to screw around with the county over $300,000 in fines for their excellent environmental stewardship leading up to the catastrophic failure of the Balsam Mountain Preserve golf course dam and subsequent devastation of Scotts Creek. BMP wants to keep everything behind closed doors. Essentially, they’re negotiating the price…the price they’ll pay to purchase the rights to destroy Scott’s Creek (after the fact, of course). Several years ago a Highlands developer bought the rights to destroy a small lake that wasn’t theirs either (after the fact, as well). As I recall, the price was well over $300,000. Close the doors. Keep the public out. After all, what business is it of ours? That’s what gates and armed guards are for. To remind us that Balsam Mountain Preserve’s business is none of our business…

Speaking of which, it looks like Carolina Boulder and Stone just won’t take "no" for an answer on their quarry in Tuckasegee. Undaunted by the state’s denial of their application for a mining permit, the company has appealed the decision. After the filing, a company spokesman had words for the Tuckasegee residents opposed to the mining operation:

We’ve about run out of patience with that bunch. If they want peace and quiet so much they should just go buy a place in a gated community, like everybody else. What do they think makes them so special? This is 2007, not 1807.

He also announced that effective immediately, the company has changed its name to Sisyphus Boulder and Stone, and they intend to keep on rolling with their quarry. I kid U NOT…

That concludes this week’s news roundup.



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