Monthly Archives: July 2009

Meet Leslie Boyd

Meet Leslie Boyd, reporter with the Asheville Citizen-Times.  On June 20, Ms. Boyd was the keynote speaker at the WNC for Change Healthcare Reform Rally held at Pritchard Park in Asheville.  (Photo here.)  She was also the Asheville Citizen-Times photographer for the event.  This evening, July 23, at 5:30 p.m., Ms. Boyd is scheduled to speak at the R.E.A.L. Action for a Public Option rally hosted by at Heath Shuler’s Asheville office.

For evidence of whether Ms. Boyd’s involvement has influenced the news, I refer you to last week’s rally in opposition to Nationalized Healthcare. On Friday, July 17, over 250 area citizens gathered at the Asheville office of Heath Shuler (D-NC11) in opposition to the proposed government takeover of healthcare. The Asheville Citizen-Times did not send a single reporter or photographer. To date, not a single word in Asheville’s only daily newspaper has been devoted to this event.

When Ms. Boyd became a journalist, she made the choice to be an impartial observer and reporter of the news.  She promised to uphold a code of ethics which prohibits her from entering into public politics and activism.  This was a career choice that she made and, judging by the name she has made for herself at the Asheville Citizen-Times, it was a good one.  If she has now changed her mind and wishes to enter the political activism arena, that is indeed her prerogative.  What she may not do, however, is straddle the fence between the two occupations.  She may not make the news and report it too.




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Helianthus Bowl

Finished this up today, hope to get $120 retail for it.



It’s about 13 inches across, and two and one half inches deep.


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Heintooga to Cherokee


Last week we drove up the parkway to Heintooga again.  Didn’t see any elk this time but we almost got stuck behind these animal lovers.  Luckily they turned around.


It was a pretty clear day, but a few clouds were bumping into the mountains.


Pete likes the cool air.


Oenothera or Evening Primrose were blooming.


Not sure what this is, it’s not in either of my wildflower books.


Joe Pye Weed about to bloom.


Lots of Lillies.


Lilium superbum


More to come, they’re just getting started.


Rhododendron maximum


Looking West from the ridge of the Balsam Mountains.


Not sure what this plant is, but the leaves are huge.


If you know what this is, please leave a comment.


Bee Balm


Looking South from Heintooga.


Down the valley towards Cherokee the rhodies were blooming like crazy!


Casino money makes for nice schools!


Lets see, thats Tsalagi Gunagaloquasdi Dedanisgvi, I think.


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Moron of the Week


“…we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt…”

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A New Bowl

My forge can’t handle anything much wider than seven inches in width, so I had to come up with a way to make a big bowl out of small pieces.

The result:


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On Shearing Sheep

For the wheat farmer, electrical contractor, and 20-person law firm, the strategic calculus now goes something like this: “I think I just lost about 20 percent of next year’s income to pay for more income, health-care, state, sales, and payroll taxes, so I won’t be buying that tractor, doing any more Saturday jobs, or hiring that new litigator.” Worse still, many may add, “I will begin reducing or hiding income, avoiding taxes, and dealing in barter to save my business — rather than paying for vast new dubious entitlements for someone else.”


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Punitive Liberalism

From the time of John Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 to Jimmy Carter’s election in 1976, the Democratic party was gradually taken over by a bizarre doctrine that might be called Punitive Liberalism. According to this doctrine, America had been responsible for numerous crimes and misdeeds through its history for which it deserved punishment and chastisement. White Americans had enslaved blacks and committed genocide against Native Americans. They had oppressed women and tyrannized minority groups, such as the Japanese who had been interned in camps during World War II. They had been harsh and unfeeling toward the poor. By our greed, we had despoiled the environment and were consuming a disproportionate share of the world’s wealth and resources. We had coddled dictators abroad and violated human rights out of our irrational fear of communism.

FWIW, this article was written in 2004.

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