No, this is not a parody OF the administration, it's a parody BY the administration that, inadvertantly, mocks the administration. Very meta.
The White House has turned the annual turkey pardoning ritual into an American Idol-esque contest.
Perhaps we could televise the final vote, put President Obama in a throne in an arena and have him give the final thumbs down for the doomed fowl.
Seriously, though, is this what our government should be doing? In a $3 trillion budget, the cost of this stupid spoof is minimal. But it's representative of hundreds of similiarly wasteful endeavors undertaken by a government that has lost sight of its legitimate function.
The stupidest part of this?
Both Popcorn and Caramel will be pardoned. Neither one of them will be slaughtered for the Thanksgiving Day feast. Not only is this bad news for un-named Turkey #3 in the queue, but it also means this contest has absolutely ZERO value.
It's not going to spare one turkey's life.
It's not going to do anything.
Come to think of it, perhaps this contest is the PERFECT symbol of government.
People get to vote on their favorite candidate - both of whom will be sent off to live the good life.
Folks cast their vote based on superficial qualities like the way the candidates sound and what is their favorite song.
But in the end, the choice is still between two turkeys.
-March 3, 2014-
3:00 -- Pete makes an uncontested arrival in the studio to discuss the Russian uncontested arrival in Ukraine.
4:00 -- More discussion on Russia's uncontested arrival in Ukraine. Plus, NC Lt. Gov. Dan Forest joins us to talk about his visit today to Asheville. Also, an update on the Kelo v. New London eminent domain case.
5:00 -- More on Russia, Russian dressing, and the horrors of Pete's childhood breakfasts. Plus, homeless Jesus statue causes outrage in Davidson, NC.
March 4, 2014
3:00 -- The Commissioner of the Southern Conference, John Iamarino, joins us to talk about the SoCon basketball tournament in town this week. Plus, the NC Democratic Party Chairman says party leaders don't "believe in the goodness of their neighbors."
4:00 -- Asheville City Council can't seem to figure out how to crack down on graffiti.
5:00 -- John Marshall joins us to appraise YOUR record albums.
March 5, 2014
3:00 -- Another delay in the implementation of Obamacare - this one specifically designed to shield vulnerable Democrats in the upcoming midterm election.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from the Mountain Xpress joins us to talk about the latest issue on news stands today. Plus, if you think the local graffiti debate is over the "line between art and vandalism" - you've already lost the debate.
5:00 -- Sen. Kay Hagan votes to confirm to the DOJ a lawyer who defended cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Plus, what's the difference between a hot tub and a jacuzzi?
March 6, 2014
3:00 -- Roger McCredie from the Tribune joins us to talk about the City of Asheville's attempt to take over the Pack Place building.
4:00 -- The Asheville City School Board adopts a lottery to pay 25% of teachers
5:00 -- A teachers union launches a website called "Cashing In On Kids" to attack private companies looking to educate kids. Plus, the Sicilian Space Program launches a connolo into space.
February 28, 2014
3:00 -- Russia invades Ukraine; Buncombe County Board of Elections asks to reduce its early voting hours for the primary; Kay Hagan goes to Seattle to raise money comes back a "middle-out minion"; NC NAACP President says vouchers aimed at getting poor black kids out of failing government schools is the same as 1950s white racists who tried to use vouchers to get white kids out of going to school with black kids.
4:00 -- The last time Federal agents devoted massive resources to investigating voter fraud was 1982 in Chicago, where 100,000 fraudulent votes were discovered (about 10% of the total cast).
5:00 -- The President interrupts Pete's show to express his disapproval of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Plus, voter fraud and monogamous flies.