-May 20, 2013-
3:00 -- The head of the IRS's labor union met with President Obama the day before the IRS launched its targeted program of Tea Party groups. Surely, it's just a coincidence.
4:00 -- Is Obama a flake? Here's an analysis that supports the conclusion that he is.
5:00 -- Shariah law in North Carolina - is it needed or are Republican lawmakers just scaremongering?
-May 21, 2013-
3:00 -- The Asheville TEA Party protests outisde the local IRS offices. Plus, french fries & curly fries.
4:00 -- French fries, curly fries, drive-ins, and radio frequency waves. Plus, if you had to pick a species of infestation, what would it be?
5:00 -- Pete's battles flies in his apartment. Plus, trivia!
-May 22, 2013-
3:00 -- Highlights of today's congressional hearing on the IRS scandal.
4:00 -- Belgian racing pigeons and pot-fed pigs who get the munchies.
5:00 -- The Charlotte Bobcats will change their name back to the Hornets. Because that'll make them be less sucky?
-May 23, 2013-
3:00 -- We start off with trivia! Then, a city in New Hampshire seeks a court order to prevent citizens from getting too close to parking meter enforcement, after the citizens launched a campaign to feed meters for strangers. Plus, a stolen poptart in Charlotte leads to an arrest, and the UN urges us all to eat insects to fight obesity.
4:00 -- Kevin King, Managing Editor of the Asheville and Hendersonville Tribunes, joins us to talk about the latest issue on news stands today. Also, the 38 signs you're from North Carolina.
5:00 -- Pete convinces Producer Tank to eat a fried grasshopper for $10.
-May 24, 2013-
3:00 -- Two Muslim terrorists kill a British soldier while people stand around and watch. Does it say something about the culture? Plus, Dr. Mark DeWeaver joins us to talk about whether the Chinese economy is collapsing.
4:00 -- The political spat between NC Rep. Robert Brawley and Speaker of the House Thom Tillis.
5:00 -- Free burgers for the guy who rescued three Cleveland women held captive for more than a decade. Plus, the Buncombe County budget recommendation from Manager Wanda Green.
Readers of this blog and listeners to the show know that I have not spent any time talking about Big Bird, Sesame Street, or PBS funding in the aftermath of the "Mile High Murder" (a/k/a: The Denver Presidential Debate).
I find the entire discussion to be a distraction from both the important issues of the day, as well as the poor performance delivered by President Obama.
I've seen some of the photoshopped pictures making the rounds on-line, and some of them are amusing. But when we're talking about annual deficits of $1.5 trillion, I think we need to turn our attention from the children's TV program.
But if the collective mentality of our society requires colorful art and muppet characters to make a point, take a look at the latest image drawn up by the GOP:
Maybe we'll hear about Libya in another two weeks at the next debate.
So, the debate rages about whether public broadcasting can survive without the tax subsidies; about whether the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is only able to provide content because some politicians have carved out a special protection for it under the tax code.
But I was reminded of an old interview that Phil Donahue did with Milton Friedman. Phil was asking whether "Uncle Milt" had ever once doubted the free enterprise model.
Friedman's response was perfect.
"Is it really true that political self-interest is nobler somehow than economic self-interest?" Friedman asked, with his hallmark grin and folksy charm. "Just tell me where in the world you find these angels who are going to organize society for us. I don't even trust YOU to do that."
Here's the clip: