-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-
Some early voting data has the GOP feeling good.
For example, Facing South has a post today comparing 2012 Early Voting turnout in North Carolina and Florida to the Early Voting totals from 2008:
This is what we've been talking about on the show for weeks now: 2008 is not 2012 and the 7% margin that Barack Obama enjoyed over John McCain will be nowhere near the results today. That election was historic and Obama was a unique and motivational candidate.
The Early Voting numbers, so far, indicate that Democrats are not turning out in the numbers they did in 2008, while Republicans are turning out in larger numbers than they did in 2008. Also, whites do not appear to be voting for Obama as they did in the previous contest.
So, here's what to watch for:
If the turnout is D+5 --- then Obama survives.
If the turnout is D+3, --- it looks good for Romney.
The lower the Democratic turnout number gets from that 3% margin, the bigger the Romney win.
Meanwhile, there are already legal challenges regarding the election. In Philadelphia (home of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation story in 2008), more than 70 GOP poll judges were booted from precincts by Democrats.
A judge ordered the GOP judges restored and to be escorted by law enforcement, if necessary.
Meanwhile, a court reportedly ordered this big mural of President Obama be covered up.
I'm not sure whether this a greater indictment on the poll workers that left this uncovered (violating polling-place electioneering laws), or on this public school staff who thought it would be a great idea to paint this mural in the first place. It actually reminds me of those big paintings of dictators in Third-World foreign nations.
Maybe it's just me, but I try not to see these things as signs of anything more ominous.
However... in what can only be seen as a sign of impending armeggedon, the R&B singer Rihanna recorded a duet with her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. Yes, he's the one that was charged with assaulting her. The name of the new song?
Yeah, we're doomed.