-May 13, 2013-
3:00 -- BREAKING NEWS: A Philadelphia jury convicts abortionist Kermit Gosnell on three counts of First Dgree Murder. Plus, the latest on the Asheville water lawsuit.
4:00 -- The Mayor of Asheville says she never got a written $57 million proposal from the Metropolitan Sewerage District. Except she actually did.
5:00 -- The IRS is trouble for targeting Tea Party groups starting back in 2010.
-May 14, 2013-
3:00 -- Buncombe County Commissioners really, really, really care about what you think about their proposal to give $18 million to an un-named business. But they say we'll be happy!
4:00 -- WLOS has a story on how the Buncombe County School district has a history of not getting the required permits for work.
5:00 -- More on the WLOS story. Plus, Scott Hamilton, President & CEO of AdvantageWest, joins us to talk about a bill in the NC Senate that would strip the organization of $1 million in state funding.
-May 15, 2013-
3:00 -- Dr. Terry Stoops joins us to talk about a Henderson County classroom exam that used a partisan editorial to teach English to 4th graders. Plus, dissention at AB Tech over the new building.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from Mountain Xpress drop by to chat about the latest edition on news stands today.
5:00 -- Jane Bilello, Chairman of the Asheville Tea Party, joins us to talk about how her group may have been targeted by the IRS in a national campaign of intimidation.
-May 16, 2013-
3:00 -- Scandalamnia! IRS, Benghazi, and the AP phone records - has President Obama stopped the political bleeding?
4:00 -- More Scandalmania.
4:30 -- NC State Treasurer Janet Cowell drops by the studio to chat about unclaimed property you might have, plus will the City of Asheville see a downgrade of its bond rating if the water system gets merged into MSD?
5:00 -- Scandalmania! Plus trivia.
-May 17, 2013-
3:00 -- As Pete predicted it took a year for John Edwards to kick off his "comeback" tour. Plus, Jeff Greiner, Gerald Kummerlow and Simone Seitz join us to about an upcoming Zipline event to raise money for a local autism agency. Details are here.
4:00 -- Protesters rally for education. Pete suggests stop crying about funding until schools quit wasting money, like the "sweet" deal given to outgoing Asheville City Schools Superintendent Allen Johnson. Then, more on the Buncombe Co. Schools permit scandal.
5:00 -- More on the permits story. Plus, Susan Myrick from Civitas joins us to talk about the latest in a series of investigative reports looking at the incestuous relationship between the Board of Elections and the leftwing group Democracy NC.
Because a pollster's idea of "Happy Holidays" means combining politics with Jesus' birth.... the folks at Public Policy Polling released a survey that asked people whether they thought Santa Claus is a Democrat or Republican.
My initial thought was, "Good heavens, why are we politicizing St. Nick?"
But then I started thinking about the mentality of a guy who spends all year employing essentially slave labor to make toys for good kids. Oh sure, sure... the elves LOVE doing the work. I'm sure the Red Chinese party leaders say the same thing about their 'employees'!
And what about that list? How the heck is Santa determining naughty and nice?
One word: drones.
So, this got me thinking - Santa MUST be a Republican, right? Using cheap labor, a surveillance state, and punishing bad kids with lumps of coal (not a very compassionate response to youthful indiscretions).
Plus, ummm hello! Would a Democrat wear a RED suit?
I also suspect Santa might be over-using those reindeer. Flying around the world and visiting EVERY home in a single night must be a violation of some workplace rules.
But it was the reindeer that got me thinking differently... clean transportation. Right? No Republican would use that kind of mode when a magic-powered SUV is available!
Also, have you noticed how Santa never worries about the cost of stuff? We never hear him running out of money to fulfill all the wishes and wants of the people. Yeah - total Democrat.
Well, apparently, 44% of people surveyed think Santa IS a Democrat. While 28% said he's a Republican.
Some other poll results:
- If voters saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus, 43% would tell Daddy, 40% would not and 17% weren’t sure.
- When asked, “If Grandma got run over by a reindeer, would you press charges against Santa?” 61% would not press charges, to 24% who would. 33% of Democrats would press charges compared to 19% of Republicans.
So, we're pretty evenly split on whether to rat out Mom for her cheating heart.
But what's up with the law-and-order Democrats?! I find it interesting that people believe Santa is Democrat, but the Democrats would cuff him for the sleigh accident.
The survey also found 62% of us say our favorite part of the holidays is spending time with family. Honestly, I think this is one of those "I only watch TV news for the weather and good stories" responses - when you know the person actually watches for the car accidents and murder stories. They just don't want to SAY they watch for the bloody stuff.
Also from the PPP survey:
- Cookies were the favorite holiday treat at 29%.
- The most popular holiday movies were It’s a Wonderful Life, 22%, and A Christmas Story with 20%. Santa is the clear winner for favorite holiday character at 40% followed by Rudolph at 20%.
- When asked what the most annoying holiday song was, 36% said “The Chipmunk Song”; the runner up was “Santa Baby” at 13%.
At least we all agree on the most annoying song. Maybe there is hope for America.