-December 2, 2013-
3:00 -- Is it unethical for Rep. Tim Moffitt to publish a newspaper outling all the great things his Republican Party passed in the NC Legislature?
4:00 -- Americans don't trust each other any more. Why? Plus Art Pope and William Barber exchange words.
5:00 -- Kevin King joins us to talk about his grassroots organizing work on college campuses. Plus, Milton Friedman debates Frances Fox Piven.
-December 3, 2013
3:00 -- Pete offers NC Democratic candidate recruiters the opportunity to come on the show. They chicken out.
4:00 -- The rise of the administrative state and why budget battles will be the focal point now.
5:00 -- The Hobby Lobby lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act, plus should chimpanzees get legal "personhood" status.
-December 4, 2013
3:00 -- A coup on the Mecklenburg County Commission might make it easier for South Asheville to de-annex from the city. Plus, a Hindu guy is mad at a local brewer for naming a beer Shiva.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from Mountain Xpress joins us to talk about the latest edition on news stands. Plus, Buncombe County Commissioners say they want to reduce the carbon footprint by 80%.
5:00 -- Kurth Schlichter, columnist at Townhall, says liberals have to lie. Plus, human cheese.
-December 5, 2013
3:00 -- Fast food workers protest for an increase in the federal minimum wage.
4:00 -- Ford O'Connell, GOP strategist and former McCain-Palin adviser, talks about what the Republican Party needs to do to win the Presidential race in 2016 - including "getting over the fact that Reagan is dead."
5:00 -- It turns out President Obama did know his illegal alien uncle living in Boston. Plus, the Democrats are desperate to get everyone to focus on income inequality.
-December 6, 2013
3:00 -- Why the Affordable Care Act is costing Democrats support among women.
4:00 -- Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) dismantles a liberal professor's defense of presidential overreach. Plus, Rev. William Barber's comments after getting convicted on 2 of 3 counts for his Moral Monday protests.
5:00 -- More from Rev. Barber. Plus, the Olympic torch lights a man on fire in Siberia and the NC lottery is now offering subscriptions!
So, there I was, minding my own business and watching the final three Oscar awards presentations from the comfort of my bed. A cat on my chest and another curled up at my feet.
I'm brought back to the world of politics that I thought I had put to bed a few hours earlier.
In case you didn't watch the Oscar Awards ceremonies last night, America was treated to the injection of politics into the event in a unique and groundbreaking way. Usually, whenever political subject matter makes its way into an event like this, it's some bleary-eyed, narcissist ranting some leftist bromides as he holds up a statue worth more than some nations' GDP. (Indeed, a guy who worked on Argo made such a declaration last night, pointing out people were able to be non-violent during the Iranian hostage crisis.)
So, these celebrity mini-lectures are to be expected.
What was NOT expected, however, was the appearance of First Lady Michelle Obama to give the award for Best Picture.
As I screamed, "You have got to be kidding me!" one cat jumped off the bed and ran for the door while the other was launched about a foot off my chest.
Actor Jack Nicholson pointed out how the Academy never has two people make the presentation for Best Picture. But (hooray for us!) last night was special! Jack was on stage and Michelle joined the Hollywood party via TV link up.
So some pretty important questions I have about this.
Number One: Who the heck are those people standing behind her?
Number Two: What's up with the bangs? Is this the style now? If so, why?
Number Three: How much did this appearance cost taxpayers? Between the video link-up and the dress (I wonder who she was wearing!). And, of course, those people behind her. Who ARE they? Can I get a price check on this?
That said, I think this perfectly sums up the current American celebrity culture and the current Administration's fancy for the... well... fancy. The very idea that the First Lady would have any role whatsoever in an awards show for professional, paid liars is silly. The fact that Hollywood and the White House would do it is a sad commentary on how the White House views its role in our society.
Oh! Did I mention Jane Fonda was a presenter last night, too? So, we had that going for us.
Nikki Finke is with Deadline Hollywood and was “live snarking” during the Academy Awards:
As if Hanoi Jane weren’t fuel enough. Oh My God - the Academy actually fans the fire by drafting First Lady Michelle Obama to help present Best Picture from presumably the White House? So unnecessary and inappropriate to inject so much politics into the Oscars yet again. Hollywood will get pilloried by conservative pundits for arranging this payoff for all the campaign donations it gave the President’s reelection campaign. I don’t understand this very obvious attempt to infuriate right-leaning audiences. Clearly the studios only want to sell their movies to only half of America. And here I’d thought Spielberg had overreached at the Golden Globes by bringing Bill Clinton onstage…
It's not even really the naked political manipulation of the appearance that disgusts.
Obviously, the lefty base that loves the Obamas will see the FLOTUS bit as totally awesome. Righties will cringe at the injection of the Administration into yet another cultural retreat (and how Finke correctly notes both Hollywood and the Obamas seem okay with such a move).
But for me, the worst part is the unstated premise of the appearance -- that we're SUPPOSED to believe that the President and First Lady SHOULD be part of the pop entertainment culture.
When did that happen?
And it's not the same as the Presidential chucking out of first pitches on Opening Day in baseball, either. Or flipping the coin in the first NFL game of the year.
It would be more akin to a President coming on in relief and intentionally walking a batter in a World Series game. Or for the POTUS to take a knee on the last play of the Super Bowl to run out the clock.
It's one thing to open a ceremony with some words. It's another to participate in the ceremony by making a speech and announcing the award recipient. Maybe I'm old fashioned. Or maybe I'm just tired of the American Idolotry Presidency thing going on in the USA.
I will be very interested to see if this now becomes something the Academy will offer other First Ladies in the future. Specifically, the Republican ones (if there ever is another Republican, one, of course).
But then again, given the fact that actors are paid liars, maybe the Academy Awards is the EXACT place for politicians to be.