-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
Sunday I spent the day with family at their farm in Stanley County, NC.
I helped clear some brush and put up a fence (that's Penny the Pig in the background).
This farm produces the pigs for The Naked Pig Meat Company - which focuses on pork products without added antibiotics, hormones, and artificial enhancements. They have happy pigs raised outdoors - not in some massive factory.
Only Iowa produces more pork in the USA than the state of North Carolina, and most of the Tar Heel pork is raised down east by really large operations.
However, more and more people are taking an interest in knowing where their food comes from - and we are rejecting some of the methods and products used by the big operations.
Just because I'll eat a pig doesn't mean I want that pig to live it's life unable to turn around in a tiny pen. But that's just me.
Well, actually, it's not just me.
There is a large and growing movement in the farming world to be more responsible, healthier, more local, and of higher quality. Indeed, there is a political implication, as well, as the growing "food freedom" movement might even convert some big-government liberals into small-government libertarians:
[A] growing cultural trend of embracing high-quality foods from local sources to make our gobbling both more green and more gratifying has run into a lot of onerous food regulation that makes the delivering and selling of your neighborhood kale or goat cheese illegal. It has also run into entrenched food purveyors in the market who are more than happy to use government regulation to muscle out these small, new competitors.
Tasty pork chops shall unite us all!!
Some of the local old-timers who eat the Naked Pig's bacon say it tastes like bacon USED to taste.
Happy pigs, apparently, taste better.
Come to think of it... now that my family let me hang around their operation I've learned a (very) little bit about farming. So, if this whole radio career doesn't work out, maybe I'll swap out my mic for a pitchfork.