-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!
UPDATE: An earlier version of this blog erroneously identified the author of the @WNCGOP twitter account as Nathan West. He is not. I apologize for the mistake and regret any issues this might have caused him. Due to corporate IT maintenance of all ClearChannel Media + Entertainment websites yesterday, I was unable to correct this post until today. - Pete
A small group of Asheville area lefitsts are really, really mad at a series of posts made by an anonymous account on Twitter called WNC GOP.
The Democrat party in NC has a long and storied history of lynchings, segregation, eugenics and corruption that continues to this day! #ncga— wncgop (@wncgop) July 3, 2013
GOP Governor William Woods Holden was the first in US history to be impeached and removed from office...by who? The angry Democrat KKK!— wncgop (@wncgop) July 3, 2013
There was another post that was subsequently deleted. You can see it in this reply:
I'm not really clear on the whole 'sun vs. shade' analogy in that post, but I'm sure it's sufficiently imbued with righteous indignation and inspirational aggrievement. I think the point is that she's going to re-tweet this message to everyone all over the world so everyone all over the world will see it.
The accusation is that @WNCGOP is trying to incite violence against the abortion clinic - over and above the violence that occurs every day to the babies/fetuses/product of conception, of course. (I'm not sure if the 'sun vs. shade' line is a threat or not, either. But the Left enjoys different standards for violence incitey-ness.)
WNC GOP responded with these Twitter comments:
3X as many African-Americans lives have been ended by Abortion than by Cancer, Heart Disease, AIDS, Accidents & Violent Crimes COMBINED.— wncgop (@wncgop) July 7, 2013
Abortion is the #1 cause of death in the African American Community. In the last 40 yrs, 13 million African American lives have been aborted— wncgop (@wncgop) July 7, 2013
CDC: Of the app. 4,000 abortions that are performed daily in the US, 1,452 are performed on African American women & their pre-born children— wncgop (@wncgop) July 7, 2013
Progressives seem perfectly comfortable with African-American genocide. We are not.— wncgop (@wncgop) July 7, 2013
Abortion supporters are mad at an abortion opponent for pointing out the millions of African-American babies aborted, and for posting the address of the Asheville abortion clinic address while calling it a slaughterhouse.
Posting addresses is usually done without much thought to potential repercussions. For example, I am sure these local leftists were equally outraged when Occupy Wall Street activists and sympathetic hackers posted addresses of bank executives. Or when Spike Lee and Roseanne Barr posted the address for George Zimmerman's parents.
Some of these are veiled threats made through the safety of the World Wide Web. Your classic "internet tough guy" syndrome. Roseanne Barr wasn't going to pay Zimmerman's parents a visit, of course. She just wanted her followers to THINK she would.
Did WNC GOP think people would attack the Asheville clinic because he tweeted out the address? Did he think his followers would believe HE'D attack the clinic?
A few more questions I have...
Why delete the tweet with the address? Was he afraid of the backlash from the local leftists? Was he asked to delete it? If so, by whom? Did he worry it might incite violence? Did he worry leftists would use it to incite violence against HIM?
Practically speaking, given the party affiliation of African-Americans (over 80% registered Democrat or lean Democrat), how many black folks do you think are following the WNC GOP twitter account in the first place? Further, how many of those people are going to attack the abortion clinic because of something a republican tweets?
Honestly - who would have seen this tweet except all those racist Republicans, right? And THEY wouldn't be attacking an abortion clinic that's killing blacks because, as everyone knows, the GOP is raaaaaacist. Right? Or is the fear that raaaacist Republicans would storm the clinic to stop the abortions of black babies?
Talk about creating a conflicting narrative.
Here's why I don't believe the intent was to incite violence.
If you believe it was, you must first assume that black folks are incapable of looking up the address of the abortion clinic on their own. ("Thank goodness the WNC GOP guy posted the address of the abortion clinic! We never would've found it, otherwise!") This clinic is operating as a business in the public realm.
Secondly, to assume it's inciting violence would be to assume black folks are so incapable of controlling themselves that they'd attack the clinic once provided with the address.
It seems like these local lily-white lefties are suggesting that black people are ignorant of how to get an address and have a propensity for violence.
Which seems kinda' racist to me.
If you're interested in a good, civil discussion about the NC General Assembly action on the abortion-related bills, check out this video from WRAL: