-December 9, 2013-
3:00 -- Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner sentenced, but media can't seem to determine his political affiliation. The Panthers' horrible showing in New Orleans, why leftists believe Obamacare will work, and why one progressive says Canada's death panels should be emulated.
4:00 --NC Secretary of Education June Atkinson says voucher money could go to "schools of terror" - when asked about a private Christian schools stance against gay marriage. Plus, NC Republicans say they'll try to get teachers a pay raise, Budget Director Art Pope responds to leftist picketings of his family's store. Meanwhile, Congressional leaders are in budget talks.
5:00 -- One in five Americans will be "rich" for some period in their lives. And would you rather have your dream job making $40,000 or the worst job - but making $150,000?
-December 10, 2013
3:00 -- President Obama shakes a communist's hand and poses for a "selfie" at the memorial for Nelson Mandela. Outrage ensues.
4:00 -- Mark Keller & Rick Phillips join us in studio to preview tomorrow night's Hometown Holiday Jam at the Orange Peel. Plus, Janet Casperson from Blue Ridge Bear Yogurt & Espresso tells about their "Joe for Joes" care package drive they're running. Stop by and donate to help send sweets & coffee to troops in Afghanistan.
5:00 -- More on the "Selfie seen around the world." Plus, NC DHHS software problems are completely different than the Obamacare website problems because ... well ... the GOP is in charge of the NC government while Democrats are in charge of the national failure.
-December 11, 2013
3:00 -- A former deputy with the Buncombe County Sheriff's office stabs a guy outside an Asheville bar and police arrest the guy who got stabbed.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from the Mountain Xpress stops by to talk about the latest edition on news stands today. Plus, a sword-wielding robber, a fake sign language interpreter at Mandela's memorial, and a new world record low temperature of -135.8 degrees.
5:00 -- Fake or real? Which is better. Christmas trees, that is.
-December 12, 2013
3:00 -- The NC Association of Educators and a liberal group sues the state over the fledgling voucher program. Darrell Allison, President of Parents for Education Freedom NC, joins us to talk about it.
4:00 -- More discussion of the voucher program and the lawsuit. Plus, a federal judge says lawsuits against the state of NC over the voting laws overhaul will not be tried before the 2014 election.
5:00 -- PolitiFact names "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan" as the "Lie of 2013." Just in time for it to matter! Plus, Rick Rice from 104.9-FM joins us to talk about a big change in the Asheville radio market.
-December 13, 2013
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: