-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
-December 13, 2013
Dianty's Inferno fizzles?
So, I guess the bottom line on the report is that the Asheville Chief of Police needs some better management training?
The City Council held another closed session meeting this morning to discuss the scandal at the Police Department - otherwise known as "Dianty's Inferno."
After 20 hours of investigating and seven interviews, the internal City probe did not prove whether Chief William Andersonand Captain Stoney Gonce tried to coerce Lt. Bill Wilke into participating in a cover-up, as Wilke alleged.
Wilke was being interviewed by the SBI abouta car crash that involved the Chief's son when the Chief called him into his office. Essentially, Lt. Wilke said Capt. Gonce and Chief Anderson wanted him to lie to the SBI about what happened the night of the crash and in the following days.
The City Council and Manager say if there was a law broken, it's up to District Attorney Ron Moore to prosecute. But Moore has already said he won't.
The Manager's report did, however, say Chief Anderson acted inappropriately by calling Lt. Wilke into his office. So, the act of ordering him inside the room wasn't cool, but the reason was. Got it?
It seems like the City just cannot determine who is lying about what was said inside that office.
City Manager Jackson did take the time to note how new leadership in an organization can bring pushback from people who don't like change.
You can watch the video presentation and draw your own conclusion:
The City Manager says the grievance complaint from Lt. Wilke was handled in a timely manner and in accordance with policy. He said an action plan has been developed to move the APD forward. That plan includes rotating Captains (including Stoney Gonce) and bringing in an outside expert to work with the Department on improving communication... because that's what this has all been about. Communication.
Whew! So, that's that everyone. Move along.
Motorcycles and abortion
Meanwhile, in Raleigh, the House debated a revised abortion bill. After Gov. McCrory and his DHHS Secretary expressed concerns about ambiguity in the original proposal, House lawmakers made some changes.
But under NCGA rules, lawmakers couldn't file any new bills because the bill-filing deadline had passed. This posed a problem because the original abortion bills passed by the House were approved by the Senate. So, the House could only "concur" or not with the Senate version.
What to do?
In a practice that has been used for decades, the House took a motorcycle safety bill that was sitting in committee, and added the abortion clinic regulation language.
People who are ignorant of this process, along with people who saw it as an opportunity to mock the state and the GOP, immediately began making jokes about motorcycles and women. (Note: these are the same people who get outraged and offended at the whiff of a joke told by any non-leftist.)
I thought this Asheville-area man's tweet was particularly appropriate for their movement: