-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
-December 6, 2013
So, not much happening at all today, eh? I remember the days when July meant slow news days. Thanks a lot Information Age.
What's on the agenda for today's show...
Dianty's Inferno smolders
The scandal/non-scandal surrounding how Asheville Police Chief William Anderson handled the investigation of his son's car crash (and the subsequent SBI investigation) has exposed rifts inside the department, according to the police officers' union.
WLOS has a story about it:
Asheville's Fraternal Order of Police President Rondell Lance tells News 13 officers have lost confidence in their leadership in the Asheville Police Department. In an interview Friday, Lance told News 13 APD is severely fractured with rank and file officers afraid to speak out fearing they'll lose their jobs.
"It's an intimidating time at the police department to be an officer," said Lance. "The leadership seems to be a leadership of intimidation. They (officers) are almost afraid to do their jobs."
Lance said some younger officers have come to him with ethical concerns over what superiors are expecting them to do.
"It's coming from lieutenants and above," said Lance.
But over the course of recent weeks some city leaders have said some problems in the department can be attributed to Chief Anderson working to improve the force.
Meanwhile, City Councilman Cecil Bothwell says there's nothing to see here. Bothwell is Chairman of the Council's Public Safety Committee. He posted on the local lefitst website Scrutiny Hooligans (the one run by/not run by Councilman Gordon Smith):
I’m willing to stand on my record as an investigative reporter. My investigation and reporting on Sheriff Bobby Medford is quite correctly credited with substantially contributing to his conviction.
The investigation surrounding allegations made about Chief Andersen was complete. We are constrained by state and federal law from revealing more details than have been publicized. But the Chief has been cleared of all but some mild procedural matters.
I am totally committed to transparency and accountability, and if I could say more publicly, I would. But I am satisfied with the proof. If you trusted my reporting on Medford and many other matters when I was a reporter and managing editor, I’d urge you to trust me now. I have no stake in this, financial or otherwise, except to restore trust in a wrongly accused Chief and the ongoing efficacy of our APD.
You heard the Councilman. Move along.
NC GOP responds to NY Times Editorial
The new chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party sent the New York Times a response to the newspaper's recent editorial slamming the Tar Heel state legislature.
Thank you, New York Times. We southern hillbillies are always honored when the Old Gray Lady’s beacons of intelligence bestow their political wisdom from on high.
And why shouldn’t we be eager to heed your advice on critical legislative matters pending in the Tar Heel State?
After all, you’ve stood courageously against some of humanity’s most imminent threats – like soda.
If you had ever stepped foot in North Carolina, you’d know the carnage you describe is actually a massive rebuilding and clean-up effort. Your ideological soul mates sunk this state into a financial hole larger than your collective egos.
NC GOP infighting
A tweet sent out from a parody account reveals a battle between Republican leaders in the State and House. Well, at least among their staff.
Yes, that’s right: Berger’s office is running a parody Twitter account of Thom Tillis that took shots at both Tillis and Governor McCrory — and they’re doing it on the taxpayer dime.
So, no, North Carolina Republicans can’t get along. They’ve resorted to mocking each other on Twitter in their infighting. They’re certainly not leading our state.
And if we didn’t already assume that Phil Berger was running for U.S. Senate against Thom Tillis, we can probably go ahead and conclude that with his staff running a Twitter mocking Tillis, he’s gearing up for that primary campaign against him.
One thing has become very clear to me in the past 48 hours since a jury acquitted George Zimmerman of 2nd Degree Murder and Manslaughter charges for shooting Trayvon Martin... there are a lot of uninformed people who have no problem expressing those uninformed opinions.
Here are some good analyses I came across.
This one by retired radio talk show host Neal Boortz is excellent:
For decades whites have been far more exorcised about black-on-white crime than crime of the black-on-black variety. If you’re white you know this to be true, and if you’re black you damned well know this to be true.
Meanwhile – in Chicago – young black males are mowing down other young black males like a cheap amusement park shooting gallery. From where I sit the white community isn’t exactly screaming for action here. Oh sure, they whites like to use the high level of violence in Chicago to excoriate 0bama and his former Chief of Staff, but beyond that there’s no real organized demand for action. You can’t blame the black community for perceiving – no, recognizing – the air of indifference among whites to the Chicago carnage. Wait … there’s more. Again .. this may be uncomfortable for you, but its reality and it needs to be faced. Let someone kidnap, rape or murder a cute, blonde little white girl and all hell breaks loose. If the suspect is a black male, the outrage increases exponentially.
Bluntly stated, whites are simply fed up with the high level of violence brought to many cities by young black males. Whites seem to intuitively know that when they hear of a robbery, a car jacking or a murder, chances are the person committing the crime is going to be black. Then, when the arrest is made and the picture shows up in the paper or on TV, their suspicions are vindicated. If the suspect turns out to be white it’s an anamoly.
White women are tired of being called racists because they instinctively lock their car doors when they see a young black male approaching them in a parking lot. You get the point.
Whites have heard the statistics … they know that although black males make up only a shade over six percent of our population, 42% of murder victims are black. Homicide rates for blacks are seven times that for whites. If a white person is robbed it will be by a black 47% of the time. The robber will be another white 37% of the time. (Here’s your link).
Even though whites realize that the bulk of violent crimes are committed by blacks, they believe the media works hard trying to cover this statistic up. They watch TV commercials for home alarm companies where the burglars, intruders, home invaders – whatever – are always white.
And Derek Hunter at TownHall.com can't bring himself to care a lot about the case, and argues that you shouldn't either:
Sympathize away, but being invested emotionally while not being a friend or family member of anyone involved is irrational and dangerous.
But an emotional investment is exactly what every news outlet in the country wants you to have. There’s money in it and it fits their progressive agenda.
Finally, a video of Zimmerman's defense attorney Mark O'Mara after the acquittal. He's about to walk away from the microphone when he responds to a final question.
Like I said... a slow news day.