-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!
On the matter of crowd sizes, more is usually better. Especially when you're trying to send a message.
A few weeks ago when Asheville hosted the Mountain Moral Monday rally, there was some debate about the size of the crowd. It's always difficult to peg attendance at large outdoor events, so I generally don't make a big deal about competing claims of size.
After performing a protest song for the audience, Democratic City Councilman Cecil Bothwell announced over the microphone a crowd count of 10,000 people. He cited Asheville Police as his the source. This is the number you'll see progressives use.
However, the Asheville Police Department pegged the crowd size at around half that size.
So, anywhere between 5,000 and 10,000 showed up. That's quite a discrepancy. But we'll assume the higher number, and give the benefit of the doubt to the MoMoMo folks.
Yesterday, the Moral Monday rally landed in the Queen City. The Charlotte Observer called it "One of the city's largest protests," and cited police estimates of about 2,000.
I generally don't judge a movement or its ideas based on how many people it can turn out to a rally. But the crowd count has been a focal point in a lot of the coverage so far. So, I did a little ciphering.
Let's assume the larger crowd size at the Asheville event was accurate. That means the Mountain Moral Monday crowd represented 2.4% of the metro area population.
The Charlotte Moral Monday draw represents less than one percent of the total population of the area (.09%).
This assumes that all the people attending the rallies are from the local areas - which is not the case.
What different sizes mean
Two points are important here.
First, you get a perspective of how these rallies compare to the size of the general population. It's impressive to rally thousands of people to a specific site at a specific time and date. As I said before, organizers should consider it nothing short of a success. However, as a percentage of the population, it represents a very small minority.
This is not an assessment of the protesters' message, either. I've never believed a philosophy should be dismissed based on the number of people who hold it.
I would, however, note that our society has been instructed recently that being part of "the 1%" is not as cool or ethical as being part of "the 99%."
Second, the size of the Charlotte rally shows a decline in turnout. Is it because Charlotte does a poor job of protesting, generally? (It does.) Is it because Asheville does a good job of protesting? (It does.) Is it a sign that the Moral Monday "movement" is losing momentum? It's way too early to tell.
The drop-off in attendance does not make a trend. We'll monitor upcoming events to see if one develops.