-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!
Before I get to the topics of the day, just wanted to give you a link to a website that examines and eviscerates the claims from the 9-11 Truthers.
Myles Powers is his name. And while it's easy to spend a lot of time watching these videos, I urge folks to do so.
Was Vladimir Putin's op-ed in the NY Times part of John Kerry's master plan, too? Tell me how President Obama TOTALLY outsmarted the Russian President on the Syria deal.
The former KGB Lt. Col. wrote:
No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization.
The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders.
And just in case his message isn't clear enough for our president who is often struggling against people who won't permit him be clear...
The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not. Under current international law, force is permitted only in self-defense or by the decision of the Security Council. Anything else is unacceptable under the United Nations Charter and would constitute an act of aggression.
Was THIS the flexibility President Obama promised his Russian counterpart before the 2012 U.S. election?
Oh, and this just happened.
According to Syrian rebels, on Thursday, the Assad regime launched another gas attack in Damascus. Rebels said that the attack happened in the Jobar area of Damascus, and that they did not know the nature of the chemical weapons, but that rebels were having trouble breathing. The rebels also posted video to Youtube showing rebels struggling to breathe.
Troubling news today for Asheville's progressives. No, no - I'm not talking about the complete lack of transparency and accountability that the City-appointed school system enjoys.
I'm talking about Trader Joe's!
Don't worry, my moral relativist friends, Trader Joe's is still coming to town. You can put down the organic cheese and step away from the ledge.
I am quite sure the issue here can be ignored with a little practice.
Trader Joe's says it's dropping coverage for many part-time workers and sending them off to participate in the Obamacare "exchanges":
In the memo to staff dated Aug. 30, Trader Joe's CEO Dan Bane said the company will cut part-timers a check for $500 in January and help guide them toward finding a new plan under the Affordable Care Act. The company will continue to offer health coverage to workers who carry 30 hours or more on average.
The law mandates that companies with 50 employees or more offer coverage to such full-time employees, though the Obama administration has chosen to delay that rule for a year.
Trader Joe's has won kudos for offering its health care, dental and vision plans to part-time workers at a reasonable price -- a rarity in an industry known for low pay and scant benefits. But with low-wage workers eligible for tax subsidies to buy health insurance next year, the company has apparently calculated that offering medical coverage to part-timers who work 18 hours or more is no longer worth the cost.
This was, of course, predictable ... and predicted.
Companies will make the rational decision to ditch expensive benefits and, instead, pay the cheaper "penalty" (don't call it a tax, unless you need to call it a tax in court).
For a guy like me who wants to see health insurance de-coupled from employment and the elimination of preferred tax status, this is one benefit of Obamacare. Of course, the downside is that the "exchanges" aren't free marketplaces - but government-mandated imitations.
"Depending on income you may earn outside of Trader Joe's" -- i.e., another job -- "we believe that with the $500 from Trader Joe's and the tax credits available under the ACA, many of you should be able to obtain health care coverage at very little if any net cost to you," Bane wrote in the memo.
Yea! Free stuff! Am I right?
The Catawba Indian Nation wants to open a casino in Cleveland County - because the I-26 trip through Shelby isn't slow enough, apparently. Some more traffic and stop lights will probably help.
I kid! I kid!
It looks like it would be located closer to Gaston County - just north of the NC/SC border.
Cleveland County leaders are courting the Catawba Indians in South Carolina to open a brand-new casino near Kings Mountain in North Carolina.
The groups involved aren't saying much Friday, but the Catawba Indians have been trying for years to get South Carolina to approve a casino. They said it could generate a hundred million dollars a year in tax revenue.
Now, they're hoping North Carolina is willing to make a deal.
The meeting about the proposed casino happened last month possibly built on land near Dixon School Road at Highway 85 south of Kings Mountain.
In a listing online, the 46-acre site is valued at $125,000. The casino could have slots, and live games like blackjack and poker, also a hotel and other retail businesses.
But NC lawmakers are concerned about the impact another casino could have on the morals of the citizens. Also, it's a competitor to Harrah's Cherokee Casino - located in Harrah's backyard. (Or front yard - depending on what direction you're looking, I guess.)
Meanwhile, 130 miles to the northwest, Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino employs 2,300 people and pumps about $390 million a year into the local economy, according to a 2011 University of North Carolina study.
And last year, the N.C. General Assembly approved letting that casino offer live poker and other table games. Harrah’s officials say a good dealer can earn $60,000 in wages and tips.
Location is usually a key to the casino’s success, said Kathryn Rand, a University of North Dakota School of Law professor and co-director of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy.
“If it’s near a major metropolitan area, even with competition, it’s likely to do well. If it’s in a rural area with little traffic, like the tribal casinos in North Dakota, it’s likely to earn modest profits at best,” she said.
Rand said she doesn’t believe a proposed Catawba casino would hurt the Cherokee operation.
“I’m not sure the new casino would draw customers away from the Cherokee unless it was offering something significantly different from the Cherokee – different games, higher stakes, a resort complex, whatever. If the games and amenities are similar, customers will probably just go to whatever is more convenient,” she said.
Gov. Pat McCrory met with the Catawba leaders and, according to reports, he could actually approve a deal without the General Assembly's blessing. And that has some GOP authoritarians pretty mad!
Sen. Tom Apodaca, the chamber’s No. 2 Republican, sounded indignant after a Cleveland County economic development official recently told him about the negotiations for a casino. Apodaca said Senate leader Phil Berger and the majority Republican caucus would oppose such an effort.
“We don’t need an out-of-state tribe coming into North Carolina and opening a casino,” the Hendersonville lawmaker said Thursday. “I can tell you I haven’t heard of one person yet who was excited about the idea.”
While the Catawba Indian is recognized by the US and SC governments, it is not officially recognized by NC - despite the fact that the Catawbas used to live throughout the Piedmont region.
Apodaca went on to threaten the Governor - politically speaking:
“If we have to come back for a veto session,” Apodaca said, noting a possible effort to override the governor’s veto of two bills, “we might have to get (ourselves) some power.”
Those "limited government Republicans" are at it again!