-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
-December 12, 2013
-December 13, 2013
I got this e-mail about a pretty cool reunion today (Friday) that is open to the public.
"Inka, a military service dog, is scheduled to be reunited with her handler at the Hickory airport at 3:30 pm.
Inka is a Belgin Malinoise that served in Afghanistan until her handler was hurt in 2011. Only recently was she able to return stateside.
Her journey will begin tomorrow morning in Lake City, Fla., where her first leg will be to Charleston, S.C.. A second pilot will fly her from Charleston to Hickory.
All are welcome to show up. Ask your listeners to be arrive 15 to 30 minutes early in case the flight arrives early."
This is part of a larger program called Pilots N Paws that helps pilots and pet-owners arrange transport over long distances.
A pretty startling discussion occurred yesterday between NC Republican Congressman Mark Meadows and some of the IT wizards charged with getting Healthcare.gov up and running.
Rep. Meadows questioned the White House chief technology officer Todd Park and Henry Chao, the chief digital architect, about some pretty basic concepts.
Like, how do they define "success?" What are the metrics to be used? How can Americans judge the progress o December 1, when the website is supposed to be "fixed."
Chao also said that during about two dozen meetings with the White House officials about the website, there was never any discussion about whether the October 1 launch date might be problematic.
Chao said the meetings were highly-specific to individual tasks, so there was never any thought paid to whether the site could be up and running by the deadline.
I'm no IT or management wizard, but this seems pretty amazing to me. How could people working on such a massive project that includes all sorts of benchmarks, deliverables, and deadlines not know whether the thing was going to work upon launch?
Are we to assume that every single area Chao and all his colleagues in all of those meetings were responsible for worked properly and launched on-time? That everything THEY were working on was fine, and they had no clue how the entire project would work on Day One?
Watch the video:
And the website probably won't be working by the NEW deadline of December 1, either.
You know it's bad when the Washington Post can't even write a positive story about a swing state Democratic incumbent's defense of health care reform.
In this case, it's Sen. Kay Hagan from North Carolina.
The first-termer has been trying to create separation between herself and the miserably-managed and defectively-designed Affordable Care Act.
From WaPo's dana Milbank:
Hagan hosted a conference call for reporters Tuesday morning to discuss the problems with the health-care law’s rollout, and the Q&A session was so painful that the senator should qualify for trauma coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Oof -- that left a mark.
Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, released a poll Tuesday showing that 69 percent of North Carolinians think the Obamacare rollout has been unsuccessful. Probably because of that, Hagan is now in a dead heat with would-be challengers. “Kay Hagan on the ropes,” the conservative National Review exulted.
That goes too far; there’s a year until the election, and a challenger to Hagan has yet to emerge from the Republican pack. Just a month ago, when the government shutdown was dominating the news, it looked as though Democrats could make gains in the 2014 midterms — and more such swings are likely.
This line from Milbank is amusing because the PPP survey shows ALL FOUR Republicans could be effective challengers to Hagan. He's arguing that one candidate needs to emerge before Hagan can accurately be labeled as "on the ropes." But isn't she on the ropes when she's essentially tied with the entire pack of challengers?
Milbank also ignored the PPP results that found Hagan was actually trailing one of the GOP candidates - Dr. Greg Brannon.
Back in Septmeber, Brannon was trailing Hagan by 16 points (52-36) in the PPP survey.
Now he's beating her 44-43.
Either Brannon is having amazing success as a campaigner, or PPP has some problems with its methodology.
When POLITICO covered this remarkable improvement in Brannon's standing, it was mentioned in the third paragraph - after describing how Hagan was still leading the other GOP contenders.
Considering the story is about how Hagan's lead "vanished," you'd think the bigger story (ie: the MORE newsworthy) would be how she lost a 16-point advantage and is now trailing the Tea Party candidate.
Hagan's collapse is tied to Obamacare. And that has Democrats all over the USA worried about the 2014 election.