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Om nom nom! Waffles!This is an invitation to a Waffle Brunch I help organize once a year. It’s a lot of fun – and if you don’t show up you’ll be missing out on some seriously awesome food. It’s known to local foodies as ” The Greatest Waffle Brunch In History.”

Chefs from around the world compete in Asheville, NC to decide who will be crowned “Master of the Waffle Iron And Supreme Potentate Over All Creation”.

To aid this culinary contest the community (That’s YOU) comes together to taste & vote on the waffles. Side-items such as fruit salad, bacon, and mimosas are provided by the attendees to share with one another.

This year all proceeds go to BAMFS – The Blueridge-Asheville Movement & FlowArts Society. (Look them up & “Like” them on Facebook.)

The Waffle-Off Championship is considered the most important event on Earth.

Cost: $5 per person + _ONE_ of the following items to share:

–> Real maple syrup (No HFCS please)
–> 1 gallon of organic orange juice
–> 1 bottle of Sparkling wine (aka: Champagne)
–> Bowl of fruit salad. (Doesn’t have to be organic fruit)
–> Something you want to share with the community, as long as it’s pre-cooked. (eg: Bacon, Mom’s breakfast strudel.)

Link to ticket page:

Advance ticket: $5
Tickets at door: $8

Note: A small group, such as a family or couple, may show up with a single one of the above items and it will count for the entire group. (For example: A family of 4 can bring a single bottle of real maple syrup.) If you don’t have time to pick up one or create of the items, no worries, an additional $5 will be accepted.

* Kids under the age of 10 and press get in free.

So, to summarize:

What: 2015 Waffle-Off Championship & Brunch

When: Sunday – March 29th 2015 @ 10:00am – 12:30pm

Why: To answer the most important question of all time: Who makes the best waffles IN THE UNIVERSE!!!???

This event is a benefit for BAMFS: Blueridge-Asheville Movement & FlowArts Society (Look us up on Facebook)

Where: The Asheville Commissary – 3080 Sweeten Creek Rd Asheville, NC 28803. (Formerly CinTom’s Frozen Yogurt) Refer to this Google Map:

This is a rain-or-shine event.


Equality and Leadership

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Screenshot 2013-04-18 at 9.04.18 AMBack in 2010, I introduced same-sex domestic partner benefits policy for employees of the City of Asheville. Recognizing the relationships and health needs of our LGBT employees was a big step forward. As city officials it’s important that demonstrate leadership to ensure the values of our community are reflected in government. A year after passing same-sex domestic partner benefits, I worked with over 50 clergy from the area to introduce and pass the City’s Equality Resolution, which included a Domestic Partner Registry, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s non-discrimination policy, taking a stand against bullying, and endorsing same-sex marriage. I’m grateful to the Council members who supported providing increased safety, opportunity, and acceptance for those citizens marginalized by unjust laws and policies.

Since that time we’ve seen Mission Hospital and Care Partners, two of Buncombe County’s largest employers adopt same-sex domestic partner benefits. Most recently, leaders in the Buncombe County Commission have taken similar steps to protect and recognize their LGBT employees. Their wise decisions mean that thousands of area workers are treated with respect.

We can do more. It’s still legal to discriminate against LGBT citizens when offering housing, and that’s something we have a responsibility to address. When offering economic incentives to business partners, we can guarantee that they include sexual orientation and gender identity in their non-discrimination policies.

Anything short of full equality for our LGBT citizens is unjust, and I will work to continue our march toward a city that demonstrates its values in all of its policies.

If you believe that these steps are the right ones, then please take the time to visit my campaign website and volunteer or donate. It’s critical that we have leaders on City Council who have demonstrated ability to get things done, and I’m asking for your help to continue this important work.


Triangle Park Mural – Kick Down

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Molly Must’s work is redefining street art in Asheville. Her focus on storytelling honors Asheville’s history and catches pieces that might otherwise be forgotten. Now she’s turned her efforts to Triangle Park down on The Block. This is a great project. Please watch the whole video (I promise you’ll learn stuff you didn’t know) and then kick a few dollars towards the mural.

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The Campaign for Southern Equality is participating in a 24-hour online fundraising contest called Twive and Receive and representing the city of Asheville. We’re competing with 200 other non-profits from around the country and, on top of that, we’re the only LGBT organization in this contest.

Here’s the deal: If we win the contest Razoo will donate $15,000 to CSE. Second place is $10,000 and third is $5,000. This funding will go toward the WE DO Campaign and our free legal workshops for LGBT people in the South.

Here are a few ways you can help us get there:

  • Give $10 or more right now.
  • Email or call your friends and family and ask them to do the same.
  • Update your status on Facebook and send a tweet urging your friends to help us finish in the top 3!

A little bit of background about CSE in case you’re not familiar with our work.

On May 9th, the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) launched the third stage of our WE DO campaign in Wilson, N.C. It was not a coincidence that we began our campaign the day after the Amendment One vote. Regardless of the outcome, we knew that LGBT individuals would still be second-class citizens in the state of North Carolina – unable to marry or complete second-parent adoptions, subject to employment and housing discrimination and lacking many other basic legal rights.

From May 9th to May 15th, 38 courageous LGBT couples applied for – and were denied – marriage licenses in their home towns, from small towns such as Wilson and Bakersville to population centers like Winston-Salem and Charlotte. Because these couples stood up to affirm their rights as fully equal citizens and to show what happens when a discriminatory law is enforced, the nation is beginning to hear a new story coming out of the South. The BBC and MSNBC interviewed us twice during the course of the campaign and CSE was quoted on the front page of the NY Times. WE DO was also covered by the Raleigh News and Observer, Charlotte Observer, Winston-Salem Journal, Asheville Citizen-Times and The Guardian (UK) among many other publications and blogs.

Please stand with these brave LGBT couples by giving a tax-deductible donation to the Campaign for Southern Equality and help us win an additional $15,000. That money will go towards the next stage of the WE DO campaign and towards offering legal workshops across NC to help people how to best protect their rights now that Amendment One has passed.

This morning, we’re in Asheboro, N.C. At 9:30 a.m., we’ll stand with Barb and Angela as they request – and are denied – a marriage license in their home town, surrounded by friends, family and clergy.

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Just up on dKos this a.m.:

Monday, a North Carolina philanthropist announced his support for No On Amendment One by pledging to match donations dollar for dollar up to $100,000. Todd Stiefel is the founder of The Free Thought Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit private foundation that provides financial support and volunteer strategy consulting. Todd describes himself as “a secular humanist, an atheist and full-time freethought activist.” He is also a cum laude graduate of Duke University.

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Saturday Morning (Pledge) Drive

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 Asheville Free Media is ready to take the next steps in becoming a model for community-based Internet radio that focuses locally but has worldly appeal. We want to program even more high-quality, curated music shows, more simulcasts, more local and hyperlocal news, and in general better serve both our local and world-wide audiences. And to do all of this, we really need your help.  Kickstarter link






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Fire Relief Benefits Tonight and Sunday

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Thanks to those of you who have already donated to the three men who lost their home and possessions in the house fire on Brevard Road last Friday. The link to donate online is here.

For those of you who haven’t donated yet and would like a chance to meet the affected trio, tonight you get a chance. Friends are hosting a benefit at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 20 Oak Street in downtown Asheville from 5-7pm. Open your hearts, wallets and checkbooks as Parker, Grey and Adam need all of the support and financial help they can get.

In addition to tonight’s event, the Altamont Brewery on Haywood Road is having a gigantic shindig on Sunday with eight bands and big open jam. From the Facebook event page:

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Brevard Rd. Fire Relief

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Parker Sloan, Grey Nelson and Adam Bowers lost their home and possessions on Friday evening in a tragic house fire on Brevard Road in West Asheville. See the WLOS video report here.

They lost their clothes, beds, shoes, furniture, kitchen supplies, bicycles, photographs… Have a look around you right now, and imagine it all burned to ruin. It’s time for our community to come together to help these three get back on their feet.

You can make a monetary donation here. The Bar of Soap, 333 Merrimon Ave., is accepting non-monetary donations of food, clothing and other items.

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Will we survive?

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Way back on Tuesday, my friend and cohort Tom Sullivan posted an urgent plea asking you Hooligans to donate a little scratch to keep us up and kicking. And I’m sorry to report that his efforts went over about as well as a drag show at a Wendell Runion Tent Revival.

Did you know that it costs a few hundred clams every year to keep this two-bit operation afloat? Between hosting fees, maintenance and whatnot, it does Blanche, it does. And everything you see is done by volunteers: the graphic design, the long hours of beer drinking programming, all the back-end stuff — not to mention some of the best written dreck in Western North Carolina. Hell, see those cute little ads over there on the right? It might be Asheville’s best-kept secret that we don’t even charge for those. It’s our way of supporting the community in this tight economy.

We started from humble beginnings here at Scrutiny Hooligans — operating with nothing but a typewriter out of the back of our station wagon. Now we have an audience of dozens, if not hundreds. And I’m asking that each of you donate just $5 to keep the dream alive.

“But what do I get for my five bucks, Muller?” you may be asking.

What other local blog gives you direct, unlimited access to everyone’s favorite metrosexual city councilman? What other blog keeps you so informed of local political machinations and issues of vital local concern? What other blog provides you with a greater public forum to voice your opinions so you don’t actually have to ever leave your house? What other blog entertains you with the coolest Sunday Morning Music? What other blog gives you the scoop on who’s running for what and then changing their minds and pulling out and then deciding to run for something else? What other blog is as fearless and comprehensive in bringing you truth, justice, and the American way as we see it? And what other blog has given you such unrelenting ridicule of Chad Nesbitt and Don Yelton?

So I’m asking you to move your mouse up to the right hand corner of the page and click the Donate button. Five bucks is all we’re asking. Your five dollars will ensure that the cogent political discussion will go on, that some worthwhile non-profits will be helped and a total government shutdown will be avoided. And that means these children here won’t have to die and we won’t have to yank Sullivan’s feeding tube.

Doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, a conservative or a liberal or a progressive or whatever. Certainly you can see that Scrutiny Hooligans is one of the best values out there. And did I mention any individual donation of at least $5 will get a special mention in an upcoming post? Well I just did. Five bucks. What’s five bucks?

Now, while we take your calls, here’s Mayor Terry Bellamy doing a little number to help get you through the donation form. Thank you for your support!

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Disclaimer: the opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of anyone else, including a certain city councilman. Although they might. One never knows, does one?

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