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Asheville Free Media Holds Garden Party at Christopher’s Garden

Asheville Free Media is raising funds to get on the airwaves at 103.3FM, and in order to provide this service to the Asheville community, we need Asheville to help us Power the Tower!

On Saturday, May 10th, we are hosting a social & benefit at Christopher’s Garden from 1-6pm at 307 Waynesville Avenue in West Asheville. That’s right, it’s the colorful garden behind The Walk, where Westwood and Waynesville Avenues intersect!

Asheville Free Media volunteers will be on site to talk about what we’re broadcasting now, and to hear what you’re interested in listening to on the radio! We’re hosting a silent auction featuring pieces by local artists, there will be artisan coffee by Aesthetic Coffee, and Sow True Seed has donated seed packets for our party favors!

Our friends at The Mothlight are continuing the party on Saturday night! Starting May 10th at 5pm, the entire sale of the New Belgium Brewing Ranger IPA draft sales at The Mothlight will go towards getting Asheville Free Media on the airwaves!

Stop by our Garden Party at Christopher’s Garden on Saturday afternoon between 1-6pm, then swing by The Mothlight to refresh!

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From the Sydney Hillman Foundation:

Digby Wins 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism

NEW YORK – The influential progressive blogger known as Digby has won the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism for her “incisive commentary on the struggle for economic justice in the U.S.” The award will be presented by the Sidney Hillman Foundation at the annual Hillman Prizes ceremony and reception on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at the Times Center in New York. The official announcement of all the 2014 Hillman Prize winners will be made on Wednesday, April 23.

Digby writes constantly, engages readers, quotes generously, and exists inside today’s 24-hour news cycle with both her fearlessness and her point of view intact. She has been filing daily updates to her Hullabaloo blog since 2002, creating one of the last independent sources for progressive commentary, incisive political analysis and media criticism. She is a daily blogger who is a must-read in the halls of power, among activists and organizers, and by the national media she sometimes criticizes with acerbic accuracy.

In many ways, Heather “Digby” Parton is the blogging godmother to a generation of new voices who grew up over the last decade to prominence at major journals, news sites, and on public affairs television. Just say “Digby” to any of hundreds journalists and commentators, and you’ll get an appreciative smile.

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Hey You (and you, and you, and you two over there by the bar!)

Asheville FM is going on air – jumping from internet only, to the airwaves of Asheville, NC at 103.3 FM. But first, we need to Power the Tower.

Click HERE to find out more and donate to a really great (tax deductible) cause. We are YOUR community radio, Asheville, NC!




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Fox On SNAP: Quality and Class-Based Shame

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“What’s the right mixture of quality and class-based shame poor people should aim for in their meal planning?” the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart asked last night, slamming Fox News’ seeming obsession with SNAP recipients’ grocery shopping habits. Because the “Fox Hounds” have heard — and feel comfortable spreading — “these stories” about poor people and food stamps. Or as Stewart put it, “Fox News: We read the chain mails your grandma gets in her inbox out loud like they were true.”

Because don’t look at how you’re getting screwed by Wall Street, no. Look! Over there! A poor person buying food — to eat — with taxpayer assistance! Or as Lyndon Johnson said,

If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll even empty his pockets for you.

The Fox News business model, ladies and gentlemen.

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Billionaire Frat Party

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What need does it fill for these sophomoric billionaires to dress in drag? At New York Magazine, Kevin Roose shares his adventures in 1% Land at the annual gathering of the Kappa Beta Phi, “a secret fraternity, founded at the beginning of the Great Depression, that functioned as a sort of one-percenter’s Friars Club.”

“Good evening, Exalted High Council, former Grand Swipes, Grand Swipes-in-waiting, fellow Wall Street Kappas, Kappas from the Spring Street and Montgomery Street chapters, and worthless neophytes!”

Chris Hayes had the author as a guest last night:

Roose had several observations about this august bunch:

The second thing I realized was that Kappa Beta Phi was, in large part, a fear-based organization. Here were executives who had strong ideas about politics, society, and the work of their colleagues, but who would never have the courage to voice those opinions in a public setting. Their cowardice had reduced them to sniping at their perceived enemies in the form of satirical songs and sketches, among only those people who had been handpicked to share their view of the world. And the idea of a reporter making those views public had caused them to throw a mass temper tantrum.

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ALEC’s corporate members consult with legislators across the country, working in secret, fearing to push their radical agenda in public like ordinary citizens.

A couple of us here know Lisa Graves of CMD and ALEC Exposed. She does terrific work. Great to see here getting the platform she deserves.

Compassion for America’s poor and the long-term unemployed is audibly absent among many of the well-to-do, their on-air groupies, and politicians who once upon a news cycle tried to rebrand themselves as compassionate conservatives. A caller to a progressive radio show this week asked when heartlessness became fashionable in America.

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Well Regulated Militants

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Perhaps summary ex-communication is better than summary execution. Yet either can happen with such speed. One day you are the darling revolutionary and the next you’ve defied the revolution. Or put another way, your own revolution revolts against you. Such was the fate of “Second Amendment fundamentalist” Dick Metcalf. And Robespierre. Metcalf’s crime was writing a column in Guns & Ammo magazine that opened with this:

The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Note carefully: Those last four words say, “shall not be infringed.” They do not say, “shall not be regulated.” “Well regulated” is, in fact, the initial criterion of the amendment itself.

The column goes on to make even more sense. For gun enthusiasts nuts this wasn’t just an innocent fart in church. This was a career ender. After a huge reader and advertiser backlash, Metcalf was kicked to the curb and his editor fell on his sword (or ate his gun for a modern metaphor) by retiring a few weeks earlier than planned.

By posting this, some readers will assume that I’m in favor of repealing the Second Amendment and determined to take their guns away. Until more people join the debate I’m afraid these are the only voices being heard. For all the gun lobby’s abhorrence of regulations, they regulate themselves rather well.

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Can A Puppet Pat Ad Be Far Behind?

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From American Bridge 21st Century PAC, a two ironic words about Florida Governor Rick Scott. Can a Pat McCrory ad be far behind? Psst, hey American Bridge

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The cattle barons are nervous and getting reckless.

The United States has come to resemble those iconic westerns with a Wild West economy in which cattle barons rule, politicians and lawmen are on their payrolls, and struggling settlers are either compliant or prey.

But after the 2008 crash and bailout on Wall Street, one after another Occupy, the Consumer Protection Bureau, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Moral Mondays and now Pope Francis have put the cattle barons on notice that their grip on power is weakening.

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