“Thank you, women of Asheville and of the world, for standing up to the men who make the rest of us look bad. We need you, we need your voices and we need your leadership.”
“I was especially inspired by the homemade signs of children, which were beautiful and showed great intelligence..”
“Too, these ‘liberated’ women are not safe from the indignity of ‘pussy-grabbing’ by men who feel entitled to give themselves some real live sexy fun at women’s expense. The marchers wearing pussy hats — ‘vagina headgear,’ Dr. Mumpower calls them — were referring to Donald Trump’s boasting on that subject.”
City-sponsored early polling indicated that a solid majority of Asheville voters say they will vote for the proposed $74 million city bond referendum on this year’s general election ballots, and far more local groups and organizations have lined up to support the bond than to criticize it. As with any issue, however, opinion is mixed.
“Why does the Asheville Citizen-Times write a story about Mumpower every time he gets five people at a “press conference” and says he is going to find a lawyer and sue?”
Author, transgender activist and newcomer to Asheville Tina Madison White reflects on the state of the Pride movement in 2016. White is the director of operations for Blue Ridge Pride Center, which will host its eighth annual Pride Festival Saturday, Oct. 1 in Pack Square Park in Asheville.
“You may not always agree with Carl [Mumpower], but I know that he is a man who thinks things through and stands for what he believes is right instead of just saying what people want to hear.”
Now I understand why Carl Mumpower (in his Aug. 17 Asheville Citizen-Times piece), North Carolina Rep. Larry Pitman, Missouri Rep. Todd Aiken, vice presidential candidate and Wisconsin Sen. Paul Ryan and their fellow male counterparts have such cavalier disdain for Planned Parenthood and their efforts to promote women's health and reproductive rights. If they are […]
A note to the women who expressed their outrage at breast-exposure inequality at the Pack Square topless event: I appreciate that you felt you were asserting your right as women to bare your chests in a demonstration for equal nipple opportunity, but this comes across as exhibitionism rather than protest. While it may fire up […]
Carl Mumpower's lament about our City Council ["Raise a Glass of Kool-Aid for Our Current City Council," Jan. 4 Xpress] is surely misplaced. To say, as he does, that they are all liberal is a compliment, not any sort of criticism. That's because the several definitions of the word “liberal” include favoring political reform, advocating […]
Congratulations are due to Asheville’s liberal socialist progressives for their success in eliminating all meaningful diversity of thought from our City Council. Comfort is certainly preferable to the distress of exposure to multiple angles of view. Simplicity and a gentle buzz are assured by our city’s commitment to seven flavors of the same Kool-Aid. Though […]
I was thrilled to read that Carl Mumpower intends to endorse a liberal slate of candidates in the 2012 state and federal elections [“Mountain ‘X’ Should Change Its Name to Mountain ‘L,’” Oct. 12 Xpress]. Of course he's right. There are far too few liberals in almost every area of elected representation throughout the U.S., […]
Carl Mumpower seems to be upset that democracy in action in Asheville has resulted in a progressive/liberal majority on City Council [“Mountain ‘X’ Should Change Its Name to Mountain ‘L,’” Oct. 12 Xpress]. In his letter, he says, "time will find Asheville losing its luster under the watch of a panel of progressive eyes constricted […]
If history teaches us anything, it’s that homogenous groups inevitably self-destruct. That reality applies to the success of Asheville’s liberal majority in championing a conforming City Council — a triumph likely to be repeated in the upcoming election. So much for a feigned interest in diversity. Power has always been the left’s more authentic mission. […]
You may know that Molly Sara Rosch was arrested for indecent exposure at Sunday’s “Asheville Rally to Protect Our Children from Abuse” — stripping down to just her crucifix and shoes — but what you likely don’t know is why she did it.
I read with interest Carl Mumpower's complaints about the Aug. 21 GoTopless rally in the Aug. 23 Asheville Citizen-Times. I believe his concerns are important. Mumpower states correctly that the Citizen-Times' website self-censored its material and one "U-Tube" [sic] video claimed it was not appropriate for minors. But finding examples one likes doesn't prove one […]
Former Buncombe County Republican Party chair Chad Nesbitt announced today on WWNC radio’s “The Matt Mittan Show” that he’s planning an Aug. 28 rally in downtown Asheville to protest the Aug. 21 GoTopless rally. He said the demonstration will be held at 2 p.m. in Pack Square Park and invited the public to attend.
It was a bad week for the Buncombe County Republican Party. The party and its chairman, Chad Nesbitt, were harshly criticized for a 9/11 fundraiser and an associated video; the Board of Elections found their highly publicized complaints over an early voting site to be based on faulty information; and Asheville City Councilman Bill Russell left the party, citing its “antics that demonize people” and “political games.”
Last weekend, the Buncombe County GOP threw a fundraiser on 9/11 at the Bee Tree Fire Station in Swannanoa. The event featured participants rappelling down a 90-foot tower, with donors asked to contribute $100 per rappel. In its wake, the event and an associated video used to promote it have set off a storm of criticism. This post includes a brief video interview with BCGOP chair Chad Nesbitt at the event as he was about to rappel.