Wednesday, November 28, 2007

    White Flour

    WHITE FLOUR - A Terrific Poem by David LaMotte - November 28th, 2007 by Christine Kane

    (a true story about events that occurred on May 26, 2007. © 2007 Lower Dryad Music)

    The day was bright and sunny as most May days tend to be
    In the hills of Appalachia down in Knoxville, Tennessee
    The men put on their uniforms and quickly took their places
    In white robes and those tall and pointed hoods that hid their faces

    Their feet all fell in rhythm as they started their parade
    They raised their fists into the air, they bellowed and they brayed
    They loved to stir the people up, they loved when they were taunted
    They didn’t mind the anger, that’s precisely what they wanted

    As they came around the corner, sure enough, the people roared
    They couldn’t quite believe their ears, it seemed to be – support?
    Had Knoxville finally seen the light, were people coming ‘round?
    The men thought for a moment that they’d found their kind of town

    But then they turned their eyes to where the cheering had its source
    As one their faces soured as they saw the mighty force
    The crowd had painted faces, and some had tacky clothes
    Their hair and hats outrageous, each had a red foam nose

    The clowns had come in numbers to enjoy the grand parade
    They danced and laughed that other clowns had come to town that day
    And then the marchers shouted, and the clowns all strained to hear
    Each one tuned in intently with a gloved hand to an ear

    “White power!” screamed the marchers, and they raised their fisted hands
    The clowns leaned in and listened like they couldn’t understand
    Then one held up his finger and helped all the others see
    The point of all this yelling, and they joined right in with glee

    “White flour!” they all shouted and they felt inside their clothes
    They pulled out bags and tore them and huge clouds of powder rose
    They poured it on each other and they threw it in the air
    It got all over baggy clothes and multi-colored hair

    All but just a few of them were joining in the jokes
    You could almost see the marchers turning red beneath white cloaks
    They wanted to look scary, they wanted to look tough
    One rushed right at the clowns in rage, and was hauled away in cuffs

    But the others chanted louder marching on around the bend
    The clowns all marched along with them supporting their new friends
    “White power!” came the marchers’ cry — they were not amused
    The clowns grew still and thoughtful; perhaps they’d been confused?

    They huddled and consulted, this bright and silly crowd
    They listened quite intently, then one said “I’ve got it now!”
    “White flowers!” screamed the happy clown and all the rest joined in
    The air was filled with flowers, and they laughed and danced again

    “Everyone loves flowers! And white’s a pretty sort!
    I can’t think of a better cause for marchers to support!”
    Green flower stems went flying like small arrows from bad archers
    White petals covered everything, including the mad marchers

    And then a very tall clown called the others to attention
    He choked down all his chuckles, and said “Friends I have to mention
    That what with all the mirth and fun it’s sort of hard to hear
    But now I know the cause that these strange marchers hold so dear

    “Tight showers!” the clown blurted out, and hit his head in wonder
    He held up a camp shower and the others all got under
    Or at least they tried to get beneath, they strained but couldn’t quite
    There wasn’t room for all of them, they pushed, but it was tight

    “White Power!” came their marchers’ cry, quite carefully pronounced
    The clowns consulted once again, then a woman clown announced
    “I’ve got it! I’m embarrassed that it took so long to see
    But what these marchers march for is a cause quite dear to me!”

    “Wife power!” she exclaimed and all the other clowns joined in
    They shook their heads and laughed at how mistaken they had been
    The women clowns were hoisted up on shoulders of the others
    Some pulled on wedding dresses, “Here’s to wives and mothers!”

    The men in robes were angry and they knew they’d been defeated
    They yelled a few more times and then they finally retreated
    And when they’d gone a black policeman turned to all the clowns
    And offered them an escort to the center of the town

    The day was bright and sunny as most May days tend to be
    In the hills of Appalachia down in Knoxville, Tennessee
    People joined the new parade, the crowd stretched out for miles
    The clowns passed out more flowers and made everybody smile

    And what would be the lesson of that shiny southern day?
    Can we understand the message that the clowns sought to convey?
    Seems that when you’re fighting hatred, hatred’s not the thing to use
    So here’s to those who march on in their massive, silly shoes

    link | Via: Asheville native performer, Christine Kane

    [Read the back story Right Here about a KKK rally in Knoxville, TN, about "White Power" and a counter protest with the of "White Flour".]

    Saturday, November 17, 2007

    FBI Operation Focused on Asheville Ends in Raid

    If you have never heard of Liberty Dollars, see here. I think that the degree to which the APD was party to this undercover investigation is directly relevant to our work as Citizens' Awareness Asheville. Were local law enforcement resources expended in this dubious assault on alternative currency?

    The future of an Evansville-based company that produces a "private voluntary barter currency" known as the Liberty Dollar is in question after federal agents raided the facility this week, according to an e-mail sent by its founder... Von NotHaus developed the Liberty Dollar in 1998 as an "inflation-proof" alternative currency to the U.S. Dollar, which he has claimed has devalued since the Federal Reserve was established in 1913. The silver medallions are produced by a private mint in Idaho on behalf of Evansville-based Liberty Services, which also issues paper notes which the group says are backed by silver reserves. (courierpress)

    For approximately six hours [FBI agents] took all the gold, all the silver, all the platinum and almost two tons of Ron Paul Dollars that where just delivered last Friday. They also took all the files, all the computers and froze [Liberty Dollar] bank accounts. (

    As for the mysterious connection to the Western District of North Carolina, [the affidavit filed] names William Innes of Asheville as a Regional Currency Officer for Liberty Dollar and an executive committee member of the company. Undercover government agents made Asheville a focus of their investigation as a result, attending area meetings of Liberty Dollar prospective buyers and sellers. (reason) via

    Thursday, November 15, 2007


    This is the pulse of Asheville. Downtown's Mellow Mushroom in Asheville taken during Bele Chere in July 2007 is both a local and tourist favorite.

    Red Roof In

    Bitch and the Exciting Conclusion singing "Red Roof In" at Asheville's Club Hairspray last month.


    Wednesday, November 07, 2007

    Dennis Kucinich @ Malaprops

    Malaprops - Sunday, November 11

    6PM: Dennis Kucinich, Congressman and Presidential Candidate, will offer a public address at our store. We are honored and excited to host Dennis Kucinich, and expect this will be very well-attended, so please come early. Kucinich’s book, The Courage to Survive will be available at this event. We hope to have signed copies available, and we recommend calling or emailing ahead to reserve your copy.

    MOBILES Over Asheville

    Eighteen Asheville artists have created individually-designed mobiles using materials ranging from blown glass to bent aluminum to origami paper for the first annual MOBILES over Asheville gala. This fundraising event on Nov. 15th will support the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. Mobiles, suspended in space, turning and spinning with the currents of the wind, are captivating and elegantly artful creations.

    UPDATE: MOBILES over Asheville gives Asheville artists and residents an opportunity to celebrate this extraordinary art form more fully.

    Thursday, Nov. 15 at Mobilia, 43 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville.

    More info here

    Tuesday, November 06, 2007

    Tyler Ramsey

    Asheville's Tyler Ramsey - now playing with Band of Horses

    Sporting a beard that would make most men jealous and a talent that would make most women swoon, Tyler Ramsey is a songwriter who clearly values intricacy, quality songwriting, and atmospheric credibility. A guitarist whose stylistic range varies anywhere from gentle finger-picking treats to bluesy riffs of utmost enjoyability, Ramsey has the ability to capture a broad spectrum of emotions in his highly impressive solo material. Though he will likely be remembered for his solo career, Ramsey also serves as a backing and studio guitarist for a variety of acts located around his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. More recently, he has been recognized as the opening act and part-time guitarist for Band of Horses. Though the highly touted indie-rock trio is based out of Seattle and not Ramsey’s own North Carolina, they are giving Ramsey a well-earned opportunity to try his hand at stardom. With the way that his new album sounds, I would not doubt that he reaches it.