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An N.C. House lawmaker is equating any prayer to the Islamic God with terrorism.

In an email exchange with a constituent, Republican state Rep. Michele Presnell of Burnsville was asked whether she was comfortable with a prayer to Allah before a legislative meeting. Presnell responded: “No, I do not condone terrorism.”

The first-year lawmaker who represents a district in the North Carolina mountains is a co-sponsor of House resolution 494, a measure asserting that North Carolina can establish a state religion.

Top that, Oklahoma. What's that? You can?

The founder of a tea party group in Oklahoma was charged with two felonies on Tuesday for allegedly sending threatening emails to a Republican lawmaker after he refused buy in to the notion that the United Nations was conspiring to transform the country into a communist dictatorship. [...]

Gerhart had been angry because [Sen. Cliff Branan (R)] refused to allow a vote on a bill that would have ensured Oklahoma cities do not participate in Agenda 21, a United Nations initiative to promote environmentally sustainable development. Conspiracy theorists on the right have long thought that Agenda 21 was a "conspiracy to transform America from the land of the free, to the land of the collective” through “a mind-control" tactic called the Delphi technique.

Lovely.



Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2005Guantanamo Bay military tribunals: "I don't care about international law.":

The government is holding about 550 terrorist suspects at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba. An additional 214 have been released since the facility opened in January 2002 - some into the custody of their home governments, others freed outright.

Little information about those held at Guantanamo has been released through official government channels. But stories of 60 or more are spelled out in detail in thousands of pages of transcripts filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, where lawsuits challenging their detentions have been filed.

The previously anonymous detainees provide accounts of their imprisonment and impressions of U.S. justice. Some express defiance, others stoic acceptance of their fate.


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Staff told @SenWarren et al that documents on which servicers illegally foreclosed or used false documents are “trade secrets” (!)
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On today's Kagro in the Morning show, the Senate's attempt at getting to debate on a gun bill is underway as a bipartisan deal on background checks is announced. What'll become of the threatened filibuster? Monte Frank told us about simultaneous "Filibuster the Filibuster" events in Newtown & DC to protest Republican obstruction. NC's nutters are backing off the establishment of a state religion, while IN's nutters are stepping up their game. We returned to the NYT's "A Secret Deal on Drones, Sealed in Blood." And just before closing, snuck in a quick report on the early word on the background check compromise.


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