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Durham pastor may have violated campaign finance law

Also mentioned at DKos

Most of you know that when I was at Carolina, I was suckered into joining a hypercharismatic church that was once part of Maranatha Campus Ministries, a notorious campus cult from the 1980s. This church, King's Park International Church in Durham, is now one of the leading churches in Every Nation, which by all indications is a lineal descendant, if not an outright revival, of Maranatha. KPIC's founding pastor, Ron Lewis, is also the pastor of Morning Star New York, a church plant in Manhattan.

Well, a few days ago, one of my fellow EN refuseniks came upon a financial disclosure statement for Sam Brownback's PAC, Restore America. It seems that a mere nine days after Sam Brownback travelled to Manhattan, Lewis and two of his Every Nation colleagues donated a total of $2,200 to this PAC. At the very least, you have a presidential candiate taking donations from a guy with DOCUMENTED ties to a recognized cult. At most, it's potentially a violation of campaign finance laws.

Our Senators vote with Wal-Mart--and against port security

Would Liddy Dole and Richard Burr go on a flight out of Charlotte/Douglas or RDU if only 5% of the passengers had been screened? Not likely. So why in the world would they vote to continue allowing only 5% of the goods in our ports to be scanned?

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl joined other Senate Republicans, a few Democrats and the business lobby in defeating a plan that would have required security scans of all imports at U.S. ports.

Business groups opposed a proposal favored by New York Sen. Charles Schumer that would have a required all shipping containers coming into U.S. ports be scanned.

Democrats favoring the bill said it would help protect against dangerous and hazardous materials being shipped into the U.S. by terrorists, and would improve port security.

Charlotte-area pastor: rejection of charismatic movement caused Holocaust

(cross-posted at dKos and the Christian Dem Home Journal

I've seen some pretty loony stuff in my time, but yesterday I read something that probably takes the cake.

Mahesh Chavda is pastor of one of the Charlotte area's more prominent charismatic churches, All Nations Church. Even though he barely registers as a blip on the Charlotte religious scene, he's very well-known in charismatic circles. I actually liked the guy--until I checked out one of his books, Watch of the Lord (named for his Friday-night prayer and praise sessions) and happened to read this:

At the early part of the century, after the Azusa Street Revival and the Welsh Revival, the major church authorities in Germany actually wrote and signed a document rejecting this move of the Holy Spirit. Essentially, they told the Holy Spirit, "Don't come here." That actuon created a vacuum in the spirit there. And nature abhors a vacuum--in the physical or the spiritual. Since they rejected the move of the Holy Spirit, there was plenty of room for the spirit of Antichrist to move in.

Did Sue Myrick know about what Mark Foley was doing?

Looking at this gives this Charlotte Dem one other reason to hate Sue Myrick.

A Republican staff member warned congressional pages five years ago to watch out for Congressman Mark Foley, according to a former page.

Matthew Loraditch, a page in the 2001-2002 class, told ABC News he and other pages were warned about Foley by a supervisor in the House Clerk's office.

Loraditch, the president of the Page Alumni Association, said the pages were told "don't get too wrapped up in him being too nice to you and all that kind of stuff."

Based on this, it's a pretty safe bet that similar warnings about Foley were issued at the start of every Congress until now. Now, who in our delegation has been a member of the House leadership in that time frame? Yep, Sue Myrick--she's been a deputy whip since 2003.

Charlotte talk-radio wingnut calls Islam a false religion

(cross-posted at dKos and The Christian Dem Home Journal)

I have to admit, I'm one of those people who still thinks there is some rhetoric that is too extreme even for the most ridiculously conservative Republican. But unless I'm very wrong, I just heard something that has given me some serious second thoughts about that notion.

Last month, WBT in Charlotte got a new local talk-radio right-wing nutjob. Jason Lewis returned to his old station in the Twin Cities in August. His replacement? Jeff Katz, late of KGO in San Francisco. While on a drive, I happened to tune in Katz' show, and while he was announcing plans to be at the Pentagon on Monday for the five-year anniversary of 9-11, he basically said that al-Qaeda and the like aren't dying for a religion--they're dying for Islam.

An idea for radical redistricting in NC

(cross-posted at dKos)

Since the Supreme Court decision throwing out TX-23 as unconstitutional also said that, in essence, states can redraw districts as they please (at least for now--John Tanner of Tennessee has a bill pending that would ban such practices), I figure we at least need plans to prove a point. To wit ... it's time to consider our own plans for re-redistricting North Carolina.

Looking at the map, I don't see a whole lot we can do to alter the map--and the fact that one Repub-held district is almost certainly going Dem (the 11th) while another just might be (the 8th) complicates things. But here's my idea ...

Shrub impeaches himself!

(cross-posted at The Christian Dem Home Journal)

Bob Johnson at dKos brings us an incredible exchange at Shrub's press conference today.

I was listening to Numbnutz's presser and, in the middle of an off-kilter rampage about the "freedom agenda for the Middle East" and Iraq, Bush screamed (literally), "They killed 3,000 of our citizens!"

And just then, a reporter yelled out, "What did Iraq have to do with the 9-11 attack?" Bush said, "What?"
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The reporter repeated the question and Bush yelled (again, literally), "Nothing!" And then he went on a rambling, insane rant about the Middle East.

N&O pumps both Kissell and Shuler

If we're to believe the N&O, it looks like the DCCC's gonna be bringing everything to North Carolina this time around.

Today's N&O mentions both Heath Shuler's apparent lead and Larry Kissell's dead heat in recent polling.

Man, I really hope those numbers are right since these are Dem polling firms in both cases. If they are, the DCCC's pulling out all the stops here. And it'll make the Repubs spend a ton of money and time in a state where they can't afford to spend either.

A visit to Freeperville

(cross-posted at The Christian Dem Home Journal)

Over at Daily Kos, we have a lot of Dem heavyweights post on a regular basis. Louise Slaughter, Paul Hackett, John Conyers, Brad Miller, Henry Waxman--even the occasional post from Ted Kennedy or Nancy Pelosi.

But I always wondered--why don't we see the same at Free Republic? How come Repubs like John Boehner, Sue Myrick, Robin Hayes, Deb Pryce, Jack Kingston, Marilyn Musgrave and the like barely drop by? Well, I got my answer when Dmsilev posted about a recent trip he made to Freeperville. There was some heavy discussion going on about a recent incident in Spain where a couple of men were removed from a UK-bound flight because they were speaking Arabic and the passengers thought they were acting suspiciously. Some of the comments there were just plain sickening.

Field hearing on immigration at Myrick's Gastonia office

Just got an email from Sue Myrick saying that there will be a field hearing on illegal immigration at her Gastonia office.

It'll be moderated by Congressman Mark Souder (R-IN3--Fort Wayne, for those who don't know), who chairs the Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice. Myrick will be there along with several other NC congresscritters.

I don't know whether I'll be there, but if you want to attend, RSVP with Myrick's office at (704) 861-1976.

I would hazard to guess that the other Repub Congresscritters from NC--including my new congressman, Robin Hayes (one side of Monroe Rd.

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