Homegrown NC terrorist gets house arrest

That oughta teach him...nothing:

In Portland, Oregon, on Thursday, 42-year-old Jason Blomgren pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge related to the occupation. Blomgren, of Murphy, North Carolina, traveled across the country to join the protesters. He told a judge he served as an armed guard.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dismissed a charge of possessing a firearm in a federal facility. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 14. Prosecutors recommend six months of home detention.

Bolding mine. Really? The nation was faced with the aura of heavily-armed extremists, threatening violence while occupying a Federal facility, and you're dropping the weapon charge? And sending him back here, where he'll probably be able to legally purchase as many assault rifles as he cares to collect? Gee thanks.

Friday News: Environmental rejection edition

FLURRY OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEASURES APPEAR AS NCGA SESSION WINDS DOWN (N.C. Health News) -- A bill that appeared Thursday would weaken storm water rules, change stream water mitigation requirements and affect the way landfills deal with wet waste.

WIND FARM RESTRAINTS GET INITIAL SENATE OK (AP) -- Large portions of North Carolina would be off limits to wind-energy operations in legislation given tentative approval Thursday, backed by supporters who argue it will help preserve the state's prominent military presence by keeping flight training areas clear.

The Politics of the Teachers' March

As a long-time supporter of public education who has followed the far right's efforts to privatize education in North Carolina, I was a low-level participant in the Teachers March on Raleigh. I drove a support car, carrying water, fruit, protein bars and band aids, and accompanied one line of the teachers as they marched to Raleigh on Tuesday and Wednesday. I watched them struggle through the heat and humidity, slogging up hills, wiping away sweat. All they talked about for all that time was taking care of their kids.

The next attack on wind energy: Aviation corridors

The battle continues:

A proposal headed to the Senate floor would add requirements to the lengthy permitting process for wind farms to ensure they don't conflict with the training needs of North Carolina military bases. Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, gutted House Bill 763, which was to establish a legislative task force on regulatory reform, and replaced it with the Military Operations Protection Act of 2016, including a color-coded map marking areas used for jet and helicopter training, primarily in eastern North Carolina.

"Having a 500-foot wind turbine in the flight pattern of a jet going 1,000 mph doesn't make sense to me," Brown said.

Bolding mine. If you think it's merely a coincidence that Art Pope's Civitas just lost its court case to (extremely) over-regulate wind turbines, and Harry Brown decided to motorcycle vagina a bill to embark on a new attack of the wind industry, I've got a bridge to nowhere in which I'd like you to invest. What Harry Brown and his co-horts haven't told their colleagues is that the FAA has an entire division dedicated to researching potential obstacles for aircraft flight paths, and is all over the wind turbine situation:

Thursday News: Wind doesn't blow Art Pope's way

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JUDGE CLEARS WAY FOR AMAZON WIND FARM ALONG NC COAST (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Administrative Law Judge Melissa Owens Lassiter dismissed a legal challenge Wednesday to the Amazon Wind Farm, clearing the way for the largest wind farm in the Southeast to continue with construction near the North Carolina coast. Lassiter said the wind farm, which has been under construction for the past 11 months, is not subject to additional regulatory reviews and potentially costly delays. The effort to block the wind farm was backed by the Art Pope-financed Civitas Institute. While the organization preaches against government regulations, in this case it was advocating for more regulation under the notion that property rights of residents would be affected by the wind farm.

Pittenger not out of the woods yet

I had a feeling this would happen:

In a letter delivered Wednesday to the N.C. Board of Elections, Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris formally requested a recount in the primary election to become the GOP nominee in North Carolina’s 9th District. Harris, a Charlotte pastor, trailed U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, the incumbent, by less than 1 percent in the unofficial vote totals reported on Election Day last week.

Official canvass results reported Tuesday by the eight counties in the 9th Congressional District put Pittenger ahead by 135 votes. That’s seven votes fewer than the 142-vote margin he had Election Day.

With all the weird stuff going on with provisional ballots, 135 votes is not a great stretch to overcome. That being said, I'm not a big Mark Harris fan. There are way too many bible-thumpers in Congress already, and the last thing they need is another Pastor to render grand oratories.

NC Fox News watchers beware

Maybe pigs do fly. The renowned motormouth and chief piss pail carrier for Fox News seems to have had a "moment" recently about gun control in the United States. While we truly don't take this bit of goodwill to heart, at least another segment of useless news has been created. Republicans are the epitome of hypocrisy so a retraction should be forthcoming.


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