Under the Dome

Myrick sees plot in Muslim group

October 18, 2009 

U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, a Charlotte Republican has written the foreword for "Muslim Mafia," a new book warning of a Muslim conspiracy to support Islamic terrorism in the United States.

The authors, former Air Force investigator P. David Gaubatz and journalist Paul Sperry, lay out their investigation of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

They charge that the group portrays itself as a civil rights advocate for Muslims but in reality has planted spies inside law enforcement agencies, placed staffers on Capitol Hill, arranged for its executives to meet with presidents, conspired with terrorists and placed jihadists in American mosques to preach hate.

Myrick, who has consulted with Sperry on terrorism issues, writes that the authors provide proof through documents they uncovered and others recently declassified that radical Muslim agents of terror live among us and are "carrying out their subversive plan."

"America is asleep to the danger that confronts us," Myrick writes. "Since the 1960s there has been a concerted effort on the part of radical Islamists to infiltrate our major institutions. Front groups of terror now operate openly in our country, comprising a network of support for jihadists."

She concludes, "We Americans must wake up before it is too late!"

Considering a 'fat tax'

The N.C. Medical Society plans to consider a resolution to support a tax on "high calorie, low nutrition" foods.

The proposal will be considered, but not necessarily voted on, at the group's annual meeting in Raleigh at the end of the month. The resolution urges that any money from a tax on soft drinks, french fries and the like should be spent on "health and dental care, nutrition education, school nutrition and subsidization of 'healthy food.'"

"Obesity is our number one health issue, as far as chronic issues are concerned," said Scott Donaldson, a Hendersonville urologist who supports the resolution.

McHenry loses a 'friend'

Hickory-based blogger JoeWomack noticed on his Facebook news feed that he wasn't seeing many messages from his congressman, U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry.

The abrupt end followed some comments Womack made onMcHenry's page about why the nation even needs health insurance companies, Womack writes on his "Pretty Penny" blog. Then Womack realized what had happened:

"I had been 'de-friended,'" he wrote.

A message from McHenry's page explained that McHenry, a Cherryville Republican, keeps a page for friends and another "fan" page for everyone else.

Burr hosts summit

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr is planning to hold a statewide economic development summit Monday in Durham.

The event will focus on partnerships between the education and business sectors.

Among those scheduled to attend are Scott Ralls, president of the N.C. Community College system, and Erskine Bowles, president of the University of North Carolina system.

Burr and Bowles have developed a friendship since Burr defeated Bowles in the 2004 Senate race.

The event will be held at 9:30 a.m. at N.C. Central University's H.M.Michaux Jr. School of Education.

By staff writers Mark Johnson, Benjamin Niolet and Rob Christensen. mjohnson@charlotteobserver.com or 919-829-4774

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