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johnson_terryAny notion that Alamance County’s anti-immigrant crusading sheriff Terry Johnson (pictured at left) would be at all chastened as a result of being sued by the federal government for unlawfully targeting Latinos has been quashed in recent days. On Monday, the Alamance County Board of Commissioners approved without debate a request submitted by Johnson to send four of his officers to Texas at taxpayer expense for a “Sheriff Border Summit” sponsored by the notorious anti-immigrant group, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

As the watchdogs at the Southern Poverty Law Center document here, FAIR is an anti-immigrant advocacy  group that maintains a “veneer of legitimacy” at the same time that “its leaders have ties to white supremacist groups and eugenicists and have made many racist statements.”

Click here and scroll down to page 7 to see a flyer describing the event, which looks as if it will feature a who’s who of anti-immigrant zealots. This is from the flyer:

“Join Sheriffs from around the nation for the 3rd Annual Border Summit, and education and training event created specifically for Sheriffs.

Hear from top experts in the field of:
Drug Cartels
Narco Culture and Occult
National Security
Transnational Gangs
The training will include a tour of the Texas-Mexico Border meeting with Texas Border Volunteers and Texas Bar B Q at the Vicker Ranch”

Johnson’s request is that Alamance County taxpayers pay “Approx. $2,570” for four individuals from his office to travel to Texas next month to attend the event. Somewhat strangely, Johnson’s request seeks approval for the men to travel to El Paso, Texas, but the flyer attached to the request says that the event will be in the city of McAllen, which is 800 miles east of El Paso. Sounds like quite a road trip could be in the offing.

According to the Associated Press, one of the men slated to attend the event, Richard Longamore, once “forwarded an email to the sheriff and his chief deputy bemoaning a federal program that provides temporary visas to foreign nationals who are the victims of such violent crimes as rape, incest and torture.”

Johnson was, of course, has long been a controversial figure in North Carolina and one of the state’s most outspoken public officials on the matter of  immigration. He was sued by the United State Department of Justice for unlawfully targeting Latino residents for investigation, traffic stops, arrests, seizures, and other enforcement actions. Last month, a federal judge in Winston-Salem dismissed the lawsuit, but advocates remain hopeful that the Department of Justice will appeal the ruling.

This is from a statement issued by the ACLU of North Carolina in response to the judge’s decision: Read More


Yesterday, Mother Jones magazine published a very disturbing story about North Carolina congressman Walter Jones. According to the story, the congressman appeared on “a notorious white nationalist radio program on Saturday” known as “The Political Cesspool.” 

The host of the show — a man named James Edwards — is, according to the story, “an avowed white nationalist.” A website for the show seems to confirm this when it says says the following: Read More


Wow! Some of this stuff never ceases to amaze. According to the Carteret County News-Times,  a group calling itself the “Crystal Coast Tea Party” will play host this evening to one of the country’s more seriously troubled public figures. The guy’s name is Rev. Terry Jones. 

Jones, as you will recall, is a Florida-based “pastor” who quite arguably caused the deaths of a number of Afghans by threatening to burn copies of the Qur’an a while back. Jones’ threat led to violent protests in Afghanistan at which multiple people were killed. Later, Jones actually burned some of the books.   

Now, Jones is running for President. You can click here to check out his “campaign” website.

A post on Blue NC implies that  some caring and thinking folks will actually be in Morehead City tonight to protest the event. This may be a bit of overkill for such a complete buffoon, but best wishes nonetheless.