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Ellmers leads Triangle fund raising

Republican freshman Renee Ellmers leads the three Triangle members of Congress in building a campaign war chest for next year's election, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Ellmers, who represents the second district, reported raising $342,623 and having $291,890 on hand as of Sept. 30th. That compared to Democrat David Price, who represents the 4th district, who reported raising $287,235 and having $128,223 on hand.

Democrat Brad Miller, who represents the 13th district, reported raising $126,306 and having $126,877 on hand.

The Republican legislature has redrawn the 13th district, turning it from a Democratic-leaning district into a heavily Republican district. Miller has said he is considering running in the 4th district, where map makers have put his Raleigh apartment.

On the Republican side in the 13th district race, former U.S. Attorney George Holding has reported raising $234,846 including $45,050 he loaned his campaign. He had $45,385 cash on hand and $45,000 in debt.

Wake County commissioners chairman Paul Coble reported raising $101,516. He reported $80,087 on hand and $470 in debt.

Bill Randall, who was the GOP nominee in 2010, raised $5,565 and had $3,738 on hand and $42,022  in debt.

Robert Johnson, an Iraqi veteran, raised $937 and had $75 on hand.    


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Who is our enemy? Congress and our military don't know

Why won’t Rep. Renee Ellmers, Sen. Burr, Sen. Hagan and the other NC congressional representatives request the House and Senate Armed Service Committees to hold hearings to determine our enemy?

You might want to read this online article and then ask them before it is too late. Please read the article by the former president of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, S. Eugene Poteat, Refusing to Identify or Name Our Enemies: A War That Dare Not Speak Its Name. Here is a quote from his article:

The fundamental principles of intelligence, as they are for war, have been understood since the beginning of time. The ancient Chinese warrior Sun Tzu taught his army to “know your enemy” before going into battle. For if you “know your enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” But…“If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.”

Intelligence and military officers know this, and it is common sense. But something has changed. When the enemy, in this modern era, cleverly uses the cloak of religion, we are reluctant to name the threat, and we are urged not to judge, nor recognize, or name, the followers of that religion as terrorists, or silent co-conspirators. But it is precisely their silence—and our denial of who they really are—that worries me.

Even the former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Gen Peter Pace (ret) requested this on December 1, 2005 and is referenced in the excellent work in Stephen Coughlin thesis, "To our Great Detriment": Ignoring What Extremist Say About Jihad on page #1.

Why hasn't the House or Senate ever held hearings to determine our enemy? Who is our enemy is an important question one might ask our politicians because they have never held hearings to determine this!

“We are at war with three movements in Greater Middle East: Baathism, Shi’ite Theocratic Totalitarianism, and Sunni Theocratic Totalitarianism.” War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World by Frank J. Gaffney and Colleagues.

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