Saturday, September 14, 2013

Al-Qaeda chief calls for attacks on US in 9/11 speech to followers

Verne Strickland / September 15, 2011

The leader of Al-Qaeda has called on Muslims to wage attacks inside the United States, to wreak instability that will “bleed America economically”.

 Ayman al-Zawahiri speaking during an interview 
Ayman al-Zawahiri speaking during an interview   
In an audio message released on Friday, two days after the anniversary of September 11th, Ayman al-Zawahiri said America was not a “mythic power” and that it could be defeated even through small-scale strikes by “one brother or a few of the brothers”.
“We should bleed America economically by provoking it to continue in its massive expenditure on its security, for the weak point of America is its economy, which has already begun to stagger due to the military and security expenditure,” he said, according to SITE, a jihadist monitoring group.

“America is not a mythic power and the Americans, after all, are humans who can be defeated, felled and punished.”

Zawahiri urged the Islamic world to “abandon the dollar and replace it with a currency of other countries that are not taking part in the aggression against us”. He also said that Muslims should refuse to buy goods from America and its allies, as such spending only helped to fund US military action in Muslim lands.
As well as mounting small, “disparate” assaults, Zawahiri urged fellow members of his extremist group to “watch and wait” and seize any opportunity to conduct a large strike against the US, similar to the 9/11 attack that killed almost 3000 people.
His speech picked up on the belief held by former Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden that targeting economic institutions can destroy the United States.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Free hot dog cookout a la Pamela Lynn Collins and John Dismukes. Not an official GOP function although it might just as well be.


Brotherhood Imposes Jizya Tribute on Egypt’s Christians:

 Verne Strickland / September 13, 2013

Understanding (and deploring) Muslim Persecution of Christians

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 The return of jizya. 

Historically, non-Muslims had to pay tribute to their Islamic masters.  This practice was interrupted in the 19th century, thanks to European intervention. Today it’s back thanks to Western intervention.

Now that the attacks on Egypt’s Christian churches have subsided, stage two of the jihad — profiting from the fear and terror caused by stage one — is setting in: reports are arriving that the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters are forcing the roughly 15,000 Christian Copts of Dalga village in south Minya province to pay jizya — the money, or tribute, that conquered non-Muslims historically had to pay to their Islamic overlords “with willing submission and while feeling themselves subdued” to safeguard their existence, as indicated in Koran 9:29.

According to Fr. Yunis Shawqi, who spoke yesterday to Dostor reporters in Dalga, all Copts in the village, “without exception,” are being forced to pay tribute, just as their forefathers did nearly 1400 years ago when the sword of Islam originally invaded Christian Egypt.  He said that the “value of the tribute and method of payment differ from one place to another in the village, so that, some are being expected to pay 200 Egyptian pounds per day, others 500 Egyptian pounds per day…”

In some cases, those not able to pay have been attacked, their wives and children beaten and/or kidnapped.  As a result, some 40 Christian families have now fled Dalga, joining the ever growing list of displaced Christians in the Middle East.
It’s the same in Syria and Iraq.  ”Rebels” recently went to a Christian man’s “shop and gave him three options: become Muslim; pay $70,000 as a tax levied on non-Muslims, known as jizya; or be killed along with his family….  Androus from Mosul, Iraq… says he received a similar demand via telephone. ‘Because you are infidels, you have to pay jizya,’ he recalled being told over the phone. ‘Either you pay jizya, or we will kill you or your son.’”

Collecting jizya from non-Muslims was interrupted in the 19th century, thanks to European intervention.  Today, the jizya and other injustices against Mideast Christians — in Libya, Egypt, Syria, and Iraq — have returned precisely thanks to Western intervention, in this case, U.S. support for the Muslim Brotherhood and its jihadi offshoots.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Team Tillis ramps up the momentum for Thom Tillis campaign for U.S. Senate

  Over the past few weeks, we have been working on assembling a strong campaign team to ensure we have the resources needed to defeat Kay Hagan.  I am happy to announce that Lieutenant Governor Jim Gardner, former Ambassador Dave Phillips, Bob Ingram and Harry L. Smith, Jr. have agreed to help lead my finance team.  Each has dedicated much of their lives to making North Carolina a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Jim Gardner was elected in 1989 as the first Republican Lieutenant Governor since 1901.  Jim previously served in the US House, where he chaired the House Committee on Agriculture.  He began his successful business career in Rocky Mount in the early 60s.  Stanley Davis (Dave) Phillips was appointed Ambassador to Estonia by President Bush in 2007.  Dave has been a business leader for our state in showcasing to the world our furniture and textile industries.    Bob Ingram began his career in the pharmaceutical industry and is the former CEO/Chairman of GalxoWellcome.  He serves on numerous community and business boards and has been a leading citizen in helping to shape the Research Triangle business community.  Harry Smith is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the Flanders Corporation.  He is also a member of the UNC Board of Governors and a member of the North Carolina Economic Development Commission.

In addition to building out our finance committee, staff and I continue to build a strong list of supporters who are hosting campaign events in their local communities.  We are happy to announce the following events:
• September 13: Fundraiser at the home of Jane and Scott Sullivan, Wilmington
• September 18: Fundraiser at Old Town Country Club, Winston-Salem
• September 19: Fundraiser at The Peninsula Club, Cornelius
• September 20: Fundraiser at River Landing Country Club, Wallace
If you would like information on any events in your area, please contact Lucy Croxton at
Equally important to building a strong finance team is the need to build a strong grassroots effort.  Kim Canady, former Political Director for the North Carolina Republican Party has joined our staff and will serve as Political Director.  Kim has extensive experience in working with local Party volunteers and we are excited about having her on staff.  Kim has finalized our grassroots plan and is now working on building our volunteer effort in each county.  If you have an interest in working as a campaign volunteer, please contact Kim at
Also helping with our political staff is Luke Blanchat.  Luke’s is a native of Hickory but comes to us from Texas where he worked for Governor Rick Perry’s presidential campaign and Congressman Michael McCaul’s reelection campaign.  You can reach Luke at
Thank you for your support and I hope you enjoyed your summer.  There is still a lot of work to complete so be sure and check back for more campaign announcements and updates very soon!