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Maine Struggles to Cut Off Welfare for Somali Migrants
Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/28/2013 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 12/28/2013 10:56:32 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Somalis have made Somalia a very pleasant place to live. Between the Muslim militias shooting at each other and the amateur hyena psychiatry sessions, it’s perfect. That’s why most Somalis are getting the hell out of there and moving to other countries that they can remake into Somalia.

There are Little Mogadishus all across America, but few places have been hit as hard by Somali Muslim migrants as Maine whose generous benefits system is struggling to cope with the Somali settlers.

Lewiston Mayor Robert E. MacDonald has written sharply about the Somali welfare invasion and its impact on Maine natives.

Today in Maine our legislators make sure that money is available for those who flock to Maine, many with their GPS programmed for Lewiston, to obtain the generous welfare benefits offered by our caring Legislature. But for 3,100 of our most needy, those who cannot survive without assisted living, the funding for home- or community-based care is not available.

Then we have the asylum seekers. They come from Europe, Asia, Africa, North or South America. They obtain visas to enter our country. They must declare why they are seeking entry (education, seasonal work, etc.), and further declare that they have a place to stay, money to cover their stay and a home to go back to. Once in our country, they suddenly declare that harm will come to them if they return to their country of origin.

An investigation into their claim is initiated by the federal government. This investigation takes many months to complete. In the meantime, housing, clothing, medication, food, utilities, etc. must be paid for, as they have no money. The federal and state government will not pick up their expenses.

How do they survive? On the forced funding by local taxpayers. But no funding is available for 3,100 of our most needy.

Now Maine governor Paul LePage is trying to shut down the Somali settlers’ free lunch.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has proposed a rule that would prevent asylum seekers from getting cash assistance.

The Republican governor’s proposal for the General Assistance program would impact new immigrants who aren’t citizens and aren’t official refugees. The state says it doesn’t know how many people would be affected.

Critics say ending funding for the program will force communities to provide basic needs for asylum seekers through soup kitchens and emergency shelters.

It might, but if they do a bad enough job of it, the Somalis might get the message and search for their promised welfare land somewhere else.

But you can’t just stop feeding stray dogs or racoons. The moment you do that, the lawsuits begin.

A legal advocacy group has warned city and state officials that a proposed rule change at the Department of Health and Human Services could cut off benefits to members of Maine’s immigrant population.

Robin Merrill, a senior policy analyst with Maine Equal Justice Partners, met with members of the Portland City Council and the legislative delegation on Monday and talked about a proposed rule change that could cause some members of the immigrant community to lose general assistance.

“This would be devastating for Portland and for Lewiston,” Merrill said.

The Somali settlements in Maine are devastating for Lewiston and all of Maine.

Maine has gone from having no gang members a few years ago to having 4,000 of them. Mainahs have gone from thinking of gang members as something they saw on COPS to something they see when they look out the window.

Vacationland now hosts the True Somali Bloods and the True Sudanese Bloods who spill each other’s blood to find out who has the truest blood of them all. In Lewiston, Somali flash mobs attack natives. In Bangor, a Somali gang is at the heart of local crime.

Somalis are slowly turning Maine into Somalia.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: asylum; asylumseekers; immigration; maine; somalia; welfare
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1 posted on 12/28/2013 10:56:32 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Liberals and their whacky ideas!


2 posted on 12/28/2013 11:00:04 AM PST by novascotianative
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To: SeekAndFind

Open the doors and invite every deadbeat Muslim in the world and they will come.


3 posted on 12/28/2013 11:08:39 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the.tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What goes around, comes around

I’ll tell you whyyyyyy

Keep on voting Demonratic, idiots


4 posted on 12/28/2013 11:15:54 AM PST by A_Former_Democrat (Merry Christmas Everyone . . .)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m pretty sure it was the former Mayor Ed Koch that say...’if you build it, they will come...’


5 posted on 12/28/2013 11:15:56 AM PST by exPBRrat
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To: Maine Mariner

ping...


6 posted on 12/28/2013 11:16:13 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: SeekAndFind

All predicted years ago.

The Refugee industry steamrolled any objection with the help of the Clinton AND Bus administrations.

And the idiots in Maine voted for the libs, like Susan Collins.

Sleep in the bed you made, fools.


7 posted on 12/28/2013 11:25:53 AM PST by Regulator
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To: SeekAndFind

Been through the airport at Minneapolis lately ?
You can’t buy a newspaper, stick of gum or catch a cab without having to deal with Somalis. Ditto Denver and a couple others.

What is it about airports that attracts Muzzies ?


8 posted on 12/28/2013 11:26:35 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Kick them out. Along with the politicians who brought them here.


9 posted on 12/28/2013 11:27:07 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Whole groups show up at one time and demand services.

One ‘interpreter’ will coordinate and translate.

In the beginning, many found their way here via a website about services available. The site was run by catholic charities.

In Portland,Me (northern mass) the housing complexes have been taken over. Cops only go in as groups.


10 posted on 12/28/2013 11:28:16 AM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: SeekAndFind
I will never forget the initial exodus from Atlanta to Lewiston, Maine. The authorities had clamped down on benefits for the Somalis in Georgia. Someone found the lowest number of recipients of benefits and the most generous was in Maine. The trek started.

At the figure of 1,200 migrants, the Mayor locally, plead with the "Somali Community" in Georgia to please, please stop coming. Their resources were being driven to breaking point. The usual suspects (not Somalis) promptly called him a racist.

Just damn!

11 posted on 12/28/2013 11:29:15 AM PST by Peter Libra
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To: SeekAndFind

How about that. Cause and effect is more than just a wild theory. Make a paradise for illegal aliens, and they will flock to you. They will not bother to assimilate, since that would only be suggested by racists. Way to go.


12 posted on 12/28/2013 11:30:36 AM PST by jim35 (Obama: the second saboteur-in-chief.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
What is it about airports that attracts Muzzies?

Extortion choke point, piracy, ya know.

13 posted on 12/28/2013 11:31:13 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: novascotianative

Liberals and their whacky ideas!
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I think the Bushes are the main force behind the Somalis being here and teaching them how to game the welfare system.


14 posted on 12/28/2013 11:35:21 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why do we allow people into this country who have absolutely nothing to contribute? There already 300 million people here. We can be a little more selective now.


15 posted on 12/28/2013 11:35:31 AM PST by BinaryBoy (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: novascotianative
Liberals and their whacky ideas!

Namely Congressman John Baldacci and Jack Nicholas of Maine Catholic Charities (also former DHHS Commissioner)

16 posted on 12/28/2013 11:35:50 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: I want the USA back

See #16.


17 posted on 12/28/2013 11:37:16 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

In Indy we installed airport foot washin’ stations for ‘em.
Not sure about Minnie?


18 posted on 12/28/2013 11:41:19 AM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: SeekAndFind

Rochester, MN also has been hit by this plague, brought about by having had the blind terrorist incarcerated there. Any of course, just as in senile old England, the welfare state immediately begins sending them tax-payer gouged checks so they can hate us in comfort. We are doomed.


19 posted on 12/28/2013 11:43:02 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: SeekAndFind; Revolting cat!

The city leaders never fed a stray kitty, I guess.


20 posted on 12/28/2013 11:46:12 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: BinaryBoy

yes!!! please!!!


21 posted on 12/28/2013 11:50:17 AM PST by ronniesgal (Martin Bashir!!!! You kiss your goat with that mouth???)
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To: Moonman62
"I think the Bushes are the main force behind the Somalis being here..."

You are correct about that. GWB allowed a huge number of them in.

22 posted on 12/28/2013 11:56:26 AM PST by VR-21 (Next Stop, Willoughby.)
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To: SeekAndFind

A country this stupid is racing toward extinction.


23 posted on 12/28/2013 12:04:26 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Catholics and their Social Justice have ruined many a good thing.


24 posted on 12/28/2013 12:07:34 PM PST by what's up
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To: Blood of Tyrants

“Open the doors and invite every deadbeat Muslim in the world and they will come.”

Open the doors and invite every deadbeat Latin American and they will come.


25 posted on 12/28/2013 12:07:54 PM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: nascarnation

There’s a foot washing facility in Denver, too.


26 posted on 12/28/2013 12:17:37 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Just a little foretaste of an isle of diversity coming to a location near you.


27 posted on 12/28/2013 12:18:08 PM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have zero sympathy. Nada.


28 posted on 12/28/2013 12:21:55 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: novascotianative

Please do NOT send the to Minnesota!


29 posted on 12/28/2013 12:23:07 PM PST by Gumdrop
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s money that doesn’t go to the poorest Americans.

Charity begins at home.


30 posted on 12/28/2013 12:56:13 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: SeekAndFind

Liberals getting what they want to give everyone else- nice!


31 posted on 12/28/2013 1:00:52 PM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I live in the Portland area. There is a huge difference between Muslim Somalis and Christian Sudanese immigrants. We have a vibrant Sudanese community in our church. These are some of the most industrious hardworking Jesus believing wonderful people you would ever meet.


32 posted on 12/28/2013 1:02:54 PM PST by pithyinme (Oh great 3 more years of crap to wade through....)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

What is it about airports that attracts Muzzies ?


Ummm the planes?


33 posted on 12/28/2013 1:03:57 PM PST by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: BinaryBoy

So glad I live in South Carolina. Beard-and-burka muzzies are occasionally seen here but their numbers are far, far below critical mass & they either perceive or already know that the Palmetto State is swarming with Bible thumping heavily armed rednecks many of whom are either OIF/OEF vets or have them as relatives.


34 posted on 12/28/2013 1:09:34 PM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: Bigg Red

mark


35 posted on 12/28/2013 1:37:09 PM PST by Bigg Red (Let the lying lips be dumb, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.--Ps3)
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To: SeekAndFind

I live in Maine; Bob MacDonald is one of my best friends. This article is a complete LIE. In the last election, Bob crushed his far left opponent and did it with a substantial majority of SOMALI VOTES! The Somalis claim a far smaller percentage of welfare benefits than their percentage of the population. MacDonald is talking about asylum seekers, not refugees. Asylum seekers, the vast, vast majority of whom are not Somalis (right now it’s Angolans)do show up here and immediately go on the dole. Maine is one of the few states which provide relief to asylum seekers. It’s going to stop.

As for the Somalis, well, as a group they have been model citizens. We almost never see them in court except for petty stuff. There have been some welfare crooks among them, but not many. Their kids graduate from High School at a higher rate than the American kids. In fact, they have raised the graduation rate at the high school almost 20 percent!

We are doing fine here. We are not turning into Somalia or any other sort of Mohamedan dog vomitstan. Our economy is growing. The last thing we appreciate is for some clown from away like Greenfield and his rag to defame us for his own cheap political agenda!


36 posted on 12/28/2013 1:40:46 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated)
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To: SeekAndFind

Social engineering and the voter base


37 posted on 12/28/2013 1:45:59 PM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: Kolokotronis
Hi Kolokotronis.......check out the Greek Blue Zone....the island of Ikaria has a very high population of people over 90.

Google: blue zone ikaria ....and go to videos.

Kako Chrisounia

38 posted on 12/28/2013 1:52:38 PM PST by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: BinaryBoy

They’re good for something (if you are a democrat):

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two volunteer poll workers at an Ohio voting station told Human Events that they observed van loads of Ohio residents born in Somalia — the state is home to the second-largest Somali population in the United States — being driven to the voting station and guided by Democratic interpreters on the voting process. No Republican interpreters were present, according to these volunteers.

http://patdollard.com/2012/10/report-vanloads-of-somalians-driven-to-the-polls-in-ohio/


39 posted on 12/28/2013 2:11:01 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Whew, I thought I was the only one who noticed. Any major airport is swarming with immigrants and hijabs. It’s almost as if airports are required to hire at least 90% immigrants and “people of color.” Actually they probably are required by political correct codes of the TSA and feds to get us racist whites use to seeing diversity and not “profile” (shudder the thought of a muslim terrorist) at airports.


40 posted on 12/28/2013 2:13:02 PM PST by Organic Panic
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To: SeekAndFind

Who is reloacting all these people ?


41 posted on 12/28/2013 2:40:36 PM PST by moonshinner_09
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To: Kolokotronis

As far as I know, public assistance figures aren’t broken down by religion. When I lived in SW Montana in the late 80s locals were dying to confirm their suspicions that Church Universal and Triumphant members were getting welfare. Couldn’t be done.
There are a lot of Somalis in Seattle, and I have to admit being concerned, though I don’t like jumping to conclusions. If the women are wearing burkas, they aren’t Christian, right? A lot of people from African countries work in nursing homes, elder care, that type of thing. I don’t know which African countries, though. They certainly aren’t all layabouts. Also you never see women in burkas in Everett, only Seattle

Simple reason you see immigrants at airports—a lot drive cabs.


42 posted on 12/28/2013 4:05:40 PM PST by crazycatlady
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To: Moonman62

I think the Bushes are the main force behind the Somalis being here and teaching them how to game the welfare system.


Actually I think it is the idiot Lutheran and Catholic charities who imported these barbarians by the horde. My home town in Minnesota has been inflicted with an entire Somali village who have created a ghetto requiring its own police precinct in a stable town that had virtually no meaningful crime for the previous century. IIRC the school board even build them a mosque-ish prayer room in the high school.

They pride themselves on their ability as con artists and laugh about the gullibility of Americans. In Minnesota “Niceness” is the highest civic virtue and blinds a majority of natives to reality.

They are a verminous cancer, and should be treated like cancer.


43 posted on 12/28/2013 5:47:19 PM PST by crusher (Political Correctness: Stalinism Without the Charm)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maine, just put them on a bus for San Francisco and tell them to look up a Mrs. Pelosi who will be glad to give them a generous handout. Tell them the weather is a lot nicer there in the winter, too.


44 posted on 12/28/2013 6:19:26 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: Kolokotronis

I live in Maine; Bob MacDonald is one of my best friends. This article is a complete LIE. In the last election, Bob crushed his far left opponent and did it with a substantial majority of SOMALI VOTES! The Somalis claim a far smaller percentage of welfare benefits than their percentage of the population. MacDonald is talking about asylum seekers, not refugees. Asylum seekers, the vast, vast majority of whom are not Somalis (right now it’s Angolans)do show up here and immediately go on the dole. Maine is one of the few states which provide relief to asylum seekers. It’s going to stop.

As for the Somalis, well, as a group they have been model citizens. We almost never see them in court except for petty stuff. There have been some welfare crooks among them, but not many. Their kids graduate from High School at a higher rate than the American kids. In fact, they have raised the graduation rate at the high school almost 20 percent!

We are doing fine here. We are not turning into Somalia or any other sort of Mohamedan dog vomitstan. Our economy is growing. The last thing we appreciate is for some clown from away like Greenfield and his rag to defame us for his own cheap political agenda!
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I live in Maine too and you are dreaming. You a social services contractor to the Somali and their gangs who have devastated Lewiston?


45 posted on 12/28/2013 6:26:44 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: BinaryBoy

“Why do we allow people into this country who have absolutely nothing to contribute? There already 300 million people here. We can be a little more selective now.”

I’d imagine that as long as the 2 biggest markets (India and Red China) have over a billion people each we’ll stop importing people when we reach the same population.

In my area (northern NJ) they would gladly take these Somalis in just to keep the public school teachers employed and housing occupied (consequences be damned). We already have 3 billion illegal Hispanics and assorted Asians here in NJ.../s


46 posted on 12/29/2013 3:46:14 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: txrefugee

“Any of course, just as in senile old England, the welfare state immediately begins sending them tax-payer gouged checks so they can hate us in comfort. We are doomed.”

It is worse than you think; the welfare rolls explode exponentially due to the de facto polygamy Muslims practice here in the US. A few years ago there was a house fire (I believe in the Bronx) in which assorted women and children died; it turned out that this 3-family home was rented by an African Muslim who kept a wife in each apartment (with their respective children).

A Lebanese Christian explained how this dynamic skewed Lebanon’s demographics so quickly (leading to the civil war in which the Muslims triumphed).


47 posted on 12/29/2013 3:51:19 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Chickensoup

“I live in Maine too and you are dreaming. You a social services contractor to the Somali and their gangs who have devastated Lewiston?”

You don’t live in Lewiston and clearly don’t know the Mayor or the Somali immigrant situation here. There are no “gangs” devastating Lewiston. There were a group of punk kids, Somali and home growns, breaking into a few houses and some buildings at Bates stealing computers. They got caught. A few years back there were some junior high Somali kids who accosted 4 or 5 people in the park at night. The PD quickly “took care of the problem”.

Lewiston’s trouble comes from the fat white women who move here from the country towns for welfare, to act as mules for the American drug dealers from the south and west of us and breed their illegitimate spawn while handing us the bill. The Somalis don’t do that.

Oh, and no, as anyone who has dealt with me over the years on FR knows, I am most certainly NOT a social services contractor for any Mohammedans. Unlike the overwhelming majority of Freepers, my family lived under the heel of the Mohammedan Turks for 400 years. My bedtime stories were about the Turkokratia and the boogie man was a Turk! I know all about Georgie Bush’s ROP so it’s unlikely I’ll be fooled.


48 posted on 12/29/2013 3:54:24 AM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated)
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To: SeekAndFind

So much for the liberal notion of the “noble savage”.


49 posted on 12/29/2013 3:56:44 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: crazycatlady

“As far as I know, public assistance figures aren’t broken down by religion.”

They are not, but Lewiston is a small place and Somali names are a dead give away! No Smith, Jones or Papastathopoulos in that community!

Many African women wear what appear to be burkhas, Ethiopians for example, who are very, very Christian, or Eritreans. I know, I go to church with them. Christian women throughout the East cover their heads.


50 posted on 12/29/2013 4:02:19 AM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated)
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