Archive for 29 February, 2012

Will RINO Olympia Snowe Run on a 3rd Party Ticket?

29 February, 2012

Last night, when Sen. Olympia Snowe announced her retirement, I was quite elated.  After all, I would rather a DemonRat fill her post than to have a RINO in there who is continually lauded by Obama and his” psychophants” for propaganda purposes every time they need to play the “bipartisan support” card.  That being said, I am a little curious as to what caused her to supposedly retire.

The following might shed a little light on the subject and is worth noting:

Will Olympia Snowe Join Americans Elect?
By Jonathan Chait – NYMag.com

 

Olympia Snowe’s retirement statement seemed like it dropped a huge hint, and I’m surprised it hasn’t received any attention:

As I enter a new chapter, I see a vital need for the political center in order for our democracy to flourish and to find solutions that unite rather than divide us. It is time for change in the way we govern, and I believe there are unique opportunities to build support for that change from outside the United States Senate. I intend to help give voice to my fellow citizens who believe, as I do, that we must return to an era of civility in government driven by a common purpose to fulfill the promise that is unique to America.

This sounds exactly like the kind of rhetoric emanating from Americans Elect, the third-party group that believes that both parties should put aside partisanship and come together to enact an ever-so-slightly more conservative version of Barack Obama’s agenda. Moderate retiring senators often deliver lofty, vacuous paeans to bipartisanship on their way to a lucrative lobbying career. But Snowe’s statement seems unusually specific (“unique opportunities to build support for that change from outside the United States Senate”) about her intent to do something.

I suspect it may not be coincidental that David Boren, the former Democratic senator from Oklahoma and oil industry lickspittle, came out for Americans Elect today. The group is set up so that its presidential and vice-presidential candidates need to come from opposing parties. The process is set up to, at least putatively, allow the voters to choose the ticket. But Americans Elect and its well-heeled funders have maintained tight control over the proceedings to ensure their envisioned ticket pairing establishmentarian insiders can prevail over candidates like , say, Ron Paul who might be able to actually win an open vote.

Snowe and Boren would make for the kind of ticket Americans Elect is looking for. Is that the plan?

74% Increase in U.S. Mosques Since 2000

29 February, 2012

Gee, some Muzzies fly planes into buildings and suddenly everyone in America starts bending over backwards to accommodate Muslims everywhere just to prove that we have no hard feelings.  Just insane.

Anyway, this is what your Saudi oil money is buying:

Number of U.S. mosques up 74% since 2000
The number of Islamic places of worship in the United States soared 74% in the past decade.
USA Today

While protests against new mosques in New York, Tennessee and California made headlines, the overall number of mosques quietly rose from 1,209 in 2000 to 2,106 in 2010.

[…]

They’re also very engaged: The study finds “98% of mosque leaders say Muslims should be involved in American institutions and 91% agree that Muslims should be involved in politics.”

The study, “The American Mosque 2011,” was sponsored by The Hartford Institute for Religion Research (Hartford Seminary), the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, as well as the nation’s largest Islamic civic and religious groups, including the Islamic Society of North America and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Some findings:

• States with the most mosques are New York (257), California (246) and Texas (166).

• Most mosques are in cities, but suburban sites rose from 16% in 2000 to 28% in 2010.

[…]

The study breaks with all other major surveys of religion in one controversial finding.

Although the study does not claim to say how many Muslims are in the USA, Bagby estimates there are 2.6 million “mosque participants” — people who have attended prayers for Eid (a major holy day) or Friday prayers or were considered participants by the mosque leader survey.

Bagby says he reached the number by taking mosque attendance reported by the leadership and multiplying the average number of attendees by the number of mosques.

Bagby’s report concludes “if there are 2.6 million Muslims who pray the Eid prayer, then the total Muslim population should be closer to estimates (by Bagby) of up to 7 million.”

However, no other survey projects even 3 million Muslims in the USA.

[…]

The numbers matter because higher numbers mean enhanced social and political clout in the public square for minority faiths. Significantly large groups can attract candidates seeking votes or convince school boards and employers to recognize their holy days, for example.

Higher numbers mean you are not marginalized,” Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations has said.

Yeah, spoken like a true un-indicted co-conspirator…  But, I digress.  His statement is not necessarily true, however.  Consider the overwhelming Christian population in the U.S. –  Thanks to the ACLU and other Lefturd organizations with lots of money, they have been marginalized for years now.  Muslims beware…


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