Maine: Dunkin’ Donuts apologizes for banning Somali social justice activist from store after altercation

This is a classic case about how change happens! Businesses, eager to prostrate themselves out of fear once confronted by an angry demanding refugee like Hamdia Ahmed, quickly make news by backing down when activists for Muslim immigrant rights cause a stir.  The message to the public: be silent. Even as it is clear, when you … Continue reading Maine: Dunkin’ Donuts apologizes for banning Somali social justice activist from store after altercation

Maine: Battle over female genital mutilation bill raging

Diversity is beautiful alert! This is one of those great ‘fun’ political debates you will get to have once the population of Muslims, mostly from East Africa, ‘find their way’ to your state.  Maine, especially Lewiston, is the Somali capital of the East! The story at the Press Herald is long and detailed, but what … Continue reading Maine: Battle over female genital mutilation bill raging

Maine food stamp fraud bust has interesting twist

  Longtime readers know that I’ve had a side interest in food stamp fraud, specifically trafficking in food stamps.  This kind of fraud doesn’t involve purchasing unapproved items with food stamps as you might think, but it’s about selling ones benefits for 50 cents on the dollar. It works like this: customer comes in with … Continue reading Maine food stamp fraud bust has interesting twist

Alert to Mainers: Local community college prez wants Somalis to move to Aroostook County

….to work in agriculture. Will they dig potatoes? Aren’t there machines to do that work? And, why is this an issue for a community college? Govt. grants? More students? What? From Mainebiz: Northern Maine Community College and Maine Community Foundation are partnering to bring Somali immigrants to Aroostook County to explore agricultural opportunities. Officials from … Continue reading Alert to Mainers: Local community college prez wants Somalis to move to Aroostook County

Uphill battle in Maine to criminalize female genital mutilation

The vote could still come this week, but faces an uphill challenge as groups like the ACLU oppose attempts to save little girls from torture because it goes against their politics as reported at WGME 13: The ACLU is against the bill saying it’s “nothing more than an attempt to single out behavior that is … Continue reading Uphill battle in Maine to criminalize female genital mutilation

Episcopal Bishop in Maine: It is our moral obligation to take in refugees

But, is it the obligation of the US taxpayer to pay the Episcopal Church millions annually for THEIR Christian charity?  Of course that is one of the major moral questions that has driven this blog for ten years! You can read the Bishop’s opinion piece at the Bangor Daily News: With the news that the … Continue reading Episcopal Bishop in Maine: It is our moral obligation to take in refugees

Maine to Minnesota, residents of small cities overloaded with Somalis happy with Trump

“I think he’s doing a lot, every day I’m turning on CNN to see what he did and who he pissed off.” Mainer Jim Nelson They may not be protesting in the streets, but voters in towns seeing their communities transformed by refugees almost overnight, support Donald Trump’s efforts to rein-in immigration from certain countries. … Continue reading Maine to Minnesota, residents of small cities overloaded with Somalis happy with Trump