Archive for November 16th, 2011

“Anti-Muslim hate crimes soared by an astounding 50% last year, skyrocketing over 2009 levels in a year marked by the vicious rhetoric of Islam-bashing politicians and activists, especially over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” in New York City.

Although the national statistics compiled by the FBI each year are known to dramatically understate the real level of reported and unreported hate crimes, they do offer telling indications of some trends. The latest statistics, showing a jump from 107 anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2009 to 160 in 2010, seem to reflect a clear rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric from groups like Stop Islamization of America. Much of that rhetoric was aimed at stopping an Islamic center in lower Manhattan.”

Shameful. Especially as the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” was led by a cleric who had renounced violence and had worked with Jews and Christians in the past. Indeed, he was tapped by George W Bush as an informal goodwill ambassador to Muslims.

Read the rest of the story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-potok/fbi-reports-dramatic-spik_b_1092996.html

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The One Percentocracy

“These days, being a millionaire typically qualifies you as part of the one percent. But in Congress, it only makes you average.
About 47 percent of Congress, or 249 current members of Congress, are millionaires, according to a new study by the Center for Responsive Politics of lawmakers’ personal financial disclosure forms covering calendar year 2010. The Center’s analysis is based on the median values of lawmakers’ disclosed assets and liabilities.

That lofty financial status is enjoyed by only about one percent of Americans.”

And those who are not millionaires are very well off. More: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/money/personal-finance/47-congress-are-millionaires-just-1-rest-us

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