Clues to a Mystery [Updated With a Third]

Featured image Europe is being roiled by a populist uprising against a gigantic wave of immigration from the Middle East. More than a million “refugees,” the vast majority of them young men, have swarmed into Europe from Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and other Islamic countries. In days gone by, if large numbers of young men wanted to move into a foreign country, they had to be armed. No longer. Most Europeans are unhappy »

Tuberculosis comes to Minnesota

Featured image Whatever happened to tuberculosis? I remember being tested for it in grade school in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. I remember reading about it in The Magic Mountain in college. It’s been a long time since I worried about it. The CDC reviews trends in tuberculosis in this fact sheet. Doing the work that the Star Tribune won’t do, Michael Patrick Leahy reviews the Minnesota Department of Health study »

Will she have to talk?

Featured image Anthony Trollope titled the first of his series of Palliser novels Can You Forgive Her? In Minneapolis “The curious case of Ilhan Omar” raises a similar question. Will she have to talk? Early voting in Minnesota has been underway since September 23. Yet our local media have done roughly nothing to answer the question whether the young lady about to be elected the first state representative from Minnesota’s Somali community »

Guests Who Never Leave

Featured image The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that some West Africans in Minnesota are facing the prospect of returning home. The subject is the federal Temporary Protected Status program. The news has roiled the Twin Cities’ West African community: A program that allowed natives of the countries hardest hit by the 2014 Ebola epidemic to stay and work here is ending next spring. The idea was that a limited number of West »

What about Burhan Mohumed?

Featured image When the New York Times comes through town to check in with Minnesota’s Somali community, a variation of the genre World ends: Women and minorities hardest hit is at hand. Times reporter Jack Healy, for example, arrived this past June just in time for the verdicts in the terrorism case involving Minnesota’s ISIS wannabes. Healy’s article on the verdicts (written with freelancer Matt Furber) sought to convey the impression that »

Hillary: The Third World Has a “Right” to Move to the United States

Featured image On Monday, Donald Trump gave a speech on terrorism and immigration in which he said: We want people to come into our country, but they have to come in legally, through a process…. No one has a right to immigrate to this country. That should be a truism. But, as Byron York points out, Hillary Clinton responded in a retweet that she disagrees: "No one has the right to immigrate »

Make America Mexico Again?

Featured image Deport Racism PAC is devoted to opposing Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and, necessarily, supporting Hillary Clinton’s. This video, released by Deport Racism yesterday, conveys a good sense of what this year’s election is all about–or largely about, anyway. Personally, I don’t have a hard time deciding whom to vote for on November 8. »

Bill de Blasio: Islamic terrorism is “vanishingly rare” [UPDATED]

Featured image Brendan Kirby of PoliZette reports that, in the wake of a radical Islamic terrorist attack on New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is telling citizens not to worry about the threat of jihadist violence and is pushing for even more questionably vetted migrants to be resettled in the United States. Writing in the New York Times, de Blasio and the mayors of London and Paris state: [I]t is wrong »

Alice in Terrorland

Featured image Last night City Journal editor Brian Anderson invited me to submit 500 words on the terrorist incident in St. Cloud, Minnesota. That took me about 15 minutes. Matthew Hennessy edited and improved the piece that I called “Alice in Terrorland.” That means I’ve got a few words left over, including a citation to Bob Dylan that Matthew removed, but I tried to put the good stuff in there. Given Brian’s »

Police nab Manhattan-N.J. bombing suspect, a naturalized Afghan

Featured image Authorities have apprehended Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was wanted in connection with the weekend bombings in Manhattan and Seaside Park, New Jersey. It took a shootout to capture Rahami, who shot an officer in the stomach before eventually being gunned down and taken into custody. Fortunately, the officer’s bulletproof vest absorbed Rahami’s shot. Rahami is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan. Authorities do not know whether his »

How to “root out jihad from within”

Featured image Following the terrorist attack in St. Cloud, Minnesota (not France), John wrote about what he called delusional efforts to combat the influence of ISIS on Somali youth in Minnesota. The efforts consisted of “funding a broad array of mental health and education programs” and also the developing “community-led intervention teams” — groups of Somali leaders and educators enlisted to identify and intervene with young people believed at risk for radicalization. »

The atrocity in St. Cloud

Featured image Jeremy Carl is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. NRO’s Corner has posted Jeremy’s “The atrocity in St. Cloud and the continuing Somali immigration madness.” It credits us for our continuing reportage and commentary, but more importantly raises the issues implicit in it. Among other pieces, Jeremy links to my post “Trump touches Minnesota’s untouchables,” which I had already forgotten about. I’m taking the liberty of posting Jeremy’s NRO »

Drawing inferences in St. Cloud

Featured image The mayor of St. Cloud just held a press conference with law enforcement authorities on the stabbing rampage at the Crossroads Center mall last night. Other than crediting the off-duty officer who killed the perpetrator (identified as Jason Falconer) with acting promptly at his own risk to to lives, the press conference was remarkably short on information. As late as noon today the Star Tribune seemed to be holding out »

Clueless in St. Cloud [updated]

Featured image One of the many chilling moments in the terrorism trial in Minneapolis this past May was the presentation of a piece of evidence that passed in a flash without comment. The evidence was a photograph of one of the defendants dressed in the uniform he wore when he worked as a security guard (pretty much whenever he wanted) in the Twin Cities. I think the photograph must have had the »

The Irrelevance of Deportation

Featured image Donald Trump has gone back and forth on the issue of deporting illegal immigrants, and Democrats are accusing him of inconsistency. The Washington Post, for example, headlines: “Trump advisers and allies struggle with deportation specifics.” Several of Donald Trump’s top campaign advisers and allies on Sunday struggled to explain the Republican presidential nominee’s stance on mass deportation — insisting that he will prioritize undocumented criminals for deportation, but falling short »

Clinton losing support among Hispanics

Featured image Will Donald Trump’s pivot on immigration and his trip to Mexico change the way Hispanic voters view him? I don’t know. But quite apart from anything Trump is doing, Hispanics view Hillary Clinton less favorably than they did earlier this year. According to the Washington Post, a new Latino Decisions poll found that 70 percent of registered Hispanic voters say they will definitely vote for Clinton or were leaning towards »

The Washington Post dishonestly denies that Trump has changed on illegal immigration

Featured image There were only two ways the mainstream media would portray Donald Trump’s speech on immigration once he finally delivered it. Either Trump would be the same dreadfully inhumane guy he’s been throughout the campaign or he would be a flip-flopper whose word cannot be trusted on anything. The “meany” option was always the preferred one. Voters seemed to have little problem with Trump flip-flopping to more reasonable ground on immigration. »