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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 »

Ellison’s 9/11

Featured image In advance of the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, the Washington Post opened its pages to Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison for a column under the headline “I’m the first Muslim in Congress. I believe America can beat Islamophobia.” It’s another manifestation of the phenomenon John wrote about in “The true significance of September 11….” Ellison doesn’t have much to say about the association of terrorism and any form of »

The curious case of Ilhan Omar

Featured image In case you missed it, I’m taking the liberty of reposting this from Friday morning in slightly revised form to draw attention to my City Journal column “The curious case of Ilhan Omar.” On August 30 I sat down with Preya Samsundar to talk about her work on the Ilhan Omar story. Covering the story for Alpha News, Preya has shown herself to be a dogged, resourceful and unintimidated reporter. »

The True Significance of September 11…

Featured image …is that it makes Muslims nervous. Tomorrow is the 15th anniversary of the most devastating terrorist attack in history, and its eve is commemorated with one story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “Twin Cities Muslims on guard as 9/11, holiday both approach.” The article recalls the observation that for liberals, Islamic terrorism is bad because it causes people to think poorly of Muslims. The anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist »

The curious case of Ilhan Omar

Featured image Last week I sat down with Preya Samsundar to talk about her work on the Ilhan Omar story. Covering the story for Alpha News, Preya has shown herself to be a dogged, resourceful and unintimidated reporter. It occurred to me that some readers might be interested in a summary of the story to date. I salute Preya’s efforts and include a few of her quotable quotes from our conversation in »

Ilhan Omar: Fox News pierces the silence

Featured image Preya Samsundar appeared for a brief segment on Fox & Friends this morning to discuss the Ilhan Omar story with our friend Pete Hegseth. Although the segment barely skimmed the surface of Preya’s reportage — Preya’s most recent stories are posted here (August 22), here (August 26) and here (September 2) — it introduced the story to a national audience. With the exception of Preya’s work at Alpha News, the »

Ilhan Omar: The sound of silence

Featured image Following her victory over 22-term incumbent Minnesota state Rep. Phyllis Kahn in Minnesota in the August 9 primary, Ilhan Omar emerged as the Democratic Party’s hot new thing. The Star Tribune touted her victory under a huge banner headline. Two follow-up stories analyzed the sources of Omar’s not particularly surprising success in a district whose demographics have markedly shifted toward the Somali community. At the end of that week we »

The eleventh “Minnesota man”

Featured image Late last week the United States Attorney for Minnesota filed a criminal complaint charging former Mohamed Roble with consiracy to support ISIS. He’s both the eleventh “Minnesota man” to be charged in the case and (by my count) the sixth Muhammad to make an appearance. The Star Tribune reports the story here. Roble is another young Somali Muslim who joined in the conspiracy with the nine who have been convicted »

A terrorist attack in Roanoke

Featured image A man in Roanoke County is in custody after attacking a couple in an apartment complex. The man, Wasil Farooqui, slashed the victims with a knife while allegedly shouting “Allahu Akbar.” The couple doesn’t know Farooqui. Apparently he selected them at random to be attacked. The male victim has neck wounds, but the police says this doesn’t look like an attempted beheading. The victim apparently has wounds all over his »

Ilhan Omar stonewalls [updated]

Featured image When Ilhan Omar finally got around to issuing a statement on her multiple marriages this past Wednesday evening, she drew on the Democratic scandal management playbook to put the story to bed. Omar characterized the allegations related to her marriages as “absurd and offensive.” Omar counts on cooperative Minnesota media not to follow up with impolite questions. KMSP 9’s Tom Lyden, however, is not in a cooperative mood. Lyden reported »

The Terrorists Are Winning

Featured image You will readily recall that after 9/11 we were exhorted to go on with our daily lives because otherwise, “the terrorists win.” It was decent advice in the sense that it allowed us both to mock and defy the terrorists. My favorite was the New Yorker cartoon that showed two guys at the bar: “If I don’t drink this martini, the terrorists win.” But is it such a joke any »

A few questions for Ilhan Omar

Featured image Ilhan Omar responded to the straightforward questions I raised about her marital situation with a stonewall thrown up by Minneapolis criminal defense attorney Jean Brandl. Brandl provided me the Omar campaign’s classic nonresponse response to my questions with the imputation of bigotry thrown in for good measure. I thought the questions deserved a straightforward answer and was intrigued by the immediate appearance of a criminal defense attorney to respond to »

Ilhan Omar explains

Featured image Shfting its public relations strategy, the Omar campaign has just issued the following STATEMENT FROM ILHAN OMAR: A number of baseless rumors have been made recently about my personal life and family. I will say it again here: they are absolutely false and ridiculous. That said, I will offer clarity and share a difficult part of my personal history that I did not consider relevant in the context of a »

The Omar campaign shuts up (2)

Featured image Star Tribune reporter Patrick Coolican brings the Ilhan Omar story up to date in his Morning Hot Dish newsletter. He summarizes the status of the story as of this moment (emphasis supplied by Coolican): Michael Howard, who is the House DFL caucus press guy, has taken over press for Ilhan Omar. That’s the fourth person dealing with media in a week, by my count. He declined another interview request on »

The Omar campaign shuts up

Featured image In his Hot Dish morning newsletter yesterday Star Tribune reporter Patrick Coolican declared that he had achieved “Some clarity on Ilhan Omar.” I declare that the story is about as clear as mud. KARE 11’s John Croman reported a short segment on the story last night (video below). I believe he obtained a statement from an informal volunteer on behalf of the Omar campaign, but nothing from the campaign directly. »

The Omar campaign speaks, sort of

Featured image The campaign of Ilhan Omar has engaged Ben Goldfarb to respond to the local media raising inquiries following up on my post of this past Friday on Ilhan Omar’s marriage licenses. Read about Goldfarb here. Omar herself isn’t talking. This past Friday, before posting anything on Power Line, I asked the Omar campaign to clarify the facts. Instead, the campaign not very subtly attacked my motives. Patrick Coolican now reports »