Another “Minnesota man” charged

Featured image Anyone into pattern recognition knows what the latest story featuring a “Minnesota man” will have to say. Another “Minnesota man” was charged yesterday with conspiring to support ISIS. His name is Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame. He is 20 years old. He lives in Eagan, a suburb of St. Paul situated between the suburb where John lives and the suburb where I live. Way too close for comfort. The story is an »

Jews are the main target of religious hate crimes in America

Featured image President Obama and other leftists continue to sound the alarm against anti-Muslim hate crimes. But FBI data shows that few hate crimes are directed at Muslims in the country and that many more are directed at Jews. The FBI bases its annual report on information submitted by law enforcement agencies. This year, 86 percent of the nation’s nearly 18,000 law enforcement agencies provided hate crime reports for 2014 to the »

Manchurian Jihadist?

Featured image More information is coming out about Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the San Bernardino terrorists, mostly through the testimony this morning of FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The basic takeaway from Comey’s testimony is that Farook and Malik “were radicalized for quite a long time before their attack.” In fact, Enrique Marquez, the friend of Syed Farook who bought the rifles that were used in the »

The Minnesota connection

Featured image I researched and wrote the article “The threat from ‘Minnesota men'” before the San Bernardino massacre, but the things I learned along the way may have some bearing on it. “Minnesota men” have been in contact with ISIS and sought to enlist in the cause. In April the FBI arrested six of them who were on their way to join the jihad. We’re a little ambivalent about the FBI’s success »

Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim entry

Featured image As Scott noted this morning, Donald Trump has called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” Is this a good idea? Is it constitutional? As to the second question, I’m not sure. However, I think I agree with Eric Posner, who argues that an immigration ban on Muslims probably is constitutional but blocking American »

The Trump trend

Featured image Yesterday Donald Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” He issued a press release and followed up with a speech at the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. In the speech Trump described his proposal as “very salient, very important, and probably not politically correct.” C-SPAN has posted a video of »

Wave of the eighth century

Featured image President Obama fancies himself a progressive in the Progressive tradition. He wants not only to ride the wave of the future but to sense where it is going and give it a nudge. As with all good progressives, it is history by which Obama takes his bearings, not the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence. Thus in his Oval Office speech this past Sunday, he declared that “we are »

Annals of inanity

Featured image President Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office last night to reflect on the massacre of Americans by Muslim terrorists in San Bernardino (transcript here, 13-minute video below). Slate’s friendly summary of the speech makes Obama sound barking mad: “Increasing gun control, rejecting Islamophobia are keys to combating terrorism.” The no-fly list has suddenly emerged as the linchpin of our struggle. Obama wants to use it to expand gun »

Square peg in the Oval Office

Featured image Responding to the terrorist massacre in San Bernardino this past Wednesday, President Obama will speak from the Oval Office tonight at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern). The White House indicates that Obama will address how the terror threat has “evolved, and how we will defeat it[.]” “He will reiterate his firm conviction that ISIL will be destroyed and that the United States must draw upon our values – our unwavering commitment to »

Waiting for the Dreaded Anti-Muslim Backlash

Featured image Paul wrote earlier today about Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s speech to a Muslim group last night in which she vowed to crack down on free speech, if necessary, in order to forestall any anti-Muslim backlash, which she described as her “greatest fear.” The idea that American citizens yahoos will be so enraged by Islamic terrorism that they will attack innocent Muslims is deeply ingrained in the liberal psyche, even though »

Obama-Lynch DOJ to crack down on school “bullying” and political speech

Featured image Attorney General Loretta Lynch has urged the parents of Muslim parents to contact the Justice Department and the Department of Education if their children are bullied at school. She did so in a speech before a Muslim advocacy group. In the same appearance, Lynch threatened to crack down on “anti-Muslim rhetoric.” To be more precise, she threatened to broaden an existing crackdown. Lynch stated: Where we do see anti-Muslim rhetoric »

The dog that won’t quit barking

Featured image The evidence continues to accumulate that the Bonnie and Clyde massacre in San Bernardino yesterday was a case of jihad. We’ve got the home armory. We’ve got the pilgrimage to Mecca. We’ve got the contact with foreign terrorist subjects. Sherlock Holmes solved the case in the story “Silver Blaze” with the clue of the dog that didn’t bark. The San Bernardino dog won’t shut up. President Obama was talking about »

Huh. Donald Trump Was Right After All

Featured image Donald Trump’s insistence that he saw one or more television news stories about Muslims in Jersey City celebrating the collapse of the Twin Towers in September 11 provoked outrage on the left. Among others, the Washington Post’s fact checker, Glenn Kessler, awarded Trump four Pinocchios, claiming that his assertion was “outrageous.” I wrote about the controversy here, agreeing that Trump exaggerated–there was no evidence that thousands of Muslims celebrated–but that »

When the Press Attacks Donald Trump, the Truth Is Optional [Updated]

Featured image In recent days Donald Trump has caught flak for several ostensibly anti-Muslim comments. Among them was his statement that he saw thousands of Muslims in Jersey City celebrating after the twin towers collapsed on September 11, 2001. This claim has been roundly and unanimously denounced. NPR says: [W]hen he was questioned by ABC News today about his assertion that “thousands and thousands of people” cheered the collapse of the World »

Deep thoughts by the DNC

Featured image The ad posted by the Democratic National Committee (video below) has a Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey feel to it. Like Handey’s deep thoughts, it is laughably stupid. In this case, however, the laughter evoked is unintentional. The stupidity reflects the current line of Madam Hillary and the Democratic Party. Condemnation of “radical Islam” is equated with condemnation of “Islam” and bigotry is imputed to those who identify “radical Islam” »

Recite from the Koran or die

Featured image Hillary Clinton and Team Obama like to pretend that the terrorism perpetrated throughout the world by Muslims has nothing to do with Islam. Maybe they should tell this to the families of those killed today at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali. According to reports, the terrorists took a large number of hostages, but then released those (reportedly around 20 in number) who could recite a verse from the »

Non-Muslim Terrorists Seize Hotel In Mali, Take Hostages [Updated]

Featured image Terrorists having nothing to do with Islam, armed with AK-47s and hand grenades, screamed “Allahu akbar!” as they attacked the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali. The non-Muslim terrorists have killed at least three people and are holding approximately 170 hostages. In an ecumenical gesture, the terrorists allowed hostages to leave if they were able to recite from the Quran. American and French special forces are now reported to be »