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“Islamophobia” in one state (3)

Featured image The Star Tribune continues with another round of letters to the editor taking issue with my column “Islam in Minnesota: Can we have some straight talk for a change?” Here are today’s letters: ISLAMOPHOBIA Why should ‘straight talk’ be all Muslim, all the time? To the commentary writer asking if he was crazy for wanting some straight talk about Islam and Minnesota, I would say no, not crazy, but certainly »

From the mixed-up files of Mr. Abdirizak M. Warsame

Featured image This past October, in the course of researching the article that became “The threat from ‘Minnesota men,'” I learned of an unnamed former airport employee and terrorist suspect who had been working “on the tarmac” in Minneapolis in 2014. I was advised by a source at one remove from the information that the suspect had luckily been discovered by a member of Minnesota’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (disclaimer: I still »

“Islamophobia” in one state (2)

Featured image Today’s Star Tribune publishes a letter to the editor criticizing my column on the uses of “Islamophobia” in Minnesota. My column was published on Monday as “Islam and Minnesota: Can we have some straight talk for a change?” Today we have this insanely stupid letter that serves as a marker for others that will seek to restore silence and enforce the taboos governing the subject in Minnesota: ISLAM IN MINNESOTA »

“Islamophobia” in one state

Featured image Minnesota’s Somali community presents a stark challenge to Americans concerned about terrorism. The community is Muslim, large, and protected by an extreme form of ideological conformity that runs from the governor down and permeates the media. In this month’s story on the indicted ISIS wannabe and local ringleader, reporters Dan Browning and Mary Lynn Smith add this editorial observation: Minnesota is believed to have produced more would-be foreign fighters than »

A sad day revisited

Featured image The mainstream media outlets in the Twin Cities are pale imitations of their big sisters on the coasts, so they aren’t much interested in exploring the novel outrages committed by Black Lives Matter protesters yesterday. Commenting on the coverage on the CBS-owned and operated WCCO-TV yesterday, one reader comments: “Couldn’t believe my eyes tonight while watching the WCCO 6:00 p.m. coverage of the BLM invasion of the Mall of America »

“Schlonged”: The long and short of it

Featured image At a campaign rally in Grand Rapids this past Monday evening, Donald Trump called out Hillary Clinton as a loser. Trump reached back to 2008 for this item in his bill of particulars: “She was favored to win and she got schlonged.” In the video excerpting his remarks below, Trump appears to be searching for the perfectly appropriate word. Le mot juste, as they say in French. Perhaps he was »

Bill and Hillary, ISIS recruiting tools

Featured image Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama seem to think we should order our affairs to make it more difficult for ISIS to recruit jihadists. This past Saturday night at the Dems’ Hillary be-in, Clinton therefore held it a black mark against Donald Trump that he had been featured in ISIS recruiting videos. One problem with her argument: Hillary was making up the factual predicate. Her campaign has conceded that no such »

Join Me on the Laura Ingraham Show Through the Holidays

Featured image I will guest host the Laura Ingraham radio show four times between now and the end of the year, starting tomorrow. I will host on December 21, 22, 28 and 30. The show airs live from 9 to 12 a.m. Eastern time. Tomorrow Bill Kristol will be one of my guests. You can go here to find a station in your area. If you miss the show live, you can »

A Bad Week At the New York Times

Featured image The New York Times is taking it on the chin these days. First there was the story about Tashfeen Malik, the San Bernardino terrorist, who, according to the Times, was an open jihadist before she received a visa to come to the United States: Tashfeen Malik, who with her husband carried out the massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., passed three background checks by American immigration officials as she moved to »

The Mapes miasma [Updated With Schadenfreude]

Featured image Variety has opened its pages to former CBS News producer Mary Mapes for an intransigent declaration of her righteousness in the Rathergate affair as portrayed in the film Truth (based on her memoir Truth and Duty). She writes: “Truth” is an uncannily accurate film about what happened when Dan Rather and our team reported an absolutely true story about then-President George W. Bush’s hit-and-miss Vietnam-era military service. We aired an »

MSNBC on the case

Featured image John takes note of NBC News correspondent Kerry Sanders’s live look around the San Bernardino killers’ apartment today on MSNBC after the FBI was done with it. The Examiner’s Ashe Schow provides an excellent account of Sanders’s tour of the terrorists’ picked-over digs here (video below, about five minutes). I dunno, a career in parapsychology may await Sanders. Doctor Peter Venkman has nothing on him. The inanity of Sanders’s comments »

Investigating a Terrorist Attack, MSNBC Style [Updated]

Featured image Somehow, MSNBC obtained access to the home where Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik lived in Redlands, California. An MSNBC reporter, along with a swarm of others, entered the house and, on live television, described what he found there. This is truly an excursion into the surreal. Our friends at Grabien have assembled a two and a half minute montage of what they call “awkward” moments from MSNBC’s live coverage. I »

Allah isn’t fixing this [With Comment by John]

Featured image Today’s New York Daily News cover (left, via Twitter) mocks the prayers of thee Republican presidential candidates and House Speaker Paul Ryan for the victims of yesterday’s massacre in San Bernardino. “God isn’t fixing this,” the cover blares. Subhead: “As latest batch of innocent Americans are left lying in pools of blood, cowards who could truly end gun scourge continue to hide behind meaningless platitudes.” The Daily News cover perfectly »

The Ellison elision, cont’d

Featured image Minnesota Fifth District Rep. is an old-time race hustler straight out of the Nation of Islam. He was a self-identified member of the Nation of Islam as recently as his first run for office in 1998. I wrote about his extensive and thoroughly discreditable race hustling background in the Weekly Standard article “Louis Farrakhan’s first congressman.” I posted copies of some key sources in “Keith Ellison for dummies.” Ellison shuns »

Gilson’s gallimaufry

Featured image In today’s letters to the editor the Star Tribune publishes Gary Gilson’s apology for his sideswipe of John Hinderaker while swiping me head-on. Here is how it is published it today’s paper: DEBATE OVER THE MOVIE ‘TRUTH’ I apologize for a statement made about the Power Line blog In a Nov. 8 letter to the editor, I wrote that John Hinderaker, a founder of the conservative blog Power Line, had »

Do you believe him?

Featured image Donald Trump has proved himself a master of mockery. It is a powerful weapon in his rhetorical arsenal. Sometimes it’s on target. Occasionally it misfires. It has yet to backfire. When his mockery has veered off target, Trump has effectively denied the upshot of the mockery. The latest case seems to me a misfire and the denial particularly implausible. Anthony Trollope titled the first of his Palliser series of novels »

From “Truth” to “Trumbo”

Featured image Hollywood provides a steady left-wing pressure on our politics, our culture, and our collective memory. This year the Rathergate film Truth gave an almost unbelievable example, turning the perpetrators of the greatest journalistic scandal of our times into heroes. John and I tried to set the record straight in the Weekly Standard article “Rather shameful” and the Star Tribune column “Lies upon lies.” As the institutional voice of the left, »