Will the Star Tribune ask the question?

Featured image Today’s Star Tribune carries yet another story celebrating this past Tuesday’s primary victory of Somali American Ilhan Omar over 22-term incumbent Phyllis Kahn for the DFL nomination to represent District 60B in the state legislature. How did she do it? “Ilhan Omar dominated among students, rival’s analysis show.” In “Ilhan Omar: Her back pages” we raised the question whether Omar married her brother in 2009 for dishonest purposes. If so, »

Ilhan Omar: Her back pages [updated]

Featured image Somali American Ilhan Omar defeated 22-term incumbent Phyllis Kahn for the nomination of the DFL to serve as the representative of House District 60B in the state legislature. Omar came in first in a three-way primary race for the nomination in Tuesday’s primary. When elected, Omar will be the first Somali American to serve in the Minnesota legislature. The Star Tribune hailed Omar’s victory as “historic” in a celebratory day-after »

From Phyllis to Ilhan

Featured image Phyllis Kahn is the den grandmother of the Minnesota left. During her long, long time in office she has proposed lowering the voting age to 12 and removing the ban on first-cousin marriage. Rep. Kahn has represented her university-area district in the state legislature for 44 years. Her tenure in office is the longest in Minnesota history. While her career seemed to be dedicated to finding new frontiers in political »

Trump touches Minnesota’s untouchables

Featured image Minnesota’s large and ever increasing Somali population is the ultimate protected minority in our left-wing utopia. The Somalis are black. The Somalis are Muslim. The Somalis vote Democratic. Enough said. This past fall Governor Mark Dayton instructed “white, B-plus, Minnesota-born citizens” to suppress their qualms about immigrant resettlement in Minnesota. If they can’t, they should “find another state,” he advised. Good to know. The Somalis may be retrograde in their »

(DHS) Magical mystery tour: Judicial Watch reports

Featured image In “Prosecutors say member of alleged ISIL recruit’s defense team preached jihad,” Star Tribune reporter Stephen Montemayor noted in passing that local imams and Muslim “community leaders” had received a “behind-the-scenes security tour” in February at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Montemayor mentioned the tour when he noted that Hassan Mohamud — “Sheikh Hassan” — had been “uninvited” from the tour. What??? What tour? That’s where Montemayor left matters, so »

Now read this: A footnote

Featured image I wrote about a Europe comes to Minneapolis sort of story reported by KSTP News in “‘Minnesota men’ at play.” The video of the KSTP News report is embedded in my post. KSTP News has pulled the written online version of the story, but I believe the video still plays. In the piece KSTP News has pulled from its site Brett Hoffland warily reported: Minneapolis police are investigating a series »

Now read this

Featured image Without further comment, I urge readers to check out the following intensely reported pieces on the spread of Islamist terrorism. Here they are, in reverse chronological order: Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times (August 3), “How a secretive branch of ISIS built a global network of killers.” Excerpt: “Believing he was answering a holy call, Harry Sarfo left his home in the working-class city of Bremen last year and drove for »

The (de)iceman cometh

Featured image Yaron Steinbuch reports in the New York Post: “ISIS teen who killed priest passed background check for airport job.” Steinbuch notes that “[t]he bloodthirsty jihadist who executed a Catholic priest in France ‘easily’ passed a background check to become an airport baggage handler[.]” The murderer “worked full time at Chambéry Airport in the Savoie region, which is used by more than 250,000 passengers a year, until just three months ago[.]” »

Ellison exploits the ignorant

Featured image As the Minnesota’s Fifth District representative in Congress, Keith Ellison has a good gig. He’s a hustler who is accustomed to exploiting the ignorance of voters in a one-party district in a town with a one-party newspaper. Ellison has exploited the ignorance of his constituents in lying repeatedly about his personal history, as I tried to show in “Louis Farrakhan’s first congressman.” Seeking to make himself a player on the »

German social science on the case

Featured image Last week’s Star Tribune reports that Two Minneapolis men convicted on ISIL charges seek ‘deradicalization’ review.” Those “Minneapolis men”? They are Guled Omar and Abdirahman Daud, found guilty of terrorism charges by the jury in Minneapolis on June 3. What is a “‘deradicalization’ review”? That is a tricker question. On March 2, Judge Davis ordered the federal probation office tasked with the standard presentence investigation to contract with Daniel Koehler, »

“Minnesota men” at play

Featured image This has become a familiar story out of Europe, but it is something new under the sun in Minneapolis. Although it is big news, I can’t find any evidence of the story in the Star Tribune (please let me know if I missed it) — another element that gives the story a European dimension. Brett Hoffland warily reports for (KSTP TV) 5 Eyewitness News: Minneapolis police are investigating a series »

ISIS in the Twin Cities, &c.

Featured image I found attending the trial of the three ISIS wannabes of the ten charged last year to be an incredibly rich experience. I’m still chewing it over. I take another look at the trial and at the national media’s pitiful coverage of it at City Journal in “ISIS in the Twin Cities.” I also touch on the related immigration issue implicit in the case. In light of the massacre in »

What I saw at the trial

Featured image I abbreviated my observations and comments on the terrorism case against the Somali Minnesotans that was tried before Judge Michael Davis in Minneapolis to column-length for the Star Tribune. The column appears in today’s paper under the headline “What I saw at the trial.” The Opinion pieces featured on the Star Tribune home page today omit any mention of my column. You have to go looking for it to find »

A tale of five Muhammads

Featured image Attending the Somali terrorism trial before Judge Michael Davis in Minneapolis was an incredibly rich experience. I am still trying to process what I saw at the trial. Like the Orlando massacre, the case lies at the intersection of Islam, immigration and terrorism. The group of Somali Minnesotans charged in the case or gone to ISIS in Syria without being charged numbers 12 or 13 or 14. It’s not a »

Taya Kyle pins Jesse Ventura on appeal

Featured image I wrote about Jesse Ventura’s defamation/unjust enrichment lawsuit against the estate of Chris Kyle in “American Sniper on trial” and in “American Sniper on trial: The verdict” and in American Sniper on trial: The appeal.” The case arises from a couple of pages now excised from the book about Kyle’s close encounter with Ventura at a bar in southern California. Ventura alleged that the story Kyle recounted was false and »

What I saw at the trial

Featured image This past Friday afternoon the jury returned with guilty verdicts in the trial of the three “Minnesota men” charged with seeking to join ISIS in Syria. Having attended the trial and filed daily reports on Power Line, I spent the weekend working on a short article summarizing what I saw at the trial. The article is published as “‘Minnesota men’ on trial” in the new issue of the Weekly Standard »

The tiger, beyond a reasonable doubt

Featured image The New York Times pioneered the form of the story portraying the suffering of favored groups (i.e., groups they favor). Comedian Mort Sahl has been credited with the satirical headline that captures the form with his version of the New York Times’s take on the apocalypse: “World ends, women & minorities hardest hit.” In “Terrorist wannabes guilty, Somalis hardest hit,” I linked to stories published by the Star Tribune and »