From the land of sky blue waters

Featured image Sometimes it seems that Minnesota is ground zero in the war against terrorism. The problem is that we’re on the wrong side. This week we learned that two men identified as Minnesotans had died fighting for the Islamic State in Syria and now is such a time. Reporting from ground zero, we pause to ask what is happening here? One of the two — Abdiraaman Muhumed — was a Somali »

Dear Dean Wippman

Featured image The University of Minnesota is another brick in the wall of the institutional left that holds Minnesota under its thumb. The university has done and continues to do some great things, but in many ways it remains an enemy of the ordinary citizen seeking to get on with his life. Its outré history faculty, to take just one example, is among the vanguard of anti-Israel, pro-Hamas supporters, and they’re not »

A pro-Hamas left emerges

Featured image The historian Jeffrey Herf writes at the American Interest of the emergence of a pro-Hamas left: On July 31, 2014, a group of left-leaning historians called “Historians Against the War” posted an open letter to President Obama denouncing Israel’s actions in the Gaza War and calling for a cut-off of American military assistance to Israel. On August 13, the letter was posted on the website of the History News Network. »

State Fair 2014

Featured image We went to the State Fair yesterday. As always, the sheer scale of the thing was stunning. Literally. Maybe a city exists, somewhere in the Orient, as crowded as the Minnesota State Fair, but I haven’t been there: The Midway is where the rides are. Also the hairy lady, some sort of dwarf, and other oddities used to be exhibited there. Are they still? I don’t know. But the Midway »

Is Minnesota’s Senate Seat In Play?

Featured image On paper, Al Franken is a vulnerable incumbent: he has served one undistinguished term in the Senate, trying mostly to stay out of trouble; his re-elect percentage is under 50; and President Obama is unpopular in Minnesota. So some observers are optimistic that Minnesota can be added to the list of potential GOP takeaways. Earlier today, I discussed the Minnesota Senate race on Wall Street Journal Live with host Mary »

Meet the Mustafa Family

Featured image Working for a Minneapolis-based bank holding company over a period of years, I learned that the Twin Cities are the hub of significant international crime, some of it believed to be related to the financing of terrorist organizations. See, for example, my 2007 post “Who Wazwaz that masked man?” Even so, this surprised me. Yesterday state and federal authorities disclosed the indictment of 20 members of a Twin Cities-based crime »

In Minneapolis, it’s just business as usual

Featured image Democrats Phyllis Kahn and Mohamud Noor are contending for the right to represent District 60B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Kahn is the echt liberal who was first elected to represent the district in 1972; Noor is the challenger who reflects the district’s shifting demographics. The district includes the Cedar-Riverside area of Minneapolis along with the University of Minnesota’s west bank campus, and a lot of Somalis now reside »

Cracks Appearing In Democratic Coalition

Featured image The population of Mogadishu is moving to Minneapolis, through the miracle of chain immigration. I don’t know whether there is any limiting principle to this or whether all of Mogadishu will one day reside along the Mississippi, but in any event, the Somali influx is already impacting Minnesota politics. Despite being “natural conservatives”–imagine what they must think of abortion and gay marriage!–the Somalis have so far been reliable Democratic voters. »

Koua Fong Lee: The farce continues

Featured image Koua Fong Lee immigrated to the United States from a refugee camp in Thailand in 2004. Three years later Lee killed three Minnesotans when he rammed his 1996 Toyota Camry into the rear of another car at the Snelling Avenue exit of Interstate Highway 94 in St. Paul. Lee’s car careened into the other car somewhere between 70 and 90 miles per hour and Lee was, not unreasonably, convicted of »

From Sin City to Sim City

Featured image Stanley Kurtz drew the outlines of Obama’s second-term plans to redesign the urban areas of the United States in Spreading the Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing the Suburbs To Pay For the Cities. Our friend Katherine Kersten took note of the Minnesota angle and has conducted her own investigation. Kurtz wrote about Kathy’s work in the NRO column “Meet TOD: The way Obama wants you to live.” As Paul Mirengoff »

Spending spree: A test

Featured image The latest message from Minnesota Senator “Al Franken” to supporters of his campaign for reelection — among whom he numbers “Hind” and which we have just received — begins: “When you think of the words ‘spending spree,’…” What do you think of when you think of the words “spending spree”? I think of Barack Obama and his cadre of hardline party supporters such as Franken. But no, that is not »

Are you indigenous?

Featured image It’s been a while since the leftover left took ownership of every nook and cranny of the city of Minneapolis. The city has therefore signed on to multifarious left-wing causes expressing hatred of the United States over the past many years. In the Cold War, for example, municipal authorities wanted to make it clear that they were on the other side. In 1988, just in time to catch the dissolution »

Mayor Hodges submits

Featured image In the “closing argument” she made on her own behalf in her (Minneapolis) mayoral campaign this past October, Betsy Hodges checked all the right (left) boxes. To borrow Samuel Johnson’s formulation regarding Metaphysical poetry, she violently yoked a couple of heterogeneous ideas together at the heart of her mind-numbing speech: “I have worn hijab, and it changed me. I have run and danced my way through the gay pride parade.” »

Code Red for Team Franken

Featured image In Minnesota, Al Franken is up for reelection to the United States Senate. Minnesota’s Republican Party is a mess and the announced GOP candidates haven’t made much of an impression. Indeed, you have to be something of an obsessive to know that Franken will be on the ballot this November. I was reminded of Franken’s reelection campaign by an article last week in the Washington Post. According to the Post’s »

Law and order governance, Democrat style

Featured image Minnesota is the beat of John and Scott, but I can’t resist noting this story by Andrew Johnson at NRO. It seems that Governor Mark Dayton has advised parents of children with disabilities to buy marijuana in the street, given that medical marijuana has not been legalized in Minnesota. Jessica Hauser, whose son suffers from a form of epilepsy, reports that Dayton gave her this advice during a private meeting. »

A lethal explosion in Minneapolis

Featured image On New Year’s day a powerful explosion and fire occurred at 514 Cedar Avenue South in Minneapolis, in a predominantly Somali neighborhood of the city. The building was gutted by the fire (photo below). Two bodies were found in the rubble, and fourteen people were hospitalized, one of whom died later. Within 72 hours, the building had been pulled down into a heap of rubble. The FBI has declared that »

Let’s call the whole thing off

Featured image Minnesota Democrats attended their local precinct caucuses last night. At the Brian Coyle Center in Minneapolis a fight broke out among Democrats in search of peace and love. Backers of newly elected school board member Mohammud Noor apparently sought to unseat 21-term incumbent state Rep. Phyllis Kahn. Noor also serves as the interim executive director of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, “helping to connect new immigrants with social »