Minnesota

Sentencing the “Minnesota men”

Featured image Nine “Minnesota men” have pleaded guilty (six) or been convicted (three) in the big ISIS conspiracy case that was originally filed in Minnesota last year. “Minnesota men” is the preferred media descriptor of the Somali defendants in the case. The case was assigned to Judge Michael Davis, before whom the case was tried over three weeks this past May. I attended the trial and wrote about it every day on »

“Minnesota man” on 60 minutes

Featured image Abdirizak Warsame was the elected leader of the group of “Minnesota men” who sought to join ISIS until the FBI interrupted their plans in 2015. The government charged Warsame and others with conspiracy to support a foreign terrorist organization and with conspiracy to commit murder overseas. When the FBI showed Warsame the mountain of evidence it had compiled against him and his friends, he agreed to plead guilty and cooperate »

MS. found on a VW

Featured image Obamacare premium rate hikes have hit big time in Minnesota, which has gone all in on Obamacare courtesy of Governor Mark Dayton. Governor Dayton professes himself shocked that the Affordable Care Act is “no longer affordable.” Thanks, guy. Gee, who could have seen it coming? Dayton is trying to create some distance between Democrats standing for election to the legislature and the unfolding catastrophe of Obamacare. He must think we’re »

Meet Ilhan Omar, Daily Beast style

Featured image At the Daily Beast, Dean Obeidallah celebrates the impending election of Ilhan Omar to the Minnesota legislature as he introduces her to a national audience: “Omar, running as a Democrat in an overwhelmingly Democratic district, is expected to make history as the first Muslim refugee elected to political office.” According to Obeidallah, she’s not running as a Muslim: “Rather, she is running a campaign grounded in a progressive agenda.” Obeidallah »

Tuberculosis comes to Minnesota

Featured image Whatever happened to tuberculosis? I remember being tested for it in grade school in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. I remember reading about it in The Magic Mountain in college. It’s been a long time since I worried about it. The CDC reviews trends in tuberculosis in this fact sheet. Doing the work that the Star Tribune won’t do, Michael Patrick Leahy reviews the Minnesota Department of Health study »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is moving on…from Minnesota, as she announces in THE BOOKCASE. She writes: The other day a moving van arrived with some leftover furniture from our Minnesota house. We are fixin’ to sell that house by Spring and just maintain the one residence in the great state of Arizona. Hot in the summer? Oh, yeah. Also the Spring and Fall. We’ll manage. Governor Crazy-Eyes McTrustfund of Minnesota more or »

A Nobel for Bob Dylan

Featured image Today the Nobel Committee announced that it is awarding this year’s Prize in Literature to Minnesota native son Bob Dylan (“for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”). When we celebrated Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday on Power Line this past May, I observed that he is first and foremost an astounding songwriter. He somehow absorbed the folk, rock, country and blues traditions as a precocious young »

Will she have to talk?

Featured image Anthony Trollope titled the first of his series of Palliser novels Can You Forgive Her? In Minneapolis “The curious case of Ilhan Omar” raises a similar question. Will she have to talk? Early voting in Minnesota has been underway since September 23. Yet our local media have done roughly nothing to answer the question whether the young lady about to be elected the first state representative from Minnesota’s Somali community »

The terror in St. Cloud

Featured image The authorities in St. Cloud have been sparing in their release of information regarding the stabbing rampage perpetrated by Somali refugee Dahir Adan at the Crossroads Center mall on the evening of September 17. Since the joint press conference held by the mayor, the chief of police and the FBI in the immediate aftermath of the incident the following day, the authorities have remained mum. I wrote about what we »

Minnesota Is Turning Purple

Featured image The United States has been, in general, trending Republican in recent years. At the state and local levels, the party is doing better than ever, and Democrats are in many places becoming an endangered species. Minnesota is one state that has been perceived as bucking that trend and remaining staunchly blue. Beneath the surface, though, the Minnesota Star Tribune reports that the state is moving toward the Republican column: The »

Comey on the stabbing rampage

Featured image FBI Director James Comey appeared on Capitol Hill for an oversight hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee today. GOP members focused their questions primarily on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and Comey’s ultimate decision not to recommend charges against the former secretary of state. The C-SPAN video of the hearing is posted here. I found the questioning by Reps. Sensenbrenner, Jordan, Gowdy, Franks, Ratcliffe, Trott »

What about Burhan Mohumed?

Featured image When the New York Times comes through town to check in with Minnesota’s Somali community, a variation of the genre World ends: Women and minorities hardest hit is at hand. Times reporter Jack Healy, for example, arrived this past June just in time for the verdicts in the terrorism case involving Minnesota’s ISIS wannabes. Healy’s article on the verdicts (written with freelancer Matt Furber) sought to convey the impression that »

“Minnesota man” strikes in St. Cloud

Featured image When the United States Attorney for Minnesota brought the case against Somali Minnesotans with seeking to wage jihad with ISIS in Syria last year, headlines around the country reported the filing of terrorism charges against “Minnesota men.” I’ve drawn on the “Minnesota men” euphemism for three Weekly Standard articles about the case and now for the online column “A ‘Minnesota man’ strikes in St. Cloud.” I have been grateful for »

The Post drops into St. Cloud

Featured image The Washington Post’s Abigail Hauslohner and Drew Harrell profile St. Cloud slasher Dahir Adan. The profile derives from Hauslohner’s second trip to Minnesota this year; this past May she attended the first three days of the trial of Minnesota’s Somali terrorist wannabes in Minneapolis. Hauslohner persevered through jury selection and opening statements and the opening of the government’s case during the first week of the terrorism trial. Then she headed »

Alice in Terrorland

Featured image Last night City Journal editor Brian Anderson invited me to submit 500 words on the terrorist incident in St. Cloud, Minnesota. That took me about 15 minutes. Matthew Hennessy edited and improved the piece that I called “Alice in Terrorland.” That means I’ve got a few words left over, including a citation to Bob Dylan that Matthew removed, but I tried to put the good stuff in there. Given Brian’s »

How to “root out jihad from within”

Featured image Following the terrorist attack in St. Cloud, Minnesota (not France), John wrote about what he called delusional efforts to combat the influence of ISIS on Somali youth in Minnesota. The efforts consisted of “funding a broad array of mental health and education programs” and also the developing “community-led intervention teams” — groups of Somali leaders and educators enlisted to identify and intervene with young people believed at risk for radicalization. »

Security guards, Minnesota style

Featured image I wrote on Power Line about the huge federal terrorism case against Minnesota’s Somali ISIS wannabes daily during the trial of the three defendants who contested the charges as well as in the Weekly Standard articles “The threat from ‘Minnesota men,” “Judging the ‘Minnesota men,'” and “‘Minnesota men’ on trial.” I also reviewed it in the Star Tribune column “What I saw at the trial.” Yesterday I recalled one moment »