Who is Keith Ellison?

Ellison’s 9/11

Featured image In advance of the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, the Washington Post opened its pages to Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison for a column under the headline “I’m the first Muslim in Congress. I believe America can beat Islamophobia.” It’s another manifestation of the phenomenon John wrote about in “The true significance of September 11….” Ellison doesn’t have much to say about the association of terrorism and any form of »

The secret history of Keith Ellison

Featured image I’m speaking this morning to the Maple Grove Critical Thinking Discussion Group at the Maple Grove Community Center. The meeting convenes at 10:00 a.m. The title of my talk is “The Secret History of Keith Ellison.” Now the title is facetious. Ellison’s history only became “secret” when he ran for Congress in 2006 and staked his campaign on three lies about his involvement with the Nation of Islam. I have »

Minneapolis does Trump

Featured image Donald Trump came to Minneapolis for a fundraiser at the Minneapolis Convention Center last night and a riot broke out. Under one-party DFL rule Minneapolis has changed considerably for the worse. The vaunted Minnesota nice is out. The Star Tribune is out to lunch. DFL thug life is in. You can get a glimpse of the story on television news — e.g., KARE 11’s blunt report (video below on “a »

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 »

Nothing was delivered

Featured image The New York Times reports that “Minnesota TSA manager says he was told to target Somali Americans.” Let me say at the outset I find the story incomprehensible. The TSA manager referred to in the headline was allegedly asked to do something that he declined to do. Nothing happened. To borrow the title of the Bob Dylan song, nothing was delivered. The term “profiling” is thrown around without definition. The »

Analyze this

Featured image Democrats have sought to incorporate American Muslims into their coalition of interest groups. They share some common interests, and maybe the common interests predominate, but there are at least a few tensions if not internal contradictions among them. Minnesota Fifth District Rep Keith Ellison is of course the first Muslim elected to Congress and Somali Muslims form a key part of his constituency. Ellison embodies the alliance between American Muslims »

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 »

Cuba: Keith Ellison’s prayer

Featured image Joanne Chesimard/Assata Shakur was a member and leader of the cop-killing Black Liberation Army. In 1973 she participated in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in which Trooper Werner Foerster was murdered and Trooper James Harper seriously injured. In 1977, she was convicted of the first-degree murder of Foerster and of seven other felonies related to the shootout. Chesimard escaped from prison in New Jersey and has been on »

In which Keith Ellison finds me of use

Featured image Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison has blocked me on Twitter, so I am unable to follow him. Searching Twitter to take a look at his emissions, however, I found that Star Tribune political reporter Rachel Stassen-Berger has posted an Ellison fundraising letter that she received in which Ellison draws on my Star Tribune op-ed column “Rep. Keith Ellison remembers to forget.” Ellison’s letter responds to these two paragraphs of »

The Ellison example

Featured image In “For Rep. Keith Ellison, recent protests speak to a lifelong struggle,” the Star Tribune’s Allison Sherry provides an incoherent update on Ellison’s fraught relationship with law enforcement. There are two problems with the article. Sherry doesn’t know what she’s talking about and she simply provides a platform for Ellison to vent. Sherry works to suggest that there is something complicated about Ellison’s views of law enforcement. She writes, for »

Ellison extravaganza

Featured image I’ll be speaking this morning at the monthly meeting of the Metro Republican Women in suburban St. Paul. I think this will be the fourth time I’ve spoken to them. They are one of my favorite groups. I’ll be speaking about my coverage of Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison on Power Line in what turned out to be the 2006 series “Who is Keith Ellison?” and in the October »

Ellison remembers to forget

Featured image I bought and read Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison’s My Country, ‘Tis of Thee within a few days of its publication this past January. The book is Ellison’s memoir, written for a national audience. I bought and read the book upon publication because I was interested to see how Ellison would deal with his background as a local activist on behalf of the Nation of Islam. I wrote up »

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 »

For Esme, with love and squalor

Featured image I can’t help it. I like local Twin Cities television (WCCO) reporter Esme Murphy. Yesterday morning she had Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison on her local Sunday show for a brief segment on his memoir/manifesto My Country, ‘Tis of Thee. (Please forgive me for reminding you that I wrote about the book in the Weekly Standard article “The Ellison elision.”) Murphy’s interview of Ellison yesterday about the book verged »

The Ellison elision: A sidebar

Featured image In the spirit of brotherhood I am taking a time out to say two good things about Keith Ellison’s new book, My Country, ‘Tis of Thee. In case you’re keeping score, that’s two more than Publisher’s Weekly has to say about the book. I hope I get credit in heaven. First, Martin Luther King, Jr., has replaced Louis Farrakhan in the pantheon of Ellison’s heroes. That represents a somewhat surprising »

The Ellison elision

Featured image As a close observer of Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison, I bought and read his new memoir cum manifesto — My Country, ‘Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future — looking for enlightenment on two subjects in particular. First, I hoped Ellison would explain what branch of Islam comports with the platform of the Democratic Party on the social issues including abortion, gay rights and all the »

Quotations from Co-Chairman Keith

Featured image Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s Fifth District in Congress. He proudly identifies himself first and foremost as the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. With a little help from Karen Hunter (as he notes in the Acknowledgements), he has now written the memoir cum manifesto My Country, ‘Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future. The book gives us Ellison’s deep thoughts on a variety of political subjects. Here is »