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 »

A day to be proud…

Featured image I first wrote about Rick Rescorla in 2003 after finishing James Stewart’s Heart of a Soldier, the book based on Stewart’s New Yorker article “The real heroes are dead.” (“The real heroes are dead” is what Rescorla would say in response to recognition of his heroism on the battlefield in Vietnam.) It’s a good book that touches on profound themes in a thought-provoking way: life and death, love and friendship, »

Dartmouth’s 9/11

Featured image Following 9/11 the New York Times ran Portraits of Grief profiling many of those lost in the 9/11 attacks. We can’t capture the magnitude of the loss, or the meaning of who and what we lost, but the Times’s focus on individuals made a contribution. Taking just one small slice, I want to retrieve from the series the Times’s portraits of Dartmouth alumni who were murdered on 9/11. With the »

John Kerry actually said this (with video)

Featured image From the crazy, mixed-up files of Obama administration Secretary of State John Kerry we have this deep thought rendered during remarks to the press on Monday in Dhaka, Bangladesh: Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism. It’s easy to terrorize. Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. But if you decide one day you’re going to »

John Kerry actually said this

Featured image PJ Media’s Tyler O’Neil draws attention to the remarks of Secretary of State John Kerry in Bangladesh on Monday. Kerry explicitly asked the media to cover terrorism less, so “people wouldn’t know what’s going on.” I think that Kerry’s statement truly represents the deep thoughts of President Obama. This particular deep thought forms part of the Obama administration’s higher wisdom so much of which is not intended for public consumption. »

The eleventh “Minnesota man”

Featured image Late last week the United States Attorney for Minnesota filed a criminal complaint charging former Mohamed Roble with consiracy to support ISIS. He’s both the eleventh “Minnesota man” to be charged in the case and (by my count) the sixth Muhammad to make an appearance. The Star Tribune reports the story here. Roble is another young Somali Muslim who joined in the conspiracy with the nine who have been convicted »

Major Clinton Foundation donor denied entry into U.S. due to terror ties

Featured image The name Gilbert Chagoury will be familiar to many readers. He’s a friend of Bill Clinton and a major donor to the Clinton Foundation. According to Judicial Watch, which cites Clinton Foundation documents, Chagoury has appeared near the top of the Foundation’s donor list as a $1 million to $5 million contributor. Chagoury’s name came up recently in a newly released 2009 email from Clinton Foundation official Doug Band to »

A terrorist attack in Roanoke

Featured image A man in Roanoke County is in custody after attacking a couple in an apartment complex. The man, Wasil Farooqui, slashed the victims with a knife while allegedly shouting “Allahu Akbar.” The couple doesn’t know Farooqui. Apparently he selected them at random to be attacked. The male victim has neck wounds, but the police says this doesn’t look like an attempted beheading. The victim apparently has wounds all over his »

The Terrorists Are Winning

Featured image You will readily recall that after 9/11 we were exhorted to go on with our daily lives because otherwise, “the terrorists win.” It was decent advice in the sense that it allowed us both to mock and defy the terrorists. My favorite was the New Yorker cartoon that showed two guys at the bar: “If I don’t drink this martini, the terrorists win.” But is it such a joke any »

Islamist preacher convicted in Britain

Featured image Anjem Choudary, the British hate-spewing Islamic preacher, has been found guilty of supporting Islamic State. He faces up to ten years of prison time. Choudary will be familiar to some of our readers. He used to appear on Fox News talk shows to defend the actions of terrorists. Often with a smile. Or was it a smirk? Choudary was convicted at the Old Bailey. Jurors heard testimony that he swore »

Summer Camp In Gaza

Featured image In the civilized world, summer camp means hiking, swimming, campfires, maybe learning how to tie knots. But in Gaza, where Hamas rules, summer camp means learning how to murder Jews. MEMRI has pictures of the camp activities that are going on under the supervision of Hamas’s Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades. We learned how to use knives at Boy Scout camp, but this was never part of the training: You often »

Islamic State Threatens Miss Universe Pageant

Featured image The 2017 Miss Universe pageant is scheduled to take place in January, somewhere in the Philippines. The Philippines have long been home to an Islamic insurgency, and ISIS reportedly is calling on its followers to bomb the pageant: Terrorists from the Islamic State group have allegedly called for attacks at the upcoming Miss Universe competition set for January 2017 in the Philippines. A string of threats recently posted to the »

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 »

Another Day, Another Allahu Akbar

Featured image In Charleroi, Belgium, a man wielding a machete and yelling “Allahu Akbar” attacked two policewomen, wounding both, one seriously. He was shot and killed by a third officer. This sort of attack can’t be deterred and is almost impossible to prevent. In this case, the terrorist reportedly walked up to the two policewomen, pulled his machete out of a gym bag and sliced one of the officers across the face. »

(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 »

A Month of Islamic Terror

Featured image The Religion of Peace has compiled a list of Islamic terrorist attacks during the month of July. As the site notes, the list is probably incomplete, but it is still remarkable. It itemizes 141 attacks in 22 countries, in which 1165 people were killed and 1803 injured. I might not call all of them acts of terrorism; for example, there are a few honor killings on the list. But they »