Minnesota

Talking about the ominous Omar

Featured image Rep. Ilhan Omar is in the news this week and our friend Seth Liebsohn has followed our coverage of her over the past two-and-a-half years. Seth invited me on his show to discuss Omar this afternoon. The audio clip is below, courtesy of Seth. I thought some readers might find it of interest. I made a few misstatements in the course of my remarks, although I correctly cited my 2016 »

She knew she was right

Featured image Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar hasn’t even been in office a month and decent people everywhere must be sick of her. In one of her latest pronouncements, she has declared (on Twitter — where else?) that Senator Lindsey Graham’s frequent support of President Trump reflects the (alleged) fact that “They got to him, he is compromised!” CNN subsequently followed up with a few questions asking Omar to state the »

Remembering the Ryan Hotel: A personal note

Featured image The Star Tribune carries an interesting article by architecture critic and author Larry Millett on St. Paul’s long gone Ryan Hotel. The article runs under the headline “Lost Twin Cities: St. Paul’s Ryan Hotel was a Victorian masterpiece.” I remember the hotel well. My family owned it for several years before it was torn down and the property turned into a parking lot in 1962. I spent happy time there »

Ilhan Omar, Times style (2)

Featured image Sheryl Gay Stolberg’s New York Times profile of Ilhan Omar (accessible here on Outline) appears to exist in two versions. I have written Ms. Stolberg to pose one more question: Dear Sheryl: When I use Outline to read your [profile of Ilhan Omar], it carries the sentence: “And at home in Minnesota, Ms. Omar has been dogged by specious rumors that she briefly married her brother for immigration purposes — »

Ilhan Omar, Times style

Featured image New York Times congressional reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg profiles Ilhan Omar in “Glorified and Vilified, Representative-Elect Ilhan Omar Tells Critics: ‘Just Deal’” (accessible here via Outline). Omar is more or less made to order for the Times; she perfectly embodies the state of the left. She is this year’s model. She therefore receives the mostly hagiographic treatment one would expect from the Times. A cynical reader of the Times might »

Helping Dave Orrick get Ellison straight

Featured image I tweeted my post on Dave Orrick’s St. Paul Pioneer Press story “A lot of cops don’t like Keith Ellison. How’s that going to work when he’s attorney general?” Citing my August 15 Weekly Standard column “Can Keith Ellison turn lawman?,” I criticized Orrick’s Pioneer Press story as being late and pathetic. Orrick responded with a tweet citing his November 1 Pioneer Press article “Keith Ellison, Louis Farrakhan, and ‘cop »

The Ellison question: Just shut up

Featured image Turning his Fifth District congressional seat over to Ilhan Omar, Keith Ellison was elected Minnesota Attorney General last month. Entering the race after the DFL had held its convention and endorsed him for reelection to Congress, The position of Minnesota Attorney General is of limited interest, but Ellison has been a national figure since his election to Congress in 2006 as the first Muslim. Indeed, he currently serves as deputy »

Soul of a bigot

Featured image Despite her incredibly rapid ascent up the greasy pole, Minnesota Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar holds herself out as a victim of bigotry and intolerance. As is frequently the case in dealing with devout leftists, however, what we have here is a serious case of projection. In the tweet below, Omar posts a photo of Vice President Pence caught in the act of blinking his eyes during last week’s Oval Office meeting »

Ordeal of the Star Tribune

Featured image Star Tribune editor Rene Sanchez and managing editor Suki Dardarian have posted a statement announcing the firing of movie critic Colin Covert for plagiarism. Their statement is posted under the heading “From the Editors: Star Tribune film critic resigns after ethics breach.” Covert is a 30-year employee of the Star Tribune. Over a period of years Covert plagiarized phrases from reviews by others including the late New Yorker film critic »

Trouble in dystopia, cont’d

Featured image Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and “American Indian leaders” met yesterday with denizens of the open air drug den cum encampment on Hiawatha Avenue at Cedar just outside downtown Minneapolis. The Star Tribune reports that the meeting was “hastily called in response to complaints of harassment and intimidation of humanitarian aid workers at the large homeless camp in south Minneapolis.” Also in attendance was the harassment/intimidation crew from Natives Against Heroin. »

Trouble in dystopia

Featured image Heading downtown Minneapolis several times a week, we watched a so-called homeless encampment grow on a small strip of land along Hiawatha Avenue just before it funnels traffic downtown onto Seventh Street. A tribute to the broken-windows theory of policing, the encampment grew up virtually overnight. Bordering a subsidized Native American housing complex, residents of the encampment reflect the Indian tilt of their neighbors. At one point we saw teepees »

Camping out in Minneapolis

Featured image Heading downtown Minneapolis several times a week, we watched a so-called homeless encampment grow on a small strip of land along Hiawatha Avenue just before it funnels traffic downtown onto Seventh Street. A tribute to the broken-windows theory of policing, the encampment grew up virtually overnight. Bordering a subsidized Native American housing complex, residents of the encampment reflect the Indian tilt of their neighbors. At one point we saw teepees »

Omar uses hate crimes report…

Featured image Minnesota Rep-elect Ilhan Omar seized on the latest FBI report on hate crimes as the ostensible subject of a column for the Star Tribune. The Star Tribune published her column under the headline “Let us stand together as Americans in rejecting hate.” By the third paragraph, with the exception of one sentence portraying herself as a victim, she has moved on from the hate crimes report to her usual leftist »

New frontiers in “diversity”

Featured image The Star Tribune never tires of creative ways to tout the alleged benefits of the immigrant waves transforming Minnesota. When one looks for an assessment of the costs, or an assessment of whether the costs might outweigh the benefits, one must look elsewhere. This weekend the Star Tribune touts the coming of “diversity” to the business of craft beer. It reads to me like unintended satire. First we have the »

The fine art of dine & dash

Featured image In the case of St. Paul Chipotle thief Masud Ali and his friends we see an extension of the culture of victimization. Ali and friends turned up this past Thursday at the Chipotle on Grand Avenue, in one of St. Paul’s nicest neighborhoods. Recognized by store manager Dominique Moran to be part of a group from the previous Tuesday that refused to pay for their meal, Moran asked Ali to »

Meet Ilhan Omar

Featured image I tried to bring the anti-Israel/anti-Semitic views of Minnesota Fifth District Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar to the attention of Power Line readers in several posts. And that’s not all! I also tried to bring them to the attention of Weekly Standard readers in “The anti-Israel seat,” to the attention of City Journal readers in “A question for Democrats” and to the attention of the editor of the Star Tribune in my »

Elimination of bias, MN style

Featured image I last spoke about Minnesota’s elimination of bias continuing legal education requirement for attorneys at the Federalist Society’s 2013 National Lawyers Convention. I called my talk “Bias in the air” and posted it on Power Line. The elimination of bias CLE requirement was formally adopted by the Minnesota Supreme Court and is implemented by the court’s enforcers at the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education. To satisfy the elimination »