Et Tu, Minnesota?

Featured image Joe Biden’s manifest incompetence is, naturally, driving down his approval ratings. After all, some failings can’t be concealed forever, regardless of how compliant the press may be. Thus his current approval/disapproval numbers in the Rasmussen survey are 42%/56%, with a 47% plurality strongly disapproving. And his disastrous Iowa numbers made headlines last week. Now, blue Minnesotans are getting into the act: the Star Tribune poll finds Biden under water in »

Al Franken: The movie

Featured image I have written a lot about Al Franken on Power Line over the years. When Franken returned to Minneapolis to test the waters for a career in politics before a paying DFL audience in June 2005, I was invited to attend as a member of the press. I wrote up my account of the evening in “Saturday night live with Al Franken” and foresaw his political viability in Minnesota. In »

A Day In the Life

Featured image What is it like to live in Minneapolis these days? Gunshots in the afternoon: this is a ring video filmed in a normal Minneapolis neighborhood. The resident who forwarded the video to City Council members and other city officials wrote: Our area is under siege. Attached is a video of an incident that occurred on the *** block of *** Ave. South. This behavior happens daily. We’ve been begging for »

Arson for the hell of it

Featured image “A Rochester woman,” as they say, pleaded guilty last week to being an accessory after the fact to arson of multiple St. Paul businesses during the George Floyd riots. According to court documents summarized in a local United States Attorney press release, on May 28 last year Mena Dhaya Yousif and husband Jose Angel Felan Jr. went to several businesses located on University Avenue in St. Paul: Felan allegedly set »

The return of Andrew Luger

Featured image On Friday afternoon the Star Tribune’s Stephen Montemayor reported that “Andrew Luger in final step of U.S. attorney nomination in Minnesota.” Luger served as United States Attorney for Minnesota from February 2014 to March 2017 under President Obama and into the early days of the Trump administration. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar did what she could to engineer Luger’s continued service under Trump. Her support wasn’t enough then under President Trump, »

With Justice & Drew

Featured image I am scheduled to join Jon Justice, Drew Lee, and producer Samantha Sansevere for the weekly Justice & Drew round table tomorrow morning from 7:00-9:00 a.m. The show runs from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. weekdays on Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130. It is available via live stream here and in podcast form here. The show covers local and national news with a sense of humor and an upbeat twist. »

Breaking: A glimpse into the Blue Grand Jury Investigation

Featured image It has been a nearly impossible task to report on the inquiry conducted by Judge Patrick Schiltz in In Re Blue Grand Jury Investigation. Judge Schiltz was assigned to the grand jury that handed up federal indictments of Derek Chauvin et al. When he had reason to believe that leaks of grand jury information resulted in a February New York Times story and a late April Star Tribune story, Judge »


Featured image Earlier this week I wrote about the press release and web page on the investigation of Ilhan Omar’s 2009 marriage to her brother in “A tale of Minnesota crime & politics.” Toward the end of my post I noted Miranda Devine’s New York Post column on the investigation. Devine appeared for a three-minute segment on Tucker Carlson Tonight discussing her column. I wrote about it yesterday in “Omar’s Daily Beast »

Omar’s Daily Beast of burden

Featured image Yesterday I wrote about the press release and web page on the investigation of Ilhan Omar’s 2009 marriage to her brother in “A tale of Minnesota crime & politics.” Toward the end of my post I noted Miranda Devine’s New York Post column on the investigation. Last night Devine appeared for a three-minute segment on Tucker Carlson Tonight. I have embedded a clip of the segment below. Daily Beast contributing »

A tale of Minnesota crime & politics

Featured image A week ago yesterday one Anton Lazzaro disseminated the following press release regarding the investigation he commissioned to confirm the sibling relationship between Ilhan Omar and Ahmed Nur Said Elmi. Omar and Elmi were “legally” married in 2009. Omar married Elmi for fraudulent purposes — Omar was already in a long-term relationship with Ahmed Hirsi, the father of her three children, whom she subsequently married and divorced to clean up »

From the Saborit file: Restatement

Featured image I have done a little more digging and thinking on the immigration status of Alexis Saborit, the illegal alien who beheaded American Thayer in Shakopee, Minnesota on July 28. I reported his status as an illegal alien last week here (August 3) with a statement from ICE and followed up here (August 5) with a summary of the case so far. Please note that the August 5 post embeds a »

From the Saborit file: The Ingraham Angle

Featured image Laura Ingraham invited me on her FOX News show on Thursday night to talk about my reporting on Alexis Saborit’s July 28 beheading of America Thayer in Shakopee, Minnesota — in broad daylight at a busy intersection of a residential neighborhood. Today is yet another day on which the Star Tribune has failed to take a serious look at the case. Laura homed in on the lack of media coverage »

From the Saborit file: The murder charge

Featured image I am quite confident that Alexis Saborit is the first “Minnesota man,” as the Star Tribune likes to put these things, to behead his victim in broad daylight in front of witnesses. At least in that sense his murder case is historic. Today is another day on which Star Tribune has chosen to take a pass on any serious examination of the case and related facts. When Saborit murdered America »

From the Saborit file: What we know so far

Featured image I have been trying to advance our understanding of the beheading of America Thayer by Alexis Saborit in Shakopee, Minnesota last week incrementally in several posts. My previous posts can all be accessed here. I want to summarize what I have learned — facts and inferences and tentative conclusions — working on the story so far. My summary in bullet point form is below with the criminal complaint in the »

From the Saborit file: His immigration status

Featured image I have been digging on the confused question of Alexis Saborit’s immigration status over the past several days. He is an illegal alien originally from Cuba who cannot be deported from the United States. Just to give the issue a timely twist, he entered the United States from Mexico. Saborit knows the United States is unable to deport him. When he asked at the hearing this past Friday to be »

From the Saborit file: His lawyer returns my call

Featured image I wrote the adjacent post on the arson case pending against Alexis Saborit and then went for a walk. During my review of the arson case file yesterday afternoon, I picked up the office telephone number of Saborit counsel Michael W. McDonald in the file. I called him to answer some of the questions I raised in the post and left a voicemail message with his office. To my great »

From the Saborit file

Featured image There doesn’t seem to be much local media interest in the murder of America Thayer on the streets of Shakopee, Minnesota last week. Last week Thayer was beheaded in broad daylight by her boyfriend, Alexis Saborit. Media interest outside Minnesota continues. Most recently, the New York Post reported “Beheaded Minnesota woman begged court to lift no-contact order for her alleged killer” (New York Post, July 31) and “Alex Saborit ‘dangerous »