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This past weekend, there was an event where it was discussed whether there was a possibility of a repeat of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. The question this time was whether this might happen to Somali refugees. After reading this article, it isn’t difficult to picture these panelists as propagandists.

I’m confident they’re propagandists because the article starts by saying “As they say, those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. A panel of experts in St. Cloud is trying to prevent that. At an event at the St. Cloud Public Library on Saturday, the group will discuss the infamous presidential Executive Order 9066. The order allowed the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Panelists will also discuss how U.S. history relates to today’s anti-immigration policies and a rise in Islamophobia.”

The minute I read the italicized sentence, I knew CAIR was involved with this event. That was verified when the Times reporter wrote that “The event was organized by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR-MN, and the Twin Cities chapter Japanese-American Citizens’ League. CAIR is the largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization in the U.S. The group hopes to enhance understanding of Islam and protect civil liberties.”

That sentence is always included in any article that mentions CAIR. Actually, CAIR is more accurately described as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Lands Foundation trial. A federal jury ruled that the Holy Land Foundation “was convicted on 10 counts of conspiracy to provide, and the provision of, material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization; 11 counts of conspiracy to provide, and the provision of, funds, goods and services to a Specially Designated Terrorist; and 10 counts of conspiracy to commit, and the commission of, money laundering.” But I digress.

Here’s the rationalization for the event:

Organizers say the panel is especially timely given a recent attempt by a St. Cloud City Council member to pass a moratorium on refugee resettlement in St. Cloud. The measure failed with a vote of six to one, with council member Jeff Johnson as the only yes vote. The council then reaffirmed a resolution they passed a few weeks before saying St. Cloud is a welcoming community.

Talk about spin/propaganda. There’s nothing in Councilman Johnson’s resolution that would’ve violated anyone’s civil liberties. The thought that CAIR-MN would attempt to connect the Japanese internment of World War II with Councilman Johnson’s resolution says everything about CAIR’s motivations.

CAIR’s dishonesty is showing. The definition of internment is “the state of being interned; confinement.” The definition of moratorium is “a suspension of activity.” This is classic CAIR fearmongering. There isn’t a chance of Somali refugees getting put into confinement.

This is part of a campaign of propaganda. This LTE is filled with dishonesty. Check out this paragraph:

For the second time in two weeks, the St. Cloud City Council Nov. 6 overwhelmingly rejected council member Jeff Johnson’s controversial moratorium on refugee resettlement. Twice now only Johnson has voted for his moratorium. Plus, after intense deliberation, the council Oct. 23 approved a resolution declaring the city a “just and welcoming community.”

I watched the Oct. 23 City Council meeting. They didn’t have a lengthy discussion on Councilman Jeff Goerger’s resolution. Jeff Johnson was the only person who spoke in opposition to Councilman Goerger’s resolution. During his presentation, Councilman Johnson quoted from the Refugee Act of 1980. There wasn’t any mention of religion during Councilman Johnson’s presentation. It focused on the relationship between the federal government, the local government and the placing agency.

To hear the propagandists from CAIR explain what happened that night, you’d think that hordes of angry white people had told reporters that they wanted to drive Somali refugees from St. Cloud. That didn’t happen. Simply put, the CAIR propagandists are totally dishonest. Their propaganda shouldn’t be tolerated.

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One thing that’s becoming exceptionally apparent is that Sen. Schumer is a whiner and a drama queen. Friday night, Sen. Schumer responded to President Trump’s executive action to start extreme vetting by saying “Tears are running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty tonight as a grand tradition of America, welcoming immigrants, that has existed since America was founded has been stomped upon. Taking in immigrants and refugees is not only humanitarian but has also boosted our economy and created jobs decade after decade. This is one of the most backward and nasty executive orders that the president has issued.”

Meanwhile, CAIR announced it was filing a lawsuit against President Trump. CAIR’s Lena F. Masri said “There is no evidence that refugees, the most thoroughly vetted of all people entering our nation, are a threat to national security. This is an order that is based on bigotry, not reality.”

If there was a 2-way contest to see who was more out of touch with the American people, I’m betting that CAIR and Sen. Schumer would both finish third or worse. Sen. Schumer insists that Americans don’t care about national security. CAIR insists that terrorists don’t infiltrate refugees even though ISIS has stated publicly that they’re frequently attempting to get into Europe and the United States by pretending to be refugees.

Democrats and CAIR have argued that, at most, 1 out of 1,000 refugees might be terrorists. Let’s suppose that that’s true. Last year, 117,000 Syrian refugees were admitted into the United States. If that ratio is accurate, that means the Obama administration let in enough terrorists to pull off 6 9/11-style terrorist attacks. Remember that 19 men pulled off 9/11.

To Sen. Schumer: why are you willing to let that many terrorists in in the name of maintaining the United States’ reputation as a nation of immigrants?
To CAIR: Why do you insist that all Muslims are peaceful? Clearly, most are. Clearly, too many aren’t. Isn’t it time we took these fanatics at their word?

It isn’t a secret that CAIR isn’t a legitimate civil rights organization. They’ve supported terrorist groups like Hamas. They were funded by Hamas. Thursday night, Hassan Shibly, the “chief executive director of CAIR-Florida’s chapter, attempted to shame Carl Higbie, a former Navy Seal and the spokesman for the pro-Trump Great America PAC. Wednesday night, Higbie was on Megyn Kelly’s show when Higbie talked about a registry of immigrants from Muslim countries. Higbie said “To be perfectly honest, it’s legal. It’ll hold constitutional muster. I know the ACLU will challenge it but I think it’ll pass. We did it with Iran back a while ago. We did it during WW II with the Japanese.”

Thursday night, Higbie was Megyn’s guest again. This time, he expanded on his statement of Wednesday night, saying “It was strictly a reference to the scrutiny of immigrants and registration of immigrants coming from places like Japan, Germany and Italy and places like that.”

When it was Shibly’s turn to speak, he immediately said to Higbie “To Carl, I say ‘have you no sense of decency? Sir, America is a country based on freedom of religion. Freedom of religion is a fundamental principle that I have taken an oath and I’m sure that you have taken an oath to protect. It is ineffective to target people based solely on religion. Let’s target criminals. Let’s target terrorists…”
Here’s the video of Thursday night’s interview:

It isn’t that religious freedom isn’t a fundamental right in the United States. It’s that protecting its citizens from Islamic terrorists is one of the federal government’s primary responsibilities, too. There’s judicial precedent stating that forcing people coming from terrorist nations to sign into a register before entering our nation is a reasonable thing. It’s interesting that CAIR is ok with registering guns in the name of preventing attacks but it’s protesting against registering people who might be violent terrorists.

It’s foolish to think that sovereign nations don’t have the right to protect its citizens from potentially violent immigrants. In fact, as commander-in-chief and as the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, the president has an affirmative responsibility to protect his citizens from violence.

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Predictably, the PR campaign has started after the terrorist attack Saturday night at Crossroads Mall. Members of the Somali community and other community leaders held “a nationally televised press conference on Sunday afternoon at Lake George.”

This article contains quotes from a number of leaders. One of the quotes that I find upsetting is from Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of CAIR. He said “This is a tragedy and we hope from this tragedy we can build a better, stronger community here. A strong St. Cloud that is inclusive and welcoming for all people.”

With all due respect, I don’t feel inclusive when terrorists attack law-abiding citizens while they’re shopping on a Saturday night. Forget about condemnations of violence. What’s expected is assimilation into the American culture. It’s been expected of every immigrant and refugee in US history. The US is multi-ethnic. It isn’t multicultural. Period. The system that this nation’s Founding Fathers put into place is pretty incredible.

That’s the standard. We don’t change. We expect immigrants and refugees to adapt. That’s how it’s done since our nation’s inception.

Hassan Yussuf, community activist: “This incident should not be used to spread hate. It should be used to bring us together because it has affected me, it has affected you, it’s affected everybody.”

What a bunch of crap. The citizens of St. Cloud simply want neighbors that obey the rule of law. Where Islamic religious teachings depart from US law, the citizens of St. Cloud expect everyone to comply with the laws of this city and state. It isn’t that complicated. If that isn’t to someone’s liking, there are other places to live.

UniteCloud: “Never again in our town should we see something like this. So let’s find solutions. This is a test for all of us as a community. How we come out of this defines us as a community.”

This isn’t a test for the entire community. The entire community didn’t commit a terrorist attack. The question that must be answered is whether the Somali community will conform to St. Cloud’s and Minnesota’s laws. If they do, they’re welcome. If they won’t, they aren’t welcome.

It’s that simple.

Pete Hegseth puts it perfectly:

It’ll be interesting to see how Minnesotans react to this terrorist attack. If they’re more worried about terrorism than Minnesota Nice, Hillary might spend the last 50 days getting nervous.

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A little over a month ago, I held my annual fundraising week. To say that I appreciate those people who contributed is understatement. Due to some unusual circumstances, I’m holding a supplemental fundraising drive.

Last night, I wrote my first post on a series about ‘creeping Shariah’. I’ve written about many important issues in the 11 years I’ve operated LFR. None of those issues is as big as this issue. In fact, none are even close in importance.

I’m a strong believer in the old Biblical admonition that “a worker is worthy of his wages.” With most issues, I don’t press my case on this. Most issues, though, are transient. The issue of creeping Shariah isn’t transient. It’s the opposite. It’s existential. The harm that Shariah law can do to western civilization is immense, though CAIR will attempt to minimize Shariah’s impact. I will attempt, through this series, to highlight the potential impact of Shariah.

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When I first read this article by Alpha News, it caught my attention for all the wrong reasons. Before we get into the specifics of Alpha News’ article, it’s important to know that the person who has been criticized by various Muslim organizations, including the Central Minnesota chapter of CAIR MN, asked Alpha News to not use his real name. Alpha News agreed, causing them to refer to the person getting criticized as Kevin Johnson. Additionally, it’s important to know that Johnson is a licensed physician.

Johnson put together a presentation titled Shari’ah 101, which he presented in January of 2016. Shortly after giving his presentation, Johnson’s work at CentraCare was terminated. One of the things from Johnson’s presentation was Article 24 of the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam. Follow this link to read the entire document. It’s part of the University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Library.

This is Dr. Johnson’s letter explaining what happened to him:

It’s important that people know what Article 24 of the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam says. Here’s what it says:

ARTICLE 24:

All the rights and freedoms stipulated in this Declaration are subject to the Islamic Shari’ah.

It’s equally important to know what Article 22 says:

ARTICLE 22:

(a) Everyone shall have the right to express his opinion freely in such manner as would not be contrary to the principles of the Shari’ah.

1. Everyone shall have the right to advocate what is right, and propagate what is good, and warn against what is wrong and evil according to the norms of Islamic Shari’ah.

(c) Information is a vital necessity to society. It may not be exploited or misused in such a way as may violate sanctities and the dignity of Prophets, undermine moral and ethical Values or disintegrate, corrupt or harm society or weaken its faith.

(d) It is not permitted to excite nationalistic or doctrinal hatred or to do anything that may be an incitement to any form or racial discrimination.

In other words, all rights are tied to whether people speak ill of the Prophet or whether they speak well of the Prophet. The key principle to take from one of Islam’s foundational documents on human rights is that human rights aren’t extended to people who don’t accept the Prophet’s teachings.

The key point to take from this ‘human rights document’ is that it doesn’t square with the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Specifically, it doesn’t square with the First Amendment. Finally, the key point to take away from Kevin Johnson’s story is that he was terminated by CentraCare less than a week after he’d given this presentation.

Never forget Dr. Johnson’s final admonition:

CentraCare has decided to value political deference to Islam over patient access to health care. That should frighten everyone.

That’s political cowardice on CentraCare’s part.

During this campaign, Rick Nolan has tried several scams to boost his popularity. He tried selling his boondoggle Mining Institute as proof that he’s pro-mining. Now he’s peddling lies that Chip Cravaack doesn’t live in Minnesota. We know Nolan’s lying because WDIO wouldn’t let the DFL run their ad with that specific lie.

Here’s what Nolan’s up to now:

When U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack hears ads by his 8th District opponent Rick Nolan saying “he doesn’t even live here anymore,” he describes them as an attack on his family and a broken promise not to get personal in the hotly contested race.

When Nolan hears that accusation, he responds by calling it hypocrisy and an odd leap by Cravaack to bring his family into the dispute over his residency.

In a week of back-and-forth sparring between the two, Cravaack said publicly for the first time this week that his son Nick has autism, and that an accident involving the 10-year-old at their home in Lindstrom spurred him to move his family to New Hampshire, closer to the Boston company where his wife, Traci, works.

It’s taboo in politics to go after another politician’s family. That’s what Nolan did when he lied about where Chip did. The despicable people in the DFL messaging machine haven’t hesitated in talking about Chip’s wife living in New Hampshire. The DFL thinks it’s a big deal with voters.

Instead, Chip stepped forward to explain why his wife and kids moved to New Hampshire, explaining that their oldest son has autism.

Faced with that explanation, decent people would apologize for lying, then pull the ads with these lies. Finally, a politician with any integrity would wish Chip’s family nothing but the best, then get back to campaigning about the issues. It’s apparent that Nolan isn’t a man of integrity:

But the Nolan camp said it could not confirm any such agreement, and that it was Cravaack who brought his family issues into the dispute.

“They’re trying to distract because they are behind,” Nolan spokesman Mike Misterek said. “There is no talk about his family in that ad.”

First, let’s state that Nolan was caught lying about Chip not living in Minnesota. Because of Mr. Nolan’s blatant lie, Mr. Misterek is sent out to spin away Nolan’s lie.

Next, it’s the worst of spin to say Chip’s trailing. He isn’t. Nolan’s getting his butt kicked with independents, trailing Chip by a 53%-36% margin.

Finally and most importantly, Chip’s done more in 2 years in Congress to create good-paying mining jobs than Jim Oberstar ever did and more than what Rick Nolan would ever do. Nolan isn’t interested in mining. He’s consistently sided with the militant environmentalists who’ve funded his campaign.

No honest person thinks that Nolan would fight the militant environmentalists if there was a fight between the environmentalists and the miners.

Rick Nolan isn’t a man of integrity. The last thing Washington, DC needs is another bought-and-paid-for politician who doesn’t have an ounce of integrity. Secondly, if Nolan was elected, he’d do whatever the special interests told him to. That’s because that’s what he’s always done. Third, Nolan has shown great interest in conning his would-be constituents. In fact, Nolan hasn’t shown any interest in doing what’s right for his constituents, especially with respect to mining.

That, more than anything else, is why Eighth District voters should reject the slick-sounding empty suit known as Rick Nolan. Instead, they should re-elect Chip Cravaack because Chip’s committed to making life better for the blue collar workers of the middle class throughout the Eighth District.

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Rep. Keith Ellison and controversy apparently go hand-in-hand. Here’s Rep. Ellison’s retweet:

Rep. Ellison’s communications team immediately distanced their boss from the controversial retweet:

UPDATE at 12:24: Rep. Ellison’s Communications Director Jennifer Porter Gore responds, “As with all Twitter accounts a retweet is not an endorsement. The congressman removed the tweet because it appeared to endorse use of a nasty term, which is not what we wanted.”

There’s more:

UPDATE: Rep. Keith Ellison has distanced himself from a Twitter user who referred to Mitt Romney as a “douche bag.”

If we take Rep. Ellison at his word, the next logical question is this: What message did Rep. Ellison think he was sending in retweeting that disgusting pejorative? This isn’t the first time that Rep. Ellison has shot his mouth off:

During a July 8 speech he gave to a group of atheists in Edina, Ellison compared the Bush administration’s post-9/11 actions to the heavy-handed undertakings carried out by the Nazi government in the wake of the 1933 Reichstag fire—initiatives that fomented Adolf Hitler’s rise to power.

“After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it and it put the leader of that country [Hitler] in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted,” a July 8 Strib article quoted Ellison as saying.

Should Minnesotans accept as fact that Keith Ellison is sincerely apologizing for echoing the thought that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a “heartless douchebag”? Let’s remember that Keith Ellison has a history of making explosive comments:

In 2000 he spoke at a fundraiser for longtime fugitive Kathleen Soliah, aka Sara Jane Olson. The text of his speech was posted on a website, www.soliah.com, by Minneapolis resident Greg Lang.

Ellison praised Soliah for “fighting for freedom.” At the time, she faced charges of planting pipe bombs under two Los Angeles police cars as a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, a paramilitary organization whose slogan was “Death to the fascist insect that preys on the life of the people.” Soliah pleaded guilty in 2001. In 2002 she also pleaded guilty to the murder of Myrna Opsahl, a bank customer shot by another SLA member during a holdup. She’s now serving a long prison sentence.

That’s disgusting. The SLA was a domestic terrorist organization. They killed and kidnapped people. They robbed banks, too. That’s who Keith Ellison thinks are freedom fighters? That’s rather telling, isn’t it?

Now we’re supposed to believe that he didn’t mean it when he retweeted Tammy Talpas’ disgusting tweet? Based on what? Based on Keith Ellison’s history of statesmanship? His leading by example on human rights issues? His history of calling members of domestic terrorist organizations and gangs freedom fighters?

Whether Keith Ellison agreed with Tammy Tilpas or not, the reality is that he’s got a lengthy history of saying repulsive, disgusting things about vile human beings.

That’s before talking about his willing to speak at an anti-semitic organization’s banquet:

It’s been a busy month for Ellison in terms of speaking engagements. He was a featured speaker at the MAS-MN banquet on Memorial Day weekend.

At the time, Joe Kaufman, the chairman of Americans Against Hate, asked Ellison to renounce the anti-semitic remarks found on MAS-MN’s website. Here are the specific anti-semitic statements:

  • “The Holy Prophet (and through him the Muslims) has been reassured that he should not mind the enmity, the evil designs and the machinations of the Jews, but continue exerting his utmost to establish the Right Way in accordance with the Guidance of the Quran.”
  • “In view of the degenerate moral condition of the Jews and the Christians, the Believers have been warned not to make them their friends and confidants.”
  • “If you gain victory over the men of Jews, kill them.”
  • “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say, ˜O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”
  • “May Allah destroy the Jews, because they used the graves of their prophets as places of worship.”

Mr. Ellison still hasn’t renounced MAS-MN for those vile, anti-semitic statements.

It’s time people admitted that Rep. Ellison is wildly controversial, fully capable of saying disgusting things.

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Democrats have complained about waterboarding for quite some time, saying that it’s torture and violates the Geneva Conventions. After reading this Washington Post article, it’s apparent now that they’re talking out of both sides of their mouth:

In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA’s overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.

Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said.

“The briefer was specifically asked if the methods were tough enough,” said a U.S. official who witnessed the exchange.

Ms. Pelosi, among others, has some explaining to do. John McCain’s stance is sincere because he’s been subjected to torture while he was a POW. Ms. Pelosi, it appears, had a ‘Come to Jesus’ moment well after she sanctioned waterboarding. Perhaps the best explanation for her change of heart isn’t that she had a ‘Come To Jesus Moment’ but rather had a ‘Come to MoveOn Moment’.

Whatever motivated her to change positions, a question remains unanswered: Why the change? It won’t be sufficient to give an evasive answer, either. Specifics are needed as to why the change of heart, if that’s what really happened.

Here’s the most telling quote in the article:

“In fairness, the environment was different then because we were closer to Sept. 11 and people were still in a panic,” said one U.S. official present during the early briefings. “But there was no objecting, no hand-wringing. The attitude was, ‘We don’t care what you do to those guys as long as you get the information you need to protect the American people.'”

Think of how revealing that answer is. The first instincts after 9/11 was to do whatever it took to “protect the American people.” It wasn’t until groups like CAIR and the ACLU took exception that Democrats objected. What does that tell you about Democrats’ ability to prevent terrorist attacks? It tells me that they aren’t using everything that’s available. It says that they’re more worried about a terrorist’s civil rights than about protecting US citizens. That’s unacceptable.

Democrats rely on interest groups like CAIR and the ACLU for financing their campaigns. These organizations are doing everything possible to hamstring our intelligence-gathering capabilities. That’s a scary thought when you consider the fact that we’re fighting against ruthless, nimble foe that’s perfectly willing to wear us down over a long period of time.

We can’t afford to let Democrats, who are that influenced by people who don’t take national security seriously, have the White House levers of control. The thought is downright scary.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

When it comes to telling whoppers, few are as good at it as the people at InFocus Magazine when they’re promoting one of their own. That skill set is on display in this puff piece about Rep. Keith Ellison. Here’s the opening paragraph:

Keith Ellison, 43, is a father, husband, attorney, former Minnesota state legislator, community advocate, and now a United States Congressman. Ellison’s roots as a community activist and his message of inclusivity through democratic participation resonated throughout the Fifth District. His long career of advocacy is focused on promoting peace, prosperity for working families, and civil and human rights. In 2006, Ellison made history as the first African American elected to Congress from Minnesota and the first member of the Muslim faith elected to Congress. Congressman Ellison took his ceremonial oath ceremony into Congress with the holy Qur’an that was owned by founding father Thomas Jefferson. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, he moved to Minnesota in 1987 to attend the University of Minnesota Law School, where he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1990. Ellison and his wife, Kim, a high school mathematics teacher, have lived on the Minneapolis Northside for the past eighteen years. They are the proud parents of four children. Ellison will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming banquet for the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ southern California chapter on Nov. 10.

When InFocus says that “his long career of advocacy is focused on promoting peace”, I wonder if they were refering to this:

Ellison praised Soliah for “fighting for freedom.” At the time, she faced charges of planting pipe bombs under two Los Angeles police cars as a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, a paramilitary organization whose slogan was “Death to the fascist insect that preys on the life of the people.”

Forgive me if that isn’t my idea of advocacy “focused on promoting peace.” Fighting for a terrorist’s rights to kill police officers isn’t my idea of promoting peace. Nor does it fit into my notion of civil and human rights.

Let’s not forget this Ellison gem:

But Ellison’s call to the crowd was broader than a plea to aid Soliah. “We need to come together and free…all the Saras,” he proclaimed.

Like who? Like Assata Shakur, Ellison told his audience. Shakur is a former member of the Black Liberation Army, a “revolutionary activist organization,” who killed a New Jersey state trooper “execution-style at point-blank range,” according to the
FBI’s Wanted Fugitives website.

Shakur escaped from prison in 1979, and eventually fled to Cuba. She “should be considered armed and extremely dangerous,” says the FBI, which is offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to her apprehension.

Ellison, however, lauded Shakur. “I am praying that Castro does not get to the point where he has to really barter with these guys over here because they’re going to get Assata Shakur, they’re going to get a whole lot of other people,” he told the crowd. “I hope the Cuba[n] people can stick to it, because the freedom of some good decent people depends on it.”

It’s obvious that InFocus isn’t a serious magazine. Their view of Keith Ellison is selective at best. What kind of man would be happy that a murderer escaped to Cuba? What kind of magazine would say that a politician who was an activist “focused on promoting peace…and civil and human rights” would omit the fact that this same ‘activist’ applauds the escape of murderers?

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