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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Keith Ellison

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the City Pages' cover story on DFL-endorsed candidate for the Fifth CD Keith Ellison. It talks a lot about the attacks that have been leveled at him and gives him a bit of a chance to respond and get his own message out. It's not a bad article, and it gives another point of view in contrast to all of the negativity.

10 Comments:

At 8:54 PM, August 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That article convinced me, a lifelong DFLer, to vote in the Primary for him. He would be a good addition to Congress and would represent Minneapolis well. I actaully think his views are parallel with most of this districts voters.

 
At 10:16 PM, August 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It makes me ill to think that a hero is being made out a man who belonged to the rabidly anti-Semitic group the Nation of Islam (and believe me, Keith knew what they were about - nobody joins a hate group like that without knowing about the hate).

What the hell is wrong with you people? A guy who belonged to an anti-Semitic group has views that are parallel to yours? Look at yourselves. This is what the Left has become - bigoted?
Really truly awfully sickeningly sad.

 
At 9:07 AM, August 31, 2006, Blogger nator said...

10:16 - did you read the article??

"He had never been a member of Farrakhan's Nation of Islam, and he believed—too readily, it turned out—that most people would understand there was a distinction between Farrakhan's extremist and undeniably anti-Semitic views and the mainstream of Islam, just as there was a distinction between the Moral Majority and the mainstream of Christianity."

 
At 3:02 PM, August 31, 2006, Blogger Phoenix Woman said...

Nator, of course the anonymous troll -- who is either working for Ostrow or the Republicans -- read the article. It's just ignoring it.

Speaking of Ostrow: Well, now we know which of the Democrats running against Ellison in the primary was the one shoveling garbage into the eager maws of the local Republican noise machine. Take a bow, Paul Ostrow!

Yeah, yeah, I know: His campaign manager, Jason Amundsen, is the guy who was actually feeding GOP blogger operative Michael "Minnesota Democrats Exposed" Brodkorb that scurrilous crapola. But does anyone doubt that Amundsen didn't do this without getting Ostrow's approval first?

At a minimum, Ostrow needs to fire Amundsen and apologize to Ellison. As does Brodkorb, but we know that won't happen.

 
At 9:29 PM, September 04, 2006, Blogger Progree said...

I think it is disgusting that Keith Ellison let his wife take the blame for all the campaign finance reporting issues.

In an August 23 City Pages puff piece on Keith Ellison, it did indicate the issues many of us are disturbed about, and I am quoting it for brevity (in lieu of quoting the entire July 8 Star Tribune article):

"The new press leaks documented literally dozens of parking and speeding tickets, additional penalties for late payment of those tickets, and the fact that Ellison's license was suspended for a time this year. The candidate also failed to pay some of his income taxes in five separate years between 1992 and 2000, causing liens to be placed on his property by the IRS and the state of Minnesota. And he ignored so many warnings to comply with campaign finance reporting requirements that he ultimately was assessed an unprecedented $2,500 fine. The episodes make up a pattern of flouting the law that is so chronic and varied that it was bound to haunt his campaign."

(There were 40 late-paid parking tickets according to the Star Tribune July 8 piece -- hardly an issue of "forgetfulness").

I could quote the entire Star Tribune July 8, 2006 piece "Late filings a pattern for Ellison" http://www.startribune.com/462/story/540012.html

but I will just quote key parts of the campaign finance filings problem (emphasis mine):

"On file with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board are DOZENS of letters, going back to his first campaign in 1998, warning Ellison and his wife, Kim, who is his campaign treasurer, about missed deadlines for routine reports on contributions and expenditures."

"Letters to Ellison from the board contain repeated threats of fines and sanctions for failing to file, correct errors or respond to previous advisories."

"Efforts to get Ellison to comply over the years have involved the attorney general's office, a collection agency and Hennepin and Ramsey county authorities."

"Ellison has paid numerous smaller penalties for late filings over the years, but his latest and largest penalty came a few days after 5th Congressional District DFLers had endorsed him to succeed the retiring U.S. Rep. Martin Sabo. He was assessed more than $2,500 in fines."

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The Star Tribune article then details, as an example in early 2000, *THREE* times that the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board sent a certified mail notice of their obligation to file a report. EACH TIME THE ELLISONS FAILED TO CLAIM THE CERTIFIED MAIL. Each time the certified mail notice was followed up by a regular mail notice. Then in early 2001 "the board notified the Ellisons by mail and by person of a summons to appear in Ramsey County District Court ... the Ellisons didn't respond."

On top of all of this, letting his wife take responsibility for all this (blaming her Multiple Sclerosis) is by far the worst offense of all! These kinds of problems with campaign finance reports have gone back to 1998, and to read the above and assume that Keith had no knowledge of the problems is so far beyond belief that only a willful idiot could possibly swallow this.

And was she responsible too for the late payments of the 40 parking tickets, and late payments of whatever number of speeding tickets, and the failure to pay some of their income taxes in several years? Meanwhile Keith was blissfully unaware of all of this until recently? Including unaware of the payment of "numerous smaller penalties for late filings over the years"?

 
At 10:04 PM, September 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keith Ellison is a LIAR and a COWARD, period. You won't get anywhere pointing out the truth to his guilt ridden, self hating white supporters, or his anti-law, anti-white people of color supporters. The DFL in Minnesota is completely insane. I find it totally astonishing that a prosecutor (Klobuchar) and the Attorney General of MN.(Hatch), both of whom had their offices prepare to prosecute Ellison, now are on the same ticket with him. They can't possibly support him without appearing as total hypocrites. Just when some Democrats thought they could gain some respectability, along comes Ellison, a huge, stinking pile of shit that no one can ignore. All any DFLer can do now is shout, "Hold your nose, don't gag, pretend it doesn't smell, and scream at anyone who says shit stinks".

 
At 1:11 PM, January 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is most disturbing and it truly makes me ill that we have an anti-semetic muslim in the Congress. Doesn't anyone remember 9/11? People died. Americans died. Members of the Arm Forces are dying. Is anyone out there listening??? How can the American people do this and why??? Don't you know that this is just the beginning of the end??? THIS MAN DOES NOT BELONE IN OUR CONGRESS. HE TOOK THE OATH ON THE QURAN. IS HE GOING TO BE LOYAL TO THE PEOPLE OF MINNESOTA, TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE GIVEN HIM THEIR TRUST OR IS HE GOING TO BE LOYAL TO ISLAM; THAT DECEITFUL, CRUEL RELIGION STARTED IN THE 7TH CENTURY. I am very concerned about this man. Can he be removed from office??

 
At 12:45 AM, January 06, 2007, Anonymous robin said...

When Representative-elect Keith Ellison responded to Wolf Blitzer’s question (on CNN) concerning Representative Virgil Goode’s negative comments, with the statement, “I think he has a lot to learn about Islam!” … I, too, realized I needed to
Learn more about Islam:

It was Prophet Muhammad who said, "Whoever sees an abomination must straighten it with his hands." Saddam Hussein repeated and relied upon this saying in his attack on Kuwait's ruling family. The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt depended upon this saying when they killed Anwar El Sadat. We must never imagine that such Muslims are being unnecessarily wicked …They are simply being faithful to their religion!


From the President, to most religious leaders, to the average talk radio program, we are being told that Islam is a peaceful religion. It is said that bin Laden and the Taliban only represent an extremely radical Muslim fringe, which is not representative of true Islam.

THIS IS NOT TRUE!

First of all, “Islam” means submission, not peace. The Arabic word, “islâm” is submission; from; “aslama”- to surrender, resign oneself; from the Syriac, “aðlem” - to surrender; from the stem “ðlem”- to be complete.

This does not imply voluntary submission but includes a forced submission where the subjects will not comply. Historically Islam is not known for its peace movements, but for a uniquely Arab word, "jihad," which means an offensive war intended to lead to the conversion of the infidel to Islam, or to his annihilation!

Islam in the Arabic language and in the Qa'ran/Koran means total submission and obedience. However, the original meaning of "Islam" in the Arabic language is the acceptance of a view or a condition which was not previously accepted, that is the readiness of a person to take orders from god and to follow them. "Muslim" is a word taken from the word Islam, and applies to that person, who is ready to take orders from god and follow him without question.

“Do they seek a deen other than the deen of Allah and to him all what is in the skies and in the earth have submitted willingly or forcefully and to Him they shall return. [Qur’an 3:83]”

The word “Islam” was used in the Qur’an as a symbol for the word “deen,” revealed by the Prophet Muhammad. Prophet Muhammad stated that his teachings contain the teachings of all the previous prophets, and all divine commandments. When a person professes the belief in the truthfulness of Prophet Muhammad, and pledges to follow his message, he, in fact, stating his readiness to obey the orders of god unconditionally.

From the Koran/Qur’an ("An English Interpretation of the Holy Quran with Full Arabic Text," A. Yusuf Ali), “The deen [religion] before Allah is Islam. [Qur’an 3:19]. Whosoever seeks, other than Islam, a deen, it will not be accepted from him and he, in the Hereafter, is among the losers. [Qur’an 3:85].”

The concept of “deen” involves four principles: 1) Subjugation, authority, and ruling; 2) Obedience and submission due to subjugation; 3) The method and the habit; and 4) Punishment, reward and judgment. Therefore, “deen” implies a comprehensive system of life that is composed of four parts: 1) The ruler ship and the authority belong to Allah only; 2) The obedience and submission are to Allah; 3) The comprehensive system (intellectual and practical) is established by this authority; and 4) The reward given by this authority (Allah) to those who followed the system and submitted to him and the punishment inflicted upon those who rebel against it and disobey it. Prophet Muhammad said: “Every human being is born in a state of pure nature; but through the influence of his parents, he may become non-Muslim." Islam is a “divine” system, and with it Allah sealed all other religions, and made it a comprehensive system dealing with all aspects of human life (belief, intellectual, moral, and practical). This system is based on total submission to Allah alone, purifying worship to him only, and following the traditions (sunnah) of Prophet Muhammad.

Therefore, when you hear people saying that Islam is a peaceful religion, know rather, that Islam is fighting a holy war for control of the world! That war was begun by Prophet Mohammed himself in the seventh century, and is still being carried on today by his followers through terrorism. These terrorists are not radicals or extremists, as the media continually labels them. Rather, these are Islamic fundamentalists who are true to their religion and the teachings of the Qu’ran, and who are following faithfully in the footsteps of the Prophet, Mohammed.

As Abd El Schafi has said in his book (Behind The Veil: Unmasking Islam), “We must never imagine that such Muslims are being unnecessarily wicked. They are simply being faithful to their religion. The fact is never hidden as to what the proper attitude a good Muslim should have towards Christians and Jews. In fact, much of the incitement to violence and war in the whole of the Qu’ran is directed specifically against Jews/Christians who rejected what they felt to be the strange "god" that Prophet Mohammed was trying to preach. Prophet Muhammad and his successors initiated offensive wars against peaceful countries in order to impose Islam by force as well as to seize the abundance of these lands.” So, Islam was imposed upon Syria, Jordan, Palestine (Jerusalem), Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Iran, all of North Africa, some parts of India and China, and later Spain. So, it appears the “radical” fundamentalists are closer to historic Islam than those who profess to be followers of so-called “mainstream” version. Islam has always been, and continues to be a religion (a way of life) spread by force, not through peaceful means or persuasion.

Islam was planted by Prophet Muhammad with the sword, not a philosophy or ethic of peace. It’s rather astonishing to learn just how cruel and brutal Prophet Muhammad was as he tortured his captives with fire, then killed them and took their wives as bond maids for himself, as well as for his companions. Following his death, these brothers-in-arms then fought each other in relentless, savage wars; competing for authority and out of deeply rooted hatred, Prophet Muhammad's relatives and closest friends sacrificed and slaughtered each other!

No wonder we see Moslems, these days, fighting with each other. In fact, these wars and hostilities spring from the very heart of the Islamic teachings, since it calls for the use of force to combat "wrongdoing," ... just as Prophet Muhammad's relatives did with one another! It was Muhammad who said, "Whoever sees an abomination must straighten it with his hands." Thus, Saddam Hussein repeated and relied upon this saying of Muhammad in his attack on Kuwait's ruling family; and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt depended upon this saying when they killed Anwar El Sadat (a real man of peace).

Therefore, when you hear people saying that Islam is a peaceful religion, know rather that Islam is fighting a holy war for control of the world! That is, the concept of an offensive war, to spread the faith, is a genuine Islamic concept; known as a Holy War for the sake of god. This, not peace, is the essence of Islam! That is, if there were sufficient military power available to Islamic countries, they would attack all other countries in order to force them to embrace Islam. The Qu’ran is the authoritative scripture for the Muslim, and here are a few quotes advocating this militancy toward the non-Muslim:

#1) But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them. And seize them, beleaguer them. Lie in wait for the in every stratagem of war; but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surah 9:5)

#2) Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Apostle, nor acknowledge the Religion of Truth, even if they are of the people of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with will submission, and feel themselves subdued. (Surah 9:29)

#3) Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive and struggle with your goods and your persons, in the Cause of Allah. (Surah 9:41)

#4) The infidel is to be "killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land, and in the hereafter theirs will be an awful doom. (Surah 5:33)

#5) Fight in the way of Allah against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! Allah loveth no aggressors. And slay them wherever you find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out. But if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving, merciful. (Surah 2:190-92)

#6) Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day. Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah. ( Surah 2:29, 41)

#7) Those who believe do battle for the cause of Allah; and those who reject the faith do battle for the cause of evil. So fight ye against the friends of Satan. (Surah 4:76)

Prophet Muhammad founded Islam with the sword; his followers maintained Islamic rule with the sword; subsequent generations have always spread Islam's oppressive rule beyond the Arabian Peninsula with the sword. One cannot be a true follower of Islam without holding to the tenants of the Qu’ran, which also advocates forced submission to its rule. How can anyone who knows anything about Islam deny this? Why are so many, today, inclined to believe that Islam is a peaceful religion and not a militant movement, which desires to conquer the world through Jihad?

Obviously there are political motives behind the President and his administration that have given rise to their many statements that Islam is a peaceful religion. Yet such is simply not the case. If Islamic terrorism is ever going to be defeated, people are going to have to face the fact that it is driven by a historic Muslim belief in “Holy War” as a means of spreading their religion.

So then, now (today 1/5/07) that we finally have a Muslim (see definition above) in our House (of Representatives) … My CNN question, would be, “Representative Ellison, as a Muslim and ‘deemed’ follower and ‘true believer’ of the Qu’ran ... Representative Ellison, to WHICH are you really true - #1 Your elected position, as the American people's Representative (be they Muslim or NOT), or #2 to your religion’s more demanding and unrelenting requirements? … You, of course, can't be both; so which is it, really?"

And he would answer ... in the popular and politically correct way, that, ”I was just being bigoted for having even thought to ask him such a question!” … So be it, but at least, I was thinking!

It’s a hard,
hard rain that's gonna fall,

Robin

 
At 3:38 AM, January 08, 2007, Blogger Progree said...

The Bible is full of such garbage too. As far as Mohammed spreading his religion with the sword, try reading the Bible's book of Joshua where the Israelis rolled into Canaan and slew all inhabitants - men, women, children, and sucklings etc. etc. Islam is no more kooky than Christianity or Judaism.

 
At 7:57 AM, January 11, 2008, Anonymous RepSmellison said...

Dude, why is it surprising that the fringe left has joined hands with anti-semites who hold hands with front organizations who support terror against Israel.

It's good strategy for their purposes. The left gets a force multiplier and the anti-semites get the power of a vote in the US Congress.

What's not to like???

All the left has to do is selectively look away from unattractive facts or as Al Gore put it "inconvenient truth", which by the way the left has made into a high art form.

Cheers,

Oh, by the way, where was Keith on the day that the 35-W bridge collapsed? What was he doing there? Are you sure that's what he was doing there?

 

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