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Minnesotans Prepare to Elect Black Muslim to Congress

Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Jun 11, 2006 4:50 pm

Well, this should be interesting . . . I think the Black Muslims have an honorable tradtion of bettering the lives of many inner city blacks held in thrall to the Democratic welfare-for-votes machine, but it can't be denied that they are highly anti-Semitic. Yep. Those Democrats really know how to pick their candidates.

Ellison letter addresses his past ties
The DFL-endorsed congressional candidate said he failed to study Louis Farrakhan's positions when he was involved with the Nation of Islam.

Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune
State Rep. Keith Ellison, the DFL endorsee in the Fifth Congressional District race, has sent a letter to the Jewish Community Relations Council in an attempt to quell concerns about his connections to a group viewed by many as anti-Semitic.

Ellison said that when he had ties to the Nation of Islam for about 18 months in the mid-1990s he failed to scrutinize the positions of the group and its leader, Louis Farrakhan, and "wrongly dismissed concerns that they were anti-Semitic. I should have come to that conclusion [that they were anti-Semitic] earlier than I did. I regret that I didn't."

Ellison, who could become the first Muslim elected to Congress, noted that there has been "much speculation" about his ties to Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, an organization that is aimed at improving conditions for black people but has been criticized as being antiwhite, antigay and anti-Semitic.

Ellison wrote that he saw "in the Nation of Islam, and specifically the Million Man March [in 1995], an effort to promote African-American self-sufficiency, personal responsibility, and community economic development." His relationship to Farrakhan has been raised mostly on blogs and in political scuttlebutt.

He said in an interview Friday that he wrote the letter, dated May 28, to the Community Relations Council to "reassure allies and friends of my long-term support for civil and human rights."

Ellison has at least three DFL primary opponents for the Minneapolis-centered seat: former state DFL chairman Mike Erlandson, former state Sen. Ember Reichgott Junge and Minneapolis City Council Member Paul Ostrow.

Reichgott Junge said "questions have arisen" about Ellison but "I'm not at all putting that out there. I'm running my own campaign."

Ostrow said, "It is disappointing that it took until now for Representative Ellison to acknowledge and disown the anti-Semitism of the Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan. When you run for federal office, you run on your record and your past."

Erlandson declined to comment.

In his letter, Ellison also addressed a matter involving Joanne Jackson, who in 1997 headed the group Minneapolis Initiative Against Racism. She had been quoted as calling Jews "among the most racist white people," and Ellison was involved with a group of black leaders who defended her.

"I believe that Ms. Jackson's alleged remark was clearly bigoted, discriminatory, inappropriate, and even ridiculous," Ellison said in the letter, adding that while some leaders defended her comments, he "spoke out in favor of increased dialogue between the Jewish and African-American communities."

Some in the Jewish community said Friday that they are willing to take Ellison at his word and his recent record in the Legislature. Others were more concerned.

Three members of the council's board, Dan Rosen, a Minneapolis lawyer; Alan Weinblatt, a DFL elections lawyer, and Jay Benanav, a St. Paul City Council member, said they have seen the letter.

"Given Ellison's public multiyear association with a vicious anti-Semitic organization, and given his past writing, I have to be skeptical of statements he makes in the context of an election campaign," Rosen said.

The other two are supportive.

Weinblatt said he listened carefully to Ellison's public speeches and met with him before deciding to support him. "I view this as an awesome opportunity for the citizens of Minneapolis ... to send somebody to Congress who has a unique background," Weinblatt said, referring to Ellison's work as a criminal-defense attorney and his Muslim faith.

Benanav, who noted that he was born in Israel to Holocaust survivors, said that he has worked with Ellison and that concerns are "not well-founded with regards to anti-Semitism, anti-Israel."

Mark Rotenberg, head of Minnesotans Against Terrorism, general counsel of the University of Minnesota and a Jewish Minneapolis resident who is supporting Reichgott Junge, said, "folks are extra-concerned about his past association with known anti-Semites, anti-whites and anti-Catholic spokesmen. There are other strong, experienced, progressive Democrats in this race who don't have that kind of heavy baggage."

Rochelle Olson • 612-673-1747
http://www.startribune.com/587/story/470928.html
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Post by jack stowaway » Sun Jun 11, 2006 5:50 pm

You think that's bad, the Bracks [State] Government in Australia has nominated an informer for the Syrian government as its official candidate for a Parliamentary safe seat.

In an article for an Arab newspaper, official Australian Labour Party nominee Khalil Eideh warned that 'Satan brigades are getting ready to enslave the Arab world'. He also slavishly praised Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, pledging his 'unswerving loyalty' to the dictator.' In a letter, he wrote to the Syrian government, he affirmed "Loyalty, total loyalty to your wise and brave leadership, and we promise to remain faithful soldiers behind your victorious leadership."

He also reported on members of the Syrian-Australian community, casting doubts on their loyalty.

To top it all off, he has one wife in Melbourne, and another in Lebanon.

To date, the Bracks government still backs him as a candidate. This is the same government that has authorised a new manual for teachers advising that the words 'mother' and 'father' are potentially distressing to some children and should be replaced by 'Carer' and 'Parent'.

On a different note, the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, George Pell, has criticised Islam, questioning whether radical intolerance for other religions was something new or part of the internal logic of Islam. [Quote] "It's difficult to find periods of tolerance in Islam. I'm not saying they're not there, but a good deal of what is asserted is mythical." Previously, Dr Pell has asserted that Islam is 'more warlike' than Christianity and that the Koran was 'riddled with invocations to violence.'

Naturally, he has been fiercely attacked by the local Islamic bully-boys who accuse him of 'misunderstanding' the faith. They said much the same thing when a local iman stated approvingly that Islam, 'was intolerant of other faiths.'

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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Jun 11, 2006 6:19 pm

jack stowaway wrote:You think that's bad, the Bracks [State] Government in Australia has nominated an informer for the Syrian government as its official candidate for a Parliamentary safe seat.
Even mass-murdering Islamofascists deserve representation too! :lol:

Seriously, you'll have to fill me in a tad on the concept of a "Bracks Government." Is Victoria like a state in Australia? Would he be analogous to a governor in the US? Is Victoria like, how to put this, a home for aging communists where they go when they are run out of every self-respecting capitalist nation on the planet? I looked here for some of what they were doing. Gardens, nursing care for every family, education, bike paths, arts centers. Sounds like the nanny state on steroids.
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Post by jack stowaway » Sun Jun 11, 2006 7:03 pm

Sounds like the nanny state on steroids.
Yes, that's about right.

Politically, Australia operates in much the same way as Canada - a two-tier federal system with state parliaments.

At present, the Australian Labour Party, under Steve Bracks, is in power in the state of Victoria.

Because of the inherited British tradition of strong central government (e.g. Federal law overrides State Law), constitutionally limited powers, and a tradition of concensus or cabinet governance, State Premiers have far less power than US Governors.

Whereas US Governors are 'Presidential' in style, Australian chief ministers are more like CEO's, answerable to a strong board.

As far as being a 'home for aging communists' it all depends on the government of the day. Under the previous, Liberal [Party] regime of Premier Jeff Kennett, Victoria was the free-enterprise, 'can do' state, of budget surplus and right-of-centre government. It thrived on a 'big event' atmosphere, most notably in the sporting, gambling arena. For example, Melbourne hosts more major sporting events than just about any city you could name.

Under Bracks [Labour], it has resumed a more sedate, and more usual, left-of-centre course. The Labour government stands accused of being disproportionately influenced by minority lobbying groups advocating stronger legislation to protect gay and ethnic rights etc. Under Bracks, for example, Victoria introduced the infamous 'Race and Religious Villification Law' [a sop to Islamic sensibilities] although, rather surprisingly, the Bracks government has recently rejected a push to legalise gay civil unions.

But that's probably more than you wanted to know....

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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Jun 11, 2006 7:10 pm

jack stowaway wrote:
Sounds like the nanny state on steroids.
Yes, that's about right.

Politically, Australia operates in much the same way as Canada - a two-tier federal system with state parliaments.

At present, the Australian Labour Party, under Steve Bracks, is in power in the state of Victoria.

Because of the inherited British tradition of strong central government (e.g. Federal law overrides State Law), constitutionally limited powers, and a tradition of concensus or cabinet governance, State Premiers have far less power than US Governors.

Whereas US Governors are 'Presidential' in style, Australian chief ministers are more like CEO's, answerable to a strong board.

As far as being a 'home for aging communists' it all depends on the government of the day. Under the previous, Liberal [Party] regime of Premier Jeff Kennett, Victoria was the free-enterprise, 'can do' state, of budget surplus and right-of-centre government. It thrived on a 'big event' atmosphere, most notably in the sporting, gambling arena. For example, Melbourne hosts more major sporting events than just about any city you could name.

Under Bracks [Labour], it has resumed a more sedate, and more usual, left-of-centre course. The Labour government stands accused of being disproportionately influenced by minority lobbying groups advocating stronger legislation to protect gay and ethnic rights etc. Under Bracks, for example, Victoria introduced the infamous 'Race and Religious Villification Law' [a sop to Islamic sensibilities] although, rather surprisingly, the Bracks government has recently rejected a push to legalise gay civil unions.

But that's probably more than you wanted to know....

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No, that was an excellent primer. So how do the Victorians manage these shifts in governing strategies? When you say "left of center" or "right of center" are you implying a small shift in emphasis in a basically centrist electorate rather than anything that seems as radical as it appears from the list of accomplishments on the Bracks site?
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Post by jack stowaway » Sun Jun 11, 2006 7:31 pm

When you say "left of center" or "right of center" are you implying a small shift in emphasis in a basically centrist electorate rather than anything that seems as radical as it appears from the list of accomplishments on the Bracks site?
The Australian electorate is basically centrist although with sharp left-right polarities operating around this centrist base. These polarities are reflected in State rather than federal governments (far right in Queensland; right-and-then left in Victoria).

Electoral caution --and an inbred distrust of politicians, whatever their stripe-- operates as a sort of self-corrective balance. Thus, a right-wing government [Kennett - Liberal] usually provokes a left-wing backlash [Bracks - Labour] among the electorate, and vice versa, at least in Victoria.

The essentially conservative nature of the Australian electorate [together with its distrust of the elite] can best be observed in the stubborn determination to persist with the monarchy, in spite of (or because of) the many high-profile commentators urging a republic.
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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Jun 11, 2006 7:36 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:

It sounds almost like the electorate is teasing the politicians. I like it. 8)
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Post by RebLem » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:23 am

Corlyss said,
I looked here for some of what they were doing. Gardens, nursing care for every family, education, bike paths, arts centers. Sounds like the nanny state on steroids.

Lets see now. we're against gardens. So, lets just sell the national parks to the lumber companies, pave over Central Park and turn it into a parking lot, and sell every other park in the country because we dunna wanna "nanny state." Oh, yeah, and we can't have education either, unless mommy and daddy can afford to pay out of pocket for it. Of course, when you go to an electronics store 20 years from now and find them selling the same stuff they are now because nobody is educated enough to develop new ones, remember whose fault it was. And bike paths. Oh, we can't have bike paths, for Gods sake! If you can't afford a car or are too young to drive one, SCREW YOU! Arts centers. Well, Picasso and all dem artist types were a buncha Commies anyway, so we gotta do away with them. Yeah, lets be rugged. No nannies here.

Oh, and by the way, why the apostrophe in Minnesotans?
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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:30 am

RebLem wrote:Oh, and by the way, why the apostrophe in Minnesotans?
A force-of-habit typo.
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