In a little-noticed news item, the FBI said a Minnesota Muslim man was responsible for a suicide bombing in Somalia, prompting comment from conservative sites that monitor both jihad and immigration.
According to a report from Twin Cities ABC affiliate KSTP-TV Channel 5 Shirwa Ahmed was a naturalized U.S. citizen of Somali birth who blew himself up in an attack in northern Somalia in October.
"The FBI and Homeland Security are investigating whether Shirwa Ahmed had developed a terrorist recruiting network in the area," KSTP reported, adding, "More than a dozen young men of Somali descent, mostly in their 20s, from the Minneapolis area have recently disappeared, [say] U.S. law enforcement officials … All are thought to be associates of Ahmed."
The station added that U.S. officials suspect the missing men have departed for Somalia rather than planning to attack the United States, but said the officials could not be sure until the men can be tracked down.
Robert Spencer's Jihad Watch noted the context of the Twin Cities' large population of Somalis engaging in "Stealth Jihad efforts" and cited service workers' attempts to gain a right to refuse to handle alcohol and pork products.
"Have any authorities stopped to consider the question of whether we really want to import into the United States people who would blow themselves up as suicide bombers? Why not?" He asked.
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air adds that the story "does call into question the wisdom of allowing any more Somalis to enter the U.S. while it serves as a terrorist training ground. CIA Director Michael Hayden has warned recently about al Qaeda efforts to rebuild itself in the Horn of Africa region, including Somalia, and their apparent success in combining with local groups to bolster their funding and training."
That the media is in the tank for President-elect Barack Obama has been a longstanding complaint of conservative bloggers.
Now al Qaeda is joining in agreement. (Talk about unwanted allies.)
Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Islamist terror group's No. 2, condemned Mr. Obama recently as a "house Negro," prompting worldwide criticism, including from black American Muslims, who objected to the riff off the words of Malcolm X. Al Qaeda supporters on Muslim and jihad forums worldwide say their leader's words were twisted by biased media.
"After observing international press reporting on the incident, these same supporters are now bitterly attacking the media for its 'unfair' pro-Obama bias and for deliberately 'confusing' the meaning of al-Zawahiri's message," writes Evan Kohlmann of the Counterterrorism Blog.
The dry observation from the pseudonymous Stable Hand at the Jawa Report: "Suck it up, al Qaeda supporters."
Thanksgiving killjoy I
Did you know that celebrating Thanksgiving is like celebrating the Holocaust? Me neither, but a University of California college professor thinks so.
Two Claremont, Calif., elementary schools had a four-decade Thanksgiving tradition of having the pupils at one school dress up as Pilgrims and those at the other as Indians for a joint feast. The schools would reverse costumes each year.
Not this year. Give thanks for that to Michelle Raheja, a professor specializing in American Indian literature at the University of California at Riverside, notes Jammie-Wearing Fool. "Naturally the instigator here is some grievance-laden college professor. Now there's a stunner."
According to the Los Angeles Times report on the Claremont Unified School District's decision to have the party without costumes, Ms. Raheja started the fuss in a letter to her daughter's kindergarten teacher in which she called the celebration "demeaning."
"I'm sure you can appreciate the inappropriateness of asking children to dress up like slaves (and kind slave masters), or Jews (and friendly Nazis) or members of any other racial minority group who has struggled in our nation's history," she wrote.
The Jammie-Wearing Fool writes: "So here we have some meddling nitwit comparing pilgrims and Indians to Nazis and slavemasters injecting her wacko viewpoints on everyone and ruining fun for five-year-olds. Is this what we've come to in this country, where one nutcase can be allowed to dictate to everyone else? Apparently so. Liberals must be so proud of themselves for such childlike behavior."
A later Los Angeles Times article reported that some children showed up Tuesday in parent-made costumes anyway and that about two dozen parent protesters — about equally divided between costume supporters and opponents — got into a confrontation so heated that police had to be called and the two groups had to be separated.
Thanksgiving killjoy II
Did you know that your turkey-cooking mother (or grandmother) was a blood-soaked murderer? Me neither, but PETA thinks so — though PETA at least has a sense of humor and style.
"People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals never ceases to amaze me. This year, in protest of Thanksgivings annual turkey slaughter, they took the Cooking Mama game and gave it an 'unauthorized' twist, as Mama is now the ruthless killer of animals, and you must help her prepare, stuff and cook a bird while extra gore tries to distract you from the task at hand," notes Cory O'Brien at the blog Didn't You Hear (www.didntyouhear.com).
"Surprisingly, the Flash game is well-done and serves up a heaping serving of PETA propaganda as you play, though its all optional, and you can pick and choose what you want to learn more about, so theyre not jamming the message down your throat. The turkey used in the game however …," Mr. O'Brien writes.
The game, formally titled Cooking Mama: Mama Kills Animals has "Mama" wielding a bloody knife while the screen fills with blood. Then the player uses his mouse to pluck off the feathers and pull out the guts.
Victory for diversity
A Canadian university student group has booted a cystic fibrosis charity from its list of beneficiaries because it says the disease only affects white people and thus is not "inclusive."
Pro-life blogger Wesley Smith has the goods at his site Secondhand Smoke, citing a report in Canada's National Post newspaper. His first thought, he says was that "it must be from 'The Onion.' Alas, no."
"The Carleton University Students' Association has voted to drop a cystic fibrosis charity as the beneficiary of its annual Shinearama fundraiser, supporting a motion that argued the disease is not 'inclusive' enough. Cystic fibrosis 'has been recently revealed to only affect white people, and primarily men' said the motion read Monday night to student councillors, who voted almost unanimously in favour of it," the Post reported.
Never fear … the vote may be reversed because the students, embarrassed by press coverage, are being informed that the disease may have a victim profile that looks like America (or Canada). And even Is sexist against girls.
The Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has said the disease affects boys and girls about equally, though it tends to kill girls more quickly, which means the number of disease patients at any given time will be mostly males. Also, though the disease does affect "Caucasians" disproportionately, though not exclusively, that category doesn't map onto the everyday understanding of "white."
"Caucasian populations include people from South America, Arabian countries, Israel, North Africa and populations from the Indian sub-continent," the foundation clarified in a statement.
• Victor Morton can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org