Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Speaking of dysphoria

Featured image President Obama has commuted the 35-year sentence of Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning for serious violations of the Espionage Act involving the disclosure of hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the alleged Russian front known as Wikileaks. Manning has served not quite seven years of her sentence. At the time she committed her offenses, Manning had access to sensitive documents serving an intelligence function in Iraq. Manning was accordingly tried »

Return of the leftover left

Featured image The leftover left that materialized during the Bush administration is returning in force as of January 20. Whatever they do to disrupt events related to the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, it is a preview of coming attractions. Alex Pfeiffer’s Daily Caller report links to undercover audio posted by FOX News. Jim Hoft seems to be in their sights. Rick Moran notes at American Thinker “Inauguration protests could get »

300 US Jewish leaders are with you

Featured image Power Line readers who mischievously pull for Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison to emerge victorious in his bid for the chairmanship of the DNC are not alone. We have noted that former Obama administration green jobs commissar and Mao man Van Jones is with you. We have noted that juicebox Mafioso Matthew Yglesias is with you as well. We may have reached the reductio ad absurdum of this trend. »

The prophetic voice

Featured image When Martin Luther King, Jr., brought his nonviolent campaign against segregation to Bull Connor’s Birmingham, he laid siege to the bastion of Jim Crow. In Birmingham between 1957 and 1962, black homes and churches had been subjected to a series of horrific bombings intended to terrorize the community. In April 1963 King answered the call to bring his campaign to Birmingham. When King landed in jail on Good Friday for »

A slobbering love affair, 60 Minutes style

Featured image Bernie Goldberg calls the relationship between President Obama and the mainstream media A Slobbering Love Affair. The competition is fierce but CBS News deserves some kind of special recognition in this department. CBS News president David Rhodes is literally the brother of Obama national security spokesliar Ben Rhodes. The slobbering continues tonight as Obama returns to CBS News’ 60 Minutes for an encore performance with the crew that loved not »

What’s law got to do with it?

Featured image Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken have announced their opposition to the confirmation of Senator Sessions as Attorney General of the United States. What’s happening here? Klobuchar aspires to become a player of national importance in the Democratic Party. She has published the obligatory memoir to advance her case. She isn’t about to offend the lunatic left in her party by supporting Sessions. In search of a rationale on »

Another fake hate crime via CAIR

Featured image Ann Doss Helms reports another fake hate crime in the Charlotte Observer. A kindergarten teacher was alleged to have committed the fake hate crime against a Muslim student. CAIR promoted the fake hate crime in its patented style, alleging a two-month reign of terror against the boy. The fake hate crime duly made the national news. Then came the investigation: Police found no evidence to confirm a November report that »

The Yarbrough citation

Featured image Dealing in our own way with Obama’s long goodbye, John and I have drawn on the twisted catalog of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks to ask: “How can I miss you when you won’t go away?” We won’t miss President Obama if he ever goes away, but the point remains. Professor Jean Yarbrough is Gary M. Pendy, Sr., Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Government and Legal Studies »

Hayward revisited

Featured image Our own Steve Hayward (@stevenfhayward) wears his learning lightly, but he is a learned man. Putting my insomnia to good use last night, I revisited Steve’s interview with Bill Kristol on Ronald Reagan and the study of statesmanship (video below, about 65 minutes, transcript posted here). Watching the interview this time around I was struck by the books mentioned in the course of the discussion. Steve’s own books — Churchill »

Obama’s betrayal of Israel

Featured image President Obama must have placed his betrayal of Israel at the United Nations at the top of his “rhymes with bucket list.” University of Paris Professor Guy Millière turns to the subject in a timely column full of useful links. Here are the column’s bullet points provided by the Gatestone Institute: • President Obama’s decision not to use the US veto in the UN Security Council and to let pass »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll looks back on a life of AWARDS GALORE!! She writes: Inspired, as I have been so often, by Barack Hussein Obama, I have decided that I have no choice but to give myself some awards. One’s accomplishments can only be hidden under a bushel for so long. What can you even say about a political appointee awarding the man who appointed him a Distinguished Service Award, except to »

Obama looks back (2)

Featured image Barack Obama believes in the audacity of hype, especially when it comes to himself. He wrote his memoir when he was in his early 30’s. Despite the droning orthodoxy of his every thought and utterance, he possesses infinite belief in his capacities. Around the time of the 2008 election a friend quoted Obama providing this self-evaluation: “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about »

Where was T-Bone?

Featured image Senator Cory Booker had absolutely nothing to contribute to the case against Senator Jeff Sessions’s confirmation as Attorney General except his breach of Senate tradition and the color of his skin. His case against Senator Sessions came wrapped in transparent self-aggrandizement. It proved precisely one thing: the utter shamelessness of Booker’s ambition. Reps. John Lewis and Cedric Richmond made equally vacuous contributions, though in Richmond’s case with a supercilious racial »

Quote of the day

Featured image President-elect Donald Trump held his long-awaited press conference today amid heightened tensions created by the publication of the supposed dossier of compromising information by BuzzFeed. With respect to the salacious allegations about what may have occurred in a Russian hotel room, Trump explained that there is an inherent lack of credibility. “Does anyone really believe that story?” Trump asked. “I’m also very much of a germophobe, by the way, believe »

Obama looks back

Featured image President Obama returned to Chicago and spoke before an adoring audience last night to give his putative farewell address. The White House has posted its transcript of the speech here and posted the video below on YouTube. The New York Times has posted the video below along with a transcript of the speech as delivered. Obama had a magnanimous moment anticipating the inauguration of Donald Trump next week, but Obama’s »

About that Quinnipiac Poll

Featured image The results of the Quinnipiac Poll in which I was surveyed last week have been posted here. Quinnipiac summarizes the results at the top of the linked page and provides the numbers below. Quinnipiac reports that it found 899 registered voters to respond to the survey. Quinnipiac adjusted the poll results according to its secret sauce. The survey used “statistical weighting procedures to account for deviations in the survey sample »

My Obama moment–and ours

Featured image The video below looks to be just another idiotic Hollywood production celebrating the godhood of Obama, but it must be a production of the Obama administration itself. The thing has been posted by the White House under the official title “Yes We Can: People Share Their Most Memorable Moments from the Obama Presidency.” Those of you who persist in declaring Obama Muslim are obviously mistaken; the man worships himself. It’s »