Author Archives: Scott Johnson

From the penalty box [Updated with Cartoon]

Featured image As he undertook his project of “fundamental transformation,” President Obama took office in 2009 with the side project of beating down FOX News. FOX News disrupted the coordination that the Obama administration otherwise had going with the mainstream media. As White House communications director, Comrade Anita Dunn took charge of the project. FOX News CEO Roger Ailes stood in there, however, and by November 2009, Dunn was gone. Andrea Tantaros »

Gott im Himmel

Featured image In the video below (about 8 minutes), former Guardian literary editor Richard Gott debates Gatestone Institute senior fellow Douglas Murray regarding the legacy of Fidel Castro. Why Sky News thought it was a good idea to call on Gott to advocate the case for Castro is not immediately clear. Gott faithfully spouts the Communist Party line on Castro, but it’s a line that Justin Trudeau and useful idiots everywhere share. »

The crying game, Clinton style

Featured image The insufferable prigs who ran the Clinton campaign in the spirit of their candidate remain embedded in the first stage of grief. They’re still deep into the racism shtick and all that jazz. They therefore did their thing with (or to) Kellyanne Conway and Corey Lewandowski yesterday in the roundtable discussion on the general election in the quadrennial post-election review at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. If I understand correctly, »

Trump derangement strikes deep

Featured image At American Thinker, Tom Lifson declares that he may have found “the ultimate symbol of Trump derangement syndrome” (video below). The video tells a short story with an O. Henry sort of twist. Conservative Treehouse provides this précis of the short story: Philadelphia police posted a CCTV video asking for help in identifying two suspects who were caught on camera spray painting anti-Trump graffiti on an upscale grocery store in »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll rubs it in with great dexterity as she wonders IF A CELEBRITY THREATENS TO LEAVE, AND NOBODY CARES, IS SHE STILL A CELEBRITY? She writes: One time, maybe 25 years ago, a male client whose workforce was mostly female was wearing a gag t-shirt at the holiday party where I entertained. He explained that it had been a gift from his wife and four daughters and his employees »

A not ready for prime time player [With Comment by John]

Featured image For the past 10 years the Star Tribune has shielded Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison from serious scrutiny. The Star Tribune has reported the apologetics of Ellison and his devoutly liberal Jewish supporters as facts. They are not. Ellison’s success in misleading the hometown crowd has deluded him into thinking he is ready for prime time as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He is not. Allison Sherry’s pathetic piece »

Remembering Roddie Edmonds

Featured image Steve Hayward’s book Patriotism Is Not Enough is forthcoming on February 14, 2017. The book is rich in reflections occasioned by a close reading of the intellectual history Steve takes up. In the introduction Steve quotes Walter Berns’s understanding of the Founders to the effect that “the making of patriots cannot be left to chance.” Later in the book Steve writes that “the tyrant of the ‘liberated self’ cannot be »

Kellogg’s: Not too gr-r-reat!

Featured image John proposed that readers boycott Kellogg in response to the company’s announcement that it is pulling its advertising from Breitbart. Many readers have responded with messages to Kellogg’s on which we have been copied. I particularly enjoyed this one, which I thought other readers might find of interest as well: I read Mr. Hinderaker’s excellent post about Kellogg pulling its advertising from Breitbart.com. You may remember when the company refused »

From the penalty box

Featured image In “After last night,” on the morning of November 9, I noted Donald Trump’s “improbable victory” over Hillary Clinton in the presidential election and consigned myself to the penalty box for “the next few months.” I might have adapted Lincoln’s statement on the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision and called it “an astonisher” in our political history. I called a “minor penalty” on myself “for manifest errors of understanding, of »

Dayton’s stormy Tuesday

Featured image In 1994 or so one of my daughters was in school with one of Mark Dayton’s sons. Dayton was serving his last year as state auditor. At a silent auction to raise funds for the school, Dayton contributed Power Lunch for 2 with Mark Dayton at the Minneapolis Club. As the auction was winding down, I noticed that not a single person had entered a bid on it. So I »

What happened in Minnesota (3)

Featured image In “What happened in Minnesota” I took a look at the most potent issue behind the remarkable results favoring Republicans in the state legislative races, which I noted as to the House races in part 2. I included a powerful ad that ran on the subject of Obamacare, Minnesota style, brought to us courtesy of Governor Mark Dayton. In the brief interview below with WCCO’s Esme Murphy on November 6, »

Understanding Barack Obama

Featured image In a nearby post, Paul Mirengoff examines Colin Kaepernick’s recent statements to deduce where he is coming from. Kaepernick is an idiot. It is therefore difficult to attribute a coherent line of thought to him. Paul deduces that if Kaepernick understands what he is saying (a big if), he is an old-fashioned Marxist radical. Paul pulls up a little short of the conclusion, leaving it at “a serious leftist,” but »

What happened in Minnesota (2)

Featured image I wrote about the remarkable results in Minnesota legislative races in “What happened in Minnesota.” The results were most remarkable in Minnesota state House races. In a presidential election year, when turnout traditionally favors Democrats, the GOP amplified its majority in the House, winning 77 seats to the Democrats’ 57. Remember, this is Minnesota we’re talking about. House Speaker Kurt Daudt will return as such in the upcoming session. Much »

Justice Stras remembers his grandfather

Featured image The Twin Cities Cardozo Society is an affinity group of Jewish lawyers and judges who contribute to the Minneapolis Jewish Federation or the United Jewish Fund and Council of St. Paul. Its annual dinner has turned into a great event that features awards to two attorneys for personal and professional excellence. It also traditionally features a nationally renowned keynote speaker. This year’s speaker was a little different thanks to of »

#TrudeauEulogies: A selection

Featured image Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s eulogy of Fidel Castro illustrates the repulsive relativism of the left. Trudeau is proud of the eulogy. He seeks to publicize it. Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be liberals. They become cretins. This is the way it ends: It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President. Fidel Castro was a larger than life »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image They say deaths come in three, and the death of Mose Allison on November 15 at the age of 89 might be offered as evidence to prove the point. Mose’s death closely followed the deaths of Leonard Cohen on November 7 and Leon Russell on November 13. I want to seize the occasion to draw attention to his work. Allison pursued a long and almost unbelievably productive career as a »

Mark Falcoff: Castro’s demise

Featured image I invited our occasional contributor Mark Falcoff to comment on the death of Fidel Castro. Mark writes: The demise of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro had been predicted for so long (and so wrongly) that it is difficult to believe that he is finally gone at last. What can one say about this man and his country? Castro always saw himself as a world-historical figure, defying the United States and converting »