Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Bill Otis’s dissent

Featured image The ferocious assault on law enforcement undertaken by Michelle Alexander, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and now the Obama administration culminates in the demand for “criminal justice reform.” It is a cause that appears to be irresistible. Who can stand against “reform,” especially “reform” in the name of racial equity? Heather Mac Donald can. Her invaluable work cannot be cited too often in this context. I quoted from one of Heather’s City Journal »

Speaking of the Iran deal (10)

Featured image AP Vienna bureau chief George Jahn reports: “Iran: US statements on attacking Tehran violates nuke deal” (subject-verb disagreement in the original, I hate to say). On Twitter, AP diplomatic correspondent Matt Lee concisely comments: “Already?!” Here is Jahn’s report: A senior Iranian official is accusing the U.S. of violating the nuclear deal with his country through comments indicating that the accord would make any attack on Tehran’s atomic program more »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll commits microaggressions galore in DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS. Cumulatively, she may even be responsible for aggressions, or macroaggressions. She writes: Please! I am begging here. In the name of all that’s Holy, stop the fake rape charges! Honestly, I can’t take it any more. I would love to write about something else. Anything else. Heck, maybe even guns and ammo again someday. “But nooooooo….”, as Steve Martin used to say. »

Nixon’s IRS: A reminder

Featured image In his capacity as chairman of the relevant Senate subcommittee, Senator Cruz “gave a hard-hitting opening statement, comparing the [IRS]’s actual abuses of political opponents during the Obama presidency to Richard Nixon’s unsuccessful attempt to use the agency to target political adversaries.” So says Andrew McCarthy here at NR’s corner, where he has posted the transcript of Senator Cruz’s statement. Andy links to video of Senator Cruz’s statement here. Reiterating »

Hillary unclassified

Featured image McClatchy DC has three reporters with bylines on “Facts in Hillary’s ‘secret’ emails came from five intelligence agencies.” That headline should probably read “five (count ’em) intelligence agencies.” The McClatchy story doesn’t add much to what we already know, but it is must reading. I was most intrigued by the officials who failed to respond to the McClatchy reporters’ inquiries. Other than what must be a Republican source in a »

The Dempsey options

Featured image Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee today, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey put some daylight between himself and the Commander in Chief on the question of our options with Iran. President Obama, of course, serves up the choice as between the Iran deal (ineffective) or war (not gonna do it). General Dempsey, however, asserts that the United States has “a range of options” if it »

What Carly can do: Quotable quotes

Featured image At my request the Fiorina campaign has kindly forwarded the text of Carly Fiorina’s speech at the Reagan Library this week. I want to post this addendum of quotable quotes to the video of the speech that I posted here this morning. Quotable quote: “When President Obama warned Assad not to cross a red line, Assad took this as an invitation, not an admonition. This administration’s blind eye to aggression »

What Carly can do

Featured image The field of Republican presidential candidates is extraordinarily impressive. Even so, Carly Fiorina stands out. She’s the only woman and she has articulated her critique of the Democratic opposition with a special zest and bite. In his recent dispatch from New Hampshire, Jay Nordlinger dubs her “Carly the communicator.” I am unsure what the premise of her candidacy for president is, but it seems to me at the least that »

Israel’s choice

Featured image The Iran deal finances and otherwise facilitates Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons. It even sets up the United States and the other parties as protectors of Iran’s nuclear program. Why would President Obama want to do that? He seems to believe that Iran should play the role of “a very successful regional power.” If he believes that this is in the national interest of thee United States, he is a »

Speaking of the Iran deal (9)

Featured image Below is the video of the Hudson Institute event held over the noon hour today in Washington, D.C. on the pending nuclear deal with Iran. Senator Tom Cotton keynoted the event. Senator Cotton’s address was followed by a stellar panel discussion including Michael Doran, William Tobey, Hillel Fradkin, and Lee Smith. The embed code was graciously sent at my request by the Hudson Institute. I can only say that I »

The versatile Kate Duval

Featured image In their Wall Street Journal column “The stonewall at the top of the IRS,” Reps. Ron DeSantis and Jim Jordan write in connection with the bottomless IRS scandal: [O]n Aug. 2, the House Oversight Committee issued its first subpoena for IRS documents, including all of Ms. Lerner’s emails. On Feb. 2, 2014, Kate Duval, the IRS commissioner’s counsel, identified a gap in the Lerner emails that were being collected. Days »

The fire this (last) time [With Question by John]

Featured image The end is nigh. This is the last in my series of posts about Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book, Between the World and Me. The publisher retails the book for $24.00. Amazon sells it for the discounted price of $14.40. As a New York Times best-seller (number 1 on the nonfiction hardcover list), it is also available at a 30 percent discount from Barnes & Noble. None of these options represents »

Speaking of the Iran deal (8)

Featured image Today at 12:15 p.m.(Eastern), Senator Tom Cotton will keynote the Hudson Institute event in Washington, D.C. on the pending nuclear deal with Iran. Senator Cotton’s keynote address will be followed by discussion featuring a stellar panel including Michael Doran, William Tobey, Hillel Fradkin, and Lee Smith. The event will be livestreamed via the video below once the program gets started. Until that time the video will feature Hudson’s most recent »

Hillary’s hot air balloon (2)

Featured image Ed Morrissey draws attention to the video below with Joe Scarborough’s review of the Hillary Clinton email story to date. Ed writes: “Be sure to watch this in full, because there have been few presentations in the media as comprehensive as this on the e-mail scandal, and none at all on MSNBC, I’d bet.” I concur with Ed that this is a useful review. »

Fashion shoot with illegals

Featured image Deirdra Funcheon reports at the Broward/Palm Beach New Times site: About 6 a.m. on July 10, Ekaterina Juskowski was shooting a video of her friend, a model, near 36th Street in the heart of Miami Beach. She noticed that a blue-green boat in the background — she thought it was a scuba boat — was coming closer to shore and thought, “They are ruining my video.” Juskowski shut off the »

The fire this time (5)

Featured image In the first week of its publication Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me entered the New York Times nonfiction best seller list at number 1. The book is dreadful, but Coates knows his audience and he has hit it with this book. I think conservatives would be well advised to pay attention. In this series I have tried to give conservatives unlikely to read the book a rounded picture »

Speaking of the Iran deal (7)

Featured image Omri Ceren writes to comment on Jay Solomon’s Wall Street Journal article “White House says Iran unlikely to address suspicions of secret weapons program” (accessible here via Google. Omri writes: The WSJ gained access to some of the documents on the Iran deal that the administration filed with Congress to meet its obligations under the Corker legislation. Two of the documents – both of which are secret and one of »