Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Bibi calls on Trump and Clinton

Featured image Sticking around in New York following his address to the UN General Assembly last week, Benjamin Netanyahu called on both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton yesterday. We received the Trump campaign’s summary (“readout”) of the meeting. I was interested in it and thought some other readers might find it of interest: Donald J. Trump met privately today with Prime Minister Netanyahu for over an hour at Mr. Trump’s residence in »

What about Burhan Mohumed?

Featured image When the New York Times comes through town to check in with Minnesota’s Somali community, a variation of the genre World ends: Women and minorities hardest hit is at hand. Times reporter Jack Healy, for example, arrived this past June just in time for the verdicts in the terrorism case involving Minnesota’s ISIS wannabes. Healy’s article on the verdicts (written with freelancer Matt Furber) sought to convey the impression that »

There’s something about Hillary’s health

Featured image Readers who have been following the saga of Hillary’s dubious health will remember that Dr. Lisa Bardack is Clinton’s personal physician. At Tom Lifson’s American Thinker site, Jay Michaels gives Dr. Bardack’s letters testifying to Hillary’s good health the kind of close reading that Leo Strauss brought to Plato’s dialogues. Michaels’s post comes with the suitably literary heading “Dr. Lisa Bardack’s Faustian bargain.” Pursuing a theme we have articulated here »

Statesmanship: Obama versus Bibi

Featured image Walter Russell Mead assesses the statesmanship of Barack Obama versus that of Benjamin Netanyahu in the American Interest post “The real Middle East.” The subhead provides this précis: “Precisely because he has a colder view of international affairs than Obama, Netanyahu’s leadership has made Israel stronger than ever.” In the heart of this post he writes: There is perhaps only one thing harder for the American mind to process than »

My mother declared my bedroom a disaster area

Featured image The Wall Street Journal’s Notable & Quotable column runs a 1984 letter to President Ronald Reagan, and a draft of his reply, as published in the second volume of Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience, compiled by Shaun Usher, out next month from Chronicle Books. Usher also has a related Letters of Note site. Reagan letters including the one below are accessible here. »

Scandal management with the FBI

Featured image Like everything touched by the Clintons, the FBI has now been compromised and slimed. We saw it in FBI Director James Comey’s absurd statement announcing Hillary Clinton’s get-out-of-jail-free pass. We saw it in the FBI’s holiday weekend document dump of 302 interviews in the case. We saw it again again late yesterday afternoon with more of the same. These Friday afternoon document dumps come straight from the scandal management playbook »

Under investigation [With Comment By John]

Featured image As rioters and looters went on the rampage in Charlotte on Wednesday evening, WBTV News reported live via Twitter that “protesters” (my quotes, not WBTV’s) on I277 were “stopping traffic and surrounding vehicles. AVOID.” Glenn Reynolds retweeted the item and commented: “Run them down.” Falling into the category of “What oft was thought, but ne’er so well express’d,” I found that cathartic. The powers-that-be at Twitter, however, were having none »

There’s something about Hillary’s eyes

Featured image Yesterday Tom Lifson took note of Hillary’s wandering eyes. Several physicians have written us to observe that they are consistent with a left abducens nerve (CN6) palsy, residual from her cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. Now Dr. John Coppedge elaborates on this thesis in a post at The Hill that he calls “Clinton’s eyes — a window into her health issues.” Dr. Coppedge explains: Her eyes did not always move in »

Netanyahu: The UN is a moral farce

Featured image Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu gave his annual address to the UN General Assembly yesterday (text here, video below). There is something thrilling about hearing the truth about important matters blurted out before a largely unfriendly audience that knows every word is true. In this crowd Netanyahu is the little boy who cried that the emperor has no clothes. Whether in text or video form, the speech in its entirety is »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has discovered THE EASIEST JOB: Columns that Write Themselves. She writes: Writing a weekly column is a privilege and a joy. Once I settle on a topic, the words usually flow pretty freely, and when they don’t, I power on, which is what we women do! Writers’ block or Dehydrating Flu-monia, we don’t stop until we have to be heaved head-first into a van! Often I fiddle — »

There’s something about Hillary

Featured image There’s something about Hillary. Whatever it is, it’s way different from that something about Mary. It might have something do with her health. It might have something to do with her continuing struggle to impersonate an authentic human being. She may have lost her true self somewhere along the way. Whatever it is, it is apparent in the video address she delivered on Wednesday to the Laborers’ International Union of »

Triumph of the witless

Featured image In the video below (warning: adult language) characters who are advertised as “the world’s biggest celebrities” (don’t ask me) urge those who take their cues from morons to “save the day” (November 8) to vote against Donald Trump. The death of Leni Riefenstahl has clearly left a great void. The artistry behind this particular video does not exactly incite a passion to join the crowd or celebrate the triumph of »

The fire last time

Featured image The aggravation of racial tensions has proved to be a leading feature of the Age of Obama. The protests/riots/lawlessness in Charlotte last night are illustrative. The Charlotte Observer covers them today here and here. Drudge links to a video of a racist assault posted on Twitter here. Who will speak out against the civic dissolution? I thought it might be worth revisiting what I wrote in November 2014 with respect »

Obama bestrides the narrow world

Featured image President Obama is the devotee of an incredibly delusional and destructive ideology, and he is also a very small man. I believe him to be the smallest man ever to occupy the office of the president, though I may be overlooking some nineteenth century president whom I don’t know sufficiently well. Obama put his ideological claptrap, his arrogance, his pettiness and his vanity prominently on display yesterday in his final »

At the birth of birtherism

Featured image Sidney Blumenthal is one of Hillary Clinton’s closest confidants. His leading quality is reflected in the well-earned moniker Sid Vicious, though his viciousness is reflected most acutely in his lies. Students of ancient history may recall Blumenthal’s dramatic flood of lies about his appearance before a grand jury investigating Clinton scandals in 1998. As reported by the New York Times, Blumenthal emerged from the private grand jury proceedings to attack »

“Minnesota man” strikes in St. Cloud

Featured image When the United States Attorney for Minnesota brought the case against Somali Minnesotans with seeking to wage jihad with ISIS in Syria last year, headlines around the country reported the filing of terrorism charges against “Minnesota men.” I’ve drawn on the “Minnesota men” euphemism for three Weekly Standard articles about the case and now for the online column “A ‘Minnesota man’ strikes in St. Cloud.” I have been grateful for »

The Post drops into St. Cloud

Featured image The Washington Post’s Abigail Hauslohner and Drew Harrell profile St. Cloud slasher Dahir Adan. The profile derives from Hauslohner’s second trip to Minnesota this year; this past May she attended the first three days of the trial of Minnesota’s Somali terrorist wannabes in Minneapolis. Hauslohner persevered through jury selection and opening statements and the opening of the government’s case during the first week of the terrorism trial. Then she headed »