Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll charts her recovery from injury in HEALING GRACE. She writes: Everyone knows how I’m voting; there is no one left to convince, and I am heartsick of politics. So before this election makes me mentally ill enough to be hired by the Democrats as a Trump Rally Disrupter, how about a welcome change of subject? Many of you were very kind in wishing me a speedy recovery in »

Not rigged, thrown: Bill Campenni comments

Featured image William Campenni served in the Texas Air National Guard with George W. Bush. We got to know him in connection with Rathergate. He is an eloquent and knowledgeable commenter on politics and public affairs, as in his Amereican Thinker column “Nothing in common.” Bill writes to take issuue with my post this morning, though I think his comments complement what I had to say. Bill writes: Let me tell you »

Not rigged, thrown

Featured image Donald Trump’s allegations that the election is “rigged” constitute a motif in the closing days of his presidential campaign. The theme emerged last night in his refusal to acknowledge he would concede the election when he loses. I find Trump’s allegation of the rigging of the election bizarre. It advertises his understanding that he will lose the election. He disclaims responsibility for the loss in advance, but there it is, »

Brazile breaks it down

Featured image You had to hang in there after the debate to catch last night’s highlight — Megyn Kelly’s interview of Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile. Kelly asked Brazile about the Project Veritas video showing frequent White House visitor Robert Creamer explaining the role he played inciting violence at Trump rallies on behalf of the DNC and the Clinton campaign. The video of Kelly interviewing Brazile following the debate is below. »

The Rosenberg File, 60 Minutes style (3)

Featured image When I posted part 2 in this series yesterday morning, I did not have a comment from the prominent historian John Earl Haynes on the Rosenberg spy case story broadcast on 60 Minutes this past Sunday evening. Dr. Haynes added his comment in the responses to the post. Dr. Haynes is the co-author with Harvey Klehr of the most important books on the history of American Communism that either didn’t »

The case of Patrick Kennedy

Featured image There is a whole lot of lyin’ goin’ on in the matter of Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy and the quid pro quo discussed in the latest batch of FBI 302s released in the Clinton email investigation, such as it was. The lyin’ makes it difficult to see through fog. At the Weekly Standard, Steve Hayes lucidly explains it all and concludes with a glimpse of the Liar-in-Chief speaking »

The case of General Cartwright

Featured image The FBI and the Department of Justice seem to think that they have restored some of the credibility they lost giving Hillary Clinton a pass in the Clinton email investigation. They think they have helped themselves by investigating former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman General James E. Cartwright (President Obama’s favorite general) and securing a guilty plea from him for making false statements to the FBI »

A preview of coming attractions

Featured image You may have missed the news that a DNC/Clinton campaign bus was caught yesterday in the act of unloading the contents its sanitary system on the side of the street in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The local CBS News affiliate reported on the incident in the video below. Since the television report aired yesterday, the DNC has issued an apology. They call it “an honest mistake.” They explained: “We were unaware of »

Howard Dean can’t keep up either

Featured image John was up late last night reporting on the latest disclosures in the Clinton email scandal and related matters for Power Line readers (here, here and here). It’s almost impossible to keep up with the evidence of Clinton misconduct, wrongdoing and illegality that continues to emerge. It is overwhelming. Are you feeling run down trying to keep up with the news? Have you found it impossible to absorb the revelations? »

The Rosenberg File, 60 Minutes style (2)

Featured image This past Sunday 60 Minutes presented the Rosenberg spy case for dummies — i.e., for viewers with no knowledge of the ancient history it purported to relate. As John Schindler explains, the 60 Minutes story is deficient in critical respects. In February 2015 C-SPAN recorded an outstanding panel at the National Archives including John Earl Haynes, Ronald Radosh, Steven Usdin, Allen Hornblum and Mark Kramer discussing the case. Collectively, these »

The Rosenberg File, 60 Minutes style (1)

Featured image 60 Minutes broadcast its review of the Rosenberg spy case this past Sunday in “The brothers Rosenberg” (the brothers being Michael and Robert Meeeropol). In the hands of 60 Minutes and reporter Anderson Cooper, the case becomes a sob story starring the surviving children of the American leader of a network of Communist spies who sought to facilitate Stalin’s development of atomic weapons. John Schindler exposes the 60 Minutes story’s »

CNN explains some more

Featured image As I say in this nearby post, if one is capable of achieving detachment, the media can become major contributors to such enjoyment as may be had of this election. As Henny Youngman might have put it, take CNN — please. The big thinkers at CNN are on a roll. In the video below, CNN media correspondent and Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter blames “overheated rhetoric” — of which Donald »

CNN explains

Featured image I remain in the relax and enjoy it phase of the Trump campaign. If one is capable of achieving detachment, the media can become major contributors to the enjoyment. As Henny Youngman might have put it, take CNN — please. This past Wednesday CNN’s Chris Cuomo advised viewers that it is illegal for them to possess emails leaked by the website WikiLeaks, so we must rely on our betters at »

Analyze this

Featured image In her weekly Wall Street Journal column Kim Strassel draws on the emails released last week by WikiLeaks for the illumination they cast on the proliferating Clinton scandals. Executive summary: “a devastating case against a Clinton presidency.” Where to begin? Start with a June 2015 email to Clinton staffers from Erika Rottenberg, the former general counsel of LinkedIn. Ms. Rottenberg wrote that none of the attorneys in her circle of »

When Houthis attack

Featured image Like so many other regimes around the world, that of the Islamic Republic of Iran has President Obama sized up as a patsy. Its Houthi minions in Yemen fired on the United States Navy destroyer USS Mason twice while the ship was patrolling the Red Sea. After the second attack we fired off an ever so proportionate response last week. According to this NBC News report, the Mason was fired »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image If the Nobel Prize for Literature is to recognize literary merit, I regret that Philip Roth has not received the award. He has deserved it for a long time. In the course of a long career John Updike distinguished himself in every literary form without ever winning the recognition of the award. His disappointment was refracted through satire in one of his lesser stories about Henry Bech, his fictional alter »

Tuberculosis comes to Minnesota

Featured image Whatever happened to tuberculosis? I remember being tested for it in grade school in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. I remember reading about it in The Magic Mountain in college. It’s been a long time since I worried about it. The CDC reviews trends in tuberculosis in this fact sheet. Doing the work that the Star Tribune won’t do, Michael Patrick Leahy reviews the Minnesota Department of Health study »