Author Archives: Scott Johnson

The ordeal of Bill Henck

Featured image The IRS is at the center of the deepest scandals of the Obama administration. Bill Henck has given us a look from his perspective inside the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel, where he has worked as an attorney for 29 years. In 2014 we posted Bill’s personal account of a retaliatory audit conducted by the IRS against him in “Inside the IRS.” We followed up with subsequent posts by »

Obama to police: Confess

Featured image The Media Research Center’s Craig Bannister picks up President Obama’s telling remarks a week ago Sunday following a meeting with Spain’s Prime Minister Rajoy. The White House has posted the text of their remarks here. In the relevant exchange, President Obama toes the line of his friends in the Black Lives Matter movement and advises the police to confess to their alleged racist wrongdoing. The reporter ask Obamas: “[A]s you »

From the Trump National Doral

Featured image I’m taking a sort of working vacation at the Pritikn Health Resort & Spa in Miami. My theory was that the “working” part would come in Pritikin’s location at the Trump National Doral Miami; Pritikin leases part of the propety from the Trump National Doral. My thought was that I would scout out the property to see what we could learn about Mr. Trump. At my physical this morning, I »

The fire this time

Featured image Prsident Obama’s brief statement on the murder of Baton Rouge police officers was formulaic and annoyed (video below). When it comes to lamenting crimes against law enforcement, which he has done so much to foment and abet, Obama doesn’t have his heart in it. He prefers to lecture us on the alleged racism of the criminal justice system in the “inflammatory rhetoric” and “careless accusations” he purported to condemn. Even »

The war on cops: A short course

Featured image Just before the publication of her book The War On Cops — the book of the moment if not the year — Heather Mac Donald gave a lecture on its themes at Hilldale College. In her lecture Heather violates all the reigning taboos that inhibit honest dsicussion of the subject. In the war on cops, as in so much else affecting the health of our republic, President Obama is on »

The Obama factor: Last round

Featured image I didn’t mean to make this review of recent Obama statements a series. Events have been in the saddle and they have ridden me. I will of course continue to chronicle Obama’s “deep” thoughts. We will be living with their consequences for a long, long time to come, if we’re lucky, but I’m retiring this series with with this final note. Although Barack Obama is not a stupid man, he »

Coup’s next

Featured image Paul noted the attempted coup in Turkey last night. Reuters reports that forces loyal to Turkey’s government fought this morning to crush the last remnants of a military coup attempt which collapsed after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan’s call to take to the streets and dozens of rebels abandoned their tanks. In what appears to be a slightly more up to the minute account, the New York Times reports: “Turkey’s »

The Obama factor (9)

Featured image At a White House diplomatic corps reception yesterday afternoon that included France’s ambassador to the United States, President Obama spoke about the massacre in Nice. The White House has posted the text of his remarks. Obama’s remarks may be slightly more vacuous than yada yada. Referring to ISIS, he vowed that “we are going to destroy this vile terrorist organization.” Stirring words, followed by this: And in contrast to these »

Netanyahu in 2014: Terror will come to France

Featured image In a nearby post I explore President Obama’s attitude toward Islamic terrorism and its consequences. His attitude is superficially sophisticated and seriously misguided. Obama of course detests Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is in every way Obama’s better. Among other things, Netanyahu is rather more perceptive than Obama about the threats we face and how to deal with them. In the video clip below, he warns a French correspondent »

The Obama factor (8)

Featured image After the horrifying massacre in Nice last night we are at risk of misdirecting our anger. The perpetrator seems to be another in the line of those inspired by ISIS. ISIS must be destroyed. ISIS grew in Iraq in the vacuum that followed our withdrawal. Our withdrawal is attributable directly to the deepest wishes of President Obama. He was proud of it. It was nevertheless a mistake for which he »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has a few thoughts about THE LEAST INTERESTING THING. She writes: I am so sick of the fifty-year “conversation” (read: tedious harangue) on Race. But since Eric Holder called me a coward for failing to converse on race, let me weigh in. There will be three columns in a row on the subject. Is there anything LESS interesting about a person than his skin color? But this is »

The Obama factor (7)

Featured image With the country festering in racial hostility that he has done his best to aggravate, President Obama conducted a gabfest in the White House yesterday. “Obama called the meeting following the killing of five police officers in Dallas in a racially motivated sniper attack,” Jordan Fabian reports in The Hill. Obama made a statement after the gabfest adjourned. The White House has posted a transcript of his remarks under the »

Heather Mac Donald: Our legal order frays

Featured image Heather Mac Donald is the author of the book of the moment if not the year: The War On Cops: How the New Attack On Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe. This is the book’s chapter 11, “America’s Legal Order Begins to Fray.” Heather writes: “I’m deliberately not getting involved in things I would have in the 1990s and 2000s,” an emergency-services officer in New York City tells me. »

The Clinton factor [updated]

Featured image A knowledgeable reader and “longtime Power Line fan” writes to say that he has enjoyed our coverage of the Hillary email case. He thought we “might be interested in the perspective of someone inside the federal law enforcement community.” He has worked as a federal agent for 20 years and been involved in hundreds of criminal investigations. He has made dozens of arrests and held Top Secret/SCI clearance for a »

The Obama factor (6)

Featured image The White House has posted the full text of President Obama’s speech at the memorial service for the murdered Dallas police officers here. I hadn’t found it when I commented on the speech yesterday afternoon based on the video. I want to add this brief additional note. It’s much easier to read the speech than to watch it. Obama is so full of himself — so aware of himself performing »

The Obama factor (5)

Featured image President Obama spoke at the memorial service held in honor of the officers murdered in Dallas last week. The White House has posted the video and excerpts here. I’ve embedded the video immediately below. It’s about 40 minutes long. I’ll add a link to the full text when the White House posts it. [UPDATE: The full text of the speech has been posted here.] Campaigning for the presidency in 1968 »

The Obama factor (4)

Featured image President Obama is a proponent of the Black Lives Matter movement. He finds them a worthy ally in the “cause” (as he refers to it) of “fundamental transformation” of the criminal justice system. Obama promotes the lie of a racist system without pause or conscience. Heather Mac Donald asks: “[W]hat if the Black Lives Matter movement is based on fiction? Not just the fictional account of the 2014 police shooting »