Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll explains: WHY I AM BOYCOTTING THE OSCARS. She writes: Oh, mercy me! I realize that by now this is not breaking news but, evidently, black people have not garnered any nominations this go-round in the Oscars. Disaster! Black Awards Matter! It certainly could not possibly be that no individual black actor was outstanding enough in a good enough film to merit such acclaim in 2015. Oh, no. It’s »

Regrets, Clinton style

Featured image The mind-boggling story of Hillary’s Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct official business during her tenure as Secretary of State tells us over and over again why Clinton is unfit to hold any office involving public trust. She is oblivious to any interest but her own and unconstrained by any fidelity to facts. She lies with pathological abandon. Will she ever be held to account by a »

From the NAS

Featured image National Association of Scholars executive director Ashley Thorne writes to note that NAS has just published a long, formal statement by NAS president Peter Wood about academic and intellectual freedom. It runs close to 11,000 words and is the most extensive statement NAS has ever made on the subject. Ashley adds: This is a long-meditated response to the Black Lives Matter/cry-bully protests and the anemic responses of many college presidents »

On the email case

Featured image Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne of FOX News continue to advance the mind-boggling story of Hillary Clinton’s unsecured private email server for her official State Department business. In their latest report, Herridge and Browne note that the FBI is speaking with the intelligence agencies that generated the information. Herridge and Browne cite two intelligence sources described as “familiar with the probe” as their sources. The FBI agents are conducting interviews »

Milwaukee man charged

Featured image The FBI apprehended a 23-year-old “Milwaukee resident” Samy Hamzeh to prevent a planned incident of “gun violence” at the Masonic Temple. He was arrested on weapons charges. Mohamed is his middle name. He is a native Arabic speaker. Milwaukee’s WISN reports that he moved with his family from “Palestine” (give me a break) when he was 17. We can prevent such massacres if we’re lucky. As in the numerous cases »

Hillary for dummies

Featured image Jed Babbin steps back from the latest revelations in the continuing saga of Hilary Clinton’s unsecured private email server for her official State Department business to offer this useful introduction: To begin we have to recognize the obvious: that her private email system was set up for a corrupt purpose, namely to ensure that she had control over all the communications she sent or received as secretary of state. We »

CNN hosts the Dems

Featured image CNN hosted the Democratic presidential candidates for a friendly town hall forum at Drake University in Des Moines last night. Chris Cuomo served as the moderator as the candidates appeared in turn to answer questions from the audience. Cuomo’s chumminess with the candidates suggests that for CNN the event was all in the family. I would have suffered through it for Power Line readers, but I forgot about it, and »

Obama feels the Bern

Featured image Glenn Thrush interviewed President Obama in the White House for a Politico podcast. Thrush’s report is posted along with the audio here. You will probably want to miss it, but I enjoyed Obama’s take on Bernie Sanders: Bernie came in with the luxury of being a complete long shot and just letting loose,” he said. “I think Hillary came in with the both privilege — and burden — of being »

Full of Schiff

Featured image Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff is a smart fellow and a perfect spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s interests. Slippery and willing to say anything, he can add a vague threat of harm when he thinks the occasion calls for it. Yesterday Schiff appeared on FOX News Sunday for a segment with Senator James Lankford to discuss last week’s revelations about the information found on Hillary’s Clinton’s unsecured private server for her official »

How secret is it? (3)

Featured image It’s Sunday, so I didn’t expect to find any news advancing the mind-boggling story of Hillary Clinton’s homebrew email server. It was reported last year that Clinton’s top aides were included in the investigation. In today’s New York Post, Paul Sperry adds a twist to the latest reports concerning the highly classified information found on Clinton’s insecure private email arrangement as Secretary of State; this twist involves Clinton’s top aides »

The Matthews miasma

Featured image Chris Matthews opened Hardball last night with an extended discussion of National Review’s editorial and symposium Against Trump. The NR cover flags the editorial by “The Editors” followed by the names of 22 conservative contributors. As the screen flashed a graphic of the cover, Matthews described the contributors as “22 hastily deputized editors.” Matthews seemed not to understand that the cover advertised the editors’ unsigned editorial opposition to Trump along »

How secret is it? (2)

Featured image Catherine Herridge adds to her reports on the highly classified information on Hillary Clinton’s homebrew email server. In her latest report, Herridge notes: At least one of the emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server contained extremely sensitive information identified by an intelligence agency as “HCS-O,” which is the code used for reporting on human intelligence sources in ongoing operations, according to two sources not authorized to speak on the record. »

Reliving “13 Hours”

Featured image Daniel Henninger devotes his weekly Wall Street Journal column to 13 Hours. The column is “’13 Hours': It’s political” (accessible here via Google, I hope). Henninger’s column marks an important contribution to the discussion. Among other things, Henninger writes: The movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” opened last week, and the cold-water machines have been hosing it. No one cares about Benghazi anymore, the conventional sniffing goes, because »

How secret is it?

Featured image The new report by Catherine Herridge on Hillary Clinton’s homebrew email server sounds like the set-up to a joke. As to the emails housed on Clinton’s server: how secret were they? They were so secret “that senior lawmakers who oversee the State Department cannot read them without fulfilling additional security requirements[.]” This is a variation of the joke in Ken Dilanian’s NBC News report on the Intelligence Community Inspector General’s »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll calls this one THE UGLY AMERICAN (Revisited). She writes: Being of late, late middle age, I am old enough to remember when a whole best-selling book was written talking about what crude, rude, fat, loud, insensitive slobs we Americans were when we traveled internationally. Why, we expected the countries we were visiting to speak some English!! Quelle gauche! Then, we had an invasion of several tens of millions »

Fallon’s fallacies

Featured image Earlier this week Catherine Herridge reported the findings conveyed in the letter dated January 14 sent by Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough III to the chairmen of the congressional committees with oversight responsibility. McCullough’s letter summarized the findings of one unidentified intelligence agency concerning information found in emails on Hillary Clinton’s homebrew server. According to the unidentified intelligence agency, “several dozen” classified emails on Clinton’s server included information classified »

The confirmation of Wilhelmina Wright

Featured image The Senate confirmed Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Wilhelmina (Mimi) Wright as a Minnesota federal district court judge on Tuesday. Heritage Action announced that it opposed her confirmation and that it was important enough that it was scoring the vote on her confirmation as a key vote. Several conservative outlets more or less protested her pending confirmation in advance of the vote. Most Republican Senators voted against her confirmation. If I »