Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Of Churchill and chumps

Featured image President Obama’s ignorance of Winston Churchill is monumental. It is such that at his first press conference in 2009 Obama could quote Churchill in support of Obama’s high-minded approach to war: “We don’t torture.” If you know anything, and I mean anything, about Churchill, however, you know Churchill never said any such thing. I made this point at the time in “Obama veers into the Daily Ditch.” Yesterday at his »

Prince’s case

Featured image Writing about Prince last night, I mentioned his omnivorous musical tastes. I barely scratched the surface, but wanted to suggest one of his most striking qualities. I had wanted to include Prince’s version of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” to illustrate my point, but couldn’t find a video with it posted on YouTube. Now we have this, rendered by Prince as “A Case of U,” of course: Something in »

Omri Ceren: Analyze this

Featured image Omri Ceren writes from The Israel Project with the latest development in our partnership with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Omri writes: Heavy water is a relatively rare form of water that is used to produce weapons-grade plutonium. The nuclear deal forbids Iran from stockpiling more than 130 tonnes of heavy water at any given time. But the Iranians have been overproducing. In February they violated the nuclear deal by »

Those darned “Minnesota men”

Featured image The case against four “Minnesota men” who sought to join ISIS is set for trial in Minneapolis before Judge Michael Davis on May 9. Judge Davis still has to decide pending severance motions that may affect the date in some of the cases, but trial approaches. Five of the “Minnesota men” have pleaded guilty. The government has a strong case against the four remaining defendants. The strength of the government’s »

Harvard’s disgrace

Featured image Harvard Law School has made itself complicit in the gross anti-Semitism of third-year student Husam El-Qoulaq, about whom John wrote here. One can only speculate why and the result is likely overdetermined in any event. The reasons converge in a shocking institutional disgrace. Harvard Law School is drinking deeply from El-Qoulaq’a Kool-Aid. Adam Kredo summarizes the law school’s acts, acts that I deem complicity: Harvard Law School is declining to »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll meditates on LIFE 4 DUMMIES. She writes: On my most recent trip from Arizona to Minnesota, circumstances were such that I had to beg a ride to the airport from our friend and neighbor, the Paranoid Texan. He graciously accommodated me, but he also had a previous time commitment. This meant that I had to go to the airport three hours before my flight. Which was fine with »

Prince dead at 57

Featured image Prince was a prodigiously gifted multi instrumental musician, performer and songwriter of omnivorous musical tastes. He took it all in, from Little Richard and Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone to Bob Dylan and the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix and Santana and Fleetwood Mac. He was without any doubt a one of a kind genius. Today he died way before his time at the age of 57. Prince was a hometown »

Omri Ceren: Dollarizing Iran (2)

Featured image On Tuesday Eli Lake reported on the State Department’s letter to the governors of all 50 states as well as some local officials asking them to reconsider any laws on the books that called for divesting state funds from businesses interacting with Iran’s economy, or laws that would deny contracts to companies that do business with Iran. Following up on Lake’s report, Seth Lipsky noted that the “delicate wording — »

Not funny

Featured image Liberty Maniacs is a Minnesota company that features politically inspired apparel and merchandise. I may have to take a road trip and meet up with the principals. They seem to have a good thing going. I love the Trump t-shirt that takes off on Milton Glaser’s classic portrait of Bob Dylan with psychedelic hair. I think I have to have one of these before they become a collector’s item. Liberty »

After last night

Featured image After Donald Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s victories in their respective party primaries last night, they appear the likely nominees of their parties. Clinton certainly is, Trump uncertainly. It’s not exactly an inspiring prospect. The Clintons will never go away. With their gargantuan corruption, habitual lying, and leftist proclivities, they mark their territory with an indelible stain. While Bill Clinton entered the White House a lowlife rogue, Hillary will enter as »

A New York state of mind

Featured image Michael Barone anticipates the result of today’s New York primary in his column “New York exceptionalism and Donald Trump.” Barone seeks to capture the New York state of mind that Trump represents. It’s a characteristically excellent Barone column. I’ve been thinking about the New York state of mind while reading Lynne Olson’s Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941. I recommend the book unreservedly. »

Aspects of the rot

Featured image Victor Davis Hanson captures important aspects of the latter days of the Obama administration in his PJ Media column “Sleeping dogs are waking.” Here he identifies a few signs of the racial mania that Obama has aggravated if not inspired: [T]he Obama era has reawakened ethnic chauvinism and multiculturalism in a way we have never quite seen before in recent American history. Who would have thought that in 2009, the »

A deep secret revisited

Featured image TaxProf Paul Caron excerpts the Wall Street Journal Law Blog’s post on Professor Richard Sander’s attempts to get the California state bar to cough up bar passage data by race. For some reason the powers that be have escaped scrutiny over the racial disparities that dog bar passage rates. Professor Sander’s long legal fight for the data is headed for trial. The authorities guard the relevant data more carefully than »

Who are you?

Featured image Are you a boy or are you a girl? Can you be whatever you say you are? We obviously need a Kantian Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Identity to address the issues roiling the left today. And if the issues are roiling the left, they are also roiling the rest of the country. The left will see to that. The Family Policy Institute of Washington visited the campus of the »

Islamophobia in one state (6)

Featured image In addition to the Twin Cities, Somali Muslim immigrants to Minnesota have settled in rural areas such as St. Cloud, Mankato and Willmar. Concern about the continuing waves of immigration from Somalia in particular is not confined to the Twin Cities. Thus Matt McKinney’s Star Tribune contribution to stifling discussion of the related issues in “Anti-Muslim speaking circuit runs through rural Minnesota.” McKinney’s piece is pitiful. It presents all related »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image Steve Katz came to town this past Thursday for an appearance at the St. Paul Jewish Community Center. Katz was a founding member of the Blues Project and of Blood, Sweat & Tears. I loved the Blues Project and the first, least commercial Blood, Sweat & Tears album. The world would be a better place without the last two BS&T albums, but all together they sold something like 30 million »

Fifth “Minnesota man” pleads guilty

Featured image Adnan Farah is one of the ten “Minnesota men” charged with supporting ISIS and related offenses last year. On Thursday he joined four of his co-conspirators pleading guilty under a deal offered by prosecutors. Under the deal, Farah pleaded guilty to providing material support and resources to ISIS and the prosecutors agreed to drop the remaining charges against him. Farah had originally rejected the deal at the urging of then »