Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Don’t disrupt this!

Featured image The Twin Cities Marathon is a spectacular event. It is scheduled in early fall, soon enough to catch the trees changing colors. The course is spectacular (map here), taking runners from downtown Minneapolis around Minneapolis’s lakes, down the Mississippi river, across the river into St. Paul, down St. Paul’s most beautiful street, ending at St. Paul’s Capitol Grounds. The Marathon promoters brag that it is “the most beautiful urban marathon »

Ralph Peters explains

Featured image Vladimir Putin is humiliating the United States of America and undermining our national security interests in the Middle East and elsewhere. Like everyone else on the world stage, Putin has Obama sized up perfectly, and he’s in a good position to do something about it. Putin doesn’t have a strong hand, but it’s strong enough to exploit the weakness that Obama projects. Obama’s spokesmen are left to perform public relations »

Disrupt this

Featured image The Black Lives Matters crowd is opening a new front in the war on racism this weekend in St. Paul. The local crew has announced its intent to disrupt the Twin Cities marathon on Sunday. The Star Tribune reports the story on page one in “Black Lives Matters marathon protest stirs fears, spurs backlash.” I hear that in journalism school they teach reporters to cover the the who, what, when, »

Putin to Obama: Kiss my…

Featured image It was the cover the New York Daily News that condensed President Ford’s denial of federal aid to New York City in the classic headline: FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD. Somewhat more fairly, but equally concisely, today’s Daily News cover condenses the action at the United Nations yesterday between Presidents Obama and Putin. It’s a sort of PUTIN TO OBAMA moment. Cameron Joseph’s cover story is here. Like everyone else »

Orbán’s nerve

Featured image Viktor Orbán is the Prime Minister of Hungary and the president of the national conservative ruling party Fidesz. During Europe’s current immigration crisis Orbán has been the victim of a negative portrayal in the press as Hungary has sought to protect its borders. This past week Orbán reported on the crisis to the Hungarian Parliament. The video below (about 17 minutes) gives his speech with English subtitles. (You can turn »

Hillary, transparently (2)

Featured image I took a look at Hillary Clinton’s performance on Meet the Press this past Sunday here (video and transcript are posted at the link). Meet the Press host Chuck Todd carefully circumscribed the scope of his questions, avoiding anything that touched on Clinton’s exposure of classified information to hostile foreign governments on an insecure private server. Instead, Todd sought Clinton’s reassurance to Democrats that the “drip, drip, drip” would stop. »

Doomed to failure, cont’d

Featured image President Obama spoke before the United Nations General Assembly today (video below, transcript here). The video runs about 43 minutes. Listening to it, I would have estimated a Castroite 4 hours and 43 minutes. It is excruciating. The tone is professorial, patronizing, obnoxious, and unmanly. Obama challenged, and was followed by, Vladimir Putin. Putting the merits of their presentations to one side, the contrast was not to Obama’s advantage. At »

Hillary, transparently

Featured image Yesterday on Meet the Press Madam Hillary answered questions put to her by Chuck Todd about her private email arrangement as Secretary of State. The video is below (12 minutes, transcript here, NBC News story here). Todd didn’t ask her a single question about the classified information that passed through her insecure account. Rather, he sought her reassurance to Democrats that the “drip, drip, drip” would come to an end. »

Big Dog barks

Featured image The era of quiet Bill Clinton is over. The Big Dog has emerged from a brief period of verbal dormancy to do for Madam Hillary in connection with her email scandal what Madam Hillary did for him in connection with the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Mr. Bill all but declares the scandal related to the Mrs.’s private, insecure email setup for her official business as Secretary of State to be the »

Live from Council Bluffs, it’s John Kasich

Featured image Nebraska attorney David Begley continues his series of reports on appearances of the presidential candidates in Iowa for us. Yesterday Dave attended the appearance of Ohio Governor John Kasich in Council Bluffs, Iowa: Why would Power Line readers be interested in John Kasich? In the first place he has decent poll numbers. The Real Clear Politics average has him at 10 percent or fourth in New Hampshire. Nationally, Bloomberg has »

Unwiped (3)

Featured image The AP reports: The Obama administration has discovered a chain of emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton failed to turn over when she provided what she said was the full record of work-related correspondence as secretary of state, officials told The Associated Press Friday, adding to the growing questions related to the Democratic presidential front-runner’s unusual usage of a private email account and server while in government. The messages were exchanged »

Clearing my spindle, Syria edition

Featured image The withdrawal of the United States from Iraq and points elsewhere around the Middle East has created a vacuum that has been filled by forces hostile to the United States. Syria is representative. ISIS has moved into Syria from Iraq. Iran and Hezbollah have both moved into Syria to defend the Assad regime from ISIS. The Obama administration has taken a sort of Stalinist tack. Obama has concentrated on building »

Hillary’s head injury [corrected & updated]

Featured image In July Madam Hillary released a physician’s letter declaring her in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president. TPM has posted the letter here. The physician’s letter addresses the resolution of issues related to what is described as the concussion Clinton sustained in 2012. A reader writes to explore the issues based on his professional experience: I wanted to bring an issue to your attention. I am an »

Withheld and indexed

Featured image In her weekly Wall Street Journal column Kim Strassel takes a look at what the Freedom of Information Act has helped to unearth in the litigation brought by Citizens United and others against the State Department. Courtesy of the Vaughn Index produced to justify the withholding of some emails by the State Department, Strassel gives us a tantalizing glimpse of the confluence of forces on Madam Hillary at work: Of »

Unwiped (2)

Featured image In this morning’s New York Times Eric Lipton and Michael Schmidt have a tardy, delicately phrased, and wary story about Madam Hillary’s private server/email arrangement as Secretary of State. Their story is “Hillary Clinton email inquiry weighs if aides erred at ‘send.” Lipton and Schmidt are very late addressing certain legal implications of national security issues raised by the arrangement. In this story, Lipton and Schmidt consider the problems Madam »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll explains: WHY I LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC. She writes: There is a biopic about the eccentric jazz genius Thelonius Monk called “Straight, No Chaser.” I saw it years ago. In one scene that made a vivid impression on me, some snotty, self-absorbed “journalist” whose name I didn’t catch – who cares? — is interviewing Mr. Monk and asks him what kind of music he likes. Monk says, “I like »

When Wyler came back

Featured image This past Tuesday evening Turner Classic Movies put the World War II work of William Wyler in its September Spotlight. Wyler is one of the directors starring in Mark Harris’s Five Came Back on the great Hollywood directors who contributed their services to the war effort. Harris’s book is a deeply researched work of popular narrative history. If there is a bloody crossroads at which art and politics meet, Harris »