Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Moon River

Featured image It’s still the anniversary of the birth of Johnny Mercer. The late, great Nancy Lamott devoted a magnificent disc to Mercer’s songs. She died way before her time in 1995 at the age of 43, on the cusp of fame. Terry Teachout introduced me to Lamott in a moving profile of her in the New York Times; he subsequently described her as “the best cabaret singer I ever heard[.]“ I »

Teach liberals not to hate

Featured image Glenn Reynolds has been having a field day at InstaPundit with his “Teach women not to rape” series. Why should Glenn have all the fun? It occurs to me that the devotees of the philosophy of kindness deserve a comparable series calling on them not to hate: to learn or relearn civility. I know, I know. Mission: impossible. Hate has somehow become the motive force of the purported devotees of »

#Grubergate for dummies

Featured image What is Grubergate all about? It’s about more than Gruber’s obnoxious account of the passage of Obamacare, an account that exposes the illegitimacy of the law’s enactment. It is about more than the corruption through which he has profited handsomely in selling the law. It is about more than the sewage intended for the consumption of the American public that he pumped out for distribution by the White House, by »

CRB: I feel your pain

Featured image If I were to name three books of the year for conservatives, one of them would surely be The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion, by William Voegeli. I contributed a blurb with my assessment of the book that I posted in “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Compassion?” I posted Bill’s account of the book in “A word from the author.” Bill’s previous book was Never »

Midnight Sun

Featured image Today is the anniversary of the birth of Johnny Mercer. With the publication of The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer during the centennial of his birth in 2009, Mercer’s place in the pantheon of artists responsible for the great American songbook was newly secured. Mercer was an utterly brilliant lyricist. Among the more than 1,000 songs for which Mercer is known to have written the lyrics are “That Old Black »

Jonny, I knew ye well enough to steal liberally from ye

Featured image In the latest video to emerge from the crazy, mixed-up video files of Jonathan Gruber, President Obama’s attempt to distance himself from the obnoxious godfather of Obamacare meets a new challenge deriving from a 2006 flashback. In this golden oldie, Barack Obama pays tribute to the man who (video below)… The Washington Free Beacon reports: During a Brookings Institution panel in April 2006, then-Sen. Barack Obama claimed he had “stolen” »

Don’t tell ‘em (Obamacare version)

Featured image If Steve Hayward were available, he would say something like this: Oh, yeah, you knew this was coming. Our hero Remy Munasifi and our pals at Reason TV are out this morning with a short video that gives jaunty musical life to the deep thoughts surfaced in the Grubergate videos. This one is “Don’t tell ‘em (Obamacare version)” (video below). In that Steve is temporarily unavailable, I will say it »

Another nondenominational beheading [With Comment by John]

Featured image You undoubtedly have read about the beheading of the American Peter Kassig by the devotees of the Islamic State as featured in yet another high-definition IS video. The beheading has been widely reported in the media. The victim has been identified widely in the media reports under his given name of Peter Kassig, as in this Los Angeles Times article, to choose just one such report at random. Conforming to »

The spike, Obamacare edition

Featured image I hadn’t heard of Fox Business News anchor Melissa Francis before she devoted a segment to the Obamacare spike she experienced while working for CNBC during the Obamacare debates of 2009-2010. She reports that she was ordered by CNBC management to avoid criticism of the mystical math of Obamacare in deference to respect for the president. The video below excerpts her introductory personal account from the larger segment. Could Francis’s »

CRB: Bridge to nowhere

Featured image Our friends at the Claremont Review of Books (subscribe here for $19.95 and get immediate online access thrown in for free) have given us a look at an advance copy of the Fall 2014 issue, scheduled for release later this week. I read my favorite magazines — National Review, the Weekly Standard, Commentary and the New Criterion — front to back, because (next to the books themselves) I most enjoy »

End of the cruise

Featured image I’m at the Fort Lauderdale airport waiting to catch a plane to go home from the National Review 2014 post-election Caribbean cruise. In the festive afterglow of the midterms, the stops in Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten were but interruptions in the impressive programming. Starring Rich Lowry, Jay Nordlinger, Jonah Goldberg, Kevin Williamson, John Podhoretz, Mona Charen, Andy McCarthy, John Yoo, Allen West, Bing West, Michael Walsh and a »

How’d Hillary do?

Featured image Don Surber has an entertaining if wildly overoptimistic take on the midterm elections. Of most interest to me, however, is his contribution to answering the question I left hanging in my 13 notes on the morning after: how many competitive races in which Bill and Hillary Clinton stumped did their candidates win? Surber writes: “Hillary Clinton was about as effective as Pat Nixon on the campaign trail. Her candidates lost »

Grubinations, White House edition

Featured image Is Jonathan Gruber more obnoxious than shameless? It’s hard to tell. Both qualities have made him a fitting spokesman for Obamacare; he gives us perfection in the art. His is the appropriate face of the the Democratic Party in the Age of Obama. The Obama White House naturally found Gruber a useful spokesman on behalf of the purported virtues of Obamacare. Like Obama himself, he would say anything on its »

A word with the man who…

Featured image The RightScoop puts it this way: “This is a great interview [by] Pat and Stu [with] Richard Weinstein, the man who is responsible for bringing us the latest Gruber videos. He explains what sparked his interest in Gruber and how he was ignored by everyone (even by Glenn Beck and crew) when he was trying to draw attention a Gruber video earlier this year.” On a related note, Jeff Dunetz »

Clearing my spindle, NR edition

Featured image I have been catching up on the past three or four issues of National Review between breaks in the programming on the NR cruise. Yesterday’s stop in St. Maarten interrupted the excellent programming that is the main attraction of the cruise. When the programming resumed, it kicked off with a panel on feminism featuring NR roving correspondent Kevin Williamson and Christina Hoff Sommers responding to questions presented by Jay Nordlinger. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll addresses a subject I know a lot about: IMPERFECT ANGER MANAGEMENT. If I may say so, I feel her pain. She writes: A few weeks ago, the New York Times reported as “news” that the President was really angry, “seething”, to be precise, and let ‘er rip with his staff of designated liars, lickspittles, and sycophants. So with the Ocean-Lowerer as my mentor, I have decided to let »

Iranian fantasia

Featured image This past May the Times of Israel reported on a Persian-language animated video that depicts a nuclear attack on Israel. According to the Times of Israel article, the video is called “The Rachel Corrie Message 2: The Point of No Return” and it shows an Iranian reprisal for a failed Israeli nuclear attack on Iran. The Times of Israel article describes the video and provides some useful background. The wish »