Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Stuff Hillary says

Featured image If you’re going to give yourself a break and skip el presidente‘s State of the Union address tonight, you may want to compensate for the break by punishing yourself with the Hillary highlights compiled by the Free Beacon’s David Rutz in the video below. My view is that we are obligated to suffer at least a little each day to earn our way out of the Age of Obama. If »

A backgrounder for Matt Apuzzo

Featured image New York Times reporter Matt Apuzzo joined the Times in 2012. He’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, but his article on the testimony of Condoleezza Rice at the trial of Jeffrey Sterling last week suggests he doesn’t know much about the Times. During her tenure as Secretary of State, Rice met with Times editors to persuade them not to publish James Risen’s draft article disclosing the highly classified CIA program »

Who killed Alberto Nisman?

Featured image Circumstantial evidence suggests that Alberto Nisman committed suicide at his Buenos Aires apartment on Sunday. Within Argentina, however, this circumstantial evidence has been treated with substantial skepticism. The New York Times conveys the suspicions in an article by Jonathan Gilbert and Simon Romero: “Puzzling death of a prosecutor grips Argentina.” Christopher Dickey’s Daily Beast article puts Nisman’s death in the context of the ongoing war between Israel and Iran. Next »

SOTU: You’re excused

Featured image Bill Kristol writes in his weekly email message to readers: Many of you have asked whether, as conscientious citizens, you have to watch President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday. The answer is no. In fact, you have my complete and unambiguous permission to skip it. You might want to tune in after the speech for Joni Ernst’s GOP response–if she does well maybe we’ll include her in the »

The lonesome death of Alberto Nisman

Featured image The BBC reports that Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead on Sunday. He was found in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to his head at his apartment in Buenos Aires. The BBC report notes that a gun and a cartridge shell were found next to Nisman’s body. The Times of Israel has more here and the Wall Street Journal has more here. One would infer from »

At the Sterling trial

Featured image Last week the government commenced its prosecution of former CIA official Jeffrey Sterling for violation of the Espionage Act. The government alleges that Sterling leaked the details of a program intended to undermine Iran’s nuclear program to New York Times reporter James Risen. The program was subject to a security classification indicating its extreme sensitivity. Sterling did not publicly disclose the details of the CIA program; he laundered them through »

The prophetic voice

Featured image When Martin Luther King, Jr., brought his nonviolent campaign against segregation to Bull Connor’s Birmingham, he laid siege to the bastion of Jim Crow. In Birmingham between 1957 and 1962, black homes and churches had been subjected to a series of horrific bombings intended to terrorize the community. In April 1963 King answered the call to bring his campaign to Birmingham. When King landed in jail on Good Friday for »

Obama’s donation, behind closed doors

Featured image Recent developments involving the Islamic Republic of Iran can fairly be characterized as grave. Iran has announced that it has begun construction on two more nuclear plants, and the authorities have imprisoned a Washington Post journalist on mysterious charges. Iran’s actions are provocative. The gravity of the regime’s provocation is compounded by the complacent attitude of President Obama and his administration. According to the State Department, the new nuclear reactors »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image Live From Daryl’s House originated online but is now carried by the Palladia cable channel. The show features Daryl Hall and his highly proficient band playing with various musical guests. The whole series, now running to more than 80 episodes, is archived online here. I love the series and thought some readers might find it of interest. For an excellent sample of what it has to offer, including the show’s »

If You Had a Friend

Featured image While James Taylor was serenading our French friends with “You’ve Got a Friend” yesterday, President Obama was holding a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron (video below). In his remarks Obama subtly alluded to the old Communist Pete Seeger’s progressive classic “If I Had a Hammer.” To understand the Obama administration — not that you need the help — James Taylor is a distraction; Pete Seeger is »

Rathergate ten years after

Featured image On Lincoln’s birthday — that’s February 12, for the young people out there — I will have the honor of giving the annual Patterson Lecture at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas. As I understand it, the Patterson Lecture is given by journalists and it is devoted to some aspect of journalism. I will be addressing “Rathergate ten years after.” I don’t think I’ll be speaking for more than 45 minutes »

Women without vaginas

Featured image C.S. Lewis decried “men without chests.” He coined the phrase in The Abolition of Man, still worth reading after all these years. Indeed, Bill Kristol harks back to Lewis in his current Weekly Standard editorial “Men with chests.” I wish Lewis were still around. He could update the book with a section on “women without vaginas.” He would introduce the analysis with a look at what happens when women become »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrlll returns just in time with JUST PLAIN FOLKS. She writes: The President is fond of invoking “The Folks” in his droning speeches. Now, in rural Minnesota, your “folks” are your parents. But he is referring to those “little” people who make up the once-vast middle class in America. The not-rich and unfamous. The God-fearing, gun-totin’ clingers. In other words, people he has never ever hung out with in »

The crazy revisited

Featured image John included the video of Jimmy Carter below in in his post “The good, the bad and the crazy.” John filed it under “the crazy.” I would go a little further; I think it qualifies as sick, bad and crazy all by itself. I want to add a comment by way of a footnote to John’s post. The interviewer is Marc Lamont Hill. If he does say so himself, “Dr. »

A word from Stephen Harper

Featured image Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was a no-show at the march in Paris on Sunday, and he is taking some heat for it at home. From where we sit, however, it is a matter of profound national shame and embarrassment that the Prime Minister of Canada makes the president of the United States and his crew sound like cretins. We don’t need Prime Minister Harper to make this out by »

Berns on Berrigan

Featured image I studied the writings of both Harry Jaffa and Walter Berns intently when I was in the process of abandoning liberalism and becoming conservative. I think I read just about everything each had published as of 1973. Fortunately for me, that included Jaffa’s great book on Lincoln, Crisis of the House Divided. I consumed Bern’s writings on the Constitution and the First Amendment, but I especially enjoyed Berns’s essay on »

Caldwell’s reflections, cont’d

Featured image After the murders in connection with the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Friday, I pulled down Christopher Caldwell’s Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West. It’s a highly quotable book; I quoted a paragraph from chapter 4 (“Fear masquerading as tolerance”) here. In chapter 5, the first in the section devoted to Islam, Caldwell notes that, up until the present generation, Europeans “have not »