Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Inside the IRS, part 5

Featured image William Henck has worked inside the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel as an attorney for over 26 years. We posted his personal account, including his testimony to a retaliatory audit conducted by the IRS against him, this past February in “Inside the IRS.” We followed up with subsequent posts including part 2, part 3, and part 4. Yesterday we learned that the IRS disseminated the following announcement by email: »

The terrible cost of thwarting Hamas

Featured image Times of Israel editor David Horovitz has just posted his column today on the state of the war with Hamas to this point. Here is one point you may not see advertised in our own media: The real battle is taking place in those Gaza border neighborhoods — Shejaiya, Beit Lahiya, Beit Hanoun and others — where thousands of Israeli solders are searching, house to house, for the tunnel entrances. »

Marie Harf explains

Featured image State Department spokesman Marie Harf makes me barf. Harf is the deputy to State Department spokesman Jen Psaki; Psaki makes me barf too, even though her name lacks the clue of the perfect rhyme. Together the two of them give the catastrophic foreign policy of the Obama administration a lighter than air, Valley Girl kind of twist. With them we can smile through the apocalypse. In the video below, Harf »

Friends of Hamas

Featured image Hamas has proved itself to be unusually isolated in its current war on Israel. The powers-that-be in Egypt, for example, have not lifted a finger to come to the assistance of Hamas. This all by itself proves the superiority of the Sissi regime to that of Morsi, but if one has a clue about the nature of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which both Morsi and Hamas emerged, this not exactly »

Hamas presents

Featured image The invaluable MEMRI supplies the subtitles for the video of Hamas at work underground; the video was recently broadcast on Al-Jazeera TV in Qatar and Al-Quds TV in Lebanon. In the footage, as Stuart Winer notes in the Times of Israel story on the video, heavily armed masked men in camouflage can be seen making their way through the narrow tunnels. The video’s narrator claims that they are on their »

“In a war for our home”

Featured image Times of Israel editor David Horovitz writes from Jerusalem this morning that this is his best effort to explain the Israel-Hamas war: “Hushed, determined Israel ‘in a war for our home’” (the internal quote is from Prime Minister Netanyahu’s press conference last night). David writes in the heart of his column: When Netanyahu said last night that Israel is in “a war for our home,” it sounded anything but demagogic. »

“Innocent civilians,” Hamas style

Featured image The invaluable MEMRI reports (footnotes omitted): In light of the recent round of fighting in Gaza, the Hamas interior ministry has issued guidelines to Gaza Strip social media users for reporting events and discussing them with outsiders. The ministry’s guidelines, which it is calling the “Be Aware – Social Media Activist Awareness Campaign,” were issued via an instructional video posted on its official website and via posters published on its »

George Will begs the question and blames America

Featured image Last year George Will wrote a disappointing column on the Obama administration’s interim deal with Iran. The problem with Will’s columns is its assumption that Iran can be contained/deterred. Will assumes without argument that doctrines of containment and deterrence are viable in the case of Iran; he assumes what is to be proved, i.e., he begs the question. Two fundamental problems undermine his assumptions. First, Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons »

Hot Tuna returns

Featured image Hot Tuna is/was Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the lead guitarist and bass player who broke off from the Jefferson Airplane in 1970 to pursue other interests, originally in acoustic blues. Their first album, recorded live in Berkeley, has been reissued in a deluxe two-disc format and sounds better than ever. The heart of the album consists of traditional blues songs with updated arrangements of numbers by Rev. Gary Davis, »

Hell of a Pinhead SecState [Updated With Video]

Featured image I’ll add the video when it is available, but for the moment I want to post this without further comment, as reported by the Washington Post’s Philip Bump regarding John Kerry’s interview by Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday this morning. Bump omits Wallace’s reference to the loss of 14 lives as a result of Israel’s operation in Gaza, as I recall the set-up, but gives us Kerry’s live reaction »

Borderline personalities

Featured image The 1969 movie Z by Costa-Gavras depicts the assassination of a popular Greek politician at a campaign rally and the investigation that followed it. The investigating magistrate serially interrogates buffoonish military officers who describe the assassin jumping out of the crowd, “lithe and fierce, like a tiger.” The identical description provided by each of the officers is a key to the unravelling of the assassination conspiracy in which they were »

From a Connecticut bookstore

Featured image Without a $300,000 speaking engagement to make on some public campus, Hillary Clinton resumed her book tour yesterday. She pulled in to R.J. Julia Booksellers, a small bookstore in Madison, Connecticut, where it is reported that “a mix of Hillary Clinton fanatics and local press crammed into a tiny room for a chance at catching a glimpse of the former First Lady, Senator, and most recently, Secretary of State, Hillary »

American Sniper on trial

Featured image Former WWF wrestler and Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura brought a lawsuit for defamation against Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL sharpshooter and coauthor of American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. The book was published on January 3, 2012, under the William Morrow imprint of HarperCollins. With a little help from Morrow’s publicity department, Kyle was featured on segments of the Today Show and the »

Say the wrong thing

Featured image We can count on President Obama not to do the right thing and to say the wrong thing. He treats our friends as enemies and our enemies as friends. He says the wrong thing when he would serve our interests by shutting up. He shuts up when saying the right thing would serve our interests. Earlier today United States Ambassador Dan Shapiro posted a readout of this morning’s call between »

The real war on women (and speech): Dick Durbin edition

Featured image According to an analysis conducted by Andrew Stiles for the Washington Free Beacon, women in the office of Senator Dick Durbin make 77 cents to each dollar earned by men. Using the sophisticated logic employed by the White House and other Democrats such as Durbin, this shows that Durbin himself is guilty of waging a war on women. Americas PAC has had the temerity to point this out in radio »

The real war on women

Featured image In the new book Assault and Flattery, Katie Pavlich argues that it is the Democratic Party and its allies on the left that wage the real war on women. Glenn Reynolds draws Pavlich out on the subject, reviewing the evidence from Teddy Kennedy to Hillary Clinton. Katie entertains as she instructs. This is an edifying edition of InstaVision all the way to the end, well worth the 15 minutes necessary »

Wisconsin schemin’

Featured image Don’t miss John’s post on the Democrats’ ongoing efforts to drive conservatives out of politics. Next door in Wisconsin we have an example in small of the Democrats’ skullduggery, combining the use of campaign finance regulation, a lawless witch hunt by partisan prosecutors conducting a John Doe investigation and the possible connivance of the state’s Government Accountability Board (i.e., the regulatory agency enforcing the state’s campaign finance law). The victims »