Author Archives: Scott Johnson

From the desk of Bobby Jindal

Featured image The Wall Street Journal’s Notable and Quotable highlights an excerpt from the August 10 press release by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Governor Jindal entertains as he instructs: • I realize that the best way to make news is to mention Donald Trump. That’s the gold standard for making news these days. So, I’ve decided to randomly put his name into my remarks at various »

The government’s nonchalant response to Hillary’s security breaches, part three

Featured image Paul Mirengoff has written about the government’s nonchalant response to the serious security issues raised Madam Hillary’s private email/server here (part 1) and here (part 2). At last word the government has retrieved Clinton’s (wiped) server from Platte River Networks, the company she had entrusted to do her dirty work. But consider these wrinkles: Platte River Networks says it copied the server before wiping it — copies of the emails »

Live from Clear Lake: Dems on parade

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 the Democratic candidates at the party’s Wing Ding fundraiser in Clear Lake, Iowa. Above the break below Dave reports on the appearance of Madam Hillary, below the break on the appearances of Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley: I was deep undercover as I wore my »

The Ventura factor

Featured image I wrote about Donald Trump’s relationship with Jesse Ventura in “The Trump factor.” I think the relationship is illuminating and deserving of attention in a number of respects, including Trump’s discussion with Ventura late last year regarding the difficulties of a third-party presidential run. Now Ventura has made it clear that he is available and eager to join the Trump ticket as a vice presidential candidate. “I shocked my staff »

Fact vs. Theory: A special case

Featured image The ceiling collapsed during a performance at the famous Minneapolis rock venue First Avenue on Wednesday evening. Star Tribune rock critic Jon Bream and two other reporters covered the story of the ceiling collapse here. The story is no joke; the ceiling collapse sent three people to the hospital. Bream and his colleagues reported: A 30-foot-by-30-foot section gave way during a concert about 10 p.m., the Minneapolis Fire Department said. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll appears this week in the guise of CURMUDGEON GRRRLL. She writes: Even though I have been Ammo Grrrll for a couple of years now, for this week I am feeling a bit cranky and would like to be known as Curmudgeon Grrrll. And feelings – as we all know – are paramount. Especially for someone in a protected class of grievance-mongers, which, fortunately for me, includes women. In »

Our own Susan Canby

Featured image One of the funny scenes in the Beatles’ film A Hard Day’s Night comes when George Harrison finds himself consulting with supposed advertising guru Simon Marshall (video below): Simon Marshall: If you don’t cooperate, you won’t get to meet Susan. George: And who’s this Susan when she’s at home? Simon Marshall: Only Susan Canby, our resident teenager. George: Oh! You mean that posh bird who gets everything wrong? Simon Marshall: »

For the Iran deal

Featured image The Obama administration is using the August recess to promote the Iran deal. We have reviewed President Obama’s speech last week at American University. It is an unsavory speech by a president who is losing the argument in the court of public opinion. Obama himself has sunk to new depths to promote the deal. For the details, please see Lee Smith’s eloquent Tablet column on Obama’s invocation of Jewish scapegoats. »

Keep the bloody whatever flying

Featured image Trying to understand the Trump phenomenon, I find myself thinking back to Ross Perot’s third-party presidential campaign of 1992. Trump is sui generis and his campaign has so far been waged within the Republican Party. Yet I can’t help but hear echoes of Ross Perot in Trump’s campaign. I offer the a few casual thoughts in the spirit of inquiry. Like Trump, his claim to fame was his success as »

A word from Robert Bartlett

Featured image Veterans Against the Deal has released the video below featuring former Staff Sergeant Robert Bartlett. Bartlett sustained horrendous injuries courtesy of President Obama’s new friends among the powers-that-be in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Not surprisingly, he doesn’t think the deal is all it’s cracked up to be by President Obama. Funny — funny if you attend to the unsavory line peddled by the White House and its unsavory allies »

Bernie Sanders ignorance watch

Featured image Bernie Sanders has been retailing the hoary feminist myth that women make 77 (or 78) cents to the dollar earned by men as a result of some nefarious employment discrimination. Sanders has apparently made the claim part of his stump speech. As Steve points out in the adjacent post, Sanders puts it this way: “Men, stand with the women and demand pay equity. There is no defensible reason why women »

Hillary Top Secret

Featured image McClatchyDC reports: As pressure builds on Hillary Clinton to explain her official use of personal email while serving as secretary of state, she faced new complications Tuesday. It was disclosed her top aides are being drawn into a burgeoning federal inquiry and that two emails on her private account have been classified as “Top Secret.” The inspector general for the Intelligence Community notified senior members of Congress that two of »

Who you gonna believe?

Featured image Iranian officials have proved a valuable source of information about our interim and final deals with the regime. Now the invaluable MEMRI has compiled new information from Iranian sources on the background to these deals. MEMRI titles its compilation “Iranian Senior Officials Disclose Confidential Details From Nuclear Negotiations: Already In 2011 We Received Letter From U.S. Administration Recognizing Iran’s Right To Enrich Uranium.” The information (I use the word not »

Questions for our Supreme Leader

Featured image In a notorious passage of his disgusting speech at American University this past Wednesday, President Obama asserted: Just because Iranian hardliners chant “Death to America” does not mean that that’s what all Iranians believe. (Applause.) In fact, it’s those hardliners who are most comfortable with the status quo. It’s those hardliners chanting “Death to America” who have been most opposed to the deal. They’re making common cause with the Republican »

Ben Carson comes to Council Bluffs

Featured image Nebraska attorney Dave Begley has reported for us from Iowa on appearances by presidential candidates including Democrat/Socialist Bernie Sanders and Republican candidates Scott Walker and Carly Fiorina. As is evident from his report, Dave is Power Line reader who is representative of the kind of active conservative participating in Republican caucuses and (in Dave’e case) primaries. Dave has filed this report on the appearance of Republican candidate Ben Carson in »

An evil and ugly speech

Featured image This past Wednesday President Obama spoke at American University in support of the arrangement he has entered into with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The White House has posted the text of the speech here. Video of the speech is posted here on the White House site and here on YouTube. The setting and length of the speech mark it as major. The setting harks back to President Kennedy’s commencement »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image We’ve been taking an appreciative look back at songwriter Jimmy Webb, who celebrates his birthday this week. Webb is a winner of numerous Grammy awards and a member of the National Songwriters Hall of Fame. He first achieved fame as an incredibly precocious songwriter in the ’60s — the composer of the shlock epic “MacArthur Park” as well as of several hits for the Fifth Dimension and, perhaps most notably, »