Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Leo Baeck, Berlin, 1935

Featured image Jews begin the observance of Yom Kippur at sundown tonight with the Kol Nidre prayer service. A couple of years ago a Christian friend asked to join us at the service we attend. During the service she pointed in our prayer book to an adaptation of the prayer composed by the reformist German Rabbi Leo Baeck for delivery in German synagogues during the Kol Nidre service on October 10, 1935. »

A right to make a fool of himself

Featured image The controversy over the NFL’s indulgence of players protesting the national anthem might be treated as a time to learn. One might learn something from Heather Mac Donald about the mythology underlying Colin Kaepernick’s protest “against the incredible number of unarmed black people being killed by the police.” In Kaepernick’s honor, I say that one deserved a high Colinic flush. Instead it metastasized with the invaluable assistance of Barack Obama »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll pays tribute to NANCY PELOSI: HOMESPUN PHILOSOPHER. She writes: I suppose it is a matter of opinion whether or not it is constitutionally permitted to engage in Nancy Pelosi’s infamous shouting of “Wolf!” in a crowded theatre. Personally, I believe it is, although it may hinge on how the Wolf chooses to be addressed. But I can promise you shouting “Wolf” or “Javelina” or “Gnu” is unappreciated once »

Steve Scalise returns

Featured image Hunting Republicans, deranged leftist James Hodgkinson seriously wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at the congressional baseball practice this past June. Rep. Scalise arrived at the hospital having lost so much blood he was in imminent risk of death. He survived major surgeries in critical condition. He defied the odds to make an emotional return to Congress this morning. The Washington Post has a good account here. The »

Stranger in a strange land [with comment by Paul]

Featured image On Tuesday Roy Moore defeated Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican primary to run in the special election this December. The seat had been resigned by Jeff Sessions when he was confirmed to the position of Attorney General. Strange was appointed by then Governor Robert Bentley to serve in the position until the special election. The only suspense involved in the outcome of the primary was whether Strange would come »

Omri Ceren: Decertification approaches

Featured image Omri Ceren writes to comment on the Reuters story by Francois Murphy reporting that “IAEA chief calls for clarity on disputed section of Iran nuclear deal.” Omri’s commentary on the story — please check it out — should serve as a preview of coming attractions. He writes: This is pretty close to game over on certification. Condition 1 of Corker-Cardin requires the president to certify “Iran is transparently, verifiably, and »

How Obama funds the anti-Trump resistance

Featured image Last month the New York Post reported that Attorney General Sessions was reviewing a highly developed form of corruption of the Obama administration’s Department of Justice. The Post report followed up on Ian Mason’s exclusive for Breitbart. Mason’s account made clear that Attorney General Sessions has already ordered a halt to the practice going forward — Mason posted the Attorney General’s June 5 memo on Scribd. The Post report emphasized »

If you liked Ike

Featured image Dwight Eisenhower was one of the greatest Americans of the twentieth century. As Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, he led the United States to victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. As president of the United States, he presided over a period of normalcy and peace with many accomplishments that benefited the country. A memorial is to be erected on the mall in Washington, DC, in his honor. »

Ken Burns’s “The Vietnam War”

Featured image Mark Moyar is the historian and author of Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War 1954-1965, the revisionist history of the Vietnam war as well as other important books. Mark is director of the Project on Military and Diplomatic History at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). There is no one whose opinion of the 10-part, 18-hour PBS documentary history of the war by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick I »

Obama’s lying quartet

Featured image “Rarely has an intelligence apparatus engaged in systematic lying—and chronic deceit about its lying—both during and even after its tenure,” writes Victor Davis Hanson. “Yet the Obama Administration’s four top security and intelligence officials time and again engaged in untruth, as if peddling lies was part of their job descriptions.” In his column “A lying quartet,” Dr. Hanson indicts Susan Rice, James Comey, John Brennan and James Clapper for lying »

Brothers in arms

Featured image On Saturday the Wall Street Journal published Michael Phillips’s devastatingly sad story about twin brothers Chris and Mike Goski. Both served with distinction in the armed forces following 9/11. Michael’s story is “Brothers in arms.” While the story is behind the Journal’s paywall, it is accompanied by an embeddable video with the following preface: Chris Goski was born on May 1, 1981. His twin brother Mike followed a few minutes »

Steeler alone [with comment by Paul]

Featured image The right to free speech is under serious threat in the United States — on campus and wherever else leftist opinion holds sway. Yet somehow the NFL players’ putative right to disrespect the national anthem has been turned into the crisis du jour. Yesterday the players’ putative right was transformed into a mass movement. Indeed, the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team remained in the locker room during the anthem, with the »

Mueller’s case

Featured image Andrew McCarthy devotes his weekly NRO column to the unlimited mandate and uninhibited prosecutorial tactics of Robert Mueller. The column is “Mueller scorches the earth.” Reviewing the proceedings to date, Andy writes: You are forgiven if you can recall only vaguely that supposition about Trump-campaign collusion in Russian espionage against the 2016 election was the actual explanation for Mueller’s appointment as special counsel. To the extent there was any explanation, »

Looking back at “Don’t Look Back”

Featured image On Thursday evening Turner Classic Movies played a set of rock documentaries including the TCM premiere of D.A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back (1967). As cinéma vérité, the film captures Bob Dylan on tour in England in 1965, where he had already become a pop star. It’s an entertaining film populated by intriguing characters, foremost among whom is Dylan himself, of course, but also Dylan’s manager, Albert Grossman, Dylan’s then girlfriend, »

What we’ve got here is failure to kommunicate

Featured image Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has issued her statement on President Trump’s nomination of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to the Eighth Circuit. There is a quality of unintentional self-parody to Senator Klobuchar’s statement. The statement reads like it might have been written by a staffer satirizing Senator Klobuchar’s public persona. This is the statement in its entirety: Justice Stras has served on the Minnesota Supreme Court for seven years. »

Minnesota cage match, 2017 edition (7)

Featured image When we checked in last week on the ongoing cage match between Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and the Republican-majority legislative bodies, the Minnesota Supreme Court had ordered the parties to mediation and the parties had filed memoranda on the Court’s authority to order continued funding. Governor Dayton has vetoed the legislature’s appropriation of operational funding in order to induce it to renegotiate the terms of the tax bill he himself »

Valerie Wilson’s war

Featured image Many of us who had long since forgotten Valerie Plame Wilson were not pleased to be reminded of her by means of her anti-Semitic stylings and related lies on Twitter yesterday, explored here by Paul Mirengoff. It was particularly unpleasing to be reminded of her in this fashion on Rosh Hashanah. Is there anything left to be said? I recommend Allahpundit’s Hot Air post and the explanatory context added by »