Author Archives: Scott Johnson


Featured image Is it possible that Madam Hillary’s personal email was not successfully wiped from the server she has now “voluntarily” turned over to the FBI in connection with its investigation of no one in particular? Several media reports suggest that FBI has recovered at least some of the emails. The New York Times flatly states: “F.B.I. investigators have recovered work-related and personal emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton said had been deleted »

An epidemic of ignorance

Featured image A faithful reader writes from Halifax: “In our current federal election, marked by media hostility to the Conservative government at levels unprecedented in recent Canadian history, a leading candidate of the Opposition New Democratic Party (actually to the Left of Bernie Sanders) in Hamilton, Ontario has claimed that she’d never heard of Auschwitz. This after having made a tasteless joke about pictures [of Auschwitz]. Even worse she is the Vice-Chair »

WGN is sorry

Featured image Variety reports that WGN has apologized for its Nazified acknowledgement of Yom Kippur: Tribune Media’s flagship TV station WGN-TV Chicago has apologized for including an offensive image in a Tuesday night report on the Yom Kippur holiday. The station’s 9 p.m. newscast aired a report on the holiday, the day of atonement that is the holiest day of the year for Jews, that included an image of the star of »

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’re happy to have her joining us again tonight.) During the service she pointed in our prayer book to an adaptation of the prayer composed by the progressive German Rabbi Leo Baeck for delivery in German synagogues during the »

Netanyahu returns

Featured image I want to share this announcement from the American Enterprise Institute: American Enterprise Institute president Arthur C. Brooks announced today that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will receive the 2015 Irving Kristol Award on November 9, 2015, in Washington, DC. The annual award, AEI’s highest honor, is given to individuals who have made exceptional practical and intellectual contributions to improve government policy, social welfare, or political understanding. The winner is »

Clearing my spindle, Iran edition

Featured image Steve Hayward notes that there is a certain lack of conviction in some Democrats’ support of the deal with Iran. That shouldn’t be any great surprise. They know they’re doing the wrong thing. The deal is both absurd and unpopular. It cannot muster a congressional majority. It will strengthen a transparently evil regime that remains our avowed enemy. So some Democrats support the deal, but not proudly. One such is »

Amity Shlaes invites you

Featured image Our friend Amity Shlaes is chair of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation; she writes to invite applications for the foundation’s Coolidge Prize for Journalism. The prize comes with a $20,000 award. The deadline for submission of the application is September 25. The application requires submission of three published articles or published blog posts under 800 words each. The prize is to recognize work embodying the spirit and principles of Coolidge. »

The real Hillary

Featured image John Dickerson lobbed the softest of softballs to Madam Hillary in the course of his session with her on CBS’s Face the Nation yesterday. It was an interview providing further evidence to support the proposition that CBS News operates as an arm of the Democratic Party. Madam Hillary is a phony who is simply incapable of faking sincerity. Clinton biographer David Maraniss contrasts her with her husband. Bill Clinton — »

Another low for 60 Minutes

Featured image 60 Minutes traveled to Tehran for an interview with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani last week (whole thing and a little more here). Steve Kroft conducted the interview. Among other things, Kroft joined President Obama in defaming the American opponents of the deal with Iran. This is part and parcel of the operation of CBS News as an arm of the Democratic Party (see, e.g., Sharyl Attkisson’s invaluable memoir Stonewalled). David »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image And now for something completely different, we turn to Italian luthier and musician Galeazzo Frudua. Mr. Frudua has produced a series of entertaining instructional videos breaking down the vocal harmonies on several of the Beatles’ best songs. His enthusiasm is contagious and his accent is endearing. If you have a Beatles song that you love because of the melody and the harmony parts, Frudua probably has posted a video to »

The Coulter case

Featured image Ann Coulter had an idiosyncratic reaction to the prime time GOP candidates’ debate at the Reagan Presidential Library this past Wendesday. Israel came up too frequently to suit her taste. She somehow found it fitting and appropriate to tweet the comment below. Coulter has stood by her comment, as in this Hollywood Reporter story. How many f—ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States? — Ann »

A draft Trump press release

Featured image The Trump campaign ground to a halt yesterday in the aftermath of Trump’s town hall meeting in Rochester, New Hampshire, where he let the first questioner drone on about Obama and Islam. The Trump campaign issued a press release that unsuccessfully sought to change the subject. Steve Hayward has a better idea. We have somehow come into possession of the working notes from a draft Trump press release seeking to »

After last night (2)

Featured image Regarding the Republican candidates’ debate hosted by CNN at the Reagan Presidential Library, I want to reiterate this thought. Ceding control to the likes of Jake Tapper is a joke. Jake Tapper is not our friend. He has no interest in serving the interests of the Republican Party or Republican voters; letting Tapper run free is not calculated to serve the interests of the Republican Party or Republican voters. Tapper »

Rambling on her mind

Featured image Madam Hillary appeared on CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer for an interview by satellite yesterday. The Media Research Center’s Curtis Houck has a good account of it here and provides the interesting clip below. Blitzer first remarked to Clinton at the outset that she “certainly did take a lot of fire from Republicans at the CNN debate last night,” before raising the first of two questions that Carly Fiorina »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll contemplates WHEN YOU MUST GO HOME AGAIN. She writes: Thomas Wolfe notwithstanding, sometimes one must go home again. On August 18, the little Thrifty Mama we discussed last week – 94-and-a-half and one of few residents in her Assisted Living facility not using a walker – decided to compete in the tumbling portion of the Olympics, Late, Late Senior Division. The corrupt French judge gave her only a »

The second time around

Featured image Senate Republicans oppose the catastrophic deal into which President Obama has entered with Iran, yet they have been unable even to secure a vote on the merits. Senate Democrats including Minnesota’s own Al Franken (who undoubtedly thinks it’s a good deal) and Amy Klobuchar (who knows better but acts out of pure political calculation) have blocked a vote on the merits of the deal by means of the filibuster. The »

After last night

Featured image Last night’s prime time debate among the Republican candidates at the Reagan Library made one thing clear to me. One big loser emerged. I thought the loser was Jake Tapper (and CNN). The current arrangement for debates is the product of the Republican National Committee’s rethinking of the 2012 experience. Politico reported on the current set-up sanctioned by the RNC this past January here. The current arrangement represents a move »