Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll takes One More Trip to the Bathroom…Because it’s That Important! Let us say that a baby is born and it turns out to be a boy. Blue-wrapped cigars for everyone! And don’t forget Mrs. Clinton’s husband who enjoys a good cigar. The boy baby’s gender is of course, not “assigned” at all, but obvious even on ultrasound. Yes, there is a vanishingly small number of babies born with »

Honest, Earnest style

Featured image To rewrite history the Obama administration is toying with the devices that George Orwell depicted in 1984. The party line that Orwell attributed to Ingsoc provides this rationale: “Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.” Today’s New York Post editorial comes up with another example, this one involving the oxymoronically named White House spokesman Josh Earnest. At the May 9 press briefing, Kevin »

The persistence of mendacity

Featured image Hillary Clinton took a few questions from Bret Baier in an interview that played on FOX News Special Report last night. The interview runs eight minutes (video below). Baier only got in a few questions about the Clinton email scandal. From word one falsehood and evasion have reflected the order of the day. Last night was no exception. Even though the interview ran true to form, it is nevertheless almost »

75 years from now

Featured image In the the Gram Parsons song “One Hundred Years From Now,” the singer observes: “Nobody knows what kind of trouble we’re in.” Looking on the bright side, however, he doubts that one hundred years from now people will “still feel this way.” That must be the theory behind the State Department’s approach to the Freedom of Information Act in a lawsuit brought against it by the RNC. CNN reports that »

Getting ready for Hillary

Featured image Today is a big day for Hillary Clinton. She has either just wrapped up the Democratic presidential nomination or should do so after the results are tabulated in today’s primaries. According to the AP’s latest tally (including superdelegates, who can change their minds), Clinton is now the Democrats’ presumptive nominee. Probably not in honor of the occasion, RealClearPolitics has posted Toby Harnden’s Sunday Times account of Hillary Clinton’s rally last »

Trump breaks another rule [updated with Trump statement]

Featured image When Donald Trump started banging on the judge presiding over the Trump University case, he noted that the judge “happens to be, we believe, Mexican, which is great.” Not just “great,” it was also “fine.” Trump added: “You know what? I think the Mexicans are going to end up loving Donald Trump when I give all these jobs, OK?” I said at the time that Trump was disgracing himself and »

Getting ready for D-Day

Featured image My Dartmouth classmate John Floberg is now a distinguished Twin Cities neurologist. We took Professor Peter Bien’s freshman seminar on Politics and the Novel together during our first term at the college. John is originally from Chicago but we reconnected in the Twin Cities through Power Line 40 years after our studies with Professor Bien. John served as a commissioned Navy officer after our graduation. I didn’t realize he was »

The ordeal of Omaha Beach

Featured image Reader Patti Kruse writes to say she “was surprised to see no mention that today is the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy….My dad landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He was one of the fortunate ones, as he was never physically injured and managed to survive from D-Day all the way through the Battle of the Bulge and V-E Day. He rarely spoke about »

Ms. Psaki corrects

Featured image The now famous exchange on video between FOX News reporter James Rosen with then State Department spokesman Jen Psaki was sent down the memory hole by someone at the State Department. The exchange homed in on the administration’s deceit regarding negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Whoever dun it with the video at the State Department archives was likely acting at the behest of someone else in the Obama »

The tiger, beyond a reasonable doubt

Featured image The New York Times pioneered the form of the story portraying the suffering of favored groups (i.e., groups they favor). Comedian Mort Sahl has been credited with the satirical headline that captures the form with his version of the New York Times’s take on the apocalypse: “World ends, women & minorities hardest hit.” In “Terrorist wannabes guilty, Somalis hardest hit,” I linked to stories published by the Star Tribune and »

Terrorist wannabes guilty, Somalis hardest hit

Featured image We are all painfully familiar with the journalistic genre portraying the suffering of favored groups. That would be groups favored by the journalists. The satirical headline that captures the genre gives us the New York Times’s take on the apocalypse: “World ends, women & minorities hardest hit.” Credit is due to someone for the shaft of light cast by that parody headline. NewsBusters credits comedian Mort Sahl, still going strong »

Cheryl Mills would prefer not to

Featured image Kim Strassel has read the transcript of the deposition of Cheryl Mills in the case brought by Judicial Watch against the State Department under the Freedom of Information Act. Although the transcript runs to 270 pages, it can’t have taken long to review. It also can’t have been a pleasant experience. Strassel reports: The entire 270-page transcript of the deposition, which Judicial Watch released Tuesday, has an almost eye-glazing repetition »

CRB: Song of Troy

Featured image The origins of the Iliad and the Odyssey are shrouded in mystery, or just shrouded, but this much we know. They are two of the greatest poems ever composed. New translations by Robert Fagles with introductions by Bernard Knox were something of an event in the publishing world when they appeared in 1990 and 1996. I saw Fagles chant a portion of his translation of the Iliad before a packed »

“Minnesota men” go to trial: The jury returns

Featured image At 1:30 this afternoon the jury delivered its verdict in the case of the three “Minnesota men” charged with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS and conspiracy to commit murder overseas. The jury found the three men guilty on all counts with the exception of one perjury charge against Abdirahman Daud. (Daud gave a Clintonian response to an inartfully asked question before the grand jury. The Clintonian approach earned »

Across the border

Featured image At the Washington Times Stephen Dinan has a timely scoop that highlights the national security implications of our porous border with Mexico. Dinan reports: A smuggling network has managed to sneak illegal immigrants from Middle Eastern terrorism hotbeds straight to the doorstep of the U.S., including helping one Afghan who authorities say was part of an attack plot in North America. Immigration officials have identified at least a dozen Middle »

CRB: Killers, saviors, heroes

Featured image Aristotle wrote a great book — the greatest? — on human greatness, The Nichomachean Ethics. Following in Aristotle’s footsteps, Professor Robert Faulkner wrote The Case for Greatness: Honorable Ambition and Its Critics. Now Tod Lindberg has returned our attention to the subject in The Heroic Heart: Greatness Ancient and Modern. Who better to review Lindberg’s book than Professor Faulkner? He does so in “Killers, saviors, heroes.” Professor Faulkner finds Lindberg’s »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll asks a simple question: FIRST CLASS? She also gives Steve and me our shot at immortalization in poetry: Sorry, dear readers. I simply cannot write about politics again this week without losing what’s left of my mind. I’ll be back again next week at Full Ferocity. Probably. Besides, my original mission, should I decide to accept it, was to be funny… This column is brought to you by »