Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Hamas ups the ante

Featured image Writing from The Israel Project this morning, Omri Ceren draws our attention to a notable development (reported here) in Hamas’s war against Israel: “Yesterday Hamas launched – and then bragged about launching – three long-range M75 rockets targeting Israel’s nuclear reactor in the city Dimona. Iron Dome had to knock one of the rockets out of the sky; the other two landed in open areas.” Omri comments: “A terrorist attack »

Straw men at the border

Featured image President Obama traveled to Texas today for some big-buck fundraisers with filthy rich supporters. He declined to visit the border that is the source of the flood of unaccompanied Central American minors that he has done absolutely nothing to stanch. Judging by his actions, he wants to keep them coming. Obama was shamed into holding a couple of meetings that included Governor Perry. USA Today’s Rick Jervis reports on the »

Feels like rain

Featured image John Hiatt is the talented singer/songwriter who is a native of Indianapolis. In his frankly autobiographical song “Real Fine Love,” Hiatt captures some of the blue-collar bitterness he felt as he headed out to Memphis Nashville at age 18 to make a living as a professional songwriter: Well I never went to college, I did not have the luck. Stole out of Indiana In the back of a pickup truck. »

Horovitz’s lament

Featured image David Horovitz is the founding editor of the Times of Israel. In his most recent column, David explains the absurdity of White House Special Assistant lecturing the Israelis on their best interests as he emerged from a safe recess of the hotel following a missile attack on Tel Aviv. David’s column is “Lecuturing us on security, as the rockets fly.” In an email message this morning, David notes: “The man »

Gordon’s perfect timing

Featured image Following up on Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama’s sage Haaretz column “Peace is the only true path to security for Israel and the Palestinians,” White House Middle East Special Assistant Philip Gordon blasted Israel this week in remarks at a conference in Tel Aviv. Israel has been subjected to an ongoing barrage of missile attacks and other offensive operations emanating from Gaza over the past week. In a feat »

A good beat and you can kill to it

Featured image Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama draws on the deep well of his wisdom and his foreign policy successes to instruct Israelis on the path to peace in today’s Haaretz column “Peace is the only true path to security for Israel and the Palestinians.” Warning: Reading may induce nausea. “In President Abbas, Israel has a counterpart committed to a two-state solution and security cooperation with Israel,” Obama writes. Benjamin Netanyahu? »

Hamas wants war

Featured image Picking up on Doug McKelway’s comment regarding a meeting with Israel Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, I downloaded the Red Alert Israel app. The app is intended to provide Israelis with warnings of missiles headed in their direction on something like 15-30 seconds’ notice. Over the past few days, Israel has been the subject of a barrage of missiles from the Gaza Strip, courtesy of Hamas, and the »

Is Administrative Law Unlawful? Q and A with with Philip Hamburger

Featured image Philip Hamburger is the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and the author, most recently, of Is Administrative Law Unlawful? Professor Hamburger argues that administrative law is unlawful, unconstitutional and illegitimate. Drawing on English legal history, he contends that the regime of agency government resurrects the prerogative power once claimed by English kings and places it in the executive branch of the United States government. »

Say it ain’t so, Jeh!

Featured image On Meet the Press this morning, David Gregory did a commendable job of trying to get an answer from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to this question (my words): will most of the illegal minors stay or be deported? Johnson obscures his answer in a political word cloud that I confidently translate: “Stay.” Analyze this: Gregory asks: “I know there’s a process they have to go through. Will most of »

Faithless execution: Border edition

Featured image At a naturalization ceremony on July 4, President Obama vowed to do “everything I can” to pass amnesty legislation that would give a pathway to citizenship to all of the country’s illegal immigrants. He apparently believes that he hasn’t done enough to get out the word that he does not believe in border security or the enforcement of our current immigration law. With the invasion across our southern border by »

Is Administrative Law Unlawful? (3)

Featured image Philip Hamburger is the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and the author, most recently, of Is Administrative Law Unlawful? Professor Hamburger argues that administrative law is unlawful, unconstitutional and illegitimate. Drawing on English legal history, he contends that the regime of agency government resurrects the prerogative power once claimed by English kings and places it in the executive branch of the United States government. »

Clearing my spindle: Video edition

Featured image I want to bring to your attention over this holiday weekend three videos I have been watching. The first two are long interviews; the third is a lecture. Each of the videos is long, interesting, worthy of attention and posted on a specialized site. I therefore thought it would be a service to point the videos out for readers who might be interested in the speakers and/or the subjects. 1. »

The epic hypocrisy of Tom Steyer: NY Times edition

Featured image This past April, with the help of a knowledgeable reader, we took a deep dive into the fossil fuel investments of Democratic money man and environmental poseur Tom Steyer in “The epic hypocrisy of Tom Steyer.” Introducing our reader’s report, John wrote regarding Steyer: “Today, he is a bitter opponent of fossil fuels, especially coal. That fits with his current economic interests: banning coal-fired power plants will boost the value »

Is Administrative Law Unlawful? (2): July 4 edition

Featured image In advance of the holiday weekend and late in the afternoon yesterday, the Obama administration released 1,300 pages of new Obamacare regulations, adding to the more than 10,000 pages previously promulgated. This is the way we live now under the regime of the administrative state, subject to regulations dwarfing the laws duly enacted by Congress. Continuing our series of excerpts from Columbia Law School Professor Philip Hamburger’s important new book »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Our friend Ammo Grrrll offers these thoughts IN PRAISE OF AMERICAN MEN in honor of the day. She writes: It was probably about 20 years ago that I first heard the repulsive charge that America has a “rape culture.” It has now metastasized into the mainstream, but was a new theme back then. I was hired to entertain at a luncheon for women and girls and the group before me »

The eternal meaning of Independence Day

Featured image On July 9, 1858, Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas gave a campaign speech to a raucous throng from the balcony of the Tremont Hotel in Chicago. Abraham Lincoln was in the audience as Douglas prepared to speak. Douglas graciously invited Lincoln to join him on the balcony to listen to the speech. In his speech Douglas sounded the themes of the momentous campaign that Lincoln and Douglas waged that summer and »

The improbable lives of Louis Zamperini

Featured image I am saddened to learn of the death yesterday of the remarkable Louis Zamperini. What a man; what a great American. The New York Times obituary by Ira Berkow is here. I wrote about Mr. Zamperini on Power Line after I finished reading Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling biography of him (linked below). The following comments are adapted from what I wrote then. In November 2010 the Wall Street Journal’s Saturday Review »