Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll reflects on the UNSOLICITED ADVICE in which we are awash. She writes: Can it really only have been ten days ago that this miracle occurred? Every time I turn on TV or surf the Net, I feel like I used to feel when I would re-watch the DVDs of the 1987 World Series Twins victory. I was always terrified that THIS TIME the Twins might lose. But no. »

Freakout among the talking heads

Featured image I think we should recognize the ongoing freakout among the talking heads and reporters in the mainstream media in response to the victory of Donald Trump and the defeat of Hillary Clinton. The Media Research Center’s NewsBuster compiled the video clips below documenting the election night and day-after freakout. It is full of mind-numbing vulgarity, but Chris Matthews takes the cake with this G-rated comment (at 1:00): “This is a »

Sentencing the “Minnesota men” (3)

Featured image I attended the nine sentencing hearings in the ISIS conspiracy case brought in April 2015 against the “Minnesota men” (as the Somali Minnesotans are usually described in the headlines). Six of the defendants pleaded guilty; two of the six cooperated with the government by assisting the investigation and testifying against the three who contested the charges and went to trial this past May. On June 3 a Minnesota jury returned »

Freakout at Miami U. (Ohio)

Featured image Love and Honor is the greeting of Miami University (Ohio). It comes from their fight song chorus. The whole “fight song” thing sounds a little dicey to me in the current campus environment, but university president Gregory Crawford draws on it to balm the wounds of the community arising from the result of last week’s election: From: Gregory Crawford [email address deleted] Date: Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 5:19 PM »

Ten years on the Ellison case

Featured image I talked about Keith Ellison with Seth Leibsohn and Chris Buskirk on the aptly named Seth & Chris Show for two segments this afternoon. Seth has kindly forwarded the audio hot off the air (posted here and enbedded below). I’m celebrating ten years on Ellison’s case, trying to warn Democrats off the guy. It turns out I must be Ellison’s good luck charm. If past experience is a guide to »

Freakout at the UC system

Featured image A reader fowards a self-described “important message from President Napolitano and UC Chancellors about [the Novmember 8] election results.” Now listen up! They say it’s important, even if the message sounds a bit, ah, familiar at this point. They’re not aspiring to originality in the formulation of their, ah, thoughts: November 9, 2016 In light of yesterday’s election results, we know there is understandable consternation and uncertainty among members of »

Ellison meets his people

Featured image On Monday Keith Ellison met with the billionaire Marxists of the Soros-founded Democracy Alliance at its 2016 investment conference. Ellison was to update donors on “the working class vote.” Ellison presumably advised the assembled billionaires that, despite control of the media and culture by their allies on the left, false consciousness among “the working class” remains a challenge to the ultimate victory of the causes they hold dear. Politico’s Ken »

CAIR’s man in LA tweets

Featured image The mainstream media treat CAIR as a benign civil rights organization. Yet it was established by supporters of Hamas and earned its status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the criminal case brought by the United States against the Holy Land Foundation for supporting Hamas. Indeed, Andy McCarthy characterizes CAIR as a spawn of Hamas in his helpful account of the group’s origins and purposes. Now Daniel Pipes explicates the tweet »

The Ellison angle

Featured image Democrats and their media adjunct are stirring the pot about the alleged bigotry of prospective Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon, yet they are poised to name a long-time advocate of one of the leading racist and anti-Semitic organizations in the United States as chairman of their party. I’m referring of course to Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison and his long involvement with the Nation of Islam. Yesterday Ellison »

Freakout at UMass Lowell, cont’d

Featured image A reader forwards this important message distributed by Patricia McCafferty, Vice Chancellor of University Relations at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where the freakout continues. McCafferty distributes this important message from Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney herself to the “campus community,” or that part of it struggling to cope with reality: From: “McCafferty, Patricia” [email address deleted] Date: Nov 12, 2016 1:55 PM Subject: Message from Chancellor Moloney To: “McCafferty, Patricia” [email »

Sentencing the “Minnesota men” (2)

Featured image Judge Davis has presided over the convictions of nine “Minnesota men” (Somali Minnesotans) who conspired to support ISIS and will now sentence then individually at hearings to be conducted today through Wednesday. He has scheduled three hearings a day in an ascending order of difficulty: three defendants who cooperated with the prosecution today, three who pleaded guilty with no cooperation tomorrow and three who contested the charges at trial on »

A song for you

Featured image I am sorry to report that Leon Russell died today in Nashville at the age of 74. He was an incredibly accomplished pianist, songwriter and performer in the world of popular music. As a member of the Wrecking Crew he played behind just about everybody. He famously recruited and led the band that accompanied Joe Cocker on the raucous Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour of 1970. He followed up with »

Freakout at Whitman College

Featured image Whitman College President Kathleen Murray forwarded her message “to the campus community” to the parents of students who are paying the freight. I’m guessing that the parent who forwarded her message to us isn’t entirely thrilled to be paying for this particular lesson and is in need of a different kind of healing from the one that President Murray has on offer: From: Kathleen Murray [email address deleted] To: [deleted] »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image Leonard Cohen died this past week at the age of 82. Cohen was a man of many parts, having worked as a poet, novelist, singer and songwriter. Larry Rohter’s New York Times obituary is here. Ruth Wisse’s memorable 1995 Commentary essay/memoir “My life without Leonard Cohen” draws an engaging portrait of the artist as a young man. In 2013 Sylvie Simmons gave Cohen’s life the full-scale biographical treatment. Cohen worked »

Freakout at the YWCA

Featured image I may be mistaken, but I think we can generally count the YMCA/YWCA among the multifarious institutions subservient to the reigning shibboleths and clichés that dictate so much of the way we live now. Consider this message sent out by the YWCA Evanston/North Shore this past Thursday. The reader who forwards the message comments: “It offers both freakout and the sort of political partisanship by nonprofits masquerading as ‘diversity’ and »

From Ellison to Obama and back

Featured image Today’s New York Times reports that prospective Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer backs Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison for Democratic Party Chairman. (Minnesota’s Fifth District covers Minneapolis and its inner-ring suburbs.) In the wake of Clinton’s loss, the Democratic Party seems poised to move directly to the Axis of Sanders/Warren. I have previously argued here that Ellison was a forerunner of President Obama. I’d like to revisit the argument »

Freakout at General Mills (2)

Featured image Glenn Reynolds posts an email with an important postscript to “Freakout at General Mills.” The email sent to Glenn by an InstaPundit reader elucidates the addressees of the message sent out by General Mills’s Orwellian Vice President for Global Inclusion to employees traumatized by the election of Donald Trump: I worked over 15 years at General Mills, and what’s critical to note is that the addressing of Ken Charles’s note »