Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Toward 95 theses on Clinton’s email

Featured image Martin Luther promulgated his 95 Theses “out of love for the truth and the desire to elucidate it.” Here I seek to begin a series stating 95 theses on Hillary Clinton’s use of her own insecure email setup for the conduct of official business as Secretary of State. I begin with the propositions that Clinton deems fundamental to her case as posted at Hillary for America. 1. Clinton resolutely shuns »

Ratched returns to the asylum

Featured image As I mentioned last month, Norman Mailer took a now-famous look at the Democratic convention that nominated JFK for president in the November 1960 Esquire essay “Superman comes to the supermarket.” Jay Rosen recalled it here. As Rosen noted, the title “intend[ed] to say that the man of the hour, Kennedy, was about to send a powerful (and erotic) jolt into mainstream America — if he won the election.” Nurse »

Birth of a rape culture

Featured image Where “rape culture” exists, silence must be imposed to protect a favored minority. See, e.g., Heather Mac Donald’s great City Journal column “When pieties collide.” Silence must be imposed not only to protect the minority, but also to advance the transformation of the West by Third World peoples, as Mac Donald says. Where “rape culture” does not exist, it must be invented in the service of a good (i.e., fascist »

Ian McEwan crosses the line

Featured image The prominent novelist Ian McEwan is generally among the bien pensants, though he has previously betrayed a vulnerability to guilty thoughts. He is actually a repeat offender when it comes to violating the proliferating orthodoxies enforced in the circles to which he belongs. Today McEwan presents as a case study. McEwan demonstrates how easy it is to transgress against the rapidly evolving orthodoxies of the increasingly fascist left. Spiked editor »

Not really presidential

Featured image It’s good to have President Obama on record regarding Hillary Clinton’s insecure private email system for her official business as Secretary of State. In his interview with Chris Wallace broadcast on FOX News Sunday yesterday, Obama explained that the classified information on her server wasn’t really classified and that the Top Secret information on the email server was not “really top secret top secret.” FOX News has posted the transcript »

From the Colorado GOP convention

Featured image John Fund calls the Colorado GOP convention the scene of a political revolution. A Power Line reader writes with this first-hand report: I thought you might be interested in a report on the Colorado state Republican convention. I attended the convention as a floor delegate from my local precinct in Arvada, Colorado. My wife and I also attended the dinner and VIP fundraiser the night before. At the dinner/reception I »

Not really top secret top secret

Featured image President Obama was in rare form with Chris Wallace in the interview recorded at the University of Chicago for FOX News Sunday this morning. FOX News has posted the transcript here. As for the classified information that Hillary Clinton stored on the insecure private server used for her official business as Secretary of State, Obama assured Americans: She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy. And what »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image With his passing on his seventy-ninth birthday last week, Merle Haggard allows us to begin to take the measure of his contribution to American popular music. He was a giant as a writer, singer and performer. Full of comforts, joys, sorrows and surprises, his art is inexhaustibly interesting. Listen up as he performs one of the lesser known treasure “If I Could Only Fly” (written by Michael David Foley a/k/a »

Meanwhile in Israel

Featured image The Times of Israel reports a story of Israeli devotion to the sanctity of life in “Israeli doctors, spies rally to save 5-year-old Syrian girl.” If you follow the news from Israel, you may be familiar with Israel’s dedication of resources to save casualties of the Syrian civil war, but this story of a young girl adds a novel wrinkle: Some two weeks after she arrived at the hospital, after »

“This alien intrusion”

Featured image Heather Mac Donald gives us the quote of the day in the opening of her City Journal column “Bubba bites back.” She writes: “Bill Clinton injected a disruptive element into the Democratic presidential campaign yesterday: truth. The question now is: How will his wife recover from this alien intrusion?” It’s a good question. I think events have provided the inevitable answer. Clinton regrets his detour into the truth. He more »

The Trial as how-to manual

Featured image Does anyone read Kafka anymore? I doubt that high school and college students take him up as faithfully as we once did, but the bureaucratic tyrants running the Department of Education in the Obama administration appear to have drawn on Kafka’s Trial as a how-to manual rather than a modernist warning of a nightmarish future. The book opens: “Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K., he knew he »

Enter Guccifer

Featured image Did you know that the Romanian hacker Guccifer was extradited to the United States under federal indictment and that he appeared in court in Virginia yesterday for a detention hearing? I didn’t until I read the latest FOX News report by Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne. In fact, Guccifer was indicted in June 2014. The FBI press release is posted here. The press release announcing his extradition and initial appearance »

How to speak, civil rights edition

Featured image The video below is running on television exclusively on the FOX News Channel, where I saw it for the first time last night. It is episode 7 in the National Rifle Association’s Freedom’s Safest Place campaign. What a powerful speaker. If you want to learn how to win friends and influence people, observe closely. This is how it’s done. Who is the gentleman speaking? What is he doing now? I »

Funding Iran

Featured image I think it’s fair to say that the Islamic Republic Iran is a serious enemy of the United States. The powers that be in Iran regularly proclaim their ardent desire for the death of the United States, and they take action aimed at bringing it about in one way or another. With the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, President Obama has teamed up with the mullahs to finance their nuclear »

Against BS, GE edition

Featured image In his bizarre sit-down with the editors of the New York Daily News — Jamie Kirchick provides an entertaining retrospective in “Is Bernie Sanders your stoner college roommate?” (with full audio) — GE was about the only company Bernie Sanders was able to identify as committing the malefactions that drive him onward. The editors had asked Sanders to name a company exemplifying “corporate greed at its worst.” According to Sanders, »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll’s is at home in what she calls MY ARIZONA. She writes: I have spoken glowingly and often of the robust gun culture in my adopted state of Arizona. Now, I realize that some people hate guns. Others are simply not interested in guns and still others know their personal temperaments well enough to eschew them. An email friend said recently, “Though I stand firmly behind the Second Amendment, »

Flying Hillary

Featured image Hillary Clinton greatly contributes to the strangeness of the political circus this year, though we have become habituated to her pathological lying on matters high and low, criminal and civil. To borrow from Shakeseare’s Polonius, she lies on matters tragical, comical, historical, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, and tragical-comical-historical-pastoral. When it comes to lying with every word and with great conviction, Lillian Hellman has nothing on Hillary Clinton. Last month, the »