Author Archives: Scott Johnson

A few Super Bowl story lines [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Well, that was exciting. There were so many story lines running in Super Bowl LI last night that it seemed to me impossible to keep up. This morning I am writing from mental notes that may reflect oversights or errors for which I apologize in advance. I trust readers will note them in the comments. We had the bid of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and the Patriots to a »

No thug left behind

Featured image Our friend Katherine Kersten is senior fellow at the Center of the American Experiment, Minnesota’s conservative think tank, at which John Hinderaker serves as president. Kathy is an indefatigable analyst and advocate who has effectively promoted good public policy and opposed bad public policy while breaking major stories illustrating the way we live now. Most recently, Kathy has turned her attention to the destruction of student discipline in the St. »

“People’s Park” revisited

Featured image In the first volume of his Age of Reagan, Steve Hayward touches on the “People’s Park” incident of 1969 at Berkeley. Steve recalls: “[P]rotestors tried to tear down the fence, and the usual provocateurs incited protestors to start throwing rocks and bottles at the police. [Then California Governor] Reagan didn’t hesitate to dispatch the National Guard to quell the campus; their efforts included the first ever air raid on an »

The Nation is with you

Featured image Power Line readers who mischievously pull for Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison to emerge victorious in his bid for the chairmanship of the DNC are not alone. We have noted that former Obama administration green jobs commissar and Mao man Van Jones is with you. We have noted that Vox’s Matthew Yglesias has joined you. We have also noted that 300 Jewish leaders are with you. Now the editors »

Ninth Circuit denies stay

Featured image Yesterday the Department of Justice has filed an emergency motion for an immediate stay and a motion for stay pending appeal of Judge Robart’s order restraining the Trump administration from enforcing its executive order calling a brief timeout on the admission of refugees from seven designated countries (a/k/a “travel ban”). The motion has been posted online here. The motion characterizes Judge Robart’s order as an injunction (which is appealable) rather »

Restrain this

Featured image At The Stranger Sydney Brownstone provides a summary of the temporary restraining order entered by Judge James Robart staying enforcement “on a nationwide basis” of President Trump’s timeout on immigration from seven countries previously identified by the Obama administration. The Seattle Times has posted an excited story on the order together with a video of the hearing on it (below). This case has been brought in federal district court against »

“How is it playing out in Australia?” [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Writing from down under, Steve Kates responds to the question “How is it playing out in Australia?” Not surprisingly, Professor Kates provides a perspective that is nowhere to be found in the news up here: “For [Australian Prime Minister] Malcolm [Turnbull] apparently to have tried to push Trump, by telling him that as a fellow businessman that a deal is a deal, must rank as politically incompetent as anything I »

Robert Reich is on the case

Featured image At Mediaite, Alex Griswold reports that former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich is on the case of the Berkeley riots that prevented Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on campus this past Wednesday evening. Reich actually holds down an honored position at Berkeley as Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy. He was an eyewitness in part to the events. His pronouncements on campus events therefore carry some weight. Reich asserted on CNN »

Schuminations

Featured image Senate Democratic Chuck Schumer’s fake tears over President Trump’s puported “travel ban” is a moment that signifies and resonates. Good grief! Is that the best you can do, man? As political theater, that was pathetic. Schumer can’t fake sincerity. He’s not a touch feely kind of guy. What a phony. If he’s a genuine article of any kind, it would be the thug kind. He didn’t rise in New York »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll draws on her professional experience as she continues in GET A GRIP – A SERIES! Part 2: GRABBING AT STRAWS (One Sane Woman’s Take on Locker-Room Talk, from Boys and Sort of Grown Men). She writes: Tens of thousands of women marched in Washington and other cities to protest the election of President Trump. Many wore little pink knit caps they called Pussy Hats. As we would say »

The left does “Groundhog Day”

Featured image Today is Groundhog Day. It may put us in mind of the romantic comedy of the same name starring Bill Murray and celebrated by Jonah Goldberg in the NR article “A movie for all time.” The premise of the film is involuntary repetition. How can we escape from Groundhog Day? Events in Washington and on the left coast display a political analogue. Listening to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi recycle »

Iran put “on notice”

Featured image At today’s White House press briefing National Security Advisor Michael Flynn read a statement that took note of recent Iranian provocations. Flynn specifically cited two sets of Iranian actions that he suggested the Iranians had been allowed to conduct with relative impunity in recent years: Iranian ballistic missile launches and Iran’s proxies in Yemen attacking naval vessels in the Red Sea. Flynn put Iran “on notice,” without further explanation. Politico »

(DHS) Magical mystery tour (and why I need a lawyer)

Featured image The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport should be a sidebar to the story of the case against the “Minnesota men” that resulted in guilty pleas and verdicts last year. One of the “Minnesota men” who pleaded guilty and cooperated with the prosecution had worked on the tarmac at the airport in positions where he could have done serious damage. So did the “Minnesota man” who turned informant and was never charged »

Report: It’s Judge Gorsuch

Featured image President Trump will keep another of his campaign promises tonight when he names his choice to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Scalia. Via Independent Journal Review, Ramesh Ponnuru reports that Trump will nominate Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Court. Ramesh deems Judge Gorsuch a worthy heir to Justice Scalia. Our own Paul Mirengoff took a highly favorable look at Judge Gorsuch »

Bad moon rising

Featured image You may have missed the Dems’ big rally at the Supreme Court last night against President Trump’s “travel ban” (as CNN calls it). Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer somehow expressed his opposition to Trump’s executive order without crying even though he did call out the order as “evil.” Really. The rally was full of symbolic moments. The amplification malfunctioned with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the microphone seeking »

What’s next?

Featured image You have to wonder what comes next after the hysteria manifested by the Democrat/Media Axis in the first 10 days of the Trump administration. They have turned up the “resistance” to 11, Spinal Tap style. Democrats vow to filibuster Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, whoever he is. The vow should detract from whatever Democrats have to say on the merits of the nomination, but they aren’t exactly held to the same »

Schumer cries

Featured image Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer got all choked up about President Trump’s recent immigration order calling a brief timeout on admissions from seven countries. Well, it must be serious. This sets a high bar indeed for future action taken by President Trump. From now on the question will be whether it prompted Schumer to recite poetry, invoke one of his kids and cry for the cameras. »