Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Goodnight Vienna (9)

Featured image Omri Ceren reports by email from Vienna: Happy Saturday from Vienna, where we continue to slouch towards a deal. The Iranians went into meetings this morning talking about progress and predicting breakthroughs. Kerry came out of his meetings later and tweeted “Met with @FedericaMog and @JZarif this AM. Still have difficult issues to resolve” [1]. That language was read by some journalists as evidence that the talks remain stalled. Other »

Celebrating Peter W. Schramm

Featured image In “Peter the Great for our time” Steve wrote about the event celebrating the life and career of Peter Schramm after the event held in his honor at Ashland College’s Ashbrook Center earlier this week. Peter is engaged in a death struggle with cancer that has elicited the prayers of his many friends and admirers. The Ashbrook Center has now posted the summary and video of the event here. The »

The meaning of Obama’s silence

Featured image Megyn Kelly asks a great question regarding the tragic murder of Kathryn Steinle in the presence of her father at the hands of five-time deportee, seven-time felon Francisco Sanchez in the sanctuary city of San Francisco (RCP has posted transcript and video at the link): Kate’s murder has…exploded into a national debate on illegal immigrants, sanctuary cities and crime. With the White House ducking the issue of its own acquiescence »

Reckon with this

Featured image After Dylann Roof murdered nine pastors and churchgoers in the course of Bible study in Charleston, President Obama couldn’t wait to use the occasion for his narrow political purposes. “Let’s be clear,” he said with urgency in his voice. “At some point we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence … doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. »

I, Latina

Featured image Rock star Tina Turner gave her memoirs (written with Kurt Loder) the irresistible title I, Tina. Loder is the respected former editor of Rolling Stone. He knows how to tell a good story, and in Turner’s life he had a great one. Having been fired today as OPM Director in the wake of the second massive hack of data in the custody of the OPM, Katherine Archuleta will now have »

A hack hacked (and fired)

Featured image Twitchy captures a classic 2012 tweet of Obama OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, the nominal leader of an agency that has now been the victim of two Pearl Harbor-size hacks by President Obama’s Chinese friends. Archuleta’s tweet is the digital equivalent of an exploding cigar. Twitchy comments: Today’s a busy day for those pointing and laughing at the people who mocked presidential candidate Mitt Romney over his warnings about Chinese hackers »

Goodnight Vienna (8)

Featured image July 9 was a significant date from the standpoint of the review act passed by Congress this spring. A deal presented to Congress by July 9 would have been subject to a 30-day review period. A deal presented to Congress now is subject to a 60-day review period. Omni Ceren reports by email from Vienna: Happy Friday from Vienna, where a deadline extension wasn’t supposed to happen again, but did. »

Hillary Clinton’s lies

Featured image Theoretically, it should be possible to keep up with Hillary Clinton’s lies. She has given so few press conferences and interviews, we don’t have a lot of material to work over. Yet Clinton achieves something like perfect falsity when she speaks; she fails to utter a true word. She is a phenomenon. A capable Republican candidate should be able to reckon with the phenomenon, but a phenomenon she is. “Hillary »

America in retreat

Featured image Bret Stephens is the Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs columnist and editorial board member of the Wall Street Journal. We interviewed him about America In Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disaster in the Power Line podcast that we posted here. Bret spoke at the David Horowitz Freedom Center Texas retreat last month, giving a presentation based on his book. Bret argues that Obama’s foreign policy proceeds from a »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image It seems like about a long, long time since we last heard from Ammo Grrrll, but it’s only been a week. She returns with TEN-DENTIOUS. This one won’t necessarily provide all that we need in anger management department this week, but it won’t hurt too much. She writes: Oh, God. Make it stop; make it stop. We are $18 bazillion quadrillion in debt (seriously, I looked it up…), half added »

Beyond appeasement

Featured image The final capitulation in process with Iran takes place before our eyes. Its consequences will travel far with us along our road, as Churchill said of the Munich Agreement. Like the Munich Agreement, this deal is a disgrace, but it is worse. We don’t have the excuse of a lost generation that persuaded the British to avert their eyes from the grim necessity to confront Hitler’s evil intentions. We have »

Hillary’s Alinsky factor

Featured image The David Horowitz Freedom Center has posted videos of several presentations at its June 17-18 Texas Retreat. Stanley Kurtz spoke on Hillary Clinton. He also takes up Obama’s Alinskyite assault on the suburbs via the new HUD rule promulgated this week. Kurtz devoted much of his second book on Obama to the subject and his current NR column here to the new HUD rule. All is proceeding as Kurtz has »

Goodnight Vienna (7)

Featured image Omri Ceren continues to report from Vienna on the catastrophic deal in process with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road. Omni writes (with footnotes providing URLs to his cited sources): The Iranians must have liked what they heard when they woke up this morning. Yesterday President Obama spoke by teleconference to the U.S. negotiating team in Vienna. This morning »

Hillary’s Hellman factor

Featured image In her sit-down with a friendly CNN interviewer Brianna Keilar yesterday (transcript here, story here), Madam Hillary challenged the late Lillian Hellman’s ability to convey falsity in every word spoken. As Mary McCarthy said of Hellman, “every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the.’” You can’t beat perfect falsity, but you can go for the tie. That’s what Clinton does here: KEILAR: One of the issues that »

Sargent at the Met

Featured image Reading a hard copy of the New York Times over the weekend, my eye was caught by the reproduction of a portrait of Henry James by John Singer Sargent that Leon Edel used for the cover of his multivolume biography of James. The accompanying Times article by Holland Cotter covers the Metropolitan Museum’s exhibit of portraits by Sargent, about whom I knew nothing, and includes several more Sargent portraits. Even »

Judge Kozinski is not amused

Featured image In its Notable and Quotable space on the editorial page this morning, the Wall Street Journal excerpts Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski’s preface to the Georgetown Law Journal’s “Annual Review of Criminal Procedure” (2015). The Journal notes that Judge Kozinski “writes in the preface about the 2008 federal case against Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, who died in 2010.” Judge Kozinski looks back in anger: Senator Stevens was charged with corruption »

Judge Hanen is not amused

Featured image Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen has entered a preliminary injunction preventing the implementation of President Obama’s post-election amnesty order. Since entry of the injunction, Judge Hanen has been apprised of certain misrepresentations regarding the status of Obama’s order. The parties are in the process of working out an agreement to resolve discovery issues and report to the court regarding those misrepresentations. In an order entered yesterday (posted online here), Judge »