Author Archives: Scott Johnson

The Clinton health update

Featured image The Clinton campaign released a letter from her personal physician addressing her physical condition following her collapse at the 9/11 Memorial ceremony in New York on Sunday. The letter disclosed that Secretary Clinton was diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia. A copy of the letter has been posted online here. Clinton returns to the campaign trail today. We asked the prominent internist who wrote us regarding Clinton’s diagnosis of pneumonia this past »

From the Ramirez files

Featured image Michael Ramirez (@Ramireztoons) is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his editorial cartoons. When a conservative commetator like Bret Stephens or Terry Teachout or Ramirez takes home a Pulitzer, you know the man overflows with talent. Ramirez published the cartoon below more than a year ago, on August 20. 2015. The cartoon is posted in his archives here. In one variation or another the image is on its way to »

Frequently or rarely

Featured image The Clintons are having trouble keeping their lies straight. That’s the conclusion I draw from Bill Clinton’s interview with CBS’s Charlie Rose on Monday. Rose asked Clinton if the missus was simply dehydrated when she collapsed at the 9/11 memorial ceremony on Sunday. “When you look at that collapse, that video that was taken, you wonder if it’s not more serious than dehydration,” Rose observes. “Well, if it is, then »

Talkin’ pneumonia

Featured image If you’ve been following the story of Hillary’s Clinton’s pneumonia on television, you may have heard that Clinton wanted to “power through” her pneumonia, but after Sunday’s overheating episode, it “seems like the smart thing to do” to take some downtime, even though she s “raring to get back on the trail.” If you have heard this, it’s because these are among the six bulleted talking points the Clinton public »

Alan Taylor’s revolution

Featured image From its very beginning in the United States, the Progressive movement has disparaged the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the American Revolution. Take Alan Taylor, for example, who represents the state of the art. Taylor is the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia. Despite the chair he holds, Taylor is not much of a fan of the American Revolution. The New York Times »

Ellison’s 9/11

Featured image In advance of the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, the Washington Post opened its pages to Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison for a column under the headline “I’m the first Muslim in Congress. I believe America can beat Islamophobia.” It’s another manifestation of the phenomenon John wrote about in “The true significance of September 11….” Ellison doesn’t have much to say about the association of terrorism and any form of »

The curious case of Ilhan Omar

Featured image In case you missed it, I’m taking the liberty of reposting this from Friday morning in slightly revised form to draw attention to my City Journal column “The curious case of Ilhan Omar.” On August 30 I sat down with Preya Samsundar to talk about her work on the Ilhan Omar story. Covering the story for Alpha News, Preya has shown herself to be a dogged, resourceful and unintimidated reporter. »

Rockin’ pneumonia: A unifying diagnosis

Featured image A prominent internist writes with admittedly speculative comments on the diagnosis of pneumonia made public today regarding Hillary Clinton. He writes: During my 19 years as a board certified internist I have taken care of many hundreds of patients with pneumonia. The story about Hillary Clinton being diagnosed with pneumonia raises a red flag as to the cause. It could simply have been a community acquired pneumonia, which means she »

Rockin’ pneumonia

Featured image The New York Times now reports that Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia by her physical Lisa Bardack this past Friday. According to Dr. Bardack: “She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.” My diagnosis differs from Dr. Bardack’s. As I say »

Call me overheated

Featured image As we have noted, Hillary Clinton collapsed at the observation of the 9/11 memorial in New York City this morning. The video below provides an excellent view. The press was kept away from Clinton. Clinton spokesmen had nothing to say for 90 minutes following her collapse. When one of Clinton’s spokesmen piped up, he only allowed that she felt “overheated.” Secretary Clinton isn’t taking any question but she proclaims she’s »

A day to be proud…

Featured image I first wrote about Rick Rescorla in 2003 after finishing James Stewart’s Heart of a Soldier, the book based on Stewart’s New Yorker article “The real heroes are dead.” (“The real heroes are dead” is what Rescorla would say in response to recognition of his heroism on the battlefield in Vietnam.) It’s a good book that touches on profound themes in a thought-provoking way: life and death, love and friendship, »

Dartmouth’s 9/11

Featured image Following 9/11 the New York Times ran Portraits of Grief profiling many of those lost in the 9/11 attacks. We can’t capture the magnitude of the loss, or the meaning of who and what we lost, but the Times’s focus on individuals made a contribution. Taking just one small slice, I want to retrieve from the series the Times’s portraits of Dartmouth alumni who were murdered on 9/11. With the »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image Today we solemnly observe the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11. We vow not to forget. Continuing my notes on lesser known songs and performers with personal meaning to me this week, I want to highlight songs with a spiritual component. I’m guessing you probably haven’t heard of the Cox Family, but I think everyone who has heard them loves them. Alison Krauss has knocked herself out trying to introduce them to »

Basket of deplorables

Featured image Hillary Clinton is circling the wagons and fighting off her enemies. She’s not so much naming names as she is calling names, reducing the Democratic playbook to its essence. There is a bracing purity about this. I’ll give her “grossly,” but “generalistic”? (Don’t spellcheck me, bro!) I think I know what she means. Do lift us up, Madam Hillary! Quotable quote: “To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half »

The secret history of Keith Ellison

Featured image I’m speaking this morning to the Maple Grove Critical Thinking Discussion Group at the Maple Grove Community Center. The meeting convenes at 10:00 a.m. The title of my talk is “The Secret History of Keith Ellison.” Now the title is facetious. Ellison’s history only became “secret” when he ran for Congress in 2006 and staked his campaign on three lies about his involvement with the Nation of Islam. I have »

The curious case of Ilhan Omar

Featured image Last week I sat down with Preya Samsundar to talk about her work on the Ilhan Omar story. Covering the story for Alpha News, Preya has shown herself to be a dogged, resourceful and unintimidated reporter. It occurred to me that some readers might be interested in a summary of the story to date. I salute Preya’s efforts and include a few of her quotable quotes from our conversation in »

Delete this

Featured image Over the holiday weekend Byron York took a careful look at the file documents released this past Friday in the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton and her private email server (the investigation formerly known as a li’l old “security review”). Byron carefully explored the documents released with a view to the question whether Team Clinton destroyed evidence under subpoena. Today the New York Times reports that the Department of Justice »