Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Frank Holmes’s purple haze

Featured image In the long New York Times story by Jo Becker and Mike McIntire, following up on Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash, it is reported that U.S. Global Investors owned $4.7 million in shares of Uranium One during the first quarter of 2011. A Russian company took a controlling stake in Uranium One in 2010. The Russian acquisition stood to benefit the owners of the company’s stock if it secured the approval »

Michelle Obama: “The first thing we have to do”

Featured image One might think Michelle Obama has led a charmed life. She grew up with two parents who loved and supported her. Her academic achievements took her to Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Her education paved the road for a successful career back home. Her marriage has made her First Lady of the United States, an office that has provided her with almost unbelievable perquisites and privileges. Yet Mrs. Obama »

Who bowed down

Featured image One of President Obama’s core objectives is the humiliation of the United States. Thus his bows to the Saudi king and the Japanese emperor in the first year of his administration. Obama’s bows gave expressive form to the diminished role Obama has crafted for the United States on the world stage. Obama’s spokesmen threw in a healthy dollop of lying about it for domestic consumption thrown in for good measure. »

From a window

Featured image A reader sent Glenn Reynolds the photograph below of a display window at the Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill in the heart of the District of Columbia. Glenn views the display as Drudge-like illumination by juxtaposition. Given that the display appears in the heart of the District of Columbia, I wonder if there isn’t an esoteric message to the free world from inside the asylum here, or whether this »

Corruption from the IRS to the DoJ

Featured image The pro-Israel group Z Street had its application for tax-exempt status held up at the IRS. When founder Lori Lowenthal Marcus asked why, she was told that IRS auditors had been instructed to give pro-Israel groups special attention and that Z Street’s application had been forwarded to a special IRS unit for additional review. Not to put too fine a point on the legal issues, this isn’t kosher. It’s illegal. »

Jerry Brown hot and cold

Featured image Steven Goddard’s Real Science site has a hilarious update on the catastrophes attributed to global warming climate change (f/k/a global cooling). Goddard draws on the timely example of California’s current drought, exacerbated by California’s state government. See, for example, Victor Davis Hanson’s “The scorching of Califoria” and, most recently, “An engineered drought.” There is in the true sense nothing funny about it. In an almost unbelievable example of history rhyming, »

“Clinton Cash”: Disputations

Featured image Peter Schweizer generated an enormous amount of publicity for Clinton Cash before its official publication this past Tuesday. The prepublication publicity included the related New York Times story by Jo Becker and Mike McIntire “Cash flowed to Clinton Foundation amid Russian uranium deal.” The Times has gone silent since the publication of that story. The Clinton machine is now cranking up the war room to hit back. The participation of »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image I flipped over singer Suzy Bogguss when I saw her perform with her band at the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis in 2011. I wrote about the show here. Suzy played many of her hits and previewed her then unreleased recording of traditional American music. She has a moving voice and a perfect feel for great material, including the traditional music she brought back to life on »

Hymn to Holder

Featured image Candidate Obama’s presidential campaign cultivated a cult of personality that conforms rather glaringly to Obama’s conception of himself. But Eric Holder? The guy is a sort of Mini-Me version of Obama with a thick overlay of outright stupidity. But he too is a legend in his own mind. As a parting shot at the American people, the Department of Justice now abuses us with a video saluting Holder’s greatness (below). »

Jean-Paul, we hardly knew ye

Featured image In a column plugging his new book on character earlier this week, New York Times columnist David Brooks lamented the disappearance of “lofty authority figures” from the public square. Brooks’s colleagues on the editorial pages of the Times present a case study in the decline of our public discourse, but it’s not the one Brooks has in mind. You don’t even have to go back as far back as Brooks »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll continues her travelogue with Visiting My People– Part 5, Lost in America. As always with her weekly column, previous installments of this series can be accessed by inputting “Grrrll” in our search engine. She writes: I was unable to leave any of my worldly goods strewn across the Heartland, like breadcrumbs pointing the way home. But not for lack of effort. I have previously mentioned leaving my Nexus »

In which we hope it’s not worse than nothing

Featured image Omri Ceren writes to update us on today’s Senate vote passing the Corker-Menendez bill. The vote was 98-1 in favor, but the 1 was Senator Cotton, which raises the question whether the bill is worse than nothing. Omri writes: Cloture was 93-6 with only Sen. Boxer not voting. The final vote was 98-1. Sen. Cotton was the only no. The White House and its allies have mostly given up trying »

In which Rand Paul gives a snow job

Featured image This is what regular people hate about Washington: “How five Republicans let Congress keep its fraudulent Obamacare subsidies.” It’s an old story, updated most recently by Mark Leibovich in This Town. This particular case study comes to us via National Review’s Brendan Bordelon. Reading it all the way through, we achieves a highly unpleasant clarity. Bordelon reports: The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on »

The full Clinton

Featured image Below is the May 4 Today Show segment featuring Cynthia McFadden’s interview with Bill Clinton in Africa. In the interview McFadden asks Clinton questions related to the controversy generated by Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash and related news stories. The segment is only seven minutes long and the interview a bit chopped, with footage of Clinton doing his good deeds in Africa thrown into the mix. Even though Clinton’s comments in »

Is Corker-Menendez worse than nothing?

Featured image National Journal reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved yesterday to end debate on the Corker-Menendez bill, shortening what he had hoped would be an open amendment process out of concern that some “poison pill” amendment votes could potentially sink it. “We’re going to move quickly,” Senator McConnell explained. National Review’s Joel Gehrke explored the procedural maneuvering: After Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) »

Mark Falcoff: Why liberals love Castro

Featured image Mark Falcoff is resident scholar emeritus at AEI. He is the author of several books including Cuba the Morning After: Confronting Castro’s Legacy. He writes further to posts for us on Cuba, most recently, in “Castro’s dreams come true,” “The Cuban paradox” and “More thoughts on Cuba.” What is it with Castro and the liberals? It’s still a good question. Mark Falcoff writes: The cat is now out of the »

Abandoning Vietnam

Featured image PBS’s American Experience series broadcast Rory Kennedy’s documentary film “Last Days in Vietnam” on April 28. You can watch the entire film online at the link; clips and other resources are accessible here. PBS has posted 17 clips from the film on YouTube here. I would post the whole thing here if I could, but I don’t think I can. Prefaced by a 30-second message, the opening of the film »