Author Archives: Scott Johnson

A tour de megaforce

Featured image Terry Teachout traces his interest in Louis Armstrong to the time his mother called him in from outdoors to see Armstrong sing (probably “Hello, Dolly”) on the Ed Sullivan Show. His mother beckoned him with the sage admonition, “He won’t be around forever.” By the same token, if you are in the vicinity of New York City, or visiting some time soon, I urge you to come in and see »

Mozilla speaks, sort of

Featured image Under the heading “Brendan Eich steps down as CEO,” Mozilla has posted the following statement in the name of executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker. Eich has “stepped down” from his position at Mozilla days after his appointment, following the revelation that he contributed $1,000 to the campaign supporting the passage of Prop 8 in California six years ago. The Wall Street Journal covers the story here. Baker’s statement is must reading, »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Our old friend Ammo Grrrll returns: With contrived controversy and manufactured outrage flying at warp speed, I am often late to the party. So, I know I’m behind the curve on the Bossy meme. But I’ve got some time waiting for the Holy Grail of .22 LR – CCI Stingers! – to come out, so I’ll weigh in anyhow. The list of degrading terms for women, the utterance of which »

The Blackwood letter

Featured image Catherine Blackwood is counted as a success in the statistics touted by the Obama administration as it continues to peddle Obamacare. She has procured new Obamacare-compliant health insurance. Struggling with carcinoid cancer since 2005, Mrs. Blackwood treats her health insurance as a matter of life and death. But Mrs. Blackwood is in truth a walking illustration of the lies of Obamacare and of the destruction it has wrought. This past »

No! in thunder

Featured image President Obama said yesterday: The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. … In the end, history is not kind to those who would deny Americans their basic economic security. Nobody remembers well those who stand in the way of America’s progress or our people. And that’s what the Affordable Care Act represents. As messy as it’s been sometimes, as contentious as »

From the Kelly File

Featured image Megyn Kelly gets the message sent by the mullahs’ chosen representative to the United Nations — one Hamid Aboutalebi — now awaiting the issuance of a visa by the United States. Kelly sought out former hostage Colonel Chuck Scott to mull over the mullahs’ new man at the UN last night on The Kelly File. Kelly’s interview is, as always, worth a look. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Scott »

Does King exist?

Featured image On this past weekend’s edition of Fox News Sunday, Maine Senator Angus King declared that Obamacare does not exist. According to King, “There is no such thing as Obamacare” (video below). If you are one of the six million or so Americans who lost his health insurance courtesy of Obamacare, you are advised to take two aspirin and call King in the morning. I’d like to argue that King doesn’t »

Fools and knaves: Mike Morrell vs. Vile Rat

Featured image The author of the comments below is a reader who contributed “Fools and knives, part 2″ to our long-running series. With former CIA deputy director Mike Morrell scheduled to appear before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence this morning — Morrell had a powerful hand in shaping the Obama administration talking points from which the ineffably lame Susan Rice spoke on the Sunday gabfests following the 9/11 attack on »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image We introduced our old friend Ammo Grrrll over the weekend and we think she fits right in. Even so, except for the thumbnail shot that goes back a few years, we will protect her identity from disclosure here on out through the use of her well-chosen pseudonym. We will add only that, before adopting the Ammo Grrrll persona, she had a productive career in stand-up comedy making people laugh for »

Deep secrets of the banana

Featured image Yesterday on Fox News Sunday, Maine Senator Angus King declared that Obamacare does not exist. That health insurance policy that you lost courtesy of Obamacare? Take two aspirin and call King in the morning. As we take a walk down memory lane, comparing our present ills with those of the Carter era, perhaps it’s time to recall the creativity of Carter administration deregulation guru and inflation czar Alfred Kahn. While »

Message from the mullahs

Featured image As badly as Barack Obama wants to sell us out to the mullahs, they have a way of reminding us just how they feel about us. Say what you will about him, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad never much sought to camouflage his feelings about the United States, though he never confessed to his role in tormenting the American hostages during their 444 cays of captivity (reported by Mark Bowden in his book »

Dirty Harry doesn’t recall

Featured image Doing the job the mainstream media have declined to do — declined since a 2003 Los Angeles Times investigation, anyway — Matt Continetti takes a look at Dirty Harry Reid’s financial shenanigans. Alluding to Mario Puzo, and playing on the exposure of Reid’s latest shenanigans, Continetti titles his column “The grandfather.” We get the corruption. What about Reid’s easily refuted denial of accusing opponents of Obamacare retailing “lies” about the »

“Rights” of Obamacare

Featured image Abraham Lincoln’s argument with Stephen Douglas came down to a disagreement over the Declaration of Independence. Lincoln articulated this disagreement with special gusto in his critique of Douglas on July 10, 1858. According to Douglas, the teaching of the Declaration had no general applicability beyond the immediate situation that confronted the Founding Fathers. Restating and paraphrasing Douglas’s argument, Lincoln asked “in all soberness, if all these things, if indulged in, »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Our old friend Susan Vass has had a productive career in stand-up comedy making people laugh for a living. I’m not sure if she’s still working, but she still thinks funny thoughts. She has forwarded current meditations under the pseudonym Ammo Grrrll in columns she calls “Thoughts from the ammo line.” Ammo Grrrll writes: A few years ago, I moved from a blue to a red planet. No, wait, I »

The selling of Obamacare

Featured image Reality has been outrunning satire for a while in the Age of Obama, but the folks at Saturday Night Live seem to think they can pull it off. As we approach the shifting deadline for Obamacare enrollment on Monday, Obama adviser “Mike” (he looks an awful lot like Obama flack Dan Pfeiffer) and social media expert “Mara” are featured talking Obama into taking promotional photographs that are guaranteed to go »

When hell was in session

Featured image Admiral Jeremiah Denton died yesterday at the age of 89. Admiral Denton served seven-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi during the Vietnam War. Denton’s name should be known by every American. In captivity he gave something beyond the last full measure of devotion, if that is possible. His is a story of almost unbelievable endurance, courage and patriotism. Here is a short course courtesy of the Denton »

Young man Reid

Featured image Sinclair Lewis wrote an interesting short story — “Young Man Axelbrod” — about an old gent who matriculates at Yale at age 65. The story was originally published in the Century magazine in 1917. I read it in high school and it has stayed with me over the years. “With a longing for music and books and graciousness such as the most ambitious boy could never comprehend,” Lewis writes of »