Author Archives: Scott Johnson

A sight to behold

Featured image Axios draws attention to “1 inspiring thing” in yesterday’s USC-Western Michigan football game. It was the moment when Jake Olson successfully snapped the ball for the point after USC’s final touchdown in the game. Bill Plaschke has a moving account of what made the moment special in the Los Angeles Times column “For Jake Olson and the Trojans, it was truly a sight to behold.” Plaschke tips his hat to »

Waiting for Al Franken, or someone like him (2)

Featured image I have been friends with the nonconservative attorney I quoted yesterday in “Waiting for Al Franken” since our senior year in high school. His name is Michael Frost. Mike attended Harvard College and University of Virginia Law School. He practices in the area of trusts and estates. I’m still trying to learn from him. I asked him if the ignorance displayed by the five attorney signatories to the Star Tribune »

Conan does Israel [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Conan O’Brien has been touring Israel over the past week for a Conan Without Borders episode of his late night show on TBS. In Israel he acted like a tourist. He hit the highlights. He approached Israelis in an ingenuous spirit of appreciation and the appreciation was mutual. If you’ve been to Israel, you know that Israelis are grateful to be seen in the same light as the rest of »

Waiting for Franken, or someone like him

Featured image Earlier this week I quoted Minnesota Senator Al Franken on his obstruction of the Senate consideration of the nomination of Justice David Stras to the Eighth Circuit: “I think we’re going to have a decision very soon.” That is a somewhat cryptic statement. What is he waiting for? If we had a free press operating in Minnesota, the obvious follow-up question would have been asked. Coverage of the blocking of »

J.J. Watt leads the way

Featured image Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal carried a good column by Jason Gay on the role undertaken by NFL defensive superstar J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans in raising money for victims of the epochal storms ravaging Texas. “Watt’s fundraiser (located at has become a social media phenomenon,” Gay explained. “His initial goal had been to raise $200,000, with Watt kicking in $100,000 himself to get things started.” More: But then »

Was it a hack or a leak? (4)

Featured image We have followed the argument presented by Patrick Lawrence in the Nation asserting that the alleged Russian hack of the DNC email was rather an inside job. Lawrence explored the findings of the analysis supporting the thesis Democratic National Committee was not hacked by the Russians in July 2016, but rather suffered an insider leak. Lawrence’s article is here; the most recent report with the analysis summarized by Lawrence is »

Off the GRID

Featured image You may have read about a guy described as a Dartmouth professor who spoke up to endorse violence by the likes of Antifa. The guy is Mark Bray. The Free Beacon quoted Bray telling Chuck Todd last week: “I think that a lot of people recognize that, when pushed, self-defense is a legitimate response to white supremacy and neo-Nazi violence.” He explained: “Fascism cannot be defeated through speech.” I’m beyond »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll would like certain parties to know: YOU AREN’T IT! She writes: I finally met a member of The Resistance in my Arizona! Well, I didn’t meet her exactly. I saw her get into her car in the Walmart parking lot. Her Prius had two bumper stickers: the first announced: “Member Resistance: Resist Trump’s Agenda.” Coincidentally enough, Mr. AG and I had just watched an amazing documentary called Above »

(DHS) Magical mystery tour: Doing the work the Star Tribune won’t do (4)

Featured image I set forth the chain of events that sparked my interest in the 2016 MSP International Airport tour for Somalis only in the post “(DHS) Magical mystery tour (and why I need a lawyer).” Last year I sought information from the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights (OCR) under the Freedom of Information Act. OCR provided a few heavily redacted pages and rebuffed the administrative law judge when »

Al Franken thinking it over

Featured image The Star Tribune has yet to report the machinations of Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken in blocking Senate consideration of the nomination of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. I understand that Senator Klobuchar is sensitive about the disclosure of her machinations. She would prefer that they remain out of sight, leaving her image as Our Lady »

Orfield plays the race card

Featured image University of Minnesota Law School Professor Myron Orfield has materialized in the Star Tribune this morning to play the race card against Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Stras. The Senate’s consideration of Justice Stras’s nomination to the Eighth Circuit has been blocked by Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken. With the dishonesty that permeates his column, Orfield declares that Klobuchar and Franken “are exhibiting appropriate diligence.” It is true that »

Minnesota cage match, 2017 edition (4)

Featured image I have been following the ongoing cage match between Minnesota Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and Minnesota’s majority-Republican House and Senate in this series. It’s an interesting story that deserves national attention as a sign of the political times. At the end of this year’s slightly extended legislative session Dayton signed all tax and budget bills. He could have vetoed any of them. Even though he professed extreme unhappiness with certain »

Prayers for Texas

Featured image In Texas we confront a catastrophe of something like biblical proportions thanks to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. The New York Times opens its story on the storm (posted last night): “What felt like an apocalyptic onslaught of pounding rains and rapidly rising floodwaters brought the nation’s fourth-largest city to its knees on Sunday, as highways and residential streets turned to rivers, waist-high waters choked off access to homes and hospitals, and »

Tea for the Tillerson

Featured image Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace yesterday. Video of the entire 13-minute interview is embedded below. Tillerson made news in one respect that belies his standing in the Trump administration. Asked about President Trump’s response to the “racial protests in Charlottesville” (at 11:25) and a UN committee statement condemning the response, Tillerson responded in part: “I don’t believe anyone doubts the American people’s »

Developing, but not in the Star Tribune

Featured image As I wrote last week, Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken are blocking the Senate from taking up President Trump’s nomination of David Stras to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Stras is a justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court; he is widely respected. His nomination is opposed by approximately no one, not even by Klobuchar or Franken. Yet they have withheld their blue slips »

Mattis speaks

Featured image Defense Secretary Mattis loves the troops and the feeling is obviously mutual. Speaking to the troops somewhere on his current tour to Jordan, Turkey and Ukraine, he spoke to them from the heart about their mission as well as the home front (video below): Here is the text of his remarks via The Daily Wire: Believe me, I know you’re far from home, every one of you; I know you »

A note to the Star Tribune

Featured image A Star Tribune political reporter whom I like a lot has taken note of my Power Line posts reporting on Senator Amy Klobuchar’s treatment of President Trump’s nomination of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to the Eighth Circuit. In my posts I criticize the Star Tribune for its failure to report the story. On Friday the reporter commented in his Star Tribune newsletter: “Concerns about delays of judicial nominees »