Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll appears this week in the guise of CURMUDGEON GRRRLL. She writes: Even though I have been Ammo Grrrll for a couple of years now, for this week I am feeling a bit cranky and would like to be known as Curmudgeon Grrrll. And feelings – as we all know – are paramount. Especially for someone in a protected class of grievance-mongers, which, fortunately for me, includes women. In »

Our own Susan Canby

Featured image One of the funny scenes in the Beatles’ film A Hard Day’s Night comes when George Harrison finds himself consulting with supposed advertising guru Simon Marshall (video below): Simon Marshall: If you don’t cooperate, you won’t get to meet Susan. George: And who’s this Susan when she’s at home? Simon Marshall: Only Susan Canby, our resident teenager. George: Oh! You mean that posh bird who gets everything wrong? Simon Marshall: »

For the Iran deal

Featured image The Obama administration is using the August recess to promote the Iran deal. We have reviewed President Obama’s speech last week at American University. It is an unsavory speech by a president who is losing the argument in the court of public opinion. Obama himself has sunk to new depths to promote the deal. For the details, please see Lee Smith’s eloquent Tablet column on Obama’s invocation of Jewish scapegoats. »

Keep the bloody whatever flying

Featured image Trying to understand the Trump phenomenon, I find myself thinking back to Ross Perot’s third-party presidential campaign of 1992. Trump is sui generis and his campaign has so far been waged within the Republican Party. Yet I can’t help but hear echoes of Ross Perot in Trump’s campaign. I offer the a few casual thoughts in the spirit of inquiry. Like Trump, his claim to fame was his success as »

A word from Robert Bartlett

Featured image Veterans Against the Deal has released the video below featuring former Staff Sergeant Robert Bartlett. Bartlett sustained horrendous injuries courtesy of President Obama’s new friends among the powers-that-be in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Not surprisingly, he doesn’t think the deal is all it’s cracked up to be by President Obama. Funny — funny if you attend to the unsavory line peddled by the White House and its unsavory allies »

Bernie Sanders ignorance watch

Featured image Bernie Sanders has been retailing the hoary feminist myth that women make 77 (or 78) cents to the dollar earned by men as a result of some nefarious employment discrimination. Sanders has apparently made the claim part of his stump speech. As Steve points out in the adjacent post, Sanders puts it this way: “Men, stand with the women and demand pay equity. There is no defensible reason why women »

Hillary Top Secret

Featured image McClatchyDC reports: As pressure builds on Hillary Clinton to explain her official use of personal email while serving as secretary of state, she faced new complications Tuesday. It was disclosed her top aides are being drawn into a burgeoning federal inquiry and that two emails on her private account have been classified as “Top Secret.” The inspector general for the Intelligence Community notified senior members of Congress that two of »

Who you gonna believe?

Featured image Iranian officials have proved a valuable source of information about our interim and final deals with the regime. Now the invaluable MEMRI has compiled new information from Iranian sources on the background to these deals. MEMRI titles its compilation “Iranian Senior Officials Disclose Confidential Details From Nuclear Negotiations: Already In 2011 We Received Letter From U.S. Administration Recognizing Iran’s Right To Enrich Uranium.” The information (I use the word not »

Questions for our Supreme Leader

Featured image In a notorious passage of his disgusting speech at American University this past Wednesday, President Obama asserted: Just because Iranian hardliners chant “Death to America” does not mean that that’s what all Iranians believe. (Applause.) In fact, it’s those hardliners who are most comfortable with the status quo. It’s those hardliners chanting “Death to America” who have been most opposed to the deal. They’re making common cause with the Republican »

Ben Carson comes to Council Bluffs

Featured image Nebraska attorney Dave Begley has reported for us from Iowa on appearances by presidential candidates including Democrat/Socialist Bernie Sanders and Republican candidates Scott Walker and Carly Fiorina. As is evident from his report, Dave is Power Line reader who is representative of the kind of active conservative participating in Republican caucuses and (in Dave’e case) primaries. Dave has filed this report on the appearance of Republican candidate Ben Carson in »

An evil and ugly speech

Featured image This past Wednesday President Obama spoke at American University in support of the arrangement he has entered into with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The White House has posted the text of the speech here. Video of the speech is posted here on the White House site and here on YouTube. The setting and length of the speech mark it as major. The setting harks back to President Kennedy’s commencement »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image We’ve been taking an appreciative look back at songwriter Jimmy Webb, who celebrates his birthday this week. Webb is a winner of numerous Grammy awards and a member of the National Songwriters Hall of Fame. He first achieved fame as an incredibly precocious songwriter in the ’60s — the composer of the shlock epic “MacArthur Park” as well as of several hits for the Fifth Dimension and, perhaps most notably, »

Trump’s statement

Featured image Following up on my post below, I want to add that Donald Trump has now issued a statement condemning Erick Erickson as “a total loser” and asserting that “[o]nly a deviant would think” he had been talking about Megyn Kelly menstruating when he referred to blood coming out of her “whatever” on CNN yesterday. At NR Alexis Levinson has posted Trump’s statement in full as emailed to reporters. Alexis notes »

Trump’s descent

Featured image In my post yesterday on “The Trump factor” I noted that I thought hot air began to leak out of the Trump balloon during the Republican debate event run by FOX News last night. Trump came into the debate with an astonishing lead in the polls, but he did not appear to be a happy warrior. He appeared angry. His anger did not relent following the debate. He unleashed a »

Notes and queries on the two debates

Featured image Having watched both the Republican happy hour debate on Thursday afternoon and the big show on Thursday, I have mostly irreverent thoughts on what I saw. Meaning no offense to anyone, I have a few notes and queries that I want to offer in good humor and in no particular order. I’ll start with Trump in the big show, go back to the happy hour debate, and then finish up »

The Trump factor, Williamson edition

Featured image I don’t think Tom Wolfe has ever written a profile of a politician. Now that he has turned to fiction, it is unlikely that he will ever do so. What would a Wolfean political profile look like? If it weren’t for National Review’s Kevin Williamson, we might never know. In the current (August 10) issue, Kevin writes about Trump in the feature article “The art of the grotesque.” NR has »

The Fiorina factor

Featured image Carly Fiorina had a great afternoon sparring in the Republican undercard yesterday. This was no accident; her performance fairly represented what she brings to the race. See, for example, Jay Nordlinger’s NR profile “Carly the communicator.” As if her performance in the undercard event weren’t enough yesterday, Carly topped it off in a close encounter of the Chris Matthews kind on MSNBC (below). Ms. Fiorina has a contribution to make. »