Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is thinking about CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS. She writes This is one woman’s experience with crimes against either me personally or my loved ones. I have been very lucky indeed, with only a few incidents in my long life, most against property. But some crimes were serious enough they could have ended in tragedy. THE END OF INNOCENCE! As I’ve mentioned before, I grew up in the ’50s and »

Name/rename this

Featured image In a recent dispatch from the cultural revolution on campus, the Office of the President of Yale University has posted the following announcement: Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming In recent years, and with increasing intensity during the past year, a wide-ranging conversation has taken place at Yale and elsewhere about the role of naming and renaming in acknowledging and confronting our history. Although decisions at Yale and other universities »

Obama’s ransom payment (4)

Featured image The United States purchased $400 million of cash in European currencies from European central banks; the cash was purchased with American dollars. The United States then delivered the $400 million in cash to the Iranian regime in an unmarked cargo plane on the day that four Americans held by the Iranian regime were released. The transaction was kept secret from the American people. Among other things, the Obama administration sought »

Now read this

Featured image Without further comment, I urge readers to check out the following intensely reported pieces on the spread of Islamist terrorism. Here they are, in reverse chronological order: Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times (August 3), “How a secretive branch of ISIS built a global network of killers.” Excerpt: “Believing he was answering a holy call, Harry Sarfo left his home in the working-class city of Bremen last year and drove for »

Obama’s ransom payment (2)

Featured image In the adjacent post Paul Mirengoff extracts the key points from the page-one Wall Street Journal story by Jay Solomon and Carol Lee reporting the Obama administration’s covert cash payment of $400 million to our enemies in Iran as they released four Americans they had detained. Omri Ceren has also emailed a useful summary of key points. Despite the repetition, I thought readers might find it of interest. Omri writes: »

Obama jumps on the pig pile

Featured image The Trump Train rumbles on toward its likely Wreck on November 8. Indeed, it has picked up speed over the past few days. The engineer appears almost willfully to be driving in the wrong direction. The adage attributed to Napoloeon holds that one should never interfere with an enemy when he is engaged in the process of destroying himself. In response to what looked to me to have been a »

Putin’s infowar on America

Featured image Donald Trump induced some kind of a nervous breakdown in the Democrat/Media Complex last week with his invitation that Russia release its putative trove of deleted Clinton emails. The Democrats’ hysteria constituted an exercise in bad faith, the Media’s hysteria an exercise in servile stupidity. That’s just the way it is. They have moved on. They now seek to exploit Donald Trump’s refusal to abide by the first law of »

Clinton’s Omaha detour

Featured image Hillary Clinton directed her campaign bus to Omaha yesterday. She had important business to transact with Warren Buffett. About 15 people paid $100,000 each to attend Buffett’s fundraiser for Clinton. Our man in Omaha — Nebraska attorney Dave Begley — was ready for Hillary when she got to town. Dave reports: Hillary Clinton appeared in Omaha on Monday with Warren Buffett. Since this appearance was all about Buffett, I will »

If she’s moving her lips (2)

Featured image I’ve now listened to Hillary Clinton’s interview with Chris Wallace several times and remain in awe of the stream of lies that erupts like a gusher in response to Wallace’s few pointed questions. At 15:00 of the video (below), for example, Wallace asks Clinton about the private email server that she used for her official State Department business. Everything she says is premeditated, cold-blooded, false and fraudulent. Consider her characterization »

If she’s moving her lips

Featured image Chris Wallace caught up with Hillary Clinton in Harrisburg to record an interview with her for Fox News Sunday (video below, about 24 minutes). Wallace did a poor job on the issues. The interview was lame. Several of the questions are simply pitiful in the Barbara Walters style. When Wallace get to matters of fact and substance, Clinton promulgated whopper after whopper in her usual style. Wallace played a clip »

Yes We Khan

Featured image Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democratic National Convention has turned him into an overnight celebrity a la Barack Obama, or Wendy Davis. (Surely you haven’t forgotten Wendy Davis.) The mainstream media have gone into a frenzy about the speech, and Trump’s response helps the media keep it going. Here, the beat goes on in the New York Times. I think Trump’s instincts on this are all wrong, and I mean »

The (de)iceman cometh

Featured image Yaron Steinbuch reports in the New York Post: “ISIS teen who killed priest passed background check for airport job.” Steinbuch notes that “[t]he bloodthirsty jihadist who executed a Catholic priest in France ‘easily’ passed a background check to become an airport baggage handler[.]” The murderer “worked full time at Chambéry Airport in the Savoie region, which is used by more than 250,000 passengers a year, until just three months ago[.]” »

Venezuela’s new decree

Featured image In his column “Socialism for the uninformed,” Thomas Sowell observed: “socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster.” Sowell cited the slow-motion catastrophe in Venezuela as a case in point: “While throngs of young »

Ms. Clinton resets

Featured image I wondered what Madam Hillary and her cornermen would do to make sure she didn’t suffer one of her patented coughing fits last night in the course of the the biggest speech of her career. I would guess they must have done something, but I’m still wondering what. At the Daily Wire, Robert Kraychuk makes a related observation: “Clinton noticeably cleared her throat twenty-two times. In and of itself, it »

Sleepers don’t awake

Featured image Hillary Clinton demonstrated again in her DNC acceptance speech that she is a terrible public speaker. Politic has posted the text of the speech here. C-SPAN has posted video of the speech here; PBS has posted it on YouTube here. Having received some of the best instruction in the world on how to do it, Madam Hillary has absorbed this lesson: speak slowly. Speak as if you’re talking to children. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll draws on a REVEALING RIDE-ALONG chronicled by former Pioneer Press and Star Tribune columnist Nick Coleman wasy back when: About 15 years ago, when the “Driving While Black” meme was just finding purchase in the public mind, ultra-liberal Twin Cities columnist Nick Coleman, son of a Democrat pol, no friend to Power Line, was invited to go on a ride-along with the police. I knew Nick personally, not »

Let’s go crazy

Featured image Donald Trump attracted a lot of attention of the negative variety with a statement during his press conference in Miami yesterday. Asked repeatedly about allegations that the Russian government is behind the hacked and leaked Democratic National Committee’s emails, Trump took the opportunity to touch on the related subject of Hillary’s 30,000 deleted emails. “Russia, if you’re listening,” Trump said, “I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that »