Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Richard Block: Not this deal

Featured image President Obama has sought to silence the voice of the organized Jewish community opposing his deal with Iran. Several prominent Jewish organizations have resisted and expressed their opposition to the deal. Obama’s response has been an extraordinarily nasty piece of work. Rabbi Richard A. Block now speaks up in opposition to the deal, noting some of the same points we have here on Power Line. Rabbi Block is senior rabbi »

A conversation with Christina Hoff Sommers

Featured image In the latest of his Conversations, Bill Kristol draws out former philosophy professor Christina Hoff Sommers on the myriad of subjects to which she has contributed her wit and wisdom over the past 20 years or so (video below, about one hour). Among the subject on which she speaks with authority and interest are the movement for “safe spaces” on campus, how feminism went awry, the war against boys, the »

Who ya gonna call?

Featured image I’ve noted the anti-Semitic themes and canards on which President Obama has unsubtly drawn in promoting the deal with Iran. He’s injected anti-Semitism into the mainstream of the Democratic Party. He hasn’t been reticent and he’s hardly been called on it. He is a true believer with a true believer’s lack of scruples or other inhibitions. Despite its liberalism and its Democratic tilt, the organized Jewish community has to a »

Mukasey’s judgment

Featured image Former federal judge and Attorney General Michael Mukasey provides a lucid tutorial in the law applicable to Hillary Clinton’s use of her home-based email/server for official business. Mr. Mukasey’s tutorial comes in the form of the Wall Street Journal column “Clinton defies the law and common sense” (accessible via Google here). Drawing both on his expertise and his experience, he concludes: It is no answer to say, as Mrs. Clinton »

From the desk of Bobby Jindal

Featured image The Wall Street Journal’s Notable and Quotable highlights an excerpt from the August 10 press release by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Governor Jindal entertains as he instructs: • I realize that the best way to make news is to mention Donald Trump. That’s the gold standard for making news these days. So, I’ve decided to randomly put his name into my remarks at various »

The government’s nonchalant response to Hillary’s security breaches, part three

Featured image Paul Mirengoff has written about the government’s nonchalant response to the serious security issues raised Madam Hillary’s private email/server here (part 1) and here (part 2). At last word the government has retrieved Clinton’s (wiped) server from Platte River Networks, the company she had entrusted to do her dirty work. But consider these wrinkles: Platte River Networks says it copied the server before wiping it — copies of the emails »

Live from Clear Lake: Dems on parade

Featured image Nebraska attorney David Begley continues his series of reports on appearances of the presidential candidates in Iowa for us. Yesterday Dave attended the appearance of the Democratic candidates at the party’s Wing Ding fundraiser in Clear Lake, Iowa. Above the break below Dave reports on the appearance of Madam Hillary, below the break on the appearances of Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley: I was deep undercover as I wore my »

The Ventura factor

Featured image I wrote about Donald Trump’s relationship with Jesse Ventura in “The Trump factor.” I think the relationship is illuminating and deserving of attention in a number of respects, including Trump’s discussion with Ventura late last year regarding the difficulties of a third-party presidential run. Now Ventura has made it clear that he is available and eager to join the Trump ticket as a vice presidential candidate. “I shocked my staff »

Fact vs. Theory: A special case

Featured image The ceiling collapsed during a performance at the famous Minneapolis rock venue First Avenue on Wednesday evening. Star Tribune rock critic Jon Bream and two other reporters covered the story of the ceiling collapse here. The story is no joke; the ceiling collapse sent three people to the hospital. Bream and his colleagues reported: A 30-foot-by-30-foot section gave way during a concert about 10 p.m., the Minneapolis Fire Department said. »

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 »