Author Archives: Scott Johnson

The Oslo disaster

Featured image It is a remarkable fact that Israel has never held a public accounting for the utter disaster that was Oslo. Israel’s then Foreign Minister President Shimon Peres of course won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize (with Prime Minister Rabin and the terrorist butcher Yasser Arafat) for his involvement in the Oslo Accords that resulted in the return of Arafat from his Tunisian exile to rule over the Arabs on the »

For the mullahs, nothing but cash

Featured image Omri Ceren writes to update us on today’s Wall Street Journal story by Jay Solomon and Carol Lee (accessible here via Google) that the $1.7 billion paid to the Islamic Republic of Iran was all cash. Omri writes with his usual footnotes: In January the White House revealed it was transferring Iran $1.7 billion while Iran released some US hostages. Officials denied those were linked, but then the WSJ revealed »

From the crazy mixed-up FBI files of Mrs. Hillary R. Clinton

Featured image The FBI released a redacted set of documents including its Hillary 302 notes and related materials this past Friday before the holiday weekend. The documents are accessible in two sets posted in PDF format here. Releasing the documents as we roll into a holiday weekend represents classic scandal management practice. It raises the question whether the FBI was acting on Clinton’s behalf protecting her, or on its own behalf protecting »

My opening farewell to Bonnie Raitt reconsidered

Featured image In August 2002 I went to see Bonnie Raitt perform at the Minnesota State Fair. I’d previously seen Raitt perform in St. Paul at the Ordway Center 1986 or so, I think, but she was obviously drunk on that occasion. ZZ Top was performing at the St. Paul Civic Center around the corner from the Ordway and Raitt kept saying: “Man, ZZ Top. They’re playing next door; I can’t believe »

Ilhan Omar: Fox News pierces the silence

Featured image Preya Samsundar appeared for a brief segment on Fox & Friends this morning to discuss the Ilhan Omar story with our friend Pete Hegseth. Although the segment barely skimmed the surface of Preya’s reportage — Preya’s most recent stories are posted here (August 22), here (August 26) and here (September 2) — it introduced the story to a national audience. With the exception of Preya’s work at Alpha News, the »

Lies of Obamacare, part MMMMCCXXXII

Featured image Stuart Varney demanded an apology from Obamacare architect and propagandist Ezekiel Emanuel last week on FOX News. The lies of Obamacare resume whenever Emanuel moves his lips, but there is therapetic value in Varney’s beatdown on Emanuel. Emanuel retorts: “Your memory is just so poor about how bad the system was before.” This isn’t good for my anger management therapy, but it is a healthy reminder, so to speak, of »

Was it something he said?

Featured image The Chinese government found a new way to express its contempt for Barack Obama and the United States yesterday. The authorities snubbed Obama upon his arrival in Hangzhou before the start of the G20 conference. According to the Guardian: “[Obama] was forced to disembark from Air Force One through a little-used exit in the plane’s belly after no rolling staircase was provided when he landed in the eastern Chinese city »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image I think this will be the next to the last post featuring a few of my favorite lesser known folk related songs with my personal notes on them. I don’t make any claims for the songs other than their meaning to me and my attachment to them. I only hope you may find something here that brightens your day or inspires you to extend your own musical pursuits. Tom Rush »

Ilhan Omar: The sound of silence

Featured image Following her victory over 22-term incumbent Minnesota state Rep. Phyllis Kahn in Minnesota in the August 9 primary, Ilhan Omar emerged as the Democratic Party’s hot new thing. The Star Tribune touted her victory under a huge banner headline. Two follow-up stories analyzed the sources of Omar’s not particularly surprising success in a district whose demographics have markedly shifted toward the Somali community. At the end of that week we »

Hillary Clinton is a big fat liar

Featured image Leafing through the FBI’s 302 of its interview with Hillary Clinton, one might come away with the impression that she is a big fat idiot (to borrow the inelegant locution of Minnesota’s unfunniest former comedian). That impression would be justified based on the text of the interview notes, but it would be mistaken. Rather, Hillary Clinton is a big fat liar. Well, okay, we knew that. The seriousness and absurdity »

Mostly immoderate moderators named

Featured image Politico reports that NBC’s Lester Holt (September 26), ABC’s Martha Raddatz (October 9), CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Fox News’s Chris Wallace (October 19) and will moderate the three presidential debates this fall, according to the announcement of the Commission on Presidential Debates this morning; CBS’s Elaine Quijano will moderate the vice presidential debate (October 4). The first debate (September 26) lies entirely in the hands of Lester Holt. Holt is a »

Bech in Czech

Featured image Paul Mirengoff’s tribute to the courage and the sacrifice of the Czech Olympic champion Vera Caslavska brought to mind one of my favorite passages in the works of John Updike that I have managed to read. Updike was a voluminous and accomplished writer in every literary form, though I think he was a master of the short story in particular. Updike wrote enough stories to fill three small volumes about »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll reflects on her own HABITS, MOSTLY BAD. She writes: Of course, things like brushing your teeth and always fastening seat belts are also habits. But our discussion today will be about my struggles with some less helpful habits. DRINKING COFFEE – A REPRIEVE Every few years, the same people who assured us for 25 years that margarine was much healthier for us than butter would cluck their teeth »

Analyze this

Featured image The Obama administration’s multifarious accommodations of the Islamic Republic of Iran are an evil that we will be living with for some time to come. Omri Ceren writes with his usual footnotes to explicate the administration’s nonresponse to revelations regarding the regime’s installation of the Russian anti-aircraft system to protect the supposedly pacified nuclear facility at Fordow (emphasis in original). This is an important issue and I thought some readers »

John Kerry actually said this (with video)

Featured image From the crazy, mixed-up files of Obama administration Secretary of State John Kerry we have this deep thought rendered during remarks to the press on Monday in Dhaka, Bangladesh: Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism. It’s easy to terrorize. Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. But if you decide one day you’re going to »

Unsafe in the Gulf

Featured image The Obama administration has declined to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, though it has richly earned such recognition. President Obama doesn’t want to do anything to alienate his putative friends in Islamic Republic of Iran. His putative friends, however, continue to harass American forces in the Gulf and to take actions that humiliate the United States. As his putative friends express their contempt for him, President Obama »

John Kerry actually said this

Featured image PJ Media’s Tyler O’Neil draws attention to the remarks of Secretary of State John Kerry in Bangladesh on Monday. Kerry explicitly asked the media to cover terrorism less, so “people wouldn’t know what’s going on.” I think that Kerry’s statement truly represents the deep thoughts of President Obama. This particular deep thought forms part of the Obama administration’s higher wisdom so much of which is not intended for public consumption. »