Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is thinking about CONFESSIONS (not her own). She writes: Well, thanks to the spectacular results of our recent election, coupled with outrageous premium hikes for something that was going to “bend the cost curve” so far downward that each family would save $2500 a year – Disney World here we come! – Obamacare is front and center once again. Let’s revisit the genius architects of that disaster. We »

The Reid syndrome

Featured image Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid seems to me to personify one of the four categories of libel per se with respect to which certain proof otherwise required to make out a claim of libel is presumed. One of the four categories is a statement imputing a loathsome disease to another. When I hear the name of Harry Reid, I think loathsome disease. He embodies the slimy ethos of today’s »

The latest from Berlin: Looking for Mr. Amri

Featured image A reader following the German press is helping to keep us current on news of the Berlin massacre. The news focuses on the hunt for the Tunisian suspect, Anis Amri, and his telling backstory. Our reader advises that there are several interesting reports in the German media today. Despite concerns that the document found in the truck used by the terrorist was a feint designed to mislead the authorities, Amri’s »

A Whitaker Chambers Xmas revisited

Featured image Reviewing the recommended reading list posted in the spirit of the season by our friends at American Greatness, I was reminded that a friend asked me to recommend a book about Whittaker Chambers as a Christmas gift for her smartly conservative daughter a few years ago. Chambers stands at the center of an incredible drama and four fantastic books that I know of about him. There is still much to »

The latest from Berlin: Anis Amri? Whodat???

Featured image Two photos of suspected Berlin truck terrorist Anis Amri have now been posted at the German Bundeskriminalamt website. The BKA has requested the public’s assistance to locate him here. According to the German tabloid Bild, the Tunisian government refused to replace Amri’s passport, although requested to by the German government, because he was unknown to them: Wie BILD erfuhr, hatte der Tunesier im April 2016 ein Asylantrag gestellt, wurde vom »

The latest from Berlin: Last name, photo & more

Featured image The Daily Mail passes on the last name and photo (right) of the suspect identified by the authorities in the Berlin massacre. He is believed to be armed and dangerous. And, oh, yeah, he is probably a member of a “large” Islamic organization: This is the Tunisian asylum seeker with ‘links to Islamic extremists’ who has become Europe’s most wanted man after his ID was found under the seat in »

About that “typo”

Featured image Last week the New York Times published a long story by three of their top reporters on the alleged Russian hacking of the DNC and Podesta emails. In a good summary of one thread of the article, Ed Rogers notes the “Keystone Cops-worthy episode” when the FBI sought to alert the DNC: [I]t turns out the FBI repeatedly called the DNC beginning in September 2015 to warn them about hacking »

The latest from Berlin: Searching for a suspect

Featured image German media report that police are searching for a Tunisian named Anis A, born in 1992 in the city of Tataouine, after a temporary-stay permit was found under a seat in the cab of the lorry. That’s how the BBC puts it. The man is aged 21 or 23 and also known by two aliases, according to unconfirmed reports in the daily Allgemeine Zeitung and the Bild newspaper. The UK”s »

Keith Ellison for dummies revisited

Featured image I wrote the Weekly Standard article “Louis Farrakhan’s first congressman” and posted the companion Power Line post “Keith Ellison for dummies” in October 2006, when Ellison was on the verge of election to Congress representing Minnesota’s Fifth District. The latter piece includes some of the basic documents supporting my narrative of Ellison’s long association with the Nation of Islam. I was provoked to write these pieces by the poor job »

What happened in Berlin [updated]

Featured image What was the horrifying attack at the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin that killed 12 yesterday? It was obviously an act of Islamist terrorism in the style of the attack that killed 86 in Nice on Bastille Day this past July. How obvious was it? It was so obvious that the New York Times describes it as follows: A truck driver barreled into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin »

Martin Karo: Obama agonistes

Featured image Reader Martin Karo is a Philadelphia attorney. As President Obama prepares to depart office, Mr. Karo offers optimistic thoughts on what he believes to be Obama’s ultimate failure: Watching Hillary Clinton’s sad soiree, and the shrinking Obama persona displayed in his latest PBS interview, make the Democratic titans seem enmeshed in a sort of Greek tragedy. Hillary’s self-destruction is all too obvious; but Obama’s strikes me as equally tragic, and »

The persistence of “locker room talk”

Featured image I don’t think of my time at the University of Minnesota Law School from 1976 to 1979 as ancient history. My teachers and classes remain vivid in my mind. It seems like yesterday. Yet Paul’s comments on “locker room talk” among athletes at elite colleges reminds me “that was in another country, and besides, the wench is dead,” so to speak. In a sense, the seventies partake of the modern »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image Frank Loesser prospered writing songs for the movies, for the war and for Broadway. As John Bush writes in his Allmusic profile of Loesser, “it appears that Frank Loesser had several careers packed into his one life.” Loesser wrote “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition” in April 1942. It was only the second song for which he had written both the words and the music; the first had preceded »

Hope against hope

Featured image I’m quite sure that the science does not support this assertion made by President Obama at his press conference yesterday: “Almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago” (video below). He probably even believes it, but he believes a lot things that just aren’t so. POTUS: "Almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today »

When Shakespeare won’t do

Featured image Students at Penn removed the dominating portrait of Shakespeare from the wall of the Heyer Staircase in Fisher-Bennett Hall and replaced it with that of self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” Audre Lorde. The Weekly Standard’s Scrapbook tentatively describes Lord’s poetry as “agitprop,” which is about as good a one-word description as any. “Unreadable” is probably too generic. After removing Shakespeare’s portrait, the students deposited it in the office of »

An interview with David Friedman

Featured image Following up on Paul’s post regarding the president-elect’s designated United States ambassador to Israel, I want to draw attention to Eric Cortellessa’s Times of Israel profile of David Friedman. The profile derives from Cortellessa’s interview of Friedman last month. Headline: “Trump’s envoy: The new administration ‘won’t tell Israel what policies to adopt.’” Subhead: “David Friedman says the incoming president doesn’t view Israel as ‘a client state you issue directives to’ »

The hackers & the hacks

Featured image The Washington Post and New York Times have created a post-election furor with stories citing unnamed intelligence sources promoting a certain line on Russian hacking of the DNC and John Podesta email accounts. Podesta now takes to the pages of the Washington Post to call out the FBI. Podesta’s gmail account appears to have been hacked via a simple phishing scam with no evident connection to Russia. The phishing scam »