Author Archives: Scott Johnson

“How is it playing out in Australia?” [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Writing from down under, Steve Kates responds to the question “How is it playing out in Australia?” Not surprisingly, Professor Kates provides a perspective that is nowhere to be found in the news up here: “For [Australian Prime Minister] Malcolm [Turnbull] apparently to have tried to push Trump, by telling him that as a fellow businessman that a deal is a deal, must rank as politically incompetent as anything I »

Robert Reich is on the case

Featured image At Mediaite, Alex Griswold reports that former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich is on the case of the Berkeley riots that prevented Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on campus this past Wednesday evening. Reich actually holds down an honored position at Berkeley as Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy. He was an eyewitness in part to the events. His pronouncements on campus events therefore carry some weight. Reich asserted on CNN »

Schuminations

Featured image Senate Democratic Chuck Schumer’s fake tears over President Trump’s puported “travel ban” is a moment that signifies and resonates. Good grief! Is that the best you can do, man? As political theater, that was pathetic. Schumer can’t fake sincerity. He’s not a touch feely kind of guy. What a phony. If he’s a genuine article of any kind, it would be the thug kind. He didn’t rise in New York »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll draws on her professional experience as she continues in GET A GRIP – A SERIES! Part 2: GRABBING AT STRAWS (One Sane Woman’s Take on Locker-Room Talk, from Boys and Sort of Grown Men). She writes: Tens of thousands of women marched in Washington and other cities to protest the election of President Trump. Many wore little pink knit caps they called Pussy Hats. As we would say »

The left does “Groundhog Day”

Featured image Today is Groundhog Day. It may put us in mind of the romantic comedy of the same name starring Bill Murray and celebrated by Jonah Goldberg in the NR article “A movie for all time.” The premise of the film is involuntary repetition. How can we escape from Groundhog Day? Events in Washington and on the left coast display a political analogue. Listening to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi recycle »

Iran put “on notice”

Featured image At today’s White House press briefing National Security Advisor Michael Flynn read a statement that took note of recent Iranian provocations. Flynn specifically cited two sets of Iranian actions that he suggested the Iranians had been allowed to conduct with relative impunity in recent years: Iranian ballistic missile launches and Iran’s proxies in Yemen attacking naval vessels in the Red Sea. Flynn put Iran “on notice,” without further explanation. Politico »

(DHS) Magical mystery tour (and why I need a lawyer)

Featured image The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport should be a sidebar to the story of the case against the “Minnesota men” that resulted in guilty pleas and verdicts last year. One of the “Minnesota men” who pleaded guilty and cooperated with the prosecution had worked on the tarmac at the airport in positions where he could have done serious damage. So did the “Minnesota man” who turned informant and was never charged »

Report: It’s Judge Gorsuch

Featured image President Trump will keep another of his campaign promises tonight when he names his choice to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Scalia. Via Independent Journal Review, Ramesh Ponnuru reports that Trump will nominate Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Court. Ramesh deems Judge Gorsuch a worthy heir to Justice Scalia. Our own Paul Mirengoff took a highly favorable look at Judge Gorsuch »

Bad moon rising

Featured image You may have missed the Dems’ big rally at the Supreme Court last night against President Trump’s “travel ban” (as CNN calls it). Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer somehow expressed his opposition to Trump’s executive order without crying even though he did call out the order as “evil.” Really. The rally was full of symbolic moments. The amplification malfunctioned with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the microphone seeking »

What’s next?

Featured image You have to wonder what comes next after the hysteria manifested by the Democrat/Media Axis in the first 10 days of the Trump administration. They have turned up the “resistance” to 11, Spinal Tap style. Democrats vow to filibuster Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, whoever he is. The vow should detract from whatever Democrats have to say on the merits of the nomination, but they aren’t exactly held to the same »

Schumer cries

Featured image Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer got all choked up about President Trump’s recent immigration order calling a brief timeout on admissions from seven countries. Well, it must be serious. This sets a high bar indeed for future action taken by President Trump. From now on the question will be whether it prompted Schumer to recite poetry, invoke one of his kids and cry for the cameras. »

Turning it up to 11

Featured image Paul notes the Washington Post’s solicitation of readers for what he calls “immigration sob stories.” If you can explain how Donald Trump ruined your life and can tie it to the “extreme vetting” executive order, the Post wants to hear from you. But it’s not just the Post. The New York Times is also on the case. If you have been affected (or will soon be affected!) by the executive »

The Muslim Brotherhood revisited

Featured image In significant respects the Muslim Brotherhood is the progenitor of the Islamic terrorism that hit us on 9/11. Lawrence Wright therefore began his account of al Qaeda and the road to 9/11 with Sayyid Qutb, the “intellectual godfather” of the Brotherhood. The avowedly genocideal and terrorist group Hamas is an offshoot of the Brotherhood. The Brotherhood itself is a little cagier, but it takes a case of willful blindness to »

Shedunnit, whoever she is

Featured image At Axios, Jonathan Swan reports that “the person who leaked audio of the closed-door Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia snuck in by claiming to be the spouse of an elected official. She was at the retreat for 11 hours before escorted out by Capitol Police. The Congressional Institute, which hosts the event, is trying to figure out who she is.” I should add that a local television report on the »

Press alert

Featured image Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Michael P. Ramirez (@Ramireztoons) is bemused by indignation of the prestige press over alleged presidential prevarication since some time around noon on January 20, 2017. Where were you when we needed you? If I recall correctly — and I think Ramirez agrees with me here — they were working overtime for the man. »

Extreme vetting, here we come

Featured image President Trump began to fulfill one of his signal campaign promises yesterday with the promulgation of an executive order addressing immigration from Muslim countries. The New York Times has posted the text of the executive order here. The order proceeds through a series of cross-reference to other laws that renders it incomprehensible on its own terms. Perhaps improvidently, I take the summary of the order’s operative provisions by Michael Shear »

At GOP retreat, whodunnit?

Featured image Washington Post reporter Mike DeBonis reveals that someone inside the closed-door meeting of Republican congressmen in Philadelphia this week may have committed a serious crime in the course of the retreat. That’s not the way DeBonis puts it in his story on the cold feet and second thoughts among the GOP congressmen about their commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare, but that’s how I read this statement: “Recordings of closed »