Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image Obama and the Democrats enacted Obamacare on a foundation of lies — you can keep your health insurance, you can keep your doctor, Obamacare will save the average family $2500, and all the rest. Now the lies just keep coming. This week brought us the extension of Obamacare open enrollment beyond the legal deadline of March 31 by administrative fiat, despite the recent denial by Queen Seeb and others (video »

Abu Ghaith convicted

Featured image Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law — one Sulaiman Abu Ghaith — was found guilty today of conspiring to kill Americans and of providing material support to terrorists in federal district court in New York. According to the Wall Street Journal, the conviction “bolsters the arguments of those who contend that civilian courts, rather than military commission, are suitably equipped to handle terrorism prosecutions.” I’m not buying that for a minute. Indeed, »

Deep thoughts by Barack Obama

Featured image ABC’s Jonathan Karl touched a nerve when he asked President Obama whether Mitt Romney might have been on to something with his observation that Russia is our number one geopolitical foe. The question came in Obama’s press conference at the Hague yesterday. Obama went into epic BS mode. At the Weekly Standard, Daniel Halper transcribes this quotable quote: With respect to Mr. Romney’s assertion that Russia is our number one »

Celebrate this

Featured image Justin Sink and Elise Viebeck have an interesting report on the Democrats’ plan to defend Obamacare in the court of public opinion: “Dems plan to ramp up offense on Obamacare.” The report is accompanied by a photograph that seems to me to be of the worth-a-thousand-words variety. It depicts Nancy Pelosi contemplating a board touting the achievements of Obamacare on the fourth anniversary of its enactment. This woman used to »

Obamacare in court again

Featured image Obamacare is a comprehensive assault on the liberty and prosperity of the American people raising a panoply of constitutional and legal issues. Two of them get another round in court this week. The Hobby Lobby case addresses one element of the law’s assault on religious liberty. We’ve come to a pretty pass. Not even the Little Sisters of the Poor are safe. Who would have thought it possible? A free »

Remembering Budd Schulberg

Featured image Budd Schulberg — writer, novelist, playwright, screenwriter — was born 100 years ago this coming March 27. Mark Steyn takes the occasion of the Schulberg centenary to look back in the column “What made Buddy run?” Please check it out. Schulberg died in August 2009 ago at the age of 95. His life cut through an almost unbelievable slice of American history, more than enough for two memoirs. In Moving »

Philadelphia four run for reelection

Featured image The story of the corruption investigation killed by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane hasn’t gotten much attention nationally, but it’s an interesting story. The terminated investigation, commenced in the office of then Attorney General (now Governor) Tom Corbett caught four Philadelphia state representatives taking cash from an informant working a sting operation. Kane has accused those who ran the investigation of racism and the characterized the criticism of her her »

And one more thing

Featured image To borrow Brit Hume’s judgment, John Hinderaker has “eviscerated” the posts by Washington Post reporters Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin on Koch Industries and the Canadian tar sands. Mufson and Eilperin work full time for the Post. Yet it took both of them to produce the farrago of misinformation and vacuity on display in their two posts. You’d think one of them could have handled it all by himself (or »

The Post: Depantsed but not deloused

Featured image Commenting on John Hinderaker’s two rounds with the Washington Post’s Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin, Brit Hume renders this judgment on Twitter: Two @washingtonpost reporters respond to @powerlineblog's evisceration of their work. They get eviscerated again. http://t.co/6dgRw1amdP — Brit Hume (@brithume) March 22, 2014 “Eviscerate” means “disembowel.” Brit is an experienced journalist. His judgment carries the weight of his standing in the profession. I think he has it exactly right, »

Deep secrets of affirmative action debated

Featured image Preparing to speak at the Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention this past fall, I read the astounding book Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It by Richard H. Sander and Stuart Taylor, Jr. The book came out to wide acclaim in October 2012. Amazon does not indicate that a paperback edition is forthcoming. You might want to pick up a copy »

Culture of corruption update

Featured image Yesterday in “Culture of corruption” I wrote about the “sting operation over three years that captured leading Philadelphia Democrats, including four members of the city’s state House delegation, on tape accepting money[.]” The investigation was killed by Attorney General Kathleen Kane (a Democrat) when she took office in early 2013. Kane has hired an attorney to make threatening noises regarding a defamation lawsuit against the Inquirer, but she is firing »

Culture of corruption

Featured image Angela Couloumbis and Craig McCoy reported a long story published in this past Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer. The story is of interest in a number of respects. The headline refers to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane: “Kane shut down sting that snared Phila. officials.” NRO posted a good summary by Alec Torres here. It’s the kind of story that Glenn Reynolds sometimes links to with the introductory tag “Culture of Corruption,” »

Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most

Featured image There are a few torch songs that lament the coming of Spring. This time of year, if you’re tuned to one of the right stations, you may well find yourself listening to Ella Fitzgerald’s unforgettable rendition of “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most.” The song is a buried treasure on Ella’s 1961 quartet-backed jazz set Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! (I love the Amazon review that rates it »

Obama’s IRS, cont’d

Featured image In today’s Wall Street Journal, Rep. Jim Jordan summarizes some of the evidence that the IRS has committed serious crimes at the behest of its political masters. Rep. Jordan is a member of the House Oversight Committee that has held hearings and conducted an investigation of the IRS’s criminal misconduct. Analyze this: I have spent a considerable amount of time and energy on the investigation—which included 38 daylong interviews of »

Puttin’ up with Putin

Featured image It is not difficult to get a fix on Barack Obama’s view of the world. It is the view of the leftover left that took the side of the Soviet Union in the Cold War. Obama seems not to have changed his views or to have learned anything since his days as a college student in which he performed as a “useful idiot” for the Soviet Union. A year ago, »

Putin vs. Obama

Featured image I posted the strip below this past January, but it’s time has come around again. It contrasts Barack Obama with Vladimir Putin in an entertaining and (somewhat) instructive way. Why is that man bowing? Those bows are a killer. Late in the Age of Obama, Obama has yet to field a question on the subject. (Jay Carney, of course, denied that he was bowing.) We are left to our own »

This cannot stand

Featured image The Times of Israel has a handy summary (and Breitbart has more here) of Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s remarks earlier this week concerning the perils of Obama administration foreign policy from Israel’s perspective. It’s a sort of “emperor has no clothes” moment, with Ya’alon “declaring that Israel cannot rely on the US to thwart Iran’s nuclear program, accusing the administration of broadcasting weakness throughout the world, and warning that »