Author Archives: Scott Johnson

DHS: ISIS not here (updated)

Featured image Yesterday I noted Rep. Duncan Hunter’s statement that 10 ISIS members of some kind had been apprehended at the border crossing into Texas. The New Republic’s Danny Vinik contacted DHS to ask for a comment. Vinik reports: “The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground,” said »

Hagan’s ghost

Featured image President Obama is no more popular in North Carolina that he is in other purple states, yet incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan has hung on in her race for reelection against Republican Thom Tillis. The folks at Crossroads GPS seem to think that disseminating information about Hagan’s record of stalwart support for Obama might turn the tide, and they have created a powerful ad to get the word out. In »

The Dempsey diagnosis

Featured image Is our campaign against ISIS for real, or is it a phony war? Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey gave the powerful impression of a man resigned to defeat in his interview yesterday with Martha Raddatz on ABC News (video below), discussing the imminent fall of Kobani in Syria. General Dempsey, what’s the plan? We know ISIS is for real. It appears that the constraints under which you are operating may »

Is ISIS here?

Featured image Watching Greta Van Susteren’s show on FOX News last night out of the corner of one eye, I just about fell out of my chair when Rep. Duncan Hunter made a point about the imminent threat that ISIS poses to the United States. “At least ten ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the border in Texas,” he said. How does he know that? “Because I’ve asked the border patrol, »

Panetta on Benghazi: I knew right away

Featured image In an interview yesterday on MSNBC Leon Panetta stated that he knew immediately the 9/11 incident in Benghazi was a terrorist attack (video below). How did he know? “I didn’t have any specific information, but the fact was: when you bring grenade launchers to a demonstration, there’s something else going on. And I just, from the very beginning, sensed that this was an attack — this was a terrorist attack »

Pryor analytics, cont’d

Featured image A reporter from MSNBC stumped incumbent Arkansas Democratic Senator Mark Pryor with a question plucked from the headlines of the past week’s news: Do you think Obama has done an appropriate job handling the Ebola crisis? In the video below, Pryor appears to be stumped. He must know what he thinks; he must have an opinion. He’s asking himself what would Bill do? That is, he’s quickly trying to compute »

The lying game, part 2

Featured image James O’Keefe follows up on yesterday’s video featuring the Democratic operatives working on behalf of Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Grimes with a look at her financial supporters. O’Keefe writes: In our video released yesterday, you heard from Grimes’s own campaign team. Today’s video, below, is far more blatant than the last. The revelations are coming from a man, Niko Elmaleh, who with his family, has donated more than two hundred »

Lois & him

Featured image Lois Lerner was out for a walk with her dog when Jason Mattera accosted her regarding her wrongdoing on behalf of the Obama administration at the IRS. She has a lot to answer for and we may never get beyond something like Mattera’s attempted ambush interview (posted here, on Jason’s Daily Surge site). Jason delights in serving up to Democrats the Alinskyite tactics in which they specialize. I don’t think »

Speaking of “near certainty”

Featured image Alan Dershowitz’s Wall Street Journal column “The education of a wartime president” is behind the Journal’s subscription paywall but is easily accessible via Google. I learned something from it and urge readers to check it out. It is an important column, deserving of extended discussion in a couple of respects. I want to take it up by annotating it with relevant links. Professor Dershowitz introduces his subject with an Obama »

General Keane reflects

Featured image The Foundation for Constitutional Government has just released Bill Kristol’s “Conversation” with Gen. Jack Keane. The “Conversation” is one in a series of long-form interviews conducted by Bill with key intellectuals and players. Bill reports that “the reaction to this particular conversation has been terrific,” so he urges interested readers to take a look. He adds: “If you agree it’s worthwhile, do recommend it to others, especially those in the »

The lying game [With Comment by John]

Featured image Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Grimes has expressed vehement opposition to Obama administration energy policy in the histrionic style to which we have become accustomed when Democrats need the votes of red state rubes. In his latest undercover project — the first of a series — James O’Keefe dispatched a team to Grimes campaign offices to seek out the truth of her opposition to Obama administration policies (video below). O’Keefe’s »

Lamer than expected

Featured image Under the byline of Nour Malas, Dion Nissenbaum, and Maria Abi-Habib, the Wall Street Journal assesses the progress of the Obama administration’s air campaign against ISIS so far in the story in the story that appears online under the headline “U.S.-led airstrikes disrupt Islamic state, but extremists hold territory” (behind the Journal’s paywall but accessible via Google). In the newspaper the headline reads “Islamic State proves resilient.” The air campaign »

On the Town again

Featured image We visited family in New York last weekend and attended a preview of On the Town on Friday night. The show opens officially on October 16. I have enjoyed a few other musicals as much as I did this one, but none more. I thought the production was spectacular in every respect, from the book (Comden & Green) to the songs (Comden & Green and Leonard Bernstein) to the dancing »

The gripes of wrath

Featured image We’ve got a problem in the Twin Cities that is based in our large and still growing population of Somali immigrants. Somalis have been immigrating to Minnesota for more than twenty years now. They have taken advantage of all the services that our state and local institutions offer. They have been welcomed with open arms, in Minnesota’s characteristic style. Yet Minnesota’s Somali community (“Minnesotans”) have proved the most fertile ground »

Will’s useful reminder

Featured image President Obama read from the teleprompter at mind-numbing length yesterday before a friendly audience at Northwestern University (White House text here). In the speech Obama touted his economic record, mocked Republicans for opposing Obamacare, and made economic proposals that reflect the brain-dead state of contemporary liberalism. He also got in a gibe at FOX News, for entertaining heterodox thoughts on Obamacare. On the FOX News Special Report with Bret Baier »

Call me Ishmael–Ms. Ishmael

Featured image A friend forwards this message from the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Middlebury College to all faculty, staff and students at the college. This just in: Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students, We are writing to share exciting news with you regarding the college’s new preferred name and gender pronoun procedure, an option for identifying oneself in BannerWeb. This initiative was born from a proposal presented to the Administration in »

Obama’s useful reminder

Featured image President Obama is not popular at this point in his presidency, even in a blue state like Minnesota. Our own Senator Al Franken repeatedly bristled as GOP candidate Mike McFadden cited Franken’s 97 percent voting record in support of Obama at their debate in Duluth earlier this week. Franken mocked the statistic but didn’t offer a correction. That’s because the statistic is correct and because any purported correction would be »