Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Obama (fake) embarrassed

Featured image Politico picks up on an interview with President Obama that I would otherwise have missed (video below). In it Obama comments on the letter signed by the 47 GOP Senators setting forth the basic constitutional principles applicable to Obama’s deal in process with his friends in Tehran. Politico reports: President Barack Obama said he’s “embarrassed” for the 47 Republican senators who signed a letter to Iranian leaders earlier this week. »

The UN angle [updated] [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Reuters has broken an important story on the conniving to convert President Obama’s deal in process with Iran from an executive agreement into some compulsory form of international law. Reuters reports: Major world powers have begun talks about a United Nations Security Council resolution to lift U.N. sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck with Tehran, a step that could make it harder for the U.S. Congress to »

Notes on “Middlemarch” (2)

Featured image Though Middlemarch has a large cast of characters involved in intricately related plots, Dorothea Brooke stands out as the book’s heroine. The narrative begins and ends with her. Book I of the novel’s eight Books is “Miss Brooke.” She is a young woman of simple beauty and surpassing decency. She yearns idealistically to benefit humanity, or subordinate herself as the helpmate of a great man like John Milton in his »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns in aggressively transgressive form with COMPETITIVE VICTIMHOOD. She writes: We Americans are just naturally competitive. I don’t care if Little League doesn’t keep score; the kids know who won. (And God Bless the Ten Run Rule without which we’d still be there.) One Sabbath long ago our rabbi told this little parable, which I must paraphrase from memory since I have no idea where he got it. »

Khameni goes Democrat on the letter

Featured image Is Islamic Republic of Iran Supreme Leader Khameni a “hard-liner” in the eyes of Barack Obama, or one of the good guys at the top of the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism? I’m not clear on that. Maybe some inquiring reporter can take a run at getting an answer from Josh Earnest at a White House press briefing this week. The AP reports that Ayatollah Khameni has now commented on »

Michelle’s Inferno

Featured image In her most recent column, Michelle Malkin finds herself in Obamacare hell. Her column is “Obamacare’s 1095-A nightmare.” Michelle first lost her private family health insurance last year as a result of Obamacare. Michelle told the story in her 2013 column “Obama lied, my health plan died.” Founded on skein of lies, Obamacare is a well wrought engine of destruction. The ninth circle of Dante’s hell was reserved for those »

Notes on “Middlemarch”

Featured image On Monday I finished reading George Eliot’s great Victorian novel Middlemarch for the first time. I have tried and failed to finish it several times; it’s not easy reading. At a few points it is, briefly, a slog. Although the ending of the novel remains a subject of debate, I believe it is not happy. Nevertheless, for me the novel had a happy ending. I finished the book. What did »

The repulsive Madam Hillary

Featured image The Ramirez editorial cartoon posted here by John inspired reader Jason Bays to create the GIF below. It sums up the case of Madam Hillary quite nicely. The furor over Clinton’s emails erupted following the publication of Michael Schmidt’s New York Times story on March 3. With a week to think about what tales she would tell to make the story go away, Clinton came up with a routine that »

Madam Hillary on the letter

Featured image In the press conference she held yesterday on her email issues, Madam Hillary turned to the Democratic talking points on Senator Cotton’s open letter to the powers-that-be in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Washington Post has posted a transcript of the press conference here. It would be easy to lose the thread of her comments on Senator Cotton’s letter and the deal in process with Iran. This is what »

Sen. Cotton responds

Featured image Senator Cotton appeared last night on FNC’s Kelly File to defend the letter he drafted to the mullahs on Obama’s deal in process with Iran. Senator Cotton recruited 46 of his Republican colleagues to sign on. An updated PDF of the open letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran is posted here. The letter sets forth the applicable constitutional principles that would apply to any such deal. »

Our Supreme Leader, and theirs, according to Ramirez

Featured image I’m quite sure that Investor’s Business Daily editorial page editor Michael Ramirez would sign off on Senator Tom Cotton’s open letter to Iran if he could. As it is, he has sized up our Supreme Leader and theirs in the editorial cartoon published by IBD here today and posted below. The heterodox thought reflected in this cartoon might make Ramirez out to be a “traitor” in the eyes of the »

Our Supreme Leader, and theirs

Featured image Our friend Senator Tom Cotton has created something of a firestorm with his open letter to Iran, joined in by 46 of his Senate colleagues. The letter sets forth the applicable constitutional principles to the agreement. Our Supreme Leader does not approve; he intends to deliver the agreement in process with Iran to Congress as a done deal. Iran’s Supreme Leader appears to be on board. With his characteristically crude »

Ready for Jimmy?

Featured image We haven’t heard from Madam Hillary yet on the email arrangements that applied to her tenure as Secretary of State, but we heard from Clinton scandal manager Lanny Davis yesterday and from James Carville today. Davis and Carville remind us what we have to look forward to with the candidacy of another Clinton for the presidency. Carville appeared on MSNBC for an interview by Andrea Mitchell. It should have been »

Tom Cotton explains

Featured image Senator Tom Cotton has taken the lead in drafting an open letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Thus far 47 Republican senators have signed off on the letter. The letter explains constitutional principles relevant to the agreement in process that President Obama intends to deliver to Congress as a fait accompli. The letter explains: It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with »

Beyond the 18-minute gap

Featured image Hillary Clinton arranged for a privately owned email system through which she conducted official business as Secretary of State. She has therefore selected the “55,000 pages” of emails that she has graciously turned over to the Department of State, and done so well after she departed from office. That’s not the way it’s supposed to work. You can infer that from President Obama’s assertion that he learned about Clinton’s email »

Relatable woman on a couch

Featured image Saturday Night Live’s cold open last night served up Madam Hillary doing a little damage control on her email issues. SNL serves her up as “a relatable woman on a couch.” It’s insufficiently harsh on the email story — for that, see Chris Wallace in the nearby post — but I find SNL’s take here both funny and insightful. It captures a number of unlovely qualities she possesses in abundance. »

Lanny Davis returns

Featured image Before Madam Hillary has even launched her formal campaign for president, we have to reckon with the return of Lanny Davis to defend her. Davis is an old hand at Clinton scandal management. He appeared on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace this morning to address the Clinton email saga. This is an interesting interview. Davis simply couldn’t answer the question why Clinton needed her own private/privately owned email system »