Author Archives: Scott Johnson

David & him

Featured image I’m reporting in from New Hampshire, where we are out of the news loop, praying for rain to hold off, and looking forward to our youngest daughter’s graduation from college tomorrow morning. This story from north of the border caught my eye earlier this week. I thought some readers might find it of interest or entertainment value. The beloved Canadian coffee and donuts chain Tim Hortons hopped to the tune »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll calls this one SHLEPPING TOWARDS UTOPIA. She writes: Well, Mattress Girl has evidently graduated from Columbia. In Electrical Engineering, I think. Ha, ha, I kid. Of course it was “Visual Arts.” (Though in fairness, she considered Physics.) Heck, I was a Sociology major, so talk about “High Horse” Syndrome! And she finished in four years whereas it took me three terms: Johnson’s, Nixon’s, and Carter’s. So kudos to »

Stephen Hunter: The case of Tamir Rice

Featured image We first got to know Stephen Hunter when he was the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post movie critic. He is best known as a successful novelist, and he happens to know a great deal about guns. I, Ripper is his new novel. Published last month, it is in bookstores now. Here he offers his reflections on the case of Tamir Rice on the occasion of a Cleveland judge sounding off on »

Today in appeasement

Featured image Omri Ceren writes to draw attention to Jay Solomon’s Wall Street Journal article “U.S. Strategy in Lebanon Stirs Fears.” Omri writes: Hayya Bina is a Beirut-based civil society NGO that – among other things – works to craft and promote an alternative Shiite identity in in opposition to Hezbollah. The WSJ reported yesterday that the State Department has just cut some of its funding. Not all of its funding, which »

Deep secrets of racial profiling (finale)

Featured image A brief look back at where we have been in this series. If you missed any of its ten parts, I hope you will take a quick look. I would like to point out in particular the post on Michelle Alexander (part 4), which I believe makes a contribution to the subject with a lot of help from the Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald. Part 1: “Here I set forth »

Undoing sanctions

Featured image The AP has just broken the story by Bradley Klapper and Matt Lee regarding the prospective unraveling of the sanctions regime in its entirety. Their story is “US finds peeling back the Iran sanctions onion no easy task.” It’s an important story and Omri Ceren has written to comment on it as follows: There’s a lot going on in this piece, it’s 1,100 words, and it gets highly technical very »

Question of the day

Featured image President Obama spoke to the Catholic Health Association yesterday in defense of Obamacare. The White House has posted the text of his remarks here. The White House has also posted a video of the speech (below) and an overfull Web page celebrating the deep thoughts of our Dear Leader on the subject. The New York Times story on the speech is here. The Supreme Court’s pending decision in King v. »

Deep secrets of racial profiling (10)

Featured image The deepest secret of the campaign against law enforcement in the name of racial disparities is this one: behavioral disparities account for the racial disparities. Huge differences in crime rates between and among groups sorted by race permeate the relevant data. John Diiulio put it concisely in a notable 1996 City Journal essay: “If blacks are overrepresented in the ranks of the imprisoned, it is because blacks are overrepresented in »

More pr for Iran

Featured image Yesterday Bloomberg News broke news of the UN report concluding that the United States and other countries with knowledge fail to report Iran’s sanctions violations. The Bloomberg News story is here. Bloomberg News reports: “United Nations monitors said governments reported no new incidents of Iran violating Security Council sanctions against its nuclear program, even though some have unfolded in plain sight.” The story provides an example from the UN report: »

Obama’s uncertain kazoo, cont’d

Featured image Yesterday I noted President Obama’s concession that he lacks a “complete strategy” for defeating ISIS. Thus spake Obama at a press conference related to the G7 meeting in Kruen, Germany. That’s a patently pathetic “partial strategy” he has put on display in Syria and Iraq. It can’t be the fault of the great Obama. Obama implied that the Pentagon has left him without a “complete strategy” at this point: “When »

Deep secrets of racial profiling (9)

Featured image James Scanlan is a Washington attorney specializing in the use of statistics with respect to employment discrimination litigation and compliance. He has forwarded a copy of the letter he has submitted to Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Chief of Police Janeé Harteau regarding the recent American Civil Liberties Union Minnesota study of the racial impact of Minneapolis policing practices. I have referred to the ACLU study at several points in »

Obama’s uncertain kazoo: A reader responds

Featured image Abby M. is one of my favorite Power Line readers. Abby and her sister came up from points south to see me speak at the John Locke Foundation several years ago, and we met up again on the 2008 National Review post-election cruise. Most of the cruisers came to see Mitt Romney, Victor Davis Hanson, Andrew McCarthy, Jonah Goldberg, and other of the featured heavyweights. Abby and her sister came »

Obama’s uncertain kazoo, cont’d

Featured image We are deep into the “more mush from the wimp” phase of the Obama presidency. Do we have a strategy for fighting ISIS? I should think he would be embarrassed to admit that we do not, but he can concede that we don’t have “a complete strategy” yet if he can imply that the Pentagon and others are somehow at fault for our current position. Thus spake Obama at a »

Deep secrets of racial profiling (8)

Featured image Heather Mac Donald has turned herself into an invaluable national resource on matters of crime and policing. She has written important essays such as her recent Wall Street Journal column headlined somewhat inaccurately “The new nationwide crime wave.” The Manhattan Institute has collected some of her newspaper columns, magazine essays, podcasts, videos, and congressional testimony here, and Mac Donald herself has collected several of her important essays, mostly written for »

Obama’s uncertain kazoo, cont’d

Featured image President Obama emitted tough talk on Russia on his way to the G7 summit meeting of European leaders yesterday. One of his top priorities at the summit, he told hundreds of people in a town square in Kruen, Germany, is “standing up to Russian aggression in Ukraine.” Lest there be any misunderstanding, however, Team Obama made it clear that Obama was sounding his reliably uncertain kazoo. The tough talk was »

Deep secrets of racial profiling (7)

Featured image I have sought in this series to provide a background of relevant facts within which to understand the welter of stories featuring race and law enforcement over the past nine months. This past week the Star Tribune’s Eric Roper delivered another such story, this one with a local angle, in “Push is on for more policing reforms in Minneapolis.” For relevant background to Roper’s story, please see John Hinderaker’s post »

The ordeal of Omaha Beach

Featured image Seventy-one years ago today our fellow Americans and their allies stormed the beaches of Normandy to vanquish the Nazis’ supposed thousand-year regime. In his D-Day message to the troops, General Eisenhower declared: “We accept nothing less than full victory!” The landing was necessary if the war was to be won. In 1984 President Reagan called it “a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.” Yet success was far from inevitable. Eisenhower »