Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll reflects on her own HABITS, MOSTLY BAD. She writes: Of course, things like brushing your teeth and always fastening seat belts are also habits. But our discussion today will be about my struggles with some less helpful habits. DRINKING COFFEE – A REPRIEVE Every few years, the same people who assured us for 25 years that margarine was much healthier for us than butter would cluck their teeth »

Analyze this

Featured image The Obama administration’s multifarious accommodations of the Islamic Republic of Iran are an evil that we will be living with for some time to come. Omri Ceren writes with his usual footnotes to explicate the administration’s nonresponse to revelations regarding the regime’s installation of the Russian anti-aircraft system to protect the supposedly pacified nuclear facility at Fordow (emphasis in original). This is an important issue and I thought some readers »

John Kerry actually said this (with video)

Featured image From the crazy, mixed-up files of Obama administration Secretary of State John Kerry we have this deep thought rendered during remarks to the press on Monday in Dhaka, Bangladesh: Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism. It’s easy to terrorize. Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. But if you decide one day you’re going to »

Unsafe in the Gulf

Featured image The Obama administration has declined to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, though it has richly earned such recognition. President Obama doesn’t want to do anything to alienate his putative friends in Islamic Republic of Iran. His putative friends, however, continue to harass American forces in the Gulf and to take actions that humiliate the United States. As his putative friends express their contempt for him, President Obama »

John Kerry actually said this

Featured image PJ Media’s Tyler O’Neil draws attention to the remarks of Secretary of State John Kerry in Bangladesh on Monday. Kerry explicitly asked the media to cover terrorism less, so “people wouldn’t know what’s going on.” I think that Kerry’s statement truly represents the deep thoughts of President Obama. This particular deep thought forms part of the Obama administration’s higher wisdom so much of which is not intended for public consumption. »

The eleventh “Minnesota man”

Featured image Late last week the United States Attorney for Minnesota filed a criminal complaint charging former Mohamed Roble with consiracy to support ISIS. He’s both the eleventh “Minnesota man” to be charged in the case and (by my count) the sixth Muhammad to make an appearance. The Star Tribune reports the story here. Roble is another young Somali Muslim who joined in the conspiracy with the nine who have been convicted »

More Iran dividends

Featured image AFP reports that the Islamic Republic of Iran has deployed the Russian made S-300 missile system to protect its underground nuclear facility at Fordow. The Obama administration has expressed its “concern” for public consumption, but it’s an Obama threefer. Russia flaunts its contempt for Obama; the mullahs put American ransom money to work protecting the nukes they will acquire when they choose as they advance their program under the umbrella »

Secrets of the Iran ransom (2)

Featured image Following up on Andy McCarthy’s NRO column on the $1.31 billion in ransom payments to Iran (apart from the $400 million in cash) and on my related post, a reader with background in federal law enforcement writes: I saw your post regarding the suspicious transactions totaling $1.31 billion to Iran and thought I could explain part of it but with more questions. The reason for the 13 structured payments is »

Lies of “Truth” revisited

Featured image This past October 16 the Rathergate film Truth opened in more than a thousand theaters around the country. John and I warned viewers not to take the film at face value in the Weekly Standard article “Rather shameful.” On the film’s opening weekend the Star Tribune also carried my column reminding readers of the film’s factual background. The column was published as “Lies upon lies: The sad state of the »

Secrets of the Iran ransom

Featured image At the New York Sun last week, Claudia Rosett tentatively reported the mechanics of the Obama administration’s payment of the $1.3 billion tranche of the ransom to Iran. She discovered what Andy McCarthy calls “a bizarre string” of 13 identical money transfers of $99,999,999.99 each — all of them one cent less than $100 million — paid out of an obscure Treasury Department stash known as the “Judgment Fund.” In »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image When Don McLean came to Dartmouth in the spring of 1972 or so, he might have been the last man on the circuit I wanted to see. I was done with folk music, so I thought. I had moved on to the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane and Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. So when a classmate gave me his ticket to see McLean in Spaulding Auditorium on a »

The Omar case: Curiouser and curiouser

Featured image The case of Minnesota DFL House candidate Ilhan Omar and her marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi grows curiouser and curiouser. Is Ahmed Nur Said Elmi the brother of Ilhan Omar? Was the marriage entered into for dishonest purposes? These are the question we have raised in a series of posts over the past two weeks. I summarized the case yesterday in “Omar so far.” This much we know with »

The Clinton bribery standard

Featured image Charles Krauthammer devotes his weekly column to “The Clinton bribery standard.” Charles is disgusted by the evidence of corruption that is revealed in the latest tranches of Clinton emails. He accurately states the defense advance by Hillary Clinton and her retainers: “There was no quid pro quo.” Krauthammer comments: “What a long way we’ve come. This is the very last line of defense. Yes, it’s obvious that access and influence »

Omar so far

Featured image Ilhan Omar defeated 22-term incumbent Phyllis Kahn for the DFL nomination to represent legislative district 60B in the Minnesota House. It was one of the biggest stories to emerge from our August 9 primary. The Star Tribune reported it in a page-one story under a banndr headline and a huge photo. Omar seemed to have a sense of herself as the party’s new star. That’s certainly how the Star Tribune »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is thinking about DEFINING MOMENTS and a life-altering lesson. She writes: In every life there are watershed moments, often fraught with grief and peril. A parent dies young; a tragic accident destroys hopes and dreams; a baby is born with special needs. But, sometimes, defining moments are very small, yet life-altering things. Like that proverbial butterfly fluttering its wings in a far-off land and causing seismic changes elsewhere. »

Is it easier to buy a gun than a book?

Featured image Right here on Power Line Ammo Grrrll performed a hilarious fact-check on President Obama’s assertion on a most solemn occasion that it’s easier in some neighborhoods for a teenager to acquire a Glock than a computer or a book. I think she rated it four guffaws. The Daily Signal overlooks AG’s contribution to the common good in the video below assessing this particular big lie. I want to add the »

Madam Hillary phones it in

Featured image In a telephone interview with Jake Tapper on CNN last night, Hillary Clinton addressed her meetings with Clinton Foundation donors as Secretary of State. She explained: “I know there is a lot of smoke, and there is no fire. This AP report? Put it in context. This excludes nearly 2,000 meetings I had with world leaders, plus countless other meetings with U.S. government officials when I was secretary of state. »