Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Judge Kozinski is not amused

Featured image In its Notable and Quotable space on the editorial page this morning, the Wall Street Journal excerpts Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski’s preface to the Georgetown Law Journal’s “Annual Review of Criminal Procedure” (2015). The Journal notes that Judge Kozinski “writes in the preface about the 2008 federal case against Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, who died in 2010.” Judge Kozinski looks back in anger: Senator Stevens was charged with corruption »

Judge Hanen is not amused

Featured image Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen has entered a preliminary injunction preventing the implementation of President Obama’s post-election amnesty order. Since entry of the injunction, Judge Hanen has been apprised of certain misrepresentations regarding the status of Obama’s order. The parties are in the process of working out an agreement to resolve discovery issues and report to the court regarding those misrepresentations. In an order entered yesterday (posted online here), Judge »

It’s not easy going green: A comment

Featured image A reader who must remain deep under cover writes to comment on Kathy Kersten’s column “It’s not easy going green.” He writes: Dear Mr. Johnson As a professor in the natural sciences, I get a lot of sustainability emails – and have sometimes seen the linkage between white patriarchiality and our lack of sustainability – the technology of the other cultures was always in harmony with nature (tell it to »

Shades of Mays

Featured image The Minnesota Twins only recently recalled centerfielder Aaron Hicks from their AAA minor league affiliate to replace a player taking leave for a family emergency. Hicks made some kind of a statement in the first of three games against the Orioles on Monday night. First he hit a home run to put the Twins ahead in the game temporarily. Then he made an improbable over-the-shoulder catch to end the fourth »

Goodnight Vienna (6)

Featured image There are no surprises in Omri Ceren’s latest email update from Vienna, but if you have been following his reports, you will find this of interest (footnoted URLs at the bottom). Omri writes: The parties missed another deadline this morning, and talks are now expected to go through the end of the week. Mogherini told reporters this morning: “I am not talking about extension. I am talking about taking the »

In Portland, the mania of Bernie

Featured image Reader Dave Begley reported for us on the mania of (and for) Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Now we can go to the tape to check out the mania for Bernie in Portland, Maine (video below, too long at about an hour). Times are tough in Obama’s America! A revolution in political consciousness! Fight for Social Security! Fight for Social Security taxes! Raise the minimum wage! »

The deep meaning of San Francisco

Featured image In one phase the modern novel takes up the idea of expressive form. James Joyce took it about as far as possible in Ulysses, with the style of each chapter varying to mirror the content. In the “Aeolus” chapter placed inside a newspaper office, for example, Joyce exhausted the variety of rhetorical devices available in English to capture windbaggery in action. The city of San Francisco now presents as a »

Obama’s uncertain trumpet, cont’d

Featured image As President Obama works to complete our surrender to the Islamic Republic — the crowning glory of his legacy — he also seeks to reform our character with deep thoughts such as those he enunciated at the Pentagon with military officers standing dutifully behind him (video below): Th[e] broader challenge of countering violent extremism is not simply a military effort. Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they are defeated by »

Gelernter on fire

Featured image David Gelernter is an old-fashioned Renaissance man. He is professor of computer science at Yale University, chief scientist at Mirror Worlds Technologies, contributing editor at the Weekly Standard and member of the National Council of the Arts (more here). We have proudly hosted several of his thoughts on the present discontents. Professor Gelernter is the author of books that suggest a kind of Herodotean interest in everything human. Professor Gelernter »

Goodnight Vienna (5)

Featured image Omri Ceren writes from Vienna regarding the catastrophic deal in process with the Islamic Republic of Iran: Happy Monday from Vienna. The EU’s foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini arrived yesterday and told reporters: “As you know I have decided to reconvene the ministers. They will be arriving tonight and tomorrow. It is the third time in exactly one week. That’s the end, the last part of this long marathon.” Secretary »

Dems loves Sanchez

Featured image Over the weekend I posted excerpts of news accounts of the murder of Kate Steinle by five-time Mexican deportee at San Francisco’s Pier 14. The murder took place this past Friday. I inferred from the news accounts on Saturday that San Francisco law enforcement’s failure to abide by ICE’s immigration detainer on Sanchez when he was released from custody this past March resulted from San Francisco’s sanctuary-city policy, but I »

Netanyahu’s take

Featured image The state of Israel obviously cannot afford the lies and self-delusions that support the catastrophic deal in process with Iran. Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed it yesterday (in Hebrew, video here) at the start of his weekly Cabinet meeting. His office has posted this excerpt in English: It seems that the nuclear talks in Iran have yielded a collapse, not a breakthrough. The major powers’ concessions are increasing. The deal being »

Goodnight Vienna (4)

Featured image Omri Ceren writes to take note of the report by Reuters UN bureau chief Louis Charbonneau: US and Iran: The unbearable awkwardness of defending your enemy,” datelined Vienna. Even if Omri is unreasonably optimistic regarding the impact of reports such as Charbonneau’s and the others he notes below, Omri’s updates have helped us keep up with the mind-boggling surrender in process to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Omri writes: In »

It’s not easy going green

Featured image Our friend Katherine Kersten is a senior fellow at the Center of the American Experiment in Minneapolis. Kathy has a graduate degree from the Yale School of Management and a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. She can be reached at [email protected] This important column originally appeared in the Star Tribune and is now posted under the heading “Campus sustainability: Going green is just part of the »

Anne Bayefsky explains

Featured image The United Nations Human Rights Council is a body whose essential purpose is to stigmatize the Jewish state for imaginary crimes. The Obama administration therefore deems it important for the United States to fund and participate in the work of the body, such as the farcical investigation of alleged war crimes conducted by its Gaza Conflict Commission of Inquiry. Having concluded its investigation and issued its report, the commission concluded »

In Council Bluffs, the mania of Bernie

Featured image From deep under cover, reader Dave Begley emails us this lively report on last night’s campaign activities in Iowa, featuring Bernie Sanders’s standing room only rally in Council Bluffs: I attended Bernie’s meeting last night in Council Bluffs, Iowa (photo above). There were about 3,000 people there and many were from Nebraska. I wore my Carleton College shirt and was in complete disguise. The average age was about 30 compared »

In San Francisco

Featured image The latest outrage in our continuing saga of illegal immigration comes via San Francisco, where a five-time Mexican deportee killed a beautiful young lady (photo at left) who was out for a walk with her father. FOX News reports: The man arrested in connection with the seemingly random killing of a woman who was out for a stroll with her father along the San Francisco waterfront is an illegal immigrant »