Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Clarke clobber caper

Featured image I was surprised, to put it mildly, to hear Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke disparaging Mayor de Blasio and President Obama and Obma pal Al Sharpton last week when I happened to catch Clarke’s post-Christmas appearance live on cable news. It’s not that Sheriff Clarke hasn’t distinguished himself as a voice of truth and reason on matters of race and law enforcement. It’s that he was saying these things on »

Trending in the PA: How to stab a Jew

Featured image The Arabs of the West Bank and Gaza lack the requisites on which a decent state might be formed. Among other things, they lack the infrastructure of a civil society. What they do have in abundance is the infrastructure of terrorism. They also have the bloodlust on which to sustain it. To take just one recent example, the Jewish Press draws attention to the video below demonstrating the proper use »

Mystery of the missing illegals

Featured image The wave of Central American illegals welcomed by the Obama administration this year is one of the major stories of 2014. Yet the media have mostly gone silent on it. The Obama administration’s preferred method of dealing with the illegals was release pending administrative hearings. How are the hearings going? At NRO, Mark Krikorian notes that the investigative unit at Houston’s KPRC decided to find out (video below). The Daily »

There’s something about Louie: Billy Graham and after

Featured image Gary Schneeberger of Grace Hill Media (a marketing firm established to reach “religious America”) has sent us the message and accompanying video below. Although it is a form message, it follows up where I left off in “There’s something about Louie.” Here is the message: By now you may have heard that UNBROKEN, the inspirational true-life story of war hero Louis Zamperini, blew away all industry estimates at the box »

Giuliani explains, part 2

Featured image The Washington Post found Rudy Giuliani guilty of telling a whopper when he stated recently: “We’ve had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police.” On Face the Nation this morning, Major Garrett asked Giuliani if he wanted to retract his statement in light of the Washington’s Post’s verdict. In the video below, Giuliani not only declined; he explored the relevance of Obama’s go-to »

In which Kyle Smith lends a hand

Featured image Making out a small case study in media bias, GQ found it remarkably difficult to identify an even mix of crazy Democrats and Republicans in its survey of “The 20 craziest politicians.” Seventeen of the 20 spots went to Republicans. In the New York Post Kyle Smith arrives to lend a hand. He identifies 16 crazy Dems overlooked by GQ. Vermont’s Democrat Bernie Sanders makes the list; Smith uses this »

Giuliani explains

Featured image Erin Burnett invited Rudy Giuliani to appear on CNN last week immediately following Giuliani’s visit to the grieving families of NYPD Officers Ramos and Liu. Breitbart posted the video below along with a transcript of the interview here. Burnett devoted the first question and perhaps 30 seconds to the murder of the two officers. After that she couldn’t wait to introduce yet one more statistic designed to create the impression »

A real big problem

Featured image Actor James Woods circulates the image below via Twitter (@RealJamesWoods) with the comment: “The real problem.” In my view it’s a real problem, not the real problem, but it’s a real big problem, so James Woods is close enough for full credit. I would like to credit the creator of that image as well as Woods; if you know who deserves the credit, please drop us a line at powerlinefeedback@gmail.com. »

A meditation on Peggy Noonan

Featured image Peggy Noonan joined the crowd that turned on George W. Bush in what I thought was (in Noonan’s case) a grossly unfair manner in 2008. I wrote critically about one of Noonan’s weekly Wall Street Journal columns in which she identified with the public disapproval of Bush that April in “Season of the witch.” Having turned on George W. Bush, Noonan moved on to support the election of Barack Obama »

There’s something about Louie

Featured image We went to see the film Unbroken on Christmas day at a suburban St. Paul multiplex. We arrived punctually for the first afternoon showing only to find that it had long since sold out, as had each subsequent showing until 10:30 p.m. They had a few tickets left for that one, but we bought two tickets for a mid-afternoon showing yesterday. It also sold out. Indeed, although we arrived 40 »

A meditation on David Brooks

Featured image Reading Steve Hayward’s post on David Brooks and his mistreatment by Jay Michaelson in the Daily Beast set me off. In his magnanimous style, Steve calls for attention to Brooks’s religious reflections by all fair-minded readers. Steve urges us not to write Brooks off simply because his political judgment has gone haywire. As Steve suggested, I have listened to Brooks’s speech on Christianity in the public square. It’s an interesting »

Stonewalled at the Times

Featured image Mary Mapes is the award-winning CBS News producer responsible for the 60 Minutes story subsumed under the rubric of Rathergate. The story disgraced CBS in the 2004 presidential campaign and CBS commissioned an investigation to determine what had happened. The investigation was undertaken by former Attorney General Richard Thornburgh and former AP president/ceo Louis Boccardi together with a team working under their direction. When they released their report the following »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns returns in an autobiographical mode with A LIFE FULL OF MICROAGGRESSIONS. This seems to be part 1 of 2; you don’t want to miss this one. She writes: Sometimes I think my life’s story could be called “A Life Full of Microaggressions.” What with “The Audacity of Hope” already taken and all. And it would be the same for every hapless human. I will mention a very »

Obama, Cuba and Iran

Featured image In his regular Wednesday email to subscribers (you can subscribe at no cost here), the Weekly Standard’s Jonathan Last draws attention to Allahpundit’s December 18 Hot Air post “White House aides: Obama feels liberated and ready to be the president he always wanted to be.” Allahpunit takes up the implications of the Obama administration’s thawing of relations with Cuba in the context of the administration’s ongoing negotiations with Iran. Submitted »

A word from Jason Riley

Featured image Jason Riley is a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board and author of Please Stop Helping Us. He has powerfully condemned the disgusting currents of disgrace and dishonesty running through the Obama administration’s war on law enforcement. The video below (transcript here) captures him in outstanding form on the FOX News Special Report panel this week. Will somebody say amen? Via Jason Riley’s Twitter feed. »

To stand with the police

Featured image President Obama is dispatching Vice President Biden to attend the funeral of murdered NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos this weekend. Officer Ramos leaves a wife and teenage sons behind. Jaden Ramos is the younger of the two sons. On Sunday he took to Facebook to post a distraught message declaring it the worst day of his life. He subsequently added: Today I had to say bye to my father. He was »

Cuba: Keith Ellison’s prayer

Featured image Joanne Chesimard/Assata Shakur was a member and leader of the cop-killing Black Liberation Army. In 1973 she participated in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in which Trooper Werner Foerster was murdered and Trooper James Harper seriously injured. In 1977, she was convicted of the first-degree murder of Foerster and of seven other felonies related to the shootout. Chesimard escaped from prison in New Jersey and has been on »