Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Keith Ellison supports cop killers

Featured image Bernie Sanders came to town yesterday to support the candidacy of Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison for Minnesota attorney general. Sanders made appearances with Ellison at First Avenue in Minneapolis and at Denfeld High School in Duluth. I cannot imagine a political office for which Ellison is less fitted than the head of any organization devoted to law enforcement. Ellison’s candidacy is a disgrace, as is Sanders’s support of »

Strzok mounts the Otter defense

Featured image Watching disgraced G-Man Peter Strzok lecture us on politics and patriotism this week made my skin crawl. He is a repulsive character. Neo-neocon drew on her knowledge of art to find the comic antecedent to Strzok’s deep thoughts in Eric “Otter” Stratton’s defense of his fraternity in Animal House (video below). I have always been proud of Dartmouth’s contribution to cinematic history, but I am beginning to think that Animal »

Russians charged in DNC hacking case

Featured image Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein has just concluded a press conference announcing the grand jury indictment obtained by Special Counsel Robert Mueller charging 12 Russian military officers with hacking into the Democratic National Committee to sabotage the 2016 presidential election. I have embedded a copy of the indictment below. Poltico reports on the press conference and indictment here. In his press conference Rosenstein summarized the charges to the effect that the »

Struck by Strzok

Featured image Peter Strzok formerly headed the FBI’s counterintelligence efforts in the position of deputy assistant director of the bureau, yet he has showed himself to be a man of extraordinarily bad character in several aspects. His public testimony before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees yesterday partook of theater of the absurd on its own terms as well as that of the Democrats’ frat house effusions supporting him. Strzok’s testimony was »

Abolish ICE! Wait, what?

Featured image The call to abolish ICE is the hot new thing among Democrats on the leading edge. And that leading edge is getting bigger all the time. It’s difficult to keep up. As Minnesota’s native son once put it, “He that gets hurt will be he who has stalled.” Indeed, Tom Bevan cites a new Morning Consult survey showing that a plurality of Democrats (43 percent) are behind the idea of »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has a few FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS: She writes: My dear friend Angela is one of the best and most sensitive conversationalists I have ever known. She is a top-notch saleswoman who has mastered the art of talking to customers. Most of us aren’t very good at even faking interest in what the other person is saying. As witty, cynical essayist, Fran Liebowitz, once said: There’s no such thing as »

From the Islamic Republic

Featured image Herewith a round-up of recent news items from President Obama’s friends in the Islamic Republic of Iran. If the authorities of the regime weren’t terror-loving murderers giving their all for Allah, they might be funny: • AFP and Times of Israel staff, “Iranian general blames water woes on Israeli ‘cloud theft.’” Excerpt: An Iranian general on Monday accused Israel of manipulating weather to prevent rain over the Islamic Republic, alleging »

Painter retouches self-portrait

Featured image The turmoil in the DFL in advance of the August 14 primary to sort out their candidates for statewide office is unprecedented. It both reflects and illuminates the churning crosscurrents in the Democratic party nationally. I don’t know that we can necessarily learn anything from close observation here — I think we can — but the scene certainly warrants attention in any event. The contest between appointed incumbent Tina Smith »

Dear President Tusk: Tusk you

Featured image The President of the European Council is one Donald Tusk. Tusk previously served as Prime Minister of Poland from 2007 to 2014 and was a co-founder and chairman of the Civic Platform political party. I concede that I don’t know much about him. I thought yesterday that he was entirely out of line with his comment on the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Minister in the cabinet of British »

Mr. Farley’s dissent

Featured image Do you recall the anti-George W. Bush petition that generated scads of fictitious but laughable signatories such as Hugh G. Reckshun? James Taranto (not Panero! sorry) delighted in chronicling the signatures daily in his online Best of the Web column for the Wall Street Journal. The Open Letter from Yale Law Students, Alumni, and Educators Regarding Brett Kavanaugh (noted yesterday by Glenn Reynolds here and by Steve Hayward here) has »

Walking with Destiny: A preview

Featured image The news is so painfully stupid that I have gone in search of relief. It occurred to me yesterday that the prominent historian Andrew Roberts has a biography of Winston Churchill forthcoming this fall. I thought to look up the publication date — Roberts’s Churchill: Walking with Destiny will be published by Penguin Books on November 9. Looking for the publication date, I also found that Penguin had just posted »

Vengeance is hers, for a $2 contribution

Featured image House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a vainglorious message to supporters Monday in an email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee yesterday. Pelosi vowed to “avenge” President Obama’s failed appointment of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court “if it’s the last thing I do” in the upcoming congressional battle over President Trump’s Supreme Court then unnamed nominee. The DCCC email under Pelosi’s name with the subject line “Trump nominee BACKFIRES.” »

Against XX [Updated]

Featured image If you sense a synthetic quality to the outrage greeting the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court by President Trump, you aren’t mistaken. The Women’s March had its statement decrying the apocalypse to be wrought by the nominee before he (or she) was named yesterday. Once the announcement was made, the blank name was to be filled in by the Women’s March functionary. In the event, the functionary »

And now it’s two

Featured image I have it from a reporter I trust that President Trump has narrowed his Supreme Court appointment to two candidates: Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the DC Circuit or Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit. Politico’s story to this effect is posted here. I think these are both excellent candidates, as are the two who appear not to have made the final cut. If the dumbing down has had an »

ISIS wannabe wants gun

Featured image We live in a terror wonderland in the Twin Cities. It isn’t reported that way, but that’s the way it is. Take, for example, the story of the ISIS wannabe — “Fridley man,” in the applicable journalistic euphemism — who wants to take out a license to carry a firearm. The county sheriff declines to issue the license. The sheriff thinks the Fridley man might use the weapon to follow »

Collusion real and imagined

Featured image If the Trump campaign somehow colluded with the friends of Vladimir Putin like the Clinton campaign did, one should think that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had something do with it. The Special Counsel appointed to continue the counterintelligence investigation undertaken by the FBI has brought two indictments against Manafort. The first case is set to go to trial before Judge Ellis on July 25 in the Eastern District »

McCaskill lands in Troy

Featured image Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is one of those party line Democrats who pretends to an independent voice representing her state around election time. As election time has come around again for her, she’s shuttling the state pretending to be one of the people — even as she uses her private jet to facilitate her local appearances by RV. What a phony! Someone at the National Republican Senatorial Committee has a »