Author Archives: Scott Johnson

A timely message from Iran

Featured image Omri Ceren provides this email update on today’s developments in the Persian Gulf, reported in this brief Reuters story: It’s been a busy two hours, but some clarity is starting to emerge about the Iranian seizure of a cargo vessel in the Strait of Hormuz. The vessel is the M/V Maersk Tigris and sails under a Marshall Islands flag. It was intercepted by Iranian navy patrol crafts earlier today and »

The Somali muddle, once more once

Featured image Yesterday’s Star Tribune featured Paul McEnroe’s page-one story “Minneapolis nonprofit tests program to pull teens from terror’s grasp.” Taking off on the arrest of the Minneapolis based Somali six who sought to depart these parts to join ISIS, the article focuses on an experimental program implemented under the auspices of Heartland Democracy to divert Somalis from such a path. Mary McKinley is the nonprofit’s executive director; Ahmed Amin is a »

Baltimore’s delicate balance

Featured image On Saturday night Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake explained her measured approach to the incipient destruction taking place on the streets of the city (video below). She “made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech.” “It’s a very delicate balancing act,” she continued. “Because while »

Justice Alito on “The Constitution: An Introduction”

Featured image Michael Stokes Paulsen is the University Chair & Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas in the Twin Cities. Through his contributions to professional publications, he has emerged as one our foremost scholars of American constitutional law. As of May 5, Professor Paulsen is also the co-author, with his son, Luke Paulsen, of The Constitution: An Introduction. The book’s Web site is online here. United States Supreme Court »

For the Clinton defense

Featured image On ABC’s This Week today, George Stephanopolous grilled Peter Schweizer on the stories generated by his forthcoming book, Clinton Cash (transcript here, video below). Toward the end of the interview, Stephanopoulous suggested that Schweizer’s work in the Bush administration somehow discredits his research. Is this some kind of a joke? Schweizer’s research stands or falls on facts, inferences, evidence of Clinton lies and perhaps further investigation, as Peter himself suggests. »

This is your brain on Clinton

Featured image Madam Hillary wiped her homebrew email server’s hard drive to dispose of unwanted messages deriving from her tenure as Secretary of State. It is a perfect metaphor for the return of the Clinton era. Everybody must get his hard drive wiped. We must have our religious hard drives wiped to clear space for the sacrament of abortion according to the apostle Hillary. We must have our ethical hard drives wiped »

Free the Somali six

Featured image Minnesota authorities have gone deep in search of taxpayer funds to lavish on Somali immigrants in the name of “outreach.” Someone should probably reach out to the supporters of the local Minnesota based Somalis recently charged with seeking to depart these parts in order to join ISIS, but I wonder if we have a government program in process to help Minnesota taxpayers resolve anger management issues arising from reports like »

The gospel according to Ms. Hillary

Featured image Speaking at the Women in the World Summit in New York on Thursday night, Madam Hillary came out foursquare in favor of strict enforcement of the law. In the video below, with a brief excerpt from the speech, she sounds like a lawgiver than a law enforcer, and a lawgiver of a most unsavory kind. She decrees, when it comes to abortion, that we have got to get our minds »

Wisconsin’s shame

Featured image Tom Wolfe mockingly nailed liberal hysteria in the observation that the “dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe,” but that was back in the halcyon days of Richard Nixon in the 1970′s. David French documents the descent of the dark night of fascism in Wisconsin in his May 4 NR story “Wisconsin’s shame.” Megyn Kelly talked with French about it »

We interrupt this death march

Featured image The Hillary Clinton for President campaign of 2016 launched with all the joy of a death march. With the rollout of Clinton Cash and its associated collaborative projects, Peter Schweizer has interrupted this death march for a reminder of the Clinton essence. Essence of Clinton gives us first and foremost the voracious and insatiable appetites of William Jefferson Clinton. Neither taste nor shame can limit them. Madam Hillary serves as »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image The first two installments of Ammo Grrrll’s six-part travelogue can be accessed along with her previous columns by inputting “Grrrll” into our search engine. This morning Ammo Grrrll returns with VISITING MY PEOPLE Part 3: Weather ‘Tis Nobler…: It could have been infinitely worse, of course. My mother reported just this past Tuesday that Minnesota was snowy and bitter cold. So, in mid- to late-March on the way to or »

Civics lessons from MSNBC

Featured image If gross hypocrisy were a crime, MNSBC anchors would be doing time. National Review’s Jilian Kay Melchior has led the way exposing how MSNBC luminaries including Al Sharpton, Melissa Harris-Perry, Touré Neblett and Joy-Ann Reid have had plenty to say about taxes and “how we’re all in it together,” in spite of their own histories of owing the IRS thousands of dollars. The Free Beacon’s David Rutz explains: MSNBC, the »

The Klobuchar kludge

Featured image Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar specializes in avoiding outspoken stands on important issues. She looks for opportunities to lead the way on trivialities calculated to garner broad public support, such as her crusade against the threat to life and limb posed by “The crisis of the detergent pod.” Senator Klobuchar is a reliable vote for the Democratic Party line, but she is quiet about it. She doesn’t want to upset anybody. »

The Nork nuke angle

Featured image Omri Ceren promises a report on House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Iran yesterday, with attention to the $50 billion signing bonus President Obama has in store for acquiring the signature of the Supreme Leader’s representatives on the arrangement in process with Iran. The $50 billion will come in handy as the Iranians finance their nuclear program and support their good works in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere in »

Clinton’s 7 pearls of wisdom, with a little help from CNN

Featured image Bill Clinton spoke at Georgetown University on Tuesday as part of his annual lecture series at his alma mater. In the speech he offered both political and personal advice to students. Seeking to do its part to gild the Clinton lilly for some mysterious reason, CNN has extracted “7 pearls of wisdom from Bill Clinton’s Georgetown speech.” Here is one such pearl of wisdom officially recognized by CNN: “This is »

A Minnesota problem revisited

Featured image Announcing the indictment on Monday of six Minnesota based Somali immigrants for seeking to join ISIS, United States Attorney Andrew Luger declared that the indictment represented “a Minnesota problem.” He meant that as an indictment of Minnesota. Native Minnesotans are somehow at fault for the irresistible attraction to wage jihad felt by an uncomfortably large number of Somali immigrants in our midst. A disinterested observer might start with the common »

What it’s like when you win

Featured image In the video below, Glenn Reynolds files a video commentary from the NRA convention earlier this month in Nashville. Although it’s only two minutes long, Glenn’s report mixes personal observation with reference to his own contributions to the scholarship of the Second Amendment. Glenn alludes to his work in the field going back some 20 years, to his Tennessee Law Review article “A critical guide to the Second Amendment.” Although »