Author Archives: Scott Johnson

As he’s always made clear

Featured image President Obama spoke yesterday to the annual convention of the American Legion in Charlotte, North Carolina, at what seemed like Castroite length. The Teleprompters were on hand and in service. The White House has posted the text of his speech here; the video is below. I think it’s fair to say, as the Daily Mail’s David Martosko does, that the response of Obama’s audience was “tepid” at best. Andrew Malcolm »

Risen rules

Featured image In an email message over the weekend, Gabriel Schoenfeld writes to raise a question close to my heart: Should journalists be free to choose which laws they are required to observe and which ones they can break at will? That, essentially, is what James Risen, Pulitzer-prize winning reporter at the New York Times, is demanding as the trial of alleged CIA leaker Jeffrey Sterling draws near. Is the Justice Department »

Hamas’s “victory”

Featured image Hamas and Israel have entered into a ceasefire on terms mediated by the government of Egypt. I believe that the terms mirror those to which Israel agreed on July 15. Hamas proclaims victory while Israel is already engaged in the political debate and self-criticism that follows its inconclusive wars. Bassam Tawil takes an illuminating look at Hamas’s “victory.’” Unfortunately, Hamas survives to continue on its genocidal mission. The genocidal mission »

Semi-Earnest

Featured image When the New Yorker published the gospel according to David (Remnick), approximately part XIX, this past January, Remnick quoted his lord and savior’s assessment of jihadist groups “in Iraq, and among various rebel factions in Syria” and “in parts of Africa.” (Here I am borrowing from Hunter Walker’s summary at Business Insider.) “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts »

Tonight it’s “Christmas in July”

Featured image For readers who might be interested I want to note that TCM is playing the rarely seen comedy Christmas in July tonight at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) as part of its tribute to Dick Powell today. Why should you care? The film was both written and directed by Preston Sturges, a director known for the subgenre of “screwball” comedies that he perfected with what his admirers came to call “the Sturges »

Sharpton’s shape

Featured image Al Sharpton has survived and overcome disgraces and scandals galore, without accounting and without apology. As polite liberal society turns a blind eye, Sharpton keeps moving. In case you have missed it, Sharpton now holds down his own show on MSNBC. He remains an unsurpassed racial hustler. With the troubles in Ferguson, Sharpton has reemerged to peddle his usual goods. The AP’s Adam Geller takes a look back and declares »

When Barry gets blue, cont’d

Featured image Michael Goodwin devotes his New York Post column this morning to the spectacle of President Obama orating on the beheading of James Foley by the Islamic State and golfing with his buddies a few minutes later. In the New York Times, Peter Baker and Julie Davis assured us that, appearances to the contrary notwithstanding, everything was copacetic. I thought their evidence was thin at best. I wrote about Obama’s statement »

The Perry recipe?

Featured image Our Austin correspondent directs us to what she calls “the Rick Perry recipe for lemonade,” available from RickPAC. She thinks that readers might be interested in ordering “before these T-shirts sell out.” She just ordered hers and notes that this is the only link that works. »

Two Wongs don’t make a…

Featured image Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized yesterday. Not for his false and defamatory attacks on Mitt Romney or the Kochs, but for the putative offense taken by someone somewhere at his slightly off-key “Asian-themed jokes” before the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. No offense was taken by the group or, so far as we can tell, by the audience, but the ritual apology issued when America Rising posted video »

Hamas at work

Featured image I believe that Hamas killed more Gazan Arabs than Israel did on Friday. You may have read that Hamas summarily executed 18 Palestinians on Friday, as in this YnetNews report. The YnetNews report combines Reuters, AFP, and AP reports with its own reportage and includes chilling photographs such as the one below that you may not have seen elsewhere, even if you caught up with an article on the killings. »

Add some music to your day

Featured image I first heard the late Kenny Rankin back in the day on Minneapolis’s KQRS when it was a freeform FM radio station, in the late ’60 or early ’70s. I liked what I heard (probably his “Peaceful” or one of his many covers of Beatles songs), but forgot about him for a long time until I heard John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey talking him up and playing his music on »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Today our friend Ammo Grrlll continues her series deriving from her recent high school reunion in ON THE ROAD – Part Dos – Or, Are We There Yet? I believe it was French philosopher Alexis de Toqueville who said, “This is one big-ass country,” but I could be mistaken. It might have been the Texan next door who likes Whataburgers and French Fries. An understandable confusion. If you only fly »

An embarrassment of Democrats (3): Eldridge edition

Featured image Chris Gibson represents New York’s Nineteenth Congressional District. He is an Iraq war vet and a Republican. He was elected to Congress in the wave of 2010. It’s a D+1 district, so Gibson’s reelection is far from a gimme. I don’t know him, but Gibson is the kind of guy who makes me proud to be a Republican. His campaign site is here. The site includes a profile of Gibson »

When Barry gets blue

Featured image The British press has mocked President Obama’s golf game immediately following his statement on the beheading of James Foley. The Daily Mail story includes a photo of Obama giving a fist bump for the ages. At this point, a killer rabbit would be a decided improvement. But it’s not just the British press. The New York Daily News captured the reaction of sentient Americans with its “Bam’s golf war” cover. »

A word from the Daily News

Featured image Joining the British tabloids, the New York Daily News delivers a rousing and heartfelt jeer to President Obama on its cover today (below). And it ties it to an accompanying editorial: “Obama’s duty to act.” We are far, far into “more mush from the wimp” territory, and we have two-and-a-half years to go. Via Twitchy. »

Defender of the faith

Featured image In his statement on the beheading of James Foley by devotees of the Islamic State (referred to in his statement as ISIL) yesterday, Obama spoke up on behalf of Islam: Let’s be clear about ISIL. They have rampaged across cities and villages — killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children, and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have murdered Muslims »

Appalling

Featured image President Obama gave a statement this afternoon on the beheading of James Foley by devotees of the Islamic State yesterday. Obama referred to him throughout as “Jim Foley” and “Jim,” seeking for some reason to convey the impression that he was on intimate terms with him, although I would like to think he would have been a little more upset than he was if he had been. The White House »