Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll titles her column this week COME FLY WITH ME, but she’s not talking about “far Bombay” or “llama land” or “Acapulco Bay,” and “weather-wise” the destination is iffy. She’s flying to the Twin Cities. She writes: Even before Ebola, Ammo Grrrll only flew under extreme duress. Funerals. Emergencies with sick parents. For business, I have driven from Minnesota to West Virginia, Maryland, and Texas. I enjoy long road »

Mary Burke in 47 seconds flat

Featured image The facade of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke’s was rudely ripped off her in the past day by a couple of stories. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel dispatched a team of reporters to reapply it this morning, but Burke’s response itself leaves her facade in ruins. I provided the short course with links this morning in “Burke busted.” Now the Wisconsin GOP condenses the story in a 47-second video (below). »

How many elections…? part 3

Featured image James O’Keefe has been on the ground in North Carolina for the past week and just released a video contribution to Steve’s series wondering how many elections the Democrats will steal next week. Like Diogenes in search of an honest man, O’Keefe goes in search of someone, anyone, who will discourage illegal voting by noncitizens in North Carolina. Spoiler alert: O’Keefe had no more luck thant Diogenes (video below). O’Keefe »

Burke busted

Featured image I haven’t had the stomach to watch the campaign next door in Wisconsin. I can’t think of a more deserving candidate for reelection than incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker, but my approach has been to keep my eyes closed and pray for his success. I admire his cool, his political courage, and the record he has compiled as governor while working in his fight against the goon-led effort to recall »

Chickenshit coming home to roost

Featured image Let us recall Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s disquisition on American foreign policy in which he explicated the text of Malcolm X in his Nation of Islam phase: “America’s chickens are coming home to roost.” It was Wright’s post 9/11 sermon. Thus spake Obama’s pastor (video here): “What Malcolm X said when he got silenced by Elijah Muhammad was in fact true: America’s chickens are coming home to roost.” Wright expounded on »

And now for something completely different, part deux

Featured image The first half of The Big Lebowski may the funniest half-movie ever, and is certainly right up there with the other funniest half-movies of all time. Not surprisingly, the film in its entirety has generated its own cult following and annual Lebowski Fest convention. In the film Jeff Bridges plays the dissolute leading character, Jeff Lebowski (“the Dude,” photo at left). His daily attire is a bathrobe, except when he »

A twisted administration

Featured image The twisted mentality of the Obama administration is prominently on display in Jeffrey Goldberg’s summary of his conversations with senior officials posted here. Anonymously describing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as “chickenshit,” one senior official serves up a pure case of projection, and another senior administration official seconds him (or her). It is as if Obama himself had dismissed someone as “arrogant,” or Joe Biden disparaged anyone as “stupid,” or John »

The IRS scandal: A refresher

Featured image The House Oversight Committee has released the video below providing a short refresher in the IRS targeting scandal. One of the Obama administration’s greatest successes is the stonewalling, covering up and bald-faced prevaricating with which it has kept the lid on the scandal. The video isn’t really comprehensible unless you’ve been following the story, so it is of limited usefulness. But it is good enough to have set me back »

A conversation with Christopher DeMuth

Featured image In the newly posted installment of Conversations with Bill Kristol, we meet up with the formidable public intellectual Christopher DeMuth (complete video below, broken into six chapters here, transcript here). As president of the American Enterprise Institute from 1986 to 2008, DeMuth built AEI into a powerhouse. He currently serves as a distinguished fellow at the Hudson Institute. In this conversation, Kristol and DeMuth discuss political thinkers including Edward C. »

Something happening here

Featured image We have been reporting since this past Thursday that the Executive Office of the President has been hit by computer network issues suggestive of hacking, though we have yet to receive a response to any of the several inquiries we submitted to the White House press office. The White House has now chosen to leak the story to Reuters tonight: Suspicious cyber activity has been detected on the computer network »

Something happening here? cont’d

Featured image We have conveyed the report of a reader we believe to be a knowledgeable source regarding a serious problem affecting the computer network serving the Executive Office of the President. We have called and written the White House press office seeking a response to the report since this past Thursday morning. The White House has failed to respond. In his most recent message, our source reports: EOP employees told to »

CBS declines to answer

Featured image Sharyl Attkisson has been working on her memoir recounting her ordeal at CBS News roughly since she left the network earlier this year. The fact that her she had a book coming out and the contours of her critique of CBS News are no surprise. She has publicly discussed them for months. The book is scheduled for publication on November 4, but the New York Post has obtained a copy »

Shaheen’s shame

Featured image New Hampshire Democratic incumbent Senator Jeanne Shaheen had a thought so important she couldn’t refrain from blurting it out during challenger Scott Brown’s closing argument in their Manchester debate yesterday (video below). The thought: “Koch brothers.” That really does condense the message this campaign season, and not just for Shaheen herself. She’s also speaking for her fellow Democrats addressing their low-information partisans all around the country. This is what it »

This is your country: A case study

Featured image When we last checked in on the “Corruption in 30 seconds” video contest sponsored by the left-wing loons of MoveOn and MAYDAY.US, our friends at American Commitment had claimed victory for their spot highlighting the epic hypocrisy of billionaire of Tom Steyer and his hundred-million dollar understanding with Democrats around the country. MoveOn/MAYDAY urged applicants to “make a 30-second ad to wake up America to the crisis of big money »

Mucking around revisited

Featured image Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism has just been published in paperback. Our friend Jean Yarbrough took a devastating look at what Goodwin has on offer this time around in the pages of the Claremont Review of Books. In light of next week’s elections, Professor Yarbrough’s account of the book – of the incestuous relationship between »

A hidden message from SNL

Featured image At TPM, Caitlin MacNeal provides a brief summary of last night’s Saturday Night Live opening: The cast of “Saturday Night Live” mocked President Obama’s response to the Ebola cases diagnosed in the U.S. during Saturday’s cold open. At the beginning of the skit, Obama explains that the Ebola response wasn’t that bad, relatively speaking. “Some people want to criticize the way our administration has handled this crisis, and it’s true »

Sharpton’s shape: An update

Featured image We’ve written repeatedly about the disgraceful role played by Al Sharpton as a power broker and arbiter of racial affairs in the Democratic Party, most recently in “Sharpton’s shape.” In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Heather Mac Donald illuminated the phenomenon in The Democratic embrace of Al Sharpton” (behind the Journal’s subscription paywall, but accessible via Google here). It is a valuable contribution to the discussion. Indeed, it is valuable in »