Author Archives: Scott Johnson

There’s something about Katy (and Lizzy)

Featured image I found Corey Kilgannon’s Saturday Saturday New York Times story to be worthy and thought readers might find it of interest. Kilgannon’s story is variously headlined “Long separated, sisters have a college reunion” (in the paper, where it caught my eye) and “2 women moved to write stories uncover a surprisingly personal one” (online). I found it a touching story with plenty of material for further reflection. Here is how »

Weasel words from a weasel

Featured image ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos failed to disclose his $75,000 in contributions and other connections to the Clinton Foundation as he interrogated Peter Schweizer regarding his book Clinton Cash. He didn’t mention his work as a campaign operative and administration official on behalf of Bill Clinton either, but ABC viewers are apparently assumed to bring that knowledge to the table. (Wrong, but who are we to judge?) When Stephanopoulos’s contributions »

Netanyahu on the Lausanne framework, &c.

Featured image Prime Minister Netanyahu gave a speech in Israel’s Knesset last week on the seventieth anniversary of VE Day. As is his custom, Netanyahu drew the lesson for today. The Jerusalem Post reported on and quoted from Netanyahu’s speech: The lesson from World War II is not to back down from an extremist regime whose platform includes genocide and conquering other states, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, referring to »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image Blues giant B.B. King died this past week at the age of 89. Tim Weiner covers his life and works in a good New York Times obituary. King lit out from Mississippi for Memphis in 1947 to undertake the career of a professional musician. In Memphis he connected with Sonny Boy Williamson (one of two) and landed a job at WDIA in which he hustled the patent cure-all Pep-ti-kon. “If »

Who killed Alberto Nisman? part 4

Featured image The Wall Street Journal devotes a good page-one story to a review of the mysterious death of Alberto Nisman. By Taos Turner and Reed Johnson, the story is “A body, a pistol, and few answers in Argentina” (accessible here via Google). It is an extraordinary and maddening case. The Journal story derives in part from the independent investigation of Nisman’s death commissioned by Nisman’s former companion, Judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado. »

The other side of vanity

Featured image I wrote about President Obama’s press conference following his meeting with representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council at Camp David this week in “An uncertain kazoo, cont’d” and John followed up in “Obama’s revisionist history on Syria.” The White House transcript of the entire press conference is posted here. I want to pause briefly over the question Obama took on Syria and the preface to his substantive, extremely misleading response. »

A Stephanopoulos sidebar

Featured image George Stephanopoulos is a Democratic operative in the guise of a television journalist. He served Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign in a senior position and was duly rewarded with a high office advising Clinton as president. When he grilled Peter Schweizer on his reportage in Clinton Cash, however, Stephanopoulos mentioned none of this. Stephanopoulos omitted any mention of his own service over a period of years directly on behalf of »

An uncertain kazoo, cont’d

Featured image President Obama concluded his so-called summit with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council at Camp David yesterday afternoon. He issued a joint statement and held a press conference (video below). Obama began his press conference with a written statement that acknowledged the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia (and made a pitch for “infrastructure,” exploiting the dead to advance the never ending Democratic pitch for increased government spending). If the catastrophic derailment »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll concludes her six-part travelogue with Visiting My People – the Grand Finale: Seventy Years and Counting. As always with her weekly column, previous installments of this series can be accessed by inputting “Grrrll” in our search engine. She writes: Several weeks ago in this column, I set out on a journey to celebrate my parents’ seventieth wedding anniversary back in my hometown in rural Minnesota. You have made »

This Week with the Democratic Operative, spit-take edition

Featured image I wrote about the interview conducted with Peter Schweizer by George Stephanopoulos in “For the Clinton defense.” Toward the end of the interview, Stephanopoulous suggested that Schweizer’s work in the Bush administration somehow discredits his research. I thought that was funny, because his past work for President Bush put Schweizer at more than one remove from a direct interest in the subject of the book, whereas Stepanopoulos had worked directly »

How the Clintons worked Haiti

Featured image Mary Anastasia O’Grady extends one prong of Peter Schweizer’s case against the Clintons in Clinton Cash. O’Grady has previously explored the unsavory Clinton angle in the reconstruction of Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Schweizer’s book prompts O’Grady to revisit her own reportage in this week’s Wall Street Journal Americas column “How the Clintons worked the angles in Haiti” (accessible here via Google). O’Grady reports: [I]n the aftermath of the January »

Fig leaves falling

Featured image Certain impediments complicate Barack Obama’s selling of the arrangement with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Obama seeks to camouflage the arrangement as one that deters Iran from the acquisition of nuclear weapons. In reality, the arrangement will finance and expedite the mullahs’ acquisition of nuclear weapons. John Kerry has issued ludicrous “guarantees” in connection with the arrangement. One such guarantee is categorical, but it’s not a money-back sort of a »

A word from Peter Schweizer

Featured image Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer emailed me last night to comment on “Frank Holmes’s Purple Haze.” I thought readers following the story might find his message of interest: Love the “Purple Haze” reference. Fantastic! By the way, the Breitbart story on this includes a link to Frank Holmes’s SEC filing that confirms that the firm did indeed have $4 million in stock in Uranium One. Also note that Holmes is »

Frank Holmes’s purple haze

Featured image In the long New York Times story by Jo Becker and Mike McIntire, following up on Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash, it is reported that U.S. Global Investors owned $4.7 million in shares of Uranium One during the first quarter of 2011. A Russian company took a controlling stake in Uranium One in 2010. The Russian acquisition stood to benefit the owners of the company’s stock if it secured the approval »

Michelle Obama: “The first thing we have to do”

Featured image One might think Michelle Obama has led a charmed life. She grew up with two parents who loved and supported her. Her academic achievements took her to Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Her education paved the road for a successful career back home. Her marriage has made her First Lady of the United States, an office that has provided her with almost unbelievable perquisites and privileges. Yet Mrs. Obama »

Who bowed down

Featured image One of President Obama’s core objectives is the humiliation of the United States. Thus his bows to the Saudi king and the Japanese emperor in the first year of his administration. Obama’s bows gave expressive form to the diminished role Obama has crafted for the United States on the world stage. Obama’s spokesmen threw in a healthy dollop of lying about it for domestic consumption thrown in for good measure. »

From a window

Featured image A reader sent Glenn Reynolds the photograph below of a display window at the Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill in the heart of the District of Columbia. Glenn views the display as Drudge-like illumination by juxtaposition. Given that the display appears in the heart of the District of Columbia, I wonder if there isn’t an esoteric message to the free world from inside the asylum here, or whether this »