Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Where is liberalism going?

Featured image This past week the Heritage Foundation convened a panel of conservative intellectuals to discuss the future of liberalism in America. I became aware of the Heritage program through Andrew Evans’s Free Beacon article covering it, “Liberalism in America.” The Heritage Foundation promoted the event with this invitation: Twenty-five years ago, marriage meant what it had always meant, Madonna was considered risqué, and liberals worried about mass immigration, threats to religious »

Somalis say: Show us the money

Featured image We’ve got a problem in the Twin Cities that is based in our large and still growing population of Somali immigrants. Somalis have been immigrating to Minnesota for more than twenty years now. They have taken advantage of all the services that our state and local institutions offer. They have been welcomed with open arms, in Minnesota’s characteristic style. Yet Minnesota’s Somali community — a/k/a “Minnesotans” — is the most »

Marie Harf explains: ISIL Was Too Fast For Us!

Featured image With the dissolution of the Obama administration’s foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere, President Obama is talking as fast as he can. Obama set some kind of a land speed record for double-talk in his interview with Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes last night, highlighted by Obama’s passing the buck for his misunderestimation of ISIS to the Director of National Intelligence et al. That hasn’t gone down too »

Netanyahu’s timely reminder

Featured image Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the United Nations this afternoon (video below). The prime minister’s office has posted the text here. As is just about always the case, everything he has to say is worthwhile. In part his speech responds to Mahmoud Abbas’s imputation of “war crimes” and “genocide” against Israel in the same forum this past Friday. Of most interest, however, is Netanyahu’s discussion of Iran in the context »

The case of the mysterious disappearing comments

Featured image We have heard from many readers who have been unable to access the comments on our posts. We share your pain, but we are dependent on Facebook software that is not under our control. Power Line publisher Joe Malchow advises that “there is definitely a webkit browser issue related to updates that Facebook recently made to the comments app.” I don’t know what that means either, but there is an »

An embarrassment of Democrats: Obama edition

Featured image President Obama famously disparaged the Islamic State terrorist group as the terrorist JV to his apostle David Remnick in an interview for the New Yorker late last year (Remnick’s article is here). It sounded good at the time, but reality has intruded and the words have come back to haunt Obama. They mark him indelibly as the jv president. Asked about it last night by Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes, »

An embarrassment of Democrats: Braley edition

Featured image Raising money from Texas trial lawyers for his current campaign, Rep. Bruce Braley (D, IA) disparaged Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley as a benighted farmer who had not received the enlightenment afforded by a law school education. Braley conjured the nightmare scenario that would attend a GOP Senate majority: that boob Grassley would chair the Senate Judiciary Committee. Horrors! The disparagement took place behind closed doors. It wasn’t intended for public »

The case of Conor Powell

Featured image This past week FOX News aired Conor Powell’s report on Israel’s West Bank operation to apprehend Hamas operatives suspected of participation in the the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens. (I saw Powell’s report on Special Report with Bret Baier. It may have aired on other shows that day.) IDF forces were unable to apprehend the operatives; they were killed in a shootout. The Washington Post reported on the incident »

Alton Nolen: A self-portrait

Featured image Reliable information about Oklahoma beheader Alton Nolen seems to be in short supply. His likeness is subject to the full Trayvon Martin treatment although the local authorities have called in the FBI. Seen on Twitter, the photo Nolen took of himself earlier this month (below) adds a certain context to the news of his horrifying crimes. Why is Breitbart News the only media outlet I can find publishing the photo? »

A salute to Michele Bachmann

Featured image Our chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition saluted retiring Sixth District Rep. Michele Bachmann this past Sunday night. Since her election to Congress in 2006 — she first spoke to us that December, before she took office — Michele has been our favorite speaker. By my count, this was at least her sixth appearance before us. No one else comes close. We are grateful for her heartfelt and eloquent support »

Marie Harf explains

Featured image In his mind-numbing United Nations speech this week (White House text here), President Obama invoked the authority of Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdallah bin Bayyah. Obama cited bin Bayyah’s good works, such as they are: The ideology of ISIL or al Qaeda or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed and confronted and refuted in the light of day. Look at the new Forum for Promoting Peace »

A Democrat by any other name…

Featured image …is just as rank. Maybe more so. In the new issue of the Weekly Standard, Jay Cost conducts an anatomy of this year’s model of the Democrats’ usual “sneak it past the Rubes” deception. This year’s model comes out of Kansas and his name is Greg Orman, Independent (for the gullible): In Kansas…where Republican Pat Roberts is up for reelection, the Democrats are trying a different form of deception. It »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll titles this column KATY, BAR THE DOOR! She writes: When I was a child living in a small town in rural Minnesota, we rarely locked our doors, certainly never when we were in the house. My husband grew up in suburban Chicago where they locked the doors at all times, which I found irritating and downright rude. How can the neighbors walk in unannounced to borrow sugar or »

Feminism vs. Truth

Featured image Christina Hoff Sommers takes the Democrats’ war on low-information women voters as a teaching moment. She reviews the basics in the video below. The facts should be the foundation of any debate about where we go from here, but the facts don’t support the Democrats’ war. Thus the continuing ignorance and confusion. The précis explains: “Women in America are the freest in the world, yet many feminists tell us women »

Tweeting @ConormPowell (updated)

Featured image On Special Report with Bret Baier last night, Conor Powell reported on the killing by Israeli forces of two Hamas members suspected in the murder of the three Israeli teens. In his first pass at describing the relationship of Hamas to the kidnapping, I believe that Powell conveyed Hamas’s denial of involvement. I think a second reference later in the report may have backtracked on the issue. (I can’t find »

Scenes from a sideshow

Featured image Watching the Pentagon press conference displaying the results of the initial strikes on ISIS targets in Syria yesterday, I was struck by the apparent paucity of military targets and the limited nature of the strikes. Looking at the before/after images of a few of the strikes it was difficult to see the difference (not to say it didn’t exist). The Daily Mail rounds up a series of images from the »

Add some music to your day

Featured image I had not heard of Ann Hampton Callaway before her audacious 1999 recording To Ella With Love, but I’m glad I took a chance on that disc. Ella led me eventually to Ann’s superb show at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York when I stopped over on my way to Israel in June 2007, and then to the rest of her recordings. There is no arguing about taste, »