Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll makes another EXCELLENT CHOICE! She writes: I have dim but fond memories of eating in a restaurant. And part of that pleasure is being complimented on my unique ability to pick a quality item from a menu. When presented with the evening’s specials by oral recitation, for instance, I am able to weigh the options of “Roast Loin of Pork” (no), “Filet Mignon in a Blueberry Reduction” (no, »

Rename Yale Now

Featured image Some mischievous benefactor of humanity has purchased a full-page ad in today’s New York Times to publish Roger Kimball’s June 22 American Greatness column “Canceling Yale.” The ad with Roger’s column appears in today’s Times under the headline Rename Yale Now. I have posted a screenshot of the text below. I’m sorry it’s not more readable. I just want you to get some idea of the nature of the thing. »

Security for me (Fredo edition)

Featured image I posted the video of Tucker Carlson’s segment with St. Louis homeowner Mark McCloskey in “Brit Hume: The BLM fraud.” It was a fantastically informative segment. CNN’s Chris “Fredo” Cuomo brought up the stupid rear in his segment with Mr. McCloskey yesterday (below). McCloskey capably acquitted himself with Cuomo, who proved himself even more obtuse than his reputation. »

Dementia politics

Featured image In his NR column “Dementia politics” Victor Davis Hanson sounds like the boy declaring the emperor wears no clothes: Joe Biden is tragically suffering a mental eclipse and sliding away at a geometric rate. Understandably, his handlers have kept him out of sight. He stays off the campaign trail on the pretext of the virus and his age-related susceptibility to COVID-19 morbidity. I say “pretext” without apology. Quarantine should not »

Coronavirus in one state (67)

Featured image The authorities attributed a grand total of four new deaths to COVID-19 yesterday. All four deaths occurred among residents of long-terms care facilities and all four decedents were in their 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s. The total of all deaths attributed to the epidemic to date is 1,445. Long-term care decedents make up 1,135 of the total. Hospitalizations attributed to the epidemic are low, low, low. Yet we remain under the »

Brit Hume: The BLM fraud

Featured image Tucker Carlson Tonight drew record ratings for FOX News in the quarter just concluded. Breaking the record previously held by Sean Hannity, Tucker had the best quarter ever for a cable news program. Variety covers the story here. Last night’s show suggested to me why this may be the case. Tucker had on Brit Hume for a blast of truth about the noxious Black Lives Matter crowd. BLM is a »

Security for me (Tucker Carlson edition)

Featured image Tucker Carlson beat the Star Tribune to the story of the three Minneapolis City Council members who want to ashcan the police but have retained private security to protect themselves at taxpayers’ expense. He invited me on his show to talk about it last night. Unfortunately for me, he covered it thoroughly in his introduction. I have taken the liberty of embedding the video below. As one thing led to »

Security for me — but not for thee

Featured image Over the weekend Minneapolis’s FOX 9 broke Tom Lyden’s story of the three Minneapolis city council members who have private security officers protecting them at city expense. Tom’s story is posted here. The video is below. The three council members are vocal proponents of substituting a Department of Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows for the Minneapolis Police Department. They all voted in favor of the ordinance advancing such a proposal last »

Coronavirus in one state (66)

Featured image Governor Walz conducted yesterday’s press briefing on COVID-19 with a supporting cast that included Dr. Tim Schacker of the University of Minnesota Medical School and Dr. Bill Morice of Mayo Clinic Laboratories. He announced the attainment of the goal to reach capacity for 20,000 tests a day. He calls it the Minnesota Moonshot. A good time was had by all. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm was on hand to review the »

Who ya gonna call?

Featured image The city of Minneapolis is deep into the cultural revolution driving the Democratic Party ever further to the left. The city is run entirely by Democrats. Boy mayor Jacob Frey is a Democrat, as are 11 of 12 current members of the city council. The twelfth — Cam Gordon, Ward 2 — is a member of the Green Party. That’s diversity, Minneapolis style. The current council lineup is displayed here. »

Through Douglass’s eyes

Featured image The relationship between the former slave Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln provides deep insight into both men. Douglass’s recollection of his first meeting with Lincoln — “I shall never forget my first interview with this great man” — is a highlight of the 1892 version of Douglass’s autobiography (The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass). In the Claremont Review of Books celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of Lincoln’s birth in »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image Listening to a show on the SiriusXM Grateful Dead channel last week, I heard one of the announcers mention that Nicky Hopkins played with the Jerry Garcia Band. Hopkins was a fantastic English pianist whose session work is virtually ubiquitous on great rock recordings of the ’60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Take a look, for example, at this Nicky Hopkins discography. If he wasn’t quite everywhere, everyone wanted his services. His »

Media access in one state: Judge Frank rules

Featured image I have brought a section 1983 lawsuit against Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm and MDH press officer Michael Schommer for excluding me from the daily MDH press briefings on and after April 27. I allege that they have excluded me on political grounds in violation of the First Amendment. They moved to dismiss the lawsuit on the ground that I failed to state a claim upon which relief can be »

Coronavirus in one state (65)

Featured image The Minnesota authorities attributed five new deaths to COVID-19 yesterday — all five among residents of long-term care facilities. That brings the respective totals to 1,411 and 1,112. LTC deaths constitute 79.3 percent of total deaths attributed to the epidemic. Four of the five decedents were in their 80’s and 90’s. One was in his 60’s. Deaths and hospitalizations have declined while new cases have increased over the past three »

A word from Ken Masugi

Featured image In the adjacent post I prefaced the dedicatory speech by Frederick Douglass at the unveiling of the Freedmen’s Memorial with a quote from David Blight’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Douglass. I was prompted to post Douglass’s speech by Professor Blight’s current Washington Post column that I passed over in silence in my post. Our friend Ken Masugi is not so inclined. He comments: “Unfortunately, Blight threw away his scholarship to »

Frederick Douglass speaks

Featured image David Blight opens his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Frederick Douglass with the unveiling of The Freedmen’s Memorial in Lincoln Park in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1876. At the heart of Blight’s opening is his account and analysis of Douglass’s Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln at the unveiling. In the speech, Blight writes, Douglass “had named the pain and betrayal of ages. Now he entered the celebration….He recognized how »

A word from the Public Engagement Department

Featured image I submitted the first of two Data Practices Act requests to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz via his online contact form. On Wednesday I received this touching message: Dear Mr. Johnson, Thank you for taking the time to contact our office. In the wake of the COVID-19 public health crisis, and the events surrounding George Floyd’s murder, we have received high volumes of messages from Minnesotans and people from across the »