Author Archives: Scott Johnson

An epidemic of obfuscation

Featured image The Star Tribune site highlights Pulitzer Prize-winning health care reporter Jeremy Olson’s long explainer on the COVID-19 death rate: “Months into pandemic, Minnesota’s COVID-19 death rate still elusive.” The story seems to me an exercise in obfuscation at best, a contribution to the media’s panic porn at worst. Olson buries this key point: Risk varies by age and with underlying health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. People 70 »

The coming war on suburbs

Featured image Mark Levin hosted Stanley Kurtz for the full hour on Life, Liberty & Levin last night. They discussed the repeal of the Obama administration’s nightmarish Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation (AFFH), of which Kurtz must be the country’s foremost critic. FOX News has posted Yael Halon’s story “Stanley Kurtz sheds light on Trump’s latest ‘tremendous accomplishment,’ and why media largely overlooked it” on the show along with the opening segment »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image The Byrds sent me down a byway to bluegrass music. It’s the world out of which Chris Hillman came. They drew on some of it for Sweetheart of the Rodeo. And then I happened on to one of the Saturday morning radio shows devoted to the music. I could hear America singing. As a newcomer to the music, I found a world with its own storied history. I tried to »

Extracts from a subsource, cont’d

Featured image Who was that mysterious “primary subsource” to whom Christopher Steele turned for the good stuff in his infamous dossier? Paul Sperry reports for RealClearInvestigations: The mysterious “Primary Subsource” that Christopher Steele has long hidden behind to defend his discredited Trump-Russia dossier is a former Brookings Institution analyst — Igor “Iggy” Danchenko, a Russian national whose past includes criminal convictions and other personal baggage ignored by the FBI in vetting him »

Administering justice with Justice and Drew

Featured image Jon Justice and Drew Lee invited me to join them on their show’s second hour yesterday morning to discuss the enforcement provisions of Governor Walz’s mask mandate. The show runs Monday-Friday from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. on Twin Cities News Talk 1130 AM. I have embedded the second hour of yesterday’s show in podcast form below. I asserted during my segment that Star Tribune reporter Jeremy Olson showed no evidence »

Coronavirus in one state (77)

Featured image Governor Walz’s mask mandate is effective today. Walz’s team of hacks has helpfully drafted messages for “validators” subject to his jurisdiction to express their support of the mandate. Indeed, Walz’s Department of Employment and Economic Development forwarded the draft messages to the department’s business “partners” by email yesterday. One of the draft messages is to be directed to Governor Walz and “light-skinned Native woman” Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. Walz and »

When the FBI spied on Trump

Featured image Newly declassified FBI documents disclose how the agency used a so-called defensive briefing of the Trump campaign on August 17, 2016, to spy on and collect information about Donald Trump himself. Michael Flynn and Chris Christie also attended the briefing. The Federalist’s Sean Davis has posted the documents via Scribd together with his story on them. I have embedded the documents below. Davis notes that the documents were formally declassified »

A question for Jeremy Olson

Featured image Yesterday in part 76 of my never-ending series following COVID-19 in Minnesota, I wrote about Walz executive order number 20-81 regarding masks. The numbering indicates that it is Walz’s eighty-first executive order of 2020. We entered the era of one-man rule in Minnesota when Walz first declared a peacetime emergency in executive order 20-01 on March 13. One-man rule is supposed to be a short-time affair, but that’s not how »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image I hope Ammo Grrrll will follow through on the promise of more to come in IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO – Part One. She writes: I have been working on a theme for a whole series of columns for days when it is just too depressing to address politics (days ending in “y,” mostly). And I thought about all the things that we repeat like mantras that may or may not »

The explosions rocking Iran

Featured image In the podcast below the Tikvah Fund’s Jonathan Silver interviews former IDF military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin on the explosions rocking Iran. At the least, Yadlin offers informed speculation on what is happening. I get the impression, however, that Yadlin knows a little bit more than he lets on. At one point, for example, he responds to Silver that he’d prefer not to address operational issues. Tikvah introduces the podcast »

Coronavirus in one state (76)

Featured image Apart from the effects of Governor Walz’s executive orders, the consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic were virtually indetectable in Minnesota yesterday. The authorities reported only four new deaths. Three of the four new deaths occurred among residents of long-term care facilities. Although the data included 507 new cases, hospitalizations continue at a relatively low level. They tell us that deaths and hospitalizations nevertheless represent lagging indicators and that additional measures »

Labour is sorry

Featured image The Guardian has a thorough story on the apology and payments tendered to resolve the defamation claims brought against the party by seven former employees and one BBC journalist. Running true to form, former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn dissents from the apology and the settlement. What an odious cretin he is. I think that the BBC segment giving rise to the lawsuit is posted in the video below. According to »

Don’t rehear this

Featured image We have followed the extraordinary case against General Flynn as events have warranted. By all rights it should be a sidebar to the biggest scandal in American political history by far, yet it opens a window on incredible wrongdoing at the highest reaches of the Obama administration in the FBI, the CIA, and the Department of Justice, including Team Mueller. It is a disgrace that Attorney General Barr has sought »

On the Google blacklist

Featured image A reader alerted us to our disappearance from Google searches yesterday morning. I confirmed this myself with searches on my own posts. By the time I asked our publisher to confirm our disappearance, the same searches I had run included my posts at the top. I wondered what was going on. Mediaite’s Rudy Takala reports on the issue in “Ex-Google Engineer Says Glitch Blocking Websites Including Drudge, Breitbart Could Have »

Coronavirus in one state (75)

Featured image When I first tuned in to the data emerging from the progress of the COVID-19 epidemic in Minnesota, it quickly became clear that we had a nursing home crisis that had been invoked to justify a devastating statewide lockdown. Katherine Kersten expanded on this point in the Star Tribune column “Minnesota must recover from its pandemic of fear.” The share of total COVID-19 deaths attributed to deaths in long-term care »

Blois Olson: The line on CD 5

Featured image After I wrote this morning about this morning’s lame DFL press conference yesterday afternoon I received Blois Olson’s “morning take” on the race as set set forth in his emailed Fluence Media tip sheet (you can sign up for it here). I thought readers might find it of interest. I am quoting it at length below with the kind permission of Blois: CD5: The DFL primary in the Fifth District »

Ellison lends Omar a hand

Featured image Yesterday I noted that Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar is on the DFL primary ballot next month and that her principal opponent substantially outraised her in the second quarter. Does Omar feel some heat or think she needs help? She has held a multimillion dollar war chest deriving almost entirely from out of state donors over the past two years. She has to be a huge favorite in the »