Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Quigley on evidence: Hearsay edition

Featured image I observed earlier this week that there is a classic satire of democratic politics struggling to escape from the House’s impeachment inquiry. It was only yesterday that the Obama administration refused to provide lethal military aid to the Ukraine. Now the provision of lethal military aid appears to have become a holy sacrament in the evolving Democratic orthodoxy, one with its own martyrs and rites and hymns. You know, like »

Aaron Maté: The Brennan Dossier

Featured image We await the administration of justice to the wrongdoers who perpetrated and peddled the Obama administration’s Russia hoax. RealClearInvestigations continues to chronicle the wrongdoing in an important series of studies, of which Aaron Maté’s “The Brennan Dossier: All About a Prime Mover of Russiagate” is only the most recent. Maté has written for a variety of left-wing outlets, but this is nevertheless a first-rate column consistent with the high level »

The yammering of Yovanovitch

Featured image Former United States Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was the star witness served up by the Democrats in the show trial that is to preface their adoption of impeachment articles against President Trump. The Democrats are bound and determined to impeach Trump over something. The Russia hoax was foiled. Although it is not invented out of whole cloth, the Democrats’ current impeachment production looks to me like Russia hoax 2.0. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ms. AG is a HIGH-STRUNG GRRRLL ON A HIGH-STRESS ROAD TRIP. She writes: Okay. So, when last we left our brave if slightly anxious and forgetful columnist, she had just been stung by a scorpion, had somehow managed to acquire a couple of hours’ sleep, and was taking off by the dawn’s early light for Highway 10 East, hoping to reach Minnesota before it snowed. Remember, kids, it was still »

Ukraine: Dem orthodoxy evolves

Featured image Inside the impeachment inquiry is a classic satire of democratic politics struggling to get out. (I would like to take up Quigley on Evidence. For the moment I will only observe that Quigley should find his place in a sequel to My Cousin Vinny.) On the substance of yesterday’s hearing in the impeachment inquiry hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, I wondered: wasn’t it only yesterday that the Obama administration »

A reminder to commenters

Featured image Using the Disqus software, I moderate comments on Power Line. I have posted my note to commenters several times, most recently here this past June. I won’t repeat it now. Ignorance is not an excuse, but there is no excuse to be ignorant in this case. We welcome civil comments of all stripes. All points of view are welcome. I simply want to reiterate that I ban commenters who fail »

Stand by your sham: Conspiracy theory (4)

Featured image I had intended to finish this particular series on Ilhan Omar’s 2009 marriage to her brother with a summary of the case supporting it. This is more of a closing comment for the series than a recapitulation of the evidence, which I will leave at present to my post “Stand by your sham: Datapoints.” Later this week I will move on to update the Omar story with notes on the »

Coup’s next

Featured image Today the House Intelligence Committee holds its first public hearings in the Schiff show. The Schiff show is a sort of preface to the impeachment article(s) that the House will send over to the Senate before the end of the year. Something’s happening here. Why is the House Intelligence Committee holding impeachment hearings in search of a high crime or misdemeanor? The structure of the production has struck me from »

Meet Amy Whinehouse

Featured image I have observed Amy Klobuchar up close for a long time. The first time I saw her in court the court reporter asked her to spell her name for him. The judge asked his court reporter in open court, “Good God, man, don’t you read the newspaper?” Klobuchar’s rise in Minnesota politics is attributable in good part to her father’s prominence as a sports reporter and daily columnist for the »

Enes Kanter calls foul

Featured image Catching up with my accumulated hard copies of the Wall Street Journal over the weekend I came across Elizabeth Winkler’s excellent profile “Boston Celtic Enes Kanter Calls Foul on Repression in Turkey.” Subhead: “The outspoken NBA center has been labeled a ‘terrorist’ by his native country’s government for his association with an exiled cleric.” His family is trapped in Turkey and he has had to disavow them as they have »

None dare call it deceit, cont’d

Featured image On the FOX News Sunday gabfest this morning, Karl Rove made the salient point that I highlighted here, quoting Byron York. Rove put it this way (my transcription): I love, I love the fact that the Democrats are now decrying the president’s decision not to move aid, lethal aid, rapidly to Ukraine. After all, the previous administration, a Democratic administration, did nothing to send lethal aid to Ukraine — and »

Omar strikes again

Featured image Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar continues to disgrace Minneapolis’s Somali community, the Minnesota DFL Party, the Democratic Party, and the Congress of the United States with her animus against Jews. Omar’s fans need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows in this Omar tweet, but I think the rest of us get the gist. As she has explained previously — students of ancient history may recall her »

When Ted Turner was right

Featured image Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Turner Classic Movies cable channel back in 2014, I noted that I was a little vague on how Ted Turner came to own the rights to nearly every worthwhile movie ever made. A reader wrote to offer a look back at the ancient history that provides the answer. I am posting this as a sort of postscript to “The Best Years of Our Lives.” »

The Best Years of Our Lives

Featured image When I walked into Spaulding Auditorium to see The Best Years of Our Lives as an undergrad, I had never even heard of the film. When I walked out three hours later, I couldn’t believe I had never heard of it. It is a great film with a lot of truth and a big heart in it. TCM is playing the film as part of its Veterans Day lineup on »

None dare call it deceit

Featured image Byron York has a valuable column that in its own way exposes the malicious duplicity behind the Democrats’ current impeachment initiative. It appears under the headline “Testimony: How Trump helped Ukraine.” This is the opening: One notable and little-reported conclusion emerging from the House Democratic impeachment proceedings is a consensus among some foreign policy professionals that President Trump’s Ukraine policy has been an improvement over President Barack Obama’s. Ukraine was »

A day to be proud of Rick Rescorla

Featured image Yesterday President Trump awarded a posthumous Presidential Citizens Medal to Rick Rescorla. Rescorla’s beloved wife, Susan, and his two children were on hand. The White House tweeted out several notes on the event including a live stream of the 17-minute ceremony. I have embedded the C-SPAN video below. FOX News reports on the award and related White House ceremony here. Rescorla was preeminently a hero of 9/11. We recall him »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll reports the score as AMMO GRRRLL: 18, SCORPIONS: 1, but that 1 was a doozy. She writes: Well, I suppose if you live in Arizona long enough, it is bound to happen. On the last Friday in October, just as Mr. AG was putting steaks on the grill for dinner, I ran out of paper towels and went to the utility closet for a new roll. I picked »