Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Dave Begley: Live from Atlantic

Featured image Our occasional correspondent Dave Begley was on hand when Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar brought her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to a Cass County party event in Atlantic, Iowa on Monday (thumbnail photo courtesy of Dave). Dave — a Nebraska attorney practicing elder law and estate planning in Omaha — posed a question that Senator Klobuchar is unlikely to be asked by any other correspondent on the trail and »

Loose threads in the curious case (5)

Featured image Thanks to the findings in the Minnesota campaign finance board investigation of her 2016 run for the state legislature, we know that Ilhan Omar filed illegal joint tax returns in 2014 and 2015 with a man to whom she wasn’t married — while she was married to another man. This is something of a bombshell, graphically illustrating Omar’s treatment of her marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi as a sham. »

An embarrassment to village idiots

Featured image In a terrific Washington Times column Charles Hurt calls CNN’s Jim Acosta “An embarrassment to village idiots.” Hurt draws on President Trump’s exchange with Acosta at the G20 summit last week. Ryan Saavedra quotes the exchange at somewhat greater length and features the video highlight below: “[W]hat is it with your coziness with some of these dictators and autocrats at these summits?” Acosta asked. “With Mohammad Bin Salman, the Crown »

The Powell factor in the Flynn case

Featured image Former Assistant United States Attorney Sidney Powell now represents Michael Flynn in the criminal case that still awaits his sentencing. This past Monday Powell and Flynn appeared together in court for a status hearing before Judge Emmet Sullivan. A partially redacted transcript of the hearing is posted here on Scribd. Margot Cleveland commented on the hearing last week in the Federalist column “Michael Flynn Attorney Suggests Special Counsel Withheld Key »

The citizenship question

Featured image You may not want to understand the Supreme Court’s June 27 decision essentially nixing the Trump administration’s effort to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. You may not want to know where the Supreme Court derives the authority to weigh in on this issue. You may rather want to know how such a fundamental question ever came to be omitted from the Census in the first place. The »

Dave Begley: Live from Sioux City [with comment by Paul]

Featured image In the world of collecting, our occasional correspondent Dave Begley is what they call a completist. In his “live from Iowa” coverage of the 2020 field of presidential contenders, Dave is leaving no Democratic candidate behind. When Marianne Williamson brought her unlikely campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to Iowa yesterday (thumbnail photo and photo below courtesy of Dave), Dave was on hand to cover the festivities, such as they »

Bob Newhart lives

Featured image Bob Newhart makes infrequent live appearances at age 89, but he was featured last night at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Minneapolis as part of the first-ever Minneapolis Comedy Festival. He must have three generations of fans in Minneapolis. The line to get into the theater wound around the block last night. I think it’s fair to say that Newhart is beloved. What a thrill to see him perform a »

Loose threads in the curious case (4)

Featured image In the first part of this series I posted my correspondence with former United States Attorney for Minnesota Andrew Luger. Mr. Luger’s letter of August 22, 2016, to Omar attorney Jean Brandl played an oversize role in terminating the controversy over the curious case of Ilhan Omar. Brandl, by the way, was the Omar ally who responded on Omar’s behalf to my original inquiry to the Omar campaign in August »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is on the road again in NO MOUNTAIN FOR OLD LADIES – Big Road Trip – Part 1. She writes: When Dodge hits 114, it’s time to get out of Dodge. I have stayed in the Dusty Little Village for several summers, as a kind of Arizona gang initiation, while Max Cossack, the prolific novelist, has gone elsewhere for a variety of reasons. So it’s not like I’m »

Wherefore Wayfair

Featured image I take it that the government is underwriting the order of $200,000 worth of bedding and other furniture to BCFS, a nonprofit contractor that operates immigration detention facilities at the southern U.S. border. The furniture is needed to accommodate the detention of illegal aliens crossing into the United States. Current accommodations are inadequate to the task occasioned by the massive invasion with which our law enforcement authorities are attempting to »

What Iran is really up to

Featured image If you want to understand the current state of the conflict with Iran, I urge you to read Michael Doran’s invaluable Mosaic essay “What Iran is really up to.” The stakes are high and the conflict is complicated. The mainstream media are acting as little more than a vehicle of Iranian/Democratic disinformation and propaganda. This week’s Tikvah podcast features Doran and is posted here at Mosaic. I have embedded it »

Loose threads in the curious case (3)

Featured image Amanda Seitz and Beatrice Dupuy purport to straighten out benighted conservatives on the curious case of Ilhan Omar in the current edition of the AP’s “NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week.” The lesson is delivered in this week’s edition of the AP’s “ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories »

Loose threads in the curious case (2)

Featured image Minnesota state representative Steve Drazkowski reminds me of the legendary story of the time Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862. Lincoln is said to have greeted Stowe, “So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.” Rep. Drazkowski is the state representative who filed the complaint against Ilhan Omar with the state campaign finance board. In the course of its investigation the »

The news from Newsom

Featured image The trouble with California is that it represents the wave of the future. Take California Governor Gavin Newsom — please. Citing Newsom’s tweeted video (below), Monica Showalter writes: “I thought it was satire, something cooked up by his political enemies. You couldn’t put out a less attractive video than the one Gavin Newsom did for illegal aliens on Twitter, advising them himself on how to obstruct ICE from any deportation »

Cockburn on the curious case

Featured image Spectator USA’s pseudonymous Cockburn attends to the curious case of Ilhan Omar in the column “Ilhan Omar lawyer: two marriages hard to explain.” Reviewing the case from its inception on the Somali Spot site through its evidentiary twists and turns over the past three years, Cockburn writes with the exactitude of a historian and the dash of a humorist. Taking a look back with a gimlet eye, Cockburn writes, for »

Loose threads in the curious case

Featured image The curious case of Ilhan Omar is close to breaking open. The Star Tribune’s long Sunday page-one story — geared to the state campaign board investigation of Omar’s 2016 legislative campaign — tells us as much. Having cracked the door to the story open back in 2016, I am not about to give it up now. The case has a number of loose threads hanging from it. One loose thread »

The David Steinberg remix

Featured image In “Dozens of documents indicate Ilhan Omar lived with Ahmed Hirsi while claiming to be married to Ahmed Elmi,” the Washington Examiner’s Tiana Lowe and John Gage add parking tickets to the evidence supporting the proposition that Ilhan Omar’s marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi was a sham. The Examiner story includes the usual Omar response: Omar “declined to answer the Washington Examiner’s questions on the matter, and her congressional »