Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Speaking of losing it all [with comment by Paul]

Featured image In her omniscient narrative voice, George Eliot says in Middlemarch that prophecy is the most gratuitous form of human error. It is an insight from which we can learn a lot. The other forms of human error are less gratuitous. They are nevertheless probably all inherent in humanity. Why undertake to predict the future under uncertain circumstances? It’s part of the job of political punditry. Error is an occupational hazard. »

Speaking of unprecedented

Featured image Barack Obama has a conflict of interest — a personal stake — in commenting on the ordeal of Michael Flynn and the Russia hoax in which it was embedded. One would never know it, however, from the ecstatic dissemination of the leak of his halting comments on the Department of Justice’s motion to dismiss the Flynn case. Jonathan Turley takes a headfirst dive into Obama’s comments in “President Obama Declares »

In the kitchen with Maria

Featured image I recognize precisely one exception to the wasteland of Sunday morning gabfests, and that is Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo on FOX News. I like the name of the show, I like the host, and I like her guests. When it comes to a correct understanding of the big stories of the Trump era, no one has a higher batting average in this ballpark than Maria. At the moment »

Defeat the press

Featured image The Sunday morning gabfests have become a complete waste of time and brain cells except insofar as one seeks to understand the line the media are enforcing. I am glad to have missed the story Andrea Widburg relates in the American Thinker column “Chuck Todd grievously misquoted Bill Barr on Meet the Press.” Picking up the story via Twitter (below) helped me to minimize the pain and the neurological injury. »

Coronavirus in one state (36)

Featured image As usual, state authorities updated the COVID-19 data at 11:00 a.m. yesterday morning. They reported 20 new deaths that they attributed to the virus, bringing the total to 578. Sixteen of the 20 new deaths occurred among residents of long-term care facilities, bringing the total of LTC deaths attributed to the virus to 464 and keeping the the share of all such deaths at slightly in excess of 80 percent. »

Bill Kozlak speaks

Featured image Bill Kozlak is the third-generation family owner of Jax Cafe in northeast Minneapolis, just across the river from downtown. Like so many small business owners, Bill is on the precipice of closing the doors for good. In the three-minute video below posted on May 1, Bill lets loose with a cri de cœur to whom it may concern. The Jax Cafe site is online here. Bill has superimposed the message »

Coronavirus in one state (35)

Featured image In the updated data released yesterday, the Minnesota authorities attributed 24 new deaths to COVID-19, bringing the total to 558. If my arithmetic is right, 15 of the 24 new deaths occurred among residents of long-term care facilities, bringing the total of LTC deaths attributed to the virus to 449 and slightly lowering the share to slightly in excess of 80 percent. The median age of all decedents remains 83. »

Ilhan’s latest ilhusion

Featured image One of my Somali friends called me this week to express indignation over Ilhan Omar’s latest ilhusion, as I will call it. Supporting a local food bank program that Omar had literally nothing to do with, my friend reported Omar was using it fraudulently to raise funds for her own political purposes. This should be a big story. Given the state of the media, however, it circulates like samizdat on »

Coronavirus in one state (34)

Featured image In Minnesota we are living out the parodic New York Times headline: World to end tomorrow, minorities hardest hit. Yesterday the authorities devoted their daily state briefing to the theme (audio below). Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan is in charge of a resilience and recovery work group named by the governor. Flanagan chairs the group that carries it on. Flanagan is a metro urban liberal of the flaky fruitcake variety. We »

Dear Governor Evers

Featured image I am reliably informed that former Senate candidate Eric Hovde is a banker and philanthropist and all-around good guy. He is spending his own dough to take out television ads in his home state of Wisconsin calmly and reasonably asking the governor to justify the continuing shutdown of the state. It’s posted at Open Wisconsin Today. We could dub in ‘Minnesota” over “Wisconsin” and every point would apply in spades »

Deep thoughts by James Comey

Featured image Jack Handey is the inspiration for this series. He gave us, for example, this deep thought: If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is “God is crying.” And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is “Probably because of something you did.” Someone should tell it to James Comey and delete “probably.” Comey of course »

Barr speaks

Featured image Attorney General Barr sat down with Catherine Herridge for an interview yesterday following the filing of the government’s motion to dismiss the Flynn case. CBS News has chopped the interview into bite-size bits, but it has published the transcript here. Highly recommended. At the time of the FBI interview of Flynn on January 24, 2017, the FBI had no bona fide counterintelligence investigation of Flynn open. Barr explains: On the »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll asks ET TU, #METOO? TARA WHO? She answers: One doesn’t nearly often enough get to see horrible people hoisted on their own petards. But every once in awhile the stars align and it happens. For several years now, Colonel Kurt Schlichter and Ace of Spades, to name just a couple of prominent commenters, have been warning the Loony Left that “you really are not going to like the »

Coronavirus in one state (33)

Featured image When I first tuned in to the data emerging from the progress of the COVID19 epidemic in Minnesota, it quickly became clear that we had a misrepresented nursing home crisis that had been invoked to justify a devastating statewide lockdown. Katherine Kersten expands on this point to great effect in the Star Tribune column “Minnesota must recover from its pandemic of fear.” The share of total COVID19 death to all »

Dismissing the Flynn case

Featured image Embedded below is the Department of Justice motion to dismiss the case against Michael Flynn. United States Attorney Jeffrey Jensen’s review of the government’s Flynn case file and previously undisclosed documents recently produced in the case are the key to the government’s decision to abandon the case. Attorney General Barr chooses not to defend the indefensible, though that is not how his decision will be depicted. The dismissal motion is »

What gives in the Flynn case? Finale

Featured image The conduct of the FBI and the Department of Justice in the Flynn case has been a complete and utter disgrace to both institutions. Earlier today Flynn Department of Justice prosecutor Brandon Van Grack withdrew from the case. Now comes news that the Department of Justice is moving to dismiss the case against Flynn, saving Judge Sullivan the necessity of ruling on Flynn’s pending motions. I believe I predicted this »

What gives in the Flynn case? (10)

Featured image The hits just keep coming. We know that Rod Rosenstein is an idiotic tool, but we had yet to see the scope memo he issued months late to authorize Robert Mueller’s work as independent counsel. The first “scope memo” was, shall we say, lacking. Now we can see the newly declassified and mostly unredacted version of the August memo Rosenstein issued to remedy the original memo’s defects. Politico’s Daniel Lippman »