Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Clueless Joe Biden says it may not be so

Featured image The man who could not be named as the perpetrator of the terrorist seizure of Congregation Beth Israel is Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British national. I took it from the audio recording of the services he interrupted that he is a native of Pakistan. I believe that to be the case, although I don’t find it reported in the stories on the incident. Clueless Joe Biden appears to have »

The prophetic voice

Featured image When Martin Luther King, Jr., brought his nonviolent campaign against segregation to Bull Connor’s Birmingham, he laid siege to the bastion of Jim Crow. In Birmingham between 1957 and 1962, black homes and churches had been subjected to a series of horrific bombings intended to terrorize the community. In April 1963 King answered the call to bring his campaign to Birmingham. When King landed in jail on Good Friday for »

Inspector Clouseau standing by

Featured image In his press briefing last night FBI SAC Matthew DeSarno went out of his way to assert that the “hostage taker” who seized the rabbi and three others at Congregation Beth Israel during Shabbat services yesterday “was specifically focused on an issue not directly connected to the Jewish community…” The AP took this talking point and ran with it, as though Lady AQ might be a nonsectarian cause and jihadism »

Show us your papers, or not?

Featured image Cities including Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, and St. Paul have implemented vaccine mandates requiring vax cards to enter restaurants and other public places. The Star Tribune endorsed the Minneapolis-St. Paul mandates last week in the editorial “Lessons learned from vaccine mandates.” RealClearPolitics thought highly enough of the Star Tribune editorial that it was included in its daily lineup. Star Tribune editorial page editor (and vice president) Scott Gillespie highlighted the editorial »

Rescue in Colleyville

Featured image Thanks to all the local, state, and federal law enforcement officers — some 200 in total — who rescued the rabbi and others taken hostage at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas yesterday. The “hostage taker” interrupted Shabbat services that were live streamed over Facebook yesterday morning to demand the release of Lady Al Qaeda. Within ten hours law enforcement conducted an operation that resulted in the rescue of the »

Veep thoughts by Kamala Harris

Featured image The Washington Free Beacon has compiled a few Quotations From Chairwoman Kamala and given them the Deep Thoughts production befitting the wisdom of Jack Handey or the Daily Affirmations of Stuart Smalley. Is it possible to think of the treatment Kamala Harris would receive if she were a conservative Republican rather than a ludicrous leftist dolt? She might be laughed out of public life. She might be mocked into oblivion. »

Why did they suppress the lab-leak theory?

Featured image We have occasionally turned to science writer Matt Ridley for clarity and illumination. He brings both to the latest news about the lab-leak theory of the origin of Covid-19. His Spiked column asks “Why did scientists suppress the lab-leak theory?” Subhead: “In private, they said it was plausible. In public, they called it a conspiracy theory.” Ridley recounts: In December 2019 there was an outbreak in China of a novel »

Terry Teachout dies at 65

Featured image Terry Teachout died yesterday at the age of 65. When he was awarded one of the Bradley Prizes in 2014, I was ecstatic. I deemed him the great Terry Teachout. I cited his work for the Wall Street Journal (drama critic) and Commentary (critic-at-large) as well as his own site, About Last Night. The Journal pays tribute to him here and Commentary here. I’m sorry if either of these tributes »

Quotations from Dementia Joe, cont’d

Featured image President Biden is bringing his first year in office to a conclusion, not with a bang, but with a big bang of whimpers. This past week of failures has put an exclamation point on the big bang, magnified by Biden’s monumentally bad speech in Atlanta followed by the belly flop on “voting rights” and the Senate filibuster. Congratulations of some kind are in order. In the category of Quotations From »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll assures us that THIS TIME IT WILL WORK FOR SURE! She writes: Virtually every generation spawns a new crop of young people who believe that Socialism is a really good idea. The vast majority of those historically-ignorant young people eventually grow up and their Utopian ideas are dashed on the Hard Rocks of Reality. Or as the brilliant Thomas Sowell replied when asked what made him abandon the »

Jillian Becker: A terrorism archive lost

Featured image Jillian Becker is the esteemed author and founder of the Institute for the Study of Terrorism. I became friendly with her through my interest in the subjects of her expertise. She has forwarded this first-hand account of the loss of her institute’s terrorism archive: A University Has Lost an Archive The University of Leicester has lost the archive of the Institute for the Study of Terrorism (IST). I founded the »

McConnell fact-checks Biden

Featured image Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks yesterday on the Senate floor regarding President Biden’s speech in Atlanta the day before. In part, McConnell fact-checks Biden. In part, he criticizes the sense and sensibility of Biden’s remarks. I think McConnell’s speech is as good or better than any of the columns I have seen exposing the disgusting demagogy and outrageous falsehoods of Biden’s speech. McConnell’s staff emailed the »

An Omicron update [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Kevin Roche joined Justice & Drew to discuss Omicron madness just before the top of their third hour yesterday. Kevin consumes the research literature and writes about it on Healthy Skeptic. I have found Kevin a reliable guide for the perplexed. Jon Justice asked Kevin to talk about his background at the outset of the interview. As always, Kevin understates his professional experience and qualifications. His opinions and recommendations are »

Biden’s hustle

Featured image In his Temperance Address of 1842, Abraham Lincoln reflected on how to win friends and influence people: When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and a true maxim, that a “drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.” So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince »

Princeton’s Iranian tool

Featured image Adam Kredo reports for the Washington Free Beacon: A former Iranian official who is a faculty member at Princeton University recently bragged in an interview about how his hardline government’s death threats against a former top Trump administration official had him and his family “trembling” with fear. Hussein Mousavian, a former member of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team who works as a Middle East security and nuclear policy specialist at Princeton »

Voting rights, lies, and videotape

Featured image President Biden and most Senate Democrats want to make “voting rights” a hill to die on. They want to “carve out” the Senate filibuster rules to ram their current bill through. Biden is headed to Atlanta today to perform in support of the Senate version of the bill. In its Senate incarnation it is titled the “Freedom to Vote Act.” Posing a question about the bill to Rep. James Clyburn »

How Sidney Poitier learned to read

Featured image Sidney Poitier died at the age of 94 last week. I knew he was an immigrant from the Bahamas and loved many of the movies he starred in, but I didn’t know much of the life story that John Podhoretz briefly related in the New York Post column “Sidney Poitier’s life was a testament to the greatest of American stories.” John didn’t get around to the deeply touching story about »