Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Seinfeld on top down under

Featured image Jerry Seinfeld is guilty of being a Jewish comedian who supports Israel. Playing to a big audience in Qudos Bank Arena at Sydney Olympic Park last night, he dealt with a “From the river to the sea” heckler for a few minutes. Seinfeld observed: “You’re really influencing everyone here. We’re all on your side now, because you’ve made your point so well, and in the right venue. You’ve come to »

Song of wandering dingus

Featured image Students of the poetry of William Butler Yeats may recall his lesser-known classic “Song of Wandering Aengus.” Ray Bradbury borrowed a phrase from it for the title story of his Golden Apples of the Sun collection of short stories. Judy Collins adapted the same phrase into the title song of her Golden Apples of the Sun album. President Biden now gives us Song of Wandering Dingus. His handlers assure us »

Stage 5 of Dem grief

Featured image Steve has chronicled press coverage suggesting the Democrats’ discomfort — most recently, in “Democrats are panicking” — with President Biden’s pending renomination as their presidential candidate. All things considered, the Democrats would prefer to have some face other than Biden’s surgically altered mask representing the party. However, they are stuck with him. Alex Thompson is the national political correspondent for Axios. This morning Thompson turns up with “Trials reveal depths »

Outrageous!, Columbia style

Featured image Readers may recall that basketball great Charles Barkley famously disavowed his own autobiography, claiming that he had been “misquoted” in it. Sir Charles (or someone) aptly titled the autobiography Outrageous! The Fine Life and Flagrant Good Times of Basketball’s Irresistible Force. Bob Greene declared that Barkley’s disclaimer made him a “front-runner for idiot of the year.” Years later, Hugo Lindgren observed in the New York Times that “mostly, Barkley’s reaction »

Inside the laptop

Featured image New York Post columnist Miranda Devine recalls in her June 12 New York Post column: The last time Joe Biden met Donald Trump on a debate stage, he lied that his son Hunter’s laptop was Russian disinformation, “a Russian plant” and “a bunch of garbage.” Taking account of the evidence introduced in the Hunter Biden gun case, Devine itemizes the ways in which Biden’s laptop has been authenticated. Not a »

Color him father

Featured image I wrote this on Father’s Day in 2010. It is a post that struck a chord with at least a few readers. I amplified it in 2020 and am taking the liberty of reposting these reflections in honor of the day. My father was a thoughtful man in his own way. In the last years of his life he recited for me the things for which he was most grateful. »

Close encounters of the Biden kind

Featured image President Biden hosted “celebrities and elite social media influencers” a White House reception on April 26 (I’m quoting Ken Bensinger’s June 14 New York Times story). One such “influencer” was Jonathan Katz, who seized the opportunity to ask Biden about his support for Israel in the context of what he believes might “plausibly [be] described as genocide” — committed by Israel, of course. Katz is that kind of a guy. »

They stand by their operation

Featured image Fox News has contacted all the members of the Deep State 51 — the former senior intelligence officials who disparaged the New York Post’s 2020 reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop as bearing “all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.” So they said in an open letter or public statement that Natasha Bertrand duly read out for Politico (Bertrand has now moved on to CNN). Natasha, you should have »

Meander in chief

Featured image The New York Post cover story features President Biden wandering away from his colleagues at the G7 summit in southern Italy yesterday. Biden and his colleagues attended a skydiving demonstration. At the conclusion of the demonstration, the windmills of Biden’s mind appeared to grind to a halt. Prime Minister Meloni pulled him back toward the group. RNC Research tweeted out the video below. WHAT IS BIDEN DOING? pic.twitter.com/iY33K2srII — RNC »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is seriously CELEBRATING DADDIES. She writes: Once again, I take pen in hand – or keyboard in stride – to extol the wonderfulness of males in general, but particularly of fathers. It is my honor and privilege so to do. In fact, as a woman, I feel it is incumbent upon me to counter all the “toxic masculinity” garbage heaped for fifty years upon our husbands, fathers, sons, »

Feeding our Fraud: Raids continue

Featured image The case of the bribed juror — $120,000 of cash in a Hallmark gift bag with a promise of more to come — in the first of the trials in the Feeding Our Future case may be more important than the massive fraud. The Feeding Our Future fraud was audacious and the amount of money involved revolting, but the assault on the system represented by the bribe is something else. »

Contempt for Garland

Featured image House Republicans voted to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt — they don’t like him either, but the vote was official business. They voted to hold him in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over the subpoenaed recording of President Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur. Hur found President Biden to be incompetent to stand trial and thus found charges based on Biden’s mishandling of classified documents »

What they were thinking

Featured image When alumni descended on Columbia University to celebrate their class reunions on May 31, one panel of professors and administrators focused on the past, present, and future of Jewish life on campus. The event featured former dean Columbia Law School dean David Schizer, who co-chaired the university’s task force on anti-Semitism; the executive director of Columbia’s Kraft Center for Jewish Life, Brian Cohen; the school’s dean of religious life, Ian »

The content of his character

Featured image Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla has shepherded his team to the NBA Finals. This past Saturday a reporter sought unsuccessfully to extract Mazzulla’s reflections on the color of his skin along with that of his Dallas Mavericks counterpart. I hadn’t heard of Mazzulla before the finals. I saw enough of Mavs head coach Jason Kidd during his team’s beatdown of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the semi-final round to last »

Quotations from Chairman Joe

Featured image The White House has now posted its official transcript of “Remarks by President Biden Hosting a Juneteenth Concert.” I posted video clips of Biden’s remarks here yesterday before the transcript was posted. Spectator deputy editor Freddy Gray draws on this passage in his long Daily Mail column on Biden’s senility: These Black soldiers were a link in a distinguished line of patriots, enslaved and free, who risked their lives in »

Federer’s Dartmouth smash

Featured image I last attended a Dartmouth commencement for my youngest daughter’s graduation nine years ago and wrote up “Notes on Dartmouth commencement ’15.” Dartmouth holds the commencement ceremony outdoors rain or shine. In 2010 we had attended commencement on the Green for our middle daughter when it was rainy and cold. In 2015 the skies cleared around 9:30, leaving a few clouds hanging like feathers in the sky. The temperature reached »

The Biden defense

Featured image Hunter Biden had essentially no defense to the felony gun charges of which we was convicted today. To the extent he had one, it was represented by the presence of Jill Biden sitting in court behind him. Hunter had only the Biden defense: I am Biden. Hear me roar. Don’t screw with me. It has proved a strong and malleable defense, but it came up short today. Given the brevity »