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"Control of space means control of the world.... From space, the masters of infinity would have the power to control the earth’s weather..."

"... to cause drought and flood, to change the tides and raise the levels of the sea, to divert the Gulf Stream and change temperate climates to frigid." Said Lyndon Johnson, quoted in Robert A. Caro, "Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson III," p. 1026. This was in 1958, when LBJ was stirring up alarm about the Russians and Sputnik. Caro says: Click for more »

Wisconsin’s shame, cont’d

(Scott Johnson) We used to laugh along with Tom Wolfe when he mocked the left’s routine invocation of fascism in America. Quoting Jean-Francois Revel, Wolfe observed that the “dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe” (more here). Show More Summary

The Gruber variations

(Scott Johnson) On Morning Joe yesterday, the crew assessed the veracity of the Obama administration against the page-twp Wall Street Journal story that I quoted and commented on in “From the mixed-up files of Jonathan Gruber.” On MSNBC a good time was had by all. Show More Summary

Invitation to a microaggression

(Scott Johnson) Here I quote Elizabeth Price Foley, writing at InstaPundit: The University of California, headed now by former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, has gone insane with political correctness. The...Show More Summary

Erislandy Lara vs. Delvin Rodriguez & Artur Beterbiev vs. Alexander Johnson final quotes

3 weeks agoSports / Boxing : BoxingNews24

CHICAGO (June 10, 2015) - Premier Boxing Champions on Spike fight week kicked off in Chicago today with the final press conference before Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs)takes on Delvin [...] More boxing news on BoxingNews24.com

Deep secrets of racial profiling (5)

(Scott Johnson) In part 3 of this series, I quoted ACLU racial profiling guru David Harris’s account of the randomized security system ordered into place by the FAA in 1998. Harris portrays it as a great triumph. I think 9/11 cast its own negative verdict on the system. Show More Summary

‘San Andreas’ Review: Dwayne Johnson’s Heroics Save Everything But The Script In This Disaster (Movie)

If the Warner Bros advertising department would like a quote on the new disaster movie, San Andreas here’s mine: “The funniest movie of 2015! I have never laughed out loud so much in years!” Of course San Andreas is not meant to be a comedy, but I just couldn’t help myself. Show More Summary

The Imitation of Those Whom We Cannot Resemble

I saw this quote today and it really spoke to me. It reads: Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble. Samuel Johnson I’ve talked about this before here: Starling Fitness – Whitney Houston Workout Routine When I was a teenager, I would look at the articles [...]

It’s Friday: Watch Jason Silva Talk Tech, Creativity, and Flow With a Few of His Heroes

Jason Silva isn’t a scientist, he’s a synthesizer. And he is a quoting machine. Kevin Kelly, Freeman Dyson, Ernest Becker, Erik Davis, Steven Johnson. These are Silva’s heroes, and he aims... read more

UFC Quick Quote: John Dodson is best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, will knockout Conor McGregor

"I thought I was going to fight D.J. for this fight. I was hopeful. I was ecstatic. I wanted to go ahead and crush Demetrious Johnson. But they had to put someone else in front of me, so D.J. catches a little break right quick. He gets to take a little break and see the destruction that's waiting for him... Show More Summary

Netanyahu on the Lausanne framework, &c.

(Scott Johnson) Prime Minister Netanyahu gave a speech in Israel’s Knesset last week on the seventieth anniversary of VE Day. As is his custom, Netanyahu drew the lesson for today. The Jerusalem Post reported on and quoted from Netanyahu’s...Show More Summary

UFC Quick Quote: Dana White says 'it's kind of sad' fans we're leaving during UFC 186 main event, but doesn't 'give a sht'

You missed the latest finish in UFC history suckers! "I don't give a sht what people are doing. I'm watching the fight." "It's kind of sad that Demetrious Johnson has this thing hanging over his head, he's not this, he's not that. He does everything the exact way he's supposed to. Show More Summary

There’s something about Hillary

(Scott Johnson) The adage is credited to diverse authors. I can’t sort out the responsibility for it, but I do want to quote it (or a variant of it): “Sincerity: if you can fake it, you’ve got it made.” The adage has a special application to the field of politics. Show More Summary

Gustafsson Says He Could Beat Rumble 6 out of 7 Times, Rumble Responds with Heat

Anthony "Rumble" Johnson is not happy about Alexander Gustafsson 's recent sentiments. Speaking with Swedish MMA (quotes relayed by MMA Fighting's David St. Martin), Gustafsson shed his feelings on his UFC on Fox 14 loss to Johnson,Show More Summary

Do You Really Want to Change that Habit?

I often think about this remark by Samuel Johnson: “All severity that does not tend to increase good, or prevent evil, is idle.” - Samuel Johnson, as quoted in James Boswell’s The Life of Samuel Johnson Because I’ve been so focused on habits over the past few […]

Quotable quotes on a deal with Iran

(Scott Johnson) Tom Gross provides Mideast media analysis at his self-named site. He has added a set of quotes on the deal in process with Iran to his Mideast Dispatch Archive here. While we wait for the news from Lausanne today, I thought...Show More Summary

The capitulationist

(Scott Johnson) In his weekly Wall Street Journal column yesterday (accessible via Google here), Bret Stephens compiled quotes from President Obama setting forth his previously stated demands of Iran in connection with its nuclear program. Show More Summary

Top Obama Official Jeh Johnson: Reading Koran Reminds Me of “Quintessentially American Values”

Funny… I thought MLK was a Christian, not a Muslim. So, Jeh Johnson hearts MPAC, an organization known to have deep terrorist ties, and proclaims that quotes from MLK and

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