Author Archives: John Hinderaker

I’m Not an African, I Just Play One In the Movies

Featured image The controversy over race and the Oscars has made its way to Berlin, where a film festival is in progress. It happens that the festival judges are all white, so one of the judges, Meryl Streep, fielded some questions about diversity. Streep, who heads a festival film panel for the first time, had been asked by an Egyptian reporter whether she understood films from the Arab world and North Africa. »

What I Will Miss About Barack Obama

Featured image As the Obama administration limps through its last months, its impending demise is mourned by few. One of those few is the perennially clueless David Brooks, apparently the New York Times’s idea of a conservative. Brooks is infamous for falling in love with the crease in Barack Obama’s pants. Seven years later, he has found more to like about our failed president: I Miss Barack Obama. Many of the traits »

The Fatal Three Minutes

Featured image Marco Rubio finished a highly disappointing fifth in the New Hampshire primary. Five days ago, his popularity was soaring and he looked like an almost certain second-place finisher. Then came three bad minutes in Saturday night’s debate when he was being attacked by Chris Christie, and Rubio’s momentum came to a screeching halt. This graphic showing the Real Clear Politics poll averages tells the story. Donald Trump is the blue »

Obama’s Lame Duck Budget

Featured image President Obama has unveiled his last budget proposal, which calls for $4.1 trillion in spending for FY 2017. In the final year of his presidency Obama is by definition a lame duck. With Republicans in control of Congress–even though it doesn’t always seem like it–he is the lamest possible duck. As always, Obama’s final budget purports to cover the next ten years. But since Obama will be gone in a »

Trump? Seriously?

Featured image Yesterday, at a rally in Manchester, Donald Trump called Ted Cruz a “pussy.” He was cute about it as usual, attributing the line to someone in the crowd. Here’s the video: Trump has accomplished something I didn’t think possible: he has made our political discourse dumber. Then there is the fact that he is a Republican in name only. He says he agrees with the Democrats on most issues, including »

The Super Bowl Ad You Didn’t See

Featured image I understand that Jeb Bush ran an ad on the Super Bowl yesterday. If so, I missed it, like much else. I was multitasking. I doubt that the ad will do much to salvage Jeb’s flailing campaign. But when you have lots of money and little popular support, I guess you have to do something. Why not the Super Bowl? Michael Ramirez offers the Super Bowl ad you didn’t see: »

About Those Unarmed Black Victims

Featured image The Washington Post has been analyzing local press accounts to build a database of police shootings. The paper published preliminary results last August; I commented on them here. The Post’s numbers showed that as a percentage of the population, unarmed blacks were seven times as likely to be shot. (In the final accounting the Post has just released, that drops to six times as likely.) Noting that shootings of unarmed »

Climate Change, the Long View

Featured image At Watts Up With That?, Dr. Tim Ball puts the climate change debate into historical perspective: Recent discussion about record weather events, such as the warmest year on record, is a totally misleading and scientifically useless exercise. This is especially true when restricted to the instrumental record that covers about 25% of the globe for at most 120 years. The age of the Earth is approximately 4.54 billion years, so »

The War on Police In San Antonio

Featured image A San Antonio tabloid says it will publish the names and addresses of every police officer in the San Antonio police department, following the shooting of an unarmed black felon by a San Antonio policeman. Local TV station KENS reports: 36-year-old Antronie Scott was being followed by a undercover police officer Thursday night. Police say when Scott got into a car in a parking lot on Sahara Street, a uniformed »

Maduro, Sanders and Clinton: Compare and Contrast

Featured image Socialism always fails, and it’s always someone else’s fault. In the last stages of socialist collapse, when there is not enough to eat and society teeters on the brink, “wreckers” and “saboteurs” are the traditional villains. That’s the point Venezuela has reached. President Nicolas Maduro is now blaming Lorenzo Mendoza, the head of Empresas Polar SA, Venezuela’s largest food company, for the country’s food shortage. (I’m not sure who is »

Follow Tonight’s Debate on Power Line Live

Featured image Power Line Live will be open for business tonight, but I probably won’t be there. I am rationing my exposure to the presidential campaign in hopes of making it to November. I was in the gym this afternoon and saw a CNN headline: “Kasich surging in New Hampshire.” At the moment, I can’t take any more. I’m taking the night off. But there have been several hundred conservatives in PL »

Why Did Support for Israel Become a Partisan Issue?

Featured image Historically, Americans have strongly supported the State of Israel. For a considerable time, that support was bipartisan, much as opposition to Communism was a bipartisan consensus for most of the Cold War era. At one time, sympathy for Israel may even have been more widespread among Democrats than Republicans. But in recent years, the parties have diverged sharply on the Mideast conflict. This Gallup chart shows the progression: Currently, fewer »

Why Hillary Will Never Be President

Featured image This isn’t the only reason, actually. There are lots more. But this video encapsulates one aspect of Hillary’s awfulness as a presidential candidate. She breaks into song and dance at the end of a rally, along with a group of supporters. Hillary is catnip to a certain demographic: a slice of the elderly and middle-aged female population. One can mercifully say, not so much to the rest of us: »

Are Iowa’s Caucuses Another Hillary Scandal?

Featured image Something is rotten in the State of Iowa. That’s what the Des Moines Register says, with the headline: “Something smells in the Democratic Party.” What happened Monday night at the Democratic caucuses was a debacle, period. Democracy, particularly at the local party level, can be slow, messy and obscure. But the refusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal reeks of autocracy. The Iowa Democratic Party must act quickly »

Enemy Combatants? Well, Yeah! That’s Their Defense

Featured image The Bush administration drew endless flak from the left for treating Islamic terrorists as enemy combatants. Liberals prefer the law enforcement model, where terrorists and would-be terrorists are prosecuted for crimes, or else left alone. That is what has happened here in Minnesota, where a number of Somalis have either left the country to fight with al Shabaab, ISIS, or other terrorists groups, or have been apprehended while attempting to »

In Minnesota, a Candidate Worthy of Your Support: Jason Lewis

Featured image Nowadays, every House and Senate contest is a national race. No matter where you live, the election of conservative candidates nationwide is important to you. Which is why you should care about this year’s race in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. The seat has been held by Republican John Kline for some years. He is retiring, and the Democrats are determined to pick off the open seat. The 2nd has become »

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Signed to Little Fanfare. Here’s Why

Featured image The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement was signed yesterday in Auckland, New Zealand. The administration claims it will boost America’s economy, but many are skeptical. Senator Jeff Sessions released a statement that said, in part: 7,000 miles away, the President’s trade representative just quietly signed a massive, 5,544 page trade deal, with little fanfare from its supporters. Only months ago Congress voted to “fast-track” this deal, despite not knowing its contents. »