Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Shocker: Kevin McCarthy Pulls Out

Featured image In a stunning development, Kevin McCarthy has withdrawn his candidacy to be Speaker of the House. Republican Congressmen apparently were as surprised as we are: McCarthy shocked his colleagues at the start of Thursday’s closed meeting, telling them he was not the right person for the job. He recommended that the election be postponed and Boehner delayed it. “There was total shock, and then total silence,” said Rep. Robert Pittenger, »

Why the Big Banks Love Democrats

Featured image Since the financial collapse of 2008, the nation’s largest banks have seen their profits boom, as their share of the market has grown. Reuters reports: Profits have soared since the global financial crisis at the five biggest U.S. banks with market-making dealing operations, New York Federal Reserve economists said in an article released on Wednesday. From 2009 to 2014, the combined net income of J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, Bank of America, »

Gun Control In Five Easy Steps

Featured image On firearms, Democrats, including President Obama, have started to come out of the closet. What they really want is to ban the private ownership of guns. The Reason video below explains how that can be done, in five easy steps. The video’s real point is that the Democrats’ “common sense reforms” have nothing to do with achieving any practical policy goal. Rather, like so much of our politics, they are »

AP Documents Four Attempts to Sell Nuclear Material to ISIS

Featured image An Associated Press investigation has documented at least four attempts by criminal gangs to sell nuclear materials to ISIS. All of these attempts occurred in Moldava, and likely are not the only ones to have taken place in recent years. The AP article is long and worth reading in its entirety. An excerpt: The previously unpublicized case is one of at least four attempts in five years in which criminal »

Barry Diller: I’ll Leave the Country If Trump Wins!

Featured image An election must be in the offing, as liberals are threatening to leave the country. As we used to say as kids: is that a threat, or a promise? This time it is Hollywood’s Barry Diller. Diller says: If Donald Trump doesn’t fall, I’ll either move out of the country or join the resistance. A Democratic Party resistance movement? They’d better hold off on confiscating those guns. These threats are »

Assimilation? Who Needs to Assimilate?

Featured image Today the Center for Immigration Studies released some shocking data from the Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey (ACS), which came out late last month. CIS headlines: “One in Five U.S. Residents Speaks Foreign Language at Home.” Some highlights: * In 2014, a record 63.2 million U.S. residents (native-born, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants) spoke a language other than English at home. * Taking a longer view, since 1990 the »

Modest Proposals On Gun Violence

Featured image White House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked several questions about gun control during his press briefing today. Breitbart summarizes his responses, which were more of the same: endless references to “common sense” reforms which are never specified. Earnest wants to keep firearms out of the hands of “criminals and others who shouldn’t have them”; so do we all, but how? To state the blindingly obvious, mass murder is, and always »

Iowa Can’t Stand Hillary

Featured image This NBC/Wall St. Journal/Marist poll of Iowa residents came out today. There are a number of interesting numbers, but what jumps out at the reader is that Iowans can’t stand Hillary Clinton. These are the numbers for registered voters: Favorable: 35% Unfavorable: 59% Not sure: 5% That’s brutal. It is noteworthy that President Obama is just about as unpopular in Iowa, at 38%/55%/8%. Who are the 8% that can’t make »

Reliving the 1930s In France?

Featured image In France, private sector unions are still strong and the law makes it difficult to fire or lay off employees. (Which, of course, also depresses hiring.) Air France has lost money for the last few years and has been trying to downsize; it recently announced that pilots, flight attendants and ground crews would be be laid off unless unions agreed to productivity improvements. That led to a demonstration outside a »

Hillary Feels the Bern

Featured image While most attention has focused on the Republican side of the 2016 presidential race, the Bernie Sanders phenomenon is at least as remarkable as anything that has happened in the GOP contest. Sanders, a 73-year-old socialist, is generating far more enthusiasm than any other Democratic candidate. Byron York notes that on Saturday, Sanders drew an astonishing 24,000 people to a rally at Boston’s Convention and Exhibition Center. This photo of »

Unprecedented Mass Immigration Will Radically Transform America. Is That What We Want?

Featured image On this site, posts about immigration tend to draw less traffic than posts on most other subjects. I am not sure why that is, but I suspect it is mostly because people (our readers, anyway) say, Yeah, yeah, I already know about that. Well, here is something you probably didn’t know. Jeff Sessions’ Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest analyzed data in the Pew immigration survey that I »

Does the New York Times Even Have Editors?

Featured image On September 30, the New York Times published a long article about Donald Trump’s wife Melania in its Fashion and Style section. The article said little of substance–Mrs. Trump is a nice lady, apparently–but it resulted in an epic sequence of five corrections: The sheer number of errors, corrected serially, has prompted quite a bit of hilarity. But I want to focus on correction number four–the fourth error that the »

Bon Jovi to Waters: Drop Dead!

Featured image Some years ago, I was in the office of a straitlaced, middle-aged lady who was in charge of my law firm’s support staff. I noticed a photograph on her desk of herself with a long-haired guy who looked like a rock musician. It seemed incongruous, so I asked about the picture, and she told me this story. She and her husband had a boat in a marina on the St. »

An Instance of Warmist Corruption

Featured image We have often written about the fact that the world’s governments pour billions of dollars annually into the global warming project, the object of which is to increase the powers of government. And yet governments, the main parties that stand to benefit from the warmists’ campaign, pretend that their money is somehow innocent, while any private entity that supports climate research is suspect. Alarmist scientists have gone so far as »

Obama and the Democrats Shamefully Smear Jeb Bush

Featured image Yesterday the Democrats, always eager to find distractions from their failed domestic and foreign policies, seized on the Oregon shootings as an excuse to change the subject. In particular, they used that terrible crime to smear Jeb Bush. According to the Democrats, Bush blew off the Oregon shootings by saying “stuff happens.” The Democrats, as one, picked up on the meme. This tweet came from Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: A message for »

After Seven Recovery Summers…

Featured image The last recession officially ended, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, in June 2009. By now, September 2015, we should be in the middle, or perhaps the later stages, of an economic boom, having enjoyed years of strong economic growth, job creation and rising private sector incomes. Instead, our economy has never exited the recovery stage, and we have just concluded the seventh “recovery summer” of the Obama »

Farming In Fear

Featured image Earlier this week, I attended an event in Michigan that included a screening of a brand-new documentary called Farming In Fear. The film, just 28 minutes long, tells the story of Martha Boneta, who bought a small farm in Virginia and tried to make a go of it by selling produce and so on. She was viciously harassed by a variety of government agencies and environmental groups who evidently intended »