Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Fake Pizza News: Avoid the Noid?

Featured image I’ve known for a while that liberals are trying to blame their electoral defeats on “fake news” propagated on Facebook and other venues. Having spent much of the last 14 years exposing fake news emanating from the New York Times, the Washington Post, CBS News, CNN, and so on, I wasn’t impressed and devoted zero time to the subject. But now, the liberals really have something to talk about: a »

Say It Ain’t So, Donald!

Featured image As Steve noted earlier, Donald Trump met today with Al Gore to talk about climate change: Former Vice President Al Gore said Monday he had a “productive” meeting with Donald Trump, calling it “an extremely interesting conversation.” Gore, a leading voice on the dangers of climate change, met with the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York City and spoke briefly to reporters afterward. He categorized the meeting as a »

The Global Warming Fraud, Explained

Featured image Much can be said about the Left’s lavishly-financed effort to portray global warming as an existential threat, so that a small minority can profit while the rest of us are impoverished. But this is perhaps the most fundamental point: a scientific argument can be made that doubling the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere will increase global temperatures by about one degree C. Most people agree that this would be »

Have Kellogg and Other Companies Been “Dragged Into” Politics?

Featured image The Minneapolis Star Tribune reprints an article from the Washington Post under the headline “U.S. companies get dragged into a volatile political climate.” The article centers on Kellogg, which stirred outrage when it announced that it was blocking advertising on Breitbart.com because Breitbart isn’t “aligned with our values as a company.” There was a lot of pushback from conservatives, including us, but does that mean that Kellogg was “dragged into” »

Recount Follies

Featured image The Jill Stein/Hillary Clinton recount effort has mostly faded from the headlines, as battles have moved into the courts. A day of recounting in Wisconsin reportedly netted Hillary a single vote. Michigan may or may not begin recounting next week, depending on a court ruling. Pennsylvania appears to be Hillary’s weakest link; Trump’s margin is not narrow enough to trigger an automatic recount, and absent any evidence of fraud or »

Trump Appoints Gen. Mattis as Defense Secretary

Featured image This has been rumored for a while, but still: Donald Trump continues his winning streak with the appointment of General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense: Mattis, 66, is a Marine Corps general who retired in 2013 after serving as the commander of the U.S. Central Command. His selection raises questions about increased military influence in a job designed to insure civilian control of the armed forces. The concerns revolve »

You Are Invited, One Week From Today!

Featured image If you live in or near the Twin Cities, December 8 is a big day. At noon, my think tank will sponsor a lunch forum starring Heather Mac Donald, author of The War On Cops. We are expecting a crowd of 500 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. More than 100 law enforcement personnel will be honored, on behalf of all Minnesota law enforcement. It is going to be »

One More Positive Effect of Trump’s Win

Featured image The Associated Press reports that President Obama has decided to back off on anti-Israel moves in the wake of President-elect Trump’s victory: President Barack Obama has nearly ruled out any major last-ditch effort to put pressure on Israel over stalled peace negotiations with the Palestinians, U.S. officials said, indicating Obama will likely avoid one last row with Israel’s government as he leaves office. Frustrated by the lack of progress, Obama »

Must the Constitution Protect Flag Burning? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Democrats are burning American flags in violent demonstrations and riots across the country, which led Donald Trump to re-ignite an old debate with a tweet: Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016 Trump’s suggestion that flag burning should not be treated as protected »

Is Russia Preparing to Invade Ukraine?

Featured image London’s Sun isn’t much of a newspaper. Most of its articles are about crime, actresses on vacation and reality TV actors behaving badly. But even the Sun knows that the potential outbreak of war in Central Europe is worth covering: Russia is reportedly deploying a massive army on the Ukrainian border amid fears of an imminent invasion which risks destabilising Eastern Europe. Ukraine‘s Deputy Defence Minister Ihor Dolhov says a »

Boycott Frosted Flakes!

Featured image Liberal bullies are trying to pressure advertisers into boycotting Breitbart.com, one of the most popular conservative sites on the internet. Unfortunately, they are having considerable success. As you probably know, Breitbart.com was founded by Andrew Breitbart and has been run by Steve Bannon following Andrew’s tragically premature death. Breitbart.com was an early and enthusiastic backer of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and Bannon became a close adviser to Trump. He is »

Politico: What If Trump Enforces the Law?!

Featured image I have been saying for a long time that, while our current legal immigration system poses intractable problems, illegal immigration is relatively easy to solve: we only need to enforce our existing laws. Donald Trump’s appointment of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General signals that he intends to do just that. Politico belatedly tumbles, apparently, to what is going on: “Immigration-hardliner Sessions could execute crackdown as AG.” If confirmed as Trump’s »

Another Great Trump Appointment

Featured image Donald Trump has nominated Rep. Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services. You can tell it’s a great pick by the Associated Press headline: “Trump picks Price as HHS secretary; Democrats blast choice.” Price is an orthopedic surgeon and a leading critic of Obamacare. As a Congressman, he has devoted a great deal of thought to how Obamacare can best be repealed and partially replaced. That »

Terrorist Attack at Ohio State [Updated]

Featured image This morning, a Somali-born man named Abdul Razak Ali Artan drove his car over a curb and on to a sidewalk at Ohio State University, injuring a number of pedestrians, one critically. He then jumped out of his car and began stabbing passers-by with a butcher knife. The Associated Press reports: A Somali-born Ohio State University student plowed his car into a group of pedestrians on campus and then got »

Live and In Person, Heather Mac Donald and The War On Cops

Featured image Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute is America’s premier expert on the intersection of policing and race. Her book The War On Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe is the last word on the subject. A week from Thursday, December 8, the think tank that I run, Center of the American Experiment, will host a lunch forum featuring Heather. If you live »

Colin Kaepernick, Political Commentator

Featured image Colin Kaepernick is a once-promising quarterback whose career has gone into the toilet–although, to be fair, he currently is starting for the San Francisco 49ers, the second-to-worst team in the NFL. These days, Kaepernick is known mostly for kneeling during the national anthem as a show of anti-Americanism. Beyond that, he is a garden-variety ignorant leftist. Kaepernick once wore a shirt featuring an image of Fidel Castro, and he praised »

Moral Clarity, Cartoon Version

Featured image My partners have been noting and decrying the moral obtuseness of leftists who have eulogized Fidel Castro (“the Tyrant,” as he is generally known among Cuban-Americans). Michael Ramirez offers a dose of moral clarity. Historical truth, too. The cartoon is titled “Cuban Cigar;” click to enlarge: »