Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Dems: It Failed Before, Let’s Try It Again!

Featured image Politico reports that Senate Democrats are plotting, once again, to make attacks on Charles and David Koch a centerpiece of their 2016 campaign: A coalition of deep-pocketed liberal groups ― including a pair of super PACs backing Hillary Clinton ― has been meeting quietly for months, examining the 2016 map and plotting attacks against the powerful Koch brothers’ network. At midday Thursday, the architect of that effort, Clinton antagonist-turned-enforcer David »

Immigration Is Remaking America. Is That What We Want?

Featured image This Pew Report quantifies the explosive impact that immigration, legal and illegal, is having on the United States. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Ted Kennedy-inspired Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. This simple chart shows the consequences of the unprecedented wave of immigration that followed passage of the act: The Pew report notes that the impact of the 1965 act was not widely foreseen: At the time, »

Todd vs. Fiorina on Meet the Press

Featured image Yesterday on Meet the Press, Chuck Todd trotted out the Democrats’ talking points against Carly Fiorina. She clubbed him repeatedly, smiling all the while. By mid-way through the 11-minute segment, Todd looks shell-shocked. The Planned Parenthood point is an interesting one. Carly is mistaken, in that no CMP video released so far shows a live baby pre-killing. The body parts that we see being collected for sale are from already-aborted »

Almost All US Temperature Data Used In Global Warming Models Is Estimated or Altered

Featured image We have written many times about the fact that the temperature data used in the alarmists’ global warming models are not original data as measured by thermometers. Rather, they are “adjusted” numbers, consistently changed to make the past look cooler and the present warmer, so that more billions of dollars will flow from the world’s governments to the climate alarmists who serve government’s cause. This is, in my opinion, the »

The Clock Faker Goes International

Featured image The story of Ahmed Mohamed is one of the most revealing of our time. Ahmed, a 14-year-old Texas student whose father keeps running for president of Sudan, took apart a clock and stuck the clock’s workings in a case with a lot of wires, dummied up to look like a suitcase bomb. (I assume everyone understands that such bombs use timers, i.e., clocks.) He claimed to have invented or built »

The Camp of the Saints Comes to Europe

Featured image The Daily Mail has a long report from Germany on the influx of migrants there. Who, exactly, are the migrants? The article begins: On the busy shopping street in Giessen, a German university town twinned with Winchester, migrant Atif Zahoor tucks into a chicken dish with his brother and cousin at the curry restaurant Chillie To Go. They have left good jobs back in Karachi, Pakistan, and now want to »

Clinton Campaign Can’t Keep Email Story Straight

Featured image This comes straight from Twitchy, but it bears repeating here because it shows the utter disarray into which Hillary Clinton’s campaign has fallen. It starts with the news that the FBI has been able to recover tens of thousands of emails from Hillary’s home server. Yesterday, the Clinton campaign put out “Friends and Allies Talking Points” that said: Assuming the Bloomberg report is true, the reason the FBI may be »

What Next For the House?

Featured image Speaker John Boehner’s resignation reflects the fact that virtually every Republican in the United States is disappointed in the Congress. With Republican majorities in both the House and the Senate, it is hard to point to any significant accomplishments in the last eight months. At a minimum, I had expected a Republican Congress to pass a series of popular, conservative measures which the Democrats would be obliged to filibuster (if »

Pope Francis: I Was Told There Would Be No Math! [Updated]

Featured image I had intended to critique Pope Francis’s speech to Congress today, but the speech was so vague and so cautious, with a little something for everyone, that I decided it wasn’t worth the effort. The global warming part, for example, was more or less incomprehensible. I do think this point is worth making, however: the Pope is definitely in favor of taking in migrants. Our world is facing a refugee »

What If Russia’s Foreign Minister Conducted Official Business on an Unsecured Private Server?

Featured image Today Admiral Michael Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, testified before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on cybersecurity. Senator Tom Cotton asked him two questions, the second of which was brilliant: 1) Are the communications of the president’s most senior advisors, including those that may be unclassified, a “top priority for foreign intelligence services?” and 2) What would he think if he learned that Russia’s Foreign Minister, or Iran’s, »

Multiple Candidates Have a Path to the Presidency; Hillary Is Not One of Them [Updated]

Featured image Today’s Quinnipiac poll contains more bad news–very bad news–for Hillary Clinton, if not necessarily for the Democrats. The poll asks basic favorable/unfavorable questions about all of the presidential candidates on both sides, with some additional questions about who won the Republican debate, whether candidates are trustworthy, and so on. There are also a series of matchup questions. A few basic points emerge. First, it is early in the process and »

Why Not Let Obama Shut Down the Government?

Featured image President Obama has announced that if the Republican Congress does not include $500 million for Planned Parenthood in the upcoming continuing spending resolution, he will veto the legislation and shut down the government. (Of course, for better or worse, only a small part of the federal government will actually be laid off and cease operations.) To which I say: is that a threat or a promise? Republican Congressional leaders are »

Obama Administration Snubs Hillsdale

Featured image On September 12, the Obama administration rolled out its online College Scorecard. The Scorecard is intended as a resource for students and parents, and gives basic information–cost, graduation rate, starting salaries of graduates, ethnic composition of student body, and so on–for, President Obama said, “every institution of higher education.” Only it doesn’t. If you search for colleges in Michigan, 97 results come up. But Hillsdale College, one of America’s better »

The Democratic Presidential Debate

Featured image So far, the Republicans are having all the fun, and it looks as though that is going to continue. While a highly qualified slate of GOP candidates duke it out in a series of wide-open debates, the Democrats are trying to keep their candidates under wraps, minimizing the number of debates in hopes that not many voters see Hillary in action. There is a debate going on among Democrats, of »

Killing Babies: It’s Obama Administration Policy

Featured image To me, the most shocking moments in the Planned Parenthood videos are the several instances where people associated with the organization appear to talk about killing babies who have been born alive, and selling their organs. I could hardly believe that this was true, and yet it clearly seems to be implied by PP employees themselves. If true, I thought it was a major scandal, worthy of criminal prosecution. Evidently »

Our Unprecedented Immigration Experiment

Featured image The United States is taking in more immigrants than at any time in our history, while at the same time making little or no effort to assimilate them. No one can know what the consequences of this experiment will be. This chart, created by the Center for Immigration Studies from Census Bureau data, plots the number of immigrants living in the U.S. and their share of the population, from 1900 »

A Dose of Reality for the Pope

Featured image I really don’t like Pope Francis. Some popes have been positive, world-historical figures, like John Paul II. Others have been clueless tag-alongs with the intellectual fashions of their time. I am afraid that Francis falls into the latter category. His hostility toward free enterprise is the fruit of ignorance, not holiness. His best defense is that as a citizen of Argentina, he has no experience of the benefits of free »