Author Archives: John Hinderaker

The Supreme Leader Tweets

Featured image I had never looked at the Ayatollah Khameini’s Twitter feed until this morning, when Drudge linked to it. Here is the Supreme Leader’s latest tweet, from earlier today: US president has said he could knock out Iran’s military. We welcome no war, nor do we initiate any war, but.. pic.twitter.com/D4Co7fVuVg — Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) July 25, 2015 I take it that is President Obama. My own view is that we should »

How Much Will Iran Gain from the Nuclear Deal?

Featured image If the long-term consequences of the administration’s Iran deal are murky, the short-term results are crystal clear: on Implementation Day, estimated to occur in a matter of months, sanctions against Iran will be lifted and Iranian assets that have been frozen abroad will begin to flow back to Tehran. This is, of course, why the mullahs made the deal. Sanctions imposed by the U.S., the E.U. and the U.N. have »

Possible Technical Issues This Evening

Featured image We will be moving to a new hosting service this evening beginning around 7 p.m. Eastern time. In principle, the move should be seamless and invisible. However, glitches are possible. If you see anything unusual going on with the site, that will probably be the reason. »

Ted Cruz Crushes Code Pink

Featured image Earlier today, Ted Cruz spoke to a rally protesting the administration’s Iran deal. Representatives of Code Pink and other radical groups, representing the establishment, crashed the rally and tried to shout him down. Cruz responded by inviting the leftists to the podium, where he engaged them in a civil debate. Medea Benjamin represented Code Pink, and another leftist or two was also heard from. Did Cruz crush them? He did. »

Sessions and Johnson Offer Legislation to End Sanctuary Cities

Featured image Paul wrote earlier today about the alien crime wave in Texas. In Congress, Senators Jeff Sessions and Ron Johnson have offered legislation that begins to address the problem of violent crimes committed by illegal aliens. It’s called the Protecting American Lives Act; the full text is here. In essence, the bill: * requires state and local jurisdictions to notify the federal government when a criminal alien is in their custody »

Carly Shows How It’s Done

Featured image Reporters love to cross-examine Republicans about social issues and their supposedly “extreme” positions. Of course, they never challenge Democrats on the positions that really are extreme–e.g., advocating the sale of aborted babies’ body parts. Republicans need to push back against these transparent attempts not only to make Republicans look bad, but equally important, to change the subject away from $18 trillion in debt, a collapsing foreign policy, runaway illegal immigration, »

So Planned Parenthood Sells Babies’ Body Parts: Is It a Scandal?

Featured image As you undoubtedly know, a group called the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) has made a series of undercover videos of high-ranking Planned Parenthood officials. So far, two videos have been released. In both, representatives of CMP are negotiating to buy fetal tissue in the form of intact organs from Planned Parenthood. The videos have caused a firestorm of controversy. Planned Parenthood has denied any wrongdoing and has denounced CMP »

Damned If You Don’t

Featured image The American Left’s foundational foreign policy belief is that enmity toward the U.S. is the result of our interventions abroad. Therefore, the solution to problems overseas is simple: stop intervening. Capital-L libertarians often express or imply similar views. So I was struck by this nugget buried in a Reuters story about Mohammod Abdulazeez, the Chattanooga terrorist: Abdulazeez’s friends said he returned from a trip to Jordan in 2014 concerned about »

Iran: Of Course We’ll Continue to Support Terrorists!

Featured image The worst feature of President Obama’s disastrous deal with Iran is that it provides immediate sanctions relief that will cause $100 billion to $150 to flow into the regime’s coffers, and will lead to substantial improvement in Iran’s economy, which has been badly hurt by the sanctions that the U.N., the U.S. and others have imposed. This means that opposition to the ayatollahs’ rule will be weakened, and Iran will »

Senate Hearing Highlights Problem of Illegal Immigrant Crime

Featured image Today the Senate Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing on the Obama administration’s abandonment of the country’s immigration laws. One of the terrible consequences of the administration’s scofflaw policy is that many thousands of illegal aliens with criminal convictions have been released into the population and have gone on to commit more crimes. The Senate committee heard from a series of family members of victims of illegal alien crime: The Democrats »

Activists Try To Set Up Scott Walker On Immigration

Featured image The Washington Post tells the story of the illegal immigrant who confronted Scott Walker in Iowa. Walker told him that “We’re a nation of laws,” and immigrants need to follow the law too. This encounter has gotten quite a bit of press: As presidential hopeful Scott Walker toured a farm in this tiny town where he lived as a child, he was confronted by an undocumented worker from Mexico who »

Which Party’s Fringe Is a Threat to Victory in 2016?

Featured image I haven’t said much about Donald Trump, other than to note that he was right about the problem of illegal immigrant crime. This is because I don’t take Trump seriously as a presidential candidate. His rise in the polls was fueled in part by his willingness to talk bluntly about the key issue of immigration. But even more important, in my opinion, was sheer celebrity–i.e., name recognition. Most Americans know »

Kerry: Iran Not “Allowed” to Use Windfall Cash to Support Terrorism

Featured image Under President Obama’s Iran deal, sanctions will be repealed and $100 billion to $150 billion will promptly flow into Iran’s coffers. We and many others have argued that this infusion of cash will allow the mullahs to 1) expand their support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups around the world, and 2) cement their domestic control over Iran–control that at times has been shaky because of the economic damage inflicted »

A Pack, Not a Herd

Featured image Over the years, Glenn Reynolds has come up with many themes and catch phrases that have helped to define the contemporary conservative/libertarian movement. Tonight he hails armed citizens who have turned out to defend disarmed (by law) military recruiting centers, as reported by MyFoxDC: The morning after a deadly attack on two military centers in Chattanooga, residents in Hiram are standing watch outside the local recruiting office with their personal »

Sessions: We Need More Assimilation, Not More Immigration

Featured image Senator Jeff Sessions released this statement this morning. It was prompted by the Chattanooga shootings, but goes far beyond that topic. The statement is rather lengthy, but I am going to reproduce it in full because it is so good and so important. The original includes many links that substantiate Sessions’s points. Before turning the floor over to Senator Sessions, I will only add that the two most important issues »

Chattanooga: The Mystery Deepens

Featured image This screen shot is from the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s web site, a few hours ago: “Chattanooga gunman’s motive remains a mystery, officials say.” As Paul wrote earlier today, “the deeds tell us the motive.” I don’t think anyone is fooled by the media’s pretense that Islamic terrorism is some sort of puzzle. Even before yesterday’s shootings, Pew found that 52% of Americans are “very concerned” about Islamic extremism in the »

The Futility of Gun-Free Zones, In One Picture

Featured image If you haven’t already seen it, this photo of the Marine facility in Chattanooga after it was shot up by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez tells you all you need to know about gun-free zones: Here in Minnesota, the legislature liberalized carry laws a decade or more ago. In response, most businesses–many in a fit of huffy self-righteousness–posted “guns prohibited” signs in accordance with the new law. Over the years those signs »