Author Archives: John Hinderaker

How Russia Tried to Block US Energy Production

Featured image Russia’s supposed “meddling” in the 2016 election has been an endless topic of news coverage, but for some reason our press has shown little interest in other instances of Russian meddling–the nuclear freeze movement of the 1980s, for example, or more recently, Russia’s effort to discredit fracking and rouse popular opposition to pipeline construction. Last Thursday, the Majority Staff of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, »

CNN Isn’t Giving Up On Collusion

Featured image We wrote here about Anastasia Vashukevich, an Instagram model/sex coach who ran afoul of the authorities in Bangkok. Vashukevich was arrested for “giving sex lessons to Russian tourists” without a permit and was interviewed by the Associated Press while on board a police van taking her to a jail. Seriously. Like the rest of us, Vashukevich would rather be on the outside of a Bangkok jail looking in, than on »

The World’s Energy Superpower: Us

Featured image This Wall Street Journal article is heartwarming: The U.S. will overtake Russia to become the world’s largest oil producer by 2023, accounting for most of the global growth in petroleum supplies, a top industry monitor said Monday. U.S. crude production is expected to reach a record of 12.1 million barrels a day in 2023, up about 2 million barrels a day from this year, said the International Energy Agency, which »

Whose Fantasy of the Past?

Featured image Joy Reid, a leftist writing at the Daily Beast, has a column titled “The Right Can’t Fight the Future.” It is an odd mingling of triumphalism and paranoia, a combination we see often on the left. It is the sort of thing we have seen a thousand times–the inevitable victory of leftism, never mind the USSR, East Germany, North Korea, Venezuela, and so on. But some found Reid’s column impressive, »

Et Tu, Country Music?

Featured image If there is any place in America where one might have expected a conservative to feel at home, it would be country music. Or would have been, anyway, until the Country Music Association chased Mike Huckabee off the board of its charitable foundation: On Wednesday, the Country Music Association announced the newest members of the board of its charitable foundation: singer Chris Young and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R). »

On Tariffs, Hold the Hysteria

Featured image President Trump said last week that he intends to use powers granted him by Congress to impose import duties on steel and aluminum. That was all it took for the press to become free traders. Gloom and doom are everywhere, as reporters gleefully tell us how our trading partners are planning to retaliate and how Trump’s tariffs will damage the economy. I don’t recall a similar reaction when it was »

At U of Miami, Free Speech Is Expensive

Featured image The Federalist Society at the University of Miami Law School proposed to bring in Charles Murray as part of a debate on free speech. Ironically enough, the university responded by charging the Federalist Society for the cost of security for the event–security made necessary by liberals’ proclivity toward violence. The tab? Nearly $8,000, a prohibitive sum for most campus groups. Goodbye, debate on free speech! The president and vice-president of »

Something Completely Different: The Hittites

Featured image Like most people, I suppose, I am aware of the Hittites only as bit players in the Old Testament. In my imagining, they have always been primitive at best. So I was surprised to come across this silver drinking cup in the shape of a fist, which is in the collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts: The museum’s site places the vessel in the Hittite New Kingdom during »

“School Discipline Gaps,” an Ongoing Mystery

Featured image This brief Associated Press article is a classic of the genre, on an increasingly important subject: A new study highlighting wide gaps in school discipline between Minnesota’s white and minority students is raising concerns among state human rights leaders. Some would say that it should be raising concerns among leaders of minority groups whose students are behaving badly, so as to incur discipline. The report released Friday found students of »

Sharyl Attkisson: The Plot Thickens

Featured image I’m a day late with this, but it is worth noting if you haven’t already seen it. We have written, repeatedly and sympathetically, about reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s battles with the Obama Justice Department. But it’s been a while. Now, Attkisson tweets an arresting development: Re: My govt. computer intrusions…What would you think if I told you the hard drive of one of my personal computers was secretly switched out w/another »

Mueller to Indict Russian Hackers?

Featured image Bob Mueller’s staff, as well as “current and former government officials,” are leaking to NBC News and presumably others that Mueller is considering indicting Russians who allegedly were involved in spearfishing the DNC’s email account: Mueller’s consideration of charges accusing Russians in the hacking case has not been reported previously. Sources say he has long had sufficient evidence to make a case, but strategic issues could dictate the timing. Call »

“Jailed Instagram model wants to trade secrets for freedom”

Featured image For the Associated Press, any excuse to smear President Trump is a good one. Thus this story, which no doubt will appear in hundreds of newspapers tomorrow. I assume this “news” story wasn’t intended as a joke, but it definitely contains humorous elements: A Belarusian woman jailed in Thailand for offering sex lessons without a work permit… “Offering sex lessons without a work permit”? Several jokes come to mind, but »

Once Again, the Democrats Are Losing On Guns

Featured image Perhaps the Democrats thought their Children’s Crusade would put them over the top this time, after repeatedly losing the battle over guns. But so far, it doesn’t look that way. Most people believe that stricter gun laws will either have no effect or lead to increased violent crime. And Rasmussen finds that 54% think massive government failures are mostly to blame for the Parkland, Florida shootings, while only 33% blame »

Trump 2020? Yes!

Featured image When the 2016 primary season started, there were 17 Republican candidates in the field. In my estimation, Donald Trump ranked somewhere between #15 and #17. (It was hard to take George Pataki, for example, seriously.) I was surprised when he emerged from the pack, and I worried about whether he was conservative enough to be the Republican nominee, but I was never a Never Trumper. And I was one of »

Free Speech? Liberals Say: You Can’t Even Buy It!

Featured image As you likely remember if you are a regular reader, I am now running a think tank/conservative activist organization, Center of the American Experiment. This year, we have enough room in our growing budget to promote our web site and do some institutional advertising. So if you live in Minnesota, you are likely to see an ad for our web site if you visit the Drudge Report, InstaPundit or Power »

Collusion? I’m With Her!

Featured image This cartoon by Michael Ramirez is admirably even-handed, but since there is no evidence of collusion between Russians and the Trump campaign, and we know the Hillary campaign colluded with Russians through Fusion GPS to produce fake opposition research on Trump, the most apt apparel here is the Hillary shirt. Which is so beautiful I’m surprised no one had already thought of it. Click to enlarge: »

Not Even Baseball Can Survive Socialism [with comment by Paul]

Featured image We have documented, from time to time, Venezuela’s descent into the final stages of socialism. You know you are nearing the end when people eat their pets. But that’s not all: Patrick Reusse, a veteran sportswriter at Minneapolis’s Star Tribune, notes that even baseball is abandoning Venezuela: Bill Smith was in charge of setting up a training academy for the Twins that opened in Bejuma, Venezuela, in 1995. There was »