Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Our Crazy Legal System

Featured image The Associated Press reports on a 3rd Circuit decision involving a movie theater: Federal disability law requires movie theaters to provide specialized interpreters to patrons who are deaf and blind, an appeals court said Friday. The Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Cinemark, the nation’s third-largest movie chain, in a case involving a Pennsylvania man who wanted to see the 2014 movie “Gone Girl” and asked a »

Hillary: Be Silent Please, Part 2

Featured image Michael Ramirez liked my post on Stephen Paddock’s massacre and Hillary Clinton’s ignorant and opportunistic response thereto, which involved firearms silencers (more properly, suppressors). My post was titled Hillary: Be Silent Please. He drew this cartoon, titled Imagining a Silencer. Click to enlarge: »

Democrats Threaten to Regulate Twitter

Featured image Two House Democrats have written a letter to Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, threatening “increased regulations” if Twitter fails to crack down on objectionable speech. Bridget Johnson reports at PJ Media: Two House lawmakers have asked the CEO of Twitter to “take immediate action to identify and suspend Twitter accounts and automated boys [sic] that are being used to spread racist and violent behavior,” stressing it’s “incumbent” for the social-media platform “to »

Hillary: Be Silent, Please

Featured image Stephen Paddock’s mass murder in Las Vegas was unusual in several ways. Paddock was 64 years old, with no criminal record and, as far as has been reported, no history of mental illness. So he does not fit the classic “shooter” profile. On the other hand, he was not too dissimilar to James Hodgkinson; is there a trend toward 60+ would-be mass murderers? Two is not enough for a trend, »

Edmonton Terrorist Is a Somali Refugee

Featured image You have probably heard about last night’s terrorist attack in Edmonton. It began when a man driving a Chevrolet Malibu crashed through a police barrier associated with a sports event and struck an Edmonton police officer, throwing him 15 feet through the air. The terrorist, who had an ISIS flag in the front seat of his vehicle, then jumped out of the car and attacked the officer with a knife, »

How the Associated Press Spins the Supreme Court

Featured image The Associated Press is a loyal servant of the Democratic Party and its liberal components. If you doubt that assertion, consider today’s AP article on the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court term by reporter Mark Sherman. Like pretty much all AP reporters, Sherman is a liberal, as you can see from his Twitter feed. So how does a liberal reporter spin his coverage of the Supreme Court? It’s easy: he just »

Looking On the Bright Side

Featured image It’s been a slow day here at Power Line, probably the slowest in some years. Paul and Scott have been out of commission for Yom Kippur, I believe, and my day has been consumed by sports. Starting at 11 this morning, I saw the Minnesota Gophers lose by a touchdown to the Maryland Terrapins, their traditional Big 10 rival. Paul was no doubt happy about that one. But it was »

Democrats Struggle to Survive In Iowa

Featured image Iowa is one of a number of states where most voters have concluded that the Democrats have nothing to offer, and have fled to the GOP. The Associated Press is a Democratic Party news source, but–to paraphrase Dwight Yoakum–the AP may be slow, but it ain’t blind. Thus tomorrow’s headline: Dems in Iowa wilderness struggle for power in Trump era. In less than a decade, Iowa Democrats have withered, from »

Russian “Meddling” Promoted Black Lives Matter

Featured image It is an article of faith among liberals that Russian “meddling” in the 2016 election–the word that is always used–was of world-historical significance. But what exactly the Russians did has been murky. Maybe they spearphished the DNC’s email account and tried unsuccessfully to spearphish the RNC’s account, although Julian Assange–who should know, but is an unreliable witness–apparently denies that claim. Beyond that, the Russians are accused of publishing anti-Hillary stories »

Supreme Court Grants Cert In Historic Employee Freedom Case

Featured image It didn’t make the biggest headlines, but the most important thing that happened today was the U.S. Supreme Court’s granting of certiorari in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 31. I wrote about the Janus case here: The case raises issues substantially identical to those in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. In Friedrichs, decided last year, the Court split 4-4 following the death of Justice »

Mark Steyn on Monday

Featured image Next Monday evening, October 2, Mark Steyn will headline Center of the American Experiment’s Fall Briefing at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. If you live within driving distance of the Twin Cities, you shouldn’t miss it. Doors open at 5:30 event will begin at 6:30. A reception will follow at 7:30. The cost is $75. You can go here for all the details, and to register online (follow the link »

Grading Trump’s Tax Reform Plan

Featured image Today President Trump and Congressional Republican leaders released a “framework” for tax reform, which you can read here. The framework is more an outline than a plan; while its principles are generally good, a lot depends on how Congressional committees fill in the details. And then, of course, it remains to be seen what will actually get through Congress. So far, leadership’s track record is not encouraging. Here are some »

Is Sea Level Rising?

Featured image Climate change alarmists portray a catastrophic rise in sea level as one of the chief dangers of global warming. They draw pictures of the Statue of Liberty up to her chest in water, and so on. I doubt whether many people actually believe these dire predictions, however. If they did, prices for oceanfront property would be collapsing. That isn’t happening, which suggests that a lot of people pay lip service »

Violent Crime Rates Rise, But Liberals Take No Responsibility

Featured image We have written a number of times about the U.S.’s rapidly increasing violent crime rate, which dates to the Ferguson fiasco and the rise of Black Lives Matter. Liberals, meanwhile, assure us that it is all a coincidence. The Associated Press admits that violent crime has spiked: Violent crime in America rose in 2016 for the second straight year, driven by a spike in killings in some major cities, but »

For the White House Press Corps, Football Is Issue #1

Featured image Press Secretary Sarah Sanders did a press briefing today. She began by talking about several items the White House is working on. Here is the first sentence or two on each topic that she raised in her remarks: On the economic front, this week, the President will continue his push to secure tax relief for hardworking American families. … We are pleased to announce that the President will be traveling »

Anti-Immigration Party Surges as Merkel Wins German Election

Featured image Europe has never been as committed to democracy as the United States. Its elites let people vote, but some issues they are not willing to allow to be decided by the masses. Thus, at quite an early stage, European liberals decided that immigration was too explosive an issue to be committed to the democratic process. Europeans were going to get mass immigration whether they wanted it or not, and anyone »

Should NFL Teams Fire Players Who Won’t Stand For the Anthem? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image President Trump’s Huntsville, Alabama, speech, which Paul wrote about here, continues to reverberate. One of Trump’s riffs related to the National Football League: When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem – the only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium. I guarantee things »