Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Terrorist Attack In Nice

Featured image At least 77 people were killed tonight in Nice, France, and many more injured when a large truck drove into a crowd of pedestrians along the Promenade des Anglais, reportedly sending bodies flying for a considerable distance (reportedly more than a mile, is that possible?). The driver finally jumped out of the truck, fired into the crowd and exchanged fire with police officers. He was killed by police at the »

Ginsburg Apologizes For Attacks On Trump

Featured image This morning, yielding to bipartisan criticism from across the political spectrum, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologized for her attacks on Donald Trump. Her statement was brief: On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them. Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect. Note that Ginsburg apparently couldn’t bring herself »

Return of the Dog Whistle

Featured image Last week, Donald Trump proclaimed himself “the law and order candidate.” If he would apply that to ISIS as well as domestic upheaval, and stick tenaciously to the theme, he would win. But of course, Trump never sticks to anything for long. Rep. James Clyburn responded to Trump in predictable fashion: Wednesday on MSNBC, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) said presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s claim of being “the law »

Seth Leibsohn and Me, on Black Lives Matter

Featured image Seth Leibsohn is a friend of ours who once produced Bill Bennett’s radio show and now has his own top-notch show in Phoenix. I have been on Seth’s show a number of times, as have other members of the PL crew. Yesterday afternoon, Seth and I talked about my post Victims of a Misapprehension of Fact and related matters of race, policing and violence. It was an interesting conversation, I »

Obama on Crime: Tear Down This Wall!

Featured image On Barack Obama and violent crime, Michael Ramirez nails it. After all, if someone is breaking into your house in the middle of the night, do you call a community organizer? Actually, if someone is breaking into your house, you might not want to wait until help arrives in any form. The National Rifle Association, America’s largest and most successful civil rights organization, reminds us of this: But that doesn’t »

Who’s the Jackass?

Featured image Fallout over the issues surrounding race and policing continues. Last night the Minnesota Lynx, the current WNBA champions, played a home game. They decided to use the opportunity to come out in favor–I think it is fair to say–of Black Lives Matter. As a result, four off-duty Minneapolis police officers who were providing security walked off the job. Considering this a local story, I wrote about it last night, shortly »

Victims of a Misapprehension of Fact

Featured image I wrote here that the common belief that blacks are disproportionately killed by police officers is wrong. In fact, a minority of those shot by policemen (26% in 2015) are black, and that percentage is just about exactly in line with the number of violent criminals who are black. And a large majority of those “victims” were in the act of attacking a policeman or someone else when shot. But »

Rioters Injure 21 Policemen In St. Paul

Featured image Hundreds of Black Limes Matter rioters shut down Highway 94, a major interstate that connects Minneapolis and St. Paul, for several hours last night. The rioters bombarded police with chunks of concrete, pieces of rebar and other hard objects, injuring 21 police officers. One policeman suffered a broken vertebrae when a concrete block was dropped on his head from above. Around 100 rioters were arrested. Policemen ultimately dispersed the rioters »

Are Blacks Disproportionately Involved In Police Shootings?

Featured image Listening to liberals like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, you would think that enormous numbers of black men are being gunned down by police officers. When the issue is debated, many take it for granted that a vastly disproportionate number of blacks are involved in police shootings–in fact, if you didn’t know better, you might think that only blacks are ever shot by policemen. The numbers tell a different story. »

German Intelligence: Iran Seeking Nukes

Featured image The German domestic intelligence service says that Iran is making extensive and repeated efforts to obtain technology and materials needed for nuclear weapons, contrary to its longstanding assurances that its nuclear program is peaceful: The German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) said in an annual report it has detected extensive Iranian attempts to acquire illicit materials in Germany, “especially goods that can be used in the »

Democratic Congresswoman Charged With Brazen Fraud

Featured image Congresswoman Corinne Brown, who represents Jacksonville, Florida, has been charged with an extraordinary fraud, even by Congressional standards: U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown was indicted Friday on charges she used some $800,000 in charitable donations as a “personal slush fund” for items that included box seats to a Beyonce concert and an NFL game, the Justice Department said. Where do you suppose she got that idea? Court documents show [Brown and »

The War On Police Spreads

Featured image Violence against police officers is becoming epidemic. In Tennessee, Lakeem Scott shot four people, including a police officer, because he was “troubled by recent events involving African-Americans and law enforcement officers in other parts of the country.” In Georgia, earlier today, “a phony 911 caller ambushed a patrolman when he responded to the suspect’s request for help.” The Georgia Bureau of Investigation “said a motive for the shooting is not »

Police Officers Shot In Dallas [Updated][At Least One Officer Killed][More]

Featured image This is breaking news: Fox News reports that two police officers have been shot in Dallas at a protest–Black Lives Matter, I think, but I am not sure that is right. This seems like the inevitable result of the out of control hysteria we have seen about police shootings over the past year, and especially over the last few days. Minnesota’s governor, Mark Dayton, poured gasoline on the fire this »

Hillary Isn’t Out of the Email Woods

Featured image I am not as outraged as some over the FBI’s failure to recommend criminal prosecution of Hillary Clinton, in part because I am glad she is still the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee. While Hillary no doubt breathed a sigh of relief at not being indicted, her recklessness in handling national security information will continue to dog her. If you haven’t yet watched Rep. Trey Gowdy’s brief questioning of James Comey »

Explosive Video of Minnesota Police Shooting Gets Worldwide Attention

Featured image Last night, at about 9 p.m. in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb, a police officer stopped a vehicle, reportedly for a tail light violation. Within minutest thereafter, the officer shot the driver of the car multiple times, and the driver, Philando Castile, died. What has gotten worldwide attention is video that was shot and uploaded live to Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend. The video begins when Castile has just been »

A Feminist Goes the Extra Mile

Featured image Breitbart News reports on a leftist who took ideology to a remarkable degree: Selin Gören, who is a spokeswoman for the left-wing youth movement Solid, was attacked in the city of Mannheim in January while working as a refugee activist. She was ambushed in a play area late at night and forced to perform a sex act on her attackers. So she wants the bastards caught and punished, right? Apparently »

Where Are the Fact Checkers When We Need Them?

Featured image By now you probably have heard about Donald Trump’s latest venture into fantasy, his claim yesterday that Saddam Hussein was somehow anti-terror: [Saddam] killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn’t read ’em the rights. They didn’t talk. They were a terrorist, it was over! If you substitute “opponent of his regime” for “terrorist,” you have a true statement. Otherwise, as Jay Nordlinger reminds us, Trump’s claim is absurd. »