Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Shower Wars, Circa 1971

Featured image I spent the summer after graduating from college in Hanover, New Hampshire, working in a menial capacity on the Daniel Webster Papers project and mostly having fun. One day that summer, I had lifted weights at Dartmouth’s field house and was in the men’s locker room, preparing to take a shower, when the locker room was “liberated” by feminists. This was first wave, or possibly second wave, feminism. Feminists of »

Islamophobia Causes Global Warming!

Featured image What two things do liberals dread the most? Of course–global warming and Islamophobia. So it probably was only a matter of time before someone alleged a connection. On May 9, Ghassan Hage, a lefty who is Future Generation Professor in the School of Philosophy, Anthropology and Social Inquiry at the University of Melbourne, presented a talk at MIT’s Ecology and Justice Forum In Global Studies And Languages that suggested a »

The Secret History of the Democratic Party

Featured image Dinesh D’Souza is back. His latest movie is Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party. It will hit the theaters in July. Based on its trailer, Hillary’s America looks nuclear. Slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow, big city corruption, the Progressives–it’s all there. Plus, a cameo by Jonah Goldberg: »

States Protest Obama’s Crazed Transgender Order

Featured image The Departments of Education and Justice have issued a letter to every school district in America, directing all public schools to allow “transgender” students to use bathrooms and showers normally reserved for the opposite sex. The administration’s letter doesn’t have any legal force, but carries an implied threat of litigation or cutting off of federal funding to any district that fails to comply. I have scoured the Constitution, but have »

Federal Court Holds Obama’s Insurance Subsidy Payments Unconstitutional

Featured image Today federal judge Rosemary Collyer issued a decision in House of Representatives v. Burwell, the case brought by the House to challenge the legality of the Obama administration’s payments of Obamacare subsidies to insurers, despite the fact that Congress refused to appropriate money for such subsidies. Judge Collyer ruled the administration’s payments unconstitutional. I find her reasoning highly persuasive. Here is the decision in full: HofR Challenge to ACA DCt »

A Dinner Invitation to Our Readers

Featured image If you live within driving distance of the Twin Cities, you should come: a week from Saturday, May 21, Center of the American Experiment will hold its 27th Annual Dinner. I have been master of ceremonies for the last 11 or so annual dinners, but my role will change this year as I became President of the Center in January. You can go here to read about my assuming leadership »

Manchester Police Apologize for “Allahu Akbar”

Featured image In Manchester, England, police staged a mock suicide bombing attack at a shopping center as part of a training exercise. The pretend bomber yelled “Alluhu Akbar” just before he detonated his mock explosives–a touch of verisimilitude appropriate to the exercise. But it prompted a complaint, followed by an apology: Police in Manchester, England has issued an apology, after a suicide bombing “simulation” which involved an actor shouting the Islamic phrase »

Pimping For Paradise at the New York Times

Featured image This morning, a classic New York Times correction: Because of an editing error, an article on Monday about a theological battle being fought by Muslim imams and scholars in the West against the Islamic State misstated the Snapchat handle used by Suhaib Webb, one of the Muslim leaders speaking out. It is imamsuhaibwebb, not Pimpin4Paradise786. That’s quite an “editing error.” One suspects there is a story behind it. Maybe Scott »

Summer of Hate

Featured image We have commented on violent anti-Trump protests, e.g., here. But anti-Trump demonstrations are pretty much a daily occurrence. As the estimable Zombie says, “The media is only interested in these protests when violence or riots erupt.” You may remember Zombie, who chronicled Communist Bay Area demonstrations a few years ago. (S)he is back, portraying the ugliness of anti-Trump protesters–ugliness that the liberal media would rather not show you. Zombie writes: »

Facebook Suppresses Conservatism, Promotes Liberalism: Why Would That Be Surprising?

Featured image One of today’s big news stories is the revelation in Gizmodo that Facebook employees have routinely suppressed conservative news and commentary in Facebook’s trending news section, while promoting liberal news and commentary that was not, in fact, trending on Facebook: Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This »

Former Obama Adviser: Obama’s Weakness Driving Allies Toward Russia

Featured image Dennis Ross is a respected, if thoroughly conventional, expert on the Middle East. A Democrat, he has served in both Republican and Democratic administrations as an adviser and envoy. Ross served in the State Department as Hillary Clinton’s Special Advisor for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia. Subsequently, he joined President Obama’s National Security Council staff as a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for the Central Region, »

Democracy, Up Close and Personal

Featured image I live in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District, which has been represented for the last 14 years by my friend John Kline. Colonel Kline has elected to retire at the end of his current term, so the seat will be open in November. Minnesota’s 2nd will be one of the most-watched Congressional races of 2016. The 2nd, once solidly Republican, is now considered a swing district. In 2014, comedian Bill Maher »

Obama Administration To Take Harder Anti-Israel Line

Featured image Israel National News reports that in its last days, the Obama administration plans to come down hard on Israel: The Middle East Quartet, made up of the US, EU, UN, and Russia, is scheduled to release a major policy report later in coming weeks, and senior diplomats involved in its drafting have indicated that the US is taking a far harder line on Israel than in the past. Why should »

Ice Age Europe: More Dramatic Than You Thought

Featured image From the Washington Post: Take Ice Age Europe, for example. A new study of genetic material from the period reveals a continent roiling with change. First, an upstart band of modern humans arrived, slowly pushing their ancient predecessors out of existence. But soon that new lineage was swept aside by a group of big game hunters. For the next 15,000 years, the older community lay in wait in a remote »

So Trump Is Our Nominee. It’s Time to Move On.

Featured image As Steve noted a little while ago, lots of conservative leaders (I resist referring to any Republicans as an “establishment,” since the real establishment is overwhelmingly Democratic) are not reacting well to the fact that Donald Trump has won the Republican nomination. Some appear to consider Trump’s victory the end of the conservative movement, or the Republican Party, or both. Today Andy McCarthy wrote “in support of an independent presidential »

Illegal Immigration Booming

Featured image The Hill headlines: “Illegal immigrant numbers skyrocket at Mexican border.” The numbers are simply staggering: The number of families and unaccompanied children apprehended on the southern border has skyrocketed this year, according to new figures from the Obama administration. … Through the first six months of fiscal 2016, which ended on March 31, border officials apprehended 27,754 unaccompanied children, the CBP reported — a 78 percent jump from the 15,616 »

The Obama Justice Department’s Insane Attack on North Carolina

Featured image Of all Barack Obama’s unforgivable sins, his corruption and politicization of the Department of Justice ranks near the top. Under Eric Holder and now Loretta Lynch, DOJ has become a lunatic enforcer of far-left fantasies. The latest instance is DOJ’s letter to the Governor of North Carolina, claiming that North Carolina’s law requiring that bathrooms, locker rooms and so on be used by those of the proper sex–male or female, »