Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Sometimes a Shooter Is Just a Shooter

Featured image That appears to be the case, based on what we know now, with Ali Sonboly, the 18 year old Iranian-German who went on a rampage in Germany yesterday. I assume that Sonboly’s family is Muslim (how observant, I have no idea) but that doesn’t seem to have played a part in his spree, notwithstanding two witnesses who say they heard him shout “Allahu akbar.” Rather, he appears to be a »

Tune In to Our Live YouTube VIP Event on Monday

Featured image If you are a Power Line VIP, you are invited to attend a live event on YouTube next Monday, July 25, at 4:30 Pacific, 5:30 Mountain, 6:30 Central, 7:30 Eastern. It will be the same format as our prior YouTube events: the PL gang will be on the screen, we will be talking about current events–this time, the two conventions and the state of the race–and you will be able »

Initial Thoughts

Featured image We witnessed something extraordinary tonight. It started with Ivanka Trump, who proved to be a remarkable speaker, like her siblings only older and more polished. She did a terrific job. Is there a Senate seat we could put her up for? Like her father, Ivanka’s message was mixed: along with her conservative, populist main themes were startling suggestions of new and bigger government programs. But the overwhelming impression was positive, »

Join Us Now at Power Line Live

Featured image Power Line Live is now open for business, and people are congregating, waiting for the main events to begin. Join us, it will be an interesting evening! Just follow the link. »

Liberal Hypocrisy, an International Phenomenon

Featured image American liberals trumpet a “wage gap” between men and women, notwithstanding reams of social science data demonstrating that men’s higher average earnings reflect life choices, not discrimination. White House salaries are published, so analysts have shown that Barack Obama’s own staff manifests the same “pay gap” that Obama and Hillary Clinton decry in private industry. Democrats have no response; as usual, they count on voter ignorance. It is entertaining to »

Watch Tonight’s Convention Climax on Power Line Live

Featured image Who knows what will happen tonight? Will Trump deliver the greatest speech ever? Will he stick to his script? Will he say anything outrageous? What other surprises will happen? No one knows, but so far the GOP convention has been more interesting, more entertaining and more controversial than anyone expected. So, what better way to enjoy the final evening than in the company of hundreds (or thousands, if both pro-Trump »

Another Lone Wolf Who Wasn’t

Featured image Prosecutor François Molins held a news conference today in which he updated reporters on the investigation into Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel’s terrorist attack in Nice. Molins said the investigation has revealed that Bouhlel plotted his attack over a considerable period of time, and had accomplices, several of whom have been arrested: The man who killed 84 people in a terrorist attack in Nice, France, last week planned his assault over several »

Join Steve Hayward and Me at Two Live Events Next Week

Featured image If you live within driving distance of the Twin Cities, you are invited to two events next week, both sponsored by Center of the American Experiment, the think tank that I run. Coincidentally, Steve Hayward will be in town next week, so he will be a participant in one event and a guest at the other. On Wednesday, July 27, the Center will co-sponsor a showing of the documentary Climate »

Anti-Trump Efforts Fail to Materialize [with comment by Paul]

Featured image For a considerable time before the GOP convention, NeverTrump Republicans vowed to find a way to deprive Donald Trump of the party’s nomination, despite his domination of the primaries. Rumored plans involved liberating delegates to “vote their consciences” on the first ballot, rather than being bound to primary and caucus winners, i.e., Trump. This never made sense to me. Trump won fair and square, he won by a large margin, »

Media Alert

Featured image I will soon be on Australian television, talking about the Republican national convention, on Andrew Bolt’s Bolt Report. I am not sure exactly when the show will air in Australia, but we are filming at around 7:15 tonight, central time. Watch for it Down Under, and in the meantime, please check out Andrew’s blog at the Herald Sun. »

A Big Night For Republicans

Featured image Day two of the Republican convention was a success. The first speaker I saw was Tiffany Trump. I read somewhere that Tiffany was the weak link in the family, I guess because she is Marla Maples’ daughter. In fact, she was great–a 22-year-old (or so) graduate of Penn, she was cool as a cucumber, and her speech was terrific. My wife, whose emotional intelligence is superior to mine, pointed out »

Is the Purpose of a Newspaper to Promote Delusion?

Featured image A lot of ink has been spilled on the subject of race, crime and policing over the last few months, but rarely to so little purpose as in this article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, headlined “Racial disparities in Twin Cities arrests are widespread.” The Strib reporter suggests that the fact that blacks are arrested in greater than pro rata numbers is evidence of discrimination: Data released by the city »

Plagiarism? Please.

Featured image Within minutes after Melania Trump’s outstanding speech at the GOP convention last night, Democrats and anti-Trump commentators were accusing her of plagiarizing portions of a paragraph, i.e. a few phrases and sentence fragments, from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech. Here is the comparison, a brief portion of Michelle Obama’s speech with the words that Melania Trump duplicated in bold, via the Weekly Standard: And Barack and I were raised with »

Melania Goes Yard [Updated]

Featured image I watched the opening night of the Republican convention, starting out on Fox News. But I couldn’t stand how the network ignored what was happening onstage, instead giving us endless boring arguments between its own personalities, so I switched to CNN, which was at least slightly better. I made a number of notes through the early part of the evening, but most of them now seem forgettable. Marcus Luttrell and »

Another Day, Another Allahu Akbar

Featured image In southern Germany, a 17-year-old Afghan refugee pulled out a hatchet and a knife on a train and attacked his fellow passengers, wounding 19, three grievously. A teenage Afghan refugee shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ before hacking at passengers during an axe and knife rampage on a train in Germany. … As many as 19 passengers needed hospital treatment while three victims are fighting for their lives after being attacked with ‘cutting »

Baton Rouge Murderer Identified

Featured image Authorities have identified the man who murdered three police officers in Baton Rouge this morning as Gavin Eugene Long, age 29, a former Marine sergeant from Missouri. The Daily Caller claims to have identified a YouTube channel operated by Long. If that identification is correct, Long was a former member of the Nation of Islam who was obsessed with race (he hated “crackers”) and with police shootings, including the death »

A Little Late: Obama Comes Out Against Divisive Talk On Race

Featured image Barack Obama has spent seven years stirring up racial division for the sake of political gain. From his earliest days as president, when he derided Cambridge police as “stupid,” Obama has endorsed and propagated the great lie that American law enforcement is systematically racist. That strategy has worked very well for Obama and for the Democratic Party, but now, with events spinning out of control and the Democrats on the »