Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Euroweenies: Save Us From Trump!

Featured image John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, has proposed to bar President Trump from speaking to Parliament when he visits the U.K., on account of his supposed “racism and sexism.” That is an extreme case, but it is fair to say that Trump is deeply unpopular with Europe’s elites. Of course, if those elites were a little more perceptive, they might realize that 1) the critical threats they face »

Why the 9th Circuit Order Was Wrong, and What Trump Should Do About It

Featured image At Defining Ideas, Michael McConnell, a former federal appellate judge and now a distinguished professor at Stanford Law School, addresses the 9th Circuit panel’s decision denying the Trump administration’s motion for an emergency stay, and finds it wanting. Michael makes the same point I made here, but he makes it better: The Ninth Circuit did not hold that aliens abroad who do not presently hold visas or green cards have »

Another Democratic Party Disgrace

Featured image Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made her first visit to a public school today, a middle school in Washington, D.C. A group of hateful protesters showed up and blocked her from entering the school: The Washington Teachers’ Union also sponsored a demonstration, but they claimed that the protesters who blocked the school house door–Democrats make a habit of that–were not with them. Watching the video reminds us that these are »

Why Liberal Policies Are Terrible For Young People

Featured image We often casually assume that it is natural for young people to be predominantly liberal. But this is wrong: liberal policies hurt the young worse than anyone else. They deprive young people of job opportunities, drive up the cost of health care, needlessly increase the price of housing, and saddle the young with trillions of dollars in debt. One of Center of the American Experiment’s key themes in 2017 will »

9th Circuit’s Opinion Is Wrong, But Its Impact Is Limited

Featured image As Paul has already noted, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the government’s motion for an emergency stay of the order entered by Judge James Robart blocking implementation of President Trump’s temporary travel ban. The decision is a bad one, I think, but it also has only limited import and won’t stand in the way of more carefully crafted orders to be issued in »

Elizabeth Warren For President!

Featured image Scott has been mischievously promoting Keith Ellison to head the DNC. In the same spirit, I enthusiastically endorse Elizabeth Warren as the new face of the Democratic Party. The consensus is that Mitch McConnell’s “silencing” of Warren–we can only dream!–per Senate Rule 19 was a mistake because it cemented Warren’s role as the Democrats’ most visible spokesman. But let’s look on the bright side: Warren combines Hillary Clinton’s likability with »

Did Gorsuch Blunder?

Featured image Newspaper headlines across the country are blaring Judge Neil Gorsuch’s characterization of President Trump’s criticism of Judge James Robart as “disheartening” and “demoralizing.” This is one more in a long series of anti-Trump propaganda victories for the Democrats: Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee has said he found the president’s attacks on the judiciary “disheartening” and “demoralizing,” according to a Democratic senator. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut disclosed the comments from »

Bob Reich: Oops, Never Mind

Featured image Scott and Steve wrote here and here about Bob Reich’s peddling of alleged “rumors”–most likely fabricated by him–that Milo Yiannopoulos organized the riots at Berkeley against his own appearance there, in order to make liberals like Reich look bad. This was an idiotic suggestion for any number of reasons, including the fact that the same black-clad, masked rioters show up and smash windows and ATMs at all kinds of international »

I’m So Old, I Remember When Liberals Opposed Military Coups

Featured image The Democratic Party has gone off the rails. We are now seeing serious (apparently) contemplation of a military coup as the solution to the Donald Trump “crisis.” And it isn’t just comedians either, although liberals seem to get their news largely from comedians these days. The liberal Foreign Policy features an essay by Georgetown law professor and former “senior advisor at the U.S. State Department” Rosa Brooks, on how to »

Steve Bannon, Antichrist?

Featured image I have met Steve Bannon a couple of times. I agree with him on a large majority of issues, and as far as I know he is a good guy. To the extent that he contributed to Donald Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton, we owe him an everlasting debt of gratitude. But the Democrats have painted Bannon as something like Satan. I see this on a daily basis, as I »

Neil Gorsuch: The Inside Story

Featured image Michael McConnell, formerly a federal appellate judge and now professor of constitutional law at Stanford, is one of America’s top lawyers. His tenure on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals overlapped with Neil Gorsuch’s time on that bench, so Michael knows Gorsuch well, and they sat on nearly 50 cases together. If anyone is qualified to evaluate Judge Gorsuch as a potential Supreme Court justice, it is Michael McConnell. His »

The Super Bowl’s Biggest Loser

Featured image It wasn’t the Atlanta Falcons, or Matt Ryan, or Dan Quinn, or even the bettor who put down $1 million on the Falcons not long before game time. No, the Super Bowl’s biggest loser was Touré. If, like most people, you haven’t heard of Touré, he is a far-left commentator on MSNBC. Here, for your entertainment, are some of Touré’s tweets during the Super Bowl, in chronological order: Trump is »

Super Bowl Revisited

Featured image Scott and Paul have already written about last night’s classic, and Steve has added a picture gallery. I just want to comment on a couple of aspects of the evening. First, the ads. I didn’t pay attention to most of them. Half the time, I can’t figure out what is being advertised, at least not until the end. And there are quite a few ads that I can tell feature »

Climate “Science” Rocked By Another Scandal

Featured image A just-retired scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has blown the whistle on a scandal of epic proportions involving fake news ginned up by climate “scientists.” Dr. John Bates, who until the end of 2016 was one of NOAA’s top scientists, told the story to the Daily Mail: The Mail on Sunday today reveals astonishing evidence that the organisation that is the world’s leading source of climate data »

What Part Of “You Lost” Don’t Liberals Understand?

Featured image The behavior of many liberals since Donald Trump’s election has been appalling–not to mention, in some cases, criminal. It is also, in some respects, puzzling. A case in point was a town meeting conducted last night by Congressman Tom McClintock in Roseville, California. Liberal activists attended the meeting and behaved so boorishly and so threateningly that the Congressman had to be escorted from the hall by armed policemen. Another disgusting »

What, Really, Is the Democratic Party?

Featured image I read this rather brilliant short essay by Kevin Williamson in National Review while I was on vacation last week, and am now getting around to writing about it. Williamson takes off from the observation that the Democrats are not making any serious effort to block such Trump nominees as Satan Jeff Sessions, but instead have trained their guns on the seemingly-innocuous Betsy DeVos. His argument is that a familiar »

Anti-Free Speech Riot at NYU: Crazier Than Berkeley?

Featured image On Thursday evening, Gavin McInnes, a comic, commentator and co-founder of Vice Media, attempted to give a speech at New York University, at the invitation of the NYU Republican group. A crowd of anti-free speech rioters battled police officers and ultimately succeeded in shutting down McInnes’s speech. Steve Sailer comments: Unlike the Berkeley Police Department with Milo, the New York Police Department made sure Gavin McInness could actually deliver at »