Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Media Alert

Featured image Tomorrow night, from 6 to 9 p.m. Central, I will guest host “Saturday Night with Esme Murphy” on WCCO radio in the Twin Cities. If you live within listening distance–and WCCO has a long reach–or if you want to listen online, here, I encourage you to tune in. The show will focus on the political scene in Minnesota following the two parties’ conventions last weekend. Both parties endorsed gubernatorial candidates »

Class Struggle at Harvard

Featured image It was 40 years ago today when Alexander Solzhenitsyn delivered his famous commencement address at Harvard. Solzhenitsyn’s speech mourned, or denounced, the decline of civilization in the West. You can read the speech here. Its themes are a big topic for another day. In the meantime, on a lighter note, a friend who was present on that notable occasion, graduating from Harvard Business School, sends along this reminiscence which highlights »

The High Price of Stale Grievances

Featured image That is the title of this essay by Columbia undergraduate Coleman Hughes. The piece is quite brilliant. More than that, Hughes must be one of America’s bravest young men. Hughes’s subject is the double standard that is so often applied in favor of African-Americans. He begins with an anecdote about being selected to back the singer Rihanna on the MTV Video Music Awards. Several of his friends were chosen as »

There She Was…

Featured image The Miss America pageant has announced that it is doing away with its swimsuit competition. Further, the Miss America contest “will no longer judge contestants based on their looks.” “Who doesn’t want to be empowered, learn leadership skills and pay for college and be able to show the world who you are as a person from the inside of your soul,” [Gretchen Carlson, chairwoman of the Miss America Organization] said. »

Wishful Thinking at the Associated Press [Updated]

Featured image The Associated Press takes up the topic of the day, President Trump’s tweet about presidential pardons. The AP story is titled “Can Trump Pardon Himself? Not If He’s Impeached.” The AP quotes Trump’s tweet as follows: Now, Trump says, he has the power to keep himself out of jail if he wanted, declaring an “absolute right to PARDON myself.” This time though, it seems, he isn’t joking. Trump’s full tweet »

On Global Warming, It’s Policy-Based Evidence

Featured image Liberals often claim to be proponents of evidence-based policy, but when it comes to climate change, that formula has been reversed. This is from the Science and Environmental Policy Project’s The Week That Was: Australian Don Aitkin, former Chairman of Australia’s National Capital Authority and former Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra, comments on “The unfolding saga of Peter Ridd.” Professor Ridd is a “well-published academic whose fields »

Trump Administration May Support Coal and Nuclear Power

Featured image Like most news stories these days, it is based on a leak, in this case of a memorandum that you can read here. NPR’s report is typical: “President Trump Orders Help For Coal And Nuclear Plants.” President Trump has ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take immediate steps to help financially troubled coal and nuclear power plants. A draft plan marked “confidential” is being circulated around Washington. No one from »

Boom!

Featured image On top of yesterday’s jobs report–so good that it had Nancy Pelosi mumbling that “strong employment numbers mean little”–the Atlanta Fed now estimates 2nd quarter GDP growth at an annualized rate of 4.8%. This is based in part on private fixed investment growth rising at a 5.4% rate. As CNBC notes, “the biggest job gainers have been groups that have historically suffered from stubbornly high levels of unemployment, including younger »

God Help Us

Featured image This is all over Twitter, but if, like me, you avoid Twitter like the plague you may not have seen it. From USA Today, a graphic illustrating how marijuana is illegally shipped out of Colorado to other states: What’s extraordinary is that the whole point of the graphic is to depict Colorado and how marijuana is smuggled out of that state. Raising once again the question whether newspapers actually employ »

A Clapper Postscript

Featured image I defer to Scott on all things relating to the Three Stooges (Comey, Clapper and Brennan), but I want to add an observation on James Clapper’s remarkable self-absolution as quoted by Scott earlier this morning. When asked why he didn’t tell Donald Trump or his campaign manager about the alleged threat to his campaign posed by the Russians that was then under investigation, Clapper said: It wasn’t my place to »

Google Does It Again

Featured image Efforts by the companies that dominate public discourse–Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube–to privilege the Left at the expense of conservatives have been in the news for a while. I was one of 63 conservatives who signed a letter to social media companies including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, calling for transparency, equal treatment, and free speech. Not that I expect it to do much good. Today Google informed anyone who searched »

A Hint of Pardons to Come

Featured image Talking to reporters today, President Trump suggested that more pardons might be in the works: President Donald Trump said Thursday he’s considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of corruption, and pardoning lifestyle entrepreneur Martha Stewart, who served a stint in federal prison after being convicted of charges related to a stock sale. *** Blagojevich, who was convicted on numerous counts of corruption, including »

Trump to Pardon D’Souza

Featured image Good news: President Trump has announced, via Twitter, that he will pardon Dinesh D’Souza, who was convicted of a campaign finance violation in a blatant case of selective prosecution by a partisan U.S. attorney: Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2018 D’Souza was not only convicted, he actually went to jail. »

Global Establishment Closes Ranks Against Tommy Robinson

Featured image I wrote here about the strange case of Tommy Robinson, and Scott followed up here. The case is strange indeed: Robinson was live-streaming on Facebook from the street in front of a courthouse in Leeds where a number of defendants were on trial for rape. Reportedly, he was reading the names of the defendants and the crimes with which they were charged. That was enough to bring out the paddy »

Knife Control in the U.K.

Featured image Firearms aren’t common in the U.K., so they are experiencing an epidemic of “knife crime.” Also acid attacks. Now proposals for knife control are being floated: A judge wants the points of kitchen knives to be rounded and blunted to reduce the number of young men dying from stab wounds in street attacks. Judge Nic Madge said ordinary kitchen knives were causing a “soaring loss of life”, rather than more »

Socialism’s Victory Tour

Featured image The liberal press tells us that socialism is ascendant. College students, apparently, are largely socialists. And some think that Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, etc. are dominant, no matter how stupid they may be. I can’t explain why so many American liberals don’t care whether socialism works. Maybe liberals are just dumb. Perhaps there is another explanation that I can’t think of. But happily, most people care about what works. Michael »

Behind the Scenes With an Unidentified Source

Featured image This is a case study in the genesis and propagation of fake news. It supports the view that we should never believe anything that comes from the New York Times, if it is attributed to an unidentified source. Reporters cannot be trusted. The subject is President Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un. Mollie Hemingway–an increasingly important commentator–has the story at The Federalist. It starts with a media meme, the claim that »