Author Archives: John Hinderaker

It Was George W. Bush Who Slowed the Rise of the Oceans

Featured image One of Barack Obama’s most notorious flights of hubris was his proclamation that his nomination was “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow.” I have always understood how silly this was: the oceans have been rising for around 12,000 years, since the end of the last Ice Age. The rise was rapid during the first few millennia, then tapered off to where it has continued at »

Grubergate Highlights the Corruption of the Obama Administration

Featured image The New York Post’s Kyle Smith does an excellent job of summing up the Jonathan Gruber scandal, and its significance: Gruber, the MIT economist who (in the words of The New York Times) “put together the basic principles of” ObamaCare and helped Congress “draft the specifics of the legislation” is one of a long line of liberals driven by the belief that the stupidity of the American people is so »

Hall of Fame

Featured image I have been mostly off line for the last couple of days because I’ve been in my home town in South Dakota. The occasion was my father’s induction into the community’s Hall of Fame. There were three inductees this year; the others were John Calvin, a local businessman and investor, and Terry Redlin, the painter. One of the newspaper stories anticipating the event is below: 53 Eb 9500938 Fc 53eb959df1ec92 »

Gruber #4

Featured image Another Jonathan Gruber video has emerged. I think this is number four, but who’s counting? Gruber is, of course, the gift that keeps on giving, but seriously–what is it with this guy? Apparently he was incapable of giving a speech without blurting out something inappropriate about Obamacare. Too bad no one noticed until now. This time, Gruber says something truly controversial. He claims that Barack Obama is “not stupid.” That’s »

Gruber? Gruber? Who’s Gruber?

Featured image The main source of hilarity on Twitter this morning was Nancy Pelosi’s denial of any knowledge of Jonathan Gruber. Asked about Gruber at her weekly press briefing, Pelosi said: “I don’t know who he is. He didn’t help write our bill.” It didn’t take the Daily Caller long to turn up the fact that when she was House Speaker, Pelosi’s own web site touted Gruber’s analysis of the ACA. Click »

Racism Institutionalized in Minneapolis Public Schools

Featured image This probably shouldn’t be surprising, but still… Minneapolis public school officials are making dramatic changes to their discipline practices by requiring the superintendent’s office to review all suspensions of students of color. The change comes amid intensifying scrutiny of the way Minneapolis public schools treat minority students and in the wake of new data showing black students are 10 times more likely to be sent home than white students. Superintendent »

Senate Will Vote on Keystone to Help Landrieu

Featured image Next week, Harry Reid will hold a vote on the Keystone pipeline. Why? To help Mary Landrieu hang on to her Senate seat. Landrieu wants to posture as a pro-energy Keystone supporter, and Reid is happy to give her the opportunity. There is a nice irony here. Tom Steyer contributed (or promised to contribute, anyway) $100 million to anti-Keystone Democrats. The Democrats happily accepted his money and nearly all of »

Bipartisanship, Democrat Style

Featured image Now that Republicans have won the Congress, it’s no more “elections have consequences.” Rather, Democrats and their media allies are calling on Republicans to “work with” the Democrats. I suppose that will happen to some extent, but any pretense of bipartisanship is galling, coming from Democrats. Michael Ramirez explains. Click to enlarge: »

It’s Not Just Dumb, It’s Krugman Dumb!

Featured image We have written here and elsewhere about the King v. Burwell case, in which a panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Affordable Care Act allows the federal government to subsidize participants in the federal Obamacare exchange as well as the state exchanges. In Halbig v. Burwell, decided at the same time as King, a panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals went the other »

Administration’s Latest Obamacare Report Is Underwhelming

Featured image The Obama administration has tried to put the best face on Obamacare, touting statistics about how many people have signed up for the program. Yesterday the Department of Health and Human Services issued a report that projects ACA enrollments on the individual exchanges in 2015. Many news outlets have reported that HHS scales down the enrollment estimate that the Congressional Budget Office produced in April. This is true, but it »

Holder Releases 64,000 Documents That Weren’t Privileged After All

Featured image The Obama administration chose Election Day to give Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee more than 64,000 pages of documents relating to the Fast and Furious gun walking operation. These are documents that the House committee subpoenaed more than two years ago. The Obama administration alleged that they were subject to executive privilege and refused to produce them. The committee commenced a lawsuit to compel production, and on October 6 the »

A Night of Schadenfreude In a Minute and a Half

Featured image When things are going badly for the Democrats, many conservatives like to watch MSNBC. The pain of the network’s anchors and personalities is so palpable, so…enjoyable. If, like me, you didn’t tune in to MSNBC on election night–it would take more than schadenfreude to get me to watch Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews–you can enjoy this distillation of MSNBC dismay, prepared by Washington Free Beacon. It takes just »

The First-Ever Power Line Show: Election Post-Mortem With Michael Barone

Featured image For our first-ever Power Line show, we managed to assemble the whole crew to talk about the midterm election, how the Republicans did it and where they should go from here. For our inaugural guest, we recruited the dean of American political analysts, Michael Barone. You have probably never heard Michael as you hear him here. Our plan is to make the first couple of episodes of the show available »

Poppies Everywhere

Featured image Remembrance Day has been observed in the United Kingdom, and throughout the Commonwealth, since 1919. It was originally intended to honor those killed in the Great War, and has since been expanded to recognize British and other Commonwealth soldiers who have died in subsequent conflicts. Armistice Day is November 11, but in England, the main observance takes place on Remembrance Sunday, the Sunday closest to November 11. Which was today. »

Chill of An Early Winter

Featured image At Watts Up With That, Christopher Monckton highlights the astonishingly partisan dimension, in the U.S., of the global warming controversy: One of the most interesting statistics from the recent mid-terms was the New York Times’ exit poll, showing that more than two-thirds of “Democrat” voters thought climate change was a serious problem. Five-sixths of Republicans didn’t. That’s really stark. I wonder whether any other issue would fall along equally partisan »

Obama’s Attorney General Nominee, Loretta Lynch

Featured image President Obama has nominated Loretta Lynch, currently U.S. Attorney for a district that includes Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, to succeed Eric Holder as Attorney General. Based on readily available public information, she seems like a reasonable choice. I don’t see any obvious signs of radicalism or hyper-partisanship in her CV, although that may change as she undergoes more scrutiny. For the moment, the only black mark against her is »

Liberals Still Not Giving Up on Keystone

Featured image Gail Collins has a column on the Keystone Pipeline in today’s New York Times. It illustrates why so many consider the Times to be the last redoubt of the ignorant. Collins begins by complaining that Republicans, victorious in last week’s election, keep mentioning approval of Keystone as something the new Congress will do. Which is bad because…well, she never says. Republicans talk about Keystone because it is low-hanging fruit, something »