Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Help Me Stay Rich, Colorado!

Featured image A grass roots group is running some terrific pro-fracking ads in Colorado. They feature a Middle Eastern sheik and a Russian oligarch pleading with Coloradans to help them stay rich by suppressing the production of American energy. They are funny and true, and therefore highly effective. Here is the sheik: And the oligarch: Best of all, the ads are accompanied by street art. We have written before about the fact »

Who’s Calling My Neighborhood “Sketchy”?

Featured image This is a follow-up to Steve’s post titled It’s White People All the Way Down. That post was about a new app that helps users avoid “sketchy” neighborhoods. Sure enough, as Steve reported, the app was promptly denounced as racist by Gawker (“…SketchFactor, a racist app made for avoiding ‘sketchy’ neighborhoods, which is the term young white people use to describe places where they don’t feel safe because they watched »

When He’s Not Golfing, He’s Trampling the Constitution

Featured image Barack Obama’s fondness for the links might wind up preserving the Constitution. Obama asserts the right to rule by executive decree, a claim no American president has ever made. If he really means it, it puts him on a par with his friend Hugo Chavez. Obama’s justification is that the American people don’t expect him to sit around twiddling his thumbs if he can’t get his pet projects, like amnesty »

The Fate of Democracy In Iraq

Featured image Reuters has the latest from Baghdad, where Prime Minister Maliki is trying to hang on to power in the wake of the appointment of a new Prime Minister by President Fouad Masoum. I am not an expert on the Iraqi constitution, but I take it that Maliki–whose term in office has been increasingly disastrous for Iraq, as he has been seen as a sectarian and to a large extent a »

Whatever Happened to Cynthia McKinney?

Featured image Cynthia McKinney was one of the looniest Democrats of her generation. A 9/11 Truther, she lost not one but two Democratic primaries because she was considered too far out. Her father’s explanation that she was in trouble because “the Jews have bought everybody. J-E-W-S” added to her legend. After her second primary rebuff, McKinney left the Democratic Party. She was the Green Party candidate for president in 2008–which tells you »

What If Watergate Happened Today?

Featured image In a brief clip from ABC’s This Week, filmed this morning, Sharyl Attkisson answers that question–humorously but accurately, I think. But only because we have a Democratic president. If the next president is a Republican, journalism will undergo a renaissance: »

The New York Times Ignores the Facts In Tennessee

Featured image The New York Times editorial board is one of the most irresponsible political groups around, which would matter more if the paper’s editorials were read by anyone other than a few die-hard leftists. In addition to writing their collective editorials, the board members blog individually. These posts provide a window into the board members’ thinking, or lack thereof. As, for example, this one by Dorothy Samuels titled “Tennessee Ignores the »

They’re Not the Jayvees Anymore…

Featured image In January, Barack Obama infamously referred to ISIS as a bunch of “jayvees.” During White House spokesman Josh Earnest’s briefing yesterday, Jim Acosta of CNN indulged in a bit of snark: Let me ask you about something [the president] said back in January when he told the New Yorker when assessing the ISIS threat, he said that, “the analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is »

Arm the Kurds!

Featured image ISIS has routed Kurdish forces in their early engagements, mostly because they are better armed. The Associated Press notes: In a bitter irony, the extremists used American armored vehicles and weapons they had seized from the hapless Iraqi military to defeat Kurdish fighters who were blocked from acquiring just such equipment…. Yes, it’s true. The Obama administration has for years been denying the Kurds’ requests to BUY American munitions: For »

ISIS Rampant, America In Decline [with comment by Paul]

Featured image ISIS poses a threat to today’s liberal world-view analogous to the threat posed by national socialism in the 1930s. But ISIS makes the Nazis look like pikers. ISIS, flying the black flag of Islam, murders, rapes and pillages with breathtaking speed and efficiency. In a few short months, ISIS has taken over much of Iraq, as this map from the Daily Mail illustrates: ISIS succeeds mostly because it is incredibly »

Another “Mission Accomplished” Moment For Barack Obama

Featured image I will have more to say about what is happening in Iraq, perhaps yet this evening. But first, let’s note that the disaster that is now unfolding is the direct result of Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw all American troops in 2011. When has such a catastrophically bad decision been cloaked in so much self-righteousness? Obama ran for president as the anti-Iraq war candidate, and his determination to terminate our »

President Does Right Thing, But Still Has No Clue

Featured image I applaud President Obama’s decision to send humanitarian relief and order air strikes against ISIS in Iraq. The strikes are being described as “limited,” and I am afraid they will turn out to be what John Kerry had in mind when he promised “unbelievably small” military action in Syria. But it’s better than nothing. President Obama’s announcement of the actions last night, however, reflects how little he has learned in »

Minnesota Cafe Charges “Minimum Wage Fee,” Liberals Outraged

Featured image This is currently the most-read story on the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s web site: “Stillwater cafe faces heat for adding ‘minimum wage fee’ to tab.” Minnesota’s Democratic legislature recently voted to raise the state’s minimum wage to $8 an hour, 75 cents more than the federal level. Naturally, that increase is leading to higher prices: A small cafe in Stillwater has thrown itself into the big battle over Minnesota’s minimum wage »

A Power Line Pick: Meet Stewart Mills

Featured image For the 2014 election, Power Line is urging our readers to support six Republican candidates, four in the House and two in the Senate. You can read about them by following the links in the right sidebar. The Power Line Picks are certified as 1) solid conservatives who 2) can win and 3) in our opinion, can become leaders of the conservative movement. My friend Stewart Mills is running against »

Why Is Haiti Poor? [With comment by Paul]

Featured image I recently discovered, via a reader, an excellent web site called Manhattan Contrarian. There is lots of good stuff there, but consider this article: Why Is Haiti So Poor? The wealth of nations, or lack thereof, is a topic of longstanding interest. Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which share the island of Hispaniola, are something of a laboratory experiment, a bit like East and West Berlin. Manhattan Contrarian notes that »

Our Self-Absorbed President Talks About Africa Himself

Featured image Early in President Obama’s career, it was widely claimed that he was a great public speaker. I don’t think anyone would say that today. In my opinion, he is a mediocre speaker on his best days. One of the reasons for this is that no matter the topic, he is mostly interested in himself. The frequency with which he refers to himself is often noted. Here, Grabien has compiled excerpts »

Charles Koch: How to Get Our Economy Moving Again

Featured image If there is anyone in the world who knows how to create wealth and generate good, high-paying jobs, it is Charles Koch. In USA Today, Koch sets out a basic prescription for how to improve our economy, accompanied by some eye-popping statistics: Like most Americans, I am deeply concerned about our weak economic recovery and its effects on millions of families. Opportunity, especially for the young and disadvantaged, is declining. »