Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Rolling Stone Rape Story In Tatters

Featured image As investigation into Rolling Stone’s sensational story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia continues, the story unravels further. The Washington Post has interviewed the three friends who saw the alleged victim, Jackie, after the alleged assault. They say that their interactions with her were completely different from the utterly implausible callousness described by Sabrina Erdely, Rolling Stone’s reporter. Most damning is the fact that what Jackie »

Spending Bill Moves Toward Passage Tomorrow

Featured image One of the last significant acts of the lame duck Congress will be passage of a spending bill that funds the federal government to the tune of around $1.1 trillion on an annualized basis. The bill goes through next September for all government agencies except the Department of Homeland Security, which will only be funded until February 27. The contents of the bill, still largely unknown–it is 1,600 pages long–were »

NY Times Reports on Columbia Exam Postponement

Featured image The story that Paul broke about Columbia Law School postponing exams for students who purport to be traumatized by the grand jury proceedings in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases is percolating through the press. The New York Times, Columbia’s home town paper, reports: Columbia Law School is allowing students to postpone their final exams this month if they feel unnerved by the recent grand jury decisions not to »

Senate Intelligence Committee’s Report Confirms that CIA Did Not Torture Detainees

Featured image I haven’t had time to read the entire Senate Intelligence Committee Report on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, an unclassified version of which was released today. It is 499 pages long. But I have spent enough time with it to have several observations. First, the tone of the report is remarkably hostile to the CIA. It reads like a prosecutor’s brief. I don’t know what the Agency did to »

Executive Amnesty Order? What Order?

Featured image So much is happening on the immigration front that it is hard to keep up, but this story is worth at least a mention: it turns out that President Obama hasn’t issued an executive amnesty order after all: Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., a leading opponent of President Obama’s move to provide amnesty for up to 5 million illegal immigrants, expressed astonishment Monday and ridiculed the administration for not carrying out »

Lena Dunham Walks Back Fabricated Rape Claim

Featured image The prospect of a libel suit tends to concentrate the mind. So Lena Dunham and her publisher, Random House, have finally responded to John Nolte’s investigation into her claim that she was “raped by a Republican” named Barry while a student at Oberlin. If you haven’t read John’s report, you should: it leaves no doubt that Dunham’s story is false. Random House now says that “Barry” is a pseudonym: “As »

Rolling Stone’s Rape Fantasies

Featured image The artist Sabo created this parody Rolling Stone cover that blasts both the magazine and fellow tale-spinner Lena Dunham: As with other Sabo works, it shows up on posters in Los Angeles: Some, including Hot Air’s AllahPundit, are taking seriously the anonymous comments by one or two alleged friends of “Jackie,” the anonymous source for the Rolling Stone article, to the effect that they think “something” happened to “Jackie,” albeit »

Miss World’s Finale Approaches

Featured image We are just one week away from the finale of the 2014 Miss World competition, and I have to admit that the preliminaries so far have been of limited interest. There was the Miss Sport competition, which was won by Miss Finland; she is in the center on the photo below: The contestants all traveled to Oxford for what was billed as a debate about beauty pageants at Oxford Union. »

Riots In Berkeley, Just Like Old Times

Featured image Does history ever repeat itself? Perhaps not, but those of us who lived through the 60s and 70s are hearing echoes of those dreadful days. Headlines like this one are a blast from the past: “Police use tear gas on Berkeley protesters.” Our younger readers might not realize what a major role the riots and violent protests of the late 1960s and early 1970s played in the temporary eclipse of »

Lena Dunham Refuses to Back Off On False Rape Claim, Lawsuit Possible

Featured image Via Breitbart News, we learn that “Barry One,” the former Oberlin student who was falsely accused of rape by Obama fangirl Lena Dunham in her memoir, retained a lawyer two months ago to attempt to clear his name. Dunham, despite the palpable falsity of her accusation, apparently has refused to recant: For more than two months, and to no avail, Barry One has asked Dunham (through her representatives) to clear »

Did the Kennedy Administration Try to Drive Reagan Off the Air?

Featured image Ronald Reagan apparently detested Bobby Kennedy, another sign of Reagan’s good judgment since Kennedy was an awful human being. But this is something I hadn’t heard before: Michael Reagan says that Bobby leaned on General Electric to get Reagan off television: [A] few months after [subpoenaing Reagan before a grand jury], Kennedy tried to get him fired from General Electric Theater. Or, at least, that’s what Reagan believed. “Dad told »

Oral History of Clinton Administration Could Pose Problems For Hillary

Featured image The Miller Center at the University of Virginia has posted online more than 70 interviews that constitute the “William J. Clinton Presidential History Project.” The interviewees are for the most part members of the Clinton administration, or in any event sympathetic to it. Nevertheless, not all of the facts that the interviewees relate will be helpful to Bill Clinton’s memory or his wife’s presidential ambitions. I haven’t had time to »

New York Times Corrections, State Capital Edition

Featured image Today the New York Times published a correction to an op-ed that appeared in the paper on November 27. The op-ed, by Ned Blackhawk, was about the Sand Creek massacre, an evergreen memory for liberals who see only the bad in American history: An Op-Ed article last Friday attributed an erroneous distinction to the Union general Patrick Edward Connor and the Colorado governor John Evans, who were involved in massacres »

A Bad Week for Rape Culture

Featured image As Steve noted earlier today, Rolling Stone magazine has backed off from its blockbuster story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. I wrote here that the story, written by an activist and based entirely on anonymous sources, was incredible on its face. “Jackie,” the alleged victim in the story, was gang raped by seven men in a fraternity house, but didn’t go to the police. Seriously? »

The Power Line Show: Episode 3, With Bret Stephens

Featured image Click here to download this episode. Paul, Scott and I taped Episode 3 of the Power Line Show a few hours ago. We talked about a couple of the major news stories of the day–the conflict within the Republican Party over how to respond to President Obama’s unconstitutional actions with regard to immigration, and the fallout from the death of Eric Garner in New York. And we were joined by »

Obama Reportedly Considering Sanctions Against Israel

Featured image Russia is gobbling up much of Ukraine. China is putting growing pressure on its neighbors in East Asia. ISIS is chopping the heads off Americans. Syria’s government continues to slaughter thousands of its citizens. Iran is working feverishly on a bomb and running circles around our negotiators. Boko Haram is wreaking havoc in Nigeria. Hamas is raining rockets and missiles down on its neighbors. And the Obama administration reportedly is »

The Liberals Are Revolting

Featured image A running joke in the Wizard of Id comic strip was that the peasants were revolting: Here in Minnesota, the liberals are revolting, as the nationwide rash of anti-police demonstrations came to Minneapolis today. Actually, multiple demonstrations were combined: it began with a group demanding $15 an hour to work at a local Burger King. The Mayor of Minneapolis and a city council member or two showed up to demonstrate »