Author Archives: John Hinderaker

About Those NIH “Budget Cuts”

Featured image On Friday, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, complained that budget cuts had interfered with his agency’s ability to develop an anti-Ebola vaccine: Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready. This sent Democrats into a twitter frenzy: sequester, »

Goodbye, Columbus

Featured image Today is Columbus Day. It used to be, anyway. Here in Minneapolis, as in a number of other cities, it is now Indigenous People’s Day: The holiday formerly known as Columbus Day was created earlier this year by a vote of the Minneapolis City Council, which said it was an attempt to recognize the history and contributions of American Indians in and around the city. … Jay Bad Heart Bull, »

In Nigeria, Heroism, Futility, and a Lesson About Liberalism

Featured image ISIS has driven Boko Haram–another organization that has nothing! nothing! to do with Islam–out of the headlines, but Boko Haram hasn’t gone away. And the more than 200 kidnapped girls on whose behalf there was a brief spasm of concern are still being raped, enslaved and abused. But here is a ray of good news: four of the girls have escaped. Four of the more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped »

Greg Abbott Strikes Back [Updated With Latest Davis Fiasco]

Featured image We wrote here about Wendy Davis’s disgusting anti-Greg Abbott wheel chair ad. The Davis commercial has been almost universally condemned, and this morning, the Abbott campaign struck back with this ad, titled “Lost Cause.” Which, at this point, the Davis campaign appears to be. It should be noted that the dumbest feature of Davis’s ad was its assumption that since Abbott is disabled, he must always, as a lawyer or »

MSNBC In Free-Fall

Featured image The New York Times documents a precipitous decline in viewers at MSNBC: Though it has mostly happened quietly, which may be a comment on the cable network’s larger status in the media landscape, MSNBC has seen its ratings hit one of the deepest skids in its history, with the recently completed third quarter of 2014 generating some record lows. … During the third quarter, [Rachel] Maddow reached an average of »

Quote of the Day

Featured image It comes from Richard Feynman, one of the pre-eminent scientists of modern times, via the Science and Environmental Policy Project: You cannot prove a vague theory wrong. If the guess that you make is poorly expressed and the method you have for computing the consequences is a little vague then ….. you see that the theory is good as it can’t be proved wrong. If the process of computing the »

“International Community” Rewards Hamas. Why?

Featured image In Cairo, a one-day “donor conference” for Gaza has just wrapped up. Various nations pledged $5.4 billion to reconstruct Gaza and help cement Hamas’s cruel and corrupt rule. That was more than the $4 billion that Mahmoud Abbas asked for, so it was a good day’s work for the terrorists. Qatar, which may have replaced Saudi Arabia as the best argument for fracking, pledged $1 billion to lead all donors. »

Butcher’s Crossing

Featured image I can’t explain how I went so long without being aware of John Williams. But happily, one of my partners linked to an article about him as one of our PL Picks, and I was intrigued enough to start reading his books. Williams was a college professor. He earned a Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Missouri, and taught writing at the University of Denver for many years. »

ISIS Threatens Baghdad

Featured image Iraq’s government is pleading for the return of American troops as ISIS has advanced to within eight miles of Baghdad: Iraqi officials have issued a desperate plea for America to bring US ground troops back to the embattled country, as heavily armed Islamic State militants came within striking distance of Baghdad. Amid reports that Isil forces have advanced as far as Abu Ghraib, a town that is effectively a suburb »

Who Says the Obama White House Can’t Do Anything Right?

Featured image They’re really good at one thing: cover-ups! Hey, if you run a corrupt administration, it’s a necessary skill. Michael Ramirez comments hilariously. Click to enlarge: »

Wendy Davis Sinks Lower

Featured image You might think that a politician known to the world as Abortion Barbie doesn’t have a lot of room to fall. But you would be wrong. Wendy Davis has released a new ad attacking Republican Greg Abbott, who has been a paraplegic since a 1984 accident. The ad consists largely of a shot of a wheel chair, apparently intended to stir prejudice against Abbott. To the extent that the ad »

Is It Barry, Or Is It Gwyneth?

Featured image We wrote here about the Obama fundraiser at Gwyneth Paltrow’s home in Los Angeles, and the guerrilla anti-Obama efforts of two street artists in anticipation of the event. Since then, you likely have seen news reports of the fundraiser itself. Most notoriously, Paltrow tried to introduce the president to the high rollers present, and, faltering, gushed: “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.” Thereby validating the street artists’ characterization »

Are the Democrats Giving Up On Colorado?

Featured image Colorado’s Senate race is trending Republican, as the most recent poll, by Fox News, shows Cory Gardner leading Mark Udall by six points. Udall has run a lackluster campaign dominated by a tired, over-the-top “war on women” theme, and this morning the Denver Post, not known as a bastion of Republicanism, endorsed Gardner. Still, the race is competitive on paper. So why has Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC just cancelled »

Mark Steyn Live

Featured image Last night, Scott and I, along with around 900 others, had the great pleasure of hearing Mark Steyn at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. The occasion was the Center of the American Experiment’s Fall Briefing. I had expected Mark to talk (among other things) about his Michael Mann lawsuit–if you’ve just returned from an extended trip to Albania, Mann is trying to shut up Mark, National Review and others by suing »

How Unpopular Is Barack Obama? More Unpopular Than You Think

Featured image National approval/disapproval polls have shown President Obama consistently under water for some time, but the numbers are even worse when viewed state by state. Liberals–generally speaking, Obama’s last defenders–are heavily concentrated in a few large states; in fact, within certain urban areas in those states. When those states are taken out of the picture, the result is truly bleak for Obama and the Democrats. The NY Times/YouGov poll breaks down »

Sabo Strikes Again: Gwyneth Paltrow Edition [Updated]

Featured image The emergence of anti-Obama street art over the last couple of years has been a welcome development, which we have reported on several times. Most recently, an artist who calls himself Sabo decorated actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s neighborhood just before her scheduled fundraiser (what else?) with President Obama. Apparently Sabo has been interviewed on Fox News, so his identity may be known, just not to me. This Sabo poster calls Paltrow »

White House Admits It Put Off Amnesty to Frustrate the Will of Voters

Featured image White House spokesman Josh Earnest admitted today that President Obama put off a planned executive amnesty decree for political reasons, contrary to Obama’s earlier claims: The fact is — or I guess, the concern is — that had the president moved forward with his [plan] prior to Election Day, you would have seen Republican candidates do more to make the immigration issue central to their campaign. And in the event »