Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Prosecutor Gives Up On Jailing Shaneen Allen

Featured image We wrote here about the appalling case of Shaneen Allen, a young Pennsylvania woman with a Pennsylvania concealed carry permit who crossed into New Jersey en route to a child’s birthday party. She had her gun in her purse, was stopped for an “unsafe lane change,” and wound up facing up to ten years in prison for bringing her legally-owned gun into New Jersey. The case became a national news »

We Won’t Have Eric Holder To Kick Around Any More

Featured image Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation this morning. He will stay on until a successor is nominated and confirmed. Holder has been a poor Attorney General. He will be remembered for Fast and Furious, consistently stonewalling Congress, and “civil rights” activism–which, however, had little to do with civil rights. Holder promoted gay marriage, refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, and did his best to enable voter fraud. »

The Profound Stupidity of Liberalism on Display

Featured image The View is a television show that, apparently, a lot of women watch. Currently, Rosie O’Donnell, who was once famous for something–I have no idea what–is one of the hosts. Still, many women watch. So this video of The View’s women grappling with the Obama administration’s response to ISIS terrorism is noteworthy. I want to highlight O’Donnell’s contribution near the end: We are bombing Syria because Syria has so much »

A Riveting View of Life Under ISIL

Featured image A Syrian woman carried a hidden camera around the streets of Raqqa, a city controlled by ISIL. Somehow she smuggled her video out of Syria, and it was broadcast on French television. It has been on YouTube for a couple of days, but I didn’t learn about it until today. It doesn’t seem to have been too widely viewed, so you likely haven’t seen it either. There are guns everywhere, »

Obama Lies, Punts at Climate Change Summit

Featured image This year’s global warming convention (the “Climate Change Summit”) is taking place at the United Nations in New York. The march on Monday was intended to put pressure on the delegates by demonstrating popular support for poverty fighting climate change. Of course, it didn’t put any pressure on China or India–the two key countries in any effort to cut carbon emissions–since their leaders didn’t attend. President Obama addressed the Summit »

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How Reporters Try to Rewrite History

Featured image On September 10, the New York Times published a major story on President Obama’s speech announcing his plan to attack ISIL. The paper’s front-page account included this ludicrous claim: Unlike Mr. Bush in the Iraq war, Mr. Obama has sought to surround the United States with partners. In fact, the Iraq war of 2003 was conducted by a coalition of more than 40 countries–compared with the five mustered in support »

Democrats Are Winning the Money War

Featured image I am uneasy about November’s election, partly because I don’t think Republicans have succeeded in nationalizing (or even drawing much attention to) the election, partly because any coherent themes are being drowned out by various “squirrels” (Ray Rice and the NFL, for instance), and partly because the Democrats are raising an astonishing amount of money to defend the dysfunctional status quo. Politico headlines: “Democrats relying on big donors to win.” »

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Liberals Want to Throw Us All In Jail. Or Worse.

Featured image The totalitarian impulse is all too familiar: since I represent Progress (and, of course, everyone who acts in the political realm fervently believes that he represents Progress) those who stand in my way are retrograde–evil, really–forces, that belong in the dustbin of history. Therefore, I might have to lock them up or kill them to ensure that Progress prevails. Until recently, the totalitarian impulse has been blessedly absent from American »

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Featured image There are only something like 44 days left before the election, which means time is running out to give candidates meaningful support. If candidates are to buy additional advertising time, order mailers, organize get out the vote efforts and so on, they need to have the money now. At this point, with every day that goes by, donations become less helpful. So we urge you to check out the Power »

Inside the Climate Alarmist Zoo

Featured image We wrote yesterday about the fact that the “People’s Climate March” consisted mostly of warmed-over socialists and other obsolete radicals. Reason TV attended the march and produced this excellent video, which shows what the “climate change” movement is all about. A hint: it doesn’t have much to do with climate. Not much explanation is required, perhaps, but Noah Rothman is spot-on: There appear to be two strains of protesters who »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on the Bill Bennett radio show at 8:05 a.m. EST tomorrow, talking about the future of Obamacare in Minnesota now that the insurance company with 60% of the market has found the program “unsustainable” and dropped out. We will probably talk about other Minnesota-related stories, too; maybe this one. If you don’t know where to get Bill show’s show on the radio dial where you live, you »

Barack Obama, Neocon?

Featured image A friend and Power Line reader has been emailing me to express outrage at the Democrats’ inconsistency in supporting President Obama’s implementation of the Bush Doctrine. I asked him to write up a post; here it is: President Obama’s September 10 speech announcing his intention to “degrade” and “ultimately destroy” ISIL in Iraq and Syria poses a huge political and ideological problem for the Dems and the left. The reason »

The People’s Climate March: What’s It All About? [Updated]

Featured image The “People’s Climate March” is underway in New York City, with coordinated events occurring in other locations. Tom Steyer, who abandoned an honest career as a coal magnate to become a “green” scammer, thinks the march shows how important climate is a political issue: I think the point of this is to show that this has widespread support, that it is a first-tier political issue, that the ability to sweep »

Why Would Anyone Send His Daughter to College?

Featured image President Obama has announced another of his useless initiatives, the only purpose of which is to distract attention from the comprehensive failures of his administration. This one is intended to reduce sexual assault on college campuses. It is claimed that one in five women on college campuses is sexually assaulted–an absurd statistic if by “sexually assaulted” you mean sexually assaulted. Nevertheless, interested persons (politicians who want to talk about something »

I Knew Bob Packwood. Bob Packwood Was a Friend of Mine.

Featured image If you thought Joe Biden couldn’t top his “Shylock” performance, you were wrong. Speaking to none other than a Democratic women’s conference, Biden reminisced fondly about the good old days in the Senate, when he got to work with great guys like Bob Packwood. Yes, that Bob Packwood. You know what this reminds me of? Trent Lott. Lott, as you probably recall, was delivering a 100th birthday tribute to Strom »