Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Headline of the Day

Featured image Maybe it’s a sign of a warped sense of humor, but I found this headline from the AFP hilarious: Living Forever May Never Be Possible: Study What would we do without studies? »

What Are Your Kids Learning In School? [Updated]

Featured image Probably we should all be past being shocked at what goes on in the public schools, but I confess that an email I got today from Devin Foley of Better Ed shocked me. It quoted descriptions, written by Twin Cities area high school teachers, of how their schools teach literature classes. This one comes from Edina High School, which was once known as an excellent institution: Acceptance and inter-cultural understanding »

Science According to Steyer

Featured image Left-wing billionaire Tom Steyer reportedly is having trouble persuading fellow lefties to join his $100 million campaign to elect Democrats in November. Steyer is soldiering on, nevertheless, in large part through his organization NextGen Climate. In New Hampshire, NextGen is running anti-Scott Brown ads. Politico reports: NextGen Climate, Tom Steyer’s environmental group, is going up with its first New Hampshire ad today, tying Scott Brown to the Koch Brothers and »

Sound Diagnosis, Pathetic Prescription

Featured image Earlier today, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel offered a surprisingly realistic and cogent evaluation of the threat posed by ISIL. This clip is only a minute and a half long, but it sums up the danger well: Hagel says, correctly, that ISIL “is beyond anything we’ve seen,” creates a “whole new dynamic,” is “as sophisticated and well-funded as any organization we’ve seen,” an “imminent threat to every interest we have,” »

Contempt [Updated]

Featured image In recent months, Barack Obama has crossed an important threshold. He has always shown contempt for his opponents; now he shows contempt for his supporters. He has quit pretending to be a leader, and more or less quit pretending to be a president. On the right and the center, he has become a joke. Click to enlarge: But that isn’t the worst of it. No doubt there are a few »

On James Foley, Compare and Contrast

Featured image Scott noted earlier today President Obama’s “appalling” statement on the murder of journalist James Foley by ISIL. There is also this: Shortly after delivering a statement denouncing the execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamist militants in Iraq, President Obama hit the golf course on Wednesday. Obama completed the statement at a school in Martha’s Vineyard where he is vacationing, before arriving minutes later at a local golf club. »

What Does “Peace” Mean to a Terrorist?

Featured image This is one of the fundamental asymmetries that have persisted for decades in the Middle East: to Israelis, “peace” means what it does here, in the U.S. A time to relax, to raise a family, to focus on one’s job; to take up a hobby or two. A time that one hopes will last forever. But for Islamic terrorists, “peace” means something quite different–more like a time out in a »

Can a Liberal Learn to Shoot?

Featured image I would have said, sure. In fact, I have taught a couple of liberals to shoot firearms. But when Buzzfeed recruited five young lefties for the experiment, the odds didn’t look good: Pretty entertaining. I would say that only one of the five shows any real promise, and she doesn’t look much like a liberal, either. Maybe we can sign her up for the NRA! »

Is “Climate Change” Causing the Western Drought?

Featured image Much of California, and other areas in the West, are enduring a severe drought. In February, President Obama decreed that the drought is the product of man-made “climate change.” This is a good example of a proposition that should be self-evident, but is generally ignored: you can’t talk intelligently about climate change unless you know something about climate history. Which, not surprisingly, Barack Obama doesn’t. The reality is that California »

The Significance of the Michael Brown Autopsy

Featured image The results of the first of three planned autopsies on the body of Michael Brown were released today by Dr. Michael Baden. Dr. Baden found that Brown was shot six times, with all six bullets coming from the front. This appears to rule out the claim that Brown was shot while running away from police officer Darren Wilson. The New York Times tries to make the best of it, repeating »

Thoughts on the Ritual Now Taking Place in Ferguson, Missouri

Featured image Eight days ago, a Ferguson, Missouri police officer named Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, a young but very large (6′ 4″, 300 pounds) African-American, under circumstances that remain murky. Since then, a ritual with which we have become tiresomely familiar has unfolded: demonstrations that turned into riots, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson–still!–descending on the scene, pleas for peace, intervention of federal authorities, calls for reappraisal of American race »

Reporting In, Briefly

Featured image I have been offline pretty much all day. Checking the news once or twice, my most distinct impression was that Republicans are doing a good job of pushing back against the Democrats’ political “indictment” of Rick Perry. Being attacked by these clowns is a badge of honor, and should be treated as such by all people of good will. So what did I do? Most notably, I shot an AR-15 »

The Democrats’ Latest Koch Smear Falls Flat

Featured image Left-wing political operative David Brock’s group, American Bridge, released a report today titled “Legacy of Loss: Koch Industries’ Layoffs and Environmental Harm in Battleground States.” The reference to battleground states eliminates any doubt as to the report’s purpose; it is basically a pastiche of news stories and rumors cobbled together from an internet search or two, intended for this year’s Congressional campaigns. The quality of the report, as one expects »

Rick Perry Indicted: Another Democratic Party Dirty Trick

Featured image A grand jury in Travis County, Texas, indicted Governor Rick Perry today. Why? For exercising his constitutional prerogative by threatening to veto, and then vetoing, an appropriation to support the public corruption unit in Travis County’s district attorney’s office. This followed the arrest of the county’s district attorney, Democratic Party activist Rosemary Lehmberg, for drunk driving, after she was found “with an open bottle of vodka in the front passenger »

The Democrats Are Begging For Money

Featured image They said it, I didn’t. This email went to Democratic Party supporters yesterday: We’re out of people to email you. In the last two days, you should have received an email from: – President Obama – Vice President Biden – Nancy Pelosi True. I received emails that ostensibly came from all of them. That’s how important this is! We’re getting massively outspent by Republican groups. And we’re fighting desperately to »

When Shot, Michael Brown Had Just Committed a Robbery

Featured image A major development today in the Michael Brown case: the Ferguson Police Department has released files, including surveillance video stills, indicating that Michael Brown and his companion, Dorian Johnson, had robbed a convenience store just ten minutes before Brown’s altercation with officer Darren Wilson. Brown and his friend stole a box of cigars worth around $50, and Brown assaulted a store clerk. Officer Wilson presumably was following up on the »

Wind Power Requires 700 Times as Much Land as Fracking

Featured image One of the weirder facts of contemporary life is that “environmentalists” generally prefer wind power to fracking. Unless you suffer from an anti-carbon fetish, there is no comparison, as the Telegraph reports: A wind farm requires 700 times more land to produce the same amount of energy as a fracking site, according to analysis by the energy department’s recently-departed chief scientific advisor. … Prof MacKay said that a shale gas »