Author Archives: John Hinderaker

The Times Report on Chemical Weapons In Iraq: It’s No Blockbuster

Featured image The front page of today’s New York Times is dominated by a long article on chemical weapons in Iraq. It appears to be the result of a major investigation; bylined by C.J. Chivers, it credits six additional reporters and researchers as well as eight “producers.” The gist of the article is that there were far more chemical weapons in Iraq than were ever publicly reported, and between 2004 and 2011 »

A Final Plea for the Power Line Picks

Featured image If you have donated to political campaigns in the past, you, like me, are probably getting 100 to 200 emails a day, asking for money. One difference may be that I get them from both parties. I once contributed $3 to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in the name of “Illegal Contributor,” residence, Stillwater Prison, just to show how easy the Obama campaign made it to donate illegally. Now I get »

Environmentalism Kills Poor People

Featured image Are you in favor of banning fossil fuel consumption, or making it more expensive? Probably not, but pretty much every Democrat is. To insist on “green” energy sources rather than fossil fuels is to doom millions of people to poverty, disease and premature death. This video, by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, doesn’t try to cover the whole global warming waterfront, but it does a great job of making one »

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 »