Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Golovkin-Brook

Featured image Tomorrow night (British time) middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin will fight IBF welterweight title-holder Kell Brook at the O2 Arena in London. It’s an intriguing matchup. GGG is, of course, one of the sport’s most devastating punchers. Golovkin fought his way out of a mining town in Kazakhstan and is now 35-0 with 32 knockouts. He is, in my opinion, the most exciting boxer in the world. Golovkin, the anti-Floyd Mayweather, »

Is the Global Warming Debate Over?

Featured image One of the more laughable aspects of global warming alarmism is the constant claim that the debate about the hysterics’ claims is over. In fact, the Earth’s climate is so poorly understood that it is more accurate to say that the debate has barely begun. But there are some things we know. For example: the increase in Earth’s temperature resulting from a doubling of CO2, based on any recognized energy »

Madmenwomen of Color at General Mills

Featured image Last Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on a decision by General Mills, one of the nation’s largest advertisers, to impose race and gender quotas on the advertising agencies it uses: The Golden Valley-based foodmaker wants the creative departments in agencies bidding for its business to be staffed at least half by women and 20 percent by people of color. *** In revealing its standard, General Mills executives said they »

More Contempt For the U.S.: Does Anyone Care?

Featured image Barack Obama is the weakest president since James Buchanan, when it comes to defending American interests. So our enemies, knowing his time in office is drawing to a close, waste no opportunity to demonstrate their contempt for him, and for us. Today a Russian fighter jet came within 10 feet of an American aircraft over the Black Sea: Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said the potentially dangerous incident, involving a Russian »

Clinton: “Make America Great Again” Is Racist!

Featured image The Big Dog was at his partisan worst this afternoon. He denounced Donald Trump’s “Make America great again” slogan as racist: “That message, I’ll give you America great again — If you’re a white southerner, you know exactly what it means,” Clinton said. The former president indicated that Trump’s campaign slogan signaled that he would make white people more culturally [dominant] over other races in the country. “What it means »

Finally, a Baker Liberals Can Love

Featured image In Louisiana, a 17-year-old girl who was about to turn 18 and was excited to vote in her first election went to a local bakery and asked for a birthday cake with an American flag and “Trump 2016” on it. No way, said the woman behind the counter. No Trump! The baker was well within her rights, of course. We have freedom of conscience in America, and she shouldn’t be »

How Left-Wing Is Facebook? [With Final Update]

Featured image Facebook came under attack a few months ago for selecting liberal themes and news stories and downplaying conservative ones in its “trending” news section. Mark Zuckerberg responded by hosting a meeting with influential conservatives in which he was conciliatory and promised to do better. But my own experience during the past week has caused me to wonder what is going on at Facebook. In two weeks, the think tank that »

Trump Can Win. The Question Is, Should He? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image I suspect that quite a few #NeverTrumpers have been taken aback by recent polls that show Donald Trump pulling even with, or ahead of, Hillary Clinton. If you are a conservative/Republican, two distinct reasons have been advanced for opposing Trump. The first is that he is disqualified from the presidency on the merits, and is even more unacceptable than Hillary. The second is that he is destined to go down »

Will 2016 Be the Hottest Year On Record?

Featured image “On record” meaning since the 1880s, i.e., the end of the Little Ice Age. The year is a long way from being over, but I will venture a guess that the alarmists will claim 2016, when in the books, was the hottest year evah. One problem, as we have pointed out many times, is that the books have been cooked. The keeper of the U.S. temperature records is the National »

Disrespecting Obama

Featured image Scott and Paul have already commented on the Chinese leaders’ calculated insults to Barack Obama when he landed in China for the G20 conference. But the hostility toward our president didn’t stop there. One of Obama’s priorities for the G20 meeting was to negotiate a joint effort in Syria with Vladimir Putin. So far, at least, that hasn’t happened. The main news about their meeting is the “death stare” that »

Another Good Reason To Be a Conservative

Featured image A survey of more than 19,000 Europeans from the UK, Germany, France, Denmark and Sweden finds that those who describe themselves as “very right wing” are happiest with their sex lives: The survey … found in most countries sexual satisfaction increased the further right you went along the political spectrum. In the UK, people with left wing politics were least likely to describe their sex lives as satisfying (with 66% »

The Irrelevance of Deportation

Featured image Donald Trump has gone back and forth on the issue of deporting illegal immigrants, and Democrats are accusing him of inconsistency. The Washington Post, for example, headlines: “Trump advisers and allies struggle with deportation specifics.” Several of Donald Trump’s top campaign advisers and allies on Sunday struggled to explain the Republican presidential nominee’s stance on mass deportation — insisting that he will prioritize undocumented criminals for deportation, but falling short »

Are Polls Missing Covert Support for Trump?

Featured image Rasmussen Reports (which, I believe, Scott Rasmussen sold several years ago) isn’t always “right,” in the sense that its surveys predict election results. But Rasmussen consistently asks interesting questions. Today, Rasmussen investigated whether there is hidden support for Donald Trump that is not showing up in the polls: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 17% of Likely Republican Voters are less likely this year to let others »

Koch-Reid Cage Match in Nevada

Featured image One of the critical races in the battle for control of the Senate is in Nevada, where the appalling Harry Reid is finally retiring as a rich man, after a long career in “public service.” The Democratic nominee is a Reid surrogate named Catherine Cortez Masto, while the Republican is Congressman Joe Heck. In his last years in the Senate, Reid pursued a bizarre vendetta against Charles and David Koch, »

Trump’s Triumphant Trip to Mexico

Featured image Lately, Donald Trump seems to be recovering his momentum. After appearing mostly flat-footed since the GOP convention, he is back to his old table-upsetting self–today, with a quick trip to Mexico to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto. The meeting implicitly gave Trump the status of a head of state, and much of the news coverage, like this headline at CNN, puts a positive spin on Trump’s mission: Of course »

State Fair

Featured image The Minnesota State Fair is one of the world’s great social gatherings. It is, by common consent, the most remarkable fair of them all. And, at a time when one might think that cultural currents are moving in a direction antithetical to such traditional entertainments, the Minnesota Fair is booming, more than ever. So it makes sense that my think tank, Center of the American Experiment, will have a substantial »

Do Liberal Policies Produce Economic Growth? No

Featured image That might seem obvious. But liberals don’t admit that their policies are the path to poverty. Rather, they claim that the bluest states are the most prosperous. In that regard, Minnesota is often Exhibit A. Minnesota’s well-educated, healthy, socially conservative, hard-working population, combined with the state’s rich and diverse natural resources, have historically produced a strong economy. Liberals try to take credit for those good qualities, attributing whatever success the »