Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Iraqis Were Bribed to Allege Torture

Featured image Part of the propaganda campaign against the Iraq war was the claim that coalition troops were torturing captured Iraqis. Those claims made a pretty big splash in the United States, and probably even a bigger one in Europe. Now it turns out that large numbers of Iraqis may have been paid by British lawyers to make false claims of torture: One of the country’s leading human-rights lawyers faces a criminal »

Parents Blame Black Lives Matter For Attempted Murder

Featured image A story that has become all too familiar: in Columbia, Pennsylvania, police officers responded to a report of shots fired and were themselves fired upon. Officers in the borough of Columbia were responding to a report of gunshots near a cemetery just before 3:30 a.m. Friday when their own vehicles came under fire. The shooters were soon apprehended, and at least one of them admitted his involvement: “I was shooting »

The Democrats’ Anti-Science Platform

Featured image The Science and Environmental Policy Project puts out a weekly electronic newsletter called The Week That Was that brings together links to everything notable on the topic of climate. If you want to keep up on the global warming debate and related scientific issues, you really should subscribe to it. This week SEPP takes note of the Democratic Party’s platform on energy: Generally, TWTW does not comment on political issues. »

Immigration: The Issue that Got Away?

Featured image America’s political, business, media and academic elites have forced on the rest of us a radical mass immigration regime that we neither wanted nor voted for. When our immigration laws were rewritten in 1965, at the height of the Democratic Party’s power, we were assured that the law would not remake America’s demographics. (That promise was precisely analogous to the assurance, at about the same time, that the Civil Rights »

Mixed Messages

Featured image I received the following two emails five minutes apart, earlier this afternoon. Click to enlarge: Things change fast in a presidential race! Of course, the bottom line is always the same: whether ahead or behind in the polls, politicians want you to contribute to their campaigns. »

How to Make Democrats Pay For Weak Foreign Policy

Featured image The foreign policies pursued by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have been disastrous, and yet both malefactors seem largely to have skated. That doesn’t mean, however, that Americans are happy with the dangerous policies they have pursued–and which have been resisted by essentially zero Democrats in Congress. This ad by Stewart Mills, a friend of mine who is running in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District against pedestrian incumbent Rick Nolan, beautifully »

Amateur Hour In the Presidential Race

Featured image The Republicans had a strong and widely-watched convention, and Donald Trump got a substantial bounce as a result. Now he has blown whatever momentum he had with an incomprehensibly stupid response to Khizr Khan, the Muslim father who spoke at the Democrats’ convention. The Democrats can hardly believe their good fortune, as Trump’s duel with Khan dominates the headlines. The New York Times reports gleefully: Donald Trump reeled Sunday amid »

Palestinian Father Tries to Get Son Killed

Featured image In this video of a weekly demonstration near Modiin Illit, shot yesterday, you see a Palestinian father urging his young son toward a group of IDF soldiers, yelling at them to shoot him, as explained here. What greater honor for a four-year-old boy than to be on the evening news as a “martyr”? The soldiers don’t take the bait; I interpret their reaction as one of disbelief. One of them »

In the Immortal Words of Daniel Pipes…

Featured image Daniel Pipes recently gave an interview to Germany’s Global Review. His observations are pithy as always; here are some highlights: GR: Many people say that Islam is not a religion but a reactionary, totalitarian and repressive ideology comparable to fascism and communism; and that Islam cannot be reformed. Other people say that Islamism had nothing to do with religion and Islam. What do you say about relations between Islam and »

Economists For Clinton?

Featured image Yahoo Finance, a site which I believe is viewed by hundreds of thousands of people, is currently featuring this graphic which shows how superior Hillary Clinton’s economic plans are to Donald Trump’s. Clinton’s proposals, the graph says, will lead to much more GDP growth than Trump’s: The chart comes from an analysis by Moody’s Analytics. CNN is currently highlighting the same report and its pro-Hillary conclusions. CNN tells us a »

The First Third of Hillary’s Speech Was Awful

Featured image Duty won out last night, for a while, anyway. I steeled myself to watch Hillary’s acceptance speech, beginning with the introduction by her daughter Chelsea. As the Fox hosts carefully noted after Chelsea finished, politicians’ children are traditionally off limits for criticism. Sure: but if you choose your son or daughter to deliver an important speech at a national convention, people are going to form some kind of judgment on »

Did Obama Help Hillary?

Featured image Contrary to what seems to be the conventional wisdom, I don’t think President Obama is a particularly good speaker. This is partly because he is lost without a teleprompter, partly because he has no gift for the memorable turn of phrase, and partly because he rarely talks about anything except himself. Think about it–when has an Obama speech ever moved public opinion on any issue? Never. If he has ever »

America Can’t Stand Hillary

Featured image This Gallup poll came out on Monday, but I just saw it tonight (via InstaPundit). The headline is, “Clinton’s Image at Lowest Point in Two Decades.” The numbers are stunning. Hillary Clinton favorable: 38% Unfavorable: 57% I have thought for a while that pretty much everyone’s mind is made up about Hillary, after all these years. But Gallup finds a remarkable fall from grace, with Hillary having been at 59% »

Trump, Russia and the DNC Emails: The Real Story

Featured image This morning Donald Trump conducted a press conference in Miami, in the course of which he made a flippant comment about Russia finding Hillary Clinton’s tens of thousands of deleted emails: Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. This caused the Democrat/media complex to become hysterical, charging Trump with encouraging »

Another Day, Another Allahu Akbar

Featured image This is the kind of headline you couldn’t make up: “Gang of Muslims storm nudist pool in Germany yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ and threatening to ‘exterminate’ women for being ‘sluts.'” Nudists were told they would be ‘exterminated’ by a gang of Muslims who stormed into a German swimming pool yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’. The six men, described as being in their 20s and with beards, spat at women and children because they »

Tonight, Climate Hustle; Tomorrow, Milton Friedman

Featured image If you live in or near the Twin Cities, you are invited to two events, tonight and tomorrow night, both sponsored by Center of the American Experiment, the think tank that I run. Steve Hayward is in town, so he will be participating in both events. Tonight, the Center will co-sponsor a showing of the documentary Climate Hustle, about the dark underside of the global warming movement. (Our co-sponsor is »

The Associated Press Plays the Race Card

Featured image The Democrats’ campaign against Donald Trump consists mostly of branding him a bigot. Thus, they have sent out many emails like this one: Stop bigotry! No details are necessary. The Associated Press was once a straightforward, relatively nonpolitical news source, but those days are long gone. Now some of the most hard-core Democratic Party advocacy comes from the AP. Thus, it is no surprise that the AP is trying to »