Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Evidence for Russian Involvement In DNC Hack Is Nonexistent

Featured image The Obama administration insists that Russia’s government was behind the penetration of the Democratic National Committee’s email system (even though it admits that the intrusion was not carried out by the government itself). The administration released a report that purportedly provided evidence in support of this claim, but even an amateur like me could see that the report was surprisingly weak. Then the experts started to weigh in. Their verdict »

Misreporting on Trump and the United Nations

Featured image The Associated Press reports on incoming U.N. head Antonio Guterres, and takes the opportunity to editorialize on Donald Trump. As is so often true these days, some of what the AP reports as fact is flat-out wrong: Antonio Guterres takes the reins of the United Nations on New Year’s Day, promising to be a “bridge-builder” but facing an antagonistic incoming U.S. administration led by Donald Trump who thinks the world »

Is “Grizzly Steppe” Really a Russian Operation?

Featured image I wrote here about the Obama administration’s underwhelming report, purporting to show that the malware that infected the Democratic National Committee’s email system was planted by Russia. The report is unimpressive in part because it consists mostly of pedestrian advice to IT professionals about computer security. This is the report’s description of the “Grizzly Steppe” malware: Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) IOCs associated with RIS cyber actors are provided within the »

Washington Post Blows Story on Vermont Utility, Russia

Featured image The Washington Post trumpeted a story that initially was headlined “Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont.” The story was obviously intended to contribute to the “election hacking” hysteria that the Democrats have ginned up, arising from the intrusion by persons unknown into Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s email account. But the Post blew the story: it turned out that malware was found on a laptop owned by Burlington »

Can We Return Our President? Please?!

Featured image It is that time of year, when millions of Americans are returning Christmas gifts. Which makes one wonder: can we return President Obama? Michael Ramirez raises the question. Click to enlarge: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could tell someone, We changed our minds. We want to return President Obama! Well, that is more or less what happened in November. Most Americans are glad to say goodbye to the Obama »

Why Immigration Is a Major Issue

Featured image This isn’t the only reason, but it is an important one: Mexican man charged with raping a 13-year-old girl on a bus had NINETEEN deportations and removals. Liberals don’t ride buses, but the rest of us are horrified: A Mexican man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl on a Greyhound bus that traveled through Kansas had been deported 10 times and voluntarily removed from the U.S. another nine times since »

“Grizzly Steppe”: Is This a Joke?

Featured image The Obama administration is retaliating against Russia for hacking into Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s email account. It would have been much better if the administration had reacted when Russia hacked into the White House’s and State Department’s computers in 2014, but, as Glenn Reynolds says, at that time only national security was at stake, while now, it’s something really important: the Democratic Party’s power. So yesterday the administration released its long-anticipated report »

Trump Press Conference Prompts Hysterical Reaction

Featured image Yesterday Donald Trump gave a very brief press conference at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, and spoke again with the press later in the day. If the reaction by reporters and editors is any indication, we are in for a long four years. Trump said that Sprint announced it will move to the U.S., or create in the U.S., 5,000 new jobs. He noted that OneWeb would bring another 3,000 jobs to »

Obama Orders Sanctions On Russia. But Why Now?

Featured image Today, while on vacation in Hawaii, President Obama announced mild sanctions against Russia, which he attributed to Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election, and also to unspecified harassment of U.S. diplomats. The Associated Press reports: In a sweeping response to election hacking and other meddlesome behavior, President Barack Obama on Thursday sanctioned Russian intelligence services and their top officials, kicked out 35 Russian officials and closed down two »

Fact-Checking “Fake News”

Featured image I haven’t paid a lot of attention to the Democrats’ whining about “fake news,” since it appears to be just another feeble excuse for losing. Still, I was interested to see that the Associated Press undertook to fact-check a fake news story yesterday. I assumed this must be a particularly important instance of the genre, for the AP to bother. The headline was, “AP FACT CHECK: Ex-agent didn’t write book »

Pontius Obama

Featured image Barack Obama is taking abuse from many quarters for his betrayal of Israel in the United Nations, all of it deserved. Michael Ramirez joins in, depicting Obama as Pontius Pilate. Click to enlarge: Never to be explained, I suppose, is why, if Obama thought the anti-Israel resolution was justified, he didn’t vote for it rather than abstaining. »

Trump Stock Rally Spooks Liberals

Featured image Immediately after the election, arch-leftist Paul Krugman offered one of his worst predictions ever: It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover? Frankly, I find it hard to care much, even though this is my specialty. The disaster for America and the world has so many aspects that the economic ramifications are way down my list of »

Scenes From a Graduate School: Did God Survive the Election?

Featured image The Associated Press recounts the difficulty that graduate students at Emory are experiencing with “healing” after last month’s election. The scene is a course in Faith and Politics; you may wonder why anyone cares about the students’ feelings. The AP explains: The discord in Room 322 of the Rollins Building reflected the state of the nation as Trump nears inauguration. Well, not exactly: the AP notes that the entire graduate »

Supreme Court Freakout at the New York Times

Featured image The New York Times was once known as The Grey Lady. Today, a more apt moniker would be The Hysterical Bag Lady. The Times editorial board is home to the most immoderate, shrieking Leftism you will find this side of the Nation. On Christmas Eve, the Times editorialized on The Stolen Supreme Court Seat. It is a classic of the post-Trump-election freakout genre: Soon after his inauguration next month, President-elect »

At the AP, Opinion Masquerades As Reporting

Featured image Yesterday the Associated Press published an article by its Jerusalem bureau chief, Josef Federman, on Benjamin Netanyahu’s reaction to President Obama’s betrayal of Israel in the U.N. The article is an opinion piece–a virulent one, in fact. It is suitable for publication in, say, the New York Times, as an anti-Israel op-ed. The piece is headlined Israel: humbled Netanyahu places hopes in Trump. It begins: The Israeli government’s furious reaction »

“Fake News,” a Meme For All Seasons

Featured image One of the silliest post-election phenomena is the Democrats’ attempt to blame their losses on “fake news” appearing mostly, I take it, on Facebook. They are distraught, apparently, at losing their monopoly. Still, lame or not, the “fake news” theme is spreading. The German government, which may be cruising for a defeat in upcoming elections, is preemptively blaming “fake news”: The German government is seeking to create a center of »

Merry Christmas!

Featured image Merry Christmas to our Christian readers, or rather, to all who celebrate either the religious or the secular version of the holiday. Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, which is great because it means we can go to church at 9:30 this morning instead of trying to stay up long enough for a 10 p.m. service on Christmas Eve. I hope Santa was good to all of you this »