Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Debate Post Mortem

Featured image Tonight’s debate got off to an awful start, with Jake Tapper asking a series of bad questions that were all about Donald Trump. But as the evening went on, it got a lot better. I think the overriding impression for anyone that saw it to the end is that there are vigorous arguments going on within the Republican Party, and only within the Republican Party. It is hard to imagine »

Census: Economy Is Going Nowhere

Featured image The Census Bureau released its income and poverty numbers for 2014 today. The poverty rate was up slightly and median family income, inflation-adjusted, was down slightly, but both numbers were essentially flat. U.S. News goes out on a limb: The numbers may explain some of the political furor going on in the country, said Lawrence Mishel, president and CEO of the liberal Economic Policy Institute. “Anyone wondering why people in »

Follow Tonight’s Debate at Power Line Live

Featured image The second Republican presidential debate is coming up tonight on CNN. What better way to watch it than with a few hundred or thousand fellow conservatives? The audience for the debate should be huge, and it could be a make or break event for several candidates who have not been able to break out of the pack. So: plan to sign in to Power Line Live as you watch the »

Bernie Sanders, Autarkist?

Featured image Bernie Sanders has been getting increasing attention here lately. That’s appropriate, now that he is the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. When you start paying attention to Sanders, you realize how dumb his policy ideas really are. A case in point is this tweet from yesterday evening: I've got a message for corporate America: if you want us to buy your products, you better start producing them here in »

Follow Tomorrow’s GOP Debate at Power Line Live

Featured image The second Republican presidential debate is coming up tomorrow evening on CNN. What better way to watch it than with a few hundred or thousand fellow conservatives? The audience for tomorrow’s debate should be huge, and it could be a make or break event for several candidates who have not been able to break out of the pack. So: plan to sign in to Power Line Live tomorrow. The undercard »

Center for Medical Progress’s Latest PP Video: “Everything We Provide Is Fresh”

Featured image The Center for Medical Progress released its latest Planned Parenthood video today. It is around 12 minutes long, and is compiled from several original videos which CMP also released, in full, unedited form, on its YouTube page. This latest video features a number of Planned Parenthood employees or representatives (the organization’s structure is unclear to me) talking about selling babies’ body parts. The conversation is frequently creepy enough to be »

What To Do About Middle Eastern Refugees?

Featured image Millions of people are streaming out of Syria, Iraq and Turkey. Many are fleeing (or have fled, making an intermediate stop in Turkey) from ISIS, others from Assad. This refugee crisis has already roiled European politics, and some are advocating that the United States take in even more Middle Eastern refugees than we already are. What is missing from this picture? Michael Ramirez weighs in with his usual insight; click »

Media Alert [Updated]

Featured image I will be on the Howie Carr radio show at 4:35 Eastern this afternoon, talking about BS From Bernie. You can find a list of stations where the Howie Carr show is broadcast at the link. It should be fun. Was America founded as a racist nation? Is the Golden Rule really the distillation of all religious teaching? If you can, I urge you to tune in. UPDATE: You can »

Bullshit From Bernie

Featured image Bernie Sanders, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, spoke at Liberty University today. You can read his speech here. It is useful, in that it exposes the extent of Sanders’s ignorance and radicalism. Any deconstruction of a speech this bad must be selective. I am far, far from being a perfect human being, but I am motivated by a vision, which exists in all of the great religions, in »

Hillary’s Email Gaps: Another Blow to a Failing Campaign

Featured image The invaluable Judicial Watch released a report this morning on documents produced by the State Department relating to the department’s collection of Hillary Clinton’s emails for production in response to subpoenas and other legal requirements. As usual, the Obama administration defied the Freedom of Information Act and produced these documents only in response to a court order. The report’s headline-grabber is the revelation that State Department employees identified significant gaps »

Choose Your Pronoun?

Featured image My youngest daughter is beginning her freshman year of college, and is getting reports from her high school friends about their experiences. One of her good friends, who is attending a Big Ten university, said that at the first meeting she attended, the person in charge began the meeting by asking all of the students present what pronoun they want to be used in referring to them. All of the »

Bernie Sanders ♥ Jeremy Corbyn

Featured image Socialist Bernie Sanders hailed the election of socialist Jeremy Corbyn as leader of Britain’s down-and-out Labour Party: “At a time of mass income and wealth inequality throughout the world, I am delighted to see that the British Labour Party has elected Jeremy Corbyn as its new leader,” Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, said in a statement emailed to The Huffington Post Saturday. “We need leadership in every country in the »

“Truth”: Not the Only Bad News From Toronto

Featured image Scott wrote here about the absurd movie Truth, which tries to sell the idea that the Mary Mapes/Dan Rather fantasy about George W. Bush was real after all. Truth premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last night. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the only bad news to come out of the film festival. There is also this: Jessica Chastain is taking on gun control in a new political thriller, thanks to EuropaCorp »

Red Sparrow

Featured image My wife and I went to a Minnesota Twins game with Clark Griffith and his wife a few weeks ago. Clark is a fun guy to watch a baseball game with; his family owned the Washington Senators and the Twins for a long time and he is an expert observer, albeit awfully objective for a home-town fan like me. Anyway, Clark and I were chatting during the game, and Clark »

Wild Turkey

Featured image I have never been a bourbon drinker, but have long been a fan of wild turkeys. Like the bald eagle, wild turkeys were once believed to be almost extinct, and have now become commonplace. I recall a conversation quite a few years ago with my older brother, who lives in South Dakota, our family’s ancestral home. This was when wild turkeys were first making a comeback, and the state had »

Platte River: Hillary’s Server Is OK

Featured image The Washington Post reports that Platte River Networks says as far as they know, Hillary’s home server has never had its hard drive erased. Therefore, her deleted emails should be recoverable: “Platte River has no knowledge of the server being wiped,” company spokesman Andy Boian told The Washington Post. “All the information we have is that the server wasn’t wiped.” … All the e-mails from Clinton’s tenure at the State »

From Madisonian Constitutionalism to Wilsonian Statism?

Featured image That is how Dan Mitchell describes America’s fiscal evolution, as chronicled in a new report by the Joint Economic Committee. I will have to delve into the report before long, but for now let’s stay with Mitchell’s analysis: Given my affinity for budget data, I was excited to learn that the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) just released “An Economic History of Federal Spending and Debt.” This new publication is filled »