Author Archives: John Hinderaker

A Weak Force vs. An Easily Movable Object

Featured image According to the Washington Post-ABC News Poll, Donald Trump shapes up as the most unpopular person nominated for president in modern times: If Donald Trump secures the Republican presidential nomination, he would start the general election campaign as the least-popular candidate to represent either party in modern times. Three-quarters of women view him unfavorably. So do nearly two-thirds of independents, 80 percent of young adults, 85 percent of Hispanics and »

Back From the Outback [Updated With Beer]

Featured image Well, we didn’t actually get a glimpse of the Outback: we spent two weeks in Melbourne and a couple of days in Sydney. But we are home from Australia, anyway, and I thought some of our readers might be interested in a report. The main purpose of our trip was to spend some time with my daughter Laura and her husband Peter. Peter’s job has taken them to Melbourne for »

Criminal Assault? You Can’t Be Serious!

Featured image There are reasons to think that Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is a jerk and in some respects a thug. But in my opinion, the decision by a prosecutor in Florida to charge Lewandowski with criminal assault in connection with his encounter with former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields is a joke. The police report in the case says that “probable cause exists to charge Corey Lewandowski… with (1) count »

Trutherism, Ten Years After

Featured image In 2006, Dr. Kevin Barrett was an instructor at the University of Wisconsin who was slated to teach a course titled: “Islam: Religion and Culture.” Barrett became controversial when critics learned that he was a leading exponent of 9/11 trutherism, the absurd theory that the United States government perpetrated the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The University of Wisconsin came down on Barrett’s side, as Inside Higher Education reported: The »

Easter Greetings From the Taliban

Featured image In Lahore, Pakistan, a Muslim associated with the Taliban bombed a park where Christians were celebrating Easter, murdering at least 69, mostly women and children, while injuring more than 300 more. A spokesman for the terrorist group explained, “Members of the Christian community who were celebrating Easter today were our prime target.” President Obama, meanwhile, warns us against “stigmatizing” Muslims. (To be fair, his precise reference was to Muslim-Americans, although »

Religion of Peace Update

Death has long been the Islamic penalty for apostasy, but in 21st-century Europe you don’t even need to be a convert to suffer the death penalty. Merely advocating religious tolerance can be enough. A Muslim shopkeeper named Asad Shah who lived in Glasgow sent out, on Facebook, an Easter greeting to Christians: Good Friday and very Happy Easter especially to my beloved Christian nation! Bismillah…Let’s follow the real footstep of »

Do Terror Attacks Doom the European Union?

Featured image Details continue to emerge regarding the recent terrorist bombings in Brussels, but the basic story is familiar. In Melbourne’s Herald Sun, columnist Andrew Bolt answers the question: Why Brussels? Why Brussels? Why have Muslim terrorists in Brussels this week slaughtered 34 civilians in the city’s airport and underground? Why did Muslim terrorists from Brussels earlier join the Islamic State attack in Paris that killed 130 people? Why did a Muslim »

Someone Remind Greens: Electric Light Is the Most Efficient Policeman

Featured image Justice Louis Brandeis wrote: “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” Greens in Östersund, Sweden acknowledged the truth of that adage when they canceled Earth Hour for the sake of crime prevention: A Swedish town has refused to turn its street lights off for just an hour amid fears that women will fall victim to sex attacks. Police in Östersund have taken »

Until Now, the Only Goats In Minnesota Were Field Goal Kickers

Featured image How do they control weeds in Minneapolis parks? Mostly, they don’t: park employees just mow them along with the grass. But for some invasive species, the city has been using Roundup, the world’s most common herbicide. Anti-herbicide activists don’t like that, and they showed up in force at a recent Park Board meeting to demand alternatives: The Minneapolis Park Board is considering two new tactics in the battle against weeds »

Reporting From Down Under

Featured image If you have wondered why I haven’t been posting much lately, it is because I have fled to Australia to escape the U.S. presidential election am visiting my daughter and her husband, who are living in Melbourne. We are having a wonderful time and mostly are on vacation from the news. Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station: Melbourne from a bridge on the Yarra River: If Australians have much interest in politics »

Does Trump’s Trade Talk Make Sense?

Featured image Donald Trump isn’t the only one, but he, more insistently than anyone else these days, promotes the idea that the U.S. has made a series of bad trade deals, as a result of which great jobs have been “lost” to other countries. He, as president, will somehow bring them back. Manhattan Contrarian offers what I think is a more realistic view: [In a recent interview,] what Trump did was repeat, »

November and Beyond: My Crystal Ball [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Predictions are difficult, especially about the future, as Yogi Berra reputedly said. (The quote is also attributed, perhaps more reliably, to Niels Bohr.) But when has that ever stopped anyone? A few months ago a Norwegian newspaper columnist named Frank Rossavik interviewed me for a book he is writing about American politics. As a follow-up, he emailed me some questions about Donald Trump and the current election, which I answered »

The Terrorist Battlefield Is Wide

Featured image Here in the U.S, serious issues of national security have mostly been forgotten in the tragicomedy of our presidential election–which, God help us, still has nearly eight months to go. In Israel, however, life and death is a constant preoccupation. Since the current round of terrorist attacks began in October, around 30 Israelis have been murdered. Tuvia Weissman, a 21-year-old IDF soldier, was one of them. Last month, he was »

Who Attacked Donald Trump?

Featured image A scary incident occurred yesterday at a Donald Trump event in Dayton, Ohio. A man rushed the stage, coming from behind Trump. His intent was unclear, but there was every reason to assume he intended to injure or kill Trump. He was quickly stopped and led away by Secret Service agents: The man was identified as Thomas (“Tommy”) DiMassimo. He is a leftist, of course. Early on, the Trump camp »

Parties, the Convention, and Trump

Featured image Donald Trump’s populist uprising has, for some, cast the parties and their somewhat Byzantine nomination procedures in the role of anti-democratic anachronism. Ross Douthat sticks up for the parties: As Donald Trump attempts to clamber to the Republican nomination over a still-divided opposition, there will be a lot of talk about how all these rules and quirks and complexities are just a way for insiders to steal the nomination away »

The RINO In the Race

Featured image Donald Trump has virtues along with his vices, but being a Republican is not one of them. He has mostly been a registered Democrat, he says he agrees with the Democrats on most issues, he has contributed primarily to Democratic candidates, he has praised Hillary Clinton lavishly while viciously slandering George W. Bush. Many things Trump may be, but a Republican is not one of them, nor a conservative, either–not »

Obama’s CIA Director Is Opposed to Spying

Featured image Unbelievable, but true: President Obama’s CIA Director, John Brennan, doesn’t think the agency should engage in spying. He finds espionage unsavory, apparently. John Sipher, a former member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service and a recipient of the agency’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, explains: In what was otherwise a thoughtful interview with National Public Radio last week, CIA Director John Brennan expressed his personal view that the CIA should be »