Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Iran: Of Course We’ll Continue to Support Terrorists!

Featured image The worst feature of President Obama’s disastrous deal with Iran is that it provides immediate sanctions relief that will cause $100 billion to $150 to flow into the regime’s coffers, and will lead to substantial improvement in Iran’s economy, which has been badly hurt by the sanctions that the U.N., the U.S. and others have imposed. This means that opposition to the ayatollahs’ rule will be weakened, and Iran will »

Senate Hearing Highlights Problem of Illegal Immigrant Crime

Featured image Today the Senate Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing on the Obama administration’s abandonment of the country’s immigration laws. One of the terrible consequences of the administration’s scofflaw policy is that many thousands of illegal aliens with criminal convictions have been released into the population and have gone on to commit more crimes. The Senate committee heard from a series of family members of victims of illegal alien crime: The Democrats »

Activists Try To Set Up Scott Walker On Immigration

Featured image The Washington Post tells the story of the illegal immigrant who confronted Scott Walker in Iowa. Walker told him that “We’re a nation of laws,” and immigrants need to follow the law too. This encounter has gotten quite a bit of press: As presidential hopeful Scott Walker toured a farm in this tiny town where he lived as a child, he was confronted by an undocumented worker from Mexico who »

Which Party’s Fringe Is a Threat to Victory in 2016?

Featured image I haven’t said much about Donald Trump, other than to note that he was right about the problem of illegal immigrant crime. This is because I don’t take Trump seriously as a presidential candidate. His rise in the polls was fueled in part by his willingness to talk bluntly about the key issue of immigration. But even more important, in my opinion, was sheer celebrity–i.e., name recognition. Most Americans know »

Kerry: Iran Not “Allowed” to Use Windfall Cash to Support Terrorism

Featured image Under President Obama’s Iran deal, sanctions will be repealed and $100 billion to $150 billion will promptly flow into Iran’s coffers. We and many others have argued that this infusion of cash will allow the mullahs to 1) expand their support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups around the world, and 2) cement their domestic control over Iran–control that at times has been shaky because of the economic damage inflicted »

A Pack, Not a Herd

Featured image Over the years, Glenn Reynolds has come up with many themes and catch phrases that have helped to define the contemporary conservative/libertarian movement. Tonight he hails armed citizens who have turned out to defend disarmed (by law) military recruiting centers, as reported by MyFoxDC: The morning after a deadly attack on two military centers in Chattanooga, residents in Hiram are standing watch outside the local recruiting office with their personal »

Sessions: We Need More Assimilation, Not More Immigration

Featured image Senator Jeff Sessions released this statement this morning. It was prompted by the Chattanooga shootings, but goes far beyond that topic. The statement is rather lengthy, but I am going to reproduce it in full because it is so good and so important. The original includes many links that substantiate Sessions’s points. Before turning the floor over to Senator Sessions, I will only add that the two most important issues »

Chattanooga: The Mystery Deepens

Featured image This screen shot is from the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s web site, a few hours ago: “Chattanooga gunman’s motive remains a mystery, officials say.” As Paul wrote earlier today, “the deeds tell us the motive.” I don’t think anyone is fooled by the media’s pretense that Islamic terrorism is some sort of puzzle. Even before yesterday’s shootings, Pew found that 52% of Americans are “very concerned” about Islamic extremism in the »

The Futility of Gun-Free Zones, In One Picture

Featured image If you haven’t already seen it, this photo of the Marine facility in Chattanooga after it was shot up by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez tells you all you need to know about gun-free zones: Here in Minnesota, the legislature liberalized carry laws a decade or more ago. In response, most businesses–many in a fit of huffy self-righteousness–posted “guns prohibited” signs in accordance with the new law. Over the years those signs »

This Video About the Iran Deal Isn’t Fair…Really It Isn’t

Featured image This video depicts the Iranian government’s reaction to Obama’s nuclear deal in a way that is tendentious and utterly unfair. Seriously. Of course, nothing in it is actually inaccurate. To the extent it characterizes the agreement it is correct…unlike, say, President Obama’s descriptions. But still, it is a little disreputable. It may make you laugh. Or cry. »

Muhammad…Muhammad…Where Have I Heard That Name Before?

Featured image In the wake of the latest mass shooting, carried out by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, an engineer like so many Islamic terrorists, we are seeing the usual scramble to avoid stating the obvious. On CNN, Tom Fuentes ludicrously cautioned that Muhammad is not an Islamic name: Another Islamic extremist commits a terrorist act–what a coincidence! Speaking of coincidences, the Washington Post chose this morning to plug the Southern Poverty Law Center’s »

NY Times Surrenders to Ted Cruz

Featured image We wrote here and here about the New York Times’s effort to sabotage Ted Cruz’s new book, A Time for Truth by leaving it off their best seller list, even though it sold the third-highest number of books (hardcover nonfiction) in its debut week. The Times arrogantly asserted that no one was really buying Cruz’s book, and its “sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases.” Ponder that: the Times spokeswoman »

Hillary’s Poll Numbers In Free-Fall

Featured image The latest Associated Press-GfK poll numbers are brutal for Hillary Clinton. Only 39% view her favorably, a seven-point drop since April. This graphic sums up the bad news. Note that only 31% of respondents in the AP survey view Hillary as honest: What is remarkable, to me, is that Hillary’s decline is occurring at a time when a large majority of Americans aren’t paying much attention. She is, in my »

Clueless Reporters Question President Pinocchio: A Pathetic Press Conference

Featured image Today President Obama met the White House press corps at length to defend his Iran nuclear deal. One could deconstruct his evasions line by line, but that would largely duplicate the content of many posts we have done over the past weeks and months. Instead, I want to focus on a few key issues. But first, this observation: if any of the reporters present had read the agreement, which is »

Hillary’s Talking Points: Recycled From the 1990s

Featured image I don’t think we have written about Hillary Clinton’s recent speech on the economy. She says we need economic growth, but the policies she advocates would suppress, not encourage, growth. That’s the bottom line. But a reader also pointed out a letter to the New York Times, as quoted in Cafe Hayek, that bears on Hillary’s fixation on the middle class: Eduardo Porter opens his column today by asking “Could »

The Power Line Show, Episode 22: Apocalypse Now, With Stanley Kurtz

Featured image Last night Paul, Steve and I gathered for Episode 22 of the Power Line Show. We were joined by Stanley Kurtz, author of Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism and Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities. The latter book was on the agenda last night, as we talked about the Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rules, which »

Can A Nobel Prize Be Far Behind?

Featured image You know it’s a bad deal when within hours, there is talk of a Nobel Peace Prize in the air. Carl Bildt, Sweden’s former Prime Minister, tweeted: I think the work of the Nobel Committee of the Norwegian Parliament this year just got much easier. — Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) July 14, 2015 Bildt echoes an email that MoveOn.org sent out today: We’ve all seen presidents drag us into war. It’s »