Author Archives: John Hinderaker

1,000-Year-Old Saxon Remedy Kills Superbugs

Featured image This may not be the biggest news story of the day, but it must be the most curious. As you are no doubt aware, there is great concern over resistance to conventional antibiotics. “Superbugs” are developing that are not easily killed with known medicines. So someone at the University of Nottingham, in England, thought to try an ancient remedy: a salve for eye infections found in Bald’s Leechbook, a 10th »

NY Times Taking a Beating In Its Battle With Ted Cruz

Featured image We wrote here about Ted Cruz’s feud with the New York Times. Cruz’s new book, A Time for Truth, is a hot seller, apparently #3 among hard cover nonfiction books. But the Times refused to list it on its best seller list, claiming that its “sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases.” Both Cruz and his publisher, HarperCollins, have denied the charge, and Cruz has challenged the Times either to »

Settled Science, or Selective Ignorance?

Featured image Generally speaking, when people refuse to debate it is because they are losing. That is where we are today with regard to the climate. Alarmists declare that the argument is over, and they won. This is akin to a football team that is trailing 35-0 at halftime claiming victory and refusing to come out for the second half. But the alarmists soldier on, oblivious to the ridicule they incur. The »

Liberals Should be Careful What They Wish For

Featured image We have written extensively about the Obama administration’s war on the suburbs, an important part of its project of “fundamentally transforming” America. Investors Business Daily writes: Under a sweeping new federal housing mandate, the Obama administration threatens to withhold funding for cities and counties that fail to remove local zoning laws and other potentially “discriminatory barriers” that restrict low-income housing in wealthy neighborhoods. More than 1,200 municipalities will be impacted »

Ted Cruz vs. the New York Times [Updated]

Featured image Ted Cruz’s new book, A Time for Truth, is the third best-selling hardcover nonfiction book in the United States, according to Bookscan. But when the New York Times’s top 20 best seller list came out, A Time for Truth was nowhere to be seen, even though the #1 and #2 books tracked the Bookscan list. When asked about its omission of Cruz’s book, the Times replied cryptically: “We have uniform »

Observations on Returning From England

Featured image As you may know, I have been in England for the past 11 days, my first visit there in eight years. We spent six days in London and five in the Midlands, and had an excellent time. The occasion was Joe Malchow’s wedding, but that occupied just one day out of eleven. On our flight home, I tried to think of a worthwhile political angle on our visit, but couldn’t »

How the Obama Administration Gutted Illegal Immigration Detainers

Featured image In the wake of the murder of Kathryn Steinle–or, rather, the news coverage of her murder–Democrats are back-pedaling from their longstanding and consistent support for “sanctuary” cities. When asked about the issue, Hillary Clinton followed her usual policy: she lied. Clinton chided law enforcement officials in an interview with CNN, saying the city was wrong to ignore an Immigration and Customs Enforcement request to hold Francisco Sanchez for federal authorities. »

Baltimore Police Chief Thrown Under the Bus

Featured image Having followed events in Baltimore closely, we are remiss in not having noted the firing of Baltimore’s police chief, Anthony Batts, by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The firing follows an alarming increase in crime after the riots in Baltimore and district attorney Marilyn Mosby’s indictment of six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. The New York Times reports: Mr. Batts’s firing comes at a time of increasing tensions between »

A Bonehead Move by Republicans on the Confederate Flag [Updated]

Featured image Today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune features this headline: Rep. McCollum: “Hell no” to GOP backing of Confederate flag at national parks. No, I thought, that can’t possibly be right. But it was: Republicans on Thursday yanked an Interior Department spending bill off the floor after last-minute Confederate flag amendments threatened to blow it up — to the outrage of Rep. Betty McCollum, the highest-ranking Democrat on the committee. McCollum, who represents »

Media Alert [Updated]

Featured image I will be on Bill Bennett’s radio show tomorrow morning at 7:05 Eastern, talking about my post Donald Trump Was Right. If you don’t know where to get Bill’s show on your radio, you can listen online. The good news is, I am in England where the time will be 12:05, so for once I won’t have to set the alarm and put on a pot of coffee to do »

A Bereaved Mother Sticks Up for Donald Trump

Featured image I wrote here about the fact that Donald Trump was correct when he raised the issue of violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants. As noted in that post, illegal immigrants commit several times as many crimes, per capita, as American citizens and legal immigrants. My post was based on statistics, but for Anita Shaw, it’s personal. Anita Shaw was an Army sergeant serving in Iraq when she learned that her »

Donald Trump Was Right

Featured image For the last week, I have intended to write about Donald Trump’s observation that some illegal immigrants are rapists–or, rather, about the crazed over-reaction to Trump’s undeniably true observation. We have written many times about outrages committed by illegals who should have been deported long before they finally committed crimes so horrific as to attract nationwide notice. Darron Wint and Francisco Sanchez are two recent instances of immigrants who would »

Democratic Party Journalists Aren’t Fooling Anyone

Featured image The Newseum Institute’s annual survey on the state of the First Amendment was released on Friday. You can read the results here. There are lots of interesting findings, although, as with any single survey, they should be taken with a grain of salt. Support for the First Amendment is high and rising, with only 19% saying the amendment “goes too far,” while 75% disagree. Of course, these numbers are of »

“Green” Taxes Out of Control in Great Britain

Featured image At breakfast this morning, I did something I hadn’t done in years–I read a physical newspaper, the Sunday Telegraph. The headline on the front page reads, “U-turn on ‘excessive’ green taxes.” The story documents one more step in the inevitable unraveling of “green” energy policies. Britain’s new Conservative government has something to do with it, too: The cost of subsidizing new wind farms is spiraling out of control, government sources »

Congratulations, Joe!

Featured image I have been in London for the last five or six days, hence not writing about the news. The occasion is Joe Malchow’s wedding, which was yesterday. Joe has done the technical work on this site since he was a freshman at Dartmouth, which must be at least ten years ago. He has overseen the evolution of the site and is responsible for the design and software we are now »

After Eight Years of Obama, Will Democrats Be Ready to Stay Home?

Featured image Real Clear Politics reports on a survey carried out by liberal groups and interpreted by Stan Greenberg, a Democratic Party pollster. So you have to start by wading through a lot of spin: Democratic voters are skeptics this summer. They doubt presidential contenders can deliver favored reforms from Washington, no matter how enticing the policy agendas sound. Those doubts depress enthusiasm about next year’s White House contest and could impact »

New York Times: The Ultimate in Hypocrisy

Featured image This is from yesterday’s Twitchy, but, assuming that most of our readers don’t haunt Twitter, it bears repeating here. Following the Charlie Hebdo murders, the New York Times covered the terrorist attack, but declined to print any of Charlie Hebdo’s mocking images of Muhammad. The paper self-righteously declared a policy against showing religious images that may be deemed offensive: “Out of respect to our readers we have avoided those we »