Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Can Hillary Survive?

Featured image I don’t disagree with those who are disappointed that FBI Director James Comey more or less re-wrote federal law to avoid criminally prosecuting a leading contender for the presidency, four months before the election. On the other hand, I can’t really say that I blame him. It seems to me that Comey left the judgment on Hillary to be rendered by the American people. And he certainly made it clear »

#AmericaWasNeverGreat?

Featured image If you don’t follow the daily Twitter wars–and why would you?–you probably are unaware that a bunch of leftist dimwits promoted the hashtag #AmericaWasNeverGreat, as their own special way of celebrating Independence Day. The thread was trending for most of the day, primarily because sane people heard about it and tried to educate the lefties. The leftists’ comments were no more intelligent than you would expect, but what struck me »

Vice-Presidential Speculation

Featured image Donald Trump met with Senator Joni Ernst today, fueling speculation that she could be a front-runner to be Trump’s running mate. Possibly so. But more interesting to me was Senator Tom Cotton’s appearance yesterday on Meet the Press, and Trump’s reaction to it. Tom did an excellent job, as usual, discussing foreign policy and the Obama administration’s failures. Chuck Todd then floated the idea that Cotton’s foreign policy views are »

From Bangladesh, a Profile In Courage

Featured image Details about the terrorist attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh, continue to emerge. The New York Times has this story about three friends from Atlanta’s Emory University who were in the cafe when the terrorists struck: Early in the morning, the gunmen released a group of women wearing hijabs and offered a young Bangladeshi man, Faraz Hossain, the opportunity to leave, too, said Hishaam Hossain, Mr. Hossain’s »

It’s Hard to Get Good Help In the News Business

Featured image The seemingly inexorable decline of the journalism business has been a news story for well over a decade now. Yet the decline continues. Media Post has the latest numbers: There is no end in sight for the long secular decline in the newspaper and magazine publishing businesses, judging by the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, which track total revenues for these media as part of its quarterly estimates »

Cotton Hits Clinton

Featured image Tom Cotton is rapidly earning a reputation as the hardest-hitting spokesman for the conservative cause. Earlier today he spoke at the Western Conservative Summit. Breitbart has a report on his speech: The Arkansas senator…told activists Saturday at the Western Conservative Summit that Hillary Clinton’s reckless and criminal behavior disqualifies her to become America’s commander-in-chief. He also delivered that message forcefully at this year’s Lincoln-Reagan dinner in Minnesota. A combat veteran »

Bangladesh Terror Attack Was ISIS Operation

Featured image More details have come out about the terrorist attack on the Holey Artisan bakery and cafe in Dacca, Bangladesh. They are grim: Jihadist extremists hacked 20 people to death in a cafe in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka – sparing only those who could recite from the Koran – before they were gunned down by commandos. Army Brigadier General Naim Asraf Chowdhury said: “Most of (the hostages) were killed mercilessly by »

Rampant Voter Fraud Alleged In Minnesota

Featured image Same day registration and other liberal “reforms” have made it easy for ineligible voters to cast ballots in many states. When law-abiding citizens point out that liberal policies enable voter fraud, the left’s response is always that 1) voter fraud hardly ever happens, so 2) you must be a racist. Typically subtle liberal argumentation. Here in Minnesota, a case is pending in our Supreme Court that challenges same day registration »

Terrorist Attack In Bangladesh

Featured image No doubt you are aware of the terrorist attack on a restaurant in Dacca, Bangladesh. Fox News reports: Up to nine attackers shouting “Allahu Akbar” stormed a popular restaurant in Dacca, Bangladesh Friday, taking hostages and setting off bombs in a siege claimed by ISIS. No word yet on any possible religious affiliation of the terrorists. Bangladesh TV stations reported that the attackers entered the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s »

Grotesque Anti-Semitism of the Labour Party

Featured image The world’s press has portrayed Brexit as a disaster and the Conservatives as a party in disarray. But the real fiasco is going on in the Labour Party, where Jeremy Corbyn lost a no-confidence vote within his party by 172 to 40, but refuses to resign. Corbyn is a buffoon, a hard left winger who never met a terrorist group for which he didn’t have a sneaking fondness. Meanwhile, Labour »

What Huma Really Said

Featured image I spent much of last evening reading Huma Abedin’s deposition in Judicial Watch’s FOIA lawsuit, which has raised questions about Hillary Clinton’s email practices. Having taken many depositions myself, I enjoy reading transcripts and evaluating the witnesses and lawyers. I wrote here about seeing the documentary Weiner, and said that I found Abedin to be more likable than I had expected. She came across well in her deposition, too. She »

Trump Holds Big Lead Among White Voters

Featured image You no doubt have heard about the ABC News/Washington Post poll that came out on Sunday. It showed Hillary Clinton pulling out to a 12-point lead over Donald Trump among registered voters, and therefore got a lot of play in the press. The poll is an outlier, and in any event, it is way too early to be losing sleep over presidential polls. One thing is worth pointing out, however: »

Trump’s Declaration of Independence

Featured image Today Donald Trump delivered a major speech on the economy in Pennsylvania, titled “Declaring America’s Economic Independence.” You can read the speech, as prepared for delivery, here. These are my thoughts on it: 1) The fact that it is a prepared speech at all is good. Trump’s speeches during the primary season were generally stream of consciousness riffs, and he often has gotten into trouble while ad libbing. He needs »

Democratic Party Hate Kills?

Featured image Omar Mateen was a registered Democrat and a vicious hater of America. Despite those facts, I don’t think the Democratic Party bears primary responsibility for Mateen’s murder of 49 Americans in Orlando. Granted, that is a nuanced view. It would be easy to blame the Democratic Party for a mass murder carried out by one of its own members. The “gay community,” on the other hand, isn’t just un-nuanced. It »

Even al Qaeda Knows Loretta Lynch Is a Dope

Featured image Al Qaeda publishes an English language magazine called “Inspire.” In the current issue, al Qaeda addresses Omar Mateen’s Orlando murders and offers advice to jihadists, as Foreign Desk News reports: While Mateen chose to target what the guide refers to as a “homosexual nightclub,” noting that killing gay people is “the most binding duty and closer to human nature,” it suggests to “avoid targeting places and crowds where minorities are »

A Hillary-Elizabeth Warren Ticket? Say It Ain’t So!

Featured image Scuttlebutt these days points toward Hillary Clinton selecting Elizabeth Warren as her running mate. Not long ago, Warren was rather bitterly critical of Hillary, but all is now forgiven–the scourge of Wall Street and the candidate of Wall Street have come to a meeting of the minds. Today Clinton and Warren campaigned together, seemingly trying out their all-woman appeal. All I can say is: please, God, don’t let it happen! »

Democratic Party Officially Opposed to Free Speech

Featured image We have written several times about efforts by Democratic Attorneys General and others to make it a criminal offense to point out deficiencies and errors in the Left’s catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theory. Criminalizing one side of a political debate is, as far as I know, unprecedented in American history. Yet the Democratic Party’s Platform Committee has now made this assault on the First Amendment official party policy: Democratic operatives »