Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Breaking News: Terrorists Dead, Hostages Freed [More Updates: Hostages Reportedly Killed]

Featured image French police reportedly launched simultaneous raids on the Charlie Hebdo terrorists at their hideout in Dammartin-en-Goele and on the kosher grocery store in Paris where a third terrorist has been holding hostages. Preliminary reports are that all three terrorists are dead, and all hostages have been freed. This seems to be confirmed as to the Kouachi brothers, less certain as to Amedy Coulibaly and the grocery store hostages. Great news »

In Paris, a Coda In a Kosher Grocery

Featured image It is hard to keep up with all the news from France: the terrorist who killed a police woman on Thursday is now believed to have connections of some sort with the Kouachi brothers; the brothers have taken a hostage and have told police they want to die a “martyr’s death”; and Amedy Coulibaly, the terrorist who killed the police woman, accompanied by a female accomplice, has attacked a kosher »

Eighteen Years, Three Months With No Global Warming

Featured image To the embarrassment of global warming alarmists everywhere, the Earth stubbornly refuses to get warmer. In 2009, Kevin Trenberth, one of the leading alarmist scientists, wrote in an email: “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.” Since then, things have only gotten worse for the warmists. The Earth has now gone for 18 years »

Cowardice Masquerades As Principle at the New York Times

Featured image The New York Times, unlike many other newspapers, refuses to publish any of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. The cartoons obviously have news value, as they were the occasion for the murder of twelve people in Paris, and readers may want to know what the murderers thought they were avenging. But the overriding concern, executive editor Dean Baquet tells us, is that the Times must not offend: »

Are Islamic Terrorists Muslims?

Featured image Howard Dean is one of many establishment political figures (President Obama is another) who insist that Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. On MSNBC yesterday, Dean said: “I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They’re about as Muslim as I am,” he said. “I mean, they have no respect for anybody else’s life, that’s not what the Koran says. And, you know Europe has an enormous radical problem. »

Paris Suspects Identified, One With Terrorist History [Updated]

Featured image One of the three terrorists believed to have carried out this morning’s attack on Charlie Hebdo has turned himself into the police, while authorities apparently are closing in on the other two, reportedly in Reims: The youngest suspect in today’s deadly attack at a satirical newspaper’s office in Paris has turned himself in, French police said, while the other two are “on the loose, armed and dangerous.” Officials identified the »

Why Is the Obama Administration Allergic to “Terrorism”?

Featured image This morning, as White House spokesman Josh Earnest made the rounds of television news programs, he went through various contortions to avoid describing the Charlie Hebdo assault as a terrorist attack. On CNN, he said that the murders are under investigation, and “if” they were a terrorist attack the administration would condemn it in the strongest terms: On MSNBC, Earnest praised Islam as a “peaceful religion” and said the Paris »

The Power Line Show: Episode 6

Featured image Last night, a partial Power Line crew–Steve and I–got together to talk over the news of the day. We picked up where Scott’s explosive interview with Sharyl Attkisson left off, and went on to talk about the rebellion that wasn’t in the House of Representatives, what really happened to Harry Reid, and Power Line’s first ever Kirby Delauter Award. This is a relatively short podcast since we released the Attkisson »

Twelve Dead, Magazine Silenced in Paris Terrorist Attack [Updated]

Featured image Two heavily-armed Muslims attacked the offices of the satirical Paris weekly Charlie Hebdo this morning, killing twelve people, including the magazine’s two most famous cartoonists. The attackers were heard to shout “Allahu Akbar!” and “The Prophet is avenged!” CNN reports that the killers’ motives are still unknown. These are the murdered cartoonists: Here are the basic facts as reported so far: Paris is on high terrorism alert after shootings Wednesday »

OK, So What Really Happened to Harry Reid?

Featured image We wrote here about Harry Reid’s supposed close encounter with a piece of exercise equipment, which handed him in the hospital. The equipment was later claimed by Reid’s office to be an elastic exercise band. This is how the accident allegedly happened: The accident happened when an elastic exercise band broke, striking Reid in the face and causing him to fall, said spokesman Adam Jentleson. Reid struck some equipment as »

Schadenfreude on the Charles

Featured image Many conservatives are chuckling over this New York Times story about the impact Obamacare is having on Harvard’s health care plan: “Health Care Fixes Backed by Harvard’s Experts Now Roil Its Faculty.” Heh. It was easier to promote Obamacare when they thought it was only going to apply to others: For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits »

We Interview Sharyl Attkisson, She Has Bombshell Announcement: New Lawsuits Against Obama Administration

Featured image Today we interviewed Sharyl Attkisson, author of Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation and Harassment in Obama’s Washington. It was a great interview, conducted by Scott. Ms. Attkisson is very impressive. The interview focused on the intrusions into Attkisson’s computers which have now been analyzed by three independent security experts. There are strong indications that Attkisson’s computers (and, through them, CBS’s computer system) were illegally »

For Speaker, Louis Gohmert [Updated]

Featured image Texas Congressman Louis Gohmert announced on Fox and Friends this morning that he will challenge John Boehner as Speaker of the House in the new Congress. I hope Gohmert wins, and urge conservatives in the House delegation to vote for him. I have generally defended Boehner in the past, but in my view his conduct with regard to the continuing resolution/omnibus spending bill that was passed during the lame duck »

Could Jeffrey Epstein Doom Hillary’s Presidential Hopes?

Featured image Sex scandals tend not to be on my radar screen, so maybe that’s why I missed the Jeffrey Epstein story entirely. For those who–like me, until yesterday–are entirely unaware of Mr. Epstein, here is a brief recap: Epstein grew up in New York, started out as a teacher, went to work for Bear Sterns and later founded his own investment firm. He appears to have been something of a financial »

Sarah Palin vs. PETA

Featured image In the early days of the blogosphere, as it was then called, there were frequent battles between web sites and, generally, between leftists and conservatives. There is still some of that, but for the most part the infighting has migrated to Twitter. So unless you are on Twitter, you could easily have missed the latest dust-up between PETA (and goofball lefties generally) and Sarah Palin. Governor Palin, for whatever reason, »

Armed Self-Defense In North Carolina

Featured image Via Robert Stacy McCain, an inspiring story from North Carolina: A Lumberton man traded gunfire with three men who forced their way into his home, robbed the family, tried to rape his granddaughter and stole his car Monday, Robeson County authorities said. One of the men, identified as Jamie Faison, 20, was shot and found dead in the stolen Cadillac parked at his home on the 600 block of Singletary »

Harry Reid Battles Exercise Equipment, Loses [Updated]

Featured image Harry Reid sustained what sound like serious injuries on New Year’s Day, allegedly while exercising. This is the complete statement that was issued by his office: On Thursday, Senator Reid received treatment at University Medical Center in Las Vegas for injuries sustained in an accident he suffered while exercising at home in Henderson. A piece of equipment Senator Reid was using to exercise broke, causing him to fall and break »