Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Democrats Lose Argument, Try to Burn Books

Featured image Well, to be fair, the Democrats don’t want to burn books that point out how unscientific the global warming scare is. They want to recycle them. The Daily Caller reports: Three senior House Democrats asked U.S. teachers Monday to destroy a book written by climate scientists challenging the environmentalist view of global warming. The Democrats were responding to a campaign by the conservative Heartland Institute copies of the 2015 book, »

Twenty-Four Hours of Peace

Featured image Today is Palm Sunday, celebrated by Christians around the world as the beginning of Holy Week. Islamic terrorists in Egypt observed the day by bombing two Christian churches, killing at least 44 people. Videos of the bombings have emerged. The Palm Sunday service at a church in Tanta, a northern town, was being televised. This is what appeared on Egyptian television: Photos and videos of the bloody aftermath have been »

Iran’s Mullahs: Dead Syrian Children Are Fakes!

Featured image How nervous are Iran’s rulers, sponsors of the Assad regime, about President Trump’s missile strike on Syria? This nervous: Iran’s semi-official FARS news service headlines, “Swedish Medical Associations [sic] Says White Helmets Murdered Kids for Fake Gas Attack Videos.” President Trump is now threatening to take America into a war against Syria, Iran and even Russia, a war he says is justified by “evidence” he has received from the Syrian »

Gibraltar Will Be Forever British, Vows Former Miss World

Featured image Great Britain has controlled Gibraltar since 1713, but Spain wants it back. Seizing on Brexit as an excuse, the Spanish government has started exerting pressure on the Rock. For example, it is imposing Schwengen controls at the border, where 10,000 Spaniards commute every day: But Gibraltar has no intention of giving in. Gibraltar has a new mayor; the Gibraltar Chronicle reports: New mayor Kaiane Lopez broke records yesterday as both »

The Latest From Stockholm [Updated]

Featured image As usual, the earliest news reports on yesterday’s terrorist attack in Stockholm were partly right and partly wrong. This is what we think we know as of this morning: * Four people were killed and 15 were injured, ten of whom are hospitalized. * At least two people have been arrested so far. The first, believed to be the driver of the stolen truck that careened down a pedestrian street »

The New York Times Worries About Our Relationship With Russia

Featured image That was then: Donald Trump is a tool of Russia, our mortal enemy. (As of when? Some time after 2012, when the 1980s wanted their foreign policy back.) Trump had business dealings in Russia, has spoken favorably of Vladimir Putin, the Russian regime wanted him elected president, his policies are pro-Russia, his aides probably colluded with Russian spies to steal the election by breaking into Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s email account (or »

Barbarians Rule at Claremont McKenna

Featured image I wrote yesterday about Heather Mac Donald’s West Coast tour. Night before last, she was at UCLA at the invitation of the college Republicans, and was subjected to the usual inane treatment by leftists. Last night she was at Claremont McKenna College, and it was even worse. Heather emails: The crowds started gathering around my speaking location and the guest suite where I had been hustled after arriving on campus »

Democratic Party Press Tries to Undermine Trump on Syria

Featured image I agree with Scott that last night’s strike against a Syrian air base was an appropriate and long-overdue assertion of American power. But the Democratic Party press doesn’t see it that way. (The press’s attitude would have been entirely different, of course, if Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton–who called for the strike shortly before it happened–had ordered the missile attack.) The Associated Press uses an age-old trick, headlining the president’s »

Terror Attack In Sweden [With Multiple Updates]

Featured image At least five people [more recent reports say four] were killed today in Stockholm, and more injured, when a man drove a stolen truck into a crowd. The driver, who wore a balaclava over his head, escaped. Authorities are treating the incident as a terrorist attack, and the modus operandi suggests Islamic terrorism, like the vehicle attacks in Nice, Berlin and Westminster Bridge. The Daily Mail has photographs, including this »

Trump Blasts Syrian Base

Featured image President Trump has ordered a Tomahawk missile attack on the Syrian air base from which it is believed that a chemical weapons attack was launched against Syrian civilians: The United States launched dozens of cruise missiles Thursday night at a Syrian airfield in response to what it believes was the Syrian government’s use of banned chemical weapons blamed for having killed at least 100 people on Tuesday, U.S. military officials »

Is Obamacare Repeal Back On the Front Burner?

Featured image Reports from Washington are frustratingly incomplete, but it appears that the Trump administration is renewing its effort to repeal Obamacare. Reuters strikes a remarkably optimistic note: The majority of House Freedom Caucus members will vote for a Republican healthcare bill if changes offered by the White House are included in the legislation, the head of the conservative group of House Republicans said on Thursday. U.S. Representative Mark Meadows said the »

Barbarians Display Ignorance at UCLA (with Postscript from Steve)

Featured image Heather Mac Donald is the nation’s leading expert on policing and race. Her book The War On Cops is a classic of social science. In December my think tank, Center of the American Experiment, hosted Heather for a speech in Minneapolis that was attended by more than 400, including over 150 law enforcement officers. That was a great crowd. But when Heather spoke at UCLA last night, at the invitation »

Senate Republicans Come Through

Featured image While nearly everyone has been saying that Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation was inevitable, I was worried. The Democrats’ filibuster of Gorsuch, a thoroughly noncontroversial nominee, seemed to make little sense unless they thought that a handful of Republican senators wouldn’t go along with the Harry Reid option, leaving the nominee stranded with fewer than 60 votes. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. The Senate voted today along party lines to do away »

Why Is Big Business So Liberal? The Pepsi Case

Featured image In 2005, we wrote several posts about a speech that Indra Nooyi, then president and CFO and PepsiCo, gave at Columbia Business School. As described by a Power Line reader who was present, Ms. Nooyi used the fingers of one hand to illustrate the world’s continents (excluding Australia and Antarctica): First was Africa – the pinky finger – small and somewhat insignificant but when hurt, the entire hand hurt with »

President Trump, King Abdullah, and the Syrian Refugees

Featured image Jordan’s King Abdullah has been at the White House meeting with President Trump. Today Trump and Abdullah did a joint press conference in the Rose Garden. News coverage has focused mainly on Trump’s outraged response to Assad’s chemical gas attack in Syria, and whether it will lead to military action by the U.S. That could develop into a major story, particularly after U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley confronted Russian officials at »

One More Sign That Liberals Have Lost Their Minds

Featured image The White House has just released an official portrait of Melania Trump. It is beautiful, in my opinion. But the left-wing Boston Globe somehow found something sinister in what any normal person would consider a lovely portrait: The White House released an official portrait of Melania Trump. So what’s with the crossed arms? https://t.co/H7UszrNJjL pic.twitter.com/R2SxcdZimS — The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 4, 2017 Yeah, what’s with the crossed arms? How »

The Associated Press Is Guilty of False Advertising

Featured image Like other Democratic Party news outlets, the Associated Press is conducting a daily war against President Trump and his administration. This war is waged through biased news stories, which are legion, and through the AP’s purported “fact checks.” Today’s AP “fact check” is typical; if anything, better than average: AP FACT CHECK: Trump errs in describing Obama stimulus: President Donald Trump disparaged his predecessor’s economic stimulus spending Tuesday as a »