Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Shooting With Ammo Grrrll!

Featured image Ammo Grrrll passed through town today, en route from her high school reunion in northern Minnesota back to her current home in the Southwest. She arrived in town heavily armed, with two friends–her best pals in high school–in tow. So of course, I volunteered to take them all shooting at my favorite range. It was a lot of fun; it’s pretty much guaranteed to be if you blow up enough »

My Interview With the Israeli Ambassador

Featured image Last week, guest hosting the Laura Ingraham radio show, I had the privilege of interviewing Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. The interview begins at around the 12-minute point in the clip below, which covers the whole third hour on July 30 with no commercials. But the discussion before that point is on the subject of the Gaza conflict, so I would encourage you to listen to the whole »

Is Barack Obama Plotting a Coup?

Featured image That seems like an awfully strong word, but it is the term that distinguished law professor Glenn Reynolds, no hysteric, uses to describe the Obama administration’s oft-reported plan to issue executive amnesty to five or six million illegal immigrants in violation of federal law. Glenn’s characterization is a fair one. When a tyrant asserts the right to rule by decree in a state that has formerly been subject to the »

I Discuss Immigration With Jeff Sessions

Featured image If you are a fan of Jeff Sessions–and who isn’t?–you should listen to this interview which I did while guest hosting the Laura Ingraham show last week. The audio actually covers the first hour (less commercials, of course) of the show; the first part is me talking about immigration and taking some calls. The interview with Senator Sessions starts at 19:20. I think it is about as interesting as anything »

The Democrats’ New Talking Point: Ted Cruz Runs the House!

Featured image The Democrats are desperately trying to keep their impeachment fantasy alive. Why, I am not sure; constantly associating the word “impeachment” with the leader of your party seems like a bad idea. Nevertheless, that is what they are doing. On ABC this morning, White House political adviser Dan Pfeiffer introduced a new theme: impeachment is a threat, because Ted Cruz controls the House of Representatives! At about the same time, »

Why Don’t More Democrats Support Israel?

Featured image The American public has consistently supported Israel in its many battles with Islamic enemies over the years. While the numbers bounce around as poll numbers always do, I don’t think there has been much change in this basic fact. Thus, the current NBC/Wall Street Journal survey finds that as to “the current conflict in the Middle East,” 46% of registered voters say their sympathies are with the Israelis, and only »

Obama Administration’s Highest Skill: Stonewalling

Featured image As of September 2011, it was estimated that around 300 Mexicans had been killed or wounded with guns smuggled to Mexican drug cartels by the Obama administration in the Fast and Furious operation. That number has probably doubled, at least, since then. If so, it would not be far off from the 800 civilians–many of them in fact Hamas terrorists–who have been killed in the fighting in Gaza. It is »

House Passes Improved Immigration Legislation

Featured image The Republican Party narrowly avoided a self-inflicted disaster tonight–that is my reading, anyway–when the House passed two separate bills dealing with immigration. The first is a supplemental/enforcement bill that is not as good as doing nothing, but is significantly improved over the version against which conservatives rebelled a day or two ago. It fixed a problem with the earlier bill that would actually have slowed deportations down, and it made »

On Immigration, the National Rifle Association Shows the Way

Featured image For reasons I do not understand, some Republicans remain convinced that the House needs to “do something” on immigration. This, despite the fact that stopping illegal immigration polls as the number one issue among Republicans, and public opinion in general is turning decisively away from the Obama administration. So I understand why Democrats hysterically demand that the Republican House “do something”–misery loves company. But why should Republicans fall into that »

The Awful Jobs Picture: 6.2% Unemployment Is Only the Beginning

Featured image The Labor Department reported today that the economy added 209,000 jobs in July as the official unemployment rate rose to 6.2%. But, as Peter Morici explains, that dismal unemployment number only begins to tell the story: Adding in discouraged adults who say they would begin looking for work if conditions were better, those working part-time but say they want full time work, and the effects of immigration, the unemployment rate »

John Thune Rips Obama’s Feckless Foreign Policy

Featured image Hosting the Laura Ingraham show for the last two mornings, I had the great privilege of interviewing three of the people in public life whom I respect the most: Jeff Sessions, John Thune and Marco Rubio. I posted my interview with Rubio here. Sessions will be coming soon. And this is my interview, this morning, with Senator John Thune on America’s declining influence around the world. It is an interesting »

Jeff Sessions Holds the Line, Blocks Democrat Immigration Travesty

Featured image There was high drama on the Senate floor this evening. Harry Reid brought on for a vote President Obama’s $2.7 billion proposal to support illegals from Central America who are flooding across the border, in the form of a supplemental budget request. An extremely knowledgeable Senate insider offers this blow-by-blow account of what happened: Harry Reid filled the amendment tree on the supplemental, meaning no amendments can get votes. Sessions »

On September 10, 2001, Clinton Explained Why He Didn’t Kill bin Laden

Featured image An extraordinary historical nugget has been unearthed in Australia. In September 2001, Bill Clinton was in that country. Only hours before the terrorists struck the World Trade Center, Clinton was talking to a group in Melbourne. Terrorism and bin Laden came up in that discussion, and Clinton said that he had had an opportunity to kill bin Laden when the terrorist was in Kandahar, but he had decided not to »

Marco Rubio on Obama’s Foreign Policy Failures

Featured image I hosted the Laura Ingraham show today, and Marco Rubio was a guest. We talked about the comprehensive failure of the Obama administration’s foreign policies, as manifested in deteriorating conditions (from the standpoint of American interests) around the world. It is a good, sharp discussion and is only around seven minutes long. The audio is a good reminder, I think, of how strong Rubio is on these issues. I will »

Global Warming Hoax: The Basics

Featured image This video is a nice, four-minute summary of some of the basics of the global warming debate. It was shot at the Heartland Institute’s 9th International Conference on Climate Change, between July 7 and July 9. If you have followed the science closely, you won’t learn anything you didn’t already know. But it is a good introduction for those who are new to the science, and an enjoyable overview for »

House Republicans Vote to Take Obama to Court

Featured image Today, the House voted 225-201, nearly along party lines, to authorize litigation against President Obama. This is the long-awaited challenge to Obama’s usurpation of power via executive decree. The vote was on House Resolution 676. Here is the text of the resolution: Bills 113hres676rh House leadership decided to focus the resolution only on Obama’s actions with respect to Obamacare. This seems counter-intuitive; I would think it would be helpful to »

To Finish Off the Evening, the World’s Best Three-Year-Old Drummer

Featured image I have written nothing today, having spent my *free* time lining up guests and otherwise preparing to host the Laura Ingraham radio show tomorrow and Thursday. (To listen online between 9 and 12 Eastern, go here.) So, just to brighten your day, this is something I came across while searching for something more serious: the world’s best three-year-old drummer, Lyonya Shilovsky, a Russian, performing with the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra. It »