Author Archives: John Hinderaker

The Liberals Are Revolting

Featured image A running joke in the Wizard of Id comic strip was that the peasants were revolting: Here in Minnesota, the liberals are revolting, as the nationwide rash of anti-police demonstrations came to Minneapolis today. Actually, multiple demonstrations were combined: it began with a group demanding $15 an hour to work at a local Burger King. The Mayor of Minneapolis and a city council member or two showed up to demonstrate »

The Democrats’ Politics of Division

Featured image In recent years, the Democrats have pursued a strategy of division. They have tried to stir up hatred between races, animosity between the sexes, and envy of the successful, betting that they could thereby cobble together a winning political coalition. It hasn’t worked, fortunately, but it has done tremendous damage–perhaps irreparable damage–to America. The Democrats should be deeply ashamed, but of course they aren’t. Michael Ramirez comments; click to enlarge: »

Jeff Sessions, Once More Into the Breach

Featured image Just a little while ago, on the Senate floor, Jeff Sessions rose to denounce President Obama’s plan to move forward with implementation of his illegal and unconstitutional amnesty plan. In ringing terms, Sessions called on Congress to act forcefully to block Obama’s usurpation. Here are some excerpts from his remarks: Mr. Sessions: It’s already starting. There is being rented today a building in Crystal City, Virginia, to house the announced »

Witness 34 Tells It Like It Was

Featured image Paul wrote earlier today about the Ferguson grand jury’s Witness #10, one of the very few people who witnessed the confrontation between Officer Wilson and Mike Brown from beginning to end. I haven’t read the entire record of the grand jury proceedings, which is lengthy. But I have read quite a bit of it, and it is pretty obvious that the witnesses who were actually anywhere near the scene support »

Think Hollywood Is Unpatriotic? You’re Right

Featured image As you probably know, Sony Pictures was hacked, allegedly by someone in North Korea, and a lot of data has leaked into the public domain, at least some of it via Gawker. Among the documents that have become public are Sony marketing materials in Power Point form that show how the studio intended to promote various movies. This one is for “Captain Phillips,” a relatively rare hit for the studio. »

Hillary’s Dumb Diplomacy at Georgetown

Featured image Earlier today, Hillary Clinton gave a speech at Georgetown University titled “Smart Power: Security Through Inclusive Leadership.” The hall was at least half empty, as noted on Twitter: Which may not mean anything. Georgetown described an “audience of diplomats and other officials from all over the world,” so I am not sure whether the public was even invited. What does deserve ridicule, however, is the content of Hillary’s remarks, which »

How Will Amnesty Help Struggling American Workers? [Updated]

Featured image It won’t, of course. That isn’t its purpose. The Democrats care about oligarchs, cronies and dependents, not the working class. This morning Secretary Jeh Johnson testified before the House Homeland Security Committee. Congressman Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania asked him, how will President Obama’s illegal amnesty help the millions of Americans who are unemployed or underemployed? Johnson had no answer, but the exchange is instructive. As Barletta asks, who will stand »

In Louisiana, It’s Bill Cassidy Against Barack Obama

Featured image As Scott has noted, Mary Landrieu is desperately trying to hang on to her Senate seat by distancing herself from President Obama, while at the same time catering more quietly to his few remaining admirers. But the reality is that as a Democrat, she can’t hide from Obama’s toxic legacy. We have praised, a couple of times, the terrific work being done by Conservative War Chest. They are currently running »

Don’t Bother to Pander, Jeb

Featured image Jeb Bush apparently wants to be the Jon Hunstman of 2016–the Republican presidential candidate who gets respectful treatment from the liberal press because he isn’t one of those awful conservatives. The New York Times reports that Bush has promised not to pander: Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida was blunt Monday night: If he runs for president in 2016, he will not pander to his party’s conservative base in the »

Holiday Greetings from the Democrats

Featured image The Democratic Party has “a Cyber Monday surprise for you,” which means the party is doing what it does best: raising money. The Democrats’ Store has merchandise in stock, probably left over from the remainder tables. It is somewhat revealing. Ask a Democrat whether his party is leftist, and he will deny it, heatedly. But at least we know which way they are leaning: “I lean left”? Sure you do! »

Federal Debt Soars to Over $18 Trillion

Featured image A year or so ago, the Democrats started telling us that the national debt is no longer an issue. This was based on the fact that the deficit is only around half what it was during President Obama’s first few years in office. The fiscal year 2014 deficit came in at *only* $483 billion, a cause for rejoicing in Washington. This represents the smallest deficit as a percentage of GDP »

How the Oceans Stop Global Warming

Featured image At Watts Up With That?, Bob Tisdale explains how the oceans temper any global warming that might otherwise be occurring. It is hard to comprehend the vast capacity of the oceans, which average 4,000 meters deep, to absorb heat: It is often said that more than 90% of the heat caused by manmade greenhouse gases is absorbed by the oceans. But as skeptics often note, the absorbed heat has little »

Miss World: The Early Betting Favorites

Featured image I previewed the 2014 Miss World competition, the finale of which will take place on December 14, here, and posted a few photos. Preliminary competitions are already under way; you can read about them, if so inclined, at the Miss World site. The contestants are here, but the photography is so bad–a recurrent problem with the Miss World pageant–that they are hard to evaluate. Nevertheless, betting odds are starting to »

In the U.K., Like the U.S., the Issue Is Immigration

Featured image The United Kingdom is going through a battle over immigration that sheds light on what is happening here in the U.S. Under the European Union’s guarantee of freedom of movement, the U.K. has been unable to restrict the flow of immigrant from other EU member states, many of whom are drawn by Britain’s relatively lavish welfare programs. Currently, around 400,000 EU immigrants are receiving welfare benefits in the U.K. In »

My New AR-15

Featured image I had thought that my next firearm would be a revolver, but I shot my brother’s AR-15 on a visit to South Dakota, and enjoyed it. So I wound up buying one from Bison Armory. They custom built it to my specifications, in .223 caliber. They were great to deal with and the rifle is quite beautiful, I think: So far I have had time to get to a rifle »

Protesters Disrupt Christmas Tree Lighting In Seattle [Updated With Observations on Informal Sanctions]

Featured image In Seattle, a crowd gathered to watch the lighting of a Christmas tree. A group of children ages seven to 10 were on stage, preparing to sing. But a group of “Ferguson” protesters showed up and commandeered the stage, leaving most of the children in tears. The story was told on Twitter: Kids, 7-10, here to perform carols ended up surrounded by #ferguson protesters on stage. All in tears. — »

Erdogan Unbound

Featured image Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave a speech in Istanbul yesterday that included a crazed denunciation of the West: “The only condition to overcome the crisis in the Islamic world is unity, solidarity and alliance,” he said. “Believe me, we can resolve every problem as long as we are united.” Erdogan says there is no use counting on help from the Western world. “I speak openly, foreigners love oil, gold, »