Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Miss World’s Finale Approaches

Featured image We are just one week away from the finale of the 2014 Miss World competition, and I have to admit that the preliminaries so far have been of limited interest. There was the Miss Sport competition, which was won by Miss Finland; she is in the center on the photo below: The contestants all traveled to Oxford for what was billed as a debate about beauty pageants at Oxford Union. »

Riots In Berkeley, Just Like Old Times

Featured image Does history ever repeat itself? Perhaps not, but those of us who lived through the 60s and 70s are hearing echoes of those dreadful days. Headlines like this one are a blast from the past: “Police use tear gas on Berkeley protesters.” Our younger readers might not realize what a major role the riots and violent protests of the late 1960s and early 1970s played in the temporary eclipse of »

Lena Dunham Refuses to Back Off On False Rape Claim, Lawsuit Possible

Featured image Via Breitbart News, we learn that “Barry One,” the former Oberlin student who was falsely accused of rape by Obama fangirl Lena Dunham in her memoir, retained a lawyer two months ago to attempt to clear his name. Dunham, despite the palpable falsity of her accusation, apparently has refused to recant: For more than two months, and to no avail, Barry One has asked Dunham (through her representatives) to clear »

Did the Kennedy Administration Try to Drive Reagan Off the Air?

Featured image Ronald Reagan apparently detested Bobby Kennedy, another sign of Reagan’s good judgment since Kennedy was an awful human being. But this is something I hadn’t heard before: Michael Reagan says that Bobby leaned on General Electric to get Reagan off television: [A] few months after [subpoenaing Reagan before a grand jury], Kennedy tried to get him fired from General Electric Theater. Or, at least, that’s what Reagan believed. “Dad told »

Oral History of Clinton Administration Could Pose Problems For Hillary

Featured image The Miller Center at the University of Virginia has posted online more than 70 interviews that constitute the “William J. Clinton Presidential History Project.” The interviewees are for the most part members of the Clinton administration, or in any event sympathetic to it. Nevertheless, not all of the facts that the interviewees relate will be helpful to Bill Clinton’s memory or his wife’s presidential ambitions. I haven’t had time to »

New York Times Corrections, State Capital Edition

Featured image Today the New York Times published a correction to an op-ed that appeared in the paper on November 27. The op-ed, by Ned Blackhawk, was about the Sand Creek massacre, an evergreen memory for liberals who see only the bad in American history: An Op-Ed article last Friday attributed an erroneous distinction to the Union general Patrick Edward Connor and the Colorado governor John Evans, who were involved in massacres »

A Bad Week for Rape Culture

Featured image As Steve noted earlier today, Rolling Stone magazine has backed off from its blockbuster story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. I wrote here that the story, written by an activist and based entirely on anonymous sources, was incredible on its face. “Jackie,” the alleged victim in the story, was gang raped by seven men in a fraternity house, but didn’t go to the police. Seriously? »

The Power Line Show: Episode 3, With Bret Stephens

Featured image Click here to download this episode. Paul, Scott and I taped Episode 3 of the Power Line Show a few hours ago. We talked about a couple of the major news stories of the day–the conflict within the Republican Party over how to respond to President Obama’s unconstitutional actions with regard to immigration, and the fallout from the death of Eric Garner in New York. And we were joined by »

Obama Reportedly Considering Sanctions Against Israel

Featured image Russia is gobbling up much of Ukraine. China is putting growing pressure on its neighbors in East Asia. ISIS is chopping the heads off Americans. Syria’s government continues to slaughter thousands of its citizens. Iran is working feverishly on a bomb and running circles around our negotiators. Boko Haram is wreaking havoc in Nigeria. Hamas is raining rockets and missiles down on its neighbors. And the Obama administration reportedly is »

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 »