Author Archives: John Hinderaker

New Jersey’s Insane Gun Laws Destroy Constitutional Rights

Featured image On behalf of the NRA, Ginny Simone reports on the outrageous case of Shaneen Allen, a young woman who is a Pennsylvania resident and has a Pennsylvania permit to carry a firearm. She inadvertently strayed into New Jersey, en route to a birthday party for one of her children, with her gun in her purse, and was arrested because she didn’t have a New Jersey carry permit. She is now »

Obama’s Brutal Vacation

Featured image Didn’t you find the news stories about the Obamas dancing through the night on Martha’s Vineyard heartwarming? I know I did. Actually, I am starting to feel sorry for Obama. Everything is unraveling on him, and there is nothing he can–given his abilities, his work ethic and his ideology–do about it. Liberal commentators are writhing with discomfort as Obama vacations while the world burns. His latest impromptu press conference had »

Even In Blue Minnesota, the Left Fizzles

Featured image For liberals, it has been a tough 5 1/2 years. The most “progressive” administration of our lifetimes has turned into a comprehensive disaster, especially if you aren’t a liberal hedge fund manager or a liberal “green” energy scammer. So enthusiasm on the Left has flagged, to say the least. Yesterday I got this email from MoveOn.org; click to enlarge: I was curious to see how substantial a demonstration MoveOn could »

It’s Not Easy Being White!

Featured image Americans of Middle Eastern and North African descent, sometimes abbreviated as “MENA,” have a problem: they are white. In today’s world, that is a bad thing, as Pew explains: [F]or the census, since the beginning of the last century, the MENA community has been lumped into the “white” category. Back in 1909, such a designation made a lot of sense, but today, members of the MENA community are lobbying the »

Is Minnesota’s Senate Seat In Play?

Featured image On paper, Al Franken is a vulnerable incumbent: he has served one undistinguished term in the Senate, trying mostly to stay out of trouble; his re-elect percentage is under 50; and President Obama is unpopular in Minnesota. So some observers are optimistic that Minnesota can be added to the list of potential GOP takeaways. Earlier today, I discussed the Minnesota Senate race on Wall Street Journal Live with host Mary »

How Democrats Sound When They Are Losing Badly

Featured image “Losing badly” was the subject line on yesterday’s email from MoveOn.org. It’s a real day-brightener, if you’re a Republican: Subject: Losing badly Dear MoveOn member, If you haven’t been paying attention to the midterm elections yet, here’s a quick update: Democrats are losing. Badly. Nate Silver, who picked every single state right in 2012, says the Republicans have a 60% chance of winning the Senate. The Washington Post’s polling experts »

Help Me Stay Rich, Colorado!

Featured image A grass roots group is running some terrific pro-fracking ads in Colorado. They feature a Middle Eastern sheik and a Russian oligarch pleading with Coloradans to help them stay rich by suppressing the production of American energy. They are funny and true, and therefore highly effective. Here is the sheik: And the oligarch: Best of all, the ads are accompanied by street art. We have written before about the fact »

Who’s Calling My Neighborhood “Sketchy”?

Featured image This is a follow-up to Steve’s post titled It’s White People All the Way Down. That post was about a new app that helps users avoid “sketchy” neighborhoods. Sure enough, as Steve reported, the app was promptly denounced as racist by Gawker (“…SketchFactor, a racist app made for avoiding ‘sketchy’ neighborhoods, which is the term young white people use to describe places where they don’t feel safe because they watched »

When He’s Not Golfing, He’s Trampling the Constitution

Featured image Barack Obama’s fondness for the links might wind up preserving the Constitution. Obama asserts the right to rule by executive decree, a claim no American president has ever made. If he really means it, it puts him on a par with his friend Hugo Chavez. Obama’s justification is that the American people don’t expect him to sit around twiddling his thumbs if he can’t get his pet projects, like amnesty »

The Fate of Democracy In Iraq

Featured image Reuters has the latest from Baghdad, where Prime Minister Maliki is trying to hang on to power in the wake of the appointment of a new Prime Minister by President Fouad Masoum. I am not an expert on the Iraqi constitution, but I take it that Maliki–whose term in office has been increasingly disastrous for Iraq, as he has been seen as a sectarian and to a large extent a »

Whatever Happened to Cynthia McKinney?

Featured image Cynthia McKinney was one of the looniest Democrats of her generation. A 9/11 Truther, she lost not one but two Democratic primaries because she was considered too far out. Her father’s explanation that she was in trouble because “the Jews have bought everybody. J-E-W-S” added to her legend. After her second primary rebuff, McKinney left the Democratic Party. She was the Green Party candidate for president in 2008–which tells you »

What If Watergate Happened Today?

Featured image In a brief clip from ABC’s This Week, filmed this morning, Sharyl Attkisson answers that question–humorously but accurately, I think. But only because we have a Democratic president. If the next president is a Republican, journalism will undergo a renaissance: »

The New York Times Ignores the Facts In Tennessee

Featured image The New York Times editorial board is one of the most irresponsible political groups around, which would matter more if the paper’s editorials were read by anyone other than a few die-hard leftists. In addition to writing their collective editorials, the board members blog individually. These posts provide a window into the board members’ thinking, or lack thereof. As, for example, this one by Dorothy Samuels titled “Tennessee Ignores the »

They’re Not the Jayvees Anymore…

Featured image In January, Barack Obama infamously referred to ISIS as a bunch of “jayvees.” During White House spokesman Josh Earnest’s briefing yesterday, Jim Acosta of CNN indulged in a bit of snark: Let me ask you about something [the president] said back in January when he told the New Yorker when assessing the ISIS threat, he said that, “the analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is »

Arm the Kurds!

Featured image ISIS has routed Kurdish forces in their early engagements, mostly because they are better armed. The Associated Press notes: In a bitter irony, the extremists used American armored vehicles and weapons they had seized from the hapless Iraqi military to defeat Kurdish fighters who were blocked from acquiring just such equipment…. Yes, it’s true. The Obama administration has for years been denying the Kurds’ requests to BUY American munitions: For »

ISIS Rampant, America In Decline [with comment by Paul]

Featured image ISIS poses a threat to today’s liberal world-view analogous to the threat posed by national socialism in the 1930s. But ISIS makes the Nazis look like pikers. ISIS, flying the black flag of Islam, murders, rapes and pillages with breathtaking speed and efficiency. In a few short months, ISIS has taken over much of Iraq, as this map from the Daily Mail illustrates: ISIS succeeds mostly because it is incredibly »

Another “Mission Accomplished” Moment For Barack Obama

Featured image I will have more to say about what is happening in Iraq, perhaps yet this evening. But first, let’s note that the disaster that is now unfolding is the direct result of Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw all American troops in 2011. When has such a catastrophically bad decision been cloaked in so much self-righteousness? Obama ran for president as the anti-Iraq war candidate, and his determination to terminate our »