Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Thoughts on the Ritual Now Taking Place in Ferguson, Missouri

Featured image Eight days ago, a Ferguson, Missouri police officer named Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, a young but very large (6′ 4″, 300 pounds) African-American, under circumstances that remain murky. Since then, a ritual with which we have become tiresomely familiar has unfolded: demonstrations that turned into riots, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson–still!–descending on the scene, pleas for peace, intervention of federal authorities, calls for reappraisal of American race »

Reporting In, Briefly

Featured image I have been offline pretty much all day. Checking the news once or twice, my most distinct impression was that Republicans are doing a good job of pushing back against the Democrats’ political “indictment” of Rick Perry. Being attacked by these clowns is a badge of honor, and should be treated as such by all people of good will. So what did I do? Most notably, I shot an AR-15 »

The Democrats’ Latest Koch Smear Falls Flat

Featured image Left-wing political operative David Brock’s group, American Bridge, released a report today titled “Legacy of Loss: Koch Industries’ Layoffs and Environmental Harm in Battleground States.” The reference to battleground states eliminates any doubt as to the report’s purpose; it is basically a pastiche of news stories and rumors cobbled together from an internet search or two, intended for this year’s Congressional campaigns. The quality of the report, as one expects »

Rick Perry Indicted: Another Democratic Party Dirty Trick

Featured image A grand jury in Travis County, Texas, indicted Governor Rick Perry today. Why? For exercising his constitutional prerogative by threatening to veto, and then vetoing, an appropriation to support the public corruption unit in Travis County’s district attorney’s office. This followed the arrest of the county’s district attorney, Democratic Party activist Rosemary Lehmberg, for drunk driving, after she was found “with an open bottle of vodka in the front passenger »

The Democrats Are Begging For Money

Featured image They said it, I didn’t. This email went to Democratic Party supporters yesterday: We’re out of people to email you. In the last two days, you should have received an email from: – President Obama – Vice President Biden – Nancy Pelosi True. I received emails that ostensibly came from all of them. That’s how important this is! We’re getting massively outspent by Republican groups. And we’re fighting desperately to »

When Shot, Michael Brown Had Just Committed a Robbery

Featured image A major development today in the Michael Brown case: the Ferguson Police Department has released files, including surveillance video stills, indicating that Michael Brown and his companion, Dorian Johnson, had robbed a convenience store just ten minutes before Brown’s altercation with officer Darren Wilson. Brown and his friend stole a box of cigars worth around $50, and Brown assaulted a store clerk. Officer Wilson presumably was following up on the »

Wind Power Requires 700 Times as Much Land as Fracking

Featured image One of the weirder facts of contemporary life is that “environmentalists” generally prefer wind power to fracking. Unless you suffer from an anti-carbon fetish, there is no comparison, as the Telegraph reports: A wind farm requires 700 times more land to produce the same amount of energy as a fracking site, according to analysis by the energy department’s recently-departed chief scientific advisor. … Prof MacKay said that a shale gas »

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 »