Author Archives: John Hinderaker

On Global Warming, Follow the Money

Featured image There is a real irony in the Left’s repeated insinuation that climate realists must be funded, somehow, by the oil industry. In truth, there is plenty of money being distributed to climate scientists, but just about all of it comes from governments, and all government money goes to alarmists who promote government power. From this week’s The Week That Was, from the Science and Environmental Policy Project: Based US government »

Great Moments in Presidential Leadership

Featured image One of the problems with Barack Obama is, you get the feeling that he thinks the Evil Empire is us. Click to enlarge file size: »

In Malaysia, Sharia Advances

Featured image Malaysia is one of those countries that have been cited, along with Indonesia and Turkey, as evidence that a predominantly Muslim country can have a secular government and can, in general, be modern. A prominent commentator wrote some years ago that the Arab world may be hopeless, but the Islamic world isn’t. That didn’t sound overly optimistic at the time, but with hindsight, it may have been. We all know »

The Hinderaker-Ward Experience, Episode 73: Love Is the Law

Featured image This morning Brian Ward and I recorded Episode 73 of the Hinderaker-Ward Experience. Immigration was the topic of the hour, naturally, and it led to a discussion of the I-word and whether it should ever be uttered by Republicans. We also found time to award our Loon of the Week and Week In Gatekeeping prizes, as well as to welcome Mark Yost, the columnist and novelist, author most recently of »

Dumb Dick Durbin Demagogues Hobby Lobby

Featured image We have speculated from time to time on whether Dick Durbin is the dumbest Democrat of them all. It is a hotly contested title, but he is definitely a contender. Most recently, Durbin has been discoursing on the Hobby Lobby decision. At NRO’s Bench Memos, Ed Whelan takes him apart: Democratic senator Richard Durbin contends that the Hobby Lobby ruling violates the “fundamental premise” of Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), which »

“Where Can I Get Asylum?”

Featured image That was the anguished question asked by an African-American woman from Baltimore on the Laura Ingraham radio show this morning. It ties in directly with this post from last night. Tony Lee at writes: On Friday’s Laura Ingraham Show, Elaine, a black woman from Baltimore, expressed her outrage that President Barack Obama is putting the interests of illegal immigrant children above those of American citizens. Though the number of »

Democrats Vote For Partial Repeal of First Amendment

Featured image Don’t worry, nude dancing and flag burning will still be secure. But supporting candidates for elective office will no longer be a constitutional right, if Senate Democrats have their way. Rather, your right to participate in the political process will be subject to the whim of Congress, which can make it essentially illegal to run against an incumbent. Every entrenched politician’s dream! Today the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8, along »

At the Border, Contradictions Are Heightened

Featured image African-Americans have suffered more than anyone else from the Obama administration’s economic policies, and if 30 million more unskilled laborers are imported, as the Democratic Party wants, African-Americans again will bear the brunt of the invasion. Some of them have figured that out. So there have been some interesting confrontations over the current importation of Central American “children” by the Obama administration. The debate below took place at Murietta, California, »

Obama “Not Interested In Photo Ops,” Won’t Go To Border

Featured image Barack Obama steadfastly refuses to go near the border crisis his policies have created, despite the entreaties of quite a few Democrats. His explanation: “I’m not interested in photo-ops; I’m interested in solving a problem.” Which struck a lot of people as funny, since along with fundraising, photo ops are Obama’s obsession. If he is not interested in a photo op at the border–not even a selfie!–it could be the »

The Border Crisis Is Obama’s Hurricane Katrina? Don’t Be Ridiculous!

Featured image Some (including some Democrats) are saying that the crisis on the Southwestern border is President Obama’s Hurricane Katrina. But there are at least two fundamental differences between the illegal immigration fiasco and Katrina. First, the response to Hurricane Katrina was actually the largest and the fastest response to any natural disaster in history, as Popular Mechanics, as I recall, later documented. Second, President Bush didn’t cause the hurricane. The current »

Dan Rather Plots Comeback, With Assist From Robert Redford

Featured image I read this story three times to make sure it wasn’t a practical joke. But no: Robert Redford to Play Dan Rather in ‘Truth’. Robert Redford has signed on to play Dan Rather in Truth, a film based on the 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and The Privilege of Power. The book, written by Rather’s producer Mary Mapes, centers on the firestorm that erupted after Rather »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on Bill Bennett’s radio show tomorrow morning at 8:30 Eastern, 7:30 Central, talking about the Democracy Alliance documents that I wrote about here, and what they tell us about the American Left. It should be fun. If you don’t know where to get Bill’s show on the radio dial, you can listen here. »

State Department: Hamas? Who’s That?

Featured image In a time of international turmoil, the State Department under Barack Obama and John Kerry has been at best a bystander, at worst an impediment. The department’s spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, is an embarrassment. Yesterday, she tried to explain the administration’s policy toward the Palestinian Authority by claiming that Hamas has nothing to do with the PA: A transcript, courtesy of the State Department: QUESTION: Well, what about the – what »

Jeff Sessions on the Border Crisis

Featured image For some time now, Senator Jeff Sessions has been the Cassandra of the illegal immigration issue–always right, but rarely heeded. Today he had a brief op-ed in USA Today that is so cogent that it deserves to be reproduced in full: The crisis on our border is the direct and predictable result of President Obama’s sustained effort to undermine America’s immigration laws. As the president’s previous director of Immigration and »

A Window Opens Onto the Left-Wing Conspiracy

Featured image The Democracy Alliance is not a famous organization, but it deserves to be. The Alliance consists of approximately 100 rich liberals who have taken upon themselves the task of coordinating America’s many left-wing organizations to promote a single radical agenda. The Alliance does not publicize the names of its members, but it held a conference for its “partners” and membership prospects in April, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel (naturally) in »

Summer Vacation In Israel

Featured image News from Israel has been dominated first by the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, apparently by terrorists affiliated with Hamas, next by the murder of a Palestinian teenager by persons yet unknown, although several alleged Jewish extremists are being questioned in connection with the crime. Generally lost in the shuffle is the background against which these events take place: Hamas’s ongoing campaign of terror against Israel, which involves, »

A Message to Our Readers In Melbourne, Australia

Featured image Google Analytics tells us that there are some. So: my oldest daughter, whose engagement and wedding I noted on this site, is moving to Melbourne. In fact, her airplane is landing right about now. Her husband’s company has stationed him in Australia for the next two years, and Laura has a work visa and will be looking for employment starting tomorrow, more or less. She works in marketing and public »