Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Today’s Most Ominous News Story… [Updated]

Featured image …is the resignation of Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla, the company that makes the Firefox browser. Eich is a superstar in the world of technology; among other things, he invented Javascript and was one of the founders of Mozilla. But in 2008 he contributed $1,000 to support Proposition 8, the California ballot proposition that defended traditional marriage. For that, he was pilloried by left-wing activists. He lasted barely more »

The Washington Post Has Gone Silent on Its Koch/Keystone Smear: Time For Readers to Weigh In

Featured image So far, I have gotten no response to the email that I sent to the Washington Post on March 26, asking for information and documents that would shed light on whether the paper coordinated its baseless story on Koch Industries and the Keystone Pipeline with Democrats Sheldon Whitehouse and Henry Waxman, so as to promote a Democratic Party talking point. So today, I sent this follow-up email: To: readers@washpost.com, martin.baron@washpost.com, »

Brownshirt Anti-Semitism On the March

Featured image I don’t mean in the Muslim world, where there are essentially zero Jews (and precious few Christians) left; or in Europe, where an increasingly menacing Islamic population cows both law enforcement and political leaders. No, I’m talking about the U.S.A., one of the last bastions (along with Israel) of Jewish security. At the American Thinker, Stella Paul documents how the crudest sort of anti-Semitism has spread through America’s academic world. »

What Happened at Fort Hood? [Updated]

Featured image Four are dead and more wounded at Fort Hood, in what first seemed to be a stunning echo of Major Nidal Hasan’s 2009 terrorist attack. Suspicions were heightened by yesterday’s news story to the effect that the FBI was hunting a jihadist named Muhammad Abdullah Hassan who was planning a “Fort Hood-inspired” attack. Early reports indicate, however, that this episode was not a terrorist attack. The shooter reportedly was Spc. »

Can the Congressional Review Act Bring the Obama Administration to Its Knees?

Featured image I was on a conference call this morning with Senator James Inhofe, who said that he will be filing a Congressional Review Act report on any major EPA regulation that is introduced before Congress either passes his bill, S. 2161, into law or the EPA starts abiding by Sec. 321(a) of the Clean Air Act. (As always, following the law is too much to expect from the Obama administration.) Those »

A Famous Victory For Obamacare?

Featured image The administration announced today that 7.1 million people have signed up for health insurance on the various federal and state exchanges. President Obama took a victory lap in the Rose Garden, announcing among other things that Obamacare is now safe from repeal. The Democratic Party sent out an email that began: President Obama just announced the news: The Affordable Care Act CRUSHED its first major enrollment deadline! As of yesterday, »

When Did Anthropogenic Global Warming Begin?

Featured image If you read pretty much any climate alarmist literature, you will see the claim that the Earth’s warming over the last 100 years is due overwhelmingly to the burning of fossil fuels. But this is disingenuous: even under the defective models on which the alarmists rely, it cannot be claimed that prior to 1950, human contributions of CO2 to the atmosphere could have had any significant effect. So why do »

Did the Washington Post Collaborate With Congressional Democrats to Smear the Koch Brothers? The Investigation Continues

Featured image So far, I have heard nothing in response to my email to Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson about their possible coordination with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Henry Waxman or other Democrats in writing the article about the Keystone pipeline that I critiqued here and here. I will follow up with them in due course. In the meantime, I have written the following letter to Whitehouse and Waxman: »

Global Warming? What Global Warming?

Featured image Steve is, I believe, cloistered as he plows through the IPCC’s latest report on the baleful consequences of “climate change.” Meanwhile, alarmist headlines are everywhere. But more sophisticated observers are asking, global warming? What global warming? At Watts Up With That, Christopher Moncton adds the just-reported HadCRUT4 numbers to the dataset of datasets, which shows zero warming this millennium: We are, of course, living in a relatively cool era. Global »

When Does the New York Times Make Common Cause With Industry?

Featured image When the subject is immigration: how to get more of it, especially unskilled Mexicans; how to legalize those who are already here; and above all, why the Republican Party is in deep trouble if it doesn’t go along with the Times’ open borders ideology. Hence this story in yesterday’s Times: “California Farmers Short of Labor, and Patience.” The theme of the article is that California farmers need to import more »

The Washington Post/Keystone Scandal on Fox & Friends

Featured image As advertised, I was on Fox & Friends early this morning to talk about the Washington Post/Keystone scandal, with some observations on Harry Reid thrown in. Like most people, I shudder when I see myself on television, but here it is anyway. In four minutes we could barely scratch the surface, but I think we laid out a pretty good summary of the scandal so far. And we closed with »

Standing Up to the Commie Thugs In Venezuela

Featured image In Venezuela, a popular uprising threatens to sweep Nicolas Maduro, the heir to Hugo Chavez, from power, along with his brutal, corrupt, viciously anti-American socialist regime. The magnitude of anti-Maduro demonstrations in Venezuela has not been adequately or consistently reported in the American press. Millions have taken part. To take just one example, this aerial photograph of an anti-government demonstration in Chacao last week, conveys some sense of the magnitude »

Democrat Desperation

Featured image Every day, it seems, there are signs of the Democrats’ increasing desperation. They obviously don’t like what they see in the polls and are worried about November. But what to do about it? It would be hard to ratchet up their customary hysteria much higher, so they are reaching deeper into their bag of tricks. One of which–everything old is new again!–is demagoguing Social Security. It is a tried and »

The Democrats: They’re Not a Party, They’re a Crime Wave!

Featured image A lot of Democrats have been making the news lately, and not in a good way. Of course, if you are not an obsessive news junkie, you could have missed it: newspapers (to say nothing of TV network news) tend to go easy on reporting criminal behavior by Democrats. Howie Carr provides an excellent roundup: Last Friday, it was the speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Gordon Fox, »

Add Iowa to the GOP’s Senate Pickup List

Featured image The Democrats’ candidate for the Iowa Senate seat being vacated by Tom Harkin is Bruce Braley. Until Tuesday, Braley was the favorite. But then this video surfaced: Braley raising money from a group of big-ticket plaintiffs’ lawyers in Texas. Apparently a Republican sneaked into the gathering with a camera. Two can play that game! Braley assures the Texas lawyers that he is one of them; he has been “fighting tort »

The Missing Ingredient: Economic Growth

Featured image Unemployment, low wages and lack of opportunity for income advancement dominate discussion of our economy these days. But an obvious ingredient is too often missing from the conversation: economic growth. Growth, the rising tide that lifts all boats, creates more jobs, more wealth, and more opportunities for advancement. The various ills that voters and politicians complain about are all largely the consequence of slow or non-existent growth. This is the »

Media Alert and Schedule Change

Featured image I will be on the Bill Bennett radio show tomorrow morning with guest host Mark Davis at 6:30 Central, 7:30 Eastern, talking about the Washington Post/Keystone scandal. If you don’t know where to find Bennett’s Morning In America show on your radio dial, you can listen online here. Also, Fox & Friends has bumped me from tomorrow to Saturday (same topic). So now I am scheduled to be on at »