Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Why the Hysteria About Climate Change? Follow the Money

Featured image Global warming hysteria, as we wrote yesterday, is not science. The models on which it rests are known to be wrong, since they are refuted by observation. So why, then, does climate change hype persist? Because a great deal of money depends on it. The purpose of global warming hysteria is to bamboozle voters into transferring vast amounts of wealth and power from the private sector to the government. This »

Democrats Move to Partially Repeal First Amendment

Featured image Tonight the Senate voted 78-18 to advance the Democrats’ proposal to amend the Constitution to give Congress the power to prohibit or restrict participation in political campaigns. A number of Republicans voted to advance the bill, but will oppose it in debate and will vote against it. Charles Grassley said, “We should have debate on this important amendment. The majority should be made to answer why they want to silence »

Once More: Why “Climate Change” Alarmism Is Not Science

Featured image Science is a method, not a set of dogmas. The scientific method is pretty simple: you suggest a hypothesis, calculate what facts in the real world must be true if the hypothesis is correct, and then check the hypothesis against reality. If the hypothesis implies false propositions of fact, it is wrong. Case closed. Climate alarmists stand the scientific method on its head. When their theories, as expressed in climate »

Obama Goes on Meet the Press, Reality Fails to Intrude

Featured image President Obama appeared on Meet the Press this morning with new host Chuck Todd. The conversation focused primarily on ISIS, Iraq and Syria. Much could be said about Obama’s comments, but what struck me most was how disassociated from reality Obama appears to be–both when he defends his own record, and when he talks about foreign policy. Obama repeated the spin, first floated by White House spokesman Josh Earnest, that »

Is ISIS Islamic?

Featured image President Obama tells us that “ISIL speaks for no religion,” while John Kerry assures us that “The real face of Islam is a peaceful religion based on the dignity of all human beings.” It is curious that this is perhaps the one proposition on which they agree with George W. Bush. But is it true? Brother Rashid, a Muslim who converted to Christianity and now hosts an Arabic-language television show, »

Coal Magnate Steyer Pollutes the Airwaves With False Advertising, Part 1

Featured image Coal magnate Tom Steyer, the greatest hypocrite on the political scene, has pledged to spend $100 million on behalf of Democratic Party candidates this election cycle. Much of that money is being spent by his front group NextGen Climate, which is running ads against a number of Republicans. What Steyer’s ads have in common is that they are misleading, where they are not outright lies. In Florida, Steyer is running »

GOP Candidates: Don’t Let the Dems Off the Hook On Immigration

Featured image Public opinion has turned decisively against amnesty for illegal immigrants, and the numbers are even worse when voters are asked about executive action by the president. On Thursday, for example, Rasmussen reported that likely voters oppose the president “granting amnesty to illegal immigrants without the approval of Congress” by a whopping 62% to 26%. Recognizing this, Democratic Senate candidates have begged President Obama to defer any executive action. This morning, »

Is Snowden Helping ISIS?

Featured image In the Washington Times, Rowan Scarborough canvases former security officials on the question whether Edward Snowden’s NSA disclosures are now aiding ISIS. The verdict is unanimous: A former top official at the National Security Agency says the Islamic State terrorist group has “clearly” capitalized on the voluminous leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and is exploiting the top-secret disclosures to evade U.S. intelligence. Bottom line: Islamic State killers are »

Let’s Not Drive Down Wages With Immigration “Reform”

Featured image Today’s jobs report was disappointing–only 142,000 jobs added, well below analysts’ expectations; 60,000 workers left the labor force; June and July payroll estimates were revised downward; and 12% are either unemployed, or working part-time while seeking full-time employment. All of which raises, once again, the question why anyone would consider it a good idea to import tens of millions of new, unskilled and semi-skilled workers to compete with Americans who »

Ringo Starr, Eric Holder, Elizabeth Warren and Admiral Farragut

Featured image Today I saved links to several news stories that I thought I might want to write about. I didn’t have a lot to say about any of them, so I decided to combine them in a single post. Make of it what you will. Eric Holder announced today that his heavily politicized Department of Justice is launching a “wide-ranging investigation into the practices of the Ferguson, Mo., police.” This is »

Dems Accuse Tom Cotton of Spreading Ebola

Featured image Seriously. Senator Mark Pryor’s latest attack on Tom Cotton has become something of a scandal. Here is Pryor’s ad, accusing Tom of being pro-ebola, or something: This is how the Cotton campaign responded: Coming soon to a TV near you: Tom Cotton hates puppies, baseball, and apple pie. … Cotton spokesman David Ray responded to the ad, saying: “Senator Pryor’s desperation is comical. In Senator Pryor’s world, he doesn’t have »

Parents of Navy SEAL Ask Obama to Resign

Featured image Absolute moral authority: you don’t hear that phrase much anymore, do you? If this letter by Billy and Karen Vaughn to President Obama had been addressed to George W. Bush, it would have led every news broadcast. So far, though, neither the New York Times, the Washington Post nor the Associated Press has mentioned it. Here it is, in its entirety: After finally choosing to view the barbaric, on-camera beheading »

Minnesota, Once More on the Front Lines of Terrorism

Featured image Not many years ago, the idea of Minnesota as a hotbed of Islamic terrorism would have been laughable. No longer: a mass immigration of Somalis has put Minnesota on the front lines. Authorities estimate that 15 or more Minnesotans have traveled to the Middle East to join ISIS. At least two of them have died there. The second, Abdirahmaan Muhumed, was reported yesterday by local media. Muhumed was 29 years »

Who Is the JayVee Team?

Featured image You can put a spiffy uniform on a lousy player, and you can swear in a hopeless incompetent as president, but in either case, has a star been born? Michael Ramirez looks at the “jayvee” question from our enemies’ point of view. Suddenly, Obama’s analogy, which was dumb as applied to ISIS, makes sense. Click to enlarge: »

The Lessons of Rotherham

Featured image A week or more has gone by, and we haven’t written about the Rotherham rape scandal that has rocked Great Britain. Rotherham is a city of around 250,000 in Yorkshire, where at least 1,400 girls were raped, and in many instances prostituted, by gangs consisting mostly or entirely of Pakistani men. It seems to be generally acknowledged that the local authorities had a good idea what was going on, but »

ISIS Beheads Second American Journalist

Featured image ISIS has released a video which it says shows the beheading of American freelance journalist Steven Sotloff. Sotloff was captured in Syria in 2013, and ISIS threatened to kill him in the video showing the beheading of James Foley. Commenting on Sotloff’s murder, an administration spokesman proved a master of understatement: Washington has contacted about two dozen countries for help in freeing the three, but no foreign government appears to »

“Immigration Rights”–What Are They?

Featured image While Joe Biden was exhorting Detroiters to “take back America,” presumably from Barack Obama and himself, the president also expounded on the meaning of Labor Day. His themes were tiresomely familiar–we are the good guys, Republicans are the bad guys–but one interesting feature was his reference to “immigration rights.” This passage laid the groundwork: When unions and CEOs, when law enforcement and the evangelical community, when folks who usually don’t »