Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Another Police Officer Won’t Be Prosecuted For Doing His Job

Featured image In Madison, Wisconsin, the Dane County district attorney announced today that police officer Matthew Kenny will not face criminal charges in the shooting death of Tony Robinson last March. This should not come as a surprise. I wrote about the case here. Kenny is invariably described as a “white police officer,” as though his skin color had anything to do with it, while Robinson was an “unarmed black (or biracial) »

On Poverty, Obama Is Hypocritical and Clueless

Featured image I wrote earlier today about President Obama’s appearance at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on poverty at Georgetown, where he singled out Fox News for criticism of its news coverage. He did eventually get around to talking about poverty: “Those who are doing better and better, more skilled, more educated, – luckier – having greater advantages are withdrawing from the commons,” he said. “Kids start going to private schools…. But wait! »

Barack Obama, Media Critic

Featured image This morning, President Obama participated in the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit at Georgetown, where he discoursed on poverty. Incredibly, Obama seems to think the real problem lies with Fox News: Obama argued if we are going to end poverty, “We’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues.” Huh? If the media stopped reporting on poverty, poverty wouldn’t exist? That isn’t quite it, but Obama’s explanation is »

Diary of a Mad Voter

Featured image Our friend Roger Simon is a co-founder and CEO Emeritus of PJ Media. Roger is one of the most interesting people I know: among other things, he is a best-selling novelist and an Oscar-nominated Hollywood screenwriter. One of Roger’s fingers still doesn’t work right, as a result of an encounter with a Mississippi highway patrolman when he was a civil rights activist in 1966. Roger was a liberal for a »

NFL Clobbers Patriots and Brady, Dubiously; Appeal to Follow

Featured image Today the NFL came down hard on the New England Patriots, taking away two draft choices (including next year’s first), fining the club $1 million and suspending quarterback Tom Brady for four games. This action was taken on the basis of the Wells report, which, as I wrote here, is surprisingly weak, especially as to Brady. The report concludes that Brady “more likely than not” was “at least generally aware” »

The Power Line Show, Episode 16: Clinton Cash, With Peter Schweizer

Featured image If you missed it over the weekend, this is a reprise of my post on the latest episode of the Power Line show, featuring an interview with Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash. You won’t want to miss it! Last night we hooked up with our friend Peter Schweizer to talk about his sensational new book, Clinton Cash. I read the book prior to the interview; I would have said »

To the Losers Go the Recriminations

Featured image Nobody loves you when you’re down and out; not in politics, anyway. In the wake of Labour’s disastrous electoral defeat last week, the party’s leaders are being attacked from all directions. The Telegraph sums up the lessons of defeat, as drawn by the party’s various factions. As in the U.S., the conflict is between those who think the party strayed too far from the center, and those who think its »

Fidel Castro: Greediest Tyrant In World History?

Featured image We noted years ago that Fidel Castro ranked high on Forbes’ list of the richest people in the world with unearned wealth. As his economic policies forced his countrymen into increasingly desperate poverty, Castro himself has lived for decades like a pasha. It is doubtful whether any of history’s rogues gallery of warlords and tyrants has ever stolen a larger portion of his country’s wealth than Fidel Castro. Now more »

The Power Line Show, Episode 16: Clinton Cash, With Peter Schweizer

Featured image Last night we hooked up with our friend Peter Schweizer to talk about his sensational new book, Clinton Cash. I read the book prior to the interview; I would have said that nothing the Clintons could do would shock me, but I was shocked. The Clintons, as I said to Peter, are a criminal syndicate. You absolutely should buy and read the book. When you have read it, lend it »

Barack Visits My Home Town

Featured image Attentive readers may remember that I grew up in Watertown, South Dakota, which I visited recently. Today Watertown was in the news because President Obama went there to tout his free community college proposal. Also, because South Dakota was the only state he had not visited as president. Politico writes: “South Dakota is last on Obama’s list… and the feeling is mutual.” The Watertown Public Opinion reports on his speech »

Tories Sweep to Victory

Featured image Britain’s Conservative Party won an unexpected majority in Parliament yesterday, taking 327 seats (with three still undeclared) to avoid the need to form a coalition government. Here are the results in graphic from, from the Telegraph: So David Cameron will serve another term as Prime Minister, while the leaders of the Labour, Liberal Democrat and UKIP parties either have resigned or are expected to. In simple terms, what happened was »

Free Speech vs. Hate Speech?

Featured image I wrote in Blaming Pamela Geller that many liberals are more critical of Ms. Geller than of the Muslim extremists who tried to murder her at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest in Texas. Of course, for over-the-top leftism, you can’t beat the New York Times editorial board. They weighed in on the relative merits of Pamela Geller and the Islamic terrorists yesterday in an editorial titled “Free Speech vs. »

Deflategate? Well, Maybe…

Featured image Today’s biggest news story comes from the world of sports. The NFL’s long-awaited report on allegedly deflated footballs used by the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game against Indianapolis was delivered by its authors, lawyers at the Paul, Weiss firm. The report concludes it is “more probable than not” that two low-level Patriots employees, John Jastremski and Jim McNally, conspired to deflate balls before the game in question, »

More Reasons Not To Like Huckabee

Featured image When asked what I think of the Republican presidential field, I have said–until now–that I like everyone in it, in various ways. That changed yesterday when Mike Huckabee threw his hat into the ring. A reader expresses my view of Huck: The Huckster is a left populist. It’s just pro-life statism. Particularly appalling, as this reader points out, were Huckabee’s promises on Social Security and Medicare: This is outright left-wing »

Hillary Goes Whole Hog On Immigration

Featured image Yesterday Hillary Clinton addressed a gathering of illegal immigrants in Nevada, and promised to outdo Barack Obama as an immigration activist. Byron York writes: Changing the immigration system will be a top priority should she become president, Clinton said. “We can’t wait any longer. We can’t wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship.” Clinton made clear she would go beyond any Republican, be it Jeb Bush, »

NOAA Caught Rewriting US Temperature History (Again)

Featured image We have written a number of times about how government agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration here in the U.S., have systematically adjusted temperature history to make the past look colder. They apparently do this, usually surreptitiously and without explanation, in order to stoke global warming hysteria. See, for example, He Who Controls the Present Controls the Past and Inside the Global Warming Scandal. Now Mike Brakey, an »

Blaming Pamela Geller

Featured image In the wake of an attempt to murder Pamela Geller and those who attended her “draw Mohammed” contest in Garland, Texas, lots of commentators are blaming the intended victim. The Washington Post, usually more sensible in such matters, joined in this morning with an article by its “social change reporter,” Sandhya Somashekhar, headlined: “Event organizer offers no apology after thwarted attack in Texas.” In response to which, Geller herself tweeted: »