Author Archives: John Hinderaker

American Sniper: Too Dangerous for the University of Michigan

Featured image The University of Michigan’s Center for Campus Involvement, which sponsors a wide variety of student entertainment, scheduled a showing of American Sniper, the biggest grossing film of 2014 and an Academy Best Picture nominee. This was too much for sensitive Michigan students, who complained that the movie is anti-Muslim and would make them feel “unsafe.” This letter was signed by around 300 Muslim students and others: Anti-Muslim and anti-MENA hate »

Russia’s Invasion of White House Computers: The Story Still Has Not Been Told

Featured image CNN has made news with this headline: “How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House.” Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation. While the White House has said the breach only affected an unclassified system, that description belies the seriousness of »

Rand Paul Announces For President

Featured image Senator Rand Paul announced his campaign for the presidency this morning, in a speech in Louisville. The speech was well delivered and has gotten a generally positive reception. Here is the text of the speech in full, with a few observations: I have a message, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words. We have come to take our country back. We have come to take »

Tim Cook, End the Hypocrisy!

Featured image Tim Cook, Steve Jobs’s successor as CEO of Apple, authored an op-ed in the Washington Post condemning laws that protect religious freedom. Cook, who is himself gay, concluded with these words: Opposing discrimination takes courage. With the lives and dignity of so many people at stake, it’s time for all of us to be courageous. We agree with that, and we would like to see Apple show some courage. Not »

Daniel Pipes: The Obama Doctrine Serves Up One Disaster After Another

Featured image Daniel Pipes reviews the wreckage of Barack Obama’s foreign policies: Count the mistakes: Helping overthrow Muammar Qaddafi in Libya, leading to anarchy and civil war. Pressuring Husni Mubarak of Egypt to resign, then backing the Muslim Brotherhood, leading now-president Sisi to turn toward Moscow. Alienating Washington’s most stalwart ally in the region, the Government of Israel. Dismissing ISIS as “junior varsity” just before it seized major cities. Hailing Yemen as »

Wet Basement? Blame Global Warming!

Featured image Crazy as it sounds, that is pretty much the headline on this Minneapolis Star Tribune story: “Wet basement last year? Blame climate change.” The article is a great example of the propensity of ill-informed journalists to attribute just about everything that happens to “climate change.” The subheading reads: “Twin Cities waterproofing contractors say climate change has led to unprecedented demand for their services.” I sincerely doubt that. I am pretty »

Rolling Stone’s Rape Hoax: Why Did It Happen?

Featured image After its story on an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia fell apart, Rolling Stone magazine commissioned the Columbia School of Journalism to investigate the incident and write a report about what went wrong. That report, by Sheila Coronel, Steve Coll and Derek Kravitz, was issued today. More or less simultaneously, the author of the Rolling Stone piece, Sabrina Erdely, released an apology. While it does go behind »

Happy Easter!

Featured image …to our Christian friends and readers. Last week in Sunday School, a boy asked why the Easter Bunny delivers eggs since rabbits don’t lay eggs, and anyway, what do eggs and rabbits have to do with Easter? So I explained about Easter, springtime, the new life of the Resurrection and the new life symbolized by eggs and baby rabbits. I have to hand it to the kid, though, it was »

The Power Line Show: Episode 13, With John Yoo

Featured image The whole PL gang assembled this afternoon to tape Episode 13 of the Power Line Show. We talked about Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the controversy that has followed its passage. Law Professor John Yoo of Berkeley joined us for an extensive discussion of the legal issues relating to RFRA–and, trust me, the conversation is entertaining as well as informative. We went on to discuss the insanity surrounding Memories »

The Economy Continues to Sputter: It’s a Mystery!

Featured image It was a bad week for the economy. A mere 126,000 jobs were added in March, far below expectations, and average pay declined. One wonders how many of those jobs were part time. Further, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta cut its estimate of first quarter GDP growth to zero: The U.S. economy isn’t off to a great start in 2015. It’s looking so rotten that the Federal Reserve Bank »

How Rouhani Explained the Nuclear Deal to Iranians

Featured image Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani went on state-run television today to explain the deal that has been reached (in principle, at least) to the Iranian people. FARS News describes the speech: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani underlined on Friday that all the UN and economic, financial and banking sanctions against Iran will be annuled the moment a final nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers goes into effect. This was »

What Really Happened to Harry Reid? Part 3

Featured image On Monday I got a phone call from a man named Easton Elliott. We talked briefly on Monday, and have had additional telephone conversations since then. Elliott* is a businessman who lives in the Las Vegas area, and he thinks he knows what really happened to Harry Reid. This is the story as he related it to me: Elliott spent a portion of last New Year’s Eve at an Alcoholics »

Al Shabaab Murders 147 Christian Students in Kenya

Featured image Four Muslim gunmen apparently associated with the terrorist group al Shabaab stormed Garissa University in Kenya this morning, murdering 147 Christians. At least 79 more were injured. Some reports indicate that some of the Christians were beheaded. Garissa University is 120 miles from Kenya’s border with Somalia, which is considered to be al Shabaab’s home base. Collins Wetangula, the vice chairman of the student union, said he was preparing to »

Indiana Insanity [Updated]

Featured image Other than a brief discussion here, we haven’t written about the firestorm over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Yesterday Minnesota’s governor, Mark Dayton, joined the chorus of denunciation: “‘I abhor the actions taken by the Legislature and governor of Indiana,’ Dayton told the Star Tribune.” Dayton, like a number of other governors, says he is considering a ban on official travel to Indiana. So Minnesota’s bureaucrats may no longer be »

A Ballplayer Illuminates Immigration

Featured image We are living in a time of record-shattering immigration, both legal and illegal. This concerns many Americans for several reasons. Contemporary immigration is overwhelmingly unskilled and semi-skilled, which means that incomes of working class Americans, especially African-Americans, have been and will continue to be depressed. Worst of all, perhaps, is the fact that we have lost the will to integrate immigrants into American society. High schools populated by immigrants used »

Not Politics, Basketball. Worse, an Inside Joke.

Featured image You might have to be from the Upper Midwest to fully appreciate this one. My son texted me this map, which purports to show the results of an ESPN poll on Saturday’s Kentucky-Wisconsin matchup. Is it legit? I wouldn’t bet on it, but, like Homer and Shakespeare, it expresses a higher truth: Whatever my fellow Minnesotans may think, I’m rooting for Wisconsin. »

The Democrats’ Problem With the Truth

Featured image Harry Reid has laid bare, for all to see, the Democrats’ attitude toward truth: for them, it is an inconvenience at best. Lying to win is not just their strategy, it is their creed. Of course, while lying can work for a while–”If you like your plan, you can keep it!”–the day comes when people start to catch on. That day comes faster when, like Hillary Clinton, you are a »