Author Archives: John Hinderaker

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: »

The Times Does American Business

Featured image Scott’s daughter Eliana, knowing our fondness for New York Times corrections, pointed out this gem from today’s paper. The correction is to an article by political reporter Trip Gabriel, who, as you can see from his Twitter feed, is a Democratic Party operative: Correction: May 4, 2015 An earlier version of this article misspelled part of the name of the company of which Carly Fiorina was the former chief executive. »

On the Terror Attack In Texas

Featured image As you probably know, two gunmen attacked a “draw Mohammed” event in Garland, Texas last night. The event was sponsored by Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative, which awarded $10,000 to the best depiction of Mohammed. The gunmen were armed with semiautomatic rifles, but they didn’t get far: the event had security, and a Garland police officer armed only with a handgun killed them both. One security guard was wounded »

Never Trust Liberal “Fact Checkers”

Featured image The Democratic Party controls almost all of the news media. Some years ago, the Democrats came up with a great idea: they established “fact checkers” within Democratic Party newspapers to spin unfortunate facts in the Democrats’ favor. Today, several such “fact checkers” are well known. Are they reliable? Of course not. To see why, read this brilliant post by Sean Davis at The Federalist. The Federalist published a simple fact »

Why Are Police Shootings Dominating the News?

Featured image Police shootings and other tales of alleged police abuse (e.g., Eric Garner) dominate the news these days. You can hardly open a newspaper or turn on a television set without seeing protesters, rioters and looters, along with earnest talking heads debating the issue. Why is this? Why has violence on the part of policemen become the story du jour? One possible answer is that police violence is a terrible problem »

Visa Abuse at Disney

Featured image Disney CEO Bob Iger is a co-chairman of the Partnership for a New American Economy, a group that advocates increasing the H-1B visa cap. The Partnership recently sponsored a closed briefing for Congressional staff on Capitol Hill. One of the documents distributed to staffers said: “H-1B workers complement – instead of displace – U.S. Workers.” It argued that employers use foreign workers to fill “more technical and low-level jobs, so »

Liberalism Meets Reality In the Comic Book Business

Featured image Via InstaPundit, a lesson in economics for liberals. This time, it’s the minimum wage: San Francisco’s Proposition J, which 77 percent of voters approved in November, will raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 by 2018. As of today, May 1, [Brian] Hibbs is required by law to pay his employees at Comix Experience, and its sister store, Comix Experience Outpost on Ocean Avenue, $12.25 per hour. That’s »

What Does Iran Have In Common With the Baltimore Rioters?

Featured image President Obama told Congress to stand down with respect to Iran, and Baltimore’s mayor reportedly directed police to stand down with regard to the looters. Which inspired the great Michael Ramirez to produce this gem, depicting Iran as a rampaging rioter and President Obama running interference–holding off, I would say, both Congress and Israel. Click to enlarge: »

Mayweather-Pacquiao: A Preview

Featured image The long-awaited fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is tomorrow night. Will it live up to expectations? I doubt it: look for Mayweather to win easily. It seems odd to say that the undefeated Mayweather, whose opponents are a who’s who of the welterweight division, is underrated. Nevertheless, it is true. Mayweather is one of the all-time greats. Eventually, he will lose to Father Time. But when that happens, »

Homicide Charges Brought Against Baltimore Police [Updated]

Featured image This morning, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that she is bringing criminal charges against all six of the Baltimore police officers who were involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray. Ms. Mosby said that her office has been conducting its own investigation since the day after Gray’s death, and both her decision and the timing of her announcement are independent of any other agency. Mosby is charging one of »