Author Archives: John Hinderaker

AFP Stands Up For Millenials

Featured image Americans For Prosperity has launched a new initiative aimed at millenials. The campaign, focused particularly on Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana and North Carolina, emphasizes youth unemployment. It includes a web site called Defend Their Dream, as well as this short but effective ad: Unemployment and underemployment among young adults should be a huge issue for conservatives. Europe has chronically high–astronomical, in some cases–levels of youth unemployment. The reason is »

Et Tu, Jimmy?

Featured image When Jimmy Carter starts criticizing your foreign policy as weak and indecisive, you are getting to the bottom of the barrel. Jimmy unloaded on Barack Obama yesterday: Former President Jimmy Carter is criticizing President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy, saying he has shifting policies and waited too long to take action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. In an interview published Tuesday in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, »

Jen Psaki Explains Iraqi Victories [Updated]

Featured image We have had occasion, more than once, to turn a critical eye on Jen Psaki, the State Department’s spokesperson. She seems underqualified for the job, to put it gently. Honestly, I have seen Cub Scout troops with better spokesmen. Maybe it’s the fact that her husband is a big deal in the Democratic Party. Or maybe the administration thinks that, given the disarray of its foreign policy, incoherence is a »

One More Reason to Hope the Democrats Lose In November

Featured image There are lots of good reasons to hope that the Democrats suffer a humiliating defeat in November, and this one is pretty far down the list. Still, it isn’t insignificant: as we have documented over and over, the Democrats, from the White House and Harry Reid on down, have run this year’s campaign largely against Charles and David Koch. It is rare for the Democratic Party to send out a »

What’s Happening In Kobani

Featured image No one can keep up with the cascading disasters that fill today’s newspapers. If you are an expert on ISIS’s attack on Kobani, skip this post. If, like me, you are trying to catch up, what follows may be helpful. First, where is Kobani? As the map below shows, Kobani is a Syrian city on that country’s northern border with Turkey: 160,000 Syrians, mostly Kurds, have fled from ISIS’s advance »

There Is Method to the Democrats’ Madness Over “Voting Rights”

Featured image Donna Brazile, who wants to get rid of the Constitution, sent out an email to Democrats a little while ago: John – Last week, the Supreme Court voted to leave the Ohio GOP’s early voting restrictions in place for this election and made it harder and more confusing for people in Ohio to vote. It’s shameful — a victory for the underhanded tactics Republicans are using to keep Democrats away »

Did Marriage Dodge a Bullet Today?

Featured image This morning the U.S. Supreme Court issued a series of orders, including a long list of cases in which certiorari was denied. This means that the Court will not hear those cases, and the rulings from the courts of appeal will stand. Among the cases the Court declined to hear were those from three circuits that have found a constitutional right to gay marriage. This means that gay marriage will »

Protesters Disrupt St. Louis Symphony Performance

Featured image Saturday night, a self-proclaimed “flash mob” of Michael Brown protesters disrupted a performance of the St. Louis Symphony. They stood up, unfurled signs and started singing as the orchestra was about to perform Brahms’ Requiem. This is what it looked like: The demonstrators got, I thought, a surprisingly polite–and even, from some concert-goers and members of the orchestra, warm–reception. In my opinion, this kind of thing is not to be »

Is Another Obama Administration Scandal About to Explode?

Featured image While strong cases can be made for both Benghazi and Fast and Furious, most voters consider Barack Obama’s misuse of the IRS to be his administration’s worst scandal so far. But, as we wrote last year, targeting of conservative non-profits for harassment is not the only dimension of the IRS scandal. In addition, there is strong reason to believe that one or more White House political appointees have illegally accessed »

Self-Knowledge at the New York Times

Featured image Yesterday the New York Times editorial board delivered a stern message to America’s tech companies: “Silicon Valley’s Diversity Problem” was the title of the editorial. Recent data from those companies [Apple, Google and Facebook] and others like them confirm what everyone has long known: Most of their employees are white and Asian men. We certainly can’t have that. The Times explained why diversity is such a great thing: Many studies »

The Walrus and the Climate Hysterics

Featured image First the polar bears, now the walruses. At the New York Times, Gail Collins says there is a “walrus crisis.” They’re piling up in Alaska. About 35,000 walruses have formed what looks to be a humongous brown ball along the northern coast. A mass of critters, some weighing 4,000 pounds, are pressed shoulder to shoulder — or flipper to flipper. Normally, they’d be sitting on chunks of ice, periodically flopping »

Will Yesterday’s Jobs Report Boost Democrats?

Featured image Democrats are touting yesterday’s jobs report–248,000 net new jobs were added in September, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.9%–as a victory for the administration that should improve the party’s prospects in November. Thus, to cite just one example, President Obama boasted in a speech yesterday that by any measure, the economy today is better than when he took office. I should hope so! Obama took office shortly after the »

Obama: It’s All About Me! Dem. Senators: No! No! [Updated]

Featured image This short video, compiled by Washington Free Beacon, is an amusing companion to Scott’s post this morning about Barack Obama’s insistence that the 2014 election is a referendum on his policies–a thought that strikes horror into the hearts of those Democrats who are actually on the ballot: Speaking as a Republican, I agree with Scott–for once, Obama is on to something. UPDATE: This didn’t take long! With luck, it might »

Netanyahu Instructs Obama and MSNBC

Featured image Yesterday Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on Andrea Mitchell’s MSNBC program. While not as obviously loony as some MSNBC hosts, Mitchell is a loyal Democratic Party soldier, and she aggressively parroted Barack Obama’s criticisms of Israel. With his usual cogency, Netanyahu set her straight. It would be nice if Obama would view the tape, but I suspect his ignorance is impenetrable. First, a couple of the exchanges, then on to the video: »

Americans Think Obama Is a Wuss

Featured image Rich Lowry on today’s Fox News Poll: The new Fox News poll captures the incredible hawkishness of the American public at the moment. Among likely voters, 74 percent of people say the president hasn’t been tough enough in fighting Muslim extremists; 53 percent favor ground troops if air strikes alone won’t work (and 58 percent think ground strikes alone won’t work); 57 percent think our actions against the Islamic State »

Beheading, the All-American Sport!

Featured image I don’t normally bother to dissect silly op-eds, but this one by Jonathan Zimmerman, a historian at NYU, merits attention because it is part of a broader campaign of obfuscation. Start with the title: “Beheading has a multicultural past.” Perhaps, but–to make a blindingly obvious point–it’s the present we are worried about. Nevertheless, let’s follow Mr. Zimmerman’s logic. He begins by positing that Americans are horrified by ISIS’s beheading of »

The Obama Economy, In Eleven Charts

Featured image Today the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee put out a chart book that documents the Obama administration’s failures in economic policy. From the introduction: The great economic tragedy of our time is the erosion of the American middle class. Millions of Americans find themselves locked out of the American Dream. Their wages are either flat or falling, even as the price of energy and goods surges; the labor force »