Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Hilarious New York Times/Ron Fournier Scott Walker Fail

Featured image The Left has been busily attacking Scott Walker lately. Gail Collins of the New York Times got into the act with a column that blasted Walker’s education policies. Collins wrote about a woman whom Walker has used as an example in speeches, who was laid off in 2010: “In 2010, there was a young woman named Megan Sampson who was honored as the outstanding teacher of the year in my »

Another Non-Islamic Terror Attack in Denmark

Featured image A gunman opened fire on a free speech seminar in a Copenhagen cafe this afternoon, killing one and wounding several others. He fired thirty rounds or more through the cafe’s windows, and it seems miraculous that more people were not killed. An intense manhunt is now under way for the terrorist, who is described as having an “Arabic appearance, but with lighter skin than normal and black straight hair.” It »

Obama’s Amnesty: It’s Even Worse Than You Thought

Featured image As the implications of President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty orders come into focus, more adverse consequences are being identified on almost a daily basis. Here are two that have recently come to light. First, illegals who are given Social Security cards under Obama’s amnesty will be eligible for billions of dollars in cash payments from the federal government. That’s right: we will reward them for coming here illegally, and encourage »

Don’t Let the Government Take Over the Internet

Featured image The Obama administration is proposing a federal takeover of the internet. The details are murky since the administration’s proposed regulations weigh in at over 300 pages, but the idea is for the federal government to assert comprehensive regulatory control over the internet, as though it were a utility. Given how the Obama administration has distorted the mission of one federal agency after another to make the agencies tools of the »

Requiem for a Governor

Featured image John Kitzhaber, who is currently serving his fourth term as governor of Oregon, is the most popular politician in that state’s modern history. I knew John as a college student. He was a few years older than me, and I admired him greatly. He was a good student, not brilliant but tremendously charismatic. At that time, he had no interest in politics and was anything but a liberal. He was »

Can A Liberal Commit a Hate Crime?

Featured image In North Carolina, a middle-aged man named Craig Hicks murdered three young Muslim students who lived in his apartment complex. Hicks was known as an angry man who had frequent confrontations with his neighbors. Local police initially said that the murders appeared to have arisen out of a dispute about parking spaces at the complex. But inevitably, given that the victims were Muslims, the question was raised: was this a »

Is the Fix In On Immigration?

Featured image As I wrote here, Mitch McConnell is giving disquieting signs of throwing in the towel on President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty. This is particularly disturbing, given the history: during the lame duck session, the Republican grass roots were clamoring for the House to take immediate action against implementation of the amnesty. Republican leaders in Congress argued that such action would be premature until the GOP controlled the Senate as well »

John Boehner Challenges Senate Democrats To Do Their Jobs

Featured image He actually put it a bit more profanely than that. But first, the context: as I noted yesterday, the House has passed a bill that fully funds the Department of Homeland Security, except for implementation of President Obama’s illegal executive orders on immigration. Mitch McConnell has brought the House measure to the Senate floor three times, but each time it has been filibustered by the Democrats. Now McConnell seems to »

Media Alert

Featured image I will guest host the Laura Ingraham radio show tomorrow from 9 to 12 Eastern, 8 to 11 Central. We have a good lineup of guests, including Congressman John Culbertson, Byron York and Professor Tim Groseclose on media bias. Scott will join me during the second hour to talk about the 10th anniversary of Rathergate, the upcoming movie that will try to make a heroine out of Mary Mapes, and »

Who Will Replace Jon Stewart?

Featured image Jon Stewart is retiring from Comedy Central, possibly to run for office as a Democrat. Stewart is a liberal who devoted pretty much his entire show to bashing conservatives, although he occasionally trained his fire on Democrats, thereby obtaining an undeserved reputation for objectivity. So who will replace him? Comedy Central could make a truly bold move and replace Stewart with a Republican, but of course they won’t. The monopoly »

Are Senate Republicans Hanging the House Out to Dry?

Featured image The House of Representatives has passed legislation that fully funds the Department of Homeland Security, except that it withholds funding to implement President Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional immigration fiats. Republican leadership in the Senate has tried to bring the House measure up for a vote three times, but each time the Democrats have filibustered it. The department is funded, I believe, through February 27. At that point the money begins »

Obama’s Goldilocks Approach to Terrorism [Updated]

Featured image We have written here, here and here about President Obama’s foreign policy interview with vox.com. Obama said that the press “overstates” the concern that people should have about terrorism, as compared with, say, climate change. He likened his attitude toward terrorism to that of a big city mayor toward crime–it’s an ongoing effort to keep the rate down. And he volunteered the observation that the victims of the Paris deli »

HBO’s “Girls”: Really, Really Stupid

Featured image Liberal activist Lena Dunham has a show on HBO called “Girls.” I have never seen it, but it enjoys a niche popularity. It’s nothing like “Game of Thrones,” say, but apparently a decent number of people watch “Girls,” mostly, it seems, to laugh at how obnoxious the characters are. But liberal critics love “Girls.” If you Google a bit, you will find that one of the words most often associated »

Student Sit-Ins: Not What They Used To Be

Featured image Those of us who were college students in the late 1960s and early 1970s recall student occupations of administration buildings with varying degrees of fondness. Foolish as they may have been, student radicals in those days had a good idea what they were fighting for: an end to the Vietnam war (not that our colleges were doing anything to prosecute it) and, more broadly, imposition of a Communist dictatorship. Radicals »

Obama’s Airbrushed History of the Middle East

Featured image In keeping with his practice of doing only softball interviews, President Obama sat down for some questions with Matthew Yglesias of Vox.com. The questions were predictably adoring; in response, Obama explained why his foreign policies haven’t worked out the way he intended: Yglesias: … Under your administration, the country is still very involved in that region, but I don’t think we have as clear a sense of what is the »

On the Bright Side, We’ll Only be $20 Trillion In Debt

Featured image Americans everywhere are counting down to the end of the Obama presidency. The damage he has wreaked is beyond calculation. He has hobbled our economy, trashed the Constitution, eroded trust in government, politicized one federal agency after another, poisoned relations among the races, stifled opportunity for poorer Americans, weakened our armed forces, conducted a perverse foreign policy, made the U.S. a laughingstock abroad…the list goes on and on. And we »

Inside the Global Warming Scandal

Featured image We have written many times about the fact that the scientific agencies which are keepers of the world’s historical temperature data are all, or nearly all, under the control of warmists. These warmists have systematically altered historic temperature records, so that the temperatures they report today for past eras are not the same as what were measured, say, 70 or 80 years ago. The effect of these adjustments is strikingly »