Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Beauty Queens for Free Speech

Featured image We have written here and here about the Miss Universe pageant, the finale of which takes place a week from tomorrow. Earlier today Miss Israel joined Miss France in expressing support for free speech and opposition to Islamic terrorism: Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, posted the picture on her Instagram feed with these words: I am against every murder. The murder in France and the murder of Jews in the grocery »

Was 2014 Really the Warmest Year Ever?

Featured image The New York Times features one of the most misleading headlines ever: “2014 Was the Warmest Year Ever Recorded on Earth.” The first paragraph drives the hysteria home: Last year was the hottest in earth’s recorded history, scientists reported on Friday, underscoring scientific warnings about the risks of runaway emissions and undermining claims by climate-change contrarians that global warming had somehow stopped. It would be hard to pack more misinformation »

Strangest Diplomatic Initiative Ever: You’ve Got a Friend!

Featured image The administration has acknowledged that it erred by not participating in a meaningful way in the giant pro-free speech demonstration in Paris, so it has tried to make amends by sending John Kerry to France. Apparently thinking that he needed reinforcements to convey a full sense of the administration’s symbolic support, Kerry brought along…James Taylor. For you youngsters, Taylor is a folk musician whom people our age listened to in »

Observations On Terrorism In Belgium

Featured image Tonight in Belgium, authorities raided a number of sites to arrest terrorists who were planning, and apparently about to execute, attacks in that country. In one instance, the terrorists opened fire, with the result that two terrorists were killed and one wounded. That made headlines, but the problem is broader: Thierry Werts, a representative of the Belgian federal prosecutor, said at a news conference in Brussels on Thursday night that »

Miss Universe Gets Hot

Featured image The finale of the Miss Universe pageant is a week from Sunday. It will be televised on NBC at 8 Eastern, 7 Central. We wrote about the pageant and previewed some of the contestants here. Miss Universe now easily eclipses Miss World as the leading international beauty pageant. It is on television, for one thing; it still has a swimsuit competition, for another. Also, Miss Universe promotes itself far more »

Should Europe’s Jews Be Armed?

Featured image Following Amedy Coulibaly’s attack on a kosher grocery store in Paris in which he murdered four Jews, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, director general of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe and the European Jewish Association, wrote to the interior ministries of all European countries, urging changes in gun laws that would make it easier for Europe’s Jews to arm themselves: Rabbi Menachem Margolin…writes: “We hereby ask that gun licensing laws are reviewed »

Does the Democratic Party Have a Future?

Featured image When Republicans lose an election, the response from the press is immediate and overwhelming: Republicans need to move to the left and be more like Democrats. But somehow, when the Democrats’ power slips away over a series of election cycles, the message is quite different. The Associated Press takes note of the Democrats’ current woes: As Democratic senators gather in Baltimore to talk strategy and lick election wounds, their party »

House Votes to Restore Constitution

Featured image Following up on promises made during last year’s lame duck session, the House voted today to fund the Department of Homeland Security, and to prohibit spending to further President Obama’s illegal orders on immigration. The final vote was 236-191. The original DHS appropriations bill is here; the amendments that prohibit unconstitutional spending are here. The two principal amendments would bar DHS and other federal agencies from spending money to carry »

Say It Ain’t So, Mitt!

Featured image Washington is buzzing with the news that Mitt Romney has resolved to enter the 2016 presidential race. I wrote some time ago that Hillary Clinton is ripe for the plucking, as long as her opponent is a fresh new face. Therefore, I thought, the only plausible Republican candidate who can’t beat Hillary is Jeb Bush, another Bush/Clinton race being the one thing that would drive Republican voters away from the »

The Good, the Bad and the Crazy

Featured image Reactions to the terrorist attacks in Paris have covered a broad gamut. In the good category I put the Muslim Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, who explained on Dutch television what radical Muslims who don’t want to live in a free society should do: Heh. It’s a rare moment of candor in politics. In the bad category, we have Turkey’s President Recep Erdoğan, who disgraced himself with these bigoted ramblings: »

A Pack, Not a Lone Wolf

Featured image This post is a companion to the one immediately below. One of the ways liberal politicians and commentators have used to minimize terrorist attacks is to attribute them all to “lone wolves.” Being a lone wolf is a step below the junior varsity, apparently. In the case of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, countless media outlets rushed to give it the “lone wolf” label, even though there were at least two »

What Was Obama Thinking? A Plausible Answer

Featured image We wrote here about President Obama’s seemingly bizarre decision to stay away from the anti-terrorism rally in Paris, which was attended by more than a million people and led by more than 40 heads of state [or other high-ranking dignitaries]. This morning White House spokesman Josh Earnest fell on his sword, admitting to reporters that the administration erred by not attending the Paris unity march: “I think it’s fair to »

Where Was Obama? (Update: Steve Answers)

Featured image Tonight in Paris, up to three million people marched to support freedom of speech and to defy Islamic terrorism. They were led by more than 40 heads of state–along with France’s President Francois Hollande, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister David Cameron, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and dozens more. But no high-ranking American official attended. Barack Obama did not join his fellow leaders. Nor did he send Joe Biden, John Kerry–whose »

Miss Universe Keeps Swimsuit Tradition Alive

Featured image In 2013, the Miss World organization dropped its swimsuit competition for the stated reason that the pageant was held in Indonesia, and violence was possible. Last month, the Miss World pageant was held in London and, without fanfare, the organizers again dispensed with the swimsuit competition. Many people didn’t notice, since the pageant wasn’t televised in North America. This leaves Miss Universe as the only major international beauty pageant that »

Are the Saudis Muslims?

Featured image I wrote here about the silliness of the commonly-expressed view that Islamic terrorists can’t be *real* Muslims, and shouldn’t be referred to as such, since Islam is a religion of peace. I don’t suppose anyone would deny, however, that the Saudis are real Muslims. Thus, this story from Saudi Arabia is illuminating, even though it is not about terrorism. Raif Badawi is a Saudi blogger who had a web site »

Terrorism as Rorschach Test

Featured image Pretty much everyone in the world is opposed to terrorism in principle, or pretends to be, so the interesting part of anyone’s response to a terrorist atrocity is not the initial condemnation, but what follows after. Most such reactions are predictable. Conservatives generally say, so what are we going to do about it? Liberals generally say, but it has nothing to do with Islam! But some people can’t help themselves: »

We’re Not All Charlie

Featured image “I am Charlie” has been ubiquitous on signs and in hashtags since the Paris terrorist attacks. But not everyone identifies with the victims of the Islamic murders; some blame them for provoking their own murders, or see the attacks as an opportunity to ride their usual hobbyhorses. Grabien has compiled this montage of victim-blaming in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo murders: And then there is al Jazeera. Leaked emails »