Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Super Bowl Revisited

Featured image Scott and Paul have already written about last night’s classic, and Steve has added a picture gallery. I just want to comment on a couple of aspects of the evening. First, the ads. I didn’t pay attention to most of them. Half the time, I can’t figure out what is being advertised, at least not until the end. And there are quite a few ads that I can tell feature »

Climate “Science” Rocked By Another Scandal

Featured image A just-retired scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has blown the whistle on a scandal of epic proportions involving fake news ginned up by climate “scientists.” Dr. John Bates, who until the end of 2016 was one of NOAA’s top scientists, told the story to the Daily Mail: The Mail on Sunday today reveals astonishing evidence that the organisation that is the world’s leading source of climate data »

What Part Of “You Lost” Don’t Liberals Understand?

Featured image The behavior of many liberals since Donald Trump’s election has been appalling–not to mention, in some cases, criminal. It is also, in some respects, puzzling. A case in point was a town meeting conducted last night by Congressman Tom McClintock in Roseville, California. Liberal activists attended the meeting and behaved so boorishly and so threateningly that the Congressman had to be escorted from the hall by armed policemen. Another disgusting »

What, Really, Is the Democratic Party?

Featured image I read this rather brilliant short essay by Kevin Williamson in National Review while I was on vacation last week, and am now getting around to writing about it. Williamson takes off from the observation that the Democrats are not making any serious effort to block such Trump nominees as Satan Jeff Sessions, but instead have trained their guns on the seemingly-innocuous Betsy DeVos. His argument is that a familiar »

Anti-Free Speech Riot at NYU: Crazier Than Berkeley?

Featured image On Thursday evening, Gavin McInnes, a comic, commentator and co-founder of Vice Media, attempted to give a speech at New York University, at the invitation of the NYU Republican group. A crowd of anti-free speech rioters battled police officers and ultimately succeeded in shutting down McInnes’s speech. Steve Sailer comments: Unlike the Berkeley Police Department with Milo, the New York Police Department made sure Gavin McInness could actually deliver at »

The Louvre Attack and Trump’s Temporary, Partial Travel Stay

Featured image On Friday, an Egyptian Muslim named Abdullah Reda Refaie al-Hamahmy appeared at the Louvre wearing, or carrying, two backpacks. This apparently caused him to be stopped by police officers, whom he attacked with a machete, yelling “Allahu Akbar!” They shot him. Current information is that al-Hamahmy is 28 years old and comes from the Nile delta region. His father says he is completely normal and claims to be shocked. Al-Hamahmy »

A Victim of the Berkeley Violence Speaks

Featured image One of the people assaulted by leftists at Berkeley yesterday emailed this account to a friend, who forwarded it to me. My friend describes his correspondent as a moderate Republican who voted for Hillary Clinton: I can’t say I agree with everything Milo says and,​ as most of you know, I ​am ​NOT​ a Trump supporter at all​, but I totally agree with Milo’s right to speak on campuses. I’m »

Liberals Embrace Violence

Featured image Many have long suspected that if you scratch an American liberal, you will find a budding fascist. I mean that in the literal sense, not as a general epithet. More and more, liberals are openly embracing violence as a path to power. Not just the nuts, either: their recently-defeated vice-presidential nominee, Tim Kaine, has called on his fellow liberals to become street fighting men. Our friends at Grabien have assembled »

Allahu Akbar!

Featured image You are probably familiar with the Rotherham scandal. Rotherham is a city in England where over a period of years, more than 1,400 girls, many of them pre-teens, were raped and trafficked by a loose consortium of men. The men were all Muslim immigrants or sons of immigrants, the girls were all, or nearly all, white. When the scandal finally came to light in 2014, city officials said that they »

AP: Republicans “Rammed” Nominees Through Committee With “Brute Political Muscle”

Featured image The Democrats are doing everything they can to impede President Trump from assembling his administration. In a particularly pathetic display, all of the Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted the meeting where the nominations of Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services and of Steve Mnuchin as Treasury secretary were to be voted on. Under normal rules, the committee can’t conduct business unless at least one »

Can Insanity Succeed?

Featured image I have been on vacation in Italy for the last ten days, and so have observed the Democratic Party’s crack-up from afar. This is perhaps a good perspective from which to view recent tumultuous events. Byron York thinks the Democrats are pursuing a strategy, not just venting: From Washington State to Washington DC, Democrats across the country are stepping up what some call “The Resistance” to President Trump, moving across »

Progressives Say: Boycott the World!

Featured image #GrabYourWallet has gotten quite a bit of publicity as the leading organizer of progressive boycotts against companies that are somehow associated with Donald Trump. The boycott effort is doomed to fail, for a couple of reasons: first, social justice warriors are a small percentage of the population; second, social justice warriors who are willing to change their shopping habits are an infinitesimal percentage of the population. So this is mostly »

Who Knew? Trump’s Immigration Order Is Popular

Featured image The Democratic Party press is trying to portray a spontaneous storm of indignation arising across the country in response to President Trump’s temporary restriction on travel from seven countries. Demonstrations and impassioned speeches by Democrats and left-wing activists are given breathless coverage. If you didn’t know better, you would think that Americans have risen up as one to condemn Trump’s rather mild, if poorly implemented, order. But you would be »

Forget the Temporary Travel Ban, Trump Has Issued a Really Important Order

Featured image The temporary ban on travel from Sudan, Somalia, Libya etc. probably won’t turn out to be one of President Trump’s 20 most important executive orders of his first weeks on the job, despite the liberals’ hysteria over it. He signed a much more significant one today: “Trump wants to scrap two regulations for each new one adopted.” The Washington Post reports: President Trump signed an order Monday aimed at cutting »

It’s Tough When Your Base Is Crazy

Featured image Sometimes you wonder why Democratic politicians are so crazed. But then you see stories like this that make it clear: Protesters shouted down Rhode Island Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse during a community event as they protested his vote in favor of President Donald Trump’s nominee for CIA director and pushed him to vote against other nominees. A video of Sunday’s event posted by the group Resist Hate RI shows »

All Hysteria, All the Time

Featured image In a way, the Left’s ability to go bonkers in lockstep is impressive. You have to give them credit for message discipline, if nothing else. The idea that a 90-day stay on travel from Yemen, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia and Libya is of any particular significance–let alone the crisis of the age!–is crazy. But on the Left these days, craziness isn’t just permitted, it is required. There are many »

Is Trump’s Immigration Order the Worst of Both Worlds?

Featured image President Trump is taking a lot of political heat, and therefore expending a considerable amount of political capital, for an immigration order that doesn’t go far enough to be meaningful. Trump has decreed a halt to travel–immigration and otherwise–from seven Muslim-majority countries, for a mere 90 days. This is accompanied by a suspension of refugee admissions (with the exception of Syria) for only 120 days. The idea, supposedly, is to »