Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Not Your Grandfather’s Immigrants

Featured image The mass migration from Islamic countries including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and others, continues apace. Around three-quarters of a million migrants have entered Europe in the current wave. They generally travel through some combination of Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary, but very few migrants come to rest in those countries. Almost all head for the richer nations of northern Europe. So far, Germany and Sweden have been »

Big Ben Strikes

Featured image This evening in Florida, Ben Carson held a press conference and addressed attacks that have been launched against him by the Democratic Party press. This excerpt, courtesy of CNN, is good. Carson points out that reporters had no interest in stories about Barack Obama that vastly eclipsed the nuances of whether Carson could have attended West Point. In particular, he notes that Obama’s college and law school records are sealed. »

The West Point Flap: How Much Will It Hurt Carson? [With comment by Paul]

Featured image Paul wrote earlier about Politico’s story alleging that Ben Carson has lied about being offered a scholarship to West Point. Since then, Politico has backed off slightly, changing its headline and deleting the word “fabricated” from its story (without noting the deletion). Carson has apparently told the story many times, and it appears in almost identical form in each of his two books. Carson wrote, while relating his experiences in »

Goodbye, Keystone

Featured image TransCanada’s application for permission to build the Keystone XL pipeline has been kicking around the Obama administration for nearly seven years. Recently, TransCanada sought to withdraw its permit application, presumably on the theory that the Obama administration would never grant it, and it would be easier to start fresh with a new administration than to try to overturn a negative decision by the current one. Today President Obama responded by »

The Greatest Energy Chart Ever. Seriously. [Updated]

Featured image The original energy crisis goes back to the Jimmy Carter administration. There was a shortage of gasoline, which the Carter administration made worse by fixing oil prices. Cars lined up around the block to pump what little gasoline was for sale. Carter, of course, had a solution. And it sounds remarkably familiar, as Willis Eschenbach points out at Watts Up With That? We can’t keep relying on fossil fuels. They’re »

Tarantino’s Whine

Featured image As you probably know, film director Quentin Tarantino led a protest march against police brutality in New York on October 24. He spoke at the protest, describing police as “murderers” (although, as he later clarified, “all cops are not murderers”). This predictably brought condemnation from many sources and, from some, a call to boycott Tarantino’s upcoming movie, The Hateful Eight. Yesterday, Tarantino gave an interview to Chris Hayes of MSNBC »

What If ISIS Bombed Russian Airliner?

Featured image News reports indicate that ISIS may have placed a bomb on board Russian Metrojet Flight 9268, which blew up and crashed Saturday in the Sinai Peninsula. If that is the case, Vladimir Putin and other Russians will be very unhappy. I dimly remembered a news story from several decades ago that also involved Arab terrorism, and found it via Google. Here it is, from 1986: The KGB has adopted novel, »

Margaret Thatcher: Not Stylish Enough For the Victoria and Albert

Featured image Margaret Thatcher stopped Britain’s slide into poverty and irrelevance, and the British Left has never forgiven her. So when someone–her heirs or estate, I assume–offered a collection of her clothing to the Victoria & Albert Museum, which has a huge fashion collection and has often exhibited various sorts of clothes, the V&A declined: A range of items that belonged to Margaret Thatcher are to be sold at auction after the »

The AP On Yesterday’s Election Results: It’s a Tie!

Featured image As Steve noted this afternoon, Republicans and conservatives routed the Left in yesterday’s elections. This is the Washington Post’s headline on James Hohmann’s report: “From coast to coast, conservatives score huge victories in off-year elections.” The highlights: * Dramatically outperforming the polls, Matt Bevin was elected Governor of Kentucky. His Lieutenant Governor, Jenean Hampton, is the first African-American elected to statewide office in Kentucky. Republicans pulled off a near-sweep of »

Israeli Speaker Shouted Down at the University of Minnesota

Featured image If anti-free speech demonstrators shout down a speaker at the University of Minnesota, where do you read about it? In the Washington Post, apparently: On Tuesday afternoon an Israeli academic was shouted down by two dozen protesters as he tried to begin a lecture before about 100 students and faculty at the University of Minnesota. The speaker was Moshe Halbertal, a professor at NYU Law School and a professor of »

You Can’t Make Love When It’s Warm Out

Featured image Climate alarmists are constantly trying to hector the rest of us into…something. Agreeing to be poor, I guess, just so they will leave us alone. Now the National Bureau of Economic Research has come up with the ultimate threat: global warming will cause a disastrous population decline in the developed world, because people don’t make love when it’s too warm. Specifically, the NBER study claims that for every day above »

The RINO in the Race: Donald Trump

Featured image I don’t like the term “RINO.” It is too often applied disparagingly to politicians who have spent decades working for the conservative cause by activists who, in most cases, have done little but kibitz. In the current presidential field, however, there is one candidate whom it is fair to call a RINO: Donald Trump. Trump is literally a Republican in name only, since he was until recently a registered Democrat »

Academic Liberals Say: Shred the Constitution!

Featured image With the release of this video by Project Veritas, the academic left is officially beyond parody. A Project Veritas volunteer poses as a student at Vassar and Oberlin who has been “triggered” by seeing a copy of the Constitution. The sight of the dreaded Constitution has caused her to suffer panic attacks and to feel “unsafe.” These complaints are met with sympathy by “equal opportunity” officers at Vassar and multiple »

Is the Gun Control Debate All About Confiscation?

Featured image At the Daily Beast, James Kirchick offers a candid take on the seemingly endless and unprofitable debate about guns: “Yes, They Want to Take Your Guns Away.” Barack Obama says, “We know there are ways to prevent it”–gun violence–but he won’t say, out loud, what those ways are. Instead, politicians like Obama talk in code: “When Australia had a mass killing—I think it was in Tasmania—about 25 years ago, it »

Is Iran Already Violating the Nuclear Deal?

Featured image Yigal Carmon, the president and founder of the Middle East Media Research Institute, is a former Israeli civil servant, a counterterrorism adviser to prime ministers Yitzhak Shamir and Yitzhak Rabin, and a participant in Israel’s peace negotiations with Syria in the early 1990s. He is, to the best of my knowledge, a reliable observer of Middle Eastern events. At MEMRI, Carmon makes two points. First, Iran has not actually ratified »

It’s Time For Jeb To Go

Featured image Until now, I have taken a benign view of Jeb Bush’s presidential candidacy. I have said from the beginning that he has zero chance of getting the Republican nomination, but he was a good governor and he has as much right to seek the nomination as anyone else. But now, Bush has turned into a negative, anti-Republican force. To an even greater degree than Donald Trump, he mouths Democratic Party »

The Camp of the Saints Is Here

Featured image Three news stories can be excerpted and presented with scarcely any comment. First, from the New York Times: “A Mass Migration Crisis, and It May Yet Get Worse.” There are more displaced people and refugees now than at any other time in recorded history — 60 million in all — and they are on the march in numbers not seen since World War II. They are coming not just from »