Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Happy Easter!

Featured image …to our Christian friends and readers. Last week in Sunday School, a boy asked why the Easter Bunny delivers eggs since rabbits don’t lay eggs, and anyway, what do eggs and rabbits have to do with Easter? So I explained about Easter, springtime, the new life of the Resurrection and the new life symbolized by eggs and baby rabbits. I have to hand it to the kid, though, it was »

The Power Line Show: Episode 13, With John Yoo

Featured image The whole PL gang assembled this afternoon to tape Episode 13 of the Power Line Show. We talked about Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the controversy that has followed its passage. Law Professor John Yoo of Berkeley joined us for an extensive discussion of the legal issues relating to RFRA–and, trust me, the conversation is entertaining as well as informative. We went on to discuss the insanity surrounding Memories »

The Economy Continues to Sputter: It’s a Mystery!

Featured image It was a bad week for the economy. A mere 126,000 jobs were added in March, far below expectations, and average pay declined. One wonders how many of those jobs were part time. Further, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta cut its estimate of first quarter GDP growth to zero: The U.S. economy isn’t off to a great start in 2015. It’s looking so rotten that the Federal Reserve Bank »

How Rouhani Explained the Nuclear Deal to Iranians

Featured image Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani went on state-run television today to explain the deal that has been reached (in principle, at least) to the Iranian people. FARS News describes the speech: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani underlined on Friday that all the UN and economic, financial and banking sanctions against Iran will be annuled the moment a final nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers goes into effect. This was »

What Really Happened to Harry Reid? Part 3 [Updated]

Featured image On Monday I got a phone call from a man named Easton Elliott. We talked briefly on Monday, and have had additional telephone conversations since then. Elliott* is a businessman who lives in the Las Vegas area, and he thinks he knows what really happened to Harry Reid. This is the story as he related it to me: Elliott spent a portion of last New Year’s Eve at an Alcoholics »

Al Shabaab Murders 147 Christian Students in Kenya

Featured image Four Muslim gunmen apparently associated with the terrorist group al Shabaab stormed Garissa University in Kenya this morning, murdering 147 Christians. At least 79 more were injured. Some reports indicate that some of the Christians were beheaded. Garissa University is 120 miles from Kenya’s border with Somalia, which is considered to be al Shabaab’s home base. Collins Wetangula, the vice chairman of the student union, said he was preparing to »

Indiana Insanity [Updated]

Featured image Other than a brief discussion here, we haven’t written about the firestorm over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Yesterday Minnesota’s governor, Mark Dayton, joined the chorus of denunciation: “‘I abhor the actions taken by the Legislature and governor of Indiana,’ Dayton told the Star Tribune.” Dayton, like a number of other governors, says he is considering a ban on official travel to Indiana. So Minnesota’s bureaucrats may no longer be »

A Ballplayer Illuminates Immigration

Featured image We are living in a time of record-shattering immigration, both legal and illegal. This concerns many Americans for several reasons. Contemporary immigration is overwhelmingly unskilled and semi-skilled, which means that incomes of working class Americans, especially African-Americans, have been and will continue to be depressed. Worst of all, perhaps, is the fact that we have lost the will to integrate immigrants into American society. High schools populated by immigrants used »

Not Politics, Basketball. Worse, an Inside Joke.

Featured image You might have to be from the Upper Midwest to fully appreciate this one. My son texted me this map, which purports to show the results of an ESPN poll on Saturday’s Kentucky-Wisconsin matchup. Is it legit? I wouldn’t bet on it, but, like Homer and Shakespeare, it expresses a higher truth: Whatever my fellow Minnesotans may think, I’m rooting for Wisconsin. »

The Democrats’ Problem With the Truth

Featured image Harry Reid has laid bare, for all to see, the Democrats’ attitude toward truth: for them, it is an inconvenience at best. Lying to win is not just their strategy, it is their creed. Of course, while lying can work for a while–”If you like your plan, you can keep it!”–the day comes when people start to catch on. That day comes faster when, like Hillary Clinton, you are a »

“If You Like Your Peace In Our Time…”

Featured image In Lausanne, talks with Iran continue past the supposed March 31 deadline. This is no surprise, since the deadline was wholly arbitrary. The Washington Post reports: Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program blew past a Tuesday deadline, U.S. officials said, with diplomats struggling to reach consensus on the difficult issues of sanctions, enrichment research and future limits. … The decision to keep talking suggests negotiators believe an accord in some form »

The Germanwings Crash and Gun Control

Featured image Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz carried out a horrifying mass murder of the passengers aboard Germanwings flight 9525. It has come to light that he was diagnosed with serious mental illness, but medical professionals were prevented by German law from communicating his condition to the airline, and Lubitz hid his psychological issues: Strict medical privacy laws mean the companies were oblivious to the potential dangers lurking in Lubitz’s mind as the first »

Harry Reid, Serial Liar

Featured image Perhaps the lowest of the 2012 presidential election’s many low points was Harry Reid’s absurd claim, asserted on the floor of the Senate, that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid any income taxes in ten years. It was a classic Democratic Party lie, too dumb to be believed by people of any sophistication–which, of course, didn’t prevent it from being widely reported–but catnip to the party’s base. Now that Reid has announced »

Americans Support Nuclear Deal With Iran?

Featured image The Washington Post reports that a “clear majority” of Americans support President Obama’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran: By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, Americans support the notion of striking a deal with Iran that restricts the nation’s nuclear program in exchange for loosening sanctions, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds. As always, we need to know what question was asked. Here it is: Q: Thinking now about »

What Can Bristlecone Pines Tell Us About the Gulf Stream? Um, Nothing.

Featured image A recent, highly-publicized article by Stefan Rahmstorf and the notorious Michael Mann claimed that the Gulf Stream is slowing down due to global warming, with potentially significant consequences for northern Europe. Rahmstorf describes the article: Climate models have long predicted such a slowdown – both the current 5th and the previous 4th IPCC report call a slowdown in this century “very likely”, which means at least 90% probability. When emissions »

Deal With Iran? It’s In Allah’s Hands!

Featured image John Kerry is in Switzerland, negotiating with (or on behalf of) the Islamic Republic of Iran. On Friday, a reporter asked whether a nuclear arms deal can be reached by tomorrow’s deadline. Kerry’s reported reply: “Inshallah!” “Allah willing!” #pt kerry said 'inshallah' holding up both hands with his fingers crossed — Laura Rozen (@lrozen) March 27, 2015 God help us. »

By Its Own Criteria, the Obama Administration Is An Economic Failure

Featured image Lately there has been a fair amount of happy talk from liberal pundits about our supposedly robust economy. Such optimistic evaluations have been guarded, since everyone knows that the jobs picture is still bleak, largely because of runaway legal and illegal immigration. But there is an even more fundamental measure by which the Obama administration is an economic failure. The 2014 numbers are now in on America’s gross domestic product, »