Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Obama’s Goldilocks Approach to Terrorism [Updated]

Featured image We have written here, here and here about President Obama’s foreign policy interview with 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 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 »

On Global Warming, the Scientific Battle Rages

Featured image Liberals tell us that the science of global warming is settled, and that the truth of the alarmists’ theory can be demonstrated by a high school science project. Therefore, climate change “deniers” are “anti-science.” Of course, no science project, high school or otherwise, has attempted to replicate, let alone succeeded in replicating, the almost infinite complexity of the Earth’s climate. In truth, climate science is in its infancy, and fascinating »

The New York Times Commits One of Its Funniest Blunders Ever

Featured image Via Don Surber and Logan Dobson, another knee-slapper from the editorial board of the New York Times. The paper published an editorial attacking Scott Walker yesterday. Nothing noteworthy about that, except that the Times kept calling him “Mr. Scott.” Here is a screen grab; Dobson tweeted, “NYTimes Edit Board ruthlessly attacks some guy named ‘Mr. Scott’ who they claim is the governor of Wisconsin”: The paper eventually realized its mistake »

All Job Growth Since 2007 Has Gone to Foreign-Born Workers

Featured image With the latest jobs report published, Senate Budget Committee staff have updated their analysis of job creation and population growth. They start their analysis in December 2007, when the last recession began. This is their conclusion: There are two tables underneath – one showing foreign-born employment, the other showing US-born employment. What it shows is astonishing: foreign employment in the U.S. rose by 1.7 million, while the employment of U.S.-born »

Barack Obama, a Moral and Historical Ignoramus

Featured image Scott wrote this morning about President Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. I think Obama deserves another whack, so here goes. Much of the speech was fine. But the key passage was where he acknowledged the reality of Islamic aggression and terrorism, and then commented on it: But we also see faith being twisted and distorted, used as a wedge — or, worse, sometimes used as a weapon.  From »

Do Brian Williams’s Lies Matter? [Updated]

Featured image If you haven’t already heard about it–which seems unlikely–tonight’s big news story is the downfall of NBC’s Brian Williams. I am not sure I have ever seen Twitter more riled up over anything. The story, briefly, is this: for twelve years, Williams has told a story about flying into Iraq in a helicopter, on the eve of the Iraq war, that was hit and forced down by an RPG. I »

Senate Democrats Vote to Shut Down Department of Homeland Security

Featured image In a shocking move, Senate Democrats today filibustered all funding for the Department of Homeland Security. They refused to allow the DHS funding bill, which has already passed the House, to be brought up for a vote. This means that funding for DHS, including its many vital national security functions, will soon run out. Why would Democrats vote unanimously to shut down DHS? Because the funding bill excludes the implementation »

The Big Lie On Unemployment

Featured image The administration is crowing over the fact that the unemployment rate has finally fallen, after six years, to 5.6%–not even a good number, by historic standards. But almost everyone understands that the reality is quite different, in part because the rate has dropped largely on account of people giving up, dropping out of the labor force, going on disability, and so on. But one question I have never seen answered »

Observations on President Obama’s Budget

Featured image President Obama has released his FY 2016 budget, an act that fulfills a legal requirement but otherwise has only political significance. It is notable how much attention is being given in the press to a document that has no possibility of resulting in legislation. Still, the budget is revealing in some ways. In the big picture, it confirms–if confirmation were needed–that Democrats have no vision for the future other than »

ISIS Burns Captured Pilot Alive [Updated]

Featured image Moaz al-Kasasbeh, the Jordanian pilot who was shot down and captured by ISIS, has been burned alive on video: The footage, which is titled ‘Healing the Believers’ Chests’ appears to show the captured airman wearing an orange jumpsuit as a trail of petrol leading up to the cage is seen being set alight. Flames are seen quickly spreading to the cage where they completely engulf the helpless pilot in images »

In Washington, Sessions Holds the Bridge Against Liberal Onslaught

Featured image One of ancient Rome’s great heroes was Horatius, who saved the city by holding a bridge, along with two friends, against an invading Etruscan army. In the end Horatius stood alone against the attackers, as Roman soldiers behind him destroyed the bridge to prevent the Etruscans from crossing. Senator Jeff Sessions reminds me of Horatius. For years, he has stood athwart the ambitious liberalism of those who want to fundamentally »

The Strengths and Weaknesses of Rand Paul, In One Interview [Updated]

Featured image This interview with CNBC’s Kelly Evans sums up Rand Paul’s strengths and weaknesses as a presidential candidate nicely. Start with this observation: when a journalist or television presenter interviews a Democratic politician, the implicit assumption is that the interviewer is honored to have the privilege of tossing a few softball questions. When the interviewee is a Republican politician, the implicit assumption is that the interviewer is wiser and more knowledgeable »