Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Cowardice Masquerades As Principle at the New York Times

Featured image The New York Times, unlike many other newspapers, refuses to publish any of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. The cartoons obviously have news value, as they were the occasion for the murder of twelve people in Paris, and readers may want to know what the murderers thought they were avenging. But the overriding concern, executive editor Dean Baquet tells us, is that the Times must not offend: »

Are Islamic Terrorists Muslims?

Featured image Howard Dean is one of many establishment political figures (President Obama is another) who insist that Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. On MSNBC yesterday, Dean said: “I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They’re about as Muslim as I am,” he said. “I mean, they have no respect for anybody else’s life, that’s not what the Koran says. And, you know Europe has an enormous radical problem. »

Paris Suspects Identified, One With Terrorist History [Updated]

Featured image One of the three terrorists believed to have carried out this morning’s attack on Charlie Hebdo has turned himself into the police, while authorities apparently are closing in on the other two, reportedly in Reims: The youngest suspect in today’s deadly attack at a satirical newspaper’s office in Paris has turned himself in, French police said, while the other two are “on the loose, armed and dangerous.” Officials identified the »

Why Is the Obama Administration Allergic to “Terrorism”?

Featured image This morning, as White House spokesman Josh Earnest made the rounds of television news programs, he went through various contortions to avoid describing the Charlie Hebdo assault as a terrorist attack. On CNN, he said that the murders are under investigation, and “if” they were a terrorist attack the administration would condemn it in the strongest terms: On MSNBC, Earnest praised Islam as a “peaceful religion” and said the Paris »

The Power Line Show: Episode 6

Featured image Last night, a partial Power Line crew–Steve and I–got together to talk over the news of the day. We picked up where Scott’s explosive interview with Sharyl Attkisson left off, and went on to talk about the rebellion that wasn’t in the House of Representatives, what really happened to Harry Reid, and Power Line’s first ever Kirby Delauter Award. This is a relatively short podcast since we released the Attkisson »

Twelve Dead, Magazine Silenced in Paris Terrorist Attack [Updated]

Featured image Two heavily-armed Muslims attacked the offices of the satirical Paris weekly Charlie Hebdo this morning, killing twelve people, including the magazine’s two most famous cartoonists. The attackers were heard to shout “Allahu Akbar!” and “The Prophet is avenged!” CNN reports that the killers’ motives are still unknown. These are the murdered cartoonists: Here are the basic facts as reported so far: Paris is on high terrorism alert after shootings Wednesday »

OK, So What Really Happened to Harry Reid?

Featured image We wrote here about Harry Reid’s supposed close encounter with a piece of exercise equipment, which handed him in the hospital. The equipment was later claimed by Reid’s office to be an elastic exercise band. This is how the accident allegedly happened: The accident happened when an elastic exercise band broke, striking Reid in the face and causing him to fall, said spokesman Adam Jentleson. Reid struck some equipment as »

Schadenfreude on the Charles

Featured image Many conservatives are chuckling over this New York Times story about the impact Obamacare is having on Harvard’s health care plan: “Health Care Fixes Backed by Harvard’s Experts Now Roil Its Faculty.” Heh. It was easier to promote Obamacare when they thought it was only going to apply to others: For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits »

We Interview Sharyl Attkisson, She Has Bombshell Announcement: New Lawsuits Against Obama Administration

Featured image Today we interviewed Sharyl Attkisson, author of Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation and Harassment in Obama’s Washington. It was a great interview, conducted by Scott. Ms. Attkisson is very impressive. The interview focused on the intrusions into Attkisson’s computers which have now been analyzed by three independent security experts. There are strong indications that Attkisson’s computers (and, through them, CBS’s computer system) were illegally »

For Speaker, Louis Gohmert [Updated]

Featured image Texas Congressman Louis Gohmert announced on Fox and Friends this morning that he will challenge John Boehner as Speaker of the House in the new Congress. I hope Gohmert wins, and urge conservatives in the House delegation to vote for him. I have generally defended Boehner in the past, but in my view his conduct with regard to the continuing resolution/omnibus spending bill that was passed during the lame duck »

Could Jeffrey Epstein Doom Hillary’s Presidential Hopes?

Featured image Sex scandals tend not to be on my radar screen, so maybe that’s why I missed the Jeffrey Epstein story entirely. For those who–like me, until yesterday–are entirely unaware of Mr. Epstein, here is a brief recap: Epstein grew up in New York, started out as a teacher, went to work for Bear Sterns and later founded his own investment firm. He appears to have been something of a financial »

Sarah Palin vs. PETA

Featured image In the early days of the blogosphere, as it was then called, there were frequent battles between web sites and, generally, between leftists and conservatives. There is still some of that, but for the most part the infighting has migrated to Twitter. So unless you are on Twitter, you could easily have missed the latest dust-up between PETA (and goofball lefties generally) and Sarah Palin. Governor Palin, for whatever reason, »

Armed Self-Defense In North Carolina

Featured image Via Robert Stacy McCain, an inspiring story from North Carolina: A Lumberton man traded gunfire with three men who forced their way into his home, robbed the family, tried to rape his granddaughter and stole his car Monday, Robeson County authorities said. One of the men, identified as Jamie Faison, 20, was shot and found dead in the stolen Cadillac parked at his home on the 600 block of Singletary »

Harry Reid Battles Exercise Equipment, Loses [Updated]

Featured image Harry Reid sustained what sound like serious injuries on New Year’s Day, allegedly while exercising. This is the complete statement that was issued by his office: On Thursday, Senator Reid received treatment at University Medical Center in Las Vegas for injuries sustained in an accident he suffered while exercising at home in Henderson. A piece of equipment Senator Reid was using to exercise broke, causing him to fall and break »

Obama Is Closing Gitmo, One Terrorist At a Time

Featured image President Obama pledged to close the terrorist detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, but Congress wouldn’t let him move the prisoners to the U.S. So Obama is de facto closing the facility by releasing the terrorists held there. The population is down to 127, after the administration released 28 in 2014. The release of the last five was announced on Tuesday; they will be “resettled” in Kazakhstan. The administration describes these »

Liberals Can’t Argue, They Can Only Bully [Updated]

Featured image No one expects sensible commentary on firearms from the New Yorker, but this gun control rant is worth noting because it is so typical of modern liberalism. Facts? Who needs facts? Bullying is all that the left aspires to. The news that the parents of the children massacred two years ago in Sandy Hook, near Newtown, Connecticut, by a young man with a Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle, were undertaking a lawsuit »

About That Steve Scalise Story: Oops, Never Mind? [Updated]

Featured image As you undoubtedly know, liberal politicians and pundits have been hailing the claim that House Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana attended a meeting of a white supremacist group in 2002 as the biggest story since Bridgegate. Scalise himself said that he had no recollection of addressing such a meeting, but if he did it was an error in judgment for which he apologizes. Now it turns out that the »