Author Archives: John Hinderaker

The Silly Sweden Flap

Featured image The liberal media’s war on the Trump administration has become comical in its monomania. The latest skirmish is over this riff from Trump’s triumphant speech in Melbourne, Florida: Here’s the bottom line. We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening. We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would »

Trump 4, Politifact 1

Featured image Now that Donald Trump is president, our “fact checkers” have gone into overdrive. Every day, they crank out news stories purporting to correct Trump’s errors. More often than not, the “fact checkers” are merely relating the other side–the Democratic Party’s side–of the story. This story by Politifact is typical: “Fact-checking President Donald Trump’s Florida rally.” Politifact claims to correct five things that Trump said: Trump takes Jefferson out of context »

McCain Drives Into the Ditch

Featured image John McCain suggests on Meet the Press that President Trump is “suppressing” the free press, which is “the first thing that dictators do.” “If you want to preserve — I’m very serious now — if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press,” McCain said in the interview. “And without it, I am afraid that we would lose »

Amid Democratic Party Crackup, Voters Are Trending Republican

Featured image I have often wondered why the outrageous behavior that we see so often from Democrats doesn’t repel more voters. Now it seems that some, at least, are catching on, as voters have been trending Republican since the election. Gallup’s party affiliation survey finds that on the eve of the election, 31% self-identified as Democrats and 27% as Republicans (36% said they were independents). With leaners, it was 46%-43%, Democrats. By »

The Intelligence Community Finally Scores!

Featured image I have been reading for many years that the CIA is more formidable in Washington infighting than anywhere else. Is there a penalty for rarely seeing what is right around the corner? One might think that is the job of an intelligence agency, but somehow repeated failures have only resulted in larger budgets. While many individual agents are undoubtedly conservatives, the careerists who run the CIA have long been liberals, »

Has Washington Gone Crazy?

Featured image After three months, the Democrats still refuse to accept the result of November’s election–an idea they denounced when they thought they were going to win. Now, as Byron York notes, many Democrats are scheming to remove President Trump from office. How to do it, though, is a knotty problem. They could impeach him, only the Republicans control the House. Speaker Ryan hasn’t scheduled any impeachment hearings, last I knew. And »

Washington Post: We Aren’t Biased!

Featured image Marty Baron, editor of the Washington Post, denies that his paper is out to get President Trump: The editor of the Washington Post, which staffed up its White House team to cover the new administration, said the paper would have covered a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidency with the same intensity as it has President Trump. Cheered by journalists at a media roundtable in California late Tuesday, Marty Baron also said »

Harward Says No

Featured image Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down President Trump’s offer to be national security adviser. This feeds the Democratic Party media’s “chaos” theme: Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down an offer to be President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, the latest blow to a new administration struggling to find its footing. Why did Harward say no? The AP’s report sheds no light: Harward told The Associated Press that »

Iowa Moves Against Democratic Party Slush Funds

Featured image Iowa, like so many other states, has gone Republican. What happens when you have a Republican legislature and a Republican governor? The corrupt public sector union spigot gets turned off. Public sector unions in Iowa will have less authority to negotiate working conditions for teachers, nurses and correctional officers under a bill passed Thursday in the new Republican-controlled Legislature that critics say is aimed at crippling organized labor in the »

Trump Goes On Offense, Blasts Press

Featured image President Trump gave a press conference today in which he recounted the achievements of his administration to date, and excoriated the press for its biased and ill-informed coverage. It was a bravura performance. Reporters kept trying to get mileage out of the Mike Flynn/Russia story, but got nowhere. The main news that emerged was that the administration will issue a new travel/immigration order next week that will avoid issues raised »

Highlights of the Trump-Netanyahu Press Conference

Featured image Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington meeting with President Trump. Prior to their meeting, they conducted the usual dual press conference. No major news was made, but several interesting points emerged: 1) I’ve rarely seen Netanyahu look so happy. He must be almost as relieved to see the end of the Obama administration as we are. 2) President Trump indicated that he was open to alternatives to the two-state »

Obama’s Secret Communications with Mullahs Undermined American Foreign Policy

Featured image The Democrats are trying to make a scandal out of the fact that one or more people associated with the Trump presidential campaign had telephone conversations with one or more representatives of the Russian government prior to Trump’s inauguration. Is there anything wrong with that? Not as far as we know. The CIA/NSA leakers have declined to say anything about the content of the conversations, so they must have been »

A High Quality Valentine’s Day Gift

Featured image We had a fun Valentine’s Day. I pored over a flower display before selecting–as I always do–a dozen yellow roses, my favorites. And my wife made a lovely dinner. St. Valentine goes back a long way, to the 3rd century, and Valentine’s Day has been around for quite a while, too. Today the British Museum did an Instagram post that reminds us that love has been making the world go »

Is the New York Times a Serious News Source?

Featured image The New York Times tells us we should subscribe because truth propaganda is expensive: But is the Times a reputable news source, by any normal standard? Consider this tweet, which the Times issued on its official Twitter feed early this morning: White House adviser Stephen Miller became Public Enemy No. 1 with a few late-night hosts on Monday https://t.co/cc4nseYxq0 pic.twitter.com/OAFIlKw1j0 — The New York Times (@nytimes) February 14, 2017 Let’s »

Guilty Plea In San Bernardino Case

Featured image This news story probably won’t get as much attention as it deserves, but it is interesting on several levels: “Man to plead guilty to aiding San Bernardino attack.” Enrique Marquez Jr., 25, of Riverside, admitted in a plea agreement that he bought the assault rifles [sic] used by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, in the Dec. 2, 2015, attack at a public health agency gathering that left »

NATO Responds to Trump

Featured image The foreign policy establishment got the vapors when Donald Trump suggested, during the campaign, that NATO allies should be doing more to pay for their own defense. But it appears that the right people got the message: The NATO chief urged allies on Tuesday to step up their defense spending, a day ahead of the first meeting between new U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his 27 NATO counterparts in »

Chutzpah: AP Decries “Softball” Questions

Featured image Now that we have a Republican president, the press has gone oppositional. Today, the Associated Press complains that President Trump isn’t taking antagonistic enough questions during his press conferences: “News conferences raise issue of Trump seeking softballs.” President Donald Trump managed to avoid questions about hot-button issues facing the White House — such as the future of national security adviser Michael Flynn and a North Korean missile launch — in »