Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Why Are Extreme Weather Events Becoming Less Common?

Featured image The Earth’s climate is poorly understood, and random variation likely accounts for most of the ups and downs of notable weather events. But for some reason, extreme weather events are becoming less common. The United States has now gone longer without a landfall of a Category 3 hurricane than at any time in recorded history. And something similar is happening with tornadoes. Tornado frequency is at the lowest level in »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on the Bill Bennett radio show tomorrow at 8:05 Eastern, 7:05 Central, talking about the epic hypocrisy of Tom Steyer. It is ironic that, at a time when Democrats want to focus attention on Republican contributors, the donor who can least withstand scrutiny is one of the fattest of the left’s fat cats. If you don’t know where to tune in Bill’s show where you live, you »

The “Rich” Are Everywhere

Featured image When Scott and I wrote “The Truth About Income Inequality,” one of the highlights of our pre-internet career, we emphasized the remarkable degree of income mobility that has long characterized the American economy. The rich man and the poor man, we argued, are largely the same man in different stages of life. In recent years, some have tried to show that income mobility has lessened, but longitudinal studies don’t support »

Democratic Senator Nearly Qualifies for Darwin Award

Featured image Senator Richard Blumenthal called a press conference at a train station to criticize Amtrak’s safety practices. He set up for the press conference on the yellow paint next to the train track…that shows where you aren’t supposed to stand. Naturally, a train promptly came along: It is sobering to think that this guy is one of only 100 senators and gets to vote on important legislation. »

The Epic Hypocrisy of Tom Steyer

Featured image Billionaire hedge fund operator and “green” energy magnate Tom Steyer has pledged $100 million in the 2014 election cycle to help Democratic candidates who oppose the Keystone pipeline and who favor “green” energy over fossil fuels. Steyer claims to be a man of principle who has no financial interest in the causes he supports, but acts only for the public good. That is a ridiculous claim: Steyer is the ultimate »

Happy Easter!

Featured image Happy Easter, and Happy Passover too, to our Christian and Jewish friends and readers. I will be offline for a while–heading to church in a few minutes–but later in the day, we will have a post on a prominent Democrat that you will not want to miss. So check back frequently! And enjoy the day. »

The Hinderaker-Ward Experience, Episode 69: Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most

Featured image I probably would have titled this episode “Rocky Mountain High,” as Steve Hayward joined Brian Ward and me for the entire show. We talked about how Colorado’s pot legalization is working out–the “Mile High City” has a whole new meaning–and about Steve’s tenure as the University of Colorado’s conservative professor. There was lots more, including the Bundy Ranch standoff and the question of the hour: why don’t the western states »

The Growing Financial Disaster of Obamacare

Featured image President Obama asserts that 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as though that were something to be proud of. In fact, Obamacare has always been a fiasco from a fiscal perspective–a black hole of subsidies and expanded Medicaid, with largely fictitious mechanisms in place to pay for it. As the number of subsidized participants grows, the disaster gets worse. Charles Blahous explains: Our national discussion…is missing the truly »

The War On Standards Comes to College Debate [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Paul has been writing about the war on standards in various aspects of our society, generally as a means of advancing the interests of minorities (or purporting to advance them, anyway). Now it appears that the decline of standards–indeed, the abolition of any standards at all–has come to the world of college debate. The Atlantic reports: These days, an increasingly diverse group of participants has transformed debate competitions, mounting challenges »

Move On? Not Just Yet

Featured image In his press conference yesterday, President Obama accused Republicans of being obsessed with Obamacare. He said the law is here to stay, and it is time to “move on.” This is silly on a number of levels, some of which Paul pointed out this morning. I want to add just one more. It is absurd for the Democrats to say that Obamacare is secure and we should stop talking about »

Whitehouse and Waxman Still Demagoguing Keystone

Featured image If you are a regular reader, you know the story: six months ago, a fringe left-wing group put out a silly report that tried to tie Koch Industries to the Keystone Pipeline. I debunked that report, pointing out that Keystone would actually be adverse to Koch’s economic interests and that Koch has taken no position on whether it should be built. No one heard anything more about that report until »

It’s Official: Obama Is a Liar

Featured image This poll, conducted for Fox News by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R), sampled 1,000 registered voters. Released yesterday, it contains good news for Republicans. Its respondents view the GOP slightly more favorably than the Democrats, although the difference is well within the margin of error. President Obama’s approval is under water at 42/51, and Hillary Clinton’s approval/disapproval is slipping at 49/45. But this is what »

Jews Told to Register In Eastern Ukraine

Featured image More evidence that we are living through a reprise of the 1930s: Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media. Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a »

Today’s IRS Documents: What Do They Show?

Featured image Earlier today, Judicial Watch made public a batch of documents that it received from the IRS in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The documents consist of a series of emails relating to the IRS’s treatment of applications for 501(c)(4) status from “Tea Party” or otherwise conservative organizations. I am still working my way through the emails, but have a few preliminary observations. First, the most significant ones »

Where Do We Turn For Wisdom on Foreign Policy?

Featured image You know it’s an upside-down world when editorial cartoonists have a more sober understanding of national security realities than the administration’s foreign policy team. Click to enlarge: »

On Evaporation, the Scientific Battle Rages

Featured image Since they lose pretty much every argument, the global warming fraudsters try to tell us that the science is settled, and we should all just shut up. In fact, however, debates over various aspects of climate science are constantly raging. This one is a great example: “Major Errors Apparent in Climate Model Evaporation Estimates.” But first, let’s set the stage. It is generally accepted that ceteris paribus, increasing the concentration »

Trotsky Was Right

Featured image I am no fan of Trotsky, but he was right about one thing: “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” Many Americans seem to think that they can swear off foreign policy, but it isn’t that easy. I wrote on Sunday about Iran’s inexorable march toward nuclear capability, as proclaimed openly by its own leaders. In Ukraine, events seem to be moving toward a »