Author Archives: John Hinderaker

What Do Climate Skeptics Believe?

Featured image This article by Richard J. Petschauer at Watts Up With That? is an excellent short introduction to the views on climate that are held, generally, by those described as skeptics. (I prefer to call them climate realists.) You should read it all, but here are some excerpts: There are many areas where most skeptics and the “alarmists”, as they are called, agree. First is the idea of “climate sensitivity”, a »

Our Mean-Spirited President Cuts Loose

Featured image There has been quite a bit of news coverage of this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Don’t ask me why. The annual lovefest between Democratic politicians and Democratic journalists hasn’t generated any actual news in a long time. But this year’s event was perhaps notable because it exposed our president’s bitterness, as he approaches the end of his term. Humor is often revealing. Obama began with a joke that would »

What Really Happened to Harry Reid? Part 5 [Updated]

Featured image I have written about the severe injuries that Harry Reid mysteriously sustained on New Year’s Eve or New Years Day on five occasions: here, here, here here and here. In each of those posts, I expressed skepticism that Reid’s injuries, including the loss of sight in his right eye, broken facial bones, severe bruising down his right jaw, a concussion and multiple broken ribs, were the result of a breaking »

Talking Persecution and Politics With Seth and Me

Featured image We got to know Seth Leibsohn when he was Bill Bennett’s producer. Now he is a top-notch radio host in his own right. Yesterday he had me on his show to talk about my recent post on the religion of peace, the persecution of Christians in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Minnesota-born terrorists, Hillary Clinton’s stumbling campaign and the progress of the campaign on the Republican side. As always »

Loretta Lynch Confirmed With Ten Republican Votes

Featured image The Senate voted 56-43 this afternoon to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. Ten Republicans voted for confirmation: Kelly Ayotte, Ron Johnson, Mark Kirk, Rob Portman, Thad Cochran, Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch and Mitch McConnell. No doubt other Republicans put out statements explaining their opposition to Lynch, but I got these from Jeff Sessions and Marco Rubio, and thought they were both worth passing on. Senator »

If Liberals Understand Trade Policy, Why Can’t They Understand Immigration Policy?

Featured image There is a fundamental contradiction between the Obama administration’s trade policy and its immigration policy, a fact that is too seldom noted. A reader sums up the point well: Last night Obama was on Hardball and countered the left-Dem attacks on the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. This issue has the potential to really drive a huge wedge into the Dem-left coalition. But what struck me was the perhaps »

Democrats Raise Money By Lying About the Climate

Featured image I suppose it was Earth Day that prompted a mass email on climate from the Democratic Party. What is striking about the Democrats’ fundraising pitch is its mendacity. Here it is, in pieces: I wrote a long post on the falsity of this claim here: “Was 2014 Really the Warmest Year Ever?” The key point is that “on record” means since 1880, i.e., roughly the end of the Little Ice »

What Is It With MSNBC and Taxes?

Featured image Add Toure Neblett to the growing list of MSNBC personalities who don’t pay their taxes: Touré Neblett, co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle, owes more than $59,000 in taxes, according to public records…. In September 2013, New York issued a state tax warrant to Neblett and his wife, Rita Nakouzi, for $46,862.68. Six months later, the state issued an additional warrant to the couple for $12,849.87. … Last month, New York »

Attack on Paris Churches Thwarted

Featured image French authorities captured a would-be Islamic terrorist after he accidentally shot himself in the leg and called for an ambulance. He shot one woman, apparently at random, before being apprehended. In most respects, this would have been a typical terrorist attack. The terrorist was an Algerian who had lived in Paris for several years. He was 24 years old, intelligent and prosperous–a computer science student–rather than poor. He was already »

Americans Don’t Want More Immigration…And They’re Right

Featured image This comes from Republican Senate staff: The level of immigration in total numerical terms is currently at an all-time high, compressing wages and reducing employment (for both US-born and immigrant workers). Immigration levels have quadrupled from less than 10 million in 1970 to more than 40 million today – a period of long-term wage stagnation (real wages are lower today than in 1973). As a share of the population, the »

Hillary, the Middle-Class Warrior? [Updated]

Featured image Hillary Clinton has said that she will make income inequality the central theme of her campaign, and will position herself as an advocate for the middle class. No doubt such pretensions will be taken seriously by our news media. Reporters and mainstream commentators might ridicule the idea that a woman who hasn’t driven her own automobile in twenty years, charges $300,000 to give a below-average speech, and shakes down foreign »

Who Says You Can’t Go Home?

Featured image I haven’t been posting much the last couple of days because I have been in my home town, Watertown, South Dakota. BISCO (the Business Industry School Coalition), a local organization that promotes a “progressive and meaningful relationship among business, industry and schools,” invited me to speak at their annual lunch meeting. They thought it would be fun to hear about Power Line and related subjects. I said sure. Before that »

Deal? What Deal?

Featured image Amid debates over whether the Obama administration’s “framework” agreement with Iran is a good deal or a bad deal, an even more basic question keeps arising: is there any deal at all? The agreement as announced by America’s State Department included a robust program of inspections. The New York Times, which greeted the framework enthusiastically as “a surprisingly specific and comprehensive understanding,” emphasized the importance of the inspections regime as »

The Latest from the Religion of Peace®

Featured image In Uganda, five Muslims gang-raped the daughter of a Christian minister who refused their demands that he close his church: “One of the short messages in my phone read, ‘Be you informed that we do not want your church in this area. If you continue worship here, then you will live to regret it,’” the pastor told Morning Star News. The daughter, who also remains nameless, was walking to the »

Jeff Sessions Responds to New York Times

Featured image I wrote here about an ignorant New York Times editorial that attacked Senator Jeff Sessions on immigration, and denied that the laws of supply and demand apply to labor. Yesterday the Times published Sessions’ response, in the form of a letter to the editor. Among other things, Sessions points out that just a few years ago, the Times editorial board understood that mass low-skill immigration would inevitably depress the wages »

I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar!

Featured image The Democrats were able to elect Barack Obama president strictly on the basis of his race, and they hope to duplicate the trick with Hillary Clinton. For a number of reasons, I have been skeptical that gender politics can put Hillary in the White House. Most fundamentally, she lacks the superficial attractiveness that many saw in Obama. But this video by Caleb Bonham and a group called Campus Reform is »

The Power Line Show, Episode 14: The Presidential Race

Featured image Last night, three of the PL crew (John, Paul and Steve) got together for a review of the presidential race as it currently stands. A principal topic was Hillary Clinton’s bizarre rollout, complete with her incognito Chipotle appearance, “common man” meetings with Democratic Party officials, parking the “Scooby” van in a handicapped space, and more. Compared to that, Marco Rubio’s launch was seamless. We talked about a number of the »