Author Archives: John Hinderaker

About that 5% GDP Growth Rate…

Featured image Just before Christmas, the Commerce Department announced that third quarter GDP growth came in at an upwardly-revised 5% annual rate. Nearly everyone hailed this as wonderful economic news. The New York Times celebrated the apparent return to rapid growth: [H]ere, for the holidays, is the festive news: The economy roared ahead at a 5 percent annual growth rate in the July through September quarter, the fastest quarterly growth since 2003. »

Three Christmas Videos

Featured image This is very cool, from (I think) a German grocery store chain: This is a short video of a dog wearing a Santa had and riding around on a Roomba, which evidently is a simple robot vacuum cleaner: The dog is having a more active Christmas Day than I am. This one isn’t actually a Christmas video at all. It features a brief encounter between a kangaroo and a drone, »

Santa’s Gifts to the World’s Dictators

Featured image Paul wrote yesterday that among the world’s clear winners in 2014 were ISIS, Bashar al-Assad and Iran. To that list we can add the Castro brothers, who may have been rescued from the trash heap by President Obama’s gratuitous aid. Michael Ramirez depicts President Obama as Santa, only he’s gotten his naughty and nice lists confused. Click to enlarge: »

Merry Christmas!

Featured image To all of our readers and friends, whatever you are doing this Christmas holiday, we hope you are doing it merrily! Posting may be light on account of the holiday; then again, we may have time on our hands and post up a storm, so check back frequently. And here is a pro tip for the holiday season: if you get into a political argument with your brother-in-law, you can »

Teenager Shot In Missouri: So What?

Featured image One of this morning’s big news stories is the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Antonio Martin by a policeman in Berkeley, Missouri–a place that, the Associated Press tells us helpfully, is “just a few miles from Ferguson.” The Antonio Martin shooting is currently the top story on Google News, and it is being headlined on pretty much every newspaper’s website. But why? What makes this a major news story? The Michael »

Communists Are Behind the Anti-Police Protests In New York

Featured image Beginning way back in 2002, we wrote about International A.N.S.W.E.R., a Communist organization that was founded in September 2001 and that organized substantial antiwar demonstrations during the Bush administration. A.N.S.W.E.R. embodied within itself the seeming contradiction between the far left and Islamic extremism: it enthusiastically supported both Kim il Jung and Saddam Hussein, and is directed in part by the Muslim Student Association. Our earliest posts on A.N.S.W.E.R. have been »

Marco Rubio on Cuba

Featured image This morning on the Laura Ingraham show, I talked with Senator Marco Rubio about the Obama administration’s overture toward Castro’s Cuban dictatorship. It is a good interview, I think. Among other things, it focuses on the Cuban regime’s military alliances with pretty much all of our worst enemies, and it reflects Rubio’s seriousness as a public figure. If there is a more earnest politician in the U.S., I can’t think »

Hurry to Cuba to See the Classic Cars!

Featured image Eleanor Clift gives gentry liberalism a bad name in this exchange with Pat Buchanan on The McLaughlin Group. Talking about Cuba, Clift says the key is to visit before it gets spoiled by economic progress. Cuba’s “classic cars,” in particular, are a tourist attraction: Those “classic” cars were manufactured in the 1950s and 1960s, or even earlier. They are still being driven because Cuba, being a Communist country, is dirt »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be guest hosting Laura Ingraham’s radio show again tomorrow morning from 9 to 12 Eastern, 8 to 11 Central. It should be another fun show. The first hour will feature lots about Christmas–a departure from my usual hard news focus, so I’m counting on some PL readers to call in and contribute. (The number is 855-405-2872.) After that possibly rocky beginning, we will welcome Marco Rubio, Eliana Johnson »

Earth’s Climate Shows 2,000-Year Cooling Trend

Featured image People who swallow global warming alarmism almost never know anything about the Earth’s climatic history. Next time one of your friends or relatives starts giving you the global warming routine, ask him or her to graph the temperature history of the last 500,000 years. Or 20,000 years. Or 2,000. Trust me: the supposed climate expert won’t be able to do it. Yet putting the modest temperature increase of the latter »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be guest hosting Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow and Tuesday. Please tune in if you can; the show runs from 9 to 12 Eastern time, 8 to 11 Central. If Laura isn’t on the air where you live, or you don’t know where to find her show on the dial, you can listen online. Or you can use Laura’s radio station finder, or wait until later and listen »

The Collapse of the Democratic Party In South Dakota: What Happened?

Featured image 2014 was a terrible year for the Democrats nationally, but in South Dakota it was a catastrophe: Democrats hold only 20 out of 105 seats in the state’s legislature, all 13 officers and representatives elected statewide are Republicans, and in the race for Governor, the Democrats suffered the worst margin of defeat in the state’s history. This marked the nadir for a party that as recently as 1978 was riding »

President Obama Weighs In On Murders of NY Policemen [Updated]

Featured image White House pool reporters have accompanied President Obama on his two and a half week Hawaiian vacation. Naturally, they were curious about his reaction to the murder of two New York police officers–a murder for which quite a few people, rightly or wrongly, hold him partly responsible because of his endorsement of the anti-police movement. Reporters’ questions were not immediately answered, however. Andrew Kaczynski has this report: I guess it’s »

I Miss W

Featured image It is sad that there is so much bad news so close to Christmas. The best thing we can say for our president is that he has departed for Hawaii on a 17-day vacation, so he can’t do any more damage until after the new year. Meanwhile, we could all use a day brightener. So here is one, via the Facebook account of a mother of twin daughters who were »

As Anti-Police Demonstration Rages at Mall of America, Two Cops Are Murdered in Brooklyn [Updated]

Featured image This afternoon there was an anti-police demonstration at the Mall of America in Minnesota. Twitchy had coverage. Stores were closed as chanting protesters occupied portions of several floors overlooking the mall’s rotunda. This photo is from Twitter: The person who posted it added: “Prosecute the police! Multilevel chant is thrilling.” The mall warned protesters to disperse, and police eventually cleared them out: While the demonstration was in progress, another anti-police »

On North Korea, Obama Leads From Behind

Featured image On November 24, the news broke that Sony Pictures’ computer system had been hacked. Today, 25 days later, President Obama finally addressed the issue in one of his rare press conferences. In the meantime, Sony had already announced that it is killing the movie that was the apparent cause of the intrusion, “The Interview;” showings of another film, “Team America,” had been canceled, and production of a third film that »

Where Did the Jobs Go?

Featured image Somewhat remarkably, given that it has presided over the worst recovery–by far–of the post-war era, the Obama administration tries to slice and dice employment numbers to portray itself as a champion of job creation. There are, indeed, a few more jobs today than there were six years ago. Yet for most Americans, the employment scene has gotten worse, not better. Why is that? Senate Budget Committee staff offer data in »