Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Happy Halloween From the Would-Be Monarch!

Featured image Some dressed-up kids came by our house tonight, trick or treating. That’s all in good fun, but, sadly, we have a dressed-up middle-aged cipher in the White House, pretending to be a president. Or a king. Or something; someone who doesn’t have to worry about a troublesome Constitution, in any event. Government is so much simpler when you can just issue orders and amend statutes by decree. Michael Ramirez comments; »

Mayday Explains: When We Say “Money,” We Mean Conservative Money!

Featured image Two left-wing groups, MoveOn and Mayday.US, sponsored a video contest to highlight the “problem” of money in politics. They published the videos that were submitted on a web site, and encouraged viewers to vote for the best one. Sadly, their effort was nowhere near as successful as the Power Line Prize competition of a couple of years ago. They got one really good entrant, produced by American Commitment, which focused »

The Catcall Video, and Rape Culture

Featured image I may have been the last person on Earth to watch the “catcall” video that has now been viewed more than 25 million times on YouTube, and seen by many more on news shows, etc. Just in case you haven’t seen it either, here it is. It is two minutes long. Basically, a pretty young woman walked around Manhattan for ten hours while being filmed, and a number of guys »

New Ad Takes On Liberal Media

Featured image We wrote here about Conservative War Chest, which has produced some excellent, hard-hitting ads this election cycle. Their latest came out today; it is a frontal assault on liberal media. Spokesman Mike Flynn says: Our new ad shows specific, concrete examples of news executives and partisan reporters trying to hid the truth from the American people. They play such a role trying to influence our elections that they should be »

Democrats Race-Bait Across the South

Featured image The saddest aspect of this year’s scoundrelly election season is the Democrats’ effort to stir up racial discord in hopes of hanging on to control of the Senate. No lie is too absurd for the Democrats when Harry Reid’s future is at stake. The New York Times reports: In the final days before the election, Democrats in the closest Senate races across the South are turning to racially charged messages »

A World Turned Upside Down

Featured image The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on President Obama’s plan to selectively revoke the nation’s immigration laws by executive decree. (As the Journal notes, the administration is trying to craft orders that are “legally defensible.”) This latest news drew another blast of righteous indignation from Senator Jeff Sessions, who is Horatius at the bridge when it comes to defending the rights and interests of American workers: The Wall Street Journal »

Who’s a Chickenshit? Part Two

Featured image We have written here and here about the “senior Obama administration official” who called Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit” in an interview with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg. This is the full context: The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official »

What Difference, At This Point, Does It Make?

Featured image Democrats are convinced that Hillary Clinton is a powerhouse presidential candidate, notwithstanding the fact that the only elections she has ever actually won were for the Senate; she ran in New York, a state in which she did not live, while she was First Lady. Which is, essentially, cheating. She was then reelected. After that, she lost the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination despite being universally considered the inevitable nominee. Is »

More on the Obama Administration Scandal That the Washington Press Corps Tried to Bury

Featured image We wrote last night that the story Scott–and no one else–has been reporting for the last week has been confirmed. The computers in the Executive Office of the President have been down for two weeks because they were hacked by a foreign power–the Obama administration now says Russia–and administration technical personnel are having trouble bringing them back on line. This is a huge story, obviously, and it is inconceivable that »

Who’s a Chickenshit?

Featured image In case you missed it, the Obama administration (a “senior administration official”) has gone on record calling Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit.” Somehow, that seems like a poor–not to mention vulgar–turn of phrase. The Netanyahu family is not known for its “chickenshit” qualities. Let’s just say that in his youth, Benjamin did not belong to a “Choom Gang.” Mark Hemingway responds on Twitter: Sure, that chickenshit PM was IDF special forces, »

Is the Washington Press Corps Covering Up Another Obama Administration Fiasco? [Updated]

Featured image Last week, we got information from a source in the Executive Office of the President that the EOP’s computer system had been down for, at that time, a week. Federal IT personnel evidently were having trouble identifying and fixing the problem that had brought the computer system down (although email and internet access had been restored), and EOP employees were instructed to say nothing about it. Scott followed up with »

Is Minnesota Evidence of a GOP Wave?

Featured image With one week to go before the election, public sentiment seems to be breaking in the Republicans’ favor. Time will tell: projections depend on turnout models, and the Democrats are making hysterical efforts to turn out their base, as well as counting on voter fraud in key states. But will 2014 be just a satisfactory year for the GOP, or will there be a wave that includes unexpected victories? I »

It’s Time to Stand Up For American Workers

Featured image Today Peter Kirsanow, a Civil Rights Commissioner, wrote President Obama to urge him to abandon the executive amnesty that is planned for after the election. Kirsanow’s letter focuses on the damage an amnesty, and increased legal immigration, will do to American workers, especially African-Americans and STEM workers. First, here is Kirsanow’s letter in its entirety. Then I will excerpt some paragraphs, omitting the extensive footnotes: Executive Amnesty Letter October 2014 »

The Most Stunning News Story of 2014

Featured image Back in June 2013, we covered the hacking of at least one of reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s computers by persons unknown. CBS, which, as we now know, was anything but supportive of Attkisson, verified that the intrusion(s) had taken place: A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012. »

Say It Ain’t So, Jeb!

Featured image Jeb Bush’s son George says that Jeb is “moving forward” on a 2016 presidential bid. This is consistent with a variety of other signals Jeb Bush has given, and in my view, it is bad news. I admire Jeb Bush: he was an excellent governor, and he is a good man who has thought seriously about many of the issues, especially the “softer” issues, that confront us. But the last »

The Fast and Furious Cover-up, Hiding In Plain Sight

Featured image The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been trying to investigate the Fast and Furious scandal for years, but has been stymied by the Obama administration’s stonewalling. The House committee was willing to narrow its request for Department of Justice documents to an extraordinary degree; ultimately, the committee asked only that the Obama administration produce documents after February 4, 2011, relating to the false letter to Congress that bore »

Barack Obama? Who’s He?

Featured image One of the main story lines of this year’s elections has been Democratic Senate candidates fleeing from President Obama, even as he insists that his policies are on the ballot and they are all his staunch supporters. The spectacle has had plenty of entertainment value, but its significance shouldn’t be overlooked. While they don’t want to admit it publicly or even to pollsters, it is obvious that nearly all Democrats »