Author Archives: John Hinderaker

ISIS Beheads Second American Journalist

Featured image ISIS has released a video which it says shows the beheading of American freelance journalist Steven Sotloff. Sotloff was captured in Syria in 2013, and ISIS threatened to kill him in the video showing the beheading of James Foley. Commenting on Sotloff’s murder, an administration spokesman proved a master of understatement: Washington has contacted about two dozen countries for help in freeing the three, but no foreign government appears to »

“Immigration Rights”–What Are They?

Featured image While Joe Biden was exhorting Detroiters to “take back America,” presumably from Barack Obama and himself, the president also expounded on the meaning of Labor Day. His themes were tiresomely familiar–we are the good guys, Republicans are the bad guys–but one interesting feature was his reference to “immigration rights.” This passage laid the groundwork: When unions and CEOs, when law enforcement and the evangelical community, when folks who usually don’t »

Joe Biden: Take Back America–From Me! [Updated]

Featured image Today, giving a Labor Day speech in Detroit, Joe Biden went full Democrat, unleashing a rant about the middle class. His theme was that America’s middle class is getting a raw deal, and at one point he yelled, “So folks, it’s time to take back America!” I agree that the middle class is, in important respects, getting a bad deal. But then, I haven’t been the vice-president for the last »

Dems Say: Only “Hillbillies” Want a Strategy

Featured image Donna Brazile, Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, sometimes appears to be one of the more responsible leaders of the Democratic Party. But look what she retweeted this morning: I am just outraged that Obama hasn't pasted together an #ISIS "strategy" to satisfy the craven political ravings of hillbillies yet. — Shoq (@Shoq) September 1, 2014 That’s dumb, obviously, an expression of the mindless hate that is pretty much »

One More Reason the Administration May Want to Have a Strategy

Featured image These days, all eyes are on ISIS. But they are far from the only Muslim terrorist group about which we should be concerned. Remember Boko Haram? They led the news cycle back in April–which seems like a long time ago, given the disasters that have occurred since then–when they kidnapped and enslaved 270 girls, most of them Christians. Which reminds me: is #BringBackOurGirls still trending? Now, that was a strategy! »

Which States Are the Richest? The Answer May Surprise You

Featured image It has long been obvious that it takes a lot of money to live in New York or San Francisco, while you can get along on much less in, say, Nebraska. But only in April of this year did the Bureau of Economic Analysis systematically compute real per capita income for each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. You can see the results for 2012, the only »

Why Renewable Energy Is Hopeless

Featured image At Watts Up With That?, Ed Hoskins spotlights the intractable problem with solar and wind power: much of the time, the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing. This means that in practice, solar and wind facilities can produce only a small fraction of their nominal capacities. This chart requires a bit of study; for three countries, the U.S., Germany and the U.K., it contrasts the nominal (“nameplate”) capacity »

Criticism of Obama is OK, But We Draw the Line at Unfairness to Barney Fife

Featured image We have long been critics of Barack Obama, sometimes harsh ones. But we have always tried to be fair. So when unfairness comes to light, we feel obliged to object to it. That happened yesterday when Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert lit into Obama for his incompetent foreign policy. The Daily Mail has the story: Lawmakers are fuming over President Barack Obama’s admission on Thursday that his White House lacks a »

Advice on Strategy From Dilbert

Featured image President Obama can’t come up with a strategy to deal with ISIS. It’s just so…complicated. Here’s an idea: how about if we kill them? I don’t suppose Obama will go with that one. But hey: even Dilbert has a better grasp of strategy than our clueless president: OK, it may not be optimal, but it’s better than anything the Obama administration has come up with! »

Imminent Terror Warning: Is It Time For a Strategy Yet? [Updated]

Featured image It was revealed today that Islamic terrorist groups are operating in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and that federal agencies have issued a warning of an “imminent terrorist attack on the border”: Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have »

Michael Brown: Too Burly for the New York Times

Featured image Michael Brown was a very large young man, 6’4″ and 292 (sometimes reported as 300) pounds. He used his size aggressively to rob a convenience store and shove aside a store clerk just ten minutes before his fatal encounter with a police officer. Brown’s height and weight are obviously relevant to the police officer’s claim of self-defense, which we assume will eventually be forthcoming. Yet these basic physical facts are »

Strategy? What Strategy?

Featured image President Obama gave a press conference today, in which the prime topic was ISIL. Obama’s constant theme was that we don’t have a strategy to deal with the terrorist organization that has been rampaging across Syria and Iraq for months. A transcript of the press conference is here: I’ll be meeting with my National Security Council again this evening as we continue to develop that strategy. And I’ve been consulting »

Across the Country, the Federal Government Fights For Muslim Worship Spaces [Updated]

Featured image The government of the United States is suing the town of St. Anthony, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb with a population a little over 8,000, to force the town to allow development of an Islamic center in an area reserved for industrial development. It is a minor news story, but one that sheds light on broader legal and cultural trends. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: The federal government on Wednesday »

HuffPo Has a Scoop: Conservative Candidates Appreciate the Support of Conservative Donors!

Featured image Someone–possibly an attendee, possibly a member of the hotel staff–audio taped a Koch-sponsored conference that was held in California last June. This, I take it, was one of the twice-a-year seminars that Koch puts on, by invitation, for conservative donors and others. Three Republican Senate candidates, Joni Ernst, Tom Cotton and Cory Gardner, participated in a panel titled “The Senate: A Window of Policy Opportunity for Principled Leaders.” Whoever recorded »

Barack Obama, the Teflon President

Featured image Back in the 1980s, the Democratic Party media dubbed Ronald Reagan the “Teflon President.” By this, they meant that their false, dishonest and trivial attacks on Reagan didn’t sway the public, which appreciated the most meteoric economic recovery in modern history and restoration of America’s status as not just a great power, but a competent one. Something quite different is happening with Barack Obama. By any possible measure, he has »

CNN Hypes Audio Recording of Gunshots

Featured image CNN has obtained and published an audio recording of a Ferguson, Missouri man engaged in what sounds like a sex chat with a woman. In the midst of it, you can hear gun shots in the background. These are presumed to be, although CNN says repeatedly that it has not verified the recording, the sounds of Officer Darren Wilson shooting Michael Brown. Erik Wemple relates the story behind the recording. »

Michael Brown’s Funeral [Updated]

Featured image Michael Brown was buried today. The New York Times reports on his funeral in St. Louis: They came by the thousands to pay their respects. Among them were the parents and extended family — some 500 strong — of Michael Brown, the unarmed… They keep saying that, as if it had some great significance. …black teenager… This entire pageant has to do with Brown’s race. Within the last few days, »