Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Photos of the Day, and Instagram

Featured image The photo of the day–one of them, anyway–was taken by me, in November 2003 when I was in London on business. Which reminds me–things have been dull lately, I could use some more business trips like that one. It is a beautiful photo, I think, taken on the bank of the Thames. The lighting is entirely fortuitous: I couldn’t do this on purpose in a million years. Click to enlarge: »

Venezuela Banned Guns: Let’s Not Follow Their Example

Featured image In June 2012, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez banned all sales of firearms and ammunition to civilians: With Chavez’s new gun-control law, only the Venezuelan army, police officials and certain groups such as security and private detective firms are allowed to buy firearms, and then only from state-owned weapons manufacturers and importers. … According to a press statement, the Chavez government initiated a gun amnesty of sorts in order to phase »

Listen To My Interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show re Tom Steyer

Featured image Last night on the Hugh Hewitt show, Hugh and I talked about Tom Steyer, the Democrats’ top money man, and my post The Epic Hypocrisy of Tom Steyer. Someone put the audio of the interview up on YouTube, along with some apt graphics. So here it is; the interview runs a little over eight minutes: Hugh is hitting the Steyer story hard, on his radio show, his web site and »

GOP Senators Blast Obama on Immigration

Featured image Everyone knows that Barack Obama has been a scofflaw with respect to Obamacare. But even more damaging has been his (and his attorney general’s) wanton refusal to enforce the immigration laws. Today, Republican senators Grassley, McConnell, Sessions, Shelby, Lee, Isakson, Johanns, Inhofe, Boozman, Vitter, Risch, Crapo, Roberts, Blunt, Cochran, Chambliss, Scott, Coburn, Fischer, Cruz, Hoeven and Hatch sent this blistering letter to Obama, asking that he fulfill both his constitutional »

The Constitution Is Still Constitutional, For Now

Featured image I think Scott was the first person I heard say that one day, the Supreme Court may rule the Constitution unconstitutional. That didn’t happen yesterday, when the court decided the Schuette case on a 6-2 vote, but it could have. The issue in Schuette was whether it is permissible for a state to prohibit race discrimination by public institutions. The majority held that a state can indeed ban discrimination on »

The Dems Are In Trouble In Oregon

Featured image In Oregon, little-known Senator Jeff Merkley is running for re-election. His opponent is Dr. Monica Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon. I don’t know much about Dr. Wehby, but she is playing for keeps. Check out this ad; it is pure dynamite: If Oregon wasn’t in play before, it is now. »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show this afternoon at 6:20 EST, 5:20 CST, talking about the epic hypocrisy of Tom Steyer, which Hugh commented on here. If you are not sure where to find Hugh on your radio dial, you can listen online here. »

How Bad Is the Economy? This Bad

Featured image I have often said that in order to understand how bad our economy truly is, you have to have children at an age where they and their friends are getting out of school and looking for jobs. After five years of ostensible recovery, the job situation is brutal for young people. This was confirmed once again by a study of recent Minnesota graduates that was covered in yesterday’s Minneapolis Star »

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 »