Author Archives: John Hinderaker

On Gaza, Obama Contradicts Himself

Featured image This morning President Obama commented on both Gaza and the shooting down of the Malaysian airplane; you can read his remarks here. On Gaza, the President began with this: I want to note that Secretary Kerry has departed for the Middle East. As I’ve said many times, Israel has a right to defend itself against rocket and tunnel attacks from Hamas. And as a result of its operations, Israel has »

Groundhog Day Revisited

Featured image I first used the phrase Groundhog Day with reference to the Palestinians in April 2013, in Groundhog Day In the Middle East. Having forgotten that post, I used it again last Monday in For Anti-Semitism, It’s Deja Vu All Over Again. The reference is apt. Anyone observing Hamas’s attacks on Israel, Israel’s effort to neutralize Hamas’s terrorist capabilities, and the international reaction to that effort–not, of course, to Hamas’s terrorist »

Illegal Immigration a Winning Issue For Republicans

Featured image Long gone, evidently, are the days when the late, great Sonny Bono, asked for his position on illegal immigration, answered: “My position? What do you mean, my position? It’s illegal!” Still, I have never understood the claim that open borders is a winning political issue for the Democrats. That is borne out in the most recent Rasmussen Reports survey: Most voters don’t want any of the young illegal immigrants who’ve »

Political Courage Among the Democrats [Updated]

Featured image Hillary Clinton, presumptive 2016 presidential nominee, won’t say whether she supports Israel’s incursion into Gaza. My sense is that she thinks she has the presidency more or less in the bag and doesn’t want to take any risks. Hillary does say a lot of other stuff in this interview with Charlie Rose, which adds up to nothing but is transparently intended to make her sound smart. Someone needs to tell »

More Thoughts On MH17

Featured image The destruction of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 is one of the most appalling news stories within memory. A commercial airliner cruising six miles in the air, destroyed instantaneously by a surface to air missile–like September 11, I am afraid this event will permanently erode our sense of security. I agree with what Paul wrote this morning: the downing of MH17 should have serious consequences, but probably won’t. Here are a »

The Democrats’ Effort to Drive Conservatives Out of Politics Ramps Up In the Senate

Featured image The Democratic Party is engaged in a long-term, multi-faceted effort to drive conservative money out of politics so that competing messages won’t be heard. There is evidence that the Democrats’ campaign is succeeding, as David Drucker notes at the Washington Examiner: The Wall Street Journal reported this month that the largest Democratic-aligned super PACs had raised $82 million so far this election cycle, compared to just $47 million for the »

Is Hillary Worth $2,777 Per Minute?

Featured image Hey, I thought Gisele Bundchen was well-paid at $128,000 a day, but Hillary Clinton’s $2,777 per minute works out to just about $2 million a day, if you assume Gisele works 12-hour days, which I am guessing she does. Is Hillary worth 15 times as much as Gisele? Hmm… Hillary, Gisele…Hillary, Gisele… Enough! Sorry, Tom, but I’m convinced Gisele is a bargain compared to Hillary. By the way, it is »

Media Alert

Featured image Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow morning, 6-9 Pacific, 8-11 Central, 9-12 Eastern, as I will be guest hosting the Laura Ingraham show. We have a terrific lineup of guests, and much to talk about. If you don’t know where to find Laura’s show on your local radio dial, there is a station finder here. »

Whew! We’re Back

Featured image Power Line was down for a while, apparently because of a denial of service attack. Thanks to Joe Malchow and the folks at Rackspace, we were not inaccessible for long. Joe is trying to get more information about the source of the attack and we will update if we learn where it came from. But I suppose we can pretty well guess. »

Sessions Warns Of “Threat to the Foundations of Our Constitutional Republic”

Featured image President Obama’s deliberate subversion of the nation’s immigration laws is one of his administration’s gravest failures. Yesterday, Senator Jeff Sessions had this letter hand-delivered to every member of Congress. While Sessions mentions in passing the president’s current request for billions of dollars in funding for the most recent wave of illegal immigrants, his broader point is that Congress must stand up to the administration’s lawlessness: Sen. Sessions Dear Colleague PDF »

Media Alert

Featured image I will guest host the Laura Ingraham radio show Wednesday morning, day after tomorrow, from 8 to 11 Central, 9 to 12 Eastern. It is a nice opportunity, as I have only been on Laura’s show a couple of times as a guest. I have been working on lining up guests. Here is something you might not realize: prominent politicians (Jeff Sessions, Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton) work like dogs. Their »

Watch the “Beasts” Spare Children

Featured image I wrote earlier today about the predictable hysteria over Israel’s effort to defend itself against rocket and missile attacks. In Germany, Muslim demonstrators carried a sign saying “You Jews Are Beasts.” And, of course, the demonstrators screamed that Israelis are “children-murderers.” Funny thing about that. Hamas stations its missile launchers and other military apparatus in houses, next to schools, and so on, hoping that military strikes will inadvertently kill Palestinian »

For Anti-Semitism, It’s Deja Vu All Over Again

Featured image Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Hamas agents carry out an act of terrorism against Israel, in this case the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers. Next, the rocket bombardment from Gaza accelerates, with hundreds of rockets and missiles being fired at virtually all corners of Israel. Hamas proudly announces that its rockets can now reach every major Israeli population center. Much property is destroyed, Israelis are »

On Global Warming, Follow the Money

Featured image There is a real irony in the Left’s repeated insinuation that climate realists must be funded, somehow, by the oil industry. In truth, there is plenty of money being distributed to climate scientists, but just about all of it comes from governments, and all government money goes to alarmists who promote government power. From this week’s The Week That Was, from the Science and Environmental Policy Project: Based US government »

Great Moments in Presidential Leadership

Featured image One of the problems with Barack Obama is, you get the feeling that he thinks the Evil Empire is us. Click to enlarge file size: »

In Malaysia, Sharia Advances

Featured image Malaysia is one of those countries that have been cited, along with Indonesia and Turkey, as evidence that a predominantly Muslim country can have a secular government and can, in general, be modern. A prominent commentator wrote some years ago that the Arab world may be hopeless, but the Islamic world isn’t. That didn’t sound overly optimistic at the time, but with hindsight, it may have been. We all know »

The Hinderaker-Ward Experience, Episode 73: Love Is the Law

Featured image This morning Brian Ward and I recorded Episode 73 of the Hinderaker-Ward Experience. Immigration was the topic of the hour, naturally, and it led to a discussion of the I-word and whether it should ever be uttered by Republicans. We also found time to award our Loon of the Week and Week In Gatekeeping prizes, as well as to welcome Mark Yost, the columnist and novelist, author most recently of »