Author Archives: John Hinderaker

What Does “Peace” Mean to a Terrorist?

Featured image This is one of the fundamental asymmetries that have persisted for decades in the Middle East: to Israelis, “peace” means what it does here, in the U.S. A time to relax, to raise a family, to focus on one’s job; to take up a hobby or two. A time that one hopes will last forever. But for Islamic terrorists, “peace” means something quite different–more like a time out in a »

Can a Liberal Learn to Shoot?

Featured image I would have said, sure. In fact, I have taught a couple of liberals to shoot firearms. But when Buzzfeed recruited five young lefties for the experiment, the odds didn’t look good: Pretty entertaining. I would say that only one of the five shows any real promise, and she doesn’t look much like a liberal, either. Maybe we can sign her up for the NRA! »

Is “Climate Change” Causing the Western Drought?

Featured image Much of California, and other areas in the West, are enduring a severe drought. In February, President Obama decreed that the drought is the product of man-made “climate change.” This is a good example of a proposition that should be self-evident, but is generally ignored: you can’t talk intelligently about climate change unless you know something about climate history. Which, not surprisingly, Barack Obama doesn’t. The reality is that California »

The Significance of the Michael Brown Autopsy

Featured image The results of the first of three planned autopsies on the body of Michael Brown were released today by Dr. Michael Baden. Dr. Baden found that Brown was shot six times, with all six bullets coming from the front. This appears to rule out the claim that Brown was shot while running away from police officer Darren Wilson. The New York Times tries to make the best of it, repeating »

Thoughts on the Ritual Now Taking Place in Ferguson, Missouri

Featured image Eight days ago, a Ferguson, Missouri police officer named Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, a young but very large (6′ 4″, 300 pounds) African-American, under circumstances that remain murky. Since then, a ritual with which we have become tiresomely familiar has unfolded: demonstrations that turned into riots, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson–still!–descending on the scene, pleas for peace, intervention of federal authorities, calls for reappraisal of American race »

Reporting In, Briefly

Featured image I have been offline pretty much all day. Checking the news once or twice, my most distinct impression was that Republicans are doing a good job of pushing back against the Democrats’ political “indictment” of Rick Perry. Being attacked by these clowns is a badge of honor, and should be treated as such by all people of good will. So what did I do? Most notably, I shot an AR-15 »

The Democrats’ Latest Koch Smear Falls Flat

Featured image Left-wing political operative David Brock’s group, American Bridge, released a report today titled “Legacy of Loss: Koch Industries’ Layoffs and Environmental Harm in Battleground States.” The reference to battleground states eliminates any doubt as to the report’s purpose; it is basically a pastiche of news stories and rumors cobbled together from an internet search or two, intended for this year’s Congressional campaigns. The quality of the report, as one expects »

Rick Perry Indicted: Another Democratic Party Dirty Trick

Featured image A grand jury in Travis County, Texas, indicted Governor Rick Perry today. Why? For exercising his constitutional prerogative by threatening to veto, and then vetoing, an appropriation to support the public corruption unit in Travis County’s district attorney’s office. This followed the arrest of the county’s district attorney, Democratic Party activist Rosemary Lehmberg, for drunk driving, after she was found “with an open bottle of vodka in the front passenger »

The Democrats Are Begging For Money

Featured image They said it, I didn’t. This email went to Democratic Party supporters yesterday: We’re out of people to email you. In the last two days, you should have received an email from: – President Obama – Vice President Biden – Nancy Pelosi True. I received emails that ostensibly came from all of them. That’s how important this is! We’re getting massively outspent by Republican groups. And we’re fighting desperately to »

When Shot, Michael Brown Had Just Committed a Robbery

Featured image A major development today in the Michael Brown case: the Ferguson Police Department has released files, including surveillance video stills, indicating that Michael Brown and his companion, Dorian Johnson, had robbed a convenience store just ten minutes before Brown’s altercation with officer Darren Wilson. Brown and his friend stole a box of cigars worth around $50, and Brown assaulted a store clerk. Officer Wilson presumably was following up on the »

Wind Power Requires 700 Times as Much Land as Fracking

Featured image One of the weirder facts of contemporary life is that “environmentalists” generally prefer wind power to fracking. Unless you suffer from an anti-carbon fetish, there is no comparison, as the Telegraph reports: A wind farm requires 700 times more land to produce the same amount of energy as a fracking site, according to analysis by the energy department’s recently-departed chief scientific advisor. … Prof MacKay said that a shale gas »

New Jersey’s Insane Gun Laws Destroy Constitutional Rights

Featured image On behalf of the NRA, Ginny Simone reports on the outrageous case of Shaneen Allen, a young woman who is a Pennsylvania resident and has a Pennsylvania permit to carry a firearm. She inadvertently strayed into New Jersey, en route to a birthday party for one of her children, with her gun in her purse, and was arrested because she didn’t have a New Jersey carry permit. She is now »

Obama’s Brutal Vacation

Featured image Didn’t you find the news stories about the Obamas dancing through the night on Martha’s Vineyard heartwarming? I know I did. Actually, I am starting to feel sorry for Obama. Everything is unraveling on him, and there is nothing he can–given his abilities, his work ethic and his ideology–do about it. Liberal commentators are writhing with discomfort as Obama vacations while the world burns. His latest impromptu press conference had »

Even In Blue Minnesota, the Left Fizzles

Featured image For liberals, it has been a tough 5 1/2 years. The most “progressive” administration of our lifetimes has turned into a comprehensive disaster, especially if you aren’t a liberal hedge fund manager or a liberal “green” energy scammer. So enthusiasm on the Left has flagged, to say the least. Yesterday I got this email from MoveOn.org; click to enlarge: I was curious to see how substantial a demonstration MoveOn could »

It’s Not Easy Being White!

Featured image Americans of Middle Eastern and North African descent, sometimes abbreviated as “MENA,” have a problem: they are white. In today’s world, that is a bad thing, as Pew explains: [F]or the census, since the beginning of the last century, the MENA community has been lumped into the “white” category. Back in 1909, such a designation made a lot of sense, but today, members of the MENA community are lobbying the »

Is Minnesota’s Senate Seat In Play?

Featured image On paper, Al Franken is a vulnerable incumbent: he has served one undistinguished term in the Senate, trying mostly to stay out of trouble; his re-elect percentage is under 50; and President Obama is unpopular in Minnesota. So some observers are optimistic that Minnesota can be added to the list of potential GOP takeaways. Earlier today, I discussed the Minnesota Senate race on Wall Street Journal Live with host Mary »

How Democrats Sound When They Are Losing Badly

Featured image “Losing badly” was the subject line on yesterday’s email from MoveOn.org. It’s a real day-brightener, if you’re a Republican: Subject: Losing badly Dear MoveOn member, If you haven’t been paying attention to the midterm elections yet, here’s a quick update: Democrats are losing. Badly. Nate Silver, who picked every single state right in 2012, says the Republicans have a 60% chance of winning the Senate. The Washington Post’s polling experts »