Author Archives: John Hinderaker

What’s Happening In States That Are Paying Attention Is Reassuring

Featured image Following the headlines every day, one could easily give in to despair. But if you want a shot of optimism, focus on these NBC/Marist poll results in states where voters might actually be paying attention–Iowa and New Hampshire. This poll is a simple approval/disapproval comparison. Of course, it reflects the fact that politicians in general are not held in high esteem. And Bernie Sanders scores well, especially in New Hampshire, »

John Kerry, Lawyer to the Mullahs

Featured image Washington Free Beacon put together this montage of John Kerry running interference for Iran’s rulers. It makes you feel confident that our interests were aggressively represented in the nuclear negotiations, doesn’t it? »

Morality Police Come to France [With comment by Paul]

Featured image In Reims, a young woman was sunbathing in a public park, wearing a bikini. Nothing wrong with that, right? Wrong: Social networks across France responded angrily to the news a 21-year-old woman was beaten up by a gang of girls and young women for the crime of wearing a bikini in a park. … According to police the young victim was sunbathing with two friends in the Parc Léo Lagrange »

Trump No Longer Even Pretends To Be a Republican

Featured image Scott Walker’s budget reforms in Wisconsin are one of modern conservatism’s greatest success stories. So why would Donald Trump attack them? Because 1) he is not a Republican, and 2) he is not a conservative. Trump went after Walker yesterday: “Wisconsin is in turmoil,” Trump told a boisterous crowd at a rally in Iowa. He pointed to the state’s roads, schools and hospitals, which he said were all “a disaster.” »

Reparations!

Featured image I had thought the concept of reparations was a silliness limited to the United States, but no: it has caught on elsewhere. A movement has arisen in India to make Britain “pay reparations for 200 years of colonial rule.” My own view is that the colonial era brought the region that became India and Pakistan out of barbarism and into the light, but that opinion is not universally held: India’s »

Background Check System Failed In Lafayette Murders

Featured image John Russell Houser, the “drifter” who murdered two and wounded several more in a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, was crazy as a loon. That isn’t unusual in such cases, but what is unusual is that Houser was involuntarily committed to a mental institution in 2008. That fact should have prevented him from buying the gun that he used to commit murder, but the federal government’s NICS system failed. The »

The Supreme Leader Tweets

Featured image I had never looked at the Ayatollah Khameini’s Twitter feed until this morning, when Drudge linked to it. Here is the Supreme Leader’s latest tweet, from earlier today: US president has said he could knock out Iran’s military. We welcome no war, nor do we initiate any war, but.. pic.twitter.com/D4Co7fVuVg — Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) July 25, 2015 I take it that is President Obama. My own view is that we should »

How Much Will Iran Gain from the Nuclear Deal?

Featured image If the long-term consequences of the administration’s Iran deal are murky, the short-term results are crystal clear: on Implementation Day, estimated to occur in a matter of months, sanctions against Iran will be lifted and Iranian assets that have been frozen abroad will begin to flow back to Tehran. This is, of course, why the mullahs made the deal. Sanctions imposed by the U.S., the E.U. and the U.N. have »

Possible Technical Issues This Evening

Featured image We will be moving to a new hosting service this evening beginning around 7 p.m. Eastern time. In principle, the move should be seamless and invisible. However, glitches are possible. If you see anything unusual going on with the site, that will probably be the reason. »

Ted Cruz Crushes Code Pink

Featured image Earlier today, Ted Cruz spoke to a rally protesting the administration’s Iran deal. Representatives of Code Pink and other radical groups, representing the establishment, crashed the rally and tried to shout him down. Cruz responded by inviting the leftists to the podium, where he engaged them in a civil debate. Medea Benjamin represented Code Pink, and another leftist or two was also heard from. Did Cruz crush them? He did. »

Sessions and Johnson Offer Legislation to End Sanctuary Cities

Featured image Paul wrote earlier today about the alien crime wave in Texas. In Congress, Senators Jeff Sessions and Ron Johnson have offered legislation that begins to address the problem of violent crimes committed by illegal aliens. It’s called the Protecting American Lives Act; the full text is here. In essence, the bill: * requires state and local jurisdictions to notify the federal government when a criminal alien is in their custody »

Carly Shows How It’s Done

Featured image Reporters love to cross-examine Republicans about social issues and their supposedly “extreme” positions. Of course, they never challenge Democrats on the positions that really are extreme–e.g., advocating the sale of aborted babies’ body parts. Republicans need to push back against these transparent attempts not only to make Republicans look bad, but equally important, to change the subject away from $18 trillion in debt, a collapsing foreign policy, runaway illegal immigration, »

So Planned Parenthood Sells Babies’ Body Parts: Is It a Scandal?

Featured image As you undoubtedly know, a group called the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) has made a series of undercover videos of high-ranking Planned Parenthood officials. So far, two videos have been released. In both, representatives of CMP are negotiating to buy fetal tissue in the form of intact organs from Planned Parenthood. The videos have caused a firestorm of controversy. Planned Parenthood has denied any wrongdoing and has denounced CMP »

Damned If You Don’t

Featured image The American Left’s foundational foreign policy belief is that enmity toward the U.S. is the result of our interventions abroad. Therefore, the solution to problems overseas is simple: stop intervening. Capital-L libertarians often express or imply similar views. So I was struck by this nugget buried in a Reuters story about Mohammod Abdulazeez, the Chattanooga terrorist: Abdulazeez’s friends said he returned from a trip to Jordan in 2014 concerned about »

Iran: Of Course We’ll Continue to Support Terrorists!

Featured image The worst feature of President Obama’s disastrous deal with Iran is that it provides immediate sanctions relief that will cause $100 billion to $150 to flow into the regime’s coffers, and will lead to substantial improvement in Iran’s economy, which has been badly hurt by the sanctions that the U.N., the U.S. and others have imposed. This means that opposition to the ayatollahs’ rule will be weakened, and Iran will »

Senate Hearing Highlights Problem of Illegal Immigrant Crime

Featured image Today the Senate Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing on the Obama administration’s abandonment of the country’s immigration laws. One of the terrible consequences of the administration’s scofflaw policy is that many thousands of illegal aliens with criminal convictions have been released into the population and have gone on to commit more crimes. The Senate committee heard from a series of family members of victims of illegal alien crime: The Democrats »

Activists Try To Set Up Scott Walker On Immigration

Featured image The Washington Post tells the story of the illegal immigrant who confronted Scott Walker in Iowa. Walker told him that “We’re a nation of laws,” and immigrants need to follow the law too. This encounter has gotten quite a bit of press: As presidential hopeful Scott Walker toured a farm in this tiny town where he lived as a child, he was confronted by an undocumented worker from Mexico who »