Author Archives: John Hinderaker

A Plea for Self-Defense in Great Britain

Featured image At American Thinker, Ciaran Brady eloquently makes the case for an effective right of self-defense in Europe, and in particular in Great Britain: The threat of marauding gunmen in a city, so vividly illustrated at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and the Kosher supermarket, has been clearly apparent to western nations since the horrific Mumbai attacks in 2008. MI5 have confirmed that the Syrian arm of a resurgent al-Qaeda is »

2014 Was One of the 3% Coldest Years in the Last 10,000

Featured image Climate alarmists play a number of tricks to try to make their catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theory seem plausible. One of the most important is that they focus on a ridiculously short period of time, beginning either in the late 19th century or at the beginning of the 20th. This is, of course, not even the blink of an eye in geologic time. Given that the Earth began emerging from »

The World Burns, America Fiddles

Featured image It would be hard to overstate how poorly things are going for the United States around the world. Iran moves steadily toward acquiring nuclear weapons, with the apparent approval of the Obama administration. Iraq, once hailed as one of the Obama administration’s greatest successes by Joe Biden, is now largely occupied by ISIS. The carnage in Syria continues. The government of Yemen, a key ally in the war against Islamic »

Romney Regresses On Climate

Featured image Mitt Romney is never a dollar short, but he is often a day or more late. This week, he showed that he has not been keeping up with developments in climate science: As he considers a third presidential campaign, Mitt Romney said Wednesday night that one of the country’s biggest challenges is climate change and that global solutions are needed to combat it. “I’m one of those Republicans who thinks »

Final Preview: Miss Universe 2014

Featured image The finale of the 2014 Miss Universe pageant is Sunday evening on NBC, at 8:00 Eastern, 7:00 Central. And no, that isn’t a typo. They must know it’s 2015, but this is indeed the 2014 Miss Universe pageant. And a good one it has been. The contestants have been in Miami for the last three weeks engaging in a variety of activities, which are documented at the Miss Universe site. »

The Power Line Show, Episode 8: Exploring Contemporary Conservative Political Philosophy

Featured image This afternoon we recorded an extraordinary edition of the Power Line Show: Steve Hayward and Scott Johnson talking about two of the towering conservative intellects of their generation, Harry Jaffa and Walter Berns, life-long allies and antagonists who died on the same day earlier this month. Steve studied under Jaffa (who was a pupil of Leo Strauss) and later was a colleague of Berns; Scott is a long-time student of »

Will Bill Clinton’s Past Doom Hillary’s Future?

Featured image Gawker has obtained flight logbooks for disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane, the “Lolita Express.” They disclose what appears to be a close relationship between Epstein and Bill Clinton: Bill Clinton took repeated trips on the “Lolita Express”—the private passenger jet owned by billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein—with an actress in softcore porn movies whose name appears in Epstein’s address book under an entry for “massages,” according to flight logbooks obtained by »

At Last, the Kind of Inflation Americans Care About!

Featured image As of today, more Americans can tell you the NFL’s rule for the inflation of footballs than know how many Congressmen are in the House of Representatives. And which was more eagerly awaited, this year’s State of the Union speech or Bill Belichick’s press conference this morning? It isn’t even close. The extent to which Americans’ interest in sports exceeds their interest in politics is extraordinary. Over the years, some »

Barack Obama, Wit?

Featured image Pretty much the only thing that anyone remembers 48 hours after President Obama’s State of the Union speech is his observation that he won two presidential campaigns. In Democratic circles, this is considered a “zinger.” Last night in the gym, I saw this image on a TV set tuned to MSNBC: And here is the segment: four minutes on Obama’s “epic put-down.” Seriously–this is what passes for wit in the »

Around the World, Reality Bursts Obama’s Bubble

Featured image Last night, President Obama put on a bizarre display of self-satisfaction: after six years of my enlightened leadership, all’s well at home and abroad! Would that it were so. In foreign policy, one of Obama’s main areas of delusion was Iran: Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran, where, for the first time in a decade, we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile »

Greatest. Democrat. Ever.

Featured image Of all the disgraceful members of the Democratic Party, hatemonger Alan Grayson, Congressman from Florida, may be the most despicable. On the positive side, however, he also provides a good deal of comic relief. Here is the latest on Grayson: A trial to determine whether U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson’s wife committed bigamy when she wed the congressman has been delayed because she required emergency surgery to remove breast implants. A »

Say It Ain’t No-Go, Bobby!

Featured image It is common knowledge that in various parts of Europe–France is notorious in this regard–there are Muslim enclaves where the writ of the law does not necessarily run. In these “no go” zones, police and fire protection are iffy or nonexistent, and Sharia law is often enforced on a de facto basis. Until today, it hadn’t occurred to me that there was any dispute about this. If you want to »

Yemen on the Brink of Collapse?

Featured image As President Obama indulges in irrelevant, politics-driven trivia–free community college! higher inheritance taxes!–serious events are taking place half way around the world. The government of Yemen, a significant ally in the war against Islamic extremism, teeters on the brink of collapse. The immediate threat comes from the Iran-supported, Shia Houthi group. But al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is waiting in the wings. Tonight, the news appears grim: Fighters from »

112 Broken Promises In 12 Minutes

Featured image It seems extraordinary that the Democratic Party press is trying so hard to generate enthusiasm for tonight’s State of the Union speech, given that everyone knows nothing Obama proposes will happen. If you want to save yourself some time, skip tonight’s speech and spend 12 minutes watching this montage of 112 of Obama’s broken promises from prior SOTU’s, going back to 2009 when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and »

House Immigration Bill Falls Far Short [Updated]

Featured image Tomorrow the House Homeland Security Committee will take up H.R.399, the Secure Our Border First Act of 2015, which I take it has the support of House GOP leadership. Sadly, the bill will do little to solve our illegal immigration crisis. The Center for Immigration Studies points out some of the bill’s many defects. Here are a few of the highlights: * The bill mandates just 27 miles of fencing, »

On Polar Bears, Don’t Buy the Hype

Featured image Global warming hysterics have adopted the polar bear as a mascot, even though I believe it is undisputed that polar bear populations are robust. One false claim about the bears after another is debunked, yet the misrepresentations take on a life of their own and are endlessly repeated. A case in point: the Washington Post published a piece, reprinted by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, about the bears’ purported woes. Most »

More Money: The Universal Solution

Featured image President Obama’s State of the Union speech tomorrow night will call for large tax increases and–as always–lots more spending. Somehow, liberals consider it a tautology that if there is a problem, spending money on it is a good thing. And if the money we have spent so far hasn’t done the trick, the solution is to spend even more. The possibility that there is little or no correlation between federal »