Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Is There Any Hope For Our Civilization?

Featured image I am an inveterate optimist, but the more I learn about what goes on in our universities, the more I conclude that our civilization has a death wish. Heather Mac Donald’s article in City Journal on “micro-aggression” at UCLA prompted this particular bout of despondency. What goes on in our universities is scarcely believable. Mac Donald’s article is lengthy and should be read in its entirety, but here are a »

Another al-Shabab Massacre In Kenya

Featured image Twenty terrorists from al-Shabab, the Somali Islamic group, ambushed a bus near Mandera, Kenya, with 60 passengers on board. They segregated those who didn’t look Somali and–since al-Shabab has nothing to do with Islam, as President Obama likes to assure us–demanded that they recite the Shahada. The 28 who couldn’t do so were lined up on the ground and shot. Warning: graphic photo. The dead included nine women and 17 »

The Power Line Show: Episode 2, With Tom Cotton and Bill Voegeli

Featured image Last night we got the whole PL crew together for Episode 2 of the Power Line Show. We were joined by Senator-elect Tom Cotton and Bill Voegeli, author of The Pity Party. The president’s amnesty order and multiple email mysteries were the main topics of the day. You can join Power Line VIP for only $4 per month or $40 per year. Click here to join. Not only will you »

What Is DOJ Hiding About Its Targeting of Sharyl Attkisson?

Featured image I wrote last night about Judicial Watch’s bombshell revelation that Eric Holder’s office collaborated with the White House to try to force Sharyl Attkisson off the Fast and Furious investigation. (If you haven’t read that post, you should start there.) We know this because of this email thread, which was among the documents that DOJ produced to Judicial Watch. The thread is a conversation between Tracy Schmaler, Eric Holder’s press »

Should Republicans Embrace the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine?

Featured image The Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine holds that a president is not required to implement or enforce laws passed by Congress with which he disagrees. Obama’s use of the doctrine sets an interesting precedent for the next chief executive, who likely will be a Republican. For example, a Republican could adopt the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine with regard to corporate income taxes by directing the IRS to cease all efforts to enforce those »

On Obama’s Illegal Usurpation, Jeff Sessions Speaks For Us

Featured image We will have more to say about President Obama’s unconstitutional nullification of the nation’s immigration laws in the days to come; likely, before the night is over. But for now, let’s quote Senator Jeff Sessions, who has been the hero on this issue for a long time. Better than anyone else, Sessions has drawn the connection between the open borders movement that is supported by business magnates and those who »

Bombshell: Attorney General Targeted Attkisson [Updated]

Featured image Judicial Watch has slowly been prying Fast and Furious documents out of the desperate grip of the Obama administration. The Department of Justice has now produced around 40,000 pages of documents–a tiny amount–which Judicial Watch has posted on its web site. So far, the most explosive document to emerge is an email thread between Tracy Schmaler, who headed Eric Holder’s Office of Public Affairs, and White House Deputy Press Sectary »

Who’s Obstructionist?

Featured image We hear a lot about Republican obstructionism, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing–the Obama administration wants to do lots of things that ought to be obstructed. Still, it is odd how seldom we hear about Democrats being obstructionist. That is starting to change, perhaps, following the mid-term elections. But think about the last six years: the Republicans wanted to obstruct Obamacare and the “stimulus” boondoggle, but they didn’t have the »

Obama Decides Being Emperor Is a Good Gig

Featured image As we and many others have pointed out, one of President Obama’s problems, as he prepares to issue an executive amnesty tomorrow, is that he has long been on record as saying that such an action would be illegal–in his words, the act of an “emperor.” Obama himself just brazens it out, saying “Well, actually, my position hasn’t changed.” But of course it has. Yesterday ABC’s Jon Karl tried to »

Democrats Plot Illegal Amnesty

Featured image Ed O’Keefe, Congressional reporter for the Washington Post, tweets that the White House chief of staff will meet with Senate Democrats on Thursday: SCOOP: Senate Democrats to huddle on Thursday with WH Chief of Staff Denis R. McDonough… — Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) November 18, 2014 Most in Washington think that this presages President Obama’s long-awaited announcement that he is repealing the nation’s immigration laws by executive fiat, one of the »

Steyer and the Democracy Alliance Go to Bat For Iran

Featured image We have written often about Tom Steyer, the coal magnate turned “green” energy crony who has become the largest funder of the Democratic Party, and the Democracy Alliance, an umbrella group of left-wing donors that supports a variety of liberal organizations. Steyer and the Alliance are usually associated with domestic issues, but one foreign policy organization that both support is the Truman National Security Project. Truman’s name is intended to »

Palestinians Celebrate Jerusalem Murders

Featured image This morning, two Palestinians attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem and murdered four rabbis during their morning prayers, wounding a number of others. The rabbis reportedly included three Americans and a Briton. The murderers were armed with a gun, knives and axes or meat cleavers. Most of us wouldn’t regard this as something to celebrate: But then, most of us haven’t been raised from birth to hate. Muslims in both Gaza »

About Gruber, I Have One Question

Featured image If Jonathan Gruber had hardly anything to do with Obamacare, as the Democrats are now telling us, can we taxpayers get our $1.5 million back? UPDATE: See comment from James Dill below. If his updated numbers are correct, it is more like $6 million. I am old enough to remember the days when that was a lot of money. »

Erdogan and Harvard: Muslims Discovered America!

Featured image You likely have seen that Turkish President Recep Erdogan told a gathering of Latin American Muslim leaders in Istanbul that America was discovered by Muslim sailors: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there. “Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, »

Surprise: Obama Once Knew Law of Supply and Demand Applies to Immigration

Featured image In his 2006 book The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama anticipated the current Republican critique of his plan for amnesty and a drastically increased flow of low-skill immigration. The Daily Caller reports: “[T]here’s no denying that many blacks share the same anxieties as many whites about the wave of illegal immigration flooding our Southern border—a sense that what’s happening now is fundamentally different from what has gone on before,” then-Senator »

It Was George W. Bush Who Slowed the Rise of the Oceans

Featured image One of Barack Obama’s most notorious flights of hubris was his proclamation that his nomination was “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow.” I have always understood how silly this was: the oceans have been rising for around 12,000 years, since the end of the last Ice Age. The rise was rapid during the first few millennia, then tapered off to where it has continued at »

Grubergate Highlights the Corruption of the Obama Administration

Featured image The New York Post’s Kyle Smith does an excellent job of summing up the Jonathan Gruber scandal, and its significance: Gruber, the MIT economist who (in the words of The New York Times) “put together the basic principles of” ObamaCare and helped Congress “draft the specifics of the legislation” is one of a long line of liberals driven by the belief that the stupidity of the American people is so »