Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Vostok Ice Cores and the 8,000-year Lag

Featured image During Earth’s recent history, there has been a relationship between carbon dioxide and global temperatures: when temperatures rise, the concentration of CO2 subsequently rises, and when temperatures fall, CO2 concentration thereafter declines. Ice cores from Vostok in Antarctica have been studied intensively to analyze temperatures and concentrations of various gases over the course of millennia. Euan Mearns reviews the literature as it relates to both CO2 and methane: In their »

Whose Puppet Are They?

Featured image To a large degree, those who engage in violent protests are the same people, regardless of their alleged cause–anti-war, anti-economic development, anti-police. And those who organize the demonstrations are, likewise, largely the same groups, year after year. We wrote here about the fact that the Communist group A.N.S.W.E.R. is a chief organizer of the anti-police protests in New York. That post might have been the inspiration for this cartoon by »

Kneepad Alert: Foodie Obama Is Hippest President Ever!

Featured image By any reasonable standard, the Obama administration has been a train wreck. But that doesn’t prevent our state media from fawning over him as though he were the reincarnation of George Washington. Here, it is CBS, telling us that Obama is a “foodie” who eats at the trendiest restaurants, is “far hipper” than other presidents; in particular, “so much cooler than President Bush.” Actually, if you watch to the end »

A Funeral In New York

Featured image Some 25,000 policemen turned out for the funeral of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos in Queens, some of them flown to New York, free of charge, by Jet Blue. This was the sea of blue outside the church where the funeral was held: Ramos’s family, before the service. I had not realized it, but Ramos reportedly was studying to be a minister: Mayor de Blasio has been trying to mend fences »

Per Capita Federal Spending Shows 40-Year Trends

Featured image Veronique de Rugy has performed a real service by compiling the data shown in the chart below, in a manner that I haven’t seen it before. The chart depicts per capita federal spending from 1962 to the present, broken down into three categories: discretionary, mandatory and net interest, and stated in constant 2014 dollars. First the chart, then some comments about it. Click to enlarge: Shown on a per capita »

About that 5% GDP Growth Rate…

Featured image Just before Christmas, the Commerce Department announced that third quarter GDP growth came in at an upwardly-revised 5% annual rate. Nearly everyone hailed this as wonderful economic news. The New York Times celebrated the apparent return to rapid growth: [H]ere, for the holidays, is the festive news: The economy roared ahead at a 5 percent annual growth rate in the July through September quarter, the fastest quarterly growth since 2003. »

Three Christmas Videos

Featured image This is very cool, from (I think) a German grocery store chain: This is a short video of a dog wearing a Santa had and riding around on a Roomba, which evidently is a simple robot vacuum cleaner: The dog is having a more active Christmas Day than I am. This one isn’t actually a Christmas video at all. It features a brief encounter between a kangaroo and a drone, »

Santa’s Gifts to the World’s Dictators

Featured image Paul wrote yesterday that among the world’s clear winners in 2014 were ISIS, Bashar al-Assad and Iran. To that list we can add the Castro brothers, who may have been rescued from the trash heap by President Obama’s gratuitous aid. Michael Ramirez depicts President Obama as Santa, only he’s gotten his naughty and nice lists confused. Click to enlarge: »

Merry Christmas!

Featured image To all of our readers and friends, whatever you are doing this Christmas holiday, we hope you are doing it merrily! Posting may be light on account of the holiday; then again, we may have time on our hands and post up a storm, so check back frequently. And here is a pro tip for the holiday season: if you get into a political argument with your brother-in-law, you can »

Teenager Shot In Missouri: So What?

Featured image One of this morning’s big news stories is the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Antonio Martin by a policeman in Berkeley, Missouri–a place that, the Associated Press tells us helpfully, is “just a few miles from Ferguson.” The Antonio Martin shooting is currently the top story on Google News, and it is being headlined on pretty much every newspaper’s website. But why? What makes this a major news story? The Michael »

Communists Are Behind the Anti-Police Protests In New York

Featured image Beginning way back in 2002, we wrote about International A.N.S.W.E.R., a Communist organization that was founded in September 2001 and that organized substantial antiwar demonstrations during the Bush administration. A.N.S.W.E.R. embodied within itself the seeming contradiction between the far left and Islamic extremism: it enthusiastically supported both Kim il Jung and Saddam Hussein, and is directed in part by the Muslim Student Association. Our earliest posts on A.N.S.W.E.R. have been »

Marco Rubio on Cuba

Featured image This morning on the Laura Ingraham show, I talked with Senator Marco Rubio about the Obama administration’s overture toward Castro’s Cuban dictatorship. It is a good interview, I think. Among other things, it focuses on the Cuban regime’s military alliances with pretty much all of our worst enemies, and it reflects Rubio’s seriousness as a public figure. If there is a more earnest politician in the U.S., I can’t think »

Hurry to Cuba to See the Classic Cars!

Featured image Eleanor Clift gives gentry liberalism a bad name in this exchange with Pat Buchanan on The McLaughlin Group. Talking about Cuba, Clift says the key is to visit before it gets spoiled by economic progress. Cuba’s “classic cars,” in particular, are a tourist attraction: Those “classic” cars were manufactured in the 1950s and 1960s, or even earlier. They are still being driven because Cuba, being a Communist country, is dirt »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be guest hosting Laura Ingraham’s radio show again tomorrow morning from 9 to 12 Eastern, 8 to 11 Central. It should be another fun show. The first hour will feature lots about Christmas–a departure from my usual hard news focus, so I’m counting on some PL readers to call in and contribute. (The number is 855-405-2872.) After that possibly rocky beginning, we will welcome Marco Rubio, Eliana Johnson »

Earth’s Climate Shows 2,000-Year Cooling Trend

Featured image People who swallow global warming alarmism almost never know anything about the Earth’s climatic history. Next time one of your friends or relatives starts giving you the global warming routine, ask him or her to graph the temperature history of the last 500,000 years. Or 20,000 years. Or 2,000. Trust me: the supposed climate expert won’t be able to do it. Yet putting the modest temperature increase of the latter »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be guest hosting Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow and Tuesday. Please tune in if you can; the show runs from 9 to 12 Eastern time, 8 to 11 Central. If Laura isn’t on the air where you live, or you don’t know where to find her show on the dial, you can listen online. Or you can use Laura’s radio station finder, or wait until later and listen »

The Collapse of the Democratic Party In South Dakota: What Happened?

Featured image 2014 was a terrible year for the Democrats nationally, but in South Dakota it was a catastrophe: Democrats hold only 20 out of 105 seats in the state’s legislature, all 13 officers and representatives elected statewide are Republicans, and in the race for Governor, the Democrats suffered the worst margin of defeat in the state’s history. This marked the nadir for a party that as recently as 1978 was riding »