Author Archives: John Hinderaker

The “Abject Failure” Strikes Back

Featured image Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz is utterly incompetent. For the details, read the just-released issue of Thinking Minnesota, which drives political debate in my state. During the days of rioting, looting and arson in Minneapolis that followed the death of George Floyd, it became obvious that the situation was a disaster. Walz tried to distance himself from the debacle by saying in a press conference that fellow Democrat Jacob Frey, the »

When Baseball Knew Better

Featured image My friend Clark Griffith was involved for many years in major league baseball. His family owned the Washington Senators, then the Minnesota Twins, for close to a century. Clark at one time more or less ran the Twins, and he played a major role in marketing Major League Baseball as well. Some say that the concept of standardizing team logos and making money by putting them on hats, shirts and »

“Woke” Sports Bombing With Fans

Featured image I never understood why pro sports leagues thought that buying into a far-left, anti-American narrative would ingratiate them with their fans. At the moment, it looks like my skepticism (shared by many, of course) was justified. Breitbart reports: “Ratings crash for NBA, MLB after protest-filled debuts.” As the NBA and MLB return from their coronavirus-imposed hiatus, it appears TV viewers are not interested in what the increasingly woke leagues have »

Body Cam Footage of Floyd’s Arrest Leaked

Featured image Someone leaked police body cam footage of George Floyd’s arrest to the Daily Mail. There are two videos, embedded below. Make of them what you will. To me, what is most striking is how crazy Floyd was from the beginning. The officers tried to get him out of the vehicle in which he was parked and into their squad car so they could take him to a police station and »

Conservatism Means Sanity

Featured image I agree essentially 100% with Paul’s discussion earlier today of what 21st Century conservatism should stand for. I also would put Paul’s analysis next to this new Trump campaign ad: — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2020 What is striking to me is that the ad consists of what once were considered platitudes. But in today’s world, it is an ad that no Democratic candidate could endorse, a »

Great Poll Results, If Accurate

Featured image Britain’s Sunday Express is doing polling in the U.S. in conjunction with the Democracy Institute, a right-leaning Washington think tank. The most recent results, as published in the Express, look great for President Trump. However, I haven’t been able to learn who the pollster was, or what partisan breakdown was sampled. Those are huge caveats, obviously. Subject to those reservations, the results are striking. The Express/Democracy Institute Poll finds President »

In Turkey, Women Are “Hunted Like Birds”

Featured image That is the arresting headline in the London Times. But the article is considerably less forthcoming than one might expect. [Pinar Gultekin’s] death, the latest in a series of high-profile murders of women, has sparked a series of public protests in Turkey against gender-based violence, and led to a surge of support for an international social media campaign that has seen women across the world post black-and-white pictures in memory »

Can Minneapolis Recover? [Updated]

Featured image Some months ago, I saw a shocking video: someone rode a bicycle down a sidewalk in Los Angeles, filming as he went, for something like a half hour. The entire time, he passed tent encampments or cities on both sides of the sidewalk. They seemed to go on forever and had an appearance of permanence. Yesterday a friend sent me a similar video, on a smaller scale, which was filmed »

BLM Fascists Harass Restaurant Patrons [Updated]

Featured image The Left has abandoned all norms of civilized conduct. Check out this video of a Black Lives Matter “activist” screaming at normal citizens through a bullhorn. It was filmed in Austin, Texas: BLM now harassing and threatening restaurant patrons on the street — Savanah Hernandez (@sav_says_) August 2, 2020 This sort of harassment is, or should be, criminal. Given the Left’s repudiation of all norms, can anything short of »

Germans March Against Shutdown

Featured image The Associated Press reports on opposition by Germans to their government’s shutdown order. The AP, of course, has a position on the issue: Thousands protested Germany’s coronavirus restrictions Saturday in a Berlin demonstration marking what organizers called “the end of the pandemic” — a declaration that comes just as authorities are voicing increasing concerns about an uptick in new infections. Got that? The demonstrators are wrong! The AP wouldn’t want »

It’s Her Story, and She’s Sticking To It

Featured image Ilhan Omar is facing a challenge by a well-funded opponent in the upcoming Democratic primary, Antone Melton-Meaux. Omar has plenty of money, too, although news reports indicate that she has raised hardly any of it in her district. She is popular with extreme left-wingers around the country and remains a heavy favorite for re-election. Still, her campaign is touchy. A friend of mine got a text from Omar’s campaign, soliciting »

Burning Bibles In Portland

Featured image Totalitarians hate religion because in their view, there can be nothing higher than the state. American totalitarians particularly hate Christians and Jews. Thus, we see Antifa burning Bibles in Portland: Public gatherings to burn Bibles: OK Public gatherings to read Bibles: BANNED — Razor (@hale_razor) August 1, 2020 The Democrats are committed to the view that Portland’s protests are peaceful and, as far as we can judge from their »

Good News From Pennsylvania?

Featured image These days, we Republicans take our good news any way we can get it. This is from Pennsylvania: [T]here’s good news for the GOP: Registration shifts across the state show Republicans are gaining voters at five times the rate of Democrats. Since the 2016 primary election, Republicans have added about 165,000 net voters, while Democrats added only about 30,000. Democrats still maintain a 800,000-voter edge over Republicans. But that’s down »

Biden Got It Wrong

Featured image That is an evergreen headline, of course. This time, the subject is the coronavirus. This Trump campaign ad is highly effective, for several reasons. First the ad, then a few comments: — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020 Mostly, the ad is effective because it makes a valid point. Joe Biden was slow to recognize the seriousness of the coronavirus, and opposed–for two months!–the simple step of blocking »

YouTube Throws In the Towel

Featured image I related here the fact that YouTube deleted the livestream of our program today with Heather Mac Donald, in which she demolished the anti-police myths propagated by the Marxist Black Lives Matter and other leftist elements. It was too much for YouTube to take, apparently. I appealed YouTube’s deletion of the video, and it didn’t take long for cooler heads to prevail. A little while ago, we got this email »

We’re In Good Company

Featured image I wrote earlier about YouTube’s latest act of censorship: they have deleted our video of Heather Mac Donald demonstrating that there is no epidemic of police racism directed at black men. Heather’s conclusion is an indisputable fact, but it undermines a key narrative that the Democrats are counting on in November, so YouTube doesn’t want the word to get out. Social media companies censor all the time. The striking thing »

The Truth About Policing and Race Is Too Hot for YouTube

Featured image Earlier today, Center of the American Experiment hosted a live-streamed presentation by Heather Mac Donald titled “The Truth About Crime, Race and Policing.” Heather’s talk, which lasted for around 40 minutes, was fact-filled. It delivered a knockout punch to the Black Lives Matter “systemic police racism” narrative, which can’t stand up to empirical analysis. Thousands of people watched the livestream on an event page, on YouTube and on Facebook. We »