Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Is Bernie Sanders a Communist?

Featured image This video of Bernie Sanders in 1985, celebrating the 7th anniversary of the Communist takeover of Nicaragua, is a classic. I knew people who talked like this, but that was in the 1960s and early 1970s. By 1985, almost everyone knew better. But not Bernie Sanders. Video: At the invitation of the communist regime in Nicaragua, @BernieSanders speaks at the 7th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution in 1985, where he »

Democrats: Russians Are Meddling Again!

Featured image It worked so well in 2016, apparently, that Democrats are already lining up their excuses for next year’s presidential race. Politico reports breathlessly that a “‘Sustained and ongoing’ disinformation assault targets Dem presidential candidates.” A wide-ranging disinformation campaign aimed at Democratic 2020 candidates is already underway on social media, with signs that foreign state actors are driving at least some of the activity. The main targets appear to be Sens. »

Not With a Bang But a Whimper

Featured image CNN joins the chorus of news outlets predicting that Bob Mueller will wind up his investigation imminently: Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce as early as next week the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, with plans for Barr to submit to Congress soon after a summary of Mueller’s confidential report, according to people familiar with the plans. The preparations are the clearest indication yet that »

The Greatest Scandal In the History of Science

Featured image I have written many times about the unwarranted “adjustments” to measured past temperatures by government agencies, which serve to inflate the modest warming that has occurred in recent decades. Organizations around the world (NOAA and NASA-GISS here in the U.S.) have done this over and over, usually surreptitiously. The Manhattan Contrarian shares my opinion that this misrepresentation of the historical record is the worst scandal in the history of science. »

Dissecting the Green New Deal

Featured image This evening on Fox Business I talked about the Democrats’ Green Red New Deal, and how it replicates the disaster that is socialist Venezuela–a point that was made eloquently by Daniel Di Martino, and Venezuelan teenager who is now a college student in the U.S., in USA Today. His theme is: socialism ruined my country. Don’t let it ruin yours. The Clear Energy Alliance is preparing a series of videos »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on Fox Business at 5:45 Central, 6:45 Eastern with Liz MacDonald, discussing the embarrassment that Venezuela’s failed socialist regime has become for American would-be socialists–who nevertheless seem determined to defend Maduro’s corrupt, oppressive regime. President Trump has rightly focused on the Venezuelan catastrophe in denouncing the Democrats’ drift toward socialism, and many Democrats–shockingly, one would think–appear to be lining up behind Maduro. »

“That’s Not Journalism, That’s Horseshit”

Featured image That comment about the 21st century liberal press could be made by a lot of people–like me, for example. But it is newsworthy because it was made by CBS News Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan, who ventured some uncensored comments in a podcast: As Logan lamented that voter registration among journalists shows that the media is out of balance, she came with a metaphor to explain how she believes the press »

A Preview of the Green New Deal

Featured image Liberals love trains. I am not sure why that is; it certainly wasn’t true in the 19th and early 20th centuries. But as train travel has become less practical, liberals have learned to love it. Thus, a principal feature of the Green New Deal Socialism is reliance on passenger trains to replace air travel, and to largely replace automobile travel. Good luck with that–the liberals have a better chance of »

I Disapprove of Dismantling Monuments, But…

Featured image …if we are going to destroy, remove or deface monuments, this one to Karl Marx–a horrible person in just about every way, whose legacy has meant death, suffering and poverty for hundreds of millions–is a good place to begin. Reuters reports: A memorial to Karl Marx at a cemetery in North London has been defaced for the second time in less than two weeks. This time, vandals splashed the monument »

Black Humor From the New York Times

Featured image Yesterday’s New York Times featured a headline that betrayed a stunning lack of self-awareness, even by that paper’s low standards: A reader comments: It’s only fair and balanced to have headlines like this one. After all, it just makes up for all the headlines we’ve seen like this: Republicans Democrats Hope to Sway Voters With Labels That Demonize Democrats Republicans The Times demonizes Republicans every day, but that is different »

The Feeling Is Mutual, Joe

Featured image I don’t think we have commented on Joe Biden’s disgraceful performance at the Munich Security Conference yesterday. I haven’t seen a full transcript of his remarks, but he delivered a partisan stump speech to an audience of European leaders. It consisted largely of an attack on the President of the United States. I’m so old, I can remember when that was considered bad form. Speaking on German soil 75 years »

Another Fake Hate Crime? Of Course It Is

Featured image When a guy named Jussie Smollett, who is an actor on a TV show called Empire, claimed that he was attacked in the middle of the night, in his exclusive Navy Pier neighborhood of Chicago, by a couple of Trump supporters wearing “MAGA” hats, no one with any sense believed him. It was obviously another in a long series of such claims, pretty much all of which turn out to »

CNN: Clothes Shoppers For the Rich and Famous

Featured image In 2016, a popular meme featured a photo of admiring reporters on an airplane and the text, something like “Find someone who looks at you the way reporters look at Hillary Clinton.” That photo is weirdly hard to find now, but if this isn’t it, it is close enough: In 2016, Hillary was the candidate of the liberal press. Who will be the anointed candidate next year? Kamala Harris is »

Venezuela Goes Domestic

Featured image I was scheduled to appear on Fox Business this evening to talk about recent developments in Venezuela, but was bumped on account of the border emergency and other news. If I had appeared, I would have talked about the fact that the socialist collapse in Venezuela, years in the making, is being transformed into a domestic policy dispute here in the U.S. Which is ridiculous: Venezuela has been going downhill »

How Dumb Is Ocasio-Cortez?

Featured image The two hottest commodities in the Democratic Party are Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Earlier this week, Omar exhibited stunning ignorance in her hostile questioning of Elliott Adams Abrams. Similarly, Ocasio-Cortez has often displayed a surprising lack of knowledge for someone who apparently is a college graduate. Don’t get me started on the “Green New Socialism.” But she outdid herself yesterday. The context was Amazon’s announcement that it would not, »

Eight Days In May

Featured image We now know what many have long suspected: the Deep State, in the person of the leadership of the FBI and the Department of Justice (to whom we can add John Brennan at the CIA and others) plotted to ensure that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 election. When that effort failed, they schemed to remove Donald Trump from the presidency. Failing that, they successfully saddled him with an endless »

Law Enforcement: Usually Great, But Sometimes Awful

Featured image As regular readers know, I am a fan of law enforcement. I think “systemic racism” is bullshit, and police officers’ conduct is admirable, or at least defensible, in an overwhelming majority of cases. See, for example, this post and this one. I am unequivocally on the side of law enforcement. But a few cops, unfortunately, are rotten. We saw that here in Minnesota with Mohammed Noor, who shot an obviously »