Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Adam Carolla and Me

Featured image Adam Carolla is a comedian turned common sense conservative who is said to be the world’s most popular podcaster. I learned of him first from my wife, who is a fan, and second from his collaboration with Dennis Prager on the pro-free speech documentary No Safe Spaces. Carolla is the author of such classics as Not Taco Bell Material (which is how a Taco Bell restaurant manager once described him) »

How Crazy Are the Democrats? This Crazy

Featured image There is a movement going on now, believe it or not, to abolish the police. That phrase is ubiquitous in social media and is being taken seriously by many Democratic politicians. What would the world look like without law enforcement? I suppose the Wild West before sheriffs got hired, only way more crowded, with vastly more criminals and a more depraved culture. And of course the same people who want »

Quote of the Day

Featured image White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany conducted a press briefing today in which she talked, among other things, about Rod Rosenstein’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. She summed up the outrage of Obamagate succinctly: It’s a pretty grave thing to spy on an American citizen, to violate his Fourth Amendment rights, to not have a basis to do so, and to rely on a Russian dossier full of lies »

“We’re On Your Side!”

Featured image If you haven’t already seen it, this video is an entertaining conclusion to You Can’t Loot Us, We’re Progressives. This is so nuts. Sad, but kind of hilarious pic.twitter.com/9fHBDX8FP9 — Ami Horowitz (@AmiHorowitz) June 2, 2020 Irving Kristol described a neoconservative as “a liberal who has been mugged by reality.” With today’s liberals, it might take more than that. »

The Forgotten Man

Featured image Scott has written about Bogdan Vechirko, the driver of a tanker truck that found itself on Highway 35W, the major North-South artery in the Twin Cities, suddenly facing thousands of illegal “demonstrators.” Vechirko, it turns out, had made a delivery to a black-owned gas station and innocently ventured onto the highway before authorities had effectively closed it. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but Vechirko was hauled out of his cab »

You Can’t Loot Us, We’re Progressives!

Featured image There is nothing good about rioting, looting and burning, but these evils sometimes provide clarifying moments. Such as when progressives realize that the looters are coming for them, too. It shouldn’t be a news flash, but progressives are often surprised to learn that their support for left-wing causes, including criminal activity, doesn’t accord them any special status. A case in point, from North Carolina’s Post Millenial: “Editor of progressive newspaper »

Adam Carolla and Me, on June 8

Featured image Adam Carolla is a comedian turned common sense conservative who is said to be the world’s most popular podcaster. I learned of him first from my wife, who is a fan, and second from his collaboration with Dennis Prager on the pro-free speech documentary No Safe Spaces. Carolla is the author of such classics as Not Taco Bell Material (which is how a Taco Bell restaurant manager once described him) »

Live From Minneapolis

Featured image For a generally quiet, mid-sized metropolitan area, the Twin Cities seem to find themselves in the news often. That is true these days, with the George Floyd case and the riots we have experienced. Interest in what is going on here is reflected in my media calendar for the next 30 hours. I encourage you to tune in to any of these shows you might be able to catch: * »

Major Highways Closed In Twin Cities

Featured image Governor Tim Walz says the City of Minneapolis’s response to rioting there has been an “abject failure,” which is true. Walz’s response on behalf of the state has been an abject failure, too. Maybe the feds can do better: the Pentagon says it has troops ready to deploy if Walz requests them. But there is zero chance Walz would do that. In lieu of actually doing anything to discourage or »

Who Is Rioting In the Twin Cities? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Local authorities from the governor on down have utterly failed to control, or in any way deal with, the riots that have devastated much of Minneapolis and some of St. Paul over the last four nights. Desperate to dodge responsibility, Governor Tim Walz and others have blamed “outside agitators” for the riots. Walz said in a press conference late last night, “I think our best estimate of what we heard »

What Anarchy Looks Like

Featured image Last night, criminals took over the 3rd Precinct Minneapolis police station and burned it to the ground. This was such a shocking event that in his press conference today, the state’s feckless governor, Tim Walz, said it caused him to give up on Minneapolis’s Boy Mayor, Jacob Frey–whose political future is about as bright as that of police officer Derek Chauvin–and call out the National Guard. Great. But what does »

Medical Examiner: George Floyd Wasn’t Asphyxiated

Featured image From the first hours after George Floyd died on Lake Street in Minneapolis, the rush to convict the officers who took him into custody seemed unstoppable. The frenzy was fueled by a video of one of the officers kneeling on Floyd, seemingly on his throat, while the officers waited for an ambulance to arrive. Every politician in Minnesota (and elsewhere) denounced the video as “appalling,” “disgusting,” and so on, and »

Twin Cities Situation Deteriorating as Keith Ellison Fans the Flames

Featured image Twin Cities rioters and leftists are spreading a conspiracy theory: they claim that an agent provocateur, an undercover police officer, was the first to vandalize property in Minneapolis, and therefore the police are “really” responsible for the arson, looting, and so on now taking place. This is absurd, of course. But now Attorney General Keith Ellison, the state’s chief law enforcement officer, has signed on with the far-left kooks: This »

Tragedy and Comedy in the Twin Cities

Featured image The devastation wrought by rioters and looters in Minneapolis and St. Paul has been immense. I am not sure that news stories have fully captured the damage that these criminals (not “protesters”) have done. Bring Me the News is compiling a list of buildings and businesses that have been damaged or destroyed. These are in Minneapolis: – Wells Fargo Lake Street: Fire and property damage. – J-Klips Lake Street: Property »

Trump vs. Social Media [Updated]

Featured image Today President Trump signed an executive order intended to address the problem of liberal bias in the major social media platforms. Reporting on the order has generally been poor. This is some of what it actually says, after a long preamble: Sec. 2. Protections Against Online Censorship. (a) It is the policy of the United States to foster clear ground rules promoting free and open debate on the internet. Prominent »

Mask vs. No Mask

Featured image The wearing of masks in public has become another front in our culture war, and as such the sides are predictably drawn. This video (via Ann Althouse) is pretty funny: I spent the day today in an environment where everyone has to wear a mask, all the time. That particular aspect of our national breakdown can’t end too soon. »

Minneapolis On Fire [Updated]

Featured image Last night, rioters burned and looted a considerable part of the city of Minneapolis. The authorities mostly stood by helplessly. The Star Tribune seems to be downplaying the riot, or perhaps it just didn’t want to put its reporters in harm’s way by covering the story. As far as I know, the best information on the riot comes from my friend Kyle Hooten, who braved the danger on behalf of »