Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Trump and Biden Come to Minnesota

Featured image In a historic first, President Trump and Joe Biden both visited Minnesota today. Biden went to Hermantown, a suburb of Duluth, and spoke at a carpenters’ union training center. This in itself is anachronistic. Biden is trying to rebuild the “labor” component of the Democrat-Farmer-Labor party, but it is much too late for that. Union members in northern Minnesota will vote heavily for Trump. Biden’s appearance verged on the bizarre. »

From a Minneapolis Principal, a Cry From the Heart

Featured image If you want to understand what is going on in Minneapolis, which is probably similar to what is happening in a number of leftist-run cities around the country, please take seven minutes to watch this video. It was made by the Principal of Minneapolis’s North High School, in modern times the most heavily black high school in the city. Her name is Mauri Melander Friestleben. The boy whose death she »

The Washington Post Smears AG William Barr. I was There.

Featured image I have been in DC (Northern Virginia, actually) for the last two days, in connection with Hillsdale College’s Constitution Day event. Last night, Attorney General William Barr spoke at dinner. The main subject of his speech was the rule of law, and how the rule of law is advanced by the fact that in federal agencies, final decisions are up to the senior, political appointees. In the Department of Justice, »

America’s Most Pathetic Government Body?

Featured image The Minneapolis City Council is a strong contender for that title. After months of talk about disbanding the Minneapolis Police Department, and an actual vote intended to move in that direction, the City Council is now demanding to know why crime in the city has skyrocketed. Three months after their majority pledged to end the city’s police department, the Minneapolis City Council pressed chief Medaria Arradondo for a plan to »

Republican Campaign Aide Murdered In Minneapolis

Featured image Lacy Johnson is the Republican who is challenging Ilhan Omar in Minnesota’s 5th District. Lacy is an excellent candidate fighting an uphill battle. Last night, two of his campaign volunteers were shot in North Minneapolis. The local CBS outlet has the story: The 17-year-old boy killed and another man hurt Monday in a north Minneapolis shooting were members of a Republican congressional candidate’s campaign. The Lacy Johnson campaign says the »

A Day Brightener

Featured image In Sacramento, several police cruisers apparently were responding to an emergency with their sirens blaring. A group of Black Lives Matter activists apparently thought that their inalienable rights include the right to prevent police officers from doing their jobs. A group of BLMers surrounded one of the police cars in an effort to immobilize it, while one of them jumped onto the hood. It didn’t end well. I especially enjoy »

Crime Comes to the Suburbs [Updated]

Featured image Edina, Minnesota, is an elite suburb that formerly had one of the most outstanding public school districts in the country. That was before Edina’s school system went “woke” and began prioritizing indoctrination over education. In recent years, Edina’s schools have slipped badly in objective test measurements. This coincides with the city’s transformation from a Republican bastion, as recently as 25 years ago, to a deep-blue outpost of progressivism. How is »

Federal Judge Rules Pennsylvania’s Stay-Home Order Unconstitutional

Featured image Over the last six months, many have wondered: how can governors issue executive orders closing businesses and directing us to remain in our homes, except as the government permits us occasional outings? What happened to the Constitution? Federal judge William Stickman addressed those questions today, as he ruled substantial portions of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s shutdown orders unconstitutional: The declaratory judgment says “(1) that the congregate gathering limits imposed by »

The Dumbest Thing You’ll See Today

Featured image I generally avoid writing about events or people merely because they are dumb. We are so awash in stupidity that doing so would be more than a full-time job, and you and I both have better things to do with our time. However: sometimes stupidity is entertaining, as in the video below. I don’t know what the event was, except that, per Mike Nayna’s tweet, it is a group of »

A City In Decline

Featured image Early this morning there was a gunfight in downtown Minneapolis near Target Field. It was partially captured by an Uber driver’s dash cam. According to Downtown Minneapolis Crime Watch shots were exchanged by multiple combatants. Here is the video: The passenger seems weirdly insouciant. Maybe that is what happens if you spend time in Minneapolis. Based on the dispatch audio, it sounded like it was a mutual combatant situation with »

Officers Shot In Compton [Updated]

Featured image Two deputy sheriffs in Compton, California were shot last night by a man who approached their squad car while it was parked on the street, and opened fire: Update: The gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation. pic.twitter.com/cBQjyKkoxJ — LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) September 13, 2020 The deputies are a 31-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man. Both were shot multiple times and are in »

Antiracism at Cornell

Featured image Legal Insurrection documents Cornell University’s swing to the left over the issue of race. Cornell University has joined a growing list of universities embracing “antiracist” activism, a euphemism for race-based advocacy. Antiracism does not mean non-racist. It is a term of art used, most famously, in the book How to Be An Antiracist, which is being used as a teaching tool at universities throughout the country, including Cornell, and forms »

Donald Trump, CNN Host?

Featured image I am a day or two late with this, but if you haven’t already seen it you should check it out. None of us is easily shocked these days, but I confess to being shocked by the tape of a conversation between Jeff Zucker, President of CNN, and Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, that Tucker Carlson played a couple of nights ago. It was recorded toward the end of »

A COVID Vaccine? Don’t Hold Your Breath

Featured image When will the nightmare of America’s COVID shutdowns end? Many think the country won’t get back to normal until there is a COVID vaccine. My organization polls Minnesotans each quarter; just last week, we asked some questions about COVID. One was: “Which of the following comes closest to how you see the future of COVID-19 in our lives? Or in other words, when do you think COVID-19 will no longer »

How Green Energy Wrecked California

Featured image California has become a third world country, in which electricity works only intermittently. Why is that? Because California relies on wind and solar energy, which produce electricity only intermittently. It isn’t hard to figure out, and yet there are some states, like mine, Minnesota, which seem determined to follow California’s downward path to third-world status. Why? Well, for some people there is a lot of money in it. California’s energy »

Is COVID Hysteria All About the Election?

Featured image I think it is indisputable that America’s reaction to the relatively mild Wuhan virus has been excessive, if not hysterical. Polls suggest that most Americans grossly overestimate the extent to which the virus is fatal, especially to those who are less than 80 years old and not in compromised health. Why have Americans been systematically misinformed, and why have many states taken actions so plainly disproportionate to the risk? Many »

Nine Days To Go…

Featured image …until Center of the American Experiment’s Virtual Gala 2020. The event kicks off at 7:00 Central time on Saturday, September 19. I will host it; Sarah Sanders will be the featured speaker, including live Q and A, and we will have a special guest appearance by Governor Kristi Noem, to whom the Center is presenting a Courage In Government award. The National Anthem will be sung by 13 year old »