Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Impeachment In a Time of Prosperity

Featured image The Democrats insist that President Trump is a threat to the republic, although no one can explain why. Meanwhile, their mantra has gone from “It’s the economy, stupid” to “Economy? What’s that?” The Labor Department issued its November jobs report this morning, and it is spectacular. CNBC reports: The jobs market turned in a stellar performance in November, with nonfarm payrolls surging by 266,000 and the unemployment rate falling to »

Democrats Gone Wild

Featured image Democrats are feeling the heat of the immense gamble they are taking by impeaching President Trump. A reporter asks Nancy Pelosi whether she hates President Trump, and whether the whole impeachment drive isn’t about the Democrats’ antipathy toward him. She responds as a Catholic in a fashion that is made even less convincing by her bizarre gestures: Meanwhile, campaigning in Iowa, Joe Biden is asked a question by a voter »

France Paralyzed by Strikes, Violence

Featured image France is a country where, politically speaking, no good deed goes unpunished. Thus, protests against President Macron’s plan (as yet unspecified) to deal with that country’s unsustainable pension obligations have brought France to a near-standstill. Far-left activists attacked police and started fires in central Paris today as protests against President Macron’s plans for pension reform descended into violence. Officers came under a hail of bricks and other objects from extremists »

The Karlan Catastrophe [Updated]

Featured image The Democrats opened the next phase of their drive to impeachment today with a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. Strangely, they began not with fact witnesses but with a panel of four law professors, three selected by the Democrats and one by the Republicans. What with having a job, and then being on the radio for three hours, I didn’t watch the proceedings. But I followed the event on »

Schiff Obtained Phone Records of Nunes, Journalist, Others

Featured image Between my day job and three hours on the radio, I have been mostly out of touch today. But this, from Elizabeth Vaughn at Red State, shocked me: “Adam Schiff Has Crossed a Line: He’s Obtained Phone Records of Devin Nunes, Nunes’ Aide, Rudy Giuliani and John Solomon.” The most stunning aspect of the report, to me anyway, was the inclusion of telephone records of House Intelligence Committee ranking member »

Trump Derangement Syndrome Breeds Professional Malpractice

Featured image A sign of the times, that historians one day will puzzle over: Psychiatrists Organize Campaign to Declare Trump ‘Dangerous,’ Back Impeachment. The campaign involves the usual suspects: Psychiatrists with the World Mental Health Coalition are soliciting signatures in a campaign to support the impeachment of President Donald Trump predicated on claims that he is mentally unstable. Or, put another way, on the ground that he is a Republican. In an »

Join Me on the Seth Leibsohn Show

Featured image We first got to know Seth Leibsohn when he was Bill Bennett’s radio producer. Now he has his own show in Phoenix on which all of us, I believe, have been guests from time to time. This week, Seth is touring Israel with Dennis Prager, so I am filling in as a guest host. I hosted the Seth Leibsohn Show today, and will do so tomorrow, Wednesday and Friday of »

A Footnote to Transatlantic Slavery, Visualized

Featured image Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute was inspired by our post Slavery? We Were a Footnote to create an animated chart on his site, Carpe Diem. Mark’s animated chart is taken from the same database at SlaveVoyages.org that we discussed in our post. The animation traces the trans-Atlantic slave trade over time, and reflects the fact that statistically, the American colonies and, later, the U.S. played only a minor »

Republicans Pounce!

Featured image You can tell things aren’t going well for the Democrats when the news media’s spin is “Republicans pounce.” Via the Gateway Pundit, the Associated Press laments how Republicans are taking advantage of the Democrats’ valiant impeachment efforts: Right now, Republicans are wielding impeachment mostly as an offensive weapon, and Democrats are generally playing defense or changing the subject as 2020 congressional races rev up. It's unclear how potent the issue »

Fantasists of the Palestinian Authority

Featured image The Palestinians want to be taken seriously as a political entity–or potential entity, anyway. And yet they are governed, apparently by choice, by lunatics–Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. Thus we have this, coming from the supposedly saner part of the Palestinian polity: “Palestinian academics deny archaeological evidence of Jews in Israel.” Palestinian Media Watch has recorded three examples of Palestinian academics appearing on official PA TV in October and November »

Jailbreak, British Style

Featured image It has been widely reported that Usman Khan, the London Bridge terrorist, was released from prison in December 2018 after serving half of the term to which he was sentenced in 2012. Khan was one of a group of nine jihadists who were arrested in 2010 for plotting to blow up the London Stock Exchange. They also contemplated “Mumbai-style” terrorist attacks, and one of the plotters had a hit list »

Another Reporter Pays for TDS

Featured image You probably have heard about the ill-fated Newsweek tweet that implicitly criticized President Trump for spending his Thanksgiving holiday golfing and tweeting: It turns out Newsweek was not amused. The reporter, Jessica Kwong, has been fired. She tells her side of the story: Kwong told the Washington Examiner that she was assigned to write a story about what the president was doing on Thanksgiving a week in advance and filed »

Slavery? We Were a Footnote

Featured image Liberals are trying to rewrite American history, teaching our children that the only thing that ever happened here–until they came along a year or two ago!–was slavery. The New York Times’s 1619 Project, which is being enthusiastically adopted by the nation’s public schools, is the culmination of years of left-wing propaganda. The liberals’ task is made easier by the fact that world history is mostly terra incognita to America’s young »

Land of the Free

Featured image Although liberals and the Red Chinese won’t admit it, America remains the land of the free. As we have seen over and over, those fighting for their own liberty around the world have no doubt about whom they want to emulate–us. Thus, after President Trump signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, demonstrators in Hong Kong paraded with American flags and, in a touching moment, sang the Star-Spangled »

Terror Attack at London Bridge [Updated]

Featured image Earlier today, a terrorist described as being “of Middle Eastern origin, in his early 30s,” murdered two people and wounded others with knives at Fishmongers’ Hall, adjacent to London Bridge. Initial reports are confused as usual; there was also a lorry that jackknifed across the bridge and seems to have had some relation to the attack, but this is not clear. It is good to see that the terrorist was »

Why “Green” Energy Is a Terrible Idea

Featured image There are lots of reasons, actually, but Charles Rotter of the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) does a good job of explaining some of them: Ask them for details, and their responses range from evasive to delusional, disingenuous – and outrage that you would dare ask. The truth is, they don’t have a clue. They’ve never really thought about it. It’s never occurred to them that these technologies require »

Thanksgiving? College Students Say It’s Unacceptable

Featured image On behalf of the College Fix, my friend Kyle Hooten went to Macalester College in St. Paul to interview students on the subject of Thanksgiving. Is it acceptable to celebrate the holiday? The students’ answers validate the adage that however bad you think America’s universities are, they are worse. »