Author Archives: John Hinderaker

How’s the Cover-up Going?

Featured image Back in the early 1970s, when the Doonesbury cartoon strip was campaigning to get President Nixon impeached, this was considered a classic. Click to enlarge: Of course, it was a joke. President Nixon didn’t actually say “How’s the cover-up going?” on tape. Not so with the cover-up of Hillary Clinton’s off-the-books email scandal. Last week, Judicial Watch released 422 pages of previously-hidden FBI documents on that agency’s investigation of the »

The Mueller Report: Early Returns

Featured image The Mueller Report has been delivered. Attorney General William Barr gave a press conference this morning, summarizing its contents. Democrats gnashed their teeth over the fact that Barr was able to “spin” the report some hours before everyone saw it. Now that they have read the report–at least in part–they are trying to keep “obstruction of justice” alive, as Mueller described ten actions by President Trump that could be construed »

Snopes: Fact-Checker of Jokes

Featured image To my knowledge, every purported fact checker in the United States is on the left–Snopes, PolitiFact, the Washington Post, the Associated Press. If there is a neutral or conservative fact checker operating–other than sites on the free internet like Power Line–I don’t know who it is. Snopes is not a sophisticated operation. It has fallen for satires on many occasions, purporting to fact-check what are obviously jokes. In at least »

What Genocide? [Updated]

Featured image This is a day old, so you may already have seen it. And it goes back to 2017, when Ilhan Omar, then a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, tweeted this condemnation of the country that saved her from a refugee camp in Kenya: We must confront that our nation was founded by genocide and we maintain global power through neocolonialism. https://t.co/KAcXjqUw7u — Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) August 17, 2017 »

Bigotry Is Popular

Featured image Being anti-American and anti-Israel is working well for Ilhan Omar. The Star Tribune reports that she is far and away the biggest fundraiser among Minnesota’s eight House members: U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., at the center of a national commotion for her remarks about Israel and the 9/11 terror attacks, raised more than $830,000 in campaign cash during her tumultuous first three months in office, far outpacing the rest of »

Candace Owens Fights the New KKK

Featured image It is a truism of contemporary public life that liberals are bullies. And the bullying is worst on college campuses, which are now, more than ever, islands of repression in a sea of freedom. But some brave souls, like Candace Owens, are willing to run the leftist gauntlet to bring a dose of common sense to college students. Yesterday Candace was at the University of Pennsylvania, which I believe was »

Notre Dame Survives, Mostly

Featured image Like Paul, I was stunned by the news that Notre Dame Cathedral was on fire. Unlike Paul, whose wife is from Paris and who has spent a lot of time there, I have never been to Paris and have not seen Notre Dame. So I have no personal connection to the cathedral. Nevertheless, I was devastated at early reports that Notre Dame was likely to be a total loss. More »

Green Madness In Minnesota

Featured image A couple of weeks ago, my think tank released a comprehensive report on the costs and benefits of adopting a 50% “green” power mandate in Minnesota, in place of the current 25% mandate. The costs would be staggering–$80 billion, a 40% increase in the price of electricity, $1,200 additional cost every year for each Minnesota family, a $3 billion annual decline in the state’s GDP, and destruction of 21,000 permanent »

Goldman Sachs: Expect a Second Term for Trump

Featured image Goldman Sachs must be one of the most heavily Democratic business organizations in the U.S., and it’s a good thing: given the company’s pervasive influence on American business, if its partners were Republicans they would be more vilified than the Koch brothers. So it is a day-brightener to see that Goldman predicts a Trump re-election in 2020: narrowly, but still. President Donald Trump holds a “narrow” electoral advantage heading into »

If the Justine Damond Case Feels Different, Here’s Why

Featured image Scott has been reporting daily on the criminal trial of Mohamed Noor, the Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed Justine Damond in the Summer of 2017. The case has generated a great deal of commentary. One of the sillier such pieces is by columnist Jennifer Brooks in today’s Star Tribune: In a Hennepin County courtroom, the jury studied a collage of crime scene photos and videos, listened to Damond’s »

Christie Tells It Like It Is

Featured image Chris Christie’s public career has had its ups and downs, but at his best he has brought clarity to a number of issues. On Fox Radio with Brian Kilmeade, he said what he thought about Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “As somebody who had my wife two blocks away from the World Trade Center that day, my brother on the floor of the New York Stock exchange, and a number »

Where to Put Illegal Immigrants

Featured image The Democratic Party has come out against the rule of law and in favor of illegal immigration. Opposing open borders, Democrats say, is immoral. OK, fine–where are the tens of millions of people who would like to move here from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and so on going to go? Liberals imagine them inhabiting places where they don’t live. Flyoverland. I have a good friend and frequent email correspondent who has »

Have We Been Overestimating Omar?

Featured image As you probably know, Ilhan Omar is back in the news. She has taken a lot of criticism for her “some people did something” speech to a CAIR group in California. The problem with Omar’s speech is that she portrayed the September 11 terrorist attacks in anodyne fashion, while suggesting that their real significance lay in the horrific infringements of civil liberties that followed. (Only, of course, they didn’t.) Liberals »

We’ve Gone Through the Looking Glass

Featured image It is almost unbelievable that the Democrats and their media adjunct are trying to deny that the Obama administration spied on the Trump presidential campaign. Are they unaware of the multiple FISA warrants obtained to spy on Carter Page? Do they not know that the fake Fusion “dossier” was the basis for those FISA warrants, thus eliminating any question about whether the point was to spy on the Trump campaign? »

It’s All About the Backlash

Featured image We wrote here about the fact that Rep. Ilhan Omar was scheduled to give a speech in Woodland Hills, California, for CAIR, the terrorist-supporting unindicted co-conspirator of the Holy Land Foundation prosecution. Sure enough, Omar’s CAIR speech made news. Why? She described the September 11 attacks as “some people did something” so that “all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.” It’s all about “us,” although »

Comforting Words From Ocasio-Cortez [Updated]

Featured image We have endured a horrific winter here in Minnesota. Temperatures plunging below -20 F, the snowiest February on record, a winter that wouldn’t end–and still hasn’t. We are in the midst of an 8 to 12 inch late-season snow storm. I took this photo off my front steps this morning and posted it on Instagram: The picture actually understates the case: I always post pretty photos on Instagram. Missing are »

Fascism In Israel? Not Exactly

Featured image Israeli politics are more complicated and sometimes more entertaining than ours. Take the case of Ayelet Shaked, who is, or was last I knew, the Minister of Justice in Netanyahu’s government. Shaked is a software engineer, an IDF special forces veteran, and a solid conservative. She left the Jewish Home party at the end of 2018 and was one of a small group who formed the New Right party. I »