Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Harvard Doesn’t Like Asians

Featured image I wrote here about the class action lawsuit that accuses Harvard of discriminating against Asian-Americans. The court has denied Harvard’s motions to dismiss, and the case is moving forward, which caused the university to defend its admissions practices in an email to its alumni. In denying discrimination, Harvard says it relies on a “whole-person admissions process.” That is, Harvard “considers the whole person, not just an applicant’s grades and test »

Cartoon of the Day

Featured image Given the news of the day, this one can’t wait until The Week In Pictures. It’s by A. F. Branco. Click to enlarge: »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on Howie Carr’s radio show at 4:34 Eastern, talking about the IG’s report. If you are in New England, please tune in. Otherwise, you should be able to listen online, here. Steve and I are also taping a podcast on the IG’s report (and maybe a few other things) tonight, which we will post soon thereafter. Is this a fun news cycle, or what? »

President Trump Responds to IG Report [with comment by Paul]

Featured image President Trump has been tweeting up a storm ever since he returned from Singapore. This is what he has had to say about the Inspector General’s report on the FBI’s and DOJ’s handling of the Clinton email investigation: FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who headed the Clinton & Russia investigations, texted to his lover Lisa Page, in the IG Report, that “we’ll stop” candidate Trump from becoming President. Doesn’t get any »

Notes on the IG Report

Featured image I haven’t read all 500 pages of the DOJ Inspector General’s report on the FBI’s and DOJ’s handling of the Clinton email investigation, but I have tried to pick out some of the salient points. If I come across more items of interest, I may add updates to this post. Here are some observations: 1) It is important to remember that the IG has not looked into the FBI’s “Russia »

A Humorous Coda to G7 and Singapore

Featured image Let’s just say that President Trump has had a big week, which Michael Ramirez sums up. While Michael is sometimes harsher toward Trump than we are, I am pretty sure this one is offered in a spirit of comedy, as befits–at least occasionally–the editorial cartoon. Click to enlarge: »

The Kim Destiny Pictures Video: Brilliant or Stupid? [Updated]

Featured image A long-time reader with whom we correspond frequently sent us a link to “President Trump’s Video Message To Kim Jong Un: ‘A New Peaceful World Can Begin Today,'” with the comment: “Have you guys seen this? Brilliant video.” Scott was less than impressed, and wondered what is good about it. Steve suggested that the video’s “goofy style” may be based on a psychological profile of Kim Jong-Un, or maybe on »

In Venezuela, the End Is Near

Featured image We have chronicled the accelerating destruction of Venezuela, once one of the world’s more prosperous countries, by socialism. The most recent news from that country is chilling: * According to Gallup, Venezuela is now the least safe place in the world, having tumbled below Afghanistan in the rankings. Only 17% of Venezuelans say they feel safe walking alone at night. * Polio has re-emerged in Venezuela, 30 years after it »

Harvard Begs to Discriminate

Featured image Today Drew Faust, President of Harvard University, emailed alumni and others to comment on the lawsuit that accuses Harvard of discriminating against Asian-Americans in admissions: Dear Alumni and Friends, In the weeks and months ahead, a lawsuit aimed to compromise Harvard’s ability to compose a diverse student body will move forward in the courts and in the media. Until now, the case has been tied up in Harvard’s multiple motions »

Is Trump a Shoo-In In 2020? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image I know, it’s way too early to speculate about the next presidential cycle, especially given our president’s age. We don’t even know, at this point, whether he will seek re-election. But at Townhall, Kevin McCullough is undeterred. He offers five reasons why Trump will sweep to re-election in 2020, carrying 40 states. McCullough’s reasons are cogent: foreign policy dominance, stronger armed forces yielding a safer world, the strongest hold on »

Asylum Seeker’s Rape/Murder Roils Germany

Featured image Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policy of admitting into Germany hundreds of thousands of purported “refugees”–out of a misplaced sense of guilt, apparently–has been a disaster. The policy is appropriately unpopular, even more so following the latest outrage, the rape and murder of a 14 year old girl by an Iraqi whose plea for refugee status was turned down. The New York Times reports, with surprising objectivity: It was a gruesome murder: »

How the Democratic Party Has Mainstreamed Anti-Semitism

Featured image Ilhan Omar is a Somali-American who serves in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Scott has written about her here a number of times. She apparently entered into a bigamous marriage with her brother in order to facilitate immigration fraud, but the facts are murky and she refuses to clarify them. Keith Ellison is resigning from the House to run for Attorney General of Minnesota, so the rush is on to »

Trump Nails Trade Hypocrisy

Featured image President Trump’s participation in the G7 conference in Canada focused on trade. Once again, he made it clear that he wants our trading partners’ tariffs and other barriers to U.S. imports to come down. This gave the American press the vapors, but why? Our president certainly should try to reduce obstacles to sales of American goods. President Trump gave a press conference this morning in which he expressed his belief »

More Fake News From Jane Mayer and the New Yorker

Featured image Jane Mayer is a failed reporter for the New Yorker who has tried to make a career out of smearing Charles and David Koch. Her latest effort is headlined, “One Koch Brother Forces the Other Out of the Family Business.” The story begins with the merest kernel of truth: David Koch, a 78-year-old cancer survivor, is in declining health. Accordingly, he is retiring from his positions at Koch Industries. David’s »

Media Alert

Featured image Tomorrow night, from 6 to 9 p.m. Central, I will guest host “Saturday Night with Esme Murphy” on WCCO radio in the Twin Cities. If you live within listening distance–and WCCO has a long reach–or if you want to listen online, here, I encourage you to tune in. The show will focus on the political scene in Minnesota following the two parties’ conventions last weekend. Both parties endorsed gubernatorial candidates »

Class Struggle at Harvard

Featured image It was 40 years ago today when Alexander Solzhenitsyn delivered his famous commencement address at Harvard. Solzhenitsyn’s speech mourned, or denounced, the decline of civilization in the West. You can read the speech here. Its themes are a big topic for another day. In the meantime, on a lighter note, a friend who was present on that notable occasion, graduating from Harvard Business School, sends along this reminiscence which highlights »

The High Price of Stale Grievances

Featured image That is the title of this essay by Columbia undergraduate Coleman Hughes. The piece is quite brilliant. More than that, Hughes must be one of America’s bravest young men. Hughes’s subject is the double standard that is so often applied in favor of African-Americans. He begins with an anecdote about being selected to back the singer Rihanna on the MTV Video Music Awards. Several of his friends were chosen as »