Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Rabbis Protest Omar Appointment to Foreign Relations

Featured image We wrote here about the fact that Nancy Pelosi has appointed Ilhan Omar to the House Foreign Relations Committee, notwithstanding Omar’s vicious hostility toward Israel, one of America’s key strategic partners, and her apparent anti-Semitism. Among other things, Omar is a supporter of the “BDS” movement that seeks to delegitimize Israel as an independent nation. Today the Coalition for Jewish Values, which represents more than 1,000 rabbis on issues of »

Omar Appointed to House Foreign Relations Committee [Updated]

Featured image We are awash these days in faux scandals, but this is a real one: Nancy Pelosi has appointed Ilhan Omar to the House Foreign Relations Committee. Omar is viciously anti-Israel and, I think, pretty clearly an anti-Semite. This is one of her notorious pronouncements on Israel: Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine #Israel — Ilhan »

Whither the State of the Union?

Featured image Nancy Pelosi has purported to cancel President Trump’s State of the Union speech, scheduled for January 29, by withdrawing the invitation that the House and Senate jointly extended some time ago. It is easy to see why she wanted to do this: the State of the Union is a great stage for the president, and Trump no doubt would take the opportunity to blast the Democrats for their intransigence with »

Walls Across America

Featured image Walls, Nancy Pelosi tells us, are immoral. Also, they don’t work. Which ostensibly is why the Democrats have gone to the mat over Southern border security. Of course, the idea that walls “don’t work” flies in the face of common sense and experience. So the Daily Caller has initiated a “Walls Across America” project. Caller reporter Benny Johnson goes from place to place, pointing out that when leftists want to »

Global Temperatures: What Is Really Happening?

Featured image Liberals wax hysterical about global warming, mostly because it provides an opportunity for graft: politically connected businessmen make billions by manufacturing and selling wind and solar products that exist only because of government mandates and subsidies. These corrupt businessmen, in turn, donate many millions to the campaigns of politicians who vote for mandates and subsidies, who are mostly (but not entirely) Democrats. Meanwhile, the rest of us–those who consume electricity–pay »

Gillette Follow-Up: Why Did They Do It?

Featured image The Gillette anti-men ad that I wrote about here continues to spark controversy. Most in the advertising industry seem to think it was marvelous. This raises interesting questions: Why, exactly, do companies wade into the culture wars? Especially when they join a side that is either a minority or, at best, a bare majority? How does this make sense? Glenn Reynolds notes: Adweek pronounced Gehrig’s group libel the “Ad of »

Is Gillibrand the Democrats’ Best Faux-Moderate Woman?

Featured image Paul wrote earlier today about Kirsten Gillibrand’s candidacy for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. He wondered, reasonably, what Gillibrand’s market niche might be, and concluded that she is a long-shot candidate. There is another contender for Gillibrand’s place in the market: Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar has all but declared for the 2020 nomination, and in some respects, she is a formidable candidate. She has been elected by wide margins–most recently, »

Trump Hatred–Or Is It America Hatred?–German Style

Featured image We wrote here about how Der Spiegel, Europe’s largest news magazine, made a fool of itself by publishing an entirely fictional article about Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and the “Trump voters” who live there. While the extent to which that article was fiction may have been unintended, its anti-Trump–and anti-American–tenor was not. Now, Der Spiegel has published a hit piece on Richard Grenell, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany. Like the residents »

Gillette Gets Woke [Updated]

Featured image “Get woke, go broke” is a popular saying, but it isn’t necessarily true. Some companies have seemingly prospered by adopting a Social Justice Warrior pose. Nike comes to mind. Still, it is hard to understand what Gillette was thinking when it launched its foray into left-wing politics: “The Best Men Can Be,” a new web site that features this video. Gillette wants us to know that it is anti-sexual harassment. »

We the Press

Featured image Frank Bruni, formerly the New York Times’s White House reporter and now a columnist for the paper, has a long, long op-ed that is unintentionally revealing. It is headlined, “Will the Media Be Trump’s Accomplice Again in 2020?” As though the press were pro-Trump in 2016! “We have a second chance. Let’s not blow it.” A second chance to help a Democrat beat Donald Trump. Bruni’s piece displays a remarkable »

“Armed and Ready”

Featured image Liberals tell us that ordinary citizens have no reason to own firearms. If they had their way, they would ban private gun ownership. Failing that, they would require anyone wanting to buy a firearm to justify the purchase by showing some kind of special need. Kristin Kasiskas is a public school science teacher who lives, with her husband, in northwestern Wisconsin. I don’t suppose the Kasiskases would have been able »

Tweeting Into the Void?

Featured image Both Paul and Scott have commented on the New York Times leak-story to the effect that after President Trump fired James Comey, the FBI opened an investigation into whether Trump was a Russian agent. You can’t make this stuff up! Today the president himself got into the act, denouncing the Times and the miscreants at the FBI: Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former »

It Was Thirty Years Ago Today…

Featured image …when President Ronald Reagan said goodbye to the American people from the Oval Office. It was a wonderful performance. Watching it prompted a couple of observations. First, at the time, I didn’t think Reagan was a particularly good speaker–a minority view, to say the least. Watching the video, I can’t explain why I saw it that way. What contemporary politician could deliver a farewell speech like this? Although, as Reagan »

The Great Issue of Our Time…

Featured image …is whether, as a people, we are too dumb to sustain a democracy. This question arises often; for me, most recently, upon seeing this Daily Mail headline: “Twitter user stuns the internet with math that proves one 18-inch pizza has more in it than TWO 12-inch helpings.” The theory was posted by U.S.-based Twitter user @fermatslibrary. Theory. Supported by a graphic, the theory proves that one 18 inch pizza is »

Desperately Spinning Speeches

Featured image It was obvious to anyone who watched that President Trump “won” the dueling border/shutdown speeches Tuesday evening. Trump’s speech focused powerfully on an issue that people care about, border security, while Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi bobbed and weaved on politics, while looking ridiculous in the process. That isn’t how the liberal press reported it, of course. Multiple news agencies “fact checked” the president’s speech, which, as usual, mostly meant »

Going Broke In the Heart of the Beast

Featured image Today’s Star Tribune headlines a sad story: In the Heart of the Beast puppet theater may not be able to put on its annual May Day parade: In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s MayDay parade, a vibrant rite of spring in south Minneapolis for 44 years, has become so popular that it will cease next year unless the nonprofit gets outside help. Losing money because it »

Trump Kills It

Featured image President Trump started a little slowly tonight, but picked up steam and finished very, very strong. He holds a winning hand: there is indeed a crisis at the Southern border. Illegal immigration is a huge problem. It is the number one reason why Trump is president, and the issue is stronger today than it was two years ago. Trump’s closing was very strong, talking about Americans who have been murdered »