Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Fake News: If the Shoe Fits, Wear It

Featured image I am so old, I can remember when liberals invented the term “fake news” to refer to pro-Trump commentary on Facebook. Those days are long gone, of course, and President Trump has made the phrase his own. “Fake news” now refers to the partisan falsehoods that dominate the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, and many other news outlets. Which you can tell by the fact that »

A Good Night to Watch PBS

Featured image I wrote here about a doctor who preyed on Indian boys and young men on reservations for decades before finally being brought to justice. One of my closest childhood friends battled the bureaucracy to blow the whistle on the predator, with the result that he–my friend, not the predator–was effectively forced out of the Indian Health Service. That appalling story was reported by the Wall Street Journal and PBS Frontline. »

The Trouble With Solar

Featured image The Democrats’ Green New Socialism proposes blanketing the U.S. with solar panels and wind turbines so as to replace all reliable forms of power generation with unreliable, intermittent sources. Everyone knows that solar panels don’t produce electricity at night, but there is another problem: they don’t produce electricity when it snows, either. A friend took this photo and wrote: I was up in Ramsey [Minnesota] picking up my camper, and »

Is Global Warming Theory Scientific?

Featured image If you dispute the inflated and inconsistent claims of global warming alarmists, you are denounced as anti-science. You may even find yourself under investigation. But is catastrophic anthropogenic global warming actually a scientific theory at all? A fundamental principle of science is that a theory, to have any significance, must be falsifiable. Science proceeds by proposing a hypothesis, and figuring out what the hypothesis implies. Scientists then make real-world observations »

Omar Goes Too Far [Update: Omar Apologizes, Sort Of]

Featured image Today Congresswoman Ilhan Omar carried her anti-semitism too far, drawing an explicit rebuke from Nancy Pelosi. First, Omar tweeted a familiar anti-Semitic trope: support for Israel is “all about the Benjamins.” It's all about the Benjamins baby 🎶 — Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 10, 2019 In response to a question, she explained that AIPAC has bought Congress: AIPAC! — Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019 Actually, AIPAC doesn’t »

Northam on “Indentured Servants” [Updated]

Featured image I’m starting to think Ralph Northam isn’t as smart as you would expect from someone who made it through medical school. After an appallingly bad week of press coverage, the last thing Northam needed was another controversy. And yet, he couldn’t help shooting himself in the foot again: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam: "We are now at the 400-year anniversary — just 90 miles from here in 1619, the first indentured »

Klobuchar Joins the Race

Featured image As expected, Senator Amy Klobuchar announced this afternoon that she is running for president. Why not? Everyone else is. Scott has written about Klobuchar a number of times, most recently here. Klobuchar made her announcement in snow-covered Minneapolis. Predictably, she described herself as the candidate of everyone: “I am running for every parent who wants a better world for their kids. I’m running for every student who wants a good »

A Pedophile On the Reservation

Featured image The Wall Street Journal reports the appalling story of Dr. Pat Weber, a pediatrician who apparently preyed on young Indian boys for decades without being held accountable. The story caught my attention because it featured, in a positive role, one of my closest boyhood friends: At first, officials at the U.S. Indian Health Service overlooked the peculiarities of their unmarried new doctor, including the children’s toys he hoarded in his »

Electric Vehicles? Don’t Get ‘Em Cold!

Featured image Are electric vehicles the wave of the future, or expensive toys? This shocking news story–shocking if you live in the North, anyway–suggests the latter. Cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40 percent when interior heaters are used, a new study found. *** Many owners discovered the range limitations last week when much of the country was in the grips of a polar »

Power Line Goes to Washington

Featured image Judith Curry is one of the world’s most respected climate scientists. On Wednesday, she testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources on the complexities and uncertainties that are too often unacknowledged in the debate over global warming. Her testimony is here and is worth reading in its entirety. Its rational, scientific approach contrasts strongly with the ill-informed hysteria that usually predominates on this topic. On pages 7-8 of her »

Two Stories, Humorously United

Featured image It has been a terrible, horrible, very bad week for the Democrats. The fiasco in Virginia–which has just gotten worse, as Paul noted a little while ago, and the latest Elizabeth Warren pratfall are two of the several stories that have embarrassed the Dems. Michael Ramirez unites them in this very funny cartoon. Click to enlarge: Sometimes ridicule is the only appropriate response. And I haven’t mentioned AOC’s cow genocide…. »

The Ash Heap of History

Featured image Thirty years ago, when the Soviet Union collapsed, I never imagined that a generation later socialism would be a threat to the United States. But bad ideas are, apparently, hard to kill–even when those bad ideas kill hundreds of millions. Roger Simon says we should take socialism seriously, and I believe he is right. Roger locates the socialist virus in our educational system, and I think he is right about »

With Howie Carr on Elizabeth Warren and the State of the Union

Featured image A number of people commented that they enjoyed my appearance on Howie Carr’s radio show yesterday. Howie is one of America’s great radio hosts, and it is always a fun conversation. With yesterday’s news featuring Elizabeth Warren’s latest pratfall and the State of the Union, there was plenty of material. So I thought some of our readers might enjoy it. The audio below is of the whole hour; my appearance »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on Howie Carr’s radio show at 4:30 Eastern, talking about the State of the Union and the latest Elizabeth Warren fiasco. Then, at 6:45 Eastern, I will be on The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald on Fox Business, talking about President Trump’s discussion of socialism and Venezuela in the SOTU, and the Democrats’ responses thereto. It should be fun, please tune in! You should be able to »

SOTU Was a Hit

Featured image President Trump is a highly effective public speaker–one of several skills for which he does not get the credit he deserves. Unusually for a politician, he excels at both impromptu stump speeches and set pieces like the State of the Union. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that viewers who watched last night’s speech liked it. Snap polls taken immediately after the SOTU by CNN and CBS both found 76% »

Democrats Embarrass Themselves

Featured image So President Trump is about to give the State of the Union speech, and Democratic women are infesting the House chamber, dressed in white. As I understand it, they are impersonating suffragettes. So, today’s liberals can’t vote? Hmm, don’t think that is exactly right. Democracy Dies In Darkness!! No, actually, democracy dies in stupidity. Much more to come. »

Nancy Pelosi’s Theological Illiteracy

Featured image Nancy Pelosi claims to be a Catholic. Charitably interpreted, that means her grandparents were Catholics; possibly even one or both of her parents. But Pelosi has not even a nodding acquaintance with Christian doctrine. The latest example, via PJ Media, is revealing. Remarkably, Pelosi was addressing an audience of Christian college and university presidents and administrators. Is “chutzpah” a Catholic term of art? After a brief, self-deprecating introduction, Speaker Pelosi »