Author Archives: John Hinderaker

“Demand Management” In Britain

Featured image Great Britain doesn’t have enough electricity to meet consumers’ needs, so the National Grid is paying people to keep their lights off and appliances unused: The National Grid will ask households to cut their power consumption for a second day in a row as Britain’s energy supply is squeezed by cold weather. The nation’s power operator will pay customers to refrain from using energy as part of its “demand flexibility »

How Dumb Can a Politician Get?

Featured image The City of Minneapolis was in decline before covid, and before George Floyd. Abysmal governance and high costs had closed or driven away many businesses. Then came the covid shutdowns, riots and skyrocketing violence, and the city has turned into a disaster area. Who would want to try to run a business in Minneapolis? Not many people, it turns out. So the city’s streets are lined with closed or abandoned »

Don’t Fear the Shutdown

Featured image Rasmussen has some interesting poll results today: As President Joe Biden prepares to face off with House Republicans over the U.S. government’s debt ceiling, a majority of voters would rather have a government shutdown than to have Congress sign off on more spending. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 56% of Likely U.S. Voters would rather have a partial government shutdown until Congress can agree »

“Migrant” Melee at New York Hotel

Featured image This headline caught my eye: “Wild melee erupts at NYC migrant shelter as residents throwing bottles are stabbed.” The headline pretty well tells the story, but here is some more: A wild weekend melee broke out at a Manhattan hotel being used as a migrant shelter… “Migrant” has become code for illegal immigrant. …with three of its residents throwing bottles and then getting stabbed as payback, cops said Sunday. Brothers »

The Real January 6

Featured image David Horowitz authored this op-ed on the real lessons of the January 6 demonstration. Have the Democrats gotten the mileage they hoped for from their plan, which certainly was in place on that day, and perhaps before it? I doubt it. According to a report by the Inspector General, Donald Trump offered to provide thousands of national guard troops to protect the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021. Trump was »

More Documents In Slow Joe’s House

Featured image Fox News is reporting that yet another batch of classified documents has been found in Joe Biden’s house. We now learn that the Department of Justice conducted a 12-hour search of Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware residence on Friday. This apparently is when the new records were discovered. Is it wrong to enjoy this clown show? No. No, it isn’t. It serves the Democrats so exquisitely right. »

Let Them Eat Bugs!

Featured image The Davos elite-fest is valuable for the same reason it has been useful to see journalists on Twitter: among friends, leftists say what they really think. Thus, Siemens Chairman Jim Hagemann Snabe tells one billion of us to stop eating meat: One billion people should stop eating meat in order to save the climate, the chairman of the largest industrial manufacturing company in Europe told a panel at the World »

Irving Hinderaker, RIP

Featured image When my mother died in 2011, at age 90, I wrote a tribute to her on this site. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was received kindly by our readers. My father survived her, and finally died on Monday at age 101. He was the most universally respected man I have ever known, and the only one who had a profound influence on my life. This time, I »

About the Debt Limit

Featured image We go through this every few years: an alleged crisis over the federal debt limit. There is a strong aura of deja vu: the Democrats say the sky is falling, and Republicans try to bargain for something in exchange for raising the debt limit, while the press, all the while, beats up on Republicans. This time the hysteria is, if anything, even more over the top than in the past. »

Blind Pig : Acorn :: John Kerry : Truth

Featured image If John Kerry’s lips are moving, you can be pretty sure he is saying something that isn’t true. But miracles happen: at Davos on Tuesday, Kerry blurted out the truth. Maybe because it was on a subject that is close to his heart, money. Legal Insurrection reports: In his remarks, Kerry also spoke about the task of keeping the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius alive. “So, »

Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Featured image But some people think they actually do. Check out John Kerry, a man of limited intelligence but infinite self-regard, on his status as a master of the universe, along with the others at Davos: John Kerry to the elites gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos: "It's pretty extraordinary that we, a select group of human beings…are able to sit in a room and come together and actually talk »

Only Leftists Can Teach

Featured image That the Left has taken over public education (and most private education) in America is common knowledge. But the extent to which it has solidified its grip, and is in the process of driving out all non-conforming thought, may not be. An instance of this, in Minnesota, is the currently pending revisions to teacher licensure rules. The rules are being amended so that no one can be licensed as a »

Global Elites Conspire Against the Rest of Us

Featured image The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos kicked off yesterday. For a long time I didn’t take the Davos elite-fest seriously, but it has gained steam: This WEF summit features a record turnout from many of the most powerful government and corporate officials. There will be 379 public officials attending, including 30 heads of state, 56 finance ministers, 19 central bank governors, 39 heads of global organizations, including the »

Democrats Try to Criminalize Free Speech

Featured image Representative Sheila Jackson Lee has introduced legislation that would make advocates of “white supremacy” guilty of conspiracy if someone commits a “hate crime” that supposedly is inspired by them. The legislation, H.R.61 “Leading Against White Supremacy Act of 2023,” introduced last Monday by Democratic congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, seeks to “prevent and prosecute white supremacy inspired hate crime and conspiracy to commit white supremacy inspired hate crime.” The »

Reparations For All!

Featured image We wrote here about a task force of the State of California that is developing a proposal to pay reparations to the state’s black residents, to the tune of perhaps $800,000 apiece. But that is chump change compared with what is being demanded in San Francisco. The City of San Francisco appointed an African American Reparations Advisory Committee which delivered its draft Plan in December. The Plan is embedded below, »

The Sanctuary Fraud

Featured image It is remarkable how little it took for Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis to expose the entire “sanctuary city” edifice as a fraud. A busload or two of illegal immigrants and “sanctuary” turns into “NIMBY.” In perhaps the ultimate admission of the fatuity of sanctuary, New York Mayor Eric Adams traveled to El Paso and announced that “there is no room in New York” for any more immigrants. Guess they’ll »

Too Many Birthdays

Featured image Earlier today, Joe Biden spoke at a Martin Luther King Day event organized by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. King’s daughter-in-law, Arndrea Waters King, was present, and it happened to be her birthday. So Biden led the audience in a rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Only it turned out that he had no idea what her name is. Poor advance work, perhaps; or maybe, as the New York Post suggests in »