Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Amazingly, Economy Didn’t Care About “Shutdown”

Featured image I never did notice the extremely-partial government “shutdown,” but some people thought it was a big deal. Not private employers, apparently: Private payrolls grew in January at a much faster pace than expected as the labor market shrugged off the longest U.S. government shutdown in history, according to data released Wednesday by ADP and Moody’s Analytics. “Shrugged off”? I don’t know, maybe they welcomed it. Companies added 213,000 jobs this »

It Isn’t Only Omar

Featured image Ilhan Omar is in the news again. Yesterday, in an interview with Zainab Salbi of Yahoo News, Omar said that she “almost chuckles” at the idea that Israel is a democracy. Instead, she equates Israel to Iran. Israel is a Jewish state, Iran is an Islamic state, what’s the difference? For what it is worth, I think Omar may actually be that stupid. Here is the relevant portion of the »

It’s Too Cold For the Post Office [Updated]

Featured image When I was a kid, everyone knew the unofficial motto of the U.S. Postal Service, which was inscribed on the principal New York City post office: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” I think it was true, once, too. But not any more: Wednesday mail delivery canceled: The U.S. Postal Service announced late Tuesday afternoon »

The Left Strikes Where It Hurts–Debate

Featured image I had a misspent youth. Not primarily because I haunted South Dakota pool halls, although I did some of that, but because I devoted most of my energies to high school and college debate. Paul did, too: we became friends as members of the Dartmouth debate team. Competitive debating had its faults, but there was never any doubt that facts, evidence and logical argument were all that counted. So this »

The Disaster That Is Venezuela, on Fox Business

Featured image Fox Business has posted this video of my appearance tonight on the Evening Edit show with host Elizabeth MacDonald, along with Lt. Col. Allen West. It is brief, edited down from the two segments that we did. Still, I think it is worth watching: »

Learn to Code?

Featured image When coal miners were being laid off by the thousands because of political hostility to their industry, they got little sympathy from those whose industries were ascendant. “Learn to code” was the advice the miners got on the internet. Now that “journalists” at outlets like the Huffington Post and Buzzfeed are being laid off, a number on the right have gone down memory lane, urging the “journalists” to learn to »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on Fox Business’s Evening Edit with host Elizabeth MacDonald and Lt. Col. Allen West this evening at 5:35 Central, 6:35 Eastern, talking about the latest developments in Venezuela. It sounds like we will be doing two segments. Tune in if you can! »

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Featured image Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. As one of Power Line’s Gentile contingent, I feel that the day shouldn’t go unrecognized. But what to say about it? A few things–modestly, I hope. First, anti-Semitism is back again. Apparently there are some anti-Semites associated with the right, although I can’t say that I have ever encountered one. Respectable anti-Semitism exists only, as far as I know, on the left. Jeremy Corbyn and »

What Has Happened to the Left?

Featured image You wonder sometimes whether there are any sane liberals left. Every day the craziness seems to spin farther out of control. Today’s exhibit (one of many, actually) is law professor Larry Tribe, who was once spoken of as a likely Supreme Court nominee for a Democratic president. I knew Tribe when I was a law student and he was a young professor. He was a smart guy then. So, what »

Beauty and the Beast

Featured image What is the difference between Nicolas Maduro, disgraced soon-to-be former President of Venezuela, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (“AOC,” as she calls herself now)? It isn’t their political ideologies. Ocasio-Cortez, like Bernie Sanders and many others in the Democratic Party, is a fervent socialist, just like Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez. Barack Obama allowed himself to be schooled on history by Chavez; to my knowledge he has not commented on Venezuela’s »

The War On Christians (Cont.)

Featured image The Left’s insane attack on high school kids from Covington Catholic School was not an isolated incident. It followed hard on the heels of, among other things, widespread attacks on Karen Pence for teaching art at a Christian school. These were skirmishes in a long war. Rod Dreher points out this tweet by a New York Times reporter who is doing “research” on Christian schools: “Expose Christian schools.” Right. While »

A Peak Moment In the History of the Internet

Featured image David Burge started out with a website he operated under the name Iowahawk. He later migrated to Twitter, where he is one of the platform’s funniest and most insightful commentators. On Thursday, Iowahawk tweeted a lament on behalf of laid-off Buzzfeed and Huffington Post liberals in a mock-blue collar, populist style reminiscent of the 1930s. It was then set to music by SixStringTweets, a genius with whom I was previously »

She’s Nuts on Venezuela, Too [Updated]

Featured image It’s not that we are obsessed with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. The problem is that she does so many outrageous things. And also, when she vents on foreign policy, we have to take her seriously as a member of the House Foreign Relations Committee, courtesy of Nancy Pelosi. So this idiocy is newsworthy: A US backed coup in Venezuela is not a solution to the dire issues they face. Trump's efforts »

Roger Stone’s Arrest: What’s Scandalous, and What Isn’t

Featured image Let’s start with what isn’t scandalous: the charges against Roger Stone. Scott embedded Robert Mueller’s indictment here. Byron York has a good summary of the charges. The salient point is that Mueller’s indictment of Stone confirms that the Trump campaign had nothing to do with the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee or their publication by Wikileaks. The allegations against Stone all have to do with what happened »

Shutdown, We Hardly Noticed Ye

Featured image This afternoon, President Trump announced a deal to fund the portion of the federal government that has been “shut down” for the next three weeks, with no provision for border security. Many conservatives are howling, but I am not sure this temporary resolution of the shutdown is a big deal–just as I didn’t think the shutdown was a big deal in the first place. Speaking for myself, I never noticed »

U.S., Russia Back Competing Venezuelans

Featured image Socialism in Venezuela under Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro ended as socialism always ends: Chavez family members and cronies became billionaires (in some cases, multi-billionaires) while most other Venezuelans starved. Now the Venezuelan people are throwing off the socialist tyranny. As we noted here, the Trump administration has recognized Juan Guaido, the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, as interim President of Venezuela. A number of Western Hemisphere governments have »

Dems Block Move to Pay Federal Workers

Featured image Earlier today, House Republicans offered a bill to pay federal workers during the (very) partial “shutdown” that is now going on. Democrats voted it down. So much for their crocodile tears over the plight of the small minority of government workers who have been furloughed. Guy Benson comments: Why did House Dems kill a GOP effort to pay federal workers during the partial shutdown? An aide called it a 'stunt' »